Are There Few That Be Saved?

NOTE FROM AUTHOR:  I pray that those who read the following  will do so with an open heart and an open mind. I personally feel that the OSAS doctrine is a false concept and not a safe faith to walk in and I will share why I believe the way that I do. One thing to focus on before I begin is that If there is no freewill then the Bible is wrong! ALL WRONG. We are given free will by Yahwey.  We are also fully given the right, to take back our free will, once we commit ourselves to become one of His. He on the other hand, does not change or take back His will. His gifts and the calling are irrevocable… PERIOD.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Luke 13 :23- 24 >  Then said one unto Him, Rabbi, are there few that be saved? [Good question]  And He {Yahushua} said unto them, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

Those who ‘do not’ do their part…. striving, laboring, working hard, will ‘not’ enter into the Kingdom. Yahushua said some will seek to enter but will not be able to. In order to obtain the right to enter the Kingdom, we have something we must ‘do’. [poieō]

Revelation 22:14 *Blessed are they that ‘do’ [poieō] His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have to make ourselves ready, to prepare, to do something out of something. 》 poieō

Without our works, our faith is dead so it is evident that we must use the law of faith. We must put our faith into action. Our faith in action fulfills our covenant agreement.

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James 2:24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

James agrees with what Yahushua said in Revelation (Recorded by John the Beloved). James is saying here that it isn’t by faith only that a mans work is justified. James also agrees with what Luke wrote when he quoted what the people had asked Yahushua, if there were few that be saved? The mere fact that James says, that there are ‘works’ aught to stand out to us because by a man works, he is justified.    It isn’t just man’s faith, but the works included that makes a man justified.

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Enduring to the end is work too but thank God we have the Spirit huh? Mark also recorded that we are to endure to the end  to receive salvation.  This means that we gotta stay strong and stay focused on the end goal.

Mark 13:13 And you shall be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

IF we endure to the end, then we ‘shall’ be saved. This is future tense. This also shows that keeping salvation IS conditional, not unconditionally permanent, and this condition is, as always, obedience to His will. This also shows us that we are not saved, until after we have endured to the end.

Paul made another statement that I believe really impacts the once saved always saved concept.

To the folks at Corinth, Paul wrote:

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others I myself should become castaway (disqualified). ~ 1st  Corinthians 9:27

To the folks at Colosse Paul wrote, ” And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you sacred, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you heard, that was preached to every creature under the sky, of which I, Sha’uwl, became a minister.” ~ Colossians 1:21-23

Here is a man who has been extremely obedient, even to his death; after his meeting with Yahushua  on the road to Damascus. He believed in Yahwey, confessed His name, and was immersed for the remission of his sins, and yet he says that if he does not continue in obedience he will be “disqualified” (look up Strongs G0096 for the meaning). Then he tells the members of the assembly in Colosse that IF they continue in the faith they would remain reconciled to Yahwey.  It just does not sound as if Paul believed the very doctrinal teaching that is in question here, the concept that once a person is saved, they are always saved.

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Yahushua is the one who said, “IF you love Me, obey My commandments.

The idea of IF is in everything that pertains to salvation and it is always determined by the  IF that we are in obedience.

IF we love Him

IF we do His will.

IF we keep His commandments.

IF indeed we continue in the faith

IF we hold fast the confidence and hope to the end of our lives.

Hebrews 3:6 But HaMashiach as a son over His own house, whose house are we, IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. RNJKV

I truly think that a lot of the misunderstanding for many people is not really knowing and understanding what Yahushua saved us from. He saved us from the penalty of the law which was the possibility of death in certain circumstances.  Some of the violations of Torah came with a penalty of death. He gave His life in our stead, thereby paying our debt for the violation of transgression because that is what sin is; violating God’s law.

Ezekiel 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am יהוה, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols. {RNKJV}

According to the prophet Ezekiel, the reason for the captivity that had already occured, (At that time) as well as for the one in store for the people left in Jerusalem, (At that time)  is because of the people’s defiance of Yahwey’s laws. Because Ezekiel believes that Yahwey rules supreme over all the nation of the earth, any violation of Yahwey’s laws commands without appropriate punishment constitutes an infringement upon the diety’s honor. Yahwey does not change.  No matter what anyone tells us, His word tells us that He does not change. We have to believe this. We have to believe His word, otherwise we are under the admit ion that He is a liar.

Such violations are serious matters to Ezekiel, evidenced by the fact that his references to punishments are usually followed by the words “Then you will know that I am the Lord”. A prophet speaks the words that Yahwey put into their mouth;  kinda like the Holy Spirit speaks ever so softly to us. Yahushua also spoke the words that Yahwey told Him to speak. All communications are from the Creator.

How else will we know that we are His if we do not keep His commandments? WORKS!

1st  John 3:4 tells us exactly what sin is: Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Yahushua did not diminish in anyway, the authority of the law. If He did, He would have sinned and we know that He did not sin. Yahwey commands us to keep His commandments forever. Yahushua did not change that. If Yahushua is the literal word of Yah incarnate, He is always going to remain the same yesterday and today and forever according to Hebrews 13:8 in the NT. We also have this same promise in the OT.

Malachi 3:6 For I am יהוה, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. {RNKJV}

If Yahushua had changed and not fulfilled His duty in doing Torah, He would have been consumed.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Paul wrote to the saints at Philippi that they should work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.  This is yet another acknowledgement by Paul the Apostle that there was work to be done regarding our salvation. That combination of wording ‘work out’ is katergazomai, to preform, accomplish, achieve, or to do that from which something results, to fashion, to render one fit for a thing. That is Thayer’s definition.  Strong’s definition is similar, to work fully, that is to accomplish, by implication to finish, fashion;-cause, do,(deed), preform, work (out).

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To become a child of Yahwey, you must obey His words, period. This reminds me of making sure that I am able to keep my obligation ‘before’ I sign a contract when I purchase a car. Would I sign that contract without knowing that I had obligations to keep in order to fulfill my contract? We cannot just ask Yahushua into our heart and believe that we do not have anything to do after He arrives. We have to willingly submit to the requirements that Yahwey has set before us.  Remember, If you love me,  keep My commandments and I and My Father are One? They cannot contradict One another.

We have to know that there are requirements that we must fulfill in order to gain our salvation. Yes,  believe it or not, even gaining salvation is even conditional.

It is written that when we hear His word (a condition), truly believe in Him through that word (a condition), we must change our way of thinking (repentance – a condition) and be immersed in His name for the remission of sins (baptism – a condition) and in so doing we will receive the free gift of the Holy Spirit. Even from the beginning of our walk, there are certain requirements that must be met before we begin that walk.

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In doing this, because we have come to believe that Yahushua is the Son of Yahwey, we are instructed to no longer think on the things of this world,  but instead begin to seek the things of the kingdom of Yahwey, and His righteousness.  We have to stop and consider,  how can we do this?  How can we seek and find His righteous way of living?  Then, we begin to live out our lives according to what the Holy Spirit reveals to us and as we do, we are continually putting to death, that old man of sin, the nature that we had been born into. Then, upon our death and resurrection, we are risen from the grave victorious on the day of resurrection BECAUSE we have overcome.

Under the perfect law of liberty, we are saved by His grace and justified by our faith. When we fall from grace, eternal life is no longer ours, until we repent and the Father forgives us for our error. Does this sound like that once we are saved that we are always going to9 be saved?

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The verse below shows what happens IF man attempts to return to the carnal law of ordinances (mans own way of doing) after we are in His body.

Galatians 5:4 (RNV) You have become estranged from the Anointed, you who are justified by law, you have fallen from grace.

Without first belief and then obedience, which starts with repentance and immersion in His name for the remission of our sin, our name is never entered in the book of life so we never have the opportunity to “overcome the world.” This doesn’t sound like we are always saved once we are saved. There are conditions to be met.

But now the righteousness of יהוה without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;   Even the righteousness of  יהוה which is by faith of Yahushua the Messiah unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference.   ~Romans 3:21-22 {RNKJV}

Paul is saying that justification is obtained by the righteousness of Yahwey. Whether it is by faith in Yahwey or faith in Yahushua,  there is no difference. Either Yahushua is God in the flesh or He isn’t.

The law was given to man. Without the law pressing us to obedience, we would not know what sin is except that John the beloved does make it crystal clear to us that sin is a violation of Yahwey’s Torah.  The law is extremely important because it is the only thing (Document) that makes everyone equal. The intention of the law is to preserve society to benefit man. I don’t know what the big fuss is about.  There are laws regarding personal hygiene, clean and unclean dietary issues, agricultural law and so much more. It all has to do with the benefit of man and how to live in a communal environment. Either we trust that Yahwey knows what is best for the His creation or we don’t. We cannot trust Him to the end if we cannot trust Him from the beginning.

Romans 3:25-26 Whom יהוה hath set forth to be a propitiation (Sacrifice of atonement)through faith in His (Yahushua’s shed blood) blood, to declare His (Yahwey’s) righteousness (As a demonstration) for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of יהוה;  To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He  (Yahushua)might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Yahushua. RNKJV

So those who believe in Yahushua are justified by faith. We are establishing the law (Torah, His Instructions) by faith.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? By no means: yea, we establish the law.

Yahushua was delivered for our offences, our transgression against Torah. He was then raised for our justification. Yahushua’s death saved us from the penalty of the law. Yet again, we have God in the flesh, doing what is best for us. Establishing His law is beneficial to our daily existence.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Paul said, “For though I preach the glad tidings, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the glad tidings!” ~1st Corinthians  9:16

Paraphrased : ‘Woe is into me IF I don’t preach the glad tidings.’ Paul knew he had work to do. If Paul didn’t do the work that was required of him, he would have been sorely grieved. (Look up the word woe)

Paul went on to say, “For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the glad tidings is committed unto me.” ~ 1st Corinthians 9:17

So Paul knew the consequences if he did not do the work committed to him willingly, that he would loose his reward. His own words were that he would be castaway. He says so in the last verse of this same chapter.

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.

Yahushua said to ‘strive’ to enter in the straight gait. Why?

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Not many people are willing to walk in obedience to the whole truth of the word of God.  This is why few find the straight gait to life because the way to the straight gait is a road less traveled because to whom much is given, much is required.

In all of Paul’s Epistles, the argument is never IF one should obey Torah.  The argument is how do we get justified before Yahwey? Most people cannot fathom that the Torah sanctifies a believer after he or she is justified and teaches him or her right from wrong. The Holy Spirit confirms in us, what is written.  Our obedience is the evidence of our love toward Yahwey and the evidence of our faith in action after Yahushua has paid for our justification. We are to go and sin ‘no more’.  But we need help. The Torah and the Spirit help us achieve this goal.

Every human being’s deeds have been sinful in nature because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. These deeds; no matter how good they look or how sweet they might be, they are still punishable by death because no human being can claim eternal life without having faith in Yahushua who paid the death penalty for our unrighteous sin. Yahushua has paid (With His own life) the unrighteous deeds of those who accept His atonement work and repent of their unrighteousness.

I want to make it perfectly clear that our ‘gift of faith’ does not earn our salvation. Salvation is something that was and will always be our Creator’s idea. We on the other hand, use the measure of faith that He gave us to trust Him enough, knowing and believing that He has already worked out how He will accomplish this goal to keep His word to us, regarding our eternal salvation. We don’t have to do a thing because salvation is His gift to us from the beginning to the end. However, I rest in complete assurance that we are His workmanship and that we have been created in Messiah Yahushua for good works, which Yahwey prepared beforehand. Not many people understand what Paul is talking about here because more often than not, we forget that Paul at the time of this letter was only using Torah, The Prophets and The Writings to instruct and teach with. The works that Yahwey prepared beforehand are found written in the Law, otherwise known as Torah. {Ephesians 2:8-10} We don’t often receive a gift and then ask the giver, “How much do I owe you?” However, when someone gives us a gift, their hope is that we will enjoy that gift and perhaps make good use of it. Yahwey isn’t any different. He gives us gift’s to encourage us, to help us grow, to instruct us how to live in harmony with those around us which thereby helps to advance His Kingdom.

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The Hebrew word, torah (תורה), is derived from a root that was used in the realm of archery, yareh (ירה). Yareh means to shoot an arrow in order to hit a mark. The mark or target, of course, was the object at which the archer was aiming. Respectively for each of us, we learn that torah, Yahwey’s written instructions are like an arrow aimed at the mark of its target because His instructions have a goal. The mark therefore is the target to the truth about Yahwey and how one relates to Him. The torah is, therefore, in the strict sense, Yahwey’s instruction designed to teach us the truth about Him. Ergo, Torah means teaching, instruction, guide or direction. So when Paul says that we are Yahwey’s workmanship, as we have been created in Messiah Yahushua, for good works which Yahwey prepared beforehand that we should walk in ‘them’, the good works are obviously the works written in Torah, His instruction for us. Yahwey created each of us through Messiah Yahushua or in Him to follow Yahwey, as He comes along side of us and join Him, the good works that Yahwey has gotten ready for us to do and work we had better be doing. Therefore having said all of this, it is my own personal opinion that the word Torah, since it does mean instruction; can actually be applied to the whole Bible.

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The reason I say we better be doing is because we will be rewarded by these works when Yahushua returns. We know this because Matthew recorded this truth in chapter 16, verse 27: For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. The reason there is a reward coming is because we are judged at the resurrection, according to our works. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Our performance on how we lived building our character and living Elohim’s way; will be rewarded. We cannot boast in this because as I mentioned before, this whole idea was Yahwey’s idea in the beginning to which there is no end. Torah teaches us character but the words and the teaching is from Him. The character in us comes from Him but we must desire and yield to His instruction according to His purpose for our life. The Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are His children when we yield to the Potters hand. When Paul used the words that we should ‘walk in’ them, those two words, Paul uses the Greek word of peripater meaning to be occupied with. We are to daily be occupied with Yahwey’s instruction that He prepared beforehand.

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Path One Either His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path…. or it isn’t.

Now we can certainly understand why Yahushua said,  “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

There is only One Way, One Life, One Truth, One Law and One Gait at the end of One Path. The One Path…. has never changed.

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Letter to Ephesus – Chapter Two

Ephesians Chapter Two :1-3 ¶ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Those who walk in disobedience to Yahwey, desiring in their own flesh and mind that they will live according to their own will are dead in their trespasses and sins because they are walking according to the will and desire of the prince and power of the air, rather than the will that Yahwey has set before humankind. Lust of the flesh is a natural thing in the children of wrath. Those who walk in obedience to Yahwey’s will are the folks that He is not angry with. We all used to walk in this path until we were quickened by Him. We no longer walk according to the course of this world. There are two spirits. The One Spirit that is given to the children of obedience to help guide them all the days of their life should they repent when they step out of Yah’s will. There is also a spirit that works in the children of disobedience, as it is written in the above passage.

Many people believe that they are safe and sound through the stripes on Yahushua’s back and the blood that He shed, that once they are saved, they are saved once and for all but this is a fallacy and can be proved by a simple passage in scripture.

Exodus 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book.

We cannot continue in sin once our sin has been found out and exposed to us. What did Yahushua say to the woman that had been caught in adultery after there were no more witnesses to hold her accountable before Him? “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Normally, under the law, she would have been stoned to death should she be found guilty on the exposition of two witnesses. Yahushua did not say that she was not guilty. He could not condemn her because there were no longer any witnesses to her crime. He had not yet died to save her from the penalty of the death that held her bound to the law for the crime that she had committed. He did not acquit her, for He did not make void the law of Yahwey; nor did He condemn her. He was neither a witness in the case, nor yet a judge to whom such judgments belonged. He only spoke to her as a mediator and savior of man.

When He told her to go and sin no more, she still had reason to fear the greater judgment of Yahwey if she continued in the course of sin. He did not tell her to stop committing adultery. He told her to stop all sin. A repentant heart that hopes for any mercy of Yahwey is a wholly repentant heart, leaving off all sin. If Yahushua felt that she could look to the future to skate free of sin because He would shed His own blood, He would never have told her to sin no more. He might have said something like, “Ah’ no matter… don’t worry I will die to cover your sin.”

Sin is the transgression of the law. We know that Yahwey only wrote one law. If we love Him, we keep His commandments. We don’t throw away His law or pretend that Yahushua died for nothing. If Yahushua is Yahwey in the flesh, Emanuel with us, then Emanuel with us still intends for us to ‘sin no more’ and show our love to Him by keeping His commandments.

1st John 3: 4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

4-10 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

All of us at one time did what we wanted to do until we either heard Yahushua calling us out from Babylon or just knew that Yahushua had gotten hold of us in some way. Nevertheless, we were all in the same sinking ship. Yahwey could have just lost His temper and done away with us but instead, He embraced us right there in the whole of our messy lives. He picked us up out of the miry clay and set our feet on some solid ground so that we could begin to see what He has to offer us. He has done this all on His own with no help from us. In this world and the next, we can learn of His mercy as He showers us with His loving kindness through His Son, Yahushua. All we gotta do is trust in the Giver and the gift that Yahwey has given us from start to finish.

Through the joining of Jew and Gentile, we all can work our way unto salvation by fear and trembling because we are unified through Yahushua whom has shown us the way. Just as He is sitting at the right hand of the throne of Yahwey, we sit at His right hand learning from His example. Yahwey’s grace is not anything that we earn or deserve. What we do deserve is absolutely NOTHING, yet Yahwey has chosen to use us in His mighty plan.

Yahwey even bestows upon us the faith needed to fulfill our own duty through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only by His loving kindness that we have been saved by the faith that He gave us in measure, so that we would believe in Him. Yahwey has seen to it that we are fully equipped to follow Him all the days of our life doing the good work that He has prepared for us to bring honor and power and glory to His name and not our own. Faith without works is dead. On the other hand, works without faith cannot save the one who does them. Our work is only rewarding to us when we trust wholly in Yahushua Who has shown us that keeping the commandments (That apply to us), can be done.

The crowds in Galilee asked Yahushua “What shall we do in order to perform the works of Yahwey?” His reply was “Trust in the One He sent.” The key to doing the works of Elohim are written in Torah. Our boasting is in Elohim Who has given us His Torah so that we could walk in His way that He has purposed that we should walk in. This is the charter of the believer’s faith, yet most folks who claim to believe, are obviously not walking in the way that Yahwey desires them too. They, for the most part believe that Yahushua did it all and that He did away with His Father’s law by nailing His instructions to the cross. He did do it all. If Yahushua had not fulfilled all of the law, He would not be called the Son of Elohim.

11-13 ¶ Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

We know that this letter is to the Gentiles who believe in Yahushua. It is interesting that Paul says that they are Gentiles by birth and still Gentiles, without calling them ‘Christians’ even though they have come to believe in Messiah. Without Yahwey, no one has any hope in this world, neither Jew nor Gentile. Before these Gentiles came to the faith, they were aliens from the commonwealth, estranged from the national life of Israel. They were not yet part of the family of the God of Israel. Now that they are part of this family, they basically do the same as what Ruth did, claim these people to become their family and their God to become their God. The Jews do not become ‘Christian’s, they are still Jews. Gentile Christians should always keep in mind that they are no longer foreigners and strangers because now they are fellow-citizen’s implying they are obligated to join in to the unity of the family by cultivating themselves into it. Not vice versa. We are the wild olive branch grafted ‘in’. Now that the Gentile is graft in, they are they can embody all of the promises and gift’s that Yahwey bestows on His children. The Gentile ‘Christian’ is brought near by the blood shed sacrifice of Yahushua.

14-22 ¶ For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Not only does Yahushua broker the peace between the Jew and the Gentile, He is that peace.  Because He now lives in the human body of those who follow in His footsteps by way of the Spirit; this is what makes believing Jew and believing Gentile both one.  (In the flesh of Him) This middle wall of partition was broken down by Messiah.

Paul saw something that we have not.  The middle wall, the boundary fence that kept Jew and Gentile separate was mentioned because Paul knew that there was a sign on the wall that surrounded the temple which forbade any foreigner to go into the temple, on pain of death.  We know this because of the writings of Josephus titled ‘Antiquities of the Jews’.  This ‘sign’ was considered a boundary fence between Jew and Gentile as well.

At one point in Paul’s journey, he was falsely accused of bringing Trophimus beyond this barrier dividing the court of the Gentiles and the Court of the Jews which upset the crowds in the temple and led to his arrest there (Acts 21:27-32).  Paul did not teach against the people or against Torah or against the place (Temple); nor had he brought some Goyim (Jewish word for Gentile) into the Temple or defiled the holy place.  These five lies were brought in accusation towards Paul by UN-BELIEVING Jews from Asia whose soul intent was to stir up the crowd.  They did not believe that Yahushua was the Christ. Personally I see them as a tool of the enemy.

Paul’s point in the scripture quoted above (Ephesians 2:14-22) is that Gentiles are no longer separated but can now join the Jewish people through ‘faith’ in the Jewish Messiah. Before Yahushua, there was great enmity but now through His flesh, this enmity should no longer exist, although I see folks trying to build up that wall all the time. People seem to want to make Yahushua a Christian rather than excepting that He is still abiding and always will abide by the law given unto Moses.  The fact is that the enmity (separation) was destroyed in His body when He died to save us from the law of sin and death.

The enmity that existed and I believe still does exists was that Gentile’s envied the special status accorded by God to Israel in the Torah. Also the Jewish pride of being chosen and Gentiles resentment of that pride not to mention the mutual dislike of each other’s customs.

The sad truth is that what is overlooked (Perhaps, because of blindness) is that what some might call ‘the custom’s’ of the Jewish people; is merely their response to Torah with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances.  The Jewish nation did not understand that the Torah was originally intended for all people as we can read for ourselves in the Torah.

This is why Paul says that the enmity between the Jew and Gentile was occasioned by the Torah.  The peace that was preached to them that were far off and to them that were nigh was ALWAYS intended for all humankind.  The peace that we have or should have is that through Yahushua that Jew AND Gentile alike both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Now instead of being strangers (guests) and foreigners (sojourners), we are all a welcomed part of the same family. He destroyed the wall that kept us separated.  Now we are or at least have the capability of being one new man in union with Messiah that is produced from the two groups – joined as one single body.

Through this portion of Paul’s letter, we can clearly see that he is re-assuring the Gentiles that they are fully part of God’s family.   No barrier exists and Paul makes it perfectly clear that the Gentiles are NOT second class citizens but are one body, one family, not just spiritually but physically, through Messiah.  This is no different than when a child is adopted into a family, that child become part of the family that adopted them because the child that is adopted is given the family name and access to all that the family has, even the inheritance.  The child that is adopted comes into the family and lives under the same house rules that apply to the family that was birthed to the adopting parents.  We are all Israel because we are the children of the God of Israel.

We are all the object of Elohim’s undeserving grace, saved by Yahushua’s atoning death that saves us from the penalty of transgressing Elohim’s law because that is exactly what sin is.

1st John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

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Letter to Ephesus – Chapter One

Paul’s Letter To Ephesus

Book of Ephesians, Chapter One : 1-2 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Through the will of Yahwey, Paul was chosen by Yahushua to be an emissary to the messianic community at Ephesus. This letter was addressed to the saint’s (Hagios, physically pure and morally blameless) AND to the faithful (Pistos, trustworthy, trustful, believing, sure and true) in Messiah. Paul bestows a blessing of favor and Shalom. Twice now, Paul has already separated Yahwey from Yahushua in the opening of this letter by saying he is an apostle of Yahushua by the will of Yahwey and that he is sending a blessing from ‘God our Father’ AND from ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’. I can accept that Paul was chosen by Yahushua because Paul was an earthling when Yahushua found him on the road to Damascus. Yahushua chose Paul by the will of Yahushua. Yahushua was sent from the Father to do the will of the Father. I am not quite sure why Paul would make the distinction of the blessing to be from both if : ‘I and my Father are One’. {John 10:30}

 3-14 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.

Paul goes on to say a blessing, a benediction [ b’rakhah] of sorts such as the Amidah that is recited three times a day, similar to the recital of Sh’ma ; the words of praise from Adonai to the people of Israel of whom Yahwey loves, spoken over them by the High Priest.

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

 The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

 The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

 And they shall put My name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

~  Numbers 6:24-27

Paul’s use of expressing himself is also remindful of the close of Ahavah, the benediction closing just before the Sh’ma. In all His wisdom, Yahwey has made known to us His favor towards humanity with knowledge and understanding . He favors us by sharing Himself with us and knowledge that was not known before in other generations. This tells us that the Gracious Giver of knowledge is bestowing certain favor upon this latter generation a much different favor than He showed to those who have gone before us. Something that He did not share with them, through Paul… He is now revealing something not seen before.

Paul reveals to the folks at Ephesus the mystery, something that Yahwey previously concealed but now revealed. However, there were hints hint of this mystery, however I will only share just a few in the book of Job and the Psalms.

Job 33:24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

Psalms 49:8-9 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

(49:15-16) But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah. {Selah: “Stop and think about what I have said and what I am about to say”} Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

Yahwey purposed in Himself that we would know the mystery. He made it known that we needed redemption through the blood to be forgiven of sin. This was made known to us from the beginning when an animal was killed and Yahwey used the skin of an animal, to clothe Adam and Eve after they disobeyed the commandment not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Blood had been shed when Yahwey sacrificed an animal’s life so that He could make a covering for their bodies, thereby covering their shame. Before they disobeyed His commandment, they were naked before Him and did not know they were ashamed.

Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Genesis 3:21 ¶ Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

So, having said all of that, we know that the mystery is not the fact that man needs redemptive covering through the blood of animals. Paul reveals to the folks at Ephesus the mystery, something that Yahwey previously concealed but now revealed.

As we learn from the scripture reference in Job and the passage in Psalms, money could never redeem or pay the purchase price to redeem anyone from eternal death. Yahwey had to conceive a plan whereby man could not redeem himself either. God knew that He must be the One to redeem man from the power of the grave and set him free from the punishment of the law that held him bound to death, thereby setting man free from the law of sin and death; the punishment for certain sin. The wages of sin are death but Yahwey had to find a way to make that ransom effective enough for a full pardon. He found it through the man whom He would deliver unto the pit and then lift Him out by lifting the Spirit , redeeming man back unto Himself. One man would pay that price by sacrificing His own blood, thereby laying Himself down so that man could be forgiven of sin, without having to stay in the grave, thereby the corruption of His body would never be known once He was risen from the grave. Yahwey had certainly found a ransom.

We now know that Yahushua’s blood was poured out upon the altar of the cross freeing up the penalty and punishment of death for transgression of the law. Now folks could love Him by keeping His commandments and not throwing them around as if they meant nothing or trampling upon His good favor and mercy. Folks would not be barely free or escape certain death by skating on thin ice either. They would be fully free to follow His commandments without being fearful of death. Instead they were completely and abundantly free because Yahwey had thought of everything that would satisfy His own written punishment for death… to those whom He would call into service and worship, thereby bringing glory and honor to His name. He took delight in this in knowing that He had sealed the redemptive process when He would open up this plan for everyone, Jew and Gentile, not showing any favor towards one or the other, nor those who had died previous to the crucifixion nor those who would come after. Now all mankind could be sanctified through the offering of the body of Yahushua HaMashiach…. once for all.

 Yahwey set it all out before us through Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. In Him, we find out who we are and what we are living for. This was the plan conceived by Yahwey who had designs long ago that humankind would live a glorious life under His instructive law. His foreordained purpose was that this message of hope would be signed, sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit. The death of Yahushua was the instalment of a promise of something better that is coming, a reminder that those who worship Him, showing their love of Him by keeping His commandments would receive a full inheritance of this promise. 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. All things in heaven and earth will soon be gathered unto Yahwey, through Yahushua Whom we have obtained an inheritance, all to the glory of Yahwey.

Yahwey is building a family through Yahushua. When Yahushua said, I and My Father are One, He was sharing a truth that one day, we would all be one, as He and His Father are One. Yahushua prayed in the garden that folks would be sanctified through Yahwey’s truth and said that His word is truth. [John 17:17] He also prayed that they {we} all may be one; as thou, Father {Yahwey}, art in Me {Yahushua}, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent Me.

Now to finish this first chapter of this letter to the folks at Ephesus.

15-23 ¶ Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Paul wrote that once he had heard of the outpouring of love that these folks at Ephesus had for one another, and the trust that they had in Yahushua., he couldn’t stop thanking Yahwey for them. He said in his letter that every time he prayed for these folks, he would also thank Yah for them. He also prayed that they would be enlightened and that they would be able to discern in their hearts to know Yahwey better so that their eyes would stay fixed and clear on the plan that Yahwey had called them too. He prayed that they would grasp the immense purpose of the glorious way of life that they had been called unto and that they would be strengthened with boundless energy to fulfil this purpose. This reminds me of the very same energy with which Yahushua had fulfilled His duty in keeping the commandments of Yahwey, thereby not destroying the law, or the prophets, which is the duty of all man; fearing Yahwey and keeping His commandments. [Ecclesiastes 12:13]

All of their energy for these folks at Ephesus would come from Yahushua; Whom Yahwey raised from the grave and set Him on a throne to keep charge of the universe, nothing being exempt from His rule. Yahushua thereby fills everything with His presence, and it is in this presence that they would walk in the strength of Yahushua, by the power of the Holy Spirit. As it is written in verse 17, it would be God the Father who would give the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. It is Paul’s view that in Yahushua, bodily, lives the fullness of Elohim of all that Yahwey is. It is through the corporate body of Messiah, that the fullness [Pleroma] of Yahwey fills all creation. We show our faithfulness to Yahwey by trusting in what His Son has done. It pleased Yahwey to have His pleroma (fullness) live in His Son.

We do not want to miss out on the fact that there is warfare being played out. The principality, and power that are being placed under the feet of Yahushua where the enemies of Yahwey will become nothing more than a footstool is showing us that there is indeed an imagery of spiritual warfare going on. The mention of the right hand is a development of power. This imagery will be touched on by other scriptures in this letter, such as chapter 3:9-10, 4:26-27 but mostly developed in chapter 6 verse 10-18. Nevertheless, Yahushua is given the power as the head of the whole Israelite Messianic community, the family of the God of Israel.

Prayer: Father of lights from Whom all blessings flow, we thank You for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Who You are in us. We thank You for the purpose and plan that You have called us to fulfil. We thank You that we are chosen in You. We thank You for Your Son, Whom You sent to represent You on this earth. We thank You that from the very beginning, You marked us with Your love to be Your children according to how it pleased You and Your good will. We thank You for the opportunity to love all humankind through the same love that Your Son showed us, through the writings of this letter of the Apostle Paul, our brother. We thank You that Your Son wields all the power over us, strengthening us through the Holy Spirit, helping each one of us to continue walking in Your truth, Your word that sanctifies us so that we are more than capable to show our love to You, by keeping Your commandments and no longer feeling the burden that we should die, should we mess up. We thank You that You Father, have made a covering for our sin and that we should not taste death nor feel its sting. Thank You for the everlasting promise of eternal life, kept in heaven for us. In Jesus name of Yahushua, we pray. ~ Amen

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Unity of the Family

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 Ephesians 4:1-3 ¶ I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

This is the fourth chapter of the letter from Paul to the folks at Ephesus. Paul had been a believer for nearly thirty years when he wrote this letter. He was under house arrest in Rome at this time but was free to have visitors and write letters,  so he did. He wrote this portion of the letter to the faithful followers of Yahushua HaMashiach as is written in the opening of the letter to the folks at Ephesus.

Paul and the other Apostles were ordained with the authority to render judgmental teachings according to the sentence of the law which they would share where ever they traveled. ~ Deuteronomy 18:8-13

It was Yahushua Himself that had established the judicial order in the body when He chose and ordained these elders and leaders among the brethren of the early church body. These elders and leaders would teach the ONE true doctrine in the congregation as they began to travel and share the good news that Yahushua the Messiah had set men free from the law of sin and death when He had paid the penalty for those who took up their cross and followed Him faithfully, according to what had been written in the law of Moses. When we the faithful, respond to His love by trusting in Him, His purpose becomes clearer thereby empowering us to continue in the path of seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness.

the-kingdom-of-god Paul’s letter to the folks at Ephesus was not written just to them but was a letter that we now know was circulated amongst the brethren all around the region and is still being circulated to mankind everywhere who will pick up the Bible to read this letter.

The blue print of this letter teaches unity in Yahushua HaMashiach the Christ and unity in the body, His family. In this letter Paul refers to the body as a temple as well as a soldier and the bride. The focus today in this offering regards the unity of faith, the unity of love and the unity of becoming one new man.

Paul’s words are encouraging. Here he is in prison, still teaching the same message that he shared wherever he had traveled earlier in his three missionary like travels around the Mediterranean Sea. Here he was held in bonds as a captive, but yet teaching comfort and freedom, both calling and inviting everyone to follow the path in the surname of Yahushua.

Paul encourages us to protect and extend the heart, mind, body and soul to great effort and diligence; to unite those who are filled with the Spirit, to be unified in peace, resting and trusting in the One we follow. His encouragement is to walk worthy of the invitation to which mankind is called. To walk in humbleness, forbearing one another striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; steadily pouring ourselves out for each other in acts of love. Even though we may be equipped with discernment at noticing differences, we can be just as quick to tenderly tear down the fence that keep us from being unified for the sake of the family.

Paul wrote to Timothy that the purpose of his instruction is that all Christians would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience and sincere faith. Paul said that this is where all the commandment ends. The fulfilling of the commandment as Yahushua said is that we are to love the Lord thy God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all of our mind, and with all our strength: this is the first commandment. He said that the second was likewise to it and that there was no greater of a commandment; that we would love one another, loving our neighbor as our self. What many folks may not recognize is that Yahushua was quoting Torah. > Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Paul also spoke in agreement that the fulfilment of the law is in one word, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. This teaches us that if we love Yahwey with all of our heart. The goal of the commandment is to love out of a clean heart and good conscience and sincere faith, thereby fulfilling the divine training that keeps us all unified. Simply put, from beginning to end, from Alef to Tov and from Alfa and Omega, we become one new man, the body joined fitly together, in the bond of love because it is the Spirit that unifies the body; the family of the God of Israel. From beginning to end, Elohim is love.

Why does there need to be peace with-in the body? The answer is in the garden where Yahushua is found in a blood sweating prayer. In it, He gives us the answer that we are seeking. He actually says it three times; “That they may be made one.”

John 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent Me.

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

1Cor1227 We as the body can’t be found arguing over differences in doctrine when we the body KNOW that there is only One Elohim, One faith and One baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shall preform His duty through us. Let’s not dwell on the differences.

Let’s stay focused on the truth and share that truth and let the chips fall where they may. What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense of all the garbage we have been taught to be the truth. We ‘know’ the truth and this is the truth that we are to share with our neighbor. In the body, we’re all connected to each other, after all. When we suppress the truth and keep it from others, we are no better than the Israelites who were supposed to take this truth to the ends of the earth. We have nothing to fear from mankind. Yahwey will see to it that all the ones that He has chosen to be in His family… will be in His family. Do we think that He is not able to perform His own desire that none perish?

In the letter to the folks at Ephesus, Paul goes on explaining the importance of becoming one in the Spirit.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. ~ Ephesians 4: 4-7

We all belong to each other. As we begin to mature, we begin to fully come to this understanding. Those who are filled with His Spirit, who have a clean heart, a good conscience and sincere faith, make up the family of the God of Israel.

Yahwey is building a family who will be one with Him, as He is One with Yahushua; so that we will all one day be One in the Spirit. Each one of us is individually given the gift of the Spirit according to the portion that was gifted to us through Messiah. We are given exactlythe right portion that He knows will equip us and that will form us as a whole and completely unified body.

Exodus314 Yahwey is One. When we think about being One, we recognize that this One is a make-up of a family that will one day be birthed from the grave. Praise be to Elohim and Father of our Master, who has given us new birth unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Yahushua HaMashiach from the dead, and that He has reserved our inheritance in the kingdom. The Spirit reigns in and through us, but Yahwey is above us all and is the Father of the One, THE FATHER of the family.

Each of us has been given the ability to serve in this unified family that is being created. Each of us has been empowered with the gift of the Spirit, who also empowers us with certain gifts by the One same Spirit. The Spirit with-in us is the presence of Yahwey, actively living in the world.

Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Rational thinking can explain this brief passage. Heaven is above us in the spans’ of the sky. The earth is below the heavens. Yahwey it is written, came down from the heavens to live upon the earth in the form of a man. Yahushua was Elohim with us. He is still Elohim with us in the form of the Spirit. When Yahushua ascended into the heavenly sanctuary, He bestowed gifts to the faithful followers, those whom He has called unto repentance and those He has chosen.  This was all prophesied long ago. Paul is revealing that this prophecy has been fulfilled.

Psalm 68:18-19 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Yahushua climbed the high mountain, captured the enemy and seized the bountiful gifts. Then He handed out these gifts to the people whom Yahwey has called and is still calling, those who would serve and be faithful followers of the very same pathway that Yahushua blazed. This shows us His overruling care as He transforms the protocol with-in us, as to how we are to serve and worship our King. Any view that violates the law, does not paint a true picture of authentic worship. He is worthy of our complete sacrifice… to hold steadfast to the calling in perfect harmony.

Ephesians 4:11-16 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

These are the gifts that are given to equip us to preform our duty. The conclusion of the whole matter is to fear Elohim, and keep His commandments. These gifts are given for the edification of the whole body. The wholeness that is being formed in the body does not take away from our individuality, rather it equips us to teach, nurture and heal the body as a whole. Together we can obey the God of Israel more fully than we can on our own.

We could not even accomplish anything without the widespread empowerment of the Holy Spirit. This is why we are called to be members of One body, rather than winging it on our own. This shows us the importance of the role that the Holy Spirit utilizes within the family. He leads… but we have to yield to His authority to not only keep the peace but to keep the faith of all who are of the same faith as well as those who are still being called.

signs We simply do not KNOW who else will be called, so when we meet someone who is seeking with their whole heart, we know that they will find Him when they do. But it is up to the Holy Spirit to preform that final incision into the heart so that a person can accept the gift that will heal their own body, thereby sealing up the whole family that will one day be called, the New Man.

We the body need to fulfil our duty to be humble, gentle, patient, understanding and peaceful, instead of concentrating and focusing on what divides us. It is only the spirit of evil that works the hardest to keep us separated and denominated one from the other. When we yield to the power of the Spirit, we are able to look past the faults that we openly recognize or experience. None of us are perfect, no not one. However,   by our acceptance of this fundamental truth we can strengthen the family rather than tear down what Elohim is building up. folks

When we begin to focus on the immersion of the Holy Spirit; we as the family of the God of Israel; will have fulfilled our calling, loving one another (Our neighbor) as we are loved by He who has created us and will give us new eternal life upon resurrection.

When the Holy Spirit floods our being, we then can share the empowerment of the gifts as we swing open the floodgates letting His love flow through us, loving one another as He first loved us. We can’t love as He does. We don’t know how too. But when we yield to the Holy Spirit power with-in us, He can love them through us. When we submit ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto Yahwey, which is our reasonable service; Yahwey can work through those who praise, worship and honor Him in obedience, thereby fulfilling the goal of the commandment.

 And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. ~ 2nd John 1:6

Sons of GodThe family of the God of Israel includes all who have believed in Yahwey in the past, all who believe in Him in the present and all who will believe in Him in the future. We are all His family, those who believe and have His Spirit because He is the Father of us all, in whom His Spirit dwells.

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The Cup of the Fierceness of His Wrath

While driving home from the city yesterday I was listening to a song on Heart Radio. The lyrics had the following words: “Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For every sin on him was laid. Here in the death of Christ I live.”

I began to ponder on this and came to a conclusion that these words are an inaccurate statement. Nowhere in the NT is it said that the wrath of Yahwey was satisfied by the cross, as Jesus died.

The wrath of God was not satisfied on the cross. If it were, why would the wrath of God be coming as Yahushua Himself said that it is. He was discussing what would come here in the latter days in the book of Matthew, chapter 24. I find that most Christians don’t like to talk about God’s wrath because they believe Him to be a loving God, which He is. However, Yahwey is also a just God. So who is His wrath aimed towards? Scripture gives us the answer:

Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Please note: This subject is not discussing the wrath of Yahushua, whom many may refer to as Jesus. It is clearly a scriptural teaching on the wrath of Yahwey, whom many refer to as God. Yahwey is angry at all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

What is unrighteousness? Many translations substitute un-righteousness for iniquity and yet again, many translations substitute iniquity for lawlessness. Unrighteousness is seeking your own glory, your own way and choosing that which is in opposition to the known will of Yahwey. Ungodliness is the omission of duty to Elohim; the withholding from Him of worship, love, confidence, obedience. It is the withholding from Elohim that which is His due.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of Elohim upon the children of disobedience.

Charles G. Finny once said, “Neglect of duty implies a knowledge of duty. A man cannot be said to neglect a duty of which he has no knowledge.”  If you have no knowledge that your duty is to practice righteousness, then you can not neglect that which you do not know. Now that you know, shouldn’t you aught to go out and seek this truth for yourself? Would you rather be found in contempt of court when you are brought forth to justice?

Paul taught something very valuable in that small passage saying that God had shewed ‘it’ to them. What is the ‘it’ that Yahwey shewed? Paul used the greek word phaneros when he said ‘that which may be known of God is manifest in them’. The word manifest is apparent, external, outward and open. So whatever ‘it’ is can be known and can still be apparent, external, outward and open. The “it’ can still be seen, whatever the ‘it’ is, that Yahwey shewed to them. We know this because Paul said, ‘that which may be known of God’. Anytime we see something that is in reference to Yahwey, we have to look into the Old Testament to find the answer to the reference being made. In this case, Paul confidently said that ‘that which may be known of God is manifest in them’. So what is ‘it’ that is apparent and showing? All ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Why then, do people still hold on to what they believe to be true and yet Yahwey sees as unrighteousness and ungodliness? Many folks do not know or even if they do know, they choose to ignore the fact that Yahwey is a God of visible beauty, order, and operations that are observable in the constitution and parts of the universe; i.e., His creation.   His power is external and seen throughout the night sky each and every night and also throughout the day time, in what we see of the sun and how it warms the earth. Beyond what all we see with the naked eye; is all the rest of creation of which is written that He created. The universal dominion and providence is right there and cannot be ignored and yet men plead ignorance so that they can continue in their idolatry and wickedness. For they being ignorant of Elohim’s righteousness, and going about or seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of Elohim.

Mankind has fallen away, apostatized from the basic instruction, principles and teachings of righteousness that Yahwey laid out and requires of mankind. Many people teach that His instructions were thrown out at the cross and that His wrath was satisfied there. The fact remains that Yahwey has established and made known in writing, a required way of life. Yahushua did not teach that mankind could do anything less. Many people lay out a lie and present it to the masses that His love is unconditional and yet what did Yahushua say His disciples? “If you love me, keep My commandments.” Yahushua kept the very same commandments that are laid out in the Torah. This is where we find the instructions for living. If we love Him, we are to show our love for Him by keeping His commandments.

One has to ask, if one does ‘not’ keep the commandments of Yahwey, is Yahwey in return, going to love that person?

Let the scriptures reveal a truth for you: And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead. ~ Acts 17:30-31

If a person is living their life according to the instructions taught in Torah, this is the righteousness that man will be judged by. To all those folks who continually seek the LORD, they quickly learn that in Him we live, and move, and have our being. The death of Yahushua has provided for mankind, that he or she be forgiven of their sin and that they are no longer bound to the wages of sin, which is death. The law provides certain punishment for certain disobedience. Within the law, there is occasion that punishment requires death. This is what Yahushua has satisfied.

When we live our life following in the same path that Yahushua walked, we whom are filled with the spirit of Yahwey are made free from the law of sin and death.

As a parent raises their children, they are teaching them one most important rule in life and that rule is love. We do not instruct our children to become terrorist like those of radical Islam. We instruct our children and rear them up in love. We teach them through the atmosphere of love and obedience; no different than the love of our heavenly Father.

We can look at all nature and see the love that Yahwey put into everything that our eyes can see. Yet there are millions of people who are blinded by the false teachings that the law of Yahwey has been tossed out. We cannot worship Yahwey in the way that man teaches us. We must respond to Yahwey in obedience to His instructions. We can’t look in the mirror expecting to see a reflection of Him if we are not worshiping Him in the way that He has made known.

It is the ungodliness that mankind proves is within him that is a most clear and evident reflection of what satan requires that we ignore the truth of what Yahwey has revealed. These most foolish and stupid ideas in the brain that we can worship Him how ever we feel is willy nilly at best.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

QUESTION:   What is it that man needs to repent of?

ANSWER: sin

QUESTION: What is sin?

ANSWER: Sin is the transgression of the law.

1st John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

 Everyone who practices sin, also practices lawlessness because that is what sin is. Sin is the breaking of or breaking away from Torah.

Yahushua was manifested that He might take away sin. Sin was not in Him. Everyone who remains in Him, does not practice sin (i.e. lawlessness). Everyone practicing lawlessness has not seen Him, nor known Him. Little children, let no one lead you astray; the one practicing righteousness is righteous even as that One is righteousness. The one practicing sin is of the devil, because the devil sins from the beginning. For this the Son of YAHWEY was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Everyone who has been begotten of Elohim does not practice sin, because His seed abides in him, and he is not able to sin, because he has been begotten of Elohim. By this the children of Yahwey are distinguished from children of the devil. Whoever does not practice righteousness and does not love his brother, does not belong to Elohim. – 1st John 3:5-10

Everyone who remains in Him and follows His instruction, practices righteousness. Sin is clearly defined as the breaking of the Torah and yet most Christians believe what they have been taught that the Torah was thrown out. The Christian argument against keeping Torah is extremely weak and non-biblical as if there is no Torah, then there would be no sin and then why would someone need a savior? It is utterly evil to preach a lawless message of salvation. For those who continue to practice a life without Torah, His wrath is still coming. Yahwey’s wrath is the logical result of His attribute of justice. He must punish sin. Make no mistake about it, even Christian’s transgression of Torah will result in punishment.

Those saying that Torah is done away are proving (according to scripture) they still have a carnal mind of their wicked human nature and not the Holy Spirit (Ruach H’Chodesh) of YHWH. All the commandments are righteousness. It is ridiculous to even think that Yahwey’s wrath upon unrighteousness would be done away with at the cross since we all can look at the nightly news and see that sin is still consistent and prevalent. Yahwey’s righteousness is not lacking prior to Yahushua’s death any more than His love is lacking prior to or even after Yahushua’s death. Yahwey expected Yahushua to live according to His word as He expects us to live according to His word.

His love, His righteousness and His justice are all jointly connected. It is mankind that has collectively rejected Him and His love for us that is written in Torah.

Psalm 119:172 ¶ My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

Do you still believe and still want to hold to the truth in unrighteousness? Or would you rather repent and begin shewing forth in your new life that His instructions are alive and well with-in you? This is the death in Yahushua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) that we live; for the law of the Spirit of Him has made us free from the law of sin and the law of death. Lets sing a new song….

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Yahushua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of Yahwey.” ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. ~ Matthew 24:5

More often than not, preachers are teaching and saying that Yahushua is the Christ but out of the other side of their mouths they are saying that the Torah has been done away with. They are deceiving many. Iniquity is certainly abounding upon this earth because the love of many is waxing cold. WHY? Because the entire Torah can be summarized by a single word;    LOVE

If we are not practicing His Torah, His love is not in us. The source of Yahwey’s wrath is not man or man’s sin it is centered in His love for holiness and righteousness. Yahwey loves righteousness therefore He hates un-righteousness. Anything less degrades His glory.

Psalm 7:11 Elohim judgeth the righteous, and Elohim is angry with the wicked every day.

The wrath of Yahwey is coming to those who hold to the truth in unrighteousness. Take the cup of salvation and call upon the name of Yahwey. OR; stand ready to receive the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

The wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all sinners who neglect to do and be what Yahwey requires us to do and be. I fully expect that His wrath will be poured out because Yahwey is a man of His word. I fully expect that when He does judge me,  that I will be judged by His righteousness and not my own. I exist for His good pleasure and not my own. It is for this cause that I live.

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The Kingdom of The Elohim of Israel

The kingdom of God 1 Interestingly enough, when you type in the phrase ‘The Kingdom of God’ into a bible search engine, the very first scripture that shows is this one:

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Isn’t that just like Yahwey to place this scripture in its perfect order? If one is to begin a study regarding the Kingdom of God, they ought to know that they are on the right path to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.

If you type in the word ‘kingdom’ in the second testament, the first scripture that comes up is this one: Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

We have John the Baptist declaring that the kingdom is at hand and “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.”

What is the Kingdom of Elohim? Is it a person, place or thing? What does the Kingdom of Elohim look like? These are a few questions I hope that I will find the answer too as I delve into this study.

Nebuchadnezza and Daniel Long ago, Yahwey revealed a dream to the first real world wide ruler, King Nebuchadnezzar. In this dream, he called for his magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and the Chaldeans,  to show the king his dream. He wanted them to interpret a dream which he did not understand and that bothered his spirit. He told the Chaldeans that if they couldn’t interpret his dream that he would have them cut into pieces and their houses made a dunghill. The Chaldeans asked the king to tell them the dream and they would interpret it but this was not to be so. The king couldn’t remember the dream so he figured that because they were so powerful, they ought to be able to then both remind him of his dream and interpret it. Of course they were not all that powerful and knowing and could not do as the king asked. The king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

At that time, living in the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar was a captive Jew who was well known for all matters of wisdom and understanding. His name was Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar was so frustrated with all of the magicians, astrologers, and sorcerers living in his kingdom because they couldn’t tell him his dream so he sent out a decree that the wise men should be slain; and they also sought Daniel to be slain because he was included as a wise man. Daniel heard about the decree and asked his fellow companions to begin praying with him; that they would desire mercies of the Elohim (God) of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. The secret vision was revealed to David in a night vision. Daniel sought the man in charge who was to follow through with the king’s command to slay all those with special powers to interpret dreams. This fella brought Daniel before the king and Daniel did tell King Nebuchadnezzar what was in his dream and then also interpreted it.

Statute in Nebs dream In a vision, Daniel was shown a great image made of gold, silver, brass, iron and part iron and clay. While Daniel was conveying the interpretation thereof before the king, he said the following words that were actually a prophecy into the very farthest future. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” ~ Daniel 2:44

As of yet, we haven’t exactly witnessed this kind of kingdom or realm here on earth. All the kingdoms that have been witnessed over the span of history have eventually all come crashing down. None of these kingdoms of power have ever been a kingdom that has stood forever as the kingdom that Daniel spoke of. Daniel was not talking about a church, or a people who were ruling in power or even a church or people who were to rule over other people on earth. He said that Yahwey, the God of heaven would set up this kingdom and it would break all other kingdoms in pieces and consume them and that was the kingdom that would stand forever. Whatever the kingdom of Elohim is that Yahwey has planned to set up, it has the power to consume and to stand forever.

Just so we all know; this kingdom is not a kingdom that is set up in the hearts of men either. As you read about the image that is described in the book of Daniel chapter two, we understand that this image is precise and characteristic in nature; describing national and international governments. Daniel was describing a succession of world empires that would rise and fall.

In the latter days, then would come the last ruling empire that would have ten nations represented by the ten toes in the image that was shown in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. This last ruling world empire as far as we know that is described of iron mixed with miry clay, a kingdom that shall be partly strong, and partly broken, has yet to come into power. When it does, it will only rule for a short time before it is broken into pieces and consumed by the God (Elohim) of heaven Who shall set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. This is the Kingdom that we are commanded to seek first; hand in hand to seeking His righteousness and not our own.

I am supposing here, but none the less; I believe this kingdom will not come upon the earth until Yahushua HaMashiach returns. The reason I believe this is because when He returns, He is to come as king of Kings and Lord of lords and the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. ~ part B of Revelation 11:15. He will rule over the entire earth and all kingdoms will bow before the King of kings. It was for this cause that Yahushua Himself said that He was born.

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto Him, Art thou a king then? Yahushua answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.

Yahushua before Pilate Sometimes even the greatest of men have no understanding of the truth which Yahushua spoke of. This is why Pilate replied in jest asking, “What is truth?” More often than not, the truth is just utterly out of the reach of men. Yet, here was Yahushua telling Pilate that He was born for this reason to be a king and for this cause He was come into the world and that this truth that Yahushua would bear witness too; would only be witnesses by those who hear His voice.

We know from another passage in scripture that the Kingdom of Elohim is something that will be taken away from those who abuse it and will be given to those who will bring forth the fruits of it. Not only that but the kingdom of Elohim will be given to a nation (ethnos, probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):–Gentile, heathen, nation, people.).

Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

purpose Where ever Yahushua went, He preached about the gospel of the Kingdom of Elohim. This was His message. He expected people to repent and believe the gospel.

What was His gospel? Yahushua told His disciples that it wasn’t given unto everyone to know the mystery of the kingdom of Elohim but it was given unto them. To everyone else it would be ordained to be a parable.

 Mark 4:12 And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Why wasn’t Yahushua making it known to everyone the mystery of the Kingdom of Elohim? I have studied this out and asked this question before and it has been written more than a few times throughout the text of the Bible that not everyone will know this truth lest they have the ears to hear. Many folks are really not willing to tip their ear to this truth. However,  it can be found if one is willing to search it out.

If you are interested in this study of gathered scriptures, see the following link. https://eudoranachand.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/eyes-of-the-blind-will-be-opened/

Not only did Yahushua preach the gospel,  the author of the book of Hebrews shares with his audience that the gospel was preached to the patriarchs of our faith.

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Paul even wrote to the folks at Galatia that the gospel was even preached to Abraham.

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

So this tells us that the gospel was taught ‘before’ the cross. The reason it didn’t profit them was because they did not mix their faith with their ‘doing’ after they heard it.

Yahushua spoke of the Kingdom of Elohim to another fella by the name of Nicodemus. This man was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews who came seeking Yahushua out during the night. Yahushua told Nicodemus that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Elohim. (John 3:5)

Many folks have often expressed themselves to me saying how they have been born again. I myself used to tell people that I too, had been born again. Now after having studied diligently the truth for the last nine years, I know now that I have not yet been born again.

I do not yet see this kingdom of Elohim because Yahwey has not yet set it up. However, what Yahushua was explaining to Nicodemus was that if he didn’t have the Spirit of Yahwey with-in him, he would not see the kingdom of Elohim. So here too we find out that the Kingdom of Elohim is ‘not’ something that everyone can see. We also know from Yahushua’s conversation with Nicodemus that ‘the church’ cannot be the kingdom of Elohim because once again, the kingdom has not yet been set up and will not be set up by anyone other than Yahwey, as was prophesied in the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar. Yahwey’s kingdom will consume all other kingdoms and we simply have not witnessed this kingdom.

I am sure that you have misspoken the following words that, ‘the kingdom of God is with-in you.’ I know that I sure have. We have said these words because we have been told that this is what Yahushua said. But let us look closer at ‘who’ it was that Yahushua was actually talking too.

The exact scripture is: Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

If you look at the verse directly above (In Luke 17:20) we find out that Yahushua was actually talking to the Pharisees who had asked Him when the kingdom of God should come? His answer was that the kingdom of Elohim would not come with observation (An outward sign) and the people won’t be saying, look the kingdom is here or the kingdom is there. We know that Yahushua certainly did not mean that the kingdom of Elohim was with-in the Pharisee’s. The Kingdom of Elohim was obviously not in them if they had to ask when it would come.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the folks (the ecclesia) in Corinth that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. The Pharisees were a corrupt people. These very same people who were the ministers or teachers of their day, had been laying aside Elohim’s commandments and holding the tradition of men and this was what they were teaching.

Over time and all these years later, this same teaching is still being professed by religious ministers. They are teaching that the Torah has been done away with or that Yahushua has replaced the Torah and therefore those who hear them preach this lie; are still holding on to the tradition of men of which they have been taught. As a result, many folks are not seeking the righteousness of Elohim that is found in Torah. They are not living their lives and following in the footsteps of Yahushua Who taught the instructions of how Yahwey expects His children to live. But like Yahushua said, it isn’t given to everyone.

Remember? But seek ye first the kingdom of Elohim, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33

We have not been commanded to listen, believe and live the way that man tells us to live. We are to be seeking His kingdom that is to come and His righteousness, not ignoring God’s law and substituting our own traditional teaching. If our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of Elohim, what shall we say? We simply won’t have a leg to stand on.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

We’ve got to be looking past the self-righteousness and tradition of men if we expect to enter the kingdom of Elohim. By the way, in case you are planning to enter the Kingdom of Elohim, you might need to know that those who are blessed that may have right to the tree of life and enter in through the gates into the city….. are those that ‘do’ His commandments. Have you been one to ‘do’ His commandments or have you replaced them with Yahushua or worse yet, thrown them out and nailed them to the cross?

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We simply cannot abandon the commandment of Elohim and hold to human tradition. We cannot worship Yahwey and teach as doctrines, ‘the precepts of men’. We must be teaching the truth.

The Pharisees and all the Jews did not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. The Pharisees taught the Jews and they blindly followed in this teaching rather than what was written in Torah no different than what most religions teach to the masses now. This has gone on for a couple thousand years. It was happening in the days that Paul was teaching too. He warned the folks at Galatia that they would be cursed if they did not continue to ‘do’ what was written in the law. (Torah)

These are not my words folks. Read it for yourself. (Galatians 3:10 part B)  ‘for it is written, cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them’. Just before Paul wrote those words in his letter, he wrote this: ‘For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse’. (Part A) We can not be workers of the law expecting that the law will save us.  It will not. The ‘doing’ must be a daily faith that Yah knows what is best for us.

Those who perform the works of the law before the people, are under a curse too,  simply because they show their labor in acts and deeds rather than walk in obedience to Yahwey with a pure heart, keeping His commandments as part of their daily living as a worship to Him Who is holy and just.  When we are alone in our own homes, we are to be worshiping Yahwey as He would have us worship Him.   Pure religion and undefiled before Elohim and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

Tree of life True religion, which is completely contrary to superstition, consists in spiritual worship. All enemies of the God of truth have taught a religion that has taken deep root and will one day be plucked up. Some do not even know that they are teaching a lie because it has been so deeply rooted into man, that man cannot see the forest through the trees. Like the Pharisees who asked Yahushua when will this kingdom come, they didn’t recognize that the kingdom was standing before them in their midst. (Within – entos, within you: or, among you)

So now we know that the Kingdom of Elohim is not something that can be seen because the Pharisees would have recognized it. The conversation that Yahushua had with Nicodemus shows us that the Kingdom of Elohim is something that we will enter and that in order to get there, we must be born again to see it. But what about the church? The church cannot be the Kingdom of Elohim either because if it were, we would already be seeing the kingdom and we can’t because Yahwey has not set it up yet.

Final Yahushua Heart Is the Kingdom of Elohim in the heart of mankind? No, because the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Not only that but the heart of man is composed of flesh and blood and corruption cannot inherit incorruption.

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Elohim. Not to mention but I will, Yahwey did not show Daniel that the Kingdom of Elohim would be set up in the heart of man.

When Yahushua was speaking to the Pharisees, He was speaking in the present tense when He said, ‘The Kingdom of Elohim is…. within you”. We also know that the Pharisees were not yet converted and speaking the truth because they were teaching for doctrines the commandments of men and not the commandments of God as a doctrine of truth. In fact we find in another text written in the New Covenant, Yahushua said that the Pharisees would not see the kingdom and that they would be thrust out (Luke 13:28), because they were workers of iniquity.

So, what is the Kingdom of Elohim, what does it look like? We simply do not know because it is not yet here. In the conversation with Yahushua that He had with His disciples, we learned that the mystery of the Kingdom of Elohim is not known to everyone. We also learned that the kingdom of Elohim is not something that man will organize because of the prophecy shown to Daniel that it will be Yahwey who sets up His kingdom. We do however know that Yahushua was born and for this cause that He came into the world. Yahushua also told Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world. This truth completely eliminates the false teaching that ‘the church’ is the Kingdom of Elohim.

We can also learn from another text that the Kingdom of Elohim is a place to sit down.

~ Luke 13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

This text further proves that the Kingdom of Elohim is not in the heart of man because we cannot physically sit down inside our heart. (Shall sit down –anaklino from 303 and 2827; to lean back:–lay, (make) sit down).

From yet another text we learn that the Kingdom of Elohim is a place to go ‘into’.

~ Matthew 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

And isn’t that interesting? It was the publicans and the harlots that Yahushua said will enter in; before the Pharisees because they at least believed Him when He taught of the truth of the gospel that Yahwey’s commands had not been done away with. They believed Him and when their sin had been revealed to them, they repented.

Most people really do not know what sin is. They have been told that all mankind was born into sin because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. While this is partially true, we cannot repent of being born into sin just because we have been born into sin. We humans were created to be born into life. Should we repent just because we were born?  No,   so let’s discover this truth.

What is the Bible’s definition of sin? Sin is very grievous and we need to know what sin is because if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. We know that Yahushua was manifested to take away our sin and that sin is not in Yahushua. We know that we are made sinners by one man’s disobedience. It is by the obedience of Yahushua that many shall be made righteous. Yahushua absolutely lived, walked, breathed and preached Torah.

John the beloved  taught that sin is all unrighteousness and we know that Yahushua was not an unrighteous being. We know that Yahushua was also manifested to destroy the works of the devil and that the devil is not obedient to Yahwey. We know that the wrath of Elohim is coming to the children of disobedience, i.e.; unbelief.

John the beloved said that whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. It is also John the beloved who gives us the exact definition of what sin is.

1st John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

There you have it. Whoever violates the law of God, is committing sin because that is what sin is. Those who teach that the law is done away with have lied because they do not see the truth that is written right before their eyes. The truth is not in them. Those that teach and those that believe that Yahushua has replaced the Torah are believing and continuing to teach a lie.

Paul asked this question to the folks at Rome.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. ~ Romans 7:7

If Paul didn’t have the law that was still in place all those years after the crucifixion, how would he have known that lust was a sin according to the law (Torah)? That is the question that he is asking.

Paul said the law is just and good. Why then do people teach and believe that Paul teaches that the law is done away with when Paul clearly knew that without the law (Torah), he wouldn’t know that lust was indeed a sin?

Hebrew refutation Those who have sin within them are not going to see the kingdom of Elohim. Those who do not repent of their transgression of the law (Sin) are walking in violation against the known will of Yahwey and they need to be taught the truth.

One day, Yahwey will make it known to everyone but not just yet. Yahushua said that if everyone were to know the truth, they would be converted. Not everyone is walking in obedience to Elohim’s truth. Not everyone knows or is even meant to know the mystery of the gospel of the Kingdom of Elohim. However, that doesn’t mean that we should rest on our laurels and our traditions and not be seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness. To do the opposite, would be walking directly in opposition to the command to seek His kingdom and His righteousness.

Many people think that their transgression against the law has been forgiven because they have been told that all they have to do is believe that Yahushua is the Son of God and that is all that is required for them. The truth is that we are to go and ‘sin’ no more. We are to stop transgressing the law and begin to seek His kingdom and His righteousness because if we remember right, those who are blessed and will enter into the gates of the city are those who are ‘doing’ His commandments.

Some folks might reply that love fulfils the Torah, which it does. But have you read this? And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. ~ Matthew 24:12

The entire Torah can be summarized by a single word…. Love.

However my question is this. What happens when the Torah, Elohim’s instructions are disregarded? The answer is that the love of many shall wax cold. If you are a believer that the law has been done away with or that Yahushua has replaced the Torah, your love even for me, might be rising within you and growing cold right now.

The New King James Version reads like this: And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Matthew 2412 ‘Lawlessness’…., isn’t that the buzz word every night on the news? Speaking of that, I might note here too that there is another prophecy that also uses the term lawlessness. You can find that in 2nd Thessalonians chapter two, verse three in both the NLT and the NIV; which speaks about the man of lawlessness that is soon to be revealed. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called Elohim or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in Yahwey’s temple, proclaiming himself to be Elohim.

Here is another truth to consider. No matter what anyone says, the gospel of the kingdom of Elohim shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.  If we do not teach the truth, whether people believe us or not, the end will not come. There are certain things that must be fulfilled in prophecy before Yahwey can set up His Kingdom. Yahwey knows exactly where we are in His timing. No matter what happens, His Kingdom shall stand forever. His way of living will stand forever.  His truth is ‘supposed to be’ elevated above our own thinking. His thoughts are higher than ours.

At this very moment in time, Yahushua now sits in the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest. Yahwey prophesied through the mouth of Jeremiah that the children broke the covenant that He made with them and that He is going to put His laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and He will be to them a God, and they shall be to Him a people. I often wonder if people think that Yahwey has two different laws.

I can tell you this much…. It is because of our High Priest that we have not been stoned for our transgression of Torah. It is He that has saved us from the law of sin and death. If it were not for Yahushua, we would all be held accountable and be put to death for breaking all the commandments that require death as the punishment.

What is the Kingdom of Elohim? Is it a person, place or thing? What does the Kingdom of Elohim look like? I think we have safely discovered that the Kingdom of Elohim has not yet come but that we who are living, ought to be seeking His Kingdom that is still yet to come and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you….

What are these things that Matthew is writing about? He was just quoting what Yahushua preached at the Sermon on the Mount. Yahushua was teaching the people not to worry about what they wear, what they eat, or whatever their needs are. All one has to do is continue to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things, will be added unto those who walk in obedience to His known will.

Make no mistake about it, shall the Elohim (God) of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Yahwey will not be letting anyone or any people be in charge of His kingdom. It shall not be left to other people. It was for this cause that Yahushua was born into this world.

Whosoever teaches that it’s ok to break Elohim’s commandments and teaches me to do that, that teacher of lawlessness will be called the least in Elohim’s Kingdom. Whoever teaches that the commandments are still in effect and teaches men to follow accordingly; will be called great in Elohim’s Kingdom. The only folks who enter His Kingdom are those that do the will of the Father. I suspect that when all is said and done, people will make the choice to walk in obedience to all of Yahwey’s statutes and keep His judgments and do them.

In all the examples that Yahushua taught showing His audience what the Kingdom of heaven would look like, all those examples showed growth.  I bid you to grow in truth.

Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Isaiah 601

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Why I Do Not Believe in the Pre Tribulation Rapture or Mid Tribulation Rapture

Resurrection 4 I could just begin this writing by saying that the reason I do not believe in a pre -tribulation or a mid -tribulation rapture is because the Bible simply doesn’t teach it and that should be the end of it.  However, too many people are deceived and have been taught that there is so they do not believe that there isn’t such a thing and many have just put themselves in harm’s way by believing in this false doctrine.  Unfortunately the folks who have taught them have used the Bible to teach this falseness and how equally unfortunate it is that folks believe the teaching so much that they won’t even bother to read this or check it out for themselves.  They will just go along life blinded by the lie that they have been taught and waiting to escape reality, when Yahushua Himself gave us so many warnings about the signs of impending tribulation that ‘might’ appear to be already knocking at our door..

Think about it,  why would Yahushua give us all of the warnings of what is coming and share with us how we do not  need to not fear it, and how we will get through the tribulation of those days if we were going to somehow escape? Sure, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”  ~ Luke 21:36

But don’t just pray for yourself,

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” ~ Ephesians 6:13-18

Many Christians truly believe that they will be removed from this earth before the great tribulation takes place. This doctrine, known as the pre-tribulation rapture, teaches that our Messiah may return at any moment, and that there will be no signs of His coming. Wait a minute, what about all the warning signs in Matthew chapter 24? In this chapter Yahushua gave many signs to look for that would occur before the tribulation and then later on down in verse 29 and 30, He tells His disciples that He won’t even be returning until immediately ‘AFTER THE TRIBULATION’ of those days.

Look it up for yourself.  It really is written.

As a result of this deception, most Christians are completely unprepared for what the Bible has warned us is coming and are falling for the trap that satan has slowly been setting up since the beginning of time in preparation for the Antichrist.  When folks finally figure out that they have been deceived, that they, the very elect have been fooled because they were not ‘wise’ enough to check it out for themselves, what do you think is going to happen? Think about this too.  Yahushua wouldn’t teach us to persevere, overcome and to stand if there were not going to be tribulation in our future.

To believe in the pre-trib or the mid trib rapture is placing our faith of resurrection in the hands of the enemy.  No wonder there is going to be a falling away first.  Why do I say this?Most people have already fallen away from believing that they will be resurrected on the last day;  to a theory that they will be raptured out prior to the tribulation when the text tells us otherwise.

Paul asked the folks at Corinth in his letter the following question. “ Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?”  [1st Corinthians 15:12]

This is a really good question that each of us must also answer for ourselves. Paul said it himself in the very next verse, if there isn’t a resurrection of the ‘dead’ then neither has Messiah been resurrected. Then Paul goes on to say that if Messiah has not been raised then our proclamation is worthless and so is our faith. If we are off believing in a lie that we will somehow be whisked away to some safe place [that is never even mentioned] because we are so special, then ask yourself this one question:  What was the whole point of Yahushua being resurrected from the grave? Just answer this one question in your own mind because it will give you pause to consider something you may have overlooked.

Proverbs 14:8 says this:  The wisdom of the prudent is to understand His way: but the folly of fools is deceit.  To be prudent means to be ‘wise’ to understand God’s way, not man’s way.  Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans saying, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus (Yahushua) from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. [Romans 8:11]

Paul even said in his first letter to the folks at Corinth [Chapter 15, verse 15] that we are found false witnesses of God because we taught that Christ was raised from the dead, but we didn’t believe it for ourselves. I completely understand it because if we are all waiting to be ‘raptured out’ before the tribulation of those days and he isn’t even coming until ‘AFTER’ the tribulation of those days, we are essentially not believing that we will one day be resurrected from the dead,  just as Yahushua was resurrected from the dead. Paul is right; we are found false witnesses of Yahwey. We believe in the resurrection of the dead for Yahushua but not for ourselves.

WHY?   That is an easy enough question to answer.  We are mortals and we do not want to face the fact that we must die if we intend to enter the kingdom of Yahwey. Yahushua became the first fruits of them that slept.  Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and the rest of all those folks will not know the perfection of eternal life until we are all gathered together. Read it for yourself in the book of Hebrews at the tail end of the faith chapter where the author shares with his audience, the faith of all those who have died before us and how great their faith is. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The resurrection is our hope. ~ Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Resurrection of Lazarus Do you remember the story of Lazarus where he was raised from the dead?  Do you remember Yahushua telling his sister Martha that her brother would raise again from the dead?  What did she reply?  “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  She knew of the resurrection on the last day.  So did Job.  He also knew that it would be in the ‘latter day’ and even though his body would have been decayed by worms that he would be raised from the grave and see God in his own flesh.  ~ Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: {And…: or, After I shall awake, though this body be destroyed, yet out of my flesh} Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

When does the Bible say that the believer would be raised?  Let’s listen to Yahushua:  “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” [John 6:44]

Who are you going to believe? The man or woman who teaches you that you will escape, or the very One who will be raising you from the grave?

Yes, some will still be alive when Yahushua returns to set up His government here on the earth and those who actually ‘do’ as He has commanded; will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  However Paul taught that those who are changed in the twinkling of an eye will not meet Him until those who are dead in the grave; rise up to meet Him first.

1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Let’s look at some truth that Paul taught regarding those who have died knowing and believing in Christ, The Messiah.

Those who died believing in Him, will rise first ‘from the grave’ at the last trump sound. They will rise from the grave changed from corruptible to incorruptible.   Those who are still alive will be caught up together to meet Him, because their bodies will have become spirit bodies just like His because they will have already been changed in the twinkling of an eye.  Paul isn’t saying that we will be taken away. He is saying that we will be caught up to ‘meet’ Him.

Just as a side note, this whole vivid imagery reminds me of when I know I am expecting friends over for dinner, or my children are coming for a visit.  I am always waiting, very excited because I know that they are coming so I am watching out the window waiting for their arrival.  I hear the dogs bark and that’s my queue to run out and greet them and help them carry in either their gift portion to add to the meal if they are friends arriving for fellowship or if it’s family coming for a visit, I run out to help them carry in their luggage.

Keep in mind that Yahushua is coming here.  – For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout.  Why would we go ‘away’ from where He is if He is descending ‘from’ heaven to come here to the earth? The resurrection is just the beginning of that great day. As His faithful servants receive eternal life at the time of their resurrection, Yahushua will begin fulfilling His word to those who are faithful, that they will be co-rulers with Him. Yahushua promised:  “And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” ~ Revelation 2:26.  We can’t possibly rule the nations with power from anywhere other than here on the earth where we are ‘with Christ’ where we will ever be with Him.

I think it is safe to say folks might just need to figure out what ‘His works’ are… and do them, ‘His way’. Countless people have died absolutely certain that the resurrection of Christ is an historical fact. Tradition says ten of the original apostles died as martyrs for Messiah, as did the Apostle Paul. Paul knew he was going to die because of his faith. Yahushua knew He was going to die too.  Down through the centuries, thousands more have died because they believed the resurrection is true. Even today, people suffer persecution because they have faith that Yahushua the Messiah rose from the dead. An isolated group may give up their lives for a cult leader, but Christian martyrs have died in many lands, for nearly 2,000 years, believing that Yahushua conquered death to give them eternal life.

Again I ask, what was the whole point of Yahushua being resurrected from the grave if it were not to show us that we too will be resurrected on the last day, just as He said?

Here is the clincher that will probably open your eyes and your heart to the truth more than anything, just as it did to me.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Resurrection 2 The first resurrection is the resurrection of the saints (the true followers of Yahushua the Messiah) that will take place during the second coming. The fact that “the second death has no power” over them means there is no possibility of dying again because they are immortal. They live for the thousand years and beyond into eternity. In order to be blessed and holy and lifted up in the ‘first resurrection’; become priests and reign with Him a thousand years, we obviously have to die either before the tribulation begins or die during the tribulation because we will not see the sign of the Son of Man in the air until “AFTER THE TRIBULATION” of those days. There is the chance that some will make it through the tribulation because it says that there are some which are alive and remain are caught up with those who are resurrected.

These thousand years is often referred to as the Millennium.  During this thousand year period everyone will learn to do things the way that Yahwey has always commanded and for many, this way will be the only way they will have ever known. But they too will one day be tested because after the thousand years, satan will be loosed for a little season.  The word “second” is not used in this verse, but the word “first” implies there will be at least one more resurrection—at least a second one.

Revelation 20: 7-9  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Something else to keep in mind is that in the Bible, judgment does not just mean final sentencing and does not always mean condemnation. It can include an evaluation—a time to demonstrate our conversion.

siloam However, the key information in Revelation 20-7-9 is: ‘the number of whom is as the sand of the sea’.  Who are ‘them’ whose number is as the sand of the sea that will be gathered to battle?  Yahwey made a promise to Jacob that He will surely do him good, and make his seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. There is a time coming called the time of Jacob’s trouble.

Before Jacob went out to meet his brother Esau, he wrestled with the angel and refused to let the angel go until he blessed him.  The ‘man’ (Or angel) blessed Jacob by changing his name to Israel and said to him that as a prince hast thou power with Yahwey and with men.  Just like Jacob, we will not go out to meet our Esau defenseless in our time of trouble. We have with-in our arsenal, not only the gift of the Spirit but we also have the armor of Yahwey. However, many of us will be delivered up to be afflicted, be killed and many also shall be hated of all nations for His name’s sake. Many shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. I will also mention that when a saint of Yahwey dies, this is a precious moment to Him.  ~ Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

Here is something else that just might hit you in the gut. The scripture tells us that the entire Torah (Law) can be summarized by a single word.  That word is love.   So what happens if the Torah is disregarded? The answer is that it has already begun to happen.  Sin will abound and the love of many shall wax cold. ~ Matthew 24:12

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

SIN IS:  a violation of the law.  [For sin is the transgression of ‘the law’] There is only and has always been only one law.

In order to be blessed enough to see His kingdom; we are to be ‘doing’ His commandments. ~ 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.  His works are what we are supposed to be doing.  One day soon, the books will be opened.  The dead; small and great will stand before Yahwey and we will all be judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to our works.

Where are these books?  I guarantee you that it isn’t just the Brit Chadashah {New Covenant or Testament} that we will be judged by.  There is more than just one book in the Bible that we hold in our hands. We also hold the Torah, the first five books of The Bible and this is where we find the ‘what’ that we are supposed to be doing. Don’t forget what Paul said, “Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” In other words, we best be ‘doing’ what is written in the book of the law or we will find our self cursed. But it isn’t just that. We are to love our neighbor as our selves.

If our hope is to be resurrected into the first resurrection, we had better be about our Father’s business, doing all things which are written in the book of the law and we better be a shining example of those who follow in the very path and footsteps of Yahushua our brother Who has shown us that we can.  He is the One Who will raise us up on the last day to meet Him in the air. O what a glorious day that shall be when we rise up and meet Him as He comes to take over the reins of this world and rule the nations with His rod.

Now you understand why I am a believer in what many refer to as the Post Tribulation Rapture if ya really want to call the resurrection a rapture. Post means ‘after’ the tribulation. There isn’t really any truth in a pre or mid tribulation rapture. Actually I have always believed in the ‘Pan Theory’.  I believe it will all pan out exactly how it is described and written in the Bible.

Something that every single human being outta keep in mind is this:

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” ~Matthew13:41-43

WAKE UP!  Don’t be offensive and don’t be caught practicing lawlessness.  The devil has taught you wrong. Get your ears turned on to hear the truth and tune in to the right Spirit and not the spirit who is already deceiving the nations. The resurrection begins with waking up from unconsciousness to renewed life in the first resurrection and this will happen on the last day when Yahushua returns to re-establish the Kingdom of Yahwey on earth.

Take Him at His word: Resurrection 5

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