Free Introduction to Book Three, Wolves Unseen.
I surmise that I am in 4th or 5th grade. It was time for bed, but like most nights, I did not want to sleep. I wanted to read. I loved reading early on and had many books, but that night I longed to read my Bible. I turned my bedside table lamp on and soon heard my mother coming down the hallway, standing outside my door. “Tekoa it’s time for bed, you have school in the morning—lights out.” I tell her, “Okay,” and then I wait to hear the click of her bedroom door shut. My dad was usually in bed first because he got up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning for work—a dark early hour. I grab my Bible, lay on the floor on my rug, and open the book randomly. It lands on I Chronicles 1: “Adam, Seth, Enosh, Cainan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai. . .” (I Chronicles 1:1-5, BSB). My dad opens the door as I try to utter the names and make out what the chapter is about.
He said, “I saw your light was still on. What are you doing down there in the floor, Tekoa?”
“Dad, I’m trying to read my Bible, but it’s so hard.”
And don’t you know, my father got down on the floor with me and started reading. He read the whole first chapter of I Chronicles from Adam to the families of Ishmael and the families of Isaac– all the way to Father Abraham. After finishing the chapter, he looked at me and chuckled, and said, “No wonder it was so hard to understand. You were trying to read the (begats) genealogy from Adam to Abram.”
I have never forgotten this moment in my life. Some experiences change us. At that moment, I thought, wow, every name of every person in the Bible is significant. My young mind meditated on a God who created the animals, the trees, and flowers and formed life in the womb. And if this God had given us a Book that spoke of His power and characteristics, I wanted to read all of it. I wanted to read of the men and women who had made it inside the pages of His Book. Later in life, I realized the Bible was a canon and that the people of “The Book” had no book.
In Sunday school, I usually took first place when a prize was to be given for memorization or a biblical quiz. By age 10, I had memorized Proverbs chapter one, the Lord’s Prayer, Psalms 23, and countless scriptures from the New Testament.
As I grew older, after experiencing much pain, abuse, and divorce, I Still read the Bible daily. When I say I read the Bible, I don’t mean I flipped through or started in the Book of John– I read it through and through. I don’t say this with pride. I was raised by a mother and father who read the Bible repeatedly. I was studying the Torah diligently before I knew what the word Torah meant.
Later, after my mother became sick with Parkinson’s, and began following a healing evangelist. My dad took her to his conferences a few times, and she stood in line to get a touch from the Lord in hopes of being healed, but I detected something had a taint in the anointing. I began studying Satan, sickness, demons, and angels. I became engrossed with the prophets. I felt connected to them and the authority they used to expose the wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Fast forward to my late 30s. One night, in the middle of the night, after being sexually assaulted years before and using alcohol as a band aide, I was awoken by a Voice that sounded like all the waters in the ocean. The Voice ricochet through my being. The voice spoke five words, “Get your house in order.” I catapulted up out of the bed in fear. I went to my bedroom window, looked up at the moon, and thought, is the same God who hung the moon in the heavens speaking to me? I knew my life was out of order. Everything in it was out of order. After some time and prayer, I laid back down and received a download of the Book of Genesis (Bereshit) chapter one being read to me inside my spirit:
In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters. And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be. And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness. And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.
–Genesis 1:1-5, TLV
After each day of creation was read, again I would hear the Voice, but this time it was not audible:
Tekoa get your house in order. Do you not know that I am a God of order? Do you think I gave you your life just to throw it away?
Suddenly, I had a holy fear of this God I had been reading about my whole life but knew I had never known in this manner. During the next few days, I did not speak to anyone unless I had to, and I didn’t dare share my experience for fear people would think I had gone mad. It was surreal. Shortly after this experience, I started becoming sick and too fatigued to finish a shift at work. Finals were happening at college, and I had tests to take, but one morning I could not get out of bed and stand up without falling into the walls. I was slurring my speech. It felt like I had been hit with a sledgehammer over the head. After becoming sick with neurological issues, I wondered if I was supposed to get my house in order because this God who had spoken to me was going to take my life. Could this be why I had experienced this? One morning on my 40th birthday, I got out of bed, and my knees buckled under me, and I could not stand up. I crawled to a table where my Bible lay, grabbed ahold of the chair, and sat down, bawling. I raised my hands to the heavens and said, “God are you taking my life?” I randomly opened my Bible, just like when I was a little girl on the bedroom floor. The first verse my eyes landed on said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4, BSB). I focused my eyes again and reread the passage. Finally, I decided although I felt like death, God had a bigger plan. I do not suggest the Bible is a magic 8-ball or something we can randomly open, but in that moment, I knew the Father was speaking to me.
The little girl whose father had read the Bible to her years ago had come full circle. Today, I have more understanding concerning the words from John 11, and how Adonai has given me a gift to write for those who desire digging deeper, and for those who long for intimacy. I know without my season of suffering there would have been no oil. The crushing of the olive brings oil, and the crushing of the flower, perfume. At times this pen is heavy and hard to carry. Book Three of this Series has been as difficult to write as my adolescent self trying to enunciate the genealogy of Abram. Exposing wolves and false prophets is never an easy task, but it is needed.
Often, wolves among us escape unseen. To unzip a fleece garment, one must be open to recognizing the characteristics. A religious organization can have much truth and still be a covert cult with a dominant wolf in charge. If I were to ask you if you were being hypnotized or enamored by a wolf in a wool coat disguised as a humble leader, more than likely, you would answer no. The prophet Elijah was sent to wake up a people who had become encased in idolatry under the reign of wicked king Ahab and his wife Jezebel. In I Kings 18 the prophet Elijah exposes a spiritual table. There is a holy table. The Shewbread Table in the tabernacle was adorned with unleavened bread representing the twelve tribes of Israel. It is called the Bread of the Face. This represents our Messiah Yeshua, but we must not forget that Elijah describes another table that has food, and if God’s chosen people were aware of His table, His Menorah, His power, why would they long to eat at Jezebel’s table?
Now then, send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.
I Kings 18:19, TLV
This bares the question: What do false prophets eat, and how do they speak? And why would God’s chosen people be so encased in them–unaware of their own condition? Remember, judgment starts at His House, and those who think they are incapable of being led astray, think again:
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs and wonders so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen. See, I have told you beforehand.
Matthew 24:24-25, TLV
If great signs and wonders follow Yeshua’s disciples and the apostles, take heed, for great signs and wonders follow the false prophets as well.
In Book Three, Wolves Unseen, we will examine what Yeshua meant when he told His disciples to be as shrewd as a snake and as harmless as a dove. We will inspect the separation of goats from sheep. Who do these sheep and goats represent? Other topics include idolatry, witchcraft, magic and sorcery in the Bible, clandestine cults, women in leadership, tithing pertaining to the seven feasts listed in Leviticus 23 and the New Testament, as well as the roots of Christianity.
I hope you are enjoying this Four-Part Series, Unmasking the Unseen. In Book One, Satan Unmasked, we looked at Satan with a more Hebraic lens, the history of Satan, and how he has evolved. In Book Two, Spirits Unveiled, we delved into all things concerning angelic beings, demonic spirits, witchcraft, sorcery, and deliverance. In Book Three, Wolves Unseen, the wool of the wolves is pulled back, and their bone-crushing teeth are exposed.
In Book Four, King Revealed, we will look deeper into the identity of Yeshua, the true meaning of salvation, and the 3rd temple, the priesthood, and the Book of Ezekiel.
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