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