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YHWH whom we know to have been manifested in the Person of Yahushua the Messiah according to the scripture is true Elohim. It is our first and primary goal to love and serve Him.

We can love and serve Him a number of ways. We look to the scripture to understand how we can accomplish this goal. Striving to accomplish this goal aligns us with the universe. We are fulfilling our purpose. Consider these verses…

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons from afar And My daughters from the ends of the earth,

Everyone who is called by My Name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.

Isaiah 43:6-7

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:16

We are created for Elohim’s Glory. We are created through Him and for Him. When we serve our King we are in sync with our ultimate purpose. This isn’t to say He doesn’t enjoy taking care of His children, or making us happy. If even evil men treat their kids good (in some cases) how much more will our perfect Heavenly Father treat us?

Let’s face it we are created for Him but there is nothing we can really do for Him.

What can a man give to Elohim, who is the source of all good gifts? The scripture quotes Elohim, and He tells us what we can do.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat.
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink.
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.
Naked, and you clothed Me.
I was sick, and you visited Me.
I was in prison, and you came to Me.

Then the righteous will answer Him Master, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?

And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?

When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

The King will answer and say to them,

Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.

Matthew 25:35-40

So the answer is to help the poor, and have mercy on those less fortunate than us. Our goal is to ease the burden of the poor. Also to do what we can to make life better for our fellow man in general.

And He said to him, You shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

This is the great and foremost commandment.

The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

Stemming from a love for our Elohim YHWH we have a desire to follow His commandments. We desire this because we want to express our love for The Creator. We have discovered by study of the scripture that to exhibit our love for Him we are to follow His commandments.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:15

Spread the message of the bible to anyone who will hear and come to believe upon their Creator and have a desire to serve Him in these times. This includes a desire also to serve and love our fellow Christian brothers and sisters of course.

So when they had finished breakfast, Yahushua said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Master; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”

He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Master; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Master, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Yahushua said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

John 21:15-17

We should steady educate ourselves and gain enlightenment to be further equipped to serve YHWH and humanity. In order for one to gain true understanding and wisdom one must have fear of YHWH. This is the beginning of wisdom.

The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.

Psalms 111:10

The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 9:10

The Spirit of YHWH will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of YHWH.

Isaiah 11:2

The first step to fearing Elohim is to know that he exists. Our faith is not in whether or not He exists. His existence is our reality. Our faith is based on the belief that YHWH makes good on His Word, and will fulfill all the promises He has made. With wisdom we are able to demonstrate and prove His existence using arts such as science and history.

But sanctify Messiah as Master in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.

1 Peter 3:15

With wisdom and an understanding of the universe we can help gather the remaining flock who have yet come to believe. Our fourth goal’s purpose to educate and gain wisdom is to take the advice given in 1 Peter 3:15, and help convert non believing hearts to their Creator.

What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of Elohim over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:4-10

To help gather in the lost sheep is to bring joy to Elohim our Father and to heaven.

And He said, A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them.

And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.

Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished.

So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!

I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘

So he got up and came to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;

for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be.

And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’

But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.

But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours;

and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’

And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.

But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’

Luke 15:11-32

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The Sovereignty of YHWH Defying Time and Circumstance

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Master, “who is and who was and who is to come, the *Almighty.”

– Revelation 1:8

*Almighty: (Greek) “pantokrator” – all-ruling, universally sovereign, omnipotent

For unbelievers, the sovereignty of our Creator is a major point of contention which separates them from acceptance of Him.

It is difficult for the mind which is focused temporally to make sense of a world of suffering if there be any such Being Who is without limit of power.

It is equally difficult for them to feel justice is done on individuals if all have a foreordained fate.

Though believers are less likely to dispute His sovereignty, some of the same questions exist for them.

Is there predestination for each individual in their salvation or lack of it, and if so, how can our own choices matter?

If it is all a matter of choice, where then, is the sovereignty of YHWH?

Scripture can not be said to support anything falling short of the absolute omnipotence of YHWH.

If any created being had an ability to effectively oppose His will, He would be less than omnipotent, and so, less than Elohim.

I say “effectively” oppose His will because many creatures have opposed Him, but ultimately none of this opposition will be to any effect, the only ultimate desired effect of opposing Him being usurping His complete authority over all creation.

This being true, not a single sin any of us can commit will change the universal outcome which YHWH has already ordained.

All that remains in question for us, who have not seen the end from the beginning, is the outcome for each individual.

Knowing all things, it is often asked why He has allowed such evil and suffering.

Evil and suffering had their conception in Satan, and so the question truly is, why did He create this being whom He foreknew as the source of all sin?

It must be realized that it is impossible to understand the answer to this question within the chronologically-based creature mind set.

YHWH is not a chronologically based being.

He is waiting for nothing future, He has no need to recall the past nor treat this moment or the next as if it is passing and will be soon gone.

He exists outside of time and existed when time did not.

He was and is not only capable of knowing all future outcomes, He was and is capable of knowing all possible outcomes.

The mind of Elohim brings into being all reality.

Unlike us, limited beings, who imagine what is not, and whose imaginings have no power to make what is not into what is, His thoughts form the foundation for all things real and true, including each of our existences.

It is then, not characteristic of the mind of YHWH to think that which is not, and so to foreknow or think on all possible outcomes is not a work of imagination for Him, but a view into all reality.

Knowing the result of a being existing that would fall and tempt all creation is not different from those things being absolutely real.

Could He have still chosen not to create Satan?

Yes, He could have, but that unmanifested reality of the being He would never form would be no less true.

All those who would fall to Satan’s temptation if he were formed would still be those who have in them that capacity to oppose YHWH, whether or not there existed any trigger to set in motion their transgression.

Each sinner’s transgression would thus still exist in the sovereign understanding of One who knew all outcomes.

The difference only would be that no redeemer would be supplied to eradicate sin from the reality which was not manifest.

To the chronological mind, it is hard to make sense of being held to the penalty of sin which we would never have an opportunity to carry out, and for good reason.

YHWH would not offend His justice by imposing the penalty of crimes committed within a reality He never initiated, but that same sense of justice could also not allow Him to ignore the truth of His knowledge of those crimes either.

The only way to deliver both justice and mercy was to allow the outcome of Satan’s creation to unfold as they would.

Each sentient creature He created, whether man or angel, would have to be placed within the testing grounds of a fallen creation, so to act out their will of loyalty or transgression, of life or death, and receive in themselves the due rewards of what they did.

YHWH has allowed this creation to become ensnared in sequential time in order that all may choose their sides. When the day of His judgment arrives, no one will be able to either accuse Him of injustice, nor of being unmerciful.

He knew all possible outcomes and no unrepentant sinner would have been anything other than that in the end of manifested reality.

Though there are many possible paths through time, there is only one possible judgment which will occur after such sequential time has been ended.

At this judgment, none of us will not know the reality of all we have done, whether within the space of chronological time we now know and have memory of, or not.

We will not fool ourselves about our intentions or our loyalties, we will not have the ability to delude ourselves over what we believe or do not. We will be given clear sight to understand our own actions, and His.

The result of YHWH giving place to this war between His will and the enemy’s to occur, will be that each of us who have turned our hearts towards Him will be, of an absolute certainty, wholly clean and purged of all transgression.

Truly sealed with His name, as Yahushua said “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

There will be, of truth, no circumstance or possibility left in all the universe which is able to separate us from Him by sin.

His people are named the “called and chosen, Predestined and foreknown” in scripture.

What, then, do our choices have to do with it?

Each individual who will choose sin and death and opposition to His will, just as a lesser version of Satan himself, was understood by YHWH to be needful to exist to the end that all sin might cease in every possible reality which could be initiated by Him.

Satan is judged according to the propagation of the sin he conceived. He is liable for each individual he has tempted and deceived. Satan receives the full recompense for what he is by the existence of those whom he will take down.

Sin is used to punish sin, and so not one thing is left as effectual to the enemy’s goals, but all things work together for the good of those who love YHWH.

We will all make our choices, which we will make freely, but each of those choices were inscribed on the stone tablet of reality before any of us came into being.

These choices were foreknown, not forced upon us.

We will not ultimately change anything which has been foreknown, and yet as we continue to make our choices, we align ourselves with the blessing of YHWH, or the curse of opposition against Him.

If we will do right, we have done right.

When the end of time itself comes and sin and those aligned with it are cast from His presence and the presence of the redeemed, a new creation will be come to be.

We will no longer exist within a temporal battleground, and not only will there be an ultimately pure and perfect creation, but all things which were, which might have been and which could be will have been dealt with, and laid aside forever.

Then What Is will not simply be free of sin, but free of the possibility of sin eternally.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold! I make all things new.”

And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his ‘Eloah and he shall be My son.”

– Revelation 21:5-7

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