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Yahuwah, Love, and Death

Many people who believe in our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah (yah-hoo-wah), nevertheless do not understand His nature. If they read the Scripture, they tend to think of the "God" revealed in the Ibriy (Hebrew) Scriptures as being Someone totally different from the "God" revealed in the Greek Scriptures. This is because most people think of Yahuwah in the terms that He has been expressed to them by whatever preacher they listen to and never consider what the Scripture, Ibriy (Hebrew) and Greek, has to say of Him. While it is impossible for us, as humans with such limited abilities and senses, to understand or know the mind of Yahuwah, we can get an idea of Yahuwah that is reasonably accurate if we take the time and make the effort to read and thoroughly study His written word. People hear only those attributes these preachers talk about and wind up thinking that Yahuwah is only loving, kind, merciful, and forgiving. All of these attributes are definitely true of Yahuwah, but He has more attributes that also need to be known and understood.

Yahuwah is also:

These are just a FEW of the references to these types of attributes of our Eloah that are shown in the Scriptures. There are many more passages confirming this if you care to look them up. The words translated in these verses as jealous, vengeance, angry, and righteous actually and literally mean jealous, vengeance, angry, and righteous.

Yahuwah IS LOVE
This is a fact that is so obvious from the scripture and experiential life that it cannot be disputed. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son Yahushua to give His life as a ransom for us. He loves us so much that His love for us continues even when we are not obedient to Him. However, the results of His love will be very different for us depending on whether we are in obedience or whether we are not. The consequences of obedience to Him is life everlasting, just as was originally inferred to Adam (B'ereshiyth [Genesis] 2:17). The consequences of disobedience is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). Harsh? No. Just realistic. There is no such thing as a free lunch. We are given chance after chance to see and understand. If we willfully continue to refuse to accept His gift, that gift will finally be withdrawn.

Yahuwah places limits and conditions on everything that He has promised. Every covenant (testament) that He has ever made with anybody has always had conditions. The gist of ALL of the conditions has always been obedience to His word. He (Yahuwah) is our Father, IF we obey His commandments. IF we love Him, we will obey Him. IF we will obey Him, He will be our Father. IF we obey Him, He will come to us and make His abode with us. IF we obey Him, He will love and guide us. IF we obey Him, we will have salvation. This is shown throughout scripture in all of His dealings with everyone, starting in the Garden of Eden (B'ereshiyth) and continuing right through to the end of the world (Revelation 20:11). He has NEVER made a promise to ANYONE that did not have the condition of obedience attached to it as a qualifier. Some people will call this legalism, but it is not. It is fact. Some people will say this is salvation by works, but it is not. The obedience will come AFTER we believe. From that belief will come all of the things that form obedience. We MUST OBEY Yahuwah!

He told Adam that he could freely eat of every tree in the garden EXCEPT the tree of knowledge of good and bad. If Adam wanted to have life everlasting, all he had to do was to OBEY the commandment of Yahuwah and NOT eat of that tree. That was the condition. "Obey Me," Yahuwah said, "or die." Adam ate. Adam died.

As He made promises to various people and placed the deliverance of these promises on this condition of obedience, He also stated the results of disobedience. These results are ALWAYS death of the body and soul. (The soul is not and never has been immortal. See the article "Body, Soul, and Spirit" for further information.) While Yahuwah doesn't enjoy allowing people who are disobedient to Him to die, He also doesn't seem to be overly concerned about the physical deaths of individuals. He is very much more interested in the actions of the individuals while they are incarnate.

Just as an example that Yahuwah is loving and merciful, look at what He said about going to war while there was pressing business at home.

This shows that these men who are going to war MAY BE KILLED in the process. Rather than allow their efforts at home to be enjoyed by someone who has not earned that privilege, He says for them to return home and enjoy the fruits of their labors. So the fact that they may be killed is no big thing. Death is part of life. But in His mercy and compassion, He gives them the chance to first enjoy that for which they have worked. (Except in the case of the fearful, and this is so they won't demoralize the rest of the troops and cause more unnecessary deaths.) So the Master sends men in harm's way knowing that it can result in their physical deaths and accepts that as part of the life that He has given them. If these men are in obedience to Him He welcomes their deaths so their spirits can return to Him.

To demonstrate that Yahuwah's mercy is NOT shown to those who do not know Him or to those who do NOT obey Him, look at what He told the Yisra'eliym (Isra'elites) to do to those people who they would come across in their trek to the Promised Land. Those outside Kena'an (Canaan) who did not resist them (obedience) would be spared whole if they paid tribute (taxes). Those outside Kena'an who did resist them (disobedience) would have all of their men killed and the remaining women and children would become slaves of Yisra'el after their cities had fallen. Those inside Kena'an were to be destroyed completely whether they resisted or not.

Note that this wasn't slaughter for slaughter's sake but a purging of unbelievers for explicit purposes. Yisra'el (Israel) DID NOT OBEY Yahuwah's command in this and they are still paying for that disobedience today.

Now this is a lot of killing! Untold numbers of people of all ages died at the hands of the Yisra'eliym, and countless Yisra'eliym died also. Could this be the same merciful, compassionate, and loving Yahuwah that we believe in today? Yes!

Our feelings concerning the death of someone, whether we know them or not, is not even a consideration in the sight of Yahuwah. He is in control, has been all along, and knows very well what the outcome of all of this will be. How can we, with our puny little intellects, even attempt to place restrictions on what Yahuwah can do with our lives, even to the point of ending them? What we must do is love Him regardless. Those things that we understand we need to build on. Those things that we do not understand, we don't need worry about, for when we do need to understand them, He will open our understanding for that purpose.

When a loved one dies, we grieve. Since many times we do not know the state of their spirit at death, we grieve because of OUR loss, and not because that loved one has died. If we knew the state of their spirit we might grieve even more, because MOST people are not in obedience to the will of Yahuwah. Even those we think of as child of Yahuwah's. If we do know that the person who died was truly a child of Yahuwah, we should not grieve but rejoice, because that person is out of this terrible and degenerate world and with the Sovereign. This should give us even more incentive to seek out and obey the will of the Sovereign.

Where do we find the will of our Sovereign? Not in the mouths of men. Not on some religious radio broadcast. Not from some televangelists such as Billy Graham, Jack Van Impe, Jimmy Swaggart or his son Donnie, or those found on TBN, or the PTL, or the 700 Club, or any other such as these, although we should listen closely to everything that is said by anyone on the subject. After we have listened, we must check out what they have said for ourselves in His written word, for these people often tell us SOME of the truth, but never all of it. Only in His written word will we find the true will of Yahuwah. Even there we must be very careful. There are extant versions, such as the NIV, ASV, RSV, The Living Scripture, etc., that contain translations from corrupt and apostate Greek texts. We must determine which of the modern versions are thus and shun them entirely (except for comparison studies while knowing what they contain). If you want to know the will of Yahuwah, read the word of Yahuwah, and not some vile perversion that is attempting to pass for it. One way to know if it is the word of Yahuwah is to look for copyrights in the front of the version you are reading. The word of Yahuwah cannot be copyrighted by anyone but Yahuwah. His copyright is found in the text, not on the flyleaf. If some earthly company owns the material, it is not the complete and accurate word of Yahuwah.

You may need guidance from someone to help you understand the word of Yahuwah, but again, even if the person is really a child of Yahuwah, he is still just a man. Using someone else's knowledge and understanding of the scripture does NOT absolve you from any error that may creep in. You must test the spirits for yourself to know if what is said is true. The only standard by which to make that test is the Sacred Scripture. Manmade traditions are just that. Manmade traditions. Yahushua had plenty to say about that, and none of it was favorable.

C.F. Castleberry
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