I know that for all of us, the walk in the Way will be very difficult at times. It can be brutally hard sometimes. Deadly. Terrifying. When I watched this mountain biking video, I thought of you. I considered your walk in Truth, and how vehemently some people close to you will despise you, will spit on your faith. It hurts.
Yet your faith is magnificent. Your steadfast loyalty to Truth is illuminated by the gaze of Yahuah. He does see you. He does feel your sorrows, and He hurts with you. All obstacles to your walk are known to Him. Every cry you make is heard by Him.
I see you in the video above. I see your life, littered with difficulties and occasional terror. But persevere, dear brothers and sisters. Walk in Truth to peace.
Sometimes Yahuah is silent, though in His silence He speaks. “Carry on”, He says. “Continue”, he whispers. “Stand fast”, the Spirit of Yahuah urges.
What choice do we have? Would we choose death and hell over life? He is the strait gate, that tight barrier to life which we must first pass through in order to then walk in the light of His commands. The Way.
Are we the hidden church? A church unique in all of history. In all of creation. The last one. The church refined by fire and saved for the end of days. We keep His commands and we have the testimony of His Son. You were born for a purpose. You belong to the Most High. Angels look upon us and marvel at the mystery of how we can believe Yahuah, though we have never seen Him.
The angels themselves “long to look into these things”, but cannot. Yahuah has His secrets.
1Pe 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
1Pe 1:9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,
1Pe 1:11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.
1Pe 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
So are you the eighth church? There is no Word spoken regarding an eighth church, only the Seven of which Yahusha speaks. But ha shatan comes to destroy a church which has two characteristics. The church ha shatan hates “keeps the commands of Yahuah and has the testimony of Yahusha”. The keyword in that quote is “and”. Those two attributes are together, are one. This mystery church teaches salvation through Jesus and Torah. Not one or the other.
Why does ha shatan apparently ignore the un-saved Torah keepers and the disobedient who proclaim “Jesus”?
Matthew 7:21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The unsaved anti-Christ Rabbis teach Torah and deny Christ. The disobedient and rebellious preachers teach salvation but deny the commands of Yahuah. The Rabbis killed the Messiah and the Preachers teach rebellion and condem the commands of Yahuah. Death, then, is their inheritance.
John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Yahusha’s teachings? “I only come to do the will of my Father in Heaven.”
Matthew 7:21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Isaiah 61:10 – “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Wedding garments are righteousness. “A robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom“. “Righteous” is specifically “obedience to the commands of Yahuah“. Therefore, our acceptance at the wedding feast is dependent on our obedience to the commands of Yahuah. This can never be disputed, although the dead do dispute it continually.
Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
If there is an Eighth Church, a church specifically called and given the strength to stand during at least part of the Revelation period, what does the number “8” mean in Hebrew usage?
The number 8 represents a new beginning, meaning a new order or creation, and man’s true ‘born again’ event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.
Eight is also an integral part of Jesus’ sacrifice. Like the Passover lamb, Jesus was selected as the Lamb to take away man’s sins on Nisan 10 (April 1, 30 A.D. – John 12: 28 – 29). He was crucified on Nisan 14 (Wednesday, April 5 in 30 A.D.). His resurrection occurred three complete days after he was buried, which was at the end of the weekly Sabbath day that fell on Nisan 17. Nisan 17 was day 8, counting inclusively, from the time Christ was selected as man’s sacrificial Lamb. All this bears record of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice and His complete victory over death.
It is my good pleasure to teach you these things. If you are looking for salvation, Yahusha (aka:”Jesus” or “Yeshua”) offers it. Just turn to Him and never look back. Get a Holy Bible, something easier to read like an NIV or an ESV. Do not let people get all paranoid about your Bible. Whatever you have, begin reading it. You will slowly begin to understand it. I read four chapters before I understood a single verse. Stay with it, and you will eventually be given new eyes with which to see the Truth in all things.
Yahusha manifested within the beings of those who keep His commands. Many are called but few are chosen. The chosen win.
As for those seeking other things, I only offer this: “You will submit to one another out of reverence for the Messiah.”
Tha na t-Eilean bhreagh. Yes, life can be rough and take us to heights and down again, but in all of it we can still soldier on and put our trust in G-d. These times just now have certainly tested many of us to the limit, but it’s all a learning curve and one that makes us stronger and helps to make us GROW UP.