The Three Temptations of Christ

The PHYSICAL Temptation


Matthew 4:1-4 ¶ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

It was the spirit that led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted. Jesus, it reads ate NOTHING for forty days and forty nights before the tempter came and it reads that He was VERY HUNGRY. From this we must come to the understanding that not all of our temptations come from the enemy. When we belong to God, He wants to take us through many temptations just to show us His power so that He is glorified. We do not belong to the enemy and neither did Jesus. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

This was a real physical temptation for Jesus when the devil challenged Him to turn the stones into bread.

Ones true conviction is found to be strong if we hold up under true pressure. It’s like we are a tube of toothpaste and when the pressure is applied to the tube, stuff comes out. So in a since, Jesus had to be tested so that He would endure what it is like for man to suffer the physical pains of hunger and the trial of temptation. How would Jesus know what it is like for us, had the Son of God not gone through every test and trial that would come our way, if He had not first been tested Himself? We can apply this physical temptation to every physical aspect of our life because the temptation that He went through has provided for every aspect of our physical being that needs the hand of God’s healing touch.

How did Jesus respond to the tempter? He simply spoke the word of God to him. People need more than physical bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God so that when temptation comes, we can declare the word of God with confidence and over come the tempter and the temptation so that we can receive the healing that God wants to provide for our life.

There are many reasons for memorizing scripture. In all likelihood, we don’t carry our Bibles everywhere we go, so it is good to place the scriptures in our heart and our mind, so that we can recall them and declare them upon any occasion. Jesus was able to resist the devil’s temptation not only because He knew the scripture, but because He obeyed the scripture. God’s word is a sword for us to use in all of our physical, emotional and spiritual battles.

It is the devil who is overcome by the power of the word of God because he had already chosen not to obey the word of God. Revelation 12:11 tells us ‘And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.’ We can defeat the devil because of God’s gracious act on behalf of mankind, the shedding of the Lamb’s blood and also because we can fearlessly declare our testimony by giving witness to this act of God on our behalf. We can carry and hold fast to this profession all the way to and through our death.

When we are tested or tempted, we should keep in our minds that it may be that we are being led by the Spirit for a purpose by God and that the devil has come to block God’s propose for our life or maybe even for someone else’s life.

During those forty days and forty nights, what did Jesus do? We can all have an idea, but my thoughts are that every evening and morning and at noon that Jesus cried out to God knowing that He would hear His voice. As Jesus cast His burden upon the Lord; He was sustained. I am guessing that God never suffered His righteous Son to be moved and that as Jesus called upon God, He was saved. I am sure that Jesus didn’t lean onto His own understanding but in all His ways, He acknowledged His Father and His Father directed His path. God did not allow His Son’s feet to be moved during those 40 days and 40 nights because He who keeps you does not slumber.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him in Spirit and in truth. I believe that God, who heard His Son’s cry, kept Him in perfect peace that passes all understanding, guarding His heart and His mind as Jesus kept His heart and mind, focused on His Father. Not so much on His mission, but upon His Father who would keep Him and guide His path unto the way of peace. This is what happens to all who trust in the Lord with all their heart because Jesus paved the way by showing us an example.

We don’t need to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, send our requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds, through Christ Jesus. The God of our hope will always fill us with all peace as we trust in Him so that we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

In case you have not figured it out, the three temptations of Christ are taking us through the three temptations that first began in the garden. Christ is showing us how to overcome them. The first temptation to Eve was a physical desire of the flesh.

Genesis 3:6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

God has a clear purpose to where He took Jesus and that very same purpose is why we must follow His path. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Our bodies need healing. Not everything that we see in the physical and material world is good for food even if it is pleasant to the eyes. God did not originally intend for humankind to eat all that He has created. To take this from the mouth of Jesus, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The word that proceeded out of the mouth of God was given unto Moses, the prophets. Some of which are found in the historical books and all the writings both in the old and the New Testament. This is the food that will sustain us in every temptation, even the temptation of food in and of itself. When Jesus said, ‘it is written’, this is where we find where it was written. Jesus was being tempted by the desire of the flesh.

The EMOTIONAL Temptation


Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, it is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

The next temptation came to Jesus to prove that God was able to keep His word. This desire is also two part because the devil is tempting Jesus with the desire of the eyes just like he did to Eve in the garden. The enemy told Jesus that if He was the Son of God that all He had to do was to prove that, by jumping off the highest point that overlooked the valley below the temple, which was the highest building in Jerusalem at the time, that the angels would catch Him.

Again the devil used scripture to try to get Jesus to commit sin. However, Jesus isn’t threatened any more than we should feel threatened. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. It may be that the enemy somehow knows or senses when we are taking a spiritual jump and wants to do everything in his power to stop that growth of faith in our spiritual walk or even a gift of healing that God is providing. He would love nothing more than to see us fall on our face. But what does the Bible tell us?

Psalm 91: 11-12 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

“Satan accurately quoted God’s Word to Jesus, but with a 100% wrong conclusion.”

The one thing that we cannot miss is that when satan quoted the Psalms passage to Jesus, he left out a very small bit of truth. He left out ” to keep thee in all thy ways.” When Jesus replies to satan, Jesus lets him know that God does not guarantee that He will protect us in all of our ways, but He does promise to protect us if we walk in all of His ways.

The enemy is always trying to trip us up so that we fall down. We are bound to the Lord God. By being bound, we will find ourselves being challenged because we are following the same path that Jesus walked. Anyone can find scripture in the Bible to defend their viewpoint, but what are we taught about the scriptures?

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16 We might think that we can search the scriptures and find eternal life, but we can’t. Eternal life only comes through Jesus. However, the scriptures are where we find how to walk in an upright position before our God. These are where, ‘it is written’.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

The main element of God’s witness is found in His written word. Jesus is inviting those who do not have the word of God in them to search the scriptures because they testify of Him. All scripture, not just any scripture or some scripture must be used if we are to be diligent in our learning of all the truth that the Lord has for us to learn, trust in and obey. We cannot let our emotions lead us or tempt us; we must be led by the Spirit of truth in all things.

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

The devil didn’t even accurately quote God’s Word to Jesus, and he did so with the wrong conclusion. When the devil quoted the Psalms passage to Jesus, he left out a very small bit of truth. He left out “to keep thee in all thy ways.” When Jesus replies to the devil, Jesus lets him know that God does not guarantee that He will protect us in all of our ways, but He does promise to protect us if we walk in all of His ways. We can’t expect God to protect us when we choose our own path in life when we are commanded to follow Him and His ways. This is exactly what the devil was trying to get Jesus to do, to choose His own way and not God’s way.

Jesus knew the mission that He was on and He was bound and determined to honor God alone. He wasn’t going to take any short cuts. The enemy was trying to get Jesus to make it look as though God’s protection and care was the only condition on which His loyalty was to be established, rather than love, trust and obedience.

The only doctrine that we can hold true to is the doctrine that is written in the scriptures. To teach the will of God, and to point out Jesus Christ till He should come. His doctrine shall drop as the rain, His speech that shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. It is God’s principles for living and what He wants for our lives that we should seek. When we study the word, we will begin to understand the whole of the Bible and recognize errors of interpretation of a verse taken here or there to satisfy, that which the heart of man wants to satisfy.

Jesus taught that folks will not believe in the Bible, even if the prophets of old were to come back from the dead. (Luke 16:31) God wants us to live by faith and believe by faith in what the scriptures teach us. It is not wise to ask God to prove who He is by showing us a sign and that is another avenue that the devil was tempting Jesus with.

Jesus’ answer to the devil was a quote from the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 6:16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. We as His children are to diligently keep his commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes, that He commanded because it is through every word of God that we live.

If the devil could make it appear that God’s protection and care were the condition on which loyalty was to be established, then he would have shown that God’s love was conditional, rather than His love being un-conditional within and of itself. God is love.

1st John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1st John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Basically, this was the same temptation that the devil tossed in Job’s lap. We can’t expect God to protect us when we choose our own path in life; we are commanded to follow Him and His ways.

If we apply our faith to what God commands, and worship Him in spirit and in truth we will find that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Many people say, if you do it this way, it will work out. Jesus didn’t believe that anymore than we should.

It started in the garden. The serpent said unto the woman, ‘Ye shall not surely die’

We must understand that the devil’s most successful tactic in his war against the truth is to quote God’s Word to us, but earnestly wants to have us come away with the wrong conclusion. We must not let our emotions rule our thinking or the decisions that we must make. We must die so that we gain life.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. The devil knew full well that it was him that will surely die, ‘he speaketh of his own’.

The SPIRITUAL Temptation


Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The devil told Eve and Adam who was standing next to her: ‘For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ ~ Genesis 3:5

The devil was tempting Eve and Adam with the pretentions of life no different than he was now tempting Jesus. The devil is able to offer us nothing more than death if we worship him. He is attacking Jesus in the spiritual realm. God may, in His mercy, rescue us because of our ignorance, but that is not the spiritually mature way to think.

The following is a quote by someone I found on line.

”The enemy: has yet another tactic he will use and that is to cause us to accept whatever someone says about God without putting it to the test of God’s Word — God’s entire Word. It begins when we want something for our self so bad that our desire causes us to have “tunnel vision”, making the only thing we wish to see is our miracle, the fulfillment of our desire. It is at that point where we cross the line, loving our desire and/or truth more than God’s desire and/or truth.”

Whether Satan realizes it or not, when Jesus walks out of the desert victorious over him and his temptations, Jesus has demonstrated that Satan’s doom is assured. Jesus will choose God’s plan even if it means suffering, death, and personal ridicule on a cross.

What is the cost of my following God? We will all have to ask ourselves at some point, will I choose faithfulness over ____________?

2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Anarchist’s that is coming is all about the devil’s work. The activity of all his power and signs and miracles are fake, evil sleight of hand trickery that will play to those who hate the truth that could save them. And since they’re so obsessed with evil and refuse to trust truth, they’re banished to their chosen world of lies and illusions. They are blinded to the truth because they do not believe it. Their pleasure is in un-righteousness rather than seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness. This is why they will receive the deluding influence that God is sending so that they might believe what is false. We must love God and the truth above all else, even over our own desires and/or truth, or it will cause us to have a blind spot — blinding us from God’s desire and/or truth.

The outcome in the wilderness for Jesus was successful.

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

What happened to Adam and Eve?

Genesis 3:6-9 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

God has been calling mankind ever since. Those who have ears will hear what the Spirit is saying and respond to the call. However, if we truly want discernment in our life, we must be willing to act on what we already know.

John 7:16-17: “Jesus therefore answered them, and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself.'”

Did Jesus teach anything different than what God spoke? The question remains, is man willing to do God’s will rather than trying to walk out his own path of salvation from sin and transgression? Is man willing to eat only of the tree of life, the very words that have come from the mouth of God? We cannot allow our feelings and desires, our attitudes or mental assent to focus on anything other than our decision to obey God and His word.

The only way that we can know that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God is to read the scriptures for our self, inviting the Holy Spirit to teach us and to constantly ask our self, am I willing to do His will? If so then we need to know of His teaching and trust that He is who He said that He is and that He is the one who will reward our diligence that we may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless, overcoming the enemy by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony; and not love our lives unto the death, loving Him more than life itself.

I learned about it when studying with some Aramaic speakers a few years back when Myspace had forums lol. It should be viewed from the Aramaic because it is the only one that retains the flow:

Therefore whoever shall break one of these small commands and shall so inculcate on the children of men, shall be called little in the kingdom of heaven: but every one that shall do and teach [them], shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:19

[Murdock] Two words are used there as is one implied for least:

1.) זעורא – z’ora (LEAST of the commands) 1 small 2 humble 3 few, small amount –(a) lacking in blood –(b) considerable, in substantial amount 4 pl: a few things

2.) (LEAST of men) The majority of translators translate “men” as “children of men” as this is an idiomatic expression in and of itself. This pushes yet another “little” or “least” usage into the message.

3.) דספרא – b’syra (LEAST in heaven) 1 lean –(a) unworthy –(b) weak –(c) (astron.) waning, diminished 2 small –(a) pl. few –(b) in construct with a noun indicate what the subject has little of 3 minor, lesser –(a) less –(b) adv.: less

As you can see the participle adjective DOES carry the definition of something that is unworthy. B’syr is the root of a lot of terms that mean “small, inferior” etc. A list can be found here:

It exists in four forms: Adjective Participle Adjective Noun Verb So you have three different forms of “smallness” or “least” in the English translation.

The word for GREAT is used once and it is: רבא – Raba 1 great 2 large 3 important, chief 4 older 5 elder

The contrast between Raba and B’Syra is no accident, and is akin to someone contrasting Cold and Hot.

Of the two terms, z’ora is usually the inclusion use.

By that, I mean as a member of a group. Like “This is the smallest of the oranges in the harvest.” Paul uses z’ora in reference to himself: to me, who am the least [z’ora] of all the saints… Eph 3:8 I am the least [z’ora] of the apostles… 1st  Cor 15:9

Another usage that is comparable: I say to you, that no prophet, among those born of women, was greater than John the Baptizer: and yet THE LEAST [z’ora] IN THE KINGDOM OF ELOHIM, is greater [rab] than he. Luke 7:28

A native Aramaic speaker translates the inflection in this way elsewhere: “Even you, Bethlehem of Judah, you are not INSIGNIFICANT [b’syra] in the eyes of the kings of Judah, for from you shall come out a king, who will shepherd my people Israel.” Matt 2:6

[Lamsa] B’syra in this inflection (overall) should not be viewed as inclusive. ———-

In summary even the least [z’ora] of those in the kingdom of heaven will call such people “b’syra”. That’s the nuts and bolts of it. I wish I still had contact with those guys but when they deleted the forums I left Myspace. Sooooo much stuff was lost. I was upset.

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What Day is the Sabbath?

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Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

We can look on any Gregorian calendar and see that the seventh day, on which the LORD rested, was at the end of the week of creation. The first day of creation began in total darkness and by the end of that first day, the God of creation had spoken “Let there be light: and there was light.” {Genesis 1:3` B} Due to His great and awesome power, all He needs to do is speak and creation occurred. {John 1:1-3}

God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. {Genesis 1:4-5} This is how we know that each day actually begins at sundown because as it is written, ‘the evening and the morning’ constitutes a day. In scripture, evening precedes morning and the new day begins and the old one ends at sunset. {Leviticus 23:32}

God continued to create something new each day during the week of creation and by the time He finished creating, it was the end of the sixth day.

And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. {Genesis 1:31} Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. {Genesis 2:1-3}

Therefore we know that according to the Bible, God began creating on the first day of the week and that day is Sunday; the first day of the week, just like it is on your calendar. The Sabbath day in which He rested, was at the end of the week, on the seventh day. That day is Saturday. However, the Sabbath day begins in the evening on Friday, just like every other day of creation begins…. in the evening of the day before because ‘the evening and the morning’, constitutes a day.

Did you know that out of all the days that God created, it was only the Sabbath ‘day’ that He blessed? He blessed ‘things’ upon the earth during the days of creation; but He gave His blessing to no other ‘day’ of creation. In the 20th chapter of Exodus, The God of Israel purposely brings to mind the creation of the Sabbath day, all the way back to Genesis, because it was part of the creation of the world and therefore cannot change any more than the moon can become the sun.

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His grace is sufficient in that He has prepared a place for His created to live, before He even created human life. He created man and woman on the sixth day to live on the earth that He had created. The very next day, He rested and set this day aside as an appointment for all of His creation to stop all that they do and meet with Him.

It is in this that we understand what Jesus meant when He said that the Sabbath was created for man, simply because He created man the day before He rested on the Sabbath day. If the Sabbath had been created ‘before’ man was created, the following scripture would not have been spoken by Jesus, nor would it have been written by Mark, its author.

Mark 2:27-28 And He (Jesus) said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.

NOTE: Notice that the scripture that you just read does not say that the Sabbath was made for the Jew. The Sabbath is not a Jewish institution. If one takes the time to count, the first Sabbath was nearly 2,300 years before there was a Jew. The Sabbath was made for man, so he could rest from his six days of labor. Not to mention, we will never read it in the Bible as ‘Jewish Sabbath’. It is most often referred to as the Sabbath of the LORD simply because He is the One Who instituted the Sabbath.

The Sabbath day is based on a seven day cycle that started during the week of creation. In the original Hebrew, it is perfectly understood that the Sabbath is ‘one’ specific day, the seventh day. Everywhere in all scripture, the Sabbath day is always associated with a seven day cycle that does not change. Since we know that God Himself does not change, we can faithfully trust that He is not going to change the seventh day Sabbath either.

How do I know that the Sabbath is a day set aside as an ‘appointment’ to stop all that we do and meet with Him? Read the following passage from the book of Leviticus:

¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
~ Leviticus 23:1-4

First of all, God told Moses that the ‘feasts’ were His and that He expected the children of Israel to proclaim His feasts to be holy convocations which they were to proclaim in their seasons. The Sabbath day was the very first day that God considered to be a feast day. The word feast in Hebrew is ‘moed’ and means appointed place, an appointed time and meeting. The Sabbath day is the very first fixed time or season set aside for a definite purpose, as a day to rest and assemble in a place by a weekly or annual appointment.

The children of The God of Israel, were supposed to take all that they learned from Moses, who heard all the words from God the Creator and then these people were to proclaim all that they heard and learned, unto all the nations so that all the nations would learn of the blessings of the God of Israel.

There are two words in the previous scripture that I shared that I want to focus on. The word ‘holy’ in Hebrew is qodesh, pronounced ko’-desh; meaning a sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity:–consecrated (thing), dedicated (thing), hallowed (thing), holiness, (X most) holy (X day, portion, thing), saint, sanctuary.

The word convocations in Hebrew- miqra’, pronounced mik-raw’, is something called out, i.e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal:–assembly, calling, convocation, and reading.]

The reason that I say that the Sabbath is a fixed time [weekly] or a season is because there are more Sabbath days than just the weekly Sabbath. These days are also fixed times that occur throughout the year. Even though the weekly Sabbath feast day is celebrated weekly, one of the annual Sabbath’s are referred to in scripture by John the beloved. He called it a high Sabbath. So even though all Sabbath days do not necessarily fall on a weekly seventh day Sabbath at the end of each week, they are still a Sabbath none the less.

For instance, the high Sabbath that John mentions (The year of the death of Messiah) in his gospel is a Thursday. What makes it a ‘high’ Sabbath is that it was a specific day that began the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the day that Jesus was laid in the Tomb. Not many people are even aware that during that week, the week of the death of Jesus, that there were two Sabbath’s.

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. ~ John 19:3

Jesus arose from the grave at the end of the weekly Sabbath that year. That was the day that He would be waved before the Father as the first fruits offering which Paul mentions in a few of His letters. So Yahushua (Jesus) was laid to ‘rest’ on a high Sabbath and arose from His rest, three days and three nights later; at the end of the weekly Sabbath, just as He said He would be.

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. ~ Matthew 12:40

One might be thinking, ‘these days were only commanded for the children of Israel’. Of a truth, the Gentile’s are graft into the family and receive an inheritance no different than the original family of Israel. As adopted children of the family of Israel, we are the children of the God of Israel, therefore we are Israel.

It is here in this 23rd chapter of Leviticus that we can learn about the weekly Sabbath and annual Sabbath days. This chapter is widely recognized as one of the most important chapters for unlocking the scriptures because it is the feast days that teach us so much about the Messiah.

Something one might keep in mind is that it was the God of Israel; our Father Who spoke the words from His own mouth to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. (Exodus 20:8) The children of Israel were all gathered at the most lowest part of Mount Sanai to hear Him speak all that He did that third day, giving them the Law (Torah), the same day as the Resurrection, showing everyone how both give life.

The word to focus on here is ‘remember’. In Hebrew, the word ‘remember’ is ‘zakar’, meaning to recall to mind. The word ‘remember’ that is written here in this text at Exodus 20:08 is telling the children of Israel and us [the reader] to bring back into our memory [just as it was to the hearer then], to remember a certain day; ‘the Sabbath’. We know this is true because in verse 11 of this same chapter (20), the days of creation are brought to the attention of the children of Israel that day, and now to us, the reader. This clearly shows that the Sabbath day goes all the way back to creation and was not all the sudden a new thing, implemented at Mt Sinai. The Sabbath is a memorial of creation because its establishment on earth is linked to the completion of creation week.

As a personal reflection, I tend to think that the fact that this day is the only thing that the LORD told the children of Israel to remember is something that every person should stop and consider and maybe ask why. Was it because He knew that over time, that humanity would be influenced into thinking that the Sabbath was not so important and that man would call every day a Sabbath and be ok with that? I don’t think this is the case because no one would be able to labor in the work force if every day were a Sabbath. God loves His people and He wants them to know the truth.

So far we have learned that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath day. We also learned that there are more Sabbath days throughout the year. We also learned that the Sabbath day is a day to be remembered. Next week, I will share about how humanity came to observe the first day of the week, as opposed to the seventh day of the week that God commanded and how the Sabbath is a ‘sign’.

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A Monograph of Cornelius of Caesarea

A deeper view of Acts Chapter 10

Cornelius, a captain in the Roman army lived in Caesarea, a strong city that was later fortified by Herod the Great. Caesarea was given its name in honor of Augustus Caesar. Caesarea very conveniently lay upon the seashore which certainly helped to keep the correspondence between Rome and its conquest in those parts. Since the Roman governor normally resided in Caesarea, Cornelius may have been in charge of the Italian band that was commanded to life-guard to the Roman governor. In any case, we know that Cornelius had interaction with different ethnic people while preforming his duties. We know that sometime during his life, he must have taken an interest in the Hebrew way of life and perhaps found the faith of these people comforting or perhaps he was attracted to the God of Israel Who provided a stability that soothed him. In any case, we have a story of a devout man;  he and all of his household had reverence for the God of Israel and took pity, having mercy on the poor people at Jerusalem, so he proved his sincerity by acts of beneficence and charity. fire2

Cornelius possessed a degree of regard for both valor and authority, and he also had an honorable testimony among the nation of Jehudah. (21) Cornelius spent time in prayer toward the God of Israel, so much so that He sent an angel to Cornelius while he bowed his knee in prayer during the ninth hour. It becomes evident that because the ninth hour is mentioned [3:00 p.m.], that Cornelius had adopted and embraced a daily prayer plan, perhaps from the tribes that lived in the region of Caesarea.

This messenger sent from YHVH, told Cornelius that these things that he did, had come to Elohim as a memorial. This shows us that the unselfish heart of a man will attract the attention of our Great and Mighty Elohim, and not only men but widows who give just a mite or like the woman who trusted in the God of Elijah and gave all that she had.

In this vision, Cornelius was directed by this messenger to send for Peter who was being entertained as a guest at the home of Simon the tanner who lived in Joppa, about forty miles away. After the angel left, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a reverent soldier that was no doubt detached for his personal use. (Vs 7) Cornelius instructed these three individuals and sent them on their journey to Joppa, now called Jaffa, a city along the Mediterranean, lying on the border of the tribes of Dan and Ephraim.

Meanwhile on the next day, while these three folks were on their way, Simon the tanner was preparing a meal. (Vs 10) Pause for a moment, if you will; to think of all the hides of the critters that Simon might have had perhaps laying in the sun on the boulders or perhaps hanging in the trees near his home.  It is written that Peter, who was hungry and would have eaten, instead went up to the house top to pray during the sixth hour. While he was in prayer he was interrupted when his mind was drawn elsewhere as he fell into a trance.

In this trance, Peter witnessed a vessel, as if a sheet; descending from an open heaven, being let down to the earth. When a sheet is lifted by its four corners, the contents inside will be forced to touch each other. This is critical to the understanding because the contents inside were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts and ‘creeping things’ which both Thayer and Strong’s define as reptiles and or serpents. There were also included in this vessel; flying winged fowl. (Vs 12)

There came a voice speaking to him saying “Rise Peter, kill and eat.” Peter vehemently refuses and voices his strong refusal by saying, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” Notice here, that Peter has made a determination of how he perceives the contents, which are now lying out before him as common or unclean. Even though we have a detailed list of the contents, Peter expresses that they are a mixture common and unclean; based on the dietary law.

Before I go on, I need to clarify these two words. The word ‘un-clean’ in the Greek is ak-ath’-ar-tos. Thayer defines this as not cleansed, unclean in a ceremonial sense: that which must be abstained from according to the Levitical law, in a moral sense: unclean in thought and life. The Greek word for ‘common’ is koinos . This word carries two different meanings. The first is referring to things, ‘shared in common’ such as faith or belief, and understood in the following verses:

Acts 2:44 ….. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Acts 4:32….. ¶ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

Titus 1:4 …..To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

The word ‘common’ in the Old Testament with the meaning of ‘something shared’ is not even mentioned. It is however hinted at in two verses found at: Proverbs 1:14 throw your lot among us we all gave one purse and Proverbs 21:9 It is better to live in the corner of the housetop than in a house with a quarrelsome wife.

The problem with this word is that the word common as Peter used It, is not even a Hebrew word related to eatable or non-eatable meat. In fact the word ‘common’ as Peter used it, does not even become associated with defilement or anything un-acceptable, in the whole of the Old Testament. The only thing I can surmise is that Peter’s understanding of the word ‘common’ must have gained momentum after the Hebrew Scriptures had been translated in the Greek and lost its true meaning.

According to, the word ‘common’ originated from circa 1300 as an old French word.

The second meaning of ‘koinos’ is defiled, profane, unholy, something that is clean.  This would be anything clean that comes in contact with something that is unclean.

Let’s look at certain verse to get an idea:

Mark 7:2 And when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. {Defiled: or, common}

‘They’ in this verse were certain scribes and Pharisees. It was this pharisaic belief based on their own understanding, passed down as their tradition that would have deemed what they were eating as unclean because the disciples traveling with Yahushua did not wash their hands first. These scribes and Pharisees, teachers of the Jewish ‘religion’ were so critical in regard to outward defilement that, as Mark records in his gospel, they would not partake of food without first washing their hands. (Vs 3)

Leviticus 11:32 And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.

Leviticus 11:33 And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.

In Leviticus where the dietary law is found, we learn that every vessel, such pitchers as are commonly used for drinking out of, and for holding liquids, if they fall or are thrown down, whatever was in that earthen vessel is unclean and the vessel was to be broken. If the vessel was made of wood, skin, material or a mesh cloth the vessel could be washed but considered unclean until the evening.

At, the word common is public, general and universal.

So the best way for me to explain the difference between koinos and akathartos (common and unclean), is that koinos (common) signifies the pharisaic belief (based in tradition) that a clean thing can be made ‘common’ through contact just because a clean thing touched something that was un-clean – whereas akathartos (unclean) is unclean because YHVH deemed it unclean. In order for Cornelius to be considered unclean, he would have to have been created as ‘meat’.

Back to the verse in Mark, Yahushua said that Isaiah had rightly prophesied them to be hypocrites, that they honored Him with their lips but that their hearts were far from Him and that they worshiped Him in vain because they laid aside and rejected the commandment of Elohim and held on to their own tradition instead. The dispute was over ceremonial cleanliness because they saw that the disciples had not washed their hands before eating, which isn’t written in Torah but is evidently a “tradition of the elders” as Yahushua said (verse 5), which the Pharisees claimed authority in. We should note that the kind of food the apostles were eating is ‘bread’, and not meat. Later on, Yahushua’ speaks in general of “foods” and “whatever enters the mouth,” not specifically meat. So what we learn here in this passage of Mark chapter seven is not about clean and unclean meats at all! It is about their rejection of Torah, false teachings and false accusations and Yahushua calls them out on their falseness.

Another verse is 2nd Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

The word profane is what I wanted to look at because it shows us how important it is to avoid thresholds whereby Satan can subtlety creep into a conversation, drawing us in little by little to ungodliness through the means of profane fruitless discussions that do not edify the body. This happens to us all once in a while because conversations between folks are a common occurrence that can lead to un-cleanliness.

Before I move on I’d like to point out the fact that Luke’s usage of these two words; common and un-clean, should not be overlooked either. It appears that he is very well versed in this knowledge considering he is a Gentile and not a representative of the twelve tribes.

Now that we all have the clear understanding of common and un-clean, let’s move on. Verse fifteen tells us that the ‘voice’ replied to Peter’s refusal saying,What God has cleansed, that, call not thou common”. Notice the ‘voice, whom Peter now referred to as ‘Lord’, never says anything to Peter about items in that vessel as being un-clean. Why would the Lord rebuke Peter for keeping the law? He wouldn’t and doesn’t. The voice does however, rebuke Peter for using the term ‘common’. In fact, the voice says this to Peter three times, “What God has cleansed, that, call not thou common”.

For all we know a chicken could have been represented inside that vessel and Peter could have just obeyed, pulled that chicken out, killed it according to Torah instructions and then ate it. After all, the vessel contained ‘all manner’ of beasts and things. The problem was that Peter was trying to satisfy both Torah instructions of the dietary law and the traditions of men that had falsely been taught to the Torah observant. It was this false ‘common’ traditional teaching that would have kept Peter from shaking hands with the three fella’s coming from Caesarea that were no doubt getting closer to the gateway at Simon the tanners abode.

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The vessel that had disturbed Peter was received up again into heaven, yet Peter doubted in himself and was perplexed by what he had seen and what the vision had meant. This astounds me because for many years I had been taught that this whole scenery were placed here for our perusal to teach the reader… that somehow by the death of Yahushua on the cross that all meats had been made clean. If all meats were made clean by Yahushua’s death, doesn’t that demean salvation?

Here is Peter, doubting in himself and is perplexed by what this vision meant to him.   Peter did not quickly understand the importance of this vision, though he diligently applied his mind to discover the heaviness of its instruction. How dare we make an assumption so easily? It is by Peter’s own words that we begin to understand that this chapter has nothing to do with the dietary laws written in Torah. In verse 28, the author of this letter {Luke} records that Peters says that Yah had shown him not to call any ‘person’ unclean or impure.

Peter did not jump to the conclusion that all meats were now clean so why does the average minister or teacher?

It is by Peter’s statement that anyone could even jump to the conclusion that this chapter has anything to do with food, simply because of his own word, ‘eaten’.  Peter’s first reaction was that he had no intention of eating anything shown inside the vessel, stating it was common or unclean and he had ‘never eaten anything that is common or unclean’. Why not? After all, it has been nearly eight years since Yahushua had been crucified. If all meats were now made clean and the dietary law became null and void at the cross, why didn’t Peter know this? Why was he still eating clean? Better yet, why hadn’t Yahushua been teaching them that His death was going to make the whole law null and void?

How can anyone rightly expect that Yahushua would teach these men all that He did, even defend them for keeping the law in front of the Pharisees and Scribes, to later let them come to find out after His death that all that they had been taught by Him, had become undone? If the law of clean and un-clean was about to be abolished, surely Yahushua would have told His disciples.

There is no doubt that Peter’s first reaction is related to dietary items because as it is written, ‘he was hungry and would have eaten’ but instead Peter went up on the housetop and was in prayer when this vision was presented.   It is our proper understanding of the word koinos (common) that ‘the Voice’ rebukes Peter for and not any violation of the Instructions that Elohim laid out in the law {Torah}. In a closer read,  ‘the Voice’ never even mentions the word ‘un-clean’.

While Peter continued to ponder on the meaning of the vision, the three men arrived and were inquiring about the house of Simon the tanner and were down stairs just outside the gate. The Spirit living with-in Peter spoke to him, saying, “Behold, three men seek thee.”   Somewhere between the vessel being taken back up into the heavens and hearing the Spirit with-in speak to Peter, he must have begun to unravel the mystery of the vision. I suspect that when the Spirit told him that ‘three’ men were seeking for him, he might have begun to understand why the voice had told him ‘three‘ times, “What God hath cleansed, that, call not thou common.”

Like I mentioned before, it was this false ‘common’ traditional teaching that would have kept Peter from shaking hands with the three fella’s coming from Caesarea, that were now inquiring of Simon the Tanners home, looking for Peter. The Spirit with-in further told Peter, “Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.” The Spirit is extremely direct. I like this because it confirms to me the importance of clarity when hearing from the Lord by way of the Spirit. Peter goes down and greets the men, asking whom they seek and why they have come. I imagine Peter very anxious to see why the Lord has sent them to find him.

These no doubt tired travelers explain to Peter that Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feared God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, (though Cornelius was not a Jew himself) was warned from God by an holy angel to send for him at the home of Simon the tanner to hear what Peter has to say. Faith of course comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Peter does an amazing thing without even a hesitation, he invites them in, these three men who before he would have considered un-clean are now  invited to stay and lodge overnight. It appears that Peter has had a change of heart. He could have walked with them to find an inn for the night but he didn’t. Peter took charge of the situation at hand and welcomed them to stay even though they were Gentiles. He was already feeling compelled to comply with the design of the vision and the understanding of what ‘the Voice’ (Whom Peter had referred to as LORD),  had spoken to him about not calling common, what Elohim cleansed.

The next day, Peter, the three men from Caesarea and certain brethren from Joppa began the journey to Caesarea where Peter would meet this centurion who had sent for him after having been warned by an holy angel to do so. These six brethren (11:12) from Joppa were fellow believers in the faith. I suspect that Peter took them along as witnesses for whatever was about to occur in Caesarea thereby fulfilling a law of witnesses that would later prove beneficial.

Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

As our adventure moves along, Peter enters the town of Caesarea the next day along with his entourage. It seems as if it were nearly a two days journey from Joppa to Caesarea because it was the day after they set out that they came to the city and according to verse 30 , the afternoon of that day. As they approach the home of Cornelius, he is waiting for them along with his kinsmen and friends who lived nearby. How delightful that Cornelius had the foresight to share in the spiritual morsel that was about to be shared and that he chose not to be alone. The kindness and respect that believers in the truth show, does not go un-noticed by our Father. This man laboured to have all his household, well-known friends, and acquaintances to be godly and invited them to hear what ever it was that Peter would bestow upon those who would gather in his home.

Upon seeing Peter for the first time, Cornelius falls down at his feet to worship him.  Cornelius might have supposed that Peter was perhaps someone of superiority since it was after all, an angel that announced to him that he should seek Peter’s arrival. Peter graciously and no doubt humbly, reached out to Cornelius, lifting him up from the ground saying that he himself is just a man, rightly judging Cornelius as a man just like him and no longer falsely inferior. Though they were both of them servants, Peter did not see Cornelius as less superior anymore. As they were talking, they made their way into the residence of Cornelius, where Peter did not hesitate to enter the home of this Gentile soldier.

Right off the bat, Peter tells the crowded room that Elohim had told him not to call any man common or unclean. Peter then inquires as to why Cornelius sent for him. Cornelius replies to him that four days ago he had been fasting in prayer at his own home during the ninth hour and that a man in bright clothing stood before him saying, ‘Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God’s attention. I want you to send to Joppa to get Simon, the one they call Peter. He’s staying with Simon the Tanner down by the sea.’ Cornelius obeyed and had sent for Peter and now in this retelling,  we find out why.  I am sure that hearing this must have been a great encouragement to Peter.

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Peter opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation He that fears Him, and  righteousness, is accepted with Him.” Isn’t that something? Here is a man who is working out his life in righteous ways and The God of all Creation, takes notice of him, no different than He would any man in every nation. This reminds me of where Paul expresses in his letter to the Romans that Gentiles who do not have the law, do the law by nature, showing that the law is written in their hearts and their conscience bears witness. It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want Yahwey as Lord over your life and are ready to do as He says, the door is open. The Message He sent to the children of Israel—that through Yahushua HaMashiach, everything is being restored, and whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins, when YHVH draws you unto Himself.

Peter testifies that he had been a witness as Yahushua went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the enemy. Peter spoke of everything Yahushua did in the land of the Judea and in Jerusalem where they killed Him and eventually hung Him from a cross. Peter explained that three days later Yahwey had Him up out from the tomb and alive, raising Him from the dead. Peter told them of how they had even eaten and drank with Yahushua after He had risen from the dead. No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth then the Holy Spirit came on all the listeners inside of the home of Cornelius and they hadn’t even been baptized in water yet. Even the six men who had come from Joppa to accompany Peter who were standing by hearing Peter speak, were amazed that the Holy Spirit had fallen upon all these Gentiles, yet there they were, as a witness. They could not deny it. They heard those Gentile folks speaking in tongues and praising Yahwey, the God of Israel, and their Beloved.

That the Holy Spirit fell upon them without yet having been baptized in water shows us that the God of Israel is not tied to instituted nor ordinances or doctrines of men. Peter did not deny them water baptism, in fact he asked if any man would forbid them, I think his question may have been addressed to the six who accompanied him because his question is very pointed.

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

In any case, Peter did not deny the sign to those whom upon the Spirit fell. Those who the God of Israel takes upon Himself to commune with, should not be denied the sealing of a covenant with a covenant keeping  Elohim who promised to pour out His Spirit upon the seed of the faithful and upon their offspring, thus Peter commanded them to be baptize in the name of the LORD.  The vision of unclean animals was intended to be an illustration that ‘The Voice’ used to help Peter understand that ‘repentance into life’ was open to the Gentiles, who the Israelites previously kept away from.

Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel:

So likewise as we found out in Mark chapter seven, this chapter ten in the letter of Acts, written to a fella by the name of Theophilus, is not about clean and un-clean being made cleansed at the cross. It is about a man, the first of many Gentiles like you and me to be welcomed into the family of the God of Israel, thereby becoming a child of Israel, all because his ‘doings’ were come up to God as a memorial. (Vs 28)

John 17:17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Always keep in mind that The God of Israel orchestrates everything in our lives. We might be forty miles away from where He is incorporating a plan in another life to bring about His will. He might also interrupt our prayer time to show us a vision too. You just never know what The God of Israel is up too but always be ready to be amazed and thankful for the calling, that He would even consider to use such a wretched man as I, OR draw us near to a place where we would hear what He has for us, holding back nothing less than what is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works, for which every man will be rewarded; for his good works….. upon the return of Yahushua when He shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels. [2nd Timothy 3:16-17 @ Matthew 16:27]

Hallilu- Yah!


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A Study of Firstfruits ~ By Eudora Nachand

Firstfruits in the Greek is aparche pronouncTitle photoed ap-ar-khay’ from a compound of apo and archomai- a beginning of sacrifice. In the Hebrew,  the word firstfruits is bikkur – ripe fruits of the crop and fruit; from bakar’, to be born first, to give birthright.

Not many are aware of this but the Holy Days have meanings that build upon each other. Together they progressively reveal how Yahwey works with humanity and how He will fulfil His plan of redemption;  played out through the agricultural seasons of harvest. These feast days should be important to all believers, especially the Feast of Firstfruits.

The fifteenth of Nisan begins the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a seven day feast to the LORD. The day following the Sabbath at the end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is called the Feast of First Fruits. {Leviticus 23:10-14} It is important to remember that firstfruits must be the day after the weekly Sabbath so that it aligns 50 days forward to the Feast of Weeks.

The beginning of the harvest” [Reshit Katzir] begins the day following the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This is the beginning of the barley season, the promise of more to come. The Feast of Unleavened demonstrates a holy walk in sincerity and truth putting off the old nature by those who are chosen. The holy day that follows is The Feast of Weeks {Pentecost} 50 days after the Sabbath that marks the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest, which demonstrates a holy generation who puts on a new nature living a victorious life empowered by the Holy Spirit.  The Feast of Tabernacles is the season of the fruit harvest, which demonstrates the bringing forth of fruit. All three are First Fruit celebrations. Simply put, the plan shows us salvation and deliverance, sanctification and finally the glorified resurrected firstfruits of the dead, those who are Christ’s ‘at His coming’.

To help us understand the Feast of Firstfruits, we need to look at the harvest of the barley, the wheat and then the harvest of the fruit at the end of the year. The observance of the Feast of Firstfruits is observed when an offering of one sheaf was cut from the standing harvest of the first ripened barley and brought to the priest. The priest would then wave that sheaf before the LORD, thereby making a sacrifice of faith. This was to be done “the day after the Sabbath”, at the tail end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The instructions for the Feast of Firstfruits stipulated that a sheaf of grain be waved by the priest before the Lord as a testimony of Elohim’s provision. This marks the start of counting the omer.

Leviticus 23:9-12 Le 23:9 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

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 [omer]of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

When we place our faith and trust in Messiah we can see where His life, death and resurrection, as well as the pouring out of the Holy Spirit are not only represented in the Spring Feast’s but that His resurrection gives us hope that we too will experience a resurrection in the future. Yahushua alluded to this in His parable:

~John 12:23–24 ~(ONMB)

And Y’shua answered them, saying, “The time has come that the Son of Man would be glorified. I most definitely say to you, unless a grain of wheat would die when it falls into the earth, it only remains itself: but if it would die, it brings much fruit.

For us as believers, the resurrection is not simply an historical event, but also a foretaste of what is to come in the future, when Elohim gives us new, redeemed bodies so that we too might be glorified. This event is seen in the Fall Feast’s that represents His return (Feast of Trumpets), the day of judgement (Atonement- not a feast) and the end gathering of His family, the Feast of Tabernacles. The fall feasts culminate in the final day known as the Eighth Day Sabbath (Simchat Torah – Joy of Torah).

What many Christians do not know because they have not been taught or because they have been taught that the Old Testament is irrelevant for Christians today, is that the reason Yahwey called all the males to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles is because each one of these feasts are a First Fruit Feast.   It became understood and apparent through the Spring Feast’s that Yahwey had called the males and their family to these appointed [mow`ed, a fixed time or season ] feast days to magnify His fabulous love by offering His Son, the Firstfruits and then the Holy Spirit. It becomes clear then that at some point in time, during each one of these feast days, He is uniting us with our Redeemer so that one day soon we will become echad; one, even as Yahushua and Hashem are one.

Even though we are still awaiting the fall feasts to be fulfilled, Yahwey had a reason for His nation Israel to keep His festivals and later for His Church to observe them. Through these observances, Elohim reveals to His people the stages of His plan of salvation for humanity. In particular, the feast celebrating the harvest of the firstfruits, or Pentecost, has a meaning that reveals one of the major phases of His plan for salvation.

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Without the Holy Spirit to guide us, we would not be able to keep His laws and follow the path of our Messiah and do the same works as He did. Without the Holy Spirit, how could His laws be put into our mind and how could He write them in their hearts so that He could be to us a God and us be to Him a people? How would we ever realize the and plan of the resurrection and how it would all be fulfilled if it were not for the firstfruit feast’s?

~ Deuteronomy 16:16-17 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: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

What it means to ‘not appear before the LORD empty’ was because the offering brought by each male and his family was a measured amount of offering brought to the priest at the place where the LORD chose. After the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; the first ‘ripe’ barley grain was offered to God before the harvest could begin. Giving as you are able also has a connotation of ‘doing’ what you are able to do, according to Torah. If you are a farmer, you would give a sacrificial offering according to what He has provided.  Perhaps a token of a dependence upon Hashem and gratitude to Him. It is obvious in His statement that He is not unreasonable in His demands of every man… to ‘give as he is able’. No more that a man is able to give… is expected.  There are exceptions, like the widow who gave her ‘two mites’, she was counted worthy because she gave beyond her own power because she gave all that she had. See ~ 2nd Corinthians 8:3

That wave-sheaf offering by the priest represented Yahushua HaMashiach, which is why He is called the firstfruits. He is the pioneer, the first of the dead to be resurrected to eternal life. The rest… at His coming.

1st Corinthians 15:20 teaches us that Yahushua is the firstfruit from the dead of them that slept. We also confirmation from the author of the book of Hebrews, that in chapter eleven, and the last verse that none of the righteous will receive the promise that they too will not be made perfect ‘without us’ even though they have obtained a good report through faith.

unleaven What were the physical offerings? The sheaf of barely equals to about two quarts for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Two loaves of leavened wheat bread during the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) and at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), a basket of the first fruit of the earth all mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:8. Unfortunately, a liberal definition of firstfruits would include the first of most anything, including the first part of one’s income. Nevertheless, the scriptures restrict the definition of firstfruits, when associated with offerings, to only food. This is just another example of what Satan started in the garden by twisting the scriptures to suit his own purpose to deceive the whole world by causing them to bring an offering of tithe in the form of only money.

When each male and his family would attend the feast, each male would then quote from Deuteronomy 26:5-10 as they gave their offering of the first fruit from their land.

It was in this way that they rejoiced that the LORD had given every good thing to them and those who sojourned with them. Those who sojourned or gathered with the Israelite tribes were Gentiles who believe it or not, the stranger also attended the Feasts of the LORD. (Vs 11) Obedience to bringing these offerings was their expression of their commitment and thanksgiving for His provision. These offerings are always from God’s labor and not ours. Each crop is grown by God’s power. Our labor comes when we work through to the harvest of the crop that He has grown.

Just as the farmers could not use the barley and wheat harvest until the wave offering ceremony was performed, so also Yahushua; the bread of Life, had to ascend before the rest of the grain [His Disciples] could be used. After the Feast of Weeks, His Disciples who were indwelled with the Holy Spirit were used in such awesome power because after their immersion in the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of Acts, they healed the sick and delivered the oppressed. Like His chosen disciples, those who follow in the very same path of Yahushua are also called firstfruits.

It is astonishing to think about it but on this particular day, a defect-free lamb was offered along with bread and wine. Is it any wonder now; why we read of Yahushua remembering and using these elements when He shared His last Passover with His disciples? What great love!

Final Yahushua Heart Love is the essence of all Elohim’s laws and commandments. Said another way, the commandments were given to show us how to love others and to love Him. Many think that His love is not conditional. I disagree because of what I read that is testified of in the scriptures.

John 14:15 ¶ If ye love Me, keep My commandments.

John 15:10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

1st John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.

1st John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The “new” part mentioned of this overshadowing summary, was Yahushua’s incredible example, which takes the meaning of love to a whole new level of selflessness and service, the same as it should be with us. Yahwey in His great love is now writing His law on our hearts. This may also seem new, but His law was always designed to be in our heart as you can tell by the following verses:

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, the children of the God of Israel are expected to rise to a new level of love that fulfills both the letter and the spirit of His perfect law. We must never forget that the firstfruits “follow the Lamb wherever He goes”.

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– Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

There is great significance in the name, Feast of Firstfruits. By its very name, firstfruits being plural, indicates that there is more than one harvest in a season. These firstfruit harvests both represent major stages and symbolize the ‘calling and preparing’ of the church for the first spiritual harvest of humankind for redemption. The later spiritual harvest will take place in the age to come when the physical harvest takes place. Yahwey’s first harvest of people occurs in preparation for that coming age when Yahushua HaMashiach will bring His Kingdom to earth, after the separation of the wheat from the chaff. The same is understood by the mere mention of a ‘first resurrection’, which also gives an indication of there being more than one resurrection.

Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep . . . For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming”. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:20-23

Resurrection 2 This scripture clearly indicates that each individual that is prepared for harvest (Resurrection) will be harvested from the earth….. ‘at His coming’ and not before. God chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all that He created. Looking forward to the resurrection of those who remain faithful to their calling, Paul said, “We also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body”, -Romans 8:23. This is in the context of our hope.

Paul says that Yahushua’s resurrection represents the firstfruits of those who have already died. He intentionally chooses the word “firstfruits” because of what he learned in Torah. In 1st Corinthians 15 Paul states that the resurrection of the saints at Christ’s coming to immortal, spiritual bodies (verses 44, 53) will take place in an instant “at the last trumpet”. Just as the firstfruits offered to the God of Israel under the old covenant anticipated the fuller harvest to come, the resurrection of Yahushua anticipated the bodily resurrection of His people first promised under the very same old covenant (Job 19:25–27).

As we who faithfully follow the Lamb where ever He goes, we are constantly learning to deal with the malice commonly found in the hearts of men. We learn daily that in us, there is to be no deception or plotting in our actions or words. We learn continuously about the genuineness, sincerity and simplicity of HaMashiach. We come to grips with the deceit of our own hearts and have fully submitted to the pure and unspotted life of Christ dwelling in us. The word tells us that for these things, “they are without fault before the throne of Elohim”. This is what we are being prepared for.

This most important step in God’s plan for the salvation of mankind is revealed in the observing of His Holy Days. As we heed the calling of Him Who calls; we as first fruits naturally begin to observe the very holy days that picture the calling and harvest of the firstfruits of His redemptive plan. We now live in the age of the firstfruits; the time during which Yahwey is preparing a special, chosen people to reign with Yahushua HaMashiach ~ 1st Peter 2:9.

Yahushua became the first fruits, one of many who will follow at His coming (1st Corinthians 15:20). With Pentecost, there are those who have been given the firstfruits of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:23). The next harvest of the first fruits will be in the first resurrection, they are the ones who follow the Lamb wheresoever He goes. We who are awaiting the adoption of our body; will be redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Revelation 14:4).

~ 1st Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:

~Exodus 19:5-6 Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

sheaf of barley 3 ~ “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” ~ Revelation 20:6

2nd Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

To my brothers and sisters who keep covenant: We eagerly await the bountiful harvest sure to come when our dry bones will be resurrected and assembled together in the Promised Land. We not only live our lives through the power that Hashem bestows upon us through His intelligence and goodness, but it was for the purpose of creation that we are revealed as His light, shinning in a darkened world. We are not mere passive spectators who are barren and unfruitful; we are a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hid. “Be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure”.

~ Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp and the law (Torah) is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

Yahushua said, that whoever trust’s in Him will also do the works that He does. There is work to be done. We cannot alter our faith and joy for any less than the conviction that as priest’s and kings, we ought to be studying the life of the priest and that of our King. We must obey His voice and show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of the darkness into His marvelous light; His instruction for the nations ~Torah.


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Touching on the Parables ~ Parable of the Talents

In order for a seed to grow, it needs fertile soil. When the word of Yahwey is sewn in the heart, it can’t help but grow because there is so much for us to read in the scriptures that will cause that first initial seed of faith to grow.

Hebrew Talent 1 Matthew 25:14 -30 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This parable seems to me to be about Yahushua trusting us with His word, giving every man a bit so that what He does give will be able to grow and manifest the faith of His servants. To all three men, the traveling man gave so many talents to each servant and each man was supposed keep, guard and grows the sum of money that each was given, each according to his several ability. After the traveling man distributed the portions of his coin to each man, he then left for the far country.

According to the proportion of each man’s faith, he did what he felt empowered to do with the talent that he was given.

Balance After a while, the lord of the servants came back. The one that the traveling man gave five talents to doubled his portion and the master was happy with his return and complimented him on a job well done. In the future kingdom, Yahushua will be King of kings and Lord of lords. I tend to think that this may be a prelude for us to understand that in the kingdom, we will be entrusted to take what we are given or put in charge of and that He expects a return on His portion. What we are doing now with our ability, may very well determine what we will be given to watch over in the kingdom. To those that He gives much, He expects much. However, the same reward is given to both the ones who doubled his talent. Just because one was given five and the other only two talents, did not matter how they only doubled it. The point here is that each one did what he was able to do with the talent that he was given. If both had been given only five, they both would have doubled that portion because they both had faith to multiply what they had been given. The traveling man did not show favoritism by giving a bigger reward to the one who had 10 talents over the one who only had four.

The one who went and hid his talent did not gain anything because he was not willing to do the work required so that the portion that he was given would have a chance to grow. He did not put his faith into action to produce the growth that the traveling man expected. We must keep working in the field, keep our faith activated and continue growing on a daily basis.

Hebrew Talent 2 It would be better for us to do something with whatever we are given and gain than to do nothing and gain nothing. He will take away what He gives us and give it to others if we are not willing to serve Him with the talent that He gives. He does not expect us to do more than He knows that we are capable of doing. This is why he gives to each of us what He knows that we ‘can’ handle. Those who do well with what they are given and grow the portion that He has offered will receive the blessing both in this life and the eternal life. Everyone has something to contribute to the kingdom. Some will produce great things and some will produce less but as long as each one produces something, they will enter into the joy of the LORD.

I think that the idea behind this teaching is that we are motivated to increase the measure that He gives to each of us. Our energy and whole hearted effort should be to grow a bumper crop so that in times of lean, we can still have something to hold on to like the wise virgins.

The man that replied that his master was a hard man was he possibly making a reference to his master not being an equal opportunity giver? He was only given one talent where the others were given more. Perhaps the thought here is that he might not have felt he had been trusted enough with more so he just hid his talent and by doing so opened his heart to blaming the master rather than blaming his own laziness.

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I was wondering, why is it that this servant thought that his master was a hard man. Did he feel over worked already? Did he feel cheated somehow because he didn’t get more talent than the others or at least an equal amount of talent? This causes me to evaluate just exactly what it is that the Lord has entrusted me with. I sure don’t want to hide what He has shared with me. In fact, I like to share what I learn.

It isn’t like The God of Israel has only given so much of His goods to just a few. He has opened the door of learning to all. All one has to do is pick up a Bible and begin reading. I have often thought of the Bible as His last will and Testament, just the same as the will that my father left to eight of his nine children. He dis owned the one son (David) that never came back home after the Vietnam war and had changed his last name. My father saw that as him disinheriting his own self when he changed his name.

Balance 2 Yah forgives us and wants to see us grow and increase. So much so that He provides both the brick and the straw, whatever is needed so that we can continue to achieve greater increase? Maybe this is why some people do not reach out to God. Maybe some people think that He is a slave driver and do not want to be bothered with Him. Maybe they think that He is impossible to please. Hmmmm That’s too bad because when a man sleeps, the enemy is busy sewing tares. Either way, a man is not justified by his own thoughts of who God is or isn’t. The judge of all creation cannot be judged.

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Seek Ye First

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

Sounds pretty simple right?

OK, so we have a goal. Our first goal is to seek the kingdom of God. If we were an archer, we would now have a mark for our arrow. So how do we discover the Kingdom of God? How can we make this our goal?

The prophets of old spoke of the Kingdom of God so we know it wasn’t something new that Yahushua or Paul or any of the other New Testament writers initiated when they preached their message. We know that the Kingdom of God isn’t ‘within’ us either, like so many people wrongfully understand. Yahushua was talking to the Pharisee’s when He said that and we know that they were out to destroy Him so the Pharisee’s couldn’t possibly have the Kingdom of God ‘within’ them. He, (Yahushua) being the very personification of the Kingdom of God was in their midst that day and that is what He meant. They were just too blind to accept the offer.

The coming Kingdom of God was the heart and soul of Yahushua’s message. One day He will return to earth and He will establish and rule in this kingdom. The Bible tells us that one day a trumpet will sound and the seventh angels message will be announcing that the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. So the announcement of the beginning of the Kingdom of God will one day be heard loud and clear and everyone will hear this announcement. More importantly, the complete goal of our spiritual nature will finally be met. We will have achieved and arrived at our mark.

Here we are in this miserable mixed up world of chaos and calamity and one day all of humanity’s inability to choose the right way to live will all be laid out before them and nothing will ever be more sweeter and more at peace, than man’s heart. The world desperately needs a perfect peaceful solution and make no mistake about it, man has tried. Man is going to unsuccessfully try and try and try again until they think that they have solved the world’s problems but they will NEVER succeed. WHY?

The answer is very simple. Humanity wants to live by its own rule and its own way and does not want anyone telling them how to live. However, all of humanity’s problems is rooted in its own desire to live the way they want, because to mankind, there is a way that seems right , but the end thereof are the ways of death. Man has not been able to solve the internal conflict going on inside the heart of himself. He yearns for something better and tries very hard to go about obtaining or creating a better way of life. The truth is that the better way of life does not even exist in this world, the way it is now. The truth is…. it NEVER will. FB_IMG_1434266151410

We must seek first His Kingdom. When His Kingdom comes into power, God will replace all the earthly kingdoms with His Kingdom. And in the days of ‘these’ kings, The God of heaven will set up a Kingdom which will NEVER be destroyed; and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all ‘these’ kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

The focus of Yahushua’s message was about a coming rule of government that will not be ruled by selfish motives. This Kingdom of God will be under the direction of God Almighty. The first coming fulfilled a vital part of the gospel of the Kingdom of God because His sacrifice made possible our forgiveness, justification and ultimately, His death paved the way for our entry into the Kingdom of God. Nevertheless, His second coming will bring about the establishment of the Kingdom of God with royal power, sovereignty and dominion; a world ruling monarchy that God will establish.

And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him. ~ Daniel 7:27

Daniel wasn’t the only prophet to talk about the coming Kingdom of God. This Kingdom that is coming will live in an unlimited and unprecedented peace.

Micah 4:1-3 ¶ But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more.

FB_IMG_1431389382407 Isn’t that awesome? NO MORE WAR. This Kingdom will be established as a world of completely unparalleled peace. We won’t even have anything that resembles a weapon of any kind. We will learn to live the way that God always intended and we will all finally be walking in His path and learning His law as we never have before. Not only that, but His law will forever be etched in our heart. God Himself will put His laws into our mind, and write them in our hearts: and He will be to us a God, and we shall be to Him a people. All mankind will be living by the same house rules and the same government will be established for everyone. All nations will learn of God’s ways.

For the first time in history, mankind will begin to recognize the blessings that come from living obediently to God’s ways and His law. All disagreements will be settled once and for all and no one will reject His direction and establishment ever again.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. ~ Isaiah 9:6-7

Yahushua will rule over this kingdom.

This Kingdom on earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD. ~ Isaiah 11:9

This Kingdom will be a world of agricultural abundance. ~ Amos 9:13-14 & Ezekiel 34:26-27

This Kingdom’s wastelands will be transformed. ~ Isaiah 35:6-7

In this kingdom, sickness and disease will be healed. ~ Isaiah 35:5-6

In this Kingdom, mankind will be given a new heart and Spirit. ~ Ezekiel 11:19-20

One day, we will all have access to the tree of life from which humanity has been cut off from ever since the time of Adam and Eve. This access will only be given to those who obediently ‘do’ all of God’s commandments. Those who ‘do’ His commandments will forever live in the blessings of our Father. FB_IMG_1430535706490

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. ~ Revelation 22:14

Are you preparing yourself for Kingdom living? Are you seeking His righteousness, His ways and His law? Are you ready for ‘all things’ to be added unto you? Or are you content and happy to be living right where you are; right here and right now?

If not, then might I suggest to you that you first seek His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you? Repent and turn from wickedness. Ask the God of Creation to forgive you for not accepting His way of living and get busy learning His ways. Seeking His Kingdom is something that begins to grow in our heart on a daily basis as we recognize that this world is completely falling apart. This world isn’t for us. This world is not the Kingdom of God. This world is under the rule of the enemy of darkness. If you want to know a glimpse of what you are missing, read the Torah. Study the Torah. Read and study the already established rule of the Kingdom life to come. One day, as it is written, it will be forever etched in your heart anyway so why not begin to prepare yourself now?

Human kind and the government of man have had plenty of time to experiment its own administrative lifestyle. Time and time again, they have failed miserably. The final analysis is that mankind has simply and continually rejected God’s way to live and have suffered greatly because of their own rejection of His truth. Mankind has been warned that it isn’t even in man to walk and direct his own steps. We NEED His kingdom to come and this is why we pray the way that we do.

Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done. His will…. His way…. His kingdom…. equals to our perfect benefit.

Yahushua said, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” ~ Matthew 24:21-22 

FB_IMG_1426789550526 Man will come to the brink of completely annihilating itself and all life from earth. From here on out folks, It is not going to get better. In fact, from here on out… everything will get worse and worse on a daily basis. It has already begun. Mankind will become so susceptible to evil that when evil begins to abound, the love of man will wax cold. That has also already begun too. We are already becoming immune to seeing our brothers and sisters heads being chopped off. It really hasn’t been all that long that ISIS has been on the scene.

Here in America we have accepted on a daily basis that it is easier to turn a blind eye to our government as it slowly and bit by bit takes away our freedom that America was built on through the blood and sweat of history to achieve its freedom. In the span of one president, we have seen many of our freedoms become unraveled and we just look the other way.

I am not even sure that we will reach the 2015 elections or if there will be an America left by then. When this current president took office we were only 4 trillion dollars in debt. Now we are 14 trillion dollars in debt.

Even though we know the difference between good and evil, people have already begun to call evil good and good evil. People have already begun to put darkness for light, and light for darkness; bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Rather than departing from evil, doing good and pursuing good, we are beginning to call evil…. good.

We are mixed up and messed up and until we have come to that breaking pint and seeing no way out, we are going to continue down the path of destruction until there is just about no way out…. THEN…. we will cry out and recognize that we NEED HIS HELP. By then, we will be more than ready to accept His will… His ways and His Kingdom.

One day, we will hear Yahushua say: “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” …… Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Seek His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. FB_IMG_1433795664081


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Revelation Letters to the Seven Angels at the Seven Congregations

While revisiting the first three chapters of Revelation, there is a noticeable theme to be gleaned from these letters to the angels of the seven congregations in Asia.  The book is written by John the beloved who has been exiled on the Island of Patmos where he recorded a revelation of Yahushua.  John saw and heard things that were revealed to Yahushua and John wrote down what he saw and heard.  Most folks mistakenly believe that this is the revelation of John but that is incorrect.  John is simply a messenger who transcribed this book of prophecy from an angel.  We know all of this because the opening of the Book of Revelation tells us the following:

A Revelation of Yahushua Messiah which Elohim gave to Him to show to His slaves things which must shortly come to pass. And He signified by sending through His cherub to His slave John.  {1:1 Hebraic Roots Bible}

Let’s first visit the world slaves.  In the King James Version [Hereafter written as KJV],   this word is servants. That word has been translated from the word ‘doulos’;  a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency):–bond(-man), servant.  The New American Standard correctly uses the word bondservants of Yahushua. A bondservant is a slave, which means one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master.  A slave is also one who voluntarily serves others.  The Mosaic Law allowed an indentured servant to become a bondservant voluntarily.  To be indentured is to be legally bound to someone else to reflect a debt or purchase obligation.

“If the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life” (Exodus 21:5-6).

The definition of a bondservant can be found throughout the Bible for example, those who follow Yahushua and the works that He achieved while in His human body are bondservants because they have freely submitted and surrendered themselves to follow exactly in His footsteps; even to the point of death.  This is not a person to be confused with other folks who have the Holy Spirit’s dwelling with-in. There are specifics regarding a bondservant found in Torah and these findings are a prevalent part of the law of Moses. Ergo, these letters are not written to your average Joe.  These letters are written to show the slaves or bondservants of Messiah Yahushua things  or prophecies which will come to pass.  It becomes very clear that these letters are not intended for everyone including some bondservants because obviously not all bondservants will live to see these prophecies fulfilled which are included in each letter.

The book of revelation is a revealing about the future and helps us here in the present as well teaching us and guiding us in how we should live for Yahwey now. This revelation of Yahushua given to Him by Yahwey; inspires hope to His bondservants, especially those who have suffered or will suffer persecution because of the faith  and their testimony regarding Yahushua and His final victory over evil when He returns to set up His kingdom.

The whole of the book of Revelation begins with a note that it is written as a revelation to the bondservants of Yahushua and concludes in the last chapter [22] verse six saying the following:  And He said to me, These words are faithful and true. And Yahwey Elohim of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His slaves what must happen quickly.

So we can gather that from beginning to end, this book has been written to show the bondservants of Messiah Yahushua the things that are, things that are about to be and things that will occur after. Yahushua stated in Matthew 24:34 that all the things in the end time would happen in one generation. This kingdom has yet to arrive.  It is written very clear throughout the word of Elohim that following the Torah will be the way of life in the New Kingdom, not for justification which came by the blood of Yahushua, but simply as a way of life distinguishing between right and wrong, clean and unclean just as Elohim instructed. Revelation also tells us in the last chapter verses 2 and 3 that there will be no blight any more on the fruit and that the leaves on the trees will be a healing for the nations and that His servants will minister to Yahwey and the Lamb.

To be certain that a bondservant is one who does exactly as their master requires, the Apostles referred to themselves as bondservants and we know that they lived their lives according to Torah. Sadly, when the Christian teachings fathers moved away from the Teachings in the Law of Moses, the law of the bondservant was also left behind and no longer taught.

To further uphold this concept, Yahushua also directed John to write the following: The mystery of the seven stars which you saw on My right, and the seven golden menorahs: the seven stars are the messengers of the seven congregations, and the seven menorahs you saw are the seven congregations.  The seven congregations are not those that have cathedral stain glass windows, crosses with images of a crucified Jesus, steeples, or even candles or statutes.  They ‘are’ menorahs, which were to be continually kept lit in the tabernacle and both temples. There is a prevalent Spirit with-in these congregations as well as individually with-in those who follow in the exact footsteps of Messiah Yahushua. These congregations do not bow down to any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth. Being a bondservant of Messiah is not drudgery. His “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Also, we have this promise: “Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to Elohim, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22).earth

Even though Yahwey gave this revelation to Yahushua, it was Yahushua who in turn, revealed it to John. The unveiling of what John sees and hears focuses on a plan that Elohim, God of the Universe, has put into place.  Nothing can stop this plan and no one can stop this plan. For it is written, As I live saith Yahwey, every knee shall bow to Me and every tongue shall confess to Yahwey.

It must also be noted that each congregation shows us a glimpse of a whole picture. “Blessed are the ones doing His Masters commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and that they may enter by the gates into the city. [22:14] {See also Revelation 14:12, Matthew 19:17} One cannot just have the faith of Yahushua.  One must also keep the commandments of Elohim.  If our hope and desire is to enter into eternal life, we will keep the commandments of Elohim; otherwise,  there is none good for we must be holy as He is holy.  One cannot truly be considered a bondservant of Yahwey if they are not serving their Master in the capacity which He has given in which He commands to be served. We who do the will of Elohim are the called out assembly. We are not only Gentiles, we are a mixture of both Jew and Gentile; ergo corporate Israel.   The Gentile believers that come unto Yahushua and keep their faith and the testimony of Yahushua are part of the Israel of Elohim, part of the remnant and part of the commonwealth of Israel; all inclusive in the plan of Elohim.

The congregations that John then sends these letters too, contain both a mixture of scattered Israelites and Gentiles who may have considered themselves part of the kingdom called Israel at that time, although they were all living in Asia. They may have already been experiencing persecution under Emperor Domitian in AD 90-95. However, what is being revealed to John in this book, is a revelation of Messiah Yahushua,  in both word and vision of a future judgement that will commence during the last generation of time.  It is also an understanding of the revelation of the ultimate triumph of Elohim over evil and an inside preview of what the kingdom of Elohim will look like and how it will progress during the thousand year reign.

With-in these letters contains an overall message of repentance to five of the seven churches and shows the problematic nature of the believers in the latter days.  These bondservants are also aware of and bare record of the word of Yah which was given to Moses AND they have the testimony of Yahushua. How do we know this?  Read Revelation 1:2 > Who bare record of the word of Elohim, and of the testimony of Messiah Yahushua, and of all things that he saw. We as followers of Yahushua bare record of what John saw because we believe what he wrote. We bare the record of the word of Yahwey and we uphold the testimony of Yahushua.

Letter to Ephesus

Revelation 2:1-7  ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Elohim.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Who or what is the first love mentioned in the letter to Ephesus? Is it not the love of Elohim?  Interestingly enough, the letter to the folks at Ephesus were told that if they did not repent, their lampstand would be removed.  These folks are the kind who have fallen from doing the deeds that they did from the beginning.  If they no longer love the Lord thy Elohim with all their heart, mind and strength, then they have surely fallen away from their first love who is Yahwey. Why do I say this?  Because we know that the first commandment is to love Yahwey and keep His commandments; with love…. being the first step in our relationship with Him.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Isn’t that something?  These words were always commanded to be ‘in thine heart’.  It has been prophesied that Yahwey will write His law into their mind, and write them in their hearts. Yahwey only gave one law, one set of instructions to Moses. Now that the Holy Spirit arrived on the Feast of Weeks, this prophecy is being fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yahushua also taught that if we love Him, we are to keep His commandments.  If we do not observe and keep the Sabbaths and the festivals of Yahwey and all of Torah that pertains to us, the lampstand becomes meaningless because our light in not continually being lit and refreshed on a weekly basis after working hard for six days and stopping on the seventh day to rest in Him. We as His followers are  both secure and dependent on Him.

But why would a promise to remove a lampstand bother anyone who hasn’t read in Torah about the menorah?  An assembly that has lost their lamp stand would suffer great loss without it. Yet, for those who are not aware of this symbol, having it taken away would be meaningless wouldn’t it? Yahushua is calling for correction in six of these letters and giving a warning to them of what will happen if they do not repent. Nevertheless, there are also promises of a blessing to occur to those who heed the word and hear what the spirit is saying to the congregations who have an ear to hear.

To the congregation at Ephesus, the tree of life is mentioned. Revelation2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

If one throws out the Old Testament and says that it is no longer valid or useful, they would not know the value of this removal of the lampstand nor the tree of life. When one fails to continue ‘doing’ the first works recorded in Torah that Yahwey gave unto Moses, the true lampstand is forgotten and eventually does go out. EXCEPT thou repent…..   If one repents for not continually doing the works that Yahwey instructed, and they begin by doing the works of righteousness, their lampstand will begin to have the oil of the Holy Spirit and keep continually glowing as a beacon on a hill that overlooks the city.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

It becomes apparent that we keep His commandments because this is how we show Him that we love Him.  Each congregation is to be like the menorah. The Menorah both represents the Spirit and the Torah, empowering each member to shine like a beacon, filled with the Holy Spirit and the word of Elohim.

Ephesus was the most important community in the province of Asia. It was already a religious center, home of the pagan goddess Artemis and was a focus for magic.  This congregation had been founded by both Aquilla and Priscilla. With the guidance of the Apostle Paul, Ephesus quickly became an evangelistic center.

Acts 19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Renewal and repentance revives the soul and zeal for the continual work of building the kingdom.  Rededication is what Hanukkah teaches us even though it is not a commanded festival of Yahwey. The meaning of the tree of life is something that we cannot overlook because it is a promise that is given to those who repent. Because of the sin, man was forced out of the garden and prohibited from eating the tree of life which would have given him eternal life.  Yahushua was arrested in a garden where He had prayed, buried in a garden and raised from a garden tomb.  The story of what occurred in the garden of Eden where the tree of life stood is an integral part of the redemptive process that Yahushua is trying to solve so that man can get back into the garden where the tree of life still exists. The promise of the tree of life is shallow and lacks meaning to those without the knowledge of what is written in Torah.

By the way, ‘nico’ means conqueror and ‘laitan’ means the common people. The spirit of the Nicolaitans was a controlling structure over the people in this congregation. The Nicolaitans, which Yahushua hated, taught compromise with the world system, materialism and tolerance of immortality. The victory to him who overcomes is when evil no longer rules in the life of a believer.  The victory is over evil and temptation and apathy too. To eat from the tree of life means to have eternal life.  This is a teaching of the paradise garden where Adam and Eve walked freely and daily in the presence of Yahwey.

Proverbs 3:1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Later in the same chapter of Proverbs we find this reminder of the tree of life: Proverbs 3:18 She (the Law)  is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Other references to the tree of life are found in other such scriptures below.

Proverbs 11:30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Proverbs 13:12 ¶ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

These scriptures describe the aspects of one who is doing what is written. These folks have the hope of being bound to eternal life. They speak of wisdom, the fruit of righteousness, a desire fulfilled and a wholesome tongue.

And remember:  the Bible doesn’t say “Depart from Me you who practice the law.”  It says, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”  Without the law, we are lawless and we have no authority to enter into the gates of the city because we are not doing His commandments.  When we practice lawlessness, we are not showing Yahwey that we love Him and therefore we are not bondservants to Him.  We may have His Holy Spirit but we are not being shown this specific path.

The key verse in the book of Revelation is this:  1:3 ¶ Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

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