We cannot have an intimate, personal relationship with the Most High, in an unconsecrated, sin-ridden form. Religiosity is not righteousness, so Yahveh is crying out, as He did to Israel, “Consecrate yourselves, make ready for that third day.” (Ex 19:10-11) Soon the shofar (trumpet) will sound and the redeemed righteous remnant will be resurrected to be with Yahshua.
As the Most High descended on Mt Sinai, the shofar grew louder and louder. Yahveh’s presence appeared as a consuming fire. Yahveh announced His words and inscribed them on stone tablets. The Ten Commandments were given to Moses first for Israel and then to all Gentiles who would believe in Israel’s God. Grievously, these commandments have been distorted, partially removed, or even eradicated from the hearts of many professing believers. Many do not even know the Ten Commandments much less keep all of them. However they are the standards by which many judgments are going to come upon this earth, first to the household of faith, (see 1Pe 4:17)
Yahveh in mercy came to Mount Sinai, calling His people to be consecrated and ready to ascend into His holy presence. He says, “Among those who approach Me. I will show Myself as holy, among the people I will be honored.” (Lev 10:3) We cannot approach the Holy Creator of heaven and earth with spiritual stains, spots, or blemishes. We can fool ourselves, we can fool others, but He says, “Do not be deceived, Yahveh is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Gal 6:7-8) If we sow in any way that veers from truth, we are sowing according to man’s understanding, which leads to error and death. (see Pr 16:25)
Yahveh is calling us to wholehearted repentance to avert His judgment for breaking His commandments and transgressing His statues of righteousness. He’s beseeching us with the piercing sound of heaven’s shofar (trumpet) to listen to and to obey the Ten Commandments.
1st “You shall have no other gods, no other elohims before you.” It is not just some heathen god, it can be anything that you love and put before Yahveh, whether it be a family member, an inanimate object, the work of your hands, or even your own self will. Yahveh said, “He alone is to be our exceedingly great reward.” (Nu 18:20) Our love and focus is to be totally upon Him, and that will cause us to leave all other gods behind.
2nd “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” You shall not in any way form or conjure up anything on this earth that captures your affection so much that your affection is divided and you are double minded. “You confess Yahveh with your lips but your hearts are far from Him” (Mt 15:8) because you have made some idol and He sees it in your heart. Man made religious traditions often become idols!
3rd “You shall not take the name of Yahveh your Elohim lightly (original Hebrew says, to bring to naught).” This commandment has been changed by man. Yahveh proclaimed His name to Moses at the burning bush saying, “This is My name forever, and this is My memorial name to all generations.” (Ex 3:15) “Wherever I cause My name to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.” (Ex 20:24) A substitution of Yahveh’s true name was made long ago, first by the priests of Israel saying, “Yahveh’s name was too holy for the people, especially for the Gentiles to speak,” thus transgressing this commandment. Gentile translators continued the substitution by replacing Yahveh’s name with LORD approximately 7,000 times in the Old Testament and many times in the New Testament. So, we must repent for the breaking of this commandment.
4th “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” The Sabbath day was changed long ago; it was obliterated and replaced with Sunday, (a day exalted by heathen sun worshippers). Anti Semitic pagan leaders such as Emperor Constantine of Rome in the 4th Century A.D., helped to institute this unholy change, when he made Christianity a man tainted religious system. The holy and Biblical Sabbath begins at sundown Friday and ends sundown Saturday.
Righteousness is going to judge unrighteousness. We must repent for having other gods before us, for having idols, for substituting His holy memorial-name, for breaking the Sabbath. Do you hear the loud voice! Do you hear the sound of the shofar! The King of Righteousness is going to pour out His judgments on everyone who transgresses His commandments. They were given as a standard to live a life of obedience that is holy and pleasing in His sight. Let us beware of self- righteousness and self justification, spurred by religious error, that causes us to nullify Yahveh’s truths for man’s traditions and doctrines. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the way therein leads to death.” (Pr 16:25)
5th The next commandment says, “Honor your Father and your Mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise. (See Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:2)
6th “You shall not murder.” The Savior expounded that even unrepented harbored anger can be as the sin of murder. (Matthew 5:22)
Yahshua did not come to nullify the commandments but to fulfill them. “For truly I (Yahshua) say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-18) Man and his religious interpretations and traditions have distorted, eradicated, and broken His holy commandments, making us subject to judgment. “Without holiness no one will ever see Yahveh.”
These are the days of the Loud Shout! Repent! Repent! Repent! For the day of Yahveh is at hand!
7th “You shall not commit adultery.” Adultery is more than flirting and fooling around with somebody else’s mate or forsaking your own for another. It is forsaking Yahshua, our soon coming bridegroom. It is lusting for the things of this world because He alone is not enough for you, because you do not “love Him with all your heart, soul, spirit, and mind.” (Mk 12:30) This is an adulterer and you are an adulterer if you do not have wholehearted love, devotion, and obedience to the Most High, Who gave His righteous commandments by which we are to live and Who will pour out His judgments on all transgressors of His righteous commandments. Hear what the Spirit is saying! Repent and flee from the judgments that are coming!
8th “You shall not steal.” You shall not take that which does not belong to you. You shall not take from or steal Yahveh’s glory, He is to receive all the glory. You are not to glorify and exalt yourself, you are not to be prideful, you are to be humble and grateful, giving Yahveh all the praise, honor and glory, which is His due.
9th “You shall not bear false witness.” Most of you do not know the Scriptures well enough therefore you are giving false witness as to what His word truly says. “The lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely…” (Jer 8:8) Regarding the last days, the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed, “To Thee the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited…falsehood” (Jer 16:19) It is time to seek uncompromised truth, a time for true repentance to avert the prophesied coming judgments.
10th “You shall not covet.” What do you crave? Do you want Yahveh? He said, “I give you Myself and that is your reward, you will have no inheritance in this land.” (Nu 18:20) If you long for an inheritance in this world, then you have friendship with this world making you an enemy of Yahveh the Almighty Creator. (Jas 4:4) This selfishness will cause you to covet the things in this world rather than being totally satisfied and passionately in love with Yahshua, your Messiah, your soon coming bridegroom. This is not about religion this is about relationship. This is about a love affair and all these commandments are for those who are passionately in love with their Creator and will obey whatever He says. “This is the love of Yahveh, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1Jn 5:3)
Blessed be the sound of the shofar that went forth right after these proclamations of the Ten Commandments. Let them pierce your heart and bring you to repentance, “for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of Yahveh.” (Ro 3:23) Repent and be cleansed in the atoning blood of Yahshua the Messiah and make ready for the coming of the King of Glory.