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Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd gives his
Bible Study of
2018 March 25
(Please note: This bible study can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/BibleStudy20180325.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 Mark's Gospel last week, here is where we left off:
In this astute observation, Yeshua quoted from the first verse of Psalm 110, the psalmist here of course being David! By His bloodline, Yeshua was, of course, a descendent of David! Matthew wrote, in his genealogy of Yeshua: "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham!" (Matthew 1:1) Luke, who also gave a genealogy for Yeshua, did not call Him "the son of David" but traced the bloodline of Joseph, whom we know to be only Yeshua's father in a legal sense, Joseph's being the husband of Mary, who conceived by Yahuah Hayah's Kodesh Ruach or "Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:35) and bore Yeshua into the world!
Apparently, Matthew was making reference to the same tradition to which Yeshua was referring, which gave to the expected Messiah His place in the line established by David, Yahuah Hayah's having said to David: "Thine house and thy kingdom shall be established, for ever, before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever!" (2nd Samuel 7:16)
From our vantage point, having the benefit of Yahuah Hayah's marvelous vision to His faithful apostle John, we know that Yeshua is our "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16), which makes Him the fulfillment of Yahuah's prophecy to David concerning his throne's being "established for ever"! (2nd Samuel 7:16) And the only way that such can be is by Yeshua's also having been in the bloodline of David!
Since Joseph was only Yeshua's father in the legal sense, we must look to Yeshua's bloodline through Mary, who also must have been a descendant of David; and we assume that her genealogy is the one traced by Luke, since the one given by Matthew clearly traced only Joseph's bloodline, Matthew's having written:
Luke, too, wrote of Yeshua's "being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph" (Luke 3:23); but then he gave another line of descendancy from whom this "Joseph" was supposed to have come, his genealogy working up the line instead of down the line: "23 Joseph, who was the son of Heli, 24 who was the son of Matthat, who was the son of Levi, who was the son of Melchi, who was the son of Janna!"
If the assumption is correct that Luke's genealogy is actually that of Mary, not only is the line of fathers above "Joseph" different in his genealogy but those he gives leading up to David are different , as well, from those given by Matthew, Luke's having written:
And, when we go to Matthew's line under David, we find these fathers listed:
Since these radically differing genealogies cannot both be of either Joseph or Mary, we are obliged to notice that one of them came through David's son Solomon, the other coming from David's son Nathan! And you can take your pick as to whom you believe was Mary's line; for both Matthew and Luke claim that their genealogy is that of "Joseph"!
I hate to call one of these Gospel writers "a liar"; so we can retreat to "mistaken"; but, since, as I already have pointed out, both of the lines given cannot relate to either Joseph or Mary, we must attribute one of them to Mary, to make sense of all the trouble to which both gospel writers went in giving us his unique genealogy of Yeshua!
Some scholars believe that due to a Jewish tradition that required genealogies to follow the fathers and not the mothers, Luke was obliged to say that his genealogy was of Joseph, when actually it was that of Mary, since Joseph's bloodline, with his being only Yeshua's father in the legal sense, is not really relevant to Yeshua's place among the descendants of David, as is that of Mary! Mark continued:
The psalmist wrote: "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous altogether!" (Psalm 19:9) But who would have supposed that those judgments reach even into the place of damnation, to provide lesser or "greater damnation" according to its inhabitants' worthiness for that difference!
The "greater damnation" in this instance appears to be based upon those who work to appear righteous while even divesting widows of their houses! In fact, Matthew has Yeshua come right out and call such people "Hypocrites!" (Matthew 23:13) Mark continued:
We can be grateful for Yeshua's helping us to see things the way Yahuah Hayah sees them. The world is impressed by the grand actions of the rich with the bountiful stores they have with which to accomplish their desires; but Yahuah looks to the heart or spirit of His beloved children; and the poor widow's willingness to be sacrificial in her giving of what she had was more precious to Him than all the impressive gifts of the well to do!
This standard for judgment compares well with the requirement Yahuah Hayah gave in His Torah for "all these blessings” to “come on thee and overtake thee" (Deuteronomy 28:2), which was to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1) Since "observe" means to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104) or put a value on, Yahuah again shows, even in His Torah, His regard for His child's heart or spirit! Because putting a value on things is what we do in our Spirit, which determines how we behave! Valuing the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, we do our best to fulfill them; and the reward He gives for simply doing the best we can, as did the poor widow, is all the blessings that He describes in His Torah, which include "eternal life"! How gracious, understanding and generous He is, with us, His beloved children! Mark continued:
We know, from our vantage point, knowing the history that followed that alarming prophecy by Yeshua, that in 70 A.D. the Romans besieged Jerusalem and did to Yahuah Hayah's temple there, exactly what Yeshua said they would do; for the wrath of Satan against Yahuah and His children knows no end! And, when that Devil is given permission to move against us, those beloved children of Yahuah's, he wreaks all the havoc that His Creator allows him to wreak.
So why did Yahuah Hayah give Satan permission to destroy Jerusalem and His temple among them?
When Pilate was required to judge Yeshua, He said, to the people assembled before Him: "4 I find no fault in this man. 5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry!" (Luke 23:4) "20 Willing to release Jesus, Pilate spake again, to them. 21 But they cried, saying, Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" (Verses 20 and 21) Then Pilate "took water and washed his hands, before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, His blood be on us and on our children!" (Matthew 27:25)
In view of this amazingly hateful conduct on the part of the people of Jerusalem against Yahuah Hayah's beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16),, are we the least surprised that Yahuah's wrath eventually came down upon them through the Romans, who destroyed them, their city and their temple? Mark continued:
I personally have not heard of people claiming to be "Christ" But plenty of people have recommended ways in which to improve our circumstances, completely ignoring the way set forth by Yeshua, which includes what He gave through Moses in His Torah!
We have seen "nations rise against nations ... earthquakes ... famines and troubles"! And we are troubled to hear, from Yeshua, that such violence is only "the beginning of sorrows". We read, even in the Bible, of Yeshua's disciples being "brought before rulers and kings" for His sake; and we have taken note at the beginning of each of these studies that "the gospel must first be published among all nations", our amazing Internet being the means by which that is now possible!
So a lot has happened; and we will see a lot more happen, according to John's Book of Revelation! We can count on "never a dull moment" in these exciting times, which look back over so much that already has happened while awaiting the remaining events prophesied in Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible! Mark continued:
To know that the Holy Spirit of Yahuah Hayah, our mighty Creator and King, is in us, giving us guidance in what to do and say, is a wonderfully assuring truth in which to walk! And the way by which to ensure that we have Him doing those things for us was given us by Yeshua, Who said:
How the Spirit of Creation can be other than in each one of us, His being the One Who keeps all the amazing parts of our spirits and bodies functioning, I cannot imagine! So, when Yeshua spoke of His praying that the Father "give" us ha Kodesh Ruach as "another Comforter", I have to believe He was talking of the Father's giving His Holy Spirit permission to show Himself to us in special ways, "Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not"!
Nether can we see ha Kodesh Ruach; but, knowing He is there and hearkening to His voice in our spirit makes Him real to us, for the remarkable advantages that come to us for our paying attention to that voice, not to mention "all these blessings" (Deuteronomy 28:2) that Yahuah Hayah promised through Yeshua through Moses would "come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2) if we "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1) Mark continued:
We have not yet seen this appalling state of affairs; and I pray we never do! But, should it come, Yahuah Hayah has warned us, His beloved children, of it, to be prepared for it and determined to "endure unto the end" in our faith in our good God; for He will not be the one doing these terrible things; rather, it will be Satan, who in the last days will be and is, even now, hateful and terrible beyond our present imaginations!
Things going on right now, such as the changing even of the DNA in our bodies, to corrupt the precious "image of God" (Genesis 1:27) in which He made us, are too frightful to absorb! Be warned that to accept such changes amounts to taking "the mark of the Beast" (Revelation 13:17), which bars one forever from the glorious and eternal life that Yahuah Hayah has ever had in mind for His beloved children!
Occasionally, I watch the television that my wife keeps going each day; and one of the "commercials" that is shown, time and time again, is the work of people trying to get food to children who are starving to death, the appalling fact being claimed that "every day 19,000 children die of preventable causes"! Agencies trying to get food to these children are attacked, by rebel forces who are fighting the established government in their poor country; and they heartlesslly use the children's food to keep themselves going!
Men and women spend their lives behind prison walls for every excuse, to keep that system going as a source of revenue for those who are running it; and the conduct of people in government, using taxes upon their people to make their lives accommodating to their notions is rampant!
We have been, for centuries, in a time of permission, during which Yahuah Hayah has allowed such atrocities, so that those who have chosen to, could use their free will to glorify and serve Him, which brings its unique and wonderful reward!
But that time of Yahuah Hayah's permission will end; and Yeshua will return, to Earth, with "a sharp sword" in His mouth, "that with it He should smite the nations" (Revelation 19:15), after which time Yahuah Hayah's amazing reward for choosing "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19) will no longer be available! For good conduct will be the result of Yeshua's ruling people "with a rod of iron" and making them feel "the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God" (Revelation 19:15), which will not cause them to obey for loving their Creator and King but for fearing Him, which qualifies no one for the good life Yahuah has offered His people while giving them for thousands of years the freedom to live righteously! Mark continued:
Yeshua's attaching all these warnings to "the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not" involves all of them with the Roman's destruction of Jerusalem! For it was during that attack that they desecrated the temple and particularly its altar, where they sacrificed a pig, which they knew was regarded as "unclean" by the Hebrews according to their law! The prophecy by Daniel to which Yeshua referred reads:
Scholars of Bible prophecy interpret each of Daniel's weeks to mean seven years; and "threescore" means "sixty"; so sixty-two times seven is four hundred thirty-four; so a prophetic time period of four hundred thirty-four years led up to Yeshua's being "cut off", which of course alludes to His crucifixion! Four hundred happens to be the number of years during which no prophet wrote any prophecy for Israel's enlightenment prior to Yeshua's being born into the world! And, when you add the 33 years of Yeshua's life when He died to that four hundred years, you get nearly the four hundred thirty-four years that Daniel said led up to Yeshua's being "cut off"!
With Yeshua's being 33 years old, when He died; and thirty-seven years later, in 70 A.D. the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, about which Daniel had prophesied: "The prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary ... and unto the end of the war desolations are determined." Yahuah Hayah was the One Who "determined" those "desolations"; and they obviously are His righteous judgments upon those who crucified His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16)
But we have not yet seen Verse 27 of Daniel's prophecy. Scholars of Bible prophecy believe that the "he" to which Daniel referred will be "the Antichrist", who will present himself to the Jews in Israel as a champion for their cause, the Jews having by then rebuilt their temple and reinstituted the sacrifices of the Mosaic law! But, having gained their confidence and a measure of authority, he will "confirm" a "covenant with many for one week" or seven years, after which he will then turn around and "cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease", thereby bringing to naught all their hard effort to reestablish a temple in which to make their sacrifices.
Again we are advised to take notice that all Satan's moves against Yahuah Hayah's beloved children are by permission of Yahuah! (Job 1:12; 2:6) And the anticipated antichrist's betrayal of the Jews in relation to their rebuilding of the temple is explained in observing the fact that Yahuah Hayah's permission for it to be destroyed by the Romans was not only a judgment upon the Jews for having crucified His Son but was also the removal of any place to bring the sacrifices that were only a rehearsal of the supreme sacrifice that Yeshua would be making of Himself! Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua, through Moses:
Yeshua said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill!" (Matthew 5:17) That "fulfilling" of Yahuah Hayah's Torah was to make of Himself the supreme sacrifice that all the animal sacrifices of the Torah had merely rehearsed! So, when He had in fact submitted Himself to the hands of His enemies and allowed them to do their worst to Him, what they did, in killing Him and causing His blood to flow from His body, "fulfilled" all the sacrifices commanded in the Torah, taking from them any further relevance to Yahuah Hayah's forgiveness, which for all the time leading up to Yeshua's sacrifice of Himself was Yahuah's reward for the sinning Israelite's bringing of his "sin offering"! (Numbers 15:27) Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua, through Moses, of him who had brought the sin offering: "It shall be forgiven him." (Verse 28)
But, when Yeshua celebrated His last Passover with His disciples, "27 He took the cup, gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!" (Matthew 26:27 and 28) The word "remission" is the translation of a word meaning "freedom" or "pardon" (Strong: Greek: 859), which is translated in other places in the Bible as "forgiveness"! (859)
So the true difference between the "Old Testament" and the New One is that in the Old One Yahuah Hayah gave His forgiveness as a reward for the repentant Israelite's bringing his "sin offering" for the priest to sacrifice, while in the New Testament He gives it to the beloved but sinning child of His who, hearing Yeshua's "call" in the horrendous injustice and cruelty of what was done to Him, enters into "repentance" (Matthew 9:13), for which Yahuah then forgives Him. (Matthew 6:12)
"Repent" (Matthew 4:17) means "to think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) And "sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua came to "call ... sinners" (Matthew 9:13) to "think differently" about their breaking the commandments of Yahuah Hayah's Torah! And that confirms and fulfills the prophecy that He wrote through His prophet concerning His "New Covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31):
So, whereas Yahuah Hayah's Torah was a matter to "observe" (Deuteronomy 28:1) or put a value on, during His Old Covenant with the House of Israel, in His New Covenant with them His Torah would be a matter of "their hearts", His Son having made of Himself the sacrifice intended to "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) He wrote, through His author:
Yahuah Hayah's care through Yeshua to warn His disciples and us through them leaves us without excuse, should we choose to listen to Satan's liars "who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves"! (Matthew 7:15) If one has trained his ear to hear Yahuah's voice in his spirit, such lies have no effect! One can tell the difference immediately! But, if one has been careless about the voices he hears, taking for truth anything that comes along, he will be devoured by the "ravening wolves"!
That training of one's ear requires a knowledge of Yahuah Hayah's word, as He has given it in His Holy Bible, which one can use as the standard against which to compare the claims of any voice that speaks in his spirit, over coffee, in an auditorium or through a phone! For without that “standard”, one is ready meat for Satan's emissary, who comes through every medium there is! Mark continued:
Obviously, we have not seen that part of Yeshua's prophecy to His disciples. Assuredly, that coming will be exciting; but I keep reminding people that, if they wait for it, before getting their life in order with Yahuah Hayah, they will have missed an opportunity He has kept open for six thousand years! That door will be shut, when He decides “enough is enough”; and never more will it be opened! And either one will have decided rightly about how to relate with Him, or that careless one will be left without a single hope to comfort him; he will be relegated to the corral of the wicked, in Hell or eventually the Lake of Fire! I did not write Yahuah's Holy Bible; I only teach it; and these studies convey, in all sincerity, what I believe it says. Mark's account of Yeshua's words continued:
Traditionally, the fig tree is regarded as representing the children of Israel! In 1948, descendants of those children, or those who have become a part of them by believing in their faith, were permitted to occupy and hold as their own, the land of Israel! That well could have been the "branch ... yet tender" putting "forth leaves"! And we, who saw "these things come to pass" can "know that it is nigh, even at the doors"! And we can well be the "generation" that "shall not pass, till all these things be done"!
Those who have presumed to know "of that day and that hour" have come and gone, well ashamed for their error; and the rest of us simply "watch", as Yeshua advised that we do, regardless of how droopy our eyelids get or how badly we are tempted to taste of the world's fare! Yahuah Hayah wrote, through Solomon:
The "ruler" is a presumptuous person, who supposes that he has some "divine right" to tell others what to do! He cannot be a servant of Yahuah Hayah's, who would be an humble person knowing better than to take Yahuah's place as the "ruler" of His beloved children! For this obvious reason, the "dainties" of the ruler are, indeed, "deceitful meat": for anyone who has taken of them will be considered beholden to the ruler, who will assert his presumed authority over that person, which necessarily will be at cross purposes with Yahuah's will for the subject, the result being stressful and counterproductive, to say the least!
So within the framework of that analogy, "watching" would be choosing carefully the fare of which we partake, receiving only from Yahuah Hayah what He provides for our doing His will in our lives, until Yeshua comes and says to us:
And, of course, we know that Yeshua was talking about those who were answering the needs of "the least of these My brethren", which amounts to having "done it unto Me"! (Matthew 25:40)
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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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