Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel will be thinking on this Sabbath?
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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 May 18
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130518.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, Creator of the universe and King over it, knows who you are; and that's all that matters!
At this point in your participation in the service, I recommend that you go to Sabbath Ritual and participate in the prayer in which we like to engage each week, as I do each morning, to avail ourselves of Yahuah Hayah's "Power of Agreement" (Matthew 18:19) for the basic things that all of us must have each day of our lives! Although repetitious and time-consuming, doing that will bless you, the fellowship and all of His children in the universe! It is what some people call "getting prayed up"!
As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, He warns, through His prophets, of worshiping or serving other gods; He commanded, "Thou shalt have none other gods before Me!" (Deuteronomy 5:7) But I have yet to find any place in the bible where He anticipates His children's being snared by people teaching a religion having no god; yet such people abound in the world of today; and one is well advised not to heed their teaching!
Of course atheists have long existed, who are those who say, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1); but they are, simply, against God; they offer nothing to replace Him yet consistently try to replace Him with abstract terms relating to "law" or "reality", leaving as a complete mystery from whom such things have come!
In this sermon, I am not focusing on "atheists" so much as I am giving attention to people who see themselves identified with a "New Age" and who speak of "love" and "peace" as empowering yet impersonal energies in themselves apart from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who "is love" (1st John 4:8 and 16) and Who is our "Prince of Peace". (Isaiah 9:6), both of them being persons, exactly as we are, whom "God created ... in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27)
My attention was drawn to exponents of the "New Age" by a letter written by a man who, along with his wife and son, has been a dear friend of our family for years and who by his letter I find has been one of these New Age exponents!
These people will tell you that they have received their new knowledge from "masters", who have contacted them through "channelers" or people who open themselves up to lying spirits, some of whom claim to be such masters.
My friend sees God as "The ABSOLUTE", which is not a person; it is a thing, while one of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s names for Himself is "I AM"! (Exodus 3:14) He told Moses: "Thus shalt thou say, unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."! (Verse 14) In grammar "I" is "first person singular"; it is a pronoun referring to a "person"!
Furthermore, "AM" relates to the verb "to be" in the present tense! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was calling Himself that which now is! And without anything to qualify what He is, one must gather, from that name, that He is all that is, from which we get the terms, "omniscient" (all knowing), "omnipotent" (all powerful) and "omnipresent" (everywhere present)!
Typical of New-Agers, my friend spoke of believers in the God of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible as people holding to a "creed" in contrast to himself, whom he characterized as "a student of the truth", which of course implies that the "creed" or "fundamental beliefs" of the bible are not "truth", while Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) prayed, to Yahuah, the Father: "Thy Word is truth!" (John 17:17) And Yahuah wrote, through His psalmist: "Thy law is the truth" (Psalm 119:142); and "all Thy commandments are truth". (Verse 151)
Having reduced God to "the ABSOLUTE", my friend, as a true New-Ager does, reduced Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to "the Great Master Jesus", which, although that is complimentary, is far from the "Word" (John 1:1) or "only begotten Son" (John 3:16) of Whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible speaks, Who was "in the beginning ... with God and ... was God". (John 1:1)
Typical of the New-Ager is that he misquotes scripture, as does Satan, his true master (Matthew 4:6), whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "is a liar and the father of it". (John 8:44) For instance, my friend told me that "the Master mind did not say, Judas betrayed me", when the scripture plainly records Yeshua as saying, "One of you shall betray Me." (Matthew 26:21)
Or the New-Ager will misinterpret scripture: Having correctly quoted Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) as saying "Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him" (John 13:31), my friend said, "He understood and held only to the Allness of the glorified Christ of God flowing through Himself." Please notice how this man substituted for "God" "the Allness of the glorified Christ of God". "Allness" is an impersonal thing, not a person, which, in this man's mind was not Yeshua but a thing merely flowing through Him.
Consider another thing my friend wrote to me: "There are but two events in the world, that which was in existence before consciousness began to assert itself ... That which was before consciousness began to assert itself is eternal!" The name "Yahuah", which name He gave to Moses for Himself (Exodus 6:3), is defined, in part, as "eternal"! (Strong: Hebrew: 3068) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John:
If "that which was before consciousness began to assert itself is eternal" and if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), also, is eternal, one must conclude that the God of the Israeli bible was unconscious - once again, a thing, not a person!
In contrast to this eternal unconsciousness envisioned by my friend, he speaks of "that which humanity thinks" as "changeable and inconstant", with which I certainly would not argue; but then he contradicts himself by anticipating a point of time "when the Law of Truth comes to consciousness". So now "truth" is brought in, by my friend, as part of the eternal unconsciousness that presumably existed prior to when "consciousness began to assert itself"
But "truth" is "the body of real things, events, and facts" (Merriam-Webster online), which now my friend is telling me will come "to consciousness" or, I presume, to us, who are conscious; but from where? from the eternal uncounsciousness he has introduced? And, if that be the case, who knows anything about "real things, events, and facts" while they are unconscious or, more accurately, do not exist?
Necessarily, we are obliged to shelve my friend's "Law of Truth" coming from out of an unknowable eternity; but granting it to him, for the moment, we then must consider what he says that law will do when it arrives: he wrote: "When the Law of Truth comes to consciousness, it will erase all that humanity has ever thought erroneously."
Again, a "law" is an impersonal thing, not a person, much less God; yet, in the mind of my friend, "it" presumably is going to rid humanity of all error, which reenforces the New-Age insistence upon a godless religion!
Now my friend introduces "the process of evolution", which notion is anathema to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); because it presumes that things have evelved on their own without Him, the eternal, self-existent and almighty Creator of all and King over it, Who determined its nature and is constantly working with its development with the cooperation or noncooperation of His children!
Now my friend defines truth as "the original cosmic fact"! But, according him, that was "was before consciousness began to assert itself"; so it was an unknowable fact, "cosmic" or whatever, while Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the way, the truth and the life! (John 14:6) And we find, by His Holy Bible that the all encompassing "I AM (Exodus 3:14), a very conscious albeit eternal being, is also "the truth" or "the body of real things, events, and facts"! (Merriam-Webster online)
Now, according to my friend, we have "an evolving race consciousness", which, by the use of the verb "evolve" implies something developing on its own without the assistance of the almighty Creator and Sustainer of all things, whose preragative as the Creator of His "race" of children is to lovingly encourage the development of His children's "consciousness"; and He does that through His Word! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life! (John 6:63)
Again quoting my friend: "The race is called back again and again to the original existing principle"! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "28 Come, unto Me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest! 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me! For I am meek and lowly in heart! And ye shall find rest unto your souls! 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light! (Matthew 11:28 to 30)
That is not a "principle" calling to us; that is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our loving "Father Who art in Heaven (Matthew 6:9)" calling us back into His wonderful presence! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
My friend continued: "By this return and repetition, humanity is shown that Creation is eternal." Again, we see, here, creativity divorced from its Creator! In the mind of the New-Ager "creation" is eternal, not the Creator! But my friend goes on to say, "the same with all mankind. But mankind's creatures are always changing ... they are under a manifestation of Law called action and reaction."
In the New-Ager's view, "mankind" has its "creatures" or the things that we create! But we also have our children, while, in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible, He has His creation; but a part of that creation is His children! "Mankind" is all people considered as an abstract, which has its "creatures", a term usually applied to animals, while Yahuah, to Whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) consistently referred as our loving heavenly Father, has us, who know ourselves as feeling and caring persons with great concerns about our welfare!
Yes, we know about "action and reaction"; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) But my friend had his interpretation of that "Law", as he called it:
Well, what do we have here? We have "the great Absolute Law of Truth" or "cosmic law" taking a hand in bringing us "face to face with the original plan"!
May I ask, What "hand"? Does a "law" have an hand with which to bring people in line? Being the Person in whose image He created us, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has an hand; and He wields it, to bless or curse His children, according to what they are doing about Him and the Torah, law and covenant He gave them by which to know His will for them; He wrote, through His psalmist: "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous, altogether!"! (Psalm 19:9)
And, then, may I ask, What plan? The plan of an "absolute law"? How does the consistent behavior of something, from which we infer a "law", have a plan! That implies the ability to cause things to happen? How does an "absolute law" make anything happen?
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has a plan; He is a person - the Person of the almighty Creator of all and the King over it! And He has expressed His plan in His Torah, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel"! (Jeremiah 31:31)
Does a "Law" or a consistency in the behavior of something decide "when human beings have gone far enough"? Does cosmic law never allow life to run too far in a tangent? Yahuah Hayah does; He said, to Abraham: "The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full!" (Genesis 15:16)
Is any law "always polarized in equalization, balance, and harmony"? Since when is a law the obeyer of itself? What happened to the "free will" of people over whom a law presumably rules? What happened to personal responsibility? Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Moses, of those who "wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:15):
Does that sound like the "equalization, balance, and harmony" in which my friend's law presumably "is always polarized"? He continued:
Now we find that "things not in perfect accord and union with actual existing cosmic fact" simply "erase themselves"! How convenient! No one needs to "repent" (Matthew 4:17) or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about their breaking Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Toraw, law and covenant; and Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s calling "sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) is needless; for, having a power and will of their own, their indiscretions will simply "erase themselves"!
My friend declared: "Cosmic Absolute Law must be fully satisfied!" The parallel to this impersonal rendition of truth is the personal fact that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator, is the personification of perfect justice! And He "must be fully satisfied" He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the way, the truth and the life!" (John 14:6) His "way" being our spiritual environment implies that anyone walking in another than His way will hear from Him, which brings us back to His fundamental offer to bless those who hearken to His voice and curse those who do not! (Deuteronomy 28)
My friend wrote: "Thinking, speaking or acting the Law of Reality is bound, eventually, to lead humanity into Law or Reality itself! And, again, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s version of that is His words through Solomon: "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) And, sure enough, the New-Ager, believing that an impersonal "Law of Reality" dictates what becomes of him, simply goes along for the ride, accepting whatever comes, while the child of Yahuah, believing that he has a loving and caring heavenly Father as his God, does everything he can to please that God, by keeping or putting the highest possible value on the commandments of His Torah, law and covenant with Him; and, as a result, the loving, grateful and obedient child reaps the amazing blessings and eternal life that Yahuah has promised to those who do that. (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28)
My friend wrote: "The ancients (wisdom masters of the ancient times) tell us that every tree that the Heavenly Father has not planted within you will be uprooted." Now, is that not interesting? Having supplanted our marvelous and personal God with every abstract euphemism possible, he now comes around, ostensibly by the permission of the "wisdom masters of the ancient times", allowing for an "Heavenly Father"! But with all the ephemisms presumably fixing humanity's problems, I wonder what is left, in the New Ager's mind, for any Heavenly Father to do!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) approaches His children, respectfully, with a call for them to "think differently" about their having broken His Torah, law and covenant with them. He does not have built, within His children's beliefs, self-destruct mechanisms that simply make them "erase themselves"! Rather, He holds them personally accountable for their choices! He said, through Moses: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)
That invitation implies that to choose "death" will bring quite another result; indeed, He said: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And His "judgments are true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)
My friend continued: "Through the pain and tragedy of their misappropriated creations, a new race consciousness has been conceived and is fast evolving (Numerous sightings of what has been known as UFOs by more and more people around the world is an irrefutable testimony that the masters are bringing back the Truth to mankind ...)
Which is it? Is the presumed "new race consciousness ... evolving"? Or is it being brought back by "the masters"? And, by the way, who are they? And how are UFOs "an irrefutable testimony that the masters are bringing back the Truth"? Has one of them climbed out of an UFO and, identifying himself as a "master", announced that purpose for his coming?
No, this is what lying spirits tell channelers, who then spread abroad what they deem to be "the good word"!
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh, unto the Father, but by Me! (John 14:6) But that poses no problem for the New-Ager; he does not believe in coming "unto the Father" but rather to "the Law of Reality"!
My friend then gave this warning: "There is no other course than to go on from one place of consciousness to a higher and more advanced step in the actual cosmic path. The only condition forbidden in the vibration of the great cosmos is that quality of thought which allows the human race to become so solidly fixed in what it believes that, if it clings desperately to its old delusions and will not let go, it can in no way come into the greater expense of universal thought."
That is the "clincher"! Give up the "old delusions" you believe; or you will transgress "the only condition forbidden in the vibration of the great cosmos"! So all of us who have believed Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth in His Holy Bible must dump that truth; so says "the vibration"!
But who or what is "the vibration" to be forbidding us to do what we as sovereign beings have determined to believe according to His voice in our hearts? Has Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the almighty Creator of all and King over it, not given us a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"? (Genesis 1:28) Yahuah said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37)
While holding forth thoughts of love and peace as the way to an "higher consciousness", New-Agers speak of people believing in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) or in Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), as holding to a "religious creed", which the New-Agers tell you will be done away with to make way for this "higher consciousness", which they believe will save mankind from all that presently brings them suffering and grief!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth in His Holy Bible shows us that such a teaching is a recipe for disaster! For it requires that one forsake the only thing that Yahuah holds forth as His way to receive "all these blessings" (Dueteronomy 28:2), which "shall come on thee and overtake thee" (Verse 2), "if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Verse 1)
What people call "the Lord's Prayer", the sample prayer that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave His disciples through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), is profound! For it begins "Our Father, Who art in Heaven" (Matthew 6:9), which requires that one affirm that he or she has a Father in Heaven.
That important opening is followed by "Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven!" (Matthew 6:10), which is one's affirming that his or her heavenly Father has a kingdom and a will that needs to be done "on Earth, as it is in Heaven"! And the only way we know that will is by observing His Torah, law and covenant, in which are "all His commandments"(Deuteronomy 28:1) to do or not to do the things that are available to do, which "to observe and to do" (Verse 1) bring "all these blessings"! (Verse 2)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing! Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And "46 Ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law; 47 because it is your life"! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)
And, when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to teach their children in person, He showed them that the "life" He was talking about, if one shall "keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:17), is "eternal life"! (Verse 16)
This, then, is the "religious creed" that the New-Age exponents claim will be done away with in favor of the "higher consciousness" to which they look for the solution to all their problems! And I would ask, "Higher consciousness of what?" What is one supposed to be conscious of? which question is what I have long asked concerning those who sit around for hours with their legs crossed seeking some kind of consciousness!
The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "conscious" as "perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation"! So how does one have an "higher consciousness" without "perceiving, apprehending, or noticing" something? And, if that is a desirable thing, what thing is higher to perceive, apprehend or notice than Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal), Who declared Himself, to Moses, as the One to be called "Hayah" or "I AM"? (Exodus 3:14) What can be more comprehensive than the One in all His Creation Who is all that exists?
The New-Ager calls God "The ABSOLUTE", which carefully avoids any intimation that He is a person, whereas Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s name for Himself, "I AM"? (Exodus 3:14) begins with "I", which in grammar is "first person singular"; the name definitely identifies Him as the Person of all persons, even as He also has called Himself "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS"! (Revelation 19:16)
If any of the knowledge contained in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible is to be believed, one is shown by that bible that "Hayah" or "I AM (Exodus 3:14)", this all embracing Person of God, has reached out, to His children, whom He created "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27), with an invitation to enter into a solemn relationship, covenant or agreement with Him, that, if they would "hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) "all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee". (Verse 2)
But acknowledging the existence of that Lord God and the covenant that He offers His children requires accepting personal responsibility for one's actions! He said, "Choose life!" (Deuteronomy 30:19) And few people want to accept responsibility for their actions; rather, they want the presumed liberty of doing what they please without any "God", "Creator" or Whomever hovering over them and judging what they do as right or wrong, blessed or cursed, bringing life or bringing death!
That is the "creed" or "set of fundamental beliefs" (Merrian-Webster online) that the New-Age teachers want their followers to abandon or to expect will be done away with, in contrast to their being "students of truth", which of course implies that the fundamental beliefs of the creed followers are not truth.
But such people are dreaming! If one jumps off a cliff, he or she ends up a messy pile of bones at the bottom! Actions without consequences do not exist! "The judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous, altogether!" (Psalm 19:9)
Even the thinking and speaking of "love" and "peace", which the New-Agers suppose bring the desired result, is a consequence of their actions, while thoughts and words of hate and violence bring the opposite, which is true so far as it goes! But it stops short of acknowledging Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is the Giver of our love and peace, but only as the result of our keeping the commandments of His Torah, law and covenant!
So, again, if the knowledge contained in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible is to be believed, regarding His truth as a "creed" that will be done away with requires abandoning the life, even eternal life, that He offered His children by one's keeping the commandments of His Torah, law and covenant! And, personally, that is not my choice! Is it yours?
Watching the frustrations and personal agonies of New-Agers is sad! I have personally observed how it goes with them for years! Yet, when one tries to tell them of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s way, they believe they have an higher way, one that is superior to any religion or creed and the only one they believe will survive Earth's presumed shift to an higher vibration or level of consciousness, which they have been told is imminent!
But I have prayed for these people; so Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) will prevail in their lives! They will be blessed, perfect and with a place in His kingdom, for my sake!
I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah Hayah's sight, that it can be stored in your spirit for great and beneficial use to you as the days go by and that we might hear from you now and then as you find it working its wonders in your life!
I pray that Yahuah Hayah shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming week, and that you will realize in your heart how important you are to the ministry that He has given to Faith Harvest Israel to see that His truth is learned, believed and carried out by all His children throughout the world, so many of whom are in such desperate need of it, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!
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