The Struggle of Living in Rebellion to the Creator’s Instructions

 What is more, I swore to them in the desert to scatter them among the nations and to disperse them in the lands, because they did not do my regulations, and my statutes they despised, and my Sabbaths they profaned, and their eyes were after the idols of their ancestors.  And in turn I gave to them rules that were not good and regulations by which they will not live.

Ezekiel 20:22–25 (LEB)

Living in open rebellion to the Creator creates most of the problems we experience. We see this as nations and individuals, but very few are concerned enough to turn to the living ways of Yahuah, the Creator of the universe.

Unlike other gods, which are simply demons or fallen angels, Yahuah gave us rules that ensure a successful life and society if we live in them. Without these laws, the end result is war and people killing each other and taking each other’s belongings. While in rebellion to God’s laws, evil governments, placed by God to punish His people, make thousands of bad laws we have to live by.

Romans 13:1–2 (LEB)

13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those that exist are put in place by God. So then, the one who resists authority resists the ordinance which is from God, and those who resist will receive condemnation on themselves.

There are those in Christianity who teach that Ezekiel 20:25, “And in turn I gave to them rules that were not good and regulations by which they will not live.”, is talking about the laws of God given to Moses and the Israelites. The very thing that Yahuah said would bring life is twisted into something called “bad laws”. The bad rules and regulations come from not following Yahuah with all our hearts and minds. We are given over to evil governments who try to reduce population with wars, a corrupt food chain and extremely poor advice which is contrary to God. We have to endure these bad laws due to our sin. We are told not to rebel against the governing authorities because they are placed there by God to punish us for not listening to the words that give us life!

Ezekiel 20:18–25 (LEB)

18 “And I said to their children in the desert, ‘You must not go in the statutes of your parents; you must not keep their regulations, and you must not make yourself unclean with their idols. 19 I, Yahweh, am your God, so go in my statutes and keep my regulations and do them. 20 And treat my Sabbaths as holy, and they will be a sign between me and between you that you may know that I, Yahweh, am your God.’ 21 But the children rebelled against me; they did not walk in my statutes, and they did not observe my regulations, which if a person does them, then he will live by them. My Sabbaths they desecrated, and I decided to pour out my rage on them, to finish my anger against them in the desert. 22 But I withheld my hand, and I acted for the sake of my name not to be profaned before the eyes of the nations before whom I had brought them out before their eyes. 23 What is more, I swore to them in the desert to scatter them among the nations and to disperse them in the lands, 24 because they did not do my regulations, and my statutes they despised, and my Sabbaths they profaned, and their eyes were after the idols of their ancestors. 25 And in turn I gave to them rules that were not good and regulations by which they will not live.

Why do Christians think that Yahuah, YHVH, substituted to LORD in your English bible, is not relevant in Christianity? The Messiah Yeshua never indicated that anything that His Father said changed. Messiah came to free us from the curse of death which comes from breaking the laws of God. He also sent the Spirit which enables us to walk in the Creator’s ways and understand the truth.

Luke 4:16–21 (LEB)

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and according to his custom he entered into the synagogue on the day of the Sabbath and stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him, and unrolling the scroll he found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because of which he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send out in freedom those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were looking intently at him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Yahuah gave the Israelites bad laws for profaning His Sabbaths and turning to idols by scattering them into the nations. We have been under the corrupt laws of the nations ever since. Yeshua came to call people out of the nations and return to following the ways of His Father, Yahuah. If we are still profaning and desecrating His Sabbaths, following the same false gods, such as Santa and the Easter bunny, we will remain stuck under bad laws and the curses collectively. It really is this simple.

2 Chronicles 7:12–22 (LEB)

12 Then Yahweh appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I hold back the heavens so that there is not rain, and when I command the locust to devour the earth, and if I send disease among my people, 14 then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and will pray and will seek my face and will turn from their evil ways, then I myself shall hear from the heavens and will forgive their sins and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer of this place. 16 And now I have chosen and consecrated this house for my name to be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. 17 Now as for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked and do according to all that I have commanded you and will keep my ordinances and judgments, 18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘A man shall not be cut off for you from ruling over Israel.’

19 “But if you turn yourselves away and forsake my ordinances and my commandments which I have given before you all and will go and serve other gods and bow down to them, 20 then I will uproot them from upon my land that I have given to them, and this house that I have consecrated for my name I will send away from before my face, and I will make it a proverb and a taunt among all the nations. 21 And as for this house, which was exalted, all who pass by it will be appalled and will say, ‘Why has Yahweh done thus to this land and to this house?’ 22 Then they will say, ‘Because they forsook Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out from the land of Egypt, and they laid hold of other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought upon them all this evil.’ ”

Much like Christianity, Solomon didn’t get it right. He went after the strange gods of his many foreign wives, he “made numerous for himself horses” and “accumulated silver and gold for himself excessively“. God was angry, the kingdom eventually was destroyed and the people were scattered to the corners of the earth just as prophesied.

Deuteronomy 17:14–20 (LEB)

14 “When you have come to that land that Yahweh your God is giving to you and you have taken possession of it and you have settled in it, and you say, ‘I will set over me a king like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 indeed, you may set a king over you whom Yahweh your God will choose, from the midst of your countrymen you must set a king over you; you are not allowed to appoint over you a man, a foreigner, who is not your countryman. 16 Except, he may not make numerous for himself horses, and he may not allow the people to to go to Egypt in order to increase horses, for Yahweh has said to you that you may never return. 17 And he must not acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart would turn aside; and he must not accumulate silver and gold for himself excessively.

18 “And then when he is sitting on the throne of his kingdom, then he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll before the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to revere Yahweh your God by diligently observing all the word of this law and these rules, 20 so as not to exalt his heart above his countrymen and not to turn aside from the commandment to the right or to the left, so that he may reign long over his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”

It is amazing to me that Christians uphold the Bible as the word of God, yet they don’t understand what it says or they live in direct rebellion to what it says because they have been convinced God’s instructions are not for them. They are free from following God’s instructions because they believe in “Jesus” now.

Acts 3:16–24 (LEB)

17 And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God foretold through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and he may send the Christ appointed for you—Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things, about which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from earliest times. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You will listen to him in everything that he says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed utterly from the people.’ 24 And indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed him have spoken about and proclaimed these days.

all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed him have spoken about and proclaimed these days” means that these prophets were talking about us. We are no different today then the crowd Peter was addressing in Acts chapter three. We need to repent and turn back to the ways of Yahuah, just as the “prophet like Moses”, Yeshua taught us. Otherwise, “every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed utterly from the people“.

Isaiah 28:11–13 (LEB)

11 For he will speak with stammering and another tongue to this people, 12 to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they were not willing to hear. 13 And to them the word of Yahweh will be blah-blah upon blah-blah blah-blah upon blah-blah gah-gah upon gah-gah gah-gah upon gah-gah, a little here, a little there, so that they may go and stumble backward and be broken and ensnared and captured.

I like this LEB version’s translation. What I am telling everyone with a stammering and foreign (English) tongue will sound like blah, blah, blah to those listening , yet will not hear. I am telling you the key to understanding starts with keeping the commandments of God.

John 14:15–21 (LEB)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, in order that he may be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see him or know him. You know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. 19 Yet a little time and the world will see me no longer, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 The one who has my commandments and keeps them—that one is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

The truth is different than lies. Lies are things such as Jesus was born at the winter solstice, God doesn’t mind the decorations of foreign gods to supposedly worship Him on a day that is a lie, Jesus was crucified on a Friday night and raised before Sunday morning, yet it was still three days and three nights, the sabbaths are no longer important to God, and the holy instructions of the Creator for a good life were “nailed to the cross”, to name a few. Be careful of the lies you embrace because no liars will enter the kingdom.

Revelation 21:8 (LEB)

But as for the cowards and unbelievers and detestable persons and murderers and sexually immoral people and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their share is in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.

One cannot despise the things of God and still be called His people. Christianity has continued in the sin of Israel and has been told “smooth things” and “no destruction will come to you”. It is not the evil rulers of the world, but God himself that causes this. God gave us the road map out of this mess if we choose to read it, understand it and do it. It’s not hard! Justice, mercy, feed the widows and orphans, rest on the Sabbath, eat the animals He told us to, no lies, no stealing, no sexual immorality as He defines it, no coveting, and no false gods’ stuff in our lives, to start. The Sabbath is a sign that one is following the God Yahuah; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God Yeshua (Jesus) told us to follow. He did not tell us to follow this God by doing everything different than He said; such as a different special day, different festivals (of pagan gods), a different name, and a different set of rules. One who does these things is following a different god. His name is Baal, or Lord, not Yahuah.

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