THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
“…they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, AND THAT THOUGHT UPON HIS NAME.
“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Then shall return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
Malachi 3:16 - 18
August 19, 2002
Throughout GOD’s Book of the Law and HIS Word to all HIS Righteous Prophets, the Israelites are COMMANDED to live and follow GOD’s Ways and are encouraged to live and do GOD’s Ordinances Righteously. WHY??? The reason is that Our Holy ONE of Israel wants us to be a “Holy People” because HE is “HOLY,” and so “that there be no wickedness among you.”
“Sanctify yourslves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
“And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.”
“And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” Leviticus 20:26
As you are well aware, we have hundreds of Laws, Statutes, and Judgments in GOD’s Book of the Law that we are COMMANDED to follow. And if and when we DO NOT abide by these Laws, we are either to be “cut off from among their people” or put to death” depending upon the severity of the transgression. For example, the couple that has intercourse while the woman is unclean, the two are cut off from their people. For profaning GOD’s Sabbath, the punishment is death. If one is clean and is not in a journey and does not keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from among his people. And for going after other gods to serve them, the sentence is death.
“Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.
“Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
“That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 22:31 - 33
Why is the Holy ONE of Israel so determined to give us Righteous DIRECTION? The answer is easy: HE wants to dwell among us in HIS Holy Land. Therefore, we must be a Righteous People in order to Exalt HIM, show forth HIS Praise, and be a “LIGHT” to the Gentiles for HIS Holy Name’s Sake (Isaiah 42:6).
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
”Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.” Isaiah 45:22 - 24
“And I will walk among you, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”
“Defile not therefore the land which ye shall in habit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.” Numbers 35:34
Would we invite a rapist to live in our household? Would we have poisonous snakes in our homes? Would we permit drug dealers to teach our children sports? Would we permit a known abuser to baby-sit our children? Would we choose leaders who have no knowledge of the GOD of Israel? Would we permit an Israelite to head our congregations who is known to worship false gods? Would we follow leaders who do not teach and demand that the People Fear the Holy ONE of Israel and Keep HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments???
If we know that Our Holy ONE of Israel did not want the evil and wicked to be among us, why then do we join their Camps?
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
“Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.
“But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.” Deuteronomy 4:2 - 4
The bottom line is that we are COMMANDED to put evil from among us. Our GOD of Israel will not dwell with us if we choose to have evil and wickedness in our midst.
“Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?” Deuteronomy 31 :17
If our leaders are not teaching us GOD’s Book of the Law and insisting that we live by it, then they are not doing GOD’s Will. And we should know to discern that they are not men of the All-Mighty GOD of Israel. Therefore, we should not be connected with them, i.e., they should not be in our midst!
“Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
“Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;
“And hath confirmed the same to Jacob FOR A LAW, and to Israel for an EVERLASTING COVENANT,” I Chronicles16:15 - 17
“And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
“For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the and, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”
We, as a People, have been under control for so long that we feel we have to have leaders, preachers, supervisors, managers, and you name it to be over us. This attitude only stems from enslavement. The Slave Masters maintained barbaric Slave Drivers over us from morning until night, and they showed the Slaves no mercy. This manner of leadership bears everything wrong.
However, there is nothing wrong with our having leaders over us, but they must FEAR the Most High GOD of Israel to do HIS Will. As a matter of fact, Our GOD wants us to choose wise leaders to lead and guide us.
“Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.” Deuteronomy 1:13
Just because a Brother or Sister speaks Hebrew, wears Hebrew garb, and calls him/herself an Israelite MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING if this person does not Fear the GOD of Israel and know to discern what’s right from wrong according to what thust saith the LORD GOD of Israel. Just because a leader took a group of people from the USA to Liberia and then on to Israel does not mean that he Fears GOD and is teaching GOD’s Truth. And to believe such a thought is one tremendous mistake. One cannot imagine all the distress, despair, and death that occurred on this long voyage to Israel. Hence, we must know who we have over us, and if we don’t, then herein is where we fail Our GOD, ourselves, and our People miserably. Without a doubt, we must be joined with Israelites (and the Stranger) who live to keep and do GOD’s Book of the Law, or we set ourselves up to fail. When we have leaders over us who teach their own views, i.e., the imaginations of their evil hearts, then we will NOT be taught GOD’s Ways but rather mans’ ways. And we all should know what happens when we follow evil and wicked men who do not Fear the Holy ONE of Israel to do HIS Will. We fall prey to them and are at their command and grow farther and farther from Our GOD and HIS Truth.
“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” Isaiah 9:16
“My people hath been lost sheep: their SHEPHERDS have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.” Jeremiah 50:6 (Caps. are mine.)
How do I know all of this? I know from being involved with leaders who did not and do not teach out of GOD’s Law. Albeit, this last leader, Ben Ammi, has many followers in his camp, as well as others associated with him who magnify him, even though he does not teach out of GOD’s Book of the Law. THIS IS INSANE! When GOD’s Prophets advise us to use Righteous Judgment and to “DISCERN BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED” our cue is to either remove such people from among us or leave that Congregation! This is wisdom!!! And if we don’t, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. With the All-Mighty GOD of Israel being my Merciful GOD that I depend on to lead and guide me, I left Ben Ammi’s Camp and haven’t once looked back or regretted it - not once. Actually, I am the wiser, ALL PRAISES DUE TO THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL! And I assure you that with all the sickness, chaos and confusion, and death in Ben’s Camp, the Holy ONE of Israel, without question, certainly is not there!
“But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 2:8
The All-Mighty GOD of Israel does not play games. Upon finding GOD’s Truth, if our leaders, teachers, priests or any one of us turn from HIM and HIS Ways, HE will indeed cause us to walk backwards. You can count on it!
“Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
“That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;” Isaiah 44:24,25
I pray that all who have leaders claiming to be men of GOD, teachers of Truth, GOD’s Messengers, or Servants of the GOD of Israel that you will make them prove themselves. And there is but ONE WAY to do this. They must follow GOD’s Book of the Law (AS IT IS WRITTEN), Exalt the Holy ONE of Israel, speak in HIS Holy Name, and Fear, Hope, and Trust in ONLY HIM! This is the litmus test that determines true men of GOD. If this is not the direction of your leader and group, then you have a decision to make, for the Holy ONE does not dwell among us if we are not doing HIS Will.
Our GOD of Israel has been just and fair in every way that HE has dealt with us. HE has left many, many records regarding exactly how we are to walk HIS Paths of Righteousness. HE has left no stone unturned. Not only did HE send to our forefathers HIS Prophet Moses with HIS Glorious Book of the Law, but HE also sent many, many other Prophets to stress belief in ONLY HIM and to emphasize the significance of keeping all the Laws, Statutes, and Judgments written in HIS Book of the Law.
“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
”Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.” II Kings 17:13,14
“Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.
“Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.” Nehemiah 9:30,31
And unto this day, even after all these hundreds of years that we have been in exile under the control of our enemies, GOD’s Word still prevails in order to lead and guide us, so that we will know HIS Truth and know exactly HOW to return to HIM. Yes, the Holy ONE has not failed us, but rather has left a Righteous Path for us to follow - one that leads to HIM enabling us to serve and worship HIM according to the same ways HE taught the Children of Israel when they were in the Wilderness.
“Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will OBSERVE TO DO ACCORDING TO ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED THEM, AND ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW that my servant Moses commanded them.” II Kings 21:8
What more could Our Holy ONE of Israel have said to make us know that our leaders must teach us to follow HIS Book of the Law?! Is this not enough verification that we must follow all HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments? Is this not enough verification that our leaders must be determined to live by GOD’s Ordinances without adding to or diminishing from them?
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2
THIS IS WISDOM! This is information that Our Merciful GOD of Israel has left for those of us who seek HIM! We have all the facts at our hands to use to lead and guide us, as well as to steer us clear of leaders and people who do not wish to live by the teachings the Holy ONE gave to the Prophet Moses for our Way of Life.
After all that has happened to our forefathers: the idol worship, the punishment, the death, the famine, and their captivity, and above all, the oppression and affliction we now face, don’t we need to step back and contemplate our dilemma in order to discern and determine what’s wicked and what’s Righteousness according to GOD’s Book of the Law?
We are an intelligent People, and we know to read and judge right from wrong. Therefore, we CANNOT continue to permit our leaders to disseminate falsehoods and/or mixed messages. It must be GOD’s Book of the Law that will be the Path for us to follow, and that’s all there is to it! And we cannot fear these men to NOT tell them GOD’s Word regarding the matter. If we don’t, then we jeopardize our lives. No man - NO MAN is worth following and causing us to lose our lives!
As the Holy ONE of Israel has promised, HE WILL RECOVER THE SEED OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND ESTABLISH THEM IN THEIR HERITAGE - not in the United States, not in South America, not in Africa, but in the Land of our fathers - the Land of Israel.
“Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
“For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity o my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” Jeremiah 30:2
“Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
“For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” Jeremiah 30:10,11
Let it be known, that Our Merciful Holy ONE of Israel has not forsaken us. HE is still advising and warning us individually, as well as through many Servants true to HIM and HIS Book of the Law. And it’s not difficult to find those who are true to GOD’s Word and HIS Ways of Righteousness.
Just know and realize that with all things we must discern what’s right and what’s evil, and discern who is and who is not a person in the Fear of the GOD of Israel. And it’s so easy to make this determination. If people advocate living and doing GOD’s Book of the Law and are NOT joined unto evil doers, then more than likely, they are seeking to follow GOD’s Ways of Righteousness. But still they should be watched to see if they practice what they preach. And no one need introduce us to anything “New.” For everything that we are to know and do is already etched in indelible ink in GOD’s Book of the Law. Therefore, if anything else other than this Divine Law is the teaching, then we know that the GOD of Israel is not with these people or among their group. This applies to all those calling themselves leaders, teachers, and priests over the Children of Israel. And again, under these circumstances if these leaders are not following GOD’s Ways, then it behooves us to either remove the person or remove ourselves. It’s not worth the risk to keep the leader or even remain with the group and assume that we can separate ourselves from his iniquity and works that go against GOD’s Ways. Let’s not delude ourselves. If was for good reason that the Prophet Moses spoke these words to Korah and his company:
“And he [Moses] spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will cause to come near unto him.” Numbers 16:5
The same is happening again, O Israel, for we have a truly Merciful GOD of Israel that loves us and wants us to follow HIS Book of the Law in Truth and in Righteousness for HIS Holy Name’s Sake.
“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
“Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.” Isaiah 60:21
“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.” Zephaniah 3:13
And this “Righteous Remnant” will know NOT to be joined with evil and wicked ones who do not Fear the Holy ONE of Israel and who do not live and do HIS Book of the Law.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
“A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
“Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
“He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
“I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.” Psalm 101:3,4,6 - 8 “A PSALM OF DAVID” - a man after GOD’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14)
O that we had leaders, teachers, and priests after GOD’s own heart, i.e., people who Feared GOD to do HIS Will! And when we do, I’ll be one of the first to suggest that this person be a Captain in Israel for GOD’s Holy Name’s Sake. And it will happen!
I pray constantly for the Holy ONE to intervene among us to reveal the Truth of the matters for all to see, so that the sincere ones can find rest and peace in GOD’s Righteous Ways. And in this process, just know that Our Most High GOD of Israel is picking and choosing and protecting those of us who trust in HIM and who pray to understand HIS Way in order to live Righteously.
Finally, if the Holy ONE of Israel says that HE loves “Judgment” (Isaiah 61:8), then we must learn what this means and apply this “JUDGMENT” Righteously in order to keep the evil and wicked transgressors at bay and from among us. Otherwise, they will surely sabotage our every effort to return to Our GOD of Israel and bring us down in the process. Evil doers do not teach the Ways of GOD! That’s why they are called “EVIL DOERS,” and therefore, they have no place among us. Even Our GOD of Israel will “purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me…” (Ezekiel 20). Is this not good enough reason to begin to rid ourselves of these rebels right NOW?!
There is no guide, direction, path, or whatever you choose to call it greater than GOD’s Ways of wisdom and knowledge and Righteousness the HE gave to HIS Prophets for the betterment of the Children of Israel. But we have to accept HIS Way and HIS Word as it was given to us from HIS Prophet Moses and EXACTLY as it is written in HIS Book of the Law. In more ways than one, this Book is our life!
If we are not about Exalting Our GOD of Israel and magnifying HIM and HIS Holy Name in every way, then we are not doing that which Israelites were formed to do.
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.” Isaiah 43:21
Not one of GOD’s Righteous Prophets or Priests encouraged or suggested that he be magnified. They all served a purpose, and that was for the PRAISE and GLORY of the Holy ONE of Israel and HIS Law. If our leaders do not pattern themselves after GOD’s Prophets, then we do not need them. And above all, we should know that we do not need leaders who have teachings that are contrary to GOD’s Law and that are not about the Messages of GOD’s Prophets. By all means, we should know and understand that it is wrong to worship and/or give Glory to anyone but the Holy ONE of Israel for HE is Our LORD GOD and Our ONLY Savior. And if our leaders do GOD’s Will, then we should comply with what’s written and their teachings from GOD’s Law and respect them for their charge in being Servants of the GOD of Israel. No more, no less. Our GOD sent us shepherds because they bore HIS Message - a Message that we should consider, hear, and take to heart.
“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
Discerning between what’s Righteousness and what’s wickedness is the first sign that the Dry Bones are awakening! Wake up, Dry Bones! Seek GOD’s Truth from men who Fear HIM to do HIS Will until we return and are taught by GOD’s Righteous PASTORS! It’s later than we think!
“…thy [Priests] shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
“And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies;
and they shall hallow my sabbaths.”
“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
FEAR AND GLORY YIHOVAH ALWAYS!
Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel for HIS Exaltation and for HIS Holy Name’s Sake