Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WE MUST REPENT!



I have spoken earlier on the subject of the Kingdom of Heaven, and today I must add the following scriptures that speak of the Kingdom of Heaven. Yahoshua was actually asked by the apostles to teach them how to pray, and he gave them a simple but powerful prayer. However, He warned them ahead of time of something very important. 
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 6:7, 8, 9-15”And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Yahoshua knowing mankind would indeed repeat this prayer over and over warned them not to that. In fact He went as far as to say, that repetitious prayer is a heathen custom! In other words it is not how many times we ask for something that will bring the desired result. That could be lack of true faith!  Personally I was taught to pray the rosary, which included one “Our Father” every ten hail Mary's,[i] repeated five times, plus one or two more Our Father’s at the end of the rosary.   When, as a child, I went to confess my sins to a priest, I may have been given the penance of reciting ten hail Mary's and possibly a few Our Fathers’ prayers![ii] As you may know Yahoshua also said,
 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 “In this manner, therefore pray: 
“Our Father in Heaven, Hollowed be Your name. 10 Your king come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  (NKJV)
I will now write the same prayer in another translation that is much more biblical.
“Our Father in heaven, sanctify your Name, May your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us our bread continually. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Do not bring us to the hand of a test. Protect us from all evil. Amen.”
We notice in both translations that we must pray for Yahweh to forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us. The English Mattithyahu translation says to “forgive our debts” which is not very clear what kind of debts is talking about, if it is the debt of our house or our car loan? Not at all!  It is talking about our sins. Of course many people do not even consider the fact that they sin, because they prefer not reading the Scriptures!  However we do sin, because we do not keep the Torah as instructed by our Creator. Sin is universal, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of Elohim. (Romiyim (Romans) 3:23) If you read the Torah which gives us the instructions how to live according to the will of our Father in Heaven, you will notice how many times you have not obeyed Him and that is sin.
Un-forgiveness is a very important key factor that can leave us out of the Kingdom of Heaven. Unforgiveness cannot be forgiven by Yahweh unless we repent.  Every sin must be repented of, for if we do not forgive the offenses we constantly may receive, Yahweh will not forgive us our sins. This is very simple. It is a law of reciprocity, which is one of the rules in the Kingdom of Yahweh.  What we do to others it will be done to us. Whatever seed we sow we are going to reap.
Galatiyim (Galatians) 6:7 Elohim is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
We have to repent of our sins, and today we are speaking of unforgiveness. If we do not repent there is going to be a consequence. Sometimes Christians or faith people tend to judge others who may have cancer and die from it. They may say that the person had sin in their lives, or that did not have enough faith to be healed. The truth is much more deeper than that.
Luqas/ Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Yahoshua answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?  3 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.  4 “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all others who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Yahoshua was not talking of natural death, for each of us some day will leave this body, and receive a spiritual body that will last forever.  But He was speaking of the spiritual death, which is separation from Yahweh for eternity.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59:2, 3 “But your wickedness have separated you from your Elohim. And your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.  3 For your hands are defiled blood, and your fingers with wickedness: your lips have spoken falsehood, your tongue mutters unrighteousness.”
Yahweh knows every hair on your head,[iii] and certainly knows your sins. He is our forever present Elohim (God). He also has many messengers, who are also called angels, that He uses them to help us,[iv] and to get information about us. We cannot hide from His presence, although we may not see Him all the time as we would desire. But He is with us, and never forsakes us, if we are His children.  The day of been separated from Him completely will come to the ungodly on their judgment day, for they will not stand in the judgment[v].
I have said so many times in other messages that sin separates us from Yahweh, and this is not a new religion. We do not follow religion which is made up of man’s rules. We only follow the Word of Yahweh, which will judge us on the last day. [vi]
Therefore let us pray that His Kingdom come upon the earth, as Yahoshua has instructed us. This Kingdom is composed of people that have been forgiven by their loving heavenly Father. Let us say this from our hearts now.
Tehillim (Psalms) 103:1-3 Barakh[vii] Yahweh, O my being, and all that is within me, His qodesh[viii] Name!  2 Barakh Yahweh, O my being, and do not forget all His dealings, 3 Who forgives all your wickednesses. 
Yahoshua makes it possible for each of us to be forever forgiven.  When our Jewish Mashiach hanged on the cross He interceded for us to the Father saying:
‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luqas 23:34
Repent today of any sin of unforgiveness you may have. For unforgiveness hurts you, and not the other person. They will be forgiven when they repent to Yahweh, and believe in Yahoshua, but you will not be forgiven if you refuse to forgive those who have hurt you. Unforgiveness is the seed you plant in your heart, and that seed sprouts and produces sickness, besides eternal death. Science is catching up with the Word of Yahweh.  We must forgive, or we will not be forgiven! We have no choice! What is your choice today?
Shalom, until next time!


[i] Miryam, or in English Mary, is the mother of our Savior, Yahoshua.
[ii] This took place when I was a child and was brought up to attend such church. I have repented for all the prayers I prayed to Miryam, (Mary, the mother of Jesus) to saints, and even to our dead relatives, and every other false teaching I received and kept. Yahoshua is my only Savior, not Miryam.
[iii] Mattithyahu(Matthew ) 10:30
[iv] Tehillim (Psalms) 103:20-21
[v] Tehillim (Psalms) 1:5
[vi] Yochanan/John 12:48
[vii] Bless
[viii] Holy

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN




When we read the Messianic Writings, which many call “New Testament,” we read about the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of Elohim (God).
Yochanan was a priest and a prophet and he spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 3:1-2 ‘In those days Yochanan the Immerser came proclaiming in the wilderness of Yahudah, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has come near!”
Shortly after his proclamation, Yahoshua came to him to be immersed to fulfill all righteousness (Mattithyahu 3:13-15, 16). And after Yahoshua had been immersed He went into the wilderness where the fallen angel, Satan the deceiver, came to tempt Him, (Matt. 3:13-4:11). Immediately after these things took place, Yahoshua proclaimed the same message of Yochanan.
Mattithyahu 4:17 “….Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has drawn near.”
Yochanan was born to be the forerunner to the Mashiach. The office of the prophet ended with him. Yahweh sent him after 400 years of silence.
These four hundred years of silence culminated with the visitation of the Almighty on their home land, the Land of Yisra’el.
Yahoshua is revealed
Yochanan 1:29-36 On the next day Yochanan saw Yahoshua coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Yahweh  who takes away the sin of the world!” 30 this is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who has become before me, for He was before me.’ 31 “And I did not know Him, but that He might be revealed to Yisra’el, therefore I came immersing in Water.” 32 And Yochanan bore witness, saying, “I have seen the Ruach coming down from the shamayim like a dove and remain on Him.  33 “And I did not know Him, but He who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘upon whom you see the Ruach coming down and remaining on Him, this is he who immerses in the Ruach ha’Qodesh.’ 34 “And I have seen and have witnessed that this is the Ben of Yahweh.” 35 Again the following day, Yochanan was standing with two of his talmidim, 36 and looking at Yahoshua walking, he said, “See the Lamb of Yahweh.”
He sent His only Ben (Son) to redeem them with one single Atonement Offering by shedding His own Blood. When He came He put an end to the yearly animal sacrifice. He became the perfect Atonement.
 His people were expecting a Mashiach who would come to deliver them from the Romans, but they, and the rest of humanity, did not consider their own moral bondage.  The Passover Lamb had to be sacrificed, and the blood applied to their hearts. True freedom would come only when their hearts would be set free from sin. Yochanan came to prepare the way for the Mashiach, but He was not the Mashiach. (Yochanan 1:20)
Yochanan was born to be the fort- runner of the Mashiach. He was supernaturally born to a barren woman called Elisabeth, (Luqas 1: 7-20) . It seems that Yahweh always seeks a special person to manifest His glory.  We may think about Sarah, (Bereshith/Genesis 11:30; 18:9-14).  Rebecca, (Bereshith 25:21) and Rachel, (Bereshith 29:31.
Next we remember Samuel’s birth, , and Samson who also was born to a woman who was barren, (Shophetim /Judges 13:2). All of them were graced with children after prayer, for all of them were barren, and they became the vital part of the history of Yisra’el
Many times, when Yahweh wants to do something very special He chooses people who have impossibilities, and by doing so He reveals His glory.  
Yahoshua’s birth.
Yahoshua was born to a virgin girl to fulfill the Scriptures, (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 7:14) six month after Elizabeth became pregnant, the Messenger Gabriel, came also to Miryam.
Luqas 1:26-35 And in the sixth month the messenger Gabri’el was sent by Elohim to a city of Galil named Natsareth, 27 to a maiden engaged to a man whose name was Yoseph, of the house of Dawid. And the maiden’s name was Miryam. 28 And the messenger, coming to her, said, ”Greetings, favoured one, the Adon is with you. Barukh (blessed) are you among women!” 29 But she was greatly disturbed at his word, and wondered what kind of greeting this was.30 And the messenger said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miryam, for your have found favour with Elohim. 31”And see, you shall conceive in your womb, and shall give birth to a Ben, and call his Name Yahoshua. 32 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Ben of the Most High. And Yahweh Elohim shall give Him the throne of His father Dawid. 33 And He shall reign over the house of Ya’aqov forever, and there shall be on end to His reign.” 34 And Miryam said to the messenger, “how shall this be, since I do not know a man?’ 35 And the messenger answering, said to her, “The Ruach ha’Qodesh shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you, and for that reason the Qadosh One born of you shall be called: Ben of Yahweh. 
Yahoshua had a supernatural birth!
Tehillim (Psalms) 2:7-8 “I inscribe for a law: Yahweh has said to Me, ‘You are My Ben (Son), today I have brought You forth. 8 ‘Ask of Me, and I make the gentiles Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 Break them with a rod of iron, dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
10 And now, be wise, O Sovereigns: Be instructed, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve Yahweh with reverence, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Ben, lest he be enraged, and you perish in the way, for soon His wrath is to be kindled. Barukh are all those taking refuge in Him.
This prophecy has been partially fulfilled. The Ben of Yahweh has come, fulfilling many other scriptures. His birth was prophesied when and where He would be born. He was born in Bethlehem, the city of Dawid, being his offspring in the natural of his earthly mother Miryam.  As we continue reading all the Messianic Writings, you will discover how many prophecies were fulfilled at His birth and throughout His whole life. Let us read one of those prophecies.
His birth and life has no comparison to any other human being. Yahoshua is the Ben of Yahweh and came to establish His Kingdom. He had to be born supernaturally of Elohim (God) who chose the womb of a virgin in order to be able to defeat the devil. He could not have been born of a fallen sinful man.  He was born as the self existing Elohim in a human body.  He was and is Elohim.
Yochanan 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
What was the nature of His kingdom?
Luqas 17:20-21 And having been asked by the Pharisee when the reign of Elohim would come, He answered them and said, “The reign of Elohim does not come with intent watching,  21 Nor shall they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ for look, the reign of Elohim is in your midst!” 
The Kingdom of Heaven is spiritual, and we enter in spiritually, and it is not taking over governments and institutions, and rule in this world. The kingdom is made up of repented sinners who have embraced the King Yahoshua and His teachings.
His kingdom was and is not of this world
Yahoshua was on trial and Pilate asked him if he was a king. (Yochanan 18:33)
Yochanan 18:36 Yahoshua answered, “My reign is not of this world. If  My reign were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Yahudim. But now My reign is not from here.”
37 Then Pilatus said to Him, “You are a Sovereign, then?” Yahoshua answered, “You say it, because I am a Sovereign. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’
For whom did He come?
Yochanan 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
He came to seek and to save the lost sheep of Yisra’elHe chose twelve Jewish disciples in the land of Yisra’el. Then He sent them out and gave them specific instructions.
Mattithyahu 10:5-6 Yahoshua sent these twelve out, having commanded them, saying, “Do not go into the way of the gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Shomeronites,(Samaritans) but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’el. And as you go proclaim saying: ‘The reign of the shamayim (heaven) has drawn near.’
Mattithyahu 15:24 And He answering, said, ‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Yisra’el.”
He came to save the lost.
Mattithyahu 18:11 “For the Ben of Adam has come to save what was lost.
Yahoshua ministers to Zakkai  
Luqas (Luke) 19:8-10  But Zakkai stood up and said to 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 Yahoshua said to him, “Today deliverance has come to this house-since he also is a son of Avraham. 10 “For the Ben of Adam has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
 Zakkai (Zacchaeus) repented and accept the King in this life, therefore he became part of the Kingdom of Heaven and received life eternal. We notice that Zakkai made a declaration which described his change of heart. He decided to give half of his possessions to the poor! He did not make a profession of faith and continued sinning!  I have not yet seen a person doing such dramatic change immediately after having entered the Kingdom of Heaven! But Zakki after receiving the King in home and in his heart, and therefore entering the Kingdom of Heaven, chose to immediately make such unselfish donation to the Kingdom of Elohim! I am very sure that action was registered in Heaven immediately and the angels rejoiced!
We now have seen that the Kingdom of Heaven is built one person at the time.
The transformation begins when the King comes into a person’s life.  The most horrible sinner who repents, can become a mighty warrior in the Kingdom of Heaven.
To be continued.






Saturday, January 6, 2018

TRUST IS IMPORTANT, BUT WHO DO WE TRUST?



Lately I have had to wonder why people expect so much to be trusted. But the Word states that the Person we must TRUST is only Yahweh.
Tsephanyah/Zephaniah 3:12 “I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the Name of the LORD.” NKJV
Tsephanyah/Zephaniah 3; 12 But I shall leave in your midst an oppressed and poor people, and they shall trust in the Name of YHWH (Yahweh).                                 At this point it may be important to find out if you and I really KNOW the Name of the LORD?  The LORD is not a name, it is a generic title, and therefore the lord could be your English neighbor! It does not make difference if it written in capital letters!
 But it is obvious that the word is no speaking about your neighbor, but of the Name of your Creator. If you search the Scriptures in the original language you discover His true Name, and His Name is YHWH, which is usually pronounced Yahweh. Now that you know His Name, you can place your TRUST  Him alone. Now you know that no one else is worthy to be trusted, except Him.
The Word instructs us to TRUST in Yahweh forever.
Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. 4 TRUST IN THE LORD forever, for in YAH, THE LORD, is everlasting strength. NKJV (Emphasis mine)
Yeshayahu/ Isaiah 26:3-4  “The one steadfast of mind You guard in perfect peace, for he  TRUSTS  IN YOU. 4 TRUST in Yahweh forever, for in YAH, YHWH, is a rock of ages. (HS) (Emphasis mine)
You have noticed that even the translation is speaking of trusting only Yahweh because He is a rock of ages or everlasting strength. I like thinking Him as the rock of ages, for a rock never changes. This is the meaning behind the HS translation. In other words our trust cannot be placed in any other person, institution or government, for Yahweh is in control of all that exists. Humans make mistakes all the time, but Yahweh is perfect and does not make mistakes.
Humans at times do not fulfill what we expect of them.
How many times you made an agreement with a friend to go out shopping?  But because you may not have the transportation, you are asking your friend to pick you up. Your friend may say that he or she will pick you up at 5:00 PM, but instead he or she may arrive at 6:00 PM? This has happened to me many times. Many times they arrive at least half hour late, other times even 1 and half hour later! You see, you cannot put your trust in men or women for many reason.
One reason could be an emergency has taken place, such as their house been flooded, or on fire, or it fell down. They may not be able to  leave their home full during such disaster because  they must take care of the situation. However, a simple phone call would help the situation.  These are excellent reasons for the delay, but they are very rare.
 However, even in any unusual situation, a simple phone call would help the person waiting know what is going on, and they would be not upset while waiting.  But most times there is no phone call, and the person waits not knowing what is going on. This is not love.
Other times it happens that they receive a phone call while they are going out the door, and they answered the call, forgetting all about you waiting for them. Such calls lead to long waiting. The of course there may be a traffic accident, but this also is not very common.
Other times friends my betray you.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 41:9 Even my own friend in whom I trusted,  who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
This will cause a person not to trust that person anymore.
Another reason could be, and it happens a lot with people, they simply forget the appointment they made with you to be at your house on that day and hour. But I have noticed that some people who are always late, that because they are doing you a favor, they want to do is at their own time, and not as you may desire.
The appointment with you is not considered  it a priority.  And they forget about the fact that you are waiting for them, while you could have been doing something more important around the house.
I heard a teaching one time that tardiness is caused by pride. And I tend to believe this.  Those people want to be in control, and need to feel they are above you. Of course a follower of Mashiach should never feel this way, however, it happens all the time. Pride is sin and it is an abomination to Yahweh.
Mishley/Proverbs 6:16 These six Yahweh hates, and seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart devising wicked schemes, feet quick to run to evil, 19 a false witness breathing out lies, and one who causes strife among brothers.
You noticed that pride is number one on this list? It was pride that caused man to fall. (See Bereshith/Genesis 3) Man wanted to be like Elohim. He was not content of his position in life, and did not want to submit himself to Yahweh. He wanted to rule, and He fell, which resulted in losing his authority.  
However, has man learned the lesson? Is not man still proclaiming to be god?  What a shame!  Yes, he may be a god, but a false god. Man is still submitted to gravity, and uses things Yahweh created. He breathes through the lungs Yahweh gave him, and he eats the food Yahweh created. To call himself a god is a lie and is heresy.  Man is like a broken pot, but wants to be called the potter. Let us recognize our creator for Who He is, and stop the nonsense.
Yahweh is our Father.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 64:8 And now, O Yahweh, You are our Father.  We are the clay, and You our potter. And we are all the work of Your hand.
Do not put your trust in such man, for you will end up in the ditch with them. They are blind leaders. This was what Yahoshua answered the apostles when they warned  Him that what He was preaching di not agree to some folks.
MattithYahu/Matt.15:13-14  But he answering, said, “Every plant which My Father of the shamayim has not planted shall be uprooted.  14 Leave them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both shall fall into a ditch.”  (See also Matt.23)
Let us learn from Him today.
 We also cannot place our trust in the Governments, for government is made up of people. And we have seen that people have big problems, because they are not Elohim, and they can and have, and still will make mistakes. 
Tehillim/Psalms 146:3 “Do not put your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom is no deliverance
However, we are commanded to pray for them.
Timotiyos 1 /1 Timothy 2:1 Fir of all , then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all men, 2 for sovereigns and all those who are in authority, in order that we lead a calm and peaceable life in all reverence and seriousness. 3 For this is good and acceptable before Elohim our Saviour.
We cannot pray to or for the dead.
We are forbidden to pray to the dead, which is the same as praying to the devil, and this is idolatry.
The devil has no power, and can only do what Yahweh permits him to do, for he is a fallen angel that was created by Yahweh. He is no god.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 42:17 “Those who trust in idols, who say the moulded images, ‘You are our mighty ones,’ shall be turned back, utterly ashamed.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 50:10 Who among you is revering Yahweh, obeying the voice of His Servant, that has walked in darkness and has no light? Le him trust in the Name of YHWH (Yahweh) and lean upon his Elohim”
Yahweh can be trusted and we can be safe in Him alone.  There is no one in this world worthy of trust. Let us, this year, submit to His voice and obey Him alone, and we shall be safe.
If you, beloved reader, do not know Him all you need to do is to call upon His Name and you shall be delivered from your sin, and have a personal relationship with the living Elohim.
Yo’el/Joel 2:32 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of Yahweh shall be delivered.”
Why waiting, do it now and be saved! Place your trust in Yahweh alone, and you will be safe.
Shalom
The will of Yahweh is that we trust Him alone.