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--Sharing our Saviour Yahushua the Messiah to the World!--
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
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
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!
The Power of Words Contain Life or Death
Be Careful Who’s Words you Heed & Act Upon!
Have you ever thought about the massive Power that Words actually have? Often we simply do not realise what can be gained or for that matter can be lost if we do or do not take great care in the words that we use, for our words frequently will have consequences! But, it may have a great deal to do with who is speaking, for one person could lead you directly into trouble, whilst the other will lead you into rich blessings! Yes beloved, words can change everything, especially these days. You may say; “But that is just stupid, are you saying that a single word, or even a string of words could affect my life in any way?” That is just what I am saying, for it is very true indeed, let me give you one of the simplest examples.
It simply amazes me when I hear that a senior American politician making a statement, be it officially or during a lecture or a speech, and he states that “The Chinese economy may not be returning to what it was as fast as it should.” Amazingly that somewhat calculated indifferent statement will see the stock market fall dramatically and billions of dollars will be lost, all because of what one main said! You see his WORDS were so powerful that it affected the world global markets and thus countless millions of people, be they investors, or the average mum and dad’s who have superannuation or pension funds will have all lost money on that day just because of loose words by one of those politician, many of whom should never have been, but, sadly so many are in truth part of Satan’s plan and are working towards the arrival of the day’s of the anti-messiah and the beast! The point is that we must be careful with the words we use for they are very important and they will be taken on face value and especially these days for they will have a direct effect on their hearers!
Beloved it is tragic that mankind is far too loose with their words and statements and therefore we must be very careful with what we say and as a matter of fact with what we write.
For that reason, the author is and has always been very aware of that fact and therefore nothing is ever done without a great deal of prayer and seeking for discernment, in order that whatever is taught and written that it be only from the most blessed WORD of YaHVaH Elohim (the LORD God) and directly from His teachings as it was also taught by our most beloved Saviour Yahushua The Messiah! For remember beloved, He is … “THE WORD, and the WORD was with Elohim, and the WORD was Elohim.” Thus, who and what comes first, the words of men or the blessed WORD of Elohim and those of Yahushua the Messiah whilst He was with us on the earth? I am aware, that in my writings, that I am direct in relation to certain matters, for what is pagan, must be called pagan! What is error must be called erroneous, etc and therefore beloved, just as our beloved Messiah Himself did, He accused those in error not with compliments but with accusation and with plain what many would call insults!
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses and for pretence make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. Woe to you, blind guides who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it. Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?” Mattityahu - Matthew 23:13-20.
Or even when Yahushua was speaking to His beloved Apostle, Shime’on when he would not believe Yahushua when He shared regarding His death and resurrection. I firmly believe, that although what was said, regardless
“And He (Yahushua) began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke this word openly. Then Shime’on - Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Shime’on, saying, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of Elohim, but the things of men.’” Markus - Mark 8:31-33.
I firmly believe, that although what was said, regardless what seems to be very harsh words here by our blessed Saviour to His beloved Apostle Shime’on, He did this to bring him back on track, for Shime’on was thinking in the flesh and desiring Yahushua to live with them for a lifetime, but of course that was his desire. However, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had a pre ordained plan of salvation, and Yahushua had to ensure that Shime’on got back to the point of what was about to happen! In the same manner, in our studies at times I may be to the point, but, nothing is said without prayer, for I know in my heart that there is no other way to bring some back to the truth of the Word of YaHVaH Elohim and the blessed teachings of Yahushua our Messiah!
Beloved, “the Power of Words can contain Life or Death.” Therefore we must choose the Words we hear and Heed to, for if we listen only to men, we could so easily be led into sin thus astray, and “the wages of sin is death!” However, if we are led by the “Ruach HaKodesh” - “the Sanctified (holy) Spirit” and only listen and heed to the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua “Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.” And that is the difference between the POWER of Words for it all depends who you are listening to!
Therefore friends, considering the introduction, speaking in regard the words of man and the Words of Elohim the title may sound like a strange question, but in reality, IS IT? First of all, I do not know who may be reading this study, it could be a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Krishna, please note: I refused to use the first part of the Krishna’s being the H… Krishna section of the name, for the “H” part means: “praise!” You might be a Jehovah Witness, a Mormon, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Charismatic Baptist, Church of Christ, United Church, or one of the countless Charismatic’s, or a Pentecostal or a part of one of those Hyper Pentecostal churches with those in red being more concerned about raising funds for their money hungry ministries, and or TV evangelists wearing their Versace suits, living in huge mansions and travelling in their limousines and private jets. These Satanic fakes are living the life of a Hollywood star, yet they delude their followers for they never knew our beloved Messiah Yahushua, but worship another deity!
Thus, the question I have placed above is valid indeed, because if the Scripture that contains the very Word of YaHVaH Elohim and our loving Saviour who gave His blessed and pure life for you and for me, in order that we should, 1. Believe; 2. REPENT of our sins; 3. Be immersed (baptised) in the Name of Yahushua The Messiah and become part of the ONE body in Him, thus, being neither Hebrew or Gentile as Shaul - Paul so beautifully put it to the Ephesians;
“Therefore, remember that formerly you who were Gentiles by birth and called uncircumcised by those who call themselves the circumcision made by the hands, remember that at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without Elohim in the world. But now in Messiah Yahushua, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity … so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to Elohim one body through the tree/stake.” Ephesians 2:11-16.
The true faithful in Him, who Yahushua our Messiah called the “Little Flock,” He gave them a good number of very clear instructions and yet for some reason it seems that so many of His instructions are close to meaningless these days in the vast majority of denominations, and I will come to why this is so later in this study, for sadly there are specific reasons for this and it goes a very long way back into history! But to this day we continue to uphold His teachings, as our studies will prove. Thus what did Messiah and the Apostles teach? We are to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, and beloved we have proof that they did keep the Sabbath all of their lives, for it is written in the blessed Scriptures, thus we know it with absolute assurance! But, please note; that the “Little Flock” has no connection or association whatsoever with the cult church of “Seventh Day Adventists” or any other group or organisation, including the “Hebrew Roots Movements!” There are some who tend to think that we are some sort of “Jewish Messianic Movement” no we are not, we are just the faithful believers in Messiah, some may be from a Hebrew background, whilst the vast majority from a non-Hebrew background, and Praise be to the Father, as the Scriptures state, “we are One in Him, neither Jew nor Gentile.” In addition, we are also known as the “Apostolic Messianic Fellowship!” Yes, we do use the word “Messianic,” for the word “Christ” and “Christian” was founded by a man who is written about in Acts chapter 8, but his story can be found in a separate study entitled: Simon – The First Bishop of Rome.
Friends, I wish to commence with a large slice of some the most blessed teachings found in the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant! Our beloved Redeemer, Yahushua The Messiah gave a message of comfort and love, but also a powerful message to the multitudes, that contained elements going all the way back not just to Mt Sinai, but to the days of Creation and thereafter, for many tend to forget that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, did not just give Israel the Law at Mount Sinai, although many new priestly and other laws were certainly given at that time, but there were many foundational commandments such as the Seventh Day Sabbath, dietary and moral laws that had been given by YaHVaH Elohim from the beginning of mankind, and this is proved in the Book of Bereshis – Genesis and in Shemos – Exodus, before Israel’s arrival at Mt Sinai! However, let us commence with the very beginning of our beloved Saviour’s Word’s as found in Mattityahu - Matthew 5:1-12.
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see Elohim. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of Elohim. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’”
What blessed words these were to all the hearers that stood and sat round about Yahushua there upon that mountain, for they were words of greater comfort to all who were faithful to YaHVaH Elohim and had come to realise that this man indeed was Israel’s Messiah! These words of blessing continued up to verse 16 that said;
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When I consider verse 16, I find it most interesting that Yahushua decided to say this, being very much a commandment before what is about to follow, for He now turns directly to the Law of YaHVaH Elohim and how everyone must uphold the heart of it, and that it will stay in place until “all things are fulfilled.”
Let me give you a very clear example and we all know that the Almighty made the Seventh Day of creation officially a Day of Rest (Bereshis – Genesis 2:2). We know that Israel knew all about the Sabbath long before they reached Mt Sinai, the only thing that we have to do in order to prove this is to read the story regarding the Manna in the wilderness and how the Israelites were to collect a double portion on the sixth day (Friday) for the Seventh Day was the Sabbath and they were forbidden to collect Manna on the Sabbath!
“On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moshe. Then he said to them, ‘This is what YHVH has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a sanctified Sabbath to YHVH. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ So they laid it up till morning, as Moshe commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moshe said, ‘Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to YHVH; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.’” Shemos - Exodus 16:22-26.
There is one other very clear proof and that is regarding the dietary laws of Kosher foods, that simply means “fit to eat” and this is all about things that are “clean and unclean.” It is very obvious that this was an ancient law given by Elohim, for all we have to do is go back to the days that Noach – Noah, for when he was loading the Ark, the Scripture states;
“Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate … And Noach and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noach and entered the ark, as Elohim had commanded Noach.” Bereshis -Genesis 7:2 & 7 to 9.
Friends, the question I ask you is very simple, “How did Noach know about clean and unclean animals?” Once again the answer is very simple, YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had already set His Laws in action long before Noach was even born! Thus many of the laws given at Mt Sinai were a reminder to a nation who at large had forgotten their Elohim whilst they had sojourned in Egypt for so long and sadly many had even worshipped other gods, except such as Moshe - Moses’ family and the others who had remained faithful to the Almighty. Thus those of Israel having returned to their One true Elohim now needed to be reminded of the Laws that Elohim had set in place at creation and for the two in the Garden of Eden, and directly after it, as well as with the later establishment of the Tabernacle, there would now be new priestly and additional sacrificial laws, although there had been sacrificial practices in place much earlier, which is obvious, just look back at Cain and Abel and that of Yitzchak – Isaac on Mt Zion! Beloved, we just have to understand the Word in its fullest, for the Tanach, the Old Covenant has been greatly neglected by the church and then it has been used greatly out of context and without a great deal of real understanding of its true meaning and the chapter’s background!
Therefore when our beloved Saviour Yahushua gave His sermon on the Mount, He very clearly included a good number of Laws and He made it very clear that they were to be kept until “Everything be accomplished.” Mattityahu – Matthew 5:18, meaning when everything has been completed, far beyond His death and resurrection, His second coming, but I am speaking about the arrival of the New Heaven and the New earth and the new City and Temple of Jerusalem!
Thus, let us return to the Sermon on the Mount: Mattityahu – Matthew chapter 5 and lovingly look and understand what Yahushua was teaching the people on that day and how they understood it at that time in their Hebraic understanding, and how all this applies to us today!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see Elohim. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of Elohim. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Verses 3 to 10.
The first two statements are quite obvious, for Yahushua is loving and giving in every possible way, for those who “are the poor in spirit” and “those who mourn” will obviously receive great rewards and comfort from Messiah! The third statement however is one of importance, for as we can see Yahushua stated that those who seek with all their heart and soul for His Word and truth and live according to it, “they will be filled.” The word “righteousness” is a very big word, for we can search for it, but we will quite never reach it in this life, for only Elohim IS and IS righteousness!
Thus, in these verses we have learned that those of the “Little Flock” (“Little Flock” simply means, those in Yahushua THE Messiah who live in FAITH, in Spirit and in TRUTH) will receive all these rich blessings, for obviously, if they are the true servants of Yahushua The Messiah, especially after His suffering, His death, His miraculous resurrection and ascension back to the Father’s side, all these positive attributes would be part of a life of faith! And yes beloved, I am well aware that we are all very human and there is no doubt that we can all fail at times, but we have that assurance that we can come before the throne of our Heavenly Father in the merciful Name of Yahushua and repent with all our being and we will be forgiven, washed clean from all our sins and we will be washed clean, just like when we first repented and we will be as white as snow again and all our sin/s will be forgotten!
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Verses 11-12.
Yahushua here made it clear that some of the faithful in Him may well be persecuted at some time or other, but that He would be with them and that their reward would be great, regardless what happens here on earth. “Great is your reward in heaven.” Many have asked me, “What does this really mean?” Friends, the answer is very simple for in heaven is the “book of life” and it is there that all is recorded, just as Yahushua said to Yochanan - John in the Book of Revelation.
“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels. He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the ecclesia.” Revelation 3:5-6.
For as we know from the Tanach, the Old Covenant, that many prophets were badly persecuted and killed. Many do not realise that the faithful who were killed in Rome where not Roman “Christians” – no indeed not, they were all exempt! The ones that were butchered in the Coliseum by those lions were the true faithful in Yahushua who followed the Apostolic faith and refused to accept the pagan based “christian” faith of Rome! As we know, Yahushua our beloved Messiah called the true faithful the “Little Flock” and they would never accept what was happening at the time with that evil “new faith” that had commenced in Rome during the time of the Apostles, but I will come to that a little later, although I did refer to it earlier!
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Verses 14 to 16.
Yahushua commences by stating clearly that those in faith are like a shadow of Him, for He is “The Light of the World.” Yahushua states, that the believers now also have that light and that they must ensure that their light is clearly seen by all at all times, in other words it must never be hidden, no matter your mood or what is going on in your life! It is our responsibility to show the love of Yahushua in our lives unto others at all times!
I am so aware that no matter where I am, that one way or another people end up chatting with me and somehow we end up speaking about things Scriptural and blessed be to Elohim, my beloved Saviour, Yahushua! Friends, I love to pray for “Divine appointments” and I believe that our loving Heavenly Father arranges these for us when we ask Him, blessed be He! I suggest that you do the same!
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen; will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (or until everything is finished).
Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” Verses 17 to 22.
As we can see, Yahushua continues His sermon with the Ten Commandments as He has already done as we have read, for He said “Do not Murder” But Yahushua empowered this law by adding even more to it, who ever said that He abolished the law, when we can see Him adding to it? He added “… anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” There fore as we can see Yahushua is clearly dealing with THE VERY LAW that was given at Mt Sinai and he adds to it!
I get so tired of being told by the churches that the law is finished, people, pastors and priests, tell me again and again, “Jesus nailed the law to the cross!” Sorry, but our beloved Saviour did not, what He did nail to the tree/stake, and I praise and thank Elohim for this, were the sacrificial laws! For blessed be Yahushua, He paid the price for sin once and for all, and all it requires on our behalf is to:
1… Believe in YaHVaH Elohim the Creator of heaven and earth and all that is therein, and THE Messiah Yahushua as our Master and Saviour who gave His pure and sinless life for our sins, and that He was resurrected three days and three nights after having been placed into the tomb, and having appeared to His Apostles and others and remained with them for the appointed time, He ascended back to the Father in Heaven.
2… Repent of their sins! Ask the Father to forgive them for their sins with all their heart and soul, in the blessed Name of Yahushua THE Messiah, and not in any other name! This must be done with a mind of earnestness knowing that this will be a complete change of lifestyle for you and will be a follower of the Messiah, to allow His light to shine in you, and let it radiate towards others!
3… Be Immersed - baptised: Seek out a suitable ecclesia (fellowship) and an Elder in order that you may have fellowship with the “Little Flock” of faithful in Yahushua the Messiah and most importantly be fully immersed - baptised in the Name of Yahushua! Please Note: This MUST be done bowing forwards towards YaHVaH Elohim in the water and ensure you are fully covered for a moment, with appropriate prayers said. The churches uses Satan’s method, for they have reversed the “Mikvah” Immersion that Yahushua Himself did in the Jordan, and they go backward, just if they fall into the hands of man, thus not like a voluntary action. Whilst going forward requires no person to touch you and it is in a pose of worship before the Father and Yahushua! Mikvot goes back to the days of ancient Israel, but with Yahushua having given His Life, it took on a whole new perspective for new believers!
In relation to some of the other laws, many obviously have little relevance for the reason that many of them simply no longer exist! But, there are some that remain relevant and Yahushua during His life upheld them and so did His faithful Apostles throughout their lives. It is obvious that the “Little Flock” kept the relevant laws until the vast majority were almost wiped off the earth by that wicked pagan church of Rome as well as those harlot churches that came out of them, for some of them also slaughtered the faithful, mostly because they would not accept the divinity of Miriam - Mary, and because they believed in full immersion, etc, but praise be to YaHVaH Elohim there always remained a remnant! Friends, the good news is, we are still here to this very day!
But, I will now pose a question for you; “If what everyone is telling me is true, that the law has been done away with and was nailed to the cross, why then do so many churches have two tablets of stone, or pictures of the Ten commandments on their walls?”
If you and your church believe that the Law is finished and gone, goodbye forever and your church has those two tablets hanging on your church wall, I would call that total hypocrisy, for “the Decalogue” is very much a part of the Sinai Law! Yahushua Himself would call you “Hypocrites,” as He did so often in the Scriptures!
During the Sermon on the Mount Yahushua mentions in verses 17 to 22 we read “Do not murder.” However in some “christian Bibles” they have an incorrect translation that says, “Thou shalt not kill.” Of course that is a very poor if not an uneducated translation! The word is murder for that is evil and forbidden. We should understand that murder was already a sin at the time just after creation, remember that even Adam and Chavah (Eve) were given a specific set of laws.
Sadly people do not think about those things, but although Adam and Chavah - Eve they may have lived in paradise, but they lived there under a set of conditions made up of certain LAWS of do and don’ts.
Then YHVH Elohim took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep (Abad Shamar) it. And YHVH Elohim commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die..’” Bereshis - Genesis 2:15-17.
What can we learn from this reading? Beloved, you will be surprised that what may seem so simple and you would read it and not even think much about it and slip to the next verse and just continue, but if you do that you will have missed some of the most amazing teaching possible! These three verses in chapter 2 of Bereshis - Genesis contain something what this study is all about… There is Great Power in Words! Therefore let us look at these verses more closely!
1. “The man” (Adam) was placed “in the Garden of Eden to Tend and Keep it.” AS we look at this, nothing out of the ordinary would be found, and you might think, well Reuben, what is so special about that statement of fact. Surely you cannot make anything out of that! Certainly not if you have the Greek mind, but, once again if we apply the three principles as found on the top of the page you will find that there is a massive statement to be found, for the translators just have not seen it!
Adam was to “tend” or “work,” which in Hebrew is “abad” the garden and also he was “keep” or “Shamar” the garden. Now, if we think about it very carefully, we should know that this tending the garden did not require any watering for the Word clearly states that the Almighty provided “the dew of heaven.” In fact Adam did not even have to weed the garden, why? Well there were no such things as weeds in Paradise; it was as simple as that!
We know from the Word that Adam gave names to all the animals and he would have propagated plants. But let us stop here and contemplate on the real meaning of a mighty message that YaHVaH Elohim was giving not just to Adam here, but to the future Israel, and all the faithful in Yahushua today, for beloved there is a powerful message here! It is all found in that rather unusual word … “LeShamar,” - “Le” is “to,” thus meaning … “to keep.”
The traditional statement “to keep” conveys just the most basic part of the meaning of the word but it loses the actual message that has not been understood by the churches at all! I have been teaching this message for 37 years and still it is not understood by the churches, for they simply do not want to know it, “why listen to a Jew!” And although, I believe that I am neither Jew nor Greek, but in Messiah, the very same as any one else, regardless of their heritage, yet I am constantly judged by “christians” for having been a Jew, how sad is that!
Beloved, in the Hebrew, there is a powerful story to be found within this one single word and it will bring a whole new and a different light on the meaning of this single Hebrew word. It will prove why so many translators of the Word made so many errors in their translations, and when I originally looked at the KJV I was horrified when I discovered that there were well over 100,000 gross errors in it, all because the translators had so little actual Hebraic knowledge. The truth is, what most people do not know that every single “Bible” has its origins from the “Codex Vaticanus” circa 325–350 AD, and it is hidden deep in the Vatican and is never allowed out of that sealed vault, thus you can imagine how erroneous that version could be? The Bible you have is not even based on any of the original Hebrew or Greek manuscripts!
Thus sadly theologians just do not understand so many of the great and beautiful parts of the blessed Scriptures for they also see it with a Greek (Gentile) mind, whereas, being a Hebrew Messianic believer knowing Scriptural Hebrew, I see it more like one who lived and believed in Messiah when He was still with us, and obviously better understand the Word with His mind!
The important thing we need to understand is that the Hebrew root of the word “shamar” which I know has a meaning and an association of great responsibility. But it really hit me with an even greater force one day back in 1977 whilst reading Bereshis - Genesis chapter two, when the word “shamar” suddenly made a huge impact upon me. For suddenly I was reminded about something and I firmly believe that it was by the Ruach HaKodesh, the Sanctified (holy) Spirit. I recalled that in 1908 in the then named “Palestine” today’s Israel, a new organisation had been formed and it was named … “Ha Shomer Society” with “shomer” being the root of “shamar.” This group of men became the “watchmen” or “guardians”, “protectors” and “defenders” of the Jewish settlements around the land from the continuous Arab attacks. For indeed they were real “keepers” of the villages! Therefore, the word “Shamar” “Keep” literary means to “guard, defend and protect, to keep and preserve” also “to treasure.” See Strong’s OT:8104 for details.
Well beloved, you may ask; “But, why would Elohim command Adam to protect and defend the Garden of Eden and from what?” The truth is that Adam was to protect, guard and keep the garden from the evil one - the serpent!
We need to understand that right from the beginning Adam knew the difference between good and evil. I know this is not what “christians” are normally taught! Adam had been clearly commanded by Elohim, that both he and Chavah - Eve were not to eat from “the tree of the knowledge and of good and evil” and to do so would be a sin against YaHVaH and that it would mean death! Some have said to me, but they did not die, yes they did, for they were immortal and would have lived forever, but due to their sin and having been expelled they were now due to live a painful and a mortal life and would see death! Beloved, think about this very carefully, did you realise that this was without a doubt the greatest punishment that was handed out to two human beings upon this earth in all history?
Sadly, the truth is that this Scripture shows us very clearly that Adam failed in his duties guarding and protecting not only the garden itself, but also in protecting his wife. Had he been a good “Shamar,” a good ‘protector and guardian,’ that serpent would never have reached Eve.
Now living outside of the Garden they had their sons and another story arises, which brought about, “You shall not Murder.”
And of course there were more than just one law! We all know the story of how Cain murdered Abel and how Cain was severely punished by Elohim and became an outcast and he was smitten with that scar on his face in order that all would see him know what he had done!
Yahushua in many cases not only endorsed the law, He actually enlarged it, yet “christians” who want everything like the modern world on a “take-a-way” - “to-go” basis, everything just very simple and easy, just get rid of having to do with a law and let’s have an “once saved always saved, thus if you sin, it does not matter, if you fall away and do evil, and have been baptized, its OK for you are always saved!” Beloved, that is a lie of Satan, he who is the god of the whole earth as the Scriptures states, and it has more to do with Simon the First Bishop of Rome! But, we all know that the truth lies in Yahushua’s Words and there are Power in His Words!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” Verses 27 to 32.
The following statement has been made to me over the past thirty-five years by so many “christians” although be in various versions, but all say the same thing. Therefore I will use just one of these as spoken to me as a direct quote; “God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath and war, but Reuben, God of the New Testament is a God of Love and of great Kindness, who has taken away that burdensome Law, Praise Him hallelujah.”
I hear this sort of utter and total rubbish all the time and I just weep, in the case of that particular statement the woman simply forgot the relationship between Elohim and Yahushua who is “the Word” I very much doubt that she ever had read Yochanan - John chapter 1 verses 1 to 4;
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with Elohim and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Some have said, but brother that could be translated in a number of ways, and then they will head off into a host of ideas that in truth have no value whatsoever! But what about the absolute proof that Yahushua, who is THE WORD, is ELOHIM, for they are ONE and the SAME and we can actually find that in the Tanach, the Old Covenant! We already know that the Brit Chadashah New Covenant speaks about this and continuously and confirm it! But let me provide a powerful three verses from the book of Yeshayahu – Isaiah;
“‘You are My witnesses,’ says YHVH, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no Elohim formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I am YHVH and besides Me there is no saviour. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign deity among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,’ says YHVH, ‘that I am Elohim. Indeed before the day was, I am He.’” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 43:10-13.
Besides the obvious, there are so many treasures in these three verses, but I will concentrate on the ones that apply to the matter at hand! Let me first take those three vital words that are given to us, for they are very important! We are first to “Know” who YaHVaH Elohim is before we can even start, that means, knowing His blessed Name! Second, we must “Believe” Him and all that He has said, and I do mean Word perfect! And finally, but most importantly, the third point is, that we must “Understand that I am He. Before Me there was no Elohim formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I am YHVH and besides Me there is no saviour.” Here we have learned that we should know His Word, for by knowing it, we will come to believe it, then we will come to understand the fullness of the blessed Scriptures, including that the Word “Elohim” is in the plural and in the three verses we read that YaHVaH Elohim has stated that besides Him there is no saviour, for He and the Word who is Elohim are indeed One and the Same! HalleluYah.
As I stated earlier, Yahushua actually enlarged, or strengthened the Tanach, Old Covenant law, for He said;
“But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.” Verse 32.
Obviously adultery is adultery and nothing will save you from Elohim’s punishment, unless there is heartfelt repentance in through the Name of Yahushua, and beloved, in love I have to say that I do mean in the NAME of YAHUSHUA! If we look at the blessed Word we will so frequently find these words;
“And 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.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name (“Yahushua the Messiah of Nazaret” Vs 10) under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.
Returning to the subject of adultery, and if you read it again you will notice what Yahushua said further above regarding this matter, and here on that mountain He in reality adds a whole new dimension to it, for now our Saviour states that if one is even just “looking at a woman (or a man for that matter) lustfully” it is a sin of “adultery with her in his heart.”
Amazingly in the Tanach, the Old Covenant Law divorce was so much more flexible than what Yahushua’s had now instituted, for now it had become a new and more powerful law as was so clearly stated right there on the mount! But to be very honest, although for centuries His law was strongly upheld by the churches, but tragically with the rise of the modern church, especially the wayward and lawless Pentecostal and charismatic’s churches the divorce and remarriage laws have become a joke and sadly they completely disobey our beloved Saviour regularly! Over the years, I have met so many people, who have been married a number of times in their churches and by their ministers and their previous spouses were even still members. But, was fine with their ministers; sadly as we are heading towards the days of the Tribulation the churches are getting further and further removed from the true Word of YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua THE Messiah!
Beloved let us stand on what our loving Saviour Yahushua THE Messiah said and if you do, you will be a believer in the Word of Elohim and follow the truth of His Word for there is Power in His Words! Get Back to His Blessed Word!
Those who stand with the Saviour and work towards being perfect will give up whatever has to be sacrificed and will do that for the love of Yahushua and you will grow and grow and become better and a greater person in Him and made ready for the Kingdom of Elohim!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Verses 43 to 48.
Our loving Saviour, Yahushua gives His message of LOVE, to “Love your enemies” but above all He wishes His “Little Flock” to “be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” There is no doubt this must be the hardest of all the laws, to love your enemy, even if they are about to kill you for your faith’s sake, for to have such a great love you would need a very special kind of perfection.
Beloved, obviously to Yahushua the Law had not been abolished, and I am not speaking of the rabbinic laws that had been introduced, for these were all man-made laws, being a “yoke of burden” upon the House of Israel and they still are to this day! Both Yahushua and the Apostles spoke out against these evil laws, but never against YHVH’s Law! Only a human being led astray is good at doing that and then they must be guided by another force, I wonder who that could be?
Remember when Yahushua and the Apostles went in to the field of wheat and some heads of wheat were plucked and eaten, they were attacked by those self-righteous ones, because they said that the Sabbath law was broken. There was no Sabbath broken; certainly not one that YHVH Elohim had given, for there are only three, yet the rabbis now have hundreds! Yes, they may have broken one of the burdensome man-made laws, but NOT Elohim’s Law, and who was there anyway? “He who is the WORD, who IS ELOHIM,” and would He break His own Law? No never!
“An expert in the law tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Yahushua replied: ‘Love YHVH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Mattityahu - Matthew 22:35-40.
I believe that all the Ten Commandments are part of today’s Laws and each and every single one should be kept as given, with the extension of the Seventh Commandment “You shall not commit adultery,” keeping in mind Yahushua’s new additions to this law! Also, we need to remember that Rome has deliberately changed the Fourth Commandment being YHVH’s Holy Sabbath Day, to a day that is officially the day of the sun god worship.
This change first commenced quite early and was first introduced by that pagan Babylonian priest and who a sorcerer, but pretended to come into faith having seen the apostles do miracles, he was severely rejected by Shime’on ben Yochanan - Peter because he wanted to buy an apostleship (Acts chapter 8). You can read his story online. See the link at the bottom of the page! However, due to his experience with Shime’on - Peter, he decided to change many details for he knew well that the Romans would not accept anything that was Jewish as both Rome and the Greeks not just hated the Jews, but saw them as a lowly and a defeated nation! Thus a new day was required and for these pagans as it already existed, it was the official day of “Mithra,” the sun god and now it became the new and official day of worship for this new pseudo “christian” faith. However, the “Day of the Sun” officially became law much later on March 7, 321 when the pagan Emperor Constantine wrote in his “The Blue Law,”
“On the venerable Day of the Sun (venerabili die solis) let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3).
The very next day after giving his famous SUNday Law as quoted above, Constantine made another law for pagan soothsayers. When lightning should strike a public building, the heathen prophets were to be consulted as to its meaning. Constantine’s SUNday law was made to favour both the new pagan “christian church” and his own congregation, the “Mithrites.” In that law, “christianity” is not mentioned. The day is called “the venerable day of the Sun” and that was the mystical name for the worship day of Mithra, the sun god. The faithful “Little Flock” in Messiah Yahushua knew this and continued to uphold the Seventh Day Sabbath and follow the teachings of Yahushua and the Apostles!
And that friends is how SUNday came about, it is a pagan day of worship just as are all those Dawn services on mountains and people watch the rising of the sun, for how do you think that came about? Just think and pray about it! Constantine worshipped Mithraism all of his life until the day he died! Yet, he established the Council of Nicaea and was presided over it and thus made its laws.
The question we ask again, but I will now rephrase it; Who are you going to believe, He who is THE WORD, who so clearly told us that the Ten Commandments are still in force? Or those who keep on saying that the law has been done away with?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was with Elohim in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Yochanan - John 1:1-3.
Now let us look at what I call the key verse in relation to what Yahushua was saying on the Mount in regard to the Law that He was speaking about, for obviously, He found it important enough to lay them out before the multitudes and for everyone to understand when the law would finally come to cease, come to an end. You know, He did tell us when that would be and it is very clear indeed!
I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Verses 17 & 18.
If you read these two verses carefully you will note the three clear statements. 1. “fulfil them.” … 2. “until heaven and earth disappear not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the Law” … 3. “until everything is accomplished.”
Let us take each item separately.
1… What was Yahushua saying here, quite simple really, he was “fulfilling” the countless Messianic prophesies about His first Coming and that which would soon be happening to Him as Yeshayahu – Isaiah chapter 53 for example so clearly speaks about. Yahushua fully “fulfilled” every one of the Messianic prophesies and Yahushua nailed our debts of sin to the tree/stake!
“He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the tree/stake.” Colossians 2:13-14.
2… Our blessed Saviour ensured that He made it very clear that the Law would remain in place for all time, in fact “until heaven and earth disappear!” He continues to say that “not the least stroke of a pen will … disappear from the Law.” Thus, He made it very clear, that if anyone says differently they are liars and of Satan and do not listen to them! What does Yochanan – John has to say regarding false teachers?
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Yahushua the Messiah as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the anti-messiah. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Messiah does not have Elohim; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.” 2 Yochanan – 2 John 6-11.
3… Yahushua concludes by saying “until everything is accomplished.” Accomplished in the Greek means “fulfilled” this is its explanation and it really says “until everything is fulfilled.” Friends, after the 1000-year Millennium reign of Messiah, and the final loosening of Satan and his hordes, there will be one more war, which will be won by YHVH Elohim and the King of kings! Then will come the time to restore this earth, and as the Word so clearly states there will be a new heaven and a New earth for all the faithful, from both the Tanach (OT) and the Brit Chadashah (NT) to share with Yahushua. That is when finally “everything is fulfilled” and the Law will have become invalid! HalleluYah!
Thus, friends, I believe that it is not the author that has made a point here, but our loving Saviour Yahushua the Messiah Himself, for I believe there is Power in His Words and we must heed them! These have been His Words and if you will dispute them, you will stand accused as one in great error, possibly even as one who is anti-messiah (anti-christ), for the world is filled with them as they were already in the world at the time of the Apostles as the Word tells us! Anyone who is against Yahushua and rejects His Word will stand accused will need a great deal of prayer for restoration to be brought back to the true faith!
Beloved, there is great Power in Words and I am well aware of that, as I have written this study, be assured of that! But, as we enter into our closing chapter of the civilisation as we know it and Messiah will soon come with the Arch Angel of Elohim with the sound of the Trump, we all need to be ready and be assured that we are all part of the “Little Flock” in Faith of Yahushua THE Messiah!
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