“Why Repentance Is Important”

On November 17, 2012, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Ezekiel 14:6
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith YAHUH Elohim (Alahiym); Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Matthew 3:2
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 4:17
From that time Yahusha began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 9:13
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 1:15
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of Elohim (Alahiym) is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Mark 6:12
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Luke 13:3
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahusha Ha Mashiach for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of YAHUH.

Acts 8:22
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray Elohim (Alahiym), if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance Elohim (Alahiym) winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Repent simply means to turn and move in a different direction. Repentance also means to move from unrighteousness to righteousness! Repentance is NOT forgiveness!

One of the fundamental aspects of our faith is Repentance

But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:13

Hebrews 6:1 - Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of the Messiah, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward YAH, 2 - of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 - And this we will do if YAH permits.

Repentance is a foundational doctrine of our faith as this scripture declares, however I believe it is rarely understood fully. We are told in the book of Acts to:

Acts 2:38 - Then Kepha said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahusha the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

It is the first step for an unbeliever to repent. But what is Repentance? What does it mean to repent? Let's examine the scriptures. First of all, repentance must involve humility. Here is the example of Josiah:

2 Kings 22:16 - Thus saith YAH, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: 17 - Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other Elohim (Alahiym), that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. 18 - But to the king of Judah which sent you to inquire of YAH, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith YAH Elohim (Alahiym) of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard; 19 - Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before YAH, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith YAH. 20 - Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

In the example of Nineveh who repented at the teaching of Jonah, we see that Repentance is accompanied by a commitment to change, turning toward righteousness and away from unrighteousness:

Jonah 3:5 - So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim (Alahiym), and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 6 - For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 - And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 8 - But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto Elohim (Alahiym): yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 9 - Who can tell if Elohim (Alahiym) will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

How is it that YAH would repent? Please note the next verse:

Jonah 3:10 - And Elohim (Alahiym) saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and Elohim (Alahiym) repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

YAH saw their works! He saw their humility and commitment to turn away from evil. And so, repentance is actually a 'work'. But did YAH repent also? Consider for a moment that YAH has a certain standard of righteousness. When man goes 'against' that standard of righteousness it is likened unto a man walking in the face of a mighty wind. But when one repents, he changed direction and goes with the wind that was at one time against him. In the case of Nineveh, YAH's planned destruction changed because THEY changed, not YAH. YAH does not change, His standard of righteousness, His law endures forever. Where we stand in relation to it will determine our fate.

More examples:

Luke 18:10 - Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 - The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, Elohim (Alahiym), I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 - I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 - And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, Elohim (Alahiym) be merciful to me a sinner. 14 - I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

In our repentance, YAH requires humility and true sorrow for one's sins. But let it be clear that sorrow is not repentance. Some would say they are sorry for their sins but it produces nothing. True repentance starts with sorrow and produces good works. Paul, when he wrote to the Corinthians in his first letter rejoiced to see their sorrow turn to true repentance. When he wrote them in his second letter, he noted:

2 Corinthians 7:8 - For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it-- for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while-- 9 - I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to {the will of} Elohim (Alahiym), in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 - For the sorrow that is according to Elohim (Alahiym) produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 11 - For behold what earnestness this very thing, this sorrow according to Elohim (Alahiym), has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be innocent in the matter.

There are great promises given to those who repent from sin and unrighteousness and turn to YAH's law for reproof and instruction in righteousness:

Isaiah 55:7 - Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto YAH, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our Elohim (Alahiym), for he will abundantly pardon.

Jeremiah 3:12 - Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith YAH; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith YAH, and I will not keep anger for ever.

Psalms 34:18 - YAH is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalms 51:17 - The sacrifices of Elohim (Alahiym) are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O Elohim (Alahiym), thou wilt not despise.

Isaiah 66:1 - Thus saith YAH, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 - For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith YAH: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Joel 2:13 - And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto YAH your Elohim (Alahiym): for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.Those that say that we are saved only by raw belief and not by faith accompanied by works of repentance, humility and commitment to change are making a serious mistake!! And it is false to teach that Paul never believed in a working faith:

Acts 26:19 - Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 - But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to YAH, and do works meet for repentance.

Works 'meet' for repentance meaning 'works worthy or befitting of repentance'. While it is truth that we are saved by grace it is also truth that we are saved by grace because we have REPENTED. And we should continue to do works worthy of repentance. Now that we have established some meaning behind the word 'repent', the question should be asked "What exactly are we supposed to be repenting of?" 'Our sins' says the multitude.

Ezekiel 18:20 - The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 - But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Repentance certainly involves turning from our sins. But what is sin? What is righteousness? What do the scriptures say? The scriptures say that keeping the Torah/LAW is righteousness.

Deuteronomy 6:25 - And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before YAH our Elohim (Alahiym), as he hath commanded us.

Notice it says "All these commandments" not just a part here or there.
Psalms 19:9 - The fear of YAH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YAH are true and righteous altogether.

His word is His law...His word is righteous!!
Psalms 119:123 - Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.

Psalms 119:172 - My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

ALL His commandments...are righteousness.
Psalms 119:160 - Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Every one?? forever? It was true even in Yahusha's day The parents of John the Baptist...
Luke 1:5 - There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 6 - And they were both righteous before YAH, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of YAH blameless.

Now it is certain that the scriptures teach that the opposite of righteousness is unrighteousness or sin.
Romans 6:15 - What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under favor? By no means. 16 - Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Here we see that Sin andrighteousness are opposites. Sin leads to death and obedience leads to righteousness. Here is another verse showing that sin is simply "unrighteousness." 1John 5:17 - All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

This brings us to the question of what exactly is sin? Well, if obedience to the law is righteousness ... transgression of the law is sin/unrighteousness.

1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin trangresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 - And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 - Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 - Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 - He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of YAH was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 - Whoever has been born of YAH does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of YAH. 10 - In this the children of YAH and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of YAH, nor is he who does not love his brother.

According to Strong's greek lexicon, the word that is translated "transgression of the law" here means... Anomia, From 459; illegality, i.e. in violation of the law or (gen.) wickedness

So now that we know what sin is, what about all those that seem to say His law need not be kept by His people?

Surely no, His law is what tells us what sin is!
So all the verses that we see that tell us to repent..to turn away from sin, to live righteously.. We should know that the very definition of living righteously is to live according to His law. But have we not failed? His law includes a provision for that also! It's called MERCY. YAH is righteous, therefore He has to have mercy! Being merciful is a part of being righteous.. and mercy is a part of His law!

Matthew 23:23 - Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

"The weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith" Not only is mercy a part of the law, but it is one of the 'weightier matters of the law'! But did Yahusha condemn them in this verse for keeping the finer points? No, He said these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone! We also must practice mercy! But on some, (YAH knows them) mercy doesn't work because they don't care.

Isaiah 26:10 - Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of YAH.

They will CONTINUE to transgress His law, despite the mercy shown. We see many examples of this today. We hear plenty of messages from mainstream Christianity telling us about His grace and mercy... And that's great...but There are but very few messages on REPENTING and living righteously by living according to His commandments! Some even go so far to say that His law is a burden and need not even be kept! This is sooo far from the truth! It is satan's grand deception!

2 Thessalonians 2:7 - For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Guess what word "iniquity" comes from in this verse? You guessed it, ANOMIA (violation/transgression of the law in 1 John 3:4!)

2 Thessalonians 2:8 - And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom Yahusha shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 - Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 - And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 - And for this cause YAH shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 - That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

If they loved not the truth.. if instead they had pleasure in unrighteousness..And unrighteousness is sin and sin is transgression of the law.. then the fact remains that most people who accept the Messiah are NOT FULLY REPENTING.

Yet many say to me, oh look at all the wonderful miracles that are done! How can all these people be deceived, do not the miracles testify that they are walking in righteousness and are accepted by YAH? Some are... But let's remember Yahusha's words:

Matthew 7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Rabbi, Rabbi, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 - Many will say to me in that day, Rabbi, Rabbi, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 - And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

There is that word again..anomia. The same word used in 1 John 3:4...transgression of the law! Do not be deceived by the so called miracles. On judgment day, they mean NOTHING.

Revelations 14:12 - Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of YAH and the faith of Yahusha.

However... Let us remember that we have not been perfect. Yahusha was and is perfect, therefore since we have sinned by transgressing the law (Yes, we all have!!), it is thru Yahusha that we are made righteous!

Romans 5:18 - Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 - For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Isn't this awesome!?!! HalleluYah! YAH not only gives us righteous commandments that teach us how to love one another and to love Him but He also has given us His SON who has redeemed us, sanctified us and washed away our sins so that we are pure and blameless in His sight! Not only that, He gave us His Son to be our example of HOW to keep His law & commandments! What a blessing, HalleluYah!! Now we don't need to walk around in gloom for our past failures to live according to His law but now we are free...free...FREE...TO.... Transgress His law again????

That is what is taught by many and it is total falsehood ... Is that not insulting the spirit of grace?

Romans 6:15 - What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under favor? By no means. 16 - Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Let us show our thanksgiving and love for Him by truly repenting and hungering and thirsting for righteousness by Keeping His commandments as He has said! Let's bear fruits worthy of repentance. When we see something in His law that we need to be doing, we need to get on our knees and repent right then and there! David did not delay when he was shown his sin. We should not either. YAH has promised to lead us in that path of righteousness when we seek:

Let us live according to the Spirit, Yahusha's words are Spirit!
John 6:63 - It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Yahusha is the word and anyone who say that ANY part of His word doesn't matter today might as well be saying that Yahusha doesn't matter. The law IS spiritual!

Romans 7:14 - For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

His word is Spirit, let us not fail to live according to the Spirit but let us die to the flesh
Romans 8:5 - For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 - For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 - Because the carnal mind is enmity against YAH: for it is not subject to the law of YAH, neither indeed can be.

But satan has deceived the whole world into thinking that it is only the New Testament that defines what is right and what is wrong. A major problem with that is the New Testament was never even written when Kepha/Peter, Phillip, Paul, Barnabas, John, James and all the other men of YAH were telling people to repent! People in those days couldn't just turn to the New Testament to understand what sin was so what did they have to look at? Paul said it well:

2 Timothy 3:15 - And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Yahusha ha Mashiach. 16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of YAH, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 - That the man of YAH may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

How abundantly clear! The only scripture they had in those days were the Law and the Prophets (and possibly the words of Yahusha)!

In this passage, the Holy Scriptures carried 7 characteristics:
1. They made one wise unto salvation
2. They were given by inspiration of YAH
3. All scripture is profitable for doctrine
4. All scripture is profitable for reproof
5. All scripture is profitable for correction
6. All scripture is profitable for instruction in righteousness
7. Knowledge of scripture causes one to be perfected and equipped/furnished for applying good works

So again, the law and the prophets teaches us how to have works worthy of repentance. What did Yahusha say about the law and the prophets?

Matthew 5:17 - Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 - For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 - Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, let us seek diligently the commandments of YAH and walk according to the light He has given us. Don't let those who break even the least of the commandments and teaches men so deceive us into following their example. The Ultimate Example given for us is Yahusha, and He didn't fail to do even one jot or tittle of YAH's law! And when we do fail, do not forget the One who knows what we are going through!

Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Praise YAH! Like David, I have found this to be true of YAH our Elohim (Alahiym):
Psalms 23:3 - He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Truly, He has done this. For His name's sake. He doesn't want people who are seeking Him and are called by His name to be lead into unrighteousness, He loves His name. We must not be afraid of those who call you a legalist and condemn you for trying to walk as Yahusha walked, if it is out of love for HIM, their condemnation is not from YAH. Where do we ever see YAH condemning someone for TRULY repenting and walking in righteousness by doing as He commanded?

Yahusha is the example, if He kept the Sabbath and you do not, REPENT and KEEP IT.
If He kept the feast days and you do not, REPENT and KEEP THEM.
If He kept ANY of the commandments that you do not, by all means REPENT and DO THEM....surely YAH will be with you!

John 8:29 - And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

Disclaimer: Excerpts of this article are taken from Eliyah.com. Congregation Truth is not affiliated with nor do we support all of the teachings at Eliyah.com. This article is used to present a teaching on a specific topic; "Repentance". The names have been change to reflect the beliefs of Congregation Truth & Kingdominfo.net

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“The Power of Questions”

On November 13, 2012, in Renewing Your Mind, by Milton Carnes

Always ask better questions to get better answers.

When studying scripture, here are a few questions you should ask:
#1. What is this passage of scripture saying?
#2. What is this passage of scripture NOT saying?
#3. What is being implied or pre-supposed by this passage of scripture?

What is a presupposition you may ask?
A presupposition must be mutually known, assumed, or taken for granted by the speaker and the listener for what is being said to be considered appropriate in context. It will generally remain a necessary assumption whether what is being said is placed in the form of a declaration/statement, assertion, denial, or question.

Consider these sentences:

A. 'The sun shines.'

The sentence assumes the existence of an singular object commonly known as 'the sun', and further assumes that one of the attributes of this object is that it shines - and is doing so now by the tense of the verb. By common knowledge and agreement, these facts are 'true', hence the presuppositions made in the sentence are fair, accurate and factual.

Now look carefully at this one:
B. 'Why did you steal the money?'

In simple terms, the sentence assumes the existence of a sum of money, that the money has been stolen and further that 'someone' - in particular 'you' - have stolen it, and that you have a reason ('why') for doing so. Four assumptions in six words (there are more if a complex analysis is carried out - e.g. that the money had a rightful owner, that 'money' exists, that there are notions of property and logic and so on). The assumptions, if true as a matter of widely agreed fact and evidence, are fair and reasonable. If non factual - in total, or perhaps in part - then the series of assumptions, posing as a question, represent a compound, unfair, inaccurate presupposition.

Crucially, a negative expression does not change its presuppositions: "I want to do it again and I don't want to do it again" both presuppose that the subject has done it unless stated otherwise within the context of what has been spoken.

Scientific research has shown that the questions that we ask of ourselves work better than declarations or statements because they use the Power of Presuppositions.

Now, how does this fit within scripture?
Simple, let's look at Genesis 1:14-16

14 And God (Elohim/Alahiym) said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God (Elohim/Alahiym) made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

What is this passage of scripture saying? Alahiym created TWO (2) Great Lights. Presupposition: The greater light to rule the day and the lesser of the great lights to rule the night.

What is this passge NOT saying? It does not state the phase of the moon directly. However, the question can be asked when is the light of the moon at its greatest?

What is the Presuppositon? The Greater Light to rule the whole day and the lesser of the Great Light to rule the whole night. There is nothing in this passage to indicate or imply a partial day or a partial night.

Question #4, What patterns can be used to clarify the presupposition?

Question #5, are there any scriptures that will validate the presupposition?

Question #6, are there any scriptures that will make the presupposition invalid?

Renewing your mind with questions that use presuppositions

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Elohim/Alahiym).

When you make a statement such as "I seek first the kingdom", re-phrase it in the form of a question. How am I seeking first the kingdom? Why am I seeking first the kingdom? What am I doing to seek first the kingdom?
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Unique things happen in your mind when repetitive questions are asked: #1. Your mind automatically seek to answer it by giving the reasons. #2. Your mind automatically assumes that the question asked is true of you.

When you ask "Why I am seeking first the kingdom", your mind automatically pre-supposes that you are already seeking first the kingdom. Now your mind has to come up with the reasons why? The "reasons why" will raise your awareness and create desire within you to seek first the kingdom of The Most High.

Lastly, If there are no "reasons why", then your mind will do what it does best ..... CREATE. The key is repetitive questioning!

Try some of these questions:

Why am I living a life free of sin? What am I doing to live a life free of sin? How am I living a life free of sin?

Why am I in a good relationship? What am I doing to be in a good relationship? How am I making my relationship better?

Why am I healthy? What am I do to be healthy? How am I healthy?
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YAH’s Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

On November 4, 2012, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

YAH was married to his people Yashara'al!

Jeremiah 2:2
Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says YAH: I remember you, The kindness of your youth,The love of your betrothal (espoused or engaged to be married), When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.

Deuteronomy 7:7-8
"YAH did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; [8] but because YAH loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, YAH has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

In Ezekiel chapter 16 YAH tells the story about how he found Yashara'al and took Yashara'al for his own. By the way, there will be a couple of times that the scripture talks about cleansing or washing the people. There is a connection with immersion or baptism.

Ezekiel 16:4
"As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. [5] No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born. [6] And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, 'Live!' Yes, I said to you in your blood, 'Live!' [7] I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare. [8] When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing (or skirt) over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine', says YAH. [9] Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil. [10] I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk. [11] I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck. [12] And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head. [13] Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty."

1 Corinthians 10:1-4
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was The Messiah.

Galatians 3:13
The Messiah hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith YAHUH the King of Israel, and his redeemer YAHUH of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no Alahiym.

Isaiah 54:5
"For your Maker is your husband, YAH of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Yashara'al; He is called the Alahiym of the whole earth."

The Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony was held in the desert after YAH brought the children of Yashara'al out from slavery in Egypt. The Alahiym of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob brought our fathers into the desert and spoke to his chosen people. This is recorded in the book of Exodus chapter 19.

Exodus 19
[1] "In the third month after the children of Yashara'al had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. [2] For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Yashara'al camped there before the mountain. [3] And Moses went up to Alahiym, and Yah called to him from the mountain, saying, 'Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell them [5] 'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. [6] 'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Yashara'al'."

What you just read was the proposal. The word treasure is also used in Matthew 13:44 and relates to Yashara'al. Moses now brings the proposal to the elders of the people.

Continuing in Exodus 19.

[7] "So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which YAH commanded him. [8] Then all the people answered together and said, "All that YAH has spoken we will do." So Moses brought back the words of the people to YAH. [9] And YAH said to Moses, "Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever." So Moses told the words of the people to YAH."

The proposal was accepted. Now the bride, the children of Yashara'al, had to be prepared for the wedding.

[10] "Then YAH said to Moses, 'Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. [11] And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day YAH will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people'."

Later, YAH gave the bride the contract or agreement for the marriage. This consisted of the Commandments, the statutes and the judgments. You might be asking now why did our YAH choose Yashara'al? What made them special? Here is YAH's answer in three locations in Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 10:12-16
[12] "And now, Yashara'al, what does YAH your Alahiym require of you, but to fear YAH your Alahiym, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve YAH your Alahiym with all your heart and with all your soul, [13] and to keep the commandments of YAH and His statutes which I command you today for your good? [14] Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to YAH your Alahiym, also the earth with all that is in it. [15] YAH delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. [16] Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer."

Deuteronomy 26:18-19
[18] "Also today YAH has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, [19] and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to YAH your Alahiym, just as He has spoken."

Please note that the agreement we read in Exodus 19 was a conditional agreement dependent upon behavior. The children of Yashara'al are a stiff necked lot for the marriage had only just begun when they went astray.

Exodus 24:1-8

1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto YAHUH, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.

2 And Moses alone shall come near YAHUH: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.

3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of YAHUH, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which YHUH hath said will we do.

4 And Moses wrote all the words of YHUH, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto YAHUH.

6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that YHUH hath said will we do, and be obedient.

8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which YAHUH hath made with you concerning all these words.

The Breaking of The Covenant

Exodus 32:1
"Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us Alahiyms that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." [2] And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." [3] So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. [4] And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, "This is your elohim, O Yashara'al, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!" [5] So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow is a feast to YAH." [6] Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. [7] And YAH said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. [8] They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your alahiym, O Yashara'al, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'" [9] And YAH said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! [10] Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation."

You might say it was time for some marriage counseling. YAH was motivated by righteous jealousy because his beloved was going after other Alahiyms. Moses spoke to YAH.

[11] "Then Moses pleaded with YAH his Alahiym, and said: 'YAH, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand'? [12] 'Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. [13] Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Yashara'al, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.' [14] So YAH relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people."

Before YAH moved his bride into her new home though he laid down the law again. Deuteronomy is the second giving of the law. The entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28 is a good summary of their agreement. It list the blessings for good behavior and the curses for bad behavior. They still work today.

So YAH prepared the people to go into their new home.

Deuteronomy 6:10
"So it shall be, when YAH your Alahiym brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, [11] houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant;"

Deuteronomy 9:1
"Hear, O Yashara'al: You are to cross over the Jordan today, and go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven, [2] a people great and tall, the descendants of the Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you heard it said, 'Who can stand before the descendants of Anak?' [3] Therefore understand today that YAH your Alahiym is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as YAH has said to you."

So they moved into their new home. They did have to get an exterminator to remove some of the pest known as Canaanites and there were others, but YAH helped them all the way. Then YAH said that he had done as he said he would do.

Joshua 21:43
So YAH gave to Yashara'al all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. [44] YAH gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; YAH delivered all their enemies into their hand. [45] Not a word failed of any good thing which YAH had spoken to the house of Yashara'al. All came to pass.

But things did not continue in peace and tranquility. The children of Yashara'al would obey their Alahiym and husband for a time and then disobey and go after other alahiyms or lovers. YAH would punish them and they would cry out for help. He would help them and then they would obey for a time.

Judges 2:11
Then the children of Yashara'al did evil in the sight of YAH, and served the Baals; [12] and they forsook YAH Alahiym of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other Alahiyms from among the Alahiyms of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked YAH to anger. [13] They forsook YAH and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. [14] And the anger of YAH was hot against Yashara'al. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.

YAH did not just demand obedience from Yashara'al, his wife. When he could he gave her what she wanted. They asked him why they could not be like the other nations and have a king. He tried to explain why, but they just were not satisfied and so he gave them a king.

1 Samuel 8:4-5
Then all the elders of Yashara'al gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, [5] and said to him, "Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations."

Eventually the size of the kingdom grew because of YAH's good promises. During the reign of King David YAH sent the prophet Nathan to promise a new home with more space in which to grow.

2 Samuel 7:10
"Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Yashara'al, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,"

This unconditional promise is also repeated in 1 Chronicles 17:9.

The National Split

After King David died his son, Solomon, had a very successful reign, but upon Solomon's death there was a disagreement over money when Rehoboam unwisely decided to increase the taxes on the people. However it was from YAH that he made that decision. The whole story is in 2 Chronicles 10. The result was that there was a division between north and south. Where there had been 1 nation made up of 12 tribes there were now 2 nations. The house of Yahudah included the tribes of Yahudah, Benjamin and most of the Levites with the king living at Jerusalem as his fathers had. The house of Yashara'al included the remaining ten tribes with their king living at Samaria. They became totally separate entities and they did not get along except in rare circumstances.

The House of Yashara'al went after Other elohims.

YAH's promise of the land of Palestine was a conditional promise of land based on their behavior. When Yashara'al went after other elohims this constituted a break of the contract with YAH. After putting up with this for many years YAH did the following which is recorded in Jeremiah 3:6-15.

Jeremiah 3:6
YAH said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: "Have you seen what backsliding Yashara'al has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. [7] And I said, after she had done all these things, 'Return to Me.' But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Yahudah saw it. [8] Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Yashara'al had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Yahudah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. [9] So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. [10] And yet for all this her treacherous sister Yahudah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense," says YAH. [11] Then YAH said to me, "Backsliding Yashara'al has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Yahudah. [12] Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: 'Return, backsliding Yashara'al,' says YAH; 'I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says YAH; 'I will not remain angry forever. [13] Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against YAH your Alahiym, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,' says YAH. [14] "Return, O backsliding children," says YAH; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. [15] And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."

So the children of Yashara'al went by captivity rather than allowing YAH to move them a better way. YAH always keeps his promises. YAH made promises to Abraham. He did not break them in regard to either the House of Yashara'al or the House of Yahudah and He is still keeping them today. It is just that most of the people in both houses do not realize who they are today. They have been confused and deceived and there is an imposter claiming to be Yahudah.

Hosea 1:1
The word of YAH that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Yahudah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Yashara'al.
[2] When YAH began to speak by Hosea, YAH said to Hosea: 'Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry And children of harlotry, For the land has committed great harlotry By departing from YAH'. [3] So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. [4] Then YAH said to him: "Call his name Jezreel, For in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Yashara'al. [5] It shall come to pass in that day That I will break the bow of Yashara'al in the Valley of Jezreel." [6] And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then Alahiym said to him: "Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Yashara'al, But I will utterly take them away. [7] Yet I will have mercy on the house of Yahudah, Will save them by YAH their Alahiym, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen." [8] Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. [9] Then Alahiym said: "Call his name Lo-Ammi, For you are not My people, And I will not be your Alahiym. [10] Yet the number of the children of Yashara'al Shall be as the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' There it shall be said to them, 'You are sons of the living Alahiym.'" [11] Then the children of Yahudah and the children of Yashara'al Shall be gathered together, And appoint for themselves one head; And they shall come up out of the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel!

Hosea 2:1
Say to your brethren, 'My people,' And to your sisters, 'Mercy is shown.' [2] Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her harlotries from her sight, And her adulteries from between her breasts; [3] Lest I strip her naked And expose her, as in the day she was born, And make her like a wilderness, And set her like a dry land, And slay her with thirst. [4] I will not have mercy on her children, For they are the children of harlotry. [5] For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has behaved shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, My oil and my drink.' [6]Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths. in other words she would never go back to Palestine. [7] "She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.' [8] For she did not know That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, And multiplied her silver and gold; Which they prepared for Baal. [9] Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time And My new wine in its season, And will take back My wool and My linen, Given to cover her nakedness. [10] Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, And no one shall deliver her from My hand. [11] I will also cause all her mirth to cease, Her feast days, Her New Moons (months), Her Sabbaths; All her appointed feasts. [12] And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, Of which she has said, 'These are my wages that my lovers have given me.' So I will make them a forest, And the beasts of the field shall eat them. [13] I will punish her For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot," says YAH." but there was hope given

[14] "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. [15] I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. [16] And it shall be, in that day," Says YAH, "That you will call Me 'My Husband,' And no longer call Me 'My Master,' [17] For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more. [18] In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely. [19] I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; [20] I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know YAH. [21] It shall come to pass in that day That I will answer," says YAH; "I will answer the heavens, And they shall answer the earth. [22] The earth shall answer With grain, With new wine, And with oil; They shall answer Jezreel. [23] Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people!' And they shall say, 'You are my Alahiym!'

You see how this is not about some other people. The story continues with the same woman.

Daniel 2:44
"And in the days of these kings the Alahiym of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people;" At this point perhaps you might see more clearly now who the Gentiles in Romans chapter 9, verse 24 really are because in verse 25 Paul sends you back to the book of Hosea. As you read through the new testament scripture I hope you will now see many more such connections.

YAH demonstrated his divorce of the House of Yashara'al in the book of Hosea. Even amidst all punishment that the house of Yashara'al went through you can see that there were unconditional promises that Alahiym made to them for their future. By the way, this also included most of the House of Yahudah. Only the occupants of Jerusalem and a small surrounding area were left after the Assyrians took the house of Yashara'al into captivity. Even though YAH sent the majority of the twelve tribes away he did not break his promise by allowing them to disappear forever amongst other people. The crown and kingdom were taken away and they lost the right to be called Yashara'al. Note what Amos chapter 9 says:

Amos 9:8-9
[8] "Behold, the eyes of YAH are on the sinful kingdom, And I will destroy it from the face of the earth; Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob (Ya'acab)," Says YAH. [9] "For surely I will command, And will sift the house of Yashara'al among all nations, As grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground."

What about the house of Yahudah? As you can see YAH did not divorce the house of Yahudah. Can you think of a reason why YAH did not divorce them? He remained married to the house of Yahudah so that his son would be legitimate. But the marriage to the house of Yahudah did not continue forever. When The Messiah died on the stake, the marriage to the house of Yahudah ended. That is partly what Romans chapter 7 is about.

Romans 7:1
Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? [2] For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. [3] So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. [4] Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of The Messiah, that you may be married to another; to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to Alahiym. [5] For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. [6] But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

When the house of Yashara'al was divorced by YAH and they went after other elohims they could not go back to the one true Alahiym because that would be an abomination as is taught in Deuteronomy 24:4. So when The Messiah came and died he released them from that law.

The Remarriage

The gospels are full of scriptures proclaiming the purpose of The Messiah. However The Messiah himself said it best in Matthew 15:24.

Matthew 15:24
"I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Yashara'al." If you look at the Greek on the word lost and realize the family it belongs to you could properly read Matthew 15:24 as follows: "I was not sent except to the put away and punished sheep of the house of Yashara'al."

Once Alahiym had died through his earthly manifestation, Yahusha The Messiah, the only thing left for the remarriage to take place was one additional promise about the bride becoming as a virgin once again.

2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous for you with jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to The Messiah.

As you can see the love story continues. So if you have the law of YAH written on your heart as we have chatted about previously how does one become a chaste virgin waiting for her bridegroom to return?

Romans 6:3
Or do you not know that as many of us as were immersed into The Messiah Yahusha were immersed into His death? [4] Therefore we were buried with Him through immersion into death, that just as The Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Sounds to me like immersion or baptism is very important. There is much much more to this. We have not talked about the parable of the 10 virgins, who by the way were all immersed believers since they were virgins, or about the wedding feast. That will have to be for another time.

The Gift

In Genesis 29 beginning at verse 18 Jacob agreed to serve Laban for seven years for his daughter Rachel. Have you considered that YAH also paid a dowry for Yashara'al? In Matthew 13:44 we have a parable that shows just that.

Matthew 13:44
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."

The man in the above parable is the The Messiah who paid all that he had, his life, for the field, the whole world, Matthew 13:38, in order to get his special treasure, Yashara'al. Then there is one further gift.

Acts 2:38
"Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yahusha The Messiah for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'."

When each person becomes a "bride in waiting" they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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The Smoking Furnace & The Burning Lamp

On November 2, 2012, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

What is this smoking furnace (oven or fire pot) and the burning lamp that Abraham saw?

Genesis 15:6-18

6 And he believed in the YAH, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. 7 Then He said to him, “I am the YAH, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” 8 And he said, “YAH Almighty, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”

9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the YAH made a covenant with Abram, saying:

To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Let's take a look at what each element represents. The blood represents covenant. The fire in the smoking furnace and the burning lamp represents Almighty. The smoking furnace represents the lawlessness/affliction of Israel and purging process. The burning lamp represents the deliverance of Israel through the tribe of YAHUDAH; The Messiah.

The Blood Covenant

Exodus 24:8
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which YAH hath made with you concerning all these words.

Zechariah 9:11
As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

Hebrews 10:29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of Almighty, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Hebrews 12:24
And to Yahusha the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Hebrews 13:20
Now the Almighty of peace, that brought again from the dead our Savior Yahusha, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant

The Fire

Hebrews 12:29
For our Almighty is a consuming fire

Deuteronomy 4:24
For YAHUH thy Almighty is a consuming fire, even a jealous Almighty.

Exodus 19:18
And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because YAHUH descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

The Smoking Furnace

Deuteronomy 4:20
But YAHUH hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt (house of bondage), to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

1 Kings 8:51
For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:

Isaiah 31:9
And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith YAHUH, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:18-22
18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.

19 Therefore thus saith YAHUH Almighty; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.

20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.

21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.

22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I YAHUH have poured out my fury upon you.

The Burning Lamp

1 Kings 11:36
And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

1 Kings 15:4
Nevertheless for David's sake did YAHUH his Almighty give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

Isaiah 62:1
For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 Samuel 22:29
For thou art my lamp, O YAH: and YAHUH will lighten my darkness

Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Genesis 49:10
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (he whose it is, that which belongs to him) and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

John 8:12
Then spake Yahusha again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Galatians 3:15-29

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is The Messiah. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of Almighty in The Messiah, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but Almighty gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but Almighty is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of Almighty? Almighty forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Yahusha The Messiah might be given to them, that believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto The Messiah, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of Almighty by faith in The Messiah Yahusha. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized or immersed into The Messiah have put on The Messiah.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in The Messiah Yahusha. 29 And if ye be The Messiah's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Summary: Here is what Abraham saw in the deep sleep
#1. Blood Covenant between Abraham and The Most High
#2. Blood Covenant with his seed of many (Israel)
#3. Blood Covenant with his seed of one (The Messiah). Yah making covenant with himself!
#4. The lawlessness and affliction of Israel
#5. The division of Israel into two houses or kingdoms
#6. The deliverance/salvation of Israel and Yahudah through the tribe of Yahudah by the Messiah

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