Thursday, September 28, 2017

YOM KIPPUR-DAY OF ATONEMENT




This Friday at sun down will begin Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement. This is a day of repentance, fasting and meeting with our Creator. Passover represents the personal day of salvation for us, when we accepted the sacrifice of Yahoshua and we entered into the Family of Yahweh by faith. But Yom Kippur is a special day that includes the whole family of Yahweh. Each one of us must approach Him with humility and fasting beginning this Saturday evening (9/30) and all day Sunday (10/1)
Wayyiqra(Leviticus) 16:1-2, 29-34 "Now Yahweh spoke to Mosheh after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before Yahweh, and died: -and Yahweh said to Mosheh: "Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat. 29This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, you shall afflict your souls, and do not work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. 30 For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before Yahweh. 31 It is a solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. 32 And the priest who is anointed and consecrated to minister as priest in his father's place, shall make atonement, and put on the lines clothes, the holy garments; 33 then he shall make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tabernacle of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 34 This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to made atonement for the children of Israel, for all their sins, once a year." And he did as Yahweh commanded Mosheh. 


Wayyiqra 23: 26-32 And Yahweh spoke to Mosheh saying: 27 "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for You: you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh. 28 And you shall do not work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), to make atonement for you before Yahweh your Elohim. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on that ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening You shall celebrate your Sabbath.”
To afflict the soul is to completely fast before Yahweh. The word soul is NeFesh in Hebrew and it actually means throat. It is used in Proverbs 23:2-3 “And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.”
For He satisfies the longing of your soul, Nefesh-Tellim (Psalms) 107:9.  You can find the word Nefesh in other passages as you read the Scriptures, but remember that it means throat
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:5 Is this a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his Nefesh? (Soul).  Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to Yahweh? 

 This took before the Mashiach Yahoshua came to this world to redeem us. And at that time the priest had to offer a bull for a sin offering, witch was for himself. (Wayyiqra 16:6,11), and two goats were also selected for this occasion. One goat was to be offered as a sin offering, and the other was the scapegoat. (See Wayyiqra 16:7-10). Blood needed to brought to the Most Holy place. These Yom Kippur was a type and shadow of the Redemption that Yahoshua would one day accomplish. Presently we keep this Set Apart Day unto Yahweh with the understanding that we have the true Atonement Blood. He did His part, and now we do our part, which is believe in Him and receive Him into our lives. 
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you for your souls."
Ma'aseh (Acts) 4:12 "Nor there is salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Yochanan 1 (1 John )1:7 "...And the blood of Yahoshua haMashiach His Ben (Son) cleanses us from all sin."
His blood has been shed for us, and we are thankful that no longer we need the blood of any animal, but the perfect blood of Yahoshua, the sinless Ben of Elohim. 
Qorin'tiyim 2 (2 Cor.) 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of Elohim in Him.

 This fast on Yom Kippur is for one complete day, this year begins the 29th after sundown, until the 30th sundown. These last days preceding Yom Kippur should be days of introspection, which simply means and to check oneself and make sure we have forgiven anyone that has ever hurt us. We remember Yahoshua's prayer, “Father forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”He was not talking about our bills, but our sins correctly translated. Like or not you have to pay back what you borrowed. If you do not pay back your bills, you need to repent, for that is sin.

Forgiveness is so important that if we refuse to forgive those who hurt us, Yahweh will deny us His forgiveness.  Let us not accuse those people to Yahweh, for that is not received by Him. HaSatan is the accuse of the brethren, (Chazon (Rev.) 12:10)

If we want to be in His Family, the Family of Yahweh, we must forgive those who have offended us. We may spend all day worshiping Him, but we do not forgive people when fasting is also commanded, we are not received. An-forgiveness separate us from Yahweh. He forgives all our sins, therefore, if we are His children, we must also forgive others, as He has forgiven us.

When we fast we are trusting Him to sustain us in our weakness. He is our daily nourishment, and we will not get sick and die when we fast one day for Him. On this special day water and food is not allowed to touch our lips. 
Have a Happy Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and tell your family about it, so they also can be blessed and need to keep this  Holy - Set Apart - Appointment Day to Yahweh. It is a special day of forgiveness that He has ordained for us.  Obedience is better than anything we  may do for Him. He requires obedience even if we may not understand. 
I know that keeping the Sabbath day holy unto Him has been removed from the congregations, but it is up to us to read His Word and obey Him, even if the majority of people will not obey Him.


Friday, September 22, 2017

YAHWEH'S COVENANTS NEVER END



 The word covenant in Hebrew is B’rit and it implies cutting. The ancient covenant was typically done by cutting animals in two, and the two parties entering into the covenant had to pass between the cut animals and over the blood. That was to signify that if one of the parties would break the covenant he would have to die. Therefore a covenant is not a contract. For when a person breaks the contract with someone, all he may have to do is to pay a penalty. Not so with a covenant, for that person who would break the covenant had to die.
The word B’rit in Hebrew is spelled, bet, yod, resh, tav. The pictograph of the bet is a house. The resh is a head. The yod is an arm, and the tav represents a cross because the pictograph is a mark like a cross. The cross means completion or covenant. This is quite interesting, which means that a covenant will not end, but it is forever and ever. There are ways that we could interpret the word B’rit, and one of the ways could be by saying: the Head, who is Yahweh, is extending His Hand (His Ben (Son) to build Himself a House through shedding of His blood on the cross! Remember when two parties enter into covenant blood needed to be shed.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 34:18 ‘And I shall give the men who are transgressing My Covenant, who have not established the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it.”
This is exactly what He has done through His only Ben, (Son), Yahoshua, who came into this world to die on a cross for us, and finished the work of redemption for all human kind. Avram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Charan.
Avram our spiritual ancestor was called by Yahweh, as Yirmeyahu and all the other prophets had been called. But his call was different than the other prophets, for He would become the father of many nations.
Bereshith (Genesis) 12:1-3, 4-5 And Yahweh said to Avram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from our father’s house, to a land which I show you.  2 And I shall make you a great nation, and barakh you and make your name great, and you shall be a berakhah! And I shall barakh (bless) those who barakh you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be barukh (blessed.)”
4 So Avram left as Yahweh had commanded him, and Lot went with him. 5 And Avram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the beings whom they had acquired in Charan, and they departed for the land of Kena’an. And they came to the land of Kena’an.”
We notice immediately that Avram, who was seventy five years old at that time, obeyed Yahweh and did what He said. Let me tell you that to be seventy years old, and leave your own country to go the unknown requires a great deal of trust. Avram had to completely trust Yahweh.  I am a little over that age, and I understand how much courage I would have needed to leave all and everything to go to a place I did not even know existed. Remember at seventy five years old the strength is not as when we are twenty five years old! However, faith requires obedience, and Avram was a man of faith, and trusted Yahweh to help him when he would need help.  He left his home and went to Kena’an. He did not argue with Him, as some of us may have done. He had enough courage and strength to pass through the land, possibly on foot, and or a donkey or camel, we do not know. The point here is that He obeyed.
Yahweh is looking for people whom He can trust. He wants us to simply trust and obey Him when He chooses to speak to us and ask us to do a work for Him.  
His desire is always to bless us, and not to hurt us. He does not demand that we do things which are impossible to us. Yes, they may seem impossible at first, but He will help us to accomplish what He has asked us to do. His grace is available and sufficient to do anything He may want us to do. He certainly took care of Abram even when he messed up!  
As we continue to read the Scriptures we learn that the Kena’anites were in the land, (v. 6), and in verse 7 we read that Yahweh appeared to Avram.
Bereshith 12:7 And Yahweh appeared to Avram and said, “To your seed I give this land.” And he built there an altar to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.”  
We have learned also that Avram loved and worship Yahweh, his Creator. Love requires obedience, and Avram was therefore expressing his love to Yahweh by his obedience. Avram was not an idol worshiper at this time. His family may have been, and he may have also done it in the past, but at this time in his life he was an obedient servant and a true worshiper of Yahweh! As a worshipper of Yahweh he had placed himself in an excellent position with Him, His Elohim.
Can you imagine how important this call was?  Yahweh chose Avram to be in covenant with Him. Yahweh desired to use Avram to be the father of a nation first and later of many nations!  Yahweh wanted to bless Him and make him a blessing to the whole world, as we will learn. However there was a problem in the heart of Avram.
AVRAM HAD NO CHILDREN!
Avram had no children, and his wife was barren! How in the world would this happen? Well let us read the next portion of today’s message.
Bereshith 15:1-10  After these events the word of Yahweh came to Avram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Avram. I am your shield, your reward is exceedingly great.” 2 And Avram said, “Adonai Yahweh, what would You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eli’ezer of Dammeseq, (Damascus)?” 3 And Avram said, “See, You have given me no seed, and see, one born in my house is my heir!”
(Please notice that Avram was talking in the natural. Him, as many of us, could not perceive becoming the father of many nations without having any children of his own. Therefore he conceived in his heart that his servant would become his heir! But he was wrong!)
4 And see, the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “This one is not your heir, but he who comes from your own body is your heir.” 5 And He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward the shamayim, and count the stars if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So are your seed.” 6 And he believed in Yahweh and He reckoned it to him for righteousness.  7 And He said to him, “I am Yahweh, who brought you out of Ur-Kasdim, to give you this land to inherit it.” 8 And he said, “Adonai Yahweh, whereby do I know that I possess it?” And He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, and a three-year-old female goat, and a three-year-old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he took all these to Him and cut them in the middle, and placed each half opposite the other, but he did not cut the birds.
Avram believed Yahweh, and was declared righteous. That is much better than what we may do in similar circumstances. Then Avram prepared the animals for Yahweh.
In verse twelve we read that as the sun went down Avram actually fell into a deep sleep which in the Hebrew Scriptures is called tardemah, torpor, my Hebrew dictionary says.  While in that condition Yahweh spoke to him.
Bereshith 15:13 And He said to Avram, “Know for certain that your seed are to be sojourners in a land that is not their, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years.  14 But the nation whom they serve I am going to judge, and afterward let them come out with great possessions.  15 Now as for you, you are to go to your fathers in peace, you are to be buried at a good old age. 16 “Then, in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the wickedness of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
17 And it came to be, when the sun went down and it was dark, that see, a smoking oven and a burning torch passing between those pieces.’
Please notice that Yahweh Himself - Him alone- passed between the cut animals as a smoking oven and a burning torch. He took the responsibility for the broken covenant that one day his descendants would break. 
Yahweh Himself in the person of His Ben, (Son), would come to this earth and take the penalty of the broken covenant for all of us. He would die and shed His blood on the cross and pay for our sin. Yeshayahu 53 speaks to us about this fact, which was fulfilled 2000 years ago.
In Yeshayahu 53:5 we read, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our wickednesses. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
10-11 “But Yahweh was pleased to crush Him, He laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would see a seed, He would prolong His days and He pleasure of Yahweh prosper in His Hand. 11 From the suffering of His life He would see light and be satisfied. Through His knowledge My righteous Servant makes many righteous, and He bears their wickednesses.”
As we read the Scriptures, specifically the Tanakh; we find many more passages concerning this historic event that would take place at the correct time.  Yahoshua, our Mashiach, came to fulfill the Scriptures, although many did not recognize Him at that time.
Yeshayahu 7:14 “Therefore Yahweh Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Ben (Son), and shall call His Name Immanuel (Elohim with us). In the Hebrew virgin is Alma, which refers to a virgin young girl. This was the big sign, which by the way it was also seen in heaven.  
He was born in Bethlehem, the house of David. Mikah (Micah) 5:12
Yahoshua came to shed His blood for us, for without shedding of blood there is no remission, for it the blood that makes atonement for the soul (Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 17:11)
He was despised and rejected by most man (see Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 53:3).
He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver Zekaryah (Zechariah) 11:12-13).
He died for the sins of the Jewish people and the whole world (Yeshayahu 53:5-6, 8).
He died on the cross by crucifixion (Tehillim (Psalms) 22:14-18; Zekaryah 12:10).
They gambled His clothes at the time He hang on the cross (Tehillim 22:18).
He came before the destruction of the second Temple (AD 70) (see Dani’el 9:26).
He rose from the dead Tehillim (Psalm) 16:10; 110:1)
Yahweh fulfills His word and has redeemed us from the power of our enemy, haSatan. He will also fight for us when we encounter opposition, however we count our life worthy even to die for the One Who Saved us and gave His life for us. Are you ready to give your life to your Savior? Life is very short, and the time to seek Yahweh is now. Do not put it off, today is the day of salvation.
Today I urge you to repent of your sin, as you may be preparing yourself for Yom Kippur in a few days. At Yom Kippur we see Yahweh providing atonement for a nation (Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:30). But the Mashiach provides provided atonement for individuals, family, and nations.  Each one who calls upon the Name of Yahweh will be saved. (Yoel 2:32). Trust Yahoshua, the Ben of Yahweh to save you now.  He died on the Cross and shed His blood for you.  Repent of your sin, and you will be saved. Your Name will be written in the Book of Life.
Dani’el 12:1….”at that time the people shall be delivered, every one that shall be fund written in the book.”
Shalom, shalom.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHAT KIND OF FIG ARE YOU?




Yahweh uses figurative language

Yes, Yahweh uses figurative language to help us understand what He wants us to know. Good figs are an excellent fruit, but rotten figs are disgusting. Therefore it is important for each of us to know what kind of fig are we?  Let us listen to the prophet Yirmeyahu once again as he speaks the word of Yahweh to us.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) was instructed to proclaim judgment to Yahudah (Judah).
Yirmeyahu 24:1-5, 6-10 “Yahweh showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the Heykhal (temple)  of Yahweh, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Yekhonyahu (Jeconiah) the son of Yahoyaqim (Jehoiakim),  king of Yahudah/Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Yerushalayim, and had brought them to Babel. 2 One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe.  And the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
Then Yahweh said to me, “What do you see, Yirmeyahu? And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.” 4 Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Thus says Yahweh, the Elohim of Yisra’el; like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Yahudah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans.”
Yahweh loves to speak to us, even in these last days.
This fact it might surprise some folks, but it is nevertheless a reality. He does speak to us in every way He chooses to be profitable to us.
6 ”For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down,  and I will plant them and not pluck them up. 7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am Yahweh; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.  8 and as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’-surely thus says Yahweh-‘so will I give up Tsidqiyahu (Zedekiah) the king of Yahudah , his princes, the rest of Yerushalayim who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt.  9 ‘I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.
The whole nation was worshiping other gods.
Yahweh sent Yirmeyahu at this time to let them know He would send them away from Eretz, the land of Yisra’el, the land He had given to their ancestors. But He had warned them many times, that if they would not keep the covenant they would not be able to stay in the Promised Land. Yahweh expected obedience, and if they would obey Him they would be blessed, otherwise they would be cursed.
Please read also the whole chapter of Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28 which has been written to all of us. All the commandments are for everyone, not only to the Hebrew chosen People. Once we enter in to Covenant with Him, we must live according to His written rules. His highest desire is for each of us to be obedient and receive His blessing. But if we do not obey Him, as a good father He must discipline us.  And that is for our own good, and not to hurt us. He wants to help us to live our lives separated from the world’s ways, which are in rebellion against Him. Yahweh’s greatest desire is that we live righteous lives according to His divine will and purpose.  When we disobey Him we lose the blessings and inherit the curses, all to our detriment.  
Yahweh sent prophets to Yahudah to warn them.
Yes, Yahweh sent prophets to open their eyes to cause them to realize their rottenness. If they would have listened they would have repented. However they were not motivated to change and amend their ways.
 As we will read the following passages, we will hear the longing and hurting heart of our Elohim as He speaks through Yirmeyahu.
Yirmeyahu 7:3-11 This says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’el:”Amen your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of Yahweh, the temple of Yahweh, the temple of Yahweh are these.’ 5For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute  judgment between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not  oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, 7 then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.”
Yirmeyahu 25:5 They said, ‘Repent now every one of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that Yahweh has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ 

But they did not listen therefore they would go to Bavel for seventy years! 

7 Yet you have not listened to Me, “says Yahweh, “That you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. 8 Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts: “Because you have not heard My words, 9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north.’ Says Yahweh, ‘and Nevukhadnetstsar (Nebuchadnezzar) the king of Bavel (Babylon), My servant and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.  10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 11 and this whole land shall be desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Bavel/Babylon seventy years. (Emphasis mine)
If Yisra’el would have repented He would not have sent them to Babylon for seventy years, the temple and Yerushalayim would not have been destroyed. The problem is that sin blinds, and it is the cause of many problems. Stubbornness also plays an important part. People think they can take care of themselves without Yahweh, and they fall flat on their faces. 
Obedience kept a remnant alive, they went to Bavel and there they worshiped their gods, which are not gods at all. But now they are back in their home land and are free to worship the living Elohim. Thousands of Yahudim are receiving the Mashiach, Yahoshua.  Yahweh is our good Father, and as a good Father He punishes us when we disobey His instructions, which are called Torah. But He does not leave there. He completes His plan He has for us, and His plan is for Him to bless us and give a hope and a future.  
Yirmeyahu 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
He had given specific instructions to the Children of Yisra’el. If they would obey, they would enjoy the land and prosper. they would be the head, and not the tail.  But if they disobeyed they would be taken away and suffer. 

The figs. 

The vision of the good figs and the rotten figs visibly shows the difference between people. It is up to us to decide who we want to be. Those people described as good figs, went to Bavel and prospered in the land of the enemy. The rotten figs who did not want to submit to the judgment were those who would die by the sword, the famine, the pestilence, and they would be consumed.
Yirmeyahu 24:8-10 “And as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’- surely thus says Yahweh-‘so will I give up Tsidqiyahu/Zedekiah the king of Yahudah/Judah, his princes, the residue of Yerushalayim who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Mitsrayim/Egypt.  9 I will deliver them to trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them. 10 And I will send the sword the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.”
Those who would obey Him would go into captivity to Babylon and they would be blessed in spite of their punishment. But if they would refuse to leave their home land, they would be cursed. Yahweh made it so simple to understand, but not all obeyed Him.
Let us be good figs and learn from the mistakes of Yisra’el. Let us not think in our heart that we are good, when instead we are rotten. I think most of us need to change our ways. The message of Yahweh to Yahudah (Judah) is for each of us today. Our land is also given to idolatry. We kill our offspring, and many offer them to false gods. We are not better than Yisra’el. We should have learned the lesson from them, but we have done worse. Should Yahweh treat us differently than He did them? Absolutely not. We also will encounter his just rebuke and we better repent now. Things are pretty shaky, and we must change our ways, or suffer as Yahudah did. Our judgment may not be going into captivity, but simply sending disasters and wars until we are consumed. But remember his desire is for us to change and follow Him whole heartily.
Yahweh and does not change, and Yahweh speaks to us.
Mal’aki (Malachi) 3:6 “For I am Yahweh, I do not change;”
 Ivrim (Hebrews)13:8: Yahoshua haMashiach the same, yesterday, today, and forever.”
If He stops speaking to us, than He is no longer the same. However, He is the same, and He
 speaks to us in visions and dreams as much as verbally. All we have to do is to listen.
We heard the message, now let us be as the good figs and receive His blessings!
Shalom!