Stand strongin Messiah and be clad with the Armor of Elohim!
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Please Read this FIRST: On this site we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving
Heavenly Father as it was written in the Word, and
thus you will note that we will use the Four Letter “Memorial
Name” of - YHVH,
which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also
use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather
than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we
also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for
this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas
- Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His
family, the Apostles and His followers over the centuries! However, it was
changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new “pagan church of
Beloved, here are three powerful levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God), blessed be His Sanctified Name!
When we read and study the blessed Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of Elohim’s most blessed Word.
1. Who was YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?
2. When was it said?
3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?
I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty was saying at the time - 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!
“Put on the whole Armor of Elohim that you may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan”
It is obvious that we are living in what seems to be an ever-darkening world, which is becoming more and more violent with crime, and therefore, we who are in faith in Messiah Yahushua must stand strong and be clad with the “Armor of Elohim in order that you may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan.”
This paragraph was added towards the end of writing this study, for I simply had no idea at the start where it was leading me and as you will discover it is a most comprehensive and inclusive study. I am aware that there will be parts that may touch some nerves at first, but I do always ask for anyone who reads anything to pray unto the Father in our beloved Saviours Name and ask for guidance and above all for discernment. If you have a Strongs concordance that of course can be helpful at various stages, for there may be some Hebrew or Greek words that may be worth looking up. I do pray that you will gain much from this study, for it has been written from the Word and with much Love and great care and truth in the blessed Name of Messiah Yahushua!
Ministry founder, Elder & Teacher: Reuben ben Gershom.
This beloved is an important subject, and before we take a deep insight into “the Armor of Elohim,” but let us first look at a sad world that surrounds us, proving that we have much to do as time heads towards our Saviours Return!
The Scriptures sadly reveals that there have been countless battles and they can be found from Genesis right through to the book of Revelation when the final and the world greatest end time battle will occur! The Word’s pages reveal there are both physical as well as spiritual wars that have been and continue to rage. The very first physical war may have been a what to some may have seem to have been a relatively small one, but it had major consequences as it was humanities very first ever murder, which was due to hatred of a brother. We all know that when Cain killed his brother Abel due to sheer jealousy, and tragically things in mankind has gone downhill ever since that day, and it has continued right down to the present day. Of course beloved, this should not surprise us, for later Yahushua clearly predicted that our times would be worse than any other, for we are living just prior to His Return!
“And Yahushua answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Mattityahu - Matthew 24:4-8.
However, the primary focus of Scripture is the ongoing conflict between Yahushua the Messiah and that evil one known in Hebrew as הַשָּׂטָן - “HaSatan” (which translates as the “the adversary” or “the opponent”) but we know him as Satan and he is also called the Devil, but only in the New Covenant. Revelation speaks that what began as a cosmic war in heaven will soon end in at Armageddon and at this showdown between the forces of good and the powers of evil, truth and light are under constant attack from deception and darkness.
In this study I will speak about many counterfeits and alterations made to the blessed Scriptures, by those who had ulterior motives, mostly the early church of Rome!
In Rome, Latin became the new version of the “Bible” and believe it or not but no one else but the hierarchy was permitted to read it, any one caught reading the “Bible”, be it in Latin or in Hebrew or in Greek, even a good translation, the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops or Priests could freely murder these hungry souls! What kind of tragic church would do that? Thus beloved, does this sound like a genuine religion of love? Certainly Not! It was very early in the translation process that the Latin word “Lucifer” was sneaked into the Hebrew Old Covenant, and we need to understand that the word “Lucifer” originates directly from the “Latin Vulgate.”
Yes, I did say “Lucifer” is a Latin word and not Hebrew, thus it should never have found its way into the blessed Scriptures, yet christians have been fooled for centuries!
But strangely enough “Lucifer” remained in many translations, yet no one has ever been told that it was a - Latin word that did not belong in the Hebrew Scriptures! And I do mean, even in the days of that so-called perfect “King James Version” of the “Bible,” which actually has well over 100,000 major errors in it, thus there is a New King James Version, which has fixed some of the worst ones!
To this day, “Lucifer” is still found in a good number of translations such as the; King James Version, and yes, still in the New King James Version, Darby Bible, The Living Bible, if you have a copy of one of these versions, please dump them as simple as that!
I suggest that you obtain a copy of “The Scriptures” a version of the Word that uses the actual Names of the Father and the Yahushua the Messiah in a Hebrew font just as it was originally written in both the Old and the New Covenants; YaHVaH is found as יְהוָה and Yahushua as , blessed be their Sanctified Names!
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 14:12.
It is said that this proves that Satan is “Lucifer,” for christians will believe anything they are fed, for they will simply forget reading the beginning of the chapter, which speaks that all this is a “proverb” that the prophet Yeshayahu - Isaiah was to take to the evil king of Babylon!
“You will take this proverb against the king of
However Satan the evil one has been working hard to destroy Elohim’s creation in any possible way he can and he will attempt to trick you, and have you accept his wicked lies as a reality and fall victim to his evil plan, that could lead to your ultimate destruction; that is, if you allow him into your life with his lies? The truth is the actual Hebrew word is הֵילֵל - “Heylel,” which means “Morning Star.” For interest, our beloved Saviour in the New Covenant is also called “the Morning Star,” which in the Lain Vulgate happened to be written as “Lucifer.” Now work that out our Saviour is also called Lucifer according the Roman Catholic Church, but they will never reveal their Vulgate to us these days, for it is the book that changed the course of all christianity! In the verse below we see that our beloved Saviour is speaking;
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16.
It is said that man has fought over 14,500 wars from around 3,600 B.C.E. to this day, and we certainly know that this number keeps on rising rapidly. According to what we know from history, during this period of time, there have been 5,324 years of war, and just 292 years of what we can all a time of true peace (based on 2016).
And beloved, like it or not each and every one of us in faith is involved in Kingdom work, for the battleground for this intense spiritual struggle is not some piece of earthly real estate; no, it is the human heart. Both Yahushua and Satan are supremely interested in winning possession of minds and hearts of mankind and it is for this reason, that the faithful in Messiah are called to be more than peaceful spectators or mediators in this cataclysmic conflict. We must be committed front-line commandos! The Apostle Shaul - Paul who was shown in the Word as being a tent maker, which meant that he was in fact a cloak maker, for they were used with the use of a man’s staff as a shelter when travelling, thus it was an over-garment. But he beautifully wrote;
“Finally, be strong in YHVH (the LORD) and in His mighty power. Put on the whole Armor of Elohim so that you can take your stand against the Satan’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the full Armor of Elohim, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the Belt of Truth buckled around your waist, with the Breastplate of Righteousness in place, and with your Feet fitted with the Readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace. In addition to all this, take up the Shield of Faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of Prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:10-18.
Elohim has designed that all the literal battles recorded in the Scriptures from Gideon’s conflict with the Midianites to David’s defeat of Goliath can serve to teach us how we might experience victory in spiritual combat. Naturally, it should make sense that because these battles are of a spiritual nature, the weapons we employ must also be spiritual. This is why Paul reminds us;
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in Elohim for pulling down strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4.
Shaul-Paul also makes it clear that the believer’s commitment to his cause should be as real and complete as for any earthly soldier.
“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Messiah Yahushua. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 2:3-4.
As many of our readers will know there is another study online in relation to the Armor of Elohim, a link to that study is located at the bottom of the page. Thus, the first time I undertook that study, based more on the “Helmet of Salvation” and the “Armor of Elohim,” I searched the blessed Word of Elohim for references to armor, helmet and shield, etc, thus looking for verses that would enhance the importance of the armor mentioned by the Apostle in Ephesians. But, it rapidly became obvious that the armor mentioned by Shaul, was very different to that used in battle of a genuine war, such the armor of armies fighting battles in ancient times as well as the days of the old British war lord days and Spanish Inquisition, and their invading South America, etc..
But I am sure we will all realise that the Armor of man is completely useless against the enemy who is far more powerful than any man and therefore our Heavenly Father will provide the faithful in Messiah Yahushua the Spiritual Armor of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, which we require.
Therefore beloved, it is for this reason we must prepare ourselves to be strong, filled with faith, and be ready in to put on the Armor of Elohim! In fact, at the very moment that Shaul - Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians stating;
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in YHVH and in the power of His might. Put on the whole Armor of Elohim that you may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan.” Ephesians 6:10-11.
He might well have been chained to a soldier
sporting the Armor of the
“For He (speaking of Elohim) put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 59:17.
In this verse, if we would read more of this chapter, Yeshayahu – Isaiah was speaking about redemption can only come from Elohim in verses 16 and 17. However, it also states; “According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay fury to His adversaries.” Verse 18.
Now we have clearly established that we the faithful in Messiah Yahushua are to wear the Armor of Elohim and not that of man, we must be careful not to miss the admonition to wear all of the articles Elohim provides. Ephesians 6:11 cautions us to, “Put on the whole Armor of Elohim,” and Ephesians 6:13 declares, “Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of Elohim.” This is where many believers tend to fail! They take some of the Armor, but forget one or more parts of the suit and pay an eternal price for their neglect. Under the inspiration of the Ruach HaKodesh - the Holy Spirit, the apostle Shaul attaches a spiritual association to seven implements of earthly Armor. Therefore let us consider each of these articles of defence one by one to see what we can learn from them.
You may ask yourself, why start with the humble “Belt?” Be assured, there is so much more to a belt that anyone can possibly imagines, for it is in Scriptural terms one of the most important items of clothing on a man, no matter how humble it may be! We will all remember the prophet Eliyahu - Elijah and his clothing was very rugged and he was “girt with a girdle of leather” (2 Melachim - 2 Kings 1:8).
A belt or a girdle of leather in Scriptural times was what only the poorest of people would wear. The girdle was usually made of fine linen or cotton, and was often beautifully embroidered and costly. However, prophets wore humble clothing that was a sign of contempt for earthly display, and of sorrow for the sins of the people of Elohim and their consequences. The Belt also stood for something else as it represented - TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Let us read what the prophet Yeshayahu Isaiah said about the He who is the Rod that would come out of the stem of Jesse.
“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Yishay - Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of YHVH shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of YHVH … Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 11:1-2 & 5.
In Scriptural times, it was the girdle the belt about the waist that held together the soldier’s garments, for it might otherwise hamper his movements while marching or whilst engaging in combat. The spiritual significance is that Elohim does not simply want us to point at the truth; He wants us to wear and live the truth and have it wrapped about us. Not only does the belt hold everything in place, but it also serves to carry the sheath that holds the sword of the Spirit for ready access. Some people have the sword of Elohim’s Word, but without the belt of truth they may well come to reckless conclusions.
However we need to establish what is the truth of the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, and that which was taught by Yahushua our blessed Saviour and Messiah?
Sadly, at the times of the Apostles, a great
heresy came into being through an evil Samaritan who was a well-known sorcerer,
and he was hailed by the people of
“Justin Martyr wrote [152 A.D.] his Apology, the sect of the Simonian’s appears to have been formidable, for he speaks four times of their founder, Simon; and we need not doubt that he identified him with the Simon of the Acts. He states that he was a Samaritan, adding that his birthplace was a village called Gitta; he describes him as a formidable magician … a statue being erected to him on the Tiber, between the two bridges, bearing the inscription ‘Simoni deo Sancto’ (i.e., the ‘holy god Simon’).” (Dictionary of Christian Biography, Vol. 4, p. 682).
The tragedy is that Shime’on ben Yochanan, known as Peter knew this Simon for what he really was, an evil and a wicked man, but from his closing remarks, it seemed that he also saw his future, for very soon he would commence the greatest heresy in all history! To understand what I am speaking about, you really need to read “
“It has always been my ambition to preach the Gospel where Messiah was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written: ‘Those who were not told about Him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.’” Romans 15:20-21.
Thus, as we can see, Shaul was the very first Apostle to ever preach the true Word of Messiah Yahushua in Rome, although that pagan so-called christian church had already commenced, but it had nothing to do with the true faith in YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name and Yahushua the Messiah and our Saviour, even though Simon Magnus had taken certain parts of our Messianic story and incorporated it with pagan religions and added popular statues and images to suit the masses, for that is what they had worshipped in the past. And it is his legacy we are fighting for Satan has created a counterfeit church and a counterfeit religion, which is based of some truth, but with a great deal of paganism mixed in!
Returning to the Belt:
However, we the faithful in Messiah must always stand girded with the Belt of truth and that is to uphold that which has been given to us and confirmed by our beloved Saviour during the “Sermon on the Mount,” where Yahushua even strengthened some of the “Ten Commandments.” And that included for the faithful in Him to uphold the Fourth Commandment - “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Sanctified” (Shemos - Exodus 20:8).
We know from the New Covenant that our beloved Saviour clearly upheld the Sabbath as well as the “Feasts of YaHVaH” as is it was written, and it is also written that the Apostle Shaul - Paul and all the Apostles continued to keep and share the Gospel in Synagogues and Ekklesia’s on the Sabbath on countless occasions just as the Scriptures confirm!
We know from history that the faithful in Messiah Yahushua during the apostolic era, from about 32 to 100 A.D., faithfully upheld the Sabbath, which commenced on what we now know as according to the Gregorian (Roman) Calendar, Friday evening from around 5 to 6 pm to a similar time on Saturday evening, as this is the original Scriptural day and the designated Seventh Day of the week … “And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day.” (Bereshis - Genesis 1:5).
the first 300 years of *Messianic
history, during a time when the Roman Emperors regarded themselves as gods, the
Messianic followers who believed in Yahushua suddenly were legislated to be an
“illegal religion,” and the faithful were scattered abroad (Acts
8:1). The faith of
*Being the Messianic
faithful community were far removed from the so-called “christian”
churches, which were all based on the origins of the pagan based
“Simonian” church that later became the church of Rome, of which he
was its very first Bishop of Rome and the Papacy was established much later! His
image remains in the
when the Hebrews (Jews) rebelled against
During the Empire-wide persecutions of many true believers under Nero, Maximin, Diocletian, and Galerius, yet today christians do not understand that it was not the church that was being hunted, for they had long entered into the pagan Roman church, but, it was the Seventh day Sabbath-keeping faithful in the Messiah our blessed Saviour who were hunted down, tortured and used for sport. They would be taken and often used for entertainment in the Coliseum, with far too many experiencing a most vile and hideous deaths including as is well recorded by lions! Thus, I repeat, this were not the “christians church,” but the Messianic faithful, be they from Gentile or Hebrew backgrounds, all “One in the Body.” These were the ones Messiah Yahushua would call the “Little Flock.”
“Do not fear, Little Flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves moneybags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Lukas - Luke 12:32-34.
But when Emperor Constantine I, who himself worshipped the sun god Mithra came to power in 313 A.D., it was he that formally legalized a new form of “christianity,” which was based on a mix of Simonian christo-pagan church, combined even further images and statues. He also, legally enforced the first SUNday-keeping law, being His infamous SUNday enforcement known as the “Blue Law” on March 7, 321 A.D., which reads as follows:
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3).
The Roman Papacy officially confirmed the SUNday law at the Council of Laodicea, which was of course ruled over by Emperor Constantine in 364 A.D., and it decreed,
“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing (meaning to keeping the Sabbath), they shall be shut out from Christ.” (Strand, op. cit., citing Charles J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, 2 (Edinburgh, 1876) 316)
Roman Catholic Cardinal Gibbons and countless other Catholic authorities freely admit;
“You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we [the Catholic Church] never sanctify.” (Faith of Our Fathers, 92nd ed., p. 89).
I have been asked the following question
by a good number of people, in various ways, but the next one came from man,
who I will call on this occasion “John.”
I have been asked the following question by a good number of people, in various ways, but the next one came from man, who I will call on this occasion “John.”
“Brother, I believe with all my heart and soul in my Lord and Saviour Jesus. Believe that He died for me on the Cross and that He rose again. I have repented and try to live a life that is befitting a Christian life, but having read what you are teaching, I am beginning to believe that I may not be saved at all. Is that correct?”
I first asked a few questions, and found out that John came into faith aged 16 in his family church, and he was obviously a good person in every respect. Once I had the information needed, although, I already knew in my heart that he was already blessed, for it was a “Divine Appointment,” the following was my lengthy reply, and it is important that you read it prayerfully, asking our Heavenly Father in the blessed Name of Yahushua the Messiah for discernment and I pray beloved, that it will change your life!
“(John…), you have indeed lived a good and a faithful life, and our heavenly Father knows your heart and your desire to do His will, thus He will accept you into His household. However, once you have seen the errors in the church system, such as the use of an erroneous name of our Saviour, an you now wish to use the true Name of our Creator, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and He who was “In the Beginning, the Word who was Elohim” John 1:1-3, being our beloved Saviour Yahushua, who died for us, you must now fully accept His truth from the Scriptures.
Therefore, you can no longer uphold the pagan ways of the church, including the feast of easter, which is a festival directly related to the ancient goddess “Ishtar” that hails more that 1,000 years before our Saviour came to the earth! In addition you must also reject christmas, for this was introduced, just as easter by the Roman church, for our beloved Saviour was actually born around September or October in Hebrew calendar. And as of today you should uphold the Fourth of the Ten Commandments, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Sanctified” (Exodus 20:8) and this of course is from Friday evening at dusk to around the same time on Saturday, being the Seventh Day. Remember - Elohim said, “It was evening and it was morning the first day (etc).” Thus John, you have been a good and a faithful servant in the past, but now you will become one of the “Little Flock” in Messiah as you grow in His blessed truth, and you will be one of the saints and you will “inherit the Kingdom of Elohim,” blessed be His Name!”
The Belt of Truth: All the faithful in Messiah Yahushua should wear the Belt of Truth as part of the Armor of Elohim, for it is one of the smallest parts of the Armor, but the most powerful one, as it holds the entire armor together!
As we should know, men’s bathing suit manufacturers always provide a string belt in order to prevent any embarrassing situations, however, at times, some young men neglect to tie it properly. And I must say, in the same way, many confused christians have fled naked and ashamed when challenged by the enemy because for they have not secured the “belt of truth.” Never forget that wearing the belt of truth also means wearing Messiah Yahushua, for He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Yochanan - John 14:6). This is why Shaul - Paul said:
“For as many of you as have been immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.” Galatians 3:27.
The breastplate is also an important item of the Armor, for it is there for defence protecting the front of the torso and the vital organs from a mortal wound. It was usually made from a solid piece of metal, but some were made from numerous small pieces, which were sewn onto cloth or leather and they tended to overlap, very much looking like the scales of a fish. These scales could be from 700 to even 1,000 per “breastplate.” When the sun shone directly on the Armor, it would often become very hot. Thus to avoid being burnt, or even pinched, by the moving metal plates, the soldiers always would wear a heavy robe under the Armor.
In other words, wearing the breastplate of righteousness is always in partnership with the robe of Yahushua’s righteousness. “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me” (Iyov - Job 29:14). Also keep in mind that the high priest wore a golden breastplate over his linen robe, which was set with the twelve precious stones, each inscribed with one of the names of the twelve Tribes of Israel. This place represented nearness to the heart.
“And A’cha’ron - Aaron shall
bear the names of the children of
The only way we can experience victory in battle against Satan is through confidence that the righteousness of Yahushua covers our hearts and that we are forgiven of our sins!
There is another interesting aspect regarding the breastplate and that is, it offered no protection at all to the person’s back. Thus, it was assumed that soldiers would not turn their backs toward the enemy in order to retreat. Likewise, the faithful in Messiah should always stand firm, and never surrender any ground to Satan and claim the covering of the Blood of the Lamb of Elohim, and thus, let Satan flee from your unwavering loyalty.
“Submit therefore to Elohim. Resist Satan, and he will flee from you” Ya’akov - James 4:7.
Obviously as we can read in the Scriptures, this was the clear strategy employed by Yahushua to emerge victorious after being tempted by Satan in the wilderness.
“Then Yahushua said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship YHVH your Elohim, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then Satan left Him.” Mattityahu - Matthew 4:10-11.
Therefore, beloved, we who through faith and lovingly and prayerfully read and studied His Word, we have “separated” ourselves and become Elohim’s “workman and workers,” and good soldiers in Messiah! “Put on the full Armor of Elohim, that you may take your stand against the schemes of those who oppose Elohim.” Ephesians 6:11.
“Those who do not believe, the faithful must gently and lovingly instruct, in the hope that Elohim will grant them atonement leading them to the knowledge of the TRUTH.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 2:25.
Blessed is YaHVaH our Elohim, for His “workman do not have to be ashamed,” as we, the faithful in Messiah Yahushua, we must always “correctly handle the Word of TRUTH” in order to please Him!
We now come to the Shield, and again we can learn much from it! The warrior’s shield was his first line of defence. Usually made of wood or bronze, it was often big enough to protect the whole body when the soldier crouched down under a hail of arrows. Likewise, faith in the covering of our Saviour’s blood is our first defence against the great accuser as found in Zecharyah - Zechariah’s vision of the High Priest as found in chapter 3 of his book;
“Then he showed me Yahushua - Joshua the
high priest standing before the angel of YHVH, and Satan standing at his right
side to accuse him. YHVH said to Satan, ‘YHVH rebukes you, Satan! YHVH
who has chosen
The truth is beloved the enemy, being Satan will constantly fire flaming arrows of carnal desire in your direction as well as the desire of greed and power. Therefore, the purpose of the shield of Faith is to deflect those evil fiery darts of the enemy and prevent them from ever making contact. And beloved, it is time to apply the shield, for I am about to cover something that requires the protection, being covered by the shed Blood of the Lamb of Elohim!
Let me ask you two very simple questions; 1. Do you and your church/fellowship celebrate Easter? 2. Do you also celebrate the festivities and decorate a tree at Christmas?
If your answer was yes in both cases that beloved, you are part of a counterfeit religion and a counterfeit messiah who has no power to save anyone!
Easter is an ancient pagan festival, thus If Easter is not about our beloved Saviour, then we must ask ourselves; “What is it all about and where did it come from?”
The early faithful in Messiah Yahushua, both Judean and Gentiles, as did the Apostles upheld the Passover in memory of the death and the Resurrection of our blessed Saviour after he lay in the Tomb for three days and three nights.
Easter is an ancient feast related in memory of the Sumerian goddess “Inanna,” or “Ishtar,” who was hung naked on a stake, and was subsequently resurrected and ascended from the underworld. One of the oldest resurrection myths is Egyptian “Horus.” Who was born on December 25 - does this ring a bell folks? Horus and his damaged eye became symbols of life and rebirth.
This spring festival of “Eostre” began as a day of blood on Black Friday, rising to a crescendo after three days, in rejoicing over the resurrection. There was violent conflict on Vatican Hill in the early days of Christianity between the then pagan Christians who worshipped Iesous (Jesus) worshippers and other pagans who quarrelled over whose gods were the true ones, and whose were the imitation. Of course there is no celebration of “Eostre,” (Easter) to be found in the New Testament, for the early church leaders and scribes introduced it, and today many churches are offering "sunrise services" at Easter being an obvious pagan celebration.
Now, what about all those so-called fun things about Easter; let me tell you they are all pagan.
Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of “Eostre,” a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare, who were most productive.
Eggs: Exchange of Eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures, and is related to the goddess of fertility.
Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Covenant we see some Israelites baking sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders trying to put a stop to it.
Of course, in the blessed Scriptures the word “Easter” does not really exist, yet the christian church celebrates it because it is stated in
“And when he (King Herod Agrippa I) had apprehended him (the apostle Peter), he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternion’s of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter (the Greek is: - “Páscha”) to bring him forth to the people.” KJV. (Notations by the author). Acts 12:4.
Let us read this same verse again, but this time in the New King James Version:
“So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover (Greek: - Páscha).” NKJV.
Thus the Greek word translated “Easter” in the KJV as we now know is clearly Páscha, which is translated in every other version in the Word as “Passover” as well as every other time the word Pasha is used in the New Covenant, but only on one occasion some evil man added the pagan word Easter and today every christian celebrates, except for a few, yet the pagan christians call those who do the right thing “a sect!”
Thus the word “Easter” was and is erroneous and it should never have been placed in the precious Word of Elohim, in fact it is a GREAT SIN to have done so! But, sadly, the church has never minded changing and twisting our heavenly Father’s most blessed Word to suit their own needs for one reason or another, regardless how wrong and evil it may be!
Christmas is not difficult to figure out. For our Messiah was born during the High Festival of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles, which are always held together in September October, and let us be honest, about something; Shepherds do not sleep in the fields with their flock in the icy cold winter in Israel, for believe me, I have been there and it is freezing and even Jerusalem has been under a thick layer of snow! Messiah was born at the time of the High Feasts and it is also scripturally proven read my study on Christmas, the link is at the bottom of this page.
However, here is something very important to understand, and it is regarding “the trimming of the Christmas tree,” for it was also done during the times of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and Elohim warned them not to partake of this evil feast, for it related to what your christmas is really all about!
“Hear the word which YHVH speaks to you, O house of
Thus, if you need to examine yourself, do so knowing that your loving Heavenly Father knows your heart, for many have been part of the church system and although having been faithful, and yes been full of love for the Saviour they have known, remember that He is still the same, but He just has another blessed Name as you will by now know, Yahushua who “was with Elohim” and He “was Elohim” and that;
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Yochanan - John 1:1 to 3.
However beloved, it is tragic that so many ‘christians’ have already fallen on the battlefield from a very long time ago as they were deceived by the evil one, for the foundation for their faith were erroneous and they failed to seek out the truth from His Word! They failed to overcome evil inclinations as some waited until they arrived at the fires of temptation before making any effort to resist. Of course at that point, it is often too late.
Sadly far too many divorcees remarry against the law as given by Yahushua, and worse still ministers marry them in their churches. In one case I personally know of one man has remarried three times to women who themselves have been divorced a good number of times each! As soon as you recognize a fiery dart heading toward you, there is no time to lose. Hold up that shield of faith and do everything in your power to keep as much distance as possible between you and all kinds of evil temptation. If we yield without a fight, we are in reality inviting temptation.
The shield was never held loosely in a soldier’s hand, but was firmly strapped to his forearm in order he could resist the mighty blows of an enemy’s sword without fear of dropping it. Likewise, the faithful in Messiah Yahushua must not have a flimsy faith whilst in the heat of spiritual battle.
Amazingly, the shields of old were very often of a most distinctive nature, sometimes marked with the insignia or name of the king to assist soldiers avoid fighting their own comrades in the confusion of a battle. In the same manner, when Satan sends his flaming arrows of temptation, we are to hold up the shield bearing the Name of the “King of kings,” Yahushua our Saviour. Through faith in His Name, we can resist any enticement.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but Elohim is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
The Helmet of Salvation:
There are a several Scriptures stories, which prove the importance of protecting the head whilst in battle. For example, King Abimelech died because he charged a city wall not having on his helmet, as the Scriptures clearly states;
“And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech’s head, and all to brake his skull.” Shoftim - Judges 9:53.
In another instance, simply wearing a helmet improperly proved to be a fatal mistake. Take the most famous story of the giant Goliath, who became so outraged that a very young David would even dare challenge him, with nothing more than a shepherd’s staff and sling in his hand. Goliath’s overconfidence apparently prompted him to haphazardly push back his helmet, yet just minutes later a well aimed stone from David’s sling sunk deep into the giant’s forehead.
“Then David said to the Philistine,
‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I
come to you in the name of YHVH of hosts, the Elohim of the armies of
It may be true, that there are some professed christians who have “rocks in their heads” because they neglect to wear their helmets. But the purpose for this helmet of salvation is not just to keep out the rocks, but also, beloved to keep in the brains! We must understand that our minds must not be open to anything to that which is counterfeit, for all things must line up with the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, and the teachings of our Saviour, Yahushua.
But we do know that in relation to the Ten Commandments, He did NOT do away with the Law, as is claimed by christians, it was never nailed to the Cross.” In fact, Yahushua did far more, He not only endorsed the Ten Commandments, He actually strengthen several of the Commandments! Thus, so much for saying that there is no more Law to be upheld, and that it was “nailed to the Cross.” The only law nailed to the Tree beloved, Praise His Sanctified Name, was the law of the shedding of the Sacrificial Blood for the sin on the altar! And if you would read the Word with your Shield in hand and the Helmet on your head, you would come to understand the wonderful and blessed truth of this!
As we study His Word and come to know and understand Elohim’s Word, there should be a settling into His Truth
“That we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.” Ephesians 4:14.
Your body has seven sacred openings from the neck up: two nostrils, two ears, two eyes, and one mouth. Sadly, our biggest problems usually come from what enters and exits the mouth. This might be why Elohim gave us only one mouth with that little troublesome member, the “tongue.”
“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.” Ya’akov - James 3:5.
Once the faithful in Messiah Yahushua are in eternity can we appreciate how pivotal each person’s salvation is and how their choices they made concerning what they allowed to enter their minds through these vital senses. Thus for now, we must put on the helmet of Salvation and make sure it is firmly in place and guard the avenues to the soul for the evil one will make all attempts to reach you, for as the Word states about him;
“…that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world.” Revelation 12:9.
The Sword of Elohim’s Word:
The sword was the most common weapon in battle. Indeed, the word “sword” appears 449 times in Scripture. The other armaments in Elohim’s arsenal are defensive in nature, but the sword is primarily an offensive weapon. The truth is that the Sword of Elohim’s Word is what Yahushua used against the Satan and it will also give the beast of Revelation 13 a deadly wound (Revelation 13:3, 14). When Yahushua said;
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Mattityahu - Matthew 10:34.
Yahushua was not saying that He, the “Prince of peace,” had come to start wars, but rather that He was pointing out that the Sword of Elohim’s Word has a dividing effect. On a number occasions, this sword is depicted as being two edged;
“For the word of Elohim is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.
Then again in Revelation 1:16, the Word clearly states,;
“He had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.”
It is said, “Iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17). Likewise, when we study the Scriptures with others, our skill in the Word is sharpened. A soldier travelling in enemy territory would never leave his sword out of his reach. In the same way, the faithful in Messiah Yahushua should …
“be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” 1 Peter 3:15.
In the Scriptures, the foot is a symbol for the direction of our life. Having our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace gives us good footing and prevents backsliding as well. As we become involved in spreading the good news, it will strengthen us (and others) against the enemy’s attacks.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good (things), that publishes salvation” Isaiah 52:7.
Do not worry about fancy shoes, just those that are sturdy, and always remember that when we say the Prayer that our beloved Saviour gave us (incorrectly known as “The Lord’s Prayer”), we pray “Give us this day our daily bread.” And sadly almost 99.9% of ministries have forgotten this, as have we, for it is all placed in trusting our Heavenly Father! Yes, we must go and work, of course, we must educate out children and bring them up as good believing ones in Him! But, we must rely more on Him for our daily needs, rather than want more and more and build up a home full of wealth, which will slowly lead to error!
The last of the armaments is really an attitude. Any general knows that victory almost always depends on which army has the element of surprise. In the story of Gideon, the soldiers were chosen based upon their watchfulness, and they caught the enemy sleeping and won through surprise. Even the best of Armor is almost useless if the soldiers are found dozing. We are commanded to be “watchful to this end with all perseverance” (Ephesians 6:18,).
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary Satan walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the Elohim of Grace, who called us to His eternal Glory through Yahushua the Messiah after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Shime’on - 1 Peter 5:8-10.
“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Elohim’s will for you in Messiah Yahushua.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
Of course beloved, this does not mean that we remain on our knees or in prayer all day; rather, that we must be constantly aware of YaHVaH Elohim’s, blessed be His Sanctified Name, presence and that there is an enemy constantly stalking us.
In the story of Nehemiah, we find Elohim’s people were under constant threat of attack. This group of fine and faithful people were a good example of this ready watchfulness.
“Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon. Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.” Nechemyah - Nehemiah 4:17-18.
Some three times in Ephesians, the Apostle Shaul - Paul urges his readers to “stand” with the Armor. An army is no better than its discipline; without it they are doomed. It is time that we, as Elohim’s soldiers, stop simply discussing His commands and begin obeying them. “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). If we do not stand for something, we will fall for anything.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13.
“Put on the whole armor of Elohim that you may be able to stand against the wiles of Satan … Therefore take up the whole armor of Elohim that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6: 11 & 13-16.
It is so sad, but far too many of Elohim’s soldiers are fraternizing with the enemy and trying to reach the world by constantly bringing the standards of the common christianity down to a more worldly level. They are now allowing ladies to be priests, ministers, etc, as well as homosexuals to be ministers and pastors, even bishops and cardinals. What has even pagan christianity come to? However, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is calling those who know Him and His only begotten Son, Yahushua the Messiah, to bravely come up to His standard and be His child!
History teaches us some of the great lessons,
for one of these came when King Dovid - David’s mighty man El’Azar
- Eleazar was one of three determined men of great faith. He became famous when
the army of
“After him was El’Azar - Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. He was with Dovid - David at Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines. But they stationed themselves (stood their place) in the middle of that field, defended it and killed the Philistines. So YHVH brought about a great victory.” 1 Chronicles 11:12-14.
Thus beloved, no matter if everyone else retreats and, yes even leaves you and thinks you a mad religious nutcase, we must all continue to stand firm and hold the line of faith.
I have spoken about counterfeits in this
study, and I will be well aware that many reading this will have been baptized
at a church and you will remember how this was done. You stood in a tub of
water, or on occasions others were baptised in rivers or even in the seaside,
but a minister or other person having asked the relevant questions, will have
taken you onto your back into the water in the name of Jesus. Sadly, I have bad
news for you, this was the counterfeit immersion (baptism) for Satan reverses
everything for he has the perfect art of deception. Most people do not
understand that Immersion was occurring long before our beloved Saviour was
even born, for it was part of the Jewish Law. But the law is nailed to the
Cross” is it not, obviously not! But, we first heard it at the
“In those days Yochanan - John the
Immerser came preaching in the wilderness of
“Then Yahushua came from Galilee to Yochanan - John at
Here are the facts in regards to Immersion! 1: Immersion is always done in flowing waters, such as a river or the sea. 2: The person makes a voluntary confession of faith and says a prayer. 3: The person, without the aid of any other man or woman, will bow down forward until the head is underwater and rise up again. This is like prostrating yourself before the throne of the Almighty in faith of Messiah Yahushua and in accordance to His Word! Of course an appointed person may be at hand for assistance, and the one who is to be immersed may hold their nose and will of course breathe in before briefly going completely under water to complete the immersion.
Remember that once you made a promise and a commitment to be a child in Messiah Yahushua, the force of that commitment will not be diminished over time, for when you enlisted in Elohim’s army you promised to work in and attend in the Body of Messiah, including tithes, modest dress, eat and drink to the glory of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and care for your bodily temple. Elohim calls you to be extraordinary different to those in the world and thus to stand firm in a world of cowardly wonders. If you have been tempted to retreat, beloved, turn back, stand firm, and return to His standards.
Beloved, as I come to the conclusion of this study, which has been written in love, I wish to assure you even though we are in a spiritual war, we should never be afraid, for YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, His Word tells us very clearly how the battle will come to an end and who will be the victor. The truth is it will be the One who in truth forged our “Armor” and He guarantees its effectiveness and He has promised that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Mattityahu - Matthew 16:18. HalleluYAH!
In Shaul - Paul’s first letter to the
Corinthians, he asks, “Who
ever goes to war at his own expense?” (1 Corinthians 9:7). We
know that it is Elohim who has already paid for the arsenal. Everything
was purchased for us at
The question you may have asked earlier; “How can we stand? How can we fight?” Shaul - Paul gave us a clear answer in the very beginning of this study in Ephesians chapter 6.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in YHVH, and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10.
Yahushua said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (Yochanan - John 15:5). But we are also assured, “I can do all things through Messiah who strengths me.” (Philippians 4:13).
Beloved, we are exhorted to be both workman in Yahushua, but also soldiers in His service, for indeed we are at war with an evil enemy, not with men, but that evil one! Thus we are to go forth and share the word like a soldier in Yahushua spiritually clothed as follows!
“Put on the full Armor of Elohim so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full Armor of Elohim, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Elohim.” Ephesians 6:11-17.
Sadly beloved, we live in a world that surrounds us with darkness of the self and great evil. Many deny there is even an Elohim, a “god,” and then there is a christian world that has been seduced by those who claim to know a messiah, but sadly they do not “endure sound doctrine.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 4:3. The faithful are taught and exhorted by Timotheos - Timothy to …
“Teach the Word … convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 4:2.
“And a servant of YHVH must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if Elohim perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 2:24-25.
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 3:14.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
I pray this study has challenged you, to come into the blessed truth of knowing Yahushua who is THE Messiah, YaHVaH, being the Memorial Name of Elohim and to uphold His Word, but more so for those who love the Messiah Yahushua to GO forth in “unity,” being “workman” and soldiers of Elohim, standing “approved” with YaHVaH at all times, furthering the Word of TRUTH, which is “the fruit of our lips!” Go and be a light unto the world!
Will you join the call and say “Hinei - Here am I, Send Me!” Yeshayahu – Isaiah 6:8
Just as Yonathan - Jonathan so loved Dovid - David that he gave him his Armor, sword, robe and even his very throne (1 Samuel 18:3, 4), so will Yahushua give us all that we need to be assured of a complete and a final victory.
Until then beloved in Messiah Yahushua, we will fight for the day when …
“They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 2:4.
May His Name be praised now and forevermore - HalleluYAH!
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