Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Seal Of The Living Elohim

And after this I saw four messengers standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
(Rev 7:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I saw another messenger coming up from the rising of the sun, holding "the seal of the living Elohim". And he cried with a loud voice to the four messengers to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea,
(Rev 7:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

saying, “Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees until we have sealed the servants of our Elohim upon their foreheads.”1
Footnote: 1See Rev 9:4, 14:1, 22:4.
(Rev 7:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

My Discoveries

I have been moved to clear (divide/dissect) the message: "The Seal Of The Living God" by Dwayne Lemon, after I viewed his video teaching titled: "What Is The Mark Of The Beast" in YouTube ( http://youtu.be/_E428jf5Bsk?t=50m9s).

I was sent a video to watch about the science of the mind, so I did. And after watching it, this video teaching by Dwayne Lemon moved me to watch it, so I did, too.

And I was impressed to write about the "The Seal Of The Living Elohim", after he read the verse in Isaiah 8:16, which he emphasized the law here is the ten commandments, which is in reality partly true.

And partly true means there is valuable data (information) omitted. And Please note that he may not be aware of this, for I suppose he was just passing on the material that was given to him by his authorities, for uniformity's sake. (That's just my analysis of it, I could be wrong though).

And if it is omitted then it can be said a twisted truth, and can subtly mislead many who are diligently seeking the truths.

So I began clearing this particular subject in his message and as I was clearing it, as I did, I have to clear the "Four Winds Of Revelation" so I did, too, and it turned out to be a worthy post in this blog.

Bind up the witness1, seal the Torah2 among my taught ones3.

Footnote: 1: witness is also the ten commandments Exo 16:34,25:16,21,22
2: Torah means Elohim's Instructions or Teachings spoken to Moses for us all; it is also known as The Word of Elohim, or The Word; it is the five books of Moses; it is translated as Law in most Bibles and therefore is often times misunderstood as the ten commandments. And therefore most people will missed the other instructions or teachings of Elohim spoken to Moses which are not in ten commandments.
3: also translated as disciples or followers. (Isa 8:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

[Emphasis all mine.]

As I went on, I also uncovered the "Sealed With The Ruach (spirit) Of The Pledge Of Redemption" and I decided to clear this also before continuing with the study of the Seal Of The Living Elohim", and again it also came to be a worthy post in this blog.

And as I was clearing "The Pledge Of Redemption" a question dawned on me: "Who Are The Redeemed?" And I have to clear that one too, and it also came to be a worthy post in this blog.

Now, I finally have to go back to the "The Seal Of The Living Elohim", and I have yet found some minor things I have to clear, and got cleared, and inserted one of them as a brief margin footnote commentary in this essay, about the Sabbath. And will write about it next.

I hope and pray that these discoveries that dawned on me when I was clearing the "seal of the living Elohim" will give you the same joy of the heart as it did on me.

Please note however, we may still uncover many more things as we continue clearing one by one of our beliefs. And truths are progressive.

Please see:

The Seal Of The Living Elohim

Bind up the witness, seal the Torah among my taught ones.
(Isa 8:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

However, the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, “יהוה knows those who are His,” Bem1. 16:5 and, “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteous-ness.”
Footnote: Num 16:5
(2Ti 2:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known.
 (1Co 13:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

Definition of Seal, Sealed, Sign, and Mark

Please note that they are synonymous. Also note their subtle differences.

Seal for security or protection. Mark usually used as a badge of servitude. And sign as a signal, an emblem, a mark.

seal
G4973
σφραγίς
sphragis
sfrag-ece'

Probably strengthened from G5420; a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally or figuratively: - seal.

sealed:
G4972
σφραγίζω
sphragizō
sfrag-id'-zo

From G4973; to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication to keep secret, to attest: - (set a, set to) seal up, stop.

seal
ˈsē(ə)l

noun

1. a device or substance that is used to join two things together so as to prevent them from coming apart or to prevent anything from passing between them.
"blue smoke from the exhaust suggests worn valve seals"
synonyms: "sealant, sealer, adhesive, caulk, caulking"
"the seal around the bathtub"
the state or fact of being joined or rendered impervious with a seal.
"many fittings have tapered threads for a better seal"
the water standing in the trap of a drain to prevent sewer gas from backing up through the drain, considered in terms of its depth.

2. a piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document to show that it has come from the person who claims to have issued it.
synonyms: "emblem, symbol, insignia, device, badge, crest, coat of arms, mark, monogram, stamp"
"the king put his seal on the letter"
a design resembling a seal embossed in paper as a guarantee of authenticity.
an engraved device used for stamping a design that authenticates a document.
a decorative adhesive stamp.

3. a thing regarded as a confirmation or guarantee of something.
"the International Monetary Fund is likely to give a seal of approval to the Mexican plan"
synonyms: "ratification, approval, seal of approval, blessing, consent, agreement, permission, sanction, endorsement, clearance"
"the project cannot begin without the committee's seal"

4. the obligation on a priest not to divulge anything said during confession.
"I was told under the seal"

Origin

Middle English (sense 2 of the noun): from Old French seel (noun), seeler (verb), from Latin sigillum ‘small picture,’ diminutive of signum ‘a "sign".’

sign
H226
אות
'ôth
oth

Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, "evidence", etc.: - "mark", miracle, (en-) sign, token.

mark
G5480
χάραγμα
charagma
khar'-ag-mah

From the same as G5482; a scratch or etching, that is, stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue): - graven, mark.

Please note the Origin of the word "seal" is "sign".

Components of a seal:

  • The Name of the title holder

  • The Title

  • The Territory; Domain

In the seal of the U.S.A. the president's name is not included in it because every four years a new president is elected. But any thing that the president does that requires the seal of the U.S.A. also will bear the name of the president with it.

We shall see if we can find those components in the seal of the Living Elohim.

The Torah

The prophet Isaiah is clear, that the Torah is the seal. And Timothy affirms that "the solid foundation of Elohim stands firm, having this seal, “יהוה knows those who are His"".

Torah, the five books of Moses, is translated as law in most Bibles. The Hebrew word means "instructions or teachings".

Also known as the "Law of Moses" but let it be known The Truth is: the Torah is written by Moses spoken by Elohim to Moses face to face (Deut 34:10). Also known as "The Written Word or The Written Law". Also known as "The Word Of Elohim" or in short "The Word" (capital W). And this is "The Word" that John refers to in the beginning (John 1:1).

And since then no prophet has arisen in Yisra’ĕl like Mosheh, whom יהוה knew face to face,
(Deut 34:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. (John 1:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And יהוה said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good.
(Deut 18:17 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘I shall raise up for them a Prophet like you out of the midst of their brothers. And I shall put My Words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.
(Deut 18:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘And it shall be, the man who does not listen to My Words which He speaks in My Name, I require it of him.
(Deut 18:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

Because of the translated word law, many were mislead to understand that it means the ten commandments. The ten commandments is part of the Torah and it is called the Witness or the Testimony or the Testament (Exo 16:34, 25:16,21,22 26:33).

With that cleared, one might have to retrace ones beliefs with reference to understanding of the word law. For instance Isaiah 8:20 would render a new meaning, but the correct meaning.

To the Torah and to the witness! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no daybreak1.
Footnote: 1Or light
(Isa 8:20 The Scriptures 1998+)

To the Torah and to the Testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light to them!
(Isa 8:20 HRB)

This is very, very important, because the commands of Yahushua points back to The Word of the Father -- The Torah (John 14:24).

Now back to Timothy, Let us dissect this phrase first: “יהוה knows those who are His". Continuing by “Let everyone who names the Name of Messiah turn away from unrighteous-ness.” (2 Tim 2:19)

Our clue is in the word "unrighteous-ness". The state of being unrighteous. The opposite word is "righteous" It is a legal term which means "acting in accord with divine or moral law" according to Merriam-Websters Dictionary.
--http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/righteous

In The Pledge Of Redemption and Who Are The Redeemed? we have concluded that "believing" is "obeying" is "guarding and keeping" His commands or commandments or "instructions" (Torah) of YHWH. And thus is "righteousness".

Let me rephrase that: The teacher of the ancient Israelites was Moshe/Moses which Elohim knew face to face, He spoke The Word to Moshe. Today, the promised teacher through Moshe is Yahushua whom the Father put His Words in His mouth.

Did you notice the difference? The Father spoke The Word to Moshe. But to Yahushua He did not. Instead the Father put The Words in His mouth. In other words: The Father spoke directly to us through Yahushua. (John 1:1)

The Word was Elohim, The Torah was Elohim. In other words, the Torah, the instructions or teachings is Who our Elohim is, is the character of Elohim. This is why Yahushua is called the Living Torah, because the Father was IN Him.

יהושע said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
(John 14:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

In other words: The Torah, The Instructions or Teachings from the Father spoken to Moshe and put in His mouth, which He kept and guarded and preached and taught and lived as our example on how to live by it, without the works of Torah, is "The Way".

The Hebrews knew that the Way, the Truth, and the Life is the Torah of YHWH. And so did the Jews in Yahushua's time.

But the Torah had become burdensome, why? Because of the works of Torah that the Scribes and the Pharisees put around the Torah. Now Yahushua lived "The Torah", to show us how, without the works of Torah.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father too. From now on you know Him, and have seen.”
(John 14:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

Philip said to Him, “Master, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
(John 14:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

יהושע said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, and how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
(John 14:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from Myself. But the Father who stays in Me does His works.
(John 14:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

Following the instructions or teachings of the Father through Yahushua is our act of getting to know the Father In Yahushua. Which we shall also be known. (1Co 13:12)

Bind Up The Witness, Seal The Torah ...

"to bind the law upon one's hand for a sign," etc., is figurative, and implies an acquaintance with it, and a constant regard to its precepts;
Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Binding and loosening is Heḇrew idiom for exercising authority (to prohibit and permit).
(Mat 16:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

The phrase "bind up the witness (the ten commandments), seal the Torah (YHWH's instructions or teachings spoken to Moshe)" means to "fulfill" it (Mat 5:17 *fulfill*) as Yahushua did, without the works of Torah.

In other words to "fully preached" it, to live by it. Unlike the Jews who literally wrapped their arms with parts of the "law", and also put parts of the "law" on the forehead; (Luke 11:52) and makes it a burden.

“Woe to you learned in the Torah, because you took away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
(Luk 11:52 The Scriptures 1998+)

This is not to say that all the traditions of the Jews are abolished by the Messiah. On the contrary the Messiah uphold their authority. (Mat 23:1-3). Saying "Therefore, whatever they say to you to guard, guard and do."

Yahushua also wore tzitzit on his garments as was prophesied in Malachi 4:2 (wings); wings is an idiom for outermost part of a garment -- in this case it means the tzitzit (fringe or tassel; the Greek word here is κράσπεδον, kraspedon, kras'-ped-on, is translated as hem in KJV). (Mat 9:20, 14:36, Mar 5:27, 6:56, Luke 8:44)

And see, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the tzitzit1 of His garment.
Footnote: 1: Num. 15:37-41, Dt. 22:12.
(Mat 9:20 The Scriptures 1998+)

If they say and do not do, then do not do also. If one is in doubt, then follow the written Torah. This is what I understood Yahushua HaMashiach means. Because the written Torah is the instructions of YHWH -- The Word. Which Yahushua lived by as our example.

And seal is also an idiomatic expression meaning to confirm, or to establish it. As a "sign". Luke 11:52 alludes that the Torah is the "key of knowledge". That is knowledge of our Elohim who sent His Son. And that knowledge is our confirmation (sign/seal) that Elohim is true. (John 3:33)

“He who receives His witness has set his seal that Elohim is true.
(John 3:33 The Scriptures 1998+)

In the Torah (His instructions) we shall find the components of a seal.

Please also see:

Please recall that seal, sign and mark are synonymous. I have found out as well that "Seal" is associated with Elohim's "sign" and "mark" is associated with the beast and the dragon.

The phrase "seal the Torah" can mean the Torah is the seal. It can also mean, the Torah is sealed in.

I prefer the second meaning: The Torah IS Sealed IN among the people of Elohim. And it is sealed IN by the Name of the Father (and the Son). (Rev 14:1)

The Father's Name Is The Seal

And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name1 written upon their foreheads.
Footnote: 1Some texts read: having His Name and His Father’s Name.
(Rev 14:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

What is the Father's Name (blessed be He) that we might know Him?

And יהוה came down in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name, יהוה.
(Exo 34:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

And יהוה passed before him and proclaimed, “יהוה, יהוה, an Ěl compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in kindness and truth,
(Exo 34:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

watching over kindness for thousands, forgiving crookedness and transgression and sin, but by no means leaving unpunished1, visiting the crookedness of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
Footnote: 1This is confirmed in Num. 14:18, and in Jer. 30:11.
(Exo 34:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

As we can now see. His Name (blessed be He) that the Apostle John refers to what is "written upon their foreheads" is not just a literal name.

When Elohim revealed His Name to Moshe in Mount Sinai, He revealed His Character (Exo 34:5-7). Yahushua also revealed His Name to His disciples (John 17:6).

“I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word.1
Footnote: 1See Ps. 138:2.
(John 17:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

And what does He require of us?

He has declared to you, O man, what is good. And what does יהוה require of you but to do right, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your Elohim?
(Mic 6:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Sign

Now the Torah as the seal works as well, in this case as a sign to remind the Father that we are His. When we follow His instructions we are reminded that we are His, and He is reminded that we have remembered and obeyed His instructions and we have recognized Him that He is our Elohim.

So that come the appointed time of sealing His people, the Torah will be His sign, and the Torah will be sealed in among His people by His Name (Blessed be He). Only those people who bear this sign will be sealed.

If the Torah (His instructions given to Moshe) is the seal (sign in this case) of Elohim, then we should find His seal in the Torah: His Name - יהוה -(Blessed be His Name); His Title - Creator, Elohim; and His Territory - Heaven and Earth. (Gen 1:1, Exo 31:13,17)

The Sabbaths And The Lights In The Heavens

The first verse of the Torah, Genesis 1:1, gives us the title and the domain of this "seal/sign": it states that Elohim is the Creator of the heaven and the earth. And in Genesis 1:14 he appointed the lights in the heavens to be for "signs" also. And Exodus 31:13 He declares His "sign" and His Name (Blessed be He).

In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.
(Gen 1:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years,1
Footnote: 1 Gen 1:1-31, Gen 2:1-3 is the creation of the heavens and the earth.
(Gen 1:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And you, speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign1 between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה, am setting you apart.
Footnote: 1The only sign of יהוה setting us apart, the only sign of the everlasting covenant, is His Sabbaths, one of them being the seventh day Sabbath. This is repeated in Ezek. 20:12 & 20.
(Exo 31:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people.
 (Exo 31:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.
 (Exo 31:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘And the children of Yisra’ĕl shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant.
 (Exo 31:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘Between Me and the children of Yisra’ĕl it is a sign forever. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”
 (Exo 31:17 The Scriptures 1998+)

In the Witness or the Testimony (The Ten Commandments) we can also find the "seal/sign" of the living Elohim.

“Remember the1 Sabbath day, to set it apart.

Footnote: 1the Sabbath day here is not the seventh-day of the week. The article "the" actually refers to the "sign" associated with the "sign" in Gen 1:14, Exo 31:13, Ps 104:19, and Lev 23 it should have been translated as [the sign of the Sabbath] the sign and the Sabbaths it points to, it is repeated again in verse 11. It can be seen even in the Strongs and Brown-Driver-Briggs dictionaries. It is even more clearer in Paleo-Hebrew.
(Exo 20:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
(Exo 20:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.

Footnote: 1There are other Sabbaths, but this is the weekly Sabbath.
(Exo 20:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the1 Sabbath day and set it apart.

Footnote: 1the Sabbath day here is not the seventh-day of the week. The article "the" actually refers to the "sign" associated with the "sign" in Gen 1:14, Exo 31:13, Ps 104:19, and Lev 23 it should have been translated as [the sign of the Sabbath] the sign and the Sabbaths it points to, it is repeated here again from verse 8. It can be seen even in the Strongs and Brown-Driver-Briggs dictionaries. It is even more clearer in Paleo-Hebrew.
(Exo 20:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Shema (Hear/Listen/Obey)

How about in the greatest commandment: The Shema? (Deut 6:4-9, Deut 11:13-21, Num 15:37-41, Lev 19:18, Mark 12:29-31, Lk 10:25-28)

We are commanded to do the Shema several times everyday (Deut 6:7) as part of our worship and prayer, all the days of our life (Deut 6:2). And to teach to our sons and grandsons (Deut 6:7,2,20).

But sadly, because of the translation of the word Torah as Law, many believers understood it as the ten commandments Only and therefore no longer adhere to this. Because for most of them, any thing that is not part of the ten commandments is called the ceremonial law, and it is already done away with.

Except if the authorities of their church says so. As some churches do by following some commands, like: tithes and offerings (Lev 27:32,33, Num 18:21-28, Deut 14:22-26, 26:12-14) and the kosher foods prescribed (Leviticus chapter 11), even though it is not part of the ten commandments.

That is clearly cherry picking by the authorities of a church deciding which instructions of Elohim must be taught, is it not?

We can see the "seal/sign" in Deuteronomy 6:4 -- declares our Elohim and who He is. And Deuteronomy 11:13-21 declares His domain; He has power over the heavens and the earth to cause rain and to give grass to grow on our land for our livestock. And in Numbers 11:37-41 he has commanded us to have a "sign" to help us renew our minds (Rom 12:2).

“Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!
(Deut 6:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.
(Deut 6:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart,
(Deut 6:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up,
(Deut 6:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
(Deut 6:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(Deut 6:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘Do not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people. And you shall love your neighbour as yourself. I am יהוה.
 (Lev 19:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Shema IS the first commandment, because it is to be repeatedly rehearsed (re-hear/re-heard) several times every single day from waking up until one goes to bed to sleep at night.

Also note that Yahushua was doing it as commanded for HE affirmed: it is the first of all the commandments.

And יהושע answered him, “The first of all the commands is, ‘Hear, O Yisra’ĕl, יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one.
(Mar 12:29 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first command.
(Mar 12:30 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And the second, like it, is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other command greater than these.”
(Mar 12:31 The Scriptures 1998+)

And the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one Elohim, and there is no other besides Him.
(Mar 12:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the being, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, is more than all the burnt offerings and offerings.”
(Mar 12:33 The Scriptures 1998+)

And when יהושע saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the reign of Elohim.” And after that no one was bold enough to question Him.
(Mar 12:34 The Scriptures 1998+)

Now, please also note, how Yahushua nullified the "Trinity" or "Binity" doctrines here. Take that from Him, for He said Guard my commands (John 14:21,23,24).

The Mediator, however, is not of one, but Elohim is one.
 (Gal 3:20 The Scriptures 1998+)

You believe that Elohim is one. You do well. The demons also believe – and shudder!
 (Jas 2:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

Please see: The "Godhead" Revisited

But Then I Shall Know, As I Also Have Been Known

To know and be known is the language of Yom Kippur as well as of Marriage. (If you haven't read yet The Pledge Of Redemption and Who Are The Redeemed? Please do so.)

It is an idiomatic expression also a deduction from another idiomatic expression: face to face, both means Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement.

When we keep the Torah that are still valid to this day and that includes the weekly Sabbaths of YHWH and His yearly festivals and Sabbaths found in Leviticus chapter 23 as signaled by the sign in the heavens we are knowing our Creator and Elohim and we are also known. (1Co 13:12)

Please also note that the word "Know" is also a language of marriage, which means "consummate", as it is also of "Yom Kippur".

And Aḏam knew Ḥawwah his wife, and she conceived and bore Qayin, and said, “I have gained a man from   יהוה.”
(Gen 4:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Aḏam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Shĕth, “For Elohim has appointed me another seed instead of Heḇel, because Qayin had slain him.”
(Gen 4:25 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore, at That "Yom Kippur", Yahushua Messiah will "consummate" marriage with His bride (the assembly of Yahushua).

His bride, know the bridegroom in part, but then, on That day, His bride will know even as she is known. (1Co 13:12)

Let us dissect what Shaul/Paul alludes here:

"We see in a mirror (Torah), dimly". Meaning, our understanding of the Truths (His instructions or commandments -- the Torah) may not be what is intended to be.

For we see it according to whatever viewpoints or level of understanding we have acquired previously.

That is why we have different level of interpretations. And that is why one of the commandments is do not judge. And judge means expressing an opinion of someone using the commandments (the truths).

"but then, face to face" -- but then at Yom Kippur, at the time we clean up ourselves of our sins through Yahushua, our misundertanding (ignorance) of the Torah, YHWH winks at (Acts 17:30), but then He is commanding us to repent -- meaning: to go back to the Torah.

Repent means going back to the Torah.

"Now, I know in part" -- Now, our days today, we know the Father and the Son in part, because we see through the mirror dimly. By going back to the Torah (mirror) we know who He is. We will know His character by His instructions (the Torah).

"but then I shall know" -- At the appointed time of the sealing of His people, (may we be sealed as well,) we would all know the mysteries of our Elohim. Might this be at Yom Teruah? (John 14:20, Rev 10:7, Please also see Who Are The Redeemed?)

"as I also have been known" -- The Father has chosen all of us from the beginning, even from the foundation of the world (2Th 2:13). He already knew us.

But then, He has given us liberty to freely choose Life Or Death. And along the Way to Life, for we would normally choose Life (John 10:27), the wiles of the devil would deceive us to go the way to death (Mat 7:14,15, 24:11,24).

Please see: What Is Sanctification

The Way is to follow His Instructions He gave to Moshe but the children of Israel trampled it many times except for a few, a remnant, the Jews, who preserved it to our day. But they have also added the works of Torah and it became burdensome.

And He sent His son, and gave the same Instructions He gave to Moshe through His Son. And His Son lived by it as our example, taught it, expounded it, and also removed the works of "law".

And IF we keep and guard His Commands, the Father and the Son will come IN us, and thus we would Know that they are IN us, for then we Strive(Rom 8:4) to do His commands. (John 14:20,23)

Friends, the passage is so beautifully woven.

Narrow Is The Way; Few Find It

Please note in Revelation 10:4,7 it hinted that there will be an unsealing, (I propose) a progressive unsealing of truths towards the time of the end -- in our time, our present time today and forward, more truths will be uncovered and restored.

And we are all to Watch and Test everything and Hold on to that which is good. Because All truths (the mysteries of Elohim) will have been revealed before the plagues fall (the seventh messenger sounds his trumpet, Rev 10:7).

And when the seven thunders spoke their sounds, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from the heaven saying to me, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them.
(Rev 10:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
(Rev 10:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Revelation 14:4 also hinted that these chosen few who are secured from the great tribulation "follows the Lamb wherever He leads". These two verses look like book ends, the first is sealing and the second is the unsealing of the truths. And these few who find it follows the truths (the Lamb) wherever He leads.

They are those who were not defiled with women, for they are maidens. They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb.
(Rev 14:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

The "women" here alludes to be the "churches of today" for there is no immediate qualifying words that would relate it to a harlot.

It may also seem to allude to the daughters of Mystery Babylon - the harlot (Rev 17:5), because of the phrase: "for they are maidens". (But also note that is After the comma.) And if it is so, then they are the false assembly and ekklesia. But look like the true church. Might it also be interpreted thus?

Notice that most churches today, if not All, believes they are the true church.

"Remember also that we are in the Age of Deceit, where the majority of peoples anywhere believe that truth is relative".

Meaning - truth is what the authorities make it to be truth. If the authorities of your church says it is the truth, then it is the truth according to them. If another authority of another church says their church is the truth, then it is also the truth, to them.

That is Relative Truth, or Subjective Truth, subject to who says it is. Most people have fallen into this lies unwittingly, unaware.

Even the "churches" believed that truth is relative, unwittingly. Even though they would say "truth is objective".

How? By saying this is the True Church. Or this is the Remnant Church. And the like.

Please see: What Is True To You Is True To You

This is why the churches can say "we are the true church".

And they won't bother teaching their members:

Because if they do, truth becomes objective and they are afraid they would lose membership, and would diminish, if not lose, their incomes (Rev 13:17). This is understandable. But as a free agent, we are free to choose. So Choose wisely.

and that no one should be able to buy or sell except he that has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.1

Footnote: 1: ... no one may be able to buy or sell, because of the keeping and guarding of His commands.
(Rev 13:17 The Scriptures 1998+)

But if one have strings already tied to a church. Then one may not be able to recognize truths unwittingly, because of the strings attached. Please see: Double-Deception Handed Down -- Are You Propagating It?

Discovery

Therefore, in these last days, our days today, many truths will be uncovered and will be restored, and many will be visited with these truths, only a few will "follow the Lamb wherever He leads" (Rev 14:4).

If you are a truth seeker, and feel your church no longer sees new truths uncovered, it might be time for you to search them out yourselves and advance and follow the Lamb. Remember, there are only a few who will follow the Lamb.

To the Torah and to the witness! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no daybreak1.
Footnote: 1Or light
(Isa 8:20 The Scriptures 1998+)

And truths will NOT come from what we now call "the authorities" (of a church or government).

Truths will be spoken by people who "stammers OR speaks a foreign tongue". They have no education in theology, not even basic education in the field. They know nothing about "exegesis" and similar jargons. Yet YHWH Elohim uses these peoples to speak the truths in our time today.

For with a jabbering lip and a foreign tongue He speaks to this people,
(Isa 28:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

For our so called "church authorities" today May already be "wolves in sheeps clothing masquerading as the angels of light". And most of them if not All seat in all the ranks of the pyramid of a church, even the highest ranks.

Who knows the very president or VP of a church organization is an agent of the adversary masquerading as the angel of light?

For such are false emissaries, deceptive workers, masquerading as emissaries of Messiah.
(2Co 11:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as a messenger of light!
(2Co 11:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness,1 whose end shall be according to their works!2
Footnotes: 1 Mt. 7:15-23, 2 Peter 2:1-22. 2 Mt. 13:41-42.
(2Co 11:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

I strongly believe we are very near the sealing time now for since I have realized the truth about YHWH's Time Keeping method, many truths have also followed after it.

I can say the discovery of truths also parallel the birth pangs, from the first truth uncovered to the next truth and the rest they connect and the time interval of their discovery is getting shorter. Thus discoveries becoming faster.

Remember, All Truths will be revealed, uncovered or discovered, and restored before "The Great Tribulation" (Rev 10:7).

And I strongly believe the "True Sabbath - The Lunar Sabbath - Anchored to the Luni-Solar Calendar found in the Torah" is the first check point of discovery that parallels the "birth pangs" one will encounter, then the next truth will be uncovered, and then the next and so on.

And it makes perfect sense for the Sabbaths are a sign the only sign that reminds us that YHWH sets us apart.

Please do not confuse the sealing of the 144,000 with the sealing of believers with the "Ruach HaQodesh of Redemption for the Day of Redemption".

All believers, having heard the Gospel of The Truth (Yahushua Messiah), having believed (obeyed) is sealed with the Ruach HaQodesh of Redemption. This is a pledge, similar to an advanced payment at which in the day of redemption, will be paid in full, IF not forfeited by NOT believing, NOT obeying.

Though we have the Ruach HaQodesh as a seal to us for the day of redemption, it is given to teach us all the truths we have not known yet, and to remind us of the truths and follow these truths that we have known already (John 14:26).

The four major groups of peoples.

  1. First is the small group of 144,000 thousand, the bride, the ekklesia of Philadelphia, I supposed.

    Can anyone be with the 144,000 thousand?

    I believe that that number is the number of the true blooded Israelites. And it is a rounded number. During the first exodus, there were 600,000 thousand men of Israel -- not counting women and children and Egyptians who came with them. There total number, estimates by the rabbis reached 3 million people.

    The Jews is just one tribe of Israel. And the Jews today are not the true blooded Jews. If there are, they are kept hidden by Elohim. If salvation IS of the Jews (John 4:22), and the modern Jews are not the real Jews, where can we be grafted into?

    Please see:

    There is still but one Jew who we all can be certain is a true blooded Jew from the bloodline of the Jews: Yahushua, HaMashiach (the anointed). And we can be certain, He followed the same tradition the Jews do today, only without the works of "law".

    Therefore, all of us, Jews, and all the nations whether you are a Messianic or Christians or not, must be grafted in the Messiah. (Col 3:11)

    “And to the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write, ‘He who is set-apart, He who is true, He who has the key of Dawiḏ, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, says this:
    (Rev 3:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “I know your works – see, I have set before you an open door, and no one is able to shut it – that you have little power, yet have guarded My Word, and have not denied My Name.
    (Rev 3:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “See, I am giving up those of the congregation of Satan, who say they are Yehuḏim and are not, but lie. See, I am making them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
    (Rev 3:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Because you have guarded My Word of endurance, I also shall guard you from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
    (Rev 3:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “See, I am coming speedily! Hold what you have that no one take your crown.
    (Rev 3:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “He who overcomes, I shall make him a supporting post in the Dwelling Place of My Elohim, and he shall by no means go out. And I shall write on him the Name of My Elohim and the name of the city of My Elohim, the renewed Yerushalayim, which comes down out of the heaven from My Elohim, and My renewed Name.
    (Rev 3:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’
    (Rev 3:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

  2. Second is the crowd of people that cannot be numbered dressed in white robes (Revelation 7:9-17). I supposed the Remnant of the bride, (Rev 12:17, 14:12), the woman (the 144,000 thousand) and her remnant both keep the commandments and have the testimony of Yahushua.

    These are Those who were not sealed to be secured and protected with the 144,000 thousand.

    Might they have just missed the sign of the appointed times (sabbaths and feast days or holidays of YHWH) because they have no knowledge of the calendar of YHWH? And How about those who have been visited by this truth of the calendar of YHWH?

    If we strive to follow the Lamb (the truths uncovered and restored), even if we fall a little bit short, we can still hope to be delivered at the rapture, if we endure to the end. (Mat 24:13, Mar 13:13)

    Let us therefore, set our hopes high. Let us strive to be sealed among the 144,000 thousand for even if we missed the protection, we can still hope to be raptured IF we endure to the end.

    After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands,
    (Rev 7:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

    and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
    (Rev 7:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

    And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim,
    (Rev 7:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

    saying, “Amĕn! The blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. Amĕn.”
    (Rev 7:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

    And one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
    (Rev 7:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

    And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
    (Rev 7:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them.
    (Rev 7:15 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat,
    (Rev 7:16 The Scriptures 1998+)

    because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
    (Rev 7:17 The Scriptures 1998+)

  3. Third are those people who were believers but have fallen during the test of faith (the great tribulation). Might these be the five foolish virgins who do not have oil for their lamps?

    Remember the Falling Away happened already even during the time of the Apostle John.

    During the dark ages, the light of the truths have been extinguished. Then came the reformation -- the beginning of the recovery and discovery and restoration of truths.

    Today, it is my hope that this essay helps to remind us that there are truths now restored, and still more truths will be uncovered, to be restored.

    “Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
    (Mat 25:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “And five of them were wise, and five foolish.
    (Mat 25:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Those who were foolish, having taken their lamps, took no oil with them,
    (Mat 25:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

    but the wise took oil in their containers with their lamps.
    (Mat 25:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Now while the bridegroom took time, they all slumbered and slept.
    (Mat 25:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “And at midnight a cry was heard, ‘See, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him!’
    (Mat 25:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Then all those maidens rose up and trimmed their lamps.
    (Mat 25:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’
    (Mat 25:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, indeed, there would not be enough for us and you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
    (Mat 25:9 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
    (Mat 25:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “And later the other maidens also came, saying, ‘Master, Master, open up for us!’
    (Mat 25:11 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “But he answering, said, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
    (Mat 25:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

    “Watch therefore, because you do not know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Aḏam is coming,
    (Mat 25:13 The Scriptures 1998+)

  4. The Fourth major group of peoples are the unbelievers.

The Mirror

Remember all the believers (Jews and gentiles are one Israel), are sealed upon conversion with the Ruach HaQodesh of Redemption. And after the great tribulation is the "Day of Redemption". Might this be the rapture and the second coming?

We now know that the Torah (His instructions) is the seal-sign (Isa 8:16). It is the mirror with which now, we all see dimly (1Co 13:12). Therefore, we must strive our very best, as best we can to see through the mirror clearly, that through it we can "follow the Lamb wherever He leads".(Rev 14:4).

And Paul is saying that, "we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face." At "Yom Kippur" we shall know if we are His (atoned for) or cut off from the branch in Messiah (Exo 31:14,15).

Our keeping the Sabbaths of YHWH is a rehearsal pointing to the coming Millenium of YHWH's rest. By rehearsing, we develop a habit, and habits form a character.

And keeping the Torah, including the Set Appointed Times of YHWH develops into a character of YHWH for His Torah is a mirror that reflects and let us know whether we have hit the mark (guarded and kept) or missed the mark (sin) (2Ti 3:16).

Therefore, before we are sealed, we must see in a mirror, even though dimly, I proposed we see in a mirror daily, if not every possible moment of every day while also searching and learning for more truths.

And as truths are uncovered, living them by rehearsing them and sharing and teaching them also. I believe this is what is meant by "following the Lamb wherever He leads".

When we look in a mirror, what do we see? We see our own image with or without the blemishes we have picked up.

Likewise, when we look to "The Torah (His instructions) and The Testimony (the Ten Commanandments)" (Isa 8:20) we see the character of Elohim, we see our Elohim dimly, and we make adjustments of our own character to be like Him.

In other words -- to be ONE with Him. As Yahushua is ONE with Him. Or yet in another words, to be "atone - or - at-one" with Him.

Please see: Enter Into His Rest.

When Is The Sealing?

Therefore, when we obey His "instructions"(Torah), as commanded by Moshe and then by Yahushua, we are affirming our love of Him. And Come at the Appointed Time of sealing He will write the Torah in our inward parts.

“See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah1,
Footnote: 1See Heb. 8:8-13, Heb. 10:16-17, Heb 12:24.
(Jer 31:31 The Scriptures 1998+)

not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares יהוה.
(Jer 31:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

“For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
(Jer 31:33 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares יהוה. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
(Jer 31:34 The Scriptures 1998+)

Please note: many teachers taught that these verses have already been fulfilled after Yahushua, that Israel is now living in the "New Covenant".

If these verses have already been fulfilled, in Jeremiah 31:34 says "for they shall all know Me, ... this verse is crystal clear that it says When IT will be fulfilled (still ahead of us, closing in, very close now) and when it is fulfilled we would certainly know Him.

but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
(Rev 10:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

Might John be telling us in Revelation 10:7 When this sealing of the 144,000 thousand will happen? Just when, before the seventh trumpet is sounded? Is the seventh trumpet also the plagues and before it is poured out without mercy?

Yes it is. This is the great tribulation, and the plagues, and the wrath of Elohim. The sealing is done before this happens.

Might the sound of the shofar coming from the heavens that is now heard in various times and places around the world be a warning that this is about to come?

"When the nations are angry" - Revelation 11:18 - Might this be war between the nations of the world? Might this speak of their being impatient and irritable because of the uncontrollable weather, the uncontrollable economy, the uncontrollable crowd of people of lawlessness, the uncontrollable dwindling of food, the uncontrollable pestilence (diseases) that arise? Or all of these?

Might what we see now among the nations a condition of "antagonism"? Then we can expect the next condition is "anger" and then "rage". We are now two rungs down the ladder to condition of "rage".

And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets and to the set-apart ones, and to those who fear Your Name, small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
(Rev 11:18 The Scriptures 1998+)

And when that happens, we can be sure the next event in the Pilgrim's Progress is the plagues which as suggested by the verse happens almost at the same time.

These plagues will happen successively one after another in a very short period of time. Shortly, after the nations are enraged. The weight of this is ringing in the words of Yahushua -- if it is not shortened, no one would be saved (Mat 24:22, Mar 13:20).

I am guessing the length of time of the Pilgrim's Progress at this period of time might be literally 10 days. And after this "the crowd of people which no one can number appeared in John's vision" (Rev 7:9-14) Just before the seventh plague is poured out, the rapture will happen (Rev 16:15).

But be assured, we would know All the truths before this happens (Rev 10:7). Because all truths will be restored before this happens. Just make sure to trim your lamps and make sure you have oil in your lamps.

Notice also the language in Jeremiah is the language of "Yom Kippur".

Conclusion

We are not sealed just because we keep the 4th commandment in the ten commandments. As we would hear preached. What we see in the 4th commandment and in the Torah is a "sign" For Us to be reminded of who our Elohim is, and see His Name and His dominion.

And keeping the Torah and as we continue learning more from the Torah we have found out that the 4th commandment is not just the only one sign along The Way we trod. Although, it is a major sign. But we find a few more signs along The Way.

And by following these signs we found out that it builds our character as well, towards perfection even as our Father in heaven is perfect (Gen 6:9, 17:1, Deut 18:13, 25:15, 32:4, Mat 5:48, 19:21). Hence we come to know the Father and the Son even as we are known.

We now know the mirror, by which, we can see dimly, the character of our Elohim (1Co 13:12, 1Jn 2:3-4, 5:3). And we now know the "signs" by which we can uphold so we can be known also by our Elohim (Gen 1:14, Exo 13:9, 31:13,17, Deut 6:1-8, Rom 4:11). So that on His Appointed Time of sealing we can be counted worthy to be sealed as one of His (2Ti 2:19). And His Name will be written (sealed) in our foreheads (Heb 10:16, Rev 14:1).

And we now know who the 144,000 thousand are, and might we be grafted to them? If not one of them. (Rev 12:17, 14:12, 14:1, 3:7-13)

Shalom! Shalom!

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