“A TEACHER!”


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For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that, the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Titus 3:3-4 

PRE-AMBLE by Robert
These teachings are from the Apostle Paul to the Disciple Titus on who he should ordinate, I am using Matthew Henry’s (1662 – 1774) commentary: “The matter of ministers’ teaching:, namely, those before mentioned: not Jewish fables and traditions, but the truths and duties of the gospel, of avoiding sin, and living soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Observe, Ministers in their preaching must keep close to the word of God. If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God, (1 Peter 4:11,) and not the figments and inventions of his own brain.
This article is revealing what it is going to take for all to be effective teachers of 97508e257c7eea9aec8ed30eaa05d89f3563963924950639746.jpgYeshua’s word. In this oratory from Paul to Titus, we can see as individuals the measure of our walk. Some will say, those instructions were for Bishops and officers of the Assemblies, not the members, as there is less required of them. Leaders are to set the scene and teach accordingly. Perhaps if you listen closely to these individuals you will hear the worldly teachings that God is Love and forgives all.
We are going to find the important, one individual can play in setting the stage for each individual within the Assembly. There will be more knowledge of using one’s faith after learning how to deepen it. The importance of our demonstration is revealed for us to use as a reflection in the mirror of self-examination of our walk as an example.

OPENING PRAYER by Robert

Heavenly Father, bring our lives into unison with Yeshua’s teachings and guidance a795c9ca992c5e12ebbc83941263d05f7580049412187159171.jpgout of the darkness ahead. I pray Father not one believes they have all the answers and humble themselves before you Father. I ask Father that you release discernment and recognition unto all of our minds, that we may be safe and strengthened as we go forward in Your name. Lord bring us insight and courage to stand as bright Beacons drawing many unto your light in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Fill us with your wisdom that we might share it as your love and compassion for those lost, confused, as well as lacking in their relationship with You Lord. We pray this in your name Yeshua AMEN AND AMEN

OPENING STATEMENT by Robert

Someone queried me why I continue releasing articles as they noticed there are not many reading them. They also stated there are not many in the group or as friends on Face book. My reply went as follows. I shared what as an individual sharing Yeshua’s word should strive to compare himself to, that which Titus ascribed a Bishop should be. Please note: From Titus 1:8-10 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy temperate. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake? Titus also warned in Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish Fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

One thing I found, in all the research over the last 12 years. One person devoted to their walk, holding fast to their passionate beliefs, can inspire great numbers of people. People, they may never meet but will have an influence on, through their dedicated determination.

SHEPHERD 4Bringing one soul to a relationship with Yeshua, to me is, spiritually sitting with Yeshua, at the well, and as an obedient servant, fetching a drink for God’s children who are spiritually thirsty for truth. But don’t know about the living water which will quench their spiritual thirst.

I am shown through my, newly found gift of, eyes of faith, not only am I able to see our Lord working in the lives of His children but witness, angels rejoicing. when one child’s soul is turned to God Luke 15:10.

When it is recognized, we are constantly engaged in a spiritual battle, “one dedicated advanced guard, one Fisher of Men, one Disciple, one dedicated believer.” Demonstrating the power of true “imboldened faith.” Will inspire those who hold to faith, there is another level of faith they, too, can draw on, which brings on boldness to present their walk as a “dedicated victory.” 

When we encounter those without the spirit, keep in mind they are God’s children who are lost and are reacting to what they have been shown by Satan is pleasurable. We are all children in Gods eyes and must be seen and approached as His children.

CLOSING PRAYER by Robert

haiku stairs, hawaii9052808768469728797..jpg Father in heaven, hear this petition placed before your throne. Strengthen those who have listened to your Son so they might as he did in your eyes deny himself and did not fear taking up his cross in your name Lord. Build within them Father the knowledge of your promises your word and oath to draw them to walk in righteousness as Yeshua has laid out for them. Fill them with your compassion so they may become a reflection of your light demonstrating your teachings as the Shepherds you desire them to be This I pray in the name of Yeshua, Amen and, Amen. 

CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert 

But after that, the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. 

This sentence raised a deep question, I recognized our Father was speaking about Yeshua being sacrificed. The question was how did those in the world after Yeshua was no longer present appear to those children who Paul revealed to Titus who 6d68b839246e8a926e8c6327d7bba1c9705398602012340697.jpglike, Ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another?” 

What special person was it, who appeared in our lives, and presented that cup which held the living water for us to sip on? Had God touched them to be a Fisher of Men, A Beacon on the Hill, A Disciple, or just a dedicated soul sharing the Living Water? What demonstration of their walk brought us into the light broke the scales from our eyes, removed the plugs from our ears, opened our mind to receive the truth and draw us from Satan’s imprisonment?

When I look at God’s children who remain in the world under Satan’s captivity I pray for the Lord to allow me to see what it is that has captured their souls. I base that prayer on the information the Holy Spirit revealed to me earlier in this article. God sees all of us as His children some in His Flock as sheep flourishing in the green pastures He has placed us in. 

45854a6dbf003adc528f9f344296728c7411874474719898561.jpgThe other of God’s children have been lead by a false spirit into the wilderness, giving Satan an advantage as the tempter. As he has them alone no friend to assist in prayer when he places his temptations before them. Observe, in an earlier article, we were shown our vulnerability comes due to ignorance of our Enemies strengths. 

This knowledge is important, as we become the kindness and love of God appearing in their lives, knowledge which temptation the Tempter has placed before them. Knowing, what places so much fulfilment in their lives, they willingly turn their backs on God? Is it one of the three basics in man’s foundation without God, Money, or Health, and finally Vanity (the world’s opinion)? Or is it all three or some other combination which allows them to reject God’s teachings? 

As people, It is bad not to do good ourselves; but it is worse to hinder those who would do good. Those cautions and counsels are most likely to be accepted, which are seasoned with love. Follow that which is good, for he that doeth good, as delighting therein, is born of God. Evil-workers vainly pretend or boast acquaintance with God. Let us not follow that which is proud, selfish, and of bad design, though the example may be given by persons of rank and power; but let us be followers of God, and walk-in love, after the example of our Lord.

Have you ever been around sheep? I have and because I have and understand why PEOPLE 502God calls us His sheep. Amazing I watched the flock stand by a pool of water and not one of them went to drink until one was lead to the pool to drink than the rest followed. I saw how stubborn and unmoving they can be. As well how at times they are oblivious to the danger which surrounds them. I witnessed with a show of strength on your part, how easy it was to lead them into an area you wanted them to be. I observed once they were in a pasture how contented they were just to graze on the grass because it was green and lush.

I pondered on this thought process, we as humans believe once we’re educated we have obtained a new level of understanding which gives us independence and control of our lives. What comes to mind is Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

DOMESTICATED ANIMAL 014Our Father sees us as sheep, and we wonder why? Here is where our earlier observation, of one of the flock, having to be lead to the pool to drink is revealing. 

Which pool and pasture are those being lead going to? The next question is, [Whose] leading them to the pool? What is this leader’s agenda, and where have these leaders obtained their wisdom from? What story did they share, which influenced some of the flock to follow them to that particular pool and pasture? 

It is shown Yeshua sat at a well and revealed to a Samaritan woman there are two types of water to be obtained one where we are sustained in the flesh, but will always need that water. The other is “living water,” which quenches our thirst forever. He even identifies how and who you can obtain this water from. 

Our earlier observation about the sheep being stubborn and unmoving comes into play here. As in John 4:11, Sir, you don’t have anything to use to get water, and the well is deep. In John 4:14 reveals to the woman who can lead her to this water. “But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water, I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life.” 

So, here we are through this woman’s next statement in John 4:15 seeing how through her passive innocence like the sheep is unaware of the spiritual danger she is walking in. “Sir give me this water! Then I won’t get thirsty or have to come here to get water.” 

3a698a70695510bf9e7dbed658aa989d1338777743282784931.jpgThere are two pools to drink from. And as such there are two who lead those desiring to drink to those pools. Here, we see the pastures of green grass flourishing in both, and when we look into these pastures, we see one where the sheep graze in contentment, and occasionally one is lead to the pool as an example for the others to drink. The other pasture is lush and green, and the flock grazes leisurely. However, we notice there is no pool, yet the flock is content and continues to graze. 

The answer to the initial question is who is leading the sheep to the pool and what story was used to convince those of the flock to follow this leader to the pasture with the pool. The caution here is as we become learned, we do not become easily lead by those who want to as trusting sheep bring us to their pool to drink from continuously.

In our wisdom, if we as a part of the flock, recognize as a one of the sheep, there are those who don’t need to go to the pool to drink, and perhaps check with them, WILDERNESS 009“why?”

It is a great pleasure when one of the sheep in the pasture recognizes I no longer go to the pool and queries “why.” When we share how the spring within sustains us and the peace it brings for us to be in this Shepherd’s pasture. Able to graze leisurely without fear knowing there is nothing to fear and there will be even greener pastures to graze in. 

I through the “Eyes of Faith,” now see my Shepherd watching over His flock of sheep, am filled with overwhelming joy as I see and hear the angels rejoicing as another sheep joins the flock because I shared from my spring that they may never thirst again and will graze in peace. 

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Robert

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FINDING YOURSELF IN THE WILDERNESS!


When we find ourselves in different life situations which spiritually appear as wilderness, there is an extreme example we can draw on. Knowing that trouble in our regular day to day life can be overcome by relying faithfully on the “words of God.” Thus being proven through the temptations Satan put upon Yeshua who relied upon the words of God in faith knowing His Father was with him. Yeshua knew that when he spoke “man should not live by bread alone” His Father was right there for Him. Yeshua knew when stated “we should not tempt God” His Father was there for Him. Yeshua knew when he rebuked Satan His Father was there with him. 

Each temptation was a measure of Yeshua’s Faith as it would be for me, you or all in the world, believer or non-believer. I recognize these are personal temptations for Yeshua. However, I too can use my faith in the words of God in any situation presented or threatened to be given in the name of evil we need to choose how to face it either spiritually or physically.     

This article is a followup to the message we received to do an audit of our faith and know where it is we stand within that Faith. We have been warned that an in-depth testing of our Faith the teachings we follow and those who are teaching is about to be upon us shortly. Thus finding yourself in the “Desert” as the saying goes being fired to see what metal you’re made of and being purified. We find ourselves currently in a spiritual desert being presented many temptations and fair speeches, and false teachings which will if accepted eat away like gangrene. If we have taken the warning to heart and conducted the audit, we will have an indication of where we stand in our faith and its’ depth and will also know how to use it against those various temptations and tribulations we’re about to be faced with.

The question, “have you been honest” about what you have found or are you placating yourself to satisfy the four fleshly desires Pride, Vanity, Luxury, and Sensuality? Here a careful assessment must be exercised on the part of all who have heard and proceeded with the audit.  I firmly believe we need to go back to the basics of our belief: https://i0.wp.com/romboughrobert.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/wp-1489857334080.jpg?ssl=1&w=450

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So in returning to the basics, the Ten Commandments we now have a blueprint to use, so we stay in the spirit and not fall into the fleshly walk of Pride, Vanity, Luxury, and Sensuality. 

Each commandment is a guideline an example “Neither shall thou steal.” What immediately comes to mind is physical items which might be possessed. We need to go deeper with all the commandments and recognize; there can be theft in the spirit as well. The best example I can cite here is adultery which can be committed in the heart Matthew 5:28, But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. I believe the Lord is asking us to consider our Spiritual actions as part of our audit not just what we recognize as physical deeds. The commandments are the foundation by which we truly need to build our walk with Yeshua. The teachings of the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures will develop our Faith and will light the Lord’s footsteps for us to follow. They will assist in the defining of our position with Yeshua.

Remember I stated in the first article this audit is a personal one, as is our walk with Yeshua since no two walks will be the same nor should they be.  However, the resulting ending to those walks will have the same results judgment before God’s throne whether believer or nonbeliever.

Yeshua details the blessings one will receive spiritually if we place our foot in His footprints but also cautions what to expect if you do choose to follow His teachings and proceed in His footsteps (Matthew 5:10-11) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. v11) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. So armed with this knowledge when doing your audit understand the deeper you go with it, the greater the revile is going to be but as well the blessings. Here is a look at what is to come for those who do not walk with the Lord Spiritually. Including those who believe they are walking in Salvation but have not confirmed their walk is in the Spirit and not the flesh. They may find when the temptations and tribulations confront them they are walking in Pride, Vanity, Luxury, and Sensuality which the Father sees as a form of personal idolatry.  

The Lord speaks about those who do not walk Spiritually, in Ezekiel 14:1-8 and in 2Peter 2:1-22. Here is a glimpse in 2Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his vomit again, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

Initially, I wondered why the Lord had included all in this message through preceding verses it is becoming manifest His love for all is apparent yet we know many will miss finding it.

John Gill (23 Nov 1697 – 14 Oct 1771) English Baptist writer and theologian identifies those who would be a godly man according to the notation of the word is one that has received grace and mercy of the Lord, as pardoning mercy, justifying and adopting grace; and who has principles of grace, goodness, and holiness, wrought in him; who fears the Lord, and serves him acceptably, with reverence and godly fear, and sorrows for sin, after a godly sort; who loves the Lord, and hopes and believes in him; who are regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit of God, and is a true worshipper of God and lives in all holy conversation and godliness; and particularly is “beneficent”, “kind”, and “merciful” unto men: such may be said “cease” when there are but a few of them; when their number is greatly reduced either by death or when such have seemed, and have been thought to be so, prove otherwise: in view of which, the Psalmist prays for help and salvation.

Matthew Henry identifies what would be considered making the times bad. Ask the children of the world what it is in their account that makes the times bad, and they will tell you, Scarcity of money, the decay of trade, and the desolations of war make the times dangerous. But the Scripture lays the badness of the times upon causes of another nature. We see those causes described by Matthew Henry in 2Timothy 3: Men love to gratify their own lusts, more than to please God and do their duty. When every man is eager for what he can get and anxious to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another. When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. Men are unholy and without the fear of God, because unthankful for the mercies of God. We abuse God’s gifts if we make them the food and fuel of our lusts.   

CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert

When you look at the definitions and see how they possibly apply to today’s society, it is not difficult to understand why Yahweh is calling us back to His laws. I see one man from the 17th Century describing what a God loving, fearing person should be. The second specifying what a person who is walking contrary to God’s calling would appear as. Both I believe what they were identifying describes our society and its current walk with God. They unknowingly I am surmising have identified what Political Correctness has brought us in 2Timothy 3: For men shall be lovers of their selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful. Unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.

Now looking at this description, I can see our modern day politicians, country leaders journalists, environmentalists, Judges, those caught up in environmental movements in this group, some of the leaders in the Worldly churches, but more than anything many of the population. 

Remember I am just the messenger and obedient servant of our Lord Yeshua. I publish what he shows me I believe even though we have been called to clean up our act and get back to walking with Yahweh in his laws being saved by Grace.

God’s blessings to all and may he bring the spirits of discernment and understanding upon all who read so what is revealed will be nourishment for your spirits and food for the soul.

Amen

Robert  

 

 

 

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ARE YOU A BEACON OR A FLICKER OF LIGHT?


But the path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)Transportation 0002

PRE-AMBLE by Robert 

I open this article as I have others with a prayer to our Father in thanks for those who answered His call to War as prayer warriors. And those who are seeking the narrow path to eternal life and peace?

OPENING PRAYER by Robert

I pray Father you continue to keep them safe and strengthen their fervor to succeed in overturning the evil before us remove all the spirits of confusion and division working through our great nations. Lord, I pray you will further deepen the hedge ANGEL & TRUMPET 2around our leaders and will continue removing the spirits of confusion, strife and discord from their minds and filling them with discernment and wisdom and a peaceful demeanor. I pray, Father, for those doing battle in your Name that you would continue raining down insight, understanding, and an intense fervor to uphold your victories and your words. I pray this in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen. 

CLOUDS & SKY 056Amongst all the craziness being displayed over the last 18 months, there has been a dark pall building over the USA and Canada and their peoples. As the debates take place, you can sense the darkness descending over North America. The leaders and some pundits realize their country and the very principles it’s founded on are being challenged, but are unable to discern by whom or why. James 3:16 for where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work. 

THE FIRST TRUMPETER’S CALL

TRUMPET 15A shroud of darkness has taken hold of the people with its many hidden influences and temptations which are manifesting into reality; adding to the various Spiritual battles already being waged. The way through the darkness will be painful as many won’t have a light for discernment and guidance. Many will succumb to the hidden temptations within the shroud which has enveloped the multitudes.  

It is essential at this time all followers of Yeshua come together. And realize their walk is going to be ever so important. As shown in Isaiah 30:17 “One PEOPLE 652thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill.  

Our support has to be guided and aimed at helping each other as an army of prayer warriors; adhering to the teachings shown in 1 Peter 2:13-17. 

Matthew Henry’s (1662 – 1774) Commentary lays out a plan “A Christian conversation must be honest, which it cannot be if there is not a just and careful discharge of all relative duties: the apostle here treats of these distinctly. Regard to these functions is the will of God, consequently, the Christians duty, and the way to silence the base slanders of ignorant and foolish men. Christians must endeavor, in all relations, to behave aright, that they do not make their liberty a cloak or covering for any wickedness, or for the neglect of duty; but they must remember that they are servants of God.

KNIGHT 14Above is a formula which makes us Beacons on the mountain which can be used to bring forward the words given to us in Joshua 23:10 “One man of you shall chase a thousand for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

HERE ENDS THE TRUMPETER’S CALL

The days of darkness truly are upon the World and its citizens. As followers of LANTERN 1Yeshua, we need to become BEACONS from afar that our brothers and sisters can bring peace back to their country and lives. My question to all followers of  “Yeshua,”  World Wide are you a Beacon or just a flicker of light?  Having won one battle and another looms before us as Prayer Warriors we must Identify ourselves as standing on the mountains as Beacons and not just flickers of light. 

CLOSING PRAYER by Robert

Heavenly Father I come before thee as a humble servant and place before you, your Prayer Warriors and ask that you would strengthen them guide them protect them and most of all fill them with discernment that they may go forward in your name as bright Beacons illuminating the path to peace and eternal life. Amen and Amen 

CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert 

Brothers and Sisters lift up your prayers begin the battle let your Beacons shine brightly so many might find the path to peace, unity and Eternal life. Discover within your walk the strength Yeshua demonstrated for us to understand what it means to be a “Modern Day Disciple”. Seek the wisdom God has offered us through the Holy Spirit which provides Yeshua’s light through his words, teachings and comforting. Know, we enter into battle each day by reflecting God’s light to attract those in servitude to Satan and offering them freedom and eternal life.

Remember, these articles are from a devoted servant of Yeshua as a Watchman doing His bidding to deliver His warnings. May our Father be with you bless you as you go forward in His name. Go forward bravely but as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. 

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“RABBI, WE KNOW THOU ART A TEACHER!”


OPENING STATEMENT by Robert

Man is called flesh and blood because thence he has his original: but we do not become the children of God as we become the children of our natural parents. Note, Grace does not run in the blood, as corruption does. Man polluted begat a son in his own likeness (Genesis 5:3), but man sanctified and renewed does not generate a son in that likeness.

The Jews gloried much in their parentage and the noble blood that ran in their veins. “We are Abraham’s seed.” Therefore to them pertained the adoption because they were born of that blood. But this New-Testament adoption is not founded in any such natural relation. It is not produced by the natural power of our own will. As it is not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, so neither is it of the will of man, which labours under a moral impotency of determining itself to that which is good so that the principles of the divine life are not of our own planting, it is the grace of God that makes us willing to be his. 

Nor can human laws or writings prevail to sanctify and regenerate a soul if they could, the new birth would be by the will of man. But, it is of God. This new birth is owing to the word of God as the means (1 Peter 1:23), and to the Spirit of God as the great and sole author. True believers are born of God, 1 John 3:9,5:1. And this is necessary to their adoption for we cannot expect the love of God if we have not something of his likeness, nor claim the privileges of adoption if we are not under the power of regeneration.

From their own past condition. Consideration of men’s natural condition is a great means and ground of equity and gentleness, and all meekness, towards those who are yet in such a state. This has a tendency to abate pride and work pity and hope in reference to those who are yet unconverted: “We ourselves also were so and so, corrupt and sinful, therefore we should not be impatient and bitter, hard and severe, towards those who are but as ourselves once were.

Should we then have been willing to be contemned, and proudly and rigorously dealt with? No, but treated with gentleness and humanity and therefore we should now so treat those who are unconverted, according to that rule of equity: [Quod tibi non-vis fieri, alteri ne feceris] “What you would not have done to you that do not to another”

Their past natural condition is set forth in divers particulars. We ourselves also were sometimes, (1) Foolish without real spiritual understanding and knowledge, ignorant of heavenly things. Observe, Those should be most disposed to bear with others’ follies who may remember many of their own those should be meek and gentle, and patient towards others, who once needed and doubtless then expected the same. We ourselves also were sometimes foolish.

And, (2) Disobedient heady and unpersuadable, resisting the word, and rebellious even against the natural laws of God, and those which human society requires. Well, are these set together, foolish and obedient? For what folly like this, to disobey God and his laws, natural or revealed?

This is contrary to the reason and men’s true and greatest interests, and what so foolish as to violate and go counter to these? (3) Deceived, or wandering namely, out of the ways of truth and holiness. Man in this his degenerate state is of a straying nature, thence compared to a lost sheep this must be sought and brought back and guided in the right way, Psalms 119:176. He is weak and ready to be imposed upon by the wiles and subtleties of Satan, and of men lying in wait to seduce and mislead.

Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth. Here let us take notice, (1) A true Believer is a creature begotten anew. He becomes as different a person from what he was before the renewing influences of divine grace as if he were formed over again, and born afresh (2) The original of this good work is here declared: it is of God’s own will not by our skill or power, not from any good foreseen in us, or done by us, but purely from the good-will and grace of God

(3) The means whereby this is affected are pointed out: the word of truth, that is, the gospel, as Paul expresses it more plainly, (1 Corinthians 4:15), I have begotten you in Jesus Christ through the gospel. This gospel in indeed a word of truth, or else it could never produce such real, such lasting, such great and noble effects. We may rely upon it, and venture our immortal souls upon it. And we shall find it a means of our sanctification as it is a word of truth, (John 17:17).

(4) The end and design of God’s giving renewing grace is here laid down: That we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures–that we should be God’s portion and treasure, and a more peculiar property to him, as the first-fruits were and that we should become holy to the Lord, as the first-fruits were consecrated to him. Yeshua is the first-fruits of Believers, Believers are the first-fruits of creatures.

The gospel is called truth, in opposition to types and shadows, to error and falsehood. This truth is effectual to purify the soul, if it is obeyed, John 17:17. Many hear the truth but are never purified by it because they will not submit to it nor obey it. The Spirit of God is the great agent in the purification of man’s soul. The Spirit convinces the soul of its impurities, furnishes those virtues and graces that both adorn and purify, such as faith (Acts 15:9), hope (1 John 3:3), the fear of God (Psalms 34:9), and the love of Jesus Christ. The Spirit excites our endeavours and makes them successful. The aid of the Spirit does not supersede our own industry; these people purified their own souls, but it was through the Spirit (4) The souls of Christians must be purified before they can so much as love one another unfeignedly. There are such lusts and partialities in man’s nature that without divine grace we can neither love God nor one another as we ought to do; there is no charity but out of a pure heart. It is the duty of all Christians sincerely and fervently to love one another. Our affection to one another must be sincere and real, and it must be fervent, constant, and extensive.

How proper a method it is to beat down pride to let persons know the true value of what they pride themselves in! It is but too common a thing for men to value themselves most on what is least worth: and it is of great use to bring them to a sober mind by letting them know how much they are mistaken.

The various distribution of these gifts, not all to one, nor to everyone alike. All members and officers had not the same rank in the church, nor the same endowments (1 Corinthians 12:29, 1 Corinthians 12:30): Are all apostles? Are all prophets? This was to make the church a monster: all one as if the body were all ear or all eye. Some are fit for one office and employment, and some for another; and the Spirit distributes to everyone as he will.

We must be content with our own rank and share if they be lower and less than those of others. We must not be conceited of ourselves, and despise others, if we are in the higher rank and have greater gifts. Every member of the body is to preserve its own rank, and do its own office; and all are to minister to one another, and promote the good of the body in general, without envying, or despising, or neglecting, or ill-using, any one particular member. Observe the order of these offices and gifts.

They are here placed in their proper ranks. Those of most value have the first place. Apostles, prophets, and teachers were all intended to instruct the people, to inform them well in the things of God, and promote their spiritual edification: without them, neither evangelical knowledge nor holiness could have been promoted. But the rest, however, fitted to answer the great intentions of Christianity, had no such immediate regard to religion, strictly so-called. 

God does, and we should, value things according to their real worth: and the use of things is the best criterion of their real worth. Those are most valuable that best answer the highest purposes. Such were apostolical powers, compared with theirs who had only the gift of healing and miracles.

What holds the last and lowest rank in this enumeration is the diversity of tongues. It is by itself the most useless and insignificant of all these gifts. Healing diseases, relieving the poor, helping the sick, have their use: but how vain a thing is it to speak languages if a man does it merely to amuse or boast himself!

This may indeed raise the admiration, but cannot promote the edification, of the hearers, nor do them any good. Advice covet the best gifts, [charismata ta kreittona – dona potiora, praestantiorac f0], either the most valuable in themselves or the most serviceable to others; and these are, in truth, most valuable in themselves, though men may be apt to esteem those most that will raise their fame and esteem highest.

Those are truly best by which God will be most honoured and his church edified. Such gifts should be most earnestly coveted. We should desire that most which are best, and most worth. Grace is, therefore, to be preferred before gifts; and, of gifts, those are to be preferred which are of greatest use. But some read this passage, not as advice, but a charge: zeloute , You are envious at each other’s gifts.

Gifts may be valued for their use, but they are mischievous when made the fuel of pride and contention. True charity is great to be preferred to the most glorious gifts. To have the heart glow with mutual love is vastly better than to glare with the most pompous titles, offices, or powers

Every Believer is a member of his body, and every other Believer stands related to him as a fellow-member (1 Corinthians 12:27): Now you are the body of Yeshua, and members in particular, or particular members.

Each is a member of the body, not the whole body; each stands related to the body as a part of it, and all have a common relation to one another, dependence upon one another, and should have a mutual care and concern. Thus are the members of the natural body, thus should the members of the mystical body be, disposed of.

Mutual indifference, and much more contempt, and hatred, and envy, and strife, are very unnatural in Believers. It is like the members of the same body being destitute of all concern for one another or quarrelling with each other.

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Robert

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"TRUST"


“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed … Continue reading

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“A COLLAGE OF PRAYER’S FOR THOSE IN THE DEN!”


PREAMBLE by Robert We walk in darkness knowing God’s light shines through us into the darkness. We also know that light is going to attract all kinds of occupants. The following prayers are listed for support to those in the … Continue reading

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“ARE YOU THIRSTY?”


By this living water is meant the Spirit. Under this comparison, the blessing of the Messiah had been promised in the Old Testament. Continue reading

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“THE BEGINNING”!


PREAMBLE by Robert  

I believe God brought us to this point to recognize where and when our journey began under Salvation and Grace. We are to learn the significance of the process or manner of healing our life’s journey will expose us to as we progress through our physical life experience.  There must be a beginning to all things, and God’s work is no different and this day even though it is over 2000+ years we are about to spiritually witness what I believe was the first individual taken into Paradise under Salvation through Yeshua’s Grace by Yahweh’s initial decree through His love of mankind. Here we need to exercise our spiritual discernment apply our wisdom and recognize the fervor of God’s love for one individual. Yahweh enlightened this man’s understanding, wrought faith in him to believe in Yeshua and filled him with the courage to acknowledge Yeshua’s deity. 

In the book of Luke 23:32-43  it is witnessed two others were being crucified with Yeshua that day. Both spoke, one to the Lord berating him as the soldiers and crowd did, the other rebuked the thief saying “they deserved to be where they were, and this man did nothing amiss.”  And asked Yeshua “to remember him when he enters into thy kingdom.” Here right here without pomp and ceremony is when the first individual is taken by faith into Paradise through salvation and grace.  V43: “And Yeshua said unto him, Verily I say unto thee. Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  

John Gill (1697 -1774) The instance of grace stands on record, not to cherish sloth, indolence, security, and presumption, but to encourage faith and hope insensible sinners, in their last moments, and prevent despair. 

No demonstrated ceremony just compassion for one who would acknowledge Yeshua’s deity through demonstrated faith and was blessed to be with him eternally. Surely a momentous moment for all as the starting point for our journey under Salvation had just been revealed, the action of Faith.

Our Lord declared to the world what had just begun and the world had no idea what door had just been opened. His declaration to his Father “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” was his plea to forgive those who had carried out this wickedness. However, I also believe it was a declaration that they did not realize the doorway to Salvation had been opened and the message, that it was available was about to begin. The time spent with his disciples training them to plant the seeds was about to become a reality that Yahweh’s love for all was about to spread throughout the world. 

Now I understand all the time spent with our Lord over the past months was a preparation for what is yet to come as was for the Apostles at that moment. Like the Apostles and disciples of old, we are about to realize what God’s plan is for the modern-day Disciples, Fishers of Men and Beacons of light.

We will experience the growth of our newborn Spirit as Yeshua fulfills his Father’s plan while our human body ages and slowly perishes and returns to its origin dust, throughout this journey. We will experience the power of God’s heavenly gifts bestowed upon those walking fervently in His love, teachings, compassion, and His Sons footsteps.

We will be a part of God’s modern-day movement to bring His children back into His flock, by again, making the true knowledge of Yeshua’s sacrifice, making Salvation and Grace available, to all as a doorway to an Eternal Life with God, one soul at a time. 

OPENING PRAYER by Robert 

Heavenly Father humbly we approach your throne with this petition Father, fill us with your knowledge, wisdom, patience, and Love. That we may in spirit have the courage to spread your truth and witness about Yeshua’s precious sacrifice as your Son’s Disciples.  Bring us to a place where we may serve as your Disciples and shining Beacons of light, “Fisher’s of Men” capture the hearts and minds of those we gather that we may teach them to come before you. Cover us with your protective wings, strength, discernment and bring your words unto us that we may minister through your Love for all mankind. Fill us with the spirit of “Goodwill unto all men.” In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen. 

OPENING STATEMENT by Robert 

Even while in the throes of death Yeshua cried out to his Father to forgive those, who, so wickedly desired his death. John Gill (1697 -1774) commentary explains the depth of Yeshua’s love and compassion and desire to do Yahweh’s will. “When he was crucified between the two thieves, and as he hung upon the cross, and while insulted and abused by all sorts of men, and put to the greatest pain and torture, he addressed himself to God his Father. The Arabic version reads “my father” who was so to him, not as he was a man. For as such he had no father; but as he was God, being a divine person, his beloved, and only begotten Son.

And this he uses, whilst a man, he is praying to him; partly to express his faith of relation to him; his confidence of being heard, and partly to set believers an example of praying, as he has directed saying “Our Father.” The petition put up by him is for forgiveness; which is with God, and with him only, and that for his enemies, his crucifiers. Not for those who sinned the sin unto death, the sin against the Holy Ghost, who knew him to be the Messiah, maliciously crucified him. For whom prayer is not to be made; but for those who were ignorantly concerned in it. Even for his own elect, whom the Father had given him out of the world, which was among his crucifiers; for those and not the world, he prays. And the fruit of this his prayer quickly appeared, in the conversion of three thousand of them under Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, next following, in six weeks time. Though such might be his affection, as a man, in general, as to wish for, and desire, as such, was it consistent with the divine will, forgiveness for all of them, adding, “for they know not what they do.” or are doing. And they parted his raiment and cast lots: that is upon his vesture or seamless coat, and so fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18. 

We move forward and see that there was a disciple among the Sanhedrin who was an honourable man who objected to Yeshua’s crucifixion.  John Gill (1697 -1774) And behold, there was a man named Joseph a counsellor he was a good man, and just. The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them, he was from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate and begged the body of Yeshua, knowing he was dead, that he might bury it, and prevent it’s being inferred with the two malefactors, or abused by the mob. 

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And he took it down from the cross with help from the others, having obtained leave from Pilate so to do; and wrapped it in linen as was the custom of the Jews in burying their dead. (Matthew 27:59). And laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in Stone; cut out of a rock; wherein never man before was put so that it could not be said it was another body, and not that of Yeshua’s that was raised from the dead. This circumstance serves to confirm the truth of his resurrection. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also which came with him from Galilee followed after; Joseph, and those that were with him, when they carried the body of Yeshua, to bury it. And beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid, in what position, form, and order, and observed that it was only wrapped in linen, and not anointed or embalmed.  

 

In researching the customs of the Jews, I could see that God had put the sequence of the events together that particular actions were set aside. As the traditions would not allow them to be carried out as they would normally. The women returned to their homes to prepare the spices and ointments for the anointing. However, were prevented from doing so as it could not be done till the Sabbath was over, for it was forbidden to be done on a Sabbath day. 

Now on the first day of the week, Yeshua rose from the dead, and which was the third day of his death, and so verified the scriptures and his own predictions. 

 John Gill (1697 -1774) relates the following “Very early in the morning, just as the light began to spring, the day to dawn, and break; the first appearance of the morning; when it first started to dawn. When it was yet dark, this must be understood of the time when the women set out from the city or suburbs; for by that time they got to the sepulchre, it was at sunrise, (Mark 16:2) and shows their great love, zeal, and devotion for Yeshua. And great courage and fearlessness to go out of the city at such a time, without a man with them, and to a grave. 

This research is revealing a fact which I was not aware of, the number of women who had approached the Sepulcher that morning. I had always read there were only two or possibly three. To find there were multiple witnesses to the miracle makes it even more hermetic. 

“They came unto the Sepuchler where Yeshua was laid, that is the women who came with Yeshua from Galilee and who had observed where and how his body was interred. Bringing the spices which they had prepared on the Sabbath eve, to anoint the body, but were prevented because of the Sabbath. And sure others with them; that is other women, besides Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Joses, and Salome, and other Galilean women. There were other Jerusalem women or Bethany, it maybe Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus and of the parts adjacent, as reported in the Syriac, Arabic and Persic versions. 

My question then is how knowing the entrance was blocked by a huge boulder, did they think to move that rock to gain entry to the Sepulcher to anoint Yeshua’s body? 

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And they found the stone rolled away from the Sepulcher. Which Joseph had laid there, the security of the body, and in the sight of these women, which gave them concern, as they went along, seeing they were all women, and who should roll away the stone for them. (Mark 16:3). But when they came to the Sepulcher to their great surprise, they found it rolled away. Which was done by an angel (Matthew 28:2) “and behold there was a great earthquake\: the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.”

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And they entered in being invited, encouraged, and led on by the angel that sat upon the stone. For the Jews sepulchres were built large enough for persons to go into, (Mark 16:5). And found not the body of Yeshua as they expected, having seen him laid there, and had observed in what cave in the sepulchre, and in what form he was laid.

CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert

We now see the establishing of God’s promises and depth of His love for all being brought forward in the form of two angels who appear to the women in the form of men as witnesses of Yeshua’s resurrection. For by the mouth of two or three witnesses everything is established.  And it came to pass as they were much perplexed thereabout the body of Yeshua, and it’s being gone what should become of it, whiter it was removed, and by what means, and by whom. Whether by a friend or foe, for they had no thought, nor expectation of a resurrection. Behold two men stood by them in shining garments which were angels in the form of men, and as these were the first witnesses of Yeshua’s resurrection. John makes mention of two, as here, seen by Mary Magdalene, though in a different posture; they were sitting, one at the head, the other at the feet, where the body of Yeshua had laid. But when the rest of the women came, they had risen up, and stood close by them, on a sudden, at an unawares, being arrayed in white raiment, as white as snow, as a token of their purity and innocence, and as bringers of good tidings.   

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And as they were afraid the women were of these angels these appearances and majestic forms. And bowed down their faces to the earth as not being able to bear the lustre of their countenances and garments they said unto them “why seek ye the living among the dead? “  

“He is not here but is risen, remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee. Saying, the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and on the third day rise again.” 

And they remembered his words and returned from the Sepulcher. Quickly immediately as soon as ever the angel had done speaking to them. They fled in great haste as persons frightened and amazed, with fear and reverence, on account of the vision they saw, and with joy at what was told them (Matthew 28:8). And said all these things, that the stone was rolled away from the sepulchre and they found not the body of Yeshua in it. That they had seen a vision of angels, who had told them, that Yeshua was risen, and put them in mind of some words of his spoken to the disciples in their hearing in Galilee unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 

Thus, the stage was set for the next round of events, which shortly would occur now that the eleven apostles and 70 disciples and as many others who were assembled together, possibly the 120 (Acts 1:15) had been informed. We know there was skepticism among them all of what these women were telling them, even though Yeshua had told them what would transpire. Peter and John though they did not believe the report ran to the Sepulcher to be satisfied how things were. When he stooped down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves without the body of Yeshua. Peter could see the body was not stolen, or taken away, for neither friends or foes would have taken the time to strip the body, but would have carried it away with the linen. Thus he left for John’s house in Jerusalem now wondering in himself at which was to come to pass, as he had no notion of resurrection. Then Yeshua joins two disciples who are on their way to Emmaus and converses with them as they journey not being aware of who he is. They only realize in whose presence they are when he blesses and breaks bread with them. “I wonder how many of us these days realize who is present in our daily journeys?”

These disciples rushed back to Jerusalem the same night and found the eleven gathered together without Thomas being present and them that were with them. They assembled in this manner for the sake of privacy and for fear of the Jews. As they entered the room the Apostles informed them:

The Lord Has Risen 

In this statement, all the myths and false teachings and worldly customs should be shed from our minds as followers. The reality is Yeshua 2000+ years ago suffered was crucified buried and was resurrected to sit on the right hand of God. Salvation and Grace became obtainable gifts to all mankind because the Lord was resurrected and is recruiting modern-day disciples to again spread the truth afresh without any worldly attachments, myths, or traditional ceremonies.  For those walking in Yeshua’s footsteps, the gifts are on their way until then use your God-given discernment wisdom and precious faith to go forward until we receive God’s blessings. Recognize what Yeshua promised us in the following which is about to be bestowed upon His fervent followers those walking in His Footsteps and spiritually suffered His crucifixion and spiritually will witness to His resurrection that many may come to His truth and eternal life. 

John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” 

“God’s Speed” 

CLOSING PRAYER by Robert

Bless us “Oh Lord” as your humble servants obediently walking in your Sons footsteps having spiritually followed him to the crucifixion and spiritually witness to your son’s resurrection. We pray “Oh Lord” for your wisdom discernment and knowledge to be upon us that we would be prepared to receive your heavenly gifts. We ask this in all humbleness and sincerity Father. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and Amen. 

Please remember these messages are being presented by a humble servant of Yeshua as a “Watchmen” merely sounding his Trumpet drawing your attention to the word our Lord has delivered as a warning. May you prosper and grow

Robert

 

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RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES


OPENING STATEMENT by Robert

For those who are skeptical about our Father calling out to the masses to return to Him, this article is being presented on a humanistic level of understanding mixed with some spiritual discernment, “Let’s have a look.”

The politicians, leaders, scholars, and scientists are calling this environmental mess, Global Warming and currently Climate Change which we are being subjected to daily. In all of this haven’t you once ever wondered what actually is happening right before your eyes environmentally.

“Oh No” we’re too smart and in control of what is happening to listen, or even consider, that what is happening might be a call from our Father in Heaven, that it might be a Spiritual Call from God. We live in an information society, so it’s  easier to believe some environmentalist or scientist, then it is to think God might be Calling me.

The comments are prevalent I’m as spiritual as you can be, I attend church and live a good caring life support my family & friends, how can you say that I have strayed from God? To answer your question as a messenger I’m not, that call is coming from the top Our Father God.

The following is how I was shown you have strayed from the flock and believe me when I saw this it woke me up in a hurry here’s what God pointed out through the Holy Spirit You go on in your annual feasts and rituals year after year piling the abominations higher and higher. Do you think your external performance of Religious services will serve as an exception from the Judgements of God? You can continue paying lip service to God and not reforming or humbling your hearts, do not think you can pacify an offended God, or turn away His wrath. For your sins will be punished with thunder {trouble} earthquakes {shaking}, storms {tornadoes, tempests {floods} and devouring fire {draught} {burning heat}.

Do we remain in the desert of understanding and shake our heads in disbelief thinking how is this possible that what is before our very eyes could be from God. Or do we do as He is calling us to do Repent and return to His flock? The answer to the question is up to you, remember I’m just the messenger.

Our Father through the Holy Spirit gave me this to share as part of the message of understanding as well. These are not to destroy but bring about distress, that you may not be brought to destruction, through your Repentance. This will be a humbling and mortifying experience, seeing your homes besieged and visited by evil.”  In seeing your city and houses laid waste, you will know that the Lord has visited you.   

It is time to comment on my past posts concerning your personal beliefs and walk within Spirituality or as some call it Religious beliefs. The postings I have and will continue to post are warnings shown to me to pass on to any who will hear them. I believe like any caring Father, God is trying to bring his flock together trying to get those folks who have strayed from His flock to return to Yeshua’s teachings.

Many are saying what do you know? Who are you to tell me I’m not walking with the Lord! “I’m not” there is a saying Don’t kill the messenger, which Yeshua addressed in Matthew 23:37 and in v 38 tells you the consequences if you do, then in v39 reveals that He won’t be around until you return to Him.

Will these warnings immediately affect your life, that is up to you in how you interpret them and use the information they provide? They are not written to evangelize or critique any walk or belief but are shared as warnings to measure your walk with Yeshua and His teachings.

CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert

I am being touched by the Lord to be His humble servant passing on a series of messages He has and is showing me through the Holy Spirit. We live in troubled times and as believers and followers of Yeshua’s teachings know there is worse yet to come. However, those in the world and without the Holy Spirit’s guidance and instructions, are searching for information to understand why these atrocities can occur and are not finding any answers as followers we must be cautious not to be Distracted. Those with spiritual discernment and an ear to hear will discern and understand what is behind all the evil and atrocities both environmentally and on a spiritual and physical plain.

As a messenger, I have been shown that there will be few who will listen and even fewer with discernment who will react to the warnings, which is sad. In all of this, I am able to see what Yeshua means when he states narrow is the path and few thereat will find it.

The enemy plays on complacency within the ranks of Christianity. Satan uses our humanistic traits against us with little effort and is successful in all forms of temptations he places before us. The one thing I am able to see, is most Christians stumble on their pride in the fashion of their walk. Many are puffed up many are learned and able to discern but closed to learning or furthering their walk as they believe they have arrived and are at heavens door. I see many who walk with Yeshua falling into a routine of service which they believe is making them Holy and Pious. Remember we have no guarantee, but we do have salvation and walk under grace as we work out our Salvation and our future position in Eternity. 

It is not my position to judge, nor would I, as I am not prepared to place myself on the throne of God which is the judgment seat. However will pass the following shown to me as sound advice from Yeshua through the Holy Spirit as a measuring stick given in Matt 23 v1 Then spake Yeshua to the multitude, and to His disciples.  V2 saying The Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: V3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. V4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. V5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries (biblical scrolls), and enlarge the borders of their garments.

We Know that in Matthew 23 the Lord also advised us in V9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven Now we have measuring sticks to recognize some of our shortfalls, but it is up to us to use them as Yeshua has shown us how in this warning. 

I pray that this warning has aroused your interest in looking at your walk honestly over the next period of time.

CLOSING PRAYER  by Robert

Heavenly Father I pray you will rain down discernment on those seeking fulfillment of your words through the Holy Spirit. I further pray for Father those who know the Holy Spirit so you will loose upon them a spirit of understanding so they might hear his promptings and teachings, this I pray in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen

God Bless

Robert

 

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“WHY DO I NEED OIL FOR MY LAMP?”


An outward profession may light a man in this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Watch, therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in fear of the Lord all the day long.” Matthew Henry (1663 -1774)

PRE-AMBLE by Robert 

Hungary MigrationAs I am researching and writing this article the season for the Jews of Passover is being observed as well the season of the Resurrection of Yeshua by the different sects of Christianity is being celebrated. I was guided by the Holy Spirit to Matthew 25. PEOPLE 425Where it becomes clear why choosing Right or Left (Ecclesiastes 10:2) is so relevant to our journey as “Modern Day Disciples.” We are about to discover the significance of our choice and the role it plays in essentially obtaining and retaining oil for our lamps BARREL - OILwhich Yeshua spoke of in His last sermon where he offers the Parable of the Ten Virgins. We as “Modern Day Disciples” will recognize the importance of requiring and seeking a healthy and intensely personal relationship with our Lord Yeshua. And when requested to share our oil why we should not. We are going to find out who is providing this oil and its purpose within our spiritual journey, along with what cost if there might be hypocrisy or slothfulness in our journey. All of this information must become a part of the light shining through us and the spoken part of our ministry. 

OPENING PRAYER by Robert

Heavenly Father, hear our cries before your throne, recognize our petitions being placed at the foot of your throne. We ask Lord for your strength to acknowledge the depth of our walk, the brightness of our light. We pray, Father you would give us the fervour to remain vigil while waiting for your return, strength to continue our Foliage Background 038pursuit of your wisdom your love and compassion that we might draw closer to you Yeshua capturing more of your light that we might fill our vessels with your oil. Give us a strength that we may not waver as we wait for your return.  Remove any sliver of doubt or fear which may appear in our walk or testimony. Fill us with overwhelming courage and the joys of heaven that we might share your love and compassion as oil to light the lamps of those preparing to be bridesmaids. We pray this in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen. 

OPENING STATEMENT by Robert Yeshua keeps no servants to be idle: they have PEOPLE 810received their all from him, and have nothing they can call their own but sin. Our receiving from Yeshua is to our working for him. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. The day of account comes at last. We must all be reckoned with as to what good we have got to our own souls, and have done to others, by the advantages we have enjoyed. It is not meant that the improving of natural powers can entitle a man to Divine grace. It is the real Follower’s liberty and privilege to be employed as his Redeemer’s servant, in promoting his glory, and the good of his people: the love of Yeshua constrains him to live no longer to himself, but to Him, that died for him, and rose again. Those who think it impossible to please God, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion. They complain that He requires of them more than they are capable of, and punishes them for what they cannot help.

Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) brings to light in his commentary a reason: The circumstances of the parable of the ten virgins were taken from the marriage customs among the Jews, and explain the great day of Yeshua’s coming. See the nature of Christianity. As Followers, we profess to attend upon Yeshua, to honour him, also to be waiting for his arrival. Sincere Followers are the wise virgins, and hypocrites the foolish ones. Those are the truly wise or foolish that are so in the affairs of their souls. Many have a lamp of profession in their hands, but have not in their hearts, sound knowledge and settled resolution, which are needed to carry them through the services and trials of the present state. Their hearts are not stored with holy dispositions, by the new-creating Spirit of God. Our light must shine before men in good works; but this is not likely to be done unless there is a fixed, active principle in the heart, of faith in Yeshua, and love to God and our brethren.

As “Modern Day Disciples” our chief concern is to share we all need lanterns in our hands, when we attend the bridegroom, to do him honour and do him service. Followers of Yeshua are children of light. We receive the light from the gospel and those (us) who have received it must not only be enlightened by it but must shine as lights. And hold it forth (Philippians 2:15,16). Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) explains the adopted custom of the ten bride-maids Yeshua used in the parable. “It was a custom sometimes used among the Jews on that occasion, that the bridegroom came, attended with his friends, late at night, to the house of the bride. Where she expected him; accompanied with her bride-maids who, upon notice given of the bridegroom’s approach. Were, to go out with lamps in their hands to light him into the house with ceremony and formality, to the celebrating of the nuptials with great mirth. And some think that on these occasions they had usually ten virgins for the Jews never held a synagogue, circumcised, kept the Passover, or contracted marriage, but ten persons at least were present. Boaz when he married Ruth, had ten witnesses, (Ruth 4:2).

 

They all slumbered and slept. The delay represents the space between the real or apparent conversion of these professors, and the coming of Yeshua, to take them away by death, or to judge the world. But though Yeshua tarries past our time, he will not wait past the due time. The wise virgins kept their lamps burning, but they did not keep themselves awake.

Too many real Followers grow negligent, and one degree of carelessness makes way for another. Those that allow themselves to become lax will scarcely keep from being slack; therefore dread the beginning of spiritual decrease. A startling summons was given. Go ye forth to meet Him, is a call to those prepared. The notice of Yeshua’s approach and the request to meet him will awaken those who give the appearance of slumbering.

MOUNTAIN SCENE 013Even those best prepared for death have work to do to get actually ready, 2 Peter 3:14. It will be a day of search and enquiry, and it concerns us to think how we shall then be found. Some wanted the oil to supply their lamps when going out. Those that come up short of true grace will undoubtedly see the want of it one time or another. Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) quotes it best “An outward profession may light a man in this world, but the damps of the valley of the shadow of death will put out such a light. Watch, therefore, attend to the business of your souls. Be in fear of the Lord all the day long.

At this point, I was shown the parable in Luke 13:6, “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.”  This parable of the barren fig-tree is intended to enforce the warning: (“Be in fear of the Lord all the day long. ) the barren tree, except it, brings forth fruit, will be cut down. As no place or employment can secure from the stroke of death, we should consider the sudden removals of others as IMG_20160801_203910.jpgwarnings to ourselves. On these accounts, Yeshua founded a call to repentance. The same Yeshua that bids us repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, calls us to repent, or otherwise, we shall perish.  This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Yet it is, without doubt, for awakening all that enjoy the means of grace, and the privileges of the visible church. When God has borne long, we may hope that he will bear with us yet a little longer, but we cannot expect that he will. We see from research the connection between the two different yet similar parables. The first showing we must be ready, diligently waiting for Yeshua’s return even up to our time of passing into Eternity. And even then realizing, we will need our lanterns and the oil to light them as we prepare to pass through the valley of the shadow of death. Now we see the importance of obtaining the oil and more so recognizing how to share this knowledge, without depleting our supply.

IMG_20180305_1653568.jpgThat meaning being diligent and not becoming complacent falling into a slumber where we have our lanterns lit however not replenishing our supply.  We receive the light from the gospel and those who have received the light must not only be enlightened by it but must shine as lights. And hold it forth (Philippians 2:15,16). The second parable in Luke 13: Yeshua explains v25.) “When once the master of the house is risen up and hath shut the door. And ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us, and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: v26.) then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. v27.) But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

To fully understand our Saviours earlier statement we need to recognize there were scholars in the midst of the crowd who were asking questions of Yeshua to trip him PEOPLE 610. One of the questions they asked had to do with who was going to be saved. Yeshua knew no answer would satisfy and not create a stir. The following is Matthew Henry’s commentary on Yeshua’s response: “Our Saviour came to guide men’s consciences, not to gratify their curiosity. Ask not, How many shall be saved? But, Shall I be one of them? Not, What shall become of such and such? But, What shall I do, and what will become of me? Strive to enter in at the strait gate. This is directed to each of us; it is, Strives ye. All that will be saved must enter in at the strait gate, must undergo a change of the whole man. Those that would enter must strive to enter. Here are awakening considerations, to enforce this exhortation. Oh, that we may be all awakened by them! They answer the question, Are there few that shall be saved? But let none despond either as to themselves or others, for there are last who shall be first, and first who shall be last. If we reach heaven, we shall meet many there whom we little thought to meet, and miss many whom we expected to find.”  Holding our lanterns and filling them with oil going out to meet LANTERN 4the Bridegroom to honour and serve Him now takes on a special meaning when we add the second parable. It isn’t enough to receive the blessings from heaven which is the oil for our lamps and to share that message so others would understand and prepare to do the same. As “Modern Day Disciples,” we must always be diligent never becoming complacent about deepening our personal relationship with Yeshua lest we slumber or fall asleep and fall short of the mark.

In the following commentary, I believe Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) from the book of Matthew 13:36-43) is describing our modern-day churches. This parable represents the present and future state of the gospel church; Christ’s care of it, the devil’s enmity against it, the mixture there is in it of good and bad in this world and the separation between them in the other world. So prone is fallen man to sin, that if the enemy sows the tares, he may go his way, they will spring up, and do hurt; whereas, when good seed is sown, it must be tended, watered, and fenced. The servants complained to their master; Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? No doubt he did; whatever is amiss in the church, we are sure it is not from Christ. Though gross transgressors, and such as openly oppose the gospel, ought to be separated from the society of the faithful, yet no human skill can make an exact separation. Those who oppose must not be cut off but instructed, and that with meekness. And though good and bad are together in this world, yet at the great day they shall be parted; then the righteous and the wicked shall be plainly known; here sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them. Let us, knowing the terrors of the Lord, not do iniquity. At death, believers shall shine forth to themselves; at the great day, they shall shine forth before all the world. They shall shine by reflection, with light borrowed from the Fountain of light. Their sanctification will be made perfect, and their justification published. May we be found of that happy number.

Those are not Yeshua’s followers who cannot enjoy being alone with God and their own hearts. It is good, upon special occasions, and when we find our hearts enlarged, to continue long in secret prayer, and in pouring out our hearts before the Lord. It is no new thing for Yeshua’s disciples to meet with storms in the way of duty, but he thereby shows himself with more grace to them and for them.

He can take what way he pleases to save his people. But even appearances of deliverance sometimes occasion trouble and perplexity to God’s people, from mistakes about Yeshua. Nothing ought to affright those that have Yeshua near them, and know he is theirs; not death itself. Peter walked upon the water, not for diversion or to boast of it, but to go to Yeshua; and in that he was thus wonderfully borne up. Special supports are promised and are to be expected, but only in spiritual pursuits; nor can we ever come to Yeshua, unless we are upheld by his power. Yeshua called Peter to come, not only that he might walk upon the water, and so know his Lord’s power, but that he might know his own weakness. And the Lord often lets his servants have their choice, to humble and prove them, and to show the greatness of his power and grace. When we look off from Yeshua and look at the importance of opposing difficulties, we shall begin to fall; but when we call to him, he will stretch out his arm, and save us. Yeshua is the great Saviour; those who would be saved, must come to him, and cry to him, for salvation; we are never brought to this, till we find ourselves sinking: the sense of need drives us to him.

CLOSING PRAYER by Robert 

Father in Heaven, hear our prayers of gratitude and praise of your greatness abounding in our souls through the knowledge thou has bestowed upon us. We humbly thank you for the courage, strength, knowledge, and patience you filled our spirit with that we might remain vigilant as we wait for your return. We thank you, Father, for building on our endurance, and determination to serve as humble, obedient servants. We thank you, Lord, for providing your oil for our lanterns through the Holy Spirit so we might come forward on your return to honour and serve you, Lord. In all things father, we thank you and pray in your name Yeshua. Amen and Amen.

CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert

Two spectacular celebrations have just finished as the Passover and Resurrection were celebrated this past weekend. Someone asked me what the difference between the two was. My, answer I see no difference as both are celebrating the presence of God and His love and compassion for His children, even though, each is recognizing and expressing their gratitude to God for something miraculous God achieved on their behalf. I see God revealing His eternal presence to each in a manner both have identified and excepted, The bottom line in God’s eyes we are a unique creation of His design.

Which, He filled with His Spirit and wisdom and in His actions showed His Love and compassion for all no matter what we identify ourselves as Jew or Christian. How we pay homage to Him is a personal choice lead by what we have been spiritually taught, the bottom line we all worship Yahewa our creator the one who loves us all. How our final judgment will play out will depend on our choices, made during our MOUNTAIN SCENE 025journey through this life. Each personal relationship with God and His Son brings further information for us to seek and find the truth of how to light the path to Eternity and life. As we approach either Yeshua’s return or our final days with lanterns filled with oil to light the way. For us to honour and serve God’s truth will be revealed of whether we have a role to play at the wedding. The choice is ours to make and follow as one of the five with oil and our lanterns shining bright or one of the five desiring oil as their lanterns grow dim and go out. 

 In all, through the Holy Spirit, we must never lose sight of what we are building within our relationship with God and Yeshua, that being always sharing the Love God holds for all. We must never spiritually slumber or sleep, or allow our lanterns to flicker and go out, always being diligent like the Lord taught us, “wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove,” as we anticipate and wait for His return or eventually pass into our Eternal Life and judgment.

Please, remember these articles are written by a humble servant of our Lord. I prayLANTERN 1 Edmonton-20130217-00092that all will find answers in them and they will assist in your journey on the narrow path to eternity and life. Blessings to all who go forward in peace sharing the Love Yeshua has blessed us with, may your lanterns shine long and bright in all parts of your journey in this life. God be with you all in your choices and decisions about your walk. God Bless and keep you safe on your lighted path. 

Robert

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