THE OIL IN THE LAMP IS TORAH, WHICH IS THE
MIND OF THE SPIRIT
LAMP OF THE BODY:
(A SUPERFICIAL, FLESHLY VIEWPOINT
This implies there is
kind of lamp, an
lamp, because we are made up of two parts:
(Mt. 10:28, Jas 2:26).
Our inner lamp (spirit, also called heart) can
store-up beliefs that are passing away, because they are merely man-made
Long ago, Yahuah’s bride (Israel) went after “strange
elohim” by adding false worship and customs to their ways.
They put the
into their “lamps” (hearts);
oil that does not last because it is of
We must fill our inner lamp with oil that endures forever, and Yahuah’s
that oil: TORAH.
TORAH IS THE MIND OF THE
OF YAHUAH, WHICH TEACHES US CHASID
THE LIGHT IS TORAH
SHINES IN US
reproofs of discipline a
guard you against an evil woman,
the flattering tongue of a strange woman.”
See also Ps
Joh 8:31, 32: "So Yahusha said to those Yahudim who believed
in Him, 'If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones,
and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'"
The Torah is also a treasure, the power of Yahuah
stored in earthen vessels:
2Co 4:7 "And we have this
treasure in earthen vessels,
so that the excellence of the power might be of Elohim, and not of us – "
“For where your
shall be also.
your loins be girded and your
burning, and be like men waiting for their master,
when he shall return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they open
to him immediately.”
Yahusha went on to say to those who would not
believe in Him that His Word
had no place IN THEM. Yahusha's life is
manifested in us because we have treasured His Words in our hearts.
2Co 4:5,6: "For we do not
proclaim ourselves, but Messiah Yahusha
the Master, and ourselves your servants for the sake of
For Elohim, Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, is the One who has
shone in our hearts for the enlightening of the knowledge of the esteem of Elohim in the face of
STRANGE FIRE OFFERED TO YAHUAH?
Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aharon, each took his fire holder and put fire in
it, and put incense on it, and brought strange fire before
which He had not commanded them.”
invent our own methods
of serving Yahuah, but diligently follow and live by every
that proceeds from His mouth.
Otherwise, a lake of fire will one day consume His
adversaries (those who choose to neglect His Torah, and serve Him their own
Yahusha is doing everything short of forcing people to
avoid this outcome.
He is the only doorway of escape.
The “denominations” exist because the
LIVING WORDS (eternal
lamp oil) have been rejected or watered-down by so many teachers. The body
is divided, and the enemy has used this old tactic to keep us ineffective.
The “Jews” (Yahudim, or “House of Yahudah”) have
been a very popular target; but this is because we (the Natsarim) haven’t been
doing our job in a united way. This has been our failure in the past, but
we know that in the end this “vexing” will cease when the two divided houses are
re-gathered into one:
Isa 11:12, 13: “And
He shall raise a banner for the nations, and gather the outcasts of Yisrael, and
assemble the dispersed of Yahudah from the four corners of the Earth.
And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the
adversaries of Yahudah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yahudah,
and Yahudah not trouble Ephrayim.”
TRADITIONS AND THE TEN MAIDENS
The “oil” we see stored in many “lamps” amounts to traditions that will not
continue to illuminate the spiritual lamps of those “unwise” maidens in the
world-to-come. We have to develop discernment, and filter out the human
elements and keep the
that will keep our lamps lit, Yahusha’s
“The Heaven and the Earth shall pass away, but
shall by no means pass away.”
Realizing that so many people have been taught “instructions” that are not of
Yahuah, it is not surprising that the “lamps” containing no lasting “oil” will
be going out when they are called-forth to meet the Bridegroom on the
Day of Yahuah;
oil: the mind of the FLESH.
THE ONLY THING YOU’LL TAKE WITH YOU
What is in our inner “lamp” can be discerned by what “fruit” we bear, most
especially by observing how we are “loving our brother” (or lost Israelite
“sibling”). From 1st Jn/Yahuchanon we discern that our remaining helpful and
patient toward other lost Israelites as they struggle and wrestle over the Truth
(Torah) reflects how the “Light” abides in us. When we hate and tear-down our
siblings, we abide in darkness. Many people in Christendom are lost Israelites,
living on another “oil” than Yahuah’s Torah (Sun-day, Christmas, Easter, trees,
wreaths, eggs, steeples, etc.,). These are “unwise maidens” with their
diverse ways of living
(lamps filled with the oil of
Such “oil” will not work (illuminate) in the coming world, because only the oil
(Word) that will never pass away will light our lamps in that day.
THE TORAH IS A LIGHT, ALIVE IN US:
ARE THE LIVING, BREATHING TORAH
The Commandments are a lamp, and from their instruction light is the result:
Pro 6:23, 24:
“For the COMMAND is a LAMP, and the TORAH a light, and reproofs of discipline a
WAY of life, to guard you against an evil woman, from the flattering
tongue of a strange woman.”
See Ps 119:105, Is 8:20
“Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten maidens who took their
LAMPS* and went out to meet the bridegroom.”
DIVERSE WAYS OF LIVING?
Lamps and their contents (OIL) are apparently not all
The human creation is made up of two
components: body, and nephesh (spirit). The “lamp” of the body is
the eye; but the object of Yahusha’s teachings are focused on the REAL
(inner) lamp of each person. What we put into our inner lamp will either remain
and light our way
or flicker-out because we poured darkness into ourselves instead. A person who
does not love their “brother” (fellow lost Israelite)
lives in darkness.
Each of us must struggle to discern whether we are filled with darkness, or have
allowed the true Light to dispel the darkness (hatred of our fellow lost
Israelites). We all must help people become free from what is keeping them from
developing love for Yahuah and love for their neighbor. The fruit is how we
discern what kind of tree we are viewing, but it’s best to refrain from all
judgment of one another even if we think we have identified bad fruit. Love is
patient, kind, enduring, and forgiving, not keeping score. Often, those
who wound us are closest to us, and in the end there is a stronger bond.
1Jn 2:10: “The
one who loves his brother
stays in the light, and there is no stumbling-block in him.”
1Jn 3:14: “We
know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.
The one not loving his brother stays in death.”
1Jn 4:20: “If
someone says, ‘I love Elohim,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar. For the one
not loving his brother whom he has seen, how is he able to love Elohim whom he
has not seen?”
1Jn 4:21: “And
we have this command from Him, that the one loving Elohim should love his
In the last days, we know this:
“And then many shall stumble, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall
hate one another.”
Mat 18:14-17: “Thus
it is not the desire of your Father who is in the heavens that one of these
little ones should be lost.
And if your brother sins against you, go and
reprove him, between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your
But if he does not hear, take with you one or two more,
that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word might be established.’
And if he refuses to hear them, say it to the
And if he refuses even to hear the assembly, let
him be to you like a gentile and a tax collector.”
sum of Your
all Your righteous right-rulings are forever.”
(Yahuah’s TORAH is eternal
notice that “Word”
is synonymous with “Torah”).
rejoice at Your
one who finds great treasure.”
“Set them apart in Your
– Your Word is
is the man who shall not walk in the counsel of the wrong,
shall not stand in the path of sinners,
shall not sit in the seat of scoffers,
his delight is in the Torah of
and he meditates in His Torah day and night.
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.”
OUR LAMPLIGHT DEPENDS ON THE OIL IN OUR LAMP
Yahusha called the everlasting oil:
shall by no means pass away.”
Light will last, but men’s traditions will flicker-out.
The true “oil” will have
value, but all other oil is worthless and will not stay with us.
His Name is as sweet perfume (oil) poured-forth to
us, but to those who do not love His Name, we are a stench in their nostrils.
See 2 Co. 2:16
fragrance your oils are good. Your
is oil poured forth,
the maidens love you.”
The “maidens” (virgins) remind us of the 10 maidens and their lamps.
good name is better than precious oil, and the day of death than the day of
Notice that the “oil” in both of these verses suggest “perfume”, essential oil.
shall pass away, but
shall by no means pass away.”
As you may have suspected, Yahusha is the same
Being that met with Mosheh on Sinai.He wanted us to remember this
during the Great Distress, since that is the context of this verse!
of speech used
the Truth from those who are rebellious)
our spiritual component upon which Yahusha writes a
love for His Covenant.
teachings (eternal Words)
we hold in our heart (spirit).
This is what Yahusha called “My Words” quoted above!
The lamps that won’t illuminate don’t contain the eternal
only the “words” of men’s traditions
Here are other metaphors:
(same as our lamp, spirit)
Torah (teachings, eternal Words, what Yahusha called “My
so shine before men, so that they see your good
and praise your Father who is in the heavens.
not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.
did not come to destroy but to complete.
truly, I say to you, till the
pass away, one jot
or one tittle
shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.
Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these
and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the
but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the
necessary Hebrew letters (If these were taken away, the basic meaning of
the Hebrew would remain.
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves
servants for obedience, you are servants of the one whom you obey, whether of
sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?”
There is no middle-ground;
either we are obedient, or we fail as our first
parents did in Gan Eden.
The final outcome for those who reject Torah will
had such a heart in them, to fear Me and to guard all My commands always, so
that it might be well with them and with their children forever!’”
The Torah (Covenant) is a SIGN (OR MARK) upon the seed of Israel forever:
“And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and on your seed,
Gentiles must “engraft”
into the Covenant, and join Israel.
There is to be one flock, and one Shepherd.
Israelites aren’t to become “Christian
Torah-breakers”. Yahuah has consistently said (on many occasions) the
Yahuah says, ‘Because they have forsaken My Torah which I set before them, and
have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it
but they have walked according to the stubbornness of
their own heart and after the Ba’alim, which their fathers had taught them.’”
the tribes of Israel; then, over many generations,
increased their numbers among the Gentiles,
and will ultimately re-gather them to have a wedding
supper (for those wise maidens who awaken with sufficient oil in their lamps).
is His bride.
GENTILES MUST ENGRAFT INTO THE COVENANT, SINCE MANY ARE NATURAL BRANCHES
BROKEN-OFF LONG AGO.OTHERS WHO ARE NOT NATURAL BRANCHES MAY ALSO
PARTAKE OF THE ROOT, AND JOIN TO ISRAEL THROUGH THE COVENANT.
Stumbling blocks, strongholds of thought, and false expectations
are more the norm among people of faith.
Understanding is hampered because Wisdom and
Knowledge are kept from people.
The whole of “Ezekiel” is about the
The letter to the Galatians is all about
a ceremonial “law” that was settled for adult male Gentiles by the council of
elders (see Acts 15).
For most of the past 1900 years, a conscious diversion has been implemented AWAY
from obeying the Ten Commandments, called in Hebrew,
(the Ten Words).
Without this “Light”, we will lose the “Way”;
our walk will be in “darkness”, and we will be
found “outside” because our Creator will
have never known us.
have been molested, re-written, and barely understood.
As Stephen was explaining to the leaders of Israel
how the nation had rebelled and not kept the Covenant, he said something
at Acts 7:37-40:
“This is the Mosheh who said to the children of Yisrael,
your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers. Him you
This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with
the Messenger who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who
to give to us, unto whom our fathers would not
become obedient, but thrust away, and in their hearts they
turned back to Mitsrayim, saying to Aharon, ‘Make us mighty ones to go before
us, for this Mosheh who led us out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what
has become of him.’"
is the One that guides us into His Covenant, because He is the Mediator of it.
Stephen was inspired by the Ruach ha’Qodesh to refer to the Covenant as the
which brings to mind Hebrews 4:12.
When we observe the Ten Words
some people will hiss at us, and certain religious leaders become furious over
the very THOUGHT of obeying them.
The Ten Commandments is the core of the
from Yahuah to
by, teaching us how to
Our reputation (good name) is better than sweet perfume (Ecc 7:1 calls it
The WISE maidens are more prepared, having been drawn by
the fragrance of the Name of their Husband:
(Yahuah is more literal than “Yahweh” since the letters V & W are both derived
from the letter U; please investigate this Name!).
Little flock, keep your lamp oil ready; what Stephen called the
OIL REPRESENTS DOCTRINE;
IT IS EITHER
THE OIL IS THE MIND (PERSPECTIVE) OF THE SPIRIT, YAHUAH’S TORAH.
The Torah is the
thing you will take with you from this life
— treasure it in your heart (lamp).
Psalm 1, then Psalm 80.
The “Renewed Covenant” is clearly
explained at Jer. 31:1-40, Hebrews 8:8-13, and Hebrews 10:15-17.
Be a LIGHT to the nations; share Yahuah’s mind with
Yahusha spent His time among those who needed deliverance,
and they didn’t feel shunned by Him. He offered His sincere friendship.
He ate and drank with them, and was available to help and guide them by the same
Light He wants to shine in us. He reached out to them, and they could feel the
genuine love that burned in Him for them.
The Light is LOVE (CHASID), shown by obedience.
We must strive to walk as He walked, and allow His
love for them to be felt through us. After all, the lesson to be learned
is love. Many have the impression it is our duty to judge every thing and
but it is our failure to love the lost that is our greatest stumbling block to
The Ten Words are called
by Stephen at Acts 7:37-40.
The word “oil” is another metaphor (or figure of
speech, allegory) used to refer to the Ten Commandments which those who observe
them also understand as the Covenant.
To those who live in them and teach them, Yahusha
will declare “Well done”,
and these will be redeemed by Him (on the Day of Yahuah).
If these LIVING WORDS
are not in your lamp (heart, spirit), you will be found walking in darkness,
because they are a light for our path.
We stumble unless they are written upon our hearts.
MOST HAVE TURNED ASIDE
TURNED ASIDE TO MYTHS?
“Proclaim the Word! Be
urgent in season and out of season.
Reprove, warn, appeal, with all patience and
there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but
according to their own desires, they shall heap up for themselves
teachers tickling the ear, and they shall indeed turn their ears away
from the truth, and be turned aside to
But you be sober in all
matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your
you “do” the Word, it will only upset people, especially “religious” ones.
Try to imagine Yahusha condemning you for keeping
— that can’t happen!
When we obey His Commandments, it is evident that we know Him, and are known by
See 1 Jn. 2:3,4
Look at what
Yahusha said in the following texts, which I did not have room enough to include
in the tract form for this topic on THE LAMP:
“ ‘For where your
is, there your
shall be also.
Let your loins be girded and
and be like men waiting for their master, when he shall return from the wedding,
that when he comes and knocks they open to him immediately.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master, when he comes, shall find watching.
Truly, I say to you that he
shall gird himself and make them sit down to eat, and shall come and serve them.
And if he comes in the second
watch, or in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And know this, that if the
master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched
and not allowed his house to be broken into.
And you, then, be ready, for
the Son of Aḏam
is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
seems to imply that the “10 virgins” are
or teachers of Yahusha’s Word, because the term “wise
is used, as well as the idea of feeding the household, or other
And Kĕpha said to Him,
‘Master, do You speak this parable to us, or also to all?’
And the Master said, ‘Who then
is the trustworthy and
whom his master shall appoint over his household, to
portion of food in due season?
Blessed is that servant whom
his master shall find so doing when he comes.
Truly, I say to you that he
shall appoint him over all his possessions.
But if that servant says in
his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male
and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant shall come on a
day when he does not expect him, and at an hour that he does not know, and shall
cut him in two and appoint his portion with the unbelievers.
that servant who knew his master’s desire, and
did not prepare,
according to his desire, shall be beaten with many
managers - or teachers - are held to a higher standard)
But he who did not know, yet
did what deserved flogging, shall be beaten with few. And everyone to whom much
is given, from him much shall be demanded. And to whom much has been entrusted,
from him much more shall be asked.’ ”
THE LOST ONLY IMAGINE AN
ANCIENT OIL LAMP:
SMALL HOLE HELD WICK
LAMP WAS FILLED USING LARGER HOLE