Greetings to all. I have not written much since February because we (family) have been in a period of transition. Big stuff happening. But as of this morning, the most difficult phase is complete, and after many years (over a decade of regular, diligent prayer) Yahuah has separated the Righteous from the unrighteous. He is Holy, and He is merciful.
Dear friends, know this: Whatsoever you ask will be done. Know what you ask. Know why you ask. Have His Word as the cornerstone of your request, and stone by stone therafter, your prayer will build its cause before Yahuah. Bear in mind that Yahuah is exceedingly patient, and He years for His creature to attain salvation. But most do not.
Therefore, when your prayer concerns people other than you alone, expect to be patient, diligent and persistent. One outcome or another, He will respond to you. Please do not pray for your desired “perfect conclusion”. Remember this – our perception or understanding of “perfect” is in no way comparable to His manifestation of “perfect.”
Near the very end, the last days and weeks of a decade+ long prayer, my prayer shifted to one requesting gratitude for whatever the result. And grateful I am. Joyful, clean and free from an awful burden.
Some of you have great faith. You walk in His presence and you endure many hardships along the path of your life. Be encouraged, for surely He hears you and certainly He loves you. As we inhabit these organic machines we call “bodies”, remember that YOU are a living soul, a spirit being contained within this human form for the time being. You will leave it soon enough, and when you do – paradise. And as the Truth sets us free, we cannot imagine the sense of perfect freedom we will have when we are with Him in Paradise. You WILL be free. You WILL.
In my trial, after many years I had borne all I could bear. I had reached my end, and at the perfect moment, He acted. He took me to my end, as was His desire. I continued to have faith in Him, faith that He cared, that He listens, that He acts. He has given me too much for me to ever doubt Him. He filled me with His Spirit in a profoundly supernatural way. He showed me my sister, deceased and in her heavenly form, years before she died; He showed me the vision of His flaming sword coming to the earth, and He spoke to me that He is coming with a mighty sword to separate the Righteous from the Unrighteous.
He preserved my from convicted murderers and certified-insane armed lunatics. He rescued me from pedophiles when I was a boy, and He healed my heart and mind from years of physical abuse as a child.
Yahuah is mighty, and He is always with His chosen. Always, even in the darkest times.
That said, I want to comfort those of you who are hurting. The pressure you are under will pass. Your concerns, though great, will fade, when they do, quickly. You will emerge intact and whole. You will live joyfully again. You have nothing to fear, and can rightly conduct your life in confidence and peace, even through the conflict.
Fear nothing. Manage your life intelligently. Take good care of your physical machine. Fast. Eat real food, and probably eat less of it. Get good sleep and go to bed early. Drink appropriate amounts of water. Suppplement your food with quality vitamins. Feeling good physically makes a huge difference in a human life. As Shaul (Paul) teaches, sin is in our flesh. You, though, are a spirit being dwelling in that sin-inclined body. Win that fight.
Yes, the world is rotting away right before our very eyes. War is just out of sight, but is taking form as we live and breathe. It will come, and it will be the worst in history. China will almost certainly prevail, and the Red Dragon will be free to implement its mission to destroy those who keep the commands of Yahuah and have the testimony of Yahusha (aka Jesus).
The global situation will not improve. Sure, the facade of improvement will fool many into complacency, but evil is gaining strength as the church distills itself down into the very core of Faith – the Torah observant. Natsarim. Those who follow The Way. We are the blood enemies of wickedness, and ha Shatan wants us dead and out of his path of dominion.
Many in the Christian church and in the Catholic church are saved. They will ascend into Heaven and dwell there in peace forever. Do not shun them. We Natsarim are the salt of the earth. It is we, His “peculiar people”, who give flavor to faith. We belong among those of shallow faith, of weak belief, because if we are not among them, who will shine the light before them?
So be among them. They worship on Sunday, a pagan day for sure. But they worship Yahuah, and make their supplications in the name of “Jesus”. Yahusha knows that they pray in the name of Jesus, and He loves them. He is not offended by their use of the name “Jesus”. My sons call me “daddy”, although my name is “Jerry”. Do I deny them anything because they call me by some other name? Of course not. And how much more does our Father in Heaven know how do give good things to those who love Him? He never teaches us that we fail if we call him by a name we have been taught our entire life.
He knows His sheep, and that is sufficient.
In my relations with other Torah observant people, I have detected an ever increasing tendency for them to separate themselves from the Christians. They exhibit what eventually are blatant Pharisaical attitudes, as if, because they are the Elect, they are too good to associate with the ignorant. Remember, Hosea 4:6 teaches “My people perish from lack of knowledge”. “MY PEOPLE”. So those ignorant people are His people, too, though they perish. These words refer to the ancient Hebrews, who were turning toward demons as gods, but certainly they apply today to Christians who claim to follow “Jesus”, but in fact ignore the Word. They end in ruin because they exhibited no faithful actions, no obedience, no adherence to the Word.
In any number of people, some will be closer to the Truth, and some further. Only Yahuah knows where the line is drawn. We are called to teach, not to judge.
What does He mean when He says “perish”? Demolished; pulled down; ruined; annihilated; devoured; swept away.
Who will teach His people? You. Together we must teach the sheep to carefully obey the Commands, first in their heart, then with their actions. Yahusha strongly and repeatedly reinforces the 10 Commands. These are the Commands that Yahuah Himself wrote with His own hand. These 10 Commands were carved into stone. These are paramount and there is no deviating from them.
Do you know them? Can you recite them in order, and teach them to others?
Let us review:
Exo 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 I am Jehovah your God, who has brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 You shall not have any other gods before Me.
Exo 20:4 You shall not make a graven image for yourself, or any likeness in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth;
Exo 20:5 you shall not bow to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God, a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of fathers on sons, on the third and on the fourth generation, to those that hate Me;
Exo 20:6 and doing kindness to thousands, to those loving Me, and to those keeping My commandments.
Exo 20:7 You shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain; for Jehovah will not leave unpunished the one who takes His name in vain.
Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy;
Exo 20:9 six days you shall labor and do all your work;
Exo 20:10 and the seventh day is a sabbath to Jehovah your God; you shall not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male slave and your slave-girl, and your livestock, and your stranger who is in your gates.
Exo 20:11 For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this Jehovah blessed the sabbath day and sanctified it.
Exo 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long on the land which Jehovah your God is giving to you.
Exo 20:13 You shall not murder.
Exo 20:14 You shall not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 You shall not steal.
Exo 20:16 You shall not testify a witness of falsehood against your neighbor.
Exo 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male slave, or his slave-girl, or his ox, or his ass, or anything which belongs to your neighbor.
The 10 Commandments in Paleo Hebrew – The Original
As for the many, many other commands of Yahuah in Torah, I cannot speak. I did read the Books and I did start a spreadsheet of the commands, but when I got to over 600 commands, I stopped. And I did not include the Levitical commands, as I am not a Levite. At least, I do not think I am of Levi.
I knew that there was no way I could abide by all those commands. I considered any statement by Yahuah to be a command, if the statement was directed to human conduct. There were far too many, and I didn’t get into the Prophets. Had I done so, I’m sure we would have over 1000 commands in that spreadsheet and guess what? I cannot remember, much less live by that many strictures.
Yahusha stated that if we love Yahuah with all our heart, soul and strength (mental), and that if we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, then those two alone sum up “the Law and the Prophets”. Therefore, love Yahuah with all your being, and love your neighbor. Who is your neighbor? Every living being on earth.
Remember in the Book called “Mark”, when Yahusha rebuked the Pharisees? I will quote the section here for you, and my point is this: Yahusha did not cite any commands other than the relevant commands from the hand-written-by-Yahuah 10 Commandments:
Mar 7:7 and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Isa. 29:13
Mar 7:8 For forsaking the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men: immersings of utensils and cups, and many other such like things you do.
Mar 7:9 And He said to them, Well do you to set aside the commandment of God so that you may keep your tradition?
Mar 7:10 For Moses said, “Honor your father and your mother;” Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16 and, “The one speaking evil of father or mother, let him expire by death.” Ex. 21:17
Mar 7:11 But you say, If a man says to his father or mother, Corban, (which is, A gift!) whatever you may profit by me.
Mar 7:12 And you no longer allow him to do anything for his father or mother,
Mar 7:13 making the Word of God of no effect by your tradition which you delivered. And many such like things you do.
In fact, I cannot recall a single instance of Yahusha quoting any commands other than the original 10 Commandments. He did, however, make a good many statements which are indeed commands. Had He wanted to cite the command to wear tassels of blue thread on the four corners of our garments, I think He would have done so.
Check out these commands of Yahusha…
“The Greatest Commandment”
was asked: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as
yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,”
(Matt 22:36-40, Amp).
“The Golden Rule”
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” ((Matt 7:12 NIV).
these Commandments of Jesus are not in numerical order as are the Ten
Commandments in the Old Testament, most Bible Scholars agree that they
are most assuredly the Commandments of Jesus.
The Commandments of Jesus
From the Four Gospels
1. “When you stand praying, forgive”
“And when you stand praying, if you hold
anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may
forgive you your sins.” But if you do not forgive, neither will your
Father who is in heaven forgive your sins.” (Mark 11:25-26 NIV)
2. “You must be born again”
“You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.” (John 3:7 KJV)
3. “Remain in Me and I will remain in you”
When you ask Jesus into your heart and He
becomes your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives in you, and you in
Him. Here Jesus uses a grapevine to compare our relationship with Him.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by
itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless
you remain in me.” ( John 15:4 NIV)
4. “Let your light shine before men”
“You are the light of the world. A city on a
hill cannot be hidden. ” In the same way, let your light shine before
men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in
heaven,” (Matt 5:14;16 NIV).
5. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary”
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary
who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the
way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you
over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” (Matt 5:25 NIV)
6. “Get rid of whatever causes you to sin”
“If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge
it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your
body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right
hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for
you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into
hell.” (Matt 5:29-30 NIV)
7. “Do Not Swear at All”
“But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” (Matt 5: 34-37, KJV)
8. “Do Not Resist an Evil Person”
(Turning the other cheek.)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for
eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.
If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also,”
(Matt 5:38-39 NIV).
9. “Giving More than is Demanded”
(Going the extra mile)
“And if someone wants to sue you and take
your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go
one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do
not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you,” (Matt 5:40-42
10. “Love Your Enemies”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your
enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who
persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes
his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and the unrighteous,” (Matt 5:43-45 NIV).
11. “Give to Please God, Not to be Seen”
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be
seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in
heaven,” (Matt 6:1 NIV).
12. “Pray Privately, Not to be Seen by Men”
“And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the
street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have
received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room,
close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father,
who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do
not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard
because of their many words,”
(Matt 6:5-7 NIV)
13. “This, then, is how you should pray”
“This, then, is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father
will not forgive your sins,” (Matt 6:9-15 NIV).
14. “Fast Without Fanfare”
“When you fast, do not look somber as the
hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are
fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full,”
(Matt 6:16 NIV).
15. “Do not Store up Treasures on Earth”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures
on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and
steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and
rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For
where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,”
(Matt 6:19-21 NIV).
16. “Do not Worry about Your Needs”
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about
your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will
wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important
than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or
store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
not much more valuable than they?” (Matt 6:25-26 NIV). Commandments of
17. “Do not Worry about Tomorrow”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for
tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
own,” (Matt 6:34 NIV).
18. “Place God First”
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matt 6:33 NIV).
19. “Do not Judge”
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the
measure you use, it will be measured to you,”
(Matt 7:1-2 NIV).
20. “Guard what is Sacred”
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If
you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear
you to pieces,”
(Matt 7:6 NIV).
21. “Ask, Seek, and Knock”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,”
(Matt 7:7 NIV).
22. “Care for Those in Distress”
“Then the King will say to those on his
right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was
hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me
something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
prison and you came to visit me,”
(Matt 25:34-36 NIV).
23. “Enter Through the Narrow Gate”
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is
the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many
enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads
to life, and only a few find it,”
(Matt 7:13-14 NIV).
24. “Watch out for false prophets”
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves,” (Matt 7:15 NIV).
25. “Exercise Spiritual Power”
“He called his twelve disciples to him and
gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease
and sickness,” (Matt 10:1 NIV).
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matt 10:8 NIV).”
26. “Do not Despise Childlike Believers”
“See that you do not look down on one of
these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see
the face of my Father in heaven,” (Matt 18:10 NIV). Commandments of
27. “Do not Exalt Yourself”
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for
you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call
anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the
Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts
himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted,”
(Matt 23:8-12 NIV).
28. “Settle Disputes Between Believers in this Manner…”
“If your brother sins against you, go and
show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you,
you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or
two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the
testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them,
tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church,
treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector,”
(Matt 18:15-17 NIV).
29. “Do not Oppose Other Christian Groups”
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who
does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about
me, for whoever is not against us is for us,” (Mark 9:38-40 NIV).
30. “Have Complete Faith in God”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I
tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself
into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what
he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you,
whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and
it will be yours,” (Mark 11:22-24 NIV).
31. “Do as the Good Samaritan Did”
“The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise,”
(Luke 10:30-37 NIV).
32. “Love One Another”
(This commandment of Jesus summarizes all the others.)
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you,” (John 15:12 KJV).
33. “Do this in Remembrance of Me”
“And he took bread, gave thanks and
broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.'”
“In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you,'” (Luke 22:19-20 NIV).
34. “You Should also Wash One Another’s Feet”
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet,”
(John 13:14 NIV).
35. “Be Merciful”
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful,”
(Luke 6:36 NIV).
36. “Go and Make Disciples of All Nations, Baptizing Them”
“Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,”
(Matt 28:19-20 NIV).
37. “Obey What I Command”
“If you love me, you will obey what I command,”
(John 14:15 NIV).
38. “You Must be Ready”
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him,”
(Luke 12:40 NIV). Commandments of Jesus
Since “Yahusha” means “I am your deliverer”, perhaps we are wise to submit to Him, and not make our faith so complicated that we despair over perceived error.
Please share your thoughts on this information. I am open to your opinions, and welcome better understanding.