by John Greene
In our receiving a certain prophecy nearly a decade ago, we learned that Arab ‘leaders of men’ or ‘the tribe of Quraish’ were plotting against what they see as infidels worldwide, including Christians of all stripes. They proclaim hate for the United States, which they see as the root of evil. They, like most of the world, link nationality and religion. On the surface, they joke about ‘rednecks’ and ‘anthrax,’ casually introducing ‘new ideas’ that seek to intimidate and destroy. (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8-14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:10) This plotting caught the United States unawares, resulting in the tragic fall of the twin towers in New York. The onslaught of worldly propaganda and saber rattling since that time continues on all sides. In general, the world is caught in the grip of fear. Most of that fear is cleverly engineered to distract you. We are commanded to spread YHWH’s truth, not to be distracted by the world. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8) The Christian message is about repentance and timely judgment, often unpopular even in Christian circles. Disciples of the Messiah are set apart through living personal trust in YHWH. Disciples dwell in the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. They have active trust, seeking to find the lost in the world through action and prayer. They don’t seek to save this world as it is, but for YHWH to bring His Kingdom into fruition.
Multitudes of Christians are much as the rest of the world. ‘Nationalistic Christians’ have made great overtures about a Christian America that doesn’t truly exist. The tragedy is that most of Christianity operates more like Samson than Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (Judges 13-16; Romans 8:7) Samson knew the Word of YHWH and strayed from what he knew. Professing Christians cannot count that acting like Samson or out of ignorance is going to do them any good. (Matthew 7:22; 8:12; 13:50; Luke 13:28) History has shown that some that have engaged in the profession of Christian ministry, as well as humanitarian aid have been killed by terrorists or those sympathetic to them. (Ephesians 5:11; James 1:27) Much of this has transpired because of deception among Christians. They have become part of the world, engaged in what is important to man, or what looks good to men. They are concerned more with the world and the things in it than YHWH’s Coming Kingdom. (Matthew 6:33; John 12:42-43)
Real disciples don’t ‘kiss up’ to the world. They don’t seek approval from the world. (Galatians 1:10; Colossians 3:1; 1 John 2:15-17) Yahshua [Jesus] told disciples the reality of what they should expect and why disciples are sanctified:
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19, NKJV
“I have given them Your Word, and the world hated them because they are not of the world, as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the wicked one. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Set them apart in Your truth – Your Word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world. And for them I set Myself apart, so that they too might be set apart in truth. ” – John 17:14-19, ISR98
Disciples of the Messiah are sanctified by YHWH’s truth, found only in scripture, not in the religion and traditions of man, nor in the perversions of teaching and philosophy since the time of Yahshua [Jesus] the Master. Disciples are to be renewed in mind and spirit, (Matthew 13:43; Galatians 5:19-22; Ephesians 4:17-24; Colossians 3:9-11; Romans 6:6) but how many Christians have done this or even know about what the Almighty really wants for them on a personal basis? Organized religion often leaves this out and supports dependence on a church hierarchy or the pastor. Christians remain ignorant and deceived in a time that grows short. Instead, Christians hear about the role of church and the importance of organized Christianity as they live worldly and unenlightened lives in slavery to the world. Instead, Christians need to independently know what they are talking about where Elohim’s truth is concerned! (“Breaking Strongholds of False Authority‘)
“From where come conflicts and fightings from among you? Is it not from your lusts warring in your members? You covet and yet you do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and are not able to possess. You fight and you strive, and you have nothing, because you do not ask. You ask, and do not receive, because you do not ask sincerely, you ask in order that you may satisfy your lusts. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with YAHWEH? Whoever, then, purposes to be a friend of the world is an enemy to YAHWEH.
Or do you think that vainly the Scripture says, The pride dwelling in us lusts with envy? But He gives greater grace. Because of this it says, ‘YAHWEH sets Himself against proud ones, but He gives grace to humble ones.’ Then submit to YAHWEH. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to YAHWEH, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners! And purify your hearts, double minded ones!” – James 4:1-8, HRB
“I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove what is that good and well-pleasing and perfect desire of Elohim. For I say, through the favour which has been given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he should think, but to think soberly, as Elohim has given to each a measure of belief. ” – Romans 12:1-3, ISR98
The Bible urges disciples to keep themselves clean and their hearts pure. In so many cases, modern religion and political power have twisted and corrupted those that profess Christianity.
“Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness? And what agreement has Messiah with Beliyaʽal? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, ‘I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says YHWH, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you.’” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, ISR98
In this ministry, (Ephesians 4:18; 2 Peter 2:20) we make a clear distinction between those that profess Christianity and disciples of the Master that continually seek after YHWH, Elohim of Hosts. They do not take it for granted that they have all the understanding there is of scripture. They continually seek Elohim’s purpose and deeper knowledge, (Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11) along with a closer personal relationship with YHWH through Yahshua [Jesus] and the Holy Spirit. For this, there can be no substitute.