Introduction"V" and the Gospel EnlightenmentThe Origins of Judaism - AdlerThe gospel and the LawJesus Christ - the listRomans proves Paul liedTrial of the AgesHebrew Gospel of Matthew

updated One Disciple to Another

 

 


Updated May 12, 2022
 
 Studies are ongoing, but not complete.  This is sharing the revised "One Disciple to Another - the Original Jesus" to make obvious necessary corrections needed due to discovery that the rest of the NT is not authoritative, as it cannot stand up straight when compared or contrasted to the ancient records of the Hebrew Scripture, Dead Sea Scrolls, or recently published proto-Deuteronomy "V" - "The Valediction of Moses" by Idan Dershowitz.
 
 

 Index                                                                                                           Page 1

1.     Which Church is the True Church?                                                                  2

2.     "This Gospel of the Kingdom."                                                                         14

3.     Premise 1 - Take Heed That No Man Deceives You                                       18

4.     Premise 2 - Using His Correct Name                                                                 22

5.     Premise 3 - Believe the Instructions of God                                                      23

6.     Premise 4 - What Does God Require of Man?                                                  25

7.     Premise 5 - The Spirit of Truth                                                                            26

8.     Premise 6 - The Everlasting Covenant                                                               28

9.     Premise 7 - The Definition Of Love, As Given By God and Christ               32

10.  The Teachings of Master Yahshua  (Jesus Christ)                                             36

11.  The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship                                                          46

12.  The Greatest Commandment                                                                               50

13.  The Kingdom of God                                                                                             54

14.  The Gospel According to Matthew                                                                      56

15.  The SERMON ON THE MOUNT                                                                        64

16.  Review of End-times Teachings                                                                           112

17.  Conclusion: The Gospel and the Everlasting Covenant                                  116

18.  Church Organization and Offices                                                                       128

"Every student who enters upon a scientific pursuit, especially if at a somewhat advanced period of life, will find not only that he has much to learn, but much also to unlearn.  As a first preparation, therefore, for the courses he is about to commence, he must loosen his hold on all crude and hastily adopted notions, and must strengthen himself by something of an effort and a resolve, for the unprejudiced admission of any conclusion which shall appear to be supported by careful observation and logical argument, even should it prove of a nature adverse to notions he may have previously formed for himself, or taken up without examination, on the credit of others.  Such an effort is, in fact, a commencement of that intellectual discipline which forms one of the most important ends of all sciences."

 

Sir John Herschel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Church Is True to God and Jesus?

 

With so many lies, can we know "Truth" today?

 

Jesus gave hundreds of teachings, and each is an important lesson in our discipleship to him.  We are warned to be hearers and doers of his word.  Jesus came to teach and manifest the instructions of God about who we choose to become; whether we will choose life, as God intends for His creation, or not.  The fact that there are over fifteen-thousand different churches, not one, shows there is much division in churches doctrines and source of doctrines that developed since the start of the church until today. 

 

My father and grandfather were preachers in the Church of Christ, who claim to be "first century Christians", which was a good premise, to simply be Christians who were willing to allow communion between a variety of sects under the same roof in the American frontier - to follow the Bible and let it be the sole source for Church Doctrine, rather than statements of faith as given in various denominational churches.  History and human imperfections have shown the source of our divisions were not really addressed by belief that all the problems of Christianity did not come solely from "Church Doctrine", but from a far deeper source, or sources, as all rejected the record of the Everlasting Covenant made by God (Elohim) with those He said He would call "My people."  (Study shows the "Law" is the Decrees of Elohim in conjuction with the Blessings and the Curses, not 613 Commandments of Orthodox Judaism.  (The "V" translation of the Covenant is given further down the page)  Study of the ancient texts also show the Covenant was ratified by Israel and the "multitude of nations" who left Egypt to serve the One true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)  Israel has rejected God by defying Him in adding Commandments and in their retarded view of fellow mankind, as well as the imagined 7 Noahide Laws of Rabbinical invention.  "The Valediction of Moses", the proto-Deuteronomy text of 5 pages, not 34 chapters of Jewish Law Codes, proves we inherited altered scriptures from Judaism.  It's no wonder, because of Elohim's love for His people, that He gave Jesus/Joshua2 as the final prophet, as his teachings match the Covenant as it was from the days of Ezekiel: The Ten Commandments, the Blessings, and the Curses.  Those are the basis of the Standard of God for life, that we be able to "Choose life that ye may live!"  Jesus upheld, restored and renewed them as no other prophet in the history of Israel.  It's no wonder that so many around the world have been captivated and inspired to better and more hopeful lives as a result of the teachings of this one man in human history - the "Son of Man."

 

When facing my own dead end wall, that what I had been taught to believe resulted in a huge "crash and burn", I had to face the fact that what I'd been taught to believe from Paul's writings was the absolute truth of God, could not have been, and was impossible to have been as I was told to believe - facing my personal problem brought to the surface the underlying cause of some severe abuse issues from my childhood that no one should have to recover from - but unfortunately, a number of men have been through, but manage to cope in their own way, and some never fully recover.  No child should ever be abused, every child should be taught the Teachings of God.  Since the Teachings of God were altered 3000 years ago by Judaism, and the Teachings of God, as example and taught by Jesus were corrupted by those of Rome and Egyptian backgrounds before 300 AD, I submit that we all - Jews and Christians since then - have inherited perversions of the Standards God gave to mankind in the Holy Scripture based from the Torah, the books of Moses, and every book in the Christian New Testament has suffered revision, or is an outright lie against the Pathway to Life that was given to mankind by Elohim Almighty.

 

This is proven to be fact by the oldest records of the Scripture from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Hebrew Matthew, and the first rejected proto-Deuteronomy scroll recently translated in "The Valediction of Moses."  All who have been told the "Bible" is the inerrant word of God have been told a lie, and the conflicts we have in our various belief systems prove it is a fact we must all face and honestly deal with accordingly.  God did not leave men ignorant - all our ‘fathers' failed to restore the Instructions of Elohim, and most important to Christianity, the true gospel account that was altered and perverted by Rome to seem less contradictory to the most influential liar of all time: the not-apostle Paul.

 

Significant alterations have been made to "Christian" and Hebrew Bibles.  I strongly advise getting a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures translated to English.  I recommend the Stone Edition for their translation into English, and the Soncino set for basic understanding of historical events and to observe viewpoints of various Jewish Rabbi.  Since the Hebrew Scriptures were evidently altered 3000 years ago, see: "The Valediction of Moses" and "The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible."  What I have discovered from the most ancient texts available is that the Teachings and Pathway given by Elohim to mankind have been consistent since the Garden of Eden beginnings of mankind through the Teachings/Statements of Elohim at Mount Sinai, through the Prophets, and throughout the teachings of Joshua (Jesus) in the more original Hebrew Matthew account, as translated by George Howard.  In fact, the proto-Deuteronomy book, "The Valediction of Moses" proves that all the teachings of Joshua (Jesus) were in total accord to the Pact (Covenant) as ratified between Elohim YHWH, the children of Israel, and the multitude of nations who left Egypt with Israel to serve the One True God - Elohim/YHWH Almighty.

 

In Micah 6:7, 8 we are told:

 

"Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,

Ten thousand rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

 

He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?"

 

Jesus came to teach and demonstrate exactly what these things mean: to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God and our fellow man.  Also recall his charges against the scribes and Pharisees - they neglected the weightier matters of the Law (instructions of God): justice (do justly), mercy (mercy) and faith (walking humbly with thy God).

 

Have you ever wondered if what you were taught to believe is the same gospel Jesus taught to his disciples?  Is his gospel message one that changes with time and culture?  Or, is the gospel a set message that is timeless and as applicable to life today as it was nearly 2000 years ago?  And what of Judaism's alterations 3000 years ago?  Is there any reason or proof that the pathway of life, as given by God, has been the same since the creation of mankind in Eden?  Have you ever read, in a Christian Bible, that there was no "Fall" of mankind to have become abjectly corrupt due to eating of a certain tree?  After the "FALL", in the Hebrew to English records, God told Cain he was both capable and responsible to improve himself to be forgiven, and that sin, if not overcome, would overcome him?  Why have Christian Bibles neglected to translate this passage correctly?  Is it because if they did, that would have exposed Paul to be an outright liar against God and His Instruction to mankind from the beginning?  Have those in charge of publishing our "Bibles" have failed us greatly.  So it is not that we are incapable, but that we have been told to believe lies, and the lies are not from God, and following lies will not lead us in the pathway God gave as His Standards for living a just and reasonable life that He said will be blessed. 

Stone Edition, Genesis 4:7; "Surely, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven.  But if you do not improve yourself, sin rests at the door.  Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it." This fits hand in glove to the statements of God in Isaiah 1, in His plea that we reason together with Him, that we do no evil and learn to do good.  That is what will cleanse us from sin, that we be "white as snow" - according to Isaiah 1 - but not according to most of the "Christian" scripture.  As a Christian, I cannot remember ever hearing the obvious truth that was plainly visible but was told forgiveness of sin required the shed blood of Jesus, and that baptism was a figurative immersion into the blood of Jesus, the only means by which there could be any forgiveness of sin.  Hebrews says that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.  That is not what God told Cain or Isaiah, and the obvious fact of the Passover is that the lamb only protected the firstborn in a household from the death angel - it was not for "forgiveness of sin" from the start.

As Jesus warned in the Sermon on the Mount, we must dig down through the layers of dirt mankind has placed upon the clearly observable bedrock of the "Rock" - the "Rock" of salvation is God, who gave us instruction so we would not be deceived or overcome.

Of the major divisions in Christianity today there are significant differences between what it means to be a Christian (one who "believes" or "has faith", or "trusts" in Jesus). 

God created each person to be unique - no two are alike in every way, but do we have any reason to believe that opposing diversity of beliefs and faiths are what God ever desired of those He calls "My people"?  Didn't Jesus' say, at the end of Matthew, that disciples are to be made that are taught the same things he taught the first disciples - the twelve apostles?  The most complete record of his teachings is Matthew, and we need to revisit the Hebrew Matthew because it preceded Paul's teaching and the Greek and Latin mistranslations.  Why are many "Christians" on a binge to do less and less of what Jesus  taught, and many have divorced themselves from the Torah of Elohim and His words that He said lead to life; that we be able to "Choose life that Ye might live!"?

To a disciple with eyes open to discern truth from lies, the Teachings of Jesus are in total alignment with the Torah of Elohim.  We need to realize he was teaching repentance to do the will of Elohim indeed!   Nowhere in the gospel written by his collective disciples (Matthew) can we observe that Jesus claimed to be God, a demi-God, a human sacrifice, or that his righteousness will be imputed to anyone but himself!  Why do some of the New Testament books say otherwise?  Strong proofs show the Greek based books altered the gospel that was taught by Jesus in Matthew and the words of God in the Hebrew Holy Scripture.  The source of our problem in scripture pre-dates the Council of Nicaea, and goes back to the first division of Christianity - those who followed the musings of the mad-man Paul, versus those who were following the disciples record of the Hebrew Matthew to be in harmony to the Teachings of God in the Hebrew Scripture.  Those who had Jesus killed were what became the Orthodox Pharisee Judaism, and most recently the Zionist Orthodox Judaism that runs Israel today and has hands in many evils.

Dare I say it directly?  Paul was an ignoramus and fraud. You may react in horror at this charge, but it is provably true.  We have been sold out by the fact that our "faith fathers" - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - have inherited the lies of the Jews in Ezekiels' days who altered the Covenant of Elohim and added many things to what Elohim had told them to do = which is why they have not been blessed by Elohim for 3000 years, and also proves why they killed Jesus (Joshua 2) for teaching the unaltered Doctrine of God.  (Note carefully that "The Valediction of Moses" account of the Ten Commandments, Blessings and Curses find accord to the Hebrew Matthew,  as well as the prophets and writings in the Hebrew Scriptures.)

The Church, believers in Jesus as the Messiah and "that prophet", originated at Jerusalem and was spreading throughout the known world. First centering through the original disciples testimony of Jesus' teachings, examples in life, and also his death, burial and resurrection and ascension - as Jesus had commanded and commissioned them at the end of the gospel of Matthew.  Evidence exists that the Hebrew Matthew was written before 40 CE, by the chosen disciples before they dispersed to spread the gospel to the nations as Yahshua had instructed them.  [The Hebrew Matthew was altered to become the Greek Matthew, which was selected by Rome to be the "accepted" account.  The Hebrew account of Matthew was lost after hundreds of years - perhaps before 800 CE.  It was re-discovered in an obviously altered text in a Jewish Rabbi's records from about 1200 CE and translated into English by George Howard and published as found.]  After a few years (35 - to 55? CE) Paul entered the picture, first as a persecutor, then an alleged convert and self-proclaimed apostle.  Paul gave his teachings to areas away from Jerusalem, and reportedly visited Jerusalem several times.  Paul was involved in a few controversies in Acts, but Acts was written to promote Paul, and is mostly about Paul - not what the other apostles taught or did.  Look the book over - this is an obvious fact.  Comparison of the teachings of Jesus in Matthew, to the teachings/writings of Paul: it is impossible they were teaching the same message, and the Teachings of Elohim show Jesus taught according to the given words of Elohim, whereas Paul defied the Teachings of Elohim.  If we are living by the words of God - one must say Elohim spoke truth, and the writings of Paul and the other Pharisee Rabbi do not tell the truth Elohim desires we know, that we can "Choose life that Ye might live!"  Rather, by believing Paul, one must of necessity reject the words of God.  Even the "Jerusalem Decree" given in Acts defies the Teaching and Covenant of Elohim Almighty, the Father in heaven.  See the basic outline of the pathway of godliness - "the holy way" of Isaiah 35.  Look at the chart on the historical development of the Christian Canon (link provided below) - neither Luke or Acts were accepted in the first century - so why do those who claim to be "first century Christians" not just rely on the Hebrew Scripture and the Hebrew Matthew?  That is all that was accepted by the original Christians - the charting shows this is the fact, and we've been lied to by Rome, and accepted her falsehoods for almost 2000 years!!!!  WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Later in Church history, Imperial Rome transferred authority to the Roman Church.  The Roman Church grew in power and tried to overtake the rest of the Christians as their subjects.  Those outside Roman rule were threatened that they also had to submit and change their doctrines and Scripture to match what Rome declared.  The Roman sphere of influence also evolved into making Churches under the authority of various countries Kings, who were to be in submission to the head of the Roman Church.   Thereby the sanctioned "Church State" was birthed that those who came to America hoped to escape and be able to worship God by the dictate of their own conscience, rather than the dictate of the obviously corrupted King or Pope. It is indeed unfortunate that the protestant Reformation was not based on paying very close attention to the words of God in the Scripture, but was based upon the writings of Paul, which defied the Teachings of God and Jesus - based on accepting perverted Scriptures to be truth.  I have to ask myself who was the power behind the RCC, when so many who came before were eliminated: Why was Martin Luther not likewise taken out of the picture as those who came before him, except what he was promoting was farther from the real truth than those who came before him?  It could not have been based on the knowledge of Elohim and His ways.  Someone was behind things that wanted to ensure people are deceived and controlled.

The office of the Roman Pope was one of great political and religious power.  Those who would not submit to Rome were persecuted by Rome for a long time, but the Christian faith extended beyond Roman rule.  The Roman Church rule has its own historical events of significance, and I'm really not so interested in exposing those things at this time, excepting the most lasting influence to this day is what the currently extended Churches consider to be Scripture, and the murderous behavior to anyone who dared question their authority or alteration of the Hebrew Scripture, or their decree that all the books they put in the New Testament are to be considered the "Word of God.".  The book listing for the New Testament Canon was declared by the Roman Church about 400 AD, almost 300 years after the Church began.  (For perspective - observe current conflicting viewpoints about the Constitution versus what was said when it was ratified.)   The same books were received in other areas and preserved outside Roman rule that demanded everyone accept what the Pope and Roman Church declared.  There is an "Aramaic English New Testament" (AENT) purportedly based on the account accepted by some at 160 CE, but the problem is that the Scriptures had undergone several revisions by 150 CE, possibly as many as six revisions? 

God never authorized anyone to alter His word, and the account in Genesis of the Serpent, Adam and Eve shows God is not bound to keep the words of anyone who alters His word.  [Didn't Elohim curse the Serpent for his deceiving mankind?]  One only needs to double check passages of the Hebrew Scriptures quoted in the New Testament to the Hebrew to English translations available today, and then double check key passages to the "Dead Sea Scrolls Bible" to be able see this is a fact, and to make necessary corrections.  If this is not done - those who believe the lies will suffer the consequences of disbelieving and disobeying and rejecting God.  See the Blessings; see the Curses.  Do those Statements of Elohim matter today if God is true and faithful to uphold His word higher than any name?  If a man is not good for his word - what good is he, in reality, if you cannot trust what he said? Or: What father who loves his child will ever seek to confuse him by only rewarding bad behavior? 

God said it is possible and within our capability and responsibility to live uprightly in the eyes of God and our fellow humanity.  This is what the Covenant of Elohim is still capable to accomplish in us, if we make it our Standard of life, as Elohim said we are to do if we love and serve Him alone.  The unaltered Covenant Standards show that love for Elohim cannot be separated from our love towards ourselves and fellow mankind.

It's alarming to me, based on alterations discovered, that no Christian Bible Publisher has made the corrections that should be made to texts and to also eliminate spurious books.

Some ancient texts discovered from the area of the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been from the early Church before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.  What has been declared to be accepted Scripture by The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) does not match what some of the ancient discovered texts declared to be Scripture.  One of these ancient texts says the Jerusalem Church only accepted the Old Testament and the original Hebrew Gospel, the Hebrew Matthew, to be Scripture.  It was reportedly written by Matthew, who was one of the twelve apostles, and the apostles were the chosen disciples and witnesses of Jesus and the teachings he gave (the Gospel).  Equally important is that some ancient texts  indicated the writings of Paul were rejected as Scripture by the pre-Roman Christians at Jerusalem.  My study originally focused on the teachings of Jesus throughout the New Testament texts substantiates this could well be true.  God said through Moses, the Prophets and Jesus/Joshua that we have specific instruction and commandments about who we are to hear and who we are to reject as a spokesperson for God (YHWH). 

Since the Instruction of Elohim is to "improve" ourselves, and that in the "last days" people would seek to return to "the old paths" and "the good ways" - we must also consider new ancient evidences, such as "The Valediction of Moses" that gives compelling evidence to the Covenant, as it existed in the days of Ezekiel and the major prophets.   The ancient proto-Deuteronomy was different than what we have today from Judaism, and the explicit conditions between the two accounts  show massive alterations, and also show Deuteronomy was originally about five pages long, but was altered to become 34 Chapters of Jewish law codes and faked history.  (Archeologists are finding what they have discovered does not match "Biblical" history as given.)  Those of Elohim will seek to know and serve him alone, as they are also careful to hold fast to His Sabbaths and Covenant (Isaiah 56, 57).

The Roman Church claims they are the oldest and original Church.  There are also those who split with the Roman Church over doctrines and authority the Church is to submit to (Roman Pope).  Their belief is that Rome departed from the original Church, which is why they call themselves Orthodox. 

After a thousand years some men believed the Roman Church was corrupted and that the common folk needed to have the Scriptures available in the language everyone could understand, as then the Latin texts prevailed, but few were able to read, hear or understand them, thereby nullifying the effectiveness God intended His Teachings to have for mankind.   It's interesting that the period when men were denied the Scripture the most was also one of the darkest times in known human history.  It was through this period of the first awakening that the King James Bible and others came into use. 

Following this are many other Protestant denominations whose variant faiths promote to "preach the truth" and have largely based faith and practice through Statements of Doctrine for each Church, and each sect based their doctrines on the texts the Roman Church declared to be the New Testament.  By now people generally follow the faith of their fathers or settle in on a congregation that best fits what they either find most family friendly, or least objectionable to what they believe.  Sola Scriptura (Scripture Only) was the basis of the Protestant reformation, and this was based on understandings stemming from the writings of Paul, not really focusing on the Teachings of God found in the Torah, Prophets, Psalms, Writings, and Jesus' call for men of all nations to repent towards God and do His will faithfully, rather than the commandments and precepts of men..

Of the later developments in the 1800's re-awakening are found those who attempted to return to the original faith, as they understood it to be, as well as those who claim restored priesthood authority through their Living Prophets.  The Latter Day Saints have added books to their Scripture that purport their founder, Joseph Smith Jr., to have received by revelation.  The founding prophetess of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen White, also wrote extensively and her books also cause them to focus their faith away from the teachings of Jesus to then observe whatever she wrote.  It's too bad that Mormons say the Scripture was mistranslated, but they follow pretended corrections when they should have simply revisited the Hebrew Scriptures and the Hebrew Matthew.  The truth of God is known by His word, not some imagined spiritual power imparted by laying on hands.

After spending a number of years studying with a variety of Churches, all I can conclude is that there are so many Churches because none of them remained believers of what Jesus taught: to be hearers and doers of His words (Jesus claim was that his teachings were of God, not himself), but allowed themselves to drift away from the teachings and examples Jesus gave us,  to instead follow what Paul taught.  It was only through focused study to know what Jesus taught that helped me realized the significance of the matter.  If you don't believe me, see if you can go to a Church whose speakers focus on what Paul wrote taking precedence over the teachings of Jesus, as given to us by his chosen witnesses. If Jesus said we are to be his disciples and keep to his teachings, then why do we need further revelations from Paul?  Did God or Jesus forget something?  However, the problem is not only central to Paul - the other gospels testify against Matthew.

The most controversial  teaching to Christians today  is Jesus' instruction that the least of the Law is still in effect till the end of the heavens and earth - VS - it was nailed to the cross and done away with.  No one can possibly attend every Church existing in the entire earth, but after visiting many, all I can say is I'd love to find one that does focus teaching its members in the fullness of what Jesus taught and their harmony and alignment to the Teachings of God Almighty. 

The focus of Christian faith should be on the person, prophecies, examples and teachings of Yahshua ... if they actually believe him.  After all, the gospels record says that we are to be his disciples indeed if we are to know the truth, which requires abiding in the words of God, which requires knowing what the unaltered words of God are.

By our time, and through the confusions of history, how can we possibly know who and what to believe is actually the truth God gave through him?  My friends, we have inherited lies from our "church fathers", and I know of no one who desires to be deceived.  Surely it was unintentional sin for most everyone who has believed lies against God and His anointed one - God will forgive unintentional sin, but we need to repent to the Truth.  See Numbers 15:22-31.  There is no temple to offer sacrifice, but we must first accept the decrees of God and turn to Him with a whole heart, body, mind and soul to do His will.  To continue in ignorant rebellion against Elohim has distanced us greatly from our God. Has God said that those who willfully continue to reject Him will be "cut off"?  Yes.  This is why Jesus taught those who were without the Law (Torah) would be told by him: "Depart from me, I never knew you." If you do not grasp this, you need to know you have been told to believe in lies about God and Jesus.

How is it that what we have been taught to believe about Jesus and his Church ends up in different fellowships, belief systems of what the "gospel" is, Church organizations, and the teachings focused on regarding what members must believe and do to be "faithful"?  While all will say they are Christians, how can all of them be faithful Christians and have so many differences - some quite profound - and some teaching against what Yahshua said kis disciples will believe and do?  How is it that so many who believe in Jesus as children end up rejecting their faith in their teens and twenties?  Suppose one discovers what they were taught isn't true?  Some may conclude what they have been taught offends their own soul.  Many continue to search for the unaltered truth because they love and believe Jesus is the coming Christ and desire to know and serve God more fully.  If you are reading this, chances are you fit in this group, and I hope you'll come to discover what my search has found to be the truth that Yahshua said will set us free to the will, knowledge, wisdom and blessings of God that lead to life.  The plain truth is that forgiveness from God has always been based on repentance that ceases the bad behavior to do what is right - according to God's Teachings, Instructions, Commandments and Justice as prescribed in the Torah: "And so he shall be forgiven.".  Blood sacrifice does not forgive sins - repentance to do rightly does.  If you question this, read Genesis 4:7, Deuteronomy 4:13, Isaiah 1 and Ezekiel 18. 

My dad's roots were Methodist; many consider them to be on the liberal side of Christianity.   As a child I still remember visiting my uncle Harry, who was a Methodist minister, and attending services with his family a few times.  The Church of Christ prided itself on being "New Testament Christians" or "First Century Christians" and generally held to a theme of "If it isn't authorized in the New Testament, it is prohibited."  Since musical instruments aren't specifically authorized in the New Testament, they were forbidden to be used in worship.  My uncle Harry and aunt Helen were two of the loveliest people I've ever known, and I still recall sitting in their Church with them as the piano was played and all I could think of was how I couldn't sing - lest I be damned - and wondering how on earth such nice people could be so wrong and damn themselves to hell for singing with an instrument, as they sang the same songs of praise to God that I sang in the Church of Christ. 

That was my first introduction to how divisive what we've been taught can become.  I have to smile at my childish ignorance by now, but if you've been brought up in any particular Church and have visited family or friends who go to a different Church or faith, you might be able to loosely identify with the feelings and questions I had as a child in wondering about "Why the differences?" or "Why do we believe what we do, and they believe something else?"*   Each believe and love Jesus as they've accepted what they've been taught, and ultimately, who is right, or does it really matter?  Who hasn't heard: "Go to the Church of your own choice"?  Who hasn't known someone who belongs to a Church that thinks theirs is the only "True" Church on the face of the earth?  It appears that we've missed a central element if there is a unity that believers should possess.   Those of God should be living as He Taught, and He didn't teach against Himself.  Jews have judged Jesus harshly over the centuries, but from my review of the Hebrew Matthew and the Hebrew to English Holy Scriptures translated by Jews, I have not been able to find any fault in the Teachings of Jesus in Matthew that are not based on obvious alteration of what had to be the original Teachings - before alteration by Rome.  I think the Jews have judged him unjustly, just as it was with the crucifixion.

(* Since the words of God are sure and everlasting, if God already declared the use of instruments permissible in praises to Him in Psalm 150, which is according to the Torah.   God already gave the truth of the matter of instruments and worship.  Wouldn't it be wrong to reject His words of instruction?  To reject His words, and to then teach others to reject the truth of God through false arguments/theology cannot result in doing the will of God.  Instruments are permitted, and reverence is also commanded.)

We moved every few years and this exposed me to a variety of Churches and faiths, and local cultures.  Having started school in Utah, we returned to Utah for my Junior and Senior years of High School.  By then I enjoyed debating LDS friends over the Book of Mormon.  Several times friends who were LDS missionaries in training would come over after school and we'd discuss the meaning of the "two sticks" prophecy in Ezekiel 37 and once ended up going to their Seminary teachers to discuss things they believed they were right about,  but didn't know how to answer points I made.  (The passage is one of the few in the Bible that actually says what it means in the same chapter, so giving it a totally different meaning cannot fit the text, context, or the principles taught in other Scripture of ‘No prophecy is of private interpretation.'  We all felt obligated to prove what we were taught to believe was the real truth, yet no conversions were made.  We enjoyed our discussions as we tried to prove to each other why our Church was the correct one.  We shared the desire to love and serve Jesus, but were limited by what we'd been taught in our respective Churches to be the truth - the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Just after graduating we moved to California, I went off to college to study Bible and Sociology and try to follow in my dad's footsteps.  Great expectations filled my mind, there I was at the same Church school my dad attended a short time.  Rather than small congregations I'd grown up with, some congregations in the Nashville area had membership in the thousands.  One of the Bible professors had a fireside event for the new Bible majors, and I looked forward to meeting him and all the other "like-minded" students.  Until that point in my life Bible study was usually in smaller groups, and most of them didn't read the workbook lessons and showed little interest in classes.  I was more than ready to get into the Scriptures with the experts!  It was only a few minutes into the fireside when the professor came over to me and drew the focus of everyone to our conversation - and to my surprise, he was confronting me, not congratulating me for my choice of school or field of study.  "I hear you actually believe the Holy Spirit indwells you?"  Having been taught this all my life from Jesus' teaching on sending the Comforter, *note: Acts 2:38, 39; John 15:26; 16:7-15,  and other passages, such as the Spirit is Gods seal of surety to the believer, why God said He would give His spirit to assist those who obey Him, but mostly from personal experience of it when I was baptized, we bantered back and forth quoting Bible passages, discussing whether the Spirit actually indwells the baptized believer, or if it is solely the word of God being inspired by the Spirit and we cannot have the Spirit in actuality, but only the engrafted word.  This really puzzled me at the time, as I didn't come to college to argue with the professors.  Being a fair debater, I reserved some parting comments of additional Scripture to prove my viewpoint was correct - that the Spirit works within the word to affect our lives, but that He also is capable to guide and lead us throughout our life as the promised Comforter and to lead us to all truth.  The professor had rights to the parting comment:  "Well", he said, "I'm surprised you don't have a Scribe following you around to record every word you say!"

I believed Jesus and what the Scriptures said, yet there I was, standing up for my faith and the word of God and everything I had been taught to believe as the professor and students had a chuckle at my expense.  I stuck it out at David Lipscomb for over a year, but could see it wasn't going to work out as expected and returned home to get a job and spent 40 years working for the State of California Division of Highways and Department of Transportation. 

It was quite a humbling reality to go from college to picking up trash and weeds along the Highways, especially when friends drove by and honked their horns - but it was a job and put food on the table and an honest way for me to get my own place and raise a family.

Each of us has opportunities in life, and I used mine to the best of my ability.  I also made a number of mistakes, as I was very naive and mainly learned by experience.  Work started in maintaining highways and ended up assisting in their design and construction.  Through my career I've worked with thousands and supervised hundreds, and it was perhaps the best experience in my life in exposure to the real world - which is vastly different from being a preacher's kid and everything centering on Church.  The life I'd lived as the son of a preacher in the Church of Christ was extremely limited and shielded from most of life's realities.  Work was an education about the hard realities of life and observing what others believe or don't believe, and how this reflects in values of faith, and faithlessness, and how these affected people.   I enjoyed talking to those of different faiths about what they believed: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, LDS, SDA, Jews, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, as well as pagans, agnostics and atheists.

Aside from developing work ethics and stamina, the most valuable skill developed was to digest huge amounts of information to determine specific recommendations.  Some highway projects had hundreds and thousands of pages in plans, specifications, special provisions, environmental permits, and such, but boiled down to how much money was provided for certain specifications, line items and various contingency funds of the contract that I was to provide input for the Construction Division during the design phase and help implement during Construction of the projects.  This required envisioning projects as designed to be built in multi-year phases and anticipate specific environmental needs and help plan what should be required throughout the project (if the Regulations and Permits didn't change) and to be an advocate for funds to get the job done correctly and according to project site and project specific requirements, special provisions, standard specifications, project design guidelines and various environmental permits.  Anyone has done this type of work before, you'll appreciate the focus to detail that is required.  Sometimes project documentation gave conflicting requirements, which took time to re-direct issues to resolve as best as possible.  The final product being the goal, one had to see the current situation and the final configuration to make sense of all that happens from start to finish.  It isn't uncommon that mistakes are made when people aren't working closely together and sharing information with each other, or if some who think they know something that they don't know start directing something incorrectly, or when a figure is given for a critical design issue that is significantly wrong.  Sometimes required information couldn't be known until the mountain was blasted away and the calculation figures were merely rough estimates, such as what percentage of the new cut-slope would be solid granite and what was likely to be decomposed granite.  With a 200'- 300' tall cut slope above the highway, with homes or streams nearby, this was a critical issue that provisions be made to build a stable slope. 

While many are not aware of the need for specification details, you might consider if you'd like to take the chance to drive over a bridge put together with materials that don't meet the designed and engineered strength requirements for the structure of a bridge built high over water such as the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.  How much confidence should you really have in the bridge if the bolts, welding, concrete or foundation structure didn't meet the strength required by the engineers who designed it?  What if the builder put in materials that didn't meet the strength specifications required?  Maybe with only a few substandard bolts the bridge would hold; maybe it would hold for years before the stress finally caused failure to withstand the forces it was designed to bear.  Thankfully bridges are typically over-built to be more forgiving to reality.  What if all the critical bolts were weak and substandard?   What if in this condition of weakness the bridge was filled to maximum capacity, and the weight limits of what it was designed for was more than the actual substandard materials could bear?  I've worked over many large bridges, and even those made of concrete will sway and bounce up and down with the weight of traffic and the force of strong winds.  Moment by moment, bounce by bounce, thousands of people passed over before us.  Although rare, mainly because of diligent designers, engineers, contractors, craftsmen, workers, inspectors, and material suppliers, there have been a few notable examples of catastrophic bridge failure and significant loss of property and/or life.  Why not be diligent to follow all the design and maintenance requirements to build and maintain the bridge as fully intended?  Wouldn't that be the upright way to build and maintain such an important thing? 

Is our belief and faith any less important if we believe there is a hereafter and a coming account of ourselves to God?  The teachings of Yahshua have certain instructions that can be viewed similarly to specifications.  He put parameters on many things, such as who can be his disciple.   Much, if not all, of what Yahshua taught related to what God declared to be His instructions in righteousness and firmly based in the Torah, Prophets and Psalms.   Since the Hebrew Scriptures and book of Matthew (in Hebrew) are revealing the fullness of the will of God and the fulfillment of the promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham - from my perspective it is one testament of God - not two.  There is only one Law.  There is only one "Gospel," not one for Jews and another for non-Jews.  This is clearly told in Matthew, and according to the Hebrew Scriptures.  The Greek based Christian Scriptures have been dangerously altered in my opinion.  God certainly revealed Himself and His will in the Everlasting Covenant in Exodus.  There should be no confusion or doubt about who serves God, and who serves Him not, nor who are His enemies, nor what the "unforgivable sin" is, as given by God himself.  How can we "sanctify Thy NAME" if we don't even publish it in the Scripture?  Jewish editions have it in the Hebrew texts, but don't publish it in English translations - Christian Bibles have removed it completely.

There is a vast amount of information and instruction in the Bible.  What is the overall purpose and goal of our life on earth?  How do we get there?   How can we seek guidance with conflicting directions?  What are the required conditions?  What are the foundations and parameters?  Who is in charge?  Who are we to hear as authority and receive direction from?  Who are we to ignore?  Who are we to reject?  How much "truth" is required?  How much room is allowed for "opinion"?  What are the primary stabilizing influences?  I can't recommend too strongly to double check what someone tells you.  What can be more important to the subject than what God said?  The first recorded teaching of Yahshua in Matthew is "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

 

There are many who say the sum-total of the gospel response is to "Say this prayer after me and put your trust in Jesus' finished work on the cross", or "Invite Jesus into your heart."  I can still hear one caller to a Christian Radio Program who asked: "Are you sure that's all there is?" Repeatedly  the host assured the caller this prayer and trust in His work on the cross is all that is required, and further warned them to not listen to anyone who said baptism or any work was necessary, because baptism is a work and Paul said salvation is of faith and not works, lest any man should boast.   According to Yahshua, the truth of the matter is that the great commission near the end of Matthew is a word picture, like the Title Page of the building plans, of the original Christian faith, and puts baptism (immersion) in the Name (Father - not Trinity) in the center of the call to first becoming disciples and then doing whatever He first commanded the Apostles.  To cut out the middle, which is given as the promise of God to all from that day in Acts 2:38,39, a mere few days after He gave the great commission, may well be a gross error that leads people to reject the very promise of God regarding the gospel message of repentance, forgiveness and the promised Comforter.  If one takes only the text of the Hebrew Matthew alone, there was no commandment about baptism, and the matter depends on being taught whatever he had already taught the chosen disciples, which is the record they left in the Hebrew Matthew.  Nowhere in Matthew does Jesus claim to be divine or a human sacrifice, or that his righteousness will be imputed to anyone but himself.  So do we believe the gospel per the disciples, or the gospel per those who were not taught by Jesus himself?

Since the gospel message of Yahshua (Jesus) is what Christianity is all about, we need to apply reality of what he taught regarding the situation each of us find ourselves in who claim to belong to God, and we should also teach the same thing to others who may ask us about Christianity.  The souls of all men belong to God - not Jesus.  The teachings of Yahshua center on God and serving God in proper relationship to the Teachings of God and our fellow man - which is the basic principle required to understand the Ten Decrees of God as given at Sinai to all men who desire to live uprightly towards God and others.

Millions of people have been repeatedly led away from doing what Yahshua said is necessary, and with repeated denial of the Ten Decrees, how long does it take to put a callous over the instinct that asks if there is more we need to do?  It is with learned focus to seek to know the fullness of the will of God that is the good news of the hope of the Kingdom of God, as taught by Yahshua, that I return to teachings to see where I actually stand - according to what he taught.  As He said from the beginning - "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand," and, John the Baptist said; "Save yourselves from this crooked and perverse generation!" 

The need for the Torah Teachings of God for the Jews of his day needed purification from the alterations made in the days since Ezekiel, and also for the perversion to follow the rabbi's oral torah teachings, which was gaining ground during his timeline.  Jesus was teaching the Covenant Standards as Elohim had originally given, Jesus was renewing the Covenant Standards of God.  Matthew is largely  that record, but with 1900 years of throwing dirt on the Teachings of God, it took some digging through the doctrines of men to discover the fact that what Jesus taught was according to the unaltered Hebrew Scripture - not the Christian Scripture.  I have yet to find something he taught that was not first told in the Hebrew Scriptures.

No matter what we've been taught by anyone else, we must be willing to count the cost and repent of man-made beliefs and turn to do those things he said are done by those who desire to do the will of the Father in heaven.  As an expression contemporary to my work experience, if I want my bridge to withstand and endure, my life must be according to the just and righteous Standards and Design given by YHWH - to do less is to invite destruction and failure.  As Yahshua framed the issue, we must be hearers and doers of "these words" in the Sermon on the Mount, and as Moses foretold, we must hear God and "that prophet"  in whatever He tells us or be cut off from the brethren. (God said He would place His words in the mouth of "that prophet", so the Teachings are God's, not solely the prophet.)

Christianity centers on Jesus (Yahshua), but what I've come to see later in life is that divisions between fellowships and Churches (denominations) largely stem from one of two things: 

1.  Division of the teachings of YHWH and Yahshua - "cut and paste Christianity."

2.  Taking the words of someone other than Yahshua as more authoritative or true.

As one example of "cut and paste Christianity," have you heard "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free"?  More often than not, they don't preach the preceding condition of, "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."  Did Yahshua put the condition of abiding in what he was teaching, and abiding is to carefully observe every word of God and not adding to it or taking away from it, but living faithfully by all His teachings?

Being a disciple is about accepting and abiding in the whole of His teachings - and I was compelled to double check everything.   According to Yahshua, the way to know the truth is to abide in his word "indeed", which requires instruction in his teachings.    For years I would get up early before going to work and start my examination of the teachings to see what he said truth actually is.  This new purpose in reading the gospel accounts gave a new focus to my study, and each day I found myself noticing things he taught that I'd passed by many times before.  It was like discovering a new mountain of faith to be explored.   It wasn't long before realizing he taught that if anyone wanted to know if his teachings are actually from God, as necessary as told and as profitable as presented, that he gave what I call "The Jesus Test."  He said if anyone wills to know if his teachings are of God, that by doing what he said we can know if it is of God or not.   Taking this teaching as literal, it was the first thing on my mind to know if this is the truth.  (Do temper your desire with a healthy dose of common sense though.  There is no record of cutting off hands or putting eyes out to be taken literally, and the over-statement was to emphasize how dangerous sin is and the severity of repentance required by God.  Some things are harder than others, and some things are a life-long effort.)    Days passed into weeks and weeks into months - each day providing new insight to what He was teaching and then applying what he said to believe or do as opportunity presented itself.  It wasn't very long before I was compelled to start thinking differently than what I had been taught.  After coming to realize the significance of his teachings it became painfully obvious that divisions between believers resulted from the divisions in not accepting the whole of what he taught to be the guiding light it is intended to be - as recorded to have been said by those who were his appointed witnesses of what he had taught them about the kingdom of God (Heaven), life and what God has graciously instructed. 

After the first edition of One Disciple to Another, The Original Jesus, I discovered the four gospel accounts contain testimony against each other.  After much study, including review of "Let's Get Biblical" by rabbi Tovia Singer, I had to admit Christian Scripture was absolutely altered and contained many gross errors if the words of God in the Hebrew Scripture are true.  After studying out the issues he brought up, I had to conclude the Hebrew Matthew to be the real gospel account, but that it was also altered.  Fortunately the first teaching of Jesus about the words of God solved the problems.  One must return to the Hebrew Scripture account and the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible when double checking references. 

I had to exclude John for these causes: Jesus was not God's word made manifest; the words of Jesus certainly were altered; the account of the risen Jesus testifies wildly against what the original Matthew accounts; the record of the teachings of Jesus to the disciples was sorely lacking in comparison to the Hebrew Matthew. 

I had to exclude Mark because of it's lack of the Sermon on the Mount and the fact that it is not organized to be of much use, and mostly because the parting charge and statements from Jesus are wildly against the account in the Hebrew Matthew and the Greek Matthew.

Luke made no claim to have been written by an eye-witness to Jesus and the whole book is hearsay - gathered accounts of who knows who?  In support of rejecting it is the lack of the Sermon on the Mount and the historical facts given being impossible.  If the author didn't get the history right, why should I trust the rest to be reliable?  No, Matthew excels all the other gospels in my opinion, and if the rules of God about witnesses is correct, then second-hand testimony is not valid, nor is second hand testimony to over-rule first hand eye-witnesses.  Regarding the testimony of Jesus, he said if he only testified of himself that his testimony is not true.  So far, I've found his testimony true to YHWH.

Yahshua summed up the charge of the gospel to his apostles as making disciples, immersing them in the Name, and teaching them to do whatever he had commanded/instructed them.   (See Matthew 28:18-20)  Jesus did not put his teachings above any word of God, and the works he did proves that God also testified to him as he had with Moses. 

With the building concept in mind, the final charge to his disciples could be viewed as the cover sheet of the plans, which shows the outline and overall situation of the final product alignments with locations (stations) so we can always reference what is being built and refer back to the guidance and directions referenced in the will of God for our lives.  We can see that Yahshua calls for discipleship to God from beginning to end, and squarely centered between coming to him and doing whatever he commanded and taught is found the primary link of promise that was explicitly given at Sinai and then after his leaving the earth and returning to the Father to sit on the throne on His right hand. 

Genesis is mostly about the relationship of God to mankind.  The historical account of Abraham in Genesis foretells the work God was doing through Abraham and his descendants to inherit a land of promise - to which God said they would not long possess, but would be destroyed and scattered throughout the earth until the end time, when the would return to Him on their original terms of the Covenant - the old paths, and the good way.  Most have missed that the Law was given to the Children of Israel and the multitude of nations people who left Egypt to serve ELOHIM/YHWH.  Acts 1-3 gives a general outline of the promises of God to bless the nations through Abrahams Seed and that the gospel as the fulfillment of the promise of God that also has certain conditions.   Yahshua didn't bring a gospel of spiritual welfare.  He brought forth the fullness of the grace and truth of God towards those who would repent to truly put their lives into His hands for eternity through building their lives on doing as He instructed through Moses, the Prophets and the teachings he gave his disciples.  Faith as taught by Yahshua is not a one-time profession out of your mouth, it is an expression of life-long faithfulness to repentance and submitting to the instruction and will of God because of His goodness and greatness and love - the process of becoming sons of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This Gospel of the Kingdom"

John 7:16,17;  "My doctrine is not mine, but His who sent me.  If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on my own authority."  This is perhaps the truest statement to be found in John, as it sums up the challenge to see if what Jesus taught is according to the Teachings, Instructions, Commandments, Precepts, Judgments and promises of God - the Everlasting Covenant as given on Mount Sinai, and the associated words of God throughout the Torah and Prophets.  Elohim is not hard to understand if you pay attention.  The gospel is not about a cross, magic crackers or sprinkling babies - the gospel is about repenting and obeying the Father in heaven, and then living life according to what God requires of all that He calls "My people."  Due to Judaism's alterations of records, make sure what you believe is in accord to the original Covenant standards as given in "The Valediction of Moses."  There is no doubt in my heart, mind or soul that much of our Bible is not trustworthy.  Focus "Truth" through and with observation of the Covenant, the Blessings and the Curses.

Matthew 5: 17-20; "Do not think that I come to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For assuredly I say to you till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

If prophecies of the Testament of God are found fulfilled by Jesus, that doesn't cause them to be discarded, as they are the proof of who he is - neither does his revealing the fullness of the grace and truth of God contained in the instruction and commandments of God cause any word of God to then be cast aside - the words of God are confirmed - this is largely what "fulfilled" means.  To have missed the need for keeping even the ‘least' of the commandments was not equated to have been excluded from the kingdom of Heaven - but what did some do that we find Jesus will say "I never knew you"?  Those who were lawless - who were without or against Torah. (Greek anomia).  Also notice in the Covenant that one cannot neglect or reject any one of them and find themselves faithful to Elohim and the Covenant.  Thankfully, all the conditions in the Covenant are within our capability to be responsible to abide in them, unless you are an evil or corrupt person who is an murderer, adulterer, thief, liar, or cheat.  Most honest people will have no trouble to abide in the words of Elohim - so the idea that no one is capable to keep the Covenant is a gross lie against both Elohim and our fellow man/humanity who has good will towards others.  We can all make mistakes, and under the right circumstances a good person might be provoked to most any evil, including murder.  The fact is that the Law also accounted for less than a perfect life, and in the Torah there are many provisions to ensure justice prevails. 

We  can observe that The Law's Justice requires restitution, not imprisonment.  We can also note where Elohim says after the required restitution; "And so he shall be forgiven".  He also said not to add to or take away from His Standards of Justice, but at what time in human history has His Standard been implemented anywhere?   It certainly was not for Jesus, nor is it now in the USA, whose prisons are filled and in which many are convicted on false testimony.  I think the more Orthodox Judaism has been involved in something, the more corrupted it becomes, and it is not just me, a number of people have agreed that wherever they went, the nations morality suffered.  The evidence sure seems overwhelming when considering the Goodness of Elohim.  Consider the facts presented about slavery and Judaism in "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews", three volumes, published by N.O.I. (Nation of Islam).  Also consider the writings of Michael Hoffman on the topics about the Oral Torah, Slavery, and Banking.  The subject has not received adequate coverage.  We can know better than what they have told on themselves for 3000 years...whether from history books in the public education systems, or religious institutions - excepting N.O.I., as one can read their books and be well versed in knowing the oppression and prejudice of Talmud educated Judaism VS un-Talmud educated, and especially blacks and the Slavery industry history for at least 1000 years.  I would add that slavery seems to have been added to their written Torah about 3000 years ago.  Why?  Why would Elohim, who was freeing those who left Egypt to serve Him alone as God, who were to keep the Covenant with all who left Egypt Israel (the multitude of nations) - why would the God who desires His people be free to serve Him and not be oppressed; then immediately after giving the Ten Commandments (which can be observed to have been grossly altered when compared side by side with "The Valediction of Moses") - why would this God of freedom and justice - immediately support those who serve Him alone and keep the Covenant - to discuss their fellows to be possessed slaves and ownership of human beings as slaves?????!!!!  That would be impossible for a Just and Righteous God to do - command them against what He had just given them!  The account does not appear to flow properly in Exodus - it makes no sense and fingers of oppression are all over it; the fingers of those who denied the Original and unaltered Covenant have stained it so all can see the nonsense when they understand the Teachings of Elohim and Jesus go hand in hand - complete harmony. Some have said what was translated as "slave" was more "indentured servitude", but given the Sevens involved in the Law, such agreements were not to exceed seven years.  This is also given in the account of Jacob working for his wives - the text has not left us without witness and a pre-existing Standard to work from.  Truth often has patterns that can be linked to the historical dialogue. (Sabbaths: Seventh Day, limit of debt to 7 years, property ownership reverting back to the owner who used it as collateral; seventh year rest for the Land - are just a few examples, and the Shmetah being 7 years, and the Jubilee year being 7 times 7 plus one year .) (Beware Jonathan Cahn - he profoundly neglected the Standard given by Elohim to teach it was elimination of all wealth - wereas Elohim gave it as elimination of all debt - which are opposites.)

Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

Matthew 28: 18-20; "And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Amen." *note slight variation in HGOM does not mention baptism

Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

Faith molds our conscience, as well as our general outlook on life.  All men have basic hopes and needs in life, and we spend years trying to develop the conscience of our children, as well as ourselves.  Laws can be written to regulate behavior, but living in harmony towards others has never been achieved by human legislation and regulation.  Religion, or system of belief, has an impact on the conscience of the individual. 

In the most basic sense our conscience tells us when something is right or wrong - accepted or prohibited - beneficial or harmful to ourselves or others.  The general human lack of perception of these things gave us the adage of "The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions." The variance of behavior beyond infancy will involve some element of consciousness of the conscience to decide what we have come to believe, feel or do about almost anything.  Our consciences are molded by others in our youth, but when we become adults, we should be able to think things through more rationally than we could as a child.  God created man with the ability to learn and be molded and reformed.  Man was not created a crystal, but all too often man crystalizes in his faith, rather than growing on to maturity in becoming who God said we are capable of being.

Christianity is belief that God promised a Savior/Messiah/Redeemer that has a dual nature - both divine and human, and that Jesus Christ was begotten miraculously by the working of the Holy Spirit to cause a young Jewish woman, Mary, to conceive and give birth to a son - and that the Son would fulfill all that was written of him in the Holy Scripture - the prophecies of his person, work (mission), and teachings.

There are thousands of Churches that profess the Christian faith.   What I've found most concerning is the vast differences they have regarding the doctrine and commandments given to us in the gospel accounts written by the original disciples, who knew first-hand what He taught.  Comparison of their records of His teachings to what is taught in many Churches shows that little is said of the actual doctrines and commandments of Jesus (Yahshua), or of the commission to teach others to be His disciples indeed - who keep His words of life because of their love and belief in Him.

A Rabbi summed up his view of Christianity in a parable, which I'll try to paraphrase:  God created a beautiful city for the people He had made.  All things were provided that they would need to live happy, healthy, and harmonious lives.  The means to attain food and clothing and shelter were there - nothing was lacking.  They all had cars, motor cycles, bicycles, and they drove or walked around the city in their daily course of life - to and fro - everyone was traveling along their lives.  God had also given them rules to travel on the roadways - rules about stop-lights, stop signs, yield to pedestrians, crosswalks, speed limits and even fines for violation of the rules - all the rules that would enable them to travel safely and ensure everyone reached their destinations safely.  However, it wasn't long before they started ignoring the rules and many were hurt and injured because of those who disregarded the rules.  Some even died in tragic accidents.  Repeatedly, God tried to encourage the people to return to keep the rules, but they wouldn't hear anyone He sent.  Finally, God sent His Son to teach the people about the rules, that they might not harm or kill each other.  Many of the people listened to the Son and were going back to keeping the instructions of God about safe traveling, but tragically, the Son was killed in a car accident!  They mourned for a time, but then someone said that the Will of the Son provided payment for their traffic fines - so they went back to driving as they had before the Son came, and many people have been injured and killed since then.

I've visited and studied with many Churches.  All of them were friendly and in possession of love for Jesus Christ and the desire to share their belief in Him with others.  Through my years of investigation and studies, each had some valuable understanding of His word and the gospel message that added to my understanding of the Christian faith.  However, it wasn't until personally facing what He said those who love Him will do, that I realized the common understanding of "love" for Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) is much smaller than what He taught it should be.  According to His words from John 14:23-24, we love Him when we keep His word and abide in whatsoever he taught - keeping His commandments.  We can see from the gospel accounts that this is not about absolute perfection, in a legalistic sense, but that we are actively growing our understanding and application of His teachings to our life, and that we are also as gracious, forgiving and encouraging towards others, as He has been to us. 

The main point is that keeping to His instruction - abiding in His word - should be our manner and rule of faith, life and conduct.  His call was to repent to do the will of God, for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Being in the Kingdom is to be a good citizen who honors and keeps the commandments of the King.  He calls us to reform our conscience to the same standards of what He affirmed, taught, and declared true and good - words from the Father, through Him, to each of His disciples, and that the Spirit was sent to help us along the pathway of life in the boundaries of truth and love - to be found within the grace of God towards those who seek to do His good will indeed.

Every student of the Bible knows that Jesus and Paul taught different messages, and this is what caused Dispensational Theology to be accepted to bridge the differences.  Of the primary differences between the Gospel according to Paul VS Master Yahshua is that Paul taught salvation by grace, not by works, and by faith, rather than faithfulness to the instructions and commandments of God and Christ. Instead of believing what God said to believe and do, Paul inserts his own doctrines - that of personal expediency instead of the commandments of God or the Christ - to live by the "Spirit", without pointing out that the "Spirit" was sent to write the commandments and instructions of God on our hearts so we would be careful to be faithful in keeping them from our heart. (Ezekiel 36:25-26)  If this doesn't relate to what we call our conscience, I fail to understand a better way to define it.  One teaches that the will of God is to become our own will (repentance to do the will of God and keep His instructions), and the other teaches that all things are lawful, and what we do is based on our own conscience and expediency, rather than the stated standards that God gave through Moses and the Christ.  In 1 Corinthians 7:19 Paul says keeping the commandments of God is what is most important, but Paul also taught the opposite thing - that we are freed from the Law because it was nailed to the cross, and that the Law causes sin because it made him aware of his sin.  Which is it Paul?  Keeping the commandments of God, or that if you think you need to keep His commandments that you've fallen from grace and are thereby condemned by God?  Jesus (Yahshua) taught that all men will be judged by His word.  Paul taught that all men will be judged by his gospel.  Who should we believe?  Who did God say we should believe?

Hearing the words of God and not doing them will lead to what Yahshua (Jesus) explicitly warned against - those without, or against, the Torah (the gracious instructions in righteousness from God) will be told that He never knew them, even though they called Him "Lord!"  The commission is to take the same gospel to all nations.  We can see in the great commission at the end of Matthew that the same doctrine was to be taught to disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20).  We can also know of the faithfulness of God to uphold His word from the Psalms, which also say (Psalm 119:118); "You reject all those who stray from Your statues, for their deceit is falsehood" and 125-128; "I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies.  It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void.  Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!  Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way."

Looking back over a lifetime of learning from others and taking their views to be true, as I was told to believe, which was evidently taking their word on various subjects to have been taken up without adequate verification of their authority.  This cannot be helped when you are a child, as even Elohim, in the Ten Teachings, says to honor our father and mother to be blessed, so how is anyone to be capable and responsible to do otherwise than to honor those who were our parents, or those that they regarded as authoritative?

Orthodox Jewish beliefs were told to be "Judaism", and a rabbi near 1000 AD came up with their "613 Commandments" being the "Law."  It was not until getting "The Aramaic English New Testament" that I found the total list of the "commandments" in a study section at the end of the book in the study helps.  The list had references for each of the 613.  I'd invite every single person on earth to study this basic list and ponder over them, but only after pondering over and studying the Covenant Standards as contained in "The Valediction of Moses."  The Covenant Standards comprise four - 4 - sections: The Ten Decrees; The Blessings, The Curses, and finally the Decreed Standard for Justice as given by Elohim that delineates and defines the difference between rectification of minor versus major infraction of the Law, giving us knowledge whereby we can know what must be done by the judges/court/priests whereupon when met, God himself said: "And so he shall be forgiven."  What God said is required to atone, or given restitution, and that thereafter the offender meeting those conditions that whoever did not forgive the person their offence was to be "cut-off", not the one who made restitution for their offence, the unforgiving person was to be the offender.  So much for those who are not willing to submit to His decree of what is just restitution and True Justice.  Those who did not repent and restore whomever they had offended were guilty before Him, and those who failed to forgive and accept the person He declared forgiven were guilty before Him. 

The common Christian misconception is related to this, as most teach that we are commanded to forgive everyone - in spite of their offence, based on the teachings of Paul and spurious gospel accounts added later to delude mankind from the Truth and Justice of God, as well as the fact that God has been gracious from the beginning - or that since Jesus died for the sins of everyone that we cannot uphold the Standards as they were given by God to be "Everlasting", and to which Jesus said would be in effect so long as the heavens and earth exist!  Are the Teachings and Standards of the Decree/Pact eternally true principles for everyone to live by who serves Elohim?  He said they were.

The common Orthodox Jewish misconception is that their "Oral Torah" is in any way Divine, or divinely inspired, as their (what Jesus called traditions of men) oral torah's were then written down and they have in reality - two Laws - one from God and another from men - doing as men have said to do.

As I reviewed the "613" I could not help but note how lacking they were to maintain any presence of the spirit of the Law of justice, equality, faithfulness to Elohim alone, or faithfulness towards those who are faithful to Elohim and the Standards given at Sinai. 

First, we can see from the evidence of "The Valediction of Moses" that they altered the Covenant given by Elohim, observe carefully and compare to what is in your Bible:

(1) I am Elohim, your god, who freed you from the land of Egypt, from the slave-house.  You shall not have any other gods.  You shall not make a carving or any image that is in the heavens above or the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth.  You shall not prostrate yourselves before them, and you shall not serve them.  I am Elohim, your god.

(2)Sanctify the seventh day and rest on it.  For in six days I made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and I rested on the seventh day.  Therefore you too shall rest, along with your livestock and all that you have.  I am Elohim, your god.

(3)  Honor your father and your mother.  I am Elohim, your god.

(4) You shall not commit adultery with the wife of your fellow.  I am Elohim, your god.

(5) You shall not steal the wealth of your brother.  I am Elohim, your god.

(6) You shall not swear in my name falsely, for I shall avenge the transgression of the fathers against the sons, grandsons, and great grandsons for those who bear my name falsely.  I am Elohim, your god.

(7) You shall not submit against your fellow a false judgment.  I am Elohim, your god.

(8) You shall not desire the wife of your fellow, his male slave, his female slave, or anything that is his.  I am Elohim, your god.

(9) You shall not hate your brother in your heart.  I am Elohim, your god.

(10) It is these ten pronouncements that Elohim uttered to you upon the mountain from amid the fire.".

"Blessed is the man who has Elohim as his god, and who prostrates himself only to him, and who serves him alone." 

"Blessed is the man wo sanctifies the seventh day and rests on it." 

"Blessed is he who honors his father and his mother."

"Blessed is the man who does not avenge or exact retribution for the soul of his brother."

"Blessed is the man who does not defile the wife of his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who does not cheat his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who does not swear in my name falsely."

"Blessed is the man who does not deceive or lie to his fellow."

"Blessed is he who does not lust after anyone belonging to his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who loves his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who upholds all the proclamations of this teaching to perform them."

 "Cursed is the man who does a carving or a casting, the handiwork of a craftsman."

 "Cursed is the man who does work on the seventh day."

 "Cursed is he who disgraces his father and mother."

 "Cursed is he who strikes down his fellow in secret."

 "Cursed is the man who approaches any of his kin, or who commits adultery with the wife of his fellow, or who copulates with any animal." (see Leviticus 18 for the full definition, however, given the alterations to the Standards, would we be justified to add to the list - or take away from it?  Justification must reside in the historical accounts of how Elohim dealt with evils, and what He declared evil before the Covenant was given, throughout the Prophets, which include David, and therefore considering the Psalms, as at least one Pslam contains what is considered an Oracle of God.  This is noted because homosexuality is not listed in the "V" account, nor is the practice of lending money at interest *any interest, not just "ecsessive" as thought of today, which was profoundly condemned by Ezekiel in chapter 18.  In Christian history lending at interest was considered a "mortal sin" until the RCC partnered in banking interests with some wealthy Jews about 1400.  These things are told in the Prophets, but lending at interest may relate closest to "Covet", to desire what belongs to another.)

 "Cursed is he who moves the boundary marker of his fellow." 

 "Cursed is the man who swears falsely in my name."

 "Cursed is he who takes a bribe to give false judgment against his comrade."

 "Cursed is the man who desires and lusts after the wife of his fellow, his daughter, his female slave, or anything that is his."

 "Cursed is the man who hates his brother in his heart."

If Joshua (Jesus) was directly inspired by Elohim in his teachings - and his teachings in Matthew find accord to the "V" account of the Covenant, this is direct evidence that he was directly inspired by God to teach what he taught in the Sermon on the Mount.  What I finally came to realize is that the Teachings of Jesus give more light to the Covenant and the heart of God, and our need to be more of who we were created to be - that Jesus was the greatest and most profound prophet in the history of Israel - not that he was the greatest false prophet in the history of Israel, as is the teachings of the Orthodox Jewish Rabbi since 100 AD.  Judaism seeks to destroy Christianity from the earth, and has for almost 2000 years.  Christians who teach otherwise need to open their eyes to what they have said, and especially  what they have said about Jesus (Joshua 2).

The CONTEXT of all the Teachings of Jesus IS the Covenant of Elohim, and of our need to repent to serve Elohim and keep the Covenant as He gave it!  Those who teach otherwise have rejected the Teachings of the greatest prophet in human history!

 

Premise One - Take Heed That No Man Deceive You

"It's in the Book" (Bible) or "Sola Scriptura" is not an adequate excuse to set aside the words of God.  The actual truth is "in the Book," but any reasonable person on earth who can read knows that the direct words of God are sparse, and most content is either historical events or dialogue from others.  The Bible purports to have words from the Serpent, so to think every word of the Bible is the word of God is ridiculous at any level of observation in who is speaking regarding whatever the matter being related was.   One has to disbelieve (disregard) the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Joshua 2 (Jesus) taught, to then believe what Paul taught about the Law and the everlasting covenant.  I know of no church in this country that simply says their doctrine is to keep the teachings of Jesus - to abide in his instruction from the Father - as given by those proven to pass the tests that God commanded to be used to know who spoke for Him - and to reject those that God, the prophets and Jesus commanded that we are to reject. No good can come from rejecting the explicit instruction and commandment of God.  I greatly fear "we" of the western "Christian" world will stand condemned for rejecting both the Father and the Son (declared begotten of Elohim at his baptism).

The instructions are that if a person works wonders and gives true prophecy - if that person leads away to serve a god not known by Israel at the Mount, or if they try to lead people from the ways that God had instructed them to walk in - God has commanded His people to not fear them or obey them - and God has allowed the false ones to test His people to see if they love Him enough to believe and obey Him, or not.  That is the direct words of God in Exodus - to know if we are who He says are "My people", or not..  The primary test for a false prophet is if they teach according to the words of God accepted by Israel and the multitude of nations at Sinai.  Isaiah's instructions were "If they speak not according to the Law and the Testimony, there is no light in them."

Although I'm not a preacher, my family is full of them - my grandfathers, father, uncle and two brothers are, or were, preachers.  I was one who did not pursue the occupation.  Having now discovered key elemental truths that were obscured from me, I'm very thankful that I've not been guilty of getting up in a pulpit and unknowingly preaching lies and half-truths in the name of God or Jesus.  Some may be offended at this, but the fact is that the Scriptures say whoever doesn't hear whatever "that prophet" said to do will be cut off from the brethren - Peter quoting Moses in Acts 3:22, 23; see Deut. 18:15.  This is also the same message taught in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, that we should not be hearers only, but also doers of "these words," which he said were not his teachings, but the teachings God told him to give us.  We've all had the same records in the gospels, and how this critical fact was cast aside by those who have college degrees in study of the faith is a marvel to me.  What I've found could be shocking to some and make perfect sense to others: our Scriptures have been altered!

There are few who have taken time to reconsider and discover the fact that what we've been told to be true has actually obscured the Truth of God and taught against what He has declared to be His will and Everlasting Covenant.  It would be easy to just figure I could be wrong and not say anything about it for fear of being rejected by family or friends, but I am compelled to pass this on because of the commandments of God telling that failure to warn a blind man of the obstacle in his path is a great sin.  Jesus said unless one loves him more than their mother, father, sister or brother - that we are not worthy of being his disciples.  Love for him and the Father must be greater than our love for anyone else on earth.  When we get our love for God in its proper place, we should then be able to repent to do as He has instructed.  If we love family more than Him, we have not loved Him according to what He taught, nor loved God according to the Greatest Commandment.  If we love our "faith family" more than being faithful to Him, we are not loving Him (the Father) of the faith as taught by Jesus in Matthew, or Moses in Exodus.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are Churches on earth, as each contain some of His truth, but the matter is to abide in the whole of His truth.  Surely we've come to so many divisions in sincere belief that the Bible is the word of God, and that God has appointed those in our Church to lead us and that we've dissolved ourselves of personal responsibility when we believe and do as our Church leadership tells us.  The fact remains that blinded leaders of the blind will both fall into the ditch.   My prayer is that all who seek to do the will of God wholeheartedly repent of belief in those that can be shown to be false teachers and a false apostle.  Since the days of Martin Luther the call from many of "sola scriptura" has caused much division within the Christian faith.  The trouble could well be that we have been told to believe those that God said we shouldn't - if we follow the instructions of God and Jesus on the critical matter of making sure we are careful in who we hear.  Because those before us didn't ensure those in the Bible passed the tests of God regarding the matter will be for God to judge, but today we need to turn back to the truth of God and prepare for The Day of the LORD (judgment day).

The writings of Paul and his disciples are at the center of all divisions within the body of Christ.  The earliest record to show divisions over Paul can be found in Acts.  Another early work is by Tertullian, "The Prescription Against Heretics."  I highly recommend the book "Jesus Words Only", by D. J. Tondo.  It's well referenced and researched and presents the case against the doctrine of Paul in in a way that most any student of Scripture should appreciate.   Even a reported atheist wrote against Paul; Jeremy Bentham, in "Not Paul, but Jesus".  Anyone who thinks they are going to witness to the Jews about Jesus needs to grasp the fact that if you set aside the commandments of God, they thereby know you cannot be speaking the truth - and that they are keeping the sure words of God when they reject Paul and his disciples.  Even Muslims know enough of the commandments of God to reject Paul.  Why is it we have been so ignorant?  Do we love the gospel of cheap grace so much that we are not able to repent to believe the truth taught by Jesus in Matthew?  What is most offensive to me is when my belief in the teachings of Jesus, to exclude belief in Paul, is then equated to be "dangerous doctrine" and teaching Islam.  I actually had one Elder in the Church of Christ tell me this at a men's retreat at Round Lake, Ohio!  Did Jesus ever teach beheading anyone?!  No word is available in my vocabulary to describe my thoughts on such an ignorant and offensive statement!  Yet this is how far the teachings of Paul have deluded otherwise seemingly rational men!

The best teaching of Jesus in John didn't just teach:  "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  He plainly taught that knowing the truth is conditional; "If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  We cannot know "the truth" unless we abide in his words that lead to life eternal.  Discipleship is about learning through hearing and doing - faithfully following the instructions of God and the example and teachings of Jesus.  We are invited to partake of the waters of life of our own will, "whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely," but we have to come to him to know what we are to abide in - we have to be partakers - not pretenders. When the people who call themselves by His Name repent to do as He instructed, God has said through Isaiah 42 that we will be freed from the prison cells of ignorance, and God has said that He will heal their land - it appears to be the fact, but who actually believes God today, and whose doctrine is to abide in the word of God and Jesus retelling the Standards interpretation and application as Elohim had intended all along as His will for mankind - that we might be able to "choose life that ye may live!"

Many Churches have the theme of John 3:16, and it's common to see people use this verse to evangelize by posting it on a bumper sticker or carry a sign to the ball game:  "For God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."  This is presented as though all you have to do is believe Jesus is the Christ, then also call upon the name to be saved, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to the one who calls upon the Lord via the "Sinners Prayer."  Further backing this up is the quote from the presumed apostle Paul that "salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast."  Let me be blunt here, but I must speak the truth with my love first focused on what God said, and that the Son said nothing the Father did not give him to tell us.  Love for God is the greatest commandment according to Jesus (Yahshua).  If you would look carefully at the recorded teachings of Yahshua from the original disciples, Matthew never has him teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action in repenting to then be doing the will of God.   James said in his letter that faith without works is dead - and as Yahshua cautioned in his first sermon: we are to be hearers and doers of his words, especially those in the Sermon on the Mount.  This requires belief in action that repents to do the will of God as He instructed in the Torah and the teachings of the Joshua.  

The book of Revelation ends on the note that those who have the right to enter the gates into the City will enter, but those whose works are not of God will be excluded - judgment of reward, or of condemnation, is based on works, and the works of God are done because of love, belief and faithfulness in obedience to the instructions of God through Moses, the Prophets and Psalms, and finally the revealing of the restoration of knowing the will of God through abiding in the teachings of God that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus is about repenting to do the will of God, and that God is the One who deserves any glory and praise due - not that any of our works are our boasting, as Paul said.  We are clearly told in the Sermon on the Mount that our works are to be seen of men as good, and this is so God would be recognized to be good for giving such good instructions to us.  As Yahshua said, those of God will come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Two - Using His Correct Name

Some may be put off by my use of the name of "Joshua" VS "Jesus".   Why not get His name correct?  The original gospel of Matthew was reported by Jerome to have been written in Hebrew, and he had no knowledge of who translated the text into Greek.  An ancient document has been discovered that the Jerusalem Church, near 40 AD, only accepted as "Christian" Scripture the gospel of Matthew in the original Hebrew text.   The name given in the ancient Aramaic manuscript was not "Jesus", but "Y'shua", which means "salvation".  The fact is that "Jesus" is the name given in the Greek text, which is third-hand and isn't a translation or transliteration of the previous records of his name.  Some Eastern Christians who have the ancient Aramaic New Testament have accused the name "Jesus" to have been mocking the true name when the NT was translated into Greek, as a slang version of "hail-Zeus."  Since we find the name "Joshua" in our Bibles, which is a transliteration of a similar, if not the same name, there is no sure reason to continue to call him "Jesus".  If we believe who he said He is, we should have the respect to use His proper name - Y'shua (Salvation), Yahshua (Salvation of God), Yeshua or Joshua.  This could also be related to a fact in his teachings that some would be offended by His name, and the topic at hand is surely foretold that many would be offended by His words. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Three - Believe the Instructions of God

The next premise is that what we have as our "New Testament" needs to be re-examined by the commandments and instructions given by God and Christ to ensure we are only believing those that have proven themselves to be someone we should acknowledge to have given the word of God truthfully and faithfully.  Yahshua clearly taught His disciples to be careful of who they hear, and also warned to take heed not to be deceived!

For years I used to scoff at LDS for believing the Bible is only true so far as it has been correctly translated.  Based on the instructions God gave on the subject, the problem we have in our hands is much worse than that.  Blind faith in "The Book" that is not proven true by the instructions of God will bring us no more good than to be a blind person following a blind leader.    If what I'm bringing up can be proven wrong by the previously accepted commandments and instructions of God in the Old Testament, and the gospels recorded by original disciples of Yahshua, or the proven spokespersons of God - by all means, don't believe what I say is true!  God is the One who is True, though every man be found a liar.   But, if what I'm saying is true, you're well advised to hear the issue out and take some ownership of your own eternal destiny, rather than blindly placing it in the hands of someone else.  Considering the resistance I've met with this fact of the faith, my initial thought is that most people are afraid to reconsider what they've long held true - even if it can be proven to be false or only half true - especially if it can be proven untrue by the instruction and commandment of God and Christ.  I faced the same dilemma myself and know that repenting of long held false beliefs is not an easy thing to do.  But I have also found the actual truth of God to be fully rewarded by the increased knowledge of the truth - it has been far more rewarding than I expected.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who came to earth and died and then resurrected from the dead so that you might have life - please do read on and see if what I've found has true value.  We are "pruned" by hearing and accepting the word of God through Master Yahshua, so it may be seen to be further "pruning" that we rid ourselves of those things we were told to be true, that actually aren't.  There is light and life and Spirit in His word - the fullness of the grace and truth of God - His gracious instruction in righteousness.

Those who have passed on before us and did not know the things I'm bringing up will need to rely on the mercy and grace of God for their shortfalls, just as we will have to give account to God for who we believe and what we do with the teachings and example of Yahshua.  Each of us needs to live our life in such a manner that we are doing the best we know how to do with what we've come to know, and that as more is given, more will be required - and we can then surely know that the blessings of God are real.  Discipleship is a learning and doing process that incorporates His words into our lives via the "line upon line, precept upon precept" principle. The truth will be known through God being faithful to His words of life and His blessings upon those who repent to keep and uphold His word indeed.  My hope is that many might be set free from "prison houses" of false doctrines to the fullness of true liberty in knowing the will and work of God for those that love Him as did faithful Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Yahshua, Peter, James, John and Matthew.  Those that wait upon the LORD will renew their strength, and His mercies are new every morning.

 

Many people look to the historical founders of their Church to seek guidance, but the time has come to return to seek our guidance from the Faithful Witness of Heaven and not look to men for truth that God has already given mankind.  We need to return to see things as God says they are and stop being led by partial or half-truths.  The need is to repent and believe and abide in the words that are wholly true - "Thy word is truth," and, "The sum of Thy word is truth".  Open your eyes, heart and mind to the truth of God, as given by Moses, the Prophets and Psalms and faithfully abide in the commandments and doctrine of the Master Teacher.  These things are brought up as an initial turning back to God, and that we prepare ourselves for His return.  The bride of Christ made herself ready.  (Rev. 19:7)  Every person who believes in God should be willing to repent of believing partial truth, to then believe the whole truth.  Everyone faithful to God will have no need to repent of His truth.  Every word in our current Bible is not the word of God, nor does it claim to be.  Even words of Satan are in the Bible, but we are called to repent to do what God said is good and true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Four - What Does God Require of Man?

 

Micah 6:8 

 

"He has shown you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justly,

To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?

 

The fullness of God showing man what is good came through the instruction and example of the Son of man, Son of God, the Logos manifest in the flesh, the Desired One of old, foretold even in the Gospel of the Stars.  Yahshua gave many teachings and parables, and each is of great value.  Yahshua clearly said the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount must be our foundational understanding of the truth of God that will form the foundation for the rest of His teachings and that by building our life in abiding in His words of instruction is required - merely hearing His word is not sufficient.  This foundational lesson will be noted with supporting Scripture that shows His words of life are fully founded in the previously accepted words of God from the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  God has shown the fullness of what is good and required - and the final witness to these things is Master Yahshua's life and teachings - the commandments, precepts, judgments, blessings, promises and the seal of His blood upon the Everlasting Covenant.

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Five - The Spirit of Truth

Many Christians believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God, especially in the King James Version, but the fact is that there have been mistranslations and changes from the oldest texts of what we've inherited from those who publish Bibles.  Most good study Bibles have footnotes on some verses that indicate they were not in the oldest texts (likely additions).  Let's be reasonable and faithful to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we approach the subject.  Most Western Bibles rely heavily on the Greek translations of both the Old Testament and New Testament, and mistakes have been made in both the text and the books that have been included and excluded.  Compounding these mistakes is the issue of how long it has been since anyone has published a Bible that is in accord with the commandments of God for knowing who we should accept to have spoken for Him and who we are to reject to have given His instructions.  I don't believe there were quotation marks in the ancient languages, so it is possible that Yahshua said some would come and say he was the Messiah, but would lead many away from the truth, if possible, even the elect could be deceived.  Today we find ourselves in a time of great deceit and overturning of right for wrong, and wrong for right.  We have also been told that because of the growth of iniquity (lawlessness - Torahless) that the love of many would grow cold, but that those who persevere to the end will be saved.  My hope is to bring some things to light so that what you believe and do is based on what God declared and that your faith can be based on the sure foundation - the rock that Yahshua said will endure any storm in life.  As Yahshua said, those of God come to Him to know that what they do is done of God.  The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would exalt the Torah and even cause the Gentiles to keep the instructions in righteousness (Isaiah 42) as honorable.  I believe the time has come to "Restore!"  Isaiah 42:21-24:  "The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will exalt the Law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes (different Churches?), and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers, for plunder, and no one says, "Restore!"  Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for plunder and Israel to the robbers?  Was it not the LORD, He against whom we have sinned?"  

If we are to "Restore," the initial problem of who to believe was recognized by Israel before Moses died; they wanted to know who they should hear as the spokesperson for God after his death.  These instructions/commandments of God are given in Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13 and 18.  Yahshua also gave like teaching on this matter that we need to carefully note and put into action so that we are not deceived.  The final instruction was that even though the person in question gives prophecy that comes true, and even works great wonders or miracles - if they lead people away to another god, or lead the people away from doing as God had already instructed them, that they were not to hear or fear that prophet (person - could be a teacher, preacher, apostle, false messiah, angel or anyone who would try to lead His people away from His instructions in righteousness). 

Once we establish the true spokes-persons according to the instructions of God, the next lacking matter is to understand the work that God said He would send His Spirit to accomplish.  Peter preached the first gospel sermon on Pentecost - the day to honor when God had first given His Instructions in Righteousness to Israel.  Prophecy in at least two places relate to this event on Pentecost, as it is also the record of God giving His Spirit and the Spirit coming with power (Acts 1-3).  Most are familiar with Jeremiah 31:31, but we also need to note Ezekiel 36: 25, 26.  The prophecy in Ezekiel says that God would give His Spirit to write His instructions on the heart - the same instructions given from Sinai - so that we could be careful to do them from our hearts.  In His prayer for the disciples in John 17, Yahshua prayed that the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples to have inspired recall of all He had taught them.  The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and we need to also let the Spirit write Yahshua's words on our hearts.  Isaiah 42 says that the Messiah would cause even the Gentiles to honor the Torah and that the Messiah would exalt the Torah (Commandments of God - Instructions in righteousness), and make them honorable, not set them aside, nail them to the cross, or loosen them.  Yahshua's first sermon notes that we are not to think He came to do this, but that all the Instructions of God are good and true and that there is life and blessings in doing the will of God - this is what the Beatitudes are about, and will be noted later in study of the Sermon on the Mount. 

We can also see in the teachings of Yahshua that the instructions of God are exalted to their highest levels of righteousness in the Doctrine of God.  He came to not only tell us of those things the Father had given Him to teach us, but also in His example to show us the life that God wants His people to live - Yahshua taught true interpretation and application of the Instructions in Righteousness (Torah) that God intends for our greatest blessing and the hope of eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Heaven).  Yahshua's basic message was to repent, to turn to do as God instructed, to prepare for the coming Kingdom.  God did not say Gentiles need to keep the commandments given only for Israel, but they should keep the open-ended commandments that were given for everyone.  Note well that a "multitude of nations" left Egypt with Israel and were present when God gave them commandments, as well as when Joshua was about to lead Israel into the promised land, and within those commandments are specific directions for those who were "strangers" and "sojourners" with Israel.  Initially, we need to repent to do the Ten Commandments as given by God, as they are certainly for all, as well as commandments that identify moral or civil right and wrong.  Suffice to say that Yahshua upheld even the least commandments of God as given and was clear when He was calling people from the basic rules to even higher levels of belief and conduct - righteousness - the true righteousness that God desires men to live by.  The Spirit was given to help us reform our conscience - our innermost self - to conform to what God has declared to be just, right and true; that we are then enabled to discern good from evil and to choose the good as God and Christ have declared it to be.

 

Premise Six - The Everlasting Covenant 

The next thing to realize is just as important as anything else God has ever said, but has somehow not been a focus of the faith for many Christians - the matter of the "Everlasting Covenant."  Some believe it was done away with on the cross, but I submit that it was not done away with, rather, it Jesus made complete the Law as originally given to Israel, but had been altered about 1000 years before him, near the days of Ezekiel.  The teachings and doctrines Jesus taught in the Hebrew Matthew match very well to the account in the Valediction of Moses telling of the Covenant Decrees, the Blessings and the Curses.  Jesus blood, which was shed on the cross, sealed with His own blood, and proven acceptable to God by His resurrection from the dead - brought into full effect of the conditions and promises therein, as made by God and foretold in Psalm 2, and the one who would ascend to the throne on the right hand of God, as told in Daniel.  Jesus bore the iniquity of Isreal, not in the sense of a sacrifice for sin, to clease anyone of sin, but that he will given and unjust trial; he was convicted based on what his judges knew were lies; and he was killed unjustly - not for any fault of his own, but for the fault of the Jews who were in rebellion against God and their fellow mankind!. 

Also note the promises of God to those who believe in and serve him and do as he instructed and are active in their life through abiding in Him by abiding in His words of life. 

God told Adam and Eve that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them.  However, the Hebrew is plural for the offspring of the woman and the Serpent, not a singular "Christ versus Anti-Christ."  Then we find a covenant made to all mankind through Noah.  Next we find the account of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis 12-50.  We can also see God establishing Israel as a nation as He lead them out of Egypt and gave His instructions and commandments to Israel and the "multitude of nations" who left Egypt with Israel to serve Elohim/YHWH  as conditions to the Everlasting Covenant which He would bless them as they kept His instructions, which the people agreed to, when God first spoke them and then wrote them on stone tablets and instructed them to place the stone tablets into the Ark of the Covenant.   (The Covenant, the Blessings, and the Curses.)  It has to be that we have not been careful to go back and realize what God said, as this is something I never learned from any preacherdad or grandfather in the pulpit, or teacher in Sunday school or at David Lipscomb college class on the Bible, but that should certainly be a benefit to observe and understand, as it will show a common thread throughout the Bible.  The Ten Words written by God upon stone tablets and placed in the Ark of the Covenant would indicate keeping them is our part of the Everlasting Covenant.  Also in the Ark was a bowl of manna, the bread that came down out of heaven to feed them - which Jesus was recorded to have said he is the true bread that comes from heaven.  This is primarily because the Covenant was altered well before Jesus, but that in his Elohim inspired Teachings, the true requirements that were given by Elohim were restored to their original standard as given at Sinai.   Study "V" and the teachings of Jesus in Matthew - it is an observable fact that this is the provable true harmony of what Jesus was teaching!  Not that he came to set the Law aside - Jesus came to restore what had been stolen by unfaithful Jews!

Genesis 49:10 tells of one to whom the right to rule belongs.  Who else but one who was faithful to Elohim in telling the truth God had given through the descendants of Abraham and gave his righteous blood as a seal to his testimony to mankind from Elohim, as no other prophet in the history of Israel had spoken, who endured their iniquity towards him to the point of such a horrible and unjust death - who else should have "the right to rule"?  Which is also told in the parables of the kingdom in Matthew, of his return to judge the earth regarding just reward, or just condemnation?

I'd like to give credit to Mr. D. J. Tondo, who wrote "Jesus' Words Only", and this was included in the appendix "D" of his book:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/component/content/article/1-jwo/125-appendix-c-jwo.html  (Site is now gone from the internet)

Appendix D: The Abrahamic Covenant

Most Christians are unaware that Paul also overthrew the true Abrahamic Covenant. Paul's arguments create a de-facto new Abrahamic covenant from Genesis 15:5-6. Paul insisted it had priority over the true Abrahamic covenant which is recorded in Genesis 17:1-7. Paul says the alleged promise in Genesis 15:6 of justification by faith is inherited by the offspring of Abraham, including believers in Christ (Gal. 3:6, 26). However, Genesis 15:5-6 does not say any such thing. In making this claim, Paul makes of none effect the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 17:1-7. How so?

First, Paul tries to claim the promise of Genesis 15:6 created faith alone as a basis of Abraham being right with God. Gal. 3:6. (As discussed elsewhere, this verse had nothing to do with imputed righteousness.) 1 Then Paul says we inherit the promise of Genesis 15:5 (blessing of offspring as the number of stars) by the sheer step of faith that supposedly justified Abraham in Genesis 15:6. (Gal. 3:26.) The problem is that Paul has utterly ignored that there is no covenant offered with either Abraham or with any offspring in Genesis 15:5-6. A covenant with Abraham is only offered in Genesis 17:1-7, specifically mentioning it runs in favor of Abraham's offspring: "And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee." (Gen 17:7.) 2 Please also note it was an eternal covenant. Its terms would never expire.

Furthermore, the condition of the Abrahamic covenant is not faith, but the obedience of Abraham: "walk before me, and be thou blameless and 3 I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly." (Gen 17:1-2.) Consequently, Abraham and his "seed after you" had a duty in turn to "keep my covenant." (Gen. 17:3.) God repeats this in Genesis 18:8-9, saying that the covenant promise of God is contingent on Abraham obeying and teaching his children to obey God's commands. 4 Then, after Abraham's death, God affirmed to Isaac that Abraham had obeyed all God's law, which now justified God keeping His side of the covenant to Abraham's seed, namely Isaac.

 (1)... And Isaac went... unto Gerar. (2) And Yahweh appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. (3) Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee. For unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father. (4) And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. (5) Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:1-5 (ASV)

Thus, Paul turned a mere promise to Abraham alone in Genesis 15:5-6 into something it was never intended to be. Paul made it a distinct covenant of righteousness by faith that belonged to Abraham's offspring. Paul has caused generations of Christians to ignore the true covenant made between Abraham and God that was inheritable. It was clearly one premised on Abraham "walking with me blamelessly" in which case God "will" later enter into a covenant with Abraham. Gen. 17:1-2. We know from Genesis 26:1-5 that Abraham did obey God's commandments, and that God did assume His obligation under the covenant. God at that juncture brought a blessing on offspring of Abraham. The blessing was obtained by a covenant of obedience, not one upon faith alone.

Indeed, thereafter the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant remained "eternal," just as God said. (Gen. 17:7.) This is ignored by Pauline Christians for it would overthrow Paul's Gospel if ever accepted.

For the same terms of the Abrahamic Covenant were then repeated by Moses in the Law in Deuteronomy 6:25: "And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Yahweh our God, as he hath commanded us." Mercy is always possible for transgression if you turn from evil (Deut.13:17), but righteousness was only to be imputed again if repentance ensued. (Ezekiel 33:12-14.) [note that "V" tells the truth regarding the unity of the Ten Decrees, the Blessings, and the Curses - an indivisible unit of Teachings, or Standards, that Elohim decreed we use to know who serves Him, from who does not.]

This is why the Prophet Daniel likewise repeated the obedience-requirement for covenant promises to be kept: "And I prayed unto Yahweh my God, and made confession, and said, Oh, Lord, the great and dreadful God, who keepeth covenant and lovingkindness with them that love him and keep his commandments..." Dan 9:4.

Then of course Jesus put the same emphasis on "obeying" all "my teaching" for eternal life in John 8:51. [note the sermon on the Mount is the true account.] Then, of course, if you fail to obey but you repent from sin and turn back to obedience, you are once more "justified" with God. (Luke 18:10 ff.) But those who "keep on disobeying the son continue to have the wrath of God reside on them." (John 3:36 ASV.) [See the Covenant Conditions - the need to keep them all.  Also note it is about knowing we cannot love God and mistreat our fellow humanity and think we will be saved.  The Covenant requires our love for God is reflected in our love towards others.  Each of the Standards given provide clarity to know the true definition of love - it is not "unconditional" as told by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 and "agape'" love.]

Thus, we see all three covenants have identical principles on obedience and justification. They are a continuum of an identical message. God's promise of salvation is upon those who obey all His commands, statutes and ordinances. Atonement under such a system only applied to those who fled the altar first to be reconciled to the one they knew they had sinned against, as Jesus Himself said. (Matthew 5:23-24.) 5 As Jesus repeatedly said, if you violate the commandments, you must engage in severe repentance (figuratively cut off offending body parts) to avoid being sent to hell. (Matthew 5:29,Matthew 18:8,...) Thus, all three covenants match each other with the same salvation doctrine.

This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was "an everlasting covenant" (Gen 17:7) just as God could say "these ordinances" given Moses in the Law shall be "everlasting for all generations." (Ex. 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3; Num. 10:8.) [note also that Yahshua fully upheld keeping all the Torah as a main point in the sermon on the mount: Mt. 5-7]

But if obedience to the Law creates justification (Deut. 6:25) this never meant it does so without faith, as Paul assumed. A command to have faith is not absent in the Law. Jesus said the "weightier matters of the Law" include not only Justice and Mercy, but also Faith. (Matt. 23:23.) A command to have faith/trust is found numerous times in the Law and Prophets, e.g., Deut. 31:6; Isaiah 26:4; and Jer. 17:7.

Yahshua tells us that the Law of God is to remain a steadfast set of instructions from God.   He also tells us that it speaks of the justice, mercy and faith that we need to show in our lives, from our hearts, towards not only God, but also towards ourselves and likewise to others.  All these matters are shown to us by his life, teachings, and example of how God wants us to live as we follow after him in word and deed. 

Premise Seven -The Definition Of Love, As Given By God and Christ

Having grown up as a teenager in the "Jesus freak" time-frame, one thing that still stands out in my memory was the concept of "love" being totally unfocused.  As the Beatles song went on and on:  "Love, love, love; love, love love; love, love, love; all you need is love."  Then many pretended that His love was passion for a fallen and forgiven harlot that followed Jesus and the disciples around.  My dad would get up in the pulpit and preach about "agape'" love - the unconditional love of God in 1 Corinthians 13 - and that all the problems in the world or the Church would be resolved with agape' love - that we just needed to put unconditional love into practice and action.  We can look back historically and see that all this preaching and singing of "love" undefined by the life, word and example of Jesus didn't accomplish a thing.  Could it be because no one bothered to notice that the love of God or the Christ is not unconditional?  In effect, many were merely taking a few quotes of His word and neglecting to understand His teachings, life and example - the ‘cut and paste' version of faith.  

How did God define love? What does love mean to Him?  What did Jesus teach about love?  Are the teachings of Jesus in accord to what Elohim decreed? And just to be sure we know it when we see it - what would the love he taught cause those to believe him to do?  Did Elohim or Jesus  ever teach unconditional love, as the Greek word from Paul would indicate to us?  Or is this a provable misunderstanding?  It's no small wonder that God said through the Prophets that in the end times there would be great deception and turning from His Instructions to work lawlessness, and that due to this lawlessness the love of many would grow weak? as well as the fact that some things would remain hidden, or not understood, until the time of the end. (Such as the words to Daniel from the angel)  Could it be that we should recognize the Messiah by the prophecies of what he would do, rather than what he would look like?  We should also know those who are truly his by their manner of life and conduct.

We know from the Sermon on the Mount that we are not to even think Jesus (Joshua) came to set aside, loosen or do away with even the least of the commandments of God.  The commandments of God were the conditions for the Covenant that God put upon Israel and the sojourners with them.  Review of those Commandments will show some things to be instructions to His people about knowing what He said is right and good, and what He declared to be minor sins and matters of ritual purity, as well as what was evil and abominations.  Some things that resulted in a person being "cut off" from the people were minor issues that were easily resolved.  Some things were regarded to be abominations in His sight and were not easily resolved.  Do be careful to treat His words with the distinctions He made, and don't ignore any of His Instructions in Righteousness.  This should be reasonably convincing evidence of the source of the Commandments of God, proving they are from the Creator who knows what is for our good and what it takes to live a blessed life in a community that desires to live rightly toward both God and their fellow man.  Because the need to honor and keep His instructions indeed was taught by Jesus, faithful disciples will be doing these things and also keeping the words of God given by him. 

It is also said in Revelation that those who enter the City do so because of right - not just grace, not just because of their faith without works, but rather because they kept the commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus.  The bride of Christ is to make herself ready for his return, she was clothed in clean garments that were not stained with unfaithfulness and abortions or attempts to abort the Everlasting and Eternal Covenant of Elohim Almighty.  She knew what the will of her betrothed was and set about to make sure she was faithful to Him indeed and persevered to the end in her faithfulness to God and Christ with the help and assistance of the Spirit to renew and empower and aid in  living within the pathway to eternal life as shown through Master Yashua.  This passage from Lamentations 3:21-33 comes to mind:  "Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in him!  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.  It is good for a man to hear the yoke in his youth.  Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him.  Let him put his mouth in the dust - there may yet be hope.  Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.  For the Lord will not cast off forever.  Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.  For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men."

I John 2: 1-6; "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the whole world."

"Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.  He who says, ‘I know Him,' and does not deep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."  If you believe John 3:16, you have to accept 1 John 2 is also true.  Personally, I find John a distraction due to the contradictions of John's writings as we currently have them - and some of them testify the opposite of what Jesus taught in Matthew, and the Matthew account finds accord to the Covenant, whereas John does not.

God knows our works, no one can fool Him.  He knows our hearts better than we can ever know ourselves.  Do take note of what He taught, and do so with the mind to be faithful and true to be His disciple indeed.  Grow in understanding and faithfulness to the instructions in righteousness, that God may then be true to His word and be able to bless us, rather than place ourselves under His curse by ignoring His instruction and goodness.  God has both shown and told us what is right - if we will but see, hear, and turn to do His will that He might heal us, and possibly our nation.  

Are you making yourself ready?  Are you trying to share the need to repent to do His will with others, so they might also be saved from this wicked and perverse generation?  At least be salt and light for Him.

Of the Ten Commandments, the only one most Christians ignore is keeping the Sabbath.  The Sabbath was primarily kept in the home.  I learned this from a couple of books published about the Jewish home and traditions kept there.  The command had to do with not doing any gainful work and to remember the blessings of God in the Everlasting Covenant and provisions made for us in every need we have.  It is a time to remember His goodness in creation of the earth and all good things He gives us.  The day was traditionally set apart by lighting a candle before sundown on Friday, Scripture readings, and then also commemoration of the end of the Sabbath with sundown on Saturday.  We can keep the Sabbath holy and set it apart as commanded without the need to convince everyone in our Church of the need to keep the Sabbath and worship on Saturday instead of Sunday. 

 

 

The Teachings of Joshua 2 - Jesus

 

Mt. 5:14-18;   "You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

As disciples of Yahshua who recognize and see His light, we are called to reflect that light in our lives as we can, and thereby continue to show His light to the world.  This light is directly seen in our words and deeds and outlook on life.  It should be reflected in all we do.  The life of a disciple of Jesus is about doing the will of God and being faithful to Him.

The Bible is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Jesus/Joshua are surely a Mother-Lode of its grace and truth.   In the parable of the talents, the master went away on a long journey and entrusted his wealth to his servants.  We all have God given talents, but the greatest treasure Jesus gave us are His teachings and wisdom about how to live the life that brings faith, hope, love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness and has the blessings of God.  What are we doing with the greatest treasures of the grace and truth from God?   When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew He gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple.  He didn't call them to be 'Christians', but to be 'disciples.'  In the great commission (Matthew 28:19, 20) Yahshua said to make disciples (of Him), baptize them in the NAME (Acts 2:38,39), and teach those disciples to observe and keep whatever He had first commanded them (Matthew - and the more original Hebrew Matthew with corrections).  

In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, Joshua says (7:24-27):

"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

 

God wrote the Ten Commandments on stone, that they do them, and to signify the lasting nature of His commandments.  Prophecy in Ezekiel 36 and Jeremiah 31 is that God would do a new thing, and that this new thing would be to replace their heart of stone (they were to keep His instructions "indeed", and the instructions were written on stone), and that He would send His Spirit that He could write His instructions on their heart, that a heart of flesh, a living desire to keep His instruction, would replace the heart of stone. 

 

 

Matthew 23:23 - 24:44;

 

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithThese you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!"

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also."

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.  Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'"

"Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  Fill up then the measure of your fathers' guilt.  Serpents, brood of vipers!  How can you escape the condemnation of hell?  Therefore I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation."

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See!  You house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of Jehovah."

(24) "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

"And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no man deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows."

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."

"Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened."

"Then if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ!", or "There!"
do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs, and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand."

"Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert!" do not go out; or, "Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together."

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."

"Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near - at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

 

Historically, Jerusalem being over-run by Rome and the hordes of mercenaries from surrounding nations occurred about 70 AD.  Masada was the last refuge of those attempting to stay and defy Rome, but they were defeated.  I've heard it said that they were eating their own children in an attempt to survive - and can't imagine things could get any worse than that.  At the time Yahshua was telling this, the event was yet future.  Then He goes into telling us of false christs and prophets that are deceiving people - surely that would be to lead them away from His instructions about the need to repent to the life that God said the followers of Yahshua should live.  Historically, we can see this happening in Acts with the several conflicts that Saul was involved in.  We can also know the charges against him were true because we have the letters he wrote, which support the charges made against him by members of the Church of God in Jerusalem.

 

See Acts 21:20,21;  "And when they heard it (James and the elders at the Jerusalem Church), they glorified the Lord.  And they said to him, "You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law (Torah); but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor to walk according to the customs.  What then?  The assembly must certainly meet for they will hear that you have come."  We can also see that historically Rome put Paul's letters and books into the New Testament - even though Paul didn't pass the muster that God commanded to be used to know if a person truly spoke for Him or not.  Near the end of this section we see that Yahshua taught that "this gospel of the kingdom" would be preached to the whole world. (Also note Paul's admission in 2 Timothy 4, that he was abandoned by everyone after his first "defense" (the trial referred to in Revelation 2?))

What exactly does this mean?  What are the possibilities?  One may think He is speaking of the false christs/prophets gospel being preached to the whole world.  One may also think that after the time of the false christ's and/or false prophet's gospels there would be a time that the original gospel that He taught would be restored and taught to the whole earth.  I lean towards this latter one since it has long been accepted to believe Paul, when the facts revealed more recently have made acceptance of the gospel taught by Paul to be shown false, and that he was also a false apostle/teacher/prophet - as one identified by Yahshua in Revelation 2,3 and Genesis 49 prophecy of the wolf of the tribe of Benjamin.   We should also be able to see that the world has grown rapidly into wickedness and violence - just as was the character of humanity in the time of Noah.

 

I would encourage every Christian to study the matter out.  After two years on intensive study and checking the references noted in the work, I finally had to admit that I could not prove Paul to be true, and also noted Paul can be proven to provide false testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ as received by the original disciples/apostles that were eyewitness to His teachings, life, death and resurrection to everlasting life and ascending to the Father.  During this study I started to also realize the false testimony provided by both Mark, Luke, and John.  Their books are dangerous grounds if one wants to know for sure that what they believe is THE truth, and only truth.  Jesus taught the truth of Elohim as no other prophet in the history of Israel.  In fact, Jesus taught according to the Covenant as it was originally given at Sinai.  The Teachings of Jesus, as the charges of the Prophets against Israel - both substantiate that the proto-Deuteronomy text, published 2021 and titled "The Valediction of Moses" is the Covenant, and that it was altered near the time of Ezekiel, when the Ark of the Covenant went missing. (Was it hidden to deny the world of the witness of the Everlasting Words of Life as given by Elohim/YHWH Himself?)  "V" is about five pages, whereas Deuteronomy is 34 chapters filled with Judaic law codes.

 

If you don't want to determine the invalidity of Paul by the simple matter that Paul did not teach that God gave the Torah to Moses - please do study the matter out until you are confident in the facts as revealed by words of God. 

 "V" record of the Decrees, as of 3/21 ("(1)" numbering is added, not the textual account)

..."Be careful, lest you forget and make for yourselves a carving or image in the form of any figure that is in the heavens above or upon the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth.  For my anger would then burn against you, and I would eradicate you swiftly from upon this good land.  Know today and keep his decrees and commandments, so that it may go well for you and so that you may live long upon the land that Elohim, your god is giving you.  Listen, Israel: Elohim, our god, is a single god.  So love Elohim, your god, with all your heart and all your soul, very much, and keep these proclamations that I command you today upon your heart.  Teach them to all your children and recite them when you sit at home, when you go on your way, when you lie down, and when you rise.  Tie them as a declaration upon your arm, and they shall serve as an affirmation between your   eyes.  Inscribe them upon the posts of your home and gate.  For Elohim made a pact with you at Horeb on the day of the assembly.  I stood between Elohim and you at this time - for you were afraid on account of the fire and did not climb the mountain - to tell you the word of your god, as follows:

(1) I am Elohim, your god, who freed you from the land of Egypt, from the slave-house.  You shall not have any other gods.  You shall not make a carving or any image that is in the heavens above or the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth.  You shall not prostrate yourselves before them, and you shall not serve them.  I am Elohim, your god.

(2)Sanctify the seventh day and rest on it.  For in six days I made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and I rested on the seventh day.  Therefore you too shall rest, along with your livestock and all that you have.  I am Elohim, your god.

(3)  Honor your father and your mother.  I am Elohim, your god.

(4) You shall not slay the soul of your fellow.  I am Elohim, your god.

(5)You shall not commit adultery with the wife of your fellow.  I am Elohim, your god.

(6) You shall not steal the wealth of your brother.  I am Elohim, your god.

(7) You shall not swear in my name falsely, for I shall avenge the transgression of the fathers against the sons, grandsons, and great grandsons for those who bear my name falsely.  I am Elohim, your god.

(8) You shall not submit against your fellow a false judgment.  I am Elohim, your god.

(9) You shall not desire the wife of your fellow, his male slave, his female slave, or anything that is his.  I am Elohim, your god.

(10) You shall not hate your brother in your heart.  I am Elohim, your god.

(S)  It is these ten pronouncements that Elohim uttered to you upon the mountain from amid the fire.".

"Blessed is the man who has Elohim as his god, and who prostrates himself only to him, and who serves him alone." 

"Blessed is the man wo sanctifies the seventh day and rests on it." 

"Blessed is he who honors his father and his mother."

"Blessed is the man who does not avenge or exact retribution for the soul of his brother."

"Blessed is the man who does not defile the wife of his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who does not cheat his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who does not swear in my name falsely."

"Blessed is the man who does not deceive or lie to his fellow."

"Blessed is he who does not lust after anyone belonging to his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who loves his fellow."

"Blessed is the man who upholds all the proclamations of this teaching to perform them."

 

"See if you truly heed the voice of your god, taking care to do all his commandments, then all of these blessings will befall you: Blessed are you in the city, blessed are you in the fields, blessed are your firstling and your remnant.  Blessed are the fruit of your loins and the fruit of your land, and the wombs of your cattle and the bellies of your sheep.  Blessed are you in your coming, and blessed are you in your going.  Elohim will set your enemies - defeated- before you.  Elohim will order blessing upon all your handwork.  Elohim will establish you as a holy people; all the peoples of the land will behold and fear you.  Elohim will open the heavens for you, to give rain for your land in its season.  You will lend to many nations, you will not borrow.  You will be only on top, you will not be on bottom.  Elohim will make you abound only in goodness upon the good land that Elohim, god of your fathers, is giving you."

upon the good land that Elohim, god of your fathers, is giving you."

Pay very close attention to the decrees of Elohim.  If He is true to His word, it should be easily seen Israel has not been faithful to Him for a long, long time, and current efforts by Zionist Orthodox Judaism will likely meet the most harsh judgment from Elohim as has ever been meted out on the earth!!  If God said they would become a byword amongst the nations - I would suspect He is the One who caused these things, because that is what He said He would do, so why do they blame Jesus and his disciples?????  Why not blame God for doing as He said He would?  By claiming Jesus did this, do they believe Jesus is God?

1,2 "Cursed is the man who does a carving or a casting, the handiwork of a craftsman."

3 "Cursed is the man who does work on the seventh day."

4 "Cursed is he who disgraces his father and mother."

5 "Cursed is he who strikes down his fellow in secret."

6 "Cursed is the man who approaches any of his kin, or who commits adultery with the wife of his fellow, or who copulates with any animal." (see Leviticus 18 for the full definition.)

7 "Cursed is he who moves the boundary marker of his fellow." 

8 "Cursed is the man who swears falsely in my name."

8 "Cursed is he who takes a bribe to give false judgment against his comrade."

9 "Cursed is the man who desires and lusts after the wife of his fellow, his daughter, his female slave, or anything that is his."

10 "Cursed is the man who hates his brother in his heart."

"Cursed is the man who does not uphold all the proclamations of this teaching to perform them."

"If you do not heed the voice of Elohim, taking care to do all his commandments and decrees, then all of these curses will befall you: Cursed are you in the city, cursed are you in the field, cursed are your firstling and your remnant.  Cursed are the fruit of your loins and the fruit of your land, the wombs of your cattle and the bellies of your sheep.  Cursed are you in your coming, and cursed are you in your going.  Elohim will set you - defeated- before your enemies.  Elohim will cast the execration upon all your handiwork.  Elohim will make you an epitaph, a proverb, and a saying among all the nations of the land.  Elohim will stop up the heavens.  The stranger settled in your midst will rise higher and higher; you will descend lower and lower.  He will lend to you; you will not lend to him.  Elohim will demolish and eradicate you from the land that you are going into to possess....."Be strong and resolute, do not fear and do not panic.  For Elohim, your god - he is the one who walks alongside you.  He will not let go of you, he will not abandon you.  Now write down this teaching, so that this teaching may be a witness before you, since it will not be forgotten from the mouths of your descendants, for I know the schemes that you devise."   These are the words that Moses instructed all the children of Israel according to the order of YHWH on the plains of Moab before his death. 

It surely seems to me that Elohim knew what I'm bringing up today would certainly happen in the course of the history of Israel, and the history of mankind upon the earth.  Those are the words Elohim gave to Moses - not the "Oral Torah's" of Orthodox Judaism and Zionists who have defied every Standard given by Elohim to then proclaim: "I did it my way."  Learn some lessons from history - who invented Communism, as it defies every Commandment given by Elohim.

Malichi 3:16 - 18, Dead Sea Scrolls Bible:

"Then those who feared the LORD spoke one to another, and the LORD listened, and heard, and a book of remembrance was written before him, for those who feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  So that they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, even my own possession, in the day that I makeand I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.  Then you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who serves him not."

We must use the unaltered words of Elohim to know these things.  Believing those who lie against God will be like following the blind leaders into the ditch, but perhaps the very pit of hell itself, due to rejecting the means by which God imparted wisdom to us: the Covenant Standards.  "Because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject you."  ? 

1917 Jewish Publication Society: JPS Tanakh 1917, Psalm 2:

1Why are the nations in an uproar?

And why do the peoples mutter in vain?

2The kings of the earth stand up,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against the LORD, and against His anointed:

3‘Let us break their bands asunder,

And cast away their cords from us.'

 

4He that sitteth in heaven laugheth,

The Lord hath them in derision.

5Then will He speak unto them in His wrath,

And affright them in His sore displeasure:

6‘Truly it is I that have established My king

Upon Zion, My holy mountain.'

 

7I will tell of the decree:

The LORD said unto me: ‘Thou art My son,

This day have I begotten thee.   ((Quote of the voice from heaven at Jesus' baptism?))

8Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for thine inheritance,

And the ends of the earth for thy possession.

9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;

Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.'

10Now therefore, O ye kings, be wise;

Be admonished, ye judges of the earth.

11Serve the LORD (Elohim/YHWH) with fear,

And rejoice with trembling.

12Do homage in purity, lest He be angry, and ye perish in the way,

When suddenly His wrath is kindled.

Happy are all they that take refuge in Him."

 [[[does not say "kiss the son"]]]

(Jesus taught to serve Elohim alone.  Jesus (Joshua) never taught to worship himself, but to repent to do the will of Elohim faithfully, as Elohim decreed, not as the Pharisees and Sages demanded of the Jews of his day, or what has further developed via many "Oral Torah" requirements in Orthodox Judaism.)  Proof Jesus was teaching the Covenant is the "greatest commandment" was the first, and the last of the blessings is to be compared and conjoined to it - loving Elohim first, and loving our fellow as ourselves.  To keep the Covenant requires our love for God to be reflected in our love for our fellow mankind.

 

 

What I am sharing here proves most of the New Testament is a fabrication that has led millions away from the provable Truth - Truth being defined as the words of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  God said the "Ten Declarations" are the Covenant, and the Covenant tablets of stone were placed in the Ark of the Covenant, and the Mercy Seat was the lid of the Ark of the Covenant that both protected the tablets and symbolized the Mercy Seat: that the Mercy of God covers those who keep the Covenant as He had written it..  If there were angels facing the Ark from either end, this signifies that Elohim gives His angels charge to look over those who are faithful to the Covenant Truth and Mercy of Elohim.

Who is the enemy of mankind but those who have perverted the Teachings of God and have killed those who tried to speak up about what God really said?  It started with Satan, the Serpent in Eden, and it has continued through Orthodox Judaisms demonic leadership (see the charges against Judaism leadership as found in the major prophets - this is what they said, and what Jesus said; I'm merely pointing this Scriptural point out).  The Catholic Church has like fruits, to kill those who dared speak up to try to warn people the Church was evil and lying - such as the early history of Christianity.   I have little doubt Paul was a plant of Rome, via corrupted Judaistic Pharisee  leadership, sent and fostered to obliterate the REAL truth of Elohim to mankind.  Anyone with eyes to see, anyone with ears to hear - look at 2 Timothy 4 and see that Paul himself was defeated in a trial that took place (Revelation 2?) and that EVERYONE abandoned him thereafter but Luke!!!  Paul stood out as a rejected liar against God and Jesus by the First Century Church!!!  Citing Paul's writings in any way was only resurrected by the Roman Church, those who resurrected his lies against God and Jesus, and who also denounced anyone who dared speak the truth of God to be a "Heretic!"  Believe it or not, my own brother, a Church of Christ preacher, called me a "heretic" for not believing the lies of Paul - Jesus was a the literal "Son of God" *per Paul's teachings), that Jesus was a "sacrifice for sin" (per the teachings of Paul that cast the blessed Teachings of God aside to facilitate his lies), or to dare realize Paul was not one of the apostles of Jesus.  So it is when you dare speak the truth - your own families will become your enemies - just as Jesus foretold in Matthew!

 

 

 

Mt 25:

Then let the Kingdom of Heaven be likened to those ten virgins who took their lamps and went out for the meeting of the bride and the bridegroom.  Now five of them were wise and five were foolish.  And those foolish virgins took their lamps but did not take oil with them.  But those wise virgins took oil in vessels with their lamps.  Now when the bridegroom delayed, they slumbered and slept.  And in the middle of the night there was an outcry, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!  Go out for his meeting!"  Then all those virgins arose and prepared their lamps.  And those foolish virgins were saying to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for behold, our lamps have gone out."  These wise virgins answered and said, "What if there is not enough for us and for you?  Rather, go to those who sell and buy for yourselves."  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready entered with him into the banquet-hall.  And the door was locked.  Now later also came those other virgins, and were saying, "Our master!  Our master!  Open the door for us."  Then he answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you that, "I do not know you."  Be alert, therefore, for you do not know that day or hour.  For it is like a man who went on a journey.  He called his servants and delivered his possessions to them.  There was one he gave five talents, and another two, and another one - each man according to his ability.  And he went immediately on a journey.  Now he who received five talents went and traded with them and gained five more.  And likewise also, he who received two traded and gained two others.  But he who received one, went and dug in the ground and hid the money of his master.  Now after a great time, the master came and received an account from them of those servants.  And he who received five talents and brought five others drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me five talents.  Behold, I have added five others to them."  And he said to him, "Well done good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful over a little, I will appoint you over much!  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received two talents drew near and said, "My master, you gave to me two talents.  Behold, I have added two others to them."  His master said to him, "Well done good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little.  I will appoint you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master."  And he who received one talent drew near also and said, "My master, you are known to be a hard man, and that you reap where you have not sown and you gather from where you have not scattered.  So I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Behold, you have what is yours."  His master answered and said to him, "Evil and lazy servant!  So it is known that I reap where I have not sown, and I gather from where I have not scattered!  For you would have been right to have placed my money in the exchange, and I would have come and have demanded its interest and my principal.  Therefore, take away the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.  For to him who has, it will be given to him and it will increase to him.  But he who does not have, even that which he has will be taken from him."  And the idle servant was thrown into the outer darkness.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all his Set Apart Messengers with him.  And he will separate them, one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  And he will set the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  Then the King will say to those who are at his right, "Come you blessed of my Father.  Inherit the Kingdom which has been prepared for you from the foundations of the world.   For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat.  And I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger, and you took me in.  I was naked, and you covered me.  I was sick, and you visited me.  And I was in prison, and you came to me."  Then those will say to him, "Our righteous Master, when did we see that you were hungry and feed you, or that you were thirsty, and gave you drink?  And when did we see that you were a stranger and take you in, or that you were naked and covered you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?  The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."  Then he will also say to those that are on his left, "You cursed!  Go away from me to the everlasting fire that which is prepared for the adversary and his Messengers.  For I was hungry, and you did not give me any food.  And I was thirsty, and you did not give me drink.  And I was a stranger, and you did not take me in.  And I was naked, and you did not cover me.  And I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit me."  Even then, they will answer and say, "Our Master, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?"  Then he will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do to one of these little ones, you also did not do it to me."  And these will depart to everlasting torment, but the righteous to everlasting life."  

 

There exists a parallel between the virgins and those entrusted with the treasures of their Master.  The word of God should be viewed as a great treasure that He gave us to use until His return.  This is discussed elsewhere.

 

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord (YHWH/Elohim, not "Jesus") shall be saved.22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Note:  Jeremiah 31:31 and Ezekiel 36:25, 26 relate to why God said He would send His Spirit.  He was given to write the instructions of God on our hearts so that we would be careful to keep His word indeed.  The Spirit writes His instructions on our hearts to help us keep them from our hearts.  The Spirit was not sent to cause us to disregard any of His word.  When God gave the Torah (Law) to Moses, He wrote it upon stone tablets.  When the Spirit of God returned in power on Pentecost, it was the same date that He had first given the Law in stone, but from the time Peter preached this sermon it was also to be written on the hearts by the Spirit in those who obey Him, according to His word and promise.

'Commandment' has some negative baggage as a word for many people - if you have a negative feeling towards the word, consider to think of them as Gods' gracious instructions in righteousness that are intended to enrich and bless our life.   This is also what God said about His commandments given to Israel, which they should do, that they have the good life and blessings of God and witness to the nations of His goodness - and as Jesus said, that men would see our good works and glorify God.

During the process of study I heard a preacher on a Christian radio station, David Hocking of Hope for Today, make the claim that Jesus gave over a hundred commandments (imperative teachings).  While attending a local Revelation conference he gave in Modesto, CA, I asked him if he'd written a book on the topic.  He hadn't, but stated that he quit counting after noting over a hundred, and he invited me to check it out for myself - which I now have.  Anyone who claims to believe in Jesus should check to see how many they can find.  My list came up with over two hundred in the gospel of Matthew alone, and I searched out the rest of the New Testament through the end of Revelation and found over 700, but I haven't gone back to consolidate the list - out of respect for God and His word and the context in which each was given.  Jesus (Joshua 2) said he gave the teachings as the Father commanded him to, so it isn't about a list of commandments from Jesus, but about listening to him and noting his words, which lead to life eternal.  What is the doctrine of God that Jesus taught?  Later I realized all the teachings of Jesus centered from the Covenant Standards as given at Mount Sinai, and what are the commandments he gave to the original disciples (twelve apostles) that apply equally to each of us today?  The gospel of the kingdom of heaven is the good news of the hope of eternal life for all who believe, repent and do the will of God because they love and serve Elohim alone and hold fast to His Covenant as given. (Isaiah 56,57).

 

Genesis 5 prophecy in the genealogical names

Chuck Missler has a good lesson that shows the gospel message is foretold in the names of the genealogy in Genesis 5.  The names give us a statement when the names are translated:   "Man is appointed mortal sorrow. The blessed God shall come down teaching; his death shall bring the despairing comfort, rest."  This foretells of the death of Jesus, and those teachings we are to hear and follow.  He said we are to be both hearers and doers of what he taught.  He said if we are hearers only that a great fall awaits.  He also said it was his teachings from the Father by which we will be judged.  He also said we are to be sanctified by the truth - "Thy word is truth."  We'd best give attention to standing and abiding in His word and not just counting on what Jesus did on the cross. 

As he said, "Why do you call Me ‘Lord' and not do as I say?"  He has given us instruction, and as Micah said, "God has shown you, O man, what is good."  The final witness to the goodness that God created man to abide in is found in the person, teachings and Spirit of Joshua  (Jesus, declared to be Christ upon his ascension to the throne on the right hand of Elohim/YHWH).   The whole truth is not just a claim to have the truth, the whole truth is not "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free", and then following the teachings of any other man.  Jesus (Yahshua) gave a condition about how to know that truth - and it wasn't found in the word of any man who cuts that condition off and then tells you to believe what they say.  The condition is:  "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."  If we are disciples, we are followers of Yahshua, just as the original twelve disciples were - students of what the Master Teacher said the truth and Covenant of God really is.

The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book with a similar title, “The Cost of Discipleship” that is a classic work on discipleship to Master Yahshua.  Many believe he suffered the price for his beliefs on the topic by imprisonment by the Nazi’s, and also died before the end of the Second World War.  Some believe he was falsely accused of being in a plot to kill Hitler, which was the stated reason his was imprisoned.  For the time, Dietrich was a very faithful man to be as outspoken on his faith as evidenced by his writings.  His was also a testimony of paying the price for discipleship.  If you’ve read that book, one of the chief differences I have with his work is that he seemed to have ended up viewing the gospel and discipleship to be largely a social gospel, whereas my concerted belief and effort is that the Gospel, according the Master Yahshua, is one that is dedicated first to be faithful to what God and Christ instructed and commanded of men who trust their lives into the hands of Almighty God, as that is the greatest commandment.  As discussed previously, love is defined by what it does, and our love must first be pledged to God and to following in the footsteps of Master Yahshua, as did his first faithful disciples.  Bonhoeffer spoke of how many possess a gospel of “cheap grace”, whereas that is not what Jesus taught.  My focus is to revisit the topic in a different light – that of the light of the words of God and Christ through the Old Testament and the accounts of the original disciples.

What did Yahshua teach about the cost and conditions of discipleship?  What did he mean by “If you abide in my word”?    Webster’s dictionary says the definitions of abide are:  “to wait for;  to endure without yielding;  to bear patiently;  to accept without objection;  to remain stable or fixed in a state;  to continue in a state;  to conform to;  to acquiesce in.”    Faith and belief in Yahshua as Christ is far more than a profession out of your mouth to say you believe, which church you belong to, a spiritual feeling or the system of religion that you practice.  In the opening sermon we are told to not just hear His words - if we want our house to withstand the storms and floods we are to be hearers and doers of what He taught.   In the personal aspect of our faith we are told to abide in His words if we want to know the truth.   Another benefit of knowing the truth is being enabled to recognize untruths taught in His name - that we are able to distinguish truth from error and realize the snares, traps and wiles of the Accuser and ignorant men.  We are enabled to recognize that which is of God and that which merely purports to be from God, but isn't.

One often quoted passage from the Gospels about what Yahshua taught about who can be his disciples is Luke 14:25.  This is but one example of why I put more trust in Matthew’s account than Luke, and I think you’ll easily recognize why.  Luke’s account is from chapter 14:23-33.  Matthew’s account is 10:34-39.  These passages will be noted here so you can see the difference in the two:

Luke 14: 26; “If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Matthew 10: 36-37; “And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”

 

It’s obvious that Luke’s account centered on hate, and the Matthew’s on love.  The definition of love as taught by Yahshua surely fits better with Matthew’s account.  This particular verse is also one that was changed in the Greek from what the ancient Aramaic says.  The Aramaic does not say “cross”, but rather says “staff”.  Recall that God gave Moses a staff to show works that he was representing God before Pharaoh.  A staff is most associated with doing the work of a shepherd, and could also be seen as a Biblical symbol of authority.  In the great commission we are told that Yahshua has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and that disciples are to be His emissaries and emulators on earth in taking the gospel to the nations – to the whole world.  We as disciples are faithful to the Master and are to exercise the authority of His words of life and live His words of life and teach others of His words of life – the authority resides in our duty to God and Christ as individuals who abide in His words of life.

Anyone with a modest knowledge of the Holy Scriptures knows “that Prophet” we are to hear is Jesus Christ (Deu. 18:15-19; Acts 3:22, 23).  The great commission of Matthew 28 presents the truth that people are to be invited and led to become His disciples and grow in the knowledge of God, and through abiding in His word we are sanctified by His word of truth.  Yahshua continued in what John the Baptist began preaching:  "Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand."  Repentance is not to just stop doing something - repentance meant to turn back and do what God said to do that you weren't doing.  His disciples are to be doing what God said is right and not just saying they believe.  Believing God meant to be doing what He instructed.  Not doing as He said was equated to unbelief.  God is able to complete in us what He has begun, so keep your eyes on the goal and don’t give up because you trip and fall now and then – He will pick you up and encourage you in spirit – this is one of the works of the Holy Spirit – to assist us in our growth and walk with the Lord.  We have ample examples where the disciples were failing to grasp His teachings, and even the work He knew had to be done on the cross of Calvary.  Often the times of greatest trials are the time of our greatest growth.

Discipleship is about becoming ever more faithful hearers and doers of what He said is the doctrine of God.  John 7: 16, 17; “My doctrine is not my own, but His who sent Me.” The doctrine of Master Yahshua is not merely that He came in the flesh, but also the words that God gave us through His teachings and manner of life.  It’s just that simple.  People go to college to focus on  the doctrines and theology of the Church that runs the school, but we study His words today to establish that the matter is to believe Yahshua is ‘that Prophet’ which we are to hear in whatever He had to say - not just focusing on John 3:16, Acts 2:38, 39 or Romans 10:9,10.  True revelation and knowing the truth is when you realize what Yahshua taught.  Not just the commandments, but also the facts of what God says righteousness and goodness are,  who He approves of and who has judged themselves because they didn't come to the light of His word to know that what they do is done of God.  Those who seek to do the will of God; those who belong to the Father; in fact, whosoever will may come and partake of the water of life freely  – but we must be partakers, and we do this through our belief in Him and living out His words of life in our own lives.   The authority and call is to becoming sons of God, disciples of Master Yahshua who seek to do the will of God in spirit and truth – according to the true doctrine of God taught by Yahshua, which was in full keeping with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.

Truth is not found in the exact replication of a thousand year old worship service, truth is found through abiding in the words of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ). 

A prominent evangelical who has since passed on, J. Vernon McGee, in his series ‘Through the Bible’, hard copy, said that the teachings of Jesus are too hard to keep, so we aren’t expected to keep them today, and that they are for keeping when Jesus returns in the future kingdom of God (THRU THE BIBLE with J. Vernon McGee, Vol 4; pages 43, 44).  According to Yahshua, in the Sermon on the Mount, this cannot be the truth.  In fact, He warned that we must be hearers and doers of what He taught in this specific lesson, and that to be hearers only will have certain destruction.  Is this truth dead even in those who preach the gospel and have doctorates in divinity studies?   I’m here to tell you what God has shown me to be true, and pray that you will also come to appreciate all His teachings of instruction in true righteousness and how they can enrich our lives to know the will of the true and living God and the Anointed One that came to make good on His promises and fulfill all things according to His word.  If my effort is not found to be a benefit, so be it, but from all my studies to search this matter out, this surely seems to be the key element that has been missing from the basic “Christian” faith taught in most Churches.

Bible study from my teen years and through to some college was largely studies on topics and study of books in the Bible that focused more on details of people and locations and historical procession of events than it was on the need to abide in the word of Christ.  More often than not, on subjects related to any element of the gospel, the teachings of Paul were often used to support Church doctrine and understanding the message of Christ to be in alignment with Church doctrine.  I’ve been more guilty than most to have searched for the truth in Paul’s words, rather than through the study of God’s words given in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus (Yahshua) in the gospel records, as I was taught that Paul was an apostle called of God and Christ, just as he claimed to be, and after all, Paul’s books make up half the New Testament.  Why wouldn’t I be looking at what Paul said, since he was the apostle sent to the Gentiles?  I’m thankful to God for the crisis in my life that made me turn back to re-investigate and study the teachings of Jesus Christ so thoroughly that it opened my eyes to the need for knowing the will of God through the teachings of Jesus Christ, rather than founding my understanding through study that focused on what Paul wrote and others interpretations of Paul’s writings.  The teachings of Jesus Christ are not too hard to grasp if one also studies the principles taught from the records in the then accepted Scriptures of His day.  If we are Christians, we need to focus our faith and belief through the teachings and example of the Master Teacher.  If we focus our understanding through others, we are likely to miss portions that He said are needful, such as knowing the truth through being His disciples indeed.  Jesus Christ should be the focus of our faith.  It seems good to first understand the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ and then review what other may teach on any particular subject.  Our understanding needs to remain in truth as taught by the Christ.

The Bible has four Gospel accounts.  Two are generally accepted to have been written by men who were of the twelve chosen disciples (Apostles/Emissaries) of Yahshua, two were written by men who weren't.  None of us were there to know what He taught or any other particulars of His life, but we do need to regard whatever He taught and pay special attention to those things recorded by any of the twelve apostles.  In His prayer of John 17, He prayed for those who would come to believe on Him who did so through the words of the testimony of the original disciples - His chosen witnesses.  Because of His prayer that the twelve be given Holy Spirit inspired recall of whatever He taught them, their accounts should be regarded above those of Mark and Luke.  This is what He said and is not based on any clever reasoning or to protect or attack any particular Church doctrine.  There are inconsistencies in the gospel accounts, and it helps to make this distinction if we find different teachings and historical details in the gospel accounts as we currently have them.  Another note is that all the gospel accounts were not originally written in Greek, as some teach.  Oldest records are that the gospel of Matthew was written in Hebrew, and then translated into Aramaic, and the Aramaic was translated into Greek at some unknown time by an unknown translator.  At this time, to my knowledge, the original Hebrew gospel of Matthew is missing, but an ancient Aramaic manuscript reportedly dated about 167 AD was found, translated into English and published in 2010 as the AENT (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC).  There was a 1905 translation of Aramaic to English, but the manuscripts were not nearly as old and there were some additions/changes brought into the text later on, as the Greek translations also have additions and missing information.  (In the end times signs of the AENT gospel of Luke is found: “And winters will be severe”)  What I discovered of the need to follow everything Jesus taught and the call to be His disciples was made from the New King James version of the Bible, but we need to distinguish known additions to be what they are and avoid making any doctrine from added or mistranslated texts.  One of the most notable examples is the woman caught in adultery - it is not in the oldest manuscripts.  Most Scripture quotes here are from the King James Version to avoid any copyright issues so that portions of the text can be included to assist with the study.  All are welcome to check the same passages in their favorite study Bible to compare and ensure you are holding fast to the truth of God and Christ.

Some Background OverviewMatthew has the greatest number of teachings from Yahshua, John has the most information on what He said about the importance of His teachings, and Luke follows closely to Matthew's account.  Luke records that his account of the gospel was made by gathering testimony from others who heard Y’shua and that the account was put together so that Theophilus  could know with a degree of certainty about the things they (Christians/Disciples) were being instructed in (Luke 1:5).  This testifies to the matter that Christians were being taught to be disciples of Jesus, and that the gospel is the account of what Yahshua taught, the Scriptures fulfilled, the example He gave us to follow after Him, and the hope of the kingdom of God that He preached.  What is discussed in my writings here is not meant to be all inclusive of everything He taught, but is intended to be a start in the right direction in realization of the need to be a student of Yahshua, to be careful with His words, to grow in discipleship to Him and come to verify that our faith and belief in Him is genuine and justifies our hope of the kingdom of heaven. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Commandment

What accord does love find with commandments?  This is one of the deepest topics He taught about throughout His earthly ministry and through to the end of the Revelation.  The best section to learn about this may be John chapters 14 and 15.  It is highly recommended to read both of these chapters to understand the fact that our love for God is shown through our desire to hear and do as He has said.  The conclusion is in 15:1-27:

(AENT, Netzari Press LLC)  “I am the Vine of Truth and my Father is the Cultivator.  Every branch that is on me that does not give fruit, He takes it away.  And that which bears fruit He prunes it that it might produce more fruit.  You are already pruned because of the word which I have spoken with you.  Abide in me and I in you, as the branch is not able to produce fruit by itself unless it should abide in the vine.  Likewise you are also not able unless you abide in me.  I am the Vine and you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, this man will produce plentiful fruit because without me you are not able to do anything.  Now unless a man abide in me, he is cast aside like a branch that is withered and they pluck it and place it into the fire that it may burn.  Now if you abide in me and my words abide in you, anything that you desire to ask will be given to you.  In this the Father is glorified that you bear abundant fruit and that you be my disciples.  As my Father has loved me, so too I have loved you.  Abide in my love.  If you keep my Commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the Commandments of my Father, and I abide in his love.  I have spoken these things with you that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be full in you.  This is my Commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you.  There is no love that is greater than this that a man lay down his life for the sake of his friends.  You are my friends if you do all that I commanded you.  But, I have called you my friends because everything that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You have not chosen me but I am the one who has chosen you.  And I have appointed you that you should also go and produce fruit, and that your fruit might remain.  That all that you ask of my Father in my name He will give you.  These things I commanded you, that you should love one another.  And if the world hates you, know that it hates me before you.  And if you are of the world, the world would love its own.  But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world.  Because of this, the world hates you.  Remember the word which I have spoken to you.  That there is no servant who is greater than his master.  If they persecute me, they will also persecute you.  And if they keep my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you because of my name, for they do not know He who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no holocaust upon the face of their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  And if I had not done works before their eyes that no other man has done, they would have no sin.  But now they have both seen and hated both me and even my Father.  That the Word might be fulfilled which is written in their Torah that ‘They hated me without reason.’  But when the Redeemer comes, He Whom I will send to you from the presence of my Father, the Spirit of Truth, He Who proceeds from the presence of my Father will witness concerning me.  You will also testify, for you were with me from the start.”

John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Master YHWH, preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  John the Apostle has the best account of what John the Baptist said about Yahshua and His words/testimony to men:

John 3:30-36. AENT; "It is necessary for him to increase and for me to decrease.  For he who has come from above is higher than all, and he who is from the earth, is from the earth he speaks.  He who has come from Heaven is higher than all.  And what he has seen and heard he testifies to, and his testimony no man receives.  But he who receives his testimony is true that Elohim seals.  For whoever that Elohim sends the Words of Elohim, he speaks.  For Elohim does not give the Spirit in measure.  The Father loves the Son and all things he has given into his hands.  He who believes in the Son has life that is eternal, and he who does not obey the Son will not see life, rather the wrath of Elohim will rise up against him."

KJV John 3:36; “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

 

Yahshua said John testified truly of him.  John said that Y’shua alone has testified directly from Heaven, and Yahshua said he gave us the words the Father gave him to give to us.  It is those words that the disciples who alone stayed with him after one of the difficult teachings said: "To who else can we go?  You alone have the words that lead to eternal life."  The matter is that one cannot believe in Yahshua apart from obeying what He told us to believe and do.  Doing the will of the Father is the work required of disciples of Master Y’shua.  As said in another place, we are to do the works prepared beforehand that we should do.  These are the works spoken of in Revelation.  This is how His disciples are overcomers – through keeping the faith and testimony of Yahshua – His testimony is the direct testimony of the fullness of grace and truth from God – His testimony is the faith that He lived and taught us to follow after Him through abiding in His words that are spirit, life, light, and sanctify the hearer through doing as he said.  The Spirit works with the word to accomplish that for which God sent Him. (Ezekiel 36:25, 26)  Discipleship is not about being perfect, but about being faithful to grow in doing the will of God.  Discipleship is a life-long process to become more like the Master, which includes having patience with the work of God in us, and not giving up when we stumble, but allowing the Lord to help us get up if we are weak or stumble along the pathway – it’s about getting back up and walking in His pathway to life eternal.  It isn’t just faith – it’s about faithfulness and humility to the instructions of God and love towards ourselves and our fellow disciples and also towards all men as God has instructed us.

What is the cause of continued division and fracturing of the Church?  As noted in John 17, unity is found when we believe the doctrine of God as taught by Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ) and the original disciples (Apostles).  I was raised in a Church that believes they alone are the restored Church of the New Testament.  I came to realize the need we all have to discover the fullness of His words - the need to "live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God", or “whatever that Prophet says to you.”   While it is highly commendable to teach repentance to do the will of God, have faith in the Son, and even bring people to keeping the very promise of God to all nations in Acts 2:38, 39, yet who is teaching the need to then focus our faith through discipleship to Him - continuing in all the teachings of Yahshua?  Based on decades of discussions and study with a broad variety of Churches, to date I’ve yet to find one whose doctrine is simply to abide in the teachings of Yahshua, yet this is what He called us all to do.  In all these discussions, few had divergent issues of faith and belief based on something Yahshua taught, but almost all divisions were formulated from different interpretations and applications of Paul’s writings or some of the added passages that were not from the beginning and which actually introduce teachings that are not in total accord with the word of God.

For the sake of the faith and work of God, shouldn’t we return to the teachings of Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) to ensure what we believe and do is founded on the “rock” of His words from the Father?  Through doing this, abiding in His word, we can ensure our faith will endure the storms of life.  We should then see that what Yahshua, the Prophets, Psalms and Torah had already declared to be truth of the Father in Heaven.  Yahshua was building upon and revealing the fullness of the Torah, Psalms and Prophets – not setting aside or loosening the words of God.  He came to honor and exalt the instructions of God to the fullest level that God desires of man, who was created in His image.  He came to renew the Everlasting Covenant – not set it aside and replace it.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt. 28:19-20) NKJV

NKJV Jeremiah 7: 23, 24; "’Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and dictates of their evil hearts, and went backwards and not forward."   Israel had a similar problem, and the prophets of God repeatedly were sent by God to call His people to repent – to return and to do what He told them to start with.  In fact, when God gave the Ten Words (commandments) and other commandments, He told them they were not too hard for them to do; they agreed to keep them, and He said it was through keeping His instructions to them that He would both bless them and even cause other nations to glorify Him as good and righteous.  Yet, just as God said they would do, Israel drifted away and violated His commands as they worshipped other gods and treated His Sabbath with contempt, and also disregarded the Sabbath rest for the land.  Little by little the people of God drifted away from His instructions.  A few generations later they were no longer reading His Torah at all, and were certainly of no mind to be careful to do as He instructed.  Have “we” done any better than they?  Are we keeping the commandments of the Master Teacher – our Savior, Redeemer, Master and King?

Yahshua said to Nicodemus, " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:16-21)

 

Matt. 11: 27-30; " All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].  Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”

 

With this background it is time to start a focused study of His teachings, the Doctrine of God; the gospel of Jesus Christ (Master Y’shua), the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingdom of God

John the Baptist (Immerser) prepared the way for Yahshua by preaching: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”  What is the “kingdom of God” they spoke of?   When God gave the Ten Commandments through Moses to Israel, His desire was that they be a “kingdom of priests.”  They rejected God as their King when they wanted a man to rule over them as the other nations had.  (See the story of Gideon and his refusal to be made king)  The Jewish understanding of the Kingdom is when the twelve tribes would be reunited in the land promised to Abraham and his descendants and have one king ruling over them again.  For example, note Ezekiel 37 or Isaiah 66.  In Revelation chapter one we again find the call of God that disciples of the Son are to be a kingdom of priests to God, which fits with what God desired for His people from the start (Ex. 19: 4-6; Rev. 1:6).  “Kings and priests” is found later when the kingdom is established on earth after the kingdoms of this world have become the possession of Jesus (Yahshua) the Christ.  The “Kingdom”, as understood by many Jews of Yahshua’s day was the restored kingdom of Israel – the re-united twelve tribes.  Revelation also makes the point of the 144,000 saved of the twelve tribes of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe.  The fact remains that the trial and crucifixion have sufficient accounts in Matthew to note that Y’shua knew what was about to happen, and that no man could do anything except it was according to the will and plan of God, which he submitted to with the ultimate sacrifice with specific purpose – to take away the sins of the world and save those who believe and obey what he said are the instructions and commandments of God.  Also note that Joel is quoted by Peter in Acts 2.  Joel 2 regarded the first Pentecost when the Spirit was given; Joel 3 shows the restoration of Israel was not to take place until afterwards, and that between these events there was to be a dispersion of Israel and then the re-gathering foretold by God to be greater than their Exodus from Egypt.  One prophecy has Israel complaining that there was not enough land – and this was when their boarders were beyond any of the land they have historically held.  These are certainly prophecies yet to be fulfilled, but we are called to prepare for the Kingdom of God by repenting and doing His will by choosing that which God has said He delights in.

The first book of the New Testament is a good place to start our study.  It was written by one of His chosen twelve disciples and contains the most teachings of Y’shua.  It would be recommended to read Matthew chapters 1-7 at this time – looking specifically to whatever Y’shua taught.  Consider the quote from Moses, re-affirmed by Peter in Acts 3:22,23 (Deu. 18:15-19), that we desire and will to hear whatever He commanded and taught, that we might repent to become ever more faithful to abiding in and keeping His words that lead to eternal life and grow to maturity in becoming sons of God – the kingdom of priests that God desired from the start.  Pray that the Spirit open your heart to the truth and grace He came to teach.  It may be helpful to make notes and use a highlighter.

Note whatever teachings He said we are to accept and receive to do.  Carefully consider each thing He taught.

It’s important to know as much as we can about Him, and the prophecies He fulfilled.  Some information is provided as helpful to better understand these matters.  The best resource I’ve found for some of these things is the AENT (Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC, 2010).  Comments are to provide additional insight and references, and not to promote any particular denomination or sect of Christianity.  The Messiah/Desired One/Anointed One, came to fulfill all things that were written about Him in the Holy Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gospel According to Matthew

Yahshua taught according to the Scripture to reveal the fullness of grace and truth, and the hope of the Kingdom of God.  I didn’t realize the passages that His teachings came from until researching to find them, as most study Bibles found had limited notes on them.  It’s important to include some of these passages of Scripture when studying His teachings, which start with the temptation in the wilderness and the beatitudes from Sermon on the Mount.  These reference passages provide insight to what He was teaching and assist us to gain a greater depth of understanding.   Knowing the supporting passages should also guard us from any idea that His teachings in any way disregarded the Set-Apart Scripture, but rather support and prove what He taught is according to the long standing word of God.  Taken together, the fullness of the grace and truth of God is brought into better focus to the actual meaning of what He was teaching – the Doctrine of God, the Instructions of God – the proper interpretation and application of the Instructions of God.

The first section to study is Matthew, chapters 1-7.  This includes what we know of the name Joseph was told to name Yahshua, and relates to the Name of God.  (AENT)  “When he was thinking on these things, a messenger of Master YHWH appeared to him in a dream, and said to him, “Joseph, the son of David, do not have fear to take Mary as your wife, for he that is begotten in her (is) from the Holy Spirit.  And she will bear a son and she will call his name Y’shua, for he will save his people from their sins.”  And this all happened that it might be fulfilled what was said by Master YHWH through the prophet, “Behold, a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call his name Ammanuel, which is interpreted as ‘our El (is) with us.”  When Joseph now rose from his sleep he did as the messenger of Master YHWH commanded him, and he took his wife.  And he did not know her until she had given birth to her first-born son, and she called his name Y’shua.”

Footnote that Y’shua the son is begotten of YHWH as Messiah – see Psalm 2: 7-12.

KJV Psalm 2: 1-12; “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying], Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him.

 

As disciples of Yahshua we must be reverent to not use the name of God lightly or in vain.  It is the most sacred name in Heaven and on earth.  Along with this knowledge, we must also understand that God upholds His Word higher than any name.  If we respect His Name, we must also respect His word likewise.   When we become disciples of Yeshua, we also become His representatives on earth, and our life and conduct reflects upon His Name.  As such, claiming to be Christians and not abiding in the word of God and Christ would invite non-believers to think poorly towards God, which could well be seen to be profaning His name.  Through our faithfulness to Him, we should bring honor to His Name.  We should have more regard for the instructions in righteousness from God than we have for His Name.

Psalm 138:1-2; “[A Psalm] of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

 

And we can also trust the truth from God in Psalm 119 to be as true today as the day it was first written.  Since discovering what I believe is the actual Doctrine of God that Yahshua taught, Psalm 119 has shown me that God is indeed faithful to His word and will never set it aside.  There are many great Psalms, and 119 reveals the goodness of God in His gracious instruction to all men.  If John 1 is correct, and I believe it is, we should consider this Psalm to also directly include the teachings of Master Yahshua as the very words of God. 

Psalm 119: 105-144; “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  I have sworn, and I will perform [it], that I will keep thy righteous judgments.  I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.  Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.  My soul [is] continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.  The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.  Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.  I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, [even unto] the end.   I hate [vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love.  Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.  Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.   Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.  Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.  Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit [is] falsehood.    Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth [like] dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.   I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressorsBe surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.  Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.  Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.  I [am] thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.   [It is] time for [thee], LORD, to work: [for] they have made void thy law.  Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.  Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every false way. “

 

Thy testimonies [are] wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.  I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.  Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.  Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.  Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.  Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. “

 

Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, and upright [are] thy judgments.  Thy testimonies [that] thou hast commanded [are] righteous and very faithful.  My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.  Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.  I [am] small and despised: [yet] do not I forget thy precepts.  Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.  Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: [yet] thy commandments [are] my delights.  The righteousness of thy testimonies [is] everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”

 

Also note the baptism of Yahshua by John and the voice of God from heaven saying “This is My beloved Son in whom I am pleased.”  (See:  Psalm 2:1-12; Isaiah 11:2, 3; 42: 1-7; 61:1)  In the temptations noted, each has the accuser questioning this in one way or another and how Yahshua answered him to refute the charges casting doubt on what the voice from Heaven had just testified to.   These are the first foundational truths He gave:

“It is written that man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words that proceed from the mouth of God.” (See Deu. 8:3)  “Again, it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim.” (Ps. 91:11, 12 VS Deu. 6:16)   “Leave, enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.” (Deu. 6:13) 

While these were said to the accuser (Satan), they are certainly equally applicable to us as His followers, that we  live by all the words God, that we serve Master YHWH as our God, and that we worship and serve God only.  This is the beginning of the foundations of His teachings, and they are founded on proper understanding and balance in service to God and not tempting or testing God or His word, but faithfulness in being careful to believe, observe and do what He said – His gracious instructions in righteousness.  The grace of God has always had conditions, but He has said what those are, and the fullness of His grace is revealed in the gospels and the book of Revelation.  All of His teachings centered from the Law, Prophets and Psalms, clearing off the false commandments of men, and elevation of the Torah – not loosening it or doing away with YHWH’s instruction in righteousness.  To show this as noted, reference passages from the OT will be provided with a number of His teachings and they will be best understood by reading the passages He was speaking of.  For ease of following the study, some key passages will be incorporated into this text.  Satan tried to use the very words of God against Master Yahshua, but through proper understanding of the instruction in righteousness from God, Yahshua was able to refute improper application of the word of God with the instructions of God that does not tempt God or His word, but which abides in His will.  Seeming contradictions in Scripture are not contradictions, but are given that we might exercise judgment and truth that abides in the sum of His word and the fullness of the grace and truth of God we can learn from the Son as His disciples indeed – to be among those who seek to do His good will indeed – who seek Him according to His word. 

“This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” 

Isaiah 11:1-5; “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”

 

 (Note the seven spirits here – and also note this to consider the “seven spirits” in Revelation)

Also note next that Isaiah 42 is prophecy of Master Yahshua, and what He will cause the Gentiles to do:

 

 

Isaiah 42; “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, [in whom] my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.  Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.  I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven imagesBehold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.  Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.  Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.  Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.  The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, [and] refrained myself: [now] will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.  I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.  And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.  They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye [are] our gods.  Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.  Who [is] blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger [that] I sent? who [is] blind as [he that is] perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?  Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make [it] honourable.  But this [is] a people robbed and spoiled; [they are] all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.  Who among you will give ear to this? [who] will hearken and hear for the time to come?  Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid [it] not to heart.

 

May we consider this carefully, as we are in the “time to come.”

 

Also note and consider:  Liberty of the gospel is being set free to see the truth of God and to be enlightened and enabled to hear Him and do His will rather than being ensnared in a prison as Isaiah 42 says.  He came that we might have the light of the truth from God and reflect that light to the world.  He sets us free from bondage of darkness to see the light of fullness of life that we were created to live by and find great joy in.  The everlasting covenant finds its fulfillment in Him – “I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people.” (see text of Isaiah 42 above)

 

42: 21, 22 *** Note that the Messiah will make Torah honorable – not do away with it:

“The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will exalt the law and make it honorable.  But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says “Restore! “  Who among you will give ear to this?  Who will listen and hear for the time to come?”

Psalm 2:1-12; already noted above.

If there is anything long, long overdue, it is the call to restore the good news of the hope of the kingdom of God as taught and preached by Yahshua!  Shouldn’t this be our intent and purpose in life –to value the truth declared by God through His prophets and His only begotten Son as recorded by His chosen witnesses, the twelve apostles?  Yeshua is ‘that Prophet’ we are to hear in whatever He said to us. (Acts 3:22, 23)  Recall that He taught not to think He came to set aside, loosen or destroy the Law (Torah) or Prophets or Psalms.  He came to fulfill all things written of Him in the Set-Apart Scriptures.  Per the Scriptures, God cannot lie and will uphold His word higher than His Name.  His care to ensure fulfillment of past things gives reason to hope that He will also fulfill the rest of those things that remain unfulfilled at this time.  Through this study will be provided some quotes of Scripture that were fulfilled in the accounts of the gospels records, which testify that Yahshua is the one who fulfilled that which was written of him.

Isaiah 61 – 62:2; “The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [this is the passage Yahshua read from at the start of his ministry, but cut it short – the rest will come to pass in its proper time] and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien [shall be] your plowmen and your vinedressers.  But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: [men] shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.  For your shame [ye shall have] double; and [for] confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.  And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they [are] the seed [which] the LORD hath blessed.  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.  For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Isaiah 62

For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

 

This passage again notes that the “Liberty” He proclaims is not freedom from the Instructions God gave, but the freedom to have the fullness of life as only God can provide to those who seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  His is freedom to know the will of God and not be imprisoned by darkness – but to have the light of the word of God to know the truth - that the truth have His purposes done in us – that we be salt and light in the world, and that the fullness of this is that God be given the praise, honor and glory which belong to Him alone.  This is the joy and goodness of doing His will indeed – the joy of Christ that He said we are to possess within ourselves as He did.

Deuteronomy 8:1-6; “All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, [and] to prove thee, to know what [was] in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every [word] that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, [so] the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.  Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.”

 

 

 

 

Exodus 20: 1-19;

”And God spake all these words, saying,

I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of anything] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:

For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Thou shalt not kill.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's.

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw [it], they removed, and stood afar off.

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

 

(This full chapter should be reviewed, as God does not change and examples in the OT are of great value for us today.  Also note that the Commandments of God were given to both Israel and the “‘multitude of nations” that came out of Egypt at the same time with Israel.  The commandments of God were not given to Israel only. (Ex. 20:2; Ex 12:38, 49) Reading the Torah will show that many of the commandments were open ended – everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, were instructed to keep these.  Additional commandments were also given for Israel, and further commandments were given for the tribe of Levi and the Aaronic priesthood and those who would be applying civil law.)

Exodus 12:38; “And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, [even] very much cattle.”

Exodus 12:49; “One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.”

 

Deuteronomy 6:16; “You shall not tempt the LORD your God as you tempted Him in Massah. “ (Exodus 17 – the people were complaining and questioning if God was with them or not – that He had lead them out into the desert to die from lack of water)  If we have needs, we are to petition God because we know He cares for us.  Even though we perish, when we are faithful till death, Yahshua promised that not even one hair of our head would be lost – when the hope becomes sight, when all is fulfilled, those worthy of the Kingdom of God will be given eternal life when ‘all things are made new’ in the place He has prepared for those who truly love Him in word and deed.  Yahshua taught that there is resurrection of the just and the unjust; some are to receive eternal reward and some everlasting shame.  Revelation 22 says those who do the will of God through faithfully keeping His commandments and the Testimony and faith of Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua) will have the right to enter the heavenly City – those outside the City of God are those who didn’t believe and obey Him.  (See John the Baptist’s testimony in John 3 – those who believe will live, those who don’t obey will face the wrath of God)  Also relating the “the faith of Jesus Christ” is the passage of Habakkuk 2:4, that some versions have translated as “the just shall live by faith”, some as “the just shall live by his faith” and the Orthodox Bible is translated “the just shall live by My faith.”  One of the Damascus Scrolls discusses this particular verse to refute the matter as being “by faith” to be saying “by faithfulness”.  Since the Messiah calls us along side of him in doing the will of God, the broader understanding that living by the instructions of the Christ in an abiding manner – residing our faith in His word and example would certainly be a good understanding and application that should be in total accord with the Revelation statement of the faith of Jesus Christ being the model we should emulate.

As we can see so far, there is much in the Old Testament to know to properly understand the value of “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Understanding those things as given in the beginning and upheld throughout the teachings and life  of Yahshua should be ample proof and reason to not cast them aside and think God has abandoned His words to mankind of instruction, blessings and promises.  Neither will God forget what He has declared to those who reject His rule and do evil or who practice deceit and love lies – destruction has been decreed, and He will not relent or repent of it. 

Next we find the greatest practical teaching He gave – the Sermon on the Mount.  He ended the sermon by saying we need to pay particular attention to “these teachings” and be both hearers and doers, not hearers only.  The fact remains that near the end of His ministry He said “this gospel of the kingdom” would be preached to the world as testimony to them, and His gospel of the Kingdom of God has not been preached in its fullness as given.  The call must be to:  “Restore!” the time to come is now – (Isaiah 42 – Mt 24:14).

 

 

 

 

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Most will have read or heard parts of this sermon of Yahshua many times.  Rather than simply copy the sermon from Matthew chapters 5-7, each segment will be given and then associated passages of Scripture will be included to show the roots of the Hope of the Kingdom of God that Yahshua gave are deeply rooted into Old Testament.  The Greek translation of them is not perfect and I don’t have a Hebrew to English copy available, but will include the KJV in OT references.  Each person able should double check references and passages to ensure we arrive at the gospel message as it was first preached and understood by those who were of the people through whom the promises were made to bless all nations through the Seed of the woman, Seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and king David – as prophesied.  There is only one Law, just as there is only one Gospel, for both Jew and Gentile, not one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles; see the Great Commission is to all nations as having the same conditions.  The key point noted from the great commission is that all disciples of Yahshua be taught the same message and lessons from His word.  He came to reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God, and as Jude said, it is the once delivered gospel that must be contended for, which points to the fact that what Yahshua taught his disciples is to know and do the will of God.  This is the same principal as when the Law was given, that one Law was for both Jew and Gentile.

The point of noting each of the sayings in this sermon is because Y’shua made a specific point that we must be hearers and doers of whatever He taught in this particular lesson.  When we see the roots of truth and fulfillment in what came before; we can best see that what He taught was to reveal the fullness of the grace and truth of God with greater clarity to cause the instructions of God to be honored and glorified – not set aside, loosened, nailed to the cross or destroyed.  Yahshua set aside the man-made commandments, but upheld the commandments of God.  Recent discoveries from the ancient Hebrew text of Matthew show that while Yahshua said the Pharisees sat in the seat of judgment in the Synagogue, he pointed out that his disciples were to do what “he” (Moses) said, rather than “they”, the Pharisees, said to do.

Immediately prior to His preaching the sermon on the mount, when Yahshua returned from the temptations of the accuser, a passage is quoted from Isaiah 9 about the land of the Gentiles having seen a great light.  This is speaking first of the rebellion of Israel in their response to the warning from God.  America’s response to 9-11  has matched Isaiah 9:10-11,  and should be a warning for all – including all Christians, that there is a great need to repent and do as God said to start with, rather than ignoring the warning of God and His judgment those that hate Him (those who reject doing what He instructed to be righteousness are counted to be among those that hate Him).  Later in the Teachings we will see that there is a time of the Gentiles, but it will have an end and God will be true to His promises towards Israel.  Israel has not been replaced and God will be faithful to His word and promises towards those found true to Him, and certain judgment for those who claim to be Jews, but are of the Synagogue of Satan.  The Gentiles may well have been even more blinded to the truth than they accuse Israel of.  Part of the current reason for Israel’s blindness is that most Christians dishonor His instructions in righteousness (Torah/Law) and the teachings of His only begotten Son (magnified Torah).  For those able to endure it, also note that historically the Gentile nations repeatedly persecuted the Jews and drove them from nation to nation as their wealth and lands and lives were taken from them.   Note carefully that what Yeshua was teaching is in full accord with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  He never loosened or detracted from any of these Scriptures and writings, but upheld the word of God entirely and faithfully. As Isaiah 42 prophesied, the Messiah would magnify the Torah and cause Gentiles to obey the instructions of God.

First are the beatitudes, from which each will be repeated and associated Scriptures that support each are given.  The passages listed are ones noted to date, and there may be more that could also be considered to gain more understanding.

Matthew 5:1-14 (AENT, Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC - 2010)

“And when the crowd saw Yahshua, he went up to the mountain, and when he sat his disciples drew near to him.  And he opened his mouth and was teaching them and said,

Blessed are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are they who are mourning, because they will be comforted.

Blessed are they who are meek, because they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be satisfied.

Blessed are they who are merciful, because mercies will be upon them.

Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts, because they will see Elohim.

Blessed are they who make peace, because they will be called the sons of Elohim.

Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are you whenever they curse you and they persecute you and they say every evil word about you falsely because of me.

Then rejoice and be glad because your reward in heaven is great for likewise they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt should become bland, with what would it become seasoned?  For anything not fit (is) but to be thrown outside and be trodden by man.  You are the light of the world.  It is not possible to hide a city that is built on a mountain.”

'Blessed' (goodness towards you) 'are they who are poor in spirit, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' Isaiah 57:15; 66:2

Isaiah 57:14-21;” And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.  I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.  I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to [him that is] far off, and to [him that is] near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.  But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”

 

66:1 -7:  " Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. He that killeth an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he that burneth incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.  I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not.  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.  A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.”

 

 

“Blessed are they who are mourning, because they will be comforted.”  Is 61:2; 66:10-12

61:1-3;  " The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

 

66:4-5; " I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose [that] in which I delighted not. Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

 

66:10-12;  "Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.  For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.

Would you agree that we need to pay careful attention to what God delights in?  How else can we be doing His will? As Yahshua said:  “Why do you call Me “Lord” and not do as I say?”  The truth of God is we hear what He has long ago explained and understand that God is the same yesterday as He is today and is unchanging and the truth which has been given applies to us today.   Yahshua preached these things from His first sermon.  If you believe the gospel says the Law or Commandments of God have been set aside, may I challenge you to carefully, very carefully, review all of His teachings and see where one can find sure support for such a doctrine.

'Blessed are they who are meek because they will inherit the earth.  Ps 37:11; 149:4

(Quotes from the Psalms will be formatted differently to save space, but still provide them here for review/instruction purposes - from poetry format to regular text format)

Psalm 37; “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be]. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation.  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.  But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD [shall be] as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.  For [such as be] blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and [they that be] cursed of him shall be cut off.  The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand. I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is] ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed [is] blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever. The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it]. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

 

Note carefully that God says those that “trust” in Him are those who do His will uprightly and that perfection is not required, but being upright from our heart towards Him and His word is required.  The task is to faithfully “keep His way” and love mercy and hold to the hope of God when the wicked seek to do harm to those who obey God.  Those who are upright seek to do what God delights in.

Psalm 149;Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise in the congregation of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. [Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, [and] punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”

'Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be satisfied.  Ze 2:3; Ps 11:3-7; Is 56: 1-8; 66:11, 12

Zephaniah 2:1-5;  “Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.  Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD [is] against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.”

If the justice of God is based upon His explicit word, declared in the Torah, supported in the Psalms and Prophets, and fully revealed in the teachings of Master Yahshua, it would seem futile to pretend God will judge Himself by going back on His instructions regarding righteousness and wickedness or faithfulness and faithlessness.  His warnings are for our instruction, so that we are not deceived to believe God will not be true to His word.  As James said, “Faith without works is dead.”  God will uphold the righteous, and they are those that believe and tremble at His word and trust in His faithfulness towards those who love, obey and serve Him and are careful to observe what He has instructed them to do – the works God has prepared for those to do who love Him from a contrite and upright loving heart that hungers and thirsts to abide in His word indeed.  As Yahshua said when He started preaching:  “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”  Repentance is to turn to do what God had commanded that we are not doing.  The foundation commandments of God are the Ten Words and the open ended commandments given in the Torah that the Spirit was given to write upon the hearts of those who believe and obey the Son and truly repent to do His commandments and obey the very promise and commandment of God in Acts 2:38, 39 and Acts 3:22, 23 [which are in full keeping with the great commission in Matthew 28].  We pass from death to life upon belief, but the fullness of the promise of God has been declared to all from that day.  God will be true – but not all believe.  (Note that immersion in the Name is in the center of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19, 20, and that disciples continue on in keeping all things He taught and commanded per Acts 3:22, 23 – this is what “the apostle’s doctrine” is)  As brought up later in the teachings of Yahshua, we are to have root in ourselves that allows the roots of faithfulness to grow in abiding in His words of life.  We cannot just accept the word readily and not also seek to grow in it and let God have His way in our life by continuing in what He has prepared for us to do.  Know that God is faithful and don’t allow yourself to become discouraged or give up hope in His promises to those who love Him and seek to do His will.  Don’t let the word offend you – give place to what God is working on in you – sometimes faith must be proven and purified.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart.  As one song says, “Let Him have His way with thee.”

Psalm 11; “In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee [as] a bird to your mountain? For, lo, the wicked bend [their] bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The LORD [is] in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne [is] in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: [this shall be] the portion of their cup.  For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

 

A side note on this matter is to acknowledge those that God loves as well as those He hates.  To say God loves everyone alike is to deny He has said He doesn’t, and that there are those that God hates.  While it is true that God sent His Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, the fact is that those who reject His words of life thereby reject Him because they reject His testimony from God, and He does not love those who reject His word.  He is merciful towards those who turn from sin to do His will – so long as there is opportunity and life to do His will.  Don’t over speak the love or graciousness of God and thereby step outside what He has clearly told us to be truth and righteousness.

 

Isaiah 56: 1-8; Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation [is] near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I [am] a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose [the things] that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices [shall be] accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

 

This passage goes will with Psalm 51, which says: “The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

 

This passage is often overlooked, as the one from Isaiah 42, and we can clearly see that God counts those who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, are to keep the Sabbath and take hold of His covenant and that their sacrifices and prayers are acceptable to Him if they do these things.  How can anyone honestly say that what He said is the Sabbath, or what He has said to be the conditions of His Covenant are in any way not needful for those who join themselves to serve God?  We need to pay attention to God and Christ and the true prophecies – as these are what will prevent us from believing lies taught in His name.  We are to know the truth – and as Yahshua said, “Thy word is truth.” 

 

Has anyone else noted that the Law of God contains instructions for restitution?  If more criminals had to restore what they stole, as God instructed, our nation would likely have fewer prisons and inmates, and through restitution requirements, those who practice evil would learn the value of work and likely think several times of the risk of having to pay back several times more than what they stole!  Maybe those who make our secular laws can learn some lessons from God about what will work in society?

 

Isaiah 66:8-24; “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [or] shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]? saith thy God.  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  And when ye see [this], your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and [his] indignation toward his enemies.  For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.  For I [know] their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.  And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, [to] Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, [to] Tubal, and Javan, [to] the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.  And they shall bring all your brethren [for] an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.  And I will also take of them for priests [and] for Levites, saith the LORD.  For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.  And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”

False religions of those days past must have done the things mentioned here.  There are still people who worship idols, but the matter is to abide in doing His will and worshipping Him alone.  Any religion that obeys anyone else but God and His Anointed One will be found in the same situation as the Lawless ones mentioned here – those that practice iniquity.  Yahshua warned all to not even think He came to loosen the Commandments of God, yet countless Churches teach that the law was not only loosened, but abolished at the cross.  Those who refuse to repent will be numbered among those to who He said He will say:  “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”  God knows each and every person who believes and obeys the Son.  As John the Immerser said, those that believe in the Son have eternal life, but those who do not obey the Son will surely face the wrath of God. (John 3 AENT and ASV)  Those who truly believe will make obedience their way of life.  Another consideration that is all but overlooked:  If the teachings of Yahshua center from the Law, Prophets and Psalms – and they certainly do – how can we set them aside when after the resurrection He said the charge is to make disciples who keep to whatever He had already taught them?  It should be unthinkable to consider his words from God were nailed to the cross or set aside as a marriage certificate to a dead mate.  Hopefully this will make sense to some.

'Blessed are they who are merciful because mercies will be upon them.  Ps 18:25; 2 Samuel 22:26

Psalm 18: 25;With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; with the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward. For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.  For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 

 

*Psalm 18: 43, 44; “Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; [and] thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people [whom] I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.  (This is another passage that goes along with Isaiah 42 to show that God prophesied through David that the Christ would cause the Gentiles to obey God.)

2 Samuel 22:26; “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;”

 

'Blessed are they who are pure in their hearts because they will see Elohim’ 

Ps 24:4; 51:10-13; 15:1-5

Psalm 24; “A Psalm of David. The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and stablished it upon the floods.  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvationThis [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who [is] this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift [them] up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he [is] the King of glory. Selah.”

 

Psalm 51; “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.  [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.”

Surely the passage above speaks of the need to do as He instructed and repent of not realizing the need to keep His everlasting words that lead to life eternal.

Psalm 15:1-5; A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?, he that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is despised; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not. [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved.

If we are of God, we will be hearing and following whatever Yahshua taught to be the truth – the will of God that we are to repent and do, and the primary points made here is to show that even the beatitudes are deeply founded upon the very words of God.  No man is tempted by God.  Each of us is led away by our own lusts and desires.  God calls us to repent and be disciples of Yahshua “indeed”.  When we are disciples indeed, we can know the truth, and the truth will set us free to do the will of God – which is what Yahshua taught to be the truth – “Thy word is truth.”

As Isaiah prophesied, and as Master Yahshua taught, we are to still keep the Instructions in righteousness (Law/Torah) and not even think He came to loosen even the least commandment therein.  God has said in other places that He tempts no man, but more importantly, that His instructions are for life and blessings - not death and curses – He calls us to choose life, that we might live! 

By this time in my life I’m thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to have developed the skills and mindset to carefully review complex matters, identify key elements and details, note discrepancies, and elevate critical matters for resolution.  What can be more critical than the fact that we are true to God by being true to His Word and stated purpose of His Spirit?  The purpose of our lives should not be dashed upon deliberate or ignorant ideas we may have accepted as authoritative on the advice or unjustified acceptance from others.   Yahshua warns that those who believe and love lies will not be saved.  God has a curse on those who reject His instruction in righteousness and truth – both of which require faith, devotion, resolve and love to accomplish, and our love for Him must be above our love for anyone else.  The Law also has stated requirements for faith – as Yahshua said the Pharisees majored in minor points of the Law (tithing), but neglected the weightier matters – which include mercy and faith.  Master Yahshua taught the truth – “Why do you call Me “Lord”, and not do as I say?”  And why shouldn’t we believe God when He said: “This is My beloved Son; hear Him.”  His word and example also informs us that God does not view the “least” of His commandments as equal to those that carry more weight.

What did God say about the Instructions in Righteousness?  Were they given to be a curse, or a blessing?  Surely it was both, as He said doing them would be their blessing, and not doing them would take them away from His blessings.  Do we want to be a treasure of God, or just the opposite?

Exodus 19:3-6; “And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and [how] I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These [are] the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”

 

Deuteronomy 5:29; “O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever.”

Deut. 5:32, 33; “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.”

 (Also note Deut. 7 and the blessings of God to those who keep the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant)  God desired to bless Israel.  God desired to bless all the nations, as this is part of the Everlasting Covenant, but His blessings are with those who do as faithful Abraham in Genesis 26:5 – not with those who ignore the goodness of His words of instruction in righteousness.  Daniel also said as much in his prayer, that God is faithful to His Covenant.  See his prayer in Daniel 9.

A sidebar note is that many have taught Jesus (Yahshua) upheld all the Ten Commandments but one – the Sabbath.  Consider this a few minutes – if the Law no longer mattered, and the Sabbath given by God at the creation of man is done away, then why did He said it is LAWFUL to do good on the Sabbath?  Obviously He was upholding the Sabbath and refocusing the commandment to the understanding that it is acceptable to save life and do good on the Sabbath. 

'Blessed are they who make peace because they will be called the sons of Elohim.

Isaiah 26:12; Psalms 122:8, 9; Psalms 72:3-7

Isaiah 26; “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, [even] to the ground; he bringeth it [even] to the dust. The foot shall tread it down, [even] the feet of the poor, [and] the steps of the needy. The way of the just [is] uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.  Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul [is] to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, [yet] will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O LORD our God, [other] lords beside thee have had dominion over us: [but] by thee only will we make mention of thy name. [They are] dead, they shall not live; [they are] deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed [it] far [unto] all the ends of the earth. LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them. Like as a woman with child, [that] draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, [and] crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”

When we do as God has directed us, it is not our works that we do, it is doing the works of God.

Ps 122; “I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the LORD.  Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!  Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together, where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD, for thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  may they prosper who love you.  Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.  For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.”

Ps 72; “[A Psalm] for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him] that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; [and] daily shall he be praised. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and [they] of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall endure forever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled [with] his glory; Amen, and Amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”

 

 

'Blessed are they who are persecuted because of righteousness because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Ps 38:20; Is 66:5

Psalm 38:20 - 22;They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].  Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.  Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

 

Isaiah 66:5;Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

It has been my personal experience that as I tried to share the need to keep the commandments of God and Christ, and that the purpose of the Spirit is to write them on our hearts, that we be careful to observe His word and obey from the heart, that those who have been most negative towards the message have been those who believe salvation is by faith apart from works.  Yahshua warned that those who truly believe in Him would face persecution for upholding and keeping His words of life.  He also warned that those of our own household may be their greatest enemies.  So if you turn to do His will because of your love for Him and the truth of the grace of God towards all who repent to do His will, don’t be surprised if you meet some friction.  Be kind, speak the truth in love, be prepared to give answer for why you believe what you do, and know for surety that as you uphold His word indeed that you are greatly blessed and will surely be rewarded greatly – according to His promised blessings, and in the coming Kingdom of God.  All the passages of Scripture quotes that support the teachings of Yahshua should provide ample reasons.

The Christian faith is so fractured and gutted of the actual teachings of the Messiah in their wholeness that many may well reject His words because they sound unfamiliar to them.  There are some who merely need more time to reconsider where they are in relation to what He actually taught because no one has pointed them in the way the original disciples taught when understanding the teachings of Yahshua to be in total accord with the Law and Prophets.  Many will need time to re-evaluate their faith and belief, and the best thing I’ve found to do is to be patient and give time for the work of the word of God and the Spirit to do the work for which God gave them.  It’s a process of first hearing, then believing, and finally to obey Him in word and deed – one step at a time – but the first step is to actually be hearing what He taught as it resides in the previously given word of God, which will lead to the understanding and belief in doing the will of God as intended.  We should never divorce our faith from any word of God that has been established by ensuring the speaker is one who passes the tests that God gave to know who speaks for Him – and who doesn’t.  While we need patience, there should be no doubt that the parable of the wise and unwise virgins will find fulfillment in His time – as Scripture says, “today is the day of thy salvation”, and no one who believes should delay.  We should have no hesitation to turn to do His will when we see it.  Those who are His will hear His voice.

Blessed are you whenever they curse you and they persecute you and they say every evil word about you falsely because of me. Ps 119: 85-87; Lamentations 3:22, 23.

Psalm 119: 84-88;How many [are] the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? The proud have digged pits for me, which [are] not after thy law. All thy commandments [are] faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.  Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”

Direct quotes from the Scriptures have been copied here to ensure there is no mistaking that Yeshua was teaching in context with the Scriptures.  Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm, and contains many needful truths that are surely in keeping with all Yahshua’s teachings.  Each of us should read this passage regularly and consider how much all the teachings of Master Yahshua fit perfectly with the truths expressed.  At this time His words about who comes to Him to hear His words, that they might know what they do is done of God, come squarely to mind (John 3: 19, 20).  He taught both the grace and the truth of the words of God, and there is no possible way to ignore the fact that He upheld each, or that the grace of God will ever be known apart from His word.  As this Psalm also says, God upholds His word higher than His name.  The Torah (first five books of the Bible written by Moses) contains testimony from the mouth of God and is in full keeping with the hope of the coming kingdom of God and gospel of God, preached, taught and exampled by the Messiah, and His call to all nations of the earth to repent to do the will of God and that those who are worthy will have the right to enter the City of God.  ((Revelation 21 - 22))

Continuing on with His words from Matthew 5:12;

Then rejoice and be glad because your reward in heaven is great for likewise they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt should become bland, with what would it become seasoned?  For anything not fit (is) but to be thrown outside and be trodden by men.  You are the light of the world.  It is not possible to hide a city that is built on a mountain.”  (AENT)

NKJV Psalm 37; “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light; and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”

Psalm 89:1-52 (15); “Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up forever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? [Who] among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are] about him. O LORD God of hosts, who [is] a strong LORD like unto thee? Or to thy faithfulness round about thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm. The heavens [are] thine, the earth also [is] thine: [as for] the world and the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name. Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, [and] high is thy right hand. Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. For thou [art] the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. For the LORD [is] our defense; and the Holy One of Israel [is] our king. Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon [one that is] mighty; I have exalted [one] chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him: With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him. But my faithfulness and my mercy [shall be] with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.  I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him [my] firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make [to endure] forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and [as] a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.

 

But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.  Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown [by casting it] to the ground.  Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.               All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.  Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice. Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.  Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.  The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

 

How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself forever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?   What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.  Lord, where [are] thy former lovingkindnesses, [which] thou swarest unto David in thy truth?  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; [how] I do bear in my bosom [the reproach of] all the mighty people;   wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. Blessed [be] the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen. “

 

There was a time when we sang “Footsteps of Jesus.”  In just one lifetime it seems many Christians have all but forgotten that song of encouragement.  Many preach a gospel devoid of the message of walking in the footsteps of Jesus – to be believing and doing as He did.  Somehow this verse reminds me of what has been neglected of His words of life and the examples given to follow in His footsteps.  Have we reproached the footsteps of Jesus (thine anointed) when we fail to follow as He instructed us, or fail to teach our children the values given by God and His Anointed One?  If this is possible, is it also possible that those who teach that the gospel is limited to the Cross of Christ Jesus are also “reproaching the footsteps of thine anointed”?  As this Psalm notes:  “Blessed be the LORD (Yehovah) forevermore.”  Yahshua kept the disciples in “His Name” by teaching them the words of God, but they were found faithful after they had received them and accepted them as their rule and manner of life.

 

Another side-bar would be for Messianic Christians to reconsider their efforts to focus on the Law and Appointed Days of God and many include traditions of the Pharisees, yet they do not focus their faith on the fact that the teachings of Master Yahshua are the fully honorable interpretation and application of the Torah of God in the fullness of the grace and truth of God.  Why not also focus on Yahshua as their Rabbi – that they learn of Him?  Isn’t this what Yahshua explicitly said to the disciples?  According to Nehemia Gordon, a former Jewish Pharisee, the basic tenant of the Pharisee’s is that there are two Torah’s: the written Torah, and the oral Torah of interpretation of the Rabbi’s.  Since Yahshua said he alone is to be our Rabbi, they actually dishonor Master Yahshua when they uphold the oral Torah of the Pharisees.  From what I can discern, Yahshua was very careful with the words of God, to not add to them or take away from them.

NKJV Psalm 89:19 - 29; “Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one, and said: “I have given help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.  I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed him, with whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him.  The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.  I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him.  But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted.  Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers.  He shall cry to Me, “You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.”  Also I will make him My firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.  My mercy I will keep for him forever, and My covenant shall stand firm with him.  His seed also I will make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

If his sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments, if they break My statutes and do not keep My commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.  Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail.  My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lipsOnce I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David:  his seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me; it shall be established forever like the moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky.”

What is “the faithful witness in the sky” but the rainbow that God gave as a sign of the everlasting covenant He made with mankind in Noah’s day?  Likewise the fulfilled everlasting covenant to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David finds its’ fulfillment in Master Yahshua.  Covenants have conditions.  Genesis 26:5 is as true as the Great Commission or any other word of instruction in righteousness from God.  Another consideration is the prophecy in the Zodiac in its telling of the gospel of the Desired One who would come to redeem mankind and take them home with Him.  The same one was despised of men because of his dual nature – both Devine and human.  This is beyond the consideration of many, but I found it to be a great blessing to hear.  Joseph Seiss wrote “The Gospel of the Stars” in the late 1800’s, and D. James Kennedy did a wonderfully inspiring series on this that is well worth listening.  When creating the stars and naming them, God gave a prophecy in the starry night that has been visible to all men since the time Adam was alive – it is not about pagan religions, although pagan religions borrowed from it for their beliefs – I have no doubt that God would want us all to appreciate its true meaning, but surely we also have record of His plans for man in the written word of the Holy Scriptures.

I Peter 2, AENT; “Therefore cease all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and jealousy and backbiting.  And be like very small children; and crave the Word, as being the pure spiritual milk by which you are nourished up to life; if you have tasted and seen that Master YHWH is good; to whom you have come because he is a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but with Elohim elect and precious.  And you also, as living stones, are built and become spiritual temples and Set Apart priests for the offering of Spiritual Sacrifices, acceptable before Elohim through Y’shua the Mashiyach (Messiah).  For it is said in the Scripture, “Behold, in Zion I lay a chosen and precious stone for the head of the corner; and whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.”  On you therefore who believe is this honor conferred: but to them who do not believe, “he is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”  And they stumble at it because they believe not the Word from where they were appointed.  But you are an elect race *(prophecy Is 66:20-21), officiating as priests of the Kingdom; a Set Apart people, a redeemed congregation; that you should proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness to his precious light, who formerly were not counted as a people but now are the people of Elohim (God); and also, there were (once) no mercies on you but now mercies are poured out upon you.  My beloved, I entreat you as strangers and pilgrims (NKJV ‘sojourners’) separate yourselves from all lusts of the body, for they war against the soul.  And let your behavior be honorable before all men; so that they who utter evil speeches against you, may see your good actions and may praise Elohim in the day of trial.  And be submissive to all the sons of men, for Elohim’s sake; to kings, on account of their authority; and to judges because they are sent by him for the punishment of offenders, and for the praise of them that do well.  For so is the will of Elohim, that by your good deeds you may stop the mouth of the foolish who do not know Elohim:  As free men, you are not like men who make their freedom a cloak for their wickedness, but as the servants of Elohim.  Honor all men; love your Brothers; fear Elohim; and honor kings.”

Lamentations 3:22-24; “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed; because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him.”

Further study will show that many things were done to fulfill the Scripture.  Most everyone has heard of when Yahshua and the disciples were in a boat and He was awoken by the disciples because they feared they were about to lose their lives in the raging waves.  This was prophesied: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them,” Psalm 89:9.

Ye are the light of the world. 

Psalm 18; “With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless. With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.   For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.  For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” 

Psalm 37; “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity; for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light; and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Is it possible that Yahshua was not merely pronouncing blessings, but clearly identifying that belief and faithful behavior is associated with each blessing?  All who say they believe in Him should be aware of these passages he was teaching about.   He came to fulfill, not to loosen or destroy the instructions of God.  He came to fully reveal the truth and grace of God according to the Scripture.   On the surface – the ‘upright’ position he taught specifically regards blessings to those who are faithful and respectful of the word of God that had been given from the beginning of recorded Scripture – the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  We can also see that God has had grace towards all who repent to do His will and follow His instructions and have hope in His everlasting covenant and promises. 

As an exercise to assist with our recall of these things would be to make some notes on each one – what are the primary lessons and knowledge of who He blesses?  What do we need to recall from each?  As you make these notes, pray that God open your eyes to see what He desires those who are His and come to hear the Testimony of His Son – so that we give Him the fruits of our lives that He desires.  From Matthew 5-7 we find the steadfast rock to build our lives upon as we turn to do what He said is truth and allow the Spirit to write these things upon our hearts. 

This study could be done in a group setting, or individually.  Workbooks could be done for children through adults that would cover these foundational teachings, and every disciple of Yahshua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine, unbelief and snares of Satan, that we be enabled to serve God properly and have the fullness of Yahshua’s joy within us.

Continuing at Matthew 5:15 (AENT Netzari Press LLC, 2010)

They do not light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but upon a lampstand and it lights upon all those that are in the house.  Let your light shine like this in front of the sons of men that they should see your works good and they glorify your father who is in heaven.  Do not think that I have come to loosen Torah or the prophets.  I have not come to loosen but to fulfill. For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not one Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens.  All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven, but all who do and teach this will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds more than that of the scribes and the Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  You have heard that it was said to those before, you should not kill and that all that kill are condemned to judgment.  But I say to you that anyone who provokes to anger his brother without cause, is condemned to judgment and anyone who should say to his brother, I spit on you, is condemned to the assembly, and anyone who should say, you are a coward, is condemned to the Gehenna of fire.  If it is therefore that you offer your offering to the altar and there you should remember a certain grudge your brother holds against you, leave there your offering upon the altar and go first and reconcile  with your brother and then come and offer your offering.  Be in agreement with your adversary at Torah while you are with him on the way, or else your adversary at Torah deliver you to the judge and the judge deliver you to the officer and you be thrown into the house of captives.  And truly I say to you that you will not come out from there until you pay the last coin.  You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery.  But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.  And if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all your body be thrown into Gehenna.  It has been said that he that puts away his wife aside from a case of fornication makes her commit adultery, and he who takes a divorced woman commits adultery.  Again you have heard that it has been said to those before that you should not lie in your oath.  But complete your oath to Master YHWH.  But I say, you should not say I swear, not by heaven because that is the throne of Elohim.  And not by the earth because it is the footstool that is beneath his feet, and not by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great king.  And not by your head should you swear, because you are not able to make it one part of the hair black or white.  But your word should be but yes, yes, and no and no, anything more than these is from evil.  You have heard that it has been said that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  But I say to you that you should not stand against evil, but who hits you upon your right cheek, turn also to him the other.  And he that desires to go to court with you and take your coat, leave to him also your cloak.  He that compels you to go one mile, go two with him.  He that asks you to give to him and he desires to borrow from you, you should not deny him.  You have heard that it has been said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you to love your enemies and bless those that curse you and do that which is pleasing to those who hate you.  And pray for those that take you by force and persecute you.  So that you may be the sons of your Father who is in heaven.  He that raises His sun upon the good and upon the evil and causes to descend His rain upon the just and the unjust.  For if you love those that love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the publican do this?  And if you greet in in peace only your brothers, what more are you doing?  Do not even the publicans do this?  You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect.”

“They do not light a lamp and place it under a bushel, but upon a lampstand and it lights upon all those that are in the house.  Let your light shine like this in front of the sons of men that they should see your works good and they glorify your Father who is in heaven.

This verse goes with the instructions of God regarding the works we are to do, which are the matters God had said before.  Note that Yahshua continues to affirm them, and for the same reason, that God be given praise for being good and righteous and having given His people such good standards to live by.  While there should be no need to point this out to disciples of Yahshua who are active to hear and do whatever He directed and instructed, it is more than evident that Yahshua taught works that exhibit belief in what God declared through the Law, Prophets and Psalms.  From the very first sermon we can see that He taught works are necessary – and that this directly connects to our being seen as a light in this world.  We are not to hide our faith in God and His faithfulness to those who do His will.  We are not to pretend mere belief in the death burial and resurrection is all that is required.  Through the Anointed One, God has declared that belief and obedience are to be conjoined as one – to His glory for giving true and righteous instructions – not for our boasting, as Paul said, but for His glory and our blessing by God.  As God said when giving the Torah to Israel, it was that He be given glory when other nations and peoples saw the goodness of His Laws, precepts, judgmetns and instructions about living righteously.  It is the same thing here, that “the sons of men should see your works good and they glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  We need to keep the words of Yahshua, just as Israel was called to keep the words of God.  Men are to give God glory for His goodness, which is elementary in the Torah given by Moses, and magnified to their fullness through the teachings of the Anointed One, Master Yahshua.

Do not think that I have come to loosen Torah or the prophets.  I have not come to loosen but to fulfill. For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not one Yodh or one stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens.  All who loosen, therefore, from one (of) these small commandments and teach thus to the sons of man, will be called little in the Kingdom of Heaven, but all who do and teach this will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds more than that of the scribes and the Pharisees you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

There is a notable difference between destroying the Torah and loosening the Torah, Torah being what is actually being addressed.  I don’t know why our Western Bibles have not been clear to represent the object of the Torah versus what an uninstructed non-Jew might think “Law” is.  The Torah was given to all those that God lead out of Egypt – Israel and the multitude of nationalities that sojourned out of Egypt with them.  The Torah makes distinction between instructions/commandments for all of them, for those of Israel only, and for those who are of the priesthood of Israel and tribe of Levi, as well as the strangers that dwelled amongst them.  All of the “Ten Commandments” are for everyone – not solely for Israel – it’s an open ended commandment and without separation to be only for Israel or the Levites.  I desire to know more about this topic and hope to also completely review the Torah and double check all the things instructed for the “sojourners” with Israel, as an accounting needs to be done to double check all things God has instructed for us that still sojourn to serve Yehovah as God – to be careful to note whatever God has declared good from the beginning.  Based on what has been noted in the associated passages of the Sermon on the Moujnt, it certainly appears that this will be the truth of the matter.

If the Law, Prophets and Psalms are foundational with the teachings of Yahshua, and he said to make disciples of him and teach them whatever he had commanded them - the first disciples, this should be a cause that every disciple and believer in Master Yahshua should rightfully uphold to be the truth of God.  It’s best to double check facts rather than to assume what someone else said is true, and I honestly believe that most Christians have accepted far too much on the credibility of others, when we should be placing our full faith in what Yahshua said are the words that lead to life eternal.  As He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  He didn’t say “Jews” need to live by the words of God; he said everyone needs to – it’s an open ended commandment and not intended for Jews only – but for all who come to partake in the life-path to eternal life.  Likewise, His directions in the great commission are explicit to include all nations; he gave no instruction that there is one gospel message for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.   Both have the same directions – to become disciples, be immersed into the Name, and continue on in being taught to do whatsoever He had first commanded the original twelve disciples – the chosen apostles who were to be witnesses to what He taught, and lived,  and of His death, burial, resurrection and ascension back to heaven.   We were also taught to look for the signs of his return – but if we are not prepared and ready, who do we have to blame but ourselves?

This is the true meaning of rightly dividing the Scriptures:  First, what did God say and secondly, what did Moses, the prophets and Psalms say, and finally and completely, what did Yahshua, through the twelve appointed witnesses, say?  To date I have not noted any inconsistency of the instructions of God in the Bible that cannot be resolved through understanding what Yahshua taught and how it fit with the rest of the Scriptures extant in His day and then understanding His teaching of “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Double check what God said about the matter, what Moses said about the matter, where the Psalms and Prophets uphold these things, and you should be able to more fully grasp what Yahshua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously given instructions in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses,  Yahshua’s words are also directly from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua are the two primary witnesses to know the will of God on earth.   Don’t ever allow yourself to be misled from what God said through them when it is being reported from the twelve.  If you do this, you will be enabled to see any errors taught in the name of “Truth” that are not truth.  Repentance is to turn from not doing as God had instructed, to actually believe and turn to do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed true believers to do. 

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made rules over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as inferior and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service that God alone is due.  They also majored in minor points of the Torah and failed to teach the weightier matters, which Yahshua will point out  in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God commanded than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and Yahshua said if we don’t,  there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught.  The Pharisees majored in tithing, but minored on justice, mercy, faith and truth.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah, or to annul any of the Torah, Psalms or Prophets which came before.  This is one of the primary tests God commanded that we note when evaluating if someone speaks for Him or not.  (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18)  As John noted in I John, we know those of God by the fact of whether they teach and do as Yahshua commanded, taught and exampled to us.  We can all know the truth through abiding in what Yahshua taught about keeping the Torah, even to the least letter therein.  A general outline of the commandments is given later in these writings, and it’s easy to see that they were given by God to bless His people indeed.

Yahshua calls for disciples who abide in His word indeed.  Belief that does not obey the Son will result in the wrath of God.  See John 3 in the more original AENT.  We need to see, hear and know what Yahshua taught.  Yahshua alone testifies of the truth and grace of God directly from the Father Himself.

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has life that is eternal, and he who does not obey the Son will not see life, rather the wrath of Elohim will rise up against him.”

(AENT)  “You have heard that it was said to those before, you should not kill and that all that kill are condemned to judgment.  But I say to you that anyone who provokes to anger his brother without cause, is condemned to judgment and anyone who should say to his brother, I spit on you, is condemned to the assembly, and anyone who should say, you are a coward, is condemned to the Gehenna of fire.  If it is therefore that you offer your offering to the altar and there you should remember a certain grudge your brother holds against you, leave there your offering upon the altar and go first and reconcile  with your brother and then come and offer your offering.  Be in agreement with your adversary at Torah while you are with him on the way, or else your adversary at Torah deliver you to the judge and the judge deliver you to the officer and you be thrown into the house of captives.  And truly I say to you that you will not come out from there until you pay the last coin.  You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery.  But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.

Many think the Torah must have said to hate your enemies and love your friends.  This is a good example that shows Yahshua was teaching the truth of the word of God that had long ago been given through Moses.  Yahshua says, “You have heard that it has been said,” implying the Pharisees “oral law.”  Torah (Leviticus 19:18) does not teach that anyone should hate their enemy; it teaches “You shall not avenge nor bear any grudge, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Once again, Yahshua is upholding the true justice of the Torah, and that God does not accept the worship of those who are not seeking to live uprightly towards Him by doing as He commanded.  While we don’t offer things on altars, we do offer God our praise, prayers and manner of life.  This reflects back to the passages about whom God will hear and bless and what God says are the sacrifices He desires.  We can also see that Y’shua taught to the heart and intent of the Torah and living in such a way as to prevent the start of wickedness.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  How can we do this on our own, except through His Spirit given as promised John 14, Acts 2:38,39 and prophesied of in Ez. 36: 25-27; then we can be careful to do those things because God has given us of His Spirit to write His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah and teachings of Yahshua) on our heart.  The Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Truth cannot, and will not, deny the truth and word of God.  God has not given mankind ignorance – He has given instruction in all principles that are true and just and right in His eyes, that through doing as He said, that He would bless those who live by His word, and that He would be given the praise deserved for His words of life.

Regarding love and prayer towards others who cause trouble for disciples, I’ve had personal experience that this is true.  Early on in my career with the State of California, one of the bosses was a repatriated Nazi from Germany.  He supervised by threats and fear and spying on workers.  He has long since passed on to meet his Maker.  Everyone disliked the man.  I realized my need to go to a different level when he started showing up in my dreams, and in one I was extremely happy after shooting him!  Recalling this teaching about praying for certain others, I started praying for him every day and trusting that God would be true to His word.  In a short time things began to change between us and I can only testify that God worked in both of us to the good.  God answers prayer, especially those prayers Yahshua has said are in accord with the will of God.

A final point on this section is to note the Torah, the standards of God, will be upheld.  He is speaking of true judgment and our need to submit to what God has said.  If we recall a brother has been offended or wronged by the standards God has given us, we need to seek to be reconciled on the matter before we think to worship God.  Also, in this pre-Greek account, the issue is upholding the instructions of God to be the basis of judgment – not just our feelings, but according to the Torah – by the very instructions of God.

(AENT) “Again you have heard that it has been said to those before that you should not lie in your oath.  But complete your oath to Master YHWH.  But I say, you should not say I swear, not by heaven because that is the throne of Elohim.  And not by the earth because it is the footstool that is beneath his feet, and not by Jerusalem because it is the city of the great king.  And not by your head should you swear, because you are not able to make it one part of the hair black or white.  But your word should be but yes, yes, and no and no, anything more than these is from evil.

Isaiah 66:1.  Psalm 48:2; Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5.

Isaiah 66:1; “Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD.  “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Psalm 48:2; “Beautiful is elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

Ecclesiastes 5: 4, 5; “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it, for He has no pleasure in fools.  Pay what you have vowed – better not to vow than to vow and not pay.”

Everyone has things to repent of – even those who believe the necessity of keeping the commandments of Jesus Christ.  One of those commandments is to abide in – remain in – those things He said are the true word and teachings God gave Him to give us.  Jesus (Yahshua) is the Prophet that Moses said we must hear whatever He said.  John records those teachings we are to abide in as having already been given before His death on the cross.  We need to pay attention to what He actually said.  Do recall that God said false prophets are allowed to see if we will be careful to do what He already said we are to believe and do.  Those who truly love Him will hear Him and do as He instructed.  They will allow the Spirit to write His instructions on their hearts and be careful to do them.  (Repenting of believing false prophets/teachers is discussed in more detail later)

You have heard that it has been said to love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you to love your enemies and bless those that curse you and do that which is pleasing to those who hate you.  And pray for those that take you by force and persecute you.  So that you may be the sons of your Father who is in heaven.  He that raises His sun upon the good and upon the evil and causes to descend His rain upon the just and the unjust.  For if you love those that love you, what reward have you?  Do not even the publican do this?  And if you greet in in peace only your brothers, what more are you doing?  Do not even the publicans do this?  You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect.

These teachings that call us to be “perfect” are calling us to the same goodness God has towards all men, that they have opportunity to repent from evil, and that we might grow to maturity in becoming more like Yahshua has exampled to us.  It is by His Spirit of Truth writing His instructions in righteousness upon our hearts that helps us keep His word indeed.

Matthew chapter 6:1-5; A.E.N.T., Netzari Press LLC, 2010.

“And take heed in your almsgiving so that you should not do it before the sons of men so that you may be seen by them for otherwise you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  Therefore when you do almsgiving you should not sound a trumpet before you as do the hypocrites in the assemblies and in the marketplace so that they be praised by the sons of men and truly I say to you that they have received their reward.  But whenever you do almsgiving, you should not reveal what your left hand does to your right hand.  So that your almsgiving might be in secret and your Father who sees in secret He will reward you in open.  And whenever you pray you should not be like the hypocrites that love to stand in the assemblies and on the corners of the marketplaces to pray that they be visible to the sons of men.  And truly I say to you that they have their reward.”

Here are teachings about giving and prayers that should not need any explanation.  What matters is to know God sees what is done in public and in private.

Mt. 6:6;

“But when you pray enter your inner room and close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret He will reward you in open.

Psalm 91.  Safety of abiding in the Presence of God

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I will trust.”  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.  Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

This is one passage the Accuser tempted Y’shua with, and we can see how he addressed the temptation, to say we are not to tempt God.  The example is shown to be faithfulness till death with steadfast trust in the protection and blessings of God.   “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  We can place our trust in God, just as Yahshua showed the true and faithful example.  There are a number of examples of faithfulness in the lives of a number of people in the Bible.  Even of Abraham it is said that he was a sojourner on earth and seeking the city built by God wherein righteousness, the righteous, dwell.  Abraham died without having attained to this city of God, and it was for the same hope of the City that he heard and followed God in doing whatever God instructed him.  We also hope in the Messiah and following Him have the same hope to enter the same city; our citizenship primarily being of the Kingdom of God; we also submit to follow the pathway that God said those who are worthy of His kingdom will walk during their lives on earth, as sojourners on earth through the kingdom of darkness, to be as light and testimony to the world around us, as fellow witnesses of the goodness of God to the darkness of the worldliness around us.

Isaiah 66:1-5; “Thus says the Lord:  “Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD.  “But on this one will I look; on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.  He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as if he breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine’s blood; he who burns incense as if he blesses and idol.  Just as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations, so will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”  Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word; your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’  “But they shall be ashamed.”  (The rest of the book of Isaiah is also important to note, as it further declares the word of God and His faithfulness to His word – good towards those who fear Him and tremble at His word, and certain judgment and destruction to those who don’t: 66:24; “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me.  For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched.  They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”)

Revelation 22:14; ”Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

John 15:9-15;”As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you."

Mt. 6:7; “And when you pray, you should not chatter like the pagans, for they hope that by many words they will be heard.  Therefore, do not imitate them for your Father knows what need you have before you ask Him.”

A.E.N.T. footnote 74, pg. 16; “Prayer is a dialogue with Heaven, not a monologue.  Yahshua’s teaching stands as the demarcation between relationship with YHWH rather than a religion about Him.  Prayer is meant to establish and maintain an intimate relationship, and accountability between each individual and YHWH.”

Mt. 6:8-10; “Therefore, you pray like this:  Our Father in heaven.  Hallowed by thy name.  Thy Kingdom come.  Thy will be done.  As in heaven so on earth.”

A.E.N.T. footnote 75;  “Heavens always come before the earth in terms of the creation order, importance and having heaven’s laws rule on earth.  (Job 38:31-33) “

Note the discussion between God and Job and the basic point that it is foolishness and supreme folly to think to correct God or what He has declared to be either right or wrong.  The final point of Ecclesiastes 12: 6-14; “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the foundation, or the wheel broken at the well.  Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.  And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.  The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright – words of truth.  The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.  And further, my son, be admonished by these.  Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  Indeed, those of God hear the words of Jehovah and the Good Shepherd, they know His voice and follow Him, but will reject the lying shepherd and wolves is sheep’s clothing.

Yahshua’s lesson on prayer starts with the context of relationship – that God is our Father.  How can we claim or call Him our Father except in relationship to being “sons” of God?  Giving honor and respect to God and agreement that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and also to acknowledge His right to rule both, and to pray for the coming Kingdom of God that Yahshua preached men should repent and prepare for.  If God is our Father, then we must be doing His will on earth as the angels do His will in heaven.  The prayer could be seen as an outline of our participation with God in preparing for His coming Kingdom through discipleship to Master Yahshua.  It is not simply a prayer to recite, but a prayer that calls us to relationship and repentance to do His will, forgiveness that purifies and regenerates the heart and soul, calling us to participate in the mercies of God towards others as we follow His example to forgive and care for others, and preparing us to keep our hope focused on His coming eternal Kingdom.  Many great sermons have been given on this prayer, as there is much to learn, but for the focus of this study it is pointed out that the prayer is also about the Kingdom of God that Master Yahshua came to call men to prepare for.  He said to pray “like” this, not just say “this prayer”.  While it has a simple beauty, it is also very deep and revealing of our Father in heaven as it also reveals His will for us and opens our hearts to Him and towards others.  Perhaps the most revealing truth in this prayer is that if we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us our sins.  It is far easier to say than it is to do – yet it is a work of God that He has exampled for us and calls us to do likewise.  For anyone who has suffered great wrongs, it is also a process of healing to know that the sins of the whole world were atoned for by His blood shed on the cross – and sins against us can be placed at the foot of the cross, that we be freed from them and that the prayers of the saints are kept in heaven as a memorial for the coming judgment of God upon the wicked of the earth.  (See Revelation and the prayers of the saints and the bowls of wrath)

Mt. 6:11-14; “Give us the bread of our need this day.  And forgive us our offences as we also have forgiven those who have offended us.  And not bring us to trial, but deliver us from the evil one, for Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.”

Yahshua then goes on to provide insight on what this means:

6:14-15; “For if you forgive men their transgressions, your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men, your Father will also not forgive you your transgressions.”

A long standing debate on forgiveness centers on these words and the tension that might exist from other of His teachings that say when a brother sins against us and asks for our forgiveness that we are bound to forgive them, even though they keep sinning against us all the day and all the day continue to come and ask our forgiveness.  In 14-15 it appears to say we are bound to forgive all sins against us if we expect God to forgive us – whether or not the offender asked for forgiveness or not.  One is spoken of as forgiveness towards men, the other forgiveness towards a brother in the faith.  Going to the example of how He first loved us to be what we should live towards others, in reflecting His example to us – either way it can be taken, we need to love mercy, which is one of the clear passages given through Micah as to what God requires of man:  “To live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”  To love someone and forgive them for the sake of the kingdom of God and one’s own spiritual and mental health is one thing.  God wants our hearts focused on living life, not harboring grudges against those who have wronged us.  To forgive someone does not mean you have to stay where you are continually being offended and wronged, and if it’s getting too difficult to abide the relationship in the peace of the Lord, it may be time to dust off your feet and move on.  One of Yahshua’s last words on the cross was “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  If He was this gracious, how could it be wrong for us to do likewise?  Vengeance belongs to God, and He knows more about everyone’s hearts and intents and limitations than any man can know, so I’ve found it best to pray and leave the offence at the foot of the cross and give God the rightful place to judge according to the depth of His mercy, truth and faithfulness to His word. 

When we harbor wrongs against us, we are the only party we burden through our lack of forgiving others.   Should we take Him at His word to always forgive?   If it’s hard – pray for the grace needed to heal and restore your heart within you.  Lamentations 3:22, 23 says; “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His mercies fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.”  In other teachings of Y’shua about forgiveness, it is commanded that we forgive another from our heart – not just in word - when they come to us and acknowledge their offence and ask for forgiveness.  This is specifically commanded of Him.  So when someone follows this commandment it is doing good and forgiving others from the heart as He has forgiven us.  But when we refuse to forgive others who repent and ask our forgiveness, then to not forgive them from our heart would be a violation of His teachings and principles of forgiveness.  Since the Good News is about the Kingdom of God and our being residents thereof – we are commanded to do as He instructed those first disciples – it’s a core principle for our citizenship to be in Heaven and that we be found faithful to the commandments of our King.  In keeping with the concept of His teachings being a walk of life, a pathway we are to stay within – also keep in mind that He also taught that if our peace is not returned to us that we are to dust off our feet and go – but go in His pathway to life eternal – follow His instructions in righteousness.

6:16-18; “And when you fast, you should not be sad like the hypocrites for they disfigure their expression so that they may be seen by men that they are fasting.  And truly I say to you that they have received their reward.  But whenever you fast, wash your face and anoint your head.  So that you will not be seen by men that you are fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret, He will reward you.”

This is a straight forward teaching.  He discusses fasting specifics, but the instructions regard when we fast, and no specific directions on when to fast.  Later in the gospels He mentions fasting and prayer relating to casting out demons.  In the O.T. there are examples of fasting with specific purpose in mind, particularly associated with pleas to God over repentance or threats.  The examples of fasting in Scripture should be studied out to attain more understanding.  The primary point here is when the matter is a plea or appeal to God, that we do these things privately and not publicly, perhaps excepting the example of when whole groups of people of a city or nation are making appeal to God through fasting and prayer. 

6:19-21; “You should not place for yourself treasure on earth where the moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steal.  But you place treasure in heaven where neither the moth nor the rust corrupt and where the thieves do not break in and they do not steal.  For where your treasure is, that there is also where your heart is.”

Over the years of my life I’ve seen a great change of values, particularly in businesses.  At one time values were more Christian.  Much could be noted here to show the points, but there isn’t adequate space and it would be a distraction from the obvious purpose of this study.  Suffice to say that when the dollar is worshipped as a primary valuation of lives, that much evil has occurred.  The works of Satan are to lie, steal, kill and destroy.  As one sage friend who was savvy to the ways of this world told me, “It’s not how you play the game, it’s how you lay the blame.”  Be wise to the methods of evil people, but don’t be partakers of their deeds.  Know your responsibilities: that which is man’s is man’s, that which belongs to God is what we must be faithful to do.

God wants us to give our allegiance to Him and live as sojourners in this earth as His faithful subjects.  Our works are to be a witness on the day of the LORD, not just during each day we struggle through this life and avoid evil and seek to do good.  One thing should be very apparent at this time is that the fruits of evil are rapidly ripening to their fullness, which should cause us to stop and make sure our fruits of life are what they should be.  Placing our treasure in the hands of the Father in Heaven is something that will bless our lives and our future.  Our primary hope is the coming Kingdom of God.  As Revelation says, the bride made herself ready and purified herself – she took note of the things required to be sure she was ready:

Revelation 19:6-8; “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia!  For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.”  And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Those who the Dragon went to make war on are those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Master Yahshua.

Matthew 6: 22-23; “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eye, therefore, should be pure, also all your body is full of light.  But if your eye should be evil, all of your body will be darkness.  If therefore, the light that is in you is dark, how much your darkness will be!”

Much of what a person is can be seen in how they view life, themselves, others, or any particular topic or subject.  Our views tend to become our reality.  We see what we look for.  This is where we can certainly apply what we learn from Yahshua to provide us God given insight to how He views things.  Through the process of discipleship we learn to see how Yahshua viewed matters – and we grow in those things and learn what He said the light and truth of God is.  Those who pretend no need to heed His words that lead to eternal life are perhaps in the greatest darkness of all – honestly believing that belief or faith is all that is required, when He clearly taught belief that is faithful and obedient to be doers of His words and not just hear them.  This also relates to the fact that God does not require of us those things He doesn’t enable or provide the opportunity, means or ability to accomplish.  

What He has said and done provides for us.  We become aware of His will and acknowledge that we should do good to others as it is within our means, ability and time available.   If we come to believe God is calling us to do something we are not enabled to do, this is when we need to pray to Him for what we lack so we can be enabled to do it.  God answers prayer, and we need to be open to His answer – be it yes or no.  Another related topic is judgment or discernment that are required of us, that if we are not discerning something truly – according to what He has declared – that we are likely judging falsely.  When we agree with His judgment, then it isn’t we who are judging, but that we are agreeing with His standards of truth, righteousness and judgment.  As we grow in understanding the testimony, mindset and faith of Master Yahshua, we come to truly having the mind of Christ in us – and this cannot be true, except as we agree with Him.  As Micah records, “What does God require of thee, O man, but to live justly, love mercy and live humbly with thy God.”  Master Yahshua has certainly taught the fullness of what this means by His example and instructions to us.

In another place He taught about growing our talents through trading.  The one who had the most traded and doubled the talents of gold.  The unfaithful servant buried his talent of gold in the ground – he did nothing with it.  Something to consider is that a talent is a measure of gold, not just a particular trait or ‘gift’ we have.  What did Yahshua say is as valuable, or more valuable, than gold?  What do the Scriptures also testify?  I’d like to submit a possibility for consideration:

The Bible is a gold mine for the soul, and the teachings of Jesus are surely the Mother-Lode of its grace and truth.  When Jesus gave the great commission in Matthew He gave the outline of what it means to be a disciple.  The “mother-lode” is the term given by gold miners of the richest deposit of gold in a region that is the source of all the other gold found nearby.  Y’shua gave us great treasures and promises to encourage and teach us about the manner of life we are to live and thereby grow to maturity in Him so we can be fellow partakers in the blessings, inheritance and rewards of God.  He shed His very life’s blood as atonement for our sins and the sins of the world.  If His teachings are as valuable to our lives as presented – we can gain much blessing through the commerce of exchanging what we’ve learned from Him with others.  This is also what the great commission is about – making disciples of Him, immersing them in the Name, and teaching observation of all that He first commanded the original disciples.  I cannot help but think this fits what He was saying, and just wanted to share it.  It seems to me that this is near the core of the “economy” of God.

6:24-34  “No man is able to serve two masters, for either he will hate one and he will love the other, or he will honor one and he will treat the other with contempt.  You are not able to serve Elohim and money.  Because of this I say to you, you should not be anxious about your life, what you will eat and what you will drink and not about your body, what you should wear.  Is not life more than food and the body than clothing?  Behold the birds in the sky that they do not sow and they do not reap and they do not gather into storehouses.  And your Father who is in heaven nourishes them.  Are not you more than they?  And who among you while anxious is able to add to his stature one cubit?  And about clothing, why are you anxious?  Consider the lilies of the wilderness, how they grow without toil and without spinning.  But I say to you, not even Shleemon (Solomon) in all his glory was clothed like one of these.  And if to the grass of the field, that today is and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, Elohim like this clothes, will he not much more clothe oh you of little faith?  Therefore, do not be anxious or say;   “What will we eat?”  Or “what will we drink?” Or “what will we wear?”  For all these things, the peoples of the world require, and your Father who is in heaven also knows that you require all these things.  But first seek the Kingdom of Elohim and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore, be not anxious about tomorrow for tomorrow is anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its evil.

The focal point in this teaching relates to the “patience of the saints” to rely upon God through resting in the assurance of His knowledge of our situation and care for us as His own - subjects of His kingdom.  The call is to both know and trust Him.  The examples of those who were counted faithful throughout Scripture also shows their faithfulness and expectations of a future time of the restoration of all things, not that they attained the full benefits and rewards from God during their sojourn on earth.  Even our Redeemer suffered greatly for his love of God, in doing as He said.  Many who said his God was their God were actually serving another.  They had wealth and power, status and fine clothes, and what seemed at the time to be authority over the souls of men.  However, God has declared that there is a great day coming when all will meet their Maker and give account for their actions and even their idol words.  If God has declared what is good, as well as what is evil – and if Master Y’shua said it was by His words that all men would be judged – it is with great peril that anyone claim His name and not pay close attention to do as He instructed. 

It’s a good thing to take inventory and thank God for His blessings and provision and to find contentment in those things, to remain trusting in His goodness, and to see and hear Him in all things revealed to us through the Son, Scripture and Spirit.  Perhaps the greatest perplexity of life is when suffering great loss or hurt and to see that even in those times the sun has not stopped shining, the birds are still singing, the flowers still blooming, and the rainbow is still in the sky.  He is there all along, and helps carry us through when the torrents of life come upon our hearts – He still cares and will be faithful.  The greatest trials in life are often the times of our greatest growth – even though we may not see it at that moment.

We should only live our life one day at a time. 

Another point of this teaching that is extremely important is to recognize who is master of our life – who we hear and seek out to follow or do as they say.  Master Yahshua has clearly outlined substantial truths of God from Scripture to this point.  He has called out the need to obey God and fully trust in His instruction to us.  He has called out the need to repent to do the will of God, as well as the goodness of God towards His creation.  There are many – the pathway is broad that leads to destruction – there are many who have been deceived to believe that “trust” and “faith” have no need to do whatever He has declared to be the works of faithful servants.  In fact, many take the words of one who said those who are saved have no need of works, and that if works are required, then salvation is no longer of faith, but of works.  My prayer is that enough people hear the hope and promises of God given by Master Yahshua that an outcry would be made today to be hearers of God and discern that He has instructed.  God and Christ call us to prove those who say they speak for Him – according to the God given directions to Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and re-affirmed by the very teachings of Master Y’shua!  Because those of past generations have failed to hear God is no reason we cannot call “Restore!”, as Isaiah prophesied of a future time.  There certainly needs to be an outcry of Gods people to return to Him and heed His instructions in all things – whatsoever He has declared to be the truth.  Anyone who disagrees with His testimony is false, and though every man be declared a liar – may our God be found to be Faithful and True to upholding His word, promises and everlasting covenant.

Matthew 7:1-5; “You should not judge that you be not judged.  For by the judgment that you judge, you will be judged.  And by the measure that you measure, it will be measured to you.  And why do you see the twig that is in the eye of your brother, and you not observe the beam that is in your eye?  Or how do you say to your brother, Allow me to remove the twig from your eye, and behold a beam is in your eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the beam from your eye, and then decide for yourself to remove the twig from the eye of your brother.”

The primary economy of the Kingdom of God is that He is God and we are to be the subjects and servants – we are His creation; we didn’t create God.  History has shown accounts of good kings and bad kings, those who rule well, and those whose rule is grieved, hated and abhorred.  Thankfully we can see through the examples of creation that God provides for the least of the creatures and desires we understand Him and how we should live.  The Creator has far more knowledge and care for what He has made than any single creature can have, and we can see this not only through Scripture, but also through what was made, and which He declared good.

John 14:23-31: "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring your remembrance all things that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.'  If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment- so I do.  Arise, let us go from here."

Taking this lead, next comes facing the fact that judgment must be done according to what God has said, which is how we need to be seeing and judging matters explicitly.  If we judge according to what we’ve been taught, when what we’ve been taught is not what the instructions of God have been, then we have placed ourselves above God if we regard the matter differently than He has declared.  For the largest part, we find ourselves to have inherited over a thousand years of the interpretation of men, mixed up with varying degrees of small grains of the actual truth of God.  This is the difference between soil and the bedrock that is beneath it.  The bedrock becomes fractured and decomposes and becomes mixed with organic materials and material foreign to the “parent rock” it came from.  Yahshua’s lesson about the bedrock to build our lives upon is a true example today – and warns us to return to His teachings and founding our lives upon being hearers and doers of His word – being His disciples indeed.  When giving the Sermon on the Mount, the bedrock of His teachings are found therein, and to divide any out would be to fracture and contaminate the rock.  He calls us to take those words as a whole unit.

Doctrines based on false scriptures are based on false teachings, and some are based on false prophets or those who told us they spoke the words of God, when they didn’t.  In spite of desiring to believe Master Y’shua as the Anointed One, of what true use is that faith, except it be based on our coming Him to know the will of God and who He has blessed?  Recall, in His parting prayer of John 15-17, He explicitly prayed for those God gave Him and not for those of the world.  Did He say there will be two groups that will be told “I never knew you”? This was spoken to those who said they believed in Him who had set aside the Law (Torah) and those who were not doing the simplest things in the gospel, but were either hiding the talents he gave them, or who were going around beating up on those who were actually His possession – those who kept His instructions in righteousness.

Chapter 7 starts by pointing out our need to examine ourselves, rather than observing the faults of others, especially when we have bigger sight problems than they do.  Until we can see clearly, we need to be careful.  The only way we can begin to see clearly is to first see ourselves in the light of the grace and truth of God as taught by the Son.  “What does God require of you, but to live justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  This verse from Micah has been very helpful to remind me of the framework of the truth taught throughout the Bible.  The fact is that when we are guilty of judging another falsely – by what God never said – that we do harm to both ourselves and those we pretend to know how to pluck something from their eye.  When we are disciples of the Master Teacher, we should start living life as God has long instructed and required of mankind – particularly those who call themselves by His Name.

Some time ago in our national history there was a new religious group starting up that believed their prophet spoke the words of God and gave many new revelations.  In very short order they had been guilty of violation of many of the commandments of God, as well as common decency and the laws of the land.  When things got bad enough and the fruits of their false revelations came to fruition, there was a trial with the Senate.  Those who provided testimony in their case were busy accusing the other persons to be the ones at fault, rather than taking responsibility for their own actions.  The trial was almost like a circus.  Who was telling the truth?  The comment of one wise man said that the real truth of the matters were that they were all telling the truth on each other! (Google search for Senate Document 189)  May it never be so with faithful disciples of Master Yahshua.  God calls for us to live humbly as His subjects and honor His words that lead to life eternal.  Also recall the beatitudes and who God will be merciful towards.  The Ten Commandments were given for all mankind to obey, as were the moral and civil laws given for maintaining civil society.  When man violates these principles from God their society will deteriorate according to their violation of the just requirements of God and without repentance to do His commandments, that society and nation will fall apart and find themselves on the receiving end of His just retribution.  The best accounting I’ve found of which commandments of the Torah apply to the Nations and sojourners (Gentiles) can be found at:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/topicindex/98-law-applicable-today.html

Also see Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20 and Deuteronomy 19:21.  See pages 177-178 for a basic outline.

Matthew 7:6  This passage is one that is obscured in the Greek and the Aramaic English New Testament provides more clarity. 

You should not hang earrings on dogs and you should not place your pearls before pigs that they should not trample them by their feet and they overtake and wound you.”

AENT footnote 82, pg. 18; “Tithlon (hang) was misunderstood as talon (to give); qudesha (earrings) was misunderstood as qudsha (holy).  The picture of hanging earrings on dogs dovetails with giving pearls to pigs, and the symbolism of the two animal groups could not be clearer.  The dogs represent apostate Jews, the pigs, apostate Gentiles who are ignorant of YHWH.  Either way, the lesson here is do not give what is precious to those who will not appreciate the value.”

Matthew 7:7-14; “Ask, and it will be given to you.  Seek, and you will find.  Knock, and it will be opened to you.  For anyone that asks will receive, and that seeks, will find.  And to him who knocks, and it will be opened to him.  Or whom among you fathers if his son asks of him for bread, why would you hold out to him a rock?  And if he asks a fish of him, why would you hold out to him a snake?  And if, therefore, you who are imperfect know to give good gifts to your sons, how so much more your Father who is in heaven will give good to those that ask Him.  All that which you desire that the sons of men should do for you, also like this you do to them.  This is for Torah and the prophets.  Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are they, those that go in it.  How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those who find it.  Beware of false prophets that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves.  But you will know them by their fruits.  Why do men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?  Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil tree bears evil fruit.  A good tree is not able to bear evil fruit, and an evil tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire.  Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.  It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master!  By your name, have we not prophesied?  And by your name have we cast out demons?  And by your name have we done many miracles?  And then I will profess to them that from everlasting* I have not known you.  Depart from me, you workers of iniquity*!  Anyone, therefore, who hears my words, these, and does them, will be likened to a wise man who built his house upon a stone.  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it did not fall, for its foundation was laid upon a stone.  And anyone who hears my words, these, and does them not, will be likened to a foolish man that built his house upon sand.  And descended the rain, and came the rivers, and blew the winds, and they beat on the house and it fell, and its fall was great.”  And it happened that when Yahshua finished these words, the crowds marveled at his teaching.  He would teach them as an authority, and not as their scribes and the Pharisees.””

Thus ends Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, with the warning of building upon the words of God as given in this foundational lesson.  The final warning is to make sure we are taking this lesson to be an immutable and indivisible unit of truth – that they are the rock – the unit of truth – that cannot be cracked apart and things disregarded that we don’t feel like accepting for one reason or another – they must be taken as a whole. It could be noted that the account of Luke is incomplete.  The fact is that the teachings are knowable to anyone who wants to explore the text and the rest of the Bible to compare what God has decreed and promised about who does His will and those who find no favor in His sight.  We are also warned of those who would teach contrary to what God has long declared to be His will and standards by which He will judge all men justly and according to what He has instructed men to believe and do. 

This is the first place Yahshua warns some that “I never knew you.”  They thoroughly thought they knew Him, yet He never knew them?  We may see that all of His warning to have never known some is actually founded upon the truth presented here.  Later the parable of the ten virgins finds a similar statement made to those who were not prepared for His return – perhaps it is a warning for today?  How many claim to be Christians and totally disregard the gracious instructions of God to have been done away with on the cross?  How many think that once they say the sinners prayer there is no need to have any sense of the judgment of God towards them because they have been taught that their actions – their works – are nothing but filthy rags?  Maybe they are rags in comparison to the beauty of the righteousness of God and Yahshua, but His disciples are called to live uprightly by the instruction of God and not soil their garments.  We are called to be branches on the vine that are producing the fruits that those of God will do – just as Yahshua has exampled and told us about.  If God or Christ declared the white robe of righteous works that the bride wore are acceptable and good and pure white, why would anyone declare what God or Christ called good to be “filthy rags”?

Two things were noted by “*” in the quote from Yahshua:  “from everlasting” and “iniquity”, which need some clarity to prevent misunderstanding what He was saying.  “From everlasting” is understood as “always, forever, everlasting.”  “Workers of iniquity” is a common phrase in the teachings about Torah and the instructions of God.  Iniquity is lawlessness (without Torah).  Psalm 6:8—9 and Psalm 119:53 good examples.  Each and every teaching of Yahshua is based on the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  To be anti-Torah is to be anti-Christ, as this is what He said is true and good.  Therefore, every “authority” will be judged according to whether they uphold Torah or not.  According to Yahshua, Torah is “the will of My Father.”  (Mt 7:21; 12:50)  “Torah” is the gracious instructions in righteousness as given by God.

Psalm 6:8-10; “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.  The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.  Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”

Psalm 119:49-56; “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.  The proud have me in great derision, yet I do not turn aside from Your law.  I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself.  Indignation has taken hold of me, because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.  Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.  I remember Your name in the night, O LORD, and I keep Your law.   This has become mine because I kept Your precepts.”

Do you recall the parable of the Jewish Rabbi about Christianity?  It is with great peril and rejection of the instructions of God and the Christ that people teach and preach a gospel of salvation by faith alone or grace alone.  The number of false teachings is at least equal to the number of different fellowships in the Christian world.  Each teach some things from His teachings, but shouldn’t the matter be that all of us should be following all His teachings?  What a different world this might be if we all returned to His word and followed His instructions – rather than just thinking because He paid the price there is no need to do as He exampled and taught to be necessary.  There is more to living life as God intends than to have your traffic fines paid, He expects us to follow His instructions that were given that we have the best life possible and the blessings of God.

Recall that the “everlasting covenant” was to be made with Isaac and his descendants.  This is noted very specifically in Genesis 26:5 that after Abraham died that God found Abraham to have been faithful to the conditions given, and that because of Abrahams’ faithfulness the everlasting covenant was made to Isaac.  Rather than the condition being met solely because Abraham believed the blessing of God to have his own heir and multitudes of descendants, the fact is that Abraham was found to have been faithful to what God told him to do.  Not long after Esau sold his birthright for a meal, thus counting the blessing of God by birthright a thing of little value, we find that God comes to Isaac.

 

Genesis 26; “There was a famine in the land besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.  And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.  Then the LORD appeared to him and said:  “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.  Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

 

God swore to Abraham in an oath, and being true to His word, the covenant was established.  God introduced “My Covenant” when He lead Israel and the multitude of nations out of Egypt.  This is when God told Moses His Name, and that His name would be an everlasting memorial.  According to Nehemia Gordon, a Jewish Rabbi and expert in ancient Hebrew, the Name, YHWH, is not unknown, and it is Yehovah, or Jehovah in English.  To be in His Name is to abide in His Everlasting Covenant to all generations  – ongoing through all generations of Israel that are faithful to the same conditions that God gave Abraham to start with: “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”.  It is by extension to the Gentiles because they left Egypt to serve the God of Israel, and the Law that from the time Israel was called out of Egypt that the multitude of nations also came out with them and were under the same Law of God, as they were also provided protection, water and manna by God, were there when the Law was given, and journeyed into Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. 

 

The fact is that even Abraham had conditions to meet faithfully for God to establish His covenant with Abraham (Gen. 18:19).  God testified to Isaac that Abraham had met those conditions in Genesis 26:5, which lists those conditions.  God calls for those who will walk wholeheartedly before Him, not those who are perfect.  What is new with the good news of the Kingdom of God is that God calls men to see the goodness of Master Yahshua and that He also met the prophecies given that men might know the “Desired One”, the promised Messiah, when He came to do as God commanded Him to do and teach and that we are also called to be disciples of Him who hear Him in whatever He taught, commanded, instructed, prophesied or promised.  As Moses said, we are to hear “that Prophet” in whatever He says, or be cut off from the brethren. (Acts 3:22, 23; Deu. 18: 15, 18, 19)

 

Therefore, the conditions of the Covenant were raised to even higher levels in the teachings of “that Prophet”, Master Yahshua, and we, if we are His disciples as commanded in the great commission, that we are to abide in His words that lead to life eternal.  It is based on the same basic standards God gave from the beginning and the commandments of God cannot be set aside, just as the commandments and teachings of the Son cannot be set aside.  This is also retold in The Revelation of Jesus Christ.  Those who are overcomers are faithful to death to keep the commandments of God, the testimony of Master Yahshua from heaven, and to have like faith with Him – to do the will of God in all things.  We are called to be lights in the world that men see our works good and that they praise God for the good of His instruction and law.

 

Indeed, thereafter the terms of the true Abrahamic Covenant remained “everlasting,” just as God said.  (Gen. 17:7)  The same terms of the Abrahamic Covenant were then repeated by Moses in the Law in Deuteronomy 6:25; “And it shall be righteousness unto us, if we observe to do all this commandment before Jehovah our God, as he hath caused you to turn from evil” (Deu. 13:17), but righteousness was only to be imputed again if repentance ensued (Ez 33:12-14).  This is why the Prophet Daniel likewise repeated the obedience requirement for covenant promises to be kept:  “And I prayed unto Jehovah my God, and made confession, and said, ‘Oh, LORD, the great and dreadful God, who keepeth covenants and lovingkindness with them that love Him and keep His commandments” (Daniel 9:4).

 

Yahshua put the same emphasis on obeying all “my teaching” for eternal life in John 8:51.  Therefore if you fail to obey, but you repent from sin and turn back to obedience, you are once more “justified”, as I John 1:9 also testifies.  Those who keep on disobeying the Son continue to have the wrath of God reside on them (John 3:38 ASV and AENT).

 

Therefore, we see all three covenants have identical principles on obedience and justification.  They are a unity in an identical message.  God’s promise of salvation is upon those who seek to do His will – to obey all His commands, statutes and ordinances.  Yahshua said if you violate the commandments you must engage in severe repentance (figuratively cut off the offending body parts) to avoid being sent to hell (Mt. 5:29, 18:8).  Thus, all three covenants match each other with the same salvation doctrine.  This explains why God could say the Abrahamic covenant was “an everlasting covenant” (Gen. 17:7), just as God could say “these ordinances” given Moses in the Law shall be “everlasting for all generations.”  (Ex. 27:21; 30:21; Lev. 6:18; 7:36; 10:9; 17:7; 23:14, 21, 41; 24:3; Num. 10:8)

 

Through the explicit teachings of Yahshua the Torah was to be used in all standards of righteousness and judgment – for religion, instruction in righteousness, and even the righteousness of civil laws that dealt with repayment for various wrongs and right business practices.  The Law of God was given to show the righteousness of God and the goodness of His instructions to men, which was to be shown to the world by Israel, who failed to maintain the Law in faith and practice.  Yahshua did not deny that His disciples are to pay taxes to earthly civil governments, but He does call for disciples to live their lives according to even the least of the commandments of God – there is no other upright conclusion to reach from the sermon on the mount, that all of them are still in effect according to His teachings, which He said were not His words, but the words of the Father in heaven.  This is practically as new a thought to me today as it may be for you to consider, and these are the basic categories of matters the Law of God regulated and instructs us about:

 

1.       Positive Commandments (Instructions/Mitzvot) 248 commandments.

2.      Torah specific commandments about the Torah.

3.      Temple and the Priests.

4.      Sacrifices.

5.      Vows.

6.      Ritual Purity.

7.      Donations to the Temple.

8.      The Sabbatical Year.

9.      Concerning Animals for Consumption.

10.   Festivals.

11.   Community.

12.   Idolatry.

13.   War.

14.   Social matters.

15.   Family.

16.   Judicial.

17.   Slaves.

18.   Torts.

 

65 Negative Mitzvot/Commandments.

1.      Idolatry and Related Practices.

2.      Prohibitions Resulting from Historical Events.

3.      Blasphemy.

4.      Temple.

5.      Sacrifices

6.      Priests.

7.      Dietary Laws.

8.      Nazirites.

9.      Agriculture.

10.   Loans, Business and the treatment of slaves.

11.   Justice.

12.   Incest and Other Forbidden Relationships.

13.   The Monarchy.

 

Anyone who has done any practical review of the Torah would have to acknowledge that chiding about keeping all 613 commandments was an impossibility that God demanded and thereby show that we are unable to hear and do His instructions has totally missed their purpose.  Disciples of Master Yahshua would do well to look into the instructions of God to be instructed about the real truth and righteousness that God expects from His people.  There is no way those not of God will hear this.  As Yahshua said, those of God come to Him to hear and know the will of the Father – those who are evil cannot endure His instructions because they are not of God.  The over-riding factor is to know that God desires mercy more than sacrifice and that His grace and mercy are towards those who seek to do His will and obey His Son in all things.  Did Yahshua say even the least of the commandments are still in effect until heaven and earth pass away and all things are fulfilled?  If He did, then we need to learn more of the Torah and pathway of life we are to walk within.  He has shown and told us what is good, and if we love Him, we must keep His words and abide in whatever He taught us to be the truth from God.  Our righteousness must exceed that of the hypocritical Scribes and Pharisees of His day, or there is no way that we will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  That’s what He clearly said.

 

 

This is what God said about His Instructions in Righteousness (Torah):

Exodus 12:49; “One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”

 

Yahshua gave several teachings to the disciples about the destruction of the Temple and also about the signs of the time of His return, as noted near the beginning of these writings.  While Matthew 24 and Luke 21 contain the most information, as stated before, the account by Matthew needs to be given priority over Luke, and perhaps Acts 1.  As a reminder, Luke made no claim to be giving an “inspired” version of the teachings of Master Yahshua, but claimed his account was gathered through interviews, or speaking to those who heard what was taught.  Review of the accounts in Matthew and Luke will show there are some differences.  For the sake of standing on the sure ground of hearing whatever the original disciples recorded, their accounts should be taken first.  The need is to repent to do the will of God, so that we will have the right to enter the New Jerusalem – the City of God that Abraham looked forward to entering and which Master Yahshua went away to prepare for those who love Him in deed.

 

(Matthew 24) “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no man deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” “Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” “Then if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!”, or “There!” do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs, and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have told you beforehand.” “Therefore if they say to you, “Look, He is in the desert!” do not go out; or, “Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it.  For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

 

Based on this account, one can easily see that the gathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth does not happen until after the tribulation of “those days.”  So all the ideas that the elect will be spared persecution and the time of great tribulation does not appear to be based on the teachings of the Christ. 

 

Further noting the errors of those who teach such things, chances are that they also teach that the Law was nailed to the cross and done away with and that there is no need of repenting to do whatsoever “that Prophet” said we must do. 

 

Many have profited by false doctrines, but the time now is to repent to do the will of God and abide in the words of the Christ – who alone has the words that lead to life eternal.  Notice that in the writings of the apostles that none of them taught anything that was not in full keeping with acknowledging the superiority of the words they received from Master Yahshua, and what they recorded of them is certainly adequate to spend a life time of learning to do as He had first taught them.

 

I have not heard of a time in history that was more evil and godless than what we can see coming on the earth today.  Could it be because those who call themselves by His Name have failed to believe what He taught and to learn of Him, that they repent to do His will and keep His testimony from Heaven – the commandments and doctrine that He said were not His own, but of the Father in Heaven?  Is this why so many have been deceived to disbelieve the Son?

 

God allows false prophets to see if His people really love Him – if they love Him enough to do what He said is good – to do the things that He blesses those who do them.  This is what the “beatitudes” are about, as noted in the reference passages.

 

 

More can be written on these matters, but there will be no need to do so if those who call themselves by His Name don’t turn and repent to do His will.   Each of us will give account to God for our words and deeds – the resurrection will find each person to be among those who will be told:  “Come, ye blessed”, or “Depart from Me”, and that determination will be based on those who wholeheartedly seek to do His will VS those who don’t do what He has instructed and commanded.  As said before, faith in Jesus (Yahshua) is far more than what Church you belong to or replication of an ancient Church service.  His words are for our instruction in life, if we believe Him.

 

 

As He said:

John 8:12; ”I am the light of the world.  He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

John 8: 31, 32; ”If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Matthew 7:24-27; "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell.  And great was its fall."

John 14:23, 24; ”If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me."

 

Matthew 28: 18-20; “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Revelation 22:14; "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

 

Matthew 25:34; “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

 

John 17; “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:  “Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.    I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and that have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them, I do not pray for the world, but those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.  Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one; I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world,  O righteous Father. The world has not known You, but I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.  And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which you loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

May all who belong to God repent to be in accord with the will of God and that our love for Him is shown and known by what it does.  As the shortest sermon I ever heard said (and I can’t help but remember every word of it) – “Love is a verb.”  To be in the “Name” is to be partakers of what Yehovah said is “My Covenant.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Various parting thoughts on Revelation and those Yahshua said he would send.

 

For those reading this who are LDS or Church of Christ, these points brought up are not meant to single your Church out above all the rest; everyone should reconsider where they stand in the light of His word.  I have much respect for both of these Churches because in many ways they have remained more true to the conservative principles of living their lives as best as they were taught to, but the fact seems to be that both have also neglected important foundational truths that Yahshua taught.  As said before, if what I’ve learned is true, everyone has something to repent of and to then proceed in turning back to keep the commandments of God and Christ.  I know many members in both Churches, and that they desire to be faithful to God and Christ.

 

Yahshua taught more about Church organization and offices than many Churches will openly acknowledge, and many have adopted the organizational structure given by Paul for offices and roles in their Churches.  It should be reasonable to review what God and Christ have said on the matter.  The differences between the two Churches I’m most familiar with – Church of Christ (CoC), and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) – have similar fundamental doctrines on the necessity of baptism, but are widely different in what authority is required to administer “sacraments” (perform baptisms and officiate at the Lord’s Supper)  and which form their respective organizational structure.  The Church of Christ, as most Protestant Churches, is heavily modeled on the Pauline instructions regarding Elders and Deacons, and each congregation claims autonomy without a headquarters, or central authority.  The LDS are heavily modeled on the “revelations” of their founding prophet, Joseph Smith Junior.  A general overview from Acts shows that the Church headquarters was in Jerusalem, not Rome, and that Rome then destroyed Jerusalem and assumed ownership of authority from Jerusalem to then be from Rome.  Review of core Catholic doctrine will show most of it centers from the teachings of Paul and their Popes.  Little is said of the need to abide in the words of God given by Jesus Christ.  Most Protestant Churches also follow the instructions of Paul as their basis for Church officers, i.e. Elders and Deacons.

 

Both CoC and LDS can point to the Bible and say they believe it true, and that Jesus is the Christ that they serve and obey – but they both lean heavily towards only hearing their own – even if it can be shown that they are in error on any particular issue – such as what God has said about the need to abide in all the teachings of the Christ that were passed on to us by the original twelve disciples/Apostles.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught, but neither appears to have come to understand this critical element of the once for all delivered gospel of Jesus Christ.  In fact, all the Churches I’m aware of have yet to realize the same elemental truth – the doctrine of God as taught by Jesus Christ.  LDS believe the Bible is true, so far as it is correctly translated.  Then they adopt changes to the Scripture that are not founded on translation of the ancient Hebrew into English, but are founded on whatever Joseph Smith pretended to be the “inspired” correct translation.  This is also further complicated by adopting other texts he gave and claimed to be Scripture.  The simple fact is that the Greek translation of the Old Testament has some mistranslations, and we would do well to look at the Jewish Scripture translation of the Old Testament that was completed about 1900.  The truth is that God gave commandments for us to use to know who is a true prophet and how to identify a false prophet.  We would fail to keep the very instructions of God to accept those that God has proven false.  As God said through the Prophets:  “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”  God has not left us without knowing how to tell truth from lies spoken in His name.

 

An often overlooked verse on Church organization and offices can be found in Matthew 23:34.  “Therefore indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes.”  Another supporting passage could be where Yahshua equated His disciples to the prophets of old, saying those in the kingdom of God would be greater than the prophets.  Mention “prophet” to a Church of Christ member and you’ll likely be branded for life with a scarlet “P”.  They are so heavily into the “hermeneutic” understanding of Scripture that they have neglected weightier matters of what Jesus actually taught – vs – what are they actually believing and doing.  Does their understanding match His Teachings and application of the Torah?  Since they believe the Torah was nailed to the cross, they are without the complete instruction that God has given mankind in the books of Moses and the rest of the Old Testament – which is the very foundation of the basis to understand the Gospel accounts correctly, or even how to know Master Yahshua is the Messiah.  Most all Western Christians are in this very same boat – whether they will realize it and admit to it or not!

 

In His final Teachings we are told all authority in Heaven and on earth were given to Him.  He is the head of the Church and that even the twelve Apostles were but brethren.  They taught nothing but what He had taught them, due to the proven authority of His words to have been directly from God.  Decades after the birth of the Church, the apostle John received “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, and it is surely prophecy for the ages and liken to a Grand Central Station of all the Holy Scripture. The original disciples certainly believed Yahshua was “that prophet”, and “that prophet” was to give the words of God faithfully as He only spoke God’s truth.(Deu. 18)   Reflecting back to the Teachings, He also claimed to be in Heaven and on earth at the same time.  While John 1 heavily points to the divinity of the Christ, He also said to the women  who were the first witnesses to His resurrection that he had yet to show himself to the Father – “your God and my God.”  This perfectly fits with many passages of prophecy – both in the Bible and the Zodiac – that the “Desired One” would be dual natured, both divine and human – yet all authority is His, and God also claimed there would be no other Savior but Himself.  So the matter must reside to understand that the need is to do as He instructed – and not allow yourself to be lead to follow any man as the authority of God other than Master Yahshua.  His original name indicates that God is in Him, and we should see that what He taught is in full keeping with the proper understanding and application of all the Instructions of God.

 

When the original disciples were arguing among themselves as to who would be the greatest among them, Yahshua was quick to correct their mistaken desires.  We can all read the same things in the gospel accounts of Matthew and John.  Prophecies and instruction from the previously accepted Scripture of the Old Testament and Matthew should provide ample clarity to the matter, as all He taught had to be in accord with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets. 

 

We can see from early Church history that the original Church was centered in Jerusalem and when questions arose, representatives were sent to the Jerusalem Church for the original Apostles there to consider.  We have some indication of the records, but also need to primarily recall that if anyone is going to “know the truth”, this is only found when abiding in His words “indeed.”  Clarity to everything that has crossed my mind has been resolved through coming to know His words in close association and application with the then existing Instructions in Righteousness that God had already given through Moses – as properly understood and applied to life by Master Yahshua.  One doesn’t need a “prophet” to tell you that taking illicit drugs, drinking too much alcohol, or going to strip clubs is not according to the Commandments and Doctrine of God.  As He also said, we are not left alone – and He did send the promised Spirit, according to prophecy and the promise of God in Acts 2:38, 39, who will lead us to all truth.  Yahshua also said His words would by no means pass away.  The Spirit and the words of life both testify to the Doctrine and will of God – if we are willing to allow Him to write the Instructions in Righteousness upon our hearts – instead of pretending or believing that any word of God or Christ was nailed to the cross and done away with. 

 

Master Yahshua was very explicit to teach that even the least of the commandments of God were not going to be loosened so long as heaven and earth exist.  Brethren – they are still with us today – in spite of anything some may say to draw us away from the sureness of the Instruction and Commandment of God – or of the conditions we need to keep to be partakers of the Everlasting Covenant, promises, or stated judgments.  We are not left without witness – “we” have willfully ignored them because that is what we were taught to do from childhood, and it is far past time to mature and reconsider the truth of God and Christ and repent to do the will of God – which is the opening call Master Yahshua made to start with!

 

Since Yahshua said that He would send “prophets, wise men, and scribes”, we can know if anyone is wise through their understanding of the very Instruction and Commandments of God by their careful belief in and application of these in light of the teachings of Master Yahshua, and that they also are His disciples indeed.  Scripture says prophets would be sent to warn people of things shortly to come to pass – not to reveal new laws of God, or to pretend to remove any law God has already given.  The same criteria to judge anyone claiming to speak for God are found in Deut. 4, 12, 13, and 18, and are also taught by Master Yahshua in Matthew, John and Revelation.  These contain the explicit instructions of God.  To ignore His instruction is to invite yourself to have believed a lie, and perhaps even the very lie of Satan.  Those of God will tell the truth, but if a prophecy does not come to pass, then you have no need to hear or fear what that “prophet” said.  All would do well to focus their faith and hope of knowing what God is doing to be found in the Teachings of the Son.  Errors taught in the name of God will become apparent when you come to see the actual truth of God as given in the Teachings of Master Yahshua in both Matthew and John and in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Deuteronomy 4:23-40; “Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Yehovah your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, [or] the likeness of any [thing], which the Yehovah thy God hath forbidden thee. For Yehovah thy God [is] a consuming fire, [even] a jealous God.  When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt [yourselves], and make a graven image, [or] the likeness of any [thing], and shall do evil in the sight Yehovah thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong [your] days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And Yehovah shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither Yehovah shall lead you.  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek Yehovah thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, [even] in the latter days, if thou turn to Yehovah thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For Yehovah thy God [is] a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and [ask] from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been [any such thing] as this great thing [is], or hath been heard like it?  Did [ever] people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?  Or hath God assayed to go [and] take him a nation from the midst of [another] nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that Yehovah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that Yehovah he [is] God; [there is] none else beside him.  Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou [art], to bring thee in, to give thee their land [for] an inheritance, as [it is] this day. Know therefore this day, and consider [it] in thine heart, that Yehovah he [is] God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: [there is] none else.  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong [thy] days upon the earth, which Yehovah thy God giveth thee, forever

 

Deu. 4:2-10; “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of Yehovah your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what Yehovah did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, Yehovah thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto Yehovah your God [are] alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even Yehovah my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people. For what nation [is there so] great, who [hath] God [so] nigh unto them, as Yehovah our God [is] in all [things that] we call upon him [for]? And what nation [is there so] great, that hath statutes and judgments [so] righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; [Specially] the day that thou stoodest before Yehovah thy God in Horeb, when Yehovah said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.

 

Recall that God also brought out a multitude of nations with Israel, and they were hearing these same things – the primary difference is the land was given to Israel and they were considered sojourners and strangers in the land, rather than those the land belonged to according to the promise of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  A great number of the commandments of God were given for both Israel and the multitude of nations that were not direct descendants of Abraham by blood line.

 

Verse 2 is the primary test.  The commandments of God, His instructions to all those who seek to do His will, must remain intact.  This also means that commandments specifically given to the descendants of Abraham are not to be bound upon other nations, except as God gave commandment.  An example of this is found in Acts, regarding the report that some would bind circumcision upon the Gentiles who came to believe in Master Yahshua.  Since God had given instructions on circumcision, the only time it was required of a Gentile had to do with going to the Temple – non-existent now – or if they were to participate with Passover in a Jewish home, or if they were a servant in a Jewish home who was bought for a price – a slave?  Yahshua said all are to be immersed into the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and He gave no commandment regarding circumcision of Gentiles to be required.  He did, however, teach that the same commandments given to the original disciples were to be taught to all future disciples – which by now needs to be re-examined and restored to the bride of Christ, that she is ready for His return.

 

Deuteronomy 4:30-40 has a special message to Israel, that I hope they realize, just as the Gentiles need to return to obey God: 30: “When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”

 

Deuteronomy 12:8,9; “Ye shall not do after all [the things] that we do here this day, every man whatsoever [is] right in his own eyes. For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.

 

This is also recalled by Jeremiah in his warning: 7: 24-26; “But this is what I commanded them, saying, “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.  And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”  Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.  Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even went to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.  Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck.  They did worse than their fathers.”

 

From these passages it is amply clear that anyone claiming to be a prophet or apostle or any spokesperson for God that does not fully support keeping the commandments of God and Christ as the pathway of life is a false prophet – whether a prophecy comes true, or if they work miracles and wonders – if they don’t call God’s people to do as He instructed from the beginning – they are someone we are told to ignore.

 

Deuteronomy 12:32; “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it, you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”

 

Yahshua’s claim was that his teachings were directly the word that God instructed him to give us.  John the Baptist testified that the teachings Yahshua gave are above the words of any other man, because Master Yahshua alone was from above.  The Christian faith is that Yahshua is the Son of God and Messiah, sent to give life to all who believe in Him – that they should not perish, but should have eternal life.  The records of His teachings are that He said it was His words which would judge the world – each person.  So it is certainly with great peril that any believing Christian would not be careful to observe and do what He taught, which includes that which preceded Him in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  This should also cause concern towards those who pretend to be disciples who then don’t believe what He taught is the truth or necessary to hear and do.  Yahshua taught that we are sanctified through obedience to the Truth – “Thy word is truth”, not faith alone, nor grace alone!  No one who puts their trust in him will be put to shame, but if we put our trust in him, surely we will trust his words as true.

 

Deuteronomy chapter 13 is explicit to warn not to incorporate any practice of “other nations”, or of worshiping false gods or other gods, but to stay faithful to the God who led them out of Egypt.  LDS try to get people to believe in Jesus Christ because they claim a boy saw both God the Father and God the Son in a ‘the sacred grove” behind his house.  They also teach doctrines never spoken by God, the Son, nor any prophet or apostle in the Scriptures.  Do they teach that God is a glorified and resurrected man, and that the gospel is a gospel of eternal progression whereby the faithful can also be Gods, just as God the Father (See Mormon Doctrine by McKonkie).  To further compound the error, they also believe everyone on earth first lived in heaven and are direct spirit children of God the Father and God the Mother – and that birth into the world was our choice, so that we could advance in our immortality to Godhood – just as God the Father did before us, and that He is a glorified and exalted man.  To teach this is to deny the very words of God and the Christ, as well as the Law, prophets and Psalms.  First, it denies God as the Creator of all.  Second, it teaches God is a glorified man.  Third, it teaches that we too can become Gods, just as He became God.  As a side-bar, they also teach that man fell that he might have joy – when God said no such thing.  As for their belief in a “pre-life”, this is clearly taught in their Temple, and is why they have been told these are sacred teachings – all the while never considering that Satan is the one in the Temple play/movie who gives them this doctrine – and another side-bar for LDS is to realize your Church historians have not told you the known facts – the entire Smith family – father, mother and children – were involved in what we today call witchcraft – the faculties of Abrac.  See “One Nation Under Gods” – this is documented, but scrubbed from the testimony of Joseph Smith’s own mother’s writing.  (Page 30, reference 50, Orson Pratt, pg. 486)  The whole LDS temple thing was not incorporated into their beliefs until Joseph Smith became a Mason, and there are some similarities between the original LDS temple oaths and the Masonic ritual oaths.  LDS would do well to see if Yahshua taught any such thing and to turn back from those things to do what the Eternal Living Prophet said to believe and do.  Repentance is to turn back and do what God said to believe and do, which includes testing all those who pretend to speak His word.

 

Another testimony about the sacred temple ceremony is that the name of God is Elohim and the name of Jesus is Jehovah.  From the ancient Hebrew Scriptures we can see that God said His name is Jehovah, and the name of Jesus was either Y’shua, Yahshua, or some such name meaning the salvation of God.

 

Saying you believe keeping the commandments of God is your part of the gospel covenant – but then turning to do what is evil in His eyes through disbelief of the true prophets of God and what the Son has taught, and what God has been explicit to tell us as warning instructions of who to NOT hear – they, as all of us, would be advised to repent to the truth of God given through Moses and the Christ and abandon any beliefs foisted upon them by false prophets, false apostles, or Satan in the Garden of Eden.  They have as great a need to repent to the words of God as any Church that is currently in error because they believed their books and creeds, rather than putting the words of God and Master Yahshua into effect to affect their own lives in showing God is true to His word and covenant.  The God of Israel at Mount Sinai was a God who was seen, and also heard.  Search the teachings of Yahshua and see if he said God is the Eternal Father and creator of all  – or if God is a glorified and exalted Man.

 

All Protestants need to realize that Yahshua NEVER taught that His righteousness is imputed to anyone.  Neither did He teach that all men are born sinners.  Never is it even implied that His blood covers the believer so that we are shielded from God’s wrath because He sees the blood of His Son covering them.  Where do these beliefs come from?  If God and Christ are true, it is their words we are to heed and live by – not those who would teach against the Truth they gave mankind.  Those of God will hear His word and also hear the word of His Son.  They will choose to believe God and repent to do His will.

 

Chapter 18 also warns of not adopting religious practices of others, and to remain true to God and His instructions.  18: 9-22; When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do]. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.  And the LORD said unto me, They have well [spoken that] which they have spoken.  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.  And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

 

This prophecy from God is quoted by Peter in Acts 3:22, 23 to be speaking of Jesus (Master Yahshua) being “that prophet” that Moses prophesied of, and that we are to hear Him in all things – whatsoever He says to us.  Yahshua said we are blessed to believe on Him through the testimony of His original disciples.  Rather than believing the need to hear their “Living Prophet” as the head of their twelve apostles, it seems best to realize Yahshua still lives and that He gave us all the words the Father told him to give mankind, and we all have the great need to return and abide in those instructions and promises of God – to believe and do what God has already made known to mankind.  When God set the foundation, He has no need that men pretend to set it again – especially when key foundation blocks are most certainly not set upon what God has already accomplished or declared true.

 

As was said from the beginning of the gospel – repent or perish.  No one will have need to repent of doing as God or the Son of man, Master Yahshua, have taught to be the pathway to life eternal.

 

Recently my studies have branched out to find any historical evidence that might provide insight to the issue of early Church organization and practice about Church structure and offices.  One such document series is called “The Damascus Documents.”  It’s still under review at this time, but it seems early Church structure was based on who was most faithful and knowledgeable of the truth, wisdom and personal faithfulness to the instructions of God and Christ.  They had certain requirements to join the fellowship, as well as what might be called a probationary period that the initiate had to pass through faithfully.  Leadership was based on wisdom and understanding of the doctrine of Christ, and that faithfulness to His truth is required – His teachings were the focus of their belief and manner of life.  Each disciple was interviewed and investigated per the teachings and instruction from the teacher of righteousness.  Their self-government stemmed from faithfulness – proven faithfulness – and not on who contributed the most money or has the most “authority” in the secular community.  Judgment on these matters was according to the very words of God, rather than on appearances.

 

Another example from the Torah is that of the wisdom from the father-in-law of Moses, and the concept of “the seventy.”  In some regards, LDS have adopted some elements of organization that are Scriptural and that work quite well for them.  In fact, much of what they believe is true – but their primary truth is rejected by those who say LDS are not even Christians because they believe that works matter.  For heaven’s sake – that IS what Jesus clearly taught!  The true issue resides to believe God as revealed to Israel and through the Anointed One.  God has always been God – there is no other – and the original lie was that man too can become a God.  Why believe in Jesus and then return to the original lie?  How is that to be seen by God?

 

Who loves God enough to repent of lies taught in His name?  Who fears God enough to dig through the dirt and mire of over a thousand years of false teachings?  I’ve been digging for years now, and think these things indicate where the real bedrock of our faith and life needs to be built upon, and may our God continue to bless each soul who has the courage to discover the Gospel of God as taught by His only begotten Son.  God is the Vinedresser, and He prunes us through His words of life, that we are actively growing in the vine of truth, by the help of the Spirit of truth and the proven words of God.

 

John 17:8, 17; "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent me." And "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

Another sobering fact is that God is so holy and righteous that He hates the sinner (Psalm 5:5; 119:118; Lev. 20:23Prov. 6:16-19; Hos. 9:15). Some say that we should say that God only hates the sin but loves the sinner. The above scriptures speak contrary to that. God is love (1 John 4:8), but to know His love stems from knowing His truth and instructions about good and evil. It is better to accept the love of God exampled and taught by Yahshua, than to reject it and suffer His wrath.  Those who pretend the love of God is boundless could be equated to those that think it normal for a grown man to marry a three year old… it isn’t right, and is a perversion beyond comparison, and should be unthinkable to be normal, or accepted, or good social behavior.  The Instructions from God should be the rules of life for everyone who believes the God of the Bible, whether Jew or Gentile – God created man as good -  God created man in His image.  Men need to realize he was created in the likeness of God to do good, not evil.  Life is an open book test, and we need to open the Book and hear the Instructions from God to then do them as we are graciously given opportunity in our lives.  To reject His Instruction is to reject what God created us to be.  Love is as love does.  When God says something is an abomination, this is the strongest language to say such behavior cannot be tolerated by God, and that the earth itself will vomit out those whose manner of life promotes what He says are abominations – such things as should be unthinkable to be accepted.

Psalm 5:5; “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”

Proverbs 6:16-19; “These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

 

Hosea 9:15; “All their wickedness [is] in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes [are] revolters. “

 

As asked previously, how have “we” gentiles done any better than Israel when it comes to belief that abides in the Teachings of the Anointed One of God?  And since we have reason to believe prophecy to Israel in Isaiah 9:10,11 is being replayed before our eyes since 9-11, what evidence can we show that we have realized the warnings of God to Israel are also for us?  The Law was given to Jew and Gentile, just as the Gospel is for Jew and Gentile – but who has believed the report of God or the word of God or the Son of God?  If we don’t return to God, as Israel should have, neither will the outcome of our judgment be any different.  I greatly fear that the time of the Gentiles is all but up if there is no repentance to return to abide in the commandments and doctrine from God as taught by the Son of man.  If God has called us to use “just scales”, surely this is because His judgment of all will be based upon the same standards of righteousness for Jew and Gentile.  As He said; “If My people, who are called by My name.”

 

Hosea 4: 1-12;  “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.  Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.  Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people [are] as they that strive with the priest.  Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame.  They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.  And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.  For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.  Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.  My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused [them] to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.”

 

 

John 14:23, 24;

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me."

15:1-4; “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”

John 6:63;

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father."

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"

But Simon Peter answered Him "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

There is good reason to believe that the letters to the seven Churches in Revelation were timely and true for the Churches at each location when given, as well as prophecy of the problems the Church would face in succession historically.  If this is the case, then they should be reviewed to determine which fits our time.  From the sign of the times given regarding the last times that all are commanded to observe, we may well be in the period of the seventh letter to Laodicea, and His warnings need to be heeded.

According to Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ), as well as those who heard His teachings, His doctrine is what He taught.  He then promised His chosen disciples that the Holy Spirit would enable them to remember all that He had taught them, and blessed those who would believe on Him through their testimony of Him - this is the purpose of the New Testament.  Although he was not one of the original disciples, Luke starts his gospel account by identifying the purpose of the book is “so that you might know the certainty of the things in which you are being instructed.”  Disciples were being instructed in the life and teachings of Jesus.  "My word shall by no means pass away."  The testimony from those chosen men, the original disciples, is still with us today, as are the teachings that providence has preserved for our knowledge of the teachings that He said were from the Father in heaven.   His teachings don't need restoration if they are imperishable, nor do we need claimed “new revelations” of what Yahshua taught.  We need to see and recognize the importance of His words that lead to life eternal.  "If you abide in my word, ye are My disciples indeed."   Yahshua blesses those who hear, believe, and willfully seek out his words to abide in them and grow in their faithfulness, as his words were the  very words of God.

Looking back over the span of centuries since 33 AD, there have been some perversions of the teachings, as well as mistranslations.  If the commonly understood meaning of some is correct, it would be impossible to mistranslate the text or make any change in the narrative of His words.  That a few bad translations and changes to the text have been made is a proven fact.  Some may deny this as a point of their faith in The Book (“It’s in the Bible!”), but denial is not a river in Egypt.  Therefore, the need arises for re-examination of the most original accounts of these things to make sure that we, and those yet to come, can build build their lives upon the words that are proven to have come from God, and to also reject those authors who fail the tests that God gave to know who speaks His truth – who He said we are to hear and believe, and who He has said for us to reject and not fear their threats.   The Bride of Christ made herself ready by repenting and turning to faithfully doing His will indeed – to be faithful to her Betrothed in all things, rather than just an empty claim to be His betrothed and then play the unfaithful brideas did Israel as told in the Old Testament.

Has the time has begun that Jesus warned about in the parable of the ten virgins and the great tribulation?  The works of Satan: to lie, steal, kill and destroy, are upon the earth and things will surely be just as prophesied in Scripture.   Men will generally not endure sound doctrine, but will pay false teachers to tell them what they want to hear.  The love of many will grow cold because of the prevalence of evil.  Gold will corrode in the hands of those who thought it would deliver them. Yet for all the trouble to come upon the world, disciples of Yahshua can be encouraged to know that the bride of Christ will make herself ready for His return and purifies herself and prepares for His return by doing righteousness - in doing what He said she should believe and do.  We also know that those whose faith endures to the end have the most wonderful promises given by God in all of the Holy Scriptures.  From Revelation we know that there are links between keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Yahshua, and of abiding in the teachings of Anointed One – Master Yahshua.  Some will not be troubled because of what is coming upon the earth, as they see those things as key indicators – signs - of His soon return and the ultimate judgment of God upon evil men and the reward of the righteous – as He said, the meek shall inherit the earth.  Equally true is the fact that those who thought to hide themselves from the judgment of God cannot escape by hiding themselves in the rocks of the earth, but will pray the rocks fall down upon them, that they might escape the judgment of God.  No one will escape His judgment – even though they be scattered to the stars to escape Him.  There is no place in the heavens or earth that anyone can go to escape His presence.

Revelation contains a warning to not change even one word of the prophecy of the book, and having found differences in the texts between the Greek translations, I’m compelled to provide some of the text from the Aramaic English New Testament, which reports to be from an ancient pre-Greek manuscript.  (AENT, Netzari Press LLC, 2010)  (aent.org)  Note that Revelation 2 mentions those who claimed to be apostles, but were not, and some specific charges.  Then what of those who continued to believe the false apostle(s)?  Much of the Church drifted farther and farther away from the gospel truth and ended up in a period that was largely rejected by God for being neither cold nor hot – virtually useless to the purpose for which she was intended to be the light of the world until His return.  Unless we are His disciples indeed, who reflect His light and seek to be faithful to His words of life, there is no light in us.

Revelation 2; “To the Messenger of the assembly which is at Ephesus write: “These things says he who holds all things, and the seven stars in his right hand; he that walks in the midst of the seven menorahs of gold: I know your works and your toil and your patience, and you cannot endure the wicked; and you have tried them who say they are apostles and are not; and you have found them liars.  And you have had patience and have shouldered the burden on account of My Name, and have not shirked.  Yet I have a matter against you on account of your former love which you have left.  Therefore, remember from where you have fallen and repent, and do the former works: or if not, I will come to you quickly, and I will remove your menorah from its place, except you repent.  But this you have, that you hate to deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also (hate).  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.  To him who is victorious, will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the paradise of my Elohim.”

It can be noted in the final chapter of Revelation that those who partake of the tree of life are those who do so by right – not by the mere “grace” of God – it is reserved for those who do the will of God – those who keep the Commandments of God and the testimony of Master Yahshua.  How any can say salvation has nothing to do with keeping the commandments of God should be a huge red flag to anyone who believes God or Christ.  From what I’ve found so far, it could be that the deeds of the Nicolaitans are those who rejected the commandments of God and believe and followed those who lied about the truth of God, and who promoted negation of the truth of doing His will.  Based from the commandments of God to test those who say they speak for Him, it surely resides in that they either add to His instructions things He never spoke of, or they took away vital matters He requires.

Revelation 2:8; “And to the Messenger of the assembly which is at Smyrna, write: “These things says the First and the Last, he who was dead and lives.  I know your works and the affliction and the poverty (yet you are rich) and the railing which is from them who say they are Jews and they are not, but are of the congregation of Satan.  Be not terrified at any of the things you are to suffer.  For lo, the Accuser will throw some of you into custody, that you may be tried; and there will be trouble to you ten days.  Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.  He that is victorious, will not be harmed by the second death.”

It was those of Satan who persecuted the original disciples of Master Yahshua.  Paul considered himself to be chief amongst them.  Was it about ten years after the start of the Church that Paul claimed to see his vision.  Ten days – ten years?  I’m not absolutely sure, but it seems curious to me.  The main point of this passage is being faithful till death in doing the works of God – and not abandoning our faith for fear of those who are not God.

Revelation 2:12; “And to the Messenger of the assembly at Pergamos, write: “Thus says he who has the sharp two-edged sword: I know your works and where you dwell (even) where the throne of Satan is; and you hold fast my name and have not denied the faith of me, in those days when my faithful witness, who was slain among you, was made a spectacle where Satan dwells.  But I have a small matter against you.  You have there them who hold the doctrine of Baalam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel that they might eat the sacrifices of idols, and might commit sexual sin.  So also you have them who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.  In like manner, repent you.  Or if not, I will come to you quickly, and I will war upon them with the sword of my mouth.  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.  To him that is victorious, will I give to eat of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white counter, and upon the counter a new name written which no one knows but he that receives it.”

Here we find the continuing link of a doctrine that matches what some have attributed to Paul – that it is permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols.  We also find sexual sin rampant in the Roman Church historically, and most recently that they virtually harbored those whose sexual sins were committed against children.  A close examination of the doctrine of the Catholic Church will show it to be in total accord with their interpretation of the gospel according to Paul, but not in accord to the words of Jesus Christ.  Do recall that the Roman Catholic Church have also continued to allow local religious customs to be adopted into their Church throughout its history.  Does this condemn anyone who is a Roman Catholic?  They should judge of themselves according to the declared words of God.  “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Abiding in the Doctrine and Commandments of God means not adding to them, taking away from them, or changing them; rather, it means to accept them and reform our lives and conscience to do what is His stated standards of righteousness and manner of life He created us to live by.

A common theme between the Catholic Church and the Pharisees of Yahshua’s day is that both think their decrees are above the very words of God.  No man has the authority of God to change His word – not even the Messiah had that authority.

Revelation 2:18; “And to the Messenger of the assembly at Thyratia, write: These things says the Son of Elohim who has his eyes like a flame of fire and his feet like fine brass:  I know your works, and love, and faith, and service, and also your patience; and that these your latter works are more than the former.  But I have a matter against you because you tolerate your woman Jezabel who says she is a prophetess, and teaches and seduces my servants to temple prostitution, and to eating of the sacrifices of idols.  And I gave her a season for repentance, and she is not disposed to repent of her sexual sin.  Behold, I will cast her into a coffin, and them who commit adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their deeds.  And her children will I slay with death; and all the assemblies will know that I am he who seeks minds and hearts, and will render to each of you according to your works.  And I say to you, to the rest that are in Thyratia, to all them who have not received this doctrine, the men who have not known the profound things of Satan, as they say; I lay no other burden upon you; but, what what you have, hold fast until I come.  And to him that is victorious, and to him that observes my works to the end, to him will I give authority over the nations; and he will rule them with a rod of iron; and like vessels of pottery, will they be broken: as I also have received of my Father.  And I will give to him the morning star.  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

The warning continue towards those who left the truth of God to believe against the instructions and stated will of God, and that this is seen by Master Yahshua as prostitution in pagan temples.  The warning is again stated that judgment is based upon works – whether they are of doing the will of God, or found to be rejecting the walk of life as He has clearly instructed, and to then be knowing “the profound things of Satan,” rather than the profound truth of God.  They rejected the truth, to believe the lie.  They disbelieved what God and the Son said, to then believe they were saved just because of claiming His name, but then doing what anyone else taught in His name that is not in accord with the whole testimony of His word.  This is why it is so important to double check the details in the actual teachings of Master Yahshua and to know what you do is done of God by doing as He instructed.  Our Savior came to lead us away from the darkness of iniquity and towards the light of doing the will of God.  The Spirit will testify with the word as our conscience comes into agreement with these things.  The knowing of His will can be found and realized when doing it.  The glimmer of hope in this passage is there is yet an opportunity to repent to do the works of God – “unless they repent of their deeds.”  This next Epistle is one I believe we are facing today, and relates directly to the whole purpose of my writing these things:

Revelation 3; “And to the Messenger of the assembly which is at Sardis, write: “These things says he who has the seven Spirits of Elohim, and the seven stars; I know your works, that you have a name that you live, yet you are dead.  Awake, and preserve the things that remain which are ready to die; for I have not found your works complete before my ElohimRemember therefore how you have received and heard, and observe those teachings and turn back.  If then you will not wake up, I will come upon you as a thief; and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.  Yet you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.  He that is victorious will be so clothed in white robes; and I will not blot out their name from the book of life; and I will confess their name before my Father and before his Messengers.  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”

How did He say we are to hear?  Who are we to hear?  What teachings are we to remember?  What teachings are we to turn back to observe?  He blessed those who believed on him through the original disciples, who then became the Twelve Apostles of record.  He didn’t foretell that men would receive the truth by revelation of prophets who said He came to them in some later time.  His blessings are upon those who repent to believe the words the original disciples recorded to have been what He gave them.

Revelation 3:7; “And to the Messenger of the assembly which is at Philadelphia, write: “These things says he that is Set Apart, he that is true, he that has the key of David, who opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens; I know your works.  And lo, I have set before you an open door which no man can shut; because you have a little strength, and you have kept my Word and have not denied My Name.  Behold I will give them of the Knesset of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but lie; behold, I will make them to come and do submissions before your feet; and to know that I have loved you.  Because you have kept the Word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation that is to come on all the inhabited world to try them who dwell on the earth.  I come quickly; bold fast what you have so that no one take your crown.  Him that is victorious, will I make a pillar in the temple of my Elohim; and he will not again go out; and I will write upon him the name of my Elohim, and of the New Jerusalem, which descends from heaven from my Elohim, and my own new name.  He that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”

No man can shut the door that He opens.  Hold fast to His word and persevere in patience.

Revelation 3:14; “And to the Messenger of the assembly which is at Laodocea, write: “These things says the Amen, the witness, the faithful, the true, the Chief of the creation of Elohim.  I know your works, that you are neither hot, nor cold; I would desire that you would be either cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to vomit you from my mouth.  Because you say, I am rich and affluent, and have all I need; and you don’t know that you are helpless and miserable and needy and blind and naked!  I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may become rich; and white robes to be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and put eye-salve on your eyes, that you may see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline.  Be faithful emulators therefore, and repent.  Behold, I have been standing at the door, and I will knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.  And to him that is victorious, to him will I give to sit with me on my throne, even as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on His throne.  He that has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”

In light of this next verse, we can see that the “rest of her offspring” keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Those who don’t keep them should not consider themselves to belong to God or Christ.  In the Great Commission, Yahshua called for disciples who abide in the Teachings of God.  Disciples are called to be emulators of him, as this is what Yahshua taught his disciples to do, and this is again retold in Revelation to be the manner of life that we are called to live.

These next quotes are from the NKJV.

Revelation 12:17; "And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  (Isaiah 8:20)

13:5-10;”And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.  Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.  It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.  And authority was given to him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  If anyone has an ear, let him hear.  He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword.  Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

14:12, 13; ”Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.  Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, 'Write: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."  "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors and their works follow them."

Yahshua told us not to fear that which is coming upon the earth, but to fear God, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.  "Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me."  He promised that if we build our life upon being both hearers and doers of what He taught, we will endure the storm to come and our house will not be undermined and destroyed.  The time has come to re-discover the old pathways, the Original Yahshua, and to enthrone Him as our Lord, King, Prophet and Teacher.  You can't buy this truth.  You have to become a disciple of Yahshua, a faithful follower, if you expect to make it out of this world alive.  Those who die in the Lord will save their lives intact for the new heavens and earth. 

He said, "Sanctify them by Thy truth; Thy word is truth."   This Truth is not based upon what comes from our hearts, nor is it what we reason, but Truth is that which God has declared through His only begotten Son.  "I am the way, the truth and the life."  These same words are light. This light enables us to see things the way God sees them and are the words by which Jesus said we will be judged. 

Matthew 28: 18-20; "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen."

John 8: 31, 32; "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

51; "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death."

Matthew 5:13-20; "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to youtill heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whosoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

The sureness of the commandments of God is perhaps the most neglected teaching in the Church heading into the twenty-first century. He said that not everyone who calls Him "Lord" will be saved. He said there will be those who call Him "Lord," but that they are workers of iniquity, or lawlessness.  Did Jesus say we are to live by grace apart from what He taught?  Did Jesus teach we are to live by a faith that ignores or neglects doing what He taught?  And do we ignore His word if we deny that He will send prophets, wise men, and scribes?  Obviously this applies to the original twelve disciples, but it may not be limited to them, as prophets are given to tell people of what is shortly coming to pass.  This is what He said to the Churches, starting with Ephesus.

Revelation 16 finds a blessing; "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." This is found near to the pouring out of the sixth bowl of the wrath of God associated with Armageddon. I can understand why many see the warning to the Laodiceans as the end time church.

Finally the revelation of Jesus Christ ends with His words, "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

The mercy of God is great. Repentance is turning to God to do His will and not our own. True life is growing in our knowledge of God in Christ and that Christ in us is our hope of glory.  Jesus Christ has promised us that if we lose our life for His sake that we will not lose it, but instead we will have saved and preserved it in Him. To who else can we go for the words of eternal life? Many put their trust in tradition.  Many put their trust in following the paths of their fathers. Many put their trust in living for themselves and pleasure, or destruction of the life God has given them.  But those who do  these things will never come to know the life that is possible by giving Master Yahshua the place He deserves.  He is to be our Teacher.  Indeed, why call Him ‘Lord’ and not do what He says? As we see Yahshua in His words to us, let’s look at ourselves in truth. Let’s not forget how we look in comparison to the One we are to emulate. Let’s be honest not only to God, but to ourselves, as we grow in hearing and doing the ‘whatsoever’ Yahshua taught and decreed.

We are called by God to emulate Master Yahshua – not just count on his righteousness being accounted to us.  While his blood paid the price deficient, we are called to do righteousness – to do the very will of God.  As James also said, faith, without works, is dead.

Because you say, I am rich and affluent, and have all I need; and you don’t know that you are helpless and miserable and needy and blind and naked!  I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may become rich; and white robes to be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be seen; and put eye-salve on your eyes, that you may see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline.  Be faithful emulators therefore, and repent.  Behold, I have been standing at the door, and I will knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.  And to him that is victorious, to him will I give to sit with me on my throne, even as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on His throne.  He that has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”

In closing remarks, we should be able to see that Yahshua came to call all mankind to repent and obey what God said is the manner of life, belief and conduct that He desires of man – if we will but turn from our disbelief and repent to do His will in all things.  These studies have been based upon coming to know these things from the testimony of His chosen apostles – the original chosen disciples.  Anyone should be able to see that this is substantially different than what they have been taught to be the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”.  The things here have been primarily based from the “rock” of the Sermon on the Mount, which is foundational to the rest of Yahshua’s teachings from God.  We cannot understand God or the Anointed One properly unless we take the time to ensure we are both hearers and doers of the things He said are necessary.  We must return to base our life and belief in His words if we are to have any hope to be found faithful.  Those that continue to fracture the word of Yehovah from the teachings of the Anointed One of God will remain in confusion, as do those who uphold false testimony in the name of God or the Christ.  Put the Instructions of God into action so you can know the difference, and know that God will be true to His word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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