You Shall Know the Truth

“Then said Yasha to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:31-32.

This is one of the most beautiful promises in the Bible, yet it is seldom understood or accepted. I am convinced that the proper understanding of the above text will forever end the controversy over whether we are saved by our works or without them. But until our eyes are opened, we will continue to drag up the scriptures that seem to support us whether our conviction are pro or con.

Understanding the work of the Holy Spirit enlightens us so that we can comprehend the meaning of our new birth. It also helps us understand the scriptures that have been used to divide the believers.

When the Spirit of Truth came to the infant Church, he appeared as a Guide, Comforter, and Teacher. He brought with him the supernatural gifts and the gifts of the ministry. He came with the power to change our lifestyle, heal us, and deliver us from habits and bondages. But he did more than that: he came to complete and end the Mosaic administration. But the greatest thing he did was to restore us to the life that was lost in Adam. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” 1 Corinthians 15:22.

Christ brought life back into the bodies of clay by revealing the word of truth. When we talk about Spirit and Word, we are talking of things that are not material. Love can be felt, its effects can be seen, but love is of the unseen realm. This is what we mean when we speak of the spiritual realm.

Our Lord came to the earth to talk about spiritual things; his admonitions centered on the power of our thought patterns. His message was “the things we believe do affect us.” He told his disciples that faith in the message he taught would generate the power to change people’s lives. What we believe does not have the power to change the truth that Yasha taught, but his Word changes people when they accept it.

Let me use temper as an example of the negatives that only the truth can change. Temper is of the spiritual realm. Though a man who has a temper can be changed, temper cannot be changed. Temper must go and give place for longsuffering, which is the fruit of the Spirit.

If finding peace is your goal and you are trying to learn to control your temper, you are wasting your time. Confess your lack, admit that you have a temper, and ask the Lord to deliver you from the power of it and he will. The root of temper is a trait left over from our babyhood. Infants must demonstrate their need for attention by displaying their dissatisfaction. This they do by screaming and flailing the arms and legs; they must do this in the absence of the ability to talk.

With the help of wise parents, most children eventually outgrow tantrums as a form of drawing attention to their needs. They began to communicate their needs by voicing them with legible sounds. However, some folks fail to make the transition. They bring their tantrums with them on into adulthood. They were able to obtain their needs by displays of agitated emotions in babyhood and proceeded to sharpen their skills by using the same techniques throughout their adult years.

Most people will surrender their rights to avoid these aggressive encounters with temper-prone individuals, but the so-called high-tempered person is bent on having his/her way at all cost, so there is a deeper problem to contend with when we are dealing with rage.

First we must understand the underlying root of rage is a selfish desire to control by intimidating others. The greatest victim of temper is the one that uses it. They have adopted this method, or principle, at an early age, and since their immediate goal is to control every situation, they are deceived into believing they do. But, in reality, they do not. The fact is, they sacrifice their integrity, the respect of others, and all close family ties to get their way in trivial things that others are not willing to fight for. In reality, people who have to put-up with them are continuously working out methods of survival behind their backs by keeping everything secret that might cause an explosion. They do not control because family, friends, and neighbors work together to keep secrets from them. Most victims of temper live a life of illusion and they never discover this fact.

Temper is a symptom of a wrong concept that is lodged in the mind. Therefore, our first step is to turn to the Lord and ask him to reveal the right principle to us, i.e. show us the truth

That which is true of temper is true of the other works of the flesh, such as stealing, lying, cheating etc. The folks that feel they get by with these traits always live a life of fantasy; they deceive themselves into believing their sins are hidden. Everyone knows, even though they are too kind to reveal that knowledge; therefore, confession is not nearly as revealing as we might imagine.

Every habit and besetting sin is a part of the fleshly concept of the carnal thinking and produces death, but the life of Christ is a workable solution and the answer to every need in our lives. Yasha said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” It will clear our mind of deception if we choose to be free.

It is the deception that binds the man of wrath. He hates to be forced into resorting to a display of temper and will sometimes apologize for having done so, but not for getting his way. That subject is not usually one he wants to deal with. He sincerely desires to find a better method of getting his way. But since it is difficult to dislodge folks from their space, it almost always demands force. The man of wrath needs to be delivered from his mind-set and his selfish principle. The Lord would deliver him, but not from wrath, but from the selfish desire to control. Once the desire to control is gone, he has no need to display wrath.

All sin pivots around control. If we do not trust in our Creator to guide and protect us, we then must center in on survival techniques. Our ability to properly maneuver our lives depends on the degree of control we can usurp over every situation that confronts us. So we grope around spiritually blindfolded, never knowing what’s waiting for us around the next curve, because subconsciously we are aware that we are never in control. However we need not despair— the awareness of the reality of Christ within brings not only the peace we need, but true security.

The greatest part of our future is still veiled from our conscious vision. But knowing that there is someone at the control center that sees to it that all things are working together for our good, creates an awareness that calms our fears. Instead of being dashed to and fro on a mad sea of chance, we rest assured that the man at the helm has control, not only of our ship, but of the sea and the winds that drives our sails.

Yielding to the Spirit

“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will,” I Corinthians 12:4-11.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if all nine gifts were operating in one church! I think it is so neat how the gifts are divided into groups of three. How they also fit with Yahweh being our guide, comforter and teacher. The three mind gifts are wisdom, knowledge, and discerning—being the guide. The three communicative gifts are tongues, interpretation, and prophecy—these being the teacher. And the three action gifts are faith, miracles, and healing—these supply the comfort.

It is fascinating the way these three groups fit together to give us the actions of Christ in our midst. Through the three intellectual gifts—wisdom, knowledge and discerning—Yahweh informs us something is going on. Through the three verbal gifts—tongues, interpretation, and prophecy—Yahweh communicates with us about the problem and lets us know what to do about it. Through the three action gifts—miracles, healing, and faith—Yahweh gives us the supernatural power to do something about it.
In Genesis 1:26, Yahweh said we were to have dominion. Isn’t it marvelous how he never left us to perish in our inabilities? He gave us authority to rule, then gave us all the power we needed to fulfill the job.

I think it is sad that the churches refuses to come together and allow the gifts to operate for the good of all. Most fellowships refuse to allow the Holy Spirit to operate. But in the churches that do allow the Holy Spirit to move, some folks get puffed up at the first sign of supernatural power operating through them, and usually the other Christians begin to glorify the person that Yahweh uses.

The gifts and callings are without repentance, so one does not know what his gifts are until he makes contact with the Holy Spirit and allows him to manifest himself through them.

We, Christians, are operating on a low level. The more I read the scriptural promises, the more I feel certain that as we believe, so shall it be. In other words, we are the source of our own limitations. I know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to tap into the faith-stream that moves mountains, but I know it can be done. I also know that if we have the peace in our heart that Yahweh promised us, there would not be so many mountains that need to be moved.

It scares me sometimes when I think of the platter of spiritual manna that Yahweh is passing around for us to stuff on, yet I find so many people reacting exactly like people did in the Lord’s day on earth: “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of Yahweh,” John 12:42-43. We do not have those Pharisees and synagogues to deal with now, but we still have to battle the same spirit they battled. I think I have had enough dealings with that spirit to spot him on sight.

Sometimes it’s difficult to stand for the things we stand for while being rejected and harassed, but we can’t pretend we do not know what we know. I guess it was easier for me than it is for popular people because I came to Christ when I was standing at death’s door. I had few friends because we stayed on the move. Besides that, I was sick and over-worked and I thought I hated the world. At the time I had my experience in Christ, I did not have too many Pharisees (religious people that were blindly following their leaders) in my life. The ones I did have, I lost, because they did not have anything to offer me in the place of Christ.

I do not know how so many of Yahweh’s ministers can compromise and preach a watered down Gospel. It could be that they do this because it is so difficult to walk by faith and depend on faith for their living when so many religious organizations are willing to support its ministers, that is, if they promise not to make spiritual waves.

There is so much of the revelation of Yahweh being covered up by the clergy that I long to get out there and stir up a spiritual hurricane. A hurricane that’s big enough to tear down a lot of walls that stands only on religious traditions. These walls are dividing the churches into hundreds of fragments. Where truth is withheld, there has to be some untruths to fill the gap. These bits and pieces that our foreparents have substituted to cover for the truth that they thought would cause them to lose their positions are the little foxes that spoil the vines.

I know there is power within our reach that has not been tapped into. I feel like it will come through a body ministry or not at all. I think the one-man ministry has just about run its course. I hope it has. I see Christians that have tried to be good followers of another person’s thought pattern, and after years of dedication and submission to their leader they are still empty and without real purpose in their life.

A highly esteemed lady that lives here in town and has taught a Sunday School Class for almost seventy years wrote me a letter scolding me for what I was teaching. I wrote her a long letter explaining how I felt and gave her the reason for believing what I believe. Her response surprised me. She said, “Mildred, I think it’s wonderful that you have studied until you have something to stand on and be persecuted over. I have listened to my superiors and taught from written lessons all these years and I am very old now and have no idea what I really believe. I have nothing that would give anyone a reason for persecuting me, and I sincerely wish I did.”

I was very flattered by some of the things she wrote, but I felt sorry for her too. She is a dear person, but confesses she only knows her Savior through the teaching of her church. She does not have a genuine relationship with the Spirit of Truth. That is so sad.

I am glad I have had to depend on Yahweh, and deep down I praise him for the path he has chosen for me. The path has been rough at times, but it has been clearly marked and there has always been room for two on my path. I would not choose another path if it yielded less spiritual benefits.

If we rely on the Holy Spirit for revelation and leadership, he will keep us on the path of righteousness and love. He will not drag us off into some wild and unfounded doctrine. If you have a word revealed to you, do not tell others your revelation until you can back it up with scripture for support. It may take awhile, but Yahweh will support it if it came from him. If it contradicts the foundational truths—virgin birth, body ministry, redemption through Christ, the born-again-experience, and baptism of the Holy Spirit, it didn’t come from Him.

You Are the Temple of Yahweh

“Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of

Yahweh dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.

You are a unique individual, accept yourself as such and be thankful for that which Yahweh is in you.

You may esteem your spiritual worth to be quite inferior in comparison with that of some highly esteemed personality; however, rest assured that deep within each life lies the God-given potential to fulfill itself in Him.

Failure to recognize and appreciate our individual calling and purpose in Yahweh often creates an inward desire to follow or to conform to the image of some highly exalted individual, but we soon find the substitution to be a dark and unyielding path that leaves us feeling unworthy of self-materialization and expression. This encourages rejection of the indwelling Christ; hence, stops the mediatorial work which brings us to fulfillment in Christ.

Everything about us is unique, even that which our fingers touch is left with an invisible print that will forever go unmatched. In like manner, the Spirit of Life within each of us bears its own personal mark on those who are touched by it.
Accept yourself as Yahweh made you and give thanks for his indwelling life. Confess that you are truly the temple whom Yahweh alone created for his habitation. Seek to discover your own life in Yahweh, for in the finding you will have reached your fulfillment.

You Must Be Born Again

Since Calvary, all stand forgiven for every sin they have ever committed (John 1:29). But forgiveness standing alone cannot produce full salvation—something stronger is needed.

Forgiveness from sin is in the reach of millions that shall never, in this age, take advantage of it or benefit by it. Some are unaware that it is needed while others do not know it is available.

Though forgiven for his sins and accepted in the beloved, man must yet become enlightened before he will become aware of his spiritual condition and understand that he is dead in his sins and trespasses and wrongly motivated. A heavenly light must penetrate his mind to enable him to feel remorse for his sins and to see the necessity of redemption, but, even as he possesses forgiveness and understands his lack and need for conversion, something more is needed. These, standing alone, are not sufficient in themselves to redeem the creature—something greater must be added. If man seeks forgiveness, our heavenly Father stands ready to forgive him (1John 1:9). If he desires the Word, sufficient Word will be revealed (James 1:59). But until the Spirit of Christ, which is the Spirit of truth, takes up his abode in the temple (body of man) and abides there, nothing can save him and he will continue to sin. Without the Spirit of truth being there to motivate and restrain him, man will continually oppose Yahweh and resist truth; he will continue to make judgment from the seeing of his natural eyes and the hearing of his natural ears.

The adamic creature can only act out of that which he is—a substance from the earth’s realm, a created earthly being. He cannot please Yahweh (Rom. 8:5-8). Until the Spirit of Life and Truth transforms the creature from an earthly being into the heavenly, or spiritual, realm from a created being into a Spirit-begotten son, he will remain a part of the created, or earthly, kingdom. He is not of the heavenly, or new, creation until he becomes born from above. “Yasha answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again (born from above; mistranslated, born again) he cannot see (comprehend) the kingdom of Yahweh,” John 3:3.

The Son Abides Ever

As a part of creation, man cannot find fellowship with the One that fashioned him. The children that are Spirit-born are able to abide in the Father’s house and inherit his substance. These Spirit-begotten, or born from above, children fellowship with the Father and understand his heavenly language (Rom. 8: 14-17) because they have inherited his nature: love, joy, peace, faith, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance (Gal. 5: 22-23). The created being must receive the birth from above that transforms him out of the earthly; he must be born of the Spirit (John 1:12; 3:5-6) and become a living abode for the Spirit of Truth.

The righteousness of the law gives us a shaded light that reveals the sinful nature of man and his need for Life. But the knowledge that eternal Life does exist and that Christ is the only source of Life that we need, cannot transform the created into the Spirit-born man. This knowledge is from above—it is a heavenly message. But knowledge alone cannot save man (1 Cor. 12:2).
Only the Spirit of Truth Can Illuminate a Lie

Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit until it is revealed to him by the Spirit. After it is revealed, it must find an abiding place within him. He cannot live because a word has been spoken unto him; the speaker of that word must become the Spirit of his hearing and the vision of his seeing. Man’s principle of life and motivating force must proceed out of the substance of the Almighty Father. Our inheritance in Christ is to receive the nature and attributes of our Father.

Only truth can overcome our darkness or natural understanding. Unless the Holy Spirit abides within our mind, we will act out of a carnal, or natural, understanding. We will not be transformed from death into life—we shall perish in our sins.

“For every one that does evil hates the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Yahweh,” John 3:20-21.

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Yahweh. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us…,” John 1:10-14.

Yahweh’s Word Shall Never Pass Away

Most Christians will agree that Christ provided salvation from sin and death, but few recognize that Christ died to redeem the whole world and that salvation is unlimited and includes all the human family.

When John saw Yasha, he said, “Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which ‘takes away’ the sin of the world,” John 1:29.

Talking to the people of his day, Yasha said, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:31-33.

The masses see the work of the cross as securing the salvation of a “little flock” while the greater multitudes perish. They do not comprehend the revelation of the firstfruits as the limited few who were dedicated to Yahweh’s purpose in bringing many sons into his glory. However, their unbelief cannot alter the fact that many scriptures concerning redemption are expressed by the unlimited word “all.”

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming,” 1 Corinthians 15:21-23.

Because the majority of those within the ecclesiastical system in America have lost the love, zeal, and anointing of the early Church and have replaced the truth with customs, traditions and hypothetical theories. Many sincere Bible-believing Christians, being bound by fear of rejection, are forced to modify the word “all” with terms such as, “all but,” “all if,” and “all who,” etc. But Yahweh, being omnipotent, will not sacrifice his will nor abort his plan because of outside interferences or difficult obstacles that he didn’t anticipate. He has no reason to compromise or substitute them because of resistance—that which Yahweh purposes will be accomplished!

Yahweh is omnipotent. When Yahweh spoke, his word became substance. His ultimate will cannot miscarry. There is no power above him to prevent him from completing his design. His plans were made by an omniscient mind, and his desires are satisfied because his power has no boundaries, and his love has no limits. He wills that none should perish, and he works everything after the council of his own will. He will not alter his plan to conform to man’s prejudgments or finite knowledge.

“Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one “all” things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being “predestinated” according to the purpose of him who works “all things” after the counsel of his own will,” Ephesians 1:8-11.

Yahweh is the source of divine love and mercy; his intentions must express his substance (character). He will reveal his invisible self by the outward expression of his works.

Yahweh is not a man nor is he limited. “Yahweh is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Numbers 23:19.

“Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth,” John 4:24. As Spirit, he is not a mixture of good and evil but is completely good; therefore, the end results of his actions must express the personification of perfect love, goodness, wisdom, and power. Anything less would not be a true expression of his divine character.

Man is a temple—a material substance designed to house and express the Spirit of Yahweh. For this reason man is changeable; his expression is always dependent upon the spiritual influence he receives. When he is moved upon by good Spirit-influence he will produce a positive reaction while an evil spirit-influence will produce negative or bad reactions.

Yahweh is an unmixed Spirit-force. He is a continuous source of good, unmixed with evil. As Spirit, the end result of his actions can and must express his substance. Yahweh’s force is a manifestation or personification of love, goodness, wisdom, and strength. Anything less is not and can never be a true reflection of him.

Man is often forced, by reason of his limited wisdom and power, to settle for second best. Yahweh is unlimited, i.e. omnipotent; therefore, his intentions cannot be overpowered or overruled. He will not settle for second best. If a power or influence could reach above him, it would alter his status; therefore, that power would become the ruling monarch and he would become its subject.

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have ‘all men to be saved,’ and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God (ruling monarch), and one mediator between Yahweh and men, the man Christ Yasha; Who gave himself a ransom for ‘all,’ to be ‘testified’ in due time,” 1 Timothy 2:3-6.

Most of us who believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired word of Yahweh accept the atonement for sin and death as a finished work. But why do so many accept it on such limited bases? It seems to be reasonably easy to believe the atonement is effective for a chosen few who did nothing to merit salvation, then why is it so difficult to accept unlimited and unmerited salvation for all, especially since it is so clearly taught in the word?

“Wherefore Yahweh God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Yasha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yasha Christ is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is Yahweh which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure,” Philippians 2:9-13.

Yahweh speaks and he creates. He wills and it comes to pass. He promises and his word cannot be defied. “In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” was Yahweh’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 and 22:18. This promise was based upon Abraham’s past action. It is not a conditional promise. It is a covenant promise that depends wholly upon Yahweh’s faithfulness. It is binding upon the Father only—Abraham’s work was finished. Yahweh will not break his promise to Abraham.

Some will say, “The covenant was made only to Abraham’s seed.” I will agree if we are speaking of the birthright of the firstborn son to bless the latter born and if the seed they refer to is not natural Israel, but Christ and those who have become a part of him by being baptized into him.

Paul explains Yahweh’s covenant by asking, “Does Yahweh give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? Consider Abraham: He believed Yahweh, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

“Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that Yahweh would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith,” Galatians 3:5-9 (NIV).

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

“And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of Yahweh in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but Yahweh gave it to Abraham by promise.
“Wherefore then serves the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator,” Galatians 3:16-19.

Verse twenty-eight explains that the promise that Yahweh made to Abraham concerning his seed did not come through nationality or gender: “For you are all the children of Yahweh by faith in Christ Yasha, For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Yasha, And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:26-29.

“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body,” Romans 8:20-23.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of Yahweh our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth,” 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

“The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Yahweh; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,” 1 Corinthians 15:47-51.

We are justified in believing there is only “a little flock,” “a chosen few,” “a narrow path that is discovered by a minute group,“ and etc. when we are speaking of the “firstfruit company,” which is also called, “the son placed,” “the manifested sons,” “the overcomers,” or “the kingly priesthood order. This truth is established in the Scripture; however, this does not alter the fact that the word concerning redemption is expressed by the unlimited term “all.”

We do not always see a true revelation of Yahweh in his dealings with us because the operation is still in progress. One cannot look at the clay in the Potter’s hand and exclaim, “Oh, what a beautiful vessel you are molding!” The operation of the Potter must continue until the final touches are perfected before the work is ready for inspection. The skill of the Potter is on display when the vessel is finished. Although the comments are directed at the vessel, the ability and skill of the Potter is being judged.

Sometimes a skilled potter may be forced to display a flawed vessel by reason of his limited control and power over the substance he worked with, but Yahweh is unlimited, both in wisdom and power and will not accept second best.

“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” Jeremiah 18:3-4.

“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to Yahweh.” Romans 14:11.

It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a finite mind to comprehend the meaning of “omnipotence” in the fullness of its scope. It overpowers our imagination, and we are prone to look at the world and consider it to be an awful and unprecedented disaster. We find no feasible solution for its dilemma, and we immediately become convinced that Yahweh surely bit off more than he could chew. But listen for a moment for him to express himself on the matter:

“Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD God? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is none other.” Isaiah 45:20-22 (NKJ).

“By myself I have sworn, from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.’ “Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed, all who were incensed against him. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall triumph and glory,” Isaiah 45:22-25 (RSV).

John, on the Isle of Patmos, wrote of the consummation of this promise when he said, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and ‘all’ that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever,” Rev. 5:11-13.

I are not teaching against the coming fire judgment, nor am I saying that sin will not be dealt with and destroyed, but what I want to make people aware of is that we are in the administration of the firstfruit call, when those who are willing to present their lives as a living sacrifice unto the Lord are to become a kingdom of priest and as such will reign with the Lord through the next dispensation.

It was years after the Lord started to deal with me about the restitution of all people before I could accept the revelation enough to study and establish it in the Word or to communicate with anyone on the subject. It was only after I learned that the word eternal in the New Testament didn’t really mean eternal that I was free to read the scriptures on the subject.

I still had some problems until I understood that allegories, parables, and imagery are fluently used in the scripture. The Lord used First Corinthians 2:14-16 as a release to begin a study and a research for the truth in 1967.
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.

Eternal torture, no doubt, would be the very most incomprehensible form of misery and severe agony that could be conceived by anyone, even by Yahweh, yet Paul wrote fourteen letters and failed to make mention of it one time. Unless we use the scriptures in First Corinthians 3:13-15: “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire (fiery trials); and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Yahweh’s Principles-All Power

Did the loving Heavenly Father so hide his purpose and truth from his confused and destitute progeny that it is to remain forever veiled from those (here on earth) that hunger and thirst for fellowship with their Creator? Or have we simply stumbled at the simplicity of Christ?

From the dawning of time man set the rule and principles that govern his environment and society. Even when Eve was approached concerning her faith in the word of Yahweh, her actions revealed her lack of trust. But we should not be too quick to condemn until we have examined our own actions. It could be we share some of those same doubts and fears.

While searching for a way to appease Yahweh, mankind, because of their wayward tendencies, has continued to turn their ears away from the truth that would liberate their intellects and set their souls free. The thing that separates mankind from the revelation of the truth is their rejection of the Yahweh’s principles. Mankind does not trust the principles of Love. They did not trust Yahweh in the garden, and they refused to hear him in the day of Christ.
The history of man’s chosen way of life is a living witness that it produces poverty, misery, and death. Yet man will still insist that his method is the only hope of survival.

Millions of man hours and billions of dollars are annually poured into scientific research and study of our system to produce a workable solution to solve our racial and social problems. Though we continue to experience breakdown and failure with our system, there is no doubt that it is the best that man will ever establish outside of Christ.

Separating man’s religious convictions from his principles and life-style produces hypocrisy and confusion, for it is based upon a double standard. Any theory that yolks man with a law contrary to his nature, robbing him of the energy and spirit that could give him power and motivation to change, only creates confusion.

When we speak of the Living Word, let us think of it as the word that is living. And since we know that spiritual life and love spring from the same fountain, let us say love that is living or active love (which is interchangeable). For in the beginning was the Word and the Word was Yahweh and Yahweh is love. Therefore, it is evident that the Living Word is Yahweh’s love in action.

Religion tells us about a principal of life that will govern us by love. We hear about the man that trusted so completely in this principal of living love, or love in action, that he actually lived by it and willingly submitted himself to the excruciating pain of crucifixion. Yasha’s purpose was not just to prove a point or lay down a pattern for those who wished to follow him, though this was accomplished, he lived and allowed mankind to sacrifice him because of his faith in the principal of Love. He believed and practiced what he preached—no double standard here.

Why does man not understand that his rejection of the principal of Love is the rejection of the very life he seeks? Most of us feel that we have and exercise a proper and adequate measure of love. But are we able to distinguish the counterfeit from the genuine and understand the difference? The counterfeit seems to be exactly like the genuine, but it is self love extending itself (not giving itself). As long as the act of extending reimburses him for his effort, and gives him back what he gave (or pretended to give), plus added fringe benefits that make him look good, man cannot detect his lack.

How many times have we convinced ourselves that we are giving our love to another, when in reality, we are only loving ourselves? If this is not so, we can give in secret as easily as in open. We can give to the needy stranger as easily as we can give a gift to our friends and family. We will love the ones that do not attract our flesh. We will love the ugly or the underprivileged child as affectionately as we do the beautiful child or the child of an influential friend or a relative.

If our loving stops when the reward and the benefits stop, then our love is counterfeit.

Yahweh’s Law of Love

“Where there is no vision, the people perish (is made naked): but he that keeps the law, happy is he,” Proverbs 29:18.

Because of the lack of understanding of the mind of man and the principle by which it operates to control every phase of his life, the purpose of the Spiritual laws have been totally misunderstood and misrepresented by the multitudes.

The “dos” and “do nots” of the Bible are often represented to be only the likes and dislikes of Yahweh and nothing more. So much so that whatever is called sin, is called sin because Yahweh is the boss and he does not like it. Therefore, it is, and always has been, difficult for people to submit to what they assume to be unnecessary rules, ordinances, and regulations based upon the whims of another. Most people who see Yahweh as a man and not Spirit; feel that, in reality, sin is more productive of happiness than Life and righteousness.

If Yahweh’s principle, or law of Life, was presented as a positive force and sin presented as the negative force, and if people would educate themselves concerning the connection between the keeping of the law (principle) and their own individual happiness and fulfillment and the disastrous results of breaking the laws of Life, they would accept the Spirit without resentment and rebellion.

When a law is put forth and enforced, the subjects controlled by it often rebel if they have not been made acquainted with its principles and purpose. If the purpose of the law is understood to be reasonable and to the advantage of those governed by it, it would be more readily accepted.

If a law is introduced not as a benefit, but as a religious order that can offer neither protection nor benefit, it will not be respected, appreciated, nor obeyed. Why should we feel respect or devotion for an inconvenient and unnecessary law that is founded upon the power and strength of a legislator without respect to those who are inconvenienced by it?

Man is Two Components

Yahweh is a Spirit; therefore, he is a single force. Man is two components, flesh and spirit. Unregenerate man has two personalities, two principles, and two wills with two opposite needs. One is a seeker of righteousness and approval and the other is bent on self preservation at any cost. Yahweh is pure life. Man consists of both life and death forces, because he is of flesh (natural) and spirit (Life).

The Holy Spirit is our guide to keep us on the right path. He is our comforter, friend, and companion that listens to our problems and consoles us. He is our teacher, or revealer of truth, or Life.

When man allows the positive Life-force to dominate and control the death, or negative, force within him, he will be transformed into the image and likeness of Spirit. It is not a matter of rewards or punishments in the sense that we are accustom to receiving. Christ is Savior and the Life-force. We are not rewarded for our ability to produce life. Yasha freely gives life, and life produces its fruit of goodness and meekness. It cannot be reckoned as our works, seeing how it is the results of the Spirit bearing fruit, and it will if it is there. Yasha bore our sins and fully paid the price; therefore, we are not being punished as transgressors. Reward goes to Yasha, just as the atonement of our transgressions was laid upon him. Punishment and reward are not the issue.

The reason Yahweh gives us his Spirit is so the principle of Life can begin to work—destroying the nature of the flesh in us. If this principle does not kick in, we will continue in our sin and reap the wages of that sin. The wages of sin is death, but not as punishment, but as a result of rejecting the Spirit—the principle of Life. The Spirit of Life cannot be separated from its principle: Yahweh is a single force. Yahweh is life.

The Misrepresentation of Law
Veils Love

When life is presented as ordinances, customs, and laws that are beneficial to Yahweh only, the true revelation of love is veiled and the Kingdom of Yahweh is made to appear cruel and as the worst form of dictatorship. In reality, every expression of the principle of the law of Yahweh’s Spirit, when revealed in truth, becomes a comforter, guide, and teacher. The Spirit and the Word are one: Yahweh is one.

The problem with rebelling against the leadership of the Spirit is that it leaves man without an option. He must judge himself by the spirit of flesh. What this amounts to is we must use our limited understanding to judge our limited understanding. This compares with a couple of preschoolers trying to educate each other or the blind leading the blind.

The law or principle of Yahweh sometimes appears as complex and suicidal, and always foolish to the carnal man. This is because we are carnal by nature and foolish. First Corinthians 2:14 tells us, “the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (understood by the Spirit only).”

Will Heaven and Earth Be Destroyed?

Peter writes his second epistle to the believers, saying, “Beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of Yahweh the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of Yahweh, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.

“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Yasha Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen,” 2 Peter 3:1-18.

Was Peter writing about the days we are living in? Will heaven and earth truly be burned up like a piece of firewood? When heaven burns up where will the saints, angels, Yahweh, and our Savior stay until the new earth and heaven are formed? What is the answer to this dilemma?

Common sense tells us that the heaven and earth that were present in the days this letter was written were the same heaven and earth that supports us today; therefore, this scripture is either a false prophecy or it must be unfulfilled and in the future. Right? In that case, are we (all creation) about to become homeless?

Wait! Maybe there is a problem with terminology and translation. Word meanings have changed a bit in the past four hundred years. Does this supply us with a third option? It might.

Let us look at two scriptures as an example of confusion in translation. Our first scripture to look at is written by Paul in First Corinthians 11:2: “…keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.” The next one is also written by Paul in Colossians 2:20: “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances…?” A contradiction? Only in the translation. In First Corinthians, ordinances is #3862 in Strong’s concordance and means precepts. The second ordinances in Colossians is #1379, dogmatizo. This is where we get the word dogma and dogmatic. Here Paul is not dealing with Sabbath, communion, baptism, or Israel’s annual feast days. These people were Gentiles (heathens); they had never been keepers of the Law that Yahweh gave to Moses. Paul was dealing with “worldly” religious customs, which were full of mythology. He was not teaching them against the divinely instituted ordinances of Yahweh. If he was, he was teaching the church at Corinth one thing and the Colossians the opposite.

Back to Peter’s prophecy, which seems to refer to the end of days, saying, “In the last days.” Are we living in the last days? Some people think so. But are they correct in their interpretation of this scripture? Please reread the whole letter and imagine you are mingling in this crowd of Peter’s listeners almost two millenniums ago. Be honest—if you had been one of his congregations, would you have believed Peter was speaking of an event that was two thousand years in the future? Or would you have believed he was warning you of a near event that would personally affect you?

Notice Peter’s remarks about the flood in Noah’s day in verses 6-10. “World” in Strong’s concordance, is number #2889, kosmos, and refers to society, system, or orderly arrangement. We know that the world that perished in Noah’s day was not the terra firma we walk upon, but the orderly arrangement that people had devised in their corruption.

We frequently talk about the literal earth being destroyed, but seldom mention the annihilation of heaven—Yahweh’s present dwelling place. Peter uses the word elements, or perhaps the translators chose this word, which comes from number #4747— something orderly in arrangement. As I think of elements, I think of ore, mercury, hydrogen, the very air we breathe, etc., but Peter did not use a word here that refers to those things. We can find this word used again in Galatians 4:3, “…in bondage under the elements of the world.” The NIV translates this word as “basic principles.”

We find #4747 again in Colossians 2:8:“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” World, in this scripture, comes from #2289 and means society, orderly arrangement.

The word translated melt in the KJV and destroy in the NIV is #3089 and rendered loosed. We find it in Matthew 16:19. Melt would not be appropriate here, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever you shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” So we find that the KJV translated it as “loosed.”

Look at loosed in Revelation 2:7, where satan is loosed out of his prison, and in Acts 7:33, where Yahweh told Moses to “put off” his shoes. What we read about here in Peter, is the power that the religious leaders exercised over the people in that day was about to be loosened.

According to our Lord, heaven and earth was about to pass away, but Peter speaks of generations afar off receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39). It is evident that he did not believe that the terra firma was about to be destroyed. The Lord himself spoke of a farther time span in Matthew 24:21. If he was talking about the destruction of the earth, or the end of the terra firma, the statement “nor ever shall be” makes no sense.

Mary, the mother of our Lord, believed she would have honor from future generations (Luke 1:48), said, “For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Surely she was qualified to have the truth revealed to her. Yet the Lord said, “there be some standing here, which shall not taste death till they see the Son of man coming in his Kingdom,” Matthew 16:28. Also in Matthew 23:36, “…All these things shall come upon this generation.” And in Matthew 24:34-35, “…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Look now at Acts 2:15-16: “For these are not drunken as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it will come to pass in the last days saith Yahweh, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh (not just the Israelites), your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”

Analyze the above scriptures. Did Peter say that the day in which he lived was the last days? Did he think the globe was about to dissolve? Was Joel’s prophecy fulfilled? Read First John 2:18: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” Also read Hebrews 1:1-2: “God (Yahweh), who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds (ages).”

Could we not be dealing with the closing days of the Mosaic order of priest with their sacrifices that Paul said was added because of transgressions until the seed should come to whom the promise was made? The single seed he referred to was Christ. Read Galatians chapter three. Had not the promise of the coming seed been fulfilled?

We are appalled as we look back over the horror of that destruction, yet we fathom only a shadow of the reality of what it was really like to those that died struggling against hopeless defeat.

Christ said his kingdom would come before that generation in which he lived passed away. Paul said his kingdom was righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom. 14:17).

Both Peter and Daniel said it would be an everlasting kingdom “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Yasha Christ.” 2 Pet 1:11. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure,” Daniel 2:44-45. There is no confusion here; the Little Stone (Christ) was cut out of the mountain, and he is in the earth today. He will fulfill the prophecy of Daniel.

Now listen to Paul’s comment in Ephesians 1:8-11, “Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will.”

Paul also says that Christ shall reign until he overcomes all enemies, the last enemy that is to be destroyed is death (1 Cor. 15:25-27).

What is Yahweh’s kingdom? “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Romans 14:17.
Where is Yahweh’s kingdom? “Behold the Kingdom of Yahweh is within you,” Luke 17:21.

Will I see Yahweh’s kingdom with my natural eyes? Our Lord said the kingdom comes not with observation. We will not see it with natural eyes because “…The Kingdom of Yahweh comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of Yahweh is within you,” Luke 17:20-21.

Why Do You Call Me Lord?

“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” Luke 6:46. This was the question the Lord asked his early followers and it could be repeated in this age. If we profess to be his disciples, we should be willing to render unto him total commitment.

In Revelations 18: 4, the Savior calls, “… Come out of her (Babylon) my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins (one of which is persecuting Christians for teaching the truth), and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

Babylon, in the Holy Scriptures, speaks of man’s religious customs and traditions with their deceptive pomp and ceremonies. These practices produce an outward show of godliness that is characterized by elaborate and sophisti­cated methods of carnal entertainment and fleshly appeasement. They produce the chaos, division, and idolatry that demoralize and mutilate the Body of Christ today.

With our initial Christian experience, comes exuberance and spiritual energy. These, mixed with the blind trust that we have in our new found friends, can cause us to become gullible. If we are not careful, we will be easy prey to church racketeers and false teachers.

As born from above children of Yahweh, we must take immediate responsibility for our own growth and spiritual development. We cannot blindly follow the crowd and maintain our integrity. If we endeavor to mortify the deeds of the flesh, we must make a spiritual commitment that demands painful sacrifices.

The Father warns us not to “…follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest (change the true meaning) judgment,” Exodus 23:2.

After we have experienced our initial joy in the Lord, if we compromise and follow the multitude, we will gradually lose that joy and Spirit-energy. But if we insist on following the leadership of the Holy Spirit and continue to drink of new wine, we will cease to thirst for the old wine and enter into freedom of lasting peace.

We must remember that the world has its counterfeit, and we can be lulled into believing we are serving the Lord and walking in the Spirit when, in reality, we are men pleasers and slaves of Babylon. Our suffering Savior gave us a method to make the acid test, “The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” John 15:20. Do they?

Every Christian is instructed to depart from the Babylonian customs with her pagan gods and counterfeit traditions. This includes her pagan holy days, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and other days held sacred in the honor of Catholic saints. Some of these, so called saints, were canonized or glorified because of having shown a dedication and zeal toward their organization by killing born-from-above Christians.

In those days, rewards were given for killing any believer who opposed the barbarous regime that terrorized most of the civilized world throughout the dark ages.

Many modern church people see nothing wrong with honoring Catholic saints or in adopting their pagan customs and relics. In this, they think they are honoring Christ. But do we truly honor Christ by using these pagan ideas? Or do we, in reality, hope to maintain tranquility and social acceptance while we indulge in so-called harmless self-gratification? Are we only pretending what we are doing is for the honor of the Lord? Test your Christmas holiday alms by giving to the needy until it pinches your life-style, but do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing—do not tell another person. This way of giving is the charitable work that wins Yahweh’s approval. If you can pass this test, you are honoring Christ with your alms; your works of charity are not counterfeit.

The Father was very specific in giving instructions in the keeping of his holy days. Yet ninety-five percent of the religious world is unaware that these holy days ever existed. Each of the holy days, including Sabbath, have been set aside by the Roman hierarchy and replaced by a day that was sacred to the worshippers of pagan gods, goddess, and idols. The Protes­tant churches hold these pagan days in honor as much as the Roman Catholics.

The Lord very carefully instructed his people not to worship him with customs and ceremonies taken from the heathens around them: “When Yahweh your God shall cut off the nations where you are going into to possess them, and you shall possess them, and shall live in their land take heed lest ye become ensnared to follow them after they have been destroyed before you, and that you not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? and I shall do so, even I. You shall not do so to Yahweh your God, for everything hateful to Yahweh which he detests, they have done to their gods,’” Deuteronomy12:29.

The followers of Yahweh, after being plainly told not to, adopted the pagan holidays. They even went to the extreme of sacrificing children. We are amazed when we read their history. After all the wondrous things that were done to witness Yahweh’s grace, love, and power they were more attracted to the vulgar and crude customs of the pagans around them.

We read of their indulgence and question their ability to reason; yet modernized or modified versions of those customs continue to dominate the churches in our “supposedly” civilized time. There are people who insist our holiday customs did not come from pagan origin. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that the customs we keep on these holy days do not have a Biblical foundation and, according to all the historians, were practiced by the heathen before our Savior clothed himself in flesh as the son of Mary.

If any Christian, in this enlightened and sophisticated age, dare oppose the authority of the hierarchy of the Church of Rome, they will be properly reprimanded for their actions without Rome lifting a finger against them.
Rome must be elated to know that any Christian who resists her many chosen holidays and her Sabbath substitution will become an outcast to the Christian establishment in this country and in other countries as well. It is an amazing but established fact that if you are so bold as to resist the authority of Rome, you will be branded as a heretic and cast out of the protestant denominations immediately.

Most people in the western hemi­sphere are completely satisfied to accept the Roman holy days whether they are aware they are pagan or not. They simply ignore the instructions given in the Bible. Too many Christians adhere to all religious customs without having any knowledge of their origin or any spiritual reason for accepting them. Yet they are so totally committed to the observance of these customs that they will disown family members for any deviation from them.

Most of these good people are convinced that if everyone is so enthused over these festivities, they must, in some way or measure, honor Christ. Many have become so dedicated to the whole concept of Christmas that they are blinded to the truth. They will insist that Christmas giving is an innocent method of gift-giving and sharing that has nothing to do with pagan holy days. But are they correct in their assumption?

Giving is certainly a good and noble thing to do on any day of the year, including Christmas, but can we truthfully say that exchanging gifts on a pagan holy day can be labeled as Christian benevolence? According to the English dictionary, the definition of “exchanging” is to part with for some equivalent, to give up something for something else.

Gift exchanging during the winter solstice was just as much a part of the pagan customs as was the Yule log, mistletoe, Santa, the wassail bowl (punch bowl), and the evergreen tree. These things were never intended to honor Christ. There is not one custom observed in these, so called, holy days that originated in the Bible. The manger scene could be an exception, but even this portrays a deception.

Many people are persuaded that the cross and the sunrise services on Easter were consistent with Christianity. But in reality the cross, as we see it illustrated by replicas, is also seen on the bottom of the skirts of pagan priest in pictures that pre-dates the birth of Christianity by hundreds of years.
The sunrise service was part of the worship of Horus, a solar deity (sun god). Horus was regarded as the son or brother of Isis and Osiris and is known by other names in different cultures.

Departing from pagan holy days does not deprive us of the privilege of gift-giving and sharing a special day of loving fellowship with family and friends. But it definitely will affect our gift-getting. Why could we not choose to fellowship and share on Thanksgiving, birthdays, anniversaries, or family reunions? Best yet, why not develop sensitiveness to the needs of others and be spontaneous in our love and Christian benevolence? Would not this be more in line with the teaching and principles of our Blessed Savior?

The winter solstice was a time of great festivities among our primitive progenitors. The inhabitants of the old world: Greeks, Romans, Gauls, Germans, and others, worshipped many myth gods. Among these were: Zeus, Cronus, Rhea, Horus, Horae, Venus, Bacchus, Balder, Saturn, and many others too numerous to mention. Each of these gods was thought to have been born at the time of the winter solstice. Considering that the Christian church in Rome was supposed to be Christ-minded, isn’t it surprising that they were bent on including the Savior’s birthday in this accumulation of gods—especially when you consider that Yahweh’s mission on earth was to enlighten his people and bring them out of idol worship and pagan religion?
It was through the worship of Saturn that we adopted the custom of gift-giving at the winter solstice, and with it came the idea of boozing on Christmas.

How Long Has December 25 Been Observed As a Religious Holiday?

Before the Christmas festivity was adopted into the Christian religion, December 25 was known as Saturnalia. This Roman festivity (feast day) was celebrated in honor of the myth god Saturn and is thought to be the date of his birth. His festivities began on the 17 of December and lasted through the 25. Saturn is also known as Cronus (see Encyclopedia International, volume 16).

In the Scandinavian countries, the Christmas celebration lasted thirteen days. The celebration included twelve nights of partying. In these countries the old pagan custom of roasting a pig is still practiced. It is also from these countries that we get the idea of Santa’s appearance and clothing, but not his name.

Their Christmas trees are decorated with gold and silver stars. Strips were cut from colored paper and included with the tree decorations. On Christmas Eve (the day had always began at evening until Rome changed it to began at midnight) the family gathered around the tree in anticipation of a visit from the Tomte (also called Tamtar), who are kindly gnome creatures like unto the brownies. One, thought to be an old man with a long white beard, wore a red cowl and rang a bell (vol. 3, page 229, Compton’s Encyclopedia, 1948 edition). This gnome became our Christmas idol.

Other customs practiced during this week of festivities were dancing, feasting with families and friends, and drinking intoxicating drinks from the wassail bowl.

The wassail bowl filled with mixed drinks was an important part of this custom. Have you ever thought to question the custom of drinking liquor or other intoxicants, such as punch or eggnog spiked with alcohol and served in a punch bowl on the Lord’s birthday?

In the primitive world, much of the labor was ended when the crops were gathered and preserved. With nothing to do and time on their hands the people became restless. These primitive people made great preparation to honor the sun god and other imaginary gods to whom they gave honor for food, drink, and a bountiful harvest. These celebrations included many sacrifices, sometimes human. This was especially true of the customs of the Druids. When we honor Halloween, we give honor to the Druids, because Halloween was then, and still is, the Druids high Sabbath.

During the fourth century, as the godless Church of Rome rose to power, Rome began to force these customs upon the Christians. Eventually Jerome, a Roman Catholic priest, translated the scriptures out of its original tongue. We can rightfully credit Jerome with the substitution of Easter in the place of pascha, or Passover in the Bible (see Acts 12:4); therefore, the corrupting of the holy days and the Sabbath substitution was well on their way.

The popes of that day, seeking to compromise with the heathenish sun worshipers, sought to change the name of the Passover to Easter in honor of the goddess Astarte, the Canaanite god of fertility, also known as the spring goddess, Venus. This was about the time they proclaimed the winter solstice as our Lord’s birthday and adopted the customs of Saturnalia—only the name was changed from Saturnalia to Christ’s mass. The true Christians protested and died for their resistance, yet the heathenish practices were adopted and eventually approved.

In early colonial times, the Puritans and other dedicated religious groups banned Christmas for many years, even in the United States. Then the world rose up in defiance and restored the practice. Charles Dickens, a famous author, was one of the great Christmas advocates who did not profess to be a follower of Christ, nor was he interested in honoring him. His books, which were comprised of Christmas stories, needed the approval of Christians in order to sell. He was a great orator and traveled over America reading his poetry. Some of the minor things such as the holiday expression, “Ho, ho, ho,” were adopted from his writings.

How do we know that Christ was not born on Christmas day? If he was not, how could it be wrong to allow the Church to choose a day since no one has any idea what time of year Christ was born? The Hierarchy of Rome knew something of the time of Christ’s birth (if not the exact month and day) at the time Saturnalia was renamed Christmas.

Matthew and Luke copied their genealogy from the Hebrew records. The Israelites kept records of every Israelite birth. These records are alluded to as the Book of Life. The Lord’s birth would have been of no less importance than any other Israelite. He was baptized and circumcised by the priest. The birth date of Christ was recorded, just like every child, at the time it happened. Matthew and Luke did not copy the date by month when they copied the genealogy into the Bible, but this is not to say they were not kept in the Hebrew’s Book of Life.

Records kept by the Roman government of the taxation of the Israelites would have shown at what time of the year Israel paid tribute money to Rome. They would have known the exact time Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem to be taxed. They also had a head count of those paying taxes.

According to Luke 2:8, the shepherds were in the fields with their flocks when the Savior was born. In that country, the shepherds are forced to move their flocks down the mountains for the winter months. This would indicate that Yasha was definitely born much earlier than December 25.

Also, history proves that the Savior was born in the year 4 BC, which is the year King Herod ordered all the Israelite babies killed. The decree to slaughter the infants was purposed in order to destroy the Christ child. So, we infer from this knowledge that Christ was born before Herod died.

In actuality, the Roman hierarchy was wrong about Yasha’s birth on both accounts, and our natural ability to reason tells us that they were aware of this discrepancy.

We have somewhat of an account of the date of the birth of John the Baptist, the cousin of our Lord, who was six months older than our Lord. By exacting the date of John’s birth we can add or subtract six months and arrive at an exact season of Yasha’s birth.

Zacharias, a priest and the father of John the Baptist, was ministering in the temple in the course of Abia (Hebrew “Abijah” or “Abiyah”). According to First Chronicles 24:10, the course of Abia was the eighth in order. This would have been Iyar 27 to Sivian 5; this date would correspond with June 1 through 8 on our calendar. After having served his week in the priest’s office, he would have been required to serve another week because the following week was the Feast of Weeks, and all priests were required to stay for service during this week to help with the tremendous sacrifices that were to be offered during the feast.

After having discharged his responsibility to the priest’s office, Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, would have been free to return to their home about the 15th of June. Counting nine months, we would arrive at a mid or late September birth, that is, if she had conceived immediately.

The angel, Gabriel, told Zacharias that Elizabeth would conceive. Six months later Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced her conception with Christ and informed her that her cousin Elizabeth was now in her sixth month, this being no earlier than the middle of December.

If we understand the meaning of the feast days, we will understand perfectly the time of our Savior’s birth. Each feast day was to be observed by the Israelites once each year, but they had a deeper meaning that pointed to a greater event. Passover was the day when the lamb was slain for the sins of the firstborn. Christ was crucified on Passover, thus fulfilling its spiritual meaning.

Fifty days after the first Passover and the departure from Egypt, the Israelites were at the foot of Mount Sinai in Arabia where Yahweh appeared to them in a mighty display of power. Yet they spurned his approach, rejected the spoken Word, and asked for a mediator. Yahweh gave them the Ten Commandments written on tables of stone. This date was later commemorated as the Feast of Weeks.

Christ was crucified on Passover, and the Holy Spirit was given on the Feast of Weeks (Feast of Firstfruits). Under the Greek influence, this day was referred to as Pentecost because it came fifty days after Passover (Pentecost is the Greek word for fifty), thus fulfilling its meaning by writing Yahweh’s laws on stony hearts.

The third and last feast was in the fall and is known in the Bible as Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. To fulfill the spiritual meaning of this day, Yahweh would be required to tabernacle man. The Bible is clear on this subject. Yahweh did indeed tabernacle his Son and he did this at the date of his birth, which obviously was at the Feast of Tabernacles. This date is certainly more in harmony with the other facts surrounding Yasha’s birth. He could not have been born in the winter, for the shepherds were still tending their flocks in the fields.

Another thing to consider in calculating the time of Yasha’s birth is the Bible statement that Joseph and his pregnant wife were going to Bethlehem to pay taxes, or tribute, to Rome. This transaction would have been at the end of the civil year. Tabernacles came on the seventh month of Israel’s ceremonial year, but that was the first month of their civil year. It makes sense to assume they would have demanded the taxation to take place immediately after the crops were gathered at the end of the year. At the time of Christ’s birth, the nation of Israel was in captivity under Rome. Rome kept close records of every birth and death of the Israelites—they kept tabs on their slave nation’s population growth because they taxed them.

After having scriptural proof that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the anniversary of the Feast of Weeks (Firstfruits) and Christ was crucified on the anniversary of the Passover, it should be easy to believe that the Son was born and tabernacled on the Feast of Tabernacles. This fulfills the meaning of the three feasts that had been observed annually as a shadow of that which was to have its fulfillment in Christ. The birth of Yasha fulfills the Tabernacling promise. The law of righteousness was fulfilled when Yahweh wrote the commandments in the hearts of the believers at Pentecost and redemption was purchased when Yasha hung on the cross at Passover.

History tells us that our Savior died at thirty-three and one half years of age. If he died on Passover in the spring, six months later in early fall would be the time of his birth. If he was born December the 25, he would have been less than four months past thirty-three years.

You will also find that Yasha was born on the new moon, a time that is the darkest of night, and was crucified on a full moon, the brightest of night. This brings to light that the Savior came to a world in great darkness and the world rejected its brightest Light and crucified it.

Satan had a purpose for removing the holy days from the Scripture; the carnal hierarchy at Rome became a handy instrument in concealing the spiritual meaning. Not only did the holy days have their fulfillment in Christ, they also have their greater fulfillment in his Body of believers.

At the beginning of the Church age, the firstfruit company of believers was presented as a living sacrifice. This mystery is concealed from the eyes of the carnal thinker. But the carnal thinkers are not troubled. After all these believers died for the truth, carnal thinkers find their fulfillment in celebrating Easter, Christmas, Halloween, and all the days that are used to honor Rome’s saints—many of whom were canonized and received their glory by murdering Christians.

How Did We Get Christmas With Its Unusual Customs?

The primitive people of earlier times were sun worshipers. The shortest days of the year are during the winter solstice. By December 22, the sun has reached its southernmost point. In their zeal to make the sun return, some people made festivities, offered sacrifices, and worshipped the sun. Many of the common workers had less work to do, and to prevent the long winter nights from being boring they spent weeks in drunken festivities and heathen worship. These people, in their ignorance, believed specific gods controlled specific elements of the earth and sky; therefore, they worshipped many gods and goddesses during the winter solstice.

Where Did the Word “Christmas” Come From?

The word Christ is a Greek substitution for the Hebrew “Mashiyah” (Messiah).
Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic service. Eucharist is the sacrament of Holy Communion as administrated by the Roman priesthood. Mass is connected with the elaborate ceremonies of the Roman Church: transubstantiation, praying for the dead, and other pagan rites that originated in primitive pagan religions before the birth of the Savior. Like most of the Roman Catholic rites, Mass did not originate in the scriptures. We have no biblical support for the word. It is not found in the Old Testament writings, in the ministry of our Lord, or in the epistles of his disciples.

The Roman Catholic Pope adopted the word Christmas in the fourth century. Some scholars argue for a later date, but according to the 1963 edition of the Encyclopedia International (page 415, under the heading of Christmas) the date appeared on a Philocalian calendar in 354 AD. “The earliest certain mention of December 25 as Christ’s birthday occurs in the Philocalian calendar (354) and that date seems to have become general throughout the West by the fifth century. December 25 was already a major festival in the pagan Roman world. It was known as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or birthday of the Unconquered Sun. Followed by a week long celebration of the Saturnalia—a feast honoring the renewal of the sun at the winter solstice. This pagan celebration, on December 25, included feasting, dancing, lighting bonfires, decorating the homes with green, and giving gifts. So when this became a Christian festival, the customs continued.”

Mistletoe, Holly, and the Yule Log

The mistletoe was sacred to the Druids (an order of priest of ancient Britain and Gaul) because of its peculiar characteristics. The mistletoe played a prominent part in German and Norse mythology. Supposedly, it was with an arrow made from its wood that the beautiful god Bolder was slain. The mistletoe was said to bring happiness, safety, and good fortune so long as it did not touch the earth. This is why we hang our mistletoe. The Celts held the plant in veneration, especially when found on the oak trees.

The Norse used holly to keep evil spirits away from their dwellings. The Norse Yule log was burned at the festivity of Saturnalia.

Saturnalia

The Romans believed that Cronus came to Italy after Zeus overthrew him and he ruled there during Italy’s golden age. He built a village on Rome’s Capitaline Hill, and introduced laws and agriculture to the Italians. His festival, Saturnalia, in late December, was a time for exchanging gifts and licentiousness, merrymaking. Masters and slaves exchanged places during the festivity. In art, Cronus (also Saturn) carries a sickle.

Saturnalia—a Roman festivity held in honor of the myth god Saturn, began on December 17 and lasted seven days. It was celebrated at the completion of the sowing of their crops. During the festival, the slaves enjoyed equal rights with their masters. Under the Empire, the Saturnalia lost its agricultural character and developed into a general revelry lasting seven days. People exchanged gifts and dined together. Slaves were granted certain liberties.
Reindeers, chimney, and the sled connected with Santa Claus came from the poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” later called “A Night Before Christmas,” written by Clemit C. Moore, 1779-1863. This poem was first published in the Troy Sentiments in 1823.

The Christmas tree dates back to the mythology of the time of Nimrod. After Nimrod died, his wife had an illegitimate baby named Horus. She said that Nimrod came back and impregnated her. On the night Horus was born, it was claimed that a full-grown evergreen tree spring up over night from a tree that had been cut down. See Encyclopedia International, vol. 16.

Jeremiah 10:1-6 instructs the believers, saying, “Hear you the word which Yahweh speaks unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Yahweh; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.”

We know that it is easier to go with the flow rather than swim up stream, but if the Body of Christ doesn’t hold to a standard it will be swept downstream by the flood.

Where is Beauty

Beauty is omnipresent. She is everywhere. She is in the innocence of an infant’s smile. She is always there when a caring mother stoops to tenderly kiss away the pain of her bruised and frightened child.

When you find well mannered children, seated at a table spread with nutritious food, quietly listening to the casual conversation of contented and stable parents, look for her, she will be present at the table.

She can easily be seen as new parents share the magic of parenthood, and when devoted grandparents are being entertained by their jubilant progenies frolicking before them, jockeying for their attention.

I saw her once on the weather-wrinkled face of an old man as he struggled to help a freckled face lad nab a big catch from the edge of an abandoned old wooden bridge.

She walks down the isle as a bride slowly moves towards her waiting groom.
I can see her in the petals of a rose. She is in the soft purr of a kitten, and in the tail-wagging of a mischievous pup.

I caught a glimpse of her once on the work-dirty hands of a devoted father struggling to provide the needs of his family, and in the weary eyes of a mother patiently and tenderly caring for her crying child in the wee hours of the morning.

Beauty is there, even when unnoticed or rejected. She is ever present. Those who diligently seek her will find her. Though she can be found everywhere, she is never to be looked upon as cheap or shoddy. Beauty is unique and priceless. She is a fruitful tree growing among the desert thorns and thistles. Her fruit is desired by the daughters of wisdom. She holds aloft from those who choose to be vulgar and crude.

You can never find her in the centerfold of a filthy magazine. There you will find the daughters of wanton and whoredom. Beauty is pure, and clean, never immoral. She cannot be found at a beauty pageant, where bikini clad women exhibit themselves before the lustful eyes of the depraved, or where models parade for a price. This is libidinousness, and is the forward daughter of false pride and licentiousness.

Beauty is never vain, she will not flaunt herself. She is not puffed-up. She is the child of love and purity, and possesses both of their natures.

Where vulgarity and obscenity intrudes, Beauty takes flight. Though she is sought after and sometimes presumed to be found in the dwelling places of lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, there you will find vanity. Vanity is an impostor masquerading as Beauty. She is the illegitimate child of depravity and vexation of the soul. She bears their likeness. In her is found the bitter fruit of despair and heartache.

Happy is the man that finds Beauty. If he will walk with her, she will lead him down the path of felicity, across the deep waters of contentment and establish his dwelling place in the fruitful hills of prosperity and abundant life.

What is Sin?

Sin is the violation of a law that exists in the mind and is based upon the imperfect knowledge men have of moral good. This law is transgressed by the influence of temptation, as good understanding yields to a contrary choice. “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope,” Romans 8:20. We were born sinners; we did not choose to become sinners. All are under sin and all died in Adam. But we have a choice to stay in bondage to sin and death through the works of the flesh, or we can resist by crucifying our old nature, which is the carnal mind, to become free in the resurrected life or of the new creation.

Yahweh does not cause any person to sin, by no means. We sin because of the lust within our own flesh. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of Yahweh, for Yahweh cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man, but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death,” James 1:13 -15.

There is no way to be saved except through our Savior. “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh. The same was in the beginning with Yahweh. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men,” 1 John 1:1-4.

If man does not have a free will of action, man cannot sin, and if man cannot sin, he does not need a Savior. From the beginning, man was responsible for his actions. Yahweh did not kill Abel, Cain did, and Cain was reprimanded for his evil. His mother did not say that Yahweh had slain her son. She said Cain slew him and Yahweh had given her another son.

Yahweh said man was to have dominion. He never changed his original plan and will never change it. Man still has dominion, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead,” 1 Corinthians 15:21.

In the beginning Yahweh commanded man to subdue and have dominion. The word “subdue” suggests warfare, it also suggests that something was not in harmony in man’s environment. If everything was in harmony as we are told, there would have been no force to conquer, or subdue.

The Bible says that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord. This does not mean that Yahweh wills for us to sin, but he uses the circumstances that we create to help us learn and develop.

Before I was converted, I smoked cigarettes and the smoke made me ill. I was in a sanatorium for seventy days. Yahweh did not cause my sickness; the cigarettes that I smoked did that. But Yahweh used the situation that was created by my choices to teach me. It seemed like a very bad situation at the time, however, that stay in the hospital without treatment turned out to be the turning point in my life. It has had an affect on every area of my life since. I learned many things that have benefited my family and me throughout the years. Yahweh healed my lungs miraculously. The seventy days I was forced to stay away from my four little girls and my husband were hard to bear. I would not have chosen to spend that time away from my family, but it turned out for my good and for theirs. It saved my life and also gave them better air to breathe.

If people who are offended at Yahweh over the way their life is shaping up could understand Paul’s message in Romans 8:16-25, they could see a reason for the catastrophes in the world. When man lacks understanding, he makes wrong judgments. When man acts under the influence of wrong judgments, it produces havoc for him and for others, and havoc causes pain. But without initiative, man would be a preprogrammed computer. Man must make choices and experience their consequences if he is to grow in understanding.

Let us examine the Lord’s reason for creation according to Paul in his letter to the Romans 8:16-25: “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children (not servants) of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity (lack), not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole creation groans and travail in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is), the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Yahweh subjected us to this experience in hope. When he hopes, something materializes. He is not entertaining himself with a bunch of sinning creatures—he is birthing sons in his image and into his glory. They will not be preprogrammed robots. Yahweh is creating himself-creatures that can experience and express his attributes, because they have become his expression. Yahweh is the Spirit—or expression—of Love. I will become expressed Love. Each of his creatures will become a Love facet. You are a Love facet in the making. Love never fails! (1 Cor. 13: 8).