Saturday, May 26, 2018

SHOULD EVERY BELIEVER KEEP THE SABBATH?


Let us begin with a Kindergarten question. Who rested on the seventh day of creation?
Bereshith 2:1-3 Thus the shamayim and the earth were completed, and all their array. 2 And on the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 4 And Elohim barakh (blessed) the seventh day and made it qodesh, (sanctified it), because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.
The answer to this question is obvious. Elohim after finishing His Work of Creation, He rested with Adam the very first created man. (Bereshith 1:27). Surely both sat down and enjoy each other. It would be interesting if we had a record of their conversation, but we do not. We assume they talked as friends and Elohim revealed wonderful things to Adam.
It is important to notice that Yehovah called this day Shabbat which means rest. He did not give names to any other day, nor blessed any other day. Do you suppose this day was supposed to be a very special day for Him and for mankind? Yes, I firmly believe so.
That particular day, the seventh day of creation, were there any other classes of people? Where there Italian, Native Americans, Hawaiians or any other nation?  The answer is no. There was only Adam, who is the father of us all. I believe Yehovah gave the day of rest, or the Shabbath to all mankind because all of us are created equal. Each of us has the same need to rest once a week from all our labor.
He created us from dust, and our bodies although magnificent, are created with a need to commune with our Creator at least once every seventh day. This day is a special day that Yehovah has chosen for Him to visit us with special blessings, as He also does on His Feasts, (Wayyiqra 23). He has designated special days for us to rest in Him and grow closer to Him.
As we do our part, our physical body becomes refreshed, and our spiritual being becomes enriched in Him. The benefits are so many, and so great that a person needs to keep the Sabbath day Holy in order to fully grasp or understand the fullness of the blessings that are released to him/her. When I decided to obey this Command I immediately noticed the increase in my physical strength. My relationship with Yehovah also became more complete, and I had more peace.
Yehovah desires to be with us. If this would not be the case, then why would He have created us? He has many messengers or angels in Heaven with Him to keep Him company!  However, He has chosen man to commune with Him, and to work together with Him in His Kingdom.
And now I want to talk about the time He legalized this special day. But before He did that, He chose Mosheh to be the deliverer of His people Yisra’el, and to him He revealed His Name Yehovah -YHVH, (Shemoth/Exodus 3:15). Only after Mosheh knew His Name, He sent him to Pharaoh to ask him to release his slaves, the Hebrew people who were there for the last four hundred years.  However He would not listen in spite of all the miracles Yehovah did through Mosheh.
Eventually after Mitsrayim (Egypt) was destroyed, Yehovah killed all their firstborn, and only after this last plague He let them go. The Scriptures continues to let us know that Pharaoh and His army ended up dead in the Red Sea.
I am not going to talk about the great miracles that Yehovah did in Mitsrayim/Egypt, or of the parting of the Red Sea, and of destruction of the Mitsrites in the Red Sea. We all know what happened, but if you, the reader, do not know what happened, I urge you to read Shemoth/Exodus  and realize how Yehovah fought for His beloved Chosen People.  
I want to emphasize the fact that after the Mitsrayim was destroyed many foreigners came with the descendents of Avraham, Yitschaq, Ya’aqov, and Yisrael. (Bereshith/Genesis  32:26-28).
Shemoth/Exodus 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up with them too, also flocks and herds, very much livestock.
This company of strangers was added to the tribes of Yisra’el and obeyed the Torah with them.  
49 There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.”
Those people became one with Yisra’el. They all were grafted into a tribe. We know that because if you read the Scriptures, there were only twelve tribes around the Tabernacle in the wilderness. The Scriptures never speak of the foreigners having their own tribe. The foreigners became one with Yisra’el and began to obey the same Kingdom Rules.  
Next we come to Mount Sinai. There the Ten Words or Ten Commandments were given to the mixed multitude, Hebrews and non Hebrews alike they had to choose to obey Yehovah. They were not yet called Jews, they were only called Hebrews.  
Shemoth/Exodus  20:8 “Remember to keep the Sabbath day, to qadosh it. (to sanctify it or to keep it holy, set apart) 9 Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat of Yehovah your Elohim. You do not do any work- you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 “For in six days Yehovah made the shamayim (Heaven) and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yehovah barakh (blessed) the Shabbat and qadosh it (Made it Holy).
Please notice that He calls the Sabbath “A Shabbat of Yehovah” not a day for any particular race or religion. This is very important, for also the Feasts are the Feasts of Yehovah and not Jewish Feasts as some calls them.  They are appointed times. The Sabbath is also a special appointed day for us and for Him, although it is not considered a feast.  
We must remember that in the beginning they all kept the Sabbath. The descendants of Avraham did keep the Sabbath, but they must have stopped obeying while in Mitsrayim/Egypt  for they were slaves. But they knew about the Sabbath. It is believed that Adam taught all His descendants. 
Shemoth/Exodus 16:22- 26 And it came to be, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Mosheh. 23 And he said to them, “This is what Yehovah has said, ‘Tomorrow is a rest, a Shabbat qodesh to Yehovah. That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.’” 24 and they laid it up till morning, as Mosheh commanded. And it did not stink, and no worm was in it. 25 And Mosheh said, “Eat it today, for today is a Shabbat to Yehovah, today you do not find it in the field.”
We notice that Yehovah did not work, or create the manna, and they were commanded to not go and gather it for it would not be there. Yisra’el knew this commandment long before it was codified on Mount Sinai. It is no wonder then that He said: “Remember the Sabbath day, to qadosh it.” Remember again, that on Mount Sinai they were a mixed multitude. All of them chose to follow Yehovah.
As believers in Mashiach everyone is granted the blessing to rest on the Sabbath. There are no exceptions. We notice also that on the sixth day they received the double portion. I believe that Yehovah will bless each person who commits himself/herself to keep the Sabbath day holy. They will not starve, but He will cause miracles of provision for each one who obeys Him.
There is much more to speak on this subject, but today I only want to encourage every believer who claims salvation through the Hebrew Mashiach, to keep all ten Commandments, or the Ten Words, as they also are called,  and not to believe the lie that the Sabbath was changed to the First Day of the week, which is called Sunday, or the venerable day of the sun!
Believers become complete when accepting the Sabbath as their day of rest, together with the Hebrew/Jews Brethren. The Jew become complete when believes in the Hebrew/Jewish Mashiach.
I am not saying to keep the Sabbath with all the added traditions of the Jewish people. All I am saying to rest on the Sabbath and do not go to work, or make someone work on that day. On the Sabbath we do not clean house, cook, wash dishes and do the laundry. We also do not wash our car, or more the yard. All these things take away from our resting. Sabbath is to rest our bodies. It is a gift Yehovah gave to each human being, and we should be grateful and obey Him with all our heart.  The Commandment to rest is very simple, but releases many blessings.
I will speak more on this subject as the Ruach haQodesh will inspire me another time. But before I end this little message I want to encourage reading and meditating the following Scripture.
Yeshayahu 56: 1-7 “Thus says Yehovah, “Guard Right –Ruling, and do righteousness, for near is My deliverance to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. 2 Barukh is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it, guarding the Shabbat lest he profane it, and guarding his hand from doing any evil.  3 And let not the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to Yehovah speak saying, ‘Yehovah has certainly separated me from His people, ‘nor let the eunuch say, Look I am a dry tree.’” 4 For thus said Yehovah, “To the eunuchs who guard My Shabbathoth, (Sabbaths) and have chosen what pleases Me, and hold fast to My covenant: 5 to them I shall give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters –I give them and everlasting name that is not cut off.6 “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to Yehovah, to serve Him, and to love the Name of Yehovah, to be His servants, all who guard the Shabbath, and not profane it, and hold fast to My Covenant-7 them I shall bring to My qodesh mountain, and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their slaughtering are accepted on My altar, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” 8 The Adon Yehovah, who gathers the outcasts of Yisra’el, declares, “I still gather to him besides those who are gathered to him.”
The word “join” in Hebrew is lawah (HVL) which means “to join, to cleave, to abide with, to remain”. In other words to be united together forever and ever. To never separate. Once we are joined with Him, we will do what He asks us to do. You are not joining a religion but join , cleave  to Yehovah forever!
We know that Jewish people have been more faithful in keeping the Shabbat; however a new believer does not have to become Jewish to be saved or to keep the Sabbath. We are saved by grace alone, and not by our own good efforts.
Eph’siyim 2:8-9 For by favour you have been saved, through belief, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of Elohim, 9 it is not by works, so that no one should boast.
The Torah and all the Commands are not able to save us because we constantly break them. But the Mashiach has come to complete what was lacking.
He gave His own life in order for us to be made perfect.
Just as the Passover lamb was slaughtered, and the blood applied, so also the Son of Man, the Ben of Adam, the Ben of Elohim, came to give His blood to redeem us.
The gift He gave us is Eternal life. He is our gift. Let us receive Him and be saved and transformed by His power.
 Let us rejoice in our Creator, and let the world know that Yehovah indeed created the world in six 24 hours full days, and not in millions of years.
Listen to Him. Become intimate with Him, and make His Holy Name Yehovah known         .
Shemoth/Exodus 20:24 “In every place where I record My Name I will come to you, and I will bless you. (NKJV)
Proclaim His Name and Be blessed, and obey His Ten Words, or Ten Commandments, as He spoke them on Sinai.Tonight begins Shavuot/Pentecost and we commemorate the visitation of Yehovah on Mount Sinai. Let us commit ourselves to obey Him with all our hearts.
Shalom,
Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom
Yehovah bless you and protect you
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
Yehovah lift His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

Monday, May 21, 2018

CHAG SHAVUOT IS NEAR


Chag Shavuot is a biblical festival known to all of us in America as the Feast of Pentecost. Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage-feasts or Appointed Times that all Hebrew men are required to attend in Yisra’el. Chag is the Hebrew word for Feast.  Shavuot is also called Chag Ha-Katzir, the Feast of Harvest, and Yom Ha-Bikurim, the day of Firstfruits (Numbers 28:26)
Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:15 ‘And from the morrow after the Shabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Shabbathoth. Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to Yehovah.  (HS)
What is talking here is that the children of Yisra’el would not eat the fruit of the land in the first month, which would be barley, until the 15th day of the month when they were allowed to gather the first fruits and offer them to Yehovah.
Wayyiqra 23:9-14 And Yehovah spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the kohen (priest).  11 ‘and he shall wave the sheaf before Yehovah, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Shabbath the kohen waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as a burnt offering to Yehovah, 13 and its grain offering: two –tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to Yehovah, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘and you do not eat bread of roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim –a Law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.” (HS)
By reading the Scriptures we understand that the reason in English we call this Feast Pentecost, it is because it referrers to the total amount of days we must wait    to celebrate it, which is exactly fifty days after the first Sabbath that we harvest the first fruits of the land. 
I do not want to talk about the dispute concerning the correct time to celebrate this feast, for there are some disputes, concerning which Sabbath we begin to count.  however, the Scriptures are very clear.
Wayyiqra 23: 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to Yehovah. (HS)
I do not pretend I know it all; however, the above verse (16) makes it very clear that we have to celebrate Shavuot the day after or the morrow after the Shabbath. That is not a Shabbath that could be in the middle of a Feast known as a High Shabbath, but is a regular Shabbath! Therefore, this year we will celebrate Shavuot on the 26th day of May at sundown until the following day, the 27th day of May at sundown.
Tradition does not want to bow down to the Torah given to us on Mount Sinai. This is sad indeed. But Yehovah is in control, and He is opening our eyes to His truth. He is also changing our hearts to desire to completely obey Him without the control men's traditions.
Because Yehoshua (Joshua) celebrated the Passover in the Promised land and the following they ate the corn, some people have decided a specific day to start counting the days or the omer.  
Yehoshua (Joshua) 5:10-11 And the children of Yisra’el camped in Gilgal, and performed the Pesach on the fourteenth day of the month at evening on the desert plains of Yericho. 11 And they ate of the stored grain of the land on the day on the morrow after the Pesach, unleavened bread and roasted grain, on the same day.”
I read an article by Nehemiah Gordon that explains that the word for “morrow” is mi-mocharat which means the “morning after.” The phrase “morrow after the Sabbath’ is Sunday morning.
Let us remember that Pesach and all the Feasts the Appointed Times are not according which day of the week, but of the date. Therefore it could also have been that Pesach that year had fallen on the Sabbath.
But please read the article of Nehemiah Gordon on His Face Book page, or go to his web page, and you will hear the conclusions on this subject from a well known Hebrew Scholar, and Torah teacher.
I hope you will celebrate this year Shavuot with me, and millions of others on the correct day, and renew your commitment to serve Yehovah, as we did on Sinai. On This special day we remember the giving of the Torah, but two thousand years ago, we received the Torah in our hearts, when the Ruach Ha-Qodesh came down in tongues of fire and ignited our hearts with His fire.
Ma’aseh/Acts 2:1-3 And when the Day of the Festival of Shavuoth had come, they were all with one mind in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from the shamayim, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  3 And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them.  4 And there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and settled on each one of them.
Let me explain to you that they were not in a upper room to celebrate Shavuot, but at the Temple where they were supposed to be. As I said earlier, Shavuot is one of the Feasts that every Hebrew man needed to attend every year. The reason they heard them speaking in tongues is because they were worshipping at the Appointed place they were commanded to be.
Three thousands Jewish men from the Diaspora were present and they were baptized believing the Gospel that the Apostle Kepha/Peter preached. (Ma’aseh/Acts 2:4-41)
Years later, the apostle Shaul did not want to miss the Feast and made sure he would be in Yerushalayim on Shavuot.
Ma’aseh 20:6 For Shaul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might lose no time in Asia, for he was hurrying to be at Yerushalayim, if possible, on the Day of the Festival of Shavuoth. (HS)
Shaul was a Torah observant and he did not want to miss his Appointment with Yehovah in Yerushalayim! This took place long time after the first Shavuot.  But he kept the Feasts, and so, should we.
The Pharisees may not agree with us, but Scripture must be kept as Yehovah has given it to us. 
Let us learn from Yeshua Who was very bold and spoke frankly to the Pharisees and the scribes.  He taught them correctly, but also rebuked them, although they did not listen. However, Yeshua lives in our hearts, now by The Ruach Ha-Kodesh that we received at Shavuot.  Let us be ignited by His Fire once again this Shavuot and receive the boldness that Kepha had on that Shavuot.
Let us come near to the burning bush that Mosheh experienced, the very Presence of Yehovah, and be transformed as Mosheh was.  Let us also learn the Name of our Creator Yehovah, as Mosheh did, and proclaim Him at home, from the housetops and in every place He sends us.
 Life is too short, and we do not want to waste any minute. We do not know if all of us will be here next year to celebrate Shavuot. Let us celebrate Yehovah this year. Let us read the scriptures and learn as much as we can, and obey Yehovah.
Let us also be thankful to Yeshua for if He did not come and become our Passover Lamb Sacrifice, rise again, and also go back to Heaven to His Father Yehovah (Ma’aseh 1:9), we would not have a Shavuot to celebrate. Keep on reading the Word, and learn.
Yochanan/John 14:1-6 “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in Yehovah, believe also in Me. 2 in My Father’s house are many staying places.  And if not, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you might be too. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”  5 Toma said to Him, “Adonai, we do not know where You are going, and now are we able to know the way? “ 6 Yehoshua said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Chai, (Life). No one comes to the father except through Me.
Now, if the reader of this message is a believer in Yeshua, will know that Yeshua is indeed the Way, Truth and Life. He is the Way to the Father.  
Let us listen to Kepha now.
Ma’aseh/Acts 2:38 And Kepha said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yehoshua ha’Mashiach, for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Ruach ha’Qodesh. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as Yehovah our Elohim shall call.”
Until next time
Shalom

Thursday, May 17, 2018

THEY WILL KNWO MY NAME


 Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 16:19-21 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in the day of affliction, the gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth and say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, worthlessness and unprofitable things.” 20 Will a man make gods for himself, which are not gods? 21 “Therefore  behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name is the LORD.”(NKJV)
 You notice the title LORD in the beginning and in the end of this passage is not correct. If you have a Hebrew Bible you will find that Yehovah is indeed giving His Name, and His Name is not the “LORD” in capital letters, but Yehovah.
Why did the scribes and later on the translators hide the Name?
What I have learned in these last few years is that the main reason was that when the Romans governed in Israel, they eventually forbade the Hebrew people to pronounce the Name Yehovah. I suppose that they did this because they had many other gods, and probably felt threatened by the Hebrew people knowing of the many miracles their Elohim had done for them.
The Romans became very cruel.  At one point they literally roasted alive a Hebrew priest for speaking the Name Yehovah! This is insanity, and only Satan himself could have inspired them.
Many claim that the rabbis hid the Name because of the following Scripture.
Shemoth/Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain. (NKJV)
This seemed to have been the reason why they began to stop speaking the Name Yehovah and eventually the Scriptures became corrupted when they stopped placing all the vowels on the Name Yehovah. You can find more on this subject through several well known scholars.   
Since I began to study the Scriptures and reading many books, I learned that the word vain meant, together with not speaking the name disrespectfully, or swearing, but IT meant also to not speak the name, therefore bringing the name to naught or to no value.
However, I  learned recently that vain means deceit, deceitful, deception, emptiness, empty, false, falsehood, lies, vain, vanity, visions, and worthless. I am not a scholar, and I will not try to explain everything that someone more capable than me can do.  However, it has been established by some capable scholars that the correct meaning is simply not to swear falsely using the name Yehovah. 
Therefore to remove the name from the Scriptures is completely absurd. It has no foundation.
My Hebrew Bible, The Interlinear Bible Hebrew Greek English (Green) translates the letters yod, hey, vav, hey as Jehovah, instead of Yehovah. However, I know that the Hebrew language does not have the letter J and I read  read  correctly  Yehovah. Nevertheless, the translators of the Scriptures they would do well to stop misleading the people.  
My Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible translates “the LORD” as Yehovah. The concordance is for those who do not have access to all the manuscripts that are available now .   
I saw the Name Yehovah in the Hebrew Language in the 10th century Masoretic manuscript of the Bible in the British Library, Or 9880.
I also saw the Name Yehovah in the Hebrew Bible of the book of  2 Timothy in verse 1:18, and in the Books of Luke and John and Acts (Luqas, Yochanan, Ma’aseh). But I have recently read that all the so called New Testaments have been found written in the Hebrew language, and they all write the correct name Yehovah.
There is not dispute about the correct name; the evidence is overwhelming, so far there have been found over 1200 manuscripts which contain the Name Yehovah!
Here are some of the most important manuscripts where it has been found the correct Name Yehovah. The most important is the Aleppo Codex, which is not a complete manuscript but they found the Name Yehovah 7 times. This manuscript is called the crown of the crowns, or the greatest for its perfection.
The Leningrad manuscript has the correct Name 50 times. They found the Name Yehovah in the other several very important manuscripts.
Cairo Codex of the Prophets (895).  The British Library 4445 (926-950)
Damascus 1053   507 (10th century).  Sassoon 1053 (10th century)
Yehovah has preserved His Name forever, no matter what the enemy has done to keep it from us, He is faithful. He wants each of us to know HIM.

His Name has to be praised, glorified, honored and worshiped. Please take the time, if you will, to find all the Scriptures concerning His Name, and when you do, praise and worship Him, for He alone is worthy! 
Here are some verses of Scriptures you may want to read.
Shemoth/Exodus 3:15 Yehovah Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitschaq/Isaac, and the Elohim of Ya’aqov, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.
Mizmowr/Psalm 72:17,19  His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.
Mizmowr 83:18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is Yehovah, are the Most High over all the earth. (NKJV)
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:3 For I am Yehovah your Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Yeshayahu 12:2 Behold Elohim is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘for Yah, Yehovah, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 42:8 I am Yehovah, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
Mizmowr 113:2 Barukh be the name Yehovah, now and forever.
Mizmowr 118:26 Barukh is He who is coming in the Name of Yehovah!
We learn in the natural, but we believe in the supernatural. The Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) is the only One who will reveal His Name and all His Word to us. We are all at different levels, I pray we all mature and know Him intimately. One way to know Him intimately is to know His correct Name. But we should also know that He sees our heart, and receive us when we seek Him with all our heart.
Mizmowr/Psalm 44:20-21 If we have forgotten the Name of our Elohim, or stretched out our hands to a foreign mighty one, 21 Would Elohim not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 52:6 Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore they shall know in that day that I Am He who speaks; ‘Behold, it is I.’”
Please note: I use the correct name of our Creator in the Hebrew language, for He spoke it in Hebrew. I do this always, even when the Bible gives it incorrectly, I write it correctly.