11/14/2015 Sabbath Broadcast Transcript


"What the Scriptures REALLY Teach about Health (Part 2)"


EliYah's message:

So we are beginning Part 2 of our study into health. If you have missed Part 1, if you were not able to see Part 1 of our study into health, I highly, highly encourage you to please do take a look at that part because it is extremely important we lay a foundation.

I might even suggest don't even watch this part unless you have watched Part 1, but if you feel led to watch Part 2, that is fine, too.

I am just saying that Part 1 was a very, very important foundation for us, and we are going to build upon what we have shared so far in Part 1, as far as the scriptural roots of disease and sickness, and things along those lines, the sins that we can personally be involved in resulting in specific diseases and sicknesses, and so on.

And we examined all of the scriptures on that. The root cause of all sickness and disease is sin.

Now that is speaking indirectly. We may not have ourselves committed a particular sin that causes a particular disease, but it is sin from Adam that brought death into this world, and as a result, sin is actually the reason why there is such a thing as disease and death in the world we live in today.

And we went into a lot of the scriptures on that very topic in the previous segment. So if you have missed Part 1, please go back and watch Part 1, and then watch Part 2. But if for some reason you feel led to watch Part 2 not having watched Part 1, okay, I'll let it slide.

I'm not going to complain. I won't reach through the screen and do anything to you. Don't worry about it. Anyway, it is pretty important.

You know, this is a tough subject. It is just really, really tough. It is tough to share. It is tough to receive, because it is uncomfortable. But we need to understand, we need to pursue, we need to comprehend: What the Scriptures REALLY Teach About Health. We have to understand it.

Because the key to good health is understanding the root causes of sickness and disease, and Yahweh and His Word tells us. Yahweh Himself knows our bodies. He understands what we are made of and knows why we have sickness, why we have disease. He knows why. It is a matter of finding out.

Ask Him and seek the scriptures to understand why do we have this particular malady or disease or sickness or infirmity, or whatever it is, to begin with. And it may not be through any direct fault of our own.

But it may very well be from some kind of sin that we are involved in. It is certainly not beyond His Word to say that if we have committed a particular sin, maybe it is causing a particular disease. And we are going to actually look into scriptural examples of where a person's sin resulted in a particular disease, because we don't want to sin.

I mean, we don't want to have disease. We don't want to have sickness. But maybe even more important than that, we don't want to displease our Father in heaven, because we love Him, because we want to know His ways.

We want to understand His will for us. We don't want to walk away and do anything that is contrary to the way of Messiah. And so, for that reason, we want to seek it out. And for some of you, this is going to be very uncomfortable, and maybe you will feel like Yahweh is condemning you and rejecting you in this disease or sickness that you may have.

If you don't have a secure identity in Messiah, I would like you to take a look at this study. It was shared on the seventh day of the seventh month on the Roman calendar 2012 - (07/07/2012). It is called: "Identity Theft. What is YOUR Identity?"

We have to be secure in our identity. We have to be secure in knowing Yahweh loves us and accepts us and receives us. Otherwise, we are going to hear all these scriptures about diseases and sicknesses that were put on people as a result of their sin and think Yahweh hates us every time we get sick.

But He does not put these things upon us because He hates us necessarily. If we are His children, if we are His offspring, if we are believers in Messiah, He puts these things on us to correct us... to take us out to the woodshed and give us a little spanking... so that we will pay attention to what He is telling us.

And so, this study is not for those who really don't care about their sin. This is about those of you who really do. And I'm going to trust that you really do care when you do things that displease Yahweh our Father in heaven.

And so, Scripture says:

 Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, [which is] your reasonable service.

That is what He wants from us. He wants us to present our bodies as a LIVING sacrifice, something that is ALIVE... not something that is dead... but a LIVING sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, which is your reasonable service.

So if we are doing some kind of sin with our body, that is not a good sacrifice, because Yahweh wants our sacrifices to be without blemish and without spot.

And Yahweh's ultimate will for us is that we would present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Elohim, and do things with this body He has given us, which is His body (He gave it to us), the things that would be pleasing to Him.

 Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of Elohim.

We need a renewed mind. We need to think things differently than what our flesh would tempt us to think. We have to be willing to submit ourselves to the truth because the enemy can lie to us. And unless we are willing to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, we will never know what the good and acceptable and perfect will of Elohim actually is.

We are too busy trying to fit scripture into our life rather than letting scripture change our life. There is a difference between molding our lives around Yahweh and His Word and trying to mold HIs Word around our life. There is a big difference.

Those who are disciples are those who are... the word "disciple" means "to be taught"... we are willing to be taught. We are willing to be challenged in our belief system. We are willing to change the way we live.

We are in the process of sanctification. We are learning holiness. We are learning righteous living. And therefore, we are willing to change.

And sometimes Yahweh will use sicknesses and diseases and things like that to get our attention so that we will humble ourselves and come before Him and repent. And that is the goal.

So we are going to look at specific examples in scripture where there were people who were affected by some kind of judgment on the human body-- sickness, disease, whatever-- and there was a sin that was a direct result of that.

Our first example we are going to look at here is in the book of Genesis chapter 20. It says:

 Genesis 20:1 - And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.

2 - Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She [is] my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

The reason why he (Abraham) did that was he was afraid of the people in this land. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. He thought he could. But Abraham didn't trust Abimelech. He thought he would take her anyway and kill him.

 Genesis 20:3 - But Elohim came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, "Indeed you [are] a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she [is] a man's wife."

 Genesis 20:4 - But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, "YAHWEH, will You slay a righteous nation also?

5 - "Did he not say to me, `She [is] my sister'? And she, even she herself said, `He [is] my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this."

I sense he is probably thinking back to Sodom and Gomorrah and saying, "Are you going to destroy me too?"

 Genesis 20:6 - And Elohim said to him in a dream, "Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

See, Yahweh's hand of protection was over Sarah. Sarah put her trust in Elohim and Yahweh protected her.

 Genesis 20:7 - "Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore [her], know that you shall surely die, you and all who [are] yours."

Yahweh was serious.

 Genesis 20:8 - So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid.

Abimelech rose early in the morning. I have a feeling that wasn't too much of a problem.

 Genesis 20:9 - And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done."

10 - Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?"

11 - And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely the fear of Elohim [is] not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.

 Genesis 20:12 - "But indeed [she is] truly my sister. She [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

13 - "And it came to pass, when Elohim caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, `This [is] your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, "He [is] my brother."'"

14 - Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave [them] to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.

 Genesis 20:15 - And Abimelech said, "See, my land [is] before you; dwell where it pleases you."

16 - Then to Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand [pieces] of silver; indeed this vindicates you before all who [are] with you and before everybody." Thus she was rebuked.

17 - So Abraham prayed to Elohim; and Elohim healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore [children];

 Genesis 20:18 - for YAHWEH had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Interesting. In this case we see that barrenness was the direct result of a man having eyes of adultery. Now Abimelech did not know he was taking another man's wife, and Yahweh spared him, but He still afflicted Abimelech's household with barrenness.

Could there be a precedent here for us? If Yahweh did it once, could He do it again? Absolutely! If He did it once, why wouldn't He? Could there be a connection between a man's lust for other women and Yahweh causing barrenness in a family preventing them from having children? It's possible. Not every time, but it is possible.

And, you know, in the cases of pornography, the sad thing that is even worse about pornography is some of the women that are in those pornographic films are actually married women and the men who lust after those women are lusting after another man's wife.

And I wonder, could there be a connection between barrenness and a man's wife and the man having eyes of adultery just as Abimelech was judged?

Because think about it. If a man has eyes for another man's wife, Yahweh may choose to prevent that man from having offspring so that the children in that marriage do not have a father whose eyes are full of adultery.

Again, I am not saying there is always a correlation. Abraham himself had a barren wife. John the Baptist's parents were barren for a time. Hannah was barren until she bore Samuel the prophet. Manoah and his wife bore Samson after a time of being barren. So there is not always a correlation.

But if Yahweh closed the wombs because a man was having adulterous eyes, in the case where a man was actually doing so in ignorance, it would be foolish to suggest that He wouldn't do the same when a man has willfully adulterous eyes.

Yahushua said it can even be done in the heart, right? And in Yahweh's eyes adultery has been committed. He has committed at least so in his heart.

Now another area where this can be done is not just in a man having lustful eyes, but also there are some marriages that are actually adulterous marriages. There are some people who are married and Yahweh actually says you are committing adultery. Example... Matthew 19:9 says:

 Matthew 19:9 - "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery."

If a couple cannot seem to have children, they may want to take, as a possibility, a closer look at their marriage history to make sure their marriages are not actually adultery in Yahweh's eyes.

Again, I am not saying if you are barren you have an adultery problem. I am not saying Yahweh will always close the womb of women who are in adulterous marriages. But I can't say it is not a possibility.

He did it once. He could do it again. And it makes perfect sense He would cause barrenness to prevent children from being born into an adulterous marriage.

One time He even caused the death of a child who was born out of an adulterous relationship. And the father of that child was actually a believer. Who was it? It was David.

 2Samuel 12:11 - "Thus says YAHWEH: `Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give [them] to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

12 - `For you did [it] secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.'"

13 - So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against YAHWEH." And Nathan said to David, "YAHWEH also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

 2Samuel 12:14 - "However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of YAHWEH to blaspheme, the child also [who is] born to you shall surely die."

15 - Then Nathan departed to his house. And YAHWEH struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became ill.

16 - David therefore pleaded with Elohim for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

 2Samuel 12:17 - So the elders of his house arose [and went] to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.

18 - Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, "Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!"

19 - When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, "Is the child dead?" And they said, "He is dead."

And so, here is a case where, not bareness, but actually post pregnancy. The pregnancy was the avenue through which David got caught in his sin and the child was the result of that adulterous relationship. And so, yes.

Someone might say, "Well, that's not fair. That's not fair to the baby. Couldn't Yahweh have prevented a child from being born?" Yes, but maybe David would not have gotten caught, and maybe David's sin would have expanded to other women as well.

I mean, in the age to come, this child will be seen as completely innocent of any wrongdoing and the child will be spared a potentially miserable life being the son of adultery or daughter of adultery. So maybe Yahweh spared the child from a lot of suffering.

All I know is Yahweh has HIs reasons and we know Scripture says Yahweh is love. His motive is always love.

And just in case there might be some of you who think, "Oh, okay, well, that's Old Testament stuff, Tom. Yahweh doesn't do that anymore. We are in a New Testament era." Wrong!

Revelation 2 and verse 20-- we are going to spend some time on this scripture. It says:

 Revelation 2:20 - "Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

21 - "And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.

22 - "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.

So He gave time for her to repent, but she didn't. But we see here where the offspring (we are going to see it in a minute) is affected. He said that He would cast her into a sickbed as a result of her sexual immorality.

And so, yes, there can be in this era Yahushua Himself causing sickness and disease, or at least allowing a demon to attack the person to cause a sickness and disease. And it is a direct result of a sin.

I know some of these things are hard to talk about. We want to be a compassionate people, a people who are merciful. We want to tell people, "Oh, no, no, no, no. Your sin did not cause your sickness."

We want to tell people, "Oh, no, no. Your sins did not result in any negative ramifications. It's not you." But Yahushua says He is going to cast her into a sickbed. Why? It says she "seduced My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things offered to idols." And she also taught them to do so.

Now a lot of this is pagan rituals, the idols and stuff, the different deities that were worshiped in Greek culture. They had their temple prostitutes committing sexual immorality, and so on. And Yahweh was dead against all of that. And they would eat this food offered to the idols and their sacrifices. And a lot of that was in paganism.

But Yahushua was patient with her. He gave her time to repent. She did not repent, and so then comes the judgment.

Now we might be tempted to think, "Well, in today's world we don't have people eating food offered to idols, and there is certainly not pagan temples in every corner where sacrifices are being offered, and so on." But what has happened nowadays is that man has become his own idol.

Whereas before he saw that there was one greater than himself, now what is more common is that man sees himself as the center of the universe. And then out of this mentality comes this "he can do whatever he pleases and there is no one to answer to other than himself."

And so, he does not see a need to make an offering to another "higher power" since he doesn't see anyone greater than himself.

And maybe these people don't see themselves that way cognizantly, like they are aware of it. But by their deeds, that is the mentality that they are presenting and that they are embracing, that there is no fear of Elohim, no fear of needing to be accountable to a higher power.

And so, we may not see this "eating food offered to idols" so common nowadays, but we do see, definitely, the sexual immorality part of it being quite common.

And just as Yahweh judged the house of Abimelech in the house of David for sexual immorality, Yahushua said He would judge both Jezebel AND those who commit adultery with her. In their case, great tribulation. In her case, a sickbed.

Now, has Yahushua changed? Does He still put people into sickbeds for their sins? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 Hebrews 13:8 - Yahushua Messiah [is] the same yesterday, today, and forever.

So Yahushua has not changed His ways. And I wonder... I do... I wonder how many women cannot seem to get healthy because of ongoing sexual sin they are not willing to repent for. I wonder how many men are in tribulation and trial and difficulty because they are not willing to repent of their sexual sin.

Maybe it is adultery. Maybe it is an adulterous marriage. Maybe it is just someone who is involved with that marriage that Yahweh calls adultery.

A marriage that Yahweh will call adultery would be a situation where two believers are at one time married, they decided to divorce, and then one of them decides, "I am going to marry another believer." Yahweh says it is an abomination. It is a marriage He calls adultery.

I once received an email from a person who was in such a marriage situation. His wife, when she was younger, had gotten married to a young man. They were both believers. And they decided that they weren't going to be together anymore and they split up. Irreconcilable differences.

But they were both believers and she went on to marry another man. And I don't know if the person who emailed me was the second man or the third man. But his wife had been confronted on a number of occasions about her marriage situation being adulterous.

But she refused to repent, and after one of those confrontations from a churchgoer, she was very, very touchy about the subject and got very angry. She actually made the statement that, quote, "she would never worship or love a god who called her marriage adultery." That is what she said.

So her husband emailed me and was telling me about this. He told me it came up in a conversation one morning when they were eating breakfast. And she was still very angry and bitter about it as she was riding along in the car and she is telling him about all this. And she repeated the same sentence again.

She said that she would never worship or love a god who referred to her marriage as adultery. And she was in mid-sentence of saying those words when a truck ran a red light, hit her side of the car, and killed her instantly.

She was in mid-sentence of saying those words: "I would never worship a god who..." And that was it. She was killed (snap!) instantly. So he is writing me in his email, he is begging me, to tell him whether or not his wife could still be saved.

I said, "It doesn't look good." But he wanted me to tell him, "Would she be in the lake of fire? Is there any way she could be saved?" And he begged me to give him a definitive answer. But how can I? Yahweh knows. He makes the final call.

But I have some serious doubts if she is going to after having made those very harsh judgments toward Yahweh and being judged so quickly from that. There was a refusal to repent.

We need to realize how serious Yahweh is about sin. He is not playing games. Sexual immorality is a significant sin in His eyes and especially adultery.

And the real serious issue here really wasn't his wife's sexual immorality. That wasn't even the serious issue. It was the unwillingness to repent. That was a larger problem.

Because look what happened. He gave Jezebel a time to repent, and He told these people unless they repent this is going to happen. The real issue was there was no repentance. That was the issue when confronted with their sin. And Scripture says:

 Proverbs 29:1 - He who is often rebuked, [and] hardens [his] neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

And that is the scripture that entered my mind when I heard his story. And it is true. Jezebel was given time to repent and she refused. Yahushua is very patient, but there comes a point where He sees there is no repentance and He will take measures. In this case, sickbed. In this case, great tribulation... unless repentance is done.

So He faulted both the man and the woman, unlike the one caught in adultery in John. He faulted both. But Jezebel was particularly guilty of a specific thing above and beyond what the man was guilty of and that was seduction. She was provoking believers into committing sexual immorality, and it reminded me of Yahushua's words. Scripture says:

 Matthew 5:27 - "You have heard that it was said to those of old, `You shall not commit adultery.'

28 - "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

And so, adultery and fornication is not always something that is done literally. If a person lusts for someone who is not their wife, in Yahweh's eyes, the act has already been done in the heart. That is what Yahushua taught us: Do not covet your neighbor's wife (the tenth commandment).

It wasn't a new thing that Yahushua brought out here. The tenth commandment: Do not covet your neighbor's wife.

And it is that kind of thing that got David into trouble. He coveted another man's wife and he acted on it, and it resulted in a heavy judgment from Yahweh that ultimately resulted in the death of one of his children.

Now looking at what Jezebel was guilty of-- seduction, seducing servants to commit sexual immorality-- in knowing the fact that sexual immorality doesn't necessarily just have to happen physically, it can happen in the heart, and Yahweh sees it going on in the heart and finds fault with those who are engaging in it in the heart...

How would a woman do such a thing to seduce men to commit adultery in the heart today? It would be provocative and immodest dress. Women who are willing to dress in such a way that seduces others into committing sexual immorality in the heart are walking in a Jezebel-like spirit.

I am not trying to be condemning. I am just stating the facts. It was a Jezebel spirit that was willing to seduce others to commit sexual immorality. And that was one of the things that He judged this woman, Jezebel, for doing.

And I wonder, could there be women today who are always sick all the time because of a willingness to walk in this Jezebel way? And I wonder how many men are constantly going through trials and tribulations and it is Yahweh's judgment on them for their lustful eyes-- either physically, in the heart, or whatever. Could it be?

The word translated "tribulation" here is: 2347 "thlipsis" {thlip'-sis} Meaning: 1) a pressing, pressing together, pressure 2) metaph. oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress, straits Origin: from 2346; TDNT - 3:139,334; n f Usage: AV - tribulation 21, affliction 17, trouble 3, anguish 1, persecution 1, burdened 1, to be afflicted + 1519 1; 45.

It is translated "tribulation" 21 times, "affliction" 17 times. Sometimes we are afflicted, through no fault of our own, but because we are choosing to walk in righteousness. Other times we could be afflicted because of our own sin.

But this can refer to an array of different problems, and it is because of an unwillingness to repent of deeds known as adulterous actions. And so, the key is that we are willing, if we have such a problem, to fight against it, to repent for having committed it-- not blame the woman for how she is dressed, but put our own sin on our own heads.

He did not give the men a free pass here. He said "and those who commit adultery with her in the great tribulation." And Yahushua did not give her a free pass either. They were both guilty.

So I think about this, and I wonder, could there be affliction taking place in certain families with certain men because of the lustful eye? We need to repent.

Scripture says:

 Romans 2:4 - Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of Elohim leads you to repentance?

He leads you there. And if women are dressing in such a way that seduce others to commit adultery with her through the heart, or fornication with her through the heart, she is walking in a Jezebel spirit and the man is willing to entertain that Jezebel spirit and desire it.

 Romans 2:5 - But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim,

You are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath if you don't repent.

 Romans 2:6 - who "will render to each one according to his deeds":

7 - eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;

 Romans 2:8 - but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness -- indignation and wrath,

9 - tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;

10 - but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Interesting. This word "tribulation" here is the word we were looking at earlier, putting man in tribulation for this adulterous like behavior.

So looking again at our text (Rev. 2:20-22), we see that those who engage in these behaviors are putting either their health in danger ("a sickbed") or their life in danger ("into great tribulation") of constantly going through high pressure situations and difficulties and trials and tests.

And so, in relation to health, He said He would cast the woman to a sickbed. In relation to the man, He would put him through a great tribulation, high pressure situations.

And so, in the case of the woman, you know, just as men are tempted to lust after women who are not dressed properly or look at pornography, women are tempted to get their value through the attention of men who would look at them for their appearance.

And so, women are tempted to be pornography and dress in such a way that arouses the attention of men, and men are tempted by the pornography. But both are sins in Yahweh's eyes.

There is no point in arguing whether or not the man is guilty for looking and lusting or the woman is the one guilty for dressing in such a way that seduces others. Both are guilty in Yahushua's eyes. Both. Yahushua said so and both will be judged. Both those who commit the offense and those who cause offense in others will be judged.

Yahushua said in Matthew 13:41:

 Matthew 13:41 - "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,

Two things: all things that offend AND those who practice the sins.

 Matthew 13:42 - "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

I don't say this to condemn anybody. I am just making a statement how Yahushua judges. We don't want to be agents for unrighteousness, right? And so, we don't want to cause offense in others. We don't want to cause others to be tempted by what we do.

We don't want to imitate Satan who is always trying to tempt people and trip people up causing them to sin. We want to be a source of edification and building up, and encouraging, and trying to strengthen the body of the Messiah.

It is Satan who is constantly wanting to tempt people to commit the sin. And so, if a woman is dressing in such a way that provokes the lust, she is doing the very same things that the devil himself does to the body of Messiah every day-- cause people to stumble, cause them to trip up, make them weak and commit transgression.

And Yahushua said He will destroy both those who commit the sin and those who cause others to be offended.

I think about the new believer especially. He is just coming into the faith. He is a babe in Messiah. He has lived a life of sexual immorality. He comes into the congregation and all these women are dressed immodestly.

And so, being around other believers shouldn't be a source of temptation. It should be a source of holiness and modesty and rest for the soul. Instead, spiritual warfare has to take place right there in the congregation.

And so, the body of Messiah, when we gather together it is supposed to be where we can be built up, be edified, all things be done for edification. And yet, these new believers come in, and Yahushua says:

 Matthew 18:6 - "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

He could be speaking spiritually of babes in Messiah, too.

 Matthew 18:7 - "Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

Because they are walking in the spirit of Yahweh's enemy causing others to be seduced and tempted to do wrong.

I'm sharing these things because we live in a culture that more and more with each generation the men and the women are dressing in ways to seduce. That is a Jezebel spirit. And we see how it relates to health because Yahushua said He would cast her into a sickbed.

Could there be situations where women are in a sickbed because they are not willing to repent of seducing Yahweh's servants to commit sexual immorality? I think it is quite possible. He did it once. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Is it quite possible that there are men who are in tribulation and difficulty and struggle because they have entertained this Jezebel spirit and they have allowed it in their life? Yeah! ("Boy, check it out.") Jezebel! They like it. And so, we have to think about this. We have to take this seriously.

Now I did a full study on modesty and dress... and I am not going to turn this into a whole study about modesty, this is a study about health... but I did a full study on modesty and dress already. It is on the transcripts page: http://www.eliyah.com/transcripts/

You can request it on DVD if you like, or you can watch it online or listen to it online. And it was shared in 2012 on the Roman date of August the 11th. And just look it up on the transcripts: (8/11/2012 - "Modesty and Dress").

Now there is another consequence that I haven't yet quoted out of Revelation chapter 2 that we need to look at. Yes, He talked about her sickbed. Yes, He talked about the men going through tribulation. But there is another consequence He talked about. He said:

 Revelation 2:23 - "I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

That is heavy stuff. First of all, I want you to know, I believe Yahushua holds congregations accountable for this, because He says to the congregation, "I have a few things against you, because you allow Jezebel to do what she does."

And so, I do believe Yahushua holds congregations accountable for allowing these things to go on, and such matters should be dealt with. And it is for that reason we have to have a modesty standard.

For those who attend our feasts in Missouri, we have a modesty standard. Because we want the congregations to be a place where believers-- especially new believers-- can be built up and edified.

But in relation to health, I am looking here and I just say, "Kill her children with death? WOW!" I mean... just, wow!

Now I recognize she went through with the whole thing. She was chasing men and she was committing adultery with men. And that is a serious, heinous crime. I realize that. But we don't want to walk in that same spirit, either. And the same with the men.

And if we do it in the heart, if we are conducting ourselves in an immodest way, we can be just as guilty. And so, in this case, her children are affected. Her children are going to die-- just as David had his son killed by Yahweh Himself.

Now I want to remind everyone, not every sickness and disease, not every instance where a child dies, is because of some kind of sin on the part of the parents. And if you missed the first segment of this study on health, please go back and watch it.

I am not saying that every instance where a child dies that it is because of the sins of the parents. But it could be the case. Yahushua said He would do it. The children of Jezebel, He said He would kill them with death.

And I don't know, were they children of adultery like David's children? I don't know. Like where David and Bathsheba, they had relations, had a child that came out of it and the child died as a direct result? But listen, David was in great anguish over the loss of his child. And that wasn't the only child he lost.

Because later we see that Yahweh caused a great tribulation in his house for his sins. His son Absalom rebelled and committed sexual immorality with his concubines. He turned the heart of Israel to him and away from David. And Absalom, in his rebellion against his father, died in that rebellion.

Why was Absalom acting that way? Because David was unwilling to punish his oldest son Amnon for committing incest with his sister, possibly because he knew he had also been guilty of sexual sin, but his lack of attention to the situation caused Absalom to rebel, and then Absalom in his rebellion against David died.

And I've wondered, is this why David was so distraught over the whole situation?

 2Samuel 18:33 - Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: "O my son Absalom -- my son, my son Absalom -- if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!"

Now I look at this situation and I think I understand why Yahweh allows a person's children to be affected by the sins of their parents. Because there is probably no greater anguish in a person's life than to experience the loss of a son or a daughter.

Again, I am not saying if you have lost a son or a daughter it is because of some sin in your life. It could be. I am only saying, yes, it is possible our children are affected by our sin. Yahushua Himself said so. It is a health issue for our children that we walk uprightly, and it can be a judgment on us as parents if we are unwilling to repent.

We cannot eliminate that as a possibility in our day and age. I know this is uncomfortable to talk about, and in this whole study there will be things that will be uncomfortable to talk about, but we must-- we must-- be willing to examine ourselves.

Remember what Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Remember what he said.

 1Corinthians 11:29 - For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Master's body.

30 - For this reason many [are] weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

They are dead!

 1Corinthians 11:31 - For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

In other words, if you would examine yourself, and say, "Hey, am I doing something wrong? Am I messing up somewhere?" you wouldn't be judged. But listen, even in our chastening, when we are judged, it says:

 1Corinthians 11:32 - But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Master, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Yahweh is chastening us for a greater purpose, that we might come to repentance and not be condemned with the world. The question is whether or not we are willing to do the uncomfortable thing and look at ourselves in the mirror and see if there be any wicked way in us, if there is anything in us that would not be pleasing to our Father in heaven.

Those who are believers are willing to do that. Those who are just following a religion have no interest in changing themselves.

David was a man after Yahweh's own heart. He says:

 Psalms 139:23 - Search me, O Elohim, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 - And see if [there is any] wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

He had a heart that pursued Yahweh's will. He failed and he was judged for it because he was hiding it. He wouldn't repent. And eventually it all came to a head. But he repented. He said, "Okay, my life, everything-- Yahweh, You see it."

I don't know when he wrote this Psalm 139. The subtitle suggests he was the author here. Maybe it was after his sin with Bathsheba. I don't know when it was, but he just said, "Show me. Is there anything in me that doesn't please You?"

He loved Yahweh. He wanted to walk in love toward his fellow man. He wanted to walk in love toward Yahweh, his Father in heaven. And that needs to be our heart's cry. We want to walk in love, the way Yahushua walked in love.

And so, we are willing to examine ourselves, because we hate sin and we don't want it to be a part of us. And we are willing to judge ourselves so that we will not be judged.

I don't mean condemn ourselves. I mean judge in the sense of "do a little fruit inspection" because even our children can be affected by our sin. Scripture says so, over and over and over and over again. What does Yahweh say?

 Exodus 34:6 - And YAHWEH passed before him and proclaimed, "YAHWEH, YAHWEH Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,

Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed His name...

 Exodus 34:7 - "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation."

Whoa! Do we ever think about that? We like the "forgiving iniquity" part. Oh, yeah. We love that. "Merciful and gracious, longsuffering." We like that part about Yahweh. Are we willing to look upon this latter part here? Or are we just going to gloss over that and ignore it?

 Numbers 14:18 - `YAHWEH is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth [generation] .'

He says He will do it. We see it happening in Scripture over and over and over again. I mean, just an example. The offspring of the righteous is blessed. The offspring of the wicked is not. Look what happened here:

 1Kings 21:20 - So Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" And he answered, "I have found [you], because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of YAHWEH:

See, Ahab thought Eliyah was his enemy.

 1Kings 21:21 - `Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free.

He is going to take them away.

 1Kings 21:22 - `I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked [Me] to anger, and made Israel sin.'

So there were two other houses He judged in like manner. He passed on the consequences of his sin. And guess who Ahab was? He was the husband of Jezebel.

Continuing to read...

 1Kings 21:23 - "And concerning Jezebel YAHWEH also spoke, saying, `The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'

24 - "The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field."

25 - But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of YAHWEH, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.

And Ahab had seventy sons. You would think having that many sons he would be safe, right? Nope. It says in 2 Kings 10:1:

 2Kings 10:1 - Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote and sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders, and to those who reared Ahab's [sons], saying:

And he wrote this letter, and what actually happened, if you read the whole story...

 2Kings 10:11 - So Jehu killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men and his close acquaintances and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

"Yahu" is how you say this word. So that is what happened to Jehu, or Yahu.

But then Yahu himself was told:

 2Kings 10:30 - And YAHWEH said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in doing [what is] right in My sight, [and] have done to the house of Ahab all that [was] in My heart, your sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth [generation]."

So, yes, the generations of the righteous will be blessed. The generations of the unrighteous... not so much.

 Psalms 37:25 - I have been young, and [now] am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

He had never seen it. As long as he has been alive, he has never seen it. Pretty amazing.

 Psalms 37:26 - [He is] ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants [are] blessed.

 Proverbs 20:7 - The righteous [man] walks in his integrity; His children [are] blessed after him.

To all of you who have parents that are righteous, count your blessings. If you have parents who love Yahweh, you are already blessed. You already have an advantage. Be thankful to Yahweh for that. Be thankful.

 Psalms 112:1 - Praise YAHWEH! Blessed [is] the man [who] fears YAHWEH, [Who] delights greatly in His commandments.

2 - His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

So the welfare of our children can be affected by our own behavior. Now I already know what some of you are saying. I already know. I wondered the same thing: How is that fair?

"Hey, this is not fair. Yahweh allows all this bad stuff to happen to a man's children when the children didn't do anything wrong. So why would the children have to suffer for the sins of the parents?"

Remember, this is a judgment on the parents that their children would not be blessed but would suffer. And any parent who loves their children hates to see their children suffer. It is probably a worse punishment than if they themselves were punished.

But Yahweh's goal is to bring repentance so that we will judge ourselves, so we will examine ourselves, so we will humble ourselves and be brought to repentance. That is His goal. He wants us to come to repentance.

Now if that child happens to be a child who has not reached adulthood, to some extent they are not even responsible one way or the other. They are not really responsible for what their parents did. Yahweh is not going to hold them as being actually guilty of anything. But I want you to notice what the scriptures actually do say in this area.

He says He will visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations. But there is a disclaimer that Yahweh actually gives in the Ten Commandments I am going to quote here.

And here is the disclaimer that is extremely important for us to comprehend and understand.

 Exodus 20:4 - "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness [of anything] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth;

5 - you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YAHWEH your Elohim, [am] a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

6 - but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

We can break that action of Yahweh visiting iniquity. We can break that by choosing to love Yahweh and keep His commandments. So if we happen to be one of the children who are suffering as a result of our parents' mistakes, we can break it. We can.

Now if that suffering happens to be a child who has not yet reached adulthood, to some extent they are not even responsible, right? Because the influence a parent has over that child's decisions is so powerful and great that the child themselves may not even be held accountable in Yahweh's eyes for certain sins that they commit.

But in such a situation where, let's say, a child dies as a result of his parents sin, let's suppose it was to happen. We need to look at things from an eternal perspective, from Yahweh's perspective. If the child dies, Yahweh can be looking at that situation actually as an act of mercy upon the child, that the child would die.

Because Yahweh looks at the child's life and considers him to be an innocent one. And such a child would have the capacity to enter eternal life and it is the parents who would actually be in anguish over the loss of the child.

The child themselves would not be in anguish. They are in the grave. The child is dead. The child is not in anguish anymore. In eternity, the child is not going to look back, and say, "Oh, I didn't get to experience all the things in that life back there." He is not going to do that.

I have noticed in my own life something very profound. Think about this for a moment. Something very profound I have noticed. The closer I am to Yahweh, the more I experience His presence in my life and the less important the priorities and things in this world really seem to be.

And the closer I walk with Him, the less I value the "thrills" and "finer things" of this world. Because they pale in comparison to the things of the Messiah. And so, in eternity, the child is not going to fret over the life he wasn't able to live. The child did not suffer loss. He actually gained.

He actually gained, because even Paul said:

So the child didn't lose anything. It is the parents who are left behind who suffer the loss. Funerals are not for the dead. They are for the living. And so, it is the parents who suffer the loss and are in anguish.

And that is why Yahushua told this woman, "You need to repent or I am going to cast you into a sickbed and kill your children with death. You will suffer anguish. You will suffer loss. Your health will be affected. The health of your children will be affected." And it is Jezebel who is going to suffer as a result.

Any suffering the children face will be made up to them, I am sure, in eternity.

 Revelation 2:20 - "Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

21 - "And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.

22 - "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.

 Revelation 2:23 - "I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

Yahushua suffered through no fault of His own. Yahweh watched His own Son die through no fault of His own. And yet, Yahweh made it up to Him, didn't He? He more than made it up to Him.

So it is not like Yahweh didn't experience loss Himself, but He did so for us that we might live. And so, if we have a child that suffers from our own sin, Yahweh, first of all, already knows what it is like, except He didn't sin. He didn't do anything wrong.

And Yahushua knows what it is like to be a son who did not have children, get married, and all these things that we think "oh, the child is going to lose out" on. But look at what He gained.

I mean, really, if you think about it, there is no way around this. The righteous will suffer for the sins of the unrighteous. When Adam sinned, we all have suffered from their choices. All of creation has suffered because of the choices of Adam and His wife Chawah.

And if we are honest, we probably have to admit-- if we were them, we probably would have made the same choices. But when a parent is unrighteous, their children will suffer. If a parent is abusive, their children will suffer. There is no way around that. We are not perfected, yet, and whatever mistakes we have affect our children negatively.

Now what if we are the children? What if we are the ones suffering because of our parents' sins?

I want to draw attention to something here that Yahweh said in Deuteronomy. He said, in Deuteronomy chapter 5, a second time: He will visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations "of those who hate Me," but showing mercy to "those who love Me" and keep His commandments.

 Deuteronomy 5:8 - `You shall not make for yourself a carved image -- any likeness [of anything] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth;

9 - you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YAHWEH your Elohim, [am] a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

10 - but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

We may end up having iniquity visited upon us for our parents' sins, we ourselves, but if we are willing to love Him, He will show us mercy instead. That is because...

 Proverbs 26:2 - Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

So we will not suffer from our parents' sin unless there is a reason for it. He shows mercy to those who love Him and keep His commandments.

So remember, it is conditional. Our own suffering is conditional. If the cause happens to be our parents, we can escape Yahweh's judgment by loving Yahweh and keeping His commandments. At that point, there would be no cause for the curse.

But what if we are repeating some of their sins in our own lives? What if we are doing as they have done even though we may be believers? We need to repent of those things. And the Scripture tells us:

 Leviticus 26:40 - `[But] if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

41 - and [that] I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt --

42 - then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land.

Do you know what that covenant is? That covenant is a promise of the Messiah, because through their seed-- that is through the Messiah-- every nation of the earth will be blessed. And so, if we are willing to confess our own iniquity and the iniquity of our parents, we can be set free.

And Yahweh will remember this covenant that resulted in the Messiah coming to us so that we might inherit eternal life and dwell in the promised land with Yahushua, reigning with Him a thousand years, and dwell in that new heavens and new earth and be a recipient of those promises.

But He wants us not only to confess our own iniquity, but also the iniquity of our fathers. And a lot of times they are pretty much the same thing. A lot of times they are.

And so, we need to make a disconnect here before Yahweh-- disconnect ourselves from the sins of our parents; confess our sins; confess their sins.

Remember what Yahushua said to the scribes and the Pharisees. He says:

 Matthew 23:29 - "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,

30 - "and say, `If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'

Now why did He say this?

 Matthew 23:31 - "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.

32 - "Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' [guilt].

He was requiring them to fill up, then, the measure of their fathers' guilt. Measure it. Look at it. Take measures to not only confess your own sins, but also the sins of your fathers.

Yahushua noticed the scribes and the Pharisees brag, "Oh, we would not have been partakers with the fathers and spilling the blood of the prophets." But they themselves were repeating the exact same mistake by their willingness to persecute and kill the Messiah Yahushua. And so, Yahushua told them:

 Matthew 23:34 - "Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: [some] of them you will kill and crucify, and [some] of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,

35 - "that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

He said, "You did it! You murdered them!" Why? Because they are doing the same things their parents did. And so, they would have.

And they were in their parents' loins at the time, and since they are willing to walk in that same spirit, they are likewise guilty of those same sins because that is their mentality. They are willing to repeat those same things. He said:

 Matthew 23:36 - "Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

So what is the lesson here? We need to be certain we are not repeating the same sins as our parents. Otherwise, we may be bearing some of their guilt in some way and therefore some kind of hereditary sickness or disease. That is the connection I am making here.

I am convinced that there are some diseases and some sicknesses that are hereditary not because of, necessarily even, mistakes in our genes and DNA, although it could be.

But based on examining the Scriptures, it seems evident to me that what we think are physically hereditary diseases are actually there because the children are repeating the same sins as their parents and therefore find themselves with the same diseases and health problems.

What do they say? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree? A chip off the old block? Like father, like son? Like daughter, like mother? How do we resolve that? By confessing our sins and the sins of our ancestors, and telling Yahweh, "Yahweh, I don't want any part of that sin that they did. I don't want to have this same mentality in my heart.

"Yahweh, I repent. If I have committed the same thing, I am guilty of the same things they were guilty of, because I would have done so if I were there because of the way I am acting right now. Yahweh, forgive me. I confess it and I forsake it, in Yahushua's name."

And as Scripture says:

 1John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

That is His promise. But He wants us to confess our sins, and there is a reason. He wants us to not just confess our sins, but also the iniquity of our fathers. So think back to your parents. Think back to your grandparents. Think back to former generations.

Confess those things, saying, "Yeah, you know, I actually walk in the same kind of thing, Yahweh. I did this. I did that. I shouldn't have done so. Yahweh, have mercy upon my soul. I know if I confess my sins, You are faithful, You are just, to forgive me of my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness."

Now you have to be very careful because there are some people who are actually angry with their parents because of the sins their parents committed against them as children. A lot of times children get bitter and angry with their parents for the ways in which their parents wronged them.

And what happens when the children get children of their own? They grow up. They have children. Surprise! They actually find themselves being tempted and actually falling into the same patterns, repeating the same mistakes and the same sins, and sometimes even worse, because of judgment that a child is placing on their parents.

It doesn't always happen. I have seen it enough, though. It definitely does. Galatians 6:1 says:

 Galatians 6:1 - Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who [are] spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

You see, if we act all high and mighty and angry at our "whoever" for their wrong to us, or our parents and how they treated us, and we judge them and point fingers and mistreat them and dishonor them for their mistakes, Yahweh in heaven might be saying...

"All right, well, since you claim to be so great, so arrogant and prideful and high and mighty, and you brag you won't do the same thing, let's find out how you respond in similar circumstances," and allow you to be tempted by the adversary in those areas. Because when we judge others, we open the door for us to be judged.

That is why Yahushua tells us:

 Luke 6:37 - "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

 Romans 2:1 - Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.

So the best thing to do is just to be humble. Acknowledge: "Okay, our parents, they are weak. They did these things. We confess them as sin, Yahweh. We don't want any part of that. Through Yahushua the Messiah, break this pattern in my family's line. Break this pattern. I forgive them for what they have done to me.

"I ask, Yahweh, for Your mercy upon my parents, for their sins against You. I humbly confess my own sin of judgment against them. I confess the ways I may have repeated those same sins against You. And I have dishonored them. I have spoken evil of them."

And here we have our own struggles in the same areas of the flesh, or maybe just little different areas of the flesh, but nonetheless, it is an area of the flesh. And we all have this "sin problem," right?

And it is quite possible that Yahweh will not allow us to be healed until we are willing to let go, to let mercy be upon those who have harmed us, to release them for the sins against us, and repent for our own participation or our own faults in these areas... because Scripture says:

 James 5:16 - Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

If we are holding grudges, Yahweh says we can't do so. If we are holding bitterness, Yahweh says we can't do so. If we are judging and dishonoring our parents, Yahweh says we cannot do so.

If we are holding bitterness and anger and grudges against someone who has wronged us, we might not get the healing we are looking for until we release them and we forgive them, and we actually, as Yahushua said, "love your enemies," love those who have done wrong to you.

 Job 42:7 - And so it was, after YAHWEH had spoken these words to Job, that YAHWEH said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me [what is] right, as My servant Job [has].

8 - "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you [according to your] folly; because you have not spoken of Me [what is] right, as My servant Job [has]."

Think about this for a moment. This is a deep thought, but I want you to think about this for a moment. He says, "My servant Job shall pray for you... lest I deal with you according to your folly." Right? He said, "If Job will pray for you, I will not deal with you according to your folly."

Now what if the one upon whom Yahweh is dealing with according to their folly is your own parents and that you are the recipient of some kind of sickness, disease, whatever, as a result of that and you are holding all this bitterness against your own parents for whatever wrong they may have done to you-- guess what?

How He is dealing with them is actually affecting you because it is the judgment on the parents that their children would suffer and you happen to be their child. Think about that for a minute.

He says, "My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly." So when you release your parents and those who have wronged you, you are actually helping yourself.

And their wrong was they had not spoken of Yahweh what is right like His servant Job has done, and in fact, falsely accused him on multiple occasions and mistreated him when he was down and out. And so, what happened? Job prayed for them, so that He would not deal with them according to their folly.

And if you were willing to pray for your parents, pray for those who have wronged you, and particularly your parents... your parents might be judged in your own life. Your own life is bearing that iniquity because you are not willing to forgive them and love them and honor them and have mercy upon them.

And so, what did Job do?

 Job 42:9 - So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite [and] Zophar the Naamathite went and did as YAHWEH commanded them; for YAHWEH had accepted Job.

10 - And YAHWEH restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed YAHWEH gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Even in a case where they weren't his parents... his friends were not his parents... Yahweh would not restore Job's losses until he prayed for his friends. And then Yahweh gave him twice as much as he had before. So how much more so if those are our parents we are looking at?

So Job was restored when he prayed for his friends. And his friends had afflicted him when he was at his lowest point, falsely accusing him, speaking evil, all these things, and they just added to the affliction.

But think about that. These are serious matters here, really. We actually remove affliction, we remove things from our life that would be against us, that would be harmful to us, by willingly forgiving and letting go... because the Scriptures say:

 Leviticus 19:18 - `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I [am] YAHWEH.

Yahushua said:

 Mark 11:25 - "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

If you want to have your trespasses forgiven, and therefore be healed, as we read in James, you have to forgive others their trespasses. Harboring unforgiveness can cause a lot of different problems in our lives-- because of Yahweh, His judgment on our souls, and we are not willing to forgive others. Yet, we are willing to receive forgiveness?

Let me tell you something. Grudges and bitterness is simply an unwillingness to give somebody else what we freely expect to get from Yahweh. That is all it is. It is an unwillingness to give what we so freely expect.

Yahushua said: "FORGIVE. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST ANYONE... ANYTHING AGAINST ANYONE... FORGIVE HIM! THAT YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN MAY ALSO FORGIVE YOU YOUR TRESPASSES." Especially if they are your parents.

Because He visits the iniquity to the third and fourth generations, and you may be one of those generations if you are not willing to forgive, and so Yahweh is not forgiving you. And you are in a place of judgment where your salvation is in danger.

What did Yahushua do? He hung on the tree, being wronged, being hated, being spit upon, being mocked, being nailed to a tree. What does He say?

 Luke 23:34 - Then Yahushua said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.

His disciples did the same thing.

 Acts 7:59 - And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on [Elohim] and saying, "Master Yahushua, receive my spirit."

60 - Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Master, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Yahweh says, "Wow! Okay, I will take away the pain and what you are suffering right now for that statement. I will take you right at that moment." And He did.

Yahushua said:

 Luke 6:36 - "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

37 - "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

That is the order of things. That is how it works. So, Yahushua said, "Father, forgive them," even though He didn't need anything to be forgiven for. It is just His nature to love.

Is that how we are? Are we walking in His patterns and His examples? Are we living as Yahushua lived?

Do you know what happened here with Stephen? Do you know who was standing there as Stephen was calling upon Him and saying, "Master Yahweh, don't charge them with this sin"? Do you know who was there? Saul (Paul), who was breathing out threats and killing the disciples of Yahushua and putting them in prison.

And Paul was standing there consenting to the death of Stephen and actually had his clothes. And so, what happened? Stephen released Paul for having killed him. Stephen was the very first martyr, the first person to die for the faith of Yahushua. And Stephen released him, and said, "Don't charge him with this sin."

What happened to Paul? He became one of the great disciples, caused the good news to be spread all over Asia Minor and Rome. You never know who you may release. He may end up being a great man of Elohim. It is possible Yahweh could be judging us for judging others. The best route... just avoid judgment.

Do what Yahushua said: "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven." Otherwise, you are not really acting like His children.

 Matthew 5:44 - "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

45 - "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

And if you see the other person suffering for their wrongs against you, you see them being judged.

Scripture says:

 Proverbs 24:17 - Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;

18 - Lest YAHWEH see [it], and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.

Our best route is mercy. And Yahushua said:

 Matthew 5:46 - "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

47 - "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more [than others]? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

48 - "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

By loving those who are not willing to love you. We are all called to a place of humility. The last thing we need is Yahweh looking at our arrogance and we find ourselves in a place of being judged. The best thing to do: confess your sins, pray for those who have wronged you, who are doing wrong to you.

You never know. That person may become a mighty believer as a result of your prayer. Even the worst of the worst, Yahweh can turn it around.

And so, brothers and sisters, we have to be aware of these potential blocks to healing. Otherwise, the rest of my message and what I have to share would be a waste of time to even listen to, because Yahweh is going to hold you to that as long as you will not release the other person.

We need to be a Job. We need to release. We need to be a Yahushua. We need to release. We need to be a Stephen. We need to freely give what we have freely expected to receive from Yahweh. And that is forgiveness.

 Hebrews 12:2 - looking unto Yahushua, the author and finisher of [our] faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.

For the joy set before Him. We have a joy set before us, also.

 Hebrews 12:3 - For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

4 - You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

 Hebrews 12:5 - And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of YAHWEH, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

6 - For whom YAHWEH loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."

The sign of His love.

 Hebrews 12:7 - If you endure chastening, Elohim deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

HalleluYah! He deals with us as a son. If we have sickness, if we have disease, if we have some kind of affliction or something, at least He is dealing with us as His sons.

 Hebrews 12:8 - But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

9 - Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected [us], and we paid [them] respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

10 - For they indeed for a few days chastened [us] as seemed [best] to them, but He for [our] profit, that [we] may be partakers of His holiness.

Faithful are His wounds. It is for our profit.

 Hebrews 12:11 - Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

But I think there are so many people who are unwilling to be trained by it. "Oh, that devil! He is getting me and I am going to fight him. I am going to do this." And they don't realize they are the cause of the devil being permitted to work in their life the way it is.

There is no repentance, just, "Oh, I'll fight the devil," or, "I'll just..." whatever.

We have to listen. When Yahweh is chastening us, we have to listen. We have to pay attention. We have to care. We have to see what's going on in the spiritual realm, not just look at the actual circumstance that is happening to us, but maybe look at the spiritual root cause of the circumstance or the sickness or the disease.

Otherwise, we will never be trained. We won't be a trained child. We will be untrained children. So, he says:

 Hebrews 12:12 - Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,

13 - and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

 Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with all [people], and holiness, without which no one will see YAHWEH:

15 - looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of Elohim; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;

By this many, many, many become defiled. And so, they fall short of grace. They can't receive grace because they can't give it. They think they have it, but they don't... because they are not willing to give what they freely have expected to receive.

Brothers and sisters, remember, Yahweh's chastening is not for our harm. We may have a spiritual root to our sickness or our disease, but it is not for our harm. It is so that we may not be condemned with the world.

So as we continue to examine this topic of health and the potential root causes of disease, please remember, Yahweh is dealing with us as sons and daughters, and even in His chastening, it is ultimately for our good.

Will we receive the message He is trying to send? I hope and I pray we will and that Messiah will be glorified in our healing. Because I know there are people who have applied these principles on health and have gotten one-hundred percent complete healing through confession and repentance. It happens.

I have seen it. I have witnessed it. It happens. And Messiah is glorified in that healing.

And so, let's continue seeking out His Word in these areas so that the hands which hang down from weakness are strengthened, so the knees will not be feeble, but we may continue to walk toward the Kingdom of Almighty Yahweh, and that any and all spiritual blocks to healing may be completely, completely removed. Let's pray.

Heavenly Father, Yahweh, Thank You for Your grace toward us. Thank You for Your love toward us. Thank You for Your Word, for Your correction. And Father, any and all areas in which You have convicted us in this message today, I pray, Father Yahweh, that we, as Your people, will repent and confess these matters as sin on a personal level with You.

And that we will see perhaps what our fathers have done and that we will confess them as sin and that we will forsake them that we might be healed, that we might be restored, that we might not have these hereditary problems that have been passed down from generation to generation...

That we might obtain mercy from You, Almighty Yahweh, and receive Your healing. We thank You for Your healing. We thank You for Your love. We thank You for Yahushua, our example. And we willingly forgive, we let go, we release all who have wronged us. And we ask for Your blessing upon their life, Your mercies upon their lives.

And even those who are no longer alive, we release them and we forgive. And we look to You and we look to Yahushua, the author and finisher of our faith, who endured so much for us, and said, "Father, forgive them." Father, we ask for Your forgiveness upon those who have harmed us, who have wronged us, who have abused us, who have hurt us.

And we ask for Your blessing upon their lives that they may come to Your Son, Yahushua, and become like Paul and like so many of us, Your disciple. Forgive us for our lusts of the flesh. Any ways in which women who have willingly allowed themselves to walk in Jezebel's spirit, we ask that forgiveness would be granted as repentance is offered.

Any of us who have eyes of adultery, we ask for Your forgiveness. We confess it as sin before You and we ask that You would strengthen us and cause us to hate sin, not love sin. Give us a holy hatred for sin... not for the sinner, but for the sin.

For all things that are contrary to You, Father, are ways of death and only Your ways are the ways of eternal life. Thank You, Father, for Your love, for Your forgiveness. Establish Your Kingdom in our lives, that Your will be established in our lives.

We pray for Your continued provision, and we ask, Father Yahweh, for healing and deliverance from the enemy who may be afflicting our bodies, even right now. We ask for healing and we trust You for it. In Yahushua's mighty name, we pray these things.

For truly Yours is the Kingdom and power and glory and majesty, and all praise, honor and worship belongs to You, Yahweh our Mighty One, Yahweh Elohenu, forever and ever. In Yahushua's name we pray. Amein.

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