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yet trusting in man's religious designs is what is most commonly done. Psalm 118 contains this phrase 3 times: "In the Name of hwhy I will surely cut them off." And, it contains the phrase Yahushua told us we would say before we would see Him again: "Baruchhaba baShem YHWH" The " LIE " has become the thing that is believed by most in today's Christian denominations. It is taught that a person will still enter the Kingdom, and have a close relationship with hYht, without having to obey His Covenant marriage vows, because "they believe" that Yahushua's death paid for all their sins; past, present, and future! We're talking about DELIBERATE sins. Their consciences have become "seared", because even though they may be confronted with a specific marriage vow / Commandment, they will tell you it was "nailed to the cross". Once in the re-newed Covenant, a believing follower has no interest in sin, because they now walk in the mind of the Spirit. They have received a love for the Torah. A repentant person turns away from what is offensive to their Maker, which includes Pagan customs; they don't return to their sin as a washed pig returns to a mud puddle.
"Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law." — Romans 3:31
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" — Romans 6:1,2.
So, you stop celebrating birthdays, Christmas, Easter, and stay home and rest on Shabbat, teaching your children the WAY (Torah). Then, a close relative wants to bring a cake to your house for one of your children's birthdays, and celebrate with them (gross idolatry). This is where the rubber meets the road; do you love hwhy more than your parents, brothers, and sisters? They may remain unconverted in their hearts, and don't even begin to understand why you've changed so. They may blame this book; or claim you have become involved in a cult. Don't expect them to understand, because the unconverted human is hostile toward hwhy —
"For those who are according to the flesh set their mind on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (The Commandments are spiritual). For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, BECAUSE THE MIND SET ON THE FLESH IS HOSTILE TOWARD ELOHIM; for it does not SUBJECT ITSELF TO THE LAW OF ELOHIM, for it is not e ven able to do so; And those who are in the flesh cannot please Elohim.
"However, you are NOT IN THE FLESH, but IN THE SPIRIT, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Mashiach, he does not belong to Him.
(Note here, that the "Spirit of Elohim" is synonymous with the "Spirit of Mashiach" — so Ya-hushua IS ELOHIM, and He is the "Spirit"— and YHWH is ONE YHWH. There is no other elohim with Him).
And if Mashiach is IN YOU, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit (of the individual) is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Yahushua from the dead DWELLS IN YOU, He who raised Mashiach Yahushua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you." Romans 8:5-11 (read context, because Paul is explaining how the New Covenant actually works in chapters 6, 7, and 8 of Romans).
Look at it like this; if I am trying to trick you, and I am really doing the bidding of the adversary, would I be trying to point you in the direction of obedience so that you will be condemned? Or, maybe it can be said that now obeying the Commandments will get us into trouble with He who gave these Commandments! I will tell you this: even if a servant obeys out of fear, not love, his master will not punish him. But, we have received love, not fear! Now, we can obey in the renewed Covenant, having Yahushua's Spirit within us, having His Torah written on our HEARTS. The same vows (Commandments) will stand forever and ever, because they reflect the personality of HWHY. It is WE who have changed.
It is not widely known, but only Yahushua's BRIDE will be raised and live during the 1000 years after His return to rule Earth: "The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection." (read Rev. 20:4-6). This will possibly occur at "midnight", due to the passages of the parables referring to "watching", a thief in the night, the returning master, two lying in a bed, and the Bridegroom coming at the midnight cry. Some believe it will be on the first day of Sukkot, or Yom Kippur (the Fast, Acts 27:9); making it obvious who those are who are "watching" (or observing) His appointments carefully. When He has finished sealing His 144,000 Natsarim with His Name, watch out — and this sealing is going on right now. Repent, or perish. Inventing new reasons for Pagan customs and observances may conceal their character to most of mankind, but this is a wake-up call to those lost sheep who hear their
Shepherd's voice beckoning them to return to His flock. His Voice sounds different than human tradition's teachings. If you are being called, your heart recognizes His voice, and you will follow it, and obey it. He told us at Hosea 2:16, 17 . . . That you will call Me Ishi (my Husband) and will no longer call Me Baali (my LORD), for I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, so that they will be mentioned by their names NO MORE." Many will someday know His Name, take His Name, and realize we're His WIFE; and stop the "my LORD" nonsense. How did He know? He dwells in infinity, and the future and the past are all before His eyes. The knowledge of the Truth has been kept from us, because the adversary has kept us from learning anything from his masquerading messengers of light. "My people are destroyed for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Because you have rejected knowledge (of His Torah, Word, Will), I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also will forget your children." Hos.4:6.
Ephraim, tribes of Yisrael, RETURN!! You are the prodigal son. You have left your Father's House (the Torah), and gone to distant lands, and worshipped according to the Gentiles / Goyim. Now you are aware that you are sitting in a pig pen, eating (worshipping) with pigs; you yearn for the food (Torah) of your Father's House, don't you? RETURN!! Rise up, start on your journey home, to your Father. He will see you coming from afar off, and run to you. He will tell your older brother (Yahudah, the "Jews") who never left Him why He drew you home, and why He celebrated because of your return:
"But he answered and said to his Father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a Command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid, that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came (Ephraim, the lost tribes who return), who has devoured Your wealth with HARLOTS (false idols, Pagan customs), You killed the fattened calf for him.'
"And He said to him, 'My child, you have always been with Me, and all that is Mine is yours. But we had to be merry and rejoice, for this brother of yours was DEAD, and is now ALIVE; and was LOST, and has been FOUND.'" — Luke 15:29-32. And you didn't suspect you'd ever see yourself written about in Scripture, did you?
Paul was overwhelmed with grief after his conversion, and lived with a pain he called a "thorn". Most likely this thorn was the daily knowledge that he had hunted down Natsarim and caused them to be put to death because they
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