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Ch 28: The Persecuted Church of Jehovah’s Firstborn

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Colossians 1:18  Also Yeshua is head of the Body, the Messianic Community/the Church. Yeshua is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Yeshua might hold first place in everything.

 

“The Love of God” performed by Mercy Me

Matthew 5

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 11 “Blessed are you, when people insult you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake! 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Matthew 5 is a direct quote from Yeshua’s teachings of the Beatitudes to the Jewish crowds known as the Sermon on the Mount.

 

firey furnaceIn relating to the prophets standing firm even in persecution and hardships, one account comes to mind: the prophet Daniel and his three friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) are captured and taken to Babylon. Orders were given to them to worship the gods of king Nebuchadnezzar and bow down to the golden image he had made, but they refused.

In Daniel 5, King Nebuchadnezzar tells the three, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “If you do not serve my gods and worship the image of gold I have set up, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then, what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

Their reply to the king, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the Jehovah we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah trusted in Jehovah God and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own Jehovah God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The three were firmly tied and then cast into the blazing furnace, which was heated seven times hotter than usual. It was so hot that the flames of the fire killed the men that threw them in.

Then the king leaped to his feet in amazement and asked, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a Son of the gods!” The king told the men to come out! Come here! The crowd of royal advisors crowded around them. They saw that the robes were not scorched and there was no smell of fire on them. Then King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of three young trusting Jewish men for their God sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in Jehovah God and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own.

The following is a dream of King Nebuchadnezzar interpreted by Jehovah’s prophet Daniel while in exile in Babylon in 586 B.C.

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Daniel 2:31 “You looked, O king, and had a vision of a statue, very large and extremely bright; it stood in front of you and its appearance was terrifying. 32 The head of the statue was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its trunk and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, and its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you watched, The Rock was cut out, but not by human hands. The Rock struck the statue on its feet made of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken into pieces which became like the chaff on a threshing-floor in summer; the wind blew them away without leaving a trace. But The Rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

As part of His Second Coming, Yeshua, The Rock, will destroy all manmade kingdoms of the earth and reign on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem forever and ever without end.

 

“The King is Coming” performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

 

Psalms 132:13-14

For the Lord has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling: This is My resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.

Isaiah 44

1 “Now listen, Ya’akov my servant, Isra’el whom I have chosen: 2 Thus says ADONAI, who made you, formed you in the womb, and will help you: Don’t be afraid, Ya’akov my servant, Yeshurun, {Israel} whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, my blessing on your offspring. 4 They will spring up among the grass like willows on the riverbanks. 5 One will say, ‘I belong to ADONAI.’ Another will be called by the name of Ya’akov. Yet another will write that he belongs to ADONAI. and adopt the surname Isra’el.” 6 Thus says ADONAI, Isra’el’s King and Redeemer, ADONAI-Tzva’ot: “I AM the first, and I AM the last; besides Me there is no God. 7 Who is like me? Let him speak out! Let him show me clearly what has been happening since I set up the eternal people; let him foretell future signs and events. 8 Don’t be frightened, don’t be afraid – Didn’t I tell you this long ago? I foretold it, and you are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? There is no other Rock – I know of none.”

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Hebrews 1

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim, God has spoken to us through His Son, Yeshua, to whom God has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. 3 God’s Son, Yeshua, is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by His powerful word; and after Yeshua had, through Himself, made purification for sins, Yeshua sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim.

 

 

“Mary, Did You Know” performed by Mark Lowery

Colossians 1

15 Yeshua is the visible image of the invisible God. Yeshua is supreme over all creation, 16 because in connection with Him were created all things – in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities – they have all been created through Yeshua and for Yeshua. 17 Yeshua existed before all things, and Yeshua holds everything together. 18 Also Yeshua is head of the Body, the Messianic Community, The Church. Yeshua is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Yeshua might hold first place in everything. 19 For it pleased God to have His full being live in His Son 20 and through His Son to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace through Yeshua, through having His Son shed His blood by being executed on a Cross.

 

Ephesians 1

22 Also, God has put all things under Yeshua’s feet and made Him head over everything for the Messianic Community {the Church}, 23 which is Yeshua’s body, the full expression of Yeshua, who fills everything in every way, all in all.

 

congregationLet us define the Messianic Community, or Church as “one collective body of believers in Jehovah God through faith believing by accepting His firstborn and only begotten Son, Yeshua as personal Savior from their sin and choosing His way over their own.”

When and where did the church begin? Yeshua referred to the Church when He was on earth over 2000 years ago. Before the “Church Age,” also known as the 6th dispensation, the meeting place of Jehovah and His Chosen was referred to as the Congregation, Tabernacle, Synagogue, Sanctuary or Holy Temple.

Jehovah’s divine plan for man was carried out through His only begotten Son, Yeshua. The account is found in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Yeshua is the Builder, Foundation, Rock, Chief Cornerstone, and the All-in-All.

Here is Yeshua’s decree for His Church:

 Matthew 16

13 When Yeshua came into the territory around Caesarea Philippi, He asked His talmidim, “Who are people saying the Son of Man is?” 14 They said, “Well, some say Yochanan the Immerser, others Eliyahu, still others Yirmeyahu or one of the prophets.” 15 “But you,” He said to them, “who do you say I Am?” 16 Shim`on Kefa answered, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God.” 17 “Shim`on Bar-Yochanan,” Yeshua said to him, “blessed are you, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Kefa and on This Rock {Yeshua}, I will build my Church, and the gates of Sh’ol will not prevail against it.

 

Isaiah 26:4 Trust in ADONAI forever, for in Yah ADONAI, the ADONAI, is the Rock Eternal.”

 

Matthew 7:24 “So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on The Rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse, because it had its foundation on The Rock.

Matthew 7 records the teachings of Yeshua to His disciples and to the crowds of Jewish followers. Found in chapters 5-7 is the account of The Sermon on the Mount in Israel.

 

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4 As you come to Yeshua, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to Him, 5 you yourselves, as living stones (believers), are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him through His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. 6 This is why the Tanakh says, “Look! I am laying in Tziyon a Stone, a chosen and precious Cornerstone; and the one who trusts in Yeshua will certainly not be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this Stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The very Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.” 8 also, Yeshua is the Stone that causes men to stumble and the rock that makes them fall. They stumble because they disobey God’s Holy Word, which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Yeshua, who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

 

Ephesians 2

21 In Yeshua Christ all the building (spiritual body of born-again believers/saints/disciples) is fitly held together, and is growing into a holy temple (spiritual) in the Lord. 22 Yes, in Yeshua Christ we are being built together as a body of believers into one spiritual (Holy Spirit) dwelling-place for God! All things Spiritual!

Ephesians 3

14 For this reason, I fall on my knees before the Holy Father, Jehovah God, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that from the treasures of His glory He will empower you with inner strength by His Holy Spirit, 17 so that Yeshua Messiah Christ may live in your hearts through by faith believing. Also I pray that you will be rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the love of Yeshua Messiah Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses ALL knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power {Holy Spirit} that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Messianic Community {Church} and in Yeshua Jesus Messiah Christ throughout ALL generations, for ever and ever! Amen!

 

Yeshua tells His disciples they will be hated by the world.

John 15

18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own. But because you do not belong to the world — on the contrary, I have picked you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you, `A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you too; if they kept My word, they will keep yours too. 21 But they will do all this to you on My account, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. 22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they wouldn’t be guilty of sin; but now, they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done in their presence works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin; but now, they have seen them and have hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this has happened in order to fulfill the words in their Torah which read, `They hated me for no reason at all.’ 26 “When the Counselor {Holy Spirit} comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — He will testify on My behalf. 27 And you testify too, because you have been with Me from the outset.

John 15 from the Gospel of John Movie, The Visual Bible

 

After Yeshua was crucified, buried, rose from the grave and returned to His Father, Jehovah God; the Holy Spirit was sent from Jehovah to the disciples, living within them and then all of those who become followers of Yeshua the Christ, to be their Counselor and Comforter for their lives.

 

The persecution of believers was an ongoing process. The apostles were given power from within by Jehovah’s Holy Spirit to bear witness of their new life in Yeshua through the testimony of eyewitness accounts, along with countless miracles of physical and spiritual healing. Click this link to review Chapter 17: The Power Within.

 

Acts 5

12 Meanwhile, through the emissaries {apostles} many signs and miracles continued to be done among the people. United in mind and purpose, the believers met in Shlomo’s Colonnade; 13 and no one else dared to join them. Nevertheless, the people continued to regard them highly; 14 and throngs of believers were added to the Lord, both men and women. 15 They went so far as to bring the sick into the streets and lay them on mattresses and stretchers, so that at least Kefa’s shadow might fall on them as he passed by. 16 Crowds also gathered from the towns around Yerushalayim, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits; and every one of them was healed.

Those who openly step out and witness for Yeshua will see the onset of different degrees of persecution. The apostles were bold and openly witnessed in Solomon’s Colonnade. Guess who came calling?!?

 

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17 But the cohen hagadol and his associates, who were members of the party of the Tz’dukim, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the emissaries and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night, an angel of ADONAI opened the doors of the prison, led them out and said, 20 “Go, stand in the Temple court and keep telling the people all about this new life!” 21 After hearing that, they entered the Temple area about dawn and began to teach. Now the cohen hagadol and his associates came and called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (that is, of Isra’el’s whole assembly of elders) and sent to the jail to have them brought. 22 But the officers who went did not find them in the prison. So they returned and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened it, we found no one inside!” 24 When the captain of the Temple police and the head cohanim heard these things, they were puzzled and wondered what would happen next. 25 Then someone came and reported to them, “Listen! The men you ordered put in prison are standing in the Temple court, teaching the people!” 26 The captain and his officers went and brought them, but not with force; because they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 They conducted them to the Sanhedrin, where the cohen hagadol demanded of them, 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in the name of Yeshua! Look here! you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching; moreover, you are determined to make us responsible for Yeshua’s death!” 29 Kefa and the other emissaries answered, “We must obey God, not men. 30 The God of our fathersl raised up Yeshua, whereas you men killed Him by having Him hanged on a stake. 31 God has exalted Yeshua at His right hand as Ruler and Savior, in order to enable Isra’el to do t’shuvah and have her sins forgiven. 32 We are witnesses to these things; so is the Ruach HaKodesh, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 33 On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were infuriated and wanted to put the emissaries to death. 34 But one of the members of the Sanhedrin rose to his feet, a Parush named Gamli’el, a teacher of the Torah highly respected by all the people. He ordered the men put outside for a little while 35 and then addressed the court: “Men of Isra’el, take care what you do to these people. 36 Some time ago, there was a rebellion under Todah, who claimed to be somebody special; and a number of men, maybe four hundred, rallied behind him. But upon his being put to death, his whole following was broken up and came to nothing. 37 After this, Y’hudah HaG’lili led another uprising, back at the time of the enrollment for the Roman tax; and he got some people to defect to him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 So in the present case, my advice to you is not to interfere with these people, but to leave them alone. For if this idea or this movement has a human origin, it will collapse. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting God!” They heeded his advice. 40 After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. 41 The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of Yeshua. 42 And not for a single day, either in the Temple court or in private homes, did they stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah.

Persecutions and trials come to those who stand firm in the faith of knowing Yeshua the Christ.

Many accounts come to mind that reflect the persecution of the early Church, which began in Jerusalem by the apostles and believers who accepted Yeshua as Savior. Early believers met in homes and other locations, the Word of Jehovah spread and the number of disciples increased rapidly.

“Break Every Chain” performed by Jesus Culture

 

The apostles gathered all the disciples together and suggested that seven men from among them who were known to be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom be chosen in order to reach out to those in need. A man named Stephen was one of the chosen. Stephen, being full of Jehovah’s grace and power, began doing great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. Opposition arose against him from Jews of Syrene, Alexandria, Cilicia and Asia, and members of a sect called Synagogue of the Freedom. They argued with Stephen, but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Holy Spirit by which he spoke. They secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against Jehovah.” The following is Stephens’ testimony to the Sanhedrin:

 

Acts 6

12 They stirred up the people, as well as the elders and the Torah-teachers; so they came and arrested him and led him before the Sanhedrin. 13 There they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops speaking against this holy place and against the Torah; 14 for we have heard him say that Yeshua from Natzeret will destroy this place and will change the customs Moshe handed down to us.” 15 Everyone sitting in the Sanhedrin stared at Stephen and saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. 

Acts 7

1 The cohen hagadol asked, “Are these accusations true?” 2 and Stephen said: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to Avraham avinu in Mesopotamia before he lived in Haran 3 and said to him, ‘Leave your land and your family, and go into the land that I will show you.’ 4 So he left the land of the Kasdim and lived in Haran. After his father died, God made him move to this land where you are living now. 5 He gave him no inheritance in it, not even space for one foot; yet he promised to give it to him as a possession and to his descendants after him, even though at the time he was childless. 6 What God said to him was, ‘Your descendants will be aliens in a foreign land, where they will be in slavery and oppressed for four hundred years. 7 But I will judge the nation that enslaves them,’ God said, ‘and afterwards they will leave and worship me in this place.’ 8 And he gave him b’rit-milah. So he became the father of Yitz’chak and did his b’rit-milah on the eighth day, and Yitz’chak became the father of Ya’akov, and Ya’akov became the father of the Twelve Patriarchs. 9 “Now the Patriarchs grew jealous of Yosef and sold him into slavery in Egypt. But ADONAI was with him; 10 he rescued him from all his troubles and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him chief administrator over Egypt and over all his household. t 11 Now there came a famine that caused much suffering throughout Egypt and Kena’anu 12 But when Ya’akov heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. 13 The second time, Yosef revealed his identity to his brothers, and Yosef’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 Yosef then sent for his father Ya’akov and all his relatives, seventy-five people. 15 And Ya’akov went down to Egypt; there he died, as did our other ancestors. 16 Their bodies were removed to Sh’khem and buried in the tomb Avraham had bought from the family of Hamor in Sh’khem for a certain sum of money. 17 “As the time drew near for the fulfillment of the promise God had made to Avraham, the number of our people in Egypt increased greatly, 18 until there arose another king over Egypt who had no knowledge of Yosef. 19 With cruel cunning this man forced our fathers to put their newborn babies outside their homes, so that they would not survive. 20 “It was then that Moshe was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. For three months he was reared in his father’s house; 21 and when he was put out of his home, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 So Moshe was trained in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and became both a powerful speaker and a man of action. 23 “But when he was forty years old, the thought came to him to visit his brothers, the people of Isra’el. 24 On seeing one of them being mistreated, he went to his defense and took revenge by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He supposed his brothers would understand that God was using him to rescue them, but they didn’t understand. 26 When he appeared the next day, as they were fighting, and tried to make peace between them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers! Why do you want to hurt each other?’ 27 the one who was mistreating his fellow pushed Moshe away and said, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me, the way you killed that Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 On hearing this, Moshe fled the country and became an exile in the land of Midyan, where he had two sons. 30 “After forty more years, an angel appeared to him in the desert near Mount Sinai in the flames of a burning thorn bush. 31 When Moshe saw this, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to get a better look, there came the voice of ADONAI, 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov.’ But Moshe trembled with fear and didn’t dare to look. 33 ADONAI said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have clearly seen how My people are being oppressed in Egypt, I have heard their cry, and I have come down to rescue them, and now I will send you to Egypt.’ 35 “This Moshe, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge?’ is the very one whom God sent as both ruler and deliverer by God through the angel that appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 This man led them out, performing miracles and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moshe who said to the people of Isra’el, ‘God will raise up a prophet like me from among your brothers’ 38 This is the man who was in the assembly in the wilderness, accompanied by the angel that had spoken to him at Mount Sinai and by our fathers, the man who was given living words to pass on to us. 39 “But our fathers refused to obey him. On the contrary, they rejected him and in their hearts turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aharon, ‘Make us gods to go before us; because this Moshe, who led us out of Egypt – we don’t know what has become of him. 41 That was when they made an idol in the shape of a calf and offered a sacrifice to it and held a celebration in honor of what they had made with their own hands. 42 So God turned away from them and gave them over to worship the star – as has been written in the book of the prophets, ‘People of Isra’el, it was not to me that you offered slaughtered animals and sacrifices for forty years in the wilderness! 43 No, you carried the tent of Molekh and the star of your god Reifan, the idols you made so that you could worship them. Therefore, I will send you into exile beyond Bavel.’ 44 “Our fathers had the Tent of Witness in the wilderness. It had been made just as God, who spoke to Moshe, had ordered it made, according to the pattern Moshe had seen. 45 Later on, our fathers who had received it brought it in with Y’hoshua when they took the Land away from the nations that God drove out before them. “So it was until the days of David. 46 He enjoyed God’s favor and asked if he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Ya’akov 47 and Shlomo did build him a house. 48 But Ha’Elyon does not live in places made by hand! As the prophet says, 49 ‘Heaven is my throne,’ says ADONAI, ‘and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for Me? What kind of place could you devise for my rest? 50 Has not My hand made all these things?’ 51 “Stiffnecked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You continually oppose the Ruach HaKodesh! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute! 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who told prophesied the coming of the Righteous On, and now you have become His betrayers and murderers! – 53 you! – who receive the Torah that was put into effect through angels – but have not obeyed it!”

The Stoning of Stephen:

54 On hearing these things, they were cut to their hearts and ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Ruach HaKodesh, looked up to heaven and saw God’s Sh’khinah, with Yeshua standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look!” he exclaimed, “I see heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 At this, they began yelling at the top of their voices, so that they wouldn’t have to hear him; and with one accord, they rushed at him, 58 threw him outside the city and began stoning him. And the witnesses laid down their coats at the feet of a young man named Sha’ul. 59 As they were stoning him, Stephen called out to God, “Lord Yeshua! Receive my spirit!” 60 Then he kneeled down and shouted out, “Lord! Don’t hold this sin against them!” With that, he fell asleep.

 

Acts 8

1 and Sha’ul gave his approval to his murder. Starting with that day, there arose intense persecution against the Messianic Community/Church in Yerushalayim; all but the emissaries were scattered throughout the regions of Y’hudah and Shomron. 2 Some godly men buried Stephen and mourned him deeply. 3 But Sha’ul set out to destroy the Messianic Community/Church – entering house after house, he dragged off both men and women and handed them over to be put in prison.

Note: Sha’ul’s (Paul) one-on-one experience was with the very One who had given His life to save him, Jehovah’s only Son, Yeshua.

 

Acts 9

1 Meanwhile, Sha’ul, still breathing murderous threats against the Lord’s talmidim, went to the cohen hagadol 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Dammesek, authorizing him to arrest any people he might find, whether men or women, who belonged to “the Way,” {Messianic CommunityChurch} and bring them back to Yerushalayim. 3 He was on the road and nearing Dammesek, when suddenly a light from heaven flashed all around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” he asked. “I am Yeshua, whom you are persecuting. 6 Now get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you have to do.” 7 The men traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 They helped Sha’ul get up off the ground; but when he opened his eyes, he could see nothing. So, leading him by the hand, they brought him into Dammesek. 9 For three days he remained unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank. 10 There was a talmid in Dammesek, Hananyah by name; and in a vision the Lord said to him, “Hananyah!” He said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to Straight Street, to Y’hudah’s house; and ask for a man from Tarsus named Sha’ul; for he is praying, 12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Hananyah coming in and placing his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 But Hananyah answered, “Lord, many have told me about this man, how much harm he has done to your people in Yerushalayim; 14 and here he has a warrant from the head cohanim to arrest everyone who calls on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, because this man is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the Goyim, even to their kings, and to the sons of Isra’el as well. 16 For I myself will show him how much he must suffer for My name.”

Acts Chapters 7-9

 

Who is this Yeshua Jesus Messiah Christ and Savior of all? Call on Him in repentance of sin, by faith believing and receive Him as Personal Savior and Lord of our lives.

Yeshua’s credentials are in perfect order. Born of Jehovah God, not of Adam, to the Virgin Mary, but not of human descent. He kept the Jewish Law and traditions, but He came to fulfill the Law, bringing love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and redemption from sin for whosoever believes and follows Him. Yeshua came and died on a cross for our sins.

O what a Savior! What love of the Father and the Son that they should do this for you and me! Yeshua established the Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it!

 

“Jesus Loves Me” performed by Chris Tomlin

Yeshua is our only way and foundation for eternal life. There is no other way whereby one can be saved from sin and have eternity in Jehovah’s Kingdom of Heaven without end! Yeshua is the way, the truth and the life! NO one comes the His Father Jehovah except through HIM. AMEN and AMEN.

The Battle of the Ages continues to be fought for the souls of men. Light vs. Darkness – Good vs. Evil. It is a choice we all make. Choose light and life everlasting by choosing Yeshua Messiah OR choose the darkness and evil of Satan and live for eternity in hell.

Therefore, listen! Be still! Jehovah God says call on Me and I will hear you and I will show you Truth and Life. Yeshua died for you and me. The very least we can do is to live for Him.

 

“It is Finished” performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

Chapter 27: What Is: The Beautiful Land

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WHAT WAS             WHAT IS       WHAT WILL BE

 

Our subject matter now turns to What Is. According to Jehovah God’s scriptures in His Holy Bible events from the past are still relevant TODAY! These scriptures, as foretold by the prophets, give us the correct heading and direction in the present and a look forward to the What Will Be as the result of our choices.

Our current age, according to the scholars through their studies of times and events, is called the Age of Grace, or the 6th Dispensation, and is the last age for mankind as we know it. This timeframe began with the descent and dispensation of God’s Holy Spirit, who is present in the souls of all believers. This account is recorded in the book of Acts.

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Acts 1

1 Dear Theophilos: In the first book, I wrote about everything Yeshua set out to do and teach, 2 until the day when, after giving instructions through the Ruach HaKodesh to the emissaries whom He had chosen, Yeshua was taken up into heaven. 3 After His death He showed Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. During a period of forty days they saw Him, and He spoke with them about the Kingdom of God. 4 At one of these gatherings, Yeshua instructed them not to leave Yerushalayim but to wait for “what the Father promised, which you heard about from me. 5 For Yochanan used to immerse people in water; but in a few days, you will be immersed in the Ruach HaKodesh!” 6 When they were together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore self-rule to Isra’el?” 7 He answered, “You don’t need to know the dates or the times; the Father has kept these under His own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!” 9 After saying this, Yeshua was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid Him from their sight. 10 As they were staring into the sky after Him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them. 11 The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

 

I AM

performed by Mark Schultz

Do you believe in Jehovah God the “Always Present and the Great I AM” of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?   Do you believe Jehovah’s Holy Word of – What Was – What Is – What Will Be?   If yes, then you do believe in Jehovah’s only begotten Son, Yeshua? Do you believe in the Trinity – the Three in One – Jehovah the Father, Yeshua His Son and Jehovah’s Holy Spirit indwelling all believers? All questions are complete in one simple answer: it is either Yes or No. There is no middle ground. You either trust and believe or you do not.

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The deceiver Satan’s answer is yes. So what is the difference from his yes and your yes? Satan knows Jehovah’s truth but rejected it and chose to continue with his own agenda. You say yes to Jehovah’s truth, the sending of His Son Yeshua, and by repentance of sin and self, you serve and follow Him. Joshua said, choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Let us go back and read the account of Moses and Joshua (who succeeds Moses).

 

Deuteronomy 31

14 ADONAI said to Moshe, “The time is coming for you to die. Summon Y’hoshua, and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, so that I (Jehovah) can commission him.” Moshe and Y’hoshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting.

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Joshua was filled with Jehonah’s Holy Spirit of wisdom when Moses laid his hands on him. Joshua said to the people, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:

Joshua 24

13 Then I gave you a land where you had not worked and cities you had not built, and you live there. You eat fruit from vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’ 14 “Therefore fear ADONAI, and serve him truly and sincerely. Put away the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve ADONAI! 15 If it seems bad to you to serve ADONAI, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve ADONAI!” 16 The people answered, “Far be it from us that we would abandon ADONAI to serve other gods; 17 because it is ADONAI our God who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from a life of slavery, and did those great signs before our eyes, and preserved us all along the way we traveled and among all the peoples we passed through; 18 and it was ADONAI who drove out from ahead of us all the peoples, the Emori living in the land. Therefore we too will serve ADONAI, for He is our God.” 19 Y’hoshua said to the people, “You can’t serve ADONAI; because He is a holy God, a jealous God, and He will not forgive your crimes and sins. 20 If you abandon ADONAI and serve foreign gods, He will turn, doing you harm and destroying you after He has done you good.” 21 But the people said to Y’hoshua, “No, but we will serve ADONAI.” 22 Y’hoshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen ADONAI, to serve him.” They answered, “We are witnesses.” 23 “Now,” Y’hoshua urged, “put away the foreign gods you have among you, and turn your hearts to ADONAI, the God of Isra’el.” 24 The people answered Y’hoshua, “We will serve ADONAI our God; we will pay attention to what He says.” 25 So Y’hoshua made a covenant with the people that day, laying down for them laws and rulings there in Sh’khem. 26 Y’hoshua wrote these words in the book of the Torah of God. Then he took a big stone and set it up there under the oak next to the sanctuary of ADONAI. 27 Y’hoshua said to all the people, “See, this stone will be a witness against us; because it has heard all the words of ADONAI which He said to us; therefore it will be a witness against you, in case you deny your God.”

 

Deuteronomy 29

19 If there is such a person, when he hears the words of this curse, he will bless himself secretly, saying to himself, ‘I will be all right, even though I will stubbornly keep doing whatever I feel like doing; so that I, although “dry,” [sinful,] will be added to the “watered” [righteous].’ 21 ADONAI will single him out from all the tribes of Isra’el to experience what is bad in all the curses of the covenant written in this book of the Torah. 22 “When the next generation, your children who will grow up after you, and the foreigner who arrives from a distant land, see the plagues of that land and the diseases with which ADONAI has made it sick, 23 and that the whole land has become burning sulfur and salt, that it isn’t being sown or bearing crops or even producing grass – like the overthrow of S’dom, ‘Amora, Admah and Tzvoyim, which ADONAI overthrew in His furious anger – 24 then all the nations will ask, ‘Why did ADONAI do this to this land? What is the meaning of such frenzied, furious anger?’ 25 People will answer, ‘It’s because they abandoned the covenant of ADONAI, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 They went and served other gods, prostrating themselves before them, gods they had not known and which he had not assigned them. 27 For this reason, the anger of ADONAI blazed up against this land and brought upon it every curse written in this book; 28 and ADONAI, in anger, fury and incensed with indignation, uprooted them from their land and threw them out into another land – as it is TODAY.’

 drybonesEzekiel 37

4 Then the Sovereign Lord said to me, “Prophesy over these bones! Say to them, ‘Dry bones! Hear what ADONAI has to say! 5 To these bones Adonai ELOHIM says, “I will make breath enter you, and you will live. 6 I will attach ligaments to you, make flesh grow on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you. You will live, and you will know that I am ADONAI.”

11 Then ADONAI said to me, “Human being! These bones are the whole house of Isra’el; and they are saying, ‘Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone, and we are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy; say to them that Adonai ELOHIM says, ‘My people! I will open your graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the land of Isra’el. 13 Then you will know that I am ADONAI – when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your graves, my people! 14 I will put my Spirit in you; and you will be alive. Then I will place you in your own land; and you will know that I, ADONAI, have spoken, and that I have done it,’ says ADONAI.”

 

Ezekiel 36

24 For I will take you, O House of Israel, from among the nations, gather you from all the countries, and return you to your own soil. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them. 28 You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors. You will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanliness. I will summon the grain and increase it, and not send famine against you. 30 I will multiply the yield of fruit from the trees and increase production in the fields, so that you never again suffer the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your actions that were not good; as you look at yourselves, you will loathe yourselves for your guilt and disgusting practices. 32 Understand,’ says Adonai ELOHIM, ‘that I am not doing this for your sake. Instead, be ashamed and dismayed for your ways, O house of Isra’el.’

 

Ezekiel 37

21 Then say to them that Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms. 23“They will never again defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, or any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the places where they have been living and sinning; and l will cleanse them, so that they will be my people, and I will be their God.

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THE BEAUTIFUL LAND

D.E.H. 2014

“There is a place beyond the ocean

Whose land kisses the sea.

Its beauty is in the many stones

and the Sea of Galilee.

 

A thousand and a thousand years have passed since 70AD

Jehovah’s chosen people were scattered throughout the earth

and the nation of Israel was no more.

 

Then came that day, the greatest day, May 14,1948

The nation that was not was now born again!

Its people came from every country and from every land.

The people came from far and wide to settle again their beloved land.

With tears of joy, they kissed the ground

Their land to work, to build and to plan!

What a sight to see – the changing of a desert to a beautiful green!

 

The nation that was and was no more is again and better than before.

Along with their beautiful land, their Hebrew language was born again.

The language that was and was no more is again forevermore.”

 

 

The final step is confession and restoration with your Jehovah God. Will you pray along with the great prophet, Daniel, as he confesses his sins and the sins of Jehovah’s chosen, the people of Israel?

 DANIELDaniel’s Prayer from Daniel 9

 

4 I prayed to ADONAI my God and made this confession: “Please, Adonai, great and fearsome God, who keeps His covenant and extends grace to those who love Him and observe His commands! 5 We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled and turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We (Isra’el), have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our leaders, our ancestors and to all the people of the land. 7 “To you, Adonai, belongs righteousness; but to us today belongs shame – to us, the men of Y’hudah, the inhabitants of Yerushalayim and all Isra’el, including those nearby and those far away, throughout all the countries where you have driven them; because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 Yes, ADONAI, shame falls on us, our kings, our leaders and our ancestors; because we sinned against you. 9 Adonai our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. 10 We didn’t listen to the voice of ADONAI our God, so that we could live by His laws, which He presented to us through His servants the prophets. 11 Yes, all Isra’el flouted your Torah and turned away, unwilling to listen to your voice. Therefore the curse and oath written in the Torah of Moshe the servant of God was poured out on us, because we sinned against him. 12 He carried out the threats He spoke against us and against our judges who judged us, by bringing upon us disaster so great that under all of heaven, nothing has been done like what has been done to Yerushalayim. 13 As written in the Torah of Moshe, this whole disaster came upon us, yet we did not appease ADONAI our God by renouncing our wrongdoing and discerning your truth. 14 So ADONAI watched for the right moment to bring this disaster upon us, for ADONAI our God is just in everything He does, yet we didn’t listen when He spoke. 15 “Now, Adonai our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, thereby winning renown for yourself, as is the case today – we sinned, we acted wickedly. 16 Adonai, in keeping with all your justice, please allow your anger and fury to be turned away from your city Yerushalayim, your holy mountain; because it is due to our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors that Yerushalayim and your people have become objects of scorn among everyone around us. 17 Therefore, our God, listen to the prayer and pleadings of your servant; and cause your face to shine on your desolated sanctuary, for your own sake. 18 My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes and see how desolated we are, as well as the city which bears your name. For we plead with you not because of our own righteousness, but because of your great mercy and compassion. 19 Adonai, hear! Adonai, forgive! Adonai, pay attention, and don’t delay action – for your own sake, my God, because your city and your people bear your name!”

 

send meRead the repentant prayer and commissioning of Isaiah, Jehovah’s humble prophet.

Isaiah 6

1 In the year of King ‘Uziyahu’s death I saw Adonai sitting on a high, lofty throne! The hem of His robe filled the temple. 2 S’rafim stood over Him, each with six wings – two for covering His face, two for covering His feet and two for flying. 3 They were crying out to each other, “More holy than the holiest holiness is ADONAI-Tzva’ot! The whole earth is filled with His glory!” 4 The doorposts shook at the sound of their shouting, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said, “Woe to me! I [too] am doomed! because I, a man with unclean lips, living among a people with unclean lips, have seen with my own eyes the King, ADONAI-Tzva’ot!” 6 One of the s’rafim flew to me with a glowing coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Here! This has touched your lips. Your iniquity is gone, your sin is atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of Adonai saying, “Whom should I send? Who will go for us?” I answered, “Here am I, send me!”

 

Here I Am

performed by Downhere

This should be the testimony of every believer! We have only TODAY to tell of Jehovah’s love and grace. Jehovah’s Son Yeshua gives believers the following command after His resurrection and as He was returning back to His Father, Jehovah God. The Great Commission – our marching orders from our Commander-in-Chief, Yeshua!

 

Matthew 28

18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Ruach HaKodesh, (The Trinity) 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”

 

Hebrews 1

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the last days (acharit-hayamim,) He has spoken to us through His Son Yeshua, to whom He has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah Glory of His Father God, the very expression of His (God’s) essence, upholding all that exists by His powerful word; and after He had, through Himself, made purification for sins, Yeshua sat down at the right hand of His Father God, the Majesty in Heaven (HaG’dulah BaM’romim.)

This is our time! TODAY is our day in history to carry on the truth and witness of our testimony in proclaiming the salvation available through Yeshua the Christ and Messiah to the lost people around us and throughout the world. Every believer is a missionary for Christ Messiah and every lost person is our mission field! Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain that Yeshua, Jehovah’s only Son, was born to bring the message of love and eternal life to any who choose to follow Him!

 

“How Great Is Our God”

written by Chris Tomlin and performed by Joshua Aaron

Chorus:
Gadol Elohai
Shiru ki Gadol Elohai
Kol echad Yirei 
Ki gadol Elohai

Bridge (Name above all names):
Shem me’al kol shem
Otcha raui le’halel
Libi yashir ki gadol Elohai

Chapter 26d: The Firstborn of Jehovah Part IV

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Trust in Jehovah = Faith in Yeshua = Trusting Faithfulness

 ALL THINGS SPIRITUAL

Come let us reason together.  The life of man is all about the foundation of truth, which brings on the actions of trust. Then there is faith, which is a spiritual transformation of each soul to know without a doubt that one is saved by faith, believing in Yeshua when one receives forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit within each one, and the guarantee of a home forever in God’s Kingdom of Heaven.  Remember, all things Spiritual!!

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The Word of Truth is Jehovah God as He spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways. Hebrews Chapters 1 & 2

The Word of Truth, the Holy Bible, is God’s Holy Word. 2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Review Israel’s Ultimate Victory Chapter 17: The Holy Spirit.

The Word of Truth, Yeshua, is the Son of Jehovah God. John 1:14

Hebrews 7 tells us thatIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The Son was with God in the beginning.  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father God, full of grace and truth.

Therefore, we have the Word of Truth, the Trinity; the three in one: Jehovah God, Holy Spirit the Holy Bible, and Yeshua the Son.

“Praise the Father, Praise the Son” performed by Chris Tomlin

What is truth?  Is it the foundation for trust?  Let us look at a passage of scripture from the gospel of John 18:36-38.  Yeshua has been taken by the Judeans to the Roman governor, Pilot, to be found guilty of being the Son of God and sentenced to death by crucifixion.

36 Yeshua answered, “My kingship does not derive its authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.” 37 “So then,” Pilate said to him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.” 38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?” Having said this, Pilate went outside again to the Judeans and told them, “I don’t find any case against Him.

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John 19   19 Pilate also had a notice written and posted on the stake (cross); it read, YESHUA OF NATZERET: THE KING OF THE JEWS 20 Many of the Judeans read this notice, because the place where Yeshua was put on the stake was close to the city; and it had been written in Hebrew,  in Aramaic, in Latin and in Greek. 21 The Judeans’ head cohanim therefore said to Pilate, “Don’t write, `THE KING OF THE JEWS,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”  In my heart, I would really like to believe that Pilot meant what he posted.

Yeshua’s reason for coming into the world was to bear witness of the Truth.

John 14   1 “Don’t let yourselves be disturbed. Trust in God and trust in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many places to live. If there weren’t, I would have told you; because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 Since I am going and preparing a place for you, I will return to take you with me; so that where I am, you may be also. 4 Furthermore, you know where I’m going; and you know the way there.” 5 T’oma said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?” 6 Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 7 Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough for us.” 9 Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, `Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing His own works. 11 Trust me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves. 12 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands; 16 and I will ask the Father, and He will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Holy Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. 17 The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees nor knows Him. You know Him, because He is staying with you and will be united with you.

The Gospel of John Chapter 14 from The Gospel of John DVD

Hebrews 11  1 Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see. 2 It was for this that Scripture attested the merit of the people of old. 3 By trusting, we understand that the universe was created through a spoken word of God, so that what is seen did not come into being out of existing phenomena. 4 By trusting, Hevel offered a greater sacrifice than Kayin; because of this, he was attested as righteous, with God giving him this testimony on the ground of his gifts. Through having trusted, he still continues to speak, even though he is dead. 5 By trusting, Hanokh was taken away from this life without seeing death – “He was not to be found, because God took him away” – for he has been attested as having been, prior to being taken away, well pleasing to God. 6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches Him must trust that He does exist and that He becomes a Rewarder to those who seek Him out. 7 By trusting, Noach, after receiving divine warning about things as yet unseen, was filled with holy fear and built an ark to save his household. Through this trusting, he put the world under condemnation and received the righteousness that comes from trusting. 8 By trusting, Avraham obeyed, after being called to go out to a place which God would give him as a possession; indeed, he went out without knowing where he was going. 9 By trusting, he lived as a temporary resident in the Land of the promise, as if it were not his, staying in tents with Yitz’chak and Ya’akov, who were to receive what was promised along with him. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with permanent foundations, of which the architect and builder is God. 11 By trusting, he received potency to father a child, even when he was past the age for it, as was Sarah herself; because he regarded the One who had made the promise as trustworthy. 12 Therefore, this one man, who was virtually dead, fathered descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and as countless as the grains of the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people kept on trusting until they died, without receiving what had been promised. They had only seen it and welcomed it from a distance, while acknowledging that they were aliens and temporary residents on the earth. 14 For people who speak this way make it clear that they are looking for a fatherland. 15 Now if they were to keep recalling the one they left, they would have an opportunity to return; 16 but as it is, they aspire to a better fatherland, a heavenly one. This is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city. 17 By trusting, Avraham, when he was put to the test, offered up Yitz’chak as a sacrifice. Yes, he offered up his only son, he who had received the promises, 18 to whom it had been said, “What is called your ‘seed’ will be in Yitz’chak.” 19 For he had concluded that God could even raise people from the dead! And, figuratively speaking, he did so receive him. 20 By trusting, Yitz’chak in his blessings over Ya’akov and Esav made reference to events yet to come. 21 By trusting, Ya’akov, when he was dying, blessed each of Yosef ‘s sons, leaning on his walking-stick as he bowed in prayer. 22 By trusting, Yosef, near the end of his life, remembered about the Exodus of the people of Isra’el and gave instructions about what to do with his bones. 23 By trusting, the parents of Moshe hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they weren’t afraid of the king’s decree. 24 By trusting, Moshe, after he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose being mistreated along with God’s people rather than enjoying the passing pleasures of sin. 26 He had come to regard abuse suffered on behalf of the Messiah as greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes fixed on the reward. 27 By trusting, he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered as one who sees the unseen. 28 By trusting, he obeyed the requirements for the Pesach, including the smearing of the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Isra’el. 29 By trusting, they walked through the Red Sea as through dry land; when the Egyptians tried to do it, the sea swallowed them up. 30 By trusting, the walls of Yericho fell down – after the people had marched around them for seven days. 31 By trusting, Rachav the prostitute welcomed the spies and therefore did not die along with those who were disobedient. 32 What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gid’on, Barak, Shimshon, Yiftach, David, Sh’mu’el and the prophets; 33 who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weakness turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed, so that they would gain a better resurrection. 36 Others underwent the trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned. 37 They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, 38 wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them! 39 All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not receive what had been promised, 40 because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal.

What is that something better that would involve us?  What is the goal?  Along with verse 40, let’s read Hebrews 10:1, 9:11-15, 1:1-3

1 For the Torah is only a shadow of the good things to come, but not the actual manifestation of the originals. Therefore, it can never, by means of the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, bring to the goal those who approach the Holy Place to offer them.

11 But when Yeshua the Messiah appeared as cohen gadol of the good things that are happening already, then, through the greater and more perfect Tent which is not man-made (that is, it is not of this created world), 12 Yeshua entered the Holiest Place once and for all. And He entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of His own blood, thus setting people free forever. 13 For if sprinkling ceremonially unclean persons with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer restores their outward purity; 14 then how much more the blood of Yeshua Messiah, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself to God as a sacrifice without blemish, will purify our conscience from works that lead to death, so that we can serve the living God! 15 It is because of this death that Yeshua is mediator of a New Covenant because His death has occurred which sets people free from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim, he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownership of everything and through whom he created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had, through himself, made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim.

Therefore, Jehovah’s plan for something better, because He so loved us, is the sending of His only begotten Son, Yeshua into the world, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

“Lead Us On” performed by Kristian Stanfill

Something better is Jehovah’s Son, our key to the goal – Heaven!  The word goal signifies completion of whatever fulfilled or accomplished in any given effort. Yeshua came to Earth to do His Father God’s will, to be the once-for-all sacrificial Lamb for the sins of those who choose to follow Him.  On the cross Yeshua said,  “It is finished!” The work He had come to Earth to do was complete and He would return again to His Father.

Paul, a member of the ruling body in Israel, was chosen by Jehovah to take the gospel message to the Gentiles, spoke these words at his journey’s end.

2 Timothy 4  7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord Yeshua, “the Righteous Judge,” will award to me on that Day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for Him to appear. 

In fighting the good fight, all believers are given a spiritual suit from God.  This is a spiritual battle!  All Things Spiritual!

Ephesians 6  10 Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! 11 Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. 12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. 13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate, 15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom. 16 Always carry the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. 17 And take the helmet of salvation; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God.  

Hebrews 1  1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim, he has spoken to us through His Son, to whom He has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. 3 Jehovah’s Son, Yeshua, is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after Yeshua had, through Himself, made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim (Majesty on high) in Heaven.  

“All to Us” performed by Chris Tomlin

In the beginning of this part IV of Hebrews we spoke of truth, trust and faith.  Many times these words seem to be interchangeable.  Let us consider the word faith and its association with the “Last Days” and the Gospel message of salvation presented by Yeshua while He was on Earth.  The following scriptures give spiritual insight in relation to the word faith.

Galatians 3  21 Is the Torah against the promises of God? God forbid! For if there had been a Torah given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the Torah. 22 But instead, the Tanakh has concluded all under sin; so that the promise by faith of Yeshua Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith, which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the Torah was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Yeshua Christ, that we might be justified by faith, 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Yeshua Messiah. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ Yeshua have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Yeshua Christ. 29 Also, if you belong to Yeshua Messiah, then you are the seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise.   

Ephesians 3:9 Not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Torah, but that which is through the faith of Yeshua Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

 Romans 3  22 Even the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Yeshua Messiah unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference; 23  For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; 24   Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Yeshua Messiah; 25  Whom God has set forth to be the propitiation through faith in Yeshua’s blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of  sins that are past through the forbearance of God;  26  To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Yeshua.  27 Where is boasting then?  It is excluded. By the Torah? Of works?  NAY: but by the law of faith.  28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Torah. 

Romans 1  16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for every one who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  17 For in the Gospel, the righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous shall live by faith.” 

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 

May you be receptive to this truth from Jehovah, His Son Yeshua, the Holy Spirit, and His word – the Holy Bible. Believing is seeing! All things Spiritual!

“He’s God” performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Chapter 26c: The Firstborn of Jehovah, Part III

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TO:                  Hebrews

FROM:            Jehovah, God of the Hebrews

The timeframe for man begins and ends in Hebrews.

This all-powerful, spirit-filled book written to the Hebrew nation of Israel has the presentation of indisputable evidence justifying the complete truth of Jehovah God and His Son, Yeshua, from creation, “In the beginning,” to “the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven” to “Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.”

Let us summarize the timeframe: What was. What is. What will be.

creation2What Was.  In the beginning, O Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens. On day 1, You created light and darkness, thus, time began for man. In the past, God used our forefathers through the prophets to communicate with our people.

The new Hebrew nation of Israel was founded on Jehovah’s ten commandments given to Moses in the desert wilderness.  Moses was a faithful servant of the living Jehovah God, but the hearts of the people rebelled against Jehovah by going astray, therefore the covenant between God and His chosen Hebrew people was broken and in need of a new covenant.

Jesus-in-LightWhat Is.  In the Last Days, Jehovah has spoken to us through His Son, Yeshua, by His coming to planet earth to do the will of His Father Jehovah in sacrifice of Himself, once for all, providing eternal life to any who follow Him, by faith believing and receiving Yeshua as Savior and Lord of their lives.

 Hebrews 1:3  “Jehovah’s Son, Yeshua, is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by His powerful word; and after He had, through Himself, made purification for sins, Yeshua sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim (Majesty of heaven, Yeshua’s Father Jehovah).

Today is a warning from God, do not ignore His Son, Yeshua, the provider and author of your great salvation!  Yeshua is over My house, the Great High Priest, the mediator of the New Covenant, and He will remain forever and ever without end!

While it is Today, do not harden your hearts as those who fell in the rebellion in the desert.  Today is your only day to obey Yeshua when He says, “Come, follow Me, for I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.”

new heaven new earthWhat Will Be.  The foundations of the earth and heavens will wear out but You, Yeshua, will remain the same forever.

Revelation 21 

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. 2 Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and He Himself, God-with-them, will be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.” 5 Then the One sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!'” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ Alpha and the ‘Z’ Omega, the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. 7 He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars – their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, this is the second death.”

“Alpha and Omega” performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

Let us look at Jehovah’s timeframe from Hebrews.

Hebrews 1

10 and, “In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth; heaven is the work of Your hands. 11 They will vanish, but You will remain; like clothing, they will all grow old; 12 and You will fold them up like a coat. Yes, they will be changed like clothing, but You remain the same, Your years will never end.”

Hebrews 1

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim {last days} Jehovah has spoken to us through His Son, Yeshua, to whom He has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe.

6 And again, when God brings His Firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7 Indeed, when speaking of angels, He says, “. . . who makes His angels winds and His servants fiery flames”; 8 but to the Son, He says, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; You rule Your Kingdom with a scepter of equity;  

A word used throughout the scriptures is therefore. What is it there for?  The word therefore refers to the subject matter that precedes it, by giving instructions to hear and obey.

Hebrews 3

7 Therefore, as the Ruach HaKodesh {Holy Spirit} says, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, 8 don’t harden your hearts, as you did in the Bitter Quarrel on that day in the Wilderness when you put God to the test. 

Hebrews 2

1 Therefore, we must pay much more careful heed to the things we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2 For if the word God spoke through angels became binding, so that every violation and act of disobedience received its just punishment in full measure, 3 then how will we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first declared by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him; 4 while God also bore witness to it with various signs, wonders and miracles, and with gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) which He distributed as He chose.

Hebrews 4

1 Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering His rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it; 2 for the Good News of the Gospel has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with faith and trust.

7 Therefore God again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David, so long afterwards, in the text already given, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 3

1 Therefore, brothers {believers} whom God has set apart, who share in the call from heaven, fix your minds on Yeshua, whom we acknowledge publicly as God’s emissary and as cohen gadol.

Hebrews 4

14 Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true.

16 Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

Hebrews 8

1 Here is the whole point of what we have been saying: we do have just such a cohen gadol as has been described. And He does sit at the right hand of HaG’dulah in heaven. 2 There Yeshua  serves in the Holy Place, that is, in the true Tent of Meeting, the one erected not by human beings but by ADONAI.

Hebrews 10

16 “This is the covenant which I, Jehovah, will make with My chosen after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put My Torah in their hearts, and write it on their minds. “ 17 He then adds, “and their sins and their wickedness I will remember no more.”

jesus on crossThis book of Hebrews is written to the Jewish believers, revealing the timeframe in God’s continuing, progressive revelation of His complete truth contained in His Holy Word.  This timeframe, as expressed in “after those days,” refers to when blood animal sacrifices, offered repeatedly year after year yet never able to take away sin, were replaced by Yeshua’a body, a once-for-all sacrifice for sin for each one who chooses to follow Him.  Yeshua said to His Father Jehovah God, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.”  JEHOVAH God set aside the first covenant, followed by His Son, Yeshua, to establish the new second Covenant.

Hebrews 8

7 Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one. 8 For God does find fault with the people when he says, “‘See! The days are coming,’ says ADONAI, ‘when I will establish over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah a new covenant.

There is no longer a need for a priest or animal sacrifices.  There is no longer need for the first covenant since it has been rendered null and void for it was broken by the people.  There is no longer a need for the temple since the veil to the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom when Yeshua died on the cross, ushering in the New Covenant, giving direct access to Jehovah God through Himself, now the Great High Priest and intercessor for all believers!  (The temple was destroyed in 70AD, thus ending the Jewish sacrificial system.)

Hebrews 3

6 But the Messiah, as Son, was faithful over God’s house. And we are that house (the temple of believers) of His, provided we hold firmly to the courage and confidence inspired by what we hope for.

Hebrews 7

24 But because Yeshua lives forever, His position as cohen does not pass on to someone else; 25 and consequently, He is totally able to deliver those who approach God through Him; since He is alive forever and thus forever able to intercede on their behalf.

Hebrews 10

9  “Look, I have come to do your will”; Yeshua takes away the first system in order to set up the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Yeshua Messiah Christ once-for-all.

Jesus praying

Hebrews 10

1 For the Torah is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves.  Therefore, it can never, by means of the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who approach the Holy Place to worship. 2 Otherwise, wouldn’t the offering of those sacrifices have ceased? For if the people performing the service had been cleansed once and for all, they would no longer have sins on their conscience. 3 No, it is quite the contrary – in these sacrifices is a reminder of sins, year after year. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. 5 This is why, on coming into the world, Yeshua Christ says, “It has not been Your will to have an animal sacrifice and a meal offering; rather, You have prepared for me a body. 6 No, you have not been pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. 7 Then I said, ‘Look! In the scroll of the book it is written about me, Yeshua, I have come to do your will.'” 8 In saying first, “You neither willed nor were pleased with animal sacrifices, meal offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings,” things which are offered in accordance with the Torah; 9 and then, “Look, I have come to do your will”; Yeshua takes away the first system in order to set up the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Yeshua Messiah Christ once-for-all. 11 Now every cohen stands every day doing his service, offering over and over the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But Yeshua, after He had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from then on to wait until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by a single offering He has brought to the goal for all time those who are being set apart for God and made holy. 15 And the Ruach HaKodesh too bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 ” ‘This is the covenant which I will make with them after those days,’ says ADONAI: ‘I will put my Torah on their hearts, and write it on their minds . . . ,’  17 He then adds,  ‘and their sins and their wickedness I will remember no more.’  18 Now where there is forgiveness for these, an offering for sins is no longer needed.

  • The Law is not sacrifice.  God’s Lamb, Yeshua, is the sacrifice.
  • The Law condemns.  Yeshua’s love forgives = complete fulfillment.
  • Without the shedding of Yeshua’s blood, there is no remission of sin.
  • Blood is life. Yeshua gave His blood for you and me.

Do not focus on the shadow (Law).  Focus on Yeshua, Jehovah’s Son, who casts the shadow. 

  

“Amazing Love” performed by Chris Tomlin

 

Hebrews 10

35 So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward! 39 You are of those who believe by faith and are saved for eternity!

Let Us Persevere

Hebrews 10

19 So, brothers, we have confidence to use the way into the Holiest Place opened by the blood of Yeshua. 20 He inaugurated it for us as a new and living way through the parokhet (curtain torn from top to bottom in the temple when Yeshua died on the cross), by means of His body. 21 We also have a great cohen over God’s household (believers). 22 Therefore, let us approach the Holiest Place with a sincere heart, in the full assurance that comes from faith and trust – with our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us continue holding fast to the hope, Yeshua, which we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 And let us keep paying attention to one another, in order to spur each other on to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other. And let us do this all the more as you see the Day approaching. 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemies. 28 Someone who disregards the Torah of Moshe is put to death without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made Him holy; and who has insulted the Holy Spirit, giver of God’s grace! 30 For the One we know is the One who said, “Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay,” and then said, “ADONAI will judge His people.” 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! 32 But remember the earlier days, when, after you had received the light, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings. 33 Sometimes you were publicly disgraced and persecuted, while at other times you stood loyally by those who were treated this way. 34 For you shared the sufferings of those who had been put in prison. Also when your possessions were seized, you accepted it gladly; since you knew that what you possessed was better and would last forever. 35 So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward. 36 For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what He has promised. 37 For “There is so, so little time! The One coming will indeed come, He will not delay. 38 But the person who is righteous will live his life by faith, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 39 However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we are of those who believe by faith and are saved for eternity!

word of GodYou have just experienced firsthand Jehovah’s complete truth taken from His perfect and inerrant Word, the Holy Bible.  The greatest single event of all time was the life of this Man of Galilee, Jehovah’s Son Yeshua, the only One who can forgive sin, once-for-all and provide the way of salvation and eternal life through His death and resurrection to those who choose to follow Him. Only Yeshua can bring love, light, life and purpose to our lives.

Today is the time for the Hebrew people to declare, with courage and boldness, their belief in Jehovah God and Yeshua His Son, born to be our Savior, Lord and soon returning King!

“Jesus Messiah” performed by Chris Tomlin

He became sin, who knew no sin

That we might become His righteousness

He humbled himself and carried the cross

 Love so amazing, love so amazing

 Jesus Messiah, name above all names

Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel

The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven

Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

 His body the bread, his blood the wine

Broken and poured out all for love

The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn

 Love so amazing, love so amazing, yeah

 Jesus Messiah, name above all names

Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel

The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven

Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

 All I hope is in You, all I hope is in You

All the glory to You, God, the light of the world

 Jesus Messiah, name above all names

Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel

The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven

Jesus Messiah, Lord of all!

Chapter 26b: The Firstborn of Jehovah, Part II

 
 
TO: The Hebrews (Part II)
FROM: Jehovah, God of the Hebrews
The Changing of the Priesthood
11 Therefore, if it had been possible to reach the goal through the system of cohanim derived from Levi (since in connection with it, the people were given the Torah), what need would there have been for another, different kind of cohen, the one spoken of as to be compared with Malki-Tzedek and not to be compared with Aharon? 12 For if the system of cohanim is transformed, there must of necessity occur a transformation of Torah. 13The one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar; 14 for everyone knows that our Lord arose out of Y’hudah, and that Moshe said nothing about this tribe when he spoke about cohanim. 15 It becomes even clearer if a “different kind of cohen,” one like Malki-Tzedek, arises, 16 one who became a cohen not by virtue of a rule in the Torah concerning physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is stated, “You are a cohen FOREVER, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.” 18Thus, on the one hand, the earlier rule is set aside because of its weakness and inefficacy 19 (for the Torah did not bring anything to the goal); and, on the other hand, a hope of something better is introduced, through which we are drawing near to God. 20 What is more, God swore an oath. For no oath was sworn in connection with those who become cohanim now; 21 but Yeshua became a cohen by the oath which God swore when He said to Him, “ADONAI has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a cohen forever.'” 22 Also this shows how much better is the Covenant of which Yeshua has become guarantor. 23 Moreover, the present cohanim are many in number, because they are prevented by death from continuing in office. 24But because Yeshua lives forever, His position as cohen does not pass on to someone else; 25 and consequently, He is totally able to deliver those who approach God through Him; since Yeshua is alive forever and thus forever able to intercede on their behalf. 26 This is the kind of cohen gadol that meets our need – holy, without evil, without stain, set apart from sinners and raised higher than the heavens; 27 one who does not have the daily necessity, like the other cohanim g’dolim, of offering up sacrifices first for their own sins and only then for those of the people; because Yeshua offered one sacrifice, once and for all, by offering up Himself. 28 For the Torah appoints as cohanim g’dolim men who have weakness; but the text which speaks about the swearing of the oath, a text written later than the Torah, appoints God’s Son, Yeshua, who has been brought to the goal forever.
 
Who is this Almighty Jehovah God that He created the heavens and the earth; made man to have a relationship with Him and controls all things?  Does He not make the rules since He is in charge?  Who are we, as sinful men, that we do not humble ourselves to the one and only Yeshua who is perfect and Holy in all things?  Listen, for the time is very short!  Let us bow before Him in repentant humility and see the reason Jehovah sent His Son to save us when the blood of animals could not.
To begin, let us compare the differences between the first priesthood Jehovah temporarily put in place under the order of Aaron and the second, never-ending priesthood Jehovah ordained in the order of Yeshua.
 

WHAT WAS:                                   

  • Earthly priesthood
  • Order of Aaron
  • All born of Adam (Aaron)
  • Tribe of Levi (descendants)
  • All sinful and inefficient
  • Sins covered by animal blood
  • Continuous sin offerings
  • Temporary
  • Passed to next generation
  • Earthly tabernacle
  • Mortal death
 
WHAT IS:
 
  • Heavenly priesthood
  • Order of Yeshua
  • Born of Jehovah (His Son, Yeshua)
  • Tribe of Judah  (born of the Virgin Mary)
  • Sinless and perfect in all ways
  • Sins forever covered by Yeshua’s own blood
  • Removes sin debt once-for-all
  • Permanent
  • Never passed to others
  • Living tabernacle (our bodies)
  • Lives eternally as Great High Priest and as King of kings and Lord of lords  
 
 
 
The book of Hebrews is the declaration  from Jehovah God; the eternal Creator and God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel), that better things were put into place by his Son, Yeshua, over 2000 years ago. Jehovah transformed the priesthood from the earthly, sinful priests to His perfect Son, Yeshua.  Yeshua now serves as the only and forever Great High Priest through which all men must come fro forgiveness of sin once-for-all, past present and future.  There can be no turning back or continuing in the old Jewish system as this system has been replaced by the unique priesthood of Yeshua, Messiah Christ. Jehovah’s people must now look only to Yeshua, whose atoning death, resurrection and ascension opened the way into the true, heavenly sanctuary of Jehovah’s presence. 
 
1 A psalm of David: ADONAI says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 ADONAI will send your powerful scepter out from Tziyon, so that you will rule over your enemies around you. 3 On the day your forces mobilize, your people willingly offer themselves in holy splendors from the womb of the dawn; the dew of your youth is yours. 4 ADONAI has sworn it, and he will never retract -“You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.”
The words “in the order of” are defined as: likeness of a high order or position; similar in class or the rite of ordination, holy orders as following a plan of arrangement.
Now let us look at the similarities between the high and holy orders of Yeshua and Malki-Tzedek.   (Click here to review Chapter 5: God’s Ultimate Love Gift )
Malki-Tzedek:
  • A priest of Most High God
  • Not of Aaron
  • Not a descendant of Levi
  • King of Righteousness
  • King of Salem (peace)
  • Without genealogy of man
  • Without beginning or end
  • Bread and wine with Abraham
  • Foreshadow of Yeshua: God’s Sacrificial Lamb
Yeshua:
  • A priest of Most High God
  • Not of Aaron
  • Not a descendant of Levi
  • King of Righteousness
  • King of JeruSalem (coming)
  • Without genealogy of man
  • Without beginning or end
  • Bread and wine with Disciples
  • Completed Mission: the New Covenant
 
 
 
 

The High Priest of the New Covenant

 
1 Here is the whole point of what we have been saying: we do have just such a cohen gadol as has been described. Yeshua sits at the right hand of HaG’dulah in heaven. 2 There He serves in the Holy Place, that is, in the true Tent of Meeting, the one erected not by human beings but by ADONAI. 3 For every cohen gadol is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so this cohen gadol too has to have something He can offer. 4Now if He were on earth, He wouldn’t be a cohen at all, since there already are cohanim offering the gifts required by the Torah. 5 But what they are serving is only a copy and shadow of the heavenly original; for when Moshe was about to erect the Tent, God warned him, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern you were shown on the mountain.” 6But now the work Yeshua has been given to do is far superior to theirs, just as the covenant He mediates is better. For this covenant has been given as Torah on the basis of better promises. 7 Indeed, if the first covenant had not given ground for faultfinding, there would have been no need for a second one. 8 For God does find fault with the people when He says, “‘See! The days are coming,’ says ADONAI, ‘when I will establish over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah a new covenant. 9 “‘It will not be like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by their hand and led them forth out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, did not remain faithful to my covenant; so I, for my part, stopped concerning myself with them,’ says ADONAI. 10 “‘For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,’ says ADONAI: ‘I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 11 “‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen or his brother, saying, “Know ADONAI!” For all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest, 12 because I will be merciful toward their wickedness and remember their sins no more.’ 13 By calling this Covenant, “new,” ADONAI has made the first covenant “old” and what is old, obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
This comparison of the two priesthoods is written and presented to the Hebrews by Jehovah God, testifying with indisputable evidence, qualifying and justifying Jehovah’s Holy truth, removing all doubt, that His Son, Yeshua, is the heir of all things.  Yeshua is the Great High Priest forever and ever without end, the Mediator of the New Covenant!
 
What Was: Old Covenant Worship in the Earthly Tabernacle
1 Now the first covenant had both regulations for worship and a Holy Place here on earth. 2 A tent was set up, the outer one, which was called the Holy Place; in it were the menorah, the table and the Bread of the Presence. 3 Behind the second parokhet was a tent called the Holiest Place, 4 which had the golden altar for burning incense and the Ark of the Covenant, entirely covered with gold. In the Ark were the gold jar containing the man, Aharon’s rod that sprouted and the stone Tablets of the Covenant; 5 and above it were the k’ruvim representing the Sh’khinah, casting their shadow on the lid of the Ark – but now is not the time to discuss these things in detail. 6 With things so arranged, the cohanim go into the outer tent all the time to discharge their duties; 7 but only the cohen hagadol enters the inner one; and he goes in only once a year, and he must always bring blood, which he offers both for himself and for the sins committed by the people. 8 By this arrangement, the Ruach HaKodesh showed that so long as the first Tent had standing, the way into the Holiest Place was still closed. 9 This symbolizes the present age and indicates that the conscience of the person performing the service cannot be brought to the goal by the gifts and sacrifices he offers. 10 For they involve only food and drink and various ceremonial washings – regulations concerning the outward life, imposed until the time for God to reshape the whole structure.
 
 
“Nothing but the Blood of Jesus/O the Blood of Jesus”
performed by Sarah Hart Pearsons
 
 
 
Nothing But the Blood
Blood is life!  Jehovah began weaving the crimson cord of man’s redemption through the shedding of blood in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3)  In the middle of the garden stood the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve disobeyed Jehovah by eating fruit from this tree.  Sin now entered mankind through Adam.  With guilt, Adam saw his fear and nakedness before Jehovah.  This original sin brought about Jehovah’s judgment of death, cursed ground to toil and increased pain in childbearing upon Adam, Eve and all their descendants. 
 
What did Jehovah do next?  The Lord Jehovah made garments of skin for Adam and Eve and clothed them… the FIRST BLOOD SHED…TO COVER THEIR SIN!  This shadow of truth is the progressive revelation leading up to the “once-for-all” sacrifice of Jehovah’s perfect Lamb, His only Son, Yeshua.
Continuing in Genesis 4, we see that Jehovah was pleased with Abel’s offering of the firstborn of his flocks, but the altar of Cain displeased Jehovah with the fruits of the soil.  Why?  Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin!
 
From the altars of Abel in Genesis, to the Passover lamb in Egypt, the Tabernacle in the wilderness, and the Temple in Jerusalem, it is all about the blood; the foreshadowing of The Lamb of Jehovah, Yeshua, who shed His blood, once-for-all for the sins of all mankind.  Jehovah offers redemption from sin to each one who personally chooses to follow Yeshua as their personal Savior and Lord of their life. Yeshua has provided the only way to Heaven and eternal life.  Everyone will make a choice and that choice will be to either accept or reject His offer of eternal life.
 
Jehovah’s way is accepting His Son, Yeshua as personal Savior and Lord.  Accept the fact that you are lost and ask Jehovah to save you by:
·   Bowing down in all humility and in repentance of your sin, asking for forgiveness and turning from your way of life to Jehovah’s way.
·   Praying from your heart by faith believing that Yeshua, Jehovah’s Son, died for you to take away your sins and that Yeshua rose again with victory over death, offering you the greatest gift ever given: Eternal Life!  Ask Him to come and live in your heart as Savior and receive Him as Lord of your life.
·   Receiving His gift of life with praise and thanksgiving for saving you and giving you everlasting life in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You have now received the gift of Jehovah’s Holy Spirit as your comforter, teacher and guide for your daily walk in the fruit of His Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  (Click here to review Chapter 17 on the Holy Spirit)
Those who belong to Yeshua Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
What sacrifice! What love! What grace!  What Mercy!  What a great, holy, mighty, and awesome Jehovah God!  The Maker and Ruler of all things loved us so much that He provided the way of life and forgiveness of sin for those who choose His only Son, Yeshua.  Praise Him without end!  What can wash away my sin?  The progressive revelation begins and ends with nothing but the blood of Yeshua, God’s sacrificial Lamb.
What Is: THE BLOOD OF YESHUA
11 But when the Messiah appeared as cohen gadol of the good things that are happening already, then, through the greater and more perfect Tent which is not man-made (that is, it is not of this created world), 12YESHUA entered the Holiest Place once and for all. And He entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of His own blood, thus setting people free forever. 13 For if sprinkling ceremonially unclean persons with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer restores their outward purity; 14 then how much more the blood of the Messiah, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself to God as a sacrifice without blemish, will purify our conscience from works that lead to death, so that we can serve the living God! 15 It is because of this death that YESHUA is mediator of a new covenant. Because a death has occurred which sets people free from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a will, there must necessarily be produced evidence of its maker’s death, 17since a will goes into effect only upon death; it never has force while its maker is still alive. 18 This is why the first covenant too was inaugurated with blood. 19 After Moshe had proclaimed every command of the Torah to all the people, he took the blood of the calves with some water and used scarlet wool and hyssop to sprinkle both the scroll itself and all the people; 20 and Moshe said, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has ordained for you. 21 Likewise, he sprinkled with the blood both the Tent and all the things used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, according to the Torah, almost everything is purified with blood; indeed, without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. 23Now this is how the copies of the heavenly things had to be purified, but the heavenly things themselves require better sacrifices than these. 24 For the Messiah has entered a Holiest Place, which is not man-made and merely a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, in order to appear now on our behalf in the very presence of God. 25 Further, YESHUA did not enter heaven to offer Himself over and over again, like the cohen hagadol who enters the Holiest Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26 for then Yeshua would have had to suffer death many times – from the founding of the universe on. But as it is, YESHUA has appeared once at the end of the ages in order to do away with sin through the sacrifice of Himself. 27Just as human beings have to die once, but after this comes judgment, 28so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to deliver those who are eagerly waiting for Him. 
 
What Was: The Shadow of What Is
The first Passover in Egypt, recorded in Exodus 12
1 ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, 2 “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you. 3 Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, ‘On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family, one per household. 5 Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, 6 “‘You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk. 7 They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and top of the doorframe at the entrance of the house in which they eat it. With your belt fastened, your shoes on your feet and your staff in your hand; you are to eat it hurriedly. It is ADONAI’s Pesach [Passover]. 12 For that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both men and animals; and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt; I am ADONAI. 13 The blood will serve you as a sign marking the houses where you are; when I see the blood, I will pass over [Hebrew: pasach] you.
What Is: Jerusalem 33AD
1 But the festival of Matzah, known as Pesach, was approaching; 2 and the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers began trying to find some way to get rid of Yeshua, because they were afraid of the people. 3At this point the Adversary went into Y’hudah from K’riot, who was one of the Twelve. 4 He approached the head cohanim and the Temple guard and discussed with them how he might turn Yeshua over to them. 5 They were pleased and offered to pay him money. 6 He agreed and began looking for a good opportunity to betray Yeshua without the people’s knowledge. 7Then came the day of matzah, on which the Passover lamb had to be killed. 8Yeshua sent Kefa and Yochanan, instructing them, “Go and prepare our Seder, so we can eat.” 9 They asked him, “Where do you want us to prepare it?” 10 He told them, “As you’re going into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters, 11 and say to its owner, `The Rabbi says to you, “Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the Pesach meal with my talmidim?” ‘ 12He will show you a large room upstairs already furnished; make the preparations there.” 13 They went and found things just as Yeshua had told them they would be, and they prepared for the Seder. 14 When the time came, Yeshua and the emissaries reclined at the table, and He 15 said to them, “I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you before I die! 16 For I tell you, it is certain that I will not celebrate it again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.” 17 Then, taking a cup of wine, He made the b’rakhah and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on, I will not drink the `fruit of the vine’ until the Kingdom of God comes.” 19Also, taking a piece of matzah, Yeshua made the b’rakhah, broke it, gave it to them and said, “This is My body, which is being given for you; do this in memory of Me.” 20 Yeshua did the same with the cup after the meal, saying, “This cup is the New Covenant, ratified by My blood, which is being poured out for you.”
 
 
The shadow was the first Passover in Egypt, giving the Hebrew people physical freedom from slavery.  The fulfillment of the true Passover by Yeshua in Jerusalem, gave the Hebrew people the right to choose both physical and spiritual freedom!  The bondage of sin causes physical and spiritual death.  With the freedom from bondage comes the New Covenant made possible by Yeshua, who fulfills the position of The Great High Priest and intercedes with our Father Jehovah God for those who love Him.
 
 
Yeshua said, “It is Finished” when He died on the cross.  He was in agreement with His Father Jehovah that the plan for the ages was complete.  The way for each one to enter Heaven was bought through the blood of His Son, Yeshua.
The real question is, “are you going to accept or reject Jehovah’s way?”  The greatest love gift ever given is Jehovah’s gift of eternal life. This gift is received by those who love Yeshua more for what He did than one’s own selfish desires that end in destruction.
Choose Jehovah’s way today for tomorrow may never come. 
 
 
 
 
“Let Freedom Ring”
performed by The Gaither Vocal Band
 
 
 
 

Chapter 26a: The Firstborn of Jehovah, Part I

TO:  All Hebrews

FROM:  Jehovah, God of the Hebrews
This confirmation hearing is written and presented to Hebrews by Jehovah God, testifying with indisputable evidence, qualifying and justifying God’s Holy truth, removing all doubt, that His Son, Yeshua, is the heir of all things.
        
Pray to the Creator, Almighty JEHOVAH and Holy God to open your ears to hear and your heart to accept His Word of Truth by revealing the answers for your troubled soul.

On October 13, 1881, determined to bring about the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language as a way of unifying Jews, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda had what is believed to be the first modern conversation in Hebrew while living in Paris, France.

It can only be a God-ordained fulfillment for both the nation of Israel and their language to be a nation and a language, then to disappear as a nation and language, and then on May 14, 1948 be reborn as both a nation and language.  It is truly amazing what God does to preserve His beloved people!  If you are willing to ask, seek and knock, then ASK for the truth of this “Book of Hebrews” to be revealed to your soul, then my friend, you will be free indeed by knowing the complete truth and purpose of God’s Holy Word.

1 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2But now, in the acharit-hayamim, He has spoken to us through His Son, to whom He has given ownership of everything and through whom He created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by His powerful word; and after He had, through Himself, made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim. 4 So He has become much better than angels, and the name God has given Him is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Also, God never said of any angel, “I will be His Father, and He will be my Son.” 6 And again, when God brings his Firstborn into the world, He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him.” 7 Indeed, when speaking of angels, He says, “ . . . who makes His angels winds and His servants fiery flames”; 8but to the Son, God says, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; you rule your Kingdom with a scepter of equity; 9 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you with the oil of joy in preference to your companions”; 10 and, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth; heaven is the work of your hands. 11 They will vanish, but you will remain; like clothing, they will all grow old; 12 and you will fold them up like a coat. Yes, they will be changed like clothing, but you remain the same, your years will never end.” 13Moreover, to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
In this chapter, God brings to mind how He spoke to your forefathers through the prophets many times and various ways, but in these Last Days, God speaks through His Son, Yeshua.
 
God, the Supreme Judge, the Holy Almighty Jehovah and Creator of life, presents His final edict by a proclamation concerning the indisputable evidence and His declaration of conformation to you the jury [mankind] for your heart to decide with God the Father, this impeccable truth, that His Son, Yeshua, is the Heir of all things!

1. God speaks to us through His only Son, Yeshua, in these last days.

2. God appointed His only Son Yeshua, Heir of all things.

3. Through Yeshua, God made the universe.

4. Yeshua is the radiance of His Father God’s glory.

5. Yeshua is the exact representation of His Father God’s being.

6. Yeshua sustains all things by His powerful Word.

7. Yeshua provided purification for sins (for each those who chose Him as personal Savior and Lord).

8. Yeshua sits at the right hand of the Majesty (Father God), in Heaven.

9. Yeshua is as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.

10. God and Yeshua are One: Yeshua is God-Visible to mankind.

 
How is it, being like-kind with Yeshua, having been born a Jew into the Hebrew Nation of Israel, as God’s select, set apart, chosen people and nation, to have eyes that cannot see and ears that do not hear the complete truth of God’s message?  From the ear to hear to heart!
 
If you are willing to open your heart to truth, God’s Holy Spirit will reveal truth to you! 
Warning to Pay Attention!
1 Therefore, we must pay much more careful heed to the things we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2 For if the word God spoke through angels became binding, so that every violation and act of disobedience received its just deserts in full measure, 3 then how will we escape if we ignore such a great deliverance? This, salvation, which was first declared by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him; 4 while God also bore witness to it with various signs, wonders and miracles, and with gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh which He distributed as He chose. 5For it was not to angels that God subjected the ‘olam haba – which is what we are talking about. 6 And there is a place where someone has given this solemn testimony*(Psalms 8:4-6): “What is mere man, that you concern yourself with him? or the son of man, that you watch over him with such care? 7You made Him a little lower than the angels, you crowned Him with glory and honor, 8 you put everything in subjection under His feet.” In subjecting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him, yet, at present, we don’t see everything subject to Him. 9 But we see Yeshua – who indeed was made for a little while lower than the angels – now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by God’s grace, Yeshua  might taste death for all humanity. 10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was only fitting that God, the Creator and Preserver of everything, should bring the author of their salvation to the goal through sufferings. 11 For both Yeshua, who sets people apart for God, and the ones being set apart have a common origin – this is why Yeshua is not ashamed to call them brothers 12 when He says, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 Also, “I will put my trust in him, . . .” and then it goes on, “Here I am, along with the children God has given me.” 14 Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, Yeshua became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by His death He might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary) 15 and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death. 16 Indeed, it is obvious that he does not take hold of angels to help them; on the contrary, “He takes hold of the seed of Avraham.” 17 This is why He had to become like His brothers in every respect – so that Yeshua might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of God, making a kapparah for the sins of the people. 18 For since Yeshua Himself suffered death when He was put to the test, He is able to help those who are being tested now.
Are we paying attention?  How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

God cannot look upon sin.  There is no sin in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The only way sinful mankind can ever be a part of His Kingdom is to be forgiven of our sins.  God sent His Son, Yeshua, to earth to lay down His life to pay our sin-debt on a rugged cross outside Jerusalem on a hill called Mt. Calvary.  Pray to God in repentance of sin and ask forgiveness by faith believing in Yeshua as personal Savior for He paid a debt He did not owe, and we owe a debt we cannot pay. Yeshua, once-for-all, forgives our sins and we each receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to direct our paths, teach us God’s Word and comfort us in our sorrows of life on this earth until we pass from this world to be with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.   Yeshua paid the price…are you ready to receive Him as Savior and Lord?

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you. Ezekiel 36:26
Yeshua made like His brothers.
11 For both Yeshua, who sets people apart for God, and the ones being set apart have a common origin – this is why Yeshua is not ashamed to call them brothers.
17 This is why He had to become like His brothers in every respect – so that Yeshua might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of God, making a kapparah for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:11,17
Yeshua lived among mankind, being perfect without sin, for He was born of His Father God and not of the earthly origin of Adam.
                          

Yeshua Greater than Moses

1 Therefore, brothers whom God has set apart, who share in the call from heaven, think carefully about Yeshua, whom we acknowledge publicly as God’s emissary and as cohen gadol. 2 He was faithful to God, who appointed him; just as “Moshe was faithful in all God’s house.” 3But Yeshua deserves more honor than Moshe, just as the builder of the house deserves more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the one who built everything is God. 5 Also, Moshe was faithful in all God’s house, as a servant giving witness to things God would divulge later. 6 But the Messiah, as Son, was faithful over God’s house. And we are that house of his, provided we hold firmly to the courage and confidence inspired by what we hope for. 7 Therefore, as the Ruach HaKodesh says, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, 8 don’t harden your hearts, as you did in the Rebellion on that day in the Wilderness when you put God to the test. 9 Yes, your fathers put me to the test; they challenged me, and they saw my work for forty years! 10Therefore, I was disgusted with that generation I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, they have not understood how I do things’; 11 in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.” 12Watch out, brothers, so that there will not be in any one of you an evil heart lacking trust, which could lead you to apostatize from the living God! 13 Instead, keep exhorting each other every day, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you will become hardened by the deceit of sin. 14 For we have become sharers in the Messiah, provided, however, that we hold firmly to the conviction we began with, right through until the goal is reached. 15 Now where it says, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts, as you did in the Rebellion,” 16 who were the people who, after they heard, quarreled so bitterly? All those whom Moshe brought out of Egypt. 17 And with whom was God disgusted for forty years? Those who sinned – yes, they fell dead in the Wilderness! 18 And to whom was it that he swore that they would not enter his rest? Those who were disobedient. 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of their unbelief.
God’s ways are not man’s ways.  As far as the heavens are above the earth, so are God’s ways above man’s.  The greatest prophets of old; Noah, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Daniel, Ezekiel, Joshua, and the list goes on and on, are all born of Adam! The One and only Yeshua, God’s Son, is the only perfect One who saves, forgives all our sins, because of His death, burial and resurrection.  He opens the door of salvation to any one who receives Him as personal Savior and Lord of their life.
“Our God Is Greater”
performed by Chris Tomlin
1 Come, let’s sing to ADONAI! Let’s shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation! 2 Let’s come into His presence with thanksgiving; let’s shout for joy to Him with songs of praise. 3 For ADONAI is a great God, a great King, greater than all gods. 4 He holds the depths of the earth in His hands; the mountain peaks too belong to Him. 5 The sea is His – He made it -and His hands shaped the dry land. 6 Come, let’s bow down and worship; let’s kneel before ADONAI who made us.  Psalms 95
Warning Against Unbelief.
15 Now where it says, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts, as you did in the Rebellion,” 19 So we see that they were unable to enter His rest because of their unbelief. Hebrews 3:15,19
7 For He is our God, and we are the people in His pasture, the sheep in His care. If only Todayyou would listen to His voice: 8″Don’t harden your hearts, as you did at M’rivah, as you did on that day at Massah in the desert.  Psalms 95:7-8
There is no time like today to prepare for an eternity without end.

Believers Enter God’s Rest

1 Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering His rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it; 2for the Gospel has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with faith and trust. 3For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest. It is just as God said, “And in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.” He swore this even though his works have been in existence since the founding of the universe. 4 For there is a place where it is said, concerning the seventh day, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5And once more, our present text says, “They will not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since it still remains for some to enter it, and those who received the Good News of the Gospel earlier did not enter, 7 God again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David, so long afterwards, in the text already given, “Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts.” 8For if Y’hoshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later of another “day.” 9 So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. 11Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience. 12 The Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword – it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. 13Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account.
Awake O Israel!  Call on your God, the same God of Abraham; bow down before Him asking for mercy and forgiveness.  Render your heart and not your clothes; humbly seek Him and you will find Him when you seek Him with all your heart!
7 For He is our God, and we are the people in His pasture, the sheep in his care. If only today you would listen to His voice: 8 “Don’t harden your hearts, as you did at M’rivah, as you did on that day at Massah in the desert, 9 when your fathers put me to the test; they challenged me, even though they saw my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation; I said, ‘This is a people whose hearts go astray, they don’t understand how I do things.’ 11 Therefore I swore in my anger that they would not enter my rest.”  Psalms 95:7-11
Yeshua, The Great High Priest …Forever!

14 Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true. 15For we do not have a cohen gadol unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect Yeshua was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that He did not sin. 16Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:14-16

1 For every cohen gadol taken from among men is appointed to act on people’s behalf with regard to things concerning God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and with those who go astray, since he too is subject to weakness. 3 Also, because of this weakness, he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor upon himself, rather, he is called by God, just as Aharon was. 5 So neither did the Messiah glorify Himself to become cohen gadol; rather, it was the One who said to him, ” Yeshua,You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 Also, as He says in another place, “You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.” 7 During Yeshua’s life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver Him from death; and He was heard because of His godliness. 8 Even though He was the Son, He learned obedience through His sufferings. 9 And after Yeshua had been brought to the goal, He became the source of eternal deliverance to all who believe in him, 10 since He had been proclaimed by God as a cohen gadol to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.  Hebrews 5:1-10

The book of Hebrews brings the way it was and the way it is, a then world and the now world, to completion in the order of Malki-Tzedek (Melchizedek).  Just as Malki-Tzedek was the foreshadow/forerunner of Yeshua, the now Yeshua is being proclaimed by His Father God to be the Great High Priest forever. The following scriptures tie the prophetic scriptures to their fulfillment in Yeshua, through God’s progressive revelation to mankind through God’s Holy Word. 

18 Malki-Tzedek king of Shalem brought out bread and wine. He was cohen of El ‘Elyon [God Most High], 19 so he blessed him with these words: “Blessed be Avram by El ‘Elyon, maker of heaven of earth. 20and blessed be El ‘Elyon, who handed your enemies over to you.” Avram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:18-20

ADONAI has sworn it, and He will never retract -“You,Yeshua are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.”  Psalms 110:4
Also, as God says in another place, “Yeshua,You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.” Hebrews 5:6    This scripture in Hebrews refers to Psalms 110.
Since Yeshua had been proclaimed by God as a cohen gadol to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.  Hebrews 5:10
We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the parokhet, 20 where a forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, Yeshua, who has become a cohen gadol forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.  Hebrews 6:19

Hebrews Chapter 7

1 This Malki-Tzedek, king of Shalem, a cohen of God Ha’Elyon, met Avraham on his way back from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him; 2 also Avraham gave him a tenth of everything. Now first of all, by translation of his name, he is “king of righteousness”; and then he is also king of Shalem, which means “king of peace.” 3There is no record of his father, mother, ancestry, birth or death; rather, like the Son of God, he continues as a cohen for all time. 4 Just think how great he was! Even the Patriarch Avraham gave him a tenth of the choicest spoils. 5 Now the descendants of Levi who became cohanim have a commandment in the Torah to take a tenth of the income of the people, that is, from their own brothers, despite the fact that they too are descended from Avraham. 6But Malki-Tzedek, even though he was not descended from Levi, took a tenth from Avraham. Also, he blessed Avraham, the man who received God’s promises; 7 and it is beyond all dispute that the one who blesses has higher status than the one who receives the blessing. 8 Moreover, in the case of the cohanim, the tenth is received by men who die; while in the case of Malki-Tzedek, it is received by someone who is testified to be still alive. 9 One might go even further and say that Levi, who himself receives tenths, paid a tenth through Avraham; 10 inasmuch as he was still in his ancestor Avraham’s body when Malki-Tzedek met him. 11 Therefore, if it had been possible to reach the goal through the system of cohanim derived from Levi (since in connection with it, the people were given the Torah), what need would there have been for another, different kind of cohen, the one spoken of as to be compared with Malki-Tzedek and not to be compared with Aharon? 12For if the system of cohanim is transformed, there must of necessity occur a transformation of Torah. 13 The one about whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar; 14for everyone knows that our Lord arose out of Y’hudah, and that Moshe said nothing about this tribe when he spoke about cohanim. 15 It becomes even clearer if a “different kind of cohen,” one like Malki-Tzedek, arises, 16 one who became a cohen not by virtue of a rule in the Torah concerning physical descent, but by virtue of the power of an indestructible life. 17For it is stated, “You, Yeshua, are a cohen FOREVER, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek.” 18 Thus, on the one hand, the earlier rule is set aside because of its weakness and inefficacy 19 (for the Torah did not bring anything to the goal); and, on the other hand, a hope of something better is introduced, through which we are drawing near to God. 20 What is more, God swore an oath. For no oath was sworn in connection with those who become cohanim now; 21 but Yeshua became a cohen by the oath which God swore when He said to Yeshua, “ADONAI has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You Yeshua, are a cohen forever.'”
Warning Against Falling Away!
11 We have much to say about this subject, but it is hard to explain, because you have become sluggish in understanding. 12 For although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the very first principles of God’s Word all over again! You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby, without experience in applying the Word about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

Hebrews Chapter 6

1 Therefore, leaving behind the initial lessons about Yeshua the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of turning from works that lead to death, trusting God, 2 and instruction about washings, s’mikhah, the resurrection of the dead and eternal punishment. 3And, God willing, this is what we will do. 4 For when people have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become sharers in the Ruach HaKodesh, 5 and tasted the goodness of God’s Word and the powers of the ‘olam haba – 6 and then have fallen away – it is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for themselves they keep executing the Son of God on the stake all over again and keep holding him up to public contempt. 7 For the land that soaks up frequent rains and then brings forth a crop useful to its owners receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it keeps producing thorns and thistles, it fails the test and is close to being cursed for in the end, it will be burned. 9 Now even though we speak this way, dear friends, we are confident that you have the better things that accompany salvation. 10For God is not so unfair as to forget your work and the love you showed for him in your past service to his people – and in your present service too. 11 However, we want each one of you to keep showing the same diligence right up to the end, when your hope will be realized; 12 so that you will not become sluggish, but will be imitators of those who by their trust and patience are receiving what has been promised. 13 For when God made his promise to Avraham, he swore an oath to do what he had promised; and since there was no one greater than himself for him to swear by, he swore by himself 14and said, “I will certainly bless you, and I will certainly give you many descendants”; 15 and so, after waiting patiently, Avraham saw the promise fulfilled. 16 Now people swear oaths by someone greater than themselves, and confirmation by an oath puts an end to all dispute. 17 Therefore, when God wanted to demonstrate still more convincingly the unchangeable character of His intentions to those who were to receive what He had promised, He added an oath to the promise; 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we, who have fled to take a firm hold on the hope set before us, would be strongly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as a sure and safe anchor for ourselves, a hope that goes right on through to what is inside the parokhet, 20where Yeshua, the forerunner has entered on our behalf, namely, for it is Yeshua, who has become a cohen gadol forever, in the order of Malki-Tzedek.

God is Holy and cannot lie! God’s Holy Word is spiritually alive and sharper than any two-edged sword. 

Thus far, God has given three distinct warnings to His people:   

  • Warning to Pay Attention
  • Warning against Unbelief
  • Warning Against Falling Away

Hear O Israel!  God has spoken!  God wants you to render your heart, not your outward rituals.  God gives His people the blessed Hope and that Hope is found in none other but His Son, Yeshua, known only to those who follow Him.  The result of Hope is receiving Yeshua as personal Savior and everlasting life in His Kingdom of Heaven!  Let everyone that has breath praise the Lord!   

“El Shaddai”
performed by Amy Grant

Chapter 25: Be My Witnesses

“BE MY WITNESSES; GO TELL!” . . . YESHUA
38 So in the present case, my advice to you is not to interfere with these people, but to leave them alone. For if this idea or this movement has a human origin, it will collapse. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting God!” They heeded Gamli’el advice. Acts 5
“Use Me”
performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
This chapter begins with the timeframe of 33AD in Galilee, on a mountain where Yeshua leaves His last “Great Commission” to His eleven disciples.
18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples from all nations, immersing them into the name of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”  Matthew 28
The apostles waited in Jerusalem until the promised gift of the Holy Spirit was given to them by Yeshua’s Father God.  This spectacular event of The Power Within: Chapter 17 describes the third person of the Trinity.  The Mind of Almighty God, the body of Yeshua Messiah and now, the power of the Holy Spirit coming to live within believers!

“I Will Follow”
performed by Chris Tomlin
The prime example of God’s all-powerful Holy Spirit within each believer is shown in these passages given by Peter to the Jewish people.  Yes! The one and the same disciple that denied, not once, but three times that he even knew Yeshua the night before Yeshua was crucified!!
22 “Men of Isra’el! Listen to this! Yeshua from Natzeret was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God performed through Him in your presence. You yourselves know this. 23 This Man was arrested in accordance with God’s predetermined plan and foreknowledge; and you, through the help of wicked men,  put Him to death by executing Him on a stake!  24 “But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death; because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. 25 For David says this about Him: ‘I saw the Lord ADONAI always before me, for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken. 26 For this reason, my heart was glad; and my tongue rejoiced; and now my body too will live on in the certain hope 27 that you will not abandon me to Sh’ol or let your Holy One see decay. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life, You will fill me with joy by Your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I know I can say to you frankly that the patriarch David died and was buried – his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that one of his descendants would sit on his throne, 31 he was speaking in advance about the resurrection of the Messiah, that it was He who was not abandoned in Sh’ol and whose flesh did not see decay. 32 God raised up this Yeshua to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact! 33 “Moreover, He, Yeshua the Messiah, has been exalted to the right hand of God; has received from the Father what He promised, namely, the Ruach HaKodesh; and has poured out this gift, which you are both seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into heaven. But he says, 35 ‘ADONAI said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”‘ 36 Therefore, let the whole house of Isra’el know beyond doubt that God has made Him both Lord and Messiah – this Yeshua, whom you executed on a stake!” 37 On hearing this, they were stung in their hearts; and they said to Kefa and the other emissaries, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Kefa answered them, “REPENT from sin, return to God, and each of you be immersed on the authority of Yeshua the Messiah into forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh! 39 For the promise is for you, for your children, and for those far away – as many as ADONAI our God may call!” 40 He pressed his case with many other arguments and kept pleading with them, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!” 41 So those who accepted what he said were immersed, and there were added to the group that day about three thousand people. Acts 2
Other accounts recorded of Peter and the apostles included a man crippled from birth, sitting by the temple gate begging for money.
6 Kefa said, “I don’t have silver, and I don’t have gold, but what I do have I give to you: in the name of the Messiah, Yeshua of Natzeret, walk!” 7 And taking hold of him by his right hand, Kefa pulled him up. Instantly his feet and ankles became strong; 8 so that he sprang up, stood a moment, and began walking. Then he entered the Temple court with them, walking and leaping and praising God! 9 Everyone saw him walking and praising God. 10 They recognized him as the same man who had formerly sat begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, and they were utterly amazed and confounded at what had happened to him. 11 While he clung to Kefa and Yochanan, all the people came running in astonishment toward them in Shlomo’s Colonnade. 12 Seeing this, Kefa addressed the people: “Men of Isra’el! Why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us as if we had made this man walk through some power or godliness of our own? 13 The God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Yeshua – the same Yeshua you handed over and disowned before Pilate, even after he had decided to release him. 14 You denied the holy and innocent One, and instead asked for the reprieve of a murderer! 15 You killed the author of life! “But God has raised Him from the dead! Of this we are witnesses. 16 And it is through putting trust in His name that His name has given strength to this man whom you see and know. Yes, it is the trust that comes through Yeshua, which has given him this perfect healing in the presence of you all. Acts 3
1 Kefa and Yochanan were still speaking to the people when the cohanim, the captain in charge of the Temple police, and the Tz’dukim came upon them, 2 greatly disturbed that they were teaching the people the doctrine of resurrection from the dead and offering Yeshua as proof. 3 The Temple police arrested them; and since it was already evening, they put them in jail overnight. 4 However, many of those who heard the message trusted; the number of men alone was about five thousand. Acts 4
The next question asked by the ruling scribes and Pharisees was:
 16 “What can we do with these men?” they asked each other. “Why, anyone in Yerushalayim can see that a remarkable miracle has come about through them – we can’t possibly deny that. 17 But to prevent it from spreading any further among the people, let’s warn them not to speak any more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them in again and ordered them under no circumstances to speak or teach in the name of Yeshua. 19 But Kefa and Yochanan answered, “You must judge whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God. 20 As for us, we can’t help talking about what we have actually seen and heard.” 21 They threatened them some more but finally let them go – they couldn’t punish them because of the people, for everyone was praising God over what had happened, 22 since the man who had been miraculously healed was more than forty years old. 23 Upon being released, they went back to their friends and reported what the head cohanim and elders had said to them. 24 When they heard it, they raised their voices to God with singleness of heart. “Master,” they prayed, “You made heaven, earth, the sea and everything in them. 25 By the Ruach HaKodesh, through the mouth of our father David, your servant, you said, ‘Why did the nations rage and the peoples devise useless plans? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand; and the rulers assembled together against ADONAI and against his Messiah.’ 27 “This has come true in this city, since Herod and Pontius Pilate, with Goyim and the peoples of Isra’el, all assembled against your holy servant Yeshua, whom you made Messiah, 28 to do what your power and plan had already determined beforehand should happen. 29 “So now, Lord, take note of their threats; and enable your slaves to speak your message with boldness! 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and to do signs and miracles through the name of your holy servant Yeshua!” 31 While they were still praying, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, and they spoke God’s message with boldness.  Acts 4
The Apostles filled with the Holy Spirit and healed in the name of Yeshua.
12 Meanwhile, through the emissaries many signs and miracles continued to be done among the people. United in mind and purpose, the believers met in Shlomo’s Colonnade; 13 and no one else dared to join them. Nevertheless, the people continued to regard them highly; 14 and throngs of believers were added to the Lord, both men and women. 15 They went so far as to bring the sick into the streets and lay them on mattresses and stretchers, so that at least Kefa’s shadow might fall on them as he passed by. 16 Crowds also gathered from the towns around Yerushalayim, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits; and every one of them was healed. Acts 5
“Daystar”
performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

The apostles were arrested again:

17 But the cohen hagadol and his associates, who were members of the party of the Tz’dukim, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the emissaries and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night, an angel of ADONAI opened the doors of the prison, led them out and said, 20 “Go, stand in the Temple court and keep telling the people all about this new life!” 21 After hearing that, they entered the Temple area about dawn and began to teach. Now the cohen hagadol and his associates came and called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (that is, of Isra’el’s whole assembly of elders) and sent to the jail to have them brought. 22 But the officers who went did not find them in the prison. So they returned and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened it, we found no one inside!” 24 When the captain of the Temple police and the head cohanim heard these things, they were puzzled and wondered what would happen next. 25 Then someone came and reported to them, “Listen! The men you ordered put in prison are standing in the Temple court, teaching the people!” 26 The captain and his officers went and brought them, but not with force; because they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 They conducted them to the Sanhedrin, where the cohen hagadol demanded of them, 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name! Look here! You have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching; moreover, you are determined to make us responsible for this man’s death!” 29 Kefa and the other emissaries answered, “We must obey God, not men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Yeshua, whereas you men killed him by having him hanged on a stake.  31 God has exalted this man at His right hand as Ruler and Savior, in order to enable Isra’el to do t’shuvah and have her sins forgiven. 32 We are witnesses to these things; so is the Ruach HaKodesh, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were infuriated and wanted to put the emissaries to death. 34 But one of the members of the Sanhedrin rose to his feet, a Parush named Gamli’el, a teacher of the Torah highly respected by all the people. He ordered the men put outside for a little while 35 and then addressed the court: “Men of Isra’el, take care what you do to these people. 36 Some time ago, there was a rebellion under Todah, who claimed to be somebody special; and a number of men, maybe four hundred, rallied behind him. But upon his being put to death, his whole following was broken up and came to nothing. 37 After this, Y’hudah HaG’lili led another uprising, back at the time of the enrollment for the Roman tax; and he got some people to defect to him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 So in the present case, my advice to you is not to interfere with these people, but to leave them alone. For if this idea or this movement has a human origin, it will collapse. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting God!” They heeded his advice. 40 After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. 41 The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of him. 42 And not for a single day, either in the Temple court or in private homes, did they stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah. Acts 5
Does this sound like the same Peter that denied Yeshua? Does this sound like the disciples that fled when the soldiers came to arrest Yeshua in the garden of Gethsemane the night before He was crucified? Does this sound like the disciples, together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, after Yeshua had been raised from the dead?
The Apostles witnessed throughout Jerusalem with the gospel that upset the establishment; they were thrown into prison and counted it all for joy that they could witness for their Lord Yeshua.  They rejoiced in their sufferings, beatings and persecutions for Yeshua’s name. Being a witness for Yeshua in the world today is likened to the same persecutions as described by the apostles.  Every believer is a missionary and every unbeliever is a mission field.  The only way to be an effective witness, you must be taught, trained and motivated by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Never, never underestimate the power and work of the Holy Spirit!
You have now read the testimonies and witnesses of the apostles and new believers.
The question is this:
After 2000+ years, was this movement of human origin (it would collapse), or of God (forever eternal)?
Herein lies a great born-again, body of believers – the Church.

“The Way”
performed by Jeremy Camp
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