Saturday, December 24, 2011
BEWARE OF THE SPINNING WEBS AND HATCHING EGGS!
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59 & Ḥazon/Revelation 14
Shalom family, it is good for us to be together in the Mighty Name of our Master and King, יהושע, aměn!
How is everyone holding up as the world gets even crazier at this time of year? May we be continually strengthened together in the Word and cling to His Word with our all, despite the ridiculous blasphemous rituals that are being rehearsed by the blind, ignorant and stiff-necked masses that are at large totally unaware of the pagan roots of the so called “festive season”.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 10:2 “Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be awed by the signs in the heavens, for the nations are awed by them.”
Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 12:32 “guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.”
These are two of several Scriptures that warns us not to seek after, learn and adopt any form of worship that the other nations do and try to apply it to worshipping יהוה – He clearly tells us that it is abominable and not acceptable as worship – He has clearly laid out for us how we are to worship Him as we follow His Word and not add or take away from it. Sadly what we see and know for sure is that these and many other Scriptures have not been obeyed by most today as the majority of professing believers are in fact worshipping or rather attempting to worship יהוה in a way that is contrary to His Word and has been ensnared to vainly serve Him the way the nations have served their false mighty ones for millennia. Do not worship Him the way the nations worship! This so called ‘festive season’ is nothing but a deadly gangrene that can and will kill all who submit to its form. In Yoḥanan/John 6 יהושע mentions 6 times the need for us to eat of His Flesh and drink of His Blood – for anyone who does not cannot have any part in Him – in other words if you do not eat of His flesh and drink of His Blood you cannot be a part of His body. It is by His Blood that we are brought near and grafted in to His Covenants of Promise and as we eat of His flesh we ‘stay in Him’. Just think about this profound statement that many of the believers at His time here could not accept and stopped following for this teaching was too hard. What is His flesh? It is the Word – The Word became flesh! That is what we are to eat!!! We are to eat our ‘lawful bread’ daily. So many in the world today who claim to be believers yet forsake the commands are in fact not eating of His Flesh and therefore can have not part in His body! The majority of Christianity today wants the Blood of Messiah and they plead it with great fervency while rejecting His flesh and the eating thereof – they put aside the Word of יהוה as ‘Old Testament’ and how they are no longer under it – listen, unless you eat His flesh – that is to eat on, chew upon and meditate upon the Torah and Prophets and writings – the Tanak – which certainly has nothing ‘Old’ and outdated about it as it is very much alive for us still today as we learn to walk in His ways, guard His commands and keep His Feasts and His Sabbaths - and drink His blood – that is to receive by faith the work of His death and resurrection, which we proclaim at the Feast of Pěsaḥ/Passover – unless you do these you have no part in Him and cannot have His Name upon your forehead or Hand. And if that be the case whose name is on those who do not have the Father’s Name! They that have no part in Him take on the very mark of the beast – and this we must guard against and warn others from! Attempting to worship the True Creator, יהוה of Hosts, in any other manner than that which has been written down for us in the Living Word is nothing more than abominable worship before His eyes which He does not ‘wink at’! but is rather calling everyone everywhere to repent!
It is with urgency that we recognise the depravity of such falsely claimed worship and guard against the temptation to engage in it in any form or manner, no matter who we may offend for standing firm in His Word! The enemy has a way of trying to make and cause the true righteous set-apart ones feel guilty for simply refusing to bow to the twisted rooted forms of abominable worship – and let us be reminded together that we will not fall prey to such nonsense, but rather with great joy and delight worship our Elohim, יהוה of Hosts, as He has commanded!
At a time when the world almost ‘slows down a gear’ so to speak and almost everyone gets into the ‘holiday mode’ may we be reminded that it is in fact ‘business as usual’ – our fervent worship and obedience must not be found to be lacking and fall into the trap of ‘slowing down a gear’ too. We must continually be on our guard and in a message tonight called, “Beware of the spinning webs and hatching eggs” I would like us to look at Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59 and also touch on Ḥazon/Revelation 14 – please turn with me to Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59 (read).
From verse 5 you can see where the message title comes from and the call to beware of these entangling webs and poisonous eggs is very real!
Yeshayahu 58 tells us of Yisra’ĕl’s sin/Lawlessness as they fasted in the wrong way with wrong motives and neglected to walk in obedience primarily by not observing the Sabbath correctly, and were in a sorry state which we find pretty similar today. Many feel that they fast and pray to no avail and even question the existence of Elohim as they don’t get things their way and here in chapter 59 Yeshayahu makes it very clear that the hand of יהוה has not become too short to save – nor His ear too heavy to hear! In other words what he was saying back then and still to us today is this – יהוה is within reach! The problem was their crookedness and sins that had separated them from Elohim and caused His face to be hidden and His ears to be shut! Crooked paths cause one to not be able to see straight ahead and if there is any crookedness in our lives we will not clearly see Him as He is and be able to fully walk in Him.
We regularly speak and proclaim what is typically called the priestly blessing that He declared how His Name is put upon the children of Yisra’ĕl, and so sin/lawlessness hides His face from us then it goes to show clearly that when we ask Him to cause His face to shine upon us and lift up His face toward us for favour and His shalom then we had better be walking in and guarding His commands, for that will be righteousness for us (Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:25).
In Ḥazon/Revelation 14 in speaking of the 144000 who had the Name of the father upon their heads – that is יהוה - were described as having ‘no falsehood in their mouth and were blameless before the throne of Elohim’. Last week we looked at Tsephanyah/Zephaniah 3 and in verse 13 we are again told that the remnant of Yisra’ĕl shall do no unrighteousness and speak no falsehood! A total opposite of what is being declared to Yisra’ĕl at large here in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59:3 – whose lips had spoken falsehood. This was a sad state of affairs and we see the same today as verse 4 says that no one calls for righteousness and no one pleads for truth as they trust in emptiness and speak worthlessness. Trust and the words we speak – so vitally important!!!
The unrighteous call not for righteousness or truth as they place their trust in that which is absolutely nothing – be it their wealth, their relationships, their talents or even their theologies of man – all emptiness as there in only One in whom we are to trust and here are a couple of verses on trust:
Tehillim/Psalm 9:10 “And those who know Your Name trust in You, For You have not forsaken those who seek You, O יהוה.”
Praise יהוה that we know His Name! We know the One we trust and are secure, bold and confident in Him!
Tehillim/Psalm 31:6 “I have hated those who observe lying vanities; But I trust in יהוה.”
Listen to Dawiḏ here – he hated those who observe ‘lying vanities’ – those who observe empty and vain lies of erroneous traditions’ he hated but put His trust in יהוה. Now I am not saying go and hate everyone who is ridiculously keeping Christmas, but shine the light of His love through uncompromised obedience to the Truth while forsaking ‘lying vanities’.
Tehillim/Psalm 40:4 “Blessed is that man who has made יהוה his trust, and has not turned to the proud, and those turning aside to falsehood.”
Have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, walk in the Light as children of the Light!
Tehillim/Psalm 125:1 “Those who trust in יהוה Are like Mount Tsiyon – It is not shaken, it remains forever.”
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in יהוה, and whose trust is יהוה.”
Trusting in emptiness will only lead to worthless speech as it will not be backed up with the Truth! Sha’ul tells us in Qolasim/Colossians that our words must be seasoned with salt so that we know how to answer anyone. Wayyiqra/Leviticus 2:13 tells us that with every offering bring salt and יהושע tells us in Marqos/Mark 9 that every offering shall be seasoned with salt. We are also told to continually offer up to Him a slaughter offering of praise with our lips – and that is done when our speech is not worthless but seasoned with salt, speaking only that which is pure and clean. Worthless talk conceives trouble and brings forth wickedness! Have you ever found yourself in trouble because of those stupid and worthless words you spoke? We must be slow to speak and quick to listen, as most of us tend to easily say things we shouldn’t because we never seasoned it with salt that would make it acceptable as praise unto Elohim.
Timotiyos Bet/2 Timothy 2:16-17 “But keep away from profane, empty babblings, for they go on to more wickedness, 17 and their word shall eat its way like gangrene. Humenaios and Philetos are of this sort.”
So many loose and worthless words flying around out there today – hence all the trouble and wickedness!
Verse 5 clearly speaks the crux of the matter that we see today – spider’s webs and snake eggs! Those who are supposed to be calling for righteousness and pleading for truth have instead hatched adder’s eggs and weaved spider’s webs. We have to be very careful to stay out of the spider’s web of deception. I have been very disgusted this past week or so as I have come across and encountered so many vain stories that are spun regarding Christmas. I am sure you have heard things like, “We know it wasn’t when Messiah was born, but we can celebrate His birth anytime!” or, “It doesn’t matter what Christmas meant to pagans long ago… it doesn’t mean that for us today!” It gets worse - these and many more words are from pastors of churches – the ones who ought to be calling for righteousness and pleading for Truth – but they aren’t because they too have trusted in emptiness and speak worthlessness – all that they do is hatch poisonous eggs that are biting so many with twisted theologies and whoever east their rotten eggs … dies! We are to have our lawful bread daily – sadly too many are eating the snake eggs of deception and lies and many will die as a result – if they do not repent and come out. Verse 6 carries on and tells us that the webs they weave do not become garments, nor are they covered by their works for their works are works of wickedness – pretty tough words but so true for so many.
A spider’s web or silk cannot be made into garments – the fine linen of the set-apart ones cannot be made out of spider’s web. The spin that the wicked teachers put on the Truth may cause many to feel like a superhero and think they look supercool with spandex type Spiderman’s costumes – but sadly that is all it is – a costume in a life of falsehood where they are blindly taught that they are not the villain – when on the contrary it is the villain who has designed their clothing! And so in the eyes of יהושע they are not clothed with righteousness but are simply poor, blind and naked – stern words that were spoken to a lukewarm Laodikeia! Those who want to dress up in the spider’s web of deceptive teachings must know that they will simply be vomited out – for in His eyes they are not clothed in Him but are laid bare and naked before Him and their attempt at works will not cover them!
We are known by our fruits, by the very fruit of our work and many who are working tirelessly out of the spiders web will be shown up as fruitless:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. 22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’”
Ya’aqoḇ/James tells us that we must show our belief by our works – good works prepared in advance for us – that is to walk in righteousness – walk in obedience. The enemy casting the spider’s web has caused so many to be so busy with what they feel is ‘good works’ yet sadly will have no effect in being a covering of righteousness, and those not covered are destroyed! I have heard this week of a pastor admitting Christmas is wrong and even mention its roots to their congregation, yet then turn it around and use the very symbol of Nimrod and say this, “Oh but we see a different tree…!” and then try to mirror our Saviour against the backdrop of Nimrod – that is blasphemy – blasphemy that has so many caught in the web of lies.
The words of Yeshayahu are so alive for us today – they have no right-ruling in their midst – how true of the spider and egg theology we see so rampant today in Christianity - no right ruling and crooked paths – why? Because they have declared that the Tanak is ‘Old’ and of no importance! Truth has fallen in the street and is unable to enter into their congregations as right-ruling has been turned into wormwood as they cast righteousness down to the earth.
Verse 15 says that Truth is lacking and whoever turns away from evil makes himself a prey – how true is that for us today – once we turn away from Babylon and its sticky web of man’s institutionalised religion we become targets for the enemy – a daunting fact that sadly causes so many to refuse to leave and rather compromise for the sake of a falsely promised peace – yet we who trust in יהוה remain steadfast, aměn!
Yeshayahu said that יהוה was astonished that there was no intercessor – for we have all sinned and fallen short – and so His own Arm saved for Him – and so He sent us our covering – in the blood of יהושע Messiah, who will repay all according to their deeds and all will fear the Name of יהוה when the distress comes like a flood – this is clearly speaking of when His wrath is poured out. Having said that please turn with me to Ḥazon/Revelation 14 (Read).
Without spending too much time that we do not have tonight on this entire chapter – I want us to focus on verses 6-12 in light of what we have read in Yeshayahu/Isaiah 59.
3 Messengers giving 3 messages – 3 messages that ought to be proclaimed today in light of the terrible spider’s webs that are being spun and snake eggs that are being hatched!
Verse 7 – Message 1 – Fear Elohim – He is the Creator of all – there is none else!
Verse 8 – Message 2 – Baḇel is fallen! Don not follow its ways and come out!
Verse 9 – Message 3 – Worship the beast and you will be punished!
In essence the message is clear – we are to fear Elohim:
Tehillim/Psalm 14:26 “In the fear of יהוה is strong trust, and His children have a place of refuge.”
We are to then proclaim that the system of man-made traditions and ways of worship and the spider web of “teaching as teachings the commands of men” is fallen – it is a deadly poison that is of no good. It is time for us to tell those still caught in the web of falsehood that it is a fallen system and they must come out of her! Thirdly we are to warn those who refuse to come out – warn those who take up the mark of the Beast through profaning the Sabbath and other Feasts of יהוה. We are to warn those who continue to replace the Truth with the beast’s feasts – that they will drink of the cup of the wrath of יהוה if they refuse to come out!
This calls for faithful endurance as verse 12 tells us – faithful endurance of the set-apart ones – those who guard the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע! Faithful endurance to guard His commands and not worship Him according to the way of the nations – you may even be hated for righteousness sake, but stand firm!
Why am I sharing these passages with you? Well to encourage and warn you to “stay out of the Spider’s Web” that we have all been loosened from through the revelation of the Truth and by the Blood of יהושע.
Sin enters the heart as we get bitten by the fangs of lawlessness, when we allow Satan to plant evil thoughts in our minds – those ‘snake eggs of sin’, which if not cast down immediately will cause an adder to hatch and be very deadly vipers of sin.
Yisra’ĕl was proclaiming worship with their lips only while their hearts were far from Elohim, and as a result they were mere incubators for snake eggs that gets laid into hearts caught in the deceptive spider’s web which cannot cloth or cover! Our works reveal our heart – is the Torah of יהוה on our heart, or has there been deposited some snake eggs of unrighteousness? When a heart is far from יהוה speech becomes like a spiting spider web that spins out lies and justification for lawlessness, and the caution for us here is to be alert and beware the spinning webs and hatching eggs that surround us daily and be steadfast not to be caught up through some stupid compromise!
This is a call to stop trying to be a ‘Spiderman’ who is simply all dressed in lies that actually cannot cover you – walk in righteousness, clothed in Messiah with the garments of fine linen that we can shine our light before men so that they ‘see’ our ‘good works’ and praise יהוה.
For many of you – you may be facing the daunting fangs of some of the spider eggs that have been broken by those who are caught up in and are too weaving vain spiders web of deceit – some of those may even be family members who have made you a prey for walking away from the Babylon system of worship – stand firm and be steadfast as you hear these words of our True and Mighty Elohim to us who are in His covenant as a faithful bride:
“…My Spirit that is upon you, and My words that I have put in your mouth, shall not be withdrawn from your mouth…” (59:21)
Now let our speech be continually seasoned with salt and declare His praises to the One who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light!
As we have His Name declared over us and put upon us – let us be careful to guard ourselves from the destructive lies of corrupted worship and live like those who have the Father’s Name upon us – with no falsehood on our lips and every word seasoned with salt – living free from the webs and eggs of wickedness and destruction!