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Christians need to check themselves to see who it is they are following – Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ), or HaSatan. Are you on the broad road or the narrow way? Are you obeying YHWH or men? Is Elohim’s Ruach HaKodesh and Torah your guide in life, or the laws and traditions of men?
“Then Peter and the apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.
I would rather be like Yeshua, Daniel, the midwives in Egypt, Peter, John and the other apostles, and obey Yahweh and His Torah rather than men.
I woke up with a slightly elevated temp of about 100 degrees this morning. I feel a little punky, and rather than follow the foolishness of man and go out wearing a useless mask, pretending it will protect others if I am in fact contagious with something, I will keep myself in. That is the prudent and wise thing to do, and corresponds more with Yahweh’s law than the ever changing recommendations of men lacking in any concrete wisdom or science.
If from the beginning everyone had done as God directed, and put the sick ones in quarantine, away from the general population (and not stuck them in with the compromised frail and elderly in skilled nursing facilities and homes so they all could get sick and die), for seven days, then have them checked by the equivalent of the High Priest (who was given the wisdom to act as the physician), and either release them from quarantine or extend for another seven days, as individual circumstances dictated, there would have been no need to lock down the world. To see what God had to say about this thousands of years ago, check out God’s Rules on Quarantine
Of course, there never was a medical reason to lock down the world. This is about control. It is a dry run test to see how well people will obey man over God. Satan, via his human workers, appears to have won this round. Pretty much everyone, including most Christians, and even those who know what the mark of the beast is, would accept the mark of the beast based on how they responded to this test. They followed the broad road and almost all listened to man over God. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
If you don’t already know about Event 201, the pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY, you need to be educated.
More important, you need to understand that Yeshua HaMashiach is returning soon, and if you are not in right relationship with YHWH through Him, being covered by His blood for redemption of your sins, you are looking at much worse that Covid-19 coming your way, so much worse. Get in right relationship with God, by accepting His sacrifice of His only begotten Son, that you might receive forgiveness of sins (for the wages/penalty of sin is death, which Yeshua paid for us with His own perfect, sinless life and blood). Repent and turn to Him. He loves you more than words can express and does not want any to be lost. The ball is in your court — you must seek Him — He will not force Himself on anyone, but He will respond immediately to any who repent, call on Him for salvation and follow Yeshua. Surrender your life to Him (He is so much more qualified to direct our lives rightly than we are), be baptized in water and you will receive the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of Holiness) who will lead you and guide you into all truth and righteousness. Ephesians 1:13-14 “And in Him, having heard and believed the word of truth—the gospel of your salvation—you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Praying for everyone to have a most blessed and restful Shabbat — the first, highest and brightest of YHWH’s feast days.
Leviticus 23:2-6 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Yahweh, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of Yahweh in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of Yahweh, holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is Yahweh’s passover…”
Yahweh starts proclaiming His feast days with the weekly feast day of Shabbat and then goes into proclaiming His monthly/lunar, seasonal feast days (all of which point to Yeshua and the accomplishment of Yahweh’s plan of salvation), which will be kept in perpetuity so that we will never forget. “And it shall come to pass, from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 66:23. All flesh means all redeemed people, not just some special ones by physical birth or nationality.
If you are in Christ, you are children of Israel. Galatians 3:28-29 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.”
Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Yahweh your Elohim: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Isaiah 56:2 “Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Evil is sin, which is transgression of the law, the whole law, not just the ones we like.
Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn your foot from breaking the Sabbath, from doing as you please on My set apart day, if you call the Sabbath a delight, and the set apart day of Yahweh honorable, if you honor it by not going your own way or seeking your own pleasure or speaking idle words, then you will delight yourself in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the land and feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Exodus 31:16-17 “The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it as a lasting covenant for the generations to come. It is a sign between Me and the Israelites forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”
If you are in Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs of promise, and this is the sign that you are in the new/renewed covenant. You will keep the commands (all of them, not just the ones you like), of Yahweh.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to Yahweh. And the peace of Yahweh, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. Philippians 4:6-8
Every day in my morning devotion, I pray for an overflowing of the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit of Holiness) and an abundance of the fruit. Yahweh is faithful and true to His Word to give us whatever we ask in Yeshua HaMashiach’s name that is according to His will, and it is always His will to give us His Spirit, if we ask. His peace, which surpasses our worldly understanding, is the greatest gift, after our salvation, that He gives us, along with wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment, also if we ask, as well as the remaining fruit of His Spirit of love, joy, goodness, kindness, meekness, patience, faithfulness and temperance. What more could anyone want?
When we have these most precious things, all the earthly, physical things we need are also added unto us, as He knows what we have need of and desires to provide for our every need according to His riches in glory by Yeshua HaMashiach. As Yeshua said: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Yahweh and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
As I got ready to go out for my walk this morning, Abba Yah told me to take a cough drop. I grabbed one and stuck it in my pocket.
As I went to take the left I usually take to go on my normal walk course, He told me to go right instead. I started walking a course I don’t walk very often. I got to a point where I previously had turned to head back, but I was urged to continue on.
As I was approaching the next street, I heard a man having a coughing fit. As I got up to his yard I called over and asked him if he wanted a cough drop, which I “just happened” to have in my pocket. He said, yes if you have one I would love it. I was probably 35 years or more his elder, and as he approached me with a cigarette in his hand, I chastised him a little for smoking and that it wasn’t any good for his cough. He agreed, at which point I told him I had only quit a few years back myself, but had smoked for the better part of 45 years. He said I had smoked longer than he had been alive. As I went to leave he stopped me and said that he had just opened a car wash, and if I came by he would wash my car for free.
I knew this was a divine appointment which had nothing to do with getting my car washed (although it did need it). I finished my walk, got myself organized and headed out with a hand painted God Loves You fish rock and a Steps to Christ book to give Ryan as a gift.
When I arrived at his spot, he came out and smiled when he saw that I had come. I gave him the gift and asked him what his relationship was like with the Father. He said he didn’t go to church, but since his brother was shot and killed in May he had been thinking a lot more about Him. I witnessed to him about the importance, in these last remaining days before Yeshua Jesus returns, or his own death, because no one knows the day or the hour of their own demise, of getting into right relationship with the Father through His Son, Yeshua, Jesus — not by a church affiliation, but by an intimate salvational relationship with the Creator of all.
While he and his crew worked on my truck, I got to meet his nieces, the daughters of his brother, and his mother and witness to them also. Where they go with God from here is up to them, but He has reached out to them directly, and I pray for all of them that they heard His call and respond. Steps to Christ is a wonderful book to lead someone to know Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ, as they delve into deeper seeking of Him in His Word. I asked, and they all have Bibles, now they just need to open them and start seeking Him, and He will be waiting with open arms to receive them.
Our Heavenly Father can use the simplest things to open the door for us to witness to others about His love and our need of salvation through His Son, if we just keep our eyes and ears open to what He is telling us and how He is leading us.
It would be nice to hear some other people’s testimonies of how God has led them to witness to others. Now is the time when we all need to be sharing the gospel as often as the Spirit of God leads us to.
This is a prophetic dream all believers need to listen to – and non believers too because your time is short also. While I have not had dreams, the Ruach HaKodesh (Set Apart Spirit of God) has been convicting me of the same. Time is short, very short. What we are coming into next will make Covid-19 and these protests and riots look like child’s play. People need to get their spiritual houses in order now! Remember Acts 2:17 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” These are the last days, and this is happening now. God is warning us. We need to be listening and taking heed.
Those of you who do not yet have a relationship with YHWH through His Son, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ), you need to get on your knees and repent now and begin following Him before you are eternally lost. Ask His forgiveness for your sinful rebellion against His laws and ask Yeshua to come into your life and lead you in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He is just waiting to do that, but you have to ask Him.
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20.
The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was of a selfish character, consisting of external forms. The righteousness which God requires is internal as well as external. The heart must be purified, else Christ cannot be enthroned there. The life must be conformed to the will of God. 26
External forms cannot take the place of inward piety. The Jewish teachers exalted themselves as righteous; they called all those who differed from them accursed, and closed the gates of heaven to them, declaring that those who had not learned in their schools, were not righteous. But with all their criticisms and exactions, with all their forms and ceremonies, they were an offense to God. They looked down upon and despised the very ones precious in the sight of the Lord….
Human devices, human plans, and human counsels will be without power. Only in Christ Jesus will the church near the period of Christ’s coming be able to stand. She is required of her Redeemer to advance in piety, to have increasing zeal, understanding better as she nears the end that her own “high calling” is “of God in Christ Jesus.”
There are glorious truths to come before the people of God. Privileges and duties which they do not even suspect to be in the Bible will be laid open before the followers of Christ. As they follow on in the path of
humble obedience, doing God’s will, they will know more and more of the oracles of God, and be established in right doctrines.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit will dispel human imaginings, will break down self-erected barriers, and will cause to cease the feeling that “I am holier than thou.” There will be a humble spirit with all, more faith and love; self will not be exalted…. Christ’s spirit, Christ’s example, will be exemplified in His people. We shall follow more closely the ways and works of Jesus…. The love of Jesus will pervade our hearts. 27” That I Might Know Him, Ch. 108, p.114, The Righteousness that God Requires“.
“Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Torah.” Psalm 119:18. We should be reading His Torah and praying this daily, with all our hearts, souls and minds — then will He reveal the wondrous things of Himself to us.
We all should know that on March 7, 321, Roman Emperor Constantine I decreed that dies Solis Invicti (sun-day, or Day of Sol Invictus, the Roman God of the Sun) would be the Roman day of rest throughout the Roman Empire. (“On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed” Codex Justinianus lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 380, note 1).
The pagan leaning Roman Catholic Church, desiring to draw more pagans into the church, then enacted the same law in 361 AD. The apostasy has been followed ever since, including by Protestantism which claims Sola Scripture, but knows it not – except for those who read, understand and are led by the Ruach HaKodesh to know that YHWH’s set apart day of Shabbat is sunset Friday to sunset Shabbat (as established in Genesis 2:2-3, and made written law in Exodus 20:8-11). That law has never been changed, nor can be (Daniel 7:25 says: “he shall think to change times and laws”). He can only think to change what YHWH has established. Our part of the covenant, if we are in Yeshua, is to obey “all that YHWH has spoken we shall do”.
It is hard to understand why people who claim to be followers of Yeshua rebel over YHWH’s Torah, which does not evidence our love for Him at all, except that we have been deceived by Satan (“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, WHO DECEIVES THE WHOLE WORLD…” Revelation 12:9). Yeshua clearly said: “If you love me, keep my Torah.” Some people actually try to make Yeshua be a Torah breaker, thereby disqualifying Him from being our sinless Lamb and Redeemer (“sin is transgression of the Torah”). Other people who misinterpret Paul’s writings (“some of which are hard to understand and people distort to their own destruction”, as Kepha Peter told us they would), are placing Paul over Yeshua, thereby denying Him, and making Paul a false prophet in the process.
As we approach the Great Day of His return, this is not the time to be polluting His Shabbat. We should be focusing all our devotion and attention to perfecting our dress rehearsal, by the power of the Ruach HaKodesh indwelling us, not finding ways to get out of it. No bride who truly loves and desires eternal union with her groom would do that.
YHWH just gave the world three months to make the move to His appointed Shabbat (by closing the venerable day of the sun worshiping churches and many businesses via corona virus to free people to obey). The loud cry of Revelation 14:6-12 is being made. The warning of Revelation 18:4 has been given, but how many have come out of her, even as easy as YHWH made it for us to do? No one will have any excuse.
The answer will probably surprise you because you have never viewed the word from the Hebrew context in which it was written. Time to come away from the milk and get into the meat of the Word.
What does the Bible say about Convocation?
Convocation (also referred to as “set-apart gathering”) is the most widely used word to bring people together, by churches, Christian religious institutions and synagogues in today’s generation. It is said that on the Sabbath or Festivals, we must gather/come together to worship. The aim of this study paper is to shed light on what the word “convocation” means in its “correct context” and its spiritual meaning for all true believers of Yehoshua HaMashiach who live by the Torah (laws of Elohim).
NOTE: The original Hebrew name of Messiah, Yehoshua HaMashiach, which means “the annointed salvation of YHWH” or Yeshua which means “salvation” is the name from which the Roman transliteration “Jesus Christ” (which is less than 400 years old) came. Whichever name you use, He will know who you are talking to and about, but Yehoshua or Yeshua, is the name above all names that He was given, and has the power of the meaning “salvation”.
The word “convocation” appears in the scriptures as follows:
Number of times it appears in the scriptures
In Hebrew, the word “convocation” means “miqra”, spoken as “Mik-raw” (Strong’s concordance number 4744). In Hebrew, this word means “rehearsal”. What does the word rehearsal mean? Rehearsal is defined as “the act of practicing in preparation for an event”. The term “miqra” also means to “read and understand” the laws of Elohim (God in English).
The word “holy” in Hebrew in this context means “qadash”, spoken as “Kaw-dash” (Strong’s concordance number 6942). In Hebrew, this word means to be set-apart or to be holy/sanctify for God.
We can clearly understand that the word “convocation” is firstly to practise, secondly to read and understand the laws of Elohim. In a nutshell, we can say that the term “convocation” means to set apart an appointed time (Sabbath/Festivals) to Elohim and to read, understand His laws so that you can use His laws in your life (practise them).
The word “convocation” as per the scriptures in its chronological order
In order to understand the depth of what Elohim is telling us, we need to read and understand the word “convocation” in its “chronological order”.
Exodus 12:16 — “And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you; no manner of work shall be done on them, except that which every man must eat, that only may be done by you”.
Leviticus 23:3 — “Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work on it: it is the Sabbath to YHWH in all your dwellings”.
Leviticus 23:7 — “In the first day you shall have a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work on it”.
Leviticus 23:8 — “But you shall offer an offering made by fire to YHWH for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation: you shall do no regular work on it”.
Leviticus 23:21 — “And you shall proclaim on the same day a holy convocation unto you: you shall do no regular work on it: it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations”.
Leviticus 23:24 — “In the seventh new moon, on the first day of the new moon, you have a rest, a remembrance of Teruah, a set-apart gathering”.
Leviticus 23:27 — “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom haKippurim. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to YHWH”.
Leviticus 23:34-36 — “Speak to the children of Yisrael, saying, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh new moon is the festival of Sukkot for seven days to YHWH. On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. For seven days you bring an offering made by fire to YHWH. On the eight day there shall be a set-apart gathering for you, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to YHWH. It is a closing festival, you do no servile work’”.
Numbers 28:17-18 — “and on the fifteenth day of this new moon is a festival. For seven days unleavened bread is eaten. On the first day is a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work”.
Numbers 28:25-26 — “and on the seventh day you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work. And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to YHWH at your festival of Weeks, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work”.
Numbers 29:1 — “And in the seventh new moon, on the first day of the new moon, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work, it is Yom Teruah for you”.
Numbers 29:7 — “And on the tenth day of this seventh new moon you have a set-apart gathering, and you shall afflict your beings, you do not work”.
Leviticus 23:2 — “Speak to the children of Yisrael and say to them, ‘The appointed times of YHWH, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings. My appointed times, are these’”.
Leviticus 23:4 — “These are the appointed times of YHWH, set-apart gatherings which you are to proclaim at their appointed times”.
Leviticus 23:37 — “These are the appointed times of YHWH which you proclaim as set-apart gatherings, to bring an offering made by fire to YHWH, an ascending offering and a grain offering, a slaughtering and drink offerings, as commanded for every day”.
From all the above verses, we can understand one main theme, which is to assemble (to do a rehearsal) for all the festivals which are the Sabbaths of Elohim. The words “assemble” and “gathering” are used interchangeably on many occasions. Gathering is defined as “an assembly or meeting. It can be also called as a place where two or more people come, like a family gathering”.
In order to understand the significance of the words “assemble” and “gathering”, we need to look at an example. Assume that you are an officer in the army. It is a well-known fact that every week and many times every year you have normal trainings and special advanced trainings. Even though you have never been to war, it is important that you train yourself as per the army training schedule every week and also on appointed days. This training goes on every year, even though you have never been to war. The whole purpose of the training is to equip you with all the skills necessary so that you can use them when that day (war) comes. The important thing is to train and prepare yourself whether war comes in your life time or not.
When we apply the above army principle, that same principle applies in the convocation. The weekly training that you have in the army is compared to the Sabbath training that you do to learn the laws (Torah) of God. The appointed advanced trainings that you have in the army are compared to the training (rehearsal) that we do during the Feasts/Festivals of God. We all know that we are all waiting for the Kingdom of God to reign on earth. But we do not know when exactly that will happen (precise day/month), even though we can decipher the times which we live in. The important thing is to prepare our self for that day, so that when God’s kingdom finally arrives, we can use our skills that we learned in His kingdom.
Now we need to examine what is the purpose of this assembling and what is the main rehearsal that is being done.
When Israel came out of Egypt, “the covenant” that YHWH our Elohim made with His people on Mount Sinai was “you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation” (Exodus 19:6).
What do we mean by the term “priest”? The word “priest” comes from the Hebrew word “kohen”, spoken as “ko-hane” (Strong’s concordance number 3548). “A priest is a person who represents the people before God (Elohim)”. When the covenant was made by YHWH our Elohim, we were to be a reign of holy priests so that our Elohim could use us to teach other nations. In a layman’s language, you could say that a priest is similar to an ambassador. In today’s world, an ambassador is sent by a country to another so that the people of that country can learn about the other’s people and culture (the food they eat, the God they worship, the clothes they wear, their family structure and the laws that govern their society).
The next question to be asked is how do you become a priest?
In a gentile world (the present society in which we live), people go to a seminary or to a university to undergo training to become a priest. For example, they first enrol in a Bachelor’s in Theology or in a Divinity degree. From there, some may undertake further studies, such as a Master’s in Divinity or a PhD in Theology. So we have approximately 4 to 10 years of training to become a priest in a gentile world.
For us to become a priest in the Kingdom of YHWH our God, the rules are quite different from those in a gentile world. These rules include:
- Understanding what the Feasts of Elohim are all about and learning the Sabbaths of Elohim.
- Keeping or celebrating the Feasts of Elohim every year. Today we can only celebrate the feasts. We cannot keep the feasts, as the Temple of YHWH is no longer there in Jerusalem. Previously, where ever the Ark of the Covenant was, the children of Israel would keep the feasts in that location. Since we no longer have the Ark of the Covenant or the Temple of YHWH in Jerusalem, we only celebrate the feasts as these are a shadow of good things (feasts/festivals) to come in the future.
- Understanding and learning the laws of Elohim (the first five books of Torah). You cannot become a priest unless you understand and learn the first five books of Torah. The first five books of Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) contain all the laws and regulations on how a priest must conduct himself in God’s temple. What he must do and not do. How he must conduct himself in the community he lives in. While we cannot practise some of the priestly laws today as there is no Temple, it is important that we learn these laws.
Many people would try to tell you that since we no longer have a Temple in Jerusalem there is no need to read and learn the laws of the temple. It is almost like saying, I want to become the Prime Minister in the future, but I don’t want to learn the laws on how to rule and govern the country. As foolish as it sounds, the same principle applies over here.
There are others who say that when God’s kingdom comes He will teach us (retrain) on how to become a priest. If this statement is true, then there is no need to do anything. When God comes, He will teach us everything and at that time we will learn. If we cannot learn God’s way of life and His instructions today, do you think that God will teach you when He comes? Others will try to counter-argue this by saying that there is a time of restoration of all things and during the restoration we will learn. Yes, there is a time of restoration, but we have to do our part now in this life before we even have a chance in the next (during the reign of the Kingdom of Heaven).
Yehoshua HaMashiach knew that in the future people would come with arguments that would twist His words so that God’s people would not learn the Torah. That is why when Yehoshua HaMashiach came He told everything in parables.
One of the parables that Yehoshua told about the Kingdom of Heaven was the parable of talents. Matthew 25:14-30 talks about how the Master gave talents to his servants according to their ability to develop until the Master came back. In this parable, the Master is Yehoshua HaMashiach who gave talents to His servants, meaning us. In this context, the talents are His knowledge to understand the scriptures and the tools for us to learn (Bible or the Scriptures, learning the Torah, the feasts/festivals of Elohim, helping others). Throughout the parable, we find that the servants who had used the talents to do the right thing were rewarded when the Master returned. The servant who did not do anything (he was under the delusion that many church going people have today, which is, when God comes He will teach us everything) was thrown out where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Many people would then say that the Scriptures do not say anywhere that we need to learn the Torah to become a priest in God’s kingdom. But Hosea 4:6 says, “My people have perished for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also forget your children” (The Scriptures translation). Because we have rejected the Torah of Elohim and since we have said in our heart that we do not want to learn His ways (the Torah), He has rejected us in becoming a priest.
There are people who have faithfully attended churches over many years in order to learn the way of God. Some have attended churches for 10 years, others for more than 40 years. One would assume that if you attended the church for 30 years plus, you would definitely read and understand the Torah. But when you talk to these people, they would tell you that in the past 30 years, their church has never taught them the Torah. They have taught them the New Testament and some verses of Genesis and Exodus (Garden of Eden, Noah’s flood, Mount Sinai, Red Sea Crossing and other easy topics). The reason the church ministers don’t teach the Torah is that:
- They don’t understand the Torah themselves.
- They consider the Torah as burdensome and say it is the Old Testament. They classify it as Jewish. They do not want anything to do with the Jews (because they don’t like Jews/Israel), even though Yehoshua HaMashiach was a Jew and He was also the King of the Jews.
- Since the temple is no longer there, we no longer need to read or learn these primitive laws and we need to look at the big picture (convert as many people as possible and just love Jesus Christ).
- God is love and we are saved by His grace. The Torah is not important at this point in time. God will teach us when He comes.
The question you have to ask yourself is:
- I have attended the church for the past 20 years. Have I learnt anything about the Torah?
- Why is the Torah never read in the church?
- Why isn’t anyone teaching the Torah?
There is no point in attending churches or any religious institutions under the banner of convocation if they don’t teach you the Torah. You can assemble in a church for 80 years till you die and say that all your life you have faithfully assembled under the banner of convocation; but in God’s eyes, this is absolutely useless. Why is it useless? The time that God gave you to learn His ways, you just wasted it by learning nothing. So don’t expect, when His Kingdom comes, that suddenly Yehoshua is going to tell you, “Tom, well done, faithful servant. For the past 80 years, you attended church under the banner of convocation. Now I will teach you my Torah”. If you think God is going to tell you the prior statement, it is time that you wake up from your worldly pagan church delusion.
Yehoshua HaMashiach clearly said, “Do not think I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete. For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one yod or one title shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done. Whoever, then, breaks one of these least commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens” (Matthew 5:17-20; The Scriptures translation).
If a church minister teaches you not to bother about the Torah, then be very cautious! What did Yehoshua HaMashiach say about such a person? “He shall be called least in the Kingdom of God or during the reign of the heavens”. But if you teach them to follow the Torah and help them to learn, then such a person shall be called “great” in the Kingdom of God.
Understanding Holy Convocation
When Israel came out of Egypt, they had forgotten God’s name and His laws. The only way for them to learn His ways and laws was to come together on the Sabbath and on His festivals to learn on how to become a priest in the future (Kingdom of God). That is why they had to assemble to learn them from Moses and from the Aaronic priesthood. Moses was the mediator between God and His people at that point in time. So Moses had all the laws with him, as God communicated with the people through Moses. Keep in mind that in those days there was no bible, no scriptures, nothing. They only had the laws of God that were told to Moses by God. No one had access to the stone tablets that were kept in the Ark of the Covenant.
On every Sabbath and on God’s festivals, people during the time of Moses used to rehearse (practise) the laws of Elohim so that a day would come in the future when they could use these laws to teach others. That is why in Hebrew the word “convocation” means rehearsal. In order to rehearse something, we need to learn, then practise and wait for that day when God will fulfil His covenant that He made with us. What was the covenant that God made with us? “And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine and you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation” (Exodus 19:5-6). This covenant is going to be fulfilled in the reign of Yehoshua on earth. The Book of Revelation states, “…and made us kings and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth” (Revelation 5:10). As you can see, the final fulfilment of the covenant will be when our King Yehoshua returns to the earth.
During the time of Yehoshua HaMashiach, faithful people wrote these laws (Torah) on goat skin and were passed from one generation to another, so that people would not forget the laws of God that were given to Moses. Keep in mind that during the time of Yehoshua, no one had a copy of the Torah, except the King, in the temple, and a few synagogues. So on the Sabbath/Festivals, God’s people used to go to the temple or a synagogue to read the Torah or the books of Prophets. That is the only way they could have access to the laws of God, so that they could learn the laws of God.
That is why it says in the scriptures, “…He (Yehoshua) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read” (Luke 4:16). So what did Yehoshua do on the Sabbath day? He read the Torah.
This is the same custom that many people still do in synagogues in the land of Israel. They go to the synagogue and take a scroll from the Tanakh (Old Testament) and read it. The word synagogue means “gathering of people” (Strong’s concordance number 4864). If they have any questions, they discuss among each other. This is the same thing even Paul did, “And he was reasoning in the congregation every Sabbath, and won over both Jews and Greeks” (Acts 18:4).
But in today’s churches, we cannot do that. We have to shut up and listen, and the moment we ask questions they will…
- try not to answer;
- ask us where we got that information from (they want to know the source so that they can discredit it);
- tell us they need to get the information from their supreme leader who is their evangelist or bishop (a man who claims that he is appointed by God);
- say not to worry about the question as it is not important since we are the chosen people and we are already saved;
- if you pester them too much, they will kick you (disfellowship) out of the church under the banner “you are making divisions/strife among the brethren”.
So now you have to again ask the question “I am gathering (convocation) to learn, but how odd that I cannot ask anything or share about what I learnt with others”. Each time I tell them, they reply, “We are the teachers and hence we will teach you, not vice versa”. They will go further and tell you, “God works in a hierarchy and we have to follow the human leader just like how it was during the time of Moses. Do not rebel against God’s appointed leaders, otherwise you will lose your salvation”. There are thousands of people who fall for these statements as they (today’s religious leaders) take God’s words out of context from the scriptures to convince you that they are some sort of supreme beings on planet earth.
Some say that on every Sabbath Yehoshua went into the Synagogue to teach and hence we must also go to a religious institution like a church to fellowship and learn. While it is correct that our redeemer Yehoshua did go to the Synagogue/Temple on every Sabbath to teach the people, you also need to understand that He was teaching and reading the Torah to them and was explaining what would come to pass as per the Torah and the Book of Prophets.
You can attend a church for 40 years and still not learn anything. You can attend and still not read one book from the Torah and put it into practice. This is not the convocation that the children of Israel and Yehoshua set as an example for us to follow.
There are many people who attend churches just for the sake of convocation and fellowship. They themselves admit that they know that the church/minister is not teaching anything. But they say they cannot forsake themselves from the appointed assembly. Indirectly, they are saying, “It is alright that if we don’t read or learn the Torah, but it is more important to assemble together for fellowship”.
The above-mentioned way of assembly (it is fine to attend and not learn the Torah) was prophesied by Isaiah the prophet, that the children of Israel would do evil and not learn the ways of God and would assemble, and this would be an abomination to God.
Isaiah 1:10 to 17 (The Scriptures translation)
“Hear the word of YHWH, you rulers of Sedom (Sodom); give ear to the Torah of our Elohim, you people of Amorah (Gomorrah)! Of what use to Me are your many slaughtering’s? declares YHWH. I have had enough ascending offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts. I do not delight in the blood of bulls or of lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courtyards? Stop bringing futile offerings, incense, it is an abomination to Me. New Moons, Sabbaths, the calling of gatherings – I am unable to bear unrighteousness and assembly. My being hates your New Moons and your appointed times, they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. And when you spread out your hands, I hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I do not hear. Your hands have become filled with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil! Learn to do good! Seek right-ruling, reprove the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
Isaiah 1:10 starts with hearing the word of Torah and then live by it. Even though they were having convocation on Sabbaths and Festivals, God was not listening to their prayer. Why? Because they forsook His laws and Torah, and they were practicing unrighteousness. This is the exact thing that is happening in today’s churches and religious institutions.
Ministers in almost all churches/religious institutions:
- Don’t want to read or teach the Torah.
- They oppress and rule over people who don’t have money, who don’t have a job and who do not come to their status quo.
- They don’t do anything good for people in the church and those outside the church.
- They don’t help people who are orphans or widows who do not have food to eat. As long as the ministers have a house and have food to eat, that is all that matters.
What did God say about this sort of convocation? This is an abomination to me! Is this the type convocation that God requires from His people? The answer is NO.
When the children of Israel returned to Jerusalem from their captivity from the Persian Empire, on the Sabbaths and on the Festivals, Nehemiah restored God’s laws to them. Nehemiah chapter 8 is the best example of what we must do when we assemble/gather (convocation) on the Sabbaths and on the Festivals of Elohim.
Nehemiah chapter 8, 1-10 (Translation shown below is from The Scriptures):
“And when the seventh new moon came, the children of Israel were in their cities. And all the people gathered together as one man in the open space that was in front of the Water Gate. And they spoke to Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Torah of Moses, which YHWH had commanded Israel.
And Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of both men and woman and all who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh new moon (this was the day of Trumpets. Italics added for understanding).
And he read from it in the open spaces in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people listened to the Book of the Torah.
And Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose. And beside him on this right stood Mattithyah, and Shema, and Anayah, and Uriyah, and Hilqiyah, and Maaseyah. And on his left stood Pedayah, and Mishael, and Malkiyah, and Hashum, and Hashbaddanah, Zekaryah, Meshullam.
And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up.
And Ezra blessed YHWH, the great Elohim. Then all the people answered. Amen, Amen, while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped YHWH with faces to the ground.
And Yeshua, and Bani, and Sherebyah, Yamin, Aqqub, Shabbethai, Hodiyah, Maaseyah, Qelita, Azaryah, Yozabad, Hanan, Pelayah, and the Lewites, caused the people to understand the Torah while the people were in their place.
And they read in the Book of the Torah of Elohim, translating to give the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
And Nehemyah, who was the governor and Ezra the priest, the scribe, and the Lewites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is set-apart to YHWH your Elohim. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the Torah.
Then he said to them, ‘Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom none is prepared. For this day is set-apart to our YHWH”. Do not be sad, for the joy of YHWH is your strength.’”
Nehemiah chapter 8 (read the whole chapter) is the best example of what the children of Israel did whenever they assembled (convocation) together during the Sabbath and the Festivals. They heard the word of Torah and they learnt and did what the Torah (laws of Elohim) said.
What we must do on convocation (assemble)?
Firstly, we need to understand that it is not a sin if we do not assemble with regular church goers. Many churches will teach you that it is a sin if you do not assemble. If you do not assemble, then they (the ministers in the church) lose your 10 percent that you give them as tithe/donation. Isaiah 1:10-17 clearly shows that you can assemble all that you want for the next 40 years, but it is absolutely useless in God’s eyes if you don’t understand or practise the Torah. The main points we need to do is:
- Read and understand the Torah (The first five books).
- Practise these laws in our life that our Master YHWH Yehoshua the Messiah gave us.
- Some laws (laws of sacrifices, laws of burnt offerings, temple worship laws and a few others) cannot be practised during this generation, because we do not have a Temple any more in Jerusalem. But we have to learn them as we will be doing them in the millennium when God’s kingdom is established.
- Convocation is your time that you spend with God, not in manmade churches. This is very important to understand. It is your appointed time with your creator, so that you can learn His ways, not the ways of churches or of the so called ministers who rule over people under the banner of “shepherds”.
- You can assemble with people who want to obey and learn God’s laws and with people who diligently seek God and want to learn and keep His Torah. If you do gather together, keep in mind that everyone is equal in status and there is no hierarchy. The head of every man is Yehoshua HaMashiach and we are His servants. Therefore, our role when we come together is to serve one another, not to rule over the other person.
- If you do find a church that teaches and practises the Torah on the Sabbath and on God’s festivals, by all means ensure that you take time to assemble.
An example of convocation, if you do not assemble with others for the Sabbaths, includes:
- Friday sunset – open your home for the needy and share the food that you have with them and share the word of God with them. Have a Sabbath dinner with them, share bread and wine with them, just like how Melchizedek (King of Righteousness & King of Peace) shared bread and wine with Abraham.
- Saturday morning – have a good rest, freshen up and spend time reading and understanding the Torah and learn to practise (rehearse) the laws of the Torah in your life and that of your family.
- Saturday afternoon – have lunch with your family and discuss what you have learnt and rest.
- Saturday sunset – once the Sabbath finishes, many people spend time reading the book of prophets or the messianic writings (New Testament). Others would take time to watch sermons on DVDs or on the You Tube. You can also invite people to your home, have dinner and discuss about God.
Convocation is a shadow picture of good things to come during the reign of Yehoshua the Messiah on earth. Colossians chapter 2:16-17 says, “Let no one (man/churches/ministers) therefore judge you in eating or in drinking or in respect of a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths which are a shadow of what is to come – but the body of the Messiah”. The word “body” refers to “soma” in Greek (Strong’s concordance number 4983). It means the instrument of life. What this means is that we should let the laws (the instrument of life) of the Messiah judge you. We should not allow men/ministers judge us in these matters, as there is only one righteous judge and that is Yehoshua HaMashiach.
In conclusion, we need to learn the Torah and prepare our self, so that when our Master and King Yehoshua returns as King of Kings we can practise the rehearsal (what we have been doing for many years) during His reign on the earth. AMEN. AMEN.
Those who understand end time Bible prophecy know that we are now in the toenail fungus phase of earth’s history and there is only one cure. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Yeshua HaMashiach, Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5.
“While you were watching, a stone was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them. Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were shattered and became like chaff on the threshing floor in summer. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that had struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” Daniel 2:34-35. This speaks of Yeshua Jesus (the stone that the builders refused) shattering the kingdoms of the earth and becoming the great mountain that will fill the whole earth with His presence and Rulership.
“In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, and this kingdom will not be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand forever. And just as you saw a stone cut out of the mountain without human hands, and it shattered the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold, so the great God has told the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.” Daniel 2:44-45.
This speaks of the kingdom of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) which is coming, and will destroy all the toenail fungus at His coming. Don’t be toenail fungus – be found in Him, redeemed and saved from the coming destruction upon earth.
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