True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 10/03/2020
Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Ten Virgins, Ten Minas & Ten Silver Coins
[NOTE: This is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Stephen J. Spykerman’s book “Christians & Jews – The Two Faces Of Israel.” This is a powerful message that I have had bits and pieces of and had not come to a point of putting it together until now. I hope this will be a wake-up call for the reader of this excerpt. I have added my comments in square brackets as such […]. If you are interested in purchasing this book, and I highly recommend everyone get this book, just click on the book titled in red above or click on the book cover to the left. Shalom from I am One Crying In The Wilderness!]
Returning to the theme of our chapter [Chapter 7], let us examine some more New Testament examples, which indirectly point us to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. As we have already seen, in chapter four, there are the ten virgins of the parable in Matthew 25; five of which were wise and were prepared for their wedding. Five is the number of grace and, as we have already seen this number also represents the Five Books of Moses, or Torah. These Five wise virgins accepted the grace of Yeshua’s sacrifice and followed Him. Just as He followed the Torah of His Father, so did they by simply walking in the footsteps of their Master, and in enduring until the end, they qualified to become the bride of Yeshua.
In the Gospel of Luke, Yeshua relates the Parable of the Ten Minas in response to the thoughts of His disciples, who were expecting Him to usher in the Kingdom of God at any moment! To help them to understand that He had not come to establish the Kingdom at that particular moment in time, He told them a parable indicating that they would have to wait a while:
“Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.” So he called TEN of his servants, delivered to them TEN minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ “But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.” ” (Luke 19:12-14, NKJV, emphasis added).
Many Christian preachers have interpreted the latter part of the above quotation as applying solely to the Jewish nation, in that they have consistently been unwilling to accept Jesus Christ, the Christian Messiah. Yet, when we look more closely at the Scripture; “But His citizens hated Him, and sent a delegation after Him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us,” and we then examine the context where Yeshua called TEN of His servants and gave them TEN minas, the inference is that he is addressing the TEN Lost Tribes of Israel. After all, it was they who had broken His Father’s covenant, and it was they who had left His Father’s House! Additionally, when we consider the only time Yeshua actually gave us the reason why He had come, He said: “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Clearly, Yeshua is not addressing the house of Judah here, but rather is speaking to His scattered sheep of the house of Israel!
We may refer to our selves as followers of Jesus Christ and as Christians, but what does it really mean? The Apostle John clearly lists down the distinguishing marks by which we can identify the true disciples of Yeshua, the Messiah:
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (l John 2:3-4, NKJV).
This may sound terribly tough to most of you reading this, yet it is taken right out of the New Testament and, as we have already seen, it echoe’s the words of Yeshua, our Savior, the Son of the Highest.
We find further evidence when we search for the hidden meaning in the Parable of the Lost Coin. In Luke 15 Yeshua relates the Parable of the Lost Coin, as follows:
“Or what woman, having TEN SILVER COINS, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?” (Luke 15:8, NKJV, emphasis added).
Notice, once again we witness this extraordinary and repeated reference to the number TEN! Truly, if we can but grasp the significance and the Mystery of the Gospel of the Kingdom, we will instantly recognize each reference to the number Ten, as being an allegorical reference to the lost house of Israel! Why? Simply because it is Yeshua’s Divine commission to bring them back to the Father and after this to the Land. In the Bible silver as a metal denotes refinement and redemption and the TEN silver coins thus refer to the redemption of Israel. Silver invariably has to go through a process of refinement, which allegorically refers to the Father molding His people through affliction. (Jer. 9:7; Dan. 11:35; Zec. 13:9; Hos. 1:10 & Mal. 3:3). There is also a footnote in the NKJV against verse eight which states: ‘The Greek drachma, a valuable coin often worn in a Ten-piece garland by married women.’ Does this not remind us of the words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the backsliding and prodigal children of the house of Israel?
“ “Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD, “FOR I AM MARRIED TO YOU. I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. “And I will give you good shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15, emphasis added).
The ‘Ten’ Lepers Cleansed
Another startling example of an allegorical reference to the Ten Tribes of the lost house of Israel may be discerned in the account of the astounding miracle of the cleansing of the ten lepers. Yeshua was passing through Samaria and Galilee, (e.g. the former territory of the ten tribes of Israel), on His way to Jerusalem when He was accosted by ten lepers who stood afar off:
“And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” ” (Luke 17:13-17, NKJV).
Leprosy is a particularly loathsome disease as displayed by the symptoms of running sores and malformed stumps. It also manifests the most repugnant boils, scabs and ulcers on the skin which leave its victims in the most piteous state. In Bible times lepers were cast out of society, as it was considered highly contagious. Even today in the third world, lepers are generally kept isolated in special leper colonies. Leprosy is often describes as a plague, or it is even seen as a curse! Lepers were considered unclean and as lepers moved about the country side and they saw other people approaching, they either hid themselves, or they would shout a warning, “UNCLEAN!” In the Hebrew, the word for unclean is, “TAH MAY,” and it means, defiled, contaminated, polluted, unholy and unclean! The cause was contact with unclean things. (Lev. 7:10). When the Bible refers to unclean it is not talking about dirt that can be removed with soap and water. The key to understanding the meaning is that Our Father in Heaven wants His people to learn the difference between what is holy and unholy. He wants to protect His children from unclean things because they will ‘rob’ them of His ‘power, energy and blessing’ over their lives.
Leprosy is abhorrent to men and all society. Leprosy is deemed highly contagious. Leprosy disfigures and maims the body and eventually it kills!
Leprosy is a most potent disease which is symbolic of sin! Like leprosy, sin is abhorrent to God, our Father. Sin is highly contagious. Sin disfigures and maims the spirit and the body, and eventually it will kill both of them.
The Ten Lepers being healed and cleansed by Yeshua symbolically represent the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who have departed from the Covenant of His Father and have become steeped in idolatry and sin.
Just as the leper was put outside the camp of Israel, so also the ten rebellious and disobedient tribes of Israel were dispatched to the outside of the camp because the whole nation had become leprous i.e. steeped in sin, and they have since become scattered throughout the earth. The leper had to be put outside the camp in order to protect those who remained, and so it was also with the Kingdom of Israel, as sin is like a virulent infection, highly contagious. Thus in the miracle of the cleansing of the Ten Lepers, Yeshua (Jesus) was foreshadowing His future role of cleansing all of the Lost Sheep of the house of Israel from the ravages of sin.
So what might be the meaning of only one of the lepers returning to give glory to God and thanking Yeshua by falling on his face at His feet? Yeshua drew special attention to the fact by saying: “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” The question is; what was He trying to convey to us? Once again the Bible gives us the answer elsewhere in the pronouncements of the prophets that only a tenth of Israel will be saved out of the holocaust of unprecedented calamity that is to come upon the world. This awesome time of trouble is referred to in the Gospel of Matthew, as “THE GREAT TRIBULATION!”
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble
Just before his death Moses addressed the whole assembly of Israel with a particular warning about the evil that would befall them in the latter days (speaking of our time today). This punishment would come to them because of their wicked conduct. Moses called heaven and earth to witness against Israel (i.e. including America and the West in general), as he prophesied:
“For I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days, because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.” (Deuteronomy 31:29, NKJV).
The evil which is to befall Israel in the latter days is summarised elsewhere in the Bible as the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” The Prophet Jeremiah refers to this unprecedented ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’ as follows:
“For thus says the LORD: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all the faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.’ ” (Jeremiah 30:5-7, editor’s emphasis).
Notice that Jacob, (i.e. the twelve tribal sons of Israel), have to undergo a terrible time of unprecedented trouble from which he will, presumably after the nation has learned its lesson, be saved. In case you wonder why this calamity is to come to the United States and the other mainly Christian nations, the Prophet Jeremiah spells it out very clearly, as the people in his day asked the very same question:
“And it shall be, when you show this people, (U.S. citizens, as well as the Christian citizens of other Israelite nations), all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the LORD pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?’ ” (Jeremiah 16:10, NKJV, editor’s emphasis).
[NOTE: I know the above is hard to swallow for some who will read this but what the author has written here is true. Almighty Yahweh has revealed this not only to me but others. He is sounding His alarm to all who have ears to hear and eyes to see. It is time to awaken to what is going on. It is time to set aside what you have been taught in church and take the necessary time to sit down and read His Word for yourself. Not everything taught in church is correct. We should ask ourselves “Who am I following – the teachings of the church I am attending or Almighty Yahweh?” Think about that question and please give serious thought to it. We should all “know” where we stand when it comes to our relationship with our Creator.]
It is a basic human trait always to want to justify oneself. Note, that those people in Jeremiah’s day were just as oblivious of their utter degeneracy as the average citizen of the United States today. The same may be said of all the other English speaking countries as well as the nations of north-western Europe. Jeremiah’s answer to them is just as relevant for us as it was for them, because it came directly from YHVH, the Sovereign of the Universe:
‘Because your fathers have forsaken Me,’ says the LORD; ‘they have walked after other gods and have served them and worshipped them, and have forsaken Me and not kept My law (Torah). ‘And you have done worse than your fathers (ancestors), for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me. ‘Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favour.’ (Jeremiah 16:10-13, NKJV, editor’s emphasis).
Moses has laid down what is in prospect for America and the other mainly Christian nations of the world. He has written a special summary of calamities which even now lie immediately ahead of our nations, (see Leviticus chapter 26). In this chapter Moses describes how after a time of continuing terrorism, devastating droughts, monumental earthquakes, pestilential pandemics and dreadful famines, the ultimate sanction for Israel’s (i.e. Christian nations), disobedience comes into effect. This can be summed up as catastrophic defeat at the hands of military invasion forces, followed by enslavement and deportation by foreign troops who know no mercy.
This same pattern was set in ancient times, when in three separate invasions by the Assyrian Empire, the kingdom of Israel was expunged. The people were deported to territories within Assyria. This is the future prospect that awaits America and the other Christian nations. This future event clearly connects with the prophecy about the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the timing of which lies just ahead of us. Moses expressed it as follows:
“Therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord your God will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the ends of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, “a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favour to the young.” ” (Deuteronomy 28:48-50).
[NOTE: The above Scripture is frightening to think that this is a possibility for America and other English speaking countries. Yet, this too shall come to pass in order to awaken the sleeping church and bring her to her knees for she is in great sin before Him and yet she does not see her sins. She is under a false allusion that she is okay when in actuality according to His Instructions; she is destitute and naked before Him. The church needs to repent and turn to His Instructions known as the Torah also badly translated as Law. One of the characteristics of the church is pride which is one of Satan's characteristics which brought about his downfall. Do we see a parallel here? Also, please take note here that there are those out there whom Yahweh has shown different nations coming against America. They actually invade American soil. Some of these invaders are brutal and they do not care if you are a woman, old person, child or even unborn. They will dash those people to pieces. We should learn this from all the brutal activity we read about and see on TV and the Internet about what ISIS is doing to innocent people. Now in the year 2020, we are all dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic which is one of the many “tools” to help usher in the New World Order.
America is sleeping and she is doomed to suffer just like the ancient Israelites. They sinned and they turned their backs to Yahweh and what did it get them? CAPTIVITY!!! This is the destiny for America IF and this is a big word, she does not repent and turn to Him and His Ways. I believe Yahweh is giving us a preview of what is coming to American soil from what we see happening to other countries. Some of it has already come to America. Do not think it will not happen because it has already begun. Yahweh will use this captivity to draw people to Him and His Absolute Written Word. They will learn the hard way and many will pay a very heavy price for their arrogance and pride.
My heart weeps for all those in the church knowing what is coming. I plead with all who are reading this excerpt to prayerfully set aside what you have been taught in your church and sit down and read His Written Word for yourself. Use His Written Word as your measuring stick/plum line by which you can measure all those things you have been taught by your Sunday school teacher, preacher, pastor, minister or Christian Theologian. I encourage you to put your faith in what His Word says over those teaching you. Remember, His Written Word is Absolute whereas man’s word is not absolute. Again, “Whom are you following – Yahweh or Man?”]
The Prophet Jeremiah points out how the willful pride of Israel (i.e. the Christian nations), will inevitably lead to their captivity. In the passage below we discern the sadness in the heart of the LORD God of Israel at the prideful refusal of His people, the flock of Israel, to give heed to His warnings:
“Hear and give ear. Do not be proud, for the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it dense darkness. But if you will not hear it, My soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORDS flock has been taken captive.” (Jeremiah 13:15-17, NKJV, editor’s emphasis).
Could it possibly be put any more clearly? This prophesied ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ in Hebrew is called, ‘Ha Tekufa haTsorat Yacov’ and pictures the darkest hour of Israel’s entire history.
As the 10 tribes, who in ancient times seceded from the kingdom of Judah, are today generally to be found in the mainly Christian areas of the world, one can be sure that this ghastly tribulation which the Scriptures refer to as the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ is meant for Christians and Jews alike. This time of catastrophic calamity is also mentioned in Matthew 24 as a time of:
“ ‘Great Tribulation,’ such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no nor ever shall be.” “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elects sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22, NKJV).
Things will be so bad, that unless God Himself intervenes supernaturally, no flesh (animal or human) will survive! In the time preceding these calamitous days, many Christians, especially those who have put their trust in the spurious and unbiblical doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture, will have their faith, such as it is, shipwrecked on the rocks of adversity.
[NOTE: I will add here that I have done research into the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” and learned of the origin of this false doctrine. It is not supported by Scripture. Men have and still do twist some of the Scriptures to make it fit the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” doctrine. I encourage the reader to do their own research on this subject for themselves. You will learn as I have and others that those of us who have been taught this doctrine have been lied to.
Consider Amos 9:10 “All the sinners of My people are going to die by the sword, those who are saying, ‘Evil does not overtake us nor meet us.’ ” Those who are teaching a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” are doing just this – teaching the people that evil will not overtake them. In essence they are putting the church to sleep and the church is swallowing this false teaching/doctrine hook, line and sinker without studying the Scriptures for themselves. It is the blind leading the blind and many are walking on the path to destruction. I beg the reader to please research the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” for yourself and do not accept what you are taught blindly. Prove yourself worthy of His Written Word by checking out this subject. The church is prideful, arrogant and full of all kinds of sins and she will have to go through the fiery trials of purification just like silver is refined by going through the fire to purify it. During this process the dross rises to the top and it is skimmed off. The same thing will take place with the church.]
The truth is that Israel and Judah, Christian and Jew alike, face this same terrifying prospect in the near future.
“For behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah!’ ” (Jeremiah 30:3a, editor’s emphasis).
This is speaking here of a release from captivity through Divine intervention for both Israel and Judah, which brings the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ ultimately to a happy end. At this point we need to realize a stark truth!
If YHVH, El Shaddai, the Almighty God of Israel, is to bring us ‘back’ from captivity, we must first of all go ‘into’ captivity. This implies that the Christian nations of the West must first be defeated in war! It implies that the countries where the Hebrew sons of Jacob are presently located, (including the U.S.A.), will of necessity have to be conquered.
[NOTE: If the reader does their research, they will learn like me and others that this is all planned out by the evil ones. Please do your own research into this subject.]
The Second Exodus
On the positive side, this Scripture indicates that all the descendants of Jacob, the Lost House of Israel, as well as the House of Judah, will ultimately experience a Divine rescue of monumental proportion. The prophet Isaiah emphasizes that this Divine deliverance is the second time that all the tribes of Israel are to be rescued from the clutches of their oppressors. The first time was when YHVH, the Almighty Creator, delivered the Israelites through mighty miracles from their bondage in Egypt. The second time comes around after ALL of Israel has once again gone into captivity. Notice Isaiah’s comment on this prophetic event:
“It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt.” (Isaiah 11:11, NKJV, editor’s emphasis).
Remember, the ‘first time’ was the Exodus from Egypt! Notice, that in the Second Exodus which is to come, only a remnant of His people, (the people of Israel and Judah), will be recovered. This means that the vast majority of Israel’s population will perish through famine, pestilence, and the sword in the prophesied “Time of Jacob’s Trouble!” Only a remnant will be left. The Prophet Isaiah emphasizes this point no less than four times in a previous statement:
“And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, To the Mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant will return; the destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of Hosts Will make a determined end In the midst of all the land.” (Isaiah 10:20-23, NKJV, editor’s emphasis).
Hosea was the final prophet to Israel before the northern kingdom fell in approximately 722 B.C. He prophesied that Ephraim, (generic name for the 10 tribes of Israel), would be punished and that they would end up in the land of Egypt.
“They return, but not to the Most High; They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword for the cursings of their tongue. This shall be their derision on the land of Egypt.” (Hosea 7:16, NKJV).
Notice, that the first time the Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity, the defeated Israelites were taken as captive slaves to Assyria not Egypt! It seems therefore that in this second captivity the tribes of Israel may be taken to a different destination. Nevertheless, in Hebrew thought ‘Egypt’ is associated with captivity!
“Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. They shall return to Egypt.” (Hosea 8:13b, NKJV).
Egypt signifies captivity!
“They shall not dwell in the Lord’s land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And eat unclean things in Assyria.” (Hosea 9:3, NKJV).
[NOTE: Most of Christianity is already eating things that are unclean like lobster, crab, oysters, shrimp, catfish, pork and much more. We learn from the Torah what is classified as clean and what is classified as unclean foods. I assure you that He has never made the unclean clean when it comes to what He calls food. To learn more about what is clean and unclean, there is a free downloadable teaching on this subject. The first part of this teaching gives you the Scriptural references of what Yahweh calls clean and unclean things to eat. The second part of this teaching gets into the scientific reasons why one should not eat unclean foods as they cause diseases and health issues which most people do not know about. You can download the document titled “Clean and Unclean.” <--Just click on this title.]
‘Ephraim (i.e. the house of Israel including the United States) shall return to Egypt’. This can only mean a return to captivity and bondage similar to that experienced by ancient Israel. It would take the scourge of the Ten Plagues upon their Egyptian captors to bring about their release under Moses in the famous Exodus.
Many of the prophets of the Bible have frequently emphasized that at the end of the age Israel will once again go into captivity. As most of Bible believing Christians are part of the lost house of Israel, this means that much of the Church needs to face this most sobering prospect. Surely, this is unthinkable! Yet, America’s unprecedented power is right now on the brink of collapse. The ‘inconvenient truth’ for the American economy is the staggering mind-boggling size of the national debt. Total economic collapse is the immediate prospect facing the U.S., and the European Union is in the same situation. Once the world economy has imploded, violence and chaos will ensue, producing the ripening ingredient for absolute dictatorship, inevitably followed by war. Beyond this, the house of Israel is destined to go into the most savagely brutal captivity! The Prophet Jeremiah refers to a Divine rescue mission, as the GOD (YHVH) of Israel has promised to save His people from afar:
“But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, And do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease, no one shall make him afraid. Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the LORD. “For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations To which I have driven you, But I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46:27-28, editor’s emphasis).
The remnant of Israel is saved through a great Exodus. In fact it is just as the prophet Isaiah prophesied that: the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left (Isaiah 11:11), so the Bible states there will be a SECOND EXODUS!
“ “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:3-4, NKJV).
In the First Exodus from Egypt ALL of Israel came out of captivity, whereas in the Second Exodus only a REMNANT will be delivered from their bondage. This is speaking of the Second Exodus which, much like the First Exodus from Egypt, will be accompanied by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war. This is when YHVH, the GOD of Israel, shall save His people with a mighty hand, and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors. He brought them into the wilderness then and He is set to have them undergo the same terrifying experience again in this Second Exodus. The Prophet Ezekiel explains the scenario in vivid detail:
“As I live,” says the LORD GOD, “surely with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out from the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. “And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. “Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the LORD GOD. “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 20:33-38, NKJV).
Just as YHVH, the LORD GOD of Israel, addressed His chosen people, the children of Israel, at Mount Sinai in ancient times, the remnant of Israel of our day will have to undergo a similar experience after their great escape from captivity. We have already seen that this epic event is preceded by a climactic time of unspeakable trauma described in the Scriptures as the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble.’ Sadly, most Christians do not see themselves as part of Israel. They feel that their inclusion is based solely on their faith in Jesus, and that such faith makes them ‘spiritual’ Israelites, but that it has nothing to do with genealogy. For this reason Christians have generally taken this term known as the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble’ to mean that this will be a time of unprecedented trouble for the Jews alone. The simple reason is that they have never made a genealogical connection between themselves and the patriarch Jacob. They have failed to recognize that whenever the Bible speaks about Jacob, it is referring to Jacob as a collective name for all the twelve tribal sons of the great patriarch, whose name was changed to Israel.
A Miraculous Deliverance
The ‘remnant’ of Israelite survivors is destined to be rescued through Divine intervention. The effect of their unimaginable ordeal in captivity will have greatly humbled and chastened them, and many will be numb with shock, as they are led out of their bondage in the Second Exodus. These survivors will be traumatized by war and devastated by hunger and disease. According to the prophet Jeremiah they will not be able to hold things together, because overcome with emotion, they will not be able to stop weeping as they come:
“In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; With continual weeping they shall come, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten. (Jeremiah 50:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added).
The Prophet emphasizes once more the great majesty of this epic event which is in prospect for those shattered and shell-shocked survivors of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. The remnant of Israel will come with tears and with weeping and in desperate need of comfort:
‘O LORD, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’ “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labours with child, together; A great throng shall return there, They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I am a Father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn. “Hear the word of the LORD, O Nations, And declare it in the isles afar off and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock. ‘For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, And ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he.” (Jeremiah 31:7b-11, NKJV, emphasis added).
Even though the prophets of Israel speak about a mere ‘remnant’ coming out of the tribulations of ‘Jacob’s Trouble,’ the prophet Jeremiah nevertheless especially emphasizes that this Second Exodus is on a vastly greater scale than the First Exodus from Egypt. Most scholars recognize that the First Exodus involved approximately 3 million people, including the mixed multitude of peoples who attached themselves to Israel as they escaped from Egyptian bondage. The Second Exodus will totally eclipse the First Exodus, as it will be on a far greater scale, possibly involving numbers even in excess of 100 million descendants of Jacob. [NOTE: A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2,518,834,000 (2.5 billion as of mid-2020: Source-Status of Global Christianity, 2020, in the Context of 1900–2050) Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third (31%) of the estimated 2020 global population of 7.8 billion. This number comes to 2,418,000,000. Looking at the parable of the ten lepers in Luke 17:13-17 where one of the ten came back to Yeshua/Jesus, we can take ten percent (10%) of that number and it brings us to 241,800,000. As of July 1, 2019, there are roughly 256,000,000 Christians in America. We are now a little over one year from that date and this number has increased some. Ten percent (10%) of that number brings us to 25,600,000. So, we can see that the Second Exodus will be much greater than the First Exodus.] It will be on such a large scale that by comparison the First Exodus will pale into insignificance. The Prophet Jeremiah once again spells out the situation for us:
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, ‘but, as the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8, NKJV).
This Second Exodus when the LORD shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, will be so great that no one will even remember the First Exodus (from Egypt) anymore. What can the above passage refer to, except the calling back to the Land of Promise of millions upon millions of Christians and Jews together? One thing is certain; the Bible speaks in this same context of the Messiah who will execute judgment and righteousness in the earth, and He will bring back both houses of Israel. Notice the words of Jeremiah:
“In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His Name by which He shall be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, (YHVH TZIDKENIJ).” (Jeremiah 23:6, NKJV, emphasis added).
The clear implication to take from this is that both houses of Israel; i.e. Judah and Israel have had to suffer together in the period known as the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble.” The Prophet Zechariah also emphasizes that both houses of Israel will be rescued at this time:
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, I will bring them back, because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, and I will hear them. I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; and they shall increase as they once increased.” (Zechariah 10:6 & 8).
Note that the ‘house of Joseph’ here is speaking primarily about the English speaking peoples of the world. What can it mean but the re-gathering of all the survivors of both houses of Israel? What can it mean except the rescue and re-gathering of all the Christians and Jews who have come through the great tribulation during that awesome time known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble?
In this same end-time context, the prophet Ezekiel also relates the glorious return of the captives of Jacob and the whole house of Israel. He emphasizes that this event will only occur after they have born their shame and repented for their rank unfaithfulness:
“Therefore thus says the LORD GOD: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name — ‘after they have born their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. ‘When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, ‘then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.” (Ezekiel 39:25-28, NKJV, emphasis added).
Notice, that the final verse in the above passage makes it quite clear that it was God’s will that His rebellious and unfaithful people go into captivity. This means that the end-time captivity of the Israel nations is destined to occur by His express design. It also shows that it is His intent to deliver His chosen people, once they have been purged of their rebellious nature. The good news is that they will be released from their captivity and delivered out of the hands of their enemies.
[NOTE: Needless to say, the above is a sobering message. Christianity has failed in the past and continues to this very day (2020) to do things their way and not His Way—not according to His Absolute Written Word. Such things as celebrating pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Lent. Yahweh has called His people, true believers in Yeshua/Jesus to celebrate His Mo’edim which is Hebrew for Appointed Times/Feasts we read about in Leviticus Chapter 23 and other places in the Torah. Christianity needs to repent and turn to His Word and start being obedient to His Instructions and cast off the Institutionalized Religious System teachings/doctrines also known as “dogma.” Different churches have actually added to and taken away from His Written Word. We have been warned against doing this according to Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:19. I am One Crying In The Wilderness calling all my brothers and sisters in Yeshua/Jesus to repent and turn to His Word and be obedient to His Instructions contained in the Torah. See James 2:18-20. Selah!]
DELIGHTING THE ALMIGHTY
September 27, 2020
(Atonement at sunset)
Psalm 41 Romans 15
Is this coincidence or Divine appointment?
The LORD’s Day of Atonement, YeHoVaH’s Yom Kippur, ABBA PAPA’s moade for humbling ourselves and assisting the less fortunate — this very special day begins at sunset this evening and it is very special to me that as I continue reading my Bible Testaments in consecutive order that both chapters begin:
Psalm 41:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor:
YeHoVaH will deliver him in time of trouble.
Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak,
and not to please ourselves.
As they say, “coincidence is not a kosher word.”
May your honoring of ABBA’s instructions bless and keep you.
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible
cover-to-cover, as it is written, repeatedly, without ceasing. Amen.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
September 29, 2020
Psalm 44 – 50 First Corinthians 1
Psalm 44:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, ...
Psalm 45:1 To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim,
for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves. ...
Psalm 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, ...
Psalm 47:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. ...
Psalm 48:1 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. ...
Psalm 49:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. ...
Psalm 50:1 A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty ELohim, even YeHoVaH, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
What happened to Korah?
Numbers 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
What happened in the previous chapter, just before the earth swallowed Korah?
Numbers 15:37-38 And YeHoVaH spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel [and all us aliens, strangers, sojourners, mixed-multitude who came out of bondage with Israel, being “graffed in among them” as stated in Romans chapter 11!], and bid them that they [as well as myself :o))] make them [us, even the U.S. in these last days!] fringes [H6734 Tzitzit] in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
The point being:
Psalm 44 through 50 is telling us that the sons of Korah are a remnant within the WIFE of YeHoVaH — according to our Prophet Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 3:13-14 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against YeHoVaH thy ELohim, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree [christmas tree???!!!], and ye have not obeyed MY voice, saith YeHoVaH. Turn, O backsliding* children, saith YeHoVaH; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
coming soon to a city near YOU!
ABBA PAPA did NOT stutter when HE called Israel, including the sons of Korah, HIS Wife.
Ok, so like, ya sure, you betcha — Israel is still the WIFE of ABBA PAPA YeHoVaH — so, at the Marriage Supper of The LAMB — who is the Bride and who are the Guests?? What does The LORD’s Feasts have to do with this WEDDING?? Who is Yeshua speaking of when HE spoke of “the Guests”
Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. [???]
Do you know that the cup is a Covenant agreement to be wed? When Eliezer [most possibly a preview of The HOLY SPIRIT Who is now seeking a Bride for YHVH’s SON, (Eliezer meaning H461 GOD of help, Mighty, Strength, Deity, our Comforter, as The HOLY SPIRIT given to us in John 14:26)]
Genesis 24:53-54 And the servant [Eliezer] brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment [even as gifts of The HOLY SPIRIT], and gave them to Rebekah [the Bride being proposed to, for the son of Abraham]: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. And they did eat and drink [the wedding proposal CUP], he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
At the wedding of Isaac and Rebekah, was Rebekah’s mother the bride OR a wedding guest?? Rebekah’s mother was already married, right? Rebekah’s mother was a wedding guest. Why is it that Yeshua sent two of HIS Disciples to prepare the guest chamber for Passover?
Mark 14:14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with MY Disciples?
Luke 22:11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with MY Disciples?
It is clear that Yeshua is not asking for a BRIDE chamber in which to propose! FURTHERMORE!
Have you ever noticed that Yeshua did NOT drink of the wedding proposal cup, with ISRAELIs? Here’s what Yeshua actually said and did NOT do:
Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom.
Luke 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Yeshua is NOT proposing to HIS FATHER’s WIFE!!! Reuben lost his birthright for trying that *#&#*! (see Genesis 35:22 & 49:3-4 and 1 Chronicles 5:1) Absalom hung to death for the same *#&#*!! (see 2 Samuel 16:22 and 2 Samuel 18:9) and Apostle Paul reminds us of this atrocity:
1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
YESHUA would NEVER take HIS FATHER’s WIFE! As Eliezer is nameless while seeking a bride for Isaac, our HOLY SPIRIT is nameless while seeking a Bride for YESHUA. It is us Gentiles who want to be “graffed in among them [Israel]” and who are being “betrothed” to our KINSMAN REDEEMER, even as Gentile Moabitess Ruth was “betrothed” to Boaz! Gentiles, as myself, have only one opportunity to enter the KINGDOM (which has no Gentile gates, per Revelation 21:12, only ISRAELI gates!) and that entrance is by marriage to The LAMB! But, HOW? First Corinthians chapter 1 is a great start:
1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in ELohim [“WRITTEN” in The TORAH by HIM Who NEVER changes! and:].
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
1 Timothy 4:11-16 These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
The SHOUT of The BRIDEGROOM is nigh at hand! And:
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding* children, saith YeHoVaH; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family [the Remnant], and I will bring you to Zion [the place of total HEALING]:
*“backsliding” is never used even once in the New Testament! It is not an option for the Bride of YeHoVaH’s Son. ABBA has given us multiple examples of the ramifications of HIS Wife’s adultery and HE will NOT have that for HIS SON!
Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith YeHoVaH of hosts; In those days [that are NOW at hand!] it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations [even us Gentiles and we], even shall take hold of the skirt [tzitzit] of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that ELohim is with you.
And now we know who is:
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.
P.S. May The LORD's Appointed Time of "ingathering" Sukkot/Tabernacles/Tents be the JOY of your "eternal" LIFE! Shalom aleichem.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
September 30, 2020
Psalm 51 First Corinthians 2
Psalm 51:1-2 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
[David is face down, before ALMIGHTY ELohim, saying:]
Have mercy upon me, O ELohim, according to Thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
[meanwhile, our Apostle Paul is saying:]
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words
of man's wisdom,
but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of ELohim.
Psalm 51:3-4 For I acknowledge my transgressions:
and my sin is ever before me.
Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned,
and done this evil in Thy sight:
that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest,
and be clear when Thou judgest.
[and Apostle Paul continues:]
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of ELohim in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom, which ELohim ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew:
for had they known it,
they would not have crucified the Mashiyach of glory.
BEHOLD! After Nathan the Prophet of YHVH
spoke to David
in a parable:
(see 2 Samuel 12:1-7
wherein Nathan said to David
“You Da MAN!”)
and David is now saying:
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was [past tense] shapen in iniquity;
and in sin [before I was born, as Jacob and Esau struggling in the womb]
did my mother conceive me.
[see Genesis 25:23 & Romans 9:11-13]
[at birth, we receive the spirit of the flesh/natural.
At Shavuot/Pentecost, we receive the HOLY Spirit]
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now [in this brief moment of opportunity] we have received,
not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of YeHoVaH;
that we might know the things that are freely given to us of YeHoVaH.
[please, listen to the heart of him who DELIGHTS ABBA in repentance]
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of ELoim are a broken spirit:
a broken and a contrite heart, O ELohim,
Thou wilt not despise.
[and Apostle Paul reverberates:]
1 Corinthians 2:13-14 Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things [of this world]
with Spiritual [of ELohim].
But the natural man [of this world]
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of ELohim:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are [HOLY not natural] Spiritually discerned.
[David recognizes this; and, is submiting to ABBA PAPA:]
Psalm 51:18-19 Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion [the place of HEALING]:
build Thou the walls of Jerusalem
[the hedge of protection from evil spoken of in Job 1:10].
Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
with burnt offering and whole burnt offering:
then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.
[and Apostle Paul echoes:]
1 Corinthians 2:15-16 But he that is [HOLY] Spiritual judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of YeHoVaH,
that he may instruct HIM?
But we have the mind of Mashiyach.
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire Holy Bible. Amen.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
Wide Is The Gate 2 (2 of 5) The Emerging New Christianity: Youth Movements & The Social Gospel
In Volume Two, Caryl Matrisciana covers these topics:
Youth Movements & The Social Gospel
Contemplative Mystical Movement
Volume 2 Guests include: Caryl Matrisciana, Eric Barger, Jason Carlson, Mike Gendron, Sarah Leslie, Jan Markell, Tom McMahon, Johanna Michaelsen, Brenda Nickel, Roger Oakland, Chris Quintana, Warren Smith, Paul Wilkinson, and Ray Yungen. This eye-opening production contains information vital to the defense of biblical Christianity. Picking up where Volume 1 left off, this powerful series uses exclusive interviews with well-known authors and experts to examine the intrusion of the 60's and 70's New Age Movement into the professing church. Viewers will see how pagan eastern mysticism has morphed over the last four decades—from its repackaging as the "self help" psychology and holistic health movements of the 80s, to its seeker friendly, megachurch appearance in the 90s, to its coming out in the 21st century as "the new spirituality." Today's new brand of Christianity has a different gospel and is targeting the younger generation with a so-called hip, cool, experiential spirituality, much of which is embracing the mysticism of Roman Catholicism with its ecumenical philosophy of uniting people from all faiths to work together to bring about a new world of peace and harmony around the souls of unsuspecting youth. Learn what Scripture teaches about the times we live in, the ways in which Christians are being seduced away from biblical Truth, and the methods used by the New Spirituality to usher in the counterfeit kingdom of God on earth. Wide Is The Gate: The Emerging New Christianity DVD Volumes 1, 2 & 3 are available at: https://shop.wideisthegate.com/collec...
The Pauline Paradox Part 3: Why Is Paul So Difficult to Understand? - 119 Ministries
Join us in part 3 of the Pauline Paradox Series. The common position of mainstream theology utilizes snippets from Paul to supposedly prove that God changed His law. However, many fail to take heed to Peter's warning about how people were twisting Paul's letters to promote a lawless doctrine.
The Pauline Paradox Part 4: Which Law Paul - 119 Ministries
Paul said that we are not "under the law"...but Paul makes mention of seven laws! Out of those seven laws, there is ONLY ONE we are no longer under. Which ONE law are we no longer under? Are we no longer under the law of God? A choice between context and doctrinal tradition is about to be placed before you...as we continue to "test everything" and ask "Which Law Paul?"
The Pauline Paradox Part 5: Romans - 119 Ministries
There are many verses in Romans used to suggest God’s law has changed or been abolished. Is this true, or have we misunderstood Paul?
Answering Your Questions - (Games on the Sabbath, The Book of Mormon, Weevils in Grain, 3rd Temple, 9th of Av, and more…)
In this video series we want to look at the most common things asked and publicly begin answering your questions for the benefit of everyone to hear and to test themselves. In this presentation we are going to respond to the questions:
Are we to teach what is written in the Word to all nations or to just the chosen people of Father?
What about YouTube videos and games on the Sabbath?
What about the Book of Mormon? Is it from God too? Does it contradict the Bible?
What about weevils in grain? Doesn't that make it unclean?
Can women and children attend and participate in the three pilgrimage feasts?
Does 2 Corinthians 12:9 mean that only grace is sufficient after the cross?
Should we be supporting the building of a 3rd temple before Messiah returns?
Should Christians remove leaven from their homes during Unleavened Bread?
What about the 9th of Av historically and which calendar do we go by for it?
All of us in God's church look upon the Feast of Tabernacles as a special time of the year. It is an exhilarating climax to one year that generates a "high" to prepare us for the next, enabling us to get through many a rough spot. Very few of us take the Feast for granted. In the Feast, spiritual and physical fulfillment combine, and we anticipate it with a hopeful expectation of joy exceeding that of any other time. Yet hardly anybody in the world around us—even those who profess that the Bible is the Instruction Book for their religion—has even heard of it, let alone knows anything about it.
Interestingly, "rejoice" appears for the first time in the Scriptures within the instructions for the Feast of Tabernacles:
Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. . . . These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. . . . And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees, branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 23:34, 37, 40-43; emphasis ours throughout)
Deuteronomy 16:15 uses an even stronger phrase in relation to rejoicing and the feasts: "so that you [shall, KJV] surely rejoice." The wording is so strong that it might mislead us into thinking it is to be one big blast! Make no mistake, He desires us to rejoice, but He wants us to rejoice with purpose. If we are not rejoicing with His purpose in mind, we will are merely titillating our senses.
Isaiah 5:11-12 gives a vivid picture of the wrong kind of "rejoicing":
Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, till wine inflames them! The harp and the strings, the tambourine and flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the work of the LORD, nor consider the operation of His hands.
In this context, "feast" does not necessarily imply a holy day. However, it shows that we can have the good things of life as a blessing from God yet misuse them by removing Him and His purpose from their proper enjoyment.
Leviticus 23 places rejoicing in context with, and subordinate to, dwelling in booths. We keep the Feast, not merely to rejoice, but also because the Lord made the Israelites live in booths when He brought them out of Egypt. The booths served as the focal point to remind the Israelites of something God did so they could rejoice with understanding. Thus, the Bible also calls this festival "the Feast of Booths."
The serious purpose of the Feast is further illustrated in Numbers 29, where God lists the sacrifices He commanded to be offered to Him at each festival. He required the Israelites to sacrifice 189 animals at the Feast of Tabernacles alone—more than all the other holy days combined! Remember, a sacrifice is a freely given offering and represents the giving of the self (Romans 12:1-2). So, God seems to expect more sacrifice from His people at the Feast of Tabernacles than at any other time of the year.
More Than a Vacation
The Feast also carries overtones of a vacation. God wants us to leave behind our normal residences and activities and travel to the place where He has set His name. But it has a far higher and greater purpose than a mere vacation! Vacate means "to surrender possession, to set aside." A vacation is "an interlude from one's customary routine; freedom from duty and responsibility." The Feast is an interlude from one's customary routine, but freedom from duty and responsibility it certainly is not!
In Jesus' day, many leading Jews observed the festival in a way God never intended. In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus accused the Pharisees of rejecting the commandments of God to keep their own traditions. They had not stopped observing such things as the Feast of Tabernacles; their problem was in a different area. Paul shows in Romans 10:1-3 that the Jews' zeal for God was "not according to knowledge." They were guilty of gross misinterpretation of the Scriptures.
Their worship was merely outward. To this day, many Jews observe the rituals and customs as ceremonial necessities, obscuring their God-intended purposes. It is a warning to us because we, too, can turn the Feast into little more than a perfunctory observance. We can say, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness," while in our hearts we seek our own dominant position and advancement. We can say, "A day in His courts is better than a thousand," yet spend time with Him only when commanded. What kind of close and loving relationship is that?
From the Pharisees' example, we learn that ritualizing an event trivializes it. It deceives us into believing we are okay because we carry out our duties despite what our hearts are like. We need to view the Feast as an opportunity to grow closer to God and fellow Christians, as we immerse ourselves in eight days of intensive learning and fellowship. Otherwise, it is just an exercise, a mere ritual.
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How A Sunday Mega-Church Pastor Came To Torah
Many have asked why a Sunday mega-church pastor with a global ministry would leave it all behind to embrace the Truth of Torah. This video tells the story!
The Naked Archaeologist - 108 - Biblical Food
Featuring amateur archaeologist, enthusiast and multi-award winning investigative filmmaker, Simcha Jacobovici, The Naked Archaeologist is an irreverent, entertaining and eye-opening journey into the fascinating archaeology of the ancient world. Along the way, new discoveries are made, lost treasures revealed, and ancient mysteries uncovered.
The Bible is full of references to the kinds of food ancients ate - but there are no recipes. Simcha learns what archaeology tells us about what people ate in ancient times; shops in Jerusalem for ingredients noted in the Bible and attempt to cook a meal fit for a king.
Friday, October 2, 2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020
WHY IS ANYONE CATHOLIC ANYMORE?
October 1, 2020
With all due respect to our newest Supreme Court nominee, as well as anyone reading this who remains a Catholic, I just don't get it. Today, the Catholic Pope refused to meet with our Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, for purely political reasons, and it has to do with an agreement the Catholic Church has with Beijing -- as in Communist China!
Let me explain what should be obvious to any self-identifying Christian believer: Nobody in their right mind, if they have any understanding of God's Word at all, would take a position against God and in favor of an organized religion of any kind that does not teach God's true Word to its congregation. You either worship God or you are effectively worshiping something or someone else entirely, and if the latter, that's a one-way, non-refundable bus ticket to the Lake of Fire. Do I have to remind you that God's first Commandment demands this: "I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me". It doesn't get any clearer than that.
So when a church instructs you to pray through Mother Mary or some Human-designated saint, instead of praying directly to God himself in Jesus' name, what exactly do you think you are doing? When you are instructed to confess your sins and ask forgiveness from some Catholic Priest, instead of directly asking God to do the same in the name of Jesus Christ, what exactly do you think you are doing? A Catholic Priest has absolutely no authority from God to forgive your sins, let alone order you to go out and utter a bunch of useless Hail Mary's, so why would you ever make the mistake of placing a priest "god" before the true Lord thy God??? And the Pope isn't God's representative on this earth: If you are a true Christian, Bible-educated believer, you are God's representative on this earth, so behave as you are instructed by the real God.
The current Catholic Pope is a Socialist, and Socialism/Communism goes directly against God's 10th Commandment: "Thou shalt not covet", and it goes on to read, "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor". What exactly do you think Socialism is anyway? It is coveting what others have! You can look at your neighbor's new car and pray that God will bless you with a new car earned through your own work, and that's just fine with God. But to want what your neighbor has for your own, like a chunk of his/her income or wealth? That's a solid NO!
If this current Catholic Pope has made any kind of agreement with Communist Red China, he has literally made a deal with Satan himself! Do I need to remind anyone here that a Communist State of any kind has persecuted their Christian population to imprisonment and death because a Communist State's doctrine is that the State itself is a false god? Protestant Christians are currently being horribly persecuted in Red China right now, and even if the Pope made a deal with Red China to go soft on Catholics there, he has still made a deal with Satan.
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us not to enter into marriage if you are a teacher of God's Word, yet the Catholic Church has a Human-imposed doctrine that Catholic Priests and Nuns cannot marry, and that has led to homosexuals being attracted to the Catholic Church's priesthood. Do I have to remind anyone reading this that Catholic Priests are well known for molesting children and having the Catholic Church cover up for their evil acts? Do you know what punishment God demands for such child rape? God commands they be executed and sent to him for judgment, no different than a murderer or a rapist of any kind. And remember this: Man's willful failure to follow God's Commandments and laws does not invalidate God's Commandments and laws.
So why do so many people remain in the Catholic Church? Is it because they were raised Catholic? That is no excuse before God. Is it because your wife is Catholic? That is no excuse before God. Each of us is judged by God individually according to whether or not we obeyed God and have accepted his son, Jesus, as our Savior. God is actually your true father, so behave like it.
What I wrote here is in no way intended to only condemn the Catholic Church and its false teachings of God's Word. There are now many alleged Protestant Churches that falsely teach God's Word to their congregations, and do you know where the judgment of God will start? It will start at the pulpit! Anyone who purports to be a teacher of God's Word had better have carefully studied God's Word thoroughly beforehand, because God's judgment against them for misleading others will be very harsh indeed.
Carl F. Worden
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
New research from George Barna indicates that the percentage of Americans who hold a biblical worldview has declined yet again. Despite this decline, the outcome of the upcoming presidential election could very well be decided by evangelical Christians' level of participation.
FRC's new Senior Research Fellow for Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, George Barna, found in his most recent study from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University that only six percent of Americans hold a biblical worldview (i.e., a view of the world that is informed by Scripture).
According to Barna, a worldview is the "filter through which you look at all experiences and information and decide how you're going to respond." Because worldview consists of a person's most fundamental assumptions and beliefs about truth, it is central to how humans experience the world and interact with one another in society.
As Barna explained, "People do what they believe." The same holds true for how we engage politically.
For example, someone whose worldview believes humanity was created by intelligent design will think about questions related to life and human dignity very differently than someone who believes human beings are the result of random chance or natural selection.
Christians, whose worldview is shaped by Scripture, believe all people -- born and unborn -- are made in God's image and have inherent value and dignity. Therefore, many Christians advocate for pro-life policies in the public square.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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October 2, 2020
Amazon has announced a new product for its Ring subsidiary company, a mail surveillance system. They also went a step beyond and released a new palm scanner point-of-sale system.
Amazon announced its rollout of Amazon One devices that use a customer's palm prints for identification and payment at physical retail stores. The devices are presently available for use in Seattle locations for Amazon Go stores, and the company wants to expand it to any retailer willing to partner with the mega-giant.
According to an announcement by Dilip Kumar, the vice president of Amazon's physical retail business, the Amazon One device creates even less payment friction in the company's cashier-less retail stores.
Instead of being identified by an account on their mobile phones, customers can simply walk into the store, scan their palm, shop for products, and the purchases will be automatically charged to a credit card.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020
The Mediterranean — an on-again, off-again geopolitical hot spot since before the pyramids were built — is emerging anew as a sea of division and instability, with powers including Russia, China, Turkey and Israel jostling aggressively for influence, natural resources and military advantage. Moscow is eyeing a possible military base along the oil-rich shores of Libya. China is seeking investment deals across the region. Turkey is clashing with NATO partner Greece over drilling rights and militarized islands. Newly discovered offshore natural gas deposits have nations scrambling to stake their claims. Even the Trump administration on Wednesday partially lifted an arms embargo with Cyprus in what was widely interpreted as a shot across Turkey’s bow…