The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the PoorHere is a Scripture that caused a shift in the way I viewed the poor. It was spoken by our Messiah, Yeshua and what I perceived from his statement was that the cause or the cry of the poor was something I didn’t need to be concerned about. Here is the Scripture: 

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. Matthew 26:11 KJV (King James Version)

For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. Matthew 26:11 ESV

Yeshua spoke this to his disciples and the way I perceived this statement was that a relationship with God was more important than taking care of those less fortunate than ourselves. Although there may be an element of truth to that, at the time Messiah spoke those words, but he also said in the Gospel of Mark,

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Mark 10:21 KJV

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 ESV

It’s clear that the Messiah was trying to make a point about the poor on this planet and that they are a great concern for him. In helping them, we are going to be rewarded by God, in the present, and in our life after death. But how can someone pay tithes and offerings to their Church, Mosque or Synagogue and also provide help for the poor? I mean, we can only give so much money before we ourselves have to start eating out of food banks or going without. Is there a happy medium, a place that pleases God with our giving. For most of us, paying a tithe on our gross income, plus offerings leaves a small, if non-existent, amount for the poor. Where can we find the money to help the poor if our tithes and offerings have all but consumed that amount? Let’s consider another Scripture where we find the Messiah talking about who and who will not inherit the Kingdom. The whole discourse is very good to read, but we’ll pick it up in Matthew Chapter 25:37

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:37-40 KJV

Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 
Matthew 25:37-40 ESV

What we don’t see anywhere in this discourse by the Messiah is an admonishment to give to well-to-do people of which some Pastors are, especially to those who have large assemblies. So, in giving to our Congregations, have we put the things of God on the back burner by giving to affluent individuals, instead of giving to the poor. Or, in other words, is giving to a Pastor synonymous with giving to God? Judging by the discourse in Matthew 25:31-46 we don’t see that. In fact, we don’t see that anywhere in the New Testament. Could this be one of the reasons why God is beginning to deal with religious organizations so strongly? That in our attempts to create elaborate ministries, we’ve all but forgotten the poor. 

If you want to be rich, give to the poor.

Messiah said nothing about rewarding a person for the amount of times they went to Church a week, or a Synagogue or Mosque for that matter. All he is asking us is this, “Did you remember the poor?” In this day and age mankind seeks technology to make its lives more convenient and entertaining, but have we lost the real meaning of what it means to have compassion on those less fortunate than ourselves?

We have all but forgotten what it means to remember the poor, widows and orphans. We’re so busy trying to make proselytes out of disinterested people that we have left the poor for dead. To be honest, we don’t want anything to do with people who need a helping hand because it’s too much of a bother. God help us, this is not the way things should be. If we think God is going to reward us by giving to a Pastor or other religious leader, then think again. The reward you get for giving money to an assembly is that you get a chunk of money from the tax man, at tax time. You have your reward in full.

How would one begin to give to the poor? It’s really very simple:

1) Stop giving so much money to your Church and give more to those who really need it.

2) Store up your rewards in heaven, by giving without your left hand knowing what the right hand is doing-give in secret!

3) Instead of giving your money to a ministry, create your own storehouse of money for the poor. Take the money you allotted to pay your tithes to your assembly with and save it for the poor. Who knows? There may come a day when you will need that money.

4) Give with a cheerful heart. If you don’t feel happy giving money to people, or if you’re giving a lot already, keep it for yourself. You still have to take care of you, don’t you? Do you really think the Church ministry will take care of you? In all things be wise and prudent. Don’t give unnecessarily, give and act when God shows you or tells you. I can assure you, he is not telling you to give it to a Church, or other assembly. If the man of God needs money to eat, let him work for his income and not live off the avails of another person. We are called to help the poor, not support Pastors or other leaders financially.

    

 

The Five Fold Ministry: Where We Went Wrong

Five Fold Ministry

The Five Fold Ministry – Where we went wrong.

The five fold ministry is not a post describing how each of the members of the five fold ministry work, but how the Pastors in the Christian ministry of many congregations do not foster the involvement of the five fold ministry which includes the role of Pastor plus the other four offices: Prophets, Evangelists, Apostles, and Teachers. In any given assembly in a Christian Church, there are many who possess these offices, yet because the calling or gift in them is not being stirred up or encouraged, these people sit week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, doing nothing but spending their time warming a pew. Thus, the whole congregation suffers and the five fold ministry is never initiated.

Here is the problem I see with most Pastors in the modern day Church. They want to control everything. Nothing happens without their approval. The flow of God’s Spirit, the source of life is choked by the Pastor’s desire to run everything. He does not want the five fold ministry working in his Church, it poses a threat to him, a very big threat.

No one knows what a real and true Godly assembly looks like because, as it has been said, no one is seeking God; we all have our own agenda. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. The devil has pulled the wool over the eyes of Pastors and their flocks by making us think that giving to a Church is synonymous with giving to God. Nothing could be further from the truth! Many Pastors fear losing their congregants because this will affect their tithe base. If membership goes down, so does the amount of money a Pastor makes. If the truth be known, members of the five fold ministry have no command from the word of God to be compensated for the work they do for God. They all should be holding down jobs. Think about it, five offices, five people, yet one man, the Pastor, feels he should do everything. One man is trying to do the work of at least five people. This is why Pastors burn out and some may fall into temptation with pornography or other negative behaviors. Everyone suffers from this non-working modality. The Pastor, his wife, their children and the congregants.

So, what is it that needs to be done? How can we reverse this very toxic and devastating way of holding a gathering of people? Where does it say in the word of God to a Pastor, “thus you shall go into an assembly and rant and rave for an hour and a half, and thus you shall involve the congregation in all of your endeavors, and thus you shall…” No! It doesn’t say that. Pastors have missed the mark. They have sinned against God and against the congregants by promoting an agenda that does not have the will of the Father in mind. OK, enough about how wrong it is. How do we make it right?

Pastors need to let go of the reins of their assembly. They need to let go and let God. They have to allow God to take over and let him do what he needs to do. Pastors have got to stop living off the avails of other people. They need to share their workload with other members in the body, the five fold ministry. In doing this, they will free up time to work, take care of their families and the needs of others. Pastors are far too busy involving themselves in so much that eventually things go awry and the bottom falls out of it. This may not happen quickly as God is waiting patiently for a people who will listen to him and learn from him. A Pastor who desires to make copious amounts of money by preaching a false Gospel, a Gospel that says, “Give to me” is in danger of the lake of fire. If he continues to ignore the calling of the other four offices of the five fold ministry, he may find himself on the outside looking in.

Many people in organized religion know that something isn’t right. Think about it: the devil only has the same amount of tricks up his sleeve that he had when he caused Adam and his wife to sin in the Garden of Eden. There is nothing new that he has to offer humanity, yet some people think, “Oh my! Look what the devil is doing around the world! He sure is a one big bogey man.” No, he isn’t a big bogey man at all, he is a liar and the father of lies, and he has done a very good job of misleading people in religion.

If you were to ask God the question: “Who controls the Church? Is it led by the Holy Spirit?” Brace yourself, God would tell you that the devil owns the Church, he runs it. Satan set up religion and many are doing the devil’s work of going nowhere, and accomplishing nothing.

Think about it: we are so apathetic towards the unborn in the womb who are being murdered every day in abortion clinics in our own city, maybe in our own neighborhood. Lately people were kicking up a stink over the sale of fetal body parts by Planned Parenthood. The sales are going forward, but no one is talking about it now. No one cares. Through his lies and deception, the devil has created a system for Christians where no one gives the slightest concern about anything. They are too splintered and separated to make any difference. I fear that we have passed the point of no return, that we are too far gone to make any difference on this planet. We are using a Church set-up that truly does not promote any intimacy with God at all. We’re too busy in our own lives and have too many cares of this world to make any difference.

Our only hope and prayer is to call on our Father in Heaven and ask him to show us where we are believing any lies and to deliver us from every lie we believe. As the layer of lies comes off us, we may be able to fight against the devil’s system of religion and come out of it. That means leaving Church, Mosque and Synagogue to cultivate a true and eternal relationship with our father in Heaven and appropriate the work his Messiah accomplished for us on the tree. Humanity is on a very slippery slope downwards. It’s like were all in a daze, not knowing who we are, where we are going, who runs the show, and what the storyline to this life really means. To be honest, it’s all about love, God is love, but Yeshua (Jesus) said himself, “The love of many will grow cold in the last days.” People are lovers of themselves, their only concern is the time they spend on their pleasures. Little thought is given to the homeless, the poor, the sick, the widow, the orphan, the naked, the hungry, those in prison, and all other people who society and our religious systems have turned their backs on.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to make your life count for something? Listen to me: You will never fulfil your calling by sitting in a Church or any other religious institution. If they don’t have the five fold ministry in effect, then first things first: LEAVE your Church, stop attending any services, whether it be Christian, Muslim or Jewish. People used to say to me that when you leave Church it’s like being taken out of the fire and you, being the ember, will burn out. This is basically saying that one would be backslidden if they left Church and most likely would go to hell. This is a multi-faceted lie. One, you aren’t in a fire when you are in the Church, you are under a murky, polluted water of religion that has people treading water. Many are submerged in this vile concoction of man’s tradition, pride, conceit and spiritual vomit. Two, instead of being taken out of the ‘fire’ God is removing you from the filth of the devil. He is cleaning the religious slime off of you, (Just like what happened to Neo in the movie The Matrix) he will reprogram you and light a fire in you that burns for him and his Holy Torah – Messiah Yeshua. (The word became flesh and dwelt among us.) Three, you will NOT, I repeat, NOT be a backslidden believer. You will be one of the few people that is privileged enough to have God remove you from a non-working system and into his marvellous light. Four, you will not go to hell. God wants to give you an abundant life both here on earth and then in heaven. For once, you will be living in his will for you and humanity. This will be a very exciting time for you. There are others out there and God will put you in touch with them. We are called the remnant, a people God spoke about who would emerge out of the vileness of this world’s religious systems and other corrupt systems and are being brought into his Kingdom.

I can assure you, this may be a very lonely time for you. Christians are controlled by the devil, as are Muslims and Jews. They will make fun of you, harass you and put you down. They will criticize, judge and condemn you to hell; some may even put us to death while thinking they are offering God service, Messiah said this would happen. Unless the Father wakes them up, they will perish. God gets to decide who will and who will not have the privilege of being woken up and entrusted with his will to reach the lost – those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues and anywhere else his children are being held in holding patterns.   

You will have to start spending quality time with your father in Heaven. This means going to him everyday for fellowship, reading his word and praying to him. Don’t share this ‘new-found faith’ with too many conventional believers – they will hate you. They really believe that they are the ones who are doing the will of God when, in reality, they are doing the work of the devil. Leave them, they are blind guides, lost in a world they know nothing about, brainwashed, lied to and swimming and breathing in every lie sent to them. Yes, the devil has done a very good job of controlling the masses. He has done this through the governments, the social system, and religion. I am not afraid of the devil showing himself to me as a big, ugly, terrifying entity, No, I’m afraid of falling for his lies. Humanity has accepted his lies into the very fibre of their being. That is why so many are sick physically, mentally and spiritually. If you have made it this far, I can assure you, father is working on you. May God bless you with intimacy and knowledge of him and his will for you. I love you, Paul. 

 

 

Not Under Law, But Under Grace?

Not under law but under grace

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
WE ARE NOT UNDER LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE.

A few biblical scriptures from various translations.

New International Version
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

New Living Translation
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

English Standard Version
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Berean Study Bible
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

Berean Literal Bible
For sin will not rule over you, for you are not under law, but under grace.

New American Standard Bible
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

King James Bible
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

OK, so we’re not under law, but under grace. What does that really mean? This has confused people for years. Apostle Paul in one statement says, “We uphold the Law.” and in another breath, he is saying, “We are not under Law, but under grace.” I am going to reason with you as to what this scripture means. If I am wrong, please correct me. OK when does a person come under the Law? Let’s use an example, I’m driving down the highway going 60 miles an hour. The posted limit is 60 miles an hour. In my journey of 100 miles, I pass 7 police radar traps. That is, a police officer is in his car with his radar on me when I pass him by. At the rate of speed I am going, he is not going to stop me and give me a speeding ticket. Why? Because I am not breaking the Law. The Law says the maximum speed I can go down the highway is 60 miles an hour. So, in my journey, I pass 7 police officers who have their radar gun on me and nothing happens to me. I have not broken the Law and therefore I am guilty of no crime. I am not under the Law.

However, if I speed up to 80 miles and hour and another police officer clocks me at 20 miles an hour over the speed limit, he pulls me over and gives me a speeding ticket. I have broken the Law and I experience a penalty for breaking the Law, say a 250.00 fine and a few points added to my license. I am now under the Law. But thanks be to God that when it comes to the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules of God, when I break that Law, and am under the Law, that is, I deserve the penalty for breaking his commands, which may mean losing my life or paying a very severe penalty, the Messiah provided forgiveness for that crime (Sin) I committed and because he died for my sins, I am not imputed the penalty I deserve. I am no longer under the Law, but under grace.

Does this mean that the Law has been done away with, or that we don’t keep the Law/Torah/Instructions/Rules? Heaven forbid! These Laws are what protect us and give us life. As the Messiah is the word (Torah) and he gives life to those who come to him, so it is that his word gives life to those who listen and obey. Messiah is the Torah as there is only ONE Torah and it spans from Genesis to Revelation, the whole Bible is the Torah. The Torah was given in the Old Testament and Jesus explained the Torah to his followers in the New Testament. Jesus was the only true Torah teacher of his time, right up until today. Why do I say that? Because we do not need men to teach us the Torah. If we draw near to God, God himself will teach us the Torah, as it says in Isaiah and was reiterated by Jesus in the Gospel of John, “They will all be taught by God.” The concept of a Pastor or someone else teaching us the Torah is a skewed teaching system. I really believe that the primary role of a leader is to teach the sheep how to read and understand the Bible themselves. Teaching them to rightly divide the word of God.

Christmas and Easter, holy days?

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From Torah Babies, by Jeremy Hilton.

Traditionally in our culture many people celebrate Christmas and Easter to honor and worship God.  These two days are all most of us have ever known when it comes to Holy Days to honor God and his son.  Nearly every store, school, office, and church decorates and goes all out for these days every year.  Many people even spend months preparing for these days that are supposed to be set aside for the honor and worship of God.

Considering how the masses celebrate and hold these days so dear, I would like to pose a few questions for everyone to consider and challenge you in regards to these two days.

They are serious questions we should all be asking considering God states throughout his Word that He is a jealous God; we should be working out our salvation with fear and trembling, and that His people will perish for the lack of knowledge.

While looking for the answers to these questions myself, I was shocked by the things I found, and that’s why I’m now asking others to look as well.  I’m going to answer and explain what I’ve found in scripture, but also list several other scriptures that should also be considered.

Question 1:

Are these two days that so many people celebrate as a way to honor Him in our Bibles?

Answer:

Surprisingly, celebrating the birth of Jesus wasn’t observed or even instructed to be observed anywhere in our Bible.  Nor was His resurrection ever observed on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox.  After digging into what scripture tells us about the account of His birth, it’s not even likely His birth was even close to December 25 but more likely during or around either Passover or Sukkot, which are two of Gods feasts days or appointed times.  As for the celebrating and honoring of His resurrection, I found it was definitely in our Bibles, but not on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox that we know as Easter today.  Jesus died on Passover, which is always on the evening of the 14th day of the first month of the Biblical calendar according to the instructions given in Exodus.  It’s followed by the 15th day that starts the Feast of Unleavened Bread and last for seven days. Within these seven days, He also gave us a day called Firstfruits in which Jesus presented Himself to God after His resurrection.

These days can be seen throughout our Bibles in both the New & Old Testament, but are described in detail in Leviticus 23.  Doing a little research and looking at when they fall each year you will find that Easter and Firstfruits may not be anywhere close to each other.  While looking into this also be mindful that from Passover to resurrection has to be three days AND three nights.  Friday to Sunday is not three days and three nights.

Question 2:

Is this truly what God wants from us?

Answer:

Now that we know these two days are not in our Bibles, this is where it gets interesting and shocking when we see the examples and instructions that we do have in our Bibles.  Here are two that should be considered.

Exodus 32:1-10

Here we see that Aaron declared a feast day to God that was not instructed by Him, that man decided to pick his own day and way to worship, and it was not OK with God at all.

1 Kings 12:25; 13:10 and 14:23

Here we see it once again when Jeroboam declares a feast day to God different from that in which God instructed and again it was not OK with God at all.

We are told over and over in our bibles how God wants us to worship Him and how not to worship Him.  He laid it out for us in black and white and also instructed us not to add to or take away from His instructions.  Aaron and Jeroboam both took it upon themselves to add Feast Days or Holy Days to God, using Pagan traditions, and we see again and again how much God hated and despised this.  Isn’t this what many of us have done today with Christmas and Easter? He told us to be very careful that we don’t adopt the ways other people worship their gods or even use the things they use to worship their gods.  After looking into some of the things we do and use for Christmas and Easter, it seems we have adopted and incorporated many things that have NOTHING to do with honoring God.

As anti-God as the schools are getting these days I asked myself how they were still allowing these days in the school systems.  The answer shocked me even more!  This whole issue was taken to court and the ruling stated that they didn’t have enough evidence to remove them because there was little to no biblical/scriptural evidence to prove they were done to worship God in the first place and there was no proof of them in the Bible.  It’s because they were added and not part of Gods Holy Days that He gave us.  He gave us these Feast Days or Holy Days to gather together, worship Him, and love on one another, but the majority has overlooked them and accepted days that are not even in the Bible.  That is mind boggling in itself, especially considering how all the New Testament writings show and teach us that His days (found in Leviticus 23) were honored and celebrated after the resurrection and still should be today.

Please consider reading these verse and the scriptures surrounding them to see just how serious God was and still is about these things.

Exodus 23:23-33

Exodus 34:10-17

Exodus 32:1-10

Leviticus 18:3

Leviticus 18:21

Leviticus 18:29

Leviticus 20:23-26

Deuteronomy 7:5-11

Deuteronomy 7:25-26

Deuteronomy 12:1-4

Deuteronomy 12:8

Deuteronomy 12:30-31

Deuteronomy 18:9-12

Deuteronomy 20:13-18

1 Kings 12:25 – 13:10

1 Kings 14:23

2 Kings 16:4

2 Kings 17:10

2 Kings 17:27-41

2 Chronicles 28:4

Isaiah 1:14

Isaiah 14:8-11

Isaiah 57:5

Jeremiah 3:6 & 3:13

Jeremiah 10

Ezekiel 6:13

Ezekiel 8:14-16

Ezekiel 23:38-39

Amos 5:21-23

Here’s what we should be doing and how to handle things the way God wants and not the way we want.

2 Kings 22:8-23:27

Jeremiah 16:19

YHWH, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in a time of distress, the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited only lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all.”

Is the Church the Bride of Christ?

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I have heard many people in my day tell me that the Church is the bride of Christ. I want us to look at the word Church and understand where that actual word or term came from. Does the word ‘Church’ accurately depict what the New Testament writers were trying to convey to mankind? What is the deeper meaning of Church?

The word church comes from the old English and Germanic word kirke, (pronounced “keer – kay”), and which itself came from Babylonian for the goddess Circe (pronounced “seer-say”) Circe is a word from which we get circumference, and circle, among other words. When pertaining to circle, the word Kirke refers to ‘circle of worship’. Therefore, church means, at the least, a pagan circle for worship, and at the worst, the worship of the goddess Circe, or the worship of the sun.

The term Church is a pagan word that never had a true translation in the word of God. Nowhere in the bible can there be found a word that translates to Church; it’s not there. The term Ekklesia or Ecclesia is a Greek word which means, called out or called out ones. Ekklesia was used more than one hundred times in the Old Testament, even at the time of Messiah. It was translated by the King James translators as Church because of their anti-Semitism. The word Church cannot be found anywhere and it is definitely not synonymous with Ekklesia.

So, when we say the Church is the bride of Christ, we are actually referring to a group of pagan sun-worshippers, thus, the Church could never be the bride of Christ. Therefore, a question remains: who is the bride of Christ and where does this bride come from?

Now, I am not going to quote Scripture with you, but let’s reason a little about this thing called marriage. In Jewish customs, a man could be ‘betrothed’ to his wife, that is, they were considered married, although neither party had actually performed the act whereby the marriage had been consummated. So, it was during this point that the man or the woman could actually call the whole thing off. To do this, they would need to divorce one another. Consider Joseph, he was betrothed to Mary, yet when he found she was pregnant, he had in mind to divorce her quietly and send her away. They were betrothed to each other, yet had never been intimate. Mary was a virgin.

Does virginity have anything to do with being a bride of Christ? I mean, can Messiah take a person and clean them up to the status that they are just like Mary, virginal? I don’t know, but let’s look at this; do we really believe that God would use someone who isn’t pure or who has spots or wrinkles to be his Son’s bride? I mean could just anyone become the bride of Christ or would it take someone very special to achieve that position? Could I be betrothed to Yeshua, the Messiah, if there were issues in my life that didn’t meet the mark? What if I had sin in my life? Yes, I might be struggling with something and I don’t have the victory yet, but would that still qualify me to be the bride of Christ?

I really don’t believe at this time, that any of us are worthy to be called the bride of Christ. I just don’t see it. I’ve spent close to thirty years in organized religion as a Catholic, Baptist, United Baptist, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Messianic, and Messianic Jewish believer. Of all the people I have met, including myself, there are none I could call the bride of Christ. None, not one. I have met very lovely people in certain circles, but of those I met, there are none I could say were the bride of Christ. I saw too many spots and wrinkles.

Why do I say this? It’s because many Christians have a disdain for certain parts of the word of God. They believe that some of God’s most cherished commandments have been done away with, or simply don’t apply to believer’s life in this day and age. So, how could they be considered ‘the bride of Christ?’

If we look to Judaism, we see that many Jewish people esteem the words of the Talmud to be equal to or above the written word of God. Not only this, but they have many traditions that they have also elevated above the word of God. So, how could the modern day Jews be ‘the bride of Messiah?’

If we look to Islam, well… enough said.

So, if none of these people are what I would call the bride of Christ, then is there anywhere in the bible that refers to any people group as the ‘bride of Messiah?’

Consider Revelation Chapter 7:

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

Rev 7:5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,

Rev 7:6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,

Rev 7:7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,

Rev 7:8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

Maybe the Bride of Christ consists of only these 144,000 people? Consider what is written afterwards,

Rev 7:9  After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

Could it be that this great multitude are the ones that are going to serve the Messiah and his Bride? It says that they went through the tribulation and had their robes washed in the blood of the lamb. If we are all the Messiah’s bride then who is going to watch the wedding and serve? Every wedding I have attended had a small wedding party and sometimes hundreds and hundreds of guests. If we compare this to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb we see the same thing, 144,000 virgins, with the seal on their foreheads, hearing a song known only to them, and a large multitude that cannot be counted. Speaking of the 144,000, consider;

Rev 14:4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb,

Rev 14:5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

I can honestly say that most of us here are living a lie or believing one and in doing so, we are telling others the lies we believe. It might even be safe to say that the 144,000 are all males who don’t lie and are blameless. Why are they called blameless? I believe it is because they chose to follow God’s word completely and had no regard for the oral law or the traditions of men. They adhered to and delighted themselves in the keeping of God’s commandments.

So, you might ask the question: “But I thought I was going to be the bride?” To which I would tell you, so did I! But it’s really all OK, it doesn’t matter that you are not the bride. Isn’t it nice just to be invited to the wedding? Just to share in the joy of the Lamb and His Bride? Just to be with God and serve one another? To me that means just as much, if not more, than being the Bride of Christ.

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Numb and Number

Numb and Number

Have you ever noticed that regardless of how heinous a piece of news or video that circulates on social media is, that it blows over in a month or less? Remember when we watched the gruesome scenes of ISIS decapitating people how upset we were? Or what about the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, or what about the leader of Planned Parenthood caught on video selling human body parts of aborted babies?

It seems that no matter what the crime is, or how intense it is in severity to the norms of our society, we simply forget about it and go on. Little is done, and in a few weeks the tragedy, no matter how severe, is all but forgotten. Why is this? The answer is really quite simple: We are so engrossed in our own lives and our own issues that we have little regard for the plight of others on this planet. Greed and lust are at an all-time high, as is the desire to covet the things we don’t have, but want.

When describing the people of today the bible is quite clear on what most people on earth would be like. Brace yourself. Here is a mirror for most of us:

But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 2Timothy3:1-7 ESV

This is quite a bucket list of vile ways and motives which many of us possess. We couldn’t care less about the needs of others, and we continually lust for more for ourselves, more pleasures, more drugs, more money, more booze…it’s party time!

The sad reality for most people, there is no party. Most of us have been hurt deeply in the formative years of our lives and we have never recovered from it. All we know is bitterness and hatred, as Messiah Yeshua stated:

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12 ESV

And that is the two-fold problem with most of us today on planet earth. Our lawlessness is increasing more and more as mankind forsakes the commandments of God, resulting in the love of many growing cold; we have nothing but apathy for our fellow man. We simply don’t care about the needs of another person because our focus is only on ourselves. People who feel this way are growing more in number every day. With each new disappointment, setback, failure, breakup, manipulation, abusive relationship, addiction, etc., people are falling deeper into despair. It’s not even so much that we choose to turn our backs on our fellow man, it’s more like we are incapable of caring about the needs of others. We have all but given up – let someone else help them – I can’t do anything for them –  I have to take care of me –  have to feed me, me, me, me.

We’ve become such a selfish and self-centered generation that I fear that regardless of what happens on earth, going forward, we will never be able to stop it. Never. All we care about is having that new car, house, cell phone, or going to that new watering hole that just opened up with all the cool lights and cheap drinks. Drugs, suicide and porn -the devil sells you cheap.

As I see it, no one cares about abortion, the selling of fetal body parts, the ISIS crisis, the Syrian problems or anything else. We don’t care about any of it. Period.

So, what will it take? Will it be the Messiah returning and we all jump on board and escape the wrath slated for this world? No! We’re going through the tribulation, just as the Jews will realize they killed their Messiah, Yeshua, Christians will realize there actually is something good about Torah observance. Don’t fool yourself. Just because you go to Church or pay tithes doesn’t mean you have a fast track ticket to Heaven. We’re not getting the message: We are called to love one another. Remember that Scripture? And others, those who don’t know Messiah, will know we have a relationship with God as evidenced by our love for one another. Such a thing exists only in a few places today, and such places are becoming extinct.

It’s not having a ‘touchy-feely’ relationship with Messiah that will reverse our lack of love for others. The only thing is our desire to please God through the love and obedience we have for his word (Torah), and his commandments (Torah). Until that happens there will be no peace on earth, in fact, things will keep deteriorating till the things we see happening on the earth start happening in our own communities; in our own backyard. It’s coming to us, to all of us; this is our just reward for our complacency towards those who are suffering. I am including myself in this, so this is not a finger of judgment. I’m saying we are all guilty of this horrible apathy towards those who need our help, but will most likely never receive it from us.

Right now there are infants being decapitated during a ‘routine’ abortion. There are young boys and girls being introduced to Crystal Meth for the first time. There are young boys and girls who have no one to turn to for help after being molested by an adult. There’s an addict who is thinking about suicide, there are so many people in need, and all we do is sit on our blessed assurances watching their plight on that accursed television, and do absolutely nothing about it!

What will it take to reverse this horrible slippery slope that most of us are on; Jew, Muslim and Christian? It’s adherence to God’s Torah! Why do you think that with all of these new ministries, Churches, Mosques and Synagogues starting up, that the world is growing darker and darker? Don’t you dare blame the devil! He has absolutely nothing to do with this. He hasn’t changed in thousands of years. He only has the same garbage to offer people, and that has never changed.

So, what will it take to make a change? Actually I don’t believe anything will. We’re too far gone. Our heads are stuck so far in the sand and we are so numb to the suffering of those around us, that we’ll never be able to escape the coming wrath and judgment of God. Nothing is going to spring us into action to help the plight of those needing our resources. Don’t you get it? Is your mind so dull? Humanity needs a father and we need to abide by his rules for safety. If you have a two year old child holding your hand while crossing the street of busy traffic, would you suddenly let her go if she protested holding your hand? Well, why in God’s name would it be any different with our Father in Heaven? Do you think he gave us the Torah for his benefit or ours? Foolish people. It’s not a sermon about ‘7 Steps to this’, or ‘5 Steps to that.’ God is done with that kind of vanity. He wants us to learn his Torah and keep his rules to give us a safe place to live.

Look around. Everything pertaining to God is being removed from society, and no one, that’s you and me, are doing anything about it. Wait until the government takes your children to raise them in institutions. “That will never happen!” you say. Foolish people. It already has happened, and will happen again.

In closing, if you want a change in this world, don’t expect it to be a Christian revival that will sweep the world. It will never happen. Don’t expect Islam, Christianity or Modern day Judaism to solve our problems. Here is the answer::

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If you are not aware, or still think you have no wicked ways, then you need to read this over until you understand. We all have fallen short. All of us. That’s you and me. STOP thinking you’re righteous. If you have done nothing about the things listed here, then you’re part of the problem and far from being a part of the solution. God have mercy on our souls, or better yet, please put a fire inside us that burns for your Torah. Amen.

The Covenants of God

The Covenants of God

The Covenants of God

Covenant defined:

Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. (Good conduct requires obedience to his Torah.)

A covenant is an agreement that God makes between himself and those who wish to enter into that agreement with him. Anyone who has a desire to have a relationship with God can enter into covenant with him. The covenants that God makes with his children are based on the promises he makes to his children in return for their obedience to his covenant requirements. In other words, if God makes an agreement with a person, or people, they are required to uphold their part of the agreement and, if they do, there is a reward for their obedience.

Many people think that if they say a prayer to God, they have entered into covenant with him. This may or may not be correct, as it depends on what was prayed and how much understanding a person has concerning making a covenant with God.

Many people think they have entered into a relationship/covenant with God by saying what is commonly called, the ‘sinner’s prayer’. Sadly, there is no such thing as a ‘repeat after me’ prayer that will attain a secure standing with the Father. When a person hears the Gospel (Good News) for the first time, they are required to repent of their sins and be baptized. This would be the start of someone who desires to enter into covenant with God.

The sad thing for many people who call themselves believers is that most never go beyond baptism. Many have the presumption that once you have repeated a prayer and were baptized, you could do whatever you deem as right in your own eyes and that is OK because you said the sinners prayer, have been baptized, and that means you go to heaven, guaranteed.

The reality is that many people forget that in order to enter into covenant with God, there is a great emphasis on being obedient to him, as disobedience without repentance will stop us from entering into a covenant with him. Consider the curses spoken of by God for disobeying God’s commands in Deuteronomy. God lists paragraph after paragraph of curses that will come upon a person for disobeying his commandments. One such curse is insanity or what we would call today, mental illness. Our desire to disobey God’s commands is making us crazy, literally! That is why God has sent his son to tell us the Good News.

So, what is the Good News? The Good News contains three promises that God makes with us when we enter into covenant with him; this occurs after hearing the Good News and immediately repenting of our sins and being baptized.

First, God promises to write his commandments on our hearts. Consider,

Jeremiah 31:33 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 

Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”

The next promise was that God would send his comforter after Messiah returned to Heaven. This comforter is the Holy Spirit who would teach God’s Torah commands to us.

The next promise that makes up the Good News was Messiah’s sacrificial death, burial and resurrection that meant God would remember our sins no more. He will not hold us accountable for our sin.

So, what is sin? Well, for starters, sin doesn’t mean resisting grace, nor does sin mean breaking God’s will. Sin occurs when someone directly violates a commandment of God from his Torah, or anywhere else in the bible. Consider,

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4

In a nutshell, sin is breaking any of God’s commandments from Genesis to Revelation.

Many people say it is enough to love God and love his Messiah and that is all we need to do. “I’m just loving God and Jesus!” Here are some scriptures that need to be looked at for naïve believers who state this:

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3

And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 

Scripture is quite clear that we have to keep his commands in order to show God we love him. God doesn’t give rewards for disobedience, nor does he bless sin. We learned that sin is the breaking of God’s laws, or Torah commands.

When we enter into covenant with God we are making, in most cases, a verbal contract with the Father, telling him that we will keep our end of the agreement, just like the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. As stated, in most cases, this simply means to obey him, whether it is a commandment from Torah, or he tells us to do something for him or another person. God requires obedience to his commands from those who say they love him. If we say we love God and don’t keep his commandments, we make ourselves out to be liars and the truth is not in us. Liars do not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Entering into covenant with God is the most serious thing a person can undertake in their lives. It’s more important than getting married, having children or buying a house. Indeed, entering into covenant with God and keeping our end of the agreement through obedience is the greatest undertaking we can do to secure the success of our marriage, the well-being of our children and everything else pertaining to life.

If we have never entered into covenant with God, we are living outside the promises he has to offer us. Yes, he might give us scraps of blessings, but we will never be truly blessed until we find out what are the terms of his covenant and, reciprocally, we live according to those terms. I can’t emphasize enough the importance and gravity of entering into covenant with God.

God sent his Spirit to us as a deposit. We are marked by God when we enter into covenant with him. He places his Spirit deep within us thus guaranteeing that we will be taught all things by God himself. We no longer have to say to anyone, “Know the Lord”, because God will teach us all things pertaining to himself. Again, this teaching God gives us is only afforded to those who have entered into covenant with him. Outside the covenant we may only get scraps of insight or a little understanding. I say this because most Pastors in the churches I attended or talked to, told me that God nailed his Torah to the cross when he nailed Messiah to the cross. Thus, God made his Torah null and void. There is nothing from scripture that supports this notion. Yes, we can take the writings of Apostle Paul and twist them to mean whatever we want, but we forget that like Messiah, Paul taught and upheld the Torah.

The reason why this world is spiraling downward to anarchy in many countries has to do with two key things: first, we have forsaken the Torah commands of God and second, because of our disobedience, we have never entered into covenant with God. Consider,

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 

Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 

Matthew 7:23  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” 

That last phrase in Matthew 7:23, “workers of lawlessness” can be translated as those who work at disobeying God’s Torah commands, they do not keep such commands themselves, and instead, teach others to break the commands as well. I have heard many people who call themselves believers say we don’t have to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, that we can eat whatever we want, clean or unclean meats, and it is OK to lie to our children about a jolly old fellow who says “ho, ho, ho”.

Not only are we teaching heresy to our children, we are bringing the wrath of God upon us because of our willful disobedience to His commandments. There is nothing more I can say at this time except it is time to repent and be baptized. It is time to enter into covenant with our Father in Heaven. 

Finally, when one enters into covenant with the Father, they are grafted into Israel. They now are now Israelis. As Paul states, we are grafted into the vine who is Messiah, Yeshua. This means that all the promises that are slated for an obedient Israeli belong to us. If we are from the USA or Canada, or any other country, we now have dual citizenship, however, our first and greatest love should be our grafted in Israeli heritage. Many forget that Yeshua was a Hebrew, a Jew who was born to a Jewish mother and father. He never converted to Christianity, nor did Peter or Paul and all the other Jewish fathers of the faith. God desired to have Israeli Torah Keepers having a relationship with him which included a relationship with Messiah Yeshua. He never wanted a Messiah (Jesus) who was stripped of his Hebrew heritage, who nullified the Torah, gave permission to eat unclean animals, and substituted man’s holidays for God’s Holy Days.

In a nutshell, here is what I believe people need to do to enter into covenant with God:

  1. They must hear the true Gospel that was preached by Messiah Yeshua.
  2. Upon hearing that Gospel, they need to get baptized as soon as possible.
  3. They need to be taught by God how to keep and observe ALL of God’s commandments from Torah.
  4. In doing this, they have entered into covenant with God, and a sign of keeping that covenant is that they are obedient to God’s word, from Genesis to Revelation. 
  5. Some signs that will follow someone who has entered into covenant with God is that they will become Torah Keepers and share with others the need to keep Torah. They will start to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, which is a sign to God and the world that they are in covenant with God. They must observe all the Rules and Ordinances found in the Torah that pertain to them.

In doing these things, a person has entered into covenant with God and, provided they are OBEDIENT to his Torah, they will find their life followed by many blessings. I’m not saying that there won’t be hardships, because the devil hates those who keep covenant with God. Those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues who give him lip service, but whose hearts are far from him, who disobey God’s Commandments and teach others to do so, are not in covenant with him. In essence, such people are operating in darkness and may even belong to the devil.

I don’t believe that too many people have heard the Gospel, thus many people who call themselves believers, who twist Scripture to support their disobedience of keeping God’s Commandments, will find themselves at the end of time, looking at a very angry God. Will they enter into Heaven? I don’t know; that is not my call. All I can say is that if you erroneously taught others to break God’s Commandments, there may not be much of  a reward waiting for you. 

I hope you can see the importance of keeping covenant with God. He is a covenant keeping person who desires that all people hear the Gospel and upon baptism, repent of breaking his Commandments. The only way to the Father is through Messiah Yeshua, who was the word, that became flesh. What was that word? It was the Torah of God. God bless you.

6 Questions That Need An Answer

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A tremendous article by Chris Pope of Torah Babies

This resource is unlike any of our other resources. It is designed for Torah followers who are looking for a way to introduce family and/or friends to the Torah, but it is also self-explanatory, so it is relevant to people who are searching for the truth on their own. By asking a series of questions in a very specific order and answering those questions using scripture, a foundation is laid which proves that Torah is still applicable in the lives of believers today.

How do we love YHWH (God)?

What is Sin?

What is the Law?

What is Lawlessness?

What are Commandments?

What is Righteousness?

These questions along with their corresponding answers are designed to keep a person on topic and guide them to the conclusion that the law, AKA Torah, is still applicable today.

How do we love YHWH (God)?

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3

And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 

What is Sin?

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4

What is the Law?

Also: The Law, Gods Law, Mosaic Law

Merriam-Webster

  1. a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority 2 a often capitalized : the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament
  2. the first part of the Jewish scriptures : pentateuch, torah

Strong’s

H8451 towrah or torah – (from H3384 yarah – to throw, shoot, to point out, show, to direct, teach, instruct) law, direction, instruction, Mosaic Law

G3551 nomos – anything established, anything received by usage, a custom, a law, a command

a law or rule producing a state approved of God, the Mosaic law

Scripture References

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Psalm 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don’t observe your law.

1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written, “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says YHWH.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

Commentary

The law in the bible is referring to Torah. Translating Torah as law gives it a somewhat negative tone. A much better translation would be ‘instruction.’ The root word for Torah carries the idea of shooting or aiming to hit a mark. Torah is YHWH’s instructions for righteousness, or His way of showing us how to aim our lives towards righteousness. Torah has more to do with ‘hand’ led instruction than ‘rod’ following legalism.

What is Lawlessness?

Merriam-Webster

1: not regulated by or based on law

2 : not restrained or controlled by law

Strong’s

G458 anomía (from 459 / anomos “destitute of (the Mosaic) law”) – properly, without law;

  1. the condition of without law (because ignorant of it), (because of violating it)
  2. contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Scripture References

Matthew 13:41 “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Commentary

1 John 3:4 defines exactly what lawlessness is…SIN. Sin is defined as the breaking of the law and the law that defines sin is Torah. Breaking Torah is Lawlessness. 2 Corinthians 6:14 makes a very clear distinction between righteousness (obeying Torah) and lawlessness (breaking Torah).

What are Commandments?

Merriam-Webster

1: the act or power of commanding

2: something that is commanded; especially: one of the biblical Ten Commandments

Strong’s

H4687 mitsvah – commandment (of God) (of man)

G1785 entolē – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction

Scripture References

Leviticus 22:31 “Therefore you shall keep my commandments, and do them. I am Yahweh.

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Yahweh your God gives you, forever.

Matthew 5:17 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 22:40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Commentary

A commandment, statute, or judgment is anything YHWH commands us to do or observe. Commandments are YHWH’s instructions for righteousness and they are found in the first five books of the bible, known as the Torah. The verses we have listed show the importance of keeping YHWH’s commandments, forever, throughout our generations. Even the New Testament verses show the commandments are to be observed today. Matthew 22:40 is often used to say that believers are only required to keep two commandments, love your neighbor and love YHWH, but Y’shua makes it clear that all of the Law (Torah, Commandments) depend on those two, NOT that those two are the only ones we are required to keep today.

What is Righteousness?

Merriam-Webster

1: morally good: following religious or moral laws: caused by something that you believe is not morally right or fair

2: acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin

Strong’s

H6664 – tsedeq (from 6663 / tsadaq “to be just, be righteous”) – justice, rightness, righteousness

  1. what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and measures), righteousness (in government), of law

G1343 – dikaiosýnē (from 1349 /díkē, “a judicial verdict”) – properly, judicial approval (the verdict of approval); in the NT, the approval of God (“divine approval”).

  1. in the broad sense, the state of him who is such as he ought to be, righteousness; the condition acceptable to God

Scripture References

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances.

Psalm 119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh. Your judgments are upright.

Psalm 119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness. They are fully trustworthy.

Psalm 119:160 All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.

Psalm 119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness.

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Commentary

Righteousness is simply the condition of being acceptable to YHWH. Romans 10:3 shows us that there is a difference between YHWH’s righteousness and our own righteousness. David makes it very clear in Psalm 119 that YHWH and his ordinances and commandments (Torah) are righteous, so it only stands to reason that following and observing YHWH’s ordinances and commandments is what leads us to the state of righteousness that is acceptable to YHWH. Following Torah is righteousness.

Conclusion

Loving YHWH is expressed by our keeping of his commands or laws. Sin is defined as breaking YHWH’s laws or commands. The law or commandments are known as the Torah or YHWH’s instructions in righteousness. Following Torah is righteousness. When we set aside the Torah as if it does not apply to modern day believers, we are sinning and also not loving YHWH, or at least not loving him the way He wants to be loved. Without Torah there can be no righteousness. The Torah is love!

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear YHWH and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. Ecclesiastes 12:13 

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

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Today I am observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. For many, today is just another day, Thursday September 24, 2015 and on it goes, but for some (A very few {Narrow is the gate to life and ‘few’ find it.}) it is a day to look forward to what will happen when Messiah returns to this planet and judges EVERYONE who has ever lived and is living on this planet. For some (few) it will be a day where we stand before God and because we have separated ourselves from this polluted world with all of its man-made practices and religions, Messiah will welcome us into his Kingdom.

But for many (wide is the road that leads to destruction and ‘many’ travel it.) it will be a day filled with unspeakable terror and fear. For every person who has mocked or made fun of those who have tried to enter the Kingdom of God by accepting the work Messiah accomplished on the tree AND by observing God’s Holy Torah, it will be a dreaded day, where the ‘goats’ will be cast into the lake of fire.

For every Priest, Pastor, Rabbi and Imam, or anyone else who calls themselves a leader, or teacher, who did not strive to teach the commands of Torah to their Congregation, and who grew fat, financially, by teaching a ‘strange’ gospel to their people, one devoid of the Torah and its teachings, this will be the day God avenges himself on you.

If we think we can teach ‘tickling ear’ messages to naive people who give us money, thinking they are giving to God when we know it is the leadership who benefits from this form of manipulation, then we are bringing the dread of this day, Yom Kippur, upon our own heads.

Mark my words, Sir or Ma’am you will NOT escape the fire that is slated for the devil and his angels. You are living in utter darkness as Isaiah states, darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples, you need a wake up call before it is too late. THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!!!

Spiritual Metamorphosis: Becoming a True Believer

Beautiful Butterfly

Spiritual Metamorphosis

Becoming a True Believer

In the life of a butterfly there are four stages, the first is the egg, next the larva, then the pupa and finally the adult. Butterfly eggs are usually found underneath leaves. The leaves that the parent butterflies lay their eggs on are the leaves that the tiny larva, when hatched from the egg, will eat to make themselves grow.

Now let’s look at the first state of a believer’s life from the example of the egg. Many believers, when they come to faith in Messiah, are put into an egg environment (an assembly) where they stay and hopefully begin the process of coming out of the world and into the Father and Son’s glorious light. This is like growing inside the egg for the butterfly.

Keep in mind that many new believers, for some reason, stay in the egg and never come out of that environment. They never mature to the point where they are ready to go on to the next stage of growth. They like the comfort of their assembly, yet never venture outside the four walls of their initial state of habitat.

Fortunately for some believers, God moves them on to the next phase of their lives, the larva. Butterflies, that are in the larva stage eat and eat and eat. They consume everything in their path. A believer who has been born into the right ‘leaf’ (assembly) will now begin the process of consumption – consuming the word of God. They will read and read and read and thus begin the process of digesting and growing spiritually from the word of God. The problem develops when a believer, who comes out of the egg environment, finds themselves in an environment where there is little consumption going on or there is nothing to eat. By that I mean that they are not taught and fed true biblical teachings, but instead, are taught heresy or a man’s opinion. A spiritual leader should always promote an individual in the larva stage to learn from ALL of God’s word and try to objectively teach the student (larva) instead of showering them with tradition or opinions.

It is during the larva stage that one engages the process of discipline and searching the word of God for its truth and merit. There are many believers who get hung up on following a man or become satisfied only with hearing about God at a service once a week. They never come to the place where they learn the process of rightly dividing the word of God, nor do they care to. Instead, they are satisfied with, “If my religious leader says it, I believe it!” They forget that the leader is simply a man who can be wrong in what he teaches.

So, because the budding believer (larva) never reaches the place where they are ready to go to the pupa stage, they never attain true maturity and have to be constantly fed the milk of the word, instead of solid food. They engage in many traditions, not even knowing why they do the things they do. “My leader does it and that is good enough for me.” 

The next stage of the butterfly is the pupa stage. It is during this stage that the caterpillar forms the pupa around themselves, this is known as Chrysalis, where the caterpillar starts the process of transformation known as metamorphosis. Within the chrysalis the butterfly’s old body parts are changing to become the beautiful body parts that make up the butterfly.

Very few believers ever experience the pupa stage of their lives. They either stay in the egg or larva state and yet, many never fully obtain the pupa stage. For a believer, going through the pupa stage is one of the greatest experiences that they will ever have. This stage is brought about when a believer begins to question their faith and what they have been told from the leader and compare it to the word of God. If they truly search and dig deep enough, they will learn many truths about God and his word. They will also learn about the many lies that have been passed on down to them through tradition, like pagan holidays and other things which have nothing to do with following God.

It’s in the pupa state that a believer may cut off all ties with other believers, so as to form true ideals and true doctrines based on the word of God. They will begin to feel what God feels and start the process of spending more time with Him. What happens is that they learn to discern the still small voice of his and engage in long talks and discussions with the Father about anything and everything.

It is during this stage that the believer is disciplined by God and will have much of their pride removed. These can be painful experiences for the believer, who by now has come out of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and all other world religions to embrace a true relationship with the Father through His Son, Yeshua (commonly, but incorrectly called ‘Jesus’).

This emerging ‘Butterfly’ believer has disassociated themselves with all forms of organized religion to embrace a true and meaningful relationship with his or her Father in Heaven. The traditions are gone, the lies are gone, and as the believer undergoes the final stage of metamorphosis, they emerge as soldier and servant of the most-high God, they are now in the fourth stage of their growth in God. They are adult butterflies, beautiful to behold, just like the Messiah. Their lives emulate the love of God and the compassion Messiah had for the lost. A believer in this stage knows that most people in organized religion are lost in lies and religious rhetoric.

This new believer has undergone the training from God the Father’s word and the school of hard knocks to have acquired an understanding of what God is doing on the earth, as his word says, those who seek God will understand everything.

Their past is just that, their past. They have forgiven those who have hurt them from their parents to friends, former religious leaders and siblings, everyone. There is no avenging themselves against anyone as they know that it is God who will fight for them. The promises stated in Psalm 91 are theirs for the taking as are all the promises and blessings outlined in fifth book of the bible called Deuteronomy.

They have come out from under the curse to live in God’s prosperity and abundance. This is accomplished through a desire to obey God and his word from the Book of Genesis to Revelation. Their love for God and his word are insatiable. The only thing that matters to them is the will of God, they have no agenda of their own. They only want to bring other people, Christians, Jews and Muslims and all others, into a true relationship with God.

Such people are warriors and have no fear of man or the devil. In fact, they have set their faces like flint against the devil and his schemes, so as to free those who are still caught in them. Adult believers have learned the art of caring and sharing with others. They have moved on from the milk of the word to solid teaching, solid doctrines and a true understanding of their life purpose and why they were put on earth in the first place.

As stated, very few people have arrived at this stage and as Messiah has stated, the harvest is ripe. The sad reality is that there is little true discipleship for any of us who are coming out of organized religion, and into the Father’s light and love. This is why it is so important to spend time with him every day and learn to discern that still small voice of his.   

An adult believer knows that their lives on earth are over shadowed by God the Father. They are led by the Spirit of God to do whatever God wants them to do. As stated, they have no fear of man or what man can do to them. They aren’t afraid of dying or suffering for the Kingdom’s sake. Their only desire is to do the will of the Father.

They have disciplined themselves, with the help of God, to seek the Father each day for their daily mission to help others. They read the bible, they pray, they fellowship with God and other like-minded people, they lay hands on the sick and watch them recover, they cast unclean spirits out of the demonized, and they do many more things thought humanly impossible. Such believers cannot be stopped by the devil and are totally enveloped in God’s mighty hand and held close to his heart.

God is calling all of us into this vibrant and exciting life. There are many who may desire it, but don’t have the determination to see it truly happen in their lives. They get stuck and want to stay stuck. They choose tradition and man’s opinions over God’s word and ways. I fear for such people who could have it all, yet settle for much, much less. If you are an egg or larva, I pray the following prayer for you.  

May you begin to search out that which is truly important to God and his Kingdom. May you start to question everything you have been taught or heard from a religious leader. May you begin to see how wonderful and complete God’s instructions and ways are. May you develop a passion for Messiah and his word, from Genesis to Revelation.  May you come out of this world and into God’s marvellous light. May you seek the Father and Son and begin to understand everything that is going on in this world. May Father bless you with everything you need to go through these four stages of growth. Amen.