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High Strikers

brown lamb standing on grass

What if everything we spoke in secret was played over a loudspeaker each morning to everyone we know? Tzara’at (leprosy) is a spiritual sickness, not a physical one. No one today gets this moldy exposure in their homes, on their clothing, or skin. If this were available today, the world would be ridden with it because we have no filters. A curse word or a tattoo in my adolescence had a different meaning than today. But sometimes we can curse without saying one vulgar word. Sometimes we are marked with leprosy that no ink gun can give.

Yeshua was and is the Great Physician. One day he was sitting, eating, and drinking with the sick. Their sickness was not physical but spiritual. “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His taught ones, “Why does He eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, יהושע (Yeshua) said to them, “Those who are strong (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17, ISR).

Have you ever been to the doctor and had a bad experience? Perhaps their bedside manner was not very refined, or they lacked compassion, empathy, or worse, they decided all your aliments were your fault or a figment of your imagination. They would not listen to your problems. They offered no oil for your bruises and no prescription for your pain. My husband used to have a family doctor who was obese. My husband was not feeling well. He had high stress on his job, high blood pressure, and multiple issues that had taken a toll on him. He was roughly 25-pounds overweight. His physician was a good 75 pounds overweight but was very stern with him and a tad sarcastic about his weight. He told my husband he needed to lose weight and start an exercise regimen. Was the doctor aware of his own condition? How can we see to get rid of a splinter in our neighbors’ eye if we have a plank in our own? Words are powerful. What if we had to pour our words through a water purification system before speaking them?

mindfulness printed paper near window

Questions to meditate on:

  1. How do we speak to the lost?
  2. Are we instructive on potions and herbs, diet and exercise they need to incorporate, but just as obese/sick as them?
  3. Are we compassionate to the sick and the sinner? Do we have empathy?
  4. Do we shame people who have not seen what we see with our words?
  5. Do we eat and drink with the sick or chastise them or even separate ourselves from the healthy like Peter did until Paul rebuked him? Paul rebukes him publicly because he had acted in a manner that led the rest of the congregation to think his behavior was okay. It was not a public post on social media but for the community who gathered there. (Galatians 2:11-21).
  6. Would a sick sinner want to share a meal with us or Invite us to a wedding?
  7. Do our lips have honey that is so sweet from His Word that others want to learn? How we speak to the sick tells a lot about us. If the sick need a doctor, doctors must go to medical school to wear a white coat and get a certificate. This can take over a decade. We can be called to be a doctor but lack schooling and a correct bedside manner.
  8. Are we a doctor that cannot speak in layman’s terms? Do we listen to answer, or do we hear the heart cries of the sick?
  9. Do we know when to go to our brother or sister, private or publicly in our community?
  10. Who did Yeshua chastise?

“The Hebrew word for a prophet, navi ( Nun-Beit-Yod-Alef) comes from the term niv sefatayim meaning “fruit of the lips,” which emphasizes the prophet’s role as a speaker.”

Fruit of the lips: Take a seed and plant it in the earth. Water the seed and make sure it is planted where it can get sunlight. It will grow, but what kind of fruit will it produce? Jeremiah said, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts” (Jeremiah 12:1-2).

person holding orange fruit during daytime

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit. A bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Yeshua went on to explain, we will know them by their fruit. How? I once bought a beautiful pink lady apple. I brought it home and cut into it, and the inside was rotten. Fruit can be deceiving. This apple had the appearance of beauty to the eye of the beholder but was rotten to the core.

Picture a carnival and the sledgehammer game.

“A high striker, also known as a strength tester, or strongman game, is an attraction used in funfairs, amusement parks, fundraisers, and carnivals. It operates by utilizing the lever where one end holds a puck attached to the tower and the other end is struck by the person or contestant using a hammer or mallet. The aim of players is to ring the bell suspended on top of the tower. If the lever is struck with enough force, the puck will rise high enough to hit the bell, indicating a success.” (Wiki)

Are we high strikers, striking the cheeks of the sick, the lost, the immature person we used to be? Our words can strike with such force they are received like a hammer. Adonai’s word is a hammer breaking the rocks in pieces, but are we using our words in a manner where we think the bell ringing is a sign of strength when its actual weakness?

Examples with sarcasm/pride: “I really told them!” Boy, I let them have it with my political/ spiritual knowledge.” “I set those Christians straight about how they are not saying His Name correct, keeping His Calendar, Feasts, etc.” “I told them they were celebrating pagan holidays and full of evil.” “Yes, I pointed out all their wicked ways, as I was instructed to do just that by the Holy Spirit.” Hmm. Really?

Are we suffering from the strong man?

2 Person Hi Striker Carnival Game - Lets Party

Has anyone ever changed a person’s mind by posting a nasty meme or a post with condemnation? Even Nathan knew a parable about a little ewe lamb would have more weight than his finger-pointing. He spoke for Adonai. He did not slander David all over the Kingdom but went to him in private. Even David’s enemy, Saul, hunting him down with an army daily, was spoken of by David at death with honor and respect, but many today will murder a dead man with their lips. David could have said “Praise Yah! that no good, lying, witch of Endor seeking sinner is dead!” Instead, he said this:

“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life,

            And in their death they were not parted;

            They were swifter than eagles,

            They were stronger than lions.

      “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

            Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,

            Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.” (II Samuel 1:23-24).

How to speak involves many layers. In the Book of Timothy, we see a list of words for leadership to follow. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction” (II Timothy 4:2).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law “(Galatians 5:22-23, BSB).

Rebuke: “The definition of rebuke = to scold or criticize or reprimand someone for their actions.

“You shall surely rebuke your neighbor and incur no sin because of this person” (Leviticus 19:17). But who is our neighbor?

Knowing who, when, how, and why to rebuke is the key. “To correct a troublemaker or rebuke a wicked person is to bring down abuse on oneself. Do not rebuke a scoffer, for that person will hate you. Reprove a wise person, and that person will love you.” (Proverbs 9:7-8)

“Those who rebuke find favor and a good blessing falls upon them.” (Proverbs 24:25)

“Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed.”

A loving friendship that never has rebuke (correction) is really not a friendship. But rebuking involves mercy and tact, and receiving a rebuke involves humility. A mocker such as King Ahab, who rebuked Elijah, was given a sterner rebuke back. His blaming the prophet for famine and calling him a troublemaker was due to his lack of looking in a mirror.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:5-6).

Septuagint, “More to be trusted are the wounds of a friend than the spontaneous (ἑκούσια) kisses of an enemy.”

Judas seals the deal with a kiss. We often picture Judas as the evil villain, but he was right there listening, collecting baskets of bread and fish, watching blind eyes open, and yes, betraying the Son of God and then hanging himself. The villain in Esther hanged himself too by his own cords.

(Proverbs 14:1) “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” Remember, a hand in Hebrew is also a mouth.

Are we hanging ourselves due to our words?

man wearing black cap with love your neighbour print during daytime

 Have you ever kissed someone and then betrayed them? Have we as a Body allowed a spirit of Judas to live in our hearts?  Have you ever wounded a friend? Did the friend, like Peter, need wounding? Did you do it in front of the group or go around behind Peter’s back and whisper about how immature he acted. How he isn’t fit for leadership? That would have been more harmful than correcting him in front of them. The darkness is exposed to light; Peter can repent and do what he should have been doing. The matter ends. No one needs to gossip about Peter.  We better start getting this right. It is past time!

The harlot seals the deal with a kiss too.

“And there a woman met him,

With the attire of a harlot and a crafty heart.

She was loud and rebellious,

Her feet would not stay at home.

At times she was outside, at times in the open square,

Lurking at every corner.

So she caught him and kissed him”

Has Abba Father kissed you with the kisses of His Mouth, or has the harlot enticed you with her lips? HOW we speak tells others who we have been kissing, how we’ve been kissing, and where we’ve been kissing.

There are many ways to say something. How we speak, when, where, and to whom matters.

 For example: If I wanted to teach children raised to wear Velcro shoes how to tie shoelaces, I could illustrate this by retying my shoes and giving instructions and examples of why lacing one’s shoes is the better way to go. First, I want to show how this simple teaching can go wrong due to words. Then I want you to imagine how a simple post to correct, reprove, and rebuke someone concerning their beliefs, both political and spiritual, can go wrong. As you read about Velcro and laces, think Torah/ think Christianity, and if you must, think politics.

1st Example: (Unfiltered)

What are people thinking? Are they taking their children hiking in Velcro shoes? Have you ever seen the military wearing Velcro boots? Even an idiot knows correctly laced shoes provide better support than poorly-fastened Velcro straps. The Martin family lets their kids wear Velcro. I saw them wearing Velcro the other day, even the 12-year-old. What kind of parents are they? Don’t they know it’s shameful? They are harming their children’s feet. And then they want to try and correct me on my children’s behavior. Have you ever?

2nd Example: (Filtered)

I feel teaching my five-year-old son to lace his shoes is essential. He will be an adult one day, and Velcro shoes may not exist then, plus Velcro shoes may not work on the job. He may need steel-toed boots or wing-tipped dress shoes. Research shows that correctly laced shoes provide better support. Velcro may come undone during track, rock climbing, or other sports. Laces fit different foot shapes better and are less likely to cause pain in general because the shoe is tightened across the foot’s entire length. I was raised wearing Velcro shoes and was taught that tying shoes was outdated and done away with. I was told it was just more work for me as a mom to teach my child to tie his shoes, but now he can tie up his boots, jacket string, make a square knot, and a fisherman’s knot. I am proud of his accomplishments, and I hope you will purchase a pair of laced shoes for your child.

black and black and white Converse All Star high-top sneakers

How we speak also involves who is in front of us, our audience.

Who:

Who is in front of you? Is it a broken woman with an alabaster box of perfume that the leaders consider a whore? A child (this can be a newborn believer or a literal child) is a demonized man in a graveyard who cuts himself? Is it a leader who is harsh and judgmental? Is it a leper?  A friend? A drug addict. A king (David/ Nathan). A politician (Herod). An educated scholar? The list goes on and on. If we were to travel to Spain today and sit in a cafe, we would need to know how to speak Spanish to get the type of coffee and dessert we wanted unless our server spoke our language. If we speak Chinese and order it in our native tongue, chances are the Spaniard will not understand. Early in my ministry, I posted a small teaching on my facebook wall. A family member inboxed me and said, “I love to read your post, but lately I can’t understand anything you’re saying. I have to look up almost every other word and I am at work and don’t have time.” The Apostle Paul said something that needs to be meditated on with much thought. First, he told them if they were speaking in tongues without a translator, no one would understand them. Have you ever heard a clanging pot and pan fall un-expectantly?

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (I Cor. 13:1-3).

Many will argue that they are using love in some of their videos, post, memes, etc. to correct others, but I must say we all need to taste our words. We need to ask ourselves who we are speaking to. Are we talking to a child? A newborn baby? A brand-new believer? Are we speaking to Christians, Messianic or unbelievers? Are we trying to speak to all of these on social media without thought that our audience is full of different people on different levels and journeys?

Are we speaking to leadership? Do we honor leadership? Have we appointed ourselves to be police officers who must expose everyone else’s actions and beliefs we deem wrong or wicked? Even the dead?  Police represent authority, but authority must be trained.  We may need a change of heart, especially if we compare ourselves as righteous and only see others as way below on our ruler and standard we have defined as holy—set apart. If we are yelling at people to repent and pointing at them, separating ourselves from anyone who has made an error, we may want to pull the plank out of our eye so we can see to remove the speck in our brother’s eyes.  Yeshua and Paul know their audience when they speak.

Paul said, “Or do you not know, brethren for I am speaking to those who know the law/ Torah.” (Romans 7:1). Paul was speaking to an audience in this passage who knew the Father’s Torah/ Law. Some people do not have an understanding of His Torah, or they may have been taught it was nailed to the cross. Many times, these same people are keeping many portions of it. David can help us understand His Torah.

 Psalm 119,

“O how I love Your law!

            It is my meditation all the day.

      Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,

            For they are ever mine.

      I have more insight than all my teachers,

            For Your testimonies are my meditation.

      I understand more than the aged,

            Because I have observed Your precepts.

      I have restrained my feet from every evil way,

            That I may keep Your word.

      I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,

            For You, Yourself have taught me.

      How sweet are Your words to my taste!” (Psalm 119:97-103).

            Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” His Words are sweeter than honey, but are ours?

 At one point, Yeshua explains that certain people are blind and deaf. He gives those who knew Torah an antidote to being healed after he restores a blind man’s sight. “If you were blind, you would have no sin. But since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains” (John 9:41). What did He possibly mean here?

They say, “we are not blind–We see!” We see His Torah. We see our righteousness. We see–we are not like that sinner over there. We fast twice a week. We dress modestly. We do not keep Halloween. We do not keep Sunday. We don’t wear pants. We don’t smoke or chew or even say the curse words listed in the Bible. Oh, we think we see ourselves, but do we see the naked, sick, hungry, and broken soul created in His image that’s standing before us in need of oil and not condemnation. Do we see the Messiah we claim lives inside of us? Are we like Him?

After Yeshua cast out demons, the leaders and scholars said he did this by the prince of demons.

Who was He harsh with? When was He harsh? Why was He harsh at that moment?  Yeshua answers the leaders like this:

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers (seed of the woman/seed of the serpent)! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Yeshua spoke differently to the sick, the demonized in the graveyard, and even the leader who met with him in private. Would you place a 1st grader in a class with an 8th grader? Would an English professor speak to her English Literature class in the same way as her GED class? Do you speak to babies in the same manner of speech as you would your counselor? If you are posting or saying words that are sharp, unpolished, sour, bitter, judgmental, arrogant, or angry, who are they healing that is sick? When Paul spoke sharply with rebuke, it was to those who knew the Torah or were learning it. They were cheating on their wives, getting drunk at the gatherings, and doing things worse than those of the world. We must know our audience. And yes, there have been times when the Father had me post something that those who are of the world did not understand. I have also been guilty of posting things out of anger, a judgmental attitude, self-righteousness, ignorance, and words that sure could have used some ajax and sandpaper. Laying things aside for a day or two and rereading what we want to say after calming down or praying on it may bring enlightenment. One may even decide they no longer need to say what they thought they did. And sometimes, we can reword it better after some time away from it.

I hope this blog helps us all think before we grab our keyboard or microphone. Remember what comes out of our mouths, lives in our hearts. Please check out Grace in Torah’s message called Taste Your Words HERE.

In Part Two, we will look at how to answer a fool in his folly and more.

Sources: all Photos by Zoltan Tasi, Lesley Juarez, Engin Akurt, Nina strehl,
Camila Damásio, except high striker.

Posted in America, Elijah's prophetic Cup, Tekoa Manning, TM

Our nation–Job’s Wisdom

 

If you follow my Tekoa page or Facebook page, this blog is a couple of posts I’ve combined with a passage from an upcoming book on America and the wisdom of Job for our nation. I still have no working title but do feel it will be a book for a season that looks bleak to bring hope. If you already have read my post, scroll down to the free chapter. Blessings and Happy Sukkot!

The first post is from 9/30/2020:

I have read many comments and posts concerning the debate last night. I’ve also been reading many posts concerning The Return. Some were very harsh on the D.C. gathering– warning of the anti-messiah, freemasons, being too patriotic and a false revival, false repentance, etc. The most heartbreaking words were toward a messianic Rabbi Who spoke with great humility and said a prayer as close to Ezra’s or Nehemiah’s as I have ever heard. His prayer During The Return caused both my husband and I to get on our faces and weep. Does that mean we agreed with all who spoke or everything said? No.
Rabbi Kohn was sent years ago to a pastor who had cheated on his wife, embezzled money, and was put in prison for a season. With humbleness, I have watched him sit with Christmas trees behind him and teach the Father’s Feast days. It might not look right to some, but I’m sure taking a wife of harlotry (Hosea) or walking naked And barefoot (Isaiah), or making a city out of pots and pans didn’t look right either.

During the Day of Atonement, we ask for mercy for our sins, and we desire His mercy, but do we have compassion and mercy for others? Do we fear to slander men who are trying to do what they can to spread the Gospel? Do we have a Jonah attitude, or do we accept that our Father is merciful, slow to anger, and full of compassion, and we are grass? Who are we that He is mindful of us? Are we screaming to be heard, and spreading fear, instead of becoming one? Are we sick from the top of the head to the soles of the feet?
Are we the religious police who must draw men to ourselves as if we are the only ones capable of teaching the truth or capable of warning them of falseness? Again, heartbreaking. If it were up to some, they would be the only teacher anyone was allowed to be taught by.

There are many verses written ages ago warning of false messiahs that had come and will come. John said,
“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.”
There is another verse that I’m reminded of:
“At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it.” Matthew 24:23.
There is also an anti-messiah spirit, and it can work through any of us.
Two men stood up to speak last night, and my heart broke for both of them. Why? Because when men like Ezra speak, people fall on their faces and repent. When men argue and talk over one another, it’s hard to listen. These men need prayer. Humility is refreshing. A heart that’s for a nation that is burning, being destroyed from the inside and full of bloodshed and unrest needs more than make America great again; it needs America to fear a King who is coming again to set up an everlasting kingdom. How will He rule?

“And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness, He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.” (Isaiah 11:3-4).

This nation needs repentance. I saw some of that at the Return. Maybe it was patriotic, and maybe there were issues, but I was pleased to hear shofars and songs by Paul Wilbur exalting The Great Elohiym. Our nation needs revival, but many are against even speaking the word revival because it’s not Torah enough. Because great tribulation and a day of darkness are coming–this is true, but out of great darkness comes great light.

And I’m hearing from friends who are preaching in Streets and parks and baptizing people. Ministers are going to the streets and loving the angry and broken to weeping. And yet many are slandering that they aren’t using the correct name of His Son, Yeshua. I say, know your audience. I say do what you can with what you have. A man in Acts didn’t have all the story, but he was preaching boldly, and then the Father sent helpers.

“Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:24-26).
Abba is faithful to send humble servants to help those spreading all the light they have with boldness.

These two men, Trump and Biden, who stood debating Will one day bow their knees to a higher power. Yes, one day, every knee will bow, even those who sow discord among brethren. I’m starting to think fasting words are more powerful than food, especially if they are full of finger-pointing and negativity and slander.
Men of flesh cannot come up with words or actions that pierce hearts or change the people of a nation without being engrossed in His Word and fearing Him–Him who places men on thrones and removes them. No amount of money, lost votes thrown in trash cans, corrupt media, or any other deceit can stop the Father from placing which man he wants on the thrown. And He may not want the one you are picking for His own reasons. He sent His servant Nebuchadnezzar. He erected gallows for Haman by Haman. I’m praying for them both. I’m praying for our nation. No matter who is elected, if you say, “Well, our nation is going to collapse now. We are finished.” Then you are placing trust in one of these men and not the one in control. Sometimes our temples need to be destroyed so He can rebuild them.

Ezra 9:
“O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift up my face to You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached the heavens. From the days of our fathers to this day, our guilt has been great. Because of our iniquities, we and our kings and priests have been delivered into the hands of the kings of the earth and put to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation, as we are this day.
But now, for a brief moment, grace has come from the LORD our God to preserve for us a remnant and to give us a stake in His holy place. Even in our bondage, our God has given us new life and light to our eyes. Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage, but He has extended to us grace in the sight of the kings of Persia, giving us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and giving us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
And now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commandments that You gave through Your servants the prophets, saying: ‘The land that you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the impurity of its peoples and the abominations with which they have filled it from end to end. Now, therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Never seek their peace or prosperity, so that you may be strong and may eat the good things of the land, leaving it as an inheritance to your sons forever.’
After all that has come upon us because of our evil deeds and our great guilt (though You, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserve and have given us such a remnant as this), shall we again break Your commandments and intermarry with the peoples who commit these abominations? Would You not become so angry with us as to wipe us out, leaving no remnant or survivor?
O LORD, God of Israel, You are righteous! For we remain this day as a remnant. Here we are before You in our guilt, though, because of it no one can stand before You.”

 

The second post is from 10/1/2020:

More thoughts this morning:
Pull up a debate from the 40s to the ’80s and compare it to today. It’s much more civilized. Reagan was even able to cause Mondale to laugh at his humor directed at him. But we’ve become so desensitized to our words and how we speak about people, we may not hear the full assassination of our words. Did Elohim give these men running for office life? Is His Breath in their lungs? Satan has created nothing, matter a fact, he was created by HaShem for His purposes. Was not Biden, as well as Trump, created in their mother’s womb? Will they not stand as you and I before the Judge of all the earth one day? Do they appear to be full of knowledge and wisdom from on High? Do they look strong and righteous having the ability to tame their tongues? Do their words like Job mentions, cause men to wait and listen for words that were as rain to parched souls? The wisdom that causes silence–

“To me they listened and waited,
And kept silent for my counsel.

“After my words they did not speak again,
And my speech dropped on them.

“They waited for me as for the rain,
And opened their mouth as for the spring rain.” (Job 29:21-32).
Possibly, we were allowed to see the opposite during the debate so we can get a better understanding of how frail and incapable men who have but a breath in their nostrils are of healing any type of pestilence and unrest on the earth.

I have to wonder what it would be like today to have such a job as president of the U.S. when our nation is burning. Our streets are full of violence and pestilence, and our economy, due to COVID, has suffered dramatically.
If someone gave me the job tomorrow, I wouldn’t want it. I’d lay prostrate in fear and ask as Solomon for wisdom. We need to pray for our president.
Many go to excellent links to make their candidates appear more worthy, more righteous, and more concerned about the people of America, but more than 2.2 million acres have burned in the state of California alone–Fires started by wicked men. The damage from riots and looting across the U.S. is estimated to be the costliest in insurance history – between $1 billion and $2 billion or more. Due to riots, thousands have been arrested, and many deaths have occurred, both to police and civilians. We wear a mask, but our mouths spew evil, and we wash, but we aren’t clean.
Can a fleshly man who puts his pants on like you and I fix evil and lawlessness? Can a fleshly man heal hearts and bring justice and mercy and shalom? Can a man or woman with any skin tone under the heavens fix America? I think we all know the answer to that but they can stand for LIFE, and put out fires, both internally and externally.
When other nations look at our streets on the news, what do they think? Looting, burning, violence, bloodshed, drugs, sex trafficking, child abuse, and cursing… evil upon evil. Hatred and rage and unrest. The earth is Crying Out.
I know Babylon is a harlot system, but One passage comes to mind– in one-hour judgment comes upon her.

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour, your judgment has come.’
“And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise any more: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour, such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
“They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour, she is made desolate.” Revelation 18:9–.

Things are coming upon us that we may not be prepared for. May it cause us to look UP and not at men to save us. Egypt cannot save us. No amount of wealth, power, or men with enticing words can save us. Men who have to read from an iPad because their cognitive mental capacity is weak. Men who cannot stop talking over other men because, like us, they have no idea how to be silent and tame their fire lit tongue for 2 minutes. Oh, that humility would fall on a nation. From the top of the head to the souls of the feet.

While this debate goes on and we draw closer to the election, I pray that we look to the Maker of Heaven and earth with humility and repentance. I pray that we do not place our hope or trust in men. I’m praying the Father gets our attention to the point we see our frailty and sickness and try to be lights to all people, even those we disagree with. This may not be our home, but it’s our home now, and the Earth is the Lords Adonai. He is not going to throw it away. We are not going to be taken out in a rapture. Where are the ones who were taken in scripture? Who are they?
“There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.” And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.” Luke 17:35-37 NASB.
Vultures gather to eat the flesh of the dead just as they gathered in Noah’s day after the flood. We will be left not taken, and
One day He will restore this earth to its proper condition. We go back to the garden.

Have a wonderful Sukkot, and as we celebrate the birth of the Messiah remember these words and who we place our trust in. (John 7:37-38) Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua, stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!”

Before I get to the excerpt from the upcoming release, Please pray for me as I have several books being edited and I need to know which one is to come forth first and also if the Father would want a publisher to take over. It is hard and tedious to pay for editing, make changes and new editions, and market. We also want to make sure it is His Word’s and anointing flowing through this pen and not just my own thoughts.

3  Job

 

 

“Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up;” (Job 12:15).

 

During the time of the Great Depression, the people waited for rain.  They walked outside and searched for clouds with weary eyes. Their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths. Their eyes stung from the dust that pricked their irises and made them walk like blind men. Dust kicked up and filled their parched throats. They prayed for rain, they sighed for rain, and they threw their hands up in the air for rain, but not a drop fell.

Many Americans are praying for peace, healing, justice, and order. Rioters in Minneapolis caused over 55 million in damages alone. As our nation searches for a drop of His Spiritual rain, none falls. I know that Adonai can open the windows of heaven and pour out His healing balm, but that will require us to take action through repentance and change. Many are expressing that it feels as if God has removed His strong right Arm of protection.  Job felt like this. He sat in the dust and scraped his oozing sores with broken pottery. His own wife told him to curse Adonai and die. But if you want to know the secret to an abundant life, Job can tell you.  There are genuine riches and gold that cannot be bought with money.

This man, Job, had a great life before his destruction hit.  When he went out to the gate of the city, young men fled, older men stood, princes, refrained from talking, and nobles held their peace.  Men kept silent at this man’s counsel, and after he spoke, they were left in awe.  We know Job, though, for the time of famine he went through. Whether Job was a real person or a fable, this man went through a Great Depression way before the nation of America existed. This man went through the death of his children and lost his joy and all he had worked for in a moment.

 

In Job chapter 29, Job talks about the days before his destruction.  He describes a life some have dreamed about, but I believe it can be attainable.  Many of the answers to our financial, spiritual, and physical needs are written in this one chapter. Job is reminiscing about his past, the life he had lived under the protection of the Almighty.  While reading these words, carefully meditate on the richness.

 

“And Job again took up his discourse and said,

“Oh that I were as in months gone by,

As in the days when God watched over me;

 

When His lamp shone over my head,

And by His light I walked through darkness;

 

As I was in the prime of my days,

When the friendship of God was over my tent;

 

When the Almighty was yet with me,

And my children were around me;

 

When my steps were bathed in butter,

And the rock poured out for me streams of oil!

 

“When I went out to the gate of the city,

When I took my seat in the square,

 

The young men saw me and hid themselves,

And the old men arose and stood.

 

“The princes stopped talking

And put their hands on their mouths;

 

The voice of the nobles was hushed,

And their tongue stuck to their palate.

 

“For when the ear heard, it called me blessed,

And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,” (Job 29:1-11, NASB)

 

When was the last time we had princes and nobles astounded at our words?  Has America ever washed her steps with butter?  Butter and oil were symbols of wealth, luxury, and the anointing.  And how often do we see men such as Job speak in front of the leaders of our nation?  How did Job ((Iyov) get this esteem —this wealth?  How did he get this prestige and favor from HaShem and man?  The next verses hold the answers.

 

“Because I (Job-Iyyob) delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him, the blessings of him that was ready to perish came upon me: And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My judgment was a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame: And the cause which I knew not I searched out” (Job 29:12-14, KJB).

 

How can a nation and people be feet to the lame?  We carry them.  How can a nation be eyes to the blind?  This comes when we see their sorrow and direct them with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Why would a widow’s heart be filled with joy?  If her husband just passed away and she has children to feed, and then Job shows up at her door, she knows he is going to take care of them. He will feed her children and clothe them! He puts on righteousness as a garment because he is busy doing righteous acts. These are robes of the noble.

The Bible states in Job 29:13, that when the people died, they left their possessions to Job. Why would people leave their belongings and property to this man and not their relatives?  Job helped them during their darkest hour when they had no rain.  Job came when no one else would. He did much for others, even to his hurt. Job does not stop there.  He says, “I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth” (29:17).

 

“Unto me, men gave ear, and waited, and kept silent at my counsel. After my words, they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. And they waited for me as the rain: and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. I chose out their way and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners” (Job 29:21-25, KJB).

 

Did you notice how very similar this verse is to the one in Deuteronomy that we read earlier?

 

Have you ever met someone who was known for his or her greatness? Maybe it was an actor, sports star, author, or righteous leader.  Whoever it was, you could not wait to tell your friends and family about meeting the person.  Job was a celebrity in this way.  He said if he laughed with them, they thought it was too good to be true that they were cutting up and having a good time with none other than Job.  Job was so blessed that his presence and his words were like rain to the people around him. We will look at this rain with better vision in our next chapter.

 

“And they waited for me as the rain and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain” (Job 29:23). KJB

Blessings!

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Prophetic Word for Elul–(Is it Evening?)

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While studying and meditating during the month of Elul, I heard in my spirit that evening was here—that darkness comes before light.
Now, this is something most know if they have ever read Genesis/ Bereshit Chapter one. “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). It is after this sentence that Adonai said, “Let there be light and there was light. This light came before the sun, moon, and the stars. The sages call it as Ohr Ha-Ganuz, “the Hidden Light.” This light will shine again at a future time.
“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there)” Rev. 21:23-25.
Our Messiah is light. The Torah is light. The Torah is a lamp for our feet, but this is not what the Father was directing me to search out. It was evening. Then it was dark.
The evening comes before darkness. Darkness before light. When will it be pitch black? When will the earth and the people feel such darkness? “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt” (Exodus 10:21). There are multiple ways to feel darkness. Anyone who has lived very long upon this earth has felt some form of darkness.
One of my favorite books is called Night by Elie Wiesel. In one portion of the book, Wiesel tells a story that has never left me. This story makes all the darkness I’ve experienced seem lighter in comparison. One portion of his account of the holocaust recounts the hanging of a young child. Wiesel hears a man asking, “Where is God? For God’s sake, where is God?” Elie Wiesel writes:
“And from within me, I heard a voice answer: “Where is He? This is where—hanging here from this gallows.” His most potent passage paints a scene so black one can see the chimneys’ blackened smoke and smell the horrors of death.
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget the smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Never.”
Elie Wiesel, Night
During this darkness, a few in the camp put God on trial. Elie said, “It happened at night; there were just three people. At the end of the trial, they used the word chayav, rather than ‘guilty’. It means ‘He owes us something’. Then we went to pray.”

Night (Night Trilogy) by [Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel]
Elie continued to pray to HaShem His God there in the camps. He continued to keep the Sabbath as best as he could. He risked his life to put on tefillin that were smuggled in. In the “night,” he still prayed the Shema. Jesus/ Yeshua said this was the greatest commandment.
“Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus replied, “This is the most important: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ h No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31—Deut. 6:1-19).
Elie Wiesel experienced evening before night. It was gradual. The sun was setting, but he could still see light. Things got a little darker before too long and a little more until he was crammed in a cattle car with dead bodies and a bucket for waste. Evening is something I want you to meditate on. Evening means “the mixing.” It is a mixing of darkness and light often used to describe people. Our prayers begin in the evening. (Psalm 55:17) “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
When Noah landed and let the black raven out, it flew back and forth. Much flesh was awaiting its beak, not so with the dove.
“And behold, the dove returned to him in the evening with a freshly plucked olive leaf in her beak. So Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth” (Genesis 8:11).
May we return to Him in the evening like the dove–to the Ark of His covenant. Returning with Israel freshly plucked and in our beaks (mouths), white (pure), and hovering over the waters. The dove returned in the evening. Evening can cause many to return to Him. Evening comes before darkness, and darkness comes before the Messiah. The day of the Lord Adonai is said to be a day of darkness and not light.
“Blow the ram’s horn in Zion;

Sound the alarm on My holy mountain!

Let all who dwell in the land tremble,

for the Day of the LORD is coming;

indeed, it is near—

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and blackness” (Joel 2:1-2).
Evening has its own mysteries. Many things in scripture happened in the evening, not in the morning.
(Gen.19:1) And there came two angels to Sodom in the evening. . .
Violent men came out in the evening in Sodom, but so did Abba’s two messengers who may also represent the (Torah/prophets—Moses and Elijah).
Wicked men who wanted to sodomize the messengers came forth in the evening. Then something happens that is very prophetic in nature. “But the men (messengers/ angels) inside reached out, pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. And they struck the men at the entrance, young and old, with blindness, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the door” (Gen. 19:10). Yeshua is the door. These wicked men cannot find the door due to their darkness. Yeshua said, “But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matt. 6:23). The Father shut the door of the Ark during the flood. “Then the LORD shut him in” (Gen. 7:16). The Father did not remove Noah and his family from the storm; he protected them in the darkness. But what was happening at evening? What did evening look like for Noah and his family? Was he busy working even in the dim light?
“…the righteous Noah rebuked them, urging, ‘Repent; for if not, the Holy One, blessed be He, will bring a deluge upon you and cause your bodies to float upon the water like gourds, as it is written, He is light [i.e., floats] upon the waters. Moreover, ye shall be taken as a curse for all future generations, as it is written, their portion is cursed’ in the earth.” (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 108a).
Not only was it evening during Noah’s day, but it was evening during Abraham’s day in one location, Sodom and Gomorrah.
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Matt. 17:29-30).
There is a woman that comes out in pitch darkness.
“For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, And I saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man lacking heart, Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house. In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. And look, a woman met him, Dressed like a whore, With a hidden heart” (Proverbs 7:6-9, ISR).

woman holding string lights
The fall feasts are upon us. They come just as it gets darker outside. Not only does evening come swiftly, but the darkness in our streets filled with unrest also seems to grow more significant with darkness.
Darkness is also a word used to describe protection and beauty, as magnificent as a black stallion—a black panther slinking through the jungle, A black butterfly, or a black sapphire ring. Darkness is a womb protected by water. Darkness represents being hidden. Darkness is when the beast comes out of the jungle, the fields, the forest, stalking, and searching to devour something in the darkness. When someone is robbed, shot, or sexually assaulted, if it happens in the daytime, we proclaim, “They did it in broad daylight!” Yet, Adonai dwells in thick darkness.
“The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness” (I Kings 8:12).
“He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies” (Psalm 18:11).
`araphel is Strong’s H6205: thick darkness (8x), darkness (3x), gross darkness (2x), dark cloud (1x), dark (1x). (Exo 20:21) “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness H6205 where God was.”
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down.

With thick darkness under His feet.

“And He rode on a cherub and flew;
And He appeared on the wings of the wind.

“And He made darkness canopies around Him,
A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.

“From the brightness before Him
Coals of fire were kindled.

“The LORD thundered from heaven,
And the Most High uttered His voice.

“And He sent out arrows, and scattered them,
Lightning, and routed them” (II Samuel 22:10-15).

Could the evening be approaching our timeline spiritually? Evening comes before the Son/ sun. Evening comes bringing Jacob’s trouble and great tribulation before we see the sign of the Son of Man. Evening comes before wars, rumors of wars, before pestilence, and famine. Evening and “mourning” come before death and destruction. Evening comes, and the world grows cold and dark. Thieves break in and steal in the evening. They wear black. Death is draped in black clothing, black scarves, and black caskets driven in black hearses. But evening is not pitch black. Evening still has some light to work with. We are told to work while it is still light because the fall feasts represent the time of our Messiah’s return, and this occurs before winter brings death.

“It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord GOD,
“That I will make the sun go down at noon
And make the earth dark in broad daylight.

“Then I will turn your festivals into mourning
And all your songs into lamentation;
And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins
And baldness on every head.
And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son,
And the end of it will be like a bitter day” (Amos 8:9-10).

In Zechariah 7, we see a glimpse of the return of the Messiah. All the nations will gather against Jerusalem to battle. On that day, the Lord Adonai will fight against those nations, and the Messiah’s feet will stand on the mount of olives, and the mount of olives will be split in half. Please meditate on the last passage, verse 7 below.
“In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
In that day, there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light” (Zechariah 7:4-7).
In the evening, there will be LIGHT.

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Back in March, before Pesach/ Passover, the Father spoke to me and said the Spirit of Elijah is here. Invite him in and open the door for he is here.
Now, He is telling me it’s evening. The evening can last a long time–years even in Adonai’s timeframe since a day to the Lord is a 1,000 years and 1,000 years is a day (2 Peter 3:8). It takes anywhere from 70 to 1,000 minutes to become dark after evening. 7 is completion. 1,000-year reign with our King. Symbols are everywhere.
Evening may be swiftly approaching when things get darker on the earth. I’m not date setting, but even the people in Noah’s day had a timeline.
A few years ago, I had a dream. During this time, my husband and I led up meetings and Feast gatherings at a city building. In my dream, we were in the building, and a couple came in with a baby in a car seat. A blanket partially covered the baby, and it was a boy. I greeted the mother and asked her what she had named her son. She said Methuselah. I just looked at her with large eyes. His name means, “When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent, Man Of A Javelin.” When he died, the flood came and destroyed the earth. His name and life were a warning. Man doesn’t live as long these days as they did in his day. I am thinking it is evening, but evening also has its powerful symbols.
I want to shift this message to an uplifting one and close with powerful verses that are beautifully filled with His Holy Spirit that hovered over the water in the darkness, just like the dove Noah released.
“As evening approached, he made the camels kneel down near the well outside the town at the time when the women went out to draw water” (Genesis 24:11). Women are drawing water right now. This is Abraham’s servant Eliezer. He is a foreigner and younger. He is going to find a bride for Isaac (laughter) at evening, and his name means Yah is my help or helper. The Holy Spirit is called a helper. Eliezer also means Yahweh’s ten. Can you see the Holy Spirit coming in the evening and women drinking from the wellsprings of life? “The Lord gives the word; the women who announce the news are a great host: (Psalm 68:11, ESV).
Eliezer came for Rebbeca and adorned her with jewels/ gifts. This is the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). He is the giver of gifts and fine jewels, not Tiffany and Co.

In John 8:12, Yeshua spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Ephesians 5:8-9 says, “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.”

There is a Kingdom of darkness and a Kingdom of Light. (Isa 60:2). Darkness may cover the earth, but Adonai shall arise, and His glory will be upon us. Can you picture it?
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness ( ערפל araphel -H6205) the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
“HEBREW WORD OF THE DAY: Darkness (ערפל araphel, Strong’s #6205): There are two words in the Hebrew translated as darkness. The most common is the word hhoshekh [str:2822] and means “darkness.” The other word is “araphel” and has a meaning that is something more than just darkness. In Exodus 20:21, we read, “And Moses approached the “araphel” where God was.” This darkness is a different type of darkness. It may be alluded to in Exodus 10:21, which mentions the “plague of darkness” (hhoshekh) that could be felt. We often associate darkness with evil, and light with good, but, interestingly, most of the times when God appears, it is in this araphel, such as we saw in Exodus 20:21 but also in 2 Samuel 22:10, 1 Kings 8:12, Job 22:13, Psalm 97:2 and other places.” Jeff Benner.

Jeff Benner has one more nugget that I found worth sharing. It’s the definition of the word shine.

Shine–The word ‘or, as a noun means “light” and as a verb, it means to “give light” or “shine.” It is also related to the idea of bringing order, in the same way, that you bring about order in the darkness when you turn on the lights.

Strong’s: #216

May He appear, and may His Spirit hover over the water. May light spring forth out of the darkness and heal His people. May we be pockets of light all over this earth, shining.

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The Destruction of a Nation and a Spirit of Religion

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It grieves me that we are destroying our nation from the inside. The Father doesn’t have to send Nebuchadnezzar’s army to destroy us; we do it all by ourselves.

I just witnessed my first funeral Covid style– six pallbearers, one being my brother,  all wearing masks and a funeral home filled with masked people seemed like an episode of the Twilight Zone. It is very sad to witness such times.

The economy has been hit hard, yet we keep sending checks out to stimulate it. A nation 22 trillion in debt is sending checks. We have billions of dollars’ worth of destruction to businesses, personal and public properties. America looks like a war zone in many states. The violence is so horrific; we have to have boots on the ground! Our own military has to protect us from our own fellow citizens. The Department of Justice will send hundreds of agents from the DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI to the city of Chicago to “help drive down violent crime.”

“In the last days, there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, WITHOUT SELF-CONTROL, BRUTAL, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people” (2nd Tim 3:1-5).

Our rage and civil unrest over the past few months have killed innocent bystanders, many of them children.

In New York City, over 300 people were shot in the last month alone.

Around 23 people were shot a couple of days ago in Chicago, fifteen of those people were shot outside a funeral home where they were trying to have a memorial for their dead.

Nine children under the age of 18 have been shot to death in Chicago since June 20.

A seven-year-old girl named Natalie was hit in the forehead by a bullet while visiting her grandmother.

—an 8-year-old girl was killed in Atlanta on Saturday night when someone opened fire on a car she was riding in with her mother.

Little babies in car seats have died from gunfire. Oh, Abba!!

— A Black militia group has announced plans to demonstrate in Louisville, KY, this weekend. There were around a thousand of them in Atlanta during the 4th, but their numbers have grown.

Riots sparked by the death of George Floyd have destroyed a $30 million dollar affordable housing project in south Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fires set to buildings and cars continue. Since June, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has been working with the local and state authorities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, examining over 150 fires that have occurred across the Twin Cities. I’m telling you things you probably already know.

As the chaos and unrest fill our streets, we continue eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage. We continue burying our dead.

“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:38-39.

Some are still consumed with the pastor who dreamt of disasters. They label him a false prophet, a charismaniac, an idiotic doomsday naysayer, and yet, everything he’s spoken of since March has mostly come to pass. Violence, civil war in the streets, fires, a broken economy, and death. The Father still gives his people dreams and visions. Pastor Dana mentioned the Russians (Red ones) and the Chinese (virus), and they have been here for a while. The US has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, by Friday, in a dramatic escalation in tensions between the two superpowers. The US accused China of sponsoring hackers who had been targeting science labs developing Covid-19 vaccines. But China seems to want to wait and see who will be elected in November.

Pastor Dana Coverstone mentioned going to the bank to make change, but there was none. When you go to the bank and want “change,” it’s sort of like wanting the virus and violence to end, but there’s no change and no peace to make a withdraw of. Yes, many of us have the Prince of Peace, but are we awake? Have we grown cold? Do we have a spirit of anguish for what is happening and the lost who do not know Him?

We are in very grievous times, yet many of us resemble the Walking Dead—and the ones left with any life in Messiah are hiding from those who tear the flesh of anyone they can find to disagree with. Many hope all this chaos and the pandemic will blow over at the end of the dire straits. I pray so, but it doesn’t look good for our nation. Where do we get this wording–dire straits? “Judah has gone into captivity, under affliction and hard servitude; She dwells among the nations, she finds no rest; All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.” (Lamentations 1:3 NKJV)

“The prudent see danger and take cover, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” (Proverbs 27:12).

I do not write these words to invoke fear over a virus—or fear over China, Russia, or famine—men of flesh with assault weapons. I write this to ask myself and others if we are awake? “And be not afraid of those killing the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but fear rather Him who is able to destroy bott soul and body in Gehenna. (Matthew 10:28).

After the passage on the days of Noah, Yeshua/ Jesus continues speaking in Matthew:

“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the PROPER TIME? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”

What is this food and what is the proper time period?

“He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of his covenant” (Torah). (Psalms 111:5).

“For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55).

Many are fasting over the destruction of the temple, but there is a temple Yeshua mentions and a cleansing that needs to happen again before His return. I believe Yeshua cleansed the temple at the beginning of his ministry and the end. This would make sense prophetically. The first time, after turning water into wine at a wedding, He made a whip and turned over the money tables and drove out the animals. Oh, how we need Yeshua to cleanse our temples.

“When the Passover was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts, He found men selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and money changers seated at their tables. So He made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle. He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. To those selling doves, He said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a marketplace!”

(When a body becomes a business—isn’t that a prostitute?)

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.”

On account of this, the Jews demanded, “What sign can You show us to prove Your authority to do these things?”

Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days, I will raise it up again.”

“This temple took forty-six years to build,” the Jews replied, “and You are going to raise it up in three days?”

But Jesus was speaking about the temple of His body. After He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.”

I believe the second time He cleansed the temple was during Passover season right before he was crucified.

“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” (Matthew 21:12-14).

Blind and lame people are healed after the cleansing!

It was right before Passover this past year that I heard, “The spirit of Elijah is here. Tell the people to open the door and invite him in as they always do, for he is here.” I prayed about that for a long time because I did not want to speak anything, not of Him. I felt pressed to do a podcast on opening the door and inviting Elijah in with expectancy on Pesach. I was mocked by some for naming my Podcast channel “Elijah’s Prophetic Cup.”

I prayed for confirmation, and several well-known teachers in the Messianic community confirmed what I was hearing. One even spoke on the Spirit of Elijah being here today at a conference recently.

So let’s ponder this:

What did John the Baptist do? He came in the spirit of Elijah. He baptized/immersed the Messiah. He announced that the One they were looking for was here. Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, who takes away the sins of the world. John told the people to repent and do good works. He came as a Voice.

If Elijah is here in spirit, that spirit will yearn to speak the same message and do the same things Elijah/ John did. Those with this spirit will tear down/expose the false altars and expose the false prophets and false leadership. These will be bold to announce that the King is coming! The King is Here! They will sound the alarm to wake the people. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

But we also know that before Elijah’s voice boomed and he called fire down from heaven, yes, way before the sound of an ABUNDANCE of RAIN–Ruach HaKodesh/ Holy Spirit), there was a famine for 3–1/2 years. 3 ½ plus 3 ½ is seven years.

“Surely the Lord Adonai does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7).

If Elijah is here in spirit, that spirit will yearn to speak the same message and do the same things Elijah/ John did.

“It’s not what goes into the mouth that makes the man unholy; but what comes out of the mouth, this makes the man unholy.”

Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard this saying?”

But He replied, “Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.

Leave them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:11-14). Who are blind guides? Yes, even those who are in leadership and have yeast get cleansed after Yeshua shows up and removes the filth.

The religious spirit in a man/woman always gets offended by the truth. And anyone who comes up against truth becomes a laughing stock. Religion has pride in it. It doesn’t have much room for grace or mercy, compassion, or even enunciating His Name correctly. Religious spirits get caught up in being right—having knowledge—and also a false belief that nothing can touch them. How can people read His word and not read of Job, Stephen stoned, Paul stoned and martyred, John beheaded, many crucified, boiling pots, wandering in sheepskin? Do we think in America that we are without tribulation or suffering? Oh, my heart is grieved. I feel like a pregnant woman in labor writhing and unable to get comfortable.

“O LORD, they sought You in distress;

They could only whisper a prayer,

Your chastening was upon them.

As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,

She writhes and cries out in her labor pains,

Thus were we before You, O LORD.

We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,

We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.

We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,

Nor were inhabitants of the world born.

Your dead will live;

Their corpses will rise.

You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,

For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,

And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms

And close your doors behind you;

Hide for a little while

Until indignation runs its course.

For behold, the LORD is about to come out from His place

To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;

And the earth will reveal her bloodshed

And will no longer cover her slain.” Isaiah 26–

The Spirit of Elijah is not without mentioning two witnesses and the transfiguration. Moses and Elijah will rise again.

“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days (3 and 1/2 years), clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.” (Revelation 11:3-5).

The spirit of Moses and Elijah had these powers.

They represent the Torah and the Prophets.

“When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 1And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, and they will send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev. 11:7-10).

(The mighty spirit of Elijah and Moses will bring such a sound and cry for repentance, with signs and wonders that the wicked will want to murder the voices of truth and justice. Those who have reprobate minds and are full of lawlessness have a murderous spirit.

“But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And, they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”

Oh, friends, I am not a date setter, but if we ever wanted to start really cleaning our bridal gowns, now would be the time. This is not the time to be playing games. If I heard correctly, and the spirit of Elijah is here, it’s time to get ready. Ravens brought Elijah bread and meat. A raven was sent out of Noah’s Ark and it did not come back.

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” (Revelation 19:17-18).

Ezekiel 39:17-20 repeats this, “And as for you, son of man, this is what the Lord GOD says: Call out to every kind of bird and to every beast of the field: ‘Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great feast on the mountains of Israel. There you will eat flesh and drink blood. You will eat the flesh of the mighty and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as though they were rams, lambs, goats, and bulls—all the fattened animals of Bashan. At the sacrifice I am preparing, you will eat fat until you are gorged and drink blood until you are drunk. And at My table, you will eat your fill of horses and riders, of mighty men and warriors of every kind,’ declares the Lord GOD..”

Vultures have recently returned to Israel. A rare Egyptian vulture nest was discovered in the Carmel region in northern Israel, almost six decades after the species was thought to have vanished from the area.” Click HERE. “Ravens have recently taken on the same characteristics and DNA of the ones from 3,000 years ago. “The common raven (Corvus corax) belongs to the crow family and is the largest bird in this group — the US Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology describes ravens as “massive”.

A raven (Corvus corax) looks out over the Grand Canyon. Its genes perhaps contain the genetic remnants fro an older species. (Photo: Hermann Luyken, Wikimedia Commons CC0 1.0)

A raven (Corvus corax) looks out over the Grand Canyon. Its genes perhaps contain the genetic remnants from an older species. (Photo: Hermann Luyken, Wikimedia Commons CC0 1.0) Click HERE.

The birds are preparing.

When the disciples ask Yeshua when all these things will take place, we read more about these birds, and let’s not forget Lot’s wife who looked back.

“Remember Lot’s wife. “Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. “I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken, and the other will be left. “There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken, and the other will be left. “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken, and the other will be left.” And answering, they said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”

Where will these be taken? Oh, friends, this is not the rapture doctrine; this is a beastly fleshly feast those birds of prey will be feeding on.

Abba feeds his prophet with a raven, and Abba cares for the young ravens..

“Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;

make music on the harp to our God,

who covers the sky with clouds,

who prepares rain for the earth,

who makes grass to grow on the hills.

He provides food for the animals,

and for the young ravens when they call.” (Psalm 147:7-9).

(Job 38:41)
“Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God as they wander about for lack of food?”

The young ravens call. Can you hear their cries? When the ground cracks and the rivers dry up, He provides food for them. Even widows with a smidgen of oil and a handful of meal, have food for the season. Even pots filled with poison gourds get a meal for the season.

“When Elisha returned to Gilgal (A Circle Of Stones, A Wheel, A Rolling Away), there was a famine in the land. As the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” Then one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were. So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.” And they were unable to eat. But he said, “Now bring meal.” He threw it into the pot and said, “Pour it out for the people that they may eat.” Then there was no harm in the pot.” (II Kings 4:38-41).

Barnes commentary: “The plant was probably either the Ecbalium elaterium, or “squirting cucumber,” the fruit of which, egg-shaped, and of a very bitter taste, bursts at the slightest touch, when it is ripe, and squirts out sap and seed grains; or the Colocynthis, which belongs to the family of cucumbers, has a vine-shaped leaf and bears fruit as large as an orange, very bitter, from which is prepared the drug sold as colocynth. This latter plant grows abundantly in Palestine.”

Some of the food being served today comes from a ‘wild’ vine. The prophet was able to take “meal,” and make the unclean food clean. The word in Hebrew in verse 40 is not just bitter but maveth. It means death, as in pestilence. We have death in the pot. We need Yeshua, the Anointed One to cleanse us from these gourds. These gourds come from bad trees and those not caring for His Sheep. Their roots are rotten.

“Please let me sing to the One I love, a song for my loved One regarding His vineyard: my loved One has a vineyard on a fertile hill. And He dug it up and cleared it of stones, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a watchtower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it. And He waited for the yielding of grapes, but it yielded rotten ones. “And now, O inhabitant of Yerushalayim and man of Yehuḏah, please judge between Me and My vineyard. “What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I waited for the yielding of grapes, did it yield rotten ones?” “And now, please let Me inform you what I am doing to My vineyard: To take away its hedge and it shall be burned; to break down its wall and it shall be trampled down; and I lay it waste; it is not pruned or dug and thornbushes and weeds shall come up; and I command the clouds not to rain on it.”For the vineyard of יהוה of hosts is the house of Yisra’ĕl, and the man of Yehuḏah is His pleasant plant. He looked for right-ruling, but see, oppression; for righteousness, but see, weeping. (Isaiah 5:1-7, ISR).

“For a good tree does not yield rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree yield good fruit.“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For they do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.” (Luke 6:44).

He says the same thing in Matthew 12: “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?” Every bad tree with rotten roots and bad fruit is cut down and thrown in fire.  Matthew Chapter 23 has a long list of characteristics for religious spirits and the horror of what it does to baby lambs and full-grown sheep. He gives all the characteristics of men who desire accolades from men and to be called teacher, teacher. Yeshua says things to the leaders, the Torah scholars that are so blunt and sharp and pointed, I am sure speaking them today to anyone with such clout would come across highly offensive. We must read Yeshua’s words and see if we have any of these characteristics. Ask yourself if you have become so consumed with Torah study and rabbinical prayers and teachings that you have left off the Words in red and the blood of the Lamb. Look deeper into your spiritual condition, has it grown colder yet you feel more knowledgeable? Do you still feel His Wind? Do you feel an unction to pray? Are you tucked up under His Wing? Let’s be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees for I see it blowing in the breeze and placing a religious spirit over the Body that has blinded the eyes of many. Yeshua is the Living Torah and He is life, He is the Way and the Truth. We must come back to our first love. Please pray with me for His Bride and our nation.

Blessings,

Tekoa.

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Moses Face, the Snow Queen, and the Evil Eye

The “evil eye,” ayin ha’ra in Hebrew, is the idea that a person or supernatural being can bewitch or injure an individual merely by looking at them. Have you ever looked at someone with a stink eye? Have you ever been bewitched by someone?

When I was around 16 years old, I went to the drive-in (showing my age) with my boyfriend. He had a mustang —1960’s, and as I went to hop up on the hood to watch the movie with him, I lost my balance, falling into a rusty car antenna that was pushed down and missing the top mount. Blood began to pour out of my eye, and I spent a few days in the hospital. With numbing medicine and tweezers, they began to pluck the metal out of my eyeball and rinse it in a solution.  Once released from the hospital, I wore a patch on one eye like a pirate. Arrr, Mate! I had some damage in the eye and, for many years, only needed one contact lens. But as a teenager, I didn’t worry much about my eye. I thought I was invincible. I’m thankful that I didn’t lose my sight, but spiritually we can be blind in our right eye and not know it.

Many people at the drive-in that night went to high school with me; they saw something different. By the time I returned to school, the gossip had gone full circle.

“I heard you got beat up at the drive-in and stabbed in the eye!” “Oh, Tekoa, I heard so and so cornered you in the bathroom and punched you in the eye, and her ring cut your eyeball.” The stories went on and on, each with different settings. I remembered when I went to the bathroom to see if my eye was only running with water. I was surprised to see all the blood. One girl was standing at the sink next to me. She looked at me and said, who did this to you?” Sadly, many times we get off balance and do things to ourselves, but my point in sharing this story is that we often judge with an evil eye. We don’t have all of the story or information.

Today, I think back to that night and pray for a good eye that has an antenna that reaches the heavens and sees like my Father and Yeshua, but even I know I fail at this time and again. I know that at times I hear things and see things that are not as I perceive them. It is only when I hear my Father’s Voice that I am certain. Yeshua tells us that His sheep know His Voice.

The word antenna comes

from 17th century Latin, alteration (of a ship), used in the plural to translate Greek keraioi’ horns (of insects).

Curiously, the Latin vulgate mistranslated Moses’ face shining as the word translated “shine” is closely connected with a word translated “horn.” Hence, the Latin version and others have rendered the verb “to be horned.” From this rendering of the word has arisen the popular representation of Moses with horns on his forehead; e. g. in Michelangelo’s statue at Rome.” (Barnes Notes). Even the meekest man to ever live is given horns due to misunderstandings. I think we all would prefer to have a shiny face versus horns any day. We all need our antennas tuned to His Channel, clear of any rust or eye damage, and washed in His Word and His blood. We need to be seeing with 2020 vision in this year 2020. What we’ve been seeing has been shocking to look at. Things can be hidden like Moses in a basket, or like the man Moses murdered and hid in the sand. There are always things hidden that He wants to reveal to us. All sorts of vial things hidden are surfacing in our media. It is as if the swamp is being drained. Everything in darkness must come forth to the light in order to be made whole. Even sex traffickers need the blood of Yeshua and freedom from bondage.

After Moses spent time with the Father in intimacy, he hid his face behind a veil. Later in the story, the Father will hide His face from Moses and only show him His Backside. There’s an old joke that goes like this: Does your face hurt? Because it’s killing me. This is a bad joke, but the Israelites did not want to look at Moses’ shining face. It made them afraid. Afraid of what? They were awestruck at the radiance that shined forth from Moses. They knew Moses had been in the presence of HaShem, and they had not. Adonai’s Voice had terrified them on the mount. There had been thunder and lightning, and smoke and the people trembled. Have you ever trembled in the presence of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Have you ever felt shiny after spending intimate time with Him?

Our faces, like Moses, are to be getting brighter and brighter. Moses was spending time with the Father, and afterward, his face shone with brilliant light. Our countenance is supposed to reflect His Son, Yeshua, and we are to be his image-bearers. Paul said, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (II Cor. 3:17-18, NASB).

“And indeed, if our Good News has been veiled, it has been veiled in those who are perishing, in whom the mighty one of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them. For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Messiah יהושע the Master, and ourselves your servants for the sake of יהושע. In whom the mighty one of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them.” (II Corinthians 4:3-5, ISR).

What kind of blindness is Paul speaking of? Who is the (mighty one of this age) god of this world? In the book of Deuteronomy, we read that The Lord Elohim is God in heaven and on the earth below, and there is no other. Could it be possible that the Pharisaical spirit has blinded their eyes? It was the god at that time. Perhaps, Moses saw the face of Yeshua?

This is the mirror we want to reflect.

Have you looked in a mirror lately? Have you looked at someone with a stink eye?  Most of the world is wearing a mask. It is hard to present His image with a mask on or even a homemade colorful one. Many states are trying to fine people and charge them if found not wearing a mask. The principalities and powers in high places (government leaders) are who we wrestle against, but wrestling requires action. (Ephesians 6:12) (Gen. 32:22)

Is this a time to be silent and put a veil on?

Paul said, “Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” (II Cor. 3:13-15, NASB).

Sha’ul or Paul said that we are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face. He said that we were to speak with great boldness and shine.

I want to close by sharing a fairy tale that involves something I feel is extremely important during 2020, and it involves our eyesight, which also affects our ears/hearing.

Han’s Christian Andersen, an author, best remembered for his fairy tales, wrote The Snow Queen, which was published in December of 1844.

We will look at some of the principal characters, and I will ask you to look deeper with me into the mirror and inspect your right eye (spiritual sight). If we are His image-bearers, why do we have ogre eyes and a distorted vision of people in our families, ministries, and lives? Is there a shard of glass that needs to be removed or a tiny grain of sand? Suspicion the size of a grain of sand. . . Let us start out with Han’s voice as he tells a beloved tale of becoming unfrozen and bringing healing to our eye gate and our ear gate, for if we silence the outside noise, and cleanse our eyes, we can hear light. Have you ever heard light?

“One day, an evil trolling ogre made a mirror that had the property of diminishing everything wonderful, good, kind, and beautiful that was reflected in it into virtually nothing. Matter a fact, things that were bad only grew worse.

“The loveliest landscapes looked like boiled spinach in it, and the best of people turned ugly or stood on their heads with no stomach, their faces became so distorted that they were unrecognizable, and if someone had a freckle, you could be sure that it spread out over both nose and mouth. It was most amusing, ‘the ogre’ said. If a good pious thought, went through the mind of a person, a grin appeared in the mirror, so that the ogre devil had to laugh at his ingenious invention. Everyone who went to an ogre school – for he ran such a place – said far and wide that a miracle had taken place; now for the first time one could really see, they felt, what the world and people really looked like. They ran around with the mirror, and finally, there wasn’t a country or a single person that had not been distorted in it. Now they wanted to fly up to Heaven itself to make fun of the angels and the ‘Good Lord.’ The higher they flew with the mirror, the louder it laughed, they could hardly hold onto it; higher and higher they flew, closer to God and the angels; then the mirror shook so violently as it grinned that it shot out of their hands and crashed down onto the ground, where it shattered into hundreds of millions, billions and even more pieces, and that was precisely what caused even more misfortune than before, for some of the pieces were scarcely as big as a grain of sand, and these flew all over the world, and wherever they got into people’s eyes, they stayed put and then those people saw everything wrong, or only had eyes for what was bad about something, for every speck of the mirror had retained the same power as the whole mirror had possessed; some people even got a tiny mirror shard in their heart, and that was quite horrible – the heart became like a lump of ice.

Some pieces of the mirror were so large that they were used for window-panes, but it wasn’t worth looking at one’s friends through that pane; others were put in spectacles, and things went badly when people put on those glasses so as to see clearly and be just; the evil ogre laughed till his stomach burst.” Full story Here– Hans Christian Anderson.

Have you noticed the distorted views of many? Only seeing the worst in others. Judging by the outward appearance and not the hearts of individuals and lumping everyone under specific titles. Not all people are the same.

In the Snow Queen, from the tiniest grain of sand and the smallest shard of glass, the stink eye got into all the people in the fairy tale. If the stink gets in the eye, it distorts the ear. If one has a wrong thought about a person, soon when the person speaks or tries to explain something, it’s met with a different octave sound. The frequency is not tuned in and now comes through the airwaves like fingernails on a chalkboard. Because of the glass hidden in the heart and the shards that have entered the eye gate, the person now cannot hear anything lovely coming from the voice of the one they have looked at through the dark glass of the adversary. Grab some Visine and a Q-tip.

The second portion, The Little Boy and The Little Girl, occur years later. The boy, Kai, and the girl, Gerda, live next door to each other. Gerda means guardian. Peace. Fertility. Famous bearer. Like Eve (Chavah), we are to be guardians of His Torah, image-bearers and produce seeds, life in perfect shalom. Kai has multiple meanings, including “ocean” (海), “shell” (貝), “restoration,” and “recovery.” As a surname, it means “Worth.” One meaning stated it means Chief and King of Kings, and also a meal or a feast. Yeshua, the second Adam is worthy of all glory and holds the title of King of Kings, but in this fairy tale, it seems we are dealing with a little boy who has been cast under a spell of the evil eye and its hurt his heart.

The children, Kai and Gerda, lived in a large city and grow vegetables and roses in window boxes placed on gutters.

“Kai’s grandmother tells the children about the Snow Queen, who is ruler over the “snow bees” that produce snowflakes that look like bees. As bees have a queen, so do the snow bees, and she is seen where the snowflakes cluster the most. Looking out of his frosted window one winter, Kai sees the Snow Queen, who beckons him to come with her. Kai draws back in fear from the window.”

By the following spring, Gerda has learned a song that she sings to Kai: Roses flower in the vale; there we hear Child Jesus’ tale! Because roses adorn the window box garden, roses always remind Gerda of her love for Kai. On a pleasant summer day, fragments of the troll-mirror get into Kai’s heart and eyes. Kai becomes cruel and aggressive. He destroys their window-box garden, he makes fun of his grandmother, and he no longer cares about Gerda, since everyone now appears bad and ugly to him. The only beautiful and perfect things to him now are the tiny snowflakes that he sees through a magnifying glass.” The Snow Queen– Wikipedia.

Instead of a Queen Bee, we have a Snow Queen and snow bees. If a bee is frozen, how can it make sweet honey? The Torah is said to be sweeter than honey, and our words should be too. Have we become snowflakes?

“It is unlikely that any two snowflakes are alike due to the estimated 1019 (10 quintillion) water molecules which make up a typical snowflake…” Yeshua’s Body is made up of many people, and no two are alike, and all are gifted and anointed to do a job, but the Body needs to be thawed out, unified, and humble.

By the time we get to the 7th story, we learn that Kai has been staying with the snow queen, and he is blue, cold as ice, and utterly oblivious to his condition. The Snow Queen leaves to visit some Southern volcanoes. While she is gone, Kai works on puzzle pieces made of ice. Are we busy doing the same? Are we numb to the condition of our own spiritual house, His Body, what is going on outside our doors? Have we lost our identity by being swept up in puzzles and piecing together knowledge from His Word but without His Ruach Holy Spirit? Have we turned so blue following Judah that we have left the Messiah and veiled our faces?

The snow queen leaves Kai alone and travels to warmer lands,– the land of volcanos. It was the volcanoes Vesuvius and Etna that she visited. “There are three theories about the origin of the name Vesuvius:-Hercules was son of the god Zeus and Alcmene of Thebes. Zeus was also known as Ves (Ὓης) in his aspect as the god of rains and dews. Hercules was thus alternatively known as Vesouvios (Ὓσου υἱός), “Son of Ves.” This name was corrupted into “Vesuvius.” From the Oscan word fesf, which means “smoke.”

Etna means, “I burn.” This smoke and fire, and rain is a falseness. This is not the fire and smoke that will fall when Yeshua returns; this is fire and ice of the snow queen—Like Tammuz and Baal worship, this must be cleansed. We do need the spirit of Elijah to tear down the false altars. Isaiah reveals the true fire and ice.

“In that day, the Branch of the LORD (Yeshua Messiah) will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.” (Isaiah 4:1-6, NASB).

After the icy snow queen leaves, Gerda walks in to find Kai, but he cannot recognize her. She weeps over him, and her tears melt the shard of the mirror that had pierced his heart, and then he begins to weep and cleanses his eye from the evil eye. Can we weep over the Body of Messiah and pray that we unthaw from our icy blue condition? Can we cleanse our eyes of rust and the evil vision towards our brothers and sisters and take every shard of glass from among us—melting our icy cold condition and be filled with His wonderous Spirit? I pray so. May we become bold and unveiled, as lights that shine in the darkness.

Blessings and Shalom,

Tekoa Manning

Posted in America, fasting, TM

Should we Fast in the 5th Month? Fasting: How, when, and why?

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I started this blog before July 7th, as I put out a plea to fast for our nation, America. I know this may sound different than many teaching of late, but its just something the Father placed on my heart and I wanted to be faithful.

At the end of this blog, you will find a list of around 20 different fast mentioned in the Bible and the purpose and outcome of these. We learn what not to do while fasting from Yeshua:

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do…

But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)

Fasting is a topic at times that people are not too interested in. A chocolate cake recipe, aw, that’s more our style. Many times, it seems very strange to go without food and especially without both food and water. Are there clues in scripture that can help us know when to fast and how to fast? Lately, many have been focusing on the fast days listed in Zechariah 8. Here is a short synopsis.

The 9th Day of Av commemorates the destruction of the First Temple:  the 10th Day of Tevet (the onset of the siege that Nebuchadnezzar laid to Jerusalem), the 17th day of Tamuz (the walls of Jerusalem were breached), the 9th day of Av (destruction of both Temples) and the 3rd day of Tishri (The murder of Governor Gedalyah).

Many horrific things have happened to His people during the 9th of Av, including both holy temples being destroyed, the Jews being expelled from Spain, banished from England, and both world wars. However, I wonder, should we be fasting over the destruction of the temples Adonai allowed to be destroyed? We know the Body of Messiah is not made with brick and mortar. We are His Body, and although we honor Judah and can learn much from our Big Brother, we know that the Body of Yeshua is spiritual. If we are His Body, and He is the head, the Chief cornerstone, what can we learn from the next passages?

“Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (I Cor. 3:16-17).

“We heard him saying — I will throw down this sanctuary made with hands, and by three days, another made without hands I will build;’” (Mark 14:58, YLT).

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (I Cor. 6:19-20, NASB).

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of Heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything since he himself gives to all men life, and breadth, and everything...” (Acts 17:24-25).

We do have a temple that needs to be standing and coming together, but it’s not made of stones, and Solomon and Herod are not the architect or builders. Our temple may look dry, like dead bones, but can you see those bones taking on flesh and coming together? I can, and one day we will be dressed and unified–a great army. We are living stones. “… .You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah).” (I Peter 2:5).

Many are keeping up with a 3rd temple that is to be built in The Land of Israel. This is biblical, but we also know from scripture that it, too, will be destroyed and surrounded. The temple mentioned in Ezekiel does not seem to be built the same way. Ezekiel’s temple may be a place of teaching and learning for those in the millennium, so they will understand Yeshua’s death and what the sacrifices were about. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. We also know that the true temple cannot be made with hands as it is coming down out of heaven. Let’s look at this passage again and the stern rebuke towards those who resist the Holy Spirit and are stiff-necked.

The Most High asked a question. What kind of house will you build for Me?

“David found favor in God’s sight and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. “However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

‘HEAVEN IS MY THRONE,

AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET;

WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ says the Lord,

‘OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE?

‘WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’”

“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. 52“Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”(Acts 7:47-53).

HaShem tells us plainly in Revelations that His tabernacle is coming out of heaven—its spiritual.

“ I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.” (Revelation 2:1-3).

When the Elders came to Ezekiel during the fast in the 5th month, the Father answers with a question.

“In the seventh year, on the tenth day of the fifth month, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and they sat down before me. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: Have you come to inquire of Me? As surely as I live, I will not be consulted by you, declares the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 20:1-3). He then tells them of a sharp polished sword that is coming and how He will destroy both the righteous and the wicked. Read chapters 19-22 for more on what may be in store for our nation, America. The Elders came in the seventh year of Jeconiah’s captivity and Zedekiah’s reign, two years and five months before Nebuchadnezzar did besiege Jerusalem.

In Ezra 3, we see the temple being rebuilt, the foundation poured, and the priest and people are coming together with shouts of joy! Then when we read Zechariah 7, the people who have been fasting in the fifth month and weeping over the golden calf, the bad report from the spies, the death of Aaron, the high priest, the breach in the walls and the destruction of the temple have a very important question. “Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, along with their men, to plead before the LORD by asking the priests of the house of the LORD of Hosts, as well as the prophets, “Should I weep and fast in the fifth month, as I have done these many years?” (Zechariah 7:2-3).

They have been fasting yearly and weeping. But we just read in Ezra, how they now had great joy—well, not all of them.

“And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the LORD because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes. At the same time, many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away.” (Ezra 3:11-13).

They could not distinguish the sound of joy from weeping—think about this.

When we read Haggai, we get a clearer picture. Many had seen the former house and all its glory. They had witnessed the disasters and spent their younger years in exile. Seventy years have passed. The rebuilding and foundation did not look as grandiose in their aged eyes, but Abba tells them not to despise the day of small things. He says, “The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and in this place, I will give peace,’ declares the LORD of hosts.” (Hag. 2:9).

We are His House and walls, and yes, we lack unity and maturity without the building blocks of the five-fold in place but listen to how the Father answers them when they ask if they should continue their fasting in the 5th month. Is there a better way to fast and celebrate His feasts?

Zechariah 7:

“Then the word of the LORD of Hosts came to me, saying,  “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for these seventy years, was it really for Me that you fasted? And when you were eating and drinking, were you not doing so simply for yourselves? Are these not the words that the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were populous and prosperous, and the Negev and the foothills were inhabited?'” Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,  “This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘Administer true justice. Show loving devotion and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. And do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.'” (Zec. 7:4-8)

Verse 9 explains that they refused to pay attention and keep His Torah.

In chapter 8 of Zechariah, He confirms His Word. “Then the word of the LORD of Hosts came to me, saying, “This is what the LORD of Hosts says: The fasts of the fourth, the fifth, the seventh, and the tenth months will become times of joy and gladness, cheerful feasts for the house of Judah. Therefore you are to love both truth and peace.” (Zech. 8:18-19).

He is telling them that these will become joyful. We know there is a time for everything under the heavens. I feel led to fast for our nation, Israel, my children/family, and to pray for leadership. We can fast whenever we feel the urge from the Father. We can fast as long as we want, according to our health or desire. We can fast in secret and also as a Body, and we can all strive to keep Isaiah 58.

When we read about the true fast of Isaiah, we learn that many times we can fast and yet not be pleasing to the Father, so we need to ask ourselves what we are fasting for.

“Behold, on the day of your fast, you do as you please, and you oppress all your workers. You fast with contention and strife to strike viciously with your fist. You cannot fast as you do today and have your voice be heard on high. Is this the fast I have chosen: a day for a man to deny himself, to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the LORD? Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen: to break the chains of wickedness, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and tear off every yoke? Isn’t it to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your home, to clothe the naked when you see him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will come quickly.” (Isaiah 58:3-8).

I wanted to post about several fast mentioned throughout scripture and give examples of why people fasted and how they fasted. This is not in any order, but I pray you will glean from it.

A-List of Fast—reasons for:

Destruction: “The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire. When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:3-4).

The Father hears his cries and brings change and the funds to start work on rebuilding due to his fasting and cries. When Nehemiah began to rebuild the walls, he was met with mockery and disdain, but he and the people continued to build with a weapon in one hand. Our nation America has broken down walls and much bloodshed, baseless hatred, and discord. We, too, can cry out for our nation, America.

Death: After the news of Saul and Jonathan being slain in battle, David calls for a fast. “Then David took hold of his own clothes and tore them, and all the men who were with him did the same. They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.” (I Sam. 1:11-12).

Ministry: “Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod, the tetrarch), and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” And after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:1-3). They teamed up the apostle with the prophet, for Barnabus was a prophet. If you are unsure of who the five-fold of leadership is among you, fast and pray and get direction for leadership, just as Yeshua prayed before he selected the 12.

Appointing leadership: “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, praying and fasting as they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed.” (Acts 14:23).

Fasting during Pesach/ Passover-– Daniel prayed three times a day and fasted during Pesach: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I ate no rich food, no meat or wine entered my mouth, and I did not anoint myself with oil until the three weeks were completed.” (Dan. 10:3-4).  These three weeks refer to the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

“I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:2-3)

(Haman was hanged on the second day of the Passover feast (Esth. R. and Meg. l.c.). The king’s insomnia occurs on Pesach night, with Haman hung on its second day.

To spare from death: Esther calls for a fast. “Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go into the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” 17So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.” (Esther 4:16-17).

Returning with all our hearts: “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning.” (Joel 2:12).

Waiting for the Messiah—To see His Face! “And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.” (Luke 2:36-37).

Fasting for zeal–David is mocked for fasting: “For I have endured scorn for Your sake, and shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, and a foreigner to my mother’s sons, because zeal for Your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult You have fallen on me. I wept and fasted, but it brought me reproach. I made sackcloth my clothing, and I was sport to them. Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of drunkards. But my prayer to You, O LORD, is for a time of favor.” (Psalm 69:7-13).

Fasting for sick friends: They repay me evil for good, To the bereavement of my soul. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting,  And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.” (Psalm 35:12-13).

For the nation: “So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, “O, Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of loving devotion to those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have acted wickedly and rebelled. We have turned away from Your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to Your servants, the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, leaders, and fathers, and to all the people of the land.

To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but this day we are covered with shame—the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel near and far, in all the countries to which You have driven us because of our unfaithfulness to You. O LORD, we are covered with shame—our kings, our leaders, and our fathers—because we have sinned against You.” (Daniel 9:4-8).

Fasting during famine and locust: “If I close the sky, so there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send a plague among My people, and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:13-14).

Fasting for our children that they would not be spiritually dead: “Then the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. David, therefore, inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. (II Sam. 12:15-17).

Evil Kings fasted and were met with compassion: “Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife incited him. He acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the sons of Israel.

“It came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. Then, the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,  “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s days.” (I kings 21:25-29).

During temptation: “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry.” (Luke 2:1-2).

Fasting for protection: “And thereby the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask Him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. For I was ashamed to ask the king for an escort of soldiers and horsemen to protect us from our enemies on the road, since we had told him, “The hand of our God is gracious to all who seek Him, but His great anger is against all who forsake Him. So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He granted our request.” (Ezra 8:21-22).

The Day of Atonement:  This is the holiest day of the year and the day that only the High Priest could go behind the veil and make atonement for the people. Our High Priest, Yeshua, offered true atonement by His blood, and the veil was torn in half. We fast together as a Body with no food or drink and afflict ourselves, repenting of anything we may need to ask forgiveness of for the previous year, and we also recognize and acknowledge that Yeshua Messiah is our High Priest.

“Again, the LORD said to Moses, The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. You shall hold a sacred assembly and humble yourselves, and present an offering made by fire to the LORD. On this day, you are not to do any work, for it is the Day of Atonement when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. If anyone does not humble himself on this day, he must be cut off from his people. I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on this day.

You are not to do any work at all. This is a permanent statute for the generations to come, wherever you live. It will be a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you shall humble your souls. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening, you are to keep your Sabbath.” (Leviticus 23:27-32).

And let us not forget that after Pesach/ Passover, we fast bread during the Feast of Unleavened bread when we eat matzah, a cracker with no yeast and is marked with stripes like Yeshua’s Body at death. “Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ, our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Corinthians 5:6-8, NASB).

We can fast all we want to, but if it is done with pride, rituals, and show, we deceive ourselves. We must come in humility before Him and not forget Isaiah 58.

(Ephesians 2:19-22) “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”

“Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM, AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” (II Cor. 2:16).

The whole building is being fitted together. Oh, friends, we must pray for this unity, compassion, and that we can become One. If you feel led to join Israel in fasting when they fast, please do but also consider we have our own destruction happening in our streets and His House for the same reasons their temples were destroyed.

Posted in Five-Fold and Torah, prophetic, TM

A Nathan Calling–Anointing

What is a Nathan calling/ anointing, and what would it look like for today? Nathan had a specific, distinctive, prophetic anointing. The Nathan type anointing has the ability to expose leadership, pride, coldness, rebellion, and lead the body and those in leadership to repentance. It opens the eyes of the people who have lost their first love to return to the Father. Nathan was the prophet assigned to King David. About a year went by after David’s sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband. Nathan is sent to David with a parable.

“Then, the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said,

“There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds.  “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb

Which he bought and nourished;

And it grew up together with him and his children.

It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom,

And was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man,

And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd,

To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him;

Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. “He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion. Nathan then said to David, “You are the man!” (II Samuel 12:1-7).

Nathan, like Paul, and many others, had to address leadership. He comes in humility to correct the King. We still have Kings, just as Samuel came to correct King Saul. We still have men and women in leadership.

Years ago, while teaching a class for adults on the Hebrew roots/ engrafting of our faith, the Pastor began to point out each week from his pulpit, people in his congregation who gave large tithes. He made comments that implied; he knew who was righteous in his congregation and why they lived in fine homes. I kept hearing this verse, “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others” (Luke 21:3).

A woman who was a single mother, who had fell on hard times, held her offering envelope filled with change and looked down at the floor. She gave all she had like the woman who gave two coins that Yeshua pointed out in the Newer Testament when men made great noise by clanging their coinage into the trumpet-shaped containers. This woman in the congregation gave out of her poverty. She never wrote her name on her envelope but wanted to give in secret. The pastor had also placed family members in positions of worship in the music ministry.

The leader over the music ministry was his brother-in-law. His daughter, who was around 17, often wore clothing while singing that was very tight, short dresses that revealed her breast and stiletto heels. Many in the congregation were whispering about it. Other issues arose as the pastor was often calling out other congregations, pastors, and elders close by with very condescending words. These issues and other concerns were heartbreaking. I was the prayer director at this congregation and had a weekly prayer meeting. While in prayer, the Father prompted me to go on a fast for three days. It was during this time that He spoke to me to confront the pastor about some of the situations. I did not want to. I was a single woman. But the Father would not relent. When I called the pastor and told him I needed to speak with him about some topics, he was very harsh with me. I said we need to discuss tithing and other issues people are coming to me about. He said, “Well, if those people have a problem, it’s because they don’t tithe. What man is it that’s causing issues?” Before I knew it, out of my mouth came, “You are the man!” After my assignment was completed, I was sent somewhere else, placed into a leadership position, and was again called to correct leadership. It often was not received well at first, but later, shepherds and others in leadership contacted me and told me of the significant change that had taken place in certain areas that were bringing harm to sheep.

A Nathan anointing is often behind the scenes. They are many times correcting leadership unawares. Even though their writings or messages. Some have a Jeremiah anointing that is for a broader audience, and leaders of many nations are called out. We need prophets and watchmen. We need Apostles and teachers. We need the five-fold so all of us can be held accountable and work together. If you don’t like the word, “office” think of it in a different light.

I have shared this before, but Rabbi Sacks gives more enlightenment to the topic.

“The priests wore a special uniform; the prophets did not.

There are rules of kavod (honor) due to a Cohen. There are no corresponding rules for the honor due to a prophet. A prophet is honored by being listened to, not by formal protocols of respect.

The priests were removed from the people. They served in the Temple. They were not allowed to become defiled. There were restrictions on whom they might marry. The prophet, by contrast, was usually part of the people. He might be a shepherd like Moses or Amos or a farmer like Elisha. Until the word or vision came, there was nothing special in his work or social class.

The priest offered up sacrifices in silence. The prophet served G-d through the word.

They lived in two different modes of time. The priest functioned in cyclical time – the day (or week or month) that is like yesterday or tomorrow. The prophet lived in covenantal (sometimes inaccurately called linear) time – the today that is radically unlike yesterday or tomorrow. The service of the priest never changed; that of the prophet was constantly changing. Another way of putting it is to say that the priest worked to sanctify nature, the prophet, to respond to history.

Thus the priest represents the principle of structure in Jewish life, while the prophet represents spontaneity.” https://rabbisacks.org/covenant-conversation-tetsaveh-prophet-and-priest/

While the teachers and shepherds are following the cycles and teaching the people and instructing them on the Torah, the prophet is going about his work too. The prophet is not necessarily giving a new message, but he asks the people to listen to what the Father is showing him for this time. When all these positions work in order, we can listen one to another and learn more about not just the Torah portions and the cycles, but what the prophets may be hearing. The Father uses each part of the Body differently. The office of a prophet is distinct from operating in the gift of prophecy.

The name Nathan comes from the verb נתן (natan), to give: According to Abarim publications, “נתן (natan) means to give in a broad bouquet of senses, from regular giving or bestowing, to setting or putting, to transforming one thing or situation into another. Nathan means gift. A prophet carries gifts from the Holy Spirit, and his or her mouth is to speak the fruit of the lips. All the body can speak and prophesy, but correcting the body is difficult. It is also, at times, difficult for us to hear and be corrected. Peter was corrected in front of the whole group.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But eagerly desire the greater gifts” (I Corinthians 12:27-31).

We need the whole Body to come together, knowing their IDENTITY and getting busy doing the work of the kingdom that the Father has given them. If you think you may be called as a Nathan to the body of Yeshua, pray and seek confirmation. Remember, the Body will tell you what your gifts are, and your gift will make room for you.

Blessings,

Tekoa Manning

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Dismembered Body Part 3–Government in His House

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Welcome to my blog. Today, I am going to be focusing on lawlessness in the Body of Yeshua versus our nation, and the 5-fold ministry. Also, social media—what are the rules? Please click the subscribe button on the podcast/ Youtube channel. A big shout out to James Block for allowing his beautiful music to be featured. We love you and your worship ministry. Now, let’s dig into the message I have prepared.

Is there lawlessness in the Messianic structure? Even the United States has three branches of government. Who are you held accountable to? You may be thinking, I am accountable to God, but also He and His Son set up positions of authority such as Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. We are told to have a five-fold structure set up by Yeshua. Why?

If I am driving 20 miles over the speed limit and a police officer is behind me, I am going to slow down. Right now, in the Body of Yeshua, who is it that we are held accountable to? Even Donald Trump is held accountable. Why hasn’t leadership set up a Five-fold to be held accountable to? Could it be that deep down, we do not want to be held liable?

I want to present you with some questions to ponder, and I am eager to hear your responses. Can we judge our governors and authorities placed in offices across this land to bring justice and mercy when our own structure is lacking basic authority set up in the manner commanded by our Father and Yeshua?

 Love and Hate, have we been looking at this wrong? Have we been taught an accurate definition of these words?

Leadership in the Bible often used harsh words—people were removed outside the camp and outside the congregations, and everyone knew it. It wasn’t hushed, hush. It was “turn this one over to satan for the destruction of the flesh.” No one gossiped about those being correction. They had a different type of fear and honor. Can you imagine going to a congregation today and becoming part of a family and being told to leave until you get your fleshly beast nature under control? Your gossip That’s how they rolled in Moses’ day and Paul’s day. Can you imagine watching your tables being turned over and everything flying through the air?

We have children of all ages who curse their parents or parent and do not obey any type of authority. “There is a generation of those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.” (Proverbs 30:11). A generation with no honor for a teacher or principal. We have teachers sleeping with their students. We have people of all colors who refuse to allow the authority to handcuff them for breaking the law today, and we have authority in all types of positions of power who have no regard for human life, not from the baby in the womb or a convict crying for his very breath.

 Today there is no Five-fold in place because the leadership has removed the prophets and apostles and the Elders and when I say ‘elders,’ I don’t mean a person who carries an offering plate, or one who takes care of one’s online videos, comments, and keeps your website updated. I’m talking about teachers who know the Torah, which doesn’t mean they have to know the Hebrew language. Plenty of teachers are teaching well without speaking fluent Hebrew, but men do not want to share their “spotlight” with others who have the light. “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, praying and fasting as they entrusted them to the Lord, in whom they had believed.” (Acts 14:23). “The reason I left you in Crete was that you would set in order what was unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.” (Titus 1:5).

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So back to rebukes and correction. Many today would consider the words of the prophets and apostles in Acts quite stern and unloving. They spoke with authoritative admonitions when needed. Where are those men and women today in the Father’s House? I will continue to sound the alarm that we are not keeping His Torah when we have no government in place. We need the five-fold. If we are pointing at the world’s leadership right now in judgment, and the lawlessness we see on our television/computer screens, we should look inward because He starts with us first. We are to be an example—a light. I’m taking a more in-depth look in the mirror at what things I may be doing due to no authority. No Messianic communities or Christian communities want to elect or be held accountable to a five-fold. This is the same message I presented to the Body when people were getting very upset about homosexual marriage rights, and the very ones pointing the fingers, the church, has countless acts of adultery and divorce rates higher than the world. However, the world doesn’t marry as much, as shacking up has become the norm. The Messianic community is now promoting polygamy in some circles as a way of life, and no one corrects them because we have no power in leadership. We have huge ministries spreading fear-based hate about the Jewish people, Yeshua’s own tribe, and ignorance about the Talmud, which Yeshua quoted. We have fear being spread to the point we look like Cnn versus Fox news. Everyone does what is right in his own eyes. Even significant, influential teachers who have huge platforms and media followers in large numbers, do not have a structured body of individuals in place. Paul said that we need this until we become mature and unified.

And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry and to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things, grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. 16From Him the whole body, fitted and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love through the work of each individual part.” (Ephesians 4:11-16).

Since Hollywood and the world tries to paint a false picture of what love and hate are, we have to redefine this through the truth of God’s Word.

 Gentler speech and keeping silent was not what the apostles or prophets did. As a matter a fact, the words they spoke caused them to be stoned to death, beheaded, flogged, thrown in jail or crucified, and they spoke those words in front of kings, leadership, the High priest, and the people. They even gave speeches in front of statues of unknown gods—to men who were swept up in Greek thought. There was no Facebook or social media, this was their social media, and it was face to face. They were also at times speaking to people who were not of like mind or like kind. They were told to spread the gospel.

Paul said, “Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:

TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore what you worship as something unknown, I now proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands. 25Nor is He served by human hands, as if He needed anything because He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands.” (Acts 17:22-26)

Paul continued speaking repentance as many mocked him.

These men and women spoke with authority. When John the Baptist corrected Herod for sleeping with his brother’s wife, do you think he said, “Now, now, it is not right what you are doing? You should stop this. No, he said, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife. You are breaking the Torah!” But men don’t want to hear the truth. They have exchanged the truth for a lie. We call evil good today and good evil. Some would even say that John just needed to shine his light and not say anything. No need to correct the blind.

How would you like to hear this message from your favorite Pastor or Torah teacher?

Ezekiel speaks for the Father, and he says, “You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, you’re [lustful neighbors) ( your neighbor’s penis), and multiplied your harlotry to make Me angry. (Ezekiel 16:26 NASB)

What about Jeremiah’s words below? How loving are they?

“You are a swift young she-camel

galloping here and there,

a wild donkey at home in the wilderness,

sniffing the wind in the heat of her desire.

Who can restrain her passion?

All who seek her need not weary themselves;

In mating season they will find her.

You should have kept your feet from going bare

and your throat from being thirsty.

But you said, ‘It is hopeless!

For I love foreign gods,

and I must go after them.’” (Jeremiah 2:23-26).

But back to the definition of love and hate.”  

What if a husband and wife fell dead before your eyes after being rebuked by your pastor or Torah teacher’s correction? It happened in Acts. What type of honor would the body have for authority if that were the case today? Where are men and women who speak with authority?

Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and withhold some of the proceeds from the land? Did it not belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How could you conceive such a deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God!”

On hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great fear came over all who heard what had happened. Then the young men stepped forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.

About three hours later, his wife also came in, unaware of what had happened. “Tell me,” said Peter, “is this the price you and your husband got for the land?”

“Yes,” she answered, “that is the price.”

“How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord?” Peter replied. “Look, the feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

At that instant, she fell down at his feet and died. (Acts 5:3-10)

Great fear fell on those who heard of this. We need great fear and bold men and women who are not afraid to call out deceit, anarchy, and lawlessness.

Later, the Father gives Paul a dream to stay in Corinth and preach.

There is a time to speak and a time to remain silent.

Yes, Silence, to has its place. How do we use wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent?

(The sages valued silence. They called it “a fence to wisdom.”[6] If words are worth a coin, silence is worth two.[7] R. Shimon ben Gamliel said, “All my days I have grown up among the wise, and I have found nothing better than silence.”[8]) (The office of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks).

But the Father told Jeremiah, “Get yourself ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them, or I will terrify you before them” (Jeremiah 1:17).

He told Ezekiel, “Ezekiel 2:6

“But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns surround you, and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their presence, though they are a rebellious house.”

After Jeremiah cries that he is too young, the Father tells him not to say that. “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ For to everyone I send you, you must go, and all that I command you, you must speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8).

Peace and love movements are often giving one a warm fuzzy feeling, but there is usually no order. A place called Chaz and then Chop is an occupied Protest zone in Seattle. The CHAZ name (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) was changed to CHOP for (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest). This name had to change because, as a person who is very interested in the meaning of words, Chaz means a free man, and CHOP is anything but free. What does chop mean?

  1. Cut (something) into pieces with repeated sharp blows of an ax or knife.

      2. abolish or reduce the size of (something) in a way regarded as ruthless.

It is ruthless what the governor has allowed to happen in Seattle. Ruthless means without law, for Ruth, took on Torah as a garment and wore mercy and righteousness. The city of Chop has spray-painted hate on the buildings and other profanities. Waste and feces line the streets, and one video depicted a man peeing and another defecating in the street. Other videos show drug addicts, drunk half-naked people fighting and armed gunmen. The businesses people have worked for are boarded up or vandalized. There is no order. No authority. Can you smell the urine? What does His House look like? Can a house have walls with no foundation poured? Does a home need a roof? What about plumbing to make sure the stench isn’t freely flowing in open view. What about electricity? The Ark of the Covenant with His Torah in the heart. All His House needs all His Body working together in order. He is a Father/ Creator of order. He created the whole universe in order.

Hopefully, the many who were raised with no honor and learned to disrespect authority or usurp authority will begin to see that we need change. Yes, guilty people of all skin color need accountability. A husband and wife dropping dead in front of a congregation would undoubtedly cause people to fear an authority higher than High, an authority that sits on the ultimate throne in the heavens. Money is the root of all evil and this couple held back money and tried to hide that they did so. What are we hiding or hiding from?

Blessings, Tekoa Manning.

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A Dismembered Body/Nation Part #2

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Part #2

This story of the concubine is strangely familiar to a story in Genesis with Lot and his daughters. The chain of events with the Levite and his wife/concubine is interesting. Firstly, it was the Levites who did all the work connected with the temple. Aaron’s descendants were the priests, but we also learn that the Levites were described as angry.

“Simeon and Levi are brothers;
Their swords are implements of violence.
“Let my soul not enter into their council;
Let not my glory be united with their assembly;
Because in their anger they slew men,
And in their self-will they lamed oxen.
“Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;
And their wrath, for it, is cruel.” (Genesis 49:5-7).

The woman in the story invites the angry husband she’s left into her father’s house. Her father, like our heavenly Father, serves bread and wine. He wants to keep them safe. He is from the House of Bread. Stay in my House, He says. Stay protected under my roof. But on the 5th day, the son-in-law decides to leave while it is getting dark outside.
“Then the man arose to go, but his father-in-law urged him so that he spent the night there again. On the fifth day, he arose to go early in the morning, and the girl’s father said, “Please sustain yourself, and wait until the afternoon,” so both of them ate. When the man arose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold now, the day has drawn to a close; please spend the night. Lo, the day is coming to an end; spend the night here that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow, you may arise early for your journey so that you may go home.”
The father tries to keep the man there. He tells him it’s getting dark outside. And we do attest to this present hour of darkness over our nation. Day five or the 5th feast is the feast of trumpets. This is described as a day of darkness.
“Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD,
For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you?
It will be darkness and not light;

As when a man flees from a lion
And a bear meets him,
Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall
And a snake bites him.

Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light,
Even gloom with no brightness in it?” (Amos 5:18-20).

The father said to the son and daughter, “Please agree to stay all night, and let your heart be glad.”
This should remind you of another story where Abraham has three visitors. “Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that, you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” (Genesis 18:4-5).
The man and his concubine, donkeys, and servant leave the safety of her father’s house, and the servant tries to get them to spend the night in Jebus, which is Jerusalem.
“One of the nicknames of Jerusalem is Jebus (Judges 19:10, 1 Chronicles 11:4), and the Jebusites are listed among the nations descending from Canaan, one of the sons of Ham, who is the youngest son of Noah (Genesis 10:16). The name Jebus means He will trample down or trodden underfoot.” (Abarim Publications).
The man in our story doesn’t want to stay in Jerusalem. Jerusalem means a foundation of peace. He wants to get to a place he feels will be safe, Gibeah, but this place is anything but safe. (To the Hebrews, a hill country resembled humanity that consisted of separate and rivaling tribes, clans and families, while a plain resembled humanity at peace). (Abarim Publication).
Gibeah is where the tribe of Benjamin resided. They were not in Sodom. They were not spending the night among people who had no knowledge of the Torah.
An old man from Ephraim took them into his home. Isn’t it interesting that the “old man” is supposed to serve the younger? The beastly nature is supposed to submit to the spirit and walk uprightly. Genesis 25:23 says, “The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, And two peoples will be separated from your body, And one people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
The older man, Esau, was hairy like a beast. He sold his honor and birthright because his beastly nature was needing a bowl of red stuff right then! Now, these folks have gone to spend the night in the “old flesh man’s house.”
Benjaminites began to bang on the door, demanding that the old man would give them his guest for them to rape (reminiscent of the goings-on in Sodom; Genesis 19:5). The Levite’s concubine got shoved out the door. The Benjaminites raped her all night. Can you say wolves? Can you say sex trafficking? At dawn, they let go of what was left of her. We are now on the sixth day. This is the day man and beast were created. Remember, we are created in the image of Elohim, and we are to make sure our beastly nature is not erupting.

“The rabbis of traditional Judaism understand that the God of Israel gave the seven days of creation in the book of Genesis as Torah/instruction to teach His people that there are 7,000 years of time from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the end of the Messianic Age. In Psalm 90:4, it is written: “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”
In our story, it is the sixth day, and each day in creation represents 1,000 years of time. We are waiting for the Sabbath rest, the 7th day when we rule and reign with Yeshua. The people in our story have some clues we can see. The woman is not a bride like Sarah but a concubine. Paul said,
“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. But, the son by the bondwoman, was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

For it is written,
“REJOICE, BARREN WOMAN WHO DOES NOT BEAR;
BREAK FORTH AND SHOUT, YOU WHO ARE NOT IN LABOR;
FOR MORE NUMEROUS ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE
THAN OF THE ONE WHO HAS A HUSBAND.”

And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

But what does the Scripture say?
“CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON,
FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”

So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.” Galatians 4:22-31.

However, the concubine’s father is from Bethlehem, the city of Obadiah, Ruth, Naomi, Obed, Jesse, King David, and Yeshua, Messiah. They do not stay in the safety of the father’s house. It is getting dark outside, and they leave on the 5th day. The man will not listen to the servant and stay in Jebus. The woman is raped and mistreated all night, and what is her husband/ Master doing while this is happening to her? He is asleep!! Oh, beloved, we must WAKE UP and stay right there with Abba Daddy in His house with His bread and His wine and not open the door for the enemy and not allow the old man to rise up and our beastly nature to rule us because we will be defiled. The story in Genesis is very similar. The men wanted to sodomize the men.
“Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” (Genesis 19:4).
What does Yeshua tell us? “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:28-30).
What does the man in our story do? He cuts his concubine in 12 pieces. The twelve tribes scattered. A picture of the United States at this time—cut up, divided, bloody, and defiled. Where else have we seen a story such as this? It was in 1st Samuel chapter 11.
“But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.” (What does Nahash mean? Serpent, bronze oracle) What does Oracle mean? “a priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.” Oxford dictionary.

Before we finish our story concerning Saul and the ox, let’s continue with this cloudy vision and witchcraft. How does witchcraft blind the eyes? As a nation, we have blinders on as many in positions of power are full of deceit, fraud, and are enemies of righteousness. We need men and women like Sha’ul, who was an apostle and prophet put back into leadership to expose the fraud. We need healing and love for all colors of skin. This sickness is rooted in fear. Perfect love cast out fear! How does witchcraft get healed?
“But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?  “Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately, a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then, the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord” (Acts 13:8-12).

Yeshua told those in authority if they were blind they could see. We need to become blind to what we think is right and seek His instructions. One day our nation and we as a people, will longer see through a dark glass.  We will say, “Oh, now I see clearly!” But in this story concerning Nahash, the people are considering eyes gouged out. How’s our eyesight? Our we as a nation seeing with His Eyes or with what the media feeds us?
The elders of Jabesh speak to Nahash and request seven days. They want to send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. If no one will deliver them, then they will allow this gouging of the eyes. What? The messengers approach Saul and tell him of the plans of the Ammonites, and all the people lift up their voices and weep. Who wouldn’t?

“Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said, “What is the matter with the people that they weep?” So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh. Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry. He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” (I Samuel 11:1-7).

Oh, Saul, what are you trying to do? He seems to be using fear tactics. Is this righteous anger, or is this his beastly nature? He is reminding the people of the concubine who was cut up into 12 parts. The tribe, his tribe, Benjamin, was almost wiped out completely. Interestingly, 600 men of Benjamin were left. There’s that 6th day. So what happens next?
The next morning Saul put the people in three companies, and they struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
The Nahash’s in leadership long to gouge out our right eyes. They use witchcraft and speak bronze words with the forked tongues of serpents. Can you see them, or is your vision cloudy? Dip in the blue crystal waters that spring from His well and His Torah. If we are hot and full of anger, we have no eyesight. May our land heal. May we weep in anguish for both George and Derek. May we pray so that the Father of glory will heal our land. A house divided and cut up into parts cannot stand. Adonia is the One who says that if His people, called by His Name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways; then He will hear from heaven, and will forgive our sin, and will heal our land, but every prophecy will come forth. We were warned long ago that we would be hated, handed over, placed in prison, and killed. We are told that all Israel will be surrounded by every nation, yes, included in “every” is perhaps even our great nation, America. What’s the good news? “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with BLINDNESS. “Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.’ In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn (Zechariah 12:3-10). How does the book of Zechariah end? “And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one” (Zechariah 14:9).

And after this, a great kingdom with a Holy King who will not judge by what his eyes see. This King will rule and reign and all men, all skin color, all nations, will bow before the Lamb that was slain. Can we begin practicing now? I pray so!

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A Dismembered Body/Nation Part #1

This is Part #1 in a series about our nation and authority.

What does a story in Judges about a woman cut up into 12 pieces have to do with our nation? This Biblical account is often passed over due to its horrific violence. Out of curiosity, I opened a Google search bar for bodies found dismembered recently in the U.S and found three quickly. On March 26th of this year, a 27-year-old man faced multiple charges after law enforcement officials say he used a circular saw to cut up his father’s body, then placed the parts in a dumpster outside a Flint, Michigan business. A 38-year-old woman’s body was found dismembered in an unplugged refrigerator in an apartment in April of this year. She was a mother of 4 children from Philadelphia. Eleven hours ago, yes, just 11, a man’s body was found dismembered in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. What does the Creator of life, the One who sits in the heavenly abode, think as He looks down upon His creation fighting and using baseless hatred as a garment?
After months of dealing with a pandemic, it seemed like we were getting back to a place of normality, then suddenly outrage, protest, riots, and vandalism filled our streets due to a man in authority taking another life. While he pleaded for help, no one came to his rescue.
The Father often speaks to me using names and the meanings behind them in dream interpretation and biblical interpretation. My heart and the hearts of many all over this nation are broken, grieving, and praying for healing throughout our land. I wanted to look at the meaning of the names of the officer and the man who died horrifically– not to cause discord but to see what might be revealed.
Derek Chauvin’s name means “Derek–the people’s ruler.” “Chauvin–means a bald man.” The Midrash links the name Korach with the Hebrew word, which means “baldness.” Korach was in authority, but he usurped higher authority, and the earth swallowed him up. A person in authority can cause much harm to others. Not only did the earth swallow Korach but 250 men. A completely bald kohen (priest) is considered to have a blemish, which disqualifies him from service. What about leprosy on the head? The person was to be shaven. He was unclean. Derek comes from Theodoric, the great who was also called Flavius. Flavius means “Yellow-haired,” which is also a symbol for leprosy.
Does this man represent leadership? A foot on the neck while other bystanders are wearing uniforms of authority keep silent. They use no action to intervene and save his life. I don’t know this man, Derek. I don’t know what trauma he has faced, what PTSD or life situations led him to this moment that I pray he truly regrets. We need to pray for the families of all involved.
When we serve Babylon, we end up “assisting in” Babylon. We end up bowing to Babylon’s beastly empire. We end up with iron bars around our necks.
What can we learn from the name of the man who died horrifically? George means earth, soil, the farmer. Aww, the Garden and the assignment from the beginning to Adam was to tend the soil and to produce fruit. (And YHWH Elohim took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to work it and to keep it) Genesis 2:15. His last name, Floyd, means grey-haired. Grey hair represents wisdom, someone who has lived long and has learned from looking back at their mistakes to not make the same ones over again. George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. (To counterfeit means to imitate something authentic, with the intent to steal, destroy, or replace the original, for use in illegal transactions, or otherwise to deceive individuals into believing that the fake is of equal or greater value than the real thing)—Wiki def.
They deceive the weak and blind into believing the fake is greater than the real thing. All of us can be walking in the garden in the cool of the day and acting fake. Snatching fig leaves and trying to hide. Killing our brother Abel as sin crouches at our hearts. We all, at one time or another, have been guilty of replacing YHVH’s original design with a counterfeit. But as Marvin Gaye sang, “There aint nothing like the real thing, Baby!”
We must find the one to bow to and get to bending! Every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Yeshua is the Messiah, The King of Kings.
Where did the crime occur? “Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for the Minnesota River, which got its name from one of two words in Dakota: “mní sóta,” which means “clear blue water,” or “Mníssota,” which means “cloudy water.” We need His Heavenly blue waters to wash us clean and open our vision.
The Mayor, Jacob Frey, means Israel free—free Israel. Oh, Abba, save us, please. Free us from our own deceit, our lawlessness, our lack of honor, and love. Yeshua explains the problem clearly. He said, “And because of the prevalent disregard of God’s law (Torah/instructions), the love of the great majority will grow cold;” (Matthew 24:12). Yes, the Torah, or disregard of it, rather, is why love has grown ice cold. Why does David weep? “My eyes shed streams of tears because Your law (Instructions for a blessed life) is not obeyed” (Psalm 119:136). The Psalms continues to explain what His Torah (Instructions) does when kept. It makes one wiser than all their enemies. It gives a young man more wisdom and insight than the aged. It is sweeter than honey to the mouth. But let’s get back to division—body parts. I have written much on Body parts and the five-fold ministry, but usually, my goal is to bring wholeness, unity, and life to His people. Today I am going to write about division and a body dismembered. Hopefully, it will strike my readers’ hearts to pray for healing–to weep in anguish over our condition, but first, let’s look at anger and what it entails because many at this time, our outraged over multiple situations.
What is anger? In Hebrew thought it is the covering of the eyes. A person angry cannot see. Anger is said to rot the bones. James warns that we are to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and reluctant to become angry, but even Adonai becomes angry. Psalms inform us that He is merciful and compassionate and slow to anger, but He became so angry with Moses, He was going to slay him. After the golden calf, He was going to destroy them and spare Moses. “Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” (Exodus 32:10, NASB).
His Son, Yeshua, became angry. He flips the tables of the money changers over. We are told to be angry and not sin.
There has been a lot of anger of late. Erupting anger. Emotions are burning like a volcano. Anger that rots the bones and destroys lives. Anger that flares the nostrils and raises the fist and the blood pressure. Anger can be useful if it is righteous anger, but anger leading to the death of a human soul, or destruction of another’s property is not healthy anger.
“A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11).
When people do not have honor or respect for authority, they fight authority. When men in power act cruelly and do not respond to cries for life, more and more people have a bad taste for those in authoritative positions. They slander and mock any type of authority. And those in authority who are lied to daily or put in harm’s way daily, often become numb or desensitized and have trust issues.
Years ago, I noticed more and more “family” shows being aired on t.v that had children with smart mouths. Bart Simpson comes to mind. Or the television shows depicted parents like the Bundy’s who also had children who mocked them. Everything is out of order. Anytime the order isn’t properly in place, we get disorder, and disorder is chaos. It happens on the simplest level.
Yeshua is supposed to be the head and then the man and woman. Yeshua was the Word. We should not see parents putting children or parents ahead of their spouse. Parents are to be parents, but today they are often buddies with no authority. Today we have leadership in all areas, including His Body, out of order. I’ve been discussing the need for the five-fold for some time now, and I recently heard a Messianic Rabbi speaking of its importance, but I have yet to see it taking place in His congregations or other gathering places. What I see is men guarding their platforms and not praying and asking the Father who among them is gifted in an office that is lacking among them. They feel they have to protect sheep from those who may not have as much knowledge as them, but at the end of the day, this attitude is causing unbalance and a lack of accountability.
We have leadership in government out of order. In Biblical times, Kings were commanded to write a copy of the Torah. “When [the king] sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write a copy of this Torah… It shall be with him, and he shall read from it all the days of his life” (Deut. 17:18-19).
But something has happened in our day that occurred in the days of the judges.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6, BSB).
“In those days Israel had no king” (Judges 19:1, NIV).
“And it cometh to pass, in the days of the judging of the judges, that there is a famine in the land…” (Ruth 1:1, YLT).
The judging of the judges caused famine. The people judged their judges and would not listen to their words or rebukes. (Bava Basra 15b).
People judge the leadership, whether it’s black or white, republican, or democrat. When I was a child, I remember a young friend who told me her parents thought mine were ignorant because they voted for Ford and not Carter. I was ten years old, but when I told my mother, she responded with words that implied we do not speak badly of the president of the United States no matter who it is, but instead pray for our leaders. The very word “United” States is something we do not have right now. We have a dismembered body. We speak with words that mirror dragon breath. Talk about bad breath. We need a fire to light on our tongues and cleanse our lips.
Tucked away in Judges 19 and 20 is a story so horrifying, we wish not to read it or acknowledge that it is right there resting between Samson and our beloved Ruth. It is a tale so ghastly that we don’t like to discuss the woman in it, but she could represent many today. She could describe the Body of Yeshua or a nation that’s been defiled.
“Now, in those days, when there was no king in Israel, a Levite who lived in the remote hill country of Ephraim took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.” (Judges 19:1)
“The Levite is referred to as the “husband” of the woman (19:3; 20:4) and the “son-in-law” of the woman’s father (19:5), who, in turn, is referred to as the Levite’s “father-in-law” (19:4, 7, 9). The uncertain nature of the differences between a wife and a concubine reveals the complexities involved in understanding notions of kinship and marriage presupposed by biblical narratives.” (Jewish women’s archive).
The next verse implies she cheated on him, although many of the Greek text suggests, she was “angry” with him. “But his concubine played the harlot against him, and she went away from him to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months” (19:2). Four months. We recently celebrated the 4th feast, Shavuot and four is authority, His heavenly clock, and more. Why four months? What happened in the 4th month, the month of Tammuz?
The tablets [of the Ten Commandments] were broken. The offering of the daily sacrifice ceased. The walls of Jerusalem were breached. Agrippa Apostumus, the wicked, burnt a Torah scroll, and he erected an idol in the Sanctuary.
“Some time afterward, namely at the end of four months (הדשׁים ארבּעה is in apposition to ימים, and defines more precisely the ימים, or days), her husband went after her, “to speak to her to the heart,” i.e., to talk to her in a friendly manner (see Genesis 34:3), and to reconcile her to himself again, so that she might return; taking with him his attendant and a couple of asses, for himself and his wife to ride upon.” (Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary).
What happened at the end of four months? What happened on the 9th of Av? The destruction of the temple. Baseless hatred.