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The Law of the Law

The Law of the Law

Thanks to our good friends over at 119 Ministries for the inspiration for this post.

Watch their short fast video teaching here:

http://119ministries.com/the-unanswerable-questions

In the above video teaching of The Unanswerable Questions, the brethren at TestEverything.net ask 25 questions concerning the relativity of the Law, Yahweh’s Torah, His Book of Instructions. Here are the 25 questions with the referenced Scriptures written out:

1 – If the Law of Yahweh is perfect, Psalm 19:7 “The Torah of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul. The Testimony of Yahweh is sure, making the simple wise.” … how can Perfect be made better? Good question, since the word for perfect here is Strong’s # H8549, meaning complete, whole, entire, sound.

2 – If the Law of Yahweh is freedom, how can liberty be bondage? Psalm 119:44-45 “And I shall keep Your Torah continually, forever and ever. 45And I will walk in the wilderness, for I seek Your Commandments.” James 1:25 “But the one looking into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a hearer of the word which can be forgotten, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his labor.”

3 – Can what is declared to be true not be true? Psalm 119:142-143 “Your righteousness is forever, and Your Torah is truth. 143Distress and anguish have found me; Your Commandments are my delight.”

4 – Can the ways of righteousness change? Proverbs 2:20 “In order that you may walk in the ways of the good and keep the paths of the righteous.” Isaiah 51:7 “Hear Me, those knowing righteousness, the people of My Torah in their heart; do not fear the reproach of man, and do not be bowed from their blaspheming.” Psalm 119:141-142 “I am small and despised; I do not forget Your Precepts. 142Your righteousness is forever, and Your Torah is truth.” Deuteronomy 4:8 “And who is a great nation whose statutes and judgments are as righteous as all the Torah, which I set before you today?” 2 Peter 2:21 “For it was better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than having recognized it to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.” 1 Timothy 3:16 “Truly, great is the divine mystery of righteousness [Yahshua]: which was revealed in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by cherubs, was proclaimed among nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

5 – Can the way of Yahweh become a different way? Psalm 119:1Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah of Yahweh.” Exodus 18:20 “And you warn them as to the statutes and the laws of the Torah, and make known to them the way in which they should walk, and the work which they should do.” Deuteronomy 10:12 “And now, Israel, what has Yahweh your Divine One asked of you, except to fear Yahweh your Divine One, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yahweh your Divine One with all your heart, and with all your soul;” 1 Kings 2:3 “and keep the charge of Yahweh your Divine One, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commands, and His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in [Aleph Tav] the Law [Torah] of Moses, so that you may do wisely all that you do, and there wherever you may turn,” Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; and reproofs of instruction are a way of life,” Isaiah 2:3 “And many people shall go and say, Come and let us go up to the mount of Yahweh, to the house of the Divine One of Jacob. And He will teach from His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For out of Zion the Torah will go forth, and the Word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.” Malachi 2:8 “But you have turned out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the Torah. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says Yahweh of Hosts.” Mark 12:14 “And they came and asked him. Teacher, we realize that you are true, and do not show favoritism to men, for you do not look on the faces of the sons of men, rather in truth you teach the way of Yahweh. Is it lawful to give the head tax to Caesar or not? Should we give or not?” Acts 24:14 “But I confess this to you that according to the Way, which they say is a sect, I do serve the Divine One of my fathers, believing all the things written in the Torah and in the prophets.”

6 – If the Law of Yahweh if forever, when did forever become temporary?

Sabbath = forever Leviticus 16:31 “It is a Sabbath of rest to you, and you shall humble yourself. It is a never ending statute.”

Covenant = forever 1 Chronicles 16:15 “Remember His covenant forever, the Word He gave to a thousand generations,”

Law = forever Psalm 119:160 “The sum of Your Word is true; every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.”

Word = forever Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers; the flower fades; but the Word of our Divine One shall rise forever.”

7 – If breaking the Law of Yahweh is sin, can what is defined as sin suddenly become good? 1 John 3:4 “Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is the breaking of the Torah.” Numbers 15:22-31 “And when you shall err and shall not perform all these commands which Yahweh has spoken to Moses, 23even all that Yahweh has commanded you by the hand of Moses from the day that Yahweh commanded, and onward for your generations, 24then it shall be, if it be done in ignorance by the congregation, without knowledge, even all the congregation shall offer a son of the herd, one bull, for a burnt offering, for a soothing fragrance to Yahweh, and its food offering, and its drink offering, according to the ordinance; and one kid of the goats for a sin offering. 25And the priest shall atone for all the congregation of the sons of Israel; and it shall be forgiven them. For it was in ignorance, and they have brought their offering, a fire offering to Yahweh, and their sin offering before Yahweh for their error. 26And all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and the alien that lives among them, shall be forgiven; for as to all the people, it was in ignorance. 27And if one person sins through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. 28And the priest shall atone for the soul that errs when he sins through ignorance before Yahweh to atone for him. And he shall be forgiven, 29both the native among the sons of Israel, and the alien that lives among them; one law shall be to you for him who acts in error. 30And the soul that does anything with a high hand in defiance, whether of a native or of the alien, the same blasphemes Yahweh. And that person shall be cut off from the midst of his people. 31For he has despised the Word of Yahweh and has broken His command; that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be on him.” Daniel 9:11 “Yea, all Israel has transgressed Your Torah and turned aside that they might not obey Your voice. For this reason the curse [Allah] has been poured out on us, and the oath that is written in the Torah of Moses the servant of the Divine One, because we have sinned against Him.”

8 – If the Law of Yahweh is light, can light stop being light? Psalm 119:105-106 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn and I rise to it, to keep Your righteous judgments.”

9 – If the Law of Yahweh is life, can what is life no longer be life? Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are the ones doing His commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and that they may enter by the gates into the city.”

10 – If Yahweh is the Word, John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh.” … and Yahweh does not change … Malachi 3:6 “For I am Yahweh, I do not change. Because of this, you sons of Jacob are not destroyed.” … How can we say the word has changed?

11 – If we are to delight in the Law, Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is only in the Torah of Yahweh, and he meditates in His Torah day and night.” … Psalm 119:70 “Their heart is like fat, without feeling; I delight in Your Torah. … 77Let Your mercies come to me that I may live; for Your Torah is my delight. … 92Unless Your Torah was my delight, then I had perished in my grief. … 174I have longed for Your salvation (Y’shua*), O Yahweh; and Your Torah is my delight.” Romans 7:22 “For I delight in the Torah of Yahweh according to the inward man;” … When did it stop being a delight?

12 – If we are told to walk in Yahweh’s Law, Deuteronomy 10:11-13 “And Yahweh said to me Rise up! Go before the people, causing them to set forward, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers, to give it to them. 12And now, Israel, what has Yahweh your Divine One asked of you, except to fear Yahweh your Divine One, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Yahweh your Divine One with all your heart, and with all your soul; 13to keep the commandments of Yahweh, and His statutes which I am commanding you today, for your good.” … Messiah walked in the word, so we should walk as He walked … 1 John 2:5-6 “But whoever keeps His Word, truly in this one the love of Yahweh has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him. 6The one claiming to rest in Him, ought to walk, himself, even as He walked.” … Paul said to follow Messiah’s example … 1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am also of Messiah.” … Why would we walk differently?

13 – If Messiah is the Word in the flesh, John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten one from the Father, full of grace and of truth.” … and the Word of Yahweh … Revelation 19:13 “and having been clothed in a garment which had been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of Yahweh.” (Isa. 63:2,3) … and some of the word of Yahweh is now abolished like some propose … Did Messiah abolish part of Himself?

14 – If the Law of Yahweh is how we are to love, Matthew 22:35-37 “And one of them, a lawyer, questioned Him, testing Him, and saying, 36Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Torah? 37And Yahshua said to him, “You shall love Yahweh your Divine One with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Deut. 6:5) … Does how to love Yahweh and others change?

15 – If the Law is intended to be good for us, and bless us, Deuteronomy 11:26-27 “Behold! I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 27a blessing if you hear the commandments of Yahweh your Divine One which I command you today;” Psalm 112:1 “HalleluYah! Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh, delighting greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 119:1-2 Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Torah of Yahweh. 2Blessed are those keeping His Testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart.” Psalm 128:1 “Blessed is everyone who fears Yahweh, who walks in His ways.” Proverbs 8:32 “And now listen to me, O sons, for blessed are those who keep my ways.” Isaiah 56:2 “Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; keeping the Sabbath, from defiling it; and keeping his hand from doing every evil.” Matthew 5:6 & 10 “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be satisfied. . . 10Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Luke 11:28 “But He said, No; rather, blessed are those hearing the Word of Yahweh, and keeping it.” James 1:25 “But the one looking into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a hearer of the word which can be forgotten, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his labor.” 1 Peter 3:14 “But if you truly suffer because of righteousness sake, you are blessed. and be not afraid of those who terrify you, neither be disturbed.” Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are the ones doing His commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and that they may enter by the gates into the city.” All of Psalm 119. … Then why would He take it away from us?

16 – If keeping all of Yahweh’s commandments is the whole duty of man, Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Yahweh, and keep His commandments; for this applies to every man.” … Is that no longer true?

17 – If ALL Scripture is instruction in righteousness, 1 Timothy 3:16 “Truly, great is the divine mystery of righteousness [Yahshua]: which was revealed in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by cherubs, was proclaimed among nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” … and we are to practice righteousness … 1 John 3:7 & 10 “Little children, let no one lead you astray; the one practicing righteousness is righteous, even as that One is righteous. . .10By this the children of Yahweh are distinguished from the children of the devil: Whoever does not practice righteousness and does not love his brother, does not belong to Yahweh.” Why not practice ALL Scripture?

18 – The Law cannot change till Heaven and Earth pass away, Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I came to annul the Torah or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill. 18Truly I say to you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, in no way shall one yod or one stroke pass away from the Torah until all comes to pass. … and anyone teaching such will be least in the Kingdom, Matthew 5:19 “Therefore, whoever loosens one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the worst in the kingdom of Heaven. But whoever does and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of Heaven.” … Why is it taught that the Law of Yahweh changed DESPITE what our Master said?

19 – When Messiah said to “observe and do” what is taught from Moses’ seat, Matthew 23:1-3 “Then Yahshua spoke to the crowd and to His disciples, 2saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have sat down on Moses’ seat. 3Then all things, whatever he (Moses) tells you to keep, keep and do. But do not do according to their (Scribes & Pharisees) works, for they talk, and do not do.” … And what was taught from Moses’ seat was the Law of Yahweh as written by Moses, Exodus 18:13 “And it happened on the next day that Moses sat to judge the people. And the people stood beside Moses from the morning until the evening.” … Why refuse to do what Messiah said?

20 – If Paul said he taught and practiced what Moses wrote, Acts 21:20 & 26 “And hearing, they glorified the Master, and said to him, You see, brother, how many myriads there are of Jews that have believed, and all are zealous ones of the Torah. . . 26Then taking the men on the next day, having been purified with them, Paul went into the sanctuary, declaring the fulfillment of the days of the purification, until the offering should be offered for each one of them.Acts 24:13-14 “nor are they able to prove that concerning which they now accuse me. 14But I confess this to you that according to the Way, which they say is a sect, I do serve the Divine One of my fathers, believing all the things written in the Torah and in the prophets.” Acts 25:8 “Defending himself, Paul said, Neither against the Torah of the Jews, nor against the sanctuary, nor against Caesar have I sinned in anything.” … and Paul taught no difference between Jew and Greek, 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “Even as the body is one, and has many members, but all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, so also is Messiah. 13For also we all were baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jews or Arameans, whether slaves or free, even all were given to drink into one Spirit. 14For also the body is not one member, but many.” Galatians 3:27-29 “For as many as were baptized into Messiah, you put on Messiah. 28There cannot be Jew nor Aramean, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one (echad), united in Messiah Yahshua. 29And if you are of Messiah, then you are seeds of Abraham, even heirs according to the promise.” Colossians 3:10-12 “and put on the new life which is renewed in knowledge after the pattern in which it was originally created, 11where there is neither Jew or Aramean, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Messiah is all and in all men. 12Therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, put on bowels of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering,” … How is Paul against the Law and for the Law? Since Paul practiced and taught Moses, then that means he had to teach it to converted Gentiles as Moses wrote, … Numbers 15:16 “There shall be one law and one ordinance both for you and for the alien that lives with you.” Exodus 12:19, 38, 4919For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses. For anyone eating any leaven, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, among the foreigners, and among the natives of the land. . . 38And also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks, and herds, very many livestock. . . 49One law shall be to the native, and to the visitor, the one staying in your midst.” Leviticus 19:34 “as the native among you, so shall be the alien who is staying with you; and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your Divine One.” Leviticus 24:22 “One judgment shall be for you whether an alien or a native; for I am Yahweh your Divine One.” Numbers 9:14 “And if an alien shall reside with you, and desires to keep the Passover to Yahweh; he shall do according to the statute of the Passover, and according to its ordinance. You shall have one statute, both for the alien and for the native of the land.” Numbers 15:15-16 & 29 “As for the congregation, there shall be one statute both for you and for the alien that lives with you, a never ending statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before Yahweh. 16There shall be one law and one ordinance both for you and for the alien that lives with you. . . 29both the native among the sons of Israel, and the alien that lives among them; one law shall be to you for him who acts in error.” Isaiah 42:6 “I, Yahweh, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand, and will keep You, and give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the nations;” Isaiah 60:3 “And nations shall walk to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawning.” Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. It is not possible to hide a city that is built on a mountain.” Ephesians 2:10-13 “for we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which Yahweh before prepared that we should walk in them. 11Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh from the beginning and you were called Uncircumcision, differing from those called Circumcision, which is the work of the hands in the flesh; 12that at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Yahweh in the world. 13But now, in Messiah Yahshua you who then were afar off, are brought near by the blood of Messiah.” Acts 13:47 “For so our Master has commanded us, “I have set You for a Light to the nations, that You be for salvation to the end of the earth.”” (Isa. 49:6) Romans 11:16-27 “Now if the first-fruit is holy, so also the lump. And if the root is holy, so also the branches. 17But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree were grafted in among them, and became a sharer of the root and the fatness of the olive tree, 18do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you that bears the root, but the root bears you. 19You will say then, The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in. 20Well! For unbelief they were broken off. And you stand by faith. Do not be high minded, but fear. 21For if Yahweh did not spare the natural branches, fear that it may be He will not spare you either. 22Behold, then, the kindness and severity of Yahweh: On those having fallen, severity. But on you kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise, you will also be cut off. 23And those also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in. For Yahweh is able to graft them in again. 24For if you were cut out of the natural wild olive tree, and against nature were grafted into a good olive tree, how much more these being according to nature will be grafted into their own olive tree? 25For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be wise within yourselves, that hardness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the nations comes in; (Gen. 48:8-19) 26and so all the tribes of Israel will be saved, even as it has been written, “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away iniquity from Jacob. 27And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”” (Isa. 59:20, 21; Jer. 50:3-8) Notice that in verse 21 above, Paul is teaching the exact message of Messiah from Matthew 7:21-23. Read and heed! Jeremiah 31:31-34 “Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will cut a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32not according to the covenant that I cut with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt (which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was to be a husband to them, says Yahweh). 33But this shall be the covenant that I will cut with the house of Israel: After those days, declares Yahweh, I will put My Torah in their inward parts, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their Divine One, and they shall be My people. 34And they shall no longer each man teach his neighbor, and each man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh. For they shall all know Me, from the least of them even to the greatest of them, declares Yahweh. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.” Ezekiel 37.

1 John 2:10 “The one loving his brother rests in the light, and no offense is in him.” 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of His Son Yahshua Messiah cleanses us from all sin.”

21 – If we are to love Yahweh by keeping His commandments, 1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of Yahweh: When we love Yahweh and keep His commandments. 3For this is the love of Yahweh, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not a burden to us.” … as a response to Him loving us, 1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.” … Why would we only keep some of His commandments?

22 – Isaiah 66:15-16 “For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and His chariots like the whirl-wind, to return His wrath in fury, and His rebuke in flames of fire. 16For by fire and by His sword Yahweh will execute judgment with all flesh; and the slain of Yahweh shall be many.” If He cares then, why would we assume that He doesn’t care now?

23 – Zechariah 14:16 “And it shall be, everyone who is left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of The Sukkot.” … Why would we be expected to celebrate Tabernacles before the cross, but not after the cross, but then celebrate it again when the Master returns?

24 – If Messiah is the Word of Yahweh, John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten one from the Father, full of grace and of truth.” Revelation 19:13 “and having been clothed in a garment which had been dipped in blood. And His name is called The Word of Yahweh.” (Isa. 63:2,3) … and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Hebrews 13:8 “Yahshua Messiah, the same yesterday and today and forever.” … then how is it that the Word of Yahweh is not the same yesterday, today, and forever?

25 – Peter’s warning about Paul and the Law, 2 Peter 3:15-17 “And consider the long-suffering of our Master as salvation, as also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him; 16as also in all his epistles, speaking in them concerning these things, in which some things are hard to understand, which those that are ignorant and unstable pervert their meaning, as also they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17Therefore beloved, since you know these things beforehand, guard yourself, lest being led away by the error of the lawless [torahless] you fall from your own steadfastness.” Paul is the very person that Peter warns us not to use to teach against the Law of Yahweh! Why would anyone use him?

In conclusion, I want to let you know that the Scriptures, the doctrine and Word of Yahweh, do not leave room for false theories like Replacement Theology, or false concepts like, “We’re no longer under the Law”. People, the moment you break one of the least of the commandments, you are UNDER the Law and subject to its penalties. Ask any law enforcement officer or judge. Yahshua saves us from the penalty for breaking His Law through His blood, but He still wants us to obey Him and follow His Word. Our Goal is to become like our Messiah, the Law simply points out to us where we’re missing the mark in pursuit of our goal. If you sin, ask His forgiveness, thank Him for it, and move on, continue obeying ALL Scripture. No one obeys Yahweh’s calendar or feasts perfectly, nor makes disciples perfectly, but that’s no excuse for not trying to imitate our Messiah!!

Many Christians do lots of cool religious stuff, but may not end up in the Kingdom. Matthew 7:21-23 “It will not be that just everyone who says to Me, Master, Master, will enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who do the will of My Father in Heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power? 23And then I will declare to them, from everlasting, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!”” (Psa. 6:8) Yahweh’s Word is His will. Don’t let religious spirits, false teachers, or false prophets lead you to destruction.

Gene Benjamin II

July 25, 2014 AD

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Iron Horn and Brazen Hooves

Iron Horn and Brazen Hooves

This week, Yahweh gave us Micah 3 and 4. Chapter 3 seems to be a picture of Israel before the return of Messiah Yahshua, while Chapter 4 appears to be a picture of Israel during or after the return of Messiah Yahshua. First, Yahweh condemns the secular political leadership of modern Israel:

Micah 3:1-12 HRB “And I said, Heads of Jacob and magistrates of the house of Israel, please hear. Is it not for you to know justice? 2 Those hating good and loving evil, who pull their skin off them, and their flesh from their bones; 3 who also eat the flesh of My people, and cause their skin to come off from them; yea, they break their bones and shatter, like that in the pot, and as flesh in the midst of the kettle. 4 Then they shall cry out to Yahweh, but He will not answer them. He will even hide His face from them in that time, as they have done evil in their doings.”

I know you American believers may think this sounds like the U.S. Federal Government today, but rest assured, Yahweh is still not pleased with modern secular Israel’s civil government. You’ve heard about the corruption and infighting among Israel’s leadership, so we won’t get into it here. Yahweh is not so much concerned about Israel’s dealings with Palestinians as He is with how the State of Israel treats Israelis. Israel will have to decide who is their El, Yahweh or Allah. Even Israel’s secular civil government can only serve one master, their Creator, or that little fat demon Allah. I hope they make up their mind soon, for their sakes.

Now Yahweh has a word for the spiritual leadership of Israel, His prophets:

5 Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets, those causing My people to err, who bite with their teeth and call out, Peace! And whoever does not give for their mouth, they even sanctify a war [Jihad? Holy war?] against him. 6 So a night shall be for you apart from vision; and darkness apart from divining. And the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. 7 And the seers shall be ashamed, and those divining shall blush, all of them; yea, they shall cover over their mustache, for there is no answer from Yahweh.”

Wow, if no prophet in Israel is getting a word from Yahweh, from whom are they receiving their prophecies? The lying spirit maybe? Possibly from an anti-Messiah spirit? There may not be a word from Yahweh for Israel until the Two Witnesses show up. Again, soon I hope. Zechariah agrees with Micah about Israel’s prophets, see Zech. 13:1-5. Israel still doesn’t get it, until they repent and turn back to Yahweh and follow Him and His Torah, the rest of the world will not and can not follow their spiritual leadership!

At least Micah was full of Yahweh’s Spirit!

8 But I am full of power by the Spirit of Yahweh and also justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, and his sin to Israel. 9 Please hear this, heads of the house of Jacob, and magistrates of the house of Israel, those who abhor justice and pervert all uprightness, 10 those building up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity: 11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, and her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for silver; yet they will lean on Yahweh, saying, is not Yahweh among us? No evil shall come on us! 12 Therefore, on account of you, Zion shall be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house into high places of the forest.”

We’ve posted about this many times before, that Israel will be spanked by Yahweh one more time. Jerusalem will be divided. Israel may come very close to disappearing as a nation upon this earth. Zechariah 14:1-2 HRB “Behold, the day of Yahweh comes, and your spoil shall be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem. And the city shall be captured, and the houses plundered, and the women raped. And half the city shall go into exile and the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.”

Micah and Zechariah agree on the remnant of Yahweh. He always has a remnant who survive to worship and follow Him.

Now, AFTER Yahshua returns, Micah 4 continues the last days scenario:

Micah 4:1-13 HRB “But it shall be in the end of the days, the mountain of the house of Yahweh shall be established on the top of the mountains; and it shall be lifted up from the hills; and peoples shall flow on it. 2 And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, and to the house of the Divine One of Jacob. And He will teach us from His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For the Torah shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.”

Notice the Word goes forth from Jerusalem AFTER Yahshua returns to earth. That is a major difference from TV hosts preaching today from tourist sites in Israel, collecting money for their luxurious lifestyles.

3 And He shall judge between many peoples, and will decide for strong nations afar off. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, nor shall they learn war anymore. 4 But they shall each one sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and there shall be no trembling. For the mouth of Yahweh of Hosts has spoken.”

Don’t verses 3-5 above sound eerily like Matthew 25:31ff? Is Yahweh discussing China, America, and Russia? Could be. It will become clear as you continue reading that this is exactly the judgment of Yahshua in Matthew 25.

5 For all the peoples walk, each one in the name of his god; but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our Divine One forever and ever. 6 In that day I will gather the lame, declares Yahweh, and I will gather the banished, and the one I have afflicted. 7 And I will make the lame into a remnant, and her who was removed into a strong nation. And Yahweh shall reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, and to forever. 8 And you, tower of the flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion, it shall happen to you. And the dominion of the chief ones shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

I hope you are one of the remnant “we” who will follow Yahweh forever!! We will inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. He promised through Daniel. Daniel 7:18, 22, 27-28a, HRB “18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. . . 22 until the Ancient of Days came. And judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. . . 27 And the kingdom and rulership, and the greatness of the kingdom under all the heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. And all kingdoms shall serve and obey Him. 28 Here is the end of the matter.”

9 Now why do you cry aloud, an outcry? Is there not a king among you? Has your adviser perished? For pangs have seized you like one giving birth. 10 Be in pain and deliver, daughter of Zion, like one giving birth. For now you shall go out from the city, and you shall live in the field. And you shall come to Babylon. There you shall be delivered. There Yahweh shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies. 11 Now [2014 to ?] also many nations are gathered against you, saying, Let her be defiled, and let our eyes look on Zion. 12 But they do not know the plans of Yahweh, nor do they understand His counsel. For He has gathered them like the sheaf to the threshing floor. 13 Rise up and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze, and you shall crush many peoples. And I will devote their gain [plunder] to Yahweh, and their wealth to the Master of all the earth.”

Verse 9 may be speaking of Yahshua’s appearance in the atmosphere, just before He lands back on earth! Notice that it is Israel who is in birth pangs, trying to give birth to the Kingdom of Yahweh upon this earth. This is a similar picture to Revelation 12. Why will Israel be in such pain when Yahshua reveals Himself to her? Because she will see the crucifixion scars in His wrists!! Zechariah 12:10 HRB “And I will pour on the house of David, and on those living in Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they shall be bitter over Him, like the bitterness over the first-born.” Israel will finally recognize Yahshua is their King and Savior!

Verse 11 is today’s headlines, and will be until the Great Tribulation is over. Verse 12 seems to indicate that it is Yahweh who gathers the nations for the Battle of Armageddon!! But wait a minute, who does Yahweh call upon in verse 13 to thresh, or crush, the nations? He calls upon the children of Israel, His remnant people! He will make her strong, with a horn of iron and hooves of brass! Folks, this is an incredible picture of the armies of the hosts of heaven, as seen in Revelation 19, joining with the military might of tiny Israel, AFTER their revelation of Yahshua HaMashiach, to battle the enemies of Yahweh upon Yahshua’s return to earth!!

The horn could indicate that a leader of faith will finally arise in Israel to lead the nation back to faith and trust in Yahweh. But he won’t get any glory for destroying the Antichrist. Daniel 8:25 HRB “And also through his [Antichrist’s] policy he will make deceit succeed in his land. And he will lift himself up in his heart, and by peace; he shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Prince of Princes, but he shall be shattered without a hand.” And look, the lying spirit of the false prophet, as seen in Micah 3:5 above, aligns perfectly with Daniel 8:25 also, destroying many people with a message of false peace!! Wow, where do we hear that message coming from today? The Vatican? The U.S. State Department? The U.N.? Hamas? ISIS? The so-called Palestinians?

Deuteronomy 33:26-27 HRB “None is like the El of Jeshurun, riding the heavens for your help, and the clouds in His majesty. 27 The Divine One of old is a refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And He shall cast the enemy out from before you, and shall say, Destroy!

If Israel had had the wisdom to hear and heed this command from the Father back in 1948, and had actually destroyed all their Muslim/Islamist enemies back then, they would be living in more relative peace in the Promised Land today. Listen up, Israel!! It’s time to trust Yahweh to cast your enemies out of His land. The Israeli military can go along for the ride!

Maranatha! Come Master Yahshua!

Gene Benjamin II

July 18, 2014 AD

You Will Be Bereaved

You Will Be Bereaved

A couple days ago, Yahweh gave us the following Scripture:

Ezekiel 5:13-17 HRB “And My anger shall be spent, and I will make My fury rest on them, and I will be eased. And they shall know that I, YAHWEH, have spoken in My zeal, in My fulfilling My fury among them. 14And I will make you into a waste and a reproach among the nations that are around you, in the eyes of all who pass by. 15And it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an example and a horror, to the nations which are all around you, when I shall execute against you judgments in anger and in fury and in chastisements among them. I, YAHWEH, have spoken it. 16When I shall send the arrows of evil famine among them, which shall be for ruin, for which I will send them to destroy you, even I will increase the famine on you and break the staff of bread to you. 17Yea, I will send famine and evil beasts on you, and you will be bereaved. And pestilence and blood shall pass among you, and I shall bring a sword on you. I, YAHWEH, have spoken.”

I was reading this passage, not really receiving anything, until verse 17 and the word bereaved leapt off the page at me. Yeah, the whole nation of Israel is in bereavement over the murder of their 3 teenage sons. But wait a minute, who sent the evil beasts to slay them? Yahweh says He did it. Why would He slay 3 innocent teenagers? Well, no one is purely innocent, but Yahweh is trying to get the attention of the whole nation of Israel. Are you listening, my Hebrew brothers? Yahweh is calling you all to repentance. When will you repent, turn to Yahweh wholeheartedly, and receive the Messiah, the One He sent to you almost two thousand years ago? Messiah Yahshua is still waiting for your answer, but time is running out. Did the whole nation of Israel grieve when Yahshua was executed on their behalf? I don’t think so.

I would ask my Israeli brothers to read Daniel chapter 3, the story of the 3 Hebrew boys who survived the fiery furnace of Babylon!! Why were they not slain? Why did they survive, when the 3 Hebrew boys of 2014 did not? Well, is it possible that while Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not worship the Babylonian gods, or its king, maybe modern Israelis are bowing down to world pressure, Babylonian gods, kings of the earth, debauchery, homosexuality, adultery, and sins of all kinds.

The 3 Hebrew boys in Nebuchadnezzar’s day trusted and worshiped Yahweh alone. Is it possible that the 3 Hebrew teenagers in Israel, as representative of the whole modern State of Israel, do not even know Yahweh, let alone worship Him or His Son, Yahshua? The Southern nation of Judah was destroyed by Babylon, because of their rebellion against Yahweh and His Torah. Could it be that modern Israel could suffer the same fate, for the same reasons? It’s totally possible.

The moral bankruptcy of the entire world, including modern Israel, is a setup and a cause of the end times. Satan will again be given a chance to decimate Israelis, and quite possibly the modern nation of Israel, especially during the coming Tribulation. Satan will be allowed to come close to totally destroying Israel, but as Ezekiel 5 (and Revelation 7) reveals, Yahweh will always have a remnant.

Ezekiel 5:1-12 HRB “And you, son of man, take to yourself a sharp sword, the razor of a barber. Take it to yourself and make it pass over your head and over your beard. And take to yourself scales to weigh, and to divide them out. 2 You shall burn a third part in the fire, in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled. And you shall take the third part and beat with a sword all around it. And you shall scatter the third part into the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them. 3 Also you shall take from there a few in number and bind them in your skirts. 4 And take from them again, and throw them into the middle of the fire and burn them in the fire. From it shall come forth a fire into all the house of Israel. 5 So says Adonai YAHWEH: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the midst of the nations, and all around her are the lands. 6 And she has changed My judgments for wickedness more than the nations, and defiled My Torah more than the lands that are all around her. For they have rejected My judgments and My Torah; they have not walked in them. 7 Therefore, so says Adonai YAHWEH: Because you rebelled more than the nations that are all around you, not having walked in My statutes, and not having performed My judgments, and you have not done according to the judgments of the nations all around you; 8 therefore, so says Adonai YAHWEH: Behold! I, even I am against you, and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. 9 And I will do in you that which I have not done, and which I will not do the like again, for all your abominations. 10 Therefore, the fathers shall eat the sons in your midst, and the sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments against you, and I will scatter the whole remnant of you into every wind. 11 Therefore, as I live, says Adonai YAHWEH, surely because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your idolatries and with all your abominations, so I also will withdraw. And My eye shall not spare, and I will not have pity. 12 A third part of you shall die by the plague and shall be consumed by the famine in your midst. And a third part shall fall by the sword all around you. And a third part I will scatter into every wind, and I will draw out a sword after them.”

Yahweh has in the past, and will again in the future, destroy Israel for rejecting His Torah and rebelling against Him. But here’s a thought I’ll leave you with: If Yahweh destroys His chosen people over and over again, simply because He loves them and will not allow them to continue in rebellion against Him, where does that leave the rest of the nations of the world, including America and the former British Empire nations, who continue to reject Yahweh and His Torah?

Gene Benjamin II

July 12, 2014 AD

JOEL 2 IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

JOEL 2 IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Dear Brother Riley,

The Master has hooked me on biblical chronology since about 2005 AD. I have loved Yahweh and His word of prophecy since the early ’70s. I am more and more convinced that we will never understand prophecy, unless we understand it in chronological order. Here’s what Yahweh showed me concerning Joel 2. I have not looked at Acts 2 yet.

There are 3 chronological sections to Joel 2:

1 – BEFORE the Day of Yahweh, described in verses 30-32 and verse 1.

2 – The DAY of Yahweh, described in verses 2-27.

3 – AFTER the Day of Yahweh, described in verses 28-29.

BEFORE THE DAY OF YAHWEH

Joel 2:30-32 HRB “And I will give signs in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and columns of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh. 32For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Yahweh has said, and among the survivors whom Yahweh shall call.” Joel 2:1 HRB “Blow a ram’s horn in Zion, and shout an alarm in My holy mountain. Let all those living in the land tremble. For the day of Yahweh approaches; it is near.

Joel’s summary in verses 30-32 are actually the introduction to his prophetic vision of the future Day of Yahweh, so, to get his introduction in proper chronological order, we simply move the verses to their proper position in the timeline. The darkness in verses 30-31 could be caused by asteroids or volcanoes, as you stated in your study. But this darkness happens BEFORE the Day of Yahweh.

You are correct in stating that the signs in the heavens BEFORE the Day of Yahweh are not necessarily the result of war, but verse one describes the warning that war is approaching with the Day of Yahweh.

And the context for the Day of Yahweh IS WAR!!!! You may owe the “Scripturalist for the Lord” a partial apology! The darkness described in verse 10 IS THE RESULT OF THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON!! Joel 2:2-11 describes the Day of Yahweh as a Day of War, I believe this is the same war described in Revelation 19:11ff. This is nothing less than the Return of Yahshua HaMashiach to earth to crush the nations of the world! Yahshua Advent 2.0!! Praise His Name forever!!

THE DAY OF YAHWEH

Joel 2:2-11, HRB 2It is a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, as the dawn spread out on the mountains, a great and a strong people [this is nothing less than the whole host of the armies of heaven, per verse 11 below!!]. There has never been the like, nor shall there ever be again to the years of generation to generation; 3 a fire devours before it, and a flame burns behind it. The land is the Garden of Eden before them and behind them is a desolate wilderness; yea, also there is no escape to them. 4 Their appearance is like horses; and as war horses, so they run. 5 They shall leap like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains, like the noise of flames of fire that devour the chaff, as a strong people set in order for battle. 6 Before their face, the people shall be pained; all faces collect heat. 7 They shall run as mighty ones; they shall go up the wall as men of war. And they each go on his way, and they do not change their paths. 8 And every man does not press his brother; they each go in his own paths. And if they fall behind their weapon[Strong’s #7973, a spear, a missile of attack], they shall not be cut off. 9 They shall rush on the city; they shall run on the wall; they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in by the windows, like a thief [these guys are trained by the Master Himself!!]. 10 The earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall shake. The sun and moon shall grow dark, and the stars shall gather in their light. 11 And Yahweh shall give His voice before His army, for His camp is very great. For he who does His Word is strong. For the day of Yahweh is very great and fearful, and who can endure it?

Verse 12 declares that Joel is still talking about the Day of Yahweh, NOW, as Yahweh pleads with His people to repent, again.

12Yet even now[It is still the Day of Yahweh!!] turn to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with wailing, declares Yahweh. 13 Yea, tear your heart, and not your robes; and turn to Yahweh your Divine One. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He pities concerning the evil. 14 Who knows if He will turn and have pity and leave a blessing behind Him, a food offering and a drink offering for Yahweh your Divine One?”

Verse 15 seems to indicate this Day of Yahweh occurs on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, on the 10th day of the 7th month.

15Blow a shofar (silver trumpet) in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly.”

Verse 16 seems to explicitly describe the MARRIAGE OF THE GROOM, Yahshua HaMashiach, to His BRIDE. This is the Marriage and Marriage Supper of the Lamb, as far as Joel describes it, in verse 16, ON THE DAY OF Yahweh, NOT BEFORE, NOR AFTER. Friends, this is EXACTLY the marriage of the Lamb to His Bride, as described in Revelation 19:7-9. Revelation 19, a heavenly scene for the most part, shows the marriage supper of the Lamb occurring IN THE HEAVENLIES, before Yahshua returns to earth with His heavenly host to smite the nations. Revelation 19:7-9 HRB “Let us rejoice and let us exult, and we will give glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb came, and His wife prepared herself. 8 And it was given to her that she be clothed in fine linen, pure and bright; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. 9 And he said to me, Write: Blessed are the ones having been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These Words of Yahweh are true.” Joel’s description of the Marriage of the Lamb and Bride seems to be on earth, or at least visible from earth!!

Joel 2:16-27, 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, gather the elders, gather the children, and those who suck the breasts. Let the bridegroom go out of his room[the word for room (innermost chamber) here could be describing Yahshua leaving the Holy Of Holies in the Heavenly Sanctuary!!], and the bride out of her bridal chamber. [the word chamber here is Strong’s #2646, the chuppah, the canopy under which every Jewish bride is married!!] 17 Let the priests, ministers of Yahweh, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity on Your people, O Yahweh, and do not give Your inheritance to shame, for a proverb among those of the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their Divine One? 18 Then Yahweh will be jealous [zealous] for His land and have pity on His people. 19 Yea, Yahweh will answer and say to His people, Behold, I will send you grain, and wine, and oil, and you shall be satisfied with it. And I will no more make you a disgrace among the nations. 20 But I will remove the northern army[Russia, probably conjoined with China and the Eastern Asia forces.] far from you, and I will drive him into a dry and desolated land with his face toward the eastern sea [Pacific Ocean], and his rear toward the western sea [Mediterranean Sea]. And his stench shall come up, and his ill odor shall come up, because he was doing great things. 21 Fear not, O land, be glad and rejoice, for Yahweh is doing great things. 22 Fear not, beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness grow green, for the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine give their strength. 23 Then be glad, sons of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your Divine One. For He has given to you the early rain according to righteousness, and He will cause the rain to come down for you, the early rain and the latter rain in the first month [this Day of Yahweh has now stretched from the 7th month to the 1st month of the Hebrew calendar.]. 24 And the floors shall be full with grain, and the wine vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten, the locust larvae, and the stripping locust, and the cutting locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 And you shall eat fully and be satisfied; and you shall praise the name of Yahweh your Divine One, who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall not be ashamed forever. 27 And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your Divine One, and there is no other. And My people shall not be ashamed forever.”

Notice verse 17, we see the full Jewish Temple services in action, on the Day of Yahweh!! Notice verse 23, that during the Day of Yahweh, Yahweh is prophesying physical and spiritual rain, to come upon His land, His people, on a day AFTER the Day of Yahweh. Notice in verse 25 how Yahweh takes full responsibility for devastating the Middle East over the years, even though the devastation is caused by the sin of His people!! Our Yah is an Awesome Yah!!

AFTER THE DAY OF YAHWEH

Joel 2:28-29 HRB “And it shall be afterward [After what? After the Day of Yahweh, possibly on the Day of Pentecost, again!], I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also I will pour out My Spirit on the slaves and on the slave-girls in those days. [What days? The days AFTER the Day of Yahweh, a possible reference to the Feast of Weeks!]

Look at this timeline carefully. Who is left alive on earth AFTER Judgment Day, or the Battle of Armageddon? Quite possibly ONLY believers in Yahshua, that is why the Holy Spirit can fall on ALL flesh, because all living flesh at that point in time will be believers!! So, in this sense, this picture is similar to Acts 2 and the Holy Spirit falling on believers on the Day of Pentecost / Feast of Shavuot in 33 AD. Notice that the Holy Spirit falling on all flesh in Joel 2:28-29 falls naturally in time with the Hebrew calendar we see mentioned in verse 23. This great outpouring of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit could again occur on the Feast of Shavuot, 50 days after the Sabbath that occurs during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, that occurs ON THE DAY OF YAHWEH, thus ENDING THE DAY OF YAHWEH with a great Holy Spirit REVIVAL!!! Judgment Day, the return of our King Yahshua, and His marriage to His Bride, will all occur according to Yahweh’s Feast calendar!! You don’t want to miss this ride!! I’m so excited now, I won’t sleep for another week!!

Folks, the Day of Yahweh is coming. It will be a terrible day for those in rebellion against the Most High Divine One of Heaven. It will be a great day for Yahweh’s people and the Bride of Messiah!! Repent and believe the Gospel of Yahshua HaMashiach.

Gene Benjamin II

July 12, 2014 AD

Jesus…who…???

Jesus…who…???

Absolute Confirmation of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture

By Pastor F. M. Riley

July 1, 2014

Would to God ye would bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that cometh preach another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”

2 Corinthians 11:1-4

Introduction

Does it ever occur to those claiming to be “Christians” today that every Scripture corrupter, every false teacher, and every religious deceiver in the ranks of Christianity today all claim loud and long that they “love the Lord Jesus” and the great truths of His Word? But the claim of these religious apostates is a lie and a Scriptural impossibility! One cannot truly love the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible and outright deny or corrupt the plain statements which came forth from His own Holy Mouth.

While many today “profess” Jesus Christ with their mouth, yet many of these “professors” also corrupt or outright deny His Word. In doing this, they are following the example of the unbelieving religious leaders of Israel at the first coming of Christ, of whom the Lord Jesus Himself explicitly said, Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoreth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,” Matthew 15:7-9.

What the Lord Jesus said was that the unbelieving religious leaders of Israel who were guilty of such practices were giving mere lip service to the Lord Jesus Christ “in vain” [empty; useless]. The Lord Jesus obviously did not regard such religionists as His covenanted people, and therefore such people had nothing to look forward to except their own damnation. Read it for yourself in Matthew 23:13-33. These hypocritical people were not following the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, even though they “professed” Him with their mouths. Even so, these religious, Scripture corrupting, false teachers, and deceivers in the ranks of Christianity today, who refuse to believe and receive the actual literal statements of God’s inspired Word, are not following the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. They are following “another Jesus;” a “Jesus” of their own making. By God’s grace I will prove this statement by the “rightly divided” Word of God. Read on…..

The Plain Statement of the Lord Jesus of the Bible

In Revelation 3:10 the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible plainly stated to His church, “Because thou hast kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

Our readers should notice that the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible explicitly promised His church that He would keep them FROM“the hour of temptation.” The Lord Jesus did not say that He would deliver them out of that hour, or protect and preserve them during that hour, but rather that He would keep them FROM that hour. Is this explicit statement of the Lord Jesus just too hard for some to understand? In plain language, the Lord’s church will never enter “the hour of temptation” [peirasmos], because the Lord Jesus of the Bible will keep them FROM entering it. This is a highly important statement made by the Lord Jesus of the Bible, so let’s examine it carefully.

The Hour of Peirasmos

The Greek word translated as “temptation” in Revelation 3:10 is the word, “peirasmos.” This Greek word literally means, “testing; trial; to test or try; experiment; prove; by adversity, affliction, trial, trouble, tribulation.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, pages 498-499, Strong’s No. 3986. This Greek word occurs exactly 21 times in the New Testament. Significantly, “21” is the Bible number signifying “the exceeding sinfulness of sin; repeatedly connected with the 21 judgments of the Tribulation period.” Then is it just “coincidence” that in the statement made by the Lord Jesus of the Bible and the context in which this word is used in that statement, the word clearly refers to the coming Tribulation period? Well…??

The Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible explicitly prophesied and promised that He would keep His church and people “FROM the hour of temptation” [peirasmos]. Now any reader is free to believe or refuse to believe this statement of the Lord Jesus Himself. But no reader is free to outright deny that the Lord Jesus made this statement, or to ignore the statement, or to attempt to explain it away, while trying to promote the dumb theory of a pre-wrath rapture, a partial rapture, or a post-trib rapture. To do so is the very epitome of wicked pride and arrogance!

No reader needs to bother trying to convince me of how much they “love the Lord Jesus and His Word” if they refuse to believe this literal statement which came forth from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Himself. Those who attempt to explain away His explicit statement by some opinion or theory or dumb “interpretation,” or those who choose to simply ignore the Lord’s statement when it is right there in the Bible staring every honest reader in the face, are nothing more than religious hypocrites and liars. But even that is not the worst of it!

It ought to be obvious to any honest reader that outright denying or ignoring this statement of the Lord Jesus places the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible in the position of being a liar, and it doesn’t take a great deal of intelligence to come to that conclusion. Is the “Jesus” you are following “the way, the truth, and the life” [John 14:6], or is the “Jesus” you are following “another Jesus?” Who is the “Jesus” that these false teachers, and religious deceivers are following today? Have some readers even bothered to think about this? Well…??

What is meant by the hour of peirasmos?” I want our readers to carefully notice that there is a difference between the “peirasmos” and the hour of peirasmos.” The peirasmos,” as used in the New Testament, most of the time is used in reference to the entire future seven year Tribulation period. But the hour of peirasmos” is limited to the first half of the Tribulation period. Any serious Bible student can see this for themselves as they study this particular Greek word through the New Testament.

Those readers who want to seriously study this Greek word, “peirasmos,” repeatedly used by the Lord Jesus Himself, and determine how it is used in the Scriptures for themselves, may feel free to order my complete detailed Word study entitled “PEIRASMOS.” It will be sent to any reader upon request.

The Witness of the Heavens

Any of our readers who seriously want to “rightly divide the Word of truth,” [2 Timothy 2:15] should be aware that the inspired Word itself explicitly and repeatedly declares that “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established,” Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1. Our readers need to remember that the Lord God of the Bible always practices what He preaches. In Revelation 3:10 the Lord Jesus explicitly spoke of the hour of temptation,” [peirasmos] which refers to the first half of the Tribulation period. Then in Revelation 14:7 the same Lord Jesus inspired John to write about the hour of judgment,” which from the context quite evidently refers to the last half of the Tribulation. Therefore the entire seven years of the Tribulation, from the Lord’s viewpoint, is regarded as being only two hours in length. The first half of the Tribulation is “the hour of temptation,” and the last half of the Tribulation is “the hour of judgment.” Does the inspired Word contain a second witness that confirms this truth? Ho boy!

From the time I was a small child I heard the expression repeated over and over again, “The darkest hours of the night come just before the dawning of the day.” This was usually in the context of a death, hardship, or other tragedy that had just occurred. I understood what was meant, even though at the time, the expression seemed to be just “folk lore” passed down from generation to generation. But glory to God! It wasn’t just “folk lore!” Guess what?

As I later began to seriously study God’s Word, I found Psalm 19:1 which explicitly states that “The heavens declare [are declaring; present tense] the glory of God; and the firmament [expanse of space; outer space] showeth [displays; is displaying; present tense] His handiwork.” How literal are we to take this statement of the Psalmist?

As it turns out, after the Space Age began in 1957, it was discovered that there is a band of extreme darkness two hours in duration that precedes the dawning of each new day. Every day! And this has been going on for thousands of years, as a type of a Biblical truth later to be revealed. This band of darkness has been photographed and measured many times over these past 57 years by satellites orbiting in space above the earth. Any reader who wants to research NASA’s photo library can see it for themselves. Glory to God! Praise the Lord Jesus!

So when the Lord Jesus divided the terrible Tribulation period into “the hour of temptation” and “the hour of judgment” in God’s Word, He was perfectly confirming that “the two darkest hours of the night do come just before the dawning of the day.” The Tribulation period will be the two darkest hours spiritually [and morally] in all of human history, just before the dawning of the great Millennial Day of the Lord. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Now since “the hour of temptation” [peirasmos] refers to the first half of the Tribulation, and the Lord Jesus of the Bible explicitly promised His church that He would “keep thee FROM the hour of temptation,” then it is glaringly obvious that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself promised a Pre-tribulation Rapture for His church and all true New Covenant believers. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

Now did the Lord Jesus of the Bible lie when He promised this? Or, is “another Jesus,” whom some clearly appear to be following today, the “Jesus” who is lying? Well…???

If any reader would like a more detailed study on “The Two Hours,” I will be glad to send them my study upon their request.

The Parousia

Another Greek word that is related to this subject is the word “parousia.” This Greek word occurs 24 times in the New Testament and literally means “bodily presence.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 490, Strong’s No. 3952. This Greek word is translated as “coming”22 times in the New Testament and as “presence” 2 times. This word is almost always used in reference to the literal, visible, bodily, return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In studying this word Scripture by Scripture throughout the New Testament it can be determined that a minimum of 15 times it directly or indirectly refers to the literal, visible, bodily, coming of the Lord Jesus at the Pre-tribulation Rapture, the very rapture the Lord Jesus of the Bible promised to His church in Revelation 3:10.

Again, those readers who would like to seriously study this truth for themselves may want to order my complete word study entitled “The Parousia.” It will be sent to any reader upon request.

More statements of the Biblical Jesus

We who are true New Covenant believers need to take every statement made in God’s Word seriously and at face value for what it literally and actually says, for the Bible is the supernaturally inspired Word of God, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21. When giving to mankind His inspired Word, God said what He meant and meant what He said. The God of Heaven is not some bumbling “nerd,” who just rattled on in the Bible to fill up space. The Lord Jesus of the Bible explicitly stated, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” Matthew 4:4. This makes the importance of the inspired Word glaringly obvious, every word in it. However, it appears that some “professing Christians” today have decided that they can live a “good moral life” without seriously studying the Scriptures. Such an attitude is similar to the ignorant superstitious people today who carry a “rabbit’s foot,” or some other equally useless ornament as a good luck charm. Many “professing” Christians today carry their Bible to church services on Sunday and then never open it again until the next Sunday. Yet they “think” they are the best of Christians who really love the Lord! Sic!

Religious men [and women] often corrupt God’s Word, change it to make it say what they want it to say, and even ignore those Scriptures which obviously do not support the position they want to hold. Yet when confronted about their indifference to the Word, or their lack of any really serious study of the Word, they will loudly let everyone within hearing distance know that “they love the Lord” just as much as any other believer and they don’t appreciate being judged. Is their claim true? Well, let’s see what the Lord Jesus of the Bible had to say about it…..

It was the Lord Jesus of the Bible who explicitly stated, If ye love Me, keep My commandments,” John 14:15.

And again, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me….,” John 14:21.

And yet again, If a man love Me, he will keep My words….,” John 14:23.

This is emphatic language on the part of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He didn’t leave it up to men to believe it or not believe it. Listen once again at this emphatic statement with which the Lord Jesus capped each of these preceding statements, “He that loveth Me not keepth not My sayings: and the Word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me,” John 14:24.

Now do any of our readers want to argue these statements with the Lord Jesus of the Bible? If so, just have at it. I don’t have to guess WHO is going to win the argument.

Beware! Take heed!

I recently received an email from a fellow believer who explicitly stated that he no longer believes in a Pre-tribulation Rapture. What was his reason for turning his back on this Biblical truth?

This fellow said that for many years “dates” had been set time and again for the coming of the Lord to rapture His church, and not one of them had been correct. Therefore, he concluded that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture simply cannot be Scriptural truth. Sic!

In other words, this brother was saying that the fulfillment of the prophecies of God’s Word now depends solely on the works of men, rather than on the promises of the Lord God. No wonder he is so “mixed up” [confused] about what he claims to believe, 1 Corinthians 14:33. My Bible clearly and explicitly says, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17. This clearly means “faith” in the life and Word of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, none of which depends on what men do or do not do!

Folks, it is possible, given the right circumstances, for a false teacher or a religious deceiver, to fool even true believers. We know this to be so, because the Lord and His inspired writers warned us over and over again of the possibility of it happening, Matthew 7:15-20; 24:4-5; 24:11; 24:23-26; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Ephesians 4:14; 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 3:12-13; 1 John 3:7; 2 John 1:7. One needs to be very careful who they are listening to and in whom they are placing their confidence. It is because that it is possible for such wicked “religionists” to deceive even true believers, that the churches and the ranks of Christianity today have in their midst such false teachers and deceivers. This is why Jude was inspired of God to exhort true believers living in this end-time [Jude 1:17-19] to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,” Jude 1:3-4. By the grace of God, I will do this, whether some like it or not.

However, it is utterly impossible for such religious deceivers to fool Almighty God! The Lord Jesus of the Bible still looks on the hearts of men, and knows exactly their real spiritual condition, Jeremiah 17:9-10.. No man [or woman]is fooling the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, not even for one minute.

The Pride and Folly of Being Doctrinally Wrong

I sometimes receive emails or even letters castigating me for not seriously studying the Pre-wrath, Partial, or Post-Trib rapture positions. Those doing the castigating assume that I have never really studied their position on the rapture, or I would surely be convinced of the truth of their position. What wicked PRIDE and ARROGANCE! Folks, I carefully studied every doctrinal position on the rapture over 50 years ago. As a young preacher who had surrendered to the Lord’s ministry and dedicated my life to Christ, I fervently wanted to preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth of God’s Word. So I seriously studied the Word! By the process of elimination, the Holy Spirit of God [John 16:12-15] enabled me to eliminate every position on the rapture except the Scriptural position; the Pre-Tribulational Rapture position.

For the benefit of our readers, let’s briefly examine each of these rapture positions in view of the Lord’s explicit promise to His church and His people in Revelation 3:10.

The Pre-Wrath Rapture Theory…..It is well known by all serious students of the Bible that 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 5:9 clearly state and teach that true believers have been “delivered from the wrath to come.” But the Pre-wrath Rapturists don’t appear to be capable of harmonizing these statements with the whole revelation of God’s Word. They want to confine the “wrath of God” to the last half of the Tribulation, and have the rapture occurring at or just before the middle of the Tribulation period so as to escape the “great day of God’s wrath.”

But since the inspired Word clearly teaches that the “the hour of peirasmos” refers to the first half of the Tribulation period, and the Lord Jesus of the Bible clearly promised to keep His church and His people “FROM the hour of peirasmos,” Revelation 3:10, then any rapture position which has New Covenant believers going into any part of the seven year Tribulation period is wrong. DEAD WRONG!

Who is this “Jesus” that is leading these false teachers to teach such unscriptural rot? Certainly it is not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. Therefore it must be “another Jesus!” Take heed!

The Partial or Split Rapture Theory…..This position on the rapture has some believers taken in the rapture, and other believers left behind at the rapture, based on our present “faithful” service to the Lord, or our lack of “faithfully” serving the Lord. The followers of this false teaching claim that the rapture is “a reward” for faithfully serving the Lord during this present life. Those left behind, of course, since they have not been “faithful,” [according to whose standards?] have to go through the Tribulation, or at least part of it, in order to be “purified” before they enter God’s Kingdom. Sic!

Once more this is requiring the fulfillment of the Word of God to depend upon the works of men. Such ignorance! Folks, the Lord Jesus of the Bible is not bound by our faithfulness, or our lack of being faithful. Silliness! The believer’s faithfulness or lack of it will be the determining factor at the “bema” seat of Christ where we believers will receive our rewards, 2 Corinthians 5:10. Our faithfulness or lack of it has nothing to do with our being raptured or not raptured. Some need to study more and run their mouth less!

Plus the fact that this dumb theory is expressly refuted by God’s inspired Word, not once, but twice! In 1 Corinthians 15:23 the inspired Word, in referring to the resurrection and rapture of God’s people, explicitly states, “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.” The word “coming” in this Scripture is translated from the Greek word, “parousia,” which refers to the rapture of New Covenant believers. Further, this Scripture indicates that every person who belongs to Christ, “they that are Christ’s,” will be taken in the rapture. Not one saved person will be left behind! None! Glory to God!

Oh, about that “purifying” of the unfaithful during the Tribulation to make them ready to enter the kingdom of the Lord….. It is expressly stated in Ephesians 5:26-27 that the Lord’s church is “sanctified and cleansed…..with the washing of water by the Word.” The Lord’s New Covenant church is not “purified” by the fires and judgments of the Tribulation, but rather by the serious study and belief of the Word of God. The process of being “washed by the Word” is going on RIGHT NOW! Are you listening? Hello!

I have an in-depth study on the “Partial Rapture Theory” in print, which I will be glad to send to any reader upon request.

There is no partial or split rapture for true believers found anywhere in God’s Word. So WHO is the “Jesus” who is convincing these “partial rapturists” to believe such a dumb theory? It is not the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, so it must be “another Jesus.” Are our readers listening?

The Post-Tribulationist Rapture Theory…..I don’t mean to be deliberately offensive, but this has to be the dumbest theory of all the rapture positions.

The inspired Word of God explicitly teaches that all of the raptured saints [raptured at the Pre-tribulation Rapture] are going to come back to this earth with the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the seven year Tribulation, to rule and reign over the earth a thousand years with Christ. Read it for yourself in Revelation 19:14-16; 20:4; 1:4-6; 5:8-10; Zechariah 14:5; 1 Thessalonians 3:13. Now it doesn’t take a lot of brain power to figure out that the saints cannot return with Christ at the end of the Tribulation, unless they are already in Heaven with Him at that time. D-u-h-h!

Since Christ is coming back to this earth “with all His saints” to rule and reign a thousand years, then why would there even be a Post-Tribulation Rapture? The inspired Word explicitly states that at the rapture the Lord’s people shall be “caught up,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52.

So since the Lord Jesus of the Bible is returning to the earth with “all His saints” to rule and reign on the earth, then why would the saints be “caught up” at that time? Where would they be “caught up” to, since they are to reign with Christ on the earth? This sounds like a theory invented by an imbecile, with no real thought or serious Bible study given to the theory whatsoever. More “Ignorance gone to seed!” Sic!

Quite obviously, it was not the Lord Jesus of the Bible who came up and taught this dumb theory. It is also glaringly obvious that in Revelation 3:10 the Lord Jesus of the Bible promised His church and people that He would “keep thee FROM the hour of temptation.” Therefore the Lord Jesus of the Bible has nothing to do with the teaching of this super dumb Post-Tribulation Rapture theory. So since the Lord Jesus of the Bible had nothing to do with this dumb theory, then it must have been “another Jesus” who invented the theory and is promoting it among all the “false teachers” today who are dumb enough to swallow it. Hello!

Scriptural and Logical Conclusions

In this study we have examined each of the doctrinal positions on the rapture by book, chapter, and verse in God’s inspired Word. The ONLY rapture position which harmonizes perfectly with the statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible in Revelation 3:10 is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position. PERIOD! Every honest reader of this study and God’s Word can see this truth for themselves.

Every doctrinal position on the rapture except the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position, totally ignores the Lord’s statement in Revelation 3:10, and in doing so, places the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible in the position of being A LIAR. The Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible IS NOT A LIAR. He clearly and obviously promised a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and such a rapture will occur whether some want to believe it or not. The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is “the blessed hope” of every true believer, whether some have received it or not, Titus 2:11-15. I say without hesitation or apology to every reader, the man [or woman] hasn’t been born yet who is going to steal my “blessed hope.” When my precious Lord Jesus of the Bible comes “in the air” to receive His New Covenant people to Himself [John 14:1-3] I will be “caught up…..to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we [every true New Covenant believer] ever be with the Lord,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

If the “Jesus” any reader is following, is not teaching this truth, then you are following “another Jesus.” I urgently suggest that you find out WHO the “Jesus” is you are following, before it is eternally too late! Remember, the real Lord Jesus of the Bible is not a liar! Revelation 3:10 is still in the Bible! Only the Lord Jesus of the Bible can save and deliver you to glory, John 14:6; Acts 4:12. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

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A HINT AT A POSSIBLE REWARD

A HINT AT A POSSIBLE REWARD

Mark 1:16-18 HRB “And walking along beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew casting a small net in the sea; for they were fishers. And Yahshua said to them, Come after Me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18And they abandoned their nets at once and followed Him.”

Yahshua calls all of us to be His disciples, His Talmidim. Some, like Peter and Andrew, become great fishers of men, bringing many souls into the Kingdom of Yahweh. Others, not so much. I’ve been fishing for men’s souls for over 40 years, and I must admit, I don’t consider myself very good at it. Most of the people I come in contact with simply want nothing to do with Yahweh or His Kingdom. People seem to be very rebellious and not interested in their own soul’s destiny. A sad fact and unfortunate for them, for in the end, Yahweh’s Kingdom will be the only Kingdom standing. But notice something that Yahshua did not tell Peter and Andrew. He did not promise them that they would catch a whole bunch of fishy men. That doesn’t make me feel any better about my own performance as a fisher of men.

But we all must realize something about Yahshua’s Way. He makes us the fishers of men, but He does the catching of men’s souls. Yahweh causes the increase into His Kingdom, we don’t. That’s why He gets all the glory, but we may get a little reward for our efforts. Consider what Ezekiel has to say on the matter as he tells us a little about the coming Millennial Kingdom of Yahshua.

Ezekiel 47:8-12 NKJV “Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary [Throne of Yahweh]. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.””

If you will be faithful to do the best you can do as a fisher of men, Yahweh will let you into His Kingdom. In that kingdom to come, everyone will have something wholesome to do. There will be some who will be fishermen for all eternity!! Do you like fishing today? Practice some of that cunning fishing technique on fishing for men’s souls, to bring them into and grow them up in Yahweh’s Kingdom, and you may get to fish for slippery scaly fish for all eternity!! Yahweh promises in verses 9 & 10 that there will be an abundance of fish for all eternity!! You fishermen should name and claim that promise!! But it is conditional upon you ending up in Yahweh’s Kingdom!! I’m sure He will let you fish for recreation and for profit.

Revelation 22:1-2 HRB “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, bright as crystal, coming forth out of the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of its street and of the city, on this side and that side of the river, was a tree of life producing twelve fruits: according to one month each yielding its fruit. And the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations.”

There is a beautiful new world coming to this planet soon. I hope you will be ready to enjoy it like the future fishermen will. I wonder, will He allow men to continue to hunt animals? I don’t know, we’re going to beat our swords, guns, and knives into plowshares, so what would we hunt with? Bows and arrows? Maybe.

Gene Benjamin II

July 4, 2014 AD