Who is Satan? (Doctrines of Demons)


Chapter 10

 

When you picture Satan what type of images comes to mind?  How do you perceive his character?  How does something so evil come to you as an Angel of Light? Yes, the devil can be confusing.  Does he wear a bright red suit and have horns growing out of his head?  How much power does he have?  How much power do you give him?

 

The image that many have instilled in their minds of Satan is one that is devilish–no pun intended.  He is usually handsome, and charming, with an edge of something slithery, just waiting to deceive you with a wink and a wicked grin.  He has been portrayed in movies as a man in his forties. He usually dons a goatee or beard, a cane, and is found dressed in expensive tailored suits. Once you add a pitchfork, a tail, and horns you have ha-Satan.  But many in the Body of Messiah perceive him as an evil being that attacks them and thwarts their paths and stops their blessings.  They seem to see him as a great enemy of our heavenly Father. But is that completely true? This representation comes from the Greek god Pan. Ironically in Greek mythology, Pan was the god of shepherds and flocks.  He also was gifted with reed pipes and had a goatee. From the waist down he had a goat’s body and also the sexual habits of a goat.  This is where we have adopted our image of Satan today–that and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Are you aware that Satan and HaShem (God) converse together?  “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” Job 1:6 ESV.

The Jewish people do not believe in Satan as an enemy of God but as a servant.  This is due to the many errors in scriptural teachings in the Protestant and Catholic religions, and our lack of translating the Hebrew properly.  Let’s examine a scriptural example.

1 Chronicles 21:1 says, “Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.”  Now read carefully the next verse about this same story.

2nd  Samuel 24:1 says, “The anger of the Lord burned against Israel and moved David to number Israel.”  So which one was it?  Was it Satan or was it, the Lord Adonai?  The confusion starts with misunderstandings of words and also yes, don’t become too angry with me, The King James didn’t translate the text exactly right.  There are a number of errors in his translation.  You will see this clearly from many of the verses that we will study.

 

Yes, we humans are capable of making mistakes.  The word “Satan” is a word used to refer to an adversary.  Let me explain.  The original Hebrew text quoted scriptures such as, “The Philistines were distrustful of David, fearing that he would be a Satan…” 1 Samuel 29:4.  Again, Satan is translated as, “an adversary.”  In the verses below, the original translation of the 1611 King James Version is as follows. “And Balaam arose in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the rulers of Moab.  And God’s anger burned because he went, and the Angel of Jehovah stationed Himself in the way as Satan against him. And he was riding on his donkey, and his two servants with him. And the donkey saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the way with His sword drawn in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. […] Then Jehovah opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of Jehovah standing in the way with His sword drawn in His hand; and he bowed down and prostrated himself on his face. And the Angel of Jehovah said to him, Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out as Satan against you, because your way is perverse before Me.”  Numbers 22:21-32 KJV (1611).

Did you catch that? An angel of The Lord has come out as Satan against Balaam. Interesting indeed.

 

This happens over and over in scripture.  If you do research on the Jewish Bible (Tanakh) or Older Testament, there are only about three places that make reference to Satan in a personal way.  The book of Job would be one reference.  The Newer Testament is a third the size of the Older Testament, and yet it has over one hundred references to Satan or the devil due to mistranslated text and Hellenism.  Let’s look at this in more depth.  The Psalmist said this, “And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.  Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.”  Psalms 109:5-6 KJV.  Again, this is an adversary.

 

In the 1769 version of the King James Bible, the Old Testament only uses the word ‘Devil’ four times, Leviticus 17:7, Deuteronomy 32:17, 2nd Chronicles 11:15 and Psalms 106:37.   This translation is in place of (goat-like idols) and idols they had taken on that were pagan. It did not stand for an entity or evil being called “Satan.”  Please understand, this is not just an issue with the word Satan but also with the word “hell.” In addition to what I’ve shown you, also note that I am not saying there isn’t a Satan. I am just trying to biblically show you sound doctrine.

 

So who created the Devil?  “For by him all things were created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17 ESV.

 

According to the way many of us have been taught since a young age, the devil is bad and God is good.  But if God and His Son Yeshua created everything how did evil get here?  As I have quoted before, Isaiah 45:7 says, “I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace and create evil: I the Lord do all these things!” KJB.

 

Lamentations 3:37-38 say, “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good?” KJB.  Jeremiah goes on to say, “Why does a man complain when he is punished for his sins?”  Jeremiah insists that there is a price for sin. Even the Bible says, “…the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6 KJB. Instead of us recognizing that we need to repent or becoming aware that we are being punished for sin, we tend to blame it on Satan. What a tragedy!

 

Yes, we in Christendom love to shout at Satan and blame everything on him instead of our flesh.  So let’s go back to Job.  “And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing?” Job 1:6-7 KJV.

 

Notice how G-d is having a chat with Satan about His servant?  He isn’t yelling at him or telling him to bow.  He and Satan are looking at a man who HaShem says is perfect (obedient), and they are discussing whether he would continue to be pleasing if he lost all his wealth, children, and even his health.  “But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.  So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:11-12 KJV.

 

As you see, everything is under G-d’s jurisdiction.  Satan is not a rival of G-d but more like a go-between, sent to do what G-d would will. We see an example of this in the story of Joseph. Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and sold him into Egypt. They had no intention of serving G-d, but G-d used them to achieve the plans He already had. Joseph tells them, “So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh–the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8 NLT.

 

Satan always serves the purpose of God. 1 Timothy 1:20 says, “Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be “taught” not to blaspheme.” NIV.  Now I must stop you here and ask you a question: “Is it good to not blaspheme?” So was Satan used for good? Of course! Remember G-d sent a lying spirit, an evil spirit, and a messenger of Satan to put a thorn in Paul’s flesh.  Now let’s read the last part of Job to see if Satan brought the evil on this righteous man or if G-d did?

 

“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.  “Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and everyone an earring of gold.”  Job 42:10 KJV.

 

Are you shocked?  Do you read like the Bereans to show yourself approved?  Do you study Yah’s (God’s) Word, or do you just take what the man tells you on Sunday morning as the truth?  We are living in a time where we need to know for ourselves. We have doctrines of devils being passed down and growing in number each day.

 

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.  Revelation 20:1-3 ESV.

 

One angel came down and took out Satan. Next time you get mad at the devil, rethink Job’s wise words to his wife, “… he said to her, “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.  Again, I hope that this has opened your eyes to a deeper understanding of the enemy’s identity and who is in control of him.

Let’s go deeper on the topic. Click here satan?

 

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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!

 

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Photo taken from my year of Jubilee blog post.

When You Stand


It is the season of reflection. The season of repenting.

But how do we do that?

What does that look like after working an eight or ten hour day, picking up children, cooking dinner, paperwork, bills, the grocery, pet care?

Do we say a prayer in the car and call it a day? Do we turn off the television, Facebook, Twitter? Do we spend more time outside in a quiet spot? Get up earlier? Do we fast by skipping some meals or even fast for many days? Whatever it is that we do, it’s personal. I don’t know what needs to be cleansed from your temple and vice versa. We may see what we think is wrong with a person or signs of things that we feel they need to work on, but we don’t live with them behind closed doors. Often what we view as truth is not as it seems. I present that case all too well, in Walter the Homeless Man. If you need to forgive anyone during this time, Walter can help.

But on a serious note, sometimes I picture the most devout Jews doing what we try to do during the Ten Days of Awe, magnified times a hundred on just their regular days. Now, if it’s just rote it means nothing. However, if it’s from the purest of hearts, well it’s an amazing perfume–a symphony of glorious showers being poured out to heaven’s door.

Last night while lying in bed, meditating on the Word and eternity; I kept thinking about my past, in that I really didn’t fear this God or fathom His Greatness. Greatness isn’t even a word to describe Him. It’s not immense enough or deep enough in grandeur. A God who would take the time to know us—really knows us. A Yah who cleanses us, names us, and give us new garments. A God who stores our tears and also keeps track of them in His books. “. . . Put Thou my tears into Thy wineskin; are they not in Thy Sefer (Creation Book)?” Psalms 56:9 OJ.

A Father who is seated on the throne and One who has multiple books and in a sea of people, as the sand on the shores, since the beginning of time, He knows our names and our hearts and every tiny hair on our heads.

“While I was watching,

Thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took his seat.

His garment was as white as snow,

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels a burning fire.

A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him.

Thousands of thousands attended Him

And ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.

The court was seated,

And the books were opened.” Daniel 7:8-10.

I was reminded, as I was meditating on this, of a time when I was so sick that on awakening, instead of thanking Abba for my breath, I would pray to die. The pain was so indescribable. My life resembled Job’s. One morning as I was begging for Him to snuff me out, I heard a voice in my spirit say, “Do you not value the life I have given you?” Ouch.

LIFE.

A beautiful gift.

A treasure box of sunsets, babies, bulbs bursting with colors, laughter, tears, triumphs, and tragedies. All treasures. To even be born in America. To have the comforts of shelter, fresh clean sheets, water, and food. The freedom to purchase a thousand Bibles, if able. It is all truly amazing and yet so often we fold gratitude up and complain while we stand in line to purchase His blessings. If it hadn’t been for my sickness and Job journey, I would have never feared Him. There are still times I lack a healthy awe.

“Then they that feared (God) Hashem spoke often one to another, and Hashem paid heed and heard it, and a Sefer Zikaron (book of remembrance) was written before Him for them that feared Hashem, and that meditated upon Shmo (His Name).

17 And they shall be Mine, saith Hashem Tzva’os, in that Yom when I make up My Segullah (special treasure, possession); and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own ben haoved oto (son that serves him).” Malachi 3:16-17 JOB.

I want to be found worthy! To be spared. To be HIS treasured possession. OH MY! All the junk we treasure here on this planet that is of material substance–made by man—He said, “Don’t store it up. He said it will rust. Thieves break in.” He said we should store up treasures in heaven. He said it’s not the outside of these temples that need to be cleaned up, it’s the inside.

Jews pray three times a day. The same time our Savior was being put on the cross—9 am. They pray at noon: the time the sky grew pitch black and they pray at 3 pm, the exact time Yeshua said, “It is finished.” Notice this was not something that stopped happening.

A great healing took place in Acts during this prayer time. “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. . . But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:1,2,6-.

They pray anywhere from 500 to 600 hours a year. Think about that. What does prayer mean to them? Do they pray that their son will get a job making six figures? Or that their aunt Jean will humble herself, or that their son-n-law will stop bad mouthing people? Doubtful.

“Tefillah is also one of many Hebrew terms (but the most common in the Bible) for prayer in general. The Hebrew root means ‘to think, entreat, judge, intercede’, and the reflexive means ‘to judge oneself’, and ‘to pray’.”

 

To judge oneself. . .

 

As soon as a child learns to speak, he or she is taught the first line of the Shema. What is the Shema? Jesus/ Yeshua said it was the most important commandment. “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31.

 

His people fear Him.

 

I wanted to post a portion of the Amidah for those who possibly have never heard of this prayer.

The Amidah is read while standing. It is called “THE STANDING PRAYER or The prayer.” It was composed around 450 BC by the 120 Men of the Great Assembly including Ezra and Nehemiah at the time of the rebuilding of the Temple. If you have ever read Ezra chapter 9 or Nehemiah 8, please meditate on the fear and reverence they had for the sins of the people–as we are one. They stood whenever the Torah was read.

Notice what Jesus/ Yeshua said, ”

Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.” Mark 11:25.

Here is a portion: for the full prayer click here

“Blessed are You, Lord our God and God of our fathers, God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, the great, mighty and awesome God, exalted God, who bestows bountiful kindness, who creates all things, who remembers the piety of the Patriarchs, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His Name.

During the Ten Days of Penitence add:

Remember us for life, King who desires life; inscribe us in the Book of Life, for Your sake, O living God.

O King, (You are) a helper, a savior and a shield. Blessed are You Lord, Shield of Abraham.

You are mighty forever, my Lord; You resurrect the dead; You are powerful to save.”

 

He said, “Those who fear me and meditate on My NAME– “They shall be mine!”

To be on the mind of the Creator of ALL and for Him to think of us. My HEART be still!

What if we could watch our life on a movie screen? I’m fifty years old now, and every now and then, I have a flashback of when I was a little girl—a teenager—a broken woman. How time blows through the winds of change and we forget who we are. How far we’ve come or digressed. What dirt we came from. Our roots. His roots. I began to meditate on both the good and bad things I’ve done in my life under the sun. The kind words I’ve spoken and the not so kind. The disobedient acts mixed with the “here I am Abba send me” moments. What if we were shown a video of our lives played out? Our words? Our actions? Slow motion. MERCY!

“The LORD knows the days of the blameless,

And their inheritance will be forever.” Psalm 37:18 NASB.

 

This time of returning and reflection can be deep. Every year during this season I am reminded of friends that left and others I distanced myself from. I grieve over it. Sometimes we can leave too soon and other times we can stay too long. Both are bad. We pray. We reflect. We ask for forgiveness on our part and for healing. We take the flashlight and we shine it on us. We notice the things we say or don’t say. We notice the actions we do and don’t do. We notice the thoughts we have that aren’t so good at times and we try and think about whatsoever things are pure.

“ Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise—dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 Tree of Life Version (TLV).

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Sources:

http://www.biblescholars.org/2013/05/the-lords-prayer-and-the-amidah.html

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/prayer.htm

Painting: God’s Holy Throne Room @SilviA

editing by Debbie Kessler

The Rich man and Lazarus #3


Free Chapter from Doctrines of Demons #3

 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus has been used by many to inflict dreadful fear. It’s even insinuated that a person might be able to see people burning in hell and crying out for a drop of water. Certain ministers claim they have experienced this place of torture. I can’t imagine a loving Father allowing us to see our enemies in flames, let alone those we love and care about. Could you stand to watch your child, spouse, or family member screaming out in horror? For more on the topic click here Introductory Chapter on Hell

Jesus / Yeshua begins to speak multiple parables in the book of Luke. This word parable comes from the Hebrew word mashal, Strong’s concordance 4912 mashal, which means a proverb or taunt. “sentences constructed in parallelism, usually of Hebrew Wisdom, but occasionally of other types);”

Jewish writings and rabbinic thought are hidden in these parables that can cloud our mind to the meanings due to not living in that time among those people. It’s like the movie Back to the Future. When Marty McFly travels back in time, his mother thinks his name is Calvin Klein due to his underwear. He also goes into a soda shop and orders a “Pepsi Free” and they get a tad upset with him and assume he wants the soda free of charge, not free of calories. Not only is there this confusion but the very word McFly is an idiom (phrase) for a simpleton or stupid person. Unless you look deeply into symbolism and know about the history and the characteristics of the leaders of Jesus day, it can get tricky. I learn new things daily. Many believe that this story about the rich man and Lazarus is a true story and not a parable, but each chapter is labeled a parable and we also know from Scripture that this was Jesus/ Yeshua’s main method of teaching. Let’s look at that first.

He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES; I WILL UTTER THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.” Matthew 13:33-35 NASB.

“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Matthew 13:10 NASB.”

We must continue to look at this topic of parables because we see over and over again that this is how he taught.

“With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.” Mark 4:33-34 NASB.

He told his disciples this: “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.” John 16:25 KJB.

So as we begin to study the whole book of Luke and the parables and the order of them, the main topics and illustrations he used, we see a common theme connecting them.

He discusses a parable about two debtors in Luke seven and explains that the person who has been forgiven much loves much. He moves on from this short example to the parable of the sower. People say that Jesus/ Yeshua spoke in parables because they were easy to understand and that a child could even understand them, but this isn’t what Scripture would lead us to believe. “His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.  And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” Luke 8:9-10 NASB. Actually, his leading twelve were scratching their heads and wondering often, saying please explain the parable because we are not getting it!

Now, I am not going to go over each parable in the book of Luke because that would be rather lengthy. We want to cover the main one on the rich man and Lazarus, but we do want to look at a couple he spoke about earlier to get a general idea of his audience and who is listening and what if anything the parables may have in common. In Luke chapter ten, he tells them a parable about the Good Samaritan. Yeshua is speaking and the text says a lawyer stood up and presented a question to “trap” him. This man was a Torah expert but many translations say lawyer due to them being an expert in the Law of Moses (The Torah). He presented a question. “Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?”  But Yeshua said to him, “What is written in the Torah (law)? How do you read it? He answered, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself.” “That’s the right answer,” Yeshua said. “Do this, and you will have life.”

 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Yeshua, “And who is my ‘neighbor’?” ” Luke 10:25 -29 CJB. Now, this gets deep because the Jews hated the Samaritans. They would walk many miles out of their way to not step foot in their territory. Jesus/ Yeshua gives this parable to the people and he uses a Priest and a Levite, the most cream of the crop to make his point. This was sure to rile their feathers and convict their hearts.

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [n]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.  And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10: 30-34 NASB.

By this point the High Priest, the Pharisees and Sadducees were probably getting close to livid.

In Luke chapter twelve the Pharisees, Sadducees, and leaders proclaim that he has a demon and that he heals and cast out demons by the prince of demons. In chapter 14 he begins to express a parable about a fig tree and then a mustard seed, a parable of the invited guest he found worthy and the dinner banquet. Luke fifteen expresses three parables about one lost sheep, a lost coin, and the prodigal son. All three of these are unified and about a similar topic and then we get to chapter sixteen. Yes, the Bible was divided into chapters for easier reading, but we still are able to see comparisons in thought and topics brought together. There is a parable right before Lazarus that is called “the unrighteous steward.” This parable angers those present and causes Yeshua to continue with another parable–the beggar and Lazarus. These two parables go together and although I am not going to go into great detail on the unrighteous steward, I am going to show you how much it angered a certain religious spirit that is still alive and well today.

Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and wealth.”

 

 Now some of the Pharisees and Sadducees, were lovers of money, and they were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.  And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. Luke 16:13-15 NASB.

Many of these men were the elite. They were the priest and Rabbi’s/ teachers of the times, but how did they get in these positions of power? There’s nothing new under the sun.

The Sadducees could not tolerate the raising of the Sages from the Pharisee camp to positions of power and control and sought ways to regain their lost power and influence. The Sadducees quickly realized that the office of High Priest held the best promise to achieve this aim. The Roman rulers followed Herod’s example of bestowing this sacred office upon the highest bidder. As the Sadducees had no lack of money, they offered huge personal bribes to the procurators, and a candidate of their choice became High Priest. The Roman officials soon realized that the office of High Priest was an infallible source of income. At frequent intervals, they would dismiss the current Kohen Gadol and auction off the position to the highest bidder. The prestige of the office thus suffered during this period as the Kohen Gadon came to be regarded as a petty politician who was appointed by the secular government and cared only about his own glory and enrichment. In the course of time, with their numbers growing, they became a domineering aristocracy and together with their relatives and friends, they abused the people and brougth about the Destruction of the Temple. (Pesachim 57a) [HOJP I, pp.149] 

They abused the people. They hurt Abba’s sheep that they had been entrusted with and now Yeshua is on the scene and He is convicting them. These men who sat in the best seats, and did everything for a show and the praises of men. However, some of the Pharisees were very righteous and actually trying hard to live right. Many of them were living better than most of us can even imagine.

Now, that Yeshua has struck a cord and wounded their egos he continues with the famous parable many claim is about an actual place called Abraham’s bosom, a place called heaven and a horrific place called hell. Let’s jump in and start looking at this with new glasses on. Pick up your Hebrew spectacles and let’s travel back to the time of Jesus/Yeshua’s day.

“Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.” Luke 16:19-21 NASB.

We first notice above, that during his parable about the unrighteous steward, that he tells them “You cannot serve God and wealth.” Now in this next parable it starts out with a rich man and we see that his clothes are purple and fine linen. What manner of a man would wear purple and fine linen? Exodus chapter twenty-eight explains clearly who these leaders are. “Make Aaron some beautiful clothes that are worthy of a high priest. Aaron is to be dedicated as my high priest, and his clothes must be made only by persons who possess skills that I have given them.  Here are the items that need to be made: a breast piece, a priestly vest, a robe, an embroidered shirt, a turban, and a sash. These sacred clothes are to be made for your brother Aaron and his sons who will be my priests.  Only gold and fine linen, woven with blue, purple, and red wool, are to be used for making these clothes.” Exodus 28:19-21 CEV.

These High Priest, these Levites, and leaders who walked right past the man beaten on the road in the parable of the Good Samaritan are still here being rebuked by Jesus/ Yeshua himself. Everyone knew what a Pepsi Free was in the 1990’s but when Marty McFly travelled back in time no one understood it or Calvin Klein underwear. They knew who Jesse James was but not Calvin. These men knew who Jesus/ Yeshua was calling out because they were the ones dressed like that. Let’s continue.

He labels this man Lazarus in this parable so he can use his sword to cut at their hearts deeper.

There are two men named Lazarus mentioned in the New Testament, but note that the Greek name Lazarus is a Hellenized version of the popular name Eleazar.”

The two best-known Eleazar’s of the Hebrew Bible (Older Testament) are the son of Aaron, the arch-father of all priests, and the son of Abinadab, in whose house the Ark of the Covenant resided. Both these Eleazar’s had brothers whom God killed for their inappropriate handling of the Ark or the sanctuary it was deposited in. One name definition of Eleazar/ Lazarus means “God Has Helped.” The two named Lazarus in the Newer Testament/ Brit Chadashah are the man who was dead for four days that Jesus/ Yeshua raised from the dead and this humble beggar in the parable of Luke. This poor man named Lazarus is laid at a place where these High Priest and Torah scholars would have been very familiar with. At this rich man’s gate he was laid. We read over and over again in Scripture the many poor, blind, deaf, and lepers who were laid at the gate of the temple or the city gate. Let’s look at that before we delve further into our story.

“And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.” Acts 3:2 NASB. (He sat every day at the gate)

Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why do we sit here until we die?” 2nd Kings 7:3 NASB.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters.” John 5:2-3 NASB.

Now, in our story this poor man is laid at the rich man’s gate and we were given clues by the man’s attire who he represented. I may be wrong but I believe it was the wealthy elite priest of the day. Now let’s get back to the parable. We left off in verses twenty-one, but now we will read the portion many believe is depicting heaven and hell.

“Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.  And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.  And [r]besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’  But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:22-31 NASB.

We know Lazarus was who was brought forth out of the grave. Yes, and soon Yeshua/ Jesus, the First fruits, will be soon come forth out of the grave and gets the keys to death, hell and the grave. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” 1st Corinthians 15:20.   Yeshua is making a very good point here, and if we remember correctly another verse from the Gospels explains even more.

“The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.” John 12:9-11 NASB.

Now a few interesting items in the passage above is the way he labeled these men as poor and rich and also the fact that the rich man had five brothers.

According to Metzger & Coogan Oxford Companion to the Bible, “Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas in the Newer Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus.”

“The 1st-century Jewish historian Josephus is considered the most reliable literary source for Caiaphas. Josephus (Antiquitates Judaicae 18.33-35) relates that Caiaphas became a high priest during a turbulent period. He also states that the proconsul Vitellius deposed him (Antiquitates Judaicae 18.95-97). Josephus’ account is based on an older source in which incumbents of the high priesthood were listed chronologically.”

According to Josephus, Caiaphas was appointed in AD 18 by the Roman prefect who preceded Pontius Pilate, Valerius Gratus.[1]

Joseph was the son-in-law of Annas (also called Ananus) the son of Seth. Annas was deposed, but had five sons who served as high priest after him. The terms of Annas, Caiaphas, and the five brothers are

Ananus (or Annas) the son of Seth (6–15)

Eleazar the son of Ananus (16–17)

Caiaphas – properly called Joseph son of Caiaphas (18–36), who had married the daughter of Annas (John 18:13)

Jonathan the son of Ananus (36–37 and 44)

Theophilus ben Ananus (37–41)

Matthias ben Ananus (43)

Ananus ben Ananus (63).

The High Priest that year had five brothers and they are all listed above. These Chief priest were badgering Yeshua and trying their best to do away with him and as we know, they succeeded until the 3rd day. When Jesus/Yeshua is pointing out their wealth and their esteem and using the robes of royal purple and fine linen to describe them, they were sure to have felt slapped in the face. This parable was a warning about torment and wealth and the evil schemes of men who hoard up their riches and think that one day they will not be held accountable for the poor, but will we see the sinners sweltering in hell? I think not. For more on Hell click here. Part #2 Hell, the Lake of Fire & the 2nd Death

Jews believe that at their death, they go to a place called Paradise or Abraham’s bosom. Interesting that when Yeshua looked at the man on the cross, he said, “I tell you the truth this day (coma) you will be with me in Paradise. Notice, I have changed where the coma is placed for a reason. In the King James, the coma is placed after and leads one to believe that Yeshua went to Paradise that day. He was in the heart of the earth three days like Jonah and then he was walking among the twelve for forty days before he ascended. But what about Abrahams bosom? What did it mean to Jews at that time period? Did they understand, like Marty McFly the lingo of the day and the idioms in use?

“The word found in the Greek text for “bosom” is kolpos, meaning “lap” “bay”.[2] This relates to the Second Temple period practice of reclining and eating meals in proximity to other guests, the closest of whom physically was said to lie on the bosom (chest) of the host.” The Septuagint Greek version of Isaiah 40:11 uses another Greek word: γαστρι

 

Now, we know that the poor man was so close to the rich man’s table he was hoping for just a crumb to fall that a dog might find underneath. This seems to go hand and hand with the story and when we research further we grasp more understanding.

“According to Maldonatus (1583),[6] whose theory has since been accepted by many scholars, the metaphor “to be in Abraham’s Bosom” is derived from the custom of reclining on couches at the table, which prevailed among the Jews during and before the time of Jesus. As at a feast each guest leaned on his left elbow so as to leave his right arm at liberty, and as two or more lay on the same couch, the head of one man was near the breast of the man who lay behind, and he was therefore said “to lie in the bosom” of the other.”

It was also considered by the Jews of old a mark of special honor and favor for one to be allowed to lie in the bosom of the master of the feast (cf. John 13:23), and it is by this illustration that they pictured the next world. They conceived of the reward of the righteous dead as a sharing in a banquet given by Abraham, “the father of the faithful” (cf. Matthew 8:11 sqq.), and of the highest form of that reward as lying in “Abraham’s Bosom.”

When we read all the parables in the Bible we notice a common mixture of using an allegory, this metaphoric language to describe something larger than a simpleton like Marty McFly would be able to decipher. Let me show you some examples. In Revelations chapter one we read about seven stars and seven golden lampstands. Once we continue reading the vision John had, we are given the hidden meaning to both items in verse twenty. “As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” NASB. Once we dig deeper we learn there are seven Spirits of Adonai and seven Feast.

Matthew 5:3 says that we are the salt of the earth, but are we really salt? He is the Potter and we are the clay. Are we actually a slab of clay? Other verses proclaim that the Father is our rock, our Shepherd and even states Yeshua/Jesus is a lamb, the bread of life, a vine, but we all know these are just metaphors for a deeper hidden spiritual truth. So let’s get back to the parable of the rich man and the poor beggar. If Christians really want to believe this is about heaven and hell, we have not even an ounce of proof because neither word is mentioned, not even metaphorically. What we do know is the righteous man was not wealthy and prosperous and healed in the name of Jesus. No, that sounds more like the prideful church in this hour, and forgive me because I do believe Yeshua came to heal and save and give us life more abundantly, but sometimes that looks more like Job’s trials on this earth. So, we have a righteous man who is so poor he is wishing for a crumb and dogs are licking his soars. The rich man is not like the Good Samaritan. Yeshua used that parable to show these wealthy pious priest, and the arrogant Pharisees just how they acted. They acted as if they didn’t see the poor, the blind, the beggars laid up at their church/ temple doors. They walked past in their highfalutin robes with their boxes strapped to their foreheads and prayed loudly and tithed loudly so they could receive all the glory and honor of this world, not the world to come. All these parables are about the rich and poor.

The rich man begged for a drop of water to be placed on his tongue, but he couldn’t even give a crumb to the beggar while he lived in his wealth on earth. Now he is in torment. Our understanding of heaven and hell are mixed with Hellenism and Plato’s teachings along with many other men. Nowhere in the gospels do we see us floating up to heaven, but we do read about a new heaven and a new earth and the Son of Yah coming here.

and that He may send Jesus, the [i]Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the [j]period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” Acts 3:20-21 NASB.

“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will [a]dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them. “ Revelation 20:2-3 NASB.

This word new does not mean something brand new. When the Father sent a flood he kept eight people and all the animals. He did not say I am destroying everything and starting over. He baptized the earth and cleansed it, but it was still the same work of His hands. Yes, there is a Day of Judgment, but He also tells us that He will wipe every tear from our eyes. Will we see our loved ones burning in torment? Would that be a place of no more crying and perfect peace? No. I want to cover all the bases here so that no stones are left unturned. In order to do that I need to cover the Transfiguration and the souls under the alter. Afterwards we will move from the heavenly abode to hell, sheol, and the grave.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Strong’s concordance

McFly: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/McFly

Back to the Future: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Future

Pepsi Free: Caffeine-Free Pepsi-Cola was introduced, under the brand name Pepsi Free, in 1982 by PepsiCo as the first major-brand caffeine-free cola in years. (The Canada Dry Company had marketed “Sport Cola,” which was also caffeine-free, in the 1960s, but that brand of cola was not a success

Parable: http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11898-parable

Purple robes: COLOR – …2).Purples. (a) The purple dyes were obtained from the “ḥallazon,” a species of shell-fish called Murex brandaris and Murex …trunculis, on which see Rieger (l.c. p. 21). It yielded purple-red (Hebrew “argaman” = Aramaic “argewan”) and purple-blue or violet (Hebrew “tekelet” = Aramaic “tikla”). Both colors figure largely in the decoration of …the Tabernacle and the priestly robes. In Jer. x. 9 both are mentioned as contributing to the splendor of heathen worship. In Judges viii. 26 the Midianitish chiefs are said to have worn robes of purple-red…Jewish Encyclopedia.

Abarim Publications: Lazarus

Joseph Caiaphas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caiaphas

Metzger & Coogan Oxford Companion to the Bible, 1993. p 97

Josephus’ source is mentioned in Antiquitates Judaicae 20.224-51 and Against Apion 1.36; see Bond, Caiaphas, p. 163, n. 2.

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

http://jewishencyclopedia.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Caiaphas&commit=search

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

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/362-abraham-s-bosom

http://www.thesanhedrin.org/en/index.php?title=Historical_Overview

 

 

 

 

 

The Cost of a Garment


A Seasoned Coat

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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I LUZ You and Almonds


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Have you ever pondered how all the graves will open? Not when but how. . . Will we come up out of the sea—the earth—an urn? Even the people who have been eaten by sharks? Yes, and how many of you have heard of the Luz bone, a bone that CANNOT be crushed or burned or destroyed? Could this bone have something to do with Ezekiel? “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.’” Ezekiel 37:1-6 NASB.

 

First things first—a little tent with a pretty big message. Please! If you are ADD read the whole blog for the whole meal. I think you will be pretty blown away by how intricate the details are in our Creators handiwork.

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The color blue is my husband’s favorite color and it’s also the color of his truck and most of his clothing. He is a University of Kentucky fan, blue and blue—I mean through and through. As I was thinking about how to go about describing a color so blue that it turns green in the sunlight and then bluer than a violet purple mixed with sea water, I lost the ability to describe such splendor. This dye was created by an animal that went extinct thousands of years ago.

According to the Talmud, the dye of Tekhelet (a shade of blue) was produced from a marine creature known as the illazon (also spelled Chilazon).

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A one of a kind color. However, about twenty years ago Israeli divers discovered this same mollusk in the Red Sea. The blue dye is made by extracting a thick liquid from a gland in the mollusk to produce the blue brilliant dye. Why would such a color be important? Everything HaShem does is intricate and has a deeper meaning behind it. This dye was used for the priestly garments–the temple tapestry and the tallit (Prayer shawl).

 

HaShem gives special instructions about a prayer shawl and four corners with tassels called Tzitzit. I started meditating on these four corners and the earth. I’m not an earth expert but I do have some friends who have studied this extensively so perhaps they can add?

“The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying,  “Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.” Numbers 15:38-39 NASB.

A cord of heavenly sapphire blue—blue—blue— the color of Yahweh’s Glory.

 

“And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.” Exodus 24:10 KJV.

 

After HaShem instructs them He tells them why they need these tassels. The tassels have been translated by the King James Version as “fringes,” however, they are called Tzitzit, also called tzitziyot. `

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“It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord (Adonai,) so as to do them and not ­­­­­-­­follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.”  Numbers 15:39-40.

 

 

 

This word Tzitzit means BLOSSOM. It’s like the rod of Aaron that budded and bloomed. These blossoms will bring forth fruit. How? When we keep the Commandments we bear fruit. When we honor His Torah by not just knowing it but doing it we bear much fruit. Here is a picture of a beautiful almond tree blossom.

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Most of Christendom is familiar with Ten Commandments, but there are 613 wrapped up in The Ten. When your pastor quotes, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, he or she is quoting the Torah. He or she is talking about the Menorah and the seven spirits of God and His Holy Commandments; His Torah instructions to live a blessed life—blooming trees.

 

The first place we read about the wings of these prayer shawls is after the Father saves His people from Egypt. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.” Exodus 19:4.

The Rabbis teach that each arrangement of tassels should be seven white threads and one blue thread. For more information on the significance of the meaning behind the Hebrew numbers 7 & 8 here is a link to Grace in Torah where you can also find some pretty amazing teachings.

This shawl is used at all major events from circumcision to weddings and yes, even the dead are wrapped up in this garment. Death is something we see Yeshua triumphing over. Yes, death and the grave could not hold our Messiah! Let’s see how the Olive tree buries their dead since we were engrafted into it.

After a person dies, the eyes are closed, the body is laid on the floor and covered, and candles are lit next to the body. The body is never left alone until after burial, as a sign of respect. The people who sit with the dead body are called shomerim, from the root Shin-Mem-Reish, meaning “guards” or “keepers. — In preparation for the burial, the body is thoroughly cleaned and wrapped in a simple, plain linen shroud. The Sages decreed that both the dress of the body and the coffin should be simple, so that a poor person would not receive less honor in death than a rich person. The body is wrapped in a tallit with its tzitzit rendered invalid.Jewfaq.org

Can you imagine your body being wrapped in the Word of Yahweh? Can you imagine all of the Fathers commandments and instructions for a blessed LIFE covering your DEAD body? That dead body will come up out of the grave because Jesus—Yeshua our First Fruits came forth out of the grave wrapped in the same type of linen shroud and more than likely wrapped in his tallit.

This Tallit is two words, tal meaning tent and lit meaning little. “A little tent” that is like a canopy of protection hidden under His Torah–His commandments. When the shawl is pulled up over the head it makes a prayer room. Psalms 91 talks about this canopy under the wings of Adonai. “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” 91:4.

When the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus garments she actually touched the Word of Yahweh. These shawls were what a Rabbi such as Yeshua would have worn, not some red Roman robe we see him often pictured as wearing. Many people touched this and were healed. Let’s look at scripture for certainty.

“Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe (Tzitzit) of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.” Mark 6:56.

Scriptures concerning these four wings also discuss a time of the latter days and I believe have much revelation to behold.

 

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun (Servant) of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 4:1-2.

 

Yeshua is talking about the times coming in the latter days and he says after the tribulation we will see the sign of him—let’s look at that verse. “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. “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31.

“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree.” Revelation 7:1.

So as I was meditating on the four corners of the earth and visualizing this mighty wind sweeping people up like a Hollywood production of tornado or Aliens, I decided it wouldn’t be like that at all. Didn’t the Son come to a carpenter from a rough place called Nazareth (Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?)  And weren’t his parents so ordinary no one would make room for the delivery of the chosen one? Didn’t he ride on a humble donkey? Yes, but we have all these motion pictures and left behind series that have altered our thinking.

“According to the Zohar—an early Kabbalistic text—the resurrection will take place forty years after the arrival of Moshiach (Messiah). However, certain righteous individuals will arise with the coming of Moshiach (Messiah). All the dead will be resurrected in the Land of Israel.”

Notice the number 40 and all it entails.

So let’s get back to this death and this body rolled up in a little tent—the wings of Yahweh and His mighty Torah protecting even our bones.

According to Aish.com, Jewish tradition records that with burial, a single bone in the back of the neck never decays. It is from this bone – the luz bonethat the human body will be rebuilt in the future Messianic era when the souls of the departed will be reunited with their bodies.”

Yes! A BONE CALL THE LUZ.

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I’m doing a snoopy dance right now!

YES! The Rabbi’s claim there is a bone in our brains that never disintegrates. They say it cannot be burned, crushed, or broken. But this gets deeper! Remember the Tzitzit? Those fringes that hung down that were braided and were referred to as almond buds or blossoms? Well, something else has the same meaning.

The word LUZ in Hebrew means nut or almond! So our brain even blossoms with the mind of Jesus Christ our Yeshua Messiah.

The luz and the tallit with its Tzitzit represent an almond seed- a blossom—blooming and producing fruit and yes, rising up out of the earth! It is believed by the Rabbi’s that this bone is strengthened and gains sustenance from a meal eaten called the Melave Malka. What is this strange word about?

“ Melaveh Malkah is the name of a meal that, as per halakha, is customarily held by Jews after their Sabbath, in other words, on Saturday evening. The intent of the meal is to figuratively escort the “Sabbath Queen” on her way out via singing and eating, as one would escort a monarch upon his departure from a city. This meal is alternatively called “the fourth meal.”

 

We must get back to His Holy Days and Feast. It was never Sunday.

 

And he said to them “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Mark 14:24-26)

This is new beginnings with the Messiah and the 8th day and the fullness of our new Kingdom filled with awe and glory unspeakable and unattainable in thought. More joy than one has ever felt. I can’t wait!

I LUZ my Yeshua Jesus the One who died so we might have LIFE!

Sources:

The mystical bone of resurrection, Shapiro R., 1987, Department of Radiology, University of Miami School of Medicine, accessed 5 April 2014

 

http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148%2Fradiology.163.3.718#comments

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

 

http://www.aish.com/ci/sam/48936292.html

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