Month 1:22 (Aviv 22), Week 3:7 (Shibi'i/Sukkot), Year:Day 5940:22 AM|
2Exodus 3/40, Yovel - Year 50/50, Omer Count - Shabbat #1
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 29 April 2016
The New Beginning
New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh
Shabbat shalom mishpachah to this first sabbath following the conclusion of the spring moedim. We also begin the Omer Count to Shavu'ot (Weeks) this being the first of seven sabbaths followed by a 40 day count .
Critical Elections in the USA and UK
Looking out the window today you would be forgiven for thinking we were still in winter here in northern Europe even though we should be well into spring. Even the chickens refused to come outside this morning. Though this kind of disjointed weather is not at all uncommon in Sweden, with snow often coming as late as May, I cannot help but see parallels in the confusion that is everywhere mounting. With a critical presidential election coming to America in November and threatening to unseat the élite maffia there, and a critical plebiscite in the UK next month, led by the Brexit anti-EU coalition, to determine whether Britain leaves the European Uion, thereby accelerating the inevitable collapse of that Union, it would be naïve to suppose that the crooks who run the global system will just sit back and do nothing. A major élite-instigated and choriographed Red Flag operation in the USA or Europe, such as a biological attack or a dirty nuclear detonation in some large city, would be all the pretext they would need to declare martial law and cancel any elections in the supposed interests of 'security'. Or they might simply go to war with Russia or China and create a 'state of emergency' that way. Or they might try to trigger an earlier economic collapse and in the choas caused by that, declare martial law that way. We will have to wait and see. At the very least we can expect an escalation of chaos by many possible means.
The Spirit of Compromise
Alongside the political unrest in the world, every day I see those still trying to operate in the church system struggling to keep going as they desperately cling onto their ministries and refuse to cooperate with what Yahweh is now doing. They come begging to me for money and spiritual advice but will not listen to the message aside from paying it lip-service to cirry favour. You cannot tell someone to repent for remaining in the invaded Courtyard when they insist they are in the Sanctuary. Centuries of false theological belief has to collapse in this "time of sorrows" (Mk.13:8) and tribulation for man is too fond of his traditions to let go of them voluntarily without first seeing which Yahweh sustains and which He does not. Millions will be crying up to Him, especting Him to cooperate with their failed models, refusing to listen. I know one Christian man, quite high up in his religious community in Asia, who, like so many, has everything upside down. He goes from one Christian or Messianic organisation to another, begging for economic help. His newsletters contain a smörgåsbord of theology and terminology in a bid to appeal to everyone, believing that he will only get help through pretended agreement with their teachings and by using religious vocabulary. I see this happening everywhere. But Yahweh does not operate that way. He wants us to trust Him and obey Him irrespective of what others believe and practice, especially potential financial donors, and promises that as we are true to Him that He will not leave us untaken care of. The spirit of compromise is one of those stumbling blocks that has to go in the purification.
Hard Choices for Convert Congregations
This is one reason that I have received a very clear message, which I briefly alluded to at the end of my address yesterday, not to further admit whole congregations wanting to join us, even with long probationary periods: for the reality is, as we have discovered even after years of intensive teaching to the members of these prospective congregations, that the desire for union with us comes more from the leaders than from the lay members. The anxious leaders seek to persuade their members to follow them and when they do not the leaders find themselves in an apparent dilemma: do they continue seeking union with us and risk losing a large number of their members (usually the majority), or to they try to hold on to their members, with all their divergent beliefs, afraid to 'lose' the fruit of their hard evangelising and pastoral labour? It is at this point that these leaders have to make hard, radical choices.
Sinning Against Conscience
First of all they have to realise that their members aren't 'theirs' but Yahweh's. We none of us own our ministries, churches or assemblies. They are not the pastors' private fiefdoms. The organisation of the Kingdom of Heaven is not feudal. Yes, members of congregations should be loyal to their leaders, absolutely, but if they are pulling in mutliple directions, these leaders cannot expect to retain them. Let those who still believe in Sunday worship go to Sunday-worshipping Protestant or Catholic churches and let those who still believe in Saturday worship go to Saturday-worshipping Adventist, Messianic Jewish or Armstrongite churches and assemblies. Let those who still believe in the Athanasian Creed go to Trinitarian churches and let those who believe in soul-sleeping doctrine go to Messianic Jewish, Adventist or Armstrongite congregations. Let those who think polygamy is a sin go to monogamy-only churches and assemblies. Let believers go to assemblies where what they believe in is taught because to force them to remain with you is to cause them to go against their conscience and thereby sin. They are no different from the weak brethren in Paul's day who still held onto superstitions which forbate them to eat meat that had been offered to idols. The apostle warned:
No Double-Minded in the Remnant
"So this weak brother, for whom Messiah died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Messiah" (1 Cor.8:11-12, NIV).
Let them go, even if you're the only one left. If you don't, you yourself, as a leader, will become double-minded, compromising emet (truth) left, right, and centre in a desperate bid to hold your congregation or ministry together. There are no double-minded believers in the Remnant. It is impossible. If, having witnessed the emet (truth) to a brother, he refuses to accept your witness, let him go. That is the law of ahavah (love), don't try to force him into a belief he does not have. And at other extreme, if you try to let your people do whatever they want, then you have lawlessness on your hands, and you know who the author of lawlessness is. Let them go, no matter how much time, money and effort you have invested. It is better to lose everything and have a handful of stalwart, stout-hearted loyal brethren united in doctrine and practice than to try and hold madhouse of conflicting voices, beliefs and practices together.
Stout-Hearted Men Must Set the Remnant in Motion
I like the words of the song by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II, called Stout-Hearted Men which expresses this sentiment so well:
Unity Cannot Be Forced
Give me some men who are stout-hearted men
Who will fight for the right they adore.
Start me with ten, who are stout-hearted men
And I'll soon give you ten thousand more.
Oh! Shoulder to shoulder and bolder and bolder
They grow as they go to the fore!
Then there's nothing in the world can halt or mar a plan,
When stout-hearted men can stick together man to man!
You who have dreams,
If you act, they will come true.
To turn your dream to a fact
It's up to you.
If you have the soul and the spirit,
Never fear it, you'll see it through.
Hearts can inspire other hearts with their fire,
For the strong obey when a strong man
Shows them the way.
Yahweh cannot justify any leader who tries to force unity on those who do not want it or who compromises by letting the people believe and do whatever they want. He is in violation of his b'rit (covenant) with Yahweh if he tries either way.
The Credited Account
This ministry has had to start again twice before (in 1992 and 2016) as we too learned these lessons. It is a hard thing to let go of all the invested sweat and tears but it has to be done. Many of us here have invested a lot into people and congregations who have long since gone their own way. But those people, and our labours, all belong to Yahweh. What we have done in righteousness is credited to our spiritual account and Yahweh will take care of those who do not want to walk the Way.
Decimation and Thrashing
Congregations of hundreds will be reduced to congregations of a handful by the time this shaking is over and you won't be able to stop it because the free agency of every soul is paramount. It gets even tougher when your own children, spouses and children go their separate ways but did not Yah'shua (Jesus) warn us that this would happen? We cannot keep them prisoners against their consciences even if their consciences are defiled by error. Some will repent and return after getting a thrashing. Trust Yahweh to work in them and move on, always holding them up in your prayers. I have lost sons and wives in this and it has been agonisingly painful. Of the thousands whom we once had in India and Africa, there are fewer than the number of fingers on my two hands now. But these I can count on. They are loyal united by doctrine and covenants of ahavah (love). Might some of these fall away? Who can say, but we shall remain true to our Elohim (God) even if we must walk alone. Such is our resolve and such must be the resolve of anyone coming up to this work.
Yahweh has Revealed the Gathering
The Final Gathering can only happen in this way, one here, and two there, even as it is prophesied:
Description of the Return
"'I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Tsiyon (Zion). And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,' says Yahweh, 'that they will say no more, 'The ark of the covenant of Yahweh.' It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore. At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of Yahweh, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers" (Jer.3:14-18, NKJV).
This speaks of the time when Messiah shall personally reign in the New Jerusalem, upon His Throne, making the need for the Ark of the Covenant with its mercy seat unnecessary. We shall be gathered, one person from a city, two from a family, and return to the Promised Land. During the Millennium the People of Yahweh will multiply in great numbers, there will be no more disposition to do evil (since the Adversary and His demons will be incarcerated) and the Ten Tribes (Israel) will be united with the Two (Judah and Benjamin). What is particularly interesting is from whence they will come home - "out of the land of the north" - which even now is in the midst of a terrible genocidal war and being depopulated. All things are being prepared in advance.
No Manipulation Allowed
I repeat, therefore, that the spirit of compromise has no part of this work. For myself, and on behalf of those brethren who are with me, may be say this? That if you seek to get us to empatheise or agree with any sort of spirit of compromise, that we shall expect you to either repent or go your way out of this Camp. We will seek to persuade you, in ahavah (love) for while, but after the day of grace is exired, we will not seek to persuade you any longer. Do not try and manipulate or blackmail us or the congregations of the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones), but if you persist, we will absolutely let you go to try it on someone else. We are not dependent on you to carry out our commission. We are dependent on Messiah only. And whilst, I know, only too well, many compromisers make the same claim to be relying on Messiah, in all vain confidence, events will topple them when they discover that Yahweh is not sustaining them. Time has a way of weeding out the sincere and the insincere. Of course, we welcome back with outstretched arms all who repent and yield to the Way but we will not leave that Way ourselves in order to appease someone who wishes to walk on strange and dark paths.
Learning From Our Critics
That is not to say that we too do not sometimes make mistakes for none our perfect. And when we do, we soon know of it, for both our enemies, and the compromisers, are usually the first to point out our errors! In that respect they are carrying out Yahweh's work even though they get no credit for it because of their impure motives. As I have said before, we learn from our critics, both the honorable and the dishonourable.
A Feast of Knowledge and Understanding
The fellowship of the Remnant is unlike anything else in this wide world and only a fool would exchange it for a mess of pottage out in the darkness. There is pottage in abundance everywhere for those who wish to descend to the hog's life and grovel in it. And we will not prevent anyone who chooses that in preference to the feast of Yahweh's Table, the "knowledge and understanding" that Zion's leaderts possess, though we will warn them for as long as they will listen.
Choose Your Table
Satan has served his thousands of tables in the churches and in the world; and Yahweh has served His One Table. To which will you go? First the veil of blindness must be drawn aside that is worn by those who are splashing in the hogs' swill whilst believing that they are at Yahweh's Table. Tribulation will do that for them if they refuse to listen and repent. And there is as much tribulation available as there are devils' tables for there is great variety in sin. It's your choice and, ultimately, your responsibity where you go.
One Here, Two There
Years ago, when I was living in Oxford, England, Yah'shua (Jesus) appeared in my bedroom and presented a covenant table to my first wife and I. It was not large, beautifully carved and sufficient for take the food we would need to eat. He presents tables to consecrated souls and families. Of my original family, in accordance with the tavnith (pattern), He took "two from a family" - myself and my daughter - and brought us to the place we are at now. Today we are a much larger and very intimate table, blessed of Yahweh, to which many are invited, a table which will grow. One here, two there, will come, who are 100 percent converted and dedicated to the work. This is the principle way of the Gathering from now on.
If your spirit and heart resonate with this work and you get a witness from the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and desire to be a part of us, please get in contact. We are based in Sweden and South Africa with supporters around the world. We'd love to get to know you. Please join our Facebook Group and get to know us! And may the grace of our master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with you. Amen.
 For further information, see The Sacred Number 50: Make Sure You Observe the Right Shavu'ot!, The Wrong Shavu'ot: The Winter Wheat Error Exposed & Wrong Pentecost! Shavu'ot is Not in May or June!