To begin this discussion, lets go back to the list I gave you on the previous page, Is Anybody Listening? which shows us what we should be doing:
2. We are to keep His Sabbaths
3. We are to reverence His sanctuary
4. We will have rain and the land and trees will produce only if:
a. We walk in His statutes
b. We keep His commandments and do them
As we already discussed, it is pretty obvious what the first thing Abba, Our Heavenly Father, wants us to do and that is to make Him the number one priority in our lives. You do that by studying His Word and speaking to Him in prayer every day. No excuses will be accepted when you have to stand before Him in judgement... You definetly do not want to hear Him proclaim, "I never knew you!"1 So, make your relationship with Him the most important thing!
The second thing that Abba wants us to do is keep His Sabbaths. I hope you accepted my challenge to find the scripture where Abba Yah tells us to keep the sabbath on Sunday, Christmas or Easter. If not, then you will need to do it now in order to find out when His Sabbaths really are! Please go to BibleGateway.org and read through the listings for the word "sabbath".
In Leviticus 23, the Lord tells Moses exactly when and how all His Sabbaths should be observed. Now, I know what most of you are going to say next... "Jesus was the final sacrifice! We don't need to make any more sacrifices!" Well, according to the Bible, that is not true! Please read Ezekiel 45 which tells us about some sacrfices that we will be making for "the Prince in Israel" when He returns among other things! At the moment, we do not have a Temple in Abba's chosen place, Jerusalem, where we can make sacrifices. But, that does not mean that we should not keep His Sabbaths. We can memorialize these days just as the Jews have done since the Temple was destroyed.
The third thing that Abba wants us to do is revere His sanctuary which we know to be our bodies since He tells us:
of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you,
Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God?
You are not your own
1 Corinthians 6:19(AMP)
God's Word tells us alot about how we are to revere our bodies. In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in the same passage:
but not all things are helpful
(good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things).
Everything is lawful for me,
but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.
13 Food [is intended] for the stomach and the stomach for food,
but God will finally end [the functions of] both and bring them to nothing.
The body is not intended for sexual immorality,
but [is intended] for the Lord,
and the Lord [is intended] for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again].
1 Corinthians 6:12-13(AMP)
In this passage, we are told that everything is permissable but not everything is good for us. Then Paul proceeds to give us an illustration of this by telling us that just as food and our stomachs go together so do our bodies and Jesus, Yahshua Ha'Mashiach. He then states that our bodies are not intended for sexual immorality eventhough it is permissable as he has prefaced all this by telling us that all things are permissable. But, he does go on to say, "Shun immorality and all sexual looseness" because "he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body."2 So, we can conclude from this scripture that eventhough all things are permissable for us, some things that we do can cause us to sin against - irreverence - our bodies! And that will take us back to the beginning of this passage from Paul...
Since he began this comparison between the relationships of our bodies to Meshiach and food to our stomachs, could it be possible that he is aluding to the fact that maybe there are some foods that are permissable to eat but that cause us to sin against our bodies? I would say "Yes!" because otherwise it would be an incomplete simile!
Now, I know that everyone quotes Acts 10:9-233 about the Apostle Peter's vison to say that all food is now clean. Eventhough I disagree that food is the topic of this chapter - the topic is the future visit to Cornelius' house - and that food was what was made clean - no, it was Gentiles like Cornelius (let's keep things in context people!) - it doesn't matter... The passage from 1 Corinthians 6 above tells us that eventhough all things are permissable, we can still sin against our bodies by doing - or eating things we shouldn't! So, I am hoping you will ask, "How are we to know what to do or not to do?"
Well, since sinning against our bodies is not only unhealthy, it also does not glorify God. Therefore, we should revere our bodies by shunning sexual imorality and other practices that could make us ill - including eating too much food or food that Abba told us is "unclean". Let's not forget that the act that got Adam and Eve expelled from the garden, was for eating something they shouldn't have! Not only that, but Jesus/Yahshua said:
father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;
and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in]
son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me;
38And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me
[cleave steadfastly to Me,
conforming wholly to My example in living and,
if need be, in dying also]
is not worthy of Me.
Considering what Yahshua said above, do you think that people who are unwilling to give up their bacon and shrimp would be worthy of Him? I don't think so. Will you pick up your cross and sacrifice your love of eating unclean food for Him? If so, please read Deuteronomy 14:1-21 to find out which animals you should and should not eat.
According to the list we made from Leviticus 19:1-4 above, in order to have rain and productive crops, we must walk in His statutes and keep His comandments and do them. Many of you have been taught that the only laws we need to keep are found in Matthew 22:37-39... “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But, the next line is often not taught or done so incorrectly. Please read the following:
The phrase, "the Law and the Prophets" is referring to the Tanach which is the old Testament writings. The reason why they hang on these two commandments is because they are a summary of the Ten Commandments. The first four are about loving God:
Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 You shall have no other gods before or besides Me.
4 You shall not make yourself any graven image [to worship it]
or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth;
5 You shall not bow down yourself to them or serve them;
for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,
6 But showing mercy and steadfast love to
a thousand generations of those
who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain
[that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely];
for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 [Earnestly] remember the Sabbath day,
to keep it holy (withdrawn from common employment and dedicated to God).
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God;
in it you shall not do any work,
you, or your son, your daughter,
your manservant, your maidservant,
your domestic animals, or the sojourner within your gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
and rested the seventh day.
That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it
[set it apart for His purposes].
The last six are all about loving your neighbor who are all people:
your father and mother,
that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.
13Y ou shall not commit murder.
14 You shall not commit [a]adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
16Y ou shall not witness falsely against your neighbor.
17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, your neighbor's wife,
or his manservant, or his maidservant,
or his ox, or his donkey,
or anything that is your neighbor's.
These are Abba's commandments that we are supposed to do. But, what are His statutes? They are all the various applications of these laws which are found in the books of Leviticus, Deutoronomy and Numbers. If you have been taught that these were all done away with, then you have been taught lies. I know that that sounds harsh, but it is true.
O Lord, my Strength and my Stronghold,
and my Refuge in the day of affliction,
to You shall the nations come from the ends of the earth
and shall say,
Surely our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,
emptiness, and futility, worthless things
in which there is no profit!
That is right, you have been taught unprofitable lies! Even Jesus/Yahshua said:
until the sky and earth pass away and perish,
not one smallest letter nor one little hook
[identifying certain Hebrew letters]
will pass from the Law
until all things [it foreshadows] are accomplished.
Obviously, the sky and the earth haven't passed away so the the Law, the Torah, has not been done away with!
I hope you now understand why we have drought. But, do you understand why it is in the Bible Belt? Please read the following:
for judgment to begin
with the household of God;
and if it begins with us,
what will [be] the end of those
who do not respect or believe
or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God?
1 Peter 4:17(AMP)
That's right, judgement begins in the house of the Lord and that is why we have drought in the Bible Belt. I hope that you have learned enough with this teaching to understand that it is time to turn back to Abba in repentance before it is too late. If you will remember, the very first scriptures that I presented to you in the previous article, "Is Anybody Listening?" was Leviticus 26. Please read that scripture in its entirety4 so you will find out what Abba has warned us will happen next - if we do not repent. Please do not let that happen... Repent and share what you have learned with other brethren that you know. Thank you!