News Letter 5846-018
20th day of the 4th month 5846 years after creation
The 4th Month in of the first year of the third Sabbatical Year
The Third Sabbatical Year of the 119th Jubilee Cycle
July 3, 2010
Shabbat Shalom Family,
We continue to ask you to consider investing in and supporting our projects for farming and businesses in Israel. You can see all around you how your net worth is being diminished. How your dollar and pensions are evaporating. Invest now while you still can so that when you get there, there might be something that can help you and your family. Proverbs 31 is what we are basing our thoughts upon.
In the video of the Chronological Order of Prophecy in the Jubilees we showed you that the economy is in big trouble back in March of 2008 and we showed you why. That position has not changed. In fact the reason why has been increased enormously.
I wrote a short article about it at:
- Newsletter 5842-024 Total Borrowings of Depository Institutions (banks) from the Federal Reserve
and you can see the historical charts and below
These charts show how the amount borrowed is being paid back but look below to see how the National Debt is out of control.
This chart shows you the USA total debt on a per second basis as well as those countries in Europe which have just had their credit ratings dropped. http://www.usdebtclock.org/
You need to read this article as it is too much to share here with you. Those of you on pensions need to get ready. Things are about to change big time. Families need to begin to look after each other and they need to plan this now and not put it off any longer.
July 1, 2010 is the time when many of the states and cities of the USA will begin the new budgets for 2011.
The Golden State has a projected $12.3 billion deficit… That’s HUGE… and it’s only going to grow from here.
But the truth is – there’s a handful of states in far-worse trouble.
Check out Nevada. It’s in the hole for $1.8 billion… which doesn’t sound bad compared to California’s $12.3 billion.
But far more important than dollars and cents is the size of the deficit, relative to each state’s budget.
California’s estimated deficit is around 12.5%. Nevada’s is nearly five times as bad… at 59.8%.
And the ugliest state of all is Illinois, which has just $1 million in cash on hand to battle a $12.8 billion deficit!
These numbers are horrific. New York and Michigan are also very bad off.
There is currently no legal procedure for these states to go bankrupt.
The majority of states have refused to acknowledge their “off-balance-sheet” obligations…
In some cases, pension funds are tens of billions short … and Medicare is grossly under-funded. Accounting for these “bonus” shortages would put these states even deeper underwater.
In the case of Illinois, their actual deficit is closer to $39 billion – three times worse than it appears on paper – when you factor in under-funded pensions and entitlement programs.
Greece recently had its credit rating downgraded, This past week it was Spain which is one of Europe’s major economies. With the debt bomb ticking, where is your treasure at?
Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
July 2, 2010 the US unemployment rate increased causing the economist to think the US is going into a double dip recession. I maintain you are in a depression and it is going to get worst. The money will run out. States, school boards and localities will stop sending out checks. Emergency state funding may keep schools open, prisons locked, and police and fire services running, but otherwise all hell will break loose. … This Armageddon looms in 2011, Consider investing in Israel while you still can.
One couple from South Africa have written about The Prophecies of Abraham which I would like to share with you.
I just want to share one thought with you. And that is: from reading your book, I’ve come to realize that you truly have a special gift in seeing the Scriptures as a whole. You get the bigger picture and the finer details on a level that many people only dream of. And I realize this comes also with much hard work and studying. But I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work and to tell you that you are really blessed. Always keep this in mind, as this proves how much Yahuah loves you, and of course all His children.
P.S the book is good. I should have some feedback/questions soon, if that’s ok?
Bless you in ha’Shem Yahuah
And another Brother writes from Prison to tell me what is happening in there. I have edited out some personal parts.
Shalawam and halalawaYAH!,
……………….He was showing the principle that if someone is working he should be getting something out of it for his labor. That is why you got to charge for your books. It would be crazy that you write the books and then you have to pay to give the books to everybody. Of course you can bless other people like you did with my mother(yes, she blessed others who will probably be soon contacting you-these are other messianic believers scattered abroad who started here-some really good brothers-we haven’t forgotten about you with the persecution series-we have something already written out, but we have been under some heavy persecution for preaching the true message about the true derek(way) of life.). ………………..
I have a lot of things marked up in the Prophecies of Abaraham and it is a really good book. You did a nice job of putting it together. There are so many things in it, The Sabbath and Jubilee Cycles book you sent me, and in your newsletters. We did a study this past week on 7 of the major false religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Hellenism, Judaism, Romanism, Arabism, and Mormonism. A lot of brothers are getting saved and turning to the truth. I praise Yahawah for his work. I loved your excerpt not too long ago on Islam. I really liked the one on the persecuted church in China that keeps the Sabbath. There are a host of other newsletters that you wrote that I praise Yah for. Other brothers at other spots have become convicted after reading your newsletters about mother’s day, etc. I told my mother to not feel sad about how those brothers are convicted because she is doing her job by spreading the message. ………………………..
One of the brothers just got in sent in through this super large seminary school who have been open to the teachings as they are being shared through this brother. He is being put in contact with this guy in Russia who has influence over thousands and maybe millions of people. They are now opening up to the Peshitta/Aramaic text you have been using. I had that Bible sent to me about 6 months ago. They are starting to see the greek new testament myth. you are doing some great things. I want to encourage you to keep up the great work. Update me on how things have been going with you and what you are planning to do with the Israel transition. Yahweh bless you.
Be strong and very courageous. Shalom.
Brethren plant a seed and let Yahovah water it. You never know what will become of it, but you have to do your part. You have to share this message of the coming Kingdom and the rules, the Torah of that Kingdom. Now is not the time to hide your one talent, now is the time to do the work. Very soon we will have to hide, but that time is not now. So I praise all of these brothers who are in prison all over who are doing a work even with as little as they have. Those of you who are not in prison,…..what will you tell Yahshua about your one talent that you buried, when you come to the judgement?
Last week’s News Letter brought the following responses and others have contributed some more information which can now be found at: “The Rapture and Left Behind Lie Unveiled,” which deals with the rapture theory.
I find it amusing that most of the Protestant Churches who defend the Rapture Theory are also the most ardent critics of the Roman Church, yet their Dispensation Eschatology model was a Jesuit invention which was adopted by Darby, then amplified by C.I. Scofield.
It was first taught by a Jesuit teacher named Ribera, put into writing by another Jesuit teacher named Lacunza, spread to Britain by the Irvingite preachers who include Norton, who we associate with the levitating girl Mary Macdonald. Darby came into contact with Norton and was quite taken by this Jesuit teaching, which he then took to the USA and “spread the infection” to C.I. Scofield who embraced this nonsense in his famous teaching Bible.
A brief history of how this theory came into being can be found at
If you were to ask a fundementalist Christian Protestant teacher why they are endorsing this Jesuit invention, expect a stare of disbelief. They will tell you that it came from Darby / Scofield and they have no idea of its Jesuit origins.
Have a blessed Sabbath,
David in Sinim
Shabbat Shalom brother!
Thank you very much for your newsletter about ( the lie of the rapture!)
One person wrote in to tell me why they do not want to receive the News Letter any more. Yet it is these people who actually need to read this News Letter the most.
‘Take me off if your list. I am a Christian and Worship the bible and Jesus Christ.’
And another brother had an excellent explanation that I want to share with you.
We are saved by grace. Yahshua (Jesus) died for me way before I ever knew what a commandment was. What did He save me from? Sin. He provided a blood covering for my sin.
Now, if anyone thinks that obeying commandments can save you from your sin, all you have to do is show me which commandment says that if you obey it, it will save you from your sin. Is there one? No!
Do you love Yahshua? How do you show Him that you love Him?
Joh:14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh:14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Did you understand this passage? It says that if you obey the commandments, you will receive the Holy Spirit. He says it again:
Joh:14:21: He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Do you want Yahshua (Jesus) to manifest Himself to you? What do you have to do?
He repeats it a third time:
Joh:14:23: Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Want Them to make Their abode with you? You need to obey!
And then he singled out all others that have made a stand not to obey:
Joh:14:24: He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
Yes folks, this is how you tell Yahshua that you do not love Him… you will not keep His commandments.
In the news this week;
The gulf oil spill is bad but it could become much, much worse and soon. The threat is a hurricane moving over the spill. If a hurricane’s violent winds track over the spill, we could witness a natural and economic calamity that history has never recorded anywhere or anytime. We will literally be in oil-soaked waters. We will have witnessed the first oilicane.
The recovery period after a hurricane can take years. It was 10 years until some communities fully recovered from Hurricane Andrew in South Florida, some never recovered at all. The New Orleans area is still putting itself back together after Katrina in 2005. The recovery period after an oil-soaked hurricane — or what could be called an Oilicane could take years to recover from.
Death toll in flood-stricken south China nears 400
June 26, 2010
BEIJING (Reuters) – Workers struggled to repair a broken dyke in south China where persistent heavy rains and devastating floods have so far left at least 379 people dead, state media and government agencies said.
Bulldozers dumped rocks and soil to repair a breach in the dykes hemming in the Fu River, in Jiangxi province, which forced over 100,000 people from their homes earlier this week.
More water may be on its way, as a flood crest passed through Xiang River in Hunan Province, making its way to the swollen Yangtze River.
The real worst Gulf spill in history
Thu Jun 24, 2:09 PM
Scientist; broadcaster; Chair, the David Suzuki Foundation
Science Director for the David Suzuki Foundation; Professor, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry
The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was the worst accidental spill in history. No, not the one getting the headlines today, but the one in 1979 – although the current spill may eventually prove to be larger. Those of us old enough to remember may be experiencing deja vu.
On June 3, 1979, a blow-out preventer failed on the Ixtoc I drilling platform off the coast of Mexico. The well was owned by Mexico’s state oil company, Pemex, but the drilling was being done by Sedco, which later became Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig where the current disaster is unfolding.
As with today’s crisis, the experts tried to control the 1979 spill with a number of methods, including booms, dispersants, placing a giant metal “top-kill” dome over it, and plugging it with garbage and cement. None of these techniques worked then, and they aren’t working now. The Ixtoc spill went on for more than nine months, spewing between 477 million and 795 million litres of oil that washed up on the coasts of Mexico and the U.S. It wiped out fishing along the Mexican coast for years and harmed and killed sea turtles, dolphins, birds, and other animals.
In the end, the Ixtoc spill was stopped when Pemex drilled two relief wells and pumped mud and steel balls into the well. BP is drilling relief wells at the Deepwater Horizon site but expects to take up to three months to complete them.
The main differences between the two spills are that no one died in the Ixtoc disaster, whereas 11 people were killed in the Deepwater Horizon blow-out, and the Ixtoc well was being drilled in 49 metres of water, while the Deepwater Horizon was more than 1,500 metres deep.
It makes you wonder if we’ll ever learn. We are having a déjà vu moment and many of you did not know it.
This week’s teaching is undoubtedly going to upset many people. But I see a growing doctrine amongst many from various backgrounds trying to look and sound like they are in touch with our Creator when they truly are not.
Recently I was brought to a meeting which turned out to be a Pentecostal Business Men’s Meeting. I was just told it was a Christian Business men’s meeting.
After the meeting which I did not enjoy, I watched as the elders commanded the different ailments of the people to come out of them IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
They would repeat that phrase over and over and louder with each time they demanded the evil spirits to leave. I found it quite sad to watch and I left.
IN my News Letter in past weeks I have shown the Brethren Proverbs showing us that even our prayers are an abomination to Yahovah if we turn away from Torah.
Proverbs 15:8 NKJ
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Yahovah, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Proverbs 28:9 NKJ
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.
I have also told you that in order to love Yahshua you have to obey the commandments. I do this because so many Christians say they love Jesus but will not obey the commandments.
John 14:15 NKJ
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.
It is very plain and simple. You must keep the commandments in order to love Yahshua.
John 14:21 21 “He who possesses My commands and guards them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Yehud?ah – not the one from Qerioth – said to Him, “Master, what has come about that You are about to manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 ????? answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he shall guard My Word. And My Father shall love him, and We shall come to him and make Our stay with him. 24 “He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me. 25 “These Words I have spoken to you while still with you. 26 “But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.
Again in John 14 we read that whatever we ask in the name of Yahshua will be done to glorify the Father.
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
John goes on to say it one more time in John 15:10 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.
And John also says in 1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
This is why I was so emphatic a few weeks ago about those who would not keep the torah and yet claimed to love Yahshua. They were leading the brethren astray and in fact as John so eloquently stated it, they are nothing more than liars. Yet many people believe them.
So as I thought about these events and how the Pentecostal people were casting out demons Matthew 12:24 comes to mind; Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
But notice when this accusation is made Yahshua does not deny the possibility of demonic spirits casting out demonic spirits.
Matthew 12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
From Yahshua Himself, the question is posed “by whom do your sons cast them out?”
So I conclude it is possible for demonic spirits to cast out demonic spirits.
After the Pentecostal meeting I was given a book about a man whose ancestors were given a prophecy and then it came true. The Armenians were massacred. This man and his descendant were given a gift of healing and when it came over them to heal they would get a warm heavy blanket feeling that came over them. I have never read any of this in the bible. And this has caused me a lot of thinking. By what authority are these people healing and casting out demonic spirits, if they do not and will not keep the commandments? Also by which spirit are they getting these prophecies that appear to them in the night and are not out of the scriptures?
We know the mark of Yahovah is the Sabbath and the Holy days and the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. When we keep them we are wearing the mark of Yahovah. The Sabbath is the test commandment. ( see Mark of The Beast)
Others who will not keep them, but instead keep Christmas Easter and Sunday and all kinds of other man made traditions (any holiday not found in Lev 23) are in fact wearing the mark of Satan, upon the hand by the way they work, and on the their foreheads by the way they think.
So I am thinking that these people do in fact heal and prophecy but they are doing it by the authority of Satan, because they show by the way they worship that they do not obey Yahovah and keep His Torah.
At Sukkot last year a lady blew out her knee while we were walking. We anointed it and prayed over it. It was still out. Then out of the blue up comes a lady and asks if she can pray over her. No one knew her. I was about to say no when the injured lady said yes. I was annoyed. Immediately the injured lady got up and began to march for about a ¼ mile as if nothing was wrong.
Then she could not take the pain anymore and we had to get her a wheel chair. Was that one of Satan’s messengers come as an angel of light who prayed over her? I do not know. But I suspect so.
In the Garden of Eden Satan appeared as an angel of light. This is why Eve was so easily deceived. Why should she not believe this angelic being?
2 Corinthians 11: 11 Why? Is it that I do not love you? Elohim knows! 12 And I shall go on doing as I do, in order to cut off the occasion from those desiring an occasion, so that in that which they boast, they might be found also as we are. 13 For such are false emissaries, deceptive workers, masquerading as emissaries of Messiah. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as a messenger of light! 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works!
Paul is telling us that there are people who will boast that they are just as we are. They are the same as us; they too believe in Yahshua only they call him jesus. They too keep the commandments until you ask them about the 4th one. They too claim to be saved by the grace of Yahshua, only they no longer have to obey Him. For such are false apostles, they are apostate, they lead you away from the truth and not back to it. They pretend to be just like you and pretend to follow Yahshua and they will say all the right things, but they are in truth followers of Satan and are liars just as he is.
Yahshua also warned us about these people.
Mathew 7:15 “But beware of the false prophets,1 who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. 16 “By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 “So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit. 18 “A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, by their fruits you shall know them – 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’
These people do not keep the commandments and are lawless. They will not keep them and they even tell you that you are insane for trying to keep them. But notice they were casting out demons in His name, and they were prophesying as well in His name and they did great things and had great rally’s and thousands came up and made the altar calls, but they would not obey Him. They were LAWLESS!!
Notice What Peter says about these people, they do these healings so as to make money off of you. Just look at the Benny Hinn show, or any of the other tv evangelicals out there. The glitz and entertainment show that they put on; all in order to take your money. They do this for greed! And notice what else Peter says; they feast with you. They are amongst you pretending to be just like you. The tares and the wheat together which are hard to tell apart from a distance; you can only tell the difference when you examine them close up.
2 Peter 2: 1 But there also came to be false prophets1 among the people, as also among you there shall be false teachers, who shall secretly bring in destructive heresies, and deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 And many shall follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of, 3 and in greed, with fabricated words, they shall use you for gain. From of old their judgment does not linger, and their destruction does not slumber. 4 For if Elohim did not spare the messengers who sinned, but sent them to Tartaros, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be kept for judgment, 5 and did not spare the world of old, but preserved Noah?, a proclaimer of righteousness, and seven others, bringing in the flood on the world of the wicked, 6 and having reduced to ashes the cities of Sed?om and Amorah condemned them to destruction – having made them an example to those who afterward would live wickedly, 7 and rescued righteous Lot, who was oppressed with the indecent behaviour of the lawless1 Footnote: 1The Greek word here, and in 3:17, is athesmos (not the usual one, anomos) but it also means “lawless.” 8 (for day after day that righteous man, dwelling among them, tortured his righteous being by seeing and hearing their lawless works), 9 then ???? knows how to rescue the reverent ones from trial and to keep the unrighteous unto the day of judgment, to be punished, 10 and most of all those walking after the flesh in filthy lust and despising authority – bold, headstrong, speaking evil of esteemed ones, 11 whereas messengers who are greater in strength and power do not bring a slanderous accusation against them before the Master. 12 But these, like natural unreasoning beasts, having been born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheme that which they do not know, shall be destroyed in their destruction, 13 being about to receive the wages of unrighteousness, deeming indulgence in the day of pleasure, spots and blemishes, revelling in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes filled with an adulteress, and unable to cease from sin, enticing unstable beings, having a heart trained in greed, children of a curse, 15 having left the right way they went astray, having followed the way of Bil?am the son of Be?or, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, 16 but he was rebuked for his transgression: a dumb donkey speaking with the voice of a man restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are fountains without water, clouds driven by a storm, to whom the blackest darkness is kept forever. 18 For speaking arrogant nonsense, they entice – through the lusts of the flesh, through indecencies – the ones who have indeed escaped from those living in delusion, 19 promising them freedom, though themselves being slaves of corruption – for one is a slave to whatever overcomes him. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Master and Saviour ????? Messiah, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the first. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the set-apart command1 delivered unto them. Footnote: 1The singular “command” often means “commands” – see 1 Tim. 6:14, Dt. 17:20, Ps. 19:8. 22 For them the proverb has proved true, “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “A washed sow returns to her rolling in the mud.”
Did you catch what else Peter said. “promising them freedom, though themselves being slaves of corruption” That is the teaching that permeates today all around us; about being free from the law because you are saved by the grace doctrine. Jesus died and paid for your sins, so now you do not have to keep the law, it was nailed to the cross. Those who say this are slaves of the corruption promising you the freedom. Just like Satan said to Eve, surely you will not die; but he lied.
We have just read how Satan’s messengers are amongst us pretending to be just like us.
My question to you all is this. Does Satan have the ability to heal and cast out demons in his own name to cause us to follow after him?
This subject came up after a question on how to know a real prophet from a false one was asked by someone.
The answer to that question is in Deut. 13: 1 “When there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he shall give you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones – which you have not known – and serve them,’ 3 do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for ???? your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love ???? your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. 4 “Walk after ???? your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him. 5 “And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams is put to death, because he has spoken apostasy against ???? your Elohim – who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim and redeemed you from the house of bondage – to make you stray from the way in which ???? your Elohim commanded you to walk. Thus you shall purge the evil from your midst. 6 “When your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own being, entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other mighty ones’– which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, 7 of the mighty ones of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth – 8 do not agree with him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pardon him, nor spare him or conceal him, 9 but you shall certainly kill him. Your hand is first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people, 10 and you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from ???? your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage. 11 “And let all Yisra’?l hear and fear, and not again do any such evil matter as this in your midst. 12 “When you hear someone in one of your cities, which ???? your Elohim gives you to dwell in, saying, 13 ‘Some men, sons of Beliya?al, have gone out of you midst and led the inhabitants of their city astray, saying, “Let us go and serve other mighty ones” ’ – mighty ones whom you have not known – 14 then you shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And see if the matter is true and established that this abomination was done in your midst, 15 you shall certainly smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, putting it under the ban, and all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword. 16 “And gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely burn with fire the city and all its plunder, before ???? your Elohim. And it shall be a heap forever, never to be built again. 17 “And none of that which is put under the ban is to cling to your hand, so that ???? turns from the fierceness of His displeasure and shall show you compassion, love you and increase you, as He swore to your fathers, 18 when you obey the voice of ???? your Elohim, to guard all His commands which I command you today, to do what is right in the eyes of ???? your Elohim.
Once again did you catch it?
1 “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’
These people will have the ability to have dreams and man have I had tons of people telling me about their dreams. Others will be able to do miracles and healings and you can see them do it. You know it is real. But then they say come to church on Sunday; then they give you the altar call in order to be saved. Then they tell you it is no longer necessary to keep the Torah and especially that legalistic Sabbath law and those Jewish holidays. They are attempting to get you to go after the other gods they follow. Run from them.
Yahovah tells you what to do; 3 do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for ???? your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love ???? your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being.
He is testing you to see if you will obey Him and keep His Torah. Read it again, it is a test to see if you will or will not obey. To see if you love Him. Remember what we read earlier. If you love me KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!!!
How do you love Yahovah with all your heart? Yahshua tells us this in Mathew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?” 37 And ????? said to him, “ ‘You shall love ???? your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the first and great command. 39 “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 “On these two commands hang all the Torah and the Prophets.”
Yahshua has just told you what the Torah says in Deuteronomy 4:29, 6:5, 10:12, 13:3, 26:16, 30:2, 30:6, 30:10 Joshua 22:5. We are to love Yahovah with all our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind.
The first four commandments tell us how to love Yahovah. These are explained to you in Exodus 20: 1 And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, 2 “I am ???? your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You have no other mighty ones against My face. 4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth, 5 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, ???? your Elohim am a jealous ?l, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. 7 “You do not bring1 the Name of ???? your Elohim to naught, for ???? does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. Footnote: 1Or lift up, or take. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. 9 “Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of ???? your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 “For in six days ???? made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore ???? blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
We are told over and over to keep the commandments. It is by keeping them and especially the first four that we show we love Yahovah.
Mathew 19:17 And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.”
John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
John 15:10 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.
1 John 2:3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
1 John 5:2 2 By this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and guard His commands. 3 For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands,1 and His commands are not heavy,
And in case some of you do not realize what sin is, here is a biblical definition of what sin is.
1 John 3:4 4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
Sin is not keeping the commandments; sin is not keeping the first four commandments which show you how to love Yahovah. Sin is not keeping the Sabbath, the Holy days and the Sabbatical and Jubilee years.
On the other hand righteousness is defined in Psalm 119:172 My tongue sings of Your word, For all Your commands are righteousness.
Righteousness is the keeping of the commandments. Sin is the breaking of the commandments. We love Yahovah by keeping the commandments. It is really that simple.
Some of these people who are on stage and doing these healings say they have an anointing of the holy spirit. If they are not keeping the commandments then the spirit they are working under is not the Holy Spirit but the spirit of the lawless one. I can say this because they themselves will not obey and keep the commandments and thereby they too are lawless as their father Satan is.
John 8: 42 ????? said to them, “If Elohim were your Father, you would love Me, for I came forth from Elohim, and am here. For I have not come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 “Why do you not know what I say? Because you are unable to hear My Word. 44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you wish to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.
1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Many of these people again say they love jesus and they do all the things they do in the name of jesus. But they will not obey the commandments, as John has just shown you they prove themselves to be liars; and as Yahshua Himself also said if they will not keep the commandments they do no love him and if they say they do they are liars as their father Satan is.
Again Brethren keep in mind what we read in Deut 13 about Yahovah allowing false prophets to come in order to test you; in revelation 13 we read of how Satan will perform signs and wonders to cause people to worship the image of the beast. Satan is performing mighty works not to get you to worship Yahovah, but rather to get you away from Him leading your astray and to worship an idol.
11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he does great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from the heaven on the earth before men. 14 And he leads astray those dwelling on the earth because of those signs which he was given to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword, yet lived. 15 And there was given to him to give spirit to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause to be killed as many as would not worship the image of the beast.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
Even back in Exodus Pharaoh’s magicians were also able to turn a rod into a snake, and water to blood just like Aaron and Moses did. The magicians also brought fourth frogs by their magic, duplicating the miracles of Moses and Aaron, but they could not bring on the lice or any of the other miracles. Pharaoh represents Satan.
The anointing these lawless people have with which they do their wonders is from Satan. Do not be led astray.
By now some of you are getting very upset because I have now said you are working with Satan. Most of you did not know it; you did not understand it but now you do. Even the Apostle Peter was told by Yahshua that he was acting in the role of Satan.
Mathew 16:22 And K?pha took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Be kind to Yourself, Master, this shall not be to You!” 23 But He turned and said to K?pha, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to Me, for your thoughts are not those of Elohim, but those of men.” 24 Then ????? said to His taught ones, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his staff, and follow Me.
Peters words were they evil? Read it again, what is it that Peter did that warranted being called Satan? Peter was the most outspoken of the disciples.
In Ephesians 2 we read part of the answer. 1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
All of us were dead when we walked in the ways of this world because of our sins and trespasses. Again what is sin? It is the transgression of the law. It is being lawless and not obeying the commandments. The lust of the flesh, our cottages, our toys, our plans for the next trip, our plans for the next sports event we are going to take in or the next party we are going to have this weekend, our want of money no matter how much we already have, our own fatness shows you your lust of food all of which we use to fulfill our own desires just like everyone else on the earth. But how many are working for and planning for and striving for and spending money on the will of our Father in Heaven? How many of you are promoting it or helping others to actually promote it?
Because of the closeness he felt to Yahshua, Peter could not humanly accept the fact that Yahshua would have to die. Satan seized on Peter’s emotional tendencies and influenced him to rebuke Yahshua as he did. Yahshua recognized Satan’s influence.
Another example of this is found in John 13:27. 26 ????? answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Yehud?ah from Qerioth, son of Shim?on. 27 And after the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. ?????, therefore, said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
At that meeting I spoke of in the beginning of this Newsletter, what were those people doing? They were casting out demons, and healing people in the name of jesus. They were also asking for money for this person in the name of jesus. One man was going around telling everyone that Jesus gave him a gold tooth and he would show it by opening his mouth and pulling on his lips so you could see the gold tooth that was not there the week before. Jesus gave him this gold tooth because he had asked for it. Praise the lord. None of this is for the glory of Yahovah, but all of it was for the glory of those who were doing the praying and the lusts of the flesh. Until that night I never knew Jesus was into dentistry.
When they would fall back and roll on the floor the usual comments afterwards were, “Ohhh that was a good one” as if they had just had a sexual orgasm. It was all for themselves and not for the glory of Yahovah and not for the furtherance of His Kingdom; but it was for the lust of the flesh.
But some will not listen to what I have just said and they will quote to me Mathew 22. 22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” This goes back to what we showed you in past News Letters. These people will not quote and they will not think about these other scriptures on prayer.
Proverb 15: 8 The slaughtering of the wrong ones Is an abomination to ????, But the prayer of the straight is His delight.
Proverb 28: 9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, Even his prayer is an abomination
James 5: 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, so that you are healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous one accomplishes much.
Remember that righteous means those who keep the commandments.
1 John 3: 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we guard His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight.
John 9: 31 “And we know that Elohim does not hear sinners. But if anyone fears Elohim and does His desire, He hears him.
Isaiah 59: 1 Look, the hand of ???? has not become too short to save, nor His ear too heavy to hear. 2 But your crookednesses have separated you from your Elohim. And your sins have hidden His face from you, from hearing.
Proverb 15:29 ???? is far from the wrong ones, But He hears the prayer of the righteous
Again the righteous ones are as we read in Psalms those who keep the commandments and He hears the prayers of those who keep the commandments. So does Yahovah hear their prayers if they are not keeping the commandments? No His ear is far from them because of their sins!
Matt 7:21-23 13 “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. 14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed1 which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Footnote: 1Or the way is afflicted. 15 “But beware of the false prophets,1 who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. 16 “By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 “So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit. 18 “A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. 19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 “So then, by their fruits you shall know them – 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness! 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, 25 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 “And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them,1 shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, Footnote:. 27 and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.”
1John 3:336 “He who believes in the Son possesses everlasting life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of Elohim remains on him.”
What John is saying here is much different than what many Christians teach today. Everyone is saved by grace. They are if they obey is what john is saying. Grace is not a licence to continue to disobey the commandments.
In 2 Kings 22, Yahovah allowed a lying spirit to go to Ahab. In Job Yahovah allowed Satan to attack Job. And as we are told in Deuteronomy 13 Yahovah allows them to go to test us to see if we will obey or not. For most of these false prophets what is the one thing they will not do? They will not keep the Sabbath or the Holy Days or the Sabbatical years.
We have an example in Exodus 16: 4 And ???? said to Mosheh, “See, I am raining bread from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, in order to try them, whether they walk in My Torah or not.
The test was whether or not they would keep the Sabbath Holy.
These false prophets are sent and allowed to come with outwardly visible signs. Yet they lead those who follow them to worship at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. There are good things there or so it would seem; But it is not of Yahovah who is of the Tree of Life.
So although these people are able to bring about miracles that we can’t explain, and even though they openly deny the Sabbath and the commandments should we follow them?
The false teachers are actually a judgment by Yahovah on those who are seeking their false teachings to tickle their ears!
Matt. 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and they shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. 25 “See, I have forewarned you. 26 “So 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.
Jeremiah 23: 1 “Woe to the shepherds destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!”1 declares ????. 2 Therefore thus said ???? Elohim of Yisra’?l against the shepherds who feed My people, “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and have not tended them. See, I am punishing you for the evil of your deeds,” declares ????. 3 “Therefore I shall gather the remnant of My flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and shall bring them back to their fold. And they shall bear and increase. 4 “And I shall raise up shepherds over them, and they shall feed them.1 And they shall fear no more, nor be discouraged, nor shall they be lacking,” declares ????. 5 “See, the days are coming,” declares ????, “when I shall raise for Dawid? a Branch of righteousness, and a Sovereign shall reign and act wisely, and shall do right-ruling and righteousness in the earth. 6 “In His days Yehud?ah shall be saved, and Yisra’?l dwell safely. And this is His Name whereby He shall be called: ‘???? our Righteousness.’ 7 “Therefore, see, the days are coming,” declares ????, “when they shall say no more, ‘As ???? lives who brought up the children of Yisra’?l out of the land of Mitsrayim,’ 8 but, ‘As ???? lives who brought up and led the seed of the house of Yisra’?l out of the land of the north and from all the lands where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell on their own soil.” 9 My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, and like a man overcome by wine, because of ????, and because of His set-apart words. 10 For the land is filled with adulterers; for the land mourns because of a curse. The pastures of the wilderness are dried up. And their course is evil, and their might is not right. 11 “For both prophet and priest have become defiled. Even in My house I have found their evil,” declares ????. 12 “Therefore their way is to them like slippery ways in the dark. They are driven on and they shall fall in them. For I bring evil on them, the year of their punishment,” declares ????. 13 “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Shomeron: they prophesied by Ba?al and led My people Yisra’?l astray. 14 “And among the prophets of Yerushalayim I have seen a horrible matter: committing adultery and walking in falsehood. And they strengthen the hands of evil ones, so that no one turns back from his evil. All of them are like Sed?om to Me, and her inhabitants like Amorah. 15 “Therefore thus said ???? of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘See, I am making them eat wormwood, and shall make them drink poisoned water. For defilement has gone out into all the land from the prophets of Yerushalayim.’ ” 16 Thus said ???? of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, they lead you astray. They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of ????. 17 “They keep on saying to those who despise Me, ‘???? has said you shall have peace.’ And to all who walk according to the stubbornness of their own heart they say, ‘No evil comes upon you.’ ” 18 For who has stood in the counsel of ????, and has seen and heard His word? Who has listened to His word and obeyed it? 19 See, a storm of ???? shall go forth in a rage, a whirling storm! It whirls on the head of the wrong. 20 The displeasure of ???? shall not turn back until He has done and established the purposes of His heart. In the latter days you shall understand it perfectly. 21 “I did not send these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.1. 22 “But if they had stood in My counsel, then they would have let My people hear My Words, and they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds. 23 “Am I an Elohim close by,” declares ????, “and not an Elohim afar off? 24 “If anyone is hidden in secret places, would I not see him?” declares ????. “Do I not fill the heavens and earth?” declares ????. 25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsehood in My Name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 “Till when shall it be in the heart of the prophets? – the prophets of falsehood and prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My Name by their dreams which everyone relates to his neighbour, as their fathers forgot My Name for Ba?al. 28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him relate the dream, and he who has My Word, let him speak My Word in truth. What is the chaff to the wheat?” declares ????. 29 “Is not My Word like a fire?” declares ????, “and like a hammer that shatters a rock? 30 “Therefore see, I am against the prophets,” declares ????, “who steal My Words every one from his neighbour. 31 “See, I am against the prophets,” declares ????, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He declares.’ 32 “See, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares ????, “and relate them, and lead My people astray by their falsehoods and by their reckless boasting. But I Myself did not send them nor have I commanded them. And they do not profit this people at all,” declares ????. 33 “And when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the message of ?????’ then you shall say to them, ‘What message?’ I shall forsake you,” declares ????. 34 “As for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The message of ????,’ I shall punish that man and his house. 35 “This is what each one says to his neighbour, and each one to his brother, ‘What has ???? answered?’ and, ‘What has ???? spoken?’ 36 “But the message of ???? you no longer remember! For every man’s message is his own word, for you have changed1 the Words of the living Elohim, ???? of hosts, our Elohim!. 37 “This is what you say to the prophet, ‘What has ???? answered you?’ and, ‘What has ???? spoken?’ 38 “But since you say, ‘The message of ????!’ therefore thus said ????, ‘Because you say this word, “The message of ????!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The message of ????!’ ” 39 therefore see, I, I shall utterly forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city that I gave you and your fathers. 40 ‘And I shall put an everlasting reproach on you, and an everlasting shame that is not forgotten.’ ”
Did you read it? Yahovah is against those who dream false dreams that lead the people away from the Torah. He also said See, I am against the prophets,” declares ????, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He declares.’ Is this not against those who claim to be speaking in tongues or gibberish which no man can understand.
This is also against those who go around and say they just had a word from god or a word from the holy spirit. Those who do this seem to be in constant contact with Yahovah, yet they will not keep the commandments. You will know them by their fruit.
Those who will not keep the torah and continue to speak against it Yahovah sends them over to a worthless mind and strong delusion to let them remain without the knowledge of the truth.
Rom 1:28 28 And even as they did not think it worth- while to possess the knowledge of Elohim, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper, 29 having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoring, wickedness, greed, evil; filled with envy, murder, fighting, deceit, evil habits; whisperers, 30 slanderers, haters of Elohim, insolent, proud, boasters, devisers of evils, disobedient to parents, 31 without discernment, covenant breakers, unloving, unforgiving, ruthless; 32 who, though they know the righteousness of Elohim, that those who practise such deserve death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practise them.
II Thes 2: 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. 11 And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood,12 in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.
So no matter how passionate and how sincere a person is or how saintly they appear to us, if they are not keeping the Holy Days and DOING the Law as James said then they are workers of lawlessness and will be left standing there wondering what just happened when Yahshua says He never knew them.
I once again leave you with Deuteronomy 13: 1 “When there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he shall give you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder shall come true, of which he has spoken to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones – which you have not known – and serve them,’ 3 do not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for ???? your Elohim is trying you to know whether you love ???? your Elohim with all your heart and with all your being. 4 “Walk after ???? your Elohim and fear Him, and guard His commands and obey His voice, and serve Him and cling to Him.
Triennial Torah Cycle
We continue this weekend with our regular Triennial Torah reading which can be found online.
Is where we find the command to Abraham to be circumcised. We could get into a long talk about how it is still a command for today as we are told in 10 “This is My covenant which you guard between Me and you, and your seed after you: Every male child among you is to be circumcised. 11 “And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall become a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 “And a son of eight days is circumcised by you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with silver from any foreigner who is not of your seed. 13 “He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your silver, has to be circumcised. So shall My covenant be in your flesh, for an everlasting covenant. 14 “And an uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, his life shall be cut off from his people – he has broken My covenant.”
I think that is very plain. It is an everlasting covenant and those not circumcised are cut off.
But what I would like to point out is a study done in Africa about circumcision.
Biblical practice found to greatly reduce spread of AIDS
A study of more than 3,000 South African men found that male circumcision—a practice God commanded for the patriarch Abraham and the ancient Israelites (Genesis 17:10-12; Joshua 5:2-5)—dramatically reduces the risk of contracting AIDS.
At the International AIDS Society conference in Rio de Janeiro in July, French researcher Bertran Auvert reported that circumcised men in the study contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, at a rate less than a third that of uncircumcised men.
The study tracked 3,273 uninfected South African men ages 18 to 24 over 21/2 years. Half the men were randomly assigned to be left uncircumcised while the other half were circumcised. By the end of the study researchers found that for every 10 uncircumcised men who contracted HIV through sex with HIV-infected women, only three of the circumcised men became infected.
The results were so dramatic that the study was ended nine months early. The researchers concluded it would be unethical to continue without offering the uncircumcised group the opportunity to be circumcised and perhaps save their lives.
This was the largest study to date correlating circumcision’s effect on HIV infection. Some 35 previous studies have indicated a link between circumcision and lower rates of HIV infection.
Researchers have long suspected a link because HIV rates are much lower in regions of Africa where circumcision is practiced. For example, in areas where circumcision isn’t common, such as eastern South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, adult HIV infection rates are above 30 percent while the comparable rate is less than 5 percent in West Africa where males are commonly circumcised.
Researchers also believe that male circumcision reduces transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and syphilis.
“Male circumcision must be recognized as an important means to fight the spread of HIV infection and the international community must mobilize to promote it,” concluded Dr. Auvert in the abstract of his presentation at the AIDS conference. “The first thing to do is to offer safe male circumcision to those who want to be circumcised. We must adapt the health system so that it can afford male circumcision,” he urged.
Francois Venter, a South African AIDS expert, in September urged adoption of male circumcision as the most effective “vaccine” for AIDS in his country, where some 6 million are infected with the virus and more than 600 die from AIDS daily. “We dream of a vaccine which has this efficacy,” he said. “The results are phenomenal.”
While the Bible spells out no specific health benefits for circumcision, and tells us that physical circumcision is no longer required, modern science continues to find solid reasons for paying close attention to its benefits.
Of course, the only sure solution for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases is spelled out in the Bible—to avoid all sexual activity outside of marriage (Exodus 20:14; 1 Corinthians 6:18). Only then can we avoid the diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, emotional turmoil and other suffering brought on by ignorance of or disobedience to God’s instruction in this regard.
One other point I would to show you.
Isaac (English pronunciation: /?a?z?k/; Hebrew: ???????, Modern Yits?ak Tiberian Yi???q, “he will laugh”; Yiddish: ????, Yitskhok; Ancient Greek: ?????, Isaak; Latin: Isaac; Arabic: ?????? or ????? ?Is??q) as described in the Hebrew Bible, was the only son Abraham had with his wife Sarah, and was the father of Jacob and Esau.
Isaac was the only Biblical patriarch whose name was not changed, and the only one who did not leave Canaan.
Islam considers Ishaq (Isaac) as a prophet of Islam which describes Isaac as the father of the Israelites and a righteous servant of God.
Notice what happened when Abraham was told of the coming birth of his son by Sarah.
17 And Ab?raham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Is a child born to a man who is a hundred years old? Or is Sarah, who is ninety years old, to bear a child?”
Abraham laughed. And in verse 19 Isaac is already named by Yahovah. Then we read in chapter 18: 10 And He said, “I shall certainly return to you according to the time of life, and see, Sarah your wife is to have a son!” And Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him. 11 Now Ab?raham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age, and Sarah was past the way of women. 12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my master being old too?” 13 And ???? said to Ab?raham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I truly have a child, since I am old?’ 14 “Is any matter too hard for ????? At the appointed time I am going to return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah is to have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”
Both Abraham and Sarah laughed at Yahovah at the thought of them having a child. Yahovah had the last laugh and named the child ‘he will laugh’ as a reminder that nothing is impossible for Yahovah.
From Strongs # 3327 Yitschaq- Laughter, ie. Mockery from #6711 tsachaq to laugh outright in merriment or scorn
There are three things in these two chapters I would like to address. The cycle of being set free and then Israel goes back into baal worship. They do it repeatedly. We have shown you the chronology of the Judges period back in https://sightedmoon.com/sightedmoon_2015/?page_id=647 News Letter 5846-014
In Chapter 11: 12 And Yiphtah? sent messengers to the sovereign of the children of Ammon, saying, “What is between you and me, that you have come to fight against me in my land?” 13 And the sovereign of the children of Ammon said to the messengers of Yiphtah?, “Because Yisra’?l took my land when they came up out of Mitsrayim, from the Arnon as far as the Yabboq, and to the Yard?n. And now, give back those lands in peace.”
We read how those who have lost their lands claim an injustice against Israel. It is the same today in the Middle East. The rallying cry amongst those who hate Israel is that they have stolen the land.
But Jephthah writes them back and gives them the accurate history of how things came to be. And then concludes as follows;
22 ‘Thus they took possession of all the border of the Amorites, from Arnon to the Yabboq and from the wilderness to the Yard?n. 23 ‘And now, ???? Elohim of Yisra’?l has driven out the Amorites from before His people Yisra’?l, should you then possess it? 24 ‘Whatever Kemosh your mighty one gives you to possess, do you not possess it? And all that which ???? our Elohim takes possession of before us, we possess. 25 ‘And now are you any better than Balaq son of Tsippor, sovereign of Mo’ab?? Did he ever strive against Yisra’?l? Did he ever fight against them? 26 ‘While Yisra’?l dwelt in H?eshbon and its villages, and in Aro??r and its villages, and in all the cities along the banks of Arnon, for three hundred years, why did you not recover them within that time? 27 ‘So I have not sinned against you, but you are doing me evil by fighting against me. Let ???? the Judge, judge today between the children of Yisra’?l and the children of Ammon.’
Notice what Jephthah says And all that which ???? our Elohim takes possession of before us, we possess.
All the land that Judah took possession of during each of the wars in Israel today was won by divine intervention. With each appeasement, in which land is given back to those who are claiming it, is an affront to Yahovah. Consider the following in each case when others were forcing Israel to give up land for peace. Note when I attempted to place this video on Youtube it was blocked. Please watch it and make note of those things this man is pointing out.
I would also like to share with you this other video this man has done while we are here. It does make you scratch your head.
It is the same situation then in Jephthah’s day as now; Propaganda by the enemy and then the truth is restated by Israel. Had Israel done as they were told to do and not let any of those they defeated live then many of the problems the State of Israel faces today would not be there. At least the current enemies would not be there.
We must now look a Jephthah’s vow. http://www.ucg.org/bible-commentary/Judges/Jephthah-and-his-vow/default.aspx
Jephthah’s Vow (Judges 11)
We come now to one of the most difficult passages in the book of Judges—the story of Jephthah. The story is more important than one would at first suspect, for the critics have seized upon it as evidence that God is self-contradictory, bloodthirsty and devoid of any sense of equity and justice. Similarly, those who adhere to the belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture have found the story to be a stone of stumbling, especially since the book of Hebrews includes Jephthah by name in its famous catalog of the heroes of faith (Hebrews 11).
If the common understanding of the story is correct, we surely have a very odd series of facts to explain. Jephthah demonstrated a detailed knowledge of the history of his people, a history he could only have learned from the books of Moses (see Judges 11:12-28). Yet, if this is so, how do we explain his apparent ignorance of the blaring prohibition against child sacrifice contained in the books of Moses? (Leviticus 18:21; 20:2; Deuteronomy 12:31-32; 18:10-12)
Again, immediately after sending the ambassadors to Ammon “the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah” (verse 29). But if this is so, how could a person led by the Holy Spirit be so absolutely callous as to sacrifice his own child? In fact, Jephthah’s vow is made immediately after receiving the Spirit (verse 30)—how is that to be explained? Moreover, if the common understanding of the story is correct, God gave Jephthah the victory over Ammon knowing full well that Jephthah would sacrifice his child, and yet He never said a word—not in person, not in a dream, not by a prophet.
And further, how could a man who was so scrupulous to keep his vow (verse 35) be so unscrupulous as to murder his innocent child in flagrant disobedience to God’s law? Additionally, when his daughter learned of her father’s vow, she encouraged him to keep the vow and asked only to be able to go and mourn her virginity for two months, at the end of which time she voluntarily returned so that her father could carry out his vow. Jephthah’s daughter exhibits no terror, no pleading for her life—even the friends with whom she mourned her virginity allowed her to return! How is that to be explained?
And why didn’t Jephthah avail himself of the laws for redeeming things vowed (Leviticus 27)—he said, “I cannot go back”—when such an option would have been open to him?
And finally, if the common understanding of Jephthah’s vow is correct, where is that marvelous and self-evident faith that caused the writer of Hebrews, probably the apostle Paul, to unhesitatingly include him in his catalog of the heroes of faith?
The confusion can be cleared up by carefully examining Jephthah’s vow. Let us notice it in the New King James Version: “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (verses 30-31). First, notice that it is a conditional vow (if…then). Second, the phrase “whatever comes out to meet me” is actually “the one who comes forth to meet me” in Hebrew, an apparent reference to a person. The Nelson Study Bible concurs: “The phrase to meet me seems to refer more appropriately to a human than to an animal” (note on 11:31).
How then are we to understand Jephthah’s vow? The Hebrew of verse 31 is the source of the difficulty—or rather, the translation of the Hebrew text is the source of the difficulty. The next phrase could just as well be translated, “…shall surely be the Lord’s, OR I will offer it a burnt-offering.” The Nelson Study Bible notes, “The conjunction in Jephthah’s pivotal statement in v. 31, that whatever or whoever came out of the door ‘shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering’ could be translated or. Thus, if a person came out first, he would dedicate that person to the Lord, or if an animal came out first, he would offer the animal as a burnt sacrifice” (note on Judges 11:39). This explanation, however, has left out the possibility of an unclean animal, such as a dog, coming out. Presumably, a clean animal in this scenario would be sacrificed while an unclean animal would be dedicated like a person. But there is a possibility that this translation is not entirely correct either, as it leaves out the possibility of nothing or no one coming out to meet Jephthah. This brings us to the next apparent problem in translation.
The clause “or I will offer it up as a burnt offering” could also be rendered, “or I will offer Him a burnt offering.” If that is correct, then we are left with Jephthah imagining a person coming out to meet him and stating, in a perhaps corrected rendering of verse 31, “The one who comes forth to meet me I will consecrate to the Lord, or [if no one comes out] I will offer Him [i.e., the Lord] a burnt offering.” This changes the complexion of the difficulty entirely.
What emerges from a clear understanding of the Hebrew is significant. First, let’s note that Jephthah was making a conditional vow with God. If God would give Jephthah the victory and bring him safely home, then Jephthah would either dedicate a person of his household to God or he would offer a burnt-offering to God if no one came out. Once God performed His part of the vow, Jephthah was bound to fulfill his part.
Second, and most important however, Jephthah left the choice in God’s hands! Jephthah could not control who would come out of the doors of his house to greet him (or whether anyone would), just as Abraham’s servant had no control over who would give him drink (see Genesis 24:12-14). The vow contained a choice to be made by God: either accept a consecrated person or a burnt offering. Therefore, Jephthah was perhaps, to a degree, acting on faith, allowing God to choose how Jephthah would fulfill his part of the covenant.
Yet it still appears that the vow was rash and unwise. Jephthah had apparently not thought this through well enough. He was shocked and deeply grieved that his daughter was the one who came out to meet him, stating that this had brought him very low (verse 35). He was clearly expecting it to be someone else—probably a household servant. No doubt, he learned a powerful lesson that day.
Thankfully, as the evidence seems to support, Jephthah did not sacrifice his daughter—he devoted her to the service of God, much as did Hannah devote Samuel to the service of God. As such, Jephthah’s daughter would remain a virgin as she served at the tabernacle as part of a special class of dedicated women (compare Exodus 38:8; 1 Samuel 2:22; Luke 2:36-37). It appears that they acted as door porters, singers, musicians and workers in cloth (most valuable and needed when the tabernacle stood, as it did in Jephthah’s day). This dedication meant that Jephthah would have no grandchildren—for his daughter was his only child—and thus no heir.
As we know, the Israelites viewed barrenness as a stigma, and for the family line to end was considered virtually a curse from God. Now becomes very clear the grief of Jephthah (for he would have no inheritor) and of his daughter (for she would have no children) and of her friends (for their friend would never become “a mother in Israel,” and possibly mother of the promised Messiah) and of the people of Israel (for their hero would not leave them descendants and his name would “perish out of Israel”)! It is interesting to note the contrast between Jephthah and the judges immediately before and after him. They both had 30 sons (Judges 10:3-4; 12:8-9), while Jephthah had just this one and only daughter.
As a final observation, we must note verse 39 again. The sacred historian records that Jephthah “carried out his vow with her which he had vowed” and then adds, “she knew no man.” It is not recorded that Jephthah sacrificed her—that is apparently a conclusion based upon an incomplete understanding of the above scriptures. Some will argue that this last clause just magnifies the tragedy of her death—that she died young without ever marrying. But if, indeed, Jephthah’s daughter was sacrificed in gruesome and flagrant disobedience to God, this added statement about knowing no man would seem to be superfluous and inane; it only appears to make sense if she continued in a state of celibacy after Jephthah fulfilled his vow.
The writer of Hebrews, then, is vindicated for including Jephthah in the heroes of faith. Though Jephthah was evidently rash and unwise in making his vow to start with, he nevertheless obeyed God’s command to pay one’s vows to Him (Deuteronomy 23:21-23), even when it was to his own hurt (compare Psalm 15:4). In that sense, Jephthah’s fulfilling of his vow may be seen as a real act of faith! He was willing to give up his only hope of grandchildren and perpetuation of the family line, enduring a social stigma, in order to obey God. Why? Because he looked forward to the promises that he had seen and embraced (Hebrews 11:13), which would be bestowed in that country of God (verse 14) when he would be raised in that better resurrection (verse 35)! Truly, then, Judges 11 reveals Jephthah to be, in the end, a courageous man of integrity, faith and vision!
Here is all we know concerning this Psalm, but internal evidence seems to fix the date of its composition in those troublous times when Saul hunted David over hill and dale, and when those who fawned upon the cruel king, slandered the innocent object of his wrath, or it may be referred to the unquiet days of frequent insurrections in David’s old age. The whole Psalm is the appeal to heaven of a bold heart and a clear conscience, irritated beyond measure by oppression and malice. Beyond a doubt David’s Lord may be seen here by the spiritual eye.
The most natural mode of dividing this Psalm is to note its triple character. Its complaint, prayer, and promise of praise are repeated with remarkable parallelism three times, even as our Lord in the Garden prayed three times, using the same words. The first portion occupies from Ps 35:1-10, the second from Ps 35:11-18, and the last from Ps 35:19-28; each section ending with a note of grateful song.
Mat 21:23 – 22:22
By what authority do you do these things? This week’s study in Mathew is important. It hinges on the authority or by what authority people do things. Such as this ministry at www.sightedmoon.com
Just because some organization has not given the person permission to speak does not negate their authority. Jephthah is an example. He was chosen by Yahovah for the job at hand. John was recognized as a prophet and he too did not receive his authority from men. The question Yahshua is asking is because John’s baptism is from the Holy Spirit.
Each week you read this News letter and it is about 20 to 30 pages in length and some are very good studies at times. I graduated high school with a 51% average for English. I only got that so I would not have to come back. Those of you who know me know how slow I am at times. Yet this News letter is very powerful. It is because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is not by my own will and power. I am just the fortunate person who gets to share these things with you.
It is the Holy Spirit that gives the authority. That Spirit comes from Yahshua, my sheep will hear my voice and know me.
Next we read the parable of the first son would not do as he was told and then did and the second son who said he would do as he was told and never did. Many try to show this as Ephraim and Judah. But I would rather each of you look at it as if it applied to you personally.
Many of you read the truth of Torah which is our Father telling us what to do. We tell Him in no uncertain terms there is no way we will do those commandments. Later we repent and do begin to obey.
Then there are those of you who pretend to obey but never do, yet you would like everyone to think you are doing His will like the false healers we spoke of above. You want to be perceived as good but you never are. This is what this parable is showing us. Apply it to yourselves and stop deceiving yourself.
Those who would not obey even though they said they would are then shown to be the vine dressers in the next parable. The vine dressers seize the messengers; those who are obedient to the king and land owner and they also seize the son and kill them in order to take the land for themselves.
These are like those who work for and under the power of Satan who wish to seize the kingdom of heaven and high jack it for themselves never wanting to submit to the authority of the law.
The Parable of the wedding is the last section in this study. The wedding of the son is Yahshua which is soon to take place. The servants sent out are those who are teaching the message of the coming kingdom in truth and they are also teaching Torah and to obey the commandments. Not like those who teach they are done away.
Those not willing to come are those who will not obey. Others are able to find all kinds of worldly excuses not to come and do not consider the importance of this invitation. They make light of it. This is what some of you are doing right now.
But what is worse they also seize the ones who bring this message and kill them.
This makes the king who is actually Yahovah furious and He sends an army to kill those who would not come but killed the messengers.
Now where do we find an example of Yahovah sending his armies in fury?
In Leviticus 26. 23 ‘And if you are not instructed by Me by these, but walk contrary to Me, 24 then I also shall walk contrary to you, and I Myself shall smite you seven times for your sins. 25 ‘And I shall bring against you a sword executing the vengeance of My covenant, and you shall gather together in your cities, and I shall send pestilence among you, and you shall be given into the hand of the enemy. 26 ‘When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back to you your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied. 27 ‘And if in spite of this, you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me, 28 then I shall walk contrary to you in wrath. And I Myself shall punish you seven times for your sins. 29 ‘And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and eat the flesh of your daughters. 30 ‘And I shall destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and put your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols. And My being shall loathe you. 31 ‘And I shall turn your cities into ruins and lay your set-apart places waste, and not smell your sweet fragrances. 32 ‘And I shall lay the land waste, and your enemies who dwell in it shall be astonished at it. 33 ‘And I shall scatter you among the gentiles and draw out a sword after you. And your land shall be desert and your cities ruins, 34 and the land enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies waste and you are in your enemies’ land. Then the land would rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 ‘As long as it lies waste it rests, for the time it did not rest on your Sabbaths when you dwelt in it
The word wrath in verse 28 is fury. As I have been showing you in The Prophecies of Abraham we are currently in the first year of the third Sabbatical cycle. The 4th Sabbatical cycle is represented by war and it begins in 2017 at Aviv. The fifth Sabbatical cycle is captivity and it begins in 2024.
What this parable is showing you is that you have just seven years to share this message of the kingdom of Yahovah. During this 7 year period of time you will be hated and even killed for inviting people to the wedding super. After that Yahovah will be furious with those who have killed the messengers; that is with your fellow Israelites and He will have them killed by an army that is coming who will destroy the USA and the UK and her commonwealth of nations.
But there is more to the parable. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast, indeed, is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 ‘Therefore go into the street corners, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 “And those servants went out into the street corners and gathered all whom they found, both wicked and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
At the end of this seven years we are going to be expected to take this message of the kingdom to the gentile nations in full force and both the wicked and the good were brought to the wedding and it was full.
The wicked are those who will repent and begin to be obedient. This in turn reflects back to the parable of the man who went out and hired people to work in the vineyard at various times of the day and near the end of the day he went out again and hired still more. After it all he paid everyone the same wage. Those who worked the longest and those who worked the least he gave the same wage.
We all need to continue to knock and to invite everyone, including the wicked to come and have the chance to repent. This too reflects back to the parable about the man who was forgiven much and then he would not forgive those who owed him money. It is the same with us. Some have been forgive a huge amount of sin and others a little. In both case the sin is gone.
At the end of the day those who come last will be forgiven as much as those who come early are and the wage is the same. A place in the kingdom of Yahovah.
But wait there is still more. 11 “And when the sovereign came in to view the guests, he saw there a man who had not put on a wedding garment, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 “Then the sovereign said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
We must come to the wedding dressed appropriately. We need to put on the white robe for the wedding.
Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled .
Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld , and, lo , a great multitude, which no man could number , of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered , saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they ?
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest . And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
What are these white robes that we are to were to the wedding?
•Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
Isaiah 61: 10 I greatly rejoice in ????, my being exults in my Elohim. For He has put garments of deliverance on me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the seed to shoot up, so the Master ???? causes righteousness and praise to shoot up before all the nations!
We are to be wearing white robes to the wedding. These robes are made from Righteousness and we read in Psalm 119: 172 My tongue sings of Your word, For all Your commands are righteousness.
When we keep and obey the commandments, we are putting on righteousness. The commandments are our righteousness and they are what we are to wear to the wedding. But that one man did not or would not obey the commandments and was thrown out.
Many are being called and only a few are chosen. Many think they are the ones chosen as the man who is thrown out thought he was, but if you’re not keeping the commandments and you will not change and begin to obey then you too will find yourself gnashing at your teeth as well; just as the following verses show also.
Mathew 8:8 And the captain answering, said, “Master, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only say a word, and my servant shall be healed. 9 “For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 And when ????? heard, He marvelled, and said to those who followed, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Yisra’?l have I found such great belief! 11 “And I say to you that many shall come from east and west, and sit down with Ab?raham, and Yitsh?aq, and Ya?aqob? in the reign of the heavens, 12 but the sons of the reign shall be cast out into outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And ????? said to the captain, “Go, and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that hour
Mathew 24: 43 “And know this, that 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. 44 “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Ad?am is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. 45 “Who then is a trustworthy and wise servant, whom his master set over his household, to give them food in season? 46 “Blessed is that servant whom his master, having come, shall find so doing. 47 “Truly, I say to you that he shall set him over all his possessions. 48 “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant shall come on a day when he does not expect it, and at an hour he does not know, 51 and shall cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mathew 25: 24 “And the one who had received the one talent also came and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed, 25 and being afraid, I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26 “And his master answering, said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 ‘Then you should have put my silver with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to him who possesses ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who possesses, more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but from him who does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away.1 Footnote:1See Lk. 8:18. 30 ‘And throw the worthless servant out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Luke 13:22 And He was going through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Yerushalayim, 23 and someone said to Him, “Master, are there few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I say to you, shall seek to enter in and shall not be able. 25 “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Master, Master, open for us,’ and He shall answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you shall begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 “But He shall say, ‘I say to you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’ 28 “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Ab?raham and Yitsh?aq and Ya?aqob? and all the prophets in the reign of Elohim, and yourselves thrown outside. 29 “And they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south, and sit down in the reign of Elohim. 30 “And see, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.”
Mathew 25: 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried , they all slumbered and slept . 6 And at midnight there was a cry made , Behold , the bridegroom cometh ; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose , and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out . 9 But the wise answered , saying , Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell , and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy , the bridegroom came ; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut . 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying , Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said , Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh .
Brethren when that door shuts you do not want to be on the outside looking in. Promise yourself right now this very day that you will now begin to be about your Father’s business and begin to teach about the invitation to the wedding that everyone has a chance to take part in. Help to get the bride ready. Half of you are not going to bother and go back to sleep. Some of you will work on building up your righteousness, your oil for your lamp so that when He comes you are ready. Study without stopping because the time is flying by.
The 613 Mitzvot
We are also going to continue to study the 613 laws of Torah which we can read at http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm
We are doing 7 laws each week and this week we shall study laws 107-113. We also have commentary from http://theownersmanual.net/The_Owners_Manual_02_The_Law_of_Love.Torah
I have had to make significant edits to the commentary this week as our commentator’s bias is very evident against the keeping of the Sabbath We have been using this source now for a while, but I would welcome another one should anyone find a good source to use. If I have overlooked anything worthy of being edited, please let me know.
Times and Seasons
107. That the new month shall be solemnly proclaimed as holy, and the months and years shall be calculated by the Supreme Court only (Ex. 12:2) (affirmative) (the authority to declare months is inferred from the use of the word “unto you”).
The new month shall be solemnly proclaimed as holy, and the months and years shall be calculated by the Supreme Court only. “Now Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, ‘This month (Abib/Nisan) shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.’” (Exodus 12:1-2) Oh, good grief. Here we go again. The rabbis have not only gotten the mitzvah wrong, they have in the process usurped the authority of Yahweh and placed it in their own hands. According to Judaism 101, the authority to declare months is inferred from the use of the words “to you.” Sorry, guys, it’s not. The passage supporting the mitzvah indicates that the first month of the year was to be the month of Passover, now called Nisan (in March or April on the Gregorian calendar. Each month began at the first sliver of the new moon—Passover would fall two weeks later in the first month, near the full moon phase.
Here’s how Yahweh set it up: there would be twelve lunar months in the year, adjusted to the solar calendar by adding an intercalary month now and then. Within the first seven of these months (beginning in the Spring with Abib, later called Nisan) there would be seven solemn convocations, or miqrym, holy appointments instituted by Yahweh, beginning with Passover. These seven “Feasts of Yahweh” would prove to be prophetic of Yahweh’s plan for the redemption of mankind. As keepers of the Messianic signs, we’re supposed to keep these divine appointments throughout our generations.
During the captivity in Babylon this monthly calendar was switched from Nisan to Tishri as the beginning of the year, putting their new year’s day in the fall, where their Babylonian captors had it. They actually assigned another of Yahweh’s seven miqrym as their “head of the year,” or Rosh Hashanah. The day they picked is the Feast of Trumpets, which was set up by Yahweh to be number five in the series.
108. Not to travel on Shabbat outside the limits of one’s place of residence (Ex. 16:29) (CCN7). See Shabbat.
Do not travel on Shabbat outside the limits of your place of residence. “Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather [manna], but they found none. And Yahweh said to Moses, ‘How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For Yahweh has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.’ So the people rested on the seventh day.” (Exodus 16:27-30) This is a clear case of taking a sentence out of context. Yahweh here was telling the Israelites (again) not to go out to gather manna on the Sabbath, because He had already provided what was needed the previous day. In short, they were being told to trust Him.
According to the Gospel record, however, the Pharisees didn’t make a big deal out of where Yahshua happened to be on the Sabbath. They didn’t suggest that He had broken the Sabbath by not staying home (wherever that was). Instead, they were upset that he didn’t take a break from healing people on the Sabbath. “One Sabbath day Jesus was in the home of a leader of the Pharisees. The people were watching him closely, because there was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, ‘Well, is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?’” I just love this. That’s precisely the same question with which they had hoped to entrap Him back in Matthew 12. This time, Yahshua beat them to the punch, putting the question to them before they could demand an explanation of Him. “When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away. Then he turned to them and asked, ‘Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you proceed at once to get him out?’ Again they had no answer.” (Luke 14:1-6 NLT) He had responded in the affirmative when asked this question, but they couldn’t answer without incriminating themselves. If they said healing on the Sabbath was permissible, they would be contradicting their own traditions. But if they said it was not, they would be denying the power of God, for Yahshua frequently manifested that power by healing people on the Sabbath.
We can read in Acts 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. I have walked this many times. It is about a 20 minute walk.
109. To sanctify Shabbat (Ex. 20:8) (CCA19). See Shabbat.
Sanctify Shabbat. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11) This is the fourth Commandment of the Decalogue. Notice first that there is a proper time for work—the first six days of the week, or metaphorically/prophetically, the first six millennia of man. The seventh day, however, is holy or hallowed (qadash, meaning set apart, made clean, consecrated, withdrawn from profane or ordinary use). As Yahshua Himself said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is yet day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) Second, Sabbath (alternately spelled Shabbat or Sabbat) comes from a verb (sabat) meaning to take an intermission, rest, or repose. It is thus a mirror of Yahweh’s symbolic “rest” on the seventh day of creation and a prophetic hint that our work—even if it’s godly or creative behavior—has no place in God’s plan of redemption. Third, note that there are no exceptions to the Sabbath Law: it applies to everybody, even the servants and beasts of burden: nobody works for a living on this appointed day of intermission, for if they do, they will be cut off from God’s people (see Exodus 31:14). The Sabbath speaks eloquently of Yahweh’s provision of our salvation. It’s no stretch to apply Psalm 118:24 to the ultimate Sabbath: “This is the day that Yahweh has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
After one of the many incidents recorded in the Gospels in which the Pharisees erroneously accused Yahshua of “working” on the Sabbath, He said, “The Sabbath was made to benefit people, and not people to benefit the Sabbath. And I, the Son of Man, am master even of the Sabbath!” (Mark 2:27-28 NLT)
When do we gather for worship?
Yahshua taught in the synagogues on the Sabbath (e.g. Luke 4:16) And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up : and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read .
110. Not to do work on Shabbat (Ex. 20:10) (CCN6). See Shabbat.
Do not work on Shabbat. “In it [the Sabbath] you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” (Exodus 20:10) As we have seen, the very word Sabbath indicates a period of repose, of rest from our labors. Yahweh wanted the Israelites to trust Him, and He began with a simple demonstration: On six days each week, He would provide manna for them to eat. Ordinarily it would spoil overnight, but on the sixth day they were to gather enough for the Sabbath as well, and He would miraculously keep it fresh. Thus every Sabbath, those who trusted Yahweh witnessed a miracle of preservation (in addition to the usual miracle of provision). God’s sustenance here is a metaphor for our salvation. Yahweh will provide sustenance/salvation on the seventh day of the week to those who trusted Him on the first six days.
In a passage parallel to the Matthew 12 verses we saw earlier, Yahshua helps us define what, precisely, is the “work” from which we are to rest on the Sabbath. Is it any and all activity (the rabbinical view), or is it only what we ordinarily do to provide for ourselves? “Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. Would he heal the man’s hand on the Sabbath? If he did, they planned to condemn him. Jesus said to the man, ‘Come and stand in front of everyone.’ Then he turned to his critics and asked, ‘Is it legal to do good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing harm? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?’ But they wouldn’t answer him. He looked around at them angrily, because he was deeply disturbed by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, ‘Reach out your hand.’ The man reached out his hand, and it became normal again! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to discuss plans for killing Jesus.” (Mark 3:1-6 NLT) The principle is this: It is never bad to do good. Yes, we were commanded in the Torah to refrain from doing our regular jobs on the Sabbath—from doing those tasks with which we provide for our own needs. But that’s not what Yahshua was doing here. Thus by definition, our “ordinary work” (that which is restricted on the Sabbath) is not the same thing as “doing good works.”
111. To rest on Shabbat (Ex. 23:12; 34:21) (CCA20). See Shabbat.
Rest on Shabbat. “Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed…. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” (Exodus 23:12; 34:21) This of course is merely the affirmative restatement of negative Mitzvah #110. The supporting passages, however, shed some added light on God’s mindset here. First, notice that Yahweh understands that the servants and beasts of burden won’t be able to enjoy their Sabbath rest if their “master” does not observe it. This places the burden of responsibility squarely on his shoulders: those in control are held to a higher standard of obedience, whether in a household, a business, or a whole nation, for their actions and beliefs affect the lives of those beneath them in the hierarchy, for good or ill. This is why Yahshua said the religious leaders of His day would “receive the greater condemnation.”
Second, the Sabbath rest was to be observed “in plowing time and in harvest,” that is, even when things were at their busiest and “rest” seemed to be a luxury one could do without. At issue here is our trust in Yahweh’s provision. In early Israel, this mistrust might have taken the form: We’ve gotta get this crop in before the weather turns bad, or we’ll all starve to death this winter, so let’s work through the Sabbath to get the job done. Today we might say: This deadline the client has saddled us with is so tight, if we don’t skip church and work all weekend on it we’ll lose the contract and go out of business. Oh really? Who took care of you yesterday? Who can be trusted to do so tomorrow? Who brought you the client, and gave you the skills you need to serve him? If you can’t trust Yahweh with your day-to-day material needs, how can you trust Him with your eternal soul?
Before we leave the subject of Sabbath Law, let’s take a look at one more telling incident during Yahshua’s ministry. “One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are healed of your sickness!’ Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised and thanked God!” Her response was right and proper. What did the religious bigwigs have to say? “But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. ‘There are six days of the week for working,’ he said to the crowd. ‘Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.’ Yeah, right, like he was planning on coming back and healing the lady himself the following Tuesday. “But the Lord replied, ‘You hypocrite! You work on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from their stalls on the Sabbath and lead them out for water? Wasn’t it necessary for me, even on the Sabbath day, to free this dear woman from the bondage in which Satan has held her for eighteen years?’ This shamed his enemies. And all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.” (Luke 13:10-17 NLT) The final word on what should have been considered “work” to be avoided on the Sabbath was illustrated here. It boils down not to what, but to why. If a deed is done for the purpose of supporting yourself financially or materially, then you should refrain from doing it on the Sabbath. But if it is done out of a spirit of love, mercy, or just plain good manners—even if it’s only feeding the family pet—then it’s not really considered work under the Sabbath Law.
112. To celebrate the festivals [Passover, Shavu’ot and Sukkot] (Ex. 23:14) (affirmative).
Celebrate the festivals [Pesach, Shavu’ot, and Sukkot]. “Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahweh.” (Exodus 23:14-17) Yahweh instituted seven annual Miqrym, holy appointments or convocations, commonly referred to as “feasts,” during the Jewish calendar. The reason we see only three of the seven listed here is that there are three groups of miqrym. The first three were mandated to occur on three successive days in the spring. These were followed seven weeks later by a single miqra, and the final three fell within a few weeks of each other in the fall. Thus by convention and observation, we can lump the spring feasts together as one, calling them the Feast of Unleavened Bread or Passover, and the three fall feasts are similarly grouped under the umbrella name of the last one, Sukkot, or Tabernacles. Yahweh attached memorial significance to a couple of the feasts, but there are definite prophetic implications to every one of the seven.
Pesach, or Passover, (scheduled by Yahweh on Nisan 14, in our March or April) is memorial of the night in which the death angel killed the firstborn of every family in Egypt whose dwelling was not protected by the blood of the sacrificial lamb. It is thus prophetic of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Yahshua of Nazareth, which occurred on Nisan 14 in 31 AD. Everyone whose “house” is not marked by the blood of this sacrifice is similarly doomed.
Chag Matzah, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, (on the very next day, Nisan 15) is memorial of the Israelites’ hasty flight from Egypt in the wake of the death of the Egyptian firstborn—a move so sudden they didn’t even have time to let the bread in their kneading bowls rise. Leaven (yeast) is a picture of sin, of corruption. We are instructed to remove all the leaven from our homes—a metaphor for the removal of sin from our lives. The miqra is prophetic of the day Yahshua spent in the tomb. His death was what removed the sin from our lives, if only we’ll trust Him to do so. This feast was the beginning of a weeklong festival—the seven days being symbolic of the fact that our sins have been removed completely.
Yom HaBikkurim, or the Day of Firstfruits, (on the day after the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread) was a celebration thanking Yahweh for the upcoming barley harvest. The day is prophetic of Yahshua’s ascension to Heaven on the first day of the week in 31 AD, in which He Himself was the “firstfruit” of many who would subsequently rise from their graves immortal and undefiled because of their faith in Him.
The Last day of Unleavened Bread was the seventh day of Chag Matzah, in which you are to keep a solemn Assembly on the first day and on the Seventh day. These are Holy Days in which no work shall be done.
Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks, was scheduled on the day after the seventh Sabbath after the Feast of Unleavened Bread—making an interval of fifty days, hence the Greek name: Pentecost. It was the day Moses announced the covenant between Yahweh and Israel at Mount Sinai. The prophetic aspect, however, is obvious: this was the very day, in 31 AD, on which the Ruach Kodesh, the Holy Spirit, came to indwell the believers of the risen Messiah. Even though there were no gentiles present that day, this indwelling continues to the present time—in both believing Israelites and gentiles, a group known as the “called-out assembly (the Ekklesia), or simply the Church. Yahweh’s revelation of His redemptive plan has thus been extended beyond the bounds of Israel. Shavuot was the second of the three national gatherings mentioned in the Exodus 23 passage—there called the Feast of Harvest.
The first four of these prophetic feasts have been fulfilled, then, in the sacrificial work of the Messiah and in the coming of His Spirit to indwell the believers. It is worth noting that every single one of them was fulfilled on the precise day of its Levitical mandate (the odds against that happening by chance are over 16 billion to one) and we therefore have strong reason to believe that the last four will be fulfilled in the same way. The three yet-to-be-fulfilled miqra convocations occur in the month of Tishri, in September or October—the seventh month on the Hebrew Levitical calendar. They are as follows:
Yom Teruah (i.e., the Day of Blowing or Shouting), a.k.a. the Feast of Trumpets, is slated for Tishri 1. It is sometimes called Rosh Hashanah—erroneously, since it isn’t the day Yahweh designated as “head of the year.” That happens on the first day of Nisan, in the spring—a date that is not among the miqrym). It’s also known as Yom Hakeseh, the “Day of Hiding,” for rabbinical tradition held that this was the day Satan went before God to accuse Israel—so the day had to be kept a secret.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, comes on Tishri 10. This miqra isn’t really a “feast” like the other six, but is rather a day of repentance, remorse, fasting , and affliction of the soul. Again, it isn’t actually memorial of anything specific in Israel’s history, but the future fulfillment in light of the weight of Scripture is overwhelmingly plain: this will be the day Israel recognizes her Messiah for who He was—and is. It will coincide with the day Sataan is locked away from mankind for 1000 years.
Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, the anchor of the three fall feasts, is the last of the seven-miqra series, occurring five days later, on Tishri 15. Like the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it kicks off a weeklong party. There is a far more significant future role for this festival: it is prophetic of the Millennial reign of Yahshua the Messiah, it represents the Marriage supper and celebration of the wedding. The Israelites were instructed to build temporary structures—booths or huts—to live in during the festival. This is a poignant picture of the real point of the Feast of Tabernacles: that Yahweh Himself would “camp out” among men for a thousand years of perfect peace.
113. To rejoice on the festivals (Deut. 16:14) (CCA21).
Rejoice on the festivals. “You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates.” (Deuteronomy 16:13-14) As we can see from the context, the command to rejoice is specifically applicable to the Feast of Tabernacles.
Rejoicing is also an expressly mandated feature of the Feast of Weeks (predictive of the coming of the Holy Spirit) and the Feast of Trumpets (prophetic of the coming of YAhshua), and implied in the celebration of the Feast of Firstfruits—the three other events that are obviously cause for celebration. The rabbis’ blanket statement is inappropriate in the case of the other three miqrym, however, and it betrays a lack of understanding as to why Yahweh instituted them in the first place. Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Day of Atonement all speak of the negative aspects of our salvation—our certain death if our sins are not covered by the atoning blood of the Lamb of God, the elimination of sin from our lives through the death of the Messiah, and the essential affliction of our souls when faced with our unworthiness. These things are all necessary and good, but they are not in and of themselves cause for celebration. The fact that these three miqrym are needed at all is actually cause for mourning. Yahweh was precisely accurate in His instructions as to when we were to rejoice.