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18 May 2013 (9 Sivan 5773) Torah #32 tI«a²b Nasso “Make an accounting”
READINGS: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Ezekiel 22:1-31; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Corinthians 5:6-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14- 18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-6(KJV)
Topic: Make an accounting! Be an essential trustworthy part of the Body of Christ. Each part is indispensable when working in unison. Those that walk in darkness are drawn to the worship of gods of the netherworld – the occult. The desires of the flesh, lust, fornication and adultery are of the Kingdom of Darkness for such was King Solomon’s sin. Yeshua Jesus wants a spotless Bride - pure and true. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Put any unclean thing out from amongst you.
2 Co 6:15 “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
1 John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:”
Numbers 5:1-4 (KJV) The completed camp of Israel with the sanctuary of God in the center, excluded from its boundaries lepers and unclean persons according to Torah. They were a health issue harboring contagious diseases. This isolation procedure separates the healthy from the sick as such inflictions might be contagious. Is sin contagious?
A spiritual reason: The camp was the dwelling place of God and nothing impure should be permitted to remain in His holy presence. The camp was an example of God dwelling amongst His people wherein nothing that is defiled should enter, and in which nothing that is unholy should be tolerated. A foreshadow of the Church- the accountability of the Bride of Christ…Be HOLY.
Our accountability to Torah is the principle message from God and as a reminder, the camp of the Israelites was constructed in the image of God’s holiness being prophetic of Christ’s redemption.
Adam was given only one instruction for accountability! God tells us not to look upon sin or lust after it. We are to be clean and unleavened!
Lev 10:8-11 “And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.”
Num 19:22 “And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.”
Eze 22:1-2 “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city (Jerusalem and the apostate people)? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.” Abba holds us accountable!
Ezekiel 22:23-26 (KJV) Short Spiritual memory!
The generation after Joshua did evil in the eyes of the LORD (Jos 2:10) and sought the ways of the pagans and the world, having the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life (1 John 2:16)
The Israelites ignored Torah instructions and judgment fell upon them as an apostate people. What are the instructions given to the Gentile Church?
Ephesians 5:1-11 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 5:6-13 (KJV)
2 Corinthians 6:14- 18 (KJV)
2 Thessalonians 3:1-6 (KJV)
Don’t make the ungodly your household pets!
Titus 3:8-11 “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works (Accountability). These things are good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
Php 2:12-15 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Ye are the light of the world perfected in the Father’s eyes by the blood of Christ, a Lamb broken and sacrifices for all sinners. The risen Christ offers salvation to all that that believes in Him and willingly accepts Him in their heart as their Lord. Guard your salvation with fear and trembling.
Eph 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
By one offering, we are cleansed in the eyes of the Father, as He sees Jesus in you.
Heb 10:14-17 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
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11 May 2013 (2 Sivan 5773) Torah #31 r‹C§s¦n‹C Bamidbar “In the wilderness”
Readings: Numbers 1:1- 4:20; Ezekiel 1:1-28; Revelation 4:1-14 (KJV)
Topic: Wilderness time spent with the Lord prepares us for the awesome days ahead! Has knowledge increased in the 20th century as the prophet Daniel foretold (Dan 12:4)? Technology, as a sign of our time, points us to that seventieth week of Daniel (Dan 9:24). The whole of God’s Plan of redemption is offered first to the Jew. Their rejected Messiah and His disciples established the Gentile Church. The redemption of the Jew is incomplete, but during the seventieth week of Daniel, God removes their blindness to Messiah Yeshua Jesus. When Jerusalem is again surrounded by armies, they will cry out for Yeshua Jesus….Baruch Haba Ba Shem Adonai.
God’s intelligent design is according to the Heavenly pattern. It is a prophetic foreshadowing for our learning. Today we will examine the Throne of God (Psa 18:10).
Numbers 1:45-54 (KJV) A God of Order. Levites were a priesthood purchased by God. The Israelites were given duties and instructions on the arrangement of the tribes and for setting-up camp around the Tabernacle. God told Moses to take a censuses! 603,550 male Israelites fit for war (Numbers 1:2-46; Numbers 2:1-32) …Two witnesses… neon lights …WHY?? They camped according to their banners
as God assigned (Numbers 2:3; Numbers 2:10; Numbers 2:18; Numbers 2:25). What do these numbers mean? They form the cross at Calvary! (on this JCIA web site) Torah 5768 #35; Parasha 5769 #31; Parasha 5767 #34)
Ezekiel 1:4-16 (KJV) What did Ezekiel see? Is he consistent (Ezekiel 10:9-15)? Angels described as amber, brass, beryl, lamps, fire (Psa 104:3-4)! What is a wheel within a wheel?
Eze 1:16c “..and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.”(Ezek. 10:10)
Wheel is SH1534 גּלגּל galgal gal-gal‘ ….a whirlwind; also dust as whirled: - heaven, rolling thing,
2Ki 2:1b “..the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind,
Whirlwind occurs 27x KJB. It is God’s signature in nature as a Fibonacci spiral or fractals. God’s signature is 3, 7 and fractals in the creation.
Revelation 4:1-11 (KJV) An open door- a trumpet call! “Come up hither” and see the prophetic future.
We will focus on the beasts around the throne.
Seraphim .. 2x in KJB (Isa. 6:1-7) –six wings before throne and cry HOLY-HOLY – HOLY.
Cherubims – “living creatures”/cherubims (65x KJB)
Eze 10:20 “This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.”
Look like men with four faces, have four wings and feet like a calf. They appear like fire and lightning and are connected to a beryl wheel (Ez. 10:14).
Zoa – the beast around the throne in Revelation (SG# 2226 ζῶον zōon dzo'-on) 7x KJB (Revelation 4:6-5:14, 6:1-8, 7:11, 14:3, 9:11, 15:7, 19:4) similar to cherubim- one head each and similar to seraphim with with six wings. They are full of eyes and worship God singing with harps and cry HOLY-HOLY-HOLY.
What did Torah foretell? God’s throne depicted in the camping arrangement of Israel! The LORD resides between the Cherubim.
Exo 25:18 “And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.”
The “beasts” represent the animal kingdom on Earth but which animal species is missing? Those reptiles that inhabit water, swamp, miry clay, and are the “creepy crawling things!” WHO do they represent? Kingdom of darkness! Satan and his kingdom are known as the serpent, leviathan, Behemoth, dragon, scorpions, snakes etc. and the prince of the air.
The created angels were given free-will. They witnessed the creation described in Genesis 1:1.
Job 38:6-7 “Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” BUT one cherub fell by sin!
Eze 28:13-15 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
The Kingdom of darkness’s earthly haven is in the “deep” of Hell, Sheol, Hades, the sea, and the waters, but also the air! They seek the soul of man by sin. Lucifer’s image permeates the ancient cultures, the media and the occult. What is the “deep?”
Gen 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
The New Jerusalem will have no darkness nor sea (Rev. 21:1,23)
Luk 10:18 “And he (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” He was cast out of God’s presence to war with Michael in the second heaven, Lucifer’s haven for demons. At the cross the serpent wounded Jesus’ heel, but Yeshua crushed his head by defeating sin and sin’s death penalty (Genesis 3:14-15). Yet, he has authority to roam the earth as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
What does God desire of free-willed beings?
ü Respect, love, submission and obedience to His laws which are final and just. Justice and righteousness only prevails in God’s Kingdom.
ü Choose good, not evil. Sin will separate us from God.
ü God’s kingdom through His Son is the only correct choice to see God face to face.
ü God is merciful and forgiving of rebels. He sent His only Begotten Son to pay our sin debt.
ü In God’s Theocracy, His rule is unquestionable. He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and omnibenevolent - all loving- unconditional love.
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.”
You are the Temple of God
1 Co 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
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4 May 2013 (24 Iyar 5773) Torah #30 h©,«eªj‰C Bechukotai “In My Statutes”
Double Reading: Leviticus 25:1-26:2 and Leviticus 26:3-27:34; 2 Kings 17:1-41; Revelation 18:1-24 (KJV)
Topic: In My Statutes (Word) is everlasting life (John 3:36). God separates the wheat from the tares (Psa 37:27-28; Deu 30:14-18).
Leviticus 26: 14-24 (KJV) We can either live under God’s blessings or His curses (Deu 11:29). Blessings for obedience (Jer 11:4; Leviticus 26:1-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Mount Gerizim: Deu. 27:6-12; Joshua 8:30-35) or Curses for disobedience (Leviticus 26:14-33; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Mount Ebal: Deu. 27:13-26; Joshua 8:30-35; Lev 26:21)
Lev 26:21 “And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.”
Ezek. 4:4-6 = 430 yrs-70=360x7=2520yrs convert 360 days to 365days =2485 yrs-538= (no zero year) ===May 1948
2 Kings 17:7-18 (KJV) What are Israel’s sins against the LORD that required His judgment? Disobedience and idolatry (Isa 9:12-13; 1 Ch 5:25-26 ) and “neither do they seek the LORD of hosts” (Ex. 23:20-23; 1 Co 10:4).
They were exiled beyond the river Sambatyon. Judgment!
The Northern Kingdom of Israel was conquered by the Assyrian kings, Tiglath-Pilneser III, Sargon II and Shalmaneser V. These Assyrian rulers and their successor, Sennacherib, were responsible for the twenty-year siege and demise of Israel's northern ten-tribe kingdom. (2 Ki 17:22-24; 1 Ch 5:25-26; Psa 106:34-47).
With self-centered rebellion, the LORD will not prolong your days upon the land! America and ancient Israel! Introspection: The National Day of Prayer. Where are we? America (Babylon) is falling (Alexander Tyler 1770 - Cycle of democracy for America - 1776 to 2013=237 years)!
What nation today is the hammer of the whole Earth? America fulfills Biblical prophecy as being the “Daughter of Babylon.” (Torah study 5773 # 13: Babylon - The U.S. of America).
Let us examine the octave vignettes of Babylon in the Book of Revelation. (Rev 14:8; Rev 16:19c)
Revelation 18:1-10 (KJV)
Rev18:8 “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” (Lev. 26:19, Deu 28:23-24)
Let us examine today’s plight of America.
As God warned ancient Israel by harbingers of destruction against them (Ephraim), is He also warning America!
Isa 9:9-10 “And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
Harbinger is anything that foreshadows a future event as an omen; a sign, a herald:
Frost is a harbinger of winter…….
9-11-2001 - the Twin Towers
Construction work began on the North Tower in August 1968. It was destroyed 33 years later – Sept-11-2001
9-11 defiance.. “We shall rebuild & be even stronger.”
Sen. Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader, on 9-12-01 – quoted Isa 9:10 and said “That is what we will do, and we will rebuild, and we will recover.”
Likewise, repeated by Sen. Jonathan Edwards - VP candidate – before a Congressional Black Caucus Prayer breakfast on 9-11-04.
It’s all history folks, for we have replaced the sycamore with conifer cedar, and we have laid a 20-ton granite hewn stone, as the foundation stone for the construction of our One World Trade Center.
But there is more: 2008 was the sh’mitah anniversary – a sabbatical year since 9-11. It was the seven-year anniversary of 9-11-1001.
On that day, 9-11-2008, the Wall Street Dow Jones fell 777 points.
The Freedom Tower is built on ground zero to a height of 1776 feet.
Septuagint Isa 9:10 “let us hew stones and cut down sycamores and cedars and let us build ourselves a tower.”
President Obama, in 2012, autographs the top steel beam of Freedom Tower. He writes:
“We come back stronger”
Save us, O LORD our God.
Psa 106:47-48 “Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise. Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.”
May America bless God
GOD Bless America.
27 April 2013 (17 Iyar 5773) Torah #29 r§n¤t Emor “say”
READINGS: Leviticus 21:1- 24:23; 1 Samuel 12:13-25; Matthew 19:16-30 (KJV)
Topic: Nadab and Abihu came close to the Holy Place in an incorrect manner and were killed. Where are you in the Kingdom of God? Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven by perfecting your walk (halachah) (Psa 24:3-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16). What does the LORD desire of you? …Abide in my WORD.
Leviticus 21:16-24 (KJV) Examine closely for no blemish….Remember Old Testament metaphors and similitudes! The Levitical Priesthood reiterates and points to what? (Exo 12:5) Sacrifices and shedding of blood are foreshadowing of what or whom? (John 1:29). There are strict criteria for being without blemish (Lev 22:19-22).
1 Pe 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
Likewise, an unblemished Aaronic priesthood points to our High Priest Who sits at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 7:26; Psalm 110:4). Establishing the greater priesthood of Melchisedec - which priesthood you are! (Rev. 5:9-10)
1 Samuel 12:13-19 (KJV) V. 18 An example of God’s judgment for one’s selfish interests! Do not forsake the LORD thy God! He will not be patient with you forever! (Deut 31:17) The LORD chose Israel for His purpose.
Deu 7:7-9 “The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
The Hebrew nation, a peculiar people, “chosen” of God would become disobedient and worship idols and would see God’s wrath by being scattered to the four corners of the earth. Seek ye - all the people of God - to be obedient and to stay in fellowship with the LORD.
Psa 37:27-28 “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Heb 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
1 Sam 12:22 “For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.”
Matthew 19:16-30 (KJV) Recall. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48). “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” Perfect is found 99 times in the King James Bible. What is perfect in God’s eyes? What is perfection and how do we achieve it??
Gen 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine (99), the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Abraham walked in faith.
1 Kings 8:61 “Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.”
1 Chronicles 28:9 “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”
1 Chronicles 29:9 “Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.”
Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
Psalms 37:37 “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”.. Be a part of a kahol - The Christian body.
Php 3:14-15 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
2 Ti 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Jas 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Review: Pathway to perfection.
Ø Abide in the WORD; Renew your mind and live a Christ-centered life; Have unwavering faith. Know that God’s WORD is true; Serve with a willing heart and mind. Be not rebellious nor hesitant to serve God; Fear God and steer clear of evil; Be part of the body of Christ and live in peace of mind and heed your calling; Know His WORD as the anchor point of your faith; Let your halachah show the fruits of the spirit; Be holy as I AM Holy.
Eph 5:8-10 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”
What does the LORD desire of you? What sacrifice will please Him?
Heb 13:15-16 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
Mat 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
4-20-2013 (Iyar 10 5773) Torah #28 Acharei Mot “After the death”
Double readings this week: Acharei Mot - Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezek. 22:1-19; Hebrews 9:22; 13:12; 1Peter 2:24; Kedoshim - Leviticus 19:1-20:27; Amos 9:7-15; Ephesians 4:24–32, 6:1–3; Revelation 21:8
Topic: Yeshua redeems us through his blood
And the LORD spoke unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died; (Leviticus 16:1 KJV)
Acharei Mot reading transitions from the preceding instructions regarding ritual purity to recall an incident of Nadab and Abihu, the two sons of Aaron that were killed when they offered strange fire upon the altar during the dedication of the tabernacle. Because these priests came close to the holy place in an incorrect manner and were killed, the Lord further instructed Moses to tell him that he should enter the Holy of Holies only in the prescribed manner once a year during Yom Kippur, So this is the name of this teaching, after the death.
This Week’s Torah Portion
—16:1 the Conditions by Which the High Priest May Come into the Ark of the Covenant on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
A quick reading of the Scriptures seems to indicate that there exists overlapping similarities between some of the blood atonement ceremonies of Passover and the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur. We then need to ask what are the differences between the sin atonement offerings of Pesach and Yom Kippur? Let’s remember the fact that the Passover occurred during the spring feast day season and Day of Atonement occurred during the fall feast day season may answer this question. Prophetically the spring feast days picture Messiah Yeshua’s first coming while the fall feast days prophetically point to his second coming.
—16:6 Aaron’s Personal Sin Offering/Atonement
—16:7 Two He-Goats and the Lots
—16:12 the Incense Service Sanctifying the Tabernacle from the Contamination of the Sins of the Israelites
—16:20 the Azazel Goat
—16:23 Aaron Performs the Elevation Offering for Himself and the People
—16:25 Conclusion of the Service
—16:29 Yom Kippur: A Day of Fasting, A Sabbath, And An Eternal Decree
—17:3 All Animals Slaughtered Are to Be Brought to the Door of the Tabernacle So That Israel Will Not Fall Into Demon Worship
—17:10 Prohibition against Eating Blood; the Life of the Flesh is in the Blood, Which Makes Atonement for Sin
Leviticus 17:11 is a crucial Scripture regarding the blood atonement. Presently, the Jewish belief offers no hope for its followers in light of this passage. For believers in Jesus, the message of Messiah and him crucified addresses this issue. The importance of the blood of the Lamb in the atonement for sins as well as in overcoming sin, sickness (1 Peter 2:24) and the powers of hell (Rev 12:11) cannot be over emphasized. Please get into the Word of God to increase your understanding of the power of the blood and to receive this power on a regular basis in your life? The power of the blood is central to the efficacy of the communion elements. The concept of the blood of Yeshua is central to the gospel message with over 40 references to it in the B’rit Chadashah. Such terms are used as “blood of the Lamb,” “blood of Messiah,” “precious blood of Messiah,” “blood of the everlasting covenant,” “redemption through Messiah’s blood,” “blood of His cross,” “communion of the blood of Messiah,” “faith in his blood,” and “purchased with his blood.” Is the reality of the blood of Messiah in your life central to your faith walk?
—17:13 Blood to Be Buried in the Earth
—18:1 Forbidden Sexual Relationships
Leviticus 18 discusses sexual sin. We live in a sex-crazed society where the immoral and flesh-alluring antics of the heathens could easily ensnare the righteous if they let down their guard. Everyone seems to make excuses why their personal sex-sin is permissible. Torah is very clear about what is right and wrong in this regard. Liberal so called Christians have gutted the Word of God to excuse sexual deviancies that Scripture calls abominable practices. You may not be living in open sexual sin, but what about you’re thought life? What about the movies, magazines, internet sites, television shows and advertisements you look at? We have to make a choice before God: either we are a holy nation and people, or we are profane and worldly. Either hot or cold … there are no gray areas. Luke warmness will be spit out (Rev 3:16).
—18:21 Child Sacrifices Forbidden
—18:22 Homosexuality and Bestiality Forbidden
—18:24 the Holiness of the Land
Haftorah Reading — Ezekiel 22:1-19
Let’s now see if we are part of the problem, or part of the solution. the Torah teaching and
Haftorah are connected in that the Parasha lays out strict regulations governing moral purity for the nation of Israel, while the Haftorah shows what happens when you abuse these moral prohibitions. For this, the land of Israel would vomit out her inhabitants (Lev 18:25), which is a graphic description of the Israelites being forcibly removed from their land by foreign conquerors and taken as slaves to a foreign land. The prophet Ezekiel chronicles the fulfillment of this prophecy since he lived through the fall and captivity of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Ezekiel 22 is a precursor prophetic warning to the fulfillment of the actual events about which he prophesied. Israel’s sins caused judgment. What are our sins that are inviting judgment?
Verse 3, murders due to criminal activity and ritual murders as part of child sacrificial rites (a form of abortion)
Verse 4, idolatry (i.e., anything that captures one’s heart affection ahead of one’s devotion to God)
Verse 6, leaders who through miscarriage of justice or for political reasons are guilty of murdering their people
Verse 7, a society that dishonors and disrespects parental authority—undermines the family
Verse 7, oppressing or taking advantage of the aliens, the fatherless and widows
Verse 8, despising the set-apart (holy) things of God such as his seventh-day Sabbath and annual Sabbath festivals
Verse 9, miscarriage of justice based on lies and slander resulting in judicial murders of innocent parties
Verse 9, holding festivals honoring pagan deities
Verse 9 sexual lewdness
Verse 10, sexual relations with one’s father’s wife
Verse 11, adultery with one’s neighbor’s wife
Verse 11, incest
Verse 12, bribery and miscarriages of justice resulting in the death of innocent parties
Verse 12, charging of high interest
Verse 12, unjustly taking from one’s neighbor that which is not one’s to take—greed and extortion
For these sins, God promised to scatter the Jews among the nations resulting in their becoming a profaned, defiled and polluted (worldly) people (verse 16). Judah would cease being a gold crown among the nations. We have left our moral compass of the Torah, God’s divine instructions in righteousness. The sins listed above are relevant personally and socially. Likewise, the punishments will befall the individual who commits them as well as the society who is guilty as a whole. God, through Ezekiel’s prophecy, was not just concerned with the religious problems, but with the social, economic and political problem of the nation as well, for in reality they are all part of the whole. This begs some questions of us, how does our “modern” society compare with that of ancient Israel? Has man really changed that much? Are you guilty of any of the sins mentioned above? What are you doing on a religious, political, economic, or social level to make a difference, or to be salt and light in the spiritually dark world around you? Not in some dream world or fantasy but what Jesus is telling you. Are you doing what the Lord God is telling you to do? Are you hearing God? Hebrews 9:22; 13:12; 1Peter 2:24
B’rit Chadashah: On improper sacrifices: But I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's Table, and of the table of devils. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21 KJV)
On Yeshua redeeming us through his blood; and almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22 KJV) Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Hebrews 13:12 KJV) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not have the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7 KJV) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2 KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (Revelation 1:5 KJV)
Further readings; Matthew 26:28; Romans 3:25; 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14.
13 April 2013 (3 Iyar 5773) Torah Study # 27 g¨r«m§n Metzora “Leper”
Readings: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; 2 Samuel 11:1- 12:14; Matthew 26:14-27:10 (KJV)
Topic: Sin is as Leprosy (distorting your soul and leaving scars). When you entertain sin, the Holy Spirit shouts “unclean- unclean,” - cleanse yourself in the “living waters” of Yeshua Jesus. Jesus’ Law of Liberty is not as sin unto death, but repentance unto reconciliation. By the Law of Moses – The Torah (the law of sin and death)- you sin, you die. By the Law of Liberty, you guard your salvation with fear and trembling, as repentance unto forgiveness, restores and cleanses you in Abba’s eyes as you re-establish yourself as being in the image of Christ.
Leviticus 13:1-7 (KJV) Protocol for health and hygiene (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) Diagnosis, quarantine –put outside the camp, examine, re-examines, isolate, and pronounce clean or unclean. If clean, then washing- shaving- and return inside camp…. then offer sacrifices (korban is to draw near to the LORD).
Cleanse the Leper: recognize the lesion, isolate the cause, wash & cleanse and be healed – be restored.
just as sin is recognized and requires restoration. Be not in bondage to strongholds: By free-will, a sinner places himself in bondage to strongholds, fortresses of another god – serving the kingdom of darkness.
How does our Father, Abba, speak to us? In similitudes, by metaphors, images, allegories, examples- ensamples,-“As,”- a likenesses, word pictures, parables, stories, foreshadowing, a prophetic word, and typologies. For you to understand sin and sin’s nature and its destructive power, God uses examples such as sin being likened as unto leaven and leprosy.
Ensample: Leaven puffs-up just as pride puffs up. The pride of life is the lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes (1 John 2:16)
Leaven is a word picture of your prideful countenance, arrogance, haughty attitude, and self-centered behavior and love of thine self… The unholy trinity - ME-MYSELF & I. Be ye instead HUMBLE, MEEK, GENTLE, COMPASSIONATE, KIND, and GENTLE by showing love and empathy.
Leprosy is an example, as likened unto being unclean, such as rebelliousness with deep seated unforgiveness, resentment and festering anger - strongholds that won’t heal. Healing is inhibited by lasciviousness, lies and wanton behavior. You put yourself outside the camp - outside of God’s Kingdom for what does good have in common with evil (Isaiah 5:20; 3 John 1:11)
2 Samuel 11:1-6 (KJV) King David commits adultery as a lust of his eyes and as a lust of his flesh. Sin leads to more sin! 2 Samuel 11:12-15 (KJV) Sin comes with a price. David is exposed by the prophet Nathan (2 Sa 12-1-9) 2 Samuel 12:9-14 (KJV)( Pro 6:18) Is sin contagious? King David’s son Ammon rapes David’s daughter, Tamar (2 Sam 13:1-19); David’s son Absalom kills Ammon (2 Sam. 13:20); Absalom revolts, and by force, takes David’s kingdom (2 Sam. 15:1-16:37, 2 Sam 16:22b) A dysfunctional family. WHY? Generational curses!
David’s son Solomon thrives on fornication: Let us examine Solomon’s lusts and his fornications:
1 Ki 11:1 “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;” 1 Ki 11:3 “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.”1 Ki 11:4 “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.”
Can sin lead to generational curses? Another Biblical example: Abraham lied about Sarah.
Egypt: Gen 12:12-13 “Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.”
Canaan: Gen 20:2 “And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.”
Abraham’s Son is a chip off the Old block!
Gen 26:6-7 “And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.”
Choosing a fellowship allegiance with Abba Father and His eternal kingdom is a free-will choice, which is only by the narrow road of Yeshua Jesus. Sin is either self-inflicted or through demonic coercion to establish Satanic strongholds. Self-inflicted: 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
Satan seeks to devour believers (1 Pe 5:8) and as an angel of light to deceive you (2 Co 11:13).
New Testament: Matt 26:1-2 “And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” Judas betrays his master, Jesus.
Luke 22:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.”
Matthew 26:14-16 (KJV); Matthew 27:3-10 Sin is the gateway to the kingdom of darkness.
John 17:12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled (Zechariah 11:12-13)
John 6:70 “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
The Law of Liberty: James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Romans 12:2 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Dealing with sin: The 14 R’s: 1. Recognize sin -“I have sinned.”2. Remorse - regret/sorrow, sorry, brokenhearted. 3. Responsible - confess-fess-up. 4. Repent - do a 180o about-face; turn away & sin no more. 5. Renounce – sin is not a part of me. 6. Refuse-“I will not be servant of sin.” 7. Resist- take every thought captive (prevent sinning); flee from sin/temptation. 8. Remove - bind and cast out. 9. Reconcile- return to fellowship with Abba. 10. Restitution – make amends - return as a hearer and doer of the Word. 11. Renew your mind – wash in the WORD. 12. Restore – justification. 13. Rejoice - give thanks & glory to Abba and Yeshua 14. Recruit - help someone else be set free; evangelism; do kingdom work –let your light so shine.
Break that stubborn heart. Have a God- sensitive heart. (Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 101:4) Abide in the WORD (Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 4:12)
6 April 2013 (26 Nissan 5773) Torah #26 h°bh¦n§J Shemini “Eighth
READINGS: Leviticus 9:1- 11:47; 2 Chronicles 26:16-23; Acts 5:1-12 (KJV)
Topic: Eternity is for those who stay in God’s sheepfold. How should we present ourselves before Almighty God, El Shaddai, the God of the creation. What does God desire of us? (Mic 6:8) Vengeance belongeth unto the LORD (Heb 10:30-31). Don’t yield yourself unto the devil (Rom 6:16). What happens when we are defiant to God’s Commandments and to His agents (Psm 105:15)? - Fiery Judgment--God’s wrath!
Leviticus 10:1-7 (KJV) The tabernacle is now completed with all the utensils, furnishings and structures for worship. The chosen, anointed Levite priests (agents) were ordained to minister for the people unto the LORD according to Torah instructions, being led by God’s agent, Moses. Torah instructed them for a special fragrant incense mixture: (Exo 37:29). Nadab and Abihu were ministering priests doing God’s commissioned work. However, they did it according to their own way and not according to God’s Torah instructions. They were self-willed and discounted God’s will for burning incense upon the altar of incense (Exodus 30:7-9). Nadab and Abihu are examples of God’s chosen people in disobedience and rebellion.
Mat 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Rebellion .. Psa 2:2 “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,” Why rebellion of kings and kingdoms?....Deception
Rev 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Subtle deception-“ unawares” – subconsciously- subliminal imprinting (example back-masking) or perception without awareness’.
Gal 2:4 “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily (G3922 to come in along side to lead astray, being cunning, secretive, sneaky), to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:”
Jud 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Pe 2:1-3 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.: And through covetousness shall they with feigned words (fictitious, deceptive (false) make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
The deplorable state of the wicked as partakers of wickedness infiltrate God’s people!
Psalm 36:1-4 “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.”
Fear not the evil that is to come. 1st usage:
Gen 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
Mat 10:31-33 “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
2 Chronicles 26:16-21 (KJV) Uzziah took the throne at the age of sixteen (2 Kings 15:2). His long reign of about fifty-two years was "the most prosperous excepting that of Jehoshaphat since the time of Solomon.” He was a vigorous and able ruler, and “his name spread abroad, even to the entering in of Egypt" (2 Chronicles 26:8-14). Uzziah was struck with leprosy for disobeying the Lord (2 Kings 15:5).
Satan can enter a believer living in sin? He establishes his legal right to your soul. Temple defying sin are demonic portals unto your soul.
Luke 22:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.”
Luke 13:14-16 “And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
You are the temple of God built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Co 3:11).
1 Co 3:16-17 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the tmple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
1 Co 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Acts 5:1-12 (KJV) Ananias and Sapphira, also following Barnabas' example, sold their land, but lied about giving all of it to the Church, and withheld a portion. Peter pointed out that Ananias was in control of the money and could give or keep it as he saw fit, but that he had withheld it from Peter and lied about it. Peter replied, "Why is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit?"
Be not deceived! (Mark 13:22). Stay in fellowship with the LORD through His WORD and breakdown all strongholds of sin unto death (Rev 21:8, 1 Co 6:9-10). Be restored as a bride in waiting.
March 30, 2013 (19 Nisan 5773) Torah Study #30 s‡g«un©v k«uj Chol Ha’Moed “the circle of the Feasts of the Lord”
READINGS: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 28:19-25; Ezekiel 36:37- 37:14: Matthew 27:62-66: Luke 23:54-56: Song of Songs.
Topic: Chag HaMatzot – The Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The spring,summer and fall Feasts of the Lord are a perpetual, prophetic cycle of redemption shadowing the coming Messianic Kingdom. The three pilgrimage Feasts to Jerusalem are the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), Shavuot/Pentecost , and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth).
The Feasts draw us close together, as a remnant body of believers, being that one body of Christ – His kahol- especially as we are on that precipice of the Day of the LORD.
Joe 2:1-2 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
They are a shadow pointing to the Messianic Kingdom of Christ Who rules with His Bride and they point to the fullness of time that comes when Christ enemies are under His feet, and the wicked no longer prevail.
Psalms 110:1-2 (KJV) <A Psalm of David. “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.”
Psalm 2 (KJV)
Zec 8:20-23 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.”
Numbers 28:16-18, 25 (KJV) Passover & the Feast of Unleavened bread. At Passover, Jesus conquered sin and death. He took upon Himself a crown of thorns; He became that serpent raised on a wooden pole. He made us unleavened- our sin debt was paid. He holds the keys to Hell and death (Rev 1:18)
Exodus 34:18 (KJV) 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread
Exodus 34: 22-23 (KJV) Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles
Ezekiel 36:23-38 (KJV) Recall your leavened state (sin). Be clean! Sin no more! You are My set-apart people. Go up to Jerusalem for the Feasts.
Ezekiel 36:38 “As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
The annual Passover Feast was a memorable rejoicing time of renewing friendships, seeking new acquaintances or finding a wife; teaching and learning, shopping, and remembering the aromas and the awesome nature of the Temple. At the time of Yeshua, there were about 600,000 permanent residents in Jerusalem. One lamb per household would accommodate 10-20 guests and family. During this feast, over 200,000 Passover lambs were slaughtered to provide for an expanded population of about 3 million. The High Priest slaughtered the Lamb for the nation of Israel at about the 9th hour (2:30-3:00 pm).
Mat 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:62-66 (KJV) Conniving chief priests and Pharisees on the High Holy Day of Unleavened Bread remember His words …”I will arise after 3 days.” Pilate said “Make it as secure as you can!”
The tomb was sealed and they set a Roman watch. Luke 23:53-56 (KJV)
14th Nisan Passover (“preparation day”) Wednesday
15th Nisan High Holy Day…a Sabbaton Thursday
16th Nisan -- Friday preparation for weekly Sabbath
17th Nisan –Sabbath
Erev 17th Nisan …….. “He is Risen”
On the erev at sundown of weekly Sabbath the women came to His tomb in various groups. Christ completed 3days/3 nights on 17th Nisan at the waning of the Sabbath into Sunday. This was that time that the High Priest cuts the barley sheaves of the First Fruits offering. Christ was the Firstfruits of Resurrection- Empty tomb/Risen Christ! They could not produce a body! On the 18th of Nisan (Sunday) the High Priest offered the Firstfruits wave offering.
Understanding Firstfruits: A first cut portion of the barley crop, awaiting harvest, was cut on the evening of the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and offered to the Lord as “Firstfruits” in the Temple on the following morning (Sunday).
Process: reaping, threshing, winnowing, parching, sifting and offering.
What is the one desire of the Father? It is to find a bride for His Son. Song of Solomon 2:7-17 (KJV) He comes for His Bride as portrayed in the Jewish wedding.
Song of Sol 2:10 “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
She knows not the time (the “day or hour”), but she knows the season of rapture- gathering - translation-“catching away.” We are not appointed to wrath (1 Thes 1:10, 5:9; Rom 5:9; Rev 3:10; Luke 21:36; Jer 17:17-18; Heb 10:27; Rom 1:18)
Isa 57:1 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away ['âsaph; or (took - lâqach)], none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
Isa 26:20 “Come, my people, enter (בּוא bô‘) thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.”
1 Th 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
SG726 harpazō .. to seize - catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take, to be translated or gathered to Messiah
©(jh¦J¨n¨v Hah mâshı̂yach Hah maw-shee'-akh). The wedding is a time of joy. The wedding banquet is at Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)when we rejoice in the Lord as the bride has made herself ready.
Torah # 24 Tzav (give an order) Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
Topic: The Lord spoke unto Moses.
The book of Leviticus begins right where the book of Exodus left off, with God calling to Moses from the Tent of Meeting to explain the various animal and grain offerings that may be offered up at the tabernacle. In this week's Torah portion many of the laws of sacrifice given to the people are repeated, although at this time Moses addresses the priest directly. For example, the priests were to ensure that the fire of the altar never went out and the whole burnt offering was consumed as it burned throughout the night. After the sacrificial laws were given, God instructed Moses to ordain Aaron and his sons for the priesthood. They were to be washed with water, put on priestly garments, and anointed with holy oil. Then a sin offering and a burnt offering were offered on behalf of the priest and then a special Ram offering was slaughtered with some of the blood from the offering put on the right ear, right thumb, and the big toe of the priest, and the rest was sprinkled around the altar.
The Torah teaches that every Believer should be a human temple. If he is set-apart (Holy), then the temple of his body will be kadosh; if he sins he contaminates it. This is consistent with the teachings of the apostles. Furthermore, in this Parasha we see the high priest donning a “fitted” linen tunic and britches “on his flesh,” which was an illusion to robes of righteousness (Lev 6:10). But first let’s take a look at the home. The fire on the altar of sacrifice was to never go out; it was a permanent fire. The priest was to stoke the fire each morning after it had died down during the night. What does this speak of in the believer’s life? How about “morning devotions?” So as the body it’s self is a temple so is the Home a temple and the man of the house is the Priest doing his duties as such. In our very busy world we need to slow down and look at the priorities of our lives God, family, home and our obligations we have to each area. The thanksgiving offering (prayer) should be the next duty we start as a means to thank Yeshua and to offer praise to him. What does this teach us about what our attitude of gratitude toward God should be? How grateful are you? How much of your prayer time is spent in thankfulness and gratitude versus the “gimmes”: “give me this” and “give me that?” We are commanded to give thanks to God for all things (Eph 5:20). Have you disciplined yourself to be grateful to God for all things—both the blessings we receive as well as for the trials that come our way? Do you find his blessing in everything, and let his joy and heart of gratitude penetrate your heart and mind in all circumstances? To do so is to tap into river of life. To do so is to let your light shine in such a way as to confound the natural mind of man and to cause those around you to wonder at your source of inner strength, joy, love and light. To do so adds health to your body and years to your life.
The next area of our home (temple) and our body (temple) is sin. Most of us have too casual a view of sin, something a righteous and set-apart God hates and calls an abomination (Prov 6:16–19). Sin that is not repented of will damn us eternally (Rom 6:23). Our sin sentenced Yeshua to a hideous death on the cross in our place. Perhaps the greatest area of sin is with our mouths; it defiles our temples probably every day! (Mark 7:14–23) Our mouths sow discord among brethren, speak vanities, murders and lies things that our Lord hates and calls an abomination in (Proverbs 6:16–19). The tongue is a world of iniquity, especially behind closed doors where we let down our guard with our family and loved ones. There our tongues rip, slice, slash, murder, and speak vanities and hypocrisy almost without measure. How can we be a righteous and set-apart priesthood offering up praise and worship to our Creator with our lips when 30 minutes before our lips were murdering our wife, children, husband or someone else on the way to Shabbat services? Is this not confusion? A divided heart, A forked tongue? The Scriptures plainly tell us to come out of Babylon’s ways (Rev 18:4). If we could but tame the tongue, then we would be able to guild the whole temple of ourselves and family into the glorious refuge of holiness and relationship with our Creator. Take some time to repent of our sinfulness in these areas. What is leavening? (Luke 12:1) What does unleavened bread represent? Now who did the unleavened bread offered on the altar represent? (Matt 26:26.) Since leavened bread is a picture of hypocrisy and lies (or sin), for bread offered on the altar to contain leavening would violate the picture of Yeshua as the perfect and sinless offering. Yeshua’s death on the cross as a payment for all of man’s sins fulfilled all the types and shadows of the sacrificial system. Now this teaches that not only is our body a tabernacle or temple, but that one’s home is like the temple and the table within one’s home is like an altar in the temple, and should, therefore, symbolize hospitality and eternal values that we need to transmit to our children. So when there is no physical, earthly temple, the principles of the earthly temple are upheld in what we do with our bodies and what occurs in our homes. How diligent have you been to live out these principles in the temple of your body and the temple of your home?
As we read in the Haftorah Reading (Jeremiah 7:21-8:3). It reveals that the purpose of sacrifice and of all outward acts of worship should be to deepen the fellowship with Yeshua and to have a set-apart (holy) life. Jeremiah, speaking for God, decries the uselessness of religious activity when accompanied with unholiness and unrighteousness. Furthermore, he denounces the mere mechanical performance of acts of worship; of the superstition that the temple ritual could be a guarantee of security from the judgments of God, while we are divorced from obedience to God’s Torah. Only whole-hearted repentance can avert a national disaster brought on by God’s judgments. The true purpose of praise and worship (in the temple) is to transform people into living temples for the glory of God. If the Believers acted one way while in the temple and another way while outside the temple, then the temple activities had only become a mockery of God, a farce and a distaste to the very one they had supposedly come to worship. Humans may kid themselves, but we cannot deceive the One who reads hearts and minds. He is not moved by the facades of outward show or appearances. Let me show you an everyday example. Child sacrifice was a part of cultic rituals used by the ancients to dispose of unwanted children even as abortion serves the same wicked and grisly purpose in our day. These children were offered on the altars of Tophet while priests beat drums to drown out the shrieks of the children being burned alive. Jeremiah prophesied that those Jews who practiced this holocaust would become victims themselves with their very own carcasses becoming food for the scavenger birds. It has been said that the abortion rate is the same in the American Christian church as that of non-Christians. How concerned are you about the slaughter of the innocent in America? What are your true heart motives for pursuing the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith? If it is for any reason other than out of a deep, abiding love for Yeshua, for a desire to draw close to the Father in a personal one-on-one fellowship, to walk in righteousness as an act of faith and worship toward him, then your motives need to be reevaluated and adjusted. God has sent the Word to warn the nation of impending doom if it has failed to repent of its disobedience of him. He then cites many examples of various sins that had become odious in God’s nostrils. In their smugness, the Jews felt secure because they possessed the temple in Jerusalem. Surely God would not allow the Jews to be destroyed for the sake of his house. Yet Jeremiah warned that this security was a false one and to prove his point he calls to their attention the example of the northern kingdom. How many Christians (and Believers) take comfort in the notion that America is a “Christian nation” and that certainly the Lord would allow nothing disastrous to happen here? Some find confidence in America’s military and economic might. Others feel that God will provide an escape before it gets too bad and will carry them “out of here” when the going gets tough. Is it possible that many individuals may be in for a rude awakening when their escapist mentality scenarios don’t materialize as planned? We know from history that the temple in Jerusalem—as if it were some good luck charm—did not protect the Jews who, while their temple was ablaze, were being dragged off as slaves. Could the unexpected happen to America, or any other country for that matter? Is God any more duty-bound to protect us than he was the Jews of that day?
The Testimony of Yeshua tells us of a way to live our lives, to escape with the Bridegroom. How can we go about doing this? Be a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1–2) “Unto Yeshua prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” And with Yeshua being our High Priest and the ultimate sacrifice: “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6 KJV) We are to be a pure spiritual temple. (1 Peter 1:14 – 16)
16 March 2013 (5 Nisan 5773) Torah #23 t¨r§e°h³u Vayikra “And he called”
Reading: Leviticus 1:1- 6:7; 1 Samuel 13:1-18; John 19:1-27 (KJV)
Topic: A sacrifice to deal with sin: Today, a journey from the bronze altar to Calvary. Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”(Rom 6:6)
What are the sacrifices all about? The sacrifices were a temporary blood covering for unintentional sin. Intentional sin’s penalty (testified by 2 witnesses) was death by stoning. Axiom: You sin…You die by Torah. Conclusion …Sin is death! The sacrifices were a shadow pointing to Jesus, as the final atoning sacrifice Who freed man from death, and the death penalty of sin. Their purpose: to appease the Father’s propitiational sin requirement and for a pleasing aroma unto Him. They were a means to draw near to Father God, Abba (Lev 3:3b-5). The select parts of organs and retroperitoneal fat were a “sweet savor” to the LORD ---Just as today, our prayers are to Him a fragrant aroma (Rev 5:8; Heb 13:15-16).
In the Hebrew language a sacrifice is a korban, meaning “to draw near.” A Korban offering is the sacrifice of total submission of yourself, as an oblation that is offered to approach, and to come near into the presence of God. Korban can be animal (Zevachim), grain (Menachot).
Sacrifice Order: order to present offerings.
Mandatory …Sin / Trespass offering for sin.
.. Burnt (a complete commitment to God)
…Peace (a fellowship meal with Abba in peace, union & harmony)
…Meal “called “meat” in KJ Bible” (a grain/flour/cakes offering, corn or Firstfruits). These are bloodless sacrifices.
See Parasha 24 5767 and Parasha 23 & 24 5769 on web..www.graftedforlife.com
When was the first animal sacrifice and who performed it? (Gen 3:21)
Leviticus 1:1- 9 (KJV) By these sacrifices, a person’s sin was transferred to an innocent animal, such as a spotless bull, ram, lamb, goat, dove, or pigeon without blemish. The animal dies in his place. (Lev 17:11; Heb 9:22) Prophetic???? - A shadow of the ultimate sacrifice?
The burnt offering (a shadow of Christ) was a voluntary sin offering given of one’s free-will. The burnt offering was totally consumed to teach us that Christ’s sacrifice was complete atonement. He satisfied the Fathers requirement for divine justice for sin – Propitiation. The doctrine of propitiation is that God requires a sinless kahol, a people, to fellowship with Him and to see His face. Adam and Eve did not obey His one law. Likewise, inherently sinful man cannot be justified by the law. As sinners, we are subject to God’s wrath. God loves us, so very much, that He gave His Own only begotten Son to pay our sin price, that by Jesus’ blood, we are spared the wrath of God for sin.
1 John 2:2 “And he (Yeshua) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Our sin debt was completely paid by Christ’s willful fulfillment of the Fathers propitiation requirement of our sin debt for those who believe on Him. The animal bore the penalty of sin. Jesus took our sin upon Himself.
There is also a consequence for offering sacrifices unworthily. 1 Samuel 13:8-14 (KJV) Offering sacrifices requires a prepared heart. King Saul’s heart was self-centered not God-centered. Consequence: 1 Samuel 16:14 .
He was turned over to the tormentor, Ha Satan, as the will of the Father. Perhaps the Father was saying - Ha Satan here is My disobedient servant, King Saul ..He is now yours. My Spirit is gone from him.”
John 19:9-22 (KJV) Sacrifices to Abba were offered on the north side of the altar (Lev 1:11). Where was Christ crucified according to Scripture? Jesus’ blood shed at Calvary, Golgotha, “the place of a skull,” which was on the north side of the altar (Mat 27:33; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33, Hebrews 13:11-12). The land of Israel was a desolate place without inhabitation by Jewish people. Israel’s tormented past begins by being called Palestine. Jerusalem was destroyed by Emperor Hadrian in 135 AD and the Jewish people were permanently exiled to world. The land was inhabited by squatters: Romans, Byzantines, Marmelukes, Muslims, Crusaders, Turks, Napoleon, and the English until 14 May 1948. A desolate land without inhabitation by the Jewish People! …a wilderness!!
Mark Twain's visit to the Holy Land in 1867 was published in "The Innocents Abroad", where he described Palestine as follows: " A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country." (The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
Crucifixion of Christ—Where? Let us examine the “Place of the Skull. The traditional location of Christ’s crucifixion is derived from its identification by Helena, the mother of Constantine, in 325 AD. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site, was, prior to Helena's identification, the site known as a temple to Aphrodite.
Once a year at Yom Kippur, the High Priest made one sacrifice for the people by sprinkling blood on the mercy seat in the Most Holy Place. Christ’s blood was on the Mercy seat in Heaven.
John 20:17 “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”
You are covered by the blood of Christ and the Father does not see your sins- Justification. Powerful justification Scriptures:
1 Peter 1:18-20 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Eph 1:7 Jesus “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”
Christ, as a Torah-observant Jew, was sinless. What can we do to earn our salvation? Today, while it is yet today – NOW - It is a free gift! (Hebrews 3:6-15) Your sins were transferred to Christ on that cross on Calvary and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; 1Peter 2:24)
Today, no further sacrifices are needed. 1Co 5:7b “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:”
“Tetelestai”… “It is finished.”
9 March 2013 (27 Adar 5773) Torah #22 k¥v§e³H³u Vayakhel “And he assembled” and h¦sUe‰P Pekudei “Accounts”
Double Readings: Exodus 35:1-40:38; Ezekiel 8:1-18; Revelation 21:1 -27 (KJV)
Topic: The tabernacle and all its furnishing were patterned after the heavenly Tabernacle. Every element was a shadow of Yeshua Jesus. The center point, focal point, of the tabernacle was the Ark of the Covenant within the Most Holy Place. Last week, we discussed our being in the image of Christ, as we submit to the Holy Spirit. He, the Comforter, leads us to live a life of righteousness in which we resolve sin accounts. We are to sojourn with likeminded believers as an assembled kahol of overcomers. God’s glory will leave willful, unrepentant sinners.
Exodus 37:1-9; 40:34 (KJV) God was with them as a supernatural manifestation of Himself, dwelling with them and leading the Israelites by day and night (Exo 40:36-38) God’s desire for Israel is “That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Eze 11:20)----But! ----When you drift away from God He will drift away from you.
Ezekiel 8:12-18 (KJV) God’s presence leaves the Israelites.
Eze 10:18-19 “Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.”
Eze 11:22-23 “And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.”
Where is the original East Gate? In 1969, James Flemming, a biblical archaeological student, was examining the Temple’s Eastern Gate after a massive rain storm had staturated the ground. He fell into a covered hole left from a mortar round from the 6 day war. Herein, he discovered an arch belonging to Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple. He took pictures before it was filled and fenced. (from Temple of Time D. Flynn p. 111)
Where is the Ark of the Covenant today?
Ø Hidden in the subterranean tunnels of Jerusalem?
Ø Hidden on Jeremiah’s parcel of land purchased from his uncle? (Ezekiel 32:1-15)
Ø Beneath Golgotha?
Ø Ron Wyatt
Ø In Egypt?
Ø Mt. Nebo?
2 Maccabees 2.1-3 “One finds in the records that the prophet Jeremiah ordered those who were being deported to take some of the fire, as has been mentioned, and that the prophet, after giving them the law, instructed those who were being deported not to forget the commandments of the Lord, or to be led astray in their thoughts on seeing the gold and silver statues and their adornment. And with other similar words he exhorted them that the law should not depart from their hearts.”
2 Maccabees 2:4-8 “It was also in the same document that the prophet having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers his people together again and shows his mercy. Then the Lord will disclose these things, and the glory of the Lord and the cloud will appear, as they were shown in the case of Moses, and as Solomon asked that the place should be specially consecrated.”
Where is the Ark’s hidden location on mount Nebo measured from the Temple mount?
Israel’s prophetic destiny is to bring them to recognize their Messiah, Whom they pierced. It begins with the tribulations of the 70th week of Daniel which ends in all Israel being saved. God has a Messianic prophetic destiny for Israel. After the “time of the fullness of the Gentiles,” the prophetic clock turns to Judah and the 70th week of Daniel as the time of redemption of “thy people Daniel.” At that time, Israel’s heart of stone will be removed (Jeremiah 24:7; Eze 37:27). Do you understand the Prophetic 70 weeks of Daniel? (Dan 9:24-27). The 70th week of Daniel (62 +7 +1), a shavuah, is a week of years, or 7 years.
Dan 12:1b “and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time:”
Mat 24:21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
We are very shortly to face the 7 year Tribulation spoken by the prophet Daniel and John the revelator. The surviving Jew and Gentile enter Messiah’s millennial kingdom. Israel’s prophetic destiny is to bring them to recognize their Messiah, Whom they pierced. It begins with the tribulations of the 70th week of Daniel which ends in all Israel being saved. The surviving Jew and Gentile enter Messiah’s millennial kingdom.
According to the rebuilt temple of the Messiah (Ezekiel 40-48) the Arc of the Covenant is not described!
Why? In the Millennium Jesus will be their God, and we shall be His people. Yeshua Jesus will tabernacle amongst us for a 1000 years. Likewise, the New Jerusalem does not describe the Ark of the Covenant!
Rev 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
The New Jerusalem Revelation 21:22-27 (KJV)
Rev 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Rev 3:12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
2 March 2013 (20 Adar 5773) Torah #21 t¨«a¦, hˆF Ki Tissa “When you take”
Readings: Exodus 30:11-34:35; Psalm 24:1-10; 2 Corinthians 3:3-18 (KJV)
Topic: When you abide in the Lord you take on His image? Being in the image & likeness of Yeshua Jesus, we shall take upon ourselves His kavod for as He is so shall we be. Will we see God’s glory? How shall that glory manifest? (Psa 79:9, 1 Kings 8:11, Psa 62:6-8)? We are little stones (1 Peter 2:4-5) - white stones with our name written (Rev. 2:17) and written with the Father’s and Yeshua’s new name (Rev 3:12) as Yeshua’s Bride
Exodus 34:27-35 (KJV) Moses’ face shone (Exo 34:30): The Hebrew word for shone is karan (kaw-ran SH#7160 ÷øï qâran). Jesus manifest this same glory – His glory- at the transfiguration (Luke 9:28-31).
Psalm 24:1-10 (JV) ----Psa 27:4-5; Psa 91:1; Psa 91:4.
New Testament: INTRODUCTION: Justification is that the Father no longer sees your sins for they are covered by the sacrificial blood of Jesus.
Gal 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Gal 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
Why, then, should we be obedient to the Torah instructions for righteous living?
Rom 3:20 “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Rom 3:20-28)
Today’s reading addresses our trust & faith in God’s Scriptural promises by being in-Christ, thru the Holy Spirit – understanding the Godhead’s influence upon our well-being, our eternal destiny and our earthly walk.
Jer 17:1a “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart..” Their heart was as of stone.
2 Corinthians 3:3-18 (KJV) Let us examine “Now the Lord is that Spirit:” (John 14:16-18; John 14:26; John 15:26-27) Do you understand that the Godhead’s coordinated efforts are for our good to insure our salvation and keep us on the pathway of righteous living? Provision for righteous living is that of being in the image of Christ
John 16:7-16 (JKV). We see the glory of the Father in Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
John 17:5(KJV) “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had ith thee before the world was.”
Mark 13:26 (KJV) “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”
Mat 16:27 (KJV) “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
Jesus reflects the Glory of God, and we shall be like Him.
Pro 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
Mat 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Our mandate through the gifting of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to the Father and Son. Our kavod should reflect the image of Christ by our manifest Fruits of the Spirit.
1 Chronicles 16:29 (KJV) “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
Rom 15:5-6 “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
How will our immortal body appear? –A Shadow of God’s glory? --or Moses’ glory?
God’s glory is SH# 3519 ëÌáåã kâbôd kâvôd.
Is your Holy Spirit kavod reflecting God’s glory?
We shall be like Him.
“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always”. (Exodus 27:20 KJV) Moses was commanded to collect oil, make garments, and consecrate the priests. Aaron was commanded to attend to the wicks, bowls, and incense. All were very important responsibilities. In the Word of God we see Moses was given three responsibilities. They were: (1) obtain prepared oil, (2) designate and consecrate the Kohanim (priest), and (3) select wise-hearted and able people to make the articles needed for the Tabernacle. The fulfillment of these three commandments, with which Moses would be personally involved ("You...bring you; Now you..."), was not a light matter. Keeping these orders would result in human activities which are co-laboring with the Creator for all to have a closer walk with the Lord God! (Exodus 27:20; 28:1 – 3 KJV). Responsibility for ourselves, and others is a serious concern. Just for the record, here are several things that will increase your responsibilities before Yeshua: 1. Knowledge of His commandments, 2. Relationships (with Messiah, His people, and others), 3. Official positions or office; 4. Family and social influence; 5. Hearing His voice; 6. Knowing the consequences of fear and neglect of God’s commands. Why? Because His commandments are our strength, success in life, and joy! “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law (Torah) of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalms 1:1-2 KJV)
Brit Chadashah Life
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”. (Acts 2:38 KJV) Believe and you shall receive. Hence, the referenced Scripture is prophetic. "You shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head [not simply "dab" his head] and anoint him." (Exodus 29:7) The oil represents the Holy Spirit and the pouring represents the outpouring of the Spirit. Yeshua was called the Messiah, which means anointed One, because “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”. (Acts 10:38 KJV)That which is anointed is most holy. We, who are sanctified, must desire to be heavily anointed, as was our Redeemer, and thus we should welcome the Spirit, not resist, ignore, or grieve Him. Our relationship with Yeshua can be quenched like any other relationship. (Read Ephesians 4:22-32). Let us not quench or grieve the Spirit, which would weaken our fellowship with the Jesus. Instead, our priority is to receive Him and yield to His Word and leadership, and bear good fruit. The closer you are to the Spirit, the closer you will be with Yeshua.
(Read Mt. 7:17-20). Surrender, and let the Holy Spirit do all He wants with you. Let Him: Indwell you (John 14:7),fill you (Acts 2:1-4), teach you (Jn. 14:26), search you (Rom. 8:27), intercede through you (Rom. 8:26), remind you (Jn. 14:26), talk to you (Acts 13:2; 16:6-7), redeem you, (Tit. 2:14), restore you (Joel 2:25), give you revelation, power, and inspiration (1 Cor. 12:4-11), heal you (Ex. 15:26; 23:25-26; Isa. 53:1-6; Mt. 8:17), give you Jesus' peace (Col. 1:20-22; Phil. 4:7), and transform you (Rom. 12:2). “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. (Galatians 5:16 KJV) Knowing His Voice/Being Led by the Ruach. “And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him that he may minister unto me in the priest's office”. (Exodus 28:3 KJV) We who are living in the latter days, Have a need to: (1) daily present ourselves before Jesus arrayed with inner peace and purity. (2) Pray and labor toward our greater unity with Yeshua and all Israel, and (3) keep in remembrance the divine, fruitful ministry of our true High Priest, Yeshua, and join with Him in praise, worship, and intercessions. We have the Holy Spirit to bring holy things to our remembrance, and we do not need worldly things to attract and direct our attention to Jesus, Who is always ministering before the Father's Throne of Grace. (See: Col. 3:1-3; Eph. 2:6; Hebrews 7:22-28). Jesus is much more than tradition, custom, lineage, and liturgies. He must remain the Believers' focus as we approach the end of the age. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV)
The Epistle, "Hebrews", was written to Hebrew Believers to warn them against spiritual relapse and apostasy. It presents Yeshua HaMashiach in His absolute pre-eminence as the final and complete revelation of our Elohim (Lord). The writer of Hebrews states that he and his readers were already in the last days or, "the last of these days." Thus, the writer was speaking of the conclusion of the pre-Messianic era by the commencement of the Messianic. Let us keep in mind that " But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Peter 3:8 KJV) Preaching on end-times, then and now, prepares people for the coming of Messiah (not to cause fear) but inspires people to remain faithful, endure, and live godly, over-coming lives. In Peter’s letter he tells the believers. “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”. (2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV) Also look at this with Malachi 2:17 "…Where is the God of judgment?" God is not restricted to time as we understand it, yet His end-time prophecies will come to pass and some have come to pass. The great day cometh. Therefore, be not in love with the world but look past them to Yeshua, the Substance of the shadow.
Let us not be like the foolish and squander our oil, our precious oil of Torah instruction, which tells us how to live our lives in a righteous manner. But be like the wise that hang on to their Torah learning, and save their oil for that time when it is needed. And the time when it will be most needed is when Messiah arrives to take us to the wedding. Then we will need all of the Torah oil we can muster. That is what the “foolish virgins” were missing. They did not have an adequate supply of understanding of the Torah, they were not living a Torah-centered life, and they had not prepared themselves adequately to be the wife of the Messiah Yeshua, the one who was the “Living Torah” when he walked the earth some two thousand years ago. (Hebrew Roots Magazine, Sept./Oct. 1997, article entitled “Oil For Our Lamps,” by Dean Wheelock.
16 February 2013 (6 Adar 5773) Torah #19 Terumah “Heave Offering”
Readings: Exodus 25:1-27:19; Psalm 1:1-6; Psalm 32:1-11; Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV)
Topic: Hear…. Heed……. Harken! Freely Release everything unto the LORD and freely receive His Blessings. Walk in all His ways that it may be well unto you.” (Jer 7:23). Obedience is better than sacrifice. By an understanding of the Commandments and Mitzvoth, we have come to know God’s desires and expectations. By totally giving of ourselves to His will, we separate ourselves from the world and the kingdom of darkness and are translated into His Kingdom of Light. We have a covenant God Who is always true to His Word. Seek God’s approval that He will say “Well done good and faithful servant.” Live by the Word of the Truth “be holy as I Am holy.” (1 Pet 1:16).
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
2 Ti 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Rom 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Exodus 25:1-9 (KJV) They heeded the Word of the LORD and provided provisions in overflowing abundance (Ex 36:1-7). Terumah is to freely give unto the LORD.
Lev 7:32 “And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering* of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.”
*heave offering (SH# 8641 terûmâh ter-oo-maw'..A gift, a present, your offering totally released from your grasp and offered up unto the LORD.
Exodus 29:28 “And it (the Terumah offering) shall be Aaron's and his sons' by a statute for ever from the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering: and it shall be an heave offering from the children of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, even their heave offering unto the LORD.”
Num 18:29 “Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.”
Give your best to the LORD. Terumah is giving and receiving. Cheerfully provide unto the LORD and it shall be abundantly provided unto you. The LORD gives us a challenge to receive His Blessings or His Curses (Malachi 3:6-12).
How shall the righteous flourish with provisions? How do we get the blessings of God?
Psalm 1:1-6 (KJV) Blessings come from obedient conduct, like being a tree planted by the rivers of water. Be blessed and fruitful, and prosper in the ways of the LORD. Go not the way of the ungodly.
Eze 33:11 “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live:”
2 Pe 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Psalm 32:1-11 (KJV) Keep your sins not silent, but confess them and repent that your soul might prosper. Receive the blessings of repentance that come from God’s forgiveness. With the LORD’s blessings, we experience joy and healing of our soul from past transgressions. Walk in meekness and humility.
Mic 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
He shall keep us from the flood of God’s wrath that is to come upon the whole world. For the overcomer, He shall be our hiding place.
How do we getthe blessings of Jesus Christ? Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV) These blessings are called the Beatitudes.
Beatitudes comes from Latin beatus, meaning "blessed" or "happy.“ They are Yeshua’s blessings from the Sermon on the Mount - they are God’s bestowed “supreme blessings for our happiness.” Jesus’ teachings are expressed as eight blessings. Each beatitude statement consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. He paraphrases Old Testament (Tanach) Scripture.
1. (5:3) “poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Isa 66:2; Psa 51:17; Pro 16:19; Pro 29:23)
2. (5:4) “those who mourn: for they will be comforted.” Shalom comfort heralds Jesus’ second coming (Isa 61:2) (Isa 38:14; Psa 30:11)
3. (5:5) “the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Psa 37:11)
4. (5:6) “they who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be satisfied.” (Neh 9:15; Psa 63:1-2; Psa 42:2)
5. (5:7) “the merciful: for they will be shown mercy.” (Psa 18:25; Pro 11:17)
6. (5:8) “the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Psa 24:3-5)
7. (5:9) “the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.” (Psa 34:14) Be Ambassadors of peace as the “children of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
8. (5:10-12) “those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Heed Jesus’ words ….. Remember!--- Ecc 1:9a “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;”
The message to the Church of Smyrna lies ahead for us. Forth-coming persecution by two witnesses:
Mat 5:11 “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Mat 24:9 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.”
Mat 5:12 “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Keep your head up and know the signs of the times.
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9 February 2013 (29 Shevat 5773) Torah #18 Mishpatim “Judgments”
Readings: Exodus 21:1-24:18; Jeremiah 17:19-27; Hebrews 4:1-13 (KJV)
Topic: In defense of the Hebraic root movement, let us examining the virtuous nature of a virgin Bride as her accountability to Her Husband. Is mortal man serious and desirous to obtain an eternal destiny in God’s Eternal Kingdom – the Olam Haba? Are God’s instructions for righteous living true or just “pie-in-the-sky?” In defining a just and righteous God, can He be partial to His own Torah. How long can one live in rebellion to God’s authority? Peace and safety is mankind’s eternal quest. God has provided the Sabbath as a rehearsal throughout the ages for us to find His resting place -His Shalom – God’s menuchah.
Exodus 23:12 & 20-26 (KJV) The Sabbath is the 4th Commandment (Ex. 20:4-11) and a mitzvah (Ex. 23:12). Who is the angel of the Lord? (Ex. 14:19, 32:34, 33:2, 14; Num20:16; Jos. 5:13-14; Ps. 91:11; Is. 63:9; Revelation 10:1) Why listed here in mitzvoth section?” He is an agent of the LORD that is to be obeyed. “obey his voice” X 2 .. Who is to be obeyed?
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
“provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions.” Let us examine the intent of verse 21 in other passages of Scripture in a remez apocalyptic word search!
Ps 78:40 “How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!”
Ps 78:56 “Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:”
Num 14:11 “And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?”
Heb 3:11 “So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”
The Israelites were under the Law of sin and death for intentional sin. If you sin, you die by the testimony of 2 witnesses, but for unintentional sin, when you became aware of it, a sacrifice and retribution was required. Hence, recognition of sin leads to repentance (Num 25:24-29).
Mic 7:18 “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” HOW?
Acts 5:30-31 “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Only, Jesus alone can take away your sin death.
They did not know the time of their visitation! (Deu 18:18-19) - “obey his voice or he will not pardon”
Jesus alone “pardoned” our sins when He bore them in His body upon a cross, being striped and pierced for our transgressions, for He, who was without sin, became sin for us that we might live. How do we live? - In obedience or disobedience?
How does the law – the Torah- God’s instructions become written on our heart, our conscience? (Rom 2:13-15). By a personal relationship with the “WORD” they become heart-imbedded love letters from the Bridegroom! Circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:11-29)
Eph 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Grieve not the Holy Spirit which dwells in your Temple for it shall be required of you!
Heb 10:26-30 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.”
Jeremiah 17:19-27 (KJV) Harken, take the LORD’s Sabbath seriously. Be an obedient, accountable Bride.
Lev 26:2-12 “Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;….. (V. 11-12)… then And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”
What does this mean? “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:” (Mark 2:27). Jesus, being a Jew under the law, observed the Sabbath as God’s Torah directed (not as Pharisee’s dogma directed ….their fences around the law).
Matt 12:8 “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.”
The ontology of the Sabbath: A God ordained a very special time for us to imitate His finished work… A rehearsal of His Promise to dwell with us and amongst us during the millennial reign of Yeshua Jesus.
Gen 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested* on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
3 “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested* from all his work which God created and made.”
Seventh is SH# 7637 shebi‛ı̂y sheb-ee-ee‘--seventh (a time element).
*Rested is SH# 7673 shaw-bath‘- means to desist from exertion ….root to SH# 7676 שׁבּת shabbâth (Sabbath) similar to SG #4521=Sabbaton (Sabbath) from SG# 4520 sabbat-is- mos (rest)
Israel kept the Sabbath even before the giving of the Mosaic law at Mt. Sinai! (Ex 16:25-26) Our Sabbath service is a special, a set-apart, designated day for rest (Ex. 20:8-11) and a Holy Convocation (Lv. 23:3).
Civil observance of Sunday: Why do the 98+% of Christians call Sunday the “sabbath” or “the Lord’s day?” In 313 AD Constantine’s “edict of tolerance” officially ended the Church of Rome’s persecution of Christianity by giving worship freedom to all existing religions. Later he allows a common worship day on Sunday (Dies Solis) for Christians and pagans to worship of Hercules, Apollo, Mithra, Diana, Isis, Ashtaroth etc. In a 321 AD edict by a Constantine, he legally sanctioned Sunday as Sabbatum Dies Domini also called Dies Solis (the “venerable day of the sun” declaring that there should be no secular work, no court judicial transaction, no military exercises and a day of freedom for slaves. Likewise, he set the observance of Christ’s crucifixion as Friday. ( Hx the Christian Church – Nicene Christianity P. Schaff p.vol 3 p. 29,105-106,378-379) Hence, in the second century AD, the chief day of worship was Sunday. The reason given was that it was on this first day of the week, “the Lord’s Day” that Christ had been raised from the dead. (History of Christianity p. 198, R. W. Winter)
Sunday indoctrination, dogma, passive vs. critical assessment or is it just lack of plain common sense.
Question? What is the seventh day of the week? What is the 1st day of the week? Is the Holy Spirit guarding God’s Sabbath for even the simple-minded? On the Sabbath we rehearse God’s Menuchah.
Hebrews 4:1-13 (KJV) (Psalm 95:8-10) Know the ways of the Lord, don’t come short of the promise.
The promise is by obedient, uncompromised faith that the remnant of his heritage will enter into Abba’s rest – His menuchah.
Be that remnant of His Heritage
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2 February 2013 (22 Shevat 5773) Torah Study #17 ur§,°h "Jethro” Yitro
Readings: Exodus 18:1-20:26, 2 Samuel 6:1-17, Luke 8:40-56 (KJV)
Topic: Make God pre-eminent in your life. The essence of our Christian walk is being “born-again,” having God’s spirit residing in us. Moses reflected the Glory of God. We are to be in the image of Christ (1 Co 15:49, Rom 8:18). Our kavod should be God’s Glory, allowing us to appear as in Christ’s image, as being redeemed unto God (1Co 13:12, 1 Jn 3:2).
Exodus 19:4-19 (KJV) The Israelites are now at Mt. Sinai - The mountain of God in Arabia. Moses, as God’s chosen agent, (His shalach), meets with God upon the mountain. He is told to “sanctify the people for I am a Holy God” (Hab 1:13) and to set boundaries – don’t let the people touch the mountain least they die (v. 12-13, 23). They encountered God and lived (Deu 5:24) as God’s visible presence was as a physical cloud and fire.
2 Samuel 6:1-17 (KJV) FEAR of the LORD. Keep God’s ways….keep His commandments. “David, get it right,” according to the Torah. God always gives us a second chance (1 Ch 15:13-16). Who has seen God and lived? Uzziah died!
All these saw the Angel of the LORD as the captain of the LORD’s host and lived!- [Joshua (Jos 5:13-15); Jacob (Gen 32:30); Gideon (Judg 6:22); Samson’s parents (Judg 13:22); Isaiah (Is 6:5)]…. A theophany or Christophany.
Can mortal man see God face to face (1 Ti 6:16).
Exo 33:20-23 “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”
Why can’t we see God? God is spirit (John 4:24, John 1:18)- Then how are we known to God? The essence of our Christian walk is being “born-again,” having God’s spirit residing in us (1Co 2:9-13, 1 John 4:12-13). It is “in Christ” that we become spiritual beings (1 Co 2:10-11) - sealed (Eph 4:30). Amongst God’s dwelling places, where shall we reside? Where shall the evil ones reside (Ecc 3:21)?
Luke 8:43-48 (KJV) How touchable is God? God’s desire is to be with us ( Isa 7:14, Mat 1:23) How is this possible? - By Echad- the ONENESS of God - the Godhead - the Trinity (John 10:30, Col 2:9, Rom 1:20). Jesus is the manifest presence of God amongst earthly man as “the Word” (John 1:1-4) and the “water and the blood” (1 John 5:6-8). “I will be their God and they will be My people.” God is to dwell amongst us during the millennial reign as Yeshua Jesus Christ.
Who saw Yeshua Jesus in today’s Torah reading? As the WORD (John 1:1-4). How about as the clouds (Ex 19:9)?
An introduction to the apocalyptic revelation language of the King James Bible: A Holy Spirit led search at the Drosh level, using your Englishman's concordance. Yeshua Jesus in the Clouds tells it all! It depicts the story of His birth, His resurrection, the gathering of His bride, His judgments, and His second coming. Let’s examine Yeshua symbolized as the clouds.
ü Jesus was taken up amidst the clouds (Acts 1:9-11).
ü He shall spare us from the hour of His wrath (Rev. 3:10-11) as He comes in the clouds that we might be “caught-up” or gathered unto Him (1 Thes 4:17, 2 Thes 2:1).
ü He shall return in the clouds with His saints (Mat 24: 30-31, 26:64; Mark 13: 26-27, 14:62; Luke 21:27; Rev 1:7, Rev 19:14), and angels (Mat 25:31).
ü Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes (Luke 2:7) Job 38:9 “When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,”
ü Exo 16:10 “And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.”
Just as Jesus manifest His Glory and Moses shone with Glory of God, we, as “born-again” believers, radiate God’s Glory as our kavod? We live by faith knowing the eternal promise of the Olam Haba is true, and we shall see Abba Father face to face. Be assured of God’s unconditional love for you. When you are “born-again,” He dwells in you, as you are a Holy Spirit-filled being, in Christ. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Gen 6:14) .
26 January 2013, 15 Shevat 5773 Torah #16 j‹k©J‰C Beshalach “When he sent”
Topic: Are We Going Forward?
Last week's Torah portion “Bo” described how the children of Israel were finally delivered from Egypt after God delivered the tenth and final plague during the time of Passover. In this week's portion, “Beshalach” the Israelites began their journey home, after 430 years of exile. Instead of leading Israel along a direct route to the Promised Land, however, God directed them south, into the desert, in order to take Egypt out of the Israelites first. They traveled from Ramses’ (near the Nile Delta) to the city of Sukkot, an Egyptian city on the eastern border. After this they went south to Etham, at the "edge of the desert.” When Pharaoh heard that the Israelites were camped at Etham, however, he thought they were lost and hemmed in by the desert. The LORD then "hardened Pharaoh's heart" so one final time he would persecute the Jews and attempt to bring them back to Egypt. God then redirected the Israelites to camp by a pagan sacred place (Baal-Zephon) near the edge of the sea, where the Egyptian army finally caught up with them. Dramatically, the Israelites were caught between a rock and a hard place, with the sea on one side, and Pharaoh's army on the other. The people were terrified and began to blame Moses for their predicament. Moses reassured them of God's deliverance and raised his staff to divide the waters of the sea. All that night the cloud blocked the Egyptian army as the wind blew, but the Shekinah Glory gave light to Israel as the people crossed through the sea on dry ground. Then, the dark pillar of cloud that veiled the Egyptian army lifted, and the soldiers immediately rushed after the Israelites into the sea. God then told Moses to lift his staff again so that the waters would overwhelm the Egyptians with their chariots and horsemen. In the light of dawn, the Israelites saw the dead bodies of Pharaoh's army lining the seashore. Moses and Miriam then led the people in the "Song of the Sea" a spontaneous hymn of Praise and Thanksgiving. The LORD then led the people away from the sea, into the desert of Sin, a desolate region about midway to Mount Sinai. And after traveling three days without finding any water, the people complained and God provided them with fresh water at Marah. Then later, the Matzah the people had brought with them ran out and God tested their obedience by giving them "bread from heaven" (manna)(what is it). The portion ends with the Amalekites' surprise attack of Israel at Rephidim, near Mount Sinai, and the introduction of Joshua as the leader of the army of Israel.
But now let’s look back to Exodus 14:15 (KJV) where the Lord God says, And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward: The Israelites were caught between a rock and a hard place, with the sea on one side, and Pharaoh's army on the other. The people were terrified and began to blame Moses for their predicament. Moses assured the people and told them to stand ready to see God's deliverance. He further told the people to "be quiet" or "be speechless" because God would again fight on their behalf. He then began to pray But the Lord God told Moses to quit praying to Him and to mobilize the people for action. God then told Moses to lift his staff and split the sea so the people could walk through on dry ground. Note that the Hebrew reads, "Raise your staff, stretch out your hand, and divide the sea.” Also it could be noted that that the LORD would deliver His people. And in this way the Egyptians would see that their judgment was coming from the very person they wanted to drown in the Nile River as a baby. Let’s also look at the word “forward” in verse 15.Forward is described this way; H5265 nawsa‛: A verb indicating to set out; to travel, to journey. It has the basic meaning of moving something out, pulling it out, taking it away; causing something to move out: Samson pulled out the gates (foundations included) and carried them away (Jdg_16:3); to set out on a journey (Gen_33:12, Gen_33:17; Exo_12:37); to make or cause to set out (Exo_15:22; Psa_78:26, Psa_78:52); of being stirred up by God (Num_11:31). It describes pulling up a tent in order to move on (Isa_38:12). It is used figuratively of a person's death, his or her "tent-rope" is pulled up (Job_4:21). Are we going forward?
Here we also see the Lord God giving Joshua encouragement; And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? (Joshua 7:10 KJV) H5307 naw-fal' A primitive root; to fall, has a great variety of applications, lay (along), (cause to) lie down, light (down), be lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, present (-ed, -ing), (make to) rot, slay, smite out, throw down.
Joshua, why so distressed and dejected; or is there something else is to be done besides prayer and supplication? Are we going forward? What about Nehemiah? And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and head their cry by the Red Sea; (Nehemiah 9:9 KJV) God is saying I have already heard your prayers go forward. Read Nehemiah 9:7 – 12 to get the full story. Are we going forward?
In 1st John we can get the final word, it states; For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3 KJV) Keeping of the commandments of God is an evidence of love to God; this shows that love is not in word and tongue, in profession only, but in deed and in truth; and that people have a sense of the love of God upon their souls, under the influence of which they act; and people shall have, and may expect to have, greater expressions of the love of God in them. Are we going forward?
Now the Word of God takes us to; And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Exodus 15:26 KJV) Is We Going forward?
19 January 2013 (8 Shevat 5773) Torah #15 Bo “come”
Readings: Exodus 10:1-13:16; Joel 1:1-20; Revelation 9:1-21(KJV)
Topic: We are to come out of Egypt - come out of “the daughter of Babylon” (Torah Teaching # 13). Harken and warn your children!
Ecc 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
From Exodus, thru the Tanach, to the New Testament Book of Revelation, God reiterates His prophetic warnings – Embedded prophetic themes (1 Co 10:11).
Exodus 10:3-20 (KJV) Desolation of the people and the land is complete by this swarming locust invasion (Exo 10:5)!
Intro: Joel 1:1-9 (KJV)…… Joel 2:1-11 (KJV) Joel’s army! Are they Christians or demons? They defy death and are Spiderman-like and “mighty” men. Have we been exposed to mighty men in our daily lives? Does Hollywood subliminally, psychologically indoctrinate us or is Satan boastful to expose his devious deeds with cartoons, movies and video games of mighty men? The Bible describes nephilim, giants and mighty men. Mighty men of old: Nimrod and as in the days of Noah.
Ecc 3:15 “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth* that which is past.” (SH# 1245 * to search out by any method)
A demon possessed individual has great strength and is nearly invincible as seen in the Jesus and Legion encounter (Mar 5:1-5). Ensamples: Goliath and his brothers….The nephilim demigods! (2 Sam 21:20; 1 Ch 20:6) Aforetime is before us (Ecc 1:10). Is Joel’s Army a heretofore never seen demonically enhanced avatar army (transhumant hybrids/demons/ aliens) contrived to function as super-soldiers, man’s next step in evolution!
Are we being conditioned to accept demons and their wickedness: How about video games; Home Land Security issues “zombie alert” (9-7-2012); and New Age Christian Music rooted in rock and roll?
Rock and roll music emphasizes rhythm over harmony. Its roots are found in Haitian voodoo and African paganism. The theta wave intoxicating, voodoo drumbeats are the religious music of pagan rituals to worship the snake god, Dambella, as the participants obtain spiritual possession. The drumbeat induces a serpentine undulation, as being possessed by that serpent demon in a sensualistic, sadistic, enticing dance. This drumbeat fuses the participants as a homogenous, collective body, moving as an undulating single body in pulse with the beat.
A serpentine spirit can possess a human being through voodoo rituals and mind-emptying Eastern Meditation. In yoga exercises and Eastern meditation it is believed that a Kundalini serpent Spirit enters and resides in the sacrum, and ascends up the spine into the base of the brain stem to the hypothalamus to produce Nirvana. An ecstasy rush! Through meditation, and various esoteric practices, an extremely profound mystical experience is produced - A emotional endorphin and serotonin high! Beware of Christian rock and rap as they are based on that foundational theta wave voodoo rhythm. … Do you believe that Satan could bring this music into our Church?
Prepare for the Lie! We will witness signs and lying wonders and overt demonic activity on Earth by the Antichrist and the False Prophet (Torah teaching # 14). We will observe that the locusts of Exodus and Joel are but a shadow of Revelation prophecy to unfold during that “Day of The LORD.” Let us understand Revelation prophecy by an understanding of Hebrew chiastic “octave” structure as a triad “octave-like” presentation. Based upon the Hebrew alephbet octaves (*See Shemini Atzeret teaching on JCIA web under Fall Feasts).
First “Octave-like” of triad Revelation 6:2-8 (KJV) is the opening of the first four seals with the horses of the apocalypse being released. Their demonic power is concealed.
The Second triad-octave … is demonic powers revealed. Revelation 9:1-11(KJV) Are these natural locusts? They can’t eat grass? They have the power of scorpions? Observe they are “shaped like horses” with crowns; faces of man; hair of women; teeth of lions; Iron breast plates; wings; run in battle and inflict death-wish wounds for 5 months with their scorpion tails. What are they? ---A horde of demons! Satan opens the furnaces of hell and releases from the bottomless pit, the locusts reserved until the end-times (Rev 9:5-6) Is this Joel’s demonic army akin to Legion?
Joel 1:6 “For a nation* is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.”*SH# 1471 âÌåé gôy go’-ee Gentile, heathen, nation, people or a flight of locusts:” Joel’s warning: Joel 1:3 “Tell ye your children ….and their children another generation….dor cheron – A message for the last generation.
Who is their ruler? Apollyon, Abaddon (destroyer)- the “son of perdition” (Apollo). This 2nd “octave-triad” continues their demonic invasion with the 6th Trumpet --- Revelation 9:13-19
Now next-3rd-Tribulation “octave-triad”!...The is the concluding apogee leading to Armageddon.
Revelation 16:12-16 (KJV) A great locust demonic army of 200,000,000 “men” from the East (the sun god, Apollo), empowered by Satan’s forces! All these catastrophic judgments are designed to make men turn to God, yet the majorities do rebel against Him! How can that be? “In that day” man is so indoctrinated to evil as vile humans that they serve the kingdom of darkness being incurably wicked! …. Ra’ ah
Rev 9:20-21 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
Have discernment! Do all roads lead to heaven? Test all things against the WORD: Movies, TV, Radio, Video games, Rock & rap Music, Theta wave Christian music, books, commentaries, mysticism, spiritualism, techniques that empty your mind such as yoga, and avoid the New Bible versions.
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12 January 2013 1 Shevat 5773 Torah Study # 14 t¨r¥t²u Va’era “And I appeared”
Readings: Exodus 6:1-9:35; 1 Samuel 28:1-25; Revelation 16:1-12 (KJV)
Topic: God deals with us through agency. Exo 7:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy” prophet.” This is Father God’s Agency Seductively, deceptive days of “signs and lying wonders” are here (Mat 24:24) to secure your soul in bondage. But Satan also uses agency! Don’t let yourself be deceived!
Exodus 7:7-13 (KJV) 2 Ti 3:8 “Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.” Jannes & Jambres are sorcerers: Mech’ash’sha’phim -- signifies diviners who discover or reveal, or those who pretended to reveal the future, to discover things lost, or to find hidden treasures. Beware: The spiritual forces of darkness can bring forth supernatural manifestations. The Almighty God does signs and wonders in Egypt, but so also did the sorcerers and magicians of Pharaoh –but God prevailes.
Exodus 7:14- 25(KJV) The Egyptians worshiped the Nile River as a god. The Nile River is Egypt’s lifeline as a source of life-giving sustenance. Silt deposits from the Nile made the surrounding land fertile as the river overflowed its banks annually, until building the Aswan dam.
1 Samuel 28:3-20 (KJV) Today there is an uncanny interest or preoccupation with the supernatural beginning with grade school children (Harry Potter) to occult organizations, and even to Christians seeking signs of wonders. Just as Abba Father uses us as His agents, empowered to do His work, so also do the demonic forces operate to dominate the soul of man. These forces seek portals to establish strongholds for those persuing demonic obsessions to obtain occult power. A Quest for occult power! Remember?? Question the source of all doctrine --- “for even the elect could be deceived”– Have bold discernment…Be a Berean!
2 Co 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Th 2:9-12 Even him (the man of perdition -2 Th 2:3), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Tribulation indoctrination by signs and lying wonders: (Rev 13:11-15)
Revelation 16:3-7 (KJV) During the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, God’s angels act as His agents to turn the waters of the Earth into Blood. Why?....v 6! It is our judgment for shedding of innocent blood.
Gen 4:8,10 “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. --- And he (The LORD) said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Shedding of Innocent Blood in past generations:
Matthew 23:33,35 “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” … “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.”
Child sacrifices: 2 Ki 24:3b-4 “the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.”
Psa 106:38 “And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.”
Blood on our land and the entire world? Abortions…http://www.numberofabortions.com/
USA from 1973 (RVW)-2013 = 55.8 million
Worldwide =1980 -2013 = 1.28 billion
Hum!!!..world population is 6.5 billion. 1.28/6.5 = 19.7%5
Abortion active count on this Friday for USA @ 10.37 am was 1,514
Shedding of Innocent Blood in the Tribulation during the first 3 ½ years.
1. Rev 17:5b-6 “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:”
Mystery Babylon is considered by most Biblical Theologians to be the Church of Rome. Are we again looking forward to more of the Church of Rome’s inquisitions and dastardly deeds of the Jesuits? What cost must be paid in blood shed for a one-world religion?
2. Also the sins of “daughter Babylon” Are we looking ahead to Christian persecutions in the United States of America prior to the Tribulation onset?
Rev 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
3. Also note that water is turned into blood during the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation!
Rev 11:3-6 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”
Who are the two witnesses? ----Can you see their trademarks?----Elijah and Moses
DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
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5 January 2013 (23 Tevet 5773) Torah #13 Shemot “Names”
READINGS: Exodus 1:1- 6:1; Jeremiah 50:1-16; Jude 1:1-16; 2 Peter 2:1-22 (KJV)
Topic: Exodus is a travel log of the Egyptian Israelite slaves under physical oppression and spiritual bondage. It records their going-out from Egypt; their departure from bondage. Exodus begins with the oppression of the Hebrew slaves as a part of God’s plan to bring forth a Deliverer. God hears the outcry of His people. The mystery of Christ is concealed (Col 1:26-27) in the Old Testament (Tanach). He is their outstretched arm and the Rock. This affliction and bondage of God’s people in these aforetime events will occur again!
Exodus 1:5-14 (KJV) How long have they been in Egypt?
1. 400 years?
2. 430 years?
3. four generations?
4. about 215 yrs.?
Moses and Aaron are God’s Shalach –His earthly agents (Ex. 4:16; 7:1). The tempering of steel is by stressing it with rapid heating and cooling; this tempering is to add strength and toughen the steel.
God's is steeling the minds and hearts of these Israelites as they are being transformed from slaves of the Pharaoh to a nation governed by God’s Torah. However, it took 40 years to get Egypt out of them. God’s wrath is against the Pharaoh and gods of Egypt. The Israelites were brought out of the land of Egypt with "a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm" (Deu 26:8; Ps 136:12) about 1447 B.C.
ü Egypt is a type of the world wherein is promoted the lusts of flesh, the lust eyes and the pride of life (1 Jn. 2:16).
ü Pharaoh is a type of the Leviathan-the Dragon-the Antichrist- the son of perdition. This future “son of perdition*” will seduce mankind with his deception, “lying signs and wonders” using demonic forces (his principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness in high places). (*SG#684 apōleia) Apollyon (Rev. 9:11) is the Greek sun god, Apollo.
Exodus is 40% Prophetic: “it shall come to pass” that a foreordained time of greater oppression and spiritual darkness shall encompasses the world for 7 years. When will the world again fall under a corrupt taskmaster? The Book of Revelation and all the Tanach prophets speak of such a time. It is the seven years of the global Empire of the Antichrist, known as the Tribulation time, the Last Days, the end-times, The Day of the LORD or as “in that day and at that time.” Yet, future is the wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 6:16-17) and wrath of God (Rev. 16:1) that will fall upon the Empire of the Antichrist and upon an apostate world of darkness. Man shall fear, but not repent! Ahead lays a deliverance even greater than that of the Exodus. When the moral restrainer - the persecuted Christian remnant of overcomers - is removed (2 Thes. 2:6-12), then will the man of sin be revealed. Removal of our light from the world will only then allow darkness to prevail and wickedness to rule. The evil is exceedingly wicked! (rah, raw’aw, SH 7451) (Psa 11:6, Rev 6, Rev 9:20-21)
Let’s study in a remez Bible Study to find that end-time nation of Babylon, a city destined for destruction, due to its sin and anti-Semitism. Today, ask what nation is the “hammer” of our geopolitical world and best qualifies to be “the daughter of Babylon” (Eze 16:44)?
Jeremiah 50:1-15 (KJV) Come out of Babylon – My people, flee her! The greater exodus from Babylon is prophetic of our day! (Jer 51:6, Jer 51:45, Jer 50:16c, Isa 13:13b -14b, Zec 2:7, Rev 18:4)
Where are we in the timeline for this fall of “the Daughter Babylon?” Let’s examine the 9-branched Chanukiah model as a vestibule to the seven years of tribulation -the 9 Epistles that precede the Book of Revelation!
2 Peter 2:1-3 (KJV)
1 John 4:1-3 (KJV)
2 John 1:7-10 (KJV)
3 John 1:11 (KJV)
Jude 1:4, 12-13 (KJV)
Roman 1:18-25 (KJV)
Turbulent times lie ahead! Put your trust in the LORD (Psa 18:2, 2 Sa 22:31, 1 Ti 4:10) for the just shall live by faith for the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth (Rom 1:16-17, Hab 2:4b). According to your faith be it unto you. Live your life in a personal relationship with Jesus. Therefore, abideth in faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity – LOVE (1 Co 13:13).”
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29 December 2012 (16 Tevet 5773) Torah #12 Vayechi “And He lives””
READINGS: Genesis 47:28-50:26, 2 Samuel 5:1-10, Matthew 24:29-35 (KJV)
Topic: Our Abba Father’s perfect plan begins with this small family of 70 that goes into Egypt during a famine. Escalating trials and tribulations shall befall God’s chosen people …yet, they shall prevail and live. From this chosen family shall come the Messianic Kingdom ruled by The KING of kings and LORD of lords, Yeshua Jesus, having a promised land grant and a people of His own with Kingdom rule by a codex of law-The Torah- and cement. Our mandate as a kahol is to prepare ourselves as His Bride.
Joseph is portrayed in Scripture as “a type” of Christ. The majority of his lifespan is living amongst the Gentiles; he takes a Gentile bride in an interracial marriage, disseminating his Hebrew “seed” as his children are of both Jew and Gentile bloodline; These Gentile children become as one with the Sons of Jacob. His seed shall be sowed amongst the Gentile nations as God’s mystery as concealed in Genesis 40:1-22, Book of Hosea, 1 Peter 2:10 and Romans 9:25-26.
Jacob blesses his 4th son, Judah: Genesis 49:8-12 (KJV) Verse 8 defines Judah’s esteem and his leadership. Judah means “praise, the LORD be praised, He shall be praised, the praised of the LORD.” Judah shall be their leader. The Hebrew Birthright of the Firstborn is transferred to Judah. After Jacob’s death, he is to be the leader of the 12 tribes. However, the Double Portion of the Firstborn Blessing was transferred to Joseph when Ephraim and Manasseh were made equal to the sons of Jacob (48:5-6.). Additionally, he was given a parcel of land (48:22). Judah shall subdue his enemies.(v. Gen 49:8b.)
Joshua 10:23-24 “And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.”
Prophetic of Christ making His enemies His footstool:
Psa 110:1 “A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool” (Mat 22:44; Luke 20:43; Acts 2:35; Heb 10:13).
Genesis 49:9…. Judah as a young and old lion: The lion is a symbol of royalty, strength, rule. Yeshua Jesus, He came on a donkey as a young lion, but His own received Him not; He shall come as an old lion and all shall receive Him. Prophetic:
Php 2:10-11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Genesis 49:10… From Judah shall come a ruler (scepter) and lawgiver (THE WORD) as pointing to Shiloh’s coming who shall gather His own from the four corners. Shiloh means peace-bringer, rest-giver, the Prince of Peace, bringer of prosperity, safety, and tranquility (a description of the Messiah-the lion of the tribe of Judah)-Judah’s Messianic role.
Genesis 49:11 In the text can you see one Messiah with two comings (John 12:15; Isa 63:3).
Today’s Torah is establishing God’s Kingdom with a King that liveth and reigneth forever and a Land (Genesis 15:18-21 ….Messiah’s land grant).
NEXT: A dwelling for place of God –a place to put His NAME!
Joshua 15:63 “As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.”
Jdg 1:21 “And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.”
2 Samuel 5:1-7 (KJV) David captures Jerusalem from the Jebusites. Now amidst God’s wrath, David must find a dwelling place for God.
2 Sa 24:18,24 “Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”…. “And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
1 Ch 21:24-25 “And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost. So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.”
The silver paid for the mount of the threshing floor and oxen. The gold paid for “the place” or the site of ground adjacent to the threshing floor to build the Temple.
1 Ki 9:3 “And the LORD said unto him (Solomon), I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”
Matthew 24:29-35 (KJV) When will see the coming of the Son of Man?- At the last generation (dore acharon)! It is that generation that saw the fig tree put on leaves! 14 May 1948. That’s us folks. Dore Acheron…. In our time the King shall return and also the re-gathering of all Israel. He that hath an ear let him hear.
The Prophetic re-gathering:
Isa 11:10-12 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And 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, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
GOD’S KINGDOM: A King that liveth and reigneth forever; a land and a Temple; a people to be His Own and He shall be our God; a Torah as rod of iron by which to rule. Everyone will live in God’s Holy WORD having His unconditional LOVE and our agape love for the brethren. Love is the Kingdom cement.
The entire world will pay homage to Yeshua.
Zec 14:16 “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
22 December, 2012 (9 Tevet 5773) Torah #11 J³d°h³u Vayigash “And He Came Near”
This week’s Torah focuses on several key themes. Keep these in mind as we move right along.
Ø Reuniting lost family members
Ø Healing and reuniting divided families
Ø Forgiveness of past wrongs, offenses and misunderstandings
Let us look at who is approaching who at the beginning of this Torah teaching, for there is a significance of who the Scripture tells us who is who. Remember who the descendants of Judah were (the Jews or Southern Kingdom) and Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh who became the Northern Kingdom/House of Israel and eventually the (“lost sheep of the House of Israel”). Prophetically-speaking, let’s look at the most notable descendant of the tribe of Judah. Do you know Him? Did the Lion of the Tribe of Judah seek you out or did you seek Him when you were lost? In Genesis Judah is coming near to Joseph because of Judah’s heart as it is also in Yeshua’s heart, He was motivated to come near to us out of love for his Father, as well. Judah offered to lay down his life as a ransom for his youngest brother. This points prophetically to the One who also freely gave his life as a substitute for his brothers. Please note that Yeshua the Messiah and Judah both sought to please their fathers.
Both acted out of unconditional love for their younger brother.
Both stood to gain nothing personally, but rather stood to lose much, if their plan did not work.
Judah, a prince, would become a slave in Egypt; Yeshua would become a slave to death and hell, if he sinned.
Judah’s love for his father and Benjamin and his willingness to lay down his life as a ransom.
As a slave in Egypt, Joseph, is a picture compared to Messiah Yeshua’s love for the lost sheep of the House of Israel to whom he came to reach out and to ransom in order to bring them back into the fold of Israel. Genesis 44:32–34, Became surety for the lad. “Judah’s faithful cleaving to Benjamin, now, in his time of trouble, was repaid long afterwards by the tribe of Benjamin keeping with the tribe of Judah, when the other tribes deserted it. It is amazing that some 800 years later this brotherly love between the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin continued to work in the collective minds of these tribes such that the heart of the younger was still knit in loyalty with that of older brother. This also speaks about generational blessings (and curses) or our attitudes that are passed on down to one’s descendants? As you know curses can be passed down to the third or fourth generation (Exodus 20:5). So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way. (Genesis 45:24 KJV) (The Schoken Bible). Joseph dismissed his brothers with the warning not to quarrel with each other on the journey back to Canaan, as brothers can be prone to do. They had reconciled with Joseph, their savior and a fore shadow of Yeshua, our Redeemer, but they still had a long foot-journey ahead of them of many dry and dusty miles. As the miles drug on and the fatigue of the flesh would begin to the surface, how easy it would be for the brothers to begin quarreling with each other. What was one of Yeshua’s final admonitions to his disciples before his crucifixion in this regard? How much energy do we as redeemed believers waste quarreling with one another instead of advancing the kingdom of God? How would your life improve if you were to just forgive those who have offended you or those who want to hurt you or your ministry, to just walk away in love, bless them and focus your attention on the job your Heavenly Father has given you to do in His kingdom?
Haftorah Ezekiel 37:15 – 28 (KJV)
The Torah Vayigash recounts the reunification of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt after having been unknown to each other and separated for many years and this portion of Ezekiel 37 is a prophecy about the reunification of the House of Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom of Israel) with the House of Judah (the Southern Kingdom of Israel). As you will recall, the northern ten tribes of Israel seceded from the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin during the reign of King Rehoboam, son of King Solomon. They never reunited, but the prophet Ezekiel received a word from God that in the latter days just before the coming of the Messiah and the Messianic Age these two kingdoms would again be reunited with King David as their ruler. This has yet to happen. The ArtScroll Stone Edition Chumash informs us in Ezekiel 37 speaks of an era in the future when a king from the House of David, who will be a servant of Elohim and who will unify the people in allegiance to the Torah. Idolatry will be gone and the Temple will stand; the standard of life will be obedience to the laws of Torah and the results will be that the entire world will know that YHVH is Elohim.
B’rit Chadashah Romans 9:1–29; 11:13–24
Here we see that the Apostle Paul’s heart is burdened with great heaviness and continual sorrow for the people in Romans 9:1–5. Also as Paul later goes on to talk about his heart’s burden for the Gentile. Remember that the term Gentile simply means “ethnic or people groups, or the people of the nations.” Paul had the same intense love for his Jewish brethren as he did for those “people groups of the nations” whom he equates with the lost, adulterous and apostate House of Israel (the Northern Kingdom of the ten tribes of Israel). It is should be clear from this study that the two sticks of prophecy in Ezekiel 37 is about to happen. This is obvious from the passage itself, since many of the events in the Bible have been predicted have occurred, we need to be awake and ready in these times. Whoever the House of Ephraim and his companions are, Scripture says that God knows who they are, that they will be gathered to the land of their inheritance in the last days, and reunited with their brother, Judah. As a single national entity, they will then be ruled by Ha Mashiach and God will make a new covenant with them and God’s tabernacle will be with them it should be obvious that these events have yet to occur. Furthermore, we know from the Book of Revelation that after the Millennium, heavenly New Jerusalem will descend to this earth and will become the habitation of the glorified saints and of God-Yeshua. It is clear that the twelve tribes of Israel and all their grafted-in companions will be gathered at this time, for the only way into that city will be through twelve gates named after the twelve tribes of Israel. There is no “Gentile Gate.” So through which gate will you enter the New Jerusalem?
15 December 2012 (2 Tevet 5773) Torah #10 .¥e¦n Miketz “At the end”
Readings: Genesis 41:1-44:17; 1 Kings 17:1-16; Mark 4:1-20 (KJV)
Topic: Miketz “At the end” Be an Overcomer!
Mat 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Mat 13:49-50 “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Rev 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
Genesis 41:25-41 (KJV) Joseph gives us a Biblical warning: The coming of the 7 year Tribulation and a prophecy for redemption of Israel. Joseph’s brothers are detained 3 days (Gen. 42:17-18) and Simeon is held in bondage in Egypt. “Simeon” means to hear & obey. Shema O’ Israel… Hear this prophecy! 3 days = 3,000 years (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). For 2 days (2,000 years) the Jewish People have not heard the Gospel of Yeshua Jesus. We are on the morning of the third day, a time when will Simeon be released from blindness to hear and obey? Also prophetic: Joseph reveals himself to his brothers two years into the famine (Gen 45:6-7) For 2 days the Jewish People have been blinded to their Messiah and have not heard the Gospel of Salvation through Yeshua Jesus. Today, we are standing at the morning of that third day.
Hos 6:2 “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
Isaiah 42:18 “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.”
Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem ….how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
Follow the narrow road to become an Overcomer! God’s Immutable WORD needs to be heard by everyone –both Jew & Gentile. Who is the Overcomer?
· Confess (Romans 10:9-10) and believe in Yeshua Jesus ……1 John 5:1-5
· Love God, love brethren, keep commandments
· Live by Faith ….. John 14:15
· Overcome evil ….Romans 12:21
· Resist the devil ...1 John 2:12-14
· Has discernment …..1 John 4:1-6
· Spirit-filled (oil in lamp) …….. 1 John 4:1-6
· Forgives his brother ….. Matthew 18:21-35
· New man with renewed mind … Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:8-11
· Christ-centered, not self-centered … 1 John 2:15-17
· Now you become Heirs of the Kingdom .Revelation 21:5-8
What is a famine (2 Kings 6:25)? What is a drought? 1 Kings 17:1-16 (KJV)
How long was the drought? (1 Ki 18:1; Luke 4:25; James 5:17)
Elijah’s PROPHETIC Scriptures: As referring to the first 3 1/2 years of the coming 7 year Tribulation (42 months, 1260 days). Prophetic of when the 2 witnesses of Book of Revelations call forth a drought upon the Earth.
Rev 11:3, 6a “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. …. (6a) These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:
Recall:… “the great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver,” What lies ahead for us?
Mat 24:21-22 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”
Understand ye the Kingdom Parables?
Mat 13:10 “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?”
Mar 4:11-13 “And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?”
Mark 4:3-9 & 4:13-20 (KJV); Matthew 13:36-43 (KJV)
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV) “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
1 Corinthians 2:9-12 (KJV) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Yeshua Jesus loves us; He cares (Matthew 6:25-34).
Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
John 15:1-12 (KJV)
Mat 7:17 “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”
Mat 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
Your light (kavod) reflects who you are and of which kingdom you serve!
Last night of Chanukah:
Mat 5:14, 16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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8 October 2012 (24 Kislev 5773) Torah #9 Vayeshev “And he dwelt”
Readings: Genesis 37:1-40:23; Jeremiah 38:1-13; Luke 15:11-32 (KJV)
Topic: Mankind is drawn by an innate drive or his conscious mind, or by the Holy Spirit, to seek a dwelling place with God. Though we are not of this world, we must live in this world. Our Halachah (walk) reflects to who we serve (Rom 6:16). Trials prevail in the days ahead. Jesus prays to keep us from evil (John 17:15). To enter our Heavenly dwelling place, there is only one door, on a narrow path, to find eternal life with our Almighty God, El Shaddai. That is the Gospel path by hope, charity (love) and faith, which comes through the WORD- Yeshua Jesus.
Let’s examine the trials of an outcast! Intro. Genesis 37:17-28 (KJV) Joseph was despised by all his brothers, whom in their heart, they wished him dead. He was “an outcast” amongst them - “the black sheep of the family.” But in God’s eyes he would be the redeemer of his family. Joseph did not know God’s plan, but Joseph remained true to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God gave him dreams and visions, and the gift of dream interpretation. God talked to Joseph. Remember that Joseph was faithful, righteous and long-suffering, before God revealed His Plan for salvation of the Jewish nation. Joseph is a type of Christ – being both the suffering servant (Messiah ben Joseph) and the ruling King (Messiah ben David).
The casting away of a prophet for preaching the TRUTH: Intro. Jeremiah 38:1-13 (KJV) King Zedekiah was surrounded by false prophets telling him that Judea will be freed from the Babylonian siege and that the Egyptians would come to their rescue and prevail over Nebuchadnezzar's armies.
Mat 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
Jeremiah’s prophecy to Zedekiah: Jer 38:17-18 “Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.”
The itchy ears of weak Christians who are not founded in the Scriptures will cause them to seek comfort and take heed to false doctrines and doctrines of demons for the reality of the TRUTH of the Word is bitter to their stomachs (Mat 7:15). Many shall allay their fear by joining the world and become assimilated! Will the voice of the LORD be silenced in this, our day? What will be the great famine of the last days?
Hos 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”(Amos 8:11).
Paradigm: You can cast yourself out, and become a self-willed, lost soul! Luke 15:11-32 (KJV) A Parable of the Kingdom. Strife amongst brothers.
Isa 11:13 “The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries* *(SH# 6887 --distress, oppression) of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex* Ephraim.” Cut off is SH# 3772 כּרת kârath kaw-rath’ by implication to destroy or consume or specifically to covenant (that is, make an alliance originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces); to cut off a body part.
Covenant brothers are to reunite as one people (Eze 37:16-17). Who is Ephraim?
Of the brothers whom is the firstborn, Judah or Ephraim?
Jer 31:8-9 “Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.”
Have the Jews fallen from God’s grace?
Rom 11:11 “I say then, Have they (the Jews) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them (The Jews) to jealousy.”
They are blinded for our sake, as on every page of the Tanach can be found Yeshua Jesus.
2 Co 3:14 “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.”
When will the brotherhood of the Family of God be completed? - Only when Jew and Gentile become Echad---ONE with the Father thru Abba’s only Begotten Son, Yeshua Jesus (Gal 3:28, Eph 2:14).
The Gentile Church as the “born-again” overcomers, was the last to accept the Gospel message of salvation.
John 1:11-12 “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
Rom 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Remember the first shall be last & the last be first! Therefore, who is first and who is last in the resurrection order - Jew or Gentile Christian? The 70th week of Daniel is reserved for the collective salvation of the Jewish people during the Tribulation time.
Where have we been today?
ü Even though you are cast out of the world don’t loose your faith, hope and love (Joseph).
ü In dire times, the just shall fall into tribulations of the world (Jeremiah).
ü You could be your own worse enemy because of unbelief, stubbornness and rebellion (the prodigal son).
Are we entering apostate days? When do the sands of time run out?
Study to know Yeshua Jesus and the Kingdom of God thru His WORD. Spend private time in the WORD. 2 Ti 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” They shall know us by our Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
Though the world is becoming darker, our light as “born-again” believers shines brighter.
1 December 2012 (17 Kislev 5773) Torah #8 Vayishlach “And he sent”
Readings: Genesis 32:4 - 36:43; Daniel 4:1-37; Acts 8:1-25 (KJV)
Topic: Who are the Shalach? They are those feet sent by the Lord to do Kingdom work. They are God’s agents for whom He assumes their responsibility. Examples: the Tanach prophets, the Apostles, King David, Moses, Yeshua Jesus, and in today’s reading, Jacob (Israel). Those being sent to do the Lord’s work will be hindered by the Kingdom of Darkness. Use discernment! How is the Lord directing your life? Everyone has an equal opportunity to serve in the Kingdom of the Almighty God. Planet Earth is God’s testing ground for free-willed beings. It is an obstacle course. Our spirit-man is torn between the soul’s fleshly/worldly desires, Satan’s landmines and our Creator’s unconditional love. Yeshua Jesus’ warning for us today is to beware of false doctrine from false teachers, prophets and preachers (Matt. 24). Test all things - Apply the TRUTH of The WORD. Observe in today’s teaching these issues: Can the lost be saved? – and - What is hindering salvation in the Church?
Part #1: Genesis 32:4 - 36:43…Overview: Is Jacob a Shalach in response to God’s voice? (Gen 31:13; Gen 32:9) A Shalach or “sent one” is functioning as an agent of God. Jacob is a part of God’s plan for us.
Jacob camps at River Jabbok (Gen 32-33). He prepares to meet his brother, Esau. Jacob fears Esau’s wrath (Gen 32:7-8). Jacob’s plan is to divide his family into 2 bands, and to appease Esau in humility with gifts. Jacob recalls God’s promise.
Gen 31:3 “And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.”
Jacob, in apprehension, recalls the Bethel vision as he is praying for deliverance from Esau: “And thou saidst, I (The God of Abraham & Isaac) will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude” (Gen 32:12 ). Jacob asks God for help and he recalls His blessings and promises from the LORD. However, Jacob does not have a good “track record.” He is a man of the flesh. How can we best describe Jacob: heel-catcher, supplanter, underminer, deceiver, liar, plotter, conniver, manipulator, contender, a pursuer of plots, schemer, exploiter and a wheeler-dealer. However, Jacob is a “new man” after “meeting God face to face” (Gen. 32:28-30). Israel, “the new man,” is transformed from “the old man” by God. His walk (gait), his halacha, changes. He is now a prevailer, overcomer and Shalach agent of God. Do we wrestle with God and have scars from sins of the flesh of the “old man” which the “new man” must bear? Perfect your walk (Halachah) to project your relationship with Christ.
Jacob meets Esau and all goes well (Gen 33:20). Do you see the faith lesson? It’s a struggle: God with sinners. We in our natural, fleshly self are against God’s Spirit. Is there hope for the lost? Repent and find salvation –all ye that are lost and forsaken!
Intro. Daniel 4:29-37 (KJV) Is there hope for an arrogant/prideful and unjust king? Daniel urged Nebuchadnezzar to repent (Dan 4:27). Note, Nebuchadnezzar is no longer lukewarm calling God, “the God of Shadrack, Meshach and Abed-nego” but “the most High God that liveth forever” and “the King of Heaven” (Gen. 4:34, 37)
Part #2: Finding the lost in a demonized Church. Genesis 33:18- 4:31…Overview. Jacob’s buys land in Canaan at Shechem from Hamor. Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, is raped by Shechem, the son of Hamor. Shechem desires Dinah as his wife. Hamor says let our seeds mingle and be one people. Dinah’s brothers devise the “circumcision” plan. What do you think of Hamor’s demise by the circumcision plan? Would it have been better to have become one people and the Jews have no discrete identity?
Deu 22:11 “Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.” Is mixing of seeds akin to taking idolatry into Christianity?
Acts 8:9-25 (KJV) Peter rebukes Simon the sorcerer for his unrighteous motivation to mix Satan’s power with the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember Satan can masquerade as an angel of light. What is the ploy of these “false angels of light.”
2 Co 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Mar 13:22 “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.”
Jer 10:2 “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
2 Co 6:14-16 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
What have the Scriptures revealed today? There is a cosmic chess match for the soul of man between the Kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of light, but God prevails for the righteous.
ü Laban was an obstruction to keep Jacob out of the Promised Land.
ü Esau had vengeance to kill Jacob.
ü At Shechem, Jacob could have been assimilated into pagan idolatry. There would be no Jew today!
ü Use discernment and Biblical Truth to distinguish the false gospel and doctrine accompanying the signs and wonders of Simon the sorcerer. It is coming in our day!
2 Th 2:9 “Even him (the wicked one), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
Today’s Faith Lesson: Father God provides for His Shalach. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” To Jacob (Gen28:15); to Joshua (Jos 1:5); to King Solomon (1 Kings 8:57); to believers today: (Heb 13:5c ) Jer 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
If it looks like an orange and smells like an orange but tastes like a pear –DON’T EAT IT! Have end-time discernment as many false prophets, teachers and pastors are here and more will arise. But—You shall know them by their fruits….ACTS 17:11.
Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:”
Eph 5:9 “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)”
The Holy Scriptures, The WORD, is a light unto our path (Psa 119:105).
John 17:3 “And this is life eternal,
that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
24 November, 2012 (10 Kislev 5773) Torah Study #7 Vayetze: “And he went out”
Readings; Genesis 28:10 – 32:3; I Chronicles 12:32; Ezekiel 2:1 – 4; Luke 12:54 – 56; John 1:19 – 51
Topic: And he went out with the Word before him.
This week’s Torah portion starts out by Jacob’s flight from his home to escape Esau’s threated murder, his mother Rebekah arranged for Jacob to flee to Haran to stay with her brother Laban until things cooled off. Now unknown to Jacob at the time would be 20 years in the home of Laban, a deceitful rogue, who as we see in the Passover Haggadah, attempted to remove or uproot the Jewish people. Then as God prepared Jacob for his personal exile and coming ordeal, God gave Jacob a vision of Angels and divine promise. God’s promise gave him hope, but Jacob’s faith and efforts earned him his prophecy. Now let’s move from Jacob to Ezekiel. He was a classic Biblical prophet, A prophet on the wall – responsible for accurately hearing and communicating the Word of God to the people, both to warn them of coming judgment and call them to repentance and holiness; He will be held by God to account for his faithfulness in this area (see Ezekiel 3:17-21; see also Ezekiel 33). It was through Ezekiel; God communicated powerful truths, the truth that Jerusalem and Israel are the epicenter of God’s plan and purpose in the End Times. The truth of the rebirth in 1948 of the State of Israel as prophesied in the End Times. The truth of the return in 1967 of the Jewish people and the control of the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem in the End Times. The truth of a coming season of security and prosperity for Israel as prophesied in the End Times. The truth of the salvation of the Jewish people in the End Times And the truth of the building not just of a 3rd Temple in the End Times but a 4th Temple, too, from which the Messiah will reign.
Without question, prophecy is central to the Holy Scriptures. Yet very few pastors, priests or ministry leaders are teaching Bible prophecy today.
The Lord Jesus said these words; When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, there will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? (Luke 12:54-56 KJV)
Why didn’t the people of Jesus’ day study the prophecies of Scripture and compare them to what was happening right in front of them?
I would argue that now more than ever it is absolutely vital for the Church, for Israel, and for the world to rediscover the power and purpose of Bible prophecy. But the only way this is going to happen is if the men of God begin to rediscover the Word of God and start studying it seriously, and teaching it carefully. We absolutely will not hear from Jesus’ lips, “Well done, My good and faithful servant,” if we ignore, skip, dismiss or outright deny more than one-quarter of the Holy Scriptures.
The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days notes that:
- 28.5% of the Old Testament are prophetic verses
- 21.5% of the New Testament are prophetic verses
- All told, some 27% of the Bible are prophetic verses
So let us address the topic of: And he went out with the Word before him, but why are not pastors teaching Bible prophecy today?
First, many pastors don’t teach prophecy because they have a lack of belief in the power of God’s Word. Sadly, many pastors today don’t really believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. The Lord Jesus once protested that the Pharisees were misinterpreting Scripture. He said, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)
Second, many pastors don’t teach prophecy because they have a lack of knowledge of and/or sound training in Bible prophecy.
There are many, of course, who do believe that the Bible is the Word of God. However, for a variety of reasons they have never taken the time to study prophecy carefully on their own, and/or weren’t taught it in any detail or depth in Bible College. Thus, they understandably feel unprepared and inadequate to help people unpack the truths of these Scriptures. The Bible is clear that God will bless those who study and teach End Times prophecy, and we should be faithful in doing just that. The Apostle John wrote, Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3 KJV)
Third, many pastors don’t teach prophecy because they have a fear of being lumped in with “prophecy nuts” and those who peddle sensationalism. For example: Harold Camping’s prediction of the Rapture on May 21, 2011 or 88 Reasons Why Jesus Is Coming In 1988.
Fourth, many pastors don’t teach prophecy because they have a lack of understanding of the times in which we live and the increasingly close return of Christ. Like the Pharisees of old, Jesus is saying to them, “Why do you not analyze this present time?” More than ever, we need pastors who do analyze and understand the times in light of Bible prophecy. Like the sons of Issachar, “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (I Chronicles 12:32), we need pastors who understand the times and know what the Church should do. Specifically, we need men ready, willing and able to rediscover the purpose and power of Bible prophecy.
How can we help people rediscover the purpose and power of Bible prophecy? I believe the best way is discuss the seven-fold purpose of Bible prophecy.
1. To reveal that the God of Israel is all-mighty, all-seeing, all-knowing God of the universe.
2. To reveal that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and true in all its respects.
3. To require us to study God’s Word diligently and with humility, and to teach God’s Word with humility and great care.
4. To point to the First Coming of the Messiah.
5. To point to the Second Coming of the Messiah.
6. To build up, challenge, encourage and comfort the Church to live holy and fruitful lives in the last days.
7. To warn Israel and the nations to repent and turn to Jesus Christ before it is too late.
Dr. Charlie Dyer, professor at Moody Bible Institute: “God gave prophecy to change our hearts, not to fill our heads with knowledge. God never predicted the future events just to satisfy our curiosity about the future. Every time God announces events that are future, He includes with His predictions practical applications to life. God’s pronouncements about the future carry with them specific advice for the ‘here and now.”
Dr. Randall Price, professor of archaeology and Biblical studies at Liberty University: “What good is it to be able to understand the seven heads in Revelation 13:1 if we don’t use our own head? Of what profit is it to discern the ten toes of Daniel 2:41-44 if we don’t move our own two feet? And what value is it to know about the great mouth that speaks lies (Daniel 7:8, Revelation 13:5), unless we open our mouth and speak the truth? In every generation where prophecy has been properly proclaimed, the results have been a harvest of souls to the glory of God.”
17 November 2012 (3 Kislev 5773) Torah #6 Toldot “Generations”
Readings: Genesis 25:19-28:9; 2 Chronicles 32:1-29; Romans 4:1-17 (KJV)
Topic: Last week we discussed the growing unrighteousness in the world and the lie which would deceive even the elect were it possible. What is Satan greatest deception? - Evolution. What is Satan’s greatest anger and ploy – Israel/anti-Semitism. What is his greatest defeat? – The Cross. Where will his attack be focused in these last days? - The Children of the Promise. How does the fruit of Abraham’s loins affect us today? Are we also children of that Promise? How is our Hebrew birthright in Christ, a Jew of the tribe of Judah, important?
Torah…overview: Esau, Jacob’s twin older brother, sells his birthright for red pottage and Jacob connives Esau’s “The blessing of the Firstborn” from his father. (Gen 25:34, 27:1-40) Why is the Lord’s jaw set against Edom/Esau (Rom 9:13)? Esau had no respect for his birthright; Esau was a profane fornicator; Esau lived in the bitterness of unforgiveness (Heb 12:16-17).
Jacob is sent to seek a bride from Abraham’s family (Gen 28:1-6). Jacob is to take a wife from offspring of uncle Laban. As a Hebrew, he will find his bride amongst the pagans of Padan-aram. Esau marries into Ishmael’s family to please his father. Esau takes Uncle Ishmael’s daughter to be his wife (Gen. 28:8-9). Note, the mixing of Esau’s blood line with the offspring from Ishmael’s kindred. After Sarah's death Abraham marries Keturah and she bare him six sons. Genetics intermingling is getting complex! Remember: Keturah’s children will also play a role as a “thorn in Israel’s side.”
Abraham’s seed be called in Isaac (Gen 21:12; Heb 11:18-19). The Children of the Promise are reckoned from Isaac, not from Ishmael or Keturah's sons. Why are the Midianites on the east side of Jordan (Gen 25:5-6 (KJV)? Jordan is a collection of the ancient enemies of Israel: the sons of Keturah (Midianites); the sons of Lot (Ammonites/Moabites); the sons of Esau (Edomites (Idumaeans); the Muslim Sons of Ishmael; the UN sympathetic to the Arabs created a Jordanian state. Today’s modern day Jordan is a Hashemite kingdom and Israel is surrounded by these same ancient enemies.
Gen 12:3 (God calls Abram) “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be bless” How do the Scriptures repeat this blessing to the generations (toldot) of Abraham (Gen 22:17-18 (God tests Abraham); Gen 18:18 (The LORD at Mamre); Heb 11:11-12 (Sara); Gen 26:2-6 (Isaac); Genesis 27:29 (Blessing given by Isaac to Jacob); Gen 28:12-15 (Jacob’s vision of the ladder into heaven) Gen 32:12 “ (Jacob recalls the vision when praying for deliverance from Esau) Exodus 23:22 (KJV) (The Israelites camping at Mt Sinai after 10 commandments were given. Moses told the Israelites that an Angel of the Lord was to precede them); Numbers 24:9-10 (Israelites coming out of the wilderness. The prophecy of Balaam over tribes of Israel).
Do you see all the nations of the earth being blessed in the Promise and the advantage of blessing Israel and being blessed? Warning! Do not curse Israel.
The northern Kingdom of Israel (Ephraim) was taken into Assyrian captivity in 722 BC. All of Judea was captured except Jerusalem by the Assyrian Sennacherib. 2 Chronicles 32:9-19 (KJV)
Remember: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:” The rest of the story! 2 Ch 32:20 “And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.” 2 Kings 19: 32-37 (KJV)
Abraham is blessed and the seed of his loin- Yeshua Jesus - is Father God’s blessing to the world.”
Gal 3:13-16 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
Romans 4:1-17 (KJV) Are we also children of that Promise?
Gal 3:26-29 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
The seed of the Promise is the One New Man, who is the “born again” believer. – A spirit-filled overcomer mandated to do the Lord’s work.
Did you see America in Prophecy in today’s teaching? We are living in a time, a generation, of which the Bible speaks more about that any other time or to any other generation! Israel is God’s time peace in end-time prophecy.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee”
Where does America stand with regards to Israel?
The Holy Scriptures, best preserved in the King James Bible, is absolutely the complete record of everything – past, present and yet future. They are a light unto our path.
Psa 119:105 “NUN b Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
The WORD--- John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
By Fred D. Hofeldt on Nov 9, 2012 | In Truth, Holy Spirit, The Kingdom, Prophecy, Faith, trials/tribulation, Spiritual warfare, Bride, antichrist, Righteousness, Torah 5773 (2012-2013), Torah Study 1-15
10 November 2012 (25 Cheshvan 5773) Torah #5 Chayei Sarah “And Sarah’s life”
Readings: Genesis 23:1-25:18; Judges 4:1-24; Judges 8:30- 9:1-56; Revelation 18:1-24 (KJV)
Topic: How is the serpent brought to his final demise? Satan’s power over sin and death was made null and void by God Himself providing the atoning sacrifice for sin and death. The “seed of the woman” strikes the head of the serpent and defeats sin and death. Hence, now as believers, we are sanctified unto Christ as His bride. Not only is there oneness of the Godhead – the trinity- but also in us, as we achieve oneness with Him. Seek oneness in Christ and not in the Kingdom of darkness (1 Co 6:15-17).
Genesis 23:1-25:18 (KJV)…..Overview: Abram and Sarah were gentiles born amongst pagan worshipers in Ur of the Chaldeans and abode amongst them in Haran Paran. Sarah was Abram’s half-sister! (Gen 20:12) The LORD blessed Abraham (Gen 12:1-3) Sarah was a beautiful attractive woman (Genesis 12:11-20, 20:1-18). She was Abraham’s helpmate as one with him (Gen 2:24; Mat 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Eph 5:31) One flesh is the Hebrew word, echad SH# 259 אחד echad ekh-awd‘). The Hebrew word for a singular one is SH# 376אישׁ ı̂ysh eesh.
Abraham is mentioned as the 1st Hebrew in Scripture (Gen 14:13). Sarah is the mother of the Hebrew nation, as God chose a Hebrew to bring forth the Promised seed, but Sharai was barren for 90 years. (9 in Hebrew numerology is fruit or fruit bearing.) Many barren women in the Bible have fulfilled prophecy pointing to Messiah (Sarai, Rebecca, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth). A barren Sarah conceived as God had promised Abraham. Barrenness is Satan’s attack against the “seed of the woman” ( Gen 3:15) The Messiah is to come from the “seed of the woman.” A virgin birth!
Abraham’ family was to become a great nation (Gen 18:18).The gentile nations of the earth – melo Ha goyim - fulfill this prophecy as we are blessed in Yeshua.
Sarah died at an age of 127 years.She was buried in an acquired burial place in the land of Canaan, in a parcel of land purchased from Ephron the Hittite for 400 shekels of silver. This is to become the family burial site in the cave of Machpelah before Mamre. (Genesis 23:1-20). Mamre means seeing, or a vision, fatness (return to vigor, dignified). 400 is 40 X 10. The number 40 alludes to trials and testing also as 400 years was decreed until release of the Hebrews from Egyptian bondage of affliction (Gen 15:13). A 4000 (2000 BC + 2000 AD) year time span is from Abram’s birth in 2000 BC until the 3rd day (Hos 6:2) when the blindness is released off the Jewish people. (40 X 102).
The prophesized “seed of the woman” moves from Sarah to Rebecca as Abraham finds a bride for Isaac, not from the Canaanites, but from his own kind - Nahor’s family (Genesis 22:20-24). The search for bride of Isaac is to be led by an unnamed servant, “eldest servant,” led by the angel of God (Genesis 24:1-67). Here is a clue to a prophecy. He took 10 camels. He went to the well with code words to identify the selected bride. (This account at the well is repeated twice (Gen 24:13-27 and Gen 24: 34- 50). Where is Isaac’s bride found? .. At the well. Note, the Samaritan, gentile woman is told of salvation by the well - “living water” – the Word- Yeshua. Outcome: Gen 24:51 “Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.” Rebekah chose to become Isaac’s bride. After being chosen and willfully accepting the call, she was given “gifts” and likewise her household was blessed. She earnestly desires to see her Bridegroom. After the 3 day trip to mountains of Moriah, Isaac is edited out of the text until he meets his veiled bride riding on 10 camels. (Can you see Yeshua here?) An “unnamed servant” of God (the Holy Spirit) finds Isaac’s bride and prepares her in all things with gifts and blessings upon her family. The bride is fetched and must ride upon God’s Word – the 10 commandments. She is to be a true and faithful, set-apart, veiled bride on a rough camel ride. She greets her bridegroom in faith with their joining in marriage to become echad.
Other women in the Bible are chosen to be in the service of the LORD. Who is Deborah (Judges 4:1-6)?
Judges 4:7-16 (KJV). What is the double meaning of Jdg 4:9b “for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman?” The enemy is defeated by a woman! Deborah. The second meaning : Judges 4:16-24 (KJV). A head wound to the adversary by a woman. Judges 8:30-33; 9:4b-5, 9:50-56 (KJV) A head wound to the adversary by a millstone thrown by a woman .
Yet, future, in the end times, the adversary shall receive another deadly head wound. The beast rising up out of the sea (Rev 13:1-9) receives a deadly head wound (Rev 13:3, Rev 13:11-12). Is there a role for the woman (the Bride) in defeating the kingdom of antichrist?
Deception with lying signs and wonders are ahead of us. Let no man deceive you. (Matthew 24:1-26). The wicked one is coming, the son of perdition - “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Th 2:7-12 ). Apostate time lies ahead for the Church with “a falling away” of the faith of many as an ecumenical religion finds roots with all roads leading to heaven. The Pope welcomes aliens! There is a rebirth of “Mystery Babylon” -the harlot of all religions. “Mystery Babylon” is a geo-political-religious system, devised as the ONE WORLD RELIGION. She is the resurrected religion of Babel (Nimrod) uniting with the ecumenical “Church” and New Age Spiritualism. It is a time when occult ideology prevails.
Abba Father has judged unrighteous in the past (Jer 7:31, Jer. 16:9, 25:10, 33:11, Jer 16:10-11) Remember : 1 Th 5:5 “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” Ye are the Bride (Rev 19:7-9).
Revelation 19:11-21 (KJV) Desolation prevails as the sins of the world have reached into the Heavens such as it was “in the days of Noah.” The Lord returns with His armies of heaven (Deu 33:2, Jude 1:14-15). Father God has a Plan. Yeshua rescues earth from the diabolical rule of Antichrist as he returns with the armies of Heaven- His saints (Rev. 19:15) and His angels (Mat 16:27; 24:30) in the battle of Armageddon. His righteous saints are in white linen being His bride of the Priesthood of Melchizedek. They shall deliver the head wound to the Empire of Antichrist as His kingdom shall be as chaff -dust - in the wind (Dan 2:35) The Savior with His Bride shall restore righteousness and deliver defeat to the kingdom of darkness as a fatal head wound to the Empires that have oppressed the chosen/called-out people of God. A stone, hewn without hands, shall destroy the kingdoms of the adversary and Messiah’s millennial kingdom shall be established forever (Daniel 2:45, Dan 2:44)
We, the Bride, will be presented to the Father
3 November 2012 (18 Cheshvan 5773) Torah #4 Vayera “And He appeared”
Readings: Genesis 18:1-22:24; Daniel 3:1-30; Acts 3:1-26 (KJV)
Topic: God appeared to His people (Jew and Christian) through the patriarch, Abraham. Our Creator God, Abba Father, looks after His creation as it groans against the wiles of the devil and man’s sin nature. He is a defender of the poor and fatherless and provides justly to the afflicted and needy (Jehovah Jirah). He delivers the poor and needy out of the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82, Isaiah 58). What is the character of our God? He is a personal God, who unconditionally loves all His created beings. Intelligent design is the hallmark of His works; He is the author of order, peace and harmony He is righteous and just in His judgments.
In contrast to God, Satan is the author of chaos, confusion, waste- ruin, destruction, desolation, evil, perdition, and wickedness. He desires God’s Theocracy to rule. He roams the earth to deceive, kill, steal and destroy. His kingdom occupies not only the heavens but the waters of the Earth.
Genesis 18:1-22:24 (KJV)…OVERVIEW …
Heb 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Who were the “three men” approaching Abraham on the plains of Mamre? (Genesis 18:1-8) Did they eat? What did Abraham prepare for them?
Why did Sarah laugh? (Genesis 18:9-15) What did Sarah name her child? H3327 יצחק yitschâq yits-khawk‘ Isaac (Gen 21:1-7) “God hath made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
Abraham haggles in the manner of the Jews. (Gen 18:16-33) –To spare the righteous ones in Sodom.
What was the very grievous sin of the 5 plain cities (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Bela)? (Genesis 19:1-14) ---Lust of the Flesh…Lust of the eye and pride in their fornication… They had no shame.
2 Pe 2:6 “And (God) turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”
How many righteous were spared destruction as the remnant? (Genesis19:15-26), but……”Curiosity killed the cat”----What happened to Lot’s wife? Gen 19:26 “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became* a pillar of salt.”
Abraham is the father of our faith. We admire and look-up to achieve his faith. What was his character weakness? Fear of man and the world.(Genesis 12:11-20, 20:1-18) His Son Isaac does the same deception. (Genesis 26:6)------ Likewise, we may profess worship and love of the Almighty God, but, yet, at the same time we are submitting and obeying the laws of Satan by being worldly and by lusting in the flesh with pride.
Rom 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” EXAMPLE: Adam and Eve.
Be ye mindful that it is only the “blood of Jesus” that delivers us from the smith, the waster, the destroyer ( Isa 54:12). The sin price was paid-in-full.
Remember: Satan desires your soul.
Job 1:6-7 “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
1 Pe 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God provides for Abraham’s offspring's. Ishmael was part Hebrew and part Egyptian. He will become a great nation (Gen 21:18, 25:12-18).
Introduction: ….Daniel 3:14-29 (KJV) God provides for His own.
2 Pe 2:9 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”
Despite Nebuchadnezzar’s astonishment and apprehension during this turmoil, we observe peace and joy in God’s remnant! We always have peace in the Lord’s presence and never want to leave Him. Can you see a portrayal-prophecy of the 7 years of Tribulation - worship the image of the beast or die? Where was Daniel?----Prophetic?
Acts 3:1-10 (KJV) The same miracles done by Jesus now are evident by His disciples. Is this same spiritual power evident in the Church today? (Act 1:4-5,8) The Lord is our Shepherd, our Healer, and our Savior.
Mat 11:5 Jesus told John’s disciples: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
John 14:12-16 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”
Provisions for fruitful works:1. Love the Lord and be Obedient. 2. Ask not amiss (James 4:3). 3. Abide in Jesus and His Word (John 15:4-7).
Psalm 84:2-5 “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars,* O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.”
Confess Yeshua Jesus as your LORD and “thou shall be saved”(Romans 10:8-10).
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
<saved> is G4982 σώζω - sōzō - to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): - heal, preserve, save self, do well, be make whole, made complete, “safe,” do well: have salvation.
He provides for the sparrow – the lilies!
Why not you? (Mat 6:25-34)
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27 October 2012 (11 Cheshvan 5773) Torah Study #3 (Lech Lecha “Go Out”) Genesis 12:1 – 17:27; Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16; Galatians 4:21 – 5:1; Romans 12:
Topic: Go Out Yourself.
Last week's Torah reading showed how the Lord miraculously preserved Noah and his family from judgment. Just as there were ten generations from Adam to Noah, so there were also ten generations from Noah to Abram. And just as Noah became the father of 70 nations, so Abram would become the father of the Jewish people, through whom the Promised Seed - the Messiah and Savior of the world - would eventually come. In this week's reading, Abram was 75 years old, married to (his half-sister) Sarai, and guardian of his nephew Lot (his deceased brother Haran's son) when he received the promise of divine inheritance. In obedience to God's call, he left Heron, journeyed to the land of Canaan, and there built an altar to the Lord (between Bethel and Ai). Shortly afterward, however, Abraham's faith was tested, because of a severe famine in the Promised Land forced him to go south to Egypt for food. To protect himself, Abram conspired with Sarai to pretend to be brother and sister (rather than husband and wife) so that he would not be killed for her sake. Sure enough, Sarai was taken to Pharaoh's palace to be part of the royal harem, and Pharaoh gave Abram livestock, camels and servants for her sake. However, the Lord sent "great plagues" to Pharaoh's household until it was known that the reason for the trouble was that Sarai was Abram's wife. Pharaoh then released Sarai and sent Abram away with his all his possessions plus his daughter the princess Hagar.
After Abram returned to the land of Canaan, his nephew Lot separated from him and chose to settle in the evil city of Sodom, where he later became a captive during war in the Sodom Valley. Upon learning that his nephew was a prisoner, Abram set out with a small band and rescued him, miraculously defeating the kings. After his victory, Abram was met by the Melchizedek, the King of Salem and priest of the Most High God (El Elyon), who brought him bread and wine, and who blessed him. In response, Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he won in the war.
Abram was then given a vision from the Word of the Lord where he was reassured that, despite his great age, he would father a child and indeed be the forefather of a great multitude of people. The Lord then sealed His promise to Abram with the Covenant Between the Parts. Ten years passed, and Abram and Sarai were still childless. In a lapse of faith, Sarai urged Abram to sleep with her Egyptian maidservant, Hagar, in order to produce the family heir. Abram agreed. However, Hagar ran away but an Angel intervened and told her to return to Sarai. Indeed, the Angel told her that she was pregnant with a son, called Ishmael ("God will hear"), who would be the forefather of a great nation. Hagar believed the promise, returned home, and called the Lord El Roi (the God who sees me). Abram was now 99 years old, and the Lord appeared to him again to reaffirm His covenant promise to make him the father of a multitude of nations. The LORD symbolized His commitment by renaming Abram ("exalted father") to Abraham ("father of multitudes") - adding the letter Hey to his name. And the Lord told him that the promised child’s name would be called Isaac ("he laughs") - would be Abraham's rightful heir with whom the Lord would establish His covenant.
Haftorah; Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16
In the writings of the Prophet Isaiah it is clear that the youth of Abraham and Sarah is supernaturally restored to them, as they became the conduit of the Promised seed. So as we read in Isaiah, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
Brit Chadashah; Romans 12, Galatians 4:21 – 5:1, Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrew 10:19
In the Book of Galatians, the Apostle appeals to those who wish to remain under the Law to consider what the Torah has to say in regards to Abraham’s two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, one born to a free woman and one born to a slave woman. For Isaac was born through the Power and promise of God, but Ishmael was born unto the flesh. Paul further states that Hagar represents the covenant of our God made with Israel at Mt Sinai which bears children for slavery, where Sarah represents the covenant God made with Israel through the Child of Promise, Yeshua, whose children are born free and receive the Grace of God.
In Romans Chapter 12 we see here, according to the Word of God, the apostle's exhortations, concerning our duty to God; we see that all that is needed to fulfill our great commission is godliness, to surrender ourselves to God, and so lay a good foundation. We must first of all give our own selves unto the Lord. The mind must be renewed for him. When we have done this then we can serve Him in all manner of obedience. To be a Believer is to serve God. We must make a daily life of it, and not be lazy in that living (ministry). But our particular calling, our Father's business, we must choose it, and learn it, and give ourselves to it; we must love it, and employ ourselves in it, and abide by it, as our great and main life. And, having made it our life, we must not be lazy in it: not desire our own ease. We must be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, under the influences of the Holy Spirit.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:1-21 KJV)
If Christianity is to receive rejuvenation it must be by other means than any now being used. If the church...is to recover from the injuries she suffered, there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will not be one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. - A.W. Tozer
I consider that the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell. - William Booth
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20 October 2012 (4 Cheshvan 5773) Torah #2 Noach “Noah”
Readings: Genesis 6:9-11:32; 2 Chronicles 20:31-23:15; 2 Kings 11:1-16; Luke 23:1-25 (KJV)
Topic: There is a cosmic Chess match between Satan and Jehovah God. Last week we observed that Lucifer, that old devil, beguile Eve and destroyed a perfect relationship between man and God. We observed that man has a short spiritual memory and avidly seeks the grass on the other side of the fence as being greener! Satan brought darkness into the creation. He is the prince of this world and ruler of the Kingdom of Darkness. There is a constant battle/warfare between Satan’s angels and his demonic spirits against Abba’s army led by the Captain of LORD’s host, Yeshua Jesus. As a created-being, by Yeshua, Satan desires Abba Father’s throne and dominion over planet Earth. He hates humans as we are created in the image of the Godhead. What has happened in this cosmic battle aforetime should give us a “heads-up” for Jesus’ statement “as it was in the days of Noah.”
Genesis 6:9-11:32 (KJV) OVERVIEW: The Family of Adam is under attack by the Kingdom of darkness. How bad was it? GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth (Gen 6:5). God grieved that he had created man and animals. (Gen 6:6-7) What happened? – The ben Elohim mated with daughters of Adam and bare children who were giants (nephalim). The Book of Enoch confirms that these were fallen angels amongst man to contaminate the human genome.
Gen 6:7 “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
Why was God so angry? What had Satan done? In the 1st usage in the Bible of “mighty” men, they were tyrannical giants (nephalim) taken in context to God’s anger. Suffice it to say that there is no instance in the Tanach (OT) that this phrase, ben Elohim - ever referred to any person or group of persons other than the angels of heaven. This mingling between the angelic and humans represented an abomination to God and produced a race of men on the earth known as “giants.” (Parasha 5767 #2, Torah 5770 #51; Torah 5771 #2; Parasha 5772 #35). Fossil remains of “giants and their huge dwellings are found over the entire earth. There was CHAOS in the Days of Noah: Whose finger prints?? God was furious with Satan’s chaos! ……… Judgment.
2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;”
The Book of Enoch confirms that these fallen angels saw the daughters of men that they were fair and took them as wives: A Genetic meltdown but, yet, a remnant for Noah was a just* man and perfect** in his generations, and Noah walked with God (Gen 6:9; Gen 7:1). * Tzadek (righteous), ** (tamiym (taw-meem‘) - without blemish). Noah, as a human, and his sons had unblemished DNA. Remember God is going to start a new race of humans and animals all in their own kind - genetically pure (Gen 6:9, 6:19-20; 7:14; 2 Peter 2:5). God took action!
Gen 6:17 “And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”
Gen 7:21-23 “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man….
Satan called “got-ye!” God calmly said -- Checkmate!: “and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark” (Gen 7:23). The giants were destroyed. What happened to the fallen angels?
Jude 1:6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
For forty days, flooding rain and waters from the deep flooded the earth - a time of trial for Noah’s family. The waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
This plan of Satan was nearly successful to eliminate the entire human race created in God’s image… Will he try it again ? Luke 17:26 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” Will Satan use this ploy again to infiltrate the human genome with DNA manipulation or alien hybrids?
Chet j – A new beginning for mankind (Genesis 8). Noah looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
Gen 8:17 “Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.”
Gen 9:1 “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”
To the delight of the Kingdom of Darkness, evil prevailed amongst the Kings of Judea- the royal line. Jehoram was evil in the eyes of the LORD (2 Ch 21:4, 6, 18-19). His son Ahaziah becomes king. He is advised by his wicked mother, Athaliah (2 Ch 22:2-5).
2 Kings 11:1-16 (KJV) Another chess match to defeat God! Kill all the Royal line and then the Messiah –the “seed of the woman” would not be able to come as Savior of mankind.
What next? The Birth of Jesus: king Herod kills all newborn infants (Mat 2:2-3, 16-18)
Luke 23:13-25 (KJV)..Crucify Him! Satan in triumph…I win!
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (KJV) “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Anti-Christianity/Anti-Semitism is here today “as in the days of Noah.” Spiritual warfare, even now, is against God’s people. Are you prepared for the next great battle?
ARE YOU PREPARED?
13 October 2012 (27 Tishri 5773) Torah #1 “In the beginning”
Readings: Genesis 1:1-6:8; Judges 2:6-15; Acts 5:1-11 (KJV)
Topic: Creation was spoken into being! (Heb 11:3) We have a Creator who holds us accountable to remain that faithful bride. He created us as free-willed beings that must choose His companionship as a heart-felt, lasting relationship. Each of us must make his/her own choice to be a part of the Kingdom of God. Having free-will, we are capable of committing intentional and unintentional sin, as we struggle against sin through thoughts, words and deeds. Our intentional sin is of the world (1 John 2:16). The creation itself testifies to us of a Creator (Rom 1:20).
Genesis 1:1-6:8 (KJV) –Overview: Elohim is the Godhead – The Father - The Son – The Holy Spirit. The concealed Yeshua Jesus was Creator! (Heb 1:10; Col 1:15-17; John 1:3-5) Yeshua is the center lamp in a menorah structure - the Light of Life. Creation brought forth time (beginning) - space (expanse of heaven) - matter (earth). We exist in a three dimensional time-space constraint as the creation groans (Length, Width (breath), and Depth). We are 3-dimensional beings in our mortal bodies.
Eph 3:17-18 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
The fourth dimension is spiritual being the second and third heaven and its inhabitants.
2 Cor 12:2 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”
Where does the LORD dwell? (Psa 102:19; Psa 148:1; Job 22:12; 2 Ch 2:6; 2 Ch 6:18; Heb 4:14)
In our Genesis reading, sin entered into the World. Genesis 3:5-6 (KJV).
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Pride of Life! Who was the first created-being to sin (Genesis 1:2)? Darkness entered a perfect creation in the beginning before the end of the first day which herald the fall of Satan. Lucifer (Satan), that old devil was created perfect, but his free-will allowed pride to enter into him (Isa 14:12-15). Jesus saw Satan fall from the presence of God into the 2nd and 1st heaven (Job 2:1-2; Luke 10:17-20). Sin as darkness entered the creation in the first day!
Lust of the Eye! Eve was enticed to look on the forbidden fruit as desirable. Hence, Eve and Adam served Satan and we inherit their sin nature. YOU become like unto whom you serve (Rom 6:16)
Lust of the Flesh! Cain murdered Abel out of jealously because of Abel’s relationship with God (Genesis 4:3-11). A generational curse (Genesis 4:23-24)– Lamech, Cain’s grandson, murdered a man as he had the anger and resentment of his grandfather, Cain.
Judges 2:6-15 (KJV) What did we just read? Do we have a sin nature? Short spiritual memory when we fight against the lusts of the flesh/lusts of the eye and pride of life.
Psa 11:5 “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.”
Psa 7:9 “Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.”
Job 18:5 “Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.”
Pro 4:19 “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
Psa 18:28 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
Isa 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Psa 88:6 “Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.”
Psa 107:13-14 “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.”
Psa 143:3 “For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.”
It was not long before sin crept into the 1st century Church. Acts 5:1-11 (KJV)
Swift judgment! By Tanach (OT) for if you sin you die by 2 witnesses (Deu. 17: 2-6). In NT sin separates you from fellowship with God and spots your white linen and may lead to sickness and “prematuredeath.” Your only recourse is Repentance. We must willfully combat our generational sin nature from Adam for we are born “sin-positive.”
2 Co 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
What is our compass course for what lies ahead? Peace and safety then sudden destruction to those that are blinded to the Gospel.
Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Are you prepared for these trials and tribulations that will fall upon mankind?
Gal 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Mat 6:23 “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
1 Thes. 5:5-11 (KJV)
1 John 1:5-7 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
Next Sabbath Torah Reading: Genesis 6:9- 11:32 (KJV)
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10-19-2011 (21 Tishri 5771) Torah Study #56 Vezot Haberachah “And this is the Blessing”---- To sit “under the fig tree”
Torah Readings: Deuteronomy 33:1-29 Moses Blesses Israel; Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses’ death
Topic: As an overcomer in Yeshua Jesus you sit this day “under the fig tree” with the Kingdom Promise of an eternal life with the Father in the mansion Jesus built for His Bride. To “Sit under the fig tree” is the prophetic destiny of Israel. Jesus is a Jew of the tribe of Judah. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Who shall rule the earth a thousand years as our King of kings and Lord of lords. He will return at Yom Kippur to cleanse the earth of all unrighteousness. At Sukkot He and His bride will call all nations to Jerusalem- Mt. Zion – to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.
Behold the Heavens: The blessed hope of mankind was written in the Mazzaroth. Job 38:32 “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” (SH#4216 îæÌøä mazzârâh maz-zaw-raw‘ – Astronomy is understanding the constellations of the heaven…signs in sky- while astrology is fortunetelling by the zodiac. Mazzaroth is derived from SH# 5144 (a nazar – to be set apart, a righteous branch A nazarite; Compares with SH#4208 (raining from the heavens). Arcturus is SH#5906- the constellation of the Great Bear- Joseph)
Tribal order in Mazzaroth: 1. Zebulon; 2. Levi; 3. Dan; 4. Asher;5. Naphtali;6. Reuben;7. Simeon;8. Gad;9. Joseph;10. Benjamin; 11. Issachar 12. Judah.
Deuteronomy 33:7 (KJV) Moses- “And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.”
Genesis 49:8-12 (KJV) Jacob- “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”
Isaiah 63:1-6 (KJV) “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.”
The children of Israel are numbered by two witnesses. Numbers 1:19-46 and 2: 1-34. Why ….. Prophetic meaning?
Balaam looks down upon Israel and sees the prophetic cross… The Tav.
Numbers 24:5-9 (KJV) “How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.”
Zechariah 12:2-3 (KJV) “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
Zechariah 12:9-10 (KJV) “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
John 1:43 – 51 (KJV) “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Sukkot is the Season of our Joy as a rehearsal for the millennial Kingdom, when we in Yeshua Jesus “sit under the fig tree” (1 Kings 4:24-25; Micah 4:2-4; 3: 8-10). Salvation assured- sealed if we live in righteousness.
“Here now but not yet” - a vestibule into the millennium and 8th day into the Olam Haba where we will express our praise, worship before God, the Father in the eternal kingdom.
• This year we will see a shaking of everything that can be shaken but have no fear if the Lord is with you.
• See the fire in the pit. You will be tested by fire …..Don’t be lazy…do Kingdom work
10-15-2011 (17 Tishri 5771) Torah Study #55 Chol Ha Moed Succoth
The Season of our joy is celebrated as The Feast of Tabernacles (The Feast of Booths). Let us define and examine this Feast of the Lord.
Leviticus 23:34-44 (KJV) A seven day commemoration of Israel’s wilderness wanderings that leads to the vestibule of the Millennium Kingdom. Seven is the Father’s special number --- Zayin. Noteworthy, this feast ends on the beginning of the eighth day – Chet.
Feast of the Ingathering (Hag Ha’ Asif)
The Feast of Nations
The Festival of Lights
Remembering the wilderness experience
Living in Booths or Sukkahs
Understanding the four species
The water-pouring Ceremony (Simchat bet Hasho ayva)
The Eight day (Shemini Atzeret)
Understanding the Feast of the Ingathering (Hag Ha’ Asif) and the Feast of Nations
In the Heavenly theater there has been a coronation of Yeshua as King and His wedding. The bride is clothed in white linen and has a new name. Sukkot is the time of the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb. Yeshua returns as a conquering King to set up His Kingdom on Earth. He has many crowns and He returns with us, who are clothed in white linen being in immortal - imperishable bodies.
Zechariah 14:8-11 “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.”
Zechariah 14:16-21 (KJV)
Solomon’s Feast of Tabernacles: Solomon’s Prayer (1 Kings 8:22-53)
1 Kings 8:54-66 (KJV)
Ezra’s celebrates the Fast of the Lord. Ezra 3:1-5 (KJV)
Rejoice in the Season of our Joy. Place all your cares at the foot of the Cross. Make every day as living in joy unto the Lord.
Matthew 6:25-34 (KJV)
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Romans 14:17-19 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
Enter into this Season of Joy with song, praise and worship.
10-08-2011 (10 Tishri 5771) Torah study # 54 “Day of Atonement”
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Leviticus 23: 26-28 (KJV) Why observe Yom Kippur as a Christian? A Memorial Feast Day of the Lord. Today, we identify with this Jewish Feast as we fall short of the expectorations and glory of God. We of ourselves have no merit to save ourselves else wise the death of Christ was in vain (Gal 2:21). The road to Salvation is the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua. The key to keeping our eternal salvation is Repentance. In our mortal bodies, Are we perpetually clean or unclean in our thoughts, word, deeds and actions and interpersonal relationships? Can anyone bring charges against you as being unloving and harboring unforgiveness. Do you always walk in the radiance (kavod) of the fruits of the Spirit?
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Hebrews was most likely penned by Paul as a “ghost writer” to his own people – the Jewish people. It is a simplistic and logical midrash on Yeshua as their Mashiach – their “Stumbling Block”- the Stone the builders rejected. “Paul” realized that they were a “stiff-necked people” being deaf and blind for a season so that the Gentile Church might be called out from amongst the nations (melo ha goyim) as brethren to the Jews now and in the end times (House of Joseph). “Paul” awakens their deafness to the Gospel message.
Heb 5:10-11 “(Yeshua ) Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.”
Yeshua Jesus "called of God" as The High Priest after the order of Melchisedec:
Hebrews 5:1-10 (KJV) Aaron and the Aaronic Priests called of God were the ordained earthly High Priesthood.
Hebrews 5:1-10 (KJV) The ordained earthly High Priests being under Torah is contrasted to their prophetic shadow Who now sits in the Heavenly Tabernacle at the Right Hand of God our Father.
Hebrews 7:1-11 (KJV)
Hebrews 7:12-28 (KJV)
Hebrews 9:6-12 (KJV) Our Hope.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV) It is through our eternal High Priest, a man being echad with God , that we have an Intercessor – our Agent - who leaves not the Most Holy Place where He sits at the right hand of the Father for you. As believers –overcomers- just as King David partook of the bread within the Holy place as a shadow of the promise to believers to receive the bread of life so also we enter the Holy place to do the Kingdom work of God (1 Samuel 21:1-6). Which curtain was torn that we might enter the Temple?
Jesus leaves His disciples to be our Intercessor by prayer in His Name to the Father.
When will we not need an intercessor? When we have a new name …as the Bride of Christ. You can only enter the Most Holy Place in white linen. When do we get our white linen? - When we are sealed in immortal-imperishable bodies as the Bride or as servants of the Father and Yeshua.
We are of Christ’s Royal Priesthood as kings and priests assembled in the Most Holy Place as the Lamb of God is given the 7-sealed book. Yes, as kings and priests of Yeshua’s Royal priesthood. (Rev. 1: 6; Rev. 5:10)
Revelation 5:10 “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”------ “and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”
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10-01-2011 (3 Tishri 5771) Torah Study #53 Hazinu “Give ear”
READINGS: Deu. 32:1-52; Judges 6:1-7:25; 1 Peter 2:1-25 (KJV)
Topic: Shema-Hear… Hazinu-Give ear… to the WORD. The Word is a light to your path. Live in the Word as a “doer of the Word.” Many that depart from the faith will come against you, therefore console one another. Fear not in troubled times as the Lord is with you. He will never leave nor forsake you. Psalms 91:2 “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” “Give ear” to the Gospel message of how you as “little stones” were hewn from the Rock in the desert that provided “living water.” “You are a chip off the old block.” Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Mankind is “sin positive” without Yeshua & separated from Abba by a wide chiasm.
The physical cosmos and the created beings (angels and Adam /Eve) were created perfect, except when iniquity was found in them then they became spiritually unclean to stand before Abba. Through sin they made a free-will choice to separate themselves from Abba’s presence. From the Cross, Yeshua Jesus brings spiritual perfection to the believer. The Tanach (Old Testament) is a schoolmarm to lead you to the Cross. Salvation through Jesus is the goal of being founded in the New Testament Gospel.
Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end* of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
SG5056 τέλος telos -goal of the law; the ultimate or prophetic purpose of the law.- the fulfillment of the law to achieve salvation.
Deuteronomy 32:18-37 (KJV) Instead you Israelites desire to worship pagan gods of wood and stone fashioned by your hands, gods which your fathers - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - knew not. The forces of darkness have seduced you to follow their rock! It is a real war of the “seeds” for our eternal soul. As regards to eternal salvation - Abba “shall say: Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,”
Deuteronomy 32:1-2 “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:”
Abba Father is in command of the cosmos. His Word will not return void. If we nourish on His Word -Old Testament (Tanach) and New Testament Scriptures - we will reach spiritual maturity. With spiritual maturity you will find Yeshua Jesus in all the Tanach Scriptures, but to be a spirit-filled being – a Holy Spirit filled overcomer - you must know that your salvations is came through the New Testament Gospel.
Note: Chiastic Hebrew poetry - Hebrew Parallelism of Deuteronomy 32:1-2 Note: There are 2 levels of octaves of “living waters” coming from Abba in the Heaven unto the Earth as dew- small rain goes to rain showers as the believer spiritually matures as they go from milk to meat.
The battle is Mine says the Lord.
Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown by fire and brimstone from Heaven (Genesis 19:24-29).
Abraham’s army defeats the 5 kings of the North (Genesis 14:14-15).
Jericho falls (Genesis 6:20-21).
Joshua against the 10 Kings of the North (Joshua 10:9-14).
Judges 7:12-22 (KJV) Abba Father won the battle!
Psalms 91:9-15 (KJV) “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he (Abba Father) hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”
Where do you stand with Israel? (Psm.2;1-2; Zech 12:2; Isaiah 11:11)
If you are of “Abraham’s seed” and are certain of the Truth of the Word, then these believers when standing firmly on their faith and shall prevail against all odds. How is the Gentile Church considered to be “Abraham’s seed?” We consider ourselves to be non-Jewish! Your are of “Abraham’s seed” in Christ Jesus. We are of the seed of Abraham through Jesus and adopted by our Hebrew roots into the Family of God.
Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
Promise of a Meschiach. How does seed become seeds?
Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
You are Hebraic seed through Christ. Hence, know the Hebraic roots of your Christian, as “all our fathers were under the cloud, and passed through the sea …..”
1 Peter 2:1-10 (KJV) “Give ear” to the Gospel message of how you as “little stones” were hewn from the Rock in the desert that provided “living water.” “You are a chip off the old block.” Look unto the Rock from the loins of Abraham.
Isaiah 51:2 (KJV) “Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.”
“You who were not a people” but you in Christ Jesus are His people as “lively stones” – a holy nation – a royal priesthood of kings and priests of Melchizedek. Be a “Doer of the Word” for what good is faith without works. Let your light so shine in the world as the Shekinah dwells in your heart as a cloud by day and fire by night as you reflect the image of Jesus –your Kavod. Those that are Holy Spirit filled, radiate the Glory of God, being in the image of Christ. We are as of filthy rags destined to eternal damnation. Yeshua Jesus brought hope to mankind that man can live in the eternal presence of God.
We are lost and without hope unless we willfully choose to walk on that narrow road for broad is the road to destruction. The road of destruction is your automatic destiny – a default choice - unless you desire Yeshua Jesus to dwell in you as a “called-out” child of the Father as “you who were not My people become My people” by free-will choice. Through Jesus Christ we are a “fire brand” – a branch - plucked out of the fire of Hell unto the glorious Kingdom of God (Zachariah 3:3:1-2). Yeshua Jesus is the Rock of our salvation (Daniel 2:45).
He died that We might live. He conquered sin and death.
Poem: You too must weep
Tears are words from the heart that can’t be spoken.
By His death we live-THERE WAS NO OTHER WAY!
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09-24-2011 (25 Elul 5771) Torah Study #52 Nitzavim “You are standing”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 29:10-31:30; Jeremiah 31:1-36; 1 Peter 4:1-19 (KJV)
Topic: “You are standing” on Holy Ground when you hold the Holy Scriptures in your heart as your plumb line - as your navigational guide – as your GPS orientation in the secular world. If the Root is Holy so also is the whole vine. But your free-will is a provocation to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Abba Father means what He says and says what He means. His WORD will not return void as He swears by Himself and brings the creation to witness – the Heaven and Earth. God’s WORD is true…the Scriptures are His Promises to you. They are Holy Spirit penned as “love letters” to a Bride in preparation. “You are standing” on a cursed Earth as “them that love God” …. Called, foreknown, justified, glorified - A firstborn remnant of the Church of the Firstborn.
Heed the Word of the Lord: sin is sin! (Deuteronomy 28:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Live under the Blessings as the obedient, faithful Bride-in-waiting amidst trials and tribulations of this world (Deuteronomy 28:1) Moses, a Shepherd, a Shelech of the Lord, a Prophet.
Deu 18:15 and Deu 18:18 (Chiastic Hebrew poetry). Can you see Yeshua Jesus?
Corruption by our free-will choices (Deuteronomy 31:29) Be an obedient people under Torah and be blessed of the Lord. Live under the promise of Abba’s blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
Israel’s commission (Deu. 28:9-10) “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48b). Exodus 19:5-6
Israel committed adultery-Idolatry Ezekiel 23:2-4: Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister:; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.”(Ezekiel 23:1-49) These Israelites were a rebellious and stiff-necked lot - To be driven by the Hand of God into the Diaspora.
Deuteronomy 28:64 (KJV) “And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.”
Ephraim was assimilated into the Gentile world …722 to 30 AD (New Covenant) - recipients of an eternal promise. Judah entered the Diaspora by their own doings- “the work of their hands,” as the “wandering Jew” from 606 (586) BC through the time of the Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 29:18-20).
Does Abba change? (Immutable)(Malachi 3:6). Does Jesus? (Hebrew 13:8)
Deuteronomy 30:1-6 (KJV) Moses the Prophet…”it shall come to Pass.” Moses’ prophecy in OT 30:5 is verse #5708 =1948 (Psalm 48). Judah’s banner led the tribes into the Promised Land. There is to be a re-gathering of the House of Judah - the “wandering Jew” from all 13 tribes by the Hand God. (2 Chron. 11:14-16) “unto them were committed the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2). The redeemed House of Judah waits “the Gospel to be “written upon their heart.”
Jeremiah 31:27-36 (KJV) Prophetic… “behold the days come,” – “it shall come to pass” That New Covenant is the Brit Chadasha - The Gospel message for our eternal salvation through the only Begotten son of the Father, Yeshua Jesus. Salvation is a free gift today, but not so when you have to pay the price of your life as Tribulation fisherman and hunters pursue you day and night. Romans 11:25-27
1 Peter 4:12-19 (KJV) Your relationship with Jesus “is not a bed of roses” but is a commitment to endure in faith, holding fast to the Scriptural Promises. Crucify your fleshly self – your worldly lusts
1 Peter 4:1-2 (KJV) “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
As woes come upon us - the remnant – have the faith of the Church of Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11). Be a refined remnant …. Remove the dross – Be Holy as He is Holy. Be perfect as My Father is perfect. If the root is Holy, so also is the Vine. Perfection is by repentance and returning to God’s Commandments. Repentance keeps you covered by the Blood of Jesus.
1 Peter 4:17 (KJV) “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17 (KJV) “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
What is a remnant? The Lord always preserves a Remnant -They are under the tallit of the Lord (Ps. 91).
Which remnant you are!
Remember that as those that love and worship the Lord
“You are standing” on Holy Ground.
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09-17-2011 (18 Elul 5771) Torah Study #51 Ki Tavo “When you come”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Romans 11:1-36 (KJV)
Topic: A preparation for going Home. Are you ready? You’re preparing for the Feast of Trumpets…Yom Terurah. The day of the awakening blast and the Qum chayah. A time of the Firstfruit(s) and Firstborn resurrection. Quest: A search for your identity as naive sheep (Romans 8:36). Sin & death is conquered by Yeshua Jesus. That was the sacrifice provided by the Father…His only Begotten Son. This was the only way that the Father could have a people unto Himself and be their God. Yeshua Jesus holds the keys to Hell and Hades. No man comes to the Father except through the Son. “When you come” into your full inheritance, you will receive crowns of rewards, being of the Royal Priesthood of Melchisedec. Be a Bride fittingly prepared for her Bridegroom for He awaits a spotless, faithful Bride.
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (KJV) Bring a Firstfruits offering into the House of the Lord. Bring your Firstfruits offering at Sukkoth -The Feast of the Fall Harvest - the “in gathering.” Now a prophetic note regarding the Firstfruits of the spring barley harvest - The Feast of Firstfruits: The Resurrection of Jesus from the grave (Leviticus 23:9-12).
Jeremiah 31:1-14 (KJV) Who is Ephraim? - Northern Kingdom or House of Israel (Genesis 48:18-20) Ephraim’s history was a disaster leading to their assimilation amongst the nations (Hosea, Amos).
Introduction: Romans 8:28-30 (KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
Romans 11:1-16 (KJV) The finished work of Christ on the Cross perfects us in the image in which we were created. We are incomplete without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within our Temple. In the preparation of the Firstfruit barley sheaf, it is shifted and sieved to fine powder just as the remnant of the redeemed. Jesus is the only Begotten of the Father…His Firstborn, Who the Holy Spirit resurrected as Firstfruits to the Father (2 Cor. 4:14). He is the only Begotten Son: Psalms 2:6-7; 1 John 4:9; John 1:17.
Qum chayah --- 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.” Christ’s “Coming”- a resurrection and “catching away” of believers …. (1 Thessalonians 3:14-17)
“them that love God”…. Are called, foreknown, justified, glorified ..We are to be in the image of Christ, the predestined firstborn remnant.
1 John 4:7-21 (KJV) John the apostle Jesus loved, is the apostle of love, and his message is “love one another as the Lord so loves you” (John 3:16-21). Searching for who you are?
Hebrews 12:22-23 (KJV) “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.”
As “called-out ones,” we are the Church of the Firstborn? When is the first meeting of this Firstborn Church? (Revelation 5:8-10; web teaching - Foundation #8 Audio Feast of Trumpets: Themes & Idioms)
Hence, as the remainder of the resurrection….. Are you prepared to meet your Creator? (John 1:1-4, Colossians 1:16).
“I AM” the alef and tav - no man comes Me except the Father send Him. (John 14:6)
…. Are you prepared to meet your Bridegroom? Are you living in a personal relation with Yeshua? Is your heart prepared? In patience reserve your Heart in a Personal relationship with Yeshua. Do you love your Redeemer? John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Hold your heart in His personal relationship.
Make yourself ready.
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09-10-2011 (11 Elul 5771) Torah Study #50 Ki Tetze “when you go”
READINGS: Deuteronomy. 21:10- 25:19; 2 Kings 21:1-29; 1 Corinthians 7:1-40 (KJV)
Topic: Do you have a personal relationship with the Lord? Do you feel the presence of the Lord during Praise and Worship? Do become choked-up or tearful when relating to the Lord? Your tears are collected in Heaven! Religion is head knowledge that never reaches the Heart. It can be fervent study and brilliant expositions, or it can be Church work for show, not as a servant pleasing unto the Lord.
Examine your heart: Religion or personal relationship? Tears are words from the Heart that can’t be spoken. You are the remnant children of the Living God. A Faithful Bride does not mix and match religions, congregations or feed in multiple troughs, nor does she have “itchy ears” for another gospel. The Faithful Bride has a circumcised heart – tender, humble, loving and caring, just as is the heart of the Bridegroom - Yeshua Jesus. Put in your heart the sensitivity of Yeshua.
Deuteronomy 22:9-11 (KJV) Don’t be unequally yoked (Hosea 12:10).
Good seed yields good fruit and mixed seed is as a wild donkey. Keep relationships in “their own kind.” Today, we will focus on unequal paring. What you put into a relationship with Yeshua Jesus depends on what you will reap. Today, there is a watering-down of Christianity. Don’t disguise good seed in a watered-down gospel. The adversary loves to devert us from being good seed into becoming his bad seed. Satan’s plan is to prevent the First and the Second Coming of Christ.
His Plan over the Ages of Time:
Eliminate man from being in the image of God with bad seed, eliminate the birth line to Messiah, and exterminate the Jews so that there will be no Mashiach or 70th week of Daniel.
Abba Father was displeased with the creation of man and beast because of a gene problem of “fallen angels and their offspring, the giants (nephilim) amongst man and beast. (Genesis 6:1-9, 12-13; Book of Enoch; Parasha 5767 #2; Torah 5771 #1 & #2). Again today, the genealogy of man is under attack - genetic engineering. A gene problem appears again during the Empire reign of Antichrist Daniel 2:42-43 (KJV).
In the Middle of 70th week of Daniel (Great Tribulation), Jews are to worship the image of the Beast. … “Jew convert or die.”
Zechariah 13:8 “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.”
Patriarch Abraham’s bad judgment was in taking Hagar as his handmaid wife for the offspring are as a wild ass or wild man! (Genesis 16:12)
Deuteronomy 25:13-16 (KJV) Intellectual and spiritual honesty! Be perfect as your Father God.
Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
How?... John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.” Perfect is being Christ-like.
1 Kings 16:29-33 (KJV) Ahab took a pagan wife …a prototype of evil.
1 Kings 21:1-13 (KJV) Jezebel’s father was a priest in Sidon amongst the Phoenicians who worshiped Baal. Jezebel brought to Israel several hundred priests of Baal. This promoted Baal worship in Ephraim. For the Jezebel Spirit see: (Torah study 5770 #33; Torah Study 5771 # 42) Jezebel is the sin of the Church in Thyatira. Revelation 2:20-25
The mixing of spiritual seed.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
1 Corinthians 7:10-16 (KJV) Defining the imperfect Christian relationship!
1 Corinthians 5:11-13 (KJV) Religion or an imperfect relationship is futile to Christ knowing you.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Yeshua Jesus receives His Own…
Hold your Heart in a Personal relationship.
Yeshua Jesus did it all…. That neither man nor woman is without excuse to have His Kavod and life eternal.
9-03-2011 (4 Elul 5771) Torah Study # 49 Shoftim “Judges”
READINGS: Deu.16:18-21:9; Micah 4:1-5:15; Luke 19:28-48 (KJV)
Topic: Yeshua Jesus' First Coming fulfilled the Prophetic Spring and Summer Feasts; His Second Coming is the prophetic message of the Fall Feasts. He shall return as King of kings and Lord of lords - and your Judge. Today, Yeshua having paid the bride price, sits at the Right Hand of the Father as your High Priest and your Intercessor (Psalm 110). Every knee shall bow to the Judge (Shofet) (Philippians 2:10). The Jewish Mashiach (Psalm 2), Yeshua Jesus, begotten of the Father, was a man born of a natural birth by a woman in travail. He came to His own as the humble son of a carpenter. He was a Rabbi, a prophet, a servant of the Kingdom unto death. “The lamb of God Who took away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Since His crucifixion, the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to bring salvation to Jews and Gentiles for the past nearly 2000 years.
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 (KJV) Fulfilled in Israel’s kings: Saul, David and Solomon and in the kings of the Southern Kingdom and Northern kingdom. Israel has been without a king since 586 BC. A future king is to sit on the throne of David! He shall be a Jew of the “root of Jesse.” He shall reign in righteousness. He shall have his own copy of Torah… “A rod of iron” (2 Kings 11:12). The Millennial reign of Christ will be under Torah, His “Rod of Iron.”
Revelation 19:15 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
Revelation 2:27 “And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”
Psalm 2:9 “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”
Introduction: Micah 4:6-10 (KJV); Reading: Micah 5:1-15 (KJV) Who is the Judge of Israel? (Matthew 26:59-68) Their king shall come from Bethlehem. But they shall be many days without a king until she travails.
Without a king ---722BC – 2011 (~2734+ years) -Ephraim
Without a king ---586 BC – 2011 (~2597+ years) - Judah
Yeshua will rule in the Name of the Lord unto the ends of the earth. The Antichrist at the Great Tribulation will occupy the Temple and palaces of Zion. Yeshua brings deliverance from Antichrist and Mystery Babylon. Deliverance by the lion and the young lion! (Hosea 5:14). The dispersed remnant shall be as a lion and even a young lion- mighty in the Lord are the daughter of troops. The fierce mighty House of Joseph and House of Jacob (Obadiah) shall prevail over the heathen overrunning Zion. The Hand of the Lord shall deliver the faithful remnant. The King is coming. Remove all of the agents of the kingdom of darkness. The heathen of the Antichrist’s Empire shall see the wrath of the Lord.
John 12:12-16 (KJV) Your King is come upon a donkey (Zech. 9:9; 1 Kings 1:44-45).
Luke 19:28-44 (KJV). They knew not the time of their visitation! Daniel gave them the exact date!
Daniel 9:24-27 (KJV) A prophecy to the Jews…Daniel “thy people.” “The 70 weeks of Daniel”—490 “weeks of Years.”
69= (7 x7=49)+ (62 x7= 434) = 483 years
In days =175,933 days or 173,879 Biblical days.
Yeshua Jesus arrived on the exact day predicted by Daniel the Prophet (Biblical days Sir Robert Anderson (www.endtimepilgrim.org/70wks8.htm</span>) and week of weeks days as in Prophecy in the News 27:11,6).
We are in freeze frame…a Gap … awaiting the 70th week of Daniel. Hallmarked by a 7 year peace treaty!
“We waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee” (Isa. 26:8). Waiting that 70th week of Daniel.
Gentiles are waiting a “catching away” of the Bride “the fullness of the Gentiles to be come in.” (Romans 11:25; Gen. 48:19)
Jews are awaiting the 70th week of Daniel .. To complete “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Completion of the Antichrist Empire (Luke 21:24; Daniel 2:34).
Yeshua Jesus appeared on the 10th of Nisan- the day of selection of the Passover Lamb- but they knew that this was the time of Mashiach’s visitation. Instead they inspected Him for 3 days in the Temple to find fault with Him. Instead of receiving their King, He became the Passover Lamb for that year - a remission of sin offering for all times (past, present, future)
Abba’s Plan from the Foundations is Salvation by the “Lamb of God” to all tongues, people, nations and ages. Hold Fast - the King is coming.
8-27-2011 (27 Av 5771) Torah Study # 48 Re’eh “Behold”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Jeremiah 27:1-28:17; Matthew 24:1-24 (KJV)
Topic: “Behold” “He that has an ear let him hear what the Word of God says” - God’s eternal Truth. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God -The TRUTH of the WORD. What are you feeding upon? Is it good manna or manna not based upon the literal Word of God? Are there “spin doctors” out there in sheep clothes for those with “itchy ears?” Behold: What is Truth?- The quest for Truth! John 18:38 “Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.” “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.” “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:20-22).
Deuteronomy 13:1-16 (KJV) Test all prophetic messages against the Scriptures. Acts 17:11 (KJV)… Seek truth. Feed on the manna of the Word… “I Am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35).Biblical laziness is the desire to be “spoon fed.”Foster home Bible study groups and write down difficult passages for prayerful consideration and bring them to your shepherds. No Scripture is for private interpretation. Scripture will not contradict Scripture. Scripture interprets Scripture. Remember: Forsake not the assembling together on the Sabbath and Feast Days. Go from milk to meat with Godly mentoring? This is the purpose of the kahol and the fivefold ministry.
Jeremiah 27:2-3 (KJV) “Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck, And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;”
Jeremiah 27:8-10 (KJV) “And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand. Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.”
Jeremiah 28:1-17 (KJV) Don’t be yoked to false teachers. Are your mentors filled with the Holy Spirit? Do they evidence salvation thru Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach? Zedekiah was the last king over Judah. Their Babylonian captivity loomed as a reality. However, this was the time of greatest abundance of false prophets and false beliefs amongst the king’s advisors. As we get closer to that Day of the Lord - the pretribulation vestibule – there will be a plethora of false teachers, false preachers and false prophets. This is the day to enlighten your brother to the Biblical Truth while the light still shines for the day of darkness is coming when the Truth of God’s Word will be as in the days of Noah.
2 Peter 2:5 (KJV) “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” What was the size of the remnant? - Eight persons despite a “preacher of righteousness” amongst the people of Noah's day - Spiritual deafness.
2 Peter 2:5 (KJV) “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
What was the size of the remnant? - Eight persons despite a “preacher of righteousness” amongst the people of Noah's day - Spiritual deafness.
Matthew 24:3-14 (KJV) Even the wise could be deceived in that Day. Keep your eyes on the Lord -- keep your life Christ centered. Do not get lost in endless debates, for the Lord judges the wicked, false teachers and false prophets (2 Peter 2:1-22; Jude 1-16) Storm clouds are gathering! Are you and your loved ones prepared?
John 14:6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Only the narrow road leads to the Father! John 6:44 (KJV) “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Who is the Father that recruits us to Jesus?
John 4:24 (KJV) “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
John 14:6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Only the narrow road leads to the Father!
John 6:44 (KJV) “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
2 Timothy 2:15-16 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
“Worship Yehovah in spirit and in truth” in a personal relationship.
8-20-2011 (20 Av 5771) Torah Study #47 Ekev “Because”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Amos 2:6- 16; Luke 10:1-20 (KJV)
Topic: Because He lives we can face tomorrow. We live “Because” all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16; John 1:3) In Him, we abideth in faith, hope, charity (LOVE) (1 Cor. 13:13) We must live in sincerity of heart; sincerity of salvation; sincerity of our relationship with Jesus by doing God’s will as a morally righteous people. We can live righteously if we have the faith of an innocent child. It is “in God we trust” that makes us a great nation.
Deuteronomy 8:7-20 (KJV) How can you “starve to death” in the midst of plenty? By losing sight of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Scriptures’ promise of redemption, A Redeemer, and eternal life. The antidote to such a stagnant life is to do God’s will. It is the moral majority of people doing God’s will that keeps a nation under God’s Blessings.
What happens to a great nation when it reaches abundance?
Understanding the northern Kingdom at the time of Jeroboam II.
“It was the best of times and the worst of times” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities). Israel grew plush under Jehu and his sons. Johoash was mighty in war and razed Jerusalem taking gold and silver from the Lord’s house (2 kings 14:13-14). Jeroboam II (798-753 BC) , the son of Johoash and great-grandson of Jehu, ruled from Samaria, the capital of Ephraim, with a strong military. The nation lived in peace and prospered with secure borders of Damascus to north, Lebanon to the northwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Jordan on the east, and Judah as southern buffer against Egypt. Ephraim controlled the Via Maris and King’s Highway of commerce to develop new trade markets and profits. A lavish, indulgent upper class emerged with expensive homes. The poor were targets for exploration and slavery. Religion was by pretense, with false idols at Dan and Bethel. They despised God’s laws. Yet, they maintained that God was with them, and they were immune to destruction. You cannot come before the Lord without a prepared heart! Their standards of morality was at a low ebb.
Amos 3:14-15 “That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.”
Amos 2:6-16 (KJV) Judgment of a nation! 41 years later they were nonexistent…captured and assimilated by the Assyrians to be vaporized without an identity into the pagan nations as the “lost tribes.”-- “not a people” (Hosea 1:9)
Yeshua Jesus sends agents into all the world to preach the Gospel…feet to carry good tidings of salvation. Luke 10:1-12 (KJV) “Those that believe will be saved but those who believeth not are damned.” He that has an ear let him hear. Where do you and your loved ones stand in this paradigm of receiving the Gospel message? Is your heart fertile soil? Faithfulness and obedience brings a personal love relationship with Jesus that brings forth that One New Man? The broad road leads to destruction.
Matthews 11:20-24 (KJV) Judgment of unbelieving, non-repentant cities.Fall of a nation.
Rise of immorality
Decay of religious beliefs
Devaluating human life
Decline in education
Loss of traditional values
Loss of economic discipline
Where is America in the life cycle of a nation? There is hope for America.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Repentant prayer spared Nineveh 150 years (Jonah 3:1-10) and Judah 116 years (Isaiah 37:14-38)
Ekev “Because” BECAUSE HE LIVES ---The righteous can live by Faith (Hab. 2:4b; Romans 1:17)
Live the Gospel message by
“the Faith once delivered to the saints.”
8-13-2011 (13 Av 5771) Torah Study # 46 Va’etchanan “And I besought”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 3:23 -7:11; Joshua 6:1- 27; Acts 9:1-43 (KJV)
Topic: We are created in the Image of God…The Mighty God… Who is like unto you LORD (me-kamocha) ? You are from everlasting to everlasting.
Deu 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”
In the Oneness of God –His Echad- Can we find our Kingdom place? Abba‘s plan from the beginning: “And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” (Lev 26:12). Can we find ourselves in the Oneness of God in His dwelling place? And I besought My Almighty God and I beheld His Awesome Power, and I was bought for a price and I am betrothed to His Son. Are we part of the Divine personage of God? We are His Dwelling Place.
Sinners by disobedience and idolatry...but…Deuteronomy 4:29-40 (KJV) God chose the Israelite seed and made covenants with the patriarchs of Israel. Our God is a covenant God. Covenant of the halves (Genesis 15:10-21) is an unconditional covenant. A Conditional covenant: “I will do…..if you are obedient.” In a covenant, God deals with us by His Blessings or Curses. (Deuteronomy 28)
His covenant with you is life eternal, just accept the Gospel Message of Yeshua Jesus and walk in His image…Be a Doer of the WORD.
How do you resolve this passage in Isaiah? Isaiah 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” Does this help Joshua 5:13-15? Why are they difficult to distinguish? How about John 10:30 and John 17:22?
1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
A Godhead- Trinity- ONE GOD in three persons
See the Awesome Power of the LORD. Joshua 6:1-21 (KJV)
Acts 9:32-43 (KJV) Yeshua’s and His Agents (Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12) His Agents, The betrothed Bride, is neither Jew nor Gentile in the marriage covenant.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Ephesians 2:11-15 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;"
The one new man must be free of man’s dogma – the ceremonial fences around the law. Is the Jewishness of Jesus in the one new man?
Romans 11:23-24 “And they also (the Jew), if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou (the Church) wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?”
Should Messianic Jews continue in Torah and Tanach obedience, keep their feasts, Sabbath and their customs in their New Testament belief? Can “Christian” Native American Indians keep their totem poles, medicine man theology, kokopelli gods and theta wave enchanting drum beats? We can ascribe to the “completed Messianic Jew” concept, but…………..But why does the Church “cling for life” to its pagan feasts of Christmas, Easter, and Sunday worship of Sol Invictus. What does God desire?
Isaiah 58:13-14 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
We tolerate and accept Messianic Judaism, yet … But, yet, we condone integrating multiculturalism of pagan idealism in the Body of Christ. This will not bring the One New Man into the Church. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. There is a Holy Spirit movement to restore the Hebraic Roots of our Christian faith so that the Christian overcomer can also be a “completed believer” in the Body of Christ.
BE THAT ONE NEW MAN.
Galatians 3:28-29 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Be a complete Oneness with God….
At the consummatn of the age – the Olam Haba- we enter the New Jerusalem “To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:4)
Overcomers (those not blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5) are eternal sealed into the Oneness of God.
As heirs we are the Family of God. Remember you are the Temple and Kingdom of God. (1 Cor. 3:9, 3:16-17,6:19; Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 17:20-21) There is the eternal oneness of God and we come into it in a heartfelt relationship through Yeshua Jesus.
8-06-2011 (6 Av 5771) Torah Study # 45 Devarim “Words”
READINGS: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; 2 Samuel 12:1-23; Revelation 20:1-15 (KJV)
Topic: Debar = Logos = WORD. The Word is Truth and gives you the breath of Life by a Loving, Righteous and Just God. Psalms 119:105 (nun) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Let My word abide in You – that you may much bear fruit. “Ye are the salt of the earth and light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). Choose life for your eternal destiny. Eternity is not by default, but by judgment? Yes, Judgment of both the Tzadik and Rashid – Escape Hell, Fire and Brimstone.
Isaiah 51:4-7 “Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arm shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”
Look up, for you salvation draws nigh.
Deuteronomy 1:8-18 (KJV) Torah is given as instructions - plumb line - for obedience and judgment. Our Lord, Yeshua Jesus, will judge all mankind justly, with righteousness and without partiality, according to Torah- the WORD. (Romans 14:10-12; Philippians 2:9-11)
2 Samuel 12:1-14 (KJV) God may judge you for your earthly transgressions! David sinned in the eyes of God. “David” in Hebrew means “My beloved.” The Mashiach (Messiah) came from the loins of King David. King Saul sinned, just as did King David, and the Spirit of God left Saul but not David…WHY? David repented. He confessed his iniquities and was in the grief of repentance for sinning. REPENT
Psalm 51:1 “<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 51:9 “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.”
Was there a consequence of David’s sin? A generational curse of lust of the eye and the heart: Ammon rapes Tamar; Absalom went into David’s concubines; Solomon's multiple wives and concubines; Rehoboam’s lust for power to rule all of Israel.
Revelation 20:7-15 (KJV) Is Hell real? The Bible defines a Hell, Sheol, Gehenna, and the Lake of Fire (more than 400 Bible referencces). Visions of hell: Mary K. Baxter 1976; Bill Wiese..1998; Angelica Zambrano..2009 (English /Spanish) 18 year old college student; Jennifer Perez – 1997 - 15 year Cambodian old girl; 7 Columbian youths; Personal friends; Out of body near-death experiences.
The Books of Judgment: The Book of Life and the Lamb’s Book of Life. Ecclesiastes 12:14 “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Books record all your deeds. (Psalm 51:9, Daniel 7:10)
Is your Name written in the Book of Life? Can you lose your salvation? You can be blotted out of the Book of Life - The Book of the Tzaddikim.
Revelation 3:5 “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
Names are written in Book of Life (Phil. 4:3). You must walk (Halacha) as an overcomer or be blotted out. Blot out: (Exodus 32:32; Deuteronomy 9:14, 29:20; Psalm 69:28) Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
You are the last generation – acheron, prepared as a remnant overcomer, for great is the darkness that is coming upon the earth?
Revelation 13:6-9 “And he (Antichrist) opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.”
“Bema seat” judgment: 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 (KJV) Saved at the Bema seat but, What have you done with your salvation?
Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it (New Jerusalem) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Can you be written out of Lamb’s Book of Life? Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV) RELIGION or RELATIONSHIP- mind knowledge or a heart sealed relationship?
John 15:1-7 (KJV) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Religion or relationship? Operate out of Faith, not rationalism, or the systematic theology of humanism. Yours is an eternal inheritance.
1 Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”
We are saved by God’s Grace through Faith – an eternal message to mankind from Abraham to us. (Romans 4:1-9). Salvation is of the Jews from the loins of King David. Don’t look at God’s WORD with Latin eyes, Roman or Greek eyes, or even American eyes, but look with Hebrew eyes having an understanding of the Hebraic Roots of our Christian faith.
Isaiah 51:1-2 “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit (prison) whence ye are digged (plucked out). Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.”
Jesus set the captives free.
Every aspect of your life is to be given to Glorify God. It is not to glorify your gifts, but the fruits of your gifting - Your Kingdom work glorifies God.
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26)
7-30-2011 (28 Tamuz 5771) Torah Study #44 Masei “Journey”
READINGS: Numbers 33:1 -36:13; 2 Kings 10: 1-36; Luke 8:22-39 (KJV)
Topic: A journey requires choices which come with God’s Blessings or His Curses (Joshua 24:15). Life is a finite journey on these earthly testing grounds. However, your soul is an eternal being. The destiny of your soul is under your control- make wise choices. Are you a created being or did you evolve from molecular goop? Your Creator offers you life…life in abundance. Search for the pathway of righteousness. Our battle is one of spiritual warfare…STAND (Ephesians 6:10-20). Stand fast and cleanse our land – the USA, your life and your Temple. Remove your sin burden. Be that clean vessel that can be chosen of the Lord to do the Father’s will.
A commission Numbers 33:50-56 (KJV) As believers, do we have a similar commission? - Cleanse the Land - Take-down occult strongholds. Don’t be unequally yoked. Destroy pagan strongholds & be blessed…otherwise be cursed. How do you destroy an Idol?
Torah instructions: Deuteronomy 12:2-3 (KJV)
Torah instructions: Exodus 34:12-13 (KJV)
How did Moses destroy the golden calf? (Exodus 32:19-20)
We walk a finite path with free-will choices. Choose obedience with blessings or live in disobedience under God’s curses (Deu. 28).
1 Kings 19:15-18 (KJV); 2 Kings 10:18-30 (KJV) Was Jehu a righteous man? Even good men-women fall off the narrow path.
2 Kings 10:31 “But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.”
Jehu left no conditions for the pagan priests to escape. Was this not Israel’s commission in the Land? A Box canyon situation for the adversary! When you cleanse your Temple leave no strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
How do we fall? (Matthew 14:28-31) …when we take our eyes off Jesus!
Luke 8:26-39 (KJV) Legion, you were born in the image of God. How did your Temple get so defiled? Toe-holds lead to strongholds, as portals for demons. Legion was possessed with “devils.” He was a demon possessed person. Demons seek human or animal embodiment. They seek an abode of the deep. .. Attracted to places of water.. Leviathan in Job, dragon in Nile, New Jerusalem has no sea?(Rev. 21:1)
Everything has an origin – a point source of existence. What was the origin of demonic spirits? Demons are evil spirits of the “giants”- nephilim. The “giants” came into existence before the Great Flood of Noah (Genesis 6:1-7) JCIA Parasha 5767 #2; Torah 5771 #1 & #2).
ENOCH 15:8 “Now the giants (Nephilim), who have been born of the spirit and the flesh, shall be called upon the earth evil spirits, and on the earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born on earth.”
ENOCH 15:9 “The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, contend, and fall and bruise upon earth and cause sorrow.”
Defile not yourself with “strongholds.” You are the Temple of God.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 6:15-20 (KJV)
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (KJV)
Luke 17:20-21 (KJV)
Here now, the Kingdom of God, but not yet! We carry a sin burden. We are always under temptation, as three voices drive our destiny: our soulish flesh self; the adversary and the Holy Spirit. Cleanse your House - be a clean vessel –as crystal glassware- to be used in Kingdom Work.
A message for your loved ones: No choice is a choice. Choose life! No other way except by a personal relationship with Yeshua Jesus. Stand: For the remnant shall prevail! (Romans 8:38-39).
7-23-2011 (21 Tamuz 5771) Torah Study #43 Matot- “Tribes”
READINGS: Numbers 30:1 -32:42; Joshua 10:1-43; 2 Peter 3:1-18(KJV)
Topic: Trust and Depend upon the Lord. Remember: Psalms 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Are you on the narrow road to the Promised Land? Your road map is the Holy Scriptures. "How do you know your direction? Make the Bible your GPS ordinance guide.
John 8:47 "He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
Numbers 31:1-8 (KJV) Phineas had cleansed the camp of fornication, adultery and Baal-peor idolatry. Moses believed God and acted without hesitation. Victory comes when living in obedience in God’s eyes – a cleansed camp.
Numbers 31:48-54 (KJV) When the Lord provides, Give all glory to God. Abraham did: Romans 4:20 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
1 Cor. 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Mat 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Forsake not the assembly ..Romans 15:5-7)
You cannot escape the Hand of God. Idolatry and disobedience of Israelites with Midianites women brings God’s Judgment upon Israel. Idolatry and disobedience of Israelites with Midianites women brings God’s Judgment upon Midian. God avenges the dirty work of the soothsayer, Balaam.
Numbers 31:8 (KJV) “And they slew the kings of Midian, …. :(and) Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.”
Joshua 10:1-5 (KJV) Prophetic?? …. “and the rest of the story…”
Joshua 10:8-14 (KJV) Was the Lord with Joshua?
Joshua 10:40 “So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.”
For us to get to the Promise Land, Abba provided His only Begotten Son and The WORD.
“I am the way”(John 14:6-7) Satan was defeated on a cross on Calvary.
John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Yeshua Jesus now holds the Keys to hell and Hades. Rev 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
The Lord loves us. John 17:23 "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
His promises are infinite – endless. We are finite … 1 Peter 1:24-25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
We are on a finite testing ground.
2 Peter 3:1-14 (KJV) Stir up your minds in remembrance. Be in remembrance of the Father’s great sacrifice for you- His only Begotten Son. Remembrance for unto your generation is coming the last days…judgment by fire. Remember how Abba Father deals with sin. He is purifying a remnant.
Romans 14:8 “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.”
This is an apostate time of a “falling away” with a lack of remembrance of God’s Word. What is your relationship with the Father: Religion or Personal Relationship?
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Amos 8:11-12 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
Where are we?....6000 years ….??? TIME OF FAMINE? The Lord is longsuffering to bring a people unto Himself. The Father’s desire throughout Scripture: Lev 26:12 “And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” We also must be “Longsuffering” – patient, forgiving, loving, and repentant of our sins. As the remnant, we live each day according to God’s Promises…His Word…dependent upon Him IN PRAYER & WORSHIP.
Remember and listen O’man…Mat 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
A CALL TO REMEMBRANCE… HARKEN TO GOD’S ETERNAL WORD: Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
If your Spiritual Foundations are rooted – established upon a foundation of rock – you will be in the midst of doing Kingdom work. Mat 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”
A pivotal Bible message.
Psalms 118:8 (KJV) “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
7-16-2011 (14 Tamuz 5771) Torah Study #42 Pinchas “Phineas”
READINGS: Numbers 25:10-29:40; 1 Kings 19:1-18; Matthew 7:1-29 (KJV)
Topic: Storm clouds gathering at this time of bein ha metzarim! Israel’s time “within the straits,” being 21 days of affliction (17 Tammuz to 9 Av) - a time of great spiritual warfare and cruel happenings in the world - perhaps a fiery testing of your faith. In this week “between the straits,” how sturdy is your house? In the midst of the storm show zeal for the Lord – just as Pinchas was a zealous servant of God.
bein ha metzarim – “ Between the straits”
Events 17 Tammuz: 1st set of God’ Commandments were broken by Moses; In 586 BC the daily sacrifice in Temple were suspended as there was a severe food shortage during the Babylonian siege; Walls of Herod’s Temple breached by Titus in 70 AD; Idol place in Holy Place by Antiochus Epiphanies IV; Roman soldier burns Torah and causes uprising during Hadrian's reign. Events on 9 Av: 10 spies bring a bad report – “giants in land;” 1st Temple destroyed 586 BC by Babylonians; 2nd Temple destroyed by Romans 70 AD; End of Bar Kochba revolt in 135 AD; Jews expulsed from England; Jews expulsed from Spain; settlers expulsed from Gush Ketief by Israelite soldiers; Hurricane Katrina forms and heads for New Orleans.
Numbers 25:1-18 (KJV) Pinchas is zealous for the Lord. Balaam’s trademark is a soothsayer for hire. (Revelation 2:14). The Moabite and Midianite maidens seduce the men of Israel into Pagan religion, just as we have been seduced by the Church of Pergamos and Thyatira.
Going into the Promise Land, Israel meets all its ancient enemies on the east of the Jordan River: Sons of Lot (Ammon and Moab); Sons of Esau (Edomites, Idumaeans);The Canaanites (Genesis 36:2); The Amorites & Amalek. (Genesis 36:15, 36:12, Exo 17:16, Num. 24:20); Sons of Ishmael. (Genesis 28:8-9); Sons of Keturah - The Midianites (Genesis 25:5-6); and Nephilim (King Og).
Jezebel was unhappy that 850 prophets of Baal were put to death by Elijah. She wanted his head…Elijah fled. 1 Kings 19:1-14 (KJV) Elijah was zealous for the Lord. Numbers 25:11 “Phinehas… he was zealous*SH7065 for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy*SH 7068.”
1 Kings 19:14 “And he said, I have been very jealous* SH 7065 for the LORD God of hosts:”
SH7065 kaw-naw‘ A primitive root; to be or made zealous, jealous or envious:
SH7068 kin-aw‘ from H7065; jealousy or envy: zeal.
In times of stormy waters, the Lord preserves remnants. Numbers 19:18
Jezebel Spirit* (*Taken from Bree Keyton Stripes-Nails-Thorns-Blood p.99) This spirit is a combination of spirits: controlling spirit, spirit of judgmental error leading to sin; spirit of seduction, whoredom; spirit of witchcraft, divination; spirit deception, manipulation, murder; spirit of slumber, lethargy, doubt, unbelief; critical spirit, spirit of haughtiness; spirit of anti-prophecy; an antichrist spirit; recruits familiar spirits that are overt or dormant in others; incite a spirit of fear in others.
We are all sin + due to a serious defect in the nature of the human heart…a heart governed by free-will.
Matthew 7:13-29 (KJV) Be zealous to keep on the narrow pathway of salvation. A tough journey requires strong faith, as there are mud holes. But “I will fear no evil”…For Yeshua Jesus is with us.
Psalm 23 (KJV)
You are known by your fruits. Does Yeshua Jesus really know you? How by religion or personal relationship? What is your foundation? Eternal foundations are established on Biblical truths and God’s Promises.
Some of the symptoms of a house on sand or of mud holes on you path
1. Loss of direction on the roadway
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of your origin – living a lawlessness life.
4. Lack of peace and joy- loss of kevod
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion
11. Self-centered behavior
12. Anger (violence) in coping with life stresses
13. Pride, arrogance, false humility
Seek refuge in the Lord for He provides.
Psalms 18:27-32 “For thou Lord wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”
What is the Lord saying in these last days? Remain holy and true to ME and My WORD. …and unto the righteous in white linen, I have given you the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Just as My 1st century Church was empowered, so also are you. Just exercise the authority and power released to you in the Name of Yeshua Jesus. Take that which is yours and GO Forth.
Let your light so shine!
7-09-2011 (7 Tamuz 5771) Torah Study #41 Balak “Balak”
READINGS: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Daniel 10:1-21; 2 Peter 2:1-22; Jude 1:1-13 (KJV)
Topic: The adversary would lead God’s people into sin (iniquities and transgressions of Torah) so that we would fall out of fellowship with Abba - an unrelenting spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:12“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Since the fall of Adam, mortal man’s has been in an eternal struggle between good against evil - a physical and spiritual warfare between the “seed” of the woman and the “seed” of the serpent. The plan of the adversary is to contaminate the people of the “seed” of the Promise - a Judeo-Christian people, a land, & a Kingdom of God on Earth. Hold fast! (Acts 17:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Let us examine the struggle of Balaam with God. Numbers 22:1-20 (KJV). Is Balaam a prophet of the Lord? Is he a “good guy” or a “bad guy?” In the end days even the elect shall be deceived. (Mat 24:24)
Balaam! - What is a “nice guy” like you doing in sheep’s clothing? A dilemma: Numbers 23:8 (KJV). “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?” - a double-minded person! (James 1:8). Balak means waster, destroyer, to make empty.
1. The destruction of the people
2. Swallowing up of the people
3. The disturber of the people
4. A swallowing/devouring/destruction
5. “Bal” means “nothing or a failure;” “am” …means “not of the people, a foreigner.”
6 A foreigner devouring the people of the Lord
7. Recruited to disrupt physical and spiritual “seed” of Israel
8. Balaam was double-minded and lacked Spiritual insight.
Balaam’s reputation was as a pagan spiritualist – a wizard -a magician as noted by Joshua. Joshua 13:22 “Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer,* did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.” Num. 31:8c …Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
SH #7080 קסם qâsam kaw-sam’ … divination; to distribute or to determine by lot or magical scroll, soothsayer, use of divination.
Hence, Balaam was a pagan soothsayer, who was aware of the God of Israel and included Him as one of the gods that he recognized. Balaam, not really knowing EL Shaddai, sought enchantments from Him. Numbers 24:1 (KJV)
Was the wool pulled over Moses eyes? Numbers 31:15-16 (KJV) “And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.”
Don’t let the “wool be pulled over your eyes.”
Doctrine of Balaam: Rev. 2:14 (KJV) Pergamos: Make yourself spiritually unclean; marriage with the world in non-virtuous, spiritual sexual fornication and transgressions of pagan idolatry.
Way of Balaam: 2 Peter 2:14-15 (KJV) A hireling; making a market of his skill, misuse of your tent-making skills.
Error of Balaam: Jude 11 (KJV) Of this world: Sacrificing eternal riches for temporal gain.
Daniel 10:1-14 (KJV) Spiritual warfare of Yeshua Jesus against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places (Daniel 10:20)
A Spiritual warfare between Yeshua, Michael and heavenly angels against the kingdom of darkness. This is warfare in our stead against the kingdoms of antichrist.
Daniel’s multi-metal statue represents the 4 kingdoms of antichrist against the Jewish people (“fullness” of the Gentiles)-unto today. The feet are the antichrist’s Tribulation Empire - “the times” of the Gentiles. Many of these Gentile governments were guided by spiritual forces from the dark side. We cannot disregard that at this moment, Satan has many emissaries in high places around the world. All his kingdoms shall be as dust in the wind- to never more dominate mankind. The stone cut without human hands – the Rock of our salvation - shall prevail and end the “times” of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24).
2 Peter 2:1-22 (KJV) A warning that ungodly men are amongst us - Wolves in sheep’s clothing.
It is Christ in you, as the Holy Spirit that keeps you from falling & presents you faultless in the image of Christ. Heed the Holy Spirit- Grieve not the Holy Spirit. Don’t have itchy ears for Scriptural eisogesis and esoteric knowledge. ACTS 17:11 (KJV)
Jude 1:3- 11 (KJV) For the “man of perdition” to be revealed, light must be removed before darkness can encompass the globe. The Tanach prophets report of a prevalence of false prophets as judgment draws near. Do you personally see the world getting darker? ACTS 17:11 (KJV) The Bible describes two supernatural sources of guidance: the Holy Spirit and demonic deceiving spirits. The Holy Spirit always guides Scripturally; He never forces Himself upon anyone. But demonic spirits always push; they try to seize the control of human minds. Be aware that demons empty your mind to make you their passive servants. Through yoga, eastern meditation, drugs, video games, hypnosis you open demonic portals. Your mind is a spiritual battle ground.
Ø Prayer and Prayer with fasting.
Ø Praise/Worship from the heart.
Ø Harbor no unforgiveness.
Ø Live by unwavering Faith. Be true to The WORD.
Ø Use the authority of Yeshua Jesus’ Name….. “ In the Power and Authority of Name of JESUS Christ of Nazareth, I command”- I take authority”
Ø Seek deliverance from your roots of affliction. Close open portals.
Ø Pray against stronghold (Strongholds are your bondage to Satan’s Kingdom)
Ø Be vigilant to the “still soft voice” of the Holy Spirit - The voice of God.
Ø You reflect your Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Pray always… Keep in His WORD –Acts 17:11
Dire times in America - Christian revival for our nation’s survival. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
To Abraham: Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
To Isaac: Genesis 26:3 “…. I will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, .,..I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;”
To Jacob: Genesis 27:29 (Blessing given by Isaac to Jacob)29 “cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.”
To Israelites camping at Mt Sinai: (Moses told that an Angel of the Lord was to proceed them) Exodus 23:22 22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
To the Gentile world: Numbers 24:9 (Prophecy of Balaam)
9b Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
7-02-2011 (30 Sivan 5771) Torah Study #40 Hukat “Statute”
READINGS: Numbers 19:1-22:1; Obadiah 1-21; Matthew 2:1-23 (KJV)
Topic: One of Israel’s Golden Rules. Leviticus 19:18 (KJV) “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Abba Father has identified an unforgiveable sin- namely unforgiveness (Mark 11:26; Matthew 6:15; Matthew 18:23-35). Olam Eybah -- Everlasting hatred! How hard is it to love and to forgive your brother? Deuteronomy 23:7a “Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother:” But despite a commandment to love, there is a “falling away” from God’s Word by the people and nations, especially our young people. No moral absolutes – truth is relative and defined by the majority’s opinion. The lukewarm syndrome “I’m OK – You're OK” A “lame duck” news media that shapes opinion instead of reporting opinion. Can you find any real credibility in the news media today? Is the media promoting apostate cultural changes?
Introduction: Esau and Jacob are identical twins: (Romans 9:10). This bitter grudge of Esau and his clan against the Israelites became a stronghold of bitterness and unforgiveness (Genesis 27:41; Hebrews 12:15-17; Romans 9:13 ; Malachi 1:1-4; Genesis 25:22-23 (KJV). Why is the Lord’s jaw set against Edom/Esau? Esau had no respect for his birthright; Esau was a profane fornicator; Esau lived in the bitterness of unforgiveness?
Numbers 20:14-21 (KJV) The King’s Highway thru Edom was a “main-street” route from Arabia to Damascus. It was the route of commerce and travel. Edom refuses their brother, Israel, passage thru their territory on the King’s Highway- A 400-year grudge of bitterness! If we don’t forgive, God will not forgive us. By its literal interpretation, unforgiveness is a salvational issue. Repent & don’t keep a festering bitterroot judgment!
Obadiah 1-15 (KJV) A vision concerning Edom (Jeremiah 49:9-10; Malachi 1:4). You devour all. ..greed, treacherous dealings as I will devour you. Pride akin to that of Ha Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14). All Edomites shall perish because of your transgressions against your brother, Israel. Reap what you sow! (Galatians 6:7)
A history of Edom: The arch enemies of Israel. Esau’s offspring became the Edomites. They occupied the area around Mt. Sier, being east of the Jordan river fortified in Petra, whose chief city was Bozrah and whose wise men were renown from Teman (Jeremiah 49:7). They were destroyed, laid waste -made desolate - by Nebuchadnezzar and also by Nabatean Arabs (seed of Keturah) who plundered & pillaged their land and intermingled with them to become the country of Idumea.
In 47 BC. Julius Caesar appointed an Idumaean, Antipater, as procurator over Judea, Samaria and the Galilee. The Romans looked upon the Idumaeans as relatives to the Jews. In 37 BC, Herod the Great, the son of Antipater, was named king over Israel. During the Bar Kokhba rebellion (132-136 AD.), the Emperor Hadrian, hating the Jews, destroyed their city, their culture and dispersed them from Judea. Since the Romans considered the Jews and Idumaeans, as near relatives, the Idumaeans were assimilated into the new Palestine as “Palestinians.” Hence, the Edomites, later became known as Idumaeans to become assimilated into the “Palestinians” of today.
Matthew 2:1-20 (KJV) Who are these Magi (“wise men from the east”)? They were magistrates and priests, acting as advisors to the king just as Daniel did for Nebuchadnezzar and the Persian kings. Discussion of Parthians. Can you imagine the low morale of the Jewish people being ruled by an Edomite? Prophecy fulfilled in wars of the “seeds”.. Herod’s attempted to destroy the “seed” of the woman. An attempt of Ha Satan to kill Jesus and John the Baptist.
Note the menorah structure, that in the 4th millennium, the Jewish world was under great darkness …Abba brought forth His Son as the “Son of Man” and “The Son of God” to bring The Light of Salvation.
“Obadiah Skirmish” (Obadiah 15-18):
Psalms 83:3-8 (KJV) “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom (PLO), and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes (Arabs); Gebal (Idumaeans), and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre/ Assur (Lebanon-Syria) also is joined with them: they have holpen (helping arm) the children of Lot. Selah.” Begins with the long standing hatred of Edom toward Israel. Obadiah recalls Esau-Jacob struggle ..a gathering of heathen.. To struggle with united Israel. Recall that modern day Jordan is the sons of Lot (Moab and Ammon) the Arabs, Edomites, Ishmaelites and Amalek . Psalms 137:7 (KJV) “Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase (SH# 6168 – demolish, make destitute, make naked) it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof." Judgment against Edom Jeremiah 49:7-11; Ezekiel 35:1-15; Joel 3:16; Lam. 4:21-22 (KJV) …Edom Ancient Enemies of Israel: Jordan (Edom-Lot) & now Hamas -Fatah. Exodus 15:14-16 (KJV) “The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.” Jordan laid waste. Isaiah 15:1-9 (KJV)
Amos 1:11-12, 9:11-12; Malachi. 1:4 (KJV) ….Edom
Jeremiah 49:16-22 (KJV) … Moab
Isaiah 15:1-9 (KJV) … Moab
Psalm 60:5-12 (KJV)… Edom & Moab
Psalm 108:5-13 (KJV)… “Edom & Moab”
Ezekiel 24:12-14 (KJV)
Ezekiel 35:1-15 (KJV)
Psalms 83:3-8 (KJV) “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom (PLO), and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes (Arabs); Gebal (Idumaeans), and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre/ Assur (Lebanon-Syria) also is joined with them: they have holpen (helping arm) the children of Lot. Selah.”
Begins with the long standing hatred of Edom toward Israel. Obadiah recalls Esau-Jacob struggle ..a gathering of heathen.. To struggle with united Israel. Recall that modern day Jordan is the sons of Lot (Moab and Ammon) the Arabs, Edomites, Ishmaelites and Amalek .
Psalms 137:7 (KJV) “Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase (SH# 6168 – demolish, make destitute, make naked) it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof."
Judgment against Edom
Jeremiah 49:7-11; Ezekiel 35:1-15; Joel 3:16; Lam. 4:21-22 (KJV) …Edom
Ancient Enemies of Israel: Jordan (Edom-Lot) & now Hamas -Fatah.
Exodus 15:14-16 (KJV) “The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.”
Jordan laid waste.
Isaiah 15:1-9 (KJV)
It expands to include Syria, Lebanon, Egypt. Syria..Damascus destroyed --totally destroyed.
Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)
Jeremiah 49:23-27 (KJV)
Amos 1:3-5 (KJV)
Egypt… 40 years desolate.
Ezekiel 29:6-16 (KJV)
Ezekiel 30:1-36 (KJV)
Isaiah 19:1-25 (KJV)
For the World today to come to know Abba Father’s Salvation, Father God must move in Judgment .
Remember God’s Hukat “Statute” as time is of the essence (Malachi 4:4-5) (KJV).
6-25-2011 (23 Sivan 5771) Torah Study #39 Korach “Korah”
READINGS: Numbers 16:1- 18:32; Judges 13:1-16:30; Luke 2:1-33 (KJV)
Topic: Open your eyes, know God’s WORD, and live righteously. Facts of LIFE: The tragedy of death, but The Promise of Life. Don't fall into the Hands of the Living God. Yeshua Jesus provides restoration faith for even the lost. No one is without HOPE. In these end time days, congregations wrestle against spiritual wickedness, and an overwhelming Spirit of Slumber; the Deaf and Dumb Spirit; Spirit of Korah (Spirit of Rebellion); The Spirit of Jezebel, Spirit of Religion; witchcraft and the occult. Turn-around and heed the voice of the Bridegroom. Be a Faithful BRIDE… ETERNITY IS FOREVER.
Who was Moses? 40 years a pagan Egyptian; 40 years a Shepherd; 40 years a Shelach; Moses was a Levite.
Gen 46:11 “And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.”
Exodus 6:18, 20 “And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel; And Amram took him Jochebed his father's sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses:”
Numbers 16:1-13 (KJV) Korah in Hebrew means "ice/icy/hail or bald/baldness," which translates as cold and barren. God had chosen Moses and Aaron as His Shelech. Korah’s rebellion… A family feud! He desired Moses and Aaron’s position. Moses pleads: the Lord loves you and He has given you a position of great honor to tend His House….be content with your status in life…LUST NOT. In humility, use your God-given tent-making skills to do Abba’s Kingdom work as you are so commissioned.
Numbers 16:19-35 (KJV) A cold hearted people, without hope, perish into the bowels of Hell. Korah’s spiritual state was as witchcraft and idolatry unto the LORD.
1Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
Psalms 106:16-18 “They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan (Judgment) and covered the company of Abiram (Children of the Father). And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.”
A supernatural judgment! The ground opened and swallowed them up…Just as the great fish took Jonah to the bowels of Hell. Important people in the Kingdom need to be footed on solid ground. Did Korah feel inferior to Moses, insecure and jealous? What were the Roots of his Spirit of Rebellion? Inferiority and insecurity!
Abba reaffirms amongst the 12 tribes His leadership choice in Moses and Aaron. Each head of the 12 tribes set-out their rod. Aaron’s rod buds….Numbers 17:1-13 (KJV)
John 12:24-26 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
Judges 13:1-16:30 (KJV) – The saga of a shelach of God: – called from the womb by a Nazarite vow, but his lust of the flesh separated him from Abba Father.
Judges 16:13-30 (KJV) Born an ordained Nazarite – lived a rebel – died honorably. Did Adam find eternal favor in God’s eyes? Did Samson?
Hebrews 11:32 (KJV) “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:”
Matthew 22:1-14 (KJV) A Kingdom parable. “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Your heart is the barometer of your eternal destiny. Have you truly died to your old-self, “the old man,” and as the new man is your kavod radiant of a personal relationship with the Father through Yeshua Jesus…The Word. Eternal Life is a free-will choice. No choice today is a default choice: Either Heaven or Hell. There is no other eternal destiny.
Eternity is entering Abba’s REST.
Psalm 95:11 (KJV) “Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”*
*Enter Abba’s REST - His Manuach (Maw- noo-akh) (SH# 4494) (God’s peaceful Rest)
Where is Abba’s Manuach today?
Genesis 2:2-:3 (KJV) “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested* on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested* from all his work which God created and made.”
SH# 7673 shabath (shaw bath) to cease, desist, rest.; to rest, desist from labour; to keep or observe the Sabbath ..
Honoring the Sabbath is a rehearsal of Abba’s Manuach
Sands of time
What are you doing with your LIFE?
Where are you going in your LIFE?
6-18-2011 (16 Sivan 5771) Torah Study #38 Shelach L’cha “Send thou”
READINGS: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Jonah 1:1-3:9; Luke 15:1-32 (KJV)
Topic: The Lord spake to Moses “send thou” shelach into the land of Canaan. Moses chooses 12 outstanding leaders of 12 tribes as his shelach who he sent-out in his stead, as his tribal advisors - good Shelach and bad Shelach! Insecurity, fear, temptation to rebellion - Judgment. Disobedience can alter the blessings that Abba Father God has in store for you. Remember!
Psalms 50:10-12 “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine….. for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.”
The Father awaits the repentant sinner to restore his blessings. Sin requires judgment. Sin delays the rewards that Abba Father has in store for you. Sin keeps you from what God has planned for His Children. An ungodly temptation choice brings rebellion and fear and God’s Judgment … or you can take thoughts captive in obedience to Torah.
Introduction selection of the 12 “spies.”)
Numbers 13:30-33 (KJV) Good and bad agents (Shalack)
Numbers 14:1-11 (KJV) They had short spiritual memory for the Awesome Power of God. As self-centered people, they lacked faith and fear of the Lord.
Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
A short spiritual memory of the Lord’s Hand upon them.
10 plagues in Egypt
Red Sea Crossing
Bitter water at Marah
Water from Rock
Defeat of Amalekites
Fire on the mountain
Voice of God
Torah and The 10 Commandments
God’s dwelling place and His presence as cloud by day and pillar fire by night.
Short recent memory and spiritual memory for the Awesome Power of God…Disobedience and rebellion caused a 1st generation of exiles freed from Egypt to perish and delayed the trip to the promised land by 40 years for the remnant. Rebellion brings swift judgment. Disobedience can alter the treasures God has in store for you.
Can you run away from El Shaddai?
Jonah 1:1-17 (KJV) Jonah was a called Shalack, whose self-will and smugness would not let him do God’s commission. The Assyrians were bitter enemies of Israel. Yeshua Jesus says love your enemies. Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a Great Fish. “In the belly of a Great Fish?” How do we know that the great fish was a whale?
Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah 2:1-10 (KJV) Jonah died …went to hell (Sheol) - the watery abyss of Satan. He was remorseful in prayer, and God resurrected him, as an agent to complete his commission. Can you run away from El Shaddai?
Matthew 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Jonah 2:1-10 (KJV) Jonah died …went to hell (Sheol) - the watery abyss of Satan. He was remorseful in prayer, and God resurrected him, as an agent to complete his commission. Can you run away from El Shaddai?
Luke 15:11-32 (KJV) “Riotous living” then the pig pen. The prodigal Son parable is a trilogy. Find the lost; return them to the sheepfold, repentance unto redemption unto restoration. If you break fellowship with the Father you will be in the world’s pig pen. Return home to the open arms of the Father.
Jesus provides the way- the means- the narrow path. A heart commitment is your free gift of your eternal salvation.
John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.”
Repent and return to the Lord and be restored.
Join us at our Shavuot/Pentecost service held on 12 June 2011 when a remnant congregation all appeared in white attire. The Holy Spirit was amongst us. Just as the Maccabees Chanukah’s candles oil supply of one day lasted 8 days, so also at JCIA did our Shavuot menorah candles. As a rule, these candles are destined to burn for 40 minutes, but by supernatural intervention, the servant candle (Shamash) and the second candle of knowledge of the Lord remained aflame for 3 ½ hours. Our entire service of praise-worship with Torah reading and presentation of activation of the Holy Spirit Gifts is available for your audio listening. Come let us go up to the House of the Lord on this High Holy Sabbathon.
6-11-2011 (9 Sivan 5771) Torah Study #37 Beha’alotekha “When you setup”
READINGS: Numbers 8:1-12:16; 1 Samuel 10:1-27; Acts 10:1-48.
Topic: The Holy Spirit dwells everywhere in the creation from the foundations of the Earth, as an eternal person of the Godhead. In the beginning, the Holy Spirit hovered over Creation as a mother hen (Genesis 1:1-2). You as Overcomers are equipped to do Kingdom work. The blind shall see; the lame shall walk. Harken as time is accelerating us into the End times.
Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
The impotent Church is centered on intellectualism and spectator entertainment. This ineffective Church lacks the Gifting of the Holy Spirit. Today’s Church of Laodicea needs a fresh revival of the Holy Spirit of Pentecost. We need the Faith once delivered to the saints of the 1st century church. We are commissioned, sent-out and empowered to do Kingdom work. “When you setup” to do the Lord’s work, He will empower you as you sow and reap. A Godly, functioning Church will show evidence of the Holy Spirit, and evidence of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Keep Oil in your lamp.
An Agent - shâlach shaw-lakh - to appoint, to send (away, forth, out), set, shoot (forth, out), sow, spread, stretch forth (out). sokhen nm) .. An agent, a sent out-one as a sent agent. The Lord will prepared, equipped, and send you. You, as an agent, you have full power & all authority of the person who sent you. God’s Agents are to be busy about doing the Master’s work.
The Israelites complained that the manna was insufficient food. Numbers 11:4-18 (KJV) What was the spirit that was upon Moses…The Holy Spirit. As an agent of God did he do “signs and wonders” to glorify God?
Numbers 11:24-29 (KJV) Gifting of the Holy Spirit and the spirit of prophecy.
Ingredients of Abba’s Kingdom on Earth:
Isa 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD”
Saul is anointed King of Israel by Samuel. 1 Samuel 10:1-13 (KJV) The Holy Spirit falls upon Saul and he prophesies. He has the Holy Spirit Gift of prophecy. Can the Holy Spirit leave an Anointed of God?
1 Samuel 16:14 “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”
The WORD is Yeshua Jesus. A testimony is of no effect until the testator is dead. What is the Testimony of Yeshua Jesus? The Old and New Testaments = one Testimony of Christ.
John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Psalms 40:7 A Psalm of David.> “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,”
Hebrews 10:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
John 5:46 “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.”
Revelation 19:10 “And I (John) fell at his feet to worship him (an angel). And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The Messianic Jewish disciples of Yeshua received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. What about the Gentiles? Acts 10:30-48 (KJV) Abba Father is no respecter of persons. Fear God and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Messianic Jew and Gentile are one Body of Christ. The Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit Gifting upon them. They spoke in tongues magnifying God. Keep the Faith …don’t have a moment of unbelief/doubt.
God’s Agency ……Where are You?.. Are you A “Called-out” one; -- Sokhen ---“Sent-out” ones—Shalach.
Our commission ……
Mark 16:15-18 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Mark 16:20 (KJV) “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
Are you ready for Shavuot /Pentecost?
6-04-2011 (2 Sivan 5771) Torah Study #36 Nasso “Make an accounting”
READINGS: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Ezekiel 23:1- 49; John 8:1- 59(KJV)6-04-2011 (2 Sivan 5771)
Topic: Choices unto Righteousness: Idolatry and adultery or a relationship to hear the voice of our Beloved. Escape being stuck in the mud of Egypt. Those that walk in darkness are drawn to the worship of gods of the netherworld – the occult. The spiritual rulers of darkness of this world – control the shadow government, they desire to bring into being a New World Order. In the Kingdom of Darkness, lust, fornication and adultery play upon your desires of the flesh.. This was King Solomon’s sin. Yeshua Jesus wants a spotless Bride - pure and true. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Make an accounting and walk in light not in darkness. The Bride is patient and long suffering.
Numbers 5:11-29 (KJV) A supernatural test for infidelity. Abba is serious about the marriage covenant. Our Father desires an orderly family relationship.
Ephesians 5:20-26 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”
The Holy Spirit in the Scriptures presents metaphors and mixed-metaphors, as a parable method to understand God’s Redemption Plan for us. The metaphors are always explained in the Scriptures and do not require a “stretch of your imagination.” Idolatry is whoredom, and is equal to adultery in Abba’s eyes.
Hosea 1:2 “And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.” Gomer is a woman addicted to fornication and adultery. Jezreel to scatter or sow an adulterous Israelites. Lo ruhamah… They are incureable wicked..I will show no mercy as I deal with their disobedience. Lo ammi .. For you are no longer my people.
Ezekiel 23:1-17 (KJV) Aholah is the elder, and Aholibah is her sister. Aholah is Ephraim, and Aholibah is Jerusalem of the House of Judah.
John 8:1-1 (KJV) Being seized in adultery, is it a one person act? Where is the man? What was Jesus writing?
Ezekiel 23:30-31 (KJV) “I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.”
Ezekiel 23:36-39 (KJV) Drink from the cup of Idolatry. Moses’ test of idolatry (adultery).
Exodus 32:20 “And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.”
We are born innocent, but Egypt gets a stranglehold on us. An innocent sheepherder’s family of 70 goes into Egypt (Gen. 46:27). In Egypt they become vested in Egyptian idolatry. They can’t seem to forget the Egyptian apis bull God, Hapis. This bull idol represented a deity, that would permit "the renewal of the life after death” - an afterlife. In these sheepherders, Egyptian idolatry became deep rooted: Abba took the Israelites out of Egypt, but you can’t get Egypt of the Israelites…. Quagmire
Aaron’s golden calf worship by House of Israel was at Dan and Bethel.
Where is first mention “finger of God” in Scripture? Exodus 32:18 Has the finger of God pointed to judgment? Daniel 5:5 Abba’s finger of Judgment!
Yeshua Jesus was writing the 10 Commandments of ACCOUNTQBILITY (Nasso) Instructions to make an accounting unto our Judgment! Then we wrote a second time!
Jeremiah 17:13 “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.”
John 7:37 (KJV)
REPENT AND TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS! A PROCESS: Seek forgiveness.- confess- repent – restoration. Don’t stay stuck in the mud!
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Sound familiar: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us”
The red heifer for Temple sacrifices is disqualified if there is more than one white or black hair - “Spotless” Because of this purity, the red heifer is often presented as a metaphor of Yeshua Jesus- the Son of God. But that is a misconnect as she is a heifer! Yet, we the Bride are to be in the image of Christ…a connect!
2 Thessalonians 3:6 "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
Are you stuck in Egypt –sin? ESCAPE while it is yet daylight! Confess that Yeshua Jesus is Lord over your life. … Today, while it is yet daylight. Walk in the Light.
5-28-2011 (24 Iyar 5771) Torah Study #35 Bamidbar “In the wilderness”
READINGS: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 14:1-9; Luke 2:22-40; John 1:6-34 (All references from KJV)
Topic: The whole of God’s Plan is redemption first to the Jews - to know Yeshua Jesus. Along this long wilderness journey for the Jew, a Gentile Church was established by their rejected Messiah and His disciples. The redemption of the Jews, as a nation, is incomplete. The Book of Revelation points to God’s redemption of the “stiff-necked” Jew from bondage to world and letter of law. When Jerusalem is again surrounded by armies, they will cry out for Yeshua Jesus. For Overcomers, our narrow path through the wilderness of the world is a Holy Spirit-led walk of Torah accountability. Remember: You must capture thoughts before they become disobedience to the WORD. The Children of disobedience walk in the dark. There is much to digest in this lesson: Redemption of the Firstborn by a Divine order; and then where are we, as the overcomer, in God’s redemption plan? It all points to the Church of Firstborn (Heb. 12:22-24).
About the Firstborn: The firstborn of man & animal belong to Abba (Ex 13:2,15) The eldest son in an Israelite family had special responsibilities & privileges. He was consecrated to the Lord at 1 month of age. His redemption price was 5 shekels (Num. 18:15-16). His birthright could be sold (Esau--Jacob) or forfeited (Reuben, Levi, Simeon—Judah) or bypassed (Ishmael—Isaac; David -- all his brothers bypassed). Responsibilities of the Firstborn’s Birthright: Priest of Family; Leader of Family; Responsible for mother & unmarried sisters; Received a double portion of the father’s estate.
The nation of Israel is Abba’s firstborn (4:Ex 22). God choose this nation unto Himself (Deuteronomy 7:6-8). Levites become Abba’s Firstborn (Numbers 3:11-17.) The number count of Levite firstborn = 22,000 (Numbers 3:40-51). The number of Israelite firstborn= 22,273… ∆ = 273. Abba purchases all the first born= 1365 shekels given unto Aaron’s Priesthood.
In their wilderness wanderings these “chosen” Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD (Jeremiah 11:10-11). These first-chosen Israelites were dispersed to the 4 corners of the earth. A people without a homeland, without a Temple, lost, and seemly forsaken, as Abba turned His back on them for their idolatry and Torah disobedience. The 13 tribes of Israel were sown (Jezreel) amongst the pagan gentile nations (melo ha’Goyim) as the wandering Jew or assimilated by mixed marriage into the Gentile population – “vaporized” Israelites.
Yes, Abba’s perfect plan was to hide the vast majority of the 13 tribes - to preserve them to that “homing call” of the Holy Spirit to bring forth a “called-out” people unto His only Begotten Son. Abba knew the beginning from the end when He said: ”Lo-ruhamah –“I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.” “Lo-ammi - you are not my people.” The dispersed Northern Kingdom is known as the House of Israel or as Ephraim.
Hosea 13:1 - “When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.” Hosea 13:9 - “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.”
Hosea 13:12 “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.”
Hosea 14:1-9 “Ephraim is my firstborn (Jer 31:9).”
Luke 2:22-40 -The pre-incarnate Christ became a human being, born naturally of woman, to be the Father’s perfect sacrifice for us the Believers (Messianic Jews & Christians). John 1:26-34 “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Redemption by the Only Begotten of the Father (1 John 4: 9; Hebrews 1:5-6; John 3:16-21) Christ is the only Begotten Son of Abba. Christ is the Firstborn: (Hebrews 1:6; Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:14-19; Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5).
The “called-out ones” belong to the Church of the Firstborn (Hebrews 12:23) SG1577 ekklēsia ek-klay-see'-ah …. a calling out, an assembly, the Kahol . Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35). Christ is the Head of Church & we are Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-26). There is only one Redeemed Body - those Overcomers who are in-Christ (believing Gentiles and Messianic Jews)(Colossians 1:18-22)
Abba’s Priesthood begins as the firstborn son into an Israelite family; then God chose a nation unto Himself- A nation of priests (Exodus 19:5-6); then the Tribe of Levi is an exchanged for firstborn of all Israelites (Numbers 3:11-17; Numbers 3:43-46). But the Levitical Priesthood could never achieve perfection (Salvation). It was temporary and weak, being based on self-will and the flesh. Animal sacrifices were inadequate and were required repeatedly - daily/ yearly. Animal blood only covered sin but did not remove it. The Mosaic sacrifices were never intended to be permanent (only a shadow). With Yeshua Jesus, we have come full-circle in the agency of God’s Priesthood. Our High Priest is not a Levite! Abba Father returns Priesthood to His only Begotten Son as a new (non-Levitical) Royal Priesthood of the Tribe of Judah(Hebrews 7:1-28 ). By an oath, Abba made Christ’s Priesthood eternal. Psa 110:4 - “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
Levitical Priesthood Yeshua’s Priesthood
Many priests One Begotten Priest
By Levite inheritance By oath of Abba Father
Stand daily Sitting at right Hand of Abba (finished)
Daily Once at Calvary
Repeated Routines Once for all time & sinners
Many sacrifices Only one
Covered sins Took sins away
Leave office by death Eternal
We, the Overcomers, are a new royal priesthood of the order of Melchisedec (Revelation 5:7-11). We are Sons of God by adoption, joint-heirs and children of the living God (Rom 8:14-18). Christ is the Head of the Church and we are Body of Christ. (Col. 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 26).
We are the Church of the Firstborn: Heb 12:22-24 “But ye are come unto mount Zion, - To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant….”
There is an sequential order to the resurrection (I Cor 15:23). Who does Abba declare is his firstborn of His people? Ephraim is My Firstborn (Jer. 31:9)
The Church (The Overcomers) being Ephraim, Abba’s firstborn, is taken at Christ’s Coming at the sound of the Trumpet (I Thes. 4:16-17)! Ephraim is in Heaven and is not listed in the 144,000 (Revelation 7:1-8).
Abba Father has a Plan Jew and Gentile are going Home being redeemed by the blood of Christ.
5-21-2011 (17 Iyar 5771) Torah Study #34 Bechukotai “In My Statutes”
READINGS: Leviticus 26:3-27:34; 1 Samuel 12:1-15; Acts 5:1-16 (KJV)
Topic: Choose a Freedom walk from bondage. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (KJV) “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
A meaningful, sanctified relationship with Abba Father is a life of accountability to His WORD. Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (KJV) “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God,”
Leviticus 26:2-13 (KJV) Blessings if obedient for the destiny in your life is dependent upon accountability to The WORD. But……Tribulations and woes for disobedience.
Leviticus 26:14-33 (KJV) Woe is me! Be in remembrance: “it shall come to pass” Deu. 28:1-14 (Blessings) & Deu. 15-68 (Curses). Also another witness the Blessings and curses pronounced at Mt. Ebal and Gerizim (Deu.27:1-26)
Accountability: 1 Samuel 12:1-15 (KJV) Live a lifelong relationship with Abba Father. Accountability is doing what is right in God’s eyes not in the eyes of the world.
Double mindedness… Scope (James 4:8). Your conscience reminds….choose good or evil.. Be free of bondage & delivered from kingdom darkness. Candy store syndrome ..Those who serve the kingdom of darkness but have a homing device to seek light and life…An internal struggle to seek Christians or Church affiliation.
What is the last Book of OT (Tanach). What is last word that the Tancah leaves us with as it goes into the 430 “silent years” between the Testaments (NT). Be a tree planted by the water (Psalm 1:1-6 (KJV)
Acts 4:33-37 (KJV) It is a fearful thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God.
Acts 5:1-11 (KJV) Nothing is hidden from the LORD. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)
Take every thought captive. Every one shall proclaim Yeshua Jesus is Lord …Romans 14:10-12(KJV)
What is a personal relationship with Christ?
“born-again” Shekinah in your heart. (Rom. 10:9-10)
Holy Spirit led-life..Ruach Ha’Kodesh upon you. (Acts 1:8)
4 Baptisms: Water, Holy Spirit, Body of Christ, Fire
Devotion to the Word..read His “love letters.”
Faith comes by hearing. Know Abba’s plan for you through His Word.
Doer of the WORD ..faith plus works (James 3:17).
Kingdom work builds your treasures in Heaven.
Live a life of accountability to the Word.
John 1:1-5 (KJV)
What is the plumb line? The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (KJV) 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
5-14-2011 (10 Iyar 5771) Torah Study #33 Behar Sinai “On Mount Sinai”
READINGS: Leviticus 25:1-26:2; Daniel 3:1-30;Acts 17:16-33 (KJV)
Topic: The WORD was given (Torah) at Mt Sinai and the Church born of Holy Spirit (Pentecost). Torah states …Have no gods before Me, instead of Me, besides Me. Lev 11:44 “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Idol worship is having a personal relationship with Idols! Psalm 97:7 (KJV) “Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols:”
Leviticus 26:1-4 (KJV) Worship Queen Heaven: Jer 7:18 “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” Jer 44:19 “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?” Unholy places of Idolatry: Hosea 4:13 “They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.” Idolatry in the home: Psa. 129:6a “Let them be as the grass upon the housetops,” Jer. 19:13 “And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.” Zeph. 1:4-5 “I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham (Molech)” Jer. 32:29 “And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.” They fashion gods with their own hands: Hos 13:2 “And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.”Isaiah 44:9-17 (KJV) They sacrificed their seed unto Molech: (Lev. 18:21; Jer. 32:35 (KJV).
Introduction: Dan. 3:1 (KJV) “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.”Worship the image: Dan. 3:10-12 (KJV) Points to “mark of the Beast” (Rev 14:11.) Daniel 3:16-30 (KJV) Worship the image or die. We trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Our life we place in His Hands. We will serve no other god. They had unwavering Faith. Where is your faith today?
Acts 17:16-33 (KJV) I declare unto you, wise religious men, the God that created all things. (Col. 1:16). Our Lord God is not an image to be worshiped, but the giver of life. The Lord finds folly in idol worship. He shall judge all men. Yeshua Jesus, Abba raised Him from the dead.
Review of the trumpet judgments …The world after end lamb’s wrath (Rev. 8:5-9:21 (KJV)
Idolatry and wickedness is yet future. Even after the end of the lamb’s wrath, the 6th trumpet, the world is not in repentance and is in defiance of God (Revelation 9:20-21 (KJV) Unbelievable?... What happened aforetime shall happen again! …..Jeremiah 44:15-18 (KJV)
Today, where in the “land of enchantment” and Catholicism, do we see Idols and frank Idol worship?
5-07-2011 (3 Iyar 5771) Torah Study #32 Emor “say”
READINGS: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Judges 18:1-31; Revelation 7:1-17 (KJV)
Topic: Abba Father, God Almighty, exposes wickedness. We are to love the Lord Our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our might and not take His name in vain nor blaspheme Him or the Holy Spirit. Wickedness is not to prevail in our lives. The sin of blasphemy is in the Israeli camp - A Contrasting of the tribes of Judah and Dan…a war of the “seeds.” Today’s teaching is a Journey from Beersheba to Dan leading to the prophetic End-Time sealing of the “servants of our God.”
Deception is the work of the Devil - “a liar and father of lies” (John 8:44). Ha’Satan appears symbolically in scripture as the leviathan, serpent, dragon, “pharaoh,” scorpions, adder (snake), a roaming Lion. ..and an “angel of light.”The first-mentioned overt appearance of Ha’Satan in the Bible: The serpent in the Garden of Eden who beguiled Eve (Genesis 3:15).
Leviticus 24:10-16 (KJV) Blaspheming the Lord brings judgment. Blasphemy of God and the Holy Spirit brings physical and spiritual death (Matthew 12:30-32 (KJV) ….Leviticus 24:23 (KJV)
A Danite: Who are the Danites (Gen 30:6)? Dan means “judge, to judge, to execute judgment.” What do we prophetically know about the tribe of Dan (Genesis 49:17 - Jacob’s prophecy & Moses’ prophecy -Deuteronomy 33:22)? WOW….A lion of the tribe of Dan. The standard of the tribe of Dan was initially the serpent, but changed to the eagle. Camping arrangement of the 12 tribes: Numbers 2:24-31 (KJV).
Camping to the north under standard of Dan was Dan, Naphtali, and Asher. Cunning workmen of tribe of Dan: The Tabernacle: Exodus 35:30-35 & Solomon’s Temple: 2 Ch 2:12-14 (KJV).
“And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:” Judges 18:1-31 (KJV)
Judges 1:34 (KJV)
Idolatry in Dan, a center of idolatry and all wickedness (Caesarea Philippi –the gates of hell). Recall the golden calf at Dan and Bethel (1Ki 12:29 & 2Ki 10:29) (Chemarims were northern idolatrous priests of Dan – Zeph. 1:4). Dan was sea faring: Judges 5:17 (KJV) …… why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.
The last words of Dan, the dying Patriarch from The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs in the Pseudoepigrapha: “For I know that in the last days, you will defect from the Lord, you will be offended at Levi, and revolt against Judah; but you will not prevail over them ….To the extent that you abandon the Lord, you will live by every evil deed ….and you are motivated to all wickedness by the spirits of deceit amongst you. For I read in the Book of Enoch the Righteous that your prince is Satan.”
The Lord departed from Samson, a Danite ( Judges 16:20).
Dan was the first tribe to exile from Bashan into Greco-Roman lifestyle? By 1050 BC, Dan’s family record is vanished from 1 Chronicles 1:1-8 and there is no mention of Levite cities in Dan in 1 Chronicles 6:54-80).
"In Greek mythology there is the legend of King Belaus (Danaus), a Danite, who arrives in Greece with his 50 daughters, by ship. His daughters are said to have introduced the cult of the mother goddess. The Spartans placed a special magical significance on their long hair ...associated with their great strength. Were the Spartans a part of the “lost 10 tribes.”
Evidence of Israelites in Greece: Exchange of letters between the Spartans and Jonathan Maccabees at the time of war with Antiochus Epiphanies IV (1 Maccabees 12:5-18). The king of the Spartans writes on behalf of his people to Onias the high priest (1 Maccabees 12:20-23) . The rulers of the Spartans write to Simon (1 Maccabees 14:20-24). In 1 Maccabees 12:20-21 the Spartans and Jews are said to be kinsmen (literally, brothers), both alike - being descendants of Abraham.
Taken from Denmark's Christian Heritage web site: “In the Norse tongue, this distant eastern homeland of the Norseman (Odin) who was called Svithjod the Great: which is equivalent to Scythia the Great. It is here that we find the connection of the Danish people with the Israelites of the Bible. After their deportation by Assyria, the Israelites took on various names, one of them being Scythians, who moved from their original place of exile around the Caspian Sea to the Northwest eventually arriving in Scandinavia.” “According to biblical prophecy, the tribe of Dan, one of the ten Israelite tribes, left its mark wherever it went. Thus, the present day Russian river Dniepr, which was originally called Danapir; the Danube; and, of course, Danmark are other geographic names named after Dan.” “In ancient times, all the Norse peoples, kingdoms and tongues, referred to themselves as “The Danes.”” “Across the Danish landscape are more than 5,000 dolmens: ancient graves for noblemen consisting of huge rocks. When the dolmens were erected is uncertain, but they are also found across Western Europe, the Western Mediterranean, and in Palestine. Everywhere Israelite people went, these dolmens can be found. The national song of Denmark mentions them in one verse, as being built in very ancient days.”
Dolmens (see Jeremiah 31:20-21 KJV).
Revelation 7:1-8 (KJV) The 12 tribes are called as “sealed servants of the Father” from the masses of humanity - tribal identity emerges.
Who is missing? - Dan and also Ephraim (For Ephraim’s identity see Torah Study 5771 # 12)
Is Dan to be a part of the Kingdom of the AntiChrist???? Are the two beasts of Revelation 13 of Israeli or Jewish ancestry? Review of the Tribulation trinity (dragon, antichrist & false prophet): Beast from the sea (Daniel 11:36-37; Rev13:1-8); Beast from the land (Revelation 13:11-15).
The kingdom of the antichrist is fast coming into being, with blasphemy of the Lord and the Lord’s people. God has an End Time plan. It begins with the sealing of the 144,000 for God’s divine purpose.
4-30-2011 (26 Nisan 5771) Torah Study #31 Kedoshim “Holy”
READINGS: Leviticus 19:1- 20:27; Daniel 6:1-28; Revelation 7:1-17.
Topic: Our holiness is to be separated –set apart- unto the Lord in Truth and Righteousness. Our quest today: What is Truth? What is righteousness? How do we find it? (2 Cor. 7:11) We are to fear the Lord, love the Lord, obey the Lord, walk in His Ways, listen to His voice, hold fast to the Lord and serve Him in truth and righteousness. With obedience to God’s Word, we come to understand our own sinfulness. Sin separates us from God (Ps 66:18). Draw near to Abba with cleansing and purification.
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” God’s perfect mirror is His Word.
God provides your tent-making skills:
The attributes of the Holy Spirit (Isa. 11:2)
Holy Spirit dwells within you as your Teacher & Comforter..Shekinah
Counsel - You become a Counselor, an agent of Christ to advise, give guidance and direction.
Power of Holy Spirit --the Holy Spirit is upon you (Gifts)- Ruach HaKodesh.
Fear of Lord
Fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:12-13) Radiate Christ - Kavod
Patience (long suffering)
What is your spiritual inventory? Look in the mirror. Self introspection! How do your friends or acquaintances perceive you? Most people can be read as a book. They may be deceiving only themselves. How do you use Your God-given attributes/Fruits/Gifts? Are you using God-given and acquired tent-making skills to do Kingdom work? Bring in the harvest, comfort one another, and admonish those with deviant behavior. Do you understand your brother/sister with love, empathy and forgiveness? A choice: Walk in the flesh or in the Spirit.
Leviticus 18:1-18 (KJV) Mitzvot = 613 “I AM” Holy. Reverence for your mother & father. Keep My Sabbaths. Do not turn to idols. Do you gossip (Lashon Hara). “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people:” “I AM” solely your LORD God Almighty.
Leviticus 19 (to be compared with Leviticus 20. (51 mitzvot)
Do not defile yourself with sorcery, divinations, mediums, familiar spirits, and astrology.
Avoid fornication, adultery deviant sexual behavior, cutting or marking the skin (tattoos).
Guidelines for living brother with brother. Be set apart by being caring, honest, compassionate as a light unto the world.
Be Holy as “I AM” Holy.
No children sacrifices to Molech. Do not give your children over to Idols.
Avoid the spirits of the dark side. Do not defile yourself with sorcery, divinations, mediums, and occultism.
o Always discern: What is the spirit behind any doctrine, practice, action etc…
Avoid fornication, adultery
Be clean and set apart from the nations.
Be Holy as “I AM” the LORD that makes you Holy
Be a separate, set-apart People.
Leviticus 20:22-23 (KJV) “Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.”
Be Holy, righteous and live in the Truth of His Word. We should each step into the full anointing that is available through the Holy Spirit. (2 Cor.6:16-17)
Daniel 6:7-28 (KJV) Cast into a den of hungry lions. “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.” The king was in “fasting.”. He went very early to the lion’s den. “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; ---and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” … I am righteous in the eyes of My God.
Introduction: Revelation 6:9-11 “I..(John).. saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: ….And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
Revelation 7:9-17 (KJV) Tribulation saints in white linen are around the throne to join the elders( Kings & Priests) (Revelation 4:1-5:1-14). A great soul harvest occurs during the Tribulation. So numerous they can’t be counted! They heard the Gospel and believed.
Matthew 24:12-14 (KJV) “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
They worship & praise God and the Lamb who are upon the Throne. (v. 11-12). The angels rejoice also.
Luke 15:10 (KJV) “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
What did they suffer on Earth? To escape the Antichrist and “mark of the beast.” they fled population centers as vagabonds to escape death (martyrdom) living in hunger, thirst and the scorching heat of the sun without shelters. They are the designated servants of God.
Today--- While it is yet today… HARKEN (Sh’ma)- “hear the voice of My Beloved”
Rom 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD. He cometh soon: “My beloved …, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice” (Song of Solomon 2:9 (KJV).
Feed on the WORD. Total obedience is a prerequisite for the complete defeat of the enemy’s powers and rule over your life. We also shall stand before Abba Father in white linen.
Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV) “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
4-23-2011 (19 Nisan 5771) Torah Study #30 Chol Ha’Moed
READINGS: Exodus 33:12-34:26; Numbers 28:19-25; Ezekiel 36:37- 37:14; Song of Songs … all; Matthew 27:62-66; Luke 23:54-56 (KJV)
Topic: “the circle of the Feasts of the Lord” –In them behold the Messianic Kingdom and the Prophetic Cycle of Redemption: We shall go up to Jerusalem for the Three Feasts of the Lord.
Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover)
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth)
Key to Passover week: What is the One desire of the Father? …to find a Bride for His Son..But a Bride price was required.
Numbers 28:16-19, 24-25 (KJV) Describing Passover & The Feast of Unleavened bread.
Exodus 34:18, 22-23 (KJV) 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Ezekiel 36:22-38 (KJV) Recall your leavened state (sin). Be clean! Sin no more! You are My set-apart people.
EzeKiel 36:38 (KJV) “As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Up to Jerusalem for the Feasts.
The annual Passover Feast was a memorable rejoicing time of renewing friendships, seeking new acquaintances or finding a wife; teaching and learning, shopping, and remembering the aromas and the awesome nature of the Temple.
At the time of Yeshua, the permanent residents in Jerusalem were about 600,000.
One lamb per household would accommodate 10-20 guests and family. During this feast over 200,000 Passover lambs were slaughtered to provide for an expanded population of about 3 million.
The High Priest slaughtered His Lamb for the nation of Israel at about the 9th hour (2:30-3:00 pm).
Song of Solomon 2:8-16 (KJV) He comes for His Bride… A Jewish wedding! She knows not the time (the “day or hour”), but the season! …..????? Spring/summer Feasts??? With the winter past, flowers, birds,& fruit of the fig tree/vines tender grapes. Arise my love… Christ’s 2nd coming and the wedding banquet of His Millennial reign is prophesized in the Fall Feasts.
Matthew 27:62-66 (KJV) Conniving chief priests and Pharisees on the High Holy Day of Unleavened Bread. They remember His words …”I will arise after 3 days.” Pilate said “Make it as secure as you can!” Tomb sealed and they set a Roman watch .
Luke 23:54-56 (KJV)
14th Nisan Passover (“preparation day”) Wednesday
15th Nisan High Holy Day…as a Sabbath Thursday
16th Nisan --Friday preparation for Sabbath
17th Nisan -- Sabbath.
• After sundown of Sabbath women came to His tomb in various groups
• Christ completed 3days/3 nights on 17th Nisan at the end of the Sabbath.
• High Priest cuts Barley sheaves of First Fruits
• Christ was the First Fruits of Resurrection
• Empty tomb/Risen Christ
• They could not produce a body!
18th Nisan-- Sunday
On the 18th (Sunday) High Priest offered the Firstfruit wave offering. A first cut portion of the barley crop, awaiting harvest, was cut on the evening of the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread and offered to the Lord as “Firstfruits” in the Temple on the following morning (Sunday).
1 Corinthians 15:20-24 (KJV) "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead . For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive . But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power."
A Shadow pointing to the Messianic Kingdom of Christ ruling with His Bride. Points to the fullness of time that comes when Christ enemies are under His foot; the wicked no longer prevail.
Psalms 110:1-2 (KJV) “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.”
Psalm 2 (KJV)
The Bride is safe and in peace in the Millennial Jerusalem. The Kingdom is returned to the Father in the Eighth Day.
Flavius Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews Book XVIII chapter3 par. 3)
“3 Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonder¬ful works a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had con¬demned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him ; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”
The Feasts of the Lord- our prophetic redemption cycle- is a menorah structure. The Spring Feasts reflect Christ’s First Coming. They are all fulfilled. The Fall Feasts reflect Christ’ Second Coming, which is yet future. Note, on the menorah, that the servant candle (shemash-- sheen, mem, sheen), is Shavuot (Pentecost), that Feast in which Abba Father gave His Torah and His Holy Spirit.