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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Is Your Name Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

By Maria Merola אריאל
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, August 2013

There are many people who are under the illusion that they are “saved” or that they are the “elect” just because they went through the motions of “saying a sinners prayer,” or they got dunked in water. But that alone does not guarantee that they are saved.

Our Messiah compared false converts to “tares” and true converts to “wheat” in Matthew 13:25-30. If you know anything about tares, they look identical to wheat until the harvest time comes. When the time comes to harvest the wheat, the wheat begins to bow down low to the ground because there are kernels of wheat inside. In other words, they are bearing fruit! This symbolizes the fact that those who are wheat are humble and they are bowing down in worship before the Heavenly Father. But the tares are straight up in the air and erect, because they are not bowing down to YaHuWaH. This symbolizes that they are proud and arrogant and they have no fruit inside.

You see, in the same way that a seed will not always germinate unless it is sown into good soil, so it is that everyone who does a superficial repentance will not always germinate as wheat. Only the Father knows who the wheat are and who the tares are. There are many tares who think they are wheat because they do external things that appear righteous, but if they never have their hearts circumcised, and they are not obeying the commandments of YaHuWaH (Towrah) out of pure love for him, then it is all in vain. 

Doing good works superficially to be seen by others or because you believe that you can earn salvation is called “dead works” (Hebrews 9:14 & James 2:17). All of our works will be tried by fire to see whether they are of  wood, hay and stubble at the day of Messiah’s return (1st Corinthians 3:10-15). If your works are founded on faith in Messiah, then your works will withstand the fire and they will be manifested as pure gold. But if your works are merely external (with impure motives), then your works will be burned up!

By this standard, there are people who will have no fruit (because they are tares) and they will lose their so-called salvation or what they thought that they had, but they never really had salvation to begin with.

Back in June of 2007, as I read Psalm 139:15, the Spirit of YaHuWaH revealed something very deep and profound to me:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 139:15 My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

The Hebrew word for “made” is #H6213 in the Hebrew Strong’s Concordance: “asah” which has the following definition: to do, fashion, accomplish, make, work, make, produce.

The Hebrew word for “lowest parts” is #H8482: tachtiy” which means: lowermost; as noun (feminine plural) the depths; figuratively, a pit, the womb.

Did you see this? The lower parts of the earth is figurative language for the womb!

When I read this, I was struck by the fact that we are formed in the lowest parts of the earth and this is also the same place where Yahuwshuwa gave gifts unto men: 

Ephsiym (Ephesians) 4:9 Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

The Greek word for “lower parts” is seen below:

#2737. katoteros kat-o’-ter-os comparative from 2736; inferior (locally, of Hades):--lower.

#2736. kato kat'-o; also (compare) katotero kat-o-ter’-o (compare 2737); adverb from 2596; downwards:--beneath, bottom, down, under.

As you can see, this term “lower parts of the earth” refers to the womb of the earth or it can be a metaphor of the womb of a woman in Hebrew. Adam was formed from the “dust of the earth” and this could be why this phrase “lower parts of the earth” is used to describe the womb.

This is when I realized that we are given the gift of salvation when we are being formed in womb! But at the end of our lives, if we do not “overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony” (Revelation 12:11), then we can have our names blotted out! 

In Revelation 3:5, Yahuwshuwa addresses the congregation at Sardis and he tells them that if they overcome, their names will not be blotted out of the Book of Life!

Chazown (Revelation) 3:5 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his malak (angels).

Everyone gets an equal opportunity to be saved, and that is why YaHuWaH allows each and every one of us to be born with our names already in the Lamb’s Book of Life. At the end of our lives, if we do not overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony, we will have our names blotted out.

This totally debunks the Calvinistic idea that YaHuWaH has purposely formed “vessels of wrath fitted for destruction.” He never created anyone for the purpose of pouring out his wrath on them. YaHuWaH tells us in 2nd Keefa (Peter) 3:9, that “it is not his will that any should perish, but that all might come to repentance.”

When Sha’uwl (Paul) wrote in Romans 9:22 that he has created some to be vessels of honor and some to be vessels of wrath fitted for destruction, it simply means that he knows that some will never repent, and so he uses them as examples as vessels of wrath. It does not mean that he wants them to be vessels of wrath. 

In 1st Keefa (Peter) 1:2, it says that the elect are “after the foreknowledge of the Father” but it also says that they are “sprinkled with the blood and sanctified by the Spirit.” This means that the Father alone knows who will accept the blood of Yahuwshuwa as atonement for their sins, and who will be set-apart (sanctified) by his Spirit!

YaHuWaH already knows in advance who will repent and who won’t. But he still gives everyone an equal opportunity because he is just. In Matthew 3:8, the religious leaders came to Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptist) to be immersed and he warned them that being immersed was not good enough. They had to bear fruit that showed that they had repented. Those who are truly his elect will “bear fruit worthy of repentance.”

Chazown (Revelation) 2:7 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Ruwach (Spirit) says unto the congregations; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Elohiym.

Chazown (Revelation) 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 

In Yahuwchanon (John) 3:5, our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa said that we must be “born-again of water and of the Spirit.” 

In Acts 2:38, Keefa (Peter) preached “Repent, and be immersed (baptized) in the name of Yahuwshuwa for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit).” 

The outward immersion (baptism) is a picture of us being baptized into Messiah’s death (Romans 6:3-4). This is how the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43 was saved without physical water baptism. He was already baptized in his heart the moment that he had faith in Yahuwshuwa as the Messiah, even without the physical water. The water is only an outward sign of the inward circumcision of the heart. We should still be immersed in water in his true name, but if someone has a death-bed conversion without having an opportunity to be immersed in water,that does not mean that they won’t make it to heaven. The River of Life in Revelation 22:1 flows out from the throne of Elohiym, and he is the one who washes us and immerses us the moment that we repent from our hearts and accept what Yahuwshuwa has done for us by his blood sacrifice.

In Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, we are told that there is a fountain in eternity that washes us just before the golden bowl is broken and silver cord is loosed. The spirit of man goes back to Elohiym who made him and his body goes back to the dust.

Being “born of water” also symbolizes repentance because Sha’uwl (Paul) wrote that Messiah washes his bride with the “washing of water by the word” and he sanctifies her (Ephesians 5:26). Some people believe that being “born of water” has to do with being born physically from the mother’s womb (the amniotic sack). I personally believe that this has a dual meaning. Being “born of water symbolizes repentance, because Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser said the following words:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 3:11 I indeed immerse (baptize) you with WATER UNTO REPENTANCE. But he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall immerse (baptize) you with the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit), and with fire.

As you can see by the above verse, John’s baptism was about repentance and being cleansed. But Yahuwshuwa’s baptism was to bring us into sanctification and power to overcome sin!

John’s baptism is about “putting off the old man” (Colossians 3:9) but Yahuwshuwa’s baptism is about “putting on the new man” (Colossian 3:10) which is the new nature of Messiah!

If you want to be sure that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, then download the cleansing prayer below, and say it out loud from your heart and repent of all your sins. Then be immersed in the name of YaHuWaH Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach (the name of the Father & the Son) and then begin to walk with Yahuwshuwa by learning the scriptures and learning to hear his voice. Also download the Spiritual Warfare Prayer below and say it out loud daily to help you walk in victory.

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