His purpose is that His children would see His plan, so they might alter the course of their lives, and might prepare themselves to enter in to the Promised Land. Yahushua has revealed, in the Scriptures, the overall plan of Yahuweh for His people, in order that they might heed the Scriptures, and be able to enter in.
Yahuweh's plan for His people can be clearly seen in the example of the Israelites being set free from slavery in Egypt. Yahuweh brought the Israelites out of Egypt, so that they could enter in to the Promised Land.
Notice however, that even though the Israelites had been 'saved' out of the land of Egypt, they did not immediately enter in to the Promised Land. Instead, they were brought into the wilderness to be tested, to prove whether they would meet Yahuweh's conditions for entering in.
We are then told that because of unbelief, most of that original generation of Israelites failed to enter in to the Promised Land.
Why is the Israelites' example so important, and of such great significance for us today?
The apostle Jude and the writer to the Hebrews both give this example of the Israelites, as a warning to us today who follow Messiah, of how we must likewise enter in (Jude 1:5; Hebrews 3:7-19; Hebrews 4:1-11).
In summarising the Israelites' testing in the wilderness, Jude tells us that Yahuweh, having "saved" the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that were not "continuing to believe" (Jude 1:5). Then we are told (Hebrews 4:6,11) that they failed to enter in because of disobedience, which we are then told (Hebrews 3:19) is a form of unbelief.
The result is that out of the original multitudes of those above 20 years of age who were 'saved' out of bondage, out of the land of Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb were allowed to enter in to the Promised Land.
Many today have Believed in Yahushua Messiah for salvation, and have been brought out of the bondage of sin. But like the Israelites, we too will fail to enter in, if we fail to heed the warning of their example. That is, if we today hope to enter in to the Promised Land, then we must not go the way of most of that generation in the wilderness. If we hope to enter in, we must be as Joshua and Caleb. To do this, we must choose to heed these New Testament warnings!
How do we enter in? Most today have assumed there is only one requirement to be met, in order to enter in — that one must be Born-Again. All of Scripture, as well as the very words of Yahushua Himself, reveal that there are two separate and distinct stages of His plan — each having its own distinct, Biblical requirements to be met — in order that we might attain our overall goal: to enter in to the Promised land.
Our Saviour Yahushua tells us about these two separate stages — of coming out of satan's kingdom, and of entering in to Yahuweh's kingdom — and what is required for each. Let's see what these two stages are.
Yahushua made two basic statements. These two statements are repeated among several verses, along with minor variations in other passages, giving multiple, confirming witness as required by Scripture. The first statement shows us the initial or 'coming out' stage of Yahuweh's plan. The other statement reveals the final or 'entering in stage.'
Taken together, these two statements reveal Yahuweh's overall plan for His people, and the requirements they must meet in order to achieve the final goal: our entrance to the Promised Land, also called Life Everlasting, and known as the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. All of these terms are euphemisms for eternal Life, and are used interchangeably in the Gospels.
Let us begin with the following passages:
The First Statement of Yahushua: How to Come OutThe first statement by Yahushua reveals the initial requirement for one whose goal is to 'enter in' to eternal life. This initial requirement reveals the come out stage of the overall plan, and is the part familiar to many today. Let's look carefully at these words of Yahushua:
...Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood (Revelation 1:5b)
And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)In the above passages, Yahushua Himself reveals to us the requirements for the initial or come out stage of our journey, the goal of which is to enter in. For those that think these words in Revelation are not Yahushua's words, one need only read verses 1 and 2 to see this is the Revelation of Yahushua, which was given to Him by the Father; and which He then sent to us by John, to be shown unto Yahuweh's servants.
In the above passages we see the following features that identify the 'come out' or first stage of our journey:
1) Redemption and Cleansing of Sin, by the Blood of the Lamb;We see this first stage in the example of the Israelites' deliverance from Egypt. Just as Israel came out of the bondage of Egypt by the Blood of the Lamb, and was then baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea (1Cor 10:1-2), we too must come out of bondage to Sin and its strength [the Law], by the Blood of the Lamb.
2) Repentance - converting [turning] from our own way, to walk in Father's Way;
3) Born-again - by the Word (1Pet 1:23);
4) Baptism in water and in the Spirit.
Like Israel, we too must be baptised in the Holy Spirit and in water. This coming out by Blood and water is a requirement that must be met, before one may go on to meet the stage 2 requirement.
The Second Statement of Yahushua: How to Enter InThe second statement by Yahushua reveals the final requirement for one whose goal is to enter in to eternal life. This final requirement reveals the 'enter-in' stage. Notice these words of Yahushua:
...but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matthew 19:17b)In the above passage, we see clearly that Keeping the commandments is Yahuweh's requirement for the 'enter in' stage, keeping in mind that the overall goal is to enter into Life.
In this statement made by Yahushua, He was revealing the stage 2 requirement that must be met, but only after meeting the stage 1 requirements we saw above [coming out by the Blood of the Lamb].
Some today claim that the above words by Yahushua were only for a certain group, or for a certain era in time. But what do the Scriptures say? Let's look at some more passages for confirmation:
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come'... (Revelation 22:16-17a)In the above passages, we see two things. First, we are told plainly and clearly, that doing [to do, make, bring forth, perform, keep, fulfill] His Commandments is a requirement for entering in, through the gates, into the city [the City is another expression of the New Jerusalem, the City of the Great King, the Kingdom of Heaven, or Eternal Life].
Second, we are told that these things are to be testified in the churches, telling us that these words are for us today. In fact, all the words spoken by Yahushua are for us today! Beloved, Do not let the error of the Theologians or Pastors rob you of your eternal inheritance!
For further confirmation of Scripture, let's look at these two passages:
Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. (Psalms 50:5)
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, AND the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)In the first passage, we see that the 'Saints' are those Believers who have made a covenant with Yahuweh by Sacrifice, telling us that this can only be done by the shedding of Blood of an acceptable Sacrifice. So the 'Saints' are those that have completed the stage 1 requirement of coming out by the sacrifice of the Blood of Yahushua. These are all the Born-Again Believers.
In the second passage, the 'Saints' are seen again, as those who have completed the first requirement — of having the Faith of Yahushua they received when they came out by the Blood of the Lamb in stage 1. However, these saints are also seen keeping the Commandments of Yahuweh, which is the stage 2 requirement. Thus they are Ready to enter in.
How do these two stages of Father's overall plan for entering in to the Promised Land, compare with the rest of Scripture, and with the writings of the Law and the Prophets? It is very important that we look carefully, for as we saw in What You Believe: True or False? The Simple Biblical Test, there must be complete agreement within all of Scripture in order to be confirmed as Truth.
As we saw above in stage 1, Israel came out of the bondage of Egypt by the Blood of the Lamb, and was then baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea. This is a pattern for us today. The entire process was done by the Grace of Yahuweh. Israel is an example for us, in how to 'come out.'
In the same way, Israel is an example, and a warning for us, regarding the 'enter in' stage of our journey. Israel came out by the Blood of the Lamb, but they failed to enter in — for a number reasons, which are repeated for our warning today.
Why Israel Failed to Enter InIn the Book of Hebrews, the entire 3rd and 4th chapters are devoted to revealing why most of that generation of Israel failed to enter in to the Promised Land. These passages go on to warn us that that we today, also might not enter in, unless we heed the Israelites' example.
For detailed descriptions of exactly why the Israelites failed to enter in, and what they did, let's look at a few writings of the Prophets:
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. (Ezekiel 20:12-13)
Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. (Ezekiel 20:15-16)
Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. (Ezekiel 20:21)
I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols. (Ezekiel 20:23-24)In the above passages, notice the items highlighting what Israel did. How do the above Scripture passages compare with what you hear from your spiritual Leaders today about 'entering in' to the Promised Land?
Their Example: A Warning For UsPsalms 106 reveals further details, for our warning, of why most of that generation of Israel failed to enter in. Let's look at some New Testament passages:
But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (Hebrews 3:17)What is the New Testament conclusion from Hebrews 3:17, as to what they did? Notice the following passage:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1John 3:4)So we see from the new Testament that Israel fell in the wilderness, because they Transgressed the Law [Torah].
Now let us notice the advice given to us today, as New Testament Believers:
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1Corinthians 10:11-12)
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief <543>. (Hebrews 4:11)The Greek word used here in Hebrews 4:11 is 'apeitheia,' Strong's number <543>, and comes from the word 'apeithes,' Strong's number <543>, which means "disobedience."
So we are warned in 1Corinthians, and in the book of Hebrews, that we too could fail to enter in, because of disobedience — because of transgression of the Law [Torah]!
Only By GraceLest anyone think that Grace is a separate idea from obedience to the Commandments, we must look briefly at two of the many examples of Biblical 'Grace' seen in the Scriptures. Notice the following:
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Colossians 1:27)One truth of Biblical Grace we see in the above Scripture passages, is that the Law [the Torah] was given by Moses, but Grace — the power and ability to fulfill the Torah, to keep it, obey it, and walk in it — came by Yahushua Messiah. This is the Grace that Yahushua gives us from within, as He lives within us.
Not only Grace, but likewise Truth, came by Yahushua Messiah. Yahushua Messiah came as the Living Truth. He revealed Truth by showing us, by the example of His life, demonstrating for us exactly how He would provide the Grace to us as needed, the ability He gives us to live in obedience to the Written Truth [the Torah — Psalms 119:142], just as He did, when He lived and walked on the earth 2,000 years ago.
Another truth of Biblical Grace in Scripture can be seen in the Biblical definition of the New Covenant. Notice the following passages:
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah...But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31,33)
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10)Moses gave us the externals of the Law [written on tables of stone]. But Yahushua Messiah gave us the internals of the Law — by writing them on tables of flesh, on our mind, and our heart [so that we would have the heart-felt desire to obey them], exactly as the New Covenant promises are described above, in Jeremiah and in the Book of Hebrews.
Likewise, The apostle Paul had much to say on the subject of Biblical Grace, and the source of Grace. Notice what Paul said:
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (Romans 7:22)Paul must have fully understood the mystery of Messiah-in-you, and must have understood the goal of the New Covenant fulfillment within Yah's people — that Yahushua would actually live within us, and would write the Torah internally on our heart, rather than externally on tables of stone, or in a Bible.
Yahushua, as He lives within us, would then provide us His Grace — the enablement He gives us to obey the Torah — even when we step out in 'blind obedience' to the Torah.
Paul has a great deal more to tell us about Biblical Grace. Notice in the following passages two of the purposes of this Grace:
...we have received grace... for obedience to the faith... (Romans 1:5a)
...let us have grace, whereby [by which] we may serve God acceptably... (Hebrews 12:28)The above passages confirm to us that Biblical Grace is a gift, given to us by Yahushua, for the purpose of our obedience to 'The Faith,' so that by His Grace we may serve Him in an acceptable manner.
ConclusionBeloved, you may have come out by Yahuweh's Grace, by the Blood of the Lamb. You may have been baptised in Water. You may have been baptised in the Spirit, and may have received all spiritual gifts. Thus far, you have done well — you have completed Stage 1 of Yahuweh's program.
But according to the words of Yahushua, and all of Scripture, you and I will enter in, only if we meet Yahuweh's Stage 2 requirements — by being obedient to Father's Commandments, by His Grace.
This is How to enter in to the Promised Land, according to the Words of Yahushua.
"If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief,
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)
and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev 3:3)