[ November / December 2008 Newsletter ]
 

Shalom to All of Our Friends and Brethren in Yahweh,

Greetings Brethren and Friends In the Name of our Savior and Redeemer Yahshua the Messiah,

We have not published a newsletter since before the Feast of Tabernacles. Much has transpired since then. We will begin with an uplifting report from Kenya where Elder Bloodworth spent nearly a month with the brethren traveling and evangelizing.

Special Kenya Report

Dear Brothers and Sisters in YPTC,

We are pleased to write this report to you concerning Brother Karl’s missionary trip to our beloved Kenya.

In the afternoon of Tuesday, 11th November the brethren here were in ecstatic mood waiting eagerly for the arrival of their beloved brother. Some brethren had travelled from as far as Kisii, which is more than three hundred miles from the capital city Nairobi, for this auspicious occasion. We were aware that the plane was scheduled to land at the JKIA airport at about 8.30 pm and since there is always a heavy traffic jam along the road leading to the airport, we had to leave early from our homes. By 6.00 pm., we were at the airport. We had barely waited for two hours when an announcement on the notice board was made concerning the arrival of the KLM flight that our brother was on. We all got excited as Brother Karl made his appearance 30 minutes later.

Finally the moment we had been waiting for came and we ran and embraced him with Philadelphia love as we thanked our Heavenly Father that at long last our brother had arrived safely. He apologized for the delay. This was the first we understood of the process of scrutinizing luggage at an airport, and that it is always tedious. There were about twenty brethren who had come along with us. After a few minutes we all boarded a van and a small car and headed to the flat.

We had an apartment situated in the outskirts of Nairobi city which we had rented for Karl’s stay. We arrived safely at the flat and rested peacefully until the morning where we had an elder’s meeting to update Brother Karl of the ministry’s progress here. During the meeting a comprehensive schedule was prepared for the mission here. One of he first things that we had to discuss was how we needed to develop the plot of land that was purchased last year at Limuru.

The next day being Thursday, we went to Limuru to assess the site, making measurements and estimates for the materials needed to setup a meeting hall. Friday was a busy day of purchasing the materials which were mainly posts, poles, wood, nails and roofing tin. We rested on the Sabbath day at the old rented hall hoping that it would be the last time there and soon we would have our own meeting place. The foundation of the house of worship was laid on Sunday early in the morning and the brethren volunteered to undertake the task. They were very thankful for this wonderful work knowing that it signified the true establishment of the YPTC here in Kenya. Therefore everyone worked very hard under the scorching sun undeterred. We spent almost a week there before traveling to our next destination. We normally woke up early in the morning and traveled from the flat, which is about thirty miles away from the plot, work the whole day on the building and then leave late in the evening. The next destination was the vast Rift valley province, particularly the Bomet region where a handful of believers met us. Sometimes in the course of the year we had travelled here and most of these believers had been waiting for Karl to baptize and lay hands on them while others wanted to hear the good news of the Kingdom.

The first day here we spent the night near the town in the home of one Edward Kosgei. The following morning he was baptized with three other brethren and hands were laid upon them. In the afternoon we left for the interior of this region to a place called Saoset via another place known as Soswondo. We arrived at this place while the Sabbath drew near where we were hosted by a brother Simon Sasat. Many of the people who came had questions so we took the time to answer them .The following morning we walked to the meeting place which consisted of a tin shade. There we had a wonderful Sabbath service with Brother Karl and the other brethren. The roads here are in deplorable condition and impassable for any vehicle. In order to access the next area we had to walk for several hours through steep terrain and escarpments. Most of these places are hilly, with valleys and big rivers. This is because of the vast Mau forest which provides good catchments area.

The evening after the Sabbath, there was a big gathering for another night meeting and a question and answer session followed. These sessions were very fruitful. Even people from other faiths have been convinced of the Truth. Many of them are resolved to join the YPTC. The next day five brethren were baptized.

After leaving this place, we traveled a long distance to Norera.  We expected to reach there early in the afternoon but we were late.  When we arrived we found some brethren waiting for baptism.  We had to walk a reasonably long distance to get to the river.  By the time we reached there it was already dusk.  Even though it was rather dark, we could still see well enough to baptize five more brethren into Yahshua’s Name. There was a great deal of joy felt by us all.

The next morning we embarked for another place.  The brethren here gave us some gifts and presented Brother Karl with the attire of traditional shepherd.  Karl put on the clothing and expressed his appreciation for the special gift.

Later, we walked for an hour and a half under the scorching sun before we could connect a vehicle to take us to our next stop.  By this time we were getting a bit nervous for we had planned to spend only three days in this region.  As we waited for transportation, it was getting into the fifth hour (11 AM) and we were going to have a tight squeeze for time if we were gong to keep our schedule and travel to other regions.

Up to this point we were using public vehicles for our transportation.  This caused us a lot of inconveniences and made it difficult to keep our schedule.  For instance the vehicle broke down before getting us to the next place because it carried excess passengers. Just imagine a five seater saloon car carrying more than ten people and driving on rough dirt roads.  We got stranded in the middle of nowhere for about three hours before another car arrived carrying the same capacity. We eventually reached this place called Sogoo and after some teachings, five more brethren got baptized.  From here we went back to Bomet town and stayed the night at sister Bett’s home.  She had been baptized earlier.  While we were there many people gathered to hear the Word being taught.  The next morning we divided ourselves; two elders had to go back to Limuru to foresee the completion of the meeting hall while two others (i.e. Mumira and Moses) were to proceed with Brother Karl to Kisii via Kapkatet where two more people got baptized.  The number of people baptized in the Bomet region was twenty one.

In Kisii we preached to some people who had never before heard the Sacred Names and the Sabbath.  Some of them were pricked in their hearts and they believed the message of the Kingdom of Yahweh.  We also had two brothers who donated a plot of land for the building of meeting hall in different locations.  These we dedicated to Yahweh for His honor and glory.

On the Sabbath day we held the service in the newly built worship hall and also dedicated it for the glory of Almighty Yahweh.  Also, children were dedicated, the sick anointed and two deacons ordained.  By now we barely had a week left and there was still much to be accomplished, therefore we traveled back to Nairobi where we rested for a day before going to Njoro via Nakuru.  Here we spent a night and a day.  While we were there, a number of people heard of the Glad tidings of the Kingdom.  One young man was baptized. 

On the way back to Nairobi we stopped at Nakuru town where a group of brethren from the Messianic Assemblies of Yahweh lived.  They had invited us for a lunch hour service and Karl delivered a great message based on vessels of honor or dishonor (i.e. 2Timothy2:20.)   Later that evening we arrived in the flat and on the Sabbath day, being Karl’s last one here, we went to Limuru to the newly built meeting hall which was dedicated for the glory of Almighty Yahweh.  This was a very bushy day.  Children were dedicated to Yahweh, the sick were anointed for healing, and much more.  The next day, Sunday the 7th December, was Karl’s departure day.  This was vey sad for us and many brethren wept and sobbed at Karl’s departure.  In retrospect, this was a very productive trip. Yahweh was always with us throughout this trip and more good was accomplished this time than on all the previous trips. 

May the Almighty Yahweh bless you all for you are also partakers of this great work through your generous contributions towards the ministry here in Kenya?

Shalom.

Moses, Edward and Njoroge. Mumira,

Making Sense Out of a World in Turmoil

With all that is going on at the present time we look to Almighty Yahweh and His Word for the answers. This world is in economic turmoil, and it certainly appears that the Adversary is getting ready to “lower the boom” on the United States. Passages like Revelation 18 show us that Babylon the Great (false counterfeit religion) will fall, and when that happens it will have a devastating effect on the world’s economy.

The Dragon in Revelation 12 persecutes the woman. Who is the woman? Revelation 12:1 describes that woman as follows. “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.” NKJV

That woman represents physical Israel. If we are going to have a proper view of prophecy, we must be able to make the distinction between physical and spiritual Israel.

Historically we find that the people of the United States, Great Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations, and the European Union are descended from the “lost ten tribes” of Israel. The scriptures record how in 621 BCE that the ten northern tribes, known as Israel, were taken into Assyrian captivity and never returned.

“Therefore Yahweh was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone. Also Judah did not keep the commandments of Yahweh their Elohim, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. And Yahweh rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight. For He tore Israel from the house of David, and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king. Then Jeroboam drove Israel from following Yahweh, and made them commit a great sin. For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, until Yahweh removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.” (2 Kings 17:18-23; NKJV)

These Israelites intermingled with the Assyrians and other nations with which they came in contact. After several generations they forgot Yahweh and His Covenant and lost their identity. They then migrated westward into Europe, the British Iles and the New World. Ironically, they do not recognize themselves as physical Israelites, but Satan does. For this reason, Satan, the Great Dragon, will persecute the woman Israel. “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.” (Revelation 12:13-16; NKJV)

The phrase “a time and times and half a time” probably refers to the first 3 ½ years of the last Sabbatical cycle. This will be the time when the man of sin comes to world prominence. The 3 ½ years that follow would then be the Great Tribulation.

“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (One 7 year Sabbatical cycle); But in the middle of the week (Sabbatical cycle) he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate." (Daniel 9:27; NKJV)

We are seeing a possible fulfillment of these prophecies. However, we will have to wait to see what actually happens before we will really know and understand. Those who are wise shall understand. “And he said, ‘Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.’” (Daniel 12:9-10; NKJV)

As the Dragon’s anger increases against the woman (physical Israel) he wages an all out war against those of physical Israel who obey Yahweh’s commandments and who testify of our Savior Yahshua the Messiah. “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony of Yahshua the Messiah.” (Revelation 12:17; NKJV)

Those who keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony of Yahshua are spiritual Israelites. They are the true Saints of Yahweh. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Yahshua.” (Revelation 14:12; NKJV)

It is interesting to note here that of the seven congregations described in Revelation 2 & 3, the Philadelphia congregation is commended for their works, for keeping Yahshua’s Word, and for not having denied Yahshua’s Name. "And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie — indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”’ (Revelation 3:7-9; NKJV)

Because of their faithfulness, those of Philadelphia are given special protection during the Great Tribulation. “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10; NKJV)

As sincere seekers of Truth, we need to understand that we can choose to obey Yahweh’s commandments and receive protection during the Great Tribulation, or we can disobey and be judged. With each passing day we draw yet closer to our Savior’s return. If the final fulfillment of Revelation 12 has begun, then time is short, and we must make the correct choices in our lives now so that Yahweh will remember us and preserve us as His children. “Then those who feared Yahweh spoke to one another, And Yahweh listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear Yahweh and who meditate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says Yahweh of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them, As a man spares his own son who serves him.’ Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves Elohim and one who does not serve Him.” (Malachi 3:16-18; NKJV)

Eyes on Israel-“Anti-Semites Cry Foul”

At the time of this writing Israel has been heavily bombing the terrorist group Hamas for five days. Israel says that they will not stop until Hamas stops bombing Israel and agrees to a lasting truce. As of this moment the terrorist and the terrorist lovers all over the world continue to call for Israel to halt its offensive while Hamas continues to bomb Israel. Anti-Semites the world over are crying foul over the action that the nation of Israel is taking to defend itself. From the president of the EU to the liberal thinkers here in America, they all are decrying the action taken by Israel. It is common knowledge that the terrorist group Hamas, has over the last year, sent over three thousand rockets into Israel for the soul purpose of “Killing Israeli’s.” Some have been successful, and yet we have never a word from the Anti-Semites against Hamas for the intentional murder of men, women, and children. Yet, when Israel decides to retaliate for the atrocities of a terrorist group the world bemoans the actions taken. Everyone knows that when war is being waged sometimes innocent people die through no fault of their own. Israel is doing its very best to keep the number of civilian deaths to a minimum while Hamas is doing it’s best to kill all the innocent civilians as possible. Those who hate Israel are saying nothing about this aspect.

As we continue to see the hatred of the Arab world grow stronger against Israel, we can only know that Yahweh must be drawing them (the Arabs) into battle. He says that He will have the final victory, and that their land will be waste and void as is stated in Jeremiah 50:17-27. "Israel is a scattered flock; the lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel: 'Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria. And I will bring Israel back to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his desire will be satisfied in the hill country of Ephraim and Gilead. In those days and at that time,' declares Yahweh, ‘Search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant. Against the land of Merathaim, go up against it, And against the inhabitants of Pekod. Slay and utterly destroy them,’ declares Yahweh, ‘And do according to all that I have commanded you. The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction. How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations! ‘I set a snare for you and you were also caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware;’ You have been found and also seized Because you have engaged in conflict with Yahweh. Yahweh has opened His armory And has brought forth the weapons of His indignation, for it is a work of the Yahweh Elohim of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. Come to her from the farthest border; Open up her barns, Pile her up like heaps And utterly destroy her, Let nothing be left to her. Put all her young bulls to the sword; Let them go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their day has come, the time of their punishment.” (NASU)

Let us keep our eyes on the land of Israel in order to fulfill the command from Yahshua in Mark 13:33-37. "Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert — for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning — in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. ‘What I say to you I say to all, ' Be on the alert!'" NASU

As the world falls into greater financial disarray and the wars continue to escalate in Israel, one thing must be obvious to all who are watching, and that is that Yahshua will soon return, HalleluYah!

Take Heed, Watch, and Pray.

News, Notes & Notables

  • 10th Month New Moon: On the evening of December 28, 2008, the first visible crescent of the 10th month new moon was sighted in numerous locations throughout the western hemisphere. Brethren in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and California, along with believers in other locations, were able to see this new moon. The sighting of the new moon on the evening of the 28th makes December 28, 2008 new moon day.

  • Looking Ahead to the Next New Moon: The new moon for the 11th scriptural month should be visible the evening of Tuesday, January 27, 2009. Depending on the local weather this new moon should be easily seen throughout the world. It appears that this new crescent will be visible from Hawaii to the west coast of North America. That will mean that the whole earth will have the same new moon day. This rarely happens and it could be a sign of something important happening.
    In Genesis 1:14-18 we see the significance of the heavenly bodies. “Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;’ and it was so. Then Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. Elohim set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good.” (NKJV)
    Be sure to look for this notable new moon and report your findings to us by calling our toll free number 1-888-FOR-YPTC.
  • Your Kingdom Come Your Will be Done On Earth as it is in Heaven…: Yahshua taught us how to pray. Are we taking the time each and every day to ask Yahweh to send His Kingdom to this earth and to have His will in our lives? Yahweh’s will must always come first if we are to make it into His Kingdom. Our will must be supplanted, and we must learn to put Yahweh first. When Yahshua prayed in the garden, He knew what was ahead. Even though He knew He would die a torturous death, He accepted Yahweh’s will and did what was required. This was an act of love for Yahweh and us. We must pray for those in need and develop the same type of love that Yahshua has for His Father and brethren.

Conclusion

The year 2009 looks to be an interesting one. President-elect Obama has been working on a plan to help the United States economy recover. We certainly hope for the best, but as students of Bible prophecy we expect the worst (Revelation 18). This new administration will undoubtedly be given some type of stress test to see how they react. The actions of the administration will determine the fate of the United States and the western world. If an occurrence on the same scale as the 9-11 bombings takes place, all the enemies of the U.S. will be watching to see if this administration is strong or weak.

As people of Faith, we should look to the time of Yahshua’s second coming and realize that regardless of what happens, Yahweh is in control. As the world’s leading nation, the US will be a prime mover in the formation of the “Beast” government. This is what we can expect to happen in the near future. Revelation 17:17 will come into play so that Yahweh’s will is done. “For Yahweh has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of Yahweh are fulfilled.” (NKJV)

Difficult times are ahead of us and we must be prepared for the time of trouble known as the Great Tribulation. We are warned by our Savior in Matthew 24 of the things that will take place even before the tribulation begins. The countless prophetic passages of scriptures were given to reveal what will come to pass. We should use the time we have to prepare ourselves spiritually and physically to survive this great time of trouble. To ignore what we know will happen by not making any preparations is like the proverbial ostrich burying its head in the sand.

Yahshua told us to heed, watch, and pray so that we are ready to endure until the end. “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming — in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning — lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!" (Mark 13:33-37; NKJV)

Let us always be watching and waiting for our Savior to return and establish Yahweh’s Kingdom on the earth. We will continue to bring to light the fulfillment o Bible prophecy so that all who read this publication can be prepared for the future.

May Almighty Yahweh Bless Us and Keep us Safe,

Your Brethren In Yahweh’s Truth


“Just A Few Pictures”

Laying out the foundation for the new meeting hall in Limuru.



Digging holes for the post.



Setting the post.



Framing completed and the Tin being applied.



Meeting hall completed and the women were there to clean and prepare for a long day of
worship and dedications on the next Sabbath.



    Inside the hall filled with joyful people worshiping Yahweh in Yahshua’s name.

 

Children that were dedicated to Yahweh in the new hall.

Newly built meeting hall in the Kisii region.



Faithful Brethren that came out on the Sabbath to dedicate the new hall to
Almighty Yahweh and worship and fellowship in Kisii.

 

Preaching on the Sabbath day with a translator.



Candidates being reminded of the importance of baptism.


Just one of twenty two baptisms that took place while we were there.



Gifts (cups and red sash) that were given to those who came to preach and baptize.

 


Cheerful worshippers of Yahweh.