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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 January 28
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180128.htm)
Hi! I'm Pastor Floyd! I wish I had a photograph of you, too, so that I could visualize to whom I am talking! But Yahuah Hayah, the Self-Existent, Eternal I AM, the Creator of all and King over it, knows who you are; and that's all that matters!
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:
Let us pray:
When we were moving through Matthew's Gospel, here is where we left off, with Yeshua's describing the end times:
This is a continuation of Yeshua's prophecy of the end times that we studied last week; and He begins it with a short “parable of the fig tree”:
This is the condition of a fig tree after standing dormant throughout the winter! In the spring it puts out new branches, which shortly bear the new season of fruit! The nation of Israel was "dormant" or virtually non existent from 33 A.D. until in 1948, after the German holocaust of the Jews, when the United Nations granted them their traditional land, which indeed they occupied after having to fight their way back into the land and take it from the Palestinians!
That action by the United Nations and the subsequent fighting to carry out their mandate was the reawakened fig tree. But its fruit was bitter, in that the Jews have never acknowledged that Yeshua was their Messiah! For to acknowledge any such thing would be to acknowledge also that they crucified Him; and, obviously, that has been an unacceptable admission! So they have clung to the claim that they crucified a prophet who claimed that He was the Son of God, thereby bringing the penalty of death upon Himself! We will be studying Matthew's account of that shameful mistrial presently; for it is not far from where we are now studying!
The point Yeshua seemed to be making with His "parable of the fig tree" is that "when ye shall see all these things [the retaking of Israel's land], know that it is near, even at the doors"! For
Why will "all the tribes of the Earth mourn", when "they shall see the Son of man coming"? My guess is that it will be because when they see Him before them, with the nail prints still in His hands, they will know that their unbelief through the High Priest who condemned Him, their unbelief through the multitude who cried before Pilate for Him to be crucified and their unbelief in Him for two thousand years now condemns them along with the contemptuous and evil actions to which they stooped all that time!
Yeshua declared: "Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." (Matthew 24:35) When "all the tribes of the Earth" behold Him with the nail prints in His hands, His words, which they had dismissed as the claims of a fraud, will still be there, burning in their spirits! So is it any wonder that they will "mourn"?
Yeshua then addressed the timing of His coming, saying: "Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but My Father only!" (Matthew 24:36) So would you not know that it has been the fatal temptation of one minister after another over the years to presume to have figured out "that day and hour" and made their bold predictions, only to be severely embarrassed, when the time came and passed that they claimed Yeshua would come.
When Yeshua spoke of the fig tree's or Israel's putting out its new branches, He made a curious prediction, which has been consistently misinterpreted: "This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled!"
Some believe that Yeshua was here addressing the generation of people listening to Him at that time! But it makes much more sense to realize that He spoke of the generation who some day would see "the fig tree's or Israel's putting out its new branches". That "generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled"; so we who have seen in our lifetime the new nation of Israel emerge after World War II "shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled"! How exciting! Yeshua then described how things will be at His coming:
I am sure that Yahuah Hayah's keeping the time of Yeshua's return a "deep, dark secret" has been His way of keeping His children on their toes, Yeshua's having said: "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come!" Yeshua expanded on that idea by saying:
Yeshua's commandment was "Be ye also ready!" So we are obliged to know of what that readiness consists! I believe it consists of the same readiness we are to be in when we die! When that happens, we had better have on "the wedding garment" or the "righteousness" that the guest failed to have on who was consigned to "outer darkness"!
I believe that at Yeshua's return Yahuah Hayah's children will see the sword in Yeshua's mouth with which He will "smite the nations" and "rule them with a rod of iron"! (Revelation 19:15) I have no idea into what specific conditions that will translate, when it actually happens; but I know that I don't want to suffer them, should I live long enough to see these things. Rather, I would like to be like the psalmist who wrote:
The psalmist then speaks for Yahuah Hayah:
In Matthew's gospel, Yeshua then asks:
The bottom line of that lord's judgment of his servant is whether or not he has been treating the "household" well or poorly! And that brings us right back to our loving Yahuah Hayah by loving His children, our neighbors, or hating Him by hating and abusing His children! And Yeshua's anticipation of "weeping and gnashing of teeth" is, definitely, in relation to our abusing our neighbors! Yeshua then told another parable:
Of course this is a restatement of Yahuah Hayah's concern that His children be ready when His time for indulging them comes to an end! One can be "wise" or "foolish" while Yahuah's indulgence continues! But, when His allowance for foolishness comes to an end, He says, to the foolish: "I know you not!" And the foolish are sent where Yahuah's goodness is not; and that is Hell!
In the meanwhile, Yahuah Hayah's rewards for being wise are administered in Heaven; and the blessings involved in those rewards are beyond describing! Yeshua then continued with another parable of "the kingdom":
The meaning that I see in this parable is that Yeshua views the ever-present issue of loving the neighbor as an investment in him, which, when you love him by empowering him to do his best, brings back the certain return, which then pleases the Father of that neighbor, Who loves him and wants the best for him and Who then rewards the child of His who used his "talents" to make that investment to uplift his neighbor! All of that comes down to the same "weeping and gnashing of teeth" that awaits those who do not fulfill Yahuah Hayah's will for them in relation to His children, their neighbors!
Without this interpretation of the parable, it devolves to a mere investment in stocks or bonds, which would bring only a monetary reward, which I believe is useless to Yahuah Hayah, Who creates all that He needs, not buys it. Yeshua then turns to prophesying an event that will accompany His return:
Again, we find loving the neighbor, who is Yahuah Hayah's child, in terms of the practical services mentioned in Yeshua's "Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats", is the critical issue in Yahuah's deciding whether to give "life eternal" or "everlasting punishment" to the child He is considering for judgment! So, with all this instructive teaching by Yeshua being available to Yahuah's children, emphasizing over and over, in one place after another, what His primary concern with them is, we are "without excuse", not to mention His voice in our spirits, which tells us the same thing!
Yet we have the apostle Paul's teaching that one is "8 saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast"! (Ephesians 2:8 and 9) And, again, we are shown that Paul's salvation has nothing to do with Yahuah Hayah's Torah, which is about "works", while Yahuah's salvation is about the works of which His Torah speaks and for which He rewards His children, above all with "eternal life"! (Matthew 19:16 and 17)
So, what is loving one's neighbor? If that is "not of works", what is it? And with that together with loving Yahuah Hayah's being "the First and Great Commandment" (Matthew 22:38), upon which "hang all the law and the prophets" (Verse 40) , upon which hangs one's "blessings", even "eternal life" (Matthew 19:16 and 17), what are we to think of Paul's version of salvation? I leave it for you to decide which way to go. I didn't write the bible; I only teach it. Matthew's gospel continues:
Please notice how Yeshua said two days before "the Passover ... the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified"! That had not actually happened, when He said it; yet He spoke with a past participle, as though it had already happened! Well, it had, in the Spirit: for He was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8), when apparently He had agreed with His Father that He should go to Earth and lay down His life! (John 10:17 and 18) And that eventuality having been agreed upon, it was lodged in ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit; and it was only a matter of time before it would be done in the physical! That is how God's dominion works; and that is how our dominion works, we having been made "in His image"! (Genesis 1:27) Matthew continues his gospel:
Here we are, two thousand years later, telling what that woman did "for a memorial of her"! And I believe that she was an instrument in Yahuah Hayah's hand, being guided by Him to pour that ointment on Yeshua's body for His burial! Matthew continues his account:
There we have the betrayal! Much attention has been given to what may have motivated Judas to do that terrible thing; but we not being "God, Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8), we don't know any more now than when we began all that speculation. I only know that every one of us has betrayed our beloved Creator and King and His Son, in one way or another, as we have made our imperfect ways through life; and I am sure Judas was covered, along with the rest of us, by Yeshua's amazingly merciful prayer as He hung on the cross of His crucifixion: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23:34) Matthew continued:
John wrote, of that incident:
This knowledge of what was happening with no effort whatsoever to stop it is puzzling to us, who react so quickly to threatening things we learn about in our circumstances; but we of course know that Yeshua was resigned to His Father's will and to the ministry of the cross to which He had commanded Him. Yeshua said:
Judas did come "and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people" (Matthew 26:47); and I offer this excerpt from John's account of the betrayal, to show the complete command of the situation that Yeshua did have, having "power to lay it down, and ... power to take it again" and how He showed it in such a dramatic way that all who were there could not mistake it:
"I AM" is one of the names of Himself that Yahuah Hayah gave to Moses through Yeshua (Exodus 3:14); and here Yeshua used it again, letting all His children know Who was being abused in this situation!
From John we also learn that "Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and smote the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear!" (John 18:10) But Yeshua restrained Peter, and Matthew tells us that He said:: "52 Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" (Matthew 26:52 to 54)
Being a physician, Luke was sensitive to the servant's plight and tells us that Yeshua "touched his ear and healed him". (Luke 22:51)
But in Matthew's account, we are only to the point of Yeshua's knowing about Judas' betrayal at the table where He was celebrating His last supper with the disciples! And, with His having revealed His knowledge of the betrayal,
It is critical for us to understand what Yeshua meant by saying that His shed blood, which the disciples were celebrating by drinking the wine, was "shed for many for the remission" or "forgiveness (Strong: Greek: 859) of sins"!
The reason for that care is that Satan used Paul to teach that one is to have "faith in His (Yeshua's) blood ... for the remission [or forgiveness (Strong: Greek: 3929)] of sins" (Romans 3:25) or that it was the shed blood of Yeshua that permitted all mankind to be forgiven if they simply believe that His shed blood does that!
At the same time Paul said: "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses!" (Acts 13:39), which means that his interpretation of Yeshua's shed blood was that it replaced the law for mankind's forgiveness, which is why Paul wrote in ten places that the law has nothing to do with his followers or with salvation! ( Acts 13:39  Romans 3:21  Romans 3:28  Romans 6:14  Romans 7:4  Romans 7:6  Galatians 5:2 to 4  and 18  Philippians 3:6 to 8  Colossians 2:13 and 14)
But, getting back to why Yeshua said His shed blood was "for many for the remission of sins", He also said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) To "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) Sinners "sin", which "is the transgression of the law" (1st John 3:4); so Yeshua came "to call sinners to" "think differently" about their "transgression of the law"! And Yahuah Hayah wrote, through His author: "How much more shall the blood of Christ ... purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)
Our "conscience" is the part of our spirit in which we decide what is right or wrong! And we learn that truth from no one other Source than Yahuah Hayah and the commandments of His Torah!
Furthermore, Yeshua said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) He was answering the question: "What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Verse 16)
In other words the true Yeshua's shedding of His blood had everything to do with one's keeping the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, while according to Paul the shedding of his Christ's blood had nothing to do with keeping the Torah. Take your pick! I leave it for you to decide who you should believe and who you should follow!
As for me and my house, we choose to believe and follow the One Whose blood actually was shed. He had a masterful grasp of the purpose for which His Father had asked Him to "lay down" His "life" (John 10; 17 and 18) and suffer the terrible death that He did.
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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!
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