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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Is the Modern State of Israel A Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

By Maria Merola

© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2016

So You Don’t Believe that Yisra’el Was Reborn in One Day, Huh?

In these last days, the devil is doing everything in his power to discredit the prophecy that came to pass in 1948 when YaHuWaH caused the nation of Yisra’EL to be “reborn in one day” according to Isaiah 66:

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Tziyown (Zion travailed), she brought forth her children.

9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith YHWH: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy Elohiym.

10 Rejoice ye with Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

This article was taken from a dear friend of mine name Carl Sanders from Trumpet Ministries. I have revised the article with Hebrew names restored:

Yisra’EL is Elohiym’s time clock. The “fullness of the Gentiles” is a 2,000-year period is but an interlude between the sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks within the 70 weeks of years prophesied in Daniel 7:20-27. To recognize Elohiym’s chronology, we must look for signs that signal the approach of the seventieth week of years. “And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of Elohiym is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:29-32) 

Yahuwshuwa warned us to be aware of the signs of the times (Matthew 16:2-3) so that the day of His return would not find us unaware (Luke 21:34-36).

Yahuwshuwa gave numerous signs that would show the nearness of His return (Luke 21:25-28). He illustrated the principle of signs with the parable of a fig tree. In the parable of the fig tree, we see a symbol of the nation of Yisra’EL. We believe in the parable Yahuwshuwa is telling us that when Yisra’EL comes back to life (like a tree buds in springtime) that is, becomes a nation again, to expect that His return is near. Elohiym’s word shows us that Yisra’EL would be restored as a nation on May 14, 1948. 

Yisra’EL became a nation May 14, 1948. Why is this date so significant? Luke 21:32 talks about a generation that will not pass away before all these things be fulfilled. The generation that this scripture refers to is the generation that was born when Yisra’EL became a nation. This generation, born in 1948, will not pass away before the return of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. If we average the generations listed in the Bible for the 2000 years before Yahuwshuwa, we can conclude that a generation is about 52 years. When we add this to May 1948, we come to somewhere quite near the year 2000. Similarly, if we calculate 6,000 years or 6 days (a day is as 1,000 years and 1,000 years as a day 2nd Peter 3:8) from the time of the creation of Adam and Eve, we come to somewhere near the year 2000. The millennium corresponds to the 7th day in which Elohiym rested (ceased His work). So we too enter into the rest of YaHuWaH during the millennium (1000 years) our work is finished.

We are not suggesting that 2000 is the year of the second coming of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. But, by these signs we know we are getting so very close to the soon coming of our Master Yahuwshuwa Messiah. Let us look at how Elohiym’s word provides us with the date May 14, 1948. In Ezekiel 4, Elohiym instructed Ezekiel to lay on his side for 430 days, representing 430 years of iniquity upon Yisra’EL. But He also promised that He will gather Yisra’EL “out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land” (Ezekiel 36:24.) 

True to prophecy, the people were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, in 606 B.C. (Daniel 1.) The Babylonian Captivity lasted 70 years as prophesied in Jeremiah 25:11, ending in 536 B.C. (Ezra 1.) At the conclusion of the Babylonian Captivity, 360 years remained of the 430 years prophesied by Ezekiel. But Yisra’EL did not repent of its sin. Indeed only 50,000 people returned at the end of the 70 years (Ezra 2:64-65.) Most of Yisra’EL choose not to return with Zerubbabel at that time. In Leviticus 26:18, Elohiym warned Yisra’EL that if Yisra’EL continued in sin after punishment, the punishment would be multiplied 7 times. When the remaining 360 years is multiplied by 7, the punishment extends to 2,520 years.

Elohiym’s prophetic year is based upon a 360 day year (see Genesis 7:11, 7:24 and 8:5; Revelation 12:6 and 12:14, as examples). 2,520 years of 360 days is 907,200 days. Based upon our solar calendar, this is 2483 years, 9 months and 21 days. Adding this period to the date of the decree of King Cyrus discussed in Ezra 1 (see above), we come to the date of May 14, 1948 (do not forget that there is no year 0 A.D.)

Elohiym’s Word & Jerusalem: June 7, 1967 The exact same calculation can also apply to the captivity of Jerusalem. When the people were taken into captivity in 606 B.C., the city of Jerusalem was not then destroyed. However, in 587 B.C., Jerusalem was taken and the temple destroyed (2nd Kings 25.) 70 years later, in 517 B.C., the temple was reconstructed (Ezra 6:15.) When we add 2483 years, 9 months and 21 days to this date, we come to June 7, 1967. What is special about this date? June 7, 1967 is the concluding day of the “6-Day War,” in which Yisra’EL, for the first time since 517 B.C., regained Jerusalem. Elohiym’s keen interest in Yisra’EL clearly continues into this century. The Signs of Yisra’EL Following are some additional signs which point to Elohiym’s special interest in Yisra’EL and the final countdown to YaHuWaH’s return. This list is by no means complete, but includes just some items that hopefully will excite you to get into Elohiym’s word:

I. Elohiym’s Protective Hand on Yisra’EL Shortly after Yisra’EL became a nation she was attacked. 

With Elohiym, a one-eyed general, and only one airplane, Yisra’EL was victorious. In 1967, in 6 days, although vastly outnumbered, Yisra’EL repelled all invaders and recaptured Jerusalem. In the Iraq war, 39 missiles were fired into Yisra’EL, but not one single Yisra’ELi was killed. Yisra’EL has prospered and grown. Folks, Elohiym’s hand is on Yisra’EL.

II. Elohiym’s Restoration

A. The Yahuwdiy (Jews) return home. In 1882 there were approximately 25,000 Jews in Palestine. In 1900 there were 50,000. In 1922 there were 84,000. In 1931 there were 175,000. In 1948 there were 650,000. (Yisra’EL became a Nation). In 1952 there were 1,421,000. Today there are approximately 3,500,000 Jews in Palestine (Yisra’EL). This re-gathering and prospering of Yisra’EL as a distinct nation is exactly what Elohiym said He would do. In Ezekiel 34, Elohiym said: “For thus saith YaHuWaH ELOHIYM; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out . . . And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Yisra’EL by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.” (34:11,13) In Isaiah 43, Elohiym said: “I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; (43:6) The number of Jews has increased over 120 times in less than 100 years. In Ezekiel 36, Elohiym said: “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” In Jeremiah 31, Elohiym said: “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.” (Jeremiah 31:8) Elohiym said He would bring back His people from all countries, some of which are surprising.

B. Ethiopian Jews Return to Yisra’EL: “3,000 year journey now complete, Ethiopian Jews return home. In Ethiopian history it is recorded that about 3,000 years ago the queen of Sheba visited Solomon. Scripture states that they exchanged gifts. Ethiopian history fills in the gaps, according to history they were married and produced a son named Memelik, who was educated in Jerusalem, but after a time returned home with his mother. From that day to this, the Ethiopian Jews have awaited their destiny. On the 24th and 25th of May, Operation Solomon brought them home at last.” (Excerpted from an article in News From Yisra’EL, 9/28/91).

C. Soviet Jews Return to Yisra’EL: “1 million Soviet Jews head for their new homeland.” Time Magazine, 1/14/91.

III. The Temple Prophecy is now being fulfilled as to the soon returning of Messiah and the building of the temple. 

Although Elohiym will no longer dwell in a temple constructed by men (Acts 7:48), the temple in Jerusalem must be built again so that Elohiym’s word is fulfilled. II Thessalonians tells us that the anti-Messiah will sit in the temple and proclaim himself to be Elohiym (2:4). So a temple will be located in Jerusalem on the holy site (Mount Zion) as the time of the end draws near.

A. Rebuilding temple on disputed site Muslims also claim. Mt. Zion as a holy site and have constructed the dome of the rock there. Scholars have long maintained that it would have to be destroyed in order to build the temple for the Jews. Recent evidence indicates that the Moslem mosque is actually located in the Court of the Gentiles which would be an open area outside the temple itself. The Jews have been preparing to rebuild the temple for years. Some of the massive foundation stones have already been quarried and at least one attempt was made to place one of these stones at the site. Also being prepared at this time are other items related to the temple and items necessary to cleanse the temple and to perform priestly duties within the temple.

B. High Priest Breastplate Currently under construction is the High Priest’s breastplate set with 12 gemstones representing the Tribes of Yisra’EL. Excerpted from an article by the Associated Press, by Mary Sedor. Please Read Exodus chapters 28-30 about the breastplate and other garments of the High Priest.

C. Tools for the temple Instruments of worship and sacrifice being displayed. Excerpted from an article in Prophecy in the News, 9/89.

D. Red Heifer Ashes from red heifer needed to cleanse temple. Excerpted from an article in News in Yisra’EL, 3/90. Please read Numbers 19:1-6.

E. Blue Dye Yisra’EL welcomes back tekhelet snails. This snail is noted for its blue coloring and is necessary to mark certain religious items. This snail once thought to be extinct is now producing in abundance along the shores of Yisra’EL. Prophecy in News, 2/91.

F. Did the ark return with the Ethiopian Jews? There is strong historical evidence that the ark has been in Ethiopia for the past 3,000 years.

The Encyclopedia Britannica records that Aksum, an ancient city in Tigre, Abysinia (modern Ethiopia), contains the ancient church where, according to tradition, the Tobot or Ark of the Covenant, brought from Jerusalem by the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, was deposited and is still supposed to rest. Also Emperor Hailie Selassie alluded to this. Mussolini aimed to take the Ark in 1936 when he invaded Ethiopia (The Biblical Evangelist, 8/1/91.) Yisra’EL is Elohiym’s time clock. We need to heed the warning of YaHuWaH to watch (Yisra’EL and other signs) and to pray that we be “accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36.) Let us not be found in disobedience to His command. Remember the words of Yahuwshuwa, when He said: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28).

Monday, July 18, 2016

Changes Coming for DPI Ministries!

DPI Newsletter, July 18th 2016

From the desk of Maria Merola:

Maria Merola
P.O. Box 231161
Sacramento, CA 95823

Shalom Mishpachah (Family) in Messiah!

Many of you have been listening to the weekly radio shows of “Double Portion Inheritance” on Hebrew Nation Radio & Messianic Lamb Radio.

These radio shows are free for download at this Podomatic Website, and I pay $75.00 per month for this free service for my listeners. To download and listen to my radio shows from the past few years, go to my Podomatic account, and please subscribe so that you will know when I have a new podcast to share:

On June 29th, 2016, I sent out a newsletter announcing that I was prayerfully considering leaving the radio. Some of you responded to that newsletter by sending a donation to the ministry to help with the expenses, and I am grateful for all of you who have donated to help this ministry continue.

I have reached a decision about whether or not to remain on the radio. After much prayer, I am certain that YaHuWaH is calling me into a “Ministry of Intercession & Prayer” for this season. He is calling me to leave the radio in order to make time for fasting, prayer and intercession.

The Feast of Tabernacles aka Sukkot will be October 17th-24th in 2016. After Sukkot, there are some changes coming for Double Portion Inheritance Ministries!

Stay tuned to find out what those changes are as my husband, Gary & I fast and pray during this season to find out from YaHuWaH what direction he is taking us in.

Maria Merola Wold will still be available for speaking engagements.

Double Portion Inheritance will still be making the website available with free downloads of ebooks and podcasts.

My older shows and ebooks are also available for free download at my website, which I pay $300 per year to maintain:

Maria Merola will still be recording podcasts and sending them out via email from time-to-time as YaHuWaH gives a timely message for the body of Messiah.

I will still be sending out newsletters with timely messages from YaHuWaH for the body of Messiah.

If you would like to remain connected to Double Portion Inheritance, please sign up for the newsletter at the website and subscribe to Podomatic for new podcasts notifications at:

Why am I leaving the radio?

As I explained in my newsletter from June 29th:

“I have been spending approximately 40-50 hours per week on preparing the content for my radio shows, placing them in blog format, and then editing the shows to remove unwanted noise such as throat clearing, coughing, blunders, stuttering, etc. Most weeks, after my husband goes to sleep, I get up and go to my office and I am up all night recording and editing until 6 a.m. I usually sleep until 12 noon most days. My life has been fully consumed with producing radio shows, so much so that I have little time for the things that I really want to do, such as intercessory prayer….”

Intercessory prayer is the main thing that I have been called to do, but the radio shows have consumed so much of my time that I have had little time for prayer ministry over the phone with people who request it.

For the past six months, my husband, Gary would come home from work, have a quick bite to eat and right away get busy working on editing my radio shows. He would add in the intro/outro music, and commercial breaks, etc. He also enhanced the sound quality to make it easier on the ears for the listeners. 

Sometimes it would takes him two nights in a row to finish the edits. Sometimes he would be up until 2:00 a.m. and then he would have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. for work.  

Gary & I have spent approximately $2,000 in the past 6 months on recording and editing materials such as acoustic foam panels (to make my recording room acoustically sound), and he also spent $600 on editing software to make the edits go smoother and not take as long. 

We spend $300 per year to maintain my website and $75 per month to maintain my Podomatic Account where I store my radio shows. We also have to pay $60 every six months to rent a Post Office Box at the Post Office to receive donations in the mail. For security reasons, we don’t want our physical address disclosed to the general public.

Ever since I moved to the West Coast last year, the donations have gradually declined and I suspect it is because people assume that since I am now married, I no longer need financial help. But nothing could be further from the truth. Gary’s income is not enough to support the family expenses as well as the ministry that I do on the radio. We are both being burned out on producing these radio shows as we are often sleep deprived.

Your donations are still needed in order to maintain the website, and the Podomatic account where people can download the radio shows for free. 

Without your donations coming in, we cannot continue to make these FREE resources available.

We are willing to make the sacrifices needed to get the Word of YaHuWaH out there to the masses. However, we also have living expenses as well as ministry expenses and cannot afford these unless I quit the radio and go back to working a full time job.

Additionally, neither Gary nor I had any furniture coming into this marriage. Gary's mother just moved out on July 4th and she took all of her furniture with her. Consequently, we have recently had to purchase a refrigerator, a sofa and love seat, a washer and dryer etc. 

We are preparing to have weekly Shabbat meetings in our home, which is why it is crucial that we have furniture. I must go back to work to help pay for these purchases. We are still in need of dressers for our clothes in the bedroom.

If you have been listening to the radio shows regularly and have enjoyed listening, then stay tuned for the new ebooks and blogs that I will be writing and sending out to you via email. If you are blessed by this ministry, please prayerfully consider making monthly pledge to Double Portion Inheritance at the PayPal button on my website:

New Direction for Double Portion Inheritance Ministries

As many of you know, I was married to my beloved husband, Gary Wold on August 29th 2014, and our second wedding anniversary is coming up very soon. You may read the blog about our testimony entitled Resurrection of a Promise” below at this link:

For the past two years, Gary & I have discovered all too well, what it means to “inherit the promises of YaHuWaH” and with that promise has come much testing through the fire of affliction.

Just like Yisra’el, when they were delivered out of Egyptian bondage, what followed were many tests and trials along the way before they would arrive at the Promised Land. Gary & I are no exception. 

We have been through the fire over the past two years and I am happy to say that YaHuWaH has been faithful to preserve us and make us stronger in our marriage as well as our individual walk with YaHuWaH. These scripture verses are reminders of how YaHuWaH tests our faith in order to purify us and make us shine for him:

Malakiy (Malachi ) 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of of Lewiy (Levi), and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto YHWH an offering in righteousness. 

1st Keefa (Peter) 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach.

Chazown (Revelation) 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Gary & I are seeking YaHuWaH to find out how he wants to use us as a couple in the ministry moving forward. We have been extremely busy since July 4th with helping Gary’s mother move out of the home into her own apartment. In the meantime, we are preparing our home to have weekly Shabbat meetings.

YaHuWaH is bringing about “new beginnings” as there is much more to come with Double Portion Inheritance Ministries!

For a minimum donation of $70 to Double Portion Inheritance Ministries, you can receive this “Flash Drive Key” to be worn around your neck with a lanyard!

The flash drive contains 67 of Maria’s ebooks, which is like receiving 70 books for only $1.00 each!

Just send a donation to PayPal at:

Please use the email address: when making the payment. You can also send your donation to my physical address:

Maria Merola
P.O. Box 231161
Sacramento, CA 95823

Make sure to make checks or money orders payable to:Maria Merola.

Once your donation is received, the flash drive will be mailed to you. Please be sure to include your mailing address where you would like to receive your flash drive.

This is a tremendous value because you are getting 67 books for only $1.00 each! Feel free to print these books out and pass them along to all of your friends and family. Another great idea is to give these books printed out as gifts during the Feast Days.

Here is a list of the titles that are included on this Flash Drive: 

  1. A Renewed Covenant Passover Haggadah.
  2. An Illustration of Messiah & The Christian Church: The Story of Rachel, Lucas & Joshua.
  3. Biblical Zionism versus Political Zionism.
  4. Breaking Evil Soul Ties Prayer.
  5. Chanukkah is The Opposite of Christ-Mass!
  6. Cherokee: Lost Tribes of Yisra’el.
  7. MP3 of the Song “Children of Promise.”
  8. Cleansing Prayer Hebraic Sacred Name Version.
  9. Dead to the “Letter” of Towrah & Alive to the “Law of the Spirit of Life.”
  10. December 25th: Birth of the Antichrist.
  11. Did “Jesus” Make All Foods Clean?
  12. Did Messiah Eat the Passover the Night Before He Died?
  13. Dispensationalist versus A Covenant View of the Sabbath.
  14. Does the Mosaic Law Command Women to Keep Silent in the Assembly?
  15. Does the Name “Jesus” Really Come from Zeus?
  16. Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth.
  17. Fourteen Identifiers of the Beast.
  18. Grace Establishes the Law.
  19. How Does Puwriym Point to Messiah?
  20. How Does the Sabbath Day Point to the Resurrection?
  21. Is Every Day Alike & Are All Foods Permissible? A Study in Romans 14.
  22. Is There a Difference Between Astronomy & Astrology?
  23. King James Version versus Modern Translations.
  24. Messiah Seen in Two Passovers.
  25. Messiah’s Forty Days of Fasting Leading Up to Yom Kippur.
  26. My People Shall Know My Name!
  27. Pre-Tribulation or Post-Tribulation “Rapture?”
  28. Properly Defining Legalism.
  29. Remember Lot’s Wife: Taken or Left?
  30. Santa Claus or Satan Claws?
  31. Seven Skinny Cows Become Seven Fat Cows: The Fullness of the Gentiles.
  32. Should You Be Merry About Christ-Mass?
  33. Sixteen Crucified Saviors? Why Messiah’s Birthdate Matters!
  34. Speaking With “New Tongues” & the Feast of Weeks.
  35. Spiritual Warfare Prayer: Hebraic Sacred Name Version.
  36. A Study in the Book of Ruth: The Vine Makes the Bitter Waters Sweet.
  37. The Ten Days of Awe Leading Up to Yom Kippur!
  38. The Effectual Fervent Prayer of the Righteous Avails Much: “A Pattern of Prayer Seen in the Tabernacle.”
  39. The Fall Feasts of YaHuWaH.
  40. The Alef & Taw: the Red Heifer & the Two Sticks.
  41. The Bride Understands the Love Letters Under the Renewed Covenant.
  42. The Covenant Name of Salvation Revealed.
  43. The Father & the Son Seen in Judah the Kinsman Redeemer.
  44. The Hidden Name & Character of Ha’Shem.
  45. The “Key of David” He that Opens & No Man Shuts!
  46. The Name of “YaHuWaH” Revealed in the Parable of the Ninety Nine Sheep.
  47. The Oneness of the Father & the Son versus Trinitarianism.
  48. The Queen of Heaven: Why Does The Church Celebrate Easter?
  49. The Thirteenth Apostle Sent to the Thirteenth Tribe.
  50. The Twin Goats on Yowm Kippur Fulfilled in Yahuwshuwa Messiah.
  51. The Bridegroom Chamber’s Conference: The Wedding Ceremony of Gary Wold & Maria Merola.
  52. Three Days & Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth: How Does “Good Friday & Easter” Discredit our Messiah?
  53. Times, Seasons & the Thief in the Night: When is the Real New Year?
  54. Two Conditions of the Human Heart Seen in Ephraim & Judah.
  55. Valentine’s Day & Nimrod: The Original Cupid.
  56. What Constitutes a Biblical Marriage Covenant?
  57. What is a School Master & What Law Was Added Because of Transgression?
  58. What is Getting Ready to Vanish Away? A Study in Hebrews 8.
  59. What Is the Double Portion Inheritance?
  60. What is the Law of Niddah?
  61. When Was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?
  62. Who Are the “144,000?”
  63. Who Confirms the Covenant of Daniel’s 70th Week?
  64. Who Is a True Yisraelite?
  65. Who is Melchizedek?
  66. Why Don’t You Focus on Preaching the Gospel Instead of Calling the Church Out of Idolatry?
  67. Yom Teruw’ah: “The Day That No Man Knows!
I realize that many people become offended when evangelists ask support in order to maintain the costs of ministry. The Apostle Sha’ul (Paul) also admonished those in the body of Messiah to help support the work of his ministry in 1st Corinthians 9:

1st Corinthians 9:

1 Am I am not an apostle? Am I not free? have I not seen Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach our Master? Are not you my work in YHWH?

2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of my apostleship are you in YHWH.

3 My answer to them that do examine me is this,

4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?

5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of YHWH, and Keepha (Peter/Cephas)?

6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

7 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? Or who feeds a flock, and eats not of the milk of the flock?

8 Say I these things as a man? Or says not the Towrah (law) the same also?

9 For it is written in the Towrah (law) of Mosheh (Moses), you shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. Does Elohiym take care for oxen?

10 Or says he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope; and that he that threshs in hope should be partaker of his hope.

11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Messiah.

13 Do you not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? And they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

14 Even so has the Master ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

May YaHuWaH be with you all in Messiah, Yahuwshuwa!

Maria Merola Wold

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What is “The Lord’s Day?”

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 5, 2007

In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle Yahuwchanon (John) was “in the spirit” on what is called “The Lord’s Day” as he was shown prophetic visions of things that would take place in the future.

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:
9 I Yahuwchanon (John), who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Yahuwshuwa Mashiyach, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of Elohiym, and for the testimony of Yahuwshuwa Mashiyach.
10 I was in the Ruwach (Spirit) on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet…
For years, I have heard many pastors in churches speak of “The Lord’s Day” from the pulpit as if it was referring to “Sunday” as the designated day of worship.
Often-times I have encountered those who use Acts 20:7 as an excuse to say that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday, because they rationalize that the disciples “broke bread” on the “first day of the week.”
However, a careful examination of this verse in the Greek Textus Receptus, reveals that this was not speaking of “Sunday Morning Church Services.”
Acts 20:

6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

7 And upon the first [day] of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

The first thing that I want to address is the word “day” in verse 7 which is in italics in the King James Version of the Bible. Whenever a word is italicized in the KJV, it means that it was added into the text to help the sentence structure flow better. A new calendar “date” begins at sundown according to our Creator (Genesis 1:5). It was Pope Gregory in 1582 who caused the calendar date to change at midnight. This means that this was not the “day time hours,” but it was a new calendar “date” on Saturday evening when the weekly Sabbath ends. Thus, the new week begins at sundown on Saturday, which is called “Havdalah” meaning “exiting the Sabbath.”

The second thing that I want to point out is that the word “week” in verse 7 is actually the plural “weeks” which is “Sabbaton” in Greek.
Verse 6 gives us “context” because it says that the Apostles had just sailed away from Philippi “AFTER THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.” Leviticus 23:6 tells us that we are commanded to eat no leaven for “SEVEN DAYS” and we are also commanded to eat “UNLEAVENED BREAD” during these same “SEVEN DAYS.”

This tells us that the Apostles were now “counting seven Sabbaths” following the completion of the Feast of Unleavened Bread as commanded in the Towrah:

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:

15 And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:

16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering unto YHWH.

Leviticus 23:15-16 commands us to begin counting seven Sabbaths on the “morrow” after the weekly Sabbath following Passover. On the fiftieth day it is called “The Feast of Weeks” otherwise known as “Pentecost” in Greek meaning “fiftieth day.” The Apostles were not observing a weekly event of “breaking bread” on Sunday as many have falsely assumed. They had just finished observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days, and now, it was sundown on Saturday Night and it was the “first of the weeks” (plural).

This event in Acts 20 took place years after our Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection; and yet the Apostles were still keeping the Feasts of YaHuWaH outlined in the Towrah (Mosaic Law)! This is further proof that the Towrah (Mosaic Law) was not made obsolete because of Messiah’s sacrifice.

The English phrase which begins Acts 20:7 is translated from the Greek phrase “EN DE TA MIA TON SABBATON.” A literal translation into the English is as follows:

“In the first of the sevens . . .”

There is a two-fold meaning to what is termed as “The Lord’s Day,” because in 2nd Peter 3:8, we find out that one day is as a thousand years to YaHuWaH:

2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with YHWH as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The logical conclusion that I had come to years ago, was that “The Lord’s Day” was the seventh day of the week, (Sabbath) because of Yahuwshuwa’s own claim that he himself is “Lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:28, Luke 6:5). 

I still believe that the 7th day weekly Sabbath is indeed “The Lord’s Day.” However, this term goes much deeper than just the weekly “Lord’s Day” or the Sabbath. This term has to do with the prophetic 7,000th year since creation, which some people refer to as “The Sabbath Millennium.”

If there is one thing that I have come to understand about scripture, there is always corroborating evidence in both the Tanakh (Old Testament) well as the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament) to support a doctrine. We can never ever use just one passage of scripture to form a doctrine. Yahuwshuwa told us that all things written about him in the Law, Prophets and Psalms, must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Therefore, when establishing any doctrine, Yahuwshuwa taught that “out of the mouth of two or three witnesses” everything must be established (Matthew 18).
Concerning the subject of “The Lord’s Day” or “YaHuWaH’s Day” we must also have other evidence in the “Towrah, Prophets, & Psalms” that must agree.
Law, Prophets & Psalms: The Two or Three Witnesses

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 

Matthew 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of Elohiym is preached, and every man pressed into it. 

John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael, and said unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets , did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the Elohiym (God) of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets , from morning till evening.

The Law of Moses and Yahuwshuwa agree that we must have “two or three witnesses” in order to establish any kind of doctrine or matter. “Every word” in scripture and its interpretation is validated on the basis of “two or three witnesses” elsewhere in scripture.

Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

1st Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

2nd Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

1st Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses.
The First Day of the Week: Saturday Night at Sundown

Many in the Christian Church have supposed that because there is one reference in Acts 20:7 to the disciples breaking bread on the first day of the week, that they have found “proof” that “The Lord’s Day” is Sunday (the first day of the week). As I explained previously, this was the “first of the weeks” (plural) following the Days of Unleavened Bread. Additionally, we know that the First Century Believers never went to church on Sunday morning. How do we know this?
You will see below, that YaHuWaH commands us to do work for 6 days out of the week, and then we are to rest on the 7th day! On Sunday morning in Jerusalem during the 1st Century, people went to work!

Sunday is a Regular Work Day: “Six Days You Shall Work”

Exodus 23:12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest : that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

Exodus 31:15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to YHWH (the LORD): whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

Exodus 34:21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest : in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to YHWH (the LORD): whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

Leviticus 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of YHWH (the LORD) in all your dwellings.

So, with that in mind, let us see what the Law and the Prophets refer to as “The Day of the Lord.”

You will notice that this passage in Revelation is referring to the second coming of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. This is a prophetic event being spoken of here:

Revelation 1:

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am Aleph and Taw (Alpha and Omega), the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Yahuwshuwa Messiah (Jesus Christ), was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Yahuwshuwa Messiah (Jesus Christ).

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alef and Taw (Alpha and Omega), the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Okay, now we can see that John was being “taken up in the spirit,” meaning eternity future! He was being shown the things that will happen in the future. At the beginning chapter of Revelation, John the Apostle is giving an overview of what the vision was all about. He is telling us that he was “in the spirit” in other words, the “realm of eternity” where past, present and future all coincide! How do we know this? Because Yahuwshuwa just declared to him that he is “Alpha and Omega, the first and last…”

What this means is that only through the eternal one Yahuwshuwa Messiah, was John able to see these things in eternity future! Notice that the “great voice” was as that of a “trumpet.”

We know that the day when all the saints are resurrected is at the “Last Trump.”

1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
John is therefore being taken into the spirit or eternity future to that event called “The Lord’s Day” when we shall all be changed at the “Last Trump.” This is confirmed again when John is once again telling us that he was “taken up” with a voice that sounded like a trumpet:

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
#5456. phone fo-nay probably akin to 5316 through the idea of disclosure; a tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by implication, an address (for any purpose), saying or language:--noise, sound, voice.

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Okay so let’s take notice of some common denominators with Revelation 1:10 and Revelation 4:1-2:

1.) John heard a voice that was like a trumpet.

2.) John was taken up by this same “voice” that sounded like a trumpet.
3.) John was in the spirit.

4.) John went to heaven where he as shown the future “Lord’s Day.”

Now, let us take a look at all the verses in the Old and New Testament scriptures, (Tanakh & the Briyth Chadashah) where “The Day of the Lord” is mentioned:

“The Day of the Lord” or “The Lord’s Day”

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of YHWH (the LORD) of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of YHWH (the LORD) is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of YHWH (the LORD) cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of YHWH (the LORD) Elohiym (GOD) of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for YHWH (the Lord) Elohiym of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Ezekiel 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of YHWH (the YHW YHthe LORD).

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of YHWH (the LORD) is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of YHWH (the LORD) is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of YHWH (the LORD) cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Joel 2:11 And YHWH (the LORD) shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of YHWH (the LORD) is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of YHWH (the LORD) come.

Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of YHWH (the LORD) is near in the valley of decision.

Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of YHWH (the LORD)! to what end is it for you? the day of YHWH (the LORD) is darkness, and not light.

Amos 5:20 Shall not the day of YHWH (the LORD) be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of YHWH (the LORD) is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Zephaniah 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of YHWH Elohiym (the Lord GOD): for the day of YHWH (the LORD) is at hand: for YHWH (the LORD) hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of YHWH (the LORD) is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of YHWH (the LORD): the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of YHWH (the LORD) cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Eliyahuw (Elijah) the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of YHWH (the LORD):

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of YHWH (the Lord) come:

1st Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of YHWH (the Lord) Yahuwshuwa (Jesus).

2nd Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as you also are our’s in the day of YHWH (the Lord) Yahuwshuwa (Jesus).
1st Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of YHWH (the Lord) so comes as a thief in the night.

2nd Peter 3:10 But the day of YHWH (the Lord) will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Once again, let’s observe some common denominators about this day which is called “The Day of the Lord.”

1.) It is a day of destruction.
2.) It is a day of darkness.
3.) It is a day that is referred to as “great” and “terrible.”
4.) It is a day that is referred to as being “near” or “at hand.”
5.) It is accompanied by the coming of YaHuWaH (the Lord).
6.) It is accompanied by a trumpet, and great noise.
7.) It is accompanied by signs in the heavens.
8.) It is accompanied by fire and fervent heat.
9.) It is a day of fierce anger, wrath and vengeance.

In Revelation 1:10 we have some of these common denominators evident so that we may accurately say that “The Lord’s Day” is the same event referred to as “The Day of the Lord” every place else in scripture:

1.) It is accompanied by a trumpet, and great noise.
2.) It is accompanied by the coming of YaHuWaH (the Lord).
3.) It is accompanied by a cloud or a cloudy day.

Now we can see that “The Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 cannot be Sunday. The Lord’s Day is the future Day of Judgment which will take place on the Sabbath Millennium or the 7,000th year from creation!

How do we know this? Because all of the other things that are accompanied by it are consistent with all the other passages in scripture that are referred to as “The Day of the Lord!”

“The Lord’s Day,” more accurately called “The Day of YaHuWaH” has always been the Sabbath.
The 7th day of the week prophetically points to Yahuwshuwa--- always! He will rule and reign for 1,000 years starting on the Sabbath Millennium (7,000 years from his creation) where he will “rest” from all of his labours!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Does Scripture Command Us to Love & Esteem Ourselves?

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, January 2016

Back in the 1980’s when I was brand new in my walk with Messiah, I was hearing a lot of “Christian Psychology” being taught from the pulpits. In fact, I owned quite a few Psychology books as I had been trying to find healing from my past hurts as a child.

I had a tumultuous childhood with much domestic violence in the home as well as abuse from the Catholic Nuns. On that first night when I surrendered my life to Yahuwshuwa as Messiah in February 1981, I consciously forgave all those who had abused me. I was wonderfully set free that night as I felt and heard the demons leaving me.

As I began to embark on my new-found faith in Messiah, I attended various churches in search of the truth. What I discovered, to my dismay, was that many of these Pastors and leaders were parroting secular humanist thinkers from Ancient Greek philosophy and Atheistic Psychologists such as “Sigmund Freud.” These Pastors and Christian leaders were telling us that we needed to “love ourselves more,” but my Bible told me something different.

The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) warned about the characteristics that we would see in society in the latter days before the return of our Messiah:

2nd Timotiyos (Timothy) 3:2 For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 16:24 Then said Yahuwshuwa unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross (two sticks), and follow me.

Psychology teaches that we need “more self-esteem,” but scripture tells us to esteem others more than ourselves:

Pilippiym (Philippians) 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each ESTEEM OTHER BETTER THAN THEMSELVES.

As I searched the scriptures, I discovered that the Christian Psychology books were teaching something diametrically opposed to what was being presented to me from the scriptures.

The final “straw that broke the camel’s back” came when my then husband David & I attended a “Psychotherapy Inner-Healing Seminar” with a group of people from our church in 1984.

The leaders at his seminar had the attendees doing some very strange things, and I discerned “strange fire” in our midst (Leviticus 10:1; Numbers 3:4; 26:61).

One of the things that they had us doing was to get down onto the floor and curl up in the “fetal position” like we were in the womb. Our marriage partner was then supposed to pull out one limb at a time until our bodies were sprawled out onto the floor like a starfish. The “Christian Psychotherapist” told us that he had nick-named this technique “The Flower.” He told us that once we were opened up on the floor like a flower, that our soul would “bloom” and we would be “set free!”

However, I questioned this man and I asked him “Where did you get this technique from?” He replied to me “From Sigmund Freud.”

I retorted to him “But the Bible tells us that it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that breaks the yoke---not some technique invented by an Atheist!”

I was appalled that this man was using techniques that were not founded in the truth of scripture. I reminded this man of what our Messiah taught in opposition to what he was telling us:

Luqas (Luke) 4:18 The Spirit of YHWH is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 10:27 “…. the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

One of the other techniques that they had us engage in was something called “Role Playing.” The counselors were supposed to pretend to be somebody from your past who had abused you. They would then act out a scenario where they would pretend that you were engaging in a real life conversation from your abuser. The abuser would then ask you to forgive them and you were supposed to experience some type of “catharsis.” I remember feeling very strange during this process and I felt guilty for “taking back” those things that I had already given to YaHuWaH on the night that I was first “born-again” in February 1981. Now, these counselors were making me “feel unforgiveness” all over again so that they could then claim that their techniques had healed me!

I remember feeling very confused as I had already confessed my sins of unforgiveness and bitterness that night when I gave my life to Yahuwshuwa in 1981. My husband David and I left the seminar early as we felt a strange oppression there.

In the weeks following, I fasted and prayed asking YaHuWaH “Please show me what is wrong with me, Father...Why do I feel so uneasy and oppressed?”

I turned on the Television and was shocked to hear an interview taking place between Oprah Winfrey and members from the Church of Satan. These Satanists said to Oprah “We do not really believe in an entity named Satan..... Satanism is simply loving yourself.”

When I heard this words, I was in shock! I realized that the Christian Church was pushing the same agenda of “loving self” as the Satanists!

Then, the Heavenly Father directed me to look up the word “esteem” in the dictionary. The definition was very revealing: “To place a value upon; to appraise.”

That was when the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke to me and said “Maria, what is the highest value that anyone can place upon you?”

Of course, I knew the answer----The blood of Messiah!

There was no monetary value high enough that could account for my worth and value in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. The purchase price would be something far above money.

1st Qorintiym (Corinthians) 6:20 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify Elohiym in your body, and in your spirit, which are Elohiym’s.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 52:3 For thus says YHWH, You have sold yourselves for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money.

I understood that my value and worth was FAR GREATER than any human being could place upon me---including myself!

If YaHuWaH already ESTEEMS & LOVES us so perfectly, how do we think we are going to supplement that with “LOVE OF SELF AND SELF ESTEEM?”

He finally showed me that we do not need to supplement his love for us with “self love,” nor do we need to “esteem ourselves,” because he already does it so much better than we do! 

In 1987, YaHuWaH showed his method for healing the brokenhearted through a parable that he taught about the “Good Samaritan.” You can read the article at this link: “Messiah Seen in the Parable of the Good Samaritan: Freedom from Depression.”

We simply need a revelation of his perfect love and esteem for us and we must receive it wholeheartedly. That is when the true freedom comes!

In all my years growing up as a teenager, (when I was reading Psychology books), I kept trying to “muster up” some kind of pseudo-self-love, and it never worked. I ended up puffing up my ego and using carnal and fleshy ways to make myself feel better. I bragged, I lied, I dressed up in a worldly and flashy way to get attention. This was my carnal attempt at loving myself. 

Yet, I still struggled to see myself through the lens of my Heavenly Father, and I still had demonic thoughts of suicide and despair. Once I began to meditate in the scriptures “day and night” like the Psalmist described, I experienced true peace and freedom:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 1:

1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the Towrah (law) of YHWH; and in his Towrah (law) does he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.

After I received these revelations from YaHuWaH, I began to share with my Pastor and his wife, as well as others at my church. These people, however had a difficult time grasping the concepts that I was presenting to them. I realized that our society and culture had been permeated with “narcissism” which causes us to believe that we had to love ourselves in order to be able to love others.

I would often hear this rationale being recited: “You cannot love others until you love yourself.” This was the lie that I heard coming out of people’s mouths over and over again. But when I examined the scriptures, I realized that just the opposite was true. In order to love others, we must first be able to “deny ourselves.” Scripture commands us to “die daily” to our old selfish nature (1st Corinthians 15:31). When we are truly “dead to self,” we stop focusing on ourselves and dwelling on our own problems. We begin to place others first in our lives, and that is when we begin to experience true peace and freedom. This is why our Messiah taught us the two “greatest commandments:”

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 22:

37 Yahuwshuwa said unto him, You shall love YHWH your Elohiym with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

However, the rationale of those who preach “love of self” stems from this verse in Matthew 22:39. The proponents of this ideology suppose that our Messiah was “commanding us” to love ourselves. When we recognize that our Creator has built into every person the “instinct” of “self-preservation” and survival, he knows that we ALREADY love ourselves by virtue of those instincts!

But some might say “I used to have self-destructive behavior, and I used to have self-hate…. I had to learn to love myself.”

My answer to those who have this reasoning is this: “What you thought was self-hate was actually love of self.”

When I was self-destructive and suicidal, Psychology would have me believe that I did not love myself enough. I realized much later in life as I read the scriptures, that my self-destructive behavior was an attempt to satisfy my longing to be absent from all pain. In reality, my destructive habits proved that I really loved myself too much, otherwise, I would not be seeking to escape the pain. 

The best way to explain it is to give you a real-life example.

My former deceased husband, David had been given up for adoption by his biological parents since he was an infant. His adoptive parents adopted him when he was just a few months old. When David was only 12 years old, his adoptive parents told him that he was adopted. By the time he turned 14 years old, his adoptive father had a heart attack and died. David’s parents were students of the Bible and they taught him to believe in the Savior to the best of their ability. Yet, he still struggled with his identity and felt as if YaHuWaH had abandoned and rejected him. He listened to the lie that told him “Your biological parents rejected you, now your adoptive father died, so this means that you are rejected by the Creator from the womb.” He believed that the Heavenly Father had also rejected him.

David discovered that he had a gift of playing the piano, and people gave him accolades when he played. He began to find “identity” in his own musical talents and abilities rather than his “son-ship” with the Heavenly Father. As a teenager, he began experimenting with drugs, and joined Rock’n Roll bands. By the time I met and married David, I was the lead vocalist in the band as we traveled the United States playing music in night clubs. After I surrendered my life to Yahuwshuwa, I no longer needed music and the ambition to be a “Rock Star” to define my identity. I recognized that my identity was in my Messiah alone.

David, however refused to allow the Creator to define him. He rebelled and continued to pursue a life of drugs and selfish ambition to become a “Rock Star.” David began reading the “Satanic Bible” and the devil lied to him by telling him that he had been “missing out.” He was seduced in his mind by Satan to believe that life as a follower of Messiah left him empty. He told me one day “It is high time that I start loving myself.” That is when he left the marriage and became a Satanist and a transgender.

His “love of self” is what motivated him to pursue a destructive life-style. He lived for the desires of the flesh, because he was only interested in pleasing himself rather than YaHuWaH. Ultimately, he destroyed his own life by smoking cigarettes and using drugs. He died in 2013 at the age of 59 of lung cancer. Nevertheless, thankfully, he did repent on his death bed and recommitted his life to the Messiah. After 32 years of praying for David to repent, my prayers were finally answered! 


Love of self is, in reality a narcissistic obsession with “self” and it ultimately leads to destruction:

Luqas (Luke) 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luqas (Luke) 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

The instinct that is within all humans of self-preservation shows that we naturally seek to save our lives, and this is proof that we already love ourselves. Even those who attempt suicide are attempting to save themselves from a life of pain and misery. However, this ultimately leads to us losing our lives. It is self-love which causes us to seek to save ourselves. However, we are unable in our sinful fallen state to save ourselves. We must look to a power higher than ourselves for love and salvation:

Ibriym (Hebrews) 12:2 Looking unto Yahuwshuwa the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Elohiym.

Scripture tells us to keep our eyes on the Savior, rather than focusing on “self.” When we take our eyes off of ourselves, and we instead look to him, our attitude changes. 

We live in an “upside down and backwards” mentality in this present world. In attempting to make ourselves happy by “loving ourselves” we end up hating ourselves. We must do the opposite of what the “Spirit of the world” tells us.

Some of you reading this may be saying to yourselves right now, “Oh, but when I use the term ‘love myself’ I mean it in a totally different way.” You may be rationalizing to yourself “When I express the idea of loving myself, I mean ‘self-preservation.’”

I totally understand this rationale. However, in our society, the lines have become blurred between the satanic idea of “self-love” and the biblical concept of “accepting the love of our Heavenly Father.”

Back in 1977, I can remember the hit song by George Benson playing on the radio entitled “The Greatest Love of All.” Whitney Houston did a remake of the song and she made it a big hit.

Let’s examine the lyrics to this song:

“I believe the children are our future …Teach them well and let them lead the way….Show them all the beauty they possess inside…”

*Note: Scripture declares that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and we have been created “in the image of Yah” (Genesis 1:27).

On the other hand, King David wrote in Psalm 51:5 that we were “formed in iniquity and conceived in sin.” It is important that we teach our children that any inner beauty that they may possess is not “inherent to human nature,” because we are born into the world as sinners. Inward beauty comes as a result of our spiritual connection with YaHuWaH and not of ourselves. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The song continues: “Give them a sense of pride to make it easier….”

*Note: Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 8:13 says “The fear of YHWH is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 11:2 says “When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

The self-sufficiency preached in this song is destitute of our total dependency on the Savior:

“Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…Everybody’s searching for a hero…People need someone to look up to….I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs…A lonely place to be….And so I learned to depend on me…”

*Note: This message leads one to believe that we must become our own hero and that we must look up to ourselves rather than to our Heavenly Father. YaHuWaH is the one who promises to fulfill our needs (Matthew 3:31-33). We are commanded not to lean on our own understanding, but in all of our ways to acknowledge YaHuWaH” (Proverbs 3:5). 

The greatest love of all is touted as being the ability to love yourself, and it is implied that this love already lives within all of us. But scripture tells us that “love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:22; 1st Corinthians 13:1-8).

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows…If I fail, if I succeed…At least I’ll live as I believe…No matter what they take from me…They can’t take away my dignity…Because the greatest love of all Is happening to me…I found the greatest love of all Inside of me…The greatest love of all…Is easy to achieve…Learning to love yourselfIt is the greatest love of all.”

These lyrics suggest that to walk in anyone’s shadows is a sign of weakness, but we are commanded to take refuge in the shadow of the Almighty:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Tehilliym (Psalm) 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O Elohiym, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you: yea, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Tehilliym (Psalm) 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.

Over the years when I would hear this song on the radio, I would cringe inside as I realized that our society echoes the same sentiments as the Satanists. 

The greatest love of all is what Scripture says it is. The greatest love of all is that our Heavenly Father loved us first:

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Elohiym: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved Elohiym, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Our ability to love is counted as worthless unless we recognize that it originated with him in the first place. In truth, we do not possess the ability to love the way that he does. Let us therefore, draw a clear distinction between the phraseology of “Love yourself” and the biblical concept of “Accepting the Father’s love for you!”

In this way, we can let the world know that we are bankrupt as fallen human beings, and we do not possess the ability to love anybody on our own. Love is initiated first by our Father in Heaven, and he alone enables us to reciprocate back to him and also to others. Therefore, “Love of Self” will always fall short. 

The author of love himself is YaHuWaH and he is the only one capable of loving us perfectly and completely.