[ October 2008 Newsletter ]

Dearly Beloved Brethren In Yahshua,

By the time this newsletter arrives, you should have just observed the Feast of Trumpets and are preparing for the Day of Atonement. On Trumpets day the trumpet sounded for Yahweh’s people to gather for the Feast days of the seventh month. It is time for us to hear and obey the voice of Yahweh’s Word as we gather together to offer worship and praise to our Holy Father and King. The Psalmist, Asaph, tells us: “Sing for joy to Elohim our strength; shout aloud to the Elohim of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. Sound the ram's horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the Elohim of Jacob.” (Psalm 81:1-4; NIV) This we have done in celebration of Yahweh’s Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah).

The observance of the Feast of Trumpets marks the commencing of the “Ten Days of Penitence,” (Hebrew—aseret yemei teshuvah), which concludes on the Day of Atonement (October 10). During this time of self examination and repentance, let us consider the heartfelt message of David in Psalm 51. “Have mercy on me, O Elohim, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:1-2; NIV) May this be our prayer as we seek to approach Almighty Yahweh and offer the sacrifices of the praise of our lips. “Return, O Israel, to Yahweh your Elohim. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to Yahweh. Say to him: Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.” (Hosea 14:1-2; NIV)

How truly wonderful it is to have the knowledge of Yahweh’s truth to lead and guide us on our spiritual walk down the narrow pathway of life. Almighty Yahweh is merciful. He forgives our sins and cleanses us of all unrighteousness when we confess and forsake our sins (1 John 1:9-10). There is hope for us through the sacrifice of our Savior and Redeemer, Yahshua the Messiah. Through the cleansing power of Yahshua’s blood, we are able to present ourselves as living sacrifices before Yahweh (Romans 12:1-2). He accepts, and will not despise, the sacrifice of a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17).

Brethren, in the intervening time until Atonement, let us thoroughly examine ourselves within. Let us contemplate the great sacrifice of our Savior as the one who has borne all our sins and given us a release from the guilt of sin (Isaiah 53 & Leviticus 16). When we properly prepare ourselves to observe the Day of Atonement, we can look for our sorrow to be turned to joy as we observe the Feast of Tabernacles and anticipate the coming Kingdom of Yahweh.

Looking Forward to the Feast of Tabernacles

It is our hope and prayer that each one reading this newsletter has made plans to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend, please let us know. We want to help those who are in need, in whatever way that we can. We realize, (and so does Yahweh), that many of the brethren have suffered at the hand of the adversary and are in need of assistance. It is our desire to fulfill the two great commandments and to help all the brethren of Yahweh’s Philadelphia Truth Congregation to do the same. As the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:12, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Messiah.” (NIV)

Each and every individual part of the Body of Messiah is important to the body as a whole. By exercising Philadelphia love for one another, we can learn to function as a unit with care and concern for our brothers and sisters. “…so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Messiah, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-27; NIV)

We have a genuine concern for all of the brethren. If you are unable to attend the feast due to physical infirmities, or for some other reason, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can send you sermon CDs.

We are completing the final preparations for the Feast of Tabernacles. We have been busily preparing the spiritual manna to feed Yahweh’s people. The theme for this year’s feast is: “Watchman, Do We Understand the Signs of the Times?” We anticipate Almighty Yahweh meeting with us through the presence of His Holy Spirit.

We especially ask that each person leaves all vestiges of the world behind and goes to the feast to develop a close personal relationship with Yahweh and Yahshua. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of Yahweh lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17; NIV) Encourage your children to do the will of Yahweh and have a spiritual, mountaintop experience at the feast that will cause them to walk in the way of life. Parents are scripturally obligated to take responsibility for the spiritual welfare of their children and educate them in the way of life. “Children, obey your parents in Yahweh, for this is right. Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of Yahweh.” (Ephesians 6:1-4; NIV)

Continuing in Truth and Love

In YPTC we view this ministry as a part of the continuation of the truth that has been passed on down through the ages from apostolic times. The fact that there are seven assemblies mentioned in Revelation 2 & 3 indicates that there are differences between various groups of true believers. Even though there are differences between us, we allow the love of Yahweh to be at work and actively seek to develop and maintain good relationships with other Sacred Name believers. We do not view these other groups as enemies, on the contrary, we seek to stress our common beliefs and communicate with others of Yahshua’s flock.

There are some who believe that they have exclusive rights to Yahweh’s Truth. They have a condescending attitude toward other Sacred Name believers and teach that they alone will receive salvation. This attitude of superiority is a sign of arrogance. Yahshua has told us to be humble as a child and not judgmental of those in other assemblies who are doing good works in Yahshua’s Name. “Sitting down, Yahshua called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’ ‘Teacher,’ said John, ‘We saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Yahshua said. ‘No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Messiah will certainly not lose his reward. And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.’” (Mark 9:35-42; NIV)

We seek to give a cup of water (Ephesians 5:26 & John 7:37-39: the Word and Spirit of Yahweh) to others and thus fulfill this scripture. We reject the arrogant attitude of those who offend the little ones in Yahshua and cause them to sin. Instead, we must show love, care and concern for others in the faith. This is what Yahweh teaches us in His Law. “Do not hate your brother in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt. Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.” (Leviticus 19:17-18; NIV)

All of Yahweh’s people need to maintain a close positive relationship with our Savior by doing His will, especially in respect to obeying the two great commandments of love (Matthew 22:37-40). The love of the brethren (Philadelphia) identifies those who truly love Yahweh and keep His commandments from the heart. The Philadelphia congregation of Revelation 3 is described as keeping Yahshua’s Word and not denying His Name. Yahshua commanded us to love even our enemies. By having perfect love through obedience we show that we do not deny Yahshua’s Name. We must embrace the Word to prove our love for Yahweh, Yahshua, and our neighbor. This should be the pattern that we seek to follow.

There will always be defectors from the Truth who totally disregard the commandment to love our neighbor. These people identify themselves by their evil fruits (Matthew 7:15-23). They follow the way of the adversary when they falsely accuse brethren in the faith with lies. They covet what other believers have and even try, with no shame, to steal from others. By justifying their sinful actions they lead people astray and cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of. “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Master who bought them — bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2 Peter 2:1-3; NIV)

Yahweh will ultimately deal with the false teachers who are guilty of these evil things. It is up to those who love Yahweh to do what is right no matter what.

We need to always treat others with respect as a sign of our love for Yahweh and our neighbor. By showing the true love of Yahweh, we are able to overcome evil with good. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving Yahweh. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with Yahweh’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for Yahweh’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says Yahweh. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9-21; NIV)

News, Notes & Notables

  • Seventh Month New Moon.
    Happy Yom Teruah brethren and friends. On the evening of September 30, the seventh month new moon for the Feast of Trumpets was sighted by four brethren on the Island of Trinidad, West Indies, making October 1 new moon day. We now look toward the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.

  • Feast Days of the Seventh Month.
    This is our final reminder concerning Yahweh’s seventh month feast days. The dates to remember are as follows:
    Feast of Trumpets—October 1, 2008
    Day of Atonement—October 10, 2008
    Feast of Tabernacles—October 15, 2008
    Last Great Day—October 22, 2008

    The Feast of Tabernacles is the one feast during the year when we unite together in a large gathering of our spiritual family. We will once again be meeting together at the Cherokee KOA in Cherokee, NC. It is the responsibility of those attending to make your reservation with the camp management. They can be contacted by phone at: 1-800-825-8352. Camping spots are still available. Anyone needing help with their arrangements can contact YPTC at 1-888-FOR-YPTC.

    It is our hope and prayer that all of the brethren will be able to attend this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. Always remember to be faithful in keeping back the feast tithe so that you have the money to attend the feast and bring an offering to Yahweh. As scattered believers, we are part of Yahweh’s spiritual temple that is being built in these end days. Yahweh’s Name is upon His people, and we are commanded to gather with our brethren at that place to seek Yahweh.

  • Kenya, East Africa.
    Plans are being finalized for a ministerial journey to Kenya. The previous trips have been very productive in helping to expand the ministry there. Since the political turmoil in Kenya last fall, things have settled down enough that it should be reasonably safe for traveling. We will have more information on this journey once we have taken care of all travel arrangements. Even though the rioting and violence has for the most part ended, there will be certain dangers that must be heeded. We ask that you begin to pray now for this to be a safe and successful trip.

  • The Sabbatical Year Ends.
    With the blowing of the trumpet on the Day of Atonement, the Sabbatical Year officially ends, and the count will begin for the next Sabbatical cycle. As we know, the Sabbatical year is the time that Yahweh has legislated a Sabbath for the land. According to Leviticus 25 and Deuteronomy 15, we have sought to obey that commandment. We know that the Sabbatical years, and especially the Jubilee, have prophetic significance for the time of the end. This is shown very clearly by Yahshua in Luke 4 when Yahshua reads a portion of Isaiah 61 in regard to the Jubilee year and then applies it to himself.
    “So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of Yahweh is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh.’ Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’" (NKJV; Luke 4:16-21)
    Two years ago the elders did a through examination of all the biblical and historical evidence that would help to identify the Sabbatical and Jubilee years. The information leaned heavily on the side of 2007-2008 being a Sabbatical Year. Regarding the Jubilee year, the information was inconclusive and rather contradictory. Since there are prophetic implications concerning the Sabbatical and the next Jubilee, we will continue to search for more information on this important subject.
    According to the Sabbatical food time table that we followed, one month after the Day of Atonement fresh produce can once again be eaten. We will resume purchasing and consuming frozen vegetables three months from the Day of Atonement.
  • Remember to Pray.
    Each time this newsletter is sent out, we always take the time to remind our readers to pray. The daily time that we spend in prayer helps bring us closer to Yahweh and Yahshua. Prayer changes things. It is an important way of expressing our love to Yahweh and of showing our love for our neighbor. We see how Peter and John in Acts 3:1-8 showed love for a lame man, “Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man that was lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. And Peter fastening his eyes upon him, with John said, ‘Look on us.’ And he gave heed to them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Yahshua the Messiah of Nazareth, walk.’ And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet and his ankle-bones received strength. And Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising Yahweh.” We thank Almighty Yahweh for his healing power, and we know that it comes to us through prayer. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective, Jacob 5:16.
  • Conclusion

    As Yahweh’s people, we have a part to play in the scheme of end-time prophecy. It is up to us to maintain the true worship of Almighty Yahweh in anticipation of Yahshua’s return. Many of us have already felt the dark power of persecution upon us. We need to be prepared spiritually and emotionally for what is ahead so that we can endure that which befalls us as true worshipers. “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21:12-19; NIV)

    Brethren, be prepared for what is ahead. The signs are all around us. We must watch, especially at the holy seasons for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the coming of our Savior. “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back-whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!’” (Mark 13:33-37; NIV)

    May Almighty Yahweh bless and keep you all as we obey Him and observe His holy convocations. Drive safely! Remember brethren, we love you and will be praying for you all.

    With Deep Spiritual Love in Yahshua the Messiah,

    Your Brethren in the Truth