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-Sharing our Saviour, Yahushua the Messiah to the World!-

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 Rome.” Occasionally, we may also use other Hebrew or Greek names and some words in our studies, as some words generally used are from a pagan background and thus are not suitable. All names will be translated when they are FIRST used in a study or at various times as needed for clarity. There is a full explanation of YHVH’s blessed “Memorial Name” as well as the wonderful blessed Name of our Messiah and Saviour, thus please read … “The Memorial Name.”

The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):

When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the 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 certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.

1. Who was YHVH 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 is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!

Why is it that Believer’s so often Suffer

Or “How Dry is Your Brook”

Looking at a variety of Scriptures from the “Tanach” and “Brit Chadashah”

Being Hebrew for the “Old Covenant” and the “New Covenant”

Welcome to this, what may seem a rather deep and in-depth study, however this is just Part One of Two Web Pages as there is a great deal of ground to cover. I believe that we need to understand that the faithful in Messiah do and can suffer, for it has been happening during the days of the Apostles, and thereafter as has been revealed in the blessed Scriptures. But amazingly we have also seen that the true faithful who stand strong will be richly blessed, and I pray that this study will cover a great deal of ground and a few “dry brooks,”

Beloved, the question in the title above “Why is it that Believer’s so often Suffer,” is a question that I have been so often asked and there is a valid answer. However to fully comprehend it we must go back into the Word of YaHVaH Elohim (The LORD God), blessed be YaHVaH’s most Sanctified Name and learn more in order to understand it.

Although, before I actually get to the part that relates directly to “suffering” etc, I feel in my heart that it is very important to relate the story regarding the prophet Eliyahu - Elijah, for beloved, his story contains a mighty message, as well great teaching and a wonderful blessing that is found in the very heart of what we are about to read. Thus I ask you to spend some time in prayer, ask our Heavenly Father in Messiah Yahushua’s blessed Name for guidance and discernment that you may gain much, and know what is right when it comes to what is being taught! Beloved, I firmly believe that we should always pray before reading anything and seek his guidance if what we are reading comes from Him, or not, and that is regardless who the teacher is and that includes myself!

A Lesson from the Prophet Eliyahu - Elijah:

There is no doubt, but one of the most dramatic and adventurous stories found in the blessed Scriptures revolves around the spectacular arrival of the prophet Eliyahu - Elijah as he appeared on the scene whilst the land was ruled by an evil king and queen. But what made Eliyahu – Elijah’s arrival so completely different and thus amazing, is that he arrived like a shooting star, then having achieved what he came to do, he then disappeared and vanished into obscurity considering he had changed the character of the entire nation.

Although, so-called scholars tend to say that little is known about the background of this dramatic reformer of Israel, but I say that they are very wrong, the problem is, they simply do not fully comprehend the blessed Word of our Elohim, for there is so much more written about this great prophet and his family then what we may first read, but sadly it seems to be missed by most so-called scholars!

If we look at the Scriptures, we are not given any actual details regarding the tribe he came from, or if he had any prior training for his special prophetic call. However, this does prove something very special; and that is that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, can call anyone, such as … “a man just like us,” (Ya’akov - James 5:17) to proclaim His word to an errant and sinful world.

As shown throughout the Tanach, Hebrew for the Old Covenant, Elohim does not choose great men for His work, but He chooses a person out from a people or a family of faith or those He knows who have a heart to become His worthy servant on the earth. Thus through Elohim’s choice, Eliyahu - Elijah became one of the most unique and dramatic characters in all Scriptural history. We know from the Word that Eliyahu was certainly not a man who was well dressed, for it is written that his appearance was “hairy” while his clothing was to say the least rather rugged, thus being dressed in sackcloth and with a roughly hand beaten leather belt around his waist and loins.

“He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins” 2 Melachim - 2 Kings 1:8.

Eliyahu - Elijah was a native of Tishbe (1 Melachim - 1 Kings 17:1) which is a village in the rocky and rugged terrain of Gilead north of the Jordan River in the terrain that used to be part of the territory belonging Tribe of Gad. However, as we may be well aware Judah remained mostly faithful to their Elohim and the nation was named after the Tribe of Judah, for the Messiah would one day come out of this tribe, being a direct line of King David and thus Yerushalayim - Jerusalem remained its capital.

Considering Eliyahu’s family lived in the village of Tishbe in the rugged terrain of Gilead in the territory that had been allotted to the Tribe of Gad, I can tell you that the mountain people usually remained, throughout their generations in the one place and held onto their faith and taught their children well. Therefore, I believe that Eliyahu originated fromthe Tribe of Gad and that is what we can learn from the short introduction we are given about him and his family, if we only pray and understand His Word!

Ten miles north of Yabbok, there is an area that is now called “El Istib” and there is a ruined shrine bearing the name “Mar Eliyas,” which many believe to be the birthplace of Eliyahu. His family were pioneers in this rough and harsh country, and they obviously kept a close relationship with the Elohim of Israel. How do we know this for sure, we have this understanding because they named their son “Eliyahu” that translates as “Elohim is YaHVaH” and thus they were declaring to the unfaithful of Israel through their son, our Elohim is YHVH” and not any of your pagan gods!

In the blessed Scriptures, we are never told in any shape or form how Eliyahu was called into Elohim’s work and to leave the rugged mountains of Gilead and head directly for the Royal Palace in Samaria and confront that completely rotten and evil King Ahab, as he simply left, as he must have received a word somehow.

When he arrived, Eliyahu did not stop at the entrance of the Palace gates and asked if he could enter in order to have an audience with King Ahab, no far from it, for he simply walked right past all the guards and straight into the Palace and walked forcefully with great authority right up to the royal throne and stood before the king and addressed him with great authority!

We must remember that this occurred during a period of time of great apostasy, for it was at its most evil and its very darkest point. And thus, Eliyahu was obviously led by the Power, the Ruach or Spirit of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, as he confronted this wicked ruler of Israel with some of the powerful and meaningful words of judgement! The latter part of what he said was …

“There shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” 1 Melachim - 1 Kings 17:1.

Test One - The Brook of Cherith:

After delivering his inspired message, this courageous prophet was commanded by Elohim to hide himself in the eastern wilderness by the brook Cherith. There Elohim arranged providentially for ravens to deliver food to the isolated fugitive during the predicted years of famine. We will discover that this was part of a Two part Test, although there was much more that is written in this study, for there is another study online that cover far more on the prophet Eliyahu and it is more comprehensive! A link is available at the bottom of the page.

As the land baked and cracked under the withering heat of the sun, every green plant died for lack of water. However, Eliyahu - Elijah was well supplied, every morning and evening, through the miraculous ministry of the ravens. In addition to the bread and flesh that was supplied by these birds, Elohim also provided sufficient refreshing water from the splashing brook that flowed nearby.

What a perfect picture of Elohim’s power and willingness to care for the physical needs of His faithful servant! With pleasure we contemplate that scene of restful abundance. The prophet had no problems. Everywhere else the people were suffering from the terror of the drought, but Elohim would not let His obedient servant lack for anything. Without fail, the ravens flew in twice a day with their fare of food and the brook was always yielding its life-giving supply of water.

We should really remember that ravens never bring you anything, for they as we should know, ravens are birds that only tend to take things. Thus for them providing Eliyahu with food during this long period of time is without a doubt a miracle!

Have we not seen that same kind of providence in our own day? The Elohim of Eliyahu still takes care of the needs of His children. The prophet was walking in the center of Elohim’s will, and the promised blessings never failed. Or did they? Well beloved, let us read on in the blessed Word of Elohim:

“The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.” 1 Kings 17:6, 7.

Can you not picture the sudden shock and disappointment as Eliyahu walked out to the brook one day to obtain his daily water, for as he looked down the stones of the brook-bed were dry and parched and he could scarcely believe what he beheld? Suddenly there was not a drop of water remaining and he realised that a terrible tragedy had over taken him for; “the brook had dried up” what was he to do?

Test Two - The Woman at the Well at Zarephath:

We have no way of knowing how long Elohim tested His prophet by the barren brook, but I believe that it would have been for just a short time, as Eliyahu needed to wait in faith. To us it may have seemed that all the promises were failing, but Eliyahu trusted YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name. Elohim would never leave a man of great faith abandoned and see him suffer an agonizing death in the parched wilderness, no indeed not! As Eliyahu waited upon the Heavenly Father, suddenly Elohim spoke the words following:

“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow woman there to provide for you.” 1 Kings 17:9.

Here we see how Elohim closed one door in order that He could open another one. The trust was that Eliyahu - Elijah had been at the brook of Cherith quite long enough. However, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, this time had another very powerful experience awaiting Eliyahu in Zarephath.

Elohim provided the brook, and yes Elohim dried it up. Thus Eliyahu’s life had to move on. We might say that in the dynamics of Divine Providence, Eliyahu was scheduled to experience another miracle, but this time in another place. Had the brook not dried up, he would have remained there. He would have relaxed in the satisfying fullness of material blessing. But he would have missed all that was about to happen with the widow, like the widow’s cruse of oil, as well as the Carmel experience, and Elisha ploughing in the field!

Can we ever forget that it was Eliyahu who was the very first in the entire Scriptures to raise a young boy from the dead, being the son of the widow, and due to this miracle the widow came to believe in the true Elohim Vs 24;

“Now by this I know that you are a man of Elohim, and that the Word of YHVH in your mouth is the truth.” 1 Melachim 1 - Kings 17:17 to 24.

This poor widow was at the point of death with her son, due to the severe drought, yet Elohim sent Eliyahu to her and the boy, 1. for Eliyahu to be taken care off, for the flour never ran out, not did the cruse of oil, thus three of them ate, whist all the pagan idolaters die of hunger. Then there was that great sign of the widow’s boy resurrection, meaning that the journey to Zarephath has a very powerful story for us all!

Listen beloved, Elohim allows our brooks to dry up, for He does not want us to remain in the same place all the time. For that is our greatest problem. When I say “He does not want us to remain in the same place” this may mean; 1. Literally and 2. Metaphorically.

Beloved there are times we need to just move house, for where we are staying, or with whom we are living with may not be right, only you will know the circumstances, and prayer will reveal what you should do! Alternatively, you may have to make a sharp turn of heart, or a rethink your life at a particular point of time for if your brook is dry, there may well be a good reason for it, and believe me Elohim has a better place ahead of you if you will only take the right steps in the new direction! However your New Direction for 1 and 2 must be guided through much prayer unto YaHVaH Elohim, in and through the Name of Messiah Yahushua for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

What can we learn from Israel’s Wilderness Experience?

I am well aware that it is far easy to get comfortable resting by our brooks, surrounded by peaceful beauty and the abundance thereof. We simply love the restfulness there and would like to remain for the remainder of our days. But, sadly even that will eventually get boring! Remember the Children of Israel, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had rescued them with a Great and a Mighty Hand out of Egypt, opened up the waters of the Red Sea allowing them to walk to the other side and slayed the Egyptian armies as the waters of the Sea collapsed upon them as they attempted to chase Israel? However, not long after they had sung songs of praise in great joy, they suddenly realised that they were not just hungry, but they missed their beloved meat cooked with spices and they began to complain and cried out;

“The whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moshe and A’cha’ron - Aaron in the wilderness. And the Children of Israel said to them, ‘Oh, that we had died by the hand of YHVH in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’” Shemos - Exodus 16:2-3.

Elohim certainly heard them and He spoke to Moshe saying that He would send the Children of Israel “manna” and when Israel heard it they were full of joy and they all sung songs of great joy to Elohim.

“YHVH said to Moshe - Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them,’ 'At twilight you will eat meat (quail) and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am YHVH your Elohim’” Shemos - Exodus 16:11-12.

Now that was really wonderful you would think, but believe it or not, they either complained again or were disobedient. The truth is. they were told that they were not permitted to collect any “manna” on the Seventh Day, for it was the Seventh Day Sabbath. And please remember that the Ten Commandments or “The Law” had not as yet been given, for they had not reached Mt Sinai as yet! This very clearly proves that the Sabbath was upheld from ancient days as can be seen throughout the Scriptures, and also our beloved Saviour and all the Apostles continued to uphold the Sabbath Day and we know from the Word they also upheld the Passover, as did the faithful thereafter!

But now having received the “manna” and the Quail and eating it, soon enough Israel commenced to complain all over again! And beloved, as a Hebraic believer I can say this without anyone pointing the finger saying you are anti-Semitic, for as many who read these studies will know that I am Judean, Jewish, but one who knows, believes and loves the Hebrew/Jewish Messiah Yahushua! But, I feel that the “Israelites,” could well have been called the “Grizzelites” for they never seemed to cease their complaining during their time in the wilderness for obviously they seemed to get sick and tired of eating this “What is it” for the truth is, that is what “manna” really means! However, this bread and the fowl of the air was a gift from the Great I AM and they should have been grateful, not to forget their own goats, cattle and sheep that came with them, they were hardly without, but if you read it somehow it seems like they had nothing at all, but they came out of Egypt with a great deal!

So far I have spoken a great deal about a prophet and His blessed Faith and how Elohim looked after him, but yet his brook dried up and his faith was tested, but he did stay strong and He was sent somewhere else. We saw that Israel was redeemed from oppression and out of slavery, yet they were constantly angry and dissatisfied. The sad truth is, that is simply human nature at work as its very worst, and yet it will have occurred in most of our lives during our own lifetime!

Three Terrible Words - Worry, Fear, Doubt:

Therefore beloved, when Elohim allows our metaphorical brooks to dry up, we often weep and tend to blame Elohim for afflicting us. But let me ask you; was Eliyahu - Elijah backsliding when the brook dried up on him? No, certainly not for he continued to believe and was always growing spiritually. Therefore I pray that you will look closely your own life and search out what the real problem is and then just hand it over to YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, for remember that Messiah Yahushua also had to deal with that evil one, HaSatan, The Adversary who is the cause of ALL the problems in our lives, and please remember that Satan has already been defeated through the precious shed Blood of the Lamb of Elohim;

“For indeed Messiah, our Passover was Sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7. HalleluYAH.

But sadly, there are many that are being held back due to Three of the worst words possible and these are; “Worry, Fear & Doubt!” And I have really bad news if this is the case with your brook and life, for it will lead to Depression that automatically opens the door to the ultimate enemy HaSatan being The Adversary and the sad truth is, that depression always leads to sin for it opens up the door to HaSatan!

Beloved, having been in faith for over forty years I have seen far too many “christians” and even some wonderful folk who know and believe Messiah Yahushua who sadly at times held onto the past in various degrees, be it in the self, traditions or be it related to other matters, and it held them back spiritually, or in the case of “christians” doctrinally for their eyes simply would and could not open, and they tragically remain blinded, just as Israel “is blinded in part” and “christians” and Israel will remain at that dry brook and remain within a drought and thus lost in sin! And we all know that “the wages of sin is death.”

The Eternal Question Is “Why?”

Frequently I am asked to pray for those who seem to be living beside dried-up brooks and this will always be done as a combination of prayer and using the precious Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, and to assist them to understand that the world has not come to an end. Frequently certain things do happen for a reason and we must often face this in order to restore our lives to the fullness that we may have had before.

One of the difficult questions for a teacher of the Word in Messiah Yahushua is to answer is “Why?” Or: Why did my baby die? Why did I lose my job? Why are my children so unconcerned about spiritual things? Why did my husband/wife abandon me for another woman/man? And the list just goes on.

Under the emotional stress of our losses, sadly we tend to blame Elohim for making terrible mistakes in dealing with our lives. It is so human to do this because we have no way of seeing the failures in the lives of human nature as well as human future.

I can still remember weeping, as a child, when I read the story of Yoseph - Joseph for the first time. He had been so happy and carefree. Then, suddenly, his brook dried up. He was on the way to Egypt as a slave. How Ya’akov - Jacob grieved for that lost boy for he believed that he was actually dead! We can almost hear him moaning;

“Yoseph is gone and dead, Shimeon is gone, and now you want to take Benjamin away also. Everything is against me” Bereshis - Genesis 42:36.

How familiar all this sounds. Poor Ya’akov - Jacob could not see through the “why’s” any more than many of us can. But a little while later we see him on his camel, hurrying toward Egypt. His heart was overflowing with joy, when another brook had broken forth in his life. And then we hear Yoseph saying to his brothers, “You meant evil against me; but Elohim meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20).

It is so easy to look back what Yoseph did that day and confess that the disappointments had really become his appointments into the Egyptian highraque. Why is that we are not able to have the faith to stand by our dried-up brooks and make that confession? Someday in the future every redeemed soul will do it in retrospect. Elohim delights in those who will take Him at His word and claim the promise of Romans 8:28 even while the heart is breaking with sorrow. “All things work together for good to them that love Elohim, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

The Fires of Affliction:

The Scriptures is has a host of texts that speaks about the spiritual benefits of suffering for it was the Apostle Shime’on - Peter who so clearly stated in 1 Shime’on - 1 Peter;

“think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Shime’on - 1 Peter 4:12).

The Apostle Shaul - Paul also followed this up with the assurance that …

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Messiah Yahushua will suffer persecution.” 2 Timotheos - 2 Timothy 3:12.

And Ya’akov - James makes the incredible statement;

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Ya’akov - James 1:2 & 3.

Beloved, we should understand that in the light of the above as well as other similar verses, thus we must admit that there are a number of mysterious blessings that may well be associated with; “trials and suffering.” It is for this reason that Ya’akov - James revealed that suffering and persecution would develop special character traits that will mark those who would be the Candidates for the Kingdom of Elohim. In Revelation the saints are described in the following words:

“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey Elohim’s commandments and remain faithful to Yahushua.” Revelation 14:12.

As we can see, it is obvious that “patience” is a requirement for those who have been “redeemed” out of this world of sin. Ya’akov - James says that patience is something that is developed by “tests and trials.” This clearly teaches us that suffering may indeed be a necessary moulding process in our preparation for our future life in the New Heavenand the New Earth, where there will be a New Jerusalem and a New Temple, HalleluYAH!

Melech Dovid - King David, who also suffered much, came to the following and amazing conclusion;

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71).

Again, he wrote;

“Before I was afflicted I went astray.” Tehillim - Psalm 119:67.

The truth is beloved, until a faithful believer has learned the simple Scripture principles, he or she will live in a state of ongoing doubt and uncertainty. As throughout their lives, each experience of disappointment will bring up fresh questions regarding Elohim’s Love, but more-so His Justice and love. I have to say with great sadness that there are some of those who claim to be believers in the Saviour, but they may be believers in “the christ: of the greater church (christ = taken from the pagan god “Chrestou” thus the Greek “Christou” by the Samarian sorcerer Simon Magnus (Acts 8:9-24), he became the first Bishop of Rome Not Shime’on - Peter), and there are also some believers in Messiah Yahushua that tend to hold a somewhat childish view, that because they had accepted their Messiah and because He loves us, therefore, He will use His mighty power to preserve us from every pain and trial. Sorry, that is not living life!

The inspired Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, reveals that because He loves us, He will often permit us to pass through the fires of affliction. We may ask, “Why does He do this? It is because Our heavenly Father sees that this is the only way to prepare us to be with Him for all eternity. Elohim is actually answering the prayers of those who have asked for the purification of life. When we pray for Elohim to eradicate sin from our life, we must be ready to accept His ordained method of accomplishing that very work. Purification trials seem to be a part of the means by which sanctification is made complete.

Beloved, I have found it so sad to learn, that many in Him have lost their way just because of this very issue than any other. I have spoken with many teachers and even some pastors and they have told me that they have seen their people suffering and that they seemed to struggle with the “O why me,” etc., regarding their dried-up brooks?

I am sure that we are all aware how even the most faithful believer in Messiah Yahushua can be insulated from the shock and sorrow, when one of their most beloved ones are suddenly taken from them. Is it ever possible that they can be prepared ahead of time so that their faith will not give way under the stress of the loss of a loved one?

Beloved, we know that certain things in life are sure, and I do know this that the secret is to rest upon the blessed assurance that Elohim will not permit any circumstance for our spiritual lives to happen. Indeed, this requires faith, but as is stated in His Word; “You may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.” (Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:10) and thus it is not difficult to trust He who is the One who was sent and was “In the beginning was the Word” - Yahushua the “Messiah our Passover was sacrificed for us (1 Corinthians 5:7).

We must keep on reminding ourselves that Elohim is not a puppet master, and thus He will allow situations to occur throughout the world and in our lives that will seem to us like things we just do not need right now. We will not be able to discern any logic or reason behind certain events. Our human faculties may rebel at the very thought that any good could ever result from some circumstances.

Therefore, beloved I call on you to always reject Satan for he will be there to tempt you and have you turn against Our Heavenly Father and His blessed Saviour who was, lets us be honest, terribly beaten and tortured, can you imagine that crown of thorns being forced upon His head, the pain was enormous, not to forget the nails being hammered into His Hands and Feet. O beloved Father, we could well ask, where were You, but the real question is where were was mankind, for all this evil occurred because of us, SIN, and that is because of he who is the god of the whole earth, Satan, the adversary!

“But even if the Gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god (Satan) of this age has blinded who do not believe, lest the glory of Messiah, who is the image of Elohim should shine unto them and tear them away from the evil one. The truth is that at the time of our pain, everything depends upon the personal relationship that we have developed with our Saviour prior to the crisis. Those who have understood and accepted the principle that Elohim’s love will not allow any trial that is not for our greater good, will be able to prayerfully to endure the trial and see the light at the end!

Reasons for Trusting:

I have said that faith alone will hold us in this kind of distressing test. Nevertheless, our faith is not blind nor is it unreasonable, for the truth is that in our lives we tend to have a host of experiences with Elohim that has proven His unfailing love and concern for you and for me. Thus, why should this one event be any different? Even though you may not understand it at this time, but you do know that you can trust Him who has promised that if His blessed Word has not failed before, as history has proved, then how can it possibly fail in this situation. Therefore just like Job, we can also say,

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” Iyov - Job 13:15.

From this verse we could also learn a lesson from the trustful way that parents surrender their children into the hands of a surgeon and they submit their much-loved child to the cutting of that scalpel and the throbbing pain that will inevitably follow. Two main factors make it easier for them to place such great confidence in the surgeon. They trust his skill and ability to operate successfully in addition they have faith in his wisdom to do the right thing at the right time for the good of their child. They also know that after the temporary pain and suffering has past that the child will be better off than it was before all the pain.

Therefore beloved, let us just think about the above; If we can trust a physician who is, let us be honest, able to fail, why is it so hard to trust Our Heavenly Creator YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Name, and Yahushua the Messiah, for be assured, there will never be a failure! I pray that none of your children will ever have a need to be operated on, no matter the condition. It is only due to our greater knowledge of their case that we submit them to the required surgery when it is required.

It is in the same manner, we would never choose to experience the trials and afflictions that our heavenly Father often allows to come upon us. He understands the case completely and knows that after the passing pain we will be better prepared for a happier future.

But never think for one single moment, that our blessed Heavenly Father does not care for our pains and trials. Just like a small child we may cry over the pain and blame our Father for allowing the cutting to be done. And like a human parent, Elohim will also weep because He has no way to communicate His reason for allowing us to suffer the pain. It is just as impossible for us to understand Elohim’s decision for our lives as it is for our children to comprehend our decisions for them. The truth is that Elohim cannot control man on the earth as they have freewill and they are to determine their destiny! This in so many ways has allowed much suffering.

It can be an overwhelming revelation to look back at our lives at some time, no matter how painful it may have been at times. But, we will also recall the many errors we have made and the suffering we have gone through, we may realise that all this has been what is called life, but it is really the end result that counts!

Beloved, once we have returned unto our beloved Saviour, it will be when we see our “King of kings and Lord of lords,” Yahushua face to face and reason on the plane of immortality will we be able to thank Him for allowing all things that has happened just as they did!

The truth is, that I can certainly look back upon certain shattering experiences in my own past and recognize how they altered the direction of my life. Yahushua certainly changed my life significantly and turned it completely into an opposite direction. From being an Orthodox Hebrew who to say it gently, who disliked anything to do with “Christians”, however, loved the Elohim of Israel and upheld the Torah, being the Law, not because Elohim told me I had to, but because I adored Him!

Then, one evening in 1977 nothing short of a miracle occurred in my study, whilst I reading His Word in the Book of Daniel He somehow spoke to me. No I am not a tongue-speaking Pentecostal or whatever, but I heard something wonderfully soft within, it was something I had never experienced and it was comforting and very assuring! Over the next two hours I received instruction of the full meaning of Daniel chapter 9 and especially regarding verses 25 to 27. Beloved, that night late in 1977, I came to know my Saviour and finally discovered the sad truth was that I had been very wrong, for on October 23, 1977 I published a work, entitled “Faith of the Chosen” subtitled “Principles of the Jewish Faith” and within it there were certainly some rather despairing mentions in regard the “Christians and their Messiah!” This had much to do with the constant abuse witnessed by myself and placed upon me and my brethren by those who I believed were “christians” for I believed that even that hideous and murderous monster Hitler, being a Roman Catholic was a “christian,” etc!

However, having long rejected the Messiah of the churches, but then came that blessed evening as the Sanctified (Holy) One revealed the full and blessed meaning of the following …

“Know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no El (god or idol) formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am YHVH and besides Me there is no saviour.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:10-11.

I was further guided to other prophets and later when I finally did obtain a Brit Chadashah – Hebrew for the New Covenant, I was soon led to read Yochanan John 1:1-4, which clarified to me what Elohim was saying when He said; “besides Me there is no saviour” for as an Hebrew, the church was continually preaching the pagan doctrine of a trinity, which I am sad to say is a doctrine concocted by the pagan church of Rome with the help of HaSatan, the adversary – Satan, and if you will only read the blessed Scriptures, I pray that you will accept the Scriptural truth, otherwise you will suffer until you receive final judgement, being the wages of sin, which is death, but in Messiah Yahushua is the “Eternal life.”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Yochanan - John 1:1-4.

The above Scripture and Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:10-11, clearly proves that YaHVaH Elohim and Messiah Yahushua are Echad being Hebrew for One! Read my study “Hear O Israel” or “Shema Yisroeland is found in chapter 6, verse 4 in the Book of Davarim – Deuteronomy. This is a powerful study on the word Echad, which occurs some 18 times in the Hebrew Tanach, the Old Covenant and in this study we will closely examine it and discover its actual meaning what “One” really means! The LINK is at the bottom of the page.

I pray that Part One has been a blessing to you and that you will have found something therein that you can take and apply to your life and turn around those dry brooks and make the waters flow again, for Yahushua is always there and remember what He said;

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Lukas - Luke 11:9-10.

The only thing we do have to remember is that sometimes our prayers may not be answered right there and then, and there is always a reason for this. Often, it is we ourselves that must first make some changes in our own lives and become more obedient and start reading, understanding the Word and listening, for YaHVaH Elohim may well be speaking to you one very blessed day, just as He did to me, back in 1977, but I had to wait a very long time for this, and I had to be ready to receive and act upon it!

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