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A Time of Horror


   Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, [and] women: but come not near any man upon whom [is] the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which [were] before the house, Ezekiel 9:6.
   This is the judgment hand of Yahweh, instruction given to his angels to go forth and destroy. And yet, there is a remnant, a set apart few who have been sealed with an identifying mark, protecting them from the destroyer’s hand.

Rahab’s Deliverance Parallels Passover
   A parallel to this great destruction and deliverance is seen with the destruction of Jericho and the redemption of Rahab and her family:
   And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho, Joshua 6:25.
   They whom Joshua had sent had given Rahab instruction:
   Behold, [when] we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by: and you shall bring your father, and your mother, and your brethren, and all your father’s household, home unto you. And it shall be, [that] whosoever shall go out of the doors of your house into the street, [his] blood shall be upon his head, and we [will] be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with you in the house, his blood [shall be] on our head, if [any] hand be upon him, Joshua 2:18-19.
   This was an echo of the warning Yahweh gave Israel in Egypt, before the angel of death passed over the land, saying, And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you [are]: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy [you], when I smite the land of Egypt, Exodus 12:13.

Passover’s Memorial Sign and Seal
   In both events, the first Passover and Rahab’s deliverance, there was a physical sign the destroyer looked for to determine whether to let live or to kill. And for Yahweh’s remnant, a sign has been given and a seal placed upon them for their protection, too. But should one go astray, and step outside His protection, they, too, will perish in the time of judgment.
   With Israel in Egypt, it was the blood of the lamb upon the framework of the door. As a memorial, the observance of Passover was to remain an everlasting ordinance (Exod. 12:14), followed with seven days of unleavened bread which follows Passover:
   In the first [month] on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger or born in the land, Exodus 12:18-19.
   Chapter 13:9-10 goes on to say:
   And it shall be for a sign unto you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that Yahweh’s law may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand has Yahweh brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this observance in His season from year to year.

A Scarlet Thread, Atoning Blood
   A sign upon your hand and a memorial between your eyes—one that has been sealed with this sign will remember to keep this all-important festival in its appointed time. The Passover lamb in Egypt was a type pointing to Yahshua, for it is only by the atoning blood of Yahshua that one is saved from pending destruction, as it is written:
   But with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in Elohim that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in Elohim. Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that you] love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of Yahweh, which lives and abides forever, 1 Peter 1:19-23.
   In the Passover service both unleavened bread and grape juice are used as seen in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:
   For I have received of the Master that which also I delivered unto you, that the Master Yahshua the [same] night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He broke [it], and said, “Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.” After the same manner also [He took] the cup, when He had supped, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in My blood: this do you, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Master’s death till He come.
   The Passover service is a memorial of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt as well as a memorial of Yahshua’s death which provided man’s deliverance from the penalty of death (Rom. 6:23).
   As Yahshua died on Passover day, so it is the memorial to be observed at its appointed time, unlike the manner of some who take “communion” every week, monthly, or quarterly, and which is contrary to the Scriptural command.
   We should not be remiss in noting also, the scarlet thread which Rahab hung out the window in hope of the promised redemption. Like the blood of the lamb on the door’s frame protected those inside the house from the angel of death, Rahab and those with her inside her home were protected as well.
   For instruction had been given to Israel that those inside their houses must not venture out lest they perish. Obedience to instruction was essential for their deliverance.
   Yahweh has also provided instruction for His people to follow, and for those who disregard the instruction, death awaits. For Yahweh has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Master Yahshua ha Maschiach, 1 Thessalonians 5:9.
   Nevertheless, for those walking outside the instruction given in Scripture, a last plea is made:
   And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues,” Revelation 18:4.
   Isaiah 26:20-21 reads, Come My people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past. For, behold, Yahweh comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
   The sign and the seal, are the Sacred Names, Yahweh and Yahshua, and obedient observance of the Sabbath, as it is written:
   And I gave them My statutes, and showed them my judgments, which [if] a man do, he shall live in them. Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I [am] Yahweh that sanctify them, Ezekiel 20:11-12.
   And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the Name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh has said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call, Joel 2:32.
   And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him an hundred [and] forty four thousand, having His Father’s Name written in their foreheads, Revelation 14:1.

   Do you have ears to hear, and an understanding heart? Look closely at what is said, and consider. Are you looking to Yahweh for salvation, or are you calling upon replacement titles (L-rd, G-d), or hybrid representations of the Savior’s Name (J-sus) which fall short and are not rooted in truth? Are you keeping Yahweh’s commandments, statutes, and judgments, or are you walking another way? Are you living in obedience, or are you on the outside having a false hope given by those teaching salvation some other way?
   Following after lying pastors who teach doctrine rooted in the tradition of man, rather than the commandments of Yahweh, is a death sentence. The call goes forth to come out of Egypt (apostasy) and don’t be a partaker of her sins.

The time is now so says the clock Come to the solid Rock
No sin allow, uphold your vow
No time to run amok
Protection from the coming wrath, come walk the narrow path
You will become the premium, come now and take a bath
From sin be clean, become righteous
Be not adventurous
The Nazarene will intervene; don’t be delirious

-Brother Richard Anderson

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