If YAHSHUA/JESUS/JOSHUA returned during your lifetime, would you be ready, especially if it was sooner rather than later? Would you be a virgin with extra oil who got to go in with the BRIDEGROOM or a foolish one locked outside the door? Would you be a servant who used his MASTER’S talents well or would you be scared/lazy and hide it? Would you be a guest with a wedding garment on or one that did not put one on and was thrown outside? HE said to always be ready, so are you? Are you blemish/defect, stain/spot, and wrinkle free [Ephesians 5:27] and clean vs unclean? Are you righteous?
These are serious questions and I have every belief many who consider themselves HIS people have not gone in prayer and asked HIS FATHER these things. Do not assume you are ready. Ask and see what is revealed to you. There is much within us that is hidden but our FATHER in Heaven knows about it all even what is visible that we are not understanding or wanting to acknowledge. This is not a joke. It says plainly in Scripture that ELOHIM”S/GOD’S Ways and Thoughts are not our ways and thoughts and that we should not go by our own understanding. If you feel you do not need to ask HIM these things I would ask you, why not? What are you afraid of or is it pride or vanity? Would you rather be kicking yourself forever instead of taking a few minutes to humble yourself to HIM and maybe receive a blessing forever you could have missed out on?
Read Romans 3:9-31. It contains verses that sound scary but there is also a promise. From Romans 3:22, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…“. Sounds easy, right? Well take a look at the final root of the words “righteousness”, “faith”, and “believe” and you get a bit different picture!
Strong’s G1166 – deiknyō [this is the final root meaning of “righteousness”]
to show, expose to the eyes
to give evidence or proof of a thing
- to show by words or teach
Ancient Hebrew Word Meanings
Righteous ~ tsadiyq
By Jeff A. Benner
What is a righteous person? The word righteous is an abstract word and in order to understand this word from an Hebraic mindset we must uncover its original concrete meaning. One of the best ways to determine the original concrete meaning of a word is to find it being used in a sentence where its concrete meaning can be seen. For example the word yashar is usually translated as upright or righteous (abstracts) but is also translated as “straight”. From this we can conclude that a “yashar” is one who walks a straight line. The problem with the word tsadiyq, and its verb form tsadaq, is that there are no uses of this word in its concrete meaning. The next method is to compare how the word in question is paralleled with other Hebrew words as commonly found in the poetical passages of the Bible. Sometimes these parallels will be synonyms and other times antonyms. When we look at the word tsadiyq we find that it is commonly paralleled with the word “rasha”. Rasha is usually translated as “wicked” but has a concrete meaning of “to depart from the path and become lost”. From this we can conclude that a tsadiyq is one who remains on the path. The path is the course through life which God has outlined for us in his word.
So righteousness is about: showing by our actions that we walk a straight path, the Narrow Way, and that we stay on the path and endure to the end!http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3982
Strong’s G3982 – peithō [this is the final root meaning of both the words “faith” and “believe” in Romans 3:22 and the same word for “believes” and “obey/believes” in John 3:36.]
to persuade, i.e. to induce one by words to believe
to make friends of, to win one’s favour, gain one’s good will, or to seek to win one, strive to please one
to tranquillise [this unfortunately is what has happened to many of HIS sheep because of HIS enemy]
to persuade unto i.e. move or induce one to persuasion to do something
to be persuaded, to suffer one’s self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe: to have faith: in a thing
to be persuaded of a thing concerning a person
to listen to, obey, yield to, comply with [we have a winner for “believe” – see John 3:36 below]
to trust, have confidence, be confident
Faith ~ Emunah
By Jeff A. Benner
The Hebrew root aman means firm, something that is supported or secure. This word is used in Isaiah 22:23 for a nail that is fastened to a “secure” place. Derived from this root is the word emun meaning a craftsman. A craftsman is one who is firm and secure in his talent. Also derived from aman is the word emunah meaning firmness, something or someone that is firm in their actions. When the Hebrew word emunah is translated as faith misconceptions of its meaning occur. Faith is usually perceived as a knowing while the Hebrew emunah is a firm action. To have faith in God is not knowing that God exists or knowing that he will act, rather it is that the one with emunah will act with firmness toward God’s will.
Look at Romans 3:22 now. By understanding the roots of “faith” and “believe” we find that it is in agreement with the verse below. So now we are rightly understanding what we need to do. It is not believing like “I believe in miracles”, it is obeying!
1. It is knowing what ELOHIM wants and to do it!
2. It is being persuaded by HIM that what HE wants is worth the sacrifice!
3. It is persuading others about #2!
John [Yochanan] 3:36 – English Standard Version:
[remember that the final root of both “faith” and “believe” is found in the same word]
“Whoever believes/has faith [is persuaded…] in the Son […and obeys] has eternal life; whoever does not obey/believe/rejects [is not persuaded in…] the Son […and does not obey] shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
It is important to look at details in Scripture and of the body of Scripture as a whole. If there is belief/detail from one Scripture that is refuted by another Scripture then I believe something is not right because ELOHIM’S Word is always True and it all would work together. All verses, all doctrine should come together in agreement. If it does not, then there is a translation/transliteration problem going on or it is not the correct Word of ELOHIM! The influence of the enemy is very likely as well.
These verses from the Old Testament/Covenant prophesy about the Day of YHWH’S/the LORD’S:
Zephaniah 1:7Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
8And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel [Malbush nochri – foreign apparel, from the Orthodox Jewish Bible].
Now let’s look at the Wedding Garment and see what it is.
The Scriptures [ISR 1998] – Matthew [Mattityahu] 22:8-14
8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast, indeed, is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9‘Therefore go into the street corners, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding feast.’
10“And those servants went out into the street corners and gathered all whom they found, both wicked and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“And when the sovereign came in to view the guests, he saw there a man who had not put on a wedding garment,
12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
13“Then the sovereign said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
It is interesting to note in verse 12 that the SOVEREIGN called the one without the wedding garment “friend”. Look at the verse below concerning who CHRIST [YAHSHUA] called friends. This is a person who had everything he needed to be a friend of the SOVEREIGN made known to him. He should have been prepared with a wedding garment! He chose not to be dressed with it!
English Standard Version – John [Yochanan] 15:15 –
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Above should also be an admonishment to us all that as HIS friends we should make known to others what HE told us so we make friends of many!
In verse 11, we find that “he saw there a man who had not put on a wedding garment”. This along with Yochanan 15:15, shows that the man had a choice. It was made known to him what he needed to do to but he did not to do it! He did not put on the wedding garment. The SOVEREIGN further says in verse 12, “how did you come in here not having a wedding garment? This shows astonishment on the part of the SOVEREIGN over this man not choosing to do what was made known to him, as he was considered a friend of HIS. It is basically a slap in the face to the SOVEREIGN and explains the SOVEREIGN’S anger in verse 13!
In verse 10, we find that the “wicked and good” were both invited. Since all had on garments except the one man, that meant that all others had prepared themselves rightly based on the information given them, including the wicked! Look at verses below from Isaiah and Job. They talk about “garments of salvation” and “righteousness/right-ruling” covering/clothing one like a “robe and turban [head ornament]” or “being adorned with jewels” in regards to how the bridegroom/bride dresses!
In Isaiah [Yesha’yahu] we find:
World English Bible – Isaiah 61:10
I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland [some translations say “a priest’s turban or ornament” ], and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
[“Garments of salvation” is pretty literal. It means clothed/covered in salvation/deliverance. The final root of salvation is Strong’s H3467 – yasha`- to save, be saved, be delivered. This is also a root for CHRIST’S Name in Hebrew and Aramaic. They are YAHOSHUA and YAHSHUA [spellings/pronunciations are varied and debated]. For the meaning of “robe of righteousness” see the explanation below Job 29:14]
And in Job [Iyov] we find:
English Standard Version – Job 29:11-17
11 When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
12 because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice [judgement/right-ruling in some translations] was like a robe and a turban.
[justice/judgement/right-ruling: Strong’s H8199 – shaphat – to judge, govern, vindicate, punish]
[look again at the definition of “righteousness” above. It is to visibly be on the straight way! A robe is an outer garment typically covering a tunic, so it is visible to all, and a turban covers the head and is also visible.]
15 I was eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16 I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.
17 I broke the fangs of the unrighteous [wicked or perverse in some translations] and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
The verses above from Iyov also give information about what he did that was considered righteous including helping the victims of the unrighteous escape. In Matthew [Mattityahu] 5:6 those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled and in 6:33 we are admonished to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”. In 12:37 it says we will be declared righteous or unrighteous by our words.
Mattityahu 25 contains several parables all about people who are CHRIST’S. They do not referred to unsaved but saved, they are HIS maidens and servants and guests! In verse 1, the ten virgins/maidens are all HIS but half are prepared [wise] to go into the wedding feast, verse 10, and half are not prepared [foolish] and are locked outside. Verse 14 says the man “called his own servants” but the one who was afraid and wicked and lazy, verses 25 and 26, was also the one in verse 30 who was thrown into outer darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. This brings us back to 22:13 and the wedding guest without a garment being thrown into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Verses 25:34 – 46 bring to mind the verses in Iyov 29 in regards to the work he did to help others. When CHRIST returns, the ones at HIS Right Hand who did HIS work and treated the least as if they were HIM are called righteous in verse 37. The ones at HIS other Hand who did not do anything for the least so they did nothing for HIM will go into everlasting punishment while the righteous into everlasting life in verse 46.
Mark 4:24 – 25, is similar to the parable of the servants in Mattityahu 25. Luke 13:22-30 talks about entering through the narrow gate/door and those knocking to get in once it is shut being the unrighteous. Psalms [Tehillim] 6:8 brings up what was said in Luke 13:27. Luke 16:1-15 talks about the unrighteous manager and mammon and how the pharisees declared themselves righteous but CHRIST knew their hearts. Mark 7:20-23, says that what comes out of a man defiles him and lists what are wicked matters. James [Ya’akov] 2:14-26 mainly speaks about belief/faith [remember what was said above about persuasion] without works [something being accomplished/act/deed] being dead. These definitions are also backed up by verses 14-17. This also ties into what Iyov did to help others in chapter 29.
From the King James Version: Ya’akov 2 –
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Verses 21-24 talk about Abraham believing [obeying, in regards to offering Isaac – Yitzchak – on the altar] ELOHIM and it being reckoned to him for righteousness [he gave evidence/visible proof]. Because of this Abraham was called “he who loves ELOHIM or friend of GOD”. So we have another “friend” here and we know that everything was made known to Abraham and that he obeyed so ELOHIM/GOD loves him! Additional verses include Galations 3:6, Genesis [B’resheet] 15:6, and Isaiah [Yesha’yahu] 41:8. The above also proves true with what CHRIST said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep/obey my commands”!
So the Wedding Garments are clothes and robes of Salvation and Righteousness which are our visible proof, by our words or teaching, and also through our acts/deeds/words! I encourage you to do a word study on “righteous”. Go through the whole Bible and write down what one does to be considered righteous. Also write down whatever is said that the unrighteous, the wrong/evil/wicked/unclean, do. Compare your life to what the Bible says and see what you are doing that is righteous vs unrighteous in ELOHIM’S Eyes!
Ask and pray to our FATHER in Heaven for understanding and help with all in your life and ask what work you can do for HIS SON to show your obedience and love! If you feel your flesh acting up and you feel this is too hard, remind yourself about what happened to the one who did not have the wedding garment on! If you want the KING to be a friend of yours then you must also be a friend to HIM! AMEN!!!