First John 4 – Of False Prophets/Spirits and Love
Beloved, we are to try every Spirit and see if they are from YAHUVEH God. Not every spirit is of God. The Spirit that confesses that YAHUSHUA is the Son of YAHUVEH is of God. Not only so, but we must also test the fruits of these Spirits, are they drawing others to the truths of YAH, or away?
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (as spoken of in John 1:14)is of God: vs 1-2.
Every spirit that does not confesses that YAHUSHUA is come in the flesh is not of God – this is the spirit of anti-christ, which should come, and is already in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
The false prophets are of the world, they are not hearing from Abba YAHUVEH, therefore the world hears them. As YAHUSHUA said: “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5:42-43. Also read Jeremiah Chapter 28, regarding a false prophet and a true prophet.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Also John 6:45.
Love one Another
Let us love one another, for anyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. He that does not love knows not God – for God is love. Not the love between a man and woman, but true love that transcends all things.
God manifested His love towards us by sending His only begotten Son, YAHUSHUA, to save us from our sins, through the gift He gave to us at Calvary we can one more come before Father YAHUVEH. If God so loved us, and laid down His life for us, then we are also to love our brethren and even lay down our life for our brethren (John 15:13). By this we know that we live in Him, and He in us. Whosoever confesseth that YAHUSHUA is the savior of the world, and believes it dwells in God, and God in Him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
If we say that we love Him, yet hate our bretren then we lie. For if we do not love our brother who we have seen, how can we love GOD who we have not seen? For God dwells in us, and if we hate our brothers then how can we say that we love GOD?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. James 5:1-3
From the Scripture above, James is not saying that rich men are evil, or that it is evil to be rich. Rather he is speaking to the rich who have acquired their riches through deceit, and corruption. Those who oppress and steal from the poor to gain. Such riches, as the Bible makes us understand are corrupted, rusted, eaten by moths, with holes, unpure.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.
The imperfection of these riches is what allows them to canker and rust. True gold and silver does not canker. The imperfection of such riches will stand as a witness against those who trusted in them.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Revelation 3:17-18.
True riches does not decay. The riches being referred to here is faith. When we look at Job, we see that this man was Rich, rich, rich in Faith. Likewise he was also very rich in goods. If YAHUVEH chooses to bless His children with riches, these riches are pure because they come from His.
The last line of verse 3 makes us understand two things: These riches have been gathered because of greed, not only so, the men or women who have gathered these riches trust in their riches rather than GOD. Indeed, as YAHUSHUA said in Matthew 12:15 “…Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”
The parable which YAHUSHUA tells in Matthew 12, The Rich Fool, though the Bible does not tell us that he gained his wealth deceitfully, his error was trusting in his goods rather than Almighty YAHUVEH.
The Rich men described in James not only trust in themselves, but built their wealth through deceit, untruthfulness, and affliction.
Just as the blood of righteous Abel cried out against Cain, so does the voice of those who worked in the vineyards of these rich men who went without pay cry out against them. YAHUVEH heard and avenged Abel, and he will do the same for these afflicted workers. For this reason verse 1 tells these rich men to weep and howl for the miseries that will come upon them.
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee. Deuteronomy 24:14-15
Vengeance belongs to YAHUVEh, and he will take vengeance. The verse above is reason why the Bible places such a great emphasis on pleading for widows and the fatherless. GOD is Father of all. If a widow, or fatherless child prays for justice YAHUVEH will hear and recompense.
These ‘rich men’ we read of in James 5 are not only fools, but fools under the wrath of GOD. They have acted to fulfill the lust of the flesh, killed and oppressed the innocent because they were not able to fight back.
This requires patience from the believer, verse 7. To wait on YAHUSHUS and his righteousness, that hew may reign as KING of Kings, and LORD of Lords. As believers we need to be patient to see the frutation of YAHUVEH’s eternal plan. YAHUSHUA knew the Father’s will even when He was born. Even at such a young age He told his parents that He was attending His Father’s business. Yet he was around 33 when He fished all that YAHUVEH had planned for him to do. We need patience.
Sufferings will come, Just as YAHUSHUA suffered, we will also have to suffer to be a part of him. Job suffered, yet he endured, kept his faith, and was patient, we saw his end. His substance was doubled. Unlike the rich fool, Job was rich in GOD, as such his earthly riches came from above.
Verse 12 Reminds us that we are not to swear. A simple yes or no suffices all things, swearing will bring us into damnation.
If afflicted we are to pray that GOD will relieve our afflictions, if one is joyful, then they are to praise, and sing unto YAHUVEH, YAHUSHUA, and SHKHINYAH. The sick is to call the elders of the church, that they may anoint him with oil in the name of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. A prayer of faith is mighty to the uprooting of mountains. We need to also understand that many times our prayers do not penetrate because we have unconfessed sin in our heart. We may have sinned against another believer, and because we have not made things right with this believer our prayers are not being answered. For this cause, as stated in James 5:16, we are to confess our faults to one another, and pray for each other that we may be healed. Confessing our faults also addresses another issue brought up in James 4, verse 1.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16. Eliyah prayed that it would not rain, and for 3 and a half years no rain feel. Until the same man prayed for rain once again. Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still, and it did. Such men and women where righteous before Elohim, as such their prayers penetrated and came before YAHUVEH. Be ye Holy as I am Holy.
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.