I would rather be a slave to Yeshua than a slave to the Antichrist

5 June 2020

Series: Shabbat sermons

I would rather be a slave to Yeshua than a slave to the Antichrist

In Rom 1:17, we read, ” For the Gospel reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written, the righteous shall live by their faith.”
In Ezekiel 18:9, we read, “He who follows my Torah; he is righteous, surely he will live declares the Lord.”

Two beautiful promises we all want to have a share in, but do you know how? How do you make these two promises real in your life as a Christian? The answer to these questions can be found in the Bible if we are willing to listen to the Bible instead of listening to our pastor.

The Bible says in Rom 1:5, 1:17, Ezekiel 18:9, Luke 6:46, Matt 23:2, if Yeshua is our Lord, we will want to obey His Torah. If we follow His Torah, we will live and have life. It is that easy, obey His Torah, and you will live. We should; therefore, all strive to live as a slave to Yeshua obeying His Torah because then we will find life.

This is in the Bible for all to see; we find the road to life and eternal life when we follow the Torah. For some reason, Christians would rather believe their pastor, instead of the Bible, when he or she says things like “the Torah was done away with at the cross/it is a burden/if you keep the Torah you will fall from grace.”

We are being told, time and time again in church, how the very thing the Bible promises will give us life, and eternal life is a burden and something we should stay away from.

Because Christians listen more to their pastor than their Bible, most Christians are not living the life Yehovah wants for us. All the promises of Yehovah come with a condition; if we are not willing to obey that condition, we cant expect to have a share in those promises. Even salvation is conditional, if we dont want to follow any requirements, we will not even find eternal life (Matt 7:21-23)

We as Christians have to make a choice, who will listen to? Our pastors or the Bible? It is evident; we should always choose the Bible. If we listen to the Bible, and we do what it says, it will even determine if we will survive in the end times. Nobody knows precisely when the end times will come, but we all know they will come one day, perhaps in our lifetime. If you listen to the Bible, instead of your pastor, you will see the importance of being prepared.

The Bible says, in 2.Thess 2:3-10, the Antichrist is called the man of lawlessness. When 2.Thess was written, the New Testament did not exist. Who is 2.Thess referring to here? Is the Antichrist someone opposing American law? European law? The answer is obvious; he is the man who rejects God’s law, the Torah.

In 2.Thess 2:3-10, we understand the AntiChrist will one day be a person, and perhaps he is already living and active in politics. 1. John 4:3 says the AntiChrist is also a spirit, and that spirit has been active among believers for a long time now. This is the spirit telling you, through pastors and preachers, to reject the Torah.

If we, on the other hand, listen to our Bible: The Bible says that if we have Yeshua as our Lord, we are righteous, we will live and have life. But for us to have Him as our Lord, and to be righteous, the Bible says we have to obey His Torah. If we follow His Torah, we have trust and assurance of His help in our lives and the confidence of everlasting life. If the end times happen while we are alive, if the AntiChrist comes on the scene before we die, we can have the assurance of Yehovah’s help (Deut 28:1-13, Matt 6:25-34)

The church says the Torah was done away with at the cross, and if we reject it, we will live and have life as long as we believe Jesus died for us. According to them, if we believe Jesus died for us, we can have trust and assurance of His help in our lives.

When you see the difference between what the Bible says, and what the church says, it is easy to see the truth in 1.John 4:3. The spirit of the Antichrist is among us and very active.

Billions of Evangelical Christians have been conditioned to believe the Torah is a burden something for us to reject. So if the Antichrist suddenly appeared on the political scene claiming to be a born again spirit filled believer under grace, most Christians would accept him.

If the true Messiah suddenly appeared today, telling everyone to obey His Torah, most Christians would reject Him.

Do you see how important it is to know your Bible and to obey what it says, even if it means you have to reject what your pastor tells you? If you do not do this, you might be deceived into becoming a slave of the Anti Christ.

We do not know when the Antichrist comes on the scene, but we know his spirit is active today. So it pays to be prepared and to live as if it could happen in our lifetime. But even though he might not appear in our lifetime, we all know being a Christian will never exempt us from life’s many challenges. Christians die, our loved ones get sick, and sometimes we mess up like any other human being causing chaos in our lives and the lives of others.

When that happens, we know from 1. John 1:9, we are forgiven if we repent. But even though we are forgiven, we sometimes have to live with the consequences of what has happened if it involves other people being born or dying or trust is ruined. Our sin might not have caused other people to die, be born, or trust and relationships to be ruined. Perhaps it has only affected us, but no matter how it happened, if we repent, we are forgiven.

We have all been there, and we will all experience it again. Situations and circumstances in our lives that are not too pleasant. Sometimes caused by our sins, sometimes caused by other people’s sins and sometimes bad things just happen to us without any apparent reason. Why is Yehovah occasionally silent, and why do we have to go through this if He is love and we are His children?

The answer to this question is in Rom 1:5, 2.Thess 2:3, and Rev 13.

In Rev 13, the Bible says there will come a day when Christians can’t buy food or what they need to support themselves and their families. Because of Hollywood, we have always had the impression that the beast will expect us to be tattooed with his mark when this day comes.

What is the mark of the beast?

Rev 13 says the mark will either be on our right hand or our forehead. Hollywood, and our pastors inspired by Hollywood, have made us believe this is a tattoo or a chip implanted under the skin. But what if they are wrong?

When the Bible says the right hand, it uses a Hebrew idiom to describe something we do with intent, authority, and passion. We see this when the Bible says Yeshua sits at the right hand of God; this means He has God’s authority, but He is also God’s agent who exercises God’s will here on earth. So when the Bible, in Rev 13, says the mark will be on our right hand, it means that the mark will be something we do and something we decide to do with intent, authority, and passion.

When the Bible says the forehead, it uses an idiom to describe where our focus of life is and our object of faith. When the Bible, in Rev 13, says the mark will be on our forehead, it means that the mark will be the object of our faith.

We see this again in Deut 6:8, 11:18, Prov 3:3, 6:21, 7:3, Ex 13:9, 13:16. In these verses, Yehovah says the Torah is to be the object of our faith so we can decide to live it out and obey it with intent, authority, and passion.

When we compare Rev 13 with Deut 6:8, 11:18, Prov 3:3, 6:21, 7:3, Ex 13:9, 13:16, Luke 6:46, 1.John 2, James 2, Rom 1:5, 1:17, Ezekiel 18:9, and 1. John 4:3, it becomes easy to understand the mark of the beast.

The mark is not a microchip, but it is the object of our faith. The object of our faith will determine how we live our lives. If we believe the Torah does not apply to us, that will be the object of our faith, and we will live our lives accordingly. If we believe the Torah applies to us, that will be the object of our faith, and we will live our lives accordingly. Yeshua says the Torah applies to us; the Antichrist says the Torah does not apply to us. So, in the end, the object of our faith (the mark of the beast) shows who we serve as our Lord. Is Yeshua our Lord? Is the Antichrist our Lord?

What will happen in Rev 13 is that the beast will require everyone to live their lives as if the Torah does not apply to them. Most Christians are already living as if the Torah does not apply to them, but in Rev 13, the entire society will be based on this one rule “do not obey the Torah. Those who obey the Torah can not buy or sell anything.” The beast will have no problems with someone claiming faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior, as long as they do not obey the Torah. But if you are to buy what you need to feed your family, you will be required to do something the Torah forbids us to do. And if you make that choice, to break the Torah to feed your family, you will have taken the mark of the beast when that time comes.

How can we know this for sure? By reading what has happened in the Old Testament in the past and Hebrew history. When Antiochus Epiphanius invaded Israel, he outlawed the teaching of the Torah and God’s name Yehovah. When Hitler came to power, he banned the teaching of the Torah and God’s name Yehovah. Hitler and Antiochus had one thing in common, they had no objection to someone living as a Jew or as a Christian, as long as they rejected the Torah.

The devil is no fool; he knows that for this to happen in Rev 13, he has to influence the church and what it says. This is why 1. John 4:3 says the spirit of the Antichrist is active in the church, and this is why we should be very concerned when we hear a pastor tell us the Torah was done away with at the cross or that Yehovah’s name is God.

Ok, but we are not living Rev 13 right now, and we dont know if Rev 13 will happen in our lifetime. So why then does Yehovah allow us to go through some rough things in our lives now? And why does it seem as if He sometimes is silent?

The answer is to prepare you for what is coming.

When you are suffering right now, you are faced with two choices. You can worry, get anxious, and stressed out about it, or choose to trust. Rom 1:5 says if you are saved, you will want to trust but not the type of trust the church has told us about.

The Bible says, in Rom 1:5, the trust we need is obedience to the Torah. So what Yehovah wants of us is that we choose to do like Job, whatever happens to us, we will obey the Torah. And when we obey the Torah, Yehovah has promised in Deut 28:1-13, to help us, heal us and meet all our needs.

When you learn how to trust, despite your circumstances now, you will be prepared for what is coming in Rev 13.

Go back to Rev 13 and see what it says. It says that when the Antichrist comes, and the beast is released, we who are Christians will be persecuted and suffer. If we are not prepared for this and know how to live as Christians under persecution, we will be tempted to give up and believe the lies of the AntiChrist.

Nowhere in the Bible does it say we will be raptured away before this happens. The rapture will come before God’s wrath is released on the earth, not before the great tribulation. How do we know? Because Yehovah has never raptured His people away from tribulation in Egypt, but He did “rapture” them away before He unleashed His wrath on Egypt by protecting them in Goshen from the angel of death.

When all of this happens in Rev 13, it will not be easy to live as a Christian. The ones who will survive the tribulation are those who have learned how to trust Yehovah. The Bible says, in Rev 12, 14, they are the ones who will overcome the devil. We see this in Joshua and Caleb’s lives, Joshua and Caleb knew how to trust Yehovah, and they were the only two allowed into the promised land. Those who had left Egypt but did not know how to trust Yehovah never saw the promised land. This tells us that those who have accepted Yeshua, but never learned how to have obedience trust, will never see heaven when they die (Matt 7:21-23)

How will you survive Rev 13 if you never learned in advance to have trust obedience?

This is why Yehovah allows terrible things to happen to you and why your prayers are not answered right away.

When Yehovah permits a disease or any calamity in your life now, He is doing so in the hope that you will respond with trust obedience to the Torah as Job did. When He sees us responding with trust obedience in the storm, He knows we have learned one more lesson on how to survive, and He can release us from our calamity.

How can a loving God allow cancer, disease, sickness, and death in His children’s lives to “prepare them for what might happen in the future?” Allow me to respond with a question, how can a loving God not prepare His children for what is coming? I would rather learn how to trust Him now for the small things, so I am ready if the AntiChrist shows up in my lifetime than having to learn how to trust AND survive under the terror regime of the AntiChrist. Because what it all comes down to is this: Those who know how to trust Yehovah will overcome the devil AND inherit eternal life.

To learn how to trust Yehovah in trust, obedience to the Torah determines where we will end up when we die. Where we end up when we die will be forever, so if you fail now at trusting Yehovah, you will end up in hell for eternity. If the Antichrist shows up while we are alive, and we do not know how to trust Yehovah, we will be deceived into taking the beast’s mark.

Is it not better to learn how to trust Yehovah now than being deceived by the Antichrist and end up in hell when you die?

So the key for your healing, the key for your deliverance, the key for your prosperity, the key for your peace is the Torah. The more you respond to your lack of peace, your sickness, your circumstances with Torah obedience, the faster Yehovah will deliver you.

The more you respond with Torah obedience, the more Yehovah will know for sure you can survive Rev 13 if it happens in your lifetime.

We can never lose sight of the fact that we are still living in a world at war on this side of the second coming. Our enemy, the devil, is still permitted to run freely on the earth, and one day Yeshua Himself will face the devil in the world’s greatest battle in the valley of Megiddo.

When that day comes, it will be too late to choose sides.

When that day comes, you are either for Yeshua or against Him.

When that day comes, only those who obey His Torah are for Him (Matt 7:21-23, Luke 6:46)

When that day comes, you will be glad you had to go through all you went through and learned trust obedience (Rom 1:5)

So which side are you on?

Are you one that will be easily deceived and end up taking the mark?
Are you one of those who will refuse the mark, obey the Torah, and see how Yehovah remains faithful to His promises in Deut 28:1-13?

Only you can answer that question, but I hope you will answer it by listening to and obey the Bible instead of the spirit of the Antichrist. If you do listen to the Bible, the Bible promises you will live and have life (Rom 1:17, Ezekiel. 18:9)

So choose life.

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