Torah portion “Toldot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

November 23rd, 2014

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Toldot” (Genesis chapters 25:19 through 28:9).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers the story which constitutes really the “Legacy” of Isaac — the ‘middle patriarch’ — and, quite frankly, lays out more questions than answers.

SSM Toldot 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat picks up on the attempt to “connect the dots” and answer some of those questions, including that most contentious one:

Do the ends EVER justify the means?

 

Join Mark for one of the most controversial, or even confusing, portions of Scripture, and one which is extremely relevant today.

Toldot – Was Isaac right?  And do the ends justify the means?

An open letter to Christian Talk Radio hosts

November 16th, 2014

Between the Ebola ‘Pandemic Panic,’ (which increasingly looks orchestrated, because what leadership could POSSIBLY be doing such incredibly stupid things OTHER than deliberately?) the march toward WW III, and the continuing slow-motion economic meltdown, it is clear to those with “eyes to see” that there are many plagues close at hand.

More and more somewhat ‘mainstream,’ evangelical leaders are slowly beginning to wake up to the fact that something is horribly wrong, as well. But the rapture hasn’t happened yet, so some suffer from a bit of cognitive dissonance. Can it still get much worse, many are asking?

Ultimately, the answer is relatively simple, and it’s been in Scripture all along. But if you’ve been lied to (Jeremiah 16:19 again) all along by a so-called ‘church’ that teaches His “Law” has been done away with and most of the ‘old’ testament is now immaterial anyway, no wonder it’s hard to recognize just how pagan much of what replaced His Truth truly is.

I recently attempted to begin a dialog with a few well-known Christian teachers who are beginning to question a few of the things they have been taught, and certainly see some of the Big Lies from the politicians and their paid propagandists, but who still have difficulty with the ‘come out of her’ concept. Licensed ‘gay marriage’ and subpoenas of sermons seem to have gotten their attention. It was a call from a listener, asking about “pagan church traditions,” and why do we care anyway, that prompted my response.

Since many others will face similar situations, whether with family or simply as ‘watchmen’, here is a bit of that “open letter,” following my introduction.

Dear XXX and YYY,



While you seem to understand about the pagan origins of Xmas and the Ishtar/Easter, including Jeremiah 10, unfortunately, you fired off a .22 round with your response about WHY we must reject pagan tradition, when Scripture is full of heavy artillery.  Do you think the Father might be just a LITTLE disgusted to have what is arguably the Most Important Event in human history re-named after a pagan goddess?   He tells us, over and over again, how He HATES idolatry. And Bible history shows us why: we are STILL exile for that rebellion.

See the following: 


Deuteronomy chapter 7 (esp. vv. 25-26, the end).
Deuteronomy chapter 12.
And Deuteronomy chapter 13, where He makes it SO clear that those who entice us (be they priests, pastors, or popes) to follow “other gods” are NOT His!  When He tells us “not to learn the ways” of the pagans, or to do the things they do and call it “worship” of Him, He is blunt.  And unequivocal.   We are to hate those idols (Xmas trees, Ishtar eggs died in the blood of sacrificed children, and so on).  
“The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.”

Don’t even bring such an abomination into your house:
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.                             (Deut. 7:25-26)

And note this, too — the penalty for such idolatry is (among other things) – plagues.  Deuteronomy 28:60-61 even warns that not ONLY will He “bring back the plagues of Egypt” – but OTHER ones, too, even new ones NOT Written in this Book!  I can’t help but think they might even be patented, like Ebola.

That’s obviously just a start.  The bottom line is that we are commanded (Deut. 4:2, Deut 12:32, and the “very last command in the Book” at the end of Revelation) not to “add to” or “subtract from” what is Written.  Yahushua railed at the “hypocrites” of His day (Scribes and Pharisees, etc) for doing exactly what the ‘church’ has been doing ever since! The reason this doesn’t get ‘preached’ is not ONLY that the 501c(3) Whore Church serves “another Jesus, whom we have not preached.”   It’s that they teach that His “law” has been “done away with” – and that’s an even Bigger Lie.

Think of it this way.  If we live in a world which believes that the Creator of the Universe can’t make up His mind, and “did away with” His own Written Law (when He said otherwise, in places like Matthew 5:17-19) —
why would we believe the Constitution, or
ANY law of mere men, would fare any better?


Finally – who is the ‘creator’ of a licensed “church”?   Hint:  Look at the certificate of incorporation; it will tell you.  And it isn’t YHVH, Elohim of the Bible – although it was supposed to be.  The old common law saying is, “if you take the king’s money, you play the kings’ tune.”  Yahushua the Meshiach said, after asking “
whose image and inscription?” that we are to “render unto Caesar what is his.”  Can you begin to see how not ONLY is the fake god of the ‘almighty state’ legally correct in requiring ITS creation to say “how high” when he says ‘jump’, but also that THROUGHOUT Scripture our True Creator and King has warned us OVER and over again NOT to fall into that trap!

“No one can serve two masters, he will love one and hate the other.”

In legaleze [sic] the term is “by agreement,”  meaning, ‘by contract’, and as a consequence of entering into ‘commerce.’  With a little thought, it becomes apparent why we are so rapidly headed to a place where “no one will buy or sell  [again, commerce]” without a “mark“.

EVERYTHING* that is being done to us (just as in Nazi Germany) is being done “legally”.   In the Bible, the story that applies most obviously is Jacob and Esau, who “traded his birthright for a cup of pottage.”  (And, note, “Jacob I have loved, Esau I hated,” says YHVH.)  Ben Franklin warned that “those who would trade essential liberty for a little temporary security deserve neither.”  And we’re there.

On briefly to marriage, His as opposed to the ‘almight state’.

Amerika (with a K) has been licensing “marriage” since essentially the New Deal.  (The history is sordid, and dates to “intermarriage” licensing.  Now that all of Caesar’s sheeple have been made again into slaves, the concept has been extended.)   Again, it’s “by agreement” — NOWHERE in the Constitution is the power (Art. 1, Sec 7,8, etc) to say ANYTHING about marriage or family delegated to the central government.  YHVH the Creator defined marriage, and for man to attempt to redefine His Word is yet another indicator of what is going on; the state plays god.

The key thing to observe is that NOWHERE, not once, in all of the Bible does a “man of God” ask permission of ANYONE but the Father (or fathers, his own and his isha-to-be) to marry.  Not one of His people – from Adam, to Abraham, to Moses and so on – ever goes to a king, pope, priest, pretender, or civil magistrate to ask for permission to do what He ordains.  BUT — if you DO ask permission, and enter into contract before “another master” — beware the fine print!   (It’s called “adherent contracts” in legalese.  Ask “child protective services” whose children the village really owns.)

The same thing goes for “gay” marriage.  Once you begin to ask permission from “another master” to do that which YHVH forbids, why are we surprised to see good called “evil,” and evil, “good”?   There’s much more**  — but perhaps you begin to see the point.  YHVH Himself, and what He ordains, has been rejected — both by the Almighty State and its licensed “church”.

Finally, see the end of the Book of Isaiah, chapter 66.  It has never been more clear:


…Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose
that in which I delighted not.
” (Isaiah 66:3-4)

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* for now.  We’re getting to the point that I talk about as well, where the “two P’s” of PRESUMPTION and PRECEDENT will allow Big Brother to dispense entirely with even the pretense of “agreement”.

Most of us now know Christians who are becoming concerned about the contradictions between what they have been TOLD Scripture says, and what is actually Written. So now is the time to be ready to “give an answer to every man that asketh you,” a reason for the understanding we have, and the “hope that is in you.”

Torah portion “Chayei Sarah” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

November 15th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Chayei Sarah” (Genesis chapters 23 through 25:18).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers the story which begins with the death of Sarah, but might also be called a short course, ‘Torah on Contracts 101′.

SSM Chayei Sarah 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat again delves more specifically into how our understanding – or lack thereof – of what the Bible teaches about everything from contracts to servanthood reflects directly on the sorry state of “law” and “justice”. Perhaps plagues is a better word…

TT Cooh ‘Torah on Contracts 101 – and the state of ‘law’ today

Torah portion “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

November 9th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at parsha ‘Vayera’ and the story of the first patrairch, Abraham.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers what some consider one of the most perplexing portions in Scripture chronologically, from Beresheit/Genesis chapter 18 through 22.

SSM “Vayera” 2014 teaching
The longer teaching from Shabbat again delves specifically into character issues, not only Abraham in contrast with Lot, but in connection to the disturbing parallels to ‘the world’ today.  There’s tremendous good news in this parsha as well, because, “THIS is gonna be SUMPIN” to see!!!”

Talking Torah “Vayera” teaching for 2014 – Lots Today – and This is gonna be SUMPIN to see!”

“Lech Lecha” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

November 9th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at parsha ‘Lech Lecha’ and the first chapters in the life of the first patriarch, Avram (later in the portion – Abraham).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again provides an overview of the main points of the entire portion for this week, from Beresheit/Genesis chapter 12 through 17.

SSM 2014 “Lech Lecha”
The longer teaching from Shabbat delves specifically into some specific aspects of the character of Avram, and the contrast with Lot, the revelation of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the parallels today as we watch how Avram “came out” of his land, and walked obediently before Yah.  Finally, the words of comfort from the haftorah (Isaiah 40-41) are vital to us now.

Talking Torah 2014 “Lech Lecha”

Torah portion “Noach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

October 26th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at parsha Noach and at least one persistent question: are things today REALLY starting to look “as they were in the days of Noah?”

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again provides an overview of the main points of the entire portion for this week, from Beresheit/Genesis chapter 6 through 11.

SSM Noach teaching 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat focuses on that specific question in some detail, particularly in light of things unfolding today that simply wouldn’t have made sense to Bible scholars of earlier eras.  And what, specifically, does “as it was in the days of Noach, so will it be,” really mean?

 

Talking Torah “Come out of her” teaching – “As it was in the days of Noah…

Parsha “V’zot HaBracha” and Sukkot teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

October 14th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at Scripture related to the end of the annual Torah cycle, and the beginning of the Feast of Sukkot.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers the “end of the Book” Torah teaching for Deuteronomy 34 on, and into the Beginning as well, Genesis 1.

SSM V’zot habracha 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat delves into a number of related topics, from the cycles of the Torah and history that to Genesis 3, and the reason why “the rest of the Book” hinges on restoration of right relationship with YHVH.  Again it points to just exactly why THIS may be the most important set of Appointed Times, yet, in our lives. There has never been a more key time to prepare for what lies ahead.

Shabbat teaching – Cycles, Terror, Restoration, and Joy

Mark Call – Yom Kippur teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

October 4th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at Scripture related to Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers goes over both the key elements of Leviticus 16, and chapter 23, with some emphasis on what it might mean to “afflict” our soul.

SSM Yom Kippur 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat delves into several areas that don’t normally get discussed, from the nature of Evil, and ‘the Adversary’, to just exactly why THIS may be the most important set of Appointed Times, yet, in our lives.

 

TT CooH Yom Kippur 2014

Time Draws Short

October 1st, 2014

Scripture tells us that fiat money, not to be confused with silver, or in fact an honest weight of ANYTHING, is an abomination. Deuteronomy 25:16 seems to suggest pretty strongly (by saying “ALL who do such things are an abomination”, too) that we should avoid most of the world’s dishonest currencies. And that, obviously, is far from easy. Surely our Creator did not mean THAT. Given just how pervasive the crooked “money” that is apparently our “only option” for dealing with buying or selling in ‘the world’ has become – what other choice do we have?

 

But perhaps that is just a trick question. Consider how pervasive the internet has become, and how national ID cards, credit ratings, biometrics, and pervasive spying have made what was once called “privacy” – economic or otherwise – pretty much a joke, just like national constitutions and national leaders who think the law applies to them. India is already in the process of instituting a national “mark”; think of it as a “Beta test” for the rest of the world in fairly short order. How long will it be now until no one will be allowed to “buy or sell” without another kind of “mark” – even if they don’t come right out and call it “the Beast”? (Although, given how “in your face” the pervasive hatred of the Bible has become, perhaps that would be no surprise.)

 

And given that it will – just as surely as fiat money today – be the “only option” for buying, selling, and feeding our families – what other choice do we have?

 

But that may ultimately be one of the easier choices to face. Ebola is rapidly emerging as the “be afraid, be very afraid” pandemic that has, and may very well continue, to usher in martial law all over the world, even if the propagandists in many of them will come up with more politically-correct terminology. Perhaps something like “The Police State Loves you, and wants to protect children and puppies. So we’ll shoot on sight and take your last Right.”

 

And let’s not forget World War III. You knew that nothing as trivial as a Constitution, or Congress, or international law, was going to stop the Empire from bombing Syria, didn’t you? And if you’re confused about who “ISIS,” or is it ISIL now? – or Al-CIA-da, or the Muslim Brotherhood is, and whether they’re this week’s allies or last week’s terrorists – don’t worry; that’s by design.

 

History shows that massive currency failures, hyperinflation, depressions, and stock or bond market crashes are generally closely tied to war. After all, the prophet Jeremiah was correct, and the human heart is “desperately wicked..” But the current world debt load is already of “Biblical proportions.” No doubt the aftermath will be as well. And it certainly appears that all of the above crises are approaching their climax in the form of a “perfect storm.” Almost like what Scripture has been warning about will once again turn out to be “right on the money.” Except that the money isn’t right, so the curses too appear to be of Biblical proportions.

 

All of this might sound somewhat negative if we didn’t realize that the REAL God of the Universe (as opposed to those who merely play him on TV) keeps His promises. Without fail. And that even includes chastening those He loves, as a father chastens his son. Sometimes that “tough love” is a real whopper.

 

It would appear that Time Draws Short. Perhaps it is an incredible blessing that His Fall Feasts are almost upon us. There has never been a better time for repentance, and for remembering what is truly important.

 

We can learn to “come out of her.” We can learn – even if it’s hard – to separate ourselves from dishonest money systems, and begin to deal with one another faithfully. And if that system is about to collapse, then it’s about time.

 

We can learn to eat what He says is food, and avoid what is not. Because it brings plagues. And since we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” – with an immune system to fight off not only the “diseases of Egypt” but even those man-made bioweapons that He warned about so clearly in Deuteronomy 28:61 – perhaps we can even choose to trust in Him for our health rather than awaiting the next Miracle from the Elohim of Pharmakeia.

 

We’re eventually gonna have to decide whether we trust in YHVH – REALLY trust in YHVH – or in the ‘gods’ of this world. Those choices will not get any easier.

 

Time draws short.

Mark Call – Parsha “Ha’azinu” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

September 30th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu, and the ‘song of Moses’ in Deuteronomy chapter 32.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers goes over the entire portion, as well as some discussion of Yom Teruah:

SSM Ha-azinu 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on some specifics of the parsha, the haftorah text, and additional in-depth examination of the coming Fall Feasts, current events in the context of Biblical prophecy, and the repeating cycles that tie it all together.

TT CooH Ha-azinu teaching, and a discussion of both cycles and ‘mindset’