The Whole world is Following Him

The Whole World is Following Him

“How FOOLISH! What you SOW does not come to LIFE unless it DIES”. 1 Corinthians 15:36 NIV. Sometimes we skim things while reading and miss vital points. Life is like that, we miss things. We scan people and we think we know their story. We often are mistaken… Let me explain, Robin Williams, funny actor and comedian, after divorcing his wife, admitted that off the stage he was a very sad, depressed man. He spoke of darkness and addiction that many would have never guessed by his humorous films and stand-up comedy. However, when someone says the name Robin Williams we think, “Funny”. Tragically, he ended up committing suicide after I wrote this message. I was reading John chapter 12 today and realized that I missed something. I missed a whole lot about a man mentioned in that chapter. Maybe because I was consumed with a lady who stole the spotlight with her broken alabaster box and her tears, that washed the Masters feet. I lost sight of the man mentioned, his name is Lazarus.

If someone says Lazarus, most automatically think of a dead man in a tomb for four days stinking. You think of Mary crying out to Jesus, “If you would have only gotten here sooner my brother would still be alive!” You think of Jesus saying, “Lazarus come forth!” Then you say to yourself, yeah I know Lazarus, he was the dead guy who came back to life and he and his sisters Mary and Martha lived happily ever after! Right? WRONG…That was chapter 11 and now we are in chapter 12… “Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him” John 12:1-2 NIV. Stay with me, next verses… “When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to KILL LAZARUS AS WELL, for on account of HIM many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.” John 12:9-10 NIV. (Chief priests) The Sadducees who were in charge of WORSHIP at the temple in Jerusalem.

You just can’t win for losing sometimes! The man is so sick he dies and is dead 4 days, now that he has been brought back to life, the very men who were to represent a loving God, want to kill him…The CHIEF PRIEST! Have you ever noticed that after God gives you a testimony that is so grand and full of his power, there will always arise those who want to prevent you from testifying? Maybe you were not healed from a physical death, perhaps a spiritual death had you bound in grave clothes…When you open your mouth to speak about The King of Kings and the Lord of Lord, the world will hate you, the church may even want to spiritually kill you… Look at all the attention Lazarus was getting and we know that he could not help that he had seen death… we know that it has been appointed once for men to die, but he would die twice…WE MUST DIE TWICE! “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels–a plentiful harvest of new lives” John 12:24 NLT. Verse 12:17-19, “Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others about it. That was the reason so many went out to meet him–because they had heard about this miraculous sign. The Pharisees said to each other, “This is getting us nowhere. Look! The whole world is following him” NLT. THE WHOLE WORLD IS FOLLOWING HIM! Oh wouldn’t that be a grand thing? Let us DIE so others will FOLLOW Him!

What’s your Assignment?

Sometimes the people you love, the very closest people in your life don’t get your calling. They can’t see it. You are misunderstood.

Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him when he began to share his dreams and sport his coat. They threw him in a pit and said, “Here comes that dreamer!” They sold him into slavery. They told his father that he was dead. CRUEL, AND EVIL THEY TREATED HIM, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND HIS CALLING! Little did they know that 13 years later he would save them from death!

Revelation will come!

Elizabeth and Zechariah have a son. They have waited their whole lives for this promise. They name him John and after their deaths he goes and lives in the wilderness. He is without mother or father or sibling. He walks around wearing camel skins, eating locust and honey…The people talked. You know they did. I’m guessing it sounded something like this,“There goes John, he is an animal, living alone in the wilderness. His father was a high priest and he doesn’t even come to the temple much… He always is alone walking and praying with his disciples”.

They didn’t get his assignment! He yelled, “REPENT” a little too loudly for them and besides who did he think he was?

He was born to represent and announce the Messiah!

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’” And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey” Matthew 3:3-4.

His voice echoed an alarm that said, it is time to get prepared. The kingdom of heaven is coming with a baptism of fire.

Orpah couldn’t get Ruth’s assignment. Naomi couldn’t get her assignment. They kept telling her to go back to Moab but once you have tasted Bethlehem and the barley harvest you can’t go back to the gods of Moab! They did not know Boaz was waiting for her. They did not understand that her child would be named Obed. “And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. THEY COULDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT KINGS WERE COMING THROUGH HER STAINED BLOODLINE! King David was coming through her and then one day so would Yeshua!

They couldn’t get little David’s assignment. They left him out on a hill tending sheep when it was time to line up the boys to anoint a new king. They didn’t understand that the King of Kings could use a ruddy little shepherd boy. HE WAS A GIANT KILLER! There was a kingship inside of him. They never walked with him in the morning with the fresh dew on the mountains and listened to him talk to the one who created it all. They didn’t know his heart. Samuel looked at his older, taller, bigger brothers and said surely this is the king but God said, “You men look at the outward appearance but The Lord looks on the heart. Oh, they didn’t know that one day he would walk out onto a battle, where the whole army hid from a giant whose armor weighed more than David and he would take a slingshot and a few smooth stones and destroy the man the whole army was afraid of. They didn’t understand his assignment. Perhaps they don’t understand yours. I’m almost certain they did not get our next guy, Ezekiel.

EZEKIEL:  “Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem. “Then lay siege against it, build a siege wall, raise up a ramp, pitch camps and place battering rams against it all around. Then get yourself an iron plate and set it up as an iron wall between you and the city, and set your face toward it so that it is under siege, and besiege it. This is a sign to the house of Israel…”As for you, lie down on your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it; YOU SHALL BEAR THEIR INIQUITY FOR THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT YOU LIE ON IT.… For I have assigned you a number of days corresponding to the years of their iniquity, three hundred and ninety days; thus you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel” Ezekiel 4:1-5.

TAKE THEIR SINS (390 DAYS)!

The people seen a crazy man lying on his side in the middle of the streets. He had built a city out of pots, pans and bricks, like your son would with Legos. He had to measure his food and lay there for Israel and Judah. He took the sins of the nation upon himself like Yeshua/ Jesus did. Can you imagine the people looking at this madman and telling everyone what a nut job he was? The people continued past him as they made their way to offer sacrifices and go to the temple to pray. They did not understand his assignment. You may be thinking, “Tekoa, I am not sure G-d does that anymore. Get ready, because yes He does. Perhaps not in the same measure but a measure no less?

What if your assignment is to go to a new land like he told Abraham to do, will you go? When He gave Noah an assignment to build a boat, it had never rained.

The people didn’t understand Moses calling. They didn’t get his assignment. He was raised with the wealth of the Pharaoh and he was educated and wealthy.  He sees his people being beaten and enslaved. His heart breaks over it and he kills a man. They didn’t understand his assignment or what God had put in his heart to do. They said, “Who are you? When did they make you a ruler over us? He had to go to the desert and flee for 40 years. The people did not get his assignment until he lifted his staff and they walked across the Red Sea.

Your assignment might not make sense to those around you right now but you have to keep following His voice and become the man or woman He called you to be. This may involve a pit, a famine, a flood or it may cause you to lose friends. Your assignment may cause your family to misunderstand you but keep plowing ahead. A new vision and understanding will come in His perfect timing.

On Lying

I’m going to write about something that may startle you but it was on my heart this morning. Have you ever thought about all the men and women in the Bible who lied? Ever read in the scriptures how God blessed several of them for lying? Oh I know you are probably thinking there is no way!

First let’s look at the Hebrew word for lie and liar and that word is kazab. It also means to fail and disappoint, this should make more sense as you read.

We carnal folks have been lying since the beginning of time… “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain knew exactly where his brother was. He had taken his very life. Sometimes we lie and don’t realize why or even that we have lied.

At times, we try and cover our mistakes or we exaggerate a story to make it seem greater. Sometimes we lie about the smallest, insignificant petty things and don’t even notice. Maybe we lie about how fast we drive or how many times a person called us or how much we paid for an item? Sometimes we lie to test people. I told someone once that I paid a hundred dollars for an item I paid a hundred and fifty for. The Holy Spirit said Bonnie you just lied. I said Lord you are right, why did I do that? Did it hurt anyone? No, not really, but I think if we are all honest we can remember a time or two when we said something that was not the whole truth.

Maybe you have lied to a spouse in order to not hurt them or to a parent to protect them or even to a child. I received a text the other day from someone who I have spent a lot of time with lately, as we conversed back and forth I told her I had to go and she said, “I miss you” I went to text “I miss you too” and thought that is a lie, I don’t and erased the text. I then wrote hope to see you soon but instantly realized that too was a lie. I pondered how to respond and finally said, “I hope you have a wonderful day”. I meant that. Have you ever told someone their baby was beautiful and you thought it looked like an alien? Oh come on admit it, we lie!

Have you ever exaggerated the truth? Abraham told Abimelech the king that Sarah was his sister, it was a half-truth. Say, “Half-truth” How many of you can honestly say you’ve never told a half truth? So the Bible says that Abimelech sent and took Sarah. God comes to this king in the night and tells him he is a dead man because he has taken a man’s wife. Wow, he didn’t know that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. So God tells him I know you did this unintentionally and so I have kept thee from touching her. Now here is the kicker, “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. Genesis 20:7.

God calls Abraham, who lied, a prophet and tells this king to have Abraham pray for him so he will live!

I was thinking about the Egyptian midwives in Exodus. They lied to Pharaoh when he told them to kill all the male Hebrew children and said, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” Exodus 1:19…So as you read on it tells how God dealt well with the Egyptian mid-wives because they feared him and it says that he made them houses to live in!

What? Yes he blessed them for lying. So how does one know when to lie? I pondered this subject and thought about how many people have been martyred for the gospel because they would not renounce Jesus/ Yeshua as their Lord and Savior…They would not lie. I know that I would hope I would stand strong and never renounce my King! I have read Peter boast of dying for his Lord and then read on how he denied him publicly. PETER THOUGHT HE KNEW HIS OWN HEART, sometimes we do too. So as I am reading these stories I see that they all had something in common, “They feared man” or they feared God, yes, that’s why they lied…But there was one woman who lied because she feared God and she was a harlot!

Yes Rahab, the harlot, the woman’s name is in the genealogy of Christ, along with an adulteress, a foreigner and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute and slept with her father-n-law…Yes, these women were colorful and their stories helped me realize God loves me regardless of my past mistakes…The history of Rahab, briefly, is this. The Israelites after wandering 40 years in the desert are ready to conquer the land God promised them. Joshua sends two spies to Jericho.

The spies entered the city and made their way to the house of Rahab, a prostitute, who lived on the wall of the city. Their presence in the city and their entrance into Rahab’s house were noticed, and the police were sent to capture them. Rahab admitted that they had been there, but that they had already left and were headed for the River Jordan, where, if soldiers were immediately sent, they could be captured. She lied! She had hidden the spies on the roof of her house under some flax. Now after she lies about the spies she and her household are saved, they were the only family saved, the rest were killed. Rahab told them she had heard about their God who had parted the Red Sea and she said our hearts faint because of Him…She feared God and so God blessed her and her household. She is listed in the book of Hebrews as a hero of faith!

I found many people in the Bible who lied. David once acted like he was mad, insane even. This scripture comes to mind, “I said in my haste, All men are liars” Psalm 116:11 KJV. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; …Romans 3:4 KJV.

Oh how our youth are looking for something TRUE, transparent, something real, not plastic, not silicone, not fake…religion will not bring them into the kingdom. Church clothes and a nice message isn’t enough today, they need real people. I laid hands on a lady and prayed for her. Hashem set her free of drug addiction. This lady began to fall under the power of His Ruach Holy Spirit and I caught her by the arm, she looked up at me and said, “Oh sh**t” then she said “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to say that word in church.” She looked horrified. I said, “honey it’s okay, the Bible has all kinds of curse words in it, bastard, piss, whore, ole fox…Oh my! Sometimes we try to be so holy we alienate people. Sometimes we act different at church then we do at home or in public and sometimes we lie…Yes we are flesh, a flower fading, here today and gone tomorrow, a vapor, a breath…Its time to preach the truth and be transparent.

Father God forgive us for the fear of man. Father forgive us for exaggerating the truth to make us look better. Forgive us for not fearing you enough! Help us be able to check our conscious and be aware of every word we speak and how it might affect another. Help us to stop speaking half- truths and to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Father make us holy as you are holy and let the people who you send across our paths see a light, something real; a person they can be honest with. The truth will set us free, yes it will set us free.

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Riddle Me This! Part 2

PART # 2

“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”

He (Samson) replied,

“Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the STRONG, something SWEET” Judges 14:13-14 NIV.

Let’s look at this lion with honey a little deeper…who does the lion represent? Jacob prophesies over his son Judah and says this…

“Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. “”He ties his foal to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine; He washes his garments in wine, And his robes in the blood of grapes” Genesis 49:9-11 NASB. Hopefully, you are seeing this riddle is deeper…

“Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the STRONG, something SWEET”.

The Philistines pondered for 3 days but could not form an answer to the riddle…

“Then Samson’s wife threw herself on him, sobbing, “You hate me! You don’t really love me. You’ve given my people a riddle, but you haven’t told me the answer.”

“I haven’t even explained it to my father or mother,” he replied, “so why should I explain it to you?” She cried the whole seven days of the feast. So on THE SEVENTH DAY he finally told her, because she continued to press him. She in turn explained the riddle to her people.” Judges14:13-17 NLT…The Gentiles eyes are beginning to open at this time to The Lord’s riddles and His ways.

According to the sages, the world will endure for 6,000 years of time known as the Olam Hazeh (the present world) …The last 1,000 years is known as the Messianic era or the future age to come.  The 7th Feast, the Feast of Tabernacles is a time like no other, when The King sets up His kingdom on earth for a 1,000 years….Study Leviticus 23, Exodus 12 and 13 and learn about how we are to keep these Feast Year after Year, forever and how they unlock the secrets of the kingdom. Is it a fluke that the answer was revealed on the 7th day? I say no.

Yeshua/ Jesus and His resurrected believers will rule the world for a thousand years until?

1 Corinthians 15 explains, “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God The Father AFTER HE HAS DESTROYED ALL dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put ALL ENEMIES UNDER HIS FEET. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” 15:24-28 NIV.

Many sing songs and proclaim that the enemy is under their feet, but that time hasn’t officially been set up.

As we draw closer to the end of days, the mysteries of The Kingdom are coming forth and THIS LION YESHUA AND HIS HONEY TORAH are sweeping the land and more Christians (Philistines out of covenant) are seeing the Jewish Savior and His WORD that became FLESH and dwelt among us. Also more Jews are enlightened to know YESHUA, the ANOINTED ONE. This is the promise land flowing with milk and honey. His honey…Out of that lion does come something sweet. When you read all of Psalms 119 you can see HIS perfect HONEY and what we are to meditate on and not throw away like the gentile church has…

Psalm 19:9-10 “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb” ESV. DO YOU THROW AWAY THINGS WORTH MORE THAN GOLD? But the Christians have ignorantly done just that…Turn on the news and you will see a very Torah-less society of law breakers. We need the Spirit and the Commandments.

I want to be one of the ones who knows the answers to the riddle. I want to know the truth and be ready so that I am found worthy to reign with HIM for 1,000 years…

We get down to verse 19 and it says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord came POWERFULLY upon him (Samson). He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle” Judges 14:19 NIV. Later Samson goes and tries to get his wife back but learns her father gave her to another man. Now he is really raged and so he catches 300 foxes ( I have no idea how?) and ties their tails together and lights them on fire.

The fire destroys all of the harvest of the Philistines so they go burn Samson’s wife and her father to death.

Strange enough that word Ashkelon means “the fire of infamy: I shall be weighed”… The wicked shall be weighed and burned with fire….They become ashes under the souls of our feet.

“You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 4:3 NASB.

Matthew 13:30 says, “Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: FIRST collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn'” NIV.

“Then the Philistines went up and camped in Judah, and spread out in Lehi. The men of Judah said, “Why have you come up against us?” And they said, “We have come up to bind Samson in order to do to him as he did to us”. THEN 3,000 MEN OF JUDAH went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?” And he said to them, “As they did to me, so I have done to them.” They said to him, “We have come down to bind you so that we may GIVE YOU INTO THE HANDS OF THE PHILISTINES” Judges 15:11-12 NASB.

In the natural, we see 3,000 men who could join Gods anointed and fight but instead they BIND Samson. They tie the hands of the very Judge God raised up for such a time and they gag him and plead with him not to upset the Philistines WHO LORD OVER THEM.

Don’t upset the Terrorist, don’t upset the religion of peace ___ don’t upset your pastor by pointing out false doctrine, be politically correct. Don’t arrest those destroying property. On and on it goes, men like these hiding in rocks and some are literally now due to ISIS. We here in America are losing our Freedom many have worked their lives for, fought for, died for even, to a nation that’s turned its back on God and is bent on LAWLESSNESS (TORAHLESSNESS)…And the Christians BIND the very ones who are trying to teach them the original Hebrew and call many ministers like my husbands and I, dangerous to the Body of Christ. They want to stop us and gag our mouths because they fear we lead people into bondage. They are scared of the Jewishness of their faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8… Yes, this is TRUTH but we have created a GRACE called radical grace, a sugar coated gospel that doesn’t change people… Sugar gives you a buzz but then you BURN OUT quickly… What I see in Christianity today is artificial sweetener, like the product Sweet-n-low. It’s toxic poisoning to the body of Yeshua/ Jesus.

Judges 15:14, “When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him. And THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON HIM MIGHTILY so that the ropes that were on his arms were as flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds dropped from his hands. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it” NASB.

Why did he use a jaw bone? This is scary. Allow me to show you what happens when a nations lives wickedly for years. “Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” 1 Samuel 13:19 NIV.

THEY HAD NO WEAPONS…  Disarm America, The Church is already disarmed because they have thrown the TRUTH away and replaced it with a weak, watered down gospel and a good feeling message.

Samson found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it”…

Directly after this huge miracle and slaughter of the enemy, Samson goes and gets a harlot to sleep with. Here is a man who had the WIND of The Lord in his life and he had strength and power. He also was set apart to release Israel from their oppression and yet he has joined himself to a HARLOT…

Hashem’s people have joined themselves to harlots. “When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD” Hosea 1:2 KJV. All these similes paint a picture and I hope you are seeing that picture.

Once again Samson is surrounded by the Philistines but he escapes and then that brings us to the third gentile woman in Samson’s life. The first one was his wife (She pleased him well) Israel did for a time and I believe America did too. The second woman was a harlot that fulfilled his lust and the third one, the text says, HE LOVED. For God so LOVED THE WORLD that He GAVE… Samson gave her his hair, his strength…

When Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, FOR HE HAS TOLD ME ALL THAT IS IN HIS HEART…She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself FREE” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him… Judges 16:18-20 NASB.

Has His Wind left America? Has He departed from protecting us? When the Spirit is on us we know. We can feel it. No atheist can tell us OUR FATHER doesn’t exist because we know that He does. When you’ve known HIM and He leaves, it is a FEARFUL THING… I fear today more than ever that the Church has traded His power and anointing for motivational speakers who promise blessings, prosperity and happiness. God wants you to be happy they scream! Yet, Noah spent over a 100 years being cursed, mocked and ridiculed while he built the boat. Jesus said over and over again, “…YOU WILL BE HATED by everyone because of me” Matt 10:22 NIV.

Jesus never came and spared the many who are being beheaded. He warned us through His Word that perilous times would come and that men’s hearts would stop beating due to terror.  Jesus never came and spared John the Baptist life, instead he lost his head. Peter was crucified upside down and Hebrews chapter 11 says many lived in caves, mountains, wondering about in sheep skin, others sawed in half, beheaded and on and on it goes… Babylon will fall. Our great nation will FALL. Read Revelations 17, and 18 and ponder our nation America with its SWEET-N-LOW artificial gospel that has no power.  Samson’s hair grew and in the end he cried out to God and he heard him. Perhaps, God will spare some Daniels, some Jeremiah’s and some Abednego’s?  I hope so, because he gave Jeremiah some very solemn news.

“Then the LORD said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!” Jeremiah 15:1 NIV.

On a positive note, I see more and more KNOWLEDGE increasing and with it a people who have a fear of HIM and a desire to please HIM and obey Him. I see a people who read and study and seek Him. When the people have the knowledge of how to obey Him and Yeshua, then the Lord says this will happen, “The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea” Isaiah 11:8-9 NASB.

I’m not Sorry…

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After reading through my sermon titles I discovered that many had headings that were not so appealing for today. I have one that is simply entitled, “A Bloody Blog”. Another title named “Just cut off his Head”… Still as if that wasn’t bizarre enough I termed another, “Go ahead drink the Curse”. After posting a blog last week and deleting it due to graphic content, I realized that at times I may sound like an angry prophet, but I won’t apologize for it and here is one reason why…

“When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” Ezekiel 3:18 NASB.

I see more and more young people sporting tattoos and t-shirts that read, Only God Can Judge Me! As if this was a GOOD THING! God used Ezekiel to go warn them and He still uses people today. Not much has changed, we all still loathe correction. I’ve tried to write about kittens and soft baby chicks, nonetheless those blogs are few and far between. So while sorting through memoir chapters for my next book I stumbled upon this message. I started writing this 4 years ago and it’s about a man who lost his head. I guess things haven’t changed much.

If you think you have heard this story, read it again.

There was a king named Saul. He started out well as most kings do, but then one day the spirit of the Lord left him and an evil spirit replaced it. “Now, the LORD’s Spirit had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him”1 Samuel 16:14 NIV.

This king had everything going for him, scripture tells us he even had a brand new heart.

“As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day” 1 Samuel 10:9 NLT.

Why would God do this? Oh, not the heart part, the evil spirit part? What happened to this king who not only received a brand new heart but also prophesied?

Who not only prophesied but was the most handsome man in all the kingdom.

“Saul was the most handsome man in Israel–head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land” 1 Samuel 9:2 NLT.

This king not only had been anointed by Samuel, he had the whole package, until he lost it all, even his head…what happened for God to become so angry with him? He had something I see a lot of today.

He was a man pleaser. He sought the honor and approval of man over God.

Most everyone has read about David and Goliath. Even before this defeat of the giant, Saul was disobeying God and not listening to Samuel the prophet…but it is the jealousy and envy of David that destroys him. Have you ever been jealous of someone? Ever desire a man’s wife? Ever crave something that wasn’t yours? Ever covet someone’s wealth, talents, or status?

Saul had lost his anointing and didn’t even realize it. Oh, the fear of even typing that last sentence bothers me. How many of us like Saul continue wearing our soiled wedding garments smiling all the way to the church house oblivious of our condition? I said Saul continued on, but the spirit of God had left him! By the time we get to chapter 18 Saul knows what’s up.

1 Samuel 18:12 says, “Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul” NIV.

David, a shepherd boy of about 16 years of age, doesn’t even blink or think one second that God will not help him destroy Goliath. And after he cuts off his head using Goliath’s own sword, David carries his head on a pole. The people now are looking at David. Saul with all his glory is no longer getting the attention from man that he loved.

The spotlight isn’t always glamorous. Many times after speaking to congregations I am approached with hugs, tears and accolades of how well I brought the message. One minute they want to make you a king, the next minute they want to crucify you… But when you are victorious, then they want a dance.

“When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” 1 Samuel 18:6-8 NLT.

Did you catch the insecurities in this man? He is fearful of losing something he has already lost. He had already lost the favor of the Lord when he disobeyed Samuel’s instructions from God on a number of things. He had already lost the new heart that God had given him in one day.

But that is really not what I want to talk about, that is really just leading you up to the main point of this message…David is running for his life and hiding in caves over Saul and his attempt to kill him. He runs so far and he becomes so afraid of Saul, that he even feigns himself to be a madman and goes and lives with the Philistine’s and fights for them. These were the very ones whose giant he had beheaded. How does he get so off track? Fear, the fear of manwe have one king (Saul) who is a people pleaser and fears losing the favor of people instead of Gods favor, and then we have one man (David) who wasn’t afraid to slay a giant over 8 feet tall, whose armor weighed over a hundred pounds, but is afraid of Israel’s leader who has lost the anointing and favor of The Lord.

I believe a most wicked form of jealousy entered Saul when David took the head off of that giant.

David wouldn’t touch God’s anointed, not even with his lips. He had many opportunities but he resisted.  So the interesting thing about this story and the thing that made me say wow is…Saul’s very root of jealousy and bitterness and fear of losing his people and his crown started with the head of Goliath and it is the very same way this king would die!!!!

“So they cut off Saul’s head and stripped off his armor. Then they proclaimed the good news of Saul’s death in their pagan temple and to the people throughout the land of Philistia” 1 Samuel 31:9 NLT.

And what do you think David did? Do you think he smiled an evil smile? Do you think he danced with glee over the death of his enemy? No…“He tore his clothes and fell on his face and fasted and prayed for Saul and his sons who were slain that day. Then David wrote a song for Saul. And he sang this, “Your pride and joy, O Israel, lies dead on the hills! OH, HOW THE MIGHTY HEROES HAVE FALLEN! How beloved and gracious were Saul and Jonathan! They were together in life and in death. They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions. 2 Samuel 1:23 NLT.  David goes on to sing this, “O women of Israel, weep for Saul, for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing, in garments decorated with gold” 2Samuel 1:24 NLT…

Instead of being happy over this man who he ran from for around 17 years; instead of rejoicing that this man who spent his whole reign trying to kill him had died, he cried and fasted and wrote a song about his mighty power as King…Oh to be like David… oh to be a man after Gods own heart!  Can you forgive the ones running the race with you? Those running against you? Remember the ones who hold the crown do not always hold HIS HEART!

Riddle Me This!

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This message is about Samson and also the Holy Ruach, the WIND of Yahweh.

I’ve written blogs about Samson before but not in the depth that I intend to go. This story begins in the book of Judges Chapter 13, but I am going to start with a verse from chapter 17 that will tie it all together.

In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes” 17:6.

Now God was still supposed to be their KING and judges were elected at times to redeem them from their enemies. It’s a cycle. Let’s look at the beginning of Samson’s story in chapter 13:1, “Now THE SONS OF ISREAL again DID EVIL in the sight of the LORD, so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.”

40 years is a long time folks! That would put us in 1975 when Ford was president and prayer had been taken out of our public schools for about 3 years. The Vietnam War just ended and our national debt was 541.9 billion versus over 18 trillion today…5 years later in 1980 the supreme court declared that posting the Ten Commandments in a school violated the Constitution of the United States. What a sad day! I looked at an advertisement from 1975 for men and women’s clothing and the women’s dresses were below the knee and the tops were up to the neck (modesty). We see a pattern in the Bible. His people fall into sin and do evil and then they cry out and He delivers them in some fashion but he waits at times for a whole generation to pass.

The angel tells Samson’s mother, “Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing. “For behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and no razor shall come upon his head, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” Judges 13:4-5. The rules for this are set for us in Numbers chapter 6.

“Then the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson; and the child grew up and the LORD blessed him. And THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD BEGAN TO STIR HIM in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.” It was A STIRRING WIND!

According to Hebrew Streams. Org, “The Hebrew has two words for wind, Ruach and Neshamah. The ruach of God is in my nostrils” (Job 27:3). .. Medieval English theologians believed the Holy Spirit (the Third Person of the Holy Trinity) was unknown to the Hebrews and Jews of the Old Testament era. They believed he first appeared at the festival of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter 2.

This belief created a dilemma for them. For if the Third Person was unknown prior to his appearance, who or what was the Ruach mentioned in the OT? And if the Holy Spirit did not “come” until Pentecost, what Spirit came upon and anointed Yeshua (Jesus) before that event?

To solve the problem and prevent conflicting interpretations, these theologians and their printers created two distinctions.

First They coined the phrase “Holy Ghost” to designate the Third Person of the Trinity. John Wycliffe’s version of 1380 was the first major translation to use the phrase. Later Bible editors followed his example and used “Holy Ghost” only in their NT portions, never in the OT.        The King James Version of 1611 followed the tradition and has the phrase 90x in its NT. It also never uses the phrases “the Ghost,” “Ghost of God,” “Ghost of Jesus,” or “the Ghost of your Father.” Instead, we find “the Spirit of…,” even though the same Greek word pneuma lies behind “ghost” and “spirit.” The traditional coined phrase “Holy Ghost” denotes an independent, coequal member of the Godhead.

The “Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit” distinction was abandoned in most English Bibles in the late 1800s, in favor of “Holy Spirit” throughout both portions (OT, NT).

Anything breathing is alive and full of the breath of Yah, but DEAD things don’t breathe! Revelations 3:1 says, … ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up!

Job 32:8 says, But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.”

The RUACH of the ALMIGHTY IS INSIDE YOU!!!!

Ruach means breath, wind, blast, force! A STIRRING WIND!   We see this many times in scripture as in the parting of the Red Sea and the same thing happens with Joshua and the Jordan, God breathed His RUACH WIND and moved the waters so the Priest could walk through on dry land. He breathed His Ruach and blew away all the locust from Egypt. Did you know He wants to Breathe on you and through you…

This WIND has been here since the beginning guys! “The Ruach of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. “Genesis 1:2. Gods creative power is shown when His mouth speaks words, “God said, Let there be light; and there was light” Genesis 1:3. By His BREATH HE BREATHED and THERE WAS LIGHT a Big EXPLOSIVE BANG of SUNSHINE!

Samson’s name meant bright sun and a woman named Delilah would end up snuffing that out…her name means darkness…More on this wind in a moment…

When we get to the next chapter in Judges, Samson who was supposed to keep all of God’s commandments and even all the extra Nazirite laws, tells his mother and father that he has seen a daughter of the UNCIRCUMSIZED Philistines and he wants them to get her for HIS WIFE. His parents are horrified by this news and try and convince him to marry a Hebrew girl but he says no. The next verse explains why.

“However, his father and mother did not know THAT IT WAS OF THE LORD, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.” Judges 14:4. I’m going to open this wide open, I believe the Philistines represent the gentile nations in this story.

As we move along in the story we see a day when he travels to Timnah to meet with this young woman and set up a betrothal period so they can be united in marriage. Timnah is a name that has great depth. Let’s look at what it means…

TIMNAH= “The masculine noun מן (man I) is what we know as >Manna (Exodus 16:15, Numbers 11:7, Joshua 5:12), which isn’t a translation but a transliteration of a Greek interpretation. In short, we don’t know what it is, apart from it being the miraculous bread from heaven that sustained Israel for the forty years trek through the Negev.”

“Samson went down to Timnah together with his father and mother. As they approached the vineyards (notice the vineyard) of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward him. THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME POWERFULLY UPON HIM so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.” 14:5-7…Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some HONEY. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the lion’s carcass. 14:8-9….He was not supposed to go near a dead animal or person, he was a Nazirite…

This whole story is a story in itself! The Strong arm of the Lord, the Lion the Tribe of Judah and THE HONEY that he fed to him and his parents represent Yahweh’s words. His words are sweet to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalms 119:103. The wafers in the wilderness were said to taste like honey. Yeshua/ Jesus said He was that bread of LIFE that rained down from heaven. Isaiah said this, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will be eating curds AND HONEY when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right” 7:14.

Now his father went down to see the woman. And there Samson held a feast, as was customary for young men. When the people saw him, they chose thirty men to be his companions.

“Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.” The 7 Feast of The Lord Adonai give all the secrets to His riddles and revelation for He is really the only one who holds the answers.

The number 30 is a unique number. Yeshua was sold for 30 silver coins. The 12th Hebrew letter LAMED is equivalent to 30 in numerical terms. It is known as the majestic letter, symbolic of the King of Kings, towering higher than all the others in the Hebrew alphabet.

I believe these garments represent the garments of salvation. The priestly linen robes…The Levites over the priest hood had to be 30 years old. The High Priest had two sets of holy garments: the “Golden Garments”, and a set of white “Linen Garments”

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10…

TELL US YOUR RIDDLE THEY SAID…

PART # 2 of Samson and the Ruach coming next!

http://www.bje.org.au/learning/hebrew/alphabet/12lamed.html

http://www.hebrew-streams.org/works/spirit/ruachpneuma.html

http://www.infoplease.com/year/1975.html

All name definitions found at https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Archaeology/timna.html

http://www.abarim-publications.com/Meaning/Timnah.html#.VUfd9s9FCP0

Lift up your heads, O YOU GATES!

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“Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and IT WAS SHUT. The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. IT MUST NOT BE OPENED; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. Ezekiel 44:1-2…

Did you know prophecy is coming forth very swiftly? I am amazed at how fast it is coming forth. The Lord will even use Obama to bring it to pass just like He used Nebuchadnezzar IF He sees fit to…
I want to talk to you about THE MOON and also A GATE… Not blood red moons, but just the BIG OLE moon itself. And not just a gate, but the Eastern gate, the one the Messiah, Jesus, will return and victoriously come through…Did you know that gate hasn’t been opened in over 1,000 years???If you have never studied why the NEW MOON or this gate is so important or what The Lord has to say about it in scripture, I hope this blog opens your eyes.

The Solar system is an amazing thing. Only a creator could make such brilliance and hang THE EARTH ON NOTHING. According to Scientist, from earth we only see around 60% of the moon’s surface…The SUN illuminates the moon and even though we do not see the dark side of the moon, it’s not really dark but also illuminated by the Sun’s rays…

A lunar conjunction is when the sun, earth and moon line up in a straight line. The sun is behind the moon and no sunlight is reflected from the face. The moon is blacked out during a conjunction. Your kitchen wall calendar usually will have a black dot that says “new moon”, but this is really a “no moon”… Let me explain, the word moon in the Bible is the same word we get MONTH from. The Gregorian calendars display the black dots all over the 12 calendar months. But The Lord called for TWO WITNESSES to watch the sky until they seen the first sliver of the moon and then the trumpet would sound and the new month would begin. “Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;” Psalm 81:3…

Something else happened on these New Moons and that is Feast days like Passover. Something even more amazing will happen when THE MESSIAH returns to set up His kingdom and strangely enough if you still feel like this is all Jewish and doesn’t pertain to you and your Christian congregation, then you are sadly mistaken. If you still feel like New Moon’s , Feast days and Sabbaths have no significance in your walk or your FUTURE IN ETERNITY WITH CHRIST, then I hope you will finish reading this blog and meditate on the verses I quote and allow me to open your eyes…

Did you know that many Christians from all denominations and backgrounds, are consumed with making it to heaven but they never discuss the 1,000 year millennial reign (Longest Sabbath day ever) or the new earth Jesus talked about (His Kingdom)… We will not be living on clouds at first, floating along aimlessly as some envision but on EARTH…

Let’s look at this big night light (Moon) we have been given and see what it’s about. And let’s also unravel this prophetic gate in scripture and look at the mind blowing historical facts that back it up! Shall we begin?

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as SIGNS to MARK SACRED TIMES, and days and years…Genesis 1:14…

He tells us in Isaiah 66 That this New Moon is something more important than we may have thought…It’s something NEW. Let’s look at those verses.

“As the NEW heavens and the NEW EARTH that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.”

Ezekiel also taught in chapter 46 that this would be something sacred in the NEW KINGDOM… We are sure to quote the word of God when we pray THY KINGDOM COME but do we fully understand this?

“Then the man brought me to the GATE FACING EAST, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. The GLORY of the Lord entered the temple through THE GATE FACING EAST”. Ezekiel 43:1,4…

Now when we continue reading and come to chapter 46, it says this…

Eze 46:1 ¶ Thus says the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened,…WHY SAINTS? So The Messiah can go through on His 2nd COMING and YES, IT JUST MIGHT be a SABBATH! Now let’s finish the verse…

And in the DAY OF THE NEW MOON it shall be opened.” THIS GATE HAS NOT BEEN OPENED FOR OVER A 1000 YEARS but it could open on the day of this NEW Moon… This gate is one of many that lead into the city and is also called the golden gate. The Messiah entered this gate riding on a lowly donkey and the people cried HOSANNA! He entered it as Ezekiel and Daniel said he would and He will enter it again…We have to look at the Old to understand the new…

Eze 46:3   Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.”

There is much exciting news about this gate which Jesus/ Yeshua will enter. I found the italic notes below from a source called beforeitsnews.com and there is much prophecy on the website to behold…

The Eastern Gate is the oldest of all the gates to the city and was the only one not rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent in AD 1539-42. Monolithic stones in the wall just above ground have been identified as 6th Century BC masonry from the time of Nehemiah, (Biblical Archeological Review [BAR], Mar/Apr 1992, p40).

 

 ATTEMPTS TO OPEN

In the Six Day War, some members of the Jewish military suggested catching the Jordanian defenders of the city off guard by blowing open the sealed Eastern Gate. But the leader of the group, an Orthodox Jew, had vehemently protested the idea, stating that “THE EASTERN GATE CAN BE OPENED ONLY WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES.”

 

 In 1917 Muslim leaders in control of Jerusalem tried and failed to break the prophecy and open the gate. On the exact day the workmen were preparing to demolish the ancient stone, the hand of God intervened and the city of Jerusalem passed out of Muslim control into the hands of the British.

 Jewish rabbis describe the Messiah as a great military leader who would be sent by God from the east. He would enter the Eastern Gate and liberate the city from foreign control.

. To prevent this, the Muslims sealed the gate and put a Muslim cemetery in front of it believing that a holy man would not defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery. Little did they know, they were fulfilling prophecy by doing this”…

Now I hope that you are still with me because we are going to open this up even more…Let’s look at this Messiah and let’s look at what is going to happen that will OPEN THIS EAST GATE ON THIS NEW MOON….Zechariah 14:1-9…

A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.

I WILL GATHER ALL THE NATIONS to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.”

Now I want to stop right there for a moment and I want you to notice two things, one, God is the one gathering all the nations against his own people and also did you know the Mount of Olives is right by this EASTERN GATE, only yards away… Remember the angels appeared in Acts chapter 1 and said why MEN do you look up in the sky? The same Jesus who ascended up will return in the same way! And apparently the same place! This earthquake is going to come and split the ground wide open. Let’s read the rest of that chapter…

“You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquakea in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and ALL THE HOLY ONES WITH HIM. On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. It will be a unique day—A DAY KNOWN ONLY TO THE LORD—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and HIS NAME THE ONLY NAME

My dad’s generation used to sing a song that went like this, “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time will be no more…Trumpets sound on NEW MOONS and on Feast like the Feast of Trumpets… Jesus has fulfilled 3 of the feast but there are more we are waiting for to come to pass… No one blows trumpets on Easter or Christmas… Let’s look at Colossians 2 and see what these Feast mean to The Church… Colossians 2:16-17 says, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are A SHADOW of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” When Paul began to teach the Colossian people who were Gentiles and had been caught up in pagan worship and goddess worship with its many festivals and feast, he told them that when they kept the Lord’s Feast not to let the pagans there judge them. He also told them that these very days were PROPHETIC SHADOWS of what is to come to pass.

Did you know Jesus and the complete Bible story and ending unfolds during these Feast? I hope you enjoyed this teaching. Please let me know if these Feast still seem foreign to you or if you would like to learn more about them.

God Bless!