Truth — 11/27/2021
THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL
This is Part 6 of Part 8 of our study on The Two Houses of Israel. If you missed Part 1, click HERE. If you missed Part 2, click HERE. If you missed Part 3, click HERE. If you missed Part 4, click HERE. If you missed Part 5, click HERE.
There are other Scriptures which indicate Paul understood that most of the Gentiles he was preaching to were, in fact, descendants of the House of Israel who had been scattered 800 years earlier and had intermingled with all the nations round about Judea. To prove this assertion, let’s first look at a telling statement by Paul found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 10:
1 Corinthians 10:1-5 “1 For I do not wish you to be ignorant, brothers, that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were immersed into Mosheh in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed, and the Rock was Messiah. 5 However, with most of them Elohim was not well pleased, for they were laid low in the wilderness.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis added]
We see here where Paul was writing to a Gentile group primarily composed of former pagans (1 Corinthians 12:2) in Corinth, Greece. Yet in using the example of the Israelites that had been delivered from Egypt by Yahweh during the Exodus, he calls them “all OUR fathers” (1 Corinthians 10:1). He certainly wasn’t referring to them as “fathers” in a spiritual sense, because these people had been wholly carnal; as a group they rebelled against Almighty Yahweh and died while wandering in the desert for 40 years. So, logic dictates that Paul must have been speaking of them as the Corinthians’ PHYSICAL fathers!
Let’s return to Romans and continue with Paul’s comments about Israel (Judah):
Romans 10:11-21 “11 Because the Scripture says, “Whoever puts his trust in Him shall not be put to shame.” (see Isaiah 28:16) 12 Because there is no distinction between Yehuḏite (Jew) and Greek, for the same Master of all is rich to all those calling upon Him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה (Yahweh) shall be saved.” (see Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21) 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one proclaiming? 15 And how shall they proclaim if they are not sent? As it has been written, “How pleasant are the feet of those who bring the Good News of peace, who bring the Good News of the good!” (see Isaiah 52:7) 16 However, not all obeyed the Good News. For Yeshayahu (Isaiah ) says, “יהוה (Yahweh), who has believed our report?” (see Isaiah 53:1) 17 So then belief comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim. 18 But I ask, Did they not hear? Yea indeed, “Their voice went out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (see Psalm 19:4) 19 But I ask, Did Yisra’ĕl not know? First Mosheh says, “I shall provoke you (Judah/Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation (Gentile), I shall enrage you (Judah/Jews) by an unwise nation (Gentile).” (see Deuteronomy 32:21) 20 And Yeshayahu (Isaiah) boldly says, “I was found by those (Gentiles) not seeking Me, I was made manifest (known) to those not asking for Me.” (see Isaiah 65:1) 21 And to Yisra’ĕl He says, “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and back-talking people.” (see Isaiah 65:2) (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
First, we have to understand that Paul uses “Israel” in Romans 10:19 (and throughout his letter to the Romans) as a reference to JUDAH, since the House of Israel had been dissolved and was no longer identifiable as a specific people. Simply put, the Jews were the only recognizable remnant of Israel at that time. Quoting Deuteronomy 32:21, Paul tells us that Yahweh would provoke Israel (i.e., Judah) to jealousy by those who are “not a people” (Hebrew lo-am), a clear allusion to the Lo-Ammi mentioned by Hosea. But the quote goes on to say that Yahweh would provoke the Jews with a “foolish nation” (Hebrew goy nabal). Not foolish NATIONS (plural), but a single nation. Samaria was indeed a foolish nation; they did not appreciate the honor of being Yahweh’s people and lost those benefits through disobedience.
Paul next quotes a very pertinent passage from the prophet Isaiah. Notice at the end of verse 1 who it was who found Him, although they did not seek Him:
Isaiah 65:1-2 “1 I have let Myself be inquired of, not by those who asked; I was found, not by those who sought Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation (goy) not calling on My Name. 2 I have held out My hands all day long to a stubborn people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts;” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comment added]
Isaiah’s prophecy is similar to that of Hosea which we read earlier. Again, the “nation” (goy) not called by Yahweh’s name that He would speak to is singular. It is almost certainly a reference to Samaria (the House of Israel), the nation that Yahweh cast away.
Now let’s examine the conclusion of Paul’s commentary on the fate of Yahweh’s chosen people in Romans Chapter 11:
Romans 11:1-6 “1 I say then, has Elohim rejected His people? Let it not be! For I also am a Yisra’ĕlite (Israelite), of the seed of Aḇraham, of the tribe of Binyamin. 2 Elohim has not rejected His people whom He knew beforehand. (see Psalm 94:14) Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Ěliyahu (Elijah), how he pleads with Elohim against Yisra’ĕl, saying, 3 “יהוה (Yahweh), they have killed Your prophets and overthrown Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? (see 1 Kings 19:10, 14) 4 But what does the answer of Elohim say to him? “I have left for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baʽal.” (see 1 Kings 19:18) 5 So therefore also, at this present time a remnant according to the choice of favour has come to be. 6 And if by favour, it is no longer of works, otherwise favour is no longer favour. And if it is of works, it is no longer favour, otherwise work is no longer work.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
Here Paul tells the Romans that Yahweh has not cast away the Jews. He uses the story of Elijah to make the point that there were Jews who, through Yahweh’s favour/grace, had accepted Yeshua as the prophesied Messiah. Even though most Jews had not accepted Yeshua, Yahweh had selected a remnant of Judah to believe. They were not called due to their works, but because of Yahweh’s divine mercy and grace.
Romans 11:7-14 “7 What then? Yisra’ĕl (i.e., Judah) has not obtained what it seeks, but the chosen (Jews) did obtain it, and the rest were hardened. 8 As it has been written, “יהוה (Yahweh) has given them a spirit of deep sleep, eyes not to see and ears not to hear, unto this day.” (see Deuteronomy 29:4) 9 Dawiḏ also says, “Let their table become for a snare, and for a trap, and for a stumbling-block and a recompense to them, (see Psalm 69:22) 10 let their eyes be darkened, not to see, and bow down their back always.” (see Psalm 69:23) 11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Let it not be! But by their fall deliverance has come to the gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. 12 And if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the gentiles, how much more their completeness! 13 For I speak to you, the gentiles, inasmuch as I am an emissary to the gentiles, I esteem my service, 14 if somehow I might provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
The “Gentiles” in Romans 11:11 have traditionally been defined as unrelated peoples from various surrounding nations who were added to the early Jewish Church. But the “jealousy” that the apostle Paul says these “Gentiles” will provoke within Judah is a clear reference to the “foolish nation” he mentioned earlier in Romans 10:19-21. Therefore, these “Gentiles” were part of the “foolish nation” that Moses was told was “not a nation” (see Deuteronomy 32:21). These “Gentiles” were members of the lost House of Israel who had been sown in all nations, but had not been forgotten by Yahweh.
Romans 11:15-24 “15 For if their casting away is the restoration to favour of the world, what is their acceptance but life from the dead? 16 Now if the first-fruit is set-apart (Holy), the lump is also. And if the root is set-apart, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, have been grafted in among them, and came to share the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. And if you boast, remember: you do not bear the root, but the root bears you! 19 You shall say then, “The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Good! By unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by belief. Do not be arrogant, but fear. 21 For if Elohim did not spare the natural branches, He might not spare you either. 22 See then the kindness and sharpness of Elohim: on those who fell sharpness, but toward you kindness, if you continue in His kindness, otherwise you also shall be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for Elohim is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis added]
In this passage of Scripture from Paul, we see two olive trees mentioned: one that is cultivated, and one that is wild. Who or what do these two olive trees represent? We find the answer to that question in Jeremiah 11:
Jeremiah 11:16-17 “16 יהוה (Yahweh) has named you, ‘Green Olive Tree, Fair, of Goodly Fruit.’ (see Psalm 52:8) With the noise of a great sound He has set it on fire, and its branches shall be broken. 17 “And יהוה (Yahweh) of hosts, who planted you, has spoken evil against you for the evil of the house of Yisra’ĕl and of the house of Yehuḏah (Judah), which they have done against themselves to provoke Me, by burning incense to Baʽal.” (The Scriptures Translation) [Emphasis and comments added]
Here we see that both houses (Israel and Judah) are called a “green olive tree.” They were planted and named by Yahweh Himself. So, we can be certain from Scripture that both the House of Judah and the House of Israel are symbolically labeled as olive trees. But is there any further evidence? Yes, there is! Hosea, the prophet who spoke of the eventual regathering of the House of Israel from exile, also symbolizes Israel as an olive tree:
Hosea 14:5-6 “5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like Lebanon. 6 His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon.” (NKJV) [Emphasis added]
This concludes our study of Part 6 of Part 8 on The Two Houses of Israel. Stay tuned for Part 7.
(H8085 Hear & Obey :o)
November 16, 2021
First Samuel 16 Matthew 3
1 Samuel 16:9 Then Jesse made Shammah
[one of David’s older brothers]
to pass by.
And he [Samuel] said,
Neither hath יהוה YHVH the LORD chosen this.
When I read, “1 Samuel 16:9 which says, “Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by …” my thinking darted over to Deuteronomy 6:4 which says, “HEAR (‘Shammah ???’), O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:” Actually… NO!
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; …
Jesse’s son, Shammah, caused me to wonder — why didn’t יהוה YHVH the LORD pick “Shammah” to be the next king of Israel? Shammah sounds like Shama “to hear intelligently with obedience,” but in reality — Shammah means: (H8048 from H8047 ultimately from H8074:
A primitive root; to stun (or intransitively grow numb), that is, devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense): - make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.
WOW! Talk about diametric opposition!! SHAMA, juxtaposed with SHAMMAH!!
This mini research project gave me an added benefit of realizing that I have been spelling SHAMA as SHEMA; and, here again, I need to repent and change my ways to HIS WAY :o))) “SHAMA,” I love it :o))) And, as I was reading First Samuel 16 this morning, thoughts of First Peter 2:9 reverberated in my mind:
1 Peter 2:9 But ye [you & me, right?!] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of HIM who hath called you out of darkness into HIS marvellous light:
And now I have to wonder, what EXACTLY is “a peculiar people”? “Peculiar” was translated into English from the Greek:
From G4046; acquisition (the act or the thing); by extension preservation: - obtain (-ing), peculiar, purchased, possession, saving.
“preservation” of what? We can chase this rabbit-trail-of-thought through all the sagebrush in the world; OR, we can “SHAMA” what HE, our FATHER which art in Heaven, has been declaring to us FROM THE BEGINNING (per Isaiah 46:8-10), preserving HIS preserved written WORD ( which most folks reject) and this makes us very “a VERY peculiar people.” :o))
Holding these thoughts and turning the pages of time to Matthew chapter 3, I only learned recently (and please correct me if my understanding is AGAIN in error, as I think this is correct) that John the Baptist was our last Old Testament HIGH PRIEST. The Scriptures tell us that there is only one HIGH PRIEST at any given time and another is anointed HIGH PRIEST only at the death of the previous; hence, YESHUA was not anointed HIGH PRIEST on the MOUNT of TRANSFIGURATION until John was beheaded in prison. NOW, YESHUA is our only HIGH PRIEST after the order of Melchizedek:
From H4428 and H6664; king of right; Malki-Tsedek, an early king in Palestine: - Melchizedek.
YESHUA is our KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! YES! And John, while yet the HIGH PRIEST, was telling us:
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but HE that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: HE shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in HIS hand, and HE will throughly purge HIS floor, and gather HIS wheat into the garner; but HE will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
NOW! There’s a christmas STORY; but don’t wait to HEAR it from that pulpit because, most likely, it will never happen :o/ I mean, after all… how do we even know what “RIGHTEOUSNESS” is? Moses told us in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, The TORAH — Samuel is giving us examples of what this all means; AND, YESHUA showed us how to LIVE it and said:
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed ME: for he wrote of ME.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe MY WORDs?
And that shoe latchet thing — what’s that all about? It’s about our BRIDEGROOM, right? Again, Moses told us:
Deuteronomy 25:8-9 Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her; Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.
John did NOT do that!
Just to be sure we understand, just to be sure, we get a booster shot of TRUTH:
Ruth 4:7-8 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing [H8545 bartering, compensation], for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Again, John did NOT do that!!
Our MESSIAH is our Kinsman REDEEMER. HE purchased us. The adversary (even of ROME!) spit in HIS face! Is there any question?
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WHAT’S THIS BLEATING I HEAR?
November 15, 2021
First Samuel 15 Matthew 2
1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said [to King Saul, who was commanded by GOD to destroy ALL the Amalekites and ALL their livestock! But, Saul and his people did not; hence, our Prophet Samuel is asking], What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?
World renowned Atheist, Richard Dawkins, wrote in his book, “The God Delusion,”
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” ― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
This quote may be heard from the mouth of Mr. Dawkins, himself, in Ben Stein’s movie, “EXPELLED No Intelligence Allowed.” If Mr. Dawkins only knew the plans of the dark demonic realm, from which our GOD wants us — HIS precious people — protected. But no. Dawkins is as King Saul who spared (what was, in his own eyes) the BEST, of which you and I are facing TODAY! GETTA LOAD of this (from SkyWatchTv):
The United States of America just celebrated VETERAN’S DAY:
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Wikipedia
WHO & WHAT are we FIGHTING AGAINST?? Our late President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “'I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.'” When we feel wronged by neighbors, businesses, religions, etcetera, may the WORDs of our Apostle Paul bring us closer to PARADISE via:
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. [are hybrids actually men of GOD; or, are they of another realm?? Hummm… Selah, Muse (Pause, Think)]
“hybrids” were on this planet since First Samuel 14 and it would appear that their debut was in Genesis 3:1! The DIRT upon which we stand is a BATTLE FIELD! The question is, WHOSE SIDE ARE WE ON?! And, does OUR SIDE have any “Intelligence” and KNOWLEDGE of HOW to apply Ephesians 6? With the old battle hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” in mind — here is an “induction” opportunity to which we may pledge allegiance to DEFEND against ALL enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC: (yes, I have suggested viewing this before; and yet, this is a MUST SEE)
When our Prophet Isaiah tells us, in Isaiah 46:8-10, that GOD declares the end from the beginning, Isaiah is not just whistling Dixie! AND, Matthew chapter Two is FULL of this reminder:
Matthew 2:5 And they [the chief priests and scribes] said unto him [Herod], [The KING of the JEWS our MESSIAH is to be born] In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, [which “prophet”? O! I get it:]
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall HE come forth unto ME that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
And didjah notice verse ONE?
Micah 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us [WHO? WHAT?? WHERE??? ANYONE HAVA CLUE???!!!]: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. [when was the last time santa clause toldjah ‘bout this? Let’s get real.]
It has been a proverbial COLD WAR; but, the temperature is rising!
Matthew 2:15 And [Yoseph, Miriam & YESHUA] was there [in Egypt] until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called MY Son.
Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called MY Son out of Egypt.
When all the 2 year olds were slaughtered by those who should-have-been exterminated, clear back by King Saul — who failed to obey GOD’s Commandment, how did baby John the Baptist survive? Although not canonized as Scripture, the Book of Jasher gives a detailed HIStorical account of Elisheva (Elizabeth) taking her baby son John into the wilderness where John grew up eating locusts and wild honey; and, when John’s Dad, Zacharias, refused to tell Herod’s thugs where John was — they KILLED Zacharias, WHERE: Matthew 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: Matthew 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. [do ya remember the “temple service” of Zecharias, in the course of ABIA, which gives us marvelous information about John’s birthday and the birthday of our MESSIAH 6 months later (Passover and SUKKOT, right? :o))]
Now MATTHEW comes into question, chapter 2 verse 23 says:
Matthew 2:23 And HE [YESHUA our MESSIAH]came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, HE shall be called a Nazarene.
WHERE did “The PROPHETS” say that YESHUA would be “called a NAZARENE”? hint… hint… see Isaiah 60 thru 61:2 especially:
Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
As Dr. Bruce Maccabee (interesting name, “Maccabee,” right? :o) Ph.D. in physics said about the theodolite sighting of a UFO during a rocket test in New Mexico, see THE WHITE SANDS PROOF when only one theodolite (not two or more) sighted the UFO — the official documentation recorded, “NO INFORMATION GAINED” because there was not a second witness. Hence, the WORD, “BRANCH,” in Isaiah 60:21 is most generally brushed aside as “NO INFORMATION GAINED” because most of us do not know what the HEBREW text actually says! This particular “BRANCH” is a “NETZER”! It pertains to an OLIVE tree! For AWEsome information about this NETZER, see The Olive Tree: Our Jewish Roots and please notice this excerpt:
“The olive tree thrives throughout Israel. The ability of the tree to grow on rocky hills makes it well suited to grow on the terraced hillsides that make up Israel’s landscape. The tree itself has a huge fat trunk and a relatively small canopy of foliage. It is extremely long lived; some trees are over two thousand years old. They begin to produce olives after 6-10 years of growth. After an olive tree reaches a certain point in its growth, it won’t produce much fruit, so the tree has to be severely pruned and cut back to the stump. Then, new shoots spring from the stump [at a later time and at a distance from the original trunk, as Nazareth Netzaret is from Bethlehem :o))] and it begins to produce fruit again.”
Again, Matthew is directing our attention to the HEBREW OLD Testament :o)))
Meanwhile, back-at-the-ranch, King Saul is about to seek council from a fortune teller because YHVH won’t speak to Saul anymore. That’s what DISobedience gets us! If only New Age Churchianity would getta grip on WHO our GOD really is and how HE never changes! HE has given us HIS WORD. What more must HE say, for us to SHEMA (hear and obey)? As the OLD Testament prophecies of current world events are happening, right before our eyes, it would behoove us to TAKE HEED! per:
Hebrews 3:12 TAKE HEED, Brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
As I ask the strays, “What’s this bleating I hear,” Shalom aleichem Siblings in YESHUA
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A Horse With NO Name
November 25, 2021
First Samuel 27 – 31 Matthew 12
Matthew 12:49 And HE YESHUA stretched forth HIS hand
toward HIS Disciples, and said,
Behold MY Mother and MY brethren!
[no name given… not even (especially that of) Mary!]
Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of MY Father
[Who is NOT listed with those of NO name]
which is in Heaven, [those who DO HIS will]
the same is MY Brother, and Sister, and Mother
[those, to whom YESHUA stretched forth HIS hand, are ALL ISRAELIS!].
Do ya really think YESHUA is planning to marry HIS Mother? YESHUA’s Father, Whom we KNOW BY NAME, is ALREADY married to YESHUA’s Mother, per:
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children [“backsliding” is NOT an option ever mentioned for the “Bride of CHRIST” anywhere in the New Testament!], saith the LORD [H3068 YHVH “self-existent Jewish national NAME of GOD”]; for I YHVH The FATHER am married unto you Israel: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion [the realm of TOTAL HEALING! for The FATHER’s MARRIAGE as well as the marriage of the SON with HIS BRIDE = HIS BODY which has been “marred” beyond recognition!!! per Isaiah 52:14… The BODY with no name]:
This trek, “thru the desert on a horse with no name,” has long been penned by The LORD’s Prophets of old; and, if we read HIS WORD in quiet solitude, repeatedly-without-ceasing, we hear the sounds and we see the LIGHT. Please understand that I most certainly do NOT hold the proverbial candle to David; and yet, when the transparency of my life is laid upon David’s, I (for one) see a realm which is totally oblivious to the vast majority. The last 5 chapters of First Samuel, 27 – 31, are the blueprint/roadmap upon which I seem to be traveling AND in very vague form, have traveled. Family has been a disaster! From age 4, I was always the step-kid. Sometimes I identify with Jephthah, in Judges chapters 11 & 12. Again, I do NOT hold a candle to Jephthah, nor was my Mother an harlot per se; never the less, the rejection by ½ siblings has been painful. My time in the military was not that of being a “valiant warrior,” as David and Jephthah; and yet, in retrospect, I see The LORD’s namely YHVH’s hand on my LIFE sustaining me when all odds would have had me dead! As I continue this trek “thru the desert,” the throat of my Spirit is often dry and even parched and the temptation to wither and hush takes me by SAND STORM! It’s the LIVES of my ETERNAL Siblings that show me The WAY upon which to travel on… even if I am their HALF Sibling (having the same FATHER but different Mothers :o))) These things embrace and hug my eternal Spirit. THANK YOU ABBA PAPA — on this day of Thanksgiving! ken Todah!! (yes Thank YOU!!!)
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I have dedicated five parts to the subject of food. I could easily extend that to fifty parts, but that is not the design of these lessons. These lessons are intended to expose at least some of the "taken for granted" teaching that is passed from one generation to the next. We have discussed some of the "knee jerk" Scriptures used to allegedly prove that God is not interested in the physical, only the spiritual. Before we launch into Vayikra 11 (Leviticus) I would like to begin with a basic principle that is used in 1 Corinthians 15. I cannot assure you that this verse, or at least my understanding of this verse, is applicable in every doctrinal area, but I do believe it is a general principle, and is used by both Yeshua and Sha’ul. In 1 Cor 15:45-46 Sha’ul says, "And so it is written, The first man, Adam, was made a life giving soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. However, that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." The comparison is Adam (natural) and Yeshua (the last Adam, spiritual). Laying the contexual teaching aside, I would like to focus on the principle of natural coming before spiritual. I do not believe that this is teaching on the nature of God, but rather the order of the matter/spirit relationship. The physical creation is a model from which we derive spiritual insight. Let me give a few examples. God the Father is spirit. Spirit is invisible and unseen, and virtually incomprehensible to man. God knew this in advance, so he gave instructions for the design, function, and responsibilities of earthly fathers. When this picture is obeyed we can see how the heavenly Father is pictured. If the earthly father paradigm or model is perverted, then we get a perverted, untrustworthy picture of the heavenly Father. This is why we must remain faithful to God's design of earthly fathers. Another example is in Yochanan (John) chapter 3. Yeshua uses the physical birth to be a model of the spiritual birth. Spiritual birth is like the wind that blows where it will, and no one knows where it comes from. If you can grasp the physical birth, you can begin to see the spiritual, for it is a picture of the spiritual. This is why Yeshua said to Nicodemus in verse 12, "If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you heavenly things?" We could do dozens and dozens of lessons on just this subject. When you grasp what I am saying you will see these pictures everywhere. God placed His unseen nature as a picture in His feasts, the new moons, the Sabbath, the Mazzaroth, the furnishings in the tabernacle, the marriage, the parent/child relationship, the harvest cycles, the sons of Jacob, the talit, and in a pivotal crucifixtion two thousand years ago. When these physical models and pictures are grasped and the "spiritual" is seen, then the physical picture is filled with purpose and meaning. "FOR THE INVISIBLE THINGS OF HIM FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ARE CLEARLY SEEN, BEING UNDERSTOOD BY THE THINGS THAT ARE MADE, EVEN HIS ETERNAL POWER AND GODHEAD, SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE;..."
God placed spiritual insight into the natural things. This is a subject that I will go into great detail on in next lessons, which will be on the tabernacle and it's furnishings.
Food is an everyday, common occurrence. This is why I have spent so much time discussing it. It is a vital part of our existence. Chinese polka bands are not, so that is why I will not spend any time discussing them. We all agree that we need food in order to sustain life. So do you think God would have something to say about this subject? Do you think that He would be interested in what we should put in our stomachs and what we should not? Do you believe for a minute that He created all things to be eaten? Do you think that perhaps some of His living creation has another purpose other than human consumption? From the beginning God put a difference between various entities of His creation. Plant life was distinguished from animal life, and animal life from human life. The celestial bodies were distinct from earthly bodies. The creatures of the sea were different from the fowl of the heavens. Cattle was distinct from creeping things. Adam was created male and Eve was created female. The tree of life was distinct from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The seed of the woman was different than the seed of the serpent. Abel's offering was distinct from Cain's. Noah's family was different than the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. When Noah was to enter the ark, the Lord made a distinction between animals that were clean and animals that were not clean (Bereshith [Genesis] 7:2). God has a distinct design and purpose for all of His creation. The English word "clean" is taken from the Hebrew word taher. The word clean is as good a word as any to describe the meaning of taher. This word is rarely understood in it's context however. It is commonly misunderstood to speak of ritual only. To be unclean is commonly associated with sin or transgression. This is not always the case. When you read these words in context you will begin to see why God uses this word. For example, unclean things are not unclean to other unclean things. Kinda confusing? As you trace out "clean and unclean" you will see that God instructs us as to what is unclean for you and me. For example we are told in Vayikra 11 over and over again that certain animals are UNCLEAN UNTO YOU. Vayikra [Leviticus] 11:4 says, "...the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is UNCLEAN UNTO YOU.... In verse 7 the Lord states, "And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is UNCLEAN TO YOU." In contrast He says in verse 9, "These shall ye EAT of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them SHALL YE EAT." So, in speaking to humans He says that some things are unclean to you and others you may eat. A pig is not declared unclean to another pig. A camel is not unclean to a bear or to a pear for that matter. God is defining taher by it's context. He is declaring what is good, healthy, and holy for you. Notice in Bereshith 7:2, the Lord declares, "Of every clean (taher) beast thou shalt TAKE TO THEE by sevens, the male and his female; and of beasts that are NOT CLEAN by two, the male and his female." Notice that the beasts that are not clean Noah and his family are not to take "unto themselves". God makes a distinction between clean and not clean long before the "Law of Moses".
In the scholarly circles of modern Judaism there is much diversity of opinion in why God separated out certain animals from others. All of them see the fundamental differences in their physiology. Some draw somewhat mystical and ritualistic differences. As you peruse Vayikra [Leviticus] chapter 11, you will see several qualifications concerning human consumption. You will begin to see a pattern for God's instructions, and the reason for not eating certain kinds will become clear. The qualifications for clean animals is basically two things. They must chew the cud and split the hoof. Now we could go on and on, as many commentators in this area do, about the details of these two conditions. But I will cut to the chase. In general, animals that split the hoof are not meat eaters. They are basically docile vegetarians. They do not contaminate themselves with diseased meat or rotting corpses. They eat the grains of the field, grass and vegetation. In addition, they chew the cud, which basically means they digest their food an extra step. When you eat an animal that splits the hoof and chews the cud, you are eating what it ate, which is thoroughly digested vegetation. When you eat a meat-eating animal, you are also eating what it ate, which is who knows what. Meat-eating animals are not generally picky about what they tear to pieces or find laying along the road. What they digested you eventually eat as well. In other words, you are what you eat. This is generally speaking, of course. There are still a few animals that are being argued about today. In the area of the sea creatures and fish, you will notice basically the same thing. Creatures such as crab, lobster, or shrimp are bottom feeders of the sea, in general. They creep along the sea bed and scarf up whatever floats to the bottom. For the most part the scaled fish swim near the top and do no eat the scum from the bottom of the seas. The same is true with the fowl, in general. The birds that are not to be eaten are hunters and tear away the flesh of their prey.
There is a lot of room for pet peeve anecdotes and certain species which seem to fly in the face of these commands. There are, of course, many "clean" animals today that have been shot up with steriods and other drugs, and are no more healthy than many of the "unclean" animals. Many places where chickens are processed are disgusting. But this is due to man's greedy nature to increase profits and not a result in the nature of pigs or chickens. The "CROSS" did not change the basic nature of the animal kingdom. The cross provided "the way" for the change in OUR sinful nature, not for a change in our diet. I would suggest a careful perusal of some of the books available in various Messianic and Orthodox Jewish ministries. There are much more profound and scientific (if that's what you desire) answers to this discussion than I can provide. I only want to stir up a little anger for what Christians have been traditionally taught. I believe and teach with all that is within me that God is smarter that we are. He is eternally smarter. He can introduce instructions 3500 years ago that can have the same impact and relevance to our lives today as they did when He gave them. In fact, if you have read or listened to the "How Then Shall We Live" series, you know that we need them more today than yesterday because of entropy. God gave "natural" commands for the natural, as long as the natural exists. When there comes a time, and soon it will be, that we are transformed spirit, soul, AND body, then "spiritual" instructions will continue for all that is spiritual. God is not ignorant! He knows just exactly how long the "natural" will be around.
Beginning next week, and I do mean next week, I am going to start a series on the tabernacle and it's relevance to our lives. I will cover the Most Holy Place, the Holy Place, the court and all the furniture, coverings and construction. I promise that this will be a very informative study, and one that can add to your present knowledge of this important subject.
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
"Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant (commandments), then you shall be MY OWN POSSESSION among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." Exodus 19:5-6
"Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on Yeshua the Father has set his seal." John 6:27
So - just what is the inheritance of the saints in Light? From both sides of the Book we are told that Life in the Presence of YaHoVeH includes provision shoes not wear out, lacked nothing (click on highlighted words to view scriptures); there is sustenance manna in the wilderness, birds of the air; there is health none of these diseases, any deadly thing; and there is freedom from bondage the fowler, demons subject to authority. All of these benefits are made available to members of YaHoVeH's Family who are obedient to His Voice by adhering to and following His Words (not arbitrarily changing the dynamics of those Words - John 14:24). There is LIFE in the Presence of the Eternal One - which is why it is called Eternal Life. All of these things mentioned are external and are usually what people expect to happen to them if they put their trust in Him. That they are not evident in one's life can mostly be traced back to becoming disobedient to one of more of His Words. The inheritance bequeathed to those embracing the example of the Life of Yeshua, however, is a different matter because it constitutes a restoration of the Kingdom, of Life within.
In spite of the ancient Greek philosophy that has become embedded in our current culture, scripturally, apart from the Spirit of YaHoVeH - man has no spirit intrinsic to himself. YaHoVeH told Adam that on the day he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil "he would die." But, he did not die physically. In fact, in Genesis 5:5 we are told he lived for another 930 years. Consequently, if we are to pursue what scripture reveals about Truth - we have to rearrange our thinking about death to be in alignment with what the words tell us. The death YaHoVeH was speaking of was the death of Adam's shared image with the Father - YaHoVeH's Spirit. Since we are told in Leviticus 17:11 that "the life isin the blood", when YaHoVeH breathed Life into Adam, it became his blood. In disobedience to YaHoVeH's Words, Adam brought darkness into the pure Light of that blood and it became corrupted necessitating a separation from the Spirit of Life, "lest he eat of the tree of Life" and remain in that condition forever (Genesis 3:22). Adam became as any other man of the world, thrust out of the Garden to make his own determination. He was now his own god. However, Adam and Chavah wre still YaHoVeH's children, His Family. As their Father, He still loved them in immediately fashioning clothing, for them to cover their nakedness they were now aware of. The Hebrew word translated as the English "coats" in that verse is kutonet - the same Hebrew word used in Exodus 28:4 to describe priestly garments. HE MADE THEM TO BE PRIESTS UNTO HIM!! YaHoVeH did not abandon His Family. He did not leave them destitute. He cared for them as any loving Father would - in spite of their careless recklessness. What Adam and Chavah had done could not be repaired or "fixed". Because they had now become their own god, they had no Spirit of LIFE in them to restore them to that place of intimacy with YaHoVeH. Part of the character of Spirit identified in Exodus 34:5-7 is that the sins of the fathers are passed to subsequent generations until that sin is stopped. What the Family needed was a transfusion of blood that would return them to a pure state of being.
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
"Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant (commandments), then you shall be My own possession, among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." Exodus 19:5-6
"He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm, brought His Salvation, and His Righteousness upheld him." Isaiah 59:16
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, for the soul." Leviticus 17:11
Most have been taught to believe that it was in the suffering and death of "the Christ" on the cross that an atonement was made with the God of creation for the "sins of mankind" so that all would be forgiven to those who made some sort of a verbal acknowledgement to that end. But to truly understand what was actually released through the Resurrection (not the death) of the Messiah, the Kinsman Redeemer of the House of Israel, we must closely examine what the words of scripture actually say and mean about it - not simply what has been handed down to us through the tradition of men (click on highlighted words to view content). So, then, the first thing we need to investigate is - just what is an atonement, to whom is it extended and why is it needed? The first article of this series, the Signet, established the family of YaHoVeH to be Israel, i.e., those who keep the Words of the Father of the family through the embrace of the Life the Son exampled - not "mankind." The second article, the Inheritance, established the legality of the firstborn status of the family of Israel to co-ownership of the family, the Kingdom of YaHoVeH, the legal obligation of co-owners to abide by the actions of the other and the subsequent right of inheritance. This article will deal with the need for atonement in order to reclaim or redeem the inheritance forfeited by the first Son, Adam, to restore it to the rightful heirs - the family of Israel. Words mean things. Those who seek and desire (hunger and thirst) Truth more than life itself eventually realize that, in order to find Truth in the words of scripture, a disassociation from "tradition-think" is required - a separation from the traditions of men the world extends through religious theology (Mark 7:13, see Who's Your Daddy?). To appreciate these words of scripture written by Hebrews, from a Hebrew mindset, out of a Hebrew culture and primarily addressed to a Hebrew audience requires us to look at them from that same Hebrew perspective - to do otherwise would be disingenuous. So, let us look at what the words of scripture say from this Hebrew perspective to get a clear understanding of what atonement really means. To that end, some brief foundational groundwork must first be laid.
"For I WILL, pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I WILL, strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I WILL, execute judgments: I am YaHoVeH. The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I WILL, pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. For YaHoVeH WILL, pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when He sees the blood, on the lintel and on the two doorposts, YaHoVeH WILL, pass over the door and will not allow destruction to enter your houses to strike you." Exodus 12:12-13, 23
"Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on Him, YaHoVeH, the Father has set His seal." John 6:27
"In Him (YaHoVeH) we have obtained an inheritance…you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised spirit of YaHoVeH, the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory." Ephesians 1:11-14
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth (Ephesians 2:19)
It is imperative to understand, from a scriptural perspective, what the feast of Pesach (re-named Passover) actually was in order to comprehend just what the inheritance (click on highlighted words to view content) of the saints in light that was released through the Resurrection of Yeshua, the Kinsman Redeemer of Israel. That day really is apart from all the traditions of men that have been attached to it. The first article of this series expounded on the Signet and the significance of the chronicling of its passing from generation to generation through the Hebrew Family of YaHoVeH, until it came to rest with Yeshua - validating His status as the Kinsman Redeemer of Israel. That article showed the Hebrew word translated as the English "mark", 'owth, to actually mean "sign (token) or seal". This same Hebrew word is also found in the Exodus 12 passage at the opening of this article describing the blood that is to be placed on the side posts and overhang of the houses to spare the death of the firstborn within. In Song of Solomon 8:6 the Hebrew word k'owtham (containing 'owth) is also translated as the "seal" which Yeshua refers to in John 6:27 above. The Greek word translated as the English "seal" in that verse, sphragizo, is the same Greek word used in the Ephesians 1 passage above describing the Fulfillment of the Covenant that guarantees the acquisition of Inheritance to all who embrace Yeshua for who He says He Is. There is also a distinction made in 2 Corinthians 1:22 between the seal and the guarantee of inheritance. That seal is the blood of the slain Lamb spread over the dwelling places of the Family of YaHoVeH. So, what is it about "the blood" that it becomes a sign, a seal to defray the spector of death? What makes the Blood so important? And what kind of death is being spoken of - are we to become immortal?
In spite of the ancient Greek philosophy that has become embedded in our current culture, scripturally, apart from the Spirit of YaHoVeH - man has no spirit intrinsic to himself. YaHoVeH told Adam that on the day he ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil "he would die." But, he did not die physically. In fact, in Genesis 5:5 we are told he lived for another 930 years. Consequently, if we are to pursue what scripture reveals about Truth - we have to rearrange our thinking about death to be in alignment with what the words tell us. The death YaHoVeH was speaking of was the death of Adam's shared image with the Father - YaHoVeH's Spirit. Since we are told in Leviticus 17:11 that "the life is in the blood", when YaHoVeH breathed Life into Adam, it became his blood. In disobedience to YaHoVeH's Words, Adam brought darkness into the pure Light of that blood and it became corrupted necessitating a separation from the Spirit of Life, "lest he eat of the tree of Life" and remain in that condition forever (Genesis 3:22). Adam became as any other man of the world, thrust out of the Garden to make his own determination. He was now his own god. However, Adam and Chavah were still YaHoVeH's children, His Family. As their Father, He still loved them in immediately fashioning clothing, for them to cover their nakedness they were now aware of. The Hebrew word translated as the English "coats" in that verse is kutonet - the same Hebrew word used in Exodus 28:4 to describe priestly garments. HE MADE THEM TO BE PRIESTS UNTO HIM!! YaHoVeH did not abandon His Family. He did not leave them destitute. He cared for them as any loving Father would - in spite of their careless recklessness. What Adam and Chavah had done could not be repaired or "fixed". Because they had now become their own god, they had no Spirit of LIFE in them to restore them to that place of intimacy with YaHoVeH. Part of the character of Spirit identified in Exodus 34:5-7 is that the sins of the fathers are passed to subsequent generations until that sin is stopped. What the Family needed was a transfusion of blood that would return them to a pure state of being.
When YaHoVeH breathed Life into Adam, it became his blood. Just as my son's blood carries the DNA of his father, Adam's blood carried the DNA of his Father, YaHoVeH. Adam and YaHoVeH were echad (Hebrew for "one or unity"). They were in complete union, meaning the Nature they shared caused them to be as one. The Hebrew letters aleph-chet-dalet are what make up the Hebrew word echad. In the Paleo-Hebrew pictograph of these letters, we see that the Hebrew letter aleph is shown as the head of an ox - representing a fullness of strength and power. The chet is shown as a wall or fence and the dalet is shown as a door (Frank Seekins, Hebrew Word Pictures - Seekins is the acknowledged founder of the modern study of Hebrew word pictures). The dalet is an interesting character because in ancient Hebrew culture, to pass through a doorway was an act of coming into covenant with the leader of the home. So not only does dalet represent "a way in," but it is also considered a way into covenant with someone. Together, the picture chet-dalet presents is "a door in the fence." So, what is the fence? YaHoVeH's fence around His people is found in the protection of the instructions found in His Ten Words. His Covenant with His family of Israel is based on this fence. It is the distinguishing characteristic between Hebrew and Gentile. Those who join themselves to the Family of Israel stand in special relationship to YaHoVeH because they choose to keep YaHoVeH's Words - they choose to stay within His protective fence. This is not a relationship of rescue or deliverance. It is a relationship of purpose. YaHoVeH chose Israel as the vehicle for bringing the world to Him, a Light to the Nations, and Israel was to accomplish this great purpose by living according to His Words - His Covenant. Israel is to be a "kingdom of priests". In John 10:7, Yeshua said He is the DOOR to this sheepfold. The word for "door" in this passage is thyra and means "the vestibule; used of any opening providing passage". In the Hebrew, the word most commonly used for door is pethach meaning "an opening, gate of entrance" to describe the entryway to a temple, a house or a city. It is the Life Yeshua exampled that becomes the entryway, providing passage into the sheepfold, into the house of His Father - a door in the fence to enter into covenant with Him. So, when this word, echad, was originally used it would have been defined as "the strength of someone coming into covenant". It is in the keeping of YaHoVeH's Words that bring us into covenant with Him and what allows us to abide in His Presence. Adam carried the Essence of the Nature of his Father in his blood. That Essence is expressed in the Father's Glory, in His Name and in His Word. Adam's disobedience to his Father's Word injected the darkness of self-determination into that Nature - thus corrupting the Purity of the Blood and necessitating a separation. The Hebrew word for "sin" found in Isaiah 1:18 is chet'. It is the combination of the Hebrew letters chet, taw and aleph. The images in Paleo-Hebrew these letters represent when strung together mean "first to destroy the fence". Anything that stands in opposition to the Words of YaHoVeH is sin and destroys the protection of His Covenant fence.
November 12, 2021
This series is designed to look at the mo'edim (or appointed times) of YHWH in a brief and concise way. In this video, we look at Purim. What is Purim? Is it an appointed time? Should we celebrate it? If so, how? If not, why not?
November 15, 2021
The Great End Time Deception - what is it? This question has generated a great deal of debate in the Christian community. Fortunately the Apostle Paul has given us a clear answer in 2 Thessalonians 2. Watch this Nelson Walters video for the totally unexpected biblical answer.
November 17, 2021
Will the Coming Beast Empire be Roman and Islamic AT THE SAME TIME? There are two legs of Nebuchadnezzar's Statue, will one be European and one Islamic? Watch this Nelson Walters video and participate in forming this new End Time Theory.
Is the Beast of Revelation 13 MORE than a Symbol? Is it LEVIATHAN?
The Beast from the Sea in Daniel 7
Feb. 2, 2021
Genesis: Garments from the Garden of God is part one of a multiple documentary series which will go all the way through the Garden of Eden, Nimrod, and to the other side of the Exodus.
Paths of Old - Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves....” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית (Bereishis = Beh-rey-sheet)
Meaning = “in beginning”
Bible readings for November 27, 2021. In the 11th solar month of the Hebrew 9th month of Kislev (November/December).
And he dwelt / Settled
Torah: Genesis 37:1—40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2:6—3:8
Brit Chadashah: Matthew 1:1-6, 16-25; Acts 7:9-16; Revelation 12:1-17
November 21, 2021
Prepare for next Shabbat's Torah portion with deeper understanding... Listen and learn from Rabbi Isaac's new Dvar Torah teaching on the 9th Torah Parashah Vayeshev (וַיֵּשֶׁב) — Hebrew for “and he lived,” and in this dvar message we learn about how we are to "live" and always glorify the Most High like Ya’akov and his son Yoseph whom the Parashah focuses on with a foreshadowing of Mashiach!
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
Genesis 11:1-32 | Joshua 14:1—15:63 | Psalm 9:1-20 | Isaiah 11:1—12:6 | Matthew 12:9-50
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
AS GREAT DELUSION NEARS… The Question Is Being Raised—What Will Religious Leaders Do WHEN ALIENS SHOW UP? (The question of what UAP are is intertwined with what they might mean. Three days before the report’s release, while appearing on a June 23 podcast, Elizondo answered a well-posed question—“If the general public knew or saw what you saw … what would the next week look like? How would the public react?”—with a muted bombshell. “Somber,” he said. “I think there would be this big exhale for about a day. And then this turning inward and trying to reflect on what this means for our species and to ourselves.” He continued, “I think you would have some people turning to religion. You might have some people turning away from it.” […] What about the so-called religious “nones,” the rapidly growing number of Americans who don’t believe in God? And what about the “kind-ofs,” the churchless Protestants, the “raised Catholics,” and the cultural Jews who don’t attend services and for whom religion is more of an inherited abstraction than a lived experience? It turns out that nonbelievers are the ones doing most of the magical thinking when it comes to extra-, intra-, and ultraterrestrial beings. Clay Routledge, a psychology professor at North Dakota State University, wrote in a New York Times op-ed: “People who do not frequently attend church are twice as likely to believe in ghosts as those who are regular churchgoers. The less religious people are, the more likely they are to endorse empirically unsupported ideas about U.F.O.s, intelligent aliens monitoring the lives of humans and related conspiracies about a government cover-up of these phenomena…)
Disney Further Mainstreams The Occult With Launch Of ‘Villains’ Tarot Cards (Is Disney, the ever-iconic kids entertainment company, stepping into the occult with the launch of a new Tarot card set? The new “Villains” Tarot cards, featuring Disney’s most famous antagonists, are certain to spark controversy and concern, especially among Christians who understand biblical warnings against these tools that are all-too-often inappropriately and inaccurately paraded as mere parlor games. The card set wasn’t officially launched directly by Disney, though the company reportedly licensed images of some of its most famous villains to be used in the deck — and now the cards are making their way onto holiday gift lists. Religion News Service led its coverage of the new Tarot set with the following proclamation: “With ‘Villains’ tarot deck, Disney pushes the mystical practice further into mainstream…)
“Their Flesh Shall Consume Away While They Stand Upon Their Feet, And Their Eyes Shall Consume Away In Their Holes, And Their Tongue Shall Consume Away In Their Mouth” (Zechariah 14:12)—ZEITGEIST 2025 IS COMING… And Bill Gates Warns Terrorists Will Try And Use Smallpox As A Biological Weapon
DO YOU WANT TO GIVE BIRTH TO A HUMAN-ANIMAL CHIMERA? Scientists Genetically Engineer New Sperm Cells From Beasts For Infertile Humans (Male infertility can be an awkward topic to discuss for many patients, but on a global level, a concerning upward trend has become apparent. More and more men all over the world are finding out from their doctors that they are infertile. However, groundbreaking new stem cell research by scientists at the University of Georgia is offering up some serious hope for new clinical infertility therapies in the not-so-distant future. For the first time ever, scientists have successfully created functional sperm cells in a dish using primate embryonic stem cells. “This is a major breakthrough towards producing stem cell-based therapies to treat male infertility in cases where the men do not produce any viable sperm cells,” says lead researcher Charles Easley, an associate professor in UGA’s College of Public Health, in a university release…)
As Technology “To Give Life To The Image Of The Beast” Nears, Will A.I. Entities Transform Religion? (Artificial intelligence is changing how we interact with everything, from food to healthcare, travel and also religion. Experts say major global faiths are discussing their relationship with AI, and some are starting to incorporate this technology into their worship. Robot priests can recite prayers, deliver sermons, and even comfort those experiencing a spiritual crisis. BBC Global Religion reporter Sofia Bettiza has taken a look at whether AI’s relationship with religion is just a gimmick, or whether it can truly transform how people experience faith…)
Enter The Bizarre World Of Mark Zuckerburg’s ‘Metaverse’— Evil Porn Entities. Resurrecting The Dead, And Other Hell (Wood described the metaverse as a “gateway into transhumanism,” which is the elites’ plan to create humanity 2.0, which they consider to be a “more perfect human,” They will accomplish that, they believe, by merging man with machine and connecting him to the metaverse. And at some point you won’t have to wear goggles or glasses. A device will be implanted in the brain – this is exactly where some influential globalists like Klaus Schwab believe the metaverse is ultimately heading. “They now believe they can download someone’s life experience, whether it’s their soul or brain, wherever they can get enough data, load it into the metaverse where they can generate a person in the metaverse that will act independently of anybody outside the metaverse as if it were that person,” Wood explained. Resurrecting the dead? Wood said tech pioneer and futurist Ray Kurzweil “may well be able to achieve his dream of resurrecting his father, by taking all that information, creating an avatar for his father. His father can now act and interact and respond with people, inside the metaverse. He will never get out. But inside the metaverse he can be ‘alive’.” Howse noted that this technology will also be adopted and used for evil by the porn industry as it further dehumanizes and perverts human sexuality…)
GREAT DELUSION IS COMING… And The Search For Life On Other Worlds Now Tops Astronomy’s “To-Do” List (A U.S. survey of astronomers puts the search for extraterrestrial life at the top of their to-do list for the next 10 years. In a report issued Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, astronomers stressed the need to continue the hunt for potentially habitable planets circling other stars, building on the “extraordinary progress” already made. The ultimate goal, they noted, is to capture pictures of any Earth-like worlds that might be out there. “Life on Earth may be the result of a common process, or it may require such an unusual set of circumstances that we are the only living beings within our part of the galaxy, or even in the universe. Either answer is profound,” the report stated. “The coming decades will set humanity down a path to determine whether we are alone…)
Intelligent Design Without God? (Why is there something instead of nothing? This is a question that has long haunted scientists, beyond the what to the why. For a long time, the widely accepted answer from astrophysicists, astronomers, and others was that the universe always existed. This so-called “steady-state theory” was a favorite of materialists because it sidestepped any need for a Creator. However, in the 20th century, the collective evidence became overwhelming, forcing scientists to accept that space, matter, energy, and even time had a beginning. Ergo, the cosmos is not eternal. The “Big Bang” theory, which replaced the steady-state theory, wasn’t as much an explanation for how the universe came to be as it was a description of the immediate aftermath of its beginning. The initial first cause, i.e. whatever it was that set off the Big Bang and provided the fine-tuning necessary to produce a life-friendly universe, remained a mystery. At least, it was a mystery for those unwilling to accept God as the first cause…)
Here’s How The New Christian Left Is Twisting The Gospel (Peek behind the curtain of some “progressive” or “hip” evangelical churches, past the savvy technology and secular music, and you will find more than just a contemporary worship service. You’ll find faith leaders encouraging young evangelicals to trade in their Christian convictions for a gospel filled with compromise. They’re slowly attempting to give evangelicalism an “update”—and the change is not for the good. It’s painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity—because it is changing. No doubt you have seen the headlines declaring that evangelicalism is doomed because evangelical kids are leaving the faith. It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America’s evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the millennials, seems to be widening too. Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being…)
Evidence for the Shroud of Christ! Resurrection 2021 (Why this matters NOW more than EVER! From the BEST Sources... EVERY MAJOR Important fact that Proves BEYOND A DOUBT, that The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is a FACT of HISTORY!)
November 24, 2021
The Pope says it's time to divide the land of Israel. Last week the Pope met with Palestinian leader Abbas to conceive a plan to create a two state solution. Watch this #shorts Last Days Breaking News with Nelson Walters to get the details.
November 18, 2021
The hunt for exoplanets (planets existing beyond our solar system) has been heating up the past few years. Scientists have been interested in other star systems containing new, exotic planets for quite some time, yet recent discoveries have sparked an increase in curiosity and, in some cases, an increase in the hope for discovering extraterrestrial life. In order to know which exoplanets might harbor life, scientists are searching for the holy grail of exoplanetary research: water.
We have a fair grasp of what is in our own solar system. The possibility of abundant liquid water is slim. There are candidates, of course, though they are few. Recently, NASA announced the first confirmation of evidence supporting the existence of water on Mars via spectral detection.[i]
While this is a fascinating observation, it only confirms the presence of water, not the quantity or whether that quantity is enough to support life. Another candidate is Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. On September 26, 2016, NASA posted a press release stating the Hubble Telescope detected possible water plumes erupting on Europa.[ii] Europa has a global ocean with twice as much liquid as Earth’s oceans; however, it exists underneath a layer of extremely cold and hard ice of unknown thickness. It has long been theorized taht there could exist a large amount of habitable water under the frozen crust of Europa. If this is the case, there might be enough liquid water to support life. As of now, however, there is no direct and clear evidence of life on Europa or anywhere else in our solar system.
There are other contenders, but from what we understand about our solar system, it is an unlikely place to harbor complex extraterrestrial life of any kind. Most other planets are simply uninhabitable. Others have slim possibilities, but, so far, nothing to get overly excited about and not enough evidence to warrant expensive exploration. Thus, scientists have expanded their efforts beyond our solar system in hopes of finding a truly habitable world.
THE COMING GREAT DELUSION—PART 17: ET vs Biblical Creation Polemics
November 18, 2021
To an ancient Near-Eastern person, the sea was considered extremely dangerous, chaotic, and even otherworldly. The sea is untamable, unpredictable, and wild. Sea creatures themselves were symbolic portrayals of the place in which they lived: the sea. This is why we see the symbol of the sea and a great sea beast/monster/dragon repeated in the religious texts of the ancient Near East. To those people, there was no better representation of death and chaos.[i] We even see this idea turn up in the Bible.
What we are about to look at is considered common knowledge in theological and scholarly circles but, for some reason, is relatively unknown in the mainstream Church. I believe a big part of this is due to a common, hyperliteral approach to the Bible found in many churches today, a topic we will look at in further detail later in this series. There are many reasons why this developed over time. One example is the popularity of reading the Bible as if it were written to twenty-first century Americans. The Bible is for everybody, of course, but like all ancient texts, it was written to the culture of the time.
We currently are at least two thousand years and half a world removed from the ancient Jewish culture in which much of the Bible was written. The best way to understand and interpret the Bible is to put yourself in the ancient writer’s shoes. What was going on at the time of the writing? What was the writer dealing with in terms of competing theologies? What was the cultural environment like at that time? By asking these questions and looking at the text through ancient Near-Eastern eyes, we can gain a wealth of correct and intelligently honest understanding of the Scriptures.
This brings us back to the idea of a polemic. As stated briefly earlier, a polemic is a type of theological jab at a different religion or belief. These show up all over the texts in the Bible. The idea was not always to give a literal account of something, but to attribute credit to the true God of Israel, YHWH. For example, in the Baal Cycle, we find the term “Rider on the Clouds” attributed to Baal. Yet, throughout the Bible, YHWH is referred to in the same way.[ii] Even Jesus Christ referred to Himself in this manner.[iii] The point is not to describe the oddity of God riding on clouds for some reason. The point is to state that Baal is not the one in charge; YHWH/Jesus is. It is a deliberate swipe at the belief that Baal has everlasting dominion by taking his title and attributing it to the true God, YHWH. This is only one example of a polemic in the Bible. There are many more.
November 21, 2021
Hands down, the biggest question The Great Delusion filmmaker Josh Peck says he ever had as a child was: Are aliens real? He loved science fiction. He also loved the Bible. However he didn’t know if the two were compatible. He was raised in a Baptist family who mostly didn’t think such questions were too terribly important. That’s not a dig on anyone, of course. Everyone has his or her own interests and priorities. When he would ask someone in his family or the pastor of his church about aliens, the answer was usually some variation of, “Oh Josh, they’re just demons.” That was that.
However, “I craved more information,” he writes. “If it was true aliens that are demons, why? Where do we get that from? The Bible is basically silent on this issue (though there have been attempts throughout history to read one position or another into the text, as we will see throughout this series). How can the demonic theory be supported using the text of the Bible? I wondered about these questions for the rest of my young life.
“As a teenager, especially after the age of 18, I began to accept the possibility of life on other planets. A big influence on me at the time was New Age theology. I was young, New Age was exciting, New Age allowed me to believe in aliens. So, it seemed like a good fit. It wasn’t, but reasons for that go a bit outside the scope of this topic.
November 21, 2021
Today, we are still dealing with the same problems within the Church. It is generally accepted, by the world’s standards, that intelligent alien life would either prove or at least be strong evidence for the theories of naturalistic evolution and/or panspermia (the idea stating that life on Earth came from outer space). However, this problem is relatively irrelevant. Many theologically conservative Christians embrace the theory of evolution, though they see evolution as a process started by God rather than by some accident or completely natural event. These Christians are usually known as Theistic Evolutionists and/or Intelligent Design Theorists. For them, the concern isn’t evolution as a whole. The concern is specifically naturalistic, purposeless, and undirected evolution. If extraterrestrial life forms were discovered, those in this category would assume that God started the same evolutionary process on other planets as they recognize here on Earth, and extraterrestrial life would be the result. Similarly, those who reject evolution as a process of creation could, by default, hold the position that God created alien life forms just as He created life on Earth.
The evolution angle really is no threat to Christianity, regardless of whether one believes in it. Even if some elements of the theory are true, it still does not explain the origin of matter in the universe. How life evolves and how life originates in the first place are two separate questions. The discovery of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization would not answer the question of origin. Even if ET claimed to be the origin of humanity, the question could just be turned around: Then who created you?
Of course, one does not have to believe in evolution in order to accept the possibility of extraterrestrial life. However, it is good to understand why some choose to embrace evolution while still accepting the Christian faith. As early as the fourth and fifth centuries, biblical scholars and theologians were already noticing peculiar phrasing in the creation account. Genesis 1:24 states, “And God said, let the earth bring forth every living creature.”
November 23, 2021
One other argument brought up making many Christians uncomfortable states that the angels in the Bible are actually extraterrestrials. Most often, this claim comes from nonbelievers, usually from the standpoint of Ancient Astronaut Theory. The problem with this is, in order to argue the point and still maintain a non-Christian view, one must cherry-pick verses to support it and ignore others that refute it. At its face, this method is intellectually dishonest.
While most taking this view likely don’t accept it in order to be purposely malicious to Christianity or to promulgate untruths, this doesn’t make it any less incoherent. Likely, what is happening is that most holding this view know the few verses involved in the argument but are unaware of the biblical text as a whole. After all, there are pastors and prominent figures in ministry who do not fully understand the whole Scripture and who would have trouble defending basic doctrines of Christianity.
When taking Scripture as a whole, a person who is determined to reject Christianity would not want to hold the view of angels being misidentified extraterrestrials. There are four major problems with this view. First, mortal bodies would be required of extraterrestrials if there are actual, alien bodies recovered from UFO crash sites and stored somewhere. However, the Bible clearly teaches that angels are immortal and do not have determined lifespans. For example:
For when they [people] rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in mar riage, but are like angels in heaven. (Mark 12:25)
And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day. (Jude 1:6)
Angels in Heaven have no need of reproduction, because they are immortal. As for the angels who fell, as described in the book of Jude, if they are kept in eternal chains, it would stand to reason that the angels would have to be immortal as well.
EZEKIEL 38-39 Gog-Magog War Racing Toward Us As Growing Relations Between Turkey, Russia Become End-Time Concern For Israel (At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed the growing links between Moscow and Ankara. The Sochi talks came after Erdogan failed to secure a meeting with US President Joe Biden on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Speaking to reporters after the meeting with Putin, Erdogan noted that he had proposed that Turkey work together with Russia on the construction of two more nuclear power plants on Turkish soil. The Russian company Rosatom is currently building a power plant in Akkuyu, in southern Turkey. The Turkish president also said last week that Turkey still intends to purchase a second supply of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia. The purchase of the system by Turkey last year led to US sanctions on Turkey’s Defense Industry Directorate, and the cancellation of Turkish reception of the F-35 fighter jet…)
And In Those Days Shall Men Seek Death, And Shall Not Find It; And Shall Desire To Die, And Death Shall Flee From Them (Rev. 9:6)—Here Are The Five Main Theories On Achieving Immortality Without God, We Could Live 1,000 Years Scientists’ Say (From cryogenics to drugs the dream of immortality is closer than ever and now the world’s richest men including Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are putting their weight behind the research. It is a dream for some and a nightmare for others – but could living forever become a reality within our lifetime? The answer coming out of the scientific labs in Silicon Valley is a resounding “Yes”. In the wake of the summer space race between Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the world’s richest men are taking on a new challenge – immortality. Amazon boss Bezos, 57, is one of the main backers of Altos Labs, which has raised £200million and just opened a new laboratory in Cambridge. But Bezos, worth £150billion, is far from being the only one taking on the grim reaper. Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 48, has invested more than £600million in a “longevity lab” called Calico. And Paypal founder Peter Thiel, 54, has pledged £2million to the similarly-tasked SENS Research Foundation…)
Is The Stage For David Wilkerson’s ‘Thousand Fires’ Prophecy Ready? (New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided that purging thousands upon thousands of important municipal workers will make the city a safer place. But instead, could it actually be setting the stage for complete and utter chaos? Earlier today, when I visited Steve Quayle’s website, I noticed that he had mentioned David Wilkerson’s prophecy about widespread fires in New York City. I instantly remembered the prophecy that he was talking about, and I decided to go look it up again…)
November 19, 2021
There’s a world-changing event at our doorstep that will shake the world. History and prophecy have woven the story we live in today, as the Dry bones of our people, against all odds, came back to this dry and weary land. But as exciting as these events are, today we stand at the tipping point of the greatest and most pivotal prophecy of our time, yet to be fulfilled. Join Erez, Eitan, and Anastasia as we dive into the prophecy of Ezekiel’s dry bones vision, much of what was fulfilled in our time, and discover what’s yet to come. This revival prophesied thousands of years ago is already bursting forth, as many in Israel awaken to their Messiah.