OUR LOVING GOD OF ISRAEL,
THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB
AWAITS US - HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE
TO RETURN UNTO HIM!
“For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.”
October 9, 2002
Millennia have transpired since the Most High GOD of Israel has communicated with Israelite Prophets or Priests. But this is not to say that this All-Mighty YIHOVAH is not leading and guiding those of us who have returned to HIM. It only means that HE has not yet given a Prophet or Priest visions to be able to say, “Thus Saith the LORD.” But soon this, too, will come to pass.
Nevertheless, we must know that Our Holy ONE is indeed in contact with HIS People. It would make no sense at all for HIM to open our eyes and not reveal to us a means to worship HIM and a way to return to our heritage. Unfortunately, there are too many of us who are not willing to return to GOD’s Ways and who are not willing to return home even in view of the possibility to do so. In this case, if it’s not in your heart to return, be worried. If your leaders are against returning, be worried. If you are saying that it is not time to return, be worried. And more importantly, if the Holy ONE is not making a way for you to return, BE VERY WORRIED! This Exodus will in no way resemble the Great Exodus out of Egypt.
When the Israelites, i.e., the remnant of Judah, Benjamin, and the Levites, decided to return from the seventy year Babylonian captivity, it was an act of the All-Mighty GOD of Israel. HE sent no Savior to escort them home. The Holy ONE of Israel put the desire TO RETURN in their hearts.
“Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.” Ezra 1:5
“And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.
”Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
“Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”
I urge one and all to consider what Our GOD has written for our understanding in this regard. If the Holy ONE has already told us that “though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return…(Isaiah 10:22),” then of a certainty, our Exodus will mirror that of Ezra and Nehemiah rather than the one out of Egypt under the direction of the Prophet Moses.
And this brings to mind the passage where it is written in GOD’s Law: “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” The first time I read this verse, I thought it was saying that there would never arise another Prophet like Moses. But only in the past couple of months have I seen another understanding to Deuteronomy 34:10. Not only does it mean that there will not arise another Prophet like unto Moses, but more importantly, it is also telling us that there will not be another Prophet like Moses to lead and guide us out of the lands of our captivity. Some of us may return in groups with designated leaders, but NOT as the whole Nation of Israel did when they left out of Egypt. And indeed Isaiah 10:22 confirms this information – though Israel is as the sand of the sea, yet (only) a “Remnant” of them will return.
Our Holy ONE of Israel is a Most Fair and Just Savior. If HE says HE wants a Holy and Righteous Chosen People, then HE will not change (Malachi 3:6)! When our forefathers were in the land, HE even sent unto them all HIS Servants the Prophets, daily rising up early and sending them (Jeremiah 7:25). HE has always told HIS Chosen People of HIS intentions, and though there is no Prophet among us today, these troublous times are no exception. Our Merciful GOD left for us much to contemplate even while we are yet under the control of foreigners. Not only did HE leave for us HIS Book of the Law, but HE also left for us HIS Word to HIS Servants the Prophets. Otherwise we would not know our identity and much less we would not know what Our Holy ONE of Israel has required of us to do in order to return to HIM.
How exactly will the Most High insure that only a Remnant will return? The answer is simple, ONLY those whose hearts Our GOD touches will do all they can to return to our heritage. Others will do all they can to remain with the oppressors and strive (in vain, nonetheless) to achieve prosperity in exile – though they know that we were cast into exile to serve our enemies in “their” lands and to endure much suffering. The Holy ONE DID NOT LIE!
More of GOD’s WORD that HE left for us for these trying times are written in Jeremiah 50th and 51st Chapters. Please see and understand that Our Holy ONE is addressing both the Children of Israel AND the Children of Judah. This information will also give us insight on how the Holy ONE will pick and choose who will return and be among the Righteous Remnant (Zephaniah 3:13). As usual, all of us will not be obedient and adhere to HIS WORD. Those who do not will fall with the enemy.
“In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and SEEK the LORD their God.
“They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.” Jeremiah 50:4,5
As we well know, this is prophecy in the making and yet to be fulfilled. But what many of us do not know is that most Israelites will not heed the WORD of GOD and will, therefore, be lost. I have heard too many of our people say that it is not time to go home. Well, looking at the current events of these days, if it is not time now, then when? - when the bombs and missiles are falling over those who hold Israel captive? - when the airports are closed? – when the dead and dying are lying in the streets? Let us consider what Our Merciful GOD has said in this regard.
“Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.” Jeremiah 50:16
“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
“We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.” Jeremiah 51:6,9
“My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
“And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.” Jeremiah 51:45,46
“Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.” Jeremiah 51:50
There is no question that all who Fear and SEEK the Holy ONE of Israel should be getting out of the lands of our captors, as HE is wreaking havoc among the Nations, especially the United States! And again, according to Scripture, only those in whose hearts GOD puts the desire to leave will seek ways to return. These few – the Remnant – will turn to the Holy ONE and will observe and do HIS Book of the Law without fail. Again, we have no Prophets going from one group to another or from one state and/or country to another talking about “The Time of the End” or “It’s time to flee and to return.” The Holy ONE is speaking to a very elite “ELECT” – a Remnant of the Nation of Israel, and HE is putting the desire to return in their hearts. And if you, per se, truly desire to serve and worship the Most High GOD of Israel in the land, I would think that HE would know this and encourage “you” to return, i.e., HE would put it in your heart to do so. And if Our Holy ONE doesn’t, then “you” will continue to say, “It’s not time to go home, I’m not ready to go home, and I ain’t goin’ no where!”
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
“The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Isaiah 1:2,3
AS IT IS WRITTEN IN GOD’s BOOK OF THE LAW
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”
As we all know, the Holy ONE of Israel loves those who love HIM and KEEP HIS Commandments:
“Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
“And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.” Deuteronomy 7:12,13
“For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
“In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” Isaiah 63:8,9
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
“Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.” Jeremiah 31:3,4
LET US RETURN TO KEEPING GOD’s BOOK OF THE LAW AS IT IS WRITTEN
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it:
thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
Only a meager few foolish Israelites will profess that GOD’s Book of the Law has been annulled, and they are the ones who believe in jc and the teachings of the “New Testament” rather than GOD’s Ways of Righteousness. And I think all other Israelites acknowledge GOD’s Laws, Statutes, and Judgments, even if they don’t keep them. For this section of this Message, I would like to focus on GOD’s Book of the Law, AS IT IS WRITTEN and as our requirement for returning home (Deuteronomy 30th Chapter).
Throughout the “Old Testament” we can read about GOD’s Book of the Law and its impact on our forefathers be it good or bad. In this writing, I’ll focus on the keeping of GOD’s LAW exactly as it is written and the benefits of observing this Righteous Path!
The Prophet Joshua advised our forefathers and those of us living today…
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:7,8
This is what the Prophet Joshua told the Israelites after wandering forty years in the Wilderness and when they were about to enter the Land of Canaan. When you think about it, under GOD’s guidance, he was giving them a road map to success.
Another remarkable time that we learn significant information about GOD’s Book of the Law is when King David cautions his son, Solomon, to keep GOD’s Law AS IT IS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES:
“I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
“And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
“That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.” I Kings 2:2 – 4
When Ezra and Nehemiah and the Judahites returned from Babylonian captivity they, too, saw the dire need to keep GOD’s Book of the Law AS IT IS WRITTEN:
“Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
“They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it iswritten, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;” Ezra 3:2,4
“And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
“And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.” Nehemiah 8:1,2
“Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
“And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.” Nehemiah 8:7,8,9
Notice how Our Merciful GOD of Israel ALWAYS makes a way for us to learn EXACTLY how we are to observe and live HIS Law. More importantly, HE even leaves word for those of us living today to REMEMBER HIS LAW:
“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.” Malachi 4:4
Why does the Holy ONE place so much emphasis on keeping HIS Book of the Law “as it is written” and according to “the Law of Moses?” Why?!!!
The reason is that our forefathers (as well as the heathens) changed HIS Laws and Ordinances. They ate what they chose, they worshipped what they chose, they married Canaanite women, they put whom they desired in GOD’s Holy Temple, and they rebelled against GOD’s Prophets causing Our Holy ONE to forsake the whole Nation of Israel. For these reasons if we are sincere about returning to GOD’s Ways, then we must study directly from GOD’s Book of the Law to live by it and to teach from it. Thus, by doing what’s written therein, we cannot go wrong. This is Our GOD’s purpose in COMMANDING us to follow HIS Ways according to HIS Book of the Law that HE gave to the Prophet Moses to TEACH to the Children of Israel. If it is in our hearts to follow this road map, then WE WILL BE PROSPEROUS ON GOD’s BEATEN PATH for HE will direct our way and make us successful in all that we must do!
Case and point: Ironically, every single time we want to learn or review information about GOD’s Feast Days, we turn straight to Leviticus 23rd Chapter and other passages IN THE LAW that expound on these observances and teach from them. This is good and is precisely what we are supposed to do. BUT! And I emphasize “BUT” because when it comes to GOD’s Holy Sabbath Day of Rest, we refuse to go to ALL the Law AS IT IS WRITTEN – “abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day (Exodus 16:29).” Why and how can we dismiss this most important information? This makes no sense to me. We can’t pick and choose out of GOD’s Law that which we want to do and then ignore what we don’t desire to do. “Abide” in your place on the Seventh Day is what is written in the Law. Therefore, this is what we must accept, otherwise, we are not following GOD’s Law of the Sabbath Day of Rest but rather changing it.
Many questions arise as to “HOW” we are to observe GOD’s Holy Seventh Day of Rest, and if we are obedient to the COMMANDMENT to abide in our places on this day, then most questions are quite easily answered - REST, BE REFRESHED, DON’T COOK, DON’T ENTERTAIN, DON’T TRAVEL, AND KEEP GOD’S SEVENTH DAY HOLY! All other passages in GOD’s Word to HIS Prophets, regarding the Law of the Sabbath, only corroborate that which is written in GOD’s Book of the Law and perfectly, I might add.
We can’t determine to keep GOD’s Book of the Law in one breath and then change it in another! We must humble ourselves to fully accept ALL of GOD’s Laws, Statutes, and Judgments, or we will not be blessed with prosperity and safety. We have no choice but to seek and follow GOD’s Paths that HE set in stone for us so many, many hundreds of years ago, and we must NOT make and take “new” paths according to our understanding and certainly not according to the understanding of those who are not Israelites. The Prophet Moses taught us from GOD’s Book of the Law, and we must profess and teach it AS IT IS WRITTEN. This is what Our GOD YIHOVAH requires of us (Deuteronomy 10:12,13), and this is what we must do. Actually, we have no choice!
“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16
“Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;” Jeremiah 18:15
It is up to the Righteous Remnant that the GOD of Israel will call to make the TOTAL DIFFERENCE in serving and worshipping HIM. But this Remnant, you can be sure, will stand tall and strong for the keeping of GOD’s Book of the Law as it is written and in every respect: Laws, Statutes, AND JUDGMENTS!
WE MUST SEPARATE OURSELVES FROM ALL EVIL AND WICKEDNESS
“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”
“As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.”
“The Remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down,
and none shall make them afraid.”
We don’t hear too much about that old adage, “One rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel.” But it is yet a very, very true saying. Likewise this adage applies to consorting with “religious” groups (and individuals) that follow ways that are contrary to GOD’s Book of the Law. Time and time again, the Holy ONE of Israel cautions us against following the ways of the heathen, as well as joining with the evil and the wicked.
Case and point: The LORD GOD of Israel was with King Jehoshaphat because he walked in the ways of his father David and taught his people out of GOD’s Book of the Law. But King Jehoshaphat made a grave error! He joined himself with Ahaziah, King of Israel “who did very wickedly,” to make ships to go to Tarshish. But the Holy ONE was not happy, and said, “Because thou has joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works, And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish” (II Chronicles 20:35 – 37).
While this passage alone should be enough to cause us to understand that we should not be joined with those who do evil and wickedly, I shall add others to further support and prove my point.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
“For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalm 1:1,2,5,6
“But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.” Psalm 4:3
“I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
“I have hated the congregation of evildoers; and will not sit with the wicked.
“Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:” Psalm 26:4,5,9
“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
“Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
“For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” Isaiah 51:1 - 3
So, for what reason should we join unto those who do evil and who do not follow GOD’s Paths? Thus, given the above Scripture, if we “follow after righteousness,” i.e., GOD’s Ways of Righteousness – HIS Book of the Law, then we must ALSO separate ourselves from those who do not. And if we don’t, then surely they will influence us and cause our hearts to turn from the Holy ONE of Israel to do all manner of evil and wickedness.
I might add that throughout GOD’s Law and HIS WORD to HIS Prophets, HE speaks against taking gifts and speaks for using Righteous Judgments according to HIS Law. The Holy ONE of Israel teaches us that “gifts” blind the wise and pervert the words of the Righteous (Exodus 23:8). Gifts, favors, rank, and also money, more than anything, can deeply influence people and cause them to be led astray.
“The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.” Psalm 34:16
“Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
“Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
“Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
“Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.” Psalm 58:1 – 5
“Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
“And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
“Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
“And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
“Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:2 – 6
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
“As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
“They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
“And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
“For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.”
Hosea 4:6 - 10
THIS IS WHY WE CANNOT BE JOINED UNTO THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ABRAHAM AND MOSES.
When we are strong in the Fear of the Holy ONE of Israel and determined to keep HIS Book of the Law, then we can recognize these shortcomings or rather evils quite easily and in the Name of the Holy ONE of Israel speak out against them and in support of GOD’s Truth – HIS Ways of Righteousness.
“Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.” Leviticus 19:15
“Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
“And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,” Deuteronomy 6:17,18
“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.” Deuteronomy 8:6
“As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.” Psalm 125:5
“And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
“And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
“And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.”
Ezekiel 20:42 – 44
Let those of us who desire to go home be wise to live by GOD’s Book of the Law AND to recognize all manner of unrighteousness and separate ourselves from it. The Holy ONE is with HIS Righteous Servants, and HE knows who follows HIM. Likewise, we will know who follows the Holy ONE by people’s words and their actions.
“To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20
Those seeking to do GOD’s Will do not mingle with the rebellious ones who work against GOD’s Ways. But they are strong and encouraged to RELY on the Holy ONE for their needs and not the wicked for their favors.
LET US TRUST IN THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL TO FULFILL HIS PROMISES TO CAUSE ISRAEL TO RETURN
“And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts,
that they shall not depart from me.
“Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
“For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil
upon this people, so will I bring upon them
all the good that I have promised them.”
Jeremiah 32:39 – 42
“O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words
do good to him that walketh uprightly?”
From time to time I hear from different ones about their desires to leave the States. And always, I believe them, but then I don’t hear from them any more. This doesn’t really disturb me, but I just wonder what it will take for them to really get serious and make the decision to sell what they have and get out alive while they can.
When Ezra and Nehemiah returned to the land from Babylonian captivity, they were so very determined to live under GOD’s Law in Righteousness and be re-established as a Kingdom. But their dreams never manifest, all because of stiffnecked Hebrew Israelites who flatly refused to not only observe GOD’s Holy Sabbath Day of Rest, but who also flatly refused to serve and worship the Holy ONE of Israel. Thus, the reason GOD washed HIS Hands of HIS Chosen People and caused the Greeks to remove them far from their borders (Joel 3:6).
However, (at that time) Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s efforts to beseech the Holy ONE of Israel did not fall on deaf ears. The Holy ONE was indeed Merciful for HE recognized their desires to live by HIS Book of the Law and thus, heard their cries for help – just one more time HE proved them to see if they would serve and worship HIM according to HIS Ways (albeit to no avail for later the Judahites and other Israelites went the way of their forefathers, and they, too, were cast into captivity unto this day):
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
“For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
“So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.”
Ezra 8:21 – 23
“Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it:
“And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.
“And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.” Nehemiah 9:36 – 38
Once again we are faced with returning home just as were those who had it in their hearts to return to the Holy ONE of Israel and to our heritage. This time, we have to make it work!
We must determine to live for the Holy ONE of Israel and do that which we were formed to do – show forth the Praises of the Holy ONE of Israel and Exalt ONLY HIM! If we do not make plans to return now, then the chances that we will be successful later are very slim. Remember, the Holy ONE is to destroy all Nations that took HIS Chosen People captive (Jeremiah 30:11). Don’t be caught up in this destruction. And do note that Our Holy ONE of Israel did not tell us to “Flee” Babylon for naught.
If but ten families will leave Babylon and be joined together under GOD’s Book of the Law and appeal to the Holy ONE as did Ezra and Nehemiah with supplication and fasting, HE will hear us. I know what HE has done for my Righteous forefathers, I know what HE has done for me, and I know what HE can do for all of us who Trust and Fear HIM to do HIS Will.
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:17 - 19
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
“And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
“Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?” Joel 2:12 – 14
WE CAN DO THIS!!! We can cause Our Holy ONE of Israel to hear us. We only need to show HIM that we are serious about seeking HIM according to HIS Book of the Law AS IT IS WRITTEN and without adding to or diminishing from it!
Join with me, and let us appeal to Our ONLY Savior, the Most High GOD of Israel. HE awaits us. HE did not open our eyes to HIS Truth for naught. These are the troublous times spoken of by Jeremiah the Prophet, and if we be willing to live according to the Laws GOD gave to the Prophet Moses, then we will be saved out of this death and destruction. And indeed we admit to these being the “Latter Days,” but we neglect to do what’s so necessary to be saved out of the destruction that is due to befall our captors.
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7
“And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
“Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
“The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.” Jeremiah 30:22 - 24
Upon our return, if we humble ourselves and demonstrate strict and relentless observance of GOD’s Book of the Law and ABSOLUTE belief and trust in the Holy ONE of Israel, HE will make us the wiser to live and do HIS Law in Righteousness. Of this I have no doubts:
“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:14,15
“And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
“And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:3,4
“Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness:
it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.”
O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD OUR GOD IS GOOD!
“Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
“Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
“And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD:
and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.”
Isaiah 62:10 – 12
I cannot stress this enough: All we need do is return to Our GOD of Israel – Our ONLY SAVIOR - in ways that HE requires – AS IT IS WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK OF THE LAW! And our Holy ONE of Israel will be with us and for us just as HE was for the Remnant that returned from Babylonian captivity.
If the Holy ONE has put it in your heart to return, then it is time! HE will be with us, so long as we resign ourselves to live HIS LAW in Righteousness. We have HIS WORD, and HE has failed no one who professed HIS WORD and did it. If HE will keep HIS Promises to us, then let us VOW to seek and follow HIS Book of the Law AS IT IS WRITTEN! O taste and see that our GOD of Israel is JUST and GOOD!
FEAR AND GLORY YIHOVAH AND HIS BOOK OF THE LAW ALWAYS!
Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel for HIS Holy Name’s Sake