“1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their Yah: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to Yah.
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to YaHVaH? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou see the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the splendor of YaHVaH shall be thy re-reward. 9 Then shalt thou call, and YaHVaH shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 11 And YaHVaH shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of YaHVaH, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in YaHVaH; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of YaHVaH hath spoken it.”
Mat_6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
Mat_9:14 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
:15 And YaHOSHA said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
Mark 2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not?
:19 And YaHOSHA Messiah said unto them, Can the children of the bridec-hamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Luke 5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers,....
Luke 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Luk_18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (The Pharisee) ..But the one who humbles himself will be exhalted.
Act_27:9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because THE FAST was now already past, Paul admonished them,
Act_27:41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
1Co_16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
Gal_5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Messiah hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Phillip_1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Messiah: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
1Thes 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the YaHVaH.
1Thes 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Titus1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Heb_4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, YaHOSHA the Son of Elohim, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb_10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Rev_2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
Rev_2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed Elohim, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
Ezra 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our Elohim (YaHVaH) to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
NehemiYah 9 Fasting chapter.
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the House of Prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves. 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 19 And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away. 22 And YaHosha answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
The Evil one is presently attempting to do away with the Messiah, even in the most intellectual, scholastic assemblies (some Hebraic, some Messianic). However, we here at www.YahvahYahweh.Name are a New Covenant Messianic Assembly, and we believe in the only Son of YaHVaH Who died for our sins. Old friends are attempting to dissuade me from belief in YaHOSHA Messiah, but it won’t work.
Father YaHVaH is to be praised, esteemed, and exalted even above His only begotten Son.
We must come to the reality YaHosha IS the Word of YahVaH. John 1, Col 1, Hebrews 1, IsaiYah (all), The Revelation, 1 John 1 and all of Scripture show that the Son of Yah IS the Word. 1 Corinthians 15:50 also shows Who “the Word” and the Spokesman is in Scripture. See our articles on The Messiah.
What makes us any different than the unsaved man?
If we keep Sabbath, doesn’t that distinguish us from most? Perhaps! Switching one day Sunday for another day, Sabbath 7th day, may not take any effort at all. If you are a retired (not-working) person the workforce cannot influence your decision on what day to keep.
If we keep the Feasts and New Moons does that ALWAYS make one totally distinguished from the common person? It can, but that is not always the case. If we switch our regular vacation from the middle of summer, to YaHVaH’s Feasts, it may be effortless for many people. There must be real purpose, dedication and meaning as we LOVE YaHVaH and follow His decrees.
Is that why we sometimes see no difference between the common person, the secular Christian or Jew and those who go by the title “True believer”? If we go up to the Feast and still keep the Fourth Commandment, yet smoke cigarettes or marijuana, hang out in bars, cuss in front of the brethren, and drink alcohol, it is quite difficult to ascertain that we are different from the world.
Hosea 9:5-9 “What will you do in the solemn day, and in the “Day of the Feast of YaHVaH”? For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis (Moph) shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. 7: The days of visitation are come..”
If we do not repent of our national sins of immorality war and destruction can visit us in the United States. Some elections in U.S. were driven by immorality. The result of this vicious cycle is bondage with wars and disease, adding more immorality, spiritually, physically, politically to our civil human structure. Further bondage will occur. No band-air-fix put over the festering spiritual wound will cure our moral and economic problems. Let the Ruach ha Kadosh, the Spirit inspire us to LOVE Him.
Hosea (HoseYah) 11:12 “Ephraim (who represents most of us in modern times) compasses me about with lies, and the House of Israel with deceit: but Yahuda yet ruleth with YaHVaH and is faithful with ‘the saints’.”
Let us pray for all believers who are afflicted and who are be afflicted by an opponent. On Day of Atonement we intercede in prayer for the people, government, religious and military people of Yisrael.
Before and during great sickness it is good to FAST, with prayer. And at the LEAST, a liquid fast (liquids only) beginning at around 6pm. You should sleep well and be refreshed. If doing a 24 hour FAST, make the next meal supper at evening, or just wait until breakfast for a real blessing. If any question, ask your health care provider (if they believe in the Scriptures).
To avoid plagues, abstain from contaminated and Scripturally forbidden meats such as pork, pepperoni but also filthy infested chicken and turkey. Try to cut-out all kinds of bacon, (turkey bacon also). To repeat: Fasting is good for your soul and spirit. Keep a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and if possible, fish.