PLEASE NOTE: This article is the answer to my 10-8-2017 Prayer Request post on Facebook where I was seeking to know why God had placed a spirit of heaviness and sorrow on me in the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is about expressing our overwhelming joy in the knowledge of our Messiah's love for us, and the gift of His salvation. ~ Helena LehmanWhen I first became a born again believer in 1987 at the age of 30, the first thing Yahshua did after I felt my initial joy in knowing Him was to lay a spirit of heaviness and sadness over me that lasted for weeks, and that I came to understand as Christ's sorrow over all the people in the world today that have rejected Him, and do not know Him by His Spirit because they are not born again. This tragedy provoked the sorrow in me, and over time, its memory motivated me to really want to reach out to the lost, and lead them to a saving knowledge of Yahshua Ha Mashiach, or Jesus the Christ.
This same sort of sorrow overtook me again on October 8th, 2017, which I now know was no accident, for the date is significant. This is because "Octo" actually means "Eighth", as October was the Eighth month on the old Roman Calendar, which began the year with the Spring Equinox in March. It was also the eighth day of the month, and the "17" in 2017 adds up to 8, making the date 8-8-17, and a symbolic 888, which is the number of the Name of "Jesus" in Greek. Incidentally, my home phone number ends with the number sequence 888 also, which I really find appealing.
Getting back to the point of my story, I wanted to know why I was feeling this sorrow because it was very tough to handle, especially since it was right in the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles, when we are commanded to express our joy in our salvation. So I asked for prayer on Facebook because of it. Then, as my prayers mixed with those of my brethren and reached God's ear, I felt the sorrow lift slowly as God revealed why He had overwhelmed me with it.
The reason God sent me this manifestation of His feelings was to show me that He is very sorrowful over the terrible nay-saying and backbiting going on right now among His children. So many believers are currently actively and even voraciously mocking those who thought the Rapture might occur this September 20th through 30th, 2017 based on the incredible Heavenly Signs that appeared then in Leo and Virgo.
Even with the mockery they are experiencing, however, many believers (like me!) are continuing to watch, and are now looking at the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles on October 12th, and the eighth day assembly after it on Friday the 13th as possibly tied to the Last Trump of the Rapture. But the mockery those who are watching are receiving from those who are not is in direct disobedience to Yahshua's command to not call one's brethren "fool" or "idiot" lest they want to face judgment and possible Hell-fire. As Yahshua said:
Matthew 5:22 ~ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”This does not mean that Yahshua never called anyone a fool. In fact, He did call people who were not keeping God's Commandments fools in Matthew 23:16-19. This suggests that Yahshua pointed to the foolishness of the Foolish Virgins in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 because they will be found not keeping God's Commandments when Yahshua comes for us in the Rapture, and so they will be left behind. The term "virgins" in that Parable indicates that these were all people within the Church who professed to have accepted Yahshua's righteous blood covering over their sinfulness, but that the foolish ones among them were not truly committed to Christ, and were therefore not dead to the world and living for Him by striving to follow His Commandments.
Although I have received a great deal of flack from the "Once Saved, Always Saved" crowd for saying this, it seems apparent from the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins alone that keeping the Ten Commandments and the Moral Laws of God are essential if we wish to be a part of the Rapture, as well as of God's Kingdom, especially serving in the coming Millennial Kingdom of Christ, which is going to be given as a reward for the righteous who always strive to love and follow their Messiah and King. But there is another clear statement made by Yahshua that sets the record straight on this, and it is only found in the Gospel of John:
John 14:15-18 ~ “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”Taking Yahshua's words here at face value, and as more important than any teaching based on the words of mere men, Yahshua is clearly saying that there is a prerequisite to being born again with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and that prerequisite is the desire to keep Yahshua's Commandments, which were centered around loving God with one's whole being, and loving our neighbors (i.e. brethren in Christ) as ourselves. In other words, a person cannot be born again of the Holy Spirit or be ready for the Rapture unless they are keeping Christ's Commandments, and not just the two greatest ones, but all of the Moral Law of God that He emphasized in His earthly ministry. When we make the decision to follow Yahshua unto salvation and do His Commandments, we are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit so that we can do so, as it says in Ephesians 1:13-14:
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”In this passage, the word of truth is found in the fact that we all need redemption because we have not kept the Moral Laws or Commandments of God, and we therefore need a perfect blood sacrifice for sin to overcome this obstacle to our salvation, and it can only be found in Yahshua or Jesus, our Passover Lamb. This is the Gospel of Salvation, and those who accept it understand that, though they are forgiven for their past trespasses, they should want to strive to keep Yahshua's Commandments in the future. When they understand this and repent of their sins, believers receive the Holy Spirit as the seal of the promise of their future inheritance and redemption.
The emphasis on loving one's brethren in the faith as an act of love for Yahshua is proven by examining the Commandment that Yahshua was referring to when He said that the second greatest Commandment was that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. This is found in the Book of Leviticus:
Leviticus 19:18 ~ “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”The “children of your people” referred to in this passage means the descendants of Abraham through Jacob. These were the Israelites that dwelt together in the Promised Land. They therefore were fellow believers in the One True God Yahweh Elohim. So the second greatest Commandment is to love your brethren in Christ as you love yourself, while the greatest Commandment is to love “the Lord your God” (i.e. Yahweh Elohim) with your whole being (See Matthew 22:36-40). People therefore need to seek to know God the Father through His Son Yahshua, and to love their brethren with all their hearts. This is how we keep Yahshua's Commandments, and this is what we must do before we can receive the Holy Spirit. This means that the Spirit is not automatically given to just anyone upon the profession of faith in Christ, but only if they have a true change of heart, and die to the world in order to fully serve God and keep His Commandments.
What God was showing me by allowing me to experience His sorrow on October 8th is that there are many Foolish Virgins in the Church right now that are not keeping Yahshua's Commandment to watch for His return, and are actually making fun of the people who are anxiously looking for His return and watching for the signs of His coming. This is why Yahshua reprimanded His Apostles for not being able to watch with Him for even one hour when He went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before His crucifixion (See Matthew 26:37-40). In fact, we are all commanded by Yahshua to watch for His return, as shown here in the Gospel of Mark:
Mark 13:34-37 ~ “It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”Note that Yahshua referred to the doorkeeper, who was commanded to watch for the master of the house to return. We, as servants of Yahshua the King of kings and Master of all, are the doorkeepers who have been commanded to watch for our Master's return. Furthermore, we were given signs of when His return would be near, as listed in the following Scriptures:
Matthew 24:9-13 ~ “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
Luke 21:25-26 ~ “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 ~ “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”We are therefore not only commanded to watch, but have been given the signs that we must watch for in order to be ready when Yahshua comes for His own. All of these signs can be demonstrated to have been fulfilled in our own era, especially over the past 10 years. The exponential increase in earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts, sinkholes, fires, intense heatwaves, extreme cold waves, Blood Moons and Sackcloth Suns from astronomical movements as well as fires, increased solar activity, increasing perturbations in the Earth's magnetic field and polar orientation, false teachers, false prophets, sexual immorality, sexually-transmitted diseases (pestilences), divorce, adultery, homosexuality, transgenderism, rebellion, murder, lying, stealing, disrespect of authority, cannibalism, demonic possession, and many other forms of lawlessness and wickedness are clear evidence that we are living in the very last days of the last days before Christ's return.
So the point of this article is to express God the Father's, and my own deep concern that followers of Christ are not showing the proper love, kindness, mercy and respect that they should be showing to one another in these last days, especially in regard to those who are ACTIVELY watching and looking for the signs of Christ's soon return. Those who are not looking at all, or are only giving it a casual perusal every now and then need to start paying more attention to their brethren who are watching, stop ridiculing and mocking them, and give them the love and respect they deserve for truly following Christ's command to “Watch!” Otherwise, those who are mocking and not watching are putting themselves in danger of being left behind, along with the rich and lukewarm believers in the Church of Laodicea, and the Foolish Virgins who are also not keeping God's Commandment to love one another.
BRIDEGROOM IS COMING AGAIN SOON!
ARE YOU KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS?
IF NOT, START NOW, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
AND YOU ARE LEFT BEHIND!
With Love and Blessings
From Your Sister In Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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