Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2013 August 10

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 August 10

Everlasting Punishment

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20130810.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 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 I call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, some people are appalled with the idea of Yahuah's subjecting His children to "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46) for things they did or did not do while they were alive on Earth! One cannot well argue that He does not do that; because He will say, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to children of His who have failed to obey Him: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels!" (Matthew 25:41)

I, too, have wrestled, with this problem, asking how fair it is for God to punish forever children of His who have done certain things during their brief time on Earth! He said, through Moses, that He is a God "showing mercy unto thousands of them who love Me and keep My commandments"! (Exodus 20:6) He wrote, through His psalmist: "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever!" (Psalm 118:1)

For one to be thrown into a "Lake of Fire" (Revelation 20:14), where "the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever" (Revelation 14:11), implies that Yahuah Hayah's mercy endures only while His children are alive on Earth! For souls being tormented in flames would assuredly be crying out for mercy; and His punishment would not be everlasting, if He were to hear them; He said, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach:

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. (Matthew 12:31)

"Blasphemy" means "vilification" (Strong: Greek: 988) or speaking against; and, since one cannot live without Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit, speaking against Him poses a problem that according to Yahuah cannot be overcome! And, apparently, other conditions prevail, in the spiritual state of His children, that also cannot be overcome, which is a child's choosing death rather than life! He said, through Moses:

Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The question arises: What if a person has never heard of that choice?

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made reference, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), to "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) And the appropriate question here is: How does one believe in someone whom he or she does not know? And the question following upon that one is: If "these little ones" believe in Yahuah Hayah, how did they come to know Him?

The answer is: Yahuah Hayah's "voice"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee." (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Other sheep I have, who are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice!" (John 10:16) He said later: "Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "Thy law is the truth" (Psalm 119:142); and "all Thy commandments are truth"; so to be "of the truth" is to know the commandments of Yahuah's Torah, law and covenant and be committed to obeying them.

But yet another question arises: What if a person has never heard of "Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, law and covenant"?

Paul wrote: "That which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them." (Romans 1:19) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) explained how or at least when! He wrote, through His psalmist:

9 Thou art He Who took me out of the womb! Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts! 10 I was cast, upon Thee, from the womb! Thou art my God from my mother's belly! (Psalm 22:9 and 10)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "voice" then, is the "still small voice" (1st Kings 19:12) that we hear in our spirits, often believing that it is our own voice; and, if indeed that is His voice, it will be to "observe to do all His commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1), even if we happen to have been born apart from the children of Israel, who "shall command your children to observe to do all the words of this law"! (Deuteronomy 32:46)

Another voice intrudes upon us, every so often, tempting us to accept frightful scenarios, in which we see ourselves experiencing some kind of violence! Most certainly it does not encourage us "to observe to do all the words of this law"!

If we have become wise in such matters, we refuse to accept or believe such intrusions upon us and immediately counter them, as Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did when He was tempted in the wilderness! Each time Satan tried to get Yeshua to do other than what His Father in Heaven had commanded Him to do, He would reply: "It is written!" (Matthew 4:4, 7 and 10) And then He would recite some part of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s word through a prophet of His, to counter the opposing idea that Satan was trying to get Him to accept, believe and act upon.

Increasingly, over the years, I have seen Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s written word in His Holy Bible as little more than a pointer to what He ever tries to tell us in our spirits! He wrote, through His prophet, of His "New Covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31):

This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts! And I will be their God, and they shall be My people! (Jeremiah 31:33)

We do not "read" what is in our hearts; we "hear" it; and what can that be other than "the house of Israel" paying attention to Yahuah Hayah's voice, for a change, and hearing what He wants done in each situation they face during their daily activities! He gave the words, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), in His sample prayer: "Thy will be done!" (Matthew 6:10)

The world calls that correcting and guiding function within one's spirit our "conscience" - our sense of what is right and wrong! And who other than Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) really knows any such thing? And - What do you know? - all the lambs that were sacrificed as a "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27), to fulfill Yahuah's "atonement" (Verse 28) "could not make him who did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9)

But making one "perfect as pertaining to the conscience" was, obviously, the purpose of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement; and, then, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had sacrificed Himself as the supreme atonement of all time, to "fulfill" (Matthew 5:17) the "atonement" (Leviticus 17:11) of Yahuah's "law or the prophets" (Verse 17), Yahuah 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)

So, however unfair Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "everlasting punishment" may seem, it is not that He has not tried, in every way possible, including the giving in an unthinkably brutal death of "His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"! (John 3:16) And what about that "Son" are we to believe, if not His words? He said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63)

49 I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father, Who sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak! 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting! (John 12:49 and 50)

46 Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me! For he wrote of Me! 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words? (John 5:46 and 47)

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17), even "eternal life"! (Verse 16)

And why is that so? because, within Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah, law and "covenant with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), He gives His fundamental offering, saying through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses: "1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee." (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)

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)

46 Set your hearts, unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)

I would like to sit down, someday, with Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and talk personally about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "everlasting punishment" and its "fairness"; but, while I am waiting for that exquisite privilege, I have chosen "life"! Do you not believe that such a choice is a good idea?

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!

Father, by my "faith in God" (Mark 11:22), I "speak" (Mark 11:23), to Your children, and command that they be given the knowledge and understanding of Your truth by which to "choose life" and thereby avoid whatever is involved in Your death or "everlasting punishment"!

I rejoice (John 15:11) that you are faithful to fulfill your children's powerful use of their "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) I know you answered this prayer, in ha Kodesh Ruach, your Holy Spirit, the moment I said it; so I "believe" I "receive" (Mark 11:24), even now, a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the wonderful blessings and eternal life that are the immediate possession of those who walk in Your faith, despite such problems as the "fairness" of "everlasting punishment"!

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!

Amen! Alleluia!

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