Messiah’s words about the world’s behavior and condition before He comes are being fulfilled before our very eyes.
Before Yeshua “revealed” the “things that will be”, the last thing He said, to BELIEVERS, was: “I counsel you to buy from ME gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; white clothing, that you may be clothed, and your shameful nakedness will not be seen; and salve for your eyes, that you may SEE.” Rev 3:18
What “gold” is He speaking about?
“The Torah of יהוה is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of יהוה is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of יהוה are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of יהוה is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of יהוה is clean, enduring FOREVER; the ordinances of יהוה are TRUE, they are righteous altogether; More to be DESIRED are they than GOLD, YES, than much REFINED GOLD; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is Your servant WARNED; in keeping of them there is great reward.”
Yeshua speaks of that reward in Rev 3:21
And then He says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Ruakh says to the Assemblies.” Please ‘hear’ these words.
What is the white clothing? Revelation 19 is one place that tells us: “she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen IS the RIGHTEOUS DEEDS of the set apart ones.”
It is the spiritual “apparel” of those who trust in the Blood of Messiah Yeshua to cleanse them of sin, by “performing” repentance, turning back to the Torah and it’s guidance for life and behavior, both religious [toward G-d] and interpersonal [toward man]. It is obedience to the commands in both “directions.”
The two are not separate. Yeshua taught this, saying what the two greatest commands were, ” The greatest of the COMMANDMENTS is, Shema! [HEAR!] Israel, יהוה is your G-d, יהוה is ONE, and you shall love יהוה your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul and your mind, and all your might; and the second one is like it! You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
This is all of the TORAH, summarized. The Torah teaches us how to love G-d: we start by keeping His Appointments! [Lev 23] We meet with Him when He says to. We do not meet with other gods, nor at other times, especially at times OTHER GODS meet with people! It teaches us how to love our neighbor, by not doing the things that offend and hurt them, and by making restitution when we do. [Lev 19] There are other expressions of love to G-d and to man expressed in the Torah also. It is indeed a ‘sweet’ book! [Psalm 19, 119].
So, Yeshua is telling us to buy this gold, to dress in white, and to put ‘something’ on our eyes that we may see, and all of these ‘things’ are the SAME THING:
“YOUR TORAH IS TRUTH.” Psalm 119:142, Yeshua, John 17:17
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are living the life of trust. Test yourselves. Don’t you realize that Yeshua the Messiah is in you? – And if He is not, then you are despised, and against the Torah! And I trust that you know we are NOT BREAKERS OF THE TORAH! I BEG G-d that there may be no evil in you! so that our proof may appear, though we may “appear” as breakers of Torah. For we can do nothing against the truth, only for the truth [Torah!]. 2 Cor 13:5-8
Yeshua sent the ‘WARNING’ [Psalm 19:12, Rev 3:18] 2000 years ago! Ought we not “examine ourselves” NOW?
It is only those who have their lamps trimmed that actually get to go to the wedding. “For the commandment is a LAMP; and the TORAH is a LIGHT; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Prov 6:23
Understanding that Yeshua teaches us the Torah, how to keep it with a pure heart, using it to examine ourselves, that is what makes us His servants. I condemn NO ONE! But, just as Sha’ul encouraged the believers to examine themselves, I warn myself! And I “BEG G-D that there be no evil in you!” [or me!]
Knowing that Yeshua is the Messiah is not enough. Kefa [Peter] made that confession long before the resurrection; he abandoned Messiah when Messiah came under the condemnation of the authorities. It was not until he ‘saw’ the resurrected Messiah, and the Messiah breathed on him and gave him the Ruakh that Kefa actually was given “life.” He was later also given “Koakh”, POWER, so that he could become a Son of Elohim [John 1:12]. We have been counting the days since the Resurrection now for 26 days. We are going to commemorate/remember the giving of the Ruakh, the “Koakh”, the “G’vorah” of Elohim in 24 more days. “STIR UP the gift that was put in you….”.
It is the Ruakh that leads us and guides us in all the Torah. Messiah very clearly taught this:
“So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot [torah commandments] and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Sofrim and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”
The Sofrim [Scribes] and P’rushim [Pharisees] had CHANGED the dates of Passover, and had made the customs of MEN more important than the commandments of G-d. That is their sin, their ‘leaven’. See Mark 7:9 It is also the sin of Constantine and the theologians who twist His Word to their own destruction. [2 Peter 3:15-18]
“BEWARE the leaven of the Pharisees.”
“Buy from ME [Yeshua] GOLD REFINED IN FIRE [TORAH].”
Today is the fifth day of the week. In the Temple times, Tehillah 81 was the song sung on this day.
The following verses are from this ‘psalm’, or better, PRAISE SONG:
תִּקְעוּ בַחֹדֶשׁ שׁוֹפָר; בַּכֵּסֶה, לְיוֹם חַגֵּנוּ
כִּי חֹק לְיִשְׂרָאֵל הוּא; מִשְׁפָּט, לֵאלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב
“Blow the Shofar at the Khodesh, and at the full moon of our khag; for it is a ‘khok for Yisra’el, an ordinance for the Elohim of Ya’akov.”
A ‘khok’ is a peculiar statute of Elohim that comes with no explanation, no apparent reason. It is a bit of a mystery.
Sha’ul reveals this mystery in Kor Alef 15 and Tes Bet 4, where he names the “Last Shofar,” and the “Shofar of Elohim” as the herald of the resurrection. This is the next day on the prophetic calendar of Elohim.
We are studying this “Day”, this “Khok,” beginning tonight. I’d be happy if you would join us! In person preferably, or online if you are distant from The Woodlands, Texas.
The purpose of this study is not only theoretical and educational, but practical and preparatory, in hopes to get people READY to meet Messiah in the air. He is VERY CLEAR that NOT all who call on Him will meet Him there!
Be a GOLD DIGGER, and BE THERE!
“It is the GLORY of Elohim to conceal a matter; it is the glory of Melakhim [rulers] to seek a matter out!”
Shalom in Messiah Yeshua!