I’m not Sorry…

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After reading through my blog 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.

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! LOL

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

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

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

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 Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul.

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… One minute they want to give you the crown and the next minute they must destroy 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

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 blog…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, 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 Yah…

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

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. 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.  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…

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!

Outside the Camp

FIRE BLOWER

As I was praying the other night I kept hearing the word “leprosy”. This disease brought humbleness, fear and isolation with it. Let’s look at a verse…

“Anyone with such a defiling disease MUST WEAR TORN CLOTHES, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face AND CRY OUT, ‘UNCLEAN! Unclean!’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall LIVE ALONE. His dwelling shall be OUTSIDE THE CAMP.” Leviticus 13:45-46…How sad for the person with this plague because they were outside the camp.

The condition mentioned in the text in Leviticus is not the same as the leprosy we see today. The Hebrew word for leprosy is tzara’at. This word is related to a word that means affliction. This type of Leprosy not only affected people’s skin, but it got in their walls and in their clothing. It wasn’t HEALED, but had to be CLEANSED…

According to Levi Ben Shmuel, “The Midrash teaches that the root cause of this spiritual disease is lashon harah; literally, THE EVIL TONGUE. Lashon harah is evil speech, characterized by gossip and slander against another.”

The person with spiritual leprosy was isolated because the person had also caused others to be isolated. This double isolation was due to their tongue by slandering others or gossiping about them. If you take a person with an evil tongue and they are talking about someone to others, they are spreading the illness and must be stopped. Let me explain more clearly. Let’s say I gossip about you and spread all over town that you are a liar, two-faced, JEZEBEL. Now all of a sudden YOU notice people who talked to YOU and called YOU are no longer answering the phone. They are suddenly out of your life. They have isolated themselves from you because why? Because of my tongue…So what happens? The person with the Lashon Hara (evil tongue) would be isolated because they in turn had caused others to be isolated from the ones they loved due to slandering them.

And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, AND I PUT THE PLAGUE OF LEPROSY IN A HOUSE OF THE LAND OF YOUR POSSESSION;  And he that owned the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, IT SEEMS TO ME AS IT WERE A “PLAGUE” IN YOUR HOUSE:   Then the priest shall command that they EMPTY THE HOUSE, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with HOLLOW STRAKES, GREENISH or REDDISH, which in sight are lower than the wall; and THE PRIEST MUST SHUT UP THE HOUSE 7 DAYS… LEV. 14:34-35.

Not only did this leprosy get in houses it got in peoples clothing like mold… Oh what a miserable wretched place to be when you have been so naughty you must be separated from God’s people. You’ve been so slanderous you must shout I am UNCLEAN! I am grieved as I write this because it is easy to point fingers at others for their evil tongue, but when you look in the mirror you must account for what you have said… Miriam is a prime example. Numbers 12:1 explains why she became leprous. “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. And they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it.” Yes, the Lord had spoken through both of them and used them in a mighty way, BUT…Let’s look at this closer:   “When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous —it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, and he said to Moses, “PLEASE MY LORD, I ask you not to hold against us the SIN we have so FOOLISHLY committed. Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.”

So Moses cried out to the Lord, “PLEASE, GOD HEAL HER!” (Oh that we would cry out for God to heal them that slander us and be as meek as Moses)!

The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her OUTSIDE THE CAMP for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and THE PEOPLE DID NOT MOVE ON till she was brought back”. This caused not only shame, and isolation but it also caused people to become immobile, THEY WERE STUCK!

Another story in the Bible that features leprosy is in 2nd Chronicles 26 about a king named Uzziah who had it all and I mean he had it all, he had the best army, the best of the land, favor and riches, honor and he was inventive! 26:15 says, In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. HIS FAME spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful. (PRIDEFUL)

But after Uzziah became powerful, HIS PRIDE LED TO HIS DOWNFALL. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in. They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.”

Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead”. (RIGHT WHERE ALL HIS KNOWLEDGE CAME FROM) Puffed up with pride! When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the Lord had afflicted him”.

So now we have seen leprosy touch a prophetess and a priest…See, Judah had their order of worship set up in Holiness to the Lord and they were going to follow HIS RULES and He said only the priest could burn the incense… In Israel Jeroboam had set up idols in the Lords house, golden calves and had allowed anyone to be priest that wanted to and YET NO LEPROSY spread to them for their disobedience! Why? I believe the Lord chastens those He loves and corrects them that OUR HIS OWN… I’d rather have leprosy and be isolated from the camp for 7 days then to not be found even worthy of a spanking! COME ON PEOPLE!

I want you to picture coming home from work and you notice a slightly greenish tint along with red streaks to your walls in your kitchen. You look at it but you think maybe it’s the lighting, the drapes, the sun setting and reflecting, but then a few days go by and you notice a white spot on your arm and immediately you are gravely concerned because this could be leprosy. You had dismissed the spot on your arm and even a red color you seen on your trousers, your shirt even, but now, yes, now it was in the house You start doing a rewind of your words and you try and go back to everyone you have spoken to in the last week, who you talked about and who has hurt you of late. You begin to recall telling your sister about a woman you work with who is arrogant and then you recall you spoke to your cousin about a family member you both find to be SELFFISH, trifling, ill-tempered and slothful. Everything you said was TRUE! Your co-worker is always bragging about her house, car, new clothes and great figure and your cousin quits every job he gets, is always borrowing MONEY and tools from you and never returning them… IT’S ALL TRUTH! But even if it is true, it is gossip…The more you replay in your mind the words you have spoken, you realize, yes, your house may be infested with streaks and you may need to be quarantined.

Now, after reading that analogy above I think we all should repent. I think our words, even if they are the truth about someone’s character, do not need to be thrown around carelessly. If the leprosy did not leave the house, the house was emptied of contents. A priest would have the owner remove the stones of the house and dismantle the walls. Can you imagine your neighbor looking over at your house and The Priest are dismantling your walls? OH COME ON PEOPLE!

Look at Moses sister, a prophetess and leader of the people, is shut out of the camp 7 days and why? Her tongue… Her tongue, her tongue…shame… Today if we still had this type of chastisement we would be a tad more careful with what we say and also WHAT WE DIDN’T SAY! Yes, you heard right, there is also a command to speak when you should and address issues and also to warn your brothers and sisters or to go to a brother or sister who has a problem with you or vice versa.

Matthew 12:36-37, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every EMPTY IDLE WORDS they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Our own words can acquit us… Let me explain: If you have been hurt by a friend, family member, pastor, boss and so forth and you do not take it to them and address it, bitterness can come in and then that begins to fester and grow and the next thing you know you are telling everyone what they did to you, yes, EVERYONE BUT THEM. However, most the time the problem lies in saying too much…

James said the tongue is a fire. He said men can put bits in horse’s mouths and make them turn this way and that way and that a ship can be steered by a very small rudder, but try and CONTROL the TONGUE…

Evil talk kills three people… The person who listens to gossip is even worse than the person who tells it, because no harm could be done by gossip if no one listened to it. It has been said that lashon ha-ra (disparaging speech) kills three: the person who speaks it, the person who hears it, and the person about whom it is told. (Talmud Arachin 15b).

I raise my hand that I AM GUILTY… ARE YOU? Are you guilty of saying TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH? I hope that you will take it to The Lord Adonai today and ask Him to help you make things right. I pray that we all begin to repent and come out of isolation…

Blessings!

Buying Gold from God

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I heard a verse from Revelations the other day and the verse would not leave me. “I counsel you TO BUY FROM ME GOLD refined in the fire”… Young’s Literal Translation says, “Gold fired by fire”…

Men used to preach about a place called hell but today they have mostly stopped. Typically, in the past, when someone preached on hell, the people who were going to be fired by fire and entrenched in sweltering heat were the OTHERS, the lost, the sinners, the disobedient, but NOT US…NOT OUR CHURCH…

This blog is about fire, but perhaps not like many have envisioned it. This fire is a fire John the Baptist talked about when he told the people he baptized with water, nevertheless, one was coming that would baptize them with the Holy Ghost and FIRE… How does one get baptized in fire? Certainly this is not the lake of fire? Let me present you with a few more questions to ponder.

How do you buy gold from God? Gold that is REFINED…What does He charge for HIS gold? I WARN YOU IT IS COSTLY!

Gold is a big thing right now. The price of gold shot up recently and many were selling all they had to their local pawn shops to get the higher amount before it crashed. The bible says in the last days people will throw their gold and silver out in the streets because it won’t be worth a thing. Gold gets its worth from its karats. This is measured in FINENESS… Let me explain: If you own a gold necklace that says 18 karat gold that means it is 75% gold… The higher the number, the FINER and PURER the GOLD…The more intense the heat…

A famous poet named Longfellow worded it this way, “Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, With exactness grinds He all”…GRINDS HE ALL!

When something is REFINED all the impurities are removed, all the dross, dirt and filth is taken away. When gold is heated to temperatures of great heat the dross rises to the top and is skimmed off. A refiner’s fire reaches temperatures greater than 1000 degrees Celsius. Has your life ever gotten that hot? Has God ever allowed you to go through molten heat? If He has count it a blessing. Buying gold from God and being baptized in intense heat makes men cry out for a savior. We pray for our family and our children and we say, “Oh Lord bless them, give them a good job, a scholarship, help them get a new car, a degree, a promotion, a nice home, give them FAVOR oh LORD, open a door for them, HEAL THEIR BODY!   Why would we want our families to suffer like Jesus/ Yeshua did? Why would we want them to have to get rid of dross? Why not keep them impure? I know many of you are shaking your head and thinking, “Why would we want to go through intense heat?” Let me show you…

But he knows the way that I take; when he has TESTED ME, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10.

God does test us…

“THESE TRIALS will show that YOUR FAITH IS GENUINE. It is being TESTED AS FIRE TESTS and PURIFIES GOLD –though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains STRONG through MANY TRIALS, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world”. 1 PETER 1:7.

It seems that these verses describe a condition that takes place after being tested and that condition results in gold, pure unadulterated go. Perhaps there is a reason why the streets in heaven are paved in gold. Perchance, this is not talking about some shiny jewelry that people will throw in the streets in the last days, but a real genuine faith and humility that only comes by FIRE! Streets paved with gold are roads that you walk on that you suffered on and in the midst of that suffering you didn’t fight the fire but let it purify you.

Awe, Saints we been looking at this fire as if it were sent from satan himself, as if he is in control. What a sad condition of a body of believers to be rebuking the very HEAT that can make us into PURE HOLY PEOPLE… Go on and get into the caldron and let the refiner heat it up and skim off the lust, the pride, the backbiting, the desire to be right, the gossip, the looking to man for approval, the wealth of this world, the false humility, the false humbleness, the false compassion, the false worship and yes, even a love that’s tainted and naked… Jump in and let the Master refiner make something that Job knew would happen when he said, “when He has tested me, I will come forth as GOLD”…

Are you a child of a King?

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”. Romans 8:17…

SHARE in HIS SUFFERINGS to SHARE in HIS GLORY! Do you want to have eternal life? Then ask Him if you can purchase some of HIS gold.

Paul said, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”. Philippians 3:10…

1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”

Are we rejoicing in our suffering or complaining? Revelations 9 talks about God destroying one third of mankind. That is over 2 billion people!

“And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths PROCEED FIRE and SMOKE and BRIMSTONE. A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.” 9:17-18… I don’t know about you but I would rather get purified now…

Then when we look at Zechariah it says, “In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and TEST THEM LIKE GOLD. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘THEY ARE MY PEOPLE, ‘and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”

Fire is an amazing thing. You can buy gold from God but it is more costly than any item you’ll find down at your local jewelry store. People who have this gold SHINE. They shine even in the midst of adversity. Nothing upsets them, nothing bothers them. They get in the furnace and Jesus/ Yeshua gets right in there with them just like he did for the three Hebrew boys. The flames don’t tarnish their clothing and they do not have the scent of soot on their clothing.

Let’s lastly look at Paul as he confronts the ministers of his day and with sarcasm calls them super apostles. He not only sarcastically tells them off in his letter but he establishes why he is a true apostle…

“I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. 2nd Corinthians 12:11…By the time we get to verse 23 he begins to expound on some of his trials by FIRE.

Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I AM MORE. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three tim­es I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in DANGER from rivers, in DANGER from bandits, in DANGER from my fellow Jews, in DANGER from Gentiles; in DANGER in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and IN DANGER FROM FALSE BELIEVERS”.

Paul knew what it was like to buy gold. He knew what it was like to be purified. God help the weak state of (The Church) today. We have become a people who are comatose unless a ballgame is on or a Hollywood production, we are naked, blind and full of devils. Yes, The church has become a people who fast for prosperity instead of repentance. THEY ARE SUPER-APOSTLES, PERFORMIMG SIGNS AND WONDERS…The Church today asks for wealth, health, favor and riches instead of GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE.

Will you buy gold of HIM today?

Camel hair, Locust and Honey

My father mentioned to me that he didn’t understand why information that didn’t need to be in the Bible was thrown in there. I said what do you mean dad? He said, “Well it talks about John the Baptist and says that he wore camel hair and ate honey and locust. Why do we need that information? “He shrugged his shoulders and looked at me with his amazing smile and said, “I may be wrong, but it just seems like info that could have been left out”… I immediately said, “John’s attire and food are very important to the story”.

And that is how this blog came into being.

We’ll start with John’s father Zechariah and what type of apparel he wore. We first learn in the book of Luke that Zechariah and his wife were descendants of Aaron and that he was a high priest. The priest had a uniform, and so did the prophet. Exodus 28:39-43 “You shall skillfully weave the tunic of fine linen thread, you shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the sash of woven work. For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for GLORY AND BEAUTY”.

The garments were tailored to fit each priest exactly. The pants could not be too long or too short, everything had to be precise. Zechariah’s was chosen to burn the daily incense when the angel appeared to him and told him he would have a son name John. There were so MANY priest available for duty that no priest would have ever offered the daily incense more than one time in their life span, but they still had a garment that was for GLORY AND BEAUTY.

Not John the Baptist, he had a garment of camel hair and instead of a woven sash LIKE HIS FATHERS, he donned a leather belt to gird up his loins. The garments worn by the priest were not washed. If they were stained with ashes or blood the uniforms were shredded and used as wicks for the menorah lights or the oil lamps. HOWEVER, according to the temple institute, the High Priest uniform, if soiled, would never be worn again or used elsewhere, but instead would have been hidden away.

Instead of sacrificing animals, the prophets slew men dressed in their uniform attire. Elijah alone, slew 450 false prophets in 1 Kings 18:40. The prophet Jehu executed Jezebel and King Ahab’s whole family. Many prophets were rough and also warriors. John’s garments were rough like his voice. Jesus had this to say about John’s robes. “But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in SOFT CLOTHING? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces! “But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and one who is MORE THAN A PROPHET. “This is the one about whom it is written, ‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU, WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’…Matthew 11:8-10… God is sending His messengers to prepare for His return in this hour.

John was not found inside the temple (the church) but in the wilderness. His parents were dead, he had no wife, no children, but HE HAD A VOICE.

Now John’s clothes and his food and his voice are something that hasn’t been on the scene for some time. Let me put it this way, would you put down your iphone, your computer game, stop watching the super bowl, or march madness, to hike a good twenty miles to the desert to see and hear this wild eyed, long haired man dressed in camel hair, booming repent? Would you? I am telling you the voice of the prophets are going forth in this hour. Repent is not a religious word that means lay on the floor at church and cry, shake and tell God how sorry you are, although that is a good place for us to start. Repent in the Hebrew means to CHANGE YOUR MIND and GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. The Jewish encyclopedia says this,

“Sincere repentance is manifested when the same temptation to sin, under the same conditions, is ever after resolutely resisted (Yoma 86b; “Yad,” Teshubah, ii. 1-2). “He that confesses his sin and still CLINGS to it is likened to a man that holds in his hand a defiling object; though he bathed in all the waters of the world he is not cleansed; but the moment he cast the defiling object from him a single bath will cleanse him, as it is said (Prov. xxviii. 13): ‘Whoso confesseth and forsaketh them [his sins] shall have mercy'” (Ta’an. 16a; “Yad,” l.c. ii. 3). The prophets were trained by the older prophets in schools set up for them.

The Bible speaks of a place called the school of the prophets. 1 Samuel describes a place called Ramah where Samuel had set up schools and places for the prophets to meet and seek The Lord. We see in 2nd Kings 6:1 this verse, “The sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Please notice that the place where we live under your supervision is too small for us”. We see here that Elisha also had a school and SAFE HAVEN for the prophets. This school had grown and they wanted to move to a new location. Let’s look at verse 2, “Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves WHERE WE MAY LIVE.” The prophet was not living in the temple wearing linen, although some were assigned to kings. These prophets wanted to go to the Jordan and Elisha went with them. Now John who has come in the spirit of Elijah is at the Jordan baptizing and yelling REPENT for the kingdom of God is at hand. John wears the same attire as Elijah. 2nd Kings 1:8 says, “He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Where is the prophet today in your assembly? Where is the apostle? Where is the teacher? They are missing. They have been in the wilderness preparing for this hour. It is time to bring balance back to the house of God. Pastors shout GRACE, Prophets shout REPENT, Apostles help balance things but the pulpit has been controlled too long by one man. We need all the body working together. We need the teachers and the pastors (shepherds) and the Elders coming together and making a marinade of flavor unto the Lord, a SWEET smelling incense like the incense Zechariah brought into the temple. And a prophet is not someone who just prophesies over people good encouraging words. Joseph told the baker that the king was going to hang him and the birds would peck his flesh and eat it. Move to the New Testament and we read this prophets warning, “One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)” Acts 11:28. Nathan was a prophet who had a tough job. He had to confront a king who had taken the head off of giants and was a bloody man of war. Yes, David was also a man after God’s own heart but he had fallen into sin. The prophet Nathan came and pointed out his sin and said, “YOU ARE THE MAN…

So what do prophets eat? The Bible says honey and locust are what John ate. Someone else had a similar diet, let’s look at that.

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. He will EAT CURDS AND HONEY at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good”. Isaiah 7:15

Honey represents God’s Law, His WORD.

Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Let’s look at Psalms 119:11, “The (Torah) law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, ENLIGHTENING THE EYES; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward”.

I have heard that John ate the locust insect, others said it was a locust bean. I found the next excerpt at Jamestabor.com, where he has an interesting article called “Did John the Baptist eat bugs, beans or pancakes?”

He says, “John’s desert diet is found in the fragments we have of the lost “Gospel of the Ebionites,” as quoted by the 4th-­century Christian writer Epiphanius. The Greek word for locusts is very similar to the Greek word for “honey cake” (enkris/εvκρις) that is used for the “manna” that the Israelites ate in the desert in the days of Moses. If this is the case then John would have eaten a cake of some type, made from a desert plant, similar to the “manna” that the ancient Israelites ate in the desert in the days of Moses. Jesus said He was that BREAD.

John 6:41 “At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” I could quote more verses on honey and its meaning but I fear I may have kept you too long, so I’ll end this.

John’s diet, apparel and voice shook things up a bit. God’s prophets and Apostles today are too. In this hour they are trying to PREPARE the WAY FOR YESHUA’S RETURN. The loud blasting voice of the prophet needs to be heard or many will be asleep and their oil lamps will be empty.

Sources:

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/12680-repentance

http://jamestabor.com/2012/09/02/did-john-the-baptist-eat-bugs/

One is a Good Number

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I haven’t been writing a lot of blogs lately because I have been so BUSY writing books, packing and moving. Now that I am moved and there is a foot of snow on the ground I have some time and also some thoughts to share with you. Hopefully some of you are snowed in and needing some reading material today.

Most people who have studied the Bible are familiar with the men at the tombs who were demon possessed. If you have studied the story carefully you know that one man had a legion of demons, this they say is equivalent to 5 or 6 thousand. That’s a lot of demons!

I flipped open my Bible last night and it landed on one verse that I have read multiple times but really had not HEARD in my spirit the fullness of its meaning until that moment. This man at the tombs was naked, chains couldn’t hold him, and he was cutting himself, yes, he was a cutter and he was crying out and screaming. This man was out of his mind, living in a graveyard for PITTY SAKE… Then Yeshua/ Jesus comes along from a boat ride with his disciples and sets him FREE! Oh he is freer than he has ever been and the Bible says that the demons went into a herd of swine and ran off a cliff. After much excitement, the town’s people came out to see what had happened. But none of this is what popped off the page and neither is the next verse, although it is of great importance so we will start there.

“When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, SITTING AT JESUS FEET, DRESSED and in his RIGHT MIND; and they were AFRAID “Luke 8:35 . Yes, this is a powerful message but this still is not what I noticed.

Instead it was the next verse that struck me!

“The man from whom the demons had gone BEGGED THAT HE MIGHT BE WITH HIM, but JESUS/YESHUA SENT HIM AWAY, saying, “RETURN TO YOUR HOME, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout THE WHOLE CITY how much Jesus had done for him.” 8:36-37…

Now, I know many men and women for that matter, who are bent on trying to preach the gospel TO THE MASSES as fast as they can and “save” the whole world. Wouldn’t the Savior have done it that way? Remember this was a day like any other day and Jesus chose to spend it taking a boat ride to deliver two men at the tombs who were demonized. These men owned nothing. They were not deemed important to the town folk, they were out of their mind. They were not Pharisees, or High Priest or anyone elite. If I had to assume their disposition to the town people, I would say they were an embarrassing, abhorrent, deranged lot, who were spoken of in whispers.

Jesus doesn’t try and go fill a stadium and “save” a bunch of people everyday. Some days he fed five thousand but on other days he fed one. At times he would deliever one person here and there and those people who had been so broken, so downcast, so demon possessed, so doped up on heroin, so sexually addicted to the lust of their flesh, that when Jesus sets them free, EVERYONE TAKES NOTICE and the whole town believes! One person’s testimony makes the whole town believe.

We see this again and again. Let’s look at the woman at the well. She is just one woman and one that in order to get to, you and your men have to go into an area of town that most Jews walked 20 miles out of their way in order to not step one foot in. This place is none other than Samaria.

Now something that grieves my heart happens next. If something grieves you or makes you angry, watch for it and see what The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) is trying to tell you…The story of the woman at the well starts off with a topic that yes, saddens me. Let’s read that. “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria” John 4:1-4.

He said he MUST NEEDS GO. He had an appointment with one woman at a well that day! He did not have an appointment with a team of ministers who were arguing over who baptized more men or saved more. No, He had an appointment with ONE WOMAN at a well. She was nothing to most men in her day. They knew her because she had 5 husbands. They knew the man at the tombs because he had FIVE THOUSAND DEMONS…

“MANY of the Samaritans from that town believed in him (JESUS) because of the WOMAN’S TESTIMONY, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words MANY MORE became believers” John 4:39-41.

This woman was a great Evangelist to her OWN TOWN. She didn’t have to go away to a Cemetery school, I mean seminary school, she could minister right there in her city! She didn’t even know all the right doctrine. Jesus even told her, “You Samaritan’s worship what you do not know!” But she could tell people He was the SAVIOR after her encounter with Him and people believed.

“They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” 4:42.

GLORY!

Both the demon possessed man and the Samaritan woman who had 5 husbands reached A CITY FOR THE LORD. Jesus/ Yeshua only did what His Father told Him to do. He only went where He was supposed to go. Let’s look at one more verse and I am going to wrap this up.

“Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were AMAZED” Mark 5:19-20.

All the people were AMAZED… Can you disciple one today? What about those in your home town or in your own home?