Thoughts for the Sabbath of 2016 October 8

Do you know what Faith Harvest Israel was thinking on this Sabbath?

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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2016 October 8

Yeshua's Sword

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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, He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ): "Think not that I am come to send peace on Earth: I came not to send peace but a sword!" (Matthew 10:34)

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, the daughter against her mother and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law! 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household! (Matthew 10:35 and 36)

That is really strange; because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His prophet, that one of the names of the coming special "child" and "son" would be "The Prince of Peace"! (Isaiah 9:6) So I believe that to be on the safe side one had best understand that He came to bring both "peace" and "a sword", according to what one has decided to do about Him, that His saying "I came not to send peace" was a truth depending again upon "what one has decided to do about Him"; Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist:

7 A thousand shall fall, at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand! But it shall not come nigh thee! 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked! (Psalm 91:7 and 8)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17) And He was talking about "eternal life". (Verse 16)

The other side of that coin is that one's failing to "keep" or put a value on "the commandments" of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) torah or law through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses is to suffer Yahuah's "death" and "cursing" (Deuteronomy 30:19); so He was talking, there, about a matter of "life" and "death"! (Verse 19) And a matter of such grave importance as that cannot help but arouse passions in the people trying to deal with them, so much so that under the wrong spirit they end up killing over them; and wars waged over religious issues have ravaged one people after another for so long as mankind has been on Earth!

Anticipating this religious anarchy, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) commanded, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His followers to "love your enemies"! And, to show what He meant, He commanded Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) to "lay down" His "life" (John 10:17), by letting His enemies have their way with Him; and, when He came back from the terrible death of that ordeal, He told His disciples: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21) And the amazing thing is that He preceded that commandment with the prayer: "Peace be unto you."

So, although obedience to loving the enemy is, admittedly, a rocky road, "peace" gets in there somehow, which is a perfect example of Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) declaration: "With men this is impossible! But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

What I surmise is that with religious zealots going around killing all who disagree with them, those servants of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) obediently loving them still will defuse their hostility and have them remarking as did "the centurion and they who were with him" who presided over Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) crucifixion, "Truly this was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54)

Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said: "It is not the will of your Father Who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish!" (Matthew 18:14) And that even includes those children of His caught up in the persecution of others!

Having warned that He had "come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law" (Matthew 10:35), Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) gave instruction on how to deal with that eventuality:

37 He who loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 He who taketh not his cross and followeth after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who findeth his life shall lose it: and he who loseth his life for My sake shall find it. 40 He who receiveth you receiveth Me, and he who receiveth Me receiveth Him Who sent Me. 41 He who receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward! He who receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward! (Matthew 10:37 to 42)

So, as the passions played out that Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach's (the Messiah's or Christ's) words would arouse in the spirits of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, decisions would have to be made as to where or in whom one believes being "worthy" of Yeshua lies! And, since He led the way in loving His enemies, so also would Yahuah's children be required to love, to the death, if necessary! And, sadly, we are seeing this violence to innocence being played out right now in the horrible death being unleashed against His faithful servants by the religious zealots of today! Yahuah wrote, through Yeshua, through His faithful apostle John:

They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony! And they loved not their lives unto the death! (Revelation 12:11)

In the amazing vision that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave him, the apostle John saw Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) returning to Earth; and he wrote that "out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations! He shall rule them with a rod of iron! And He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"! (Revelation 19:15)

By that time Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) will have permitted great wickedness to cover the Earth; it will be "as the days of Noe [Noah] were" (Matthew 24:37), when "God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually"! (Genesis 6:5)

So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) sword through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) will indeed become active, righting wrongs and bringing back the peace that will have been all but extinguished by that time.

One asks, "Why does He do that? Why does Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) permit things to go so far wrong before taking action to correct it?

I believe it is because Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) values the right that He has given His children to decide! If He went around correcting every small deviation from His will, His children would hardly learn the horrendous consequences of ignoring Him and His ways, which education He knows brings His children around to seeing the wisdom in His ways. Then they gladly hold to those ways and are grateful for them.

This happens on an individual basis, as it did me, to where I was immensely relieved for the difference I experienced between what punished me before and what blessed me after I made my commitment to serve Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM); and it happens on a national and even world-wide basis, where entire peoples come to the knowledge of how Yahuah works or does not work; He wrote, through His prophet: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge!" (Hosea 4:6)

As is our Father in Heaven, we are eternal! I know of no scripture that says that; but, since no termination of consciousness is mentioned anywhere in the bible that I know of, we deduce the everlasting longevity that is implied by that omission!

So what is "destroyed" is the opportunity to function on Earth, where either we have our reward, which doesn't amount to much and probably has painful side-affects, or we store up "treasure in Heaven" (Matthew 6:20), for a far greater reward as we go along in our life's experience!

In teaching Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) children, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) often concluded a thought, by saying: "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear!" (Matthew 11:15) "These little ones who believe in Me" (Matthew 18:6), to whom Yeshua made reference, lose that faith, when a servant of Satan comes along to "offend" (Verse 6) or "entrap", "trip up", "stumble" or "entice to sin" (Strong: Greek: 4624) that innocent young child of Yahuah! And Yeshua said, of such a servant:

Whoso shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea! (Matthew 18:6)

That is the passion of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) against those who, by corrupting a child's spirit with their lies, cause the child to lose the natural "ears to hear" His voice in their spirits by which they came to believe in Him; 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)

Once lost, one's "ears to hear" do not return, until by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) mercy and the prayers of loved ones circumstances are brought to the unbeliever to help him believe, once again, the voice of His Creator and King in his spirit!

My atheist friend reminded me that the witness of a neighbor has been proved to be the most unreliable source of truth one can find! He of course was referring to the typical confusion experienced by people seeing or, rather, not seeing accurately an event unfold before them. But the witness of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) in one's spirit is true; Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) told Pilate:

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)

There, again, are those "ears to ear"! We can no longer hear Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) voice in our spirit when we have received Satan's lies denying His existence or at least impugning His truth! For we have let the Devil put a filter on our ears to hear only what he wants us to hear instead of what Yahuah wants us to hear, Who said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):

The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy! I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly! (John 10:10)

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 sword and what causes You to use it.

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 of how to avoid Your sword and live forever in Your wonderful and amazing peace!

I pray that Yahuah Hayah shall bless you mightily, throughout the coming year, 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, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!

Amen! Alleluia!

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