Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Awesomeness of God from Rabbi Cahn's Sapphires

In the 30s, Boris Karloff dressed up as Frankenstein and it was reported that women literally fainted
We come to the beginning of a new year, but what is New Years? The date of January 1 is an arbitrary one. So what makes it new? Nothing really. The only thing that makes New Year’s new, or for that matter any month, week, or day new, is the power of God. For God is the one who, in Revelation says, “I am making all things new”. Only God has the power of new beginnings. It’s not the morning that makes things new, but His mercies which are new every morning. Do you want this to be a truly new year? Then don’t expect it to be new simply because it’s called a new year. It won’t be new on its own. If you want it to be a new year, resolve to walk in the power of the Lord’s newness. For those who are led by His Spirit are given the power to walk in the newness of life. Commit yourself to walk in His Spirit, in the power of His newness, and you will have a truly new year, and a year of newness.

From Message #1079 - The Secret of New Beginnings 

Scripture: Rom. 6:4

TODAY'S MISSION - Today, commit yourself to walking in His Spirit of newness.

Performing Your Enemy’s Funeral from Rabbi Cahn’s Sapphires

Messiah said “love your enemies”, a seemingly impossible command. How do you love someone who’s against you, or the one you’re against? But if your enemy dies, if your enemy doesn’t exist anymore, then it’s no problem. When somebody dies, it’s customary to give them a funeral. At the funeral, you honor them with an official goodbye, a eulogy. Eulogy means to speak well of someone. That’s why no matter how rotten somebody is, or was, most eulogy speakers speak well of them. Messiah commands us to bless our enemies. The command behind the English word bless is the Greek word eulogeo, from which we get the word eulogy. The key is to deliver your enemies eulogy. When you bless your enemy, you’re delivering their eulogy, because when you bless them, they die. You no longer have an enemy to hate or be afraid of. The enemy is gone and a human being in God’s image remains, whom you must now love, forgive, and minister to. Bless your enemy, because it’s as simple as delivering their eulogy. From Message #440 - The Sunrise Commandment Scripture: 1 Peter 3:9 TODAY'S MISSION - Deliver your enemies’ eulogy by speaking a blessing over their life today. Deliver your enemies’ eulogy by speaking a blessing over their life today.

The On-Time Lateness of God from Rabbi Cahn’s Sapphires

I’ve often had a problem being late. To compensate, I would set my clocks ahead. But then I would compensate by doing math calculations to arrive at the actual real time. God has the same problem. He said, “I’m coming soon”, but he said that 2000 years ago. You might argue that for God, a day is like a thousand years. That’s true, but still, two-thousand years doesn’t exactly fit our definition of soon. To our earthly eyes, God seems to be late. But if God’s weakness is stronger than our strength, then His lateness is more on time than our best timeliness. So I’ve got good news. Being late can be divine. Well, maybe not in most cases, but at least in this sense. God isn’t in a rush, driven, or desperate. He moves in shalom. You need to develop the same attribute. God doesn’t rush through life. He is life. You can’t live life as you were meant to live it if you’re too busy rushing around. Stop rushing and start learning to live in God’s presence. Learn to be divinely late, and you’ll find yourself living right on time. From Message #461 - Be Ye Imperfect I Scripture: James 3:18 TODAY'S MISSION - Stop rushing today and start learning to live in God’s presence.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Zimmer is one of the biblical words for song. Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Think about that. How do you speak in songs? You have to learn to talk in ‘song speak’, to speak in such a beautiful way that it could be a song. When you speak, there’s no real melody, harmony, orchestra, accompaniment, or musical instrument. Yet, you’re to speak in a song. To speak in song means your words make up for the fact that there’s no music and become themselves a song so beautiful it needs no accompaniment. Ask yourself, if somebody took a transcript of your daily talk, could they write a godly song from it? Would it go to music? Talk of anger, fear, blame, pride, conceit, and emptiness doesn’t make godly music. What kind of talk does? Talk of love, :faith, peace, hope, praise, thanksgiving, encouragement, mercy, God, and Scripture. Stop merely speaking and start learning how to speak a new language today, the language of song speak.
From Message #423 - Melody In Your Heart
Scripture: Ps. 35:28
TODAY'S MISSION - Today, practice thinking and talking in ‘song speak”.

Happy Chanukah/Merry Christmas!

OUR SALVATION...OUR REDEEMER
YESHUA/JESUS...HE IS THE LIGHT

Whether we greet each other with Happy Chanukah or Merry Christmas, we are acknowledging our Savior...our King.

Abba Father loves us so much, that He sent His Son, Yeshua/Jesus into the world to redeem us...save us from our sin.  The date on which He was born is not that important.  What is important is the He came.  So, whether Messianic Jew or Christian believer, during this season we acknowledge our Savior, the Light of the World Who is the perfect example of Love.

So, go into all the world and let your light shine so that others would see your good works and glorify Abba Father, Who is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16) because you made a choice to accept His Son, Yeshua/Jesus...our Redeemer...our Salvation.

May you be richly blessed today and always.👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽👆🏽

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Posting from Rabbi Cahn’s Sapphires

 Have you ever seen a snow globe nativity scene? You shake it up and the snow comes down on Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds. The only problem is that there was no snow in Bethlehem - not on Joseph and Mary and not the shepherds. For a real nativity scene, you’d have to fill up the bubble with desert dirt and make a dust storm. That’s a lot closer to the truth. It is human nature to make things look nice, the way we imagine they should be. It’s a fantasy, and there’s no blessing in fantasies. You can’t get blessed with something that’s not real. If you have a fantasy of what life is supposed to be like, you’ll be miserable. The real Bethlehem was gritty, dirty, and down to earth, but had the presence and redemption of God. Blessings come in real life, not in fantasies. Don’t live your life in fantasies, or romantic illusions of what life should be like. Live here and now with God. Love your life, because God is here and now in real life. To live a real life with God here and now is a thousand times better than any fantasy.
Scripture: Ps. 119:113
TODAY'S MISSION - Today, live your life head on, in reality, with the reality of God’s power.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

John 3:16

Henry Moorehouse began to preach when he was a young man and died at the age of 40. Every time he preached, he gave out as his text John 3:16, and he never ran out of things to say. As believers, we’re prone to seek the newest teaching, movement, or revival. We get impatient if we hear the same thing over again. We’ve all heard John 3:16 so many times that when we hear it, we stop hearing it. We feel that we’ve grown beyond such a basic thing. But God’s Word doesn’t say to grow beyond the knowledge of salvation. It says grow in the knowledge of salvation. You’ll never know anything better, higher, or deeper than God’s love for you that’s declared in this verse. The love of God is the one thing that can make things complete in your life. Get away today from all the things that have complicated your life, your walk, your faith, and your relationship with God. Get back to simplicity of the simple verse that’s as life changing today as it was the day it first changed your life. 
From Message #2113 - The Ultimate Verse
Scripture: Luke 3:6
TODAY'S MISSION - Get away from all the things that have complicated your life today and meditate on John 3:16.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Be A Light As Yeshua Is The Light

The only place in the entire Bible where Chanukah is celebrated isn’t in the Old Testament, it’s in John 10:22. “Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem.” The word Dedication in Hebrew is Chanukah. It says, “It was winter and Messiah was in the Temple.” Chanukah is in the winter and the Lord was there celebrating. At Chanukah, the Temple and all Jerusalem would be lit up with the lights of the Festival. As Yeshua stood in the temple courts and began to give His Chanukah message, they said, “Tell us who you are!” It should have been obvious, as He stood in the midst of the torches and oil lamps. It was the Festival of Lights. He was ‘Or Ha Olam’, ‘The Light of the World’ that bears the witness of God. Messiah celebrated Chanukah not by lighting a light, but by being The Light. Celebrate Chanukah as He did. Wherever you are, bear witness to God’s truth, love, and glory. Let your life become a sacred candle, a blazing torch, and a light to the world.
Scripture: Matt. 5:16
TODAY'S MISSION - Today, go through your day as a living light. Bear witness of God’s truth, love, and glory to all you come in contact with.

Follow the Path God Has For You from “Sapphires”

Kedoshim is Hebrew for saints or holy ones. Most people don’t realize that saints are a Jewish thing. Zechariah 14:5 says, “And the LORD my God shall come and all the saints (kedoshim) with him.” It’s from this verse we get the song ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’. It’s a scene of the saints coming in victory. It’s an important truth. A saint is one whose life is characterized by holiness. Holiness is the right way, but it’s also the way of victory. It may not look like it in the short run, but in the end when the saints go marching in, it’s pure victory. God calls you to forsake and turn away from the ways and things of unholiness and walk by His Spirit. Start walking in holiness, and step by step, you’ll end up marching into victory. It starts now, with one small step of repentance, and then one decision and commitment to follow through daily on the straight and narrow path. Start today, and in the end you’ll win, because I know you want to be in that number when the saints go marching in.
Scripture: Is. 4:3
TODAY'S MISSION - Walk in holiness today. Follow the path God has for you.

The Theology of Childhood Rabbi Cahn’s “Sapphires”

Messiah said we must become as a little child if we’re to enter the kingdom. One of the first things you learned as a little child is that if you make a mess, clean it up. It’s amazing how many of us have forgotten this simple rule as adults. In life, we make many messes— messes of relationships, in our congregations, our personal and private lives, and in our walks. We have messy devotional lives, sloppy about our quiet time and careless about cherishing the Word. If you make a mess, clean it up. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who made a lot of messes, but when he came to the Lord, he didn’t say, “I’m forgiven, so I can forget about the messes.” He said, “I’m forgiven, so all the more I have the responsibility to clean up my messes.” Stop being so grown up and complicated. You’ve made some messes; clean them up. The Lord cleaned you up. Now it’s time that you, by His grace, clean up your mess. Start cleaning up the mess today, and you, too, will become as wise as a little child. 
Scripture: Lev. 6:4
TODAY'S MISSION - How can you fix or make good or give grace to any mess from your past? Do it today!

Speak Words That Bring Life. “Rabbi Cahn’s “Sapphires”

The first words ever spoken, as far as we’re concerned, are found in Genesis 1:1. God speaks and creation begins. Because of this, the rabbis wrote of the memra; the spoken Word of God. They saw it as something divine, for by God’s spoken Word, everything was created. The first spoken word was to create, to bring into existence what is good. Words exist to bring good into the world, not to tear down, slander, discourage, denigrate, or blame. They exist for divine purpose, to call into being that which is good, to build up, to make whole, to complete, and to bring healing. So every time you open your mouth to speak a word, speak it to build up, call forth life, bring healing, and make whole. The Word of God teaches us to speak that which is uplifting according to the need of the moment. Is that you? Are your words building up or tearing down, bringing life or causing death, or just making conversation? As God’s child, learn from your Father and let your words bring forth life. Speak the word, and let there be light.
Scripture: Prov. 15:23
TODAY'S MISSION - Speak that which is uplifting today and let your words bring forth life.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Set an Appointed Time with God writing from Rabbi Cahn’s Sapphires

The Tabernacle was the place of God's dwelling, where He met with His people and where Moses encountered God face to face. In Hebrew, it was called the Ohel - Tent of Moed, meaning The Meeting or The Fixed Time. If you want to meet with God, you have to have a Tent of Moed. You need to set an appointed time to be with God - where you stop everything else and just dwell in His presence. It can't be something you throw in while you're doing other things. If you don't set an appointed time, the world and your busyness will push it aside. It can't be a Tent of 'Whenever I Feel Like' or a Tent of 'When I Have The Time For It.' You need to give God your best, a fixed period of appointed time, every day, whether you feel like it or not. Just dwell in His presence until you do feel like it. Make Him first and give Him your best, give Him your appointed time. You won't be disap pointed. For He will show up and indwell with His glory in your Tent of Moed, your Tent of the Appointed Time.

From Message #729 - The Mishkan K 

Scripture: James 4:8

TODAY'S MISSION - Set aside a portion of each day, away from worldly distractions, to spend entirely with God. And let that time be the center and the joy of your day

A Fresh Anointing Every Day

As our Abba Father blesses us with a new day, there are some things we must be sure to do.  Give thanks.  Many don’t have the blessing of a new day.  Acknowledge our Father God for Who He is.  Our Sovereign Lord and King,  Creator of all things in heaven and on earth. He is the Great I AM!  He is the One Who see every need we have and provide.  Yehovah Jireh.  He is our peace...our shalom...  and much more.  Before we face the world each day, let’s remember to pray for a fresh anointing.  Let’s decrease self to the lowest denominator so that the Holy Spirit can fill us to the full and over flowing with His Spirit.  Now, we’re almost ready.  Read your Word, pray for your country, your government, your leaders,  and so much more. Put on your armor, Ephesians 6:10-18.  Ask the Father what things He wants you today that day.  It is so important that we follow the Master’s plan...and NOT our own...unless it perfectly lines up with His plan.

When you are prepared for what the world throws at you and you know most assuredly that He is your rareguard, then you know most certainly that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord...”and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:17
The darts of the enemy may come but they cannot pierce you.  Psalm 91 is your covering.  You are sheltered under the wings of the Almighty.  Psalm 91:4. His faithfulness is our body armor and shield.

Be Still and Know...

When we have prayed and ask Abba Father to handle our problems/issues.  We should then leave our requests at the foot of the cross being assured that He would do what He said He would do in His Word.  We must completely trust Him.  Have childlike faith.  I know, for me, that is not always easy.  We have a tendency to always want to “help” the Father.  He does not need our help!  We must ask the Holy Spirit to help us.  Remember we can do nothing without the help of the Holy Spirit.

Even though we can’t see Him at work in our lives, we must believe that He is working.  Often times when the prayer has been answered and we look back, we realize that we worried unnecessarily.  We must absolutely trust that He loves us and that He is working it out for our good and His Glory.

Prayer:
Abba Father, help us to be obedient to Your Word.  Help us to be like little children who, when they ask their parents for something, they confidently walk away knowing that they will receive what they requested if it is beneficial to them.  Help us to be still before You and trust You totally.  You do not need our help.  Help us to be still and know that You’re God.  Psalm 46:10.  In Yeshua/Jesus’ name I pray Amen!

Quiet Time With God

We should all be able to enjoy our own company.  It is usually in this quiet space and time that we can clearly hear our Abba Father's voice.  Be silent before Him.  "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening" I Samuel 3:10

Message from Rabbi Cahn’s Sapphires

While Messiah was in the boat with His disciples, there came a violent storm, waves breaking over the boat threatening to drown them. Messiah was sleeping. He didn’t really have to do anything, because it was enough that He was there. Messiah has a special name in Hebrew prophecy. In Hebrew, it’s a sentence: ‘Im’ with a long e meaning ‘with’, ‘Anu’, which means ‘us’, and ‘El’, which means ‘God’- ‘Immanuel’, or ‘God with us’. Messiah’s presence isn’t just the Name, but Immanuel the sentence. Messiah was ‘God is with us’ on the boat that day, because He’s Immanuel. We all know what it’s like to have storms in our lives, times when it seems like everything is out of control, overwhelming circumstances, and it seems that your boat is sinking. You’ll have those storms, but when they come, remember Who’s with you in your lifeboat. If you are Messiah’s, then Immanuel is in the boat with you. The wind and waves won’t prevail against you, and your boat won’t sink because you’re not alone. In the storm is Immanuel; God is with you in the storm.

Scripture: Joshua 1:9

TODAY'S MISSION - Today, throughout the day, meditate on this Hebrew sentence, IM-ANU-EL – GOD IS WITH ME

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Prophecy of Boaz and Ruth Lesson 3

Paradigm of King David


Yeshua is the King, son of King David!  The magi from the east ask King Herod “where is the One who is born King of the Jews?” Matthew 2:2. This fulfills the prophecy from
Isaiah 9:6,
“Of the increase of HIs government and shalom
there shall be no end---on the throne of David
and over his kingdom--to establish and uphold it
through justice and righteousness
from now until forevermore.”

Yeshua had come to bring salvation to Israel and then to the nations. During His brief time of miracles and teaching, the Israelites saw the miracle of dividing the loaves and fishes and wanted to make Yeshua King. John 6:14-15,

When the people saw the sign that Yeshua performed, they began to say, ‘This is most certainly the Prophet who is to come into the world’ Realizing that they were about to come and seize Him by force to make Him King, Yeshua withdrew again to the mountain, Himself alone.”

Yeshua could not be the King Ben David until He had finished his death on the cross and had risen from the dead.  Yeshua had to become the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) first. Hebrews 9:11-12,

“But when Messiah appeared as Kohen Gadol of the good things that have now
come, passing through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands
(that is to say not of this creation), He entered into the Holies once for all--not by the blood of goats and calves but by HIs own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

Yeshua is coming again and this time as King Ben David. We are in those days awaiting the return of the King Yeshua and the restoration of the Temple and kingdom of heaven on earth. Paul wrote to Timothy, 2 Timothy 2:8, 

“Remember Yeshua the Messiah, raised from the dead, from the seed of David---according to the Good News.”

There are so many verses written about Yeshua as the King Ben David. I am just adding     two more. 

Ezekiel 37:24, “My servant David will be king over them, They will have One Shepherd. They will walk in My ordinances and observe My rulings and do them.”

Hosea 3:4-5 “For Bnei-Ysrael will remain for many days without a king, without a prince, without sacrifice, without sacred pillar, and without ephod or teraphim. Afterwards, Bnei-Yisrael will return, and they will seek ADONAI their God and David their king.Then they will turn in awe to ADONAI and to His goodness in the last days.”

My prayer for you the reader is to read your Bible. Study the verses yourself. Ask the Good Shepherd, Yeshua the King to lead you to green pastures and still waters. Seek the King now and your days will be satisfying and peaceful.

Scripture taken from the Messianic Jewish Family Bible,Tree of Life Version.Copyright (c) 2015 by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible society. Used by permission of the MJFBS.


Friday, October 6, 2017

The Prophecy of Boaz and Ruth Lesson 3

Who is King David?


In the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, Matthew identifies the lineage of Boaz and Ruth. Matthew 1:5,6 “Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David the king.” The great- grandparents of David, a man from Judah and a woman from Moab, a Jew and a Gentile that were righteous in God’s eyes. The prophecies about Judah having the King who ruled all nations starts with Jacob before he died blessed each of his sons. In Genesis 49:8-11, Jacob is blessing his son Judah,

v.10 “The scepter will not pass from Judah,
not the ruler’s staff  from 
between his feet,
until his to whom it belongs will come.
To him will be the obedience
of all peoples.”

This is a Messiah prophecy. The people of Israel was given the prophecy that a king will come through Judah. The genealogy was kept written thousands of years waiting for the   king that Jacob had prophesied to his children. The life of King David would be a physical reminder that the promised King to “whom all nations will obey” will come to set up his kingdom on earth. The Son of God, Yeshua had to come into King David’s lineage to fulfill so many prophecies that David himself wrote about the Messiah.

One such prophecy is Psalms 132, Promise of Ben-David (son of David)v.1-5

“A song of ascents
ADONAI, remember David, all his afflictions
and how he swore to ADONAI, vowed to the mighty one of Jacob;
I will not enter the tent of my house nor lie on my bed, 
nor will I give sleep to my eyes, not slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for ADONAI, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

2 Samuel 24 tells about how King David found the place for the Holy Temple to be built and purchased it from Araunah the Jebusite. Gad, the prophet, had come to David because of David’s sin against ADONAI. David chose three days of pestilence as the judgment. The angel destroyed 70,000 men  and was stretching his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, when ADONAI relented and told the angel to stop. When David saw the angel that was destroying standing by the threshing floor of Araunah, he cried out to ADONAI and said it was his sin and the judgment should be against him and his father’s house. Gad approached again and told him to build an altar on the threshing floor. King David built an altar of sacrifice that day and ADONAI was moved to stop the plague from Israel. This threshing floor would become the site of the King Solomon’s Temple that David designed and prepared for the rest of his days. David saw by the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) that the Messiah King would come to fulfill all the prophecies. The physical King proceeded the anointed Son who was of virgin birth.

Bible quotes from Messianic Jewish Family Bible

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Prophecy of Boaz and Ruth Lesson 2

The Prophecy of Ruth Lesson 2


Who is the paradigm of Ruth?

I have already confessed, I have a Ruth’s heart, but I see one in Sandy and Freda, too.  Why has the Ruth spirit risen in these days before the Messiah’s second return? Our Holy God who created the whole salvation plan desires that He is worshipped by Jews and Gentiles who have accepted His Son’s death on the cross as the finished work to cleanse them from sin and bring them forever into the House of God where the King Yeshua will reign.

 Shaul wrote about this in Romans 9-11(please take time to read these chapters). He, specifically, identifies the Jew and Gentile as one in the olive tree. In Romans 11:17, the Gentiles are identified as wild olive branches grafted into the cultivated olive tree or the holy root and branches, Rom. 11:16. Here is the Emet truth, the Jewish roots are the Holy Bible and Yeshua’s life. As a wild branch grafted in our spiritual destiny is found being a part of a Jewish tree! A Ruth spirit has a soft, loving heart toward the Jewish roots, people and Israel as the covenant right to be in existence, and a Ruth’s vow “let only death divide you and me”.

 My heart had to be changed from anti-semitism. I admit I was afraid of any person who wasn’t in my family. That included all colors even white. After many years, Yeshua started to be abrasive with me. I was afraid to change. I joined the Army as a nurse officer. I needed to change my fear and start to love all people. I worked with wonderful soldiers and civilians from all over the world. I started looking at all people through Yeshua’s eyes! The anti-semitism was the deepest. Yeshua showed me why. Some of my family were Jews who had escaped persecution and came to live in America. They did not want to be identified as a Jew.  

The point is Yeshua cares about your heart. I wanted to be like Ruth but I had to go through a grafting into the holy root and branches to find who I really am. My prayers were answered when I finally made a trip to Israel. I could see the coming of the Messiah more clearly. I wept at the wailing wall, because of all the nations that would not accept Him and come to fight against Him and Israel. I wept for the Jewish people and prayed that the blindness that Shaul talks about is lifted. My heart had come home to Israel. 


The prophecy of Boaz and Ruth can be seen in Messianic Jewish congregations spreading all over the world and especially in Israel. I have for in the last 25 years, how Christians have changed their thinking slowly to include this prophetic spiritual move of Yeshua before He comes again. The Jewish believers who hold onto their Jewish roots, Biblical truths and the redemptive work of Yeshua have covered their Gentile Ruths with love and open arms.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Prophecy of Boaz and Ruth Lesson 2

Lesson 2 The Prophecy of Ruth

Introduction: The book of Ruth is one of two books in the Old Testament or Tanakh written about women. The book of Esther is the other one. Many writers have expressed their interpretations of the Biblical importance of these two women; and so I add my interpretation in this prophetic timeline of today. This is my heart and vision for today. I have had a Ruth heart since I was 18 years old, 1971. It is that heart and vision that has led me to my people in Israel. A journey with bitter memories of physical loss, spiritual famine, lost in the land of idols but meeting many Ruths like me along the way searching for God's truth. This lesson may be abrasive to some, thought provoking to others, and a call to repentance to others. I ask that each reader seeks counsel with the Holy God of Israel and His Son, Yeshua. Ask Him to show the truth, as you read the book of Ruth.

1. Who is Ruth?

The story of Ruth starts in a Gentile land, Moab. Elimelech and his wife Naomi have left Bethlehem in Judah because of a great famine in the land. Ruth a Moabitess marries one of Naomi's sons. While in Moab, Elimelech and the two sons, Mahlon and Chilion die. Naomi is left with no one to support her and starts her journey back Bethlehem where her family lives. On the road back to Israel, Naomi tells her two daughter-in-laws to return to Moab. Oprah returns but Ruth makes a vow to Naomi, Ruth 1:16:

"Do not plead with me to abandon you,
To turn back from following you.
For where you go, I will go,.
and where you stay, I will stay
Your people will be my people,
and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
May ADONAI deal with me, and worse,
                                           If anything but death comes between me and you!"

Because of this vow, Ruth follows Naomi’s advice on how to glean the widow’s portion of grain from Boaz’s field. Naomi and Boaz were kinsmen. Naomi knowing the instructions of Torah, guided Ruth to show respect for the law of harvesting. Boaz takes notice and gives Ruth favor with the gleaners and leaves extra portions for Naomi and Ruth. The harvest ends at Shavuot or Pentecost. Naomi instructs Ruth to approach Boaz at night after the festivities and to lay at Boaz’s feet. Boaz awakes and asks who she is. Ruth tells him who she is and asks him to spread the corner of his garment, that  holds the tzitzit over her. She calls him her redeemer or goel. 
 Boaz knows what to do according to the instructions of the Torah. In the end, he purchases Naomi’s inheritance which includes the rights to redeem Ruth and to give her a son. The son was Obed the father of Jesse who fathered David.


Ruth in Hebrew means friend, neighbor. The root is ra’ah meaning pasture land. Ruth is from the lineage of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Moab came from a son that Lot had with his daughter. Gen.19:36-38. In Deut. 23:4-7, Moses instructs the children of ADONAI, ‘no Ammonite or Moabite is to enter the land community of ADONAI  forever--because they did not meet you with bread or water on the way when you came out of Egypt and because they hired against you Balaam,.... to curse you.” Ruth is accepted by Naomi and her Jewish family in the land of Moab. They fled to Moab because there was no bread, grain due to drought. This a reversal of the curse found written by Moses. Elimelech’s family found bread and water in Moab. They found a friend, a daughter from a family that was cursed never to be a part of the community of ADONAI. Boaz became her redeemer and Ruth forever is mentioned in the genealogy of Yeshua, Matt. 1:5.


All Bible quotes are from the Messianic Jewish Family Bible.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Boaz and Ruth Prophecy

I am so blessed to be given this destiny, this prophetic time before the Messiah Yeshua returns. Yes, we see birth pangs. Our walk with Yeshua is to spread peace or Shalom, to help the poor, orphan and oppressed. We are to be persecuted for His Name Sake. And to take it with joy!
Here are the questions?
  1. Who is Boaz?
  2. The paradigm of Boaz?
  3. Who is Ruth?
  4. The paradigm of Ruth?
  5. Who is King David?
  6. The paradigm of King David?

Lesson 1 The Prophecy of Boaz
Boaz is first mentioned in Ruth 2:1 " a prominent man of substance whose name was Boaz." Boaz in Hebrew has an unknown root meaning. So he is in effect a mystery. And yet, in the Temple his name would be engraved on a pillar in the porticos of the Temple. 1 Kings 7:21 "Thus he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz." The Messianic Tree of Life Bible, p.383 footnote states the meaning, He will Establish and In Him is Strength. Boaz in the story is a descendant of Elimelech, God is King from the tribe of Judah. Boaz as a Jew follows Torah. He becomes the kinsman redeemer to take Ruth his dead nephew's wife to bring a son into the family of Elimelech. Although he is old, he completes a good deed to cover a Gentile
 
Widow Ruth with his name and possessions.  The paradigm or type of Boaz today is the Messianic Jewish movement. Boaz is found in the land of Israel. We know that Israel became a confirmed nation in 1948. The Messianic Jews have gained their prominence in the land of Israel within the last few decades. They are doing good deeds in helping all peoples in the land and around the world. Their faith is in Yeshua the King of the Jews who died on the cross for all peoples. In their movement, we find Gentiles of all nations joining with them to worship Yeshua,  King of Judah, Israel and all the nations. As Boaz and Ruth married and became parents to a son, the born again Jew and Gentile of today are the predecessors of the return of Yeshua as the conquering King. 

As I write this blog, I have to divide it into sections. I need to pray and seek answers. So Lesson 2 will come soon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Finished Vow

Did you know that the first Gentiles that served with the Priests and Levites lied to Israel and Joshua  who then made a vow to not kill them but they would forever be the water bearers and wood cutters for the Holy Altar and Temple of God?  Moses first mentions the wood cutter and water bearer in Deut. 29:9-11. The LORD is making a covenant with Israel and the Gentiles who serve with them. In Joshua 9, we read the story of the Gibeonites, Joshua and the vow. This is an amazing example of the Living Torah-Yeshua bringing the Gentile into His Holy Temple. The Gibeonites lied so they would not be put to death and received mercy and grace because of the covenant. The Gibeonites served faithfully as long as there was a Temple and even went into exile with Judah to Babylon and returned with them. They wore levitical clothing, washed in the Immersion pools and stood with Israel when the Torah was read. They felt the Presence of the LORD.  Yeshua wants all of His Followers to serve together, the Jew and the Gentile so we will altogether feel the Presence of the Living Torah. Amazing grace and love in action for the lost to see.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Are we, Believers, all that we are called to be?

ARE WE, BELIEVERS, UNLEAVENED BREAD?

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Therefore purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump since you truly are unleavened.  For indeed CHRIST our PASSOVER was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast; not with old leaven nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” I Cor. 5:6-8 NKJV
Leaven – usually yeast or baking powder, is used to produce fermentation, especially in bread dough.  As leaven sours the dough, tiny gas bubbles are produced which causes the dough to rise.  Leaven is found not only in breads and rolls but in drinks that have barley or grain content.Unleavened is food consisting of no yeast.
When the Israelites fled from Egypt, they did so in haste in response to GOD’s command.  They were told to make bread without leaven because there was no time for the dough to rise.  GOD commanded Moses to tell the children of Israel to remember this time when they fled by commemorating the Feast of Unleavened Bread by eating Unleavened Bread for seven days.  On the first day of this Feast, they are to remove all leaven from their homes.  This is usually done the day before Passover.  Exodus 12:15   No leaven shall be seen among you in all your territory for seven days. Deuteronomy 16:4It is not enough  to simply refrain from eating leaven, or touching leaven or even from looking at leaven by storing it away in a hidden place.  All leaven must be purged out.  It was unlawful NOT to follow this biblical command.
Observant Jewish households begin the painstaking preparation weeks before Passover.  Walls are washed and painted, cooking utensils are scalded, clothing is washed with pockets turned inside out, carpets are cleaned, vacuum bags are discarded.  Special china is brought out for the feast.Sin is often pictured as leaven in Scripture (Matt. 16:6, Mark 8:15, Luke 12:1, Galatians 5:9). This is so because leaven rapidly permeates the dough, contaminating it, souring it, fermenting it and swelling it to many times its original size without changing its weight.
The prophetic meaning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is found in the work of the Messiah.  It pictures the burial of the Messiah.  HE was buried with the rich in Joseph of Arimathaea’s tomb (Matt. 27:57-60).  He was honored in this manner because He was a pure, sinless (without leaven) sacrifice.  HE died not for HIS own transgressions, but for ours.  HIS body did not turn to dust (Psalm 16:10).  HE was NOT under the curse to return to dust.  HE was a pure and sinless sacrifice.  HE came forth from the grave on the third day after HE took our sins to the grave and buried them there.  HE fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread in that HE was a pure (without leaven) sacrifice.We have been told in I Cor. 5:7-8 to “purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump since you are truly unleavened.  For Indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice or wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  By faith believers have accepted the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb.  We have been delivered by the true Passover Lamb.  We are now living in the Feast of the Unleavened Bread where purity and separation from leaven are required.  Believers need to not only get rid of the large conspicuous loaves on the table and leave the little pieces of leaven scattered on the floor.  Those little pieces will contaminate everything else (I Cor. 5:6).  That’s the reason why the Jewish families, in ancient Israel, when preparing for the feast made certain that the corners were also swept clean of any leaven that may be hidden, even under the stove.  HE commanded them to purge it out, all of it. 
In GOD’s sight, believers are now unleavened (justified and pure) and are called to lives of holiness.  Why keep living as if we’re not?  As believers, we need to thoroughly purge our lives.  It is time that we take the candle of GOD’s Word and search every corner of our being.  The task is not done until all the leaven is purged.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show us the little specks that we may not see.  Why, because CHRIST, our Passover was sacrificed for us? I Cor. 5:7Create in me a clean heart, O GOD and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.
HIS command is Be holy, for I am HOLY.  I Peter 1:16

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PEACE IN THE VALLEY



"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"   Psalm 46:10

"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

"…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

“I will go before you And make the crooked places straight;
I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.Isaiah 45:2

"And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.  He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people." Exodus 13:21-22

Throughout the Bible, as evidenced in the above Scriptures and many others, Adonai gave us His promise that we are never alone.  Adonai is faithful to His Word to perform exactly what He says.  The Bible tells us He is not a man that He should lie. Numbers 23:19
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Everything we do must be done with the help of the Ruach haKodesh/the Holy Spirit.  The Bible tells us that He is our Helper Who was sent when Yeshua/Jesus returned to Heaven to the Father.  John 14:26

Any believer who attempts to do anything without the help and direction of the Holy Spirit is doomed.  When we proceed with our activities and plans and they fail, more than likely we didn’t ask for the Father’s help or direction.  It is imperative that we always pray and ask for direction from Adonai.  Nehemiah did… “ O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11

With all that Adonai has given us in His Word, if we are obedient, follow His direction and stay faithful and trust Him, we will have peace. “No matter what we go through in this life, it’s not the end, only the journey to your destination…when you get there, you’ll give thanks that your journey was blessed, that you were never alone and that He was with you every moment making sure that you made it to the Promised Land.”  The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn/Day 165

We will have peace in our valley situations knowing that Adonai has heard our prayers.  Adonai already knows what things we are in need of and He has already answered our prayers.  As we wait for the manifestation, pray for the needs of others.  We are commanded to pray for each other… "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16

Also pray for our leaders, government, etc. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” I Timothy 2:1-4

As we pray we maintain that peace in our valley situations, stay encouraged as David did… “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” I Samuel 30:6

When doubt creeps in, stay encouraged by reading and meditating on Adonai’s Word; being still so that you can hear what Abba Father is saying to your spirit and know that He is faithful to His promises in His Word.


Shalom!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Devils and Demons

Devils and Demons


Christian churches rarely talk about devils and demons.  Yeshua however acknowledged that they exist in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29.  There is a marked difference between devils and demons. The Council of Constantinople, in AD 553 introduced the notion that devils and demons are the same. The leaders of that Council ruled that any written opinion that distinguishes between the two should be destroyed. This was an expansion of the anti-Jewish laws in AD 327, LOST IN TRANSLATION Vol. 1 

HaSatan, Lucifer, the devil is the leader of the devils and demons. II Corinthians 11:13-15Elohim created heavenly beings called angels.  They were dedicated to eternal service to Elohim carrying out His missions throughout His creation.  There are three separate orders of angels, each having a unique form, function and purpose.  There are cherubic/archangel, the highest and most powerful.  They surround the throne of Elohim.  They had six wings, four faces and were very large Revelation 4:7. Those most familiar to believers are Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer, Abaddon (the least known and is the angel of death), Uriel and Raphael.  Two of the six, Lucifer, often comes as the cherub of light and Abaddon, was once the cherub of life, were cast out of heaven  due to disobedience and God stripped them of both their names and authority.

Seraphim are the middle order and are also known as the burning ones or healing angels.  As messengers, they race back and forth between heaven and earth, doing God’s will.

Teraphim are the lowest order. They take on human form and maintain it for extended periods.  They are also known as Ayir, a Hebrew word meaning watcher.  They watch over believers and serve as custodians and protectors of men’s souls.  The Teraphim are our guardian angels.  Fallen Teraphim are called “idols”.  It is believed that the Hebrew word “ha teraphim” indicates that the spirits behind the wooden idols (carved figures) that Rachel stole from her father’s household were fallen teraphim.  Evil power comes from the fallen angels or devils who are actually the power behind each idol.  False gods are real in a literal sense, even in the modern era, especially the highly worshipped gods of black magic sects.

Nephilim.  The Book of Enoch tells the story of how 200 teraphim, led by one named Samyaza made a pact whereby they took on human form, seduced human women, called sirens and fathered giant offspring, a hybrid of devils and humans not created by Elohim, LOST IN TRANSLATION Vol. 1.   They are called Nephilim. Goliath, whom David slew, was a nephilim. 

Demons are the disembodied souls of dead Nephilim.  They are also called “unclean spirits” by ancient Hebrews. They are void of any spiritual or emotional resemblance to humans, who are God-breathed.  Human attributes therefore cannot be attributed to Nephilim.

Devils and demons have not gone away.  They live, even today and will be prevalent during the end times. Watch and pray.

Salvation…then what?


Salvation…then what?


You’ve made a wonderful decision to choose Yeshua whose name means Salvation in Hebrew.  Your new life in Christ has now begun but you need to be guided…to walk that walk and become a disciple who will then go into the world and tell others the wonderful news of the saving Messiah.

Though there are many aspects to this walk, it is not difficult.  Remember you have the Holy Spirit to guide you. You have now become the Bride of Christ.  You’re a part of the body of believers…you are “spiritual Israel” because you’ve made the wise choice to follow Yeshua…joining those citizens of Israel…God’s chosen people and its citizens who have knowledge of the saving grace of Yeshua and have received Salvation because they too believe that Yeshua is the Son of God.

The Jewish wedding and its correlation to the modern-day believer’s submission to Yeshua is the process of being sanctified.  There are ancient rituals associated with the Jewish wedding that are rich in spiritual truths that remind Israel of their covenant with Elohim and HIS love for them.

God has made Covenant with His set-apart/Sanctified people. These Covenants are never initiated by man, but by Elohim.

The Marriage Covenant is a culmination of three Covenants and is the core of everything Elohim ordained. Blood Covenant/Servant-hood represented by the red light; Salt/Friendship Covenant by the yellow light and the Sandal/Inheritance Covenant represented by the blue light.  Each covenant extends onto the previous one and when combined these colors produce a pure white light which is the color of Elohim.
At the wedding feast all must wear white signifying that all covenant relationships have been honored. Matthew 22:11-12

In the Scriptures Yeshua identifies Himself as the Bridegroom and all who enter into all three forms of Covenant as the bride.  In ancient Hebrew culture the wedding was a significant social and religious event.  It was also part of the process involving commitment and covenant and could take several years to complete.
As we choose to grow in our intimacy with Elohim, we become conduits of His light thereby reflecting more and more of His Divine nature.  Elohim’s desire is not for us to remain servants, friends or children but to become His bride.  First we must be redeemed by going through the process.  We have to make ourselves ready. 

The consent of the bride to the proposal of marriage in ancient Hebrew times is equivalent to Yeshua’s invitation for the believer to receive Salvation and the believer accepting.  The Hebrew bride can accept or reject the offer even though it was arranged just as the believer can reject the invitation for salvation knowing what Yeshua suffered, the shedding of His Blood, to save the believer from sin.

There are three steps in the process.  The first step is the shiddukhin or arrangement.  The groom’s father would select a bride for his son even as he was still an infant. Love, as we define it, was secondary.  Once the bride has been chosen, the next step is the Ketubah or formal, written contract which details the provisions and conditions proposed for the marriage. The groom promises to support his wife-to-be while the bride stipulates the contents of her dowry.  To prepare for the betrothal ceremony, it was customary for the couple to separately take a ritual immersion in water (mikveh) and was symbolic of spiritual cleansing just as the believers’ baptism by immersion in water symbolizes the believer dying to himself/herself and beginning their new life in Yeshua, in preparation for His return.

Eyrusin (betrothal) is the second step where the couple appears under the huppah (canopy) in a public ceremony wherein they make known their intention to become engaged.  Kiddukshin (sanctification or set-apart) describes the engagement or betrothal period.  It is all about setting themselves aside for one another for the covenant marriage.  This correlates with the believer’s promised sanctification, after accepting the offer of salvation and has set himself/herself apart in preparation for the wedding…Yeshua’s second coming.

The huppah is symbolic of a new household being planned.  Items of value are exchanged and cup of wine is drunk to seal the eyrusin vows. The couple is considered to have fully entered into the agreement of eyrusin for one year. Though considered married during this one year period, they were not allowed to cohabit… no consummation… and they lived in separate dwellings just as Yeshua returned to the Father and believers live on earth.  In comparison, modern day engagement or betrothal is not  as binding as the eyrusin.  The eyrusin was so binding that the couple would need a religious divorce or “get” to annul the contract and was only given to the husband.  Disobedience caused Yeshua to reject the believer who broke covenant. Revelation 16:15, 22:7, 10-11. The wife had no say in this decision.  The couple each had their respective responsibilities during this period.  The groom used this time as a time of preparation, such as preparing a dwelling place for his bride and future children.  Usually accomplished by adding another room to the family’s existing home.  Yeshua said “in My Father’s house are many mansions…John 14:2-3.  The bride, in the meantime, focuses on her own personal preparation, including consecrating herself just as believers are to be consecrating themselves in preparation for Yeshua’s return Luke 21:34-36. For both bride and groom it was to be a year of introspection and contemplation readying themselves for this holy covenant of marriage.

The Nissuin culminates the process of the Jewish wedding ceremony… the bride waits for the groom to carry her away to their new home.  The groom’s and the wedding party’s time of arrival was a surprise that he, the groom, didn’t know because it was determined by his father just as Yeshua warned that we are to be prepared because only the Father knows the day and the hour of the groom’s coming.  It was therefore the bride’s, as it is every believer’s, who has consecrated him/herself to be prepared for the Bridegroom’s, Yeshua’s, arrival Mark 13:32-33, Matthew 25:13, if the year-long betrothal period was taken seriously and is expecting the Bridegroom.  The bride/believers should be anticipating the Bridegroom’s arrival even into the late night.  A member of the groom’s party would run ahead and shout/announce that the groom is coming and the shofar was sounded to proclaim this special event Revelation 22:20.  The bridal party was to keep the oil lamps filled burning just in case the wedding was to begin.  We are reminded in the parable of the ten virgins that only five had oil in their lamps.  The other five went to buy oil and returned to find the doors locked Matthew 25:10-13. They were turned away by the groom because they had not kept...they broke covenant.  At the sound of the shofar the groom would lead the wedding party through the streets to the bride’s house.  The groomsmen would carry the bride back to the groom’s house where the huppah/canopy was set up.  The couple would yet again say a blessing over a cup of wine.  It was not the same cup used at the blessing of the betrothal the previous year.  This ceremony is the culmination of the earlier promises and vows. The earlier promise was now consummated in this, the nissuin ceremony.  

The celebration was continued with the marriage supper which could last many days and involved not only eating and drinking, but music, dance and other festivities.  The new husband is now free to take his bride to their new home and to live together within the full covenant of marriage.

The Marriage Covenant and all it entails…and the believer’s covenant with Yeshua are exactly the same.  Believers are to consecrate themselves, be set apart from the world so that when Yeshua returns we will be prepared, dressed in our white garments Revelation 16:15 ready to go with Him and not be as the wedding guest who was rejected because his garment was not white Matthew 22:11-13.

The Third Cup of Wine


Four cups of wine are directly related to the Covenants. God established four cups of wine as milestones to signify exactly where the betrothal parties were in their negotiations.  Each cup corresponds to a covenant.  We will focus on the third cup of wine.

The third cup of wine corresponds to the cup Yeshua shared with His disciples during the Passover (Seder) feast…the Last Supper when He washed their feet John 13:5 and thus transferred His inheritance to them (Sandal Covenant).  Yeshua also made further reference to His coming marriage to “His called out ones”, knowing that it was customary for the Bridegroom not to drink wine again until the wedding ceremony.  It explains why He said He would not touch the fruit of the vine again until He could do so with them in the Kingdom of Heaven Mark 14:25, Luke 22:30 and why He refused the pain-numbing wine that was offered by the Roman soldiers as He hung on the cross Matthew 27:34, Mark 15:23.  It is important that believers, as we partake in the communion ceremony, remember that we are reaffirming our commitment as Yeshua’s bride. The communion in the Upper Room is a picture of the Covenant sequence except that Yeshua reversed the sequence.  He first removed His disciples’ sandals and washed their feet John 13:9 (inheritance); He then broke bread, I Corinthians 11:24 (friendship) and passed a cup of wine I Corinthians 11:25 (service). Finally, a few hours later, He went on to shed His blood on the Cross in the ultimate blood covenant.  Believers must recognize at every communion occasion, what Yeshua did on the cross.  


Holy Communion is a very solemn experience and should be reverenced by those partaking of the Communion table. It is important that we remember that we’re making a re-commitment to pursue Him, our friendship with Him and to be good stewards of all that He has given us.  We must be cognizant that each time we partake of the cup, we are recommitting to serve Him, obey Him, to follow His rules and ordinances.  We must walk in Torah.  The commitment we make at communion is the same as what a bride and groom make to each other.  Believers are in Covenant with Yeshua. It is binding.  The cups of wine of the betrothal covenant overlay and therefore reinforce the individual covenants in the sequence.  This was purposely done in order for Yeshua to build a seamless mosaic of concepts that will ultimately establish and maintain a relationship leading to marriage, Lost In Translation, vol. 1 …a marriage between Yeshua and His bride, the church. GOD’S APPOINTED CUSTOMS…

"There is a wedding coming for every true believer..the wedding between God and us.  Heaven is married life, but you can't prepare for heaven in heaven.  The only time you have to prepare for heaven, as for a marriage is now.  This whole life on earth is premarital, and the wise person spends their time preparing for the marriage to come. The only time you have to store up your treasures in heaven is now.  Life's joys, sorrows, victories and losses are all to prepare you for the marriage so that you might become beautiful and spotless.  Don't lose sight of the reason you're here. Remember it is the only time you have to prepare for eternity.  It will never happen again...so use it wisely.  Use everything in your earthly life to prepare for your heavenly life, because heaven is the marriage and this life is your premarital course."  

Treat every situation today as a class in Heaven's premarital course.  HOPE OF THE WORLD --- Sapphires 

It is the believer's responsibility to be in a progressive covenant relationship with Yeshua/Jesus.  If we've sinned and therefore broken Covenant, we must, as states in I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness"...confess and ask for His forgiveness so that we can return to that Covenant relationship.  Without that progressive Covenant when Yeshua, our Bridegroom, returns we won't be in Covenant and won't be wearing our white attire and cannot go into the wedding feast, as the five virgins who had run out of oil.  We won't be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven and be with Him forever.