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The Sabbath Covenant

The Sabbath Covenant

 

Genesis 2:1-3, “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2And on the seventh day Elohim ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it [set it apart as a holy day], because in it He rested from all His work which Elohim had created and made.” NKJV

 

After six days of pretty heavy duty creative work, Yahweh set apart the seventh day of creation as a day of rest, for Himself. He blessed this seventh day and set it apart, like none of the other days of creation week. Adam’s first full day on earth was a Sabbath rest celebration of creation with his Creator, Yahweh!! Now get this deep into your spirit, Yahweh observed the FIRST SABBATH DAY on earth about 2,525 years BEFORE He gave the 4th Commandment to Moses on Mt. Sinai!!! Moses simply received the eternal Law of Sabbath from Yahweh’s own mouth in Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Mighty One. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11For in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Later, Yahweh etched these words onto the stone tablets, which Moses broke in response to the children of Israel’s golden calf rebellion. Later, Moses had to chisel out His own replacement tablets to carry the 10 commandments, or Decalogue.

 

In Exodus 20 through 23, Yahweh made a marriage covenant with Israel. He detailed many laws to live by, known as the Law of Moses. Then in chapter 24, we see Moses build an altar to Yahweh. Verses 3-8, “So Moses came and told the people all the words of Yahweh and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which Yahweh has said we will do.” 4And Moses wrote all the words of Yahweh. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to Yahweh. 6And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. 7Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that Yahweh has said we will do, and be obedient.” 8And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Yahweh has made with you according to all these words.”” This marriage covenant was ratified with a blood sacrifice. This covenant included the Sabbath day and the 7-year sabbatical cycle of land rest and release of slaves. This was a done deal in which the children of Israel agreed to and promised to obey Yahweh.

 

Now let’s walk forward in the desert journey with the Israelites to Exodus chapter 31:12-17, “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 13“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’””

 

Here, Yahweh expands our understanding of His Sabbath. Yahweh declares that the Sabbath is a sign between Him and the children of Israel, for all generations, forever. A sign identifies Yahweh’s people. The Sabbath sets us apart from the world, unto Yahweh. He elevates the Sabbath to its own perpetual, or eternal, covenant. This covenant is even set apart from the covenant ratified in Exodus 20-24. Violating Sabbath is also a capital crime, punishable by death, stated twice in this passage for emphasis. Because this covenant of Sabbath rest is an eternal covenant that is for us, it was NOT nailed to Yeshua’s cross with all the rules and rituals of Mosaic Law that were against us. Colossians 2:11-14, “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Messiah, 12buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of Yahweh, who raised Him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

 

This covenant of Sabbath will be observed for the rest of eternity. Why? Because by observing it we acknowledge Who Yahweh is, our Creator. Sabbath Day is Yahweh’s first Feast Day, according to Leviticus 23:1-3, “And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

3‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of Yahweh in all your dwellings.”

 

By setting apart Yahweh’s Sabbath day as your very own Sabbath day, you will be set apart from the world. Heck, your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and social community will set you apart. It is quite a distinctive sign. You want to be an individual? You want to be a holy individual? Be a Sabbath Keeper, not a Sabbath breaker. Yeshua kept Sabbath. Paul and ALL the Apostles kept Sabbath. The early FIRST church was virtually all Hebrew and kept Sabbath. True Christianity is a Hebrew religion, not a Babylonish Catholic or Babylonian daughter Protestant religion. Revelation 18:4-8, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5For her sins have reached to heaven, and Yahweh has remembered her iniquities. 6Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is Yahweh Almighty who judges her.”

 

Yahweh is a Hebrew, Yeshua is a Hebrew, the Church of Yeshua is Hebrew. The Scriptures were written by Hebrews, to Hebrews, about Hebrews. Yeshua did not start a new religion, He fulfilled and expanded the Hebrew religion. Matthew 5:17-20, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Torah till all is fulfilled. 19Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments [uh, like a Sabbath Breaker would], and teaches men so [a false prophet, see Deut. 13], shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

It’s time to exceed and excel in our religion. No wonder Jews and Muslims hate Yeshua and Christianity. We’ve fallen so far from the standard of Yahweh’s Word. Come on, let’s make them all jealous by getting back to Yahweh’s Way, especially on the Sabbath. Father, help us to be covenant keepers and not covenant breakers.

 

Gene Benjamin II

August 26, 2012 CE

 

THE DAY OF YAHWEH IS AT HAND

THE DAY OF YAHWEH IS AT HAND

Joel 1, “The word of Yahweh that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2  Hear this, you elders,

And give ear, all you inhabitants of the land!

Has anything like this happened in your days,

Or even in the days of your fathers?

3  Tell your children about it,

Let your children tell their children,

And their children another generation.

4  What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten;

What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten;

And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.

5  Awake, you drunkards, and weep;

And wail, all you drinkers of wine,

Because of the new wine,

For it has been cut off from your mouth.

6  For a nation [Iran] has come up against My land,

Strong, and without number;

His teeth are the teeth of a lion,

And he has the fangs of a fierce lion.

7  He has laid waste My vine,

And ruined My fig tree;

He has stripped it bare and thrown it away;

Its branches are made white.

8  Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth

For the husband of her youth.

9  The grain offering and the drink offering

Have been cut off from the house of Yahweh;

The priests mourn, who minister to Yahweh.

10 The field is wasted,

The land mourns;

For the grain is ruined,

The new wine is dried up,

The [olive] oil fails.

11 Be ashamed, you farmers,

Wail, you vinedressers,

For the wheat and the barley;

Because the harvest of the field has perished.

12 The vine has dried up,

And the fig tree has withered;

The pomegranate tree,

The palm tree also,

And the apple tree—

All the trees of the field are withered [no fruit of the Spirit];

Surely [because] joy has withered away from the sons of men.

13 Gird yourselves and lament, you priests;

Wail, you who minister before the altar;

Come, lie all night in sackcloth,

You who minister to my Mighty One;

For the grain offering and the drink offering

Are withheld from the house of your Mighty One.

14  Consecrate a fast,

Call a sacred assembly;

Gather the elders

And all the inhabitants of the land

Into the house of Yahweh your Mighty One,

And cry out to Yahweh.

15 Alas for the day!

For the day of Yahweh is at hand;

It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes,

Joy and gladness from the house of our Mighty One?

17 The seed shrivels under the clods,

Storehouses are in shambles;

Barns are broken down,

For the grain has withered.

18 How the animals groan!

The herds of cattle are restless,

Because they have no pasture;

Even the flocks of sheep suffer punishment.

19 O Yahweh, to You I cry out;

For fire has devoured the open pastures,

And a flame has burned all the trees of the field.

20 The beasts of the field also cry out to You,

For the water brooks [Mississippi River?] are dried up,

And fire has devoured the open pastures.”

NKJV

According to Joel 1, why is the land facing this destruction and punishment from Yahweh? Because JOY is withered away from the sons of men and is cut off from Yahweh’s church! Why would Yahweh’s people not have the joy of the Holy Spirit? Is it possible that Yahweh’s people are in rebellion against Yahweh, His ways and His laws? The world is running away from Yahweh as fast as it can. The result of course is broken lives, broken communities, states, and nations. Even the animals are facing the “punishment” of Yahweh. Of course, the flocks of sheep are also Yahweh’s church folk. Yahweh loves us, He loves us as our Father should, which requires Him to correct us through punishment, or discipline.

Ellen G. White, in her book, MARANATHA The Lord is Coming, stated on page 68, “the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis”. I hear ya Ellen. The lead in verse for her article on page 68 is Joel 1:15, “Alas for the day! For the day of Yahweh is at hand; It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.” The day of Yahweh is coming and notice how it comes, as destruction. Yahweh will devastate this earth prior to establishing Yeshua’s Kingdom in Jerusalem. We’re not there yet, but we’re steam rolling headlong toward that Day. Most prophecy teachers proclaim that the Day of Yahweh will occur during the last year, or last 45 days, of the Great Tribulation. You want to be raptured or resurrected by then. Repent and turn to Yeshua today, so you will be protected or gone when that Day comes.

Yeshua spoke a parable about this Day in Luke 21:29-36, “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of Yahweh is near. 32Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33Heaven and earth will pass [by each other] away, but My words will by no means pass away.

34“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Forget going to Heaven to live with Yahweh forever. Heaven is on its way to earth. Yahweh’s eternal Kingdom will be headquartered in Jerusalem, forever. Yeshua has to eradicate all evil from earth before Yahweh comes to dwell with us on earth. Until that day, the earth will be a mess. All the precursors that Yeshua spoke about in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 are happening. Verses 4-5, the world is stumbling in the darkness of deception. Verses 6-7, we hear of wars and rumors of war every day. Come on, let’s blow Iran away already!! Because of the droughts all over the planet, we will face famines and pestilences like never before seen. Today, we daily hear of earthquakes in various places, and soon we’ll hear of earthquakes in EVERY place, like it states in the Hebrew version of Matthew 24. Verse 8 says all these troubles are just the beginning of sorrows. Great.

With verse 9, the Tribulation really begins with real persecution, like our brothers and sisters in Muslim countries face every day. Wholesale slaughter of Christians is now the accepted norm. In verse 10 we see offense, betrayal, and hatred running rampant, kind of like we see in today’s headlines. Verse 11 introduces us to the many false prophets rising up and deceiving many, kind of like what you watch on Christian TV today. Verse 12 shows us lawlessness abounding, like today, and therefore love in men’s hearts will grow cold, kind of like today. Verse 13 shows we have to endure to the end to be saved, but if we’re killed in tribulation, how do we endure to the end of the tribulation? That can’t be talking about enduring to the end of the tribulation. You can ONLY ENDURE TO YOUR OWN END. Many of us will face martyrdom for Yeshua. Get used to the idea. Verse 14 shows the Gospel of the Kingdom of Yahweh being preached to all the world, kind of like today, through radio, internet, and television. The end is very near.

Verse 15 declares the reality of another Temple being constructed on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Gotta have a holy place for the Antichrist to stand in. Verses 16-19 show us to RUN when you see this abomination of desolation in the holy place of the next Temple of Yahweh. And notice verse 20, Yeshua is still, after 6,000 years of human history, EXPECTING YOU, DEAR CHRISTIAN, to be observing the Sabbath!! More on this later.

Verse 21 introduces us to the GREAT TRIBULATION. A time like no other time in all human history, before or after this 3 ½ year time slot. You don’t want to be on the planet during the Great Tribulation. Verse 22 shows us that the judgments of the Great Tribulation have the potential to destroy all human life on earth. Yahweh will have to shorten the days of the Great Tribulation, or men will destroy each other completely off the face of the earth. Yahweh shortens the Great Tribulation for the sake of the elect. Why would Yahweh have to shorten the Great Tribulation for the sake of the elect, if the elect are NOT on the earth during that time? Hmmm!?! Just wondering. The Scriptures, like Revelation 12, show that the Church will be protected during this devastating time, so don’t fret over anything coming upon this planet. Yahweh has it all under control.

Verses 23-25 show us more about the deception during these end times. Now would be a good time to go back and reread Deuteronomy 13. It describes how to determine who is a true or false prophet. Anyone can perform signs and wonders, saints, sinners, and devils. What determines a false prophet, according to Deuteronomy 13, is one who turns Yahweh’s people away from Yahweh to worship falsely, ie, on the wrong day, in the wrong way, with the wrong attitude, etc. Supernatural demonstrations are not the determining factor, causing people to turn from the truth of Yahweh’s way, to the way of falsehood, out of Yahweh’s path, to idolatry of all sorts, determines who is a false prophet. Leading people away from Yahweh by enticing them into idolatry of any type, by serving any mighty one other than Yahweh, is a capital crime, punishable by death. I am glad I am not anyone’s judge. Now you know, so now you won’t be deceived.

Verses 26-28 show us not to chase after these false prophets. Yeshua’s return will be very visible and noticeable. You don’t have to go anywhere to listen to any false teaching. You’ll know when He is returning in the Heavens. In Verses 29-31, at the very end of the Great Tribulation, after 3 ½ years of hell on earth, everyone left alive on earth will see Yeshua’s return to earth!! Verse 31 definitely looks like the result of the Rapture to me, the elect are gathered from all the corners of the heavenlies, not from all the corners of the earth.

Verses 32-35 let us know that this time of the end is near, now, and that it is as sure to come to pass as the Word of Yahweh. We are the last generation on this planet as it is today. These things are more sure than the heavens and the earth.

Verses 36-44 detail the timing of Yeshua’s return. The point being that we don’t know the exact day, hour, or minute, but we know the season, which is sooner, rather than later. Yeshua said to be ready, watch and pray.

Verses 45-51 are a warning to the saints to remain faithful. Continue to make disciples, teach, preach, heal, until Yeshua returns. Feed His sheep. Don’t let anyone, like a false prophet, lead you away into dissipation or licentious living, like what happened in Noah’s day. Only 8 individuals escaped that disaster. No time to slacken your disciplined life with Yeshua. Repent, believe the Gospel, turn to Yeshua, master repentance like King David. You’ll be glad you did.

Gene Benjamin II

August 26, 2012 CE

IS YESHUA A FALSE PROPHET?

IS YESHUA A FALSE PROPHET?

 

The first part of this post comes from the First Fruits of Zion ministry in Colorado. It goes well with this weeks Torah portion.

 

BEGIN FIRST FRUITS OF ZION WEEKLY EDRASH:

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The Torah itself clearly states in many places that its laws are eternal, never to be abolished. And even the Christians acknowledge that the Jewish Bible is the word of God. If the Torah is eternal and Jesus himself claims to have no intention of abolishing or changing it, why do the Christians [disregard the commandments] …which are clearly spelled out in the Torah? (Pinchas Stolper, The Real Messiah).

 

This week’s Torah portion: Re’eh

Re-ehראה : “Behold”
Torah : Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
Haftarah : Isaiah 54:11-55:5
Gospel : John 16:1-17:26

 

Is Jesus A False Prophet?

Deuteronomy 13. A prophet is a spokesperson for God. Prophets are often asked to verify their authenticity with a particular sign or wonder. Deuteronomy 13 warns us that even if the would-be prophet’s sign or wonder does succeed and his prediction does come to pass, he might still be a false prophet. Signs and wonders are not the final proof. If the prophet attempts to dissuade you “from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk,” (13:5) you are to disregard him as a false prophet. The way in which God commanded us to walk is the Torah and its commandments. Deuteronomy warns us that we must not listen to such a prophet, even if his ministry comes with amazing signs and wonders. Instead, we are to “follow the LORD…keep His commandments, listen to His voice…” (13:4)

If the would-be prophet counsels us to break any of the commandments, he must be deemed a false prophet. For example, an alleged prophet who declared that God had sanctioned an adulterous relationship can be immediately identified as a false prophet because He has contradicted Torah. God cannot contradict Himself.

Moses says that a false prophet might be allowed to perform signs and wonders in order to test Israel’s fidelity to Torah. The Master warns us that “false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders.” (Matthew 24:24)

Sadly, the traditional understanding and presentation of the Christian Jesus is that he was a prophet (and more than a prophet), attested by signs and wonders, but that he also cancelled the Torah. Such a person fits Deuteronomy 13’s description of a false prophet perfectly. According to Deuteronomy, conversion to faith in such a person would be a violation of God’s own commandments. Thus Judaism rightly rejects him. Yet the real Yeshua of the Gospels is not such. He is a prophet (and more than a prophet) attested to by signs and miracles, who called Israel to submit their lives to the highest standards of Torah.

This explains why His opponents among the Judean leadership labored so hard to find some way of demonstrating that He was a breaker of Torah. If they could prove that He was teaching against Torah, they could invalidate His claims. They were unable to do so. Nevertheless, we have consistently presented Him as a prophet teaching against the Torah. We need to rethink this. A Messiah that breaks Torah and teaches others to do so is no Messiah at all.

 

END THE WEEKLY EDRASH FROM FIRST FRUITS OF ZION

 

Deuteronomy 13, ““If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder,  2and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for Yahweh your Mighty One is testing you to know whether you love Yahweh your Mighty One with all your heart and with all your soul. 4You shall walk after Yahweh your Mighty One and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from Yahweh your Mighty One, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which Yahweh your Mighty One commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

6“If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, 7of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, 8you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; 9but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. 10And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from Yahweh your Mighty One, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11So all Israel shall hear and fear, and not again do such wickedness as this among you.

12“If you hear someone in one of your cities, which Yahweh your Mighty One gives you to dwell in, saying, 13‘Corrupt men have gone out from among you and enticed the inhabitants of their city, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods”’—which you have not known—14then you shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination was committed among you, 15you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it, all that is in it and its livestock—with the edge of the sword. 16And you shall gather all its plunder into the middle of the street, and completely burn with fire the city and all its plunder, for Yahweh your Mighty One. It shall be a heap forever; it shall not be built again. 17So none of the accursed things shall remain in your hand, that Yahweh may turn from the fierceness of His anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and multiply you, just as He swore to your fathers, 18because you have listened to the voice of Yahweh your Mighty One, to keep all His commandments which I command you today, to do what is right in the eyes of Yahweh your Mighty One.”

 

From Yeshua’s Olivet Discourse we read in Matthew 24:3-5, “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4And Yeshua answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.” Yeshua continues in verse 11, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” This is a specific reference to the principles of Deuteronomy 13 for determining who is a false prophet. The disciples knew where to look to find out how to discern who is a false prophet. We need to do the same. Deuteronomy 13 gives us this foundational premise. Yeshua continues again in verses 23-25, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you beforehand.” And in this context of the end times with the backdrop foundation of Deuteronomy 13, what will be the deception at the end of days? So-called Christian teachers and preachers saying that Jesus Christ delivered us from the commandments of Torah!! The commandments of Yahweh were nailed to the cross, so we don’t have to follow them! But go back a few verses in chapter 24 and see verse 20 again, “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.” Yeshua is expecting His disciples, His followers, His believers, His Christians, His bride to be OBSERVING THE SABBATH IN THE END TIMES!!!!

 

Yeshua NEVER taught anyone to disobey or ignore the Torah commandments. Yeshua took the letter of the Torah to the spiritual level of our thought life. You know, lusting in your heart now equals committing physical adultery. Yeshua raised the Torah bar from the letter of the Law to obedience in the Spirit. We have been called to be holy priests and kings in a holy nation and Kingdom of a holy spiritual Mighty One. Leading Yahweh’s flock away from Torah leads them away from Yahweh. Yeshua would never do it, we should never do it either. We should always encourage Yahweh’s people to be faithful to Torah and Yeshua.

 

When Yeshua returns to earth and establishes Yahweh’s Kingdom on this planet, what Law do you think He will govern by? Do you think Yeshua will rule by the Lesbian Homosexual agenda? Do you think He will rule by the demonic oppression of Islamic Sharia law? What do you think will be the teeth behind ruling with a rod of iron? Yeshua will rule by His own Law, the Torah!! Long before men were on the earth and created human governments and law, Yahweh and Yeshua had already worked out His Kingdom Law. Yahweh observed Sabbath on the 7th day of creation, about 2,500 years before Moses wrote it down in the 10 commandments. Come on people, step back and look at the long-term Kingdom of Yahweh throughout eternity. Satan rebelled and broke Yahweh’s law, that’s why he is doomed to destruction. Yeshua came to restore Yahweh’s Law and government. The Law of Liberty and the Law of Grace are the pinnacle principles of that Government. Kosher food laws are good for us, not bad for us.

 

Our world economy is going to collapse because we refuse to follow Yahweh’s economic Law of the Jubilee. Yeshua is our perfect Doctor. Human doctors and pharmacists are mostly witch doctors and sorcerers. And for some deceptive reason, humans refuse to repent of following doctors and pharmacists right up to Yeshua’s return. Revelation 9:21, “And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries (drugs) or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” We are truly sick in the heart. The world, the flesh, and the Devil are against Yahweh’s Kingdom and Law. Yeshua is returning soon to set this world right. I hope you’re ready to meet Him and submit to His glorious government and Law!! The key to getting ready is the Key of David, master repentance like David did!!

 

The Mark of the Beast may not be an RFID chip in your hand or forehead, it may very well be an evil spirit of DECEPTION that teaches Yahweh’s people to turn from Yahweh and His Laws and ways to follow the One World Order of things. A false prophet is a beast, deserving capital punishment. If you just believe and follow all the lies that worldly authorities feed you, thus causing you to slip away from Yahweh’s Kingdom, you are in serious spiritual danger right now. Repent and believe the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach.

 

Gene Benjamin II

August 18, 2012 CE

 

 

IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF JEHOIAKIM

IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF JEHOIAKIM

Parallel: In the Fourth Year of Barak O.

 

 

Jeremiah 45:1-5, “The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the instruction of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim (606-605 BCE, 19 years before Judah’s and Jerusalem’s destruction) the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying, 2“Thus says Yahweh, the Mighty One of Israel, to you, O Baruch: 3‘You said, “Woe is me now! For Yahweh has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.”’

4“Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says Yahweh: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land (of America, Britain, Israel?). 5And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says Yahweh. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”’””

 

There are four places in the Scriptures where the fourth year of Jehoiakim is mentioned. Jeremiah 25:1, which equates Jehoiakim’s fourth year to King Nebuchadnezzar’s 1st year as king of Babylonia, which then also became the 1st year of Judah’s captivity and the prophet Daniel’s 1st year of captivity. Jeremiah 36:1, which relates how King Jehoiakim burned the Torah scroll copied down by Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch, while Jeremiah was incarcerated in the dungeon. Jeremiah 46:2, which is a prophecy against Egypt and Pharaoh Necho, whom Nebuchadnezzar defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim at the famous ancient battle of Carchemish. The fourth reference is here in Jeremiah 45:1, our text for today, where Baruch is being rebuked by Yahweh for doing something against the Gospel.

 

This is the Scripture where Yahweh tells Baruch that He will pluck up the throne of David. Did Baruch’s rebuke come as a result of seeking material gain through his and Jeremiah’s ministry? I don’t know, but what a sharp rebuke that we in the West should take to heart today, “5And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” And look at that prophecy!! What a timely word for us in these end times. Yahweh is the One Who will bring adversity, or tribulation, upon the whole world. Yahweh will use Satan to bring much of this misery, but Yahweh is trying to get people to repent of their sins, so He doesn’t have to bring calamity upon us. Does anyone have ears to hear in these last days? America, the British Commonwealth, and the State of Israel are three of the most materialistic nations on the planet! And we represent the remnant of Yahweh’s physical Hebrews from ancient times. Yahweh disciplines His children.

 

We are headed for World War III, famine, pestilence and all the rest of the plagues of Matthew 24 and Revelation. These are the last minutes we have to repent as a people, nation, and individually. Beginning this Sunday, Elul 1, we can begin 40 days of prayer of repentance, leading up to the Day of Atonement on Tishri 10. I expect a nasty, violent war to break out in the Middle East during this time frame. This Middle East regional war could easily break out into full-blown WWIII within days, or minutes.

 

You can prepare physically, by stocking up guns, ammo, food, water, and building a bunker, but it’s much more important to humble ourselves spiritually before our Maker. Yahweh’s plan is to bring the Kingdom of Yahweh to earth, but first He has to set up Satan for his final demise. Yeshua will sit as King and be crowned as our King when He returns to Jerusalem, but there may not be much of Jerusalem left when He gets here.

 

The Islamic Beast system continues to grow and its tentacles are reaching into every home through television, radio, and the internet. The banks will soon close their doors to take a “bank holiday”, which could last for weeks, months or years. The next Pope will be the last Pope. America may have seen its last president. B.O. is making himself a dictator with every Executive Order he writes. I hear he is planning a false-flag assassination attempt on his own life, before the election in November, just so he can declare martial law and make himself this dictator once and for all.

 

I hope for a spiritual awakening in America and around the world. I pray for a spiritual awakening in America and around the world. I repent and pray for a spiritual awakening in myself. America, Great Britain, and Israel reject Yahweh and Yeshua HaMashiach. Personally, I don’t see America repenting, because America, the once greatest nation in human history, does not appear to make it to the tribulation, let alone to the other side of the tribulation. Read the Book, if you see America in the end times in Scripture, please write me and let me know where you see that.

 

Anyway, back to Jeremiah 45:5, “And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh.” A friend of ours recently related how she is paying a lawyer $1,000 per month just to legally fight her own daughter, to keep the daughter from taking our friend’s horse and real estate. What would Yeshua tell her today? What did Yeshua tell that rich young ruler 2,000 years ago? Oh yeah, in Matthew 19:21-22, we read, “Yeshua said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” This is one of the saddest passages in the Scriptures. Read the whole story. This rich young man could have been one of Yeshua’s disciples, one of the early pillars of the Church!! Do you own your stuff, or does your stuff own you? Your answer to that question could determine your eternal destiny. It’s time to let go of self and its baggage and follow Yeshua, free from all encumbrances. You can’t take it with you anyway, and Yeshua will give it all back to you anyway, if not now, then in the Kingdom to come to earth soon, so what are you holding onto? Sell your extra homes, cars, pets, etc. give the proceeds to the poor and come follow Yeshua. Discipleship and martyrdom for Yeshua always wins, materialistic idolatry always loses. It’s your soul, let Yeshua help you with that.

 

Blessings in Yeshua and peace be upon Jerusalem,

 

Gene Benjamin II

August 17, 2012 CE

 

 

The End is Not Yet

The End is Not Yet

Matthew 24:3-8, “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?

4And Yeshua answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various (in the Hebrew: ALL) places (simultaneously). 8All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Luke 21:11, “And there will be great earthquakes in various (in the Hebrew: ALL) places (simultaneously), and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”

Matthew 24:9, “Then (the following occurs AFTER the beginning of sorrows) they will deliver you up to tribulation (the final 7 years of humanity on the earth as we know it) and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”

Yeshua showed His disciples (and us, His 21st century disciples) that there would be three general signs just depicting the beginning of sorrows, but these would not be the end, yet. The first group of signs would be that we would hear of wars and rumors of wars. Is that or is that not the daily news today? This first sign should lead up to World War III. We are close to seeing this sign fulfilled today. The second group of signs would be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in ALL or EVERY place at the same time. We seem to be getting closer to the fulfillment of this sign every day. The increase in this second group of signs is mind boggling when you check the earthquake tracking sites (here’s one: http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com) and see the drought in America. I just read that some plant-eating bugs actually thrive during a drought. Great. We are getting real close to the beginning of sorrows. Luke added a third group of signs that would be seen in the heavens, fearful, terrifying signs. I just read that the globalists may be triggering the volcanoes in Chile, just to cause ash clouds that block our vision of the southern heavens for years to come, so we cannot see the approach of Planet X, or Nibiru, or whatever you want to call it. Great. Maybe this is why the end comes on the world suddenly.

But don’t worry, the end is not yet. We are daily getting closer to World War III blasting forth on earth. We are daily getting closer to seeing earthquakes, famines, and pestilences everywhere all at the same time. We are daily getting closer to seeing Planet X, or Wormwood, or other terrifying signs in the heavens. BUT THE END IS NOT YET. Even once these signs do show up, we are only at the beginning of sorrows.

So keep believing, keep teaching, preaching, and healing the nations. Malachi 4:5, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh.” Some believe Elijah will show up in person, but Yeshua said that John the Baptist was the Elijah who was to come, so we just see preachers preaching with the same spirit and anointing as Elijah, calling the nations to repentance and faith in Yeshua. This has been happening for about 2,000 years now, but the end is not yet. A spirit of repentance needs to fall upon this world in order to see mass spiritual awakening and revival before the end does come. The Holy Spirit promises that this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached to all nations before the end comes. Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Revelation 14:6-7, “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—7saying with a loud voice, “Fear Yahweh and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.””

There is no time like the present to hear the Gospel, repent of our sins, and turn to Yahweh by faith in Yeshua, His Son, before the end does come upon us suddenly, like a lightening bolt from heaven. For when the end-time lightening from heaven does strike, it will be too late to repent. Today is the day of salvation, take advantage of time, while we have it.

Keep your peace in Yeshua, we’re not even at the beginning of sorrows yet, but we appear to be approaching those days with every breath. Trust Yeshua to keep you, to help you to endure, and rapture you at the right moment, so you will escape all these things.

Thanks to Tim McHyde for his balanced approach to end time prophecy.

Gene Benjamin II

August 11, 2012 CE