If I Be Lifted Up

If I Be Lifted Up

Passover is near (April 15, 2014), and it is a good time to familiarize ourselves with the most valuable events that followed that day. The signs that Christ gave his disciples to prove that he was the true manifestation of the God Yahweh were that he would be crucified, rise on the third day, return in them as their guide, comforter and teacher, and that they would possess supernatural powers. The proof that he was truly the Son of Yahweh—the one with the ability to bring all humankind into the image of his Father—depended upon his resurrection in the natural realm as well as him resurrecting in them and the evidence of the signs that were to follow.

But there was only one sign given to the unbelievers? (Matt. 12:39-40) Christ told the scribes and Pharisees that there would be no sign given to them except the sign of the prophet Jonas: for just as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so was the Son of man three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. It is very important that we understand the only sign given to the unbelievers so we are able to relay that understanding to the unbelievers of our day.

To see the sign given to the unbelievers of that day, we must go into the book of Exodus chapters 12 and 13. Here we learn that in the 1st moon (after the spring equinox), on the 14th day of that moon, which began at the end of the 12th hour of their day (6 p.m. our time), was Passover. The Passover lamb was chosen to represent our Savior, the one that was to come as a manifestation of the Father; he was the Spirit of Righteousness made manifest in flesh. It was prophesied that the people would kill that manifestation of Righteousness, for he was, and still is, an adversary of sin. But the outcome of that great manifestation only multiplied his righteous Spirit in the earth. (See Gen. 49:10, Isaiah 7:14-15, and Zechariah 9:9.)

In the minds of so many people, is the belief that our Savior died on Friday and rose on Sunday morning. But this cannot be true because it does away with the only sign given the unbeliever by the Savior himself. This way of thinking has the Savior in the heart of the earth for two nights and one day. By reviewing these events, I hope to clear up the confusion for those who dare to give up their Good Friday crucifixion.

First we need to understand that in the time of Christ their time was called first hour, second hour, third hour, etc. There were 12 hours in a day and 12 hours in a night (John 11:9). Their first hour of the day began at 6 p.m. our time (U.S. Central) and their day ended at 6 p.m. the next day our time.

In the New Testament, Christ and his disciples began Passover with the evening meal, which is now called the Last Supper. At this time, the day was the evening of Thursday—the beginning of a new day. We call it Wednesday 6 p.m. or after because we don’t start Thursday until 12 midnight. As the evening went into darkness, the soldiers came and took our Savior to be tried, but they did not put him on the cross until the 3rd hour of the day Thursday (9 a.m. our time). From the 6th hour (noon) until the 9th hour of their day (3 p.m. our time) the sun did not shine. Then at the 9th hour, our Savior, the flesh that had manifested all righteousness which the people so despised, left that body of flesh. That temple made of flesh became the last Passover Lamb.  See Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:25, and Luke 23:44-45.

The day after Passover (Thursday) was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The people were to eat unleavened bread throughout the 7 days of its celebration. Passover was the preparation day for the first day of this feast. On the first day and the seventh day of this feast, they were to have a solemn assembly unto the God Yahweh. The first day and the last day were special Sabbaths—High days. (Deut. 16:8, Ex. 12:18, Lev. 23:7.)

We read in John 19:31 that the Jews didn’t want the bodies of the two thieves and our Savior to remain upon the crosses throughout the special Sabbath day so they asked Pilate if they might take them down and bury them. That Wednesday was the day of preparation of the high day, the special Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and it was less than three hours before it was to begin. Christ had assured his disciples that he would be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth? So when was the resurrection of the Son of man?

Matthew (28:1) records, “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” Then he records, “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Matt. 28:6).

American Standard Version of Matthew 28:1, says, “Now late on the Sabbath day, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” So we must conclude that our Savior rose “on” the Sabbath day. But this Sabbath day was the 7th day and not the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

We can backtrack 3 days and 3 nights from the 9th hour (3 p.m. our time) of the 7th day Sabbath in which our Savior resurrected and determine the day of his death, or we can use our sense of reason and go forward from his death 3 days and nights to his resurrection.

Mark 15:25 tells us that the Son of man died the 9th hour (3 p.m. our time) and was buried before the High Sabbath began. If he died the 9th hour, then he had to resurrect the 9th hour 3 days and 3 nights later (being 72 hours) to fulfill the only sign given to the unbelievers of that day. He was crucified 3 p.m. our time on Wednesday, was in the heart of the earth through Thursday (High Sabbath), through Friday, and almost through Saturday (the 7th day Sabbath). He came out of that grave the 9th hour of their day on the Sabbath. That is why when the women came to his grave in the evening he had “already” risen. There were still three hours left of the Sabbath when he rose.

Just as sure as our Savior resurrected in the manner in which he said he would, he also resurrected in the spiritual, in us, in the manner in which he promised. His Holy Spirit dwells in us and moves upon us with gifts that stimulate thought and reasoning as he brings us into the image of the Father, the image of Righteousness. Without this experience one cannot know the principles, the knowledge, or the wisdom of the Father. We will never be sure of the line between good and evil. We cannot know the law of LOVE until the Holy Spirit reveals it to us, in us, and through us.

Bible history says that Yahweh sent his Son, a Savior, that manifested the righteousness of the Father, and if anyone followed him they, too, would be like that manifestation. The Father’s words are recorded in Proverbs 8:12, saying, “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions [evil plans].” Proverbs 14:18, says, “The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”

Prudence is the ability to “govern and discipline oneself” by the use of reason. Faith and reason go hand in hand; we cannot have one without the other. The way we arrive at the logic of right and wrong of moral and immoral is by prudence, by the use of reason, by learning information based on facts rather than feelings or opinions. It is by testing and proving; by learning the history of a matter, and by tracking its effect. It is by being objective. By expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without the distortion created by personal feelings, prejudices, or carnal interpretations. It is by limiting ourselves to choices of fixed alternatives, which, I’m persuaded the Ten Commandments are a good place to start.

How can we define good?” We might answer, “The “law” of Love.” But many people define Love as a negative force, saying, love hurts, destroys, is limited, always changing, and is prejudice. We might ask, “Who and what defines evil?” I say, “The “law” of the lower nature, the beastly nature, of mankind.” But who is to say what the beastly nature is? How can we know where the separation of good and evil lies? How can we know and define good and evil in our world today? We can be sure that the problem lies “in” mankind’s nature, his emotions, his moods, his temperament, in his mind, his needs and wants, for these are always changing at random. We were all created needing redemption—improvement, salvation, deliverance from our created condition. The Creator had, and still has, the solution for our improvement, but how can we be sure of what the Creator is saying the problem is and what the solution is?

So we look at the life of Christ to learn the character of his Father.  We can try his Word, test his Word, and see if the effects are as he said. Our way of life involves so much more than what the people of the Bible had to deal with. He never mentioned the issues that come with TV, internet, radio, etc., and how the righteous can take control of them.

Let’s look at the foundation of our salvation. What about the signs that were given to the believers to prove Christ is who he said he is? The signs that proves he is a Savior of sins, a deliverer of sins—one that will bring us into righteousness.

I have heard that Christianity is unique because it is the only religion that is based on the fact that forgiveness is a gift, which cannot be earned by some physical act on the person’s part. But it is even greater than that; it is the only doctrine that offers a born again experience that changes the nature of a person.

Christ promised the disciples (Acts 1:5), saying, “For John truly baptized with water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.” They were promised the guide and teacher that would change their way of thinking and their nature. Then he said, (Acts 1:8) “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be ‘witnesses’ unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The promise to the believers is revealed in John 14:17-18, “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Now along with the inspired writings in the Holy Bible we are given the Holy Spirit, our guide and teacher that inspires our sense of reason and develops prudence within us.

The Bible, the inspired writers of the past, is a witness of the reality of that Spirit that lives and dwells in us today. The Holy Spirit brings us into full maturity—he is the Savior of us all. We must learn to hear and adhere to him if we hope to know our Heavenly Father and enjoy the benefits of his presence. We must decide what we want to believe in, what we are interested in—the law of the Spirit of Righteousness that Christ introduced when he walked the earth or the law of carnality that the unconverted man introduces to the world today.

We need to know the promises given to us by the Father. We should search the scriptures to convince ourselves of his authenticity and his power. In Malachi 3:10, Yahweh told the people to “prove” him, to “try” him, and he would prove himself to them.

Christ, the Anointing, the power of the Father, is able, willing, patient, and determined to bring “all” into the image of Righteousness and Love. This Anointing is that force that motivates us to reason together, search the history of good and evil, see the evidence of both, to learn the power of words, the power of implication that is created through other gods and the power of implication that is created by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit reveals good and evil to us and through us in many ways: Through dreams, visions, our mind’s eye, sensations, convictions (feelings), enlightenment of the written Word, voices of others, attitudes and actions of others, lifestyles, persecutions, and blessings. Through these we can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as he reveals unto us good and evil, through cause and effect.

The Garden of Eden

The LORD God (Yahweh) took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress (work, till) it and to keep (guard, protect) it. And He commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you will surely die” (Gen. 2:15-17).

The Garden of Eden is Yahweh’s garden, it is his substance—the seeds and fruits of righteousness that are fenced in, protected, and cared for by him, and  controlled by the law of righteousness. In this garden of righteousness is every tree (symbol of influences) that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life (the Holy Spirit, the Anointing) is also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge is a symbol of man’s will—his right to choose. It is also a symbol of influence. See Genesis 2:8-9.

Evil is not active in the Garden of Yahweh, his garden of righteousness, because it is contrary to the law of righteousness. Therefore, when the first couple desired knowledge, that is, to experience “both” good and evil, the very desire separated them from Yahweh’s Garden of righteousness.

The first couple chose to experience good and evil—to be influenced by their five senses. They began planting their own garden, choosing their own way of life, making judgments according to the carnal realm in which they were of—fulfilling the lust of their flesh—and yet learning thereby.

Paul warned the believers, saying, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal. 6:7-8).

The first couple was not “forced” under the “law” of the Spirit of righteousness, for righteousness comes by one’s own will. The Tree of Life was available to them, but they would not find it in their garden produced by carnality.

To dress and keep the Garden of Yahweh, we must till the ground of our mind, find and yield to seeds of righteousness (love, gentleness, kindness) and plant them in soil made rich by rain, the showers of blessings from the Spirit of Life, brought on by prayer, fasting, and seeking the Word of Truth. Christians, as the manifestations of the Garden of Yahweh, bears the fruits of righteousness for others to taste that they too might develop an appetite for righteousness.

In Isaiah 51:3, we find a description of the Garden of Yahweh: “For Yahweh shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden [righteous], and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” The mind of the carnal man cannot produce lasting joy or peace.

Isaiah 61:11 uses a garden to symbolize those who are righteous, “For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

In Genesis 13:10, Lot compared the plain of Jordan with the garden of Yahweh because it had plenty of water/rain. Water is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Life.

Isaiah 58:11 says, “Yahweh shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones: and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.”

If you desire to make manifest Yahweh’s garden of righteousness or to share in its abundance you must eat of the fruit, for therein is the seed that will take root in you and grow in you until you, too, produce the fruit of righteousness with the seed therein for others to eat!

Functioning In the Kingdom of Righteousness

Much of the focus of Kingdom seekers seems to center in on loving each other, and love should be our first priority if anything else is to be accomplished. But we cannot omit truth, facts, or reality. There are many ideas, opinions, and words that can be looked over that really do not have any effect on people’s lives; at the same time, there are both lies and truths that affect every human on earth.

First Corinthians 12:31 tells us to “covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.”

Paul went on to say, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing. Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7).

The truth that sets us free from sin and death is so vital that we should use every method the Holy Spirit urges us to use to persuade others. Voicing truth is one method that the Holy Spirit uses. The words of the Holy Spirit will direct, strengthen, and protect us when we consider them. The Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge teaches believers how to be in the image of the Father.

We have heard it said that a man is as good as his word. Christ sheds a little more light on the subject by saying, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  We can, and do, judge people by what comes out of their mouths. What we say is very important, and our attitude is important as well.

I’ve heard ministers that claim to be reaching into the Kingdom of Righteousness, while striving to be funny they make fun of women by accusing them of being difficult, mean, and unreasonable during pregnancy; accusing all women of being alike in their conduct. Seldom do we hear a man get up and joke about his father-in-law, but mothers-in-law are mentioned often. One minister said, “He’ll [God] put you in the midst of the unlovable—your mother-in-law will move in.” These ministers get laughs, but few mothers-in-law or mothers are laughing inside, even if the statement is true in their case. The only difference in mothers and mothers-in-law are in the prejudice concept and attitudes of those connected with them. This type of ministering is rude, insulting, and it cannot and does not promote peace within a family.

Kingdom ministers are obligated to speak the oracles (utterance) of Yahweh (1 Pet. 4:11) and should be honest, and thoughtful. They should never encourage prejudicial ideas among their listeners. Mothers-in-law are not the enemies of families. Many are loving, understanding, and actively caring family members. Why then should negative remarks about them be said by any minister? People of the world promote enough strife between family members to keep Christian families warring against the devil.

Making fun or foolish jesting is not a method Christ used in teaching the Kingdom message. Condescending remarks do not eliminate problems in marriages, but in reality they prepare people to expect and accept them as facts.

Foolish jesting should not be part of the Kingdom ministry. This type of ministering is done with fun in mind, but in reality it is unprofitable. If a person goes to church to be entertained by insulting and foolish jesting, we have offered him no more than the world offers. Those who gather together with other believers should be learning the ways of the Kingdom. Their time should be quality time with Christians, giving the Holy Spirit opportunity to teach them and flow through them.

“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh [suitable, proper] saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of Yahweh. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light” (Ephesians 5:3-13).

Insulting, foolish jesting from the pulpit is a trend from the world entertainment that has crept into the churches unaware by many. It can be likened to a married couple that started their marriage out with little put- downs toward each other for entertainment,  usually based on some irritating fact. But soon it becomes a habit and after several years of this, the damage begins to show in the couple’s self-esteem and outlook on marriage; therefore, affecting their children and those around them. Most often the couple has matured and the root of the put downs have long been rooted up and only the emotional memory remains, along with the habitual disrespect they have for each other.

If the president of the United States tried to get his views understood by using foolish jesting, it would certainly close any door he might have opened. Ministers have much more sacred responsibility to the Church than the president does to his country, because what you say from the pulpit is supposed to be the utterance of Love.

The responsibility of ministers of Righteousness is serious and should not be taken lightly or made light of. The Holy Spirit is well capable of bringing joy and excitement in fellowship meetings without the lower nature of man trying to entertain at the expense of others. Our lower nature should not be given honor in the churches but instead should be discouraged.
As we all know, the dictionary was produced that we all might learn what a word means and be able to communicate one to another. Early on, I learned the meanings of the words: doctrine, religion, religious, revelation, and sin.  But now I am hearing ministers teach that these words are causing havoc in their gatherings and are asking the congregation to not dwell on them. They are even asking the congregation to set them aside and listen to what they have to say, explaining that these expressions are unnecessary.

Recently, I heard a minister say, “God doesn’t dwell in your revelations, doctrines, denominations, or understandings— He is above all that.” He said it as if revelation was a waste of time and could get out of hand and boggle our minds if we don’t watch out.

The following meanings were taken from a Webster’s Dictionary. We should all pay special attention to their meanings and try to use them properly. When these words are understood according to their true meaning, we will hold them dear to your heart.
►  Doctrine:  1. That which is taught; the principle or principles taught in any branch of knowledge. 2.  A teaching or the teachings of a church.
Christ said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of Yahweh, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17).
“All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).
“Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things” (Titus 2:10).
►  Religion: 1.  The service and adoration of God or a god as expressed in forms of worship and a way of life.  2.  Any one of the systems of faith and worship. 3. Profession of belief in God or a god; observance of the ceremonies of worship.  4.  A conviction of the existence of a supreme being, resulting in reverence, love, gratitude, etc.
►  Religious: 1. Showing devotion to, or the influence of, religion.
“But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before Yahweh and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:25-27).
►  Revelation:  A revealing to others of something previously unknown to them; disclosure; also, that which is revealed. 2.  God’s disclosure of himself or of his will to man, especially through scriptures.

Paul said in First Corinthians 14:6, “Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?”

If anyone is going to profit from another person’s ministry, that person must speak either by revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or by doctrine.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
►  Sin: To miss the mark.
“Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

I heard another minister say that we would never have to mess with the sin problem any more and that we don’t have to lead anyone in the sinner’s prayer because sin sacrifice was dealt with in Christ.

Another minister went so far as to say, “Christ said for those without sin to throw the first stone.” Then he continued, saying, “I’m qualified to throw the first stone, but I don’t see anyone to throw at.” He is confusing the issue— there is a big difference in condemning and instructing. We all must overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21).

In order to teach and show love, it has been asked that sin be ignored and not dealt with. In fact, we have been asked to just believe it doesn’t exist any more: for after all, Christ came and did away with that dirty word.  But if you look up the word “love” and discover its attributes, you will see there are many ministers who fall short of its manifestation. The condition of falling short of the image of Love (the Father), is called “sin.” So, we are now being asked to go out into the highways and byways and declare to all that they are already in the image of the Father, regardless of the fruit they are bearing.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith …” (Galatians 5:22).

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:15-18).
We, as ministers, need to seek the Holy Spirit that it might teach us how to use the knowledge we have in wisdom.

I realize many young people desire entertainment, but they want truth also. They do not want to be insulted from the pulpit. One good example of this is statements like, “I know you all think you got it all, I don’t care what you say, you don’t.” This statement was spoken from a pulpit in what was said to be one of the most advanced meetings. This is not only a condescending statement, but it is belittling the elders, leaders, teachers, and Christian parents.

Young people are much smarter than many older people give them credit for. They are educated enough to know when something is wrong; they may not be able to pin-point it or have the boldness to come against it, but they know. The Savior came that they, too, could have the law in their minds, giving them a consciousness of right and wrong.

Gender, race, family position, or even age is not considered to be of importance when sharing truth. For anyone to get up and use any one of these in an insulting way only divides the people. It shuts the church doors to those who are being cut down. When this happens, it has a ripple effect and many are forbidden or they choose not to go to the gatherings.

Let us “…be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh” (Romans 12:2).

Direct Communication with the Father

There has to be much more to know concerning our God Yahweh functioning in us than what is written in the Bible. The Bible was written more than 2000 years ago and to a people controlled almost completely by their beastly nature. As a whole, their minds were not prepared to hear the word of Yahweh in the way we can hear it today.

We have the benefit of the words of Yahweh given to others in the past, and we have learned much from Bible history. We have learned cause and effect; therefore, we have learned that the commandments of Yahweh produce peace if adhered to. But understanding the true character of the Father through the Bible is very difficult, since the Bible has been translated by many that were contrary one to the other.

Paul said, “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Cor. 13:9-10).

Man prophesied in part and understood in part just as they do today. Yahweh desires us to come into full maturity so that which is in part will cease to be in part.

We should be hearing from Yahweh in our own spirits. We should be sharing his word from our own experiences. We should be proving his word by our own actions. His word to us should be dealing with our situations, coming through our media and our conduct so people will see the difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Holy Spirit and be released from ignorance, demons, and addictions.

The same Spirit of Life that inspired the writers of the Bible should be, and is, inspiring and speaking to us today. If we get hung up on the vessel Yahweh uses to teach us, we miss our growing opportunity. We can learn from male, female, rich, poor, ignorant, learned, and of all types of personalities. Anywhere there is an action, negative or positive, there is something to learn and gain from.

When we read Psalms 37:1-2, saying, “Fret not thyself because of evil doers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like grass and wither as the green herb,” we realize David found comfort in these words which were soon to come about. But if these same words were said to us today, how would we feel? Thinking of any one person of whom I’ve felt personally offended, the solution would not be to cut them down like the grass. Even if I felt they were wrong or even if I was repulsed by the spirit of rebellion in them, I know the solution to the problem is deliverance. For sure, I am not envious of the workers of iniquity. We have developed way past that concept. Other examples are in Psalms 2:12; 5:5-6; 6:1.

David understood Yahweh to say, “I will destroy your enemies for your sake.” But when we hear verse 3, which says, “trust in the Lord and do good,” we hear the spirit of the word saying, “If I let my light shine, be patient and loving, that Spirit of Life within me can effect and change my enemy.” Remember, these evil doers are your relatives, neighbors, and friends.

The Old Testament reveals the beastly nature. The New Testament reveals a godly nature and tells us of our possibilities. But neither one speak direct about the personal issues in my own life. They don’t tell me why my grandson has Tourette’s syndrome, or what to do to help him. They don’t show me how to persuade those I love to have an appetite for righteous entertainment.

In John 9:1-3 Christ saw a man that was blind from birth and his disciples asked him, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? “Christ answered, “Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of Yahweh should be made manifest in him.”

If these people receive a direct answer concerning the condition of their loved one, then I also have that same right. If I do as those in Bible times, I would read the old writings to get what I can out of it to strengthen and educate myself, but I would also listen to Christians around me and read their writings. They are the ones with the fresh word that deals with present situations. When we feel confident in what we are hearing in our spirits, we spend more time listening for a word from the Spirit.

Scriptures give us clues to direct us so we might not be led astray by false doctrine. One of our greatest bits of information is “by their fruit you shall know them.” This gives us permission to notice and judge other people’s lives before we heed to the information given by them.  The Heavenly Father is still talking to people today. He did not stop with John or Paul.

Today there are thousands of anointed writers. One anointed message inspires another. These messages are given by the Holy Spirit to reach every spiritual age group and are vital to society.

We need to communicate. Seek the Spirit for every situation, problem, or need as long as it exists.  We need to write down what we hear the Spirit saying and share with those around us. Paul had no idea that his writings would be still spiritually feeding people over two thousand years later.  We need to know what the Spirit is saying to the churches of today.

We should not fear being led off into false doctrine as long as we are sincerely seeking the Spirit of Truth. Our Lord said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11).

Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had a revelation that we all could rest in. He said, “And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men [speaking of Peter and the other apostles], and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught: But if it be of Yahweh, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against Yahweh” (Acts 5:38-39).

My goal and the goal of many that I know is found in Proverbs 1:2-4, “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgment, and equity; To give subtly to the simple, to the young knowledge and discretion.”

Did the Most High Tempt Abraham

Genesis 22:1-18

Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days (Gen. 21:34). And while there, I am persuaded that he was influenced by the pagan ways of the Philistines. “It came to pass after these things, that “God” did tempt Abraham.”

The apostle James said, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God 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” (James 1:13-14).

As I searched the Old Testament scriptures for understanding of the God that tempted Abraham, I found that the translators of the scriptures translated the Hebrew word elohiym (el-o-heem’).  The Interlinear gives the meaning of this word as “gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.

We must hear the voice of the Holy Spirit to know the nature of the true GOD and to determine which god is commanding Abraham to do as the pagans; for there were many gods back then.

The voice that Abraham heard, said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.” Now, if this god had the wisdom to know that Abraham loved his son, did he not already know Abraham loved him?

Surely we cannot justify murder just because it is a sacrifice. If it was justified back then, would it not be justified today? Yahweh, the God of the Israelite, was so set on mankind seeing him in his true nature that he sent his son into the world to be a manifestation of himself knowing they would crucify him (John 3:16-17).  His desire for his Son was for him to “live” and be the light of the world. Those who crucified him were murderers acting out of the will of their own flesh. They were not offering a sacrifice unto the Father to please him, they were against the Word that was made manifest in flesh for their sakes.

Abraham did not see Yahweh in his true image or he would not have connected the voice he heard to Yahweh. He did not judge whether the voice he heard was in accordance with the law/nature of Yahweh. This was after the time of Cain, but even Cain knew it was wrong to kill for he hid his brother’s body.

Christ said, “If you see me you see the Father.” His nature and the Father’s nature were the same. In Malachi 3:6, Yahweh said, “I change not.” Christ [the nature of the Father] is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). I am persuaded that the voice Abraham heard could not have been his heavenly Father’s. Our God would not condone such actions.

There could be nothing more sadistic than a Father who has all knowledge and all power over a man to pretend that he does not know the man’s heart and then ask him to kill his son to prove his love. This world would be in a very sad condition if murder in the form of a sacrifice proved our love to one another.

Are we to believe that Yahweh left Abraham in the sadness and turmoil of his request for days then changed his mind at the last minute because he finally figured out that he really did love him? I think not! Love “is” kind.

If the voice Abraham heard was his heavenly Father’s, would this not have been a most sadistic thing for a father to command? Did Yahweh not consider the stress, the fear, and the trauma created in Isaac just so he, who was all knowledge and a “Holy” Spirit, could see what Abraham would do? Didn’t the heavenly Father already know Abraham’s deepest feelings and his faith? Why would he need to deceive and confuse Abraham to find out what he would do if he asked him to kill his son?

“For God [a deity, especially the Supreme Divinity] is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33).
“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels [messengers]? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Cor 6:2-3)

It is obvious that Abraham was sure in his mind that Yahweh would save Isaac, for he told his companions that he and Isaac would come back after going up the mountain to sacrifice him. In some of the cultures that he came in contact with during that time, it was common practice to sacrifice children to their heathen gods. It is obvious to me that Abraham was listening to the wrong spirit.

Verses 9 and 10: “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”

Is this a scene that any earthly father would ask of a son, even the worst of fathers? Was he not acting just like other pagans that sacrificed their children? Nowhere in the scriptures did Yahweh tell the Israelites to sacrifice their children to him. When Abraham heard the voice he obviously did not consider the GOD of Able, which he had to have known. I am persuaded that he was influenced by the pagan worshippers around him.

As we read the scriptures concerning Abraham and his attempt to sacrifice his son Isaac (verses 11 and 12), if we look closely we see a change of voices. The voice of the angel of the LORD (Yahweh) God said, “Abraham, Abraham.” And he said, “Here am I.” Yahweh repeating Abraham’s name is a way of correcting or drawing attention. It was like saying; you need to think about what you’re doing because you are wrong.

In Mal. 3:6 Yahweh says, “For I am the LORD, I change not; … .” Yahweh “is” love, love is kind, and He will not play both sides of evil and good. Murder is evil and will always be evil.

Yahweh’s angel said, “Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now [at this time] I know that thou fearest [reverence] God [judges, gods, and sometimes Yahweh], seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.”

These two verses could have just as easily been translated: Don’t kill your son with that knife; I know you have respect for me, so much so that you trust me to save his life.  The term “seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me” leaves one with the impression that sacrifices were the way to give one’s child to Yahweh. If this was true, many Christians would be childless.

Verse 15 continues, “And the angel of the LORD [Yahweh] called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,…” There was only one other time that the angel of Yahweh spoke to Abraham concerning this matter and that was when he said for him not to kill Isaac and that he knew his heart. The voice that said for him to kill his son was not the voice of Yahweh or of Yahweh’s angel.

Now let us read verses 16 through 18: “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD [Yahweh], for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son [because you were willing, though I did not require it of you, to give unto me your greatest treasure on earth]: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.”

We need to remember that the voice spoke to Abraham and said to make his son a burnt offering. He didn’t make his son a burnt offering because he was fully persuaded that he would not have to – he said that he and his son would return and he told Isaac that Yahweh would provide another sacrifices. Yahweh had already promised blessings upon Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3. Deep in Abraham’s heart, he knew the voice was incorrect, that it did not correlate with what Yahweh had said in the past. In his love, understanding and compassion, Yahweh knew Abraham’s deepest desire to obey him though he was wrong in his understanding, judgment and actions. To comfort Abraham, Yahweh reconfirmed his previous promise which had not been disannulled.

In what way did Abraham obey Yahweh’s voice? Was it by “not” sacrificing his son? Yahweh did not change his mind because he learned something he did not know before; he saved Abraham from making a grave mistake. How often are we Christians wrong out of our ignorance even though our hearts long to do that which is right? Even Saul was persecuting the Christians for the sake of his God because he truly felt he was right, yet he too was wrong.

The Cup of the Lord

What is the cup of the Lord? Luke 22:20, says, “…This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” This cup was the new agreement. It was a new will according to the nature and principles of Christ, which was poured out upon all flesh. It was their responsibility to put on the mind of Christ and to fulfill all righteousness. (See Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17.)

To get a better understanding of the cup of the Lord let us read the words of Christ in Matthew 20:20-22:  “Then came to Yasha [Jesus] the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons worshipping Christ and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, “What do you want?” She said, “Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand, and the other on the left, in your kingdom.”

Those on the right side of Christ knew right from wrong and could make righteous judgment (See Matt. 26:64). Those on the left side of Christ did not have the ability to produce righteousness, but still associated themselves with him. Those on the left were those who functioned under the “gift” realm; those who were not yet in the image of the Father. In pagan reasoning, the left side was the lucky side. You were there by luck, not by rights.

Christ answered and said, “You know not what you ask. Are you able to drink of the cup that I shall [future tense] drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am [present tense] baptized with?” They said unto him, “We are able.”

What Christ was saying to the sons of Zebedee, was, To be in my kingdom and on my left hand, you must follow me and learn from me. You must be washed in the water of baptism—as in making an agreement with me that gives me permission to cleanse your heart and mind regardless of the fretting of your flesh. To be on my right hand, you must know and love righteousness, thereby, having the power to judge right from wrong.

Christ was asking the sons of Zebedee if they were willing to prepare themselves for such a position. Were they willing to crucify their fleshly nature and be filled with the principles and character of the Father so they could make righteous judgment?

In Mark 10:40, Yasha explained, “But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” The words “it is prepared” is from one Greek word meaning “to prepare.” If we want to sit with Christ, we must put on the mind of Christ.  See Phil. 2:5 and Rom. 13:14.

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a physical kingdom, it is a spiritual kingdom. This kingdom is a principle, and this principle is a power, and this power is superior to all others. We are not given this kingdom as a gift—we enter into this kingdom. This is a place of having dominion over the works of the flesh. “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Rom. 14:17. If we do not love righteousness, we cannot function in the Kingdom of Heaven. We cannot sit on the right or the left hand of our Savior.

Colossians 3:1-4 tells us how we can take this position, saying, “If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.” By the power of the Anointing, we will be manifestations of righteousness—of our Heavenly Father.

This cup represents our Savior’s life, his way of life, his separation, his crucifixion, his goal, his purpose. When we drink of his cup, we are rejecting our fleshly nature and accepting his nature. We are accepting the Spirit of Righteousness.

In Matthew 26:39, when Yasha was on the mountain praying, he said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as your will.”  You might be able to identify with Yasha’s struggle while in his flesh by remembering those days when you made yourself get up early on a cold winter day to go to work. Or, if you had to get up in the middle of the night with a sick child—your flesh was not willing, but your spirit was. Your spirit was in control while your flesh was not considered.

Christ’ cup was to fulfill prophecy. Yahweh’s will was to dwell in mankind and Christ was going to make it happen. He said, “… It is expedient for you [to your advantage] that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7-8).

First Corinthians 10:16-17 says “The cup of blessing [speaking life] which we bless [that which we speak], saying, “Is it not the communion [partnership, participation, joint venture] of the blood [nature, genes, life] of Christ? The bread which we break [share], is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

Just as Jacob (Israel) blessed his sons and grandsons with a blessing that literally changed their lives, we too, have the power to bless. It is our “cup”; our ability in life. You could say that it is our lot in life. Just as sure as the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we have the ability and power to bless those we come in contact with.

As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover Supper, he said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” He was instructing them to feed from each other; to learn from each other. They were his body (Matt. 26:26 and 28).  Christ took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves” (Luke 22:17). “For this is my blood of the new testament [new witness], which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28).

In the past, many people had become drunk with wine and they knew its ability to change their thinking and actions, as well as a healing agent. Christ used the wine for a reason, he was telling them that inasmuch as the natural wine changes one’s way of thinking and acting, the spiritual wine will change a man in his thinking and actions. This was a new way of living; it was the anointing that was poured out upon many to stop sin.

Yasha told the disciples about the New Wine at the Passover Supper. This wine was going to change the way they thought and acted. This is why, when the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, Peter said, “These are not drunk with wine as you suppose, but they are filled with the Holy Spirit.” These Spirit-filled believers had a new lot in life; they were now lights that would shine in the darkness of ignorance.

After the same manner, also, Christ took the cup after he had finished eating, and said, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do you, as oft as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show [you proclaim by faith] the Lord’s death till he come [till Yahweh is formed in you].  See Galatians 4:19.

“Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:25-28). In 10:21, Paul explains how one can eat and drink unworthily, saying, “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” In verse 28, Paul adds, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.”

As we gather-to-gather for Communion, that which replaces the lamb sacrifice, let us fellowship with others, share the Word, be good listeners, live in righteousness, and overcome sin in the flesh.

If we are to examine ourselves, we need the Body of Christ. This body is the bread, the Anointed Christians, from whom we feed. We are to eat of each other and drink of the Anointed Word.

Yahweh loved the world so much, that he gave his born-from-above Son to “live” in flesh. He was the manifestation of righteousness to those in sin. Those who believed in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Those who loved evil more than good mocked the Spirit of Righteousness, spit at and destroyed the temple that was in the image of the Father.

Though the Father sent his Son to be a “visible” manifestation of righteousness, he knew the beastly nature in mankind would reject and crucify him. Christ also knew the beastly nature of those whom he came to save. In John 10:17-18, he said, “… I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again….”  Here, Christ was laying the foundation for mankind to receive his spirit after they destroyed his flesh. (Read all of John chapter 16 and 2 Cor. 5:16)

Yahweh planned for his born-from-above Son to make his abode in us, to comfort us, to bring us unto him. He does not want us to worship the “flesh-Man,” he wants us to worship the Spirit that was manifested through that Man.

The Savior came to finish the work of his Father. For he said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). The Savior is very capable of completing his work.

What Is the Cup?  “When he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34).

Adam, the Lamb, and the Tree

The invisible realm of the God Yahweh, is made clear by his creation, even his eternal power, his divinity, spirituality, and holiness. The universe with all its types and shadows play a part in opening the spiritual eyes of His children (Rom. 1:16-21).

From the creation of the world, the righteousness of the Father is revealed to his children. They go from confidence in their five senses to confidence in the Holy Spirit. The desire of the Father is to bring his children into full maturity, into the Spirit of Righteousness (Rom. 1:17-19).

Adam named the animals, but he didn’t create their natures. The animals were created to act instinctively with no possibility of ever being in the image of their Creator. On the other hand, as a human, he was to develop into the image of his Father. He was to learn from the animals and take dominion over them. He would see the peaceful and dependent spirit of the lamb, the prideful spirit in the peacock, gluttony in the pig, boldness in the lion, foolishness in the monkey, and etc.

Adam became familiar with and was influenced by the animal kingdom. These natures were the only ways of life he knew by way of his five senses. His five senses were stimulated by these creatures. But the first couple had to learn they were spirit and were created superior to all the creatures around them. They had to learn to take dominion. They had to learn to worship their Father in spirit and be a manifestation of him.

The Father explained to Adam (the first human) that his adamic nature would die if he became one with the knowledge of good and evil. The Father knew Adam did not have spiritual eyes to see the Tree of Life and that he would not come into his image until he developed enough to see his need and desire to become one with Wisdom, Truth, and Love.

Yahweh allowed Adam (mankind) to act according to his own desires so he might learn by experience. He knew that when knowledge was increased, a desire for righteousness would stir in his heart, and then he could plant his seeds of Righteousness in him.

When the first man acted upon his own intuition—feelings, instinct, nature—he acted according to his level of maturity. When Adam “partook of” evil, he was being pulled by his own lower nature and, therefore, was made to face the condition of his own heart—he took action on an idea of his own mind and he preferred his own way, regardless of the consequences. When he partook of good, it was only for the benefit of himself, for Adam was “self-centered.” Adam could only bear fruit of his own nature.

James said, “For every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when his lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).

Once Adam partook of knowledge, he recognized his lack in comparison to the Father. He was immature and foolish and all he could think to do was to hide from his Father who was all knowledge and wisdom. But unlike the animal kingdom, Adam was smart enough to recognize that he did not measure up to his Father. He had a feeling of lack.

The word “sin” means to miss the mark. When Adam acted according to his own instincts, he missed the mark of maturity. A child cannot perform equal to his parents until he has been taught by them. When immaturity acts, it produces something that can be compared to righteousness, thereby, exposing evil for what it is. When Adam took action according to his five senses, he was partaking of knowledge of good and evil. He was experiencing according to his own carnal thinking—he acted like the animals around him.

When the Spirit of righteousness came to the carnal man, it demanded judgment, saying, “Adam, where are you?(See Gen. 3:9.)  Adam’s Father knew where he was, he wanted Adam to voice what he had learned from his actions.

Adam confessed that he had learned that he was naked, but he refused to take responsibility for his action. He said, “The woman that ‘you’ gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:12).  First the man blamed Yahweh and then he blamed the woman.

The carnal man refused to take responsibility for his own actions; therefore, he continued in his ignorance, declaring that it was Yahweh’s fault—implying that Yahweh wasn’t too smart in creating the woman. In reality, Yahweh is the same as always, while man in his carnality is also the same. We still see this same scenario—people trying to justify their actions by saying statements like: “Everyone does it.” “I had to.” “I just don’t see anything wrong with it.” “If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have acted like this.” We do not read of an apology given by Adam, just excuses and fear of being rejected by others.

Yahweh communicated to the first man just as he communicates with people today—through their thoughts, a voice in the wind, visions, dreams, ideas, angels, other Christians, and also through the written Word. Oftentimes people respond now just as the first man did because they do not have an appetite for Truth.

Adam saw a truth, because he recognized a lack. His Father dealt with his condition by drawing his attention to his lack and directing him to a solution. He comforted Adam with a temporary covering. Yahweh, being the Spirit of Love and Truth, gave the man something to cover his sins; his weaknesses and his lustful nature.  Adam had clothed himself with leaves, which was just as unacceptable as people who cover themselves with doctrinal titles thinking that will make them in the image of the Tree of Life.

Yahweh took from the best of the animal kingdom and made a covering for the man. This covering had the basic nature man needed to have. The lamb’s nature is to follow a shepherd and depend upon him for food, water, and protection, and in return he supplies the shepherd with food and clothes for his family.

In the natural scheme of things, I am persuaded that Yahweh drew Adam’s attention to the lamb, causing him to know what to do; that is, shear the lamb and make your clothes. The Father provided for and taught man how to clothe himself, just as he has continued to do down through the ages.
In the spiritual scheme of things, the Father was showing Adam a solution to his aggressiveness, his “I can do it myself” problem.  He drew his attention to the nature of the lamb, desiring Adam to be like the lamb. Adam’s Father wanted him to follow him, depend upon him, and eat what he provided and drink from his spiritual waters.

All through the scriptures we see lambs symbolized as people and the Shepherd as the Savior.  It would stand to reason that the lamb was the first covering as well as the second covering for man’s lack. The lamb represents a Christian that follows the true Shepherd—the SAVIOR. Mankind must have the nature of a lamb if he is to find green pastures.

In the story of the Garden of Eden, the serpent was that force in the mind of man—that nature that drives us to be independent and sure of “self” (humanism). Mankind acts upon lust and pride from within him. It was the same in the Garden as it was in Luke 6:45: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

Mankind’s Creator, his Originator—the sub­stance of Love, Understanding, and all Knowledge—comforted his child with a temporary solution to his problem by covering him, just as water baptism does today.

Adam’s rebellious nature was no dif­ferent than the animals around him. Yah­weh’s nature was contrary to Adam’s nature. This covering was necessary until know­ledge could increase. For where much is known much is required, but where little is known little is required.

After realizing that he was not like his Father, Adam did not glorify his Father as the Supreme Divinity, neither was he thankful; he did not have an appetite for the Tree of Life. He could not visualize the Kingdom of Righteousness as beneficial to his life.  His Father was spirit and he did not see his connection with his Father.

Adam did not wish to be joined with Life, he was the first to fulfill Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain Yahweh in their knowledge, Yahweh gave them over to a reprobate (worthless) mind, to do those things which are not convenient [right].”

The Tree of Life was, and is, the Way, the Truth, and the Life—it is the substance of the Kingdom of Righteousness. Mankind rejected Life; therefore he could not serve (till) in the Garden of Eden—Yahweh’s protected place.

In Genesis 3:22-24, Yahweh said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever.” Paraphrasing the above scripture, it reads, “Though the man is one of us, knowing the difference between good and evil, if he doesn’t put his energy into taking from the Tree of Life to become one with us he will not live.”

“Therefore Yahweh sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So he drove [to renounce allegiance] out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.”

Adam was put in a place that he might learn by experience; thereby, he would see his need to partake of the Tree of Life. In his freedom, he will be able to act according to his own way of thinking, but he would suffer the consequences.

In Eden, Yahweh’s protected garden,  was knowledge—where there is knowledge there is a demand for judgment—where there is judgment, there must be government, rule, principle, law and responsibility—some­thing to compare to. Eden had laws, and Adam didn’t want to adhere to them.

Adam desired the realm where sin was not imputed unto him:  (Rom. 5:13) “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

In Adam’s realm, the strong ruled according to the ways of flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) and oftentimes they were called gods, because they were the highest and strongest power they could see. They became vain (wicked, adulterous) in their conversation and reasoning, and their foolish hearts were darkened – unable to make sense. They thought they were wise, but instead they produced foolishness. They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Natures of the animal kingdom were foolishly said to be the Father’s nature so they gave honor to those natures (Rom. 1:18-24).

The character and principles of Yahweh are revealed by persuasion and influence of his Spirit of Righteousness. The passionate desire of our Creator is revealed from his exalted realm of love and truth. His very substance is in opposition to all ungodliness in those who, in their wickedness, repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. Yahweh is not against people, but he is against the lie that holds them in bondage, causing them to live as the beast.

When knowledge was increased in the mind of mankind, there began to be a cry for deliverance. Yahweh heard the cry of the Israelites and he sent them a savior—Moses—to take them out of bondage. Moses was a tree of knowledge to the Israelites. At this time, the law was put on stone. The stone represented their hard hearts—yet the law was there for those who had a desire for knowledge and a change of character (Eze. 11:19 and Heb. 8:10).  The Israelites carried this law with them, yet they still could not fulfill it. They too, just like Adam and Eve, were drawn away by the lust of their flesh. They could not enter the Garden of Eden—the Kingdom of Yahweh—a realm of control, a place of being in the world but not of the world.

Those who cried for deliverance, learned by the things they suffered, by the things Yahweh made, through the process of living on the earth, tilling and planting, reaping and sowing according to the will of their own fleshly nature.

Good is represented by Able, and evil is represented by Cain. Cain, the rebellious one, presented the fruit of his planting and toiling and he was not accepted for he was offering that of his own nature. He could have presented the lamb’s nature, for it was within his rights and ability—he could have agreed to be covered by the nature of the lamb, being led, fed, and protected by the Shepherd. But Cain wanted his own way, which was not productive to life, so he presented that which came out of the ground, that which was earthy. That which the earth produced was not an acceptable covering for Adam and Eve and it could not cover Cain.

When confronted, Cain’s attitude was, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” An attitude that says, “I’m not responsible to put myself out for you or anyone else.” He did not desire to be a follower of the True Shepherd—he did not like the characteristics of his Creator.

“But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why are you wroth? and why is your countenance fallen? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door” (Gen. 4:5-7).

Able, the good child, the child that felt connected to his heavenly Father and clothed with the lamb’s nature, sought the Father’s substance. His attitude was, I will follow you, depend on you, and I will feed and clothe others. The good child was connected to the Father even from under the ground. He too was covered by a fleshly nature, unable to be an expression of righteousness—like Paul, when he said, “I do that which I would not.”

In ignorance, the first couple desired evil more than good; therefore, they could not bring forth fruit of righteousness. The world could not kill Cain, which represents evil; because the world and Cain were of the same substance (Gen. 4:15).

“Out of the ground made Yahweh God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:9).  This garden, the Kingdom of Yahweh, still exists. We are still able to eat of the trees in the garden—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of Yahweh’s garden. That which was available to the first man is still available to us.

What are the trees of the knowledge of good and evil?

It was said to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, in Ezekiel 31:9: “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden that were in the garden of Yahweh envied him.” Here, the trees in the Garden of Eden are symbolic of those in authority. Eden was a spiritual place in the time of Adam and it existed in the time of Ezekiel (572 B.C.) and it still exists today.

Trees of knowledge would come, Seth would come, Abraham would come, Isaac would come; all these were trees in their day. (See Psa. 1:3 and Prov. 11:30.)

At the time of Daniel, which was 543 B.C., the people were still not ready for the new order, the new promise. Yahweh said to Daniel, “Shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end [of the Levitical order].” He went on to say, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).

Then Christ came—the Tree of Life. We must partake of his fruit to have the seed, for the seed is in the fruit.  Our SAVIOR came as the greatest, tangible representation of the Father. Paul said that that which may be known of Yahweh is manifest in those who are righteous; for Yahweh has showed it unto them (Rom. 1:19).

The lamb represented the Savior and the Savior represented the Tree of Life. Then Yasha (meaning Savior) came and connected the two together. The Tree of Life is our Shepherd; He is the Creative, Anointed Word that we are to partake of and become one with.

Mildred Garner wrote, “Christ, the Seed, is the Anointing, the unction, and motivation of Yahweh in us. That Seed is the Seed of Life that sprouts in our understanding.”

Yasha (Jesus) was the Tree of Life in human form—he produced fruit of the Father and the seed is in the fruit. He promised to plant his seed in us, earthen vessels, that we might produce fruit of the Holy Spirit. But the ground (mind) has to be prepared to receive this Seed. Much work has to be done in the earth before the true Seed can be planted. Once the seed of Righteousness is planted, there is still much to be done before it produces fruit.

The Anointed Word is the Tree of Life. We “will” eat of that Tree. The disciples ate of that Tree of Life, for Christ said, “Eat, this is my body”—“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Christ came as the Lamb that fed and covered the people. He came with a gentle nature. He said, “If you see me, you see the Father” and “I only do that which is of the Father.” He fed and clothed the people of his substance (Acts 2).

As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover, He, the Shepherd, took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my Body—”I am the Lamb”. Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink all of it; for this is my blood [nature, life, my genetic makeup] of the new testament [a new witness—evidence], which is shed for many for the remission [pardon, freedom from] of sins” (Matt. 26:26-29). They were going to fulfill Second Corinthians 3:2: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”

Basically, what Christ said was, Okay, when you sin now it will not be covered because knowledge has increased in the earth and Truth has come to you. He said, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Matt.10:26).  And at the same time he was giving them a new nature. The Way, the Truth, and the Life was available and where much was known much was going to be required—knowledge demanded judgment, judgment demanded a law, and the law produced cause and effect.

Christ continued, saying, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Here, the disciples were getting ready to enter into the Father’s Kingdom. Christ, the Anointed Word, was going to be there when they were filled with his Holy Spirit, which is the new Wine. Man was coming into a new day. The sheep had followed the true Shepherd long enough to learn of the Father, now they too were going to be shepherds. Christ, in the believers, was the only hope they had of manifesting the glory of the Father. By the anointing, they would cease to be sheep and become shepherds (see John 21:16).

What Is the Tree of Life?

“Happy is the man that finds wisdom …She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her” (Prov. 3:13-18).
“The “fruit” of the righteous is a Tree of Life” (Prov. 11:30).
“A wholesome tongue is a Tree of Life” (Prov. 15:4).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh” (Rev. 2:7).
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in this Tree of Life; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Rev. 22:1-4).
“Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14).

Those Who Inherit

The power of influence is one of the most unique powers that you can have. It’s not the power of controlling people, it is developing a certain skill of communicating what you want to accomplish so that people will follow you.

In Galatians 3:8, Paul refers to the promise made to the single seed of Abraham, saying, “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall all nations be blessed.’”

This four-fold promise is found in Genesis 22:17-18, saying, “I will bless you [Abraham], I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore [so many that they can’t be numbered]; and your seed will possess the gate of his enemies, and in your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.”

This single Seed is to be multiplied and yet remain single. In Galatians 3:16, Paul explains, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ.” Now we see Christ as that single seed that will multiply as the stars of heaven and as the sand upon the sea shore.

Paul writes to the people in Corinth saying, “For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (1 Cor.12:12).

Christ promised the disciples: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. . . . At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you” (John 14:18 and 20).

Fifty days after the crucifixion of our Savior, Peter stands up in the upper room and says, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:16-17). These people were seeing and feeling the manifestation of the Savior being poured out upon, not only them, but upon “all” flesh. He joined himself to all people just as a sperm joins to the egg and becomes one with it. All the people of the earth are his children, his descendants, just as we are.

We are all made one with Christ through the pouring out of his Holy Spirit. If we are Christ’s, then we are Abraham’s seed, and we are heirs according to the promise (Gal. 3: 29). His Holy Spirit was poured out upon “all” flesh guiding, comforting, teaching and bringing our spirits into the image of our Father, into manifestations of love, power, and wisdom. This is his goal, his purpose of being, whether we believer or not, or whether we ask or not, he is still the Savior of sinners, the Savior of the whole world. We, in our sins, are not capable of making such an important decision as to whether we want to be saved from our sins – we don’t even recognize or sins most of the time. If it is up to the sinner to make such judgment, then he would have no need for a Savior to be his mediator between him and the Father.

The evidence of Christ’s Spirit being poured out upon all flesh was made evident through those in the upper room (Acts 2). This evidence was given for the unbeliever. They would not have needed proof in such a miraculous way if that pouring out was going to instantly transform them into the image of their Father. The Holy Spirit was the beginning of the new man in his many membered body.

Abraham’s single seed is to be multiplied as the stars of the heavens and sand of the seashore.  It is estimated that there are 200 Billion stars in our galaxy. There are so many other galaxies in outer space that they have not all been named, and they say that there are indications that millions of galaxies have not been discovered yet. Science says some of the galaxies that have been discovered have more stars than our galaxy. No one could possibly add up the grains of sand on the seashores. If the world should end today or in the near future it would not be possible for Abraham to have the quota of believers that were promised to his seed. I’m persuaded that this amount is a figurative statement to assure the listeners that he is able to do that which he came into the world to do.

The sands on the seashores and the stars in heaven could also refer to the process and the outcome of the work of the Holy Spirit. Christ said those who believe on him would have rivers of living water flowing out of them (John 7:38). These rivers of living waters eventually make up a sea of information from the Holy Spirit. These truths become the tide that breaks up the stony hearts, which create the sands of the sea. When this happens we become the lights of heaven in the world of darkness – allegorically speaking, we become the stars (see Rev. 1:20).

Christ, speaking to his disciples concerning that day and the people of that day, encouraged them to be strong in righteousness. Knowing the condition of the people of that day he told them to “enter into the kingdom of righteousness at the strait gate.” He said, “Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it (Mat. 7:13-14).” Christ knew his disciples were going to be a part of the first fruits of the Holy Spirit that was going to be vital in him bringing in the new man in his many membered body.

In Luke 12:32, Christ assured his disciples, saying, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” This little flock was not only the disciples and the believers at that time, but the Israelites of the past. He later said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16). So here we see the Savior not willing that any should be left out. For we are all his children and he will not abandon any one of us to be left totally to our own discretion.

We can identify with our Heavenly Father’s concept when thinking of the good fathers around us. These fathers work hours to provide for their children – even their most rebellious child. They demand that they be educated. They love their children unconditionally and they never give up on them. They protect, guide, encourage and comfort at every opportunity. Their minds are set on their children’s best interest whether they agree or understand. They give them the freedom to express, to experience, and to judge, but when all is said and done they are still in control of their children. They are still directing them into maturity. They never reason within their minds that eternal torture would be a solution to their lack.

These good fathers are the stars mentioned in Genesis 22:17. They are those who have had their stony hearts broken and the Ten Commandments written in their hearts. They, as well as all others that are born in righteousness, are the evidence of that multiplied single Seed. They are rivers of living water flowing together, making up a sea of truth whereby all can learn from. They are those who are used to break up the stony hearts of those in which they flow out unto. They are the lights, the stars that reflect the light of truth in the world of ignorance.

The promise that Abraham would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law that said if you are related you come in under he who you are related to, but through the righteousness of faith. Faith comes by hearing and receiving the word of truth, so one must have faith in the Word before he can be made righteous, mature in the Father, son-placed to function equally with the Father.  For if they which are of the law [of descendants] be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect. See Romans 4:13-14.

In Galatians 3:14, Paul refers to the promises as being the Spirit, and in Romans 4:13 he appears to say it is land.  It is important for us to understand that the Holy Spirit came to restore life, the life that Adam rejected. Our Father made the earth to be inhabited by us and controlled by us, and in righteousness we will. We inherit this ability through the Holy Spirit; by receiving the Spirit of life, we are enabled to take dominion over the land and natural substances.

The land given to Abraham was  “every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be” (Deut. 11:24). The promised land in the natural.

In Revelation 20:8, “satan [the adversary of that day] shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog [a symbol name for some future anti-Christ] and Magog [foreign anti-Christian party], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” This has to be figuratively speaking, because Gog and Magog are people against Christ. You couldn’t put that many people in the four quarters of the earth – (Deut. 11:24 and Rev. 7:1.)

 “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). The Israelites could not be partakers of this promise given to Abraham’s seed without being partakers of Abraham’s faith? (See also John 8:34-39 and 44.)

Paul and his kinsman according to the flesh are “the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.  It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.  Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’  In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring” (Rom. 9:5-8 NIV, See also, 30-31.)

According to Galatians 3:14,  the substance of the promise is the Holy Spirit, and the fruit, or  evidence, of the Spirit is (Gal. 5:22-23) love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

Paul said, “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 God”  (Rom. 8:20-21). Here we see all coming into righteousness because of the Creator’s hope, according to his reasoning and ability

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham” (Gal. 3:6-9). 

“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). 

In the allegory of Sarah and Hagar, Hagar represents natural Israel. See Gal. 4:24-26. It was prophesied that her son, Ishmael, would be a wild man. His hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him (Genesis 16:12), allegorically speaking Ishmael represent natural Israel. This allegory was given so the people could understand that their place in the family of Yahweh is not determined according to their physical birth – their connection to flesh.

If Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Hagar, Ishmael, Sinai, and Jerusalem are used symbolically, it stands to reason that the land of Canaan was also.

The genealogical blood-line of the seed is given in Matthew chapter one,  and we see Jesus at the end of the record.

In 1 Timothy 1:4, Paul writes, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” Paul knew the importance of keeping genealogies until the Son of Yahweh was born into the world, but he also knew from that point on the natural bloodline ended because the Savior did not have children and he fulfilled his purpose in bringing all people unto the Father – he made all people descendants of the Father by pouring his Spirit out upon the whole world.

If the natural blood-line was important to keep after Christ, then he would have had to have natural children to keep the genealogical roll going. If it was important, then there would be no doubt of who is wife was and his children.

According to Eph 2:8-10, it is by grace that we are saved through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God: it is not of works, lest any one of us should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. KJV

Ephesians 2:11-13 addresses the Gentile (pagan) nations. According to verse 14, Christ has broken down a wall of division. What two nations had been separated by this wall? Israel and Gentile

According to Ephesians 2:14-19; and 3:5-8, what two dramatic things happened to these two nations when the wall was broken down?  They became one new man in Christ.

“For he is our peace, who has made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God” (Eph. 2:14-19). 

“Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:5-8).

Christ did not destroy the Ten Commandments, he destroyed the ceremonial laws that prevented the people from coming into maturity. The ceremonial laws “covered” the sins of the people and the people were left immature.
If the white people in America were truly the lost ten tribes of Israel, it would be impossible for the Father to restore them to their own land (natural Israel), seeing how they and their forefathers, unaware of their identity, have mixed and remixed with other nationalities until some of them would have no more that 1/1000 % of that nationality flowing in their blood? The promise is to the believers, or those who have faith

Genesis 16:12  Genesis 22:17-18
1 Cor.12:12),
Acts 2:16-17. Acts 2
John 7:38 John 8:34-39 and 44. John 10:16  John 12:31-33, John 14:18 and 20
Rev. 1:20  Rev. 7:1   Revelation 20:8
Matt.1, Mat. 7:13-14
Luke 12:32
Deut. 11:24
Romans 4:13-14 Rom. 8:20-21 Rom. 9:5-8, 30-31
Galatians 3:8, Galatians 3:6-9 Galatians 3:14  Galatians 3:16  Gal. 3: 29  Gal. 5:22-23
1 Tim 1:4,
Isaiah 53:10
Psalm 22:30.
Ephesians 2:8, 14, Ephesians 2:11-13 Eph. 2:14-19: Eph. 3:5-8: