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Where Is Heaven?

He answered them and said, “The kingdom of YaHoVeH does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ for indeed, the the kingdom of YaHoVeH is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

In Matthew 5:34 (click on highlighted words to view content) Yeshua reinforces that heaven IS YaHoVeH’s throne, His residency, the place where Spirit dwells and abides (quoting directly from Isaiah 66:1). The Kingdom of YaHoVeH tells us whose it is and the Kingdom of heaven tells us where it is – but there is only one Kingdom referred to in scripture that belongs to Spirit.

There was an epochal event that occurred on Yom Shavu’ot (renamed Pentecost) that had not happened since the separation took place in gan edan (the Eden garden). For it was on that day, as a result of the sacrifice of the Kinsman Redeemer that the promise of the restoration of the Kingdom was fulfilled. On that day, the Kingdom of YaHoVeH’s residency, His throne, moved from the “heavenlies” once again into the hearts of men who would receive His Words (Jeremiah 31:33John 1:12). Yeshua said in Luke 17:20-21 above that the Kingdom of YaHoVeH is “within” – not “over yonder”. The throne of YaHoVeH today resides in a tabernacle not made of stone, but in the hearts of men who have allowed His Words to cleanse and purify their hearts – the equivalent of circumcision. Those people accepting a circumcision of heart are those who are the family of ISRAEL, as it always has been from the beginning (Deuteronomy 10:16Deuteronomy 30:6Jeremiah 4:4Romans 2:29Colossians 2:11). YaHoVeH’s Kingdom is within and among His saints – His family (Revelation 21:3Psalm 73:1). It must be constantly stated that there is no scripture telling people to accept “Jesus” as their personal savior so they can “go to” a place called “heaven” – that is what is known as a symbolic reading of the text and, even though it has been repeated often enough to become part of the cultural vernacular, it still remains that heaven is where YaHoVeH’s throne abides. If YaHoVeH abides in your heart by keeping His Ten Words (with emphasis on verse one) AND with the embrace of the example of how those Words are to be lived presented in the Life of Yeshua haMashiach (the Messiah) then you have become part of His Kingdom where His throne now resides.

In spite of the ancient Greek philosophy that has become embedded in our current culture, scripturally, apart from the Spirit of YaHoVeH – man has no spirit intrinsic to himself. YaHoVeH told Adam that on the day he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil “he would die.” But, he did not die physically. In fact, in Genesis 5:5 we are told he lived for another 930 years. Consequently, if we are to pursue what scripture reveals about Truth – we have to rearrange our thinking about death to be in alignment with what the words tell us. The death YaHoVeH was speaking of was the death of Adam’s shared image with the Father – YaHoVeH’s Spirit. Since we are told in Leviticus 17:11 that “the life is in the blood”, when YaHoVeH breathed Life into Adam, it became his blood. In disobedience to YaHoVeH’s Words, Adam brought darkness into the pure Light of that blood and it became corrupted necessitating a separation from the Spirit of Life, “lest he eat of the tree of Life” and remain in that condition forever (Genesis 3:22). Adam became as any other man of the world, thrust out of the Garden to make his own determination. He was now his own god. However, Adam and Chavah were still YaHoVeH’s children, His Family. As their Father, He still loved them in immediately fashioning clothing, for them to cover their nakedness they were now aware of. The Hebrew word translated as the English “coats” in that verse is kutonet – the same Hebrew word used in Exodus 28:4 to describe priestly garments. HE MADE THEM TO BE PRIESTS UNTO HIM!! YaHoVeH did not abandon His Family. He did not leave them destitute. He cared for them as any loving Father would – in spite of their careless recklessness. What Adam and Chavah had done could not be repaired or “fixed”. Because they had now become their own god, they had no Spirit of LIFE in them to restore them to that place of intimacy with YaHoVeH. Part of the character of Spirit identified in Exodus 34:5-7 is that the sins of the fathers are passed to subsequent generations until that sin is stopped. What the Family needed was a transfusion of blood that would return them to a pure state of being.

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Bible Teachings

Yahweh's Righteous Remnant

What constitutes a righteous nation? Surely, a nation is a sum total of its people, what they are, what they do. Then what makes them sufficiently righteous to influence their nation’s character, how many does it take for this purpose? Where do we, in the United States, stand as measured on this scale?

Never at any time, has there been a nation composed entirely of righteous people, not even Yahweh’s own people Israel. Even during the exodus, when the people had witnessed many miracles by the hand of Yahweh, and they saw His presence in the pillar of cloud and fire every day, the great mass of the people were either actively or passively unrighteous. While Moses was on Mt. Sinai, receiving the laws of Yahweh, part of the nation of Israel was actively wicked, demanding that Aaron make them an idol god, the golden calf. Most of the nation passively followed them into wickedness, only Moses and the tribe of Levi remained faithful to Yahweh.

So it is and always has been, the people are divided into three classes. The few good people, who are Yahweh’s righteous remnant, the somewhat larger group who are especially evil, and the huge middle group, neither very good nor especially evil. The especially evil group would completely and permanently ruin and destroy the whole nation, if they were allowed to live very long. Therefore Yahweh has had to wipe them out many times, in order to save anything of the nation. Remember the heavy loss of life on many occasions.

HOW THE CHURCH BECAME DIVORCED FROM ITS HEBRAIC ROOTS

It is an historically and biblically verified fact that what is called Christianity today in many ways is very dissimilar, and in many respects, outright antagonistic to the religion of the first-century, Book of Acts believers. How did this come to be?

Many a modern Christian church prides itself on being a “New Testament” church, but how could this be? First the “New Testament” church was not known as a church — a pagan word derived from the pagan sun god Circes. Second, the apostolic believers met in their synagogues on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week following the example and command of YHWH, not on Sunday, the first day of the week. The early believers did not celebrate holidays originating straight from paganism such as Easter, Christmas, Halloween, Lent, and the rest. The Book of Acts record is clear that they kept the Bible Holy Days of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Eighth Day. Furthermore, there were no such things as ham dinners at church potlucks. They did not teach that the “Old Testament” “laws of Moses” were “done away” with.

Both Stephen and Paul were falsely accused of teaching that the laws and customs of Moses were nullified and both lost their lives defending themselves against these slanderers and liars.

A hundred other examples could easily be given showing how the Christian church as veered away from its roots, but hopefully, the reader gets the point. Many books have been written which deal exhaustively with this subject. The honest inquirer and truth-seeker would avail themselves well to procure and read these books with an open and prayerful heart before YHWH Elohim, the one Holy Scripture declares before whom all must stand to give account for the works done in the flesh.

So what happened to cause Christianity to veer so widely from the roots of its faith to arrive at the place where it hardly resembles that from which it sprang? This is not an easy question to answer since one must look back nearly 2000 years and attempt to reconstruct the times in which our spiritual forefathers lived. We must  understand what was transpiring politically, religiously, and socially to answer this question. It is imperative that we understand the contextual fabric, the backdrop of history, and the parade of events which happened one after another between the years of 70 AD and 135 AD. Then and only then can we understand how the church became divorced from its Hebraic roots and became Greco-Roman and Western in nature with a thick veneer of paganistic practices, traditions and beliefs.

THE ZIONIST STORY

The Zionist Story, an independent film by Ronen Berelovich, is the story of ethnic cleansing, colonialism and apartheid to produce a demographically Jewish State.

Ronen successfully combines archival footage with commentary from himself and others such as Ilan Pappe, Terry Boullata, Alan Hart and Jeff Halper.

“I have recently finished an independent documentary, The Zionist Story, in which I aim to present not just the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but also the core reason for it: the Zionist ideology, its goals (past and present) and its firm grip not only on Israeli society, but also, increasingly, on the perception of Middle East issues in Western democracies.

These concepts have already been demonstrated in the excellent ‘Occupation 101′ documentary made by Abdallah Omeish and Sufyan Omeish, but in my documentary I approach the subject from the perspective of an Israeli, ex-reserve soldier and someone who has spent his entire life in the shadow of Zionism.

I hope you can find a moment to watch The Zionist Story and, if you like it, please feel free to share it with others. (As both the documentary and the archived footage used are for educational purposes only, the film can be freely distributed).

I have made this documentary entirely by myself, with virtually no budget, although doing my best to achieve high professional standard, and I hope that this ‘home-spun’ production will be of interest to viewers.” – Ronen Berelovich.

Paths of Old – Ancient Paths

Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21

“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves….” (Jeremiah 6:16)

“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)

Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).

“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)

Bible readings for July 23, 2022. In the 7th solar month of the Hebrew 4th month of Tammuz (June/July).

Matot
מַּטּוֹת
Tribes

If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.

Three Year Bible Reading Schedule

Genesis to Revelation

Genesis 2:1-25 | Joshua 3:1—4:24 | Psalm 2:1-12 | Isaiah 2:1-22 | Matthew 3:1—4:22

If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.

THE AHRIMAN GATE (PART 2): ENTER BUCK AND TATER

Sheri drummed her fingers nervously on the heavy wooden table. Her knees were rigid, her heels arched upward inside her stylish leather shoes. For the third time in the past five minutes, her pale blue eyes searched the windows hoping to see Joe’s familiar gait shadowing up the walk. She had been here nearly an hour already and was just finishing a second bowl of chips, “the best in town,” or so the crooked sign on the restaurant’s wall said, especially when dipped in “the salsa that’s so addicting it should require a prescription.”

But a person could only eat so many before etiquette demanded a real order, one from the menu, one that actually cost money.

She snapped the last chip in half and stirred the remaining salsa, then dropped both pieces haphazardly into the bowl.

THE AHRIMAN GATE (PART 3)—THE MAN IN BLACK

A light drizzle peppered the windshield of the ’68 Ford pickup as it rolled nonchalantly into the parking lot of Shop Right’s Grocery in Springdale.

As the truck crept slowly over the asphalt, the old man wrestled the transmission into first gear and manuevered the vehice forward to a gentle rest against the railroad-tie bumper. Nobody seemed to notice as Joe slid from the truck bed and made his way through the parked vehicles, to the east wall of the country store and a canopy of unkept hedges. Joe was familiar with the hideout. He’d seen local kids playing inside and around the bushes before.

It had been two weeks since he first met Buck and Tater. During that time he had grown to respect the old man, and, though he hated to admit it, attached to the guardian fur ball too. Together, they decided he would conceal himself beside the country store until Buck’s bimonthly shopping event was concluded. If the gossipy clerk who stood behind the counter repeating every rumor he ever heard asked no probing questions, Joe would assume Buck and Tater were in the clear and that he could move on, that he had not endangered them.

THE AHRIMAN GATE (PART 4)—THE GRAY HIDEAWAY

Having instructed Garth to find his sisters Allie and Sheri and to assemble them for his arrival, Joe pretended to be biting his nails as he shielded his face from public view. He inserted several coins into Shop Right’s pay phone, then dialed his home number and listened to the machine’s familiar recording.

“You’ve reached the home of Joe Ryback. You know what to do, so do it.”

After waiting for the ensuing beep, he punched the two-digit code that allowed remote playback.

“You have twenty-three new messages,” the digital voice said.

There were calls from his mom and sisters: frantic, heartfelt inquiries concerning his whereabouts; a contact from a credit card company wanting to know why his bill hadn’t been paid; and a different kind of message, one that sounded synthetic. A salivic hiss dominated each slowly enunciated syllable as the unusual voice in the recording said, “Mr. Ryback. My name is Apol Leon. I work for the United States Government. I need to meet with you, to discussss the item in your possession. We are willing to pay a substantial finder’s fee, and I can guarantee your safety. Please return my call as soon as pos-s-s-ible….”

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