Church In The Wilderness

Church In The Wilderness

Church In The Wilderness

by Christine Egbert

Way back, three decades ago, when I first came to the Lord, before I learned that His real name was Yeshua and that Sunday was not the Sabbath, I knew only that Yeshua was God’s Passover Lamb. But I knew little to nothing about the significance Passover-week itself, except that it was for Jews, or so I had been told. Then, a little over a decade ago, I read in Scripture that the Feast Days are YHVH’s. So I returned to the ancient paths, the Pre-Constantine-path, where Lord YHVH, through His Prophet Jeremiah, declared “the good way” is. (Jer 6:16) Walking this path opened my eyes to the spiritual significance in all God’s Feasts Days (Lev 23:2/ Eze 44:24). These “mo’adim”, “appointed times” tell the story, God’s plan for salvation and sanctification depicted in the Spring Feasts and for the restoration of His Kingdom at Messiah’s return, depicted in the Fall Feast Days.  God’s biblical APPOINTED TIMES, (Sabbaths, Feast Days, and New Moons) are heavenly shadow of events to come (Col 2:16-17). This is why Paul urged us not to let men rob us of them through philosophy and vein deceit, according to the traditions of men. (Col 2:8)

Passover depicts God’s provision for Israel’s salvation through the shed blood of the sacrificed Lamb. Israel’s part was to believe God. But their belief, their faith had to be demonstrated by action, by obedience to His instructions. They had to apply the blood of the lamb to their doorposts, in order to spare the first born son of each household, then they had to leave Egypt. Not long after Israel’s exodus from Egypt, while Moses was up in the Mountain meeting with Lord YHVH, Israel began to doubt. Moses had not come back, so they ordered Aaron to make them gods–elohim–who would go before them. Sadly, I believe this a picture of where many believers today find themselves. They have inherited from Constantine a mixed system of worship. They have applied the blood of the Lamb (Yeshua/Jesus), and have left Egypt, only to find themselves wondering around in the wilderness, worshiping Lord YHVH through pagan traditions (Christmas/ Easter), just like Israel did in Exodus 32:4-5, when Aaron formed the golden calf and declared: “These are your your gods (elohim), Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” Why? Because Moses wasn’t around to lead them, to teach them Yah’s instructions about worshiping Him. Sadly, since believer’s in Israel’s Messiah were divorced (under the penalty of Roman LAW) from the Hebrew roots of their faith in the 4th century, the Torah (instruction) has been missing.    

They Thought They Were Worshiping YHVH!

The children of Israel thought they were worshiping Lord YHVH. That was their intention. The problem was they were worshiping Lord YHVH the way they had worshiped their pagan gods back in Egypt. And guess what: Lord YHVH didn’t say, “It’s okay. I know their heart.” YHVH got angry, very angry. He called them corrupted. (Exodus 32:7-8) In 32:10, Lord YHVH ordered Moses to “Leave Me alone that My anger may glow against them, that I may consume them.” Then Moses pleaded on Israel’s behalf, and God showed Israel mercy. Hebrews 3:10 says, “They always go astray (WHERE?) in their heart, and they do not know My ways…’)  

How Does This Apply To Christians Today?

Since the 4th Century Christians have been taught that once they apply the blood of the Lamb to their lives, they’re free to worship God in whatever way they please, because the Most High knows their heart. The problem is God does know our heart! He knows that the heart of man is deceitfully wicked. Lord YHVH warns His people in Deuteronomy 12:30 (and elsewhere throughout Scripture) not to be snared into worshiping Him the way the nations (those not in covenant with Him) worship their gods.

Due to centuries of indoctrination that the LAW has been done away with, most Christians who put their faith in Yeshua (Jesus), who leave Egypt, never make it to the mountain to take their wedding vows. They never begin their walk in God’s WAYS, which is the process for our sanctification. They never declare, “All that Lord YHVH has spoken we will do!” This is WHY you will find so little difference in lifestyles between the lost and most professing Christians. Yeshua, the Lamb of God, finished His part when He shed His blood, the blood of the New (renewed) covenant.

In Exodus 19:8, Israel stood at the base of the mountain and took a marriage vow: “All that YHVH has spoken (His Torah instructions) we will do.” Today God writes His instructions–His Torah–in our minds and on our hearts—Heb 8:8—and He gives us His Holy Spirit so that we can fulfill the Torah’s righteous requirements (Rom 8:4).

Isaiah 46:9-9 says: “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else. I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end out of the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done…” Through studying Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) we can see The Most High’s pattern. If you want to know the future, study the past. That which befell the Patriarchs is NOT mere history, it’s prophecy. YHVH’s Sabbaths, new moons, and Appointed Times are shadows of what will come, of events yet to unfold in the end of days (Col 2:16-17).

Thankfully, today more and more Christians are hearing God’s call to the restoration of all things, spoken of in Acts 3:19-21. Every year, more and more Christians are refusing to to worship God with that 4th Century golden calf, through man-made doctrines enacted by Constantine. Every day, more and more Christians are returning to God’s ancient paths. We are walking in His WAYS, following HIS instructions (TORAH).

Hebrews 3:9-19

your fathers tempted Me, testing Me, and saw My works forty years. Because of this, I was angry with that generation and said, They always go astray in their heart, and they did not know MY WAYS,’ so I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter into My rest.” Watch, brothers, lest there shall be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, withdrawing from the living God. But exhort yourselves each day, as long as it is called today, that not any of you be hardened by the deceit of sin (transgression of the Torah, according to 1st John 3:4). For we have become partakers of Messiah, If truly we HOLD THE BEGINNING OF THE ASSURANCE FIRM TO THE END, as in the saying, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…For hearing, some (not all), provoked Him. But with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with the ones sinning (violating His instructions), whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear they would not enter into His rest, except to those not obeying? And we see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief.” (LITV)

The writer of Hebrews makes an important correlation between belief and obedienceTrue belief always leads to obedience, which is why James wrote, “Faith without works is dead.” Today, due mostly to false denominational doctrine and hardened hearts, many Christians have applied the precious blood of the Lamb to the doorpost of their hearts and left Egypt, but they’re still wandering around in the wilderness. There, they worship Lord YHVH, but not in accordance to HIS instructions. They worship according to their Church traditions as they wait for an unscriptural pre-tribulation (rather than post-tribulation) rapture, to transport them to the Heaven, rather than the Promised Land. 

After forty years of wandering, Joshua and Caleb, along with a new generation of Israelites (not those who hardened their hearts) entered the Promised Land (the land of Israel) which YHVH promises to all of His people forever. Surely the land whereon your feet have trodden shall be your inheritance, and your children’s forever, because you wholly followed (through faith you obeyed) the LORD my God. (Joshua 14:9)

Ephesians 2:8 assures us that we are saved by grace through faith, and not by our works. But this passage should never be taken out of context to teach God’s people to disobey His instructions. Those guilty of misusing this verse to teach against Torah are guilty of the sin of Ba’alm, who taught Israel to disobey God’s Torah. Paul, in Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Walk in means to do! The “good works” are those laid out in His Torah.

So today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart! Don’t be like that first generation, who left Egypt only to later perish in the wilderness, to never enter the Promised Land. I encourage you, “Hold firm the beginning of your assurance to the end…so that you may, Enter into Yeshua’s rest, for obedience is still better than sacrifice.

Jer 24:6-7  For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am YHVH, and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.