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Hi and welcome to camping4ELOAH.com! This site is a Father’s Word teaching site, and as such, I—as a Pastor and Teacher of Father’s Word—teach Father’s Word as read from a 1611 Kings James Version Bible transcribed from the Original Manuscripts.
The purpose of my website is to not only teach Father’s Word, but also to teach the student how to Read, Study, and Interpret Father’s Word for themselves in order that they’ll (1) be able to better understand and are not confused by what they’re Studying; (2) be able to discern truth from lies when someone tells them that something is in Father’s Word; and (3) have the knowledge to be able to use different Study Tools to interpret Father’s Word, and be able to take it back to the original languages for themselves, so that they need not rely on another man to do it for them. — Father gives us the bricks, but it is up to us to do the building! This is the only tru way that we can show Father that we Love Him — by Studying His Word to gain the Knowledge of Him as He Desires — Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God more than your burnt offerings.. Every Student of Father’s Word should be able to check out what ANY man tells them concerning Father’s Word, even checking behind me, as I am human and can make mistakes.
Both Paul and Peter teach us that, as Christians and Students of Father’s Word, once we have Salvation and understand the Salvation message, then it is time for us to mature and graduate from the Milk of Salvation to the Meat of the Word, and even further still unto the Strong Meat. Milk=Salvation, i.e., a babe if you will; Meat=means we understand some of the deeper truths, we’re Students who are still learning, though we never stop learning; Strong Meat=We’re still digging and learning ourselves, but we should be able to teach or share Father’s Word with those who are babes or students.
When Reading and Studying Father’s Word, if we stick to the Structure, i.e., following the Topic, the Subject and the Object as we were taught, then we won’t be led astray by any man. This is why here at camping4ELOAH.com, Father’s Word is taught Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book in order that the student learn Father’s True Word, and not man’s customs, denominational doctrines, dogmas and\or traditions. I Don’t say this to be smart or to sound better than anyone; but, because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself taught us this in Matthew 15 and Mark 7, I’ll bring in from Matthew 15:
Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, [15:2] “Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.” —>
Here in verses v15:1-2, these scribes and pharisees concerned themselves with the “tradition of the elders,” i.e., the high priest and the church hierarchy. What was their “tradition?” The manner in which Jesus, disciple washed their hands, or the lack thereof, when they were about to eat. Let’s continue on reading and find how Jesus answers:
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? [15:4] For God commanded, saying, ‘Honour thy father and mother:’ and, ‘He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.’ [15:5] But ye say, ‘Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, ‘It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’ [15:6] And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free.’ Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. —>
Again, in verses v1-2 these scribes and pharisees were concerned with Jesus' desciples not washing their hands before partaking of food. See, it wasn’t just that they “washed,” it was a ceremony in “the way” they went about washing their hands, and Jesus’ disciples were not following “their tradition.” As Jesus was answering about that “tradition,” He also brought in another of their “traditions”—this one about leaving their parents destitute in order to “pay tithes”—which He corrected them on. See, the high priest and these elders and church hierarchy were more concerned about the people giving their money to the church—much like many of the church houses of today, “pay your tithe”—than they were concerning taking care of their older parents, which broke Father’s Commandment about honoring father and mother. In both instances of their “traditions,” He told them that because of their “traditions,” they made Father’s word null and void.
Now, let’s take a closer look at this entire scenario: So, these scribes and Pharisees who were in Jerusalem came to see our Lord Jesus. Did the verse say Why? No. But, you can rest assured that they had a purpose; and you can take it to the bank that their purpose wasn’t for good. Ask yourself several questions here: Who were these scribes and Pharisees? Why was it that they were always contending with our Lord and He always contending with them? Do you know the answer(s)? They were the “religious leaders” of Jesus’ day. Do you know their lineage? I’ll point it out to you in a moment. They were supposedly the “Jewish priests.” I say supposedly because if you know Father’s Word, then you know that they were not supposed to be His Priests, as they were not Kohathite Levites. Priests were to be only the descendants of Levi through his son Kohath, through son Amram, and then his son Aaron. This lineage was designated by Father to be His Priests. Levi had three sons—Gershon, Kohath, and Merari—but, only Kohath’s grandson Aaron and his descendants were to be Father’s Priests. The descendants of Gershon and Merari were to assist their cousins, but even they were not allowed to be Father’s Priests. So, just in the statement that they were the “Jewish religious leaders;” should have your ears tingling, because they, being “Jewish” would have been descendants of Judah, not Levi, and therefore were not supposed to be Father’s Priests. That being now said and out of the way, let’s look at something else Father pointed out in His Word in I Chronicles 2:55, as it’ll also give us a clue as to the “why” they contended with Jesus and He contended with them: I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath (hot springs; and, heat) (kham-math’), the father of the house of Rechab (rider; and, rider) (ray-kawb’). —> I’ll not go into the three tribes which dwelt at Jabez mentioned here as, they are only mentioned one time in Father’s Word, and that one time is here in this Chapter and verse. A search of the word: “kenites” in either the Strong’s Concordance; or, E-Sword, will bear out what I’m saying concerning the scribes and pharisees not being Israelites. But, there is more to examine in this verse, namely: The “Scribes.” To understand who these were, I suggest you read my Topical Study “the Scribes.” It is a lengthy Study, which is why I’m only posting the link and not including it here; but, suffice it to say, they should have never been allowed anywhere near Father’s Word orally, “teaching” it, and definitely NOT “writing” it. These scribes and Pharisees were not Levites and were not even Israelites. Their claim of being Jewish was by location association only, such as my being born in PA and now living in KY, I claim to be a Kentuckian.
Again, as a Pastor and teacher of Father’s Word, I don’t want to be as one of those pastors Father addressed in Jeremiah 23 where He said, “Woe be unto the pastors...,” and Ezekiel 13, 14, and 34 where Father told Ezekiel to “...prophesy against the prophets and shepherds who prophesy out of their own hearts...for these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?....” What I mean to say is, that, from the time of the Levitical Priests of the Old Testament, in both Houses: House of Israel—all 12 Tribes before the Division, and then the 10 Northern Tribes of the Divided House—and House of Judah—the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with a sprinkling in of the Levites, and Manassites—to the priests, scribes, pharisees and sadducees during the time of Jesus’ day, to the majority of laypersons, ministers, pastors, preachers, priests, and reverends up to, and including today, they forsake their great commission of teaching Father’s Word Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book, and instead insert their customs, denominational doctrines, dogmas and\or traditions
It’s easy to tell whether your church is teaching how Father desires His Word be taught, and whether your church teaches the Doctrine of our Lord and Saviour: Jesus Christ; put them to the Litmus test, (1) do they indeed teach Father’s Word Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book; (2) ask them one or several of the following questions—and ensure they give biblical support to their answer, and even then, you follow up by checking behind them: (A) Who all was in the Garden of Eden and what were their names, roles, titles? Genesis 2; (B) What happened\what was the original sin in the Garden of Eden? Genesis 3; (C) Where did Cain go when Father banished him from the Garden of Eden, who named that land? Genesis 4; (D) From whence did Cain take his wife, who was she and where did she come from? Genesis 4; (E) Was Goliath—whom David slew in I Samuel 17—truly a giant, and where did he and the other giants—(see also Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible, Appendix 25)—in Father’s Word come from? Does your church not like to teach from the Old Testament and only teach from the New? Then ask these questions: First-off, ask them why they only teach from the New Testament, as Jesus taught from the Old Testament and quoted from it many, many times: (F) Explain the “Parable of the Sower” of Matthew 13:1-43, especially verses 13:25-43?; (G) What was Jesus teaching Nicodemus in John 3 when He was teaching him about being “born again” and “born of water?;” (H) If Jesus cannot lie, and would not call anyone names, or something they are not, explain John 8:44? All this will be discussed in greater detail either later on this HomePage, or during one of the Bible Chapter teachings.
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This weeks (Dec 3rd, 2017) Bible Study is: Back in our Father’s Word this morning, we’ll be Studying I Chronicles 11:1-10.
Legend for using camping4ELOAH.com: On this site you’ll discover that I use several different attributes to highlight and draw attention to important verses or commentary. Sometimes I use bolding; underlining; italicized,—italicizing within a verse denotes that the italicized words have been added in order to make the verse read more correctly—Old English and other fonts, and I’ll also use different colors for some of the verses, hyperlinks to other pages within my website [Bible Chapter Studies], other websites [such as bibleatlas.org, hebrew4christians.com etc], and dictionaries. So, if you see an underlined word, sentence, or phrase, it may not be for emphasizing but may be a hyperlink to take you to another study tool. When you do see something underlined, move your mouse over the underlined word and if it is a hyperlink, two things will normally happen: (1) The Mouse Cursor will turn into a little pointing hand; and (2) the underline disappears. Then once you have clicked on the link and then return to that page from which you clicked the link, you’ll notice the underline has changed from blue to yellow. The Text I use in the verses is the same as used in Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible; and as such, I’ll post here and now the quoting from his Companion Bible, his comments concerning the text he uses: “The Text is that of the Authorized Version of 1611 as published by the revisers in their “Parallel Bible” in 1886. There are NO ALTERATIONS in the text beyond what can be effected by a variation in the character of the TYPE. Hence, there is nothing that affects the ear when reading it aloud; but only that which meets the eye in order to call attention to important facts and truths.....”
Let’s continue now and learn a little history from Father’s Word:
II Kings 22:12 And the king (Josiah) commanded Hilkiah (God is my portion; or, portion of YAH) (khil-kee-yaw'-hoo) the priest, and Ahikam (brother of rising [that is, high]; or, a brother who raises up) (akh-ee-kawm') the son of Shaphan (species of rock rabbit [from its hiding]; or, coney) (shaw-fawn'), and Achbor (mouse) (ak-bore') the son of Michaiah (who is like YAH; or, who is like YHVH) (me-kaw-yaw'), and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah (YAH has made; or, the LORD hath made) (aw-saw-yaw') a servant of the king's, saying, [22:13] Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not harkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. —>
The “book” is obviously Father’s Word, the king’s copy of “the Law,” which each king was to himself write and keep, in order to follow Father; and, then, rule and judge Israel by. Sadly, it has been many years—as we are at present, in Josiah’s 18th year of his reign as king of Judah, that makes the year 513 B.C., and as such, Josiah being the last good king of Judah, thus making it approximately 132 years or so—since anyone has picked Father’s Word up and read it. Why? Because the House of Israel had turned from following Father and His ways many years previous. It all started with Solomon, the third king of the House of Israel—the United Nation, before Father divided it—who reigned from 920-880 B.C.. His lust of the flesh led him to take to himself, seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Many of these women were foreigners or “strangers,” in other words; they were non-Israelites who worshiped other, false gods. Because of his lust for these women; Solomon turned from serving Father YHVH only, to also serving and worshiping their gods, and, as the old saying goes: “as the king goes, so goes the Nation.” Because of Solomon’s worship of these other, false gods, Father told him that He would rend the Kingdom of Israel into two separate Nations:—House of Israel and House of Judah—however, He would not do so in his lifetime, but instead, He would do so after his death and during the reign of his first son: Rehoboam. Rehoboam’s tax burdens on the people were so severe, that it led to an open rebellion amongst the twelve tribes, and out of fear for his own life, he therefore fled to Jerusalem, where the tribes of Judah and Benjamin alone remained true to him, forming the Nation of The House of Judah whereas; the other ten tribes banded together and formed the Nation of The House of Israel and made Jeroboam their king.
Rehoboam reigned 14 kings ago from where we’ll now pick up and continue here. Here, at present—because of their continuous idolatry and repeated warning against such by Father YHVH, the House of Israel has already been taken into captivity to the Assyrians—approximately 513 B.C., during the present king, Josiah’s 18th year of his 31 year reign, he had had his scribe go to the High Priest and take an accounting of the sum of silver which had been collected, for the repairing of Father YHVH’S Temple. To this point in Judah’s history, for the most part every king between Rehoboam—except for Asa and Yekh-iz-zee-yaw’-hoo (Hezekiah)—and now 26 year old Josiah has done evil in Father’s eyes. Yes, we can read in just about every case they “did that which was right;” however, they neither removed the high places where the people illegally burnt incense, nor the asherah groves where they held their orgies. But, in either case, Father’s Law has been for the most part, non-existent as; as we read here in II Kings 22. This holds true even for Josiah for, if we were to go back several verses; to verse vII Kings 22:2 we read: II Kings 22:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. —> This sounds like Josiah was doing great and he did as, he even went so far in doing righteousness that he played like Moses and our Lord and Saviour Jesus, an intercessor between Father and the People of Judah as; Father had told him that when He brought him Home to Him, He would then bring calamity upon the Nantion of the House of Judah because of all the evil of Josiah’s grandfather Manasseh, upon hearing this, Josiah tried to save as many souls as he could by getting the People to return their hearts to Father. He even held a Passover more grand than that off Hezekiah. Young Josiah’s only downfall and you could almost say that it wasn’t even his fault as he didn’t know because he wasn’t taught, was that he was not in compliance with Father’s Law concerning one of his responsibilities as king, and that was of his writing his own copy of Father’s Law. Heck, it had been so long since anybody had read it that, it was unknown in Judah: II Kings 22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her. —> Who did the High Priest and the scribe go to for insight and clarification? Huldah the prophetess who was at the college teaching Father’s Word. [22:15] And she said unto them, “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘Tell the man that sent you to me, —> Father delivered His message through her to Josiah, and this is what He had to say. [22:16] ‘Thus saith the LORD, ‘Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: —> Father was angry and was going to bring about “evil,” think sorrowness, trouble, or vexation upon the Nation of the House of Judah. Why? [22:17] Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. —> Because they turned their back on Father in order to worship other false gods, and neither their king, nor the High Priest put a stop to it. Think they could have? Have you never read what Asa—the 3rd king of the House of Judah after Father split the Nation into two separate kingdoms— did when he took over as king? I Kings 15:8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. [15:9] And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. [15:10] And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. [15:11] And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. —> What was it that Asa did that Father considered so right in His eyes? Let's read the next few verses to find out. [15:12] And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. —> Unlike our current usurper-in-charge, Asa did that which was right in Father's eyes by removing the sodomites, he also removed all the idols the people were worshiping, and he wasn't done yet. [15:13] And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. —> He removed his own mother from the territories of Judah because she had a huge asherah idol and was partaking of the orgies in the groves. After he kicked her out, he removed her idol and burnt it by the Brook Kidron. [15:14] But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. —> Even though he didn't remove the high places where the people illegally worshiped Father, he did do all the other things that Father considered right in His eyes, therefore Father considered his heart perfect. Now, let's contrast Asa with Josiah who did not do those things Asa did. Josiah allowed the people to forsake Father and serve other gods; therefore, Father did not consider his heart perfect with Him, and because of this, let's continue reading to see what Father will do. [22:18] But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, ‘Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘As touching the words which thou hast heard; [22:19] Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee,’ saith the LORD. —> Father is letting Josiah know that He had heard his angst and saw how he rent his clothes and humbled himself when he had heard the Words read to him from The Law; therefore Father is going to be merciful unto him. The point that Father YHVH is stressing here is, that, it doesn't matter how bad the world is, or your family is; for, when you humbly seek Him in repentance, He hears you and He—as He tells us in His Word He will—forgives you. His is our Father and as such He loves all those that love Him and humbly seek after Him in repentance, and His wrath is not directed towards you. This is why it is important to let Father know that you love Him, and repent through His Son Jesus Christ. Father will not let the wrath that He brings on this world harm you one little speck, when He moves to bring His wrath on this world. [22:20 ‘Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.’ ’ ” —> Hearing Father had respect unto him for humbling himself after hearing Fathers Words read from The Law, Josiah makes a complete and total turn-around in the next chapter in Father's Word, a very interesting read which we Christians in this Country should press our Government to do.
A quote from Dr. E.W. Bullinger, one of my favorite Biblical Scholars and author of the Companion Bible, one of my favorite Bible Study Tools: “The Word of God may, in one respect, be compared to the earth: All things necessary to life and sustenance may be obtained by scratching the surface of the earth. BUT, there are treasures of beauty and wealth to be obtained by digging deeper into it. — So it is with the bible. “All things necessary to life and Godliness” lie upon its surface for the humblest saint: BUT, beneath that surface are “great spoils” which are found ONLY by those who seek after them as for “hid treasure.”.”
Psalms 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, Thou knowest. [40:10] I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation..
Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. -> So, are we ready to learn some more of Father's Truths? Let's get started.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -> In the beginning=Billions of years ago, in an Age before this one, prior to when our Father - ELOHIM - Creator of all things, created all the worlds and universes, or, as He says in—Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.—His Office of Saviour: Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit and His Wisdom existed; He then created and formed everything else, for, The Word existed From the Beginning.
The Word=In the Strong's Concordance the word "Word" is Greek word number: G3056, - λόγος, - logos, pronounced - log'-os, and means: From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in The Gospel of John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ): - account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.. As the spoken word reveals the hidden thought, so the Living Word reveals the Invisible God. The Word Did NOT Become a philosophy, a Theory, or a concept to be Discussed, debated, or pondered; But, the WORD became flesh in order to be HONORED, LOVED, and WORSHIPED. The Word also became flesh for the very reason Father told us through His Chosen Vessel Paul in one of the Epistles he wrote, THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE To The HEBREWS: Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [2:15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
God=With the Article. Reveals the God of The Word, what we today call - the Bible.
The Word was God=This too is correct, for "the Article" designates "The Word" as the subject. The order of the words has only to do with the emphasis, which is placed on the predicate, while as I said, "The Word" is the subject.
Was God=Here in this verse, "God" is without the article because it denotes the conception of God as Infinite, Eternal, Perfect, Almighty etc., and we can contrast it here with—John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.—where the article is supplied.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. -> As I previously stated - The Word—He, God, Christ—existed prior to the creation, because it was He Who created everything.
John 1:3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. -> To this point we have been discussing "The Word;" here though, we change subjects, and, now focus on the creation of all things which we see; i.e., the earth, the sun, the moon, the planets and stars, the sky, the ground, water and flesh bodies.
Let's jump on over to Chapter John 14, picking it up in John 14:6.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. -> This in and of itself, is a Truth; for, this is the defining Truth of Christianity—and not only Christianity, but all flesh man, for, we were all created by the same Creator: ELOHIM; and, though when we all die in the flesh, as declared in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 as soon as we depart this flesh life; we return to the Father Who created us, however—we do not have eternal life unless we accept His Son - Christ Jesus and repent of our sins in His name. Everything else - matters not, there is no other "religion" which can save us and give us eternal life - only through The Son.
Jesus...I AM=This affirmation "I AM"—used by Father Himself when answering Moses as to Who Moses should tell the Israelites sent him to save them out of their bondage to the Egyptians in Exodus 3:14 "I AM THAT I AM - 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh" in the Hebrew - I will be what I will be—is used by our LORD twenty-five times in the Gospel of John alone.
The truth="And" the truth - to emphasize the Lord's statement. This word occurs twenty-five times in John, with twenty-two of them being spoken by our LORD.
The life=A characteristic word, used by Jesus thirty-six times in this Gospel of John, and means "the way which leadeth to eternal life." We can compare this with I John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. -> Your Father, your Creator wants you to live with Him forever because He loves you, and He created you in His image. It is only through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that we can obtain forgiveness for our sins and then have eternal life with Him. He is waiting for you to ask His forgiveness so that He can forgive your sins and accept you into His family; however, it is completely dependent upon you, for, you must make the choice and the decision to turn to Him, to love Him. It is for this reason He has given all His children “free-will,” to prove to Him whether you love Him and accept Him and all that He has done for you, and thereby have eternal life; or reject Him, and at the end of Christ's 1,000 year Millennial Reign, be cast into the Lake of Fire. [5:12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. -> This is it in a nut-shell. You can accept the Son, Jesus Christ – God in the flesh; and, there-by, have eternal life with your Father, your Creator; or, you can deny Him and therefore be considered Spiritually dead until the day of Judgment; and, at that time will be physically dead as well, as, your spiritual body will be cast into the Lake of Fire, and, immediately completely consumed. It's your choice, you can have either: Eternal Life; or, death, there are no fence sitters. [5:13] These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. -> Which confirms and re-emphasizes this verse: John 14:6. The "proof is in the pudding" so to speak: either accept Him and have eternal life with Him; or reject Him, and your soul will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there are no fence walkers or sitters, it's "either - or."
John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known My Father also: and henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him. -> This verse is quite easy when you apply common sense; and, think it through. As we read above, John told us in the first verse in this Gospel that Jesus and the Father are one, John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.. Jesus is the Word of God, He is the Logos, that is, "the divine expression, (that is) Christ." We also know from both the Old Testament and the New that there was One prophesied about, Who would come to be the Saviour of the world. The prophet Isaiah, prophesied in the Book named for him, as he was speaking to Ahaz who was wearying Father, that Father Himself would give Ahaz and the world a sign: Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the LORD Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.. The apostle Matthew, in his gospel confirmed this, for as we read in Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.. when Father translates something from His Word, we have no right to try and further break it down and translate it to what we want it to mean. Then again, we read further concerning Father and Jesus being one in John 10:30 I and My Father are one..
John 14:8 Phillip saith unto Him, LORD, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. -> Here is the definition of "walking by sight" and not "by faith." Jesus just said to His disciples, "If ye had known me...ye know Him and have seen Him. Obviously, Phillip, like Thomas, was a non-believer, at least by faith, they both needed to "see" to believe. Much like those who celebrate Jesus' resurrection every year, Jesus told us He would resurrect, so why do we need to celebrate it, I don't as; I believe by faith.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, have I been so long time with you, and ye hast thou not known Me, Phillip? he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? -> Listen carefully to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in this verse, don't be listening to any other man, not even myself as I can never speak it as well as our Father. Jesus said, "he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; how saith thou then, Shew us the Father?" The problem today is that we, having been conditioned for so long from sitting in that kurch pew, listening to a man (no gender involved) speak their "sermons," that it is now become awful hard to put off from us those traditions, those things which we've been taught for those 10, 20, 30, 40 or more years while sitting in that building listening to the same old dogma.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. -> "Believest thou not that 'I AM' (ehyeh asher ehyeh) in the Father." Here our Lord even uses the sacred name which Father told Moses to use when Moses asked Him Who he should tell the Israelites sent him to lead them up out of their bondage to the Egyptians.
Dwelleth=In the Strong's Concordance, in the Hebrew, this word is Hebrew word number G3306 - μένω - meno, pronounced - men'-o, and means: A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): - abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.. This is the "brother word" if you will, to a word that Jesus uses when He says in verse v14:2 that "in His mansion in Father's house are many mansions (mon-ay')." They both have the same meaning "to abide, or to rest," and if you aren't in Christ, then you have no rest.
John 14:11 Believe Me that I AM in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very work's sake. -> Jesus is saying, that, if you cannot accept that, I am in the Father, and He is in Me; that we are one in the same, then just believe in Me for the sake of the miracles that you have seen me perform. They watched as Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, after having been dead and in the tomb for four days (the other miracle in that act which is not spoken of, is, that, when Jesus said “Lazarus, come forth” Lazarus did so still wrapped in his grave clothes, his feet were bound and therefore he couldn’t walk, he floated or, levitated out to Jesus); as well as witness the blind man being healed; they witnessed the cripple man receive a healing at the pool at Salome; and, in His first miracle, they tasted of the six pots of water which He turned to wine at the marriage ceremony in Cana. They tasted many times, as Jesus fed thousands of people on a basket lunch of a fish and bread, the lunch of a small boy. So, now, Jesus is telling His disciples, if you cannot understand when I tell you I and My Father are one; then, believe Me for the sake of what you have observed with your own eyes. Miracle after miracle; they saw the works that only our Heavenly Father could do, including His control of the winds, the calming of the sea, and the fig tree immediately wither away after He spoke to it.
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Who I am: My name is Scott, and I study with (though, neither I nor my website are formally affiliated with) Shepherd's Chapel, (Youtube) a daily one-hour, chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse Bible study program. I have studied Father's Word with them for a number of years, and am very excited at the Truths in His Word that I have learned through the Holy Spirit and Pastor Murray's reading of Father's Word. My Statement of Faith is identical to that of Shepherd's Chapel; because, Shepherd's Chapel is my church.
I created this website to answer some of the questions of people I've met, and also in hopes that the information here will serve to drive people into Father's Word. I don't expect, neither do I want, anyone to take my word on anything I present in this website. I'd rather you open your Bible and see and read what Father's Word has to say. You see, it's not about me; but, it is about our Father and His Word. So, break out a King James Version Bible (not a New International Version [NIV]) or any other version, put away the dogma and\or traditions that you've been taught since childhood, and actually read and study Father's Word.
Do you know why I don't expect or want anybody to take my word? It isn't because I don't know Father's Word; rather, it's because no one should take any other man's word for what Father's Word says. Every adult should be able to properly utilize the available tools to study and translate Father's Word. Do you realize that when you accept another man's (no gender involved) word for what Father's Word says; then, at the end of the day, you're still on your own! If that man has it wrong; and, has taught you wrong, they won't be standing beside you; or, between you and Father on Judgment Day saying, "Sorry Father, it was my fault, not theirs. I taught them wrong." No, you'll have to answer for yourself to Father as to why YOU didn't TAKE THE TIME AND PUT FORTH THE EFFORT to try and properly translate and understand His Word, and why you just accepted another man's translation.
What is the Bible? The Bible is a translation of the Manuscripts. Who did the translating to bring us the King James Version Bible? The current King James 1611 Version was brought to us because, in the late fifteen hundreds to the early sixteen hundreds, King James had men he put to task to translate the original languages into English; in order that we could have Father's Word in English. Were the men King James appointed perfect in their translations? No. They admittedly made errors; however, they did the best they could with the tools available at the time. They also wrote a letter to us and included it as a "preface" in the front of their translation, telling us they erred in some instances, and, further telling us, that we need to seek further and deeper, in order to come to the Truth, where they erred or fell short. How, what and why did they err? Because some of the original Hebrew, Chaldee, Aramic and Greek words were either too hard to translate into English; or, there really was no substitute word, and, they translated as best they could and\or as close, as they could.
How can we best prove to our Maker, Creator and Father that we love Him? By going to church? No! But by spending time with Him each day talking with Him, and by truly studying His Word. Did you know that there will be a test on it in the future? There will be! And if you don't study now to truly understand it, sadly, you will fail His test. It is His test and nobody can escape it, everybody will have to take it, either at the end of this Flesh Age if you are still here; or, at the end of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennial reign. It is amazing how many churches do not read and/or study Father's Word chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. It is also sad how many church-going Christians do not understand the Word of God, His plan, or why we are in this flesh Age. Jesus taught us how to study in Matthew 4: Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.' -> Of course, He was quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3. Every word out of the mouth of God -- not out of the mouth of man. How could man ever think he could say it better than our Father?! The Bible is Father's Holy written Word. It is His love letter to you. Would you give the love letter that your loved one sent to you to someone else, and have them read it to you, or to interpret for you? No! So, then, why do most Christians go to a church and have a pastor or preacher "preach"—not read—to them Father's Word? Again, it is His Word, and as such, man has absolutely no right to say, "This is what I believe;" "this is what I believe it to mean;" "this is what I think it means;" or any other such statements. It is because of beliefs and statements like these that we have the abominations in the Beth-aven(s) that we have today: Bishops and priests preying on young children; churches allowing openly practicing homosexual pastors and unions; clergy performing homosexual marriage ceremonies; and denominations declaring: - "God's Word isn't the authority on homosexuality." All contrary to His Holy Written Word (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 22:5; Romans 1:21-32) (these are just some of the abominations that Father showed Ezekiel in Ezekiel 8). The only way to come to the true meaning of the scriptures is by following the subject and the object of what is being discussed; by taking the words back to Hebrew, Chaldee, Aramaic and/or Greek; by applying analogies, using common sense, recognizing euphemisms, by learning the colloquialisms, Hebraisms, and idioms of the time; and, by properly transliterating His Word.
So, Who is, and What does Eloah mean?
In the original manuscripts in Hebrew and Aramaic languages, God has many different names, titles, roles, character and offices. Eloah is one of His names, it is pronounced e-lo-ah with the "e" almost sounding like "eh." The word Eloah is the singular (or dual) of ELOHIM and appears more than 70 times in the Tanakh, primarily in more poetic passages. The root-meaning of the word is unknown. Eloah is ELOHIM who is to be worshipped. Eloah is God in connection with His Will rather than His Power. The first occurrence of this name associates it with worship (Deuteronomy 32:15, 17). Hence it is used whenever the contrast (either latent or expressed) is with false gods or idols. Eloah is essentially "The Living God" contrast to inanimate idols. We find ELOAH in the Hebrew Dictionary, in the Strong's Concordance, it is Hebrew word number H433 - אלהּ - אלוהּ, - e'lôahh or 'ĕlôahh, pronounced - el-o'-ah, el-o'-ah, and means: (The second form is rare); probably prolonged (emphatically) from H410; a deity or the deity: - God, god. See H430..
So, what do I mean when I keep saying that we have to take the time and put forth the effort to study Father's word? Timothy told us in II Timothy 2: II Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a good workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. -> Well, you might ask, "what tools we can use to do this?" For starters, like I said above, a King James 1611 Version Bible. I utilize the Companion Bible authored by E.W. Bullinger. As quoted in the Preface by Dr. Bullinger: “The Companion Bible is so called because its wide margin is intended to be a Companion to the text; and the whole is designed as the Companion of all readers of the Bible. The human element is excluded, as far as possible, so that the reader may realize that the pervading object of the book is not merely to enable him to interpret the Bible, but to make the Bible the interpreter of God's Word, and Will, to him. To the same end this Edition is not associated with the name of any man; so that its usefulness may neither be influenced nor limited by any such consideration; but that it may commend itself, on its own merits, to the whole English-speaking race. It is Not a New Translation; it is Not an Amended Translation; it is Not a Commentary..”
To study, I also utilize The “Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible” by James Strong (Theologian); a “Smith's Bible Dictionary;” and, also, E-Sword.net (a computer concordance program, which is a fast and effective way to study Father's Word and learn the Hebrew and Greek words and meanings of the original manuscripts). All these tools and others can be found on the "Study Tools and Resources" clickable link on the top of my website.
Luke 24:45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. —> Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, are the only ones Who can open our eyes, our ears, and the Scriptures so that we might understand them. No man; not myself, or any other man, has this ability. If you know anything about the Gospel of Luke, you know that the Gospel only contains 24 chapters, and since as we read here in Luke 24:45 "Then opened He their understanding..." when is this "then?" After He had already been crucified and resurrected. He had been with His disciples and teaching them for three years; yet, it wasn't until after He resurrected that He opened their understanding.
Yes, there is a time to do topical studies;—what some would call "sermons" or "messages"—but, the majority of your learning at Beth-El should be by studying—notice I didn't say 'reading'—Father's Word line-by-line, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, after all, that is what He wants. Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy (love), and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings..
We are to stay away from the "traditions of man" and also false teachings of Father's Word, we do that only by following Father's Word Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book. We should also know how to identify when we hear of such traditions and false teachings so that we can either refute them, or walk away from those things when we hear them. Jesus Himself warned us in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark concerning such; so, let's go to the New Testament and listen to Him teach us:
Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, —> These same scribes and pharisees will lay claim to being of the "Jews" when in fact they are not, they are those that have infiltrated the House of Israel when they deceived Joshua and the elders back in Joshua 9, and also who had taken over the scribe's duties as Father warned us in I Chronicles 2:55 which reads: I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez (Jerusalem); the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.. Our Lord Jesus, being God in the flesh, knows who they are, and they give themselves away by saying and practicing what they say. What is disturbing to these scribes and Pharisees is that our Lord's disciples did not follow their "traditions of the elders," or the traditions of man. This washing ritual was not just a matter of getting your hands clean before you pick up your bread; but it was a created ritual that these scribes had made up and attached Father's name to it. The ritual was never given by Father, or any of His prophets; it came into being by these kenite infested orders of the scribes who took over the duties of the priests when they became lazy. Ezra weeded them out when they came out of their captivity in Babylon; however the priests again became lazy and here we have them back in the position where they are — claiming to be "Jews." This ritual was not a matter of using soap and water, but going through a sprinkling of water in each direction, and holding the hands in the proper position, and going through this very religious ceremony, being sure to show those around you just how religious you were — much like those in the kurch houses of today like to do — play one-upmanship. These kenites created the traditions that the church was to follow, only Christ's disciples simply did not follow the vain traditions that were not of Father. Setting aside Father's Word for following man's traditions is one of the quickest ways to go to hell. Father has given us the only way to follow; any other way, is a sure path to destruction.
Matthew 15:2 "Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread." —> Remember what I wrote earlier concerning what was written in the Smith's Bible Dictionary? I'll repost it here: "the words of the scribes" were honored above the law. It was a greater crime to offend against them than against the law. The first step was taken toward annulling the commandments of God for the sake of their own traditions. Mark 7:13. The casuistry became at once subtle and prurient, evading the plainest duties, tampering with conscience. Matthew 15:1-6; 23:16-23. We can therefore understand why they were constantly denounced by our Lord along with the Pharisees.." Here the scribes are doing just what Dr. Smith had written concerning them — placing their traditions above Father's Word — and Who is that Word — Jesus — The Logos. They are asking Jesus why His disciples don't play "sprinkle, sprinkle" before they eat. Listen to Jesus' answer to them, for this lesson that He is going to give these scribes and Pharisees will consist of four parts, so let's pay close attention so that we may pick up on all of them. In the first part, Jesus addresses the scribes from Jerusalem — "those who claim to be Jews, but do lie, and are of the synagogue of satan;" keep focused on that point. Do you need any other proof that there is a conflict between the Word of God and the traditions of the men? Many of the traditions in the kurch houses of today, are not of Father, nor is their foundation in the Scripture. They originated in the kurch hierarchy by the church boards, and developed through the twisting of Father's Word. just like satan likes to do, of course these are his offspring, so we can see where they get it from. Be careful what or who you follow, for it is Father Who will judge you not the deacons, elders and scribes; remember also, it is Father Who can destroy your soul at the second death.
Matthew 15:3 But He answered and said unto them, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Matthew 15:4 For God commanded, saying, 'Honour thy father and mother:' and, 'He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.' —> Jesus immediately quotes Father's second Commandment from Exodus 20:12 and follows that up with Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9; Deuteronomy 5:16, and 27:16. The death that He is speaking of here is the death of the soul, otherwise known as; — The Second Death. In that, these scribes have brought the law to Jesus' attention; He is about to turn it around on them and give these scribes a little lesson in the law. He isn't done with them yet, He continues:
Matthew 15:5 But ye say, 'Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, 'It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;' —> But ye say=Jesus is pointing out to these scribes that what the elders say, is contrary to Father’s Law. It is a gift=In the Strong's Concordance this is Greek word number G1435, - δῶρον, - dōron, pronounced - do'-ron and means: A present; specifically a sacrifice: - gift, offering.; so in other words, these scribes and elders say it is a set aside, or sacrifice for God. So, what Jesus is pointing out, is that these elders have set up tradition, whereby if the children give all their money to the elders (Father), then that releases them of the obligation of caring for their parents in their old age. Today, there were many crooked preachers, who say that for the right price, they will declare something "corban," which means "of God." They would declare the item or money a gift, and allow the giver to use it for their own personal use.
Matthew 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free.' Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. —> Jesus is nailing these scribes and telling them that if they continue to follow the traditions of these elders, they have violated the commandment of Father, by their actions. There are many today that call themselves "ministers of God — reverends" and they tell us that if you give your wealth to them, you are released from taking care of your mother and father. Jesus is calling them a liar; He is telling these scribes and the preachers of today that by their actions — they are making the commandments of God, of no effect.
Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, —> Jesus is going to give these hypocrite Kenite scribes and Pharisees another Bible lesson in the law. This one is found in Isaiah 29:13.
Matthew 15:8 'This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.'" —> The original reads: Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, "Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: —> Jesus is saying that these scribes speak so religiously of Father with their mouths and lips; however, their hearts and their minds are so far removed from Father and what His Word actually says, that they do not teach His Commandments, but they modify those words, and create commandments of men. Those commandments are called traditions of men. Those teachings are ways and things that are not in the Word of God, and Father is against them. They take these false commandments and turn them into doctrines. Jesus now is connecting the feedings of the multitude, to the doctrines, which is the true food for the Spirit which is the Word of God. The body of Christ is the true "Bread of Life", and aside from that there is no life of value.
Matthew 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, "Hear, and understand:
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." —> Jesus is addressing a second group of people - the multitudes, which are all the people: all kindred's and tongues, and races – both those of the House of Judah and the gentiles. Jesus is telling these people do not only hear what I am going to say, but they should absorb it in their minds also. He is not talking about the health laws here, for they are still in effect and have not been done away with. In other words, if you eat things that are not fit for the body, and contain large amounts of poisons; then your body and your health will suffer because of it. It has nothing to do with sin and the death of your soul; however, Jesus is talking about the biggest sin that can be committed, the sin which can cause the death of your soul. It's what is in your heart and mind - the Spiritual food of the teaching of Christ, the food which gives eternal life that matters; rather then the food that you place in your mouth for nourishment of the physical body.
[15:12] Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? —> Do you think He was concerned that He offended the scribes and pharisees? No, not one iota. Jesus will now make His third address here, and it is to His own disciples. This part is addressed to you as a follower of Christ.
Matthew 15:13 But He answered and said, "Every plant, which My heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. —> Remember, He is speaking directly to His disciples and no one else, and, He is going to reveal again to them what He had told them two chapters ago in Matthew 13 when He said, "If you do not understand this one parable, then you will not understand any of my parables." What was that parable about? That parable was the parable of the sower. Father was the one Who planted the good seed, while His adversary, satan the devil, planted the evil seed, and Jesus warned of these offspring of the devil, the tares, or Kenites that would mix in with the tribe of Judah, and the House of Israel. Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. —> His disciples were having a hard time grasping what He had told them concerning satan's offspring with Eve, so He had to explain it more slowly to them. [13:37] He answered and said unto them, "He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; —> It was Jesus through Father that created man in the flesh; He created all the races on the sixth day, and the seedline through which He would become flesh on the eighth day. “Seed” as used here in the Strong's Concordance is Greek word number: G4690, - σπέρμα, - sperma, pronounced - sper'-mah, and means: From G4687; something sown, that is, seed (including the male “sperm”); by implication offspring; specifically a remnant (figuratively as if kept over for planting): - issue, seed.. [13:38] The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; —> He is not speaking figuratively, He is speaking plainly and truly: [13:39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. —> Again, the word seed as used here is the same as in verse v13:38 — sperma. When did satan — the wicked one, the devil, sow these seeds which became children? It all started in Genesis 3, in the Garden of Eden when he—satan, beguiled—wholly seduced—mind, body and spirit—Eve. Again, remember, this is Jesus — Emmanuel, God with us speaking, and He is not just telling stories or making things up as He goes. Let's listen to Him tell it to them — satan's offspring, in John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He (Cain — satan and Eve's child who slew his step brother — Adam and Eve's son: Abel) was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.. [13:40] As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. —> This is exactly what He is telling His disciples here in Matthew 15:13. [13:41] The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; [13:42] And shall cast them into a furnace of fire (the Lake of Fire at the Judgment and we know from Hebrews 2:14 that our Father is a consuming fire): there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. [13:43] Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. —> Do you have the ears to hear yet? Let's return now to Matthew 15:
Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." —> These kenites were stealing from the poor and taking from the widows and orphans, and now we are to feel sorry that their feelings are hurt? What did you expect Christ was going to say to them. Yes He offend them; however, they offended Him and his disciples even more. This applies to us even today, are we keeping our attention on what Christ is saying, and can we apply those teachings in our lives? How are you judging the world of the so-called righteous? When they give their righteous sounding words out of their mouth and lips, can you tell if it is of God, or the traditions of men. This is what Jesus is trying to teach His disciples.
Matthew 15:15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, "Declare unto us this parable." —> Peter is asking Jesus to explain to him the parable at the beginning of this Chapter, but Jesus will not. This is a teaching that Jesus has already explained, however Jesus will explain a little more of the parable of verse v15:11. Those parables of Chapter Matthew 13 and 14 are the ones that if you don't understand them, you will not understand any of them. This is why it is so important, that if you do not understand them; go back to Chapter 13 and review it until you get it. It is the key. Now this is the fourth part that we must pay attention to. Jesus is addressing Peter, who will establish the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, which continue on to this day. They are the churches which teach Father's true Word.
Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, "Are ye also yet without understanding?
Matthew 15:17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? —> It isn't food (unless it is the unclean foods discussed in Leviticus 11) that defile us, it is the doctrine(s) and traditions of man that we absorb and hold dear to our heart and then pass on to others which defiles us.
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. —> When a man talks, he places his own sentence on his head. A man lives his own sentence; and that that you sow, that is what you shall reap. If you sow wickedness, you shall reap wickedness, and God will see to it that it shall happen.
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Matthew 15:20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. —> After this encounter with the scribes, Jesus then departs and goes to Tyre and Sidon, and He then continues onto Galilee where He has His disciples feed the four thousand men beside women and children the few little fishes and seven loaves of bread. Upon the completion of the feeding of the four thousand, He then climbs into a little ship and departs for the coasts of Magdala. Immediately upon His arrival in Magdala, the pharisees and sadducees come to Him desiring He show them a sign from heaven. Of course our Lord does not put on side-shows; but, He replies: in Matthew 16 so, let's turn there to finish this learning of why is it so important to Study Father's Word and not to worry about man's customs, doctrines, or traditions:
Matthew 16:2 He answered and said unto them, "When it is evening, ye say, 'It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.' —> Jesus answers these pharisees and sadducees with an old sailor's expression: "red at night, a sailors delight and red in the morning, the sailors take their warning." He is telling them that, sure, they can discern the sky, heck, even a fool can.
Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, 'It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring.' O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? —> Yep, you can discern the easy things; however, of discerning the things of Father, they haven't a clue. Jesus never gave them the sign they were looking for; He only called attention to their stupidity. They had watched for many months all of the miracles He performed; yet, they still didn't believe. Jesus knew how He was getting under their skin, and was driving them nuts. Remember in Matthew 15:12 when the disciples came to Him in fear, "Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying." Jesus knew very well how much He was getting to them, if Father's Word offends someone, then they need offending.
Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah in the Greek)." And he left them, and departed. —> All Jesus gave them was what they had the right to know; and then He out the door He went and was gone. Do you think that they were wise enough to know what He meant? No; sadly for them, they were not. When He mentioned Jonas, He was referencing Jonah 1:17 and referring to the three days that Jonah was in the belly of the great fish. Let's read it: Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. —> Father had told Jonah to go and preach to the Ninevites, that they should repent, or He was going to destroy their city, the Ninevites were the Assyrians. Remember that many years prior to this, there was a prophecy given and Jonah knew that Assyria was to be Father's sword of judgment against Israel; or, more specifically, — the House of Israel — the ten northern tribes consisting of Reuben; Simeon; Issachar; Zebulun; Ephraim and part of Manasseh; Dan; Naphtali; Gad; Asher; and a sprinkling of the Levitical priesthood. Jonah figured that if Nineveh perished Father would spare Israel; therefore, Jonah was pleased to offer himself in sacrifice for brother Israel. Father's plans however, were deeper then Jonah's, and when Jonah climbed onboard that ship; Father created a great fish right then and there to bring Jonah to shore — after three days, the same length of time our Lord would spend in the tomb. Jonah wasn't really a coward; but he was fearful for the ten tribes to the north and didn't want them to go into captivity to the Assyrians, so he figured if he didn't tell the Ninevites of Father wanting them to repent; then, they wouldn't be around to be the sword against his brothers. The twist that most preachers overlook of course, is the fact that, the Ninevites were worshipers of dagon the fish god, and when that great fish opened its mouth and Jonah walked out — the Ninevites immediately fell on their faces and worshipped and were then ready to do anything and all things which Jonah told them to do. Jonah told the Ninevites to repent, and the king decreed that everyone do so, and that is exactly what happened. Though Jonah didn't know it, what he did played right into Father's plan, and the whole city thought Jonah came from dagon, after all, to them dagon was God, and he sent them Jonah, and deposited him right on their beach (so to speak).
Matthew 16:5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. —> When Jesus' disciples came from Galilee to Magdala they had forgotten to bring some bread with them, but that is not what this lesson is about, it gets a lot deeper than it appears on the surface: there is a Spiritual Lesson to be learned here:
Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." —> As I previously stated above, the church at the time Father walked in the flesh as His Son — Jesus, was run by the chief priests – selected by the Romans, the pharisees, the sadducees, the elders and the scribes. So this warning by our Lord to His disciples and us, to "take heed and beware of the leaven" was directed at their doctrine and traditions, or in other words: what they were teaching. You add leaven to the dough to make a larger loaf of bread; and the bread of Life is Father's Word — what Jesus was teaching; for, Christ is the Bread of Life. Jesus is telling His disciples, and even Father's Elect and the Christians of today, to beware of the false teachings, and those who present themselves as being of Father; when in fact, what they are giving out are the traditions of men and their own opinions. They do not adhere to or follow the Father's Word. The leaven Jesus is referring to is yeast, and when mother works that yeast into the dough in a short time that flat piece of dough starts to rise and pour over the pan. Then she kneads it again, and it rises until it puffs up and makes beautiful bread. The leaven penetrates the whole loaf. Likewise also; if you listen to false teachers, who take man's traditions, and the twisting of Father's Word, by their denomination or church system, backed by the words of the "so-called" authorities and allow that information to penetrate your mind, then this warning by Jesus Christ is directed squarely at you. Do not let just any teaching be acceptable to you, without checking it out first in the Father's Word. The Bible is our authority and if you are a Bible teacher; then by all means: Teach Father's Word, Book-by-Book, Chapter-by-Chapter, and verse-by-verse. Jesus is saying, Do not listen to man, listen to Me. Is that complicated? No, not at all, Jesus performed two great miracles: the feeding of the five thousand and the feeding of the four thousand and the crumbs His disciples picked up afterward, in order to point out one little fact, and that one little fact is so important that it will be ruining the entire Word of Christ if it is not ardently followed. We are approaching the day where the entire loaf is leavening with false teaching, and daily more and more false teachers coming "in Christ's name;" however, they do not teach Christ's Word - but the words of man. They lie to Christian souls which are starving for the truth in the Word, when they make their statements to be of God, but having like satan, twisted truth or changed one little word - thereby making it a lie. When these preachers and "one verse Charlie's" of today say, "God spoke to me today", and then give out their own made-up "message," and take your money. If his "Word from God" cannot be backed up by the True Word of God, then they are false preachers, and they are filling your ears with lies.
Matthew 16:7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." —> Jesus' disciples still couldn't quite get their head around what He was trying to impress upon them, they still though He was talking about bread — food.
Matthew 16:8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? —> When Jesus perceived=He didn't hear what they were discussing; for, as God in the flesh, He knew what their conversation was about, and He immediately addressed it. Jesus always waited until He and His disciples were alone before He taught them the deeper truths in His Word; and here, He is trying to open His disciples eyes to what He is trying to teach them. O ye of little faith=Wake up, and think — can't you see what I am trying to teach you? The lesson is not over, the fact is, is that this is not about that they have left the bread from the miracles behind, but Jesus is trying to get them to focus in on what is His bread. His bread is what He is trying to teach them, It is His words, the Truth in His Word.
Matthew 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? —> He is going to explain to them more slowly, trying to ensure they hear with their ears this time.
Matthew 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? —> Jesus is asking the disciples, can't you keep track of the difference of what is leaven and what is my bread? Any time you have a large crowd gathered, you are going to pick up some false teachings, and wrong opinions.
Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?" —> Jesus is asking them straightly how it is that they are having such a hard time grasping the difference concerning what He teaches and what these false preachers teach? Don't you even remember what I told you while explaining to you the parable of the sower and the tares. I am not talking about bread here, get your mind on the subject, the leaven is the teachings and doctrines of the pharisees, and the sadducees.
Matthew 16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. —> It's light bulb time as His disciples finally get the message — Jesus is not talking about bread; but, of the doctrine and traditions of man. The doctrine that comes forth today, which is claimed to be from God by those that have never picked up a Strong's Concordance to verify what the Hebrew, Chaldee, Aramic or Greek words mean, is utterly useless save for the Salvation message. Paul told the Hebrews and us plainly in Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews: Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. —> The preachers today are no better than these scribes for they just do not know what the entire plan of Father is because they haven't searched the scriptures save to make it fit their meanings and doctrines. The preachers in these kurch houses need to go back and partake of the child's food instead of being in front of people trying to teach them. When one comes into their midst and gives them a morsel of truth, they just cannot handle the strong meat in the Word. [5:13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. —> Grow up and dig into the Word before you try and teach it to somebody else. [5:14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. —> Truth and non-truth. If you think it doesn't matter, you'd be wrong because Father tells us in His word in both I Peter 4 and also in the Book of Ezekiel, we’ll read it from I Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? —> Judgment begins with those who teach Father's Word, and if a pastor, preacher, minister even unwittingly teaches incorrectly or falsely, he is liable for every soul he leads astray. What happens to those who falsely teach? Father plainly explains that to us also in His Word in two different places in the Book of Ezekiel, first in Ezekiel 34:1-16 and then also in Ezekiel 44:6-14. Father has His eye on those false shepherds, and they will be the first and the most severe to be judged on judgment day, for He doesn't like it when someone misleads His flock. There is a copy of Father's Word which is clear, locked, and cannot be changed, it's called the Massorah, and it is the only form of Father's Word that is precise. So when these false preachers run around and say things that do not check out with the Massorah, they lie, and are a disgrace to themselves; but, more importantly to Father. It is your duty also to combat the scribe and what they try and teach.