The Road Map of Life
Published by: Rev. Dr. James H. Robertson
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Scriptures used are from the Scriptures 98+, except where marked.
Rev. Dr. James H. Robertson
I knew a man in New Orleans that sold everything he owned and gave it to the church. Now why did he do that? He felt he needed to give everything he had to YAHWEH. Why did he do that?
First why did he sell everything he owned and give it to the church? Three simple words. He wanted to. He had the desire to. Why did he give it to YAHWEH? And more importantly why did he give it all? Lets answer the why all. In Acts chapter five there is a story about Hananyah, let me read you the first verse in chapter five:
Acts 5:1 The Scriptures 1998+,(1) But a certain man named Hananyah, with Shappirah his wife, sold a possession.
Now I know what you’re thinking, sold a possession, that isn’t selling all. Let me read on:
Acts 5:2-4 The Scriptures 1998+,(2) And he kept back from the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the feet of the emissaries. (3) But Kepha said, “Hananyah, why has HaSatan filled your heart to lie to the Set-apart Spirit and keep back from the price of the land for yourself? (4) “While it remained, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your authority? Why have you conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to Elohim.”
Ok, so what did Hananyah do? He had told Kepha that he was going to sell his possessions and give it to YAHWEH. Have you ever done that?
When he sold it he decided to keep some of it and make them think he gave it his all. Have you ever done that? What happened to Hananyah? Well, it’s in the next verse:
Acts 5:5 The Scriptures 1998+, (5) Then Hananyah, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all those who heard of this.
He died Brothers and Sisters, by lying to YAHWEH. Have you ever done that?
Now let’s answer why he gave it all to that church. You have to understand his wife and kids thought he was crazy. So did the pastor but he was glad to get the money. The church’s its name was MidCity Baptist, it was in the middle of the city of New Orleans. It was a huge church; they had about 5,000 during the Sunday morning services. It had a school, grades 1 through grade 12. They had about one thousand students. The choir there was about 100 men and women.
As it would be, they lost the entire building of the church and school; because a major player with the church absconded with all of its possessions. He took every penny that church had. It was in the millions. So, they started meeting in a high school gym. Their first Sunday was about 200 people. Actually for several months it was between 100 and 200 people.
Now this man had a business that generated more than a million dollars per year. He had a big wonderful house and cars and…well you get the picture. But he was one of the faithful few that stayed with that church. The reason he sold all of his possessions including his house and everything he owned, it wasn’t what he could get in return. He was about to lose his wife and kids because they thought he had lost his mind. He wanted the Word of YAHWEH to get out to all. He knew about Hananyah and his wife and he knew what happened to them when they sold their possessions and didn’t give their all. But he wasn’t concerned about that. HE was so sad that all of those who used to come to Mid City, those that had plenty, quit coming. He knew then that most people don’t listen to the Word of YAHWEH, because they won’t read the Word of YAHWEH. He wanted to make sure that YAHWEHs’ Word got out to all and he was willing to give his all. Have you ever done that?
MidCity became Crescent Baptist church, one of the largest churches in the south. It has an even larger school that teaches the Word of YAHWEH to the children. They learn reading and writing and arithmetic. But more important, they learn the Word of YAHWEH. They learn how to use the Word of YAHWEH in their lives and most of them teach it to their families and friends.
That person’ possessions that he sold have grown larger than he could have ever hoped. He gave because he had a desire to, he gave because he knew the World of YAHWEH, but he gave because of one very important word. What is that word? Belief. He had faith in YAHWEH and he had faith in YAHWEHs’ Word. This man had a vision of just having a way for people to learn the Word of YAHWEH.
By the way, he opened a new business a year later and was making much more than he could have ever imagined when I left New Orleans in 1973. Did he stop giving? No!
As all should do!
2 Timothy 3:16 The Scriptures 1998+, (16) All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,
Nothing that you can see came into existence just happened or by itself. Everything must be created and therefore there must be a creator.
YAHWEH has a desire to talk with us and the Bible is the tool in which He can speak or communicate with us! So therefore the Bible is the Road Map of Life and the inspired Word of YAHWEH.
Yahshua told us that the Scriptures are truth and as important as food.
John 17:17 The Scriptures 1998+, (17) “Set them apart in Your truth – Your Word is truth.
Matthew 4:4 The Scriptures 1998+, (4) But He answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of YAHWEH.’ ”
Deuteronomy 8:3 The Scriptures 1998+, (3) “And He humbled you, and let you suffer hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, to make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes from the mouth of YAHWEH.
The Word of YAHWEH tells us that it can be trusted always.
Matthew 5:18 The Scriptures 1998+, (18) “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.”
The Bible is a covenant between YAHWEH and man!
The Authority and Power of the Word
John 1:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+, (1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. (2) He was in the beginning with Elohim.
Moses was probably the first of the people to write down what YAHWEH was telling the prophets, Moses being a prophet of YAHWEH. So in the beginning the Word was given to Moses to write, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. So this is that YAHWEH and actually the Holy Spirit moved the prophets to write the scriptures. So this is how the scriptures were originally given.
So we ask ourselves what profit are the scriptures to the believer.
Let’s look at: 2 Timothy 3:16 The Scriptures 1998+, (16) All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,
The scriptures are a road map for us:
In that the scriptures do tell us the path to walk.
The scriptures teach us what wrong we do:
This is at a conscious and unconscious level.
They teach us the true meaning of YAHWEH:
*By his Word as the Master of our life.
*Above all teach us to do YAHWEH’s will.
*YAHWEH’s way of preparing us for good things.
*what He wants us to do.
So when we have committed ourselves to the Power and Authority of Yahshua HaMashiach, what as newborn believers, are we exhorted to do?
1 Kepha 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the unadulterated milk of the Word, in order that you grow by it,
2 Timothy 2:15, Do your utmost to present yourself approved to Elohim, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.
Each day we are to crave spiritual nourishment and grow for Salvation, We are to spread the Word of YAHWEH and not be ashamed of it:
As in John 1:1, the Word is “Yahshua, or Y’shua.”
In while we are submitting to the Power and Authority of Yahshua, we must submit to the Power and Authority of the written Word of YAHWEH. YAHWEH’s written Word is His thoughts, opinions, ideas and personality that is, YAHWEH’s Word is His expressed WILL to man.
Luke 6:46 The Scriptures 1998+,(46) “But why do you call Me ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do what I say?
In that if you won’t obey the Word of YAHWEH then you can’t call him Master.
If you obey the Word of YAHWEH then Yahshua can teach you strength, and those who won’t obey crumble and die.
Now, no matter what our opinions, objections, or reasoning’s might be, they must be brought into submission to YAHWEH’s Word.
So, what must we do with any reasoning’s, imaginations, or any thoughts that would exalt itself above YAHWEH’s Word?
2 Corinthians 10:5 The Scriptures 1998+,(5) overthrowing reasoning’s and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Mashiach,
To use YAHWEH’s Word as a weapon to overcome our rebellious ideas:
Matthew 4:4 The Scriptures 1998+, (4) But He answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of YAHWEH.’ ”
That this is the spiritual food of those born from above that we must feed on the Word of YAHWEH!
2 Corinthians 4:4 The Scriptures 1998+, (4) in whom the mighty one of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of the Mashiach, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them.
In essence, what has the mighty one of this world done?
HaSatan has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Word of YAHWEH that is shining upon them, because we are in a world filled with carnality and sin, we find that sin and the things of this world have molded our minds. So we must transform our minds.
Romans 12:2 The Scriptures 1998+, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim.
Ephesians 5:26-27 The Scriptures 1998+(26) in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. (27) in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of this sort, but that it might be set-apart and blameless.
2 Corinthians 3:18 The Scriptures 1998+ (18) And we all, as with unveiled face we see as in a mirror the esteem of יהוה, are being transformed into the same likeness from esteem to esteem, as from יהוה, the Spirit.
YAHWEH can change what you think so you will know the will of YAHWEH and how perfect it really is:
*We will be without fault without a spot or a
*We will be transformed:
*We will be washed in the blood of Yahshua:
*We will be Kadosh:
*We will be immersed in the Ruach HaKadosh:
We can also be excluded from the life of YAHWEH.
Ephesians 4:17-18 The Scriptures 1998+,(17) So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk,1 in the futility of their mind, Footnote: 11 Cor. 12:2, and Jer. 10:2. (18) having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart,
*By confusion, Immoral and Depraved, having a closed mind and living in darkness.
Why do YAHWEH’s people perish?
Hosea 4:6 The Scriptures 1998+ (6) “My people have perished for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also forget your children.
*Because they don’t know YAHWEH and don’t seek the teaching of YAHWEH!
From these scriptures we see that for lack of knowledge the people perish. It is Satan’s will to keep men blinded to the Word of YAHWEH and the life and the light that is in it. Ignorance of it can exclude us from the life of YAHWEH and consequently keep us bound to sin, darkness, misery and the power of the wicked one.
Consequently, the Scriptures is YAHWEH’s greatest gift to mankind. From its pages YAHWEH Himself directs us in the way we should go, imparting to us wisdom and understanding that we may no longer be slaves of the evil one, but sons of YAHWEH; sharing the inheritance of the saints in light.’
David told to us about the guidance that comes from YAHWEH’s word in:
Psalms 119:105, Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
And the wisdom of YAHWEH’s Word in:
Psalms 119:98-100, Your commands make me wiser than my enemies; For it is ever before me. (99) I have more understanding than all my teachers, For Your witnesses are my study. (100) I understand more than the aged, For I have observed Your orders.
YAHWEH’s word makes us wiser than our enemies:
*YAHWEH’s word is a guide for our life.
*YAHWEH’s word gives us more insight.
* teaches us to keep the commandments.
David also tells us what meditation in the Word can do for us:
Psalms 119:45-46 That I might walk in a broad place, For I have sought Your orders; (46) That I might speak of Your witnesses before sovereigns, And not be ashamed;
*We shall walk in freedom while we keep the
*We shall spread the Word to everyone and
not be ashamed.
We as believers trust in YAHWEH’s Word, so we seek assurances:
Psalms 119:89, Forever, O יהוה, Your word stands firm in the heavens.
Numbers 23:19 “Ěl is not a man, to lie; nor a son of man, to repent! Has He said, and would He not do it; or spoken, and would not confirm it?
Matthew 24:35, “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
*YAHWEH’s word will be firm in heaven.
*YAHWEH’s promises are always carried out.
*YAHWEH has always acted what he spoke.
*Heaven and earth may disappear but YAHWEH’s
Word will remain.
*Meditation of YAHWEH’s word gives life and health to the physical bodies of His children.
Proverbs 4:20-22, My son, listen to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from your eyes; Guard them in the midst of your heart; (22) For they are life to those who find them, And healing to all their flesh.
*YAHWEH’s Words give life to the heart
*YAHWEH’s Words give life to our spirit
*YAHWEH’s Words gives health to those who listen
Those who listen and keep them in their hearts will always be healed by his Words.
So the definition of meditation in YAHWEH’s Words is more than just a casual reading of the scriptures, but seeking diligently the revelation of the Word from Yahweh Himself.
Psalms 1:1-3, Blessed is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong, And shall not stand in the path of sinners, And shall not sit in the seat of scoffers, (2) But his delight is in the Torah of YAHWEH, And he meditates in His Torah day and night. (3) For he shall be as a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That yields its fruit in its season, And whose leaf does not wither, And whatever he does prospers.
If we meditate in YAHWEH’s Word day and night we:
*Shall have joy of not being wicked.
*Shall delight in what Yahweh wants.
*Will bear fruit without fail.
*And in everything we do, Shall prosper.
The Word for Born From Above Believers is a spiritual armor and that armor is the SWORD of the spirit:
Ephesians 6:17, Take also the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim.
The description of the SWORD:
Heb 4:12-13, For the Word of Elohim is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all are naked and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom is our account
*It is full of living power.
*It cuts deep into our inner most thoughts.
*Nothing can hide from it, everything is
*We must explain to YAHWEH all that we have
As we dwell in the Word of YAHWEH, its edge cuts away from our lives all things that are offensive and evil. The Word in our mouths pierces the hearts of those who hear us and brings conviction of sin.
We as believers who hear the Word of YAHWEH and do it:
Acts 20:32, “And now, brothers, I commit you to Elohim and to the word of His favor, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those having been set apart.”
2 Kepha 1:4, Through these there have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the Mighty-like nature, having escaped from the corruption in the world, caused by lust.
*A result of inheritance set apart for Himself.
*He has given us all of his promises.
*We escape all of the evil desires.
*We shall share in YAHWEH’s divine nature.
We use the Bible, or we should, as a road map in life. The word of YAHWEH was given to us so we may live as YAHWEH intended. In our daily walk in life, we sometimes forget what the steps are to that intended life. The result of our doing for ourselves instead of allowing YAHWEH to do for us, or our down rite disobedience to YAHWEH does and will have dire results, as we will see in the next section of this book and the following sections.
Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehudah and Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”
On the Shavuot the talmadim received power to teach the world. When the one hundred and twenty came down from the upper room, they came filled with the Ruach HaKodesh. It was a spiritual phenomenon issuing forth in joyful ecstasy and miracle-working power, resulting in the conviction of sin.
Acts 20:21 witnessing to Yehudim, and also to Greeks: repentance toward Elohim and belief in our Master Yahshua HaMashiach.
Some were empowered for special service, but all received the power to witness for Yahshua HaMashiach as all of us have.
This is true today for Born from above Believers; some are called for special service, but ALL Born From Above Believers have the power to witness.
The real power of the assembly is not found in:
*Structures, or the unique ways of preaching
*Its wealth or how the wealth is used or
*The assemblies prominence or popularity.
The Laodicean assembly was the first bragging group, the lukewarm group that compromised its integrity and would be vomited out of Yahshua’ mouth.
“And to the messenger of the assembly in Laodikeia write, ‘The Amĕn, the Trustworthy and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of Elohim,1 says this: Footnote: 1Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:6. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot. “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. “Because you say, ‘Rich I am, and I am made rich, and need none at all,’ and do not know that you are wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked. “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire,1 so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. Footnote: 1Ps. 19:10, Ps. 119:72 & 127, Prov. 30:5. “As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. So be ardent and repent. “See, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I shall come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. “To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’ ”
(Revelation 3:14-22 The Scriptures 1998+)
But they won’t be the last to brag.
*They say, “We are rich.” YAHWEH says you are
*They say, “We are wealthy.” YAHWEH says you
*They say, “We do not need anything.” YAHWEH
says that you need everything.
*They say, “We are busy in the assembly.” YAHWEH
says that you are miserable.
*They say, “We have a vision.” YAHWEH says that
you are blind.
*They say, “We are clothed in fine garments.”
YAHWEH says you are naked.
*They say, “We are satisfied.” YAHWEH says you
make him sick.
You can always tell an assembly that is full of the Ruach HaKodesh for they have the power to:
*They share their beliefs with the lost and the Born From Above Believer’s.
To teach is the only way to make your ministry full.
2 Timothy 4:5 But you be sober in all matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your service completely.
When Believers is not active in teaching the bowed down, it grieves the Set-Apart Spirit and is void of power.
Souls are revitalized into the family of YAHWEH by incorruptible seed, which is the Word of YAHWEH.
1 Kefa 1:23 having been born from above – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever,
The Believer sows the seed; this is evangelism.
The Holy Spirit hovers over the seed, convicting and leading the lost to repentance, this is spiritual birth.
Acts 2:37-41 And having heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Kĕpha and the rest of the emissaries, “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” (38) And Kĕpha said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahshua Messiah for the forgiveness of sins.1 And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit. Footnote: 1See 2:40, 3:19, 3:26. (39) “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are far off, as many as יהוה our Elohim shall call.” (40) And with many other words he earnestly witnessed and urged them, saying, “Be saved from this crooked generation.”1 Footnote: 1Jer. 51:6, Phil. 2:15, Rev. 18:4. (41) Then those, indeed, who gladly received his word, were immersed. And on that day about three thousand beings were added to them.
Acts 5:28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this Name? And look, you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching, and intend to bring the blood of this Man upon us!”
Matthew 17:20-21 And Yahshua said to them, “Because of your unbelief, for truly, I say to you, if you have belief as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And no matter shall be impossible for you. (21) “But this kind does not go out except through prayer and fasting.”
Turn the world upside down:
Acts 17:6 But not finding them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers to the city rulers, crying out, “They who have turned the world upside down have come here too,
This is the power that filled the upper room congregation on the day of Shavuot. The power is with the believer today in the person of the Ruach HaKodesh He is the power of the congregation.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 (14) For if we believe that Yahshua died and rose again, so also Elohim shall bring with Him those who sleep1 in Yahshua. Footnote: 1An euphemism for death, a typical Hebrew word for it. (15) For this we say to you by the word of the Master, that we, the living who are left over at the coming of the Master shall in no way go before those who are asleep. (16) Because the Master Himself shall come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of a chief messenger, and with the trumpet of Elohim, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. (17) Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air – and so we shall always be with the Master. (18) So, then, encourage one another with these words.
The true congregation, the Born From Above Believers’ in Yahshua HaMashiach, will be victorious in the future world in the kingdom and eternity; it will not fail.
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Kĕpha, and on this rock I shall build My assembly and the gates of the grave shall not overcome it.
The future of the assembly, the body of HaMashiach, in the world:
At the day of Shavuot the Ruach HaKodesh set the course for the assembly as it journeys from the upper room. It is to:
Ephesians 6:10-18 For the rest, my brothers, be strong in the Master and in the mightiness of His strength. (11) Put on the complete armor of Elohim, for you to have power to stand against the schemes of the devil. (12) Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. (13) Because of this, take up the complete armor of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; (16) above all, having taken up the shield of belief with which you shall have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one. (17) Take also the helmet of deliverance, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Elohim,1 Footnote: 1Isa. 59:21. (18) praying at all times, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the set-apart ones;
Run a Race:
Hebrews 12:1-2 We too, then, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us, (2) looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, Yahshua, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.
Work in Love:
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are fellow workers of Elohim, you are the field of Elohim, the building of Elohim.
The assembly, the Born From Above Believers’ in Yahshua HaMashiach, will emerge triumphant:
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of the Messiah? Shall pressure, or distress, or persecution, or scarcity of food, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (36) As it has been written, “For Your sake we are killed all day long, we are reckoned as sheep of slaughter.” (37) But in all this we are more than over comers through Him who loved us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Elohim which is in Messiah Yahshua our Master.
The body of HaMashiach cannot fail because Yahshua is the head, the Set-apart Spirit is its power and the Word of Yahweh is its guide.
The future of the assembly:
We shall be caught up:
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air – and so we shall always be with the Master.
In our incorruptible bodies:
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead: it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; (43) it is sown in disrespect, it is raised in esteem; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; (44) it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body; there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
We will meet Yahshua for the first time in His resurrected body as did the emissaries after His resurrection:
1 John 3:2 Beloved ones, now we are children of Elohim. And it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
That our works may be judged by Messiah:
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we all have to appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, in order for each one to receive according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.1 Footnote: 1See Mt. 16:27, John 5:29.
There is necessity or a fitness that we should appear there to give up our account, for we are here on trial; we are responsible moral agents; we are placed here to form characters for eternity.
That we may be rewarded:
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one is able to lay any other foundation except that which is laid, which is Yahshua HaMashiach. (12) And if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (13) each one’s work shall be revealed, for the day shall show it up, because it is revealed by fire. And the fire shall prove the work of each one, what sort it is. (14) If anyone’s work remains, which he has built on, he shall receive a reward. (15) If anyone’s work is burned, he shall suffer loss, but he himself shall be saved, but so as through fire
You cannot build on anything other than that which YAHWEH recognizes. You can only build on that which is Yahshua HaMashiach. There may be much error, and many false views of religion, and much imperfection; still the man that is building on the true foundation shall be safe. His errors and imperfections shall be removed.
The future of the assembly in the kingdom:
The twelve emissaries will sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
Matthew 19:28 And Yahshua said to them, “Truly I say to you, when the Son of Aḏam sits on the throne of His esteem, you who have followed Me in the rebirth, shall also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Yisra’ĕl.
All who overcome evil will sit with Yahshua HaMashiach:
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
We shall reign with Him a thousand years:
Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones – and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them – and the lives of those who had been beheaded because of the witness they bore to Yahshua and because of the Word of Elohim, and who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years (5) (and the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended) – this is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
The future of the assembly in eternity:
After the reign of a thousand years there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
Revelation 21:1-2 And I saw a renewed heaven and a renewed earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. (2) And I, Yahanan, saw the set-apart city, renewed Yerushalayim, coming down out of the heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The earth will be restored to its original form as in the Garden of Eden and Yahweh’s people, Israel, will inherit the new earth.
Exodus 32:13 “Remember Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yisra’ĕl, Your servants, to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I increase your seed like the stars of the heavens. And all this land that I have spoken of I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”
Everyone with the Mashiach, His bride the assembly of believers, will remain with Him forever.
Ephesians 2:6-7 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Messiah Yahshua, (7) in order to show in the coming ages the exceeding riches of His favor in kindness toward us in Messiah Yahshua
We shall partake of His esteem and we shall partake in the new heaven and the new earth and we shall come to know His favor in an eternity.
Philippians 3:18-21 For many – of whom I have often told you, and now say to you even weeping – walk as enemies of the stake of Messiah. (19) Their end is destruction, their mighty one is their stomach, and their esteem is in their shame – they mind the earthly. (20) For our citizenship is in the heavens, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Master Yahshua HaMashiach, (21) who shall change our lowly body, to be conformed to His esteemed body, according to the working by which He is able even to bring all under His control.
So I say to you, Shine, don’t wine.
Hell and its Existence?
Revelation 14: 9-10, “And another, the third angel, followed them saying with a great voice, Whoever worshiped the beast and his image and took his mark between his eyes Will also drink of the wine of the wrath of YHWH that is poured without mixture into the cup of his anger. And he will be tormented with the fire and with sulfur before the holy angels and before the lamb.”
In today’s world, few people really believe that there is a heaven or a hell. It’s just that people don’t want to believe in hell, many think that it is an idea that was only in fairy tales and the old times. They think that hell belongs with stories that are made up by Hollywood.
In a conversation I had with a gentleman as we discussed heaven, hell and other Biblical topics, he said to me, “I mean really there is no heaven or hell, after all this is something that was made up in Hollywood. I have seen the movies and this just isn’t real!”
Many feel that hell is not possible because God is a very loving God and He wouldn’t send his children to hell, I mean he loves them too much. Some believe that the Bible doesn’t really teach that hell is a place, but is just a figment of our minds. Many don’t believe in God, so heaven and hell doesn’t really exist to them.
Well, hell does exist and the Scriptures tell us that it does.
Matthew 7:20-23(20) “So then, by their fruits you shall know them – (21) “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. (22) “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ (23) “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!
This does not prove the existence of hell, but it does establish two different groups of people at the judgment of YHWH. Some will enter the kingdom of heaven and Yahshua says not everyone shall enter heaven, well where will they go?
Revelation 14:10-11, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tortured with fire and sulphur before the set-apart messengers and before the Lamb. (11) “And the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast and his image, also if anyone receives the mark of his name.”
This seems to be getting a little hot, or this is the starting of a very good description of hell.
Luke 16:20-26, “And there was a certain beggar named El?azar, being covered with sores, who was placed at his gate, (21) and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Indeed, even the dogs came and licked his sores. (22) “And it came to be that the beggar died, and was carried by the messengers to the bosom of Abraham. And the rich man also died and was buried. (23) “And while suffering tortures in the grave, having lifted up his eyes, he saw Abraham far away, and Elazar in his bosom. (24) “And crying out he said, ‘Father Abraham, have compassion on me, and send Elazar to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering in this flame.’ (25) “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your life you received your good, and likewise Elazar the evil, but now he is comforted and you are suffering. (26) ‘And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set, so that those who wish to pass from here to you are unable, nor do those from there pass to us.’
Now here is a good description of hell is and where we get the word. Look at verse 23 and what does it say where the rich man is? Tortures in the GRAVE. The English word for hell comes from the Greek word HADES, which means GRAVE.
Luke 12:4-5, “But I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that are unable to do any more. (5) “But I shall show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, after killing, possesses authority to cast into Gehennom. Yea, I say to you, fear Him!
Matthew 10:28, 28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the being. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both being and body in Gehennom.
Yahshua is telling us that we don’t need to fear that which can kill the body, but to fear that which can kill the body, the soul and spirit.
Luke 10:15, “And you, Kephar Nahum, who are exalted to the heaven, shall be brought down to the grave.
Now, this shows us that there is a difference from heaven and the grave. Capernaum had the privilege of being a great city and was going to be brought down to the grave for being unrepentant.
Matthew 13:41-42 “The Son of Adam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness, (42) and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 13:47-50 “Again, the reign of the heavens is like a dragnet that was thrown into the sea and gathered some of every kind, (48) which, when it was filled, they drew to shore. And they sat down and gathered the good into containers, but threw the rotten away. (49) “Thus shall it be at the end of the age: the messengers shall come forth, and separate the wicked out of the midst of the righteous, (50) and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Yahshua is giving us a good picture of those who are cast out. This is a place of great unpleasantness after all it is a Furnace of Fire
2 Peter 2:4 For if Elohim did not spare the messengers who sinned, but sent them to Tartaros, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be kept for judgment,
Mark 9:43-48 “And if your hand makes you stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled, than having two hands, to go into Gehennom, into the unquenchable fire, (44) where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ (45) “And if your foot makes you stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled, than having two feet, to be thrown into Gehennom, into the unquenchable fire, (46) where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ (47) “And if your eye makes you stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the reign of Elohim with one eye, than having two eyes, to be thrown into the fire of Gehennom, (48) where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
This shows us that the fire in Gehennom will never go out or go away. This is “hell” and the eternal fire that is talked about.
So, does hell exist? It is important that we use the Scriptures to answer questions. In the Scriptures, Yahshua teaches that the fiery pit is a place that not only is real, but is a place not to go to. Those that are to be of the judgment of YHWH shall be cast down to the fiery pit for eternal torment. There must be a provision for those who reject Yahshua, as for those who accept Yahshua. Eternal fire and torment in Gehennom as to eternal life in the new heaven.
So what is the wages of sin?? The fiery pit is the obvious wage.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the favorable gift of Elohim is everlasting life in Messiah Yahshua our Master.
So, if the Bible is the Word of YAHWEH and YAHWEH wants to talk to us and to show us the way, then reading; no, studying the Word of YAHWEH is how YAHWEH talks to us and leads us.
Acts 2:38 And Kepha said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahshua Messiah for the forgiveness of sins.1 And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit. Footnote: 1See 2:40, 3:19, 3:26.
Many use this Scripture as Kepha saying that you must be baptized in the name of Yahshua only. The fact is the word “only” isn’t in the Scripture.
Many say that you must be baptized in the name of Yahshua to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Again that is not what the Scripture says!
Let’s look at it this way: Then Kepha said unto them turn to YAHWEH and turn from your wicked ways (repent) and be baptized (Immersed) all of you in the name of Yahshua, so that your sins will be forgiven, and you will receive the gift from YAHWEH and that gift is the Set-Apart Spirit (Holy Spirit).
So let’s look at the gift of YAHWEH, the Set-Apart Spirit. We can start in the book of 1Corinthians starting in Chapter 12.
1 Corinthians 12:1-7 And concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not wish you to be ignorant. (2) You know that you were gentiles,(1) led away to the dumb idols, even as you might be led. Footnote: (1) Eph. 2:11, Eph. 4:17, 1 Peter 4:3, 1 Thess. 4:5. (3) Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of Elohim says Yahshua is a curse, and no one is able to say that Yahshua is Master except by the Set-apart Spirit. (4) And there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. (5) There are different kinds of services, but the same Master. (6) And there are different kinds of workings, but it is the same Elohim who is working all in all. (7) And to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for profiting,
The Gentiles here in verse two are considered barbarians and unlearned people. Paul was making sure they understood this and that he was using this to drive the point home to them. A person that truly has the Holy Spirit would never defame or curse Yahshua. In verse four the Holy Spirit disperses the gifts and in verses 5 and 6 Yahshua assigns the Born From Above Believer the way the gifts are to be used into the body and the power to use from YAHWEH.
(1) Brothers and sisters, I don't want there to be any misunderstanding concerning spiritual gifts.
(2) You know that when you were unbelievers, every time you were led to worship false gods you were worshiping gods who couldn't even speak.
(3) So I want you to know that no one speaking by Yahweh's Spirit says, "Yahshua is cursed." No one can say, "Yahshua is Master," except by the Holy Spirit.
(4) There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
(5) There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Elohim is served.
(6) There are different types of work to do, but the same Elohim produces every gift in every person.
(8) For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
(9) To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
(10) To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; to another the interpretation of languages:
(11) But all these work that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
(12) For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is the Messiah.
(13) For by one Spirit are we all immersed into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Then the list of the gifts are:
• Gift of Healing
• Working of Miracles
• Discerning of Spirits
• Kinds of Languages
• Interpretation of Languages
To each one the profit of all!
(8) The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. The same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge.
(9) To another person the same Spirit gives courageous faith. To another person the same Spirit gives the ability to heal.
(10) Another can work miracles. Another can speak what YAHWEH has revealed. Another can tell the difference between spirits. Another can speak in different kinds of languages. Another can interpret languages.
(11) There is only one Spirit who does all these things by giving what YAHWEH wants to give to each person.
(12) For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Yahshua HaMoshiach.
(13) By one Spirit we were all immersed into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, YAHWEH gave all of us one Spirit to drink.
Bring into unity the body and serve YAHWEH with the gifts that He has given us!
1 Corinthians 12:13-31 For indeed by one Spirit we were all immersed into one body, whether Yahudim or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink into one Spirit. (14) For indeed the body is not one member but many. (15) If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” does it therefore not belong to the body? (16) And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” does it therefore not belong to the body? (17) If all the body was an eye, where would be the hearing? If all hearing, where would be the smelling? (18) But now YAHWEH has set the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He pleased. (19) And if they all had been one member, where would the body be? (20) And now, there are indeed many members, but one body. (21) And an eye is unable to say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” (22) But much rather, those members of the body which are thought to be weaker are necessary. (23) And to those of the body which we think to be less respected, these we present greater respect. And our unseemly members have greater seemliness, (24) whereas our seemly members have no need. But YAHWEH blended together the body, having given greater respect to that member which lacks it, (25) that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same concern one for another. (26) And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is esteemed, all the members rejoice with it. (27) And you are a body of Messiah, and members individually. (28) And YAHWEH has appointed these in the assembly: firstly emissaries, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, ministrations, kinds of tongues. (29) Are all emissaries? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? (30) Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (31) But earnestly seek the better gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
Each one of us share equal in the Spirit of God. No one should exalt himself above the gifts we receive from God. By the Holy Spirit we are all baptized into one body.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I speak with the tongues of men and of messengers, but do not have love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) And if I have prophecy, and know all secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all belief, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am none at all. (3) And if I give out all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am not profited at all. (4) Love is patient, is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, is not puffed up, (5) does not behave indecently, does not seek its own, is not provoked, reckons not the evil, (6) does not rejoice over the unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, (7) it covers all, believes all, expects all, endures all. (8) Love never fails. And whether there be prophecies, they shall be inactive; or tongues, they shall cease; or knowledge, it shall be inactive. (9) For we know in part and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive. (11) When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man, I did away with childish matters. (12) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known. (13) And now belief, expectation, and love remain – these three. But the greatest of these is love.
In the King James Version the word “charity” is used. The word used is “love”.
Paul is telling us that even if we have the gifts and can speak all languages, without love, it means nothing.
Paul tells us that everything we do is incomplete if we don’t have, or don’t show it in love.
1 Corinthians 14:1-13 Pursue love, and earnestly seek the spiritual gifts, but rather that you prophesy. (2) For he who is speaking in a tongue does not speak to men but to YAHWEH, for no one understands, but in the Spirit he speaks secrets. (3) But he who is prophesying speaks up building and encouragement and comfort to men. (4) He who is speaking in a tongue builds up himself, but he who is prophesying builds up the assembly. (5) Now I wish you all spoke with tongues, but rather that you might prophesy, for he who is prophesying is greater than he who is speaking with tongues, unless he interprets, so that the assembly might receive up building. (6) But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you unless I speak to you, either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by teaching? (7) Nevertheless, lifeless instruments making a sound, whether flute or harp, if they do not make a distinction in the sound, how shall it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? (8) For indeed, if the trumpet makes an indistinct sound, who shall prepare himself for battle? (9) So also you, if you do not give speech by the tongue that is clear, how shall it be known what is spoken? For you shall be speaking into the air. (10) There are, undoubtedly, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without distinct sound. (11) If then I do not know the power of the voice, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks be a foreigner to me. (12) So also you, since you are ardent for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in the up building of the assembly. (13) Therefore, he who is speaking in a tongue let him pray that he might interpret.
We must be eager to have the spiritual gifts, excel in them and help the assembly, the body of Yahshua HaMashiach, grow!
1 Corinthians 14:14-25 For if I am praying in a tongue, my spirit is praying, but my understanding is without fruit. (15) What then is it? I shall pray with the spirit, and I shall also pray with the understanding. I shall sing with the spirit, and I shall also sing with the understanding. (16) Otherwise, if you bless with the spirit, how shall he who fills up the place of the unlearned say “OMEIN” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you say? (17) For you truly give thanks well, but the other is not built up. (18) I thank my Elohim I speak with tongues more than you all, (19) but in an assembly I wish to speak five words with my understanding that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue. (20) Brothers, do not be children in your thinking, but in evil be babes, and in your thinking be perfect. (21) In the Torah it has been written, “With men of other tongues and other lips I shall speak to this people. And even so, they shall not hear Me, says YAHWEH.” (22) So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers, and prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe. (23) If then all the assembly comes together in one place and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are unlearned or unbelievers, shall they not say that you are mad? (24) But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an unlearned one comes in, he is reproved by all, he is discerned by all. (25) And so the secrets of his heart are revealed. And so, falling down on his face, he shall worship YAHWEH, declaring that YAHWEH is truly among you.
If one prays in a tongue without interpretation then there isn’t understanding and of no use to the congregation.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40 what then is it, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, and has an interpretation. Let all be done for up building. (27) If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. (28) And if there is no interpreter, let him be silent in an assembly, and let him speak to himself and to Elohim. (29) And let two or three prophets speak, and let the others discern. (30) And if there should be a revelation to another who sits by, let the first be silent. (31) For you are all able to prophesy one by one, so that all learn and all be encouraged. (32) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. (33) For YAHWEH is not Elohim of disorder but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the set-apart ones. (34) Let your women be silent in the assemblies, for they are not allowed to speak, but let them subject themselves, as the Torah also says. (35) And if they wish to learn whatever, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in an assembly. (36) Or did the word of YAHWEH go out from you? Or did it reach only to you? (37) If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge what I write to you, that they are a command of the Master. (38) And if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant. (39) So, then, brothers, earnestly seek to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. (40) Let all be done decently and in order.
This entire book can be summed up this way: Yahweh spoke the universe into existence. He created man and gave us the choice to listen to Him and follow Him or not.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim. YAHWEH has a plan to save us. For it says in John 3:16 “For YAHWEHso loved the world that He gave His only brought-forth Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but possess everlasting life.”
There is a heaven and there is Gehennom and there will be an eternal shame for those who do not accept Yahshua as their Master and Redeemer and eternal life with Him for those that do!
John 3:17 “For Elohim did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
So, you ask yourself do you want eternal shame or do you want eternal life with Yahshua? If you want eternal shame then there is nothing else can be done, but if you are wanting eternal life, then there is more to be done.
Acts 2:38 And Kepha said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahshua HaMashiach for the forgiveness of sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit.
Romans 10:8-13 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” – that is, the word of belief which we are proclaiming: (9) That if you confess with your mouth the Master Yahshua and believe in your heart that YAHWEH has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, and so is saved. (11) Because the Scripture says, “Whoever puts his trust in Him shall not be put to shame.” (12) Because there is no distinction between Yahuḏite and Greek, for the same Master of all is rich to all those calling upon Him. (13) For “everyone who calls on the Name of YAHWEH shall be saved.”
The Bible, or “The Road Map Of Life” is that which all people on this planet must use from birth until this tabernacle of clay dissolves. Remember this, Yahshua is coming back make no mistake of that. When? No one on this world knows and if someone tells you they know, they are liars. Yahshua tells us this:
Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only.
Mark 13:32 “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Revelation 22:12 “And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.
Tshuvah, Repent, turn away from your former sins and declare Yahshua HaMashiach Master and Savior:
It is that simple.
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