of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter
Issue No. 08
Festival of Tabernacles(Sukkot) in Eluru, W.G. Dt.,
All of good will are invited to the
Festival of Tabernacles that will be observed in Eluru W.G. Dt. A.P. on
Oct. 12-19, meetings will start Fri. night Oct. 10, for those coming from
out of town. The meetings will
be held at the Mothevari Satram, near the Old Bustand.
There are rooms for lodging at the premises with bathing and
bathroom facilities. Meals
will be served throughout the festival.
Make plans now to come and rejoice in the Law of Yahweh during this
sacred time. For more info.
contact, G.B. Benoni at: 8812-250404
Day of Trumpets(Yom Teruah) and Day of Atonement(Yom
The seventh new moon of the
Scriptural year will be seen from India and Yerushalim Sept. 27 at sunset,
thus making the 28th the day of Trumpets, during the ten days from
Trumpets to Atonement it is good to meditate on one of the ten
commandments each day and make sure that ones life is in harmony with
Yahweh, then we are able to rejoice during the festival of Tabernacles
knowing that all our sins have been forgiven. This month we are
sending out calendars for the months of September and October that show
the dates of the festival days. We plan on making a complete
calendar for the year of 2004 that will show the timings of the new moons
and all festival days; if any would like to receive a free copy of
the 2004 calendar, please contact the address at the end of this
newsletter. Donations are accepted, but not required.
The calendar will start the sacred
year with the first visible crescent from Ysrael after the vernal equinox.
To study the Scriptural and historical way to start the year, please
contact us and request AOYM Newsletter #4 in which this subject is
covered, or all past newsletters and other articles can be viewed on the
internet at: www.sevendayweek.com.
New Telugu Sacred Name Song tape
A new Telugu/English song tape has
been produced by the Assembly of Yahweh in Vizakhapatnam, two songs are in
English, the rest are in Telugu. This is the second Sacred Name song
tape they have produced, it is entitled, "Springs in the
Desert". If any would like a copy, send 50Rs to: Zion
School, 9-9-43 Mangapuram Colony, Visakhapatnam, AP 530017 – telephone
0891-2575569; 9849147243 cell phone. Please specify cassette
Telugu Sacred Name Bible Translation
In Eluru, W.G. Dt., A.P. the books
of Gen.- 2Sam., Dan., and Matt. have been translated into the Telugu
Language and are typeset into the computer. For the book of Matthew,
the DuTillet Hebrew manuscript was followed. This translation of the
book of Matthew will vary somewhat from the Greek manuscripts
translations. It was translated into Telugu by Shmuel Yacobi who
studied Hebrew for four years at the Andhra Christian Theological College
in Hyderabad. Shmuel translated directly from Hebrew to Telugu being
that he knows both languages. If anyone would be interested in
seeing a copy of any of the books that have been completed, contact the
address at the end of this newsletter. We welcome all proofreading
Fundamental Belief #7, State of the Dead
Throughout the Scriptures the dead
are spoken of as being in a state of unconscious "sleep", see
Job 14:12; Ps. 13:3; Ps. 146:4; Eccl. 9:5,6; Jer. 51:39,57; Dan. 12:2;
Jn. 11:13,14; Acts. 2:29,34; 13:36; I Cor. 11:30; I Thes. 4:14; Mt. 27:52;
I Cor. 15:20. At the return of Yahshua He will awaken the righteous
dead out of their unconscious "sleep" in the graves, to eternal
life. I Thes. 4:16,17; Jn. 5:28,29; I Cor. 15:51-54; Isa. 26:19.
The Witch of Endor
There are a few verses that seem
contrary to the above doctrine, one is found in 1Sam. 28 where we read the
story of King Saul and the witch of Endor.
King Saul asks his servants to find him a woman that has "a
familiar spirit". So a
lady is found that eventually conjures up, what appears to be, the prophet
Samuel. First, we need to ask,
does a mere mortal human have the power to raise Samuel or anyone else
from the dead? Yahshua Messiah
said that He was the One that had the keys of the grave and death, Rev.
1:18; those keys are not given
to anyone else, especially a lady that talks with demons.
It is Yahshua's voice that the dead will hear when they arise from
the grave, Jn.5:28; not some
witch. Furthermore, it was
commanded in the Torah that someone should be put to death that was a
witch or had a familiar spirit, Ex.22:18;
Lev. 20:27. A person
that is a witch or wizard is in communication with evil spirits and Yahweh
does not want them to deceive the people.
So we can safely conclude that the witch of Endor did not have the
power to raise anyone from the dead. Being
that the Endor witch was in communication with demons, what Saul actually
saw was a demon in the form of the prophet Samuel.
It might be contended that what
"Samuel" told Saul did come to pass.
This is true, but Satan can see the events in this world and make a
fairly accurate guess as to what will be in the future.
Modern day Psychics and Spiritists in our times will have a certain
percentage of accuracy in their predictions, but they are not 100% correct
as they are not "all knowing" as Yahweh is.
A prophet from Yahweh will be 100% correct in his predictions.
The 4 Beasts and 24 Elders
There are a few people that are exceptions to the rule.
In Revelation 5, it mentions 24 elders and four beasts that are
worshipping Yahweh day and night and they sing a song that says,
redeemed us to Eloah by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and
people, and nation;" Rev. 5:9. So
here we see 24 elders and four beast that are in the direct presence of
Yahweh and they are saying that they are redeemed by the blood of the
Lamb. If they have been
redeemed, this means they were once sinners here on earth that found
salvation through Yahshua Messiah. Who
could these people be? In Mt.
27:52,53 it mentions that when Yahshua died, the graves of many were
opened, and when He resurrected, the people in these graves also
resurrected at that time. What
ever happened to these people? Eph.
4:8 says, "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his
train".NIV, see also Ps. 68:18.
Who are these captives? The
ones Yahshua captured from the grave at His resurrection.
What about the four beasts? They
also say that they were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb(Rev.5:8,9),
which means they also were once sinners.
There are two people in the Bible who are mentioned as having never
died. Both Enoch and Eliyah
ascended to heaven without dieing according to 2Kings 2:11; Gen.5:24;
Heb.11:5. In the book of Matt.
17:3 it mentions that Moshe and Eliyah appeared to Yahshua and talked with
Him. Moshe died according to
Dt.34:5, so Yahweh raised him from the grave sometime later.
This is also alluded to in Jude 1:9.
The four beasts that worship Yahweh in Revelation are said to look
like a man, lion, calf, and flying eagle,Rev. 4:7.
When Eliyah slew the 850 false
prophets of Baal he was like a lion, 1Kings18:19,40.
Moses was like a calf, in that he was one of the meekest men to
have ever lived, Num.12:3. The
book of Jasher(Joshua 10:13; 2Sam.1:18) describes how Enoch lived up in
the mountains, and from time to time he would come down to the wicked
people in the plains and warn them of Yahweh's judgments upon sinners,
Jude 14,15. The people refused
to listen to him; one day as
Enoch was walking away from the city he slowly floated up into the
heavens. So Enoch was like an
eagle in that he lived in the mountains and he eventually "flew
away". This describes
three of the beasts, but what about the fourth beast that looked like a
All the apostles of Yahshua were
eventually martyred except for Yochanan(John).
He was tried before the Roman Emperor Domitian and sentenced to be
thrown in a pot of boiling oil. But,
Yahweh delivered him, and the boiling oil did not harm him, so Domitian
then banished him to the island of Patmos were John received the visions
that make up the book of Revelation. Yahshua
told Peter that if John was to live to see His return, that it was none of
Peter's business, so it was rumored that John would not die, Jn. 21:21-23.
The Bible gives us no record of John's death.
However, the church historian Eusebius records that John did die,
and was buried; whether that
is true or not, I do not know, as Eusebius is inaccurate in several of his
accounts. But, even if John
did die it is possible that Yahweh raised Him from the grave as He did
Moshe. John was known as the
disciple that "Yahshua loved", (Jn. 13:23; 19:26; 20:2;
21:7,20), and being that Yahweh did not allow John to be martyred, it
seems right that John has been honored to be the fourth beast that has the
face of a man; see also
Mount of Transfiguration
In Mt. 16:28 Yahshua told His
disciples that some of them would not die till they had seen the "Son
of Man coming in His Kingdom". It
seems that John is the only disciple that could have literally fit this
prophesy, as all the rest were martyred.
However, there is also an application to those words in what took
place in the next few verses, during the events of the "mount of
transfiguration". In Mt.
17:1-3 it records that Moshe and Eliyah both appeared to Yahshua in the
presence of Peter, Jacob(James), and John.
Later, Peter commented on this experience by calling it the
"coming of our Lord Yahshua Messiah",2Pet.1:16-18.
How is it that the experience on the mount of transfiguration, was
a type of the coming of Yahshua Messiah?
In 1Thes. 4:16,17 it says that when Messiah returns, the dead shall
rise first, and then those that are alive shall rise up to meet Him in the
clouds. So there are two
groups of righteous people at Messiah's return, the dead who are
resurrected, and the righteous living.
In the experience of the mount of transfiguration, Moshe
represented the righteous dead who will be resurrected, and Eliyah
represented the righteous living that will be "translated"
without tasting of death. So
thus, we see a symbolic mini representation of "the coming of the Son
of Man in His Kingdom".
– burned up or burned eternally
I was browsing the internet the
other day and I saw a website by a man that claimed he was an atheist, but
he wrote that even if he could be convinced that the God of the Bible
existed, he still would not worship Him.
The main reason he gave was, he could not worship a Being that
would burn people in an eternally burning place, throughout eternity, for
just 70 years or so of sinning. And
to be honest, neither could I(bro. Mattithyah);
it is not fair to burn someone for eternity who only sinned for 70
or less years. But could it
be, that some people have a wrong idea about the eternal fate of the
wicked? The Scriptures tell us
that the wicked will be burned up,Mal.4:1; 2Pet.3:7,10; Isa.24:3,6, and
become as ashes,Mal. 4:3; Eze.28:13-18.
Eternal life is only promised to the righteous in Messiah, not the
wicked, John 3:16, Rom.6:23; Mt.19:16,17.
The idea of an eternal burning hell is foreign to the loving
character of the heavenly Father. Some
might say that Yahshua Himself taught eternal hellfire in the parable of
the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. Many
components of this parable show that it is not to be taken literally, also
the Jews in Yahshua's time had the idea that there was an eternally
burning place for sinners, as can be seen from the writings of post-exilic
Jewish writers, such as Josephus. So
Yahshua simply used a common widely believed misconception to get across a
more important point, namely, that if someone refuses to hear Moshe and
the prophets, they have forfeited salvation, Lk. 16:29-31.
Questions or comments can be sent to the address below.
Assemblies of Yahweh
Ephrati Hebrew Language Research Academy – Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh
A new four day Seminar Academy has been started in
Machilipatnam, to teach the fundamentals of the Hebrew language, also
Hebrew history, literature, and culture.
The Academy will start Monday 2pm Sept. 29, 2003.
The Seminar will last till Thurs. Oct. 2, 2003 at 12noon.
Each week will start with a new group of students.
12 students are allowed per weekly Seminar.
The classes will be in Telugu medium one week and English medium
– Shmuel Yacobi; studied Hebrew for four years at the Andhra Christian
Theological College in Hyderabad, and has three years of Jewish Studies in
Brooklyn, New York at a Rabbinical Seminary.
His son Yehoshua works in the Library of the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, Israel, and he has sent materials from the library that will be
used in the classes in Machilipatnam.
Other teachers include,
Yacob, Shmuel's second son, M.Sc. Environmental Science;
Shmuel's third son, 1yr. Torah Studies in Brooklyn, New York, 1 1/2 yrs.
Rabbinical Studies in Jerusalem, Israel;
G. Magdiel will teach basic
Hebrew through Telugu Medium.
– 300Rs. includes Food, lodging, and 40 pages of materials.
to bring – Bible, 200pg. Notebook, pen, personal items,
toothbrush, towel, one bedsheet, etc...
Students should make their own train/bus
reservations in advance
2. Age –
3. Sex -
4. Language required, Telugu or English?
Religious Affiliation -
7. Qualifications -
Registration Fee Money Order Receipt Number
____________________________, checks,cash,D.D. also accepted.
Declaration: I have read and understood all about the Academy,
yes, I am willing to attend the three day Hebrew class Seminar.
I am sending my Registration Fee.
Please send the Dates, batch number, and the directions to the
to : Yacob Yacobi, Director
c/o P. Sudhir Israel
D.No.4 – 1026/25 B, Raju Peta,
Machilipatnam, A.P. 521001
Telephone – 08672- 254408; 0866-2431734
Cell Phone # 9849328683