CHODESH TOV (‘ELUL’)
SHABBAT SHALOM Brethren!
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YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH says, CHOOSE between BLESSING & Curse; Choose between LIFE & Death!
This is a very powerful TORAH Parasha as it clearly and directly points to YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH (a.k.a JESUS CHRIST, YESHUA) who is:
- THE BLESSING OF YAH ALMIGHTY TO THE HUMAN RACE/MANKIND (John 1; John 3:16)
- THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE (YAHUchanan/John 11)
- THE LIFE-GIVING STREAM (Book of Revelation)
- THE WATER OF LIFE (YAHUchanan/John 4).
The focal point in this TORAH Portion brings the following Holy Biblical Scripture to mind:
YAHUshua/Joshua 24:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH), choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD YAHUVEH.”
When you choose to serve YAH Almighty faithfully, you will be enjoy YAH’S Blessing! You are also highly likely to have/inherit eternal life.
Let’s go back in time – to the beginning:
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden as per Genesis 3 and the First Book of Adam and Eve, their sin attracted YAH’S Judgement upon them and the human generations after them. It also attracted Judgement upon all animals, that is to say that, all animals used to speak clearly like mankind does however the LORD YAHUVEH closed their ability to speak in such a way that mankind can understand.
The Judgement that was given to mankind as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin was and still is death. At the time, that implied:
- physical earthly fleshly death
That is to say that, mankind was no longer allowed to live for 1,000 years (which was the originally planned limit). Adam passed on at age 930:
9 = Judgement
3 = Completion, Perfection, Wholeness
When the LORD YAHUVEH told Adam that he was going to die, what did he imply?
The death was:
- Physical/Earthly/fleshly death
as well as
- spiritual death (the spirit-man or spiritual body died)
- eternal death (in hell the lake of fire).
Romans 5:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Mankind’s life was cut short starting with Adam.
If mankind is allowed to live forever, sin with live forever and sin is disgusting. Sin brings suffering of all kind.
This is evidenced below:
Genesis 5:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Family of Adam
5 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that ELOHIM (GOD) created man, He made him in the likeness of ELOHIM (GOD). 2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. 3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. 4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
Just a note: it’s interesting to see that the death of Adam was recorded in verse 5. The number 5 Biblically and Spiritually implies/represents ‘YAH’S Grace’.
Note that The WORD OF YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) Almighty, that is YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH appeared to Adam and Eve after they were banished from the Garden of Eden and prophesied to him that HE would come to the earth in human form after 5, 1/2 days (that is 5,500 years) once again signifying YAH’S Grace!
YAH was very Gracious to Adam and Eve when Adam and Eve genuinely and deeply repented.
Adam died at age 930, that is:
- 9 – YAH’S Judgement
- 3 – YAH’S completion, Perfection, Wholeness.
I believe very strongly that YAH designed all this down to the letter for HIS Divine purpose and with a Divine Message for the rest of mankind.
When Adam died, his spirit-man (a.k.a spiritual body) with its soul embedded inside it went to hell the lake of fire.
HalleluYAH, Adam was delivered from hell the lake of fire on YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’S Ressurection Day a.k.a Ha Moed Ha Bikkurim (The Feast of First Fruits) which is always observed/celebrated during the Pesach/ Passover week. Adam and all the righteous dead are in the Shammayim/ Heavens now. We’ll all see him in the not so distant future (the great tribulation is not too far off)!
All this background information can be found in the First Book of Adam and Eve.
See verse 3 below:
Genesis 6:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Wickedness and Judgment of Man
6 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of ELOHIM (GOD) saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3 And the LORD YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) said, “MY SPIRIT shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were [b]giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
YAH told Noah to build the Ark of YAH’S Salvation! Whoever accepted the message of YAH’S Salvation was to enter the Ark thereby be protected from the great flood of destruction.
To choose life is to choose YAH’S Blessing thereby submitting to YAH’S Will (obeying YAH’S TORAH – The Ten Commandments)!
There are so many religions in this world but there is only one true religion! I must say though that it is not about religion but rather it is about a Relationship with YAH Almighty.
This earthly life is all about which God you serve!
This is evidenced through the way you live your life daily.
Do you have a personal relationship with the only one and true Creator/Maker of the Heavens and earth including you?
You need one!
Blessings have become a popular end time sermon in many churches.
YAH Likes it when we emphasise both blessings and curses just as Moses did.
A cursed life is very unpleasant and unsweet and unpeaceful!
See Cain – Genesis 4. He was cursed by YAH Almighty for killing his biological brother, Abel. He was sent to the land of Nod which is the land of wandering.
Wandering = no SHALOM/ peace
Cain had no peace of mind all the days of his life.
Cain lived a cursed life as a result of refusing to follow YAH’S statutes and commandments!
On the other hand, Seth lived a blessed life as he chose to live HOLY before YAH Almighty.
During Cain and Seth’s times on earth the people were divided into two categories, namely
- The Blessed and Holy – headed by Seth
- The Cursed and Unholy – headed by Cain
King Saul had SHALOM withdrawn from him because he spared some Amalekites. He rebelled against YAH Almighty. This angered YAH. Saul was therefore rejected by YAH. He lack Peace of mind. The only time he had peace of mind after the rejection from YAH was when King David played the harp for him.
Judas Iscariot had no SHALOM/peace after he betrayed YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH for as long as he lived. He failed to repent.
YAH’S SHALOM = RUACH HA KODESH (a.k.a SHKINYINYAH GLORY, HOLY SPIRIT)
It was revealed through YAH’S Amightywind Ministry that YAHUVEH creates and RUACH HA KODESH decorates, for example YAHUVEH creates the leopard and RUACH HA KODESH gives the spots and the voice and taste to the leopard.
When it comes to human beings, RUACH HA KODESH determines the skin-colour, the personality type, the voice, the colour of eyes, the size, etc… Furthermore, when one is truly born again and baptised properly, RUACH HA KODESH stays inside of such a person. RUACH HA KODESH gives direction, shalom, wisdom, etc
It means that the HOLY SPIRIT of YAH Almighty is:
- YAH’S GLORY
- YAH’S SHALOM
- YAH’S WISDOM
- Co-Creator with YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA
Without RUACH HA KODESH, we lack direction and peace of mind.
Remember that when mankind blasphemes against HOLY SPIRIT, they don’t get forgiven.
HOLY SPIRIT is very sensitive and has a difficult task of convicting men of sin plus guiding mankind.
HOLY SPIRIT is crucial in life!!!
Note that before YAH’S GLORY filled the Tabernacle of Moses, the Tabernacle of Moses nothing. It was just a piece of artwork. The GLORY of YAH Almighty made the Tabernacle of Moses special to-date. The GLORY of YAH made the other nations around the world to be terrified of Israel, for ever.
King Balak of the Moabites hired Balaam, a known wizard to help to attack the children of Israel all because he believed that the Israelites would attacked his Kingdom/Nation and destroy him (Balak) and all his people. He was fearful of the Israelites because of their GOD who always helps them to overcome their enemies. See Numbers 22-24. Balak believed that the only way to overcome the Israelites was to curse them. Balak saw the Israelites from afar with the Ark of the Covenant of YAH and became afraid. The Ark bore the GLORY of YAH!
The Israelites were the only people on earth who blessed with the GLORY of YAH. They are the only people through whom YAH reveals the only one and true GOD!
The Israelites advertise the GOD of the Shammayim/Heavens who is the only one and true GOD in the entire world!
In this day and age (B.C), without YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH and SHKINYINYAH GLORY in one’s life, one is juatba piece of artwork, that is to.say that, one is as good as dead spiritually (and physically).
LIFE AND DEATH are touchy topics but they are part of this life on earth we are in. For born again children of YAH to inherit Glorified bodies, that is Heavenly bodies, they need to die first. Those who will not experience earthly death prior to the Holy Rapture/Harvest from the earth and they are living holy and blameless before YAH Almighty will somehow die as they are being raptured thereby inheriting Glorified bodies.
The dividing line between life and death is so thin…
YAH Almighty hates death and is in fact disgusted by death however HE had to introduce death to the world because sin was introduced to the world!
If only we have understanding of this, we would find it easy to hand death of loved ones.
YAHUVEH spoke through Moses the Holy Prophet of YAH to the Children of Israel offering them a choice between Life and Death!
John 1:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Eternal WORD
1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with ELOHIM (GOD), and the WORD was ELOHIM (GOD). 2 He was in the beginning with ELOHIM (GOD). 3 All things were made through HIM, and without HIM nothing was made that was made. 4 In HIM was LIFE, and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men. 5 And the LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.
When YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH came to the earth, HE constantly offered this option to the People of Israel. Some hearkened to HIS WORDS and chose life however others such as the Pharisees and Saducees chose death.
Now, what is the life and death that YAH Almighty talks about?
- ETERNAL LIFE
With YAH Almighty and all the righteous before (who have already died since the beginning of the world) in the Shammayim/Heavens – a place of Shalom/Peace and Joy
YAH = ABBA YAHUVEH (YAHWEH), YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH & SHKINYINYAH GLORY (a.k.a RUACH HA KODESH, HOLY SPIRIT)
- Eternal Death
With Satan the devil (Luficer, Azazel) and his fellow fallen Angel’s in hell the lake of fire – a place of torture.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For ELOHIM (GOD) loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life.
The WORD of YAH says,
Proverbs 18:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Hebrews 9:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 HE then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, HE has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of HIMSELF. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so CHRIST was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him HE will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
The Holy Biblical Scriptures say that sin makes the spirit of mankind to die. What does this mean?
Well, it means that,
- Mankind lost YAH’S Glory (a.k.a Bright Nature).
- Man died spiritually the day he sinned or started sinning.
- Without YAH’S Glory or Bright Nature, mankind is as good as dead!
The only way to have the Bright Nature or Glory restored, is to accept YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’S Blood Sacrifice on the cross (crucifixion) and thereafter be baptised by immersion in the water plus baptism by RUACH HA KODESH who is also called SHKINYINYAH GLORY!
When we are baptised by immersion, as we go down into the water, we died with YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH Spiritually and as we rise out out of the water, we rise from the dead spiritually. We live again spiritually. Our Bright Nature or Glory is restored.
Satan lost his own bright Nature when he rebelled against YAH Almighty in the Shammayim/Heavens. He became jealous of mankind, YAH’S prized possession plus la creme de la creme as mankind was made in YAH’S image and after HIS likeness. Satan wanted mankind to become like him. Satan is a spiritual being who influenced negatively a spiritual being who is in the flesh. As a result of sinning against YAH while in the fleshy body, mankind became insensitive spiritually, for example, blind, deaf spiritually. Mankind became powerless against Satan and his power. YAH Almighty had to rescue mankind from all spiritual insensitivity. Only YAH could rescue as mankind also sold their soul to Satan on account of rebelling against mankind.
After having out bright Nature restored, we to submit to YAH Almighty, that is we are to offer ourselves spiritually as living sacrifices before YAH Almighty as per Romans 12:1-2. This implies that we obey the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) as well as do other things, such as,
Philippians 2:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Do all things without [a]complaining and disputing,[b] 15 that you may become blameless and [c]harmless, children of YAH (GOD) without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of MASHIACH (CHRIST) that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
Who Alone Can Rescue?
Who Alone Can Save?
Who Alone Can Lift Us From The Grave?
YOU (YAHUSHUA) Alone Can Rescue
YOU (YAHUSHUA) Can Save
YOU (YAHUSHUA) Alone Can Lift Us From The Grave
YOU Came Down To Find Us
Led Us Out Of Death
To YOU (YAHUSHUA) Alone Belongs The Highest Praise
Ephesians 2:5-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with MASHIACH/CHRIST (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH (CHRIST JESUS), 7 that in the ages to come HE might show the exceeding riches of HIS Grace in HIS kindness toward us in YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH (CHRIST JESUS).
I have a lot more to say but will stop here for now. I may add more information as time goes on.
So, in conclusion, which do you choose, LIFE or Death?
Noone can make the choice for you!!! The choice is in your hands!
Where will you spend eternity, Heaven or hell?
Accept YAH’S Salvation with your word of mouth, Resist the devil with your WORD of mouth and he will flee from you!
Let YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH into your soul (heart).
Let HIM become the ruler over your life all the days of your life. When you do, you will have YAH’S Divine Shalom/Peace to overflowing.
If you do so, you will inherit eternal life and you will rule and reign with YAH Almighty in the Shammayim/Heavens!
Isaiah 60:1-2 Names of God Bible (NOG)
The LORD YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) Will Be Jerusalem’s GLORY
60 Arise! Shine! Your LIGHT has come,
and the GLORY of YAHWEH has dawned.
2 Darkness now covers the earth,
and thick darkness covers the nations.
But YAHWEH dawns,
and his GLORY appears over you.
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the LORD YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) your YAH (GOD), to walk in His ways, and to keep HIS COMMANDMENTS, HIS STATUTES, and HIS JUDGMENTS, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD YAHUVEH your YAH (GOD) will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the LORD YAHUVEH your YAH (GOD), that you may obey HIS VOICE, and that you may cling to HIM, for HE is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD YAHUVEH swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Your life is meant for advertising the GLORY of YAH Almighty!
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) your ELOHIM (GOD) which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD YAHUVEH your YAH (GOD), but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
Your life either belongs to YAH Almighty or satan! Choose which you prefer through your way of life!
You are encouraged to choose YAH Almighty!
You are encouraged to choose YAH’S Blessing and to choose life!