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Our Israelite Faith. What should we believe? [by Angus & Batya Wootten]

Our Israelite Faith
What Should We Believe?
by Angus and Batya Wootten

Shalom
How does one begin to answer the all-important question, “What should I believe now that I have begun to understand my role as part of the people of Israel?”
In our day, we find an infinite number of answers about faith through the internet, television, and other media venues. We are flooded with words on the subject, and we are warned of a latter-day flood of words that comes forth from Satan’s mouth. Moreover, he spews out these words in order to sweep the believing children Israel away from the truth (Rev 12:15).
In this hour, we who seek to follow the Messiah of Israel need to be especially careful about what we believe. The abundance of opinions available to us in an instant makes for a gigantic religious smorgasbord at which we can freely dine. However, we need to beware this buffet because some of the offerings are seasoned with “spiritual arsenic.” Moreover, after passing through this dinner line, it seems that Believers seldom end up with similar plates of food. For this reason, we ask, what basic truths and understandings must we have on our eternal plates? What essential foods will best strengthen us and help us to fulfill our Father’s plan to restore the whole house of Israel?
To begin, we note that the first Adam was disobedient and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. There was “good” food on Adam’s plate, but the little bit of evil found there brought about a death sentence that affects us to this day. And yet… the Father continued to love Adam’s heirs. He even sent His Son Yeshua, the second Adam, to re-gather us. Our Messiah offers us His empowering Bread of Life to eat. In Him we find the eternal redemption that we so desperately need.
On a cross made of two sticks/trees (etz), Messiah Yeshua took our place – He bore our sins and paid the price for our transgressions – so we could find eternal forgiveness and become one new man in Him. It is essential that we understand that He could not pay this high price in man’s behalf unless He was our Elohim, unless He was truly God come in the flesh (Psa 49:10,15; John 1:1; Eph 2:15). Having paid that high price, He left life on this earth and then rose from the grave. He ascended into heaven and sent us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Ruach haKodesh.
When we invite Yeshua into our hearts, the Holy Spirit begins to change us from within. He woos and draws us and seeks to conform us into the image of our Messiah. He works to write YHVH’s eternal Torah on our hearts – for that is the essence of the promise of the New Covenant. He wants to empower us to have a faith like that of Yeshua, to walk as He walked, and to do that which is pleasing to the Father. So it is that, to have the power Israel needs in order to prevail in the last days, we must have the Holy Spirit (Jer 31:31-33; Zec 4:6; John 5:19; Heb 8:10; 1 John 5:4-6).
These are essential truths that must always be on our proverbial faith plates.

Having A Working Faith
Concerning faithfulness (fidelity/faith), we see in the Old Covenant that YHVH is a God of faithfulness, that only the faithful will enter into His Gates, that in this life, faithful friends are hard to find, and that they bring healing and will not lie (Deu 32:20; Pro 13:17; 14:5; Pro 20:6; Isa 26:2). In the New Covenant, Yeshua told His disciples to have faith in YHVH, that righteous men must live by it, that it comes from hearing the Word of God, we all have an adequate measure of it, and, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight (Mark 11:22; Rom 1:17; 10:17; 12:3; 2 Cor 5:7).
YHVH chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit, and by faith in His Word of truth. He declares that, “My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.”
Faith preserves our soul. It is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” By it, the men of old gained approval. Without it, it is “impossible” to please God. He who comes to YHVH “must believe [must have faith in the fact] that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (2 Th 2:13; Heb 10:38-39; 11:1-2,6).
Concerning our faith, James warns us that it will be tested – because testing produces endurance. Testing comes so we can be made perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. When being tested we must ask for help in faith and without any doubting. The one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. In this unstable state, one should not expect to receive anything from YHVH (James 1:3-8).
Faith is more than just believing something. The devil “believes” that God exists. Our faith must consist of more than just believing, as in assenting to a fact. Faith calls for action on our part. James says, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works?” Faith alone will not save us, without accompanying works it is useless, even dead faith. If we see a brother in need to do more than just pray, we must also help provide him with the necessities of life. In this way, we show our faith by our works. Abraham was justified by works when he offered up Isaac (his son) on the altar. His faith resulted in works and that combination was credited to him as “righteousness” (James 2:14-26).
So, what kind of works should Israelites have on their proverbial faith plates?
John sums up the essence, call, hope and purpose of our faith when he says, “Whatever is born of YHVH overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith” (1 John 5:4). We are given the gift of faith to help us in our call – which is to overcome the world. We do that by helping to establish our Messiah’s eternal Kingdom, here, on earth (Mat 6:10). It is not enough for us to believe that Yeshua wants to one day establish a Kingdom. We must couple our faith with works that move us toward His stated goal. We must not be idle and think He will one day do all of the work. Yes, our works must truly be faith-based and God-inspired. Moreover, if we do something in the flesh, it will ultimately be exposed as a work of the flesh – but doing nothing will similarly be exposed as being of faithless flesh. Our God uses His people to accomplish His work in the earth. If we know that He wants to establish His Kingdom here, that knowing must be alive in our hearts.
We also must better understand the role of Jerusalem and the Believer.
Our Messiah will one day return to a particular Land and to His chosen city, Jerusalem. From there He will rule the earth. Although the whole Earth is YHVH’s, Jerusalem is its center. She is the promised “Bride.” We learn much by seeing ourselves as Messiah’s Bride, but we also learn if we see Him as the Bridegroom and ourselves as His Body. In this way, we see ourselves as Jerusalem’s Bridegroom/Protector. Like a bride, we will become one with her, so we pray without ceasing for her well being. Like a husband, we care for her and protect her from those who would molest her. There is a higher call that is yet to be realized by the modern Nation of Israel, because the city they so dearly love, and have fought so hard to protect, is destined to become the “City of the great King” (Isa 62:1-7; Psa 122:6; 48:1-2; Mat 5:35; Mark 2:19; Eph 5:24-31; Rev 21:2,9-10).
Our promised “dessert” is the New Jerusalem, and we, the Believers in Messiah Yeshua, are now being called to help prepare this delicate dish.

Keeping the Word – Genesis to Revelation – On Our Plates.
The night before Messiah Yeshua went to the cross for us, He prayed to the Father concerning both His disciples and each one of us. He said, “I have given them Your word…I also have sent them into the world…I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are One: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father…I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17: 14-26).
The “words” Messiah Yeshua spoke to His disciples (which words they believed and ultimately wrote about) were foretold in Torah. Yeshua is the promised Prophet likened unto, and even greater than Moses. As promised, YHVH put His Words into the mouth of His Son. The Son then spoke those words of promise to us, and we must believe in them – even as we believe in the Torah that foretold of them. Either we believe in the Messiah’s Word, or Father will call us to account for our unbelief (Deu 18:15-19; Mat 12:6,41-43; John 5:36; 12:48; Heb 1:1; 3:1-6).
We must have an abundance of the Father’s Word, Genesis to Revelation, on our plates. We cannot eat too much of this nourishing food. It is like Manna that we must hide in our hearts. It will strengthen us in the days when we need to run with horses.

Faith and Israel’s Restoration
Messiah Yeshua is gathering His flock and that flock belongs to His Commonwealth of Israel. His ministry was about re-gathering Israel’s lost sheep. He called for us to be “One,” even as He and the Father are “One.” His plan for us is that, as a truly repentant people, we might be re-gathered back to our own soil; that we might be a nation set apart in holiness and true dedication to our God (Jer 3:21; 23:1-8; 31:9; 50:4; Eze 34; John 10:30; 17:22; Eph 2:10-20).
The Holy One of Israel is now in the process of restoring His chosen nation, and we are part of that nation. He is now making its “two sticks” one in His Holy hand (Eze 37:15-28). Even so, we need to recognize its other members even as we do with our actual families, knowing that each one of us can be “in a different place with the Father,” yet still be “family.” We do not compromise what we know to be the truth, and we treat them with the loving respect due to family members. Through our walk (which is our true testimony), we try to help draw them closer to the Father.
We are being re-gathered as a Nation, thus we need to seek unity wherever possible. However, unity is not the same as uniformity. Each one of us is unique and very special to the Father. Each of us needs to see, know, understand and trust in the fact that, He has a good plan in store for us. He says, “I know the plans that I have for you…plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
YHVH follows this promise with the declaration that, once we begin to grasp His plan, and to trust in it, something glorious will happen: “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
We are about to find, discover, and know the Holy One of Israel in a new, more profound, and powerful way than ever before. For He has sworn, “‘I will be found by you…and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and…places where I have driven you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile'” (Jer 29:11-14).
Our plates must always be liberally sprinkled with loving concern for the whole house of Israel.
As Believers in Messiah, we have been blessed with the unmerited grace and favor to see the truth about our heritage. Most importantly, we are getting a glimpse of the coming glory that awaits a redeemed, reunited, and restored House of Israel. We have been uniquely chosen to be in the forefront of this prophesied re-gathering of the whole house of Israel. This knowledge has changed our lives. However, we must realize that there is a reason why we have been chosen to be in the forefront at this time.
Glory lies just ahead. But, we will not enter into that glory alone. Again, YHVH wants to restore us as a nation, thus, He wants us to share with others about the life-changing truth which He has blessed us. Paul said, “Whoever will call on the name of YHVH will be saved.” But he also asked, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!'” (Rom 10:13-15).
We are being called to share the good news that has changed our lives with those to whom the Ruach leads us. As good students of the Word, it is time for us to cease to be spectators in this amazing restoration that is presently taking place. It is time for us to become active and effective participants and pioneers. We know the essentials that must be on our plates and it is time for us to step up and help guide others through the end-time buffet. It is time for us to share the truth, to tell others about what we have found to be both true and nourishing (2 Cor 7:7).
The world was created with God’s spoken words and is even held together with His Word: Genesis to Revelation. Everything involves words, whether spoken, written, thought, sung or depicted. Words are important and so is choosing the right ones. Messiah Yeshua said He spoke only as the Father directed Him so speak (John 8:26,28; 8:38; 12:50). We need to learn to do the same.
Words that are inspired by the Ruach HaKodesh can change lives for the better. So let us ask the Father to give us an opportunity to speak such words. Let us ask Him to allow us to work this day toward rebuilding His glorious Kingdom.
Amen and Amen. May it be so in our day

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Hip Hop is now an “official” Religion. A False Religion !!

Rap pioneer KRS-One is the self proclaimed prophet of a new religion: Hip-Hop religion. KRS-One announced he will soon release The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument, a 600-page book that examines the spirituality of Hip-Hop culture. The Hip-hop artist and founder of the Stop the Violence Movement, KRS-One, aka Boogie Down Production’s “Teacha”, claims his soon to be released spiritual book is the announcement of a new Hip-Hop religion on earth.

“I’m suggesting that in 100 years, this book will be a new religion on the earth,” KRS-One said of his new book, which claims hip-hop to be the world’s dominant new religion.

KRS-One goes on:

Well, I think I have the authority to approach God directly, I don’t have to go through any religion…

I can approach God directly myself and so I wrote a book called The Gospel of Hip Hop to free us from all this nonsense garbage right now. I respect the Christianity, the Islam, the Judaism but their time is up.” To recap: KRS-One’s book is the new Bible, it’s going to be the best selling book on earth, and no matter what God thinks, hip-hop is the new religion of the world.

From Wikipedia:

The Temple of Hiphop is a ministry, archive, School, and Society (M.A.S.S.) founded by KRS-One. Its goal is to maintain and promote hip hop culture. The Temple of Hiphop maintains that hip hop is a genuine political movement and culture, as it has been accepted by the United Nations as a culture. The Temple of Hiphop calls on all hip hop fans to celebrate Hip Hop Appreciation Week, occurring in the third week of May. It encourages DJs and MCs to teach people about the culture of Hip, to write more socially conscious songs, and radio stations to play more socially conscious hip hop. Hip Hop Appreciation Week is celebrated on the third week of May each year. Hip Hop History Month (November), founded by the Universal Zulu Nation, is also recognized.

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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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“Deceived Unto Death”

Deceived Unto Death!

I awakened by The Spirit this morning and was given the following to speak to The Body about this very URGENT need to rightly “Discern” the “things” that are being passed off as to be things of “Christ”.

There is a saying that’s been around a little while that we are to “eat the whole chicken and then spit out the bones”, and that saying has been used a LOT in matters concerning “The New Things” that are happening with in The Body of Christ. We heard it an awful lot during the “Lakeland Revival”, and those in “Leadership” told the Body to do that any time they are pushing something “different.

Without getting into a lengthy discussion on the “Lakeland Revival” and the eventual demise of it, it is necessary that we look into this teaching of “eating the whole thing and spitting out the bones”

The Plumbline of God is the ONLY place that we should “measure” ALL teachings by. We are to just “Blindly go by” the teachings of people because of a “Title” or that they are “Over’ some “Large Network” of “Apostles and Prophets”, or from some “large mainstream denomination.

In 3 of the 4 Gospels, Yahushua tells us “ many will come in My name, BUT, do not believe them!!” [Paraphrase mine- Matt.24:5, Mark13:6, Luke21:8]

I want to tell you a story, a “parable of sorts”.
There was a young wolf that found himself to be very hungry, for it was a hard cold winter. The scenery was pretty to many people, BUT to the wolf, it was the cause of hardship. Food was in very short supply. One day while out hunting he got the “scent of blood” and took of to find it. He was so hungry and “starved”, that he took of without thinking of anything but to get “to the food”. After quite a rough little trip, the little wolf got to his “prey” and found what he thought to be food. After all, it looked like a bone that had fresh blood and even a little bit of meat. The wolf started lapping on the “bone” and the more he lapped the “better it tasted”. Little did he know, that the bone was a “Popsicle of death”, a very sharp knife, dipped in blood and frozen just for him. As the wolf lapped on the “bone” it was soon his own blood he was tasting, and soon his own “desire” for this “food” led him to his death.

In Paul’s letter to the Church at Thessalonica, he gives them many warnings, especially in chapter 5. The first SEVERAL verse speak to be careful of those who come in to the fold, and then Paul tells them these words that most have heard over and over, yet miss the meaning because they miss the “whole context” of the letter in chapter 5.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (King James Version)
21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray    God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I want to address these 3 verses in the context of Paul’s writing and then make it applicable to these claims of “eating the chicken and spitting out the bones”.
Verse 21 tells us very clearly to “Prove all things”, which is to test by the written Word of God and By The Holy Spirit using discernment. The word “all” in the Greek means exactly that, “ALL, the whole of a thing, all forms of declension”. Just because it may have the “endorsement of someone” or the backing of some “network”, doesn’t mean that we should “blindly accept it”, to be the “truth”. The second part of that verse says, “hold fast that which is good”. Beloved the ONLY way to KNOW something to be good is to know it to be GOD! “My sheep KNOW My voice”
Verse 22 says,  “Abstain from all appearance of evil”. The problem here is, evil can come in many forms, even in the form of a tasty, blood soaked “Popsicle of death”. Notice the word “ALL” is used again and is directed to the word “Appearance”, which in the Greek means, ” a view, ie; FORM, fashion, shape or sight”.
Read these words to Timothy from Paul;

2 Timothy 3:4-6 (King James Version)

4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5Having a FORM of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Notice verse 5, that these people have a “FORM” of godliness.

Now back to the text of 1 Thess.5 and looking at verse 23;
Paul tells them as he starts to pray for them, that “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly”.  Beloved, as we run to these “New Things”, one of the first things we should have in our “spirit man”, especially if we are “Born Again” and Living by The Spirit, is “peace”. The kind of peace given to us by “the very God of peace”. If you have an uneasy feeling about something, you should “Prove ALL things”. Just because it looks good, sounds good, and may even “taste good”, doesn’t mean that you should “eat the chicken and then spit out the bones later”. Just like the hungry wolf, for him, “later was TOO LATE”. He had been “Deceived unto Death”.
Any good “Vet” will tell you “don’t give chicken bones to your dog, because they splinter easy and could choke them to death, lodged in their throat”.
Beloved, DO NOT go around eating “the whole chicken”, it could be a            “Popsicle of Death”!!

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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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Where is YOUR faith ?

As I was preparing for my message this morning, I was reminded of this story found in 2 Kings 6:1-7.

2 Kings 6
1And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

2Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

3And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

4So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

5But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

6And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

7Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

Now, like most of you, I have heard this preached from ALL kinds of angles and emphasis placed on different things in this story, BUT, consider this same event happening a few hundred years later. It might have went more like this.

One day Jesus and His disciples were out walking. They decided to stop at this place and build a meeting house there. The disciples began to chop down some of the many trees there and one of them, the one named Thomas, dropped his axe into the water. He became afraid, for it wasn’t his axe, it was borrowed. Thomas went to Jesus and said, Master, I dropped the axe into the water and it wasn’t even mine.
Jesus looked at all the disciples and said, Oh you of such little faith!! For if you had the faith of the size of a mustard seed, you would call the axe forth!! At that moment Jesus SPOKE to the axe and called it forth. The waters became stirred and the axe floated to the surface. Grab it Thomas, said Jesus, and he did.

It hit me this morning, that here we had all these prophets working with Elisha, YET they didn’t have enough faith on their own to do anything about their trouble. Elisha, being a miracle working prophet, KNEW he could do something.
And he did.

Given the same story from the approach of Jesus and the disciples, Jesus takes the time to show them that THEY too should have enough faith to have spoke to the axe and call it forth.
NOW, I know, many of you arer saying , Come on Jake, that never happened and besides Jesus wouldn’t have spoke to the axe, He would have done something else. OK, you are right, BUT, this is my story.
You see, how mant times have I felt the need to run to a Man of God to ask for help? Oh, don’t get me wrong, that’s what they are there for. BUT, sometimes you just have to ask yourself, Where is YOUR faith?
SOMETIMES, you just have to reach deep down and stir up the Gift of Faith. SOMETIMES, you have to speak to your trouble, whatever you have a need of.

Jesus tells us to do exactly that! Over and over, He tried to tell the disciples, that they too could do these things, if they just would apply their own faith.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that “Without Faith it is impossible to please God”
Last week I spoke from 2 Corinthians 5;
[NLT Version]
7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body
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Beloved, verse 9 tells us that “our goal is to please Him”.
We MUST begin to exercise our own faith. We must begin to put some feet to the things we have been called to do.
When you have a need, SPEAK to it with the authority that Christ has given you. What is it that is dead for you? Don’t you know, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, now lives inside of you? Call that dead thing forth! Speak words of encouragement over your dead marriage!
Speaks words of faith over your finances, That God is your provider and in Him you Trust!!
Speak words of Healing over your sickness!
You don’t need to have someone else pray for you or lay hands on you! Where is YOUR faith?
Raise up your own “Axehead”!!!!!!

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Trusting in The Lord, ALWAYS !!

I was in a service once, and to make a long story short, God supernaturaly healed my back right there in the middle of the service. Nobody layed hands on me or prayed for me, though I am sure there were some silent prayers, because everybody knew I was suffering BAD that morning. When I got touched ALL the pain suddenly left and I was able to move unrestricted by the pain and tension. I began to dance to The Lord and wave banners to Him.
THEN, the Spirit quickened me to say something profound . Something i would later get rebuked by my then pastor. Here it is, ” If you can’t trust God The Father with your healing or whatever you have a need of, ARE you sure you can trust Him with your salvation?”

Beloved, the time is NEAR and we must TRUST in YHWH with EVERY aspect of our life!!
You can’t believe Him for a partial anything!! You either TRUST Him completely or you don’t!

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