Grace & Atlantis: Prophecies & Visions of Judgment

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon and may the grace of our Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with you all.

Trump and National RepentanceIt has been a month now since Yahweh showed me a vision of Donald Trump, bound and blindfolded. I said it then, and I will say it again – the new President of the United States is not that nation’s, or the West’s deliverer! You cannot be a deliverer and be blind and bound! That is not to say he could not have been had the nation repented, or that theoretically he may yet be if the nation repents. Yahweh has told me the nation will not repent. And the same is true of the European nations. Yes, the élites are coming under judgment, most definitely, but so are the man and woman on the street who have refused to make teshuvah (repent).

Economic Collapse When?I suspect a lot of people have either stopped believing that a financial collapse is coming or that the prophecies made about it are true because it has not happened when they expected or wanted it to. I have never given dates for the collapse, only times to be prepared by. What is coming is coming and no man, whether by will-power or by presidential decrees, can stop it. What extra time we have been given is by Yahweh’s grace (undeserved loving-kindness) and by grace alone. The fact that a Third World War and economic collapse have not already happened is because of Elohim’s (God’s) mercy alone because we have by no means earned the extra reprieve. We know for a fact that there has been at least one occasion when we were but seven minutes away from a nuclear conflagration. Intercessors may well have played their part, as they have always done in the past, and prevailed. Let us keep interceeding.

Two Deliverances OfferedI bring this subject up, once again, not by choice (because I am weary of it) but by command, for the sake of those few who may yet turn away from darkness and into His light. I speak today of two salvations or deliverances – the spiritual one and a physical one. I am going to briefly deal with these in reverse order.

Revelation I – Food StorageFirst, I share with you a message Yahweh spoke to me audibly two mornings ago. As I awoke, He spoke these words:

“THERE IS A MESSAGE OF SALVATION IN THE [FOOD] STORAGE ROOM.”

Those Who Refuse Will Bitterly RegretThe lives of many, most, if not all of you will depend on the food you have stored for the crisis that you have been warned to diligently prepare for in the Mishpatim Yahweh. Those of you who have refused to take practical steps, arguing in your pride and arrogance, that Yahweh will provide your every physical need when you have refused to do anything about it when you could have done so, will be wailing and gnashing your teeth.

Trusting in Counterfeit SpiritsOf course, He will provide for those who did what they could but could do no more, but for those who refused, when they could have, there will be no deliverance. Feeling sorry for yourself after the event will not be credited to you as repentance. It grieves my heart to keep on having to say this but I know that many will perish who heard these warning and refused to do anything. And the reason they refused was because they were not spiritually saved but were trusting, leaning and counting on counterfeit spirits.

They Knew But RefusedYou will not in the least be surprised to hear from me that the vast majority of Christians and Messianics are leaning on false spirits, calling them the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost or Ruach haKodesh, and believing these to be their deliverance and salvation. Though there is always mercy for the ignorant, there is none – at a time of Judgment such as this where sin is ripened in iniquity – for those who knew the emet(truth) but refused to heed and respond to it.

Revelation II – Vision of the Two Thrones of Grace and AtlantisI speak to you now of a vision Yahweh showed me six mornings ago, again as I was waking up. I saw two thrones. Sitting on the left-hand throne (the right one as one looks at it from in front) sat a king. He was youngish, I would say in his early 40’s, and did not look very regal. He sat sprawled and looked bored and indifferent. His Queen next came and sat next to him, on his right (left from my vantage point) and she too sat down after him. She looked to be about the same age, though perhaps a tad younger, and she too sat down casually but appeared more regal. Then I heard Yahweh speak audibly, and He said:

“AND THE TWO SHALL BE LIKE GRACE AND ATLANTIS.”

The End of AtlantisIrrespective of whether you believe Atlantis was a fictional continent in the Atlantic Ocean invented by Plato or that it actually existed, the prophetic image is nevertheless one of JUDGMENT. According to the sole account that we have, the island-nation disappeared beneath the waves in one day, never to be seen or heard of again thereafter.

Atlantis as an Earlier BabylonRegarded as the ‘fountainhead of civilisation’ and their lost paradise by occultists, Atlantis occupies in mythology a similar position to Babylon in biblical prophecy. Babylon, too, not only came to an end in one day historically at the hand of Darius the Mede, but its modern counterparts have, and will, similarly come to an end even faster, in one hour, in their respective prophetic cycles:

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

‘Come out of her, my people,
so that you will not share in her sins,
so that you will not receive any of her plagues;
for her sins are piled up to heaven,
and Elohim (God) has remembered her crimes.
Give back to her as she has given;
pay her back double for what she has done.
Mix her a double portion from her own cup.
Give her as much torture and grief
as the glory and luxury she gave herself.
In her heart she boasts,
‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow,
and I will never mourn.’
Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her:
death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,
for mighty is Yahweh-Elohim who judges her’

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. errified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

‘Woe! Woe, O great city,
O Babylon, city of power!
In one hour your doom has come!'”
(Rev.18:4-10, NIV).

Jeremiah Speaks of BabylonBabtlon, like ancient Atlantis, was a highly advanced pagan civilisation, and its capital famed for its lavish beauty, military power and economic prosperity. It was founded by the anti-Messiah (Antichrist) Nimrod. Idolatry was ubiquitous. The navi(prophet) Jeremiah said of it:

“This is the word Yahweh spoke through Jeremiah the navi (prophet) concerning Babylon and the land of the Babylonians:

‘Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, ‘Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.’

“A nation from the north will attack her and lay waste her land. No one will live in it; both men and animals will flee away…A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror”(Jer.50:1-3,38, NIV).

Bavel’s Celebrity AmbitionsBabylon was also famed for its tower at Bavel (Babel, meaning ‘confusion’), derived from the name, Bab-ilu which in the Akkadian meant ‘Gate of God’, and from the construction of which wished to become celebrated. Atlantis had a similar ‘celebrity status’ and indeed we see its religious shrines worldwide, most famously in Egypt.

The Modern Twin-Tower of BavelWe are about to witness the end of our own modern-day ‘Babylon’ as a world power – not the final one that John the Apostle speaks of in his Apocalypse, but the one immediately before it. It’s ‘Bavel‘ or tower – the twin towers – a symbol of its wealth and power, have already been brought down as a forewarning of what is to happen to the entire nation.

The End of the Modern Atlantis/BabylonAccording to the vision Yahweh showed me, this modern ‘Babylon’ or ‘Atlantis’ has suffered dissipation. Because of its idolatry, greed and corruption, it is aleady in rapid decline, losing its international ‘celebrity’ status. Like all Empires, its end has come.

Identifying the QueenNow who does the person, who was likened to ‘Grace’ in the vision, represent, she who has become ‘married’ to ‘Atlantis’? We can approach this in one of two ways. Either we can view this ‘Grace’ as being a metaphor for that body of people who claim to live by grace – Yahweh’s unmerited favour (Christians, Messianics, believers) or we can look to a pagan entity going by the same name.

The Greco-Roman ‘Grace’In Greek mythology, ‘Grace’ or ‘Charis’ (from which we get the English word ‘charity’) was one of three or more minor goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity, and fertility, together known as the ‘Charites’ or ‘Graces’. In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae or ‘Graces’, of which there were three: Aglaea (‘Splendour’), Euphrosyne (‘Mirth’), and Thalia (‘Good Cheer’). These were associated with the Greek underworld. Sometimes they are collectively known as ‘Grace’.

Why the Atlantean Symbol?“And the two shall be like Grace and Atlantis.” Why did Yahweh use ‘Atlantis’ rather than the more commonly understood metaphor, ‘Babylon’? For three reasons, I believe:

  • 1. Atlantis was completely destroyed in a day, not merely conquered, thus symbolising total and final Judgment;
  • 2. Because of its geographical location in the Atlantic Ocean; and
  • 3. Because this name is represented today in the “North Atlantic Treaty Organisation” (NATO).

The Pagan ‘Grace’ as Fallen ChristendomMy understanding of the vision, therefore, is as follows. ‘Grace’ represents that part (the vast majority) of the Messianic Community or Church which has prostituted herself by joining herself to, or ‘marrying’, the pagan ‘king’ or power designated ‘Atlantis’ – acknowledging, upholding and whoring with the spirit of the modern Illuminist, élitist ‘Babylon’ – powerful, sophisticated, techologically advanced, sinful, idolatrous, wicked and murderous – the ‘Babylon’ that heads NATO and which holds its powerbase in the United States (Washington DC), European Union (the City of London and Vatican/Rome) along with their various Allies and serfs. From being Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Bride this harlot has exchanged chesed or grace for illusiory ‘splendour’ (grandeur, power, wealth), ‘mirth’ (merriment) and ‘good cheer’ (counterfeit simcha/joy). She has exchanged the business of redemption for the entertainment business. She has become carnal, sensual and devilish.

Big, Big TroubleUnderstand this well, then: this harlot queen goes into judgment together with the occultic Atlantean king with all they represent. So if you have not separated yourself from this Whore, you are in big, big trouble! And I don’t just mean lawless ‘Christian’ churches but occult-minded, kabbalistic and legalistic ‘Messianic’ assemblies too, and all who profess the Name of Christ or Messiah but who do not live according to “the law and to the testimony!” (Isa.8:20, NIV).

We are No Better Than TheyInto this Judgment I and my generation go too. We have mightily sinned, none is without guilt. All our robes are stained. I know it and the rest of my generation will know it too if they have not already discovered it. Upon us Yahweh has already rained coals of fire – seared consciences – He has already sent a scorthing wind (Ps.11:6), and if we have not felt it yet, we soon will. If our father David could say, “Help, O Yahweh, for there is no longer anhyone who is godly; the faithful have disappeared from humankind – they utter lies to each other, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak” (Ps.12:1-2, NRSV), then do you suppose that we are any better?

In Dust and AshesI will tell you something straight and truthfully, for I can at least bear witness of myself – we are not free of stains. A couple of days ago Yahweh brought me to personal conviction of this emet (truth). Like Job I could say, and still say:

“I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6, NRSV).

The ‘Too-Clever-By-Half’ GenerationThis is a vain and conceited generation that thinks itself so advanced, so wise, so clever, so righteous, so noble in its own sight – we are little better than Atlantis and Babylon. Even our presumed piety is revolting, our knowledge so paltry. “I was talking about things I did not understand” (Job 42:3, NLT), Job said. We have pontificated and not realised how blind and ignorant we were.

My Generation Has Nearly Finished Its WorkMy generation is unworthy of the task to complete this work, just as David could not build the First Temple because there was too much blood on his hands. We are too corrupted, too unclean, to assemble or gather the living Third Temple not made with human hands. Yahweh have mercy on us! The next generation has yet to prove itself, it has yet to pass through the fire so that it can see what it is made of. And it has no idea what is coming, and that is good, for it must walk by emunah (faith) too. False Christendom is about to be roasted alive, and its false preachers stripped of the deadly, corrupting wealth and power it accepted from the lords of Atlantis that it played the whore with.

If You Don’t Like This Message…If you do not like this message then I can assure you that there are plenty of false nevi’im (prophets) out there saying the opposite. Go to them if you want. You will not have to search far to find them. Uncleanness and lasciviousness is never more than a stone’s throw away. For those who will not be so foolish – and that is not many – all that remains is the path of repentance. Yahweh have mercy on us, for we have behaved unseemly and then complained when the scorching winds have come to torment us.

The Tyrant’s Offer to the YouthSo what will you younger, untried ones do when the hour of your trial comes? The tyrant has many tempting offers for you. He will say:

“Trust me…and you will have positions of authority in my government if you will renounce your ancestral tradition. Enjoy your youth by adopting the [pagan] way of life and by changing your manner of living. But if by disobedience you arouse my anger, you will compel me to destroy each and every one of you with dreadful punishments through tortures” (4 Macc.8:7-9, NRSV).

May Yahweh Have MercyMay Yahweh forgive us so that we may say on the day of vindication or or judgment:

“I will give thanks to You, O Yahweh,
for though You were angry with me,
Your anger turned away,
and you comforted me.

“Sure Elohim (God) is my salvation (deliverance);
I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and my might;
He has become my salvation (deliverance).

“With simcha (joy) you will draw water from the wells of salvation (deliverance). And on that day you will say:

‘Give thanks to Yahweh
call on His Name;
make known His deeds among the nations;
proclaim that His Name is exalted.

‘Sing praises to Yahwehj, for He has done gloriously;
let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion.
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.'”
(Isa.12:1b-6, NRSV).

ConclusionThe new year of Aviv 1 (28 March), brethren and sisters, is not so far off – about 1½ months – and we have already been warned in advance of great dangers immediately before it. The Yovel or Year of Jubilee will soon be over and it won’t be returning for another 50 years. Make use of these final days wisely in teshuvah and make all things right for we none of us knows when we might be taken home. May Yahweh belss you and your families and all the congregations of our Master is my prayer in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name. Amen.


SUPPLEMENT19 February 2017In connection with this sermon, Brother Ljungstrand has brought to my attention an important prophetic key to be found in Jeremiah:

“‘Come out of her, my people!
Run for your lives!
Run from the fierce anger of Yahweh.
Do not lose heart or be afraid
when rumours are heard in the land;
one rumour comes this year, another the next,
rumors of violence in the land
and of ruler against ruler.
For the time will surely come
when I will punish the idols of Babylon;
her whole land will be disgraced
and her slain will all lie fallen within her.
Then heaven and earth and all that is in them
will shout for simcha (joy) over Babylon,
for out of the north destroyers will attack her,’
declares Yahweh.

“Babylon must fall because of Israel’s slain,
just as the slain in all the earth
have fallen because of Babylon.
You who have escaped the sword,
leave and do not linger!”

(Jer.51:45-50, NIV).

The key is two years of rumours and uncertainty and during, or shortly after, the third year, the Judgment comes. The first of the Mishpatim or Judgments of Yahweh began with a vision on 2 April 2014, three days after Aviv 1 or the biblical New Year and the last on 1 October 2016 at Yom Teruah. Whilst Yahweh has given no dates, and given that multiple process are simultaneously in operation, we should observe that the third year, along with the Yovel of Jubilee, is practically at an end. It may well be that everything is about to come to a sudden climax.


Comments From Readers

[1] “I think the storage room vision might have a second prophetic layer, in the sense that prepared believers sharing with others will have a chance to share the gospel and that there will be some people more receptive to the gospel than they had ever been before, in those moments of people in faith helping and sharing with them in that sense, for those who had not prepared yet YHWH save through believers (physically and spiritually) finding a ‘message of salvation in the [food] storage room’. And the other vision, another layer of the counterfeit Queen ‘Grace’ is of political correctness and ‘tolerance’ which the world has as a counterfeit for true grace” (DP, South Africa, 18 February 2017).

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The Hardest Mitzvah: Why So Few Believers Obey It

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name and may the Ruach (Spirit) minister to every heart assembled for worship and praise. We would like to extend a special welcome to an Australian brother who will be with us today and for some time afterwards,

The NCAY MottoOn the back of some Swedish coins is a motto of the reigning monarch which reflects his personal attitude toward his calling. We have a saying or motto in this ministry too that pretty much sums up our attitude to the Besorah (Gospel) and to life in general:

“We do the difficult things first, and the impossible later.”

The Hardest and Greatest Commandment of All TimeToday I am going to break that rule and start with the impossible by challenging everyone assembled here and reading online to consider the hardest mitzvah (commandment) of all given by Yah’shua (Jesus) to His talmidim (disciples). As it happens, the hardest mitzvah (commandment) is not only the greatest mitzvah (commandment) but the greatest mitzvah (commandment) of all time – there is nothing harder or greater, and never will be.

A Most Misunderstood CommandmentThere are many believers, not to mention unbelievers, who actually think this mitzvah (commandment) is easy. Nevertheless it is the hardest of all the mitzvot (commandments). If the hardest mitzvah (commandment) of all is believed by many – indeed, the vast majority – of Christians and Messianics to be ‘easy’, then there is clearly some considerable misunderstanding afoot.

How Many of Yah’shua’s Commandments Do You Know?As one who has been involved with, or had connections to, or friends in, numerous Christian churches and Messianic assemblies over several decades, it’s surprising the degree of ignorance that exists in respect of this the hardest of all the mitzvot (commandments). To appreciate how such a state of affairs has come into existence, all you have to do is ask a cross-section of professing believers to list – lets say, 10 – of the mitzvot (commandments) given by Yah’shua (Jesus). If you can find anyone who knows 15 or 20 of His mitzvot (commandments) – and I don’t mean reitterations of the Tanakh, Old Testament of Old Covenant mitzvot (commandments) – then I think you will be very surprised indeed. You can try this exercise privately afterwards, listing as many of the new mitzvot (commandments) that Yah’shua (Jesus) gave. And if you’re curious enough, I would invite you to ask your Christian- and Messianic-professing believer-friends to answer this question too. Remember, I’m not asking you to list Tanakh commands like the 10 Commandments.

31 New Covenant CommandmentsI have selected 31 of the new mitzvot (commandments) that the Master gave that are not to be found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and which are applicable to all people in all ages and of both genders. They are an integral and important part of New Covenant Torah. However I am am going to initially leave the hardest – which has 5 components – to the very end. As you will see, the hardest mitzvah (commandment) includes, one way or another, not only the remaining 26 mitzvot (commandments) but the other mitzvot (commandments) of Yah’shua (Jesus) we’re not going to go into today plus all the other 600 or so mitzvot (commandments) given by Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, in the Tanakh (Old Testament). So let’s take a look at the first batch:

1. Make Teshuvah (Repent)

“From that time Yah’shua (Jesus) began to preach and say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'” (Matthew 4:17).

2. Follow Him

“And He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men'”(Matthew 4:19).

3. Let your light shine

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

4. Be reconciled

“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering” (Matthew 5:23–24).

5. Don’t Lust (Eagerly desire unlawful things)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’, but I say to you that everyone who looks at a [married] woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell'” (Matthew 5:27–30).

6. Make no oaths

“But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of Elohim (God) … But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil'” (Matthew 5:34,37).

7. Don’t resist evil with evil

“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:39-42).

8. Seek Elohim’s (God’s) Kingdom first

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

9. Don’t Judge

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matthew 7:1).

10. Don’t give what is qadosh (holy, set-apart) to dogs

“Do not give what is qadosh (holy, set-apart) to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6).

11. Treat people as you want to be treated

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Torah (Law) and the Nevi’im (Prophets)” (Matthew 7:12).

12. Enter (heaven)Chayim (Life) through the narrow gate

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to chayim (life), and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

13. Beware of false nevi’im (prophets)

“Beware of the false nevi’im (prophets), who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15–16).

14. Follow Yah’shua (Jesus)

“Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead” (Matthew 8:22).

15. Ask Yahweh to send out workers

“Then He said to His talmidim (disciples), ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Master of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37–38).

16. Don’t fear those who can kill the body

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the nephesh (spirit, soul); but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both nephesh (soul) and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

17. Come to Yah’shua (Jesus) for rest

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”(Matthew 11:28).

18. Confront brothers in private first

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother” (Matthew 18:15–17).

19. Forgive Seven times Seventy

“Yah’shua (Jesus) said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven'” (Matthew 18:21–22).

20. Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s

“They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then He said to them, ‘Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are Elohim’s (God’s)'”(Matthew 22:21).

21. Partake of the Master’s Supper (Communion)

“While they were eating, Yah’shua (Jesus) took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the talmidim (disciples), and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body. And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you'” (Matthew 26:26–27).

22. Keep guard against sin

“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

23. Make Talmidim (Disciples)

“Go therefore and make talmidim (disciples) of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

24. Preach the Besorah (Gospel)

“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Besorah (Gospel) to all creation'” (Mark 16:15).

25. Be on guard against greed

“Then He said to them, ‘Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions'” (Luke 12:15).

26. Invite the poor

“And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous'” (Luke 14:12–14).

A Woeful Ignorance of the CommandmentsI wonder how many of these mitzvot (commandments) of the Saviour were on your list? As I said, if you take a representative sample of Christians and Messianics today, you’d be hard-pushed to find any who could name 10, let alone 15-20. And the reason is, for the most part, because they don’t even know they exist. And the reason they don’t know is because they don’t diligently study the Scriptures or have only ever heard their ministers name a handfull.

The Most Common AnswerThe most common answer you will get is that Yah’shua (Jesus) taught us to love Elohim (God) and to love others, as the next three New Covenant mitzvot(commandments) instruct us:

27. Love Elohim (God)

“And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YAHWEH YOUR ELOHIM (GOD) WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND'”(Matthew 22:37–38).

28. Love your Neighbour

“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF'”(Matthew 22:39).

Is There Really Only One Commandment?The first of these is a quotation from Deuteronomy 6:5 – the the second part of the Shema [2] – but the second lifts the bar in a way unheard of in the Old Covenant. And one of the things you’ll find a lot of Christians claiming is that if you love Elohim (God) and love your neighbour as yourself, that you don’t need any of the other mitzvot (commandments). There is in the minds of so many believers only one commandment – to love! And technically that is true. If you are truly loving as Yah’shua (Jesus) you don’t need any of the other mitzvot (commandments).

The Greatest of All the CommandmentsYah’shua (Jesus) called love – ahavah in Hebrew and agapé in Greek – the greatest mitzvot (commandment) and He did indeed say that this love sums up everythingthat the Bible teaches:

“All the Torah (Law) and the Nevi’im (Prophets) hang on these two mitzvot (commandments)” (Matt.22:40, NIV).

Are all the Other Commandments Redundant?But does this statement somehow, as many would want us to believe, make the rest of Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) teachings redundant? The answer to that question hinges on two very important questions:

  • 1. Are we actually capable of practicing this mitzvot (commandment)? and
  • 2. Do we properly understsand the extent and type of “love” that Yah’shua (Jesus) taught?

Commonly Understood Meanings of LoveThe word ‘love’ in the English language conjures up many images and emotions. It may evoke the pain of a broken heart. It may remind us of the warmth of a lover’s embrace or the care and companionship of a parent, sibling or friend. And whilst the English word ‘love’ covers this spectrum of uses, it actually covers a lot more.

The Love That Yahweh Wants From UsYahweh deeply desires a love-relationship with each of us – that’s why He created us! It’s also why He created Eve for Adam. But sin – mankind’s disobedience and rebellion – broke the relationship between Yahweh and humans. Love is so much more than an emotion, and Elohim (God) personally demonstrated His love for us by pursuing us in spite of our rejection of Him and our sin.

The Way to Love Elohim and Our NeighbourThe answer to the two questions – are we actually able to live this mitzvot (commandment) to love Yahweh and our neighbour – is to be found in the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The rest of what Yah’shua (Jesus) taught provides us with the derech or way to love Elohim (God) and to love our neighbour. And, most importantly, it defines what genuine, authentic, Christian or Messianic love actually is.

What Lies Behind True LovingSo if we use the mitzvah (commandment) to love Elohim (God) and our neighbour as an excuse for ignoring the rest of what Yah’shua (Jesus) taught, then the Greatest Commandment is almost certainly being used as a smokescreen for not loving Elohim (God) and for not loving our neighbours…at least not in the way Yah’shua (Jesus) taught. Any attempt to seriously obey the Greatest Commandment just naturally leads to more and more interest in the rest of what Yah’shua (Jesus) taught, down to the tiniest letter-stroke of the Torah (Mt.5:18). I want to love Yahweh more and I want to love my neighbours more too, don’t you? But to do that I need to hear of what Yah’shua (Jesus) said in order to get it right.

Why Our Intentions to Love FailIn theory both the world and the church/messianic community say a lot about ‘love’ today but in practice there is far too little of it, either inside or outside of the Body of Messiah. They ‘talk the talk’ but don’t ‘walk the walk’. You see, so much of what starts out calling itself ‘love’ ends up a very big disappointment. And the reason for that is because either the wrong kind of ‘love’, so-called, is being sought or because believers are seeking to love in their own power instead of in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’). In addition to these, Yah’shua (Jesus) shows us in His teachings the extent to which true love will go.

The Two Essential Love Resources and a True DefinitionWhat we’re going to do now is consider the two basic resources needed in order to love others and then we’ll finish with a description of love as Yah’shua (Jesus) defined it. The resources we need to love people are:

  • 1. Time; and
  • 2. Material possessions.

A Question of Time and Material ResourcesIt takes time to help others or even just to listen to someone. And often it takes something material to do things like feeding or clothing people who do not have such basic, yet essential, resources. Of course, empathy [2] is important too but empathy is easy to fake. Nevertheless genuine empathy will lead to changes in our behaviour – changes which reach out to, and help, those whom we love. If we have that important invisible ingredient – empathy – it will show in our actions. The apostle John wrote:

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of Elohim (God) be in him?” (1 John 3:17, NIV).

And then He said:

“Let us not love [only] with words or tongue but with actions and in emet (truth)” (1 John 3:18, NIV).

In other words, ‘walk the walk’ and don’t just ‘talk the talk’.

Time and Financial ManagementNote that whether or not you have material wealth with which to help others in need, you do have time. Every one of us has 24 hours every day. How we use it says so much about where our heart is. Most platitudes [3] about love fall flat when it comes to how we use our time. I do not have the time to love my family properly if I am spending it all working for money. Then I have even less time to help the poor and needy people of the world. Yet people invariably argue that working for money will help them to get the resources that are needed to help the poor even if it doesn’t give them enough time. Yes, true, money can be used to help feed the hungry and clothe the naked as Yah’shua (Jesus) taught but is that really what we spend it on after we have picked up our paycheck at the end of the week?

Infinite WantMost of us would have to admit that what we are really working for are bigger and better houses, cars, toys, appliances, schooling, vaccations, travel, and in fact everything that you could possibly spend money on. There is no limit because the more you get, the more you will want. And worse still, many if not most of us are already paying off things that we have taken possession of on credit even before we had the money to pay for them.

Spending on SelfSo, when it comes to loving Elohim (God) with all that we have and loving our neighbour as much as we love ourselves, the mitzvah (commandment) of Yah’shua (Jesus) is demonstrably absent, pointedly ignored, blasphemously contradicted and cruelly silenced in just about every church and messianic assembly in the world today. We have no time because we are busy working for money and we have nothing or little for the poor because we have used it all on ourselves.

Understanding Human PerfectionIn contrast, Yah’shua (Jesus) said to His talmidim (disciples):

29. Be perfect (in ahavah/love)

“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”(Matthew 5:48).

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21, NIV; see Luke 12:34).

The Rich Young Ruler’s IdolatryNow we know that in this Scriptural example Yah’shua (Jesus) was addressing a very rich young man who obeyed, as he supposed, all the mitzvot (commandments) miticulously. But he was imperfect in one area – he loved his money so much that he was not willing to let go of it. His love of money was dragging him down into hell. Thus for him radical spiritualä emotional and practical surgery was needed – he eneded to let go of his idol. Had he done so, he likely would have found the perfection Yah’shua (Jesus) required of him and all those talmidim (disciples) who trust and obey Him.

In Pursuit of MoneySo here is my next question – is anyone teaching such radical doctrine? Yes, everyone is saying we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves. But when it comes down to dollars and cents, pounds and pennies, €uros and cents, Rand and cents, Kronor, Kyats, or whatever currency we may happen to use , most people are too busy trying to catch up with the Jones’s to think about those neighbours that have less than us. Yah’shua (Jesus) said:

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal chayim (life), which the Son of Man will give you. On him Elohim (God) the Father has placed His seal of approval” (John 6:27, NIV).

Where in the churches and messianic assemblies is that being taught?

The Two Opposing MastersYah’shua (Jesus) said:

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both Elohim (God) and Money” (Matt.6:24, NIV).

You won’t hear many churches or messianic assemblies teaching that either.

Stop Worrying About Basic NeedsThe whole world is in a perpetual state of worry as to where they are going to get food and clothing. Yah’shua (Jesus) taught:

“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.6:25-27, NIV).

These creatures do not have jobs or bank accounts – they don’t plant crops or make clothes – yet Yahweh feeds and clothes them. So won’t He feed you too if you stop worrying about those things?

Kingdom-FirstSo what should we be doing, then? Yah’shua (Jesus) continues in the same sermon:

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt.6:33-34, NIV).

Ordering Our PrioritiesFocus on ahavah/agapé-love, and what this actually mean practically, and He promises He will take care of these basic material needs. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work or labour to provide for your family – it simply means getting your priorities right. Then He’ll provide the right job or work that will give you the time to manifest His ahavah (love) in the world as His witness according to your gifting, in whatever form that may be, including generous giving.

How to Make TimeSo what am I saying? Quite simply, Yah’shua (Jesus) told us how to love. He said that if we would stop spending our time working for money and spend it instead in building Yahweh’s Kingdom of Ahavah (Love), then we will have the time to love Elohim (God) and others in the way that He and the first talmidim (disciples) demonstrated their ahavah (love). How many churches and messianic assemblies are teaching us to do that nowadays?

Making the World a Better PlaceHere, then is the key: only the teachings of Yah’shua (Jesus) will give us the kind of time that is needed to truly help others and to truly make those patches in the world we occupy a better place – in our homes, local congregations, work places, schools and local communities. But, you may ask, what about the material needs of the rest of the world? How will we be able to meet those needs if we stop working for money for its own sake? Ironically, letting go of all we have results in more opportunities to help people materially that are almost entirely absent when you are dedicating your life looking for money.

What If…If, let’s say, you sold your car and house right now and gave the proceeds to the poor, wouldn’t that already be more than you have given to the poor in the last 20 years, during which time you’ve been doing it the other way? The argument is that is you make more money you’ll be able to give more to the poor. But it isn’t where the money goes, is it? It goes into more and more things for yourself and for your family. The poor only get the crumbs…if they get that.

The Ten Richest Christian PreachersNow look at the net dollar value of 10 of the top preachers of the world today [3] – there are many more not on this list:

  • 10. David Prince ($5 million) – USA
  • 9. T.B. Joshua ($10 million) – USA
  • 8. Billy Graham ($25 million) – USA
  • 7. Kenneth Copeland ($25 million) – USA
  • 6. Creflo Dollar ($27 million) – USA
  • 5. Enoch Adejare Adeboye ($39 million) – Nigeria
  • 4. Benny Hinn ($42 million) – USA
  • 3. Chris Oyakhilome ($50 million) – Nigeria
  • 2. Bishop T.D. Jakes ($147 million) – USA
  • 1. Bishop David Oyedepo ($150 million) – Nigeria

How the Church Has Gone WrongHere is a prinme example of where the church has gone wrong. Unlike Yah’shua (Jesus), these preachers, thanks for the most part to their false ‘health and wealth gospel, are multi-millionnaires in a world where starvation and malnutrition are ever-present realities. Now the figures I have quoted you are a conservative estimate – there are some who claim that Kenneth Copeland, for example, is worth as much as a billion dollars! By comparison, Billy Graham, with his 25 million, is ‘poverty-stricken’.

Voluntary Redistribution of WealthAll the evidence shows that these ‘Christian’ leaders, who have set the pattern for the rest of us, are not treating anyone outside their own families to a lifestyle that is the same as the one that they think they personally deserve. “Love your neighbour as you love yourself” (Mark 12:13) – does that sound like what these people practice? Well of course not! On the other hand, if we were to do things Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) way, we would have the time to learn practical ways to help people materially. We may also be surprised at how many times what they need, even in dire situations, is just someone to stand beside them and share their load in one way or another. We may be able to help them create real wealth at the same time that we voluntarily [6] redistribute the resources that are now available by sharing everything we have with them.

Wealth in HeavenAll of these actions, according to Yah’shua (Jesus), represent wealth that has been laid up in heaven where it will never be lost:

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted” (Luke 12:33, NIV).

A New Commandment?Let us now turn to the quality of the ahavah-love Yah’shua (Jesus) was talking about. In actual fact, we have already been doing that just by observing how He and His talmidim (disciples) lived. But it goes farther than that. ‘Love’, of one sort or another, is taught in many places and in many religions. In the Tanakh (Old Testament) people were taught to love too. Yet Yah’shua (Jesus) had the audacity to say that He was teaching a new (not a ‘renewed’) mitzvah (commandment). What made His mitzvah (commandment) different?

30. Love one another

“A new mitzvah (commandment) I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my talmidim (disciples), if you love one another” (John 13:34-35, NIV).

“This is My mitzvah (commandment), that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

“This I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:17).

Love in Its FullnessThere are so many ways that love can be expressed but Yah’shua (Jesus) expressed it in its fullness, choosing to love even the people who tortured Him to death. He said:

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt.5:46-48, NIV).

Love Your Persecutors31. Love and pray for your enemies

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:44–46).

No other religion in the world teaches such love.

A Jew Complains to TolstoyA Jewish friend of the famous writer, Leo Tolstoy, admitted that Judaism does not teach such ahavah (love). But he added to Tolstoy, who was a Russian Orthodox Christian: “Your religion may teach it, yes, but who practices it? When it comes to practice, you Christians are no better than us Jews”

Of Hierarchies and the MassesAnd this is exactly the point that I want to make today. From loving Elohim (God) and your neighbour, to all the other hundreds of mitzvot (commandments) in the Scriptures, disobedience within the so-called ‘Christian’ churches and ‘Messianic’ assemblies is virtually universal. And practically nothing is being done about changing it. The hierarchies and masses react in unity against anyone who dares to promote the teachings of Yah’shua (Jesus).

The Hypocrisy of the Catholic ChurchThe current Pope may appear to be teaching it but the Catholic Churche is still holding on tightly to its fabulous wealth acquired from pillage and conquest throughout the centuries. Actions speak louder than words. In his book, The Vatican Billions, Avro Manhattan writes:

“The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zürich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others.

“The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc….

“Some idea of the real estate and other forms of wealth controlled by the Catholic church may be gathered by the remark of a member of the New York Catholic Conference, namely ‘that his church probably ranks second only to the United States Government in total annual purchase.’

“Another statement, made by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest, perhaps is even more telling. ‘The Catholic church,’ he said, ‘must be the biggest corporation in the United States. We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States Government…’

“The Catholic church, once all her assets have been put together, is the most formidable stockbroker in the world. The Vatican, independently of each successive pope, has been increasingly orientated towards the U.S. The Wall Street Journal said that the Vatican’s financial deals in the U.S. alone were so big that very often it sold or bought gold in lots of a million or more dollars at one time…

“The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest.

“But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment…”

Are Christians Allowed to Kill?Well over 90 per cent of co-called ‘Christian’ churches and ‘Messianic’ assemblies go so far as to officially teach that it is OK to kill your enemies as long as you do so under the leadership of the country that you live in. One Protestant minister puts it this way:

“There are brethren who hold that it would be wrong – sinful – to take the life of another person even in self-defence. And some of these are people that I love and I highly regard. But I come to a different conclusion when I read the Scriptures.”

The Glorification and Glamorisation of WarMost of these churches will tolerate members who think otherwise but even that tolerance disappears quickly if pacifist members start teaching other members to boycot war. The same restrictions are not there with regard to the war-mongers who glorify and glamorise war, making saints out of the troops we send to do the killing for us. They pray for victory on the battlefields and they ask Elohim (God) to bless their bombs as though He is on their side and no one else’s. The Armed Forces provide employment to thousands of full-time Christian teachers and priests from almost all denominations. Religious leaders are entrusted to inspire the troops to go out and kill for ‘God’. Hitler’s armies were accompanied by Catholic and Protesant ministers just as Stalin’s atheistic armies were accompanied by Orthodox ministers to do the same. Can you imagine what would happen if you had an army chaplain teaching the troops to love their enemies?

To Fight or Not to Fight?Now I don’t mind admitting that this can be a complex issue. Personally, I have always believed that a believer has the right to take up arms in self-defence and in defence of his family because this is what Torah teaches. At the same time, I believe that an obedient talmid (disciple) will find himself in situations where such an awful situation will not have to be made or Yahweh will permit him to be in it and will supernaturally intervene to prevent bloodshed. And there is most certainly provision in Torah for a nation to defend itself against an enemy attack. But – and this is a very big but – this should not prevent us from loving our enemy or showing him mercy and grace and since it is impossible to write a ‘manual of situations’ it has always been our position that how we react has to be a matter of personal conscience, and that the situation we find ourslf in will also be a function of how we are living in relationship to Elohim (God). I certainly see no justification for most – if not all – of the wars currently being fought by Western nations. I would not reommend any believer joining the Armed Forces of any nation today because I believe they will be used in ungodly warfare. I am therefore a pacifist…except as a last resort. That is my opinion. I suspect that amongst our people that there are those who either take this position or who are absolute pacifists. General Sherman’s statement, “War is hell,” remains a truism and we should never seek it. One of the few wars fought in my lifetime which I consider to have been justified was the war of liberation of the Falkland Islands. All the recent wars in the Middle East I consider to have been evil.

No Easy CommandmentBut do you understand and see the emet (truth) in what I am saying generally-speaking? The greatest mitzvat (commandment), ahavah (love), is certainly not an easy one to practice, at least not in the way Yah’shua (Jesus) taught it. And that is because it sums up all the others. The Greatest Mitzvah (Commandment) is by far the hardest.

The Terrorist Example and the Two Road ChoicesWe have grown used to letting the word ‘love’ roll off our tongues, both sweetly and naïvely, without ever really counting the cost of what it means to love our enemies. Hatred for Moslems today, like so much religious bigotry in the past, comes most naturally from supposedly ‘Christian’ activists. The most liberal Christians teach that Moslems are not terrorists and because of that we should trust them. But the emet (truth) is somewhere between the two extreems. Any Moslem who subscribes to the Koran and the Haddith must support terrorism. Our ahavah (love) for Moslems should not be built on naïve ignorance about what they would do to us in the name of ‘Allah’ if they could get away with it. They would kill us all but still Yah’shua (Jesus) tells us to love them. And yet it is a truism that once a certain kind of spirit grips an extremist terrorist and a final line is crossed, there really is no choice but to either convert or kill them. Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) New Commandment does not invalidate the Torah that went before it – it simply requires us to choose a higher standard whenenever possible. That is why there is always, morally-speaking, a High Road and a Low Road to chosoe between.

Plugging the ChasmThere seems to be this huge chasm between those who want to kill the Moslems before they kill us and those who haven’t got a clue about what the Koran actuallytells Moslems to do those of us who have not accepted Mohammed as Elohim’s (God’s) replacement for Yah’shua (Jesus). I hope, in this ministry, that we have plugged that chasm and found the Scriptural balance.

SummaryTo sum up, we need two things to truely love others:

  • 1. We need time; and
  • 2. We need resources like food and clothes.

ConclusionYah’shua (Jesus) taught that we will only find time to help when we stop trying to get things for ourselves for their own sake and instead start trusting our Heavenly Father for our material needs. When we do this, He also provides us with enough to help others as well, far more than we ever had when we were working for money instead. Now we work for the Kingdom and Yahweh provides the work and wealth both to further the Kingdom, takes care of our families and helps others through us. Yah’shua (Jesus) further instructs us to express this kind of ahavah (love), not just for our brothers and sisters in the emunah (faith) but also for our enemies. By doing that we will turn the world upside-down and conquer the hearts of those who have so far never seen such ahavah (love) demonstrated in the churches and messianic assemblies of the world. This is such an urgent task for the Remnant that in so many ways it superceeds all others. Amen.

Endnotes

[1] “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our Elohim (God), Yahweh is echad (one)” (Deut.6:4, NIV)
[2] The power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings.
[3] Trite, dull or obvious remarks – staleness or insipidity of thought or language.
[4] Cody Carmichael, Top 10 Richest Pastors in the World – 2017 List Updated
[5] Alexander Light, The Catholic Church is the Biggest Financial Power on Earth
[6] As opposed to the compulsory redistribution of wealth by government according to the political ideology which is socialism

Acknowledgements

[1] Matt Slick, What Commandments Did Jesus Give Us?
[2] Anon., The Greatest Commandment…But Who’s Obeying It?

 

Die Weg van Yahweh: Reddende Verlossingsplan

1. Wat word bedoel met “Reddende Verlossing”?

“Reddende Verlossing” is vryspraak van die straf, besmetting en die houvas wat sonde op jou het.

“Die sonde moet nie meer baas wees oor julle nie, want julle staan nie onder die wet van Moses nie, maar onder die genade….. ,23 Die loon wat die sonde gee, is die dood; die genadegawe wat Elohim (God) gee, is die ewige lewe In Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus)” (Rom.6:14); en

Maar toe het die goedheid van Elohim (God) ons Verlosser en sy ahavah (liefde) vir die mens verskyn. Hy het ons verlos, nie op grond van iets wat ons vir ons vryspraak gedoen het nie, maar op grond van sy eie ontferming. Dit het Hy gedoen deur die wedergeboorte wat die sonde afwas, en deur die Ruach haQodesh (Heilige Gees) wat nuwe hayim (lewe) gee. Elohim (God) het die Ruach haQodesh (Heilige Gees) oorvloedig op ons uitgestort deur Yah’shua ons Messias (Jesus Christus) ons Verlosser” (Titus 3:4-6)

      Hierdie “Reddende Verlossing” het ewigheidswaarde en is baie belangriker as om gered te word uit brande, diep waters, siektes of eensaamheid.

2. Wat is sonde?

Sonde is enige gedagte, woord of daad wat Yahweh (die Here) se Torah (wette) oortree, of jou weerhou om dit ten volle na te kom.

“Almal het gesondig en het nie deel aan die heerlikheid van Elohim (God) nie” (Rom.3:23);

“Elohim (God) weerstaan hoogmoediges, maar aan nederiges gee Hy genade. Onderwerp julle dan aan Elohim (God). Staan die duiwel teë en hy sal van julle af wegvlug” (Jak.4:6b-7); en

“Elkeen wat sonde doen, oortree die wet van Elohim (God). Sonde is immers die oortreding van die wet van Elohim (God)” (1 Joh.3:4).

      In samevatting, Yah’shua (Jesus) en Sy apostels het sonde voorgestel as enigiets wat nie onselfsugtige liefde vir Yahweh (die Here) en andere reflekteer nie.

“Die vraag oor die grootste gebod. Toe die Fariseërs hoor dat Yah’shua (Jesus) die Sadduseërs die mond gesnoer het, het hulle bymekaargekom, en een van hulle, ‘n wetsgeleerde, het Hom met ‘n vraag probeer vastrek. ‘Meneer,’ vra hy, ‘wat is die grootste gebod in die Torah (wet)?’ Yah’shua (Jesus) antwoord hom: ‘Jy moet Yahweh jou Elohim (die Here jou God) liefhę met jou hele lev (hart) en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelyk staan is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself.’ In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele Torah (wet) en die nevi’im (profete) saamgevat'” (Mat.22:34-40).

3. Wat het Elohim (God) gedoen om Reddende Verlossing te Voorsien?

Vader Yahweh ons heilige Elohim (God) het ‘n lid van die menseras geword in die Persoon Yah’shua (Jesus). Hy het sondeloos ons plaasvervanger geword om aan Yahweh (die Here) se vereistes te voldoen.

“Yah’shua (Christus) was sonder sonde, maar Elohim (God) het Hom in ons plek as sondaar behandel sodat ons, deur ons eenheid met Yah’shua ons Messias (Jesus Christus), deur Elohim (God) vrygespreek kan wees” (2 Kor.5:21)

      Hy’t swaarkry verduur en gesterf aan die kruis en in ons plek die straf gedra van ons sonde.

“So is dit ook met die Seun van die mens: Hy het nie gekom om gedien te word nie maar om te dien en sy lewe te gee as losprys vir baie mense” (Mat.20:28);

“Dat hy vrygespreek is deurdat hy geglo het, is nie ter wille van hom opgeteken nie, maar ook ter wille van ons wat vrygespreek sal word, óns wat in Elohim (God) glo wat vir Yah’shua (Jesus), Yahweh (ons Here), uit die dood opgewek het. Hy is vanweë ons oortredings oorgelewer en Hy is opgewek sodat ons vrygespreek kan word” (Rom.4:23-25); en

“Die belangrikste wat ek aan julle oorgelewer het en wat ek ook ontvang het, is dit: Yah’shua die Messias (Christus) het vir ons sondes gesterf, volgens die Skrifte; Hy is begrawe en op die derde dag opgewek, volgens die Skrifte” (1 Kor.15:3-4).

      Hy het egter die dood en Satan oorwin, deurdat Hy uit die graf opgestaan het.

“Maar Elohim (God) het Hom van die smarte van die dood verlos en Hom uit die dood laat opstaan. Dit was immers vir die dood onmoontlik om Hom gevange te hou” (Hand.2:24); en

“Aangesien hierdie kinders mense van vlees en bloed is, het Hy ook net soos hulle mens geword. Dit het Hy gedoen om deur sy dood dié een wat mag het oor die dood, dit is die duiwel, te vernietig en om hulle wat vrees vir die dood hulle hele lewe lank in slawerny was, te bevry” (Heb.2:14-15)

      Met ander woorde:- Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) het verantwoordelikheid aanvaar en die volle prys betaal vir die gevolge van sonde.

4. Vir wié het Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) gesterf?

Yah’shua (Jesus) het vir die hele mensdom gesterf;

“Elohim (God) het die węreld so lief gehad dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, sodat dié wat in Hom glo, nie verlore sal gaan nie maar die ewige lewe sal hę” (Joh.3:16 ); en

“Die liefde van die Yah’shua die Messias (Christus) dring ons, omdat ons tot die insig gekom het dat een vir almal gesterf het, en dit beteken dat almal gesterwe het. En Hy het vir almal gesterwe sodat dié wat wat lewe, nie meer vir hulleself moet lewe nie, maar vir Hom wat vir hulle gesterf het en uit die dood opgewek is” (2 Cor.5:14-15)

      Almal het die oorspronklike doel, om Abba Vader Yahweh te ‘ken’, gemis;

“En dit is die ewige lewe: dat hulle U ken, die enigeste ware Elohim (God), en Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus), wat deur U gestuur is” (Joh.17:3)

      Hom te ‘verheerlik’ en

“Of julle eet of julle drink of wat julle ook al doen, doen alles tot eer van Elohim (God)” (1 Kor.10:31)

      Hom vir ewig te ‘geniet’;

“Daarom is hulle voor die troon van Elohim (God) en dien hulle Hom dag en nag in sy tempel; en Hy wat op die troon sit, sal by hulle bly” (Openbaring 7:15-17); en

“Die nuwe hemel en die nuwe aarde. Toe het ek ‘n nuwe hemel en ‘n nuwe aarde gesien. Die eerste hemel en die eerste aarde het verdwyn, en die see het nie meer bestaan nie. En ek het die heilige stad, die nuwe Jerusalem, van Elohim (God) af uit die hemel uit sien afkom. Die stad was gereed soos ‘n bruid wat vir haar man versier is. Toe het ek ‘n harde stem van die troon af hoor sę: ‘Kyk die woonplek van Elohim (God) is nou by die mense. Hy sal by hulle bly; hulle sal sy volke wees en Elohim (God) self sal by hulle wees as hulle God'” (Openbaring 21:1-4)

      Die Messias (Christus) sterf vir almal, want almal was in sonde ontvang en gebore;

“Ek was al skuldig toe ek gebore is, met sonde belaai toe my moeder swanger geword het” (Psalm 51:7 [Eng :5]);

      Ongehoorsaam deur my eie verkeerde keuses;

“Almal het gesondig, en het nie deel aan die heerlikheid van Elohim (God) nie…”(Rom. 3:23)

      Geestelik dood;

“Julle was dood as gevolg van julle oortredings en sondes… Deur Sy groot liefde het Hy ons wat dood was as gevolg van ons oortredings, saam met Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) lewend gemaak. Uit genade is julle gered” (Ephes.2:1,5).

      Onbevoeg om Vader Yahweh te verbly en

“Dié wat hulle deur hulle sondig natuur laat beheers, kan nie die wil van Elohim (God) doen nie” (Rom.8:8);

      Is onder Sy straf.

“Wie in die Seun glo, het die ewige lewe; wie egter aan die Seun ongehoorsaam is, sal die lewe nie sien nie, maar die straf van Elohim (God) bly op hom” (Joh.3:36); en

“Die sonde en die Straf: Elohim (God) openbaar vanuit die hemel Sy toorn oor al die goddeloosheid en ongeregtigheid van die mense wat die waarheid deur hulle ongeregtigheid probeer onderdruk” (Rom.1:18).

5. Wat is Bekering?

Bekering is ‘n term wat deur Johannes die Doper, Yah’shua (Jesus), Paulus en Petrus gebruik is:-

“In daardie tyd het Johannes die Doper in die woestyn van Judea begin preek en gesę: ‘Bekeer julle, want die koninkryk van die hemel het naby gekom'” (Mat.3:1-2);

“Van toe af het Yah’shua (Jesus) begin preek en gesę: ‘Bekeer julle, want die koninkryk van die hemel het naby gekom'” (Mat.4:17);

“Toe antwoord Petrus hulle: ‘Bekeer julle en laat elkeen van julle gedoop word in die Naam van Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) en julle sal die Heilige Gees as gawe ontvang'” (Hand.2:38); en

“Ek (Paulus) het sowel die Jode as die Grieke ernstig vermaan om hulle tot Elohim (God) te bekeer en in Yah’shua die Messias (ons Here Jesus) te glo” (Hand.20:21).

      Bekering is ‘n gesindheidsverandering oor jouself, jou sonde en Elohim (God). ‘n Mens se hele persoonlikheid is betrokke – jou denke, jou emosies en jou wil. In wissellende gemoedstoestande, vergesel dit altyd ware (emunah) geloof. Ten tye van gebrokenheid oor sonde is dit ook betrokke; wat ‘n bewys is dat ware bekering plaasgevind het.

“Nou is ek egter bly, nie omdat ek julle hartseer gemaak het nie, maar omdat ek julle so hartseer gemaak het dat julle tot inkeer gekom het. Julle was immers hartseer soos Elohim (God) dit wou hę. Ons het julle dus in geen opsig benadeel nie” (2 Kor.7:9-10).

      Ware bekering lei altyd tot vrywillige gehoorsaamheid om Yahweh (die Here) se

Torah

      (wette) na te kom.

“As julle My ahavah (liefhet), sal julle my opdragte uitvoer” (Joh.14:15);

“As julle my opdragte uitvoer, sal julle in my ahavah (liefde) bly, net soos Ek die opdragte van my Vader uitvoer en in sy ahavah (liefde) bly” (Joh.15;10);

“Wie dan ook die geringste van een van hierdie gebooie ongeldig maak en die mense so leer, sal die minste geag word in die koninkryk van die hemel. Maar wie die Torah (wet) gehoorsaam en ander so leer, sal hoog geag word in die koninkryk van die hemel” (Mat.5:19); en

“As ons die gebooie van Elohim (God) gehoorsaam, weet ons daaraan dat ons Hom ken. Iemand wat sę: ‘Ek ken Hom,’ maar nie sy gebooie gehoorsaam nie, is ‘n leuenaar, en die emet (waarheid) is nie in hom nie. Wie sy davar (woord) egter gehoorsaam – in hom het die ahavah (liefde) van Elohim (God) egter sy doel bereik. Hieraan weet ons dat ons in Hom is” (1 Joh.2:3-5).

      Ware bekering is ook ‘n vrug van ware emunah (geloof) en redding/verlossing.

6. Wie sal gered / verlos word?

Reddende Verlossing word aangebied aan ALMAL, en is ‘n vry gawe aan elkeen wat glo in Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus).

“Kom na My toe, almal wat uitgeput en oorlaai is, en Ek sal julle rus gee”(Mat.11:28);

“Maar aan almal wat Hom aangeneem het, dié wat in Hom glo, het Hy die reg gegee om kinders van Elohim (God) te word” (Joh.1:12);

“…sodat elkeen wat in Hom glo, die ewige lewe kan hę. Elohim (God) het die węreld so lief gehad dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, sodat dié wat in Hom glo, nie verlore sal gaan nie maar die ewige lewe sal hę. Elohim (God) het nie sy Seun na die węreld toe gestur om die węreld te veroordeel nie, maar sodat die węreld deur Hom gered kan word. Wie in Hom glo, word nie veroordeel nie; wie nie glo nie, is reeds veroordeel omdat hy nie in die enigste Seun van Elohim (God) glo nie” (Joh.3:15-18);

“Wie in die Seun glo, het die ewige lewe; wie egter aan die Seun ongehoorsaam is, sal die lewe nie sien, maar die straf van God bly op hom” (Joh.3:36);

“Dit is die wil van my Vader; dat elkeen wat die Seun sien en in Hom glo, die ewige lewe sal hę; en Ek sal hom op die laaste dag uit die dood laat opstaan” (Joh.6:40);

“Dit verseker Ek julle: Wie in My glo, het die ewige lewe” (Joh.6:47);

“Toe sę Yah’shua (Jesus) vir haar: ‘Ek is die opstanding en die lewe. Wie in My glo, sal lewe, al sterwe hy ook; en elkeen wat lewe en in My glo, sal in alle ewigheid nooit sterwe nie. Glo jy dit?” (Joh.11:25-26);

“Maar hierdie wondertekens is beskrywe sodat julle kan glo dat Yahshua die Messias (Jesus die Christus) is, die Seun van Elohim (God), en sodat julle deur te glo, in sy Naam die lewe kan hę” (Joh.20:31);

“Hulle antwoord hom: ‘Glo in Yah’shua die Messias (die Here Jesus), en jy sal gered word, jy en jou huisgesin'” (Hand.16:31); en

“As jy met jou mond bely dat Yah’shua (Jesus) Yahweh (die Here) is, en met jou lev (hart) glo dat Elohim (God) Hom uit die dood opgewek het, sal jy gered word. Met die lev (hart) glo ons, en ons word vrygespreek; en met die mond bely ons, en ons word gered” (Rom.10:9-10).

      Yah’shua (Jesus) het gesę:

“… Hom wat na My toe kom, sal Ek nooit verwerp nie.”

“Elkeen wat die Vader vir My gee, sal na My toe kom; en Ek sal hom wat na My toe kom, nooit verwerp nie” (Johannes 6:37).

7. Hoe ontvang ons Reddende Verlossing?

Nié deur vurige betrokkenheid of goeie werke nie…. alleenlik deur emunah (geloof.);

“Julle is inderdaad uit genade gered, deur emunah (geloof). Hierdie redding kom nie uit julleself nie; dit is ‘n gawe van Elohim (God). Dit kom nie deur julle eie verdienste nie, en daarom het niemand enige rede om op homself trots te wees nie. Nee, Elohim (God) het ons gemaak wat ons nou is: in Yah’shua die Messias (Christus Jesus) het Hy ons geskep om ons lewe te wy aan die goeie dade waarvoor Hy ons bestem het” (Efes.2:8-10).

      Nié fyn waarneming van godsdienstige rituele nie;

“Julle Galasiërs, is julle dan so sonder begrip? Wie het julle verstand benewel? Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) is tog so duidelik aan julle verkondig dat julle Hom as’t ware aan die kruis kon sien hang! Net een ding wil ek van julle weet: Het julle die Ruach haQodesh (Heilige Gees) ontvang deur die wet van Moses te onderhou of deur die evangelie te glo? Is julle dan so sonder begrip? julle het met die Ruach (Gees) begin; wil julle nou in eie krag eindig? Was al die swaarkry dan verniet? Dit kon tog nie verniet gewees het nie? Hy wat julle met die Ruach haQodesh (Heilige Gees) toerus en kragtig onder julle werk, doen Hy dit omdat julle die wet onderhou of omdat julle die evangelie glo? So was dit ook met Abraham: ‘Hy het in Elohim (God) geglo, en Elohim (God) het hom vrygespreek.’ Julle sien dus dat dié wat glo, kinders van Abraham is. Die Davar (Skrif) het vooruit geweet dat Elohim (God) ook mense wat nie Jode is nie, sou vryspreek as hulle glo. Daarom het die Davar (Skrif) al voorheen die goeie nuus vir Abraham gebring: ‘In jou sal al die nasies geseën word.’ Dit is dus dié wat glo, wat saam met die gelowige Abraham geseën word” (Gal.3:1-9);

      Het gladnie ‘n aandeel om reddende verlossing te verdien nie. Reddende Verlossing is nie te vind in ons ywerige pogings vir Vader Yahweh nie, dis slegs in volle vertroue wat Yah’shua (Jesus) vir ons gedoen het. Vader Yahweh verlang net van ons om met ware emunah (geloof), Hom aan te roep om ons te red / verlos.

“… want elkeen wat die Naam van Yahweh (die Here) aanroep, sal gered word”(Rom. 10:13).

      Slegs op hierdie grondslag skenk Hy Reddende Verlossing. Al die ander bewyse van Reddende Verlossing volg daarna.

8. Wat is Verlossingsgeloof?

Verlossingsgeloof is ‘n persoonlike vertroue in die Meester Yah’shua (Jesus). Om waarlik te glo dat Yahweh, op die basis van die Messias (Christus) se plaasvervangende dood en opstanding, almal aanvaar en vergewe wat op Hom vertrou en slegs hul hoop vir Redding / Verlossing op Hom plaas.

“Maar nou het die vryspraak deur Elohim (God) waarvan die torah (Wet) en die Nevi’im (Profete) getuig, in werking getree. Dit is die vryspraak wat nie verkry word deur die Torah (Wet) te onderhou nie, maar deur in Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) te glo. Elohim (God) gee dit sonder onderskeid aan almal wat glo. Almal het gesondig, en het nie deel aan die heerlikheid van Elohim (God) nie, maar hulle word sonder dat hulle dit verdien, op grond van sy genade vrygespreek vanweë die verlossing deur in Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus). Hom het Elohim (God) gegee om as offer wat deur sy bloed versoening bewerk het vir dié wat glo. Hierdeur het Elohim (God) getoon wat sy vryspraak behels : Hy het die sondes wat Hy voorheen in sy verdraagsaamheid tydelik ongestraf laat bly het, vergewe. Maar Hy het ook getoon wat sy vryspraak in die teenswoordige tyd behels: Hy oordeel regverdig deurdat Hy elkeen vryspreek wat in Yah’shua (Jesus) glo” (Rom.3:21-26);

“Wat moet ons nou sę was die geval met ons stamvader Abraham? As Abraham op grond van sy dade vrygespreek is, dan het hy ‘n rede gehad om te roem. Maar nie by Elohim (God) nie! Wat sę die Davar (Skrif)? ‘Abraham het in Elohim (God) geglo, en Elohim (God) het hom vrygespreek.’ ‘n Arbeider se loon word nie vir hom as ‘n guns gegee nie, maar as iets wat hom toekom. Maar die mens wat nie op Torah (wetsonderhouding) staatmaak nie, maar wat glo in Hom wat die goddelose vryspreek, hy kry die vryspraak deur sy geloof. So sę ook Dawid dat dié mens geseënd is wat deur Elohim (God) vrygespreek word buite Torah (wetsonderhouding) om: ‘Geseënd is die mense wie se oortredinge nie gestraf word nie en wie se sonde vergewe word. Geseënd is die mens vir wie Yahweh (die Here) die sonde nie toereken nie.’ Het hierdie uitspraak oor wie geseënd is, net betrekking op die besnedenes of ook op die onbesnedenes? Ons sę weer: ‘Deurdat Abraham geglo het, het Elohim (God) hom vrygespreek. Wanneer het dit gebeur? Toe hy reeds besny was of toe hy nog onbesnede was. Hy het die besnydenis as ‘n teken ontvang. Dit is ‘n seël wat bewys dat Elohim (God) hom vrygespreek het deurdat hy geglo het toe hy nog onbesnede was. Die doel daarmee was dat hy die vader sou wees van almal wat glo al is hulle nie besny nie. Hulle word dus ook deur God vrygespreek deurdat hulle glo. Ons voorvader Abraham sou ook die vader wees van dié besnedenis wat nie net besny is nie, maar ook glo, soos hy geglo het toe hy nog onbesnede was. Wat belowe is, word deur die geloof verkry. Dit is trouens nie omdat Abraham die Torah (wet) van Moses onderhou het dat aan hom en sy nageslag die belofte gegee is dat hy die węreld as besitting sal ontvang nie, maar omdat hy vrygespreek is deurdat hy geglo het. As mense deur Torah (wetsonderhouding) deelgenote van die belofte sou kon word, sou die geloof sy betekenis verloor het en die belofte sy krag. Die Torah (wet) bring juis die straf van Elohim (God), want waar daar nie ‘n Torah (wet) is nie, is daar ook geen oortreding van die wet nie. Daarom het die belofte deur die geloof, en dus uit genade, tot Abraham gekom sodat dit van krag sou bly vir sy hele nageslag. En sy nageslag is nie net dié wat die Torah (Wet) ontvang het nie, maar ook dié wat glo, soos Abraham geglo het. Hy is immers die vader van ons almal, soos daar geskrywe staan: ‘Ek het jou die vader van baie nasies gemaak.’ Dit is wat dooies lewend maak en dinge wat nie bestaan nie, tot stand bring deur sy woord. Toe daar geen hoop meer was nie, het Abraham nog gehoop en geglo, en so die vader van baie nasies geword volgens die belofte: ‘So sal jou nageslag wees.’ Al was hy sowat honderd jaar en al het hy dus goed besef dat sy liggaam reeds gedaan was en dat Sara te oud was om kinders te hę, het sy geloof nie verswak nie. Hy het nie in ongeloof begin twyfel aan die belofte van Elohim (God) nie, maar hy is in sy geloof versterk en het aan Elohim (God) die eer gegee. Hy was ook ten volle daarvan oortuig dat Elohim (God) mag het om te doen wat Hy beloof het. Deurdat Abraham geglo het, het Elohim (God) hom dus vrygespreek. Dat hy vrygespreek is deurdat hy geglo het, is nie net ter wille van hom opgeteken nie, maar ook ter wille van ons wat vrygespreek sal word, óns wat in Elohim (God) glo wat vir Yah’shua (Jesus), ons Yahweh (Here), uit die dood opgewek het. Hy is vanweë ons oortredings oorgelewer en Hy is opgewek sodat ons vrygespreek kan word” (Rom. 4:1-25);

“Die vrug van die vryspraak. Elohim (God) het ons dan nou vrygespreek deurdat ons glo. Daarom is daar nou vrede tussen ons en Elohim (God) deur Yah’shua ons Messias (Here Jesus Christus). Deur Hom het ons in die geloof ook die vrye toegang verkry tot hierdie genade waarin ons nou vasstaan. En ons verheug ons ook in die hoop om deel te hę aan die heerlikheid van Elohim (God)” (Rom. 5:1-2); en

“Julle is inderdaad uit genade gered, deur geloof. Hierdie redding kom nie uit julleself nie; dit is ‘n gawe van Elohim (God). Dit kom nie deur julle eie verdienste nie, en daarom het niemand enige rede om op homself trots te wees nie. Nee, Elohim (God) het ons gemaak wat ons nou is: in Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) het Hy ons geskep om ons lewe te wy aan die goeie dade waarvoor Hy ons bestem het”(Ephes.2:8-10).

      Dit is net wat ons glo wat tel, nie ons werke nie. Indien dit wat ons glo die waarheid is, sal korrekte werke volg. Goeie werke is die vrug en bewyse daarvan;

“Nee, Elohim (God) het ons gemaak wat ons nou is: in Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) het Hy ons geskep om ons lewe te wy aan die goeie dade waarvoor Hy ons bestem het” (Ephes.2:10); en

“Liewe kinders, moenie dat iemand julle mislei nie: wie regverdig lewe, is regverdig soos Hy regverdig is; Wie aanhou sonde doen, behoort aan die duiwel, want die duiwel hou van die begin af aan met sondig. En die Seun van Elohim (God) het juis gekom om die werk van die duiwel tot niet te maak. Iemand wat ‘n kind van Elohim (God) is, doen nie meer sonde nie, omdat die Ruach (Gees) van Elohim (God) in hom bly; en hy kan nie meer sondig nie, omdat hy uit Elohim (God) gebore is. Hiéraan is dit duidelik wie kinders van Elohim (God) en wie kinders van die duiwel is: iemand wat nie regverdig lewe nie en nie sy broer liefhet nie, behoort nie aan Elohim (God) nie” (1 Joh. 3:7-10),

      nie die grondslag of oorsaak nie.

9. Wat is ware gehoorsaamheid?

Gehoorsaamheid is die reaksie van ‘n geredde verlosde siel en word gemotiveer deur ahavah (liefde) vir Vader Yahweh (die Here) en mense wat die oorsaak is dat hy/sy die Torah (wette/gebooie) gehoorsaam. Ware emunah (geloof) is nooit passief nie maar gaan hand-aan-hand met gehoorsaamheid. Emunah (geloof) in Yah’shua (Jesus) en gehoorsaamheid aan die Torah (gebooie/wette) van Vader Yahweh (die Here) is tweeling bewyse van die geredde verlostes in die Gemeente van die ‘EindtydOorblyfsel’.

“Die draak was woedend oor die vrou en hy het weggegaan om oorlog te maak teen haar ander nakomelinge wat die gebooie van Elohim (God) nakom en aan die getuienis vashou wat Yas’hua (Jesus) gelewer het” (Openbaring 12:17);

“Hier het die gelowiges volharding nodig, hulle wat die gebooie van Elohim (God) nakom en in Yah’shua (Jesus) bly glo” (Openbaring 14:12); en

“Geseënd is dié wat hulle klere was, sodat hulle reg kan hę op die boom van die lewe en deur die poorte in die stad kan ingaan” (Openbaring 22:14).

10. Watter Torah (Wette/Gebooie) moet ons gehoorsaam?

ALMAL … Yah’shua (Jesus) het gewaarsku teen ‘n ‘pick ‘n choose’ houding /of slegs sekere mitzvot (gebooie) uit te lig en te gehoorsaam; Hy’t ook gesę dat sekere mitzvot (gebooie) onbelangrik mag blyk, maar wel belangrik is en diesulkes wat hierdie mitzvot (gebooie) ignoreer, dure gevolge gaan dra.

“Die vervulling van die Torah (wet). Moenie dink Ek het gekom om die torah (wet) of die nevi’im (profete) ongeldig te maak nie. Ek het nie gekom om hulle ongeldig te maak nie, maar om hulle hulle volle betekenis te laat kry. Dit verseker Ek julle: Die hemel en die aarde sal eerder vergaan as dat een letter of letterstrepie van die Torah (wet) sal wegval voordat alles voleindig is. Wie dan ook een van die geringste van hierdie mitzvot (gebooie) ongeldig maak en die mense so leer, sal die minste geag word in die koninkryk van die hemel. Maar wie die Torah (wet) gehoorsaam en ander so leer, sal hoog geag word in die koninkryk van die hemel. Ek sę vir julle: As julle getrouheid aan die Torah (wet) nie meer inhou as dié van die skrifgeleerdes en die Fariseërs nie, sal julle nooit in die koninkryk van die hemel ingaan nie” (Mat.5:17-20)

      Omdat daar honderde

mitzvot

      (gebooie) aan ons gegee is as maatstawwe van ons redding/verlossing; is hulle op drie groeiende vlakke aan ons gegee om te verstaan en te implementeer:

      • a. Die Twee Grootste Gebooie;
      • b. Die Tien Gebooie (Dekaloog), en
      • c. die res van die Mitzvot (Gebooie).

11. Wat is die ‘Twee Grootste Mitzvot (Gebooie)’?

Die Twee Grootste Mitzvot (Gebooie), is ‘n samevatting van die Dekaloog (DieTien Gebooie) wat deur Yah’shua (Jesus) onderrig is:

“Yah’shua (Jesus) antwoord hom: “Jy moet Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) liefhę met jou hele lev (hart) en met jou hele siel’ en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die grootste en die eerste gebod. En die tweede, wat hiermee gelykstaan is: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself.’ In hierdie twee gebooie is die hele Torah (wet) en die nevi’im (Profete) saamgevat” (Mat.22:37-40);

“Daarom moet jy Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) ahavah (liefhę) met hart en siel, met al jou krag” (Deut.6:5); en

“Jy mag nie wraak neem of ‘n grief koester teenoor jou volksgenoot nie, jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself. Ek is Yahweh (die Here)” (Lev.19:18).

      Die bogenoemde Twee Grootste

Mitzvot

      (Gebooie), is soos die twee gewrigte van ons hande.

12. Wat is die Dekaloog (Die Tien Gebooie)?

Die Dekaloog (Tien Gebooie), is ‘n verlenging en verduideliking van die Twee Grootste Gebooie. Laasgenoemde verduidelik vir ons wat ahavah (liefde) vir Yahweh (die Here) en ons naaste eintlik bevat en beoefen.

“Liefde is die volle uitvoering van die Torah (wet). Julle moet niemand iets verskuldig wees nie, behalwe om mekaar lief te hę. Wie sy medemens liefhet, voer die hele Torah (wet) van Elohim (God) uit. Al die mitzvot (gebooie): ‘Jy mag nie egbreuk pleeg nie, jy mag nie moord pleeg nie, jy mag nie steel nie, jy mag nie begeer nie,’ of watter ander mitzvot (gebod) daar ookal is, word immers in hierdie een gebod saamgevat: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself.’ Die liefde doen die naaste geen kwaad aan nie. Daarom is die liefde die volle uitvoering van die Torah (wet)”(Rom.13:8-10); en

“Die hele Torah (wet) word in hierdie een mitzvot (gebod) saamgevat: ‘Jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself'” (Gal.5:14).

      Naamlik:

      • I. Aanbid slegs vir Vader Yahweh (die Here), die enigste ware Elohim (God);
      • II. Vlug weg van afgodery af;
      • III. Vereer die Naam van Yahweh (die Here);
      • IV. Onderhou die sewende dag (lunisolar kalender) Sabbat (nié Saterdag óf Sondag nie!);
      • V. Eer jou Vader en jou Moeder;
      • VI. Nié vermoor nie;
      • VII. Nié egbreuk (na’aph) pleeg nie;
      • VIII. Nié steel nie;
      • IX. Nié vals getuienis lewer nie;
      • X. Nié begeer nie:“Toe het Elohim (God) al hierdie mitzvot (gebooie) aangekondig: ‘Ek is Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) wat jou uit Egipte, uit die plek van slawerny, bevry het. Jy mag naas My geen ander gode hę nie. Jy mag nie vir jou ‘n beeld of enige afbeelding maak van wat in die hemel daarbo of op die aarde hieronder of in die water onder die aarde is nie. Jy mag hulle nie vereer of dien nie, want Ek, Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God), eis onverdeelde trou aan My. Ek reken kinders die sondes van hulle vaders toe, selfs tot in die derde en vierde geslag van dié wat My haat 6 maar Ek betoon my liefde tot aan die duisendste geslag van dié wat My liefhet en My mitzvot (gebooie) gehoorsaam. 7 Jy mag die Naam van Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) nie misbruik nie, want Yahweh (die Here) sal die een wat sy Naam misbruik, nie ongestraf laat bly nie. Sorg dat jy die Sabbatdag heilig hou. Ses dae moet jy werk en alles doen wat jy moet, maar die sewende dag is die Sabbat van Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God). Dan mag jy geen werk doen nie, nie jy of jou seun of jou dogter of die man of vrou wat vir jou werk, of enige dier van jou of die vreemdeling by jou nie. Yahweh (die Here) het in ses dae die hemel en alles daarin gemaak, die aarde en alles daarop, die see en alles daarin. Op die sewende dag het Hy gerus, en daarom het Yahweh (die Here) dit as gereelde rusdag geheilig. Eer jou vader en jou moeder, dan sal jy lank bly woon in die land wat Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) vir jou gee. Jy mag nie moord pleeg nie. Jy mag nie egbreek pleeg nie. Jy mag nie steel nie. Jy mag nie vals getuienis teen ‘n ander gee nie. Jy mag nie iemand anders se huis begeer nie. Jy mag nie sy vrou begeer nie, ook nie ‘n slaaf of slavin, ‘n bees of ‘n donkie, of enigiets anders wat aan hom behoort nie” (Exod.20:1-17)

      Die bogenoemde

mitzvot

      (gebooie), is soos die tien vingers aan beide hande.

13. Wat is die ander Mitzvot (Gebooie)?

Hier volg die ander mitzvot (gebooie) wat verlengings, volumes, aanhangsels of verklarings van die Dekaloog is, en wat regdeur die Bybel versprei is. Dit sluit sake soos Yahweh (die Here) se dieetkode in:

“Rein en onrein kos. ‘Julle is kinders van Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God). Julle mag julle nie stukkend kerf of the hare voor op julle kop afskeer as julle oor ‘n afgestorwene treur nie. Julle is ‘n volk wat aan Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God) gewy is. Hy het julle uit al die volke op die aarde uitgekies om sy eiendomsvolk te wees. Julle mag niks eet wat afstootlik is nie. Die diere waarvan julle mag eet, is: bees, skaap, bok, takbok, ribbok, hartbees, klipbok, eland, gemsbok, springbok, al dié wat volledig gesplete kloue het en herkou. Maar dié wat net herkou of net volledig gesplete kloue het, mag julle nie eet nie: kameel, die haas, die dassie. Hulle herkou maar het nie gesplete kloue nie: hulle is vir julle onrein. dit geld ook van die vark: hy het wel gesplete kloue maar hy herkou nie. Hy is vir julle onrein. Julle mag nie die vleis van hierdie diere eet of selfs aan hulle karkasse raak nie. In die geval van waterdiere mag julle alles eet wat vinne en skubbe het. Maar julle mag nie dié eet wat nie vinne en skubbe het nie: hulle is vir julle onrein. Julle mag alle rein voëls eet. Die volgende mag egter nie geëet word nie: arende, lammervangers en visarende; swartaasvoëls, valke en al die roofvoëls, valke en al die roofvoëlsoorte; al die kraaisoorte; volstruise, nagvalke, seemeeue en alle soorte roofvoëls; uile, ibisse en flaminke; pelikane, swane en visvangers; ooievaars en al die reiersoorte; hoep-hoepe en vlermuise. Alle insekte wat vlerke het, is vir julle onrein. Hulle mag nie geëet word nie. Julle mag nie ‘n dier wat gevrek het, eet nie. Gee dit vir die vreemdeling wat by julle bly, en hy kan dit eet, of verkoop dit aan ‘n uitlander. Julle is ‘n gewyde volk, julle behoort aan Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God). Julle mag nie ‘n boklam in sy ma se melk kook nie.’ Die tiende. ‘Jy moet elke jaar ‘n tiende van die opbrengs van jou gesaaides, van wat op jou land groei, opsy sit: jy moet in die teenwoordigheid van Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) eet op die plek wat Hy sal kies om sy Naam daar te laat woon. Jy moet die tiende opsy sit van jou koring, jou wyn en jou olie en dan ook nog die eerstelinge van jou grootvee en jou kleinvee, sodat jy kan leer om Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) altyddeur te eer. Maar as Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) jou baie voorspoedig maak en die plek wat Hy sal kies om sy Naam daar te vestig boonop nog ver van jou af is, sodat jy nie die tiende die hele ent pad kan dra nie, kan jy die tiende in geld omsit. Jy moet dan die geld vat en na die plek toe gaan wat Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) vir Hom gekies het. Daar moet jy met die geld koop net wat jy wil: bees, skaap, wyn, bier, of enigiets anders wat jy wil hę. Dan moet jy en jou familie dit daar in die teenwoordigheid van Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) eet en bly wees. Moenie die Leviete wat in jou omgewing woon, vergeet nie, want hulle het nie ‘n eie grondgebied as besitting saam met jou gekry nie. Om die drie jaar moet jy die volle tiende van daardie jaar se opbrengs in jou dorpe gaan wegpak. Dan kan die Leviete wat nie ‘n eie grondgebied as besitting saam met jou gekry het nie, die vreemdelinge, die weeskinders en die weduwees in jou omgewing genoeg eet. As jy dit doen, sal Yahweh (die Here) jou Elohim (God) jou voorspoedig maak in alles wat jy aanpak”(bv. Deut.14); en

“Rein en onrein kos. Yahweh (die Here) het vir Moses en Aäron gesę: ‘Sę vir die Israeliete: Van al die diere wat op land hou, mag julle net dié eet wat volledig gesplete kloue het en herkou. Maar dié wat net herkou of net gesplete kloue het, mag julle nie eet nie. Dit geld vir die kameel, want, alhoewel die dier herkou, het hy nie gesplete kloue nie. Julle moet hom dus as onrein beskou. Dit geld ook vir die dassie en vir die haas. ‘n Vark het weer volledig gesplete kloue, maar hy herkou nie. Hy is vir julle dus ‘n onrein dier. Julle mag nie die vleis van hierdie diere eet of selfs aan hulle karkasse raak nie: hulle is vir julle onrein. In die geval van waterdiere mag julle alles eet wat vinne en skubbe het. Dit geld vir souwaterdiere en varswaterdiere. Maar enige ding wat in die water lewe en nie vinne en skubbe het nie, is vir julle verbode. Hulle is vir julle verbode en julle mag glad nie van dié diere eet of selfs raak aan een wat dood is nie. Alle waterdiere wat nie vinne en skubbe het nie, is dus vir julle verbode. In die geval van diere met vlerke is die volgende soorte verbode en hulle mag dus nie geëet word nie: arende, lammervangers en visarende; aasvoëls en valksoorte; al die kraaisoorte; volstruise, nagvalke, seemeeue en alle soorte roofvoëls; uile, visvangers, ibisse, flaminke, pelikane, swane, ooievaars, al die reiersoorte, hoep-hoepe en vlermuise. Alle insekte wat vlerke het en op pote loop, is vir julle verbode. Julle mag egter dié eet waarvan die pote so is dat hulle kan spring. Dit sluit in alle soorte sprinkane en krieke. Alle ander insekte wat vlerke het en op pote loop, is vir julle verbode. Sommige diere se karkasse maak iemand wat net daaraan raak, onrein vir die res van die dag. As iemand die karkas van so ‘n dier gedra het, moet hy sy klere was, maar hy is vir die res van die dag onrein. Dit is alle mak diere waarvan die pote nie volledig gesplete is nie en wat nie ook herkou nie. Dit is onrein diere, en elkeen wat aan die karkas van so ‘n dier raak, is onrein. Verder is alle viervoetige wilde diere wat nie hoewe het nie, onrein. As iemand aan die karkas van so ‘n dier raak, is hy onrein vir die res van die dag. As hy so ‘n karkas gedra het, moet hy sy klere was, maar hy is nog vir die res van die dag onrein. Die volgende diertjies wat volop voorkom in die veld, moet julle as onrein beskou: molle, muise en al die akkedissoorte soos geitjies, sandakkedisse, boomakkedisse, gewone akkedisse en ook verkleurmannetjies. Dit is onrein diertjies en elkeen wat aan so ‘n diertjie raak as hy dood is, is die res van die dag onrein. Enigiets waarop so ‘n dooie diertjie val, is ook onrein. Dit geld vir enige gebruiksartikel van hout, lap, leer of growwe linne, enige gewone gebruiksartikel. Dit moet in water gedruk word, maar is tog vir die res van die dag onrein. Eers daarna is dit rein. As een van die diertjies in ‘n kleipot val, is alles wat in die pot is, onrein. Die pot moet dan gebreek word. want enige kos waarby water uit so ‘n pot gegooi is, is onrein, en enige vloeistof uit so ‘n pot is onrein. Enigiets waarop so ‘n diertjie val, is onrein. ‘n Kleioond of kleikookplek moet in so ‘n geval afgebreek word; dit het onrein geword, en julle moet dit as onrein beskou. ‘n Fontein of opgaardam is wel nie onrein as so ‘n dooie diertjie daarin val nie, maar iemand wat aan die diertjie raak, is onrein. As so ‘n dooie diertjie op saad val wat gesaai gaan word, word die saad nie onrein nie. As dit egter gebeur wanneer die saad in water lę om te week, is dit onrein. As enige dier wat julle wel mag eet, vrek, is iemand wat aan die karkas raak, die res van die dag onrein. As iemand van die dooie dier se vleis eet of die karkas dra, moet hy sy klere was, maar self is hy die res van die dag onrein. Alle klein diertjies wat volop voorkom in die veld, is vir julle verbode: of hulle nou seil of op vier pote loop of baie pote het, julle mag nie een van hulle eet nie. want dit is verbode. Julle moet julle nie besoedel met een van dié diere dat julle onrein word nie. Ek is Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God). Wy julle aan my diens en wees heilig, want Ek is heilig. Julle mag julle nie verontreinig met enige van die kleiner diertjies wat volop voorkom in die veld nie. Ek is Yahweh (die Here) wat julle uit Egipte laat trek het sodat Ek julle Elohim (God) kan wees. Omdat Ek heilig is, moet julle ook heilig wees. Dit is dan die reëling wat betrekking het op diere en voëls en op alles wat in water lewe en wat op die grond beweeg. Julle moet noukeurig onderskei tussen rein en onrein, tussen diere wat geëet mag word en diere wat nie geëet mag word nie” (Lev. 11).

      Getroude gebruike en regulasies, vereiste kleredrag, hoe om die Sewe Jaarlikse Feeste waar te neem en te onderhou,

“Feeste tot eer van Yahweh (God). Yahweh (die Here) het vir Moses gesę: ‘Sę vir die Israeliete: Die feeste wat julle tot my eer moet vier, moet gewyde byeenkomste wees. Die volgende is my feeste: Ses dae moet julle werk, maar die sewende dag is ‘n rusdag, ‘n sabbat waarop julle ‘n gewyde byeenkoms moet hou. Dan mag julle geen werk doen nie. Julle moet die sabbat aan Yahweh (die Here) wy, waar julle ook al woon. Verder is daar ook die volgende feeste tot my eer, gewyde byeenkomste wat julle op vasgestelde tye moet vier: Op die veertiende van die eerste maand teen skemer moet julle Pesach (die paasfees) vier tot eer van Yahweh (die Here). Op die vyftiende van dieselfde maand begin Chag haMatazah (die fees van ongesuurde brood) tot eer van Yahweh (die Here). Sewe dae moet julle ongesuurde brood eet. Op die eerste dag moet julle ‘n gewyde byeenkoms hou: julle mag dan geen werk doen nie. Sewe dae lank moet julle offers aan Yahweh (die Here) bring. Die sewende dag moet julle weer ‘n gewyde byeenkoms hou, en niemand mag werk nie.’ Yahweh (die Here) het verder vir Moses gesę: ‘Sę vir die Israeliete: Wanneer julle in die land kom wat Ek aan julle gee, en julle samel die graanoes in, moet elkeen die eerste ryp are van sy oes na die priester toe neem. Yom haBikkurim. Hy moet die are as beweegoffer vir My, Yahweh (die Here), aanbied sodat julle vir My aanneemlik sal wees. Die priester moet dit die dag ná die sabbat doen. Wanneer julle die are as beweegoffer aanbied, moet julle ook ‘n jaaroud lam sonder liggaamsgebrek as brandoffer aan Yahweh (die Here) bring, sowel as ‘n graanoffer van drie kilogram meel aangemaak met olyfolie. Dit is ‘n offer wat deur My, Yahweh (die Here), aanvaar word. Daarby moet een liter wyn as drankoffer gebring word. Voor hierdie dag waarop julle die offer aan julle Elohim (God) bring, mag julle nog niks van die nuwe graan gebruik nie, nie gebak of gebraai of rou nie. Yom haBikkurim (Dit) moet ‘n vaste instelling vir julle hele nageslag wees, waar julle ook al woon. Van die dag ná die sabbat af, die dag waarop julle die are as beweegoffer vir Yahweh (die Here) aanbied, moet julle sewe volle weke tel. Shavu’ot Die dag ná die sewende sabbat, op die vyftigste dag, moet julle vir Yahweh (die Here) ‘n graanoffer bring uit die pas geoeste graan. Elke gesin moet twee brode vir ‘n beweegoffer na die heiligdom toe bring. Dit moet van drie kilogram meel met suurdeeg gebak wees en is ‘n gawe aan Yahweh (die Here) uit die eerste opbrengs van die oes. Behalwe al die brode moet daar ook sewe jaaroud lammers sonder liggaamsgebrek, ‘n jong bul en twee ramme gebring word. Hulle moet as brandoffers aan Yahweh (die Here) gebring word met die graanoffer en die drankoffers wat daarby behoort. Dit is ‘n offer wat deur My, Yahweh (die Here), aanvaar word. Julle moet ook ‘n bokram as sondeoffer bring en twee jaaroud lammers as maaltydoffer. Die priester moet die twee lammers saam met die brode uit die eerste opbrengs van die oes as beweegoffer vir Yahweh (die Here) aanbied. Dit is ‘n gewyde gawe aan Yahweh (die Here) en dit kom die priesters toe. Op hierdie dag moet julle ‘n gewyde byeenkoms hou. Niemand mag dan werk nie. Dit moet vir altyd ‘n vastye instelling wees, waar julle of julle nageslag ook al woon. Wanneer julle julle lande oes, moet julle nie die wenakkers afoes of die are wat bly lę, optel nie. Julle moet dit los vir die armes en die vreemdelinge. Ek is Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God). ‘Yahweh (die Here) het vir Moses gesę: ‘Sę vir die Israeliete: Die eerste dag van die sewende maand moet ‘n rusdag wees, ‘n gedenkdag wat met die blaas van ramshorings aangekondig word, ‘n gewyde byeenkoms. Yom Teruah. Niemand mag dan werk nie en julle moet offers aan Yahweh (die Here) bring.’ ‘Yahweh (die Here) het vir Moses gesę: ‘Op die tiende van die sewende maand is dit die versoendag. Yom haKippurim. Julle moet dan ‘n gewyde byeenkoms hou, en julle moet vas en aan Yahweh (die Here) offers bring. Niemand mag op dié dag werk nie, want dit is die versoendag waarop daar vir julle versoening gedoen word by Yahweh(die Here) julle Elohim (God). Enigiemand wat nie vas op hierdie dag nie, moet van sy volksgenote afgesny word. en Ek sal elkeen wat op hierdie dag werk, om die lewe bring. Julle mag geen werk doen nie. Hierdie dag, moet vir altyd ‘n vaste instelling wees, waar julle of julle nageslag ook al woon. Dit moet vir julle ‘n plegtige rusdag wees waarop julle vas. Julle moet rus van sononder af op die negende van die maand tot sononder op die tiende.’ Yahweh (die Here) het vir Moses gesę: ‘Sę vir die Israeliete: Van die vyftiende van die sewende maand af moet julle sewe dae lank die Sukkot (huttefees) vier tot eer van Yahweh (die Here). Op die eerste dag van die fees moet julle ‘n gewyde byeenkoms hou. Niemand mag dan werk nie. Sewe dae lank moet julle offers aan Yahweh (die Here) bring. Dit moet ‘n besondere feesdag wees. Niemand mag dan werk nie. Dit is die feestye wat deur Yahweh (die Here) bepaal is, die tye waarop julle gewyde byeenkomste moet hou om offers aan Yahweh (die Here) te bring: brandoffers en graanoffers, maaltydoffers en drankoffers soos vir elke feesdag voorgeskryf. 38 Daarnaas is daar nog die gewone sabbatte van Yahweh (die Here), die gewone geskenke aan die heiligdom en al die offers wat julle bring om geloftes na te kom of wat julle vrywillig aan Yahweh (die Here) gee. Julle moet dus op die vyftiende van die sewende maand wanneer julle die vrugteoes insamel, sewe dae lank die fees van Yahweh (die Here) vier. Die eerste en die agste dag moet rusdae wees. Op die eerste dag moet julle sitrusvrugte neem saam met palmblare en takke van digte bome en rivierwilgers, en dan moet julle sewe dae lank met vreugde feesvier by die heiligdom van Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God). Julle moet hierdie fees van Yahweh (die Here) elke jaar sewe dae lank vier. Dit moet ‘n vaste instelling wees vir julle nageslag. Julle moet dit in die sewende maand vier. Sewe dae lank moet julle in hutte woon, alle gebore Israeliete moet dan in hute woon. Die doel daarmee is dat julle nageslag moet weet dat Ek die Israeliete in hutte laat woon het toe Ek hulle uit Egipte laat trek het. Ek is Yahweh (die Here) julle Elohim (God).’ Moses het toe aan die Israeliete die bevele gegee oor die feestye wat deur Yahweh (die Here) bepaal is”(Levitikus 23);

      Hoe die Gemeente bestuur behoort te word – interpersoonlike verhoudings:

“Jy mag nie jou naaste uitbuit of hom beroof nie. Jy mag nie ‘n dagloner se loon terughou tot die volgende dag nie. Uit eerbied vir jou Elohim (God) mag jy nie ‘n dowe vloek nie of ‘n hindernis in die pad van ‘n blinde lę nie. Ek is Yahweh (die Here). Jy mag nie onregverdig wees in die regspraak nie: jy mag nie partydig wees dié wat geen aansien het nie of die vooraanstaande bevoordeel nie. Oordeel regverdig oor jou naaste. Jy mag nie loop en skinder nie, jy mag nie jou medemens se lewe in gevaar stel nie. Ek is Yahweh (die Here). Jy mag nie haatdraend wees teenoor jou volksgenoot nie, maak die geskil openlik met hom uit, moenie wat hy verkeerd gedoen het, teen hom bly hou nie. Jy mag nie wraak neem of ‘n grief koester teenoor jou volksgenoot nie, jy moet jou naaste liefhę soos jouself. Ek is Yahweh (die Here)” (Byvoorbeeld:- Lev.19:13-18);

      en vervolgens, Daar is verskeie honderde altesaam. Sommige van dié was gewysig deur Yah’shua (Jesus) deur dit op standaard te bring wat Yahweh (die Here) se werklike vereistes is. Die seremoniese wette en priesterskap daarby betrokke, is afgeskaf maat die etniese en morale wette is onveranderd.

14. Hoe is dit enigsins moontlik dat ek al die Gebooie kan ken en onderhou?

Deur noukeurige studie en aanwending oor ‘n tydperk:

“Die mense daar was ontvankliker as dié in Tessalonika. Hulle het met groot belangstelling na die woord geluister en elke dag die Davar (Skrif) ondersoek om te sien of dit is soos Paulus sę” (Hand.17:11).

      Nou weet ons waarom Vader Yahweh drie verskillende vlakke voorsien het om gelowiges se geestelike volwassenheid te meet:

      • a. Elementęr/Onervare. (Die Twee Groot Gebooie);
      • b. Intermedięre/ Tussenliggende (Die Dekaloog of Tien Gebooie) en
      • c. Gevorderde (Die ander {Mitzvot} Gebooie).

      Elk van die bogenoemde, is die fondasie van die volgende. Deurdat aldrie interkonnekteer is, sal hulle natuurlik in plek val deur ware

emunah

      (geloof).

15. Wat moet ek doen om in die Koninkryk van die Hemel in te gaan?

Na geloof in Yah’shua (Jesus) as die Messias (Christus), Hom aanvaar as Meester (Bevelvoerder) en Redder (Verlosser), ek behoort gedoop te word deur volle onderdompeling:

“Gaan dan na al die nasies en maak die mense my talmidim (dissipels): doop hulle in die Naam van die Vader en die Seun en die Ruach haQodesh (Heilige Gees), en…” (Mat.28:19);

      Sluit aan by ‘n lokale Kerk/Gemeente wat in die Bybel glo en die Gebooie onderhou. Leer en implementeer die vernaamste feite van die Evangelie. Groei dan verder na volmaaktheid.

“Laat ons dan nie stilstaan by die eerste dinge wat aangaande die Messias (Christus) verkondig word nie, maar verder gaan na die volle inhoud van die boodskap. Ons wil nie opnuut die fondament lę deur te praat oor die bekering uit ‘n leefwyse wat tot die dood lei nie, of oor geloof in Elohim (God), die leer van die doop en die handoplegging, die opstanding van die dooies en die ewige oordeel nie. Ons sal dus verder gaan as Elohim (God) dit toelaat” (Heb.6:1-3);

      Om perfek te word soos jou Vader Yahweh in die Hemel:

“Wees julle dan volmaak soos julle hemelse Vader volmaak is” (Mat.5:48);

      totdat julle die wedloop voltooi het wat jul lewe op aarde is:

“Die oog moet op Yah’shua (Jesus) gevestig wees. Terwyl ons dan so ‘n groot skare geloofsgetuies rondom ons het, laat ons elke las van ons afgooi, ook die sonde wat ons so maklik verstrik, en laat ons die wedloop wat vir ons voorlę, met volharding hardloop, die oog gevestig op Yah’shua (Jesus), die Begin en Voleinder van die geloof. Ter wille van die vreugde wat vir Hom in die vooruitsig was, het Hy die kruis verduur sonder om vir die skande daarvan terug te deins, en Hy sit nou aan die regterkant van die troon van Elohim (God)” (Heb.12:1-2);

Ek het die goeie wedloop afgelę; ek het die wenstreep bereik; ek het gelowig enduit volgehou. Nou wag die oorwinnaarskroon vir my, die lewe by Elohim (God). Op die dag dat Hy weer kom, sal Yahweh (die Here), die regverdige Regter, dit vir my geen, en nie net vir my nie, maar ook vir almal wat met verlange uitsien na sy koms” (2 Tim.4:7-8); en

“Weet julle nie dat atlete wat aan ‘n wedloop deelneem, wel almal hardloop, maar dat net een die prys ontvang nie? Hardloop dan só dat julle die prys kan wen. Almal wat aan ‘n wedstryd deelneem, ontsę hulleself allerlei dinge. Hulle doen dit om ‘n verganklike oorwinnaarskroon te verkry, maar ons ‘n onverganklike. Ek handloop dan ook soos een wat nie van sy doel onseker is nie; ek slaan soos ‘n bokser wat nie in die lug slaan nie” (1 Kor.9:24-26).

16. Hoe kan ek onderskei tussen ‘n ware en vals Kerk of Gemeente?

Eerstens:

      • i. Kyk na hul Vrug:“Aan hulle vrugte sal julle hulle ken. Kry ‘n mens dan druiwe aan doringstruike of vye aan dissels… So sal julle die vals nevi’im (profete) dan aan hulle vrugte ken” (Mat.7:16,20);
      • ii. Is hulle gevul met die vrug van geregtigheid?“en deur Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) sal julle geheel en al in die regte verhouding met Elohim (God) wees, tot sy lof en eer” (Fil.1:11): en

        “Die vrug van die Gees, daarteenoor, is liefde, vreugde, vrede, geduld, vriendelikheid, goedhartigheid, getrouheid, nederigheid en selfbeheersing. Teen sulke dinge het die wet niks nie” (Gal.5:22-23); en

      • iii. Is die gemeentelede rein, vredeliewend, sagmoedig, inskiklik, vol genade, sonder vooroordeel en sonder skynheiligheid/huigelary?“Maar die wysheid wat van Bo kom, is allereers sonder bybedoelings en verder is dit vredeliewend, inskiklik, bedagsaam,vol medelye en goeie vrugte, onpartydig, opreg. Hierdie wysheid bring jou in die regte verhouding met Elohim (God), en jy moet dit gebruik om vrede te maak” (Jakobus 3:17-18)

      Tweedens:

      • i. Onderrig en gehoorsaam hulle al die Mitzvot van Yahweh (die Gebooie van die Here)?“Hy het vir hom gesę: ‘Waarom vra jy my uit oor wat goed is? Daar is net Een wat goed is. Maar as jy die ewige lewe wil ingaan, onderhou die gebooie”(Mat.19:17);
      • ii. Is hul wysheid en begrip/insig volkome?“Sorg dat jy wysheid bekom en insig…” (Spreuke 4:5a);
      • iii. Is hulle berouvol?“Elohim (God) het die tye van onkunde oorgesien, maar nou roep Hy al die mense oral op om hulle te bekeer, want Hy het ‘n dag bepaal waarop Hy regverdig oor die węreld gaan oordeel deur ‘n Man wat Hy uitgekies het. As bewys daarvan vir almal het Hy Hom uit die dood laat opstaan” (Hand.17:30-31)
      • iv. Is hulle liefdevol teenoor mekaar?“Liefde vir mekaar. Dít is immers die boodskap wat julle van die begin af gehoor het: Ons moet mekaar liefhę” (1 Joh. 3:11)
      • v. Is hulle gelukkig?“Welgeluksalig is hy wat die Elohim (God) van Jakob het as sy hulp, wie se hoop is op die HERE sy Elohim (God)” (Psa.146:5, Afrikaanse OV);
      • vi. Is die Gemeente gebou op die fondasie van Apostels en nevi’im (Profete)?“Julle is ‘n gebou wat opgerig is op die fondament van die apostels en dienevi’im (profete), ‘n gebou waarvan Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) self die hoeksteen is” (Efes.2:20);
      • vii. Is die gemeentelede geseënd met geestelike gawes?“En in die kerk is daar mense aan wie Elohim (God) ‘n bepaalde taak gegee het. Ten eerste is daar apostels, ten tweede nevi’im (profete), ten derde leraars; verder is daar dié wat wonderdade kan doen, dan dié wat genadegawes ontvang het om mense gesond te maak, om hulp te verleen, om leiding te gee of om ongewone tale of klanke te gebruik” (1 Kor.12:28);
      • viii. Is die fondasie Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) of is dit ‘n institusie van ‘n charismatiese persoon?“Want niemand kan ‘n ander fondament lę as wat reeds gelę is nie. Die fondament is Yah’shua Messias (Jesus Christus)” (1 Kor.3:11);
      • ix. Woon die predikers en gemeentelede nederig en gewoonweg?“Maar die genade wat Hy gee, is nog groter. Daarom sę Hy: ‘Elohim (God) weerstaan hoogmoediges, maar aan nederiges gee Hy genade'” (Jak. 4:6);
      • x. Is daar gelykwaardigheid van rykdom?“Al die gelowiges was eengesind en het alles met mekaar gedeel” (Hand.2:44); en

        “Onderlinge mededeelsaamheid. Die groot getal wat gelowig geword het, was een van hart en siel. Niemand het sy goed net vir homself gehou nie, maar hulle het alles met mekaar gedeel” (Hand.4:32);

      • xi. Het die Gemeente se mans hulle vrouens so lief soos Christus die kerk/gemeente liefhet, en is die vrouens onderdanig aan hulle mans in geregtigheid in alles?“Wedersydse verhoudings. Vrouens, wees aan julle mans onderdanig soos dit pas by mense wat in Yahweh (die Here) glo. Mans, julle moet julle vrouens liefhę, moenie die lewe vir hulle bitter maak nie” (Kol.3:18-19); en

        “Vrouens, wees aan julle mans onderdanig, net soos julle aan Yahweh (die Here) onderdanig is. Die man is die hoof van die vrou, soos Christus die hoof van die kerk is. Christus is ook die Verlosser van die liggaam, sy kerk/gemeente. Soos die kerk/gemeente aan Christus onderdanig is, moet die vrouens in alles aan hulle mans onderdanig wees. Mans, julle moet julle vrouens liefhę soos Christus die kerk/gemeente liefgehad en sy lewe daarvoor afgelę het. Dit het Hy gedoen om die kerk/gemeente aan Elohim (God) te wy, nadat Hy dit met die water en die Davar (woord) gereinig het, sodat Hy die kerk in volle heerlikheid by Hom kan neem, sonder vlek of rimpel of iets dergeliks, heilig en onberispelik. Die mans behoort hulle vrouens so lief te hę soos hulle eie liggame. Wie sy vrou liefhet, het homself lief…” (Efes.5:22-28);

      • xii. Is die gemeentelede vry van na’aph (owerspel/egbreuk), voorhuwelikse geslagsgemeenskap, onwettige geslagsgemeenskap en ander sedeloosheid?“Die praktyke van die sondige natuur is algemeen bekend: onsedelikheid, onreinheid, losbandigheid, afgodsdiens, towery, vyandskap, haat, naywer, woede, rusies, verdeeldheid, skeuring, afguns, dronkenskap, uitspattigheid en al dergelike dinge. Ek waarsku julle soos ek julle al vroeër gewaarsku het: wie hom aan sulke dinge skuldig maak, sal nie die koninkryk van Elohim (God) as erfenis verkry nie” (Gal.5:19-21);
      • xiii. Lewe die gemeentelede volgens Vader Yahweh (die Here) se kashrut (gesondheidswette)?

      Deursoek en ondersoek die Bybel en jy sal met volle vertroue wéét wat word verwag van ‘n ware gemeente van Vader Yahweh (die Here) se mense.

Is jy op soek na sulke mense?

Die Nuwe VerbondsGenote van Yahweh (New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh), mag dalk net die “Gemeente van die EindtydOorblyfsel” wees waartoe jy geroep is. Kontak ons hoofkantoor of jou naaste verteenwoordiger, as jy geĎnteresseerd is.

‘n Simfonie van Geestelike Waarheid

“Toe sê Yah’shua (Jesus) vir die Judeane wat in Hom glo: ‘As julle aan my woorde getrou bly, is julle waarlik my talmidim (dissipels); en julle sal die waarheid ken, en die waarheid sal julle vry maak'” (Yochanan/Johannes 8:31-32 Die Bybel in Praktyk)
Die Messias som die twee groot bevrydende beginsels van die lewe in hierdie gedeelte op:
• 1. Vertroue in Yah’shua (Jesus) en
• 2. om diep gewortel in die Skrif te bly.
Hiermee, die doel van hierdie webtuiste. Ons onderrig aktiewe geloof (emunah) in die Messias Yah’shua (Christus Jesus) – wie die Weg, die Waarheid en die Lewe is (Joh.14:6 ); Streng nakoming soos voorgeskryf deur die leringe van die Bybel en ‘n leefwyse ter bevestiging daarvan (Joh.8:31); ‘Waarheid’ kan slegs waarlik geken en verstaan word, deur ‘Waarheid’ persoonlik te hê, Yah’shua die Messias (Jesus Christus) IN jou; ‘n Gehoorsame lewe aan Torah (die Wet) en Wanneer ons reg lewe en bemagtig word deur die opgestane Yah’shua (Jesus), is ons werklik vrygespreek.
Hierdie Messiaanse-Christen Webtuiste, is die samestelling van alle reddende verlossing waarhede: Skriftuurlik, Geestelik, filosofies, histories en wetenskaplik. Die waarheid wat ewigdurend en goddelik is, is as natuurlike geheel integreer om ‘n vreugdevol-verblydende en vrymakende lewenswyse te vorm.
Daar is egter koste aan verbonde. Alle goeie dinge ontstaan uit opoffering. Hoewel reddende verlossing ‘n vry gawe is van Vader Yahweh, is die inwendige reinigingsproses soms stadig en baie pynlik. Klipharde ongeloofsrotse van ongeloof en ongehoorsaamheid in die siel (liggaam, gees / psige en hart/gemoed), moet totaal afgebreek word tot ‘n fyn stof.
‘n Absolute gedetermineerde wilsbesluit van ons kant af word vereis: gewilligheid om onderdanig te wees aan Yahweh (die Here); ‘n aktiewe, volle vertroue in Yah’shua (Jesus), en ‘gehoorsaamheid aan Sy Torah (Wette) deur verbond en opoffering. Die oomblik as Yah’shua (Jesus) jou Verlosser word, is jy gemerk. Op die een hand is jy gemerk vir vrede, verblydende geluk en glorie; Jy is egter ook gemerk vir teenstand; Die Koninkryk van Vader Yahweh is die voorwerp van intense haat deur onsigbare geestelike entiteite genaamd demone en diesulkes wat hul liggame en verstand oorgegee het as draer vir hulle, en Om diesulkes te herken en te oorwin deur Christus, word ‘n lewenslange prioriteit:
” Die Christen se wapenrusting. Verder nog dit: Soek julle krag in Adon (die Here) en in sy groot mag. Trek die volle wapenrusting aan wat Elohim (God die Vader) julle gee, sodat julle op julle pos kan bly ondanks die listige aanslae van die duiwel. Ons stryd is nie teen vlees en bloed nie, maar teen elke mag en gesag, teen elke gees wat heers oor hierdie sondige wêreld, teen elke bose gees in die lug. Trek daarom die volle wapenrusting aan wat Elohim (God die Vader) julle gee, sodat julle weerstand kan bied in die dag van onheil en nadat julle die stryd tot die einde toe gevoer het, nog op julle pos kan bly staan. Bly dan op julle pos, toegerus met die waarheid as gordel om julle heupe, die vryspraak deur Elohim (God) as borsharnas, 15 en die bereidheid om die evangelie van vrede te verkondig as skoene aan die voete. Daarby moet julle altyd geloof as skild in die hand hê, want daarmee sal julle al die brandpyle van die Bose kan afweer. Sit verlossing as helm op en vat die swaard van die Ruach (Gees), dit is die woord van Elohim (God) Doen dit alles biddend en smeek Elohim (God) by elke geleentheid deur die Ruach (Gees). Wees waaksaam en bid gedurig vir al die gelowiges” (Efes.6:10-18, Die Bybel in Praktyk).
Hierdie Webtuiste lê klem op verlossingsbedienings op grond van die akute demonisering van die samelewing; veroorsaak deur herlewing van heidense praktyke en vals godsdienste.
Enige teologies en geestelike sisteem wat hierdie waarhede en beginsels ignoreer is verdoem van die begin af. Soms aksensueer ons dinge wat nie polulêr is vir die liberale gedagtegang nie, deurdat dit enorme obstruksies is vir geestelike bevryding. Ons stel voor dat U begin deur interessante onderwerpe aan die linkerkantste kantlyn te selekteer en dan na ‘n meer sistematiese studie te beweeg by die Onderwerp Gids. VIr diegene wat graag direk met ‘n soliede grondslag uit jou Bybel wil begin, kliek hier.
Mag Yahweh ons Hemelse Vader jou seën, deur sy Seun Yah’shua (Jesus), in jou soeke na die waarheid en ‘n lewe wat vir Hom aanneemlik is en heugelik-opbouend is vir jouself.
“Waarheid, word nie gekweek deur aanhoudende herhaling nie”
(John J. Robinson).
 
“Ek is defnitief die beste bedien in my geestelike lewe deur hierdie webtuiste. Dit is die mees volledige openbaring van die skrif wat ek nog in aanraking mee gekom het. Ek is baie dankbaar vir hierdie diens” (EC, USA, 24 October 2004)
 
Alle waarheid gaan deur drie stadiums:
Dit word eerstens belaglik of bespotlik gemaak;
Dan volg die wreedaardig bestry en
Uiteindelik word dit finaal vanselfsprekend aanvaar
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)
 
Copyright (c) 2017 NCAY

The Big Change: Two Visions of the Immediate Future

Introduction

Shabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon and may the grace of our Master, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), be with us all in this assembly and in the mission field in general. This is a time of rising lawlessness and danger everywhere and so we begin by petitioning Yahweh for protection over our families, the brethren, our friends and over the work in general.

The Body Under Major AttackMany of our brethren and friends are in great distress currently. Some have lost jobs, others have lost their health; some are under enormous financial pressure, others have experienced fractured families. There have been a number of sudden and unexpected deaths and accidents. Everywhere the hand of evil is at work. I spoke with a brother – a dedicated street evangelist – two days ago who was in despair because his prayer life had suddenly gone into sharp decline. Yes, we are under attack spiritually too. I have been experiencing it along with many of you. We are most definitely entering the evil day spoken of in Ephesians 6 and are required to have the full armour of Elohim (god) on 24/7. Things are changing as the Remnant emerges from its purging, as we shall see in a moment.

The Rising Spectre of Civil WarInterestingly enough, whilst I was talking to this brother, I experienced something that has been absent for a long time what with all the horrid news in the world and the relentless advance of wickedness everywhere. Even the Trump victory and the action he has been taking to reverse the dark Obama legacy of eight years seems to have been met with and violently countered by what can only be described as forces trying to foment civil war in the United States. He is surrounded by traitors in his own ranks seeking to destroy him.

1917 All Over AgainIndeed yesterday it occurred to me that what the United States was currently experiencing was not at all dissimilar to what happened in Russia exactly one hundred years ago. A corrupt and despotic Czarist régime had been considerably weakened by a gruelling war against Germany and Austria-Hungary, then into its third year, that had claimed the lives of millions in pointless butchery. I speak of the Great War or what eventually came to be called the First World War. Russia was seathing with revolution and what was essentially a very small group, the Bolsheviks, who had little popular support numerically or morally, succeeded in riding on the back of another revolution – the revolution for democracy – and cleverly managed to hijack it.

The Russian Bolshevik NightmareIn November 1917 Russia was plunged into an ever darker communist era than the czarist one that had gone before it, enslaving first Russia and then a third of the world before collapsing in the late 1980’s. What is happening in America, in a country rotten with corruption and immorality, whose Christian values have been being undermined now for decades, with all the communist-fomented rioting with Big Business and the globalist Banksters enrolling them just as they did the Bolsheviks a century before – what is happening in the USA is just too much like Imperial Russia to be a coincidence, as it teetered and fell into a terrible orgy of blood-letting and enslavement. America and Europe are slowly turning communist. The Kerensky régime, which might have succeeded in bringing Russia into the modern world of liberal democracy, was crushed, and instead was forced under the despotic rule of first, Lenin and then, Stalin.

Russia 1917 vs. America 2017Now obviously there are a lot of differences between the Russia of 1917 and the America of 2017. The moral rottenness in America is a lot worse, for one thing, but unlike the grinding serfdom that kept the lives of millions in misery in Imperial Russia, there was, at least until before the Obama régime, some sort of liberty. For those interested in what happened a century ago, I recommend Orlando Figes’ excellent book on the Russian Revolution [1]. You will see how the well-tried methods that were used on Russia and Europe in the 20th century are being re-used, by the descendants of the same Illuminati bloodlines, on America today. The script is frighteningly similar. However, we do not know the final result. All we can do is live day by day, in emunah (faith), listening keenly to the Ruach (Spirit) and obeying Yahweh.

Tolstoy and JudgmentI don’t know if you have read any of Russia’s great novelists but I highly recommend them. I’m sure you all know, or have heard of, Leo Tolstoy and perhaps some of you are familiar with his novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyitch (1886). I bring this book up now because it is all about judgment and we are passing through a time of global judgment right now. We can see it building up all around us.

Ivan IlyitchIn the story, Ivan is a member of the Russian upper classes. He goes to a school of law, and ends up as a government official in a large town. He marries, has a large family, and lives comfortably on an estate with servants. To the outward eye, he is a successful man.

A Question of HappinessAt the latter end of middle age he becomes ill and takes to his bed. One suspects he had cancer. His whole life is taken over by gnawing, unmitigated, agonising pain, never ceasing for an instance. He begins to reminisce. At first he consoles himself on his various achievements, but mental pain and anguish take over and there is no respite. He goes into a dreamy reverie and hears an inner voice, the voice of his soul, asking him a searching question: ‘When have you been happy?

Convention and ExpectationsHe thinks carefully and is horrified to discover that he has only been happy in childhood. The inner voice continues its relentless probe until Ivan questions himself with: ‘Maybe I did not live as I ought to have done.‘ The searing pain gets worse. In his dying moments he comes to realise that he has lived by convention and always fulfilled other peoples’ expectations of him. What he has not done since childhood is obey the deepest feelings and convictions of his own soul, and so never known real freedom [2].

Letting GoWe can react in two ways to Ivan Ilyitch – we can react in a lawless way and pursue our own thing, attempting to find happiness by following, as it were, our own ‘star’ – or we can follow the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and pursue the course that Yahweh has set for us. Either way we have to let go of others’ expectations of us, whoever they may be.

Carnal vs. Spiritual WaysThe carnal way will be a hit-and-miss affair, usually leading to a metaphorical ‘bloodied nose’ and ultimately to purposelessness, like the unspiritual lives of those we attempted to please; or we will choose the spiritual way, and whilst the chances are we will get a ‘bloodied nose’ that way too, we will at least have pursued the life intended by Yahweh, a life of purpose, satisfaction and eternal shalom (peace) which always brings about simcha (joy) no matter how bloodied-a-nose we end up with.

Purposefully Knocked Off Your HorseWe tend to exclusively think of judgment in terms of punishment for sin, forgetting that there is also a positive judgment that may knock us off a horse going in the wrong direction and lead us to another one patiently waiting for us that is going in the right direction.

Interfacting With the ChangeThis is, as I have said so often now, a time of huge change, and one that is imminent and pregnant with possibility for the true sons and daughters of Elohim (God). Some of you may already be interacting with that wave of change and are wondering where on earth it is taking you.

Riding the Horse of DestinyDon’t be afraid. The ‘horse of destiny’, which is Yahweh’s Plan for your life if you will yield to it, knows exactly where it is going. If the wave hasn’t hit you yet, that’s OK too – just don’t go into the unknown trying to figure out what’s going to happen because it may not at all come in the way you expect. Indeed, we may not even be aware that what Yahweh is calling us to is a major change in life-direction.

Long WaitsI said earlier that two nights ago I experienced something that has, for me, been absent for a long time. In the life of every believer there are times of waiting, and sometimes long waits. As I mentioned to you recently, John the Baptist had to wait in the wilderness for years in order to serve for about six months only. I have myself have been waiting for a long, long time for many different things, as long as half my life. Two nights ago I sensed something – not in vision, not in words but just an awareness, a stirring in my heart. Like the first gusts of wind before the storm, I sensed those gusts. And they felt good, like good tidings which kindle tiqveh (hope).

Three Large ProjectsTwo nights ago I retired to bed and resumed by reading of the Book of Ezekiel. In May of last year an encounter online made me realise that I needed to understand Ezekiel properly. But there were things about it that baffled me. I started writing a small book but got sidetracked by other things demanding my attention, two other huge projects that have taken a lot of time and which are still consuming a lot of time. So I have three big things running in parallel.

Correctly Sequencing the Book of EzekielI had finally cracked the time-stamps of the 13 scrolls that make up Ezekiel’s Book – in reality 13 separate books – which have been strung together out of order by some scribe. Two of the time-stamps were incomplete making ordering the scrolls impossible, with 9 possible combinations. But I cracked them and the scrolls fell in place. Others have done the same, as it turns out, and come to more or less the same conclusions as I have.

Deceived to Receive the False MessiahThe Book of Ezekiel is a vitally important prophetic timeline. In the order they are published in our modern Bibles, the scrolls give a totally distorted picture of events. Indeed, Evangelical Christianity and Messianism have by and large followed this false sequence and attributed the timeline to the appearing belonging to the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist) to the Second Coming of the true Messiah! And by this false exegesis – by means of this false eschatology – the bulk of believers are going to welcome the False Messiah believing him to be the True One. That is why this Study is so important. By Yahweh’s grace you will receive it in the very near future.

The False Sequence and the False ProphecyIn brief, the prophecies out of sequence, as found in our modern Book of Ezekiel, give the impression that a Third Temple with the Levitical Priesthood and animal sacrifices has to be built in the modern Jerusalem before the Messiah returns, and that our Messiah Yah’shua (Jesus) will return to that Temple and accept it as His seat of government.

The Temple That Will Never Be BuiltIn sequence, we understand that the magnificent Temple seen by Ezekiel in vision was a promise to the exiles of Judah and Israel if they would repent and return to Yahweh and His Torah. This was to have been the Magnificent Second (and Final) Mosaic Temple, to which the Messiah would one day return, not the tiny Temple of Zeubabbel that was built by, and for, the unrepentant House of Judah alone, which was later expanded by Herod and to which Yah’shua (Jesus) came in New Testament times. Thus the Temple Ezekiel saw in vision will never be built by Yahweh’s people and indeed animal sacrifices can never now be instituted because the New Covenant was put in place two thousand years ago, cancelling out the need for animal Sacrifices. It will most likely be built, however, by the Synagogue of Satan.

The True Third Temple Made in Heaven and the CounterfeitThe true Third Temple will not be built by human hands but will come down out of Heaven, along with the whole city called New Jersualem (Rev.3:12; 21:2), and crush the modern City of Hagar to dust, the worldly Jerusalem with its false temple soon-to-be patterned after the one Ezekiel saw. The current Temple project being implemented by the Orthodox Jews in the Republic of Israel is the false Third Temple (counterfeit of the Heavenly Temple of the New Jerusalem) and will be occupied by the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist) who will blasphemously declare himself to be Elohim (God) in it. You will learn that this is so in the coming booklet.

All Eyes on Messiah and the New JerusalemThe important thing is to get your eyes off the Jerusalem, the slave City of Hagar (Gal.4:25), and off any ‘temple’ in the Middle East – even if it looks like the one described vy Ezekiel – and off the false Rothschild Illuminati state known as the ‘Republic of Israel’, and renounce the false communistic doctrine of Zionism. Instead get your eyes on the (for now) invisible Messiah, Yah’shua (Jesus). until His physical return, and on the presently invisible Jerusalem which is for now in Heaven, even as it is written:

“I (Yah’shua/Jesus) am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My Elohim (God). Never again will He leave it. I will write on him the name of My Elohim (God) and the name of the city of my Elohim (God), the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from My Elohim (God); and I will also write on him My new name” (Rev.3:11-12, NIV).

I. Vision of the New RoadAs I said, two nights ago I was reading from Ezekiel from his first scroll (8:1ff.) in which he pronounced Yahweh’s mishpat or judgment upon Jerusalem and then I went to sleep. The following morning I awoke at around 7.30 a.m. and saw a vision of the ruler-straight dirt road that descends down and then climbs up to our house that crosses our land. Only instead of the dirt there was a new, fresh, straight, level, thick black layer of asphalt, precisely laid down from the boundary of our property to the entrance. It made my heart glad to see it for I knew what it meant as scriptures leapt into my mind:

“The path of the righteous is level;
O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
Yes, Yahweh, walking in the way of your torot (laws),
we wait for You;
Your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts” (Isa.26:7-8, NIV).

“In the desert prepare
the way for Yahweh;
make straight in the wilderness
a highway for our Elohim (God).
Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of Yahweh will be revealed,
and all mankind together will see it.
For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken”
(Isa.40:3-5, NIV).

II. Vision of the Tree and Two PillarsI went to sleep again and woke up an hour or so later with this vision still fresh in my mind. And as I was meditating on it, a second vision opened up. Now I was inside a house which was my home, only it was not my present house, but a much more modern one – brand new – with a lower ceiling. Before me was an enormous window, more than twice the width of two of our current groundfloor windows, though not as high. And through it I could see, in bright sunlight, a lawn of fresh spring grass, of that pale green that I love so much. In the distance were trees closely clumped together forming a boundary of some sort. To the left, and only just in view, were two enormous white pillars, one in front of the other (as viewed from the room), that stretched high and beyond the view afforded by the large window. To the right, with an empty space in the centre of the lawn, was a medium-sized tree. As I stared at it I could see it was both the shape of the lion-with-drawn-sword logo of this ministry as well as a regular tree. My eyes averted to the left and the two enormous white pillars suddenly transformed into two tall trees. The folliage of all three trees was the same spring-green colour of the grass.

Like the Pillars of Jachin and BoazThe vision quite astonished me. Had one walked into the centre of the lawn, with the ‘ministry tree’ on the right and the twin pillar-trees on the left, and then turned 90 degrees to the left, one would have been confronted by the two pillars as a temple-goer anciently would have been confronted by the bronze pillars of Jachin and Boaz flanking the door of the Sanctuary of Solomon’s Temple – the First Temple. Interestingly, the two pillars of Ezekiel’s Second Temple were to be made of wood, and not brass, the wood symbolising a living being.

The Courtyard ActivityOur ministry is to be in the Courtyard represented by the living tree after the Courtyard-trampling of the present judgment is over. Just as our own homes are supposed to be living temples in similitude of the actual Temple of the Living Elohim (God), which was the vantage point of the vision, so in the Courtyard is the Entrance, viâ the two pillars, to the Temple of the New Jerusalem. Elsewhere (not in the vision) are counterfeit temples and counterfeit entrances, which are collectively one false temple of the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist).

Understanding the Two PillarsWhat are these two pillars? What do they represent in the vision? ‘Jachin’ and ‘Boaz’ translate from the Hebrew as “Yah will establish” and “by His own strength”. Therefore Yahweh will establish this work by His own strength and not the strength of man. He is about to rebirth it, making it alive in a new way. Jachin and Boaz represent, respectively, Solomon and David, the progenitors of Messiah, and specifically two aspects of Messiah and of the Messianic calling. What are these? They are the labour, action and works of ‘Solomon’ and the concepts, preparation and davar (word, instruction) of ‘David’, the Last and the Current Generations, respectively. My task, and the task of my generation, is to provide those of you of the Final Generation with the ‘materials’ – the concepts, tavnith (pattern), revelation, preperation and Davar (Word) which you will use for the labour, action and works of the Final Witness and Final Gathering.

The Two GenerationsThese two pillars are to arise side by side, my generation and the last generation and though we shall depart by the by, our work will remain. This, then, is the meaning of the second vision. Coupled with the first, we understand that the way to this ministry is soon to open and become a highway for those who are called, the true seekers after the fullness of the Kingdom of our Father.

ConclusionFor this to happen, there has to be a metaphorical change of horses. We need fresh horses because the old ones are worn out. But we also need horses differently trained and constituted for the change in work that is to be required of us at any time. I suggest, though I can but speculate, that this will begin to happen this spring with the New Year and the end of the Yovel or Year of Jubilee. Whether young or old, there is work to be done. The road is being prepared. Let us receive all that Yahweh supplies, in His grace and strength, with gladness of heart is my prayer in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name. Amen.

Endnotes

[1] Orlando Figes, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 (Pimlico, London: 1996)
[2] William Sykes, Visions of Faith: An Anthology of Reflections (The Bible Reading Fellowship, Oxford: 1996), p.128


POSTSCRIPTA sister in Ireland shared her testimony of what Yahweh is showing her:

“Quite a few times recently I have had visions and dreams of a huge Tabernacle across the sky…like a large red sheet. In the visions I would be shown a house, and then the sky-Tabernacle like the Ruach (Spirit) was juxtapositioning the two…like an expeanding of territory/authority, a change of wphere…something like that.”

After hearing my two visions she remarked to me:“I see parallels with my visions too…the usage of the Temple imagery being integrated into creational imagery. Amazing! [There] is a change [going on], very definitely!”

Sarah Pomeroy (4 February 2017)

 

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The Division is Set: A Prophetic Word

PART ASeeking For Revelation in False PlacesWhy are you going to impure sources for revelation? Did you not know that it is better to go to a pure source where there is little and where things are simple than to an impure one where there is much and where lies find a way to hide in the the maze? Why are you not satisfied with what you have been given, and instead of letting Yahweh bring more to you when it is needed and when He ordains, go into the labyrinths under your own never-satiated lust for more and more?

Knowledge and IgnoranceWhere there is much knowledge, the Enemy appeals to pride in knowledge and brings about a fall in that way; where there ignorance, to a carelessness and indifference that mocks the knowledge that would safely guide in emunah (faith). It is written:

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Prov.17:27, ESV).

Being Silent and SpeakingLet the one who is constantly talking be silent and the one who has been silent begin to speak.

“For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple. I have perceived along the youths a young man lacking sense” (Prov.7:6-7, ESV).

The Fall of the Old and the YoungBut today the older men, who should possess the wisdom of years, instead lack sense, and age is no longer an index of wisdom. Today nearly all the young men lack sense because the older ones never obtained it. Do not be surprised, then, to find senselessness at every hand.


PART BA Terrible Darkness in EgyptI have been down to the land of Egypt and there is a terrible darkness there. No knife can cut that darkness, no light can pierce it, because a curtain is drawn over it and no malakh (angel) will allow any in or any out. The court has assembled and passed sentence; the Mishpatim Yahweh must be carried out.

America and the Drawn CurtainI have seen the people of Yahweh in America and they have turned to a false saviour, a deliverer as unstable as water, one who is bound. There too a curtain has been drawn and none may go into them or come out of them. The court has assembled and passed sentence; the Mishpatim Yahweh must be carried out.

The Two Appointed PlacesYahweh is assembling His people in the appointed places, on the one hand for judgment and on the other for deliverance, because He has divided them. He sends them from one city and place to another, from one building to the next; across seas and between lands, that all may be assembled to hear the Davar Elohim (Word of God) and to receive their justification or their condemnation.

“Some He blessed and exalted, and some He made qadosh (holy, set-apart) and brought near to Himself; but some He cursed and brought low, and turned them out of their place” (Sirach 33:12, NRSV).

Joining and SeparationSome He has joined together only to separate; others He has separated to join them together later – but all are lifted up in their imaginations, and wonder, some being fearful and others not. But Elohim (God) alone knows and the emunah (faith) of man alone will see him right.

“Elohim (God) has taken His place in the Divine Council: in the midst of the elohim (powers) He holds judgment” (Ps.82:1, NRSV).

The Struggle is OverWhy do you struggle when the time for struggling is over for this season? Why will you not wait when all you can do is wait? Therefore wait on Yahweh.

Wait and PrayNo man knows this hour, it is not in his grasp to understand; but he can, and should, wait, lifting up his heart to El Elyon, that he may be held safely under His sukkah(tent).

“I am Yahweh; …I will accomplish it quickly” (Is.60:22b, NRSV).

At the End of the JudgmentThe justified I shall lead out with thanksgiving and the separated amongst them shall be reunited; but the wicked shall be burned in their place:

“Cut of your hair and cast it away; raise a lamentation on the bare heights, for Yahweh has rejected anf forsaken the generation of His wrath” (Jer.7:29, ESV).

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Rosh Chodesh XI: The Island & Your Life Story

IntroductionChag sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisrae’el and Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon – grace and peace in Yah’shua our Messiah (Jesus Christ) and may He give me a portion of His Ruach (Spirit) this morning so that I may accurately convey His message to you on this first day of the eleventh month.

The Smallest Book of ReligionOne of the most remarkable things about the Bible is, in my view, that it is so small. Compared to the Hindu Upanishads, the Moslem Koran and Haddith and the Jewish Talmud we have a remarkably thin volume to base our emunah (faith) and way of life on. Perhaps of all the Bible books, Genesis is remarkable precisely because it covers such a vast period of time in such a short space. But not content with this carefully preserved record, people have gone in search of ‘amplifications’ like the Pharisee-invented pseudepgrapha like the Books of Enoch, the Book of Jasher and many others and in the process have introduced a lot of man-made thinking and false doctrine into the Body. And whilst, I admit, I find the history of early mankind fascinating, being as I am something of a history buff and have researched a lot of literature pertaining to the earliest times, I can see Yahweh’s wisdom in keeping his Salvation Record as simple and short as it is.

Judaism and TrivialitiesOrthodox Jews, and many Messianic Jews too who insist we follow their traditions, trumpet the Talmud as indispensable for Torah-living. They tell us that without their man-made rules, we wouldn’t know how to tie tzitzit (tassels) properly or how to observe any number of Yahweh’s mitzvot (commaments) with precision. Yet for centuries Yahwists did without all their rules and Yahweh chose to exclude all the details which the rabbis claimed were so important. Details like the angle, size and direction of the sukkah weren’t important to Yahweh and are not supplied by Torah because they aren’t important. Neither are we told that there’s a particular way to knot our tzitzit and there are different ways this is done depending what part of Judaism you come from. Yahweh isn’t interested in trivialities and doesn’t want us to be either because they tend to detract from what’s actually important.

Tzitzit and HeadcoveringYesterday we were reminded by Paul that what matters the most is the kind of life we lead and the doctrine we teach and practice. What matters at the end of the day is character, and character is forged principally by applied ethics. The way you knot your tzitzit isn’t going to make you a better or worse believer. Provided the men enter covenants of Torah-obedience and wear Tzitzit with the mandatory, distinctive blue thread, it doesn’t matter how you make them. And exactly what design of headcovering the women wear doesn’t matter either provided they actually ‘cover’ properly and, like godly believers’ clothing in general, don’t seek to draw unnecessary attention to themselves, displaying modesty. What matters even more than these is that we are true and faithful men and women of covenant obedience and ahavah(love) in our respective spheres.

Learning to PrioretiseYahweh wants us to prioretise the main issues and understand the divine tavnith (pattern) in His Davar (Word) to that we can understand the spiritual principles and processes in very general terms first and foremost. And if we’ve understood them right, and applied them right, they will work for us and for the messianic community as a whole. Focussing on details which don’t appear in the text of Scripture, like insisting that tzitzit may only be fastened to men’s belts or prayer-shawls, so often means misses the Author’s heart. Thus, for example, when Yahweh commands us to sit in a Sukkah during Sukkot, He doesn’t care what shape or size it is or how it’s decorated because such details are unimportant to Him.

Avoiding the Outward Puritanical SpiritI have had people lose their emunah (faith) because the Ark of the Covenant resembled similar religious boxes from pagan Egypt, or because Solomon’s temple had a resemblance to pagan Phoenician temples. But they’re missing the point entirely. What’s important is not the art, architecture or craftsmanship of any particular age (which is always changing), but that Yahweh sat on the Mercy Seat of the Ark and inhabited the First Temple and in a way never seen in any pagan temple before or since. A lot of messianics get their knickers in a twist because Western Christian churches often have spires which remind them of pagan phallic symbols. The history of symbols is a complicated affair and it’s possible to get so puritanical as to miss the spiritual core. Some people think I’m too much of a purist and I have upset more than a few messianics for using the Crux Immissa symbol and refuse to use a lot of messianic terminology which in my mind confuses the English language and handicaps witnessing. We have to be both sensible and show grace. Yahweh is far more interested in the state of our soul than He is in the decoration in our places of assembly. Nevertheless, we should keep it simple, following the tavnith (pattern) shown in Scripture.

Our 30th AnniversaryThis year is the 30th Anniversary of our ministry and I had toyed with the idea of telling our story today but felt this would be better done at another time. We have changed enormously in 30 years but in several respects we have remained unchanged – we have maintained simplicity, both before and after becoming Torah-compliant. Some of the most strict so-called Torah-compliant messianics I have met have often be the most stingy and spiritually arid. By the same token, many enamoured by the deyails and glitter of this tradition or that tend to get distracted by, and lost in, all the detail.

Looking Into the Heart of the MatterThe Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and older denominations of Protestantism are very taken by ritual, some of it pagan and even idolatrous. Yet in my 30 or so years of service to the Kingdom I have noticed how time and time again Yahweh seems to ‘look past’ all of this mumbojumbo and to the heart of the soul. True seekers are indeed to be both found and recognised in the most diverse of places.

The IslandLast night I was watching the captivating and very moving Russian biographical movie called Ostrov (Остров), which translates as The Island. It tells the fictional story of a 20th century Eastern Orthodox monk. During the Second World War, Anatoly was a coal stoker of the boilers on a Russian freighter. When the Germans captured and boarded the boat they confronted Anatoly with a choice: ‘shoot your captain, Tikhon, and have a chance to live or die now’. Anatoly reluctantly shoots Captain Tikhon, his captain’s body falls overboard, the Germans leave and he thinks he’s safe but the Germans had set charges on the boat. He later finds himself washed ashore near a Russian Orthodox monastery where the monks find him and nurse him back to health.

Life in a Russian Orthodox MonastryThe movie then moves forward three decades to find brother Anatholy continuing to live at the monastery, leading a life more ascetic than that found at the most severe Carthusian Charterhouses. He lives in the monastery’s boiler room, wheeling coal to and fro throughout the day and sleeping on heaps of the mineral by night. Throughout the day he walks the island reciting the orthodox ‘Jesus Prayer’ (“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner”) and asking for Tikhon to prayer for his soul. At other times he would row himself out to a small island and do the same. Every morning Anatoly wakes from his coal pile bed, he then moves to a side room, and, before an icon of Christ, enters into praise and prayers for the man he murdered Tikhon 30 years before.

A Fool for GodVery quickly, we get the impression that Anatoly is a fool, a ‘fool for God,’ much in the same vein or Francis of Assisi, Philip Neri, and many other believers born before or contemporaneous with the Reformation, men who were helplessly in love with Yahweh. Anatoly’s reputation for holiness abounds in mainland Russia and everyday many come to seek his counsel, although Anatoly often deflects attention from himself by pretending that ‘Father Anatoly’ is unavailable and that he, a menial coal stoker, might provide a word or two.

A Pregnant WomanOur first sighting of Anatoly after the War comes in 1975, when a pregnant Russian girl comes to ask Anatoly what she should do about her delicate condition. She prepares for her visit by bringing a wad of cash in hopes that the monk will give an apodictic blessing for an abortion. Father Anatoly was ‘unavailable’ to talk with her, but the stoker, who has stuffed a pillow under his shirt to give a pregnant appearance, scolds her and accuses her of attempting to bribe a monk into condoning murder. She rebukes Anatoly by asking what he would know about her state. He replies that he knows what it is like to kill another person and tells her to ‘get off [his] island’ and go and have her child, having finally persuaded her that this is the most loving and righteous thing to do even if she may never find someone to marry her.

The Mischievous MonkLike many other ‘fools for Christ’ Anatoly is something of a blissfully ignorant rebel. During the ‘Divine Liturgy’ and the ‘Divine Office’ of the Russian Orthodox Church he often prays facing some direction other than the altar, on one occasion towards the house of the prior of the monastery, which Anatoly has secretly set aflame in hopes of teaching the worldly prior spiritual detachment.

Cleaning the PriorAnatoly sees the spiritual reality of things where others might only hope for glimpses. The prior, without a house now, moves into the boiler room with Anatoly, boasting that he might live as a hermit! … although clinging to his a luxurious blanket and leather boots lined with wool given to him from the Patriarch. Anatoly ‘exorcises’ the prior’s demons by burning his boots and coat in the furnace, and filling the room with so much smoke that they both come within a breath of death. The prior later thanks him, realising that he has not led a penitential life focused on Yahweh, but one of earthly attachments. It is very moving.

Back From the DeadThe climax of the film comes when a prominent Russian admiral comes to the island monastery with his sick daughter. Anatoly learns that the admiral is Admiral Tikhon Petrovich, his old captain, the one he thought he had murdered. Anatoly, withholding his own identity, tells the admiral that the angels are rejoicing in the admiral’s visit. Anatoly tells the admiral his daughter is not sick, but demonically possessed by a devil familiar to him. He takes the admiral’s daughter to an island where he implores Yahweh to exorcise the girl, which He eventually does. Upon returning to the island Anatoly reveals to Tikhon his identity and implores forgiveness, which Tikhon concedes he granted many years ago, presuming Anatoly dead. The film goes on and Anatoly eventually dies.

The Importance of StoriesWhat I love about movies such as this is that they tell a spiritul story not at all unlike those we read in Scripture. The external practices of the Russian Orthodox Church, along with its Mariolotry, aren’t at all in focus. When we see and what we experience first and foremost is the life of a man seeking teshuvah or repentance. Coupled with this is a genuine love of Yahweh, humility and real humanity. His whole life is absorbed in his love for, and service to, Yahweh, and whilst we almost certainly are unlikely to be called to live out our days in a monastery on a small island in the freezing Arctic Sea hauling coal about we can in principle work out our salvation, and serve Yahweh and His Kingdom, anywhere where there are people to love and serve, even if it’s just a handful of souls. We’re here first and foremost to work out our own salvation and right-relationship withy Elohim (God) and in consequence of, or in parallel with – or both – help others work out theirs.

Learning From the Orthodox ChurchThe important thing is the story. This movie was a work of fiction but a very good one nonetheless, made all the more intertesting by the fact that it was true to the tradition and spirit of the Russian Orthodox Church which I have had occasion to study in the past, as well as its sister churches in Bulgaria (which I visited in Sofia, Rila and Plovdiv), Greece, Romania and elsewhere in the Balkans. There is a lot about their spirituality that I like even if I obviously disagree with a great deal too. Like it or not, Yahweh caused souls to be born into, and live their lives in, this tradition, where they learned, in many cases, the essentials of the Besorah (Gospel).

Living StoriesBut my point is that the important thing is the story of which our life is an example. We are living stories. What do our stories tell? And will we leave this world leaving a story that will edify and encourage others in their emunah (faith)? As in that great compilation of stories, the Bible, there are accounts of men and women, warts and all – their successes and failures, their overcomings and their being overcome. Where there is chayim (life), there is a story. That’s why we love stories. That’s why children love them. Deep down we want our stories to matter to someone and for Elohim (God) to be pleased with ours.

The Purposeful Challenges of LifeThe Island definitely sparked something off in me and led me to my message today. I don’t want anyone here to get the diea that I am saying that doctrine and detail don’t matter, especially when we know the emet (truth), because they absolutely do – but what I do want to get across is the understanding that some things are more important than others – just as their are lesser and greater sins, with different Torah punishments ordained by Yahweh to make the point, so there are priorities in our lives too. Though fictional, Father Anatoly, given his situation, definitely made the right choices on the whole, even if at times he was exceedingly naughty. And yet the point was made that Anatoly’s ‘naughtiness’ was purposefully weaved into the lives of the others the monk shared the island with to sufficiently agitate them to bring them to awareness of their own defects and to repentance. Sometimes Yahweh deliberately puts us together with people who grate our nerves but whose purpose is to teach us to overcome and love no matter what. Many are the challenges in this life and all, however gruesome some of them are, do serve a purpose.

John the Baptist and Our Unique MissionsI have tried the ‘monastic’ life on occasion, or thought I had, and failed dismally usually within a day or two of starting. John the Baptist was certainly called to it and lived an austere life for years for the sole purposes of preparing the way of the Messiah over little more than a six month period! He spent years denying the flesh in order to spend just half a year opening the way of Yah’shua (Jesus) before being imprisoned and executed. Jeremiah, whom we spoke of yesterday, though possibly not executed, was thrust into his work right from an early age. Everyone’s mission is different. Our challenges are tailor-made and the lessons we learn, though shared by all overcomers, are very much flavoured with our own personal type of essence. And we don’t stop learning until we’re taken home. The work is never fully done until that time.

Spiritual LessonsEvery man and woman’s life is unique and extraordinary, becoming glorious as we live for Yah’shua (Jesus) as the fictional character Father Anatoly did in The Island. Though life may appear complex, the spiritual lessons gleaned from it are always simple enough.

The Story of William SykesWilliam Sykes, my Anglican chaplain at University College, Oxford, when I was a Biochemistry student in the 1970’s, reached a crossroads in his life when he was 24. He had to make a choice of career as his time at Oxford, as a student himself, drew to a close. He had taken a degree in law. He thought long and hard about going into the family firm of lawyers. The material rewards were promising. The firm was well-established and relatively secure, and in those days being a ‘solicitor’, as we call them in England, was still regarded as ‘respectable’ and carried a certain amount of status in the community. He would be in a position to get married and have a family, and so on. Everything looked promising.

Considering a FutureAs he was musing over all of this (he recalls in one of his books) he discerned a certain selfishness of outlook. He was thinking primarily of himself and his own comfort and security. The cost of this would be considerable – 40 years working in an office, 5½ days a week for 50 weeks a year. This did not seem to him a sufficient justification for life.

Making a CommitmentIt was around this time that Bill made a spiritual commitment – to live the Christian life at all costs! He had just come to see the spiritual dimension as the most important thing in life. Before that the inner voice of conscience had challenged his integrity: ‘Come on, Bill, if living this Christian spiritual life is so important to you, shouldn’t you be actively engaged in spreading it?’

The Two Bills: Sykes vs. ClintonThus challenged, he put money, comfort and status aside and made a bid for life itself, and that’s how he eventually landed up as Chaptain and Fellow of my college in Oxford. Another man also went to my college in Oxford but we all know what he chose. He was another ‘William’ whom we know as Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, and an absolute villain and philanderer, like his crooked wife who tried to beat Donald Trump to the White House a few weeks ago. What a contrast in personalities, what radically different stories, one told out in disgrace in the corridors of power and another in honour in the corridors of an academic institution helping out young men and women in need. The irony is I never met William Sykes when I was in College and it was only two or three years ago that I bought his five books which have since become an invaluanble resourse in my own ministry.

ConclusionBill Sykes died two years ago and has gone home to be with his Maker, his work completed, like the ficticious character Anatoly in the movie I have shared with you. The younger amongst you have fresh stories to live and choices to make, and the older ones are still living and telling theirs and still making choices. And I suggest the direction of all our stories is soon to radically change, bringing both new challenges and new opportunities to make our lives count for the King and His Kingdom. I hope that you will look around you with fresh eyes and see how Yahweh is working – keep your life simple and true, and stay faithful to the doctrine of the apostles. May you all, with renewed determination, thrive and prosper in Yah’shua our Messiah (Jesus Christ), is my prayer in His Name. Amen.

Acknowledgements

[1] Archecotech, Russian Movie – The Island – Ostrov
[2] William Sykes, Visions of Grace: An Anthology of Reflections (The Bible Reading Fellowship, Oxford: 1997)

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