Zeal, The Standing Man, and You
Lost Teachings of the Nazoreans, Part 1 - Rechabites

Psalms 69:9 Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up,

And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. – King David

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The Nazarene Acts
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"The Standing Man"

From The Authentic Peter: The Preaching of Simeon Kefa From the Journal of T. Flavius Clemens, “Clement” TRUE NAMES EDITION, p.7,8:

... concepts such as “The Standing Man,” “The Primal Adam,” the nature of demons and demonic influence in disease, the food ordinances (including with whom one may eat), and numerous hidden (i.e. apocryphal) or “done-away-with-by-Jesus” ordinances.  These strange, syncretic teachings were labeled as interpolations by “scholars” of bygone centuries, planted like dinosaur bones by evil adversaries of orthodox Christianity – the Gnostics – and dismissed as heresy. 

However, with the long awaited release of the Dead Sea Scrolls, we learn that “The Standing Man” doctrine et al did not derive from paganism or Gnosticism, but from sectarian Judaism – from those whom scholars now call Nazoreans, Ebionites, Rechabites or Elchasaites (which movements were also condemned by early Christian heresiologists).  The scrolls and parchments preserved in the marl caves, dated now from 150 B.C.E. to 136 C.E., perpetuate the very same strange doctrines preached so strongly by Kefa in the journal of Clement. 

The mystery of why it took 45+ years to get the Dead Sea Scrolls translated is not so secret now that we know what the Scrolls are composed of - and especially since The International Team of Scholars assigned to translate them were all Catholics (save one) headed up by Catholic priests under the jurisdiction of the Chief Inquisitor, Cardinal Ratzinger who is now Pope Benedict XVI.  But that is someone else’s scroll. 

For, if the message of the scrolls and the authentic preaching of Kefa becomes a matter for religious people (not just scholars), religiously following the apostolic literature found in both Clement and the Scrolls must lead the serious, scholastic Believer back to his or her roots, the supernatural, the Torah – and the teaching of “The Sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5).


Yirmeyahu 35:18.  But to the house of the Reëchabim, Yirmeyahu said, “Thus says the Yahweh Tviot Elohim of Yisrael: Because you have obeyed the command of Yonadav your father, and kept all his precepts, and done all that he commanded you,   19.  therefore thus says Yahweh Tviot Elohim of Yisrael: Yonadav the son of Reëchab shall never lack a man to stand before me.” 

Jeremiah 35:18.  But to the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said, "Thus says YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Israel: Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father and kept all his precepts and done all that he commanded you, 19. therefore thus says YHWH of hosts, the Elohim of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall never lack a man to stand before me."

1 Corinthians 7:17. let every one lead the life that Yahshua has assigned and Yahweh has called.

Pinchas’ Zeal – The phrase “Zeal for Yahweh” primarily took the form of violent acts against apostates whose unrighteousness in the camp of Israel brought on divine retributionZeal hails back to Pinchas (Phinehas, Numbers 25), who, in his zeal, slew the apostate Zimri and the Midianite woman Cozbi with one cast of the spear, thus staying a plague.  Israel had ignored the divine command to be set-apart, and was co-mingling with practicing pagans of forbidden camps.  For this stand-up act of zeal (the violence notwithstanding), Yahweh declared that Pinchas and his descendants would be priests of peace forever after.  Pinchas was the standing man, in that he took unpremeditated, zealous action such that Yahweh ended the plague.  That he would be rewarded by the Divine Righteousness with a priesthood of peace for what we would consider a double murder seems a great contradiction.  Yet, according to the text, the gruesome deed did bring peace, saving thousands of lives!

David’s Zeal in Prayer – When Yahshua struck down the money machine in the temple courts – when he did an act of violence – his talmidim thought of David’s Psalm 69, “Zeal for your house has consumed me.”  Psalm 69 – the rest of it has to do with the dishonor done to King David in the way his people dishonored Yahweh, especially in the House of Elohim.  As the Psalm unfolds, ever-increasing violent retribution is suggested to the Deity by the King upon the apostates.  If these unrighteous are blotted out entirely then peace will reign, the poor will be fed, the needy nurtured, and all the cities destroyed by the same recourse will be rebuilt bigger and better. (David often reckons this way in the Psalms.)  If these dishonorable apostates are violently destroyed, they will serve as a more efficacious sacrifice than any animals, and all will be improved forever.  The King is a standing man, interceding for True Israel and the righteous therein; and he is promised by the Righteous One that as long as his progeny remains zealous, some ancestor will stand before Yahweh as king - haOlam

Indeed, Yahshua, the Son of David, is “seated at the right hand of Power” when he is not the “standing man” here on earth.

But why would the talmidim think of this passage, considering that they certainly knew the whole psalm by heart, and its progression I describe above?  Yahshua was definitely the Standing Man, as is so often pointed out by Kefa (Peter) in the Kerygma Petrou.  Was Yahshua a Zealot?  Did they who walked with him know more about what was in his heart than we?

If anyone of Israel desires to repent and through my name believes in Yahweh, his sins will be forgiven him. For 12 years go into the world and preach this message so that no one may say, "We haven't heard." I have chosen the twelve because I have found them worthy to be my talmidim. I sent these, whom I was sure would be true Apostles, into the world to proclaim to all the joyous message that all may know that there is only one qeoV, and to reveal the future through those who believe in me. The end of which is that those who hear and believe might be saved; and those who do not believe may yet testify that they too have heard the message: that they might not be able to excuse themselves by saying, "We haven't heard."  -Yahshua Messiah according to Kerygma Petrou

The Maccabees’ Zeal - The Pinchas Priesthood never became official in Israel, but many claimed to be priests of that order – followers of the deeds of Pinchas – describing themselves as “zealous for Torah” even to the point of violent retribution.  It is Hanukkah season at this writing, and a good time to look again at the actions that set off the revolt in the second century B.C.

1 Maccabees 2:15. The (Seleucid) king's commissioners who Standing Stonewere enforcing the apostasy (upon the Yahudaïm) came to the town of Modein for the sacrifices. 16. Many Israelites gathered round them, but Mattithyahu and his sons drew apart. 17. The king's commissioners then addressed Mattityahu as follows, "You are a respected leader, a great man in this town; you have sons and brothers to support you. 18. Be the first to step forward and conform to the king's decree, as all the nations have done, and the leaders of Yahudah and the survivors in Yahrushalayim; you and your sons shall be reckoned among the Friends of the King, you and your sons will be honored with gold and silver and many presents."

19. Raising his voice, Mattityahu retorted,

"Even if every nation living in the king's dominions obeys him, each forsaking its ancestral religion to conform to his decrees, 20. I, my sons and my brothers will still follow the covenant of our ancestors. 21. May Heaven preserve us from forsaking the Law and its observances.  22. As for the king's orders, we will not follow them: we shall not swerve from our own religion either to right or to left."

23. As he finished speaking, a Yahudaïm came forward in the sight of all to offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein as the royal edict required. 24. When Mattityahu saw this, he was fired with zeal; stirred to the depth of his being, he gave vent to his legitimate anger, threw himself on the man and slaughtered him on the altar. 25. At the same time he killed the king's commissioner who was there to enforce the sacrifice, and tore down the altar.  26. In his zeal for the Law he acted as Pinchas had against Zimri son of Salu.  27. Then Mattityahu went through the town, shouting at the top of his voice,

"Let everyone who has any zeal for the Law and takes his stand on the covenant come out and follow me."

The Maccabees and later the Zealots of the first century A.D. saw themselves as standing men of the Pinchas Priesthood.  The Maccabean freedom was begun with a violent and unpremeditated act of zeal – the murder of pork-eaters and Hellenizers by Mattityahu at Modein.  As you recall, the “insurrectionists” banished the might of the Epiphanes, the Book of Daniel was written, and, for a time, peace, personal freedom and righteousness returned to Israel.  The cost was the standing men of Israel and most of the family called Maccabees. 

Rechab of the Rechabites – Now we return to the days of Bamidbar to Rechab’s tribe; Rechab makes frequent appearances in the Scripture because there is more than one.  The Rechabites were Kenites – descendents of Cain thus outside the family of Israel – foreigners – Canaanites and pagans – worshipers of the gods of old.  However, the Kenites were more skilled than the Israelites, so King Saul brought a group of them into the family of Israel, and a group of Kenites joined with the tribe of Benjamin and became Saul’s ally.  After some intrigues, they also stood with King David.

Rechab means “a chariot with horses.” We find Rechab and his son Jonadab flying around in the Chariot of King Jehu (Yahu).  Jehu shouts to Jonadab, “Let me show you my zeal for Yahweh; come on!”  At this unexpected invitation, the Rechabites hop in Jehu’s chariot, drive a ways to the local shrine of Ba’al, and burn the “Worship Center” down.  The house of Rechab was, like Jehu, zealous for the house of Yahweh.  (Somewhere around 2 Kings 10)

Now in the days of King Jehoiakim, Jonadab son of Rechab is summoned by Jeremiah to be tested: he brings his family into the domicile section of the Temple – where everyone lived - and there all are offered bowls of wine to drink.  Evidently, Rechab the Kenite took a permanent Nazarite vow (Numbers 6) on behalf of the future generations of the family, and Yahweh was set to test whether that vow had been renewed by Jonadab and his generations.  (This may be in part because King Jehoiakim reversed the reforms of his famous father, King Josiah, and instituted pagan worship practices as before; also, the Chaldeans were on the march toward the ‘Holy’ City.)  So who could Yahweh count on to STAND BEFORE HIM ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL IN ZEAL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?  Judah’s king would not hear the words of Yahweh’s prophet, and the King spoke for the people while the Prophet spoke for the Deity. 

Righteous Examples Among the “Righteous”

Jeremiah writes: chapter 35:

5.  Then I set before the Rechabites pitchers full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, "Drink wine."  6.  But they answered, "We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, 'You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons for ever;  7. you shall not build a house; you shall not sow seed; you shall not plant or have a vineyard; but you shall live in tents all your days, that you may live many days in the land where you sojourn.'   8.  We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, ourselves, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,  9.  and not to build houses to dwell in. We have no vineyard or field or seed; 10. but we have lived in tents, and have obeyed and done all that Jonadab our father commanded us.’” 

As Yahshua put it in Luke 17:18. “Was no one found to return and give praise to El except this foreigner?"  Jonadab proved his family’s righteousness in keeping a vow to Yahweh before all these spleenless muckety-mucks in the temple domicile.  Why, these Canaanites were fulfilling the Torah while obeying their earthly father Rechab down through the generations.  Who but “these foreigners” could be trusted to uphold all true worshipers in Israel, no matter what became of them. 

"Thus says the Yahweh Tviot Elohim of Israel: Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done all that he commanded you,  19.  Thus says the Yahweh Tviot, Elohim of Israel: “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall never lack a man to stand before me.”   

Why couldn’t the leaders of the contemporaneous generation also be obedient?

A Kenite surely still stands before the Deity for the sake of the family of Rechabites, wherever they are now, who were to be zealous for the law. 

(Though the deeds of some Standing Men were very violent, their victims were not innocent: prospering in the land of Yahweh and from his people through ill-gotten gains murdering and destroying the family of Jacob, taking the spoils that belonged to poor people – and polluting the righteousness of worship with their idols.   These wretches of the nations had no fear of the wrath of Yahweh; neither did they belong to the economy of Israel.  They were apostate, strangers and pagans). 

Yes, there will always be an intercessor on behalf of the tribe of Rechabites, who were not Israelites by flesh, but grafted in by an anointed prophet – King Saul – and continued in obedience for generations.  How many generations?  You might be surprised whence they trace!

“The Zealous Will Hear that You’ve Come”

For we skip up 600 years to Acts 21.  James the Just and the long beards (aqz, beard, elder) of the Jerusalem Assembly spoke to SHAUL-Paul when he came to Yahweh’s Festival one afternoon to show Jewry his outstanding orthodoxy and do penance for eating with Gentiles (I suppose). 

17. On our arrival in Jerusalem the brothers gave us a very warm welcome. (The writer of Acts is there, and he is a Gentile.)  18. The next day Paul went with us to visit James, and all the elders were present. 19. After greeting them, Paul gave a detailed account of all that Elohim had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.

With knowing little twinkles in their eyes, the writer has the long beards of James boasting to Paul and his bunch,

“You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Yahudaïm of those who have believed; they are all zealous for the law (in other words, there was a chapter of the Pinchas Priesthood on hand, like a shotgun, cocked and ready), 21. and they have been told about you that you teach all the Yahudaïm who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moshe….  What then is to be done?  They (these Zealous) will certainly hear that you have come.” 

Zealous was a codeword for the protective and, if need be, violent Pinchas Priesthood.  (Simon Zelotes is a name we know; and he will soon pop up in person.)  Indeed, when they found out Paul was about, the Zealous would do their level best to murder him for the same reason Pinchas had pitched the spear through Zimri and Cozbi – Paul had brought foreigners (so they thought) into the Temple, defiling it. 

Acts 21:23.  Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; 24. take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you but that you yourself live in observance of the law. 

Some scholars actually consider this an amusing set-up by James and the Long-bearded Rechabites to get rid of Paul – who was definitely NOT zealous for the Commandments – and it worked perfectly.  Thankfully Paul wasn’t murdered; but he was, after this, solid gone, never to return.

Standing Men and Women

James the Just’s religious reign as Mebakker over the Qahal haQadim (30 – 62 A.D.) was a era of constant turmoil – Roman occupation, the unexpected terrorist acts of zealots, the murderous debacles of the Herods, and standing men and women standing all over the place.  Look!

Acts 5:34 A Pharisee called Gamaliel, who was a teacher of the Law respected by the whole people, stood up and … 35. then he addressed the Sanhedrin, "Men of Israel, be careful how you deal with these people. 36. Some time ago there Theudas stood up (44 – 46 A.D.). He claimed to be someone important, and collected about four hundred followers; but when he was killed, all his followers scattered and that was the end of them.

Theudas stood up, zealous for the Law, to lead the tribes out of Palestine into Syria to set up the Kingdom in the Wilderness.  Theudas would part the Jordan River as a sign to the people following him.  But soldiers of Rome and Herod’s army were waiting for them and killed them all, crucifying and beheading.

37. And then there was Judas the Galilean, at the time of the census (6 A.D.), who attracted crowds of supporters; but he was killed too, and all his followers dispersed.

Previously, Judas the Just (Yahudah haZaddik of Gamla) stood up and started the Zealot Party, which used any means to overcome foreigners – murder, robbery, arson.  This Judah the Just is thought to be a relative of James the Just, and he came along the same year Yahshua was born.  There are scholarly books indentifying Judah the Just as the same person we call Jesus.

38. What I suggest (continues the standing Gamaliel) is that you leave these men alone and let them go. If this enterprise, this movement of theirs, is of human origin it will break up of its own accord; 39. but if it does in fact come from Elohim, you will be unable to destroy them. Take care not to find yourselves fighting against the Almighty."

Gamaliel’s decision forms the basis of much political policy today.

Then The Egyptian Yahud stood up to besiege Jerusalem with thousands to take back the Temple and the city for Yahweh. 

Acts 21:37. Just as Paul was being taken into the fortress, he asked the tribune if he could have a word with him. The tribune said, "You speak Greek, then?  38. Aren't you the Egyptian who started the recent revolt and led those four thousand cut-throats out into the desert?"

The Egyptian and his army were massacred climbing Mount Zion (circa 56 A.D.).

Then John the Baptist stood up.  Then Yahshua the Messiah stood up. 

Then James the Just Stood Up

These were not violent men, especially James, who was the victim of some terribly violent acts as recorded in the history books.  He was feared because of his righteousness – his lack of sinning – and his leadership of the sect of Rechabites that was growing by leaps and bounds.  It is not wrong for us to call James a Rechabite – he did not drink wine nor plant seeds nor anoint himself with oil.  He was a kneeling man before Yahweh.  It is said that his knees were like those of a camel from interceding so many hours for the sins of a nation.  Perhaps the description of his knees could be from the fact that his legs were broken by Saul of Tarsus in a much earlier meeting on the temple steps.*  If James wanted revenge on Saul / Paul, he certainly could have had it.  But James was not that way.

*(The story of Saul/Paul throwing James down the temple steps is recorded in The Preaching of Peter aka The Recognitions, Book I, Chapter LXX – here: www.apostolia.com.)

Eusebius quotes Josephus and Hegesippus in telling us that James the Just One was, in his later life, considered The Pillar upon which Jerusalem and all Israel was supported

Galatians 2:9 James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me (Saul/Paul) and Barnabas the left foot of fellowship, so that we should go to the Gentiles.

By 62 A.D., Cephas and John were gone.  James was the only one left – the rest had been executed; so they called him the Pillar (stulon – stele – stylus) and Oblias (Obelisk) – the Standing Man!  Many of the people believed that, though the former standing men had all fallen, Jerusalem could stand as long as James remained the pillar of righteousness holding it up.

James the Just was therefore despised by the temple rulers but cherished by all manner of common and pious people.  There are all kinds of stories about James that put us in mind of Yahshua.  I wish I could tell you all of them because I do admire James – he is as close as we can get to the “historical Jesus.” James was a writer, historian and prophet – and a number of his writings have been found in the last couple generations.  AND James the Just, like Nostradamus 1500 years later, predicted his own death:

James 5:6. You have condemned, you have killed the Just One; he does not resist you. 

The Crushing of the Pillar – The Falling of the City

That death came in 62 AD.  The high priest had been murdered and the new one was out of town.  The son of Caiaphas, named Ananus, saw his chance to crush the Pillar.  During the Feast of Passover, Ananus and his kin brought James the Just to the parapet of the temple.

Matthew 4:5 The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet* of the Temple. (NJB)  *Parapet – pterugion – a wing – “a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony “ – not “pinnacle.”

There the devil commanded him to renounce Yahshua before the multitudes, incensed that James the Just should be standing up there in the first place.  The rehearsed question was,

“O Just One, Tell us where we may find the Gate of Yahshua?”

He was then to renounce his brother Yahshua before all the believers in the crowd.  I do not think that the initial intention was to throw him off, but to get him to “stand down.”  But The Just One would not cooperate.  He’d been thrown down the temple before.  So the Just One cried something like,

Matthew 26:64. “I tell you all, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the sky.

65. Then the high priest tore his robes, and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66. What is your judgment?" They answered, "He deserves death." 

 Then Ananus pushed the Just One down into the sky.

The Just One and the Rechabite

James the Just didn’t die immediately.  One witness said that the first to get to him was a Rechabite.  The Rechabite knelt down to James’ mouth, then shouted to the crowd, “Be quiet; all of you!  Can you not hear the Just One is praying for you?”  Of course, James was praying,

"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34).

It was this prayer that enraged the devil so much that Satan entered into a dry-cleaner who used “dashed his brains out with a fuller's club.”   

(James was 94 according to one tradition, which means that he was born in 33 B.C. which would have made him about sixty years old at the Resurrection.)

Hegesippus tells us that the brave Rechabite that came to the fallen James was none other than his brother, Simon Zelotes, who would take his place as the Mebakker of the Assembly of Yahweh in Jerusalem. 

And at this point zeal, righteousness, murder and the standing one all come together.  If Simon was a Rechabite, from the family of Rechab, then James was also a Rechabite.  Perhaps this is why the Rechabites were still a very popular sect in the first century.  What does this tell us about the possibility that the whole family of Yahshua the Messiah?  Nazarene / Nazarite; Rechabite / Standing Man; etc.

(Simon died in 105 A.D. at the age of 120, so he would have been born about 6 B.C., making him 37 at the time of the Resurrection.  Please do not write to tell me the years do not add up.)

The Lost Josephus

In a version of Josephus that is no longer in existence (but quoted by Eusebius – 4th century), it is written that such notorious, bloody riots against the priesthood, the Sanhedrin and the Sadducean establishment throughout Palestine on account of James the Just’s execution that within 3 years, Nero considered it a rebellion and send General Vespasian to quell the uprisings, culminating in the deaths of over a million Jews, the destruction of Jerusalem and burning of the temple. 

Jerusalem to Pella EscapeHowever, one group of sects headquartered in Jerusalem escaped the conflagration on account of a Rechabite prophet, a standing man, who, forty years before, prophesied that when the armies surrounded, don’t fight but FLEE.  That prophecy is found in Mark 13 and the Rechabite was Yahshua Messiah.  Flee the Yahshuans did – Ebionites, Nazoreans, Elchasaites, Hosheans – to Pella east of the Jordan River – and without interference by General Titus – he allowed them get through possibly on account of the prophecy, which he certainly knew.  They sects were led on their exodus across the Jabbok and Jordan north into the mountains by none other than Simon Zelotes, Rechabite, who became the Standing Man for the body of True Believers for the next 40 years. 

For the whole story of this escape go to:

The Gate of Yahshua

Why all this is important now is that it gives us an unlikely gateway into a mystical place of protection for future generations.  If we are to be a priesthood of believers – a Pinchas or Melchizedek priesthood – then there will be standing men and women zealous for Yahweh and standing before him by his command. 

Summing up, the Standing Men (and there were women, too, whom I failed on this occasion to mention) have, at least in a symbolic sense, knees like camels, interceding for the past, present and future for those people, places and institutions that have meaning for them in the scheme and way of Yahweh’s providence.  They become Zealous because they are fed up with the pagan practices of their cities, acquaintances churches and, most relevant to the discussion, families.  To be a Rechabite was to be a part of a close-nit community of frugal men and women, husbands and wives and children, whose lives were dedicated to changing the world by channeling their zeal into action – becoming leaders whether they are the leadership type or not – stepping quickly into situations of which they may affect the outcomes – judging situations, especially those they are close to, with RIGHTEOUS judgment rather than that which is tainted by sentiment or old habit – and exercising their binding and loosing power before Yahweh.

In doing these things, we discovery another mysterious lost custom of our ancestors in the faith – the Gateway of Yahshua – that which James died defending.  Once through the gate, we become activists for his cause because we have given up on conventional thinking about him, and have taken up the clean slate as we once again read all about him.

Stand for Whom?

In relational terms, the signs of those whom each of us might stand in for, what we should do with them, what our attitude should be about them, how we should live for them, and what our relationship to the community and the state should be – as well as our relationship with Yahweh – are rife in these scripture passages above and many hundreds more, as well as in the few history books that remain from that sacredtime. 

We can’t help but think of Devrah standing up against the Assyrian armies while General Barak was quivering - “I’ll go only if you’ll go,” he said.  Avraham standing before Yahweh to entreat him to save Sodom for Lot’s sake, and Lot’s withdrawal.  Or Yahshua standing before the Elohim pleading for Jerusalem, but knowing whose was his and who wasn’t his – and that he would lose only one. 

There is another passage that has a lot to say about the Standing Man in our world:

1 Cor 7: 13.  If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.  14.  For the unbelieving husband is consecrated (set apart unto Yahweh) through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are consecrated.  15.  But if the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For Elohim has called us to peace (the Priesthood of Phinehas).  16.  Wife, how do you know whether you will rescue your husband? Husband, how do you know whether you will deliver your wife?  17.  Only, let every one lead the life that Yahshua has assigned and Yahweh has called.

This kind of power is NOT for the unbelieving or the timid.  Go back to the primary class.  It is for you who find yourself to be a Nazoreans or a Rechabites in this life, zealous for the Commandments of Yahweh, changed into the New Man by the Gateway of Yahshua.  Who delivered YOU into this life?  Some Rechab or Jonadab 575 years ago through standing up for you, though he or she would never know until the resurrection!

But you are through the Doorway of Rescue, even though you have a far stranger and more precarious life in this world than the pagans next door.  You will one day thank some Rechabite – a Standing Man or Woman – when you meet, and tell him or her that it was all worthwhile when you, as James before you, boast of your clan “who have believed; they are all zealous for the law! you boast. 

Note that the word in the Bible for “resurrection,” anastasis, simply means “stand up.”

Next and finally, WHO will you deliver through the Gate of Yahshua?  Certainly your children – but what about your children’s children and so on down the line.  Who will STAND now and, like James, be SEEN as the Standing Man while your world of tomorrow begins to stand forth before you?

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