Posted in Pentecost/ Shavuot, TM

Mar-A-Lago and Shavuot

 

Although words like Trump, Donald, and Mar-a-Lago will be in this blog, it is not a political post and has nothing much to do with the Donald.

 The other day, I decided to go to an opposite news source, CNN via YouTube. As I was comparing headlines, one caught my attention. The video was titled Not an easy transition: Hear inside details of Trump’s post-presidency life

 Gabby Orr (CNN reporter covering Republican politics) explained that when Trump arrived in Palm Beach in January, he had no office, phones, computers, or office furniture set up. Trump is planning to run for presidency in 2024. Gabby continued: “The photos we have of Trump meeting with candidates and former aides at Mar-A-Lago are from the Bridal Chamber Suite.” When Gabby said Bridal Suite, my mind began to picture The King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s and His Bride preparing to meet the Holiest, wisest, most merciful humble King ever to live, die, and rise again.

The news anchors asked Gabby to describe what the bridal sweet was. “Is this a bedroom with a heart-shaped hot tub? They chuckled. “Is this the honeymoon sweet?” More laughs. Then Gabby Orr said, “No, this is the place where the bride would prepare herself to meet her husband.”

My mind was spinning.

Gabby (Woman of God) Orr (Light in Hebrew)

The name Donald means “world ruler.” Adonai is Ruler over ALL. Trump “a name for a trumpeter.”

(1 Thessalonians 4:16) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Dead bones come forth first. There is a pattern.

  1. “Prophesy concerning these bones and tell them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! (Ezekiel 37:4)
  2. And as I prophesied, there was suddenly a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to bone. (37:7)
  3. As I looked on, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. (37:8) 
  4. Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and tell the breath that this is what the Lord GOD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, so that they may live! So I prophesied as He had commanded me, and the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet—a vast army. (37:9-10)

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET BLAST, and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31).

Once the dead bones are raised, we take on flesh and spirit and a mighty BREATH. I believe when this mighty breath starts blowing the whole body is going to see miracles that happened just as when Yeshua walked this earth.

We, His bride are preparing. Anyone who came into this movement years ago must see how dry bones are now hearing and obeying. We see how the army is making a rattling noise and putting on flesh. This preparation of a bride is something we all know we must do together, and we see this happening before our eyes, but how do we know what this looks like prophetically? 

We know that chicken broth makes us feel better when we are sick, and we know honey taste good in tea, we know rain makes the grass grow, and so on, but do we know how nervous and excited a bride was before premarital sex became as normal as erectile discomfort commercials? 

man in white dress shirt wearing black framed eyeglasses

The Word says we make ourselves ready: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7). 

Marriage is a dying thing. Of course people were still getting married in Noah’s day but were they chaste? Holy, set apart, waiting for that day?

“The number of unmarried partners living together in the United States nearly tripled in two decades from 6 million to 17 million. (xls).” United States Census Bureau 2015.

We do not want to be a Bride who has lost her loving feeling and become desensitized and unholy.

Marriage is a two-step process. Betrothal or Kiddushin (sanctification) in Hebrew starts with a covenant. We are in a binding marriage contract. Although the bride and groom are fully married in a betrothal, the bride and groom are not permitted to live together as husband and wife until it is time. No man knows the day or the hour of the wedding, only the Father. The betrothal usually lasts a year, and then it is time to consummate the marriage, the two become one. It’s the whole Bible story—a marriage and a betrothal period of intimacy that lasts until the bride and groom become one physically and spiritually. 

Back to Trump and Mar-a-Lago: 

 “In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2). While the bride and groom live in separate homes during the betrothed period, the bride works on her wedding garments, and the groom prepares a house. If we are His Body, a whole army, we work on our garments together. When one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. We are a whole loaf of bread. If we say we are without sin or work, we are liars. 

 Honeymoons today may never happen due to people living together. Some couples experience nothing the couple hasn’t already experienced. How does a holy bride prepare for a holy King?

When the bride enters the room, everyone stands. She has perfect hair, skin, nails, makeup, and all eyes in the room look at the beauty of the bride. But do we as His Body really know what it is like to prepare for a King people cannot stand before, Esther? A king who owns all the threshing floors in all the world, Ruth? A King who has already provided a garment for His Bride? We as a Bride took our vows, “All the Lord has said, we will do!” And if we are to work together as one, shouldn’t we be in one accord, more forgiving, more ready to grab soda water and scrub a spot on our gown? Or more ready to cover someone who is exposed? Shouldn’t we weep with the broken and hold those who need held even if the world wants us to stay 6 feet apart? 

 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he spotted a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes. Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless. Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:11-14, BSB). 

Before Yeshua discusses the man who had no wedding clothes, he talks about many people He invited to His wedding feast but they were all too busy to come.

Our Heavenly Husband is ready to communicate, and He needs no politicians, phones, internet, or office furniture. He has Holy Furniture. The only thing He needs is a bride who will forsake all the things of the world, pick up their cross and follow Him.

Mar-a-Lago means Sea to Lake.

Chaim Bentorah has a wonderful blog called Waters Sea. Here is a short snippet:

“Sea: The root words of both water and sea are the rare cases where it is dual and TriLiteral. Waters is spelled “mem, yod,” and seas is spelled “yod, mem.” 

Each has a numerical value of 50. The numerical value of the word for “you are mine” is also 50. When the ancient seaman ventured out onto the seas, he knew his fate belonged to the sea. The sea was saying: “You are mine.” Could Peter have been thinking about this when he saw Jesus (Yeshua) walking on water and in the midst of the storm that seemed to be saying; “You are mine” Jesus (Yeshua) was showing that he was overpowering the mighty waters and was saying the terror of the sea can not claim you because “you are mine.”

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art By, Art Pascal

We are His—all of us, every part of us.

 Many have been counting up to 50 for the Feasts of Shavuot or Pentecost. This was a day when the Father gave His bride gifts and comfort. 

 “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).

Jesus/Yeshua ascends and tells them to wait. They knew what this meant since Yeshua had died on Passover and rose again on First Fruits. They all were counting the Omer that led to the next feast. They were counting up to 50. Yeshua was letting them know that on the following feast, the outpouring of the Spirit would occur. They were waiting for a feast day, not a holiday, not an egg hunt, not a derby horse race, not a jolly man keeping a list of who’s been naughty or nice. They were obeying the Father’s commandments according to (Leviticus 23:15-16).  

Donald set up an office in the bridal suite. If you want to be a part of this country club, there is a considerable fee. If you want to rent a room or plan a wedding with a great feast for your wedding guest, all can be arranged if you have the money or know the Donald personally. If you want to be a part of the Greatest wedding feast of all time, it starts with a marriage vow and a free gift of salvation, but there is also a cost. “In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33, BSB).

“The Mar-a-Lago Club sits royally amidst 20 valuable acres of manicured lawns, vibrant gardens, and sweeping sea-to-lake vista in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Palm:

The 11th Hebrew letter is Kaph. Kaph means palm, a picture of the palm of the hand with the numerical value of 20. In reference to the creation of man, it is said: “You have placed Your Palm [kaf] over me.” “Twenty pieces of silver for which Joseph’s brothers sold him. Twenty cubits, the maximum height of a Sukkah.” ( The Hebrew Letters: Kaf–Inner.org) Think Yeshua Messiah also sold for 20 pieces of silver and a day when we tabernacle with Him!

Florida is a word I have been thinking of a lot lately. My husband humbly washed my feet during Passover and dried my feet with a beach towel engraved with Florida. Yeshua washed his disciple’s feet before he was crucified. The word Florida means “Feast of Flowers” Oh, how lovely to think of the sweet aroma of flowers around the throne when we keep His feasts and give Him Glory.

A few earthly men may linger in offices across the universe, but a King is coming. Every generation has to prepare for a King. Every bride has her day when the whole gathering stands and in aww sees her beauty. Our beauty comes from obedience. Our beauty comes from death. Our beauty comes from humility. Our beauty comes when we are as Ruth, and we leave everything to follow Him. His Bride is wearing her jewels. 

Isaiah 61:10–I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 

Posted in Passover/ Pesach, Pentecost/ Shavuot, Tekoa Manning, TM, Unleavened Bread

Blankets of Light

This morning while sitting outside with coffee, I noticed two birds flying toward me and then over my head. One was dark, resembling a raven. The other was as white as a dove. I stopped, mesmerized in disbelief. They flew side by side like friends on a journey. In swift thought, my brain asked, “Was that a white dove? No, surely not.” I gazed up again steadily, and just before they passed over my house, the birds’ wings fan out above me. They are as white as snow and as black as soot. I am awe-struck. My mind then began calculating events concerning an Ark and Noah, Elijah, and the ravens that fed him. Soon I am meditating on a Lamb and a Ruach Wind that appeared and descended like a dove on our Messiah–A dove whose white wings flapped mightily over the waters when HaShem said, “Let there be LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3). Out of thick darkness, light was born.

“In your days (Job), have you commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place, that it might spread to the ends of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?” (Job 38:12-13, BSB).

Sometimes light stands in front of darkness. Sometimes a dove and a blackbird take flight side by side. There were two men on a cross next to Messiah–one cried out for light, and one remained in darkness.

And one of the evil-doers who were hanged was speaking evil of Him, saying, “If You are the Messiah, save Yourself and us.” But the other, responding, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear Elohim, since you are under the same judgment?”

–Luke 23:39-40, BSB

Light stands before darkness every day in multiple situations, weighing much less than my description above. We are candles. We are to shine. “But if your eye is evil, all your body shall be darkened. If, then, the light that is within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23, ISR). Evil eyes. What a concept. How we look at others through our eye gate can be with light or with darkness.  Yeshua said, “No one lights a lamp and covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he sets it on a stand, so those who enter can see the light” (Luke 8:16). A Lamb, the Light of the World, stood in the midst of darkness and did not open His Mouth.  “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7, BSB).

Picture our words as blankets of light. Every soul on this planet was created with a divine flame inside them, even those who walk with evil eyes. Have you ever heard a conversation or watched a scene play out before your eyes that was so grievous, your whole insides were weeping, but on the outside, you could not flinch or appear at all like the conversation or surroundings you found yourself in bothered you? Perhaps it was a holy day on a sacred calendar that no one close to you realized was sacred. Maybe it was a death and burial of a soul created in the image of light that no one could find words to bring that were reminiscent of describing the person’s days under the sun. The people wore black, but no one spoke of the light that once shined out of the eyes of the person who now has left this place for another.

We must bring the light on our tongues.

Maybe you weep inside over a child you failed to teach properly– harmed by divorce, abuse, lack of attention, and instruction who now stands before you broken?

We must wrap them in light and hold them in love.

Maybe your grief is a date on a calendar. “You may have six months, or a year to live.” The doctors pronounce death over you, but you stand strong for your family. Inside, you are a grieving person trying to dance with your son, daughter, or spouse until your future is revealed. You drink in smiles and words, grasping them in your heart while holding on to faith and life in Messiah. A dark report does not put out your flame.

We must stand with our wicks trimmed and our lamps full of oil.

Possibly your grief erupts over a dark world you see filled with unrest, disease, idols, death, and lusts of the flesh boiling over in a pot of filth. But what if you saw the opposite too? The smile of a child in innocence. A butterfly landing beside you to remind you of transformation. The buds on the trees. Flowers popping up in colorful hues, red birds singing and wild violets poking their heads up through a field, a sun bursting forth to welcome the day as you thank Abba for coffee, tea, a breath.

Sometimes the light and darkness mingle, and this union causes a taint. Leading up to Passover, one year, I emptied half a bottle of 100% pure maple syrup with half a bottle of cheap pancake syrup. I was busy removing hametz. The Holy One said, “Bonnie you just mixed the holy with the profane.” I was horrified, but the Father was showing me more profound things.

“Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness? Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says יהוה, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you and I shall be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says יהוה the Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:14, 17-18, ISR).

What is unclean right now during the feasts of unleavened bread is bread. Why? Because the Holy One said do not eat bread for seven days. Eat matzah for seven days. These are the Father’s appointed feasts. If our earthly fathers told us not to eat bread as a child, we would do good to obey them. How much more the One who created LIGHT?

“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast'” (Leviticus 23:4-6, BSB).

A Sacrifice is something we give up for something else. Our Messiah gave up His life for us. We give up yeast for unleavened bread.

“For when I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, I did not merely command them about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but this is what I commanded them: Obey Me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in all the ways I have commanded you, so that it may go well with you” (Jeremiah 7:22-23, BSB).

Adonai’s point was not to command them in the ways of offerings and sacrifices but to obey His Voice. Shema. Sometimes this looks strange to others.

A sacrifice is about us and not an animal. Many times we are in situations that cause us to make a sacrifice. We sacrifice a party, wedding, or event to rest in His Sabbath, or we sacrifice bread for a striped, scorched piece of matzah. In this sacrificial place of obedience, we notice that we are a peculiar people set apart to HaShem. The One who sent the darkness, palpable darkness, would also send an angel of death.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that darkness may spread over the land of Egypt—a palpable darkness.”

So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and total darkness covered all the land of Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else, and for three days, no one left his place. Yet all the Israelites had light in their dwellings” (Exodus 10:21-23, BSB).

We have all found ourselves at work, a social setting, a party, a family gathering, or an event where darkness showed up. Darkness cloaked and draped in thick glee. Darkness wearing light like an angel. Darkness boasting in neon colors. Black draped words that fly and soar with edges– sharp points that stab and pierce. Words swathed in prideful mocking like Pharaohs or one of the thieves on the cross. Strange chatter where teeth bite and we chew people into pieces in one sentence and then try to mend them on sewing machines like a garment we’ve ripped in two like an offering or a dove with its head wrung off. We see the darkness in those around us as familiar and remember our own dwellings and journeys of learning the difference between the mundane and the holy. We recognize that we, too, have darkness that we battle. We realize we have far to go when compared to a Lamb that did not open its mouth.

white lamb on road

Photo-Nadia Supertino

When we are obedient and sacrifice our flesh on the altar, we are a sweet smelling fragrance unto Him.  “And this day will be a memorial for you, and you are to celebrate it as a feast to the LORD, as a permanent statute for the generations to come. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you are to remove the leaven from your houses. Whoever eats anything leavened from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel” (Exodus 12:14-15, BSB).

Darkness shows up during seasons and appointed times. But darkness also reveals light. Are we learning about light in the darkness? Are we bathing and cleansing our eyeballs in light? Are we able to not open our mouth in the midst of darkness, mocking and scorn, like a lamb–a lamb we ate in haste that then resided in our bellies. Did you know Adonai made darkness His covering?

“And He bowed the heavens and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet. And He rode upon a keruḇ, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness His covering; Around Him His booth, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.” (Psalm 18:9-12, ISR).

Kisha Gallagher author at Grace in Torah has an anointed blog on darkness and light that I feel everyone would do well to read. I had a disturbing dream months ago depicting darkness and light. Her blog post titled What the Darkness Reveals brought healing and revelation to my soul. You can find it HERE. Before I wrap up this post on light and darkness, I want to direct you back to the two birds. Unbeknownst to me, I learned that there could be albino blackbirds from my husband. A blackbird with a pigment deficiency becomes white.

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“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:19, BSB).

We can often look white as a dove but be a blackbird with a skin issue—this is one topic I have written about often and more for my own good. It is the same issue that made Miriam white as snow. Lashon Hara/the evil tongue–leprosy. Words are more powerful than we know.

All the evils that men cause to each other because of certain desires, or opinions, or religious principles, are rooted in ignorance. [All hatred would come to an end] when the earth was flooded with the knowledge of God.” – Maimonides

The earth flooded with knowledge of a Holy God. A fearful Ruler and Creator of all life sent a dove with an olive branch in its mouth. What if we carried that olive in our mouth?

During the Omer count, a count that we are commanded to do by Elohim, we count up to the 49th/50th day of Pentecost or Shavuot in Hebrew. The Holy Spirit fell in the book of Acts as tongues of fire. Oh, how our tongues need to be baptized in fire. Oh, how we need sweet water and not bitter. Even when we think we are speaking life, correction, and encouragement, it is possible to speak death due to our own ignorance, pride, pain, or fears.

Sometimes light shines so brightly it hurts eyes and causes people to place their hands over their face–their fingers in their ears, or run away. Sometimes truth is so loud it is like wind that knocks us down. Sometimes we see through the lens of grief. We open our arms and hug people we see as blind, deaf, having tongues that need coals from the altar. We hold them close because we love them so, and we bathe them in all the light we have to give in that moment knowing we too deal with our own evil tongues and puffed up yeast. Perhaps the darkness senses our light and is changed in some way spiritually. Maybe we receive light from those we see bathed in yeasty darkness. Perchance we notice what is in our own hearts?

clear glass bulb on human palm

Photo Rohan Makhecha

May we see the dove this Shavuot/ Pentecost. May we be a blackbird with skin clothed in light pigments that turn us whiter–brighter. May our leprosy be cleansed as Moses cried out concerning his sister, “Heal Her!, we picture the Body of Yeshua and cry out too. May we wrap ourselves in chesed and loving-kindness that bubbles forth without our left hand knowing what our right hand is doing. May we eat unleavened bread with purpose and not rote. May we count up to the comforter, the Ruach Wind that hovers over our heads and purifies our hearts and burns the dross off our tongues which no man can tame. May we hold up two loaves of bread and shout for joy at the promise of redemption, the comforter, and the Messiah.

“My little children, I write this to you, so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Intercessor with the Father, יהושע Messiah, a righteous One.

And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for all the world.

And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands.

The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked” (I John 2:1-6, ISR).