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.  

Friday, June 2, 2017

We Need to Praise God Always

The answer to your problem is not in the problem, It's in praising Adonai.  The more time you spend on your problems, the more time you're going to be in your problems.

Praise Adonai and your life will be filled with blessing.  Bless Adonai at all times.  Praise Him in the valley and you'll end up praising Him on the mountain tops too.

A Message from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn's Hope For the World - Sapphires

"I will bless the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth" Psalm 34:1