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The Righteous Shall Flourish

Date Palm bearing fruit in Israel.

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he hall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of Yahovah shall flourish in the courts of our God.” – Psalm 92:12-13

Have you made the Sabbath a part of your life? The LORD promises a blessing for those who observe His commandment to rest on the seventh day (Saturday) of the week. God promised to bless those who honor the special day that He sanctified from creation. The Sabbath is a sign between you and your God.

“They shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and green: to show that the LORD is upright…” – Psalm 92:13-15

Do you want to be like the palm tree that is blessed and thrives and continues to bring much fruit in its old age? Start keeping God’s seventh-day Sabbath this week. It begins at sundown on Friday nights, and ends at sundown on Saturday nights. According to God’s reckoning of time for a twenty-four hour day, the new day always begins at sundown. The first book of the Bible records this method of keeping time, and God’s people have been practicing this method of reckoning for thousands of years.

“And the evening and the morning were the first day.” – Genesis 1:5

May God bless you with His wonderful presence this Sabbath.

Shabbat Shalom,

Pastor Luis Yosefus

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The Blessings of the Sabbath

Many born-again, Spirit-filled believers in Jesus Christ [the Messiah] are rediscovering the validity and blessing of keeping the original Saturday Sabbath. In order to receive the blessings of the Sabbath, every follower of Jesus needs to consecrate this holy day each week to God, alter their accustomed behavior of Sunday-keeping, and resist the pressures of the world to conform to their system of reckoning days and time.

In my own walk with their Lord, this occurred a number of years ago when I became a devoted Bible student. Prior to my discovery of the true Sabbath day, I was a regular Sunday-keeper. I had been saved and born-again into a mainline denominational church and nurtured by the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. But as I grew older and wiser as a follower of Jesus, I began to discover inconsistencies in what my church was teaching and what the Bible actually said. The Holy Spirit, which indwells us and guides into all truth, is the greatest teacher of all (John 15:26, 16:8, 1 John 2:27). He, who Jesus called “The Spirit of Truth” began to give me new revelations that I never knew before, and thereby furthered the perfecting of my knowledge of Christ.

“And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whosoever keeps His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in Him.” – 1 John 2:3-5

One of the inconsistencies that my church was erroneously teaching, was the abrogation of the fourth commandment, namely, the sanctity of the Saturday Sabbath. I could not understand how my church claimed they believed in the Ten Commandments, but at the same time disregarded the commandment to keep the seventh day of the week holy (Exodus 20:8-11).

When I ask the pastor of my church regarding this fault, I was told that the original seventh day of rest and worship was replaced by the first day of the week (Sunday) under the New Testament. “Where does it say that in the Bible?”, I asked. My pastor replied, “Well, it doesn’t really say that in the Bible, it is simply a doctrine that our denomination believes.” I thanked the pastor for his honesty, but I decided to study further on this subject for myself and prayerfully come to my own conclusion.

Sabbath-keepers vs. Sunday-keepers

As I prayed and sought the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit, I eventually came to the personal conviction that God has never authorized anyone to change the Ten Commandments, and therefore, the seventh day of the week (Saturday) Sabbath was still God’s designated holy day. I also discovered that keeping the Sabbath is an outward sign that I belong to God.

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am Yahovah that does sanctify you.” – Exodus 31:13

“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahovah that sanctify them.” – Ezekiel 20:12

“And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahovah your God.” – Ezekiel 20:20

Not only are we to keep the original Saturday Sabbath in obedience to God’s commandment, but it also becomes a “sign” that we are God’s elect people – saved, sanctified and set apart from the rest of humanity. Sabbath-keepers distinguish themselves from Sunday-keepers as a sign that we belong to God and to manifest His righteousness and glory.

Today, those who keep the Sabbath are no longer limited to odd Christian fringe groups such as the Seventh-Day Adventists and others. More and more believers within mainstream Christianity are rediscovering the sanctity and blessing of Sabbath observance. Numerous individual believers, religious groups, Bible scholars and church leaders are now taking a fresh look at Sabbath observance. Many of these have also ceased the unbiblical practice of Sunday-keeping in place of the true Sabbath.

If you would like to study further on this subject of keeping the fourth commandment, write us for our free booklet, “The Blessings of the Sabbath” by Pastor Luis Yosefus.  We know that God will bless you with greater wisdom and understanding of His Word as you endeavor to place truth above tradition, and learn to “think outside of the box” of pop religion.

In the Master’s service,

– Luis Josephus

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What is an apostle?

Pastor Luis Yosefus

It is important for every believer to understand the sobering fact that many false prophets and apostles abound in the church today. They masquerade as Christian preachers and ministers. They even have large churches and ministries. And some go as far as to proclaim themselves to be “apostle so-and-so.”

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” – 1 Corinthians 11:13-15

“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.” – Jude 1:17-18

Other pastors and ministers are misusing the title of “apostle” in order to exalt themselves above their peers and taking positions of leadership in the church which God has not ordained for them. Like Diotrephes, they have very large egos and are determined to be perceived as “lords” of their denomination or religious sect.

“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.” – 3 John 1:9

A true apostle of Christ

Since the title of apostle or prophet carries great authority and responsibility, it should never be used irresponsibly or for the purpose of enhancing or exaggerating one’s own importance, power, or reputation (self-aggrandizement). God’s Word warns us that “whoever exalts himself will be humbled…” – Matthew 23:12.

Although certain aspects of apostolic leadership were intended to continue throughout the history of the Christian church (see Ephesians 4:11-13), the title itself retains the unique connotation of the honor given to those twelve simple men and disciples who Jesus personally called and commissioned to plant His church. In fact, the Book of Revelation says that the fisherman Peter and the other 11 disciples will actually have their names inscribed on the 12 foundation stones of the future New Jerusalem when Christ returns (Revelation 21:14). The original apostles were personally mentored by Jesus, eyewitnesses of His death, burial and resurrection, and even authorized to write the last 27 books of our Bible. Therefore, this high level of apostolic authority must be carefully distinguished from the many Christian pastors and ministers who are using the title of “apostle” today.

The word “apostle” itself comes from the Greek apostello, which simply means “to send.” So in a general sense, anyone who is a traveling missionary or evangelist sent to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ is an apostle who has been “sent” for that purpose. But on a higher level, the apostle is also used to convey spiritual authority within the church. The apostle Peter, the apostle John and other original disciples had this level of apostolic authority. So did the apostle Paul, who wrote many of the New Testament books, as well as Barnabas and James (the half-brother of Jesus) (see Galatians 1:1, 2:7-8; Acts 14:4,14; Galatians 1:19; 2:9).

Jesus himself is also referred to as “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession…” – Hebrews 3:1-4. Jesus was compared to Moses in the Old Testament. Moses was also an apostle of God (i.e. one sent by Yahovah with His authority) and Aaron was the High Priest of God’s people. Under the New Testament, these two offices are now combined in the person of Jesus Christ who is worthy of more glory than even Moses and Aaron.

“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.” – Hebrews 3:1-3

Before you accept the teachings or leadership of anyone who calls themselves a “prophet” or “apostle” today, be careful to test his or her ministry. Make sure they have the qualifications of a genuine apostle of Christ, and are truly bearing the fruits of righteousness. Also ask yourself, “Is this professing apostle genuinely walking in humility and teaching the way of Christ? Or, are they prideful and deceptively exalting themselves in order to get people to follow them?”

Remember the warnings of Jesus: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves…” – Matthew 7:15-16, 20.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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