Tuesday, September 18, 2018

THE CHOSEN


After Yehoshua chose the disciples he gave them authority and sent them out to evangelize. 
Mattithyahu/Matt.10:1-4 And having called His twelve talmidim[i] near, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every bodily weakness.
2And these are the names of the twelve emissaries: first, Shim’on[ii], who is called Kepha, and Andri his brother; Ya’aqov[iii] the son of Zabdai,[iv] and Yochanan [v] his brother;
3 Philippos[vi] and Barholomi[vii]T’oma[viii] and Mattithyahu the tax collector; Ya’aqov of Heleph[ix], and Lavi[x] whose last name was Taddai[xi]
4 Shim’on the Kena’anite[xii], and Yahudah from Qeriyoth[xiii], who also delivered Him up.
Yehoshua did nothing except what He saw the Father in Heaven doing. When He was accused of breaking the Sabbath He simply answered:
17 “My Father works until now, and I work.” 18 Because of this, then , the Yahudim were seeking all the more to kill Him, ‘because not only was He breaking the Shabbat, but He also called Elohi  His own father, making Himself equal with Elohim.’19 Therefore Yehoshua responded and said to them, “truly, truly, I say to you, the ben is able to do naught by Himself, but only that which He sees the father doing, because whatever He does, the Ben[xiv]also does likewise.”
Today I am considering the word CHOSEN. We noticed that Yehoshua chose 12 disciples who later on He called apostles, or sent out ones. They were chosen because the Father Himself chose them, and Yehoshua obey His Father. He chose 11 faithful apostles, and one who was not faithful, but eventually at the right time he betrayed Him.
Therefore, we see that although He had many follow Him, He chose only twelve well knowing that one of them was a devil. He gave Judas every opportunity to change, but Yehovah knew that he would be used to get His only Ben crucified, and as result fulfill  prophesies. Yehovah is all knowing. He is the self existing Elohim, and it was not a surprise to Him, for His Ben/Son to die such death. It was told us in advance. Yehoshua had to die in order for us all to be set free from the curse that sin brought upon us. I will not talk about curses now, for I am talking only about the word CHOSEN.
Not everyone will make it to heaven.
Mattithyahu 19:23 And Yehoshua said to His talmidim, “Truly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the reign of the shamayim.[xv]
Yehoshua said this because the rich man could not leave this wealth in order to follow Him. Please read this whole chapter to understand why He made this comment. And then He continued to say the following:
29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting chai.[xvi]
30  But many who are first shall be last, and the last first.”
Money is not bad, if it is used as Yehovah gave it us to be used!  He does not make us rich in order to seat in mansions, and have guards around the house for fear of been robbed. Many prominent people have guards not only to prevent robberies, but to prevent finding  out what is really going on behind those gates! What a shame for some ministers who do such things! They continue to increase and become millionaires neglecting to support the poor, as Yehovah commands.
And there is more!
We should also realize that integrity and holiness is not preached. What we hear in most mega churches is prosperity. Give the tithes and you will prosper. We also hear of the feel-good-grace gospel.
Most mega preaches avoid speaking about the sins of abortion, of gossiping, homosexuality, stealing, and idolatry, just to name of few sins.
Who’s Elohim, or whose “god” are they preaching? We must be careful to not generalize too much, for there are a few churches that feed the poor, and help the poor. But the salary of the pastor, generally speaking, could feed at least ten families!
Is it a sin to have a mansion? I cannot answer this, but Yehovah is the just judge. However, I am concerned on how so many ministers have  become so wealthy, and are not providing for their own flock  is in need.   
Do you earnestly believe that so many big churches are preaching against sin? I pray for those pastors who avoid speaking about sin, for fear of losing their 501c3, to repent today.
They have specialized on preaching words to make people feel good about themselves, that it does not even matter if they do not read the bible, because they are under grace, therefore they can do what they feel like doing. “Just get rich and be happy, they say, for God loves you.”  But they choose to never mention about the fear of Yehovah that helps all of us not to sin.
They never speak about hell, but only eternal bliss.  They are always instructing the congregations to bring them all their tithes so they can prosper.
 If you are one of those pastors, please go on your knees now and repent for keeping so much money for yourself, instead of helping many starving people.
Let us imagine….
Yes, can you imagine how the congregation would react to the following message from one pastor who only preachers the feel good message.
“Church, I repent for not speaking the truth of the gospel to you.  I avoided speaking the whole truth for my own benefit.  I did not let you know that that unless you repent you are going to hell. I was afraid of losing my 501c3 and lose your tithes and offerings, and maybe go to jail. I loved money and the praise of men more than I loved God.
 Today I am giving 50% of all my goods to give to the poor. If I have stolen from anyone, including you, I will repay you fourfold. I will also give all the proceeds of the books I wrote to the poor. I will not keep any royalties. I will no longer drive this Rolls-Royce, fly the Jets, and sell my mansion. I will give away all those things and receive a regular salary just as you do. Please forgive me for taking so much money for myself instead of giving it to those in need.
But I have to tell you now, that many of you today, if you do will not repent from pornography, homosexuality, lesbianism,  adultery and murdering your own babies, and also gossiping and stealing, among other things, you all are going to be judged by Yehovah and go to hell. Please forgive me for not preaching you the whole truth, and come pray for me now.  I need your prayers for God to forgive me and I ask you also to forgive me. If you do not want to change and begin to serve Yehovah with all your heart, I will have to resign now.” I can no longer live in sin.”
How many people would stay in that church? Would be the same mega church with the same people? That  would be very nice indeed!  However, the way is narrow. Let us read what Zakkai[xvii], the tax collector did when he encountered Yehoshua and found the narrow way.  
Luqas[xviii] 19:8 But Zakkai stood up and said t the Adon, “Look, Adonai, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And If I have taken whatever from anyone by false accusation, I repay fourfold.”
9 And Yehoshua said to him, “Today deliverance has come to this house-since he also is a son of Avraham.”
How many people form a mega church you think would be delivered as Zakkai?
Mattithyahu 7:13- “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide-and the way is broad-that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. 14 Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to chai, and there are few who find it.”
Do not be jealous of pastors who have such big churches and are rich. If you are a pastor with a small church, you may be preaching the whole counsel of Yehovah. continue to do what you are doing, and you will eventually receive the reward of Yehovah and hear the words: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter you into the joy of your Master.” “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
The chosen are few, indeed!   They are chosen because of their obedience and faithfulness to Him, and chose to pay the price of living righteously.
They may not have too many miracles, because their congregation live right and obey the Word of Yehovah. Those pastors are lovers of Yehovah and preach truth at the cost of their own lives.  They love Truth more than riches and the praises of men. I hope you will be chosen.
Until next time Shalom!
Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom
 “Yehovah bless you and keep you;
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
Yehovah lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
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[i] Disciples also called apostles
[ii] Peter
[iii] In English Jacob, but it is translated as James.
[iv] Zebedee,
[v] John
[vi] Philip
[vii] Bartholomew
[viii] Thomas
[ix] Alphaeus,
[x] Labbaeus
[xi] Thaddaeis
[xii] Simom the Canaanite.
[xiii] Judas Iscariot
[xiv] Son
[xv] Heaven
[xvi] Life.
[xvii] Zacchaeus
[xviii] Luke

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FIRE!


All of us are familiar with fire. We may have a fire place in our homes to warm ourselves on those special cold snowing days. We may use a barbecue to grill our steaks or any type of meat or vegetable. We may have candles for special occasions to create a special atmosphere.
Fire, in the past, was used to cook all our foods, however, now many people may have prefer using the stove or the microwave.  Never the less, heat is needed to change a product from one form into another.
I have used gas stoves and they can be very dangerous if we are not careful on how to use them. When cooking with gas the food cooks much faster than with an electric stove, and we can be caught up in the flames if we are not careful.
Fire can be useful, yet also dangerous.
 Many people have gotten burned and disfigured by fire. Each of us has to learn to not get burned!
We all have seen how fire destroyed crops and burned many trees. When wind is present it can do much damage and destroy peoples’ homes with their personal treasures. A fire can start very fast and cause much damage. We have seen many fires lately. On the Island of Maui, Hawaii, recently we had a big a fire in Lahaina. It appeared suddenly while we were preparing to protect ourselves from the impending hurricane! 
We need Fire
All of us who live or have lived in countries where the winter season is very cold, (not as it is in Hawaii, where I now reside), realize that fire is very- very important to them. In some countries they do not have the electric or gas heating system, and rely on blocks of wood to make their fire to cook and to warm themselves.  
How do we create fire?
Humans cannot create anything without something. We need something to transform or make into something else.
Yehovah has given us the wisdom to know how to cause a sparkle that will become a bonfire!
Spiritual fire
We can be set on fire emotionally; this fire can be useful or cause much destruction. 
Our tongue can be set on fire:
Ya’aqov/James 3:3-9 “Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires! 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”
Do you know that we can bless or curse with our mouths? Words can literally burn someone’s life just as fire does in the natural. (Devarim/Deuteronomy 28)
Be careful of the words we speak.
Proverbs 18:20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The fruit can be sweet or sour. We have power over the words we speak.
Words can release health.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
We may have read that Yehovah is a Consuming fire!
Yehovah hates idolatry and He can destroy it with His fire!  
Devarim/Deuteronomy 4:23-24 “Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Yehovah your Elohim which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which Yehovah your Elohim has forbidden you. 24 For Yehovah your Elohim is a consuming Fire, a Jealous Elohim. (El Kanna).
Devarim 7:25
You shall burn the carved images with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to Yehovah.”
My testimony
I grew up worshipping idols. Some people think that those idols are the images of the Mother of Yeshua and therefore Yehovah will not think that it is abominable to pray to her. However, Yehovah sent literally fire from heaven to burn my Mary statue. He is indeed a Jealous Elohim, and will not share His glory with another.
Devarim 9:3 “Therefore understand today that Yehovah your Elohim is He who goes before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as Yehovah has said to you.”
We are commanded to destroy idolatry, not matter how cute it may be.
Why so many fires lately?
Could it be that Yehovah is allowing them to wake us up?
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 9:18-19 Through the wrath of Yehovah of Hosts the land is burned up, and the people shall be as fuel for the fire; No man shall spare his brother. 20 And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry; he shall devour on the left hand and not be satisfied; every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
This verse has been fulfilled in the past, but will it be fulfilled in the future as well?
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 66:22-24 “Fro as the renewed heaven and the renewed earth which I will make shall remain before Me, ‘says Yehovah, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. (Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:36)
23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh come to worship before Me,” says Yehovah. 24 And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched, they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, and so is the next.
Chazon/Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Chazon 21:7-8 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his Elohim and he shall be My son.  8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with firevgf and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Those who overcome are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Chazon 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before Elohim, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Chai (Life). And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were  judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Chai (Life) was cast into the lake of fire.”

We know after life there is a Lake of Fire prepared for the devil and his angels, and for anyone that is not found written in the book of life. Is your name written in that Book?
Please note: I like to use the correct Hebrew words when it is necessary, and I do this because it is helpful to many people. Shalom.
Yehovah is a Consuming Fire!
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Monday, September 3, 2018

YEHOVAH IS HOLY


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How do we become holy?

The blood of Yehoshua makes a person Holy when a person repents of his sins to Yehovah and believes in Yehoshua as His personal Atoning Sacrifice. He is out Atonement!
Our obedience will be direct result of our changed lives once we believe in Yehoshua and surrender our lives to Him. Obedience alone cannot make us holy because of our sin nature. Everything we do apart from Yehoshua’s shed blood is tainted with sin. Only the blood of Yehoshua can sanctify us.

Ma’aseh/Acts 20:21”…repentance toward Elohim and faith toward our Master Yeshua haMashiach.”

We need Yehoshua

Yehoshua declared to be the only way to the Father. 

Yochanan/John 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Chai (Life). No one comes to the Father except through Me.” HS

Yehoshua became Man to be our acceptable Sacrifice to the Father. He died and was buried. The third He raised again. He is the first One who rose from the dead and will never die again. He has longer  a natural body, but a supernatural spiritual body. And everyone who believes in Him will also die, but rise again as He did.

Qorin’tiyim 1/1 Corinthians 15:3-6 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, or whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.”

This is the true gospel.  We cannot be double minded. We cannot continue to worship idols[i] declaring to be followers of Yehoshua and servants of Yehovah.  When we believe in the gospel it will change our ways of life.

The result of this choice will result in a special relationship with our Creator who has set us apart to be His people. We will have a personal relationship with Yehovah.
We will still live in this world, but we no longer desire the attractions to those things that keep many people in bondage. 
Holiness should be the evidence of the choice we made when we called upon His Name and received Him into our life.  
Kepha 1/1 Peter 1:2 “According to the knowledge of Yehovah the Father, qadosh by the Ruach (Spirit) unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Yehoshua ha’Mashiach: Favour and peace be increased to you.”
 
Yehovah Mekoddishkem created us to be Holy.
To be qadosh as He is qadosh, is a necessity for our spiritual survivor.  But it does not happen automatically; instead we must willingly participate in His divine nature. He is holy, and He gives us the choice to want to be with Him or not to want to be with Him.
Because He is so perfect He will not force His holiness upon us, we must desire it. Once we desire Him, he helps us to become Holy.


 El Kanna/Jealous Elohim

Yehovah declares to be- 
Shemoth Exodus 20:5 A Jealous El: “El Kanna.”

Shemoth/Exodus 34:14 “Do not worship any other god, for Yehovah, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous Elohim (El Kanna)

What does it really mean that He is Jealous for us? Yes, He is, and I love this aspect of His love toward me. I want Him to be Jealous. I love to know He is protective of me. He protects me from the intruders to my soul. And I am very happy to know that He is Jealous. I actually desire with all my heart that He be Jealous of me, because it means that He loves me. I want Him to be my Elohim forever and ever!  He is the lover of my soul and my chai (life). Without Him I am lost!
We are set apart unto Him to be Holy

 Because Elohim is qadosh (holy) and has set apart to be His People, He is Jealous of us, His People!
As set apart people unto Yehovah, we worship Him because we love Him.  Yehovah is also our heavenly Husband, (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:5), and when we worship Him He tangibly manifests His Presence to us, and we become one in Him.
We choose Him above any other false god.
False gods do not love humanity, but seek to destroy them. They ask, among other things, to sacrifice their children in exchange of some benefit that they cannot provide.

We refuse with all our hearts any other false god, who in reality is a demon,  for there is only ONE Creator, Yehovah, and He deserves all our worship together with His only Ben (Son) Yehoshua. Yehovah wants to protect us when he commands us: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Shemoth/Exodus 20:3

People are mistaken when they think of jealousy as selfishness, distrust, and even hostility. But that is only human jealousy! Yehovah is above humanity; He created us, and loves us as Father. (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 9:6; 64:8; Mattithyahu/Matt.6:9)

He is our Father because we are His children whom He has created.

Psalm 83:18 And let them know that You, whose Name is Yehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

He is El Kanna!  
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 42:8 “I am Yehovah, that is My Name, and My esteem (glory) I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.”

 Shemoth/Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Does He mean there are other gods? No! But there are many false gods.

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 19:2 Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, and say to them, ‘Be qodesh, for I Yehovah your Elohim am qodesh.’
3 ‘Each one of you should revere his mother and his father, and guard My Shabbathoth. I am Yehovah your Elohim. 4 Do not turn to idols, and do not make for yourselves moulded mighty ones. I am Yehovah your Elohim.

 Any type of idolatry defiles us, and we lose our status of being qadosh. As you can imagine idolatry is worshiping another god in our lives. We become as the heathen who do not know Elohim. We actually become adulterers.
You may go to a church that has images made of clay and you pray to those images who are called saints. You may make the sing of the cross and pray to them. When you do that you are unfaithful to Yehovah and are committing the sin of idolatry. “You shall have no other gods before me.”When you pray to someone else besides Yehovah you are committing the sin of idolatry.
You may have just gotten a piece of real estate, or you may have acquired a lot of gold. You may have become very wealthy, but you have forgotten that the wealth you have now was given to you by the mercies of Yehovah.

 Devarim/Deut. 8:18 “But you shall remember Yehovah your Elohim, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, in order to establish His Covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is today.”
If you forgot to thank Him for His many blessing, and you no longer seek Him, but give all your time to increase your wealth, you have become unfaithful, and you are now an idolater. 


With all the distractions of this world pulling at us from every side, we may need to examine our hearts from time to time. We may need to see if our love has grown cold or if there is anything (or anyone) who has drawn us away from our true LOVE.
If this has taken place we must re-focus our devotion to the living Elohim who is also known as El Kanna-The Jealous Elohim.

There are so many Jewish people in Israel and around the world who do not yet know the Yehovah Eloheinu of Israel by His Names or His Son’s Name Yehoshua.

My purpose is to make His Name known to everyone.

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 43:19 "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." 

Let each of us live for our Creator and manifest His glory all over the world.  I believe this is the New Thing He desires to do.  Be holy as He is Holy!

 Shalom, and be well in Yehovah’s Name- and the Name and the shed blood of Yehoshua haMashiach.

Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom
“Yehovah bless you and keep you;
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
Yehovah lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
(Bemidbar/Numbers 6:24-26)
27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’el, and I Myself shall barakh them.”
You are blessed!





[i] Idols are not only graven images but things we put in our lives ahead of Yehovah. An idol can be a car, television, a child, a spouse, alcohol, drugs etc.