Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2014 June 07

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2014 June 7

Twelve Legions of Angels

(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20140607.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, He wrote, through His apostle, of the time when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved Son, would be required to obey His "commandment" (John 10:18) that He lay down His life:

47 Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is He! Hold Him fast! 49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Master; and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said, unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they and laid hands, on Jesus, and took Him. 51 And, behold, one of them who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, drew his sword and struck a servant of the high priest's and smote off his ear! 52 Then said Jesus, unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place! For all they who take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?(Matthew 26:47 to 54)

"Legions" is a translation of a word meaning "a Roman regiment"! (Strong: Greek: 3003) The Online Wikipedia tells us that a "Roman legion" consisted of 5,400 conscripts of Roman citizens forced to serve in the Roman army; and 12 times 5,400 is 64,800, which explains the title of my sermon!

In John's account of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s arrest, he shows why Yeshua's reference to commanding angels had great meaning! He wrote:

3 Having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, Judas then cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons! 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM! 6 As soon then as He had said unto them, I AM, they went backward and fell to the ground! (John 18:3 to 6)

Interestingly, "I AM" is the name for Himself that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave Moses, when He called Moses to deliver the children of Israel! He said, "Thus shalt thou say, unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me, unto you." (Exodus 3:14)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) is the "Word" (John 1:1) and "express image" (Hebrews 1:3) of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)! Yeshua said: "He who hath seen Me hath seen the Father!" (John 14:6) and "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!" (John 12:49) "Before Abraham was I AM!" (John 8:58)

When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) drew my attention to this passage describinging the power He had given Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) over so many angels, the questions came to me: "With that's being the case, why was Yeshua prevented, by the Father, from exercising His amazing power? Why was the horrible incident of Yeshua's abuse to death by "His own" (John 1:11) an indispensible part of Yahuah's will for Yeshua and His children?

In past sermons I have given attention to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s explanation through His author of what the "atonement" (Leviticus 17:11; Numbers 15:28) of Yahuah's Torah accomplishes in the "conscience" (Hebrews 9:9 and 14) of His children, to "make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience" (Verse 9) and "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God"! (Verse 14) But this time Yahuah showed me an even deeper significance to this part of His will for the children of Israel!

Anyone not buried in the delusional protection of denial concerning the wickedness of men against men in this generation knows, from innumerable accounts on the Internet, that the virtually complete victimization of the world's people by the wealthy elite, who are determined to kill them and reserve the Earth's resources for themselves, has reached an astounding climax allowing for little more abomination without virtually exterminating mankind! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved! But for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:22)

The assessments of scientists concerning the condition of our world under the plundering of the greedy corporations run by the servants of Satan determined to destroy most of mankind seem to confirm Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s prophetic word that the world would come to this sad state, while the technology by which to care for mankind's needs abundantly and with no adverse effects on the environment has been in place for years, deliberately stymied by those who have controlled the economies of the nations!

Still, we are obliged to recognize that "the judgments of Yahuah are true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9) In His torah Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) warned, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses, that the failure of His people to hearken to His voice would result in their being destroyed! (Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68) So why are we so surprised that all these depravations and hardships are upon the people who obviously are not listening to their Creator's voice!

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s mention of the number of angels He could summon to do His bidding should He choose to call upon them demonstrates the sovereignty He enjoys as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s beloved "word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son"! (John 3:16) And, while showing that power under Yahuah, He also was making clear His restraint not to misuse it or use it in a way of which Yahuah would not approve!

We, too, have been given authority on Earth. Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) called it our having "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth". (Genesis 1:28) And, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) was with His disciples in person, Yahuah taught them, through Yeshua, how to use their dominion; He said, through Yeshua:

22 Have faith in God! 23 Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith! 24 What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22 to 24)

The power vested in us through the dominion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, His beloved children, is far more than token! For we ourselves do not go around moving mountains! Obviously, ha Kodesh Ruach, Yahuah's Holy Spirit, does the moving; and He is the same power Who has shown the entire creation to us, whenever Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) has spoken the word of the Father to manifest that amazing creation! But, like Yeshua, we should be careful how we use that power. Yahuah said, through Yeshua:

21 Not every one who saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven but he who doeth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven. 22 Many will say, to Me, in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in thy Name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess, unto them, I never knew you: depart, from Me, ye who work iniquity! (Matthew 7:21 to 23)

The only requirement for success in one's use of his powerful dominion is that he "believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"! (Mark 11:23) So that puts, upon us, a great responsibility to use that power rightly, without which restraint we get into a lot of trouble!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s requirement for success with Him is that we believe in doing His will! And He reveals His will both with His voice in our hearts and with His words through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses and through Yeshua directly, as He has faithfully recorded them through His prophets and apostles!

These fundamental concerns being true, Satan, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s enemy and ours, has long been aware that the most effective way to destroy us, grieve Yahuah and give Satan pleasure before he is put into the pit and the Lake of Fire, is to corrupt our understanding of Yahuah's will, to where, not doing it, we are doing things not p[easing to Him and ending up in the Lake of Fire ourselves! The "Lake of Fire" (Revelation 20:15), by the way, is the "everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels"! (Matthew 25:41)

By appearing to him as "an angel of light" (2nd Corinthians 11:14), in "Arabia" (Galatians 1:17), the territory of "Ishmael" (Genesis 17:20), with whom Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s covenant would not be (Verse 19), Satan found a willing servant in the person of Paul, who, believing he was doing God a favor, spread, to the world of his day, a corrupt understanding of why Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) laid down His life in obedience to the Father, which corruption became the prevailing doctrine of the Christian world, thus making Yeshua's amazing sacrifice of Himself to little avail, except among a few who somehow managed to escape that pernicious indoctrination!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet: "Yahuah is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable!" (Isaiah 42:21) And one is not surprised, at that pleasure; for having the right kind of "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20) is the key to one's entering "into the kingdom of Heaven" (Verse 20), which is the last place Satan wants anyone to be taken when he or she dies!

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) offers that critical "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) in His Torah or law, giving as the way to obtain it one's observing or putting a value on doing "all these commandments before Yahuah, our God"! (Verse 25)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) warned, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), that "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!" So in obedience to his "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) from "Arabia" (Verse 17), Paul taught: "Ye could not be justified by the law of Moses" (Acts 13:39), offering instead a "righteousness of God without the law" (Romans 3:21) and saying " that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law". (Verse 28)

In fact, so far as Paul and his "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) were concerned, "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6) had no more value to him than "dung"! (Verse 8) So he taught his followers to believe that "ye are not under the law" (Romans 6:14; Galatians 5:18), that "ye also are become dead to the law" (Romans 7:4), that "we are delivered from the law". (Verse 6)

So what was this "righteousness of God without the law"? (Romans 3:21) It was Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s "righteousness" (Verse 26); and who would argue that Yeshua was not righteous, in that He was "without sin"? (Hebrews 4:15) But what has that to do with the "righteousness" (Matthew 5:20) that one of us must have to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven"? (Verse 20)

Paul spoke of our "24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins!" (Romans 3:24 and 25)

That is a mouthful! And we are going to have to look at it carefully; because it is a trap, which if believed robs one of "the righteousness that is in the law" (Philippians 3:6), with which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said He is "well pleased" (Isaiah 42:21) but which Paul regarded as "dung"! (Philippians 3:8)

What did Paul mean, that we are "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"? (Romans 3:24) The key word in that claim is "redemption", which means a "ransom"! (Strong: Greek: 629) So one is to believe that Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's sacrifice of Himself was to pay for the release of someone.

We must then compare that with the next part of Paul's claim, that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) "God ... set forth to be a propitiation"! (Romans 3:25) The word "propitiation" means "an atoning victim" (Strong: Greek: 2435) So we see Paul's relating Yeshua's sacrifice of Himself with the atonement that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) offered through Yeshua through Moses in His Torah or law!

When the sinner sacrificed the lamb that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) required for His atonement, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses: "It shall be forgiven him." (Numbers 15:28) And who is to say that was not a desirable result?

Being forgiven a sin for having sacrificed a lamb is the result of the sinner's having shown by bringing the lamb that he had sinned and that he was indeed sorry for having done it; It was a step toward being regarded by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) as having the "righteousness" (Deuteronomy 6:25) by which to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20), which is obtained by one's observing or putting a value on "to do all these commandments"! (Deuteronomy 6:25)

But Paul taught that even for one to be "circumcised" (Galatians 5:2) as a part of his obedience to Yahuah Hayah's Torah "Christ shall profit you nothing"! (Verse 2) So obedience to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was spurned as the way to be saved, in which case what is?

Paul said that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s role as "a propitiation" (Romans 3:25) is only "through faith in His blood" (Verse 25) to be the "redemption" (Verse 24) or payment of a "ransom" (Strong: Greek: 629) that Paul claims was the purpose of its being shed! In other words, "all have sinned" (Verse 23) and "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23); so, in Paul's mind, all had death coming, for which Yeshua's death paid "the ransom" in place of the death that was due all mankind!

But that ignores Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s way of replacing "death" (Deuteronomy 30:19) with His ""life, which was that the sinner "observe" (Deuteronomy 6:25) or put a value on doing "all these commandments" (Verse 25), which would be "our righteousness"! (Verse 25)

So, if Paul's teaching was wrong, what, then, is the right understanding of the purpose of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s shedding His own blood? He said, of the wine He asked His disciples to drink: "This is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins!"

But Paul, too, said that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s being "a propitiation" (Romans 3:25) was "for the remission of sins" (Verse 25); so what was the difference?

The difference is that Paul's offering "faith in His [Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's] blood" (Romans 3:25) as the "ransom" or payment for one's having sinned makes of no effect Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s purpose for commanding Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to lay down His life; and to learn that purpose, one need only pay attention to what Yeshua said it was; He 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)

46Had 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)

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (John 3:16)

If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments! (Matthew 19:17)

"Thy law is the truth" (Psalm 119:142); and "all Thy commandments are truth." (Verse 151)

"To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth!" (John 18:37)

For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth! (John 17:19)

So, by His own words, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) established that the purpose of His going to the cross was that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s children "might be sanctified through the truth"! But what is that truth? Paul called Yeshua ha Mawshiyach's sacrifice a "propitiation" (Romans 3:25) or the suffering of an atoning victim; and, so far as I know, no scriptural basis for questioning that interpretation exists! But there the corollation between Paul's explanation and Yahuah's through Yeshua ends!

Because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement in His Torah resulted in the sinner's being forgiven, the easy assumption was made that somehow the lamb's suffering and death "paid" for the sinner's sin, to where Yahuah could forgive the sinner; but that has proved to be a troublesome assumption, due in part to David's prayer concerning His own sin; he prayed:

16 Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit! A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise! (Psalm 51:17)

If the performance of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement results in the sinner's forgiveness and if the "broken and ... contrite heart" is that of a sinner worthy of being forgiven, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that a lamb's being bled to death before the sinner as a result of his having sinned could possibly break and make contrite the sinner's heart!

David's insight into his own sin is helpful also in his praying, "Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight!" (Psalm 51:4) So the suffering and death of the innocent lamb in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement can be seen to represent His own suffering and death in His Spirit's being in the victim of the sinner!

So, rather than the shedding of blood being the thing enabling Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to forgive, His atonement can be seen to break and make contrite the heart of the sinner to where Yahuah can forgive him; and - Surely enough! - we find Him writing through His author that the sacrifices of His atonement were "a figure for the time then present ... that could not make him who did the service perfect as pertaining to the conscience"! (Hebrews 9:9)

The atonement violating lambs may have fallen short of perfection in affecting the sinner's "conscience"; but affecting it certainly was the object of violating the lamb in the sight of the sinner! One's "conscience" means one's "moral consciousness" (Strong: Greek: 4893); and that is what one believes is right or wrong! And a perfect sense of right and wrong can only be gained by hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "voice ... to observe to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1)

So the ultimate object of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s atonement is to break and make contrite the sinner's heart to return him to keeping the commandments of Yahuah's Torah or law! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "I am ... come to call ... sinners to repentance!" (Matthew 9:13)

To "repent" (Matthew 4:17) means to "think differently"! (Strong: Greek: 3340) And "sin is the transgression of the law!" (1st John 3:4) So Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) came to cause sinners to think differently about breaking the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s Torah or law!

But with Paul's interpreting Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)'s sacrificing of Himself as paying a "redemption" (Romans 3:24) or "ransom" (Strong: Greek: 629) for the sinner, to free him from having to die because of his sin, no motivation to hearken to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s "voice ... to observe to do all these commandments" (Deuteronomy 28:1) is given! And the true purpose of Yahuah's atonement is lost, whether by violating the lamb or seeing Yeshua's having been violated. Of Yeshua's suffering and death, 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 Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s explanation through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of the purpose of Yeshua's being "the Lamb of God" (John 1:29) magnified "the law and made it honorable" (Isaiah 42:21), as Yahuah said through His prophet that He would do, while Paul's explanation of Yeshua's sacrificing Himself dimishes the law and makes it dishonorable, particularly in its having made claims that Paul came along and refuted, making the heart of Yahuah's Torah or law, which is its offer of "life" and "blessing" (Deuteronomy 30:19), an outrageous lie along with Yeshua's words, which made believing Yahuah's law a condition for believing Him! (John 5:46 and 47)

Receiving from Paul the notion that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s words through Moses and and through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) cannot be believed, one cannot receive the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28; Mark 11:22 and 24) offered by Yahuah to His children; and with that disbelief goes the opportunity we have to move mountains or command angels, for that matter, if Yahuah uses them in the fulfillment of our faithful use of the marvelous dominion He has given us; so perhaps you can understand why I get on the subject of Paul's doctrinal atrocities, every so often, and do the best I can to show why his "Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:12) was the "liar" (John 8:44) and we well advised to avoid him and cling mightily to Yahuah through Yeshua, Who is with us to this day! (Matthew 28:20)

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 even to command angels!

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 prospect of turning the world upside down, if necessary, to get its people back to the amazing priveleges we have as sons and daughters of You, the Creator of all and the King over it.

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.

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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