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In the gospel of Matthew, Yahusha the Messiah is speaking to His disciples

Mattityahu (Matt) 16: 13, 14 Now when Yahusha came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples saying "Who do men say the Son of Adam is"? And they said, "Some say Yohanan the Immerser, and others Eliyahu, and others Yirmeyahu or one of the prophets".

15, 16 He said to them, "And you, who do you say I am"? And Shimon Kepha answering said, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living Elohim".

17 - 19 And Yahusha answering him said to him, "Blessed are you Shimon Bar-Yonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in the heavens. And I also say to you that you are Kepha, and on this rock I shall build My assembly, and the gates of the grave shall not overcome it. And I shall give you the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever you bind on earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loosen on earth shall be having been loosened in the heavens".

Binding and loosing is Hebrew idiom for exercising authority to prohibit and permit.

Kepha was being told that he had been given direct teaching or revelation from Yahuah Elohim. This meant that whatever he bound on earth had already been bound in heaven, and whatever he loosed on earth had already been loosed in heaven by the Father.

Revelation from Yahuah is the ROCK on which His assemblies are built. He will constantly oversee His people and their teachings and nothing will overcome the ROCK.

This will happen in the same way as He revealed to Kepha that Yahusha our Saviour is the Messiah, His beloved Son.

The ROCK is Yahuah and His direct revelation  

Revelation 1: 17, 18 “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last and the Living One. And I became dead, and see, I am living forever and ever. And I possess the keys of the grave and of death”.

Johanan (John) 10: 30 “I and My Father are One”.

Johanan 17: 11b “Set-apart Father, guard them in Your Name which You have given Me, so that they might be one as We are One”.

The above verses tell us that Yahuah and His Son Yahusha are One.

Kepha was not being appointed as a pope then, or at any future time. He would be horrifed at having his name associated with the founding of a syncretized religious system which had nothing to do with the Messiah and His heavenly Father. The false teaching that "Peter" was the Rock is an attempt to put a man in the place of the Creator and attribute power and authority to him that belong to Yahuah alone. The popes to this day have the title "Vicar of Christ" which means that they stand in the place of the Creator on Earth and they can speak for Him and even change His Words to suit themselves as they head up their Nicolaitan religious system.

True prophets are given direct revelation from Yahuah Elohim and they speak His words to the people in truth, the Words of Everlasting Life.

False prophets speak from their own minds and their own agenda and their prophecies are death-dealing to the people.

Moshe (Moses) knew all about the Rock

Debarim (Deut.) 32: 3, 4 "For I proclaim the Name of Yahuah, ascribe greatness to our Elohim The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are right-ruling, an El of truth and without unrighteousness, righteous and straight is He".

Yeshoshua (Joshua) is the one whom Yahuah appointed to succeed Moses and who would lead the children of Yisrael along with Caleb when they entered the promised land. They were the only ones of their generation to go into the land as all the others had perished in the treks around the desert for forty years.

Yeshoshua set up a stone

Yeshoshua 24: 24 - 27 And the people said to Yehoshua, "Yahuah our Elohim we serve, and His voice we obey". And Yehoshua made a covenant with the people that day, and laid on them a law and a right-ruling in Shekem. Then Yehoshua wrote these words in the book of the Torah of Elohim. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was a set-apart place of Yahuah. And Yehoshua said to all the people, "See, this stone is a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of Yahuah which He spoke to us. And it shall be a witness against you, lest you lie against your Elohim".

Hannah the mother of Shemuel knew all about the Rock

1 Shemuel 2: 2 "There is no one set-apart like Yahuah, for there is no one besides You, and there is no Rock like our Elohim".

King David knew all about the Rock

2 Shemuel 22: 32 "For who is El besides Yahuah? And who is a Rock besides our Elohim?

Verse 47 "Yahuah lives! And blessed is my Rock! And exalted is my Elohim, the Rock of my deliverance".

Psalm 95: 1 - 3 Come, let us sing to Yahuah! Let us raise a shout to the Rock of our deliverance. Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us raise a shout to Him in song. For Yahuah is a great El and a great Sovereign above all mighty ones.

 Psalm18: 46 Yahuah lives! And blessed is my Rock! And exalted is the Elohim of my deliverance.

 Habaqquk 1: 12 Are You not from everlasting Yahuah my Elohim, my Set-apart One? You do not die, O Yahuah! You have appointed them for right ruling, O Rock, You have established them for reproof.

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 26: 4 "Trust in Yahuah forever, for in Yah, Yahuah is a Rock of ages.

Ch 8: 13 - 15 "Yahuah of Hosts, Him you shall set apart. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread and He shall be for a set-apart place, but a stone of stumbling and a Rock that makes for falling to both the houses of Yisrael, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim and many among them shall stumble and fall, and be broken and snared and taken".

He is a stone of stumbling and a Rock of offence. Stone and Rock are interchangeable. Kepha quotes this -

1 Kepha 2: 7, 8 This preciousness then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone, a stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling", who stumble because they are disobedient to the word to which they also were appointed.

9, 10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion but now obtained compassion.

 Our Messiah Yahusha is the Living Word of His Father, the ROCK.

He said “I and My Father are One”.

Even in our natural lives we know what would happen to our house if we built it on the beach, rather than placing it on a firm foundation away from the tides and winds.

Yahusha tells us in Matt 7: 24 - 27

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock and everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house and it fell, and great was its fall".

Neville and June Shaw


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