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Let My Father’s Word Go – Announcing the Unlocked Literal Bible – ULLB.bblx module for e-Sword Bible program

Let My Father’s Word Go

Psalm 138:2I will worship toward Your holy sanctuary, and give thanks to Your name for Your mercy, and for Your truth; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.”

Psalm 56:10In the Divine Ones I will praise the Word; in Yahweh I will praise the Word.”

John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh.”

1 Peter 1:22-25, “Having purified your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to sincere brotherly love, love one another fervently out of a pure heart, 23being regenerated, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the living Word of Yahweh, which abides forever. 24Because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of grass; the grass was dried, and its flower fell out, 25but the Word of Yahweh remains forever.” And this is the very Word that was announced to you.”

We know Yeshua is the living Word of Yahweh, and that the Word of Yahweh just may be the most important thing in all existence. So it is with great joy, pleasure, humility and honor that I make this announcement today. For the last few months I’ve been working hundreds of hours on building a Bible module to be used in the FREE e-Sword Bible program called the Unlocked Literal Bible, which original work is available at www.unfoldingword.org. The Unlocked Literal Bible appears to be a solid accurate modern translation of the Holy Scriptures. I finished the ULLB.bblx, version 9, e-Sword Bible module on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017. How appropriate, my Mom is the person who instilled a love of Yahweh’s word deep in my heart. As I remember, she was my first Sunday School teacher.

Have you ever wanted a Bible in a word processing file format that you could just use to spell correct, or correct a poorly translated verse, or type in profuse notes or change the Sacred Name to what you believe it should be? Well, I have, so over the last few decades, I’ve been searching for an electronic version of the Bible that was non-copyrighted, FREE to use, copy, print, change, and publish, etc. In fact, we are commanded as kings under Yeshua to make our own copy of His Word in Deuteronomy 17:18,And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah in a book, from before the priests, the Levites.” The Unlocked Literal Bible is one such Bible, released under the Creative Commons Share Alike 4.0 International Public License. You can review the license at: unfoldingWord.org/license or at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0

I recently uploaded the Unlocked Literal Bible ULLB.bblx, version 9, Bible module to www.biblesupport.com, so you may download it for use in the FREE e-Sword Bible program, now available for PC, Mac, ipad, and iphone. E-Sword also works on Linux with the Wine emulator. On biblesupport.com search Unlocked Literal Bible to download today. The unfoldingword.org logo is also uploaded to biblesupport.com as a ULLB.mapx graphics file. Please download and install both the ULLB.bblx (Bible module) and the ULLB.mapx graphics (logo) file in respect for all the hard work done by the brothers and sisters at unfoldingword.org. They asked that the unfoldingword logo remain with the original unchanged Unlocked Literal Bible. If you change the original content, just remove their logo. If you can’t download the ULLB Bible or logo file from www.biblesupport.com, just ask me at anapto2 at gmail dot com, and I’ll email them to you, or they may just be attached to this announcement email.

The FREE e-Sword Bible program is available for download at www.e-sword.net. After installing the e-Sword Bible program itself, installing e-Sword modules is easier if you first download and install the Module Installer, also available at www.biblesupport.com. All you have to do after downloading a file is double click the module file and it will automatically be installed in e-Sword for you. If the new module doesn’t show up immediately in e-Sword, click on Options/Resource and click the checkbox next to the modules you want to see in e-Sword. You can always install modules manually by copying the files to the e-sword folder under Program Files x86. I have no idea how to install e-sword modules on Macs, ipads, or iphones. Look for Apple support from Rick Meyers at e-sword.net. There are dozens of e-Sword modules available for download from right inside the e-Sword program, some free, some paid. There are thousands of FREE modules available from www.biblesupport.com . Also, there are paid e-Sword modules available at http://estudysource.com/platform/site/homepage/index.aspx

For the brave souls that may want to build their own e-Sword version of the Unlocked Literal Bible, I have the .rtf file for the e-Sword ToolTip Tool NT program that creates the module(s) for e-Sword. Just ask me for the Tooltip NT .rtf file for the ULLB. The ToolTip Tool NT program is also available on www.biblesupport.com.

For your information and perusal, the www.unfoldingword.org folks also have an Unlocked Dynamic Bible, which to me looks more like an amplified version, more texty, verbose, or robust. Download the .pdf file from their website and see what you think.

If you change the original work, just give the proper attribution as shown on their website, and remove their logo.

If you wish to join the translation team, read the requirements on the https://unfoldingword.org/guidelines/ website. Need or want to learn about translating Yahweh’s word? They have an academy: https://unfoldingword.org/academy/

Disciple of Yeshua, Jesus Christ, there is no more excuse for not digging in and feasting on Yahweh’s glorious, eternal, living Word!! Luke 10:26,And He said to him, What has been written in the Torah? How do you read it?”

Partners and donors, if you would like to support this Bible publishing effort, please send your check or Money Order to Fill My Cup Ministries, International, LLC, P.O. Box 414, Canon City, CO 81215. If you want a copy of the ULLB e-Sword Bible program module, just write, email, or call us and we’ll email it right out to you.

Sincerely,

Gene Benjamin II

General Manager

Fill My Cup Ministries, International, LLC

a Colorado non-profit organization

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS – PART 10

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS

PART 10

Philippians 4:15 “And you know, too, Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went out from Macedonia, not one Congregation shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Because even at Thessalonica you sent more than once to meet my needs. 17 I do not say this because I seek a gift, but I seek the fruits of the gospel multiplying to you. 18 But I have all things and more than enough; I have been filled, receiving from Epaphroditus the things from you, and it was welcomed as a fragrant perfume, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to Yahweh.”

Verse 17 in the King James reads, “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Years ago, when I first read verse 17, it blew my mind to discover that Yahweh keeps books on all humans! Did you think mankind invented the accounting industry? No, my friends, Yahweh is the Master Accountant. Yahweh invented accounting. He keeps a set of books on every one of us. His angels keep all kinds of records on all of us. There are no secrets in the Kingdom of Yahweh.

Up until just a few years ago, I only knew of one way to account for my financial and other gifts into Yahweh’s Kingdom. I was like everyone else, I wrote off my gifts, donations, and charitable contributions as an expense, literally posting my dollar amounts to an expense account in my personal finance software. Some believers even consider their donations into Yahweh’s Kingdom as tax-deductible gifts and write them off on their taxes. Yahweh showed me many years ago that this is incorrect thinking, worldly thinking, not Godly thinking.

Our contributions into Yahweh’s Kingdom should be reckoned as investments, FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS, not as expenses. Whether or not you use personal finance software, or an app, or just a good old fashioned pencil and paper financial system, you should create a charitable contributions ASSET account. Your donations to your church and other ministries is an investment in Yahweh’s eternal Kingdom. If you reckon your contributions as expenses instead of as investments, your kingdom Reward Of Inheritance (Col. 3:24) for that giving goes away from your life every year when you clear your expense accounts. Today, I encourage you to set up a charitable contributions investment asset account on your books of account. If you are not comfortable doing that yourself, ask your accounting professional, or tax person to help you. Just tell them you want to move your charitable giving from your P&L or Income Statement to your Balance Sheet. What a great opportunity to teach your accountant about Yahweh’s Kingdom ways! Yahweh’s Kingdom is permanent. Posting your giving to a permanent Kingdom Fire Proof Investment account is the way to give permanence to your giving. It will help you see your giving move from the temporal realm into the eternal spiritual realm of Yahweh’s Kingdom, where it multiplies into your future.

But guess what? Even if you give all your wealth into the Kingdom, and even if you win millions of souls for Yeshua, Yahweh still owes you nothing in return, but Yeshua is going to reward you. Mat 16:24-27 “Then Yeshua said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his execution stake, and let him follow Me. 25 For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul? 27 For it is necessary for the Son of man to come in the glory of his Father. And then with his holy angels he will reward each man according to his work.” Rev 22:12 “And behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.”

I do not say this because I seek a gift, but I seek the fruits of the gospel multiplying to you. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

References: Luke 16:2; Rom 14:12. See also Isa 40:10, 62:11; Mat 5:12, 10:41-42; Mar 9:41; Luke 6:35; 1 Cor 3:8,14; 1 Cor 9:17-18; Col 3:24; Rev. 11:18, 22:12.

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS – PART 9

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS

PART 9

Malachi 3:10-12 “Bring all the tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My Temple. And test Me now with this, says Yahweh of Hosts, whether I will not open the windows of the heavens for you and pour out a blessing until there is no sufficiency of room to store it. 11And I will rebuke the devourer for you, and he shall not destroy the fruit of your ground against you; nor shall your vine miscarry against you in the field, says Yahweh of Hosts. 12And all nations shall call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land, says Yahweh of Hosts.”

The biblical tithe is ten percent (10%). The tithe was a statute for the landowner, farmer, rancher, or business owner. The lowly wage earner was never required to pay a tithe. A wage earner makes no profit, so has no increase to tithe upon. So let’s say, as some believe and teach, the Law was done away with. If that is true, then the tithe was also done away with. Do the prosperity preachers ever consider that? But praise Yah, the Law was not, is not, and never will be done away with. If you study the tithe in the Old Testament, you will discover that tithing was around long before the Law was given at Mt. Sinai. Tithing is an eternal precept of Yahweh, not just a law of Moses.

Today, Yeshua wants us to give as much as we want to give. No limits. 2 Cor 9:6-15, “But remember this: the one sowing sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one sowing generously will also reap generously. 7 Each one as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity, for Yahweh loves a cheerful giver. 8 And Yahweh is able to make all grace to abound toward you, that in everything, always having all self sufficiency, you may abound to every good work; 9 even as it has been written, “He has distributed liberally, He has given to the poor, His righteousness abides forever.” 10 Now He that supplies seed to the Sower and bread for eating, may He supply and multiply your seed and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 in everything you being enriched to all sincerity, which works out thanksgiving to Yahweh through us. 12 Because the ministry of this service is not only making up the things lacking of the saints, but also multiplying through many thanks-givings to Yahweh, 13 through the proof of this charitable service, they glorifying Yahweh by your freely expressed submission to the gospel of Messiah, and through your generosity you have become partakers with them and with all men; 14 and they offer prayer on your behalf with greater love, because of the overflowing grace of Yahweh which is on you. 15 But thanks be to Yahweh for His unspeakable free gift.”

So, let’s blow the lid off that 10% limitation tithe. We owe Yeshua everything, 110% at least!! We love Him with every fiber of our being, so let’s give a token back to Him through a worthy ministry. He loved us enough to die for us, so the least we can do is die to our selfish self and give as free people should! Bless His holy Name forever! Partner with us, folks. We’re going forward and upward in the Kingdom, and we would love to go with you into all the world. Let’s give our all for Yeshua! Freely you have received, freely give. Mat 10:8b.

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS – PART 8

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS

PART 8

Psa 24:1, “The earth belongs to Yahweh, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who live in it.”

This is another one of those foundational principles in the realm of finance. Ownership versus Stewardship. Yahweh is the owner, we are just stewards, or asset managers. Stewardship is a faithfulness issue. We must be faithful with what our Master entrusts to our hands.

Yeshua taught this in the parable of the ten minas: Luk 19:11-27, “But as they were hearing these things, He spoke, adding a parable, because He was near to Jerusalem, and they thought that the kingdom of Yahweh was immediately to be revealed. 12Then He said: A certain well-born man went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and to return. 13And calling ten of his slaves, he gave to them ten minas and said to them, Trade and keep busy until I come. 14But the citizens of his city hated him and sent ambassadors after him. And they were saying, “We do not want this man to rule over us.” 15And it happened as he returned, having received the kingdom, he even said for those servants to be called to him, those to whom he gave the silver, that he might know what each had gained by trading. 16And the first came, saying, Master, your mina has gained ten minas. 17And he said to him, Well done, good slave! Because you were faithful in a least thing, have authority over ten cities. 18And the second came, saying, Master, your mina has made five minas. 19And he said to this one also, And you be over five cities. 20And another came, saying, Master, behold your mina which I have stored up in a facecloth. 21For I feared you, because you are a harsh man, taking what you did not lay down, and reaping what you did not sow. 22But he said to him, I will judge you out of your own mouth, wicked slave. You knew that I am a harsh man, taking what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow. 23And why did you not give my silver on the bank table? And coming, I might have exacted it with interest. 24And to those standing by he said, Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas. 25And they said to him, Master, he has ten minas. 26For I say to you, To everyone who has, it will be given. And from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 27But to those my enemies who did not desire that I rule over them, bring them and execute them before me!”

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS – PART 7

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS

PART 7

Gal 6:6-8, “But let the one being taught in the Word, share with the one teaching, in all good things. 7Do not be deceived, Yahweh is not mocked. For whatever a man may sow, that he also will reap. 8For the one sowing to his flesh will reap corruption of the flesh. But the one sowing to the Spirit will reap everlasting life from the Spirit.”

Earlier we touched briefly on transferring our wealth into our spiritual future. How do we do that? Paul shows us here that we do this by sowing to the Spirit. Sowing into good ministries, and by taking care of the poor, homeless, lame, orphan, and widows.

But, we don’t just sow money into our spiritual future, we also sow the Word with the intention that it will bear fruit for eternal life to the hearer and to us. Matthew 13:18-23, “But you hear the parable of the seed, 19 everyone hearing the Word of the kingdom, and not understanding, then the evil one comes and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the roadside. 20 And that sown on the stony places is this, the one hearing the Word, and immediately receiving it with joy, 21 But he has no root in him but is temporal. And when trouble or persecution comes, he is quickly offended because of the word. 22 And that sown into the thorn bushes is this the one hearing the Word, and the cares of this world, and the deceit of riches, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 But that sown on the good ground is this the one hearing the Word, and understanding it, who indeed bears and yields fruit, one truly a hundredfold, and one sixty, and one thirty.

References: John 4:34-38; 2 Cor. 9:6-11

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS – Part 6

NUGGETS OF FIRE PROOF INVESTMENTS

PART 6

Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you in good measure and pressed down and abundant it will pour into your robe in that measure. For the measure with which you measure, it will be measured to you.”

This Scripture shows us that giving is based on percentages, the higher the percentage given, the greater your reward in the Kingdom.

Yeshua demonstrated this principle with that poor widow, Mark 12:41-44, “And sitting down opposite the treasury, Yeshua watched how the crowd threw copper coins into the treasury. And many rich ones threw in much. 42And coming, one poor widow threw in two lepta (which is a kodrantes). 43And having called His disciples near, He said to them, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has thrown in more than all of those casting into the treasury. 44For all of them gave from their abundance, but this one cast in from her poverty. She had cast in everything that she had, all her goods!” Yeshua praised this woman for giving 100% of her wealth. Can you imagine her reward in the Kingdom? What if the wealthier people gave 1% or even 10% of their wealth? Their reward in the Kingdom of Yahweh would be great!!

FILTHY LUCRE

Filthy Lucre

Now that’s a title you don’t often hear anymore, nor will this be a blog post you read very often. Selling the gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach is a sin. There, I said it. I was watching Christian television yesterday with my wife. We heard a preacher say he just received a new revelation from Yehovah, our Father and Creator in Heaven, concerning the end times. In his next breath the preacher stated we could hear and see the revelation by purchasing his new DVD! I about fell out of my chair. Can you just see Moses coming down Mt. Sinai with the two stone tablets of revelation from Yehovah, with a $29.95 price tag dangling from the stone, blowing in the wind? Did the prophet Samuel charge Saul or David when he anointed them as king of Israel? Did Yeshua charge admission to His sermon on the Mount? No, He did not. In fact, He stated in Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give.” Does anyone on this planet trust Yehovah for anything anymore? Yehovah freely gives, we should too. Romans 8:32, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Friends, Yehovah is just a little upset with His children, those who claim to be his followers.

Selling words from Yehovah is a sin. What is filthy lucre? It’s being greedy for money. When discussing qualifications for overseers, or elders, Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:3, “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;” Those four English words, “greedy of filthy lucre” are just one word in the original Greek, aischrokerdēs, which means sordid, eager for base gain, greedy for money. Did the Apostle Paul ever charge for his letters he wrote to the churches? No, of course not. Paul continued with his qualifications for deacons in 1 Timothy 3:8, “Likewise, deacons are to be pure, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy of ill gain,” Paul emphasized it again when writing to Titus about the qualifications for elders in Titus 1:7, “for the overseer must be blameless as a steward of Yehovah, not self-willed, nor prone to anger, not excessive in the use of wine, not quick to strike with his fist, not greedy of ill gain;” Yehovah is looking for servant leaders, not arrogant, drunk, greedy brawlers. To work with or for Yehovah takes humility and faith. How does selling the gospel to Yehovah’s people demonstrate faith? It demonstrates a severe lack of faith. Paul goes on to tell these people to shut up, in Titus 1:11, “whose mouth you must stop, who overturn whole houses, teaching things which they ought not for the sake of ill gain.” Peter agrees with Messiah and Paul, as seen in 1 Peter 5:2, “Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone Yehovah has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please Yehovah, and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money.”

Yeshua died to save us from our sins, without charge, without obligation other than to wholeheartedly follow His commands for the rest of our lives. We are obliged to preach, teach, heal, raise the dead, and train disciples simply because we love Yeshua, not to make money! Yehovah’s business is to take care of your needs, your business is to give out the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach, FREE of charge. We are to give out the food of Yehovah, His Word, and physical things as well, FREE to people who can never pay us back. The words of Yehovah are priceless, the revelations of Yehovah are priceless, why cheapen them by selling them? Plant the word in good ground and expect Yehovah to pay you back. Stop fleecing Yehovah’s sheep!! 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as the many, peddling the Word of Yehovah; but according to the truth, as men of Yehovah, we speak through Messiah, in the sight of Yehovah.” That word peddling is the Greek word, kapēleuō, meaning to retail and by implication, to adulterate. Dr. Thayer defined that word as:

1) to be a retailer, to peddle

2) to make money by selling anything

2a) to get sordid gain by dealing in anything, to do a thing for base gain

2b) to trade in the word of God

2b1) to try to get base gain by teaching divine truth

2c) to corrupt, to adulterate

Paul made it clear we are not to trade in the Word of Yehovah. We are not to sell the Word of Yehovah. I know it costs to produce Christian books, DVDs, movies, etc.. So what? If Yehovah wants you to print a book, He’ll give you the money to do it. But He NEVER wants you to sell that book to anyone who needs your information. Give it to them. Plant into the Kingdom of Yehovah. Pray about it, your fruit will be everlasting!! You need to understand sowing and reaping in the Kingdom of Yehovah. If you do not get a grasp on sowing and reaping, you may not make it into the Kingdom of Yehovah.

Luke 13:22-30, “And he [Yeshua] went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the narrow gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25When once the Master of the house is risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know not where you come from: 26Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets. 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know not where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of Yehovah, and you yourselves thrust out. 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of Yehovah. 30And, behold, some are last who shall be first, and some are first who shall be last.”

Yeshua is looking to reward the lowest most humble disciple maker of disciple makers in His kingdom, not the top salesman hawking Christian books, DVDs, and movies. That word iniquity means injustice, unrighteousness of heart and life. Selling the word or gospel of Yeshua is unjust, it is unrighteous. Retailing the word of Yehovah will lead you down the wide road to destruction. Stop it immediately, confess your sin, repent, turn back to Yehovah and begin planting righteously into His Kingdom.

Gene Benjamin II

Prosperity Will Come

PROSPERITY WILL COME IN THE MILLENIUM

John 10:10, “The thief does not come except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.” The question is not whether or not Yeshua wants us to prosper, the question is when does he want us to prosper? In this life, or beginning in the Millenium? I believe if you will read the following verses, you will gain the understanding that Yeshua and the Father truly want us to prosper, but beginning in the Millennial Reign of Yeshua, after he returns to earth and sits on his throne in Jerusalem. Yeshua wants us to prosper for all eternity, throughout his eternal Kingdom, not necessarily only in this life of flesh. John 6:63, “It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh does not profit, nothing! The Words which I speak to you are spirit and are life.” What you want to gain in this life is life in the Spirit of Yehovah. That way, you will be in a position to prosper in His eternal Kingdom, once the King returns at His Yeshua Advent 2.0.

Matthew 6:25-34, “Because of this, I say to you, Do not be anxious for your soul, what you eat and what you drink, nor for your body, what you put on. Is not life more than the food and the body than the clothing? 26Observe the birds of the heaven, that they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor do they gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Do you not rather excel them? 27But who of you by being anxious is able to add one cubit onto his stature? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not labor nor do they spin, 29but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these. 30If Yehovah so enrobes the grass of the field, which is today, and is thrown into a furnace tomorrow, will He not much rather you, little-faiths? 31Then do not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? Or, what may we drink? Or, what may clothe us? 32For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of Yehovah and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34Then do not be anxious for tomorrow. For the morrow will be anxious of itself. Sufficient to each day is its own trouble.Life is much more than material possessions. Life in the Spirit is the beginning of abundant life.

Luke 21:34, “But beware in yourselves that your hearts never become heavy by excessive drunkenness and by distress of the world, and that day should come suddenly upon you. . .”

John 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.”

Proverbs 23:4-5, “Do not labor to be rich, cease from your own understanding. 5Will your eyes fly on it? And it is not! For surely it makes wings for itself, it flies into the heavens like an eagle.” Material riches can disappear as quickly as they come to you.

Psalm 37:16, “A little to the righteous is better than the abundance of many wicked.” Be grateful for the good things that you do have.

1 Timothy 6:17-19, “Charge the rich in the present age not to be proud, nor to set hope on the uncertainty of riches, but in the living Divine One, who gives us all things so abundantly for our comfort; 18that they do good works, and become rich in good deeds, ready to give, and willing to share, 19treasuring away for themselves a good foundation for the coming age, that they may lay hold on everlasting life.” Your investment into Yehovah’s kingdom is building you a foundation to live on for all eternity. You need a foundation that survive the coming fires of Yehovah’s judgment. You do that by giving financially into good gospel ministries and by taking care of the widows, the poor, and the orphans.

1 Samuel 8:19, “And the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and said, No, but a king shall be over us.” Humans are so worldly minded. We always want to be like our neighbor.

Matthew 16:24-26, “Then Yeshua said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and let him bear his torture stake, and let him follow Me. 25For whoever may desire to save his life will lose it. But whoever may lose his life for My sake will find it. 26For what will a man be benefited if he should gain the whole world, but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give as an exchange for his soul?” In this life, your soul’s salvation should be your priority. You can gain more of the earth’s wealth after this life, just by living and growing in Yehovah’s eternal kingdom.

James 4:5, “Or do you think that vainly the Scripture says, The pride dwelling in us lusts with envy?” We need to control our greed and lust for material possessions in this life.

James 5:1-8, “Come now, rich ones, weep, howl over your miseries that shall come upon you. 2Your riches have rotted, and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3Your gold and your silver have rusted; and the rust of them will be a testimony against you; and it will eat your flesh. The treasures that you have heaped together shall be as fire to you for the latter days. 4Behold, the wages of the workmen who have reaped your fields cry out, being kept back by you. And the cries of the ones who have reaped have entered “Into the ears of the Master of Tzavoath (Hosts).” You lived luxuriously on the earth, and lived for self-pleasure; you nourished your bodies for the day of slaughter; 6you have condemned and murdered the righteous, and yet he does not resist you. 7Therefore, brothers, be patient until the coming of our Master. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it may receive the early and the latter rain. 8You also be patient. Set your hearts firmly, because the coming of our Master has drawn near.The rich have a special judgment waiting for them. They will not be able to buy their soul’s salvation. Believer, trust in Yeshua for all your needs until your final breath, and your reward will be great in the heavenly kingdom.

1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16because all that which is in the world: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world is passing away, and its lust. But the one doing the will of Yehovah abides forever.” And what is the will of our Father? To love Him and to love our neighbor as ourself.

Job 21:7-15, “Why do the wicked live? They grow old, and become mighty in power. 8Their seed is established with them before their face, and their offspring before their eyes. 9Their houses are in peace, without fear; nor is the rod of Yehovah on them. 10His bull passes semen and does not fail; his cow calves and does not miscarry. 11They send their little ones out as a flock; and their children dance. 12They lift up a voice at the timbrel and lyre, and rejoice at the sound of the flute. 13They spend their days in good, and in a moment go down to Sheol. 14And they say to Yehovah, Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. 15What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what do we profit if we entreat Him?” The wicked, which includes many rich, will come to a quick and final end.

Psalm 49:16-20, “Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases; 17for when he dies he shall take nothing; his glory shall not go down after him. 18For in his life he blessed his soul; yea, men praise you when you do well for yourself. 19He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall not see light forever. 20Man, though high in honor, but not understanding, is like the animals; they shall be cut off.” If you desire to be rich in this world, you’d better have your heart right before Yehovah. Will you be able to handle the wealth for His kingdom?

This world is not our final destiny. Our destiny lies in the Kingdom of Yehovah and of His son Yeshua HaMashiach. Do not get so attached to this world that you forget where you are going in Yehovah’s kingdom. We are so close to the finish line in this earthly human race, don’t sell your soul out for a few morsels of bread.

Yahovah’s Feasts in the New Testament – Part 9 – The Last Great Day

YAHOVAH’S FEASTS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

PART 9

THE LAST GREAT DAY

In this series of posts, we’re going to briefly list Yahovah’s biblical Feasts, show the commandment in the Old Testament, then list New Testament scriptures that show Yeshua HaMashiach, the apostles, or the church observing these eternal Feasts of Yahovah.

Leviticus 23:36, “Seven days you shall bring a fire offering to Yahovah; on the eighth day you shall have a holy gathering; and you shall bring the fire offering to Yahovah; it is a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work of service.”

John 7:1-53, “And after these things Yeshua was walking in Galilee; for He did not desire to walk in Judea, because the Jews were lusting to kill Him. 2And the Feast of Sukkot in Judea was near. 3Then His brothers said to Him, Move away from here and go to Judea, that Your disciples will also see Your works which You do, 4for no one does anything in secret and himself seeks to be in public. If You do these things, reveal Yourself to the world. 5For His brothers did not believe into Him. 6Then Yeshua said to them, My time is not yet here, but your time is always ready. 7The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I witness about it, that its works are evil. 8You go up to this feast. I will not go up to this feast now because my time is not yet finished. 9And saying these things to them, He remained in Galilee. 10But when His brothers went up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as in secret. 11Then the Jews sought Him in the feast, and said, Where is that One? 12And much murmuring about Him was in the crowds. Some said, He is a good one; but others said, No, but He deceives the crowd. 13However, no one publicly spoke about Him, because of the fear of the Jews. 14But the feast now being half over, Yeshua went up to the sanctuary [Temple] and taught. 15And the Jews were marveling and saying, How does this man know the scrolls, since he has not learned them? 16Yeshua answered them and said, My doctrine is not Mine, but of the One who sent Me. 17He who desires to do His will can comprehend my teaching, if it is from Yahovah, or if from my own will I speak. 18He who speaks from his own mind seeks glory for himself, but he who seeks the glory of He who sent him is true and there is no iniquity in his heart. 19Has not Moses given you the Torah, and not a man among you kept the Torah? Why do you lust to kill Me? 20The crowd answered and said, You have a demon. Who seeks to kill You? 21Yeshua answered and said to them, I did one work, and you all marvel. 22Because of this Moses gave circumcision to you. It was not because it was from him, Moses, but from the patriarchs, yet you circumcise a man on the day of the Sabbath. 23If a man is circumcised on the day of the Sabbath so that the Torah of Moses should not be loosed, why do you murmur against me because the man who was created whole, I have made whole on this day of the Sabbath? 24Do not be judging by hypocrisy, rather judge with a just judgment. 25Then some of the Jerusalemites said, Is it not this One the One whom they are seeking to kill? 26And, behold, He speaks publicly, and they say nothing to Him. Do our Elders know that this is indeed the Messiah? 27But we know this One, from where He is. But when the Messiah comes, no one knows from where He is. 28Then teaching, Yeshua cried out in the sanctuary [Temple], even saying, You both know Me, and you know from where I am. And I have not come from Myself, but He is true, the One having sent Me, whom you do not know. 29But I know Him because I am from His presence and He sent me! 30Then they sought to seize Him; yet no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31But many of the crowd believed into Him, and said, The Messiah, when He comes will He do more miracles than these which this One did? 32The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers, that they might seize Him. 33Then Yeshua said to them, Yet a little while I am with you, and I go to Him who sent Me. 34You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you are not able to come. 35Then the Jews said amongst themselves, Where is this One about to go that we will not find Him? Why, indeed, is He about to go to the countries of the Gentiles and teach the pagans? 36What is this teaching which He said, You will seek Me and will not find Me, and, Where I am, you are not able to come? 37Now on the great day, which is the last of the feast (The eighth day), Yeshua was standing and He cried out and said, If a man thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38Anyone who believes in me as the scriptures have said, rivers of living water will flow from his belly. 39But He said this concerning the Spirit, whom the ones believing into Him were about to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet glorified. 40Then hearing the Word, many of the crowd said, This is truly the Prophet. 41Others said, This is the Messiah. But others said, No! For does the Messiah come out of Galilee? 42Has not the Scripture said that the Messiah comes from the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was? 43Then a division occurred in the crowd because of Him. 44And some of them desired to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him. 45Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees. And they said to them, Why did you not bring Him? 46The officers answered, Never did a man so speak as does this man. 47Then the Pharisees answered them, Have you not also been deceived? 48Not any from the rulers or from the Pharisees believed into Him have they? 49But not knowing the Torah, this crowd is cursed. 50Nicodemus said to them, the one coming by night to Him, being one of themselves, 51Does our Law judge the man unless it hear from him first, and know what he has done? 52And they answered and said to him, Why are you also from Galilee? You search and see; the Prophet will not rise out of Galilee. 53And they each one went to his house.”

John 8:1-11, “But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. 2And at dawn, He again arrived into the sanctuary [Temple]; and all the people came to Him. And sitting down, He taught them. 3And the scribes and the Pharisees brought to Him a woman having been taken in adultery. And standing her in the middle, 4they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in the very act, committing adultery. 5And in the Torah, Moses commanded that such should be stoned. You, then, what do You say? 6But they said this, tempting Him, that they may have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Yeshua wrote with the finger in the earth, not appearing to hear. 7But as they continued questioning Him, bending back up, He said to them, The one among you without that sin, let him cast the first stone at her. 8And bending down again, He wrote in the earth. 9But hearing, and being convicted by the conscience, they went out one by one, beginning from the older ones, until the last. And Yeshua was left alone, and the woman standing in the middle. 10And Yeshua bending back up, and having seen no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those, the accusers of you? Did not one give judgment against you? 11And she said, No one, Master. And Yeshua said to her, Neither do I judge you. Go, and sin no more.”

Read all of John 8 and John 9.

Yahovah’s Feasts in the New Testament – Part 8 – Feast of Tabernacles

YAHOVAH’S FEASTS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

PART 8

FEAST OF TABERNACLES OR SUKKOT

In this series of posts, we’re going to briefly list Yahovah’s biblical Feasts, show the commandment in the Old Testament, then list New Testament scriptures that show Yeshua HaMashiach, the apostles, or the church observing these eternal Feasts of Yahovah.

Leviticus 23:33-43, “And Yahovah spoke to Moses, saying, 34Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be a Feast of Booths, seven days to Yahovah. 35On the first day shall be a holy gathering; you shall do no laborious work. 36Seven days you shall bring a fire offering to Yahovah; on the eighth day you shall have a holy gathering; and you shall bring the fire offering to Yahovah; it is a solemn assembly; you shall do no laborious work of service. 37These are the set feasts of Yahovah which you shall proclaim, holy gatherings, to bring a fire offering to Yahovah, a burnt offering, and a food offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, the thing of a day on its own day; 38besides the Sabbaths of Yahovah, and besides your gifts, and besides all your vows, and besides all your freewill offerings which you shall give to Yahovah. 39Also, in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather the increase of the land, you shall keep the feast of Yahovah seven days; on the first day a Holy Day Sabbath, and on the eighth day a Holy Day Sabbath. 40And you shall take to yourselves on the first day the fruit of majestic trees, palm branches, and boughs of oak trees, and willows of the valley, and shall rejoice before Yahovah your Divine One seven days. 41And you shall celebrate it a feast to Yahovah, seven days in a year, a never ending statute throughout your generations; in the seventh month you shall keep it. 42You shall sit in Sookkuhs for seven days; all who are native in Israel shall sit down in Sookkuhs, 43so that your generations shall know that I caused the sons of Israel to live in Sookkuhs, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am Yahovah your Divine One.”

John 7:1-2, 8, 10, 14, “And after these things Yeshua was walking in Galilee; for He did not desire to walk in Judea, because the Jews were lusting to kill Him. 2And the Feast of Sukkot in Judea was near. . . 8You go up to this feast. I will not go up to this feast now because my time is not yet finished. . . 10But when His brothers went up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as in secret. . . 14But the feast now being half over, Yeshua went up to the sanctuary [Temple] and taught.”

Acts 18:21, “but [Paul] took leave of them, saying, I must by all means keep the coming feast as is my custom at Jerusalem; but I will come again to you, Yahovah willing. And he sailed from Ephesus.”