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Thoughts for the Sabbath of
2017 July 29
Yahuah Hayah's Hell
(Please note: This sermon can be directly accessed on the Internet at http://www.enterHiscovenant.com/Sabbath20170729.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 (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM'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 throughout His Creation! It is what I call "getting prayed up"!
As for the thoughts that Yahuah Hayah gave me for this Sabbath, Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said:
Nobody likes to talk about Hell. It is the "downside" of the life Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given us, His beloved children, as He has described it in His book, "The Holy Bible"! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
In giving "blessing and cursing" as considerations parallel to "life and death", Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave us, His beloved children, an idea of what each of life or of death consists; for His reading of the blessings and cursings in both Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 provide, in great detail, of what those blessings and cursings consist! But, since in this sermon I feel led to focus on Yahuah's Hell, I shall give here only His cursings on Earth, as a sort of "warm-up exercise", you might say, for appreciating the horror of Hell!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "death" is understood by His cursing! And in Leviticus 26, He speaks of that cursing in frightful terms, saying:
Then, in Deuteronomy 28, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) describes His judgments for the rebellious among His children that even outdo those in Leviticus 26, saying:
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist: "The law of Yahuah is perfect, converting the soul!" (Psalm 19:9) And, for those of us who read the bible with reverence for its Author, we take such warnings seriously and are, indeed, "converted" to giving full attention to the Torah of which He speaks!
But among those whose hearts are in rebellion against their Creator and King, such words of His are dismissed as merely the efforts of men to control their subjects! And the conversion that He intended be the result of knowing His words is lost on those who have turned their backs on Him; so He has, in store for them, a place where they will know they made a great mistake! For Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) blessings and cursings on Earth are only a dim shadow of what His Heaven and Hell consist in His spirit realm.
Having been to Hell, Brother Howard Storm wrote: "I haven't described everything that happened. There are things that I don't care to remember. In fact, much that occurred was simply too gruesome and disturbing to recall. I've spent years trying to suppress a lot of it. After the experience, whenever I did remember those details, I would become traumatized!" (32210200 Brother Howard's Gospel, Paragraph 033)
So what was it that so seriously affected Brother Howard in Hell?
Having read Brother Howard's account of his experience in Hell, I would say that its darkness, hatefulness and hopelessness left their indelible marks on his spirit; He wrote: "I was horrified to discover that we were in complete darkness!" (Paragraph 025); and of the people he met in Hell, he wrote: "The best way I can describe them is to think of the worst imaginable person stripped of every impulse of compassion." (Paragraph 028) As for the "hopelessness" of that terrible place, he wrote: "The hopelessness of my situation overwhelmed me." (Paragraph 026)
The "hopelessness" of Hell is what most of us have been taught to expect; Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) spoke of its being an "everlasting punishment"! (Matthew 25:46) This was the ultimate disposition, He said, of those who had failed to provide "meat" and "drink" (Verse 42) for "the least of these, My brethren"! (Verse 40) It was where He would put those among His children who failed to take in the "stranger" or to clothe him or visit him "in prison"! (Verse 43)
But that account of Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) judgment has always posed a problem, for me; because it has Him assigning children of His who have missed loving their neighbor during the brief period that life on Earth is to a punishment that is "everlasting", with seemingly no chance of considering a better way!
Looking up the word from which "everlasting" was translated is helpful. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance defines it as "perpetual", which for some reason has been translated in other places as "eternal" and "for ever" as well as "everlasting"! Perhaps I am "splitting hairs"; but it seems to me that, while it is in motion, a thing that is "perpetual" is, simply, ongoing, the question being, For how long?
I have never been able to absorb the idea that a "punishment" "forever" or "everlasting" is a fair judgment for what one has done for the few years we live on Earth as mortals! So perhaps one can understand why I was so grateful to read Brother Howard's account of being lifted up out of Hell and taken into the brilliance and glory of Heaven by Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) for Brother Howard's simply calling out to Him to save him.
But only the other day, while I was sharing Brother Howard's testimony with a group of Christians, a dear, sweet, elderly "sister in the Lord" asked me whether I could give "chapter and verse" for a place in the Bible where it speaks of anyone's being saved from Hell! And, of course, I could not; for the simple reason that I know of no such place in Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Holy Bible"!
That challenge bothered me even more! For the question arises, If, as Brother Howard experienced, salvation is still available for those who find themselves in Hell, why did not Yahuah tell us about it through His prophets, apostles or Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ)?
The answer comes to me, as I write, that, if Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) had let His children know that He would forgive even a child whom He had sent to Hell, some of His children might use that as an excuse to put off obeying Him, until their years on Earth were past, banking on the idea that, having gone to Hell, they could still repent and be forgiven!
But such playing with Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) heart would be a mockery of Him and of His graciousness, which I am sure would not go over well with Him, Who is "God, Who knoweth the hearts"! (Acts 15:8) I, also, would not forgive a person who had while knowing better deliberately put off making his peace with me so that he could indulge himself in ignoring me for all of his life on Earth!
Paul wrote: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked! For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap!" (Galatians 6:7) And it is worthy to notice that, although Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) accepted Brother Howard's sincere repentance, He did not permit Brother Howard to go on into Heaven permanently, sending him back, after only a brief period of enlightenment, where the health breakdown that had killed him caused him to suffer for months, even after his return to Earth!
But, while Brother Howard was in Heaven, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) did give Brother Howard, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) and seven angels, some marvelous insight into what does determine a child's reward, whether in Heaven or in Hell! And we would do well to study Brother Howard's account of this supreme counsel, not as any replacement of what He has shown us in His Holy Bible but, rather, as confirmation of it; for many excellent bible scriptures are a foundation for appreciating what Yeshua told Brother Howard in Heaven concerning what our life on Earth is about in relation to His Father's will or purpose for us on Earth!
In her appreciative forward to Brother Howard's book, Anne Rice wrote, of him: "With a rare combination of sophistication and humility, Storm is able to lead us into a place of harrowing darkness and through his delivery from it by means of a simple if not primitive prayer. A realm of beatific light is revealed in all its splendor, and we are taken, with Storm, beyond time and doubt and care, to the very secrets of the universe, before his inevitable and painful return!"
In Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, he defines "apostle" (Matthew 10:2) as "a delegate; specifically, an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ"! (Strong: Greek: 652) In Brother Howard's book, "Christ" told him: "You can save the world!" (32210200 Howard Storm's Gospel, Paragraph 289) And, when Brother Howard asked Him how, Yeshua answered: "You are to love the person you are with!" (Paragraph 291)
Brother Howard wanted to know, "How will that save the world?" (Paragraph 292), whereupon Yeshua answered: "When you love a person, they will love the next person they meet, and they will love the next person they meet, and so on." (Paragraph 293)
Brother Howard's faithful account of the godly counsel he was given serves only to reenforce by its constant reference to God's love what Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said were the "two commandments (upon which) hang all the law and the prophets" (Matthew 22:40), which were to love "God" (Verse 37) and one's "neighbor"! (Verse 39)
So I have called "32210200 Howard Storm's Gospel" the material I have abstracted from Brother Howard's book My Descent into Death, believing that He was commissioned by "Christ" to spread His Gospel to "save the world" (Paragraph 289), exactly as He did the apostles who walked with Him on Earth, saying: "As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you!" (John 20:21)
So, if one wishes to contend with Brother Howard concerning his being saved from Hell, no contending is possible with Brother Howard's showing Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) love to be what life in His creation is about! In the writing of his testimony, Brother Howard was led either by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 16:13) or by Satan, who "is a liar" (John 8:44); and I believe it highly unlikely that he would have switched back and forth between the two! Brother Howard wrote:
Not intending to include Howard Storm's entire Gospel in this sermon, I will leave my quoting of him here, hoping that what I have shown will convince anyone that his work for Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is, unquestionably, in accord with Yahuah's truth as He has revealed it in His Holy Bible, with the exception of the one matter of Brother Howard's salvation from Hell!
I am very grateful to have learned from Brother Howard about Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah's (I AM's) mercy still being active for those whom He has sent to Hell; because it shows Hell not to be a place of "everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46) so much as it is a place in which to isolate from Heaven, those who have chosen to walk contrary to their Creator and King, leaving Heaven to be, for those who have loved and been grateful to Him, a place where His rewards for that love and gratitude can be enjoyed without the interference invariably given by those who are out of His will!
The people who have insisted that no God exists are denied His light in Hell, leaving them in horrid darkness!
The people who by denying God's existence have hated Him are consumed by hate, making Hell both a dark and hateful environment in which to be!
The people who have hated God and found themselves in Hell cannot know of His mercy and are thus in a hopeless situation, not able to avail themselves of the mercy of the God they insist does not exist or, existing, cares nothing for His children!
With the benefit in my spirit of Brother Howard's wonderful testimony of his being saved from Hell, I can know that the "punishment" of Hell is the making of those who have been sent there. With their having denied Him Who is the Source of all Light, Love and Hope, He lets them experience a place where none of those glorious attributes of Him are to be found!
Brother Howard was saved from Hell; because "God, Who knoweth the hearts" (Acts 15:8) knew that deep down in Brother Howard's spirit was the memory of the truth that he was taught as a song in childhood at a church school - that "Jesus loves me"! And, having discovered the horrid hatefulness of the people in Hell, he cried out for that love, then to learn that "Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, to day and for ever!" (Hebrews 13:8), that being "love" (1st John 4:8) as well as "eternal" (Matthew 19:16), His love is ever accessible to those who will acknowledge it and want it - even though they have been sent to Hell!
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, not to mention our ministry of practical helps for the disadvantaged!
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