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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2015 June 27
Yahuah Hayah's Alleged War Crimes
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.honorhislaw.com/Sabbath20150627.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 led me to review the writings of Moses; and I found, in them, a profound sadness that I knew was there but had never done anything about it; I had simply ignored it. But I believe Yahuah Hayah wants me to deal with it, at this time; and it is not going to be pleasant, for you or for me!
Still, I believe that before we are through with the sermon, you will find Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "mercy" and "lovingkindness" (Psalm 51:1) saving the day, bringing the immeasurable relief and refreshing of ha Kodesh (the Holy) Ruach (Spirit), His wonderful "Comforter" (John 14:16) and "Spirit of truth"! (Verse 17; John 16:13)
Despite our wickedness, we who are “evil” (Matthew 7:11) have developed international law by which to govern the conduct of nations at war! And one of our “rules of war” is that civilians not be willfully harmed! Those shown in an international court to have been responsible for the holocaust against the Jews in World War II were executed! But according to Yahuah Hayah's Holy Bible, the God of Moses had no such reservations! And I offer the following scriptures, to show you what I mean:
The things that stands out for me in this passage is Yahuah Hayah's saying that, if His children fail to execute the judgment that He had ordered for the inhabitants of the promised land for all their wickedness, rebellion and worship of false gods, He would turn, upon the children of Israel, and execute, upon them, the judgment that He had in mind for such wickedness in the other people.
Some of us are familiar with the wartime policy in our military, which says, "Kill the enemy, or we will execute you for disobeying orders!"
Let us continue our review of Moses' recounting what Yahuah Hayah told him, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
As I was reading this, I saw myself as an Israeli soldier, going from house to house and running my sword through the hearts of "the men, women and little ones of every city"! And I was horrified, to see the terror on the faces of those waiting for my move to kill them; and I was overwhelmed, to hear the screams of those whom I was killing and those having to watch it.
But we are far from through! Moses continues to review the amazingly savage aggression of his people:
Here I watched, in the Spirit, more mass murdering of "men, women and children" throughout sixty cities; and I was overwhelmed with the grief and abomination of it all! The leaders in those cities had led their people in the worship of false gods and in grievous practices presumably required by those gods; it is all their people had known! And now they were being violently killed for what they had been led to do! And I could not absorb the cruel arbitrariness with which that deadly violence had been thrust upon those people.
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) continues His commanding the children of Israel through Moses:
I could not help asking myself: Should the children of Israel "sin against Yahuah" in emulation of the people already in the land, despite knowing what His Torah or law through Moses says and all that He had done among them to show His power, authority and worthiness to be obeyed, would it not be time to deal with them rather than with the Gentiles, who had known no other conduct throughout their entire lives? He included such provisions in His Torah through Moses! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
But we have more to go, learning of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) vicious judgment upon the inhabitants of Canaan:
By now, I believe it should be evident to you, that should this utterly vicious, deadly and relentless treatment of the inhabitants of Canaan indeed have been by the commandment of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), He is guilty, by our corrupted and "evil" standards, of having the children of Israel commit what we call "war crimes"!
Understandably, in dealing with one who shall "6 entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods ... 8 thou shalt not consent, unto him, nor hearken, unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him." (Deuteronomy 13:6 to 8) But how many among the Canaanites or their associated peoples would be ones to do that, particularly were they to be taught to know what the child of Israel was taught?
Many years before any of this abomination was thought of, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, to Abraham: "In thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed!" (Genesis 22:18) Is this wholesale slaughter of them to be considered part of that blessing?
When Moses tarried on Mount Sinai with Yahuah Hayah for more days than the children of Israel had patience, they asked Aaron to make a golden calf to worship, of which they lied, "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt!" (Exodus 32:4) This so distressed Moses, when he finally did come down, that he broke the tablets on which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had written the Ten Commandments!
Moses was of the tribe of Levi! And it seems, by this account, that rather than a test of loyalty to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), Moses' challenge separated to him only those of his own tribe, indicating that the choice of the people in that situation was a matter of tribal loyalty rather than of faithfulness to Yahuah Hayah; and I am having a difficult time accepting the idea that such faithfulness existed only among the Levites!
At any rate, why I bring up this particular instance is to show that in it Moses at least had the presence of mind to make a challenge that would separate to him, by the voluntary choice of the people, those who could be spared from Yahuah Hayah's wrath of that moment! So those people who were "on Yahuah's side" could be spared!
It could be argued that a similar challenge to the inhabitants of "the land of Canaan" (Exodus 6:4) for the sake of a similar fairness would not work, in view of the darkness in which they had been brought up! But, then, that brings up another perfectly proper question: If Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had so marvelously empowered His children of Israel to be victorious over the Canaanites and all the other inhabitants He mentioned along with them time and again, why would the children of Israel not have been therefore in a position to teach these inhabitants Who and What Yahuah Hayah is and of what His covenant, Torah and law through Moses consists, so that they could respond appropriately to a challenge given them as to "who is on Yahuah's side"? (Exodus 32:26)
But, then, that gives rise to another question: What would be a fair period of time in which to educate the Canaanites and the other inhabitants of their land before making them decide on pain of death whose side they are on?" And that gives rise to the next pressing question: When would a challenge "on pain of death" ever be appropriate?
The harsh judgment of people among the children of Israel who dared to entice their neighbors to worship and serve false gods (Deuteronomy 13:6 to 10) was brought down presumably upon people who were supposed to know better. When could it reasonably be assumed that the Canaanites and their brethren knew better?
A fair administration of such matters could only be achieved by taking into custody offenders of this kind and ascertaining what the basis of their unfaithfulness to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) was! It would have to be ascertained whether or not the offender did "know better" - whether his defection was based upon ignorance or upon willful disregard for what he did know of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law through Moses.
In several places of the Torah relating to His "atonement" Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made a careful distinction between "the soul who sinneth ignorantly" (Numbers 15:28), for whom His atonement was intended, and "the soul who doeth ought presumptuously" (Verse 30), for whom Yahuah Hayah offered no atonement, saying:
With this careful distinction being made in behalf of the children of Israel, why would such a careful God not be even more careful in behalf of those whose birth among a Gentile people virtually guaranteed his or her sinning "ignorantly"?
So from where did the idea of slaughtering the ignorant come?
In our day, we have heard of "ethnic cleansing", the abominable idea of removing an entire people from existence within an area where super intolerance of another people is entertained! And we are utterly revolted by the idea and the practice!
It certainly did not come from Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) ministry of peace through Yeshua ha Mawshiyach! When He sent Yeshua to walk, teach, die and arise among the children of Israel!
When Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to walk, teach, die and arise among the children of Israel, He said, through Yeshua:
At the same time, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47)
So what I find myself being told, here, is that, if I do not believe that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told through Moses the children Israel to kill every man, woman and child among the Canaanites and all the people with them in the land of Canaan, who certainly were their enemies, I cannot believe Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) in His commanding "the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24) to love not only their neighbors but their enemies!
Does that make sense? Or am I missing something here?
I believe what possibly is missing in this picture is the difference that "eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12) through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) made upon His children, when Yeshua finally did obtain it by allowing wicked men to kill Him and shed His blood in the most amazing atonement of all time!
In view of the radical difference that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "eternal redemption" did make, when Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) finally did obtain it, I can appreciate why Yahuah Hayah has had me focus so often upon His redemption in recent weeks! He knew that preparation would enable His children in our fellowship to see that, although His judgments are painful and administered with steel-jawed finality, they are, still, "true and righteous, altogether"! (Psalm 19:9)
From the time of the redemption on, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children have been taken either to Heaven or Hell upon losing their physical bodies, to where they "were redeemed from the Earth" (Revelation 14:3) and "were redeemed from among men" (Verse 4), whereas before that time all of them, whether righteous or wicked, were detained in "the heart of the Earth" (Matthew 12:40) as "the spirits in prison"! (1st Peter 3:19), where "Lazarus" (Luke 16:20) and "the rich man" (Verse 22) went, upon dying, and where the rich man had his interesting exchange with "Abraham" (Verse 23), Abraham's providing his "bosom" (Verse 23) for Lazarus, the rich man's being "in Hell ... in torments"! (Verse 23)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin! But now they have no cloak for their sin." (John 15:22) and "If I had not done among them the works that none other man did, they had not had sin! But now have they both seen and hated both Me and My Father!" (Verse 24)
Comparing these sayings to the information that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Holy Bible gives us about His "redemption", we can deduce that "not had sin" relates to not being responsible for going to either to Heaven or to Hell! For, prior to Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) obtaining Yahuah Hayah's "eternal redemption", both His dead righteous and wicked went only to "the heart of the Earth"!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew that the "rebellious" (Psalm 68:18) Canaanites and their fellow inhabitants when killed by the children of Israel would only go to "the heart of the Earth" to await the opportunity He would be providing to make the critical choice between accepting Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and His words of "spirit" and "life" (John 6:63) or rejecting Him and the "truth" to which He would "bear witness" (John 18:37) on His cross, when he would preach "unto the spirits in prison" (1st Peter 3:19), showing them the nailprints in His hands and feet and how terrible sin is to bring such suffering and death upon their Father in Heaven!
For "the spirits in prison" this would fulfill Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) mission to "call ... sinners to repentance"! (Matthew 9:13) Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) knew that, if the Canaanites and their fellow inhabitants in the land were killed under His terrible judgment upon them, they eventually would have this amazing opportunity to decide in the light of the clearest expression of Yahuah Hayah's truth concerning sin that the world would ever see whether they would repent of their wickedness or suffer the fate of the intractably rebellious, which was to be left behind, "in the heart of the Earth" when Yahuah Hayah's righteous children, whether old or new, would be taken "on high" (Psalm 68:18) to "Paradise"! (Luke 23:43)
Whether you and I would prefer to have seen the Canaanites and their fellow inhabitants of the land be treated more considerately, understanding the critical difference that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "eternal redemption" made to mankind's spiritual options adds an element of fairness to the picture that I find to be most comforting! In His amazing wisdom and foresight, He was leaving no one out, when it came to His children's knowing the truth by which they could be saved, regardless of how corrupt and misleading their background and experience may have been while alive on Earth!
But ever since Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) did obtain "eternal redemption for us" (Hebrews 9:12), Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children have had "no cloak for their sin" (John 15:22), leaving them responsible for what they decide while alive on Earth and subject to being taken directly either to Heaven or to Hell when they lose their physical bodies! And, in my view, this explains why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s teaching through Yeshua so strongly emphasized the importance of loving even one's enemies, saying, to His disciples: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) and commanding them to "19go ... teach all nations ... 20 ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"! (Matthew 28:19 and 20)
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) sent Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) via the cross, Who then told them "Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple!" (Luke 14:27) So being a "disciple" of Yeshua is a ministry in behalf of all Yahuah's children in their present spiritual vulnerability, having "no cloak for their sin" (John 15:22) and required to "repent: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand"! (Matthew 4:17) And "it is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish"! (Matthew 18:14)
"Repentance" (Matthew 9:13) is needful for "sinners"! (Verse 13) and "sin is the transgression of the law"! (1st John 3:4) So salvation is about returning to being "one of these little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said; because "except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven"! (Verse 3)
Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, of Moses: "If ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" (John 5:47) because His words would "magnify the law and make it honorable"! (Isaiah 42:21) He said: "Woe, unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law - judgment, mercy and faith! These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone!"
How about "mercy" and the terrible judgment that Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM) commanded through Moses be brought down by the swords of His children of Israel?
The problem is that we do not know what Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM) may well have done to bring knowledge of His torah, law and righteousness to the rebellious sons and daughters of Noah! According to His Holy Bible, all people on Earth came from Noah and his wife and his three sons and their wives! And Yahuah said, to Noah, "Thee have I seen righteous, before Me, in this generation!" (Genesis 7:1) So to have become as wicked as He described them as being, His children on Earth had turned their backs on the example and teaching of their father Noah!
By the geneologies Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM) provided through His recorder (Genesis 5), we know that before Noah died Yahuah Hayah already had brought Abraham into the world, of whom Yahuah Hayah said: "Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My law!" (Genesis 26:5)
So Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law was there, on Earth, even before He had Moses write it down! He wrote, of it, through His psalmist:
Job judged Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM), in his time of suffering, only to have Yahuah ask Job, from "the whirlwind" (Job 38:1): "Where wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the Earth?" (Verse 4)
For good reason Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Judge not, that ye be not judged!" (Matthew 7:1) And, although the temptation to judge Him is strong, at times, I believe it wise to leave judging to Him Who "knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8) and all the circumstances that have gone into bringing the hearts of His children into the sad state they invariably become in the absence of His "words" of "spirit" and "life"! (John 6:63)
Do you believe that I have addressed in this sermon only that which is past and of questionable significance to us who must cope with conditions as they presently are for us?
Consider the vision that Yahuah (Self-Existent) Hayah (I AM) gave John through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) of "to show unto His servants things that must shortly come to pass"! (Revelation 1:1) John wrote, of Yeshua:
The "armies" who "followed Him" were "clothed in fine linen, white and clean"! The fine linen is "the righteousness of saints"! (Revelation 19:8) But John described those "saints" as being "armies"! What do you suppose "armies" do, under a General Who "should smite the nations"? Do you believe, for one moment, they will be sitting around with their arms folded?
As the saying goes, You haven't seen anything yet! What took place under Moses' leadership will look like child's play compared to the "rod of iron" yet to be seen under "the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"!
If you are getting tired of the way the world has gone and is increasingly going each day of our present lives, how do you think Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) feels about all that? He waited, until His judgment upon the inhabitants of Canaan had reached the brim of His Cup of Indignation! And then He poured it out upon them, through His righteous children; and that was only a dress rehearsal of what we shall see when He returns through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)!
There are those who believe that threats in the bible are, merely, the work of religious leaders trying to get people to do what they want them to do. Is a sign reading "Bridge Out Ahead" a "threat" or a loving effort to keep the traveler from falling off the cliff?
Those who are hearing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in their hearts know the answer to that question. But those who are listening to the wrong voices will invariably misread everything Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah has done, to provide the way by which His children can be fulfilled according to His magnificent desire 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 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.
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