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He Appeared

The fourth “Bible-in-a-year” study is named Vayera (וירא). It means “And he appeared”. That name is chosen because the first story in the study describes how the LORD (YHVH | יְהֹוָה Yᵉhôvâh) appeared to Abraham one day as he sat outside his tent. Vayera continues with the series of tests of faith for Abraham, concluding in one great and final trial, just as we will see a final trial after continuous testing and failing. That is the sad truth of our history, and why we must all repent (Hebrew תשובה, Greek μετάνοια).


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Bible Audio & Text:

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Bible Outlines & Chapter Study Guides

Penteteuch/ Torah Genesis 18:1-22:20

  • Genesis 18:1| A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah
  • Genesis 18:16| Judgment Pronounced on Sodom
  • Genesis 19:1| The Depravity of Sodom
  • Genesis 19:12| Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
  • Genesis 19:30| The Shameful Origin of Moab and Ammon
  • Genesis 20:1| Abraham and Sarah at Gerar
  • Genesis 21:1| The Birth of Isaac
  • Genesis 21:8| Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
  • Genesis 21:22| Abraham and Abimelech Make a Covenant
  • Genesis 22:1| The Command to Sacrifice Isaac
  • Genesis 22:20| The Children of Nahor

Writings  II Kings 4

  • 2Ki 4:1 | Elisha and the Widow’s Oil
  • 2Ki 4:8 | Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son

Prophets Jeremiah 23

  • Jeremiah 23 | THE BRANCH of David Regathers the House of Israel
  • Jeremiah 23:1 | He prophesies a restoration of the scattered flock.
  • Jeremiah 23:5 | Christ shall rule and save them.
  • Jeremiah 23:9 | Against false prophets;
  • Jeremiah 23:33 | and mockers of the true prophets.

Gospels 

  • Mathew 1:1 | THE BRANCH of David arrives and is named “Salvation”
  • Mathew 1:1|The genealogy of Jesus/ Y’shua from Abraham to Joseph.
  • Mathew 1:18|He is miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary.
  • Mathew 1:19|The angel satisfies the doubts of Joseph,
  • Mathew 1:21|and declares the names and office of Jesus/ Y’shua;
  • Mathew 1:25|Jesus/ Y’shua is born

Mathew Chapter 1 Study Guide

Letters

  • 1 Peter 4 | Suffering of THE BRANCH of David (and Ours)
    • 1 Peter 4:1|He exhorts them to cease from sin and live fore God,
    • 1 Peter 4:12|and comforts them against persecution.

1 Peter Chapter 4 Study Guide

1 Peter Outline

  • Ephesians 2 | No Longer Gentiles Destined for Wrath, Now Israel
  • Ephesians 2:1|By comparing what we were by nature, with what we are by grace,
  • Ephesians 2:10|he declares that we are made for good works: and being brought near by Messiah
  • Ephesians 2:19|should not live as Gentiles and foreigners, but as citizens with the saints, and the family of God.

Ephesians Chapter 2 Study Guide

Ephesians Outline

Hebrews Chapter 2 Study Guide

Hebrews Chapter 3 Study Guide

Hebrews Outline

Revelation Chapter 2 Study Guide

Revelation Chapter 3 Study Guide

Revelation Outline

More NT Mentions


Bible Study Commentary

Just as Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was barren, Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was also unable to bear children. For twenty years she and Isaac tried to have a child. It is normal for a couple to desire children, but for Isaac it was critical. He was the inheritor of the great promises given to his father Abraham. If he did not have children, those promises could not be passed on to the next generation. Isaac turned to the LORD and entreated Him on behalf of Rebekah.

Jesus/ Yeshua teaches us to pray persistently. He said persistent prayer can be compared to a widow who continually entreated the local judge to hear her case (Luke 18:1-8). Though the judge neither feared God nor respected men, he decided to hear her case lest she wear him out with her nagging. If persistent entreaty works on an unjust judge who neither fears God nor men, how much more so will the just Judge of the universe be moved to answer our entreaties?

Scholars have always debated who the 3 men were speaking to Abram and who of the two went to Sodom and Gomorrah but both Abram and Lot bowed down and worshiped upon seeing these so-called Angels or men. An angel will never receive worship (Rev 19:10) and the Hebrew word used for their Worship is Strong’s #7812 shachah which is the strongest Hebrew word for worship there is, used a total of 172 times in the Old Testament.

As this story unfolds it becomes very clear Abraham and Lot are speaking with את Y’shua as we see in the hidden Aleph-Tav’s below. For no angel would receive worship and carry on a conversation with Abraham on whether or not He should destroy Sodom and Gomorrah without it being את Elohim.

The binding of Abraham’s son is an amazing foreshadow of the binding and once-for-all Passover sacrifice of God’s son, and we even see that in the Jewish writings:

The Midrash Rabbah makes some stunning comment on this passage,

“And Abraham placed the wood of the burnt-offering on Isaac his son” (Gen 22:5). Like a man who carries his cross (tzaluv) on his shoulder.”
Genesis Rabbah 56:3, Soncino Press Edition

“Abraham begot Isaac (25:19), to teach you that he was like his father in all things: in beauty, wisdom, riches, and good deeds. You must know that Isaac was thirty-seven years old when his father was about to sacrifice him, yet though it says: And Abraham was old and advanced in years, he bound him like a lamb and he did not restrain him”
Exodus Rabbah 1:1, Soncino Press Edition

Can there be any doubt that Jesus/ Y’shua is the Jewish Messiah: the Son of Abraham, Son of David?

More New Testament Mentions of Abraham

More New Testament Mentions of David


Hidden Aleph-Tav’s

In the Hebrew Scriptures there are hidden aleph-tav’s [את]  that aren’t usually translated into English. But they are very enlightening when we read them in the Hebrew. These are the ones we find in this week’s study:

As this story unfolds it becomes very clear Abraham and Lot are speaking with את Y’shua. For no angel would receive worship and carry on a conversation with Abraham on whether or not He should destroy Sodom and Gomorrah without it being את Elohim.

This same Hebrew word Angel that is used to describe the two men who went to Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:1) is also used to describe the Angel who spoke to Moses from the burning bush who also received worship (Gen 3:2).

In Gen 18:19 we see יהוה Father makes the comment that Abraham will command את his children and that יהוה may bring upon Abraham everything את that which He has spoken about him…speaking about His promises. The placement of the את gives us insight.

In Gen 18:28 will you destroy for lack of five את all the cities?…implying that it is יהוה Father through את that will be deciding whether or not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

Gen 19:10 But reached out the men את their hands and pulled את Lot into the house and shut the door…implying it is את that pulls Lot into the house and shuts the door. The fact, that Lot has an את in front of his name indicates he is a covenant child of את יהוה.

In Gen 19:13-14 For will destroy We את this place, because is waxed (knowngreatly the outcry against them before את the face of יהוה; and יהוה has sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who married his daughters and said, get up, get out of this place; for will destroy יהוה את this city…implying that both יהוה and את are in agreement and will together destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because the cities sin has come up before את the face of יהוה but Gen 19:25 and 19:29 makes it clear that it is both יהוהthrough את that actually destroys the cities stating that 25 And He overthrew את cities and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities and that which grew on the ground…29 And it came to pass, when destroyed Elohim את the cities of the plain, remembered Elohim את Abraham and sent את Lot out of the midst of the destruction, when He overthrew את the cities in which Lot lived.

Also in Gen 19:15 then the angels hurried Lot saying, get up, take את your wife…implying that Lots wife is a covenant child of את and she is an example how covenant children can forfeit their lives if they disobey Elohim. All through the Tanakh the placement of the את (mark) of Y’shua in front of people’s names makes it clear who they belong to by covenant and make no mistake את children are representatives of את יהוה on earth. To harm them is to harm את יהוה and to bless them is to bless את יהוה Elohim (plural). A perfect case in point is Genesis 20:2 when Abimelech takes את Sarah into his house and in Gen 20:3, that night Elohim comes to Abimelech in a dream and says to him, “you are about to die”, because the woman who you have taken is another man’s wife. יהוה Father working His will, through את Y’shua both Elohim working together as ONE, this is the characteristics of the divine Yah-head unfolding.

 


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Hebrew “Word of the Week” by Hebrew4Christians.com

Greek “Greek of the Week



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Bible Study Outline:

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Penteteuch/ Torah Outline

  • Leviticus 21:1 | The Holiness of Priests
  • Leviticus 22:1 | The Use of Holy Offerings
  • Leviticus 22:17 | Acceptable Offerings
  • Leviticus 23:1 | God’s Appointed Festivals
  • Leviticus 23:3 | The Sabbath, Passover, and Unleavened Bread
  • Leviticus 23:9 | The Offering of First Fruits
  • Leviticus 23:15 | The Festival of Weeks
  • Leviticus 23:23 | The Festival of Trumpets
  • Leviticus 23:26 | The Day of Atonement
  • Leviticus 23:33 | The Festival of Booths
  • Leviticus 24:1 | The Lamp
  • Leviticus 24:5 | The Bread for the Tabernacle
  • Leviticus 24:10 | Blasphemy and Its Punishment

Writings Outline

  • 2Ki 4:42 | Elisha Feeds One Hundred Men
  • 2Ki 5:1 | The Healing of Naaman
  • 2Ki 7:3 | The Arameans Flee

Prophets Outline

  • Eze 44:15-31 | The Levitical Priests

Gospels Outline

  • Matthew 26:2-19 | Jesus killed on Passover as the Passover Lamb
  • Mark 14:12-16 | Jesus prepares for Passover with His disciples
  • Luke 2:41-42; Luke 22:1-20 | Judas (Judah) betrays Jesus the day before Passover, Jesus observes Passover in the upper room
  • John 2:13-23; John 6:4; John 13:1-30 | Jesus’ last activities just before Passover

Mathew Chapter 26 Study Guide

Letters Outline

  • Revelation 12 | The Woman and Child

Revelation Chapter 12 Study Guide

First-Century Occurrences

  • Acts 2:1-47; Acts 12:3-4; Acts 18:21; Acts 20:16; Acts 27:9 | The Spirit comes at Pentecost (Shavuot). Examples of the apostles observing the feasts after Jesus ascended
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7-8; 1 Corinthians 11:1 | Paul exhorts both Jewish and Gentile members of the church at Corinth who were being grafted in

The thirty-first reading from our “Bible in a year” is called speak, or Emor (אמור); a title that comes from the first verse of the study, which says, “Then the LORD (YHVH, יהוה, pronounced most likely Yehovah or Yahweh) said to Moses, ‘Speak (emor) to the priests, the sons of Aaron …’” (Leviticus 21:1). Emor begins with special laws of sanctity, propriety and purity for the priesthood. Leviticus 23 provides an overview of the biblical calendar and a listing of the LORD’s appointed times that Jesus partially fulfilled.

The Bible refers to the Tabernacle as the Ohel Moed (אהל מעד), a term that our English Bibles translate as “Tent of Meeting.” The word moed can refer to an appointed time or place. The Tabernacle was God’s appointed place to meet with man at His appointed times. Leviticus 23 presents a list of God’s appointed times (moadim, מעדים). They are the holy days which He appointed to meet with His people Israel.

This can be understood in a parable. The Master tells the story of how a certain king was giving a wedding feast for his son. He sent out his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast. The servants had two critical pieces of information. They were to declare the appointed time and the appointed place of the banquet. As God summoned Israel to appear before Him, He decreed an appointed place and appointed times. The appointed place was the Tabernacle (and in later years, the Temple in Jerusalem.) The appointed times are the biblical festivals.

Since the destruction of the Temple, the appointed place has been removed, but the appointed times continue. God explains that the appointed times are to be “a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places” (Leviticus 23:14). That means that they are never to be cancelled. They are never obsolete or done away with. They are to be celebrated and observed wherever we live.

The appointed times are part of the biblical calendar. The biblical calendar is a lunar calendar. It is based on the phases of the moon. The waxing and waning of the moon determines the day of the biblical month. The tiny sliver of the new moon always appears on the first day of the month; the full moon indicates the middle of the month; the disappearance of the moon indicates the end of the month.

In Leviticus 23 God declares certain days on the biblical calendar to be moadim, that is, “appointed times.” They include the weekly Sabbath, the Feasts of Passover and Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths.

It is not uncommon to hear people refer to the appointed times as the Jewish festivals. This is true in that God gave His appointed times to the people of Israel. He told the Israelites, “The LORD’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations–My appointed times are these” (Leviticus 23:2). The Jewish people are the wardens of God’s calendar. Therefore, many Christians and Jews think of the biblical Sabbath and festivals as the sole purview of the Jewish people. According to this line of thought, Gentile believers are not welcome to celebrate the appointed times.

However, God does not refer to them as Jewish festivals. He refers to them as “my appointed times.” They are God’s holy days. Paul asks, “Is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also” (Romans 3:29). The Bible never offered Gentile Christians any alternative festival days. To say that Gentile believers are not expected to keep God’s appointed times is the same thing as saying that Gentile believers are not supposed to have any holy days or days of worship. Neither the Gospels nor the Epistles grant the Gentile believers their own special festivals.

In the days of the Apostles, both Jewish and Gentile believers observed God’s appointed times together. They met in the synagogues and in the Temple on the Sabbath and festival days to celebrate and observe God’s holy days. When Gentile Christianity left the cradle of Judaism, the Gentile Christians began to neglect the appointed times. The Sabbath day was replaced with Sunday observance. The timing of Passover was changed. The other festivals fell into disuse. Is this what God intended for believers?

It is true that the Apostles never commanded the Gentile believers to keep the appointed times, but neither did they tell them not to. They were silent on the matter. In those days, the idea of not keeping the appointed times simply had not occurred to anyone.


Hidden Aleph-Tav’s

In the Hebrew Scriptures there are hidden aleph-tav’s (alpa-omega equivalents). In Leviticus 23 lists all of יהוה Father’s Feast Days. Notice the symbolism in Lev 23:11-12 in regard to the sheaf which is waved before יהוה Father on First Fruits as a type and foreshadow of את Y’shua our Messiah that He fulfilled after the resurrection as the wave offering. On this day a male lamb is also offered before יהוה Father. In Lev 23:32 when we deny ourselves (fast) on the High Sabbath of Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), את Y’shua Messiah becomes associated with our affliction, as does יהוה Father within our soul and feels our sacrifice of repentance on this most sacred day of the year. This is the power of covenant with the Yah-head. In Lev 24:11 capital punishment (death by stoning) was to be administered to any Israelite that blasphemed את Name of יהוה by speaking it in vain.


It’s sometimes hard to make the Old Testament fun for kids. Try these Children’s activities:

Torah Time for Kids

RTM Children

Chabad for Kids


For Deeper Language Learning

Hebrew “Word of the Week” by Hebrew4Christians.com

Greek “Word of the Week


Psalms in a Week

Sunday- 1-29

Monday- 30-50

Tuesday- 51-72

Wednesday- 73-89

Thursday- 90-106

Friday- 107-119

Saturday- 120-150


Understanding Denominations for Unity’s Sake, Not Uniformity’s

What is a denomination? I think everyone pretty much understands that in general. I think my denominational experience and perspective may be a little different than some; I grew up in ignorance of denominations. I guess I knew that my Mom was a “Baptist”, but I didn’t think it was that much different than any other denomination. And I didn’t really know any of the definitions regarding doctrines of men. And it didn’t really matter, because we rarely went to church anyway.

And as I studied my Bible in the original languages from the front of the Bible, to the back, all day and every day for 3 years in jail, I still didn’t know much about denominations because they’re not in there. It wasn’t until I was freed from my jail sentence and began to do what we are all called to do, (find a teacher to mentor us in discipleship just like Jesus/ Yeshua modeled for us) that I started to understand denominations. What I saw was that denominations were puzzle pieces in the Body of Messiah. Each one had a piece of the whole picture mixed in with doctrines of men (things that I did not learn studying the Bible, and neither did they). My heart was on fire; I was zealous for the Word and I was immature although I was quickly learning how much more I understood than most pastors and elders and the arrogance set in. And I became a bit angry that people were being led astray in different areas. I couldn’t believe that educated people didn’t know christmas used to be outlawed in America. Or that people who didn’t study Hebrew and Greek were TEACHING the Bible. And I became passive-aggressive in seeking out pastors but still was kind of searching for the right “denomination” to find a teacher.

To this day I don’t consider myself a teacher and still struggle with the difference between being called and being sent. And I have found several anointed, appointed teachers to learn from since then to give me things to think about and study. And I spend a lot of time in the Word and am just as zealous as ever. So before I say anything about denominations, are some of them are right and the rest of them are wrong? It depends on who you ask. If you ask someone with a western, Graeco-Roman mindset (like most Americans from Seminary who end up teaching in churches) they will  generally tell you that time is linear and everything is black and white. Therefore, yes- someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong if 2 disagree in that mindset.

For someone with an Eastern, more Hebraic mindset they will tell you time is cyclical and it depends on the perspective from where you are observing. I would fall in the latter category, and I would answer you that without certain pieces of the puzzle (that only God can open our eyes to see and more importantly none of us can), there is absolutely no way to come to certain conclusions and so if people have not seen that key piece then based on their understanding they are absolutely correct at their point in the journey because there is no way they will be able to see anything that is dependent on the key revelation and any argument is futile. So both people can be right.

For example; If someone has never had their eyes opened up to the Joh 3:14 reference to the serpent lifted up in the wilderness as a foreshadow, then they will have no idea what the Nu 21:9 instance would mean or foreshadow.  There are scores of examples, that is just the first one that came to mind that wasn’t controversial (I skipped a handful). So am I wanting to tell someone they are “wrong” while they are on they’re journey? Absolutely not. They can be 100% correct based on what they know and still be wrong. And I’ll give you the best example of what I mean by “controversial” examples.

One of the first extra-Biblical books I read during that time in jail was about the “Sunday law” (today, I know it was from the Seventh-Day Adventists but I didn’t know what that was at the time). When I first read it, I didn’t understand why they were making such a big deal about the 7th day being the Sabbath; Seemed like over-stating the obvious (and honestly it hasn’t been that many years since I realized that Jesus/ Yeshua wasn’t resurrected on Sunday) but when I read the Bible I understood that first-century disciples gathered on the first day of the week after the Sabbath and they clearly continued observing the Sabbath and the feasts. But my definition of “observing” remained skewed for many years. It was purely prophetic to me for a long time as well as the feasts.

Also, I had never really felt convicted to be baptized. And even though I hadn’t been baptized, I never felt I wasn’t “saved” because I saw baptism as a perpetual/ repetitive thing in Scripture, not a once-for-all thing; it was tied to repentance and a sign of repenting that is oft-required. And my continuous increase of being “puffed up” with knowledge didn’t help. I actually refused to be baptized just so that people would see I still ended up in the kingdom without it. Then I was introduced to the United Pentecostal Church during my denominational sifting. Their hearts were on fire like mine; and I was also introduced to the strange idea (because the Bible wasn’t written in English) that only the King James version of the Bible was the “inspired word”. They had more zeal and less knowledge than anyone I had yet come across (and Jehovah’s Witnesses were a close 2nd in zeal). But they convinced me to be baptized- and they also said that if I did, all my Bible learning would turn into miraculous apostolic power and I would speak in the tongues of angels. I didn’t believe that part and still don’t, but I agreed to be baptized in obedience.

When I came out of the water, they were really surprised that I didn’t “speak in tongues”. And I am not kidding, one girl said, “his knee was out of the water” so they collectively held all my body parts (I’m tall and skinny) and dunked me again to make sure I was fully submerged so I could “receive the gift of tongues”. I could see it in their faces and I was surprised they didn’t try again; They were confused because their expectations weren’t met. But their expectations weren’t founded in Truth. On that day pretty much I became “non-denominational” because it was the only identity I could identify with and everyone else seemed to need me to have one. Soon after I became “inter-denominational” in my personal identity as a “Christian” and felt a calling to unite all these divided people with a website because church leadership just never were willing or open to a paradigm shift from their denomination. They didn’t want to consider whether they might be wrong or even talk about it.

I never intended this blog post to be about my testimony at all even thought it was on my list to do; it was intended to be strictly about what the title is. I’d like to think I am diverting because of the leading of the Spirit, but I’m not going to say that is what happened; maybe I am just following the voice in my own mind to logical conclusions of what to write about to get to the point. And the point is that denominations are like exit ramps on the journey; They are plateaus while climbing the mountain or becoming more “elevated”, closer to God. And they are places with hidden nuggets of Truth simultaneously keeping others from those nuggets as we throw the baby out with the bathwater so often regarding all of the “other” denominations that are not our own denomination.

If I had stopped learning or gotten sucked in/ convinced by any one of the number of the “denominations” on my journey to that point, it could be compared to getting off an exit while I’m driving down the interstate. Every denomination I visited ended up teaching me something I didn’t previously know about the Bible even if it was just one little nugget of Truth or they were simply the catalyst for more study. And by no means am I without learning some things that have had to be “unlearned” and sometimes re-learned after I decided again they made sense Biblically. The adversary is tricky and wise; I’ve changed my mind a lot because I am open to crazy ideas; I just want to know the Truth. I believe I have obtained quite a bit of it, but I know I could be wrong and there’s always more to learn. How do I know that? because it has happened too many times.

And I would submit to every reader, that if you have grown up in any denomination or if you have never studied out the beliefs of other denominations (and here’s the key) to try and prove them to be TRUE, you are probably wrong about some things too, and that’s ok. We don’t have to look very hard to prove something to ourselves as false; Everyone is so quick to prove things as false because they want to prove that they are right. So many more writings can be found to prove something false (or someone wrong) than something correct. The internet is FULL of people telling us why they are right because they don’t want to be wrong. No one wants to be wrong, right? But I do.

I want to be wrong, and I want to impart that desire on the reader. Because I have learned that being wrong is the greatest, most exciting thing that can happen to a person… If they are willing to admit they are wrong after studying out an alternative position/ denomination/ doctrine. And this is a level of bare-minimum humility. Without the ability to be humble enough to say, “I could be wrong” there can be no unity without uniformity.

I have spent the last 15+ years reaching out to others from an inter-denominational perspective to suggest to them that their paradigm maybe needed to be shifted. And it was only a little more than a couple years ago that I reached out to someone to help him shift his paradigm, only to have my own paradigm shifted because he had more pieces of the puzzle than I did, or in the very least he had some that I didn’t have. And that’s exactly what I was hoping for when I started looking for a teacher. I’m not going to tell you who that guy is, or what denomination he is… because I can’t, and not because it’s a secret. There’s just no English word for it and it’s not a denomination, although there really isn’t another English word to box it in, because everything has to be put in a box right? So only in that sense do I say it is a denomination with some doctrinal positions (as painful as it is to have to word it that way). True “christianity” came to humanity before there was an English language (sorry to all the KJV-only folks). True christianity is not a new religion, it’s a return to the pure religion undefiled in the form of relationship with God almost as it was in the garden of Eden; unspotted from the world and taking care of Earth and others and the fulfilled hope of a promised Jewish Messiah- kingdom-minded discipleship, teaching others to do what He did.

And every denomination has and IS a piece of the puzzle that makes up the parts of the journey in the Body of Messiah, just as every believer has and IS a piece of the puzzle that makes up the Body of Messiah. Messiah is just the English-Hebrewish word for Christ/ anointed one. We should all know that Jesus/ Yeshua was the promised Jewish/ Davidic (line of king David) anointed one who came and died during Passover, the feast of Unleavened Bread and resurected on Firsfruits in the first century in accordance with the Bible. Shouldn’t that be enough agreement for us to come together in harmony and unity to make our communities a better place? Shouldn’t we be able to lay aside our doctrines of men and come together to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless?

Coming out of the spring feasts (or, the easter season, if you prefer) I’m still focusing on getting the leaven out; making sure there’s no hypocrisy in me puffing me up. That requires humility and honesty. I’m reminded of the second Passover in Scripture (Numbers 9:10), because mine was interrupted by a loss and that makes it difficult to enjoy the usually-fun and much-anticipated days of celebration and contemplation.

I am also reminded that recently I met a christian who was interested in one of my candles and I told her (thinking she would be excited about the revelation I was sharing) “I call this candle scent ‘clothed in righteousness’, which in Hebrew …”

…to which she responded rudely and abruptly “I don’t speak Hebrew, I speak Jesus” and walked away.

I didn’t say anything of course, but I wanted to say “Well…Jesus… spoke Hebrew. He has a Hebrew name that you apparently don’t know about and so does His Father. The Bible was primarily written in Hebrew and the world you live in was spoken into existence in Hebrew. And if you don’t know anything about Hebrew, you miss out on 5/10ths of what the Bible says…” but I said nothing of course because I’m not the same person I used to be. It wouldn’t have done any good and I don’t blame her because almost every denomination was started by an anti-semite or a “replacement theologist” as were also most “church fathers” (http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_den1.htm )(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Fathers).

There’s a reason Jesus/ Yeshua spoke in parables- to speak to those Jews in the first century who had eyes to see and ears to hear at the right time. There’s also a reason why I am posting again after stopping and hiding more than half of the articles on this website. I stopped for a while because everything I was posting and learning was just dividing people and I didn’t want to feed the snake. I didn’t want to leave my church, either, or to be put in a box, but for some reason we have to label everything. Hebrews 10 tells us not to forsake the gathering together. And it’s OK to gather together on Sunday. But it’s not my intention to forsake or change or transfer the Sabbath. The SDA denomination has that right and that’s THEIR puzzlepiece, but they don’t have everything right. And neither do any of us. We’re all just supposed to be trying to figure this out together as it unfolds and is unveiled. And I’m making another post because it’s therapeutic (I’m grieving), and as a plea for unity without uniformity. Not like a NWO, everybody-get-under-the-catholic-church unity; but a community unity that doesn’t have to know “what church do you go to” before they decide if they can walk together.

Not just unity with christians, but also Jews; because to them were entrusted the oracles of God (Ro 3, Heb 5, 1Pe 4). It was through them that we even have a Messiah to celebrate and follow. And I can tell you from experience, when we try to convince a Jew about our Messiah without any understanding of the oracles of God (which were delivered to us in Hebrew, not English) we will be laughed at and might even end up converting to Judaism because of our inability to give an answer to what we believe.

And not just believers; because what if some non-believers become believers as a result of the seeing the love and unity that has been lacking for 1500 years?

We’re not all called to believe all the same stuff at the same time; We’re just all called to believe in order to be called “sons of Abraham” and continue on that journey. We’re not even all called, believe it or not, to believe in the Trinity or the deity of Jesus/ Yeshua specifically or any other non-Biblical “statement of faith” of what belief is as required for salvation, although I do believe that. Thankfully, we’re saved BECAUSE we believe, not because of WHAT we believe. What we believe is supposed to change and increase as we grow in knowledge.

And how do we know that we believe? We show it in our actions. We show it by our works. It is seen in our fruits of labor and our love for one another. And that labor is supposed to be done together, as one Body with one Lord and one baptism- and one Savior. God didn’t create sects or denominations with one exception;

When God created Adam, Eve was inside of him until He took her out of him; When God created Israel, the house of Judah was inside of him/ them until He took them out. And just as Adam was to cleave to his wife, so too are we supposed to cleave to Judah and become one flesh (one new man Eph 2), one Body adorned for the Bridegroom grafted in to the olive tree (Romans 11) and walking together (Jeremiah 3). It’s prophecy being fulfilled before our very eyes today, and that’s not the point of this post on unity without uniformity. But it’s a good example in that many people have no idea what that is referring to or that it is even mentioned in the Bible.

But is that a reason for more division and more splitting up into more denominations? No. God made 2 houses and prophesied that the 2 Judeo-Christian (from the latin for Jewish Messiah) houses would become 1 in His hand (Ez 37:19) no longer Jew or Gentile (Ga 3); he did not create 40 thousand denominations of christianity, we did; just like it was prophesied that we would inherit lies from our fathers (Jeremiah 16). But it only makes sense that believers would congregate and sojourn together with like-minded believers in similar places on the journey, so I’m not saying denominations are necessarily bad in my opinion and experience. Just don’t forget to get back on the journey and continue to Ask, Seek and Knock for ourselves, not for other people. And don’t be surprised if the disciples (learners) church-hop on their journey of increased learning. Likewise, don’t be surprised that those who have been at the same rest stop for 40 years haven’t grown or learned much. Maybe they didn’t need to grow that much.

To those of us who have our identity in our denomination, whether it’s catholic, Jehovah’s witnesses or church of Christ etc., our identity is skewed because we took an exit ramp and instead of just fueling up we decided to get a room. Many of us even decide to buy a house and never get back on the journey; we stay stuck in and identify with our pitstop. Some even go so far as to say, “we’re the the only ones who have enough of it right to make to heaven”.

But I can’t stress enough how important it is to get back on the road heading to the destination, the narrow path; To continue to Ask, Seek and Knock. Not that it’s about the destination, it’s not. It’s about the journey. It’s not about, “what church do you go to?” It’s about the “do you know the Father and do you know the Son” Journey. And the only way to do that is through the Word in Spirit and Truth so as not to hear those dreadful words, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work lawlessness”.

The only way to show that faith and that we know Him is in our actions; Faith without works is dead. Those works don’t bring our “salvation”, our “salvation” brings our works (the 3-d manifestation of our belief). If there’s no works though, we might want to question our salvation because it’s the ONLY way to see our faith. And we have to remember that people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care, no matter what denomination we may identify with if any at all. So let us show everyone how much we care, not how much we know.

There are a lot of people who believe very similar to what I believe. But I’ll be honest, a lot of them are puffed up still, argumentative and prideful. The same can be said about some people in almost every denomination. Pride is not tied to any denomination or set of beliefs; Even some of my Atheist friends are full of it because it’s a human condition, not a religious condition (even though I would argue atheism as a religion having multiple sects or denominations).

Just possibly, when it says “come out of her my people”, could it be talking about denominations and doctrines of men? Is it a parabolic way in saying “get out of the rest stops and get back on the journey”? Everyone on the journey has that in common- they’re on the journey; That is their common identity even if they’re at an off ramp, and even if they don’t fully understand their identity, they have one. Everyone who has stopped off and forgotten the journey has an identity issue or is going through an identity crisis. So the question “what exit are you at?” is like “what church do you go to?” The correct answer to either could be “I’m just here to fill up and give directions if anyone asks where I’m headed”.

Another analogy is, it’s like going on a “walk”. Not that going on a highway journey is a bad analogy, but this one is older- MUCH older and more Biblical in a way. Before we had highways and exit ramps, before we had horses with buggies, we walked. In the first century, Jesus/ Yeshua was asked by Pharisees, “Why don’t your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?” The Hebrew word for “walk” is הֲלָכָה and is pronounced ‘halacha’. It means in its root “to go or to walk”. The new testament is full of references to this “walk”, this halacha, this journey and sojourns (pitstops for gathering).

But this idea of discipleship and walking out ‘the way’ was not just in the new testament.

De 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And neither is the problem of those Pharisees limited to the new testament. Here is His answer to the question about how His disciples walked; about their halacha:

Mr 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Men’s traditions being turned into doctrine led to rejection of the commandments of God. That was the problem with the first-century church leadership. Today’s church leadership, our calling is to lay aside the traditions of men and hold to the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus/ Yeshua. None of us have the exact same understanding of what those 2 things mean. And that’s a good reason to reason together. It’s a good reason to halacha together.

Php 3:17 ¶ Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed (Amos 3:3)? What is their agreement on to walk together, doctrinal position or belief? No, they agree they are both on the journey to the same destination, otherwise they wouldn’t be walking together. That’s my “denomination”. I’m walking together with ALL my brethren who are walking with me following the Jewish Messiah, making disciples in His name, which in Hebrew… means “He will save”.

Mathew 1:21 She will give birth to a son; and you shall call His name Yeshua, for He will save His people from their sins. (TLV)

I know most of us don’t speak Hebrew, we speak Jesus. But may I humbly suggest what I didn’t get to share…

“Well…Jesus… spoke Hebrew. He has a Hebrew name and so does His Father. The Bible was primarily written in Hebrew and the world we all live in was spoken into existence in Hebrew, and that Hebrew Word became flesh and dwelt among us. If you don’t know anything about Hebrew, I would be glad to help point you to some really easy tools I published into a free App that you can download from anywhere in the world that has weekly Bible studies along with more compiled Biblical resources than anything else out there. It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk or what denomination you affiliate or identify with as long as you are following the Jewish Messiah or want to know more about Him, I will walk with you in agreement that we are on a journey to the same destination.”

~~A Plea to Walk Together, Laying Aside Our Doctrines of Men to Lay Hold to the Commandments of God and the Testimony of Jesus/ Yeshua

Yeshua’s Fulfilment of Hebrew Prophecy

When Jesus came to Earth for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He fulfilled feasts and prophecy. Let us list for discussion the prophecies that are commonly thought to have been literally fulfilled by Jesus (AKA Yeshuah).

 

1.Genesis 3:15…..Seed of a woman (virgin birth)…..Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-20

2.Genesis 3:15…..He will bruise Satan’s head…..Hebrews 2:14, 1 John 3:18

3.Genesis 5:24….The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated….Mark 6:19

4.Genesis 9:26-27…The God of Shem will be the Son of Shem…Luke 3:36

5.Genesis 12:3…As Abraham’s seed, will bless all nations…Acts 3:25,26

6.Genesis 12:7…The The Promise made made to Abraham’s Seed…Galatians 3:16

7.Genesis 14:18…A priest after Melchizedek…Hebrews 6:20

8.Genesis 14:18……..A King also……..Hebrews 7:2

9.Genesis 14:18…The Last Supper foreshadowed…Matthew 26:26-29

10.Genesis 17:19…….The Seed of Isaac…….Romans. 9:7

11.Genesis 21:12 …Seed of Isaac…Romans 9:7, Hebrews 11:18

12.Genesis 22:8…The Lamb of God promised…John 1:29

13.Genesis 22:18…As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations…Galatians 3:16

14.Genesis26:2-5..The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer..Hebrews11:18

15.Genesis 49:10…The time of His coming…Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4

16.Genesis 49:10…….The Seed of Judah…….Luke 3:33

17.Genesis 49:10……Called Shiloh or One Sent……John 17:3

18.Genesis 49:10…To come before Judah lost identity…John 11:47-52

19.Genesis 49:10…To Him shall the obedience of the people be…John 10:16

20.Exodus 3:13,14……..The Great “I Am”…….John 4:26

21.Exodus 12:5…A Lamb without blemish…1 Pet. 1:19

22.Exodus 12:13…The blood of the Lamb saves Romans wrath…Romans. 5:8

23.Exodus 12:21-27…Christ is our Passover…1 Corinthians 5;7

24.Exodus 12:46…Not a bone of the Lamb to be broken…John 19:31-36

25.Exodus 13:2…Blessing to first born son…Luke 2:23

26.Exodus 15:2…His exaltation predicted as Yeshua…Acts 7:55,56

27.Exodus 15:11…His Character-Holiness…Luke 1:35; Acts 4:27

28.Exodus 17:6…The Spiritual Rock of Israel…1 Corinthians 10;4

29.Exodus 33:19…His Character-Merciful…Luke 1:72

30.Leviticus14:11…The leper cleansed-Sign to priesthood..Luke5:12-14; Acts 6:7

31.Leviticus16:15-17…Prefigures Christ’s once-for-all death…Hebrews 9:7-14

32.Leviticus16:27…Suffering outside the Camp…Matthew 27:33; Hebrews 13:11, 12

33.Leviticus17:11…The Blood-the life of the flesh…Matthew 26;28; Mark 10:45

34.Leviticus17:11…It is the blood that makes atonement…1 John 3:14-18

35.Leviticus23:36-37…The Drink-offering: “If any man thirst.” ..John 19:31-36

36.Numbers 9:12…Not a bone of Him broken…John 19:31-36

37.Numbers 21:9…The serpent on a pole-Christ lifted up…John 3:14-18

38.Numbers 24:8… Flight to Egypt…Matthew 2:14

39.Numbers 24:17…Time: “I shall see him, but not now.”…Galatians 4:4

40.Numbers 24:17-19…A star out of Jacob…Matthew 2:2, Luke 1:33,78, Revelation 22:16

41.Deuteronomy 18:15…”This is of a truth that prophet.”…John 6:14

42.Deuteronomy 18:15-16…”Had ye believed Moses, ye would believe me.”…John 5:45-47

43.Deuteronomy 18:18…Sent by the Father to speak His word…John 8:28, 29

44.Deuteronomy 18:19…Whoever will not hear must bear his sin…John 12:15

45.Deuteronomy 21:13-23…As a prophet…John 6:14; 7:40, Acts 3:22,23

46.Deuteronomy 21:23…Cursed is he that hangs on a tree…Galatians 3:10-13

47.Ruth 4:4-9…Christ, our kinsman, has redeemed us…Ephesians 1:3-7

48.1 Samuel 2:10…Shall be an anointed King to the Lord…Matthew 28:18; John 12:15

49.2 Samuel 7:12…David’s Seed…Matthew 1:1

50.2 Samuel 7:14a…The Son of God… Luke 1:32

51.2 Samuel 7:16…David’s house established forever…Luke 3:31; Rev. 22:16

52.2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be the “Rock”…1 Corinthians 10:4

53.2 Samuel 23:2-4…would be as the “light of the morning”…Revelation 22:16

54.2 Kings 2:11…The bodily ascension to heaven illustrated…Luke 24:51

55.1 Chronicles 17:11…David’s Seed…Matthew 1:1; 9:27

56.1 Chronicles 17:12, 13a…To reign on David’s throne forever…Luke 1:32, 33

57.1 Chronicles 17:13a…”I will be His Father, He…my Son.”…Hebrews 1:5

58.Job 19:23-27…The Resurrection predicted…John 5:24-29

59.Psalms 2:1-3…The enmity of kings foreordained…Acts 4:25-28

60.Psalms 2:2…To own the title, Anointed (Christ)…Acts 2:36

61.Psalms 2:6…His Character-Holiness…John 8:46; Rev. 3:7

62.Psalms 2:6…To own the title King…Matthew 2:2

63.Psalms 2:7…Declared the Beloved Son…Matthew 3:17

64.Psalms 2:7, 8…The Crucifixion and Resurrection intimated…Acts 13:29-33

65.Psalms 2:12…Life comes through faith in Him…John 20:31

66.Psalms 8:2…The mouths of babes perfect His praise…Matthew 21:16

67.Psalms 8:5, 6…His humiliation and exaltation…Luke 24:50-53; 1 Corinthians 15:27

68.Psalms 16:10…Was not to see corruption…Acts 2:31

69.Psalms 16:9-11…Was to arise from the dead…John 20:9

70.Psalms 17;15…The resurrection predicted…Luke 24:6

71.Psalms 22:1…Forsaken because of sins of others…2 Corinthians 5:21

72.Psalms 22:1…Words spoken from Calvary, “My God…” Mark 15:34

73.Psalms 22:2…Darkness upon Calvary…Matthew 27:45

74.Psalms 22:7…They shoot out the lip and shake the head…Matthew 27:39

75.Psalms 22:8..” He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him “…Matthew 27:43

76.Psalms 22:9……Born the Savior……Luke 2:7

77.Psalms 22:14…Died of a broken (ruptured) heart…John 19:34

78.Psalms 22:14,15…Suffered agony on Calvary…Mark 15:34-37

79.Psalms 22:15……..He thirsted……..John 19:28

80.Psalms 22:16…They pierced His hands and His feet….John 19:34,37;20:27

81.Psalms 22:17,18…Stripped Him before the stares of men…Luke 23:34,35

82.Psalms 22:18…..They parted His garments…..John 19:23,24

83.Psalms 22:20,21…He committed Himself to God…Luke23:46

84.Psalms 22:20,21..Satanic power bruising the Redeemer’s heel.. Hebrews 2:14

85.Psalms 22:22…..His Resurrection declared…..John 20:17

86.Psalms 22:27…He shall be the governor of the nations…Col 1:16

87.Psalms 22:31……”It is finished”……John 19:30

88.Psalms 23:1….”I am the Good Shepherd”….John 10:11

89.Psalms 24:3……His exaltation predicted……Acts 1:11; Phil. 2:9

90.Psalms 27:12…Accused by false witnesses…Matthew 26:60,61, Mark 14:57,58

91.Psalms 30:3……His resurrection predicted……Acts 2:32

92.Psalms 31:5…”Into thy hands I commit my spirit”…Luke 23:46

93.Psalms 31:11…His acquaintances fled from Him…Mark 14:50

94.Psalms 31:13…They took counsel to put Him to death…John 11:53

95.Psalms 31:14,15…” He trusted in God, let Him deliver him”…Matthew 27:43

96.Psalms 34:20…..Not a bone of Him broken…..John 19:31-36

97.Psalms 35:11….False witnesses rose up against Him….Matthew 26:59

98.Psalms 35:19…He was hated without a cause…John 15:25

99.Psalms 38:11…..His friends stood afar off…..Luke 23:49

100.Psalms 40:2-5…The joy of His resurrection predicted…John 20:20

101.Psalms 40:6-8….His delight-the will of the Father….John 4:34

102.Psalms 40:9….He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel….Matthew 4:17

103.Psalms 40:14…Confronted by adversaries in the Garden…John

104.Psalms 41:9…..Betrayed by a familiar friend…..John 13:18

105.Psalms 45:2…Words of Grace come from His lips.. Luke 4:22

106.Psalms 45:6…To own the title, God or Elohim…Hebrews 1:8

107.Psalms 45:7…A special anointing by the Holy Spirit…Matthew3:16; Hebrews1:9

108.Psalms 45:7,8…Called the Christ (Messiah or Anointed)…Luke 2:11

109.Psalms 49-15…His Resurrection…Acts 2:27; 13:35, Mark 16:6

110.Psalms 55:12-14…Betrayed by a friend, not an enemy…John 13:18

111.Psalms 55:15…Unrepentant death of the Betrayer…Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19

112.Psalms 68:18…To give gifts to men…Ephesians 4:7-16

113.Psalms 68:18…Ascended into Heaven…Luke 24:51

114.Psalms 69:4…Hated without a cause…John 15:25

115.Psalms 69:8…A stranger to own brethren…Luke 8;20,21

116.Psalms 69:9…Zealous for the Lord’s House…John 2:17

117.Psalms 69:14-20…Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion…Matthew 26:36-45

118.Psalms 69:20…”My soul is exceeding sorrowful.”…Matthew 26:38

119.Psalms 69:21…Given vinegar in thirst…Matthew 27:34

120.Psalms 69:26…The Savior given and smitten by God…John 17:4; 18:11

121.Psalms 72:10,11…Great persons were to visit Him…Matthew 2:1-11

122.Psalms 72:16…The corn of wheat to fall into the Ground…John 12:24

123.Psalms 72:17…His name, Yinon, will produce offspring…John 1:12,13

124.Psalms 72:17…All nations shall be blessed by Him…Acts 2:11,12,41

125.Psalms 78:1.2…He would teach in parables…Matthew 13:34-35

126.Psalms 78:2b…To speak the Wisdom of God with authority…Matthew 7:29

127.Psalms 88:8…They stood afar off and watched…Luke 23:49

128.Psalms 89:26…Messiah will call God His Father…Matthew 11:27

129.Psalms 89:27…Emmanuel to be higher than earthly kings…Luke 1:32,33

130.Psalms 89:35-37…David’s Seed, throne, kingdom endure forever…Luke 1:32,33

131.Psalms 89:36-37…His character-Faithfulness…Rev. 1:5

132.Psalms 90:2…He is from everlasting (Micah 5:2)…John 1:1

133.Psalms 91:11,12…Identified as Messianic; used to tempt Christ…Luke 4;10,11

134.. Psalms 97:9…His exaltation predicted…Acts 1:11;Ephesians 1:20

135.Psalms 100:5…His character-Goodness…Matthew 19:16,17

136.Psalms 102:1-11…The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary…John 21:16-25

137.Psalms 102:16…Son of Man comes in Glory…Luke 21:24, Revelation 12:5-10

138.Psalms 102:25-27…Messiah is the Preexistent Son…Hebrews 1:10-12

139.Psalms 109:4…Prays for His enemies…Luke 23:34

140.Psalms 109:7,8…Another to succeed Judas…Acts 1:16-20

141.Psalms 109:25…Ridiculed…Matthew 27:39

142.Psalms 110:1…Son of David…Matthew 22:43

143.Psalms 110:1…To ascend to the right-hand of the Father…Mark16:19

144.Psalms 110:1…David’s son called Lord…Matthew 22:44,45

145.Psalms 110:4…A priest after Melchizedek’s order…Hebrews 6:20

146.Psalms 112:4…His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al… Matthew 9;36

147.Psalms 118:17,18…Messiah’s Resurrection assured…Luke 24:5-7;1 Corinthians 15:20

148.Psalms 118:22,23…The rejected stone is Head of the corner…Matthew 21:42,43

149.Psalms 118:26a…The Blessed One presented to Israel…Matthew 21:9

150.Psalms 118:26b…To come while Temple standing…Matthew 21;12-15

151.Psalms 132:11…The Seed of David (the fruit of His Body)…Luke 1:32

152.Psalms 138:1-6…The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings… Matthew 2:2-6

153.Psalms 147:3,6…The earthly ministry of Christ described…Luke 4:18

154.Psalms 1:23…He will send the Spirit of God… John 16;7

155.Proverbs 8:22-23…The Messiah would be from everlasting…John 17:5

156.Proverbs 30:4…Declared to be the Son of God…John 3:13, Romans 1:2-4, 10:6-9, 2 Peter 1:17

157.Song of Solomon 5:16…The altogether lovely One…John 1:17

158.Isaiah 2:2-4…Repentance for the nations…Luke 24:47

159.Isaiah 4:2…Messiah reigning

160.Isaiah 5:1-6…Son of God’s vineyard: a parable of judgment

161.Isaiah 6:1…When Isaiah saw His glory… John 12:40-41

162.Isaiah 6:9-10…Parables fall on deaf ears…Matthew 13:13-15

163.Isaiah 6:9-12…Blinded to Christ and deaf to His words…Acts 28:23-29

164.Isaiah 7:14…To be born of a virgin…Luke 1:35

165.Isaiah 7:14…To be Emmanuel-God with us… Matthew 1:18-23

166.Isaiah 8:8…Called Emmanuel…Matthew 28:20

167.Isaiah 8:14…A stone of stumbling, a Rock of offense… 1 Pet. 2:8

168.Isaiah 9:1,2…His ministry to begin in Galilee…Matthew 4:12-17

169.Isaiah 9:6…A child born-Humanity…Luke 1:31

170.Isaiah 9:6…A Son given-Deity…Luke 1:32; John 1;14; 1 Tim. 3:16

171.Isaiah 9:6…Declared to be the Son of God with power… Romans. 1:3,4

172.Isaiah 9:6…The Wonderful One, Peleh…Luke 4:22

173.Isaiah 9:6…The Counselor, Yaatz…Matthew 13:54

174.Isaiah 9:6…The Mighty God, El Gibor…Matthew 11:20

175.Isaiah 9:6…The Everlasting Father, Avi Adth…John 8:58

176.Isaiah 9:6…The Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom…John . 16:33

177.Isaiah 9:7…To establish an everlasting kingdom…Luke 1:32-33

178.Isaiah 9:7…His Character-Just…John 5:30

179.Isaiah 9:7…No end to his Government, Throne, and Peace…Luke 1:32-33

180.Isaiah 11:1…Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer…Matthew 2:23

181.Isaiah 11:1…A rod out of Jesse-Son of Jesse…Luke 3:23,32

182.Isaiah 11:2…The anointed One by the Spirit…Matthew 3;16,17

183.Isaiah 11:2…His Character-Wisdom, Understanding, et al….John 4:4-26

184.Isaiah 11:4…His Character-Truth…John 14:6

185.Isaiah 11:10…The Gentiles seek Him…John 12:18-21

186.Isaiah 12:2…Called Jesus-Yeshua (salvation)…Matthew 1:21

187.Isaiah 16:4,5…Reigning in mercy…Luke 1:31-33

188.Isaiah 22:21-25…Peg in a sure place…Revelation 3:7

189.Isaiah 25:8…The Resurrection predicted…I Corinthians 15:54

190.Isaiah 26:19…His power of Resurrection predicted…John 11:43,44

191.Isaiah 28:16…The Messiah is the precious corner stone…Acts 4:11,12

192.Isaiah 29:13…He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word…Matthew 15:7-9

193.Isaiah 29:14…The wise are confounded by the Word…I Corinthians 1:18-31

194.Isaiah 32:2…A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place…Matthew 23:37

195.Isaiah 33:22…Son of the Highest…Luke 1:32; 1 Timothy 1:17 6:15

196.Isaiah 35:4…He will come and save you…Matthew 1:21

197.Isaiah 35:5…To have a ministry of miracles…Matthew 11:4-6

198.Isaiah 40:3,4…Preceded by forerunner…John 1:23

199.Isaiah 40:9…”Behold your God.”…John 1:36;19:14

200.Isaiah 40:11…A shepherd-compassionate life-giver…John 10:10-18

201.Isaiah 42:1-4…The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer… Matthew12:18-21

202.Isaiah 42:2…Meek and lowly… Matthew 11:28-30

203.Isaiah 42:3…He brings hope for the hopeless… John 4

204.Isaiah 42:4…The nations shall wait on His teachings… John 12:20-26

205.Isaiah 42:6…The Light (salvation) of the Gentiles…Luke 2:32

206.Isaiah 42:1,6…His is a Worldwide compassion… Matthew 28:19,20

207.Isaiah 42:7…Blind eyes opened… John 9:25-38

208.Isaiah 42:13-25…Messiah’s actions at His second coming…Revelation

209.Isaiah 43:11…He is the only Savior… Acts 4:12

210.Isaiah 44:3…He will send the Spirit of God… John 16:7,13

211.Isaiah 45:23…He will be the Judge… John 5:22;Romans. 14:11

212.Isaiah 48:12…The First and the Last…John 1:30;Rev. 1:8,17

213.Isaiah 48:17…He came as a Teacher…John 3:2

214.Isaiah 49:1…Called from the womb-His humanity…Matthew 1:18

215.Isaiah 49:5…A Servant from the womb…Luke 1:31;Phil. 2:7

216.Isaiah 49:6…He is Salvation for Israel…Luke 2:29-32

217.Isaiah 49:6…He is the Light of the Gentiles…Acts 13:47

218.Isaiah 49:6…He is Salvation unto the ends of the earth… Acts 15:7-18

219.Isaiah 49:7…He is despised of the Nation… John 8:48-49

220.Isaiah 50:3…Heaven is clothed in black at His humiliation… Luke 23:44,45

221.Isaiah 50:4…He is a learned counselor for the weary… Matthew 11:28,29

222.Isaiah 50:5…The Servant bound willingly to obedience… Matthew 26:39

223.Isaiah 50:6a…”I gave my back to the smiters.”… Matthew 27:26

224.Isaiah 50:6b…He was smitten on the cheeks… Matthew 26:67

225.Isaiah 50:6c…He was spat upon… Matthew 27:30

226.Isaiah 52:4-5…Suffered vicariously…Mark 15:3,4,27,28; Luke 23:1-25,32-34

227.Isaiah 52:7…To publish good tidings of peace… Luke 4:14,15

228.Isaiah 52:13…The Servant exalted…Acts 1:8-11; Ephesians 1:19-22

229.Isaiah 52:13…Behold, My Servant… Matthew 17:5; Phil. 2:5-8

230.Isaiah 52:14…The Servant shockingly abused… Luke 18:31-34; Matthew 26:67,68

231.Isaiah 52:15…Nations startled by message of the Servant… Romans. 15:18-21

232.Isaiah 52:15…His blood shed to make atonement for all… Rev. 1:5

233.Isaiah 53:1…His people would not believe Him… John 12:37-38

234.Isaiah 53:2a…He would grow up in a poor family…. Luke 2:7

235.Isaiah 53:2b…Appearance of an ordinary man… Phil. 2:7-8

236.Isaiah 53:3a…Despised…. Luke 4:28-29

237.Isaiah 53:3b…Rejected… Matthew 27:21-23

238.Isaiah 53:3c…Great sorrow and grief… Luke 19:41-42

239.Isaiah 53:3d…Men hide from being associated with Him… Mark 14:50-52

240.Isaiah 53:4a…He would have a healing ministry… Luke 6:17-19

241.Isaiah 53:4b…He would bear the sins of the world… 1 Pet. 2:24

242.Isaiah 53:4c…Thought to be cursed by God… Matthew 27:41-43

243.Isaiah 53:5a…Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions… Luke 23:33

244.Isaiah 53:5b…His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God… Col. 1:20

245.Isaiah 53:5c…His back would be whipped… Matthew 27:26

246.Isaiah 53:6a…He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind…Galatians 1:4

247.Isaiah 53:6b…God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind… 1 John 4:10

248.Isaiah 53:7a…Oppressed and afflicted… Matthew 27:27-31

249.Isaiah 53:7b…Silent before his accusers… Matthew 27:12-14

250.Isaiah 53:7c…Sacrificial lamb… John 1:29

251.Isaiah 53:8a…Confined and persecuted… Matthew 26:47-27:31

252.Isaiah 53:8b…He would be judged… John 18:13-22

253.Isaiah 53:8c…Killed…. Matthew 27:35

254.Isaiah 53:8d…Dies for the sins of the world… 1 John 2:2

255.Isaiah 53:9a…Buried in a rich man’s grave… Matthew 27:57

256.Isaiah 53:9b…Innocent and had done no violence… Mark 15:3

257.Isaiah 53:9c…No deceit in his mouth… John 18:38

258.Isaiah 53:10a…God’s will that He die for mankind… John 18:11

259.Isaiah 53:10b…An offering for sin… Matthew 20:28

260.Isaiah 53:10c…Resurrected and live forever…. Mark 16:16

261.Isaiah 53:10d…He would prosper… John 17:1-5

262.Isaiah 53:11a…God fully satisfied with His suffering… John 12:27

263.Isaiah 53:11b…God’s servant… Romans. 5:18-19

264.Isaiah 53:11c…He would justify man before God… Romans. 5:8-9

265.Isaiah 53:11d…The sin-bearer for all mankind… Hebrews 9:28

266.Isaiah 53:12a…Exalted by God because of his sacrifice… Matthew 28:18

267.Isaiah 53:12b…He would give up his life to save mankind… Luke 23:46

268.Isaiah 53:12c…Grouped with criminals… Luke 23:32

269.Isaiah 53:12d…Sin-bearer for all mankind… 2 Corinthians 5:21

270.Isaiah 53:12e…Intercede to God in behalf of mankind… Luke 23:34

271.Isaiah 55:1…Every one come who is thirsty…New Covenant

272.Isaiah 55:3…Resurrected by God… Acts 13:34

273.Isaiah 55:4…A witness… John 18:37

274.Isaiah 55:5…Foreign nations come to God…Acts

275.Isaiah 59:15-16a…He would come to provide salvation… John 6:40

276.Isaiah 59:15-16b…Intercessor between man and God… Matthew 10:32

277.Isaiah 59:20…He would come to Zion as their Redeemer… Luke 2:38

278.Isaiah 60:1-3…Nations walk in the light…Luke 2:32

279.Isaiah 61:1-2a…The Spirit of God upon him… Matthew 3:16-17

280.Isaiah 61:1-2b…The Messiah would preach the good news… Luke 4:17-21

281.Isaiah 61:1-2c…Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death… John 8:31-32

282.Isaiah 61:1-2…Proclaim a period of grace… John 5:24

283.Isaiah 62:1-2…Called by an new name…Luke 2:32, Revelation 3:12

284.Isaiah 62:11…Thy King Cometh, Entered Jerusalem on Colt…Matthew 21:7

285.Isaiah 63:1-3…A vesture dipped in blood…Revelation 19:13

286.Isaiah 63:8,9…Afflicted with the afflicted…Matthew 25:34-40

287.Isaiah 65:9…The elect shall inherit…Romans 11 5-7, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5

288.Isaiah 65:17-25…New heaven/New Earth…2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1

289.Isaiah 66:18-19…All nations come to God…New Covenant

290.Jeremiah23:5-6a…Descendant of David…Luke 3:23-31

291.Jeremiah 23:5-6b…The Messiah would be God… John 13:13

292.Jeremiah 23:5-6c…The Messiah would be both God and Man… 1 Tim. 3:16

293.Jeremiah 30:9…Born a King…John 18:37, Revelation 1:5

294.Jeremiah 31:15…Massacre of infants…Matthew 2:16-18

295.Jeremiah 31:22…Born of a virgin… Matthew 1:18-20

296.Jeremiah 31:31…The Messiah would be the new covenant… Matthew 26:28

297.Jeremiah 33:14-15…Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31

298.Ezekiel17:22-24…Descendant of David… Luke 3:23-31

299.Ezekiel 21:26,27…The humble exalted…Luke 1:52

300.Ezekiel34:23-24…Descendant of David… Matthew 1:1

301.Daniel 2:34-35…Stone cut without hands…Acts 4:10-12

302.Daniel 2:44,45…His Kingdom Triumphant…Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15

303.Dan. 7:13-14a…He would ascend into heaven… Acts 1:9-11

304.Dan. 7:13-14b…Highly exalted… Ephesians 1:20-22

305.Dan. 7:13-14c…His dominion would be everlasting… Luke 1:31-33

306.Daniel 7:27…Kingdom for the Saints…Luke 1:33, 1 Corinthians 15:24, Revelation 11:15

307.Dan. 9:24a…To make an end to sins… Galatians 1:3-5

308.Dan. 9:24b…He would be holy… Luke 1:35

309.Dan. 9:25…Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem… John 12:12-13 310.Dan. 9:26a…Killed… Matthew 27:35

311.Dan. 9:26b…Die for the sins of the world… Hebrews 2:9

312.Dan. 9:26c…Killed before the destruction of the temple… Matthew 27:50-51

313.Dan. 10:5-6…Messiah in a glorified state… Rev. 1:13-16

314.Hosea 3:5…Israel restored…John 18:37, Romans 11:25-27

315.Hosea 11:1, Numbers 24:8…Flight to Egypt…Matthew 2:14

316.Hosea 13:14…He would defeat death… 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

317.Joel 2:28-32…Promise of the Spirit…Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13

318.Joel 2:32…Offer salvation to all mankind… Romans. 10:12-13

319.Micah 2:12-13…Israel Regathered…John 10:14,

320.Micah 4:1-8…The Kingdom established – place of Birth Bethlehem…Luke 1:33, Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4,10,11

321.Micah 5:2a…Born in Bethlehem… Matthew 2:1-2

322.Micah 5:2b…God’s servant… John 15:10

323.Micah 5:2c…from everlasting… John 8:58

324.Haggai 2:6-9…He would visit the second Temple… Luke 2:27-32

325.Haggai 2:23…Descendant of Zerubbabel… Luke 3:23-27

326.Joel 2:28-32…Promise of the Spirit…Acts 2:17-21, Romans 10:13

327.Amos 8:9…The Sun Darkened…Matthew 24:29, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12

328.Amos 9:11-12…Restoration of tabernacle…Acts 14:16-18

329.Habakkuk 2:14…Earth filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord…Romans 11:26, Revelation 21:23-26

330.Zechariah 2:10-13…The Lamb on the Throne…Revelation 5:13, 6:9, 21:24

331.Zechariah 3:8…God’s servant… John 17:4

332.Zechariah 6:12-13…Priest and King… Hebrews 8:1

333.Zechariah 9:9a…Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem… Matthew 21:8-10

334.Zechariah 9:9b…Beheld as King… John 12:12-13

335.Zechariah 9:9c…The Messiah would be just… John 5:30

336.Zechariah 9:9d…The Messiah would bring salvation… Luke 19:10

337.Zechariah 9:9e…The Messiah would be humble… Matthew 11:29

338.Zechariah 9:9f…Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey… Matthew 21:6-9

339.Zechariah 10:4…The cornerstone… Ephesians 2:20

340.Zechariah 11:4-6a…At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders… Matthew 23:1-4

341.Zechariah 11:4-6b…Rejection causes God to remove His protection.. Luke 19:41-44

342.Zechariah 11:4-6c…Rejected in favor of another king… John 19:13-15

343.Zechariah 11:7…Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant… Matthew 9:35-36

344.Zechariah 11:8a…Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them… Matthew 23:33

345.Zechariah 11:8b…Despised… Matthew 27:20

346.Zechariah 11:9…Stops ministering to the those who rejected Him… Matthew 13:10-11

347.Zechariah 11:10-11a…Rejection causes God to remove protection… Luke 19:41-44

348.Zechariah 11:10-11b…The Messiah would be God… John 14:7

349.Zechariah 11:12-13a…Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver… Matthew 26:14-15

350.Zechariah 11:12-13b…Rejected… Matthew 26:14-15

351.Zechariah 11:12-13c…Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord… Matthew 27:3-5

352.Zechariah 11:12-13d…The Messiah would be God… John 12:45

353.Zechariah 12:10a…The Messiah’s body would be pierced… John 19:34-37

354.Zechariah 12:10b…The Messiah would be both God and man… John 10:30

355.Zechariah 12:10c…The Messiah would be rejected… John 1:11

356.Zechariah 13:7a…God’s will He die for mankind… John 18:11

357.Zechariah 13:7b…A violent death… Matthew 27:35

358.Zechariah 13:7c…Both God and man.. John 14:9

359.Zechariah 13:7d…Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him… Matthew 26:31-56

360.Malachi 3:1a…Messenger to prepare the way for Messiah… Matthew 11:10

361.Malachi 3:1b…Sudden appearance at the temple… Mark 11:15-16

362.Malachi 3:1c…Messenger of the new covenant… Luke 4:43

363.Malachi 3:3…Our Sins Are Purged…Luke 1:78, John 1:9; 12:46, 2 Peter 1:19, Revelation 2:28; 19:11-16; 22:16

364.Malachi 4:5…Forerunner in the spirit of Elijah… Matthew 3:1-2

365.Malachi 4:6…Forerunner would turn many to righteousness… Luke 1:16-17

Surrendering Anger

“The Best of the Worst”

Imagine you have this tool that you think is really helpful.  It protects you so you’re not a victim.  It allows you to speak up and not let people walk all over you. It gives you energy to move mountains like a super hero– it drives you. It may even cause righteous-feeling indignation about all of the wrongs in the world. It can feel like the most justified disposition in this fallen, cruel place we live in. But this tool is a thief. It robs its owner of joy and of the ability to give and receive true love. It produces a lack of self-control that’s a breeding ground for self-hatred and guilt after it’s been unleashed. It’s a constant companion that produces fear of self and a consistent lack of peace as it silently waits to be triggered into action by any number of stimuli large or small. It’s a guide that knows not how to survive in the land of friendship and forgiveness. It thrives on brokenness, lies, and secret isolation while being jealous of the freedom seen in others. It’s the worst kind of tool – one that seems helpful, but is constantly working against you.

I know this because I recently laid down this tool – a long-suffering companion that could never be at peace, satisfied, or rational. It was sustained by pride and selfishness and idealism. And it has robbed me…for years.  My anger was rooted in a special kind of victimhood that has disallowed me the humility or openness to learn and pursue my highest calling. Because of my sensitive nature, and the training of other angry persons around me, I picked up this tool along the way in order to protect myself from mockers and those who weren’t good shepherds of my gentle soul. I took on the hurt of their criticisms and disdain instead of walking in trust with my Creator to bring the best of me to fruition in humility and submission to Him alone. I puffed myself up to create an identity of one who was “smart” but who couldn’t be taught. I developed a wit that could defeat personal sarcasm with a single quip to prevent myself from constantly bursting into tears that nobody would understand. I used this tool in active aggression against my husband and my children when my pride, selfishness, or feelings needed to be protected. My friends usually only experienced this anger in passive-aggressive ways to create distance if one of them seemed too happy without me or had the audacity to make another friend. It was ugly. It was impatient. It was unrighteous. It sought its own and rarely allowed me to experience positive emotion to the fullest. Even when I looked like I was expressing concern, connecting, or enjoying others it sat right there at the doorway of my soul sucking up all of the good I was trying to bring in, like a debt collector that’s never paid off.  I had given the enemy a huge foothold. Or rather, a playground.

Here are some practical symptoms of having the stronghold of anger. Some I experienced and some others have written about:

-Easily irritated on a daily basis; angst that hangs out in your gut coloring other emotions

-You dread situations or time with kids / people because it will trigger your anger (for me this was crowds and lines and certain people)

-Exasperation with the words or actions of others; disrespect

-Hurtful, sharp words to control or win an argument

-Lack of submission to others / feelings of superiority

-Being outwardly compliant to others but inwardly critical of them

-Subversive gossip about others

-Keeping score; feeling that good behavior for a time justifies spending energy on an outburst

-Frustration at not being heard

-Being jealous of someone or something else instead of being inspired

-You’re difficult to please or constantly dissatisfied (a moving target)

-Escalating quickly into slamming doors / throwing things

-Not diligently fighting for something you want; easily discouraged and blaming

-A path of broken relationships

 

“Crossroads”

My husband had obviously known that I was angry – for years. But how can you tell an angry person they’re angry? It’s nearly impossible, especially when they think you’re to blame. Confirmation bias and comfort with anger as a tool makes it very difficult to open someone’s eyes to this reality. Father, as I call God, had to use an unusual, yet crystal clear, method to wake me up. For the last year, my husband and I have been meeting with a core group of fellow Yeshua (Jesus) followers. We’ve spent hours reading the Word and building trust. During a time of crisis in my marriage, I was in a place where my ears and heart were finally open to whatever Father had for me and started to call out and reject the various tools of the enemy that I felt were at work – pride, guilt, and idolatry of other people were the obvious ones. Someone in our group relayed to friends that he saw a spirit of anger at work in me. I knew it was the Spirit who revealed it because it was not observable with human wisdom outside of my immediate family. Knowing that I was going through a cleansing process, my friend mentioned this to me as a means of help. My initial thought was “Wow, I had not thought of that! I’m surely angry with my kids sometimes.” Well, after that seed was planted, Father revealed to me the depth of my attachment to this unrighteousness. This is the most humbling thing I’ve ever experienced. I had to admit that I had given a minion of the enemy control my soul, will, and emotions for years. It wasn’t like I overhead someone talking about being angry – my name was associated with a demonic influence and the entire spiritual realm knew it. Checkmate. But, I saw this as an extreme act of Father’s grace. He called me by name and lovingly and clearly named my sin so that I could be cleansed from it.

 

“How Low Can You Go”

It didn’t take long for this revelation to literally bring me to my knees.  My heart and will needed to bow down in repentance and my physical body had no choice but to follow suit. What rang over and over again in my spirit was this next step:

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

The key to this verse, I found out later, is the verse before it:

“But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

What humility looked like for me was “I can’t do it my way anymore” which was followed by – almost literally – a flood of scriptures of how Father would lead me out of this bondage to anger on a leash, in obedience. For years I was on the same plane as God – “I’ll do Your will my way and then you’ll bless it, m’kay?” But now, it was time for me to decrease that He may increase. I was below, He was above. There was no longer going to be a 2nd option, an opinion, a discussion, or a justification. There was going to be flat out, heart wrenching, pride swallowing, at-all-costs obedience because it was God’s way to do it. Period. There would be no resisting the devil if my will was not perfectly submitted, humble, and in agreement that God’s instructions should be my actions. There was no hug to say, “It’s okay, you’ll do better next time…whatever you think is best.” There was no freedom if I didn’t completely repent of the way I wanted to do something. I knew that radical submission to God in complete obedience was the only way to undo years of flesh patterns that had fostered this cancer of anger. I would take one breath at a time, one thought at a time, and let Father rework all of my emotional system with the scripture He had given me. He was faithful to speak and rewarded my openness to listen. Here’s what He said.
“The Truth Will Set You Free”

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.“ John 8: 31-32

Verse 32 has always been one of my favorite verses. The truth! I love it! It’s awesome! Freedom! The key here is, “If you hold to my teaching…” The epicenter of that is trusting that the rules of God’s Kingdom work even if they don’t feel good. Yes, we are to forgive others 70 x 7 times. Yes, are we are to consider others as better than ourselves. Yes, we are to speak truthfully to others in love so that we do not store up the day’s anger.  Yes, we are to pray for our enemies and gracefully endure persecutions. If we are not fully submitted to and committed to the Father alone, these things are, by nature, impossible. Hold to His teaching for He is good and just.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

“Walking humbly with your God” just about covers it all. Everything else flows from that submitted relationship. He is above, I am below. His will is life, my way is the garbage heap of death.

What Father says about anger and the first step out.

“But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:19-25

Of course, my emphasis is highlighted. Over and over again in my spirit, He said, “Your anger, Wendy, cannot produce my righteousness and is not a benefit to my Kingdom.” Yes, sir. I will be a doer of your Word and be humble. Lead me in Your paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake (Psalm 23:3) and restore my soul. Here are more of the tools he brought to me right away and how they applied to me. Some of these have been mentioned, but I’m adding them in to keep them together.

“Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19

Yes, this is a choice, Wendy. Slowing down to make this choice is what’s important. You can ‘stick a pin in it’ if you will. There is no such thing as an emotional emergency. And, as a friend once told me, “self-control is still a fruit of the spirit.” He thought I had forgotten, evidently. If you don’t have control over self, you are in the flesh and cannot be pleasing to God.

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Be careful what you let in and be careful who you give your heart to, Wendy. Diligence is required here. Let Father be your gatekeeper and let Him tell you what’s important and what’s useless noise. Everything either leads to life or death. There’s rarely a middle ground. Like a garden, let nothing bad take root. Forgive and let go.

“Give careful thought to the paths of your feet and be steadfast in all of your ways.” Proverbs 4:26

Due to my selfishness and lack of follow-through, which I owe to bouts of laziness (‘time to myself’) and ‘bright shiny object’ or ‘squirrel’ syndrome, I would let frustrations creep up. Instead of being proactive, I would become reactive. Whose fault was it that I wasn’t prepared to homeschool that day? Or had too much laundry to do? Mine. Be steadfast, Wendy. Make the rules and the schedule and follow through. Stick to them and you will be blessed and have true rest.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:25

Speak truthfully. Speaking the truth was directly tied to the release of my anger. My voice was minimized at an early age and I developed a constipation of the soul regarding the things I needed to say to be an emotionally healthy individual. My home was not an emotionally safe place to speak or process. I literally burst into tears the first time I heard John Mayer’s tune “Say What You Need to Say” – as an adult. I had some work to do with clearing past hurts and being honest about that at almost 40 years old.  And that’s the truth.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20

Father kept speaking over and over in my spirit, “Die to self.” That’s not the context of this verse but it points to death of the flesh so that Christ can live in me to produce Father’s righteousness. This also closely relates to Philippians 2 where we are reminded that Christ ‘emptied Himself.’ The point He was making to me was to die to my wants, my desires, my need to react, my justice, my selfishness, my plans. Just die, Wendy. You get no opinion. And whatever I ask you to do next, do it with a smile. A real one.

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me – only he is worthy of me.” Luke 9:23

“But whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35

“A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression.” Proverbs 19: 11

At this point, I’m not quite ‘slow’ to anger. I’m more like ‘desperately submitted to God so I don’t get angry.’ I’m still dying to self, but this is good to remember. You can choose how you feel.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Did you know that if you speak gently, it automatically tames your own wrath? It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Choose your tone and your heart will follow.

“Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9

Ouch. Fools with a capital F. The opposite of wise. The epitome of useless. It’s a choice, Wendy. Slow down. Choose wisely.

“To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3: 8-9

I’ve been insulted a few times since I was humbled. When you serve the King, these insults are meaningless. Confuse others by being genuinely kind and unbound to their opinion. It’s freeing to you and a blessing to them. The Old Testament quote in this passage is amazing. “He must seek peace and pursue it.” Action verb. Go read the whole chapter.

“Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15

Taking ownership of things that aren’t really yours, Wendy, will lead to your anger and frustration. Put down your weapons and your angst. This battle is not yours, but mine. I am with you and I’m going to take care of this in a way you can’t. Walk by faith, not by sight. It’s okay if you’re weak. My strength is demonstrated in your weakness when you are depending on me. (Seriously, “drop your weapons and praise Me” was heard frequently in my spirit.)

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forwarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:19-24

So, sometimes we just need to be honest about what’s going on inside. Jesus said that we could know people by their fruit, and here we have the deeds of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit clearly listed. Whatever your theology or doctrine, it clearly states here that there is a Kingdom to be inherited – alongside a list of those who will not inherit it. Up until a few months ago, I thought I was doing okay. That’s humbling. The flesh tree cannot produce spirit fruit. Be honest with yourself.

“For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10

The context of this verse is Paul’s justification of himself, being a warrior of the kingdom. It’s not necessarily a mandate of the personal believer, but it’s a very effective visual tool. Along with the guarding of one’s heart, the mind does benefit from a gatekeeper that checks thoughts at the door. I’ve had retrain myself how to think by taking these thoughts captive. The flesh likes to dwell on the negative. The spirit will allow you to see your thoughts in light of God’s word and make them obedient to the truth.

“My grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

The context of this verse is amazing. All I’ll say is that Father brought this truth to mind in my spirit so many times, mostly to help prepare me for the unexpected. There is nothing I will face today that will too big of a trigger, too big of a mess, too big of a loss, too big of a surprise. This has helped my spiritual posture. I’m not longer on defense all the time. Whatever it is, it will be okay, Wendy.

“It’s better to live in a dessert land than with a contentious and vexing woman.” Proverbs 21:19

The tricky thing about seeing this in yourself is that the enemy will tell you it’s everyone else’s fault you are this way. My husband can tell you all about living with my angry, hurt self and I will invite him to do that. Granted, he is not perfect and there are triggers there that can cause righteous anger, but it’s my spiritual responsibility to take them to Father or speak truthfully to my husband about them as I would an earthly father (1 Timothy 5:1, borrowed out of context). If I am to be wise, I look for other outlets for my indignation other than an angry response. Also, the first part of 1 Peter 3 offers women a mandate of humble and sincere service to their husbands as unto the Lord, even if they are disobedient.

“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1

Clearly, here is the difference. Just like Galatians 5 was a huge, no-nonsense list, this verse draws a line in the sand for us. As women, we are either building up our home or tearing it down. While we can’t control how husbands and children react or what they’re feeling, we are either helping or hurting.

In summary, here are the tools from the Word I was given to use that have been repeated over and over again in my spirit:

  1. Speak truthfully.
  2. Die to self.
  3. Be steadfast.
  4. Put down your weapons.
  5. My grace is sufficient for you.
  6. Man’s anger cannot produce My righteousness.
  7. Choose life.

“What Should I Do”

If you find yourself in this situation, here’s what I recommend as covered in the scriptures:

1. Admit and agree with the Father that you have this sin problem. Call it what it is. Pray about clarity if necessary or ask others in humility if this is what they see in you. If you’re afraid to ask, the answer is probably yes. You’ll probably have to admit that you’ve been in the wrong for some lengthy amount of time. Hard, yes. But you’ll be free after you do it.

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”  Proverbs 27:6

2. I’ll be honest. I was not at home when I had this cleansing. I was off in the wilderness and I had time and space to think, pray, and be retrained. I highly recommend pursuing a quiet space for as long as you need it. It’s a good investment.

3. Agree with and obey the scriptures. Father gave me the word “amanah” which is Hebrew for ‘faith.’ It’s most important meaning to me is coming into ‘agreement’ with the Father. It’s simply to agree and act on what you’ve agreed to in faith.  Father may give you additional steps or revelation in this phase. Agree and be obedient to it. Having a journal during this phase is invaluable. It will help keep your head and heart clear and help bring to remembrance those things that were clearly revealed.

4. Start right away. After I had agreed with the Father that my anger was sin and wanted to be free of it, I had to immediately put my obedience into practice. That first began with my children. I slowed down, took every thought captive. Kept my mouth shut until I could respond correctly. One of the first days, my flesh was triggered by some rather innocent actions of my children. I had to step away for 20 minutes to go back and humble myself and relearn my obedience and agree how to move forward. I remember bursting into tears after asking the garbage man for permission to dump trash. It was the first time I’d ever really been truly humble and I was thankful for the freedom to do that.  It’s been a daily process since.

5. Apologize to who you need to apologize to. For me, this was my children and my husband. My children were immediately different in their disposition. After living with an angry me for 9 years, my husband and I are still rebuilding trust. Keep taking responsibility and apologizing when you fail.

6. Take it slow and walk intentionally. At first, I had to learn to walk out the truth with family members. That sometimes took minute-by-minute humility and prayer. Slowly, I began to reintroduce various situations that had their own unique triggers and conquering them in humility. This included friendships, our homeschool tutorial, small group, social events, going to the store, etc. It may sound like overkill but my issue was deeply rooted and affected every area of my life. One of the biggest victories was going to the Knoxville Zoo with 10,000 people in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed the day with my kids and the crowds that would’ve normally been a huge trigger for acting out of my frustration. When you are humble enough you can survive anything, one step at a time.

7. Continue to create ‘spiritual muscle memory.’ As you walk you will retrain yourself how to act in the spirit. Pursue that. Continue to speak truthfully, clarify what you don’t understand, ask questions in humility.

8. Remember who the real enemy is. People are not necessarily your enemies although they can be used as such. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.

9. FAST. I had to fast twice a week in the beginning to kill this pattern in the flesh alongside of the wisdom Father gave me in His Word. Fasting is a shortcut to being more spiritually in tune while killing the flesh off. I would not be where I am today without that discipline. Every time I begin to struggle or need clarity, I fast within a day or two. All scripture fasting rules apply. 🙂 Don’t do it as the Pharisees do. Do it quietly as unto the Lord for His purposes.

10. Watch your sugar and caffeine intake. Father made it very clear to me that adding those things to my flesh would help the enemy get that stronghold back. Be careful little mouths what you eat.

Some of what’s happened in my life since then: 

    1. The ability to say I’m wrong without disclaimers.
    2. Clean lips – a natural byproduct was the automatic release of using curse words.
    3. Real intimacy with others, including my husband.
    4. The ability to receive and give authentic love.
    5. The gift of seeing the souls of others clearly.
    6. Emotional independence & peace. I can be happy regardless of what others feel and say things because they’re from me and not to please my audience.
    7. Release of others’ actions and expectations. Realism, not idealism, and loving anyway.
    8. Release of idolatry – not bound by what others think and how they interpret my actions.
    9. More tolerant of things that used to annoy me.
    10. More patient with things not in my control.
    11. Steadfast with chores and ahead of schooling. I prioritize better.
    12. More on the same page with my husband as far as our calling together is concerned.
    13. Truly letting Father be my husband. He’s the boss.
    14. My daughter, specifically, has been released from her own root of anger and is slowly coming more of what Father intended her to be.
    15. A clearer conscience. Less reactive.

 

“What to Expect Going Forward”

After you are cleansed and walk in obedience, there are a few things that will happen. I feel responsibility to tell you these things to keep it real.

1. In Matthew 12:43 and following, Jesus tells us that unclean things like to return to their home – but not alone. They like to bring company. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and that last state of that man becomes worse than the first.” This is no joke. When you become cleansed, do not be fearful, but be diligent to prevent any other kind of disobedience and stay humble in Father’s Word. Be sober as there’s one seeking to destroy you and that person doesn’t want you to be free. Unclean things cannot inhabit cleansed and clean people without their permission.

2. You will be tested. “Consider it all joy, brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

There have been several occasions where I felt I was being tested. On one of those occasions, I literally had to isolate myself at someone else’s house, call a friend to read scripture over me, and pray in humility to agree with Father, once again. In that particular setting, there were multiple triggers that happened in a short amount of time. In prayer, Father gave me acts of obedience that would counteract the thoughts that were put in my head. Obedience wins every time! “Blessed is the (wo)man that perseveres under trial.”

3. Father may continue to allow this thorn in your flesh to humble you, to keep you close to Himself. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul shares about his ‘thorn in the flesh’ which Father used for just that purpose – to keep him humble and walking with the Father. There is no graduation diploma from Anger University or any other spiritual university for that matter. Father wants a people that are holy and humble, not a comfortable people.

4. Be prepared to be used. Only people who are willing to be cleansed and sanctified in this way can be used fully. There’s a great adventure on the other side of this. Moses came to mind yesterday. Moses didn’t have the answers but He knew who to ask. Father doesn’t need geniuses or perfect people. He needs people that depend on Him. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach.” James 1:5

The catch is you have to ask in faith. BUT, the cool part is Father isn’t going to make you feel silly for asking. He doesn’t beat you up then give you the answer. We see this over and over again in the life of Moses. Your island days are over.

5. Being around other angry people might be an especially hard hurdle at first. Within a day of finally submitting to the Father, I had an encounter with someone that I knew to be under the influence of anger. I could feel it coming off of her and was tempted to meet her where she was. Your predisposed weaknesses WANT to hang with you. They love you and the control of you. It will likely always be somewhat of a natural connection to your flesh, like a puzzle piece that’s lost its home. Submit to God, resist the puzzle piece reconnecting with you.

 

“Fathers Last Good Word” – Ephesians 6

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit.

Shalom.

The Law Is Dead

During lunch, I thought I would take some time to address the many comments in the back of the Book that seem to say all of God’s laws are done away with, but it’s not everything. These are most of the misunderstood Scriptures that others will  feel it confirms their confirmation bias. A quick look at the context will clarify.

But First, a piece of the letter to Timothy:

1Ti 1:5 ¶ Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:  6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

–This is not talking about the commandments of God. It is talking about the charges or instructions from Shaul.

  7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.  8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;  9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

–Shaul told Timothy the Instructions were good if used lawfully. Which means there is a way to use it UNlawfully. Namely, in 2 ways; by adding things to it or taking away from it. We are also warned strongly in many places not to use the Word for vainglory, ie. for the sake of heeping ourselves up as teachers who don’t even know the deep meaning of that which we teach.

So, to the scripture ideas that seem to contradict Torah observance. This is how twisted many can be in their eisogesis. I will give the general idea people have about the law and then Scripture that they misunderstand that leads them to that conclusion:

 

Acts

The law is an unbearable yoke. (Acts 15:10) –The laws of the Pharisees were an unbearable yoke, not the law of Yahweh.

Romans

The law reveals sin but cannot fix it. (Romans 3:20) –The law could NEVER, nor WAS ever intended to fix sin.

If the law worked then faith would be irrelevant. (Romans 4:14) –this is a terrible eisogesis of this verse. The law, again, was not intended to exist without faith. And for those who say there is no law, they should then stop saying there is such a thing as “sin”. Ro 4:15 for where no law is, there is no sin.

The law brings wrath upon those who follow it. (Romans 4:15) – not true. The wrath and curse is upon those who do NOT. It has ALWAYS been that way.

The purpose of the law was to increase sin. (Romans 5:20) –not true. The law came alongside the increasing sin that reigned unto death, and so grace could work with righteousness. English translations are terrible sometimes.

Christians are not under the law. (Romans 6:14) –not true. We are no longer under the penalty for breaking the law or the compulsion of the law. BIG difference. We are invited to love His instructions and be a set apart people.

Christians have been delivered from the law. (Romans 7:1-6) –not true. We are delivered from the penalty and invited to trust and obey in love, not compulsion.

The law is good, perfect and holy but cannot help you be good, perfect or holy. (Romans 7:7-12) – not true. It DOES make you set apart when you try to follow it. But no one is good or perfect.

The law which promises life only brings death through sin. (Romans 7:10) –Usually if we keep things in context, scripture clears itself up: Ro 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid

The law makes you sinful beyond measure. (Romans 7:13) –not true. It shows you that the heart of man is wicked beyond measure.

The law is weak. (Romans 8:2-3) –not true. It is the flesh that was week through which the law was to be adhered to.

2 Corinthians

The law is a ministry of death. (2 Corinthians 3:7) –yes, a “teacher” of/ about death.

The law is a ministry of condemnation. (2 Corinthians 3:9) –yes, a “teacher” of/ about sin.

The law has no glory at all in comparison with the New Covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:10) –yes, if it is a “teacher” of/ about death and glorious, how much more now is the teaching of the Spirit of the law?

The law is fading away. (2 Corinthians 3:11) –yes, the mode of compulsion by death was transferred to invitation in and by love.

Anywhere the law is preached it produces a mind-hardening and a heart-hardening veil. (2 Corinthians 3:14-15) –yes, that is where the Spirit comes in and convicts us. That is the job of the Spirit, after the law is heard.

Galatians

The law justifies nobody. (Galatians 2:16) –that’s true. Our justification is by faith in Yeshuah.

Christians are dead to the law. (Galatians 2:19) –christians are dead to the law THROUGH the law, by obedience in love after dying with Messiah in baptism.

The law frustrates grace. (Galatians 2:21) –not true. It is not the law that frustrated grace, Shaul was saying that HE would frustrate grace by teaching that righteousness comes through the law, not by faith.

To go back to the law after embracing faith is “stupid”. (Galatians 3:1) –not at all what is said here. It is “stupid” to think that the Spirit comes from obeying the law. Ga 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

The law curses all who practice it and fail to do it perfectly. (Galatians 3:10) –yes, those who practice the law still in compulsory, fear and flesh are still cursed. NOT those of us who try to walk it out in faith, love and Spirit.

The law has nothing to do with faith. (Galatians 3:11-12) –not true. Let us take the whole context and not the points:

 Ga 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.  17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.  19 ¶ Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.  21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

–the covenant is renewed, not disannulled. It is appended to remove the penalties.  The penalties were appended to the original covenant temporarily.

–the law is not against the covenant, it was part of the covenant. The penalties were not. And now they are removed.

–now, anyone who believes can enter the covenant through faith in Yeshuah and commandments of Yahweh (Rv 7 and 14).

–before Yeshua, the law kept them by itself through faith, with penalty. After Yeshua, it is the same, but there is no penalty.

–without the Spirit on all the nation, they needed a tutor. Now, the Spirit teaches us.

–without the Spirit on all the nation, they needed a tutor. Now, the Spirit teaches us.

The law was a curse that Christ redeemed us from. (Galatians 3:13) –not true, Messiah redeemed us from the curse of disobeying the law

The law functioned in God’s purpose as a temporary covenant from Moses till John the Baptist announced Christ. (Galatians 3:16 & 19, also see… Matthew 11:12-13, Luke 16:16)—not true. The covenant is eternal and has been renewed. It is the penalties that are temporary, NOT the covenant.  

If the law worked God would have used it to save us. (Galatians 3:21) –true, there is no law that could have “saved us”. If there were, Yahweh would have made one.

The law was our prison. (Galatians 3:23) –that’s not at all what this scripture says. It says the law kept the Jews, which is a good thing.

The law makes you a slave like Hagar. (Galatians 4:24) –gross misunderstanding. This passage says there are 2 covenants now: one where the law is followed in the flesh, and one that is followed by those who practice law in the Spirit, after being born “from above”, which is where the renewed covenant is.

Ephesians

Christ has abolished the law which was a wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:15) –not true. The wall of hostility is between the 2 men that Yeshua came to make ONE new man; to unite Judah and Joseph. The wall of hostility was that Israel had a decree, an ordinance against them for breaking the law.

Philippians

Paul considered everything the law gained him as “skybalon” which is Greek for “poop”. (Philippians 3:4-8) –Shaul is saying here that to claim all of his glory and perfection in the law without having the Spirit of Messiah would be worthless now that Messiah had come.

Hebrews

The law is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect. (Hebrews 7:18-19) –this is specifically talking about Levitical priesthood law, which has been superceded by the High Priest, Yeshuah.

God has found fault with it and created a better covenant, enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:7-8) –what could be better than an eternal covenant made by Yahweh without the consultation or dependency of any man? There is no better covenant, there is a better mode of adhering to it now.

It is obsolete, growing old and ready to vanish. (Hebrews 8:13) –context tells us the better translation is that what is old is being “repealed”. In other words, the penalty appended to the law are repealed at the Resurrection.

It is only a shadow of good things to come and will never make someone perfect. (Hebrews 10:1) –Shadows are how Yahweh speaks to us about the future, and how He reminds us of the past. The law is not to make us perfect, it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

 

So there is almost every argument against the Truth, that can be taken straight out of the Word itself and used against itself; by taking it out of context, using eisogesis and ignoring early history over later history. I used to believe ALL of these lies about the law. But as soon as one realizes that there is no such thing as a “church” that is separate from the assembly of Israel, everything makes perfect sense that, before, only made partial sense by adding to the Word the doctrines of men. When that light is shining, all the darkness went away.

It’s not impossible to be fully Torah-observant; that is a lie that the enemy introduced to the church: To make it “impossible” in order to help the back story of “nullification”. It’s impossible for a man to follow menstrual instructions. It’s impossible for a woman to practice instructions to men. It’s impossible for ALL of us to practice instructions for the Levitical priesthood because there is no temple and we aren’t sons of Aaron as far as we know (although we are finding genetic sons of Aaron in Africa recently, which might be part of Yahweh’s plan in the near future because clearly the Levitical instituted sacrifices are happening in the Millennium in Isaiah 65 and 66 ). But the Levitical law was temporary, awaiting the ultimate sacrifice while pointing to it at the same time. That’s what Hebrews is all about.

In Mt 19:20, Mr 10:20, Lu 18:21 we have a rich man who says he kept all of the commandments since his youth (probably why he was rich). Yeshuah came to be an example for us and He kept all of the commandments perfectly per 1 Pe 2:22 and many others. Yeshuah said that they are not only obtainable, they are actually easy in Mt11:30. Shaul (Paul) said we can do ALL things in Messiah (including keeping all the commandments). And as another example for us to follow, Shaul said that he didn’t do anything against the customs of his fathers in Acts 28:17.

Let’s consider scriptures written by Shaul which clearly show his strong endorsement of God’s law:

“…the doers of the law will be justified,” said Shaul  (Rom.2:13).

“Do we then make void the law through faith?   Certainly not!” said Shaul  (Rom.3:31).

“…by the law is the knowledge of sin,” said Shaul  (Rom.3:20).

“…the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good…the law is spiritual,” said Shaul  (Rom.7: 12,14).

“For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man,” said Shaul (Rom.7:22).

“…with the mind I myself serve the law of God,” said Shaul  (Rom.7:25).

“Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters,” said Shaul  (I Cor.7:19).

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work,” warned Shaul  (II Thess.2:7).   And why would Shaul warn about lawlessness, if he thought that the law had been done away?!

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ,” said Shaul  (I Cor.11:1).   Yes, Shaul—Apostle to the Gentiles—imitated Messiah, and instructs us to do likewise!   So, since we are to imitate Messiah—and Messiah lived in obedience to God’s law —then that clearly means that we too are to obey God’s spiritual law.

Shaul likewise said, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”  (Philip.2:5).   And he continues, in verse 8, explaining what kind of mind Messiah had—a mind that was “obedient to the point of death.”

Shaul speaks of those who break specific commandments in God’s law, and says that they who (unrepentantly) commit such acts will not “inherit the kingdom of God”  (I Cor.6: 9-10; Gal.5: 19-21).

As we’ve already seen, Shaul was accused by some of being anti-law.  So, James (Jacob) told Shaul to do certain things “that all may know… that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law”  (Acts 21:24).

 

Shaul told young Timothy that “from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation”  (II Tim.3:15).   Here, Shaul was referring to the Old Testament, since that was the only scriptures that Timothy had known from childhood.  So , now, thirty some years after the crucifixion, Shaul was referring to the Old Testament as “scripture,” and he said that those scriptures make one “wise for salvation”—and he told Timothy to “…continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of”  (verse 14).

Shaul saw no conflict between Old Testament scripture and Christian faith and practice, and confirmed that ALL Scripture (including the Old Testament) is profitable for doctrine and for instruction in righteousness.  These are not the words of someone teaching that God’s Old Testament laws have been done away!

“So when they had appointed him [Shaul] a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets [i.e., from the Old Testament], from morning till evening”  (Acts 28:23).   So, here we see that Shaul preached the kingdom of God and Jesus from the Old Testament.

Let’s now focus on some scriptures which prove that Shaul kept the seventh day Sabbath, as well as the annual holy days of God AFTER Yeshuah ascended to the right hand of the Father (as summarized in Leviticus chapter 23):

“And he [Shaul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks”  (Acts 18:4).

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest  [Greek ‘sabbatismos’] for the people of God,” said Shaul or a scribe close to him  (Heb.4:9, NIV).

Acts chapter 13 also shows that Shaul kept the Sabbath.

As for the annual holy days of Leviticus 23, the following scriptures show that these days were observed by Shaul:

“but [Shaul] took leave of them, saying, ‘I must by all means keep this coming feast [of Passover] in Jerusalem’”  (Acts 18:21).

“But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread,” said Shaul  (Acts 20:6).

“For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost”  (Acts 20:16).

“But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost,” said Shaul  (I Cor.16:8).

Pentecost is the Greek word that replaced Shavuot or the feast of weeks (50 days of countdown to celebrating the giving of Torah on Mt Sinai/ Hebron). Just like the pagan festival easter replaced Pesach (Passover supper, see Ac 12:4 in the original language), and the pagan “Christmas” season replaced the fall feasts of Yahweh- especially sukkot.

When Yeshuah came the first time, He fulfilled the Spring feasts of Yahweh. Then the Holy Spirit (the Ruach haKodesh) was sent by Yeshuah, fulfilling the Summer feast of Yahweh. When Yeshuah returns (soon), He is coming to fulfill the fall feasts of Yahweh. When He does, millions of Christians will be having their Christmas ham, their yule, their tree with decorated testacles etc. I know that no one celebrates Christmas thinking about the pagan parts and roots of it. Neither did the Israelites when they made the golden calf (See Exodus 32). But the Remnant will be in the wilderness together observing the appointed times and seasons that we were always intended to observe since Genesis:

Ge 1:14 ¶ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs (signals), and for seasons (appointed times), and for (Sabbath) days, and (Jubilee) years:

The remnant will absolutely have the “faith of Jesus and the commandments of God” in the last days. http://homegroups.org/the-remnant/

The Prodigal Son

I had a thought today, that I would add the word “both” in a few places to Ephesians chapters 1 & 2 to make it a little more clear, and to add in parenthesis (Israel or Judah) to make it sound as though it is the older brother writing to the prodigal son after the older brother got the chip off his shoulder and understood why the father was so quick to bring the prodigal son back in. Israel (the house of Israel, not the state) is the name of the northern kingdom that was dispersed. We are either the lost sheep of the house of Israel or we are sojourners of the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Otherwise, Jesus didn’t come for us (those are His words, not mine, Mathew 15:24).

Let us first read the parable of 2 sons:

Lu 15:11 ¶ And he said, A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Wow, how amazing to see that yes, we realize that we are the prodigal son. But we don’t realize who these brothers are. They are Ephraim and Judah. Or you might also think of them as Judah and Joseph (go back and study the story of Joseph and Judah) or even Joseph and Benjamin (Rebekah’s 2 sons, see Mt 2:18 and Jeremiah 31:15). These are pictures of the 2 brothers; the 2 houses that are prophesied to become one. They are prophetically the 2 that are to become one new man; the houses of Israel and Judah becoming one house of Israel.

Notice that the younger son was (as) dead; Ezekiel 37 and the dry bones may come to mind. He was lost (as was Joseph, as were we once as the house of Israel).

Let’s read Paul’s letter with clarification added:

Eph 1:1 ¶ Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us both with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us both in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us both unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us both accepted in the beloved. In whom we both have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us both in all wisdom and prudence;

Having made known unto us both the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we both have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we (Jews) should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye (Israel) also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of both our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you (Israel), making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling (of the lost sheep), and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who both believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 2:1 ¶ And you (Israel), who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked ccording to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us both, Even when we were both dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us both up together, and made us both sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye (Israel) saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we both are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we both should walk in them. 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 (both houses), and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye (Israel) who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is both our peace, who hath made both (houses/ brothers) 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 (ordinances that were nailed to the cross); for to make in himself of twain (2 men) one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
And came and preached peace to you which were afar off (Israel), and to them that were nigh (Judah). For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners (Israel), but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the (whole) household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together (one house) for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Amazing to see these passages together. We see that the younger brother squandered all his inheritance and came back. When we come back as “prodigal” children (house of Israel) our inheritance is squandered. Those who have kept Torah for 2000 years did not squander it although some did. TRUE Torah-observant Jews (house of Judah) have continued to keep the oracles of God. They didn’t squander their inheritance. We see in verse 1:11 of Ephesians that our inheritance comes from Yeshua (Jesus).

 

Misconceptions of ekklesia

I have some points of disagreement regarding ekklesia, the Greek word for “church”, and in no way do I desire to argue or convince anyone of my beliefs, but I do want all to be confident that we are not following another gospel at HomeGroups.Org- And here is the main error of ekklesia’s origins, the foundation of everything else on which the idea of the rest is based:

 

What Is a Church to most christians?

The “church” (Greek ekklesia) is literally “a called-out assembly.” Its birth (by strict definition) took place when the first disciples responded in faith to “Follow me!”

 

This is untrue but it is what most Christians believe or they believe the church was born at Pentecost. The law of first mention takes us back to: Ex 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

 

When we start at the law if first mention of “Assembly”, we will quickly find 2 words in Exodus 12; qahal and edah, the feminine of ed, in which we also get the term “Moedim”, or appointed times. This means that the “church”, was formed not at the 1st century Pentecost (Shavuot),  in Acts but rather at the first Pentecost (Shavuot) ever- in the book we call Exodus. And if we go to the first verses of that book, we see it more clearly defined:

 

Ex 1:1 ¶ Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.

 

So the True definition of the Assembly, or the church as people like to call it is, the multitude of witnesses who assemble or congregate with a common testimony and culture- Torah+Messiah. This is CLEARLY mentioned in several NT passages, but none are so clear as Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

 

The following article has not been read, but it was returned by a quick google search to explain my issue with the word ekklesia because of King James’ struct rules in translating original text. http://bible-truth.org/Ekklesia.html

 

Every instance of the word church in the NT when quantified, is quantified by geological location, not “local congregations”; The church at Corinth, Ephesus, Thyatira, Philipi, Laodicea, Thessolanica or Rome et al, including the reference of Jesus using the word ekklesia in Mt 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 

Several issues exist with this assumption, but I will minimized it to 3. First, Jesus was talking to His disciples who were Hebrews and spoke Hebrew. So it’s a false assumption that Jesus actually used that word, it was simply translated into Greek when the gospel according to Mathew was translated. Google search “Hebrew Mathew” and we will find overwhelming evidence that it was originally written in Hebrew, not Greek. I would argue the entire new testament was possibly originally written in Hebrew but it’s a subject that can only be debated, not yet proven. But endless Hebrew Idioms that don’t translate well into Greek are a great evidence, but I digress.

 

Church in the Wilderness

This is an excellent way to think about the church, and I would add:

Jer 16:14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

 

See also Isa 43:18 and Jer 23:7-8 for further clarification. Father always intended to return the Kingdom of heaven to Israel, the wild olive tree that would be grafted back into the natural olive tree, Judah. But are those who claim to be “lost sheep of the house of Israel” wild branches if they were once part of the same root?

Joh 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Ro 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

 In fact, It is my belief that our entire eschatology looks completely different when we realign our understanding to these foundational Truths of Scripture that we have overlooked because we have been blind in part according to the God of Israel, not the God of the “church”

Mt 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Eze 11:14 ¶ Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 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. But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.

 Eze 36:16 ¶ Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Eze 36:25 ¶ Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. 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.

Now read all of Ezekiel chapter 37 and this should make our head spin if we have not been shown these scriptures before.

See my study on eschatology in light of these revelations: http://homegroups.org/the-book-of-revelation/

 

Again, Ro 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear😉 unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

 Ro 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 

See my study on the remnant: http://homegroups.org/the-remnant/ , a work in progress. The church is not the mystery, Israel and his blindness is as well as how the Covenant would be restored after Isral and Judah were divorced. The story of the prodigal son is about Israel and Judah, not the church. Although technically the church is Israel and Judah under Messiah’s restored Covenant of Yahweh, but Wendy and I are not Jews and we don’t follow Judaism as Jesus did not with its Gemara and Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, Mishnah etc. The mystery is also the two houses as referred to in the “new testament”:

Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Israel and Judah becoming one flesh- as the husband and wife have been shadow-pictures of the Assembly called Israel, the Bride for the Husband from the foundations of creation- also becoming one flesh, one Body! The Northern and Southern parts of the Kingdom re-uniting are like Judah coming out of the rib of Israel, Israel coming from the rib Jesus, Eve from the rib of Adam and reuniting. Reconciliation of family from beginning to end, the end from the beginning. DEEP stuff. The family is a wheel-within-a-wheel throughout history into eternity in a new heavens and Earth in a mind-bending reality that unfolds in many directions simultaneously.

 

It is VERY difficult for mainstream Christians who still worship in the ways of the goyim, the gentiles, to grasp this because of their confirmation bias, their love of money for their institutions’ continuity, their love of pork and Christmas and Easter, and their grace-alone, faith-alone comfort zones that daily give them a clean conscience for their lukewarmness. Plus, this is only realized by those who seek the face of the Father diligently and those who have hearts that desire to please the father, instead of the preaching and teaching of men; hearts of flesh and not stone.  I don’t mean those words in a harsh manner at all. Christianity is certainly the path that we start on, which leads to the narrow path if we are continually growing and overcoming to the end. On the left and the right of the Way of the Nazarene Path of Truth and Life are two ditches; Judaizers and Hellenizers- Judaism and Mainstream Christianity. These are religions at their core; one of which Jesus taught against and turned over tables to demonstrate the Father’s anger for turning the Path of Yahweh into the paths of men and moneychangers in Nicolaitanism (which literally means to lord over or triumph over the people, and can also be eisogeted to mean followers of Nicolaos and his paganism, oddly similar to St. Nicholas and his paganism which Christians love) which God and His Son hate.

There are no hard feelings, there is no judgment or spiritual pride behind any of these posts on this site. I have NEVER been so confident in the Word of Yahweh, the Truth has NEVER made so much sense and connected all the dots and cleared up all the confusion of errors and mistranslations. Switching from studying Greek to studying paleo-Hebrew and the Biblical Hebrew of the text has proven to me beyond a shadow of ANY doubt that we are on the narrow path that Jesus spoke of. His burden is light, His Yoke is not hard; Be set apart from the world, die to self and do things His Covenant Way. Most scholarly writings/ pens are excellent and are part of the Path in my opinion, but they are not the end of the Path. Most Christians get to a point of learning and they plateau in their learning and separate based on their plateau of belief into denominations instead of continuing to learn. This is especially true of scholars, I know because I was there once; I thought I knew just about everything there was to know, but Father humbled me even further to make my heart right for even more Spirit and Truth. He is MOST gracious and deserving of glory.

 

1Pe 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Re 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The House of David

There is so much Scripture that is completely misunderstood and ignored even by the most learned people in Christianity, myself especially. And there are many examples to share that show how it is completely impossible to understand the “new testament” without a much more complete understanding of the “old testament”, which I did not always have. One of the newest Truths I am beginning to understand is the relationship between Revelation and several pieces of information from the front of the book. The 24 elders in Revelation are a good place to start.

Who are these 24 Elders in Revelation? Can your pastor tell you who they are? Not if he doesn’t study the front of the Book. The answer can be found amongst other places in 1 Chronicles 23-27.

One might begin to see another 2 houses: priests and Levites- “one principal household being taken for Eleazar, and one taken for Ithamar.” David had a military of 288,000, and a choir of 288 (2×144,000 and 2×144)

1Ch 27:1 ¶ Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand.

So, The restoration of the 10 lost tribes of Israel and Judah in the “North Country” will then lead to the establishment of the Kingdom of the House of David before the tribulation.

The old and new testament scriptures make clear that David’s fallen tabernacle / Sukkah will be raised. This refers to the Davidic Kingdom that initially will have one of his descendants reigning over a united Israel and Judah. Israel appoints one head in Jezreel valley, Hos 1:11.

The Lord must thus raise up the Davidic monarchy amongst the Jews. This will be relatively easy as a Sukkah is much easier to put back together than a house. There must be reconciliation with the lost tribes to enable this because the reason the two houses separated is related to baseless hatred that destroyed the last temple.

According to my current understanding of Scripture, a limited outpouring of the HS will precede WW3 & a sort of exodus from USA. The lost tribes will move to the North Country at some point after this. They are not there now. (In order for the 10 Lost tribes of the House of Israel to leave the North Country, they must first be there.) The scriptures do not tell us how they get to the North Country. From there we will join with the House of Judah (Jews) and return to the mountains (‘west bank’) of the land of Israel. Once both Houses of Israel are joined in the land of Israel, the temple will be in operation along with the Cohanim. The house of David will be reigning during a pre-millennial Messianic Era preceding the tribulation. (David’s fallen tabernacle is restored).

A great deal of destruction is coming to the world after the Pentecostal Harvest. Despite the world wars and destruction, the Father is very much in the construction and healing business. A remnant shall be saved. The Father will restore Israel & Judah, step by step including the Kingdom of the House of David and perhaps David himself. There is actually great reward for staying true to Him here and now.

Ho 1:4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

Also notice, Jezreel, Yizra`e’l, Yisra’el … very similar.