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Spiritual Vomit

 

Television and movies are on the top of my list of the things that vex me most. I try to keep the world’s magazines, new-papers, books, music and other krap out of my home. Not because I am a stiff or want to disconnect with the outside world, I just want to purge and keep the filth out of my home and out of my heart.

 Last night I watched a segment of “Top Gear” on Netflix with my husband. He warned me that they may have some sexual innuendo now and then, but that it was a really entertaining show about cars and that the Englishmen were quite funny.

The part about cars was interesting and the middle aged men could be funny but after they joke about sex, draw rugby play diagrams that look like men’s genitals and mock the Lord’s prayer, well I felt like that vomit that comes out of Yeshua’s mouth that he speaks about in Revelation 2:16.

“So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew (vomit) you out of my mouth.”

I don’t want to be a “Laodicean” type believer. I don’t want to be rejected by Yeshua because I have become a self deceived, self righteous, Christian. I want to be hot, I want to be on fire—in a good way, for my heavenly Father, for my saviour, Yeshua. The thought of Holy Spirit who dwells in me, being grieved by my subjecting myself to other people’s filthy talk, makes me so…unhappy.

I hate compromise, the kind that has me share in other people’s sins. It makes me feel dirty and so unworthy. It makes it really hard to pray, it makes it hard to read the Word.

Why?

Because I know better and that this is a sin, confess, sin, confess, repeat kind of thing.

I want off this merry go round!

Back in the day, when I was a kid, my mom rarely watched the television with us kids. She would sit in the kitchen and knit. Why was she not sitting with the family spending time with us? She was avoiding defilement. Thirty years ago, there was Daisy Duke strutting around with her short shorts and breasty cleavage showing and that eye candy made my mom feel just as dirty as how I felt last night. I should really take some cues from my mother.

People around me call me “prude” because I am easily offended by nudity and sexual innuendo and the like. They have no idea of the demonic attacks that come from exposure to that kind of thing. They have no idea that much sexual desire is fueled by lust and perversion and it has absolutely nothing to do with love and that for some people, it leads them down the path of things far beyond a healthy heterosexual relationship…but no one wants to talk about that…

The path keeps getting narrower.

There are fewer people on it and it’s getting lonelier and lonelier.

So they call me a “prude”.

But I know my heavenly Father calls me something different.

And in the end, isn’t that the only thing that will matter?

 

 

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The Beam

A thought came to me yesterday how many Christians think it’s awful how homosexuals have highjacked the rain bow to represent themselves and their beliefs.  The rainbow is YHWH’s token(‘owth) of a perpetual covenant made with man and beast that he would never destroy the whole earth again with a flood…Genesis 9:11-17

And yet many Christians are no better.

Many have highjacked Sabbath and call Sunday the Sabbath to represent them and their beliefs too.   YHWH’s seventh day Sabbath is a perpetual covenant, a sign/mark(‘owth) and it is between Him and Isreal, forever…Exodus 31:13-18

Israel is comprised of the people who serve him.  Non Jewish believers have been grafted in among Israel in the olive tree and we serve one God…Romans 11

People say that Sabbath doesn’t apply to Christians but there were no ‘Christians’ at the time that YHWH gave instructions to Moses and Israel, Israel represents all those that serve YHWH…physical and spiritual.

Can you fathom the double mindedness?

We judge others for taking the symbol of the rainbow and yet we did that to the seventh day sabbath…we took YHWH’s sign and made it represent something else that YHWH, Yeshua and even the prophets and apostles never taught.

There is a prophecy that alludes to the possible change of sabbath in Daniel 7:25–“And he(anti-christ) shall speak great words against the most High and shall wear out the saints of the most High and think to change times and laws…”  The Roman Catholic church certainly changed times and laws, and added to them…

We have some confessing and repenting to do on behalf of the *church.

The Roman Catholic Church abolished Sabbath observance and created the Lord’s Day, other believers simply have chosen to call Sunday the Lord’s Day and the Sabbath. Both are wrong and have added to and diminished YHWH’s commands…Deut. 4:2

So we have judged the world for high jacking the rainbow, but the *church did the same to the Sabbath.

We have also judged the world for believing in evolution instead of creation, but the *church abolished the very memorial that calls to remembrance the creation-the 7th day sabbath…Exodus 20:8-11

Yeshua said, “And why do you behold the mote that is in your brother’s eye but do not perceive the beam that is in your own eye?” Luke 6:41

Prayer:  Father, we come to you in Yeshua’s name and ask you to forgive us for judging others who have taken the image of the rainbow and use it to represent their beliefs that go against your holy Word. We have done something similar and not realized it.

Please forgive us for profaning your holy, set apart Sabbath and calling Sunday the Sabbath.

Please forgive our families, our Christian friends and the *church.

Forgive us Father for tearing down your memorial that points to your creation.

Father, please show us other areas where we have judged others and been guilty of the same.

Please help us turn back to your truth, your holy Word.

Please help us discern between the teachings of man and the commands of YHWH God and to choose rightly.

Thank you that when we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Thank you for the blood of Yeshua that washes away all our sin.

Lead us and “set us apart in your truth, your word is truth.” John 17:17

In Yeshua’s name we pray.  So let it be.

*when I say church, I mean the majority of people who believe in Jesus.

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What is so Important about Messiah?

The other day I was talking to a young friend and he put out a question something like this, “Why can’t we just believe in YHWH, God Almighty?  Why do we have to believe in the Messiah too?  Why is he so important?”

Honestly, I have had those questions too, but they were quickly put to bed when I would read the prophecies in the Tenach (Old Testament) that spoke of the Messiah.

I am sure my family and friends would be surprised/shocked by my questioning the relevance of Jesus, but I have been trying to look at things from the point of view of a Jew and not a Christian.  Why?  I have had the burning desire to know if there are things I have believed all my life as a Christian, that were some how a stumbling block to unbelieving Jews.

I have found that there are major doctrines that are not only stumbling blocks to Jews but to Muslims as well.

Right now I want to revisit those passages that speak of the Messiah, which simple means, “anointed one”.

One of my favourites that is in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 says,

YHWH thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall you hearken;

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

YHWH is speaking of the Messiah as that Prophet.  Some people think that he is speaking of the prophets in general, but in the Hebrew, it is singular not plural.

A prophet was also anointed, not just with oil but with Holy Spirit so that he could speak YHWH’s words to the people.  At Mount Sinai, the people of Israel were scared to death of the voice of YHWH and told Moses to hear him on their behalf, they said, “Let me not hear again the voice of God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.  And YHWH said, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.” Deut. 18:16&17

So YHWH spoke to Moses, to kings and to prophets but ultimately sent and spoke to Yeshua, that Prophet.

In carefully reading of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, these last few years, I have discovered the Messiah Yeshua was careful to speak the words of his heavenly Father, and he taught the Torah(God’s law) and he did not add to it or take away from it-unlike what many people say.  I would challenge everyone to read with new eyes and pray for Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth.

So why do we need to believe in Messiah?

Yeshua was also the lamb of God that would pay for the sins of the world.  Passover, First Fruits and the feast of Unleavened Bread are rehearsals that represent Yeshua the lamb, whose blood saves us from eternal death, the first from the dead, the bread of life that has no leaven.  Pentecost/Shavuot was the rehearsal for the outpouring of Holy Spirit into man’s heart, so that those who believe in the Father and in His son, Yeshua and repent/turn away from their sin, could be filled with the Spirit, having the law written on their hearts.

I could sit here for hours and elaborate, but my work in the kitchen beckons me.

Keep reading your Bible and rely on Holy Spirit to unravel it so you receive the truth.  Read Isaiah 52:13- 53:1-12  This is our Messiah!

Shalom!

 

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Shadows of Messiah

 

“These were more noble(the Bereans) than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

 

This verse has been a guide post for me…I have heard so many things in regards to Christianity and Yeshua/Jesus, that a few years ago, I took on the mind of a Berean, to go and search the Scriptures(the Old Testament is what the writer is referring to) to see if what I read and hear is true.

 

These last few years I have done more Bible reading than ever and also more study of history. Sometimes I come across things in my reading that the enemy of our faith would use to cause doubt in the New Testament, and  so, in praying for the truth, the Father has led me ‘afresh’ through the Old Testament or what the New Testament refers to as the Holy Scriptures.

 

Today, as I was reading through the Psalms I came across Psalm 34:20:

 

“He (YHWH) keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.”

 

This is a snippet of prophecy concerning Yeshua the Messiah(Christ). It is referred to in John 19:36 when he is found dead on the cross. There are many, many snippets as well as verses and such, that prophecy of Yeshua’s first coming-that came to pass. It was in reading them that many were convinced that Yeshua was the long awaited Messiah back in his day. Today many are still convinced by these many Scriptures, that Yeshua was and is the one we are expecting to come.

 

I hope to share many of these prophetic verses in the near future as they are what I need to keep secure in the faith of Yeshua and they are what every Jew and non Jew who is searching for the truth, needs to consider.

 

Shalom to you and your house!

 

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Happy Feast Day!

imageYesterday(Thursday) we celebrated the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. It was a day of no work, reading the Scriptures and fellowshipping with other believers and not eating anything with leaven/yeast.

The night before we celebrated with our Passover Seder. The Seder is a telling of the story of Passover and because we are believers in Yeshua, we also incorporate how he is the Passover Lamb and how his blood has cleansed us from sin and given us eternal life.

Our Seder started with a splash. Our daughter lit the candles and said a prayer. We proceeded to pour the wine and as she passed the grape juice to my husband, she tipped my full wine glass over. Wine splashed on everything! On the matzah! In the bowl of salty water, in the horse radish, on the parsley, everything! I was speechless for a minute or two and scolded myself inwardly, “It was an accident! All your hard work and perfection doesn’t matter compared to the feelings of your daughter or the mood of the evening!!!!” Realizing my pride and feeling choked up, I asked my husband to lead the seder and it was wonderful.

We started to laugh at the spilled wine and carried on.

Later I proceeded to  place the cooked vegetables and chevon roast on the dinner table. I tend to push things around and I tipped the long tapered candles over and they too splashed wax on the table cloth but thankfully they didn’t start a fire. My daughter laughed and said, thinking of the plagues, “Blood and fire!”

Everyone took the blunders in stride and we had a wonderful evening as a family. After the kitchen was put in order, we proceeded to watch the first half of the old movie, “The Ten Commandments”.

When I was a kid, we celebrated “Easter” and went to church on Good Friday and treated it like it was a Sunday-no work or shopping. The following Sunday we observed in church, the resurrection of Jesus and then there was Easter Monday…I think we had that day off of school. I don’t understand why there is an Easter Monday…I will have to look into that.

Anyways, my parents were never into the easter bunny, colouring eggs or the sunrise service, for which I am grateful as they are from pagan traditions. As an adult I am seeing some more truths in Scripture that I was blind too before which has further reformed the way I celebrate this awesome time of remembering Passover and the suffering and resurrection of Yeshua/Jesus.

Have you ever read and pondered Exodus 23:13? “And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” The verses directly after that teach about how to observe Passover and the feast of unleavened bread or what Christianity calls “Easter”. (Just so you know, I am only using that term for educational purposes here)

Well, I am not the brightest light in the room, a friend had to point out to me that in this Scripture, YHWH tells us not to mention the name of other gods and yet we name a very sacred time on the YHWH’s calendar after a pagan fertility goddess! I couldn’t believe how blind I was to that, but then we really never were taught about the pagan spring fertility rites.

The word “Easter” is also known as Eostre, Ostara, Ishtar, Astarte, Ashtoreth, or Semiramis, the fertility goddess of the pagans. Here are two links to teaching videos that expose the pagan roots of many holidays:

http://www.119ministries.com/teachings/video-teachings/detail/sunburned-part-1/

http://www.119ministries.com/teachings/video-teachings/detail/sunburned-part-2/

So I talked to my parents about it and they said in all honesty, that they had always called it “Easter” and didn’t have a problem with it and didn’t believe God would hold it against them. The church had done it for over 1700 years so …they didn’t want to change. Mom and Dad figure they had been living a blessed life and since they had the favour of God on their lives, this couldn’t really be a sin issue.

You have no idea how sad this makes me. I have been brought up in the “Reformed tradition” that stands by the idea of “sola scriptura” as in Scripture alone. Reformed Christians think that they are on the right track because they follow the teachings of Reformers like John Calvin and the like. My question is, why stop reforming? If we see a command of YHWH that points out our sin, why not humble ourselves and turn away from the sin and turn to YHWH and his way of doing? Why are we so bent on following man’s doctrines instead of YHWH’s?

Many people would say I am legalistic. Was Yeshua legalistic when he said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:21

Was Yeshua legalistic when he said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19

Is it legalism when we see in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

Just because we are saved by grace, through faith in Yeshua, doesn’t mean we can go on and sin because we want to.  He calls us to repent!  Christian liberty isn’t just about the freedom to do what ever we want, it’s more about being free from the tyranny of sin and wickedness!

(And for those who struggle with addictions and emotional torment, I am not trying to make you feel bad, you are fighters, and are trying to get free-and in the name of Yeshua you are free and someday soon, your faith will be sight, I am speaking against the sin that is known but not cared about.)

I asked myself for years, “What is the word of God?”

“What commandments is Jesus talking about?”

Well, I have finally realized that the commands of God in the Scriptures are still good today as they were thousands of years ago. The ten commandments? Absolutely! Yeshua taught about them and brought them to a higher level! Example?  Adultery?–If you even lust in your heart for a man or woman, you have sinned.

Yeshua didn’t come to take away from the words of God in the “Old Testament”.  Yes, he fulfilled many prophecies and he lived a sinless life and paid for our sin, but that doesn’t give us the right to keep on sinning.  John tells us in 1 john 2:5 that if we say we abide in him, we must walk, even as he walked.  What does that really mean?

I say all that to say this. Saying the names of false gods-though they be nothing, is still an offense to YHWH, especially when we are calling one of his holy days by a pagan name. 

Back when I realized the gravity of this, I confessed it to the Father and turned away from it. When I greet my friends I say, “Happy Passover!” or “Happy Feast Day!!”.

I am still learning how to greet everyone else that doesn’t know about this issue.  I need to get over my ‘fear of man’, being afraid they’ll think I am weird.  We are called to be lights in this dark world, and teach the ways of the Father just as Yeshua did.  

May our light shine in love and truth.

Happy feast day to you and yours!

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Where is that found!

I often have Scriptures that pop in my mind that I want to share with people and when I turn to my Bible, I can’t even remember what book it is in!

Sure I use my highlighters all the time and even have little sticky papers stuck in certain places, but there is just so much to want to remember.

So I had a thought as I was changing the password on my iPad.  (You see, my kids are always going on my iPad, not logging out of Instagram or running the battery down and not recharging it, or worse, I can’t find it!  It’s my own fault I know.  I should just put a password on it and never tell them what it is!  But when they want to listen to Adventures in Odyessy and do the dishes, I always cave in.

The amazing thought was to make up passwords that would enable me to memorize where important Scriptures could be found.  Like “hebrews49” which stands for Hebrews 4:9 which says,  “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest to the people of God.” or “ezekiel2020” which goes on to say,  “And hallow my Sabbaths: and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am YHWH your God.”

My latest password is “deut181819” which is the awesome prophecy in Deut.18:18-19 about Yeshua!  “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee(Moses)and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.  And it shall come to pass, whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he will speak in my name, I will require it of him.”

This past week I came across Peter speaking of this passage in Acts 3:22-23,  “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto your brethren, like me; him shall you hear in all things whatsoever he shall say to you.  And it shall come to pass, every soul which will not hear that prophet shall be destroyed from among the people.”

So ya, I am pretty excited that I found something that works in regards to memorization.

The Bible tells us to always be ready to share with others about the Hope that is in us.  I thought sharing this little password story would give you a new tool for your belt as you labour in our Father’s field 🙂

Shalom!

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“Evdomada”!!

I have been told by countless people that the Greek language is wonderful because it is very specific in it’s wording. I took their word for it because I didn’t know any Greek.

For years I have wrestled with Bible verses that Christians use to prove that Sunday is now the Sabbath or Lord’s Day. For example:

“And the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them…” Acts 20:7

First, notice the word “day” is italicized which means it was added by the translators and not in the original Greek manuscript.

Next, the word “week” is translated from the Greek, “sabbaton” which is normally translated, twenty two times, as “Sabbath” and 37 times as “sabbath day”, in the New Testament. Only nine times is it translated as “week” and I question that.

So I asked myself, if Greek is so specific, don’t they have a word for “week”? How do the translators get “week” from “sabbaton” which refers to the Sabbath?

I went hunting and found the “Septuagint” which is the Old Testament translated into Greek. Guess what I found? The word “week” is found four times there and it has its own special Greek word! It is pronounced: “evdomada” and is found in Genesis 29:27 and 28 as well as Daniel 9:27. The word “weeks” is the same and is found fifteen times from the book of the book of Exodus right through to Daniel.

So, why did Bible translators translate the word “sabbaton” into the English word, “week”? Did they have an agenda? That is a scary thought!

Were they simply mistaken because they did not understand the ways of YHWH in the Holy Scriptures and the ways of the Jewish people?

I don’t know but the question has been nagging me for a long time.

In modern Greek today, “Sabbaton” is pronounced “savvato”, and still means Saturday and Sabbath-referring to the seventh day of the week, just like it did back when the Tenach-the Old Testament was translated into Greek many years before Yeshua was even born.

So I do not understand how “sabbaton” got translated into the word “week”.

I find it interesting that most of the references translated “first day of the week” are always after the time of Passover and before Pentecost. Why is that a big deal? Well there is this thing called the “counting of the omer” which is the “counting of days” until Shavuot/Pentecost.

“And you shall count unto you the day after the Sabbath, from that day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the day after the seventh Sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering to YHWH.”   Lev. 23:15-16

In Acts 20:5 it says,

“And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread and came unto them to Troas in five days where we abode seven days.”

So there we see, “after the days of unleavened bread”.

Could verse 6 have been translated to say,   “And upon one Sabbath, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them…”???

It is not a stretch to translate it that way and here is why:

And-“de” in Greek also translated in the Bible as “but”, “and”, “now”….

upon-“en” in Greek, also translated as “in” , “but”, “with”, “among”…

the first-“mia” in Greek also translated as “one”-62 times! And “first”-only 8 times, “certain”…

day of the week-“day” is not in the original Greek, but sabbaton is there in the Greek and is translated as “sabbath day” 37x, “sabbath” 22x, and “week” 9x and that is controversial in my humble opinion since we now all know that “evdomada” is the Greek word for “week”.

That “sabbaton” is translated 37x as “Sabbath day” also makes me wonder as I don’t see the word “day” in the Greek in those passages either. Perhaps translators added that word…as if to say Sabbath was not clear enough??  I will keep looking!

I don’t know, but I guess I will be learning more Greek now as I have too many questions.

I encourage you all to study, don’t take my word for it, don’t take a pastor’s word for it, or the latest so called scholar’s word for it. Search, pray and study and don’t lose hope. Some day soon, our Savior will come and set things straight.

We are saved by grace through faith in Yeshua and he calls us to love YHWH’s word and obey it.

In regards to study helps: Check out http://www.blueletterbible.org to get you on your way to learning about Hebrew and Greek, it is a great way to start.

And remember to pray for Holy Spirit to lead, guide and teach you as you study the word. We don’t want to be mis-led.

The grace of our Master Yeshua the Messiah be with you all!

Shalom.

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The Dynamite in Praise!

Last week Sabbath and days before, I was strongly compelled to pull out an old book off my bookshelf. It is called, “There’s Dynamite in Praise” by Don Gossett. I didn’t get past the first page before I was filled with absolute joy.

The author started off talking about how the word, “Hallelujah” is universally understood and that there is “undreamed power hidden in those syllables!” He goes on to say that “The word means simply, “Praise the Lord.”(pg.7)

Actually in “Hallelujah”, “Halal” is Hebrew (Strongs # H1984) and some english equivalents are:  praise, glory, boast, shine, celebrate… and the “jah” part in Hebrew is “yah” (Strongs #H3050) which is a short form for the name of YHWH.  So…”Praise or glory…boast….shine…celebrate Yah!”

I laughed as I remembered that if I read my Hebrew Bible, it wouldn’t refer to Almighty God as “Lord” or “LORD” but would have the Hebrew letters: Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey which in English looks like: YHVH. Some of us pronounce His name as Yahweh, others say Yahveh (From what I have read, the v pronunciation is modern Hebrew, but that is another story…) still others may pronounce the most holy name as Yehovah. (There is no “J” sound in the Hebrew)

Remember, the word “lord” is a title, YHWH how ever we pronounce it, is HIS name 🙂

“…this is My name for ever, and this my memorial unto all generations.” Ex. 3:15

The word “memorial” in Hebrew is “zeker” and this word is used in Scripture in the context of the memorial not only being remembered but of being spoken as well.

Anyways, the word does not simply mean “Praise the Lord” but “Praise YHWH” and the author is correct in saying that there is “undreamed power hidden in those syllables”, especially concerning the name!

In the book of Revelation John writes in chapter 19:1, 3, 4 and verse 6 that YHWH is worshipped and people and the four beasts say, “…Alleluia…” I looked it up and sure enough, that word is of Hebrew origin and means, “Praise YHWH”.

I have wondered why there is an increasing awareness of the name, YHWH in circles of believers as of late and have come to the conclusion that it is a part of end time prophecy being fulfilled!   Yeshua lamented about Jerusalem and ended with,

“For I say unto you, You shall not see me henceforth, till you shall say, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of YHWH.” Matthew 23:39

 

Most Bibles say “Lord” in that verse. That verse is a quote from Psalms and is referring to YHWH:

“Blessed be he that comes in the name of YHWH…” Psalm 118:26

 

Some people ask, “What is the big deal? I am comfortable with the saying “Lord” and don’t plan to change.

Well, I understand that, especially since I have known the Father and Yeshua by the title, “Lord”, all my life and ended up referring to them as one person getting a little mixed up.

I find it striking that as I refer to the Father as YHWH, an intimacy develops that wasn’t there before.

Tonight I read:

“Praise YHWH. Praise O you servants of YHWH, praise the name of YHWH.” Psalm 113:1

 Above, we are told to “praise the name of YHWH”. Most Bibles say, “LORD” following after the tradition of the rabbis who say it is too holy to be pronounced.

Well sorry folks, nowhere does Scripture say that His name is too holy to be pronounced. That is a lie from the enemy. The enemy hates the name YHWH just like he hates the name Jesus/Yeshua.

Yeshua means “salvation” and is the abbreviated form of the name “Yehoshua” which means “Yahweh is salvation”. (Yehoshua was Joshua’s name and later in the Hebrew Scriptures it is abbreviated in the Hebrew to Yeshua.)

So when we say the name of Yeshua, we are in effect declaring that YHWH is salvation.  How the enemies of our soul tremble in the spirit realm!  How awesome to have an understanding of the meaning of Yeshua’s name, what faith it puts in our hearts when we speak it now!

Even the Pope in 2008 directed that the name of YHWH not be used in liturgy, etc. Google it, the Catholic websites say so.

Why?

Because the enemy of our souls, hates His name!!

What did Michael the archangel say when disputing with the devil about the body of Moses?

“Yet Michael the archangel when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation but said, “YHWH rebuke you.” Jude 1:9

 

There is power in the name!

We are told all through the Scriptures to:

…praise his name. Psalm 113:1

…call upon his name…Psalm 105:1

…glory you in his holy name…Psalm 105:3

Bless YHWH O my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1

 

This is just a small sample of what the Scriptures say about His awesome name.

So let’s be doers of the Word and do what it says! Praise, call, glory in, and bless His holy name. As you read the Scriptures, replace the title “lord” with His true name. Please your heavenly Father, make the angels rejoice and make the enemy tremble.  Use the name!

“But you are holy O you(YHWH) that inhabits the praises of Israel…” Psalm 22:3

Shalom!

 

 

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Testing…testing…Part 2

(if I keep the seventh day sabbath…)

  • It will damage relationships with family and friends and work associates

 

Change is hard, depending on how you look at it.

If you look at the short-term cost of it, you might cringe.

If you look at how it will benefit you in the long run, it makes a huge difference.

 

I used to rest on Sundays and go church services and was challenged with the idea of observing the seventh day Sabbath. I had thoughts like, “I can’t make that switch…my family will disown me…people do everything on Saturdays that they can’t do during the week…people are going to think I am so weird!”

Depending on what kind of circles you find yourself in, you might find other things will have the same affect on your life and relationships.

Stop saying,  “Merry Christmas or Happy Easter” and you’ll be sure to cause a stir.

For some, choosing not to ‘party’ or watch ungodly movies brings a rift.

Decide to eat according to the instructions in Leviticus 11 and you will be called delusional, decieved or just plain crazy.

As we walk with YHWH on this side of heaven, our lifestyle will slowly change as we have minds renewed by His Word.  His Holy Spirit continually leads and instructs and convicts.  Our response is one of being teachable, we respond by turning away from our sin and turning to our heavenly Father and doing things His way.  We are transformed into a people who are full of his love and compassion and perform acts of kindness to others as well holiness and obedience to His word as a response to so great a salvation that is by grace, through faith in Yeshua.

 

I used to think that Matthew 10:34-38, applied to Jews, Muslims and other people of different faiths, but now I can see what it can mean to someone like me…Yeshua said,

 

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross and follows after me is not worthy of me.”

 

I always thought that life should be all peace and happiness. I had never experienced any real persecution or major unkindness from family and friends. When I decided it was more important to live according to Scripture as apposed to ‘tradition’, then the un-pleasantries began. I have been accused of thinking I am better than everyone else…accused of being in a cult…of having fallen from grace…I have put myself under the law…and-what I presently share is ‘wickedness’.

 

That kind of stuff hurts. I know it is coming from a place of being misunderstood, but it just plain stinks.

 

I know better than to hold a grudge and grow bitter, so all I know to do is pray and ask the Father to lead me in His truth, show me where I need to turn and for all those that think I have gone off the deep end…may He bless them and keep them and lead them into all truth.

 

So yes, it’s true. When we obey the commands of God and keep the testimony of Yeshua, some people will step away from us, but that is no excuse for disobedience.

 

I leave you with these words of encouragement from Yeshua…

“Think not that I came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall is no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Who so ever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but who so ever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven…” Matthew 5:17-19

 

Did you see that?  Those that “do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Yeshua suffered and died for us, he was the ultimate Passover Lamb slain for us, so that our sins are washed away by his blood, making us righteous.  That awesome salvation can not be earned, but we can show our thanks 🙂

Shalom!

 

 

 

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Testing…testing…Part 1

Recently I wrote about the seriousness of the seventh day Sabbath and now  I would like to start testing the teachings and beliefs that we have used to say that it doesn’t matter anymore.

 

Below is a list of excuses I have made in the past, to justify my Sunday-Lord’s Day observance but have now turned away from:

 

  • I’ve been observing Sunday as the Lord’s Day, it’s been this way all my life
  • The church has done it this way for over 1700 years! How can they be wrong?
  • The majority all does it
  • My Pastor says it is the right thing to do
  • To change would be too inconvenient
  • There are no churches in my area that do it this way, who would I worship with?
  • It will damage relationships with family and friends and work associates
  • That sin only applies to the Jews
  • The seventh day Sabbath was replaced by Sunday, the Lord’s Day because that is the day Jesus arose from the dead.

 

First, I would like to examine “That sin only applies to the Jews”-that being, breaking the seventh day Sabbath.

 

Many of us have said that the seventh day Sabbath applied to the Jews and it is not for the Church. Reasons for this thinking do not come from the books in the Old Testament, Genesis to Malachi, nor do they come from the words or example of Yeshua. Rather, they come from misunderstood texts from the book of Acts as well as the writings of the apostle Paul and a lack of knowledge of the Old Testament.

 

Let’s go back to the beginning. YHWH created the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh day, he rested. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart. Genesis 2:1-3   YHWH said that Sabbath is “holy to YHWH” and “it is a sign between me and the children of Israel” Exodus 31:14-18

 

Right there someone may say, “Ah ha! See? It is between YHWH and the children of Israel, not the church, not the gentile!”

 

Well, who was Israel that was in the wilderness at this time that YHWH gave His instructions to Moses? Was it just the Hebrews that left Egypt? Let’s read:

 

“And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even much cattle.” Exodus 12:37-38

So, what is meant by a “mixed multitude”? Obviously, it wasn’t just Hebrew people that left Egypt. That is why YHWH said eleven verses later,

 

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

(This command is repeated several more times in the Torah)

 

The idea that there is “neither Jew nor Gentile… but all are one in Yeshua the Messiah”…well that “oneness” is not a new concept. All who joined the children of Israel in the worship of YHWH became part of that family. They learned the Torah, the ways of YHWH and lived by them. They didn’t keep His ways to earn salvation, but as a result of their belief that He was the One True God, they lived by His teachings, His Torah, having the “fear of the Lord” or as I now say, “the fear of YHWH” which is a Holy reverence and respect for His person and His ways.

 

Who are some examples? Think of Ruth…Rahab…

 

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:46

 

So, do we think that the “Church” is a different body then that of the Hebrews that had faith? People like King David and the Prophets of old? Do we not have the same Spirit as they? Do we not have the same hope? Do we not both look to the same Annointed One and his Father and look forward to the new heavens and earth that the prophets spoke of?

 

No! And yes, yes, yes to the rest!

 

Admittedly, many of us have been taught that the “Church” is a separate body or entity from that of the children of Israel. We must realize what it means when Paul spoke of the “wild olive tree” and the “olive tree” in Romans 11.

 

The “wild olive tree” is a picture of the Gentiles or non-Jews. Branches of that tree, non-Jews, are broken off and grafted into the “olive tree” which is made up of Jews who are of the faith of Yeshua and his Father, it’s a faith that began with creation and the garden of Eden, with the fall of mankind and the promise of a Redeemer.

 

Think about it. Non-Jews, grafted into the household of faith of the Jews who believe Yeshua is the promised one of the Father. Both are saved by grace through faith in Yeshua. Like Peter said,

 

“And God…put no difference between us(Jewish believers) and them(non-Jews), purifying their hearts by faith….

 

“But we believe that through the grace of the Master Yeshua the Anointed One, we shall be saved, even as they (non-Jews).” Acts 15:9,11

 

In conclusion of today’s study, I leave you with this question.

 

Did our heavenly Father leave one set of instructions for holy living for the believing Jews and another, different set for the believing non-Jews?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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