One of the common deceptions among "believers" is to assume we've already "got it in the bag" that we've arrived and we're getting "set up" with a huge pad (mansion) in heaven... streets paved with gold, luxury living and finery like we can't begin to imagine because...
We're all going to get raptured and go right to heaven... yeah.
This perspective of course is well rooted in earthly carnal lusts of the flesh that can never be satisfied in an earthly magnitude but the big carrot is the super heavenly big boy blessing... and if everyone who thought like that made it to Heaven, it would be a terribly boring and petty little place, I'm sure a lot of people would want to leave and go somewhere else. Religious people are taught they are super special, they are "in" and those others are "out" so they are entitled to "heaven". What a lot of garb-baggage... but that's religion for you... quite frankly the more religious people I meet the more I'm convinced that religion houses the most selfish souls on earth. But the biggest prize has got to go to the rabbis and pastors who ride on high net worth lifestyles (off the backs of tithing widows and orphans I might add) in this life lead their sheep into believing that an even bigger pad is waiting for them in heaven. Wow heh?
Mashiyach on the other hand suffered and served others with the "weightier matters" of Judgment, Mercy, and Faith but many who "know all about Mashiyach" are going to cash in big because of him. It's rather ironic, religion needs a big juicy carrot to entice sheep to stick with the program and do the status quo duck walk. Even so, all the World exists to prove YHWH is Just and Righteous, He is a Loving Father who is entitled to have what He wants, that's the unplugged version of the Truth. We on the other hand, are either in agreement with YHWH or we are using our own ideas to compete with Him, and make up our own little kingdoms.
To live according to Righteousness means that we must suffer in this life, and if we must suffer, then we do it for the cause of Righteousness not for any other benefit. Righteousness himself is our reward. Mashiyach and his Apostles attained greatness because they preferred to bear the infamy of the world, rather than compromise with the instant gratification of the religious worlds.
Religion is man's alternative to the Kingdom of Heaven
Religious people don't like hearing their religion being contrasted with the Kingdom of Elohim (God). For example the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) hold meetings on Saturday and claim the "Mark of the Beast" is worship on Sunday. To be SDA you'll have to agree with their prophet Mrs. E. G. White, who wrote that some black indigenous people evolved from monkeys (not whites of course), that Christmas trees are good business if people hang money (offerings) on them, that the Devil made atonement for Christians, she also taught that she and some friends would live to see the return of Jesus. SDA people don't like being shown that their "prophet" also foretold that the SDA Church would become so evil that it would persecute the true and faithful remnant, which of course it does.
The JW's (Jehovah's Witnesses) vigorously defend a God named Jehovah although they know the name Jehovah was an invention of a monk who was up to mischief. "Mischief (hovah) shall come upon mischief (hovah) and rumor shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the Torah shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients." Ezekiel 7:26 It was a very religious man who inspired the name of Jehovah, in Hebrew it means "Yahweh is mischief" (Yah-hovah). JW's are a Greek based Christian religion with a "Christology" of Messiah that fits well into Pharisaical or Ebionite thinking. Ebionites where a stand offish group of borderline followers of Y'shua who believed that Y'shua was an angel rather than the Spirit of YHWH incarnate in the body of Y'shua. Other Christian religious put JW's in hell for their Christology.
Charismatic Christians operate in the "anointing of the Holy Ghost" yet it is easily shown that their "speaking in tongues" originated not from the original Acts House of YHWH experience at the Temple in Jerusalem, but from paganism. The oracle of Delphi had temple prostitutes who speak in tongues and prophesied to Apollo, Zeus and Greek deities, their "tongue speaking" was then decoded for people to take directives from their gods. History shows that the Montanists brought the pagan version of "speaking in tongues" into the Christian churches which has now become so emotionally deep seated in many Christians that they feel they have a divine connection to God because of their "gift of tongues."
Roman Catholic Churches are laden with graven images of Mary and Jesus, the pope is elevated as their spiritual father when in fact he is little more that a decrepit frail and ignorant sinner like his buddies who elected him into the position of pope (father). The RC Church is big, powerful, political and Torahless. Catholic folks defend their Catholic identity at all cost, many have been deceived into believing that Apostle Peter started the Catholic church when in fact Scripture tells us that Peter's "church planting" contribution was in Babylon, not Rome.
Religion and church politics are dear to the hearts of religious people and yet such a large percentage of the politics is based on pettiness and carnal agendas that never seem to get dealt with. HaSatan has convinced many people that their religion has all the answers and the bulk of their energy and finances are used to promote one religion over another.
Religious believe that suffering for their religious identity is the same as suffering for righteousness sake, Christians feel persecution from other Christians who don't subscribe to their theology or doctrines. Religion is a dangerous business regardless which one you choose. The point is that YHWH deserves to be worshipped for Who He Is, for what He has given us through Mashiyach according to His Word, not according to the commandments and traditions of men. How many religious traditions would you need to see that are directly opposite to YHWH's Word before you become convinced that YHWH gave His Word and haSatan made a religion out of it?
Torah is full of examples of men who served YHWH's people, who led by example and who suffered for righteousness sake. The world needs men and women to counsel and teach the things of YHWH and His Mashiyach, the world doesn't need men and women to raise up their own names, or institutions unto themselves on the back of self made religion. YHWH has given the Ruach haKodesh through His Mashiyach to guide His people, therefore His own people are not to be dependant upon other men and women for spiritual sustenance.
We are called to grow into the fullness of Mashiyach, the stature of the spiritual person we have been created to be. However, false shepherds say, "nobody is qualified to lead, but me." False prophets demand the privileges of leadership, the lion's share of attention and in most congregations, the offering goes towards those in "full time ministry" who control the lines of communication within the congregation.
Isn't it strange how so many pastors were ex-drug addicts, criminals, divorcees, good-for-nothings who all of a sudden got "an anointing for ministry"? Isn't it strange how a large percentage of Pastors, Rabbis and Priests became men "of the cloth" as a result of a career decision? Isn't it regrettable how so many religious leaders have no desire to preach anything against their status quo? Isn't it abominable how many leaders would rather compromise the Kingdom of Heaven each week rather than lose their jobs? Isn't it vexing that most religious Christians and Jews know about the compromises but refuse to sanctify the truth in their lives? That's the "power of religion" that grips communities through the need to belong socially to a group.
YHWH says that His Name is Kadosh (Set Apart), but religions say the opposite. Rabbis and the head of the Roman Catholic Church teach that the Name of YHWH has become too HOLY to mention, they avoid vocalizing Yahweh's Name and replace the Name with man-made titles they've invented. Isn't it interesting that YHWH revealed His Name in an intimate way to Abraham and many prophets including Moses but you will be condemned by many religious people if you say His Name in public?
All the prophets of YHWH spoke in the Name of YHWH, they declared His Name and when people heard the Name of YHWH there was Love, Honour, Fear, Trust, Hope and confidence in His Name, because they knew Who YHWH is. His Name is the Name above all Names. YHWH is our Salvation and Redeemer, but religion says no. Man has given himself the authority to change what YHWH says. Religion is in competition with YHWH rather than being obedient to Him.
"And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned My Holy Name, when they said to them, These are the people of YHWH, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for Mine Holy Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus says YHWH Elohim; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine Holy Name's sake, which you have profaned among the heathen, whither you went. And I will sanctify My Great Name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am YHWH, says YHWH Elohim, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land." Ezekiel 36:20-24
Regardless of which religion you choose there will always be a compromise so it's time to get unplugged from religion and plug into the Living Word of YHWH and His Mashiyach Y'shua. The difference will bless you and prosper you within your inner spiritual person, but it will take Faith and trust in the Word of Yahweh to act upon His Word.
YHWH will keep him in Perfect Peace
whose imagination is stayed on Him.
Translations of Isaiah 26:3 generally translate yetser as "mind" but this specifically refers to what our minds produce according to our imaginations, it is the image of our thoughts. We are created with the capacity to confer with YHWH regarding our thoughts and imaginations and seek His wisdom to evaluate thoughts according to His righteous Kingdom. We have the opportunity to invite the Spirit of Mashiyach to judge our thoughts, helping us yield our thoughts to Him. Our thoughts must be guarded from the worldly pollution of the enemy who wants to plant all manner of bad seeds into our thought-life. However, as the image of our thoughts is stayed upon Righteousness we enter into a new and perfect reality in Mashiyach, a reality that has always existed, except we were too distracted by lower religious thoughts to enter into the things of Mashiyach.
Mashiyach Y'shua states that in the latter days earth will be as it was just before Noah's flood, and before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, this is precisely what the world is like at the moment. Mankind is continually doing evil, his thoughts are continually wicked. Pastors will tell you that his church people have desperately wicked hearts, they get that idea from Jeremiah 17:9 and apply it to their churches. To the wicked and rebellious Jeremiah 17 states, they "get riches, and not by right", they have "forsaken YHWH" for a pagan deity called Je-Zeus, "they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction", they "will not hearken unto Me to hallow the Shabbat day and not to bear a burden". You can't argue with the Pastor, this is in fact how the majority of Christians live today, they have made all sorts of compromise with the carnal flesh because they are told it's ok.
The imaginations of many Rabbis and Pastors is continually evil before YHWH yet they are elevated men in the eyes of their communities so it's not the Rabbis or Pastors or false leaders who are culpable, it's also people who refuse to grow up spiritually.
The status quo motivational sermons compel the sheep to stay aboard the religious ship, pay their tithes and bring others on board so everyone can get to heaven as one big happy (but rebellious) family, this is an easy sell because its a popular religious message.
Y'shua said of religious people that they will "compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, you make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves" Matthew 23:15. Rabbis and Pastors have been trained to use diplomacy and religious etiquette while they speak and teach against YHWH and His Torah. Y'shua taught how the hirelings flee when the wolf shows up because they care not for the sheep at all. Rabbis and Pastors are skilled according to their fixed religion, an inspiration of the Holy Spirit that tells them to stop the religious traditions that make void Torah is an offence to religious leaders. YHWH is an offence. Mashiyach is an offence. The Word of YHWH is secondary to the commandments and doctrines of men.
Certainly it takes time to evaluate the thoughts that YHWH gives each of us. Righteousness will never grow if every time a person has a question they go to their Rabbi or Pastor for the answer. All you will get from your religious leaders is what your leaders learned from their leaders but YHWH offers a more excellent way:
O Yahweh, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction,
the Gentiles shall come unto You 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 Yahweh.
YHWH reveals the purpose of life even within the very smallest elements of Faith that YHWH asks us to observe, if we seek Him we shall find Him. If we know that we came from YHWH and are made in His Image then we have unlimited potential to realize our ultimate destiny now in this life and in the World to Come.
It's time to get permanently unplugged from religion. You will initially discover that religious people will upbraid you (to your face and behind your back) for living according to the Word of YHWH and His Mashiyach.
You will find that it's the "believers" who are the most ardent lovers of self and the most offended by those who don't play their religious games on their terms, that's just the way it is folks.
Unplugged from religion is to be unplugged from Babylon and this worlds fallen governments. Seek the government of Mashiyach which is the Kingdom of Elohim.
Taste and see that YHWH is good. Why not ask YHWH right now to begin writing Torah upon your heart? Why not ask YHWH for the strength to endure the infamy from your family and friends who will mock you for standing up for the Word of Yahweh? Why not be wiser than a snake and harmless as a dove and go find others who are hearing the Voice of YHWH and cleaning up their carnal lives in preparation for the return of Mashiyach? Why not live for Mashiyach who died for you? rather than follow a religion "about Jesus".
What will it matter in the end if you knew the truth but never applied truth to your life? Is it more important to you to make your Rabbi or Pastor happy and to not offend others, but instead you offend YHWH by being disobedient to His Word and His Commandments? Think about the simplicity of obedience versus the complexities of man's religion. You either do or don't do YHWH's Word? You either keep or don't keep His Commandments.
Wouldn't you feel wonderful to say, I love YHWH and keep His Commandments?
Wouldn't you feel wonderful to say, I LOVE the Name of Yahweh, He is my Heavenly Father? I have no other gods in my life? I trust what Yahweh has done for me in giving His Son Y'shua for my atonement. I love Yahweh's 10 Commandments, they are a joy to me. I am praying to have Yahweh's Torah written upon my heart, a heart of flesh rather than a hard stony religious heart that rejects the simplicity of obedience?
I love my Father because He first loved me and He has done so much for me that I want to return my gratitude to Him by being obedient to His Torah.
Would you rather believe in a religion about "haShem" or "The LORD" than walk in the footsteps of Mashiyach and experience the joy of being an obedient child of Yahweh?
"There is a way which seems right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death."
The only way that you will know whether you are following a religion about Jesus or the true Faith of YHWH as revealed in Y'shua Mashiyach is if will you test your own obedience within your own life.
Are you willing to turn from the religions of men and seek the Faith which was once delivered to the righteous?
O taste and see that Yahweh is good:
blessed is the man that trusts in him.
YHWH be with you,
Baruch Ben Daniel
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