Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 May 14

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 May 14

The Shining Righteous

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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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, He told, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), a parable concerning tares being sown among seeds intended to produce wheat! Then

36 His disciples came, unto Him, saying, Declare, unto us, the parable of the tares! 37 He answered and said, unto them: (Matthew 13:36 and 37)

37 He who soweth the good seed is the Son of man! 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom! But the tares are the children of the wicked one. 39 The enemy that sowed them is the Devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels! 40 As the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world! 41 The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather, out of His kingdom, all things that offend and them who do iniquity 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire! There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth! 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth, as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father! Who hath ears to hear, let him hear! (Matthew 13:37 to 43)

This parable was always impressive, to me, whenever I encountered it; but I have learned, from Brother Howard Storm, in his wonderful testimony of having been both to Hell and then to Heaven (My Descent into Death - A Second Chance at Life), that the righteous are shining forth "as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father" even now! He wrote:

Jesus called out in a musical tone to some of the luminous entities radiating from the great center. Several came and circled around us. The radiance emanating from them contained exquisite colors of a range and intensity far exceeding anything I had seen before. It was like looking at the iridescence in the deep brilliance of a diamond. We simply do not have the words to express their beauty. When you look into a bright light, the intensity hurts your eyes. These beings were far brighter than the most powerful searchlight, yet I could look at them with no sense of discomfort. In fact, their radiance penetrated me; I could feel it inside me and through me, and it made me feel wonderful. It was ecstasy. These were the saints and angels. (32214000 Howard Storm's Gospel - Page 3)

Interestingly, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has already told us the similarity between an angel and one of His righteous children in Heaven! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are as the angels of God in Heaven!" (Matthew 22:30)

One can find, in the New Testament, prophecies that relate to "the end of the world"; and Yeshua"s Parable of the Tares contains one of them; so "the end of the world" appears to be certain! But "the end of the world" comes, for each child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), when that child dies and his or her soul and spirit are taken, either to Heaven or to Hell! Brother Howard has given us an idea of what "the saints and angels" are like in Heaven; and, by his amazing description of them, we can know that they are, indeed, "shining forth"!

This of course is further incentive to live by the requirement that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) holds for any child of His to be righteous and taken to Heaven!

An agnostic I know looks, with contempt, on people "doing good" so that they can go to Heaven, believing rightly that people should do good because it is good - because it brings good results! But I fail to see what his problem is with going to Heaven being one of those results; at least that idea is not a problem for me!

But for the agnostic, admitting that anyone goes to Heaven requires that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), the God of all creation, be acknowledged, Who is the One Who has told us about both Heaven and Hell in His "Holy Bible", which the agnostic refuses to believe, not to mention the testimonies of people who have been to both Heaven and Hell and then returned, such as Brothers Richard Eby and Howard Storm, whom the agnostic also refuses to believe.

For the unbelieving agnostic, life is hard! Since he regards the God of the bible, the bible itself and all the promises in it as unbelievable, he must get along as best he can without the benefit of his God's help, Who has based all His benefits above and beyond mere existing on whether or not His child is believing! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

28 Believe ye that I am able to do this? 29 According to your faith be it unto you. (Matthew 9:28 and 29)

God is a vital part of the agnostic's life, whether he wants to acknowledge that fact or not! He cannot draw a single breath without Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) amazing functioning in all the things He does through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to keep His creation being a creation and developing into what He wants for it; He wrote, through His author, of Yeshua,

Who being the brightness of His glory and the Express Image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high! (Hebrews 1:3)

Another place in the same book shows, more specifically, what was meant by "purged our sins"; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) 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)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) being tortured and killed the way He was affected deeply some of those who saw it and some of those who have heard about it since! Even "when the centurion and they who were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54)

When someone has seen what "sin" did to so wonderful a man, Who had revealed Himself as "the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18), false excuses for sin fall away or are "purged" from that witness's "conscience"! And he or she is ready to "repent" (Matthew 4:17) of wrongdoing or "think differently" (Strong: Greek: 3340) about breaking the commandments of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) Torah or law through Moses!

Such a person can then "observe to do [or put a value on] all these commandments before Yahuah, our God" (Deuteronomy 6:25), which repentance then causes Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) to see him as having "our righteousness" (Verse 25), which is Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requirement to "enter into the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 5:20) and "shine forth, as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father"! (Matthew 13:43)

These considerations help us to appreciate what a glorious state of being Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "righteousness" is! People who can see spiritual things have told how even while we are on Earth, the halo's of people living righteously extend far out around themselves, in contrast to unbelievers, whose halo's are dim and limited to themselves!

Yahuah's pleasure in His believing and grateful children shows in amazing ways! Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke, to Brother Howard, of the world-saving result of his loving the person he is with! Indeed, a loving person cannot so much as enter a room without the spirits of people present in the room sensing the uplifting effect of that entrance! So we do not live only to ourselves! We have an important impact on the lives of others around us merely by the effect of our presence among them.

We can easily understand why Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "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)

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) also said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "14 Ye are the light of the world! 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 who are in the house! 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven!" (Matthew 5:14 to 16)

I had always thought of the "light" that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) that I am in the figurative sense, that my "light" should show through my "good works"! But we now can appreciate that the light we are when we are loving and obeying Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, also, a literal light, which may be spiritual; but it is, still, a magnificent light, which can be seen and appreciated in Yahuah's spirit realm and well sensed while we are yet in His physical realm!

Brother Howard lived to tell how dark Hell is, where the glorious light of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) and His children is frightfully absent! Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) told, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), of "a certain king who made a marriage for his son"! (Matthew 22:2)

11 And, when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless! 13 Then said the king, to the servants, Bind him, hand and foot, take him away and cast him into outer darkness! There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth! 14 For many are called, but few are chosen! (Matthew 22:11 to 14)

This being a parable told by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), our Creator and King, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), our Brother, Friend, King, Savior and Redeemer, we should look carefully into why indeed the "few" are "chosen"; and we find that His choosing us is based upon our choosing Him and the "life" (John 14:6) that He said He is! He said, through Moses: "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!" (Deuteronomy 30:19)

46 Set your hearts, unto all the words that I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law! 47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life! (Deuteronomy 32:46 and 47)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke, of "these little ones who believe in Me"! (Matthew 18:6) But He also spoke of him who would "offend" (Verse 6) or tempt them to sin, saying of him: "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged, about his neck, and that he were drowned, in the depth of the sea!"

That violence speaks of how greatly Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) hates the misbehavior of anyone's misleading "one of these little ones who believe in Me", which is how all of us, His beloved children, begin our life on Earth! He wrote, through His psalmist:

9 Thou art He who took me out of the womb! Thou didst make me hope, when I was upon my mother’s breasts! 10 I was cast upon Thee from the womb! Thou art my God from my mother’s belly! (Psalm 22:9 and 10)

But, when the "offense" or temptation comes from the servants of "the Devil" (John 8:44), who "is a liar and the father of it" (Verse 44), many of us join the ranks of those who stop believing and so are not "chosen", leaving only the "few", who either never did accept Satan's lies or, having done so, got them purged from their "conscience" (Hebrews 9:14) before being challenged by the King, Who has His unchosen children bound and "cast into outer darkness" (Matthew 22:13) or throws them out of the garden, as Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did with Adam and Eve when they sinned by breaking His commandment to them.

The agnostics have a field day with the idea of a God Who will put His children on a planet and turn a devil loose on them to tempt them with lies and then cast them out when they dare to believe and follow the lies, which an agnostic I know indignantly criticizes, saying "I did everything in my power to help my child know the truth about life."

But Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "I am the way, the truth and the life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (John 14:6) And way back in Moses' time, this same Yeshua invited His children to "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments "! (Deuteronomy 28:1) His children have never been without that "voice" in their spirits! They have always had the choice of which voice to follow!

What we children of limited understanding cannot get through our heads is that, although the welfare of each child of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is important to Him, of greater importance is the fulfillment of Himself as a righteous Creator! And those who choose to look upon Him and His righteousness with contempt will end up "on the outside looking in"! It is that simple!

Personal responsibility is high on Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) list of priorities for His children. Though He loves them, He will not compromise and leave that requirement out of His requirement for their salvation!

"Outside" is dark - very dark; it is the last place our loving Father in Heaven wants us to be! But He will put us there, if that is our choice! He has left it entirely up to us!

Ironically, the agnostic who is so critical of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) requiring personal responsibility from His children to continue their relationship with Him is himself quite hard on neighbors of his who fail to keep their end of a bargain; and that is, of course, to be expected! The agnostic right along with the rest of us was made "in the image of God"! (Genesis 1:27)

Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His faithful apostle, of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "4 In Him was life! And the life was the light of men! 5 The light shineth in darkness! And the darkness comprehended it not! 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John! 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe! 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light, 9 Who was the true Light, Who lighteth every man who cometh into the world!" (John 1:4 to 9)

And what a light we become!

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 Light and of how they become glorious examples of that Light!

Father, 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; and I believe I "receive" (Mark 11:24) a family of brothers and sisters who are rejoicing over the Light of You that they share, when they love You and serve You to the best of their ability!

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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