Welcome to our friends all over the world! Whoever you are, whatever time of day it is for you, the amazing and wonderful thing is that we are together for this hour, fulfilling Yahuah's prophecy through Yeshua:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come! (Matthew 24:14)
Let us pray:
Our heavenly Father, I want to thank you for moving the hearts of your children to watch and listen to this broadcast in such amazing numbers and then to respond personally as they have, to D.J., in regard to what they have learned! Of primary interest, Father, has been those who have come wanting prayer for their individual needs! I speak to those needs, Father, of whatever they may consist, and command that they be met completely and adequately! And I thank you, Father, for the answer to those needs that you have now put into ha Kodesh Ruach, Your Holy Spirit, to bless all those who have shown their faith in You by asking for this prayer! We know, Father, by Your word through Yeshua, that for men these things are impossible but with you, our Creator and King, all things are possible; and we give you the praise and the glory that all things are now done to fulfill gloriously the desires of those who have come to us with faith in their hearts to believe that you have the answers for which they have been looking!
Thank you for being with us, now; and, as I speak your word, make it alive in the hearts of all who are hearing me.
We thank you for all of this, Father; and we pray it in the mighty name of Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, Whom we love with all our hearts! Amen!
When we were moving through Matthew's Gospel, here is where we left off, with Yeshua's telling another parable:
2 The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son! 3 And sent forth his servants, to call them who were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come! 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner! My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready! Come unto the marriage! 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise! 6 And the remnant took his servants and, treating them spitefully, slew them. 7 When the king heard thereof, he was wroth! And he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city! 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy! 9 Go ye, therefore, into the highways! And as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage! 10 So those servants went out, into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both good and bad; and the wedding was furnished with guests! 11 When the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment; 12 And he saith, unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless! 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, take him away and cast him into outer darkness! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth! 14 For many are called, but few are chosen! (Matthew 22:2 to 14)
Yeshua loved to help Yahuah Hayah's children know more about Yahuah's kingdom! So He began this parable by saying "The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son!" But this king was to be disappointed, even as Yahuah was disappointed, when He "sent forth his servants to call them who were bidden to the wedding; and they would not come"!
Of course, the "servants" were the prophets that Yahuah Hayah had sent to "the children of Israel" (Deuteronomy 29:1); and Yeshua's parable speaks of more disappointment for Yahuah, as the the king in His parable "sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner! My oxen and my fatlings are killed and all things are ready! Come unto the marriage! But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise! And the remnant took his servants and, treating them spitefully, slew them. When the king heard thereof, he was wroth! And he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city."
In 70 A.D. the Romans sent their armies and did exactly that, to Jerusalem, the city of "them who" were "bidden", who had behaved so badly toward the servants of Yahuah Hayah who had invited them to His Son's wedding! The parable continued:
Then saith he, to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy! Go ye, therefore, into the highways; and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage! So those servants went out, into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both good and bad; and the wedding was furnished with guests!
Yahuah Hayah spoke, through Yeshua, to His disciples to do exactly that, when He said: "Go ye ... and teach all nations ... 20 ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19 and 20): for it is through one's keeping or putting a value on the commandments of Yahuah's Torah or law that one becomes not only a guest at the wedding of His Son but a member of His bride, who is a body of people comprised of many "children of Israel"! (Deuteronomy 29:1)
But the wedding in Yeshua's parable of "the kingdom of Heaven" is furnished with guests "both good and bad", which sets the stage for "the king" to evaluate the worthiness of each guest to continue being one, the requirement in Yeshua's parable being that one have "on a wedding garment"; and Yahuah Hayah's scripture shows us that this requirement represents one's "righteousness"! For Yeshua said elsewhere: "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20) And Yahuah Hayah wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle:
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready! 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white! For the fine linen is the righteousness of saints! (Revelation 19:7 and 8)
I am interested in the fact that, although "the king" in Yeshua's parable was discerning a fatal problem with a certain guest, whom he was about to have bound "hand and foot", taken "away and cast … into outer darkness", he called him "Friend"! This shows me how, although certain judgments require His dealing with children frightfully, Yahuah Hayah still loves them.
Yeshua said: "I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth! But I have called you friends! For all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you!” (John 15:15) And, again, this is without regard to what His "friends" would decide to do about "all things that I have heard of My Father".
The guest to the wedding in Yeshua's parable had obviously neglected to take seriously what he had been told of Yahuah the Father and therefore did not have on "the fine linen" that "is the righteousness of saints" and so was singled out by "the king" for being bound "hand and foot", taken "away and cast ... into outer darkness"!
When we die, we are invited into Yahuah Hayah's spirit realm; but our having "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) is determined by whether or not "we observe [or put a value on] to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God" (Verse 25); and that "righteousness of saints", which is "the fine linen" of the "wife" of "the Lamb" is therefore either present or absent when we enter Yahuah's spirit realm, which then determines our worthiness to participate in the Lamb's or in Yeshua's marriage to Yahuah's believing children!
When Yahuah Hayah makes this assessment of our spiritual condition, we will be "speechless"! For no opportunity will be there to offer excuses of any kind! Either we will be ready for the occasion, or we will not! Period! And "weeping and gnashing of teeth" will be our condition, if we have neglected to fulfill His requirement for the "wedding garment"!
"Many are called, but few are chosen!" was Yeshua's final statement of the parable, which in a few short words expresses a profound truth! For Yahuah Hayah calls all His children to the glorious fulfillment that He has in mind for them; but the harsh reality that Yeshua was addressing is that "few are chosen"; because Yahuah's choice is based on our choice; and for whatever reason only a few of His children make the right choice; and this "gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 24:14), which this very study is sending out "to all the world" (Verse 14) is part of His pleading for His children to make the right choice before "the end come"! (Verse 14)
"The end" to which that scripture refers is the end of an age! But for each one of us, "the end" comes when we die, regardless of Yahuah Hayah's age in relation to His entire people of Earth! We are nearing that end, which is why what we are doing here, in this study, has significance in relation to that prophecy! But it also has profound significance for every one of us in relation to the end that comes to each one of us when we make the transition from our physical life on Earth to our spiritual life in Yahuah's spirit realm, for better or for worse!
Howard Storm helps us to know that one's choice can be made even after landing in "outer darkness", which is simply a descriptive term for Hell! But an equally sad fact is that conditions for Yahuah Hayah's pleading with His children are not present in Hell; and it was only Brother Howard's childhood memory of such a pleading while he was on Earth that brought him out of Hell. So the odds against one's deciding rightly after finding himself in Hell are tremendous and tragic! Matthew's Gospel continues:
15 Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk! 16 And they sent out, unto Him, their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that Thou art true and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man! For Thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest Thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites 19 Show me the tribute money. And they brought, unto Him, a penny! 20 And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Cæsar’s! Then saith He, unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s and unto God the things that are God’s! 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, left Him and went their way! (Matthew 22:15 to 22)
"The Pharisees" knew, perfectly well, that for Yeshua to have ruled against paying tax or "tribute" to Caesar would have got Him into trouble with the Romans authorities! Yet to rule in favor of paying tribute to an Earthly king could not be found in Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible, as it was in that day! So "the Pharisees" hoped to get Yeshua in trouble either with the Roman authorities or with the authorities among the Israeli people!
But, with a wisdom far beyond human understanding, Yeshua went "right between the horns" of the Pharisees' contrived dilemma and put His answer where it needed to be, completely in line with Yahuah Hayah's Torah! For He said, through Yeshua, through Moses: "All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is Yahuah's! It is holy unto Yahuah." (Leviticus 27:30) At the same time He said: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself!" (Leviticus 19:18)
"Caesar" or the Roman king was a neighbor to the Israelites; and the people of Rome were their neighbors. The people of Rome were in agreement that Caesar's word should be law! And Caesar's provision for money by which to conduct the business of Rome was to be respected, if one was in obedience to Yahuah's Hayah's commandment to love one's neighbor!
Yeshua said that loving God (Matthew 22:37) and loving one's neighbor (Verse 39) were the "two commandments" on which " hang all the law and the prophets"! (Verse 40) So it is no wonder that the Pharisees "marveled, left Him and went their way"! (Matthew 22:22) Matthew's Gospel continues:
23 The same day came to Him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked Him, 24 Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother! 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother! 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 Last of all the woman died. 28 Therefore in the Resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her. 29 Jesus answered them: Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God! 30 For in the Resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are as the angels of God in Heaven! 31 But, as touching the Resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead but of the living! 33 And, when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine! (Matthew 22:23 to 33)
When Richard Eby was in Heaven talking with Yeshua, his robe parted; and he noticed that he was neuter! So he asked Yeshua about that; and Yeshua's answer was: "I commanded Adam to replenish Earth not Heaven!" (Paragraph 214, 32210100 An Apostle of the Recent Past) Of course, this answer was consistent with the explanation He gave in the above passage! So much lies ahead of us. We need to be careful how we approach it.
34 When the Pharisees had heard that Yeshua had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together! 35 Then one of them who was a lawyer asked Him a question, tempting Him: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said, unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind!
38 This is the First and Great Commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself! 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets! (Matthew 22:34 to 40)
Of course I used this passage, only a moment ago, to help understand a previous one. I believe it speaks for itself!
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 What think ye of Christ? Whose son is He? They said, unto Him, The Son of David! 43 He said, unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said, unto my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is He his son? 46 And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions! (Matthew 22:41 to 46)
To confound "the Pharisees", Yeshua quoted from the first verse of Psalm 110! And we can well appreciate why "neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions", at least with the wrong motive in mind. This is only one more instance supporting my contention that Yahuah Hayah knows exactly what He is doing! And Yeshua, His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) speaks for Him.
The entire 23rd Chapter of Matthew is Yeshua's righteous tirade against those who had so loathsomely shown their contempt for Him:
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude and to His disciples: 2 The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do! But do not ye after their works: for they say and do not! 4 They bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men’s shoulders! But they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers! 5 All their works they do to be seen of men! They make broad their phylacteries, enlarge the borders of their garments 6 and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the markets and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi! 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ! And all ye are brethren! 9 Call no man your father upon the Earth: for one is your Father, Who is in Heaven! 10 Neither be ye called masters: for One is your Master, even Christ! 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant! 12 Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased! And he who shall humble himself shall be exalted! 13 Woe, unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of Heaven against men. Ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them who are entering to go in. 14 Woe, unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayer! Therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte! And, when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of Hell than yourselves! 16 Woe, unto you, ye blind guides, who say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing! But whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: whither is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing! But whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty! 19 Ye fools and blind! Whither is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it and by all things thereon! 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it and by Him Who dwelleth therein! 22 And he who shall swear by Heaven, sweareth by the throne of God and by Him Who sitteth thereon! 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law - judgment, mercy, and faith! These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone! 24 Ye blind guides, who strain at a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess! 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also! 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but are within full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness! 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity! 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous 30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets! 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves that ye are the children of them who killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers! 33 Ye serpents! Ye generation of vipers! How can ye escape the damnation of Hell? 34 Behold, I send, unto you, prophets, wise men and scribes! Some of them ye shall kill and crucify! And some of them shall ye scourge, in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city, 35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the Earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar! 36 Verily, I say, unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation! 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest them who are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left, unto you, desolate! 39 For I say, unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of Yahuah! (Matthew 23:1 to 39)
This passage needs no comment from me; it stands, for ever, as a monument to the folly of Yahuah Hayah's children! But His love for them comes through at the end of the judgment, where Yeshua exclaims "How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" And, again, we stand in awe of Yahuah's love, even in the midst of such contempt for Him.
1 Jesus went out, departing from the temple: and His disciples came, to Him, to show Him the buildings of the temple 2 And Jesus said, unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily, I say, unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down! 3 As He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came, unto Him, privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ! and shall deceive many! 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet! 7 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom! There shall be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in divers places! 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up, to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations, for My name’s sake! 10 Then shall many be offended and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. 11 Many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many! 12 Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold! 13 But he who shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved! 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come! 15 When ye see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 then let them who be in Judaea flee into the mountains! 17 Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house! 18 Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes! 19 Woe unto them who are with child and to them who give suck in those days! 20 Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved! But for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then, if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not! 24 For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect! 25 Behold, I have told you before! 26 Wherefore, if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth! Behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not! 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west; so shall also be the coming of the Son of man! 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, the stars shall fall from Heaven, and the powers of the Heavens shall be shaken! 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven: Then shall all the tribes of the Earth mourn! They shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory! 31 He shall send His angels, with a great sound of a trumpet! And they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other! (Matthew 24:1 to 31)
A group of theologians and those who follow them claim that "the Resurrection of Life" (John 5:29) will take place "pretribulation" or before all that the passage above describes in Yeshua's own words! Where they were when this passage was taught no one can imagine! For their contention of a "pretribulation" rapture to cause Yahuah Hayah's church to miss all the problems that He has prophesied through Yeshua for "the end" of this age comes out of the middle of nowhere! It is sheer self-indulgence for the sake of a false comfort in the face of the horrendous assurances that we have now read that we will be tried within an inch of our lives and beyond that. Yeshua said, "Then shall they deliver you up, to be afflicted, and shall kill you." How more plain-spoken could He have been?
I have long insisted, for all kinds of scriptural reasons, that being a disciple of Yeshua is not for the faint of heart! And what we have now read is the ultimate expression of that harsh truth! Yeshua said: “Fear not them who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul! Rather, fear Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell!” (Matthew 10:28) And that is exactly what Yahuah Hayah does with those who ignore His words and truth, to which we are giving our reverened attention this morning! Alleluia!
Yes, Yeshua said that at His return "they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other!" But "one end of Heaven to the other" is where all those who believed in Him were taken when they died! There is no basis to suppose that they were there because His "Resurrection of Life" had taken place.
The chronology of Yeshua's End Time Prophecy includes His return at the end of all the tribulation about which we read above; and His return includes His “Resurrection of Life”, which the Apostle Paul clearly describes:
51 We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump! For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed! (1st Corinthians 15:51 and 52)
16 The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God! The dead in Christ shall rise first, 17 then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air! And so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1st Thessalonians 4:16 and 17)
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Let us pray: Our heavenly Father, I thank you for this enlightening time you have given all of us together. I pray that it has been helpful to all who have watched this wonderful live video; and I pray that you bless all of them richly throughout the coming week, for the hunger in their hearts that prompted them to hear Your words! I know that each and every one of these children of Yours is precious to you and that you love him or her passionately! So it has been a great privilege to help you reach out to them and give them Your spirit and life through the words that we have spoken! Thank you for that fulfillment; all the praise and the glory for it be to you; blessed by your precious and holy name! Amen!