Monday, April 30, 2018

PERSECUTION IS REAL



Revised
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 Yeshua[ii] in many parts of the world.
It is commonly known that Satan hates Yehovah[iii] and His only Son, Yeshua. Satan is angry because he wants to be worshiped. He desires this so intensely that he even tempted Yeshua 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 Yeshua said to him, “Awai with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yehovah your Elohim[v], and Him only you shall serve.’”
Satan is still enticing men and women to serve him and to bow down to him, and when they refuse he strikes them with persecution. Yeshua has warned us that it would happen, and He calls us blessed when we endure persecution. 
Mattithyahu 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 Yeshua. 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 Yehovah by believing the gospel, and believing that Yeshua died for their sin; received Him as their Creator, Master, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Provider, and 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 Yeshua 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 Yehovah’s Commandments. In that moment that person becomes a target to the enemy of their soul who is 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[vi] 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 of course, is very painful. They speak evil of you behind your back; call you a liar, hypocrite and much more. 
 Satan uses your loved ones to hurt you because he knows that is 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 because you do not take it quietly.
They do not know Yehovah will deal with them until they will know the truth and live by the Truth of His Word.
Yochanan[vii] 14:6 Yeshua 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.
Your family and friends do not want to accept the fact that you have a wonderful future, and have left the world behind you, and they may be  jealous of your victory you experience in the Mashiach. Some of them may also desire to be free, but they refuse to repent of their sin.
Sin blinds the mind
Qorin’tiyim[viii] 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 blinds people and prevents them, getting to know the true Elohim. A religious spirit may also prevent them to surrender their lives to their Creator. Those people who are in sin they rather choose living in darkness, and do not care about their future life. They prefer living their lustful unclean lifestyle without making any effort to change. And they may not want to stop their habits of smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and submitting to the Rules of the Kingdom of Yehovah, which would lead them to life eternal.  
Such people prefer living their life their own way, and refuse to believe there is life after death. Unbelief is the reason a person chooses to not read the Scriptures that teach us the ways of Yehovah.  Sadly they have been brainwashed many times at home, school, and 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  simple matter. Man has a body, soul, and a spirit which Yehovah created from the dust of the earth. However,  He placed His Ruach[ix] in him (Bereshith[x] 2:7)
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. Yehovah breathed on man, and man became a living being.
Bereshith 2:7 And Yehovah[xi] 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 Yeshua commands us to rejoice and be glad when they persecute us.  He also tells us to love our enemies.
Love you neighbor
Mattithyahu 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 Yehovah 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.
Yeshua is the Light of the world
Yochanan[xii] 8:12 Then Yeshua 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 Yeshua 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 Yehovah, 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 Yehovah 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 Yehovah.
[ii] Yeshua is called Jesus in English. However Jesus is not His Hebrew name. Yeshua was Jewish  and had a Hebrew name, which means Yehovah saves. The full name would Joshua in English or Yehoshua in Hebrew..
[iii] Yehovah  is translated as the LORD in English. But it is not the correct transliteration of the Hebrew language. The Lord is only a title. Yehovah  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] Galatians
[vii] Yochanan -John
[viii]Qorin’tiyim = Corinthians in English
[ix] Spirit
[x] Genesis

[xii] Yochanan -John

Thursday, April 19, 2018

YEHOVAH IS OUR CURE


There is a cure for anyone who is affected by a curse. There is someone who has become our substitute.
Ivrim[i] 10:11-14  And indeed every kohen stands day by day doing service, and repeatedly offering the same slaughter offerings which are never able to take away sins. 12 but He, having offered one slaughter offering for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of YHVH[ii], 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being qadosh[iii].
In the First Covenant we had the priests that offered the sacrifices, but they could never take away our sin.   But when Yehoshua ha’Mashiach[iv] came into this world, He set us free forever.
However the cure does not take place automatically. We have part to do. For instance, even though He died on the cross for our sins, we still need to repent and believe in Him. We also need to invite Him to come into our lives and become our Savior. If we do not do these simple things, He cannot save us. He does not push Himself to us. Yahweh has given us a free will, and He will not violate His own Word.
The same thing takes place when we need to be set free from curses. Although He paid the price for our total redemption, we still have to do our part.
Today I am speaking mostly about the curse of idolatry, but there are many more curses that we can be affected with. Some of them are negative words we have spoken about ourselves and even to others.   I heard at least two women cursing their own husband.  They called lightening and thunder to come down to their husband, and many other curses. Imagine a woman saying such thing to the person she is married? Does not marriage make the husband and the wife one? If one suffers, the other will also suffer! But the enemy or our soul uses week vessels to do his job.
 Bereshith[v] 2:24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and join unto his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Some people speak curses without realizing they are doing it.
Criticism and talking about other people behind their back also releases a curse that can also hurt or kill the person they are talking about it.
Mishley[vi] 18:20-21 A man’s stomach is satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; he is satisfied by the increase of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those loving it eat its fruit.
 Let us be aware that we will be judged for every word we speak. Yehoshua warned us about idle words.
Mattithyahu[vii] 12:36 “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
I am so grateful that Yeshua became my Sacrifice and perfected me forever. (Ivrim 10:14).
We cannot find any cure for our problems, be that sin, sickness, diseases, or any other problem in our life, except in the sacrifice of the cross of Yeshua ha’Mashiach.
All of us have sinned, because all of us have gone away from Yehovah. We have followed our own will, instead of obeying His commands.
Yeshayahu[viii] 53:10 But YHVH was pleased to crush Him, He laid sickness on Him, that when He made Himself an offering for guilt, He would see His seed, He would prolong His days, and the pleasure of YHVH prosper in His hand.
There is none who is guiltless.

All of us have sinned.

Yeshayahu 53:6 We all like sheep, went astray, each one of us has turned to his own way. And YHVH has laid on Him the wickedness of us all.
Wickedness is also translated iniquity, which is rebellion, The Hebrew word is avon which also includes the punishment of the iniquity, and the judgment of Elohim which rightly we deserve. (See Bereshith 4:13; Wayyiqra[ix] 16:22)
Every one of us has disobeyed Yehovah; therefore all of us have sinned. (Romiyim[x] 3:23)  The penalty for sin is death, (Romiyim 6:23; Yechezqel[xi] 18:4 The soul who sins shall die
Yeshua became our sacrifice when He died on the cross. The sacrifice had to be unblemished. It had to be perfect.
Bereshith 12:5 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year.”
He was without sin.
Qorin’tiyim 2[xii] 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of Elohim.
Bereshith 15:9-18 describes the Covenant Yehovah made with Avraham. Yehovah Himself passed between the slaughtered animals, for Avraham fell into a deep sleep (v.12). Yehovah was for-telling us that He Himself would redeem us, and He certainly did. Israel came back from slavery through the mighty Hand of Yehovah, and Yeshua has saved us by giving His own life and set us free.
He died for the people.
Yeshayahu 53:8b For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
He became our atonement.  
Wayyiqra  16:21-22 Aaron shall  lay both  his hands  on the head of the goat, confess all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions , concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness the hand of a suitable man.  
Yahweh did this for us.   
He placed all of our sins, iniquities and their consequences on Yeshua in order for us to be set free.  He did not compromise His own righteousness. As mentioned above, He Himself became Man in the person of His Ben, and paid the debt we could not pay. We also now benefit of the blessings that the deliverance has provided.
Yeshayahu 53:4-5  Truly He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains. Yet we reckoned Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted 5 But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickednesses. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Yeshayahu 53:12b He was counted with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
There was no other way possible to save humanity. The only possible way was for us was the death and resurrection of  Yehovah’s only Ben[xiii], the sinless Elohim Yeshua ha’Mashiach.
How do we become free from the curse?                                                                                                                                                                        
We can become free from the curse by establishing a relationship with our Creator. We need to repent of our sin, and believe in the Ben of Yehovah.
Yochanan 1[xiv] 1:7-9 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yehoshua ha’Mashiach His Ben cleanses us from all sin. 8 if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We repent to Yehowah first, and next we receive Yehoshua, His only Ben, as our Savior. Make sure you confess your sins and repent also for unforgiveness, for if you do not forgive you will not be forgiven (Mattithyahu 6:12)
Now you may want to pray from your heart the following prayer.
Father Yehovah, I believe that You are my Creator. I recognize that I am a sinner and I repent for all my sins, and especially the sin of idolatry. I also repent of unforgiveness and I now forgive all those people that have hurt me….…………. (name people’s names you need to forgive)  and I ask You, Yehovah, to forgive me. I believe that You, Yehoshua are the only Ben of Yehovah,  I believe that You died and rose again and became My Passover Lamb. I also know according to the Scriptures that You will come again to establish Your kingdom and reign in Yerushalayim.   Thank you for removing my sins and now I ask you, Yehoshua, to please live your life in me. Thank you for giving me eternal life.  
I also repent of  the sins of my forefather, especially the sins  that exposed me to a curse, and I ask You, Yehovah, to please forgive those sins.  I renounce all forms of idolatry, and I ask that You release me from every curse now. Thank you. If I have any “contact object” in my possession I will destroy it.  Thank you for saving me and for delivering me from every curse today. I will begin now to serve You by the power of Your Spirit in me. Thank you for delivering me now.  
 I give praise Your Holy Name and I worship you with all my heart. Amen.
 This is a simple prayer. But You can talk to Yehovah and Yehoshua with your own words anytime. Yehovah is your Father in Heaven, and He lives His life in you now.  He will listen to your heart and answer you.

Please note:
I have reprinted this message because after a few years struggling about the pronunciation of YHVH I realize that Yehovah has given us the answer. My own concordance  writes the Hebrew Name of our Creator as Yehovah. And His Ben’s Name is Yehoshua, which of course is Joshua in English. I thank Him for showing me what I believe it is truth, and I desire to let everyone known about His Awesome all Powerful Name, Yehovah. I am sorry that I waited so long, but now I am fully convinced that Yehovah is His name. Each of us needs to pray and search for truth.  Knowing His Name and the correct pronunciation is very important. I know He will answer us when we seek Him with all our heart. 

Tehillim[xv] 44:20,21 I we had forgotten the name of our Elohim, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,  21 would not Elohim search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
I am glad that He knows our hearts, and when we make a mistake in faith, He will forgive us and accept us. Therefore let us…
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show your great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Yirmeyahu 33:3             


[i] Hebrews
[ii] Yehovah, called by many also as Yahweh, as I also did. However, the Name of our Creator  has been discovered in the recent years to be Yehovah.
[iii] Sanctified
[iv] Yehoshua our Messiah, who is the Anointed One of Yehovah who came to redeem us from our sin , and the result of our sin, which is the curse.
[v] Genesis
[vi] Proverbs
[vii] Matthew
[viii] Isaiah
[ix] Leviticus
[x] Romans
[xi] Ezekiel
[xii] 2  Corinthians
[xiii] Son
[xiv] John
[xv] Psalms