No Peace, But A Sword


 Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

“I came, not to send peace, but a sword.”

Yahushua came to bring people into all truth. His truth is a sword that divides and separates His chosen and His called from all the rest of the people in this world. (SHEEP FROM GOATS)

Reference verse: John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Reality tells me that if truth makes you free, then truth must be a source of healing.

Matthew 10:35 -36 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

By itself, this sentence is puzzling. It sounds as if Yahushua is saying that He came to separate families.


We know from the Old Testament, that The God of Creation specifically Did called Abram ‘away’ from his family, so what Yahushua is saying must align with the Fathers will.

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.”

The reason that Elohim gives to Abram for calling him away from his family is so that Elohim can bless ‘all’ the families of the entire earth through Abraham’s name. He would make Abram into a great nation, bless him, and make his name so great, that he (Abram) will exemplify divine blessing.

But we must not miss that the call of Abram contained both a command and a promise for His obedience.

But what about Yahushua? He has said enough times that He came to speak what the Father gave Him to speak. I think that we can safely assume that He is telling the truth, but why is He saying that He came to divide families? 

Yahushua also said, “I came, not to send peace, but a sword.”

But we also know that Yahushua came to bring people into all truth. His truth is a sword that divides and separates His chosen and the called, from all the rest of the people in this world.

Matthew 10:37 He that loves his father or mother ‘MORE THAN ME’ is not worthy of Me: and he that loves his son or daughter MORE THAN ME is not worthy of Me.

Lukes account seems a bit more harsh but the result is the same:

Luke 14:26 If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, he cannot be My disciple. When we stop and take the time to think about what Yahushua is commanding His audience, and us, the reader; we realize that the possibility of loss is actually compared against the value of what we stand to gain. There is a small cost by observing this commandmemt {mitzvah} with a great and eternal benefit obtained by fulfilling it. Likewise, we aught to consider the eternal cost for transgressing His commandment.

It isn’t that Yahushua is wanting to alienate us from our families but He is showing us that there is a cost of following Him and after all, we ‘are’ called to count the cost.

Luke 14: 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

It isn’t that we are not to love anyone, nor are we called to hate others. It is just that we are to love Him ‘more’ and others less, than Him. The truth of what He is saying is that He wants our love for Him to take precedence.

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Yahushua expects true affection. He selfishly gave His life so that we could be forgiven of our transgression. Therefore, He should not have to compete for our love.

Our service and obedience to Him proves our love. We know that He wants it This way because He said,

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

If you love Me, show Me, by doing this….

He wants to be loved by all and above all. He wants His love to be returned by our action of showing Him that we love Him above all else, even life itself.

The love that Yahushua gives to us, we give to others because we are overflowing with His love. Loving our family and friends and loving each other, even those who are our enemies is sharing His love. If we want to be worthy of Him, this is what we will do. Without our relationship with Him, our relationship with others would not be wrapped in truth.

Everything we think say and do is in the light of our love for Him. Make no mistake about it, there are certainly going to be divisions in the family unit because not everyone is willing to accept that He comes first.

Our will is bent toward loving Him and serving Him before we serve the needs of others. And then, we are to serve others before we serve ourselves. It is because of our love for Him that we are able to serve others and to love them.

It’s like choosing our best Lamb to be sacrificed because the reward of our obedience, outweighs the loss of our best lamb.

Albert Barnes wrote that “Christ must be loved supremely, or He’s not loved it all.

If we are not willing to give up all earthly possessions, and forsake all earthly friends, and if we do not obey Him rather than all others, we have no true attachment to Him.”

Our actions of love for Him comes before all others. My love toward Him is motivated by the purity of His reward towards me – eternal life. He will never love me any less nor will He love me any more.

Yahushua is to be more dear to us than our own children, no matter how young or old that child is.

It was He who died to set me free, yet even if I go completely out of His will, He will still love me when others do not.

On a personal level, I have spoken to many families who are suffering from family disintegration. These are personal tribulations. Yet in the midst of this breakdown I have learned that we are all striving for healing in these relationships, even though Yahushua said that is not why He came.

Romans 5:3- 4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

So tribulations are a blessing in disguise because when patience is examined it comes with a promise of hope. This is why Paul says to glory in tribulation knowing that it will work patience.

The conclusion is this: “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of יהוה is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.” ~ Romans 5:5

Hope is what reminds me that I need not be ashamed because patience trickles down too hope and my hope begins because of the love of my Father who has shed His Spirit with-in me.

It is through faith and patience that we gain our promises, however it is ‘after we have done the will of Elohim that we receive the promise of our hope.

HEBREW 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

This is why we need patience to run the race. Without patience we can easily be upset by the tactics of sin which trips us up every time. We NEED to learn ‘endurance in order to fulfil His will in us, so that we can finish the race and receive the gift of our calling.

 There is no compromise. We must follow Him all the way, even if we have to learn this path of truth over and over since it appears obvious that we learn endurance through consistency.

He is deliberately teaching us this consistency because He has a purpose that we learn patience, but that we also learn both loyalty and faith towards Him in all of our persecutions, tribulations and trials.

WHY?

Because one day, there is a coming a clear decisive division when He will separate us one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

We have no guarantee that we will ever see a healing in the family unit, but we do know that our consistancy to remain faithful to Him will have a great impact on their hearts.

Reality tells me that this is why there is a division in the first place because what they see in us is something that disturbs their perceived safety in the way of man, rather than the way of God through obedience.

He is teaching us, making us stronger both in our hearts and our minds to prepare us so that we make the same choice to always choose Him above all else.

Just like Abram, we have a destiny and a promise. But the way I see it is, that there are two mistakes that one can make along the road to truth…. Not believing in the Son of Elohim and not following Him all the way.

Him first, Him most and Him without end.

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Tithing According to the Scriptures

As always, read the scriptures for yourself and do your own study.  I only offer this study as a gateway into this subject.

I decided to look into the scriptures regarding tithing. Satan often mocks everything Yahwey does so I thought, well, perhaps he might have his hands deep in the pockets of folks based on his own agenda just like he does everything else.

Since most folks have decided that the law was done away with at the cross and tithing comes from the law, I thought I’d better take a closer look since it is evident that churches are using an Old Testament part of the Law to collect a tithe. After all, if a blessing follows obedience, we wouldn’t want to miss out on a blessing would we?

READ Deuteronomy 30:19-20 ~ this passage encourages its readers to do what they must do to receive the blessings.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Who first incorporated tithing? Yahwey is the God of the Israelites but He was also the God of Adam and Eve. Somehow, their children (Cain and Abel) knew that they ought to bring something to Yahwey, so it seems safe to say that tithing was established at creation. I am fairly certain that Cain and Able did not just bring their offerings as a gesture of kindness because Yahwey accepted Abel’s offering but He did not accept the offering that Cain brought.

Even though the principles of giving stem from discipline and obedience towards kindness and charity, there must have been some type of established tithing of what was acceptable and what was not acceptable, otherwise Yahwey would have accepted both Cain and Abel’s offerings. Tithing was also obviously established during the time of Abraham because Abraham gave 1/10th of everything to the king of Salem, which was later known as Jeru- salem.

Genesis 14:18-20 18 Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of Elohim Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by Elohim Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be Yahweh Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Abraham’s grandson Jacob promised Yahweh a tenth of what he gained for his blessings. The reason is that everything we think we own, originally came from Our Creator and we are commanded to give Him one tenth of everything we gain. ~ Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

  1. What was considered a tithe?

Leviticus 27:30-33 30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to YHWH; it is holy to YHWH. 31 If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 The entire tithe of the herd and flockevery tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod–will be holy to the YHWH. 33 He must not pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.”

Tithing was subject to meat, grains, produce etc., food for the house of Yahwey.

Q. Who received the tithe?

Numbers 18:21 Tithing that you shall tithe all the increase of your seed that the field yields year by year.

Tithing is a God given principle that ‘all’ belongs to Him, and when we receive ‘increase’ from Him, we give 10% tithe on all increase.

READ Matthew 23:23 The Pharisee’s and Scribes had forgotten the most weightier matters of Torah, justice, mercy and faith. The priests and the Levites were barred from owning hereditary land but were to be given a tithe from the children of Israel. Yahushua seemed to be eluding to Micah 6:8 What does Adonai require of you but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your LORD. As always, Yahushua upholds the Law. Our faith grows when we see the blessings arise due to obedience.

Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto YHWH, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

This was why tithing was first incorporated. The tithe was to supply the funds for the folks who took care of the duties at the temple.

Proverbs 3:9 Honor Yahwey with your substance, and with the first- fruits of all your increase.

Later on, Yahwey used the lips of a prophet by the name of Malachi to remind the children of Israel that they were to be honoring Him with their tithe.

Malachi 3:8-12 8 “Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob Me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse-the whole nation of you-because you are robbing Me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.

Yahwey then went on to let the people know that they could test Him in this giving for a blessing.

Malachi 3:10 ..… Test Me in this,” says YHWH Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says YHWH Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says YHWH Almighty.

In life, each person will reap what they sow and by keeping Yahwey’s commandments, their obedience will lead to long life and protection from evil.

The tithe {first 10%} of one’s increase belongs to YHWH. (READ Genesis 28:20-22) According to Yahwey, if someone does not tithe to YHWH, he is robbing from YHWH. That person will not be blessed. Here, YHWH uses the mouth of the prophet to challenge the skeptic to test Him and see if by being faithful and disciplined with the tithe that the skeptic will be blessed abundantly. Skeptics often become believers.

Q. Are there other uses for tithes?  The first tenth always belongs to Yahwey. In some cases the people were also allowed to convert the tithe into money so they could use it to celebrate the Feasts of Yahweh. This is found at Deuteronomy 14:22-27.

Deuteronomy 14:22 ¶ Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. 23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. 24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: 25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, 27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

This second tenth of our income is not used for God’s Work or the preaching of the Gospel, as some now call this the festival tithe, it belongs to the faithful giver, to use in the way YHWH specifies. He provides for the needs of His Work by His first tithe.

As one can see in this passage, saving the festival tithe is commanded by YHWH, just as much as His first tithe is commanded. Since it is a part of His law, one ought to walk in obedience to set aside a full tenth a for this specified purpose. Not only does YHWH condone happiness and joy at Feast times, He actually commands it. One can use this tenth for special meals that one may not be able to enjoy at other times during the year.

There are also tithes for the poor or what was called ‘alms’ like the tithe that Cornelius paid {Acts 10:2}.

Deuteronomy 14: 28-29 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: 29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Just remember this: Christ was angry with those who used the place of worship for money making. When we attend a Holy Day service, it should be for prayer and worship.

Matthew 21:12-13, “Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. It is written, He said to them, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”

Q. When could the people bring their tithes?

Exodus 23:15 Thou shalt keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before Me empty:)

Obviously not everyone lived in Jerusalem. A precept, as it is generally understood, that none should ever come to His appointed times without some offering or other, for the support of the Levites, and of the worship of Elohim. None shall appear empty means without an offering, or something devoted especially to the Lord. Make no mistake about it though, YHWH did not intend for the Holy Days to be a fund-raising occasion to raise money so don’t fall into that trap. Only give from what you have prepared to bring and give out of that if it is your desire to give on these special occasions but remember to keep the Sabbath ‘HOLY’.

Of course a person could divide up their portion of tithe in three parts:

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

We are not supposed to come empty handed. Ten percent is already tithed in Deuteronomy 14:22. In verse 23, it is stating that by being faithful and putting aside 10%, the faithful can now use 10% of that tithe for their own family at the festival. I think this could be considered a second tithe.

At the Passover, when their harvest began, the people were to bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of their harvest, and might not eat any corn till this was done. ~ Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

At the next feast [Feast of Weeks/Pentecost] the people brought two wave loaves, for a second first-fruit of their wheat harvest (Leviticus 23:17); and at the Feast of Tabernacles, they offered the first-fruits of wine and oil. ~ Leviticus 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

So all in all, tithing is supposed to be utilized in the way that Yahwey commands. Because there is no temple, I suppose a person could save all of their increase to present when there is a temple in Jerusalem, or one could give an offering now, towards the preparations for His return. Good luck with that.

Since there is no temple, every person must seek His will in where He would like the increase to go.

In the mean time there is always the tithing for the poor and the widow that is mentioned here: Deuteronomy 14:28-29 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

YHWH commanded that every third year the tithe was to be used for the poor and less fortunate, the widow, the stranger; to make sure that these folks were not neglected.

The fatherless is any group of women that are raising their children on their own or to an orphanage where a child is without parents all together. This is an offering given every three years. The widow is anyone whom you know is trying to make ends meet without their husband or wife. These times certainly are a struggle for them, no doubt. A stranger is a foreigner who is trying to make it on their own. I tend to think the key words here are ‘within thy gates’. Blessing any of these categories, would certainly be blessing the LORD.

REMEMBER:  this study is only intended as a gateway to your own study but I do hope it helps everyone who reads it.  My prayer is that this study encourages you to seek the scriptures for yourself.

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REPENTANCE By Eudora Nachand

 Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

The message in most of the book of Hosea is chastising and rebuking Ephraim for their arrogance, idolatry, and sin. We learn in this book of Hosea that once again, Elohim always has a beautiful love for His creation by promising redemption in the end time.

The book started at the end of the chapter one with redemption for Ephraim and ends in chapter fourteen with the same message of restoration for the future.

Ephraims hope would be in the resurrection, where and when Elohim will completely destroy death and there would never again be a need for repentance because it would be hidden from His eyes.

This is both the first time and the only time that the word repentance is used in the King James Version of the Holy Bible; in the Old Testament but yet it is mentioned 25 times in the New Testament.

Yahushua Himself, mentions the word ‘repentance’ five times. The following was recorded three times, once each by Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Yahushua said that He didn’t come to call the righteous to repentance but to the sinners. It is a fact that every human being on this planet will at some time in their life, be called to repentance.

Luke recorded this spoken by Yahushua: “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

There is joy in heaven over an open sinner who has obvious need to repent and does so at last. I believe this to be that first soul shaking experience that every lost person or lost sheep initially goes through when he or she turns to God because of their life pattern of sin and realization that something is wrong and needs to be corrected.

Once a person recognizes their need for repentance and then does so, they turn away from that lifestyle to begin a sincere communion with the Most High God of Israel. They have traded in that old self seeking lifestyle for a new one that is lived in servanthood to God and to others. That person that has been called to repentance, has hopefully begun to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.

Righteous people have no need to repent because their life’s pattern is literally such, that they have no need too, simply because they maintain a condition of righteousness by always and regularly turning to God in repentance, just like King David did.

After the new lifestyle begins, there may be occassions when one experiences a soul shaking move of the Spirit over certain issues. At other times, just asking forgiveness for a slippage on the dirt road; simply because we are still human, may also be brought on by the power of the Holy Spirit’s work in us. Repentance isn’t an easy thing but it certainly is necessary.

When Yahushua said what He did about the joy in heaven over those who repent, He was having a discussion with the Torah teachers (verse 3) and a chief Pharisee.

 Personally it sounds to me that Yahushua does not find or regard these people to be righteous. Perhaps He is trying to shake their mistaken supposition that righteousness cannot consist in following a set of rules apart from genuinely trusting God with all their heart.

Moving on:

Just before Yahushua was lifted up into the heavens there at Bethany, He told His disciples that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [Luke 24:47]

One scholar said that folks should tell people that they need to turn away from the worship of the gods that they have made, so that they can worship the God Who made them. However, I do not believe that if a person does not worship the God of Israel, that they are necessarily worshiping any god at all. The Bible does not teach this.

Some Christians think it is wrong to evangelize the Hebrew nation. This position would inconsistent with what Yahushua told His disciples. If folks intend to preach repentance and remission of sin, then they ought to obey His command to do so, unto all nations, which then would include the Hebrew nation.

Paul testified both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, teaching them repentance toward Elohim (God), and faith toward Yahushua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). This gospel is the same for the Hebrew peoples as it is for Gentiles; meaning there is no such thing as a two covenant theory.

There is only one LORD, one baptism and one faith and there is only one way, one truth and one life. Noone comes to the Father except through the Son. ~ Ephesians 4:5 @ John 14:6

(Romans 2:4) Paul taught that the goodness of God leads to repentance.

We find many examples of His goodness in the stories written in the Old Testament. Noah’s generation was given 120 years to repent. Jonah anounced to the folks at Ninevah that their doom was inevitable, but because they turned from sin, they were spared for a while.

Nevertheless there is an urgency, because the day of judgement will surely come. Sin does have consequences and we all need to know this so that we will be prepared at His coming. The day of the LORD is at hand and we should all repent for our transgression.

Sin is described as violating the law of God. ~ 1st John 3:4 – Don’t just believe me, look it up! 

Our sin is our own. We do not have to repent for the sin of Adam and Eve. We have to repent for our own transgressions against the law of God. Their sin was disobedience. So is ours. God gave Adam and Eve specific instructions that they were to follow.

We too, were given a set of instructions written in the law that we are to follow. Just like Hasatan told Adam and Eve that they didn’t have to do what God says, we have been told the same lie. Hasatan couldn’t be more delighted. Just because a person is told that they do not have to be obedient to the law because it has been done away with, doesn’t mean that person should be believed. After all, the God of Israel is still going to destroy the earth ‘because’ His law has been ignored.

~ Isaiah chapter 24… Look it up and pay close attention to verse five. You can read it for yourself.

Our sin is a disobedience to the will of God that is a written in the law. Do not just believe me,  look it up for yourself. [1st John 3:4]

This is why Yahushua told His disciples to preach repentance and remission of sin. One cannot even be considered a disciple if they are not following in the very exact same footsteps as Yahushua.

The word remission is not used in the Old Testament of the King James version. It seems imperative that we should learn what this word means; especially if Yahushua told the disciples that this was what He wanted them to preach, repentance and remission of sin. 

Remission is very simular to forgiveness, but remission is being forgiven, pardoned or released from bondage or imprisonment, and then set free from that stronghold as if we had never committed any offence at all. This is what Yahushua did for us on the cross. He paid the penalty for our transgression against the known will of God, the instructions that He gave to all humanity; the law which most folks falsely think was done away with at the cross.

Think about that for a minute. Yahushua paid the penalty for us. What else would there be that we have done that He would have to pay a penalty for?

We are born on this earth and we learn all that we can from our parents. We arn’t just cursed with sin ‘simply‘ because we are born on this earth.

We hopefully learn right from wrong. We grow up, we become citizens of the earth and yet we are guilty for something that we need to repent from. What is it?

It isn’t until we meet a believer or maybe hear from the pulpit at a church that we even know that we have done something wrong. If we have already learned right from wrong, what else are we guilty from?

If there are obviously people who really did live righteously, like Noah and all his house, whom God Himself said lived righteous before Him, then how could that be? How can people live righteously?

Genesis 7:1 And יהוה said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Abraham was also considered as righteous before God. When God told Abraham to look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be and Abraham believed in YHVH, God counted it to Abraham for righteousness.

Look it up! [Genesis 15: 1-6]

It is written: Deuteronomy 6:25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments% before יהוה our Elohim, as He hath commanded us.

So ‘IF’ we observe to do all the commandments given as our instruction in the law of God and it shall be our righteousness too, then we must admit then that transgressors of the law do not make very good witnesses for the righteousness of the law.

If a person believes that the law has been done away with, then how can they possibly practice righteousness, if they do not believe that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit?

The righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us when we ALWAYS continue walking in the spirit and not the flesh.

Becareful and do not miss that it is the ‘righteousness of the law’ that is being fulfilled in us, not us fulfilling the righteousness of the law.

How do we then reconcile what Paul taught to the Romans saying, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one’?

Where was it written? Why is Paul saying that there is none righteous when YHVH said differently?

It was first recorded at Psalm 14:3

‘They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

I tend to think that Yahushua was sent for this very reason. People had ‘become‘ filthy because they too had left behind the truth of what is written in the law, trading it in for man’s version of the law that was being taught by the lawyers (Scholars of the law) and the Pharisees; their teaching of traditions.

But look at what we read in the New Testament recorded by Dr. Luke.

Luke 1:5-6 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before יהוה, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of יהוה blameless.

Awe haw, that’s two people who are found to be living righteously during the time of Yahushua.

Here is something else in the New Testaments that Peter wrote about Noah:

2nd Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the wicked;

Peter is talking about the salvation of Noah’s family when they were saved from the flood. He said that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. Peter went on to say this about Noah too:

2nd Peter 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

It was actually causing a grievous pain, a torment of sorts to the mind and body of Noah to see all the unrighteousness going on in his time. Sound familiar?

As in the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. The earth was corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence. By the way, the word violence in Hebrew is Hamas.

Wickedness of man is great in the earth right now in our present time. The things that people imagine are just beyond belief. But there he was, Noah was still living righteously before the LORD amongst all that muck and mire.

Hmmmm, so who is right? Luke, Peter or Paul? Or maybe, just maybe God is right and Paul is misunderstood.

If a person lives a lifestyle that is evil and disastrous and lacks the fear of the LORD which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, then perhaps Paul is ‘not’ saying that it ‘isn’t’ possible to live a righteous life afterall and that there cannot possibly be any persons who are living righteously.

Man’s ultimate problem is that he believes what man says over the true word of God that is written. Man’s ultimate problem is that without the Spirit of God, they cannot possibly understand what is written, especially when it comes to the writings of Paul.

 When folks read the following, they automatically ‘think’ that Paul is just so highly intellectual that Peter is saying that Paul is hard to understand.

2nd Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Peter is not saying that everyone will find Paul hard to understand. What Peter is saying is that the ones that find Paul hard to understand are those that ‘wrest’, those that twist the scriptures unto their own destruction.

In other words, if a person reads or hears the Scriptures under the teachings of a human, without reading them under the power of the Holy Spirit who reveals ‘all things’, then that’s the kind of person who is going to misunderstand Paul, because they twist the scripture or because they allowed man to teach them falsely, and they believed it. This is to their own destruction if they do.

We must do our own diligence and read the scriptures for ourselves and not rely on what people tell us, especially since our very eternal life depends on it.

Paul’s letters contain some things which ignorant and unstable people distort as they do the other scriptures to their own destruction.

In verse 17 Peter’s warns that people were being led away with the error of the wicked. The error of the wicked is that they believe the lies of the enemy that are constantly being taught, that righteousness is not attainable and that the law which teaches one how to live righteously, has been done away with.

These people who practice lawlessness are not teaching Elohim’s Instructions (The Law) which both Yahushua and Elohim dubbed to be eternal. They are without law because the believe what they have been told.

Afterall, the prophecy still remains the same:

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. ~ Isaiah 24:5

This judgment coming on mankind that is still in the future, is coming due to the breaking of Torah. What is coming is for all humankind, all the inhabitants thereof. This is yet another conclusive proof that the Torah has not been done away with.

The death of Messiah on the cross has not changed the reason for the judgment that is futuristic in front of all humanity.

However, The death of Messiah on the cross has given us a hope and an everlasting future for those who repent and turn away from the ways of the world. We cannot love our lives to our death, the way it is right now.

We all have hills to climb and to overcome. We have valleys that we have to make our way through, but be encouraged, God is the God of the hills and the valleys.

But the truth remains, the day of YHVH is at hand. The return of the King is our only hope of salvation from the calamity about to fall.

YHVH is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ 2nd Peter 3:9

Elohim does not want anyone to perish. I think sometimes about the closing of the gate when He would look back and still love those who would not choose His love and affection.

He wants everyone to ‘change their mind’ and turn from wickedness, to turn from their evil actions, to seek His face, and learn both His ways and guidence under His instruction that has already been given at Mt Sinai.

He wants us to seek His kingdom, [His way of life ] and His righteousness.

He is not waiting to condem us. He is waiting.. because He loves us.

Peter wrote the following about the day of the coming of YHVH:

‘Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.’

Evidently, it is possible to live ‘without spot, and blameless’, before the LORD which is the same as living righteously. If it weren’t, then why would Peter to in courage his audience to do so?

Yes, we are capable of living righteously but that does not mean that we are completely righteous. It means that we are attempting too, or we are trying too live righteously; but we will not be found righteous before God untill ‘He’ makes that decision when He ransoms us from the power of the grave or redeems us from death. Only He knows the heart of every human and will make that judgment in due time.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto יהוה, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: ~ Psalms 92:1

Written on Friday, September 29, 2017

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The Oil and the Wine

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Written by Eudora

Revelation 6:5-6  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Regarding vs 5 and 6, the scales of the world economy will be tipped upon the seals release, more than likely prompting a worldwide famine and food shortages, exemplified by the fact that two pounds of wheat will cost almost $75.00.

Something that you may not know is that wheat and oil are items used in temple service and likewise, bread and wine were items used in Yahushua’s renewed covenant promise.

This may also mean the differences between the rich and the poor because of the luxuries involved here such as the oil and wine that will still be present.

 The biblical story of Joseph is a prophetic picture of the end time as a great example. It seems kind of doubtful that Joseph’s brothers would have even journeyed to Egypt to find food if there hadn’t of been a famine. Continue reading

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The Woman with the Issue of Blood

The story of the woman with a blood disease is documented by Matthew, Mark and Luke. In this story, Yahushua was on His way to the home of a synagogue leader to heal His dying daughter, when a woman in a crowd, reached out from behind Him just to touch the hem of His garment. The woman was in a state of impurity because of the hemorrhage and she reached out from behind Him, touching the border of His garment. She was afraid, but she knew that if she could just reach out and touch the hem of His garment that she would be made whole.

Matthew 9:19-22 And Yahushua arose, and followed him, and so did His disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole. But Yahushua turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Mark 5:24-34 And Yahushua went with him; and much people followed Him, and thronged Him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Yahushua, came in the press behind, and touched His garment. For she said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Yahushua, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned Him about in the press, and said, Who touched My clothes? And His disciples said unto Him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched Me? And He looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. And He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Luke 8:43-48 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Yahushua said, Who touched Me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Yahushua said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of Me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately. And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

His power went from Him – His virtue. This woman had paid physicians great sums of money in hopes to be healed, but none of those had healed her and she was growing worse. Blood loss makes the body grow weak, cold, tired and overwhelmed but so does heart break, pain, bitterness, and un-forgiveness. We have to stop and think about how this woman must have felt. She must have been so lonely back in that era. Having an issue of blood caused her to be considered unclean and because of that, she couldn’t hang out with the other woman in her village, doing the normal things with them that she might otherwise have done. She was probably shunned by everyone who knew of her plight. She would constantly be in need of cleansing purification but in her exhaustion and despair, probably didn’t even bother because she knew after this many years that no physician had been able to help her and never could.

She probably had spent most of those 12 years in isolation not only from all those folks who lived around her knowing her plight was evidenced by an issue of blood, but perhaps she felt alienated since by all account in Torah, she couldn’t even come into the sanctuary so she was even left to worship all alone. Like a leper, she too was untouchable. Continue reading

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The End Time Generation

Today I visited a site that was all designed to make the claim that Yahushua lied when He spoke of His return regarding when He said, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.”

We were warned by Peter that during the end times, there would be folks who would be scoffers walking after their own lusts, saying, “Where is the promise of His coming” … And, here we are.

Just so none of my friends who are believers or servants [Those called and those chosen],  might fall into a site designed to be a trap such as this, I want to share some truth with you. 

When Yahushua was talking to His audience that day, He was speaking about the end times. We can find this documented by Matthew in chapter 16: 27-28, Matthew 24:25-34 , Matthew 24: 25-34, Mark 13:26-30 and Luke 21:27-32. In all of these writings that were documented by each disciple mentioned (Matthew, Mark and Luke), Yahushua is clearly giving a prophecy; speaking of future events.

Yahushua had already told those living during His earthly ministry that the kingdom had been taken from them right? [Matthew 21:43] Therefore, it is imperative that what those disciples wrote down, were to be understood as dealing with a future time. The generation that He speaks of ‘not passing’ until He returns is a future generation, namely, the people living when those predicted events would occur.

 

How do I know? Once again we look at the current language being written, which is Greek. The word ‘generation’ in the Greek is ‘genea’, pronounced – ghen-eh-ah’. This word is from (a presumed derivative of ‘1085; a generation; by implication, an age (the period or the persons):–age, generation, nation, time. So having shared that, ‘this generation’ refers to the people alive in the future when the events of what He was describing, would occur.

KIND OF LIKE… on the day that Yahushua hung on the cross and He said the following to the thief who hung on the cross next to Him: “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” The fella next to Yahushua on that day. asked Yahushua to remember him when Yahushua came into His Kingdom. Yahushua told that man, that he would be with Him in paradise.

The thing is, that Yahushua did not come into His Kingdom that day. Neither did Yahushua enter into paradise on that day. It was on ‘that day’ that Yahushua died, was buried and laid in the grave and rose up from the grave on the third day. After He arose from the grave, He roamed the earth in a bodily form that doubting Thomas physically touched. In fact, John records this event occurred ‘after’ eight days when the disciples were gathered together. – John 20:26

 

So did Yahushua lie to the thief? No! He made a promise to the thief on the day of the thief’s death, that he would be with Him in paradise. Eventually, when Yahushua has entered into His kingdom, He will keep His word to that thief. I can guarantee this because it is written.

Likewise, Once we begin to witness the signs of the end and it becomes obvious that the end is well on its way—the second coming and the judgment will occur within that last generation.

ALSO to make sure we clearly understand Yahushua, in every single passage of the writers that I offered, Matthew, Mark and Luke; where He speaks of the end times and ‘this generation’ … He backs up and reinforces exactly what He means by sharing a parable about the fig tree.

A sure sign of Summer, is the leafing of the fig tree. Once a fig leaf begins to unfold, it is only a short time before that leaf is fully open. Likewise, it will be a sure sign to the end time generation, when they begin to see ‘all these things’ happening, it will be a short time left for that generation before they see Him coming in the clouds. Once the events of the end times begin, they will happen quickly.

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IS TRUMP’S VISION, GOD’S VISION? ~ By Eudora Nachand

 


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1st Corinthians 1:22-29

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach the Messiah crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, the Messiah is the power of יהוה, and the wisdom of יהוה. Because the foolishness of יהוה is wiser than men; and the weakness of יהוה is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But יהוה hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and יהוה hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath יהוה chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Jews and Greeks who abide in Messiah are not the ones who are being discussed here in this passage.

Sure the Jews look for a sign, because to them, a visual evidence of Christ would be easier for them to hold on too. That’s why the bulk of the Hebrew nation are still looking for the Messiah because when He first came, He didn’t do what they expected of Him and therefore He was rejected.

The Greeks on the other hand considered themselves so intelligent that their own understanding of what they ‘thought’ of Christ, and what they expected Him to do, was a stumbling block for them.  screenshot_2017-03-01-23-41-12-1

Now I’m not saying that Donald Trump can be anywhere near the evidence of Christ or the intelligence of our Mighty King, but you can certainly compare the concept of a similar misunderstanding of those who are not on board the Trump train. 

The presidency of Donald Trump, has obviously become a stumbling block to those who never expected the he would be the President of these United States.

I even heard that a well known newspaper is struggling to understand why people of faith could be behind this president and that ‘Christianity’ itself is hard for this newspaper to grasp.

The folks who abide in Christ fully believe that Yahushua is who He claimed to be. And simularly, believers are not confused at all in their support of Donald Trump, because we know that Yahwey does use people in presidential or kingly positions.

How do we the believers know this? Because of a passage written in the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy.

1st Timothy 2:1-4

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all reverence and seriousness. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of יהוה our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

My thought and understanding is that even though we do not like certain political influences, nor do we agree with what their policies are, Yahwey establishes those in authority.

Who knows but only God, what might occur if we really did pray for those in authority; that we as a people might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all reverence and seriousness.

Taking this passage from Paul’s letter to the folks at Corinth, he said that the foolishness of God, is wiser than men; and the weakness of our Creator is stronger than men.

Honestly this comes as a surprise to me. The twelve disciples who were later ordained as Apostels, who would take the gospel to the nations, were the vessels chosen to convey the treasure of saving knowledge to the world.

There was nothing in theses twelve men, that at first view glance would look like anyone who our Elohim would use, because they were basically fishermen and a tax collector. But God, who is wiser than the foolishness of men, transfered His doctrine through His Son Yahushua and gave it to these twelve men; who are still moving along God’s doctrine, through the believers who are presently reading their written words, in our Bibles.

screenshot_2017-03-01-23-02-56-1 In the case of our current president, the method of belief and support in him, isn’t going to change or be censured by those on the left because Elohim is clearly using this current administration, even if it confounds the understanding of those on the left, who otherwise thought it was generally a foolish thing that Donald Trump could ever become the elected President of the United States.

He is the current president of those who want peace and are optimistic in America. No matter what we think or believe, for some reason, Yahwey has chosen Donald Trump to lead America for the next four years and this is confounding to those on the left.

I (Eudora), am hopeful that Yahwey would use this man for the next ‘eight’ years, to take what once was a sinking ship, and pull it out of the downward spiraling plumet and lift up this nation, taking her in a different direction – upwards. screenshot_2017-03-01-22-59-15-1

In my personal life time, other than Ronald Reagan, this is the first president who is not part of the political establishment who has claimed the presidency. Our president often refers to himself as ‘a messenger’ who would in all reality, would be comparable to the twelve disciples who also carried a message.

Donald Trump listened to the people. He had a ear to hear what their needs are and he has promised to do everything in his power to deliver on those promises and this is why he was elected by the people and now stands to serve the people and drain the swamp.

Our president has said more than once, that he firmly belives that he was chosen and that this is his calling.

Those who ‘think’ themselves more mighty in their own flesh and ‘think’ themselves more noble, than all those folks that Donald Trump heard with his own ears, are left drifting out in the ocean of their own disbelief. Yet our president is willing to extend a hand and pull them up out of the ocean where they have been drowning ever since they fell out of the ship. Our president’s hearts desire, is to work for all Americans and bring the whole nation out of the abyss.

screenshot_2017-03-01-22-55-55-1 But like I said, for what ever reason and those known only to Elohim, He has placed Donald Trump in this position of power. It is clearly obvious to most all believers that those who think of him as foolish and not mentally capable of leading this nation, are those who are self elated in their own wise thinking.

Those in the left are completely confounded by what transpired in the election. They honestly thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win the election, but that is not what happened. They are seriously having a hard time adjusting to this new presidential position.

And finally in closing, Yahwey did not choose a philosopher, an orator, nor a statesmen or politician at this time. He chose a humble man of wealth and power and his sincere interest in America, to publish a gospel of unity, that he believes can take America in a different direction. screenshot_2017-03-01-23-01-33-1

Sure, those on the left, dispute and despise and want to dispose of this president. But we who are believers know that even in all his flesh, no matter what his hearts desire is, and no matter what He does, true peace and divine grace is out of reach for those whose lives are not guided by the Holy Spirit. No-one will impact this world in an everlasting way until Yahushua returns as He said He would.

In the mean time, simular to the gospel dispensation that is geared to humble the heart of mankind and bring glory to God, the leadership of a Donald Trump is used by Yahwey, Who will use him to also humble the heart man, and bring glory to God.

Likewise, we as believers are humble that Yahwey has chosen to extend His hand once again and work towards causing this nation to rise up, even though the choices that this America has recently decided on, is in oposition to the glory of the Most High Elohim.

There is a great deal of power in the substance and life of those who believe. Donald Trump is a also a believer. He is completely aware that Yahwey has a hand upon him and yes Donald Trump is a messenger of the people. But Donald Trump also recognizes that Yahwey has not yet let go of the people who worship God and call upon His name, and live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Yahwey is still the Most Wise, He is still the Most Righteous and He is still in the process of sanctification, and redemption of those who are willing to yield themselves to His way. Evidently He too, still belives that America can be molded in His hand, to promote and bring about His ultimate plan. Make no mistake about it, no flesh on earth living in any human vessel, should bring glory themselves in His presence. All the glory must be unto the LORD. 

The fact that Yahwey is using Donald Trump is a visable sign. His wisdom to do so does not leave the believer confounded. It leaves us in a state of realizing His blessing and His mercy upon these United States.

We thank God for His choice to use Donald Trump at this time, especially since the alternative was Hillary Clinton, who was not only denied by the people but she was obviously not acceptable in God’s sight and therefore, denied by Him too.

images-1 Harsh as that may seem, truth is not denied either. That is not saying that her time could still come. For such a time as this, Elohim in His GREAT MERCY, has chosen Donald J. Trump to lead America.

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