Like Isaac, Children of Promise

The Apostle Shaul (Paul) wrote, in Galatians 4:28, that we are like Isaac, being children of the Promise. Isaac was the result of the promise given to his father Abraham, by Yahweh. Abraham believed Yahweh, and it was counted as righteousness to him. His righteousness was not found in his own works, but were seen in his belief and willingness to repent and press on in the journey that Yah had sent him on.

Yahweh told Abraham (who was called Abram then). in Genesis (Bereshith) 12, to pack up and leave his father’s house, at 75 years old!

“And YHWH said to Aḇram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house, to a land which I show you.
And I shall make you a great nation, and bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing!
And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Aḇram left, as YHWH had commanded him, and Lot went with him. And Aḇram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Ḥaran.” -Genesis (Bereshith) 12

Abram believed Yah and left. He didn’t know where he was going, but Yah said he would show him. Keep in mind that Abram never found that on this side of eternity. His testimony was that he was looking for a city who’s builder and maker is Yah. Abram journeyed his entire life, and never received the promise in full. He received a sign of that promise in the birth of Isaac, the promised son of the Seed. Shaul also writes, in Galatians, that it is of the Seed, as in one, not seeds as in many. That Seed is Yahshua Messiah. The promise is to the Son of Yah, the Seed, and then those who receive that Seed. The Seed is that which falls on good ground (received by faith/belief), and springs up and bears fruit of the seed. Isaac was the result of receiving the promise by belief. We are like Isaac, those who believe and receive the promise, along with Abraham. His name was changed to Abraham, from Abram, when he believed and entered into the covenant that YHWH made with him.

For us today, being believers in the New Covenant in Yahshua’s blood, we are, like Issac, children of the promise. We are told we are then, by belief, children of Abraham. This simply means we bear the same attitude as Abraham; we believe, and repent when the source of our belief shows us that we are missing the mark. But we have something greater than Abraham had. We have the Set Apart Spirit dwelling in us, because the Seed has come, became the perfect sacrifice once for all, and delivered us from this age, and our flesh, death, hell, and the grave. Abraham had to wait to be delivered from all of that. He didn’t receive the promise until Yahshua’s death, when He descended into paradise, and declared that He was the One to whom they looked and longed for, and then Abraham received the promise, and was led on high by Yahshua.

Today I want you to consider who Abram believed, in order to come that place of having a new name. And consider what he believed to come to that place in his journey.

Who Abram believed was YHWH Elohim. He told him to leave his father, Terah’s house and follow Yah to a place that He would show him. This place would not be like his father Terah’s house, nor would it even resemble it. The house that Yah would show Abraham is Yahshua. Receiving the promise finds us in Him. And we are His house, that He builds, Yahshua in us!

“And there was a scarcity of food in the land, besides the first scarcity of food which was in the days of Aḇraham. And Yitsḥaq went to Aḇimeleḵ, sovereign of the Philistines, in Gerar.
And YHWH appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Mitsrayim, live in the land which I command you.
Sojourn in this land. And I shall be with you and bless you, for I give all these lands to you and your seed. And I shall establish the oath which I swore to Aḇraham your father.
And I shall increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I shall give all these lands to your seed. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
because Aḇraham obeyed My voice and guarded My Charge: My commands, My laws, and My Torot.” -Genesis (Bereshith) 26

Bereshith (Genesis) Chapter Twenty-Six says that Abraham believed and obeyed Torah. On Abraham’s journey, he walked in Torah. And because of this the blessing would come upon his progeny. But the progeny that is the focus of the promise is not those of Abraham’s fleshly seed; not simply the fruit of his loins, but much more! The progeny Yah speaks of is those who are like Abraham, believers in YHWH Elohim, and willing to step out on the journey, step by step, as He guides and shows the Way.

We are like Abraham, if we believe all that Yah has said, and we are like Isaac, children of the Promise, likewise if we believe all that Yah has said. Because of that we have received the Seed; the implanted Word that is able to save us.

“Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word,1 which is able to save your lives. (Footnote: 1See Mt. 13:4-23. )
And become doers of the Word, and not hearers only,1 deceiving yourselves. (Footnote: 1See Mt. 7:24-27, Lk. 6:46-49, Lk. 8:21, Rom. 2:13, Heb. 4:11, Rev. 22:14.)
 Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror,
for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like.
But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom,1 and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.” -Ya’acob (James) 1:21-25

Ya’acob writes in detail about the man Abraham, later in this letter of his. He tells us clearly that Abraham was declared righteous by his belief, and by his works. But what we must realize is that Abraham was not the perfect man! That may shock you, but read the story. History shows that Abraham is no different than you or me. He made many missteps in his journey. But his belief in the promise given at the beginning of his journey was shown in that he kept walking. Oh, yes, there were adjustments to his course along the way. That is called repentance! But Abraham believed that YHWH Elohim would show him. He believed when he was given instruction from Yah. Yes, in his fear he struggled with belief, but he was faithful to what he knew, and he did it. Yah took care of the rest. Abraham was a doer of Torah, and therefore he was blessed in doing it. One must believe
Torah, and step out in belief to do it, and then the work of grace provides the power to walk in it. That’s our journey.

Today, as Scripture teaches, we have a great advantage over Abraham. We have the Set Apart Spirit who indwells us, is ever present with us, who works grace in and then through us, to desire to do His Torah, and to empower us to do His Torah. We are His workmanship, by grace through belief (faith). -Ephesians 2:8-10

So the same Elohim who called Abram to leave his family and home, and to look for another that Yah would show him, is the one who called us to the same journey. He went with Abraham. He lives in us, and His Set Apart Spirit teaches us, and empowers us along the way. We walk in the resurrection power of Yahweh, who raised Yahshua, the Seed from the grave. The Seed was planted in the ground and arose to bear more fruit. He is planted in you and me (we came from the earth, we are the earth/land) and He bears fruit in and through us. We walk in His “newness of life” that Shaul writes about in Romans Chapter 6. We are His workmanship, as He who began this good work in us is faithful to complete it! (Hebrews 12)

He has called us to leave our fleshly family and house to be a part of His family and His house. We, like Abraham, are to leave the mighty-ones (gods) of our father in the flesh, and cleave only to Yahshua, our bridegroom, who’s Father becomes our Father – the only true Mighty-One, YHWH Elohim. Yahweh does not change. His House has not changed. He calls us to walk the same journey as Abraham, but it is a journey that is now in Yahshua Messiah. But the same destination lies before us. One day we will be with Abraham, receiving a new, incorruptible body, and in the presence of YHWH Elohim and His Son Yahshua forever!

Are you willing to really leave your father in the flesh’s house, in favor of Yah’s House? Or are you too devoted to what the world has to offer; its traditions that are in opposition to what Yah said? Remember that Abraham walked in Torah. And we are to be people of belief as Abraham. We are to believe and obey the same Torah that He did. Yah does not change. His Torah has not changed. We must change. We must leave the house and land of our father in the flesh, and allow our heavenly Father YHWH Elohim, to guide to to His House. We are to be His House. He is our House. We need not concern ourselves over what we give up in leaving the house of our father in the flesh. He gives back so much more!

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” -Matitityahu (Matthew) 19:29

Yahshua echos what was told to Abram when he was instructed to leave the house of his father in the flesh, Terah. We are called the same as Abraham. Who do we believe? Do we believe man, who leads us to build large, outlandish structures, and call the the “temple” or “house” or “church” of YHWH (LORD) Elohim (God), or will be believe Yahshua who said He would build his gathering? And we know we are His body, and that we are His temple, according to Shaul (Paul). We know from Yah’s word to David, through Nathan, as witnessed to by Stephen in Acts, that Yah does not dwell in any structure built by man. He builds His House. He makes (by His work of grace) us into His House.

Are you on the journey? Then seek Him in His Word and follow, step by step, the ancient path laid our for us from before the foundation of the world. His Light will illuminate each step, one step at a time. And when get off the path, all we have to do is repent, come back into the Light, where it will be clearly seen where we mistepped and what the correct step is, so we might take it. If you haven’t yet began the journey, seek the implanted Word, the Living Word Yahshua, who alone can save you. Believe the Promise and become a child of the Promise, in the Seed, Yahshua Messiah.

Peace,

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Truth is the key to true freedom

bkUPWe seem to be a forgetful people. It’s understandable in today’s world of multitasking and networking. We don’t slow down to see that life is passing us by. This is a scheme of the devil to keep us from Truth that sets us free. He does it because he desire that we stay in bondage, and away from the Living Truth who can save us from the devil’s scheme, and from suffering the same fate that is in store for the devil. His die is cast. He can’t turn back. We can.

Slowing down and considering the Truth, honestly appraising history, is essential to true freedom. The time to slow down and consider Truth has been given since the beginning of time. However, we have chosen to forget about it. At least many of those who are students of The Scriptures have chosen to ignore the clear commandment given.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.”
Exodus 20:8-11

We are commanded to remember the Sabbath Day. This means that it was not a new thing given just at Sinai. And because we are forgetful people, either by choosing to ignore historical Truth, or by not being exposed to historical Truth, we are told what to remember about The Sabbath Day. It was instituted in the Garden of Eden, when the Creator finished His creation. He completed everything that mankind would ever need and ceased creating. He wasn’t tired. He never tires. It was just that it was completed. There was nothing more for Him to add to what He created. And there is nothing that we can add to it to make it better. In fact, when we add to it, we are essentially taking away from it. When we add to it we are clouding up the Truth that He is the Creator and we need to hear from Him.

When we choose to not remember the Sabbath Day we are choosing not to hear from Him.

The Weekly Sabbath Day, which happens every 7th Day of the week (known by the pagan name Saturday) is His Day, that He set apart, that we should come to Him so that He can reveal and teach us about Himself and what He has provided for His creation. That’s why we must choose whether we will “remember The Sabbath Day,” and consistently “set it apart.” He instituted it and He already set it apart, and He gave us the commandment.

We are a weary people. We work long hours away from our family, attempting to achieve the American Dream. Our jobs consume us and the cares of the world choke out the honest and selfless relationships that our Creator wants us to have with Him and with one another. Fear of not measuring up to the standard the world has set keeps us in bondage. We wake up one day and realize that our lives are nearly over and we’ve been so consumed that we have missed living!

I know that I’ve done that. Have you?

The devil has done an epic job of hiding the Truth. But I can’t give him too much credit. He has had willing accomplices who choose not to remember. We have no excuses. The creation itself bears witness to His Sabbath Days. The cycle of the sun, the moon, and the stars, the seasons reveal enough to cause us to seek Him for the whole Truth. He gave His Truth to Moshe (Moses) to write it down and we now have it as a record of what He said. He said we are to “remember The Sabbath Day, to set it apart.”

We are too busy to slow down and remember that we are to slow down, to rest from our hustle bustle lives and hear from Him. We are too busy to slow down and come to understand that He has already given us all we need to live. We have believed the lie that it is up to us, and that we have to sell ourselves into bondage to live. And we have.

Consider the people He initially told to “Remember The Sabbath Day, to set is apart.” They were people who had been in bondage in Egypt. They had cried out to Him for deliverance. Four hundred years in Egypt, through the passage of generations, most had forgotten Him, for who He really is, and the Instructions He had given. They had forgotten His Sabbath Day. They were in hard bondage, working themselves to death. He sent Moshe to bring them out, and He destroyed Pharaoh who held them in bondage. But what they needed to realize was the their bondage was a result of their choices. They needed to remember who their provider was. They needed to remember who created them, and gave them all they need. So He said to them, and to us, “Remember The Sabbath Day, and set it apart.”

He also said that all the family, the people who worked for them, even their livestock, should rest from their labors.

Today our taskmasters keep us busy and away from our families. Our families are left to shoulder burden alone that they should not have to. We are so busy, enslaved to the world’s system, that we feel we have to work on Sabbath to take care of things we can’t accomplish through the rest of the week. After all, we have church on Sunday, and football, and we will rest then, right?

But Sunday, the 1st day of the week, is not His Day. His Day is, and has always been the 7th Day. We are to remember the 7th (Sabbath) Day. No other day will suffice to supplant His Day.

The Commandment says we are to work “six days, and rest on the Sabbath (7th.)” And our rest is more than just sleeping in on His Day. It is His Day, not ours day. It is an appointment that He set. It is His agenda we need to yield to, not set our own.

Speaking of His Sabbath Day, Isaiah writes, in Isaiah 58, that we are to not speak our own words, seek our own pleasure, or go our own way, on His Day. He wants us to stop the presses and listen to Him. If we are His disciples we are to be following Him, and being taught by Him. The word “disciple” means “taught one.”

“For it is Elohim who is working in you1 both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.” Phillipians 2:13

It is His pleasure we are to be seeking. It is His words, and not our own we should be hearing. It is His way, and not our own way we should be going. He commands us to stop, remember, and to set apart His Sabbath Day, so He can teach us His Way, by His Word, so that we might please Him. When we do this He sets us free.

Some think that Sabbath keeping is bondage. When in fact it is true freedom. The ways of man are bondage, and we are in bondage now. But most of us would say, “No! But we are free!” An honest assessment would prove to you otherwise.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings. For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.”           Matthew 11:29-30

“Thus said Yahweh, ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves. But they said, ‘We do not walk in it’.” Jeremiah 6:16

Resting from our work on The Sabbath Day, and setting it apart, puts us in the yoke with Messiah Yahshua, and Father Yahweh. He is “meek and humble in heart.” He is not a cruel taskmaster. He gives rest for “your beings.” Being in the yoke with Him is a gentle yoke, and the burden is light, because He is the one who does the heavy lifting. We are His workmanship.

Traditional Christianity calls the Torah Instructions “old” and outdated, and not relevant for “new” testament believers. Yet Yahweh says, through the prophet Jeremiah, to “ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for yourselves.” He says to “stand in the ways (Yah’s ways) and see.” We can only see that the old paths are where the good way is, if we stand in Yah’s ways, instead of our own. What this says, is the same as “Remember The Sabbath Day, to set it apart.”

The Torah and the Sabbath are not old, as in outdated. They are old, as in they take precedence. They are the established ways of Yahweh, and His Son, Yahshua, and the Set Apart Spirit. They are old, as in they go back to creation and beyond. They are old in that they belong to the “Ancient of Days,” our Creator Himself. And He gave them to us, His creation, for our good. They are Truth, and Yahshua said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free.”

Sabbath is not bondage. Sabbath is 180 degrees separated from bondage. Guarding the Sabbath is the ancient path, the old way of Yahweh, that leads to real rest. They are all about the Messiah. The old “way” is the “good way.” Messiah is not “new.” Messiah is from of old. He is from before creation. He said that He was with His Father before the creation of the world. In Him we find freedom. He is the Living Word – the Instruction of the Father. He is the Living Truth. He, the Living Truth, gives true freedom. Freedom from the bondage of sin – lawlessness. But we will only find Him by seeking the old and good way, and by asking for the ancient path. This is how we can see Him, and He is how we can see to walk in the ancient path. He is that ancient path.

“T’oma said to Him, ‘Master, we do not know where You are going, and how are we able to know the way?’ Yahweh said to him, ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father too. From now on you know Him, and have seen. Philip said to Him, “Master, show   us the Father, and it is enough for us.’” -John 14:5-8

His path is His Father’s Path. Sabbath is the key that turns the lock to set us free. It takes us back to our very creation.

Today is the 1st day of the week. It’s a work day. There are five more after this, then the 7th Day, The Sabbath Day. May we remember it today and every day, and set it apart and rest, and keep the appointment He made, when it arrives on the 7th Day, asking for the “old paths” to be shown to us. It is where we find true rest and true freedom.

Peace!

 

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Sabbath Day November 1st, 2014 – Wedding Rehearsal Today!!!!!!!!

bkUPI believe that the Father is telling me it’s time to engage again. He has taken me through a season. I have had to learn some things about me, and about Him, that are vital to being used by Him.

I am learning more about His amazing grace, His mercy, and His Torah. I am trying to wrap my mind around what it means to be a bride. That is totally foreign to my identity as a man. Yet He says that all of us, who are born again, are brides, betrothed to our Bridegroom, Yahshua. This is what He is telling me is key to being used by Him in feeding His body. And I ask myself the question; “What should the bride be consumed with on a daily basis?”

She plans and prepared for her wedding day. We aren’t married yet, we are betrothed. The marriage day is coming. The beautiful part about this betrothal is the Bridegrooms involvement with preparing the bride. He washes us in the water of His Father’s Word. He works grace, by His indwelling Spirit, to cause us to walk pleasingly before Him. It is up to each of us to submit to His work. He already has the plans for the wedding. He made those plans before the earth began. They are perfect, with His bride in mind.

Our Bridegroom went as far as to die for His Bride, to be resurrected by His Father, who likewise loves His Son’s Bride. He sent His Son to die for His Bride! And He didn’t stop there. He sent His attendant to prepare His Bride for the wedding day, and eternal marriage with Him. He sent His Set Apart Spirit to live with and in His bride.

Not only does the bride plan for her wedding, but she strives to please her Bridegroom. What pleases our Bridegroom? It is very simple. He said that we are to do His Father’s will. That is the mark of those in the family of Elohim. What is the Father’s will?

Yahshua said, echoing His Father’s Word, that the greatest commandment is to love Yahweh your Elohim with all y0ur heart, soul, mind and strength. That means with every fiber of my being, that my every thought is to please Him.

Yahshua said that the second greatest commandment is like the first. That is that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Our neighbor is the one dwelling with us in the Father’s kingdom. That means it is our brothers and sisters, who, along with us, make up the Bride of Messiah. That is why He says that we are to love one another as we love ourselves. We are to be one in Messiah, as the Father and Messiah are One. We are, collectively, the bride of Messiah.

Yahshua said that all of the Torah and all of the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Every one of the commandments has the fulfillment of these two commandments in mind. The commandments are fulfilled in one word, love. Our Bridegroom said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Just as the Father said that He shows mercy to those “who love Him and keep His commandments.” Love for our Bridegroom, and for His bride, are accomplished in doing the Father’s will. The Father’s will is given is His loving Instruction given to His Son’s bride.

The Torah is His Loving Instruction. It is given so that we know what the Father’s will is, and are able to identify what He says is true love. Our Bridegroom gave us the example to follow. He died for His bride. He said, “No greater love has anyone than this; that they lay down their life for their friend.” He said if we keep His commandments we are His friend. Corporately we are friends and neighbors, as His only bride.

As He laid down His life for us, we die daily to ourselves so as to please Him, allowing His Spirit to continue preparing us for the wedding day, and our eternal joyful marriage to Him. He is clothing us in the wedding garment. We are putting on Messiah, as we put off our old man. He is making us to be one with Him, as marriage is supposed to be.

As we lay down our life, with all our selfish ambition, traditions devoted to man’s will, self-righteousness, and rebellion, we are being prepared for The Day. Likewise, in laying down our life for Him, we are laying down our life for our brothers and sisters, who are with us, the bride of Messiah. We esteem one another greater than ourselves. We seek to build one another up, encouraging each other to press on to the goal that lies ahead. The wedding day is coming!

Today, on His weekly Set Apart Day, is a wedding rehearsal. We gather together, as His Bride, to give Him a slaughtering of praise and thanksgiving for His Work. We lift up songs of adoration, in worship of our Bridegroom, together, as one bride, in the unity of His Spirit and His Truth. We seek to build one another up, as we hear from Him. Together we grow as His bride, His dwelling place, His city, that He is building. We are fellow workers with Him. He leads us as to the work we do, as He pleases. He works in each of us, the desire to His will, and the ability to do it.

This is Good News!!!!!!!!

Have a blessed and peaceful Sabbath, rehearsing for the Great Sabbath to come, when our betrothal ends with our wedding, and the glorious consummation of our marriage to the Passover Lamb of Yahweh!

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Psalm 50 – Blessed Good News, in Messiah

Dawid caught a glimpse of Messiah, before Messiah came as a man. It would be the only explanation for this Psalm, along with others similar to it. Psalm 50 blesses me in that it plainly tells me that any offering I bring in my own strength is worthless, and not acceptable to Him. He desires to do the work in and through me, so that what I bring He has wrought.

He tells me that, if I call on Him in my distress, then He will come to my rescue. That is Good News! He did come, He does come! And in the end He will come and take me to be with Him in Father Yahweh’s House, that He has prepared for me.

He desires that I bring a slaughtering of praise and a slaughtering of thanksgiving for what He has done, continues to do, and will do, on my behalf. This means far more to Him than the sacrificing an innocent animal. He desire that I come as a living sacrifice, dying to myself that He might work grace in and through me to bear fruit unto Father Yahweh. It is by being the betrothed of Messiah, upon the death of my old man, continually.  And because of this I offer praise and thanksgiving to Him for He alone is worthy of esteem!

Read Psalm 50:

Psa 50:1  Ěl Elohim יהוה shall speak, And He shall call the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
Psa 50:2  From Tsiyon, the perfection of loveliness, Elohim shall shine forth.
Psa 50:3  Our Elohim comes, and is not silent – A fire consumes before Him, And it shall be very stormy all around Him.
Psa 50:4  He calls to the heavens from above, And to the earth, to rightly rule His people:
Psa 50:5  “Gather My kind ones together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by slaughtering.”
Psa 50:6  Then the heavens declared His righteousness, For Elohim Himself is Judge. Selah.
Psa 50:7  “Hear, O My people, and I speak, O Yisra’ĕl, and I witness against you: I am Elohim, your Elohim!
Psa 50:8  “I do not reprove you for your slaughterings, And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
Psa 50:9  “I do not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your pens.
Psa 50:10  “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills.
Psa 50:11  “I know all the birds of the mountains, And all moving in My field are Mine.
Psa 50:12  “If I were hungry, I would not speak to you; For the world is Mine, and all that fills it.
Psa 50:13  “Do I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
Psa 50:14  “Offer thanksgiving to Elohim, And pay your vows to the Most High.
Psa 50:15  “And call upon Me in the day of distress – Let Me rescue you, and you esteem Me.”
Psa 50:16  But to the wrong Elohim said, “What right have you to recite My laws, Or take My covenant in your mouth,
Psa 50:17  “While you hated instruction And cast My Words behind you?
Psa 50:18  “When you saw a thief, you were pleased with him, And you take part with adulterers.
Psa 50:19  “You let your mouth loose to evil, And your tongue frames deceit.
Psa 50:20  “You sit, speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
Psa 50:21  “You have done this, and I kept silent; You have thought that I was altogether like you – I rebuke you, and set it in order before your eyes.
Psa 50:22  “Understand this please, you who forget Eloah, Lest I tear you in pieces, With no one to deliver:
Psa 50:23  “Whoever offers praise esteems Me; And to him who prepares a way, I show the deliverance of Elohim.”
Blessed be the Name Yahweh, and His Son Yahshua, who bears His Name, being His arm of salvation. Yah is Salvation. May He be highly esteemed today, on His Set Apart Day!

Peace,

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Why is there no peace or unity today? Why is there war and murder?

bkUPWe live in a world today that is very much like the nation of Israel during the time of the Book of Judges. The writer of the Book sums it up in the last verse of the last chapter.

“In those days there was no sovereign in Yisrael – everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” Judges/Shophetim 21;25 (ISR)

The reason for the statement is that Israel rejected Yahweh as their King. They no longer were governed by the Instruction of the Creator. They stopped their ears to His Voice and begin to listen to their own voice. The result is they were left to do what they thought was right, according to their own vain imaginations.

The problem in Israel was from the top down. The priests, who were supposed to teach and uphold the Instruction/Torah of Yahweh, also rejected Yahweh. Remember that we are told,Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

The leadership, ordained by Yahweh, rejected the One who ordained them into office, and as they did, so did the people, and it affected the entire nation. Today the pastors, teachers, and leaders of the professing church, by and large, corporately, has done just as Israel did. And we see a world that is given to relativism based on what is right in man’s eyes, not on the Truth of the Instruction of Yahweh. Men compare themselves to other men. Nations are governed by men who start wars and kill their own citizens. They look to themselves and see what they want, based on a value system apart from the Creator’s Instruction, so they will do whatever it takes to get it.

Listen to what Ya’aqob/James, the half brother of Yashua/Jesus wrote:

“Where do fightings and strivings come from among you? Do they not come from your pleasures that battle in your members? You desire, and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and are unable to obtain. You strive and fight., and you do not possess, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask evilly, in order to spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.” -Ya’aqob/James 4:1-4

Wars between nations and factions, quarrels and fights in churches, between denominations, and in families are the result of what Ya’aqob wrote, and is exactly what was happening in the Book of Judges.

Scripture tells us that judgement begins in the House of Yahweh. Hosea weighs in on this, when he prophesies:

“Hear the word of יהוה, you children of Yisra’ĕl, for יהוה has a case against the inhabitants of the land: “For there is no truth or kindness or knowledge of Elohim in the land.

Hear the word of יהוה, you children of Yisra’ĕl, for יהוה has a case against the inhabitants of the land: “For there is no truth or kindness or knowledge of Elohim in the land. Swearing, and lying, and murdering, and stealing, and committing adultery have increased. And bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Therefore the land mourns, and everyone living there languishes, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens. And the fish of the sea are taken away.

However, let no one strive or reprove another, for your people are like those striving with a priest. And you shall stumble in the day, and the prophet shall also stumble with you in the night. And I shall make your mother perish.

My people have perished for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also forget your children. As they were increased, so they sinned against Me. My esteem they have changed into shame. They eat the sin of My people, and lift up their desire to their crookedness.

And it shall be: like people, like priest. And I shall punish them for their ways, and reward them for their deeds.” – Hosea/Hoshea 4:1-9

The priests, the prophets and the people all stumble together, because they have rejected the Truth and Knowledge of Elohim (Literally Mighty Ones, rendered incorrectly as God in the KJV and most other English translations). And notice the result; “Swearing, and lying, and murdering, and stealing, and committing adultery have increased. And bloodshed follows bloodshed.” Rejecting the Sovereignty of Yahweh, by rejecting His Instruction/Commandments, results in people making it up as they go – doing what is right in their own eyes. And since no two people see eye to eye on anything, in and of themselves, we have war, between nations, factions, professing churches and denominations, and families.

Today men, and women, in the professing body of Messiah self-define Elohim. They have given Him names that are not His Name, and they have ascribed attributes to Him that are inaccurate. The knowledge of Elohim, and His Truth are lost in a confused mess of man’s private interpretation. It is very much like we read in Scripture, where they people constructed their own household idols. These idols have no power to save, to empower anyone to live in peace. Quite the opposite, they are constructs inspired by Satan to kill and destroy. And as the church goes, so goes the world. The professing church has lost her authority to rebuke and reprove because they have rejected the source of their authority – His Instruction.

The Apostle Paul/Shaul writes about this.

“And I, Sha’ul, myself appeal to you, through the meekness and gentleness of Messiah – I who am indeed lowly when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!
But I pray, that when I am present, I might not be bold with that bravery by which I think to be bold against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh. For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah…” -2nd Corinthians 10:1-5

The reasonings and high matters of man’s own doing what is right in his own eyes is what Paul/Shaul is talking about. It causes factions and division. But the unity is of the Set Apart Spirit, who speaks with One Voice. The Set Apart Spirit came to speak on what Messiah said, and Yahshua said that His teaching was not His own, but what the Father had taught. If the one you or I call Jesus, in our mind, and in our own eyes, taught that the Torah/Instructions of Elohim are done away with, then He is not the Messiah.

When Yahweh is rejected, then His Son Yahshua is rejected. They bear the same Name, Yah. The speak with One Voice, as does the Set Apart Spirit. The Set Apart Spirit only speaks according to the Torah of Yah. The Son only came speaking the Torah of Yah. And in Him is Salvation. Apart from Him is division, disunity, faux unity, lying, stealing, murder adultery, and all sorts of lawless behavior, to varying degrees, based on what is right in the eyes of a particular group of men and women.

May we prove we are children of Elohim by taking our every thought and holding those thoughts accountable to the Truth of His Instructions, given in Scripture. May we weigh every word we speak, and every word we hear, from family, friends, church leaders, pastors, politicians, even entertainers, on the scale, against what Yah has said in His Torah/Instructions. And may we be people willing to hear and obey, in Yahshua. And as a result we have a real unity in the Set Apart Spirit, resulting in peace, and no more bloodshed. It will happen! Not on this earth as she stands today, but in the renewed earth. Read the back of the book, and then go to the front for context, and read through. WE ARE ALL GUILTY! WE MUST ALL REPENT! But, sadly, according to Yahshua, most won’t. He said that the gate to the kingdom is narrow and difficult and few will find it. Listen to what He says:

“Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Or the way is afflicted.

But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit.

A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So then, by their fruits you shall know them – Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name? And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them,1 shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.

And it came to be, when יהושע had ended these words, that the people were astonished at His teaching,  for He was teaching them as one possessing authority, and not as the scribes.” – John 7:13-29

And the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” His is a Voice far different that the scribes at that time, and of this time, today, and of all time!

 

Peace!

 

 

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