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?

Rat Food

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This could be one of the most interesting topics I’ve ever written about. My cousin sent me an article/ pod cast called 544: Batman last week. If you get a chance check out the article or listen to the podcast, you won’t be disappointed. I am going to give you the short version of one of the research psychologist’s experiments and it’s going to BLOW YOUR MIND.

Once I started listening to the show and hearing what they were saying, I knew instantly that this was too important to pass up discussing. Early in a man named Bob’s career as a Research Psychologist, he went into his lab late at night and hung signs on the rat’s cages. They were your typical lab rats, nothing special, just rats. On some cages he hung signs that said, “Smart/ intelligent lab rat” on other cages he hung signs that said, “Dumb/ unintelligent rat”.

Next he took a group of experimenters into the lab and displayed to them the rats with the notes above their cages. He conveys to them that for the next week, some of them will get incredibly smart rats and others will get incredibly stupid rats. He told them that they needed to run their rat through a maze and record how well the rat does. Simple enough… And the experimenters were watched or filmed…

What if I told you that WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE EFFECTS THEM? What if I told you the thoughts you have about me could change how I run my race and the thoughts I have about you could alter yours?

Sadly, the same rat that was labeled smart was held softer, gentler and the experimenters said things like, “Yes, this rat does seem to have a much smarter face” “Even his eyes look intelligent”…. What if I told you the rats labeled dumb couldn’t finish the maze but at a crawls pace, but the ones with the sign that said “smart” could do the maze twice as fast…and yet at times it was the same rat!!!

What if I told you that what you think about certain people effects them and how well they do? Could this be why children who are bullied at times commit suicide? Why certain children achieve greater accomplishments than others in the same family? There is one story in the Bible that seems to go with this topic and I think you will find it amazing. What one person thought about another person, although they were wrong, caused a war and many deaths…Let’s look at that…

1 Chronicles chapter 19:1-4, “Sometime after this, King Nahash of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun became king. David said, “I am going to show LOYALTY to Hanun because HIS FATHER, Nahash, was always loyal to me.” So David sent messengers to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.

But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, “DO YOU REALLY THINK THESE MEN ARE COMING HERE TO HONOR YOUR FATHER? No! David has sent them TO SPY out the land so they can come in and conquer it!” So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved them, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame” NLT 1-4.

Obviously, these men had bad thoughts about David and the intents of his heart. David wanted to show loyalty because this young man’s father had shown the same to him. Loyalty and faithfulness go hand in hand. He wanted to bless this man but this man’s commanders put an evil thought in his heart towards David that was false. Basically he didn’t say “Nice rat” but instead “SPY RAT”…What have you named your rats?

To top it off, what they thought David would do, which was take over the land, ended up happening. He took the crown of their god that weighed over a hundred pounds and put it on his throne and he took their men and made them work in laborious jobs. What they thought he would do, he did…

When the religious leaders of Christ day said that he cast out demons by the Prince of demons, Beelzebub, he told them they would be held accountable for every idle, empty word spoken.

When I was growing up my parents used to always tell my sister she was going to grow up and become a nurse one day. Every now and then it was brought up and once at Christmas she was even given a doctors kit. At an early age, my sister became sick with Nephritis, a serious kidney disease and was admitted to the hospital for a lengthy amount of time. I’m sure my parents were very concerned about their little girl. Today, I am proud to say that my sister is a nurse PRN and one who has compassion for her patients.

In our last newsletter I wrote about a English professor who told me I could write and often pointed out how much she enjoyed reading my papers. Her words helped me write my first novel!

But according to the rat test and the David test, it doesn’t just matter what someone is told they will do or become, it also matters what we think they will do or become. It matters if we think they are smart or not. Perhaps that is why Jesus said, “If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court” Matthew 5:22. What I am trying to tell you is your thoughts have power.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS” Philippians 4:8.

Paul said to think about these things… Sometimes I like to take this verse and apply it to people. I like to ask myself, “What’s lovely about that person?” Isn’t that what we should be doing? We can all at times point out peoples faults or even at times we might find ourselves like Hunan, thinking someone has evil intentions towards us, when in actuality they have good. The following story is taken from jewfaq.org…

“A man went about the community telling malicious lies about the rabbi. Later, he realized the wrong he had done, and began to feel remorse. He went to the rabbi and begged his forgiveness, saying he would do anything he could to make amends. The rabbi told the man, “Take a feather pillow, cut it open, and scatter the feathers to the winds.” The man thought this was a strange request, but it was a simple enough task, and he did it gladly. When he returned to tell the rabbi that he had done it, the rabbi said, “Now, go and gather the feathers. Because you can no more make amends for the damage your words have done than you can recollect the feathers.”

Speech has been compared to an arrow: once the words are released, like an arrow, they cannot be recalled, the harm they do cannot be stopped, and the harm they do cannot always be predicted, for words like arrows often go astray”.

I want you to think about the rats and also about your children, your family members, your sick father or your sibling who is battling drug addiction and think about how your words about them can cause them to do better, heal better and ultimately live…Life and death in the tongue…I am not talking about name it and claim it theology but I do believe we are on to something here.

I want you to meditate on how David’s heart was filled with kindness for a man who had lost his father but the words of others influenced the king so much that an all-out war was started. Lastly let’s look at a man called Moses who when God called him to do a job said, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:11-13. If you noticed, Moses argued with God and around seven times told him why he could not possibly do the job God had called him to do. He had murdered a man in Egypt and they would kill him. God says the men looking for you are dead. Moses continues speaking doubt and saying that he cannot do it. He even says he doesn’t have the greatest speaking voice in front of people, especially the Pharaoh over the whole land… God says, well I have created YOUR MOUTH AND I WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO SPEAK!

You may not have any confidence in yourself, but if God does and He has a job for you to do, let HIM fill your mouth with HIS words and when you are around your enemies or those who don’t think very highly of you, look at them and find something true, something lovely, something of a good report and think on those things. Remember Rahab? She had a title of “Harlot” but God used her as an example of our Faith and put her among the list of great people of faith in Hebrews 11…Her words and thoughts toward God saved her whole family!

I can’t drive 55 MPH!

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There is an interesting dialogue between the disciples and Jesus about OFFENSE in the 14th chapter of Mark verse 27, but it doesn’t quite look like we might imagine. The word offended or offend in the sentence is comparable to abandonment, fleeing or causing one to stumble. I think if we were honest we would admit we all have stumbled a time or two.

Shall we begin?

And Jesus said unto them, All of you shall be offended because of me this night….You will ALL fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:  ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered…now let’s skip down to verse 31, “But Peter insisted emphatically, “EVEN IF I HAVE TO DIE with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same”… That bears repeating, “All the others said the same”… They all made a pact with him…

Now something interesting happens after they swear and form this oath that they will sacrifice their lives unto death before denying him, because once we read down to verse 50 it says this, “And they ALL FORSOOK HIM AND FLED…

Have you ever sworn an oath and then fled? If you have been living for any length of time upon this earth you have more than likely sworn many vows. You may have vowed to pay late fees on checks at your banking institute. You may have sworn allegiance to your country, your spouse and your employer. You may have shaken hands with a boss and told him you would show up to work on time and never embellish or lie about your commission, or work for so many years for the establishment by signing a contract. You may have joined a church and made a commitment to stay at a particular establishment until your death. If you entered college you made a vow to pay back student loans and so forth. Multiple means of oaths and business agreements have been going on since the beginning of time.

So where does the problem come into play? When is it okay to break your oath and not stand on your word? When is it okay to shred the contract, or the marriage certificate and walk away? Is there ever a time when a man doesn’t have to honor his words?

If you are like me, you may be thinking right at this moment of promises you have made that you were unable to keep, like messy divorces. I once became sick and couldn’t finish college. I had to drop out of school for a couple years until I was physically able to go back and finish up my degree. Sometimes we just cannot keep our promise right now, but we can at a future date…but what about those promises we deem okay to break. What do they look like and how did we reach a point where we viewed the person or situation not worthy of us keeping our word.

God put something on my heart not long ago that I feel is worthy of repeating and I believe it goes hand and hand with this topic. The analogy was one I was given while going for a drive.

Often when we drive, we are in a hurry to get to a certain place or destination. For instance, if we are running late for work and we know it’s going to cause our boss problems or our co-workers to look at us with disdain when we arrive, we will at times do 5 or 10 over the speed limit to try and prevent this from happening. Let’s say we are going to our brothers wedding and it starts at 1 pm and we lost track of time, many of us would speed on the expressway to try and make the ceremony before the vows were spoken. What happens is we JUSTIFY speeding in our mind.

So as we are driving on the expressway the speed limit is 55 or 65 MPH and we are doing 70 or 80 MPH. Concerning the topic of speeding, we all at one time or another have said in our heart, “It’s no big deal everyone does it”. However, we just broke the law. And sometimes if we are lucky we may even know the police officer that pulls us over. I mean if you are playing Monopoly and you have a “get out of jail” card you might not worry about landing in jail.

Well, let’s go deeper.

When a man in New York was selling cigarettes on the side of the rode in singles, many said, “what’s the big deal let him do it”? He has to make a living somehow”. Same attitude with us on the road driving fast. We look at the sign on the road and then we decide in our heart what that sign should read. So it is with sin. We decide what we deem to be idolatry and we decide what is appropriate to look at and what isn’t. We decide whether it’s okay to kill someone or not depending on the circumstances. We decide who to gossip about and who not to. We decide who to explode around and who not to. We pick the speed.

Jesus said, “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12. So let’s look at this deeper. If you are speeding and texting while driving, yes, you are breaking the law, but are you lacking love? Is breaking the law a sign of your love growing cold?

Let’s back up and look at this one more time. The law says a certain thing but we do what we believe is the RIGHT thing for our circumstances. In our hearts we justify breaking certain laws. We know what is expected and we know the law says 55 MPH but even Sammy Hagar said he couldn’t drive 55 MPH. Yes, we know what is right but we have set our own guide lines. Have we done the same with God’s Word?

Many in government have done this with the powerful law of the land, the constitution. They have watered it down and altered it to fit their wishes and their beliefs. Let me give you another example. Let’s pretend you are in high school and you have been going on dates with a young man or young lady for months. You enjoy kissing them but now you have taken it a step further and are really pushing the sex button. You know that you love them and plan on marrying them and since they are on birth control you go ahead and sleep with them. It’s not really that big of deal right? I mean everyone’s doing it. Why would anyone want to get married at this young age and besides you want the degree first… Or let’s say you have been married for years but your spouse ignores you, verbally insults you and hasn’t been intimate with you in months or even years. You showed them the scriptures that say our bodies are not to be kept from one another except in agreement or during a fast, but they still continue to ignore your needs, so you cheat on them. Again, this is the justification of our hearts. In our own minds we decide what sin is and we set the standard of when we have reached it. But isn’t God’s standard different from the laws of the land?

Paul said, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you” Romans 13:1-3. If you are doing what is wrong, like stealing, fighting, robbing people or doing harmful things you are going to be punished. The speed limit is not set at a certain speed to annoy us, it’s set so that we and our family are kept safe and not harmed.

It seems God has set up rules for us to follow in His word so that we should not get physically, emotionally or spiritually hurt, but we often don’t take them seriously until the blue lights are flashing in our rearview mirror. We don’t even think about sin until The Lord convicts us and thank God He does because that means we are not bastards. Let’s get back to the disciples and their oaths.

They said, “Hey, I will never leave you or deny you. Before I deny you they will have to kill me…Another word for deny is reject. So I have to ask the question, “When we disobey God’s rules aren’t we rejecting and denying His Word and His power? If we are watering down the gospel to make it more digestible isn’t that like drinking sugar water? If we are setting our own guidelines for righteousness how far away from His standard is it? Paul said in Romans 7:7, “What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law”…He went on to say in verse 14, “we know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin “.

If you want to please God, don’t you have to know what His expectation is?

Have you made an oath with your mouth? Proverbs 6:1-2 says, My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor or pledge yourself for a stranger with a handshake, you are trapped by the words of your own mouth, caught by your own promise”…

Have you made an oath with the Father and His Son Yeshua? If you have His son signed His portion in blood. His word was kept on mount Calvary. So when is it okay not to keep your word? Sometimes you just can’t stand the pain of rejection or abuse and you cannot stay in the relationship because it hurts too badly.  Infidelity is a reason Jesus gives for divorce and sometimes you just don’t have the means to financially or emotionally take care of a baby and must give it up for adoption. But isn’t it harder to walk away from an oath if we know the person? Come on, I want you to meditate upon this. If you give birth to a baby and keep it for 6 months isn’t it going to be harder to put it up for adoption? Why? Because you have gotten to know it and love it more and more.

If you owe your uncle a thousand dollars and you owe JC Penny a thousand dollars, isn’t it going to be more uncomfortable for you to visit your uncle than to take a stroll through the JC Penney’s at your local mall? Of course it is. J C Penney is a big company and the cashier doesn’t know you have an outstanding balance on your credit card unless you go to make a purchase with it. Even the sales manager doesn’t know you are delinquent with your payments or that you stole your mother’s card and are using it. It’s a big place. God is a big God, but if you know Him and know Him in an intimate way He will nudge you. He will scold you. He will tell you what you just did was wrong. After He tells you it’s up to you to try and make things right.

Have you ever been in the presence of someone who has hurt you? Of course you have and we all know that if those persons who have wronged us, rejected us or disobeyed us act as if they have done nothing wrong in their hearts and that they do not deem you worthy of an apology, then that relationship will never be the same. You may see them on occasion, but it will be like that man or woman walking through J C Penney’s without a care in the world because they don’t know J C Penney up close and personal.

However, if the persons makes an effort to apologize or say they acted foolishly, or that they willfully disobeyed your parental rules, or that they were rude to your spouse, children or loved ones and that they humbly wish they could take their words and actions back or that they would now like to make things right, doesn’t the relationship become whole again? Of course it does, that’s why Jesus said, “Go to your brother and tell him what he has done”… As soon as the prophet Nathan went to David and said, “You are the man!” He was filled with remorse and knew He had sinned against God.

Today if you are driving the speed limit get in the slow lane so the others can pass you. And if you have pledged an oath with your lips humbly make it right. And last but not least by any means, see what God’s standards are and what His Words say and not what we have justified them to say….Happy New Year and God bless you!

The King’s Gate

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It’s almost Christmas and I have been itching to write a blog about a king. This blog isn’t about a manger, Wise-men, or a star. This blog is not about gifts or Christmas trees or even baby Jesus. No, this message is about approaching a King.

As I read the Bible certain things seem to grasp my attention. A few days ago my eyes landed on this verse, “When Mordecai learned of all that had been done (command to destroy all the Jews), he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. But he went ONLY AS FAR as the king’s gate, because no one CLOTHED IN SACKCLOTH was allowed to enter it” Esther 4:1-2.

Awe, the King’s gate. Such a place of royalty and honor was the king’s court that no one could enter into the gate that might dampen the king’s mood or cause him a minute of stress and if something did upset him, he hired the jesters to come and bring entertainment.

The king was the highest noble in the land and basically he owned all the land. If you were a peasant you would work the land and give the king most of what you worked, if not all, and you would be given a small section of land for yourself and then you paid taxes on that. Unless, by some chance you were born into nobility or gained the favor of the king, your life was hard, laborious and cruel.

In the book of Samuel the people wanted a king and they cried out over and over for Samuel to give them a king to fight for them and to lead them… God gives them a warning that the king will take their sons and daughters to be his horsemen, his bakers, perfumers and soldiers. He goes on to warn them further…

He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” Samuel 8:15-18…

The way a kingdom was set up was almost impossible to understand unless you were living in that era but the amount of people making the kingdom run properly were many. Yes, many layers of men in positions under the King. The king did not even dress himself or comb his hair and he always had men who attended to his needs. He also always had men who were issuing decrees and wanting his signature to make it absolute. The kings seal and his signet ring made the command binding.

We see throughout the Bible men who God gave favor to, residing in positions under kings, even Persian kings, such as Daniel who was one of the wisest of men. We see Joseph being placed in a position under Pharaoh to have power over all the land of Egypt. We also see Nehemiah stationed as a cup bearer to the king. On and on this goes throughout the Bible and throughout time. Certain men could get past the gates into the outer court of the king and perhaps even get into the inner court if they knew someone of very Nobel stature. Others were escorted into the inner court due to their beauty as Queen Esther was. However, Esther’s uncle Mordecai cannot enter the king’s gate because he is not clothed properly.

Anytime a person was brought into the presence of a king something happened first…Let’s look at Genesis 41:14, “Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh… After Josephs favor and wisdom is noticed by the king he gets another change of garments…

Genesis 41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck”. Notice he is given the power of his signet to carry out the laws of the land and place them into effect.

So let’s get back to Esther and Mordecai. Esther did not know why her uncle was in sackcloth and ashes and so he sends a message to her about the king’s proclamation given by Haman to destroy all the Jews and begs her to go in before the king. Now this is what she says, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.” Esther 4:11…

Death, she says, yes, death would be upon the man who approached a king without being summoned and she had not been summoned for over 30 days.

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this WISE answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain SILENT at this time, RELIEF and DELIVERANCE for the Jews will arise from ANOTHER PLACE, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS….

GLORY!!! SUCH WISDOM IN THIS MAN WHO MAY WEAR A GARMENT THE WORLDLY KNGS DON’T LIKE BUT THE LORD GOD Elohim RECOGNIZES SUCH APPAREL… This man says, Esther you better go before the king and spare the people because God is going to save His people regardless if you step up to the plate and speak to the King on their behalf! BUT if you won’t fast and pray and prostrate yourself before the king, Esther, God will find someone else and YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL PERISH!

If some men and women don’t fall down and prostrate themselves before the KING of KINGS over AMERICA and its people, we will perish. You might not be able to get past the worlds eyes in ashes and sack cloth but you will be noticed by the true King of Kings… Yes we can enter boldly to the throne room of grace and yes we have a new raiment now that we have put on righteousness but even Jesus said this when they asked him why his disciples didn’t fast, “”The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” Matthew 9:18…

Getting into the presence of a king and waiting to speak are all things that require wisdom… Have you ever been in a church meeting where the prayers week after week sounded the same? Have your own prayers sounded like a clanging gong or a dead speech? Do you want to enter into the presence of a king and His inner court on the behalf of a people? It’s time.

While you spend time with family exchanging gifts and eating food, remember the king’s chamber and the area where some were given positions so royal they could commune with the king daily. I know a king seeking a bride like that one. A bride bent on finding her first love and waiting for the king’s scepter to extend and beckon her to rise up before Him and change her apparel…Adorn her with bride clothes without spot or wrinkle.

“Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him. Esther 8:4.

The Death of a Nation

We lost three Rabbi’s yesterday who were Americans, six total. I watched the videos and looked at the pictures of the tallit prayer shawls soaked in blood and felt the heaviness. The HOLY Torah soaked in all the blood of God’s people laid on the floor and the blood from Abel to every prophet ever martyred seemed to cry out from the photo. I’m telling you if this has not shaken us out of our comfort zone it should.  If someone doesn’t blow a trumpet and sound an alarm soon people are going to be lost and I am not just talking about horrifically killed but their souls are going to be eternally lost.

My cry is that America doesn’t just watch and say, “God have mercy and then continue with their life as normal because we need some Daniels and some Nehemiah’s and some Ezra’s who have a mind to work and repent and cry out over the horrific genocide of God’s people all over the world.  We need men and women to weep over the desensitization of our youth and our own selves. What has happened to us?

If you go buy a product that comes with a booklet of instructions and a box full of parts, some electrical, some mechanical and so forth and YOU THROW THE BOOK AWAY and say I can do this myself, basically you have what we are working with here on planet earth… I don’t think God is asleep while innocent people suffer and more corruption trickles into the world, the church and our own families. I think God is grieving over His people and His creation. You see the order of things has been corrupted… The order has been defiled. When you obey His rules for marriage, parenting, how you grow and raise food, how to love your neighbor as yourself and how to Love Him with all your heart and strength, you have PEACE, HEALTH and PROSPERITY and I am not talking about a mansion and a fat bank account…

I see parents who fear their children won’t like them and so they appease them and say things like, “That’s just Miley being Miley”… No, that’s just wickedness. When I got divorced I tried to make my children like me and I wanted to be their friends. We are not supposed to fear whether our children like us, we are to be parents. I had guilt over divorce and leaving them alone at night while working so I tried to not discipline them much when I was with them. Then to top it off my own sins were so rotten I really didn’t feel I had the ability to correct them. With no real men in many children’s lives today we have young men who really don’t know how to become a man or even what defines a man. Without having any guidance or even ambition, these young men often are waiting for a man to step up and tell them what to do with their lives.  We have young women looking for a father figure instead of a husband and young women giving their bodies away and not savoring a relationship. Young girls used to learn to knit, cook, and how to clean, now they have little domestic skills because after all raising children is not a job (SARCASM)…

Many children were raised by television sets and with no guidance. We have so much rotten filth in our media today to blush about it doesn’t even give it justice! My generation alone needs to repent for divorce and what it has done to our children’s generation…

We are living in a world where gradually the Ten Commandments and other Torah commands have been removed from the nails that held them on the walls of our homes, school houses and government to the nails that put them in place on the cross and engraved HIS WORDS in our hearts that we may not sin against Him. No you see the commandments were never nailed to the cross but the ordinances against us. Jesus said, “If you LOVE ME then you will keep my commandments”…We have become a people stripped of the commandments, stripped of obedience to our Maker and each time we break the commandments of Yahweh we lose our clothing. We are like naked Adam and Eve, exposed right before our enemies.

When God looks on the sins of America and her idolatry it must really grieve Him. You see if YOU LOVE your child you wont continue to let him or her play in traffic, you are going to give your child a daddy spanking eventually. If you really love your children you are going to correct them instead of letting them walk around with dirt all over their faces. Eventually, when a child continues to disobey their Father, he will become harsher or turn his children over to satan for the destruction of the FLESH…

Isaiah 3 gives us a taste of that…

See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah (America) both supply and support:

all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter. I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” People will oppress each other— man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, THE NOBODY AGAINST THE HONORED! A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say,“You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!”

But in that day he will cry out, I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.” AMERICA, staggers, AMERICA is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; THEY DO NOT HIDE IT. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. ISAIAH 3:1-9…

Let’s resurrect Jesus/Yeshua from the dead and begin to post him (THE WORD) on our walls and our gates and carve them into our hearts and REPENT! Goodness what will it take to get our attention before its too late and AMERICA is fallen, that great city who loved her lust…Folks we are supposed to study HIS WORDS, and speak them forth continuously, because if ever there is a time when Torah is not being vocalized AND KEPT the ancient Sages believe “the earth will melt away with a fervent heat.”… Peter spoke about this and said, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 2nd Peter 3:10…

This brings to mind the book of Colossians, where in chapter one it says that JESUS (THE WORD) holds ALL THINGS together and that by Him all things consist. Replace Yeshua with the sins of flesh and satan, the lust of man and the pride he finds in himself and we will destroy the planet, the animals, and human life… AND WE ARE because wickedness and lawlessness does abound and love is difficult to be found. The Lord said it will WAX COLD… God help us! Have mercy…No love, no peace…

If anyone would like to pray with me over our nation and take a day to fast with me, please contact me on facebook at intsallabouthim inc…or here below in the comment box…

Bozrah and Peace

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I was reading in Micah the other day and the word BOZRAH began to pop out at me. Micah 2:12 “I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together (in Bozrah) like sheep of the fold, Like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many people…. Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their HEAD.”

BOZRAH, comes from the root word “restrain”. It means “Enclosure” and “Sheepfold”… Bozrah was the capital city of EDOM and the homeland of Jacob’s twin brother, Esau. Bozrah lies southeast of the Dead Sea, in the southern Jordon area of today. Before we go further, I want you to read the verses from Isaiah that displays the Lord covered in blood coming from Edom.

“Who is this who comes from EDOM, in CRIMSONED garments from BOZRAH, he who is splendid in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is your apparel RED and your garments like HIS WHO TREADS IN THE WINEPRESS? “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with me; I trod them IN MY ANGER and trampled them in my WRATH; THEIR LIFEBLOOD SPATTERED ON MY GARMENTS, and stained all my apparel. Isaiah 63:1-3…

This verse seems to have been silently tucked away for such a time as this. Just the image of our Lord covered in blood and full of anger makes one shudder. The next portion of verses following the one we just read suggest that this may be an END TIME WARNING of a day of vengeance of our God. .

“For the day of VENGEANCE was in my heart, and MY YEAR OF REDEMPTION had come. I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me. I trampled down the peoples in my anger; I made them drunk in my wrath, and I POURED OUT THEIR LIFEBLOOD on the earth.” Isaiah 63:4-5.

So let’s break this down, Hashem is coming from Edom covered in blood. The Bible tells us plainly who the Edomite’s are. Genesis 36: 1 says, “This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom)”. It list the kings that came through Esau’s bloodline, then in Genesis 36:40 it repeats it and says, “This is the FAMILY LINE OF ESAU, the father of the Edomites”…

We get to the book of Deuteronomy and something interesting happens AND GOD GIVES A WARNING, verse 2:5 informs us that Edom’s territory WAS NOT part of the LAND PROMISED TO ISRAEL: He says, “MEDDLE NOT WITH THEM; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given MOUNT SEIR UNTO ESAU for a possession.” Remember something and don’t forget it, God blessed Esau and He blessed Ishmael too AND their blessings will come to pass before Christ returns. Let’s look at the blessings spoken upon Ishmael.

“God heard the boy (ISHMAEL) crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, FOR I WILL MAKE HIM INTO A GREAT NATION.” God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. While he was living in the DESERT of PARAN (Mecca) his mother got a wife for him from EGYPT. GENESIS 21:17,

Not only did God tell Hagar he would bless her son, He told Abraham as well,

But as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: behold I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.” Genesis 17:20

We have Ishmael and Isaac, and we have Jacob and Esau. But there is more, Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah who gave birth to many children…Genesis 25:5, “Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac TO THE LAND OF THE EAST”.

Genesis 25:18 tells us that Ishmael lived 137 years. Matthew Henry’s concordance tells us that Ishmael had twelve sons, whose families became distinct tribes. They peopled a very large country that lay between Egypt and Assyria, called Arabia. The number and strength of this family were the fruit of the promise, made to Hagar and to Abraham, concerning Ishmael.

It gets even more interesting, Genesis 28:9 says, “So Esau visited his uncle Ishmael’s family and MARRIED ONE of ISHMAEL’S DAUGHTERS, in addition to the wives he already had. His new wife’s name was Mahalath. She was the sister of Nebaioth and the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son.

Esau had married Hittites and Canaanites and now Ishmael’s daughter. Ishmael was the son of Hagar an Egyptian slave. Egyptians are not considered Arabs, since Egypt is part of the continent of Africa.

According to the Midrash, Esau’s intentions in marrying Ishmael’s daughter was to entangle Ishmael in the following plot: “You – Esau said to Ishmael – kill your brother Isaac. I will kill my brother Jacob. Then we will become one nation, remaining sole heirs to all of Abraham’s legacy and property! Ishmael refused: ‘Am I then like Cain who killed his brother?! No, I will not do as you suggest.” Esau’s intention was to then kill Ishmael, and he would be left the sole heir…However, when we read about Esau coming with 400 men to meet Jacob he instead hugs his neck and weeps. Perhaps, he was older now and had lost his anger and jealousy over his brothers trickery. Let’s read what God said about the characters of these two men.

Genesis 16:12 And he (Ishmael) will be A WILD MAN; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF ALL HIS BRETHREN.) Then we get to Genesis 25 and God tells Rebekah this about her twins “TWO NATIONS are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

Nevertheless, we cannot forget another man who was not supposed to go with Abraham when he left his homeland to follow the Lord and that is Lot. Lot became intoxicated and slept with his daughters or they slept with him rather. “Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the people of Ammon to this day. (Genesis 19:36-38),

We have all these people groups with a main religion of Islam. These Arab people from Jordon, Turkey, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian area used to be mainly a Christian people before the Crusades. Oddly, it was during the Crusades (1095-1291) that Arab Christians, who were slaughtered along with Muslims by the crusaders and caught in the cross fire between Islam and the Christian West. This is when they began to be a minority and sadly as more time went by more ignorance spread and more killing all in the name of God. All in the name of their father and uncle Abraham’s God…

In 1095, Pope Urban II asked all Christians to join a war against the Turks. The Pope told the Christians that fighting the war would repay God for their sins and that if they died on a crusade they would go straight to heaven”. The Pope didn’t say they would get hundreds of beautiful virgins but it does sound familiar doesn’t it?

Sayyid Qutb assert that Islam’s mission is to correct the injustices of the world. What he has in mind is that if Islam does not control a society, then injustice dominates it, ipso facto. But if Islam dominates it, then justice rules it (In the Shade of the Qur’an, vol. 7, pp. 8-15). 

I see so much evil behind religions today and most of the ones spewing all the evil ignorantly don’t know anything about their own religion, Christians included and yes I am raising my hand. They may know what they were raised with and taught to believe as truth but they don’t know the history of it. In the last days many believe that the Jewish remnant will flee Jerusalem due to terror and end up in the southern Jordon area of ancient BOZRAH. Then The Lord will come and fight for them there at BOZRAH.

“The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat– the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom”. Isaiah 34:6.

After Esau finds out his brother stole his blessing he cries to his father. Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. His father Isaac answered him,“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You will live BY THE SWORD and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, YOU WILL THROW HIS YOKE FROM OFF YOUR NECK”…Esau was given a promise that he would throw Jacob’s yoke and if God said so, mark it in your calendar, he will.

One day The Lord Yeshua will place His feet on the Mount of Olives. Perhaps you have heard the lyrics to the popular song called spinning wheel, “What goes up must come down”. Jesus / Yeshua went up and He will come down and when He does He will have a blood bath at BOZRAH. Mark my word when Isaiah said who is this dressed in robes splattered and soaked in blood? It is The Lion of the tribe of Judah…

There is another verse in Micah that has always intrigued me. It’s not a verse about blood soaked clothing or a verse about one religion or one people group getting it right. It’s not a verse about floating up to heaven in the clouds. It’s a verse about PEACE BETWEEN ALL THE NATIONS AND RELIGIONS… Micah 4:1-5

“MANY NATIONS will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. NATION WILL NOT TAKE UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, nor will they TRAIN FOR WAR anymore. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid for the Lord Almighty has spoken. All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. I REPEAT: “ALL THE NATIONS MAY WALK IN THE NAME of their gods BUT WE WILL WALK IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD FOR EVER and ever!!!!

Sources: Midrash Or Ha’afeilah at the end of our portion (cited in Torat Shleimah note 27).