Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 April 5

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 April 5

Overcoming

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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 Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, in John's Book of Revelation Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) makes seven extraordinary promises to "the seven churches who are in Asia" (Revelation 1:11), all of them based upon one's being "him who overcometh"! (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12 and 21) What He meant by overcoming is not clear, until He added the clause "even as I also overcame" (3:21), which gives us His life on Earth as the example for our overcoming.

We know, for instance, that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) overcame Satan's temptations in "the wilderness" (Matthew 4:1), where "He had fasted forty days and forty nights" (Verse 2) and "was afterward an hungred" (Verse 2), to say the least!

Three times "the Devil" (Matthew 4:1) dared Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to do unusual or miraculous things that foolish men might do to attract people's attention and gain favor and notoriety with them; but, in each instance, Yeshua met the challenge of "the Tempter" (Verse 3), by saying, "It is written" (Verse 4) and then reciting some "word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Verse 4), which established that what had been written in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible at that time was His true word!

Of course Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible has been corrupted, since then, primarily by deluded scholars including the writings of Paul in the New Testament, who amazingly fulfilled Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s prophecy through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect!" (Matthew 24:24) No more grievous a deception could have been shown than to include in Yahuah's Holy Bible the writings of a false prophet teaching the "gospel" (Galatians 1:11) of a false "Jesus Christ"! (Verse 12)

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s truth has shown forth, all these centuries, through the words that He gave His children through Moses and then through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, by the reciting of which we can be "him who overcometh"! because the strength of "the Tempter" (Matthew 4:3) lies in his being the "liar" (John 8:44) "which deceiveth the whole world" (Revelation 12:9); and combatting his lies with the assurance "It is written" (Matthew 4:4) followed by some of Yahuah's powerful words of truth is our surest defense and the way by which to be in Yahuah's eyes the overcomer in behalf of whom He made such extraordinary promises through Yeshua and John!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "To him who overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God!" (Revelation 2:7)

In the first place, it is worthy to notice that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has a "paradise" and that John saw "the Tree of Life" when he was invited to "come up hither" (Revelation 4:1) into "Heaven"! (Verse 1) He wrote of

1 a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb! 2 In the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month! And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations! (Revelation 22:1 and 2)

One would expect that eating "of the Tree of Life" would give one life! Interestingly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) put that tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8 and 9); and, when Adam disobeyed Him, "22lest he put forth his hand and take also of the Tree of Life and eat and live for ever, 23therefore Yahuah God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken!" (Genesis 3:22 and 23)

The opposite is now true and has been, since Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) killed two animals in Adam's presence in behalf of him and Eve and made "coats of skins and clothed them" (Revelation 3:21), which I believe is the first instance on record of His "atonement" (Leviticus 17:11), which I also believe has always been and still is His way back to "the Tree of Life". (Revelation 22:2)

The atonement Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given in His Torah, law and "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10) "with the house of Israel" (Jeremiah 31:31), requires the sinner to bring a lamb for a "sin offering" (Numbers 15:27); and, when the sinner has witnessed the violence of a priest's sacrificing the innocent lamb, which shows the violence that sin thrusts upon Yahuah, Who is innocent, "it shall be forgiven him". (Verse 28)

Today, for our atonement, we have Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s sacrificing of Himself by submitting to the cruel hands of wicked men who tortured and crucified Him, which is the most heinous violence ever committed on Earth to a man who also "was God" (John 1:1) and therefore "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15), which showed, as no sacrificed animal ever did, the violence that sin thrusts upon Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Who is innocent and therefore not worthy of that violence.

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "31 If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed! 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!" (John 8:31 and 32) "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth! Every one who is of the truth heareth My voice!" (John 18:37) "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth!" (John 17:19)

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" (Verse 151); and the truth revealed in that law and in His commandments concerning His atonement is that sin commits violence against Him, Who is innocent and therefore is not worthy of that violence!

So the person for whom "the blood of Christ" shall "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God" will indeed have been made "free" (John 8:32) of the banishment from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "Paradise" (Revelation 2:7) that unrepented sin causes, to where he can be seen by Yahuah as having "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), so that he can "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Matthew 5:20)

I believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement is the key to being "him who overcometh" (Revelation 2:7) and therefore one to whom Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) " will ... give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God"! (Verse 7)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "He who overcometh shall not be hurt of the Second Death!" (Revelation 2:11) Yahuah describes His "Second Death" later, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John, by writing:

Blessed and holy is he who hath part in the First Resurrection! On such the Second Death hath no power! But they shall be priests, of God and of Christ, and shall reign, with Him, a thousand years! (Revelation 20:6)

Death and Hell were cast into the lake of fire! This is the Second Death! (Revelation 20:14)

The fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the Second Death! (Revelation 21:8)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "28 The hour is coming in which all who are in the graves shall hear His voice 29 and shall come forth - they who have done good, unto the Resurrection of Life, and they who have done evil, unto the Resurrection of Damnation!"! (John 5:28 and 29)

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has clarified, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that "the First Resurrection" (Revelation 20:6) is His "Resurrection of Life" (John 5:29) and that His "Second Death" (Revelation 20:6 and 14; 21:8) is His "Resurrection of Damnation" (John 5:29), to be suffered by people having died and been kept in "Death and Hell"! (Revelation 20:14) And, if that is so, we can assume that "He who overcometh" (Revelation 2:11) shall enjoy being taken in Yahuah's "First Resurrection" (Revelation 20:6) or "Resurrection of Life"! (John 5:29) And that, indeed, is something to which the one who has overcome Satan's temptations can look forward with great anticipation!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "To him who overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna and will give him a white stone and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he who receiveth it." (Revelation 2:17)

This is an interesting promise, which remains a mystery; for I know of no scripture that explains what "the hidden manna" is nor the "white stone" with "a new name written", which would be a secret between Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and "he who receiveth it". It simply adds to the excitement generated by His promise of a "Resurrection of Life" (John 5:29), in which He would give His righteous children new bodies comparable with that which Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) showed His disciples when He rose from the dead! He said, to His disciples:

Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Handle Me and see! For a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. (Luke 24:39)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "26 He who overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations! 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron! As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers, even as I received of My Father! 28 And I will give him the morning star!" (Revelation 2:26 to 28)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s requirement of persistence in one's walk in His "way" (John 14:6) is shown in this amazing promise; it must be "unto the end", even if one is crucified for it; He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27) Yahuah's rewards are not for the faint of heart! But they are amazing! Think what having "power over the nations" will be like, even to ruling "them with a rod of iron"!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach, through His faithful apostle John: "He who overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment! And I will not blot his name out of the Book of Life! But I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels!" (Revelation 3:5)

John tells us later, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s Bride, that her "fine linen, clean and white ... is the righteousness of saints"! (Revelation 19:8) So we see that "he who overcometh" equals he who has qualified for "our righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25), for which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) requires that one "observe to do all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Verse 25)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s wonderful regard for Moses gives us insight on being "blotted" from His "Book of Life": In a time of Moses's deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his people, He prayed: "Forgive their sin! And, if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of the book that Thou hast written." (Exodus 32:32) But Yahuah replied: "Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book." (Verse 33)

So a time exists between when one has sinned and when by repenting of it he is forgiven of it, when he is spiritually vulnerable! For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has blotted the sinner's name from out of His "Book of Life"! (Revelation 3:5) Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13)

That repentance is so critical to one's place in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s book and kingdom that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) allowed wicked men to torture and crucify Him, to communicate to Yahuah's children how their sin always thrusts painful violence upon Him, Who is innocent and not worthy of that violence! And that is how Yeshua "called" sinners to repentance: He 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)

Overcoming one's temptations by walking faithfully in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "way" (Deuteronomy 28:9) will not only bring the "white raiment" typical of "the righteousness of saints" (Revelation 19:8) and the security of his name in Yahuah's "Book of Life"! (Revelation 3:5); but it also will afford him great honor! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that

whosoever ... shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven! But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:19)

Surely, that is the basis for Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s being willing to "confess" the name of a faithful child "before My Father and before His angels"! (Revelation 3:5)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "Him who overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God! And he shall go no more out! And I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of Heaven from My God: and I will write, upon him, My new name!" (Revelation 3:12)

Most students of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible are familiar with the idea of themselves being "the temple of the Holy Spirit"! For Yahuah gives Him to those who "keep My commandments"! (John 14:15)

But, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has brought Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children to Heaven in His "Resurrection of Life" (John 5:29) to "the temple of My God", it is the other way around! Instead of His Spirit's being in us as one of His human temples, we enter into His glorious temple in Heaven and become so much a part of all that will be happening there for the remainder of eternity that He will see us as being "a pillar in the temple of My God", who "shall go no more out"! And that is a glorious, comforting and exciting prospect!

For Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to say that for the overcomer He will "write upon him the name of My God" is, certainly, an exhalted consideration; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John, of the "hundred forty and four thousand" (Revelation 14:1) with whom students of biblical prophecy are familiar, that they had [will have] "His Father's name written in their foreheads"! (Verse 1) And, of those who would be His servants in "the holy city New Jerusalem" (Revelation 21:2) He also wrote: "They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads!"

John said that He saw "a new Heaven and a new Earth" (Revelation 21:1); and, apparently, to go with that newness, even Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) will have a new name, which He will "write upon" the overcomer, who is in line for so many amazing accommodations!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through His faithful apostle John: "To him who overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne." (Revelation 3:21)

This, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s Seventh Promise to "the seven churches that are in Asia" (Revelation 1:4), is by far the most amazing! He said, in His Fourth Promise, that He would give the overcomer "26 power over the nations! 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron!" (Revelastion 2:26 and 27) Now He is giving the overcoming rulers their place on His "throne"! (Revelation 3:21) How glorious and complete can anyone's destiny be?

Yes, following Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "way" (Deuteronomy 28:9) has its challenges! But for the overcomers who "endure unto the end, the same [not only] shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13) but shall enjoy accommodations, authority and honor beyond anyone's wildest imagination!

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 overcome the worst of temptations!

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 their having overcome and qualified for Your amazing promises through Yeshua and His faithful apostle John!

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.

Amen! Alleluia!

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