[ July/August 2007 Newsletter ]
 

Greetings to all of our friends and brethren around the world,

We thank Almighty Yahweh for each one who is actively participating in this ministry. How truly marvelous it is that our Father in Heaven has brought us together in order to carry out His will in these end times. There are many aspects of Yahweh’s will that must be accomplished. He has called the members and friends of YPTC to fulfill a portion of His overall plan which will ultimately see the establishment of Yahweh’s Kingdom on this earth. We long for that time as we patiently wait for Yahshua to return.

As the head of the congregation of Yahweh’s people, Yahshua has called each of us to follow Him. What a great blessing it is to receive the words of life from our Savior and Redeemer. He is the Word of Yahweh made flesh who presently sits at the right hand of our Heavenly Father Yahweh. What a comfort it is to know that Yahshua is there mediating on our behalf and that we can overcome through the cleansing blood of the Lamb of Yahweh.

We know from Revelation chapter 12 that the Adversary will do all in his power to destroy the brethren. He will accuse them before Elohim in the same way that he accused Job. Thankfully, we can rely upon our Savior and His shed blood to counter the attack and give us hope throughout this adversity. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our Elohim and the authority of His Messiah have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our Elohim day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.’” (Revelation 12:9-12; NASU)

We must recognize that this portion of prophecy could very well be occurring right now. If that is the case, then it should be no surprise that we must work extra hard to maintain our spirituality. Satan is always there trying to lure us into sin so as to cause us to fall away from the faith. He tried to do this to our Savior when Yahshua spent 40 days fasting and praying in the wilderness. Even though Yahshua was physically weak, He was spiritually strong. He refused to give in to Satan’s temptations, and instead countered Satan with the Word of Yahweh. We must use the same method, and keep ourselves close to Yahweh and Yahshua through prayer and by learning the Word of Yahweh, so that it is continually in our hearts and minds. That is what being a new covenant believer is all about. “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS YAHWEH: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR ELOHIM, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” (Hebrews 8:10; NASU)

By having the Law of Yahweh in our minds and hearts, we can overcome sin and make a transformation that will bring life to us. We must choose life and keep Yahweh’s commandments. “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your Elohim may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other elohim and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving Yahweh your Elohim, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20; NASU)

Our relationship with Yahweh is based upon life. Yahweh is the self existing one who only can give everlasting life. That life comes by way of our Savior and Redeemer, Yahshua the Messiah. He is the Bread of Life and the Lamb of Yahweh who takes away our sins. With Yahshua sitting at Yahweh’s right hand, we are able to find comfort and hope, knowing that His precious blood covers our sins and silences those who accuse the brethren. Through the Law of Yahweh, we are able to forsake sin and truly know Yahshua as we walk with Him.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Yahshua Messiah the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of Yahweh has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:1-6; NASU)

Obedience to Yahweh’s commandments is the way of life that leads to life through Yahshua. By obeying His commandments in love, we can have a strong hope for protection in the time of the end. Those who exhibit true love for Yahweh and their fellow man are greatly beloved of Yahshua.

“And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie — I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My Elohim, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My El, and the name of the city of My El, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My El, and My new name.’ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the congregations.”
(Revelation 3:7-13; NASU)

If it is Yahweh’s will, may we be humble and obedient so that this passage of scripture might be fulfilled. It is up to us to go through the door that has been opened before us to complete those things which Yahweh presents to us as His willing servants.

News, Notes and Notables

  • 5th and 6th Month New Moons
    The New Moon for the 5th month was visible for most of the world on the evening of July 15. From East Africa to numerous locations in North America and in the Caribbean, there were many sightings of the new crescent in the western sky.

    Please note that the 6th month new moon should be visible on the evening of August 14 making the 15th new moon day. If atmospheric conditions are near perfect, there is a slight possibility that the new crescent could be seen after sundown on August 13. Since August 1 is the 30th day of the scriptural month, and since there can only be 29 or 30 day months, if the new moon is not seen on the 13th, then August 14th will automatically be new moon day. Be certain to watch for the crescent and report your findings either to the website (yahstruth.org) or by phone (1-888-FOR-YPTC).
  • 5th Month and the Temple of Yahweh
    Historical and traditional information point to the fifth month as being the time when both the temple that Solomon built and Herod’s rebuilt temple were destroyed by invading armies. The Jews set the date as the 9th day of the month of Av (Tisha B’Av), and have a fast to lament Yahweh’s judgment. Descriptions of these structures indicate that they were magnificent and rivaled the most majestic on the earth. It must have been truly inspiring to be there for worship services. We will never be able to go back and share in the special joy associated with worshiping in either of these structures. However, we look forward to a new place to worship Almighty Yahweh in His coming Kingdom. John’s description of the New Jerusalem sends chills up and down your spine as the city will truly be a shining wonder for all to see. And, most importantly, Yahweh and Yahshua will reside there.

    Let’s remember the destruction of the two temples of Yahweh and keep our faith strong as we look forward to the return of our Savior to establish the true and eternal kingdom of Yahweh.
  • Summer Spirituality
    Each winter the True Worshiper suffers through the difficulties of short days, and the long drought between Feast Day celebrations. Once spring arrives, we rejoice that the new cycle of sacred seasons has begun and we celebrate the spiritual boost they provide.

    The summer months are a time of life and beauty, but also contain a three month long absence of annual holy days. It is therefore important that we faithfully observe the weekly Sabbath and put forth a special effort to maintain a spiritual focus. Remember to read Yahweh’s Word diligently, and spend additional time in prayer in order to maintain our relationship with Almighty Yahweh in Yahshua, and so as to be prepared for the feast days of the 7th scriptural month.
  • Visitors
    On Sabbath, July 7, 2007, several members of Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry (YRM) visited with the brethren in Central Pennsylvania. This followed a visit by some of our membership in Missouri to their services earlier in the summer. We enjoyed a great time of fellowship and worship. It is a great pleasure for those who worship Yahweh to gather together, and we look forward to continuing to communicate with them in the future. We recognize that the members of YRM have very similar beliefs to our own, and as such we share the same goal of proclaiming the Good News of the Coming Kingdom of Yahweh. “’Teacher,’ said John, ‘we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’ ‘Do not stop him,’ Yahshua said. ‘No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.’” (Mark 9:38-40; NIV) (See also Luke 9:41-50) May Yahweh bless us all as we strive to serve Him in spirit and in truth.
  • FOT and the Seventh Month Convocations
    The feasts of the seventh month are fast approaching. This means that the Feast of Tabernacles will be here soon, and it is time to begin in earnest to prepare for this annual momentous event. We urge all to begin to compile a checklist, and we will include a helpful suggestion list in the next newsletter.

    We must also strive for the proper attitude before observing the Feast of Trumpets, the convocation that begins this special month of spiritual activity and for the Day of Atonement, the most sacred day on Yahweh’s calendar. Begin now to increase your spirituality with prayer as we look forward to these holy convocations.

Prayer Requests

Each month we receive requests from worshipers around the world asking for the brethren to join them in praying to our Father Yahweh, through our Redeemer Yahshua, for assistance in some petition. In some cases it is a serious illness, in others comfort is needed after the loss of a loved one. In still other situations, assistance is required for temporal matters.

We thank Almighty Yahweh each day for His blessings, and we appreciate all those who prayerfully give their support. It is a great honor, a great privilege, and a great responsibility to know Yahweh’s truth and to participate in His plan of salvation. Please remember to join with us in united prayer for this ministry and all those sincere seekers of truth who have extended the right hand of fellowship to us.

The Trumans!

The latest Truman story is about the importance of saving money. You can read the story in the Kids section. Here is a direct link to it: The Trumans - The Importance of Saving Money.

Eyes on Israel

"On that day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.’" (Genesis 15:18; NASU)

The following is a report from Arutz Sheva news agency where Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is considering giving The Golan back to Syria.

The Following italicized quotes are from Arutz Sheva:

Nation Up in Arms at Olmert's Golan Offer

As polls continue to show overwhelming national opposition to giving up the Golan, opposition MKs [Members of Knesset] blast PM Olmert for offering it to Syria. Left-wing MKs, on the other hand, want him to act, not just talk.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's latest offer to give the Golan Heights to Syria flies in the face of polls showing public opposition to ceding the Golan, and has many MKs on both sides of the political spectrum up in arms.

Olmert reportedly informed Syria last month that he is willing to cede the Golan to Syrian sovereignty, but wishes to verify that Syria will, in turn, cut its ties with Iran, Hizbullah and Palestinian terrorist organizations.

From the Left: Give it Away Now

Left-wing MKs, on the other hand, attacked Olmert for only offering the Golan and not actually taking steps to actualize the offer. Meretz Party leader Yossi Beilin said the agreement to give back the Golan has been ready to sign "ever since 2000 when [then-PM] Ehud Barak became scared of himself and ended the meeting with the Syrians in Shepherdstown, West Virginia." Barak is currently running once again for leadership of Labor; the internal election will be held this Tuesday.

MK Zahava Gal'on of Meretz said that Olmert must not suffice with declarations, but initiated a meeting with Syria's Foreign Minister.”

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered such an idea.

Again quoting from Arutz Sheva:

Netanyahu Talked with Assad the Father

Opposition leader and ex-Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a radio station on Thursday that the previous Syrian dictator, Hafez Assad, had been willing to "cede" the strategically-critical Mt. Hermon to Israel. "In my contacts with Assad," Netanyahu said, "he agreed to give me the Hermon... I told him that I have a pre-condition [for giving him the Golan], and that is the Hermon, because there is a threat from Iran, and he gave it to me. I must say I was surprised, and I was happy."

Israel took control of the Golan Heights in the Six Day War of 1967, after the Syrians had used the area for years to shell Israeli kibbutzim below. Since then, the Syrian border has always been Israel's quietest.

Israel annexed the Golan in 1981. In early 1999, the Knesset voted that no part of the Golan or Jerusalem may be transferred to a foreign power without an absolute majority of 61 Knesset Members and a popular referendum in accordance with a to-be-legislated Referendum Law. Just last month, the Knesset voted, in a preliminary reading, to require the referendum even before such a Referendum Law is legislated.

Syrian Response

“ On Thursday, a Syrian official was quoted by the French press agency AFP as saying, "We are prepared to renew peace negotiations and we are interested in peace."

Former Negotiator: Talk of Ceding Golan Encourages Syrian Threat

At least there appears to be one person in Israel who sees the dangers of returning the Golan to Syria.

Former Israeli negotiator Cabinet Sec'y Yossi Ben-Aharon says that talk of giving away the Golan Heights merely encourages Syrian aggression.

Ben-Aharon, who led negotiations with Syria on behalf of Yitzchak Shamir's government over 20 years ago, said that talk of giving away the Golan - as reported in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's name over the weekend - is mere "folly and vanity."

"Every once in a while," Ben-Aharon told Arutz-7's Hebrew newsmagazine, "a Prime Minister comes up with this idea of giving up the Golan Heights - as if he received the Golan as some kind of gift, when in fact it cost us much blood. Or as if he has some kind of guarantee - other than what is written on some piece of paper - that Syria will really cut off relations with Iran or stop supporting terrorism. Or as if he knows for sure that they will truly stop supplying terrorists in Lebanon with rockets and weapons. Its all folly and vanity.” If they threaten us, our response must be that if they even think of attacking us, we will respond with such force that it will send them back to the Middle Ages. This is a response that will keep the peace. (emphasis ours)

It was reported on Friday that Olmert had offered the Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for Syria's termination of its alliance with Iran, Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations. Before Israel captured the area in the 1967 Six Day War, Syria used it to shell Jewish towns and kibbutzim in the Galilee below.

Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch told Ben-Aharon that it appears to be common knowledge that there would be no peace with Syria unless the Golan is given up. Ben-Aharon responded, "We naive Jews truly believe in peace, but actually, now that we have 'peace' with Egypt, we all know what it means to have peace with an Arab country. Egypt is right now mediating between Hamas and Fatah to have them point their guns at us, at Israel, instead of at each other. Egypt is also responsible for supervising the border with Gaza to ensure that no weapons or terrorists are smuggled in - and look how 'efficient' they have been. They just freed from prison some terrorists who built the tunnels... Egypt wages war against us in the United Nations and everywhere else..."

"And if, despite all, Egyptian peace could be considered good," Ben-Aharon said, "then peace with Syria would be even worse, because of Syria's long-time hostility towards us since even before 1948."

"It's time that we stop dreaming about peace," Ben-Aharon said, "and concentrate just on co-existence, meaning that we must be very strong and that our deterrence power must never, ever be perceived as weakness. Some may say that without offering the Golan , a war could break out this summer - but the best way to prevent war is not by running to give away the Golan; this is a show of weakness that will merely invite more aggression and empower the Syrians to threaten and attack us. If they threaten us, our response must be - via third parties - that if they even think of attacking us, we will respond with such force that it will send them back to the Middle Ages. This is a response that will keep the peace, and will find favor with the US to boot."

We wait for more information on this development as we continue to pray for the peace of Israel.

Feast Fever
(With tongue firmly in cheek)

As the appointed time draws closer, we look forward with joyful anticipation to the 2007 Feast of Tabernacles. Some have named this wonderful condition “feast fever.” Those of us who yearly “suffer” from this “affliction” can’t wait for the feast to begin so that we can join together with all our brethren and offer praise and thanks to our Heavenly Father Yahweh and His Son for all that they have done for us. We want to unite together with Him and His people in great joy and gladness in His spiritual Temple. “Do you not know that you are a temple of Yahweh and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16; NASU)

Those of us who experience this awesome “malady” can fully relate to the spiritual outlook expressed by David in Psalm 122.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh.’ Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together; To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of Yahweh — An ordinance for Israel — To give thanks to the name of Yahweh. For there thrones were set for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, May peace be within you. For the sake of the house of Yahweh our Elohim, I will seek your good.” (NASU)

According to the commandment, we gladly fulfill our obligation to observe the final annual feast observances on Yahweh’s sacred calendar. After much spiritual and temporal preparation we gather ourselves together in unity (The Shema—Deuteronomy 6:4) with our spiritual family to worship Yahweh and Yahshua as we keep this wonderful, uplifting feast.

The attitude of those of us who are infected with the annual “feast fever” flare-ups can best be summed up in the first four verses of Psalm 84. “How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Yahweh of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of Yahweh; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living Elohim. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young — Even Your altars, O Yahweh of hosts, my King and my Elohim. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You.” (NKJV)

The only cure for this precious “illness” is to keep the feasts each year in great anticipation of the soon coming Kingdom. At that time, we will forever be with our Savior and ultimately with Yahweh. We hope all are coming down with the symptoms of “feast fever,” and that as you have read this newsletter you are becoming overwhelmed with the strong desire to gather with spiritual brethren to keep the feast as preparation for the great celebration in the Kingdom of Yahweh.

We thank Yahweh and Yahshua daily for each and every one who supports this ministry. May Yahweh be praised for blessing us with “feast fever” so we may spend eternity in His Kingdom!! “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33; NIV)

Yahweh Bless His People Israel,

Your Brethren in Yahweh’s Truth