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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, 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!

Part Two

“You are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with Elohim’s people and members of Elohim’s household, built on the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Messiah Yahushua Himself as the Chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a Sanctified Temple in YHVH. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which Elohim lives by His Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22.

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We now continue with part two of our study and look how the faithful in Messiah continue in their homes and fellowships!

A Picture of the early Messianic Fellowship:

The world of ‘christianity’ today will have no idea what the first-century believers were really like, or how their fellowships would have been! For decades long after Yahushua’s death and resurrection and the Apostles’ receiving of the “Ruach HaKodesh,” being “the Sanctified (Holy) Spirit” the true faithful in Messiah Yahushua all believed and practiced a way of life and worship that is completely different from every professing ‘christian church’ in existence today!

You may ask, “How was it different?” The following verses give an answer in part!

“‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ He replied, ‘Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with My disciples at your house.’’ So the disciples did as Yahushua had directed them and prepared the Passover.” Mattityahu - Matthew 26:17-19.

The point is that the early faithful understood that the “Good News” of Messiah Yahushua was a continuation of the faith of Israel for them as was found in the Tanach - the Old Covenant, for had it not foretold His coming?

For many of the early believers who did not have a Brit Chadashah - “New Covenant” for it had not been compiled as yet, and only heard everything by word, they would ask, what Yahushua meant when He spoke about an appointed time with His Apostles? Those who were able to share the Word from the Father would clarify the fullness and the miracle of that Passover.

The important thing was that Yahushua THE Messiah would be THE Passover Lamb that very Passover eve, as we are told in the Word, but in the “Seder and Kiddush,” being the Sanctification and blessings to the Passover evening meal was related directly to the meal, but more-so to two certain items partaken of during that meal, being the third cup of HaGafen (the wine) and the middle restored piece of Matza (unleavened bread) and what they represented related to His shed Blood and His spotless Body, thus all related to the events that were to commence that very same night!

“Then He took the CUP, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take THIS and divide it among yourselves, for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of Elohim comes.’ And He took (unleavened - Matzo) BREAD, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘THIS (Matzo) is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘THIS cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.’” Lukas - Luke 22:17-20.

You will note that I have highlighted the words “the CUP” – “Take THIS” – “THIS is My Body”, etc. There is a very good reason for this, for the “church” has never understood it, whereas Shaul – Paul obviously did for he uses those words again in 1 Corinthians 11:25-25. Thus, the mention of “THIS” must be very important! The Greek for “this” is “to’to” – being a singular nominative term, meaning obviously “this” or the “same thing,” etc. But the point is that Yahushua was saying that it was “THIS cup” of wine and “THISunleavened bread would represent His blood and His body, and that we are to … “do this in remembrance of Me.”

The question is when should we do this “in remembrance” be done weekly, every two weeks, or once a month on a pagan SUNday. Of course that day is reality the day of worshipping Mithra the sun goddess? I think not, for that is a pagan day of worship instituted by Satan is really most unsuitable.

But, let us ask the following question: Considering the faithful upheld the Passover Meal in Memory of Messiah each and every year for the first three hundred and fifty or so years as far as we know for certain. Why did this not continue in the church? The truth is beloved; there were two groups of people:

1. The Apostolic believers who remained in the true faith in THE Messiah The “Little Flock” of the Faithful in Messiah Yahushua, and …

2. Those who by then had amalgamated with the ever growing Universal Church of Rome which had been gaining massive popularity and you will later discover just why!

For the faithful in Messiah Yahushua celebrate this Feast and partake of this meal each year for it is the most special meal of the year as the eating the Passover Meal on the first night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread has a great significance to all believers! Let me explain something that is very special, and this is sadly completely missed in “christianity”!

During the Passover Seder meal there is more than one cup of wine/grape juice, BUT it was the third cup that Yahushua took, and this cup was the cup, which has always been known in all Israel and to this day as “the cup of Redemption.”

The Three Cups:

The first cup is called the “Cup of Blessing.”

The second cup is the “Cup of Instruction” or “Teaching”!

The Third cup is the “Cup of Redemption,” thus, the command to; “Do this in remembrance of Me” is to uphold the Passover each year, for our beloved Messiah is as we should know is the Passover Lamb of Elohim as the Word tells us;

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

Thus beloved, we know from the Word that all the early faithful observed the Feasts of YaHVaH commencing with Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits, which combines into one inclusive feast, this is followed by Shavous being the Feast of Weeks (50) thereafter comes the Feast of the Blowing of Trumpets (Shofar), Yom Kippur and Tabernacles. The Hebrew believers as I already indicated also continued to be circumcised; in addition all the faithful upheld the Seventh Day Sabbath and the majority of those who were Gentiles did prefer the Mosaic regulations concerning kosher food.

But as man is so good at doing, just as was predicted by our beloved Messiah and the Apostles so clearly indicated to, Satan the evil one deceived 99.9% of modern ministers into believing that “Christianity became a new religion” and that it “was sort of cut out away from the Old Testament and the teachings that God had given through Moses.” How tragic is that and what a blatant lie. But worse still is to come, due to various new teachings and much of it came through the Roman church, a definite anti-Jewish bias crept into church and has continued right through to this very day! It was the church of Rome that started the teaching that;

1… “The Jews rejected Christ.” That is a total lie, for as we have already learnt, the vast majority of the faithful in the land and in Jerusalem, as well in Rome were Hebraic, all Judean and Israelites, as well as those who had converted from gentiles! If that teaching was true, then what about every single Apostle, were they not all Jews? Yes some did have dual nationalities and that was not unusual in those days!

2… “The Jews killed Christ.” What a load of rubbish that is, for the whole of Scriptures tells us that Messiah had to come to die for our sins and that we are to blame for His death, no one else, our transgressions are at fault. Our Master Yahushua did He not very clearly state;

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” Yochanan - John 10:17-18.

Thus it is obvious that neither the Jews, nor Romans were guilty of being singly responsible for killing Messiah Yahushua, but every single sinner that ever lived is guilty of that sin, for he is the “Lamb without spot and blemish” and He “our Passover was sacrificed for us.” Therefore we have learned that sadly the leaders of the various churches over the centuries have misled their parishioners not just over the Word of the Almighty and the teachings of Yahushua and His Apostles, but the churches have also at large smeared the name of the Children of Israel with something that they are not guilty of. Yes, I certainly agree that the faithful of Judea and Israelites accepted Messiah but many of Israel’s sinners so sadly rejected Him and that was tragic! And I can say that as an ex orthodox Hebrew, saved by the shed Blood of the Lamb of Elohim, Praise Him!

However, the Scriptural and historical facts prove that the faith of the Messianic followers were a continuation, be it a “magnification” of the teachings that Elohim had given through His prophet Moshe and it was not something that was brand new! As Shaul - Paul was inspired to explain in the New Covenant to those ex Gentile believers at Ephesus;

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the Household (Children) of Elohim, having been built on the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, Yahushua the Messiah Himself being the chief corner stone.” Ephesians 2:19–20.

Thus, there was no doubt that a basic part of the very “foundation” of the faith was the writings and teachings of the Tanach, the Old Covenant prophets, for those writings which Messiah and the Apostles referred to as being the “Scriptures” throughout their own writings, and it never referred to the New Covenant, for that simply did not exist as yet!

Throughout the Apostle’s lives as well as our Master and Saviour, they all kept the law of Elohim, from circumcision to the keeping of the Seventh Day Sabbath, the Seven Feasts of YaHVaH, kosher food and other requirements, as did the faithful Judeans and most of the Gentile faithful! Obviously on the eighth day of His life the babe Yahushua was circumcised;

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise Him, He was Named Yahushua, the Name the angel had given Him before He had been conceived. When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moshe had been completed, Yoseyf - Joseph and Miryam - Mary took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to YHVH.” Lukas - Luke 2:21-22.

Because of various Scriptures, we know that it was Yahushua’s “custom” to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath just like all the other Judeans;

“He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath Day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. And He stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Yeshayahu - Isaiah was handed to Him (to read out).” Lukas - Luke 4:16-17.

Therefore from abrogating the Sabbath, Yahushua said that the Sabbath was made for “man” and not just the Hebrews and that He was “Master of the Sabbath.” Therefore, the Sabbath is, in fact, the one and only “Master’s Day” as far as a day of rest and worship is concerned! Why – Our beloved Master and Saviour said so and “He is the Master of THE SABBATH!”

In addition, we need to note that long after Yahushua had ascended and returned to the Father, it was the Apostle Shaul’s “custom” to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath;

“… they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Hebrew synagogue. As his custom was, Shaul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. ‘This Yahushua I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,’ he said. Some of the Hebrews were persuaded and joined Shaul and Silas, as did a large number of Elohim fearing Greeks and a good number of prominent women.” Acts 17:1-4.

In addition, we also find Shaul - Paul observing the annual Scriptural Feasts, thus beloved we see that he is keeping the Law! One of the feasts we see being upheld for example is the “Feast of Weeks,” that is erroneously called “Pentecost” by ‘christians’ but its Hebrew name is “Shavout.” We also know from his writings that he faithfully upheld the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread as well as the other feasts. Let us read his own writings!

“I hope to spend some time with you, if the Master permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until the Feast of Weeks.” 1 Corinthians 16:7-8.

“Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast as you really are. For Messiah, our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.

Thus we understand that the true and faithful in Messiah of Elohim were the genuine “Ekklesia of Elohim” and it gained strength and power on the Day of the “Feast of Weeks” being the prophetic feast of the outpouring of the Sanctified Spirit, and one of the seven annual High Sabbaths that Elohim gave Israel. Many do not realise the great significance of this most blessed Feast, for Moshe - Moses had broken the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments because of the great evil he beheld before him, seeing the golden calf! YaHVaH Elohim gave Israel the opportunity to repent, yet 3,000 would not and they all died on what became the Feast of Weeks! However, on that very same day when Shime’on ben Yochanan had spoken (Peter) as told in Acts, and there was that mighty outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh – The Sanctified (holy) Spirit, some 3,000 Hebrews were saved, HalleluYAH! Thus you can see the powerful significance of this amazing feast and why it is such a blessed feast for all the faithful today!

Each and every Feast is a prophetical representation of our blessed Master, and as we know the first four have been fulfilled, however, there are three Feasts left to be fulfilled, thus I suggest that you read the authors extensive series on the “Seven Feasts of YHVH” which can be located on the Main Index!

Those of the “Little Flock” friends have always and still do observe the Scriptural Sabbaths and the Seven Feasts! The early believers were in reality the “pioneers” of our faith and they not only followed the “pattern” of the original faith taught and practiced by Yahushua our Redeemer, but they continued to “pioneer” the “Way of faith” unto all nations, although the nations were not listening, for Satan is the god of the world and he created his own church with a counterfeit messiah!

Friends, did you realise that the Seventh Day Sabbath is a prophetic picture of the blessed reign of Messiah during the coming of the Millennium of human history. It is the “rest” that Elohim commanded from the beginning (Hebrews 4:4). That is why Shaul was inspired to write, “There remains therefore a REST for the people of Elohim” (in v. 9). It is important to realize that the Greek word here translated “rest” is “sabbatismos” the “keeping of a Sabbath” - whereas “katapausin” is the normal Greek word for taking a “rest” and is the word used throughout the rest of Hebrews chapter 4.

If you would like full and documented proof that true believers in Messiah today should keep the Scriptural Sabbath, and remember, this author and our ministry is in no way connected with the Seventh Day Adventists (Elohim Forbid!), then read the powerful and absolutely vital study “The Seventh Day Sabbath Vs Sunday.” Just visit our Main Index and you will find it under “Which Day is the Real Sabbath.”.

YaHVaH’s Sabbath and His annual Sanctified Days picture His great Plan of redemption. Yet the true faith of course, involves far more than just keeping the Scriptural Sabbaths, etc. For I believe that it has already been shown that it involves an entire Way of life based on Yahushua’s blessed example as well as His teachings, for “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of Elohim.” Lukas - Luke 4:4. Should we not take note of these words?

Yahushua so lovingly taught the Law:

One of the most loved Scriptures is the Sermon on the Mount, yet there are so many who completely lose the essence of what Yahushua is telling us all in that superb sermon, that He gave us.

And why is that, because man has changed the emphasis of the meanings of far too many things in the word with their clever so-called rather evil theology! But read it very carefully and you will find that Messiah Yahushua certainly did not “do away” with the law at all (Matthew 5:17). In fact if you check it you will discover, that He actually “magnified” or “enlarged” the “Ten Commandments.” He explained that we must not only refrain from killing other human beings, we must not even look on them with contempt or hatred (vv. 20–23), as that is the “spirit” of murder. We are not to “hate” even our enemies. As Yahushua said clearly:

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:44.

As we have also learnt earlier that, although we must never commit adultery, but now Yahushua clearly added something brand new to this law;

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Mattityahu - Matthew 5:27–28.

In relation to tithing, the early believers were taught that they should always give in a private manner and unlike those Pharisees, never hand out in public and show off, or even set up a big “foundation” in their own name to perpetuate their own honour as being the giver;

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Mattityahu - Matthew 6:1-4.

True believers, the “Little Flock” were to pray regularly and privately not showing off their oratorical skills before men or using certain words or phrases over and over in “vain repetition” (vv. 5–13). And they should also fast regularly (vv. 16–18). Fasting in those days was following Scriptural example of doing without food and water in order to humble the self and get closer to the YaHVaH Elohim, just as Yahushua did (Matthew 4), and Moshe - Moses did (Deuteronomy 9:9, 18) as well as the Apostle Shaul had done (Acts 9:9).

It is so sad, but in our materialistic age, we need to understand that the original faithful in Messiah Yahushua did not allow themselves to be overcome by the desires for money, or material things as most professing “christians” do today;

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mattityahu - Matthew 6:19-21.

Yahushua later warned His followers;

Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Mattityahu - Matthew 13:22.

Acts chapter 4 explains further;

Now the multitude of those who believed were all of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32.

Thus there is no doubt that the early faithful was a blessed life, based on the teachings of the “law and prophets” except as I will say again, for those animal sacrifices and washings which pre-figured the sacrifice of Messiah and the cleansing of the Sanctified Spirit. These sacrifices and washings were made obsolete (Hebrews 9:9–12). But the spiritual laws of YaHVaH Elohim were never done away with, and man certainly was never given the authority to do so, and He who is THE WORD certainly did NOT do so! Rather, as Yahushua’s beloved Apostle Yochanan - John was inspired to write;

Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Elohim and the faith of Yahushua.” Revelation 14:12.

Continuing - a Picture of the early Messianic Fellowship:

We have read a great deal about the early faithful in Messiah and if you could only “look in on” of the true Ekklesia’s of the “Little Flock” during the first century and beyond, the question arises is what would you see? Friend, you would see a group of greatly dedicated believers in Yahushua the Messiah. You would see a community of believers to whom the Elohim of Israel, the Elohim of Creation, was very real. For those people were not just hearers and speakers about the person of Yahushua Messiah. But they were doers of those things that He and the blessed Scriptures had commanded!

Obviously, the Messiah was living in them through the “Ruach HaKodesh,” – “the Sanctified Spirit” that filled them and they kept all of the “Ten Commandments” for to them it was simply as a way of life. They had learned to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Saviour Yahushua the Messiah” (2 Shime’on – 2 Peter 3:18), and praise be to Elohim in their communities there would be no crime and no murders, rape, robbery or assault. No fornication or adultery. And except for very rare incidents of sexual misconduct, there would be no divorce and remarriage (Mattityahu - Matthew 5:32). Obviously, such believers would have in their society no pornography and no gross sex and violence of any kind in their “entertainment” be it in books, plays, or even among today’s christian television that has rock bands with men covered with piercings and tattoos, etc. Then there are countless violent movies and evil computer games that tragically parents buy to keep their children quiet! And all this is followed by the Internet that is filled with porn and young ones get caught up by paedophiles as we constantly see on the news!

Thankfully all dedicated families in Messiah Yahushua be they from the days of the Apostles or today, they would not be using His blessed Name whilst at the same time contradicting their faith by an erroneous lifestyle. They are resting and worshiping Elohim on the Scriptural Sabbath, just as is commanded, being constantly reminded by this blessed Scriptural day of worship that the true Elohim is the Creator of everything that exists;

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day Elohim ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which Elohim had created and made.” Bereshis – Genesis 2:1-3.

Va’Yi’Shabot Ba’yom Hash’Vi’ee” – “And He Rested” “On day” – Seventh.” The Hebrew words “Va’Yi’Shabot” translates as “and He rested.” However, the word “rested” as you may have noticed is “Shabot,” which is a derivation and means the same as “Shabbat” in Hebrew, or “Sabbath” as we know it! The other two Hebrew words “BaYom,” means “on day” and “Hash’Vi’ee,” means “seventh.” We need to understand that the Hebrew structure of sentences are totally different to what we know, thus it does not look like the words are in the right order but in the Hebrew they are perfect, and remember, Hebrew is written from Right to left and if opening a book, you start what you would today call the back of the book! Some say that writing like this is wrong, well the Hebrews have been at it far longer than almost anyone else in the world, and lets face it, when you start writing from the RIGHT, how can you possibly be WRONG?

Well, that was a little Messianic humour. The last time I used that was in my Yirmyahu - Jeremiah study, but be assured there will be no more, I am so sorry!

Concluding the theme of the Sabbath;

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Sanctified. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHVH your Elohim. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Shemos - Exodus 20:8-11.

Now we will touch another matter, the true faithful in Messiah would never be found fighting or butchering their fellow believers as has happened over and over again in the many centuries all over Europe and as the churches has done so it has proven that they have not heard, nor acted upon our blessed Messiah’s Word, “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.” How evil and wicked the churches have become as they have joined countless wars and fought other christians often from the same church as they might have been from, but sadly there were from another country. Lutheran’s were killing Lutheran’s, Protestants, fought Protestants, Catholics fought Catholics, and so the list goes on. And worse still together all of them slaughtered millions of Hebrews, the Children of YaHVaH Elohim, and all will have to stand before the judgement throne!

Never in all history have the true believers in Messiah Yahushua prayed to the dead or to the so-called “saints” or to idols, for all this is evil and satanic! They never did, nor ever will worship Miryam – Mary as being “The mother of God”. Of course, the “Little Flock” understands that Miryam – Mary was chosen and that she was special, but as the wife of Yoseyf - Joseph, she had other children by her husband after Yahushua’s supernatural birth had taken place (Mattityahu - Matthew 13:55–56).

We should also note that nowhere in the Scriptures do we find a word regarding the setting up of an Ekklesia headed up by a dedicated and paid minister! The truth is there were no ministers during the first century fellowships, as there were only elders and they were primarily husbands and fathers (1 Timotheos – 1 Timothy 3:1–5; Titus 1:5–9). They were taught that in “latter times” that some would be deceived by “doctrines of demons” into thinking it was wrong for men, certainly including ministers or priests, to marry (1 Timotheos – 1 Timothy 4:1–3). Meeting regularly in plain surroundings on the day Elohim made Sanctified, such as His Sabbath, Elohim’s elders were instructed:

“I charge you therefore before Elohim and the Master Yahushua the Messiah, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfil your ministry.” 2 Timotheos – 2 Timothy 4:1-5.

Tragically, as we have seen, the church has indeed turned aside to “fables.” Today, in dark, dank, foreboding cathedrals, priests and ministers in strange-looking “Mother Hubbard” gowns go through incomprehensible rituals, chant prayers and responsive readings, and sadly the Scriptures itself is very seldom really heard. They have very little to say about the way of life of the Messiah, or what He really taught as well as what the Apostles teachings really was, for they are so good at picking a verse here and there to make a point, although never mind if the verse is taken totally out of context! Seldom is it heard that at least one-fourth of the blessed Scriptures contain prophetic details, or about the true purpose regarding Elohim’s working His plan right here on this very earth. No, they are not interested in that! Why? The truth is they really don’t know any of it! Yet many of them are supposed to be Doctors of theology, but they know nothing, for Satan intends to keep them blind, for only the blind can lead the blind!

Of course, we should also realise that the Scriptures were not available to people until at least around the late 16th.century, for up to then the only people that knew about the Word were the hierarchy and they had their own translations, some of which were very unreliable! When, in due course pages were printed and a person managed to obtain a page, if caught they were killed. The key was that it was the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and priests, of both the Catholic, and later the Protestant churches who had to deliver their own doctrines and no one could defy them or you would die, it was as simple as that, for the church was an evil world! Today, sadly those who are part of the church just do not realise nor understand the simple truth of their origin at all, but their faith does NOT hail from the true faith of the Apostles!

Beloved, as the Brit Chadashah, The New Covenant makes very plain, the early faithful would be “feeding on Messiah” (Yochanan - John 6:57) through constant study of the Scriptures, being the Tanach, the Old Covenant and eventually the arrival of the first edition of the Hebrew four Gospels and later the Greek versions arrived, but these in due course slowly changed somewhat from the originals.

Remember Elohim’s description of the Bereans?

“As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Shaul - Paul and Silan- Silas away to Beroian - Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Hebrew synagogue. Now the Berean’s were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Shaul said was true. Many of the Hebrews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” Acts 17:10-12.

Thus Shaul and Silan came and shared the word about Yahushua, but they would have used the prophetic word from the Tanach, Old Covenant combined with the actual events that had occurred. Thus these Bereans’, who now believed, they and others were constantly reading what? Was it the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant? NO, that was impossible, for it had not been fully written, or completed as yet, but they read and double-checked everything that Shaul had spoken about in the Tanach, the Old Covenant and they found that to be accurate! Thus with Elohim’s help they lived by every Word of Elohim. They also faithfully followed Messiah’s example of obedience to Elohim’s laws and not the ways, the rituals or the religious festivals learned from the pagans that were now slowly surrounding them by some others, for already error had commenced to enter into parts of the ekklesia’s. Again, they would not only believe in the person of Yahushua THE Messiah, but they would believe and practice what He taught:

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Yochanan - John 14:23.

Later the true faithful would believe what the Apostle Yochanan - John wrote near the end of the Apostolic Age:

“Therefore let that abide in you whom you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” 1 Yochanan – 1 John 2:24.

They also understood the fundamental teaching of the Apostle Shaul:

I am crucified with Messiah: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Messiah lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of Elohim, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

The Scriptures makes it clear that “Yahushua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). And as He is, so is the Sanctified Word of YaHVaH Elohim, and we MUST NEVER forget that!

Sadly beloved, the “christian church” worldwide has totally forgotten this and they have replaced the truth of the Word, with a variety of doctrines, including such lies as; replacement – prosperity - laughter theologies, and then there are the countless healings as people fall on their backs, which is the very opposite to what occurred in the Scriptures, when men of Elohim touched by the Spirit of YaHVaH fell forward on their faces! Churches today are filled with loud music with big bands that play what sounds more like rock and roll and is feeding the crowds just what they want the … “I, me and myself” for it is Satan who has installed what you can call a “take away religion,” a sort of “come to church have a great time.” Then people go home and are their old selves cussing and telling lies and go about with their sexual activities, etc! The truth is, all they really need and it makes them feel good is a church where you are welcome as they are, for they are being told that “Once you are saved, always saved, no matter what” you do, thus it is “A Jesus to go Church!”

To be honest I have been inside a number of these churches over the years as I was asked to share studies there, and honestly many of the women in some of the fellowships dressed more like harlots, with their faces so painted up, you would think they are off on a model photo shoot or worse, and their dress code, well, never mind modesty, the hemline is simply no longer anywhere near the knees, and I will not comment where it is, but you cannot look at it, for it is far too embarrassing! Their tops are so revealing if they bend over there would be nothing left to hide!

On their stage will be a loud band, which seems to resemble a rock band. There will be young men with long unruly hair, some will have braids, or an afro, and many have piercings in their ears, noses and their arms and necks are covered in tattoos. The girls are dressed scantily and together they create music that is so loud that it is often ear piercing that usually ends with what they call “a Sanctified Spirit” thing that is supposed to lead it into the so-called spirit filled fellowship. I was invited to a Fellowship, and I was shocked what I was about to experience, for the pastor did this thing stirring up the crowd and they all seemed to go into a wild madness with bodily movements that was so weird and singing and talking in tongues whilst others were just sitting still and screaming the moment the music commenced. Believe me, I was out of there! For this evil rubbish was NOT from our beloved Father but a gift from the evil one, Satan! Obviously all this covers the Pentecostal / Charismatic movements and a good number of other churches including some of the Baptists that have been invited to, and many are turning to this direction. How tragic is that? I once believed to go, for everyone should have the opportunity to hear the Word of truth from YaHVaH Elohim, but now I do all that through the World Wide Web!

“Heavenly Father, I pray in the blessed Name of Yahushua, that you do a work amongst all these fellowships who have gone so far astray, and stir and shake them up mightily, and take out of them those who are willing to return to You and Messiah Yahushua the true Messiah, thus bring out the good harvest Father, accept them back into your bosom of love! Thank you YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be Your Sanctified Name! I ask this in the Name of Yahushua! HalleluYAH.”

Beloved, it is so wonderful to know that there have always been true believers in Messiah Yahushua throughout the ages and we are still here today who keep the Ten Commandments, just as Yahushua did, and uphold the Seventh Day Sabbath and the Scriptural Feast Days and follow the entire way of life as modelled by Yahushua our beloved Messiah and His twelve Apostles whom He taught well! As they worshiped together, sang together and served one another, they would have been filled with love, worship and adoration toward the Great Elohim and with kindness and out-flowing concern toward one another.

As we know from the Word, that Messiah by the means of the “Ruach HaKodesh” - the “Sanctified Spirit” of Elohim would be living within them, through their obedient, serving life, which they did in love of their Messiah. Romans chapter 8 makes this filling of the Spirit of Elohim very clear!

“… you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of Elohim are sons of Elohim.” Romans 8:13-15.

And when it comes to the teaching of the keeping of the commandments, I just feel that it is simply wonderful, but the love of Elohim flows down the riverbed of the Ten Commandments, as Yahushua’s beloved Apostle Yochanan – John explains it in this way;

For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” 1 Yochanan – 1 John 5:3.

What Yochanan – John has stated there is very true for all the Commandments, including the Ten Commandments, which are certainly not burdensome, for Yahushua, as I stated earlier, mentioned them in the Sermon on the Mount, and he even strengthened several of them. Yet, only if you break a law, no matter what law, be it a civil law, such as speeding, theft, murder or adultery there is going to be repercussions! Be it with the civil courts if you are caught, but no matter what, unless there has been a complete and heartfelt return to Messiah Yahushua and complete repentance, there will be a judgement with the heavenly Father! Thus the burden is only for those who walk away from their Elohim! Yahushua made it very clear;

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mattityahu - Matthew 11:27-30.

Greek philosopher and the father of heresies arrives:

There are those who teach that their denomination has been given the authority to make changes in Messiah’s official teachings, and that this authority has been transferred to a man, a person, who was “chosen and anointed by God.” Even though this person would in reality have been “elected” by a body of men, and the authority of its members need no longer obey YaHVaH’s or Messiah’s commandments or follow His example for that matter. The largest professing “christian” sect calls itself, “universal” and claims to trace its human leadership back to the “Apostle Peter” from whom they claim they have received the authority to change Scriptural doctrines. We need to think about this for just a moment, for does this not sound rather strange considering that Shime’on ben Yochanan, or Peter throughout his leadership was very strong on one point that the Law would stand forever, and he would never have given such an authority, for this would have gone against everything his faith stood for in his beloved Messiah. Let me quote one of my favourite statements by any of the Apostles, and it is by Shim'on - Peter;

“But when you do good and suffer, and you take it patiently, this is commendable before Elohim. For to this you were called, because Messiah suffered for you, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.” 1 Kepha – 1 Peter 2:20-22.

Thus Simon Peter delivered a very interesting word to the faithful. But friend, did you pick the “key word” in the highlighted verse? Well that very special word has great meaning; was it “suffered” or “example”?

The truth is, it was the Greek word “Ee’pogrammos” or “Hupogrammos” and this word is translated as “example,” but what is also very interesting, it also means “to copy.” I am well aware that this statement would have had an astounding effect on the faithful in Messiah who heard it!

“to this you were called, because Messiah suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.”

What a powerful message is contained within these words that were spoken by Shime’on – Peter, who was considered the Hebrew’s of all the Hebrew’s! Amazingly this Greek word “Ee’pogrammos” or “Hupogrammos” – “Example” or “Copy” only appears this one single time in the entire Word of Elohim, thus it must have a very powerful meaning. Thus what does this word really mean in its fullest meaning from the original Greek?

We know that it means “to copy” and that sort of reminds me when I was very young as a child around 1950 when I was starting to learn to write, and the teacher would write a letter on the board with chalk, and I would try and copy it on my slate. Well when I first started I usually made a bit of a mess of it, and my teacher would come over and place his hand over mine and guide me in writing the letter and it would be much better! Back in the day that Shime’on – Peter spoke, it was much the same, except, they did not have solid slates, but a box like unit that contained wax. Thus, when writing a Hebrew letter with a feather quill or a sharpened stick, if it was not perfect, the teacher would do the same, and place his hand on the pupil’s hand and guide them through the groove of the engraved letter, and even though it may not have been completely perfect, it would have been within the guidelines! Thus the example was still followed!

What is the lesson here; the Word of YaHVaH Elohim and that which Yahushua has so clearly told us whilst He was with us, set’s a powerful “Example” for all of us “to copy.” Meaning, taking on all the challenges that may come against us, and His example was keeping His Fathers laws, by upholding the Ten Commandments, that included the blessed Seventh Day Sabbath, the Seven Feasts of YaHVaH that also contain High Sabbath days, etc! Thus NO mere man can say that this same man, the most obedient of Apostles to the law of Elohim, the faithful servant of Yahushua, Shim'on – Peter, would give a mere man the authority to change and alter Elohim’s laws, NO NEVER, for that would make him a tool of Satan had that been the case. And that we know he certainly was not, for he was faithful to Messiah Yahushua to the day he died!

Did Shime’on – Peter ever go to Rome?

Having cleared up the matter above, members of the Roman catholic church will be totally shocked to learn that they and the vast majority of those who today call themselves “christians” can actually trace their faith not to the Apostle Shime’on - Peter, but to another man who also had the name “Simon.” But he certainly had nothing to do with the Apostle Shime'on – Peter the Apostle who walked with our blessed Saviour Yahushua! But it just happened it was another Simon, whose name was Simon Magnus and he was well known as a Samaritan sorcerer who is clearly mentioned in Acts 8! This Simon was at the heart of the apostasy that turned a number of the first-century faithful away from Messiah’s teachings.

“Now for some time a man named Simon (Magnus) had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, ‘This man is the divine power known as the Great Power.’ They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic. But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the Kingdom of Elohim and the Name of Yahushua the Messiah, they were immersed (baptised), both men and women. Simon himself believed and was immersed. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw … When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the Apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, ‘Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Sanctified Spirit.’ Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift from Elohim with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before Elohim. Repent of this wickedness and pray to YHVH. Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.’” Acts 8:9-13 & 18-23.

Scripture recounts that those of Samaria gave heed to this evil man, Simon Magnus as being someone great, calling him “the great power of Elohim” (Acts 8:9–10). That phrase represents Simon’s “claim to be the bearer of divine revelation.” Simon received baptism and became sort of a “nominal” believer if we can really even call him that for he had other motives as we read! However Kepha – Peter, recognized Simon straightaway as being “poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity” (Acts 8:23). Simon’s Samaritan religion was also greatly influenced by Greek philosophy. The truth is that even early christian writers regarded this Simon Magnus as being the source of all heresies.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th ed.) in its article on Simon Magnus identifies him as the “founder of a school of Gnostics and as a father of heresy.”

Noted historian Edward Gibbon stated; the Gnostics “blended with the faith of Messiah many sublime but obscure tenets which they derived from oriental philosophy” (The Triumph of Christendom in the Roman Empire, p. 15).

Simon Magnus and others sought to create a fusion of faith, mixing popular devotions with various philosophies, and adding a covering of Messiah’s words, to create a religion that could win general acceptance from weak believers and the pagan Gentiles.

Noted historian Will Durant sadly wrote the following tragic statement;

Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church; the Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other pagan cultures contributed to the syncretist result. From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity … and a personal immortality of reward and punishment; from Egypt the adoration of the Mother and Child, and the mystic theosophy that made Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, and obscured the Christian creed; there, too, Christian monasticism would find its exemplars and its source. From Phrygia came the worship of the Great Mother; from Syria the resurrection drama of Adonis; from Thrace, perhaps, the cult of Dionysus, the dying and saving Elohim … The Mithraic ritual so closely resembled the eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass that Christian fathers charged the Devil with inventing these similarities to mislead frail minds. Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world … [The Eucharist] was a conception long sanctified by time; the pagan mind needed no schooling to receive it; by embodying the ‘mystery of the Mass,’ Christianity became the last and greatest of the mystery religions” (The Story of Civilization, Vol. 5, Durant, pp. 595, 599).

In the fourth century after Messiah, the Roman emperor Constantine adopted christianity as his nations religion but not his own, it is said by bishops that he became one on his death bed, but he was a worshipper of Mithra the sun god all of his life. However, one might say that during his life he “adapted” his faith into “christianity” that had been dramatically changed under his imperial influence and thanks to Simon Magnus it was a major pagan religion, sprinkled with touches of a christian God and their Christ, and Constantine shaped it into a state religion and took control.

Under Constantine’s direction, the Council of Nicaea was held in 325ad. Though he had not yet been baptized, Constantine presided over the council’s opening session and took part in its discussions, believing that it was his duty as emperor to oversee the establishment of doctrine for the church. But was Constantine presiding over the council as a former pagan now turned Christian, or did he use the Council of Nicaea to infuse his pagan background into what would become the “official” christianity? 

Respected historian Paul Johnson has observed the following regarding Constantine’s religious views:

“There is some doubt about the magnitude of Constantine’s change of ideas. He himself was a sun-worshipper, one of a number of late-pagan cults which had observances in common with the Christians. Thus the followers of Isis adored a madonna nursing her Sanctified child; the cult of Attis and Cybele celebrated a day of blood and fasting, followed by the Hilaria resurrection-feast, a day of joy, on 25 March; the elitist Mithraics, many of whom were senior army officers, ate a sacred meal. Constantine was a Mithraic, and his triumphal arch, built after his death ‘conversion,’ it testifies to the Sun-Elohim, or ‘unconquered sun.’ Many Christians did not make a clear distinction between this sun-cult and their own. They referred to Messiah ‘driving his chariot across the sky,’ they held their services on Sunday, knelt towards the East and had their nativity-feast on 25 December, the birthday of the sun at the winter solstice. During the later pagan revival under the Emperor Julian many Christians found it easy to apostatize because of this confusion; the Bishop of Troy told Julian he had always prayed secretly to the sun. Constantine never abandoned sun-worship and kept the sun on his coins. He made Sunday into a day of rest.…” (A History of Christianity, Johnson, 1976, pp. 67–69).

Friend, if you have read all the above quotes carefully, you will now understand that during the appropriately named “Dark Ages” almost all the aspects of paganism were introduced into those who professing what is known today as christianity. There are countless false concepts of the “mystery of the mass,” the worship of the Virgin Mary patterned directly after the worship of the pagan goddesses, the idea of a “little lord jesus” being born on December 25th, calling it “Christmas” and connecting it with all the pagan rituals of the Saturnalia, all these false concepts and more were woven into what became “mainstream” christianity.

Centuries later, the Protestant “reformers” were able to see only a few of the problems of this evil Roman religion. But sadly the vast majority of these pagan concepts were so thoroughly indoctrinated into their minds that the reformers made only just a few minor changes that can only be called most minor!    

Luther and the Lack of Reformation:

Martin Luther, who is called by many the “father of the Reformation” and he is already covered elsewhere in this study, and certainly not in a favourable way! He and other reformers still held hostile attitudes against all things “Jewish,” including anyone that upheld the Seventh day Sabbath, the day that Yahushua Messiah upheld as well as the annual festivals and, in fact, literal obedience to the Ten Commandments. That is one of the reasons Martin Luther presumptuously added something to Elohim’s own Word! In Luther’s translation of the New Covenant, he deliberately added the word “alone” to Romans 3:28. Luther was so adamant against the necessity of obeying Elohim’s law confusing it perhaps with Catholic canon law and Catholic rituals that he added a word to Elohim’s inspired revelation!

The New King James Version reads;

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.

The Lutheran Version reads;

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith alone, apart from the deeds of the law.”

Thus we see clearly that Luther broke the command of YaHVaH Elohim and changed His Word by adding and changing the meaning of THE word meaning that the entire verse had a new meaning, for Luther sinfully added the word “alone” - “sola” (Latin). Obviously this is an erroneous alteration to the Word of Elohim, for that is NOT what the Scripture says and it is not supported by the original text. Believe it or not, Luther was a man of the self and had a great pride, when one critic raised an objection to him changing the Scripture, Luther haughtily replied as follows, which shows us much of the type of man he really was!

“Should your Pope give himself any useless annoyance about the word sola, you may promptly reply: ‘It is the will of Dr. Martin Luther that it should be so.’” (John Alzog, Manual of Universal Church History, Dublin: M.H. Gill and Son, 1902, p. 199).

And, we may add on good authority, no other reason for such unscriptural changes as these was ever given. When it came to Luther’s own personal doctrinal convictions, Martin Luther was truly a self-willed man. His third tractate of 1520, On Christian Liberty, asserts that a christian man is spiritually subject to no man or to any law. He contended that since we are justified by faith alone, we are no longer under obligation to keep the law of Elohim.

And, as is well known, Luther called the book of Ya’akov - James an “epistle of straw” because he clearly taught the necessity of obedience to the Ten Commandments! Notice what Ya’akov - James wrote:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.” Ya’akov - James 2:10-12.

There is no doubt that this passage is an inspired Scripture from Elohim that allowed Ya’akov - James to teach about the ten “points” of the Ten Commandments. He tells the faithful in Messiah Yahushua to keep the whole law. He then concludes by teaching the Good News to believers, to “speak and to doas those who will be judged by Elohim’s law.

Tragically the “saved by faith alone” Protestant reformers have carried over most of the anti-law, anti-obedience attitudes they had to adopt in their rebellion against the evil “Mother Rome.” Yet, like Rome, they were still involved in that paganised system of countless false doctrines introduced by that evil “Simon the sorcerer” who also introduced new pagan Sanctified says and false concepts of their god, just like Elohim Himself describes in

“The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS (mother of the “harlot” daughter’s churches) AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:4–5.

As this form of “christianity” became the state religion of the masses of former pagans who “converted” into this new state religion filled with all their similar themes, statues, and pagan festivals that cut trees and decorate them with silver and gold, have rollicking parties and gift giving, etc. Many did so out of convenience rather than conviction, and kept their old beliefs privately. Others came to the new faith in an uneducated way in regard to its core beliefs, and were able to receive only the most basic instruction.

A PAGANIZED “Christianity”

The Roman newly created church gained much from Constantine and the Empire; it was not just new doctrines, but a new organisation. It was well known that Rome had a long-standing imperial cult, and their practices had finally found a new home in what became a completely compromised version of christianity.

Will Durant observed;

“Christianity grew by the absorption of pagan faith and ritual; it became a triumphant Church by inheriting the organizing patterns and genius of Rome … As Judea had given Christianity ethics, and Greece had given it theology, so now Rome gave it organization; all these, with a dozen absorbed and rival faiths, entered into the Christian synthesis. It was not merely that the Church took over some religious customs and forms common in pre-Christian Rome, the stole (a Babylonian garment) and other vestments of pagan priests, the use of incense and Sanctified water in purifications, the burning of candles and an everlasting light before the altar, the worship of the saints, the architecture of the basilica, the law of Rome as a basis for canon law, the title of Pontifex Maximus for the Supreme Pontiff, and, in the fourth century, the Latin language as the noble and enduring vehicle of Catholic ritual. The Roman gift was above all a vast framework of government, which, as secular authority failed, became the structure of ecclesiastical rule. Soon the bishops, rather than the Roman prefects, would be the source of order and the seat of power in the cities; the metropolitans, or archbishops, would support, if not supplant, the provincial governors; and the synod of bishops would succeed the provincial assembly. The Roman Church followed in the footsteps of the Roman state; it conquered the provinces, beautified the capital, and established discipline and unity from frontier to frontier. Rome died in giving birth to the Church; the Church matured by inheriting and accepting the responsibilities of Rome” (The Story of Civilization, Vol. 5, Durant, pp. 575, 618–619).

As many new and false elements were added to this new paganised “christianity” the authentic elements were almost crowded out. Sometimes this occurred because of anti-Semitic feelings. This was mostly due to the fact that Yahushua Messiah was physically from the tribe of Judah, and many of Simon Magnus’ followers, the Gnostics, denied His bodily appearance and they refused to accept that their Elohim had been from this much-despised tribe. Others perverted Messiah’s teachings because they hated Israel and Judea being the source where those teachings originally came from. They knew that those true believers in Yahushua upheld all the “Hebrew” Sanctified Days and adhered to other practices that pagan observers and the “christians” found offensive.

Who is the Elohim of the Tanach - Old Covenant?

Remember how Yahushua challenged the religious leaders?

“While the Pharisees were gathered together, Yahushua asked them, saying, ‘What do you think about the Messiah? Whose Son is He?’ They said to Him, ‘The Son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Master,’ saying: ‘YHVH said to my Master, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool’? If David then calls Him 'Master,' how is He his Son? And no one was able to answer Him a word.” Mattityahu - Matthew 22:42–45,

The Pharisees were not able to answer, for they knew that King David of Israel certainly had no human “lord - master.” This Scripture had to be describing of two personalities of the Heavenly Father one greater than the other. And, as should be obvious to us, David’s immediate “Master” is the one who later became Master Yahushua who was told to sit at the right hand of the Father until it was time for Him to become King of kings!

If only the Judean’s at the time of Messiah’s coming only had known that the coming Messiah was to be a literal “son of David.” But many simply did not understand, for how could this one also be David’s “Master,” but have a still “greater” Master telling Him what to do? Yet, I praise YaHVaH Elohim for the countless Judeans and Israelites who lived within its borders that they accepted Messiah Yahushua, for as we have learned the greater part of the faithful for so long were mostly Hebrews! Until later when the Good News was preached unto the Gentiles and they also received it!

In 1 Corinthians 10:1–4, we read that ancient Israel was baptized into Moshe and they all “ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Messiah.” Again, it is clear as a number of The Scriptures commentaries acknowledge that the spirit Personality who dealt with ancient Israel was the One who became Messiah. For, as we have seen, Yahushua said that “no one” had ever seen “Elohim” obviously meaning the One we call the YaHVaH the Father!

However, right after giving the Ten Commandments and some of the statutes to Israel, we find that the “Elohim of Israel” did indeed appear to some of Israel’s leaders!

“Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the Elohim of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw Elohim, and they ate and drank.” Shemos - Exodus 24:9–11.

Thus it states that some seventy of the leaders of Israel “saw the Elohim of Israel” but this was not Elohim the Father, but He who was “the Word” who later became Yahushua the Messiah (Yochanan - John chapter 1:1–3). Could anything be clearer!

It was the One who became Yahushua Messiah who literally walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He was the One who dealt directly with Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac and Ya’akov - Jacob. He was the One who spoke “face to face” with Moshe (Bamidbar - Numbers 12:8). He was the One who spoke the Ten Commandments from the top of Mount Sinai! He was the One who commanded the Seventh-Day Sabbath and the Feasts!

If the “christian church” were taught the truth, that the One who became their Saviour is the One who gave the Law and the Ten Commandments as well as the Seven Feasts of His father YaHVaH, perhaps their actions might have been somewhat different. The world would be a much safer place! All would realize that the true faithful in Messiah, the “Little Flock” are a law-abiding community and live a way of life based on the great spiritual law of Elohim. We all know that although no one on this earth is suddenly perfect, and we are commanded to grow in Messiah’s character, it is possible to follow Messiah’s inspired example through His Spirit that resides within us!

Is it possible for a Believer to Live as Messiah did?

Beloved, the truth is that the blessed Scriptures makes it very plain that the faithful in Yahushua THE Messiah are to keep Elohim’s commandments. The Apostle Yochanan - John wrote the following powerful word!

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 1 Yochanan – 1 John 2:3–6.

But you may ask, but how is it possible for any of us to walk “just as He walked”? If Yahushua Messiah had to come and give His life because all have violated Elohim’s law, how can anyone keep that law? Again, perhaps the most concise explanation was given by Shaul – Paul;

I am crucified with Messiah: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Messiah lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of Elohim, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

One who is faithful in Messiah certainly does not obey the law on his own, but through the love and the power of the Messiah living in Him. Shaul goes on to emphasize that law-keeping comes through the Grace of Elohim, and that law-keeping does not earn grace.

I do not set aside the Grace of Elohim; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Messiah died in vain.” Galatians 2:21.

With Elohim’s Grace, one who is a believer will keep the law; but one who does not have that grace, no amount of effort will bring righteousness or salvation, unless they return unto the true YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua THE Messiah!

The question is - What Should You Do?

Why not seek out His loving truth, for therein lies a treasure of blessings. However, you can do this with Messiah Yahushua’s help for He will be there to guide you back to Him!

Therefore it is important that you commence by praying in His actual Name, just as He asked of us … “Whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.” Yochanan - John 14:13-14. And beloved, as you will know by now, it has been proven through the Scriptures and all the concordances that His blessed Name is Yahushua, Praise Him!

Start to live by every word of Elohim (cf. Matthew 4:4). “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Mattityahu - Matthew 5:48). By yielding to Yahushua our beloved Messiah the fruits of the Spirit will become more and more evident in a believer’s life!

The true believer is much more than someone who “knows” the truth. Tragically the Gnostics believed that “knowledge” brought salvation, and some today would deny that one has to “do” anything as a faithful believer. Yet Scripture gives a very different instruction: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Ya’akov - James 1:22.

The faithful in Yahushua are to do as Messiah did. In the “Great Commission” that He instructed His followers:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Mattityahu - Matthew 28:19–20.

Thus as one of the faithful you will grow and in due course you will take His message to others, then some may be called by Elohim to go further into the city, the land or even to “all the nations” and teach “all things” He taught and the Good News! In addition, the Apostles, so clearly stated that we must not change His message in any way, which sadly the “churches” at large have done, that today they have a faith that is completely unrecognizable from the faith that was taught by Messiah Yahushua and His Apostles!

I am sure that most reading this will be aware that time is close to the time of Elohim’s intervention in human affairs and the soon-coming Great Tribulation approaches, it is absolutely vital that you and your loved ones are in Yahushua THE Messiah of the blessed Scriptures, and that you are worshiping YaHVaH Elohim “in spirit and in truth” (Yochanan - John 4:23), which will mean you are part of the “Little Flock” the faithful in Messiah, who teaches and practices the faith of Yahushua and the original Apostles.

In Conclusion:

Ultimately friends we need to realise that it is not Elohim or Yahushua THE Messiah who has changed, but people and the greater “christian church” that has greatly changed doctrine and even the translations of the Scriptures themselves to suit their needs! It is for this reason, we go back to the original Hebrew and Greek in order that we have the correct translation, rather than what we are fed by those who would have us believe what they have fed us!

Beloved, we give praise to Yahushua our beloved Messiah who suffered because of our sins and gave His sinless life freely, and YaHVaH Elohim rose Him from the dead three days and three nights after he was laid in the tomb, and forty days later he ascended to Heaven to be with His Father and sits at His right hand side! But, the promise is that the obedient in YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua will see YaHVaH’s bright Grandeur in that great day when we finally arrive in the “Kingdom of Elohim” (God), but if we refuse and rebel against Him and His Son, Yahushua we will see the face of Elohim, only to be torn away, having seen the all powerful and the ultimate beauty and greatness that you really want and desire to be with right there and then, for the moment when you actually face your Maker you will be all knowing but it is then be to late to repent. You will be removed from the front of Elohim’s throne and taken to the most horrid place ever only to be thrown into the pit of fire, the “second death” where the body is burned up into ashes and soon gone forever!

Now this is not an inconsistency in Elohim’s character, but a part of absolute consistency, for we have all been clearly told about the results of good and evil! In addition the faithful have been sharing the Scriptural Truth throughout the ages. Thus it has always been up to the individual to choose the truth of the Word of YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua THE Messiah, and I do mean no other, or by any other name!

Thus it is choose the Word of Elohim and Yahushua THE Messiah, or choose the alternative, it is simple as that! Elohim is just! Make the wrong choice and that will bring a punishment that is due for a life of sin and rejecting His Word of truth and living a life led by the evil one (Satan). The result will be the “Second Death” I am sad to say, it is as simple as that, and not one that anyone would desire that for you! Therefore, I beg that you … “Repent and Return” …

“This is what YHVH of Hosts says: ‘Return to Me,' declares YHVH of Hosts, 'and I will return to you,' says YHVH of Hosts.” Zecharyah – Zechariah 1:3.

“‘Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ Says YHVH of Hosts.” Malochi – Malachi 3:7.

The Kingdom of Elohim is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Markus - Mark 1:15.

Over the many years I have had people say to me, brother you used the verse from Mark 1:15, and it speaks about the Kingdom of Elohim being near, but it is not really, for it must still be way off?” My answer to that is very simple and I have an interesting story that I like to tell, and to be honest it comes from my Hebraic roots, it is very powerful and I pray that it will touch you as it has touched so many worldwide!

This is a true story that occurred many years ago in Poland. And it is a lesson that everyone who have read this study should heed.

It is a story about a Rabbi who surely loved the Elohim of his fathers. On one Sabbath after the reading of the Torah Scroll and the Prophets, the Rabbi was about to give his Sabbath study. However, he stood at the Ark of the Covenant (where the Torah Scrolls, Five Books of Moses, are kept) pondering on the message he was going to give. But, after a lengthy silence, with great sadness in his eyes as he looked around his congregation he said the following;

“Family and friends, today I will be giving my shortest, but the most important message I have ever given. This is it … (a short break) … ‘Repent one day before you die!’”

He then stood back from the pulpit in total silence, for his message that Elohim had laid upon his heart for his congregation was complete.

There was a deadly silence throughout the Synagogue that seemed to go on forever and ever. But suddenly out of the silence, a young student stood up and asked;

But Rabbi how will I know when I am going to die?

The Rabbi replied,

Therefore repent NOW, repent this very moment, for no-one knows when you are going to die. It could be today, or tomorrow. Thus, be ready for HaSHEM (The Master - YHVH), and Repent Now!

Beloved, this story contains a remarkable truth, for as we do not know when our time will come, we should realise no one knows when we are ready to meet our heavenly Father? Or do we have the attitude the Judeans had in rebuilding the Temple as we are told in the book of Zacharyah – Zechariah, where they saidLet’s get on with our personal comfort and build our homes and live, and leave the spiritual things for later.”

We need to become involved in rebuilding of the internals of the temple within us and make sure that we stand right with THE Messiah, and our Creator, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name! We must accept His Messiah Yahushua to the fullest in LOVE and share that love and His Words with your loved ones, neighbours, friends, strangers, workmates, and even all those who come against you and persecute you!

When we are obedient unto Him, you will have the assurance, that through His grace and love our spiritual lives will be in order! And YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, will speak to your heart and I believe that He is speaking to you even now as you have been reading this study, and take the opportunity to set all things right with Him. I pray that you will do it now!

“Behold, your King is coming to you. He is just and having Salvation … He shall speak peace to the nations. His dominion shall be from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth” Zecharyah – Zechariah 9:9 & 10.

Yahushua said …

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Mattityahu - Matthew 17:20.

Join THE “”Little Flock” in Yahushua!

Beloved, you also can join or assist in commencing a home group of the faithful in Yahushua THE Messiah in your area. We will be more than happy to advise you where to find a group if one is available in your area, and if not, assist you possibly in commencing one if a male can head it. Remember we are most respectful of all ladies and treasure them, and they have some of the most wonderful duties in the ministry, but according to the Word of the Father in Heaven, a man should be the teacher and lead a “flock!”

Just email and we will send an information pack and a questionnaire, and we will be happy to do everything possible to have you get started. It does not matter if it starts just you and your loved ones at home. Remember, you can go out and share the word, and to assist you we have some good material available for you!

Why not join “Meh’at-Tzon” (in Hebrew Tanach) or “Mi’kros Poim’neon” (in Greek from Lukas - Luke 12:32) “Little Flock” of Believers, being the faithful in Messiah! YaHVaH Elohim called those in Him – “Amiy” - pronounced as Ah’mie, which is Hebrew for “My People” and what can be better than to be part of a “Little Flock” and be genuinely a people of YaHVaH Elohim?

What a wonderful opportunity you have, to come out of her that is the harlot that was created by one called Simon the sorcerer, who masqueraded as the one we know as the Apostle Shime’on - Peter, that in due course became the pagan based church of the roman empire and it covered the globe, or one of her daughter’s churches. But by joining any of the “Little Flock’s” you will not be entering into an organised church with paid ministers, pastors, teachers, for myself we live scripturally from my own recourses and simply live according to the principle … “Give us this day our daily bread” as our Master and Saviour said. We do not lay up any stores nor ask for any funds, neither do we sell or market anything! There are no Newsletters, which are usually what are known as “Beg-Letters” from most other sources! All this was just to make things clear and that you will know that you will never be asked for funds, nor will we fund anyone, as we all should tithe locally to the body in Him where it is required, and that is not always to those who work in His service, but often to those who are more in need in the flock! Of course those in individual communities should tithe as the Scriptures states and this should be left to the discretion of the individual. I have a study on this matter online.

“Then He (Yahushua) said to His disciples, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and Elohim feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then Elohim so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of Elohim, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear “mi’kros poim’neon” or 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 or moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Lukas - Luke 12:22-34.

Yahushua is saying “Come to Me … do not fear My …

“Little Flock”

Beloved are you part of His “Little Flock”?

Yahushua said to them; ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe (like the unbelieving church today). All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him (YHVH Elohim) who sent Me that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." Yochanan - John 6:35-40.

“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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(Brother Kosta joined the ministry in 1983).

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