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ONE DISCIPLE TO ANOTHER

 

1.     Index                                                                                                           

2.     Which Church is the True Church?                                                                  

3.     “This Gospel of the Kingdom.”                                                                         

4.     Premise 1 - Take Heed That No Man Deceives You                                       

5.     Premise 2 - Using His Correct Name                                                                 

6.     Premise 3 - Believe the Instructions of God                                                      

7.     Premise 4 - What Does God Require of Man?                                                  

8.     Premise 5 - The Spirit of Truth                                                                            

9.     Premise 6 - The Everlasting Covenant                                                               

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

11.  The Teachings of Master Yahshua  (Jesus Christ)                                             

12.  The Cost and Conditions of Discipleship                                                          

13.  The Greatest Commandment                                                                               

14.  The Kingdom of God                                                                                            

15.  The Gospel According to Matthew                                                                      

16.  The SERMON ON THE MOUNT                                                                        

17.  Review of End-times Teachings                                                                           

18.  Conclusion: The Gospel and the Everlasting Covenant                                  

19.  Church Organization and Offices                                                                       

 

“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

 

So also, we must strengthen ourselves in the light of His words that lead to life eternal, that we cease stumbling over His word or Name, so that His light might shine to the world.  Pull off the bushels and let His light shine through all His called out people.  The Bride of Christ makes herself ready for His return.    

 

 

 

 

 

Which Church Is True to Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua)?

 

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; "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.

Matthew 28:18-20; “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.”.

Have you ever wondered if what you were taught to believe is the same gospel Jesus preached?  Is His a message 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?  Of the major divisions in Christianity today there are significant differences between what it means to be a Christian.  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 has ever desired of those who believe in Jesus Christ?  Didn’t Jesus’ prayer in John 17 say that He desired those who believe in Him to be one – not multitudes of fractured believers who teach against each other, or who don’t teach His message as abiding in whatever He first taught the original disciples?  It’s as though many are on a binge to do less and less of what He taught and have nearly divorced themselves from His words that He said lead to life eternal! 

If you can please endure a fairly lengthy introduction to this topic, I believe you will see that everything is significant to this question.  Most, if not all of it, should be related to the actual teachings of Jesus Christ and my sincerity in speaking His truth.  What I’ve discovered can be equally applied by anyone who wants to make sure they are on the pathway of life that God and His Christ have given as instructions to all who seek the light of His truth, and to be freed from what it seems the prophet Isaiah called “prison houses” of false doctrines and unbelief.  The situation should become apparent if you follow along with what I’ve come to understand after 60 years of life and study, and most revealing when discovering what I honestly believe and conclude to be the root cause of why there are so many divisions in the Christian faith.

During the early history of the Church, when the Roman Empire was at its height, Christian persecution began, first towards Jesus, and then the original twelve disciples, and then to those of the Jews who believed in Him.  Jesus and all the original disciples were Jews and the Church of God (Ebionites) started in Jerusalem.  Even the first account of a Gentile being converted, Cornelius, was one who feared God and did good towards the Jews and respected Jewish faith. (Acts 10)

This is a broad overview:

The Church, believers in Jesus as the Messiah, originated at Jerusalem on Pentecost and was spreading throughout the known world. First centering through the original disciples and witness and emulators of Jesus’ teachings, examples in life, and also his death, burial and resurrection, the twelve Apostles – as Jesus had commanded and commissioned them at the end of the gospel of Matthew.  After a few years 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, but visited Jerusalem several times.  Paul was involved in a few controversies in Acts.  Later in Church history, Imperial Rome transferred some 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 areas Kings, who were to be in submission to the head of the Roman Church.   Thereby the sanctioned “Church State” that those who came to the new world hoped to escape and be able to worship God by the dictate of their conscience, rather than the dictate of their King or the Pope. The office of the Roman Pope was one of great political and religious power.  For many centuries those who would not submit to Rome were persecuted, 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 those things at this time, excepting the most lasting influence to this day is what the currently extended Churches consider to be Scripture.  The book listing for the New Testament Canon was declared by the Roman Church about 350-400 AD, almost 300 years after the Church began.   The same books were received in other areas and preserved outside Roman rule that demanded everyone accept what the Pope and Roman Church declared. 

Ancient texts discovered from the area of the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been from both the Temple library and the early Church before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem.  What has been declared to be accepted Scripture by The Roman Church does not necessarily match what some of the ancient texts declared to be Scripture.  There is evidence that the Jerusalem Church only accepted the Old Testament and the original Hebrew text of Matthew to be Scripture.  The gospel of Matthew 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 of the ancient texts indicated the writings of Paul were rejected as Scripture by the Christians at Jerusalem (the Damascus Scrolls).  My study that totally focused only on the teachings of Yahshua throughout the New Testament texts substantiates this could well be true.  God said through Moses, the Prophets and Master Yahshua that we have specific instruction and commandments about who we are to hear and who we are to reject as a spokesperson for God (Master YHWH). 

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, yet the establishment of a Roman Pontiff occurred centuries before the official split between Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church near 1000 AD. 

Later in history 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.   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 of Jesus Christ and have largely based their 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, was the basis of the Protestant reformation, and this was based on understandings stemming from the writings of Paul.

Of the later developments in the 1800’s re-awakening are also 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 Yahshua, to then also observe whatever she wrote.

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 actually remained believers of what Yahshua taught, to be hearers and doers of His words, but allowed themselves to drift away from the teachings and examples He gave us to follow and turned to what someone else taught.  It was only through focused study to know what Yahshua taught that helped me realize the significance of the matter.  If you don’t believe me, see if you can go to a Church whose speakers focus their missionary work or exposition of Scripture and the Gospel (sermon/testimony) without supporting references to their ‘prophet’, church founders, or the apostle Paul taking precedence over the teachings of the Christ given to us by His chosen witnesses. The most controversial teaching is Master Yahshua’s instruction that even the least of the Law is still in effect – VS – it was nailed to the cross and done away with.  It’s eye-opening to see how true this is.  No one can possibly attend every Church existing in the entire earth today, but after visiting so many, all I can say is I’d love to find one that does focus teaching its members in the fullness of His instructions.  The focus of Christian faith should be on the person, prophecies, examples and teachings of Master 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 His word, which requires knowing what He actually taught.

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? 

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” Church members?  While all will say they are Christians, how can all of them actually be faithful Christians and have so many differences – some quite profound – and some teaching against what Yahshua said His 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 actually true?  In some instances they may conclude what they have been taught actually offends their own soul.  Many continue to search for the whole truth because they have actually come to love and believe Jesus is the Christ and desire to know Him 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 and blessings of God and leads us to life eternal. 

My fathers’ 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 prides itself on being “New Testament Christians” or “First Century Christians” and generally hold 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 are 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 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?”(1)   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 the body of Christ is to possess, that His disciples be as one, and have unity and love amongst themselves and be the light and witness to the world as He taught and prayed for (Jn.17).

We moved every few years and this exposed me to a variety of Churches and faiths, and local cultures.  Having started school in Utah, somehow we returned to Utah for my Junior and Senior years of High School.  By this time 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 sometimes end 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.(2)  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.

1 (Since the words of God are sure and everlasting, God already declared the use of instruments permissible  in praises to Him in Psalm 150.   God has already given the truth of the matter of instruments and worship.  To then reject His words of instruction is to reject His truth on the subject, and to then teach others to reject the truth of God through false arguments/theology cannot be shown as understanding the fullness of His truth. Instruments are permitted, but not commanded to be used.)

2  (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 or the principles taught in other Scripture of ‘No prophecy is of private interpretation.’) 

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 n read the workbook lessons and showed little active interest.  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, in  John 15:26; 16:7-15, Acts 2:38, 39, and other passages, such as the Spirit is Gods seal of surety to the believer, 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.  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 here 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. 

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 have 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 also served as an education about the reality of life and how what others believe or don't believe impacted their work and personal life.   I enjoyed talking to those of different faiths about what they believed: Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists, Jews, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, as well as, agnostics, atheists and pagans.

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.  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.  If 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?  With only a few interspersed substandard materials the bridge should stand up; maybe it would hold for years before the stress finally caused failure to withstand the forces it was designed to bear.  What if all the components of a critical design feature 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 bounce up and down with the weight of traffic and sway in 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, the cost involved, and perhaps most importantly that He said if we love Him we will keep His commandments, as He kept the Fathers commandments to show His love for the His Father, Master YHWH.  Much, if not all, of what Yahshua taught related to what God declared to be His instructions in righteousness and based in the Old Testament.  Since the New Testament is actually 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 a vast amount of information and instruction in the Bible.  What is the overall purpose and goal?  How do we get there?   How can we seek guidance with seeming conflicting directions?  What are the conditions required?  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.”  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, Son and Holy Spirit) 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.

Since the gospel message of Yahshua (Jesus Christ) is what Christianity is all about, we need to apply some reality of what He taught regarding the situation each of us find ourselves in who claim to belong to Him, and we should also teach the same thing to others who may ask us about Christianity. 

Millions of people have been repeatedly lead away from doing what Yahshua said is necessary, and with repeated denial of His stated conditions, 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 His word 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!”  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, I have to build it by the standards and design He gave – to do less is to invite destruction and failure.  As Yahshua framed the issue, we must be hearers and doers of “these words,” and as Moses foretold, we must hear Him in whatever He tells us or be cut off from the brethren.

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 His teachings – “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.”  Yahshua put the condition of abiding in what He was teaching, and abiding is to carefully stick with what He taught 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 actual 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.  We need to realize the source of our sin is not our eyes, hands or feet – but from our hearts and minds.)    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 result from the divisions in not accepting the whole of what He taught to be the guiding light it is intended to be – according to the Master Teacher himself – as recorded to have been said by those who were his appointed eye=witnesses of what He had taught them about the kingdom of God (Heaven), life and what God has graciously instructed. 

Yahshua summed up the charge of the faith to his apostles as making disciples of Him, immersing them in the Name, and teaching them to do whatever He had commanded/instructed them.   (See Matthew 28:18-20)  With the building concept in mind, this 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 He calls for discipleship to Him 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 just days after His leaving the earth and returning to the Father.  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 come to 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.  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, and to possess the patience of the saints (to wait upon the LORD).

Jesus gave hundreds of teachings, and each has important lessons in our discipleship to him.  We are told to not to be hearers only, but to be among those who are hearers and doers of His word.  Jesus came to teach and manifest the instructions of God: righteousness, grace, love, mercy, promises, will, covenant and truth of God to lead us to eternal life. Whosoever will may come and partake of the waters of life freely.  (Rev. 22:13-21; Aramaic English New Testament); ““I am Alap and the Taw, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the Completion.  Blessed are they who do His (Master YHWH’s) Mitzvot*, that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.  Without (will be) dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers and manslayers and idolaters, and everyone that loves and does falsehood.  I, Y’shua have sent my Messenger to testify to you these things before the assemblies.  I am the root and offspring of David: like the splendid star of the morning.  And the Spirit and the bride say, “You come.” And let him that hears say, “You come.”  And let him who thirsts, come and he that is inclined, let him take the living water freely.”  “I testify to every one who hears the plagues that are written in this book.  And if any one will take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim will take away his portion from the tree of life and from the Set Apart city, which are described in this book.  He who testifies these things says:  “Yes, I come quickly.”  Amen.  Come Master Y’shua!  The grace of our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach (be) with all the Set Apart believers.  Amen.””

 

*Mitzvot is to be keeping to the commandments of God and the manner of life that God has instructed men to be His gracious instructions in righteousness.    It is to walk in the ways that God has instructed His set-apart people to live by.  These are the teachings Jesus gave as he was calling men to repent and follow in the fullness of the grace and truth of God. 

 

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 to us 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).

 

 

 

 

“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."  (Passage reference for what I called “The Jesus Test”}

[Doctrine, teaching and instruction have the same basic meaning.  The authority of Yahshua’s (Jesus’) doctrine is based on the Instructions in Righteousness, the Everlasting Covenant, and the promises, precepts and judgments of God in the Old Testament - the accepted words of God in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Close examination of the doctrine Jesus (Yahshua) taught will show they are in accord with the instructions of God therein, and do not lead away from anything God had commanded as the moral standards of righteousness that He expects from mankind.  The Doctrine of Christ reveals the fullness of the grace and truth of God.]

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 be no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

[If prophecies of the Testament of God are found to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ (Master Yahshua), 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 He  will say “I never knew you”?  Those who were lawless – who were without or against Torah. (Greek “anomia”.]

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." (Psalm 119:105; “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”)

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."  (“Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is truth.”)

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."

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."

Matthew 28:18-20; “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.”.

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 in social matters of importance, 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 its 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 old adage of “The pathway to hell is paved with good intentions.” The variance of behavior beyond the infant stage 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 to become more like the Creator.  Man was not created a crystal, but all too often man crystalizes in his faith, rather than growing on to maturity in becoming who the Son said we are capable of becoming.

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.  Many don’t realize that the Zodiac is actually the oldest prophecy of God regarding the “Desired One”, the work He would do to redeem mankind, and the history of mankind from beginning to the end, and the prophecy is that the “Desired One” would have a dual nature – both Divine and human, and was despised of men because of this.  This is well documented and explained in “The Gospel of the Stars” by Joseph Seiss.

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 Jewish Rabbi who has studied Christianity for decades 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.  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 needed for them to travel safely to their respective destinations.  However, it wasn’t long before they started ignoring the rules, and many were hurt and injured as a result.  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, and that all could enjoy the fullness of life and happiness in the city He had made for them.  Many of the people were listening 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 whatever he taught – through 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. It’s about being in the process of repentance and growing in the proper application of His words of life.

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 wholeheartedly seek to do His good will indeed.

The fact is 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 36:25-27)  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 individual conscience and expediency (1 Cor. 6:12; 10:23-29), rather than the stated standards that God gave through Moses and the Christ.  Yet Paul also taught in 1 Corinthians 7:19  that keeping the commandments of God is what is most important. 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 makes us aware of our sin.  Which is it Paul?  Keeping the commandments of God, or that if we think we need to keep His commandments that we’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?  (Deuteronomy 4, 12, 13, 18)

 

The easiest test of the validity of Paul is to see who Moses said gave the Law to him and Israel.  In Moses’ writings, it is inescapable to see that it was God Himself.  In the writings of Paul it is inescapable to see that Paul said the law was given by angels and not God.  See Galatian 3:19; 4:28.  Yahshua said to believe what Moses said God said, and also that if we don’t believe Moses, we can’t really believe Him.  So do we believe that somehow God, Moses and Christ made a mistake about what the Gospel really is, and that Paul had to be sent by God and Christ to give the true gospel, that the real truth is that merely claiming His name and profession of belief of the work He did on the cross, and that perhaps when we are baptized that the blood of Jesus Christ covers us so God no longer sees our sin, but only the shed blood of His Son that has forgiven us?  This viewpoint casts aside the Teachings from God as useless – which is to figuratively spit in the eye of God!

Hearing the words of God and not being active in 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise One – Take Heed That No Man Deceive You

"It's in the Book" or “Sola Scriptura” is not an adequate excuse to set aside the words of God.  The actual truth is "in the Book.”  One has to disbelieve (disregard) the words of God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and the Apostles records of what Yahshua taught to 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 commandments of Jesus Christ - 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 and Christ 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 because our love is found wanting, and we’ve considered as “Scripture” those who are proven false by the instructions of God and ChristThose instructions are that even if a person works wonders and gives true prophecy – if that person leads away to 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 one to test His people to see if they love Him enough to believe and obey Him.  The primary test of 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 some key elemental truths, 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 Christ.  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. 

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.  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 Him 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 or the Father as He commanded, or as the Apostle John notes in 2 John 9-11, or the foundations of the faith as taught by Yahshua in Matthew, John, and Revelation.

There are as many shades of partial truth as there are Churches, 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 nothing but 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 Christ on the critical matter of making sure we are careful about who we hear.  Because those before us didn’t ensure only 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 return of the Messiah – the bride made herself ready.

The writings of Paul and his disciples are at the center of most 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.  See:  http://www.jesuswordsonly.com  Even an 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 are not 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 Christ?  What is most offensive to me is when my belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ 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 the teachings of Paul have deluded otherwise seemingly rational men.

Jesus 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 of Jesus Christ.  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, the Christ has said that we will be free 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 Yahshua indeed?

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 have to 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 and John, their records never have Yahshua teaching faith to be apart from works, or salvation by faith alone, or grace alone, or belief without personal action to be repenting to 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 Christ - His gracious instructions in righteousness – the fullness of the grace and truth that Yahshua came to teach and example for men of all nations.  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 fullness of grace and truth in knowing the will of God is known through abiding in the true words of the Christ that lead to life eternal.  The message of Jesus (Yahshua) 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 "Yahshua" 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 60 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 Greek based 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.  You may find this discussion of the topic interesting and helpful:

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/topicindex/353-yashua-and-the-name-of-jesus.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 God and Christ said is true, we are all well advised to hear the issue out and take some ownership of our 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.  This is why the quote on the index page was selected to set the stage to this study.  Unless we are prepared to reform our faith and viewpoint of life to the standards given by God and Christ, we have not completely repented to do the will of God.  Per the teachings of Yahshua, we abide in Him when we abide in His word.   The actual truth of God, when believed and implemented into our own life, is fully rewarded by the increased knowledge and understanding of His truth – it has been far more rewarding than I expected.  If you believe Yahshua (Jesus) is the Son of God who came to earth to teach the truth of God, died on the cross, 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 have wrongly accepted on the credibility of others.  There is light and life and Spirit in His word – the fullness of the grace and truth of God – His gracious instruction in righteousness – the Truth.

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.  The Sermon on the Mount is the foundational teaching Yahshua gave, and must be accepted wholly, not partially.

 

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 righteous, 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.  He clearly said the teachings in the Sermon on the Mount must be our foundational understanding of the truth of God.  Proper understanding of this teaching will form the foundation for the rest of His teachings.  Building our life on abiding in His words of instruction is required – merely hearing His word is not sufficient.  Since the matters He was teaching are founded so deeply into the previously revealed words of God, proper grasp of the underlying principles will guard and guide us through the rest of the message He gave from God.  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 of man – and the final witness to these things is Master Yahshua’s life and teachings – the commandments, precepts, judgments, blessings, promises of God, and the seal of His blood upon the Everlasting Covenant, to renew the Everlasting Covenant in its fullness, including the gift of the promised Comforter/Spirit of Truth to lead us in His ways and write His instruction upon the hearts of all His disciples.

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premise Five – The Spirit of Truth

 

John 15: 26 – 16:1-15; 17: 1-26:  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (The original disciples were present when He was speaking these words.)

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues, yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

 “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth.  It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear these now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine.   Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

17: 1-26’ “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 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 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 they have believed that you sent Me.  I pray for them, I do not pray for the world but for 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, I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselvesI 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 worldI do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil oneThey 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 (the original disciples), 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 Your 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 (mature and complete) 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.” 

The Gospels and Revelation are the recorded words of Master Yahshua that His apostles wrote, which testify of Him, and in which the Spirit also testifies of Him, as the Spirit gave them total recall of what He taught, and this is why this topic is included at this time.  The Spirit works with the word to do the work that God sent Him to accomplish. 

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.  The best 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 of the word and the Bible.  Most Western Bibles rely heavily on the Greek translations of both the Old Testament and New Testament, and mistakes and direct rejection of the commandments of God on this matter have been made in both the text and the books that have been included and excluded.  From my studies it appears that most of the errors took place between AD 57 and AD 180 – 400.  

Greek is a very precise language, whereas Aramaic and Hebrew are not so precise.  If words have a broader meaning in the Hebrew and Aramaic, this could be part of the root problem we have.  If some things were to be properly interpreted with a broader meaning than the Greek allowed, it could well be that whoever translated the Hebrew or Aramaic into Greek was not skilled enough in the matter to have relayed it correctly?  Or are the differences a result of deliberate mistranslation?  If Jerome didn’t know who translated the Hebrew Matthew into Greek, or if the Aramaic Matthew was first, and then translated into Greek, the matter is that Jerome (who put the New Testament texts together) said he had no knowledge of who had translated Matthew into Greek.(about 350 AD) 

Compounding the issue is the matter 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 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 instruction is 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: 25-27.  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. Note the similarity to Acts 2:38, 39 where Peter is reported to be giving the promise of God to all nations about repentance, baptism for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:25-27; “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.  Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, you shall be My people and I will be your God.  I will deliver you from all your uncleanness.  I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.  And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations.  Then you will remember your evils ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.  Not for your sake do I do this, says the Lord God, “let it be known to you.  Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”

While this was the word of God to Israel, the everlasting covenant includes those not of Israel who separate themselves from the world to serve the God of Israel and to serve Him alone as their God.  The everlasting covenant of God is to bless all the nations through the Anointed One of Israel, which all Christians believe is Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).

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.  He said the Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, and we need to also let the Spirit write both the Torah instructions in righteousness and Yahshua’s words of God on our hearts, as both are the words of God as originally given to the people of God.  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.  In Yahshua’s first sermon He tells us that we are not to think He came to do away with the Law of God, but that all the Instructions of God are good and true and that there is life and blessing in doing the will of God – this is what the Beatitudes are about, as 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 and turn to do as God instructed, to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God.  God did not say Gentiles need to keep the commandments given only for Israel (circumcision), 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 standards 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.  The Spirit testifies of Christ, helps us recall and incorporate His words, leads us to truth, and is the promised Comforter: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

The Spirit was given to testify of the Christ/Messiah, and to lead us to all truth, and never will the Spirit of truth lead us away from the truth of the words of God or Christ.  We are to be sanctified by the truth of the word of God.  This is a primary test for knowing the spirits, and how we can test the spirits, to see if they are of God, or of the evil one.  As love is known by what it does, and not just a feeling, we can also recognize the true Spirit of Truth by what it does regarding the words of God, and not just by how it makes us feel.  As He said, “Thy word is truth” and that the Spirit is the “Spirit of Truth.”  The Spirit works hand in hand with the words of God, and was sent that we would allow the Spirit to write the words of God on our hearts, that we would be careful to observe and do what God graciously has given us as His words of life – which leads us in the pathway to eternal life.  When we allow the Spirit to do the work He was sent to do, then He helps us reform our heart and conscience, to cause us to keep the words of God.  As we abide in His word in spirit and deed, the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, and can possess great comfort and trust in His words to realize the work of God.  Then as we abide in His word, we have the real life, hope and joy that can only be known by His own.  God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him and seek to do His will, and come to be friends of Yahshua who also share in His joy.

Yahshua did not come to set us free from the Law, and neither did He give us a Spirit that will reject the instructions of God, or the promises of God, or the everlasting covenant.  Yahshua’s teaching about the work and purpose of the Spirit is spoken of in John 16.  This may seem overly redundant, but this is such an important part of the Gospel, and the very purpose and work of the Spirit in the lives of believers, that it is extremely important to make sure we properly understand this fact of the faith taught by our Savior and King.

John 15: 26 – 16:1-15; 17: 1-26:  “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (The original disciples were present when He was speaking these words.)

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues, yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

“And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.  But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.  And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth.  It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.  I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear these now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine.   Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

17: 1-26’ “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 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 they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from YouFor 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.  I pray for them, I do not pray for the world but for 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,  I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselvesI 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 worldI do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil oneThey 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 (the original disciples), 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 Your 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 (mature and complete) 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.” 

The common link is that His words are spirit, life and light, and that the Spirit assists us to live them out in our belief and service in Him and the words that God gave Him to give us; the Spirit also was given to write them on our hearts, that we would be careful to do them – to cause us to abide in His words of life.  One of the main fruits of the Spirit is the joy produced by doing what God and Christ have instructed us to do.  Just as children find joy when learning to do as their parents instructed them, the joy we gain by doing as God and Christ have instructed us is one of the greatest joys one can experience in life.  Yahshua had joy in doing the will of God, and He invites us to have the fullness of His joy in ourselves – that we possess the same joy He had.   God is eternal and His words are forever true.  Hearing and doing the words of life leads us in doing His will and bring eternal joy if we remain faithful and sure in our hope of the kingdom of God.  As we repent to see things as God said to see them, this reforms our conscience/soul/heart to cause us to do His will because the Spirit works with the Word of God to produce the genuine growth and faithfulness and love we have for God and His gracious instruction that leads us in doing what He created us to be.  To discover and possess this truth is only known by disciples who remain true to Him and who long to do His will, that they may know what they do is done of God. 

There is one degree of the work of the Spirit to convict us as we hear the gospel and come to believe and repent to start doing the will of God, and the distinct measure of Spirit that He gives to those who obey Him indeed by accepting the whole of His words of life – not just picking and choosing the ones we like and then disregarding the whole of His truth, which is not His, but the words that God said for Him to give to us.  As He said, all things that the Father had given Him to say are the words He gave, and that through accepting and abiding in them as our rule and manner of life, we are kept by His Name and are His possession.  As we abide in His word, the Spirit leads us in His truth, which is the eternally true words of God.

It is not possible that living “by the Spirit” can ever be done by setting aside any word of God or commandment of God about what He considers good, right, and true - nor could the Spirit condone saying what God has prohibited is now perfectly acceptable to God.

For years I wondered how it was possible that Yahshua going away was necessary or beneficial; His comment in the prayer about the Comforter/Helper was a curiosity to me.  Now I realize that while on earth His presence was with those in His immediate vicinity.  The Spirit of God knows of no place in all of creation that anyone can go to escape His presence.  Therefore, since the Spirit is given to all since Pentecost, all who repent to do the will of God and are immersed in His Name to receive the promised Spirit, that He is with all of them at the same time, in a deep and abiding way to Help us in being careful to do His will and to encourage and comfort us along the way.  The instruction of God become the “conscience” of how we view whatever we face in life.

I know many hate to hear where Paul taught differently, as they have long held trust in their past instructions that Paul was an inspired apostle, but if we are to be freed to do the will of God, we need to face this important reality that has caused great deceptions and divisions to creep into the people of God, that we (yes, I trusted the words of Paul most of my life) repent of what is not truly of God and is actually against His words of truth and life.  It is necessary to turn from sin to do the will of God.  To continue in known lies and only keep part of the truth is not so different than being guilty of idol worship.  We must remain in and abide in the truth if we are to find the fullness of life and joy that God desires for His set-apart and called-out people.

We know that God said to choose life that we might live, and He was speaking of His gracious instructions in righteousness (Torah), which was to be the primary guide of living life and the means by which He could give His blessings.  Then Yahshua came and made the Torah honorable – even for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42 prophecy), and the Spirit was given to write the words of God on our heart to cause us to keep His word indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:4-18; “And so we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but your sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded.  For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is libertyBut we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same  image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

This is but one passage we need to allow the truth of God and Christ to remove the veil that Paul has placed over our eyes.  It is a very clever lie, mainly because it leaves us at the end with the thought that we are to be transformed by the Lord into His image by His Spirit.  The problem therein is that Pauls’ doctrine requires belief that the Torah of God – His instructions in righteousness – has passed away, was a ministry of death, and that even the words written on stone, the Ten Commandments, was a ministry of death, and not for the life and blessings of God towards those who do them.  What Paul said here is in direct opposition to the word of God and Christ, the commandments of God and Christ, the purpose that God said He would send His Spirit to accomplish, and even the Everlasting Covenant of God and Christ. Paul’s doctrine is against the Word of God, as it relates directly to the work and ministry of the Spirit.  What Paul taught is in direct opposition to the very work that God said He would send His Spirit to do – to write His instructions on our hearts so that we would be careful to do them in deed!!!!!  Paul is robbing us of our promised heritage and effectively seeks to abort the work of God in us.

Paul said the veil of the Law is taken away in Christ and brings us liberty from the Law of God – that Christ condoned rejecting the words of God, to then do as Paul says.  The actual truth Yahshua taught is that the Spirit testifies of Him and His instructions from God, just as God said through the prophets – especially Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah and David.  We are to behold ourselves in the light of the words of God and repent to do His will indeed – this is the truth taught by Master Yahshua.  Paul’s annulling the very promise and everlasting covenant by teaching rejection of the specific conditions of obedience to the word of God is the greatest lie ever foisted upon mankind since Satan lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden.

I could go on and show the flaws of Paul in every book he wrote, but my effort has to do with focus on our need to repent and turn to do as Master Yahshua clearly taught.  Paul has had enough exposure by other authors that you can study to see that he was a rank, but effective, liar, and cannot be an apostle of God or Christ and cannot be trusted to tell the truth of anything.  This is exactly why our Bibles need to be re-examined by the very commandments of God and Christ to then obliterate the liars from The Book.

To see more proof of Paul being a liar, read “Jesus Words Only” and if that isn’t enough, study the references given in this book to see that Paul and his disciples must be rejected if we are to be found true to the Truth of God and Christ Jesus (Master Yahshua).  There are even prophecies in the Bible about this, as well as ancient documents that substantiate that Paul tried to lead God’s people away from doing as He instructed.  As a parting comment on the topic of Paul, note the charges against him in Acts, and the statement by James from Jerusalem of what all the original and true disciples believed about honoring and upholding the Torah – not just the “Teachings” of Jesus Christ:

Acts 21:18-24; “On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.  When he had greeted them, he told them in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  And when they heard it, 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; 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.  Therefore do what we tell you.  We have four men who have taken a vow.  Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that these things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.”

It should be needless to say, but the fact is that Paul failed to complete the matter that would have proved him innocent – rather he was found guilty as charged – but Luke was clever to disguise the truth of the matter, as he was a disciple of Paul – in fact, Luke was Paul’s personal historian who wrote Acts.  Therefore be extremely careful with anything in Acts, “take heed that you be not deceived.”  In my opinion, this gives new meaning to Paul’s claim to be “a prisoner for Jesus Christ.”  It’s very much like Jack Nickolson’s comment in “Top Gun” – “You can’t handle the truth!”  It’s about time we face the truth of the word of God and the Anointed One.

 

 

 

Premise Six – The Everlasting Covenant  (“New” or “Renewed”?)

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 actually believe it was done away with on the cross, but I submit that it was not done away with, rather, it was made complete 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.  Also note the promises of Master Yahshua to those who believe in him and do as he instructed and are active in their life through abiding in Him by abiding in His words of life.  The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and will help us abide in Him as we abide in His word.  See the parable of the vine:

John 15:1-27: (Aramaic English New Testament, 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.”

God told Adam and Eve that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them.  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 mixed multitude 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.   It has to be that we have not been careful to go back and realize what God actually said, as this is something I never learned from any preacher in the pulpit or teacher in Sunday school or a college class on the Bible, but should certainly be a benefit to 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 the Christ is recorded to have said He is the true bread that comes from heaven. 

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

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/component/content/article/1-jwo/125-appendix-c-jwo.html

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.)

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. 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.)

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, and Mark 9:42-48.) 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. 

“New Covenant” or “Renewed Covenant”?

Andrew Roth, in his notations in the Aramaic English New Testament, brings to the surface what Yahshua was saying about the Everlasting Covenant in Matthew 26:28, which is a key passage to understand – if His Covenant of His blood was for a “new” covenant, or was that it  “renewing” the covenant of God.

AENT, Netzari Press LLC, 2010;  Matthew 26:27-29; “And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them and said, “Take, drink from it all of you.  This is my blood of the renewed covenant, which for the sake of many is shed for the forgiveness of sins.  And I say to you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until the day in which I drink it anew with you in the Kingdom of my Father, of Elohim.”  Footnote 251, page 78:

“Both Aramaic “khawdata” and Hebrew “chadasha” means renewed as in Psalm 51:10, “renew a right spirit within me”, Lam. 5:21; “renew our days as of old”.  “Chadash” can also be “new”: or “repair” as in Isaiah 61:4 “repair the waste places.”  YHWH spoke of the Renewed Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-37 that He would, “put my Torah in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts… the seed of Israel also shall never cease from being a nation before me for ever.. says YHWH..” This is the “Renewed Covenant”; however, even in Paul’s day, the Kingdom that Y’shua offered was being violently counterfeited by religious traditions into something very contrary.  Successive Greek theologians (like Marcion) replaced the meaning and importance of “Renewed Covenant” with the term “New Testament” and made a division of “Old and New” Testaments.  Torah was and is taught by mainstream Christians to be either for Jews only, or completely abolished; thus, the “New Testament” became laden with anti-Semitism.  The hierarchical values of “modern” pagan cultures were syncretized by Greek Gnostic philosophies into the teachings of Y’shua and Paul to the point that modern day Christianity would be unrecognizable by the original followers of Y’shua as the “Faith which was once delivered’ (Yehuda 1:3).  See Renewed Covenant and Eighteen New Testament Misconceptions #15: The “New “ Covenant in Appendix.”

I would only caution that Mr. Roth has inserted some text in parenthesis in Paul’s writing in 2 Corinthians 7 that may actually change the plain meaning of Pauls words and which obscure what I sincerely believe are Paul’s heretical teachings.  I believe Mr. Roth holds the view that Paul has been mistranslated and is an apostle of God.  “Take heed”

 

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 Yahshua define love? What did love mean to Him?  And just to be sure we know it when we see it – what would the love He taught cause those who believe in Him to do?  Did He 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 of righteousness to work lawlessness, 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 – His disciples model their understanding and life upon His example and word. Love is known by what it does.

The passages from John 14 and 15 show that love abides in and does as He taught – love is defined, proven and known by the works it does.  Not that our love can ever be completely perfect, but that we are alive and growing and walking through continuing in the pathways of life and conduct as He has given us to abide in.  If we are faithful, in time we will mature and grow to become His disciples indeed through growing to be more like Him.  As John said, if we confess our sins, God will be faithful to forgive those who return and continue on in the pathway of life as He has instructed us to walk in.

We know from the Sermon on the Mount that we are not to even think Yahshua 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 Gentile 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 Yahshua, faithful disciples will be doing these things and also keeping the words of God given by Yahshua.  When we mature in the things of God as Yahshua taught them, and also raised righteousness to higher standards, we will come to understand more fully what it means to know what God is doing and what it means to be a friend of Master Yahshua, as taught in 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."

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 Master Yahshua.  The bride of Christ made herself ready for His return, she was clothed in clean garments that were not stained with unfaithfulness and abortions.  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 Yahshua.  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.”

(As a side-bar of the Scriptural details of the teachings of Master Yahshua, this passage directly relates to the one about “turning the other cheek”, as what the underlying support text is: “Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.”)

The apostle John wrote of these things in his letters, which provides further evidence that this is in keeping with the Apostles understanding of the instructions of Master Yahshua that fits perfectly with what is quoted just above this about the need to love Him as He said.

I John 1; “That which was from the beginning,  which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life - the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness,  and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.”

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.”

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 keep 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.”

He knows our works.  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 a curse by ignoring His instruction and goodness.  God has both shown and told us what is good – if we will but see, hear, and turn to do His will that He might heal us, and possibly our nation.   As the Revelation of Master Yahshua ends, “Amen.  Come quickly!”  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.  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, distinguishing the secular from the holy, 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.  I found two paperback books on the subject of keeping Jewish home customs in a used book store, or you might do some searches to find information on the internet.  It was enlightening to understand the matters from the Jewish perspective, and they have been keeping the Sabbath commandment a long time.  We should keep the day as Set-Apart to our Creator and learn about how much this day speaks of our Savior, Redeemer, Master and King.

See “The Jewish Home” by Daniel B. Syme; UAHC Press, New York, New York.

Note that there is careful division between the secular and what God has set-apart as holy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Teachings of Master Yahshua

 

NKJV 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."

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 Yahshua are surely the 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 Yahshua 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 Yahshua 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 (Acts 2:38, 39), and teach those disciples to observe and keep whatever He had first commanded them (John 15, the true vine parable; Acts 3:22, 23).  

In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, Yahshua 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."

 

He was making a specific point in this sermon to identify "these sayings of mine."  The matters given in these opening lessons present key truths that all disciples of Jesus (Yahshua) must note.  Also regarding the transmission of teachings, Yahshua was often called “Rabbi”, or Teacher, of the Torah.  This role was a very important one at that time, as it also is now.  He is our Teacher.  Give close attention to what was said in the Holy Scriptures that were being taught and see the clarity and light that is brought to their meaning and application to the lives of His disciples.  We should be looking for references in the Old Testament to best understand what Yahshua was teaching.  All too often I was guilty of looking to Paul’s writings to understand the message, rather than looking to the Law, Psalms and Prophets and grasping that as a Rabbi (teacher), these are the source material He was teaching us about.  Paul has had enough preaching of his understanding to last two thousand years, and it’s well past time to look to the words from those that God said we should hear.

 

While reading “JEWISH SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT” the point was made that there are two highly regarded things:  the written word of God and the orally transmitted word of God.  The authors reached a different conclusion on the matter, but I noted the common link is that both are of God as originally given.  First, God spoke the Ten Words (Ten Commandments - instructions in righteousness), then He wrote the Ten Commandments down on tablets of stone that were to be kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  God also spoke with Moses on the mountain and Moses wrote the Torah as given by God to Israel and the multitude of nations that came out of Egypt with Israel to believe in and follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Judah was charged to guard the Torah and keep/maintain it.   They were to keep His instructions as told and written down, and guard and maintain them.  All were to teach them to their children in succession to keep His instructions and commandments as their part of the Everlasting Covenant God made with them that day.  Doing the Instructions in Righteousness were, and are, the everlasting covenant conditions of the blessings of God.  The records of the teachings of Yahshua followed the same pattern:  miracles and fulfilled prophecy to confirm the speaker as authoritative and in keeping with the Everlasting Covenant of God, then these things were written down by those authorized (the original disciples) to relay those things faithfully and aided by the inspiration of total recall by the Holy Spirit (John 17).

 

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.  When Yahshua teaches the very instructions of God, they were spoken, and then written down by His disciples/apostles, and are to go into our heart, so that we might know them and do the will of God from our hearts – not as a list of Commandments written on stone tablets.  Yahshua did not come to present the will of God as a list of commandments, and  His words are also Spirit and should bring us life as we accept, receive and repent to do them in the manner and context as He taught, instructed and exampled for us to imitate and follow after Him through faithful discipleship.  Through His teachings, the instructions of God are exalted, magnified and glorified so we can come to know the grace and truth that God desires mankind to know and live.

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."

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 14:23, 24If 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 Fathers’ who sent me."

 

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 the LORD.”

(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 Christ’s 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 Christ’s 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.

 

What exactly does this mean?  What are the possibilities?  One may think He is speaking of the false Christ’s/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 “Jesus’ Words Only”, 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 some highly questionable testimony provided by both Mark and Luke.  Their books are dangerous grounds if one wants to know for sure that what they believe is THE truth, and only truth.  As the ancient text said, Matthew was accepted to be Scripture, so if any of the other gospel accounts contradict anything in Matthew or the Scriptures Yahshua was teaching about, we should place our trust where the Apostles, Christ and God have told us to trust.

 

The simple matter to see that Paul did not teach truth is that Paul taught angels, who are no 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, Moses and the Christ.  God will be true to His word and covenant.  See Galatians 3:19; and 4:7, 8.  God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and Master Yahshua all agree that God gave the Law (Torah).  Only Paul and his disciples said otherwise.

 

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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.

 

Acts 2: “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: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 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: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

“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: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

“ Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day. 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; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 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. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool.

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.   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? 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. 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 36:25-27 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.  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.  Yahshua said he gave the teachings as the Father commanded him to, so it isn't about a list of commandments, but about listening to Him and noting His words, which He said are from God and are Spirit and lead to life eternal.  What is the doctrine of God that Jesus taught, and what are the commandments he gave to the original disciples (twelve apostles) that apply equally to each of us today?  The apostle John calls us to have like faith with him and never taught that the gospel is limited to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  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.

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 Master Yahshua, 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 He 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 Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ).   The whole truth is not just a claim to have the truth, the real 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 and emulators of what the Master Teacher said the truth 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 the need to pay 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 discussed later, 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.

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 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.

Perhaps one of the most quoted passages in 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: 25; “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”

Matthew 10: 37; “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

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 Matthews 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 an ancient 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, it sure 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 God’s words, 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 investigate and study the teachings of Jesus Christ so thoroughly that it opened my eyes to the need for knowing the will of God from Jesus Christ instead of the “apostle” Paul and his disciples.  I almost feel like Joseph must have felt when being set free from prison in Egypt.

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 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 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.  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.

Another major change is the name of Jesus, as we have in the Western manuscripts based on Greek.  The name “Jesus” is not found in the AENT.  Following is the footnote on Jesus name from the AENT:

Pg. 5, footnote 17: “The Tanakh records the name Y’shua (Jeshua) 30 times, Y’hoshua (Joshua) 199 times.  Y’shua is the shortened form of Y’hoshua, the same name given to Mashiyach.  The successor of Moses, Yehoshua (Joshua), is a type of Mashiyach [Messiah], who brought the Israelites into the promise land.  Additionally, yeshua (salvation) used 78 times is the passive participle of yasha (save or savior), which is used 205 times.  “I have waited for your yeshua (salvation), O YHWH” (Genesis 49:18).  The hybrid name Jesus (Je-Zeus) was coined within a culture where “Zeus” is the chief deity.  The name “Jesus” contributes to the polytheistic values that breaks Mashiyach away from his Torah based identity.  The Greek persons of the “new Messiah” made way to endorse Trinitarian, anti-Torah and Hellenistic lifestyles.  See Y’shua to Zeus in Appendix.”

Some Background Overview

Matthew 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 discipled in the gospel 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 doing what He said and come to verify that our faith and belief in Him is real 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 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."

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 trust 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 Y’shua – 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.

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 the original disciples.  I was raised in a Church that believes they alone are the restored Church of the New Testament.  I came to realize they have yet to discover the fullness of His words or 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 they made no point to then focus on continuing in all the teachings of Yahshua, but focused their faith on replication of rites of worship and offices in the Church as what is needful.  To compound the matter, most justification of these beliefs center from some teaching of Paul.  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 calls us all to do.  In all these discussions, few had divergent issues of belief based on something He taught, but almost all divisions were formulated from different interpretations and applications of Paul’s writings.  At first this seemed curious, but after considerable study into the matter, the fact was seen that there is no actual consistency in Paul’s teachings, but he was attempting to “be all things to all men”, and as a result, the truth was compromised away from what Yahshua, the Prophets, Psalms and Torah had already declared to be truth.  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)

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 Israel drifted away and violated His commands as they worshipped other gods and treated His Sabbath with contempt, and 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?

Yahshua said to Nicodemus, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen; that they have been done in God." (John 3:19)

Matt. 11: 27-29; "All things have been delivered to me by My Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for 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 prepared the way for Y’shua 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 have one king ruling over them again.  For example, note Ezekiel 37 or Isaiah 66.  In the final book of the Bible we again find the call of God that disciples of the Son are to be a kingdom of priests to God.  Some Greek based translations/versions missed this minor detail, and some have translated this as “kings and priests” in Revelation 1:6, but the more original Aramaic has this as “kingdom of priests”, 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 (Y’shua) 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.  Perhaps it was their understanding of the re-united twelve tribes and ruling king from Jerusalem that they believed must come first with their Messiah that contributed to His crucifixion?  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 were the instruction and commandment of God.  Also note that Joel is quoted by Peter in Acts.  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.

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).  The 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.

Psalm 2: 1-12; “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot 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 bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.’  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You, ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession, You shall break them with a rod of Iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potters vessel.  Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed you judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling, kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way; when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. “

Second note on the Name from the AENT footnotes:  “YHWH (yud-hey-yav-hey, pronounced YAH-WEH) is the name of the Most High Elohim.  To vocalize the Name YHWH, breathe in slowly while saying “YAH”, then breathe out while saying “WEH”.  Netzari followers of Mashiyach never subscribed to the rabbinic ban against vocalizing the Name of YHWH.  Neither was the pronunciation of the Name lost within Jewish culture.  When Torah was translated into Greek, observant Jewish scribes preserved the Name of YHWH by writing “YHWH” with Hebrew characters in the Septuagint.   Isaiah 52: 5-6 states that the Name of YHWH is “continually every day blasphemed, therefore YHWH’s people shall know His name.”  This prophecy is nested in Scripture that reveals the ‘arm of YHWH” who is Mashiyach, therefore it is Mashiyach Y’shua who brought the knowledge of the Name of YHWH to the world.  Jeremiah 12:16 states that the Israelites swore by the name of Baal (Lord) a popular heathen deity of the day.  Jeremiah 23:27 says that false prophets postured false dreams to manipulate YHWH’s people away from YHWH into Baal worship.  One should also note that the English “LORD” is an equivalent term for “Baal”.  Jeremiah 44:28, states that YHWH would remove His Name from their lips for using the cliché’, “as Adonai YHWH liveth,” all while they burnt incense to the Queen of Heaven.  However, Jeremiah 16:21 states that “they shall know my Name is YHWH.”  Ezekiel 36:20-24 states that when Israel “entered unto the heathen… they profaned my Set Apart Name, but I had pity for my Set Apart Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen… and I will sanctify my Great Name, which was profaned among the heathen!”

As disciples of Y’shua should know these things.  We must also be reverent to not use His Name 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.

Psalm 138:1-2; “I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.  I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your 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 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. 

Psalm 119: 105-144; “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.  I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.  Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Your judgments.  My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your Law.  The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your preceptsYour testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heartI have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”

113; “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.  You are my hiding place and my shield, I hope in Your word.  Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God!  Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hopeHold me up, and I shall be safe.  And I shall observe Your statutes continually.  You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.  You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love Your testimonies.  My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.”

121; “I have done justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors.  Be surety for Your servant for good; do not let the proud oppress me.  My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word.  Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes.  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.(Note carefully the parable of the talents – a talent was a measure of gold, and of great value.  What Yahshua left with us, through His chosen witnesses, are the vast wealth of the word of God that David and all the prophets longed to see and hear.  While we were not present to see Him, we are blessed to this day to “hear” His words that lead to life eternal and contain the fullness of the grace and truth of God in the hope of the coming Kingdom of God.)

129; “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.  The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.  Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name.  Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.  Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutesRivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.”

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.  Each also has to do with the main avenues of temptation that we experience in our lives as His disciples.  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 had given till then, 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 to its greatest extent.  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. 

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

Isaiah 11:1-5

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 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.  His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waste. (Note the seven spirits here – and also note this to consider the “seven spirits” in Revelation)

42:1-7; “Behold!  My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles, He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.  He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.  Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it.  I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness, and I will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

A note to consider:  Liberty of the gospel message is being set free to see the truth of God and to be enabled to hear Him and do His will rather than being ensnared in the prison as noted in Isaiah 42 notes.  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 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.”

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.  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.

61:1-3; The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me, to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (Yahshua quoted part of this verse in the local synagogue when opening His teachings and said) “Today is this passage fulfilled in your hearing.”

(Remainder of the passage) – “and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

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 lies – but to know the truth and to let 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.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3; “Every commandment which I command you today, you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you; to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”  

(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 some 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.  Not all the commandments were given to the Gentile multitude, but many were.)

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)

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 Yaheshua 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 what I consider 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 in discussion to show the roots of the Hope of the Kingdom of God 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 NKJV in OT references and note specific verses that should be reviewed from the Hebrew and compared to Greek translation to show important meaning of the verses.  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 gospel, for both Jew and Gentile, not one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  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 James said, it is the once delivered gospel, 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 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.

Immediately prior to His preaching the sermon on the mount, when He 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 of the wicked.  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 is 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)

“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.' Is 57:15; 66:2

Isaiah 15:14-21;”And one shall say; Heap it up!  Heap it up!  Prepare the way.  Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.  For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy.  I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has 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 forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.  For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart; I have seen his ways, and will heal him, I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to them who is far off and to him who is near, says the LORD.  And I will heal hm.  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

66:1, 2:  "Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstead.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all these things My hand has made, and all those things exist, says the LORD.  But on this one I will look:  On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word."

 

“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 has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning."

66:10-12;  "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her, that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory."  (Note warnings in 66:3, 4; to those of falsehoods) “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."

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 you can find support for such a doctrine?  Should you find it, please show it to me.

'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 

“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 herbTrust 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.  Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm.  For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD; they shall inherit the earth.  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.  But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.  The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.  The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.  Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.  The LORD knows 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; like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.  Into smoke they shall vanish away.  The wicked borrows and does not repay; but the righteous shows mercy and gives.  For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.  He is ever merciful, and lends, and his descendants are blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore.  For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever; but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.  The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks 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 you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, and you shall see it.  I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself like a native green tree.  Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace, but the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.  But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD 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.

Psalm 149

“Praise the LORD!  Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.  For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints.  Praise the LORD.”

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

Zephaniah 2:1-5;  “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, before the decree is issued, or the day passes like chaff, before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger comes upon you!   Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; it may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’s angerFor Gaza shall be forsaken, And Ashkelon desolate; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday; and Ekron shall be uprooted.  Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites!  The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; I will destroy you; so 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 abides 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 were 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)

Psalm 11; “In the LORD I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain?  For look!  The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heartIf the foundations are 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 test the sons of men.  The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.  Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

Is 66:8-12; “Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child.  Who has heard such a thing?  Who has seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day?  Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.  Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery? Says the LORD.  Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb? Says your God.  Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted With the abundance of her glory.  For thus says the LORD:  Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river; and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.  Then you shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be dandled on her knees as one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants, and His indignation to 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 The LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says the LORD.”

False religions of those days past must have done the things mentioned here.  There are still many in other nations that 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.

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

Psalm 18; (God the sovereign Savior) 1-3; “I will love You, O LORD; my strength.  The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be delivered from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry.  Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.  He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.  And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.  He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.  From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.  The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire, He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.  Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.  He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.  He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.  He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.  I was also blameless before Him and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. 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.  For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.  As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  For who is God, except the LORD?  And who is a rock, except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and sets me on my high places.  He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.  You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.  I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.  I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.  For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.  They cried out, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.  Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.  You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; a people I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me they obey me; the foreigners submit to me.  The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts.  The LORD lives!  Blessed by my Rock!  Let the God of my salvation be exalted.  It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies.  You also lift me up above those who rise against me.  You have delivered me from the violent man.  Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.”  Great deliverance He gives to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore. 

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; “The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy placeHe who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.  Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you 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 you gates!  Lift up you 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.

51; “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin my mother conceived me.  Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will 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 hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.  For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.  Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your 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;LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend, in whose eyes a vile person is despised.  But he honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Consider Paul’s public rebuke (reproach) of Peter – would you do this if you had any respect for the Lord and His appointed eye-witnesses (Galatians 2:11)?  Also consider that Paul was accused of speaking evil against the Law, the Temple and people of God – those of Israel who were in the initial Church of God.  How can we believe such a man over what God has declared in grace and truth?  How many have rejected the very commandments and instruction and blessings of God because of the false testimony of one man who claimed to be an apostle – yet was not testified to be an apostle by the Lord, any of the twelve apostles, or even his own historian, Luke?  At Jerusalem Paul testified of the ‘great things’ God had done at his hand.  The man Paul committed perjury in his testimony.  We have the books he wrote – the apostles didn’t have them on hand, and we can know Paul did teach the things he was accused of and yet denied (Acts 21).  Paul was given the opportunity to prove the charges false – but he failed to complete his oath/vow that would have cleared his name.  Rather than clearing his name, he was rescued by a Roman and hauled of as a prisoner to Rome, where he eventually died. 

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 do, and the primary points made here is to show that even the beatitudes are deeply founded upon the very words of God that Paul rejected and said caused him to sin.  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.”

For those who don’t yet see that what Paul taught was in opposition to the Teachings of the Messiah, Master Yahshua, consider these passages and try to reconcile them with the truth of the Teachings of Yahshua.

Romans 7:1-6; “Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?  For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives.  But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.  So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called and adulteress, but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should be bear fruit to God.  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”

If, 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 – this teaching from Paul is in total opposition to that core truth of the word of God being upheld as true to all generations.  Paul’s analogy is that God died on the cross to get rid of the Law, which only served to cause sin – yet 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.  From all I can see in the Scriptures not written by Paul  or his disciples – Paul did not teach in accord with God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, or the Christ.

Romans 13:1, 4; “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  For rules are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For his is God’s minister to you for good.  But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, and avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

So on one hand, as we will see from Paul’s teachings, Paul says we are to pay no attention to the Torah, we are to keep the laws of men, because God appoints rulers of men?  This puts the laws of men above the laws of God.  This deserves considerable thought to see if anyone can prove Paul was not condoning speaking against the validity of the words of God that Yahshua said are still truth and light to His disciples.  God did not die on the cross, nor did His instructions in righteousness.  If Paul only believed God, he would have understood that God is the authority we are to obey for our good.  This passage of Romans actually reveals far more about Paul than most are able to accept.

Romans 14:1-14; “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.  For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.  Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has received him.  Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  One person esteems one day above another [Sabbath], another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.  He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and givens God thanks.  For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.  But why do you judge your brother?  Or why do you show contempt for your brother?  For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”

Esteeming one day over another, for regarding the LORD, surely must have to do with the Ten Commandments, and that the Sabbath was to be kept because God said so.  Yet Paul side-steps the issue to allow no regard for the commandment of God and to say that it is unjust to uphold the commandment of God over any personal preference or conviction that is at odds with the commandment of God – to believe Paul is to reject the principle that our judgments must match what God said. Disregard for what God instructed (Torahless) is to condemn ourselves for not keeping the righteous standards of God as the rules to live by – to uphold the Torah as true and of God.  And regarding eating or not eating anything in particular, Acts records the “Jerusalem Decree” to the Gentiles that they were forbidden to eat anything sacrificed to idols – it was a prohibition without exception and in keeping with the Torah instructions and the Epistle of Master Yahshua to Ephesus in Revelation 2.  Paul was sent with instructions to the Gentiles, yet we shall see that Paul disregarded them and taught that it was not prohibited, except if one who believed it was present – only then was it wrong.  Note well that Yahshua warned of the one who claimed they were an apostle, but were not, is one who taught that it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols, as did Balaam in the Old Testament (Rev. 2, 3).  Yes, everyone will confess to God, but many will be told: “Depart from Me, I never knew you,” and this is because they were without the Torah – the explicit commandments of God and the keeping the words of Master Yahshua.  As God said to Israel when He gave the Law, and again through David in Psalm 119: 118; “You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.

I Corinthians 10:23-31; “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful, all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well being.  Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake, for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.”  If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience sake.  But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols, do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.  Conscience, I say, not your own, but that the other.  For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?  But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

From the sermon on the mount we can know that Yahshua taught keeping the commandments of God faithfully, and that they contain the foundation of His teachings that made the Torah from God honorable and that our works are to be good, which is to be doing as God instructed.  Faithfully keeping the Instructions in righteousness is what gives glory to God – not disregarding His commandments!   Yahshua also said we are to seek righteousness, which is the stated instructions and will of God, not seek to not offend anyone by rejecting the instructions from God.  The greatest commandment is to love God first and foremost.   Yet Paul taught that all things are lawful – thereby nullifying the commandment of prohibition of eating what was sacrificed to idols, and every other commandment of God!  Giving God thanks for what He commanded against cannot be seen by men or God to be keeping His commandments or instructions in righteousness.  The Gospel is about doing the will of God – not about putting our conscience or the conscience of any other man above the Instruction and Commandment of God or the Prophet.  Why should anyone say disregarding the commandments of God is evil?  Because God said so, and to lead His people away from doing as He commanded or instructed them – this is the primary test of any false teacher, prophet, messiah, apostle or angel of light – those who are false will at some point lead people away from doing what God said to do, or to say it is acceptable to do that which God prohibited.  Who else in early Church history – before the book of Revelation was written – can it be shown to have taught it was acceptable to eat meat sacrificed to idols?  I have only heard such a thing from the supposed “apostle” Paul. 

II Corinthians 3; “Do we begin again to commend ourselves?  Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?  You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded.  For until, this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless when one turn s to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

It surely appears that Paul was commending himself in disregard to the instruction of God.  Again, Paul implies to teach that the Torah was done away with and that what was written by God on the stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant to be the ministry of death – not the manner of life that God called His people to observe faithfully and thereby receive His blessings and protection.  Rather, Paul implies that we are freed from the instruction of God to then have liberty to do whatever we believe the “Spirit” leads us to do – quite apart from the Torah, Psalms, Prophets and Teachings of Master Yahshua!  The fact remains, as mentioned before, that God said He would send His Spirit to write His instructions on the hearts of His people so they would keep His words from their heart indeed, not only because the commandments were written on stone tablets.  The Spirit was sent to work in total harmony with “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  To teach that the Spirit was given to set aside the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant is to call God a liar and to blaspheme the Spirit for attributing that to Him which He would never do.  Study the Teachings of Yahshua, as noted from His chosen and faithful Emissaries – His truth, and the Spirit of Truth go hand in hand with the Word of Truth.  As Yahshua said:  “Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is Truth” and “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  It is not even remotely possible that Paul was speaking the truth.  So, where did Paul get his inspiration and revelation for his peculiar gospel?  Was it of himself, or of the angel of light?  No matter where it came from, if you desire the truth – you won’t get it from Paul.  I’ve heard it said that Satan will tell a hundred truths to get you to believe a single lie.  There is enough poison in Paul’s teachings that I can no longer consider what he taught.  We need to follow the instructions of God about such a person as Paul, who clearly is proven to teach against the word of God and Christ.  If we accept Paul, we violate the commandments of God about who to hear and who to reject hearing (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18).  Another point is that of the Isaiah 42 prophecy, that people be freed from the prison houses of their own making – to the glorious Truth of God as taught by Master Yahshua.  True liberty in Christ is to be freed to do the will of God in Spirit and Truth through faithful discipleship to hear whatever He taught – not whatever Paul taught.  Paul is the one with the “veil” who rejected the light and truth of God, as spoken by the Anointed One that is in full accord with the words of God in all of the Old Testament.  Thankfully, those of Israel have been faithful to preserve His word and not fill their Scripture with false prophets, as the “Christians” have.  It’s full time to repent of lies and turn to the real fullness of the grace and truth, as taught to the original disciples of Master Yahshua!

Galatians 3; “O foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”  Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”  Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”); that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Brethren, I speak in the manner of men.  Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.  Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.  He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one.  “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

19; “What purpose then does the law serve?  It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

23; “Is the law then against the promises of God?  Certainly not!  For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abrahams’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3 is filled with errors, which should be easily seen with some basic investigation into what the records of Moses tell us of these matters in Genesis – as this is the book that records the historical foundations of Abraham and his descendants, the promised Seed that would bless all nations, what God invited Abraham to become, and if the agreements between God and Abraham were based on faith, or if they were clearly based on faithfulness in obedience to what God instructed Abraham to do.  Going back to the earlier section on the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham should be ample proof to any honest disciple of Master Yahshua that Paul totally misrepresented what the Scriptures clearly say. 

The matter of Abraham having a descendant to be his heir in Genesis 15  is not the passage where God or Abraham were agreeing to a Covenant, or the conditions of a Covenant between God and Abraham and his children after him.  It is also not a passage to say the Gentiles would be saved by faith.  The Covenant was found to reside upon faithfully hearing whatever God instructed him to do, and that Abraham walk before God blamelessly – Abraham was found to have obeyed God – not just to have only believed or only had faith.  God said in Genesis 26:5 why He had found Abraham to have met the agreed conditions of the Everlasting Covenant; “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” 

Yahshua said to believe what Moses had said, and it is impossible to believe Paul if one believes Moses and Master Yahshua.  What is the “law” but instructions in righteousness from God?  Did God ever say as Paul said, that the Promise (Everlasting Covenant) is by faith, rather than faithfulness to do as He instructed?  Often Paul presents a truth or partial truth and then slants it to then reflect any light in the passage he was quoting to then make up his own doctrines that cannot be shown to be true by the words of God or Christ – yet are often accepted by many to be “gospel truth” by those who are disciples of Paul – rather than disciples of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ). 

When someone effectively spits in the eye of God by misrepresenting His Truth and claiming “It’s in the Book!” they are only showing their disbelief of God and total belief in Paul.  We’ve all been told the Bible is the word of God, but my friends, it cannot be, and those who publish the Bibles have been deceived and have yet to free themselves from their prison houses.  Being a disciple of Yahshua who rejects the very word of God can come to no good end, as it results in disbelief of God and Christ.  Just ask yourself if you know of any “Christian” who believes the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant (Torah) are no longer in effect – VS – trusting in the words of Yahshua that we are not to even think that the least of the commandments of God have been loosened – let alone nullified or set aside or destroyed – not to mention that God gave them that He might be able to bless them – not to curse them!!!  The final spit in the eye of God was when Paul taught that the Law (Torah) was not even given by God, but given by angels as a curse, and not for life and blessing!

See in “19” above, “and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator”.  In a veiled way, Paul is saying that the Law was not even given by God!  This is in total opposition to the record of Moses in the Torah.  It is impossible to believe Moses spoke the truth and then say the Law was given by an angel or a mediator and not by God Himself.  Read Exodus if you don’t believe I’m right – I make no claim to be an authority, but I am saying that we’ve been lied to when we were told to believe Paul was actually an apostle.  Paul’s writings are so full of lies that it’s astounding to consider why we haven’t seen this before.  God is true, and the more I consider the facts, Paul is the enemy who sowed tares in the field that God planted with the Good Seed of His True Teachings and Instructions in righteousness.

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 discrepencies, 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 lies from Paul and his disciples: Mark, Luke, and the author of Hebrews.  Yahshua warns that those who believe and love the lie 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, 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.”  This also informs us that God does not view the “least” of His commandments as equal to those that carry more weight.

Galatians 4:8-9; “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?  You observe days and months and seasons and years.  I am afraid for you, let I have labored for you in vain.”

Paul is speaking to those who desired to keep the Instructions of God in the Law (Torah).  The laws of God include the Sabbath, as well as Instructions for days and months of the appointed times to honor them – each of which point to the Messiah in one way or another.  The main point of this passage has been lost to appearance in the English translation from the Greek, but should prove to show Paul’s disregard for God and His words that lead to life and blessings as God said they will.  What Paul was saying is that the lowest of angels gave the Law to Moses as a curse upon Israel.  Paul is also saying that to pay attention to the Instructions in Righteousness given by God is to be in bondage!   Paul is also saying that Jesus Christ has set us free from bondage – the curse of the Law – that the Law was given as a curse, rather than life.  Paul viewed the matter to be that if one returns to do as God instructed that he had labored in vain.  I hope he has, as we need to return to the Truth of God and reject those who oppose what He has declared to be the manner of life that He blesses – rather than to place ourselves under the curse of God because we reject Him and His Everlasting Covenant and His stated conditions for His blessing.  Again, consider if you believe God gave the Law to Moses.  Who gave the Law to Moses?  God? Angels? Lowly angels?  And why did God say about the Instructions in Righteousness?  Were the 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 to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.  These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 5:29; “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!”

Deut. 5:32, 33; “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you 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.

Ephesians 2:14-16; “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Here Paul clearly says that He (Jesus) abolished the law of commandments at the cross.  This is in total opposition to the fact that Yahshua taught the Torah is still in effect today, even to the very least of the commandments of God.  To distinguish between Jew and Gentile, secular and set-apart, or any other distinction in the Torah is to be carefully hearing and doing as God commanded.  One cannot believe both Paul and Yahshua spoke the truth – this is why “dispensational theology” was developed – to pretend that what Yahshua taught was in the “Old Testament” and what Paul taught is the “New Testament” – one gospel for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  This is refuted in the words of Yahshua in the great commission at the end of Matthew – the same commandments given to the original disciples were to go to all nations – not just Israel.  This was the original Christian heresy: salvation by faith without works, by grace alone – invented by Paul, and promoted by Marcion.  This is the primary reason I don’t believe Luke accurately reported the “Jerusalem Decree”, as people of all nations are called to keep the same commandments/instructions in righteousness He had first taught them.  By Luke’s account, the Apostles have limited Gentiles solely to prohibitions of fornication and eating meat sacrificed to idols and eating blood.  The Apostles knew what their commission was.  Luke was certainly playing fast and loose with the facts.

Colossians 2:13-18; “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.  Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels …”

Being consistent in his argument against the truth of God, Paul again inserts that keeping the commandments of God is to be found to be cheating ourselves of the freedom from the Law and that the Law was established by principalities and powers of angels – that to do as angels instructed is to be guilty of false humility and the worship of angels.  Well, as for me, I’d rather believe God and Christ and the fact that Moses said God gave the Instructions in Righteousness that is able to convert the soul to life and blessings from God.

Peter spoke of forgiveness of past sins at baptism, not blanket forgiveness of future sins as well.  And when Yahshua forgave sins, He also instructed them: “Go and sin no more.” If baptism is to forgive all future sins as Paul seems to teach, then why did John say we are to confess our sins to God, and that God is faithful to forgive (I John 1:9)?  This is another quote from Paul that he believed keeping the Law to be under bondage to those who are not god, but to be honoring angels and not God.  The Torah directly instructed about food, drink, festivals and new moons and Sabbaths – it is pure folly to think Paul was addressing something else – but people will ignore obvious truth to defend the false apostle’s doctrines.  If you do believe God and Master Yahshua spoke the actual truth – this should be sufficient evidence that Paul did not teach the truth or the gospel of Master Yahshua.

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 refining and refocusing of 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. Is 26:12; Ps 122:8, 9; Ps 72:3-7

Isaiah 26; “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever; for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.  For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.  The foot shall tread it down – the feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.  The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.  Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.  With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.  Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.  LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.  But they will see and be ashamed for their envy of people; yes the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.  LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.  O LORD our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name.  They are dead, they will not live; they are deceased, they will not rise.  Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.  You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.  LORD, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.  As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of her delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O LORD.  We have been with child, we have been, we have been in pain; we have, as it were, brought forth wind; we have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.  For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will 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; “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son.  He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice.  The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.  They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.  In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no moreHe shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba will offer gifts.  Yes, all the kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.  For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.  He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy.  He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.  And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.  There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.  His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.  And men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed.  Blessed by the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!  And blessed be His glorious name forever!  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; “Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries because I follow what is good.”

Isaiah 66:5; “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.”

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 hold the gospel account of Paul to be true, that salvation is by faith apart from works.  Yahshua warned that we would face persecution due to upholding and keeping His words of life.  He also warned that those of our own household may be our greatest enemies.  So as 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 abide in His word indeed and keep His words that you are greatly blessed and will surely be rewarded greatly – according to His promised blessings, and in the coming Kingdom of God.

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.

“The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law.  All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me!  They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.  Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”

Most passages 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 the 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 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)

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 herbTrust 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 89:1-37 (15); “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.  For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”  I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David; your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.”  And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.  For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?  Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.  O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O LORD?  Your faithfulness also surrounds You.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.  You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.  The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fullness, You have founded them.  The north and the south; You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.  You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.  Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.  In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.  For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted.  For our shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.”

“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 lips.  Once 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.”

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.  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; 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 is where this was prophesied: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”

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 Y’shua 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 – 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 Y’shua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine 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.  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.  That men are to give God glory for His goodness is the same through the elementary Torah given by Moses, and magnified through 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.  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 with the true Israel of God – to be careful to note whatever God has declared good from the beginning.  I suspect it will be in perfect alignment with the teachings of Yahshua, as He said to make disciples of Him and teach them whatever He had commanded the first twelve disciples, but taking my own advice – it’s best to double check facts rather than to assume what someone else said is true.  I’ve been discovering far too many things I’ve been taught are not the actual fullness of His truth.  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, and He gave no direction or indication that there is one gospel message for the Jews and another for the Gentiles, but 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.

Relating to this topic is the “Jerusalem Decree” from the Church at Jerusalem to the Gentiles in Acts.  The things specified to the Gentiles related to the things commanded of the “sojourners” with Israel. There are a number of issues with Luke’s lack of complete records of historic matters, so it’s best not to formulate too much from scant or questionable information provided in Acts.   After much ongoing study regarding the faithfulness of the reporting done by Luke about Paul, I sincerely believe there is actually too much inconsistency to regard the text as Scripture.  Some of the matters in Acts actually find themselves to be testifying against itself in many places, as well as against what other accounts are in other books of the NT written by Paul himself that have records of the evident same instances.  If Luke was just reporting what he was told, and those telling him were not consistent (likely Pauls’ version of history told to Luke), that would explain some, but not all the issues.  This is why matters noted in Acts need to be confirmed by the rest of Scripture when they report what the gospel was prophesied to be and what anyone is reported to have said, as well as what the historical events were given to be. 

A fairly simple matter would be to investigate the accounts in Acts of the conversion of Saul.  Anyone can read both Acts and Paul’s letters and epistles to see if he said anything in them related to his conversion – Acts is Luke’s record – and also note when Luke includes himself in the narrative in the first person – which is much later on in the text, and we should also investigate the matter with both eyes open and being careful we are not allowing ourselves to be deceived by drawing a mental cover over obvious inconsistencies and contradictions in the matters.  Recall that God has already told us that deceit is falsehood – which is against His commandments and against the doctrine of God that Yahshua taught and exampled for us.  Anything not according to the truth is falsehood – and condemned as evil.  God has not left us without the tools and intellect to determine the truth from errors of scribes, imperfect memories, or of outright deception in the name of God.  The most obvious error of Paul was to teach that the Law was given by angels, who are no God. 

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 Y’shua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously expressed instructions in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses, then through the words He received from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua are the two primary witnesses 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 amazed at the 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 do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed us to do or not do. 

One statement recorded in Acts to be from Peter is Acts 15:5-21, where Luke records Peter to have said the Gentiles are purified in their hearts by faith, just as “us” (Jews).  I Peter 1:22 is written by Peter and there says purification is through obedience.  The I Peter account fits the same gospel taught by Yahshua and that belief and obedience go hand in hand and disobedience equates with disbelief.  The record by the hand of Luke contradicts what Peter wrote.  Luke records Peter to be in agreement with the doctrines of Paul – which should be a key indicator to us about the reliability of Luke’s accounts.  Numerous passages in the Law and Prophets testify to the fact that faith with obedience/works meet of repentance to do the will of God are required.  My personal view is that it appears Luke is trying to make Peter sound like what Paul was teaching, that faith without works saves, that mere ascent to belief in the death, burial and resurrection is all that is required.  Thankfully we have the preserved teachings of Yahshua and the real apostles.

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made doctrine over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as inferior and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service 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 further in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God said than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and if we don’t, there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught.   Don’t let what anyone has said lead you from understanding the truth of this matter.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah/Christ/Prophet 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 He taught.  Not one single letter of the Torah – God’s gracious instructions to mankind – to all who desire to be blessed of God – anyone who would teach that God annulled His truth and light contained in His word should never be paid attention to.  Neither should they if they teach that the Torah, Prophets or Psalms have been set aside as a marriage to a dead mate, or who would twist the matter to declare God didn’t give the Torah to Moses.  The matter is simple, and truly, that belief (faith) does the works of doing as God has instructed us.  These things are most fully understood in the Doctrine of God taught by Master Yahshua in Matthew, John and Revelation.  If this is true, reconsider forming any doctrine solely upon what is written by Paul, Luke, Mark or the book of Hebrews.  Not that there is not any truth in any of them, but that there is enough error in them as to not consider them on equal ground with writings of the Twelve Apostles.  Personally, I see no reason to place any value to them at all and find it best to set them aside.  A curious point is also that the name of Yahshua was completely removed from the NT in the Greek translations and we have no knowledge of who did it.  If there is only one name under heaven by which men may be saved – wouldn’t that be convenient if you desired that men be deceived away from the truth of this matter through a wholesale removal of His name from the text of all the NT books?  Thankfully were are told that God will uphold His word higher than His name (every name).

In Revelation 2 the Church at Ephesus was congratulated for finding some who claimed to be apostles to have been liars.  Who in the NT claimed to be an apostle and also spent time teaching the Church at Ephesus (then the capitol of Asia)?  Who said he was rejected and abandoned at his first defense in Asia (Ephesus?) in 2 Tim. 4?  Enough said.  If you want to know more, see “Jesus Words Only” by Mr. D. J. Tondo.  It is impossible that Paul taught the same truth of Jesus Christ about the hope for the kingdom of heaven.  Paul is the Balaam of Revelation 2 and the wolf of the tribe of Benjamin in Genesis 49.  If you don’t believe me, read “Jesus Words Only”.  Early Church texts show the original heresy of the Church were those who took what Paul taught as the truth.  Paul is proven to actually be attacking the true faith and the true Christians as he taught his own gospel, which was not the gospel taught by Jesus Christ, the twelve apostles, or the first Christians in Jerusalem.  If those who believe and follow liars and reject the Torah of God and reject accepting the truth Y’shua said we must repent to do – it is a vital matter to know that some of what we have been told is true is nothing but a proven lie.  Those who came before us may condemn themselves through what they taught and lived – but each person and each generation and nation will be judged justly according to what God said – and Paul is no authority of God because he fails the tests God gave and directly taught against what Yahshua said is truth.

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 have to take the Paul blinders off if we hope to see, hear and know what Yahshua actually 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 “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.  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 is the sacrifice 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.  Some experts with the ancient Hebrew quotes from Matthew say the matter was about lusting after another man’s wife and also marrying a woman who had not been given the writing of divorce as commanded in the Torah.  Since I’ve found so much in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets about the standards given from the beginning through Moses and how each is upheld in His teachings, I’m confident that marriage is a sacred institution, and that unfaithfulness to the union as intended from the beginning is grounds for divorce. His teaching in Mt. 19 say this commandment is only for those able to accept it.  Contemporary Western values of the roles of men and women in marriage have drifted far from what God instructed.  All who seek to do the will of God should repent and live as God instructed.  Sins proceed from the heart and mind of mankind – not their eyes, hands or feet.  The point He is making is to cut off sin – not the body part.  This is equal to severe repentance effort and diligence, not going around poking out your eyes and cutting off your hands.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  And 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 Y’shua) on our heart.  The actual 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 be given the praise deserved on the Day of Judgment for His grace, truth and faithfulness.

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 Y’shua has said are in accord with the will of God, and this is certainly a needed application.

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 is right, and 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.

(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.

Yahshua clearly said disciples should be true to their word.  Note that this is about oaths to God.  Off hand, I can only recall one instance in the NT that spoke of taking an oath, and that is about Paul and his final conflict in Jerusalem.  The Acts account is basically that Paul was charged by some to have taught against the Torah, Temple and Jews.  Paul denied the charges.  I believe it was Peter or James who gave the opportunity for Paul to prove the charges false (they didn’t have the benefit of reading the letters and epistles he wrote), and the week long Temple oath was for Paul to prove the matter.  That Paul failed to complete the oath and was instead attacked for allowing the Temple to be defiled by a gentile because of his teachings that there is no difference to God between a Jew and a Gentile and that the wall of partition in the Temple was done away with by Christ.   What this particular oath was is not recorded, but Paul failed to prove his innocence to the charges, as the oath or vow was not completed.  As a result Paul and was rescued and sent to prison and died in Roman custody.  We can read what Paul wrote in Romans, I, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and also see the dubious account in Acts that Paul even tried to claim the charges against him were not what was clearly given as speaking against the Torah, Temple and people of God – but his counter-claim was that he was on trial for belief in the resurrection – an obviously false claim.  It’s no wonder that Festus said Paul had gone mad (Acts 27:24).  The lesson here is to speak honestly and don’t think God is mocked or unfaithful to His word or people He has chosen or called out to be set-apart and faithful to His service.

As stated earlier, I have some familiarity with Mormonism – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Most people are aware of LDS Temples built around the earth in various States in the US, and in foreign Countries.  They believe sacred endowments are performed by their members there.  Most familiar of these may be eternal marriage vows, and baptisms for the dead.  While they claim these things are sacred, not secret, I cannot but wonder how they reconcile these beliefs and practices with the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, or with the creation and fall of man account in Genesis.  After all, did Jesus anywhere command taking vows, teach that marriage is an eternal institution, or teach anything was so sacred that it was a secret teaching?  Did He say that He taught nothing in secret?  This should reasonably cause some LDS to reconsider if it is of Jesus Christ or not, if the principle He gave was to abide in what He taught during His life on earth.  This curiously relates to additions Joseph Smith made to Doctrine and Covenants soon after becoming a Mason, and there were a number of similarities between Masonic oaths and oaths LDS make in their temples.  There are several web sites and a number of books that are anti-LDS that discuss more on these matters.  If you want to know more, you can search them out to learn more about these curiosities.  But rather than repeat some things that may not be correct that are charged against LDS, time would be best spent to focus on what Yahshua said is the truth of God and to test every man with claims to divine revelation to the tests God gave to know if they spoke for Him or not.  Anyone can to do a google search for the video of the Mormon or LDS Temple Ceremony.  One on the internet archive is a video of at least one endowment ceremony and anyone can quickly note that of the characters portrayed – Elohim (God), Jehovah (Jesus) and Michael (Adam), were present in the garden and creation.  The curiosity is to see that Satan is the one telling Adam that he had a pre-life he didn’t remember, and a number of other things LDS believe to be true that are not in accord with the Torah or the rest of what other Christians believe to be Scripture. One such error is the belief that the fall of man occurred that man might have joy – which is the opposite of what the Holy Scriptures say.  Each person is responsible to their discipleship and service to God, but I cannot imagine why LDS haven’t picked up on the matter of listening to Satan instead of Jesus Christ if their Church is named after Jesus Christ and they weekly renew their covenant to keep His commandments as part of their Sacrament prayer.

https://archive.org/details/MormonTempleCeremony

I hope that they will discover the greatest witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Matthew, John, Revelation, and the Torah, Psalms and Prophets; not something Joseph Smith said are ancient written records as the book of Mormon or Josephs revelations said to be from God (D&C, Book of Moses, or the Book of Abraham) – and especially realize that believing anything Satan said cannot come to any good in the end.  The parallels between the claims of Joseph and Paul should be too similar to ignore.  Both claimed to have received their knowledge of their gospel as direct revelation from God and Jesus Christ that is not in complete accord to the Torah or teachings of Jesus Christ from ancient records.   If Jesus taught there is no marriage or giving of marriage to those worthy of the resurrection as a counter to the Jews asking “whose wife will she be in the resurrection?,” it just mystifies me why they believe otherwise, if abiding in what He said is as important as they claim in their Sacrament prayer.  Also, if Jesus taught that it is not possible for one who has died to pass from one side of the abyss to the other (paradise VS torment), it seems to be in direct contradiction to His teaching of the rich man and Lazarus to practice proxy baptism to circumvent what He said is true.  As Scripture says, God is not mocked.

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.  The testator died and has risen from the dead and no one can change the will; 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.

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 God 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 both 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 Yeshua 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 whose hope is 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 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, 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 the Good Shepherd, they know His voice and follow Him, but will reject the lying shepherd.

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 Y’shua 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 preach to prepare God’s people.  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 covered 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.”

Y’shua 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.  Much of the roots in Romanism, colonialism, capitalism, the oil and environmental business and the Federal Reserve should be brought to the full light of day.  So should the use of consultants and contractors who partner with lawmakers to milk the funds in public trust for specific purposes, which also includes lobbyists who write laws to benefit corporations that are not in accord with the will of the people or the good of the people.  When big money is involved, always watch your back.  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.  As one expert in finances said, what is happening is a “pump and dump” of the US economy, and it has long been in the works as an engineered failure to bring down the rights and the spirits of the American citizen, who once held sway in this nation.

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!”

So 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 done is provided for us that we become aware of and acknowledge, and 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 a thing we are not enabled to do, this is when we need to ask 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 Y’shua 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 Y’shua 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 that is 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.  He shed His very life’s blood as atonement for 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 fancy 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 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 can 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 work and 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 to the “Scribes” of today who publish the Bible to be hearers of God and discern that He has instructed 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, and 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 false ideas and then 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 such 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 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 when we have bigger 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.  But 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.

A long 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 telling the truth on each other! (Google search for Senate Document 189)  May it never be so with actual 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.

Matthew 7:6  This passage is one that is obscured in the Greek and the Aramaic 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 as 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 Y’shua 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. 

Two things were noted by “*” in the quote from Y’shua:  “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 s lawlessness (without Torah).  Psalm 6:8—9 and Psalm 119:53 good examples.  Each and every teaching of Y’shua 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” means 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.  I’ve heard it is now over 15,000 separate groups, and when I was younger it was only about 1,500.  Each teaches a 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of End Times teachings

Earlier were some quotes regarding the final end time teachings that should be reviewed at this time for clarity.

Aramaic English New Testament, Netzari Press LLC, 2010 

Beware, let no man deceive you.  For many will come in my name and will say that I am the Mashiyach.  And many they will deceive.  For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumors of wars.  Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places.  But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows.  Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.  Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another.  And many false prophets will arise and deceive many.  And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold.  But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life.  And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.  And when you see the sign of uncleanness and desolation, that was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, which will stand in the Set Apart place.  He that reads, let him understand.  Then those who are in Yehuda, let them flee to the mountain.  And he who is on the roof, let him not come down to take that which is in his house.  And he who is in the field, let him not turn back to take back his clothes.  And woe to the pregnant and to those who are nursing in those days.  And pray that your flight will not be in winter, nor on the Shabbat.  For then will be great suffering such as has not been from the beginning of the world until the present, nor will ever be again.  And if those days were not shortened, not any flesh would live, but because of the chosen, those days will be shortened.  If anyone should say to you then, behold the Messiah is here or there, do not believe it.  For false Messiahs and lying prophets will arise and they will produce signs and great wonders in order to deceive if possible even the chosen.  Behold, I have told you beforehand.”

 

 

NKJV, 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.” 

 

It is with profound regard for the teachings of Yahshua that this topic is addressed, as there is so much made of this person or that pretending to say God has told them this and that.  The deception away from the words of God has never been more accepted than it is today.  It has not been that long ago that all Christians would have been offended if they were told what God has condemned as great wickedness would be accepted as the now sanctioned desire of God, but it is today, and many accept those things to be the truth – in the guise of the “love” God has for us and the “love” we are called to have for others.  I’m not going to get explicit here except to say that what God called great wickedness in the past is not going to change, as He does not change, and certainly is “I AM that I AM.”

 

One of the primary warnings from Master Yeshua is to believe the Commandments of God are good.  The Instructions of God, are true and everlasting.  Just and true are the facts of who God said He will bless and preserve in the resurrection of the just.

 

Note carefully those He said will be told “I never knew you”, even though they believed they were going to be blessed by Him – not condemned.  As He said in Matthew 24:23,24;  “For false Messiahs and lying prophets will arise and they will produce signs and great wonders in order to deceive if possible even the chosen (elect).”   It seems like people claiming a special prophecy or warning can be found almost every day now and all claim to have received their revelation from God or Jesus Christ or an angel or the Holy Spirit.  So how can anyone know who is speaking the truth of God and who the false prophets and false messiahs are?  God gave us directions regarding this since the days of Moses, and those things were again confirmed by Master Yeshua and His Emissaries (Apostles).  These are the ones we are called to believe, and if anyone tells you something that doesn’t fit with what their truth is, don’t bother yourself with their message, as it is either of themselves or the evil one who perverts and twists the word of God.  Test and try all things according to the word of God spoken by those who passed the tests He gave.  This may exclude Mark, Luke, much of Acts, Hebrews and all the writings of Paul.  This will exclude anyone who teaches against honoring and obeying any commandment of God – starting with the Sabbath.  This will exclude anyone who tells you that all you have to do to be saved is to say a prayer and then pretend that God covered your sins and only sees the blood of Jesus covering you.  This will include anyone telling you that the righteousness of Jesus has been imputed to you by faith.  This will include anyone who says they have the authority to bind any word upon God.  This will include those who say to live by the Spirit, yet deny keeping the very commandments of God and His Christ.  This will include anyone who says the Spirit is not actually given according to the very promise of God preached by Peter at Pentecost.  This will include anyone who tells you that immersion into the Name is not needful for disciples.  This will include anyone who says that you don’t need to abide in the teachings of Master Yeshua.

 

So, who does that leave?  It leaves us with the record we should be paying attention to – what the Holy One of Israel tells us regarding the most feared time of all generations.  Even Daniel was faint unto death as he just had a vision of the time.  Yet for all the fear Daniel had, through the grace and truth of God given through the Son, we can know that He has told His disciples to not be fearful, to not be deceived by lies and false prophets or messiahs who do great works.  Those who are His are to abide in His words of life.  As The Revelation of Jesus Christ says, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith and testimony of the Christ and who make themselves ready for His return will be greatly rewarded for their repentance to obey God with fear, patience and faithfulness.  If God has shown us what is good, we should find great comfort in the hope of the coming Kingdom of God, when God will judge all men according to their words and their works – whether they are done in Him, or of the evil one or one who rejected His right and authority as our Creator and God.  As we learned from His sermon on the mount, we are to know what the will of God is for those who actually love Him and want to do what pleases Him and are blessed by Him.

 

Many prophesies have already happened, but many have not been completely fulfilled.  A simple example is the opening passage of Isaiah that was read in the Synagogue that He said was fulfilled in their hearing that day.  Only half of the passage was read – there is still the other half to come.  And as Peter wrote, we do well to see prophecy fulfilled as a very bright light that needs to be noted and accepted.  God has told us what to expect.  God has told us what will happen.  God has told us what we should do, and indeed, what we must do!  “This is My beloved Son, hear ye Him.”

 

The bride made herself ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOUNDATION:  COVENANTS AND THE GOSPEL

 

 

There is much misunderstanding of the very foundation of the gospel due to men’s teachings that failed to recognize the basis of the gospel of the Kingdom that Yahshua taught.  The first telling that it would come is in Genesis when Adam and Eve had to leave Eden.  In the rejection of failing to believe God true and following what Satan told them which was against what God had told them is found that the Seed of the woman would bruise the head of the Serpent and the Serpent would bruise His heal.  Although not explicitly stated in the Bible or Torah, it is indicated that the stars are with purpose.  Perhaps the longest lasting prophecy ever given mankind is what is not called “The Gospel of the Stars.”  The names and figures of the Zodiac present the message of the “Desired One” who has a dual nature – part divine and part human – who comes to pay the price deficient and redeem those who belong to God (see “The Gospel of the Stars” by Joseph Seiss and “The Real Meaning of the Zodiac” by D. James Kennedy – audio CD).  Mankind perverted the message to be of their ‘gods’, rather than discern the truth of the message, which has thankfully been restored to the world in the 1800’s.  Some ancient legends attribute the Zodiac to Enoch.  An account of this divine message has been since the oldest cultures of the world and it is not yet proven where it came from, but that it was already in existence from the most ancient of records and survives to this day.  Moses surely knew of it in Egypt, as it was part of their knowledge base, and he was schooled in Egyptian knowledge.

 

We have the accounts preserved of the writings of Moses’ in Genesis that briefly deal with the history of man from Adam through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – which is where the Covenant was established.  The account of Abraham is extremely worthy of special note, as it was through Abraham that God made a covenant that through him would come the Seed/Desired One by which God would bless all nations, and that the covenant of God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob regarding these matters is an eternal covenant – not just a covenant that would last until the Desired One came.  Much has been made of this covenant being established by faith, but further investigation and paying attention to the very words of God should show anyone that faith alone was never the full condition of the Covenant God made with Abraham.  Since we desire to do His will, it is needful to know the truth of the matter, as the foundations rest upon this important matter, and it also shows God to be true to His covenants, which is also His word; which He upholds higher than any name.  Also worthy of note is how many times God called His people Israel to the same standards of why He blessed and made His covenant with Abraham.  The core of these conditions is found in Genesis 26:5:  “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”  Well did James refute the doctrine of faith alone when writing “faith, without works, is dead.”  The works we are to do is to do as faithful Abraham, knowing also that the Desired One came to give us the fullness of the grace and truth of God – to show us the fullness of the good that God has said we are to do – the ‘works’ that God desires all men to repent to do that He might bless them according to His grace and truth in love.  God loves and upholds the truth, and His word is truth, and this is exactly what Y’shua taught and re-established.

 

Back to the foundations, note that in Genesis 15:5-6 God is making a promise to Abraham alone – it is not a promise to anyone else but to Abraham that He would have an heir and make his descendants as numerous as the stars he could see in the heavens.  Abraham counted God to be righteous in promising this to him.  There is reason to perhaps see who counted whom to be righteous in the verses, and even Jewish scholars have debated this topic for years, but if God counted Abraham as righteous at that time, then why are fullness of the Covenant found later to be more than belief in God?  Belief and faith in God was only found to be those who are faithful to do as God instructed and commanded.   Seldom, if ever, is it noted in Scripture that God found favor over mere belief that had no action in doing as He said.  In fact, when God told people what to do and they didn’t obey, the inaction was equated with unbelief.  Belief and faith were found to reside with those who did as God directed, which is the same as being faithful.  And as Yahshua said:  “Why do you call Me “Lord”, and not do as I say?”  It’s the same principle.  Nowhere in Genesis 15:5-6 is there anything about a “covenant”.  “And behold, the word of the LORD came to him saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”  Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.”  And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”  And he believed in the LORD, and He/he counted it to be for righteousness.”  The final “he” or “He” being the hinge point under discussion.  Who counted it for righteousness?  Perhaps both?  Either way, the matter is singularly that the one to inherit Abraham’s possessions was not to be the servant, but one of his own, and that his own descendants would be numerous and not few!  That is the sole context of this passage – not the eternal covenant!  What some have made of this verse to be the “covenant” God made with Abraham is made up out of whole cloth and has no basis in the words of God!  See:

 

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/component/content/article/1-jwo/125-appendix-c-jwo.html

 

The covenant God made with Abraham is found in Genesis 17, and this is spoken in the future tense as something He will do if Abraham does his part, but it had not taken place yet – the Covenant was foretold/prophesied/promised upon conditions that God gave Abraham.  “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.  And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying; “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.  Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.  And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.  This is My covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and your descendants after you:  Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.  He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.  He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.  And the uncircumcised male child who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

 

Note that God said “I will make My covenant between Me and you”, which means that at that time it was not yet established.  Also note that for the physical descendants of Abraham, circumcision is to continue on as part of the covenant God made with him and his seed after him, and for all who were bought with money to be in their households.  It was not given as a general commandment to the nations not in their households.

 

Continuing with verse 15:  “Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.  And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of peoples shall come from her.”  Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old?  And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?  And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ismael might live before You!”  Then God said:  “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.  And as for Ismael, I have heard you.  Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly.  He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.  But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”  Then He finished talking with him; and God went up from Abraham.” 

 

Abraham then proceeded to do just as God had commanded him.  The account goes on with the matter of Sodom and Gomorrah and if God would not destroy the cities if there were certain numbers of righteous amongst them.  Surely there was knowledge of good and evil for Abraham to find if there were any upright before God in the cities, otherwise Abraham would not have been able to see if he could find enough who did good to prevent God from destroying them.  And Lot was counted among the righteous to be saved out of the city, which is an example of the goodness of God to preserve His own people to Himself.  However, returning to the point of the eternal covenant, looking at what Moses wrote, the promise was made to Abraham that if he was faithful to meet the conditions God gave that God would then establish the eternal covenant with the seed of Abraham, which was done with both Isaac and Jacob, and similar charge from God as given to Abraham was also given to the leaders of Israel from that time forward through at least king David, by the prophets who gave messages from God to the kings of Israel.

 

Note 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 – the eternal covenant – to Isaac and the posterity of Abraham through Isaac, and then Jacob – ongoing through all generations of Israel that are faithful to the same conditions that God gave Abraham to start with.  It is by extension to the Gentiles in 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 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 walk blameless 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 Yahhua, 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 cannot be that mere faith (faith alone), without repentance to do as He instructed, or as Paul taught that it is of faith and not of works that any man should boast!  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 Yeshua 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)  This is ignored by Pauline Christians for it would overthrow Paul’s Gospel if ever accepted.  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).

 

Yeshua 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).

 

Therefore, 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 in the one they knew they had sinned against, as Yeshua said (Mt. 5:23-24).  As Yeshua 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)

 

By the explicit teachings of Y’shua 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.  Yeshua 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.

 

365 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 actual 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 Y’shua 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 Yeshua 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 Yeshua 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 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 differences.  For the sake of standing on the sure ground of hearing whatever the original disciples recorded, their accounts must be taken first, and in the total picture of His presentation of what we are to believe about the subject that many have been so fascinated with that they have neglected the weightier matters of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the need to repent to do the will of God, so that they 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 is not 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 on the earth today.  Is it because those who call themselves by His Name have failed to believe what He taught and to then 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. 

 

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.

 

There is one more important thing that needs to be pointed out that is in keeping with checking to see if what someone has told us is actually according to God.  There are a number of passages often quoted that are attributed to Paul.  One of the most quoted is found in Galatians 3:10-14, which says:  “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”  Yet the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by the.”  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

 

In keeping with the principle of checking to see if what Paul said is according to the Scripture, we can simply turn to the passages he quoted to see if he handled them uprightly, or if he perverted them in any way.  As Isaiah said:  “If they speak not according to the Law and Testimony, there is no light in them.”  It should be an easy test to help us know who spoke truly, or if they just claimed knowledge and had “no light in them.”

 

The passage references is Deuteronomy 27:26.  Over time this passage has been mistranslated and words inserted to make it more compatible with Paul’s teachings.  If this is the case, we have been severely wronged by the “scribes” of our day that should have been faithful to the word of God.  In the NKJV it says:  “Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law, by observing them.”  A good study Bible should show that “all” in the above passage is added and not in the verse.  As such, it would actually read:  “Cursed is the one who does not confirm the words of this law, by observing them.”  A small, but significant change is actually changed upon careful review of the passage.  Scholars more able than I have pointed out this is not what the Hebrew translation to English would be.  A more correct understanding would be that the person who did not agree to uphold the standards of the Law, the Instructions in Righteousness given by God, as the standards to follow, is the one cursed – not someone who is not perfect in keeping any small detail of the Law.  This matches the teachings of Yahshua on the matter, as those He said He will deny ever knowing are those who are “without Torah” – Greek anomia – and often translated as “workers of iniquity.  Mr. D. J. Tondo has also written on this verse.  I highly recommend his web site and book for further reading, should you have any remaining questions about Paul, or his writings.

 

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/recommendedreading/103-chapter-fourt-jwo.html

http://www.jesuswordsonly.com/recommendedreading/106-chapter-five-jwo.html

 

 

 

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 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 we repent to begin 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Organization and Offices

 

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.  If it is true that Paul could not have actually been an apostle who received the truth of Yahshua, it should be reasonable to review what God and Christ have said on the matter.  The differences between two Churches I’m most familiar with – Church of Christ (CoC), and 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) organization.  The Church of Christ is heavily modeled on the Pauline instructions regarding Elders and Deacons, and each congregation claims autonomy and they have no central authority.  The LDS are heavily modeled on the “revelations” of their founding prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.  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.  Review of core Catholic doctrine will show most of it centers from the teachings of Paul and little is said of the need to abide in the words of God given by Jesus Christ.

 

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 – the magnified and honorable Torah of God –  is the fullness of His grace and truth.

 

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 CoC 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.  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 actual direction/commandment/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.  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 – that 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.  The original disciples certainly believed He 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 hopes.  We can all read the same things in the gospel accounts of Matthew and John.  As mentioned before, the inconsistencies of Mark and Luke should indicate they are of less value to put complete trust in.  In fact, there may be some between Matthew and John reporting on the resurrection.  Minor differences in these accounts should not affect the direct teachings He gave on any topic, and should any be noted, then the prophecies and instruction from the previously accepted Scripture of the Old Testament and Matthew should provide some clarity to the matter, as all He taught had to be in accord with the Torah, Psalms and Prophets.  Another possibility is that He taught from town to town, and minor variations could be attributed to similar messages being given at different locations.  Another possibility is that the authors were given different points from the same lesson, and that we need to search His words to discover the pathway between them that includes both – unless the teaching is a known addition from later texts – men adding to His words.

 

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 to be 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 the Master Yahshua.  One doesn’t need a “prophet” to tell you that taking illicit drugs, drinking too much, 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 Paul tried to teach that lead some 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 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 the authority of God – be it to be an apostle, or to be a prophet – are found in Deut. 4, 12, 13, and 18, and are also taught by Master Yahshua in Matthew and John.  These are the explicit instructions of God.  To ignore His instruction is to invite yourself to have believed a liar, 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 fear what that “prophet” said.  Since Paul failed the tests given by God, 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.  Paul’s failings came through false prophecy and that he also lead people away from the Instructions in Righteousness that God gave through Moses, the Prophets, Psalms and the Christ.  Paul’s outrageous failures 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 4:29-40; “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  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.  For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the hearth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard.  Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?  Or did God every try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.  Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.  And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their descendants after them, and He brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power, driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day.  Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath, there is no other.  You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I commanded you today, that it may go will with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

 

Deu. 4:2; “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”; 6; “Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 9; “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.  And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, “Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on 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.  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;  “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today – every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes – for as yet you have not come to the rest and the inheritance which the LORD your God is giving you.”

 

This is also recalled by Jeremiah in his warning found in chapter 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 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.  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. 

 

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 sacred grove behind his house.  They also teach doctrines never spoken by God, the Son, nor any prophet or apostle.  In fact, they teach that God is a glorified and resurrected man, and that the gospel is a gospel of progression whereby the faithful can also be Gods, just as God the Father.  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.  To teach this is to deny the very words of God and the Christ, as well as the prophets and Psalms.  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.  Read “One Nation Under Gods” – this is well documented, but scrubbed from the testimony of Joseph Smith’s own mother’s writing.  (Page 30, reference 50, Orson Pratt, pg. 486)

 

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.  They have as great a need to repent to the words of God as any Church that is currently in error because they believed the book, 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 covenants.

 

Chapter 18 also warns of not adopting religious practices of others, and to remain true to God and His instructions.  18: 9-27;


“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.  You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.  For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you.”

15;”The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren.  Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb, to the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.”  And the LORD said to me:  “What they have spoken is good.  I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.  And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My Name, I will require it of him.  But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.  And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ – when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken, the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”

 

This prophecy 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.  Surely this is true, as it is also true that Paul is one we are to reject, as Paul taught the Law to be nailed to the cross – and even that the Law was not given by God – as well as instruction people to live ‘by the Spirit”, yet denying the word which the Spirit was sent to write upon the hearts of every believer.

 

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 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 Scrolls.”  It’s still under review at this time, but it appears 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.  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 many regards, LDS seem to 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!!!

 

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 Word 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."

"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

The 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. But, 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.  And if God created man in His image, man needs 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 to live our lives in accord with His goodness.  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.

 

 

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.  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 of those chosen men is still with us today, as are the teachings that providence has preserved for our knowledge of the teachings that He said were given by the Father in heaven.   His teachings don't need restoration if they are imperishable, nor do we need claimed “new revelations”of what Jesus taught while on earth to people other than the twelve disciples, but we do 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."   Jesus blesses those who hear, believe, and willfully seek out His words to abide in them and grow in their faithfulness to Him and the very words of God.

However, looking back over the span of centuries since 33 AD, there have been some perversions of the teachings, as well as mistranslations that don’t accurately relay them.  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 bad translations and changes to the text have been made is a proven fact.  Some may deny this as a point of their faith, 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.  It should be demanded of Bible publishers to follow the Instructions of God on this subject, as they are what we could consider the “scribes” of our day.  There are also mistranslations can also be found in the text of the Old Testament Greek when compared to the text of the most original Hebrew.  Paul used the mistranslations to advance his perversions, but the Bride of Christ made herself ready by repenting and turning 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 whore.

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 world 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 Jesus can be encouraged to know that the bride of Christ will make herself ready for His return and purifies herself and continues on in doing righteousness - in doing what He said she should 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 Jesus, and of abiding in the teachings of Anointed One - Jesus Christ. Some will not be troubled because of what is coming upon the earth, as they see those things as key indicators 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, 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)  A major premise in my book is that the New Testament as we have it is incorrect because it includes writings from those who fail the tests God commanded to be used to know who to hear and who to reject.  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?  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.  Such doctrine can be found in Paul’s writings when he equated sin to be something that dwells in him that God overlooked because he said he believed in Jesus Christ and that His righteousness was thereby imputed to him, rather than acknowledging his sin and repenting to keep the commandments of God and whatever Master Yahshua declared to be the will of God.

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.  It is also interesting that some ancient documents say that Paul was investigated and was found to not even be Jewish, but that he converted to become a Jew and was rejected by the daughter of a priest after he had been circumcised and then set out to subvert both those of the circumcision and the original Christians.  This would fit a missing piece of the puzzle of Paul and why circumcision of Gentiles was only an issue where he went, as well as his disrespect for the actual true apostles of Master Yahshua and the actual teachings and doctrines of Master Yahshua.  Hello?  Scribes:  WAKE UP!!!  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 false doctrine that matches teachings unique to Paul – that of it being permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols.  Regarding sexual sin and Paul, we find permission to remarry in his writings that are not totally in accord with the Torah and make no mention of the required certificate of divorce.  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 to be in total accord with the gospel according to Paul, but not in accord to the words of Jesus Christ.  Do recall that the Roman Catholic Church is who accepted Paul’s teachings as Scripture and who 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.

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 instructedOur 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 Elohim.  Remember 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 words of those who originally heard him – those who were the original disciples, who then became the 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. 

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 shaken, undermined and destroyed.  The time has come to re discover the old pathways, the 'Original Jesus', 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:

"I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."

How can we not judge if we are to test those who make claims to be apostles of Jesus Christ and find them to be liars?  We must be about the business of truth and love by the words of God, not of ourselves. Abide in the love of God. Jesus plainly said: "If you love me you will keep My commandments".  These are surely the “first works” the faithful will do.

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life; "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."

Carefully note that Yahshua was not saying Jews are a synagogue of Satan – He said some who say they are Jews are not Jews, nor faithful to doing the will of God.

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.”

Paul taught that eating things sacrificed to idols to be permissible unless someone was present who believed it was wrong – situational ethics that disregard the instructions of God and Christ.  Those with ears to hear need to carefully note what He said to Ephesus and that Pergamos also accepted false doctrine.

"He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone, a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."

"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

"These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass. I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience, and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”

Once again, note this Church accepted the false doctrine taught by the false apostle.

"Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations -

‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;

They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ -

"I also have received from My Father, and I will give him the morning star.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

"These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you and open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but he - indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

"These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich; have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked - I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

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 near found in relation 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 that if loose our life for His sake that we will not lose it, but instead save and preserve 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.

 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 the need to pay 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 discussed later, 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.

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 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.

Perhaps one of the most quoted passages in 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: 25; “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”

Matthew 10: 37; “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

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 Matthews 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 an ancient 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, it sure 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 God’s words, 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 investigate and study the teachings of Jesus Christ so thoroughly that it opened my eyes to the need for knowing the will of God from Jesus Christ instead of the “apostle” Paul and his disciples.  I almost feel like Joseph must have felt when being set free from prison in Egypt.

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 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 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.  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.

Another major change is the name of Jesus, as we have in the Western manuscripts based on Greek.  The name “Jesus” is not found in the AENT.  Following is the footnote on Jesus name from the AENT:

Pg. 5, footnote 17: “The Tanakh records the name Y’shua (Jeshua) 30 times, Y’hoshua (Joshua) 199 times.  Y’shua is the shortened form of Y’hoshua, the same name given to Mashiyach.  The successor of Moses, Yehoshua (Joshua), is a type of Mashiyach [Messiah], who brought the Israelites into the promise land.  Additionally, yeshua (salvation) used 78 times is the passive participle of yasha (save or savior), which is used 205 times.  “I have waited for your yeshua (salvation), O YHWH” (Genesis 49:18).  The hybrid name Jesus (Je-Zeus) was coined within a culture where “Zeus” is the chief deity.  The name “Jesus” contributes to the polytheistic values that breaks Mashiyach away from his Torah based identity.  The Greek persons of the “new Messiah” made way to endorse Trinitarian, anti-Torah and Hellenistic lifestyles.  See Y’shua to Zeus in Appendix.”

Some Background Overview

Matthew 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 discipled in the gospel 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 doing what He said and come to verify that our faith and belief in Him is real 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 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."

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 trust 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 Y’shua – 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.

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 the original disciples.  I was raised in a Church that believes they alone are the restored Church of the New Testament.  I came to realize they have yet to discover the fullness of His words or 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 they made no point to then focus on continuing in all the teachings of Yahshua, but focused their faith on replication of rites of worship and offices in the Church as what is needful.  To compound the matter, most justification of these beliefs center from some teaching of Paul.  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 calls us all to do.  In all these discussions, few had divergent issues of belief based on something He taught, but almost all divisions were formulated from different interpretations and applications of Paul’s writings.  At first this seemed curious, but after considerable study into the matter, the fact was seen that there is no actual consistency in Paul’s teachings, but he was attempting to “be all things to all men”, and as a result, the truth was compromised away from what Yahshua, the Prophets, Psalms and Torah had already declared to be truth.  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)

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 Israel drifted away and violated His commands as they worshipped other gods and treated His Sabbath with contempt, and 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?

Yahshua said to Nicodemus, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen; that they have been done in God." (John 3:19)

Matt. 11: 27-29; "All things have been delivered to me by My Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for 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 prepared the way for Y’shua 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 have one king ruling over them again.  For example, note Ezekiel 37 or Isaiah 66.  In the final book of the Bible we again find the call of God that disciples of the Son are to be a kingdom of priests to God.  Some Greek based translations/versions missed this minor detail, and some have translated this as “kings and priests” in Revelation 1:6, but the more original Aramaic has this as “kingdom of priests”, 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 (Y’shua) 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.  Perhaps it was their understanding of the re-united twelve tribes and ruling king from Jerusalem that they believed must come first with their Messiah that contributed to His crucifixion?  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 were the instruction and commandment of God.  Also note that Joel is quoted by Peter in Acts.  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.

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).  The 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.

Psalm 2: 1-12; “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot 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 bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.’  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You, ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession, You shall break them with a rod of Iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potters vessel.  Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed you judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling, kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way; when His wrath is kindled but a little.  Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. “

Second note on the Name from the AENT footnotes:  “YHWH (yud-hey-yav-hey, pronounced YAH-WEH) is the name of the Most High Elohim.  To vocalize the Name YHWH, breathe in slowly while saying “YAH”, then breathe out while saying “WEH”.  Netzari followers of Mashiyach never subscribed to the rabbinic ban against vocalizing the Name of YHWH.  Neither was the pronunciation of the Name lost within Jewish culture.  When Torah was translated into Greek, observant Jewish scribes preserved the Name of YHWH by writing “YHWH” with Hebrew characters in the Septuagint.   Isaiah 52: 5-6 states that the Name of YHWH is “continually every day blasphemed, therefore YHWH’s people shall know His name.”  This prophecy is nested in Scripture that reveals the ‘arm of YHWH” who is Mashiyach, therefore it is Mashiyach Y’shua who brought the knowledge of the Name of YHWH to the world.  Jeremiah 12:16 states that the Israelites swore by the name of Baal (Lord) a popular heathen deity of the day.  Jeremiah 23:27 says that false prophets postured false dreams to manipulate YHWH’s people away from YHWH into Baal worship.  One should also note that the English “LORD” is an equivalent term for “Baal”.  Jeremiah 44:28, states that YHWH would remove His Name from their lips for using the cliché’, “as Adonai YHWH liveth,” all while they burnt incense to the Queen of Heaven.  However, Jeremiah 16:21 states that “they shall know my Name is YHWH.”  Ezekiel 36:20-24 states that when Israel “entered unto the heathen… they profaned my Set Apart Name, but I had pity for my Set Apart Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen… and I will sanctify my Great Name, which was profaned among the heathen!”

As disciples of Y’shua should know these things.  We must also be reverent to not use His Name 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.

Psalm 138:1-2; “I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.  I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your 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 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. 

Psalm 119: 105-144; “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.  I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.  Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Your judgments.  My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your Law.  The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your preceptsYour testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heartI have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”

113; “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law.  You are my hiding place and my shield, I hope in Your word.  Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God!  Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hopeHold me up, and I shall be safe.  And I shall observe Your statutes continually.  You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.  You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love Your testimonies.  My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.”

121; “I have done justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors.  Be surety for Your servant for good; do not let the proud oppress me.  My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word.  Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes.  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.(Note carefully the parable of the talents – a talent was a measure of gold, and of great value.  What Yahshua left with us, through His chosen witnesses, are the vast wealth of the word of God that David and all the prophets longed to see and hear.  While we were not present to see Him, we are blessed to this day to “hear” His words that lead to life eternal and contain the fullness of the grace and truth of God in the hope of the coming Kingdom of God.)

129; “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.  The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.  Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name.  Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.  Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts.  Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutesRivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.”

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.  Each also has to do with the main avenues of temptation that we experience in our lives as His disciples.  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 had given till then, 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 to its greatest extent.  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. 

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

Isaiah 11:1-5

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 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.  His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waste. (Note the seven spirits here – and also note this to consider the “seven spirits” in Revelation)

42:1-7; “Behold!  My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!  I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles, He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.  A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.  He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.  Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it.  I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness, and I will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

A note to consider:  Liberty of the gospel message is being set free to see the truth of God and to be enabled to hear Him and do His will rather than being ensnared in the prison as noted in Isaiah 42 notes.  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 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.”

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.  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.

61:1-3; The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me, to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, (Yahshua quoted part of this verse in the local synagogue when opening His teachings and said) “Today is this passage fulfilled in your hearing.”

(Remainder of the passage) – “and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

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 lies – but to know the truth and to let 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.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3; “Every commandment which I command you today, you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers.  And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you; to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.  So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.”  

(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 some 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.  Not all the commandments were given to the Gentile multitude, but many were.)

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)

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 Yaheshua 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 what I consider 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 in discussion to show the roots of the Hope of the Kingdom of God 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 NKJV in OT references and note specific verses that should be reviewed from the Hebrew and compared to Greek translation to show important meaning of the verses.  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 gospel, for both Jew and Gentile, not one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  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 James said, it is the once delivered gospel, 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 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.

Immediately prior to His preaching the sermon on the mount, when He 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 of the wicked.  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 is 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)

“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.' Is 57:15; 66:2

Isaiah 15:14-21;”And one shall say; Heap it up!  Heap it up!  Prepare the way.  Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.  For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy.  I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has 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 forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.  For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart; I have seen his ways, and will heal him, I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

I create the fruit of the lips; peace, peace to them who is far off and to him who is near, says the LORD.  And I will heal hm.  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked."

66:1, 2:  "Thus says the LORD: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstead.  Where is the house that you will build Me?  And where is the place of My rest?  For all these things My hand has made, and all those things exist, says the LORD.  But on this one I will look:  On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word."

 

“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 has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning."

66:10-12;  "Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her, that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory."  (Note warnings in 66:3, 4; to those of falsehoods) “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."

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 you can find support for such a doctrine?  Should you find it, please show it to me.

'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 

“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 herbTrust 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.  Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm.  For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD; they shall inherit the earth.  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.  But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.  The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.  The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow; to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.  Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.  A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.  The LORD knows 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; like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.  Into smoke they shall vanish away.  The wicked borrows and does not repay; but the righteous shows mercy and gives.  For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and he delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.  He is ever merciful, and lends, and his descendants are blessed.  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell forevermore.  For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever; but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.  The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks 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 you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, and you shall see it.  I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself like a native green tree.  Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.  Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace, but the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.  But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD 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.

Psalm 149

“Praise the LORD!  Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.  For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints.  Praise the LORD.”

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

Zephaniah 2:1-5;  “Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, before the decree is issued, or the day passes like chaff, before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s anger comes upon you!   Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; it may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’s angerFor Gaza shall be forsaken, And Ashkelon desolate; they shall drive out Ashdod at noonday; and Ekron shall be uprooted.  Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, the nation of the Cherethites!  The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; I will destroy you; so 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 abides 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 were 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)

Psalm 11; “In the LORD I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain?  For look!  The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heartIf the foundations are 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 test the sons of men.  The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.  Upon the wicked He will rain coals; fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”

Is 66:8-12; “Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child.  Who has heard such a thing?  Who has seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day?  Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.  Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery? Says the LORD.  Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb? Says your God.  Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; that you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted With the abundance of her glory.  For thus says the LORD:  Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river; and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.  Then you shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be dandled on her knees as one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD shall be known to His servants, and His indignation to 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 The LORD will judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many.  Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says the LORD.”

False religions of those days past must have done the things mentioned here.  There are still many in other nations that 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.

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

Psalm 18; (God the sovereign Savior) 1-3; “I will love You, O LORD; my strength.  The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be delivered from my enemies. The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry.  Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.  He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.  And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.  He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.  From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.  The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire, He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.  Then the channels of the sea were seen, the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.  He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.  He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support.  He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statutes from me.  I was also blameless before Him and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. 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.  For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.  As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  For who is God, except the LORD?  And who is a rock, except our God?  It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and sets me on my high places.  He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.  You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip.  I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.  I have wounded them, so that they could not rise; they have fallen under my feet.  For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.  They cried out, but there was none to save; even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.  Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.  You have delivered me from the strivings of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; a people I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me they obey me; the foreigners submit to me.  The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts.  The LORD lives!  Blessed by my Rock!  Let the God of my salvation be exalted.  It is God who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies.  You also lift me up above those who rise against me.  You have delivered me from the violent man.  Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.”  Great deliverance He gives to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, To David and his descendants forevermore. 

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; “The earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.  Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy placeHe who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.  Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you 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 you gates!  Lift up you 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.

51; “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin my mother conceived me.  Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will 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 hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.  Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.  For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise.  Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your 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;LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?  Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend, in whose eyes a vile person is despised.  But he honors those who fear the LORD; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.  He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Consider Paul’s public rebuke (reproach) of Peter – would you do this if you had any respect for the Lord and His appointed eye-witnesses (Galatians 2:11)?  Also consider that Paul was accused of speaking evil against the Law, the Temple and people of God – those of Israel who were in the initial Church of God.  How can we believe such a man over what God has declared in grace and truth?  How many have rejected the very commandments and instruction and blessings of God because of the false testimony of one man who claimed to be an apostle – yet was not testified to be an apostle by the Lord, any of the twelve apostles, or even his own historian, Luke?  At Jerusalem Paul testified of the ‘great things’ God had done at his hand.  The man Paul committed perjury in his testimony.  We have the books he wrote – the apostles didn’t have them on hand, and we can know Paul did teach the things he was accused of and yet denied (Acts 21).  Paul was given the opportunity to prove the charges false – but he failed to complete his oath/vow that would have cleared his name.  Rather than clearing his name, he was rescued by a Roman and hauled of as a prisoner to Rome, where he eventually died. 

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 do, and the primary points made here is to show that even the beatitudes are deeply founded upon the very words of God that Paul rejected and said caused him to sin.  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.”

For those who don’t yet see that what Paul taught was in opposition to the Teachings of the Messiah, Master Yahshua, consider these passages and try to reconcile them with the truth of the Teachings of Yahshua.

Romans 7:1-6; “Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?  For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives.  But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.  So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called and adulteress, but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should be bear fruit to God.  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.”

If, 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 – this teaching from Paul is in total opposition to that core truth of the word of God being upheld as true to all generations.  Paul’s analogy is that God died on the cross to get rid of the Law, which only served to cause sin – yet 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.  From all I can see in the Scriptures not written by Paul  or his disciples – Paul did not teach in accord with God, Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, or the Christ.

Romans 13:1, 4; “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  For rules are not a terror to good works, but to evil.  Do you want to be unafraid of the authority?  Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.  For his is God’s minister to you for good.  But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, and avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

So on one hand, as we will see from Paul’s teachings, Paul says we are to pay no attention to the Torah, we are to keep the laws of men, because God appoints rulers of men?  This puts the laws of men above the laws of God.  This deserves considerable thought to see if anyone can prove Paul was not condoning speaking against the validity of the words of God that Yahshua said are still truth and light to His disciples.  God did not die on the cross, nor did His instructions in righteousness.  If Paul only believed God, he would have understood that God is the authority we are to obey for our good.  This passage of Romans actually reveals far more about Paul than most are able to accept.

Romans 14:1-14; “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.  For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.  Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has received him.  Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  One person esteems one day above another [Sabbath], another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.  He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and givens God thanks.  For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.  But why do you judge your brother?  Or why do you show contempt for your brother?  For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”

Esteeming one day over another, for regarding the LORD, surely must have to do with the Ten Commandments, and that the Sabbath was to be kept because God said so.  Yet Paul side-steps the issue to allow no regard for the commandment of God and to say that it is unjust to uphold the commandment of God over any personal preference or conviction that is at odds with the commandment of God – to believe Paul is to reject the principle that our judgments must match what God said. Disregard for what God instructed (Torahless) is to condemn ourselves for not keeping the righteous standards of God as the rules to live by – to uphold the Torah as true and of God.  And regarding eating or not eating anything in particular, Acts records the “Jerusalem Decree” to the Gentiles that they were forbidden to eat anything sacrificed to idols – it was a prohibition without exception and in keeping with the Torah instructions and the Epistle of Master Yahshua to Ephesus in Revelation 2.  Paul was sent with instructions to the Gentiles, yet we shall see that Paul disregarded them and taught that it was not prohibited, except if one who believed it was present – only then was it wrong.  Note well that Yahshua warned of the one who claimed they were an apostle, but were not, is one who taught that it was permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols, as did Balaam in the Old Testament (Rev. 2, 3).  Yes, everyone will confess to God, but many will be told: “Depart from Me, I never knew you,” and this is because they were without the Torah – the explicit commandments of God and the keeping the words of Master Yahshua.  As God said to Israel when He gave the Law, and again through David in Psalm 119: 118; “You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.

I Corinthians 10:23-31; “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful, all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well being.  Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience sake, for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.”  If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience sake.  But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols, do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness.  Conscience, I say, not your own, but that the other.  For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?  But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

From the sermon on the mount we can know that Yahshua taught keeping the commandments of God faithfully, and that they contain the foundation of His teachings that made the Torah from God honorable and that our works are to be good, which is to be doing as God instructed.  Faithfully keeping the Instructions in righteousness is what gives glory to God – not disregarding His commandments!   Yahshua also said we are to seek righteousness, which is the stated instructions and will of God, not seek to not offend anyone by rejecting the instructions from God.  The greatest commandment is to love God first and foremost.   Yet Paul taught that all things are lawful – thereby nullifying the commandment of prohibition of eating what was sacrificed to idols, and every other commandment of God!  Giving God thanks for what He commanded against cannot be seen by men or God to be keeping His commandments or instructions in righteousness.  The Gospel is about doing the will of God – not about putting our conscience or the conscience of any other man above the Instruction and Commandment of God or the Prophet.  Why should anyone say disregarding the commandments of God is evil?  Because God said so, and to lead His people away from doing as He commanded or instructed them – this is the primary test of any false teacher, prophet, messiah, apostle or angel of light – those who are false will at some point lead people away from doing what God said to do, or to say it is acceptable to do that which God prohibited.  Who else in early Church history – before the book of Revelation was written – can it be shown to have taught it was acceptable to eat meat sacrificed to idols?  I have only heard such a thing from the supposed “apostle” Paul. 

II Corinthians 3; “Do we begin again to commend ourselves?  Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you?  You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.  And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.  For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels.  For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.  Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were blinded.  For until, this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.  But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless when one turn s to the Lord, the veil is taken away.  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

It surely appears that Paul was commending himself in disregard to the instruction of God.  Again, Paul implies to teach that the Torah was done away with and that what was written by God on the stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant to be the ministry of death – not the manner of life that God called His people to observe faithfully and thereby receive His blessings and protection.  Rather, Paul implies that we are freed from the instruction of God to then have liberty to do whatever we believe the “Spirit” leads us to do – quite apart from the Torah, Psalms, Prophets and Teachings of Master Yahshua!  The fact remains, as mentioned before, that God said He would send His Spirit to write His instructions on the hearts of His people so they would keep His words from their heart indeed, not only because the commandments were written on stone tablets.  The Spirit was sent to work in total harmony with “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  To teach that the Spirit was given to set aside the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant is to call God a liar and to blaspheme the Spirit for attributing that to Him which He would never do.  Study the Teachings of Yahshua, as noted from His chosen and faithful Emissaries – His truth, and the Spirit of Truth go hand in hand with the Word of Truth.  As Yahshua said:  “Sanctify them by Thy truth, Thy word is Truth” and “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  It is not even remotely possible that Paul was speaking the truth.  So, where did Paul get his inspiration and revelation for his peculiar gospel?  Was it of himself, or of the angel of light?  No matter where it came from, if you desire the truth – you won’t get it from Paul.  I’ve heard it said that Satan will tell a hundred truths to get you to believe a single lie.  There is enough poison in Paul’s teachings that I can no longer consider what he taught.  We need to follow the instructions of God about such a person as Paul, who clearly is proven to teach against the word of God and Christ.  If we accept Paul, we violate the commandments of God about who to hear and who to reject hearing (Deut. 4, 12, 13, 18).  Another point is that of the Isaiah 42 prophecy, that people be freed from the prison houses of their own making – to the glorious Truth of God as taught by Master Yahshua.  True liberty in Christ is to be freed to do the will of God in Spirit and Truth through faithful discipleship to hear whatever He taught – not whatever Paul taught.  Paul is the one with the “veil” who rejected the light and truth of God, as spoken by the Anointed One that is in full accord with the words of God in all of the Old Testament.  Thankfully, those of Israel have been faithful to preserve His word and not fill their Scripture with false prophets, as the “Christians” have.  It’s full time to repent of lies and turn to the real fullness of the grace and truth, as taught to the original disciples of Master Yahshua!

Galatians 3; “O foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?  This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Have you suffered so many things in vain – if indeed it was in vain?  Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”  Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”  So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”  But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”  Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.”  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”); that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Brethren, I speak in the manner of men.  Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.  Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.  He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one.  “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise, but God gave it to Abraham by promise.”

19; “What purpose then does the law serve?  It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.

23; “Is the law then against the promises of God?  Certainly not!  For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.  But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abrahams’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 3 is filled with errors, which should be easily seen with some basic investigation into what the records of Moses tell us of these matters in Genesis – as this is the book that records the historical foundations of Abraham and his descendants, the promised Seed that would bless all nations, what God invited Abraham to become, and if the agreements between God and Abraham were based on faith, or if they were clearly based on faithfulness in obedience to what God instructed Abraham to do.  Going back to the earlier section on the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham should be ample proof to any honest disciple of Master Yahshua that Paul totally misrepresented what the Scriptures clearly say. 

The matter of Abraham having a descendant to be his heir in Genesis 15  is not the passage where God or Abraham were agreeing to a Covenant, or the conditions of a Covenant between God and Abraham and his children after him.  It is also not a passage to say the Gentiles would be saved by faith.  The Covenant was found to reside upon faithfully hearing whatever God instructed him to do, and that Abraham walk before God blamelessly – Abraham was found to have obeyed God – not just to have only believed or only had faith.  God said in Genesis 26:5 why He had found Abraham to have met the agreed conditions of the Everlasting Covenant; “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” 

Yahshua said to believe what Moses had said, and it is impossible to believe Paul if one believes Moses and Master Yahshua.  What is the “law” but instructions in righteousness from God?  Did God ever say as Paul said, that the Promise (Everlasting Covenant) is by faith, rather than faithfulness to do as He instructed?  Often Paul presents a truth or partial truth and then slants it to then reflect any light in the passage he was quoting to then make up his own doctrines that cannot be shown to be true by the words of God or Christ – yet are often accepted by many to be “gospel truth” by those who are disciples of Paul – rather than disciples of Master Yahshua (Jesus Christ). 

When someone effectively spits in the eye of God by misrepresenting His Truth and claiming “It’s in the Book!” they are only showing their disbelief of God and total belief in Paul.  We’ve all been told the Bible is the word of God, but my friends, it cannot be, and those who publish the Bibles have been deceived and have yet to free themselves from their prison houses.  Being a disciple of Yahshua who rejects the very word of God can come to no good end, as it results in disbelief of God and Christ.  Just ask yourself if you know of any “Christian” who believes the conditions of the Everlasting Covenant (Torah) are no longer in effect – VS – trusting in the words of Yahshua that we are not to even think that the least of the commandments of God have been loosened – let alone nullified or set aside or destroyed – not to mention that God gave them that He might be able to bless them – not to curse them!!!  The final spit in the eye of God was when Paul taught that the Law (Torah) was not even given by God, but given by angels as a curse, and not for life and blessing!

See in “19” above, “and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator”.  In a veiled way, Paul is saying that the Law was not even given by God!  This is in total opposition to the record of Moses in the Torah.  It is impossible to believe Moses spoke the truth and then say the Law was given by an angel or a mediator and not by God Himself.  Read Exodus if you don’t believe I’m right – I make no claim to be an authority, but I am saying that we’ve been lied to when we were told to believe Paul was actually an apostle.  Paul’s writings are so full of lies that it’s astounding to consider why we haven’t seen this before.  God is true, and the more I consider the facts, Paul is the enemy who sowed tares in the field that God planted with the Good Seed of His True Teachings and Instructions in righteousness.

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 discrepencies, 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 lies from Paul and his disciples: Mark, Luke, and the author of Hebrews.  Yahshua warns that those who believe and love the lie 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, 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.”  This also informs us that God does not view the “least” of His commandments as equal to those that carry more weight.

Galatians 4:8-9; “But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.  But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?  You observe days and months and seasons and years.  I am afraid for you, let I have labored for you in vain.”

Paul is speaking to those who desired to keep the Instructions of God in the Law (Torah).  The laws of God include the Sabbath, as well as Instructions for days and months of the appointed times to honor them – each of which point to the Messiah in one way or another.  The main point of this passage has been lost to appearance in the English translation from the Greek, but should prove to show Paul’s disregard for God and His words that lead to life and blessings as God said they will.  What Paul was saying is that the lowest of angels gave the Law to Moses as a curse upon Israel.  Paul is also saying that to pay attention to the Instructions in Righteousness given by God is to be in bondage!   Paul is also saying that Jesus Christ has set us free from bondage – the curse of the Law – that the Law was given as a curse, rather than life.  Paul viewed the matter to be that if one returns to do as God instructed that he had labored in vain.  I hope he has, as we need to return to the Truth of God and reject those who oppose what He has declared to be the manner of life that He blesses – rather than to place ourselves under the curse of God because we reject Him and His Everlasting Covenant and His stated conditions for His blessing.  Again, consider if you believe God gave the Law to Moses.  Who gave the Law to Moses?  God? Angels? Lowly angels?  And why did God say about the Instructions in Righteousness?  Were the 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 to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you to Myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.  And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.  These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Deuteronomy 5:29; “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!”

Deut. 5:32, 33; “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you 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.

Ephesians 2:14-16; “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Here Paul clearly says that He (Jesus) abolished the law of commandments at the cross.  This is in total opposition to the fact that Yahshua taught the Torah is still in effect today, even to the very least of the commandments of God.  To distinguish between Jew and Gentile, secular and set-apart, or any other distinction in the Torah is to be carefully hearing and doing as God commanded.  One cannot believe both Paul and Yahshua spoke the truth – this is why “dispensational theology” was developed – to pretend that what Yahshua taught was in the “Old Testament” and what Paul taught is the “New Testament” – one gospel for the Jews and another for the Gentiles.  This is refuted in the words of Yahshua in the great commission at the end of Matthew – the same commandments given to the original disciples were to go to all nations – not just Israel.  This was the original Christian heresy: salvation by faith without works, by grace alone – invented by Paul, and promoted by Marcion.  This is the primary reason I don’t believe Luke accurately reported the “Jerusalem Decree”, as people of all nations are called to keep the same commandments/instructions in righteousness He had first taught them.  By Luke’s account, the Apostles have limited Gentiles solely to prohibitions of fornication and eating meat sacrificed to idols and eating blood.  The Apostles knew what their commission was.  Luke was certainly playing fast and loose with the facts.

Colossians 2:13-18; “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.  Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels …”

Being consistent in his argument against the truth of God, Paul again inserts that keeping the commandments of God is to be found to be cheating ourselves of the freedom from the Law and that the Law was established by principalities and powers of angels – that to do as angels instructed is to be guilty of false humility and the worship of angels.  Well, as for me, I’d rather believe God and Christ and the fact that Moses said God gave the Instructions in Righteousness that is able to convert the soul to life and blessings from God.

Peter spoke of forgiveness of past sins at baptism, not blanket forgiveness of future sins as well.  And when Yahshua forgave sins, He also instructed them: “Go and sin no more.” If baptism is to forgive all future sins as Paul seems to teach, then why did John say we are to confess our sins to God, and that God is faithful to forgive (I John 1:9)?  This is another quote from Paul that he believed keeping the Law to be under bondage to those who are not god, but to be honoring angels and not God.  The Torah directly instructed about food, drink, festivals and new moons and Sabbaths – it is pure folly to think Paul was addressing something else – but people will ignore obvious truth to defend the false apostle’s doctrines.  If you do believe God and Master Yahshua spoke the actual truth – this should be sufficient evidence that Paul did not teach the truth or the gospel of Master Yahshua.

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 refining and refocusing of 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. Is 26:12; Ps 122:8, 9; Ps 72:3-7

Isaiah 26; “In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah; we have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever; for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.  For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.  The foot shall tread it down – the feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.  The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.  Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You.  With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.  Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.  LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.  But they will see and be ashamed for their envy of people; yes the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.  LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.  O LORD our God, masters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name.  They are dead, they will not live; they are deceased, they will not rise.  Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.  You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land.  LORD, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.  As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of her delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O LORD.  We have been with child, we have been, we have been in pain; we have, as it were, brought forth wind; we have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.  Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.  For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will 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; “Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son.  He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice.  The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.  They shall fear You As long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth.  In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no moreHe shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.  Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba will offer gifts.  Yes, all the kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.  For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.  He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy.  He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.  And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.  There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.  His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun.  And men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed.  Blessed by the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things!  And blessed be His glorious name forever!  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; “Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries because I follow what is good.”

Isaiah 66:5; “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.”

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 hold the gospel account of Paul to be true, that salvation is by faith apart from works.  Yahshua warned that we would face persecution due to upholding and keeping His words of life.  He also warned that those of our own household may be our greatest enemies.  So as 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 abide in His word indeed and keep His words that you are greatly blessed and will surely be rewarded greatly – according to His promised blessings, and in the coming Kingdom of God.

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.

“The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law.  All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully; help me!  They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts.  Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”

Most passages 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 the 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 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)

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 herbTrust 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 89:1-37 (15); “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.  For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”  I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David; your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.”  And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.  For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?  Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD?  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.  O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O LORD?  Your faithfulness also surrounds You.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.  You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.  The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; the world and all its fullness, You have founded them.  The north and the south; You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name.  You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, and high is Your right hand.  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.  Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!  They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance.  In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.  For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted.  For our shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.”

“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 lips.  Once 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.”

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.  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; 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 is where this was prophesied: “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”

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 Y’shua 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 – 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 Y’shua would do well to make this study a life-long effort.  He came to open the prison doors of false doctrine 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.  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.  That men are to give God glory for His goodness is the same through the elementary Torah given by Moses, and magnified through 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.  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 with the true Israel of God – to be careful to note whatever God has declared good from the beginning.  I suspect it will be in perfect alignment with the teachings of Yahshua, as He said to make disciples of Him and teach them whatever He had commanded the first twelve disciples, but taking my own advice – it’s best to double check facts rather than to assume what someone else said is true.  I’ve been discovering far too many things I’ve been taught are not the actual fullness of His truth.  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, and He gave no direction or indication that there is one gospel message for the Jews and another for the Gentiles, but 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.

Relating to this topic is the “Jerusalem Decree” from the Church at Jerusalem to the Gentiles in Acts.  The things specified to the Gentiles related to the things commanded of the “sojourners” with Israel. There are a number of issues with Luke’s lack of complete records of historic matters, so it’s best not to formulate too much from scant or questionable information provided in Acts.   After much ongoing study regarding the faithfulness of the reporting done by Luke about Paul, I sincerely believe there is actually too much inconsistency to regard the text as Scripture.  Some of the matters in Acts actually find themselves to be testifying against itself in many places, as well as against what other accounts are in other books of the NT written by Paul himself that have records of the evident same instances.  If Luke was just reporting what he was told, and those telling him were not consistent (likely Pauls’ version of history told to Luke), that would explain some, but not all the issues.  This is why matters noted in Acts need to be confirmed by the rest of Scripture when they report what the gospel was prophesied to be and what anyone is reported to have said, as well as what the historical events were given to be. 

A fairly simple matter would be to investigate the accounts in Acts of the conversion of Saul.  Anyone can read both Acts and Paul’s letters and epistles to see if he said anything in them related to his conversion – Acts is Luke’s record – and also note when Luke includes himself in the narrative in the first person – which is much later on in the text, and we should also investigate the matter with both eyes open and being careful we are not allowing ourselves to be deceived by drawing a mental cover over obvious inconsistencies and contradictions in the matters.  Recall that God has already told us that deceit is falsehood – which is against His commandments and against the doctrine of God that Yahshua taught and exampled for us.  Anything not according to the truth is falsehood – and condemned as evil.  God has not left us without the tools and intellect to determine the truth from errors of scribes, imperfect memories, or of outright deception in the name of God.  The most obvious error of Paul was to teach that the Law was given by angels, who are no God. 

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 Y’shua was teaching.  He never taught a single thing that lead away from doing the previously expressed instructions in righteousness from God.  He also confirmed the primary division that things start from whatever God had said through Moses, then through the words He received from the Father as the final authority.  Moses and Yahshua are the two primary witnesses 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 amazed at the 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 do what God and His Christ have graciously instructed us to do or not do. 

One statement recorded in Acts to be from Peter is Acts 15:5-21, where Luke records Peter to have said the Gentiles are purified in their hearts by faith, just as “us” (Jews).  I Peter 1:22 is written by Peter and there says purification is through obedience.  The I Peter account fits the same gospel taught by Yahshua and that belief and obedience go hand in hand and disobedience equates with disbelief.  The record by the hand of Luke contradicts what Peter wrote.  Luke records Peter to be in agreement with the doctrines of Paul – which should be a key indicator to us about the reliability of Luke’s accounts.  Numerous passages in the Law and Prophets testify to the fact that faith with obedience/works meet of repentance to do the will of God are required.  My personal view is that it appears Luke is trying to make Peter sound like what Paul was teaching, that faith without works saves, that mere ascent to belief in the death, burial and resurrection is all that is required.  Thankfully we have the preserved teachings of Yahshua and the real apostles.

Regarding the scribes and Pharisees comment: the scribes failed their duty by supporting the Pharisees to impose man made doctrine over the Doctrine and Commandments of God, thereby judging Gods word as inferior and putting themselves above God and denying the respect and service 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 further in His teachings.  Disciples of Yahshua are to live more actual righteousness in doing as God said than the Pharisees or scribes of His day, and if we don’t, there is no way we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is clearly what Yahshua taught.   Don’t let what anyone has said lead you from understanding the truth of this matter.  No apostle had the authority to teach anything different than the Messiah/Christ/Prophet 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 He taught.  Not one single letter of the Torah – God’s gracious instructions to mankind – to all who desire to be blessed of God – anyone who would teach that God annulled His truth and light contained in His word should never be paid attention to.  Neither should they if they teach that the Torah, Prophets or Psalms have been set aside as a marriage to a dead mate, or who would twist the matter to declare God didn’t give the Torah to Moses.  The matter is simple, and truly, that belief (faith) does the works of doing as God has instructed us.  These things are most fully understood in the Doctrine of God taught by Master Yahshua in Matthew, John and Revelation.  If this is true, reconsider forming any doctrine solely upon what is written by Paul, Luke, Mark or the book of Hebrews.  Not that there is not any truth in any of them, but that there is enough error in them as to not consider them on equal ground with writings of the Twelve Apostles.  Personally, I see no reason to place any value to them at all and find it best to set them aside.  A curious point is also that the name of Yahshua was completely removed from the NT in the Greek translations and we have no knowledge of who did it.  If there is only one name under heaven by which men may be saved – wouldn’t that be convenient if you desired that men be deceived away from the truth of this matter through a wholesale removal of His name from the text of all the NT books?  Thankfully were are told that God will uphold His word higher than His name (every name).

In Revelation 2 the Church at Ephesus was congratulated for finding some who claimed to be apostles to have been liars.  Who in the NT claimed to be an apostle and also spent time teaching the Church at Ephesus (then the capitol of Asia)?  Who said he was rejected and abandoned at his first defense in Asia (Ephesus?) in 2 Tim. 4?  Enough said.  If you want to know more, see “Jesus Words Only” by Mr. D. J. Tondo.  It is impossible that Paul taught the same truth of Jesus Christ about the hope for the kingdom of heaven.  Paul is the Balaam of Revelation 2 and the wolf of the tribe of Benjamin in Genesis 49.  If you don’t believe me, read “Jesus Words Only”.  Early Church texts show the original heresy of the Church were those who took what Paul taught as the truth.  Paul is proven to actually be attacking the true faith and the true Christians as he taught his own gospel, which was not the gospel taught by Jesus Christ, the twelve apostles, or the first Christians in Jerusalem.  If those who believe and follow liars and reject the Torah of God and reject accepting the truth Y’shua said we must repent to do – it is a vital matter to know that some of what we have been told is true is nothing but a proven lie.  Those who came before us may condemn themselves through what they taught and lived – but each person and each generation and nation will be judged justly according to what God said – and Paul is no authority of God because he fails the tests God gave and directly taught against what Yahshua said is truth.

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 have to take the Paul blinders off if we hope to see, hear and know what Yahshua actually 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 “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.  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 is the sacrifice 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.  Some experts with the ancient Hebrew quotes from Matthew say the matter was about lusting after another man’s wife and also marrying a woman who had not been given the writing of divorce as commanded in the Torah.  Since I’ve found so much in the Torah, Psalms and Prophets about the standards given from the beginning through Moses and how each is upheld in His teachings, I’m confident that marriage is a sacred institution, and that unfaithfulness to the union as intended from the beginning is grounds for divorce. His teaching in Mt. 19 say this commandment is only for those able to accept it.  Contemporary Western values of the roles of men and women in marriage have drifted far from what God instructed.  All who seek to do the will of God should repent and live as God instructed.  Sins proceed from the heart and mind of mankind – not their eyes, hands or feet.  The point He is making is to cut off sin – not the body part.  This is equal to severe repentance effort and diligence, not going around poking out your eyes and cutting off your hands.  The point is to live uprightly by the instruction God has given.  And 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 Y’shua) on our heart.  The actual 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 be given the praise deserved on the Day of Judgment for His grace, truth and faithfulness.

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 Y’shua has said are in accord with the will of God, and this is certainly a needed application.

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 is right, and 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.

(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.

Yahshua clearly said disciples should be true to their word.  Note that this is about oaths to God.  Off hand, I can only recall one instance in the NT that spoke of taking an oath, and that is about Paul and his final conflict in Jerusalem.  The Acts account is basically that Paul was charged by some to have taught against the Torah, Temple and Jews.  Paul denied the charges.  I believe it was Peter or James who gave the opportunity for Paul to prove the charges false (they didn’t have the benefit of reading the letters and epistles he wrote), and the week long Temple oath was for Paul to prove the matter.  That Paul failed to complete the oath and was instead attacked for allowing the Temple to be defiled by a gentile because of his teachings that there is no difference to God between a Jew and a Gentile and that the wall of partition in the Temple was done away with by Christ.   What this particular oath was is not recorded, but Paul failed to prove his innocence to the charges, as the oath or vow was not completed.  As a result Paul and was rescued and sent to prison and died in Roman custody.  We can read what Paul wrote in Romans, I, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and also see the dubious account in Acts that Paul even tried to claim the charges against him were not what was clearly given as speaking against the Torah, Temple and people of God – but his counter-claim was that he was on trial for belief in the resurrection – an obviously false claim.  It’s no wonder that Festus said Paul had gone mad (Acts 27:24).  The lesson here is to speak honestly and don’t think God is mocked or unfaithful to His word or people He has chosen or called out to be set-apart and faithful to His service.

As stated earlier, I have some familiarity with Mormonism – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Most people are aware of LDS Temples built around the earth in various States in the US, and in foreign Countries.  They believe sacred endowments are performed by their members there.  Most familiar of these may be eternal marriage vows, and baptisms for the dead.  While they claim these things are sacred, not secret, I cannot but wonder how they reconcile these beliefs and practices with the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ, or with the creation and fall of man account in Genesis.  After all, did Jesus anywhere command taking vows, teach that marriage is an eternal institution, or teach anything was so sacred that it was a secret teaching?  Did He say that He taught nothing in secret?  This should reasonably cause some LDS to reconsider if it is of Jesus Christ or not, if the principle He gave was to abide in what He taught during His life on earth.  This curiously relates to additions Joseph Smith made to Doctrine and Covenants soon after becoming a Mason, and there were a number of similarities between Masonic oaths and oaths LDS make in their temples.  There are several web sites and a number of books that are anti-LDS that discuss more on these matters.  If you want to know more, you can search them out to learn more about these curiosities.  But rather than repeat some things that may not be correct that are charged against LDS, time would be best spent to focus on what Yahshua said is the truth of God and to test every man with claims to divine revelation to the tests God gave to know if they spoke for Him or not.  Anyone can to do a google search for the video of the Mormon or LDS Temple Ceremony.  One on the internet archive is a video of at least one endowment ceremony and anyone can quickly note that of the characters portrayed – Elohim (God), Jehovah (Jesus) and Michael (Adam), were present in the garden and creation.  The curiosity is to see that Satan is the one telling Adam that he had a pre-life he didn’t remember, and a number of other things LDS believe to be true that are not in accord with the Torah or the rest of what other Christians believe to be Scripture. One such error is the belief that the fall of man occurred that man might have joy – which is the opposite of what the Holy Scriptures say.  Each person is responsible to their discipleship and service to God, but I cannot imagine why LDS haven’t picked up on the matter of listening to Satan instead of Jesus Christ if their Church is named after Jesus Christ and they weekly renew their covenant to keep His commandments as part of their Sacrament prayer.

https://archive.org/details/MormonTempleCeremony

I hope that they will discover the greatest witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Matthew, John, Revelation, and the Torah, Psalms and Prophets; not something Joseph Smith said are ancient written records as the book of Mormon or Josephs revelations said to be from God (D&C, Book of Moses, or the Book of Abraham) – and especially realize that believing anything Satan said cannot come to any good in the end.  The parallels between the claims of Joseph and Paul should be too similar to ignore.  Both claimed to have received their knowledge of their gospel as direct revelation from God and Jesus Christ that is not in complete accord to the Torah or teachings of Jesus Christ from ancient records.   If Jesus taught there is no marriage or giving of marriage to those worthy of the resurrection as a counter to the Jews asking “whose wife will she be in the resurrection?,” it just mystifies me why they believe otherwise, if abiding in what He said is as important as they claim in their Sacrament prayer.  Also, if Jesus taught that it is not possible for one who has died to pass from one side of the abyss to the other (paradise VS torment), it seems to be in direct contradiction to His teaching of the rich man and Lazarus to practice proxy baptism to circumvent what He said is true.  As Scripture says, God is not mocked.

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.  The testator died and has risen from the dead and no one can change the will; 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.

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 God 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 both 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 Yeshua 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 whose hope is 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 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, 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 the Good Shepherd, they know His voice and follow Him, but will reject the lying shepherd.

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 Y’shua 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 preach to prepare God’s people.  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 covered 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.”

Y’shua 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.  Much of the roots in Romanism, colonialism, capitalism, the oil and environmental business and the Federal Reserve should be brought to the full light of day.  So should the use of consultants and contractors who partner with lawmakers to milk the funds in public trust for specific purposes, which also includes lobbyists who write laws to benefit corporations that are not in accord with the will of the people or the good of the people.  When big money is involved, always watch your back.  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.  As one expert in finances said, what is happening is a “pump and dump” of the US economy, and it has long been in the works as an engineered failure to bring down the rights and the spirits of the American citizen, who once held sway in this nation.

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!”

So 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 done is provided for us that we become aware of and acknowledge, and 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 a thing we are not enabled to do, this is when we need to ask 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 Y’shua 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 Y’shua 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 that is 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.  He shed His very life’s blood as atonement for 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 fancy 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 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 can 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 work and 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 to the “Scribes” of today who publish the Bible to be hearers of God and discern that He has instructed 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, and 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 false ideas and then 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 such 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 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 beli