After eating His last Passover with His disciples, YAHSHUA led them to the Gethsemane Garden. It was night. The darkness of the night could not hide the agony expressed in His voice saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done (Luke 22:42). What was He expressing in that hour, fear? Hardly. He, for a moment of His earthly life, was going to suffer as a human being in the fire of hell, when He would break himself away from Whom He was in the holy trinity- the Son. How hard it was going to be for Him, Who knew no sin! We can never understand how God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit would condemn Himself in the person of the Son to hell. But this is for another time. My point here however, is that even to the point of His death His prayer remained embedded in the will of the Father, as He had been teaching: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
(I Corinthians 15: 52; I Thessalonians 4:15-18; Joshua 6)
When you make a long blast with the ram’s horn and you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the enclosure shall fall down in its place and the people shall go up, every man straight before him (Josh. 6: 5). “When you make a long blast with the ram’s horn… the people shall go up.” The destruction of Jericho is a picture of the rapture preceding the tribulation.
(Ephesians 2:6; 7:11, 12)
The wonderful book of Ephesians is without a doubt, a treasure for the believer in Messiah YAHSHUA. The first chapter is full of blessings from the beginning to the end: We are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and set apart as blameless; we are adopted as His own through our Lord YAHSHUA; in him we are redeemed and in Him we were made heritage and have obtained an inheritance; we have been stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit as a guarantee, an anticipation of our redemption (Ephesians 1).The beautiful thing here is that we have all of these blessings now, while in our corrupted body. Also, we have been raised with Christ and He has made us to sit down together in the heavenly sphere with Him (2:6). That’s where we are spiritually speaking; that’s the position God has given us now and forever that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable riches of His free grace in His kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Messiah YAHSHUA (2:7). The believer has become in Him children of Light. YAHSHUA is the light of the world. His light is reflected in all believers. We were marked for our redemption through the seal of the Holy Spirit, as Israel was when the door post of their houses were marked with the blood of a sacrificed lamb for their salvation.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you is darkness, how dense is that darkness! (Matt. 6:21-22)
In this teaching YAHSHUA covered several subjects including fasting, treasure and mammon. It is important to understand that the eye is the entrance to the soul. It is through the eyes that we perceive. When the treasures of this world are often desired and we lust after them, we will go a distance to acquire them. They become gods when our time is primarily spent seeking and obtaining them. The Christian people are not exempted from this and many have left the way for them. YAHSHUA said, Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be (Matt. 6:19-21). What was the meaning for our Lord YAHSHUA to connect the eye with earthly treasure, and what has one to do with the other?
(II Kings 2; Exodus 14:15-8, 21; Joshua 3:13-17)
Lift up your rod and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the Israelites shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea (Exodus 14:16).
Israel’s heart sank when facing two problems of great proportions: the sea in front of them and the Egyptians behind them. But Moses filled with faith assured them of God’s provision, saying, “The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.” (Exodus 14: The Red Sea seemed to be to them an obstacle of great proportion, for there was no place to run to, to escape the Egyptians. But it only took Moses to lift up his rod as the Lord commanded and the sea was parted. Through the night a strong east wind divided the sea. Israel was then free and the Egyptians were left in its midst when God closed it. So the words of Moses, “The Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.” (Exodus 14:13b). It was a sight to see. The time had arrived when God was fulfilling His promise to Abraham’s and nothing was going to thwart His plan of long ago.
(Matthew 5:10; II Thess. 1; I Peter 4:13-14; John 15:19-21)
Stephen was a man full of faith and full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:5). Noted for his outstanding faith, he suffered persecution and ultimately death through stoning. No harassment could touch his faith to diminish it. Instead, it grew deeper and deeper to the point of death, and death by stoning. Just before it happened, he saw the glory of God and YAHSHUA standing at His right hand (Acts 7:55). With uncontrolled anger, for not being able to convince him to give up the faith in YAHSHUA, the people dragged him out of the city and stoned him. Not even that, however, erased his steadfastness to the faith, neither his courage to face death. Instead, Stephen prayed, Lord YAHSHUA, receive my spirit, and falling on his knees, he cried out loudly, Lord, fix not this sin upon them! And when he had said this, he fell asleep [in death] (Acts 7:58-60).
(John 17:17; John 15:3-4)
In His priestly prayer, our Lord YAHSHUA prayed, Sanctify them by truth; Your Word is Truth (John 17:17). By the word of His mouth, YAHSHUA created all that is created; by truth He freed us from eternal death; He consecrated us for Himself, making us holy. We are chosen and separated from the world for the purpose of sanctification. Paul confirms with these words: for those whom He foreknew, He also destined from the beginning to be molded into the image of His Son, that He might become the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8:29). Once we turn to God in repentance and acceptance of His Son’s sacrifice, we have entered the spiritual realm where He has called us to be in relationship with Him. It is a constant and permanent position we have while here on this earth. Sanctification is the next step to redemption through the sacrifice of YAHSHUA. It is a must for a believer to go through if he/she wants to enter heaven.