As for the thoughts that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) gave me for this Sabbath, patriots in our country, the United States of America, speak of a "wealthy elite", who are suspected of using their great wealth to try to control the world and exploit them for their own benefit! I submit that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has an "elite" - namely, the members of mankind, who are His beloved children!
My online Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives several definitions for "elite"; but I will give you only the one that relates to this sermon: d a group of persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence: "members of the ruling elite"
Our "position" in the life given us by Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is that of being one of His beloved children, to whom He has given a "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Genesis 1:28) And that position is unique among such living things; for I know not any other that uses language or has the dominion of which I speak!
Indeed, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has said, of us, that He "created man in His own image"! (Genesis 1:27) And, since He is the Creator of all and the King over it, creativity and kingship come naturally to us; we are always wanting to make things and rule over things, each other, in particular!
But such dynamic traits must be curbed; or, running amuck, they create severe problems, which Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is well able to handle but which are painful, as He does so, bringing His judgment down on upon us, when we do not pay attention to the guidelines He has gone out of His way to establish for us.
But for those of us who have chosen to stay within Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s guidelines or "commandments", as He has called them, "keeping", "observing" or putting a value on them, as we do our best to fulfill His will for us, He has rewards for us that are indescribably delightful! And He is to be thanked and praised for them.
Why we do not naturally choose to do Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM)'s will for us relates to the "free will" He has given us, which is the ultimate expression of His love for us, even to making Himself vulnerable to our abuses, if we insist on being abusive, so that, whatever our choice is, it is, indeed, ours, for which we are entirely responsible and for which we must answer within the impeccable framework of His creation, in which He exercises His perfect justice! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), His beloved "Word" (John 1:1) and "only begotten Son" (John 3:16):
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom! For, with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again! (Luke 6:38)
One wonders how Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) can manage to fulfill that promise with "men" having the will of their own that He has given us; but, with those available who are obedient to Him, He manages to arrange these things marvelously; and His will is indeed carried out, one way or another; for His will is that those who are careless about His will be severely limited in their experience, for the rest of eternity, if it takes that long for his children to wake up to the realities of His creation!
The "power or influence" of which Merriam-Webster speaks for the "elite" is, within our sphere, fulfilled by the "dominion" (Genesis 1:28) that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has given each of us "over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth"! (Verse 28) And, considering that He backs that dominion with the power of His Holy Spirit, the same One Who flung the galaxies into their places and Who keeps them there, that dominion is an awesome privilege, with awesome capabilities and awesome responsibilities attached to it.
So what is the problem in today's world of an elite running amuck with their considerable wealth, working to limit our present population and to control the remainder of it?
Well, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) made some promises, in His Torah or law, which He is simply keeping, as we, His beloved children, continue to thumb our noses at Him. He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) through Moses:
1 If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments ... 2 ... all these blessings shall come, on thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:1 and 2)
The other side of that coin is that "if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe to do all His commandments ... that all these curses shall come, upon thee, and overtake thee." (Deuteronomy 28:15)
So, leaving a wicked elite in place to oppress the multitudes that insist on living contrary to Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM), their Creator and King, is the perfect way Yahuah has by which to deliver the curses He has promised them.
We have "patriots", who believe they are going to straighten all that out, by resisting the elite and "making them honest"; but I believe they are barking up the wrong tree, in not teaching the marvelous advantages that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) has for those who "keep", "observe" or put a value on the commandments of His Torah or law, thereby fulfilling the Covenant or agreement He has for His beloved children to enter into with Him for the best possible result of the opportunity He has given them in the life He has given them to enjoy on Earth! He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ):
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)
So how do we do that?
We go to the place in His Torah or law in which He has promised His "righteousness": He said, through Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ), through Moses:
It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments! (Deuteronomy 6:25)
"Observe" is the translation of a word meaning to "guard" (Strong: Hebrew: 8104), which requires that we put a value on whatever we are supposed to observe! So Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) simply asks His children to give obeying His commandments their best effort! The "judgments" of His "perfect justice" take care of what His children do or fail to do; but, if in that processs they are giving their best effort ot obey, He looks upon them as "righteous", which makes them members of "the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20) that they are to "seek" (Matthew 6:33) to where "all these things shall be added unto you".
Let your imagination run wild! You are incapable of imagining what you would like that Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) is incapable of delivering!
As for the "elite" who are doing their worst against their fellow men, Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) wrote, through His psalmist:
1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity! 2 For they shall soon be cut down, like the grass, and wither, as the green herb! 3 Trust in Yahuah and do good! So shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed! 4 Delight thyself in Yahuah; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart! 5 Commit thy way, unto the Yahuah; trust also in Him! And He shall bring it to pass! 6 He shall bring forth thy righteousness, as the light, and thy judgment, as the noonday! 7 Rest, in Yahuah, and wait patiently for Him. Fret not thyself, because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath! Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil! 9 For evildoers shall be cut off! But those who wait upon Yahuah, they shall inherit the Earth! (Psalm 37:1 to 9)
When is all this supposed to take place?
Try now! I worship and serve the God of "now"!
You say, I don't see these things happening.
Funny thing about the human "dominion ... over every living thing that moveth upon the Earth:" (Genesis 1:28) "When you pray", Yeshua (Jesus) ha Mawshiyach (the Messiah or Christ) said, "believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) By your "faith in God" (Verse 22), you are to "believe that ye receive" now; "and ye shall have them" later!
Yahuah (Self-Existent, Eternal) Hayah (I AM) does not ask His beloved children to believe what does not exist! So "when you pray", He puts the answer to your prayer into His Kodesh Ruach or Holy Spirit, Who then goes to work, arranging all that must be arranged so that "ye shall have them". Is that fair enough! Very well, go to it.
And, if you want to put the hated "elite" in their place, do it; Yahuah is all in favor of that, which means that all those whom they have been oppressing must be saved, so that they no longer deserve to be oppressed. Sound like an unmanageable project? Asked for it, and see! And, if you are one of those who "shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things that he saith shall come to pass"" (Mark 11:23); you shall have whatsoever you have said!
I pray that this information I have given you is true in Yahuah'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, understanding and desire to obtain Your righteousness and put the wicked elite in their place!
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 wonderful blessings and eternal life of Your righteousness and the joy of victory over the worst of their enemies, whom they are to love, by the way. (Matthew 5:44 and 45)
I pray that Yahuah 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.