TWO PATHS

DID YOU KNOW that there are only two paths you may choose between in the course of your life on earth? One is called “instructions for having life” and the other is called “doing it my way.”
The first path is the Torah (the first five Books of Scripture). It is a transcript of the divine nature of YHVH, which extends its authority to the acts of man. It instructs and guides us in the righteousness of YHVH, and “In the way of righteousness is life, and in that pathway is no death.” Proverbs 12:28

The definition of “doing it my way” is very simple: Any person who rejects the instructions given to Moses by YHVH falls into the second category. That includes followers of Buddha, Muhammad, and Jesus Christ, as well as many, many other groups.

Most will nod their heads in agreement that Muhammad and Buddha were leaders of false religions, but just listen to the cries of protest when you mention Jesus Christ in the same context. So, let’s examine the evidence and see if Christianity promotes truth or the false doctrines of men.

First, the name of the Messiah could not possibly be Jesus, as “It should be remembered that J was not specialized as a letter until the fifteenth century A.D.” This is a quote from Introduction to the Study of Latin Inscriptions, by J. C. (James Chidester) Egbert, published by the American Book Company in 1896. Also, if you look in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, you will find that the name Jesus refers you to the Hebrew name Yehoshua, the same Hebrew name as the Israelite leader Joshua.

Is the name of the Messiah important?

Proverbs 30:4, “Who has gone up to Heaven, and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in the garment? Who has made all the ends of the earth to rise? What (is) His name, and what (is) His Son’s name? Surely you know!”

John 3:17-18, “For YHVH did not send His Son into the world that He might judge the world, but that the world might be delivered through Him. The (one) Believing into Him is not condemned; but the one not believing has already been condemned, for he has not believed into the name of the only begotten Son of YHVH.”

What does “believe into the name” mean?

First, Y’hoshua said that He came in His Father’s name (John 5:43). Therefore, since “Jesus“ reflects nothing about the Father’s name, what information does the name Y’hoshua give us?

Y’hoshua means YHVH (Yah-whey) is Deliverer. This is a direct quote from Joel 2:32, which says, “For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of YHVH shall be delivered…”

When you believe into the name of Y’hoshua, you are trusting in YHVH to deliver you from your sins through the Messiah. This is extremely important, as Psalm 9:10 teaches us, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, YHVH, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Is this not what the Messiah is saying in John 12:44-45? “But Y’hoshua cried out and said, The one believing into Me does not believe into Me, but into the One sending Me. And the one seeing Me sees the One who sent Me.”

In John 5:44-46, the Messiah said, “How are you able to believe (trust), you who receive glory from one another, and the glory which is from the only Elohim you do not seek? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father; there is one accusing you, Moses, in whom you have hope. For if you were believing Moses, you would then believe Me; for that one wrote concerning Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words?”

Do you believe that the writings of Moses apply to you? If not, why not? 1 John 3:4 says, “Whoever commits sin also transgresses the Law (the Torah), and sin is transgression of the Torah.”

This is a good time to look at some of the commandments in the Torah.

Do you believe you are committing a sin when you eat pork and shellfish? If not, why not?

Consider these words that describe what is going to happen in the future to the eaters of swine’s flesh: “For by fire and by His sword YHVH will execute judgment with all flesh; and the slain of YHVH shall be many. Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to the gardens, each one in the midst, eaters of swine’s flesh, and the hateful thing, and the mouse, these are cut off together, says YHVH.” Isaiah 66:16-17

Christians erroneously believe that Peter’s vision of heaven opening up and a sheet filled with unclean animals coming down symbolizes that they can now eat anything, whether clean or unclean. That’s because they misunderstand the meaning of what was being said to Peter those three times: “Rise up, Peter, slay and eat;” and “What things Elohim made clean, you do not make common.” Please read Acts 10: 9-16. The correct answer lies in verse 28 of Acts 10: "And he (Peter) said to them, You know how unlawful it is for a man, a Jew, to unite with or to come near to one of another race. Yet YHVH showed to me not to call a man common or unclean.”

Why? “And opening his mouth, Peter said, Truly I see that YHVH is not a respecter of persons (does not show partiality), but in every nation the one fearing Him and working righteousness is acceptable to Him.” Acts 10:23-35

What does working righteousness mean? The definition can be found in Deuteronomy 6:25, “And it shall be righteousness for us when we take heed to do all the commandments before YHVH our Elohim, as He has commanded us.”

“In the days of Herod the king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the daily course of Abijah. And his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking blameless in all the commandments and ordinances of YHVH.”

And again, in the words of the Messiah Himself, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32

Obedience was the key then, and obedience is the key today! br>
Do you keep the appointed times of YHVH with understanding, or do you observe the pagan celebrations that have been substituted for them? Which ones are pleasing to YHVH?

The appointed times of YHVH are not Jewish feasts. They are His appointed times that He has given to us to teach about the comings and goings of the Messiah to and from the earth. Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot have been completed, but Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot (Tabernacles) have yet to be fulfilled -- and their fulfillment may be much closer than you think!

Do you call Sunday, the day that was set aside to honor the sun god, as your day of worship?

YHVH said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (set apart); six days you shall labor and do all your work; and the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHVH Elohekka; you shall not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male slave and your slave-girl, and your livestock, and your stranger who is in your gates. For in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this YHVH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it (set it apart).”

Note that He said to remember the Sabbath, for it was established in Genesis 2:2-3, “And on the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had made. And He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because He rested from all His work on it, which Elohim had created to make.”

Again, in Exodus 31:16-17, YHVH said, “And the sons of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to do the Sabbath for their generations; it is a never ending covenant. It is a sign forever between Me and the sons of Israel; for in six days YHVH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”

It is extremely important to recognize that the Sabbath is a covenant and a sign forever between YHVH and His people. “He declares His Word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. He has not done so with any nation; and they have not known His judgments. Praise YHVH (Hallelujah)!” Psalm 147:19-20

Can anyone other than His family be redeemed?

All of the references are in the Torah, the Prophets and the Psalms, and in all cases it means kinsman Redeemer. The definition from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is as follows: to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship, i.e. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.).

A good example of the usage for the kinsman Redeemer can be found in Isaiah 44:6, “So says YHVH, the King of Israel, and his (kinsman) Redeemer, YHVH of Hosts; I (am) the First, and I (am) the Last; and there is no Elohim except Me.”

Do you know Him? Does He know you?

These questions must be asked because the Messiah Y’hoshua said, “And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true Elohim, and Y’hoshua the Messiah, whom You have sent.” John 17:3

In John 10:30, He also said, “I and the Father are One!”

Again, a kinsman redeemer can only redeem his close relatives, never strangers.

As evidence of this, please read John 11:47-52, as follows: “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled a sanhedrin, and said, What are we doing, for this man does many signs? If we let Him alone this way, all will believe into Him, and the Romans will come and will take away from us both the place and the nation, But a certain one of them, Caiaphas being high priest of that year, said to them, You know nothing, nor consider that it is profitable for us that one man die for the people, and not all the nation to perish. But he did not say this from himself, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Y’hoshua was about to die on behalf of the nation, and not only on behalf of the nation, but that He also might gather into one the children of YHVH who has been scattered.”

Then, how can those who have no blood of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob running through their veins become members of His family? By believing into the name of Y’hoshua the Messiah and keeping the Word of YHVH.

Mark 3:31-35 explains: “Then His mother and brothers came. And standing outside, (they) sent to Him, calling Him. And a crowd sat around Him. And they said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brothers seek You outside. And He answered them, saying, Who is My mother or My brothers? And having looked around on those sitting around Him in a circle, He said, Behold, My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of YHVH, this one is My brother and My sister, and My mother.”

The key words are: “whoever does the will of YHVH,” for anyone willfully disobeying the Word of YHVH cannot be a part of His family.

Doesn’t John explain to us that Y’hoshua was the Word made flesh? Yes, he does! John 1:14 says it very clearly, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us . . .”

Look at the words of Y’hoshua in John 8:55, “And you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be like you, a liar. But I know Him, and I keep His Word.” Therefore, can the messiah of Christianity, the one they say did away with the Torah, be the true messiah?

Ask yourself: Do I really know YHVH and Y’hoshua the Messiah whom He sent? Your truthful answer is critical! We do not always know our spouses or our children, even though we may think we do. So do we really know the Creator of the Universe? The only way is to diligently study His Word and allow Him to become the center of our world.

What if you don’t think this is important?

In the beginning of this article, we pointed out that there are only two paths to choose between. Therefore, at the end of your time on earth, you will have made your choice, even if you did not do so consciously.

The instructions from YHVH lead to everlasting life in His Kingdom; and the ways of the world lead to the second death in the Lake of Fire.

“And I saw the dead, the small and the great, standing before YHVH. And scrolls were opened. And another Scroll was opened. And the dead were judged out of the things written in the scrolls, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell gave up the dead in them. And they were each judged according to their works. And death and hell were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found having been written in the Scroll of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire.” Revelation 20:12-15

There is no way words can aptly describe this scene. Within the huge throng of people are families, a few members who are obedient but most who are not. Can you picture the anguish of those who are written in the Scroll of Life witnessing most of their loved ones being thrown into the Lake of Fire?

It would be too excruciating for a soul to bear if the words in Revelation 21:4 didn’t give this promise, “And YHVH will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death shall be no longer, nor mourning, nor outcry, nor will there be pain any more, for the first things passed away.”

Why did the wrath of YHVH come upon so many people, even when some of them were declared good people by the world? Because, no matter how compassionate and generous they may have been, they did not find it in their hearts to repent from disobeying the Word of YHVH.

Since you are still alive, it isn’t too late to change! Search for Him with your whole heart and He will be found of you. In His Word you will find a safe harbor and an anchor for your soul.

Psalm 19:7-11, “The Torah of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul. The Testimony of YHVH is sure, making the simple wise. The precepts of YHVH are right, rejoicing the heart. The commands of YHVH are pure, giving light to the eyes. The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of YHVH are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more precious than gold, even much fine gold, and sweeter than honey and drops from the honeycomb. Also Your servant is warned by them; in keeping of them is great reward.”

Our days on this earth are few in number, just a temporary abode; for they are simply a time of preparation for the day when we will come to the end of our journey and reside in the eternal home that we have chosen – in the kingdom with YHVH or the Lake of Fire with all who rejected Him and His Word.

Our journey through this life will most probably have treacherous crossings, times of pain and grief; and also times when the world beckons us with false promises of joy, happiness and security. Without the landmarks given in the Torah, we will become lost and entangled in the ways embraced by the world. They may seem so right but be so wrong! That’s why it is vital to follow the Torah. We need its light to guide our footsteps, as it says in Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

The light from the Torah shows us the landmarks that we are to follow, as well as the landmarks of the world that are to be avoided. Without this light, we are following the dictates of our own hearts – and that will lead to our destruction. So many are going to be surprised after their deaths when they discover that their spirits are residing in the bowels of the earth with the Adversary instead of being in heaven with the Creator.

It will be too late to change their final destination then. Please do not join them! Repent now and believe into the name of Y’hoshua and be delivered from all your past transgressions. As it is promised in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now and let us reason together, says YHVH: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

It is never too late and you are never too bad to repent and be delivered, “Therefore, repent and be restored, for the blotting out of your sins, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of YHVH.” Acts 3:19

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