Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 May 31

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 May 31

Light of the World

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140531.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 some people call "getting prayed up"!

As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, when He sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16), into the world, to walk among and teach His children, He said, through Yeshua: "I am the light of the world! He who followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life!" (John 8:12) And that was as it should be; He also said, through Yeshua: "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life!" (John 6:63)

But why should that be so? What is this "life" of which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has spoken?

All of us know of what our physical lives consist: We are awake and conscious of ourselves and of our surroundings. We are breathing, feeling and thinking; and we find that we are in the middle of an amazing creation, in which are heavenly bodies, our own Earth being one of them, on which are millions of fascinating creatures!

More importantly, from the earliest moments of our life, we have found ourselves among others like ourselves, some of them caring and nurturing, some of them going about their business, indifferent to who or what we may be!

But with all those things going on in and around us, nothing compares to the voice that is in us of the One Who is always with us. I speak, reverently and with the utmost awe and gratitude, to the voice of Him Who made us; and He has told us, through through His recorder, in His Holy Bible, that He made us "in His own image!" (Genesis 1:27) He said, through His recorder:

27 God created man in His own image! In the image of God created He him; male and female created He them! 28 And God blessed them and ... said, unto them, Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the Earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth.(Genesis 1:27 and 28)

Our kind have been exercising that dominion for untold centuries; and it has brought, to us, any number of benefits and pleasures, while we at the same time we have suffered any number of trials, pains and sorrows!

Furthermore, all but those presently with us have died; and we have had to do something with their bodies, to keep them from offending us in the decomposition that immediately takes place, when something leaves them, which we assume is ourselves or the spirits that we seem to be!

Where we go when we die we have not known, except from what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible have told us about it and from what we have been told by those who have been elsewhere and returned, to tell us what it is like! And we have been grateful, to those informers, for having given us knowledge of what lies elsewhere!

But what Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has told us through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is different! Yeshua was not one of us who for a time had been taken elsewhere and then returned to tell us about it! Rather, He was elsewhere and came to us from that realm, with words informing us of it.

As Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has spoken to us through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), we have likened those words to light, as though turning on a light in a darkened room, enabling us, through our imaginations, to see what is in the room; and considering that, according to His word, this other life is "eternal", as recorded in Mark 10:30; John 3:15; John 5:39; John 6:54; John 10:28 and John 17:2, our attention becomes riveted upon that kind of light, from the moment we first hear about it.

You may have noticed that most of the scriptures I mentioned are from John's Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s activities and words while He was personally among us; and, although Mark gave us one report of Yeshua's reference to "eternal life" (Mark 10:30), we are greatly indebted to John, for His faithfully relaying to us several more times when Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did that through Yeshua, for our "enlightenment"! And there, again, is that comparison to "light' of words that expand our knowledge and understanding of things that lie beyond our present privilege of seeing or traveling!

We are curious people! We love to know not only what is around us but what lies beyond us; and from childhood up we hang on the words of the storytellers, who help us to see and experience that which lies beyond our normal range of activities! And, when the story relates to what even lies beyond this earthly life, we are enthralled, by it, if we are not frightened by it; for another report comes to us, occasionally, by people who have been in the spirit realm but in that part of it that is indeed frightening.

So the question arises: What is the difference? Why are two places or conditions reported to us, both by people who have been there and returned and by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), Who came from there; for He also made several references to the dark side of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s spirit realm, explaining as He did so why Yahuah sends His children's spirits and souls to one place or the other!

In fact, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told a story, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of two men who died, one of them being taken to a place of comfort, the other to a place of torment! He said, through Yeshua:

19 There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and who fared sumptuously every day! 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table! Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried, by the angels, into Abraham's bosom! The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham, afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom! 24 And he cried, saying, Father Abraham, have mercy, on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue! For I am tormented in this flame! (Luke 16:19 to 24)

From Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Holy Bible we learn that this story took place before Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) died and, ascending "on high ... led captivity captive" (Psalm 68:18), receiving "gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them" (Verse 18), which is a prophetic description of His taking Yahuah's dead children from "the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40) to "paradise" (Luke 23:43), where He told the repentant malefactor being crucified next to Him that he would be, when both of them had died!

So, at the time of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s story through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), every man, woman and child who had died was in "the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40), where Yeshua ha Mawshiyach told His disciples He would be when He died, "three days and three nights"! (Verse 40) And Yahuah Hayah's dead children were in either the comfort of "Abraham's bosom" (Luke 16:22) or in "Hell" (Verse 23), where the rich man found himself "in torments"! (Verse 23)

In one of His parables, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) spoke, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of certain of His children being "cast out into outer darkness" (Matthew 8:12), where "there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth"! (Verse 12) In their experiences in both Heaven and Hell, both Richard Eby and Howard Storm spoke of today's Hell as being an experience of horrible darkness and anguish, while both reported Heaven as gloriously beautiful, with colors and sensations of every kind being intensely pleasurable and satisfying!

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has shown His choice to inform His children of these things, so that they can be motivated to "choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19) over the "cursing" of His "death", we having the strange tendency, for whatever reason, to choose actions that bring us death or the pains that lead to it before getting back to the obedience to His "voice ... to observe to do all His commandments", which obedience He requires for one to experience His life.

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of "spirit" and "life" (John 6:63) that He has ever spoken in behalf of His children, whether through Moses or directly through Yeshua, do indeed involve His instruction concerning what brings us His life, both on Earth and in Heaven! And we always associate those words with the light of His heavenly realm as opposed to the darkness of Hell!

Interestingly, having spoken through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of His being "the light of the world" (John 8:12; 9:5), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) then turned that around and spoke of His children as being "the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14), saying: "Ye are the light of the world" (Verse 14) and:

14 A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid! 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house! 16So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven! (Matthew 5:14 to 16)

Glorifying Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in our activities is important! For what we do that is pleasing to Him is, necessarily, in accord with His nature and creation! And that is the behavior on our part that leads to the everlasting light and life that we naturally seek!

On the other hand, behavior on our part that is contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s nature and creation is, by default, in accord with the nature and purpose of Satan, the "Destroyer" (Exodus 12:23) of us and of all that we hold near and dear! So, by Yahuah's "voice" (Deuteronomy 28:1), whether directly in our hearts or through the prophets of His Holy Bible, He gives us direction as to what is pleasing to Him and life-giving to us! And by his voice Satan does likewise, speaking to our minds through his spirits of darkness or to us in our daily affairs, through his servants in the world!

So we ever have before us this critical choice to make! Are we determined to obey Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and glorify Him in all His amazing beauty of creation? Or are we determined to obey Satan and glorify him and all the destruction and sorrow that follows in his path?

Although we ever have Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s voice in our hearts to guide us through the maze of all these considerations, He also has given us, in His Holy Bible, His "everlasting covenant" (Psalm 105:10), which contains His Torah and commandments, which help us know what works and what does not in staying on His path to the light of Heaven!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is a good Creator of all and King over it; and He is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving at all times! But some people have been convinced, by Satan, that Yahuah is not so good; and so the battle for people's hearts wages on, endlessly it seems; and we of this fellowship feel privileged to be called to fight for the light and life of all Yahuah's children, in the darkness that surrounds us, due to the rebellious hearts of so many who believe they are wiser than the One who created 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!

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 know how to enter into Your light and life!

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 knowledge, glory and ecstacy of their walk in Your light and life!

I pray that Yahuah Hayah bless you mightily, throughout the coming week, and that you 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.

1 - Pastor Floyd talks about the names of God used on this website on His page entitled "The Names" of God"

Amen! Alleluia!

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