Whom Do You Say That I Am?
Let No Man Steal Your Crown
Yahuweh has promised a great inheritance to those who overcome, and to those who hold fast in their obedience to Him. Two of the items promised to Yahuweh’s people are a wedding veil, and a crown.
As we search the Scriptures, we find that the veil speaks of the promise of Betrothal of the Bride to the Heavenly Bridegroom. The crown is the right to rule and reign for eternity with the King’s Son, who is the Bridegroom.
Our Heavenly Father knew, however, that in this last generation, there would be those who would try to take away our wedding veil, and also our crown. In this writing we will look carefully at this warning in Scripture, to see what it says, and then discover how we might prevent these promises from being stolen from us.
Stealing Your Veil, and Your Crown
We gain our first bit of information from the Scriptures, as part of a stern warning in the book of Revelation. Let’s look at the following passages:
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (Revelation 3:11)
As we saw in The Book of Revelation: A Prophetic Overview, the entire Book of Revelation is a message Yahuweh gave to Yahushua Messiah, in order that Yahushua might show to His Servants those things which will shortly come to pass. In particular, we saw how the messages within the Book of Revelation are directed to His future Bride, to give her vision, hope, and encouragement, as well as warnings of danger, as she goes about her preparation.
In the above verse in Revelation 3:11, we see that Yahushua warns His Bride to hold fast what we have (of that which is truly of Him), because there will be those men who would take away — or steal — our crown from us. But who would do this? How would this happen? Notice we are told in Song of Songs the answer to this question:
The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. (Song of Songs 5:7)
Here we see it is the watchmen, the ‘keepers of the walls,’ who smite the Bride, and attempt to take her veil from her. Who are these watchmen? Beloved, it is the spiritual watchmen, the keepers of the walls of salvation — the spiritual Leaders of this generation — that are removing the veil, and the crown, of multitudes of Believing ones. If this sounds preposterous, let’s look further into the Scriptures, to see what Yahuweh’s Word says.
To begin our search, let us first ask two important questions:
- Can someone remove our veil, and our crown?
- How do we prevent someone from removing our veil, and our crown?
To answer these two questions with Scripture, let us begin, by noticing a very important account of an historical event, described in (1Kings 12:28-33). Here we see that King Jeroboam decided to make two golden calves, and to implement a ‘substitute’ Feast Day for Israel. This substitute was to be located in Beth-El and in Dan, and would be just like the one ordained by Yahuweh — except for the day of the Feast, and its location. The addition of the two golden calves at the two locations identified the entire substitution as idolatry.
We are told that Jeroboam devised a day “of his own heart,” and called for the Feast to be celebrated on the eighth month instead of the Yahuweh-ordained seventh month, as described in Leviticus 23:34 and Numbers 29:12. These are such small changes! Yet under King Jeroboam’s leadership, idolatry was introduced to Israel, and the entire nation became deceived. Yahuweh, in His mercy, gave the people much warning through His prophets, and time to repent; yet the people refused to repent, and continued to walk in disobedience. As part of Yahuweh’s judgment, the people were taken captive.
We are in much the same state today. The spiritual kings of the religious world have devised the eighth day of the week in the imagination of their own hearts, as a substitute for the Yahuweh-ordained seventh day Sabbath Feast Day. Having originated by Roman decree in the early centuries, this substitute feast-day continues to be honoured today, in most evangelical congregations. Most do not realise they are practicing a Roman substitute that contradicts both Old and New Testament Scriptures. For an overview of how this substitute came about, see Things Your Pastor Never Told You About the Early Church Fathers.
So we see that the modern-day Kings, some of the spiritual Leaders of the Church, have done just as Jeroboam did. They have concocted a ‘Doctrine of Men’ in the imagination of their own hearts — a man-made teaching about this substitute sabbath day — and by twisting the apostle Paul’s teachings (2Peter 3:16), they have thus caused their followers to walk in disobedience to the will of Yahuweh! The Scriptures listed below will elaborate in greater detail for us.
Through their doctrines, these modern-day Kings, or spiritual Leaders, have led the people into practicing outright disobedience to Yahuweh, and even various forms of idolatry, both of which can cause the veil, and the crown, to be removed. Let’s see how this happens.
Removing the Veil
Let’s first look at the removal of the veil. But what is the veil? It is the token or sign of the Bride of Messiah, of those who will be a part of the Bride ‘Company’ of Messiah. But as we see in the Matthew 25 parable, not all of the virgins will enter with the Bridegroom, to become a part of the Bride Company. Those having ‘wisdom’ went in to be with the Bridegroom, but those lacking ‘wisdom’ [the foolish] were rejected, as we shall see, because they continued to be ‘workers of iniquity’ at the time the Bridegroom returned.
Workers of Iniquity
What are workers of iniquity? Throughout the Scriptures, the term ‘workers of iniquity’ is commonly applied to those who refuse to do the will of the Father, who continue to refuse to walk in the Ways of Yahuweh, but choose instead to walk in disobedience to Yahuweh’s eternal Law [the Torah, called the Law of Moses].
The ‘workers of iniquity’ are seen in both the Old and New Testament writings, and it is here that we will see why some will have the Bridal veil removed from them, a token of the refusal and rejection of them to be included in the Bride Company:
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (Matthew 7:22)
In the above passage, it is clear that Yahushua is referring to those who call Him ‘Lord’, who do many things in His name, and who we would commonly call ‘Believers’ as we shall further discuss. Now notice the next verse:
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity<458>. (Matthew 7:23)
Notice that the reason Messiah will say to the Believers, “Depart from me” is that they are “workers of iniquity.”
But what is ‘iniquity’?
The word for ‘iniquity’ is anomia, Strong’s number <458> “without Law” or “transgression of the Law”, from anomos, Strong’s number <459> “destitute of or departing from, the Law of Moses.” The apostle uses this same word in the following passage:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law<458>. (1John 3:4)
In the above passages, it is clear that Messiah will say, “Depart from me” to all who reject walking in obedience to the Law [Torah], which Messiah Himself gave to Moses.
Those who are found to be workers of iniquity at the time of the Bridegroom’s appearance are specifically named by Yahushua, and are said to be among the Foolish Virgins (Psalms 5:5; Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 13:27). These will be disqualified from entering in at the same time with the Wise Virgins (Psalms 5:5; Matthew 25:11-13; Psalms 45:14), and some of these will not be among the Bride-Company.
From the description of those in the Matthew 7:22-23 passage, we see that all appear to be what we would call Born-Again, Spirit-Filled Believers. In the Matthew 25 parable, the ‘Virgins’ likewise appear to be Believers, some of whom having become ‘beguiled’ [deceived], as the apostle Paul describes in his warning to us (2Co 11:2-3).
We must then ask, “Why were the Foolish Virgins rejected?” “Why were they considered workers of iniquity?” Beloved, the Born-again Believers’ participation in Yahuweh’s eternal Sabbaths is a vital part of our New Covenant obedience to Torah.
As we have written in other writings, the observing of Yahuweh’s Sabbaths is a vital component of [and a ‘sign’ of] the New Covenant [also called Yahuweh’s Everlasting Covenant], which describes all the the ‘Ways’ of Yahuweh in which we are to walk (Deut 8:6; Psalms 119:3; Acts 21:24; Hebrews 13:20; 1John 2:6).
As revealed in the above passage in Song 5:7, it is the watchmen of this generation [along with some of the ‘modern’ Bible versions based on men’s paraphrases of Scripture] that are telling the Born-Again, New Covenant Believers that they need not obey Yahuweh’s Law. Those who are gullible (who believe everything they hear, and do not read for themselves what the Scriptures actually say) have been told that the eternal Law of Yahuweh [the Torah] has been nailed to the cross, and abolished.
Beloved, have you heard [or read] this claim? Those who continue to believe this claim, and who continue to walk in disobedience to the eternal Law of Yahuweh, will have their veil [the token of obedience that identifies the Bride] taken away from them. They will be found among the workers of iniquity (Matt 7:23, 13:41; Psalms 125:5), and will be disqualified from being among the Bride-Company!
How do we prevent our veil from being removed by men?
Yahushua has said, “If you love me, keep [obey] MY Commandments” (John 14:15). Those who do not know who He is, think that His commandments are limited to only the ‘New’ Testament commandments.
Those who do know who Yahushua is, know that it was Yahushua Himself who, as the Word of Yahuweh, accompanied the Israelites in the wilderness (John 1:1, 14; 1Corinthians 10:4; Num 3:16), and led them by His presence by night and by day — it was Yahushua Himself who wrote the Commandments onto the tablets with His own finger, and gave them to Moses.
Those who know Him, and who love Him, are those who keep all ‘MY’ Commandments as Yahushua calls them. And so we see it is the Bride whose actions exhibit love for the Bridegroom-Messiah, by simple obedience to all of Yahushua Messiah’s Words [including those He gave to Moses]. Simple obedience to all of Messiah’s Words reveals those who will be found among the Wise Virgins, and among the Bride-Company.
So we see that it is when we begin to walk in obedience to all Messiah’s Commandments, instead of the doctrines and commandments of men, that we begin to hold fast to our veil. Only in this way, can we prevent our veil from being removed by men.
From this day forward, we must each choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15).
Let us choose wisely!
Removing the Crown
Let’s look now at a similar reference to our crown. Notice the following passages:
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Daniel 7:27)
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
In the above passage in Daniel, we see that the dominion or rule will be given to the saints. But in the Revelation passage, we see who those ‘saints’ are — they are those who have the Faith of Yahushua, and who [by His Grace], allow Messiah-living-within-them to keep the Commandments of Yahuweh. Again, notice in these verses that the dominion — the rule or crown — goes to those who are obedient.
Just as in the above example of our veil being taken by men, in the same way our crown can be taken by men.
Let’s see what the Scriptures tell us:
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by… Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee…” (Zechariah 3:7-8a)
The above passage is a prophetic, then-future vision of Yahushua Messiah’s commission, which He would later fulfill during His earthly lifetime. In this passage, the one condition given for Messiah’s future ruling and reigning, is that He must “walk in Yahuweh’s ways.” We know Yahushua met this requirement, and was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
As we see in the same verse, those who ‘sit before’ Messiah [who abide in His presence], have the same requirement. To rule and reign with Messiah, we must “walk in His Ways.” This is the single, defining characteristic of one who is “in Messiah,” one who fears Yahuweh, and is “in the Faith.” Today we may depend on His Blood of redemption to provide our forgiveness, and His indwelling Spirit to lead us into [the doing of] all truth, and to give us the Grace [enablement] to walk in His Ways (Palms 119:3; Hebrews 3:10; 1John 1:9; John 16:13; Galatians 3:11; James 1:25; Romans 2:13).
But we have a problem! Notice the following:
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, [because they are] giving heed to seducing spirits, and [that is,] doctrines [teachings] of devils speaking lies…” (1Timothy 4:1-2a)
In the latter times, many shall depart from The Faith, due to doctrines of devils speaking lies. What are these doctrines that are considered lies? These doctrines are not the words of the student, but of the teacher. What is the teacher saying in the latter times, that is considered to be “speaking lies?”
First, we note that the two identifying features of those who are in Messiah, those who are “in” The Faith, are 1) they walk in His Ways, and 2) they fear Yahuweh (Deut 10:12; Psalms 128:1). Thus it must be, that those who “depart” from The Faith are they who abandon or depart from these two key features. Let’s see in Scripture what these are:
Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, [in order] to walk in his ways, and [in order] to fear him. (Deuteronomy 8:6)
In the above passage, we see that to fear Yahuweh and to walk in His Ways, we keep His Commandments.
So we see that, according to the logic of the above Scripture passages, those who depart from The Faith in the latter times must be students who depart from keeping Yahuweh’s Commandments, as a result of devils speaking lies through their teachers.
We have seen abundant testimony in many other articles, that those who abide in Messiah, and come to know Yahuweh, are those who learn His Ways, and walk in His Ways. These allow Messiah to live in them, and allow Messiah to provide His Grace, His enablement, to keep Father’s Commandments.
Let’s look carefully at a few additional passages that speak prophetically of our day. Notice the passages that describe those teachers [and students] who have been redeemed, but who refuse to walk in His Ways. The result is that they have been robbed of the knowledge of Yahuweh, through deceit and false teachings, and through a lifestyle and culture that is void of keeping the Commandments of Yahuweh:
Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:6)
For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. (Jeremiah 5:26-27)
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; (Jeremiah 23:26)
Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err [go astray] by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:32)
Why then is this people of Jerusalem [this is prophetic of those who are grafted into Messiah and His people] slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. (Jeremiah 8:5)
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me [notice that Yahuweh is pleading with His redeemed people to return to Him!]; for I have redeemed thee. (Isaiah 44:22)
Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. (Hosea 7:13)
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err [wander away; go astray], after the which their fathers have walked: (Amos 2:4)
The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. 22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled [plundered]; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses [their individual doctrines]: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. 23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. (Isaiah 42:21-24)
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err [go astray] in their heart, and they have not known my ways: (Psalms 95:10)
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err [go astray] in their heart; and they have not known my ways. (Hebrews 3:9-10)
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel [those who are in Messiah] had walked in my ways! (Psalms 81:13)
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake… 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (Titus 1:10-11; 13-14)
The above are a few of many passages that give us the prophetic view of the greater Body of Messiah in our day, as Yahuweh see us.
Notice what the last verse above tells us. It is the Commandments of Men that turn men away from the truth. We recall that it was the Traditions and Commandments of Men that Yahushua confronted when He rebuked the Pharisees. The man-made doctrines become substitutes for the true Words of Yahuweh, and rob the people of knowing Yahuweh.
From these Scripture passages, we see that our crown can be removed by those prophets and teachers who, by trickery and deceit, teach Yahuweh’s people to be disobedient, even while being un-aware of their own disobedience.
As we saw above, it is our continued disobedience to the eternal Scriptures that can remove our veil. But it is the teachings given by the Keepers of the Walls — the Traditions and Commandments of Men — that teach their followers to justify their disobedience.
The Traditions and Commandments of Men teach people to justify their disobedience, based on the following false notions, each of which contradicts both ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Testament Scripture:
Teachings of the Traditions and Commandments of Men
- Tradition #1 — the false notion that because our sins are forgiven by His Blood, our continued disobedience is now acceptable to our Heavenly Father (Acts 10:35; Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; Heb 2:2-3);
- Tradition #2 — the false notion that the eternal Law [Torah] has been cancelled or abolished, so that our disobedience to the Law is ‘no longer’ considered to be sin (1John 3:4).
- Tradition #3 — the false notion that the Law [Torah] has been done away with. This idea is the central teaching of the Doctrine of Balaam today, and is discussed below.
So we see that our continued disobedience to the eternal Scriptures — because we have learned from some man, teaching man-made doctrines [or because we have believed some man’s paraphrased version of the Bible] — can remove our crown!
We are thus told, “… hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Revelation 3:11). Let us now notice another crown stealer.
Idolatry: Another Crown-Stealer
In the early days of the First Century, the following warnings were given to the Believers:
“…our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest [twist; pervert], as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2Peter 3:15b-16).
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [wanton; lacking restraint], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:3-4).
In the early days of the apostles, as the above passages tell us, there were some who had crept in unawares, perverting the words of Paul, and thus teaching a perverted doctrine of Grace to the people. This twisting or perverting of Paul’s words continues to this day. A modern, twisted or perverted form of the Bible doctrine of Grace has turned the lives of multitudes of Born-Again, Spirit-filled Believers into wantonness, into lives that are unrestrained and unaffected by the eternal Law [Torah] of Yahuweh.
Not only has the doctrine of Grace been perverted today from its Biblical meaning, but many other Biblical Doctrines have been wrested, or twisted away from their original meaning. This twisting occurs when man’s own ideas or opinions are added, giving the Scripture passages a different spin or paradigm, causing men to think these passages mean something different from what Scripture intends. Just as the keeping of Yahuweh’s Sabbaths has been hidden from the people, likewise the teaching of the importance of the Second Commandment has been obscured from the people.
The Second Commandment deals with removal of idols and idolatry from the lives of Yahuweh’s children. Today, most Believers have been taught by their Pastors and spiritual Leaders a twisted version of the apostle Paul’s words, to say that idols ‘are nothing.‘ Thus in the thinking of the majority of Believers today, the Second Commandment has no relevance. Beloved, if the Second Commandment has no relevance today, what is the purpose of the following passages? Let us look carefully at these:
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. (1Corinthians 10:14)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1John 5:21)
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Revelation 2:14)
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:20)
Beloved, if the Second commandment were not very important for us today, the above passages would not be there. In fact, most Believers today have their lives filled with idolatry, and they think they are simply Believers in good standing with Yahuweh, because of what their Pastors and leaders have told them. They think that idols are not relevant, and idolatry is not relevant, because of the non-Biblical notion of ‘Grace’ that most evangelical Pastors and teachers have embraced.
Most Pastors today are not teaching their people about the importance of avoiding idolatry. “If we commit idolatry,” as they go on to explain, “We are forgiven!” Then they go on to say, “When Yahuweh looks at us, He does not see our sin, He sees the Blood of Yahushua.” What does Yahuweh say about such un-Scriptural ideas? We must warn every child of Yahuweh that has heard such teaching, to repent, and obey the Gospel of Yahushua, which was preached unto both the New Testament Disciples, and also to the Israelites in the Wilderness.
If idols are nothing, then why are we warned to flee idolatry? Yahushua has also warned us that two of the seven churches in Revelation had one fault: they taught the people to eat things sacrificed to idols. Now, if idols are nothing, why did Yahushua mention it? It is evident that Yahushua thinks as highly of the liars that teach such teachings to His people, as He does of idolaters, as they will both be excluded from the City of Yahuweh! Beloved, Yahushua describes many of the modern-day Pastors and Teachers and their followers. Notice the following warning given to us by the apostle John:
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1John 2:4)
The Bible tells us the Liars are those who say they know Him, but do not keep Yahuweh’s Commandments! This should be a strong enough warning to send every sincere little one to the prayer closet, to cry out for mercy and understanding, that the Light of Yahuweh’s precious Word would be revealed and understood.
Stealing Your Crown: The Doctrine of Balaam
Beloved Saints, we also see from Yahushua’s message to the Seven Churches that some of them held the Doctrine, or teaching, of Balaam. Let us remember what Balaam did. Yahuweh had told him once not to go with Balak, but with a new and better offer in hand, Balaam decided to ask Yahuweh once again, just to ‘confirm’ things in His own mind. After all, this is a lot of money! And, it is a very great honour that Balak is offering!
“Perhaps Yahuweh has done a New Thing,” Balaam might have mused. “Perhaps the old things are passed away, and all things are become new.” So then after Balaam sought Yahuweh again for new confirmation, Yahuweh told him, “Go ahead, but say only what I tell you.” And as he was going, Yahuweh would have killed him, if it had not been for Balaam’s ass, who saw the Angel of Yahuweh in the way, ready to kill Balaam with the Sword of Yahuweh.
Beloved, the Believers of this generation today have not understood the Doctrine of Balaam. We have been told by our Pastors and teachers that the Doctrine of Balaam is greed, or avarice, and is a spirit of covetousness. Yes, those are certainly some of the fruits of the Doctrine of Balaam, and they can be the motives for the Doctrine of Balaam. They are not, however, the Doctrine of Balaam itself. The Doctrine of Balaam is actually simple to see in Scripture, and easy to understand, because it can be observed in the actions of Balaam.
As an overview of the Doctrine of Balaam [see details in Related Articles below], we can say that it is simply what Balaam did — the rejection of one part of Yahuweh’s Eternal Word, while accepting another part. It includes the notion that, even though Yahuweh has said something once, we must ‘hear it again’ to confirm what He has said.
Yes, Yahuweh spoke His Commandments to us once in the ‘Old’ Testament, but we have been taught by our spiritual Leaders that we must see them once again in the ‘New’ Testament, before we obey them. For an overview study, see The Doctrine of Balaam Today: A Warning to the Bride. As a brief illustration of its application, let us look at the following passage:
Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:3)
Let us first notice that the above passage is in the ‘Old’ Testament. The apostle Paul tells us that we are not under the Law, but under Grace — so that when we hear teachers wrest, or twist Paul’s words telling us this means that the Law has been abolished, we have simply ignored the above passage in Leviticus 19:3. The notion that the Law has been abolished, is a popular, but twisted meaning of Paul’s words.
With that in mind, let us next notice the truth the above passage in Leviticus 19:3 reveals. Yahushua, who is the Word of Yahuweh, has told us three times [in the ‘Old’ Testament] that we are to fear, reverence, and honor, our mother and father. But we have been taught to look in only the ‘New’ Testament to see whether a commandment is repeated by Yahushua, or repeated by the apostles, before we obey it.
Now, notice what Yahushua said [in the ‘New’ Testament], in the following verses:
For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4).
For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Mark 7:10).
“Well, Yahushua repeated it, and it’s in the New Testament — so it must be for us” we recite. We have not realised that we have been trained by the Doctrine of Balaam. We have been trained to split Leviticus 19:3 apart, — to keep the first half of the verse [fear every man his mother, and his father], and to discard the second half [keep MY sabbaths]. Never mind that there are fifteen occurrences of the phrase “My Sabbaths” in the Old Testament, and only three references to fearing and honouring one’s father and mother!
Most would agree that the use of caution is necessary when distinguishing between what is shadow of the Old Covenant, from what is fulfillment of the Old Covenant. However, the requirement that we must hear a New Testament repeating of an Old Testament commandment, before we obey it, is a Classic example of the Doctrine of Balaam, which Yahushua mentions to us as a warning, in the Book of Revelation!
So we see how the Doctrine of Balaam is in operation in our own Congregations, today in our generation!
By embracing and teaching the Doctrine of Balaam today, most Pastors and spiritual Leaders have lost sight of the New Covenant purpose. We could say the same about the subject of idolatry, and of many others. In this writing, however, we will simply restate Yahuweh’s overall intention for the New Covenant. Ours is not a Covenant of compulsion to keep Yahuweh’s eternal Commandments, but is an eternal Covenant of Love as a motive, whereby Messiah is ‘birthed’ within His people, and lives within them, to provide His Grace — His enablement to keep the His eternal Commandments!
We must remember, under the ‘Old’ Covenant, we are commanded to love Yahuweh, with the penalty of death as our motive for keeping His commandments. Under the ‘New’ Covenant, also called the Everlasting Covenant, we are not compelled to obey His Commandments. We do obey His Commandments, however, but we do so because of a new motive – one of love. Thus we see that love is stronger than death, as a motive for obedience.
We obey Him, and do what we know pleases our Lord, because we love Him; and we do so because He has given us the understanding, desire, and ability – by His Grace – His enablement, to keep His Commandments. Under the ‘New’ Covenant, we have been set free from bondage, and now we are to simply choose which ‘Master’ we will serve, and choose which Husband to whom we will be married (betrothed). We then set out to find out, to learn, and then to do, by His Grace and virtue, what is His will, and to do what pleases and delights Him.
We have seen that by embracing man-made doctrines, Believers today continue to live in disobedience to the eternal Law of Yahuweh, resulting in the potential loss of their Bridal veil — their future place as being among the Bride-Company. We have also seen that by the same disobedience, Believers face the potential loss of their crown — their future dominion and rulership with Messiah.
We have seen that Believers are exhorted to keep, and hold on to their Bridal veil, and their crown. We have seen that we can prevent any man from taking, or stealing our veil, and our crown, by guarding against embracing man-made doctrines, and by seeking carefully to walk, by Father’s Grace, in obedience to the eternal Law of Yahuweh.
Beloved, the entire ‘Old’ Testament is full of details about Father’s New Covenant, also called His eternal or Everlasting Covenant. It is in the ‘Old’ Testament that we find the details of what pleases our Master, and also the details of what He hates. It is in the ‘Old’ Testament that we find Father’s delight, and His pleasure, all of which are tied in with the mystery of His will.
Dear Reader, Yahuweh is pleading with His redeemed people to return to Him! He desires that you would be a part of that Company who will receive the veil of Betrothal, and the crown of ruling and reigning with Him.
To accomplish this, you must be vigilant — and let no man steal your crown!
Proceed to The Mystery of His Will.
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Rev 3:3)