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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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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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As Often As You Do This!

“As often as you do this ”

This study is being done by the leading of The Holy Spirit to bring correction to The Body of Christ, concerning the keeping of “Passover” and the “ritual” we have come to know as “communion”.
We have followed the “traditions of man” for many years and NOW, The Spirit of The Lord is drawing us to The Truth.
The concept, based on error-ed teachings that Shaul [Apostle Paul] warned us against [1Corithians 11:17-20], actually had already started during his day and time, and comes to us from the Book of Acts 2:42 & 46. When the people were “breaking bread” in these verses, they were fellow shipping and sharing meals, NOT, taking “communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”, or honoring Passover.
No, my friends, partaking of “communion” or “The Lord’s Supper” in a regular, ongoing basis is contrary to The Word of God, and contrary to the Words of Christ, for when He said ” As often as you do this”, HE in no way meant to change the ordinances of The Father that had been set forth in Exodus 12. The only time Christ ate this “special meal” was during Passover, and likewise, if we are to follow His example, then so it is with us.
To eat of the “communion” on a regular basis, is following after traditions of men, not the ordinances of God The Father. Will one “go to hell” for doing this? I don’t believe so. BUT, they are doing “what is right in their own eyes”, even if it seems to be a “good thing”, it doesn’t mean it is a “God Thing”.

Let’s look at some scriptures now and see what The Word of The Lord has to say on some of this!

Here is what Shaul[Apostle Paul] had to say to the Church at Corinth;
1 Corinthians 11 (King James Version)
1Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.[Remember that Christ was a Torah Observant Jew, and so was Shaul, who followed after Christ. The “ordinances” that Shaul is talking of here, are those of God The Father, for here, Shaul is talking to Gentiles who were learning the Ways of The Lord. In the next few verses, we find Shaul taking on his role as Apostle to the Gentiles, by bringing a “word of correction” to them, concerning practices that were going on in the Church at Corinth]

17Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
18For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
19For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.
[Here we see, that there were divisions in the church, because of “heresies” being taught and followed. They had begun the practice of making “The Lord’s supper” into a common meal, by doing it often and possibly without any “real reflection” to what they were doing. Evidently, the divisions, could have been that some saw through what was going on and knew it to be wrong.]

21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
[Shaul was NOT happy with what they had begun to do. In the next few verses, we see Shaul teaching them the reason behind the “Lord’s supper”, which By The Way, this is the only reference in the Bible to “The Lord’s supper”, as ALL other references are to the Passover meal, which is ONLY done once a year]

23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. [ In Exodus 12, when YHWH tells Moses of the ordinances of Passover, He sets up Passover as a “memorial to Him” for ALL generations. It is also the same here with Christ, for just as Israel was delivered out of the bondage of Pharoah[the world system], we too are delivered from the same. We are to “remember” Christ at this time of year, for HE is our Passover]

25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. [“this bread” in the KJV was mistranslated from the Hebrew “Matzos” unleavened bread, into the Greek “artos” (airos) which is a raised bread, meaning it had to have yeast in it or leaven, which is forbidden to even be in the house of a Jew, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread]

27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. [Here, Shaul, reminds them for a final time, “if any man hunger, let him eat at home”, why? “that ye come not together unto condemnation”, or in simple language, don’t eat of “the Lord’s supper” as if it were a commonplace thing to do. If you are hungry, eat at home!]

What Would Jesus Do ?
Matthew 26

1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
[In Matthew,Mark and Luke, the scriptures declare that Christ came to Jerusalem for the purpose to partake of the Passover. Christ had also told His disciples, that HE would be the Lamb this year(paraphrase mine). He did ALL of this, that Scripture be fulfilled and that He would also KEEP the ordinances of YHWH]

20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. [In Matthew,Mark and Luke , “this bread” in the KJV was mistranslated from the Hebrew “Matzos” unleavened bread, into the Greek “artos” which is a raised bread, meaning it had to have yeast in it or leaven, which is forbidden to even be in the house of a Jew, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread according to YHWH in Exodus12:15]

27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

30And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

From Mark 14
22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
24And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

From Luke 22
14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Why Did Jesus Do It?
Exodus 12
1And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,
2This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: [Notice the verses above stated that the sacrifice was collected together on the 10th day. Next, we learn that it is held until the 14th day before it is sacrificed. During those days, the sacrifice would be inspected to insure it to be “Worthy” for such a sacrifice. Beloved, we too must examine ourselves, but on an ongoing daily basis, that we too might become ” a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Romans12:1)
6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. [Here we see the natural act of “covering the door post with the blood of the sacrifice”, which is a DIRECT reflection of us being “covered” by the Blood of The Lamb, Christ Yahushua/Jesus]

8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. [The unleavened bread, made with nothing but flour and water, was baked in a hurry. There was not time for “leaven” or yeast to rise. This “leaven” is tied to the word “Chametz”, which one of it’s definitions is “ferment”. When something “ferments” it goes through a stage of “rot and sour”, breaking it down from it’s natural form into another form. When bread is baked with leaven, it ends up with a sweeter taste, than unleavened bread. This “fermentation” process is the same that winemakers use to take “grape juice” from it’s natural state, into the “fermented” wine.
Leaven represents sin to us, because it represents the “rot and sour”, the “cruel behavior”, the “depression”, that we walked in before becoming “Born Again”, made Right for YHWH by His Son, Yahushua, Christ Jesus, The Lamb of God who taketh away the sin/”leaven” of the world]

9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. [ Notice that this “lamb” was roasted whole. When Yahushua/Jesus was sacrificed on the Cross, He too was sacrificed whole. There was not one broken bone in His body. Though He was severely beaten and pierced, He had nothing “separated” in His body]
10And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.
12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. [ YHWH made this day “a memorial”, which is to say “a long standing permanent reminder”, just as Christ spoke of at His last partaking of The Passover meal. “Do this in Remembrance of Me”
The Passover is a DIRECT reflection of Yahushua/Jesus Passover for us, now that we are “covered” by the Blood. NOTICE as well, that YHWH stated ” ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever”. When did He say it should stop ?
Yahushua/Jesus didn’t institute a “new ordinance” to keep “Communion” or “The Lord’s Supper”, no He was stating that just as He delivered Israel from Egypt, He was delivering us from our own “Egypt”, our own “bondage”, and that when we take “Passover” as instructed, we are to remember it for ever]

15Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
16And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
17And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
18In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
19Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. [ PAY CLOSE ATTENTION! Even those who were strangers (Gentiles), if they participated in the Passover, and kept it’s ordinances, they too would be “made free” from the “bondage”. See the next section, also]
20Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.

Moses tells Israel what The Lord commanded
24And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

Also from Exodus 13;
9And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
10Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

Who else was this for ?

43And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:
44But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.
45A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.
46In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.
47All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
48And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. [ PAY CLOSE ATTENTION! Even those who were strangers (Gentiles), if they participated in the Passover, and kept it’s ordinances, they too would be “made free” from the “bondage”]

50Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

51And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

In Matthew,Mark and Luke, the scriptures declare that Christ came to Jerusalem for the purpose to partake of the Passover. Christ had also told His disciples, that HE would be the Lamb this year(paraphrase mine). He did ALL of this, that Scripture be fulfilled and that He would also KEEP the ordinances of YHWH !
He did all this for you and me.

Why Should We Do It ?

Romans 6:17-23 (King James Version)
17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1Corithians 7: 20-24
20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
21Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.
22For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
24Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

But What About ?

I have heard these passages in the past, and until I came to understand them properly, am guilty of misusing them my self,
Pastor Jake

Galatians 4

1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. [ We MUST NOT forget, that Christ was a “Torah Observant Jew” and so were His followers. The reason this is important is simple, “On the other side of Obedience, is a Blessing”. Though we are “not under the law of sin”, we are considered “Grafted in” and therefore we should “Honor God” with our obedience, no our desires, to Please Him who Loved us first. That we may be called a “son” and “heir of God through Christ”]

8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. [When we were “separated from God” by sin, and “knew not God” and His ways, we served the enemy with “reckless abandonment”. We didn’t know any different.]
9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
***[These verses were written by Shaul,Paul, to Gentile believers, whom he had taught in the ways of The Lord. Teaching them the “Truth” instead of “The Letter of The Law”. Shaul, was NOT teaching them to be disobedient to God ,”now that ye have known God (v9)”, but here he is actually asking them “why do you desire to be in bondage again?” They were returning to their “old ways”, the ways of the world, before they “Knew God(v9)”
There were then and still are today, those who reject “The Truth” of Scripture, and take verse 10 to say we are “not to observe God’s days, months, times and years”, BUT that is contrary to “the Truth” as well as what Shaul himself observed. Shaul observed the Sabbath, and the other “Feast of The Lord”. He wouldn’t teach people NOT TO DO THESE THINGS, if he himself continued to do them. Shaul wouldn’t say The Laws were “weak and beggarly elements” to the Gentile Galatians, when he tells us in :

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,
[In this writing to Timothy, Shaul is giving a CLEAR warning to those who speak AGAINST The Law, False Teachers, who DO NOT UNDERSTAND, NOR AFFIRM. They didn’t obey,just as many today don’t, because they have been deceived to believe “The Law, being bad and weak and beggarly”, to have been done away with. This is a LIE from the pits of hell, and has kept The Body from the “Right Relationship” with God. We, that are “Born Again”, of The Spirit of God, The Father, have been MADE free from the law of sin, which is death, BUT, now He who fulfilled The Law, lives in us and through us, thus as we grow closer to His Ways, we too, fulfill The Law, just as Christ did and taught His disciples to do, also.]

Back to Galatians 4
12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
13Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.

16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? [Often times, we are considered the enemy, when we try to teach people The Truth. The “carnal mind” can NOT receive the things of The Spirit, and therefore “rebels against” it at every opportunity.

17They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.
18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. [We are to be ” always in a good thing”, not “only when ” we are at “Church” or doing something for The Lord, BUT ALWAYS, so that we can have an “Affect” on others as well. We are to BE the Righteousness of God, His Ambassadors, His “Royal Priesthood”, at all times]

19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

20I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

24Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
27For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

29But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
30Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
31So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. [ When Shaul/Paul speaks about “desiring to be under the law”, he is making reference to those who want to be back in “sin”. He IS NOT telling anyone that they are “free agents” to just go on and “continue in sin”, for to do so, keeps one in “covenant with the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar”.
NOW, we, who KNOW the Lord, have become “not children of the bondwoman, but of the free”, for “28Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.”


In closing, The Blessings of The Passover, become so real to all who will forsake their own concepts of “the traditions of man”, and learn of, get to “Know God’s Ways”, for they ARE NOT burdensome, nor heavy. They are NOT bondage, but rather are the Path to Freedom in Christ, Who truly is our “Passover Lamb”.

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A Man After God’s Own Heart !

A Man After God’s Own Heart!!

 [Sermon Notes from 10-24-09]

There have been many different views of the saying that David was a man “after God’s own heart”. Most teach that it was about the “heart of Worship”, which is derived from the fact of David’s worship, musically of YHWH. Some conclude it to be from the time spent in the hillside as a shepherd. What ever you believe from these two may be the truth, BUT, I want to share with you another look at “David, A man after God’s own heart”.

 

Turn in your Bibles to 1Samuel 24.

Here we find David on the run from King Saul, for as we know from previous scripture, that King Saul had a “spirit” enter him, a “spirit of jealousy” or a “spirit of fear”, driven by “jealousy”. David had become famous in the sight of the people of Israel, because of his defeat of Goliath and the Philistines. Saul felt jealous, as David became more popular than he. Later, Saul sought to kill David. This is where we are with this story here in Chapter 24.

Here we find King Saul had went into a cave to rest himself. Little did he know that David and his men were in this same cave. David’s men began to tell him that God had delivered his enemy, Saul, into his hands. They edged David on to get justice by killing King Saul [ver 3&4] Then David arose and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe.

NOW, listen to verse 5; “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”.

David’s heart, [ his spirit man, conscience] began to trouble him for what he had done. David told his men that he should NOT do this thing to “my master”, The LORD’S anointed. David’s spirit would not let him kill his enemy.

Beloved, THIS is where David showed that he truly was a man “after God’s own heart”.

In Matthew 5, we find Yahushua, Christ Jesus, giving His famous sermon on the “BE Attitudes”.

 Here Jesus taught us to be “poor in spirit”, that is to say “humble”. David became humble when given the opportunity to kill Saul.

Jesus taught us that if we mourn, we shall be comforted. David’s heart was grieved because of what he had done and was considering doing to King Saul. David found comfort and strength, by not doing what he had all right to do.

Jesus taught us to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” [ Justice] David, in the flesh, had the right to go after and kill his enemy, BUT, the Heart of God is to love your enemy. That is TRUE righteousness.

Jesus taught us to be “merciful”, and in doing so, we would get mercy back. What you sow, is what you reap. If you sow hatred, you get hatred. If you sow love, you get love. David had the chance to sow something, death to an enemy or life to his own soul, by sowing mercy.

Jesus taught us to have a “pure heart”. Boy, that is a hard one, especially when someone is “out to get you”. David’s heart of vengeance was turned into the ” pure heart” of God, by showing love to an enemy, and forsaking the old thoughts of destruction for revenge and gaining the Heart of God, which is Love.

Jesus taught us to be “peacemakers, and they shall be called children of God”. David, knowing that though he had been chosen to be the future king of Israel, recognized that Saul was still The LORD’S anointed one. David became a peacemaker, by walking away from the chance to kill Saul. In doing so, David actually was fulfilling his destiny to be a “child of God” and into his “inheritance” as promised by God.

Jesus taught us that those who are persecuted and reviled by man, for HIS name sake, will be blessed. David certainly had been reviled and persecuted by King Saul, BUT, David knew “who he was and Whose he was”.  Upon discovering the truth of what had happened to him, King Saul recognized that David would become a great king over Israel.

Beloved, we are called to be “the Salt and Light of the earth” [Matt5 :13] If we are who we are called to be, Children of God, then we should strive to become known as a “man after God’s own heart”.

How many times in our own life do we feel that we have been done wrong?

How many times do we feel like “getting Justice”.

A friend of mine once said that, “many people want the God of Justice for someone else, BUT want the God of Mercy for ourselves”.

God’s heart is for us to pray for mercy for our enemy. Then we shall obtain the mercy we want. Then God’s Justice is fulfilled.

When someone has done you wrong, don’t “kill them” by lowering yourself to their standards by gossip, etc. Ask for mercy for them. Father, Forgive Them!!

Can we become like David? Can we get a pure heart? Can we give mercy? Can we become “poor in spirit” which is humble ourself?

When we start doing these things, THEN, maybe we can become known as a “man after God’s own heart”!!!!!!! 

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I am angry!! Halloween on the Sabbath! Christians “trunk or treat”

I think I understand how Yahushua, Christ Jesus, felt upon entering the temple and seeing all the “moneychangers” who were profaning the House of  The Lord.

There has been a “righteous anger” growing in my spirit man over the last few days, as I am hearing more and more so called “Christian churches” having “trunk or treat events or “fall festivals” on October 31. There is something WRONG with this picture, and I, for one am tired of so called “Born Again” people trying to rectify and make excuses for celebrating this PAGAN holiday.

 We have posted several good teachings on our sites and let people know of the truth of this abominable doings. How long will you think YHWH will put up with your contemptible acts?

First, NO TRUE “Born Again” child of YHWH should even WANT  to participate in anything that honors this satanic holiday.

Secondly, and this is the one that gets me personally, is the fact that they are doing it on the very day that YHWH “sanctified ” and “blessed” and for most of the Biblical history of mankind, been considered the Sabbath, as set by YHWH in Genesis 2:2&3.

Jeremiah 15:6, YHWH says, ” I am weary with repenting”!!

If  HE grew weary with the chosen children of Israel for all of their rebelling, what more will HE have to say to those who claim to be “grafted in”??

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Dream 9-11-09 “Urgent”

Dream 9-11-09 “Urgent”

 

I was given a dream last night and when I woke from it, I immediately sought The Lord for the interpretation of it. This is it as it was revealed to me.

The Dream started out with myself in a room, not very big, and a door, I think it to have been made of metal, but a secure type of door, nonetheless. I heard noises coming from the other side of the door and I braced myself against the door, because I knew whatever or whoever was on the other side wanted to get into this room, or get to me.

I am bracing against the door, really struggling to keep it closed, when this hand comes through the door and grabs me around my knees and starts to pull me against the door with such strength that it hurt badly, I ended up with the door being forced open. I immediately recognized the person on the other side of the door, and I will share later with you who he was.

There were a multitude of people on the other side of the door, as far as I could see, I asked this man what this was and he repetitively told me,” They want to know their names”. The Holy Spirit reminded me of Revelations 2:17 and how Yahushua told John that He would give those who overcome the world “the hidden Manna and a white stone with a new name on it that only the one who received it would know.” Then the Holy Spirit told me that they didn’t know their names because they had never overcome the world, though many believed they had. That will be explained later. These people have not overcome the world and have gotten caught up in the dull mundane world and are working, working, working. BUT at the end of the day what they have done didn’t amount to anything.

Then I was shown these “light bulbs” and some of the people were eating them and they were said to taste a little like honey. I asked about this and was told that these represented “good ideas”, “inventions”, that never amounted to anything. Intended for a good purpose, but never amounting to anything that really mattered.

Then I was shown such an “idea” and it really looked very technical and modern and I thought it to be something of great value, but when it was handed to me, I was told to take it apart and shown how. This thing rapidly fell apart right before my eyes revealing it to be no more than a bunch of plastic parts all nestled inside of each other that were not anything but plastic dish drainers. The Spirit said that people are working day in and day out making “things” that don’t really amount to anything.

Now for the “Urgent” part of the dream and to whom this man on the other side of the door was. This gets very personal for me, and that’s why I had to share it, that YOU might get the same “WAKE UP”, ” URGENT” message that I got out of this.

The man on the other side of the door was my earthly Dad who had passed away a couple of years ago. The Holy Spirit began to show me personally how I too would end up like my Dad if I weren’t careful, getting caught up in the daily “works” of the world. My Dad, when he passed, had a life of hard work and not really a lot of “riches” by the world’s standards. My Mom passed away 9 months after Dad. Their life “savings” didn’t really amount to anything, by the “world’s” standards, and I was left to deal with 60 years of “stuff” that they had “left me” as part of my inheritance. There were 5 barns Dad had built over the years to house this “stuff” that they had placed such value on. I have found myself repeating Dad’s mistakes and enlarging my own barns to deal with “their stuff”, my inheritance. I have been busy, if you will, “working” on “stuff” that at the end of the day, doesn’t really matter that much.

 

 

FOR ME, I had to ask The Lord to forgive me this morning. Forgive me for being so busy about the “stuff” left behind to be an inheritance, that I almost forgot about my MOST IMPORTANT inheritance, my other home with ABBA, Father God. Beloved, I could have been on the other side of that door, with my Dad, and all those others, who didn’t “know their names”.

The Scriptures declare that we “overcome the world, by The Blood of The Lamb and by the words of their testimony”.

Beloved, The Holy Spirit showed me, that many on the other side of the door, sadly, just like my earthly Dad, were deceived and caught up in the ways of the worldly system. They spend their lives doing what the world expects them to do. They teach each other the importance of “working hard to get ahead” and that you can’t have anything if you don’t work for it. There is a lot of good wisdom in there somewhere, but it is misplaced on what it is they have worked for. I am reminded of Matthew 6: 33, “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things, shall be added unto you”.

This dream was a “Wake Up ” call, not just for me, BUT to any who would have an ear to hear what The Spirit of The Lord is Saying.

Beloved, there is urgency behind this, as well, WE, ALL OF US, have to get busy about our Father’s Work. We have to take the “Good News” out to those who are caught up in the ways of the world and we have to do it QUICKLY. This world we live in, as we know it, is about to change right before our very eyes, even more than it has in the last year.

God’s people HAVE GOT TO, “Be Ready” for this time and this season. We have GOT TO, get focused on the right things and not the things we see as important, BUT what God TELLS us is important!!!

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