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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Parralel, yet unequal kingdoms/families

Reading 1st Samuel about Yisrael rejecting Yahweh as King, and desiring Saul. The desire of Yisrael was for the family of Saul. They rejected Yah’s Family, and Yah’s Kingdom.

It boils down to this: two families exist alongside each other, as do two kingdoms. The Kingdom and Family of Yahweh, alongside the kingdom and family of Satan. Goats or sheep, we must choose.

We are children of the King, co-heirs with Messiah Yahshua, or we are children of the devil/Satan.

Yisrael rejected the reign of Elohim and His House. The chose to have one of their own reign over them instead. This set up the foundation for temple Solomon built, which was a replacement for the House of Yahweh.

The emmisary Shaul said we are the dwelling place of Yah. And we are told that we must be in Him also: a oneness that is apart from a replacement temple.

Who are you grafted into, by adoption? The house of Yisrael, or the House if Yahweh? If the latter, the House of Yah, then you must reject the former, the house of Yisrael. Or any other representation of the false house, or lawless house of Satan, be it of traditional Christianity or otherwise.

Yisrael must also be adopted into the Family of Yahweh, being born again, no longer regarded according to fleshly lineage, but a new creation in Messiah Yahshua.

Two kingdoms, two families – sheep or goat, wheat or tare, child of Yah, or child of Satan. Of these two there cannot be one. 1 Corinthians Six.

Favor and Peace in Messiah Yahshua!

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Revelation 21 and Psalm 111 – The Aleph and the Taw

bkUPThe KJV and the NKJV, in Revelation Chapters 1, 21, and 22 read that the one that traditional Christianity calls Jesus, is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. And the context of the very end of things, when the lawless are judged and those who keep the commandments are given the right to eat of the Tree of Life, should not be lost on us.

He is the beginning and the end. He is the Creator and He is the one to come and judge man, when the earth and heavens pass away, and a new earth comes into being, and those who don’t keep the commandments are on the outside, without the right to eat of the Tree of Life. The connection to Jesus, who’s real Name is Yahshua, being the beginning and the end, the One who created, and the one in the end when His Creation is restored, makes perfect sense. But there is more. It is important to make the connection from what is read, and who we’re reading about, in the Book of The Revelation, to Holy Scriptures of what is wrongly called The Old Testament. Understanding that His real Name is Yahshua. and that the context of what He would say would be in what He gave to those men who, under inspiration of the Set Apart Spirit wrote the books of the Holy Scriptures. The Alpha and the Omega would have to be understood in the context of what is written about the Aleph and the Taw.

Psalm 111, 112, and 119 are amazing in their use of the Hebrew alphabet in succession, from Aleph to Taw, from verse to verse or section to section. It begins with the Aleph and ends with the Tau, the beginning and the end. They are about the Living Word/Torah, Yahshua Messiah, and those who trust in Him. Psalm 119 speaks in technicolor detail about the beauty and power of the Torah, literally the Instructions or Law of Yahweh. Yahshua is the Living Instruction. His Set Apart Spirit writes His Father’s Instruction on the heart of a true believer, and puts it in that believer’s mind, giving the believer the “mind of Messiah.”

These Psalms also speak of the judgement upon the one who rejects His Instruction, as does The Book of The Revelation.

So when we read that Yahshua is the Aleph and the Taw, we need to go back to where we find the context of what Yohannen/John was shown, and that he was writing down for us to read and believe. We must go back to these Psalms for context. In them is Good News. The Good News is about the Living Instructions, Yahshua, and His wonderful written Instructions that He personifies, and that He brings to life in and through us. It is by these Instructions we are judged. But, if we judge ourselves, on this side, in the mirror of His Instruction, by the power of His Set Apart Spirit, confess our sin/lawlessness, and repent, He is just to forgive, cleanse us in His blood, and restore us.

Sadly most don’t connect the dots to know that Yahshua came to set the record straight about what He said to Moshe/Moses, and to be the sinless Passover Lamb of Yahweh, whose death paid the price for our sin, and whose life we now have, if we believe in Him. The basis of Him being who He said He was is only found in the Torah, the Instructions of Yahweh. The only basis for His Set Apart Spirit is only found in the Torah, the Instructions of His Father, Yahweh. It is high time we no longer ignore the context of the portions of Scripture we toss around in justification of lawlessness, while professing to be the bride of the Aleph and Taw.

Take some time, and read the portions of Scripture. Take them in context, from the Word of Yahweh, who never changes. It is indeed Good News!

Peace,

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Psalm 107 – Blessed Good News

bkUPIf you have never read this Psalm, or if you haven’t read it recently, let me encourage you to revisit it, and let the Set Apart Spirit speak to you. He has been speaking the Good News from the beginning. The Good News is the loving commitments of our Father Yahweh, that He hears and answers, when we cry out to Him with a heart of confession and repentance.

For those of us alive today, we have a particular advantage over the writer of this Psalm, and those of his day. We are on this side of the stake. Yahshua has been impaled, and has risen from the grave, and ascended to the Father. He has sent His Set Apart Spirit to indwell us. They had to wait to receive the promise (Hebrews/Ibrim Chapter 11), but we don’t have to wait. They had to wait for Yahshua’s finished work on the stake, and that we might receive the promise together.

The promise of restoration in the blood of Yahshua Messiah is far better than the blood of bulls and goats. The Lamb of Yahweh was slain “once for all.” That once for all means there is not another shedding of His blood, nor is there a shedding of an animal’s blood that can atone for sin. He shed His blood one time for all who will believe and receive Him.

Read Psalm 107 and be blessed in how He is able, and willing, to save the most vile of sinner. Each of us, as children of the First Adam, qualify as such. But, we have been given the right to become children of Father Yahweh, through His Son, and perfect Lamb that was slain for our sin, Yahshua Messiah. We can become His brother and co-heirs with Him. He is our Head, if we will submit to His authority. And He has proven His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, with no regard for Him, He died for us. And in rising, if we accept Him, gives us of His new life!

This is indeed Good News!

Peace to you all, in Yahshua Messiah!

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bkUPI got up this morning and looked at the news and, at every turn, the news is not good. Wars and rumors of wars, beheadings, terrorism, murder, theft, perversion and immorality. But at the heart of it all is a rejection of Instruction of our Creator. Man thinks he has a better plan, yet he doesn’t connect the dots to see that his plight is not improving. In fact, it is getting worse, and at a dizzying pace. It is not good news!

But there is Good News!

The Good News is that Yahshua died for all of these things that are happening in the world, that I read about in the bad news in today’s paper and on the internet. And the Good News gets better in that Yahshua didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead, defeating death, hell, and the grave!  And if we think it could not get any better, the Good News gets even better! If we will die to our lawless selves, allow the Set Apart Spirit to bring our spirit to life; being born again from above, we too are on course to overcoming death, hell and the grave.

The grave awaits us all. This tent; the body of flesh we dwell in now, will die, unless we are among those alive when He calls us up. He says we will all be changed! We put off this mortal, corrupt tent and put on immortality. We will have a body like He has, being raised from the dead. And we have that deposit now, in us, in that His Set Apart Spirit indwells us, if we are born again. And His Set Apart Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His child. We are no longer of this kingdom, and no longer regarded according to the fleshly heritage. And we should no longer regard ourselves thus. We have been bought/redeemed with the price of the shed blood of Messiah, that we should no longer live for ourselves but for the One who paid the price. And the exchange; that is the awesome part of the Good News. We receive the right to become adopted children of the Creator of the Universe, and co-heirs of His only begotten Son, Yahshua! C0-heirs who inherit the kingdom of Yahweh!

In Him, by His perfect atoning sacrifice at the hands of the lawless, proving that death had no power over Him (in His perfection), the grave could not hold him either, and hell is for the lawless, rebellious ones so hell is taken out of the picture too! It is that way for those who will cease their rebellion against Him. When we confess our rebellion, repent of it, looking at every aspect of our lives, on a daily basis, He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse in His blood. This is Good News!

There are people dying everyday. Some of disease, old age, accidents, and some at their own hand. Some die in war and in murderous mayhem. It awaits us all. But if we choose to die to ourselves, before we lay down this earthly tent, we will not experience hell. Death and the grave will not hold us either!

I pray that those with ears to hear, will hear this today. Consider your ways, in light of the Instruction given by our Creator. Where do you stand? Do you have peace? Do you have joy? Don’t rest in your works. Even if those works are religious. Going to church will not save you. Keeping Sabbath and the commandments of Torah (Yahweh’s Instructions) will not save you. The blood of Messiah paid the price, that if you believe, in your heart, that He is who He said He was, and was attested to by His life, and confess with your mouth, you will be saved. You will enter into the New Covenant, in His blood, being born again into His Family. It is His amazing work of grace that is Good News!

Eph 2:1  And you were dead in trespasses and sins,1 Footnote: 1v.5 and 5:14, Mt. 8:22, Rom. 8:6, Col. 2:13, 1 Tim. 5:6, 1 John 3:14, Rev. 3:1.
Eph 2:2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,1 Footnote: 1Eph. 5:6, Col. 3:6.
Eph 2:3  among whom also we all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, as also the rest.
Eph 2:4  But Elohim, who is rich in compassion, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Eph 2:5  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah – by favour you have been saved –
Eph 2:6  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Messiah יהושע,
Eph 2:7  in order to show in the coming ages the exceeding riches of His favour in kindness toward us in Messiah יהושע.
Eph 2:8  For by favour you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim,
Eph 2:9  it is not by works, so that no one should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah יהושע unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

This is Good News Indeed! Will you believe it?

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