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Sunday, January 27, 2013

What is the Church?


Depending on the translation you use, there are 70+ verses in the Bible's Newer Testament that use the phrase "the church".

The number "70" is important in the Bible. Interestingly, there were 70 nations who populated the earth after the great flood. They are seen in Genesis 10.

Not only that, 70 people traveled to Egypt (read Genesis 46:26-27 for the record). These seventy became the tribes or families of Israel living in Egypt (see Genesis 46:27; Exodus 1:5 and Ruth 4:11).

During the exodus journey, there were 70 elders or leaders of the families invited to the top of the mountain to the first Lord's Supper (see Exodus 24:1 or Numbers 11:16) and believe it or not, there were 70 disciples that met with Messiah Yeshua before He sent them out to witness in spirit and in power (see Luke 10:1-17).

Now, if we turn back and read Daniel 9:24 we can see it declares 70 weeks:
"Seventy weeks are decreed
about your people and your holy city
to bring the rebellion to an end,
to put a stop to sin,
to wipe away iniquity,
to bring in everlasting righteousness,
to seal up vision and prophecy,
and to anoint the most holy place."
So, seventy (70) is an important Bible key and if we look into the Scriptural record with a concordance in hand, we can see that the 70+ church (word) appearances are traditionally translated from one Greek word ἐκκλησία which is "ekklēsia".

The New Strong's Concordance gives the pronunciation. It's ek-klā-sē'-ä and this word means:
"a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly

a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating

b) the assembly of the Israelites..."

The assembly of the Israelites.
Are you serious??


Yes, that is exactly what it says.

The original 1890 Edition gives us more insight into the Greek meaning:
"1577 ekklesia {ek-klay-See'-ah} from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

(Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church. See Greek-- 1537 See Greek-- 2564

2564 kaleo {kal-eh'-o} akin to the base of 2753; to "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise):--bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-name (was (called))."
A surname is the name shared within common identity by the members of a family. Yes, a family.

Since 1890, the Strong's concordance has been amended and re-published several times. The most recent edition I have seen was released in 2007. It adds the following modern explanation of ekklēsia that does not track closely with Strong's original intent:
"in a Christian sense: 1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting 2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake 3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body 4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth 5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven".
Should we notice that what started out as coming from the surname of a called out family has now by popular understanding morphed from the pew into: "religious rites, religious meetings, affairs, regulations prescribed..."

Is it very important that the translator's of the King James Bible chose to use "ekklēsia" with its original root meaning "assembly" is found in the KJV only three times, just three (see Acts 19:32; Acts 19:39 and Acts 19:41), yet today the two words "the church" can be found 117 times from the same Greek word ἐκκλησία. How did this happen?

Considering the "expanded" modern concept of "the church" that prevails in most Christian minds today, we do have to ask ourselves: have the translators today actually "translated" or have they inserted a previously unknown identity of "the assembly" into a 'new' term not shown in the balance of the Bible?

Before you answer these questions, keep reading from the '1611' King James Bible that is based on the Textus Receptus. The 47 translators appointed by King James from "the Church" of England give us some defining words about "the church" from the martyr Stephen, the man full of faith and power, the man that did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Just before Stephen was stoned, he declared these words about God in Acts 7:36-38:
"He brought them out, after that He had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us"
Hey, wait a minute... are we reading the Bible's book of Acts correctly... do the words of the man of full faith and power actually call "the children of Israel" in the wilderness of Mount Sinai 1,500 years before Messiah's first coming "the church"?

Whoa... wait a minute. This is worth a pause as any religious ground you stand on may be shaking.

If we are to truly understand what Stephen was saying just before his death when "he saw the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God" we have to look into the Bible's account of the Sinai wilderness story he was summarizing.

To do that let's read from other witnesses of Scripture:
Leviticus 8:4 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

Deuteronomy 9:10 And the LORD delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them [was written] according to all the words, which the LORD spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.
Wow!! We need to look much closer at "the church" and this Greek word "ekklēsia". After all, the first English translation of the Greek texts of the New Testament was completed by William Tyndale. He was an amazing linguist who was fluent not only in Greek, Hebrew but also in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Tyndale's English translation was the first to be ever printed in English. Not only that, his translation was the first to make use of a printing press. His first translation of the New Testament was completed in 1525 and first printed in 1526 during the Reformation and in it he introduced a brand new word to the English language, "Passover" from the Hebrew word "Pesach".

Yes, that is the truth of the matter, William Tynsdale gave us the word "Passover".

Tyndale published many years before 1611, and the word church (he spelled it 'churche') only appeared two times as written by one of the world's greatest linguist translators. You can read and electronically search keywords in Tynsdale's New Testament thanks to the amazing people at StudyLight.org © 2002. You can also read Tyndale's New Testament as it appeared in its original print format from "The Matthew Bible".

"The Matthew Bible also known as Matthew's Version, was first published in 1537 by John Rogers, under the pseudonym "Thomas Matthew". It combined the New Testament of William Tyndale, and as much of the Old Testament as Tynsdale had been able to translate before being captured and put to death for his translation work. Rogers added the translation of Myles Coverdale to the balance of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha, except the Apocryphal Prayer of Manasses. It is thus a vital link in the main sequence of English Bible translations." Excerpted from Bibles-Online.net

You can also view it online in a copy of Jugge's Tyndale New Testament. The website Bibles-Online notes:

"The 1552 Jugge's Tyndale New Testament. One of the earliest available New Testaments by William Tyndale. It is based on his final lifetime revisions. This New Testament was most assuredly the edition that the great reformers in Geneva would have used in preparation for the 1557 Geneva New Testament. The Jugge editions were printed during the brief reign of the reformer boy King Edward VI."

Incredibly, Tyndale's translation did not have the word "church" in it to reflect the believers of Messiah, instead his focus was the called out assembly just as the Greek 'ekklēsia' intended.

He knew and understood that the Greek "ekklēsia" was the same as the Hebrew word "qahal". There's no word "church" except for two instances within his translation in Acts 14:13 and Acts 19:37. But hold on to your church hats, because in both cases:


Tynsdale referred to the word "church"
as an assembly of pagans,
NOT as believers in Messiah!!


Look for yourself... just click here. But give it time, the Tyndale Bible website can be a bit slow, but its worth the wait.

In 1525, Tyndale translated the Greek "ekklesia" meaning the "called out ones" simply as "congregation" and in the olde English of the day, he spelled it as "congregacion."

Check it out: "And I saye also vnto the yt thou arte Peter: and apon this rocke I wyll bylde my congregacion. And the gates of hell shall not prevayle ageynst it." Matthew 16:18

Tyndale’s translations were condemned in England, and like his own horrific fate, copies were burned in public places. His use of the word "congregation" challenged the authority, doctrine and name of the Roman Catholic "Church". Tyndale's message was very simple: don't confuse the "Church" with the congregation, the "ekklēsia", the true body of Christ (Messiah).

There is more to the story that you should know...

Tyndale’s translation of the Greek word "presbuteros" as the word "elder" instead of "priest" also challenged the authority of the institution of the "Catholic Church" because Tyndale stripped away the power of Catholic priests granted by the "Church" hierarchy. The word "elder" showed that Catholic priests do not administer the "Church". It was the role of the elders, which implied that the power rested in the hands of the people, the assembly of believers, the body of Christ, the congregation, not a relgious institution of men. Finally, Catholic doctrine was challenged by Tyndale’s translation of the Greek word "metanoeite" as "repent" instead the Catholic doctrine to "do penance".

Tyndale believed that it was through faith that one was saved. This differed from the views of the establishment of the Catholic "Church," which followed the teaching of those that caused problems in Galatia. The Catholic teaching was that salvation was granted to those who believed in Jesus and lived accordingly to their "Church" doctrine that required one to participate in the seven Catholic sacraments to earn salvation, but the Bible never teaches that. That's why Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians. Religious men were telling the Galatians they had to be circumcised to be saved.

Just eight years before Tyndale's 1525 English Bible was produced, a German also strongly disputed Catholic teaching. His opposition was focused on indulgences. Unlike the teaching of the Catholic Church, Martin Luther did not believe that freedom from the judgment for sin could be purchased with money by paying a priest. Luther wrote against the practice of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517 and five years later, in 1522 he published his German translation of the New Testament.

Luther's writings that opposed church teachings caught the public eye in Germany and his writings contained truth, but he mixed truth with lies and eventually turned against the Jewish people. He hated the fact that they wouldn't respond to his teaching and his version of the gospel because they would not convert to Christianity and give up their Jewishness. When his evangelical efforts at conversion failed, he became bitter. You see, the thing is that Luther's form of gospel required that a Jew turn his back on the his heritage. In Luther's view, they were no longer a Jew despite the fact that Jesus, rather Yeshua was a Jewish man, a rabbi, the Son of God and King of the Jews. He forgot the words Jesus gave the woman at the well:
"Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews." John 4:22
To understand the protest of the Protestant Movement we have to look at Luther's essays and teachings against the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, because in doing so, he wrote against the Jewishness of Jesus. Luther's words were so vehement, Hitler's Nazis quoted him as justification for the mass murder genocide and grave tribulation we know as the Holocaust (also called Ha-Shoah in Hebrew). Luther's published writing of "On the Jews and Their Lies" in 1543 proposed the very horrific, incomprehensible atrocities Hitler carried out including setting synagogues on fire, destroying Jewish books, forbidding rabbis from teaching, confiscating Jews' homes, businesses and money. Luther wrote these vehement anti-semitic words: "We are at fault in not slaying them."

Enough on Luther, back in England the Greek words translated in William Tyndale’s English New Testament revealed that a Believer had to repent of sin with a sincere heart, and God would forgive. Tyndale's English Bible from the Greek differed from John Wycliffe's manuscripts from the Latin Vulgate that preceded Tyndale's translation from Greek manuscripts by some 125 years.

Tyndale's translation opposed Catholic tradition, his English Bible revealed to its readers that a Believer did not have to earn salvation by conversion to Catholic religion, instead his translation revealed salvation, eternal life is a promise given by God to all that believe in faith of Messiah and choose to walk His walk, not follow "church" doctrine requiring seven Catholic sacraments.

The truth cost Tyndale his life.

The question posed is what is the church, so let's look to more witnesses, this time from both the Strong's and Vines concordances that tell us the word "ekklēsia" is derived from two Greek root words. They are: "ek" and "kaleō". So, just what do these words mean:

Strong's tells us that "ek" means: "out of, from, by, away from".

Vines tells us: "The primary meaning of ek is "out of," e.g., Matthew 3:17, "a voice out of the heavens"; 2Corinthians 9:7, lit., "out of necessity."

Strong's also tells us that "kaleō" means:
1) to call a) to call aloud, utter in a loud voice b) to invite

2) to call i.e. to name, by name a) to give a name to 1) to receive the name of, receive as a name 2) to give some name to one, call his name b) to be called i.e. to bear a name or title (among men) c) to salute one by name
To call out by name... and Vine's tells us that "kaleō" means:
Call, Called, Calling: derived from the root kal--, whence English "call" and "clamour" is used

(a) with a personal object, "to call anyone, invite, summon," e.g., Matthew 20:8; 25:14; it is used particularly of the Divine call to partake of the blessings of redemption, e.g., Romans 8:30; 1Corinthians 1:9; 1Thessalonians 2:12; Hebrews 9:15

(b) of nomenclature or vocation, "to call by a name, to name;" in the Passive Voice, "to be called by a name, to bear a name." Thus it suggests either vocation or destination.
Together, the two Greek words that we use as assembly at their root means the ones called out by name. Now let's look and see what "assembly" means in Hebrew, the language of the Bible. To learn, let's go back to the wilderness journey of "the assembly" whose destination was the land promised to Abraham.

"The assembly" found in the Hebrew Bible is the word קָהֵל "qahal". Strong's says "qahal" means "assembly, company, congregation, convocation". Today, we also call this a "community". A community of Beleivers.

Now, from a third witness: the Believer's Study Bible from Thomas Nelson, tells us, "the word...ekklesia....is a compound word coming from the word kaleo, meaning 'to call,' and ek, meaning 'out of.' Thus...'the called-out ones.' Ephesians 5:23, "This is the same word used by the Greeks for their assembly of citizens who were 'called out' to transact the business of the city. The word implies 'assembly'.

Now we can see that "qahal" and "ekklēsia" are in agreement, in community if you will. Indeed, all of the Bible declares "the assembly" the "ekklēsia", the "qahal" was first seen at Mount Sinai. After all, the Bible tells us Jesus commanded:
"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, 'Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" Matthew 10:5-7

"But he answered and said, 'I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel'" Matthew 15:24
Many gloss over this thinking it is too difficult to understand, but if you believe that Jesus is God in man's flesh, that He is like John says, the Creator, then you have to deal with the fact that Jesus (Yeshua) is the messenger, He is "the angel", "the prophet" that was raised up on the cross.

He is also the "One" that Stephen was talking about at the right hand of God. As God in the form of a man, it was Yeshua that was there speaking from the burning bush in the wilderness and it was our Creator that was there speaking to "the assembly" in the wilderness from the mountain top.

Do you notice the wilderness?

Most Christians tend to call a church building “the house of God”. But Stephen tells us this no building is required: "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord, or what will be My place of repose?" Acts 7:48-9

Paul taught this as well, asking: "Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

Let's look even closer to Stephen's witness just before his death:
"He brought them out, after that He had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church {a.k.a. the "ekklēsia", the assembly of Israel} in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and [with] our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us" Acts 7:36-38
Wait a minute... many also preach that "the church", the congregation of called out ones was something "new" that started in an upper room at Pentecost in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. But if we look closer, the Bible shows us much more... there is and has always been one body, one assembly, one faith, one family of the One God of Israel.

Indeed, as you have seen this is the exact perspective of Stephen the first martyr for His belief in the Messiah of Israel.

Paul wrote:
"Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Master, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:3-6
If we continue to look deeply into the Bible's storyline, we have to notice that Peter wrote to five (5) people groups that were living outside of the Promised Land. According to the King James, he called them "strangers". But again, if we look closely at the Greek, we can learn much more about the meaning and depth of the Bible. The word the King James translators used as "strangers" is the Greek word "parepidēmos". 1Peter 1:1:
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout 1) Pontus, 2) Galatia, 3) Cappadocia, 4) Asia, and 5) Bithynia…
Remember, the Greek word is "parepidēmos". Strong's tells us it means: "the people that are living in a land that they are foreigners in."

Peter is writing to five people groups but he is not writing to people that are "native" to the areas of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia or Bithynia, but rather to people that were not originally from those regions of Turkey.

We must also consider the seven epistles from Paul. His famous letters were written to: 1) the Romans, 2) Corinthians, 3) Galatians, 4) Ephesians, 5) Philippians, 6) Colossians and 7) the Thessalonians.

There is a shared group that received these letters of encouragement. The Galatians received a letter from each witness to Messiah. These two letters were sent to those living in the land we now call Turkey, a land that also contained the ancient cities of not only Galatia but Ephesus, Pontus, Bithynia and Cappadocia. We may call it Turkey, but history calls it ancient Anatolia. It was founded by none other than the Hittites at the time frame of Abraham’s journey from Ur.

The Assyrians stormed into this area and took over about 400 years after the Hittites arrived… this happened near the time that the families of Jacob were baking bricks in Egypt. They were the 12 families that had descended from the 70 that had sojourned to Egypt as, you guessed it... "strangers".

So, if we look back to the time window of 722-734 BC when the “Assyrians” assaulted Northern Israel and took them captive as slaves… we have to ask just who were the Assyrians? Some of them were the ancient Hittites. But where would the Assyrians have taken their booty of slaves from the ten tribes of Northern Israel?

Back home, that's where. They would have taken them to the areas that Peter wrote his letters to. Consider these words:
"Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." Romans 11:25

"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 10:5-6
Jesus, or rather "Yeshua", the Hebrew name that literally means "salvation" sent His disciples to the lost sheep, to the lost people of a congregation called Israel.

Salvation is to the Jew first (Romans 1:16), and it's clear, Peter was following the instruction of his Master, Yeshua the Messiah when he wrote his letters.

Many confuse the "fullness" of the Gentiles" thinking it only means a time of full measure or count of Gentiles coming into the knowledge and belief of Jesus as Savior. But that is just touching the surface of Paul's message. The word "fullness" is "plērōma" and it means a fulfilling as in "keeping".


The fullness of the Gentiles refers to those keeping the way, the Torah walk of the Jewish Messiah Jesus.


Paul was revealing an amazing prophecy of the time we are in today as Gentiles (non-Jews) like me are returning to the Jewish roots of their faith.

After all that word fullness in Greek is plērōma and a key meaning is “keeping” and in Deuteronomy we see it 7 times as the Hebrew word shamar: to keep, guard, observe.

Today, a remnant of Gentiles are returning to the Jewish root of the faith because:
“I ask instead: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says: "I will make you jealous by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation without understanding." Romans 10:19

“I ask then, did they stumble so as to lose their share? Absolutely not! However, because of their trespass, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.” Romans 11:11

“I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, in the hope that I may provoke my own people to jealousy and save some of them.” Romans 11:13-14
Paul's understanding was not "a mystery" to Peter, that is why he was a part of the small group that asked Jesus…
"Is it at this time that you will restore the Kingdom to Israel?”
Acts 1:6
Notice that Jesus did not correct them and say He was creating a new religion or a "church." Jesus did not inspire Peter or Paul to start a new religious system called Christianity. Jesus said He came to gather the lost sheep, Jew and Gentile into the Kingdom of God, not lead a group for two hours through Sunday school and a "church" service. The service we are to do is the service of Messiah as the body of Messiah wherever we are. That service in the wilderness of life, not just in a pew on Sunday.

Please, please don't get me wrong, the mission of the Messiah, in His own words is to "restore" the assembly, the lost sheep, the people that God calls out by the name that He has given to them... "Israel", the people that have been scattered and lost in the wilderness around the globe, adopted back into the ways of YHVH Elohim, the God of Israel.

Yeshua is still calling the lost back into His Kingdom today across the globe. But this work is 24/7/365 and there is no building, no denomination or religion needed to accomplish it, just Messiah Yeshua - Jesus.
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
Yeshua is calling the lost back to His Kingdom. Is it any wonder then that Revelation 21:12 tells us there are twelve gates into "New Jerusalem" named after the twelve tribes of the children of Israel?

You too can be a part of "the assembly" - the community of a faithful family to enter into the gates, you too can be a part of the called out ones of the God of Israel, it's an open invitation to everyone to follow Messiah and walk in His ways in spirit and truth just like Abraham.

You don’t have to fill out a membership form or give money. All you have to do is repent, believe, surrender your life and be set free to walk like Yeshua and tell others about Him. He is the Messiah, King of all Israel, both native and sojourner grafted in. There's no need to worry about choosing a denomination either, your set free in Messiah to follow Him.
“It was for freedom that Messiah set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
The guidebook on how to be set free from religion and having a real relationship is the Bible, not a denominational doctrine nor this website for that matter, and 'the teacher' is the Spirit of God:
"Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read…" — Isaiah 34:16
The "book of The Lord" is your instruction manual for living in the Kingdom of God, so pick it up and read it every day and consider that when Jesus spoke these words the New Testament had not even been written:
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." — John 5:39
So start at the beginning.

If you choose in faith to follow the Savior and "walk" in the Scriptures that testify of Him, you will be a part of "the assembly" that seek to follow God out of slavery to sin. To do this shows love for God and what He has done. It is what the Apostle Paul and James wrote about:
"So faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1Corinthians 13:13

"Even so, faith on its own without works is dead." James 2:17
What does all this mean?

If you do not know your Messiah, it is now time for you to return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp to show others how to do the same. Yeshua must not only be The Lord our lives as individual believers. He must also receive pre-eminence in the life of our communities, He is the head of the ekklēsia.

As we seek to become like Yeshua, we must let go of the idea, that our growth in sanctification is summed up in one’s personal relationship with God through Yeshua because the sanctification process often involves persevering through difficult circumstances because the congregation exists to strengthen the individual in his or her faith. Messiah is calling to build His ekklēsia, a “faith community” and as He builds, He uses us as “living stones” loving our neighbor being “built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Yeshua Messiah” (1Peter 2:5).

God is the sovereign God of the ekklēsia of Israel.

Each Sabbath day and the Feasts of The Lord are the times which God has appointed for His people to assemble together for “holy convocations” (See Leviticus 23:2). The Hebrew word translated “convocation” (mikra), means a calling together.

YHVH is a loving God and He has provided the way to offer His salvation and eternal life to you and those you know. You can accept His gift of eternal life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of any willful sin, ask God's forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua.

You can do this now!

Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17
Tell others about His life death and resurrection!

And, if you can, gather with others in a set apart assembly, an "ekklēsia" to worship Him and study His word, it is the Book of Life.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20
Shalom.