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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!

“Phinehas Vs Modern Ethics”

By Ministry Associate Teacher: Kosta Chazantonakis

In this study based on Bamidbar - Numbers 25:1-18 we are going to be looking at an interesting subject, but to do so we must firstly need to understand the vast differences between the actions observed in the day’s of the Tanach, the Old Covenant and the actions and reactions in the modern age!

By our understanding there was a rather sad incident that was recorded in Bamidbar - Numbers chapter 25, I pray that because of it we will be able to gauge a better and an in-depth measurement of ourselves, as well as our relationship with YaHVaH Elohim.

But what was so different?

1… This event took place around 1530 BCE.

2… At that time in ancient days respect and honour to a King was supreme. For example for anyone desiring to have an audience with the king, prior arrangements would have to be made and if accepted, you would have to wait in the court and you would not be permitted to utter a word until the kings sceptre is held out in your direction, which was a sign for you to respectfully approach and come just a little closer. To make a move earlier or speak would spell an instant death sentence. For interest; this fact just proves the amazing event of Eliyahu - Elijah the prophet who simply walked into the palace and spoke to the king without prior arrangements or even asking. He even threatened him and when finished, Eliyahu did what was considered as the greatest act of evil for the king, for he turned his back on him and walked out! But then again he was a true man of YaHVaH and he was protected by his true King, the Almighty Elohim!

3... YaHVaH was present visibly in the camp of Israel. How? … by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud during the day.

4… Moshe’s face shone!

5… Miracles were done by YaHVaH, such as the Ten Plagues in Egypt, parting of Red Sea, giving of the Torah (Ten Commandments and others) on Mt Sinai, Water from a Rock, Manna given every morning and feeding Israel with quails, etc.

6… His Holiness could be felt everywhere from YaHVaH’s presence.

7… His presence of the fire by night and smoke by day and that feeling of His holiness only occurred for 40 years on the earth.

So with this understanding let us go into the story of what actually happened and why it was so extreme.

Bamidbar - Numbers 25: 1-18.

“Now Israel remained in Acacia Grove, and the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of YHVH was aroused against Israel.

Then YHVH said to Moshe - Moses, ‘Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before YHVH, out in the sun that the fierce anger of YHVH may turn away from Israel.’

So Moshe said to the judges of Israel, ‘Every one of you slay his men who served Baal of Peor.’

And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moshe and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.

Then YHVH spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the Children of Israel in My zeal. Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his Elohim, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’

Now the name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a father's house among the Simeonites. And the name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a father's house in Midian.

Then YHVH spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Harass the Midianites, and attack them; for they harassed you with their schemes by which they seduced you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a leader of Midian, their sister, who was killed in the day of the plague because of Peor.”

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When we read in the Word that a man takes a woman into his tent it means he had sexual relations with her, but in this Scripture it is far more direct, as verse 1 stated; “and the people began to commit harlotry with the women.” We should all know that one sin will usually lead to another sin, and as we have read that many went and worshipped the pagan god Baal of Peor. To do this knowing that the Almighty has given direct commandments against these evil acts, as well as doing this in front and in view of Moshe and the Congregation was outright rebellion!

From having read this Scripture we have seen the breach of YaHVaH’s blessed Covenant, because of man’s evil heart. Therefore the Almighty gave a direct order, which may seem very harsh to us in this day, but remember we live in very different times, for Yahushua the Messiah has come and redemption is available to all!

“Then YHVH said to Moshe, ‘Take all the leaders of the people and hang the offenders before YHVH out in the sun that the fierce anger of YHVH may turn away from Israel.’ So Moshe said to the judges of Israel, ‘Every one of you slay his men who served Baal of Peor.’” verses 4-5.

Because Elohim was amongst the congregation this act was seen as being righteous by YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, to slay those evil pagan men and women who has whored and worshipped Baal, by Phinehas. If this act by Phinehas was done outside of this time frame without Elohim’s presence amongst them then Phinehas’ action would have been condemned as murder and rightly so.

Now this event had one very special ingredient amongst it and that was YaHVaH Elohim Himself! For He was present and close to them, unlike any other event in History, and Elohim blessed him.

As we can not reproduce the above event in these days, we would not know how we would react, being so close to Elohim’s presence as Moshe and the Israelites were at that time. Because they did not react to this in horror, for we would have to dig very much deeper as to why?

But if we had been there as a witnesses to that event living in the timeframe, we would not have felt that it was wrong, because YaHVaH the Sanctified One sanctioned it, and you would know within yourself that it was right, and with no feelings of remorse, of guilt or pain would be associated with this event. We would have been, as those who were the faithful in the Almighty, for we would know the mind of Elohim, and His surrounding 24 hour Presence that would give us His special peace, not our type of peace, as well as His judgment and not our kind of judgment, for His presence is so special and all encompassing!

Beloved, we must put this whole event into place, in order to understand these events of this chapter’s incident into modern times, for it would be like a man and women coming into your fellowship whilst the blessed Scriptures has just been opened and being read out, whilst they commence having sex in front of the congregation. How would you feel? I do know how our heavenly Father would feel, but I am sure that you would be very angry, if not outraged. Therefore, you can imagine how it was back at that time when YaHVaH Elohim’s presence was manifest in the midst of the Children of Israel, yet there were still those who had seen His great miracles, works, blessings as well as punishments, but still went ahead and did this great evil in front of Him! I so often wonder, where was their love of the Elohim who had saved them, as well as their fear and respect of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name!

There is no doubt that Elohim, allows us to be human. But why is it so hard for us to allow Him to be our beloved Elohim and let Him be everything to us?

The Perfect Word!

YaHVaH is Sanctified. Sanctified or Holy in Hebrew means to separate. YaHVaH separated Israel to be Sanctified to Him. In this case if you are not Sanctified in the presence of Holiness, YaHVaH separates His Holiness onto you in the physical form, He separates your soul from your body, resulting in death, as in this case. Even if Phinehas did not kill them their fate was already sealed by their actions and they would have died by Elohim’s hand as He did by His actions to the Egyptians. So where do we stand? To condemn Elohim for being Elohim or to embrace Him for being YaHVaH our Sanctified Elohim.

For the faithful in Yahushua the Messiah, we can be thankful for the prophetic Word that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, for throughout the Tanach, the Old Covenant we can read about Messiah’s coming, especially in the first three “Feasts of YHVH” as recorded Vayikra – Leviticus chapter 23, whilst the next four feasts have further meanings related to our blessed Messiah. Each of the feasts represents an event, from the Passover Lamb and it goes right through to the New Heaven and the New Earth and New Jerusalem, etc, thus it is worth studying, see: “The Feasts of YHVH.”

Did you realise that the book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah is very much a book that covers both the Tanach, the Old Covenant and the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant? It is important to note that the blessed Scriptures is made up of 66 books, the very same number of chapters in the book of Yeshayahu - Isaiah. As per example, the 39 books of the Tanach contain prophecies and details regarding our blessed Messiah and there are 27 books in the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant. Want proof, just read the next paragraph, for it will explain how the number 40 once again appears and why it is so important!

It is interesting to note that just as the Word takes a big change in the 40th.book for it speaks about the Messiah and Yochanan the Immerser or John the Baptist, but read chapter 40:5 of Yeshayahu - Isaiah, for it is like stepping into the 40th.book and into the World of Mattityahu – Matthew when he stated; “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of YHVH’” (Mattityahu – Matthew 3:3). And of course Yeshayahu - Isaiah has many prophecies relating to Messiah, especially in chapter 53!

Friends, we have a wonderful and a powerful Word that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, has given us and we should be joyful unto Him and understand Him, both during the days of old, especially when He was present with His People of Israel, by fire at night and by smoke during the day over the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, as well as the overflowing of the presence of His Holiness and His Word that He had given His servant Moshe on Mt Sinai!

And this was the same Elohim who had saved them out of that evil and severe and painful bondage, by great and miraculous wonders and had opened the Red Sea, and He gave them Manna, as well as birds to eat, and water to drink from a rock. This was the Elohim who had done countless miracles for His people, yet there were still those who turned against Him and whored and worshiped these female goddesses.

If we think about all this, I feel that we can better understand why the action was taken at that time, under these conditions, knowing what those people had seen and actually experienced from Egypt right up to that time it was for that reason the punishment was so severe!

The Question is - Is there a lesson in all this, I believe so!

YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, will judge a man on the understandings and experiences of what He has seen and with those relating directly how that person responds to Him. Every given case is tailor made for each individual person on the entire Earth. So your response is directly related to His Judgement upon you. Whether it is the Judgement of Life, the Judgement of Death or the Judgement of Correction. It is for that very reason we need to make sure that we stand right with Him and that means on a sure foundation, having accepted Messiah Yahushua as our Saviour, Who gave His life for us and that we should follow His Father’s and Messiah’s teachings and instructions, as well as those of His Apostles, for sadly so-called religious men and teachers have led far too many astray with Roman doctrines.

Never forget who our Messiah and Saviour is, for it has been made very clear throughout the Tanach, the Old Covenant, especially in Tehillim - Psalms and in Yeshayahu - Isaiah …

“Thus says YHVH, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, YHVH of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides Me there is no Elohim.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 44:6.

As we can see so clearly in this verse that “YaHVaH Elohim, The King of Israel” is the Father, then we read, “and His Redeemer YaHVaH of Hosts.” Thus, here we have seen two who are identified as being YaHVaH, yet they are ONE, truly “Echad,” which is the Hebrew word for One, meaning two or more being one, such as;

“… a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be One (Echad) flesh.” Bereshis – Genesis 2:24.

Beloved in Messiah, YaHVaH Elohim is calling out to you;

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

We should also know that Messiah’s Name was NOT Jesus, as this is a name that was created much later and it is best for you to read the “Memorial Name” and a link is located at the very top of the page! You may ask, well what is Messiah’s real Name? The answer is very simple, for the Strongs Concordance has been telling us for countless years! It is “Yahushua,” being the very same name of a faithful Old Covenant person who we all know today as “Joshua,” but whom the Hebrews (Jews) call “Yahushua” to this day! Just look at Strongs number NT2424 and OT3091, although Strongs does spell it the Gentile way – “Jehoshua,” based on the false Jehovah (JWs) name, and not on “Yah” – YaHVaH’s most blessed and Sanctified Name!

Yahushua clearly said the following many times, and what He said is what He meant!

“I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name.” Yochanan - John 14:13-14.

Beloved, I pray that this study which in part has covered rather harsh subject will have stirred you, as well has touched you to take action to search His Word and return again unto Him, in and through Yahushua the Messiah!

“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!

Ministry founder, elder & teacher: Reuben ben Gershom.

Personal assistant & teacher: Kosta Chazantonakis.

(Brother Kosta joined the ministry in 1983).

The RETURN Movement name was founded in 1978.

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