Wednesday, February 28, 2018

PERSECUTION IS REAL



Every true believer in Mashiach[i] will experience some form of persecution. Presently in the West we are not experiencing torture as other believers do in other countries. It is not a secret that horrible persecution and torture is happening even now to believers in Yahoshua[ii] in many parts of the world.
It is commonly known  that Satan hates Yahweh[iii] and His only Son, Yahoshua. Satan wants to be worshiped. He desires this so intensely that  he even tempted Yahoshua Himself, but failed. He tempted Him with three temptations. The last temptation was the following.
Mattithyahu[iv]4:8-10 Again the devil took  Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Yahoshua said to him, “Awai with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yahweh your Elohim[v], and Him only you shall serve.’”
He is still enticing men and women to serve him and to bow down to him, and when they refuse he strikes them with persecution. Yahoshua has warned us that it would happen, and He calls us blessed when we endure persecution.  
Mattithyahu/Matthew 6:10 “Blessed are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “
The persecution begins mildly or even greatly when a person makes a commitment to serve Yahoshua. Before that time people may have attended church, but were not committed to serve the Creator. During those years Satan did not bother them  because they were not a treat to his kingdom. I am talking about those people living in the USA.
However, in the moment a person has crossed over into a deeper relationship with Yahweh by  believing the gospel, and  believing that Yahoshua died for their sin; received Him as their Creator, Master, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Provider, then suddenly  things dramatically change. That person becomes  a new person and begins to testify about the change taken place in their lives.
A true believer in Yahoshua stops doing the things he or she did before; such as drinking and smoking, and doing all kinds of other things that were contrary to Yahweh’s Commandments. In that moment that person becomes a target to the enemy of their soul; Satan himself. He assigns  demons to try to make that person deny their faith by falling back into sin. However, they will testify of their new life in the Spirit.
The testimony of a new believer is..
 “I have been crucified with Mashiach; it is no longer I who live, but Mashiach lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatiyim/Galatians 2:20
Satan does not want to lose the sinner.
Your salvation makes the devil very upset and he will steer agitation in your habitation and among all your friends who still are living the worldly lifestyle.

I know many such people who have had a life changing experience and have been persecuted by their own families. Personally I also have had such experience, and it is not pretty. When your own family thinks you are crazy and even wants you to be signed into the mental institute which is very painful. They speak evil of you  behind your back, calls you a liar, hypocrite and much more.  
 Satan uses your loved ones to hurt you because  he knows what makes you upset. He uses those weak spots in you to hurt you.  Then if you get upset and you  answer them, they will call you  hypocrite. 

They do not know Yahweh will deal with them until they will know and live the truth.
Yochanan[vi] 14:6 Yahoshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one to the Father except through Me.”
 Anyone may treat you badly and lie about you, but when the lies come from your close family the hurt is much more painful, however we need to rejoice in it for great shall our reward in heaven.
They do not want to accept the fact that you have a wonderful future, and have left the world behind you. They are jealous of your victory you experience in the Mashiach. They may want to be free, but they refuse to repent of their sin. 

Sin blinds the mind
Qorin’tiyim[vii] 2, 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the veil remains in the reading of the Old Testament . For until this day the veil remains in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Mashiach.
Qorin’tiyim 2, 4:3-4 But even if your gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the  glory of Messiah, who is the image of Elohim, should shine on them.
This is true for Jews and Gentiles. Spiritual blindness prevents men to see truth and to obey it.
Sin, which involves also a religious spirit of pride,  blinds  people and prevents  them getting to know the true Elohim. They rather live in darkness, and do not care about their future in hell. They prefer living their lustful unclean lifestyle. They may not want to stop their habits of smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and submitting to the Rules of the Kingdom of Yahweh, which would lead them to life eternal.  
They prefer living their life their way. They refuse to believe there is life after death, and there is a heaven and hell. Sadly they have been brainwashed many times at home, school, the media and by everyone who has an  antichrist or anti-Messiah spirit.

Is man a god?  
Man thinks he is god, and some say this openly. The Scriptures mentioned this word, but it is not the way man believes it.  Man cannot create. Man is not matter. Man has a body, soul and a spirit. Through the spirit man can communicate with his Creator. Communism denies this, and simply proclaims man to be matter, and  therefore they torture those who refuse to submit to them. However, if anyone  wounds them, immediately they know that they are not matter, for matter does not feel pain. Man is created in the image of Elohim. Yahweh breathed on man, and man became a living being.
Bereshith/Genesis 2:7 And Yahweh[viii] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Persecution is real, but Yahoshua commands us to rejoice and be glad when they persecute us.  He also tells us to love our enemies.

Love you neighbor
Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
People is saying to hate the enemy, however the word teaches to hate evil, but love our neighbor as ourselves.

Hate evil
Tehillim/Psalm 97:10 “You shall love Yahweh and hate evil.”

Love our enemies
Mattithyahu 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your father in heaven, for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only , what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
I have finished reading two books written by a pastor who was tortured for fourteen years in Rumania. He loved his persecutors, and had no hate in his heart. He chose to love all mankind, no matter what they did to him. He was a true soul winner. He understood that each person is lost and blind until he finds the Light of the world.
Yahoshua is the Light of the world
Yochanan[ix] 8:12 Then Yahoshua spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Although this Rumanian Pastor  was brutalized in such perverted ways that I cannot speak on this page, and  his family lost everything they owned,  he continued to preach salvation to the lost in prison, and love  His Savior. He loved His enemies. 
We cannot hate our enemies simply because they may insult us.  We must love them, because Yahoshua died for them. If we hate our enemies, we will be lost for eternity.  Satan tries to tempt us to hold resentment in our hearts. But we must walk in the love of Yahweh, or be lost for eternity.
Love cannot be lost while we are hurting. Our love will shine the light of Messiah through us, the most horrible sinner can be won for Messiah.  
“For Yahweh so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” Yochanan 3:16



[i] Mashiach is Messiah or the Anointed One of Yahweh.
[ii] Yahoshua is called Jesus in English. However Jesus is not His Hebrew name. Yahoshua was born to the Hebrew and had a Hebrew name, which means Yah is Salvation. The short form is Yahshua.
[iii] Yahweh is translated as the LORD in English. But it is not the correct transliteration of the Hebrew language. The Lord is only a title. Yahweh is the self existing Elohim.  His Name is 6828 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. We must call Him by His Name, and not by a common title. He deserves to be honored.
[iv] Mattithayu is Matthew in English.
[v] Elohim is translated God in English.

[vi] Yochanan -John
[vii]Qorin’tiyim = Corinthians in English

[ix] Yochanan -John

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE SHEPHERD



If you, beloved reader, are living in a big city such as New York, or in any other metropolis, you may not be interested to know about shepherds. You may like to drink the milk that the sheep produces, and the cheese, and meat, but you may not care about the persons that raise such animals! And that is fine. That is not a problem.  
You may have never seen one shepherd, and never seen a sheep! But I have lived most of my youth in an island where sheeps and shepherds are very common. As a child and as a young adult I was not much interested in such life style. I saw shepherds close by and they smelled like sheep! I was in a different world, and I seemed to not to fit with such people. But I did not the wealth of wisdom I would learn from a Shepherd!  
 My father built houses and fixed them. He was a hard worker, and he did not smell like sheep, but like cement. Yet, now, I admire the shepherds that raise the sheeps.
 Why, you may ask? Well, sheeps’ milk and goat’s milk was what I drank growing up when it was available.  I grew up during the Second World War, and food was scarce, which included milk. Later on cow’s milk was more available and we began drinking that milk.  And once I moved away from my island I switched completely to cow’s milk.  But that milk is more difficult to digest, and I still prefer the sheep and goat’s milk. I also enjoy the sheep’s homemade cheese.
Sardinia is still producing sheep’s milk and cheese. I absolutely love the Sardinian ricotta! Each time I have gone back to Sardinia to visit my family I made sure I ate a lot of ricotta! I am sorry to say but the American Cottage Cheese, is not to be compared with the Sardinian ricotta! This ricotta has a unique special flavor! Oh, how much I miss it! Ricotta and Sardines are typical foods I really enjoyed while in Sardinia. 
Who are these shepherds?
The shepherds are very special people.   I do admire the shepherds because they stay outside in the summer and the winter to be with their flocks, as much as possible. They suffer the cold and protect their animals. They sleep little during the night because they have to watch their flocks against animals and robbers. They love their sheep and they know them by name. The shepherds are usually very nice people. They are peaceful people, maybe because they live so close to nature. They admire Yahweh’s creation and have great time to meditate on Him. No wander King David wrote so many wonderful psalms!
 Many times they have to carry the sheep in their arms because they have gotten hurt while grazing.  They minister healing to them. Shepherds are indeed special people that we should honor!
I know one specific Shepherd, and He has been very good to me. When I was born, He helped me to come into this world. I had very difficulty leaving the womb of my mother. She suffered for two long weeks, until one day she felt it was the time for me to be born. She lay down in her bed and this Shepherd turned me in my mother’s womb three times and got me out!
I did not need a midwife of doctor, for this Shepherd is also a Healer and very capable Physician! Later on I fell into the fire, but miraculously I did not get burned on my face. He was there to help me. Another time, when I was about   seven years old I was sick for one full month with unknown fever and I was not able to eat.  The doctors gave me up to die, but once again, my Shepherd, in response to the prayer of my mother, one special day He healed me. He gave me appetite for garbanzo beans, and after I ate them, I was completely healed!
The evil spirits wanted to chock me to death as a child, but He did not allow it, and saved me. As an adult it happened again, and when I cried out on His Name, and on His Blood, the enemy left me. This Shepherd kept me alive when I should have been dead the day a car hit me on Milwaukee highway in Oregon. The car hit me as I was walking and flew me into the air. I ended flat on the highway!  I had little injuries compared to what could have had happen, and I am able to walk and run!  He was there to protect me. I am so thankful that I am alive today to be able to testify about His goodness. 
 He has fed me when I had little to eat, and He has provided jobs when I needed a job. He also has protected me when I could have been killed by unscrupulous people. He has given me places to live so that I have never been homeless on the street. He has comforted me when my husband left me, and then my young adopted son died. He covers me with His Talit, when I cry. He covers me with compassion when I hurt. He leads me, when I do not know for sure which way I should go. He has provided air tickets for me, in order to be able to fly where He needed me to go. He has given me a seat on an airplane when there seemed to be none. He had sent His angel to seat on a seat in the airplane to keep it for me when I returned from Manila! He always provided food, shelter, clothing, support and much love for me as I traveled proclaiming His Word. He had created me, and has kept me since my birth in my mother’s womb. He has led me in the way He wants me to go. He answers the cries of my heart. He has given me a family away from my family in Sardinia, and very good reliable friends that help me when I have a need. He is more than enough.
I cannot write down all the things He has done for me, for it would take many, many pages. His love never fails. He has done more than any man could possibly do for me.
Who is this special Shepherd?
His Name is Yahoshua[i] ha’Mashiach[ii]. He is Hebrew, born to a Hebrew mother, but His father is the Eternal Creator of the universe. He is actually Elohim in the flesh.  I simply love Him with all my heart. Would you not love Him if He did all these things for you? Read with me the following psalm.
Tehillim/Psalm 23:1-6 Yahweh is my Shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me, 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever.
Description of a shepherd  
Yochanan/John 10:1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 but he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”
He knows the sheep by name and leads them.
3 To Him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; know his voice.
Yahoshua identifies Himself
7 Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.  14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
He is known by the Father
15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
He came for all mankind
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
He indeed gave His life for us. Prophets spoke of His death and resurrection. He died and rose again for you and me.
He is the only Shepherd, and the only Elohim[iii] Today you can be assured that your life is in good Hands when you place your trust in Him.
Yochanan/John 1:29 “Behold! The Lamb of Elohim who takes the sins of the world.”


[i] Joshua in English, but it is translated as Jesus.
[ii] The Anointed One.  The Messiah.
[iii] God  in English.

Friday, February 9, 2018

HOW MANY TIME MUST WE FORGIVE?




HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE FORGIVE?
Unforgiveness can be a big issue with many people. And most times they are the ones who also need to be forgiven. This situation is very sad, and has many consequences. One of them is discord and division. Instead walking in love, (Yochanan (John) 15:12) end up walking in hate. We read in the Scriptures that Yahoshua was speaking to the apostles about forgiveness and reconciliation and then made a strong statement followed by a parable.
Mattithyahu/Matthew 18:21 Then Kepha (Peter) came to Him and said, “Adonai, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up seven times? 22 Yahoshua said to him, “I do not to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.  23 Because of this the reign of the shamayim (heaven) is like a certain man, a sovereign who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  24”And when he had begun to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talanton, 25 but as he was unable to pay, his master commanded that he be sold with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.  26 “Then the servant fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I shall pay you all.’ 27 “And the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28”And that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver pieces. And he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe! 29”Then his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I shall pay you all.’ 30”But he would not, and went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 “And when his fellow servant saw what had been done, they were deeply grieved, and came and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master called him and said to him, ‘Wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt seeing you begged me. 33 ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, as I also had compassion on you? 34 “And his master was wroth, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 “So also My Father of the shamayim shall do to you if each of you from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.’
How many times you may have wondered about the fact that you have already forgiven our own spouse so many times, but he/she continues to hurt you? Some of us had to continually forgive our children, but they kept on being rebellious refusing to honor us?  They continued to offend us over and over again, yet we know we had to forgive them, and we did, but we prayed to Yahweh to change them as soon as possible!
We not only must forgive our family, but we must also forgive our close friends who sometimes are not too kind to us. What about those leaders in spiritual authority, who supposed to love and help us?  Our own pastors or rabbis, at times they may hurt us, or even treat us as enemies if we dare to make a comment on some of their actions. What do we do? Move away from their church or synagogue?  This may be necessary at times. But yes, we must forgive everyone, every time, and not only seven times, but seven times seven, which means continually.  
 I personally have heard people saying: “I cannot forgive that person.” Or “This was too much, they destroyed my reputation.” People who do not understand the goodness of Yahweh who is merciful and compassionate as Yahoshua is clearly teaching us in this parable have a very difficult time forgiving anyone.
We also read in the Scriptures that Mosheh (Moses) who had already spoken with Yahweh so many times on the Mount Sinai, he still needed a revelation of Yahweh.  Mosheh wanted so much more knowledge and understanding of the Person of His Elohim, and maybe we should follow his example. Through his hunger for more revelation of his Elohim we learn something very important about the person of Yahweh.
  Shemoth/Exodus 33: 13-14, 18-20 “And now, please, if I have found favour in Your eyes, please show me Your way, and let me know You. So that I find favour in Your eyes. And consider that this nation is Your people.” 14 And He said, “My Presence goes, and I shall give you rest.”
 Mosheh continues to persist in his request.
18 Then he said, “Please, show me Your esteem (glory).” 19 And He said, “I shall cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I shall proclaim the Name of Yahweh before you. And I shall favour him whom I favour, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.”20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man sees Me and lives.”
Then Yahweh gave Mosheh some instructions and he was able to receive the answer to his request.  The Presence of Yahweh passed before him on the designated mountain.
Shemoth 34:5, 6, 7 And Yahweh came down in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name, Yahweh. 6 And Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed, “Yahweh, Yahweh, an El compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in kindness and truth, 7 watching over kindness for thousands, forgiving wickedness and transgression and sin, but by no means leaving unpunished, visiting the wickedness of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.
I needed to write all these verses for us to really understand the goodness of Yahweh. We noticed that Yahweh answered Moshe’s request. However, He could not see his face or he would die!  But He gave Mosheh a clear revelation of who He is. Yahweh proclaimed to be compassioned and that He shows favour, which also means to be gracious to us.  And this is the message of Yahoshua’s parable of the unforgiving servant. Yahweh will forgive our sins, because we can never pay back the debt we owe. He has set rules in His Kingdom, and we as His children, have the privilege to know those rules, and the privilege to be able to obey them. He is gracious and gives us favour as we need.  When we have difficult time forgiving someone, we can ask Him to help us, and He will grant us our request. His desire is that we love our neighbor as ourselves
Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 19:18 “Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh.”
Mattithyahu 5:44 “Love your enemies, barakh (bless) those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you, 45 so that you become sons of your Father in the shamayim.”
Yahoshua taught on the importance love and of forgiveness. Some people do not realize that unforgiveness hurts them.  Unforgiveness can and will cause many sickness. Unforgiveness originates and comes to us from Satan himself. Unforgiveness is a grave sin, and we must repent, or we cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven.  
 Very clearly all of us know that we have sinned.
Romiyim (Romans) 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim.
There is no one who can say: “I am righteous.” Yahoshua is the only one, who could say that Satan had nothing on Him, and therefore He could cast out Satan, and he had to flee.
Yahoshua did not die for his own sin, for He was sinless, (Qorin’tiyim 2, 5:21), but He died for the sin of the world, which includes you and me. (Yochanan 3:16)
All of us need to receive the gift of forgiveness from our Heavenly Father Yahweh. He is merciful and compassionate, and through the shedding of the blood of Yahoshua now we can enter into the Most Holy Place to worship Him. Yahoshua our Supreme Sacrifice reconciles us to the Father; however, we must repent of sin.  
Qorin’tiyim 2 (2 Corinthians) 5:18-20 And all is from Yahweh, who has restored us to favour with Himself through Yahoshua ha’Mashiach, and has given us the service of restoration to favour, 19 that is, that Elohim was I Mashiach restoring the world to favour unto Himself, not reckoning their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of restoration to favour. Therefore we are envoys on behalf of Mashiach, as though Elohim were pleading through us. We beg, on behalf of Mashiach: Be restored to favour with Elohim.  HS
Without Mashiach we are lost for eternity. All of us are unworthy to receive His forgiveness. We have done nothing to deserve His grace and compassion. We have disobeyed all His Commandments. Our hands are stained in blood! We are guilty, and we continue to sin all the time. We need to be forgiven, but we must repent of all sin, which includes unforgiveness, and start obeying His Commands.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 4:17 From that time Yahoshua began to proclaim and to say, “Repent, for the reign of the shamayim has drawn near.”`b
Ma’aseh (Acts) 2:38 And Kepha (Peter) said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahoshua ha’Mashiach for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Ruach ha’Qodesh. (Holy Spirit). 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as Yahweh our Elohim shall call.”
Constantly we must ask to be forgiven by our Elohim. And he does forgive us. Therefore we, as forgiven people, we are commanded to forgive those who hurt us. I mentioned in other messages, that the Scriptures effectively instruct to forgive or we cannot be forgiven.
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 6:12, 14 “Forgive our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Father of the Shamayim shall also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses.”HS
We are only forgiven according to what we do. If we forgive others, we are forgiven. (Matt. 6:12). 
Yahoshua answering Kepha (Peter) said: “I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven!
What He is saying? Are we going to count how many times they hurt us, and how many times we have forgiven them?  Let us think about how many sins we have committed and consequently how many times Yahweh has forgiven us. Can we count them?  My friend, we must forgive everyone and as many times as they hurt us. You see, they not only are sinning against us, but against Yahweh, and He will forgive them, when they repent. Are we nobler that Yahweh?
I hope today you will decide to forgive, because according to how much you forgive, you will be forgiven.
Until next time.
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