the remnant

I was led to search for the word “remnant” in the Scriptures.
Reading the found verses, I came to the conclusion that YeHoVaH works for Himself a remnant to keep His promises. His remnant is of Israel – not the “church”.
The verses also show, that only those who are part of the remnant in the end will be saved.
Many (may I say “all”) are called, but few are chosen or do choose. Only those who answer the call of YeHoVaH and follow HIM can be chosen by HIM. Everyone else is not available for YeHoVaH to be chosen. This includes that we keep HIS appointments (HIS Feasts) to make ourselves available to be chosen.

The beautiful thing is:
Once we have chosen to become and be part of the remnant, YeHoVaH sees us through all trials all the way to the end. HE empowers us and upholds us and fights for us and takes care of all of our enemies. As long as we follow HIM and stay on the NARROW path, HE plows the path for us.

two percent

I recently finished a book written by James Goll. At the end of the book he recites a testimony of the late prophet Bob Jones. In 1975 Bob Jones died and went to heaven. As he stood in line clothed in a white robe, Bob saw another row with many more people clothed in the things they had worshiped on earth like money, drugs, sex, etc. That row disappeared into a dark place never to return. 98% of the people were in the row going into eternal darkness. Only 2% of the people were in the line to meet the Lord. Bob Jones returned to life on earth to testify for a few more decades.

A couple of years ago I read a little book named “Placebo” written by Howard Pitman. He died in 1979 in a hospital and got to stand before God before being revived on earth. Among the many things Howard saw was a line of people in white heading to meet the Lord. He was then explained by Holy Spirit that out of 2000 people only 50 are being saved while the other 1950 are going to hell.

It is remarkable that there back in the seventies two people are being shown the same small number of people actually getting saved. This lines up with a number of words Yeshua spoke, while walking the earth. “Narrow is the way to eternal life and few will find it ….”

Return to Torah prophesied

We were reading Deuteronomy chapter 30 last night. By the time we got to verse 8, I concluded that Moshe in fact prophesied the return to Torah in the latter days.
And here we are in the latter days, after the diaspora, the Jews have been returning for over 100 years now. Israel became a nation 67 years ago and for at least 20 years now disciples of Yeshua all over the world have been returning to the Torah and the Hebrew roots of our faith.

The quarrel of MY covenant

While reading Leviticus 26 today this phrase in verse 25 jumped of the page for me: “the quarrel of MY covenant”. The only other translation using the word “quarrel” is the KJV.

I find this translation so interesting, because there is indeed a great quarrel over YeHoVaH’s covenant. Many believers claim that there are two covenants. An old one made at mount Sinai and a new one made through Jesus.

Most believers fail to understand that the “new” covenant was revealed already during the first temple period. Nowhere in the Tanakh is it prophesied that the conditions of this “new” covenant would be any different than those of the previous one. Only the way it would be executed would be different. By writing it on men’s heart, YeHoVaH would help us to better keep it. The problem is not the covenant, the problem is the people not keeping it.

The notion that there is an old covenant done away with is rather absurd, because a covenant does not end until one of the participating parties dies. (Yes Yeshua died but then HE rose again) Last time I looked mankind was still around and I am sure YeHoVaH is, too. Or when was the last time you saw a rainbow and experienced summer and winter, sowing and harvesting??

Just as the new moon is not a brand new moon but the same moon on a new cycle, so did YeHoVaH’s covenant enter a new cycle when Yeshua died on the cross. The everlasting covenant (mentioned at least 14 times in the Tanakh) does not change or it would not be everlasting.

Yeshua and YeHoVaH are one and therefore have the same set of rules.

YeHoVaH said HIS commandments are eternal and HE means it.

It is also vital to note that the prime example for a human being living under grace is David and he did that hundreds of years before Yeshua ever revealed Himself. How did David do it? He had the Torah on his heart (PS 40:8), just as Jeremiah prophesied a few hundred years later.

So stop quarreling and get with the program – YeHoVaH’s program !!!

Isaiah 27

Last night the Spirit took me to Isaiah 27. I struggled to grasp the meaning of this chapter but hardly could.
This morning I went over it again with Starla and saw a lot more. First I rediscovered key verses in the end of the preceding chapter, leading to 27.
In Isaiah 26:20-21 YeHoVaH is calling HIS people into hiding (bridal chamber) while HE is pouring out HIS wrath on the rebellious inhabitants of all the earth.
27:1 Lucifer is being punished. The dragon in the sea is like the beast in Revelation standing in the midst of a multitude of peoples worshipping it. Rev 17:15 explains that waters (sea) can mean peoples.
27:2-6 YeHoVaH is rebuilding Israel and forces Lucifer to give up the remnant of YeHoVaH. Israel today fills much of the world with its physical fruit being exported into the world.
27:7-11 YeHoVaH is pouring out wrath. But there is a profound difference between the world and those that follow HIM (called Israel or Jacob). For the rebellious the wrath of YeHoVaH is anihilating. For Israel HIS wrath is purging, even purging idolatry from within Israel and purifying HIS followers.
27:12-13 YeHoVaH is beating His remnant out of persecuting Assyria like one is beating ripe olives of an olive tree. The great shofar might be the seventh trumpet spoken of also by Paul. Egypt resembles the world in which the TOBIM, HIS remnant, are persecuted and treated as outcasts. YeHoVaH will lead all of us to worship HIM in Jerusalem, the apple of HIS eye.

God Forgiving

In this week’s Torah portion I found an example for YeHoVaH forgiving the people after Moses interceded.

Numbers 14:20  Yehovah replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of Yehovah fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

Even so YHVH forgave and did not wipe out the people on the spot, HE did not lead them into the promised land. Being forgiven does not always mean to not suffer consequences of not following YHVH.
By HIS power they had the opportunity to enter the promised land and prevail over the Amalekites, but since the people choose not to do as commanded, YHVH withdrew HIS favor and the people were then not able to overpower the Amalekites.

Blasphemy

I found a definition for blasphemy in today’s Torah portion.


Numbers 15:30 
But the person who does anything

willfully and openly, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one reproaches, reviles, and blasphemes the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people [that the atonement made for them may not include him].

31 Because he has despised and rejected the word of the Lord, and has broken His commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

The amplified translation as always gives several possible translations for a single word in the Hebrew to give us a better understanding. Apparently YeHoVaH says here that a person who willfully defies and breaks HIS commandments is blaspheming and will suffer the consequences of the iniquity.

Be encouraged to check other translations for different wordings to further clarify the meaning.

Tongues of Fire

Shavuot (also known by its Greek word Pentecost) is celebrated in the third month in God’s calendar. Reading Exodus 19, I found that this event also takes place in the third month. The Israelites were asked to purify themselves and assemble at the foot of Mount Sinai. In chapter 20 YeHoVaH spoke in a very audible voice the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. At the end of God’s proclamation it says that the people saw thunder and lightnings. It is interesting to note that they “saw” thunder. I would sure like to know what this thunder looks like. The word lightnings (Hebrew  lappiyd) here should rather be translated as torches or firebrands. Now lets imagine firebrands dancing around this mountain while God is up there in a thick cloud and then switch to the scene in this certain upper room in Acts 2 and picture the tongues of fire – a beautiful connection.
I also would like to note here that there was a group of people in Exodus 24:10 who actually saw the God of Israel. It is repeated in Verse 11. Wow – they got to see YeHoVaH.

The Covenant

Intro:

Today is Shavuot and I listened to Nehemia Gordon a very well studied Bible and Hebrew scholar.

The Hebrew word shavuot means “week” and is rooted from the word “shava = שבץ”, which is also the root of the Hebrew word for oath “shevua = שבץ”. So here we have a firm connection between the word week and the word oath.

From the Bible we learn that the Feast of Weeks, which is Shavuot is to be kept in the third month of God’s calendar (after we have counted the seven weeks from the Feast of Firstfruits, which is during the week of Unleavened Bread after the day of Passover.) Why is this important?
The giving of the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai also happened in the third month as we can see in Exodus 19.

Now to the covenant:

A covenant is always done with an oath.

YeHoVaH speaks of “MY covenant” when HE gives the ten commandments (Ex 19:5). This phrase “MY covenant” occurs 284 times in the Tanakh (= old testament). It begins with the covenant YeHoVaH establishes with Noah in Ge 6:18 etc, then with Abraham (Ge 17), Isaac and Jakob (Ex 2:24).
On Mt. Sinai the terms of the covenant are being more specified through the giving of the whole Torah, written down by Moses.

This covenant is mentioned again in Ezekiel 16:8 in a different manner. YeHoVaH also uses the phrase “spread My skirt over you” in this verse, which relates to the threshing floor scene of Ruth (Ruth 3:) (Jews traditionally read the book of Ruth at the Feast of Shavuot). With Ezekiel 16:8 in mind we can see that Ruth, being a gentile, is actually requesting to come under YeHoVaH’s covenant with His chosen people – chosen on Mount Sinai. (Please remember the majority of humans present on Mt. Sinai were not bloodline Israelites. The covenant was and is open to anyone who so desires).

Another example for the covenant is in Jeremiah 34, specifically in Verse 14 with the breaking of the Sh’mita, the Sabbatical seventh year. The term “My covenant” occurs in verse 18.

Conclusion:

Again we can see throughout the Tanakh that YeHoVaH established only ONE covenant with mankind. YeHoVaH revealed more details of HIS covenant with mankind throughout the Bible but the covenant itself never changed not even with the death of Yeshua on the cross. On the cross the covenant was RENEWED, made new, because it had been broken. It is still the very same covenant.

For I, YeHoVaH, change not    Malachi 3:6

Yeshua died for our sins before humans were ever created:

… the Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world   Rev 13:8

That which has been, is that which shall be. And that which has been done, is that which shall be done. And there is no new thing under the sun. Is there a thing of which one might say, See this, it is new? It has already been for the ages which were before us.  Ecc 1:9-10

Restoring a leper

In the second Torah portion for today in Lev 13 and 14 we read about the leper and I had the following thoughts:

Leprosy, which is said to be different from Hansen’s disease, is a disease with a spiritual root = sin. We see an example for this in Numbers where Miriam is struck with Leprosy after gossipping over Moses. The leper is commanded to remain secluded outside the camp. This time away from all people and distractions gives the leper opportunity to come before YeHoVaH and contemplate what happened, repent from his sin, receive forgiveness and be restored. Note that there is no time limit set for the leper. After restoration he would then show himself (approved) to the priest. Then he could sacrifice again before YeHoVaH and “korban” = draw near in the way YeHoVaH had prescribed and is pleasing to HIM.