Walter the Homeless Man–Free Chapter


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-Chapter 1

“Walter”

Walter Kendal lay beside the tree stump; his head resting behind his arms in a heap of fall leaves. The air was crisp and cool with a freshness that beckoned the sun to come up. The tall evergreens trees stretched their arms towards the horizon. The woods were faintly dark with slivers of light just beginning to peek through. It was very still, except for the occasional rustling of foliage falling to the earth, and the soft cooing sound coming from the metal cage that held Walter’s only companion.

From the wooded area where Walter lay, he could easily watch the small middle-class neighborhood come to life. Flickering pools of light brought a warming glow to a scattering of homes. In the distance, just a crow’s caw away, he heard the sound of engines warming up to begin the day, doors slamming and voices calling out to greet neighbors. The familiar sights and sounds reminded Walter of a life he once knew.

He had been waiting patiently for the dark blue mini-van to pull out of the driveway on Wildwood Court. He walked the path he’d worn to the opening past the prickly pine trees with their scabby bark and squatted down a bit, veiled almost completely by their fury needles. The house he had his eye on belonged to Desiree Levite. Through the French double doors of her kitchen, he watched her prepare breakfast for her two small children and knew it wouldn’t be long now.

Desiree left each morning at around six thirty. He assumed this gave her plenty of time to cart her children to the sitter, hit the freeway, and begin her shift at Bailsman, Friedman, and Stiltz Law Firm. Walter knew Desiree was a file clerk and full-time student on her way to becoming a paralegal. He thought her ultimate goal was to become an attorney. He occasionally read a term paper left lying about and sometimes sifted through her mail.

Walter was thankful that the ground had not become cold and hard yet and that arthritis in his joints didn’t ache as badly as usual. He buttoned his trench coat and watched the lights of the minivan disappear from sight. Then he counted under his breath slowly from one to fifty seconds, making sure Desiree hadn’t forgotten her briefcase, diaper bag, or her oldest son’s backpack. Walter had been caught off guard more than once by the forgetful disarray of the drowsy mother. Making his way up the path, he walked briskly to the back porch of the modest three bedroom brick ranch. Then Walter raised the rock that was next to the welcome mat, retrieved the key and let himself in. Walter had felt nervous the first few times he had entered, peeking through the blinds at the sounds of each passing motorist. The unexpected clank of the brass mail slot had once left Walter frozen with fear, but after a few weeks, he had settled into a routine. He had no excuse for entering. He knew it was wrong, and eventually he would have to stop or fate would rear its ugly head and he’d be a criminal.

“Maybe I have succumbed to this sort of lifestyle after all?” He wished it were all a bad dream, but as he turned on the faucet that belonged to a stranger and raised the ribbed glass to his parched lips, he knew it was far too real.

It had happened by chance the first time, Walter stumbling upon the key. He had merely wanted some fresh drinking water. Walter was headed out of the woods, on his way to a nearby gas station to fill his empty jug in the men’s room. The Chevron had bath stalls in the back of the service station, and Walter didn’t have to enter the store to get washed up or refill his empty container. Sometimes they locked them after midnight, he assumed to keep people like himself out. While he was cutting through the neighborhood, he noticed the green garden hose. While reaching for the hose, he accidently knocked over a decorative rock with the name Levite painted in black. Its only function was to show ownership of the property Walter stood on and to hide a key. The power to enter lay within Walter’s reach. It made his heart pound. He could picture the food and imagine the sound of the thermostat clicking on and blowing warm heat. He longed for a shower and the company of television. It had been over a year since Walter had felt the comforts of a real home. He had a home three hundred miles away, just before the rich green hills of Kentucky turned into the mountains of Tennessee, a home full of memories too painful for Walter to face.

Safely inside, he slowly exhaled and made his way to the refrigerator for his morning juice. He never took enough for anyone to notice, but instead consumed just one egg, one small bowl of cornflakes, or one piece of toast. Then carefully the sixty-seven-year-old washed, dried, and returned his plate, saucer, and cup, putting everything back in its original place.

Occasionally the phone rang and startled him. Although he used to sit behind a large desk answering calls, he had now become accustomed to sleeping under overpasses, across park benches, and in wooded areas. The days of phone calls had been years ago, before his retirement, and now they were a distant memory.

After breakfast, Walter took a shower, leaving not a speck of water to be found. The soft green, slightly damp towel was folded neatly back on the rack to dry, his toothbrush was placed into the frayed pocket of his tan London Fog coat. He wanted to shave but stopped himself for fear that his gray facial hairs would be noticed. He settled for a dollop of hair gel. Walter ran his fingers through his graying hair, relishing the fact that he still had some. Although he had lost some on top, all and all he still had plenty. Leaving the bath, he walked down the hall. According to his watch, it was seven thirty a.m. He had, at least, seven hours before her return.

The small house was tidy and clean, except for an occasional toy left lying about and the many books that lay in heaps. There were educational books on common law, child psychology, and the Constitution. There were also hardbound classics, poetry, and children’s books. Shuffled amongst the collection was a New King James Bible, and from the looks of the worn leather, he figured it had been opened quite often. Walter had never experienced so many books, and at times, he found himself skimming through the volumes to pass the day. He had wondered at first if the books were for show, but now believed Desiree had read the majority of her collection.

It seemed strange to Walter that after entering her home for only a few weeks, he already felt as if he knew her. There were photographs of her children on the mantle, scented candles, and the usual displays of potted plants. The one thing that had confused Walter was a recent portrait of Desiree with a dark haired man who appeared to be her husband. He worried at first that the man in the portrait might be a traveling salesman who could abruptly show up and end Walter’s only refuge. Then he found the sympathy cards full of kind remarks about the loss of Desiree’s husband, John.

Walter didn’t know what the future held for him. He was never one to take handouts, and he knew he had to repay this young mother for what she was unknowingly giving to him. Sometimes he did small repair jobs, like fixing the younger child’s rocking chair. The leg had been broken at some point. Walter simply glued it back into place. He had also unclogged the kitchen sink when Desiree carved pumpkins for Halloween. On this cool November morning, he didn’t see anything needing his handy work. So, after resting a bit on the tweed recliner, he drifted off to sleep.

 

 

Five daughters and the KING


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Such delicacies and hidden mysteries are hidden in the Words of an ancient book called the Tanakh or Old Testament.  Sometimes it causes me to need a napkin to soak up the juice of a fresh pomegranate, and other times a kerchief to dry my eyes. The Words can bring me to my knees and strike wonder in my heart. His Word can bring fear and cause one to think about the great flood and also the day of Jacobs trouble.

This morning I was reading about the daughters of Zelophehad. Have you heard of these strong mighty women? Possibly not. There is only one man named Zelophehad in the whole Bible, but his five daughters changed Mosaic Law. “Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph, came near; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah and Milcah and Tirzah.” Numbers 27:1.

Something I found very interesting is the father’s name which means “Shadow of the fear.” Strangely enough, he named one of his daughters Noah, but all his daughters’ names have a shadow of the end of days in my opinion. Let’s look deeper into this.

Zelophehad’s name also means to break or wound and also to join and become one. “Become One.” Yes, that’s what we long for. That’s what Jesus/ Yeshua prayed in John chapter 17, that we would become one as He and His Father are one. Again,  Zelophehad’s name means to break, wound, and yes, the shadow of fear. Zelophehad’s  father had a very curious name as well. His name was Hepher and meant “shame.”

These are descendants of Joseph’s son Manasseh. As we go through the names of these women don’t lose heart. I will be expounding on their great faith, power, and how they used their voice to change things concerning all women, but first let’s dig deeper.

The first daughter, Mahlah means sickness and disease and the root of the word means “profane,” the opposite of holy. You may be thinking why would someone name their daughter that, but names back then meant something. If this has to do with what the earth will look like before the return of the Messiah, then these names are more than a personal label. Let’s see if we can connect the names. The earth was corrupt before the flood came. The sickness was a matter of their hearts. The Bible says The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5 NIV. The Bible says that just as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be when the Son of man returns.

Why would a man name his daughter Noah? He knew who Noah was. He knew Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord Adonai. The female form of Noah means to shake, to rattle.

According to Abarim publications, “The root-verb נוע (nua’) means to shake, stagger, quiver, tremble, etcetera. It’s used for trees that sway in the breeze (Judges 9:9), of lips that stammer (1 Samuel 1:13), of drunks who stagger (psalm 107:27). “

Hoglah means to hobble or hop. Was she disabled and sick? When we look at sickness, a shaking and rattling and now to hobble and hop, we have a message that seems to be saying more.

“The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again.” Isaiah 24:20 NASB. “Men will go into caves of the rocks And into holes of the ground Before the terror of the LORD And the splendor of His majesty When He arises to make the earth tremble.” Isaiah 2:19 NASB. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” Hebrews 12:26 NASB.

The Father will shake the earth. We know this from passages concerning the end. An earthquake is coming that will split the earth and His Son Yeshua will stand on the mount of Olives in that day. “You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!” Zechariah 14:5 NASB.

We have a story here in the names of these daughters. There is one man named Noah and one woman named Noah in the whole Bible. These five daughters are orphans and have no mother or father. The children of Israel had been marching around in the desert and now they have finally come to the Promise Land. We too wait for the day we will enter the glorious Kingdom of Yahweh. These daughters all have “Yah” in their names and they are determined to enter the promised land even though they are not men. Even though they had no inheritance. Even though their father was shameful. They were going to pull up their boot straps and face the Man who God spoke to face to face. And they were going to ask so they could receive.

“They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said,“Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” (Give us property they said Give us salvation.)

“So Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord said to him,“What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.” Numbers 27:2-7 NIV.

These women had a father who died for his own sin. Possibly picking up sticks on the Sabbath, but he was not part of the group attached to Korah. These women were bold as lions! There case was brought before the creator of the universe! So can yours.

Once we get to the last two daughter’s names we see what happens on that day we are reunited with our Messiah. We have the daughter Milkah or Milcah and according to Abrium publications the noun for that name means king.  “The noun מלך (melek) is usually translated as king.” Kingship and royalty are attached to her name.

The King is coming and so is the promised land. The last daughter’s name suggest what we will be doing at that time. The last name is Tizrah and means to be accepted, favored and the root means to enjoy rest like a sabbath and also to delight.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there.   Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.   I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-5 CJB.

Sources: http://www.abarim-publications.com/

 

Become One


 

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I understand why people start scrolling faster and faster when they see a religious post on social media. I’m starting to ignore them like the plague. Religion is a Latin word that means bind, tie up. “Within the system of what we would now call “Roman religion,” the term religio originally meant an obligation to the gods.”  Reminds me of our football games and everyone screaming and yelling for their team to win. Their gods.
I received a friend request from a man the other day on Facebook, and in every post he is trying to tell me I pronounce the name of the God I worship wrong, His Sons name wrong and that I’m headed to hell. Geez, Lawd help the woman at the well!
We have One book that divides millions.

 
When I first started seeing things in the Bible and was awakened to Torah back in and around 2008, I jumped on board hammering away. I wrote books to try and stop a lot of harm and division I had witnessed in the Body of Messiah. I wanted to explain and expound on many topics that caused division and get to the roots of it. I studied the mikvah before anyone knew what it was in my circles. I studied the Feast days before they were popular outside of the One world Church of God and the Messianic congregations.
I realize now, No one really cares.

 
America has their own Jesus they’ve created in their hearts and a building with a title on every corner and someone itching to tell them how blessed and highly favored they’ll be at their building or how they’re headed for hell if they don’t show up every week.
They say things like, “we preach and know the truth in our building. Miracles are happening at our building. These buildings made with human hands have nothing to do with the assembly of believers and the hearts of every person who has ever had a salvation experience that CHANGED THEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

 

On the flip side of this building and pastor pedestal syndrome, we have a group of people who are digging for truth so far and so fast and trying so hard to get to the very beginning of our Hebraic roots that they’ve no relationship left with the One who found them dirty and lying in a ditch. The one who washed them and anointed them with oil and said, …” I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord GOD. “Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. “I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.” Ezekiel 16:8-10.
Do not seek out truth until you lose your faith and forget His Grace that found you. Buildings are good to fellowship with others and encourage one another but don’t make them your gods.

 

A man demonized at a graveyard where he had made his home, needed no Hail Mary, no rosary beads, no baptism of tongues, no one dunked him in the water that day, no sinners prayer was said to invite Jesus or Yeshua in his heart, but he was CHANGED. If you were changed, you know it. You can look back and see that you are not the same person you once was.

 

Truth must meet love and compassion. Truth alone has no spirit and no obedience or joy. It’s just truth. You can have all the knowledge of every Feast of Yah and pronounce His name in perfect Paleo-Hebrew and be as dead as the tombs in the graveyard where the demonized men lived.
You can go to a building every week and eat your meal and wipe your mouth and be prideful, arrogant, self-seeking, and full of religion without any love. You can keep your Shabbat and air all your wisdom and be the most judgmental person on the planet. People get in their groups and they ignore some folks because they don’t agree with one portion of their teaching or doctrines. It makes it hard to even be one with some. They try and tell them they aren’t “saved.”
And really none of us are.
“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
Matthew 24:13. Working out our own salvation is a very personal matter. Who am I to tell someone they’re going to hell in a hand basket or that I know the personal whispers of their heart ? Who am I ?

 

I was so excited when I learned about the Torah, the Feast, the Sabbath and His ways. I thought, now I will see unity. Now I will find a Body of Believers that have love and can come together humbly and seek Him and His Word. But now I see fights over other matters, like giants, demons, whether to cook after sun down, who can lead prayer, who can blah, blah, blah. . .

Forget my words and read HIS Words and notice how many times he says, “unity or become ONE.” This is Jesus, Yeshua, Yahushua, praying below.

 

“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given to me, because they are yours.  Indeed, all I have is yours, and all you have is mine, and in them I have been glorified.   Now I am no longer in the world. They are in the world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, guard them by the power of your name, which you have given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are.  When I was with them, I guarded them by the power of your name, which you have given to me; yes, I kept watch over them; and not one of them was destroyed (except the one meant for destruction, so that the Tanakh might be fulfilled).  But now, I am coming to you; and I say these things while I am still in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.

“I have given them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world — just as I myself do not belong to the world.   I don’t ask you to take them out of the world, but to protect them from the Evil One.   They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.   Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth — your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  On their behalf I am setting myself apart for holiness, so that they too may be set apart for holiness by means of the truth.

 “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will trust in me because of their word,  that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are united with me and I with you, I pray that they may be united with us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.   The glory which you have given to me, I have given to them; so that they may be one, just as we are one —  I united with them and you with me, so that they may be completely one, and the world thus realize that you sent me, and that you have loved them just as you have loved me.

 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am; so that they may see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.   Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you, and these people have known that you sent me.  I made your name known to them, and I will continue to make it known; so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I myself may be united with them.” John 17:9-26 CJB.

Father I call you friend. I want to sup with you. Unite your people. Bring your Body together and let them become one. Let us all humble ourselves and fall down at your feet and worship you in Spirit and in Truth and with hearts that are hungry. Circumcise our flesh and heal us of our leprosy oh G-d!

Spit it out.


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The burden of the word of the Lord. That’s what real prophets of the Father said before they spoke.
Burden.
The Hebrew word is Massa and means doom or heavy load. The prophets today say things like you are going to get promoted in the month of November, a new car in September, a check in the mail in December and a huge blessing. False prophets and prophetic words of the day are the topics at hand. I am grieved by what I see and read from churches I have sat under.

We all enjoy getting a “good word” from the Father, but we must be careful.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

I recently wrote a blog entitled “By His Stripes,” where I go into detail about a dear friend who was prophesied over and told she would “live” by many big names in Christendom. She died of cancer shortly later. Not only was she told she would live but also that her music would be heard across the world and that she would be a great musician for the kingdom. At the same time, she was prophesied over with this message, I was standing next to her and was told I would have a #1 bestselling book. This has not happened yet but it is possible. A prophetic word can come to pass and it may take years before it does but again, we must be careful.

Prophecy is something that has been with us since the beginning of days. What it is and what it isn’t are two different things. “Thus sayeth the Lord,” better be from the Lord Adonai or it comes from Jezebel’s table and Jezebel always charges money for prophetic words. These prophets, both men, and women, eat the food from Jezzy’s table and they prophesy out of their own hearts, and they do it for fame and fortune. And yes, they get thousands of followers on facebook!

In Isreal, they had a community called the Guild of the prophets and there was also prophets appointed by kings to help them makes decisions regarding wars, disputes, leadership principles, and famine. The odds? One true prophet of the Lord Adonai to four hundred false.

So the king of Israel assembled the prophets, about 400 men. “Should I attack Ramoth-Gil‘ad?” he asked them, “Or should I hold off?” They said, “Attack! Adonai will hand it over to the king.” But Y’hoshafat said, “Besides these, isn’t there a prophet of Adonai here that we can consult?”The king of Isra’el said to Y’hoshafat, “Yes, there is still one man through whom we can consult Adonai, Mikhay’hu the son of Yimlah; but I hate him, because he doesn’t prophesy good things for me, but bad!” Y’hoshafat replied, “The king shouldn’t say such a thing.” 1 Kings 22:6-8 CJB.
Same thing going on today. . .

“But there also came to be false prophets among the people, as also among you there shall be false teachers, who shall secretly bring in destructive heresies, and deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. .and in greed, with fabricated words, they shall use you for gain.” 2 Peter 2:1-3.
You might as well contact a fortune teller or tarot card reader because you are playing with fire if you seek them out.

No one in the Bible gave a prophetic word of the day. Many believe that Deborah just sat under a palm tree and people came to her so that she could read their tea leaves. I assure you Deborah was not doing that. She was a prophet but she also was a Torah scholar and was handling disputes just as Moses’ was. “She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.” Judges 4:5.

They went up to her to have their DISPUTES decided. Listen, to me when I say this, be careful what food you eat today and words you receive because just as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Our food today is dead, but it looks amazing and tastes even better. In order to get good healthy food you have to go to a farmers market, grow your own or seek out organic grown brands and meats not pumped with hormones that puff up the meat like these false prophets do to our own hearts. They pump us up! They offer food galore but it’s tainted. It’s not as easy to find those who are teaching and prophesying good food. A prophet speaks with authority. That’s why when Yeshua/Jesus stood up to read the people were amazed because he spoke as one with authority.

Today we have fortune tellers in the church giving itching ear words and they can do it on a dime. They’re so good at it they even can persuade the elect. People line up and wait for them to read their mail, but if their words do not line up with God’s Word, I can tell you He did not send them. Count it as truth. He would not charge money to give you His Word. And you cannot go to a “school of the prophets,” and become a prophet.

These ministers get people off course and feed them bad food. Why? Because they think they are delving into some mystery and undiscovered knowledge. Knowledge is good but it also puffs up. They entice them with smooth words. They feed them what they want to hear. Health, wealth, a spouse, a new promotion, a new home, a new door opening, a new career, fame, leadership positions and the worst one is they tell them how anointed they are or how gifted they are. They puff. They scream, “Satan you take your hands off me and my family!” Really? No one in the entire Bible said that, not even Job! He actually told his wife, ““You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10 ESV. Then at the end of the last chapter we read this, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him,…” Job 42:10-11. Yes, it was the Father who sent the evil spirits to torment Saul. It was the Father who sent a lying spirit in the mouth of the prophets. Be careful who you listen to.

Jeremiah was one of the greatest prophets of his day but when the people came to him and asked him to go before the Father and get them a word, it took him more than one day, actually, it took him ten days to hear from the Father. TEN DAYS! And that was for God’s chosen people, and it wasn’t an itching ear word. It was a HARD word.

Read Jeremiah 42:1-3. Verse seven says, “Now at the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.”

Yes, we have the comforter and yes, we have the spirit of prophecy but what are we using it for? If we are charging people to tell them what the Lord Adonai has to say to them is this not sin? And does the Father not correct and chastise those He loves?

These so called prophets today prophesy out of their own hearts and they tell you lies most of the time and even if they tell you something and IT COMES TO PASS, that does not make them a true prophet. Let me show you:

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. Deuteronomy 13:1-3.

What they say can come true, but they still may be following another God. Their god may be themselves. I know you are thinking you could never get caught up in false doctrine or teachers and that you have discernment, but I am telling you it is happening before many people’s very eyes. Let me show you a couple more verses on this disease.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3.

There is a well-known vision in the Bible given to Peter of a sheet with all types of animals on it.

Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.  But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground,  and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”  But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”  Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”  This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.” Acts 10:9-16 NASB.

Peter has a vision and the Father tells him to get up kill and eat and he tells Him, “NO!” Why? Because he was testing the spirits. He knew that God created animals that He called food and other animals that were not considered food. God is not a man that He would lie and tell you not to eat a pig and then change His mind. These animals are garbage collectors and created and designed to clean up waste, whether it’s in the field or on the side of the road stinking and rotten or the bottom of the sea. Man did not create a tractor for the ocean. Man created boats, ships, and submarines for the ocean. God did not create the crow and the bat and shrimp to eat. Can you eat it today and get by without getting deathly sick? Yes, most of the time but that’s not the point.  Peter was not a Sunday morning Christian eating bacon and he was not going to eat a pig. He waited and then learned that the vision was not about animals but about the covenant and salvation going forth for all people, not just Israel.

“Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.” Acts 10:27-28.  This is after Jesus/Yeshua had ascended to the Father. Visions and dreams are metaphors for something else. Pharoah dreamed of fat cows eating skinny cows. This was not about cows but about famine coming. The problem is these men and women in the charismatic congregations have been giving these words and believing they are doing God’s will. They tell people their anointed and that they are going to do great things and prosper. They give them itching ear words. But what does Jesus say to these people in the charismatic churches? “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them,‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” Matthew 7:21-23. what church does the things listed above? The Assemblies of God and the Pentacostals!

Now I am going to present a problem for you who are still stuck in this type of church setting and you are going to have to make a choice. I am either not presenting the Bible correctly or they are not. Now if anyone can show me a prophet in the Bible giving a “Prophetic word of the day” let me know. Present me scriptures. I only find it once and that is when a young girl had a snake spirit called a viper and made much money off her predictions. The Apostle Paul finally got tired of her words that were actually exclaiming that he was a man of the most high God. He cast the spirit out and that young girl was unable to make money for the men who were working her for gain. That demon left, but sadly there are many in the church today who carry this spirit under the title of pastor, First lady, prophet and prophetess. Read Acts 16.
In the 27th chapter of Jeremiah, he warns the people about the destruction that has taken place and the captives, the silver, and the gold.
“Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold, the vessels of the LORD’S house will now shortly be brought again from Babylon’; for they are prophesying a lie to you. “Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! (serve Obama and live,) it might as well have said. . .  Why should this city become a ruin? 27:16-17.

But by the time we get to chapter 28 we have another prophet on the scene and he (Hananiah) says this,
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. ‘Within two years I am going to bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD’S house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. ‘I am also going to bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles of Judah who went to Babylon,’ declares the LORD, ‘for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’” 28:2-4.

Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke it. Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Even so will I break within two full years the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations.’” Then the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah after Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Go and speak to Hananiah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You have broken the yokes of wood, but you have made instead of them yokes of iron.” ‘For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they will serve him. And I have also given him the beasts of the field.”Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. “Therefore thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth. This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the LORD.’”

So Hananiah the prophet died in the same year in the seventh month.” 28:10-17.
The Bible says the prophets will cover their faces with shame.

“Therefore it will be night for you– without vision, And darkness for you– without divination. The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. 7The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God.” Micah 3:6-7.

Be careful what you eat today. Bad food tastes good until you change your diet and start eating healthy, then you want good food. Spit out the sweet -n-Low packets and if you need a Word from The Lord Adonai, open His Word.

By His Stripes?


 

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Many years ago, my husband started a ministry that involved him and fellow officers going to the children’s cancer hospital and taking toys, visiting and praying over the sick. Some of the little children were able to get better and go home, others sadly became worse and died. They were innocent children whose lives were snuffed out too quickly. Many times we watch helplessly as our family or friends become sick and never recover. I had a dear friend get melanoma a few years back. She was in her early forties. I watched countless ministers and big name television evangelist pray over her and tell her she would live and not die according to Psalms 118. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” 118:17 KJV. Other prophetic ministers told her she would fully recover. They anointed her with oil and even made a copy of a cd with their prophetic positive affirmations of healing. She died months later as cancer spread through her body.

 

Does God still heal? Yes, I believe He does. Can we lay hands on the sick and find them recovered? Yes, we can but it doesn’t always end that way. Also remember, you can lay hands on the sick and pray for them but if they continue eating McDonalds, smoking, drinking too much and getting no exercise they may not recover.

 

You can lay hands on a sick person and bind a spirit and command a sickness to flee in the name of Jesus/Yeshua and you can call for the elders of the church to pray according to scripture, but it doesn’t always end well.

 

Any time a person gets sick or a loved one gets a serious health complication a couple of verses are used by mainstream Christianity. One of those verses is from the Tanakh or Old Testament.

“But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises* (stripes) we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.

 

This verse is one that needs way more study before blurted out. It is a scripture that is part of a whole group of chapters that are talking about a servant and that servant is Israel. It also needs to be addressed that the word stripes is not part of the original translation. We like to picture Jesus/Yeshua’s body being whipped with stripes for our healing, but we must also realize that at the cross we were healed from sin and death.  We were engrafted into the vine and became a part of Israel.

 

There is a dual concept going on here. Peter uses it. “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 1st Peter 2:24 NASB.

The whole nation of Israel will be healed. After HaShem (God) issued them a certificate of divorce due to their sin and adultery they were able to come back into covenant after the cross. That’s why we see over 3,000 souls coming back into covenant after Peter gives his well-known sermon in Acts chapter two and three.

 

Jesus is recognized by many as the servant in Isaiah, but the passages are also about the nation and people of Israel. Let’s look at that.

“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,…” Isaiah 41:8 NASB.

“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.” Isaiah 44:1 NLT.

“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you.” Isaiah 44:21 NLT.

I could give you multiple verses declaring who Yahweh’s servant is but unless you try on your Jewish glasses you won’t see it. Could this verse be one for a future event? When the Messianic era arrives and all the nations see that Israel is Yahweh’s holy people (servant) and although they have been beaten, scorned, placed in gas chambers, driven out of their lands and rejected, the whole world’s eyes will be opened to them and their Messiah who will come and shake the nations? Yes, this is a passage for a future event as well.

 

Many servants in the Bible suffered. Moses suffered. King David suffered. Joseph suffered. Jeremiah suffered. Isaiah who wrote it was sawn in half. Jacob suffered and walked with a limp all his days. Today we would call a surgeon and get a hip replacement, but he walked with it out of the socket. HaShem was healing back then. We see healings and even lepers being made whole after dipping. We see a young boy come back to life after a prophet lies on top of him seven times. We witness Marion’s leprosy leaving and many other miracles but we also witness great suffering. Every one of Jesus/Yeshua’s men had to drink the cup he drank. They were crucified, boiled in pots, beheaded and died horrific deaths long after he had ascended to His Father.

 

This message is not a message to discourage anyone from being healed. This is a message I feel may help some more than others, like my friend’s daughter who was in her teenage years when her mother left this earth. Her trust in the ministers of the gospel, the ones who stood in front of the pulpit each Sunday or were well-known television evangelist told her that her mother would live and not die and that by His stripes we are healed. Now she knew they had lied to her. Yes, one day her mother will live forever in a glorified body. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:..” 1st Thessalonians 4:16. But the men and women who prophesied were not talking about a future event. One even told her the mass on her head was a cyst and not cancer and to not even go back to the doctor.

They had given her false hope. They had prophesied a message out of faith but it did not come to pass. Now she had a dilemma. Would she stop believing in the God they told her would heal her mother or would she become skeptical of any man of the cloth? The Bible calls these men false prophets.  “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken.” Deuteronomy 18:22 NASB. Taking the Lord’s name in vain is something that happens when one of these men or women begin to tell you something and they say, “The Lord says you will live and not die,” and you die. When these false teachers and preachers give you an itching ear word and it doesn’t happen they are false prophets. Could it happen in years to come? Yes.

Should we test the spirits? Yes.

 

Another verse used often when praying for the sick is “I am the God that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26 KJV. But when we read the whole passage we see a lot more going on here. My advice to Christians is to open your bible and study it. Most people don’t read their Bible unless it’s Sunday morning and they surely don’t study them for if they did they wouldn’t be teaching half the nonsense they are. Let’s look at the fullness of this verse that is spoken after the Israelites had gone without water for days and were bitter and grumbling.

 

“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26 KJV.

 

Looks like our Heavenly Father was placing diseases on the Egyptians. Yes, He had sent lice, frogs, locust, bloody water, boils, darkness, and even death. Sometimes sickness is a whole other matter, a matter of our hearts being turned toward our flesh, ungratefulness, ungodliness, bitterness, selfishness, jealousy, and all manners of pride.

When we look at sickness and disease we see it is alive and strong in the new portion of our Bible. For more information on sickness and disease check out my free chapter from my Doctrines of Demons Part 1 book. Just click below where is says “Free Chapter.”

*Free Chapter* Sickness & Disease

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Greater Works?


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Works= Strong’s Hebrew 5647. abad and means to serve, to be a servant. Let’s find out what Jesus/ Yeshua was really talking about in the verse below.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.”  John 14:12 NASB.

The verse above is used much in charismatic circles. It’s stated as a means of doing signs and wonders and healings, but is that what the verse is talking about?
A couple of things are going on here in the passage but let’s first delve into the miracles Jesus/Yeshua did.

He turned water into wine. He raised the dead, brought the man Lazarus out of the grave after four days. He opened the eyes of the blind and he walked on water. He healed the lepers, the demonized and even restored the soldier’s ear that was cut off. Not only did he do these amazing miracles, he also appeared to them after he had died and was resurrected. The Bible says he changed his form.
“After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.” Mark 16:12 NASB.
“… and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Mark 9:3 NASB.
I’ve listed a few items above but I think that if we really think hard about this we can see that no earthly fleshly man has ever done miracles GREATER than Yeshua/ Jesus the Messiah!

 
So what does this verse mean? When we look at this closely we see he uses the word “Works,” and he says at the end of the sentence, “Because I go to my Father.” So what is he talking about?
When Jesus was getting ready to ascend he told his followers that he was going to His Father and to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be poured out and that he was sending the Comforter. After all of this happens we see Peter giving a sermon and over 3,000 souls coming back into the covenant and then 5,000 souls. Another thought that comes to mind is the fact that the Apostles take the message throughout the world. The message of the Lamb of Yahweh, who takes away the sins of the world went forth.
Jesus was not talking about signs, miracles, and wonders. He was talking about righteousness, obedience, and the Torah going forth with grace and mercy for all people. Greater works came for all people, not just the children of Isreal but the dogs that ate the crumbs under the Master’s table! So why have we made it about signs?

“One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Matthew 12:38 NLT.

 
See, Jesus/ Yeshua was talking about works. Beware of false prophets who come to you with their magic tricks and their smooth words of prophetic prosperity and miraculous healings. Yes, our Father is so powerful He can do anything and He is still in the miracle working business but the Bible has been used at times for fame and fortune.
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” Mark 13:22 NASB.

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