The Narrow Path

Come to Me, says Mashiach, and drink of Living Water

YeshaYahu 50


Isa 50:1  Thus says יהוה, “Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce, whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Look, you were sold for your crookednesses, and your mother was put away for your transgressions.

Isa 50:2  “When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was My hand too short to redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? See, by My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; their fish stink for there is not water, and die of thirst.

Isa 50:3  “I clothe the heavens with darkness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”

Isa 50:4  The Master יהוה has given Me the tongue of taught ones, that I should know to help the weary with a word. He wakes Me morning by morning, he wakes My ear to hear as taught ones.

Isa 50:5  The Master יהוה has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.

Isa 50:6  I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard, I did not hide My face from humiliation and spitting.

Isa 50:7  And the Master יהוה helps Me, therefore I shall not be humiliated. So I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I am not put to shame.

Isa 50:8  Near is He who declares Me right. Who would contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.

Isa 50:9  See, the Master יהוה helps Me. Who would declare Me wrong? See, all of them wear out like a garment, a moth eats them.

Isa 50:10  Who among you is fearing יהוה, obeying the voice of His Servant, that has walked in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the Name of יהוה and lean upon his Elohim!

Isa 50:11  See, all you who light a fire, girding on burning arrows: walk in the light of your fire and in the burning arrows you have lit. From My hand you shall have this: you shall lie down in grief!

 

Wow!

This is another call to turn back to Yahweh, a warning that if you do not guard His Commands, you will suffer for your wickedness and lie down in pain or grief.  It is also about the coming Messiah, but can be applied in full, to anyone who carries the Truth and declares it.

Only the Righteous will be ‘saved’, only the Righteous are the True Remnant, only the Righteous are True `Yisra’el’ that will be saved in the End.  We must be of good standing in the Covenant to be a ‘child’ of Yahweh.

To speak these Truths, as Messiah Yahusha did, brings the same persecution on us today.  Maybe not in ‘deed’, but certainly in word and ridicule, although sometimes the look on their faces clearly speaks for what they desire to do physically.  I have found this sadly true, even in [sic] Torah-keeping Messianic congregations, and xians and non-believers, all alike. 

I have been shunned out of many churches and then several [sic] Messianic groups equally, for teaching ‘Repentance and Obedience’, which is; Righteousness.  Yeshayahu’s message was also of ‘Righteousness and Repentance’, and about the ‘blind’ and the ‘deaf’.  He attempted to get this across, as did Yahusha later; ‘You see with your eyes but you are blind, you hear with your ears but you are deaf’.  You see it and forget it and hear it in one ear and it goes out the other, missing all the bells and whistles (blessings and curses) on its way through.

This is being; hard-hearted, stubborn and rebellious.  You have NOT ‘circumcised your heart’ as Commanded.  Yahweh does not do this ‘for’ you, you must make the conscious decision to ‘repent’, ‘turn back’, ‘return to YHWH’, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.  Putting on the Armour of YHWH and Guarding His Torah.  Asking, with the heart only Yahweh Truly knows, that your eyes be opened and your ears hear the Truth that is hidden in His Word.  Hidden for only those who seek Righteousness, and hidden in plain sight.

If you are believing, or being taught anything similar to the following scenarios; you are believing falsely and Yahweh promised a “Strong Delusion” for those who choose to follow falseness.  Even allowing or helping you to misinterpret His Word to satisfy your ‘worldly’ life.  He sent delusions to all the ‘gentiles’ and one of many delusions is ‘churchianity’.  Most of the ‘Messi-anics’ today have come out of the ‘church’, but they left one foot back in the delusion, the author of ‘chuchianity’, for whom Yahusha left for “Kepha, to build My Assembly”, but the 1st anti-Messiah absconded with a ‘smoother’ speech.  They leave the ‘church’ but hold on to the most damning part, that no one is, or can be, ‘righteous’, and therefore, I cannot help but sin and He knows ‘why’ I sin and He forgives me and He will forgive ALL my transgressions.  How can this possibly be true if HIS WORD states that “Those who are sinning SHALL PERISH” or “There is no peace for the wrong”? Actually it is more true that they came out of ‘christianity’ but are still acting as ‘churchianity’ and believing as ‘churchianity’, much falseness.

Like: We are all ‘prisoners’ of a ‘sinful nature’ and no one, least of all a ‘man’, can stand before Yahweh without shame and no one is ‘worthy’ or ‘righteous’.  Or, ‘we can’t help but sin because we are just wounded and broken children of YHWH and in the Last Day we will rise and be healed or ‘saved’.

Wrong on all accounts! It is really quite simple:

There are two ways; a ‘Way’ (Righteous Living) to LIFE and a Way to DEATH thru Sin.  It’s all covered in the Torah; the Blessings and Curses (The Covenant).  It is also the premise to; “The Teaching of The Twelve Emissaries of Messiah” which were dismissed for the teachings of Paul, the ‘author’ of christianity, the teaching of THE UNKNOWN ‘god’, using the ‘altar’ of a ‘pagan god’.  Taking us away from Torah, saying; “the Torah cannot save”, when the Torah itself tells us if we live by Torah we shall, LIVE.  Or, as one of only two (2) ‘signs’ between Yahweh and His People, according to Torah; for which, “Not one jot or tittle will change, until Heaven and Earth have disappeared”, was the ‘flesh’ circumcision. 

But, in christianity, this has been done away with and anyone who circumcises themselves from now on, brings ‘messiah’ to naught.  This is a lie! Plain and simple!

Torah has a built in test for just such an occasion as this; Does what this person is saying hold-up to the Torah?  Anything that does not is to be thrown out and so is to be done to the false teacher/prophet, they are to be thrown out and Stoned to Death.

Blessings, IF you obey My Commands and My Torah;

Rev 21:6  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I shall give of the fountain of the water of life without payment.

Rev 21:7  “The one who overcomes shall inherit all this, and I shall be his Elohim and he shall be My son.

 

What is the fountain of the Water of Life?  The Qodesh Ruach, The Word, the Torah (which IS the Word) and like the Rain signifies ‘Righteousness’ so is this fountain, and it is Messiah “In You”.

Rev 14:12  Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע.

GUARDING the Commands of YHWH; that is TORAH and believing that Yahusha Messiah “was/is” YHWH.  As taught by ‘the 12 True Emissaries’ of Yahusha, those who walked and talked and touched and loved Yahusha all the days that He visited His people, from His immersion from Yohanan to the day He was murdered by His own ‘apostate’ people.

“was/is YHWH”

Yeshayahu is very repetitive in stating the facts Yahweh is our only Saviour and His Esteem would never be given to ‘another’ in any other Name.

Messiah Yahusha came in the Name of Yahweh, ‘with’ His Name.  Yahusha Messiah is our Saviour, as no-one goes to the Father except through Yahusha Messiah (The Ruach of YHWH), Yahusha was ‘Esteemed’ in YHWH, in His Ascension.

So, Yahusha is our Esteemed Saviour in YHWH’s Name.  Now, if Yeshayahu’s word is true, and we know for certain it is, if there is only One Saviour who was/is to be Esteemed, “and No other…” Yahusha must be Yahweh.

Who is speaking throughout the 12th chapter of Zekaryah?  It is YHWH Himself speaking:

Zec 12:8  “In that day יהוה shall shield the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. And the feeble among them in that day shall be like Dawid, and the house of Dawid like Elohim, like the Messenger of יהוה before them!

Zec 12:9  “And it shall be in that day that I seek to destroy all the gentiles that come against Yerushalayim.

Zec 12:10  “And I shall pour on the house of Dawid and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim a spirit of favour and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born.

Zec 12:11  “In that day the mourning in Yerushalayim is going to be great, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.

Zec 12:12  “And the land shall mourn, every clan by itself: the clan of the house of Dawiḏ by itself, and their women by themselves; the clan of the house of Nathan by itself, and their women by themselves;

Zec 12:13  the clan of the house of Lewi by itself, and their women by themselves; the clan of Shimʽi by itself, and their women by themselves;

Zec 12:14  all the rest of the clans, every clan by itself, and their women by themselves.

“…And they shall look on Me whom they pierced…” 

If Yahusha is not YHWH, then what is YHWH saying here?  When was YHWH pierced?  Only once when He was murdered by His own apostate people.

What is “the endurance”?  Those who “endure to the End” are those whom He told to ‘Abide’ in Me; ‘follow’ Me, and ‘if’ you Love Me, ‘Obey’ Me.  Those who left all they had to follow Him and did Not turn back to their ‘apostate’ ways.  They endured the ridicule and being shunned and thrown out of places because of the Name of Yahusha and His Teaching of Righteousness.

It is no different today than it was in Yeshayahu’s day, if I speak of righteousness and repentance and obedience, I am told, in so many words to; “speak to us only what is ‘smooth’, don’t tell us we are doing wrong, tell us everything will be alright”.  “Tell us that even thou we are sinners to the very end that we will be ‘saved’ anyway”. 

If only that were true, wouldn’t that be lovely.  But not only is it not true, but makes no sense at all given all the calls to Return, Repent and Obey.  Think about it!  If, as you say, we are all going to be saved anyway, why bother to read and study or follow His Word.  That is the same as the ‘Rebuke’ to those who want to eat drink and be happy for tomorrow we die.  Do that and you surely will DIE, PERISH, meet the 2nd DEATH.  ONLY the Righteous will be ‘saved’, that is the Way of LIFE.

OR

The Way of Death:

Eze_18:4  “See, all beings are Mine, the being of the father as well as the being of the son is Mine. The being that is sinning shall die.

Hab_2:10  “You have counseled shame for your house, to cut off many peoples, and your being is sinning.

1Jn_3:6  Everyone staying in Him does not sin. Everyone sinning has neither seen Him nor known Him.

“…The being that is sinning shall die…”

How then can one sin and LIVE?

Rev 21:8  “But as for the cowardly, and untrustworthy, and abominable, and murderers, and those who whore, and drug sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the false, their part is in the lake which burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”

Who are the ‘untrustworthy’ and ‘those who ‘whore’?, and who are; “all the false”?

1.      Those who teach ‘falseness’ will be ‘judged’ more harshly, because they are responsible for all those following the falseness and perishing in it.

2.      Those who follow the false teachings and pass them along to their children and others, are judged as ‘sinners’ with no excuse for their ignorance.  This is because, as part of the Covenant you ‘swore’ your very ‘LIFE’ to uphold, had you heeded the warnings and diligently searched for His Truth; you would have no need for excuses, which will not stand.  As you have NOT fulfilled the first and foremost Command, “on which, all the Commands of YHWH stand”, that you “Love YHWH with all you heart, mind, soul and strength.

`Diligently searching’ is another ‘heart’ thing.  You search for His Truth with the same intensity as your Love for YHWH, with all you Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength.

“Whores” or whoring is not just an adulterous ‘sexual’ affair.  When we have learned, even through the ‘teachings’ of man, “the ‘ways’ of the heathen or pagan or ‘nations’ and worship or have a lifestyle not commanded or asked for by Yahweh, we are following the pagan forms of worship and the lifestyles of the ‘nations’ (world), this is ‘whoring’ away from the Way of YHWH to ‘whore’ after ‘gods’.  Celebrating ‘easter’ and ‘xmas’ are examples, there are so many ways we do this, even unknowingly, but His Truth is in His Word, to be found by ‘diligently searching’.

When my marriage broke up several years ago, I was at a crossroad and had to make the choice of following Messiah Yahusha and YHWH’s Torah or remain in the delusion and that marriage.  This is justified under the one statute that Messiah gives as a reason for divorce, in the event of ‘whoring’ (following other ‘gods’).  Making alliances with the ‘nations’ these are events of ‘whoring’.

Untrustworthy,  simply, besides the obvious, Yahweh entrusted his Word to His People, ignoring it, refusing it, turning away from it or refusing to even hear it is being untrustworthy.  If you do not ‘know’ Yahweh, you cannot trust Yahweh, if you do not trust Yahweh, you are untrustworthy.  Don’t be Untrustworthy!

This ‘question’ or ‘Argument’ about ‘Righteousness’ goes back to Iyob (Job)

 And the same act gets played out every time I speak to people about being righteous.  Iyob declares himself righteous and naturally wonders why all this calamity has come upon him.  And right off, his friends are ready to use this against him because they too were under the delusion that no one is righteous, and if Iyob was truly righteous all this would not have happened to him.  And I have heard it myself so many times; they always want to throw in the word ‘more’ when they make this argument; “You say you are ‘more’ righteous than Elohim”.  Show me where Iyob said he was ‘more’ righteous than Elohim!  You can’t, he never said that, at all.  I have NEVER said “I am ‘righteous’”, let alone ever saying ‘more righteous than Elohim’.   That statement is true!  No one is ‘more’ righteous than YHWH, that is obvious, but to say we cannot be or no one is ‘righteous’ is simply NOT true.

Yahweh’s Word NEVER says we cannot keep the ‘Law’ or Torah!  It does say that most WILL NOT !   Yahusha Messiah said only a few would “find the Narrow Path”, and they were those of His fold, hearing His Voice and Following Him, seeking Righteousness.  If we are Truly seeking His Righteousness, we are going to ‘live’ righteously.  Does that mean we will NEVER make a mistake and sin ‘by mistake’?  No, not at all! Tehellim tells us “Many are the sins of the ‘righteous’…” Dawid was a righteous man with a heart of YHWH, but he made a few mistakes and he was punished for those mistakes, while he lived, even though his ‘sin’ was immediately forgiven him.  We are still under that penalty for Dawid’s sin, we have no Soveriegn ‘on Earth’, and will not until Messiah returns and sits on that Throne.  Messiah tells us that there are sins that do not lead to ‘Death’, and these will be forgiven us.  That does not give excuse for ‘knowingly’ sinning.  This definitely will lead to Death.  “Those who are sinning shall Die (or Perish)”.  They are knowingly defying YHWH and consciously breaking His Covenant.  To say I cannot or you cannot be righteous, or, no one can completely follow the Torah, is giving in to your unrighteousness, it is defiance to YHWH.

Yahweh would never give us a Law that cannot be kept and fulfilled!  That would be a cruel Elohim.

Yahweh gets a bad enough rap that He expects our devotion to Him and yet He is ‘cruel and is a ‘god’ of war and suffering.  That is an element of the delusion!  What people see as mean and unyielding, is in truth His Love.  It is simple, Live as He desires us to live rather than how you desire to live, and you will find so much LOVE you will not be able to handle it.

Live that until the End and you will have all the Blessings LIFE can bring, you will have endured and will be ‘saved’.

 Teach the same message Messiah Yahusha taught and receive the persecution He received.  And jump for joy for all the blessing He throws your way.  The same was true for Yeshayahu in his day, he was persecuted for telling the people they must Return to Yahweh and live righteously, they sawed him in two before the Altar of YHWH, in the House of YHWH.  Sadly, neither Yeshayahu nor Yahusha would be welcome in congregations of today, xian or ‘messi-anic’. The same can be said of all the Prophets of YHWH, most if not all were persecuted to death by their own people, who were apostate.  ‘Apostate’, is being outside of the Covenant of YHWH. 

If you ‘break’ the Covenant, you have become unclean and must remain outside until you have been cleansed and till sunset, then you may re-enter.  If you ‘die’ while in this ‘apostate’ condition, you have a ‘serious’ problem; The idea is, stay ‘clean’!  Messiah tells us likewise in His parables.

Sin and guilt sacrifices were designed to hit the people in their pocket-book.  Livestock was money, sin, and you are going to have to give up a few sheep and goats.  If you want to keep what is yours, stop sinning!  It seems it did not work. Yahweh got so fed up with their ‘empty’ sacrifices that He deplored them.  He rebuked them for this very thing through His Prophets and His message went in one ear and out the other, as it is today.  They still do not understand the ‘requirements’ of Yahweh.

 Why can’t people understand what is so simple?  Do you have to be a prophet in order to understand a Prophet?  I say that at the risk of someone saying I am claiming to be a prophet, I am not!  I only wish to explain what I am clearly hearing from the Prophets and that every word they spoke back then is still ‘The Truth’ today.  And there will be those, MANY, TOO many, that will say to themselves when they are standing before the Throne of Judgment, that; “a ‘Prophet’ had been in our mist and I should have heard and listened and obeyed.  But now it is too late and my punishment is unbearable”.

So much of what those Prophets spoke, was/is about today and what is soon coming.  The same prophecies that applied to the Yisra`elite in that day, apply to us today.  Yahweh NEVER changes!  Not one jot or tittle will change, of the Torah and THE PROPHETS…

Yahusha was specific in ‘pointing’ to the Torah and Prophets as they taught the same message as He; “Righteousness”.  The Torah teaches what is Righteousness, the Prophets attempted to bring the people back to Righteousness and that is the same thing He came to do as Prophet, Sovereign, High Priest, Teacher (of Righteousness) and Elohim in the Flesh.  To bring them back into His Fold, being cleansed of all unrighteousness, and for them to ‘Abide’ there, under His wings.

Would you better obey the ‘civil’ laws if you had a police officer at your side all the time?  Then, how could you continue in sin if you ‘abide’ in Messiah?  The Qodesh Ruach of YHWH will not stick around amidst wickedness, if He goes away because of a sin and comes back to an ‘unclean’ house, He could very well go and not come back again.

Yeshayahu said the same things in different words for different times, but his message of Righteousness brought him ridicule and bodily harm from the people who as in vv 7,8 could not prove him wrong, but refused to change their ways or be rebuked.  But, at the same time, Yahweh would protect him from the humiliation and count him as worthy and not be put to shame, at least in the eyes of Yahweh. 

But, Woe to those who persecuted Yeshayahu or Yahusha, or Yehezqel and any of the Prophets, Yahweh’s hand will rise against them and they will die in pain and grief.

Yahweh does the same for His ‘watchmen’ today.

 

Yeshayahu 51

 

Isa 51:2  “Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness, seeking יהוה: Look to the rock you were hewn from, and to the hole of the pit you were dug from.

Isa 51:2  “Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you. For he was alone when I called him, and I blessed him and increased him.

Isa 51:3  “For יהוה shall comfort Tsiyon, He shall comfort all her waste places. For He makes her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of יהוה. Joy and gladness are found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Isa 51:4  “Listen to Me, My people, and give ear to Me, O My nation, for the Torah goes forth from Me, and My right-ruling I set as a light to peoples.

Isa 51:5  “My righteousness is near, My deliverance shall go forth, and My arms judge peoples. Coastlands wait upon Me, and for My arm they wait expectantly.

Isa 51:6  “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath, for the heavens shall vanish like smoke, and the earth wear out like a garment, and those who dwell in it die as gnats. But My deliverance is forever, and My righteousness is not broken.

Isa 51:7  “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, a people in whose heart is My Torah: do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings.

Isa 51:8  “For a moth eats them like a garment, and a worm eats them like wool; but My righteousness is forever, and My deliverance to all generations.”

Isa 51:9  Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of יהוה! Awake as in days of old, everlasting generations. Was it not You who cut Rahaḇ apart, and pierced the Crocodile?

Isa 51:10  Was it not You who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?

Isa 51:11  And let the ransomed of יהוה return. And they shall come to Tsiyon with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. Let them attain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isa 51:12  “I, I am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of man that dies, and of the son of man who is made like grass?

Isa 51:13  “And you have forgotten יהוה your Maker who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you continually fear, all the day, because of the rage of the oppressor, as he has prepared to destroy. And where is the rage of the oppressor?

Isa 51:14  “Bowed, he hastens to be loosened, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail.

Isa 51:15  “But I am יהוה your Elohim, stirring up the sea, and its waves roar. יהוה of hosts is His Name.

Isa 51:16  “And I have put My Words in your mouth, and with the shadow of My hand I have covered you, to plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and to say to Tsiyon, ‘You are My people.’ ”

Isa 51:17  Awake, awake yourself! Rise up, O Yerushalayim, you who have drunk at the hand of יהוה the cup of His wrath. You have drunk the dregs of the cup of reeling, and drained it out.

Isa 51:18  Of all the sons she bore, she has none to guide her. And of all the sons she has brought up, none takes her by the hand.

Isa 51:19  Both these are coming upon you – who is sorry for you?: Ruin and destruction, scarcity of food and sword. How shall I comfort you?

Isa 51:20  Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, like a gazelle in a net. They are filled with the wrath of יהוה, the rebuke of your Elohim.

Isa 51:21  Therefore please hear this, you afflicted and drunk, but not with wine.

Isa 51:22  Thus said your Master, יהוה and your Elohim, who pleads the cause of His people, “See, I shall take out of your hand the cup of reeling, the dregs of the cup of My wrath – never again shall you drink it.

Isa 51:23  “And I shall put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to your being, ‘Bow down, and we pass over you.’ And you made your back like the ground, and as the street, to walk over.”

 

For every declaration by Yahweh that He will redeem His people, throughout all Scripture, ‘His people’ are the ’True Remnant’, those who have heeded the call to Return to Yahweh and His Covenant.

There will be MANY, Israelite and Yehudim, along with the gentiles that are NOT of ‘His Remnant People’; ``Yisra’el”, for which Scripture says “…all Yisra’el will be saved”.  Those who are sinning have no hope of being saved.  Yahweh will redeem all your past sins that have been marked for deletion since the time when you repented, and providing you abide in Him (endure) to the end, they will no longer be remembered and whatever penalties (afflictions) you are suffering for these transgressions He will put an end.

Beware of the false teacher/prophets that lead Yahweh’s people astray.  Every word must stand up to the Torah.  His Word NEVER changes!  What was written in the Torah or the Prophets CANNOT be changed or nullified. PERIOD.  Study carefully the 13th and 18th chapters of Debarim, the test of Torah.

Mat 5:18   “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to complete.

Mat 5:18  “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.

Mat 5:19  “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.

Mat 5:20  “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens.

If you are not ‘righteous’ you will NOT enter Heaven.

Righteous does not mean PERFECT, it means walking uprightly.  Even the Torah allows for ‘mistakes’.  BUT !  Even if it did mean perfect, we are commanded both in Torah and in the Words of Yahusha Messiah; “Be perfect as He is perfect”.  So we strive to be perfect and righteousness is the result.  If He is truly abiding in you, how can you sin?  Test every ‘spirit’, if the spirit is not leading you to righteousness, it is not the Ruach of YHWH.

Shalom,

Yared

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