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In my studies, I have been shown that there are five main spiritual attributes one needs in order to be ready for the Kingdom of Yah. And within these five falls everything else. Other related attributes will automatically bud off these initial five as you apply them to your walk. The number five itself is significant in that it represents Yah’s grace. Many things mentioned in Scripture comprised of five allows for a way to realign with Yah, and get back in his favor.
A case in point of five representing grace is the Torah, the “teaching” or “law” contained in the first five books of Scripture that, when adhered to, realigns us with Yah’s will and allows his favor to pour down on us. Note that grace is in fact Yah’s offering to us. The definition of offering is as follows:
a thing offered, especially as a gift or contribution
So grace is Yah’s offering to us, as it is a gift he grants to us when we turn back to him and serve him with our all. But the Torah spoke of five offerings the people of Israel were to present to Yah, five representing grace, as I’ve stated. Those five offerings were: the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 1; 8:18 – 21; 16:24), the Sin Offering (Leviticus 4; 16:3 – 22), the Guilt Offering (Leviticus 5:14 – 19; 6:1 – 7; 7:1 – 6), the Grain Offering (Leviticus 2) and the Peace Offering (Leviticus 3; 7:11 – 34). So grace was represented here as well, but in reverse via the offerings given to Yah.
If you study the significance of five further, you’ll find many more examples that point to grace, such as the tabernacle in the wilderness, whose Yah-ordained design required five curtains (Exodus 26:3), five bars (Exodus 26:26 – 27), five pillars, and five sockets (Exodus 26:37). The pure anointing oil mentioned in Exodus chapter 30 verses 23 to 25 was also comprised of five ingredients which were given directly by Yah: liquid myrrh, fragrant cinnamon, calamus, cassia, and a hin of olive oil. These were used to anoint the furniture of the tabernacle.
Now, the five attributes found on our Kingdom Preparedness List, which we’ll cover in this five-part series, are also part of the grace that leads us back to Yah. Together, they will allow Hebrews and Gentiles to survive any time of trouble or hardship, pass any test or trial, and essentially conquer any situation within which they find themselves.
I will start by saying that to acquire these five attributes one must be grounded and rooted in Scripture and led by the Ruach, or Spirit of Yah. In fact, the first attribute itself is key to this, and that attribute is:
Part 1: Hearing
In the book of Zechariah, we read:
8 Then this message came to Zechariah from Yah: 9 “This is what Yah of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.
10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, or the poor. And do not scheme against one another.
11 “Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing.
12 “They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that Yah of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why Yah of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them.
13 “Since they refused to listen when I called to them, I would not listen when they called to me, says Yah of Heaven’s Armies.”
Let us examine this passage of Scripture. First we read that a message came to Zechariah from Yah. We learn from chapter 1 verse 1 of the Book of Zechariah that he is in fact a prophet of Yah. And one of the chief characteristics of being a prophet of Yah is the fact that the prophet hears Yah’s Word, otherwise “messages” would not come to them.
Prophets were usually men and women who walked with Yah for large portions of their lives, meaning that the attribute of hearing, which is the first attribute we possess of the five, never left them, nor should it leave us. Being without the attribute of hearing, or ceasing to hear Yah’s voice, in other words, means doom for any believer. Verse 11 of the preceding passage highlights this very truth.
In that verse we are told that our “ancestors refused to listen to” Yah’s message. Instead they plugged their ears and their hearts became stone to the message sent to them by the Spirit of Yah through the prophets. This is just one demonstration that Yah’s message is usually delivered through human messengers. This is the only way we can become servants of the Most High. We must first hear his Word being delivered, and that Word is the seed of truth, as represented in Yeshua’s parable found in Matthew chapter 13 verses 1 to 8 and 18 to 23.
Search the Torah, the writings and the prophets, the four Good News books, or the epistles of the emissaries and you’ll find passages that plainly demonstrate that no person on earth can become a believer or serve Yah without first hearing the Word. And no person on earth can remain a believer or servant of Yah without the attribute of hearing. We must continue to be hearers of Yah, because his voice will continually direct and lead us through life. As verse 13 of Zechariah 7 illustrates, failing to hear Yah—to listen to his voice—is enough to separate us from him.
You’ll find that the longer you’ve been walking with Yah, the more keen his voice becomes. And the clearer we hear his voice, the stronger our spiritual discernment becomes. But this all requires familiarity with the Scriptures, because Yah speaks to us mainly through his written Word. And anything coming to us outside of that book must comply with the book, and agree with it completely, otherwise it is not the voice of Yah.
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
This shows us that any source attempting to bring light to you must be in line with the law and testimony of Yah, whether that source is a man or woman you’re conversing with, a magazine article you’re engrossed in, a scripture study video like the one you’re viewing now, or even a random thought that pops into your mind, to name a scant few. By being familiar with Yah’s Word, his law and his testimony, you’ll know whether Yah is speaking to you through these avenues. It also goes back to what Yeshua said:
27 My sheep hear my voice. . . .
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
So being familiar with all of Scripture is key to knowing when you are actually hearing Yah, because he will never speak against his own Word. And the truth is, we should be learning Scripture from our youth up. It is something we should be teaching our children and immersing ourselves in daily, so that we may continually hear the voice of Yah.
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children.
I’ll say again: being without the attribute of hearing, or ceasing to hear Yah’s voice, in other words, means doom for any believer. We have two accounts of two separate kings who ruled in righteousness before losing their way. The first is King David, whose story we covered in part seven of our scripture study series The Covenant Law of Yah. Following the events of the story we recounted in that video, Second Samuel chapter 12 tells us that Nathan the prophet was sent by Yah to rebuke David for his actions. Starting at verse 7 of that chapter we read:
7 . . . The Elohim of Israel, says: “I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.
8 “I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.
9 “Why, then, have you despised the word of Yah and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.
10 “From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.
11 “This is what Yah says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.
12 “You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”
13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against Yah.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but Yah has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
14 “Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for Yah by doing this, your child will die.”
—2 Samuel 12
While David lost his way, he was set back on the right path through the message that came from Yah’s prophet, Nathan. The Word of Yah was heard by David, in other words, and he was realigned with the will and ways of Yah. This is the attribute of hearing in full effect. That attribute, while being the first that we acquire of the five, should remain with us through our entire walk with Yah, otherwise we will lose our way and separate ourselves from him. This is the case with the second King used in our illustration here.
First Kings chapter 15 begins the account of King Asa. Beginning in verse 9 we are told:
9 Asa began to rule over Judah in the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel.
10 He reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother was Maacah, the daughter of Absalom.
11 Asa did what was pleasing in Yah’s sight, as his ancestor David had done.
12 He banished the male and female shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.
13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
14 Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to Yah throughout his life.
15 He brought into the Temple of Yah the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.
—1 Kings 15
So far so good, right? Asa sounds like a righteous King up to this point. He was a hearer for most of his reign, but, eventually, he lost the attribute of hearing Yah along the way. But Scripture points out how this happened. Second Chronicles chapter 14 picks up Asa’s story. There we are told in verses 5 and 6:
5 . . . So Asa’s kingdom enjoyed a period of peace. 6 During those peaceful years, he was able to build up the fortified towns throughout Judah. No one tried to make war against him at this time, for Yah was giving him rest from his enemies.
—2 Chronicles 14
Even after the Ethiopians attacked his kingdom, we are told in verse 11 that Asa cried out to Yah for help. Yah thereafter defeated the Ethiopians in the presence of Asa in answer to his prayer, which is covered in verse 12 of Second Chronicles chapter 14. Then we read in Second Chronicles chapter 15 and verse 19:
19 So there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.
—2 Chronicles 15
Asa enjoyed such a long period of peace that a sense of complacency was allowed to settle upon him, and when trouble arose again, he did not do as he did before and lean upon Yah. Second Chronicles chapter 16 verses 1 to 3 reveals that:
1 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah.
2 Asa responded by removing the silver and gold from the treasuries of the Temple of Yah and from the royal palace. He sent it to King Ben-hadad of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus, along with this message:
3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me like the one between your father and my father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”
—2 Chronicles 16
The might of King Baasha instilled fear in Asa to the point that he sought the protection of another powerful king of his day, King Ben-hadad of Aram, a heathen ruler who reigned in Damascus. Not only did King Asa make a treaty with this heathen king, but he also sent him the dedicated treasuries of the sacred Temple, which was a major violation of Scripture (see Second Chronicles 23 verse 6 for just one of many examples).
For committing this abominable act, Yah sent a seer to deliver a message of warning to King Asa in an attempt to set him back on the right path, as was the case with the prophet Nathan and King David. First Samuel 9 verse 9 says this about seers:
9 (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of Elohim, he used to say, “Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)
—1 Samuel 9
The seer sent to King Asa was Hanani. Let’s see if King Asa will use the first of the five spiritual attributes of kingdom preparedness and actually hear the message of Yah. Second Chronicles chapter 16 records the following:
7 At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in Yah your Elohim, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram.
8 “Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on Yah, and he handed them over to you.
9 “The eyes of Yah search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.”
10 Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.
—2 Chronicles 16
Unfortunately, Asa did not hear, and verse 10 recounts the low levels to which he descended in turning a deaf ear to the message of Yah. Right up to his death, as the closing verses of chapter 16 tell us, King Asa relied mainly on physicians, mere men, rather than on his Elohim, cementing the complete separation from Yah. This is what losing the first attribute will result in.
So if Yah sends someone your way who is telling you, “Hey, cut this or that out of your life. Or cease from this or that,” it is up to you to decide whether or not this is the voice of Yah speaking to you. And if it is the voice of Yah, you must hear and listen intently, then move on to the second of the five attributes on our Kingdom Preparedness List, which we will cover in our next scripture study video in this five-part series. Shalom!
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