A Bald Eagle, a black cat, and a Nation


This may be one of the most interesting blogs the Father has ever given me. Every now and then I notice things. Yes, every now and then something seems to pop out. Friday a bald eagle caught my eye on the Virginia Pilot, and not only mine but thousands on social media.

“Matt Seniuk, a physics teacher at Norview High School, saw the crowd on Monticello on his way to coach football at Blair Middle. He thought there may have been a fight or an accident, then glimpsed the big bird.

“It was surreal. You’re right in the middle of downtown, almost,” Seniuk said. Stranger still: the bird seemed unperturbed by the onlookers. (Think trump)

“It was going to enjoy its meal as long as nobody was bothering it.”

People held their cameras and videoed this eagle, as traffic was at a standstill. The bald eagle seemed rather out of place in front of Advance Auto Parts at 26th Street and Monticello Avenue. I believe the Kingdom of Yahweh is getting ready to advance and become stronger—each auto/ministry more one. This bird with a five to seven-foot wing span had captured its prey and was devouring a rather large black cat. Both the black cat, the number 26 and the name Monticello stood out to me.

“The numerical value of the Divine and Most Holy Name: YHWH (Yahweh: yohd, hey, vav, hey) is twenty-six. The Torah was given on Mt. Sinai in the 26th generation of mankind. (There were 10 generations from Adam to Noach, 10 generations from Noach to Abraham, and another 6 generations from Abraham to Moses.) Means oneness (YHWH is One [Dt. 6:4]). For more on Hebrew, numbers click Grace in Torah Numbers

I want you to think about the Torah being given in the 26th generation and also about two mountains—actually, four, when we throw America into the mix.

Our great and awesome God, Yahweh cannot be contained. Heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool. He places earthly kings on thrones and He removes them. He creates light and darkness—good and evil and He is merciful—slow to anger and abounding in love. America is where I was born and raised, and I have watched it drastically decline in my lifetime. It went from one nation under God to one nation over God– having many gods. Right now we have a president in America that is more hated than any other leader before him. He has no regard for man-pleasing or the fear of man. He eats his prey for dinner like that eagle, whether it be the NFL, Hollywood, the food industry, big pharma, and crooked politicians, which will continue to crumble before our Messiah returns.

Yes, Trump has certain qualities that may seem boisterous, over the top, but I believe Abba is using him. Regardless if we dislike him or respect him, all should be in prayer for him. We are commanded too. I believe he is a key to Babylon falling. This beastly system is being attacked under his administration. However, there is a swamp going on inside Our Father’s House too. Many have arrived on the scene to teach and help clean up the mess. They appear as doctors, nurses, and EMS drivers coming to resuscitate and breathe new life into those who have been blinded by the prosperity message filled with itching ear words of lawlessness and ease. Some coming to help are like the prophets of old who had to give tough messages at times to kings who had robbed the poor to build their own kingdoms. We see it in His house, but like that eagle, Abba is devouring it. There is a young Joash spirit coming.

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.

And then there is verse four and five, “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Revelations 18:1-5.

We are in a preoperational period, but one day . . . yes, one day “The earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, As the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 NASB.

I see multiple Christian empires coming into the humbleness of His Torah. I believe they will fall and disperse and become smaller pockets of light.

As out of place as that eagle seemed in front of the auto store, both our nation and The Church is preparing for an overhaul.  That eagle could have landed anywhere but it landed in Virginia in front of signs ringing freedom! Freedom in His house. Virginia was the first of the thirteen colonies established here in America. Joseph’s son Ephraim was the 13th tribe. The eagle, our national symbol, is sitting at 26th and Monticello. Our Father’s Torah is too.

“Thomas Jefferson’s plantation home was given two names. Monticello was just one name used for two mountains, the other was Hermitage—one was ‘high’ and one was ‘low.’ High Mountain was referred to by Jefferson as Monticello, which he acquired in 1777.”  John Quincy Adams also had a plantation home called Hermitage and eerily enough, they both died on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which Jefferson had written. What does Hermitage stand for?

“Although today’s meaning is usually a place where a hermit lives in seclusion from the world, hermitage was more commonly used to mean a settlement where a person or a group of people lived religiously, in seclusion. Originally, the first hermitages were located in natural caves, temple ruins, and even simple huts in forests and deserts.” Wiki.

Think about a tribal people who have a form of government, His Torah—His Declaration—His high mountain. We are forming communities like Hermitage. An assembly of Believers that stand together through thick and thin– governed by Apostles and leaders who ensure His Word stands as the Authority? It’s happening and swiftly.

There were two mountains spoken of in the Bible.

“It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.” Deuteronomy 11:29 NASB.

They say, the mountain with blessings spoken over it is plush—green—covered in vegetation and life, but what about the mountain that had the curses spoken over it? Not one thing grew. It was as bald as that eagle eating a dead cat. Stay with me.

When you cross the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. “For the curse, these shall stand on Mount Ebal: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. Deuteronomy 27:11-13.

Six of the twelve tribes stood on one mountain and spoke curses, and the other six spoke blessings. The choice is ours. As I pictured six Jewish men standing on a mountain and yelling out these radical blessings at the top of their lungs, I was captured by the hidden message. Isn’t Abba saying come to the mountain of the Lord Adonai?

“Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.” Isaiah 2:2.

The Blessing shouters:

Our first name is Simeon and it means “Hearing and Hearing with acceptance.

When the Torah/law was given the people said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do!” Exodus 19:8.

And again they proclaimed the same message. “Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say, and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’ Deuteronomy 5:7.

The second one out of the six was Levi which means joined.

The third is JudahLet God be praised!

Our next name is Issachar which means, “He Is Wages. There Is Recompense.”

When we hear and we obey, we receive a great reward. YES! There is recompense in keeping His Torah. Why would you throw away gold, wisdom, restoration of your soul and great reward? You wouldn’t. Shout with me and these men from the mountain of blessings.

The last names on the mountain of blessing are Joseph and Benjamin— Joseph means May Yahweh add. May He increase. Oh, and He is! The lost sheep of the House of Israel are coming home in droves. They are returning to the sweetness of His Law/ Torah. His instructions for a blessed life. His Calendar and His holy days.

Benjamin means Son of my Right Hand.  Yeshua is at the “right” hand of the Father making intercession for us. “But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.” Luke 22:69 NASB.

I found the multiple signs in the window of this business very interesting Notice from the photos below that the words FREE in all caps appears behind the bald eagle.

FREE battery testing. How are our hearts? His Torah, He said would no longer be written in stone but on our hearts.

FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

“AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN,
AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, ‘KNOW THE LORD,’
FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME,
FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.” Hebrews 8:10-11.

FREE wiper blade installation for the windshield. How’s our vision? Can we see or do we need eye salve like those in the church Yeshua mentioned?

            I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” Revelations 3:18-19.

The last sign read FREE alternator/starter testing.

What is the definition of an alternator?

Electricity. A generator of alternating current.

Do we have the Holy Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh along with our truth?

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. “His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Luke 3:16-17.

This whole scene seems to say something to me about freedom. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. The Son is the Word (Torah) Made Flesh. By keeping His Word and His Commandments we gain life and freedom.

An eagle eating a black cat may have a deeper meaning.  A black cat has many crazy symbols due to superstition, but it also is the logo for a group of people called anarchist.

anarchy

“Since the 1880s, the color black has been associated with anarchism. The black cat, in an alert, fighting stance, was later adopted as an anarchist symbol.” Wikipedia.

What is anarchy?

“Anarchy 1.    A state of disorder due to the absence or no recognition of authority. Synonyms: lawlessness.” Lawlessness is Torahlessness.

“Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:12.

There are a people who He will call His own and a people He will protect and bring into His wedding Chamber. He knows them. They are sealed. They have kept His commandments. They uphold His Torah. I want to be one of those eagles, don’t you?

The Father himself used the eagle to describe His power and to enforce His covenant. “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ Exodus 3:6.

May the truth devour everything false like leaven that permeates dough. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” Matthew 13:33.

May we soar like the eagles we were called to be and may we mount up and sound the alarm.

If this message has blessed you please share with others.

Shalom.

 

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Sources

Tribal names http://www.abarim-publications.com

Hermit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermit

Hebrew Numbers by Kisha Gallagher https://graceintorah.net/about/

Virginia Pilot https://pilotonline.com/news/local/bald-eagle-

Monticello https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/origin-name-monticello

 

A Foreshadowing of the Year 5778


Year 5778

A Prophetic word for this new season.

 

Yoash–Now when Athaliah (The daughter of Jezebel) the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah. But Jehoshabeath the king’s daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king’s sons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she would not put him to death. He was hidden with them in the house of God six years while Athaliah reigned over the land.” 2nd Chronicles 22:10-12 NASB.

We are entering a new season during this time of Sukkot. I feel like the Body of Yeshua is getting ready to come into a greater measure of anointing and power. Although the world is growing darker, the Light in Goshen was shining brightly and caused many to flee with Israel and inherit the promises of the Covenant. This is the same thing that will be happening in the world.

The Body that has been divided and bickering over calendars and doctrines of demons and traditions of men, will mature in this season. There will be a shaking up and a pouring out. I see a move of the Ruach Wind blowing into the Christian churches. Things that have been idols, such as men who have been placed up higher than Yahweh and His Son, will bow in this new season. Many will humble themselves or they will fall. Men who have built for themselves kingdoms here and have taken money from the poor and the widows that Abba commanded not to take from, will collapse, and their ministries will be stripped and laid bare for the world to see. The eyes of His people are going to open wider and more knowledge will come forth but from a more humble spirit. Multiple pockets of light will be established all over the world as more and more assemblies and house churches will gather together in humbleness and in the spirit of reference, humility, with grace, joy and with great zeal. The aroma of one coming forth out of the desert will fill our hearts.

“Who is this coming out of the wilderness Like pillars of smoke, Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, With all the merchant’s fragrant powders?” Solomon 3:6 NKJ.

In the past few seasons, there has been a remnant He has hidden like Joash who was hidden for six years. We are in the sixth year prophetically speaking 5778. King Joash was six/ seven years old when he ascended the throne of Judea and was crowned. This young man was taught by his uncle who was the pious High Priest who feared God’s house. Joash means the “Fire of YAHWEH.

These hidden, like Joash, are going to be power houses, and they are going to be stripped of man-pleasing. Some of them have been through great affliction as Job and as David who ran from Saul and hid in caves and disguised himself and lived with the enemy. Not only men, but women as the Deborah’s are arising and Jael’s who will stake the head of the serpent and judge with a righteous judgement bringing forth more truth and power. Many of these handmaidens will be getting credit for battle victories due to many men asleep at this time and out on ships like Dan and Asher worried about wealth and the things of the world. Those who have been faithful will enter the Christian churches with wisdom and love and the ability to teach a people His truths through the power of the Ruach HaKodesh.

These men and women will be as Joseph after the chains and prison sentence. They no longer will say “I have dreamed a dream, but they will give All glory to Him who is the Giver of dreams. They will give All Glory to Yah (G-d). They will have no regard for man and the thoughts of men but will war in the Spirit over the House of Yahweh to bring in the youth. Many have not gotten to the promise land but have run in fear and have missed the grapes due to man pleasing and concerns of offending men instead of worrying about offending Abba.

The grapes are huge in this season for the harvest is plentiful. There is a new generation Abba has been preparing and has equipped in the midst of the most wicked perversions, material wealth, kingdoms of men, violence, pornography, divorce, drug epidemics , child abuse, and every unclean bird– these will have such a distaste for the unclean that they will make the most pious of us seem lacking in purity. They will touch no unclean thing and they will adorn their sons in Tzitzits and teach them to fear Yahweh with the holiest fear. Their daughters will prophesy as Philips daughters did in the Book of Acts for the Holy Ruach Spirit must come forth with the truth. These will be giant slayers and men will be convicted of their sins in their presence. The light of Torah will smother the pagan roots and the harlot. The harlot will be exposed and there will be a slaying. The NFL, Hollywood, the music industry Facebook, the whole system will begin to crumble and the land will cry out. Babylon has fallen–fallen is Babylon the Great! Yes, there will still be evil and great darkness, but we will see the Power of Yah tearing down a beast system.

Begin to look for the prophets in this hour. They are going to come forth whether you believe in them or not. They will carry the Spirit of Yeshua and His Truth. The Torah Teachers and the prophets will stand and fire will come forth out of their mouths and devour their enemies. For no longer will the harlot be able to fight His people as in the past, due to the amount of fire in their bellies. This is revival fire. In their grasp to define truth as something other than Torah/ law, they will be mocked.

(Psalm) 119:142 “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.

Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth. . .”

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.”

Jesus/Yeshua was the Word made flesh. He never broke one of His Fathers commandments and He even said “If you love me keep my commandments.”

How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the LORD.” Psalm 119:1.

2nd Peter 2:2 “And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

Many who have spoken evil of His law (Torah) will begin to weep over it. They will begin to meditate as David did.

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. Psalm 119:97-99 NASB.

This spirit of Athaliah has been destroying Abba’s house, but He is sending out his Joash/ Yoash’s servants and they will begin to rebuild the House. The Body of Yeshua will arise with great unity and power in the midst of the nay-sayers (Yes, they will still exist). Make sure to look for men like Joash’s uncle to arise in the Jewish community. These men will be willing to teach us their Torah and they will begin to see the Messiah. Yes, all the tribes will see Him. “”And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 NASB..

“When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came into the house of the LORD to the people. She looked, and behold, the king was standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters were beside the king. And all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets, the singers with their musical instruments leading the praise.

Then Athaliah tore her clothes and said, “Treason! Treason!” Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were appointed over the army and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks; and whoever follows her, put to death with the sword.” For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of the LORD.” So they seized her, and when she arrived at the entrance of the Horse Gate of the king’s house, they put her to death there.

 

 

Reforms Carried Out

 

Then Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king, that they would be the LORD’S people. And all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down, and they broke in pieces his altars and his images, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the LORD under the authority of the Levitical priests, whom David had assigned over the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses—with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David. He stationed the gatekeepers of the house of the LORD, so that no one would enter who was in any way unclean. He took the captains of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people and all the people of the land, and brought the king down from the house of the LORD, and came through the upper gate to the king’s house. And they placed the king upon the royal throne. So all of the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet. For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword.” 2nd Chronicles 23:12- NASB.

The harlot needs to be put to death with the sword. The sword of the Spirit is coming forth and unlike Joash, who after his uncle the High Priest died, turned away from Yahweh and fell into sin, these will stand firm as their High Priest can never die because He has defeated death and the grave. HalleluYah! Praise you Yeshua the Anointed Messiah for getting the keys!

Also during this season, I see a great need in the Body for the Apostles to come forth and the prophets and for the assemblies and Torah Observant fellowships to begin to incorporate a fivefold type ministry or a ministry that has positions in place to delegate and be held accountable to. No more “yes” men.

It is written in Deuteronomy 16:18, “Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.” Kings—priest—judges—scribes—and prophets.

 

Elders/ Rabbi’s/ Teachers/ prophets–Navi (as in plural) will be established to teach the Body a more balanced diet. Prophets will work hand and hand with Apostles and Shepherds to hold many accountable and direct the leaders in the sin and disorder in Abba’s house. These men/women will have Nathan’s and Jeremiah’s in place who they will go to for counsel.

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” 1st Corinthians 12:28.

If you are in leadership and you do not have these in place, it is time to step up and begin to be obedient in this area. No more one man show. If you are not anointing the sick and praying—its time to call for the Elders to lay hands on the sick in body and soul.

The Messianic/ Christian assemblies will see more youth involved in music/ ministry and they will begin to have the holiest tongues and will write music unto the Father as David did. The Worshippers will come forth and make a sound and the sound will be unlike anything ever before. Get ready for a change in the Body. Get ready for a newness and a different appearance as The Joash spirit goes forth and tears down the Harlot system. This is not a season to fight for the spotlight or to be in fear of the Jewishness of our faith. This is not a season to try and gain knowledge without love and a Spirit of humility. This is the season for a marinade.

If you are still a part of a Sunday morning assembly that has not incorporated His Feast days be prepared for it to enter your assembly and for pastors to begin to change even the day they worship on and begin to uphold the 4th Commandment to Keep the Sabbath holy Kadosh and set apart. This is the longest day of rest ever—1,000 years when He will tabernacle among us.

This new season will be one like never before. Stay connected to the Body. If you have been content watching live stream/ t.v, now is the time to find a local gathering even if it has to be in your home.

Warning: If you are in a ministry that is always exposing darkness—run to the light. Showcase the light. Bring the brightest lamp to shine for the darkness to see and remember this warning. “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.” Ephesians 5:11-13. Instead meditate on Philippians 4:8. Whatsoever things are true, lovely, just, and of a GOOD report, think on these things. Bring forth these things! I pray you and your family are safe and entering into this season of our joy.

Shalom and blessing to you and yours during the Feast of Sukkot!

 

Joash-king

Photo taken from my year of Jubilee blog post.

Queens, Drones, Workers & Assassins


I sat outside the other day and a bug was on its back in an empty flower pot on my patio. It was very peculiar looking, and I was intrigued to study it. I snapped a photo and went researching. This is what I found.

“Assassin bug

This bug has over 7,000 species.

The genus Apiomerus, which contains species known commonly as bee assassins or bee killers, is among the largest genera in family Reduviidae. Species of Apiomerus frequent flowering plants, where they coat their legs with sticky plant resins and wait for their prey.

The sticky resins allow the assassins to readily capture other insects, particularly bees.” assassin bug | insect | Britannica.com

Particularly bees.

Have you been captured by a sticky assassin? They are among us, and they try and devour the bees and kill them. Who are the Bees? Well, I am thinking of multiple Bees in the Body, but let’s start with Deborah—the mighty judge over Israel, who was a prophetess who sat under her palm tree. Her name is identical to the Hebrew word for bee, and it means to speak or pronounce.

Bees are the workers, teachers/Elders, leaders, prophets and those who help supply the honey of His Torah, but they constantly are battling against the ass-assins. The assassins capture their prey with stickiness. Their legs/walk are a trap.

Bees bring us honey, but they also sting. Sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes we need to be stung. Sometimes the sting helps us return to Him. Sometimes the honey does.

If you have ever looked at a bee colony it is fascinating. They all work together, and their work is perfection at its best. However, lately, they have been diminishing. The pesticides we spray filled with toxins, disease, and our phone towers are not helping them, and to top it all off, they have to deal with assassins.

We have plenty of bees working in Abba’s Kingdom, but sometimes they have to deal with Korah and his associates. Korah wanted to be honored. He wanted to have the number one place of authority.

“Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. “They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” Numbers 16:3 NASB.

Most people in ministry wouldn’t do something like this if they knew the outcome was going to be the earth swallowing them up. They certainly wouldn’t do it if they knew that those involved would also be swallowed up. These men witnessed Aaron’s son combust before their eyes.

How embarrassing to proclaim oneself smarter than Moses and Aaron. No, scratch that. How atrocious it would be to think that their staff would bloom bigger and better than Aarons! That they were handpicked over them. That they could do it better. Knew more than Yahweh himself. As if He made a mistake choosing them.

The sticky legs of the assassins were trying to kill the bees and the King Bee, Moshe–a man who HaShem spoke to face to face and not in dark speeches. A man whose face shown like a bright light. A man who fasted forty days and nights, not once, not twice, but three times. A man that cried out for their very lives. “”But now, if You will, forgive their sin– and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” Exodus 32:32.

How many of us would cry out for the ones we see in leadership right now who are slandering and mocking His Torah–mocking His chosen people–His Rabbis, Messianic leaders, T.O leaders, Pastors and Evangelist? How many would cry out and say “Blot me out of your book?” OUCH! I was reading today and came across this verse.

“My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your law/ Torah.” Psalm 119:136 NASB.

Are we shedding tears or spewing ignorance?

Korah and these men already had a position, but it wasn’t getting enough attention. They wanted to be in the light. They became louder. They began to slander. They said, “We are all holy too!” What can we learn from them? A tiny bee?

The bee colony has three main types–a Queen, drones, and workers. The Queen is the only bee that gives life. She lays around 2,500 eggs a day. Towards the end of her life she will give birth to another queen. She will release a scent and communicate to the whole colony that her time is ending and another will take her place as Queen.

Drones are male bees, and they don’t do any work. Their only job is to fertilize the queen and then they die. Their reproductive organs are torn off as the Queen flies off with them. The drones are told to leave the colony, and they are obedient. Those who did not mate starve to death. Buzz about Bees has a great article. Here’s a few facts from their blog.

  • “Their lives are very brief (- is that unfortunate?).
  • They are only reared when it suits the queen honey bee (- is that exploitation?).
  • They die straight after mating! (- is it worth the sacrifice?).
  • Not all of them even get to mate! (- is that fair?).
  • At the end of the summer, or when the going gets tough, they’re the first to be kicked out of the colony, so as not to drain resources (- is that disrespectful?). “

 

For more info The Drone Bee:

Ninety-nine percent of the bees are worker bees. These are all female. These Ninety-nine have different jobs to do, and they know what those are. They do not try and usurp. Guard bees are like watchmen. They protect the hive. House bees clean the cells. Wax bees repair the older cells, and they build new ones. Then we have nurse bees who care for the young and the weaker. Foragers are older and more experienced and they spend most of their time away collecting pollen and nectar. Everyone knows his or her position. The watchmen does not try to be the nurse. The house bees do not try to be the wax bees, and none of them try to be the Queen. All 99% work in a hierarchy of leadership.

Yeshua left the 99 to go after the one lost sheep.

I found the next quote interesting.

“Everything about them (bees) seems curious and beautiful; their waxen cells, their manner of gathering honey and storing it up, their neatness and order, all are admirable. They are perfectly harmless when left to themselves; but if they are attacked, they fly around the person who disturbs them, in great numbers, and sometimes sting him very severely.” Topical Bible: Bee.

For some time now, my husband and I have been praying for Christian congregations we were involved in ministry at.  A few years ago, we felt led to sit down and unlearn and relearn many things. We are still learning. All parties involved were hurt—confused, but time went on. Occasionally, we check their websites to see what’s going on. We were both raised at a large congregation that has radio and television networks. Last week they announced that a Rabbi was coming this week (Sunday) to teach on the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles. We were ecstatic! Another one of these assemblies has a guest speaker teaching ‘His Feast’ as well. They are seeing Jesus/ Yeshua in the Feast and getting on His Calendar. Still another, I was given a dream about recently, confirming that they too are seeing His Feast and Torah. Praise HIM! If you don’t know what Torah means, its instructions to live a blessed life. Read Psalms 119.

When we begin to see His truths and know our places in the Body, we can all make beautiful honey together.

I believe the ones who have been studying His Torah from the beginning may be the Queens we can learn from. A people who awake and thank Hashem for their very breaths. A chosen people who know more at the age of twelve or thirteen than most of us think we do. I believe Rabbis and His chosen Teachers will enter our Christian assemblies and they will teach us His Feast and their Torah in a way all our digging could never do it justice, and we will weep over what we have made the Gospel. Yes, all of Christianity will weep, and then His people will see Their Messiah Yeshua. They will say, “How did Yeshua/Jesus get in our Torah? And the two shall become one. Humbleness will come. It’s happening before our eyes.

I also believe that some in leadership, both in Christianity and the Torah Observant fellowships, will fall in the coming season if they do not allow others to come in and help them unlearn and relearn. We all must search out a matter and listen to others in authority, and see if what they are saying may be truths we haven’t seen. We cannot get to the point where we think we know it all and can’t be taught anything. Raising my hand.

Proverbs 16:18 says, “A haughty spirit comes before a fall.”

If pride, prosperity, and bickering over things, and especially discrimination against His chosen ones continues through ignorance (Synagogue of satan—etc.,) I believe we will see some big names in Christianity and Christian Torah ministries’ fall while others are being lifted up. I believe, eventually, they too will have complete humbleness. Abba is patient and He is merciful, and He is not a man that He should lie. “The LORD sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down.” Psalms 145:14. We must remember that His people are praying for Ephraim daily. That’s us guys.

Thus says Yahweh of Armies: “In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt (Corners—Tzitzit) of him who is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:23 WEB.

Doug Addison recently posted an interesting dream and blog post concerning this titled, “What Does this Tornado Dream Mean for us Now?”  Here is a small portion.

“In the dream, I was in a room with many leaders, a tornado was approaching fast and there was no time to react. The tornado entered the room and everything began to rotate clock-wise. I saw a chair floating by as I, too, was being picked up and floating as well. I was about to grab hold of the chair when the Lord spoke audibly to everyone in the room, “Many people have died because they have held onto their chair.”

Let’s stop fighting for our chairs and being assassins. Let’s start knowing our place in the Body. There is a whole list of gifts in Corinthians 12 and 13. Let’s find ours and begin doing it with humility and respect for those around us.

Paul said,

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is esteemed, all the members rejoice with it.

And you are a body of Messiah, and members individually.

And Elohim has appointed these in the assembly: firstly emissaries (Apostles), secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, ministrations, kinds of tongues.

Are all emissaries? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” 1st Corinthians 12:27-29 ISR.

The greatest gift of all is love. This gift supersedes all we think we know. It transforms. It heals. It gives its very life for the King, just as the drone died for the Queen.

If this blog has blessed you, please share with others.

Shalom.

 

 

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Sources:

Britannica.com

Topical Bible

Buzz about bees.com

http://www.eframgoldberg.com/true%20bugs.html

The Cost of a Garment


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I had a dream last week right after Passover. In my dream, there were two men with their backs to me. They each had on a Jewish prayer shawl with the tzitzit or tassels that are specially knotted representing the 613 Torah commandments. This is the very shawl Jesus/Yeshua was wearing when the lady with the issue of blood crawled through the crowd and touched the hem of his garment. She touched the Word in more ways than one. This was a commandment from Deuteronomy and Numbers. Let’s look at that real quick before we go farther.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” Leviticus 15:37-39 NIV.
The first man’s shawl in my dream was older, darker as in aged—seasoned, and I remember this man had his head bowed (humble). The man behind him was larger and dressed in a sparkling new prayer shawl. It was bright and white and unseasoned. I walked behind this man in my dream with the bright white one and yanked off his prayer shawl.
When I woke up I said, Father, what are you trying to tell me? A friend called that day and explained that this was an exposing of the men who wear the tallit but do not know what it represents. The coat has a deeper significance. Jesus/Yeshua said that if we love him we will keep his commandments. “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1st John 5:3 NASB.
This seems simple enough but I never really knew the amount of grace I was under before my eyes were opened to many passages in my Bible.
A few days later I saw a man wearing this type of garment who is in leadership. He was preaching an Easter service on a Sunday morning. This man does a lot of good works for the poor, the homeless, and the addicts, but I wondered if he was aware that among those tassel threads hanging down is a thread that says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8 KJB. This was never changed to Sun-day. The words from Paul about “one man considers a day more sacred” has nothing to do with a day that is our wedding day– A day the Father blessed and set apart. A day our Father says is a sign to us. Why? Because that day of rest represents our rest forever in the Kingdom. It’s the millennial reign. Men who wear that type of shawl with those holy marriage vows hanging off keep the Sabbath. They obey those tassels—even after Yeshua’s death and resurrection they obeyed the commandments.

 

Malachi 3:6I the LORD do not change.”
Those who cloak their head in humbleness under that tent like shawl keep the Sabbath and the Feast. Our next Feast is written about in the book of Acts Chapter two. They were in one accord for a feast that was mandatory. They didn’t just decide to get together in unity in an upper room and wait for no reason. When Jesus/Yeshua told them to wait they knew what that meant. They were counting the omer.
“Even unto the day after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering unto the LORD” Leviticus 23:16 KJV.
“Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” He said they were His Feast, not a Jewish Feast but even if they were a “Jewish” Feast weren’t we engrafted into a Hebraic faith before Constantine and others polluted it?
Wasn’t Paul and all the others in the New portion of the book still keeping all the Feast which were and are all about Jesus/Yeshua. Paul said, “Therefore let us keep the feast” 1st Corinthians 5:8 NASB.
Many times we wear things that are not congruent with who we are yet. I know many times in my past I wanted to own one of those shawls but I really did not know what that meant. I just thought it was “cool.” I wasn’t aware that the very Word of Yah—the Torah was wrapped in this garment. The dead are wrapped in it. It is often translated as wings in the King James and yes, even a tent. This is the shadow of His Wings because it is golden instructions to keep us holy and safe. Protection.
We often wear many things that misrepresent who we are.
One of the items we wear is “titles.”
Have you ever had an experience with someone you didn’t know personally that was unfavorable? A person who wears the same titles as you? Titles like Nurse—teacher—Pastor—Rabbi–Political titles and so forth. Yes, “those people.” Ever met someone on social media and had some dialogue that went Due South? Perhaps you had a fluctuating opinion over a passage of the Bible, an elected official, a political topic, or something else and then found out that the person you are conversing with is the author and producer of? The director and CEO of? Your mother-n-law’s cousin? Your Rabbi’s son? Your Pastors niece? Oh, yes this happened to me last week–not once, not twice,–well you get the picture.
After my second rebuttal with the first person, I went to their Facebook page and found out they were friends with someone I really admire and also they held an important title. I sort of thought hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t have said what I said. Although I tried to be graceful in my words, my belief was clearly different on the matter due to my life experiences and passages I had studied. I heard the Father say, “Would you make a difference in my Word for a person of man’s esteem?
Do you treat people differently?”
Ouch.
And that’s when conviction set in. “No, I don’t think so Father but you know my heart.”
“The heart is crooked above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 ISR.
If I would have known what title the person had would I have treated them differently? Have you ever been guilty of this? I think if we were honest we all would say yes. Do we treat people differently that we know our friends or family would not possibly approve of their views?
Paul walked into an area littered with men, in the midst of the Areopagus, these men were Greek scholars who put on airs at times. They stood conversing and ogling in his direction but he with great gusto said, “Men of Athens: I see how very religious you are in every way!  For as I was walking around, looking at your shrines, I even found an altar which had been inscribed, ‘To An Unknown God.’ So, the one whom you are already worshipping in ignorance-this is the one I proclaim to you.
“The God who made the universe and everything in it, and who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in man-made temples; nor is he served by human hands, as if he lacked something; since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything to everyone.” Acts 17:22-25 CJB.
All of us are guilty of ignorance but once we are presented with truth we can do better.
Lately, I have started noticing how men and women interact in a large group. How people talk to leaders. How people ignore certain ones. We often dismiss others instead of digging in and looking at conflicting opinions with a heart that says, “Abba show me anything I am missing that you may have shown them?” We also refrain from correcting those who are in leadership. This same Paul had to correct Peter in front of many. That’s tough. He couldn’t just do it in private.  “But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.” Galatians 2:11 TLV.
We also often get hung up in the knowledge and miss the Spirit. Clothing the naked—feeding the poor—visiting the sick, the widow–those in prison and so forth. Jesus/Yeshua said “I never knew you,” to a group who had not done these deeds.
Broken people don’t care if we have our Feast calendar exactly right or pronounce the Name correctly. Half the people in the streets would not even know who Yahushua or Yahweh or even Yeshua is.
So in order for Abba to make His point clearer, this happened again and again, and I even watched it happen to my husband. I think his phone conversation may have influenced his clothing. Perhaps his level of nervousness was effected at meeting someone of importance. Only his situation was the opposite. Yes, they were important but not packaged as he was expecting.
I’m going to end with an example.
Once while working at a restaurant I watched a couple come into the lounge area. The man had on overhauls and his wife weighed about 90 pounds and was wearing his gigantic t-shirt and sweat pants. My co-workers took off to the back laughing saying, “Bonnie that’s all YOU!” I pleasantly greeted them and the man asked me if he could see our wine list. He then proceeded to order a bottle even I, an employee with a key could not fetch for them. I had to get the manager to unlock the case and climb up to a hidden spot. After getting their wine they said we just will be having some soup and salad and the wine. They drank the bottle and ate the small meal and then gave me a hundred dollar tip. From that night on, they always requested me as their server and shared much of their life with me. I was blessed. If you would have seen them on the street you might have wondered if they could afford to buy a soda pop. However, after my fellow co-workers found out the tip they had left me, now when this couple came in they tried to knock me down to get to them. Ah, the heart, who can know it? Yahweh searches the hearts. He goes to and fro throughout the earth. He knows you and me. He knows our hearts.
“My brothers, do not hold the belief of our Master יהושע Messiah, the Master of esteem, with partiality. For if there should come into your meeting a man with gold rings, in a splendid robe, and there should also come in a poor one dressed in rags, and you pay attention to the one wearing the splendid robe and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor one, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves, and become judges with wicked thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers: Has Elohim not chosen the poor of this world, rich in belief and heirs of the reign which He promised to those who love Him? “James 2:1-4 ISR.
Two men in my dream wore SPLENDID ROBES, one was seasoned and one was new. Awe, Abba cleanse our garments and our hearts to be transparent and led by YOU no matter what it cost us for our life to look like that garment. “And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:8 KJV.

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The Whole world is Following Him


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“Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.” John 12:1-2 NIV.

Sometimes we skim things while reading and miss vital points. Life is like that. We miss things. We scan people and we think we know their story. We often are mistaken.

I was reading John chapter 11 and 12 and realized that I missed some things. I overlooked a whole lot about a couple of men mentioned in those chapters and possibly because I was consumed with a lady who stole the spotlight with her broken alabaster box and her tears that washed the Masters’ feet. I lost sight of one of the men mentioned, his name is Lazarus. If someone says Lazarus, most automatically think of a dead man in a tomb for four days stinking. You think of Mary crying out to Jesus, “If you would have only gotten here sooner my brother would still be alive!” You think of Jesus saying, “Lazarus come forth!” Then you say to yourself, yeah I know Lazarus. He was the dead guy who came back to life and he and his sisters Mary and Martha lived happily ever after. Right? WRONG! That was chapter 11 and now we are in chapter 12. A whole lot can change with the turn of a page.

Stay with me as we look at the next verses. “When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to KILL Lazarus as well, for on account of HIM many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” John 12:9-10 NIV.

I like the way the Complete Jewish Bible words it, “The head cohanim (Chief Priest) then decided to do away with El`azar (Lazarus) too since it was because of him that large numbers of the Judeans WERE LEAVING THEIR LEADERS and putting their trust in Yeshua.” John 12:10-11 CJB.

Oh, that this would be true for Christianity today. Many have put their trust in pastors, priest, evangelist, and prophets. They follow men and look to them for wisdom and even for their own righteousness, failing to carefully study the scriptures for themselves. They flock to meetings and wait in lines for men to touch them so they can be healed, set free, and delivered. They place these men in positions of CHIEF, like the men who conspired to kill Yeshua-Jesus. The High priest was the highest office in the land, but it had become corrupt in Jesus/ Yeshua’s day. How much more corrupt in our time?

“Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many [l]signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” John 11:47-48 NASB.

What was their place? It was a place of power, esteem, and wealth. The greatest task of the High Priest was to enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement–the holiest day of the year, and to attain atonement for all Israel sins. It was a place of being highly honored, privileged, and wearing the jeweled priestly garments. It was a place where they were considered the ones who knew Yahweh’s Holy Word and were entrusted to bring truth to the people.

One man was elected as HIGH priest. The high priest that year was a man named Caiaphas. He would have been a descendant of Aaron and one equipped with all the knowledge of the Torah (Yahweh’s instructions). Why couldn’t Caiaphas look into the eyes of Jesus-Yeshua and see that He was the real deal? Caiaphas was witness to his miracles. He had heard him speak in parables with more wisdom and more power than any man ever had or will. He saw Lazarus reclining at the table with Jesus-Yeshua. He knew he had been dead 4 days. Shouldn’t he have been humbled by Jesus-Yeshua? Fearful? He was elected to the highest office in the land, CHIEF PRIEST, but one had come to take his position and to take his honor, esteem, and piety, what little he had.

“But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.”  Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being the high priest that year, HE PROPHESIED THAT JESUS WAS GOING TO DIE FOR THE NATION,  and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.  So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.” John 11:49-53 NASB.

Ironic isn’t it? The man who longs for Jesus/Yeshua to be put to death so that he does not lose his priestly crown, prophesies sardonically, but in truth. From that day on they planned to kill Jesus-Yeshua. These men did not recognize The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. These men who other men thought were holier than holy, the elite of the elite, the cream of the crop, did not know The Son of the living G-d! The Bible describes the High Priest as CHIEF among his brothers. Let’s look at that.

“The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes.” Leviticus 21:10 ESV.

Caiaphas was the man the whole Jewish nation had looked to, but now their eyes were on Yeshua-Jesus. Lazarus was the man who had been dead but now walked with the living! He was proof that the one all Israel had been waiting on had come.  Lazarus was a testimony to the people that one more powerful than Caiaphas had come. Lazarus now was grouped with Yeshua- as a threat. Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19 KJB. The world hates Jesus and Lazarus? Or is it the church folks who hate them?

Verse 17-19, “Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it.  That was the reason so many went out to meet him–because they had heard about this miraculous sign. The Pharisees said to each other, “This is getting us nowhere.  Look!  The whole world is following him!” NLT.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS FOLLOWING HIM! Oh, wouldn’t that be a grand thing? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the whole world was lighting their lamps and keeping His Torah–His Feast days and His Holy Covenant? One day every knee will bow– even the knees of Caiaphas and he will have to give an account before a court greater than the Sanhedrin. One day you and I will also face this task. What fearful imagery. Thank goodness we are told in scripture that he is mindful that we are weak and fleshly.

“Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son;  because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.” Hebrews 4:14 CEB.

Run to the City!


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A City of Refuge

There have been many courtrooms in America where a family member has looked in the eyes of the person responsible for the death of their child and said, “I hope you rot in hell.” What if they were given permission to kill the person right there in the courtroom? In the book of Numbers, HaShem makes a rule for people who accidently murder someone. He opens up cities where they can flee. Why? Because the person’s family members would try and avenge the blood of their relative.

“These cities will be places of protection from a dead person’s relatives who want to avenge the death. The slayer must not be put to death before being tried by the community” Numbers 35:12 NLT. The slayer gets a FAIR TRIAL.

“Six of the towns you give the Levites will be CITIES OF REFUGE…” Numbers 35:6 NLT. The next verse says, “Select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee.” Numbers 35:11 NIV.

So imagine that you have a son who is working all day in the hot sun, and he accidently lifts a huge stone and places it on a cart of some sort and it rolls off and kills a man. The law (Torah) stated they must stone him to death. Therefore, HaShem placed these cities of refuge where the men could go flee from those pursuing them. They would be given a trial and they would be placed before a judge and a verdict would be given on their innocence or their guilt.

Don’t fall asleep on me we are just getting to the climax. Also, they could never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be two or three witnesses according to Deuteronomy 17:6. So let’s get back to these cities that were set up to save those who may have been guilty of an accidental death.

“The VICTIM’S NEAREST RELATIVE is responsible for putting the murderer to death. When they meet, the avenger must put the murderer to death.” Numbers 35:19 NLT. Let’s just imagine someone murdered you or me. Basically, one of our family members would go put them to death.

Back then it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. His blood had to be shed to pay for the blood of the one who died. Can you imagine? If the one accused of murder left the city of refuge, he was AN OPEN TARGET to be murdered. Only under the COVERING of the High Priest was he safe.

What does the Bible say to do? “If this should happen, the community must follow these regulations in making a judgment between the slayer and the avenger, the victim’s nearest relative: The community must protect the slayer from the avenger and must escort the slayer back to live in the city of refuge to which he fled. There he must remain UNTIL THE DEATH OF THE HIGH PRIEST, who was anointed with the sacred oil” Numbers 35:23-25 NLT.

Did you catch that? Yes, when the High Priest died, the person accused of murder could return to their family, and so it is said in the Talmud that the mothers of the high priest would BRING GIFTS, care packages, and bribes to the slayers so that they would not pray for their sons to die. OH MY! Jesus- Yeshua gave his blood, his very life, so you and I can live. “So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.” Hebrews 4:14 NLT.

To these cities of refuge, man-slayers might flee and be safe until they had a fair trial. If acquitted from the charge, they were protected from the avenger of blood; yet they must continue within the bounds of the city until the death of the high priest. Thus we are reminded that the death of the great High Priest is the only means whereby sins are pardoned, and sinners set at liberty.

The picture of the high priest dying instead of the unintentional murderer is a perfect picture of Jesus-Yeshua. Weren’t we all just running aimlessly and living in hiding until His light found us and bathed us and set us free from death and the grave?

War and Peace


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We had a tornado warning yesterday morning at 4 am. Loud alarms, winds, and torrential rains pelted the windows. I slept right through it. That is until my husband woke me to go to the basement. I thought about how we take comfort in buildings of brick and mortar to protect us. We like to depend on men and man-made structures, but more about that later.

I want to talk about a king named Asa. King Asa is very unique. His name in the Hebrew means “Doctor” or ‘Physician.’ The interesting thing about that is, he developed a serious foot disease and the bible says, “Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned ONLY to the physicians” 2 Chronicles 16:12 NLT.

But this king can teach us how to fight and win battles and have peace in our life.

The Father sends a prophet to King Asa. He sends Azariah and his name means “Helped by God.” King Asa is going to get some help from HaShem through this prophet and boy does he need it!

Azariah says, “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The LORD will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.” 2nd Chronicles 15:2 NLT.

This sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? So as I was reading further it said that the people were not seeking Yahweh, nor obeying his Torah Commandments, great was their idolatry and “Great vexations were upon ALL the inhabitants of the countries and nation was destroyed by nation, and city of city, FOR GOD DID VEX THEM WITH ADVERSITIES” 2nd Chronicles 15:5-6 ASV.

Who vexed them? The Father did.

HaShem is a good God, but like any good Father, He does punish His children to try and get them to turn around and go back to Torah.

So I thought I knew what that word vexation meant. Wrong.

Vexation is the state of being ANNOYED, FRUSTRATED, or WORRIED” Something that causes also harassment “the cares and vexations of life.”

Are you worried, frustrated and annoyed often? Hopefully this reading will help us have more peace.

So after the prophet who was named “Help from God” left Asa’s company, Asa got busy.

“Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD.” 2nd Chronicles 15:8 NASB.

King Asa did something else that really amazes me. Very few men today would do this. His mother was the queen. He removed her because she had made an idol in a grove and Asa cut down her grove and stomped it, burnt it, and poured it into the river Kidron.

Kidron means to mourn.

Oh, my! How many of us would take our own family members and show them their idols? Point it out to them, remove them from their throne and mourn?

Then it says the people gathered to him in abundance when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. It goes on to say they made offerings unto Yahweh and entered into a covenant with him. It goes on further in detail describing all the great and mighty things this king Asa did, and then something astounding happens.

PEACE COMES!

“And there was NO MORE WAR unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.” 2nd Chronicles 15:19 NASB.

So 10 years of peace. Can you picture that for America? If we did what this King did. They had no more war–no more vexation, or worry, or strife and most of all, no more torment!

AND WHY?

When we remove the idols, we place HaShem FIRST. He is with us while we be with Him.

So something happens to King Asa’s good streak… You ready?

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.” 2nd Chronicles 16:1 NASB. So what do you think this king does? He removed the silver and gold from Yahweh’s temple. He steals from Adonai’s house and he gives it to a man named Ben-hadad of Aram.  He asked him to make a treaty with him and go break his treaty with Baasha the king of Israel so he will leave him alone. And you know what, Ben-hadad agrees and everything seems to work out. King Asa conquers his enemies and is free again…or so we think until we read what the next prophet tells him. And this dear reader is what I want you to read slowly.

“At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because YOU have put YOUR TRUST in the king of Aram INSTEAD of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you RELIED on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a FOOL you have been! From now on you will be at war.” 2nd Chronicles 16:7-9 NLT.

NO MORE PEACE…ETERNAL WAR…ETERNAL TORMENT!

We must trust our Father and not man. When we put our trust in men and wealth, we can end up being vexed with torment.

What happens to the nice prophet who comes to give him a word?

Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.” 2nd Chronicles 16:10 NLT.

 

Sources:

Behind the Name

http://www.behindthename.com/name/asa

http://www.behindthename.com/name/azariah

Vexation

http://biblehub.com/topical/v/vexation.htm

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