By Minister Elyah Israyah, ©2010
The Ruach Qodesh leads us (if we allow Him) ever so gently into Greater Understanding … a little bit here, a little piece there … a line here, a precept there (Isayah 28:10). Yahweh enables the True Believers to UNIFY the disjointed and what seems like “mixed messages” to the carnal minded.
Let’s examine Isayah Chapter 1, for it is crucial to understand that the CENTRAL THEME is the IDOLATRY of the Israylite Nation. It was the MANNER in which these sacrifices were being offered, and the irreverent mindset with which the Israylites were offering them which made them “abominable” to Yahweh. In verse 13, Yahweh says:
“Bring no more VAIN OBLATIONS; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting” (1611 KJV)
The word “VAIN” is the Hebrew word SHAV (שוא). SHAV is word #7723 in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary and its definition is IDOLATRY.
Again, without question, THE CENTRAL THEME OF ISAYAH CHAPTER ONE IS CONCERNING IDOLATRY! The Israylites were observing feasts and convening assemblies not in accordance with The Law of Yahweh. We see in Isayah 2:6 that the Israylites were “filled with the customs of the east.” These were man-made traditions of the Goyeem (pagan nations). The churches and synagogues of today are doing the very same thing.
According to the Scriptures, to break one Law is to be guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10-11). It is important to grasp the gravity of this: IDOLATRY IS THE SAME AS BLOODY MURDER! We see in Revelation 22:15 where “dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, and murderers” are all classed together.
The 1611 King James Version translates Revelation 22:15:
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.
Here some various translations of Revelation 22:15:
Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who LOVES AND PRACTICES LYING. (Holman Christian Standard)
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who LOVES AND PRACTICES FALSEHOOD. (Revised Standard Version)
But outside for good are the filthy curs: sorcerers, fornicators, murderers, idolaters - all who LOVE AND LIVE LIES. (The Message)
The word that the KJV translates as MAKETH is
Revelation 22:15 is an indictment against the pastors of these pagan Christian churches who deliberately teach their members to transgress and ignore The Laws of Yahweh. These pastors (or anyone, for that matter) who teach and encourage people to break The Law of Yahweh will be called “the least” in The Kingdom of Shamayim (Mattisyahu 5:19).
The Prophet Yeremiyah warned his contemporaries about their idolatrous practice of erecting the Asherah tree (10:1-5). Asherah tree IDOLATRY is in full-swing in these modern times! The Christmas tree is but a modern-day version of the Asherah tree. Yahweh’s admonishments spoken through His Prophets to the Israylites are for our benefit today. Those who engage in and adopt the selfsame ways of the Goyeem are engaging in IDOLATRY. When we encourage our children to participate and partake in the pagan (unscriptural) customs of the Goyeem, it is the very same as sacrificing them to Molech.
Going-through-the-motions and routinely engaging in an empty ritual without regarding its Higher Spiritual significance is dangerous and causes the Faith to deteriorate to the point of becoming religion.
Yahweh rejected the sacrifice of wicked Cain (Genesis 4). Cain refused to repent and exercise the option that Merciful Abba Yahweh extended to him, which was to get-his-mind-right and re-offer a perfect sacrifice as the Faithful Abel had done. Cain the IDOLATOR became Cain the MURDERER.
Cain is like many of us today who refuse to repent of IDOLATROUS “God” worship and exclusively worship Yahweh In The Name of Yahshua Messiah.
Yahweh killed the two sons (Abihu and Nadab) of the Kohen Gadol Harun, when they entered Yahweh’s Sanctuary and burned unauthorized incense under the influence of alcohol (Leviticus 10).
According to the Inspired Scriptures of Yahweh, INIQUITY is defined as “breaking the Laws of Yahweh.” Let’s Learn To Do Righteousness (Isayah 1:17)!