RSB 4th Edition Is Here!

The Wait Is Over – Fourth Edition Bible Arrives
It was all hands on deck (and then some) as we took possession of the new Restoration Study Bible 4th Edition on July 1. Orders began flooding into YRM immediately upon announcing the new arrival after three months without Bibles to offer.

The 10,000 Fourth Edition Bibles filled the tractor-trailer on 23 pallets weighing a total of 18 tons. It took 2 hours to unload the shipping container that had traveled for weeks by truck, ship and rail from the Texas-based printing operation in Europe.

We are very pleased with the quality of the printing, binding and covers of all three styles of this Fourth Edition. They are: an Outreach edition paperback with a menorah cover photo taken by Bro. Russ King in Israel; a Designer with the Tetragrammaton embossed along the side as before; and a rich black cowhide cover enhancing the Premium edition. Personalization is still available. All three designs have the same content. This edition has more footnotes, charts and photos. We’ve also expanded to 120 pages the topical reference section, with subjects critical to proper Bible understanding. More details are forthcoming. For a quick look, go to https://www.yrmstore.org/shop

The RSB is based on the KJV. As with prior editions this Fourth Edition has superscript Strong’s numbers accompanying all the significant words in both testaments for ease in consulting Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries at the back. Bro. Randy Dimmett spent countless hours fitting text and other elements into a new, attractive layout.

The RSB is three books in one volume. We have again kept the cost to a bare minimum so that most anyone can afford one regardless of financial situation. Full-case/ Bulk order pricing is coming soon. Call 573-896-1000 to order (YRM offices are closed Sabbaths). Orders can also be placed online Monday – Friday (Online store is closed on Sabbath as well)

Yahweh is Love

Many people are familiar with the scripture, John 3:16-17, “For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  This is definitely a wonderfully beautiful testament of Yahweh’s love! He sent Yahshua to the world for the sake all who believe.

There is also an inspiring scripture that plainly speaks of Yahweh’s love, 1John 4:16, “And we have known and believed the love that Elohim hath to us. Yahweh is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in Elohim, and Elohim in him.”

Note: The preceding two scriptures are both in the New Testament. The reason I quoted them is to discuss what I have heard people say about Our Father in Heaven; that the Elohim of the New Testament is loving, in sharp contrast to the “angry and vengeful” Elohim of the Old Testament. I have heard some say that due to Yahshua’s sacrifice and the New Covenant, the ways that Elohim used to punish people in the days of the Old Testament are no longer necessary.

I wholeheartedly disagree with folks who view Yahweh as an “angry and vengeful” Elohim and with those who see a very different Elohim in the Old Testament than in the New Testament. Are there lessons to be learned from the Bible, such as in the accounts about the Great Flood and about Sodom and Gomorrah? Has Yahweh imposed consequences for disobedience? Absolutely, yes, and I’m not trying to sugar-coat anything. However, I cannot deny that, as I study and read the Bible, I see an Elohim of love and mercy throughout the Bible; I see an Elohim who loves and protects His people, who forgives their transgressions, and who essentially wants His children to love Him as He loves us.

In my earlier studies of the Word, there were two Scriptures I discovered that show Yahweh is, has, and always will be, the same:

First: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Second: Malachi 3:6 “For I am Yahweh, I change not.”

This led me to think, if all Scriptures are inspired by Yahweh and He does not change, and we further  read Scriptures showing Yahweh’s love in the New Testament, such as John 3:16-17 and 1 John 4:16, then surely Yahweh’s love can be seen in the Old Testament as well!

Prior to listing those Old Testament Scriptures, I would first like to mention the passage that inspired this article, Micah 6:8, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Yahweh require of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim?” As we discussed in a recent Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry Bible study, this Scripture shows that Yahweh loves us and wants us to walk with Him.

 

Yahweh wants to have a loving relationship with us, like any loving parents would want close and loving relationships with their children. These Old Testament Scriptures show that Yahweh is love; Yahweh always has been and always will be a loving Elohim. He loves and teaches us and is an Elohim that His people can trust and turn to in times of trouble. He protects us and is a faithful, forgiving, and merciful El. (This list is not exhaustive!)

Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.”

Genesis 21:1-2, “And Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which Elohim had spoken to him.”

Exodus chapters 3-13, The powerful story of how Yahweh freed His people from the bondage of the Egyptians!

Deuteronomy 7:7-9, “Yahweh did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because Yahweh loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath Yahweh brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that Yahweh thy Elohim, he is Elohim, the faithful El, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”

Joshua 21:43-45, “And Yahweh gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And Yahweh gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; Yahweh delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which Yahweh had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.”

Judges 10:16, “And they put away the strange mighty ones from among them, and served Yahweh: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.”

1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

2 Samuel 7:20-22, “And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, my Sovereign Yahweh, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. Wherefore thou art great, O Yahweh Elohim: for there is none like thee, neither is there any Elohim beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

Nehemiah 2:4, 8, Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the Elohim of heaven…And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my Elohim upon me.”

Psalm 103:1-8, “Bless Yahweh, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless Yahweh, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Yahweh executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”

Proverbs 8:17, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith Yahweh: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Isaiah 26:4, “Trust ye in Yahweh forever: for in Yah YAHWEH is everlasting strength:”

Isaiah 54:10-13, “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith Yahweh that hath mercy on thee. O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”

Jeremiah 9:24, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am Yahweh which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith Yahweh.”

Jeremiah 31:1-3, “At the same time, saith Yahweh, will I be the Elohim of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith Yahweh, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. Yahweh hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Hosea 6:6, “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of Elohim more than burnt offerings.”

Joel 2:32, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.”

Nahum 1:7, “Yahweh is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”

~ by Judy Stern

e-News 6/26/20

Editing Computer Arrives
The Apple computer arrived this week and is being readied for service in processing videos, Restoration Channel programs, and publications, including the Restoration Times magazine. This computer is essential in all our office endeavors and we are grateful to all who contributed to this equipment upgrade.This new computer should last us years to come. With its improved capabilities, we will be able to more efficiently edit videos, photos, and everything else we do! Here is what the new computer looks like!

The old computer is still going to be used as a secondary editing station for minor projects, so nothing goes to waste!

Anticipating the Fourth Edition Bible
After a seemingly endless wait and fielding hundreds of inquiries from eager purchasers, we have been told from the printer that the new Restoration Study Bible should soon arrive. World Wide Printing in Dallas, Texas, has informed us that the 10,000 fourth-edition Bibles will arrive at YRM in about a week, barring any unforeseen delays. Our last copy of the third edition Bible went out the door three months ago, while the paperback Outreach edition has been out of stock for a year. The new RSB is in three designs: a paperback, a Designer with the Tetragrammaton embossed on the cover (as with the third edition Designer), and a Premium Bible in a cowhide cover. A handy new feature is the cut-out thumb tabs for quickly locating books in both Designer and Premium versions, which can also be personalized. All three will have the same content in each, as was the case in previous editions. The fourth edition will have a much expanded and detailed Topical Reference section, as well as additional charts and footnotes. A minimal increase in price makes the RSB an incredible value—three books in one! We have purposely kept the price to a minimum. Although we are not taking preorders, there will be ample copies available in all editions. The proceeds from Bible orders are folded back into a Bible account for future editions. More information, including pricing, will be upcoming on the website, the magazine, and in flyers once the Bibles arrive.

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
Where did the Philistines come from?
A. Anatolia
B. Spain
C. Crete
D. Nordic countries

The prophet Amos cited Yahweh, saying, “Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt and the Philistines from Caphtor?” Caphtor is the Hebrew name for Crete. These sea people emigrated during a period of unrest in Asia Minor and Syria in the 13th century BCE. Derived from “Philistine” is the name “Palestine.” Philo (20 BCE-42 CE) applied the name Palestine to Canaan. Jerome wrote, “…the land of Judea which is now called Palestine.” We prefer the name Judea over Palestine as it reflects biblically the land given to the tribe of Judah. Answer C.

Headship

At the very mention of this word most people will cringe at the thought that someone is in a position of authority to tell them what they can and cannot do. From creation of this world there has been a rulership of authority that has reigned on the earth. The Heavenly Father was in existence before mankind was created. Humans were given the ability to decide who they wanted to serve whether good or evil. They chose to disregard what the Father told them and ate of the tree of which they were not to partake.

Headship means – a position of leader or chief. In ancient times, and even to this day, men have been the ones accountable for the state of their homes and their family. However, in the days before the return of Yahshua scripture states that, in these end days, women and children will rule the home. Isaiah 3:12, “My people! Youths exert pressure on them, and women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray, and swallow the way of your paths.”

Whether men are right or wrong there will be a day coming when men will stand accountable before the Father to answer for the state of their rulership.

Hebrews 13:17, “Obey those leading you, and be subject to them, for they watch for your lives, as having to give account. Let them do so with joy and not groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Master.”

Ephesians 5:23, “Because the husband is head of the wife, as also the Messiah is head of the assembly, and He is Savior of the body.”

Ephesians 5:24, “But as the assembly is subject to Messiah, so also let the wives be to their own husbands in every respect.”

Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, as Messiah also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it,”

Women were not created as their own reigning entities. Women were created from man to be companions and helpers for them. Many will find authors and supporters of the belief that women are equal, if not superior, to men, but this assertion is not in line with Scripture, whether old or new.

Genesis 2:22, “And the rib which יהוה Elohim had taken from the man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

Genesis 2:23, “And the man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.’”

Genesis 2:24, “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

We see from the two following scriptures that women were not created of their own domain but were, not only made for man, but from man. 1 Corinthians 11:7 states, “…but woman is the esteem of man.”

1 Corinthians 11:8, “For man is not from woman, but woman from man.”

1 Corinthians 11:9, “For man also was not created for the woman, but woman for the man.”

In the verse below we see the hierarchy from the Father. There is no directive that states a woman is over the man nor is she her own authority.

1 Corinthians 11:3, “And I wish you to know that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of woman is the man, and the head of Messiah is Elohim.”

From the beginning of time, we see how decisions were made in the hierarchy that is noted in the scripture above. When a woman made a vow of which her husband or father did not approve, her vow was removed from her and she was forgiven. If her head authority approved and did not revoke her vow, then she held all responsibility for this vow or decision, as well as any repercussions from this commitment.

Numbers 30:3, “Or if a woman vows a vow to יהוה, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father’s house in her youth,”

Numbers 30:4, “And her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father has kept silent towards her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself stands.”

Numbers 30:5, “But if her father forbids her on the day that he hears, then none of her vows nor her agreements by which she has bound herself stand. And יהוה pardons her, because her father has forbidden her.”

Numbers 30:6, “But if she at all belongs to a husband, while bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips by which she bound herself,

Numbers 30:7, “And her husband hears it, and he has kept silent towards her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her agreements by which she bound herself do stand.”

Numbers 30:8, “But if her husband forbids her on the day that he hears it, then he has nullified her vow which she vowed, and the rash utterance of her lips by which she bound herself, and יהוה pardons her.”

Numbers 30:9, “But any vow of a widow or a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, stands against her.”

Numbers 30:10, “And if she vowed in her husband’s house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath,”

Numbers 30:11,”And her husband heard it, and has kept silent towards her and did not forbid her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself stands.”

Numbers 30:12, “But if her husband clearly nullified them on the day he heard them, then whatever came from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it does not stand – her husband has nullified them,and יהוה pardons her.”

Numbers 30:13, “Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her being, let her husband confirm it, or let her husband nullify it.”

Numbers 30:14, “But if her husband is altogether silent at her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her – he confirms them, because he kept silent towards her on the day that he heard.”

Numbers 30:15, “But if he nullifies them after he has heard, then he shall bear her crookedness.”

Numbers 30:16, “These are the laws which יהוה commanded Mosheh, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father’s house.”

While women today want to ascertain that they are free to make decisions and can override their husband’s authority, this is not true according to the Scriptures as a whole. Women’s decisions and vows were conditional in the Heavenly Father’s eyes to their heads (fathers or husbands) approval or silence. If a woman made an oath that her head did not support, she was excused from any consequences of this decision.

However, if a woman who made a vow was widowed or single, any negative consequences from that vow were her responsibility. Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I am planning for you,’ declares יהוה, ‘plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and an expectancy.’”

Some common questions or arguments presented by women about male headship:

If my husband will not lead our home how am I supposed to follow or submit to his authority?

1 Timothy 5:8, “And if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the belief and is worse than an unbeliever.”

According to this scripture, if a man refuses to provide or take his role as a leader, he is considered as an unbeliever. Trying to usurp his authority in order to “save” your home does not motivate your head to take charge. As is stated in scripture, a woman can lead her unbelieving spouse by her behavior.

1 Peter 3:1 “In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that if any are disobedient to the Word, they, without a word, might be won by the behavior of their wives,”

1 Peter 3:2, “having seen your blameless behavior in fear.”

As is the case in most social situations, if you try to overcome someone who is belligerent or violent nothing is accomplished but a power struggle and more pain and suffering. The best way to deal with someone who is aggressive is to remove yourself from the situation and get to a safe place while seeking prayer and wisdom.

My husband does not make good decisions so I must protect the family.
Because your spouse is making decisions that you are not in full agreement with does not give credence to your rebelliousness. If a man is wrong, the consequences will be on his head and not yours. Recall the situation with Abigail and Nabal; she intercepted to protect her household and husband when she learned of his decisions. When he was sober she told him what she did in a calm rational way. The scriptures do not indicate that she kept pointing out his error. It was in Yahweh’s hand and he dealt with Nabal in His own way. Abigail intercepted for the protection of the household, not to question her spouse on his decisions.

Let me leave you with these scriptures on what Yahweh is looking for in the conduct and behavior of wives and those under headship.
Titus 2:11, “Let a woman learn in silence, in all subjection.”

1 Timothy 2:12, ”But I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, rather, to be in silence.”

1 Timothy 2:13, ”Because Aḏam was formed first, then Ḥawwah.”

1 Timothy 2:14, “And Aḏam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, fell into transgression.”

1 Timothy 2:15, “But she shall be saved in childbearing if they continue in belief, and love, and set-apartness, with sensibleness.”

Titus 2:3, “The older women likewise are to be set-apart in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of what is good,”

Titus 2:4, “In order for them to train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,”

Titus 2:5, “To be sensible, blameless, workers at home, good, subject to their own husbands, in order that the word of Elohim is not evil spoken of.”

By Luann Avalos

Twisted Ways of Today’s Clichés

We were once visited by a relative who knew that my wife and I were firm believers in keeping Scripture as our Savior taught. Expecting an assault on his liberal, no-law theology, he preempted an anticipated first strike by firing off a volley of tired old bromides on love and grace.

Whenever I hear these sweet nothings, my brain slips into neutral and then flames out. Why do so many replace serious study and investigation of Scripture with jargon they don’t understand themselves?

Many self-claimed teachers cling to featherweight phrases they’ve heard and now personally own – superficialities with no bearing on anything, just empty calories.

We’ll look at some of the shallow sweet nothings you often hear today and compare them with Scripture. This may prove useful if you are ever confronted with cliché abuse.

Frivilous Fluff

It’s the kind of message you hear in countless worship settings.

Preacher Peter steps to the pulpit. “The L-rd spoke to my heart today and He gave me this message. Brother Brad has been struggling in his marriage. Brad, just take it to Him in prayer. Just let go and let G-d.

“Brothers and sisters, what is YOUR burden today?  Whatever your struggle, it’s covered by the blood! Can I get an amen? Remember, He is working things out in your favor, He will never leave you where He found you. No weapon formed against us shall stand. Every assignment has been canceled. Devil, we’re returning everything you sent signed, sealed, and undelivered!”

So did you learn anything? Were you given any fresh insights that motivate you to walk closer to Yahweh in your life?

New clichés are launched all the time. Even Bible verses can become clichés when wrenched from their context and forced to apply where they don’t belong. The worst clichés are the ones that rhyme. “My worship is anointed and appointed.” And, “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”

TV evangelists are great at spinning cotton candy. Throw in some audience participation, some “Speak it brother,” and the crowd will rave, thinking it’s a great message. Platitudes abound where critical thought is absent.

Clichés live in the world of generalities, as do countless sermons today. The minute you get specific is when you must be ready to defend your beliefs and teachings.

Where in the Word do we find support for clichés? Paul said to Timothy, “Avoid profane and vain babblings which some professing have erred concerning the faith,” 1Timothy 6:20.

Let’s dig into some of the more common clichés and see what lurks there. Can we take away anything worthwhile?

  • “If G-d brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” So how do you know He brought you to it? As in the lesson of Job, Satan can also bring you to it. Or maybe Yahweh did bring you to it and wants you to stay there for a while and learn something.

Trials offer great learning lessons.

In 2Corinthians 4:16-17 Paul wrote, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

Peter cautioned: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Messiah’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy,” 1Peter 4:12-13.

Trials make the dedicated believer stronger. As the Companion Bible notes, the same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.

  • “G-d wants me to be happy.” Where is that in the Bible? Happiness is driven by emotion; commitment comes by conformity to the Word, and THAT is what makes Yahweh happy. Yahshua told His disciples in John 13:17: “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye DO them.” True happiness is not about us. It’s about being united with Him through following His will, which leads to wisdom and righteousness.

Worship became emotion-driven about 50 years ago, where happiness became the new goal. Happiness is not an entitlement. Getting in line with Yahweh is what leads to satisfying, real happiness in the Believer.

Peter teaches a counter-intuitive lesson on happiness: “If ye be reproached for the name of Messiah, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of Elohim rests upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified,”1Peter 4:14.

James 5:11 adds, “Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of Yahweh.” Incidentally, if the law came to an end, so did Yahweh and Yahshua, because the same word telos, meaning goal, is used for Yahshua as being the end goal of the law as well (Rom.10:4).

You can recite clichés all day long, but unless you get out of your comfort zone and do something about the faith you profess, it is just smoke and mirrors in Yahweh’s eyes.

Yahweh is a Creator of action just like the Hebrew language that He uses to describe Himself. Yahshua said in John 5, “My Father works and I work.”

To say what Yahweh is, is tantamount to saying what He does; to describe Him is to talk action and behavior. He is a mighty One of doing and achieving; clichés, on the other hand, live in a world of inertia and indolence. When Yahweh called out Israel, they were expected to start doing His will.

  • “G-d loves you.” In a television series years ago the main character, playing an angel, repeated this phrase in every program as the antidote to every problem and trial. This bromide taught the viewer that all Yahweh wants is to love you the way you are – even in your sin. How does that fit with Yahshua’s teaching in Luke 13:3, and 5: “except you repent you shall all likewise perish”?

In Acts 17:30-31 Paul explained about Yahweh to the pagan Greeks on Mars Hill, “And the times of this ignorance Elohim winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.”

The word repent and its permutations occur 112 times in the Scriptures. That TV actor never told anyone, “Turn to Yahweh in repentance, as the Word admonishes.”                   Most people would run from such counsel to change their behavior. They are happy where they are in whatever faith they have found themselves, and expect Yahweh to honor that.

Rather than conform to His will they expect Yahweh to bend to theirs, and want to be assured that He is completely pleased with their anemic performance, which that TV show, as well as these clichés, promote.

Paul continues, “Because he hath ap-pointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained.”

The center of gravity in Yahshua’s salvation plan includes His teachings about overcoming and righteousness. The central theme of the entire Scriptures is to conform to Yahweh’s will. We please the One we worship by changing our life, not spouting meaningless jargon.

The apostle said in 1John 2:5: “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of Elohim perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

  • “Where G-d guides, G-d provides.” This implies that Yahweh leads you to Truth so He can make you prosperous. Yahshua was never endowed with wealth. He said in Matthew 8:20, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” This was never Yahshua’s desire.

Today’s prosperity doctrine has aban-doned this fact. The false teaching completely misses the message and example Yahshua brought through overcoming sin and the world. Speaking of false ministers in 1Timothy 6:5, Paul warned about “perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is holiness: from such withdraw thyself.”

  • “We are saved by faith alone – but not by a faith that is alone.” This belief nowhere exists in Scripture. The first extant writing to contain the phrase “faith alone” is John Calvin’s Antidote to the Council of Trent (1547).

“Faith alone” is a spurious twisting of James 2:17: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” Also verse 24, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” James then tops it off in verse 26 with, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The “faith alone” doctrine was promulgated by Martin Luther in his attack on Roman church works like indulgences.

Often used is Romans 3:28, which does not speak of being set apart but of justification: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the Law.” We are not saved by faith alone but are justified by faith alone. Faith justifies the man but works justify faith. Justification is followed by sanctification or being set apart by our actions.

  • “Let go and let G-d.” This cliché makes a catchy bumper sticker but can eviscerate the purpose and goal of the believer’s walk. Taken wrongly, it slams the door on obedience and forecloses on any working out of our salvation with fear and trembling, as commanded in Philippians 2:12. Those who repeat it ignore the crucial next step, which is sanctification or being set apart through obedience.

Obedience is a core teaching in every book of the Bible. Those who are called can’t let go, because they are committed to a life of active overcoming. Where in the New Testament do we find any disciple letting go of his walk and “letting Yahweh”? Yahshua never taught it. He said in Matthew 7:21 that we must do the will of His Father. Paul in Philippians 2:12 admonishes to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. James writes in 1:22 to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

First John 3:24 says, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” And He gives His Spirit to those who obey Him, Acts 5:32.

Often ignored are Revelation 12:17 and 14:12, which say we need the faith of Yahshua as well as keeping of the commandments for salvation. Revelation 22:14 teaches that if we obey then we have the right to the tree of life.

We must not confuse unconditional grace with unconditional salvation. The world thinks salvation is automatic, so they consider “Let go and let Yahweh” a great fit. At funerals you hear that the deceased is now looking down and smiling. Does anyone ever ask how he or she measured up in order to be awarded everlasting life? Let alone explain how they were judged worthy even before Yahshua could return to initiate the judgment.

Paul wrote in 2Corinthians 5:10: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

“Letting go” is just another way of buying into the once-saved always-saved belief and avoiding the command to follow Yahweh’s Word. Many of these superficial clichés have an anti-law, anti-obedience basis.

Yahshua further explained in Matthew 7:21: “Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Living by the Bible’s commands, which is sanctification, is anything but passive. The true believer’s life can be taxing. He combats opposition from family, friends, employers, and others who have not been enlightened to the Truth.

Yahshua never promised a free ride down Easy Street, but rather tribulation as we follow the Word. He said, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Why mention this at all if Yahweh does everything for us? Promoters of such classic clichés also discount the work of the Holy Spirit that indwells the saint and helps him to obey Yahweh’s statutes, Ezekiel 36:27.

When Paul reflects on the activities of the believer he says nothing about La-Z-Boy recliners and cozy days watching pigeons in the park. Paul’s metaphors for the walk of the True Worshiper are soldiering, tough athletic contests, and planting and farming in the hot sun. The Puritans called their walk “holy sweat.”

Paul defines the metrics clearly in 2Corinthians 5:9: “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”

  • “He or she is in a better place.” One of the most quoted of the clichés, this one is offered in sympathy at funerals, but also in ignorance. How can the grave be a better place? Like the old dog Rover, when we die we die all over.

“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,” Ecclesiastes 9:5. Verse 10 says further, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” At death we no longer are conscious or sentient.

Of course, this cliché assumes the deceased are in heaven. Even if the Bible taught salvation at death, only Yahshua decides who is worthy of it, and then only at the judgment, Luke 20:35. “But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.”

Scripture says that we lose total consciousness at death. When He returns, Yahshua our Judge will raise to life those He finds worthy of the first resurrection. The dead remain dead until this resurrection event at the Second Coming, Matthew 24:30-31.

Solomon did not say the dead go to a better place. Only that the person’s breath of life, not the person’s immortal soul, goes back to Yahweh: “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit [ruach] shall return unto Elohim who gave it,” Ecclesiastes 12:7.

All thoughts perish at death, Psalm 146:4, and the dead can’t praise, Psalm 88:10.

Only Yahweh has immortality, 1Timothy 6:16. No one has it automatically.

Furthermore, the dead are RAISED incorruptible. They don’t come DOWN from heaven but rise to meet the returning Yahshua in the air when He comes to earth, John 6:40.

  • “There, but for the grace of G-d, go I.” This cliché is used to minimize or excuse the bad behavior of another. It says in effect, “That could have been me there.” It really says that Yahweh’s grace restrains you but didn’t quite work for them.
  • “Ask J-sus into your heart.” Why my heart? Why not my head as well? This is yet another emotional cliché void of nutrition. What does it mean in the practical world where we all live? Clichés like these make living by the Bible just an ethereal, emotive experience rather than, as Yahshua teaches, one that mirrors His own examples. John tells us in 1John 2:6 to walk as He walked. He says in verse 4 that to say you know Him but don’t keep the commandments makes you a liar without the truth.

The Word teaches action, doing, sacrificing of self, and working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Asking Him into your heart just doesn’t have the same ring.

  • “Do you have a personal relationship with the L-rd?” For the True Worshiper, an honest-to-goodness relationship with Yahshua means taking part in His death and resurrection by repenting and being baptized. It is followed by living a life befitting the example He set.

Paul admonishes in Romans 6:3: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yahshua were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Messiah was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

In John 15:14 Yahshua defined the personal relationship He wants: “You are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” There is no other valid “personal relationship.”

  • “G-d said it. I believe it. That settles it.” This cliché serves no purpose in a discussion of doctrine or belief. It is used only to deflect any serious inquiry, and padlock the door on further discussion. It is a one-size-fits-all comeback for those who are unskilled in the Word.

Truth to tell, the Bible doesn’t actually say what they may think it says, which means they don’t in fact believe it, and so nothing whatsoever is settled.

With most of these popular clichés the thrust is antinomian, meaning faith over obedience, and passivity over action. Revelation 2:26 counters that with: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.” Overcome. Keep my works. These are action verbs, words of doing, dynamic words that define the True Worshiper’s  life

Forget the ways of false clichés. Start living and applying Bible Truth and discover all the joy and satisfaction that you have been missing in your life.

e-News 6/12/2020

Graphics Computer, Projector Purchased

Aging equipment has prompted us to make major replacement purchases. The fund drives for the video/graphics computer purchase and repairs on the backhoe helped greatly with those expenses. We thank those who helped. The computer is on order and the backhoe is repaired and back and in service. A new laser projector for our live Sabbath service screen has been purchased to replace an old bulb unit we have used for years. The newer projector should improve screen images. Bro. Michael Banak is working to repair the old projector, which we can still use for movies at Feasts and other times.

How Can I Help?

We are often asked how truth-seekers can spread the Truth to the world. You can help by sharing the sermon messages online in the different formats we use. Our Outreach program supplies literature to share and engage family and friends with the truth at opportune times. You can also support financially through PayPal, contributing through the mail, and by credit card by telephoning the office. Purchasing online through Amazon Smile returns a percentage to the ministry. We have received over $400 to date through Amazon Smile. If you need guidance with any of these methods call the office at 573-896-1000. May Yahweh bless you. More info on Donating can be found here>>

May-June Restoration Times in Mail
Our press has been repaired and although we lost time in getting the magazine printed and mailed, we completed the mailing this week. We have been looking at upgrading the press as our model is obsolete and parts are hard to get.

Make Your Reservation for Feast of Tabernacles

We are taking reservations for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 3-10. This grand finale of Yahweh’s appointed times is the highlight of the believer’s walk. Information and a reservation form are online at https://yrm.org/2020-feast-of-tabernacles/

 

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
What epoch-making find did Hilkiah the priest make in the Temple and how did King Josiah react to it?
A.   The ark of the covenant was discovered and Josiah made a sacrifice
B.   The book of the law was found and Josiah showed little interest
C.   The ark of the covenant was found and Josiah took it to Shechem
D.   The law book was found and Josiah rent his clothes and sought Yahweh’s guidance
The discovery of a copy of the law in the Temple initiated a series of reforms in Judah under King Josiah. They included reading the law publicly and making a covenant in the presence of the people to keep all the commandments and statutes “with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book” (2Kings 23:1-3). Answer D
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e-News 6/5/2020

We Are Worshiping Indoors Again
As of Pentecost last week we are now back in the worship hall for Sabbath services. In celebration, we have a new backdrop gracing the stage that should add new interest and freshness. Those at a higher risk for the virus are separated in the dining hall during the meeting, while the rest in the meeting hall are distancing. (Only two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Callaway County where YRM is located.)

Make Your Reservation for Feast of Tabernacles 2020
We have opened up reservations for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 3-10. This grand finale of Yahweh’s appointed times is the highlight of the believer’s walk. Information and a reservation form are online at https://yrm.org/2020-feast-of-tabernacles/

How Can I Help?
Those who are spiritually blessed by the important work of Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry in these last days will sometimes ask, what can I do to spread the Truth and share the burden? You can promote and share the sermon messages online in the different formats we use, pass out literature, join the Outreach program, and engage family and friends with the truth at opportune times. You can also provide support financially online through PayPal, purchasing online with Amazon Smile, which returns a percentage of what you spend to ministries like YRM, contributing through the mail, and by telephoning the office. Call the office at 573-896-1000 if you need guidance with any of these efforts. May Yahweh bless you. More info on Donating can be found here>>

 

TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
What did Yahshua mean when he stated in John 10:30, “I and my Father are one”?

A. One in person
B. One in goal
C. One in mind

D. Both B and C

In John 10:30, Yahshua referred to Himself and His Father as being one in mind and goal, not one in person. The Restoration Study Bible further explains, “By being ‘one,’ Yahshua refers to their singleness of mind and purpose. It is this same spiritual unification that all people can have with the Father in Messiah Yahshua. See John 17:21, where Yahshua speaks of this uniting of the faithful in their belief as one, but not as the same individual in physical form,” note on John 10:30. Answer: D.

e-News 5/29/2020

Twin Sabbaths This Weekend
The Feast of Weeks, Pentecost, will be this Sunday, May 31. The Sabbath service will have outdoor worship for the second and perhaps final time. The Pentecost service and all future Sabbath services will be conducted indoors. We praise Yahweh for uninterrupted worship on His Sabbaths through the “lockdown.” All services are broadcast electronically @ yrm.org./live
Requests for Baptism Growing
We have had several baptism inquiries and requests recently. As our outreach grows the need for immersion follows a conviction of the Truth. We look forward to welcoming new brethren into the body of Messiah. Between Facebook and YouTube there are nearly 200,000 followers of YRM. Praise Yahweh!
May-June Restoration Times on Hold
The next issue of the magazine is delayed as our press has suffered a breakdown. The part has been ordered, but is hard to find. Our press is obsolete and the service contract is running out. We have been looking at a new unit while we try to get as much mileage as we can from our aging press.
RSB Fourth Edition Progressing
We just received word that the Restoration Study Bible should arrive at YRM the end of June or first part of July. Many have been patiently waiting for the Bible since our supply of the third edition ran out several months ago. We believe that this new edition with its many new features is worth the wait. Pray that there will be no holdups.
Your Support Is a Blessing
We are grateful to those who are supporting YRM’s ministry in its many endeavors. None of it could be accomplished without your contributions. True hearts are being shown even with a sputtering national economy. As Yahshua reminds us in His beatitudes, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again,” Luke 6:38, RSB. Praise Yahweh for His blessings.
TEST YOUR TUTELAGE
Which is true regarding the millennial Kingdom?
A. The saints will rule with Yahshua the Messiah
B. Everyone will be required be obey the commandments
C. A temple with sacrifices will be restored
D. The nature of animals will change
E. All of the above
The millennial Kingdom will bring many changes. The saints will rule with Yahshua (Rev. 20:6); everyone will be required to obey, including the Sabbaths and Feasts (Isa. 2:3; 66:23; Mic. 4:1-3; Zech. 14:16-19); a temple with sacrifices will be restored (Ezek. 40-47); the nature of animals will change (Isa. 11:6-9); Yahshua’s Name will change to “Yahweh our righteousness” (Jer. 23:6); the span of human life will extend to 100 years (Isa. 65:20); and Israel will be restored to her land (Ez. 37-15-28). For more information, see the chart, “12 Facts About the Millennial Kingdom,” on page 1353 in the 3rd edition of the Restoration Study Bible.  Correct: E

Restoration Times May – June 2020

In this issue of The Restoration Times we discuss:

• Pentecost – A Covenant Feast
• Let’s Talk About Speaking in Tongues
• Fruits of the Spirit – Peace
•Your Heart Condition Is Critical
•Q & A
•Letters

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