When life gets you down, there is hope

If you are like the rest of us, your life has its good days and bad days. Sometimes your life has really bad days as well, days when you just don’t want to get out of bed. When lives circumstances hit you and throw you of course, how do you react as a Christian? Is it easy for you to trust that God will work it out for you and help you? Do you have the peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the storm? Or do you sometimes wonder why you as a Christian have to struggle so hard to trust God in the storms of life and why you have no peace?

I know from personal experience there are two answers to this question, the first answer is the one you will give when life is easy and there is smooth sailing ahead. When everything goes your way it is easy to believe you will have the peace that surpasses all understanding when the storms of life hit you. When it actually happens, your answer might be quite different. Are you sometimes tempted to ask what you did wrong as a Christian since you don’t get to share in the promised peace and carefree life in the midst of the storm?

Perhaps you are not the one who did anything wrong? What if all of this is happening because you have been deceived and now you are living a lie?

Most Christians seldom if ever take their time to read the Old Testament. There are many reasons why, but for most Christians, the Old Testament is just not relevant. They believe it is not relevant because this is what their pastor/denomination/favorite Youtube/TV evangelist says. If you build your theology and belief only on the New Testament you will never know who God is, what He wants for you and what He will bless you with.

When Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and His disciples walked the earth there was no New Testament. To them, it would be unthinkable to base your faith on something other than the Old Testament. If we claim to be Disciples of Christ or even Christians which means followers of Christ, should we not base our faith on the Bible our Lord and Savior used? How can we even claim to be Christians if we totally ignore the Bible He used?

More to the point, how can we know how to separate true Biblical Christianity from false Christianity if we never use, read or take interest in the Bible our Lord and Savior used? The truth is we will end up with some weird doctrine that has no foundation at all in the Bible.

The Bible says in 1.John 3:4, 3:7, 5:3 that law of Moses still applies today and one day, all people will be judged by that standard. All means all, believers and nonbelievers. Saved and unsaved people.

What kind of answer would you get if you asked most pastors and evangelists how they thought about the law of Moses? Most of them would say the law of Moses is done away with at the cross and it is impossible for us to obey it. They believe, because they never read the Old-Testament, it was done away with and replaced by a new and better covenant, but if you asked them to define what covenant this is and how it looks like, they would be unable to give you an answer that matches up with what we see happening in the world today. If Jeremiah 31:31-34 is true then we would not see Christians divided into 40 000 + different denominations unable to cooperate with each other.

When there is such a huge discrepancy between what the Bible says, and what we see happening in the world today, it should concern us. Jeremiah 31:31-34 says Gods laws will be written on our hearts, but right now it seems as if there are 40 000 + different versions of Gods law written on our hearts. So it is obvious something is wrong somewhere and it is not the Bible.

We should also be concerned that if God replaced the old covenant with a new one, it could happen again. If He thinks the Old Covenant, the law of Moses, needed to be replaced He might very well suddenly come up with the idea that the New Covenant needs replacing as well. So how can these pastors guarantee salvation to a “new covenant” believer when they confess faith in a God that suddenly changes His mind about the Old covenant? They cant guarantee that their god will not suddenly change His mind one more time and come up with a third covenant which replaces the cross. And how can you even trust a god that suddenly changes his mind when it comes to a covenant? A covenant is a promise, but if god suddenly has the idea that the old covenant (the old promise) does not apply anymore, how do we know that he wont do it again?

Is it any wonder people find it difficult to trust Yehovah when He is being protrayed as this unstable god who suddenly changes his mind?

Mainstream pastors and evangelists would give you these answers because of their view on the Old Testament as reduant and not relevant for us today. So we have 40 000 + denominations and a Christianity that does not make sense anymore because pastors, evangelists and mainstream Christians have stopped reading the Bible Yeshua read.

The first Christians was called Christians because everything they did imitated the life of Christ. They read and obeyed the Bible He had, the one we call the Old Testament. We cant call ourselves Christians if we neglect or ignore the Bible Yeshua used because everything He said, did and taught was founded on the Old Testament which was His Bible.

When Yeshua gave His promises of peace and help in the midst of the storm He did so to His followers who studied, read learned His Bible the Old Testament. How can you expect to share in His promises when you never read or pay attention to the Old Testament?

The truth is, the Old Testament is the key to the a victorius peacful overcoming life as a believer in Christ and the cross.

The most important promise in the entire Bible is the promise of reconciliation and salvation. Are you sure you are saved and have shared in this promise? If your answer is “yes I have asked Jesus into my heart and made him my lord and savior”, how do you know this is the way you get to be saved? The only way to answer this question you have to go to the Old Testament to understand how Yeshua, His disciples, and Paul viewed salvation.

Your pastor says salvation is by grace through faith, and grace is unmerited favor. The Bible says grace is merited favor, something released to us when we do something (Ex 19:5). So if we are saved by grace through faith we have to do something to be saved so that the grace we need for salvation will be released into our lives. (Phil 2:12-13, 1. John 2:6).

What do we have to do? Acts 16:31 says we have to believe in the Lord Yeshua and we will be saved. So we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean to believe? Acts 3:19, 1. John 2:6, 3:7, 5:3 says believing in Yeshua means to repent from breaking the law of Moses. To be saved by faith we have to turn from breaking the law of Moses (Acts 15) and learn how to properly obey it. This is what it means to believe in Yeshua, we repent and turn from disobeying the law of Moses and grace is released into our lives so we are saved. If we at any time stop obeying the law of Moses the flow of grace into our lives will be cut off and we will lose our salvation. (Phil 2:12-13).

This begs the question when salvation and grace is something released into our lives when we do something, does that mean we are saved by works?. The Bible says grace is merited favor, something we get when we do something and that something is obedience to the law of Moses. (Deut 28:1-13). The Bible also says it would be an abomination for Yehovah (God) to accept us back on account of our works and obedience. (Numbers 5). So this can be rather confusing because it is an abomoniation for Yehovah to accept us on account of our obedience but at the same time obedience is the outward evidence of a true salvation. (James 2:10-26) and grace is merited favor.

Looking from the outside in there seems to be no difference between those who obey because they are saved, and those who obey trying to be saved and earn their salvation.But the truth is, there is a difference but the difference cant be seen with our naked eye.

In Matthew 13:24-30 we read the parable of the wheat and the tares growing together in the church. From the text, it is obvious how it is only Yehovah and His angels who can see the difference between the wheat and the tares. Tares cant tell who the other tares are and wheat cant tell the difference between them and tares. So from the outside looking in, we cant se the difference between wheat and tares.

Only those who believe Yeshua died for them on the cross, and have repented back to obedience to the law of Moses, are saved (1.John 2:6, James 2:10-26). Only those who combine obedience with faith in the cross are acceptable to Yehovah. (John 14:6).

Looking from the outside in, we cant tell who is being obedient to the law of Moses because of their trust in the cross and who it is that is being obedient to the law of Moses because they believe they can earn something from Yehovah. But the Bible says those who obey because they believe they can earn something from Yehovah, and have not accepted the cross, are the tares. Those who obey because they have accepted the cross, are the wheats. Yehovah is the only one who knows who it is that obeys as a result of faith in the cross and who it is that obeys because they believe their obedience can earn them something.

Are we saved by works? No, we are saved by faith in the cross but that faith has to show itself in obedience to the law of Moses to be genuine saving faith. (James 2:10-26). Because the outward evidence of saving faith is obedience to the law of Moses, you cant never tell the difference between those who are genuinely saved by faith in the cross and those who try to earn their salvation by obedience to the law of Moses. The only one who knows if you are being obedient out of love for Yehovah and what He did for you at the cross is you and Yehovah.

But the Bible is very clear, if you are being obedient to the law of Moses, but you have not accepted the cross, you are not saved. If you have accepted the cross, but you are not being obedient to the law of Moses, you are not saved. If you have accepted the cross, and you are being obedient to every commandment that applies to your gender living outside of Israel without access to a temple, you are saved.

Perhaps your pastor has told you salvation is by grace through faith, and grace is unmerited favor. So if you hold as an mental truth that Yeshua died for your sins, was buried and ressurected on the third day, you are saved. As we have just seen, the Bible strongly disagrees with this but to understand salvation from a Biblical perspective, we have to begin in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is the key to a victorious life as a child of God.

The promise of salvation is the biggest and most important promise in the entire Bible. And it is rather crucial that we understand it so we can make sure we are saved. If we base our understanding of it just on what our pastor says, we might lose our chance of ever obtaining salvation. (Matthew 7:21-23). If we base it just on what the New Testament says, we will never fully understand salvation and lose our chance of obtaining it. But if we base it on what the Old Testament says, we will understand it and be able to grab a hold of and obtain one of the biggest promises of the entire Bible which is reconciliation to Yehovah and forgiveness of our sins.

So why is there such a discrepancy between what is being preached today, and what the Bible says about salvation? The Bible says in 1.Pet 5:8 we have an enemy the devil who walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The devil does not want you to obtain salvation, and he knows that the Bible says in John 4:22 salvation comes from the Jews. If he can entice hatred and disdain for the Jews in someone, he can trick everyone into believing they are saved Christians on their way to heaven when they are in fact on their way to hell. He can also trick them into preaching their views on salvation and the Bible to other Christians so they in turn can be tricked into believing they are saved Chrisitans on their way to heaven.

We see this happened with men like Martin Luther, Constantine the Great, Augustine who are all held in high regards among Christian theologians and churches. They all had one thing in common, they hated the Jews and everything Jewish. So they ended up with a false version of Christianity that was stripped of everything that had to do with the law of Moses. But when you remove the law of Moses, you also remove the only evidence of a true saving faith in the cross. So today in most churches when their theology is inspired by these men, you will never find obedience to the law of Moses being preached. But when there is no obedience to the law of Moses being preached, there is no true salvation and no outward evidence of a true saving faith.

When you remove the Old Testament, you remove the key to understand the Bible and the key to our salvation. What exactly happens when you get saved?.

Your first answer might be that you are reconciled by faith and forgiven, something which is true. Your faith in the cross, shown in obedience to the law of Moses, reconciles you to Yehovah (God) and saves you. Your second answer might be it makes you a child of Yehovah, something which is also true. John 3:16 says that if you believe in the cross, and you are obedient to the law of Moses, you become a child of Yehovah. This is how you would understand salvation, only based on what the New Testament says. But what would happen if you connected this understanding of salvation with the Old Testaments description of salvation?

What does it mean to be a child of God (John 3:16) and a son of God?

In Exodus 4:22 Yehovah says Israel is His first born son. So in Exodus 4:22 every Jew who remains obedient to Yehovahs law, the law of Moses, is considered a child of God. So it is obvious from the Bible that every Jew is a child of God as long as they obey Yehovahs law, the law of Moses. But considering how the Bible also says everyone alive today have at one point in their lives broken the law of Moses, every Jew who obeys also needs to be reconciled to Yehovah by faith in the cross.

Cross without obedience can never save us, obedience without the cross can never save us. Cross and obedience is the only two things that can save us.

When you read the Bible one thing that stands out is how Judaism changed from what was given to Moses on Mount Sinai into a man made religion around the time of Yeshua. We see this described by Paul himself in Gal 1:14 when he says Judaism was built on man made doctrines and traditions, and we see this when Yeshua chastises the Jewish leaders for making their traditions more important than the law of Moses. (Matt 15:9). So it is obivious Judaism in Exodus 4:22 is not the same as the Judaism we find in Matthew 15:9 and Gal 1:14.

As we learned a few weeks ago, this has to do with Hellenization and how Judaism was syncretized with Greek philosophy and Greek mythology under the rule of Alexander the Great and Antiochus Epiphanes. From hellenization evolved the sadducees, and when we read the Gospels, we see how the sadducees were the greatest enemies of Yeshua and his disciples. They were the ones who persectued his disicples in the book of Acts and they were the one who cried “crucify” in the pretorium when Yeshua was confronted with Ponitus Pilatus.

There is not much difference between the sadducees and mainstream Christianity today.

Mainstream Christianity has a tendency to focus only on the miracles and the atoning death of Yeshua. They are important, and His death for our sins is and will always be the most important of all. But by doing this, they also forget the fact that He spent three and a half years on this earth teaching His disciples and us how to live in obedience to the law of Moses. The three and a half years He walked among us, He showed us how to properly obey Him. This is an important fact that often get ovelooked by mainstream Christianity, but when you miss this you miss one side of Yeshua that is just as important as His death, buriel and resurection. In fact, if you ignore what He said in those three and a half years you cant properly understand what happened at the cross. The Bible says sin is breaking the law of Moses (1.John 3:4) so for three and a half years, He taught us how not to sin by teaching us how to keep the law of Moses. Then He went to the cross to die for our sins, so if you believe in the cross, you should also believe in and obey the things He said to help you to live righteously.

In Exodus 4:22 Israel is called the first born son of Yehovah because of their obedience to Him and His law, the law of Moses. Yeshua is called the Son of God because He obeyed the law of Moses, and He taught everyone who listened to Him how to obey it. If obedience to the law of Moses makes you a son of Yehovah (Ex 4:22) we suddenly understand that what Yeshua did was teaching us how to become sons and daughters of Yehovah. But if we overlook this one important thing He did, teaching everyone how to obey the law of Moses, we are also missing out on becoming children of God. Because this, according to the Bible, how to become a child of Yehovah by believing in what He taught us and obeying it. (John 3:16, Ex 4:22)

This is why Paul in Rom 2:29 says the true Jew is not the one circumcised in the flesh, the true Jew is the one being an obedient son or daughter of Yehovah regardless of their ancestry or DNA. (Isaiah 56:3, book of Ruth)

What does it mean to be a child of God through faith in Yeshua? It means that you believe His teachings about the Mosaic law, and you decide to obey it so your obedience makes you a child of God. Your faith in His death, buriel and ressurection shows itself in obedience to the law of Moses and this reconciles you to Him.

So the way the Bible describes salvation is that we make the transitition from being a gentile to becoming a Jew the way Ruth the Moabites became a Jew. (John 4:22). And remember what the Bible says, a true Jew is not the man or woman born of a Jewish mother in Israel. The true Jew is the one who is obedient to the law of Moses, reconciled by faith to Yehovah by trusitng in the cross of Yeshua.

This is the key to all the promises of peace, prosperity and healing in the Bible. Those promises are given only to the Jews, so to share in those, you have first to become a Jew by faith in the cross and repentance back to the law of Moses. This is something you can do regardless of your ancestry or DNA. (John 4:22). But if you base your religion and salvation only on what the New Testament says, all of this is lost and you cant really understand or grasp salvation and all the other promises of the Bible.

Let this sink in for a moment, nowhere in the Bible do we find anything that says the promise of reconciliation, healing, prosperity, peace, freedom is given to anyone but the Jews. They are the only ones in the Bible who are promised these things and more. But not all people born from a Jewish mother in Israel is a Jew according to the Bible. Only those who do what Ruth did, who makes up their mind to obey Yehovah and His law and gets reconciled through the cross of Christ has become a true Jew. (Rom 2:29, 1.John 2:6, Rev 12:11, Isiah 56:3). So it does not matter where you come from or who your mother was and what she believed in. You can become a Jew right now by making up your mind to obey the law of Moses (repentance) and have faith in the cross believing Yeshua died for your sins (reconciliation). Then you will be a Jew and get to share in all the promises given to the Jews in the Bible.

As a Jew you know you are expected to live a certain way, not the way men, rabbis or denominations tell you to. Paul himself says in Gal 1:14 Judaism is a construction of mens opinions and traditions. And if we take an honest look at most of Christianity we are not much different then Judaism. Mainstream Christianity consists of mens opinions, doctrines and traditions, this is the reason why we right now have 40 000 + different denominations instead of all believers being one and united the way Yeshua wants us to be. So dont get confused thinking you should obey rabbinical Judaism. True Judaism has nothing to do with Rabbinical laws and opinions, just as true Christianity has nothing to do with mens opinions and traditions. You are expected to live the way your Father Yehovah expects you to and He expects you to obey the law of Moses.

The Bible says in Matthew 6:25-34 and Deut 28:1-13 that all Jews have nothing to worry about because our Father makes it a priority to care for His children. So we are not to be like the heathens, the gentiles who dont have a Father and have not yet become a Jew. They have not decided to become a Jew so they dont have the relationship and loving care of our heavenly Father. They dont have His help, His healing, His provision, His protection and His guidance. When they are attacked nobody is fighting for them, when you are attacked your heavenly Dad takes them on and defends you. (Deut 28:1-13) even if it is your own mistakes that causes trouble to happen.

So the question is this, do you find it hard to trust Yehovah in the storms of life? If the answer is yes, it is because you have not yet made the decision to make the transition from being a Gentile to become His child a Jew. And remember, if your mother was Jewish but you have not accepted the cross and you are obeying Rabbinical Judaism instead of the law of Moses, you are a Gentile in the eyes of Yehovah.

What would happen if you made the transition to become a Jew by trusting in the cross of Yeshua, and making the decision to obey every commandment in the law of Moses applicable to your gender living outside of Israel without access to a temple?

You would still have to face the storms of life, and sometimes, there would be an occasional hurricane or tornado as well. Sometimes, there will still be bad days and some of those days will be really bad days the kind of days you dont want to even get out of bed. There will still be sickness, disease, death and loss and sometimes you will be the cause of your own troubles because you will still mess up and make mistakes.

So what is the difference between the life you are living now as a Gentile Christian, or a Gentile Jew on your way to hell and the life you could live as a Biblical Jew?

The difference is that as Biblical Jew you have a Father in heaven. He is the one who parted the Red Sea, He is the one who gave us the law of Moses on Mount Sinai and He is the one who gave us Himself on a cross for our sins to free us from the law in Numbers 5.

If our Father did all of these things for us in the past, you know He is able to heal you, deliver you, provide for you, protect you and guide you out of the mess you are in right now even if that mess is your own doing. (Matthew 6:25-34)

As a Jew it is easy to have peace in the midst of the storm because you know you are doing your part and fulfilling the conditions of the promises in the Bible. You know your forefathers got to share in the promises of the Bible, because they did their part and lived as Jews. So then it is easy to trust Yehovah and have peace in the midst of the storm.

Today it is Friday, and the Shabbat begins in a few hours from now. If you have made the transition to become a Biblical Jew you will choose to celebrate Shabbat when the sun sets by not working for money and not make others work for money. So do your groceries today before the sun sets.

If you have a medical emergency, you are allowed to break Shabbat or a medical condition that makes certain things impossible to do during the week. But if it can wait until the sun sets tomorrow on Saturday it has to wait.

Next Friday at 01:00 am CET I will be back with another sermon. Until then, keep sending me your prayer, prophecy and counseling requests. It is free of charge.

Yehovah bless you

Apostle

Apostle Ernie

A sinner saved by grace, called to the office of an apostle. Jesus died for me, that is my only hope so I cling to the cross of Christ. Without the death of Christ on the cross I will be lost. But the cross of Christ is the source to ALL I need in this life and the next one. Apostle Ernie

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