Sermons Series 3:179, 11 October 2008
A True Teacher in Israel
The Rain and Dew of Yahweh
Main Themes: Spiritual teaching, rain and dew modes
Minor Themes: New teachings & denominationalism, simple gospel of salvation, seven overcomings, the 49-fold path, organised scripture study, bereavement & fear
"Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my instruction fall as rain, my speech drop down as dew, as fine rain on the tender plants, and as the showers on the grass" (Deut.32:1-2, ISRV).
To the Assembly of Yisra'el
With these opening words of Moses to the "assembly of Yisra'el" (31:30) we are given an insight as to the correct way prophets and instructors in Israel should minister to the people. By using a simple metaphor, Moses prayed that his teaching would be like "rain...[and]...dew". He likened the people to the grass of the field and the words of Yahweh in Torah to life-giving water coming down from heaven. The apostle Paul used exactly the same illustration in these familiar words in which He makes sure that ministerial function and credit are clearly distinguished:
"I planted, Apollos watered, but Elohim gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but Elohim who gives the increase" (1 Cor.3:6-7, NKJV).
How a Minister Should Teach
When any teaching is given to the Congregation of Israel, it must be firmly rooted in Torah and all the credit must be given to Yahweh because he who teaches is commanded to regard himself as "nothing". At all times, our spiritual eyes are to be on El Elyon, the Most High One. And so that we know that the teaching is from heaven, about heaven, and heavenly, we are taught that there are two Ruach-imparted ways of delivery which Moses likens to "rain" and "dew".
Dew and Rain
Dew, which is the gentle condensation of water in the air owing to a temperature drop at night time, is the gentlest delivery of all and ministers to the most fragile of plants.. Rain, which may be light or heavy, does have the potential to destroy tender plant life. We all knew the effects of a violent storm on some kinds of vegetation. Those of you who live - or have lived - in the countryside know how a heavy rainstorm can destroy a crop. But even if your only experience is with a garden, you surely know what the devastating effects of heavy rain can be like on your garden plants. However, when Yahweh speaks of spiritual rain, it is specifically "fine rain on the tender grass" and "as showers on the grass". He showers gently on tender souls and more heavily on those who are stronger like sturdy grass. In short, Yahweh knows who everyone is, what they can take and what they can't, and the perfect delivery. A minister who is not spiritually conscious of this can, and does, injure souls with inappropriate and uninspired teaching just as heavy rain storms can flatten plants. One thing is sure, though: those who do not teach Torah end up causing their people to shivvel up spiritually and die.
New Teachings and Denominationalism
There are 'new teachings' coming out in the Messianic Movement all the time. Some of them, which are dubious as legitimate exegeses of Scripture, are being made tests of faith and as a result new denominations are constantly crystallising out around them. Far from unifying the Body of Messiah, many Messianic teachers are causing it to split more and more. That new teachings will, and must, come is accepted: there is always new truth pouring out of Yahweh's Word. At the same time, Satan will remain busily sowing counterfeit wheat and barley in order to deceive Yahweh's people as much as he can. We must accept that there will always be tares amidst the good seed. There will always be false doctrine and there will always be two ways of identifying it:
Identifying False Doctrine
- 1. By knowing the Torah well - watering your soul daily by careful Scripture study so that you have a plentify supply of soul-slaking Truth for your soul; and
- 2. By observing the delivery of the teaching to ensure that it is gentle enough as due to minister ti the tenderest of souls and abundant enough to meet the needs of the hardier and weather-worn types whom Moses compares to grass.
True Doctrine in a False Spirit
Bear also in mind that those who are not anointed of the Ruach can also deliver true doctrine, which they have mastered intellectually, in a way that destroys rather then builds because their delivery is not founded in love. The truth may be administered to either edify or enslave.
The True Minister
The true minister will not only be armed with the truth but that truth will be administered from a heart that is filled with the warmth and love of Heaven. Clearly, then, love is the first principle of delivery. But to specifically be a teacher, to love must be added knowledge, and to knowledge, the wisdom that comes from the experience of the application of truth to daily life.
Tough-Talking and Gentleness
In saying this, I am not excluding 'tough talking' when such is needed to wake people out of apathy or to expose and end the destructive effects of sin. Ruach-driven gentleness is not 'silky talk' though it certainly can be soft. Yahweh, whose lowliness we examined at Shabbat Shuvah 1, has a unique blend of softness and toughness. That blend can only be known and appropriated by those who have been anointed in the sevenfold Ruach haQodesh. Attempting to imitate it in the flesh leads to one of two extremes: wishy-washy, sugary and watered down counterfeit love that has no real nourishment in it whatsoever, or the kind of satanic harshness that crushes souls rather than builds them up. As you read the Torah you will find this unique combination of toughness and gentleness that is so carefully blended that you cannot accuse Yahweh of either of the two complaints I have just described to you: He delivers everything in exactly the correct proportions according to individual need and situation. Read the first 43 verses of the 32nd Chapter of Deuteronomy, the first two verses of which we began with this morning, to get some idea of what I am talking about.
Knowing the Character of Yahweh
You can't know the character of Yahweh until you have the Ruach haQodesh dwelling in your mind and heart. Until you do, you will be baffled by His words - part of you will love them and part of you will hate them. You will interpret His words throught the lenses of your own parents or guardians who raised you. And until you meet your Heavenly Parents you will continue to view Him, people and life through distorted lenses, depending how Elohim-centred your natural parents were, of course. There is therefore no more important quest in this life than receiving the infilling of the Ruach haQodesh, and there is no way that you can receive this until you call upon the Messiah with all your being to take control of your life and to show you things - in heaven and on earth - as they really are. And I can't give you a tailor-made prescription on how to do this, other than to quote to you the words of Elohim, the prophets, and the apostles who knew and walked with Him in very special ways that leave no doubt that they knew what they were speaking about.
A Time of Multiple Gatherings
We have gathered so many times together recently, and are about to gather quite a few more times over the next couple of weeks, that at this time of year it feels as though we are together in a continuous celebration of Yahweh's goodness. So much is going on and so much has happened that we have barely been able to pause for breath. And tomorrow evening Sukkot starts!
The Simple Echad Component of the Gospel
One thing that has become very clear to us over the now ended Teshuvah or Repentance Season is that the Gospel essentially reduces to some very simple yet heart-penetrating truths. We have been learning some new songs preparatory to making a completely new song book which we hope will be a tremendous blessing to our people worldwide after it has been published too. One of the new songs, which praises the Elohim of the Shema, reminds us that Yahweh-Elohim is Echad or one. And Paul reminds us that we are submitted to:
"...one Master [Yah'shua], one faith (emunah), one baptism (immersion); one Elohim and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph.4:5-6, NKJV).
Only One Emunah Lifestyle in Yahweh
Just as there is one Father Yahweh and one Redeemer Yah'shua, so there is only one true faith or way of life that is revealed in the Torah and there is only one baptism or immersion into the life of the true Messiah. There aren't multiple ways to go, there aren't multiple gods to choose between and there aren't lots of different lifestyle options to choose between either. The faith we life, the immersion we choose, and the Father over us all converge in one Person, Yah'shua. Yahweh has given all authority and government in both the spiritual and physical realms to His Son Yah'shua and therefore in order to bring everything together in a giant echad we must not only know intimately everything about the Master's way of life so that we can imitate it but we must also know how, as Paul puts it, Yahweh can be "above" us as our ruler, "through" us as the glue that keeps everything together in our life, and "in" us to guide, strengthen and protect us.
A Simple Truth, a Simple Decision
The Bible tells us that everything boils down to making a decision about Yahweh's Chief Executive, His Son. It tells us that:
"All have sinned and are found lacking of the glory of Eloah (Yahweh)" (Rom.3:23, HRV)
"The wages of sin is death and the gift of Eloah (Yahweh) is life eternal by our Adon (Master) Yah'shua the Messiah" (Rom.6:23, HRV).
Transplanted from Another World
That "life eternal" is not just spiritual life for the present world in which we live but also "life of the world to come". In other words, the life that we obtain from the resurrected Yah'shua today is not a 'natural life' originating in this world but is a transplanted life from another reality and dimension. We are connected by Yah'shua in this world to the world that we shall inherit after we have passed out of this one ... if we remain in Him.
The Standard of Righteousness
The standard of righteousness which we will be measured against is the Torah. When we denigrate or violate it we become separated from Yahweh, who is set-apart and holy. The Good News, which is the evangel - making us 'evangelical' - is that because of Elohim's deep compassion for us, He became a man of like flesh and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross to pay the penalty for our sin (1 Pet.3:18).
Power in the Choice
However, knowing these truths and reciting them is not enough - we must also respond to them by personal choice. And there is a direct, tangible, real result when this choice is genuinely made:
"Those who did receive Him (Yah'shua), those whoe believed in His Name (Yah'shua - the 'Salvation of Yahweh'), He gave power that they should be sons of Eloah (Yahweh)" (Jn.1:12, HRV).
The Purpose of Every Israelite Assembly
It is possible for you right now to go to Yahweh in prayer and express the desire of your heart to belong to Him and enter into a covenant of obedience with Him - a promise to obey His Laws as found in Torah. You can receive Yah'shua's forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. Indeed, the purpose of every assembly and every gathering is both to invite those who have not met the loving Elohim to do so now and to invite those who already know Him to be renewed and strengthened in Him with the collective support of a loving and caring congregation of fellow believers. We gather to bless one another with our respective spiritual anointings, giftings, experiences and wisdom. Together, as echad - as we seek to fulfil the High Priestly prayer of Yah'shua in the Gospel of John - we seek to realise the consummation of Yahweh's purpose in having a Congregation of Israel in the first place: to become an allegorical Bride of Messiah at the final Sukkot.
The promises of Scripture are many but few wish to follow the instructions on how to obtain it. Moreover, many who do wish to follow instructions are haphazzard in their study and lack system. We may, with profit, and indeed should do, read our Bibles from cover to cover regularly, omitting nothing, and especially not omitting those parts which we currently feel to be of little or no interest. In my experience we miss treasures innumerable when we allow our feelings to govern our Scripture studies. It was because I was once governed by my feelings and not the Ruach that I hardly ever read the Torah - the Pentateuch or first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy. And it is because so many Christians are of this persuasion that so many of them are ignorant of the truth and of the true nature of our Abba - our Father in Heaven - and get seduced by false teachers and their false gospels. We need all of the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation and not just those that ignorant teachers and preachers tell us to study.
Once Read, Always Read?
Another error that many believers embrace when it comes to Scripture study is a variation of the OSAS ('once saved, always saved') heresy which I call ORAR ('once read, always read') doctrine of the spiritally lazy and undisciplined. One Messianic teacher puts it this way:
"Consider the story of a foolish gardener. In the spring he planted some seeds and watered them. He was pleased when they began to grow, and he assumed that he could simply wait for the harvest. He did not think to water the young plants again. 'After all, I have already watered them,' he said to himself. The plants shriveled up and died.
"Many believers behave like the foolish gardener. They espouse faith in Messiah and find relationship with [Elohim], but they do not nurture that faith and relationship by regularly watering it with the study of the Word. To live successful lives of faith, we need to drink from the water of the Bible on a regular, daily basis.
"A Torah teacher once had the opportunity to address some young Christian teens. Though they had grown up in Christian homes, their own faiths were floundering. They seemed spiritually listless and disinterested in the things of [Elohim]. Seeking some way of engaging them, he asked them if they played any sports. A few of them said they were involved in karate. He took his cue from this and asked, 'How do you become a black belt in karate?' They explained that it required regular lessons, daily practice and discipline, and that certain tests had to be passed. Then he asked, 'Do you really think it is easier to be a believer and a disciple of the Master than it is to become a black belt in karate?' He went on to explain, 'Just as any skill you want to acquire takes commitment and a routine of daily discipline, so does discipleship. You need to be spending time in prayer, doing good deeds and reading and studying your Bibles on a regular basis, not just once in a while. Do you think a kid who practiced his karate skills as regularly as you are reading your Bible would ever advance by even a single belt?'" 2
Assimilating the Character Traits of Yahweh
The Bible is our dew and rain which our patched spirits need daily nourishment from. It equips us for life and correct relationship-building because by means of this sacred instruction, organised and enimated in the living waters of the Ruach haQodesh, we come not only to know more of the character of Yahweh, our Heavenly Father, but gradually assimilate those characteristics into our own personality as we put its principles into action. It is this character or Tov Shem (Good Name) that alone we can take with us into Heaven. It is the only inheritance worth having.
Like It All
If you will take the trouble just to carefully and prayerfully study Deuteronomy 32 today after this assembly I think you will be both surprised and motivated to better organise your Scripture studies and not just go to those parts of the Bible that you currently 'like' - actually, Yahweh wants you to 'like' all of it.
Bereavement from Fear
Let's just take one verse so that you can better appreciate what I am driving at:
"The sword bereaves from the outside, and fear [bereaves] from within, both young man and maiden, nursing child with the man of grey hairs" (Deb./Dt.32:25, ISRV).
None of us currently are bereaving the loss of loved ones from death by war or murder that I know of (praise Yah) but I know for a fact that nearly everyone here is bereaving because of "fear from within". I doubt you have even equated 'bereavement' with 'fear' before! And yet Yahweh is telling us here, through Moses, that there is a direct connection. How? Because fear is spiritual death, and spiritual death makes us grieve! Fear makes us weep and mourn before their proper time because this kind of fear is not of faith but of doubt. Most of the world is attending a spiritual funeral inside because they are living by the flesh and not the Ruach. Does Moses offer a solution? You bet he does! In the next verse he tells us, under the unction of the Ruach, exactly what to do!
"I said, 'I should blow them away, I should make the remembrance of them to cease from among men" (v.26, ISRV).
Let Yahweh Blow Away the Fear
And even if you have read through this chapter before, the chances are you missed the connection between fear and 'blowing it away' because you were never taught to read Scripture through the four lenses of interpretation. What I have just spontaneously shared with you is what is called a Drash, a spiritual 'hint' at what lies underneath the literal p'shat of the text which is about Israel's enemies and losses accrued through war. You hold in your hands FOUR Bibles because Yahweh inspired His Word to be written in such a way that you can obtain for levels of meaning from it. But because people are ignorant of these things they miss treasure after treasure which might have transformed their souls.
Fear Yahweh, Not the Flesh
Yahweh wants you to fear Him and to cease fearing from your flesh. Elsewhere Scripture speaks of the folly or worry and to focus on walking IN Yah'shua moment by moment every day by praying, saturating yourself with the Word, and sharing yourself with others. Most fears will just be "blown away" if you would do this. Those who drift away from or completely abandon Yahweh live in perpetual fear and construct lives around themselves to keep their fears at arm's length. In so doing, they never meet Yahweh because they are too occupied in answering the demands of the turbulent, relentless fleshy nature, that useless "mighty one" or "god" "in whom they sought refuge" (v.37b, ISRV).
The Danger of Refuge in Fear
When believers and unbelievers alike take refuge in their fear, they condemn themselves to live in the past even though they are trying their utmost to live in the present. When the past haunts you and you have not given it to Yahweh to deal with - along with present vexations and concerns - there is an ever-present turmoil that never goes away, especially if we are grieving over the wrongs others have done to us in the past which have 'apparently' ruined our present. In this same chapter of Scripture which is jam packed with pastoral counsel, Yahweh says:
Vengeance and Repayment
"Vengeance is Mine, and repayment, at the time their foot slips; for near is the day of their calamity, and the matters prepared are hastening to them" (v.35, ISRV).
A wise man leaves all accounting and justice in Yahweh's hands and instead focuses on becoming a vessel for goodness in his present circumstances today. The past will consume us and rob us of the blessings of today if we don't let go of it and trust in Yah'shua to take care of things.
Different Every Year
I don't know if you have found Yom Kippur exciting or not but I certainly have and I am even more excited about the approach of Sukkot in two days' time. I think it would be true to say that the spiritual experience the same feast year by year is different every time because each year Yahweh is working - when we let Him - with a different 'person', meaning a different 'you' and 'me'. He is dealing with different levels of knowledge, different sets of emotions, different networks of experiences, and different sets of issues that need immediate attention. We may, unfortunately, have the same issue from one year and festival to the next but there is, if you like, a heavenly allotted 'queue', Yahweh determining which issue shall be dealt with, and when. We have the option of engaging in finding a solution, ignoring His attempts to get us to engage, or simply outright rebelling against Him and postponing the solutions to our problems for years and years. If we take a step backwards then He might set a different basket of things to face before us so that we can finally tackle the issue we postponed or dismissed the previous time.
Seven Overcomings, Seven Festivals
As I have taught you before, each one of us faces what the Book of Revelations reveals to be seven overcomings. Each of these overcomings is represented by each of the Seven Festivals. We start with spiritual issues that, when confronted and overcome, allow us to arise in a Pesach annointing. How long we struggle with that particular overcoming is a function of the choices we make and how much we are truly yielded to Yahweh's will.
Within each level of struggling there are seven sub-levels that also correspond to the seven festivals of Messiah. So when we are struggling at the Pesach level we move through seven stages from a mini-Pesach to a mini-Sukkot. When we have conquered the Sukkot sub-level of Pesach then we are enabled, at the next Pesach moed, to be propelled or catapulted into the next spiritual quantum level, Chag haMatazah. And within that Chag haMatazah there are also seven sub-levels, from mini-Pesach to mini-Sukkot.
Seven Days of the Week
If we are properly seeking and tuned into the Ruach haQodesh, then each seven-day week becomes an even more miniature processing cycle, as we are moved through the seven-fold process of understanding, feeling and reacting to the drawing of Yahweh's Ruach and to the overcoming that needs to be done. We are presented with the same issue from numerous angles so that there can be complete understanding over time. Having gained an full understanding, the desire to sin in that area disappears forever, and we are finally at peace concerning it.
The 49-Fold Path
With seven levels and seven sub-levels there is a 7x7 or 49-fold path in total which results in a Personal Jubillee (50) when we have passed through all of them represented by Sukkot. Moreover, the lessons learned at each preceeding level enable us to more readily perceive and understand the nature of the overcoming of each successive level, encouraging us and giving us ever greater hope. With each victory IN Yah'shua, we become more confident and ever more in love with Yahweh, Yah'shua, the Ruachs and the Torah as we see how true good they are. As we overcome and grow in Ruach and Truth, we become ever more joyful creatures and become better and better living witnesses.
The Season of Our Joy
Please recall the dew and the rain. My purpose in speaking to you today is to encourage you to really get your noses into your Bibles with a view to getting the Ruach haQodesh to transcribe it into your hearts. To do that does require discipline and effort. As we prepare to enter what I call "The Season of Our Simcha or Joy" may I encourage you to get organised. Begin, if you like, with Deuteronomy 32. Perhaps it will become a memorial of this the year 2008 as you come to appreciate ever more deeply the wondrous storehouse of light, love and truth that Yahweh wants to throw open to you, to make your life brighter, happier and more purposeful. As you do these things, enigmas will slowly evaporate, struggles ease, and joy increase.
I look forward to seeing you next Yom Shanee (Sunday) evening as we enter the Festival of Tabernacles called Sukkot. Tomorrow we will begin constructing our booths. Let's have a lot of fun! Yahweh has commanded us to have fun - this is a time to celebrate every victory over the last year and to look forward to new ones next year. This is a feast of hope, a feast of jubilation. Shabbat shalom and I look forwward to seeing you there! Amen.
See Shabbat Shuvah 2008: Mending Fences with Yahweh and the World Through the Ruach haSheshi
Parashat haShuvah , Firstfruits of Zion weekly eDrash, 10 October 2008
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Adon(ai) = Master, a pagan fertility god, Adonis; used by many Messianics but not MLT
(a)eon(ian) = 7 dispensation- or age-long time periods, not forever (see le-olam-va-ed)
Alef-Tav = Alpha-Omega, A-Z, first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet = Yah'shua
Amen = truly, let it be so, written Amein by some Messianics
Apocrypha = Hebraic Scriptures not a part of the Protestant canon (e.g. Baruch)
Anti-Messiah = Hebraic term for the end-time Antichrist or anyone opposed to the Messiah
antinomian = lawless Christian who disregards all or part of Torah/commandments
Ashkenazi Jew = East European Jew descended from the Turkic-Japhethite Khazars
Assembly = church, congregation, ekklesia, community, fellowship, koinonia, gathering
Azazel = the Yom Kippur scapegoat
Baal, Ba'al = any other master than Yahweh, usually demonic in MLT terminology
Bachor(im) = firstborn son(s)
Bar/Bat Mitzvah = Son/Daughter of Commandment, covenant to obey Torah at age 12
being = soul, the whole person (spirit and body), e.g. "my whole being"
Beit, bet, beth = house, e.g. Beit Yisrael (House of Israel), Beth Lechem (House of Bread)
Beit haMikdash = Yahweh's Temple in Yerushalayim
B'rit Chadashah = the New Covenant; B'rit Chadashah Scriptures = New Testament
B'rit Milah = circumcision - abolished in the B'rit Chadashah, replaced by Mikvah
canon = authoritative Scripture (Heb. qaneh, Gk. kanŰn = measuring instrument)
Catechumen = a serious, covenanted investigator seeking Mikvah or Baptism in MLT
Chag haMatzah = Feast of Unleavened Bread, second of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Chavurat Bekorot = MLT's Priesthood Order, Holy Order and Assembly of the Firstborn
Cohen = priest; Cohen Gadol = High Priest (also spelled Kohen)
Council of Yah's elohim = the heavenly Assembly of the Firstborn or Chavurat Bekorot
demon = fallen malek or angel in rebellion against Yahweh (Heb. shad; see l-Shaddai)
derech = the Way, Path or Road - Yah'shua and the Gospel are the Way
Drash = moral or homiletic interpretation of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Echad = One, Union of two or more in one (as opposed to Yachid) - see Elohim
Echad Godhead Doctrine = Father Yahweh, Son Yah'shua and Sevenfold Ruach (Mother)
Êl, Eloah, Elah = God the Father, Yahweh
Êl-Elyon = Most High God, Yahweh
Êl-Shaddai = Master/Lord over all shads or demons
Elohim = God, the Godhead (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), lit. 'Mighty One(s)', 'Ruler(s)'
elohim = Israelite judges, rulers, angels or gods (false deities, idols, demons)
emunah = faith, actively trusting, clinging or adhering to (especially Yahweh or Yah'shua)
emet = truth, Yah'shua is the Emet
Ephraimite = descendant of the patriarch Ephraim and head of Messsianic Israel
Feasts of Yahweh = the 7 annual Moedim (Pesach, Chag haMatzah, Yom haBikkurim, Shavu'ot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot)
Gan-Eden = Garden of Eden, Paradise and state of the purified heart in Messiah
goy(im) = nation(s), Israelites or gentiles not born in or converted to the Covenant
hallelu-Yah = praise Yah(weh)!
Heylel = proper name of Satan or haSatan = the Adversary, the devil
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Hochmah = Wisdom, title of the 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
IDL = International Date Line, false man-made time division in Pacific Ocean
IDL Zone = Area between the true Divine Date Line (Lake Van/Eden) and the false one
Israeli = citizen of the modern Edomite-Khazar Republic of Israel (not Biblical Israel)
Israelite = citizen of biblical state of Israel or a modern follower of the Messiah
Jew = post-biblical term describing descendants of Edomite and Khazar converts to Judaism
Johannine = pertaining to the Apostle Yochanan (e.g. Gospel of John)
Josephite = descendant of the patriarch Joseph, the head of Messianic Israel
Judahite = a person in direct descent from the patriarch Judah, forefather of the Messiah
Judaism = a Talmudic-based religion rejecting Yah'shua the Messiah
Judean = a citizen of the Kingdom or Province of Judah until the 2nd Century diaspora
Kadosh la Yahweh = set-apart or dedicated to Yahweh, 'Holiness to the Lord', MLT motto
Karaites = Jews (from 700 AD) who reject the Talmud and accept only the Tanakh
kashrut = keeping kosher, food laws of Yahweh and correspinding lifestyle
Ketuvim = Writings or Hagiographa of the Tanakh
Khazar = a Turkic convert to Judaism ~700 AD forming the Ashkenazi Jewish community
kosher = clean foods authorised by Yahweh for human consumption
Lashon Hara = evil-speaking, gossip or slander
legalism = false route to salvation through works (self-salvation)
le-olam-va-ed = dispensation- or age-long, aeonian, not eternal, forever or for eternity
Lev = heart, as in Lev-Tsiyon = heart of Zion
Lev-Tsiyon = Heart of the Fortress [of Yahweh], Hebrew name of MLT's founder
Master = Lord, Sir, Adon(ai) - (one in authority, a ruler - a king, husband, prophet, judge)
Malak(im) = Angel(s), heavenly supernatural messenger(s)
manna = wafers of honey, bread from heaven (lit. 'what is this?')
matzah = unleavened bread, see Chag haMatzah
Menorah = 7-armed candlearbra = the 7 annual Moedim and 7-fold Ruach haQodesh
Messiah = Christ; Anti-Messiah = Antichrist
Messianic Community = Body of Christ, sum total of all true believers; all true fellowships
Messianic Israel = all who worship Yahweh, trust in Yah'shua, obey Torah and overcome
Messianic Jew = Messianic convert from Judaism still clinging to Talmudic traditions
Midrash = aggadic interpretation of scripture vi‚ Drash, a scriptural discussion
Mikvah = baptism by immersion of convert into Yah'shua or of wife into husband
Mishpachah = family: nuclear, congregational, tribal or the whole of Messianic Israel
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon = family of the heart of the fortress [of Yahweh]
Mishpat = right-ruling or judgement
mitzvah/mitzvot = commandment(s)
moed(im) = appointment(s) of Yahweh, 7 Annual Feasts, Sabbath and Rosh Chodesh
Nefilim, Nephilim = giant offspring of materialised demons and human women
Nevi'im = prophetic writings of the Old Testament or Tanakh
New Birth = spiritual conversion in the Ruach haRishon, being 'born again' with new heart
Nidah = a woman's menstruation period during which no intercourse is permitted
Olive Branch = collection of revelations, prophecies and visions published by MLT
Paraclete = Comforter, Advocate (NEB), Counsellor, Ruach haQodesh (Gk. paraklÍtos)
PaRDeS = method of textual interpretation (homiletics) - see P'shat, Remez, Drash, Sod
Patriarch = a father who is head of his family, clan or tribe (lit. 'father-ruler')
Pentateuch = first five books of the Tanakh (Genesis-Deuteronomy), also called Torah
peribolaion = headcovering worn by daughters/wives in submission to fathers/husbands
Pesach = Passover, first of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Peshitta = an Aramaic version of the Bible
Prototrinitarianism = early, simplified MLT formulation of the Echad Godhead Doctrine
Prush(im) = Pharisee(s)
Pseudepigrapha = Non-canonical Hebrew writings additional to the Apocrypha
P'shat = literal, contextual, philological, exoteric, outer meaning of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Qadosh Qadoshim = Holy of Holies, most sacred set-apart room of the Beit haMikdash
Qodesh, Kodesh = set-apart, holy (see Ruach haQodesh)
Rabbi = Teacher, term used by Messianic Jews and some Messianic Israelites = Pastor
Refuge, the 12 Cities of = divinely protected MLT fortresses during the 7-year Tribulation
Remez = hint or allegorical level of Hebraic understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Rosh Chodesh = monthly New Moon appointment of Yahweh
ruach = spirit of a person (lit.'breath')
Ruach Elohim = Spirit of God (the Spirit of the collective Godhead or Elohim)
Ruach haChamashee = 5th Ruach presides over Yom Teruah and Yom Chamashee
Ruach haQodesh = the Sevenfold Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost (lit. 'Set-Apart Breath')
Ruach haRevee = 4th Ruach presides over Shavu'ot, Yom Revee and Bar Mitzvah
Ruach haRishon = 1st Ruach presides over Pesach, Yom Rishon and the New Birth
Ruach haShanee = 2nd Ruach presides over Chag haMatzah and Yom Shanee
Ruach haSheshi = 6th Ruach presides over Yom Kippur and Yom Sheshi
Ruach haShleshi = 3rd Ruach presides over Yom haBikkurim, Yom Shleshi and Mikvah
Sabbath = Yom Shabbat (Friday to Saturday sunset, add 1 day in IDL Zone)
Satan = rebel archangel Heylel, father of lies, devil, chief demon (lit.'Adversary')
Sephardic Jew = West European Jew of mixed blood containing many Judahites
Septuagint = Greek translation of the Tanakh, LXX
Shegal haShabbat = 7th Ruach (Sabbath Queen) presides over Sukkot and Yom Shabbat
Shekinah = Divine Presence and Glory of Yahweh-Elohim
Set-apart = holy, sanctified, consecrated, dedicated, separated (to and by Yahweh)
Shabbat-Shabbaton = High Sabbath (e.g. Yom Kippur)
Shalom = heavenly peace, standard Hebraic greeting invoking Yahweh's peace
Shamash(im) = servant(s), deacon(s), attendant(s)
Shavu'ot = Pentecost or Weeks, fourth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Sheol = grave or pit, euphamism for Hades or hell - also see Tartarus
shofar = ram's horn, blown during Yahweh's Moedim
simcha = joy, keynote of Sukkot
Sod = mystical, anagogic, inner or esoteric understanding of Scripture - see PaRDeS
Sukkot = Tabernacles or Booths, seventh of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Synagogue = Greek word used by Jews and Messianics (but not MLT) for a meeting house
talmid(a) = male/female disciple or student
Talmud = scriptures, teachings and commentaries belonging to non-Messianic Judaism
Tanakh = acronym for Old Testament Scriptures - Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim
Tartarus = place of imprisonment under the earth for rebellious angels and Nephilim
teshuvah = repentance, remorse and contrition leading back to Torah obedience
Torah = Yahweh's teachings or Law; New Covenant Torah includes Yah'shua's teachings
Tribulation, the Great = the final 7 years of the present aeon when Anti-Messiah rules
Trinity = Catholic Godhead formula - see Echad Godhead Doctrine and Prototrinitarianism
Tsiyon = Zion, a fortress, a name of Jerusalem and a prominent hill
Tzitzit/Tizitziyot = tassel(s) worn by men in remembrance of Torah
Universalism = salvation of all at the cosmic Yovel, with different rewards and punishments
Yachid = one, single person or item, as opposed to Echad (many in one, unity)
Yah'shua the Messiah = Jesus Christ (the Son)
Yahudah = Judah - see Judahite
Yahweh, Yah, YHWH = the true Name of our Heavenly Father, also carried by Yah'shua
Yahweh-Elohim = LORD God (the Father, Yahweh as Head of the Godhead or Elohim)
Yahweh haQatan = the sent Yahweh = Yah(weh)'shua, Malak of Yahweh's Presence
Yam Suf = Sea of Reeds, the true Israelite Exodus water crossing, not the Red Sea
Yarden = Jordan River (lit. 'meanderer')
Yerushalayim = Jerusalem
Yisrael = Israel (lit. 'ruling with l') = true believers under the New Covenant
Yom Chamashee = 5th day of the week (Thursday, Friday in IDL Zone)
Yom Din, Yom haDin = (the) Day of Judgement
Yom haBikkurim = Feast of Firstfruits, third of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Revee = 4th day of the week (Wednesday, Thursday in IDL Zone)
Yom Rishon = 1st day of the week (Sunday, Monday in IDL Zone)
Yom Kippur = Day of Atonement, sixth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yom Shabbat = 7th day of the week and Sabbath Rest (Saturday, Sunday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shanee = 2nd day of the week (Monday, Tuesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Sheshi = 6th day of the week (Friday, Saturday in IDL Zone)
Yom Shleshi = 3rd day of the week (Tuesday, Wednesday in IDL Zone)
Yom Teruah = Day of Trumpets, fifth of the annual feasts of Yahweh
Yosef = Joseph - see Josephite
Yovel = Jubilee or Year of Jubilee
Zaqen(im) = elder(s) of an assembly or congregation, or senior members of a community
ZoŽ Life = Greek term for spiritual life in the Messiah
Commonly Used MLT Abbreviations
For additional abbreviations and explanations,
please see the Micropedia
Amp.V(er). = Amplified Version of the Bible
Aram. = Aramaic
AV = Authorised Version of the Bible - see KJV
BCAY = B'rit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh - see NCCG
BoA = Books of Abraham (e.g. 1Abr., 2Abr., etc.)
cp, cf = compare with
CB(Q) = Chavurat Bekorot
CEV = Contemporary English Version of the Bible
ch. = chapter
CJB = Complete Jewish Bible
CLNT = Concordant Literal New Testament
CYe = Council of Yah's elohim
Eng. = English
ff. = and onwards/forwards
fn = footnote
Gk. = Greek
GNB = Good News Bible - see TEV
Heb. = Hebrew, Hebraic
HEM = Holy Echad Marriage, eternal marriage
HO = Holy Order - see Chavurat Bekorot
HOC = Holy Order Collection of revelations - see OB
HRV = Hebraic-Roots Version of the Bible
ibid. = ibidem (lit. 'in the same place'), referring to a book previously cited
ICJC = Independent Church of Jesus Christ, earlier name of NCCF
ISRV = Institute for Scripture Research Version of the Bible
JB = Jerusalem Bible
JBP/Phillips = J.B.Phillips translation of the New Testament
JNT = Jewish New Testament
KJV = King James Version of the Bible - see AV
LB = Living Bible
lit. = literally or literature
LXX = Septuagint, Greek translation of the OT
MLT = Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon
Moff. = Moffatt translation of the Bible
MRC = Messianic Renewed Covenant Version of the NT
MS(S) = Manuscript(s)
NASB, NASV = New American Standard Bible/Version
NC&C = New Covenants & Commandments - see OB
NCCF = New Covenant Christian Fellowship, earlier name of NCCG
NCCG = New Covenant Church of God, earlier name of MLT - see BCAY
NCP = New Covenant Press, publishing arm of MLT
NCW = New Covenant Witness, MLT magazine
NEB = New English Bible
NIV = New International Version of the Bible
NKJV = New King James Version of the Bible
Nor. = Norwegian
NT = New Testament, B'rit Chadashah
NWT = New World Translation of the Bible, unreliable Jehovah's Witness version
OB = Olive Branch - see NC&C
op.cit. = opere citato (lit. in the work cited)
OT = Old Testament, Tanakh
p(p). = page(s)
pl. = plural - see s.
PWNC = Prophetic Words of the New Covenant, revelation cataloging system - see OB
QED = quod erat demonstrandum (lit. which was shown to be proved)
RCF = Restoration Christian Fellowship, earlier name of ICJC
RhQ = Ruach haQodesh, Holy Spirit
RSTNE = Restoration Scriptures True Name Edition of the Bible
RSV = Revised Standard Version of the Bible
RV = Revised Version of the Bible
s. = singular - see pl.
S&G = Smith & Goodspeed Version of the Bible
TEV = Today's English Version of the Bible - see GNB
Vulg. = Biblia Vulgata, Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible
WEB = World English Bible
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