Drag them Home?

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How many times have we prayed for family and friends to come to the Father and His Son Jesus/Yeshua? How many times have we pled and asked our Father to save them? Many times people can try so hard to get those they love to come to their “church” or their meetings or see their beliefs that they offend them or cause them to become so uncomfortable they stop coming around. We mean well because we know they would have more joy and more peace.We want everyone to experience what we felt, but their journey will look different.

When we read a story in the book of Luke, we learn that there was a son who wanted his inheritance early so he could sow his wild oats and his Father gives it to him. He doesn’t tell him, no, and he doesn’t go chasing after him. He doesn’t email him scriptures or hunt him down at the bar or brothel to tell him he is going to burn in hell.

He lets him go!

Once the son goes off and spends his wealth on his fleshly desires, partying and sleeping with women he finally reaches a point where he has lost his wealth, his women, and his so called friends. Hungry broke and sitting in pig slop, finally, something happens.

At last, he came to his senses and said, ‘Any number of my father’s hired workers have food to spare; and here I am, starving to death! I’m going to get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.” ’ So he got up and started back to his father.” Luke 15:17-20 CJB.

He changed his mind! One morning I awoke and did the same thing. I ran back to my Father and I said I have sinned against heaven and against you. I’ve not been an obedient daughter but if you’ll have me back I’ll get back up, brush myself off and start walking in the opposite direction.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.

When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24.

“for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.” Proverbs 24:16.

Have you fallen? Get back up.

The son in our story got up and started back to his Father.

So can we.

We all have a journey and everyone’s journey is different. When the son came back home, we do not read of the father scolding him or telling him how ashamed he should be of himself. We don’t see or hear any guilt being put on him or any “shame on you” mentality.
What we do see is a Father bringing out a robe, a ring, and celebrating with a fat calf and making merry. This young man had a brother who was pretty upset that his father welcomed him in such a manner since he had never had a party for him and he had been faithful.

Once we look at other Biblical characters we see they all come home when it is time for them to come home. They all are enlightened when it is time for them to be enlightened. Saul was named Paul and was struck blind for three days, but when it was time for him to hear the voice and see clearly that Jesus/ Yeshua was the Messiah, the Father sent a man to lay hands on him and appoint him as an apostle.

David gets off track and the Bible explains to us that he went and lived with the Philistines for a while. He even acted like a crazy man at one point. Moses kills a man and goes off for forty years. Did anyone hunt him down and tell him to repent and get right or turn himself in and pay the price for murder? No, we don’t read about that. We all are on a journey and if we are seeking the light we will find the light.

How should we act around those we love who are clearly on a journey far from home and living in the pig pen? Paul tells us plainly. “I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5 NASB.

“Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.” 1st Timothy 1:20.

This was the formula for those who had come into the covenant and obviously had some things to work out.

Have you ever heard anyone say, “They need to reach rock bottom?” Yes, and sometimes even after they do it doesn’t wake them up. Sometimes we get a report that they overdosed on heroin or died from some other substance of addiction. Sometimes they look for loopholes and get off course, but what is our job? I don’t think our job is to drag them to the altar kicking and screaming.

If you hand them over to satan they get so much of the flesh that it comes out of their nostrils. “ Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat. ‘You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’ Numbers 11:18-20 NASB.

He said, “Until it becomes LOATHSOME to you. . .”

After a while, gluttony makes you sick, and you want to vomit. No matter what our flesh man craves, it is going to cause issues. I am sure my flesh issues are more than likely not yours. I can think of a whole list of flesh issues and usually it’s easy to spot other peoples, but what about our own? What if we remove our plank out of our eye before trying to get their speck?

If a man or woman of Yahweh gets off course, leaves under the protection of his Father and goes off to Egypt to drink and partake of orgies, that man or woman can come back to their senses and make their way home. But it’s not our job to judge them for what they did when they get back home, and it is not our job to travel to Egypt and drag them home. How do I know this?
“”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44 NASB.

The son did not seem to need any help finding the word to say to his Father. He said, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.”
Aren’t we guilty of the same?

So let’s pray for the Father to draw them to Him and also to help us remove the fleshly desires we all struggle with.

Paul sums it up, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:18-25 ESV.

Same Pair of Shoes?

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My husband has a hanger with slots on the back of his closet door filled with shoes, but he usually wears the same two or three pairs. If he is going for a walk he wear tennis shoes, around the house slip-on loafers, and then he has dressier shoes for meetings and dinner engagements.
Shakespeare said, “”All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances…”
My husband’s shoes reminded me of this.

 
We enter rooms, and we wear different shoes. For instance, if we are conversing with our child’s teacher, or our pastor/ Rabbi, Affluent business owner, or doctor we may act differently than when we are around some of our High School friends or colleagues. We may act even more different around our children and our spouses. We take a pair of shoes out of the rack and put them on. At least some people do, but what about Jesus/Yeshua. . . What kind of shoes did He wear? Did he change his shoes for anyone?
Did he act differently in front of the elite Teachers and preachers of his day?
“Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces. “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”
One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” Luke 11:43-45 NIV.

 
Jesus still had on his sandals of truth. He was still busy “insulting” people by telling them the truth. He wasn’t worried about whether the truth of His Father would go down smoothly or if those standing around would accept him.
They said he cast out demons by the one in charge of them.
“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” Mark 3:22 ESV.
How did he answer them? “How can Satan drive out Satan?”

Did he back down and remove his shoes and slip on some loafers when he was around these leaders? “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Matthew 23:29,33 NASB.
No, doesn’t look that way.

 
What sort of shoes did he wear around his family? We all like to let our hair down in front of our families and friends, but what about our beliefs and their beliefs? Should we ignore and sit quietly while some have been persuaded by false doctrine and proceed to sit under those teaching such messages? Would Jesus/ Yeshua have compromised His Fathers instructions to fit in and become someone his family or friends approved of?
“When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.” They said, “He has gone mad!” Mark 3:21 HCS.
Let’s look at more verses about His family.

 
“Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:47-50.
What about His best men and those he taught?
“After this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” John 6:66-67 ESV. No soft words here.

He had the same shoes on when he was around family, friends, and the elite. He had the same shoes on when he was talking to the demon-possessed, the prostitute, and the blind. He even bent down to wash the feet of those he called his disciples. His own brothers were very suspicious of him. Let’s look at that.
“But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.” John 7:3-5.

 

His own family did not believe in him. The ones he was trying to show the truth to said he was full of demons. The words he spoke were twisted. The men in charge of HIS FATHER’S house said he was a drunk and a friend of sinners and that He was mad, crazy even.
“And the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:30.
“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Luke 7:34.

Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.” Matthew 22:15 NASB.
He wasn’t taking his shoes off and acting like someone else in front of the religious people of his day. He had no time for fake appearances and polished shoes. He was reclining at the table having a glass of wine and talking to the people most deemed sinners. The ones they pointed fingers at, whispered about in their circles and isolated because they just weren’t as perfect as them. Why would they eat and drink wine with that lot? No righteous person would? The Son of God did and he didn’t change into some loafers for it. He kept the truth right there and the love. Balance.
A couple things I have noticed in my time in and out of “church” circles is this thing that doesn’t get mentioned much. It’s something so precious and yet it is rarely brought up in conversation. It’s unity. Read the passage below slowly.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever.” Psalm 133:1-3.

Sometimes peace comes later after the food is digested and the eyes and ears are opened.
This man named Jesus/ Yeshua was a Jew from the tribe of Judah. He did not need validation. With his mouth closed like a Lamb going to slaughter, he knew his time was coming. HIS MOMENT! He knew that very soon he would be sitting at the right hand of His Father.
Are you wearing Torah shoes and shoes that are shod with peace but also with love and obedience? You may be hated. You may be ignored. You may not be popular or even taken seriously. Many in your circle may leave because the word is too hard to swallow, but that’s okay, as you can see you’re in good company.
Change your shoes if you must. Put on some bright green Peter Pan slippers when you get down to the floor with a child to play. Put on some soft furry house shoes when you watch a movie with the kids. Wrap a pair of red sassy heels around your ankle when you go out with your husband or a pair of water shoes for the lake but continue to be who you are and announce it without shame. And more importantly, take off your shoes when you see a man who has none.

“Stand firm therefore,HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:14-17 NASB.

What Our Hearts Know?

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“If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1st John 3:21.

What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows.

Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in childhood when you were uneasy about approaching a parent, or teacher or another authority figure due to some promises you failed to keep or something secretive you were doing? Let’s say you failed to wash the dishes, mow the yard, and take out the trash. You are in trouble for failing to do your chores, but your friends want you to go to a concert and even have free tickets. All you have to do is ask your parents. The problem comes when it’s time to approach them knowing that you failed to do what they asked you to. You do not have that boldness you need.

Perhaps they discovered that you have been secretly doing a number of things behind their backs that they don’t approve of. You are certain they are very disappointed over this but you need new gym shoes or money for a car repair and you have to approach them for help. Picture the same scenario only it’s our Heavenly Father. We need Him to smooth out a relationship with a child, sibling or dear friend. We need a healing or a financial situation is in dire consequences and we are desperate for our Father to come and help us.

“Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.” 1 John 3:19-22 CJB.
Hopefully, this is making more sense. The examples I used above may seem elementary but our issues at times with the flesh are very elementary. We indulge in too much of something good. Food can be good but too much is gluttony. Grapes on the vine can make for a good Chianti but too much of anything good is an indulgence. We all know the things we need to stop doing because our conscious tells us. If we gossip, spend money recklessly, lust after things with our eyes, or seek revenge and harbor unforgiveness, we get an alert from the Holy Ruach Spirit of Truth. But if our hearts know nothing against us we can come boldly before the Father. We also have a High Priest who has compassion and is interceding for us.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NASB.
Ephesians 3:12 says, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” NLT.
What a great feeling it is to have a parent you know is proud of you–one you can boldly meet with. And if perhaps you never had that relationship with your parents, know that you can have one with HIM.

 

Torah Thumpers and Christian Bumpers

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In social media, we often have numerous people telling us how to live. They use memes and scriptures, and videos. Not only are the memes inspiring, humorous, and thought-provoking, they are also at times rude and vulgar, religiously arrogant, and politically insulting. They insinuate that everyone who doesn’t believe like them or thinks like them is an idiot and lost. We are all guilty and now as they happily show us our post from years past on Facebook, we can look back and think, “Wow, I really posted that!” That’s where I was at in 2008?” Thats what my bumper sticker said? Yes.

 
Then there’s those who shun everyone on their friend’s list who might be a false teacher, false prophet, false follower, and especially if they post something from the “world.” If you post anything from Oprah or a famous author or actor, forget about it! If you post a quote from Tozer, Wigglesworth, or others from the past, long before we had a highway of Hebrew and research at our fingertips to see truths behind passages we never saw before…forget the man Tozer, many would say because after all he was a Sunday morning preacher. What could he teach us? He may be teaching someone something that’s way more than they had yesterday and when the Father leads them further and opens their eyes as He did ours, they will be right where they should be.

 
I used to see pastors from Christianity trying to save the world and now I see the Torah thumpers trying to save the world and enlighten people to Torah, which is more precious than gold according to scripture and I am not denying that– I’m just tired.
I’ve reached the point where I have to decide what vocabulary to use when around certain people because if they say “Jesus” instead of “Yeshua” and I say Yeshua, they may not know who that is. Or if I say Jesus instead of Yeshua it’s assumed by a whole host of people that I’m still “one of them.”

 
I’ve had people at book events that asked me who Yeshua is and they were wearing their Baptist church T-shirts and had just come from a meeting. In order to teach and reach people, it’s easier to use their language or you can turn them off quickly. What I find more harmful is the people who stick their nose up in the air as if they came out of their mother’s womb Torah scholars.

 
Many even act as if you have the plague and ignore you if they think you may or may not have the full knowledge of the truth. As I was watching a show about false prophets the other day it reminded me of why I wrote the books I wrote. You cannot take a person who has had a lifelong journey in Christianity and help them unlearn everything abruptly they were taught that was false. If you were to throw them into some of these Messianic assemblies, they’d be so lost they wouldn’t know what to do. Milk before meat. And still, some of the Messianics are more Christian than I care for.
I know people who were involved in Sunday churches who after reading my blogs now surpass me in Torah and knowledge, but Yahweh or Yah or God or whatever you call Him, led them past my teachings first and I also would appreciate them correcting me on anything I may be saying or teaching wrong.
As I was praying about this I remembered some verses that I wanted to share.
“Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, BEING ACQUAINTED ONLY WITH THE BAPTISM OF JOHN; and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” Acts 18:24-28 NASB.

 
Yes, this man had knowledge and was MIGHTY in verses, but he still needed teaching further about Yeshua/ Jesus and the Torah. They didn’t tell him to be quiet and wait a few years to speak or to go and sit under so and so, no, it was simple. Why then have we made it so hard? And why aren’t women like Priscilla esteemed today? Why do some think a woman can’t be a teacher? It’s mostly from twisted Pauline doctrine.
If you see a brother or sister in error shouldn’t you go to them gently and present the scriptures to them? Or point out what is wrong as Paul did to Peter.
“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.” 2nd Timothy 4:2.
If the Christians hadn’t told the Jews that Jesus/Yeshua threw out their Torah, the whole foundation and sacred marriage vows of their faith, they may have been able to open their eyes to more and if Torah Thumpers used more compassion and patience and love, they may be able to reach more Christians as well. Remember, Apollos was mighty in scripture, he just needed a few instructions.

 
There was also a woman at a well and Yeshua told her that she worshiped what she did not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews, he said. This woman gets a quick lesson at a well.
“From that city, many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.” John 4:39-40 NASB.
Samaritans were further along than Christians in many ways but still you get my point hopefully.
“For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” Galatians 6:4-6 ESV.

 

I post scriptures on social media almost daily. Usually, it’s what I opened to that morning while reading that spoke to me or from the Torah portion. This can be rather annoying for many who have totally opposite beliefs or are New Age, Atheist, or agnostic. The rules for social media seem to be keep scrolling.
Some folks have a motto of if they quote something from “The World,” shun them because they must be false and involved in falseness… What about the people Yeshua/Jesus ate and drank wine with? What about what Paul said about those outside of Torah. I think we need to remember that there are those who do WORKS and have LOVE that is even greater than those who know and have knowledge of Torah and all the scriptures. Paul lets us know that.

 
“For God does not show favoritism. All who have sinned outside the framework of Torah will die outside the framework of Torah; and all who have sinned within the framework of Torah will be judged by Torah. For it is not merely the hearers of Torah whom God considers righteous; rather, it is the doers of what Torah says who will be made righteous in God’s sight. For whenever Gentiles, who have no Torah, do naturally what the Torah requires, then these, even though they don’t have Torah, for themselves areTorah! For their lives show that the conduct the Torah dictates is written in their hearts.” Romans 2:11-15. He says all this after he says to not judge.

 
Instead of talking about the people, why not gently tell them they have spinach stuck in their teeth or a piece of toilet paper stuck to their shoe? What if that was you?
We have both arrogant and rude Christians and Torah Thumpers, and I am guilty of being both at some point or another. I started teaching about the Feast and topics about Torah back in 2010 at my Sunday morning church. I led the class and taught on Thursday evenings at times. If someone would have looked at me pulling into my Sunday morning church with a Christmas tree on display they might have thought I wasn’t as far along as I was, but I was right where I needed to be and still have further to go. But hopefully, we will all get there and thankfully we will all become a bit more humble with our teaching methods and the personal matter of circumcising our hearts.
“But you, dear friends, keep in mind the words spoken in advance by the emissaries of our Lord Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. They told you, “During the (Last days) acharit-hayamim there will be scoffers following their own godless passions.” These are the people who cause divisions. They are controlled by their impulses, because they don’t have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in union with the (Holy Spirit) Ruach HaKodesh. Thus keep yourselves in God’s love, as you wait for our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to give you the mercy that leads to eternal life.
Rebuke some who are disputing; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and to yet others, show mercy, but with fear, hating even the clothes stained by their vices.”
Jude 1:18-23.

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Free Chapter of New Book Release

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I had a dream the other night and in my dream, my husband and I were working in a laboratory. There were deep sinks used in biology labs, tables for dissecting, and places to look under microscopes. Each area had a baby at it and they were all ours.  At one point in the dream, my husband came up to me holding a beautiful olive-skinned baby boy with a head full of dark curls. He had the biggest brown eyes and he looked up at me with a look I will never forget. My husband held him up to me and said, “Here change him he’s soiled.” We both had agreed that the “all caps” I had used in portions of Doctrines of Demons came across wrong, and the typos throughout the text needed to be fixed. I often referred to these books as babies in need of a good diaper change, so in my dream, it made sense that this baby represented my doctrinal works. In my dream, I remember taking the baby’s diaper off and walking over to a huge sink and bathing him in the water. As I was washing him my husband came in a panic and wanted me to go assist another baby that needed help. I left the boy in the sink unattended, something I would never do in the natural, and when I came back to the sink he was floating. His beautiful brown hair bobbing atop the water.

I grabbed him and began trying to do CPR and pump his chest and pat his back, but he was dead. I hurried to my husband in a panic carrying my lifeless baby. He gruffly asked what was wrong. I said, “My baby is dead, he drowned.” About that time my husband pounded on his back and water poured out of his mouth and the baby looked up at me wide-eyed, his eyes so pure and lovely. My heart felt joy. As I laid there meditating on the dream I heard a verse in my spirit, one I hadn’t heard in a while. It was a verse the Father used to give me before I ever published a book. “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:1 NIV. I used to think about this verse over and over. I was single then, homeless, sick, and writing books, but G-d knew I’d give birth one day.

I then heard, “I just baptized your doctrinal books and they are coming back from the dead.” Praise His Holy Name! Both revised manuscripts are available on Amazon and ready to purchase.

Next, we will be doing a new book release for Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa. I cannot wait to have a new baby. And the deep prophetic pleas in this book are heartfelt. We are going to celebrate this 5th baby with a party. When wives give birth, husbands buy cigars, call all their friends and family and they have a room prepared for their newborns arrival. We too will be doing book signings, speaking events, and contacting media outlets.

If it wasn’t for my husband being the midwife and smacking that baby hard on the back, he would have stayed dead. My husband dresses our darlings with colorful jackets and he uploads them on Amazon. He is proud of our children. This is also a side job of his, so if you are interested in having one of your babies dressed and available let us know. I’m also going to get some shadow boxes to display my babies in. I have pictures of my sons throughout my house but I want to display the babies the Father has given me in the spirit. Whatever gifts the Father has given you, begin to celebrate them and use them for Him.

If anyone would like a signed copy of my new release or of one of the new doctrinal books please send me a message and if you would like to have my husband and I come speak we would be honored. I want to leave you with a free chapter from Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa.  I pray it blesses you.

Tekoa Manning

 

 

The Ram’s Horn

 

“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.” Genesis 22:7-8 NASB.

Amos three says, “Do two people travel together without having so agreed?” 3:3 CJB. And so the father and son had made an agreement to walk together in unity.

Ah, a lamb will be provided. John the Baptist saw that Lamb and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29 NASB. Yeshua takes our place on the torture stake.  But for now, we just have Abraham and a son he had waited twenty-five years for. The son of promise. The text says that G-d tested Abraham. “Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” 22:1-2 NASB. Abraham through trembling lips either states to his son, “the Lord will provide,” or he believes it with all his heart. Only HaShem and Abraham know the true amount of faith in his soul. It has been said that he believed Adonai would bring his son back from the dead, but even that requires an offering, a slaying, and bloodshed.  Graciously, a ram is caught in a thicket. An angel stops Abraham as the knife is raised, and Isaac is spared death. HaShem has supplied the offering.

A ram’s horn comes from the magnificent structures adorning the heads of these creatures called rams. Their spiral shaped funnels made from the thick hollow-horned ruminants are exquisite indeed. The live bone substance is spiral shaped and by cutting the tip off and adding a mouthpiece you will acquire its mournful sound. This wailing blow, no doubt mimics the same sound Abraham made when he saw his son was spared.

It seems Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa would not be complete without a small chapter on trumpets, ram’s horns, and their significant importance to our biblical heritage and the coming of the Messiah (Mashiach). This story begins on a mountain in the book of Genesis also known as “Bereshit or Bereishis.” This word means “In the beginning,” “At the start or head of all things.”  And this is where we find the first mention of the ram and its significance to the shofar. Our Father of faith, Abraham, has taken his son Isaac and departed on a journey to a mountain called Moriah. According to Abarium publications, the name Moriah only appears twice in the Bible and consists of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah), which is an abbreviated form of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh, the name of The Lord Adonai.

This mountain would be spoken of again about 1,000 years later when David purchases its threshing floor and stops the plague of death sent by an angel of the Lord, who slew over seventy thousand men.  This mountain would also be the very spot Solomon would build the glorious temple on and even after it is destroyed, once again, a second temple would be erected in the exact spot. Today we see what’s left of its remains at the Wailing Wall where many people come to moan for the redemption of Israel and for her Messiah to return. Their cries, no doubt, mimic the mournful sound as well.

On the day of Yeshua’s return, we will hear a sound many in Christendom are unfamiliar with, a sound many have never let penetrate their spirits. This unique sound is commanded for us to make on certain Feast days and Holy days, but sadly we have been entertained by the world’s holidays and have lost our ancient Hebrew truths. We have incorporated pagan traditions of men.

Our grandparents and great grandparents were familiar with a song that rang, “When the trumpet of The Lord shall sound and time will be no more.” This trumpet is the one we wait for.

The Bible states that the Lord tested Abraham on this mountain called Moriah. One interesting point to ponder is the age of the lad. After careful study, we find it is not a small boy, but a man carrying the wood up mount Moriah for his own death. Most scholars and historians claim he was over twenty years old and some believe he was over thirty. The great historian Josephus stated: “Now Isaac was twenty-five years old” (1.13.2). Adam Clarke said: “It is more probable that he was now about thirty-three” (1:140, emp. in origin.) Jesus-Yeshua was around the same age when he attempted to carry some wood and make his way up a hill. But let’s get back to the sound of the ram and what it signifies.

“Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.” Genesis 22:7-14 NASB.

Some commentaries say that Isaac was actually 37 years old and that he said, “Father, I am a vigorous young man and you are old. I fear that when I see the slaughtering knife in your hand I will instinctively jerk and possibly injure you. I might also injure myself and thus become unfit for the sacrifice. Or an involuntary movement by me might prevent you from performing the ritual slaughter properly. Therefore, bind me well, so that at the final moment I will not be deficient in filial honor and respect, and thereby not fulfill the commandment properly.” (Midrash). Yes, this story is filled with layers of deeper symbolism, meaning and ultimately a ram replaces the life of the promised son Isaac.

This ram’s horn is spoken of in Exodus, and the next passage is very important to our story. Once you picture the ram’s horn, the shape of it, the sound of it and the blast, you will begin to have more understanding of why we must get back to obeying Our Creator’s Words of instruction. This is not a “Jewish thing,” but a command for all believers, which I will go into more details on throughout this book. G-d commands and instructs Moses to prepare the people and this is how He does it.

“When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast, they shall come up to the mountain.” So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.” Exodus 19:13, 16, 18, 19 NASB.

This loud, long blast, caused trembling and alerted the people to the presence of HaShem. Then the Torah was given to Moses. The greatest words ever spoken were given after the sound of the trumpet blast and later that Word would put on flesh and walk among us. His name is Jesus/Yeshua! But did you noticed that G-d himself sounded the shofar and caused the lightning and thunder and yes, a loud trumpet blast! Notice the significance of a three-day journey up a mountain to sacrifice Abraham’s son Isaac, and it was the third day that the Lord Adonai appeared on Mount Sinai and the loud long blast of the trumpet was herald. Three days Yeshua said he would be in the heart of the earth before he would come forth from the dead. But what do the sounds of the shofar and the trumpet represent?

According to Leo Rosten, “The bend in the shofar is supposed to represent how a human heart, in true repentance, bends before the Lord. The ram’s horn serves to remind the pious how Abraham, offering his son Isaac in sacrifice, was reprieved when G-d decided that Abraham could sacrifice a ram instead. The man who blows the shofar is required to be of a blameless character and conspicuous devotion; he must blow blasts of different timbre, some deep, some high, some quavering.” This sound is so powerful we are commanded to incorporate it into our praise music. “With trumpets and sound of the ram’s horn, make a joyful noise before the King, Yahweh.” Psalm 98:6 WEB.

Each of our Lord Adonai’s Festivals has much to say about the trumpet and so does the return of the Great King, Jesus-Yeshua. 1st Thessalonians 4:16 says, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel andwith the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” NASB. “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1st Corinthians 15:51-52 NASB.

I want to clue you in on some of the things you may have missed concerning these Feast and the Lord’s return. I also want you to start noticing these celebrations and seeing the scriptures connected with them differently. “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. On the first day of the appointed month in early autumn, you are to observe a day of complete rest. It will be an official day for holy assembly, a day commemorated with loud blasts of a trumpet.” Leviticus 23:24 NASB. This Feast is called Yom Teruah which means the sounding of the shofar.

“The word “shofar” is spelled shinvavpeireish.

The numerical value of shin-vav is 300 + 6 = 306. The hand of the shofar-blower has 14 joints (3 in each of the 4 fingers and 2 in the thumb); 306 + 14 = 320. The number 320 is associated with the attribute of severe judgment (din). The “candle of darkness” (butzina d’kardinuta) is an appellation of the gevura of Atik Yomin.”

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10 CJB.

When we study the complete list of Feast, we see the whole entire story unfolding, from the perfect Lamb and the Passover, to the death and resurrection of Yeshua-Jesus and yes, also His return and the thousand year reign. So why have we been taught in Christendom to throw them out? Why has it been implied that they were a “Jewish thing?” Ignorance. For lack of knowledge His people perish, but even the content of that verse is misconstrued. Let’s look deeper into these Feast briefly and connect this blowing of trumpets to our redemption story. In the next chapters, I will briefly go over these important Feast that the apostles and disciples were still keeping and teaching the Gentile churches to keep, years after His ascension.

If you adopted a baby from China and brought it to America, would you teach it to speak Chinese, to eat with chopsticks, and to practice Buddhism, Taoism, or Confucianism? Of course not, you, an American born again believer, would teach your child English, give it lessons in eating with a spoon and fork and teach it your faith.  We hijacked a “Jewish” religion of the Hebrews and made it a Christian religion we created over the years. Now it’s evolved into a multi-billion dollar business, blended with partial truths and pagan ceremonies. I want to open your eyes to the shofar throughout this book and the magnitude of its meaning and the verses that will ignite your heart to see Jesus-Yeshua much clearer.

One last thing before we get into the Feast of The Lord Adonai, I assure you that keeping them cannot save you or redeem you from death. I also want to assure you that they bring joy and gladness and revelation you never dreamed to discover. A hidden pearl of great price!

Sources:

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Book cover designed by Jeff Manning

http://www.abarim publications.com/Meaning/Moriah.html#.VmyuxnnSmL8

https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/shofar.html

http://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/379267/jewish/Shofar-Meditation.htm

For the Price of a Happy Meal

Doctrines of Demons Part 1 & 2-second editions are ready for purchase, and on Kindle they are as cheap as a happy meal only the food is much better. We all could spend more time and money on nourishing our souls. I’m enclosing a small portion concerning prosperity and salvation from Part #2, but first, I wanted to share an Amazon review that sums up what these books entail.

“This book answered so many questions that had plagued my mind for years and confirmed a lot of things I believed were wrong in the teachings I had been brought up in. If you are hungry for the truth and feel that something is missing in your understanding of G-d’s Word then this book will truly bless you. It is a book that obviously took countless hours of study and research to make available to everyone– a life-changing understanding of so many wonderful truths that have been hidden to so many of us. My deepest gratitude goes to the author for her diligent commitment to make this book a reality. I can’t wait to read Part 2!”

What a blessing to read such a comment! As of right now you can get both books on your kindle and in paperback. Part #3 is almost complete and so is Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa. Here’s a small portion from a chapter titled “Wolves in Wool, Promoting Prosperity.”

Many blessings!

Tekoa

 

Doctrines of Demons Part #2

“Have you ever had anyone ask you where the Prayer of Salvation is in the Bible?  Can you tell me where the sinner’s prayer is located among scripture?  Ah yes, this is a tricky one. Some would say no, it’s not so difficult it’s found in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” KJB.  Nicodemus asked almost the same question.  He came at night to converse with Jesus/Yeshua.  In the darkness, he came to talk to the Light of the World.  Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 KJV.

When the people asked John the Baptist what they should do to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance he said, “He that has two coats, let him give to him who has none.  And he that has meat let him do likewise.” Luke 3:11 KJV.  How many coats do we have?  How many pairs of shoes?  In the book of Luke, we see a man of small stature in a tree.  He went out on a limb, no pun intended to see the King of Kings.  “And when they saw it, they all grumbled, unto the Lord, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’”  Luke 19:7 ESV.  But this is what Zaccheus said, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Luke 19:8 KJV.  Now here is the kicker, Jesus/Yeshua says to Zaccheus, “This day salvation has come to this house.” Luke 19:9 KJV. Jesus/Yeshua had not been to Calvary yet, but because of this man’s giving heart salvation had come to his house.  How many believers are willing to just sell half their goods and give to the poor?  Just half?  Yes, it seems the lust of the eyes and the things of this world get us side tracked.

Do you remember the rich young ruler who ran, yes ran, and then knelt at the master’s feet?  He asked Jesus/Yeshua what he should do to inherit eternal life. It seems they knew about eternity before the cross as well. Let’s look at these verses.

“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’

“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

Jesus looked at him and loved him” Mark 10:18-21 NIV. Jesus heard this young man’s words and He stopped what He was doing and He looked intently at this man and he studied him and he treasured him. I want to repeat that.  The Bible says He loved him.

Jesus said, “Thou knowest the commandments, do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother.  And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.” Luke 18:20-21 KJV.

Jesus/Yeshua said, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22 NIV. The King James Version doesn’t word it like that, it says, “Sell all”.  But this young man was so saddened by Jesus words that he went away heavy hearted and grieved because he had great wealth.  “Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:24 KJV.  So why is there so much teaching on prosperity?  I’m not sure. The blessings that are being spewed from the pulpit do not line up with what Jesus/Yeshua said being blessed was. He said, “”Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” Matthew 5:11 NIV.  Again, 1st Peter 4:14 says, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” NIV.

Let’s read about a rich man who died.  Jesus/Yeshua said, “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Luke 16:19-25 KJV

This is a Parable: The rich man clothed in purple and fine linen was most likely a Pharisee.  That is the attire they wore.  We also know from other verses like the one in Acts that the sick, blind, and lame were laid at the temple gate.  The Pharisees and Sadducees would have seen them daily, just like the story suggested.  Let’s read that verse before moving on: “Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.” Acts 3:2-3 NIV.  Yes, more than likely this parable was told by Yeshua/Jesus in the midst of the Pharisees.

 

“No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.  The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him.” Luke 16:13 NLT.  I have heard many take this parable and butcher it. They even say it wasn’t a parable but a real story because after all it mentions hell…hmmm, that is not what the Bible says:  “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable.” Matthew 13:34 NIV. What is a parable? It’s a short spiritual allegory with metaphors that compare things through a poetic prose or story.

 

No one seems to point out that Lazarus was a believer who had sores, who lived in poverty. He died and went to Abraham’s bosom.  He wasn’t rich because he loved the Lord Adonai, nor was he healthy.  Is poverty something you can curse and bind and make flee in the name of Jesus/Yeshua?  If a person gets sick and then loses everything they own, is it their fault?  If they are born into poverty, is it their ancestor’s fault?  Was it Job’s fault he lost everything?  What happened to the Believers who drew close to Jesus/Yeshua in the book of Hebrews?

 

Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.  Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.” Hebrews 10:32-34 NLT.  Sounds like things became worse not better, but Paul said, these people waited for eternal life and a better place after this world and they accepted it with joy!

 

What did they do in the Bible about the poor? “The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.” James 1:27 CJB.

 

No, I don’t believe our Father wants His children to be poor and living off the government.  He doesn’t want us uneducated and living in poverty; that is not what I am trying to say.  There are plenty of rich that keep the commandments.  The Rich man had honored his parents; he had not committed sexual sins of any kind, nor stolen anything.  He had never taken a life nor even told a lie since he was a young man.  One thing held him bound, he could not part with his wealth.

If you read James chapter five, you will find some sobering, if not fearful scriptures on this, “Go to now you rich men weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver are cankered and the rust shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  You have heaped treasures together for the last days.  Behold the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” James 5:1-4 KJV.  That word “Saboath” is talking about the Lord Adonai’s Army or host. Have we heaped up treasures for the last days?

James describes these men as cattle before a slaughter.  Have you ever thought about how cattle have no idea that they are going to be killed?  They just soak in the sun and continue chewing the cud without a care in the world; their god is their belly.  These wealthy men are eating and storing up wealth without any thought to the poor.  How often do we really think about the poor?  How often do we step out and do something afterward?

Today it is easy to write a check and give to a number of ministers and church leaders, but have you ever wondered what they do with the monies they receive? Now that we have ministrywatch.com at our fingertips we can easily see how much money was taken in and how much was given back. I encourage you to check out who you send donations to. Many that should deem a five-star rating only have one star to show. I know pastors who give ten percent of the money they bring in to evangelist and missionaries. I have seen them give to men from this list in ignorance. Check out their lifestyle and what they do with the money that comes in before you give. And I also think it’s good to take care of a family member who is in need first and those in our community. Help those you work with that are in need. In part two of this teaching, we will look more into the heart of giving and the prosperity teachers who made a trail for the others to follow.”

 

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