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If you have entered into covenant with the Almighty through the instructions (Torah) in his word, you have received of his Spirit. That Spirit is known in Scripture as the Spirit of Truth. He is God and he promises to lead us into ALL truth. If you haven't or do not know what God's covenant in the blood of Messiah is all about, we will gladly share those instructions with you so that as many of us as possible can prepare for the coming time of great trouble. There is true hope in these times, and it is all in knowing what YHVH has to say about all that is happening in the present-day world. We invite you to fellowship with us.
Francisco & Rosa Luna
A People in Transition
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the faith of the Bible is its transitory one. Although the Scripture assures us that we are growing from faith to faith, people of faith in general have not understood this. They behave more like the people at the Tower of Babel. They make plans to settle down and make a name for themselves without considering the fact that all the facts may not be in yet. That's because they live exclusively in the now.
For example, two thousand years have elapsed since God came to visit us in the form of a man with the exclusive purpose of fulfilling the requirements of the law for the punishment of sin. Because the wages of sin is death, it was death that was the earned reward for Adam and each and every one his descendants. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Creator of mankind, made plans before the foundation of the world to redeem those who would come to him through the Lamb's (YHWH as a man) sacrifice. Our God is one!
After much persecution from Jews and Gentiles alike, the people who were of the faith of Messiah seemed to catch a "lucky break." The very empire that had sought to destroy them at all costs suddenly turned and embraced them through "a prince" who saw the benefits of uniting his empire through religion. The year was 325AD and the prince was Constantine the Great.
But because the people of the faith of Messiah had increasingly grown in numbers that came from the Gentiles and diminished in numbers from the Jewish side, access to the original Scriptures in their native setting became practically non-existent. The Jews referred to the "Christians" as "sons of the whore." The "Christians" held the Jews accountable for the execution of Christ. Both ideologies survive to some extent to this day.
There was a complete and total polarization of these two seemingly opposed beliefs. The Jews despised those who had accepted "that man" as the true Messiah of Israel; especially if they were Jewish. They sought to make their life miserable by ostracizing them from all Jewish life because they broke faith with Judaism; a religion. Their response to the Messianic Faith was to proclaim war against it. The Apostle Paul was a prominent soldier in that war before his encounter with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on the road to Damascus.
That type of behavior on the part of the Jews was the catalyst for an Anti-Semitic "church" devoid of its Hebrew roots. They chose to honor their man-made religion over the truth of YHWH their God. Their seeds of animosity resulted in a harvest of Anti-Semitism that is still producing to this day. They chose to sow the wind of hate and lies towards and about the Messianic Faith, and they reaped the whirlwind of Anti-Semitism from the bastard religion that was born from an illegitimate father; Constantine.
Constantine discovered the key to the bottomless pit when he saw the potential present in using Anti-Semitism to unite all "Christians" under his leadership. He promptly singled out a common enemy; the Jews. In his "Easter Edict," he reveals his contempt for the Jews, which he uses to polarize the religion he has formed against the common enemy. Observe his words:
it seemed to everyone a most unworthy thing that we should follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who, polluted wretches!, having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds.
This is psychology at its best! First of all, notice that everyone receiving this edict will perceive that "everyone" else is in agreement that, 1. This is a solemnity of great importance. 2. The custom of the Jews is unworthy of being followed because they are: A. Polluted Wretches B. Stained with having committed a nefarious crime (The crucifixion) C. Justly blinded in their minds.
These very words have been the reason and justification for countless pogroms and persecutions against the Jews throughout almost 1700 years of history. The religion created by Constantine ("the people of a prince that will come" Dan. 9:26); the bastard religion that usurped the Messianic Faith of the God of Israel, has been instrumental in carrying out the persecution.
Once it is established that this religion must distance itself completely from those "abominable" Jews (Constantine's perspective), an alternative is established as the norm for this religion.
Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews. We have received another method from the Savior. A more lawful and proper course is open to our most holy religion.
We must remember that probably 90% of the general population was illiterate and that the system of Constantine's religion is one of clergy and laity; leaders and followers. The only ones that had to be convinced was the clergy. They, in turn, would make sure the laity toed the mark. As long as any man stands between God and a person; regardless of what that man is called, that person remains under a curse that cannot be broken until that person establishes a true and personal relationship with God himself in accordance with the Word alone.
(Jer. 17:5) Thus says YHWH; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from YHWH.
If nothing else, this one factor should reveal the transitory nature of our growth as a faith. There was a time when the Bible as we know it did not exist. There was also a time when even though it had come into existence, the majority of the people could not read it. Firstly, the Bible was written in an unknown language. Secondly, only recently has literacy become more widespread.
If one follows the historical path of the faith over the past 2000 years, it isn't difficult to "see" the steps of the faith as it begins its trek from that day of Pentecost at which the terms of the New Covenant were announced. If one allows the Spirit of Truth to lead, he will show us the pivotal times of change that have occurred.
The faith was first proclaimed in Jerusalem by those who were appointed by God to be Emissaries of his kingdom. It was then held in trust by consequent generations until Constantine usurped it through deceit and flattery. It took its first steps out of captivity at the Great Reformation. Even the reformers did not understand just how separate this faith was to be from what they were trying to reform. This faith has been stepping out into total restoration since then and will not stop stepping until it reaches its final destination; the unity of the faith.
For that to happen, all religiosity must be dropped by any person wishing to take part in the unity of this faith. This faith is the exclusive domain of every word that proceeds from the mouth of YHWH. There are no worldly concepts that can add or take away from this faith because it has been Authored and Finished by YHWH himself. It is self-contained and needs nothing from man to compliment it. From now on, any person wishing to become a part of what God is doing through this faith must invest the time necessary to learn the truth of it instead of depending on "learned" men to shape his or her belief.
The restoration process has now gathered steam and is approaching full power. There is a reason that we must come out of our "comfort zones" and make a decision as to whether we will submit to the process or keep "playing church." The process calls for a complete transformation of a people into a kingdom incorruptible. There are issues and concepts that will never be dealt with by the "Church" of today because they are too busy gathering people for their own little kingdom without ever stopping to ask if they are doing God's will or their own. Be not deceived! There is a time of reckoning coming! The decisions we make today will affect our tomorrow.
Today is the day to choose whether we will follow the Word of God for ourselves, and submit to the process of restoration, or go along with the popular trend of mixing in politics, acting as life coaches, and preaching a prosperity gospel exclusively. Godliness is not measured in dollars and cents! The Apostle Paul finished his days in a rented house; a luxury after having lived in dark, damp, cold dungeons as a prisoner in chains for his faith. How dare we equate the having or not having of material wealth as a measure of the approval of God!
You want to be a part of this phase of restoration? Be ready to lose it all if that's what it takes to move ahead in the process. That consideration alone will tell you whether your faith is truly in God or in your possessions. Be willing to humble yourself under the mighty hand of YHWH. Let him and him alone become your passion in life and believe what he has written instead of what others say about him. You will find your true fellowship with those who walk with him in like manner. Do not settle in and build anything for yourself that even smells of what popular thought calls Church (organized religion)! Learn to walk with God! The restoration process is underway, and if you bind yourself in religion, you will find yourself stuck there when you need to move ahead in your understanding. You will find that those who also walk with YHWH will confirm what you are hearing from the Spirit.
If you cannot see or bring yourself to believe that we are those upon whom the end of this present world has fallen, then surely you will have to wait until you see it with your eyes. But the pertinent question is: "Will you be ready or will you rush off to get ready once your eyes have seen; only to return to that door and hear the words, 'I know you not.'" The strong tower that is our God's name stands ready to receive all those who believe and it will be our safety in the coming storm. Only the unbelieving will remain outside to suffer the full effects of the storm. My plea to you is, "reconcile your understanding to his word."
Shalom, Francisco Gomez Luna