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Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Newsletter

Issue No. 15                                           India                                                          Nov. 2004


2004 Tabernacles Report

The feast of Tabernacles was joyfully celebrated in many places across Andhra Pradesh, it is not possible to give a complete report on everyone but we will mention a few.  In Hyderabad the feast was kept with Pas. Y. Sunith Premanand, Vishakhapatnam with G. Raja Prasad and family, Malikipuram with bro. Issac E. Kusuma and bro. Mattithyah, in Palakol and Eluru eight day festivals were also observed. 

In Malikipuram brethren from Karimnagar, Khammam, Kurnool, E.G. and W.G. Dt. attended.  There were about 35-40 present each day, meals and sleeping arraignments were made at the AOTLE prayer hall. 

The Passover/feast of Unleavened Bread will be observed next year from Apr. 24 – May 1.   This is starting the year with the first crescent moon after the vernal equinox.  Some people will keep the festival one month earlier.  Historical records from the days of Ezra and Nehemiah show that the sacred year was not started before the vernal equinox.  See Newsletter #4 for more info. on the timing of the festivals.  This newsletter can be view on the internet at:  or you can write for more info. if you do not have internet access.  In the Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries we realize that some people will have a different timing for the festivals and that is ok, as there is no exclusion made against anyone on this issue.  We are all seeking to come into harmony with Yahweh and it will just take some time for us to see all things alike.  We should humbly study the Scriptures and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, Phil. 2:12.

Feast of Purim

The feast of Purim was a festival that the Jews celebrated as a time of deliverance from seeming extermination.  The book of Esther tells the story.  The Jews decided to celebrate the 14th and 15th days of Adar each year in honor of their deliverance.  That will be sometime in the later half of February this year.  This is not a commanded festival of Yahweh but it is a good time to remember that Yahweh is a Deliverer to His people.  In Revelation 13 it describes how that there will be a death decree upon Yahweh's people again in the future and like the Jews in the days of Esther we will have to trust in the deliverance of Yahweh for us also.

Feast of Dedication

The Feast of Dedication is mentioned in John 10:22,23.  The Feast of Dedication is Jewish festival that was instituted about 160BC; it commemorates the cleansing of Jerusalem of the pagan Syrian occupation and the rededication of the temple of YHWH.  The feast was to start on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month and last for eight days.  This would be Dec. 9-16 in this years modern Gregorian calendar.  This is story can be read about in the Apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees.  This is not a commanded feast of YHWH.

Name of Yahweh in the New Testament

There are several Sacred Name versions of the Bible translated into English.  I made a quick check of how many times the Name of Yahweh was used in the N.T. and found that there is a very wide difference from Bible to Bible.  Below is a summary, this could be off a little, but it is a general idea.

The Scriptures – 152                                                      The Holy Name Bible - 1158

The Amended KJV – 208                            The Restoration Scriptures, True Name Edition – 1255

The Hebrew Roots Version Scriptures – 211                The Restoration Bible – 1435

The Word of Yahweh – 435                                          The Book of Yahweh – 1885

The Sacred Scriptures – 1110

Even between the Bibles that are somewhat close above there will be a big difference between one book of the Bible to another.  For example The Amended KJV has the Name of Yahweh 18 times in Romans and 24 times Corinthians;  the Hebrew Roots Scriptures has the Name of YHWH 8 times in Romans and 30 times in Corinthians;  the Scriptures has the Name of YHWH 22 times in Romans and 16 times in Corinthians.

Each translation has its own reasons for where they have decided to put the Name Yahweh, but the Name of Yahweh is not in any Greek or Aramaic New Testament books except Revelation.  In the shortened form of "HalleluYah" the Name is used four times in Rev. 19.  There are only two books of the New Testament existent in Hebrew today that has any legitimacy of maybe being a copy of something ancient and that is Matthew and Hebrews.  It is recorded by various early church Fathers that these two books were originally in Hebrew.

Jerome (382AD), The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers,  p. 362

"Matthew, also called Levi, Apostle and aforetimes publican, composed a gospel of Christ at  first published in Judea in Hebrew for the sake of those of the circumcision who believed, but this was afterwards translated in to Greek though by what author is uncertain.  The Hebrew itself has been preserved until the present day in the library at Caesarea which Pamphilus so diligently gathered.  I have also had the opportunity of having the volume described to me by the Nazarenes of Beroea, a city of Syria, who use it.  In this it is to be noted that wherever the Evangelist, whether on his own account or on the person of our Lord the Savior, quotes the testimony of the Old Testament he does not follow the authority of the translators of the Septuagint, but the Hebrew.  Wherefore these two forms exist, "Out of Egypt have I called my son,' and 'for he shall be called a Nazarene.'"

(quoted by William Steuart McBirnie, in his book 'The Search for the twelve Apostles')

Clement of Alexandria (150 - 212 C.E.)

In the work called Hypotyposes, to sum up the matter briefly he [Clement of Alexandria] has given us abridged accounts of all the

canonical Scriptures,... the Epistle to the Hebrews he asserts was written by Paul, to the Hebrews, in the Hebrew tongue; but that it was carefully translated by Luke, and published among the Greeks.

(Clement of Alexandria; Hypotyposes; referred to by Eusebius in Eccl. Hist. 6:14:2)

The Greek manuscripts will use the term Kurios to refer to both the Father and any lord or master.  The Aramaic will use the Word Mar or Marya in the same way.  For example in Eph. 6:9 and Col. 4:1 the word Marya is used to refer to human lords, whereas in others places the word Marya is used to refer to Yahweh.  In the DuTillet Hebrew book of Matthew the Name of YHWH is used 16 times, in the Hebrew book of Hebrews of Sebastian Munster it is used 19 times.  These are the only two books of the NT that actually contain the Name of YHWH.  If any other books of the NT were originally in Hebrew, YHWH did not see to it to have them preserved to our present day.  In the present Telugu Sacred Name translation going forward in Eluru, W.G. Dt.,  the Name of YHWH is being used only were actual manuscript evidence has it in the Hebrew. 

Maybe it was YHWH's will that His literal full Name only be in these two books of the NT. 

Character Development – the goal of the Law

Why did Yahweh give so many Laws for man to obey?  For what reason did He ask us to keep the Shabbat or the annual festivals?  Why did he ask us to make tassels on our garments or to refrain from worshipping idols?  All of Yahweh's laws were to develope in mankind the character of Himself.

"For I am Yahweh your Elohim: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Lev. 11:44

Yahweh described His Own Character to Mosheh at Mt. Sinai,

"And Yahweh passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahweh, Yahweh Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."  Ex. 34:6,7

We see the quality of mercy and forgiveness expresses many times in the above verse but, also the justice of retribution on willful disobedience.   In order to more fully reveal His character to man Yahweh sent His Son into the world to show man how to live the Law in human flesh.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."  John 1:14

"For even hereunto were ye called: because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:" 1 Pet. 2:21 compare Isa. 53:9

So we see that one of the works of Yahshua in this world was to give mankind a perfect example to follow.  And the main point mentioned is there was no guile or "deceit" found in His mouth.

"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."  Yacob 3:2

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."  Lk. 6:45

In order to bring forth good words we must first lay up good treasure in our heart and mind, we do that by taking heed to Yahweh's laws and attending to the hearing of His truths;  then our mouth will be able to give the good words that are treasured in our heart.

"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man".  Col. 4:6

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."  Prov. 25:11

Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries Annual Committee Meeting

On Oct. 17, 2004 the AOYM Annual Committee meeting was held in Vizakhapatnam, A.P.  The various activities of the body were discussed.  The Telugu Bible Project is progressing in Eluru and in a month or so all books of the Bible will be translated and typeset in the computer, if all goes well.  There is still a big job to do of proofreading.  If any would like to review some of the completed books of the Bible and offer any suggestions and help please contact the address or telephone numbers below. 

The ministries of the body are supported by the Tithe of Tithes fund; we encourage all to continue to support the fund that the work may continue.  Many pastors and widows are helped each month.  Tithes and offering can be sent to the address below.

Contact Information for Assemblies of Yahweh Ministries:

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Vishakhapatnam, A.P. 530017      >>>     

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But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Mt. 12:36,37