Sabbath Greetings for July 1999

Sabbath Greetings for 7-3-99   Yahweh Says
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

This Sabbath we’d like to share something with you that
was sent by Tammi Wilson

Yahweh's Promises

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves,
Yahweh has a positive answer.
Of course, sometimes there are conditions, like we may have to ask.

We say:  "It's impossible"
Yahweh says: “All things are possible.” (Luke 18:27)

We say:  "I'm too tired"
Yahweh says: “I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

We say: "Nobody really loves me"
Yahweh says: “Look how much I love you.” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

We say: "I can't go on"
Yahweh says: “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

We say: "I can't figure things out"
Yahweh says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We say: "I can't do it"
Yahweh says: “You can do all things.” (Philippians 4:13)

We say: "I can't get ahead."
Yahweh says: “  "The last will be first.”  (Luke 13:30)

We say:  "It's not worth it"
Yahweh says: “It will be worth it.” (Roman 8:28)

We say:  "I can't forgive myself"
Yahweh says: “I FORGIVE YOU.” (1 John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

We say:  "I can't manage"
Yahweh says: “I will supply all your needs.” (Philippians 4:19)

We say:  "I'm afraid"
Yahweh says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

We say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
Yahweh says: “Cast all your cares upon ME.” (1 Peter 5:7)

We say: "I don't have enough faith"
Yahweh says: “I've given everyone a measure of faith.”
(Romans 12:3)

We say:  "I'm not smart enough"
Yahweh says: “I give you wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

We say:  "I feel all alone"
Yahweh says: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
(Matthew 28:20 & Hebrews 13:5)

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day with faith
based firmly on His word in Yahshua the Messiah.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke

Sabbath Greetings for 7-10-99   Yahshua the Shepherd
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

Yahshua the Messiah could hardly have avoided talking about a shepherd.

Besides being born to be a shepherd-king,
He was descended from a very famous shepherd, King David.

King David was not just a shepherd of sheep.
He was also a shepherd of men.
The leaders of Israel knew their shepherd.  They said to him,
2 Samuel 5:2  "Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us,
YOU WERE THE ONE who led Israel out and brought them in;
and Yahweh said to you, 'You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.'”
3  Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and
King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before Yahweh.
And they anointed David king over Israel.
4  David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

In what ways is Yahshua like a shepherd?  Lets see some examples:
Matthew 9:35  Then Yahshua went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them,
because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

So Yahshua found them weary and he said, “I will give you rest.”
He found them scattered and called them to him
so he could lead them to Yahweh and to life.
He found them scattered and called them into one body.

Mark 6:34  And Yahshua, when He came out, saw a great multitude
and was moved with compassion for them,
because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.
So He began to teach them many things.

The answer to their sheep-like problems was to give them knowledge.
We can see the many things he taught them throughout the gospel accounts.
Lessons, parables and prayers.
He taught them the truth because he knew, “the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32.

Yahshua also knew what happens to sheep without a shepherd.

They die.

From predators, from thirst, from starvation
and from falling over and not being able to get up,
sheep without a shepherd die.
Just as he knew we should all die without his work of salvation being done for us.

So immediately:
Matthew 9:37  Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are
few.  38  Therefore pray the master of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

Yahshua wanted salvation to be available to everyone.
He wanted all Yahweh’s children to arise on that day
at the last trumpet when he shouts for his brethren.
At that time his particular voice will mean something very special to his people.

John 10:2  But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3  To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice;
and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4  And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them;
and the sheep follow him, for THEY KNOW HIS VOICE.

At that day of the first resurrection
Yahshua will call his people to inherit the blessings prepared for them.
They will hear his voice and rise to meet him in the air,  HalleluYAH!

1 Thessalonians 4:16  For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Elohim.
And the dead in the Messiah will rise first.
17  Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Master in the air.
And thus we shall always be with Yahweh.

Even so, Yahshua knew that some would not accept the direction of Yahweh’s shepherd.
He knew that another duty of a shepherd would fall upon him
at the last judgement after the second resurrection.

Matthew 25:31  "When the Son of Man comes in His glory,
and all the holy angels with Him, then
He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32  All the nations will be gathered before Him,
and He will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34  Then the King will say to those on His right hand,
'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Dear friends, listen to that voice and follow our savior and shepherd in the narrow way!
May Yahweh bless you all to be part of that first resurrection!

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke

Sabbath Greetings for  7- 17 - 99 Tisha B'Av…A Day of Sorrow
Dear Friends in Yahshua,

Tisha B'Av…A Day of Sorrow

July 22, 1999 is the ninth day of the fifth month (Av in the Jewish calendar).

Tradition says it is the day that the spies returned from the Land of Canaan
with a report that caused Israel to weep.
This was not exactly what Yahweh had planned for His people,
whom He had delivered from bondage of Egypt
and brought to this land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
So, the Rabbis say that when Yahweh saw Israel weep, He declared,
"I will give you cause for weeping on this day."
So it is that the ninth of Av, Tisha B’Av in Hebrew,
has become a day of mourning and of sorrow.

The scripture records:
Numbers 14:34  'According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land,
forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years,
and you shall know My rejection.
35  'I Yahweh have spoken this;
I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me.
In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.'"

It soon became traditional to fast on the ninth day of the fifth month.
Zechariah 7:3-5  and to ask the priests who were in the house of Yahweh of hosts,
and the prophets, saying,
"Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so many years?"
4. Then the word of Yahweh of hosts came to me, saying,
5. "Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests:
'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months
during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me; for Me?

It was on Tisha B’Av that Solomon's Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C.E.
Centuries later, in 70 CE, the Second Temple was destroyed on Tisha B’Av;
Over 2.5 million Jews were killed during the war with Titus, and
over 1 million were sent into exile.

In 132 CE, the Bar Kockba Revolution was crushed,
the city of Betar was destroyed along with over 100,000 Jews, on Tisha B’Av.
The following year, on Tisha B’Av,
the Romans ploughed the site of the Temple and built a pagan city in its place.
In 1095 on Tisha B’Av, the first Crusades were declared by Pope Urban II,
which led to the total destruction of the Jewish community in most of Rhineland and France.
In 1190, on Tisha B’Av, the Jews of York, England
committed mass suicide in response to the riots of the Third Crusade.
Only recently did the British government retract
the Order of Excommunication keeping Jews from settling in York.

On Tisha B’Av in 1492, all of the Jews were forced to leave Spain;
nearly 200,000 left on one day.

Centuries passed, but Yahweh’s prophecy did not fail.
In 1914, on Tisha B’Av, Britain and Russia declared war on Germany.
Unresolved issues of WWI led to WWII,
during which 75% of the world’s Jewish population was murdered.
In 1942 on Tisha B’Av, as part of that extermination, the Jews of the
Warsaw Ghetto were deported to the Treblinka Concentration Camp.
As recently as 1989, on Tisha B’Av,
the Iranian delegation walked out of Mid East Peace talks in Kuwait.

What is the lesson of Tisha B’Av for us as believers? There are several.

First, that those who lack faith shall not inherit Yahweh’s kingdom.
Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to Elohim must believe that He is, and that He is
a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Habakkuk 2:4  "Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faithfulness.

I believe Yahweh has a great project planned for all His children to do
and that faith is a necessary requirement for being able to accomplish it.

Our second lesson is that Yahweh watches over His word to perform it.
As Joseph told Pharaoh in Genesis 41:32 “And the dream was repeated to
Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by Elohim, and
Elohim will shortly bring it to pass.”

And also: Isaiah 46:9  Remember the former things of old,
For I am Elohim, and there is no other;
I am Elohim, and there is none like Me,
10  Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,'
11  Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who
executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

That last verse sounds like it directly applies to the destruction of Jerusalem.

The third lesson that comes to mind is about us.
Tisha B’Av is a traditional day of sorrow for the double destruction
of the Temple of Yahweh.
In this present day, through Yahshua the Messiah, we are Yahweh’s Temple;
We are living stones, from all backgrounds, even with many Jewish stones included.
We are the Temple and, sad to say, Yahweh’s temple is not all it should be.
Many have allowed doctrinal differences and traditions of men to shape them,
rather than to be formed exactly as Yahweh Himself ordained
with all the stones fitting together perfectly.

A good reading for this Sabbath is Habakkuk 1:1 to 2:4
It seems to be a prophecy of events of Tisha B'Av.
The Haftara portion for the day is from the prophecy of Isaiah 1:1-27

I personally plan to observe Tisha b’Av by fasting, repenting,
and reading these scriptures:
Many of them are traditional Jewish readings for the day.
The new moon was sighted in Jerusalem and in the USA on 7-14-99
which means Friday 7-23-99 is the ninth of Av.
(The Jewish calendar has it on the 7-22).

Here are the readings:
Evening Reading on 7-22: The book of Lamentations

Morning Readings: 7-23-99
Deuteronomy 4:25-40, Jeremiah 8:13 - 9:23, and John 2:13-25

Afternoon readings (any time before sundown 7-23-99):
Exodus 32:11-14, 34:1-10, Isaiah 55:6 - 56:8, Hosea 14:2-10, Micah 7:18-20, and John 8:1-58

The fasting on this day shall not last forever:
Zechariah 8:19  "Thus says Yahweh of hosts:
'The fast of the fourth month, The fast of the fifth,
The fast of the seventh, And the fast of the tenth,
Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts For the house of Judah.
Therefore love truth and peace.'

Friends, may Yahweh bless you on this Sabbath Day
as you build strong faith in His power and love.

Shabbat Shalom from Tom and Cathy Schattke

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