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To Hanukkah or not to Hanukkah. That is my question .

To Hanukkah or not to Hanukkah, that is my question !!

I have really struggled this year with the keeping of this festival.
When I came into the Torah class a few years ago, I had something in my Spirit that didn’t line up with it. I reluctantly have gone through the last couple of years, celebrating with our group.
We had our start tonight with our local group, and they said the “Blessing”, THEN it hit me as a confirmation.
The “Blessing”says that YHWH commands us to light the candles.
OH REALLY !!
WHERE AT ? Aren’t we warned against adding to or taking away from His Word ?
THEN they made a lovely presentation and shared from Daniel Chapter 8, tieing in the prophecy of Daniel to the events of the battle with the Maccabees and the Greeks. Then they read some from 1 Maccabees to tell the story of what had happened leading up to and during the Battle.
OK, I understand ALL of what was said and have NO problem with the events of the Battle.
BUT, “here is the REST of the story” [ a little Paul Harvey humor ]
In 1 Maccabees 8:17 Judas Maccabees sends a messenger to Rome to essentially invite Rome to come into Israel and take over, as THAT is what actually ended up happening.
AS FAR AS the tie in with Yahushua in John 10:22,23, AGAIN you have to read the rest of the scripture and tie it in with what had happened AFTER YHWH had delivered them from the Greeks.
Yahushua was “walking” in Solomon’s Porch. He WAS NOT in the temple.
#1 Solomons Porch is the place where Ezekiel had been shown the “elders turned their back to the temple, facing the sun and worshiping it.
Solomons Porch was not attached to Herod’s Temple, but acroos the courtyard. It has been referred to as a “place of judgement”
#2 Yahushua knew all of these things and was perplexed , troubled maybe in His Spirit, that’s why He was “walking” as in pacing about. Like many of us do when something is troubling us.
#3 Yahushua knew that the Maccabees had “turned their back on YHWH”, by running off to Rome to get help, when YHWH had just helped them and supposedly performed a “Miracle”.
#4 John 10 tells us that the Jews began to gather around Yahushua and question Him about being the Messiah. He told them that they couldn’t tell that He was the real Miracle Worker[paraphrase mine].
HERE He was, the very one who helped them through so many times in the past. The very one who had performed miracles in front of their eyes, and YET, they knew Him not.
NO, I am not convinced of Yahushua celebrating Hanukkah or however you may want to spell it.
NO, I am NOT convinced that He even was happy with what was going on, BUT more so feel Him to have been troubled by what was going on.

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Happy Birthday Yahshua/ Christ Jesus

Happy Birthday Yahshua/ Christ Jesus

Celebrating His REAL birth date, during Sukkot.

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September 29, 2012 · 12:13

Why do God’s people RUN from the Law?

We see videos on TV of criminals “running from the law”. That’s easy to
understand, right? I mean if they had just shot somebody, or robbed a convenience store, they don’t want to be caught! OK?
So, why do God’s people run from the Law ?
After all, according to many of Paul’s/Shaul writings, “The Law is
good”? Listen to this instruction to his young teacher, Timothy;
1 Timothy 1:7-9 (King James Version)

7Desiring to be teachers of the law;
understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a
righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and
for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and

murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The point is, if you are truly “Born Again” of The Spirit of God, then
you are fulfilling The Law on a daily basis, as a “Righteous man”, not
of works, but by Faith!!
Since, according to Paul/Shaul, the law is for the lawless and
disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane,
………
What does a true “Born Again” Child of YHWH have to fear from The Law ?
You don’t get a speeding ticket when you are driving 55mph in a 55 speed
limit.
BUT, if you are driving 55 mph, in a 35 speed limit, then you will
probably get a ticket.
The Laws of God are good, because they were given to “Protect the
innocent”!!
I have made this as plain as I can, and it is my prayer, that if you read
this, you will “Get It” in your “Spirit Man”.
YHWH’s commandments[laws] are not grievous nor burdensome. They are
“Food for the Soul”!

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Is the U.S. becoming a picture of Ninevah?

For the local National Day of Prayer event, I have been asked to speak and given,as the Theme for this year, a scripture based on Nahum.The National Theme is ;
Prayer
For Such A Time As This
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” Nahum 1:7

I will be one of the first to admit, Nahum is not one of those books that I focus on. I have read it a few times and honestly never really did an in depth study of it.
Now most of you that read my stuff know me well enough, that I can only teach what The Word of YHWH says and as led by the Spirit, to study the context of the scripture out.
So with that in mind, I want to share what The Holy Spirit has given me.

When most of us hear about the city of Ninevah, we think of the story of Jonah, the reluctant Prophet, who was called to go to Ninevah and give a stern warning for them to repent from their wicked ways and turn their lives over to YHWH. After doing some study on Ninevah, I can understand a bit more why it was that Jonah was reluctant. These people weren’t just wicked, they were pure EVIL. The atrocities that they committed against their fellow man would be classified as “war crimes” and pure “inhumane”. They were known not just for beheading their enemies, but for actually “peeling their skin off of them” alive.Impaling bodies and heads out in the streets, for the people to see. Barbarians, these people were.
No wonder Jonah was reluctant. BUT, so goes the life of a TRUE Prophet of YHWH, and if you are a TRUE Prophet, you will be asked to do somethings that will stretch you and take you out of your comfort zone.
Now we all know the story, and Jonah did go and Ninevah did repent.
BUT, there is more to this story.
It seems as if old habits are hard to break, for, about 150 years later, Ninevah was just as evil as before. Maybe even more so.
What Babylon was in the “Spiritual War” against YHWH, Ninevah was in the warfare against their fellow human beings.
The Assyrian people of Ninevah would cause much suffering to befall their own city. What you “sow”, you “reap” and unless they would repent they were bound to “reap” much devastation upon them selves.
Enter the Prophet Nahum, who unlike Jonah, apparently had no “issues” about telling it like it was.
So what was Nahum about to encounter?
Ninevah was a “great city” in that it was large and very fortified and seemingly similar to it’s sister city Babylon. I say “sister city” for they were both built and founded by none other than Nimrod, [ Genesis 10:8-12] who was also the founding “father” of most Pagan religions. Time does not permit to go into ALL of the volumes of information available on Nimrod, BUT suffice it to say, he was truly a man AGAINST YHWH.
Ninevah was as large as modern day London England in square miles. It’s walls were wide enough for 3 chariots and their horses to go around and stood 100 feet in the air. They have found that there was some 1500 towers in that cities walls that stood 200 feet in the air. Ninevah, was an impressive site, BUT deep within, it was pure rotten, evil. The city was “ornate” as well, for not only were the Assyrians known for their cruel butchery, they were also known for their “plunderings of the spoils of war”. They were rich, at the cost of others.
So where do we tie into all of this. Surely I am not suggesting that the U.S. is anything like those cruel Assyrians. The answer is NO, we are not butchers, nor are we as evil as some think we are. BUT, Ninevah was a “back slidden” city. They had turned their backs on YHWH, and in only 150 years, were right back to where they started when YHWH sent a Prophet named Jonah with a message, “REPENT”!!
Nahum didn’t really have such a message, but MORE of a message that spelled of doom and gloom for a back slidden city and a people who were God-less.
Beloved, the only part of Nahums message that spelled out ANY hope is found in this passage;“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” [Nahum 1:7]
I am reminded of the Grace of YHWH shown upon a handful of people at the city of Sodom, for just before He would destroy it with fire and brimstone, The LORD ushered Lot and those of his family, who would heed what “Thus sayeth The LORD”, to safety and a new start in life.
YHWH is a Graceful God, BUT He is a JUST God as well.
There are those who have compared our nation to Babylon, basically because of it’s Babylonian financial system. Some call it the “Great Whore, Babylon” mentioned in The Book, Revelation.
I fear though, that our nation is creeping into a more similar place with Ninevah, who had turned it’s back on YHWH and gone after it’s other god’s and richs and whoredoms.
The words of The Prophet Nahum were not his words, BUT the Words of a JUST God, spoken to a people who would eventually be destroyed.
Three times Nahum mentions destruction by “flood” [Nahum 1:8, 2:6, and 3:13]. In the year 612 BC, after the surrounding nations had enough of Ninevah and it’s evil treatment, butchery and whoredoms, these nations rose up against Ninevah. Right there with their enemies, was it’s sister city, Babylon. In the Spring of that year, YHWH caused great rains to come and the Tigres River flooded over it’s banks, washing out part of the great walls that had kept Ninevah so “secure”.
Beloved, “false security and misplaced trust” will cost you EVERYTHING and cause you the most harm you could ever imagine. As the walls came tumbling down, the enemies of Ninevah poured into the once great city and demolished it.
This place that once stood in all it’s grandeur and fortifications was now reduced to a pile of rubble. It was so demolished, that over a period of time, there were some who even doubted that this city ever existed. Maybe it was another “Myth of The Bible”, some would eventually say. But, YHWH is not a man that he should lie, and in the mid 1800s, archaeologist began to uncover the remains of this once powerful city.
Is our nation at a spot that it is turning it’s back on YHWH?
As some of you know, a recent ruling by a Federal Court judge found the “National Day of Prayer” to be un Constitutional . The very leadership of our nation has broken the tradition of calling Christian leaders to the White House for this Day, snubbing, it’s nose at this occasion to PRAY, For Such A time As This

The Rev. Franklin Graham was scheduled to speak at the event at the Pentagon, but because he has taken a “stand” for his faith in YHWH and His Son Yahushua/Jesus, those who are in power, dropped him from the prayer event, because he made remarks against Islam.
Every chance they get, most “radical Muslims” speak against “Christianity and the Jews”, yet, when some one “speaks out” on their faith in YHWH, we are becoming labeled as “intolerant”, “radical Christians”.
This nation that was founded on the principals of YHWH, has reached “Such A Time As This”.
BUT, there is hope!! That one sliver of the message from Nahum to Ninevah that says;
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” [Nahum 1:7]
Beloved, do you TRUST in Him?
Or, have you misplaced your trust in the things of the world ?
Have you gone “whoring after other gods”?
YHWH told His chosen people Israel, that He was weary with their repenting! [ Jeremiah 15:6 ]
Are we, that are “grafted in”, any better than the vine itself ?
YHWH will not be MOCKED!!
America,WAKE UP! Your “shepherds slumber”[ Nahum 3:18]
, while the enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy!
It is NOT too late!
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” Nahum 1:7

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What Kind of Meats Can We Eat According to Scripture?

This is from an email I got Friday Evening asking bout Meats that we are allowed to eat or not eat. I wanted to share the email with you all, as well as my response and teaching on this subject.

Jake what kind of meats can we eat, that the Lord says we can?
Much love to you,
xxxxx

Hi xxxxx,
Thanks for your question.
This has been an ongoing debate with many people for years. I am persuaded that YHWH wants good things for His children, and therefore
wants us to live a “good,clean,healthy lifestyle and diet”.There is also
the fact that YHWH said, “be ye Holy for I am Holy” and He has ALWAYS
wanted that for His children, that they NOT be like the rest of the
world, “Sanctified”, Set Apart, for His Glory.
I also came across this little tidbit of info, which lines up with what I
have been teaching all along. Based on Hebrews 11, those earliest
“Faith Fathers”, that had the “kind of Faith that pleases God” did so
WITHOUT the Torah even existed at that point. Listen to what YHWH told
Noah in Genesis 7[ about 1000 years before Moses being given the Torah;
Genesis 7

1And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

2Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are
not clean by two, the male and his female.

3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every
living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of
the earth.

5And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

There was NO WRITTEN LAW of God at this point YET, Noah understood what God was saying and exactly what kind of animals were clean and unclean, WOW!!!

Now, back to your real question,, I will use the “New Living Translation” because it is done in a “plainer language”. The New Living calls them
“ceremonially clean and unclean animals”, SO I take exception with that
terminology, as the KJV doesn’t call them “ceremonially clean and
unclean” JUST unclean or detestable.
Leviticus 11 Ceremonially Clean and Unclean Animals
1 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people
of Israel.
“Of all the land animals, these are the ones you may use for food. 3 You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud. 4 You may not, however, eat the
following animals[a] that have split hooves or that chew
the cud, but not both. The camel chews the cud but does not have split
hooves, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. 5 The hyraxhref=””>[b] chews the cud but does not have
split hooves, so it is unclean. 6
The hare chews the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is
unclean. 7 The pig has
evenly split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is unclean. 8 You may not eat the meat of
these animals or even touch their carcasses. They are ceremonially
unclean for you.

9 “Of all the marine animals, these are ones you may use for food. You may eat anything from the water if it has both fins and scales, whether
taken from salt water or from streams. 10 But you must never eat animals from the sea or
from rivers that do not have both fins and scales. They are detestable
to you. This applies both to little creatures that live in shallow water
and to all creatures that live in deep water. 11 They will always be detestable to you. You
must never eat their meat or even touch their dead bodies. 12 Any marine animal that does
not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.

13 “These are the birds that are detestable to you. You must never eat them: the griffon vulture, the
bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, falcons of all kinds, 15 ravens of all kinds, 16 the eagle owl, the
short-eared owl, the seagull, hawks of all kinds, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the barn owl, the desert
owl, the Egyptian vulture, 19
the stork, herons of all kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.

God states that cud-chewing animals with split hooves can be eaten (Leviticus 11:3; Deuteronomy 14:6). These specifically include the
cattle, sheep, goat, deer and gazelle families (Deuteronomy 14:4-5). He
also lists such animals as camels, rabbits and pigs as being unclean, or
unfit to eat (Leviticus 11:4-8). He later lists such “creeping things”
as moles, mice and lizards as unfit to eat (verses 29-31), as well as
four-footed animals with paws (cats, dogs, bears, lions, tigers, etc.)
as unclean (verse 27).

He tells us that salt and freshwater fish with fins and scales may be eaten (verses 9-12), but water creatures without those characteristics (catfish, lobsters, crabs, shrimp,
mussels, clams, oysters, squid, octopi, etc.) should not be eaten.

God also lists birds and other flying creatures that are unclean for consumption (verses 13-19). He identifies carrion eaters and birds of
prey as unclean, plus ostriches, storks, herons and bats.

Birds such as chickens, turkeys and pheasants are not on the unclean list and therefore can be eaten. Insects, with the exception of locusts, crickets
and grasshoppers, are listed as unclean (verses 20-23).

Why does God identify some animals as suitable for human consumption and others as unsuitable? God didn’t give laws to arbitrarily assert control over
people. He gave His laws (including those of which meats are clean or
unclean) “that it might be well” with those who seek to obey Him
(Deuteronomy 5:29).

Although God did not reveal the specific reasons some animals may be eaten and others must be avoided, we can make generalized conclusions based on the animals included in the two
categories.

In listing the animals that should not be eaten, God forbids the consumption of scavengers and carrion eaters, which devour other animals for their food.

Animals such as pigs, bears, vultures and raptors can eat (and thrive) on decaying flesh. Predatory animals such as wolves, lions, leopards and cheetahs most often prey on
the weakest (and at times the diseased) in animal herds.

When it comes to sea creatures, bottom dwellers such as lobsters and crabs scavenge for dead animals on the sea floor. Shellfish such as oysters,
clams and mussels similarly consume decaying organic matter that sinks
to the sea floor, including sewage.

A common denominator of many of the animals God designates as unclean is that they routinely eat flesh that would sicken or kill human beings. When we eat such animals
we partake of a food chain that includes things harmful to people.

As nutritionist David Meinz observes: “Could it be that God, in His wisdom, created certain creatures whose sole purpose is to clean up
after the others? Their entire ‘calling’ may be to act exclusively as
the sanitation workers of our ecology. God may simply be telling us that
it’s better for us believers not to consume the meat of these trash
collectors” (Eating by the Book,1999, p. 225).

The long and short, you can eat beef, fish with scales and fins certain insects[you can eat my share,lol] and any “bird not named in the
families listed above. SO you can eat chicken.
BTW, you want got to hell for eating the “detestable things”, BUT you
might get to meet your maker a little quicker. Hope this helped!
Love in Yahushua, Christ Jesus
Jake

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