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Nov 22, 2012 - Doctrine    1 Comment

Seek First the Kingdom of God

Kennard, a servant of Elohim and the Righteous King of Israel-Yeshua (John 1:49; Luke 19:38-39 KJV)

 

  • Do you put Elohim first in your life?
  • Is He the first thing you think of in the morning?
  • Do you pray to Him when you wake up?
  • Do you Bible study in the evenings and in the mornings?
  • Do you Bible study to improve your behavior toward Elohim and mankind (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 6:23 CJB)?
  • Are you concerned about the poor and do you understand their needs? (Proverbs 29:7; Job  30:25 CJB)
  • Do you seek to help the poor and those who have needs? (Job 29:12-16; Job 31:16-22 CJB)

 

Elohim told Joshua the following:

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.   This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  (Joshua 1:7-8 KJV)

The first chapter of Psalms reveals:

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:1-3 KJV)

THE ROYALTY REALM OF ELOHIM

The Kingdom of God is a Royalty Realm (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible).  A realm is a community or territory of rulership.

 

  • bas-il-i’-ah (translated “Kingdom” in the New Testament or Apostolic Scriptures)  From G935; properly royalty, that is, (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively): – kingdom, + reign.  (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible)

 

This Royalty Realm includes the entire universe.  In the future, Yeshua and the saints will take over the kingdoms of this world and righteously rule over them.

“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”  (Dan 7:27 KJV)

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 11:15 KJV)

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”  (Revelation 20:4 KJV)

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of God; and if we are children, then we are also heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Messiah — provided we are suffering with him in order also to be glorified with him.   I don’t think the sufferings we are going through now are even worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us in the future.  The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed;  for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom accompanying the glory that God’s children will have.  We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth;  and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free.”  (Romans 8:16-23 KJV)

JUDGMENT OF MANKIND’S BEHAVIOR

The Lord instructs me to speak His words and His words are life changing and they are powerful.

“If a prophet has a dream, let him tell it as a dream. But someone who has my word should speak my word faithfully. What do chaff and wheat have in common?” asks Adonai.   “Isn’t my word like fire,” asks Adonai, “like a hammer shattering rocks?”  (Jeremiah 23:28-29 CJB)

“See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 CJB)

Elohim is also an Elohim of judgment.  He will judge us for every good and evil deed we do.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)

“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”  (Genesis 8:21 KJV)

“True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.”  (Psalm 51:5 – Complete Jewish Bible – CJB)

“What is a human being, that he could be innocent, someone born from a woman, that he could be righteous?  God doesn’t trust even his holy ones; no, even the heavens are not innocent in his view.  How much less one loathesome and corrupt, a human being, who drinks iniquity like water.”  (Job 15:14-16 CJB)

“Doing wrong is firmly tied to the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away from him.” (Proverbs 22:15 CJB)

“From the womb, the wicked are estranged, liars on the wrong path since birth.”  (Psalm 58:3 CJB)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”  (Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV)

“O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.   Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?  Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.”  (Jeremiah 16:19-21 KJV)

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”  (Acts 17:30-31 KJV)

Yeshua stated the following:

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15 KJV)

Repent means to think differently-to change our way of thinking.  The scriptures reveal all of mankind since Adam & Eve are born incorrectly thinking.

BORN AGAIN

How can you enter the Royalty Realm of Elohim?

Yeshua revealed we must be “born again” to enter the Kingdom of God.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”  (John 3:3-8 KJV)

 

     Born from water and the Spirit. Immersion in water is connected with ritual cleansing of the body (see above, 1:26–34, and Mt 3:1–17), while the Holy Spirit gives power for turning from sin and living a holy life; both bespeak aspects of purification. This is why “born from water” does not mean ordinary human birth.

Stern, D. H. (1996). Jewish New Testament Commentary : A companion volume to the Jewish New Testament (electronic ed.) (Jn 3:5). Clarksville: Jewish New Testament Publications.

 

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”  (I Corinthians 15:50 KJV)

Human beings must change their way of thinking and be immersed in water (baptized) as a symbol of a commitment to obey the commandments of Elohim.  The believer receives the Holy Spirit to help him or her obey the commandments.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”  (Ezekiel 36:26-27 KJV)

“We are witnesses to these things; so is the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit – emphasis mine), whom God has given to those who obey him.”  (Acts 5:32 CJB)

We must continue to obey God by keeping His commandments if we expect to continue to receive the power to help us obey the commandments.  It is possible to quench the Holy Spirit.

“Quench not the Spirit.”  (1 Thessalonias 5:19 KJV)

Every human being must repent and keep the commandments to the best of their ability and knowledge.  Those who do the best they can to keep the commandments will be changed into immortal spirit beings starting with the Firstfruits group of saints (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV).

“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”  (Romans 8:4-17 KJV)

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”  (1 Corinthians 15:22-23 KJV)

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”  (1 Corninthians 15:51-54 KJV)

REPENT OR PERISH

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.   Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”  (Luke 13:1-5 KJV)

“At that moment the talmidim came to Yeshua and asked, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  He called a child to him, stood him among them, and said, “Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children, you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven!  So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child.”  (Matthew 18:1-4 CJB)

“Already the axe is at the root of the trees, ready to strike; every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown in the fire!  It’s true that I am immersing you in water so that you might turn from sin to God; but the one coming after me is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to carry his sandals — and he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh and in fire.  He has with him his winnowing fork; and he will clear out his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn but burning up the straw with unquenchable fire!”  (Matthew 3:10-13 CJB)

  • Any human being who does not choose to repent after being given the knowledge, and the help to permanently repent through the power of the Holy Spirit, will unfortunately perish:

 

Therefore, you, human being, say to the house of Isra’el: ‘You say, “Our crimes and sins are weighing us down, we’re pining away because of them, how can we even stay alive?” ‘ Say to them, ‘As I live,’ swears Adonai Elohim, ‘I take no pleasure in having the wicked person die, but in having the wicked person turn from his way and live. So repent! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, house of Isra’el?’  “Next, you, human being, say to your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous person will not save him, once he starts committing crimes; and likewise, the wickedness of the wicked person will not cause him to fall, once he turns from his wickedness. No, the righteous person cannot live by virtue of [his former righteousness], once he starts sinning.  So if, after I tell the righteous person that he will surely live, he begins trusting in his own [former] righteousness and starts committing crimes; then none of his [former] righteous actions will be remembered; on the contrary, he will die for the evil deeds he has committed.  Likewise, if, after I tell the wicked person, “You must die,” he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right —  if the wicked person restores pledged property and returns what he stole, so that he lives by the laws that give life and does not commit evil deeds; then he will live, he will not die.   None of the sins he committed will be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he will surely live.’  “Now your people say, ‘Adonai’s way isn’t fair!’ But it is their way, theirs, that isn’t fair! When the righteous person turns away from his righteousness and commits wickedness, he will die because of it.  And when the wicked person turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he will live because of it.  Yet you say, ‘Adonai’s way isn’t fair!’ House of Isra’el, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”  (Ezekiel 33:10-20 CJB)

 

“Therefore, Yochanan said to the crowds who came out to be immersed by him, “You snakes! Who warned you to escape the coming punishment?  If you have really turned from your sins, produce fruit that will prove it! And don’t start saying to yourselves, ‘Avraham is our father’! For I tell you that God can raise up for Avraham sons from these stones!  Already the axe is at the root of the trees, ready to strike; every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown in the fire!”  The crowds asked Yochanan, “So then, what should we do?”  He answered, “Whoever has two coats should share with somebody who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.”  Tax-collectors also came to be immersed; and they asked him, “Rabbi, what should we do?”   “Collect no more than the government assesses,” he told them.   Some soldiers asked him, “What about us? What should we do?” To them he said, “Don’t intimidate anyone, don’t accuse people falsely, and be satisfied with your pay.”  (Luke 3:7-14 CJB)

“He who believes in the Son possesses everlasting life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of Elohim remains on him.”  (John 3:36 The Scriptures)

“Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment.”  (John 5:28-29 CJB)

“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”  (Daniel 12:2 KJV)

“For it is justice for God to pay back trouble to those who are troubling you, and to give rest along with us to you who are being troubled, when the Lord Yeshua is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in a fiery flame. Then he will punish those who don’t know God, that is, those who don’t listen to the Good News of our Lord Yeshua and obey it.  They will suffer the just penalty of eternal destruction, far away from the face of the Lord and the glory of his might.  On that Day, when he comes to be glorified by his holy people and admired by all who have trusted, you will be among them, because you trusted our witness to you.”  (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 CJB)

“And let us keep paying attention to one another, in order to spur each other on to love and good deeds, not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other. And let us do this all the more as you see the Day approaching.  For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemiesSomeone who disregards the Torah of Moshe is put to death without mercy on the word of two or three witnesses.  Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made him holy; and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God’s grace!  For the One we know is the One who said, “Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay,” and then said, “Adonai will judge his people.”  It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!” (Hebrews 10:24-31 CJB)

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom.”  (Matthew 10:28 CJB)

“For the Day of Adonai is near for all nations; as you did, it will be done to you; your dealings will come back on your own head.  For just as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so will all the nations drink in turn; yes, they will drink and gulp it down and be as if they had never existed.”  (Obadiah 1:15-16 CJB)

For the wicked will perish; Adonai’s enemies will be like sheep fat, ending up as smoke, finished.”  (Psalm 37:20 CJB)

“For look, the day shall come, burning like a furnace, and all the proud, and every wrongdoer shall be stubble. And the day that shall come shall burn them up,” said יהוה of hosts, “which leaves to them neither root nor branch.  “But to you who fear My Name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings. And you shall go out and leap for joy like calves from the stall.  “And you shall trample the wrongdoers, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” said יהוה of hosts.”  (Malachi 4:1-3 The Scriptures)

“Then Death and Sh’ol were hurled into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire.  Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:14-15 CJB)

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;  In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;  I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it.  I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”  (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 KJV)

The good news is if you choose to obey Yah, then you will live.  The bad news is if you choose not to obey Yah, then you will die.

  • The above scriptures reveal all human beings will have a fair chance and choice to obey or disobey Elohim.  Those who obey will live and those who do not obey will die-they will not see the Royalty Realm of Elohim or see life because they will be dead.

 

Elohim has great mercy.  However He gives mercy to those who show mercy to others.

“For judgment will be without mercy toward one who doesn’t show mercy; but mercy wins out over judgment.”  (James 2:13 CJB)

What is mercy?

  • eleos  (el’-eh-os)  Of uncertain affinity; compassion (human or divine, especially active): – (+ tender) mercy.  (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible)

 

Mercy is having compassion.  According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, compassion is a “sympathetic consciousness of the other’s distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”

Elohim desires for mankind to learn how to care about other people’s problems, and desire to help eliminate them.

“Therefore, your majesty, please take my advice: break with your sins by replacing them with acts of charity, and break with your crimes by showing mercy to the poor; this may extend the time of your prosperity.”  (Daniel 4:7 CJB)

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”   (1 John 3:7-18 KJV)

  • Please realize according to the above scripture, a murderer is also any human being who does not care about other human beings.  This is very significant for us to understand.  Remember, Yeshua commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44 KJV).

 

These facts should motivate you to obey Elohim and seeking the Royalty Realm of Elohim should be on the top of your priority list.

As Moses stated:  “All the people experienced the thunder, the lightning, the sound of the shofar, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled. Standing at a distance, they said to Moshe, “You, speak with us; and we will listen. But don’t let God speak with us, or we will die.”  Moshe answered the people, “Don’t be afraid, because God has come only to test you and make you fear him, so that you won’t commit sins.”  (Exodus 20:18-20 CJB)

  • When you were a young child, you initially obeyed your parents because you were punished if you did not.  Well, Elohim is our ultimate parent and, when we repent and receive His Holy Spirit, we need to learn how to fear and respect His authority.  This contributes toward motivating us to obey Him.  However, eventually we should grow to obey Him because we love Him and realize obeying his instructions is only for our benefit just like a child should realize his parents’ instructions are for his or her benefit (Hebrews 12:5-11 KJV).
  • Obeying Elohim will give us the ability to understand the Words of Elohim.

 

“Repent when I reprove — I will pour out my spirit to you, I will make my words known to you.”  (Proverbs 1:23 CJB)

OUTER DARKNESS, WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH

“Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth . . .  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 22:13; 25:30 KJV)

“And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  (Matthew 13:42, 50 KJV)

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.  Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.  But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;  Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,  To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”‘ (Jude 1:7-15 KJV)

  • Notice the phrase “trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.”  John the Baptist stated a human being (a tree) must bear fruit (righteous behavior) to survive (Luke 3:9).  The second death (twice dead) involves being thrown in the lake of fire.  If you die twice (the second death), then you will no longer live again-you will have no root (Revelation 20:6, 14-15 KJV).
  • Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing with teeth is associated with the lake of fire-eternal death.  People will be weeping and gnashing their teeth because they do not want to die.  They are sorry for their sins.  Yet, they do not want to change.
  • In the New Heaven and New Earth there will be no more darkness or night (Revelation 22:5; Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV).

 

“Your hand will find all your enemies; your right hand will overtake those who hate you.  At your appearing, you will make them like a fiery furnace. Adonai will swallow them up in his anger; fire will consume them.  You will destroy from the earth their descendants, rid humankind of their posterity; for they intended evil against you; but despite their scheme, they won’t succeed.”  (Psalm 21:8-11 KJV)

“He distributes freely, he gives to the poor; his righteousness stands forever. His power will be increased honorably.  The wicked will be angry when they see this; they will gnash their teeth and waste away, the desires of the wicked will come to nothing.”  (Psalm 112:9-10 CJB)

 

“Now I rejoice not because you were pained, but because the pain led you to turn back to God. For you handled the pain in God’s way, so that you were not harmed by us at all.  Pain handled in God’s way produces a turning from sin to God which leads to salvation, and there is nothing to regret in that! But pain handled in the world’s way produces only death.” (2 Corninthians 7:9-10 CJB)

 

10      Two ways of handling pain (or: “sorrow” or “sadness”). Ungodly sorrow, merely being sad or experiencing pain, has no virtue in it. It is concerned with self, not with God or with others who have been harmed; and it leads to self-hatred, self-pity, depression, despair and death. Godly sorrow, on the other hand, leads to repentance, t’shuvah, turning from sin to God, making restitution for wrongs, and resolving to act righteously. God is not interested in one’s merely feeling sorry for having sinned, but in one’s resolute turning from that sin and not doing it again when similarly tempted.

Stern, D. H. (1996). Jewish New Testament Commentary : A companion volume to the Jewish New Testament (electronic ed.) (2 Co 7:10). Clarksville: Jewish New Testament Publications.

 

THE TREE OF LIFE

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:  Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”  (Genesis 3:22-24 KJV)

“Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-`Eden.” (Revelation 2:7 CJB)

“How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!”  (Revelation 22:14 CJB)

The Tree of Life and entrance to the New Jerusalem (the holy city) is available to anyone who repents.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let anyone who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let anyone who is thirsty come — let anyone who wishes, take the water of life free of charge.”  I warn everyone hearing the words of the prophecy in this book that if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues written in this book.  And if anyone takes anything away from the words in the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the Tree of Life and the holy city, as described in this book.”  (Revelation 22:17-19 CJB)

  • Notice the Spirit and the Bride (all who are part of the 1st resurrection [the Firstfruits] – Revelation 20:4-6) is telling anyone and everyone to come.  A person comes to Elohim by repenting and doing the best they can to keep the commandments of Elohim.  A life of righteous change will result in entering the Royalty Realm of Elohim, eating the Tree of Life and entering the New Jerusalem.

 

“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:6-7 KJV)

“And there is a place where someone has given this solemn testimony: “What is mere man, that you concern yourself with him? or the son of man, that you watch over him with such care?  You made him a little lower than the angels, you crowned him with glory and honor, you put everything in subjection under his feet.” In subjecting everything to him, he left nothing unsubjected to him. However, at present, we don’t see everything subjected to him — at least, not yet.”  (Hebrews 2:6-8 CJB)

If anyone overcomes their sins with the help of the Holy Sprirt, you will inherit all things.  All things means the entire universe!  The universe certainly includes the Tree of Life and the New Jerusalem.  Remember, Elohim is not partial (1 Timothy 5:21 KJV).

  • The eating of the tree of life’s fruit is only for human beings who have repented and have been changed into spirit beings.

 

Yeshua proved a resurrected man with a spiritual body eats food (Luke 24:39-43 KJV).

Based on the Genesis 3:22-24, the Tree of Life is a source of immortality.  Every human being’s goal should be to obtain immortality.

“For he will pay back each one according to his deeds.  To those who seek glory, honor and immortality by perseverance in doing good, he will pay back eternal life.”  (Romans 2:6-7 CJB)

“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”  (1 Timothy 6:14-16 KJV)

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”  (2 Timothy 1:9-10 KJV)

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”  (1 Corninthians 15:53-54 KJV)

The Lord’s brother Jude used the book of Enoch in the context of the Royalty Realm of Elohim.  I will follow Jude’s example.

“And amongst them was a tree such as I had never yet smelt, neither was any amongst them nor were others like it: it had a fragrance beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood wither not for ever: and its fruit «is beautiful, and its fruit» resembles the dates of a palm.  Then I said: ‘‹How› beautiful is this tree, and fragrant, and its leaves are fair, and its blooms «very» delightful in appearance.’  Then answered Michael, one of the holy «and honoured» angels who was with me, and was their leader . . .  And he said unto me: ‘Enoch, why dost thou ask me regarding the fragrance of the tree, and ‹why› dost thou wish to learn the truth?’ Then I answered him «saying»: ‘I wish to know about everything, but especially about this tree.’  And he answered saying: ‘This high mountain «which thou hast seen», whose summit is like the throne of God, is His throne, where the Holy Great One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit, when He shall come down to visit the earth with goodness.  And as for this fragrant tree no mortal is permitted to touch it till the great judgement, when He shall take vengeance on all and bring (everything) to its consummation for ever.  It shall then be given to the righteous and holy. Its fruit shall be for food to the elect: it shall be transplanted to the holy place, to the temple of the Lord, the Eternal King.”  (1 Enoch 24:4-6; 25:1-5)

  • The above Enoch writing indicates this tree is the Tree of Life because it is only for the elect, righteous and holy; a mortal is not allowed to touch it until after the great judgement period (Revelation 20).
  • The great judgement period involves bringing everything to consummation.  A consummation is the ultimate end of something.  The ultimate end of Elohim’s plan for mankind is the elimination of death, sin and pain (1 Corinthians 15:22-28; Revelation 21:1-4 KJV).

 

“On both riverbanks will grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaves will not dry up, nor will their fruit fail. There will be a different kind of fruit each month, because the water flows from the sanctuary, so that this fruit will be edible, and the leaves will have healing properties.” (Ezekiel 47:12 CJB)

  • Notice the above scripture (Ezekiel 47:12 CJB) is talking about trees.  It is not referring to the Tree of Life.  These trees will be edible by the mortal humans at this time in history and the leaves of the tree will be used for healing.  During the 1,000 year rule of the saints and the great white throne judgement sin, death and pain will still exist.  Therefore, there will be a need for physical healing during this time (Revelation 20 KJV).

 

“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for look, I create Yerushalayim a rejoicing, and her people a joy.  And I shall rejoice in Yerushalayim, and shall joy in My people, and let the voice of weeping no more be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.  No more is an infant from there going to live but a few days, nor an old man who does not complete his days, for the youth dies one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be lightly esteemed.  And they shall build houses and inhabit them, and plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat. For the days of My people are going to be as the days of a tree, and My chosen ones outlive the work of their hands.  They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble. For they are the seed of the blessed of יהוה, and their offspring with them.  And it shall be that before they call, I answer. And while they are still speaking, I hear.  Wolf and lamb feed together, a lion eats straw as an ox, and dust is the snake’s food. They shall do no evil, nor destroy in all My set-apart mountain,” said יהוה.”  (Isaiah 65:18-25 The Scriptures)

  • The above scripture describes the 1,000 year period and the great white throne judgment period described in Revelation 20.  The process of creating a New Heaven and New Earth begins when the saints start to rule the world  This process will end with the ultimate destruction of death, sin and pain (1 Corinthians 15:22-28 KJV).

 

“Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations — no longer will there be any curses. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him;  they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4 CJB)

  • The Tree of Life and its leaves will be available to all of spiritual bodied mankind in the New Heaven and New Earth.  The word “were” was added by the KJV translators.  In the original Greek, the word “were” is not there.  The phrase should read:  “the leaves of the tree for healing of the nations.”  Spiritual bodies are incorruptible and there is no need for physical healing (1 Corinthians 15:53 KJV).  The tree of life’s leaves provides spiritual healing not physical healing for beings with a spiritual body.  Spiritual healing is not like physical healing.  Human beings who are born with a spiritual body do not sin (1 John 3:9).  Obviously, spiritual healing is not a result of sin or corruption.  The Tree of Life, as a source of immortality, provides spiritual nourishment for beings with a spiritual body.

 

ALL NATIONS WHO ARE SAVED WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE TREE OF LIFE AND THE NEW JERUSALEM

“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.   And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”  (Revelation 21:21-27 KJV)

  • Notice in the above scripture the nations are saved.  They are immortal and they bring their glory to the New Jerusalem.  They are allowed to enter the city because they are immortal.
  • The Lamb’s book of life is not a second book of life.  Everything the Father has is also the Son’s (John 16:15 KJV).  This includes the book of life.

 

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”  (John 3:3-5 KJV)

“Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned.”  (Mark 16:16 CJB)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”  (1 John 5:4 KJV)

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”   (Revelation 2:7 KJV)

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”  (Revelation 2:11 KJV)

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”   (Revelation 3:5 KJV)

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.”  (1 Corinthians 15:50 KJV)

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”  (John 10:9 KJV)

“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”  (Revelation 21:6-7 KJV)

  • Based on the above scriptures, a human being must go through the process of repenting, being immersed and receiving the Holy Spirit.  This process will result in being changed to a spirit being if the human being righteously repents and learns to obey the commandments of Elohim.  All immortals are allowed to see and inherit the Royalty Realm of Elohim (the universe); to enter the New Jerusalem.
  • The Water of Life flows from Elohim’s throne and the Tree of Life is near the Water of Life (Revelation 22:1-2 KJV).
  • The Water of Life and the Tree of Life is located inside the city-the New Jerusalem.  To eat the fruit from the Tree of Life, you have to be inside the city (Revelation 22:1-3, 14 KJV).

 

DEATH, SIN AND PAIN WILL NO LONGER EXIST IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

According to the powerful Word of God, there will be no more death after the wicked are thrown in the lake of fire.  This means there will be no more murderers existing in the New Heavens and New Earth because murderers cause death.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  (Revelation 21:1-8 KJV)

Ultimately, to enter life and have immortality we must obey the commandments and if we don’t we will not have access to the Tree of Life (immortality), the Royalty Realm and the New Jerusalem.

“LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.”  (Psalm 119:166 KJV)

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.   For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”  (Revelation 22:12-15 KJV)

Obviously, those without immortality (having the right to the tree of life) cannot enter the gates of the city because they are dead (Revelation 21:8).

No murderers will have eternal life.

  • “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”  (1 John 3:15 CJB)
  • Since no murders have eternal life, the murderers mentioned in Revelation 22:15 are already dead.  Of course, all of the rest of the sinners mentioned in Revelation 22:15 are without immortality and are dead.

 

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV)

“For without” in Revelation 22:15 does not mean sinners are allowed to be immortal living outside the New Jerusalem.

  • ex’-o (translated “without) Adverb from G1537; out (side, of doors), literally or figuratively: – away, forth, (with-) out (of, -ward), strange. (Strong’s Concordance of the Bible)

 

Notice “without or away” can be interpreted literately or figuratively.  Based on the fact that Elohim said there would be no more death, curse, pain and sorrow (Revelation 21:4, 22:3 KJV) in the New Heaven and New Earth, we must understand “without” in a figurative way.

To eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city is to enjoy eternal life in fellowship with God.   Outside, in the lake of fire (20:12b, 21:8, 21:27), are unrepentant sinners . . .

Stern, D. H. (1996). Jewish New Testament Commentary : A companion volume to the Jewish New Testament (electronic ed.) (Re 22:14). Clarksville: Jewish New Testament Publications.

22:15 “Outside are” This is very difficult to interpret unless it is a metaphor for the lake of fire (cf. 21:8).

“‘the dogs” This is another strange allusion because there should be no evil people left at this point in the book. In Deut. 23:18 this term refers to male prostitutes of the Canaanite fertility cult. In other parts of the Old and New Testaments it refers to wicked people (cf. Ps. 22:16, 20; Matt. 7:6; and Phil. 3:2). Let me quote Robert H. Mounce at this point from his commentary on Revelation in the New International Series: “The verse does not intend to teach that in the eternal state all manner of wicked men will be living just outside the heavenly city. It simply describes the future with the imagery of the present. The contrast is between the blessedness of the faithful and the fate of the wicked” (p. 394).

Utley, R. J. (2001). Vol. Volume 12: Hope in Hard Times – The Final Curtain: Revelation. Study Guide Commentary Series (152). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

 

There will be no more curse in the New Heaven and the New Earth.  This means sin will no longer exist because sinning causes curses (Revelation 22:3; Deuteronomy 28:15-68 KJV).

SERVICE TO ELOHIM MUST COME FIRST IN OUR LIVES

Yeshua stated the following about seeking the Royal Realm of Yah:

“Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life — what you will eat or drink; or about your body — what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are?
Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life?  “And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Shlomo in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these.  If this is how God clothes grass in the field — which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven — won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!   “So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’   For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all.   But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough tsuris (troubles – emphasis mine)  already!”  (Matthew 6:25-34 CJB)

The above scriptures reveal the following:

  • Our lives are more important than food and our body is more important than clothes.
  • We are not to worry about and set our minds to focus too much on food, drink and clothes.
  • We must live by every word of Elohim in addition to eating food and drink (Matthew 4:4).
  • If we seek the Royal Realm of Yah first and His righteousness (keeping the commandments – Psalm 119:172), then he will provide us food, drink and clothes when we need them.
  • Notice Yah did not promise cars, expensive clothes and luxuries.
  • When we serve other people, we are serving Elohim (Matthew 25:31-49 CJB).

 

So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God.  Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.  When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory!”  (Colossians 3:1-4 CJB)

Whenever I have put Yah first, He has always provided me with the necessities in mysterious ways.  He will do this for anyone that puts Him first in their lives.

  • I was forced out of my family’s home at age 20 because of keeping the Shabbat (Sabbath).  I did not have any means to support myself.  However, I have never lacked food, clothes and shelter; I have never been in danger of dying because of a lack of food, clothes and shelter.  He has always consistently provided clothes, shelter and food for me.  Again, He will do the same for you if you just trust Him.

 

“Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”  (Mark 10:28-30 KJV)

“There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.  And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.  And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?  And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.  (Mark 3:31-35 KJV)

“And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”  (Luke 11:27-28 KJV)

 

  • I have been keeping Yah’s commandments for a long time (over 28 years).  I have met and associated with other people, who keep Yah’s commandments.  I have lived on different lands and in different homes during my journey to enter the Royalty Realm of Yah.

 

“For we live by trust, not by what we see.” (2 Corinthians 5:7 CJB)

“Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 CJB)

“It was in this hope that we were saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.” (Romans 8:24-25 CJB)

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:18 CJB)

But the person who is righteous will live his life by trusting, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” (Hebrews 10:38 CJB)

“Regard it all as joy, my brothers, when you face various kinds of temptations; for you know that the testing of your trust produces perseverance.  But let perseverance do its complete work; so that you may be complete and whole, lacking in nothing.  Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach; and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in trust, doubting nothing; for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by the wind.  Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord.”  (James 1:2-7 CJB)

We have to trust Elohim will provide what we need without seeing.  Ultimately, putting Yah first and obeying Yah’s commandments provides great benefits.

Ultimately, the Royalty Realm of Elohim will contain no wickedness or corruption.  Everything will be perfect and filled with righteousness.

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”  (2 Peter 3:13 KJV)

When we seek the Royalty Realm of Elohim, we are seeking perfection or completion.  The New Heaven and New Earth is the completion of Elohim’s plan to reverse the destructive and negative effects the sin of Adam caused.   Adam’s sin caused the universe to become corrupt and in a state of decay (Romans 5:12; 8:19-23 CJB).  We are seeking to live our lives putting Elohim first by studying His word on a daily basis and putting those words to action by caring about other human beings.  This is what life is all about (Ecclesiastes 12:13 CJB).

“You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Love your neighbor — and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike.  What reward do you get if you love only those who love you? Why, even tax-collectors do that!  And if you are friendly only to your friends, are you doing anything out of the ordinary? Even the Goyim do that!  Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:44-48 CJB)

“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others!  (Matthew 23:23 CJB)

“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?”  (Micah 6:8 The Scriptures)

 May the Great Elohim bless you and protect you.