Putting the “lunar sabbath” theory to the scriptural test.
Putting the “lunar sabbath” theory to the scriptural test.
Hebrew : Who crossed over
Living according to the Instruction (The Torah) of
Foreign to all worldly nations
Sojourner on the Olam/Earth
The Hebrew word for a Hebrew person
And comes from the root word Ever עבר
(Beresheeth/Genesis 10: 24-25)
Which means “to cross over”
A Hebrew is one who crossed over
Crossed over from traditions of the olam/world
And their practices,
False doctrines/ teachings
Using pagan titles such as (God / Lord)
For then will I return to the people lashon kodesh/ a pure clean language,
That they may all call upon the Name of
To serve Him with one consent
TzephanYah/ Zephaniah 3:9
Crossed over from pagan Traditions
In a true Covenant relation with
Keeping Shabbat and the Moedim of YâHuWaH יהוה
One who call upon the true and Only Covenant Name of our Creator
For as much as there is none like You, O YâHuWaH יהוה
You are Great, and
Your Name is Great in might.
…And My Name continually every day is despised
Therefore My People-Ami shall know
“And it shall be in that day, says YâHuWaH יהוה,
That you shall call Me Ishi-My Husband;
And shall call me no more
“For I will take away the names of Baalim/Lords out of her mouth,
And they shall no more
Be zakar (remembered) by their names”.
“I have written to him the great things of My Torah,
But they were counted as a strange thing.”
I have heard what ha Neviim said, that prophesy lies in My Name,
Saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
“How long shall this be in the lev/heart of
ha Neviim that prophesy lies?
Yes, they are Neviim of the deceit of their own lev/heart”
“Which think to cause My people to forget My Name
By their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor,
As their avot/fathers have forgotten
I will make Your Name to be remembered
in all generations:
Therefore shall the people hallel/praise You
Your Name O YâHuWaH יהוה
And Your memorial, O YâHuWaH יהוה
Throughout all generations.
For My Name shall be great among the nations
Malachi/ Malaki 1:11
Then they that feared YâHuWaH יהוה
Spoke often one to another:
And YâHuWaH יהוה listened, and heard it,
And a Sefer/Book zikkaron [remembrance] was
Written before Him for them that fear
YâHuWaH יהוה and that thought upon His Name.
Malachi/ Malaki 3:16
And I will set-apart My great Name, which was
profaned among the gentiles,
which you have profaned in the midst of them;
And the gentiles shall know that I am
Says the Master YâHuWaH יהוה, when I shall be kadosh by you
before their eyes.
For I will take you out from among the gentiles,
And gather you out of all countries,
And will bring you into your own land.
Then will I sprinkle clean mayim/water upon you,
And you shall be clean:
From all your filthiness, and from all your idols,
will I cleanse You.
A new lev/heart also will I give you,
And a new Ruach will I put inside you
And I will take away the stony lev/heart
out of your flesh, and I will give you
A lev/heart of flesh.
YâHuWaH יהוה’s voice cries to the city
And the man of Chochmah/ Wisdom
shall see Your Name
They shall see His face,
And His Name shall be on their foreheads
I have raised you up… in order to declare My Name in all the earth.
“This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations.”
“That men may know that You, whose Name alone is
YâHuWaH יהוה, are ha Ëlyon al kol ha eretz/
the Most High over all the earth”
Vehayah kol asher yikra BeShem YâHuWaH יהוה yimalet
Whoever calls on the Name of
Shall be Delivered.
For Whoever shall call upon the Name of Master YâHuWaH יהוה
shall be saved/delivered (yimalet).
How them shall they call on Him in whom they have not believe?
And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not hear?
And how shall they hear without a proclaimer?
And how shall they proclaim, except they be sent?
As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that proclaim the Besorah of shalom, and bring Besorot of tov things!
But they have not all obeyed the Besorah. For YeshaYahu says,
who has believed our report?
Romiyah/ Romans 10:16
LIVING ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTION OF
“Open my eyes, that I may observe wonderful things out of Your Torah”
“For You have magnified Your word and Your Name above all”
“This Sefer ha Torah shall not depart out of thy mouth;
But thou shall meditate on it day and night,
That you may shomer/observe to do according to all that is written in it:
For then you shall make your derech/way prosperous
And then you shall have tov/good success.”
The Torah of YâHuWaH is perfect, enduring
le-olam-va-ed: the mishpatim of YâHuWaH
is sure, making wise the simple.
The chukim of YâHuWaH יהוה are right, bringing simcha
to the lev: the commandment of YâHuWaH is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold:
sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is Your eved warned:
and in keeping of them
THERE IS A GREAT REWARD
Who can understand his own error?
Cleanse me from secret sin.
Keep back your eved also from presumptuous sins: let
them not have rule over me:
then shall I be a tzadik, and then I shall be innocent
from the great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my lev,
be acceptable in Your sight, O YâHuWaH יהוה
My strength, and my Redeemer.
YâHuWaH יהוה baruch/bless you and keep you:
YâHuWaH יהוה make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you,
YâHuWaH יהוה lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you shalom”
No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise up against you in judgment,
you shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the avadim/servants of YâHuWaH
and their tzedakah
is from Me
Declares YâHuWaH יהוה
May His Ruach guide us to all Emet/Truth!
10 Reasons why people don’t wear tzitzits
Through our conversing with different people and observations we have made, these are the top 10 reasons why tzitzits are not being worn….
1 – I did not know that was in scripture
2 – We are a different priesthood
3 – That is only for the Yahudi’s
4 – The Torah is written our heart, we no longer need a reminder
5 – We are in a new covenant
6 – I can’t wear them to work
7 – They will offend my family
8 – Well I see other people wearing them and the way they act is hypocritical
9 – We can’t get the right color of blue
10 – They are meant for prayer shawls
ABBA’s answer to all 10 excuses….
I COMMANDED YOU TO MAKE THEM AND WEAR THEM
DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD — YOUR PART IN YAHUWAH’S MASTER PLAN
You have probably heard the saying: “Yahusha ha Mashiach led a PERFECT LIFE in YOUR STEAD — there is NOTHING AT ALL for you to do but BELIEVE!” Most ministers say: “YaHuWaH’s Torah was nailed to the stake. It is unnecessary to keep the Ten Commandments today!” Are these commonly accepted ideas really true? Is there NOTHING YOU must do to inherit eternal life?
Yahusha Our Passover
This world would have you think that YaHuWaH’s plan was COMPLETED at the stake. In reality it only BEGAN there.
IT WAS YAHUSHA HA MASHIACH, our Passover — not YaHuWaH’s Torah — WHO WAS NAILED TO THE STAKE. Instead of Yahusha doing away with the Torah, it was the TORAH which would have done away with your life. But YaHuWaH accepted the PERFECT LIFE OF YAHUSHA HA MASHIACH TO PAY THE PENALTY OF YOUR SINS IN YOUR STEAD. He died because YOU BROKE YAHUWAH’S TORAH!
“All have sinned,” said the apostle Sha’ul, “and come short of the glory of YaHuWaH!” (Rom 3:23) Your human nature, your carnal mind, NATURALLY rejects YaHuWaH’s ways. (Rom 8:7) Yahusha ha Mashiach’s sacrifice — his shed blood — WIPES AWAY YOUR PAST SINS. It gives you the opportunity for a fresh, clean start. But what are you going to do about it — continue to sin — OR QUIT SINNING?
Do you realize there is something YOU MUST DO, before YaHuWaH will give you the gift of ETERNAL LIFE? Listen to the answer of Yahusha. When one came to Him asking: “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Yahusha said: “Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, YaHuWaH: BUT IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.” (Mat. 19:16-17) The Ten Commandments reveal YaHuWaH’s character.
YaHuWaH is now creating RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER in those whom He is calling. Man, now only a clay model, is to be created in the CHARACTER-IMAGE of YaHuWaH Almighty. Obedience is a test of that character. YaHuWaH will not grant eternal life to anyone He cannot rule. But why have Christians lost the knowledge that we must obey YaHuWaH? For the same reason that the Jews lost the knowledge that Yahusha ha Mashiach!
In the time of Yahusha the Jews rejected the True Mashiach. They did not understand the higher meaning to Passover; therefore, they lost the knowledge of the FIRST STEP in Yahuwah’s plan — and put their Savior to a reprehensible, painful death! But Yahusha ha Mashiach is not only the author, or beginner, He is also the FINISHER of our salvation (Heb. 12:2). That is what the Christian world has forgotten! They have lost the knowledge of the SECOND STEP in YaHuWaH’s plan — that we must PUT SIN OUT OF OUR LIVES!
To help us in the knowledge of the second step, YaHuWaH gave His Chosen People a special festival — the Days of Unleavened Bread. They are to impress upon us the fact that we must NEVER AGAIN RETURN to the sins Yahusha paid for with His shed blood. Let’s begin to understand the true significance, the deep meaning in this ANNUAL FESTIVAL commemorating another step in YaHuWaH’s plan. Let’s learn why keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread is so important to your salvation, and just what your part is in YaHuWaH’s Master Plan.
COMMENT: Israel’s experience is to teach us not to sin — to teach us obedience.
Comment: Were the Days of Unleavened Bread given BEFORE the people of Israel reached Mount Sinai — BEFORE THEY EVEN LEFT THE LAND OF EGYPT? Ex. 12:18, 19. This festival was commanded before the Old Covenant was made. IT WAS NOT PART OF THE TORAH OF MOSES GIVEN NEARLY A YEAR AFTER THE ISRAELITES ARRIVED AT MOUNT SINAI. (See Ex. 40:17 and Lev. 1:1) What was not instituted by the Old Covenant or the Torah of Moses, WAS NOT DONE AWAY WHEN THEY CEASED.
YaHuWaH did not give Israel sacrifices and burnt offerings when they came out of Egypt! (Jeremiah 7:22.) What He commanded them was to obey, to keep the Feast. Later, special Mosaic sacrifices were offered on the Days of Unleavened Bread as also on every day of the year. They were TEMPORARY and ceased with the sacrifice of Yahusha.
COMMENT: Notice this verse in the modern wording of the Farrar Fenton translation, “consequently keep this period as an EVERLASTING INSTITUTION.”
COMMENT: Yahusha’s enemies knew that He would surely be keeping the Feast, but they were AFRAID to try to take Him when so many of the citizens would be gathered together. Yahusha was popular because of the miracles He had performed. So, the Jews captured Him during the night of the 14th, after the PRIVATE Memorial meal He ate with the disciples.
COMMENT: Why should Luke, years after the crucifixion, use the Feast of Unleavened Bread to indicate the time of Kefa’s imprisonment? Because Believers WERE STILL KEEPING THIS ANNUAL FESTIVAL!
COMMENT: Throughout the history of the early New Testament Chosen People of YaHuWaH in the book of Acts, we find faithful Believers KEEPING the Days of Unleavened Bread.
COMMENT: Here is the direct command for New Testament Believers from YaHuWaH’s apostle to the Gentiles to KEEP THE FEAST of Unleavened Bread. Notice because Yahusha our Passover is sacrificed for us (verse 7) we must also continue to KEEP THE FEAST of Unleavened Bread — a reminder that we are to put sin out of our lives.
Now what are you GOING TO DO?
Escape the Misery of Sin!
Let’s return to the account of the Exodus from Egypt, and see what new lessons we can learn about the Days of Unleavened Bread.
COMMENT: Even in Revelation 11:8 SINFUL Jerusalem is called Egypt spiritually.
COMMENT: A modern example of this sort of persecution and human slavery is seen in Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Germany! Slavery for Israel in sinful Egypt was very much like living in Hitler’s concentration and slave-labor camps. There was one great difference however. Nazi Germany’s domination lasted for only little more than one terrible decade, whereas ancient Israel served the Egyptians FOR SEVERAL GENERATIONS! In the same way, the entire world has SUFFERED from its own sins since the creation of Adam — NEARLY 6000 YEARS AGO! Today it is still a world of misery, frustration, discouragement and failure.
COMMENT: Moses was willing to sacrifice sinful pleasures knowing that if he wanted to inherit the gift of eternal life he must UTTERLY FORSAKE THE WAYS OF SIN!
COMMENT: YaHuWaH expects us — through His help — to expend every effort to QUIT SINNING. We must come TOTALLY out of — no longer to participate in sin. If we are to become a part of His family and receive the gift of eternal life, we must PROVE OUR OBEDIENCE HERE AND NOW by getting the LEAVEN of sin out of our lives! This is OUR PART in YaHuWaH’s plan. (See Yahusha’s answer to the lawyer in Luke 10:25-28.)
COMMENT: Leaven is a type of sin. Leaven puffs up — and so does sin. Unleavened bread IS BREAD which contains NO LEAVENING AGENT, and therefore typifies putting out sin. A leavening agent is any substance used to puff up — to produce fermentation, causing dough to rise — a type of sin. Yeast, soda, and baking powder are such leavening agents. (They are, of course, proper to use at any other time of year.) Bread, crackers, some prepared cereals and most cakes contain leaven and are to be avoided during this festival. ALL LEAVEN was to be removed from the premises. YaHuWaH’s people weren’t allowed to store it in some other room, a shed or outbuilding. But it was and is YaHuWaH’s way of testing His people to see how much they prize obedience.
COMMENT: They were not merely to abstain from all leavened bread during these seven days. That would have meant ONLY PUTTING OUT past sin. They were commanded to do something positive, to eat unleavened bread in the festival. That symbolized obedience, actively OBEYING YaHuWaH, SUBMITTING to His will.
Pharaoh a Type of the Devil
COMMENT: Pharaoh is a type of Satan the Devil. Satan does not want to let a sinner escape the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:16).
COMMENT: Pi-hahiroth was a mountain range that made escape from Pharaoh impossible by land to the south and west. The Red Sea to the east was OVER EIGHT MILES ASTAKE at the point where Israel had encamped, and Pharaoh’s army of chariots was thundering down on the trapped Israelites from the north!
COMMENT: Immediately after Israel left Egypt they were pursued by Pharaoh! So today newly begotten Believers are often pursued by Satan. He will set any obstacle in your way — he will attempt to discourage you, to cause you to stumble he will do ANYTHING to keep you from receiving eternal life. His favorite trick is to make you WANT TO RETURN TO THE LIFE OF SIN YOU SHOULD BE FORSAKING. Yet some people blindly prefer to continue in sin! They don’t want to rejoice before YaHuWaH on His annual Festivals because they don’t WANT TO QUIT SINNING! Israel displayed this same SELFISH ATTITUDE as they journeyed out of Egypt through the desert to Sinai.
COMMENT: Israel was afraid that YaHuWaH would not save them from the terrifying situation in which they found themselves. They realized that they needed POWERFUL SUPERNATURAL help, and that they couldn’t deliver themselves from the army of Pharaoh.
COMMENT: YaHuWaH supernaturally delivered Israel from Satan and from the bondage of sin in Egypt.
COMMENT: YaHuWaH will provide a means of escape for anyone who really seeks to overcome sin, to mortify or kill his own selfish desires, just as YaHuWaH made it possible for Israel to escape from Pharaoh through the Red Sea.
Feast of Unleavened Bread Is Sacred TIME
COMMENT: Each Feast or Festival is a segment of time ordained by YaHuWaH for our spiritual and physical rejuvenation. One chapter in the Bible summarizes all of the festivals YaHuWaH has ordained — Leviticus 23. Though they were already ordained (Ex. 12) before Israel left Egypt, they are repeated here because they were to continue. The first Festival occurs WEEKLY (Lev. 23:3). It is the seventh-day Sabbath. The weekly Sabbath is a period of rest from all usual business and labors, as well as our mundane pleasures. Each of the other Days mentioned here are to be observed ANNUALLY. They picture ANNUALLY the steps in YaHuWaH’s Master Plan.
COMMENT: A “sacred convocation” is a COMMANDED CHOSEN PEOPLE. It is an Assembly of people where their presence is COMMANDED by a higher power or authority. YaHuWaH Almighty Himself rules supreme over the universe. He CALLS A MEETING of His people ‘A CONVOCATION’ — on each Festival. These times are “Set Apart” convocations because YaHuWaH is Sacred, and He has commanded them. A Sacred convocation is a gathering called by YaHuWaH for the purpose of worship.
COMMENT: The first month of YaHuWaH’s year is called Abib. It corresponds to the time during the months of March and April of the PAGAN CALENDAR man has devised for common use today. Abib means, “the time of green ears of grain.” The Sacred convocations, during the Days of Unleavened Bread are referred to in Exodus 34:21. These days during the Feast of Unleavened Bread occur during the season that grain comes to mature growth — “earring time.”
COMMENT: The Passover Lamb was killed between the two evenings (3:00 PM and 6:00 PM on the 14th of Abib, just before it became totally dark — at dusk. Exodus 12:9-11 describes how the Passover lamb was eaten. This was done during the evening at the beginning of the 15th of Abib.
Ancient Israel Forsakes Egypt
COMMENT: The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th of Abib. It continues until the 21st of Abib. Both the 15th and the 21st were especially happy — ANNUAL SACRED CONVOCATIONS and DAYS OF REST from usual labor. Seven is YaHuWaH’s special number signifying COMPLETION or PERFECTION. YaHuWaH wants His people to come completely out of sin.
COMMENT: They left from Rameses. Josephus records this city was called Letopolis, and later renamed Babylon by the Persians, because it was the city of Semiramis in Egypt. It is the city of Old Cairo today.
COMMENT: “Succoth” MEANS “tents” or “camping shelters.” This was Israel’s first night out, away from the buildings of Egypt! Here they paused — though still in high spirits with their new-found freedom — from utter exhaustion. This was their largest single day’s journey.
COMMENT: Note that YaHuWaH gave Moses special instructions to pass on to Israel. How was Moses to pass on YaHuWaH’s words to a congregation of excited ex-slaves? BY A SACRED CONVOCATION! The column of cloud by day that blazed with fire at night (Ex. 13:21, 22) did not move on the Sabbath day! YaHuWaH rested! (Compare Ex. 40:36-37.) The weary, footsore Israelites were ready to rest from their long march.
COMMENT: YaHuWaH knew Pharaoh would pursue and that it was necessary for the Israelites’ own good they be trapped and supernaturally delivered by YaHuWaH’s own power, to prove to them and to us in modern times that YaHuWaH alone offers salvation. As far as Etham, Israel was still in touch with civilization. But Etham was the edge of the wilderness (Ex. 13:20; Numbers 33:6). Now they were to strike out straight into the desert.
COMMENT: No names are given of camping places for Sunday and Monday nights (the fourth and fifth days of Unleavened Bread. But by sunset Tuesday, the sixth day of Unleavened Bread, they had arrived and camped in a CUL-DE-SAC — between the mountains and the sea — just as Pharaoh’s chariot spearhead legions thundered in behind.
Elation in the Israelite camp congealed into stark terror!
Then the pillar of cloud, in which YaHuWaH was concealed, moved between the two camps as it flamed bright in the deepening dusk (Ex. 14:19-20 and 13:21).
Hezekiah Restores Festivals
COMMENT: The people had neglected to follow YaHuWaH’s Torah that outline His plan for material as well as spiritual happiness. They had been suffering for their sins!
Josiah Kept the Feast
After Hezekiah’s death the people of Israel again forgot YaHuWaH. They forgot His Festivals and they forgot His plan. They returned to idolatry under the self-willed ruler ship of kings Manasseh and Amon. Not until the reign of Josiah were the Feast Days again restored.
COMMENT: Notice that Judah had reverted to worshiping pagan idols and lost the knowledge of the worship of their Creator. When the understanding of the Torah was restored they began to serve the Eternal again. IMMEDIATELY they restored the observance of the ANNUAL FEAST DAYS — the festivals which are the SIGN between YaHuWaH and His people!
COMMENT: These ANNUAL FEASTS ARE A PART OF THE SIGN YAHUWAH’S PEOPLE MUST HAVE! Read this 20th chapter of Ezekiel carefully, and review Israel’s history of Sabbath breaking, and what YaHuWaH says about it. Notice the punishment YaHuWaH enforces upon those who neglect to keep His annual Feast Days. Verse 25. Properly translated verse 25 reads, “Wherefore I gave them over to STATUTES THAT ARE NOT GOOD AND JUDGMENTS WHEREBY THEY SHOULD NOT LIVE,” the ways that seem right to man! This same principle is repeated in the New Testament. YaHuWaH rejects those who reject the knowledge of His way (Hosea 4:6). He GIVES THEM OVER TO SERVE THE HOPELESS WAYS OF MAN WHICH END IN MISERY AND DEATH! (Rom. 1:20-32. See also Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25.) When Josiah died Judah again lost sight of YaHuWaH; they ignored His Sabbaths and rejected His annual Festivals. To bring them to obedience Almighty YaHuWaH chastened them by sending them into NATIONAL CAPTIVITY! THIS SAME FATE AWAITS ANY NATION WHICH SPURNS YAHUWAH’S TORAHS AND NEGLECTS HIS FEAST DAYS! YaHuWaH’s methods remain eternally the same (Heb. 13:8)!
COMMENT: Because they had been chastened for not properly keeping YaHuWaH’s Sabbaths, it was not long before they ADDED CARNAL, HUMAN RESTRICTIONS to the Torah of YaHuWaH, making the Sabbaths a BURDEN to YaHuWaH’s people. One of these HUMAN restrictions was to prohibit using leavened bread during the daylight part of Yahusha’s Memorial — the 14th of Abib. YAHUWAH HAD NEVER MADE SUCH A RESTRICTION! But the Jews thought they could be more righteous than YaHuWaH.
The Meaning of Spiritual Leaven
The Apostle Sha’ul, in writing to the Chosen People of YaHuWaH at Corinth, explained the spiritual meaning and symbolism of the Days of Unleavened Bread to the Gentile converts there. Notice what Sha’ul teaches NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS about “leaven,” and why we need to become “unleavened” SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY!
COMMENT: The one individual who had been practicing sin in the Chosen People had been allowed to remain in their midst. Sha’ul explains that just one bit of leaven — a sinful person — can cause the whole lump of dough — the whole Chosen People — to become saturated with sin. The whole Chosen People had become guilty of vanity — just as guilty as was the fornicator in their midst. The sin of fornication sprang from the same HUMAN NATURE which caused the other members of the Corinthian Chosen People to become PUFFED with vanity! By putting out the one adulterer, they put OUT THE SPIRITUAL LEAVEN that had begun to permeate the Chosen People.
COMMENT: Here is the symbolism of leaven interpreted! Not by men, but by your own Bible! LEAVEN TYPIFIES SIN!
COMMENT: Now let’s understand. Sha’ul commanded the Corinthian Chosen People members to PUT OUT the sinful, “LEAVENED” member of their congregation (verse 7), that the Chosen People might be spiritually “UNLEAVENED.”
COMMENT: The Corinthians were to keep the feast without the spiritual “leaven” of sin, as well as without the physical leaven of yeast. One was a type of the other. They were to keep it not only with the symbolic flat bread of the Festival, but in spiritually “unleavened” sincerity and truth!
Remember Lot’s Wife!
Few people realize the absolute necessity of coming out of sin and forsaking the sinful ways of this world. They are like Lot’s wife. Turn in Genesis 18 and 19 to the vivid example of Lot and his family escaping the debauchery of Sodom.
COMMENT: Even though YaHuWaH commands us to come out of — FLEE from — sin and the WRONG WAYS of this present evil world, we still must live IN the world (I Cor. 5:9-10; John 17:14-15).
COMMENT: Lot was commanded to leave — UTTERLY FORSAKE — the wicked city in which he and his family lived.
COMMENT: Lot found it difficult to leave his home and business (his past way of life). Lot hesitated. And so the angels had to drag him and his family out of SINFUL Sodom!
COMMENT: The Bible teaches that Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt. The salt has long since washed away. But salt itself is a SYMBOL of something that is lasting, or enduring. Lot’s wife is a PERPETUAL EXAMPLE of one who was NOT willing to completely forsake sin as YaHuWaH commands.
COMMENT: Lot’s wife wanted to turn back — to disobediently continue her life in sinful Sodom. SO SHE PAID WITH HER LIFE! Her example is a WARNING for us today that we should be willing to give up sin and the sinful ways of this world and rather submit to YaHuWaH’s Torah — lest we cling to the FLEETING PLEASURES OF THIS PRESENT EVIL SOCIETY ONLY TO BE DESTROYED WITH IT! The decision to FORSAKE SIN is up to you. It is YOUR PART in YaHuWaH’s Master Plan. YaHuWaH will not force you, but if you don’t forsake sin willingly — here and now — you can NEVER FULFILL YaHuWaH’s purpose for your life — the development of righteous, Sacred character. And you will never receive the gift of eternal life!
Yahusha’s sacrifice blots out all PAST SINS. Should you now CONTINUE in sin? This question was asked of the apostle Sha’ul. Let’s see how he answered it!
COMMENT: We are all, by nature, suffering the penalty of sin, which is DEATH! (Rom. 6:23.) But Yahusha’s sacrifice gives us “grace” — FREE UNMERITED PARDON from the penalty of our past sins. Yahusha died so that WE would not have to die eternal death! Now YaHuWaH expects us to obey His Torah, to “unleaven” our lives! YaHuWaH does not want us to willfully continue in sin — to incur the penalty of death again — for then we would have to die and remain dead FOR ALL ETERNITY! (Heb. 10:26.)
COMMENT: Almighty YaHuWaH MEANS BUSINESS! Those who deliberately rebel, those who have rejected the sacrifice of Yahusha, who have forgotten that their sins were taken away (II Pet. 1:9) — they have WILLFULLY REJECTED THEIR CHANCE for salvation.
COMMENT: If Almighty YaHuWaH expected men to do nothing at all — if the plan of salvation was REALLY completed at the stake — this was Yahusha ha Mashiach’s GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SO!
COMMENT: YaHuWaH knows what you are seeking first. If you value ANYTHING connected with the carnal, mundane society of this evil age MORE THAN your opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life and be born into His Kingdom, you will never inherit eternal life. Almighty YaHuWaH promises to TEST YOU, to see if you are REALLY WILLING TO submit yourself to Him and DO YOUR COMMANDED PART IN HIS MASTER PLAN!
COMMENT: Every faction, every religious denomination in Palestine had THEIR OWN pet ideas on “salvation,” without obedience to YaHuWaH. They all tried to impress their human ideas upon people in much the same way the religious denominations today obscure YaHuWaH’s truth and SUBSTITUTE THEIR OWN VAIN TRADITIONS. The Lawyer was trying to trick Yahusha, but Yahusha asked him a question in return.
COMMENT: Notice that UPON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE TORAHS OF YOUR BIBLE, AND ALL THE WRITINGS OF THE PROPHETS! The expression, “the Torah and the prophets” actually refers to the ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT! These two commandments are SIMPLE SUMMARY COMMANDS. The first, love of YaHuWaH, summarizes basically the first four of the Ten Commandments which teach us HOW TO LOVE YaHuWaH. The second great commandment, love of neighbor, summarizes the last six of the Ten Commandments which teach us HOW TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR! (Ex. 20:1-17.)
Yahusha told the Lawyer EXACTLY WHAT HE TOLD THE RICH MAN. He revealed to him the spirit and intent of YaHuWaH’s Torah. For examples of what Yahusha expects us to do — to take the Ten Commandments in their SPIRITUAL RAMIFICATIONS — read thoroughly Matthew 5:17-47. We must dedicate our lives to continual growing — overcoming the leaven of sin in our lives. We are never to stop STRIVING with ALL OUR MIGHT to overcome. Yahusha’s command is, “BECOME YE PERFECT, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT!” (Mat. 5:48)
HOW MUCH does YaHuWaH expect us to do? To surrender 100% to Him! We must give EVERY OUNCE of our abilities to conquering the downward pull of our human nature and learn more perfectly to obey YaHuWaH’s commandments. Only in this way do we partake of YaHuWaH’s own character. As we grow, we will become strong. The stronger we are, the MORE we can do — and the more YaHuWaH expects from us. Finally we will be FULLY MATURE, ripe fruit — ready for YaHuWaH’s spiritual harvest! This is the message now revealed for you in the seven perfect Days of Unleavened Bread! The Days of Unleavened Bread remind us annually that unless we are actively working, striving with all our might to put the leaven of sin out of our lives, we are not doing OUR PART. It is a FULL TIME JOB!
Yes, YaHuWaH expects you to do YOUR PART in His plan, but there is NO WAY YOU can EARN salvation! Eternal life in YaHuWaH’s Kingdom is a FREE GIFT — (Rom. 6:23). No one but Yahusha ha Mashiach has EVER DESERVED IT! No matter HOW MUCH YOU DO, YOU WILL fall far short, YaHuWaH will not OWE you salvation. He gives it to you as a free gift on condition that you accept Yahusha’s sacrifice and strive to obey Him!
GLOSSARY of Names & Titles in Scripture
Our Bible translations were responsible for removing the Name of the Most High and substituting titles of doubtful origin. But apart from confusion about the Names of Father and Son, there are other words in our Bible translations that are not honouring our Creator.
This article is not written in judgment or condemnation. We were all, until relatively recently, in total ignorance of this subtle form of deception. We took our Bible translations at face value and went as far as regarding them as the “inerrant Word of God”. However, it is important for us to understand that it is YaHUaH Himself, through His Ruach, who is restoring truth and exposing lies to His covenant children in these latter days. It would be unwise to have a rebellious attitude when our favourite and sentimental beliefs are exposed as false. In humility we need to quieten our spirits, listen to His Spirit, use our gift of discernment, and above all confirm everything that is taught by the numerous teachers out there with Scripture.
By Scripture I do not solely mean our Bible translations. Obviously we still use them, but remember they are not inspired. We need to start to learn and become familiar with the Hebrew language in which the Scriptures were inspired. Of course it is hard work but absolutely worthwhile. With modern technology we literally have all the tools at our fingertips. That, together with an earnest searching heart and hearing ears tuned in to the still small voice of our indwelling Ruach Teacher, TRUTH that sets us free will be revealed. (Joh.8:32)
Below is a list of religious names, titles and words that sincere believers should avoid using because they are either of pagan origin, or are simply wrong translations of the Hebrew original. Then I will list alternate names, titles and words that we should use rather than the pagan-contaminated words in the first list, as they are “cleaner”.
If this is new to you, dear reader, your first reaction will probably be anger at me that I would dare to infer that some names and terms that have such strong sentimental value, are unclean. Please bear with me. In further writings I will explain each word in detail.
1. Bible or Holy Bible
2. The Lord
4. Jehovah, Yehovah
5. Jesus, Jesu, Yeshua
11. Sunday – Saturday
1. Scripture / The Word
3. Almighty / Father
6. Messiah, Mashiach,
7. Congregation or Israel
9. Favour, approval
11. 1st to 6th day & Shabbat
12. 1st to 12th month
14. Stake or pole
Written and shared with us by our beloved brother Johann Moller