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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, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today! 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 as well as different words in our studies for certain common words used are from pagan backgrounds 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!

Comfort After Challenge!
 

Please Note: In effect, this is the follow up study to a study entitled “Hatikvah – Prisoners of The Hope.” Although, this study does contain a great deal of material that is quite separate and it does quote a short statement from the previous study, which will keep it in perspective if you wish to read on. Alternatively please read “Hatikvah” first and then return to “Comfort.”

A Study on Isaiah 40: 1-2

This study deals with a unique word found in Isaiah chapter 40, verse 1, being the word “comfort.” In English, the fullness of this word is generally lost, even misunderstood. I pray that the beauty and the fullness of the word “comfort” will bless you.

“Nachamu, nachamu - Comfort, comfort My people, says Elohim (God). Bid Jerusalem take heart (Hebrew for “heart” is “Lev”), and proclaim to her, that her time of service (suffering) is accomplished, that her guilt is paid off; that she has received from YHVH’s (the LORD’s) hand double for all her sins” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:1-2.

In these two verses, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is speaking in relation to a time of comforting after a period of suffering. As Elohim said …

“‘Cast away from you all the transgressions, which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies’ says YHVH Elohim. ‘Therefore turn and live!’” Yechehel - Ezekiel 18:31-32.

In Hebrew the word “turn” is “shuv,” which means “to repent, to turn back, return, to be made whole again,” and thus the name of our ministry “RMI Ministries” being the three letters that stand for The RETURN Movement International. YHVH Elohim (the LORD God), blessed be His Sanctified Name, certainly receives no satisfaction in punishing Israel or anyone for that matter. As soon as those whom Elohim is forced to punish will submit to the chastening rod in the proper spirit and allow the staff of Divine indignation to have its due effect upon them, the Almighty is ready to “comfort” them!

The Spirit of Elohim is the one true Comforter, He and He alone can pour balm into the heart of all who has repented and returned to Him. The Hebrew word for “comfort” is “nacham.” It is important to understand that this word is another word that translates to “repent.”

No man repented (nacham) him of his wickednessYirmyahu - Jeremiah 8: 6.

“If so be they (Israel) will hearken and turn (shuv-repent) every man from his evil way, that (Elohim) may repent (nacham) of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings” Yirmyahu - Jeremiah 26: 3.

Thus, “Nacham” is used countless times in the Word to denote “repentance,” - repentance of man and yes even Elohim repented, or rather He changed His mind “of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them” if Israel would only repent. It is important to note why this word of comfort is given at this point.

Comfort is the very first word of Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 40. Therein lays another testimony of Elohim’s desire to comfort the repentant sinner. For herein lays the secret and a very special testimony not just to Israel, but to the entire world!

Once a “christian” gentleman asked me, “Considering the Jews don’t have a New Covenant, so tell me how can they ever learn about, the Lord Jesus?”

There was a real problem with his question for it was certainly not a learned one, but then we cannot all be well taught and that is fine, second he forgot about believers providing a testimony, be it by Word or example, for we are to be a “Light to the world!”

Well beloved, you will be surprised to know how simple the answer really is, for the truth is, you do not really need the Brit Chadashah – the New Covenant, to learn about Yahushua the Messiah. The blessed truth is that whole of the wonderful message about Messiah can be found within the Hebrew Scriptures called the Tanach - the Old Covenant. For we all know that the Tanach is packed full of prophecies relating to HaMashiach - the Messiah.

Being an Orthodox Jew, who loves his Elohim with all his heart and soul, I came to know my Messiah one very special evening back in December 1977. That evening I entered my study for my regular evening “Ma’ariv” prayer & study time. After my prayers, I began to read the Book of Daniel chapter 9. And it was after I had read that chapter when YaHVaH Elohim gave me a profound revelation regarding Him who is the Messiah! All this occurred without me having a Brit Chadashah - the New Covenant or a single believer being involved ministering to me. No, it was my beloved Heavenly Father who taught me so lovingly much about His Word and His Only Begotten Son, but more than that, he also very clearly led me in regard the following; I was to separate myself for seven years in preparation for ministry and I was only permitted to read His Word from the Original Hebrew and soon thereafter, blessed be He, Elohim, He sent me a Greek believer, a wonderful man who remains with this ministry to this day and thus we have both the original Scriptures in Hebrew and Greek to study and share! Beloved, now with so many years that have now passed this has made our studies so different from all the others.

Certainly it has not been because of our wisdom, far from it, but because of His ever loving guidance, for without Him and the guidance of His Sanctified (Holy) Spirit, we would never have been able to have done and what has been achieved! Beloved, we are just His tools, but it is YaHVaH Elohim, and He who is the Eternal “Word from the beginning” Messiah Yahushua who receives all the praise and glory!

The Chapters of Isaiah

Are you also aware beloved that the book of Yeshayahu – Isaiah is divided into two distinctive parts? Here we find the same structure for Part One is made up of 39 chapters, and Part Two has 27 chapters, making a total of 66 chapters.

Praise Elohim, for the Tanach – the Old Covenant also has 39 books and we all know that the Brit Chadashah - the Covenant has 27 books, thus the whole of the Scriptures has a total of 66 books and it is therefore just like the book of Yeshayahu – Isaiah, or visa-versa! And there is a very good reason for this! Do you feel I have made a point here?

Therefore in just one of the books of the Tanach, the Old Covenant, a book I am so often told is a very difficult book to read and amazingly it has even been said that the Old Covenant has been now been replaced by the New Covenant. What utter rubbish, how dare they throw away the precious Word of the Almighty Elohim, that is so evil and the idea is certainly Satanic! However, I can tell you that the Tanach – Old Covenant is in fact the Foundation of the blessed Scriptures, well try and take away the foundations from under your home and where will it be in a short space of time? I know where it will be, for your home will have gone and be destroyed, just like those who have dared to suggest the aforementioned, unless they repent! Yet in Yeshayahu - Isaiah we have discovered the essence of all 66 books of the Word of our Elohim who has done everything with such perfection!!

Even the details line up so clearly, for if you check it very closely you will find that Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapters 1 to 39 deals with Judgement and the justice of YaHVaH Elohim dealing with the sins of the people. It also includes promises of Messiah who would come.

Chapters 40 to 66 it deals with Him who is styled in Yeshayahu - Isaiah as the suffering Servant, being Yahushua our Saviour, the Messiah.

As we look at chapter 40 we can very clearly see that it obviously represents the fortieth book of the Scriptures, which just happens to be the book of Mattityahu - Matthew.

It is so significant that Mattityahu - Matthew is the fortieth book, for in the Word of Elohim absolutely nothing occurs by accident for it is all part of Elohim’s great plan of salvation! Forty is a vital number in the Scriptures for as we may have read in the Book of Shemos – Exodus that Moshe - Moses lived like a prince for forty years, then he lived like a shepherd for the next forty years, and the next forty years he lived as a man and prophet of YaHVaH Elohim. We are clearly told that although the wilderness journey was forty years, which was due to the people’s sin, they could have achieved it in a very short time.

“It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 1:2.

Later in the history of Israel, two great kings reined for forty years, they were Dovid - David and Shlomo - Solomon. Of course Yahushua was in the wilderness for forty days and nights when he was tempted by the evil one, and having been resurrected, he was with His own for forty days before He returned to the Father! Thereafter, if you will recall, it was forty years after our beloved Yahushua had ascended to the Father, that the Hebrew's were scattered to the "four-corners of the earth" and the Second Temple was completely destroyed by the Romans, just as had been prophesied in the Word of YaHVaH Elohim! Forty years, or forty days or nights, in the Word of Elohim represents a “time of testing.” More importantly, the fortieth year is “completionof the old and the entering into the new.

In the first 39 books, we read the many prophesies that relate to the coming of the Messiah, however in the 40th book we see the prophecy and its fulfilment relating to the arrival! Just look at verse 3 and 5 of Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 40.

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of YHVH; make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim … The glory of YHVH shall be revealed.’”

Praise Elohim, the heart of the Brit Chadashah – New Covenant is to be found in the very heart of the Tanach – Old Covenant! There is great comfort to be found in the Tanach, but only for those that heed and act to Elohim’s call to repentance! You see beloved, there is so much more, but it does need a heart that is seeking His Word of Truth, and is that not true for each and every one of us, for so many of us will not easily accept the Truth of His Word, for the Traditions of Men will have gotten stuck and sadly that is the case with Israel and so many in the church as well!

Thus, when those of Israel happen to read those blessed words, especially on the Sabbath, that is every Friday evening through to Saturday evening, being the seventh day Sabbath, pray, that Elohim in love and mercy will reveal the fullness of His Word to them. And remember “IN the beginning was The Word” and All Israel needs to know who “The Word is? Please pray for Israel!

Let us now return to verse one of chapter 40 of Yeshayahu - Isaiah and seek the Almighty for a fuller understanding of the Word that He gave us.

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people, says your Elohim.”

In order to fully understand this word “comfort,” as given to Yeshayahu - Isaiah, let us look at another word given to another wonderful prophet in the blessed Word. In Zecharyah - Zechariah Chapter 1, we find a powerful challenge, from verses 1 to 6. Only after Israel had heard the challenge and then had heeded to the challenge that was given to them, came a word of comfort in chapter 1 verse 7, through to chapter 2 verse 13.

YHVH has been very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them (Israel), ‘Thus says YHVH of Hosts: Return (repent) to Me,’ says YHVH of Hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says YHVH of hosts” Zecharyah - Zechariah 1:2-3.

Zecharyah - Zechariah first message must have been no more than a minute long at the most, but we could ask, did they listen to him, did they hear and head to it. Thus was it successful?

The answer to that is … YES it was a resounding success!

You may ask, “But brother, how are you able to deduct that line of reasoning? It is reasonably simple really, for Zecharyah - Zechariah second message was completely different in character to the first. His first message contained a powerful challenge, that time he put the Children of Israel on the spot. Zecharyah – Zechariah said,

You have come back to the city of Elohim, but you have not come back to YHVH your Elohim. You are in the wrong with Elohim, thus get back with Him and He will come back to you!” (Paraphrased).

Now in his second message there is no challenge whatsoever, only words of assurance and of soothing comfort. As we hear him say …

YHVH will again comfort Zion and will again choose JerusalemZecharyah - Zechariah 1:17.

This clearly teaches us that the Children of Israel took YaHVaH’s message as given through His prophet Zecharyah - Zechariah to heart. And that they heeded to it and returned to their Elohim. The result being that YaHVaH once again comforted Zion as per verse 17.

It is most important for us to understand that true men of Elohim will begin with a word of challenge and then will continue to challenge until there is a positive response. For only after a positive response, can there be comfort.

Let me repeat that: only after a positive response, and that is one of repentance, can the Almighty COMFORT. Now REPENTANCE and many faithful who are reading this will know that this is a word that is seldom heard in churches these days! For it seems more like it is a “come”, “come” Gospel, in other words a sort of a “Jesus to Go Gospel.” But, what about seek Yahushua and repent of your sins and be immersed and follow His ways and teachings? No that is all too hard. So don’t worry, all that is no longer a strict requirement according to so many pastors and churches, just come and make your pastor look good at the front! Forgive my directness, but this is what is happening these days in so many churches, for it is more about numbers and dollars than true salvation!

We all know that the prophet Yirmyahu - Jeremiah seldom spoke words of comfort. Why? It was because Israel would not respond to the challenge of Elohim. As we know from reading his book, Yirmyahu - Jeremiah continually battled with false prophets and preachers, who were offering words of comfort and lies, saying … “All is well … Elohim will bring peace.” However, at the same time he, the prophet of Elohim was saying;

Unless you get back with Elohim, He will destroy Jerusalem and the Temple, and you shall be taken captive to Babylon.” Chapters 25-26.

Messiah Yahushua also warned us about false prophets in these the “End Times.”

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:24-25.

Sadly so many who are members in the pagan based protestant churches, which are in reality harlot daughters of the great and powerful Satanic Roman harlot church are terribly fooled for there are far too many false teachers, leaders, prophets and deceivers within them, especially the Pentecostal, so-called spirit filled movements. All the tragic signs are there, but people prefer the human selfish joy, rather than the Scriptural truth, which provides Elohim’s revelation and a joy that is far greater than any joy that is more related to the “I, me and myself,” which is disguised by the false holy spirit, for it is not for the Father, but one that is mostly pre aroused by the bands playing and the on-going singing with choruses with crescendos that get people on a high and pastors working his art that he has cleverly learned at his college!

However, a genuine believer in Messiah can easily detect a false leader or a prophet for these men tend to commence with words of soothing comfort, just as it was in the days of Yirmyahu - Jeremiah.

These men and women tend to speak of mighty blessings, massive church growth and huge revivals! Yes I have heard it all and sadly there are pastors who love to stand alongside leaders of those mega ministries with massive numbers, who continually speak of ever growing church numbers, whilst they send out their News-letters, or should I say, their “beg-for-money-letters” and are you ready with your credit at church, for we have card machines if you do not have enough with you. And that was at a pastors message that said, and I am adlibbing here but in principle is contained the following. Possibly not in the order it is stated.

“God has given me a message for you; yes all of you today right here, right now. You are to give a thousand dollars at this meeting and you will receive a mighty blessing from the Father, for He will reward you with His riches, your bills will be taken care off, for I Am your provider! Also I Am You healer! … Just give your gift to our ushers who will come around soon, they will take in cash or you can also pay by credit card as we do have credit card machines.”

This pastor stayed at a five star luxury hotel and was chauffeured around in a stretched limo. In addition he was dressed in a Versace suit, and we all know that all Versace garments have a demon “Head of Medusa” emblem on the inside of their garments, but that does not seem to matter to a “christian” pastor? Back in America, he lives in a mansion and drives in a number of super luxury cars. Of course He fly’s, like so many of other TV Evangelists in their very own private Jets. These super mega pastors, who are seen worldwide on TV and have massive indoor and outdoor meetings, they live in many cases better than some kings. Now what did our Saviour have to say to His servants before He sent them to spread the Good news?

“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts, take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave.” Mattityahu - Matthew 10:7-11.

Thus the faithful were to take nothing but themselves, and we understand this, for this ministry has always lived by one simple principle; “Give us this day our daily bread” and we have never asked for more! We do not have a mailing list, send no news, or what in most cases are Beg-Letters, we are non-marketing, we sell nothing and will never ask for a single cent! YaHVaH Elohim is indeed our Provider, and since 1977 He has taken good care of me, yes I did work for a good time, until He called me into full time ministry with my dear Greek brother in Messiah as we travelled our own country extensively several times first, and then travelled the world together! We always give YaHVaH thanks and praise for all that He has done over all those years, for He alone does it, as I said earlier, those who are called, must listen to Him and go, and be at the right place and ensure to be there at the right time!

But in regard to all those statements being made in churches about “there is a great revival coming!” Beloved let me tell you right here and right now when the genuine great revival will really come and that is certainly not now, but that will occur in the middle of the Great Tribulation after the when the Two Witnesses have been killed, then having laid in the square in Jerusalem for three days, Elohim will raise them from the dead and they will stand up! The Word makes it clear that the whole world will see this event, and upon having seen this, they will finally come to know and believe that what these two men of Elohim have been saying was in fact completely true and millions will come to believe in Messiah Yahushua and enter into the second half of the Great Tribulation, which is also known as the terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble, but that is another study!

Sadly, little has changed from the time that Israel embraced the spiritual fads of its day as it was in the days of Yirmyahu - Jeremiah, when their false prophets, priests and teachers were leading them far from the Word of truth and so many were worshiping false gods. However, we are living in some of the most evil times right now in this day, be it in the secular world and even when it comes to some ministries that offer a fad of a “come and go salvation”, like I said. a sort of “Jesus to Go,” but without a message about the need to repent of ones sins and to follow the Messiah in all of His ways and teachings, for He did give us His commandments to follow!

Now comes the Question - Does Comfort really mean to Comfort?

Comfort, yes, comfort My people, says your Elohim.”

There are those who claim to comfort Israel and take this Scripture to mean they should show support to Israel by being a loving and caring friend.

Beloved, this in itself may seem good, however as we will discover that this work of comforting may not be technically Spiritual if you are going to use the above verse in its true sense, no matter the sincerity!

I also suggest that you read my study entitled “Labour with Elohim.” The link is located on the Main Index.

A leader of one of these “comfort” organisations has stated, “We will assist the Jews back to the land of Israel, but we oppose converting the Jews.” Another leader said, “This is not the time to preach Jesus to the Jews.”

Beloved, this is NOT what the Word of YHVH Elohim teaches us!

“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among the Gentiles, beginning at Jerusalem (Why do I think that means in and to the Children of Israel?).” Lukas - Luke 24:47.

“It is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Message of Peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’” Romans 10:15.

Amazingly the main offender of this kind of erroneous teaching is an organisation based in Jerusalem, whose founder even teaches a great Scriptural lie, “That the Time of Jacob's Trouble has passed” and that it “occurred during the time of the Holocaust.”

I had been asked to minister at a Fellowship in Sydney, and the Australian leader of this worldwide organisation came and spoke on April 26, 1998, as well as at the ‘Israel’s 50th Jubilee Celebration’ at the Sydney Opera House on April 28. But, during his message he made the Embassies doctrine very clear with a message that included these revealing words - “Israel’s time of trouble has passed.”

We all know from the Word of Elohim that this is an evil and satanic lie and the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem proclaims this wickedness as well as telling believers that “... they do NOT have to share Messiah with the Jews as it is not their time.” Utter rubbish and an evil lie that is being propagated by Satan!

Of course everyone who knows the Word of Elohim knows differently, and we know that Yahushua Himself so clearly spoke about the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” which will come during the second half of the seven-year period of the “Tribulation.” The Word clearly speaks of the great destruction that will take place in Israel and amongst the people during the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” the 70th week, as spoken of by the prophet Daniel chapter 9. Like Yirmyahu - Jeremiah) and Zecharyah - Zechariah, therefore we the faithful in Messiah Yahushua must warn Israel of the impending horror that lies ahead. Israel must repent and return to the Elohim of Israel and accept their true Messiah - NOW!

Yes many will come later, but, My heavenly Father did also chose me and He spoke to me directly back in 1977 and I came to know Messiah, who I in the past had so greatly opposed. Why share Messiah with Israel? Because we are to share with the Jew first and also with the Gentiles, as equals in order that we may be ONE in the Body, neither Jew nor Greek! The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem is not an organisation ordained, it is a work of man, again read “Labour with Elohim, and believe me they are at the bottom of that list, a work in the “Amal” a work of the flesh, the self and not of Elohim!

All individual Jews who have returned to their Elohim, accepting Yahushua as their Messiah will receive the great “comfort” of salvation, as we did when we accepted Him as our Saviour!

“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” Revelation 3:10.

“…you turned (repented) to Elohim from idols to serve the living and true Elohim, and to wait for His son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Yahushua who delivers us from the WRATH to COME1 Thessalonians 1:9-10.

Remember earlier in this study I clearly stated that the Hebrew word “nacham” that is translated as “comfort” also translates as “repent.” Thus, When we read “Comfort, yes, comfort” it is based on repentance, for there can be NO comfort without repentance. Are we rewarded by the Almighty whilst we are in sin, no of course not, and neither is Israel, in fact they have been punished more than any other. They must first believe and then repent, just as I as a Hebrew had to do for there is NO other way to receive comfort!

Just note Yirmyahu – Jeremiah chapter 8 verse 6 where the word “nacham” appears and yet the entire Scripture is clearly devoid of any comfort!

“This is what YHVH says: ‘When men fall down, do they not get up? When a man turns away, does he not return? 5 Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return. 6 I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No man repented (nacham) him of his wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle. 7 Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But My people do not know the requirements of YHVH.’” Yirmyahu – Jeremiah 8:4-7.

Back to Zecharyah’s Second Message

Praise Elohim, that Israel heard Zecharyah Zechariah’s first message, for the comforting words he gave them in his second address was as follows,

Thus says YHVH, I have returned unto you.”

Here we see the kind of the comfort YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, assures Jerusalem and her people as spoken of in Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:1-2. “Comfort, comfort.”

In these verses Elohim, blessed be He, is reconciled to His erring people Israel and calls them no longer by names expressive of rejection or contempt, as He did in the Book of Hoshea – Hosea For at that time the Almighty had said;

“Then said Elohim, Lo-Ammi for you are not My people, and I will not be your Elohim.” Hoshea - Hosea 1:9.

In Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40, Elohim calls them, “My people ... Israel ... I am their Elohim.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah is commanded “to speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem” or “bid Jerusalem to take heart.” verse 2. This speaking to the heart is to be in a voice clear, distinct, and penetrating. “Heart” in Hebrew is “Lev,” and in the Hebrew usage, “Lev” is a rather comprehensive word, for it stands for “intelligence”, “conscience” and “emotion.” Thus, comfort, which does not effect a change in attitude or commitment, has “no heart.” Scripturally, comfort is only for those that have erred and genuinely returned (repented) to Elohim!

“Return, (O Israel) says YHVH of Hosts, and I will return unto you.”

The greatest comfort of all occurs when the person who receives comfort from YaHVaH is RIGHT with Elohim! Comfort, comfort ye.” It is an inspiration of earnestness in conveying the heavenly message. For YaHVaH is an Elohim of comfort. Not comfort for those who continue to live in sin, but a comfort to all who seek to be delivered from sin and live a life according to His Word!

Let us now elaborate on the conditions of comfort, and the methods of comfort as well as the results of comfort.

The Conditions of Comfort

The first condition is - “Repentance of all their sins.”

The second is that the sinner implores Elohim’s pardon for their transgressions in the blessed Name of Yahushua the Messiah, and acknowledges that the justice of the chastisement has been just.

The third is that prayer and praise is offered to Elohim for His goodness having ceased His anger and to speak comfort to our souls and pour His Shalom, His Peace, unto us.

If we neglect any of these conditions, we have no right to expect that the Almighty will bless us with His comforting Grace, for it does not come from rain or sunshine, which is a general blessing of His providence, but it is a special gift reserved for those who have prepared their lives to receive the gift of His presence, Elohim’s Ruach HaKodesh, His Sanctified Spirit in our lives.

The Methods of Comfort

YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, sometimes comforts us through the instrumentality of our fellow men. We know that the friends of Iyov - Job, according to the Word, were “miserable comforters, all of them.” Iyov - Job 16:2.

However, this should not be so. Elohim blesses wise council, guidance, help, and sympathy from friends to the relief and solace of those who are in need or are in trouble. “Comfort, comfort you My people,” was YHVH address to Yeshayahu - Isaiah. Be assured, the words of His prophet was filled with YHVH’s Spirit, and it made the comfort effectual, for YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, comforts us through His Word. How frequently has the despairing soul found peace and joy through the promises in His blessed Word, which gives a potent boost of hope to the most despondent and provides comfort for the unhappy?

Although YHVH does not require an intermediary to give comfort, but at times He will use a person who has been led by His Spirit! We have also read the command “speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem.”

The Word states to tell her “that her iniquity is pardoned.” In other words, “comfort” is shown here that it is directly related to forgiveness! YHVH cannot forgive without repentance and a blood sacrifice! Thus to comfort Israel, or any lost soul, be they a Hebrew or Gentile, is to tell them about Yahushua the Messiah, YHVH’s anointed one, and bring the sinner to the throne of Elohim in repentance and in faith!

The Results of Comfort

The immediate result of comfort from Elohim is peace and happiness. The soul comforted by YHVH, blessed be He, is at least contented and blissful. Further results should be gratitude for Elohim's Mercy and His Loving-Kindness. Perseverance in faith and well doing, the bearing of good fruits and gratitude to YHVH is the chief result of those that have repented and been comforted. This is one way; they are able to show their thankfulness. Praise and thanksgiving are the natural utterance of the mouth when the heart is touched with gratitude to Elohim the Father.

King David said, “What shall I render to YHVH for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of Salvation (what a comfort) and call upon the name of YHVH. I will pay my vows to YHVH now in the presence of all His people ... I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of YHVH” Tehillim - Psalm 116:12-17.

“Your guilt is paid off.” This seems to be the idea of the original, which we have as; “her iniquity is pardoned” in Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:2.

The reference here is rather pointed to the penalty of iniquity being effectively removed. There can be no comfort while Israel is bearing her pains and asking, “Where shall iniquity be laid?” It has lain on Israel for many years of national humiliation and captivity.

Even when Elohim speaks of punishment, He also shows us His great mercy. In Vayikra - Leviticus 26 and Davarim - Deuteronomy 28, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, clearly told Israel that He would;

“Scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other … I will set My face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no-one is pursuing you”

However, praise His Name, in the very same chapter, where the Almighty outlines the punishment that was due to Israel for rejecting their Messiah, the Elohim of great mercy, Who will always keep His everlasting and eternal Covenant with the Children of Israel, He gives them another statement of hope!

“Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am YHVH their Elohim. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their Elohim: I am YHVH” Vayikra - Leviticus 26:44-45.

Today, as it has been for some two thousand years, the mystery of the “sacrificial lamb” has been revealed to many and the faithful in Him know that our Heavenly Father “laid on Him (Yahushua) the iniquity of us all.”

This knowledge is comfort indeed! When many of Israel comes to realise this blessed truth, and finally accept their Messiah, there will be no more iniquity upon her!

Thus beloved let this be also our calling unto Israel, unto our families, friends and neighbours, that the punishment may be removed when they accept Yahushua the Messiah and repent of their sins! The faithful in Messiah Yahushua must share the TRUTH of Elohim, the Word with Israel, especially the words that Yahushua our Messiah gave us,

“Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in Elohim, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know ... I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. Yochanan - John 14:1-6.

This study from Yeshayahu - Isaiah clearly teaches us that comforting Israel and those still living in the flesh, without sharing Messiah Yahushua and the need to repent, has no value! Therefore, let us be challenged to give genuine “comfort” and bring hope unto Israel, in and through him who is "The Hope of Israel" according the Word of Elohim! Let Israel rejoice for her comforter is ready to receive all who will believe, repent, and are immersed (mikvah) in running water.

“Comfort ye My people.” Elohim is calling on the faithful to bring Israel back to the fullness of Him who is “The Word!” Beloved, we cannot sit on the fence at this time of history, but rather strive together with Yahushua for His people. Our call is 1. To pray for Israel. 2. To share the Word with Israel. 3. But also to pray for all souls lost, be they Jew or Gentile. But, we must not neglect the Children of Israel as so many do!

Yahushua is calling us to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.” The world will never find the solutions that will bring peace in Israel for the truth is beloved, peace in Jerusalem will only come to Jerusalem when our beloved Messiah Yahushua returns at the Second Coming with His saints and then there will be true Shalom, true Peace, for Yahushua is our Peace!

“‘Return to Me,’ says YHVH of Hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says YHVH of hosts” Zecharyah - Zechariah 1:3.

“‘Comfort (Nachamu means repent. Elohim’s comfort comes ONLY after repentance), comfort My people!’ Says your Elohim. Speak tenderly to Yerushalayim, and proclaim to her, that her warfare (service) is ended, that her sin is pardoned.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 40:1-2.

In conclusion:

The faithful in Messiah are to “proclaim” Yahushua unto Israel and in this way we can comfort them. This is the call from Elohim unto the faithful in Him, to provide Israel with true comfort, which only comes through our beloved Messiah. Not just physical comfort, as given to Israel by so many “christian” organisations, who lay claim to Yeshayahu’s - Isaiah chapter 40 verse 1 as their call to duty, but sadly they have read and understood verses 1 and 2 totally incorrect, for sadly, they have little to no understanding of Scriptural Hebrew. Yes do good deeds, but, not like the ICEJ who states “That this is not the time to preach to the Jews.” For beloved – we are living in the “latter days” and we must share our Saviour with Israel and the world before it is too late!

We the faithful have received the blessed comfort of Elohim when we repented and accepted Yahushua as our Messiah and were fully immersed in water. Now it is time to share that “comfort” with Israel and sinners around the world, beginning at home with families and friends! It is time for them all to experience the comfort of Yahushua in their lives! I believe that our Heavenly Father would want us to include Israel on the top of your prayer life, and at prayer meetings, for the Word encourages this. We also must pray for all our beloved ones and friends, as well as those we may work with and whenever possible go out and share the Gospel to those round about! Personally I have been in partial ministry since 1978 and full time since 1984 and have seen so many blessed as the BRIDE has been challenged to commence intercessory prayers for Israel and souls lost. I also believe that you were led to read this study for a special reason, thus pray about what you have read and allow the Sanctified (Holy) Spirit speak to you, for I am sure that some have already been led to go forth, but have been held back. Now this may be the Father speaking to you to Go forth!

“Comfort, Comfort ye My people” a comfort they will receive ONLY after they have fully repented!

Beloved, we are to be both “hearers and doers of the Word”!

“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”

Tehillim – Psalms 86:11

May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!

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