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Is Tithing Required in the New Covenant?

Does the Bible tell us to pay at least 10 percent of our incomes to the church? This paper examines the biblical evidence. Abraham and Jacob The first biblical mention of tithing is in Genesis 14. After four Mesopotamian kings had taken Lot captive, Abraham attacked them and recovered all the booty. After his victory, the king of Sodom came out to meet him, and so did Melchizedek, a priest of God. Melchizedek blessed Abraham, and then Abraham “gave him a tenth of everything” (Genesis 14:20 ). The text does not tell us whether Abraham had ever tithed before, or ever tithed afterwards. Perhaps it was a custom of his culture. Abraham was generous, and gave the rest of his booty to the king of Sodom (verses 23-24). Abraham kept all of God’s laws that were relevant in his day (Genesis 26:5 ), but Genesis does not tell us whether tithing was a law in Abraham’s day. Many of God’s decrees and requirements were built around the nation of Israel and the Levitical priesthood and tabernacle. Abraham could not have kept such decrees and laws. He may have tithed regularly, but we cannot prove it. The next mention of tithing is in Genesis 28:20-22 . Jacob had a miraculous dream at Bethel. In the morning, Jacob vowed to tithe if God helped him during his journey. He was trying to make a bargain with God. He wanted special help, and in return for that help, he was willing to worship God, and to tithe as a part of that worship. Tithing may have been part of the common worship practices of that time and culture, or it may have been an extra-special vow for those who desperately desired divine help. Firstlings Biblical commands about tithing are generally about grain, wine and oil.1 A different system of giving was required for some animals. In the last plague on Egypt, God killed the firstborn male of every animal and human, but he spared the Israelites and their animals. Therefore, God claimed ownership of every Israelite firstborn and firstling male animal (Exodus 13:2 ; Numbers 3:13 ). This applied not only to the generation that left Egypt,2 but every future generation as well. Firstlings of clean animals were to be given to the priests and sacrificed (Numbers 18:15-17 ); priests and people ate them during the festivals (Deuteronomy 15:19-20 ; 12:6 , 17 ; 14:23 ). Unclean animals and humans were to be redeemed (Exodus 13:12-15 ; 34:19-20 ). This continued to be the law in Nehemiah’s day (Nehemiah 10:36 ) and in Jesus’ day (Luke 2:23 ). The people also gave firstfruits of their harvest (Exodus 23:19 ; 34:26 ; Leviticus 2:14 ), but these firstfruits do not seem to be a fixed percentage. Tithes Tithing was required on flocks: “every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod”3 (Leviticus 27:32 ). Was this in addition to the firstlings, or was it instead of firstlings? We do not know exactly how these laws would be administered. It is not necessary for us to take a position on these details. “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30 ).4 The tithes and firstfruits belonged to God, and he assigned the Levites to receive them on his behalf (Numbers 18:12-13 , 21 , 24 ). They could keep 90 percent of what they were given, but had to give 10 percent as an offering (verses 26-32). Tithing was done in the days of Hezekiah (2 Chr. 31:5-6 ), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 10:35-39 ; 12:44 ) and Jesus (Matthew 23:23 ; Luke 11:42 ). In Malachi’s day, tithing was required (Malachi 3:8-10 ), and physical blessings were promised for obedience, just as physical blessings were promised for obedience to the old covenant. Additional tithes? God gave the tithes to the Levites, but the people could eat their tithes during festivals (Deuteronomy 12:5-7 , 17-19 ; 14:23 ). Some have concluded that Deuteronomy is talking about an additional tithe, a festival tithe. It is possible to have two tithes, but it is not possible to have two sets of firstborn animals. The firstlings were holy to the Lord, and given to the Levites (Numbers 18:15-17 ), but Deuteronomy 15:19-20 says that they were eaten by the people. Apparently the firstlings were shared between the original owners and the Levites. It is possible that the same is true of the tithe.5 The people needed a tithe for the festivals, since the festivals constituted about 5 percent of the year, plus travel time. During sabbatical years, farmers would not have their regular income, so they may not have been able to go to every festival in every year. Or perhaps they saved the festival tithe from year to year. At the end of every three years of farming, the Israelites were to set aside a tithe for the Levites, resident aliens, orphans and widows (Deuteronomy 14:28-29 ; 26:12-15 ). It is not clear whether this was an alternative use of a previous tithe, or an additional tithe.6 Tithing in the new covenant Now let us consider whether tithing is required in the new covenant. Tithing is mentioned only three or four times in the New Testament. Jesus acknowledged that the Pharisees were very careful about tithing (Luke 18:12 ), and he said that they should not leave it undone (Matthew 23:23 ; Luke 11:42 ). Tithing, like other old covenant rules and rituals, was a law at the time Jesus spoke. Jesus criticized the Pharisees not for tithing, but for treating tithing as more important than mercy, love, justice and faithfulness. The only other New Testament mention of tithing is in Hebrews. The fact that Abraham was blessed by and gave tithes to Melchizedek illustrates the superiority of Melchizedek and Jesus Christ over the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 7:1-10 ). The passage then goes on to note that “when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also” (verse 12). There was a change of the priesthood from the Levites to Jesus Christ, and this implies a change in the law that assigned the Levites to be priests. How much has been changed? Hebrews says that the old covenant is obsolete. The package of laws that commanded tithes to be given to the Levites is obsolete. Humans should honor God by voluntarily returning some of the blessings he gives them — this is still a valid principle. The only place that a percentage is required is within the old covenant. There is good precedent for tithing before Sinai, but no proof that it was required. Responding to the better covenant Under the old covenant, tithing was required for the support of the old covenant ministers. The Israelites were required to give 10 percent — and their blessing was only a physical one! Christians in the new covenant have much better blessings — spiritual ones. How much more willingly ought we to give in thankfulness for the eternal blessings we have in Christ Jesus? The Israelites were commanded to give 10 percent under a covenant that could not make them perfect (Hebrews 7:19 ; 9:9 ). How much more joyfully should we give to God under the new covenant? We have the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which does cleanse our conscience (9:14). And yet it seems that in America today, even though we have so much more than the Israelites did, people give on average a much smaller percentage. Many people give less to the church than they spend on luxury items. Some people cannot give very much, but many people could if they wanted to. God calls on us to examine ourselves, to examine our priorities, and to be generous. The old covenant gave us condemnation; the new covenant gives us justification and peace with God. How much more should we be willing to give freely and generously so God’s work can be done in the world — to proclaim the gospel, to declare the new covenant ministry that gives us true life, and gives that message of life to others? People who entrust their lives to Jesus Christ do not worry about whether tithing is commanded in the New Testament. People who are being transformed by Christ to be more like Christ are generous. They want to give as much as possible to support the gospel and to support the poor. Christians should give generously — but giving is a result of their relationship with God, not a way to earn it. We are given grace through faith, not through tithing. Some people act as if Christ liberates us from the law so that we can keep more physical blessings for ourselves. That is false — Christ liberates us so that we can be free to serve him more, as loving children and not merely as slaves. He frees us so we can have faith instead of selfishness. When it comes to money, the real question is, Is our heart in the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are we putting our money where our heart is? We can tell where our heart is by seeing where we are putting our money. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Jesus said (Matthew 6:21 ). Needs in the new covenant ministry In the new covenant church, there are financial needs — to support the poor, and to support the gospel by supporting those who preach it. Christians are obligated to give financial support for these needs. Let’s see how Paul explained this obligation in his second letter to the Corinthians. Paul describes himself as a minister of the new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6 ), which has much greater glory than the old (verse 8). Because of what Christ did for him in the new covenant, Christ’s love compelled Paul to preach the gospel, the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21 ). Paul exhorted the Corinthians “not to receive God’s grace in vain” (6:1). How were they in danger of doing this? Paul had gone out of his way to serve them, but they were withholding their affections from him (6:3-12). He asked them for a fair exchange, for them to open their hearts to him (6:13). Paul told the Corinthians that they had a duty to give something in response to what they had been given. This response comes in terms of morality (6:14-7:1), which the Corinthians had done (7:8-13), and in terms of affection, which the Corinthians had also done (7:2-7), and in financial generosity, which Paul addresses in chapter 8. This is the way in which the Corinthians had closed their hearts to Paul and withheld their affections. Paul cited the example of the Macedonian churches, who had given generously, even to the point of self-sacrifice (8:1-5). The example is powerful; the implications are strong that the Corinthians needed to respond to Paul’s sacrifices by making sacrifices themselves. But Paul did not make a command (8:8). Instead, he asked first for a turning of the heart. He wanted the Corinthians to give themselves to the Lord first, and then to support Paul. He wanted their gift to be done in sincere love, not from compulsion (8:5, 8). Paul reminded them that Christ had become poor for their sakes; the implication is that the Corinthians should make financial sacrifices in return. But then Paul reminded the Corinthians that they could not give more than they had (8:12). Nor did they have to impoverish themselves to enrich others; Paul was only aiming for equity (8:13-14). Paul again expressed confidence in their willingness to give, and added the peer pressure of the Macedonian example and the boasting he had done in Macedonia about the generosity of the Corinthians (8:24-9:5). Paul again noted that the offering must be done willingly, not from compulsion or given grudgingly (9:5, 7). He reminded them that God rewards generosity (9:6-11) and that a good example causes people to praise God and puts the gospel in a favorable setting (9:12-14). This was a collection for the poor in Judea. But Paul said nothing about tithing. Rather, he appealed to the new covenant environment: Christ had made many sacrifices for them, so they ought to be willing to make a few sacrifices to help one another. In asking for this offering, Paul was also making a financial sacrifice. He had a right to receive financial support himself, but instead of that, he was asking that the offering be given to others. Paul had not asked for any financial support from Corinth (11:7-11; 12:13-16). Instead, he had been supported by Macedonians (11:9). Paul had a right to be supported by the Corinthians, but he did not use it (1 Corinthians 9:3-15 ). This passage tells us more about our Christian duty to give financial support to the gospel. Workers should be able to receive benefits of their work (9:7). The old covenant even made provision for oxen to be given benefits of their work (9:9). Throughout his appeal, Paul does not cite any laws of tithing. He says that priests received benefits from their work in the temple (9:13), but he does not cite any percentage. Their example is cited in the same way as the example of soldiers, vineyard workers, herdsmen, oxen, plowers and threshers. It is simply a general principle. As Jesus said, “The worker deserves his wages” (Luke 10:7 ). Paul cited the oxen and wages scriptures again in 1 Timothy 5:17-18 . Elders, especially those who preach and teach, should be honored financially as well as with respect. Jesus also commanded, “those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14 ). This implies that those who believe should provide a living for some who preach. There is a financial duty, and there is a promised reward for generosity (though that reward may not necessarily be physical or financial). A need to be generous Christians have received riches of God’s grace, and are to respond with generosity and giving. Christians are called to a life of service, sharing and stewardship. We have an obligation to do good. When we give ourselves to the Lord, we will give generously. Jesus often taught about money. “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me,” said Jesus to a rich man (Luke 18:22 ). He said the same thing to his disciples (12:33). The new covenant demands all that we have, and that is fair, since Jesus gave all he had for us. He praised a widow who put two coins into the temple treasury, because she gave “all she had” (21:4). Wealth is often an enemy of faith. It can “choke” people and cause them to be spiritually unfruitful (8:14). “Woe to you who are rich,” Jesus warned (6:24). He warned us about the dangers of greed (12:15) and warned about the danger of storing up wealth for self without being “rich toward God” (12:16-21). When we use wealth to help others, we gain “treasure in heaven” (12:33). This helps us have our heart in heavenly things instead of earthly, temporary things (12:34). “No servant can serve two masters…. You cannot serve both God and money” (16:13). But money competes for our allegiance; it tempts us to seek our own desires rather than the needs of the kingdom. After the rich man went away sad, Jesus exclaimed: “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (18:24-25). Conclusion Christians need to give, to share their resources and blessings with others. They have a duty to support the preaching of the gospel, to give financial support to their spiritual leaders, and the church needs this support. If disciples of Jesus Christ can give, but do not, they are falling short. The old covenant required 10 percent. The new covenant does not specify a percentage, nor do we. However, the new covenant admonishes people to give what they can, and tithing still provides an instructive point of comparison. For some people, 10 percent may be too much. But some will be able to give more, and some are doing so. Christians should examine their own circumstances and the better blessings they have been given in the new covenant through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us and the gift of the Holy Spirit to us. Contributions should be given to the church for its collective work of preaching the gospel and the expenses involved in the local ministry and congregational needs. Likewise, the new covenant does not specify any particular percentage for assisting the poor. Instead, it asks for equity — and we certainly have room for improvement in this. The old covenant required simple percentages. Everyone knew how much was required. The new covenant has no set percentages. Instead, it requires more soul-searching, more training for the conscience, more selfless love for others, more faith, more voluntary sacrifice and less compulsion. It tests our values, what we treasure most, and where our hearts are. Endnotes 1 The Bible describes tithing in an agricultural economy. It does not tell us whether, or how, potters, carpenters, merchants, etc. calculated tithes. 2 For the generation that left Egypt, God made a grand substitution: Instead of the firstborn male of each family and flock, God accepted the tribe of Levi and all its animals (Numbers 3:40-50 ; 8:16-18 ). 3 It is not clear how this worked. Was the entire flock counted, or only the lambs? In bad years, the flock would come back no larger than it had been the previous year, so it wouldn’t make sense to tithe on all the adults again, since there would have been no increase. Perhaps the “rod” served in some way to separate lambs from adults. 4 It might be argued that the tithes were holy and therefore had always been holy, even before the old covenant was made. That is possible, but it cannot be proven. The firstlings were also holy to the Lord, but this was based on events of the Exodus, not on creation. “Once holy, always holy” is not a valid principle. 5 A separate tithe for festival use is described in the apocryphal book of Tobit 1:6-8 , Josephus’ Antiquities 4.4.3; 4.8.8; 4.8.22, and the second-century B.C. book Jubilees 32:10-14. Some sources suggest that this second tithe was calculated on the basis of the 90 percent left after the first tithe, not the original 100 percent (Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief 63 BCE–66 CE, p. 167; International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, “Tithe,” vol. 4, p. 863, citing the Mishna Maaser sheni 2.1.) 6 As noted above, Tobit, Josephus and Jubilees give evidence for three tithes. The Mishnah, however, combines the festival tithe and the poor tithe: the second tithe being used for the festival in years 1, 2, 4 and 5, and being used for the poor in years 3 and 6 out of the seven-year farming cycle (Sanders, p. 149). Since farmers had an increase in only six out of every seven years, they gave on average 3.3 percent of their increase to the poor. If tradesmen tithed (and no biblical law required them to) they would give about 2.8 percent on average, since they had income even during sabbatical and jubilee years.

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Seven Blessings Of The Tithe

Recently while watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club, the Lord put something on my heart that I want to share with you. Pat talked about the importance of the tithe, as mentioned in Malachi 3. While I was listening to him, I felt strongly that I needed to teach on the seven blessings of the tithe, too, for like Pat Robertson, I believe the tithe is very important to the Lord Jesus. First of all, Malachi 3:10 teaches: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Then the Lord promises, “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts” (verse 11). SEVEN PROMISES In the next verse, the Lord gives us this most remarkable promise: “And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts” (verse 12). In this noteworthy portion of Scripture, we find the Lord’s command to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” The Lord clearly tells every believer that the tithe belongs to Him and His work. The Lord even challenges us to test Him: “Prove me now herewith” (verse 10). This is the only time in Scripture that the Lord makes that offer. That is one of the most amazing invitations we have ever been given by the Lord Himself; that we, as God’s people, can prove Him in this matter. Following His challenge in Malachi 3:10, He then begins to give us the seven most amazing blessings of the tithe: “If I will not open you the windows of heaven” (verse 10). The windows of heaven always deal with revival. The Lord promises to revive every person who obeys Him. “And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (verse 10). Think about it! God Almighty declares clearly in His Word that the tither will be prosperous—so prosperous, in fact, that there will not be room enough to receive the prosperity and blessings God has in store for the one who obeys Him. “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes” (verse 11). Years ago when I taught on this subject in Orlando, I discovered that rebuke, to my amazement, means “to cripple” or “to paralyze.” God Almighty will actually cripple the enemy on your behalf when you tithe. The tithe is so important to the Lord that He promises to paralyze and cripple the enemy so that he will not be able to touch your life! Remember, the Lord said to prove Him. These things will happen, for this is the Word of the Lord! “He shall not destroy the fruits of your ground” (verse 11). This means that the enemy, whom God has crippled on your behalf, will not be able to touch your finances. The “fruits of your ground” refers to your money. The enemy will not be able to touch your money as a result of your obedience to the Lord in the tithe. “Neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORDof hosts” (verse 11). It is remarkable that in John 15:5, Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” The vine, therefore, means the family, and God gives this amazing promise to the tither when He says that the enemy will not touch your family, if you obey the Lord. “All nations shall call you blessed” (verse 12). In this most amazing blessing and promise, God will bless and prosper you so that the nations of the world will see the blessings of God upon you. In other words, you will be a mighty witness of the power and blessings of God. “Ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts” (verse 12). Delightsome means “highly desired.” As you obey the Lord with the tithe, God will so highly desire you that He will use you. These seven most amazing blessings of the tithe can be summarized: You will have revival. You will experience great prosperity. The enemy will be crippled and will not touch your life. Your finances will be safe. Your family will be safe from the hand of the enemy. You will be a great witness of the power and blessings of the Lord to the nations. You will be highly desired, and God will use you for His glory! THE STOREHOUSE Before giving these seven blessings in Malachi 3, the Lord very clearly mentions the tithes and offerings in verse 8: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). Then He says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (verse 10). The “storehouse” is not your local church! Many years ago, I taught that the storehouse was the local church. As I have continued to study the Word, travel the world, and mature in the Lord, I have come to realize that the storehouse is not the local building but the ministry that feeds your life. Any ministry that feeds you the Word of God is that storehouse! The Word of God is clear on this, for He says, “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse.” The tithe belongs to the ministry that gives you fresh bread and the meat of God’s Word. As you support the storehouse that the Lord has placed into your life, the Lord has promised to send these seven supernatural blessings upon your life! If this ministry has been that storehouse for you, then it is the law of God that you should give your tithes and offerings to this ministry. In fact, according to the Word of God, you should support whatever ministry God uses to feed your life. I want to share an important truth with you. The Word of God is clear also in Deuteronomy 26 that the tithe does not belong to the dead. In the midst of teaching on the tithe, the Lord tells us, “Nor given ought thereof for the dead” (Deuteronomy 26:14). If you want to receive the seven supernatural blessings of the tithe, make sure you are not giving your tithe or offering to a dead work. If you give to a dead ministry, there will be no result! But when you give to a ministry that is alive and preaching the Gospel to the world, then these promises will be yours. BREAKING DEBT FROM YOUR LIFE When I saw this powerful truth and began applying it in my own life— as I became a tither myself—God truly broke the debt from my life. Debt is broken by only one thing—giving to the Lord’s work! I want to see the Lord bless your life. It is your tithe that opens heaven, and it is your offering that brings prosperity your way. The Lord requires both, the tithe (at least 10 percent) and the offering (extra money that the Lord directs you to give). We cannot be blessed without the tithe, and we cannot see abundance without both the tithe and the offering. The Lord clearly states in His Word to give both tithes and offerings. Today, give both to the Lord. Sow your seed. And as you give your tithe and sow your seed-offering this month, lay your hands on that seed and claim the seven supernatural promises of Malachi 3.

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FALSE CLAIMS OF LEGITIMACY

Any religion, denomination or church that is claiming to be the following is false or doing evil: 1. The source and holder of the complete TRUTH 2. The LIFE-GIVER or source of life 3. The only one TRUE 4. The only ones called by God 5. Source of miracles, salvation and deliverance These by making others outside them appear as LOST, deceived, spiritually dead, false, pagans; are actually the ones that are false and claiming FALSE legitimacy in such areas. We know that only God is ALL-KNOWING and ALL-POWERFUL. The Messiah is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. No religion or church is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. Through such false claims many are deceived to think that they can have eternal life only by being a mere member of such religions or denominations. As long as you wear religious labels or brands while unconverted inside, they shall consider and declare you as SAFE and SAVED through their actions (actions speak louder than words!!!). Act 2:38 And Kĕpha said to them, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of יהושע Messiah for the forgiveness of sins.1 And you shall receive the gift of the Set-apart Spirit. 1Pe_1:3 Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah from the dead, 1Pe_1:23 having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever, Not everyone belonging to a religion or denomination by mere membership shall be SAVED but those that do the will of the Father. Mat_7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Mat_12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Elijah thought he was the only true prophet left yet God told him that God had reserved seven thousand men that had not bowed their knees to Baal.

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THE REMNANT

The term Remnant in this aspect means: 1. Remaining part of the ORIGINAL 2. Remaining part of the TRUE 3. Leftover 2Ch_34:9 And when they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites that kept the doors had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin; and they returned to Jerusalem. Exo_26:12 And the remnant that remaineth of the curtains of the tent, the half curtain that remaineth, shall hang over the backside of the tabernacle. Isa_11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. Isa_11:16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. The Question here is: Remaining part of what? Of the new? Or of the man-made? Or of the original started by God? This leads to us finding out what this original or true is. Here we are talking about the REMNANT of GOD’s children and HIM knows them well. They are individuals and never are they a religion or a denomination. They are scattered everywhere! Deu_28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: 2Ki_19:4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. THERE IS A TRUE REMNANT OF THE ORGINAL EKKLESIA (EARLY CHURCH)
Rom_9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: Rom_11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Rev_12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. These REMNANT can be identified with the EARLY CHURCH (EKKLESIA); they are same, look alike, got same characteristics, they got the same Spirit. The Early Church had the following characteristics :
1. They had the Messiah as their Head and so are the Remnant; denominations have human presidents as the heads of the denominations 2. They had the Heavenly Jerusalem as their headquarters; denominations have earthly headquarters 3. They had ELDERS and DEACONS as Congregation leadership; denominations today have one man called pastor as the overall leader assisted by elders and deacons, and various leadership structures not in scriptures 4. They obeyed the Ten Commandments 5. They tithed from land produce, livestock once per year according to scriptures and also every third year for strangers, poor, etc. 6. They observed the Passover (Lord’s supper) once per year according to the commandments 7. They observed the day of PENTECOST and ATONEMENT as days when the Spirit came and atonement was made for them, respectively 8. They had all things in common and none among them lacked anything; denominations are not like this 9. They were free from false doctrines like TRINITY, RAPTURE, etc. They taught that YHWH is ONE. Denominations teach about a TRINITY God which the EARLY CHURCH Never taught. (They are not the remnant of the early) The REMNANT of the above EARLY CHURCH should be exactly like them in obedience to the Master and in having the Spirit of the Father. It should be easy to identify the REMNANT with the EARLY CONGREGATION because they are same in every aspect. Anyone of you that is FILLED with the SPIRIT of TRUTH regardless of where you are right now, are a REMNANT of the TRUE Ekklesia whether men like it or not, whether denominations recognize it or not, whether denominations reject you or not. Those that do not have His Spirit are not His. Even those that claim to be the REMNANT in various denominations if they do not have His Spirit are NONE of HIS. The current remnant are the current TRUE INDIVIDUAL believers and not a DENOMINATION. He shall not SAVE A DENOMINATION but He shall SAVE people. Joe_2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Mic_2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. Zep_2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. Zep_3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. QUESTIONS
1. Are you part of the Remnant? 2. Do you think your denomination is the Remnant? POINTS TO NOTE 1. The REMNANT are individuals scattered everywhere! 2. There is no single DENOMINATION on earth that is the REMNANT as a DENOMINATION. Remnants are individuals that are obedient to YHWH. 3. The prophet of God thought he was the only REMNANT yet God told him that He had reserved 7000 men as remnants that had not bowed their knees to BAAL (Rom_11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.) 4. The true REMNANT are those individuals today that are filled with the Spirit of TRUTH (Rom 8:9 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.) Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom 8:15 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. Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

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RESURRECTION FROM TOMBS OR FROM HEAVEN/HELL FIRE?

Some teach that when someone dies they either go to HEAVEN if they were real believer or to HELL FIRE if they were sinners. What do scriptures say? Will people resurrect from either HEAVEN or HELL FIRE onto the EARTH back for JUDGMENT when the Son of YHWH comes to judge the world??? The following shall answer these questions: 1. THOSE IN TOMBS SHALL HEAR HIS VOICE Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 1Th_4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 2. THE DEAD ARE NOT CONSCIOUS Ecc 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecc 9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. 3. PUNISHMENT SHALL BE AFTER JUDGMENT Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: POINTS TO NOTE (a) The Master shall resurrect DEAD people and not people that are living (in heaven or hell fire). He shall come from heaven; how shall He resurrect believers that shall be in heaven at that time? (b) Punishment shall be only after judgment is passed and not before. (c) The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus was a parable and was not a real life event that happened. WHAT ABOUT those people with testimonies about people currently suffering right now in heal fire? Those are LIES and are against the TRUTH that is in inspired scriptures.

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THE MESSIAH NEVER SHED ANYONE’S BLOOD

The Messiah came to seek and save that which was lost and never came to condemn nor SHED anyone’s blood. Any self-proclaimed follower of the Messiah should not engage in activities that bring destruction, condemnation to man-kind and shedding of blood of their enemies. Instead the Messiah prayed to the Father that He may forgive those that rejected and condemned Him (Messiah). Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Some said, “Rescue people from the GRIP of Satan to the Salvation of YHWH. This is serious WAR! This is BLOODLESS WAR we need to engage in; though flesh shed our blood we do not fight against flesh and blood but a spiritual war” Mat 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called sons of Elohim. Mat 5:10 “Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’1 sake, because theirs is the reign of the heavens.

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DID ATONEMENT HAPPEN IN 1844 OR WAS SATAN THROWN DOWN IN 1914?

There are teachings that say ATONEMENT happened in 1844 despite the LAMB of YHWH in the year of DEATH being offered while some teach that SATAN has been having access to heaven even after the Master ascended to heaven to the year 1914 when he was thrown down from heaven to the earth and caused WORLD WAR during this same year. Is this TRUE? What do scriptures say? 1. ATONEMENT This never happened in 1844 in heaven as some teach. For us to understand and know what really happened we must learn about the DAY of ATONEMENT in the first covenant which pointed to the DAY of ATONEMENT by the LAMB of YHWH. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;…” Hebrews 9:24-28 What is Atonement? It is reconciliation, the process by which YHWH and man can be once again become reconciled. Read Exodus 32:30, Leviticus 9:7, Leviticus 16 and Romans 5:11. The day that atonement was made for the sins of Israel is called the Day of Atonement. It was observed on the 10th day of the 7th month (Tisri). On this appointed day, the High Priest would enter within the holy of holies to appear before YHWH with blood of sacrifices and sprinkle its blood upon the mercy seat of the ark. Read Leviticus 16, Leviticus 23:27-32 & Leviticus 25:9. It should be a memorial for all truly born again and sanctified believers. The Messiah entered into the holy of holies to make atonement for us at an appointed time and season i.e. on the 10th day of the seventh month of the same year of His Death and Resurrection. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: It shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God…” Leviticus 23:26-31 “It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” Leviticus 23:32 “And ye shall have on the tenth day of this seventh month an holy convocation; and ye shall afflict your souls: ye shall not do any work therein.” Numbers 29:7 The rituals and sacrifices of this festival are found in the whole chapter of Leviticus 16. “And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute forever.”Leviticus 16:29-31 The following should be observed on the Day of Atonement: (a) Ye shall afflict your souls. No manner of instruments should be heard in the congregation. (b) Ye shall do no work at all. It shall be a Sabbath of rest. (c) Holy convocation unto you. It shall be a statute forever. Atonement was made that the children of Israel might be clean from all their sins before the MASTER. “And the priest, whom He shall anoint, and….. And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.” Leviticus 16:32-33 The priest would make atonement once a year for the following: (a) Holy Sanctuary (b) Tabernacle of the congregation. (c) Altar (d) Priests (e) All the people of the congregation. “And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.” Lev 16:34 This atonement once a year at an appointed time and season of the year pointed to that which the Messiah would make at the same appointed time and season. Hebrews 9:23-28 & Malachi 3:1-5 The Messiah offered up Himself for our sins once. Hebrews 7:27-28; 4:14
He is a minister of the Sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Master pitched, and not man. Read Hebrews 8:2-3 & Daniel 8:13-14. Our minds should by faith be directed to the heavenly Sanctuary of which the earthly was a mere pattern. The Messiah entered into the heavenly Sanctuary to make atonement for us. “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, see, Saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.” Hebrews 8:5 Read Hebrews 9:1-10, 13-15, 22 & Hebrews 10:1-3. The Messiah made atonement for us once in the heavenly Sanctuary at the appointed season. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;…” Hebrews 9:24-28 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.
For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:10-14 The Messiah made atonement for us once and for all, and is now sat on the right hand of YHWH till His enemies are made His footstool. The earthly sanctuary with its offerings of the blood of animal sacrifices was a shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. Hebrews 10:4 The old sanctuary was cleansed once a year. The Messiah cleansed the heavenly sanctuary once. When the Messiah ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He (being the High Priest) made atonement for us at the appointed time in a better sanctuary. Read Hebrews 9:23-28. The Messiah as High Priest is: (a) Not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true. Hebrews 9:24 (b) Entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of YHWH for us. Hebrews 9:29 The Messiah offered Himself once. Read Hebrews 7:26-28, Hebrews 9:12 & Hebrews 9:28. He is sat on the right hand of YHWH. “But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.” Hebrews 10:12-13 2. SATAN THROWN DOWN (not in 1914) Is it true that Satan has been having access to heaven up to the year 1914 when he was thrown down from heaven? The DAY ATONEMENT shall give us further guidance. Read Leviticus 16.
“And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.” Leviticus 16:5 The animals for the offering were: (a) 2 kid of the goats – for a sin offering. (b) 1 Ram – for a burnt offering. Read Leviticus 16:6-7. From this scripture we note two important points: (a) Bullock – Aaron was to offer him for atonement for himself and his house (Leviticus 16:11-14) (b) 2 goats – Aaron was to present them before the Master at the door of the tabernacle. Casting lots upon the 2 goats Read Leviticus 16:8-11. Two points are worthy noting again: (a) One lot for the Master – offered him for a sin offering. Leviticus 16:9, 15-20 (b) The other lot for the Scapegoat – presented him alive before the Master, to make atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. Scapegoat “And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, Putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.” Leviticus 16:21-22 The scapegoat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto the land not inhabited. Satan is the Father of all sins and lies. Satan is behind all sin and evil. Two important points should be noted from Leviticus 16:21-22: (a) The Messiah bore our sins as a sinless offering to save us from the judgment to come. Only the holy Lamb of YHWH could die in our place. He bore our sins as an acceptable offering for sin. Only the holy Son of YHWH could die to save us from death. The Messiah bore our sins by reason of His holiness and an acceptable offering to YHWH for us. By His holy blood was atonement made for us. By His death we are saved. By His blood we were reconciled to YHWH. Read Isaiah 53:4-10, Leviticus 16:9, 15-20. (b) Not only did the Messiah bear our sins as typified by the scapegoat which was sent away by hand of a fit man into the wilderness but the Messiah also defeated Satan by His blood as the Lamb of YHWH and the Word. Therefore, Satan was thrown out of heaven only after the resurrection of the Messiah for the blood of the Master was necessary to defeat Satan. PLACE OF ATONEMENT Atonement was done in the most holy place where the presence of YHWH was.
The Son of YHWH, as a High Priest, entered into the most holy place for atonement of our sins. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:” Hebrews 9:24 The Messiah, after ascension, entered into the most holy place to appear before the mercy seat of YHWH. YHWH’s presence was on the mercy seat in the most holy place. That is where the presence of YHWH was. It was not in the holy place. Two Goats 1. One was killed on the Day of Atonement for its blood to be offered. This sacrifice represented the Lamb of YHWH. The Messiah as Lamb of YHWH bore sins of the whole world. Read Isaiah 53:6, 11, Leviticus 16:15 & Hebrews 9:28; 10:14 2. The other, scapegoat, was not killed but was taken to a land not inhabited. This typified the Lamb of YHWH taking away sin and also defeating Satan through the blood since He (Messiah) bore our sins in His body. On the Day of Atonement, the blood of the lamb was offered, and the scapegoat separated from the camp into the wilderness. Similarly, when the Messiah made an atonement for our sins in the heavenly temple as a High Priest, on the Day of Atonement (10th day of the 7th month of the same year of His Death and Resurrection), Satan was no longer allowed access to heaven. He was not thrown down in 1914 or 1844. The three great annual Old Testament festivals were in the following order:
1. Passover – The Messiah died on this day. 2. Pentecost – Set-Apart Spirit received. 3. Atonement – The Son of YHWH as High Priest made atonement for our sins & Satan was thrown down to the earth in the same year. After the Messiah was impaled on the day of the Passover, it was necessary that the Set-Apart Spirit be received by the Church before Satan was thrown down to the earth after the Day of Atonement. Read John 16:8-11. “And He (the Messiah) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18 “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” John 12:31 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon: and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9 Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. They overcame Satan by the blood of the sacrificed lamb. Revelation 12:11 The dragon was thrown down during or after the Day of Atonement, after the Messiah ascended into heaven. Read Revelation 12:5, 12-13. The Day of Atonement happened the same year of the Messiah’s death and resurrection. The following are the three great annual festivals in their order of occurrence in a year: 1. PASSOVER 2. PENTECOST 3. ATONEMENT They are YHWH’s. They are not man made. Read Leviticus 23:1-3. “These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons” Leviticus 23:4 These festivals belong to YHWH and must be proclaimed at their appointed times and seasons. These were yearly festivals that were proclaimed at YHWH’s appointed times. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Three great events happened on these great festivals as follows: 1. Passover: Yehoshua the Messiah was impaled i.e. He paid the penalty of our sins. He died on our behalf to save us. The Master’s Supper was ordained on the same day before His death. It was appointed that He would be impaled on this day. 2. Pentecost: The Church (120 believers) in the Upper room received the Set-Apart Spirit and became the Messiah’s true witnesses. It was appointed that the Set-Apart Spirit would be sent on this day. The Master knew it. Acts 1:8; 2:1-4 3. Atonement: Yehoshua entered into holy of holies in the heavenly temple and offered His blood on our behalf as atonement for our sins on the Day of Atonement. It was appointed in YHWH’s time that the High Priest the Messiah would make atonement in heaven on this day. Lev_17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

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