If You Love Me?
By Kerrie French
If you grew up anything like me, you attended church weekly and were taught that if we loved (Jesus Christ) Yahusha the Messiah, “we were to keep His commandments.” This I once believed to the extent that only those who honor and kept all ten would be exempt from receiving the Mark of the Beast. But there are an assortment of church denominations who believe nothing of the sort. So for both sentiments, I am asserting a new paradigm for reflection since we are all on a journey into greater TRUTH . . .
If You Love Me?
Have you ever wondered which commandments Yahusha the Messiah was speaking of when He said in YAHchanan (John) 14:15 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments?” Have you ever considered that He meant for His followers to “keep ALL His commands that you heard from the beginning that you should walk in them?”
There are millions of folks in church denominations who believe that only nine or ten commandments are required by Bible believers to keep their foot in Salvation’s door? Many Sabbatarians believe Saturday as the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, is the antidote to never receiving the Mark of the Beast, which they believe will be poured out upon all Sunday keepers, atheists, and unbelievers alike. And the Sunday keepers believe they are not “under the Law, but under Grace,” which excuses them from all commands of the Torah (OT).
And this is Love
Yet, the New Testament verse from the 2 Yochanan (John) 1:6, identifies the COMMANDMENTS in question, as “the ones we have heard from the beginning to WALK IN.” Strikingly, this includes much more than just ten.
“And this is love that we walk after His COMMANDMENTS. This is the COMMANDMENT THAT AS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING THAT YOU SHOULD WALK IN IT.” 2 YAHchanan (John) 1:6
The Commands from the Beginning to Walk In
The following FIVE verses from the TORAH (Old Testament), give all the details of exactly what is included in the COMMANDMENTS THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING TO WALK IN. Folks, this is SHOCKING! All the COMMANDS given in the TORAH are the ones that His true followers will walk according to and these include: 1) His Ten Commandments, 2) His statutes, 3) His judgments, 4) and His testimonies.
“But as for you, stand here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the 1) commandments, and 2) the statutes, and 3) the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it. You shall observe to do therefore as Yahuah your Alahim/Elohim has commanded you: You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the ways which Yahuah your Alahim/Elohim hath commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” Devarim (Deut.) 5:31-33
“In that I command you this day to love Yahuah your Alahim/Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to keep 1) His commandments and 2) His statutes and 3) His judgments, that you may live and multiply: and Yahuah your Alahim/Elohim shall bless you in the land whither you go to possess it.” Devarim (Deut.) 30:16
“And keep the charge of Yahuah your Alahim/Elohim, to walk in His ways, to keep 1) His statutes, and 2) His commandments, and 3) His judgments, and 4) His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and whithersoever you turn yourself.” 1Malachim (Kings) 2:3
“And it shall be, if you will hearken unto all that I command you, and will walk in My ways, and do that is right in My sight, to keep 1) my statutes and 2) my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with you, and build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto you.” 1Malachim (Kings) 11:38
“But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your Alahim/Elohim, and you shall be my people: and walk you in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” YerimiYAH (Jeremiah) 7:23
Torah Promise and Brit Hadasha Provision
The same Yahuah Alahim/Elohim of the Hebrew Torah (OT) continues to manifest His PROMISE AND PROVISION OF SALVATION through His only begotten Son, Yahusha haMashiach (the Messiah) in the Brit Hadasha (NT). The Torah (OT) carries the PROMISE, while the Brit Hadasha (NT) provides the PROVISION of SALVATION by way of His Son and recorded by eye witness testimonies, completing one harmonious whole. No breaks in thought or purpose, but only a break in the language, from Hebrew to Greek. But this was not how it was originally, all were written in the Hebrew language. But that’s a subject for another time.
Because of advancements in technology, knowledge of all things is increasing rapidly, including a deeper understanding of Scripture and what it is Yahuah our Alahim/Elohim requires of His true followers who seek an eternal home with Him.
Here are They Who Keep the Commandments
This takes us to the last point. If the COMMANDMENTS spoken of by our Messiah in YAHchanan (John) 14:15, which are clarified in 2 John 1:6 to be, “ALL THE COMMANDMENTS YOU HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING THAT YOU SHOULD WALK IN THEM”. . . then what COMMANDMENTS do you suppose His righteous followers will be keeping and guarding at the end of time, which are referred to in these verses of Revelation?
“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the COMMANDMENTS of Alahim/Elohim and have the testimony of Yahusha the Messiah Jesus Christ.” Hazon (Revelation) 12:17
“Here is the shalom (peace) of the zadek (righteous); here are those who keep the COMMANDMENTS of Alahim/Elohim and the trust of Yahusha the Messiah Jesus.” Hazon (Revelation) 14:12
“Blessed are those who do His COMMANDMENTS that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Hazon (Revelation) 22:14
The Commands the Obedient Keep at the End of Time
You guessed it! These obedient of Yahuah and Yahusha spoken of in Revelation just prior to the Second Coming, will be KEEPING ALL THE COMMANDMENTS THAT THEY HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THEY SHOULD WALK IN THEM!!! These are unequivocally 1) His Ten Commandments, 2) His statutes, 3) His judgments, 4) and His testimonies, which are all given in the Torah/Tanakh (OT). Folks, friends and family, this includes all the qadosh (set-apart) New Moons, qadosh seventh-day Sabbaths, and qadosh Feast Days of ViYAkra (Leviticus) 23.
Any other arrangement that reduces these preordained COMMANDS THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM, to only 10, is NOT from our Eternal Father. But rather seeks to deny the STANDARD OF TRUTH, thus playing into the hand of the enemy of souls. Many will be lost, as they cling to this false paradigm and doctrine of men, when the LIGHT of TRUTH has been shinning all around them.