INAYP-70–When Is the True Believer’s New Year’s Day?

When is the True Believer’s New Year’s Day?

It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 70

When is the true believer’s new year’s day?

The vast majority of “Churched” believers in the world celebrated or recognized Jan. 1, 2016 as the beginning of the calendar year. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that many of these same “churched” believers celebrated with gusto that very day with various activities designed to usher in the beginning of a new year. That special day on the world’s calendar was celebrated and recognized as the beginning of the new calendar year of 2016 by churched believers and secular people alike.

That being said, of all the brick and mortar churches around the world, it is a fair bet that the overwhelming majority of pastors, ministers, preachers, teachers, etc.; none of these would have the wherewithal or understanding to refute or deny to their members that Jan. 1, 2016, is the actual new year. These church leaders, if they were brazen enough to stand before their followers and denounce Jan. 1, 2016 as not the beginning of the believer’s new year, but is actually of pagan origin, would likely be dismissed as a fool or actually dismissed from their position in the church. Simply put, the world is so intricately linked to the Gregorian calendar and the established Roman reckoning of time that any suggestion that Jan. 1, 2016 is not the beginning of the calendar year would be seen as cultic or something born out of ignorance or ridiculous folly. But the fact of the matter is that so-called cultic, ignorant or ridiculous church leader would be in the absolute right. Jan. 1st is NOT the true believer’s new year day nor is it the beginning of any true believer’s calendar year.

Sadly, the vast majority of self-professing Christians in the world believe themselves to be true believers or followers of Jesus Christ. Certainly, the majority of the world’s so-called Christians or believers in Jesus Christ are just what they say they are: these are believers in a Westernized–Greek–even pagan-based entity, some contending deity, certainly not the true Son of the Creator of the Universe as foretold of by the prophets of old and as documented in the Gospel accounts and the writings of the apostles. The nominal–2+ billion strong in number–Christian, believes in a savior that will return some day and snatch them from this earth and transport them to heaven where they will gaze upon the glory of their savior for all eternity. The Gospel according to these is based upon eliciting an emotional response from the would be convert who will go through the motions of inviting Jesus into their heart and accepting Jesus as their personal savior–whatever that actually means or looks like. For these, that is all that will ever be required of them until such time that they are whisked away to heaven at the rapture, apart from obeying the rules of their select church organization. But is this indeed the person that the Gospel records portray and describe? Or is this a formulated–packaged–fairy tale of a being that was made up under a Constantinian–religious system that has survived in the grandest of fashion, even to this very day?

And this widely accepted entity that a third of the world claims as their savior seems to mesh well with the world’s understanding and acceptance of the Jan. 1st new year’s day–as both are by-products of a man-made system that has captured the imaginations and hearts and lives of billions throughout time. Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, the vast majority of these individuals understanding and knowledge of when the New Year begins is NOT as they perceive it to be at all. Is it possible, then, that the true believer’s new year’s day is actually recorded in the true believer’s very own bible; the very place where he or she should consult as it relates to the understanding of their all aspects of their Faith? The instruction manual? And if they were to read it in their bibles, would they actually accept it or even recognize whether it pertained to them or not? Certainly, a great deal of their potential acceptance and recognition would have to rely upon their understanding of who they must ultimately become, who their true redeemer and Messiah is, and what they must do to become a true believer, not in a Westernized–Constantinian–pagan-based savior, but in the Messiah–the true Son of the Living God whose name is Yahovah.

Friend–you who are either reading this blog or listening to this podcast posting–would you be open to learning what the true beginning of the calendar year is? Would you be open to learning that the new year is actually not Jan. 1st? Would you be shocked to learn that a true believer in the Hebrew Messiah–not Jesus Christ–but Yahoshua–the Hebrew name of the Messiah–not Christ–but Messiah or Mashiyach–would you be shocked to learn that 4/10/2016 was the start of the true believer’s –or better, the disciple of Messiah’s new year?

First off, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, be you a Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian, Charismatic, whatever, you would be best served to make a course correction in your Faith and consider accepting and adopting the true Faith once delivered to the first century saints by Y’shua Messiah–Jude 5, 5. What was it that the earthly brother of our Master wrote? He wrote–beginning with verse 3:

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation (speaking of their communal or general understanding), I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (speaking to those first-fruits of the first-century who braved all sorts of danger to live in accordance to the teachings of Y’shua Messiah).  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (in Hebrew, Yahoshua HaMashiyahc).

Yes, it’s not until you realize that you are NOT on a highway to heaven but more so on a highway to destruction; that the Faith that you should actually be linked to is of Hebrew origin and not that of Rome, which the Christian is actually and truly linked to; that you are not your own–that you have been bought with a price (reference 1 Corintians 6:20) and that you can not simply live according to the old way in which you have been taught by the church that it’s okay to live; that we have been grafted in to the Hebrew tree that is our Faith through the agency and work of Yahoshua (reference Romans 11), then you will be in a position to make the proper course correction as it relates to your Faith and your eternal life. Yahoshua (erroneously referred to as Jesus Christ by churchianity–that is Christianity that believes in churching people as opposed to discipling people in accordance with the instructions of the Master just before he ascended to His Father in heaven–He said to his disciples–in Hebrew disciples is talmidim– He said to them,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey–obedience is something that most churches neglect to teach their members to do–obey everything I (remember this is Yahoshua speaking)–everything I have commanded you. And remember, I ham with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NET)

Sadly, church–Christianity–teaches that you have come into you Faith to be saved and then churched, and that your job is to find someone else and get them saved and then churched. But I’ve been reading Matthew 28:18-20 over and over again, for a number of years, and I can not for the life of me find where we were instructed by our Master to get people saved and then get them indoctrinated and set up in a church. But it finally drills home to me, after I let go the church and the salvation thing, that our job is to make disciples of Yahoshua Messiah and to obey that which Master instructed us to do. It’s a simple formula that Christianity–that churchianity–has for whatever reason, elected to NOT tell you, but instead has elected to fill your head with the idea that you must escape eternal damnation in hell fire, get your singed bottom in heaven, and live out eternity in the glory of Jesus Christ–the 2nd Person of the Godhead, right? But what about the true instructions that Master left with His disciples on the Mount of Olives? Did He not say, make disciples of all nations, one; then baptize those who would become disciples; then three, teach those brand new disciples to be obedient to everything that Master commanded us to do? So where is the salvation thing that seems to always be tied to Matthew 28? Is it possible that the whole thing is a big misunderstanding? Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, certain folks crept into the early Assembly of true believers, and sold them a bill of good that was contrary if not diametrically opposed to the true Gospel message that Y’shau originally brought to the world?

Let me ask you this truth seeker–assuming you are open to learning truth–are you Catholic; are you Baptist; are you Methodist, Episcopalian, whatever; is your eternal destiny worth more to you than your relationship with your church organization? Is your eternal destiny and your true relationship with the Creator of the Universe worth everything to you? Are you willing to die for your Faith? Are you willing to walk away from everything you’ve ever been taught if what you’ve been taught is proven to be false? Is wife, children, friends, work, affiliations, community; are these more important to you than your relationship with the Messiah Yahoshua? Are you man or woman enough to say to the world that I belong to the one who purchased me from your previous owner, satan?

If you can not answer yes to any of the above, that’s alright? In fact, you are where you’re supposed to be my friend. You see, Father has never forced Himself on anyone and He never will. And I’m talking about the true Father–not some Constantinian concept of a Greek–Romish God out of the Greek and Roman Pantheon that the average “Christian” has been brainwashed to accept. Very little about the so-called “God the Father” is actually based upon what the Bible has to say about the Creator of the Universe. Instead, to the average Christian, if you will, God of the Old Testament is a cruel and callous deity that mercilessly destroys all those who for whatever reason, fail to conform to His rules and obey His directives. The Christian God of the Old Testament is all about death and harshness. Yet the God of the New Testament, whom they say is actually Jesus Christ, is all about love, inclusiveness, mercy and acceptance. But the fact of the matter is that Yahoshua (as opposed to Jesus Christ)  was in lock-step with His Heavenly Father Yahovah–yes that same Being of the Old Testament–and everything that happened in the so-called Old Testament, under the direction of “God,” was actually done for our benefit–1 Corinthians 10:11–that we may not think that we have “arrived” or that we somehow stumble upon a life of sin and be caught in sinful bondage–1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). But then, most Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God of the Old Testament. In so thinking, God to the average Christian is a multi-faceted Being with at least two personalities. This bifurcation of the Divine Being is something that we won’t tackle here today, but will certainly consider in future postings. But this non-biblical view of the Creator of the Universe and His Son, has left for the scholars and sages of history a blank pallet by which they can paint and augment their own concepts of God and from there, structure a system by which mankind, through their contrived rules (the sages and theologians that is), will connect with their Creator and their Redeemer.

Consequently, the true identity of the Creator and His Son has been lost to the world as a whole. The things that Father and His Son has revealed of themselves to man through their elect has been hidden from the world by the hubris and spite of  men who are loyal (be it intentional or unintentional loyalty) to their boss, satan (or in Hebrew, hasatan). Given the hidden identities and natures of the Creator and the Savior (whom Yahoshua said they were unified–John 10:30), all of the pertinent elements of the lifestyle that the Creator of the Universe requires of man to follow have also become hidden and lost to man for the most part; although those requirements have always been codified and protected in the bible by His eternal providence and grace. That’s why the world celebrated New Year’s Day on 1/1/2016 and by default rejected 4/10/2016 as New Year’s Day–even though every christian bible on the planet clearly states the following:

“Guard the month of Aviv and keep the Pesach unto Yahovah your God: for in the month of Aviv Yahovah your God brought you forth out of Mitsrayim (i.e., Egypt) by night.” (Deuteronomy 16:1, Cepher/CJB)

Some of you will no doubt say to yourself: what?????? And that would be a natural response, especially if you are steeped in the religion of Christianity that has taught you that such things as recorded in Deuteronomy and the other 38-books of the Christian Bible Old Testament were written and directed to the Jews; that we Gentiles; we Christians are under a new covenant that has nothing to do with the Jew or much of the Old Testament. Sadly, the hundreds of lies taught to the unsuspecting peoples of the world who come into Christianity, have all but alienated the average Christian from the truth and the life that Father has always intended for mankind–the true relationship that He has always insisted that He wanted with man, but wanted with man on His (Yahovah’s) terms; not on man’s terms–man’s religiosity–man’s contrived notions as to what constitutes a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And one of the big issues in this equation is understanding the Creator’s reckoning of time that He entrusted to Israel and subsequently the Jews. Churchianity wrongly teaches that the Jew and their Laws have been done away with and that now is the age of the Christian who has the full attention of Father Yahovah. But recall dear friend, that when we come into the Faith, the true Faith once delivered that is, we have been engrafted into the commonwealth of Israel–we have been engrafted INTO Isreal–not Israel has been engrafted into the commonwealth of the Gentile. Thus, if we have been “naturalized” (if you will) into the commonwealth of Israel, all of the requirements and resulting benefits that Israel once enjoyed when they were in alignment with Father, naturally would now apply to us. And that includes adopting and following Yahovah’s reckoning of time.

Therefore, I would ask you to carefully read and re-read the entire chapter of Romans 11. For that matter, read the entire book of Romans in order to establish a fuller context of what Paul was writing to the Roman Assembly of believers about. But if you are truly seeking and open to receiving truth, seek the guidance and revelation of the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the true meaning of the concept of the true Believer in Yahoshua Messiah being grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Just maybe you will come to see that the New Year or New Year’s Day may not be as you originally perceived it to be.

Be blessed friend.

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Who’s Your Boss? Episode 69

Who’s Your Boss?

The other day, as I gathered my things and readied myself to go to the office, I glanced at my iPhone and saw an email that sent me sideways. I guess there’s something about me you should know: I am a creature of habit and anything that adversely affects and alters my routine and thoughts, especially in the morning, will simply jack me up for the better part of the rest of the day. The email was not a really big deal in the whole scheme of things, but it had to do with my Captain getting into my operational affairs and making changes. Now I realize that he does have the absolute authority and wherewithal to do such things, as he is the boss of me, if you will. But the problem I had with him getting into my “cheerios” was that he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing and how his changes will adversely affect the division’s operations which I oversee. It’s almost like–and yes, I’m embellishing just a little–it’s almost as if you went in for surgery and you instructed the surgeon how to perform the surgery on you. Essentially you hired the surgeon to perform a service for you, so in a way, you are his boss for the duration of time that he is operating on you. But, no one in his right mind would presume to be so forward and arrogant as to instruct him or her how to conduct the surgery. Why? Well, because you most likely have no idea of what is involved in the surgery in the first place. And secondly, you’ll most likely be asleep, under the effects of anesthesia. So for one to presume to direct the surgeon how to perform the surgery would be at the utmost heights of arrogance.

So back to me: seeing my Captain’s email to me, directing me to make changes to my operations that he essentially knows nothing about was not something I needed to see as I began my day; and of course my trip to the office was filled with a great amount of grumbling and gnashing of teeth and angry verbal outbursts. But as I was about three or so miles from the office, something came to me. The thing that came to me was: why do I allow myself to get upset over such things? I did answer myself: because he’s my boss and he is messing around in my business and is going to likely mess things up. The retort to that was: who is your boss? My response was of course: the Captain. The second retort was: really? The Captain is your boss? Are you sure? Who is your boss in all reality? Well, after reflecting about this a few seconds longer, I came to the embarrassing conclusion that my boss, the Captain, is just a figurehead in my life and that my true boss is Yahovah. That being the undeniable case, there was no reason for me to get as worked up as I became over this figurehead getting into my business. His wrangling into my affairs should be looked at, from my perspective–with full knowledge of who my true boss is–as mere noise that I simply have to deal with when I get to the office and not allow it to steal my joy and my purpose.

This reality goes beyond that example of course. I run into a great deal of situations that are quite similar to the one that I just described. We work for the Creator of the Universe. Not only do we work for the Creator, we also have a pedigree that has been bestowed upon us that above any known to man. We are essentially royalty and we’ve been given authority over stuff. Thus, when we walk into anyplace, if we are truly His–our presence alone will cause things to change and happen for the better simply because of who we work for and the authority and pedigree we carry. Yes, it goes beyond the carnal and is way over into the spiritual realm.

Friends, I humbly submit to you today that we have for the most part been duped by the Christian establishment. How has the Christian establishment duped us in relation to this issue of identifying who we work for and who our bosses are? The Christian establishment has duped us by teaching us that (1), we must come to Jesus just as we are–faults, hang-ups, misperceptions, troubles and everything else that plagues us. Secondly, the Christian establishment has taught us that once we ask Jesus into our hearts and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are new creatures in Christ and we are free from the scourge of sin and alienation from God. Thirdly, the Church establishment fails to instruct us on day-to-day living in accordance with God’s Word, but instead, begs for money from us so that their operations may continue to spread the Gospel around the world. This all has been packaged and sold to us as “The Work of the Gospel” and “Discipleship.” Sadly, there’s nothing about this process that is even remotely related to the Gospel and certainly nothing related to discipleship. It’s all become a big smoking mirror and parlor trick that the vast majority of Churchianity has fallen for, lock-stock and barrel. So we enter into this thing that I choose to call Churchianity and we are given a false start and we are not taught the truth of what is in the Word of the Most High and we are not equipped to live lives that are consistent with what Father has always required of His chosen ones. Furthermore, and this is the kicker: we have never been told who the true boss of us truly is. We’ve been led to believe that we are our own bosses because we have freedom in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)

The truth of the matter is that those folks that hire us to do a job; that pay us; that seemingly rule our lives 8 to 12-hours a day, are really not our bosses. The world about us–our community; our county; our state; our federal government; even our home owners’ associations–these entities are not our bosses and they are not in charge of us. Well, they all are, if we allow that mindset to rule within us. Indeed, the great Apostle Paul taught us that we should live as servants of the Most High and be subject to all earthly authority: be they governors, rulers and institutions; and that would certainly pertain to those who are over us in terms of our vocations and jobs. But that is a basic level of existence that we all are encouraged and to a great degree, as good servants of Yahovah, encouraged to attend to. But like so many things in this life, there is a higher-level of existence that we must attend to as well and that has to do with understanding and being obedient to the ultimate authority over all life–God–Yahovah. The earthly folk who pay our checks and give us orders were placed in our lives for a purpose–whatever that purpose turns out to be. Paul wrote to the Roman Assembly:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Rom 13:1-5 ESV)

Paul is teaching us that the Creator has placed our earthly bosses over us for His purpose and perfect will. But that’s about as far as these earthly entitles go–they have a job to be over us–they are essentially contractors. But there is an ultimate boss who has complete, total and absolute authority over us. It is this simple but overarching fact that we must always keep in mind if we are not to fall into the trap of allowing the cares of the world to take hold of us and cause us to lose our sense of purpose and mission in the service of Y’shua Messiah (aka Jesus Christ).

As the redeemed of the most High (Galatians 3:13) and having been grafted into a heritage that is rooted in the Hebraic Faith (Romans 11:17-24). Thus we are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and we then share the very heritage of those who traversed and dwelt in the Sinai desert. It was there, in the Sinai desert, at the foot of Mount Sinai (aka the Holy Mountain or the Mountain of God) where we convenanted with the Creator of the Universe. Moses wrote:

On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.
2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,
3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:
4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for ball the earth is mine;
6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
7 ¶ So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. (Exo 19:1-8 ESV)

The Septuagint, also known as the LXX, describes our status and positions as being “peculiar people above all nations of the world.” This speciality–this peculiarity–did not apply to just the priestly tribe of Levi, but to the entire nation. Thus, this peculiarity–speciality–applies to each of us who embrace and honor the true Faith once delivered.

According to the NET Bible, the Hebrew word for “peculiar or special possession” is “sequllah”, which the prophet Malachi and a writer of the Psalms suggests applies to the “faithful remnant.” Although all the earth belongs to Yahovah (of which He holds complete sovereignty over), we being grafted in of Israel “stand in a place of special privilege and enormous responsibility.” (NET Bible; Mal. 3:17; Psm. 135:4) It is that privilege and responsibility  that strikes right at the heart of the question of “who’s your boss,” does it not?

The great Apostles Peter instructs that before we entered the true Faith once delivered, “We once were not a people but now we are Yahovah’s people…” (I Pet. 2:9)

Our job, according to The Boss–Yahovah–is to be priests and to live holy lives. (Exo. 19:5, 6) We have a unique and special mission–we have been fashioned through His Ruach Hakodesh and the atoning work of Y’shua, for special work that is far and above that which our earthly “bosses” could ever purpose for us to accomplish. (Eph. 2:10)

Thus we have no reason to be so ensnared and feel and act as though we are in bondage to our earthly jobs and bosses. If we find ourselves in such a mindset or reality, we probably should do something about it. That may include finding a new vocation or start our own businesses.

As Yahovah’s peculiar treasure and people, we are essentially enslaved to Yahovah who is our one true Boss. We agreed to this arrangement when He extended the call and invitation. Upon our acceptance of Him being our Boss–our God–He then purchased us from all other bosses we have been under or that hold claim to us, and that includes hasatan–through the sacrifice of Y’shua Messiah. (Reference: I Cor. 6:20; 7:23; Act. 20:28; I Pet. 1:18)

Realizing that we are now under new supervision and employment, Y’shua taught us that we cannot be slaves to two-masters: doing so will short one master and cause greater allegiance to the other. (Matt. 6:24; Luk. 16:13) We will always choose one over the other, that’s just the nature of man. This is not to say, however, that we not perform as stellar employees at the behest of our earthly bosses. For it is because of who we are and to whom we belong, we are compelled to be stellar employees: not because our earthly bosses require it, but our heavenly Father has fashioned us unto the performance of good works. (cf. Eph. 2:10)

Finally, we are not to get worked up over the demands and concerns placed over us by our earthly bosses. We are to seek to please Yahovah and not seek after the accolades of men. The great Apostle Paul (aka: Shaul) wrote: “Am I now trying to gain the approval of people; or of Yahovah? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people I would not be a slave of Messiah.” (Gal. 1:10) Here in the book of Galations, we find indications of Paul being challenged by Judaizers who sought to steer the Faith that Paul brought to the Galatian assembly over to Judaism, but we can see that Paul stood firm and rebuffed their attempts to sully the pure Gospel message. We must have this same mind–to please Yah and not seek after the approval of men.

So I ask you again: who is your boss?

Shalom

Faithfully submitted by Rod Thomas

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Perceptions on the Death of Antonin Scalia–Episode 68

Perceptions on the Death of Antonin Scalia

The big news story this week, of course, has to do with the sudden, unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Naturally the death of such a key player on the U.S. political scene would make every conceivable headline on every conceivable news forum and after a few days when the novelty of the death would have faded from the public’s immediate attention, Americans would go back to focusing on the Kardashians and racially driven boycotts of award shows. But the death of Justice Scalia has essentially polarized our nation. Not that we’ve learned of some obvious heinous act that caused the man’s death, but our nation is split over his death because a great number of us in this nation do not trust our government. We do not trust our government to provide for our common safety nor to have our best interests at heart. In fact, a growing number of us actually feel that our government, in many respects, is working against us–is planning to do us wrong–to stab us in the back. The death of Justice Scalia is more of an indicator of just how much distrust we have for the good or noble intentions of our government towards her people.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Our nation has entered a period of angst and uncertainty as our concerns rotate around a variety of social, political, cultural, economic and international issues. For decades we’ve turned to our government to resolve these circular issues or concerns for us. Be that they were handled well or poorly, the American public generally accepted the fact that the U.S. government dealt with the problem. The perception of the public has generally been–in the past–that our government has our best interests at heart, regardless how badly the issues are resolved. 911 was a prime example of this. Terror struck our nation and our government reacted, although that reaction in hindsight, some 14-years later, was for all intents and purposes the wrong thing to do. Iraq did not attack our shores, yet the nation of Iraq paid dearly for something that other, as of today, unnamed entities did to us. Yet we for the most part went along with the destruction and destabilization of Iraq. The Kennedy assassination, some 52-years ago: the same thing–Lee Harvey Oswald is deemed the lone assassin of a sitting president of the United States, as impossible as this scenario has been shown by a host of experts over the decades, we like sheep accepted the lame story given to us and we’ve moved on with our lives. And these are just the big events that made the national headlines. God only knows about the untold hundreds, if not thousands, of little known events that occur each day, month and year in this country, that we never hear about. Yet we simply continue to trust. Well, maybe not so much today. Maybe we are finally waking up to the fact that governments are not where one should place their trust.

Does it make sense that a Supreme Court Justice, who was set to rule on key constitutional issues in the court such as “gun control” and “environmental taxes” among so many other vital issues–all in support of conservativism and adherence to the Constitution of these United States–does it make sense that a man who had no known reason to suddenly die, is found dead in bed at a resort ranch in Texas–some report with a pillow covering his head–yet the powers that be over our nation have quickly swept his death under the proverbial carpet? Does it make sense that one of the most powerful men in the world is left unprotected (that is his protection detail told to stand down for the weekend) at a resort over the weekend and ends up dead, yet the majority of leaders in our government don’t even bat an eye? Does it make sense with so much national angst over this death that our beloved government has taken it upon itself to deny the nation a true accounting and explanation of this man’s death through the use of a postmortem examination, especially when so many experts in the field of forensics and law enforcement are screaming at the top of their voices that something stinks to high heaven about this death?

Indeed, our nation is split–split because of distrust of government than over the death of Mr. Scalia. I prefer to call this situation polarizing. Yet poll after poll shows an undeniable distrust among the American populous towards her government–some polls showing as high as 87% of Americans distrust the United States Government. Simply conduct a simple Google search and you will see that our nation has serious trust issues. And the timing could not be any more incendiary than it is now with the advent of republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge against “establishment government” and bringing to the forefront of popular discourse in this country, the issue–the boldface issue–of American distrust of her government. Other leaders in our society are also trumpeting this distrust and eliciting positive action in response to this distrust–Alex Jones, Matt Drudge and Michael Savage to name just a few.

But what about the true believer in Y’shua Messiah? Where should a true believer in Y’shua Messiah fall out as it relates to this question of trust in man and in his governments? The writer of Psalms 146 states:

“Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver!2 (Psa 146:3 NET)

For whatever reason, we tend to always put our trust in men. It’s easily explained as it relates to the secular world–men are all they know. But for us, the so-called redeemed of the Most High–His Elect–His Chosen–we have the same propensity to place all our trust in men before we place even the slightest trust in Yahovah. Take myself for instance: I often stress about a great many things and I am so quick to turn to others to resolve issues that I need to have resolved. I will tend to avoid going to Yahovah for fixing of my problems, but choose instead to go to others or even rely upon myself to fix those problems. And it’s not until it’s way too late that I realize that I never once considered turning my cares over to Yahovah. Why do I choose to trust man over Yahovah, especially when we’ve been advised not to? Consider:

Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
Isa 2:22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Psa 60:11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!

The great Apostle Peter wrote:

6 ¶ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(1Pe 5:6-11 KJV)

Yahovah is pleading with us to cast our cares upon Him and not rely upon man, nor the governments of this world. These are elements of the enemy that cannot deliver us from the pending destruction that is certain to overtake us unless we find refuge in His perfect will for our lives. Oh, man’s handling of things on our behalf may lend some momentary relief from the angst we may feel over the things in life that challenge and trouble us, but in the end, man is incapable of really delivering us from the onslaught of evil and destruction that hangs over our heads like the sword of Damocles. I believe our government, be it as a result of inability or be it as a result of intentional harm; our government can not be trusted to do the right thing for its people. The government is run by men who in turn are run by satan (aka: hasatan). We know that hasatan has no love for men and his purpose is to harm men and humiliate them in front of Yahovah at every turn.

The Law--Does it apply to Christians?

The Law–Does it apply to Christians?

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not what most of us perceive it to be. In reality, the death of Mr. Scalia should concern us as citizens of this country that our government does not have our best interest at heart and that our government may, for all intents and purposes–being a puppet of hasatan–have less than honorable intentions towards us. The death of Antonin Scalia should, conversely, push us to seek after the care and providence of Yahovah and the only way that we can be secure in Yahovah’s care is for us is to turn our cares over to Yahovah and obey His commandments. If we fail to do just that, we may as well trust our ratty ole government to in the end, throw us under that proverbial bus. It’s just that simple.

Shalom Saints!

Humbly and Lovingly Submitted–Rod Thomas

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Death and Eternity–It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 67

Death and Eternity

It’s Not As You Perceive–67

In our discussion on Eternal life, a messianic believer recently told me that it doesn’t matter, we all get eternal life one way or the other; whether we go to heaven to enjoy eternal bliss or we go to hell to burn consciously forever. This jolted me into a sense of urgency to cover this topic of Death and Eternity.

 

As believers in Yahoshua, what is the focus of our faith and do we become immortal souls that go to heaven or hell when we die causing us to continue to live forever? So often we hear people say they are doing an activity or a challenge to make a relative, who has died, proud because the relative is watching over them from heaven.

 INAYP 67--Death and Eternity

Do our loved ones watch over us from heaven when they die, and do they come to visit and protect us? We were taught by the Christian church that our loved ones who died are happy now; have gone on to heaven and are in a better place.

 Reference: The New Covenant–It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 66

What happens when a person dies; and what can we expect after death?

Hilary answers many questions on this topic and debunks many myths taught by the christian church in this episode of Death and Eternity. 

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What is the New Covenant? It’s Not As You Perceive 66

What is the New Covenant?

It’s Not As You Perceive 66


What is the New Covenant? Is it a simple rehashing of the Old Covenant as many in our Faith would passionately defend? Or an entirely new agreement between the Creator and His people? Who does the New Covenant apply to? How was the New Covenant brokered and applied?

The 10-Commandments on Stone

When was the New Covenant activated? What is different about the New Covenant? Is it a better covenant than the old? And what happened to the Old Covenant? Hilary discusses this fundamental issue of our Faith with passion and Biblically-based reasoning. The New Covenant may not be as you once perceived it to be.

 

From Stone to Flesh Heart

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