Messiah, Himself, said we could! He tells us this in Matthew 13:11: “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”
This answer was given to the disciples who asked why he spoke in parables. (Matthew 13:10) Messiah clarified their lack of understanding by informing them that he used parables only with those who were not called to know the truth. This aspect of Messiah’s ministry was prophesied in Psalm 78:2: “I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old.”
We are told in Matthew 13:14 that by speaking in parables Messiah was also fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah: “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, by hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.” This prophecy can be found in Isaiah 6:9. It is of note that it was Yahweh of hosts who spoke this to Isaiah. This Yahweh was the Son of Yahweh in his preexistence, before becoming the incarnate Messiah. Messiah gave the prophecy and then fulfilled it!
This message was not only for the disciples who accompanied Messiah while he was on the earth, but also for the firstfruits who have been called and chosen during this age. This calling began with the Pentecost following Messiah’s resurrection and will conclude with his return at the end of this age. All those who have only heard parables, will hear the truth on the last great day, in the eighth age.
The Light of YahwehShua is a resource for those who are being called at this time. There is much truth available to the firstfruits. However, to open your mind to this truth, you must first be baptized in the name of YahwehShua.
On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter gave this message (Acts 2:38) to the assembled people: “Repent and be baptized every one of you….”
When John the Baptist began his preaching, he said this in Matthew 3:2, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
It was Isaiah the prophet who foretold that there would be someone to prepare the way for Messiah. We find this prophecy in Isaiah 40:3: “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of Yahweh, make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim.” That someone would be John the Baptist! Also note, that in this prophecy, the way would be prepared for Yahweh. John the Baptist declared the way for Messiah, Yahshua. In this manner, John the Baptist is declaring that the Messiah is Yahweh. Yahweh was the name Messiah used during his Spiritual preexistence. John the Baptist knew this son of Yahweh, but only as the incarnate Messiah Yahshua. He had several names before receiving his birth name of Yahshua. As Yahweh of the Old Testament, he was known as Yahweh of hosts, Yahweh shalom, and several other names. For more information about Messiah’s various names in the Old Testament, please refer to Bullinger’s Companion Bible, appendix four, as well as the articles on this website.
Messiah is recorded in Matthew 4:17 as having the same message as John the Baptist: “From that time Yahshua began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The phrase, kingdom of heaven, appears nowhere else in the New Testament. It is exclusively used by Matthew 31 times.
It has been nearly 2000 years since John the Baptist and the Messiah proclaimed that, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”Where is it? The answer is revealed in Luke 17:20-21: “And when he[Messiah] was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of Yahweh should come, he answered them and said, the kingdom of Yahweh, cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here!, or, lo there!, for, behold, the kingdom of Yahweh is within you.” (emphasis mine)
Matthew writes about the kingdom of heaven exclusively, while other New Testament authors wrote about the kingdom of Yahweh. We may not be able to see the kingdom, but Messiah told us it can be found within us. Where is it?
A clue is found in John 6:32-35: “Then Yahshua said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven: but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of Yahweh is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Sovereign, evermore give us this bread. And Yahshua said unto them, I am the bread of life:” John has this additional information in verse 51 of this chapter: “The bread that I give is my flesh.” Along with this revelation, consider what John tells us in John 1:14: “The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”
Yes, Messiah became flesh and blood and walked the earth. But that is not the bread he was talking about that should be eaten. Remember, Messiah, spoke in parables.
Consider this quote from Messiah that John gives us in John 6:53-56: “Then Yahshua said unto them, verily, verily I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath age-abiding life; and I will raise him up at the last day.[of this age] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” (emphasis mine)
Many of the disciples who heard these words walked away. They had not been called to understand this parable. He was talking about himself as spiritual bread, not human flesh and blood. This is what Messiah was demonstrating to his disciples on the night of Abib 14 when he was betrayed. He offered them leavened bread as a parable describing his body. They ate that, not his flesh.
When Messiah gave his disciples the bread and grape juice on the night of his last supper with them, he was prefiguring physically what would happen, spiritually, on Pentecost. He did not tell them that this was what he was doing, so they had no clue as to what and why he was giving them this bread and juice at that time. They would only understand once it was fulfilled on Pentecost. Once Messiah was glorified and they received the earnest of His Spirit on Pentecost, their minds were open to more of the truth. (John 12:16) Up until that moment, they had only a carnal mind. Receiving the promised Spirit on Pentecost was a mind-expanding experience for those disciples and all the others who were baptized that day. All who are baptized in the name of YahwehShua have the same opportunity.
Remember what Peter said on Pentecost, “repent and be baptized”. This was similar to what John the Baptist and Messiah both said. They said, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The leavened bread given to the disciples on the night he was betrayed had foreshadowed the Spirit given on Pentecost. The Spirit of the Father was freely given and along with that Spirit was the down payment of the Spirit of his Son. All who are baptized receive the down payment of his Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:5)
The earnest or down payment of the Son’s Spirit at baptism is the bread that came down from heaven. When we are baptized in the name of YahwehShua, and have the hands of an elder in YahwehShua laid upon us, we are Spiritually ingesting the bread from heaven. That bread or Spirit which came down from heaven is the kingdom of heaven that John and Yahshua were speaking about. You are unable to see it, but after you are baptized in the name of YahwehShua, you will be able to experience it. With that baptism, the gradual displacement of your carnal mind begins. The Spiritual world will open up to you.
The kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of Yahweh dwells in the firstfruits that have been called and chosen during this age to receive the bread from heaven. If you are not able to understand this, even after praying for truth to Yahweh, then this may not be your time to be called. Your time will come, but later. Every human being that was ever conceived will be resurrected. All will have Spiritual life in the new heavens and earth. However, those who read these articles and pray for Yahweh’s truth are probably being called. Scripture tells us that many will be called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20:16) Don’t be discouraged. Consider carefully what we are told in Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. “ Make the effort. You have everything to gain. We are here to help you.
The firstfruits have the earnest of Messiah’s Spirit being formed within them. (Galatians 4:19) If that Spirit is fully formed by overcoming during their lifetime, they will be resurrected when Messiah returns. That fully formed Spirit allows us to be like Messiah in the resurrection. (1 John 3:2)
So, where is the kingdom of heaven? It is within the firstfruits! Please review Luke 17:21. During this age, it is only those called and chosen as firstfruits that eat the Spiritual bread from heaven, and have the kingdom of heaven Spiritually developed within them.
The Light of YahwehShua is here to be of assistance to those called by the Father to become firstfruits. We are not here to teach the world. Those not being called have only the carnal mind. That mind is at enmity with Yahweh. (Romans 8:7) They have not been given the ability to understand the parables of the Bible.If you believe that you are being called, then pursue that possibility. Again, refer to Matthew 7:7.
Bible translations hide much of the truth of Yahweh. They are not understandable unless it is given to you by the Father. What the world is unable to realize is what Paul tells us in Romans 8:7: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim: for it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, neither indeed can be.”
All humans are born without a Spiritual connection to Yahweh. It is a Spiritual birth defect. That defect can only be cured with the earnest of Messiah’s Spirit given at baptism. However, this baptism must be in the name of YahwehShua. There is no substitute for this name. This is the name of faith. Paul explains faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
No Bible translation reveals the inherited name of Messiah. (Hebrews 1:4) They only reveal the birth name of Messiah, Yahshua, and usually get that wrong as well. Messiah died in sin under the law. (Deuteronomy 29:20) He became a curse for us. (Galatians 3:13) He took all sin upon himself, and because that name was defiled with our sin, he had to inherit a new name. He could not go before his Father with a sin-laden, defiled name. That new name is the name of salvation. (Acts 4: 12) There is no other. Only 144,000 firstfruits or saints will be resurrected when Messiah returns. Only they will possess the faith necessary to overcome to the end of this age. It is Messiah’s faith that is being formed within them. It is not their faith, but HIS that is the key to resurrection.
When the Levitical priests were consecrated, there was only a small number at that time: Aaron and his sons. The firstfruits have a similar calling. However, they are under the order of Melchizedek. (1 Peter 2:5) They too, just like the Levitical priests, are undergoing a period of consecration. Please review my article, the Mystery of Consecration from November 2016. The firstfruits will be resurrected in the next or seventh age to complete their consecration and begin their service to Yahweh in the eighth age, or the last great day. (Please see our article from October 2016, regarding the words for ever and age-abiding) Yes, there is a plan of the ages. The Bible translations work hard to cover up the truth about the ages. Please refer to the Emphasized Bible by Rotherham. His translation does an excellent job at revealing that there is no eternal time, but only an age-abiding time. When you have his Bible translation available, refer to Ephesians 3:11.
Those who are called to be firstfruits have been known to Yahweh since the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4) This is all being accomplished according to the plan of the ages. This is best revealed in the translation by Rotherham of Ephesians 3:11. Our lives are not random or unexpected. We are here to assist those that may be called to be firstfruits and are interested in baptism in the name of YAHWEHSHUA.
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