For Men will be Lovers of Themselves

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“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 

  1. For men will be lovers of themselves 
  2. lovers of money, 
  3. boasters, 
  4. proud,
  5.  blasphemers,
  6.  disobedient to parents, 
  7. unthankful, 
  8. unholy, 
  9. unloving, 
  10. unforgiving, 
  11. slanderers, 
  12. without self-control,
  13.  brutal, 
  14. despisers of good, 
  15. traitors, 
  16. headstrong, 
  17. haughty, 
  18. lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
  19.  having a form of godliness but denying its power. 

(II Timothy 3:1-5)

Perilous times are here, but we, like the people in Noah’s day, are still eating, drinking, and getting married. However, the Father knows the difference between hot, cold, and lukewarm. He knows what we are like when no one is watching.  He knows whether we crave His Word to be intimate with Him or if we are always learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth. 

Are we lifting up Yeshua Messiah and making our brother Judah jealous, or do we look just like him? Our Father’s House required a whip and tables overturned when Yeshua came. A den of thieves had taken over and were making money from merchandise and selling their snake oil. False prophets were prophesying smooth words that didn’t cause repentance, and there were wolves wearing sheep’s clothing. His House was to be a House of prayer. What have we made it? Do we have zeal for His House?

 “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” (Psalm 69:9). 

 

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Everything’s out of order in today’s climate. We water down His Word or make it such a heavy burden no one can keep it. We spend hours searching for chametz or yeasty things to remove from our houses and still have chests puffed out and heads too big to hold up our feet. We water down the constitution and justify killing our unborn, and we are proud of it. We march with signs and do not blush over murder. Children usurp parents and mock them. The aged have no voice among the youth. Men have lost their masculinity and authority and intestinal fortitude. They lack guts. Women lack modesty and motherly tenderness. Women should be protectors, nourishing their husbands and families. 

Job said men used to listen to him:

“But now they mock me, men younger than I am, whose fathers I would have refused to entrust with my sheepdogs.

Job describes these people:

  1. What use to me was the strength of their hands since their vigor had left them? 
  2. Gaunt from poverty and hunger, they gnawed the dry land, and the desolate wasteland by night. 
  3. They plucked mallow among the shrubs, and the roots of the broom tree were their food.
  4. They were banished from among men, shouted down like thieves, so that they lived on the slopes of the wadis, among the rocks and in holes in the ground. 
  5. They cried out among the shrubs and huddled beneath the nettles. 
  6. A senseless and nameless brood, they were driven off the land.

And now they mock me in song; I have become a byword among them. They abhor me and keep far from me; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.” (Job 30)

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And this is the condition today. Men who have no strength, lacking the Sword of the Spirit, no Ruach or substance, senseless men engrossed in dry things, desert winds, thieves, liars, men who make no covenant with the Holy One or their brides. Men who gaze at women with lust in their hearts. Men who place money, positions, titles, children, and spouses above the Holy One.

As men and women in the Body of Yeshua, we need to know our roles and repent for our unrighteousness! A little yeast works through the whole dough. 

This is the day and time our nation is living in:

 “And I shall make youths their heads, and children shall rule over them. And the people shall exert pressure, man on man, man on his neighbor; the young rise up against the older, and the lightly esteemed against the highly esteemed.” (Isaiah 3:4-5, ISR).

The Father sees all the filth and all the men who start wars for power and wealth. He sees all the children being used to gratify the flesh through trafficking. But judgement starts at His House. Do we have squatters in His House? He is not returning for a filthy, desensitized, lukewarm bride wearing a gown that shows her nakedness. Yeshua said a few people had not soiled their wedding garments in Sardis:

But you do have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments, and because they are worthy, they will walk with Me in white. Like them, he who overcomes will be dressed in white. And I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and His angels. (Revelation 3:4-5).

He’s not returning to a people whose lips honor Him, but their hearts are far away, and he knows what kind of scalpel we need to cut away the flesh. Yeshua said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” Yeshua is not returning in a Roman robe or as a gentle lamb. He is returning as a Lion from the tribe of Judah, but can we handle His roaring? 

Yeshua said he wished some were hot or cold. We must pick a side. Yeshua said, “because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!” He spoke these words to one of the assemblies listed in Revelations—his House.

The Fathers House lacks oil–running down the beard to the skirts. It lacks the Ruach (Holy Spirit) and has a counterfeit. It lacks water and cleansing. It lacks humility. It lacks unity. It lacks Ephesians 4. It lacks servants. It’s engrossed in head knowledge and science and cures for physical ailments when the heart is desperately sick! Everyone had advice for Job’s condition, but Job said when this suffering is over with, I will come forth as gold! Gold is purified in fire:

John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water, but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”(Luke 3:16-17).

 

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The Messiah spoke to another assembly and told them to buy gold from Him:

You say, ‘I am rich; I have grown wealthy and need nothing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore be earnest and repent. (Revelation 3:17-19).

 Eye salve was needed. Fuller’s soap was needed. Clothing was needed. They didn’t know they were naked and blind. They didn’t realize they were Lukewarm.

They kept his feasts and the new moons, bringing offerings and singing songs. Wearing Tzitzit. Yet, Dead. Uprooted, twice dead. Dead as a doorknob. Back slidden and unawares.

Ephraim (America) mixes with the nations; Ephraim is an unturned cake. Foreigners consume his strength, but he does not notice. Even his hair is streaked with gray, but he does not know. Israel’s arrogance testifies against them, yet they do not return to the LORD their God; despite all this, they do not seek Him” (Hosea 7:9-20).

 Ephraim is a cake not turned. It’s no good! Picture a cake burnt on one side and raw on the other.

They (America) made kings, but not through me. They (America) set up princes, but I knew it not. With their silver and gold (entertainment, sports, musicians, gold iPhones, iPads, iPods, I, me, me, me, social media stars, porn stars, abortion, sex trafficking, murder, gluttony, addictions), they made idols for their own strength, but they don’t even know it. The pride of Israel ( America) testifies to his face; yet they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him, for all this.

The U.S. debt is the sum of all outstanding debt owed by the federal government. On February 1, 2022, it surpassed $30 trillion for the first time. The Father warns a nation who usurps Him. A nation that removes the Ten Commandments/Ten Sayings from the walls of their schools and does away with prayer is given a stern warning in the Torah.

You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country. Your basket and kneading bowl will be cursed. The fruit of your womb will be cursed, as well as the produce of your land, the calves of your herds, and the lambs of your flocks. You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out. The LORD will send curses upon you, confusion and reproof in all to which you put your hand, until you are destroyed and quickly perish because of the wickedness you have committed in forsaking Him. (Deuteronomy 28:16-20). 

Sixty-four million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since “Roe.” In 2019, unmarried women accounted for 86% of all abortions (CDC). But marriage is a dying thing.

In 2014, 30% of aborting women identified themselves as Protestant and 24% as Catholic (AGI). I’m looking for a more updated statistic on this if you find one. (Guttmacher Institute)

While killing our unborn, we carry His Name and say we walk in His ways and are “Christians.” If you have had an abortion and it has grieved you and you have sought forgiveness, the Holy Ones forgives you! He needs your voice on the front lines!

Mother Teresa said, “If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use any violence in order to get what they want.” 

Remember when our grandparents gathered around a radio and tuned in to the old gospel hour? The women raised their children to respect them. My grandmother wore dresses that covered her knees and rose to her neckline. No trophy wives. She read the Bible daily, and my grandfather walked the floor praying over his seed. There was no Facebook, no TikTok, No Instagram, no answering machine or cell phone. They worked the soil and ate their bread with humility and thanksgiving. We must wake up. Writing things this strong is often challenging when I have to look in a mirror and weep first over my own condition. When I have to make changes in my own life. 

I’m praying this message penetrates hearts and stirs us all to turn off the idols. To sit at His feet and read His Words in secret. To pray in secret. May our walk bring correction to those watching us. May we bathe. May we be immersed in the fire that purifies. It’s not pleasant, but it is needed. May we watch our words for they can murder others, but so can a lack of words.

May our stiff necks bend. May our hearts thaw. May His Heavenly scalpel meet us in Gilgal. May we seek Him while He may be found. May we not be found without extra oil and our lamps lit. May we repent for what we have made His House. May we repent for divorce, adultery, spirits of religion, ungratefulness, boasting, loving money, being too big for our britches, and the whole list from II Timothy 3. Oh, How we need Him. Oh, how we need mercy for what is coming. The horses are running. 

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I took the photo above on October 18, 2019 and a horse popped out at me. The Father was showing me the horses were getting ready to leave the gate. Not derby horses but the 4 horses. This was right before covid/ corona (crown).

May we Wake up! Blow the shofar. Let us not wait until Elul. Sound the alarm now. Check our temperature at the door like covid is here. Place His word on our tables at supper and noon and at waking. May we walk the floor and pray over our seed.

The hour is coming and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23).

A thief is here. It has broken into our houses via the media, entertainment, lawlessness and the things of the world. We must cleanse our house, His House. We must stay awake.

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:42-44, ESV).

Blessings,

Tekoa Manning

Please pray for my husband and me and our ministry.

 

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