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The Remnant and The Law

In the days past, the children of Israel turned away from Gods’ commandments. They called His covenant, His testament, His Law “old.” Some turned to other gods. Some decided to worship the One True God using their own traditions. The God of Israel judged these rebellious, stiff necked people and drove them out of the promised land, the land of Israel. It is revealed to us through The Word of God that in the last days a small group of people, a “remnant” of the children of Israel who were kicked out of the land and scattered throughout the nations would one day repent of their sins and return to obeying Gods’ voice and His covenant with all their heart and soul.

It is this remnant that The God of Israel will bring back to the promised land, as it is spoken through the prophet Moses, “And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where the LORD your God has driven you, And you shall repent unto the LORD your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul; It is then the LORD your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from there will the LORD your God gather you, and from there will he fetch you: And the LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers. And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your children, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. And the LORD your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on them that hate you, which persecuted you. And you shall repent and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command you this day.” De 30:1-8 A remnant, who are currently scattered throughout the earth who will repent, and once again obey Gods’ voice and His covenant given to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai.

We see glimpses of these people, the remnant of the children of Israel spoken of through the prophets. In the Book of Revelation, we find passages of a people victorious over the evil one, a remnant who obey not only Gods’ commandments given through Moses, but also Gods’ voice given through the Messiah and Holy One of Israel, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), as it is written, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.” Rev 15:3 Elsewhere it is written, “And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 12:17 Again, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14;12

Yeshua of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel, spoke very clearly on the subject of obeying Gods’ commandments, as it is written, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the law [of Moses,] or the prophets.” Mt 5:17 We know that when our Lord and Savior says something that it is important, but when He says something twice in a row, we really need to pay attention, as Yeshua continues, “For verily I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law [of Moses,] until all be fulfilled.” Mt 5:18 Concerning this subject of obeying Gods’ commandments, Yeshua considered it so important that He repeats Himself a third time, as it is written, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments [in the Law of Moses,] and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:19. Three times in three different ways Yeshua states unequivocally that He did not come to abolish the requirements for Gods’ people to love Him by obeying His commandments given through Moses. Instead, He came to fill our understanding of them “to the full” (“fulfill”) so that we could obey them correctly, as it is written, “I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Mt 5:17

How does our Lord “fulfill” the commandments? He immediately gives us several examples of this, as it is written, “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not murder; and whosoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” Mt 5:21-22 Does Yeshua abolish the commandment, “Do not murder” in this text? Did He make it “old?” Heaven Forbid! He “fulfilled” this commandment by “filling” our understanding to the “full” to include “do not be angry without a cause.” In addition, it is worthy to point out that the word “But” is not in the original text. Editors have placed this word in there as an editorial discretion to include the doctrine that Jesus made the law at Mt Sinai “old” to try to give the impression of replacement theology. (They said “that “BUT I say “this.”) Yeshua did not come to “destroy” the law or make it “old” in any way. but to “fulfill.”

Again, Yeshua explains, “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Mt 5:27-28 Again, Yeshua did not abolish the commandment “Do not commit adultery,” but he fulfilled this commandment by teaching us that this commandment includes “thinking” about it. In this, Yeshua is teaching us that obeying Gods’ commandments with our “soul,” by controlling our physical actions is not enough. We must also obey God’s commandments with our “heart” which includes our desires, thoughts, and intentions, thus fulfilling the greatest commandment, “Hear O Israel! The LORD is your God, The LORD is one. And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” De 6:4

In the last days, The God of Israel will again judge those who do not obey His voice and call His covenant “old.” Yeshua declared this when He said, “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? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Mt 7:21-23

We receive the Spirit of God in our hearts when we baptized and declare Yeshua as Lord. Acts 2:38-39 We receive the Word of God in our hearts when we obey Yeshua as the Lord we have declared. Isa 51:7-8 It is as James teaches us, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” Jas 2:14 James then answers his own question, as it is written, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” Jas 2:17-18

Having the Spirit of God in us is not enough. We must also have the Word of God in us. In the last days, God will separate those who obey the law from those who are are “law – less.” How can we recognize the children of Israel who are fulfilling the prophecy concerning the remnant? They are singing two songs. The “song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.” Rev 15:3 They did not discard the song of Moses and replaced it with the song of the Lamb. They obey the commandments given through Moses with the understanding that comes from a heart that is “one” with Yeshua of Nazareth, The Living Law of Moses, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel, as it is written, “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. Mt 9 16-17

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

The Fulfillment of The Law

God’s greatest commandment was given through the prophet Moses and confirmed by Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as it is written, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, The LORD is one: And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength”. Deut 6:4-5 But if one is to understand the complete context of the greatest commandment, one must continue for several more verses where God further explains how we are to love Him with our heart and soul, as Moses continues, “And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates”Deut 6:6-9. In summary, meditate on the meaning of God’s Word all the time, [the thoughts and intentions of the heart] and apply it to every situation, [the actions of the soul]. But in this lies a small mystery.

This commandment is presented to us in a very different manner than the other commandments. Other commandments are presented in a conditional if-then format, as it is written, “Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel”. Ex 19:6 Notice the conditional format of this commandment, if you will obey then you shall be. But the format of the greatest commandment different. It is more of a prophecy, a statement of fact. You shall love God and elsewhere these words shall be in your heart. There is no if or then implied. God is stating categorically that this shall be done. And as see shall see later, If we do not place the Word of God in our hearts through obedience, God will step in and do it for is.

It is with this understanding that we visit what is known as the new covenant, as it is written, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:33

The word law is translated from the Hebrew word “torah.” 08451 Generally, the first five books of the bible, but more specifically, the covenant given to the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, also known as the old covenant. In the New Covenant, notice that God is not replacing the law of Moses or abolishing it in any way. Instead, He promises to write the law of Moses in our hearts. This agrees with God’s greatest commandment as it is written, “And these words [law], which I command you this day, shall be in your heart.” God is telling us that even though His people rejected this very law or covenant by calling it old, for His Name’s sake, Ez 20:44 He is going to take our death penalty for disobeying a blood covenant and obey the greatest commandment for us, writing the law in our heart Himself.

Gods’ writing the law in our heart is one of two promises contained in the new covenant. The second promise is that God will put His Law in our inward parts, as it is written, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts.” Jer 31:33 Here we have another mystery. By definition, our heart is our inward parts. Is God repeating Himself or is their another understanding needed in the fulfillment of the greatest commandment?

The translation of the word inward parts comes from the Hebrew word “qereb.” 07130 It is true, that in some cases, the Hebrew word “qureb” is used to describe specific parts of a body, Gen 25:22, Ex 29:17 but more often, it is translated as the word “midst” or “middle of “ or “within” a group of people Mic 5:7 or congregation, as it is written, “And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray you, go among [qereb] us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance”. Ex 34:9

Those who have a relationship with Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah and Holy One of Israel will understand that God will not put His Law in our heart and in our inward parts of our body, but God will put His law in our hearts and give His Son, the Living Law or the Living Word of God to be among us or with us when Yeshua returns with His kingdom, thus fulfilling the prophecy, “and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with (among) us.” Isa 7:14, Mt 1:23

Does the new covenant replace the old covenant? Heaven Forbid! Is Mosaic Law abolished or done away with in the new covenant? No! So what is the difference between the two covenants? In the old covenant, we were supposed to place Mosaic Law in our hearts by teaching others, meditation, and obedience. In the New Covenant, Mosaic Law is written in our hearts by God Himself, bypassing the previous requirement for us to do this due to our disobedience. In addition, the Living Law, the Law made Flesh, the Messiah and Holy One of Israel will be living among us to rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rev 17:14 The good news is that God covered our previous disobedience to place the law in our hearts through the cross. The not so good news is when God places His law in our hearts, our understanding of the law is filled to the full (the law fulfilled) and any disobedience is now without excuse. In this light, the law is not replaced by a new covenant, it is filled to the full (fulfilled) in the new covenant, as it is written, “Think not that I have came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Mt 5:17

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

Who is Israel?

God’s greatest commandment was given through His servant Moses, as it is written, “Hear O Israel: The LORD is your God, The LORD is one. And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” Deut 6:4-5.

In this, a question arises, Who is Moses talking to? As witnessed by Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), the greatest commandment starts with the words, “Hear O Israel.” So who exactly is Israel? This question should be of the utmost importance in our minds, because if believers in The Messiah of Israel do not belong to Israel, then the greatest commandment to love The LORD, the Gods of Israel with all our heart and soul does not apply, nor does any other covenant. We can start to determine just who Israel is by discerning the blessings and prophecies given to Israel.

After Jacob found out that Joseph was alive, he and his family moved to Egypt. It was there that Jacob blessed Joseph before he died, declaring that he would adopt Joseph’s sons as his own. Gen 48:5 Joseph’s sons through adoption became Jacob’s sons with Ephraim inheriting the rights as Jacob’s firstborn over Reuben. Meanwhile, Joseph would loose his right of inheritance. In this blessing, the twelve tribes first became eleven with the loss of Joseph and then became thirteen with the addition of Ephraim and Manasseh. Later, The LORD declared that Levi’s inheritance would no longer come through Jacob, but directly from Him, so for the purposes of inheritance, Israel would become twelve tribes again.

The prophecy was contained within the blessing of the firstborn that Ephraim would become a “multitude of nations”. Gen 48:19 In this passage the word nations comes from the Hebrew word “goyim.” 01471 The word “goyim” is derived from two parts. The first part, “goy,” is the Hebrew word for nation. The second part,” im,” is appended to the word goy to make it plural. Goyim is also construed as the world and translated as the English words heathen and gentiles. The phrase, multitude of the nations could just as easily be translated as the multitude of the gentiles.

To understand how the single tribe of Ephraim became a multitude of nations, we must go back to the time of King Solomon. When King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam was crowned king. Unhappy with the king’s heavy taxes, the ten northern tribes, led by the tribe of Ephraim, rebelled against King Rehoboam, and formed their own nation apart from the tribe of Judah. 1Kings 12:16 Since then, the nation of Israel has been divided into two houses which includes the House of Judah and the House of Israel. The tribe of Benjamin aligned itself with Judah, as did the tribe of Levi, for the House of Israel had fired them as priests so they all fled to Judah and Jerusalem. There were also a small portion of every tribe that remained loyal to Jerusalem, and subsequently moved to Judah, but for the most part, the ten northern tribes were led by the tribe of Ephraim with the southern tribes led by the tribe of Judah. This division had also been prophesied earlier by the actions of Jacob Gen 32:7 when he returned home with his family and was met by his brother Esau, who had vowed to kill him. In this, Jacob divided his family into two “camps or bands,” thinking that if Esau killed one, the other would escape.

After the division, the House of Israel stopped worshipping in the temple in Jerusalem and built their own temples and worshipped idols. God sent them prophets to warn them to repent, as it is written, “The LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, that did not believe in The LORD their God. They rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were all around them, concerning whom The LORD had charged them that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of The LORD their God.” 2Kings 17:13-16

The House of Israel had rejected the covenant of God made at Mount Sinai. They called it old, or what is called today by many as the old testament. They had rejected God’s covenant given through Moses and created a new covenant that allowed them to worship at home and not have to come to Jerusalem to worship God. Because of this, God had all of the House of Israel, the northern ten tribes led by the tribe of Ephraim, brutally killed or taken captive by the King of Assyria, as it is written, “Therefore The LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only”. 2Kings 17:18 Unlike the House of Judah, the House of Israel lost its identity and never returned to the land. They were completely assimilated into the nations, the goyim or gentiles, fulfilling the prophecy given to Ephraim concerning becoming a multitude of gentiles, or nations.

The House of Israel is now dispersed among all the Nations. They don’t know who they are, but God does, and He has promised to bring a remnant of them back home to Israel in the latter days when they repent of their disobedience. Deut 30:3 It will be a second Exodus, Jer 16:14-15 for just as Israel was redeemed from Egypt, so will the remnant of the children of Israel be redeemed from the four corners of the earth where they were scattered. These remnant can be recognized by their fruit, for they can be seen loving God with their hearts and souls, following The Spirit of God to obey the covenant of God given through Moses Eze 36:26-27 and the Voice of God, given through Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), The Messiah and Holy One of Israel. Deut 30:10

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

An Unalienable Right to Life vs The Enemy

All legal citizens of The United States have taken an oath either directly or indirectly through their generations that includes these following words: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In addition, the 6th Ammendment stipulates that Senators and Representatives of Congress, Legislatures, and all Judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by the oath to support and defend our Constitution.

As I listen to some elected officials of the United States today I find it difficult to believe they took an oath to defend the Constitution of The United States. In fact it has become popular among both leaders and citizens to speak of overthrowing our Constitutional Republic and replacing it with a Socialist Mandate. I was always aware of these types of underground activities in the past but today it has actually become socially acceptable in certain geographical areas and educational institutions. More citizens are embracing the idea of Socialism over a Constitutional Republic than ever before. It has almost become a fad. Ideas are leading to beliefs, beliefs are leading to radical and extreme behavior. Not only citizens but local and state governments are legislating laws that restrict our rights to free speech and enabling violent protests whose objective is to intimidate those of us who agree with our constitutional form of government. Leaders in congress are encouraging citizens to spit on, verbally attack, and otherwise intimidate other citizens and elected officials simply because they do not share their political beliefs. To the shame of our country, hatred, anti-semitism, and radical extremism is running out of control in our House of Representatives. Our God given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness along with the constitutional republic form of government that was created by our founding fathers to secure these rights are under attack.

When I took an oath of enlistment into the military nearly 50 years ago to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, it was easy to visualize who the foreign enemies were. They were all countries with forms of governments that did not allow its citizens to experience the same rights and freedoms that I was fortunate enough to experience under a constitutional republic. Sometimes we didn’t find out who our enemies were until they attacked us. Sometimes we found out when we discovered secret plans to overthrow us from without and within. Other times it was easier to identify our enemies. All we had to do was turn on the TV and see which countries, organizations, and religions where chanting “Death to America.” These all were indications of our foreign enemies but what I was not able to visualize at the time was our domestic enemies. In fact, I didn’t know we had any.

Today the ability to recognize domestic enemies is easier. Organizations, local, state, and federal leaders dedicated to over-throwing the government that secures the unalienable rights that we currently enjoy are out in the open. They disguise themselves as humanitarians while advocating plans like open boarders, health care, food, and housing for all and the green new deal. Anyone with a 4th grade education knows they will never work because they cost too much and are impossible to administer. The truth is none of them are even designed to work. Their purpose is to fail which will bring down our economy and force the population to relinquish our individual rights to a socialist government who will control what we think, do, and say. They rob us of the Judeo-Christian values that this country was founded on under the guise of freedom of religion. They rob us of our free speech under the guise of political correctness and brand those who dare disagree with them as racists and unlimited types of phobias. They pretend to care for victims of violent crime while trying to take our guns away so we have no way to defend ourselves when the day comes they decide to try and overthrow our government. They pretend to care for the poor while letting them form communities in the middle of cities that openly use drugs, deficate in the streets, and spread sickness, disease, hatred, and violence. They have abolished the responsibility of citizenship that mandates we respect the right to choose our own beliefs as long as they do not impede the rights of others. They ignore our right to respectfully agree or disagree with the choices of others. They disguise the killing of unborn babies with the words like “pro-choice” and the miraculous ability for a woman to have children as a form of oppression. They have destroyed the importance of relationships that form families and communities and teach moral values to each other and to our children. They regard parental control as abusive. The intent of these doctrines and belief systems is to take away our God given rights and overthrow the Government of The United States that I have taken an oath to defend. An oath that I fully intend to honor.

Unknown to me at the time I originally took the oath to defend our constitutional government against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, there was in fact a third enemy I didn’t know about. I would discover this enemy about 30 years later when I took another oath to dedicate my life the The God that created me and gave me the unalienable rights I have enjoyed during the span of my lifetime. This enemy operates from within. He is the source of all characteristics that are designed to rob us of our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. These are kingdom values like pride, self righteousness, respectability, unrighteous judgement, and jealousy. He provides weapons to for us to attack one another in the form of intimidation, treachery, accusation, gossip, slander, fault finding, lying, stealing, and rejection. He provides self imposed chains and prisons named bitterness, impatience, unforgiveness, lust, hate, fear, depression, condemnation, anger, racism, and rebellion. He encourages us to focus on our own self gratification instead of the true needs of others through immorality, impurity, sensuality, strife, disputes, abuse, outbursts of anger, and drunkenness. It is these that are the real enemies of our citizens. These represent the root cause of all the unrest going on in our country today. They are attributes of a kingdom of beliefs that is contrary to the Kingdom that supports Judeo-Christian values such as  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, humility, integrity, self-control, and treating one another as you would like them to treat you.

These are times where Nations are against Nations and Kingdoms are against Kingdoms. These are the Kingdoms of good and evil, light and darkness, Jesus Christ and the anti-christ, Heaven and Earth. How can we tell which kingdom a person has chosen to live by? We will know them by their fruit. Our constitutional republic secures the right to choose our own religion, our own God, and our own Kingdom values, but try to step on the rights of others to do the same and you will have the Government of The United States of America to deal with. Try to overthrow the Government of The United States of America from without or within and you will have me to deal with and I am not alone.

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

Heart and Soul of the Law

The soul, while it is in the form of a body, is physical while the heart is spiritual. Actions and knowledge are manifested in the soul while thoughts and intentions that drive the actions come from the heart. Let it be known that God cannot be fooled. Gal 6:7] He not only sees the actions manifested through the soul and the body, but He also discerns the thoughts, desires, and intentions that manifest in the heart. Ps 139:23, Mt 12:25, Lu 6:8 There are sins of the soul and there are sins of the heart. Lev 19:17, Mt 5:27-28

The God of Israel instructs His children to walk in His ways with both heart and soul. The heart and soul must be one. He requires the oneness of heart and soul when we love Him, Deut 6:5] when we seek to find Him, Deut 4:29, 1Chro 22:19, 2Chro 15:2 and when we serve and obey Him. Deut 10:12, Deut 11:13, Deut 26:16, Jos 22:5 When studying and learning God’s ways, righteousness dictates to learn the physical actions of each commandment to be performed in the soul and to understand the thought, purpose, desire, and intention of the commandment through the heart. Deut 11:18 It is only through the heart that we can apply God’s commandments correctly in accordance with the situation we are in.

To this end, The God of Israel has given the children of Israel teachings and instructions in two forms, including the written law and the oral law, as it is written, “Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, This is what you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice (oral) indeed, and keep my covenant (written), then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel.” Ex 19:3-6

The written commandments given through Moses are the physical aspect or knowledge of God’s law. These words instruct the children of Israel how to obey God through the actions of their soul. God’s voice is the oral aspect of God’s law which is given through His Prophets. These words instruct the sons of Israel as to the purpose, intentions, and desires of the written law that they may be properly applied to every situation as well as to reveal God’s purpose and intentions to His people.

In this light, God’s written law is like unto the soul of His Word, depicting what to obey where God’s oral law is like unto the heart of His Word, revealing the intentions of how (and sometimes why) to obey. The soul of the law is given through God’s servant Moses while the heart of the law is given through Yeshua of Nazareth and His prophets as it is written, “For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Jo 1:17

For example, in the written law we find the following commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.” Ex 20:8-11 This commandment begs the following questions: First, if we can’t work then what are we supposed to do? Second, How do we define “work?” To find the answer to these questions we must go to the oral law to find the intent, context, and heart of the matter. We find the answer to the first question when God speaks through the prophet Isaiah, as it is written, “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the Lord (Yeshua) has spoken.” Is 58:13-14 We find the answer to the second question from The Prophet, Yeshua (Jesus) Himself as it is written, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out? (work) How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good (work) on the Sabbath.” Mt 12:11-12

In this light, God’s written law is like unto the soul of His Word, depicting what to obey where God’s oral law is like unto the heart of His Word, revealing the intentions of how (and sometimes why) to obey. We find a second example when Yeshua (Jesus) is teaching on this very subject, the heart of the law, as it is written, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; (written law) but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (oral law)” Mt 5:27-28 Does the oral law replace the written law? Yeshua says NO!, as it is written, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law (written) or the prophets (oral)”. Mt 5:17, Mr 2:21, Lu 5:36

It is impossible to compile a list of how to obey God’s Word for every situation that may arise. Every situation is unique. Each commandment must be obeyed physically (action) through a spiritual heart (intent) that is one with Yeshua who is the very Voice of God. Yeshua is the oral law, as it is written, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jo 1 … 14

In the last days, there will be a remnant of both the House of Judah and the House of Israel. They will be one in God’s purpose, Ez 37:15-28 loving Him though obedience of both the written law given through Moses and the oral law given through Yeshua and His prophets. As a result, we see them victorious, singing both the song of Moses (written law) and the song of the Lamb (oral law). Rev 15:3 By loving God and each other, the remnant will fight for the God’s Kingdom, for God’s Truth, and to free those who have beed deceived. Hear oh Israel! The Commandments and The Prophet(s) are one! The Spirit and Truth are one! The heart and soul must be one in order to manifest the will of God – love.

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

Commanded to Love

When asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Yeshua (Jesus) responded as God spoke through the prophet Moses, as it is written, “You shall love The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your might” Deut 6:5. With the worlds perception of love, is it possible for someone to really “command” someone else to love? We tend to think that love is something we simply “fall into.” We find ourselves naturally loving some people and not loving others. We see this as normal, as if love has something to do with our chemistry or makeup. Sometimes we tend to love others because they love us and we don’t love those who don’t love us. Just as we fall in love, we fall out of love. How often have we heard it said, “I just don’t love you any more?” With this perception of love, how is it possible for God to “command” us to love? Is it possible that we can control when we love someone and when we don’t?

According to God’s ways, love starts as a choice. We can choose to love someone or choose not to. We tend to associate love with certain feelings, but love is not driven by feelings. Love is driven by choice and manifested through actions. Love is not based on how we feel. Love is based on what we do, and everything we do is based on choice. This is what James was talking about when he wrote, “A man may say, ‘you have faith’ but I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18 Just as faith can only be manifested through works or actions, so love can only be manifested through works or actions. We can’t always choose how we feel, but we can always choose how we act and what we do. In this light, it is not only reasonable for God to command us to love someone, it is also reasonable for us to choose to love someone, and even take an oath to love until “death do us part,” because love is not based on feelings, love is based on choice. If we love someone, it is because we choose to do so. If we stop loving someone, it is because we choose to do so. So if love is shown through actions, what actions are required to show our love for God and our fellow man?

In Scripture, we can understand how to love the God of Israel, as it is written, “Know therefore that The LORD your God is God, a faithful God that keeps the covenant and gives mercy to those that love Him and keep His commandments to thousands of their generations” Deut 7:9. In this passage, we understand that love is defined by covenant, and according to His covenant, to love Him and to obey His commandments are the same thing. More often than not, we find the two spoken in the same breath. Love and obedience to God’s voice and His covenant are one. We see this confirmed throughout Scripture as God speaks through His prophet Moses, as it is written, “And now Israel, what does The LORD require of you? Fear The LORD your God. Walk in all His ways, love Him, and serve The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul to keep the commandments of The LORD, and His statutes which I command you this day.” Deut 10:12-13  Again, loving God, serving God, and keeping His commandments are inseparable. Elsewhere it is also written, “Therefor you shall love The LORD your God and keep his charge and His statutes and His judgments always.” Deut 11:1

I am convinced that faith can be understood as the knowledge of God’s promises, His love and their power over evil. When we choose to love according to understanding of God’s Word we have been given, God then gives us more faith (understanding of God’s Word) which gives us the knowledge to love even more. The more we love, God continues to increase our faith so that we can love even more if we choose to. As we love, our faith grows as does our understanding of God’s Commandments. The more we love the more we obey God’s commandments and His Word (Yeshua) lives in us. As this process continues through life, we become one with our Father who is God of all, through His Son who is Lord of all and one with God, and by His Spirit who is also one with God. This is the true lifestyle of repentance. In this manner, choosing to love God by obeying and living His commandments truly is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path  Psalms 119:105 that leads us back to God. The Word of God is not a set of words, He is a person, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. Obeying God’s Word isn’t a mere action, it is a relationship with God through His Son and by His Spirit of Oneness.

We can understand through the prophets that in the latter days, God will raise a remnant among the children of Israel who will love Him with all their heart and soul. Not by their own strength, or by blind obedience, but through His Commandments and by His Spirit, as it is written through the prophet Ezekiel, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh and cause you to walk in my statutes and you shall know my judgments and do them.” Ez 36:26-27 It is The Spirit of God that will “cause” the remnant to return to obeying His statutes and judgments, to be one with God and love Him through His Word, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel.

We find the Apostle John in agreement with this, when he writes of Yeshua, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight,” 1Jo 3:22 and elsewhere, “for this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous.” 1Jo 5:3 John also equates obeying God’s commandments not only with loving Him, but loving our brothers and sisters as well, as he writes, “By this we know that we love the children of God. When we love God and keep His commandments.” 1Jo 5:2

Everything we say and do results in a blessing or a curse, either to ourselves or to others. God establishes a relationship of blessings with those who love Him and obey His greatest commandment by revealing Himself to them through His Son and by His Spirit. How can we know if we truly have a relationship with The Messiah of Israel? As John continues, “And here is how we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1Jo 2:3-4

The remnant of the children of Israel will choose to love God and show their love for Him by being “one” with Yeshua of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel. Not just through the actions and works of the soul but with the purpose of desiring to love and please God that come from our heart. Obedience to the covenant and Voice of God (Yeshua) defines our relationship with Him which is then manifested by God living in us and through us. I am convinced that when this remnant begins to love God through His Word and by His Spirit, God will use them to not only bless His people, but also to release His judgements in the last days against His enemies. They will have this authority to bless and curse because they have learned how to love and those who love God will be one with God through His Son and by His Spirit. I am convinced that this remnant will fight for the God’s Kingdom, for His Truth, and for those who have been deceived. It will be a glorious victory!

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

An Unalienable Right to Life vs Abortion

According to the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of the United States Government is to secure and enforce when needed the God given or human right that it’s citizens are born with. This includes the right to life. In order to continue, we need to define the meaning of life. What is it? When does it start? When does it end? Can we measure its existence?

Since the Declaration of Independence acknowledges that life comes from God as an unalienable right, then it is not without merit that we can use the Word of God to give us the definition of life which is, “The Life of all living things is in the blood.” Lev 17:11 When any living thing has blood circulating through its body, it is said to have life. When blood stops circulating through the body, it is said that there is no life. Although there are mechanical means to keep the blood flowing, for all practical purposes, if the heart is beating, there is life. When the heart stops beating there is no life. Life is in the blood. If a person is brain dead and his or her heart is still beating on it’s own, without any assistance, that person has life. Life is in the blood. This doesn’t mean that we should not try to bring a person back to life or maintain a person’s life if we have the means. This also doesn’t mean that organisms at a cellular level aren’t alive. It does however mean that they don’t posses “life” that is protected under the United States Constitution for its citizens.

It is generally acknowledged that the heart of a human fetus starts pumping blood after 22 days but blood exists well before that. Using the definition that life is in the blood, the fetus has life from that point of conception and should be protected as is any other life under the Constitution of the United States. The fetus should also be protected from abuse as would any other person acknowledging the fact that if a mother abuses her body while pregnant may also be abusing the fetus’s body and should be liable under the law. There is an understanding in the law that a person has rights until it inhibits another person’s rights. This should be the relationship between the mother and her unborn child after it has been given the gift of life. Since the responsibility to secure life is in the Declaration of Independence, the need to define “life” is a federal issue for the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Executive Branch to resolve as law. Not for state or local governments, and certainly not for the Judicial Branch.

There are three reasons to take a life. The first is for food. The second is to defend from attack. The third is murder. The penalty for murder of a human life should be death. Under this reasoning, the only valid reason to abort a fetus who’s heart is beating is if its very existence poses a threat in a manner that attacks the mother’s life. Any other reason should be considered murder. I will discuss the care and rights of children in another post.

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!