Covenant Keeper’s will live!

Exodus 31:13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 
14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 
16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 
17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”

18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Today we will try to bring into focus the one thing that has done more harm to the unity of the Assembly than any other one thing. It is an open wound in the side of the body of Christ and needs to be Closed and healed.

“Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” (Vs 13)

The Sabbath That God is speaking of is the same Sabbath that He ordained in the Garden of Eden on the 7th day of creation. This Sabbath is the mark that we bear, that says we belong to Him, and no other. A sign of the agreement between us and the Father. Without this mark we cannot be sanctified. (Designated as Holy to him.)

This to God, is the most important of all of the Commandments given to the assembly at Sinai, and those of us who are grafted into the olive tree must Hear and obey this Commandment in particular, for it means life or death to us.

“You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.” (Vs 14)

God himself declares the Sabbath Holy, and everyone who profanes it, will die. And if a person does work on this 7th day, that person shall be cut off from the assembly. Violating this one commandment is a death sentence.

So, what is the first thing that Satan attacks when the church is being formed? He comes after the Sabbath. And we are intimidated into adopting the Pagan Sabbath instead of God’s set apart day.

Pagan’s worshiped the Sun god; therefore, many now meet on Sunday, thanks to Rome and the Roman Catholic Church. And many Christians were put to death by Rome for keeping God’s Sabbath, they were martyred because they were unwilling to give up the Sabbath that God ordained.

So Yes, Satan’s attack on the church of Christ came through the Roman Catholic Church, but we have bought into it, so that most churches now ignore the Sabbath that God gave us and ignore also His covenant.

“Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 
Therefore, the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.” (Vs 15, 16)

We are supposed to be a covenant people, with this one exception we do not keep covenant with God. So, whose covenant are we keeping? It seems that we have come into agreement with the Anti-Christ, whom the Bible refers to as the Lawless one. This is the one who violates God’s commandments and thinks nothing of it. And why is that? He is leading you to your death, that’s His job. God’s enemy is our god, when we surrender to His will in preference to God’s. This is what we have done to ourselves because we caved to Roman Catholic intimidation.

“It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’”

So Here again he brings forward the reason for His Sabbath and reminds us that it has stood since the creation of the Earth, and everything in it. Clearly God’s intends His Sabbath to be eternal, and it is but only by those who believe and value God’s word above life itself.

The Sabbath is for those who will enter the Kingdom of Elohim, and who have been granted eternal life. This is what Covenant is all about. We must reject every attempt on the part of the Lawless one to turn us from our Covenant with God, even if it costs our lives. For those who believe, eternal life is our reality, and physical death is nothing to us.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2nd Timothy 1:7)

And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Vs 18)

Understand that before the Commandments were handed over to Moses, this one thing was stressed by God Himself, so that we would be sure to understand the importance of it. If we cannot abide by the Covenant given at mount Sinai, we need to understand that the consequences will result in eternal death.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why did He say that? Part 6

Matthew 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” 

What does Lawfulness or lawlessness have to do with love, and with our hearts?

The Apostle John knows and tells us, “Whoever believes that Yahshua / Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1st John 5:1-3)

Apparently, the law and love are tied together in the Kingdom, and these are the means by which we overcome the world. For John is fully aware that these things are our refuge from those who might come against us. This is what sets us aside from the rest of the world.

For John goes on to say, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Yahshua / Jesus is the Son of God? (1st John 5:4, 5)

But Yahshua / Jesus makes it even more clear as He ties Love together with our obedience to God’s Law, when He said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Clearly our Savior is telling us that If we love Him, and want a relationship with Him and the Father, we will Keep the Commandments out of our love for Him. And we will not keep just a few of them but all. Meaning that If we will not lie, cheat, or steal from others, then we will also Honor His Sabbath on the 7th day.

We will put away our Pagan practices, and keep the feast days that He ordained for His people.  Passover rather than Easter, unleavened bread, first fruits, Pentecost, The feast of trumpets, and the Day of Atonement, as well as the Feast of Tabernacles. All of these are rehearsals for events that are yet to come and tied intrinsically to Prophesy.

God has commanded us to stay away from things that are unclean, so that we will know what it means to keep a clean heart and to be His Holy Temple.

Ezekiel spoke of this very thing when He said, “The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. 
26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 
27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 
28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the Lord had not spoken.” (Ezekiel 22:25-28) 

In essence we have been bamboozled out of our heritage by false teachers, who misrepresented the Word of God to us, and we in our innocence believed them. Because even though most of us have a Bible, and can read, we did not fact check these people who are paid to bring us the truth.

This will be the cause of eternal death for many who will read this message today! Because of our inaction and ignorance of God’s Word many will perish.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)

If you love Yahshua / Jesus you will harken to this Message and Obey God.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why did He say that? Part 5

Matthew 13:37 “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 
38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 
39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 
40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 
41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 
42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 
43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Yahshua is explaining to His disciples the meaning of the Parable of the sower. And He explains that He will be the sower of the good seed. But the enemy who sows the tares is Satan, or the Anti-Christ.

“The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.” (Vs 38)

Now the stage is set, and the plot revealed. Even though there are those in the Church pretending to be the Son’s and daughters of God, He is aware of them.

“The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.” (Vs 39) So he not only is aware of them but can identify them. And the angels will gather them, both the Wheat and the Tares. The believer’s and the unbelievers will be harvested together.

“Therefore, as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age.” (Vs 40)

Here is a person who is good for nothing, represented by the tares. These who bear no fruit, are to be destroyed by fire.

“The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Vs 41, 42) 

They are practitioners of lawlessness, they will not learn God’s Law, nor will they keep His commandments. These are the ones who violate God’s Sabbath, who lie, steal, and commit fornication and Adultery. These are the one who are habitual sinners. Those who mis-quote and twist the Word of God to their own benefit. And this is the fruit of their labors, being burned and destroyed.

Those who are not genuine will be burned, tares even look like wheat, but bear no fruit. They will be separated out and destroyed. And while they are being carried off by the Angels there will be crying and gnashing of teeth. Crying because of their being culled from the Harvest, and gnashing of teeth because they are angry at their fate.

Here we have people who thought that just because they knew the name of Jesus / Yahshua and believed, they were under the impression that they were saved. But what they forgot, was to not only believe, but to follow.

“Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Vs 43)

How many times must we be told that the fruit that we bear dictates our final and eternal destination.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 

Lawlessness is the fruit of these wolves who will lead us straight into the furnace in the last days. A righteous Man keeps God’s Commandments, but the unrighteous will refuse to keep them. The practice of violating the Sabbath that God ordained is just a glaring example of our lawlessness.

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (1st John 2:29)

If I were you, I would begin to practice His righteousness as soon as possible!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why did He say that? Part 4

Mark 7:6 “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

Yahshua Christ pointed out to the Pharisees that they were teaching as doctrine things that had nothing to do with the Word of God. They were teaching things that were based on their own traditions and crediting it to God. They were even teaching that there was a certain way that they were to wash pitchers and cups.

And if Yahshua rebuked our Jewish Cousins for doing this, do we not think that he will be much more likely to do the same to us? For what we do as Christians is far worse. For we have taken the traditions of Idol worshipers and brought them into the Church, and even applied the holy name of Christ to them.

The very definition of blasphemy!

We have adopted Christmas / Saturnalia, a practice that was taking place among idol worshipers, over a thousand years before Christ was born. Celebrating the birth of Baal. Nowhere do we find that God ordained such a celebration. So that no matter what the excuse is for this practice, it is of man, not God.

Easter is the same thing except it even bears the name of a Pagan goddess of fertility, and Ishtar / Easter was practiced before Christ was born also egg laying bunnies and all.

While our God has ordained set aside time for us to celebrate, we ignore those feast days in preference to our own Pagan feasts.

Leviticus 23:1And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 
2“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.
3‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
4‘These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.

And to replace the Sabbath with one of our own making is not only diabolical, it is the very definition of sin for it violates the 4th of the Ten Commandments, the very foundation of our faith.

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 
9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 
10but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 
11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

We have allowed Satan to deprive us of God’s own Sabbath, and think nothing of it. That’s how deceived we are! And then we proudly announce to the whole world the we follow the whole Bible, as we pick and choose what scriptures we will follow. Unless we follow the entire Word of God, we are teaching those who come to us for salvation the doctrine of the Anti-Christ. (The Lawless One)

Where did all of the corrupt doctrine come from, we may ask? When we look at the reformation, we will find that Martin Luther brought these things with Him from the Roman Catholic Church. This is Roman Catholic Doctrine! That reflects the hatred of Jews.

Isn’t it time that we distance our selves from everything that Is false, and return to the true faith before Yahshua comes?  Or do we not know that all of us will be judged by Him and the God’s Law will be the rule of thumb. He will judge all of us according to the Commandments of God the Father, regardless of what we believe.

Now is the only time we have in which to repent, and change our ways, so that we will be found in agreement with Yahshua Christ on that fateful day.

Shalom my friends.        

Chuck Greever

Why Did He Say That? Part 3

I really wonder why he tells that the way is narrow when everything is supposedly covered by grace? Not only is the way narrow but it is difficult. It’s just not easy to walk as He walked. Why we may ask, is it so difficult?

It is difficult because it is not compatible with our basic nature, we are self-centered individuals by nature. In order for us to follow His example we have to die to self, putting away that egocentric part of ourselves.

Did He not say, He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37-39)

He tells us we must follow His example, and His teachings. Not just once but repeatedly, and in several different ways.

The Apostle John also tells us, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1st John 2:6)

What is this narrow path that Yahshua was so insistent about? If we look at what He told the Woman at the well, or His exchange with the young rich ruler we begin to see.

Yahshua said to the woman at the well, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” He pointed out Her sin according to the Commandments of God. She was an adulteress!

He did the same thing with the young ruler. Saying, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Yahshua / Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19:17-22)

Here He says, if you want to enter into life keep the commandments. And then He pointed out His sin according to the Commandments. The young rich ruler walked away because His riches prevented him from following Yahshua.

At every opportunity Yahshua Christ brought forward the Commandments of God and told us, ““If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)

In the book of Revelation this is confirmed in no uncertain terms, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 11-15)

Keeping it simple, Yahshua, our judge, is coming and bringing his reward. And then we’re told that the reward is Heaven for those who have faithfully kept the Commandments of God.

But those who have not are left out side for having believed the lies of Satan, the lawless one.

Until we hang on to every word that Christ Yahshua said, we will never get beyond the Anti-Christ. Nor will we understand the true meaning of grace.

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why did he say that, part 2?

Matthew 7:21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When Yahshua Christ says that not everyone is going to heaven, He is saying that some will fail to make the mark.  It is vital to our walk that we know why some will be unable to make the cut. He is telling us this much, there are people calling him Lord. but do not do what a true believer does, namely keeping God’s Will.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’”  (Vs 21)

Here is where the difference lies. While they profess that they believe in Him, and they have prophesied in His name, and they have even used His name to cast out demons, and done many wonderful things in Christ’s name, still they are outside of the Kingdom looking in, and why is that? How could anyone be so dense that they do not know that they must follow the Word of God, and walk in His ways?

There’s only one explanation! These people are the congregation of the Anti-Christ. They have believed the lie. The deception that Satan has brought, runs that deep.

Did He not say, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:23-25)

And he tells us, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15, 16)

So many of us have been duped, and when I was younger, I too was among them. But when I understood that there are no contradictions in the Word of God. I came out from among them.

He tells us plainly who it is that cannot be saved when he says, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Vs 23) Lawlessness is the culprit.

Those who reject God’s Law, will die in their sin. How simple is that?

Here is why the Anti-Christ is called the Lawless one.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2nd Thessalonians 2:5-12)

Never forget that Christ called us back to His Commandments repeatedly saying, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

So many of my friends say Jesus this, or Jesus that, but have not returned to the Way of Christ!

If this you my friends, you’re in trouble! Repent and turn from your deception!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Why Did He Say that?

Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”  (Vs 17)

If the Law had been done away with then why did Yahshua say that He came not to destroy the Law but to fully preach it? The Word fulfill, or Plaroo, in Greek, means to fully expose or to teach. But yet Christians are supposed to believe that while He said He would not abolish the Law, He did away with it? Wouldn’t that make Christ a liar?

Something is very wrong with the doctrine of most Christian churches because of just this one issue, but there’s more.

“For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Vs 18)

Look around! The Earth is still here, is it not? And has heaven been done away with? Not according to the Bible! Then the Law is still in effect isn’t it? It would take a real idiot to believe otherwise, but that’s what Satan thinks of us, he thinks we’re stupid!

And on the heels of that comes this. He says, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 19)

According to Yahshua Christ those who do not teach the law cannot make the grade. But those who do, will be seen as great in the Kingdom of Elohim. So, we’re given a choice to either be great by teaching as he taught or to be a failure in His eyes.

And then the icing on this cake is, “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Vs 20)

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (1 John 3:7)

Righteousness is attributed to those who do not sin. Something the Scribes and Pharisees could not handle, because they created their own Law based on the traditions they created, not of God nor scripture.

Perhaps this is why Yahshua said to them, “‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” (Mark 7:6, 7)

Their righteousness was based on their own Laws, not God’s, and then they imposed their laws on the people not keeping them themselves.

When judgment comes and we stand before Our Savior, and we are judged according to God’s Commandments. Knowing this brings a huge cloud of doubt on the teaching of doctrine in most traditional churches today. Why would Yahshua spend three years teaching the Law and then die for our sins if he didn’t intend for us to keep the Commandments.

And why would He say, “If you love me keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

And a few verses after, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (Jon 14:21)

So, after we study the Red Letters in our Bible, the words of Christ Himself. We need to ask ourselves why did He say that? Cast aside the doctrine that Satan’s spawn has dictated to us, and seek the truth of God’s word, and we will find that many of us have allowed ourselves to be deceived because we were too lazy to study the very Word of God that will brings us into eternal life.

Test everything!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Read the Red Letters.

Matthew 26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 
32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”
33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

Yahshua unfolds before His disciples the events that are going to take place immediately after leaving the upper room. He is trying to prepare them for what will most certainly be a very traumatic time for all of them.

He quotes the prophet as in Zechariah 13:1. saying, “‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’” (Vs 31)

These 12 men love Him dearly, and He wanting to comfort them, telling them once again that after he is Killed he will return to them.

“But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” (Vs 32)

However, Peter is still dealing with the Idea that he will be made to stumble. And he says, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.” (Vs 33)

Peter is speaking out of his love for Yahshua, and also out of his pride, and Yahshua responds in a way that will be humbling for Peter. He says to Peter, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” (Vs 34)

Did Peter believe Him? I think not!

He says to Yahshua, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” (Vs 35)

Now, everyone knows that Peter did deny Christ Yahshua three times, and then the cock that Yahshua spoke of cried out.

The interesting thing about this is that there are no chickens allowed in Jerusalem.  It was against the law to have and to keep chickens in the holy city. So how could there be a cock crowing?

What most do not know was that the watchman on the wall of the Temple was named the cock because his voice could be heard for miles as he cried out the hour. He was the cock that Yahshua spoke of.

But in any case, what Messiah says, we can take to the bank He has never missed the mark, and everything he says is absolutely true.

This is why we must take the time to read and study everything he says, as it is written in the Holy Scriptures. We who believe that Yahshua is the Son of God, and because we believe, we must also follow Him.

How is that possible if we do not understand His heart and His mind, because we have not been able to recall every word he said?

He spoke of every facet of the gospel we profess to believe. How are we to know the truth without knowing the living Word of God, the Logos!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Yahshua is the Living Word of God, and we will be subject to being deceived by false teacher’s if we do not know His Word,

Study ever word he says, read the red letters in your Bible, so that we cannot be deceived.

How else can we defend against these Liars?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open the Door.

Revelation 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 
16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent. 
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

, “‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (Vs 14, 15)

Yahshua is speaking to a middle of the road, church. One that is not fully committed, but not fully withdrawn from the faith. This reminds me of so many Churches I have been to myself. Their focus is on their wealth and comfort rather than those things that make us endure the discomfort of visitation, witnessing to strangers, and bearing testimony of How Christ was crucified for our salvation, the actual preaching of the Gospel.

So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Vs 16)

So, here is the Judgment! This kind of church will feel the vacuum as the Holy Spirit departs. It reminds me of churches that have a Christmas tree in their sanctuary, or hold Easter egg hunts. Or a celebration of Halloween, with costumes, candy, pumpkins and all. These Pagan traditions in a church tells us that they don’t know the difference between what is Holy, and what is an abomination.

And where do these things take us?

26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 
27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. 
28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the Lord had not spoken. (Ezekiel 22:26-28)

 “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Vs 17, 18)

It seems that when many of us acquire wealth, we become apathetic toward God. We cease to pray for what we need. We lose our humility before God. We’re no longer aware of what the relationship with Christ requires of us. And from Heavens point of view, we have lost everything of value. In the eyes of Christ we have become wretched, miserable, and poor in spite of our wealth.

The Gold that He refers to is that which comes from the refiner’s fire.

2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap.
3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:2, 3)

Our righteousness is the gold that He values, Not the kind of gold that the world values. We will be ashamed if we stand before Him devoid of this righteousness that we must be clothed in. this is that garment that shines like the Sun.

The salve that Yahshua speaks of is a product that Laodicea produced and sold all over the Mediterranean. and brought them a good bit of wealth. But Yahshua uses it to point out their blindness.

He says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent.” (Vs 19)

When Yahshua rebukes a church or an individual, we need to understand that it is because we are loved. Repentance is simply the first step toward restoration of the relationship and securing our salvation. The next step of course, is to obey Him.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  (Vs 20, 21)

His requiring our Repentance is Him knocking at our door, and when we respond to His request that we humble ourselves before Him. Is the opening of the door. He can then come in and the sharing of bread between friends is the fellowship that we all so desire to have with Him.

Repentance and a return to the Way of Christ Yahshua is how we overcome the world, and this is what brings us into the Throne room to share the throne with Yahshua. 

“If you love Me keep my Commandments” (John 14:15)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

Open Doors

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: 
8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 
9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 
10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 
11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

“‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens” (Vs 7)

Here is another validation the what is true is also Holy, the reference to opening doors is evidenced in our own experience, how many times has Yahshua opened a way for us, or shut a door that we ought not have entered? He goes before us making a way to proceed, as His sheep we are shepherded.

He says. “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”(Vs 8)

He has made a path to follow, clearing the way ahead.  Knowing their weakness, He does this because they have kept His Word, (The Commandments) and have not denied His name. (His Identity as Lord) 

“Indeed, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Vs 9)

Apparently, He has a bone to pick with Jews who follow Rabbinical Law, rather than Torah. Because they try to force their traditions on those who are following scripture. Remember Mark 7, where He said, ““Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

These are the very Jews he is referring to, who are persecuting His Church, and He tells us that they are really not Jews. He says the time will come when they will bow before them and recognize their righteousness.

 “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Vs 10)

Here is the beginning of His favor toward those who have kept the faith in spite of what the rest of the world is doing, and in spite of the persecution they will have endured. He keeps them from the hour of trial that will come upon the entire world. These are His sheeple, and His remnant, whom he will protect.

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Hang on to what you have gained, so that No one can steal away from us what we have accomplished.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8-10)

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” (Vs 12)

Here is what comes of resisting the world and its persecution. This is a cameo of Victory, our overcoming everything that Satan brings to our doorsteps.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1st John 5:2-5)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ (Vs 13)

Do not be left out of this equation, keep the Commandments, and walk according to the Word of God, just as it is written. Do not listen to those who claim that God’s Law was abolished, they are false teachers.

 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

This door is open to you who Follow Christ Yahshua!

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever