Many considering themselves religious saved Christians have been taught by their ministers that they will escape the great tribulation by being raptured and lifted into the air to meet the returning Messiah. However, scriptures reveal another fate is in store for them.
29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
The Messiah himself is recorded by the apostle Matthew declaring that he will not return to claim his elect until after the tribulation. The elect, as recorded in scripture, will be those who keep the commandments of Elohim and the example or testimony of the Messiah whose one and only name is Yahshua. The elect will be those who are covered by the New Covenant and have a much different future than that of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which is a place in the physical land of Israel. More about the elect later in this writing, but for now continuing with the shocking surprise many will receive when they learn they will not escape the tribulation coming to the entire world including the people who think they are saved and will be in heaven with the Messiah they mistakenly call by a false name.
21 ” Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 ” Many will say to on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
What laws was the Messiah referring to when he foretells what is going to happen on that day. It should be no surprise that he is referring to the laws given to Moses, which are recorded in the scriptures, known as the commandments. Christian ministers, theologians, priests and even Jewish Rabbis have been teaching falsely for centuries, misleading their followers into believing that all or parts of the commandments are not to be kept for salvation. This non-scriptural doctrine will prevent many from entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
Christians have been misled to believe they merely have to repent and accept the Messiah as their savior and they will go to heaven when they die. Rabbis have taught that the Messiah has not yet arrived, but that if people will follow their teachings and keep the commandments except for the correct name of the father, which the Jews have hidden for centuries, they can achieve entry into the kingdom.
False teaching, disobedience, and lawlessness are why the one who comes on the White horse, symbolizing righteous power, will slay the nations with the sword that comes out of his mouth symbolizing the scriptures (Rev 19:11). People of the world do not and will not read and understand the scriptures, the words of Elohim, and will die because they have refused to take to heart the instructions given to them just as their forefathers had done and likewise will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The scriptures are replete with warnings about false teaching; however, they are largely ignored by a world population that prefers to do lip service only to Yahweh and rejects his instructions for salvation just as the example given in scripture of the stiff-necked Israelites.
51 “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”
In Acts chapter 7 verse 53 Stephen told the Jews they had received the law that was put into effect through angels. The word angels have often led people into a mistaken into believing spirit beings put the laws of Yahweh into effect, however, the meaning of the Greek word originally used and translated angel literally means a messenger.
GREEK> aggelos (ang’-el-os); from aggello [probably derived from NT:71; compare NT:34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication, a pastor:
(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
The messenger who made Yahweh’s laws known to the Israelites was Moses who recorded them as given by Yahweh.
Yahweh proclaims he will punish the physical descendants of Israel, wash off their filth and put a new heart in them so that they will no longer disobey him and will no longer live a lie.
24 “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 “You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 “Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. 30 “I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 “Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 “I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”
Yahweh promises the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he will gather them from the lands where they have been scattered and place them on their own land, the Promised Land. He states he will sprinkle them with clean water, symbolizing his spirit, and cleanse them from their filthy ways, which includes idol worship. He will cause them to walk in his statues (commandments) and follow his ordinances. These actions will not, however, occur quickly, but over time.
14 “Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 “I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.
The world will be devastated, cities will be leveled, billions will die, the trade will be cut off, governments destroyed, and armies will cease to exist. Nothing of man’s way of life will remain including false religion. People will slowly realize that their old ways of living led to devastation and multiple deaths. They will begin to understand that if they had followed the scriptures they would not have suffered great tribulation. Descendants of Israel will seek Yahweh and his laws and begin to return to the Promised Land, seeking a better way of life.
It is important to understand that Israel was used by Yahweh as an example for the population of the world to learn how not to live their lives. Israel is a witness for Yahweh. By reading and studying the scriptures people can learn the consequences of disobeying Yahweh. Most of the world does not understand the role Israel and the tribe of Judah play in Yahweh’s plans for mankind. The scriptures reveal where the tribes of Israel now live on the earth and to most their identity, if understood, would be a significant shock. Learn more about where the lost tribes of Israel read YNCA’s article the S’ word.
2 Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains and will be raised above the hills, and all the nations will stream to it. 3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And He will judge between the nations and will render decisions for many peoples, and they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. A nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.
The tribes of Israel will return to the Promised Land and the scriptures reveal just where and how they will live and learn. In Isaiah chapter 2 Isaiah states that many people will go up to the mountain of Yahweh, symbolizing Yahweh’s government on earth. They will seek to learn the ways of Yahweh and strive to live their lives as Yahweh has instructed in the scriptures.
The Israelites and other nations will hammer their weapons into plowshares and pruning hooks, giving up the ways of warfare as they return to an agrarian society.
4 Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them and eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 “I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. 27 “Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 “They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid. 29 “I will establish for them a renowned planting place, and they will not again be victims of famine in the land, and they will not endure the insults of the nation’s anymore. 30 “Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” declares the Lord God. 31 “As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord God.
Yahweh will establish the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on the land promised by their forefathers. The Israelites will be safe on their land each family will have an allotted portion as described in the book of the prophet Ezekiel chapter 48, where each tribe has apportioned a share of land except the Levites.
8 “South of Judah’s border will be the holy area which you are to give. It will be about seven miles wide and as long and wide as one of the tribes’ shares. It will run from the east side to the west side. The Temple will be in the middle of this area.
9 “The share which you will give the Lord will be about seven miles long and three miles wide. 10 The holy area will be divided among these people. The priests will have land about seven miles long on the north and south sides, and three miles wide on the west and east sides. The Temple of the Lord will be in the middle of it. 11 This land is for the priests who are given the holy duty of serving the Lord. They are the descendants of Zadok who did my work and did not leave me when Israel and the Levites left me. 12 They will have as their share a very holy part of the holy portion of the land. It will be next to the land of the Levites.
13 “Alongside the land for the priests, the Levites will have a share about seven miles long and three miles wide; its full length will be about seven miles and its full width about three miles. 14 The Levites are not to sell or trade any of this land. They are not to let anyone else own any of this best part of the land, because it belongs to the Lord.
The temple of Yahweh will be built on a portion of land in the middle of a portion of land designated as holy and resided in by the priests, who will serve in the Temple of Yahweh, as described in Ezekiel chapter 40. The description and size of the holy portion of land and the temple are given along with a detailed description of the temple where the Israelites will worship Yahweh.
Outside the Temple Area
15 When the man finished measuring inside the Temple area, he brought me out through the east gateway. He measured the area all around. 16 The man measured the east side with the measuring stick; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 17 He measured the north side; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 18 He measured the south side; it was eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 19 He went around to the west side; it measured eight hundred seventy-five feet by the measuring stick. 20 So he measured the Temple area on all four sides. The Temple area had a wall all around it that was eight hundred seventy-five feet long and eight hundred seventy-five feet wide. It separated what was holy from that which was not holy.
Anyone who reads the book of Ezekiel, beginning with Chapter 40 through chapter 48, should be impressed with the detailed planning and specifications Yahweh provided the prophet Ezekiel with regard to the future of the remnant of Israel when Yahweh returns them to the land promised them through an inheritance as descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
In chapter 40 Yahweh describes the Temple that will be built in Israel when he restores Israel to the Promised Land. The description is very detailed and includes the measurements of the temple beginning with the outer wall even including the size of the inner courtyard, the rooms to be used by the priests, those rooms’ measurements and purpose and the dress and duties of the priest.
In chapter 41, Yahweh describes the temple sanctuary by providing its measurements and ornamentations including a description of the building materials. A description of the temple sanctuary altar, its courtyard, and even the doors is given, including the dimensions.
In chapter 42, a description of the rooms of the north and south side of the temple outer courtyard is provided. The numbers of levels, the length and width of the walkways between the rooms, and even where the entrance of the complex of rooms will be placed is provided. The purpose of the rooms is given as where the priests will offer sacrifices to Elohim and store the materials for the sacred offerings to Yahweh. The rooms are described as being holy; therefore, the priest’s garments will be holy and must be changed when the priests go into a public area of the building complex.
In the last part of chapter 42, the measurements of the outer perimeter were given as four walls, each being 875 feet in length.
In chapter 43, Ezekiel is given the dimensions of the temple altar and instructions for sin offerings and peace offerings the Israelites must make before they will be accepted by Yahweh. This is important to understand, the Israelites must make sacrifices for their sins before they will be accepted by Yahweh. Physical Israel must make physical offerings to Yahweh before acceptance by the spiritual creator supreme being. Physical Israel must realize they have broken the laws of Elohim and be willing to change their ways (repent) before Yahweh will allow them to come into his presence or reside in his physical kingdom. Spiritual Israel must also repent of their sins and make sacrifices before they will be accepted into Elohim’s’ spiritual kingdom. There will more on this subject later.
Chapter 44, Ezekiel is told to pay attention to Yahweh’s instructions concerning the laws and regulations concerning the temple. He is told no uncircumcised foreigners that have not surrendered themselves to Yahweh and that have not been circumcised may enter Yahweh’s sanctuary. The men from the tribe of Levy, except the descendants of Zadok, may not serve as a priest in the temple but may serve only as caretakers of the temple and perform the duties of preparing the animals for sacrifice.
Ezekiel is told the descendants of Zadok will be assigned the duties of tending the offerings to Yahweh, in the temple and given instructions on the garments they must wear, plus regulations on how they must live their lives including whom they may or may not marry.
In Chapter 45, Ezekiel is given the dimensions of the land to be set aside for the temple, the land set aside for the residences of the Levites who attend to the temple and land to be reserved for a city in which any Israelite may reside. He is given the rules by which the prince in Israel must abide including how the Prince must not cheat the Israelites and how the prince will be required to provide for offerings for the Sabbaths, new moons and special festivals such as Passover and the other required holy days such as the Feast of Tabernacles.
In chapter 46, Ezekiel has given instructions the prince and the common people must follow when they enter the temple area and worship Yahweh. Details are given on how to sacrifice to Yahweh and how the priest must prepare the sacrifice and keep the holy sacrifice from the people, so they will know be endangered by receiving any holy spirit that might be transferred to them by coming in contact with the holy sacrifice or holy clothing of the priest.
In this chapter instructions are also given on the rules to be followed by the prince should he decided to give any of his lands to his sons or servants.
Chapters 47 and 48 describe the boundaries of the Promised Land and the location of the land allocation of land to each tribe of Israel. The dimensions of the land reserved for the temple, land allotted for the levities, public use, and the city are described.
In chapter 48 Ezekiel is also given a description of the walls around the city, the gates and their names in each section of the walls around the city and the total length of the walls around the city equaling six miles with each wall section being one and one-half mile in length.
Through the writings of the prophets, recorded in the scriptures, compiled in the book, called the Bible, printed in many languages, and distributed throughout the nations, Yahweh has told everyone what he will do and why he will do what he predicts. His plan is for every human; Israel is merely an example for mankind and Yahweh makes his plan clear throughout the scriptures. He has given mankind the instructions on how to become a member of his heavenly family, having Yahshua as a brother, but very few will follow those instructions.
Those that do follow Yahweh’s instructions will be administered under the New Covenant while those physical descendants of Israel will be governed under the Old Covenant. Physical Israel and the world will not become members of Yahweh’s family until they are obedient to Yahweh, change their ways and accept Yahshua’s sacrifice of his physical life allowing people to inherit a place in the heavenly kingdom of Elohim.
It is important for people to understand that all mankind has been deceived at some point in their lives (Revelation 12:9) and most will go to their death deceived. Even the millions who think they have salvation by accepting the falsely named Messiah as their savior will die deceived and go to their graves. They have been deceived by their ministers, priests, scholars, and others into accepting a false method of worship not in the scriptures. Even though there is ample written evidence to show modern religions do not follow the scriptures. Most people will not take the time to study for themselves and learn they have deceived by their religious leaders they follow and trust.
The Levite priests in the Old Testament and the Jewish religious leaders called Pharisees and Sadducees in the New Testament are described in the scriptures as false teachers.
2 Peter 2:1-3
2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. 2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
27 ” Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Ministers, priests, theologians and religious scholars wear fine robes, take money to build large houses and church buildings live luxuriously by taking money from people who listen to what they preach and teach without studying the scriptures themselves. They teach people to break the commandments of Yahweh including profaning his name. Yahweh intends to show the world, through the example of Israel the results of following false teachers.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. 23 “I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. 24 “For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 “You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. 29 “Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. 30 “I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 “Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 “I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”
Notice carefully what Yahweh proclaims what he will do with Israel, why he will act and how he will accomplish his objective in the scriptures recorded by the prophet Ezekiel written in chapter 36 of the bible the most widely distributed book in the world. Israel has been scattered among the worldly nations because they did not follow the commands given them by Yahweh through Moses.
Among their sins they profaned the holy name of Yahweh, breaking a commandment. Yahweh will cleanse their sins with clean water, symbolizing his holy spirit, and will cause them to obey his commandments and statutes. Yahweh will accomplish this in the method he described in the scriptures. There will be worldly destruction, cities and world governments will be destroyed. Physical descendants of Israel will return to the land promised through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Israel will learn to worship and live by the statues and commands given their forefathers. Israel will live in an agricultural society on land designated by Yahweh. Israel will worship in a Temple they will build by instructions given them in the scriptures. Israel will realize they have sinned and change their ways no longer trying to accumulate wealth by illicit trading and cheating others. Israel will no longer try to build large amounts of individual wealth at the expense of others, they will live on their own land protected by Yahweh, having no need to protect themselves from other nations, because those nations will realize that Israel is blessed and protected by Yahweh, and if they want to receive Yahweh’s blessings they must also be obedient to Yahweh.
2 Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.
16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18 If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
All the people of the world, every nation, will worship in the same manner. Everyone will realize that the way they lived before the great destruction came to the nations was wrong and resulted in the destruction of the cities, nations and worldly governments. People will finally realize that the only way they can live in peace is to follow the commandments and statutes of Yahweh. They will begin to understand that Israel was an example for them and they must avoid the same mistakes Israel made and be obedient to Yahweh by following his rules. They will finally understand that destruction came to the nations because men followed their own selfish greedy methods and ignored the commands of Yahweh, which they could have learned if only they had not followed their false teachers.
The nations will obey Yahweh and follow his commands because they will no longer be allowed to follow their own ways. If any nation does not follow the rules of Yahweh they will be plagued as the example given in Zechariah chapter 14 verse 18 in which Yahweh proclaims that no rain will fall on disobedient nations thus they will suffer drought and consequently will endure famine, crop loss, and hunger. The survival of nations will be based on the produce of the land and Yahweh will control the weather and use it as a tool to keep the nations of the world in obedience to his rules.
And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Nations will be ruled by Yahshua through the sword of his mouth which symbolizes the rules, statues, and commands of Yahweh. If anyone does not follow these commands they will be slain because of their own foolish disobedient actions. They will no longer have any false teachers with the support of man’s blind government leaders working with false religious leaders working together to consolidate their power through false religion.
20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire with their powers to deceive the peoples of the world to support them with their money and cooperation. The beast government is described in the book of Daniel chapter
23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24 ‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 ‘He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. 26 ‘But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 27 ‘Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’
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Revelation chapter 12; 9 tells that the whole world has been deceived. What deception do the scriptures reveal is the deception about which Elohim is the most concerned? That deception is the one that leads people to disobey Yahweh’s commands. Commands that if followed would lead to peace and harmony among men and women on earth. What entity more than any other leads people not to follow Yahweh’s command? The answer is false religious beliefs taught by false prophets, ministers, theologians, scholars, etc. The leaders of false religions are castigated throughout the scriptures written in today’s bible.
In the book of Daniel chapter 7 verse 23, the fourth kingdom on earth that is different from all the other kingdoms and speaks out against Yahweh and will wear down the saints (those who follow Yahweh’s commands and the example of the Messiah Yahshua) will be destroyed. Scriptures reveal that there will be no false religion after the remnant of Israel is returned to the Promised Land. The idols that permeate the nations today will be removed and people will learn to keep the promises of their forefathers to follow the commands and statutes of Yahweh. No false teacher or prophet will be allowed to exist just as Yahweh commanded in the scriptures found in the Old Testament.
2 “On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. 3 And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother, to whom he was born, will say to him, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the Lord’s name.’ When he prophesies, his own parents will stab him.
Just as Yahweh instructed the Israelites in the Old Testament no one was to be allowed to mislead or entice the Israelite to false worship. Even close family members were to be killed in sight of others so that no one would believe they could teach people to be disobedient to Yahweh. While it may seem to humans that the punishment of death for false teaching is extreme Yahweh knew that false teaching led people to not follow his rules would lead to the disaster the world will experience before the Messiah returns to govern the nations.
Yahweh knew men who did not follow his rules would try to exert their will over other men and women even to the point of violence to overpower them and take away their possessions. Men’s’ desires to possess the goods of others, leads to war and death. War causes people to suffer and die yet the world looks upon warmongers as someone to be idolized. Bloodthirsty world leaders are recorded in history books as great leaders to be respected. Alexander the Great epitomizes just how breaking the rules of Yahweh causes suffering and death to people, yet the suffering and death is justified because a “Great” warrior was exerting his desire to rule over others which is somehow acceptable in the eyes of men, but not the eyes of Elohim.
Humans are proud, arrogant and selfish they do not follow the example of the Messiah Yahshua whose example was one of love, peaceful actions and serving others, even to the point of his own death at the hands of selfish, proud, arrogant men. When Stephen had the courage to tell the Jews they were breaking the laws of Yahweh and were stiff-necked with no regard for Yahweh’s laws, the Jews were enraged and stoned Stephen to death. The scriptures have many examples of the prophets of Elohim being persecuted even to death by rebellious disobedient men who had been made aware of Yahweh’s laws, but willfully disobeyed them just as their descendants and other men do to this day.
Hence, Yahweh has promised that destruction will come to the ways of men including their governments and false religions. Men will refuse to obey Yahweh even to the point of their own destruction.
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
In the book of Revelation chapter 16 verse 10, the fifth angel pours out his bowl onto the throne of the beast (false religion) and his religious kingdom and plunged that kingdom into darkness. Men will be in agony with pain either physical, mental or both, but they will not repent and will curse Elohim.
Why will men refuse to repent, change their ways and obey Yahweh? For the very same reasons the Jewish leaders would not heed the words of the Messiah Yahshua, men do not want to give up their prideful positions of power over other people. They want to be recognized as leaders with authority as symbolized by robes ministers and scholars wear at their various ceremonies and military and government leaders wear on their uniforms as they hold parades with their subordinates salute them. Yahweh will destroy the pride of man and the institutions their pride has created.
4 See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants 2 it will be the same for priest as for people, for master as for servant, for mistress as for maid, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The Lord has spoken this word.
4 The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish. 5 The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left
Yahweh explains clearly the coming fate of proud humans, yet most will ignore these warnings, fail to repent and acknowledge their errors; they will not obey the commands and statues of Yahweh.
The scriptures that record the words of the prophet Isaiah in chapter 24 verses 1-6 explain clearly, Yahweh will devastate the earth, the inhabitants will be scattered, all people will have the same level of goods and power and riches will be wiped out. Isaiah reports the exalted of the earth will languish because the people have defiled the earth, disobeyed Yahweh’s laws and broken the everlasting covenant; they will be burned up and very few will be left. Most people, however, will ignore the warning and suffer this fate. Men will only begin to understand their error when this prophecy has taken place, the earth is devastated, most of the world’s population is killed and only then will they loathe themselves and acknowledge the power of Elohim and change their ways.
Men will have no excuse for their insolent law-breaking behavior because they have been repeatedly warned in the pages of the readily available bible.
7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets
Yahweh made a covenant with Abraham for the benefit of the descendants through Isaac and Jacob. He promised to give land to the twelve tribes of Israel, the descendants of the twelve sons of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel which means:
[IS ray ell] (prince with God) – the name given to JACOB after his great struggle with God at Peniel near the brook Jabbok (Gen 32:28; 35:10). The name Israel has been interpreted by different scholars as “prince with God,” “he strives with God,” “let God rule,” or “God strives.” The name was later applied to the descendants of Jacob, or the HEBREW people. The twelve tribes were called “Israelites,” “children of Israel,” and “house of Israel,” identifying them clearly as the descendants of Israel through his sons and grandsons
(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
Very few who read the English version of the Bible understand the significance of names as used in the Hebrew language. While English versions of the Bible use the term God to identify the creator Yahweh the definition of the Name Israel is not prince or contender with God, but with Elohim. Many English dictionaries do not even recognize that the word Elohim is very significant in Hebrew because it is plural in meaning. The name Israel likely is used to mean contender with Eloah the singular use of Elohim which means mighty ones, meaning mighty one. There the name Israel means contender with a mighty one. In the scriptures written in Hebrew Elohim is used to depict mighty ones thus implying members of the Yahweh family or the Father and the Son known in the New Testament as Yahshua or falsely Jesus.
ELO’HIM (e-lo’him; Heb. plural
, “mighty”). A term sometimes used in the ordinary sense of gods, whether true or false (Ex 12:12; 32:4; etc.), including Jehovah (Ps 76:7; Ex 18:11; etc.). W. Henry Green (Hom. Mag. [Sept. 1898]: 257 ff.) thus summarizes the principles regulating the use of Elohim and Jehovah in the OT: “1. Jehovah represents God in His special relation to the chosen people, as revealing Himself to them, their guardian and object of their worship; Elohim represents God in His relation to the world at large, as Creator, providential ruler in the affairs of men, and controlling the operations of nature. 2. Elohim is used when Gentiles speak or are spoken to or spoken about unless there is a specific reference to Jehovah, the God of the chosen people. 3. Elohim is used when God is contrasted with men or things, or when the sense requires a common rather than a proper noun.”
BIBLIOGRAPHY: W. Eichrodt, Theology of the Old Testament (1967), pp. 15-92; C. Brown, ed., New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (1971), 2:66-82; R. E. Clements, Old Testament Theology (1978), pp. 53-78; W. Dyrness, Themes in Old Testament Theology (1979), pp. 44-46.
(from The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright © 1988.)
Even bible dictionaries are incorrect in defining the Hebrew meaning of Elohim since they are confused about the letters of the Hebrew language. Some still refer to the English title God as the name Jehovah that cannot be a name in Hebrew because the Hebrew language does not now nor ever had a symbol that denotes the sound of a j. See the YNCA booklet “The Mistaken J”.
Yahweh will keep his promise made to Abraham and will put the descendants of Israel on the land promised a second time. The Israelites have not kept their promise to Yahweh to follow his commandments and statutes. When Yahweh placed the Israelites in the Promised Land they disobeyed and were taken off the land and dispersed throughout the nations as promised, by Yahweh through Moses, however they will be placed again on the Promised Land even though they have not kept their end of the covenant.
Yahweh will purge the world of sin; he will destroy the corrupt governments of men, will destroy the systems of false worship and will eliminate the systems of commercial trade that allows the accumulation of wealth by those who cheat others. The Israelites and the people who remain alive on earth after the great tribulation, that is to come, will learn to obey the commandments and statues of Yahweh because they will be part of a government that will teach them the peaceful results of following the commands of Yahweh. The world will live in peace and the Israelites will learn to follow the commands of Yahweh and will finally keep their promise to obey. False religion will not be tolerated by those who at last understand the consequences of false worship.
Yahweh has foretold what he will do, and people will understand that their sinful selfish actions brought the world to the brink of total destruction avoided only by the intervention of Elohim for the benefit of the elect.
1 “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Many people, Christians and members of other religious groups, believe they will be part of an elect group that will be saved from death because they have been misled by their false teaching leaders and have not taken the time to study the scriptures for themselves. The scriptures reveal, however, that the saints, elect, or holy ones will be a small group that will persevere in obeying Yahweh and following the example Yahshua demonstrated while on earth.
12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
He burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
The beast is symbolic of both religious and civil governments that worked in conjunction with each other to influence and control the world’s populations for the arrogant, haughty, selfish and greedy people, considered to be wise by the standards of the world, used their powerful positions, in these governments, to enrich themselves by taking advantage of the people under their rule.
Yahweh has proclaimed in writing that he will put an end to this corrupt system of man’s government and protect and bless the humble and meek.
On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from this city those who rejoice in their pride. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill. 12 But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. (Yahweh)