Shavuot/ Pentecost Teaching


Acts 2:1-4
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:14-18
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith YAHUVEH, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

After Peter answered their question about what was happening, he got into his message--YAHUVEH's message to Israel in v. 22-36. What was the message of Pentecost? Peter's point in the message is that YAHUSHUA is the Messiah of Israel. Peter uses four facts to prove that YAHUSHUA was the Messiah:

- His miracles prove that He was sent by YAHUVEH. (v. 22)
- His death was according to YAHUVEH's plan (v. 23)
- His resurrection was prophesied in the Old testament and proves that He is the Messiah (v. 24-32
- His ascension into heaven and his pouring out of the RUACH HA KODESH was prophesied and proves that He is the Messiah (v. 33-35)


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Pentecost/Shavuot is a feast that commemorates the descent of the RUACH HA KODESH (Holy Spirit) upon the Apostles and women followers of YAHUSHUA, ten days after Ascension Thursday.

The Jewish feast of Pentecost, or Shavuot, is also called:

The Feast of Weeks (Deuteronomy 16: 10)
The Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23: 16)
The day of first-fruits (Numbers 28:26)

Pentecost is the only festival for which no specific date is given in the Bible. Rather, the people were instructed to count seven weeks "...from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf [omer] of the wave offering.

Lev. 23:15 "You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.
This holiday occurs in the months of May or June on the Gregorian calendar. It is the successful conclusion of the first wheat-growing season and the anniversary celebration of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

The most basic understanding of Pentecost is that it is when the firstfruits of the Wheat Harvest are offered unto YAHUVEH. But, more relevent is that Shavuot/Pentecost is the feast that commemorates the giving of the "Law" or Torah at Mt Sinai (Exodus) AND this is when YAHUSHUA first baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire (Acts).

2 Corinthians 3:3-6
3You show that you are a letter from YAHUSHUA, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living YAHUVEH, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4Such confidence as this is ours through YAHUSHUA before YAHUVEH.
5Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from YAHUVEH.
6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Sometimes the word "Torah" is a reference to:
-the entire sum of the Word of YAHUVEH (meaning the "Bible" as well as all prophetic words etc. that are truly from YAHUVEH see Daniel 10:21),
-but most of the time "Torah" is used to describe just the Chumash (from the word meaning five in Hebrew) or Pentateuch (from the word meaning "five" in Greek). The Chumash/Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible. That is how it is used here.

The Torah is without parallel. YAHUVEH actually spoke it. It wasn't through a dream, vision or inspiration. It was dictated to Moses by the audible voice of YAHUVEH. It has special significance.

Torah is the divine inspired book of revelation from YAHUVEH. He is revealing to you how you need to live as a believer. He is teaching you. Moses wrote it down perfectly, according to scripture, just as he heard it from YAHUVEH.

In John 1 it says that the Law came through Moses, but Grace and Truth came through YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH. Often the word law is used to reference the Torah (also sometimes called Pentatuach). This is what was given to Moses at Sinai for 40 days. (Some people believe that the Oral Torah was given to Moses with the Written Torah, but never written down). The combination of Misnah and Gemara is today called the Talmud (aka Oral Torah). To some it is ranked as more authoritative than the Written Torah (but in truth it is NOT).

We know that for a lengthy amount of time Israel was without the Torah. For a period of time before the reign of Josiah, the Israelites were with out the Torah. When Josiah found it, they immediately kept the Passover. If there had been an Oral Torah they would have been celebrating it. Therefore, we know, the Oral Torah tradition has NO BASIS. This is the traditions of men that YAHUSHUA spoke about. Matthew 15:6 "Thus you nullify the word of YAHUVEH for the sake of your tradition. [...] 9They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men".

Another thing to keep in mind is the Talmud blasphemes YAHUSHUA. Unfortunately some Messianic congregations use the Oral Torah, which is demonic garbage. (Nonetheless, though the Talmud is not divinely inspired, it is a dependable source on various historical matters. For example, it is proof that YAHUSHUA existed, claimed that He and His Father YAHUVEH were ONE and tells us that part of his ministry was the casting out of demons. It also tells us that the Mary, the mother of YAHUSHUA, was the daughter of Heli. This means that the genealogy in Matthew 1 traces the ancestry of Joseph, while the one in Luke 3 traces the ancestry of Mary).

The most important passage in the Bible that describes YAHUSHUA's relationship to (true) TORAH is Matthew 5 (read it). Here, He makes several points about Torah: -never be abolished (never cease to exist). The Torah is the foundational revelation of YAHUVEH to mankind. -YAHUSHUA came to fulfill it. This means in Hebraic thought that He has absolute, final authority to interpret it.

Scripture is often interpreted by theologians through Greek and Roman philosophy…that is totally wrong. (It should be interpreted always as YAHUSHUA did. Do you remember the popular "WWJD?"…we will have to change that to "What Would YAHUSHUA Do?"). Grace and Truth come through YAHUSHUA. Grace, HE is our Way of Salvation and Truth HE reveals FATHER YAHUVEH.

HE speaks HIS Word and HIS intent does not change (Num 23: 19). YAHUSHUA is the only way to the FATHER (Jn 14:6) and only YAHUSHUA makes YAHUVEH known to us (John 1:19). So, we should interpret the "Law" as YAHUSHUA did and practice it as he did (Mattthew 10:24-25; John 13:15-16; Luke 6:40; Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6). He kept the weekly Shabbat as well as High Holy Day Shabbats throughout His entire life (Luke 4:16; Heb 4:15; 1 Jn 3:4) and we will also do so during the Millenium (Isaiah 66:23). The book of Isaiah prophecies that this will be revived in the last days.
You are a member of the house of Israel, because you were grafted in. Read all of Romans chapter 11, especially v16-21. All of the covenants made with Israel are yours through the Blood of YAHUSHUA.


Counting the Omer is a special name for determining the date of Weeks – Pentecost/Shavuot

...all of those are different names for the same Holy Day of YAHUVEH found in Lev 23: 15-22 and elsewhere in the Torah. (The Bible doesn't explicitly tell us when the specific date of Pentecost is. Instead, we have to count off from Passover or Firstfruits).

Passover and Firstfruits are a part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is the first of three major festivals listed in Exodus 23:14-17 ([1] Unleavened Bread, [2] Pentecost & [3] the Ingathering). All of these have to do with bringing in the Harvests...think Lk 10:2 or John 4:35. These harvests and feasts are all patterns and foreshadows of things that were (and some things that still are still) to come.

People determine the date of Firstfruits (and therefore Pentecost) and generally get 3 contradicting dates. YAHUVEH is NOT the author of chaos. This is actually quite simple. I have to type it up...that on the other hand is tedious. All you have to do is get a Bible, make sure you use it and see if what I write lines up with the Word... sound good?


As you read this keep in mind that in the Bible a day is "evening and morning"; days start and end at twilight also called sundown (see Genesis 1)!

The Bible doesn't directly give us the specific numerical dates for Firstfruits or Pentecost, but instead gives us the date in relation to Passover. Passover's "Preparation Day" is the 14th of Nisan. The actual Passover Day (begins at sundown Nisan 14, but) is the 15th of Nisan. Passover is the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (a one week long festival).

The Bible tells us that Firstfruits is "the day after the Shabbat" (read Leviticus 23).

The first day and last day of the Feast of unleavened bread are both {High} Shabbats. (By {High} Shabbat, I mean a Holy Day on which we are commanded to rest. I'm using the word High with Shabbat in order to distinguish it from the weekly, 7th day, Saturday Shabbat).

From the context of the chapter, Firstfruits must be the day after one of 3 different Shabbats:

[1] the weekly, Saturday Shabbat;
[2] Passover Day, a {High} Shabbat;
or [3] the last day of the Feast of unleavened bread, also a {High} Shabbat.

There is a lot of debate over which of these is correct.

The correct day for Firstfruits is the day after Nisan 15; Nisan 15 is the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Firstfruits is Nisan 16 (the 2nd day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread). How can you know for sure (you say) that Firstfruits is the day after Passover Day?

Well Joshua 5:10-11 has our answer:

It says that on "And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn." This verse clearly says that on "the morrow after the passover", emphasizing "that very day" the Israelites ate some roasted grain.

Leviticus 23:14 talking about the Firstfruits Offering…

14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. (KJV)

In Lev 23:14, YAHUVEH prohibits HIS people from eating roasted grain "until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto YAHUVEH". And in Joshua 5:10-11 we learn that the Israelites kept the Passover seder (diner) as commanded in Leviticus 23:4-8 AND the day following Passover, "in the selfsame day" they ate some roasted grain.

Joshua 5:10-11
10  And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.
11  And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.

Remember Passover starts as 14 Nisan ends (at twilight), but Passover Day (the first day of the Feast of unleavened bread) is 15 Nisan. So the day after Passover is the 2nd day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. That is the correct day for Firstfruits.


Leviticus 23 says the following about "counting the omer":

15  And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto [YAHUVEH].

YAHUVEH is saying is that from the day of Firstfruits count of seven weeks, that day is the date of Pentecost (in verse 15)...OR...from the day of Passover count off seven weeks and then add one day, that day is the date of Pentecost (in verse 16). Doing it the verse 15 way is more simple than verse 16 way.

BRIDE OF YAHUSHUA...those beloved by Him and your Heavenly Father, Almighty YAHUVEH...more than ever before...EXPECT A GREATER ANOINTING and INFILLING OF THE RUACH HA KODESH!

You can see by worldly events than time is quickly running out and very soon a day of death, destruction and terror will overtake all nations, including America. As the world becomes more evil, the people of YAHUVEH are becoming more HOLY, seeking Him with all their heart, foresaking SIN and endeavoring to walk in complete OBEDIENCE to YAHUVEH'S commandments and statutes.

This may be the LAST PENTECOST celebrated on earth by the Bride of YAHUSHUA. We are believing and praying that YAHUSHUA comes for His Bride this coming Rosh Hashanah. But no matter when He comes, we are to seek HOLINESS in our lives each day, and remain OBEDIENT no matter what!

GIVE THE DEVIL A BLACK EYE EVERY DAY! How? Keep walking in OBEDIENCE to YAHUVEH! The enemy is pulling out all stops trying to distract YAHUVEH'S people from a calling of HOLINESS and OBEDIENCE. Don't be distracted by worldly concerns or attacks coming against you from friends and loved ones. Stand up for what you know to be right and don't allow the enemy to use anyone to intimadate you into compromise!

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After the ascension of YAHUSHUA, the apostles having retired to a house at Jerusalem, they there waited for the RUACH HA KODESH, which YAHUSHUA had promised.

"The Pentecost" refers to the historical event when, according to YAHUSHUAian belief, the descent of the RUACH HA KODESH —a transformative and profound experience, as described in the Book of Acts 2:1:—occurs:

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The followers of YAHUSHUA who received the RUACH HA KODESH on the Day of Pentecost constituted the 'first fruits' of the redemption paid for in the crucifixion of YAHUSHUA!

Three Physical signs occurred showing the coming of the RUACH HA KODESH.

A. Sound of Blowing Wind

B. Vision of tongues of Fire that rested on each of them. The tongues of Fire which descended on the disciples represents a theophany (a visible manifestation of YAHUVEH). It represents the dynastic succession of power from YAHUSHUA to the RUACH HA KODESH who guides the believers.

C. Spoke to each other in tongues/different languages. This was important in that it was key for the spread of the gospel. The RUACH HA KODESH acted as a translator so that as the preaching occurred everyone there comprehended the message in their own native language.

"And it shall come to pass afterward [or in the 'latter days'] that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions." (Joel 2:28)

The Feast of Pentecost was instituted, first, to oblige the Israelites to repair to the temple of the Lord, and there to acknowledge his dominion over their country, and their labors, by offering to him the first-fruits of all their harvests.

Secondly, to commemorate, and to render thanks to YAHUVEH for, the law given from the mount Sinai, on the fiftieth day after their coming out of Egypt.

It was a feast celebrated the fiftieth day after the sixteenth of Nisan, which was the second day of the feast of Passover (Leviticus 23:15,16). The Israelites it the feast of weeks (Exodus 34:22) because it was kept seven weeks after the Passover.

They then offered the first-fruits of their wheat harvest, which at that time was completed (Deuteronomy 16:9,10). These first-fruits consisted in two loaves of unleavened bread, of five pints of meal or 4 pounds each (Leviticus 23:16,17).

Do no work as is expected for a Shabbot. Pray for and expect a GREATER ANOINTING. Spend more time in YAHUVEH'S WORD. Spend more time PRAISING and WORSHIPPING YAHUVEH. HALLELUYAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Tongues? What is that?

First of all, "tongue" is an archaic English word used during Elisabeth I and Shakespeare's time to mean "language". So basically, these two words are the same, interchangeable. But, the King James Version of the Bible was translated around this time and the word tongue was used instead of language. Today most saints of YAHUSHUA use the word "tongues" when speaking on this gift of the RUACH HaKODESH.

Here's my definition of tongues, as used in the Bible:

Tongues are utterances, by supernatural means, in a language either earthly or heavenly (1 Corinthians 13:1) that the vocalizer has not learned (i.e. has not been naturally trained in). Tongues can be vocalized in three ways: [1] singing [2] praying or [3] speaking/preaching (1 Corinthians 13:14-15).

Tongues will have either one of two sources: the one, true YAHUVEH or demonic spirits. It's either a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (RUACH Ha KODESH) or unholy spirits. Satan seeks to counterfeit everything YAHUVEH does…even the anointing of YAHUVEH (1 John 2:27). Ezekiel 28:14 says that Satan was an ANOINTED cherub before Satan fell in that first war in Heaven. Here is the key, demonic manifestations are accompanied by the works of the sinful nature, whereas, manifestations of the RUACH HaKODESH are accompanied by the fruit of the Spirit! (Go read Matthew 7 and Galatians 5 as soon as possible).

For example, folks that practice voodoo can work themselves in to esoteric trances and start speaking in tongues! (This also explains why Angie Ray labeled her ministry as "Pentecostal / Charismatic"). Mantras work in a similar way and are part of Satan's counterfeit of the genuine tongues. I also knew an unsaved young man who spoke in tongues when he was sick with a high fever. Once I was lying in bed and heard demons using another language. Again, once I was taking the subway and a demonized person yelled at me in tongues and then quickly ran away.

Read Mark 16:17; Matthew 7:16-23 (with 1 Corinthians 13 in mind); James 2.

Lastly, about a year ago I had a related dream. I'll keep it short and simple: I was in a church building, I got the impression in my spirit that a man wasn't saved and I go over to him to witness. It turns out that he could pray in tongues! Because of that, I ignored the RUACH and did not witness to the man. Then I hear demons mocking, laughing, saying they FOOLED the man and others (including the saints) into believing the man was born again.

The dream doesn't need much interpretation because it's self-explanatory. But clearly, just being able to pray in tongues does NOT even mean you are saved. Also, just because you are in a church building does NOT mean you are in the company of the saints NOR the RUACH HaKODESH. Before this dream, I generally assumed that you were baptized in the RUACH HaKODESH if you could pray in tongues.

Okay that said, don't "throw the baby out with the bath water"! Tongues is very edifying both to individual members of the Church and the Church at large. For the rest of this, whenever I use the term tongues, I'm referring to "Holy Tongues"…namely, tongues that are accompanied by Holiness and other fruit of the HOLY Spirit.

Many people argue about stupid things like the existence of tongues today. (Because that is such a stupid thing to argue about, I will not even address it in detail). Another thing I've heard people argue about are the ideas that you are not saved unless you speak in tongues. Obviously that is NOT true. You are born again the moment you put your trust in YAHUSHUA Ha MASSIACH to save you and you have the witness from the HOLY SPIRIT that you are a child of YAHUVEH.

(Read all of Romans 8 now and pay special attention to verse 16. If you do not feel like you have that witness, do two things. First, remember that we are to walk by faith, not sight or feelings [2 Corinthians 5:7]. And also, I suggest you seek YAHUVEH until you, without a doubt, have that witness and absolute assurance that you KNOW Him).


The gift of diverse tongues is both Heavenly and Earthly languages (1 Cor 13:1; 14:21-22; Rom 8:26). Both the gift of tongues and the interpretation thereof are for the edification of the church (1 Cor 14:5, 9-23). 1 Cor 14:28 says "If there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to YAHUVEH". The gift of tongues can be a sign to unbelievers (1 Cor 14:22), BUT only if the unbeliever understands the language (1 Cor 14: 11; 14:23). For example, read what happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:11.

How does the gift of diverse tongues and their interpretation work?

You need to have at least two saints. One person would speak in tongues and the other person would be given the interpretation in the Spirit.

There are nine "spiritual gifts" listed in first Corinthians twelve: [1] words of wisdom; [2] words of knowledge; [3] extreme faith; [4] the gift of healing; [5] the working of miracles [6] prophecy; [7] discerning of different spirits; [8] speaking in different languages; & [9] the interpretation of unknown languages. (For more about this see page 4 of

Tongues is similar to the gift of prophecy. It is subject to the speaker. I've often heard it said that "YAHUVEH is a gentleman". He won't shove words down your throat. You are in control of your mouth when you speak or pray in tongues…its not chaotic like demon possession.

1 Corinthians 13:32-33
32And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33For YAHUVEH is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

I would like to make a further distinction about tongues. There is [1] the gift of the interpretation of tongues, [2] the gift of diverse tongues, & [3] the prayer language. The gift of tongues and the gift of the interpretation of tongues are the last of the 9 spiritual gifts listen in 1 Cor 12. BUT, I believe the prayer language is available to everyone who is born again. A common simile is that the prayer language is like a gift that YAHUVEH has already given you, but you haven't bothered to either open it or even look at the box.

The prayer language is mainly for self edification (1 Cor 14:4). It stirs up the anointing during worship (1 Cor 14:14-16; Ephesians 5:18-20) and aids in prayer (Romans 8:26-27). In 1 Corinthians 14: 19 the Apostle Paul says, "in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue". But, it is perfectly acceptable to pray in tongues during ministry because tongues stirs up the anointing to aid in ministry (1 Cor 14:6-8), to bring a revelation, a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom, a prophecy or a word of instruction, (1 Cor 14:6).

As far as I know, the prayer language is usually in a heavenly language (1 Cor 13:1; 14:2; Rom 8:26). Also, the Holy Spirit often tells you what you are praying about or gives you the interpretation of what you are saying (1 Cor 14:13).


Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our YAHUVEH shall call

The prayer language is an evidence and manifestation of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The reason I believe YAHUVEH chose this to be evidence is because of what it says throughout Proverbs and James 3 that no MAN can tame the tongue. Acts 2: 39 talks about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: " the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our YAHUVEH shall call".

In the Bible, EVERYTIME someone is Baptized in the Holy Spirit they receive the prayer language. Romans 1 says the gospel goes first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. In Acts 2:4 you can read about the Jews speaking in new languages as the Spirit gave them utterance. In Acts 8:9-25 you can read about the Samaritans; (tongues is not EXPLICITLY mentioned here, but in verse 18 it says that Simon the Sorcerer*** saw that the RUACH HaKODESH was given and wanted to buy this power. Obviously, unless there was a physical manifestation like in Acts 2, Simon must have seen these believers praying in tongues). In Acts 10: 44-46 you can read about the Gentiles speaking in new tongues.

(***By the way, Simon the Sorcerer was later given over to seducing spirits. Historical sources tell us that he believed he could fly. In an attempt to do so, he jumped off a cliff to his death).

In Acts 9: 17 when Apostle Paul is baptized, the Bible doesn't mention tongues, BUT in 1 Corinthians 14:18, Paul says "I thank YAHUVEH that I speak in tongues more than all of you". When another group is baptized in the Holy Spirit, in Acts 19:6 it says "they spoke in tongues and prophesied". This phrase is repeated all throughout the book of Acts.

I don't make a distinction between being born again and the initial baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some people do, but I don't think it's a big issue. Technically, the first apostles received the Holy Spirit the first time when YAHUSHUA breathed on them in John 20:22 and were then baptized in the Holy Spirit's fire in Acts 2:3-4.

(Remember baptism means to immerse, to bathe, to wash. Once you have been baptized in the HOLY SPIRIT he can refill you or fill you to overflow). Once you have been born again, the power of the HOLY SPIRIT is available to you and it is just a matter of humility and willingness to seek YAHUVEHs Face.

1 Cor 12 says YAHUVEH is the giver of the gifts. The best gift of all is ETERNAL LIFE, to KNOW YAHUVEH (John17:3). And Acts 2: 39 talks about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (which I believe includes the gift of the prayer language): " the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our YAHUVEH shall call".


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By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death: and was not found, because YAHUVEH had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased YAHUVEH. Hebrews 11:5

By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death: and was not found, because YAHUVEH had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased YAHUVEH. Hebrews 11:5