The world is the way it is because the people are imperfect; the only perfection is the Torah of Yahuah, the thing they turn away from. Yahushua wants us to be perfect, and He gave us His Directions to follow.
"Where are others who believe and obey Yahuah's Commandments so I can meet with them?"
There are "Nicolaitans*" out there who want to control everything you believe, think, and do; and then to devour you.
There are "denominations", each holding to a different belief and foundation, loaded with Nicolaitans in rank and file.
You need no one's permission to do this. A bathtub will do fine.
*Nicolaitans: Those who "lord-over" (nico) the people (laity). A modern term for them might be "control freaks".
Yahushua states that He "hates" the Nicolaitans at Rev. 2. Another definition that describes this type of person is:
Ni`co*la"i*tan\, n. [So called from Nicolas of Antioch, mentioned in Acts 6:5.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of certain corrupt persons in the early (assembly) at Ephesus, who are censured in Rev. 2: 6, 15.
Nich*o*las (nik'e-les). \A masculine given name. Old English Nicolas, from Medieval Latin Nicolaus, from Greek Nikolaos, Nike, victory (see Nike) + laos, the people.
Nike; \Victory, Greek proper noun, the Goddess of victory. Eunice, Nicholoas, Nickel, Nike.
Nick: \Diminuative of Nicholas. The Devil; -- usually "Old Nick".
A Question: What about fellowship? How can I find others who believe and obey?
It seems that many would like to know the answer to this! We live in a large city, Louisville, and waited for years for something to "spark" here and ignite at least a small group of people that could come together to study. We were hungry for fellowship, but could not bear to go where we could not speak, and had to listen to deceptions. We then remembered the commission was not to wait, or go hunt for others who already believed the things we believe; we are sent to teach the nations (certainly those around us) everything He had commanded Israel to obey. He used the word "obey" (obad), not "believe". How will they hear or know the Truth unless someone acts?
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
("Good news" is "besorah" meaning "message" in Hebrew. The message includes the Torah).
So, I decided to find a place that we could meet, for free, and Yahushua opened the doors for us to have a place where we could teach those who would listen. We tried to meet each week for a couple of hours, but attendance was very low. So, we tried to schedule a monthly seminar, and this has been working wonderfully so far. You can do the same in your area. It starts with a small step on your part, and pretty soon you'll have fellowship! When we get together, I usually prepare a study, and stand up to discuss it with the group. Questions and interruptions are welcome at all times, and it's the only way to truly help those who don't understand. Everyone has a voice. What is planted in people will slowly grow, mature, and bear fruit.
Yahushua reigns in our hearts, individually, and where He reigns He will work to call others to Himself through obedience to His Covenant. In other words, we have to plant (or sow His seed) in those around us. We may be called to water what was sown, or others will do so according to His work. "Ministries" literally means "works", and all are His ministries; some teach well, others not so well, but they are all His. Even one person is His ministry, like you or me. He gives the increase, so this means He will allow us to share His Covenant with anyone He is calling - but not all are called. Most do not have any interest in hearing, but we should always be available when any are. Wherever 2 or more are gathered in His Name, He is there speaking one to another. We speak His Words when we assemble, for edification. It's mostly one-on-one work, so going around looking for His people bunched-up in one place is going to be rare. Each of us must work to gather the lost around us by sharing the Covenant in Yahushua's blood with them. Our real work (and His) is when we are doing this. When ever we may assemble, we are doing it primarily to learn (become more aquainted, educated) so we will be equipped to help the lost better. Assembling is for our education, but it's not our goal. Our goal (and Yahushua's) is to seek out the LOST sheep, and bring them back to obedience to His Covenant. Otherwise, they will receive judgment, not redemption.
"The kingdom of (Elohim) does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of (Elohim) is within you ."
A Question: Do all Messianic ministries teach the full truth of Yahuah's Word?
We are not all at the same place in the race, so understanding Torah (the Covenant Commandments) and the teaching of them will reflect any particular teacher's level of knowledge. Many strain to make things complicated, others keep it simple and clean, clear of human traditions that only cloud the "living waters".
Generally, when you see a large group of "organized" Natsarim that insists on many things getting done in a particular way, there is a root of nicolaitan behavior at work. When all can speak, ask questions, and the whole body participates, there is edification. Always be discerning of nicolaitan behavior. To answer your question, I'd say that not all individuals or groups teach the full Truth, nor do they embrace the full message (besorah) of Yahuah's Word.
At Gan Eden, mankind incurred an infinite debt. To point out the hopelessness of ever paying it, Yahuah instituted "payments" toward that debt, like interest, but nothing was ever applied to the principle balance.
A Question: As you may already know, my family just recently started observing the 7th day Sabbath. My wife wishes to attend church services at the Assembly of God on Sun-day mornings mainly with the intent of allowing our son to participate in their children's programs. I'm not sure how to think about this situation. What are your thoughts?
My advice in this matter is to encourage your wife as she learns and grows. In a sense, your obedience to Yahuah’s Torah will speak volumes to her without your criticism of her understandings at all. It is your lead, and it reminds me of how it was with my own wife Phyllis around 1986 CE. Phyllis was attending a similar denomination as your wife, even before I was ever spiritually awakened. I was completely dead, yet I could see huge changes in her because she was going to “church”. As time passed, and through the guidance of Yahushua, I began to read the “Bible” for the first time, on my own. What I found immediately was the omission of the Name from the text, since I read the preface first. What I began to share with my wife was at first not accepted, but I patiently showed her why I felt the way I did about it, and left it alone for her to “ruminate” on. I never forced any of my discoveries upon her, but would share them with her, and made her feel respected for her understanding rather than judged in any way. Then I found the statement at Acts 15 concerning how we are to refrain from eating strangled animals, and from blood. This same chapter mentioned hearing “Moses” read in the synagogue “every Sabbath”. This text I also shared with her, and left it for her to ruminate back and forth in her own mind. The Sabbath was not “Sun-day”, but the day of rest as commanded throughout the Scriptures.
In the final analysis, the religion the world generally follows that is known as “Christianity” went through a great deal of change over time, absorbing Pagan culture into it, and departing from the clear path of the Torah of Yahuah. The words of Paul (Shaul) are twisted to cancel certain instructions, so in effect what people THINK Paul wrote about somehow negates what Yahuah said to do. As a result, people will not dance, drink alcohol, or miss their “Sun-day” assemblies; yet they will work and shop on Shabbath, obliterate His Name (through non-use), and just “believe” in their Savior, JESUS, with the false security that they have more than been “saved” from their sins, but even more they believe they are “saved” from the Torah, which DEFINES sin for us.
Your wife may not be ready to hear hardly any of this yet, but if you go slowly enough, and are patient and loving with her, she will respond to what is actually written in the Scriptures.
greatest advantage you have in your present circumstances is that she believes
that the Scriptures are Yahuah’s inspired Word. Many have it much harder
than you do in this regard. Now it's just a matter of her seeing the
conflict between what Yahuah said, and what is being lived-out by the "churches"
on the ground.
Now it's just a matter of her seeing the conflict between what Yahuah said, and what is being lived-out by the "churches" on the ground.
Just be very kind and patient; I would let her work out her salvation as she is doing, because at some point you will see her awaken to the details as you use Scripture to point them out. It will be the Scriptures that will change her, so you can be confident that Yahushua will finish His work in her as long as you are patient.
As a brother recently expressed it, she has to "pack her own parachute".
Most people allow a preacher to "pack" the parachute they will eventually have
to use. But, when we study the Scriptures for ourselves
and form our doctrine based solely on what Yahuah inspired (pack our own
parachute), then our eyes will be opened to the deceptions and human
traditions we were enslaved in through false teachers. Who
in their right mind would trust any of
them to pack their parachute? I would advise you to not
trust ANYONE ELSE (including me) to pack your
parachute. A husband and wife may be "one flesh", but they will still have
to "jump" separately when the time comes. So, PACK your OWN PARACHUTE CORRECTLY
USING THE WHOLE TRUTH OF YAHUAH'S WORD, and shun traditions of men (overcome the
world's influence on how to live). This
will not make a person popular, and it won't be easy - but it will
be worth it to hear these words expressed by Yahushua, Who enables us to
overcome the world:
As a brother recently expressed it, she has to "pack her own parachute". Most people allow a preacher to "pack" the parachute they will eventually have to use. But, when we study the Scriptures for ourselves and form our doctrine based solely on what Yahuah inspired (pack our own parachute), then our eyes will be opened to the deceptions and human traditions we were enslaved in through false teachers. Who in their right mind would trust any of them to pack their parachute? I would advise you to not trust ANYONE ELSE (including me) to pack your parachute. A husband and wife may be "one flesh", but they will still have to "jump" separately when the time comes. So, PACK your OWN PARACHUTE CORRECTLY USING THE WHOLE TRUTH OF YAHUAH'S WORD, and shun traditions of men (overcome the world's influence on how to live). This will not make a person popular, and it won't be easy - but it will be worth it to hear these words expressed by Yahushua, Who enables us to overcome the world:
“And his Master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy servant. You were trustworthy over a little, I shall set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’"MattithYahu 25:21