Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?
Welcome to the page on which Pastor Floyd talks about
Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2013 December 28
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20131228.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, this is the time of year when people are thinking about a new year coming, for which the traditional prayer is "Happy New Year!" That is entirely appropriate and undoubtedly pleasing to Yahuah, Who desires that His children love their neighbors! And wishing them a happy new year is, certainly, a loving way in which to welcome the new year.
But a bit of "magic" enters some people's thinking in relation to a coming new year, which is that, for reasons understood only by those entertaining this notion, a new year is expected, solely by its newness, to improve one's circumstances, those of the "old year" not having been what they had hoped for!
This is what might be termed a "superstition"; and my online Merriam-Webster's dictionary is backing me up on this, having defined "superstition" as "a belief or way of behaving that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck: a belief that certain events or things will bring good or bad luck"
When the month changes from December to January according to the way Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) ordained that to be is, obviously, an "event"! And entertaining the belief that this event "will bring good luck" certainly qualifies as a superstition!
That belief is not pleasing to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); for it supplants one's belief in Him, which shuts Him down, so far as His blessings are concerned; for He gives His blessings only to those who "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments!" (Deuteronomy 28:1)
To suppose that a "new Year" will by its simply being new bring an improvement to one's circumstances is to "hearken" to a voice other than Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s; and the other voice is that of Satan or of those who serve him, which gives any reason under the sun for expecting improvement other than that provided by Yahuah, the Creator of all and King over it.
So the prayer "Happy New Year" can mean two different things, according to who is giving it; 1) that during the coming year the receiver of the prayer will be well blessed by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), which of course requires the receiver's hearkening to His voice "to observe to do all His commandments", or 2) that the new year, by virtue of its being new, will somehow benefit the receiver in some mysterious way better than the circumstances that were brought by the old year.
The truth one needs to understand is that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) brings all circumstances that are experienced by each of His children and that He brings them according to His perfect justice, which He expressed through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) by saying: "Give, and it shall be given unto you." (Luke 6:38) Give, to Yahuah, your attention, by listening to His voice in your spirit; and He will give you all that His words create, which is His "life" (Deuteronomy 30:19; 32:47; Matthew 19:16 and 17) and all of what that life consists!
The wonderful thing about Yahuah Hayah's blessings is that they are available on any day throughout any year; so one need not wait for a "new year" to obtain them; for He faithfully responds to any child of His the minute he or she hearkens to His voice "to observe to do all His commandments"! That is an action of one's heart! It is the value that one puts on His commandments! And it can be done in a minute, to His glory and the child's benefit!
Cause to celebrate any new year exists, even as the wise person celebrates the dawning of each new day! For it is an opportunity being given by Yahuah Hayah to live long enough to serve Him for the time being celebrated! To serve Him well is an advantage! For, the apostle John "heard a voice from Heaven saying ... Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:13)
The reason "the dead who die in the Lord" were so "blessed" at the time of John's seeing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s great vision for him and "henceforth" is revealed, to us, by what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did during His "three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40) after being crucified! His apostle Peter wrote about it:
From this fascinating passage we learn that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was "quickened" or made alive not after three days, as most people suppose, but at the beginning of His "three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth", after which "He went and preached unto ... spirits in prison"!
We know about that "prison" "in the heart of the Earth", from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s story through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of "Lazarus" (Luek 16:20) and "a certain rich man"! (Verse 19) Both of them died and were taken to what we must assume was "the heart of the Earth", Lazarus to the comfort of "Abraham's bosom" (Verse 22) but the rich man to "Hell", where he "lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom"! (Verse 23)
"Hell" has never been anywhere other than "in the heart of the Earth"; and, since the tormented rich man was within sight of Abraham and Lazarus, we must assume that, until Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "went and preached unto the spirits in prison", that "prison" was the location of all the dead who had lived and died on Earth, whether righteous or wicked, some of whom "were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah"! (1st Peter 3:20)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s judgments are ever "true and righteous"! (Psalm 19:9) So a drastic difference was experienced between Lazarus and the rich man, which, in the story, Abraham explained to the rich man, saying: "Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented!" (Luke 16:25)
The rich man's having received "good things" was not in itself his problem! His problem was in what he did with them in obedience or disobedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s commandment that His children love their neighbor! (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39) The rich man could not say he loved Lazarus while he let him lie "20 at his gate, full of sores, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table"! (Luke 16:20 and 21)
So this extraordinary story helps us to understand why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) His disciples: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God!" (Matthew 19:24)
Although "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21), one expression of it when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) died was this "prison" about which Peter wrote, in which all the dead had been held for all the millennia that had taken place since Adam and Eve! For them "the kingdom of God" had not become "the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)
But that "stalemate" was about to change! We have, in one of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beautiful psalms, a curious, prophetic passage: "18 Thou hast ascended on high! Thou hast led captivity captive! Thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that Yahuah God might dwell among them. " (Psalm 68:18)
From all of this we derive the likely scenario that all who lived and died were held "in the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40), until Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) died and rose again, His first mission as the resurrected God/man He became being to go to "the spirits in prison" (1st Peter 3:19), show them the nailprints in His hands and feet, tell them of the violence to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) that all sin causes, thus purging their "conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14), thus calling "sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:13) also among the dead, even "the rebellious" (Psalm 68:18), ascend with the repentant "on high" (Verse 18), Yeshua's being "among them" (Verse 18), having "received gifts for men" (Verse 18), even the opportunity to move from "the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40) to "Heaven" (Revelation 14:2), where John saw people "redeemed from the Earth" (Revelation 14:3) and "redeemed from among men" (Verse 4), to where all the repentant dead, including "the righteous" (Matthew 9:13), who had already repented, would be "blessed" as the first of "the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth", who then could "rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:13)
So, in my writing of this sermon, without my even realizing what was happening, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has led us to the most amazing and climactic "new thing" that has happened thus far - the moving of all Yahuah Hayah's dead children from "the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40), which was the "Paradise" (Luke 23:43) that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) had promised the repentant thief hanging next to Him, when all of them had been given a chance to see in the resurrected Yeshua the ultimate demonstration of Yahuah's "atonement" (Leviticus 17:11) ever to be seen by mankind, alive or dead, which is why Yeshua's faithful apostle John was able to see them as "the armies who were in Heaven" (Revelation 19:14), Who will follow Yeshua "upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean" (Verse 14), the "fine linen, white and clean" being "the righteousness of saints"! (Verse 8)
Truly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Whom we love, worship and serve, is the Creator of "new things" by which to thrill His children! But that requires "the patience of the saints"! (Revelastion 14:8) because they had to wait four millennia for the last great "new thing" He had for them.
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 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.
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