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Are you a Phinehas or a Zimri?

Phinehas the priest stood for righteousness by taking a stand against wickedness. At the same time, Zimri compromised morally and followed the lusts of his flesh by succumbing to the ways of this world as he fell into fornication with a heathen woman.

Numbers 25:7Numbers 25:7
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7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;  

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Phinehas…took a javelin.
 Phinehas, the priest, rose up against evil and took a stand for righteousness and YHVH commended him for it. In this case, the grandson of Aaron the high priest was not acting as a self-appointed vigilante as it may appear. Rather, YHVH had given the priests the authority to act as judges in Israel and to pronounce sentence in criminal matters (Deut 17:9Deut 17:9
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9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:  

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Additionally, Phinehas was doubly justified in his action against the fornicators (Cozbi and Zimri), since he was an eyewitness of these sexual crimes, and the Torah teaches that the hand of the eyewitness was to be the first to rise up in executing judgment against the criminals (Deut 17:6Deut 17:6
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6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.  

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Ezek 44:24Ezek 44:24
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24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.  

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). So as an eyewitness and as a priest, he was legally justified in his actions. The priests and Levites were to act as Israel’s legal experts (Lev 10:10Lev 10:10
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10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;  

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–11; Deut 24:8Deut 24:8
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8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do.  

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33:102 Chron 17:92 Chron 17:9
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9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people.  

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;30:22Neh 8:2Neh 8:2
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2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. that...: Heb. that understood in hearing  

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8Hag 2:11Hag 2:11
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11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,  

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Ezek 44:23Ezek 44:23
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23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.  

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Mal 2:7Mal 2:7
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7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.  

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) and to make determinations between the holy and the profane (Ezek 22:26Ezek 22:26
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26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. violated: Heb. offered violence to  

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44:23).

Who are YHVH’s priest on the earth today? According to Peter, and John the saints are those priests (1 Pet 2:71 Pet 2:7
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7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, precious: or, an honour  

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Rev 1:6Rev 1:6
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6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  

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5:1020:6). As such, the saints presently possess the divinely mandated legal authority to fulfill the responsibilities of the priesthood of old when it comes to teaching the laws of Elohim to the nations in which they live (Lev 10:10Lev 10:10
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10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;  

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–11). Yeshua, our Great High Priest, has tasked his disciples with the responsibility and authority to judge righteously (i.e., to make judgments according to YHVH’s standards of righteousness, John 7:24John 7:24
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24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.  

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), and to be spiritual fruit inspectors (Matt 7:15Matt 7:15
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15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  

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–20).

Today, this responsibility is primarily exercised within the congregation of the righteous (1 Cor 5:121 Cor 5:12
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12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? expedient: or, profitable  

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6:1–6). However, besides this, the righteous saints are to act as spiritual salt in this world and to be like a spiritual light on a hill for the world to see (Matt 5:13Matt 5:13
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13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  

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–16). They are to preach the gospel to the world, to make disciples and to teach those around them all that Yeshua has commanded them (Matt 28:18Matt 28:18
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18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

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–20; Mark 16:15Mark 16:15
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15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  

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–16).This means that the saints have heaven’s authority and commission to act as the spiritual and moral compass and conscience for the nations in which they live. This means that they will be standing against evil wherever and however they can as directed by the Spirit of Elohim, even as Phinehas did.

It is time that the righteous servants of YHVH Elohim begin to stand up in a more vocal and demonstrative way against the evil that is being foisted upon our society by those who are bent upon destroying the family, morality, and any vestiges of biblical standards of righteousness that may still exist around us.

In Psalm 94:16Psalm 94:16
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16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  

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, YHVH asks the question of his servants, “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” With this in mind, the question we need to ask ourselves is this: If not me, who; if not now, when? If you have something worth living for, then do you have something worth giving your life for? If those who are caught up in demonically inspired religious systems are willing to die for their faith calling it “a holy war” and “martyrdom for their [demon] god,” can the saints of YHVH at least not take a verbal stand against the tide of evil that is sweeping our society?

The Bible is full of examples of YHVH’s servants standing against unrighteousness in their day and their receiving YHVH’s blessing for it. Several examples include the Hebrew midwives disobeying the edict of Pharaoh to commit infanticide (Exod 1:15Exod 1:15
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15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:  

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–22), Phinehas executing judgment against the fornicators (Num 25:7Num 25:7
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7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;  

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–8), the three Hebrew children refusing to worship the golden image (Dan 3:8Dan 3:8
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8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.  

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–18), Daniel violating the king’s edicts by praying to YHVH (Dan 6:10Dan 6:10
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10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  

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–12), John the Baptist criticizing Herod for his adultery (Mark 6:18Mark 6:18
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18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.  

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), Yeshua turning over the money changers’ tables in the temple (Matt 21:12Matt 21:12
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12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,  

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), and Peter and John for disobeying the Jewish leaders’ command to not preach the gospel (Acts 4:18Acts 4:18
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18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.  

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–20). Many more examples could be given. Remember all the biblical prophets?

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