(Otherwise known as the "Kingdom of GOD')
How do we know it's a secret? At Mark 4:11,12: "And when He was alone, those about Him, with the 12, asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, 'To you it has been given to know the SECRET of the REIGN OF HYHY, but to those who are outside, all are done in parables, so that seeing they see but do not perceive, and hearing they hear but do not understand, lest they should turn (repent) and their sins be forgiven them'". (He was quoting Yesha Yahu 6:9). The "secret" or "mystery" is really the "Gospel" itself. At Romans 16:25: "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my (GOSPEL) and the preaching of OWYhy ha Mashiach, according to the revelation of the MYSTERY which has been kept SECRET for long ages past. . ."So, the "GOSPEL" isn't something new, but was first spoken to Abraham (see Gal. 3:8, Gen. 12:3). Abraham was called-out from among Pagans and Gentile practices, and was ultimately to become a blessing to the Gentiles because of his "fidelity" (faithfulness, emunah). Paul had to sternly warn the Gentiles who had converted at Galatia, and to those at Ephesus (4:17,18) he said: "This I say therefore, and affirm together with hwhy, that YOU NO LONGER WALK AS THE GENTILES WALK, in the futility of their thinking, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the Life of hYhy, BECAUSE OF THE IGNORANCE THAT IS IN THEM, because of the hardness of their heart."
They were just overwhelmed by the Pagan patterns of everyday living. When Paul stood before the Greek idolators in Athens, he stood as Yonah had in Nineveh:
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, hYhy is now declaring to men that all everywhere should REPENT, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished PROOF to all men by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17. The Reign of hwhy will be to most like a trap springing shut, and catch the majority by complete surprise. They are in a Roman system, ignorant of the annual observances they are taught are "Jewish". Weekly Shabbat, Passover, Shabuoth (Pente-cost), Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Suk-kot (Tabernacles) all picture the redemption of hYhy's Bride, but they are kept from the knowledge of the plan, and what to watch for. (For those unaware, Paul used to be "Shaul").
Paul explains it is a mystery to the Ephesians at 6:19: "and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the MYSTERY of the (GOSPEL) . . ." (see also Eph. 3:3-9). In Col. 1, Paul states his goal is "That I might fully carry out the preaching of the Word of hWhy, the MYSTERY of which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested in His qodeshim (set-apart ones, saints) TO WHOM hwhy willed to make known what is the riches of the esteem of this SECRET among the Gentiles (the Torah written on your hearts) which is: MASHIACH IN YOU, the expectancy of esteem, Whom we announce, WARNING every man and TEACHING every man in all WISDOM (Torah, Commandments), in order to present every man perfect in Mashiach OWwhy . . ." Shaul's reference to Mashiach in you indicates that the believer is ENABLED to LOVE the Torah, and thus obey it (hYhy's Word), because His "seed" (the Commandments) came into the Nazarenes literally, fulfilling Yerme Yahu 31, implementing the New Covenant:
"'But this is the Covenant which I will make with the house of Yisrael after those days', declares hYhy, '/ will put my Torah within them, and on their HEART I will write it...'"
This prophecy is quoted at Heb. 10:16, and 2Cor. 3:3, and it first occurred at "Pentecost" (the commanded convocation called "Shabuoth", which commemorates the giving of Torah at Sinai).
Paul is quoted very often by today's preachers when they need to justify their "freedom" from the Commandments, making "sin" more of a state of the heart than a tangible, definable thing. Sin is definable, because 1 Yahuchanon 3:4 says:
"Everyone who sins breaks the Torah; in fact SIN IS TORAHLESSNESS." (anti-nomia, lawlessness). OWYhy came to destroy the devil's work in us, and Yahuchanon goes on at 3:9 saying: "No one who is born of hYhy will continue to sin, because hYhy's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of hYhy. This is how we know who the children of hYhy are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of hYhy; nor is anyone who does not love his brother."
2Pet. 3:15,16 discusses how this lawlessness was being propagated by DISTORTIONS OF PAUL'S WRITINGS:
"Our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as also in all his letters, speaking in them concerning these matters, IN WHICH SOME ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, WHICH THOSE WHO ARE UNTAUGHT AND UNSTABLE TWIST, as they do also the other Writings, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, BE ON YOUR GUARD so that you may not be carried away by THE ERROR OF LAWLESS MEN and fall from your secure position." The "merchants" draw away your attention to the fact that Peter is calling Shaul's words "Scripture", but they cause you to overlook the serious warning of Peter talking about the very men you are listening to! Paul is always the one they quote to "prove" the Torah is no longer in force, yet here is Peter warning us of "falling" for that lie. (Paul is speaking of the "ceremonial" law coming to an end). The "Message", called the "Gospel", is very simple. The Writings are very clear about what it is, but listening with "lawless" ears, it is veiled to those who are perishing:
"'The time has come, He said. 'The Kingdom of hwhy is near. Repent and believe the good news'". Mark 1:15.
"The Torah and Nebi'im (Law, or Teachings, and prophets) were proclaimed through Ya-huchanon. Since that time, the good news of the Reign of hWhy is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. It is easier for heaven and Earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Torah." (Luke 16:16,17). What "Gospel/good news" have you been taught all your life? Commonly, it involves not being condemned for disobedience to the Torah. This is partly true, but it overlooks what the resurrection means to us, and what receiving OWVhy accomplishes, by His writing His Torah on our hearts! Shaul said to the Galatians, who were falling back into their old Pagan customs: "But even though we, or a messenger from the skies brings a message ("Gospel") to you besides what we announced to you, LET HIM BE ACCURSED." - Gal. 1:8.
THE REAL MEANING The real "Gospel" (message) is not the popular one. It is "Repent, for the Reign of hwhy draws near." Mt. 3:2, 4:17, Luke 16:16, Mark 1:15, Acts 8:12, etc.,. In fact, ALL THE PARABLES describe it in great detail. The message of the Reign of hwhy is the subject matter of the parables, which veil its meaning from those not called. (Many are called, few chosen). "I will open My mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us." Ps. 78. You can praise the Living HWhy till you drop; but if you will not obey Him, your prayers and praise are an abomination, Pr. 15:8,9, 28:9, Yesha Yahu 1:15.
At 2Cor.4:3, Shaul states that he does not distort the "Word of hYht", and says: "Even if our (Gospel) is veiled, it is veiled to THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING. The elohim (Shatan) of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the Light of the (Gospel) of the esteem of Mashiach, Who is the Image of hwhy." At 2Cor. 2:1517, Shaul speaks also of those perishing, and says something that might really open your eyes:
"Unlike so many, WE DO NOT PEDDLE THE WORD OF HWHY FOR PROFIT."
The "WE" would be the ones called the Nazare-nes, who follow the Lamb where He leads us, into Truth.
The "Gospel", or glad tidings, announcing that all men everywhere should REPENT (turn from sin, and obey Torah), is our commission: "And these good tidings of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall the end come."Mt. 24:14. (Those who are perishing do not understand the message, and they are being plundered by false teachers who are profiting from the faith). The first thing a person must do is be convicted of their sin against the Torah. Hearing first that their "sins are covered" doesn't emphasize repentance from sin, it sounds like they can live in their mind of the flesh, "believing". Where is it written, that we will be punished for attempting to obey the Torah? Your enemy wants you to ignore the Torah, just as he tricked the first woman. If we think she goofed over such a simple thing, then we should look at how we find ourselves in the very same situation. Shatan is a liar, and has many people following his masquerading messengers of lawlessness. "Legalism" and the accompanying criticisms cannot be found in the Writings anywhere. The merchant messengers will tell you "rest any day you like, just try to do it about every 7days". They still "program" you to come to a Sun-day morning assembly, so you will be able to feel good about contributing to their wonderful "work". They are the "priests of Baal" (the LORD), wearing black. "The LORD's Day", Baal's Day, is Sun-day. Start obeying the 7th day Shabbat, and watch what they say to you. It's the sign of the Eternal Covenant, which we will see details of later. I picked the 7th day Shabbat to rest, and do it without fail. I'm "marked" now, with a mark called the Sign of the Eternal Covenant Ez. 20:12, Yesha Yahu 56:4-8, Ex. 31:12-17, Gen. 2:2, Heb. 4.
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