This is one I believe many people will find both interesting and even a bit different:
“Behar – Prophecy, and the Time Domain vs the Frequency Domain”
The “Spring Feasts” of YHVH occur at this time of year, beginning with the time of Pesach, or Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Most people are aware of the command that we are to eat no leavened bread during that week, and are told (Exodus 12:15, 19, etc) to get the leaven (or “chametz”, in the Hebrew) completely OUT of our houses.
The metaphor which connects yeast or “chametz” with sin is also probably familiar to most readers here. Yeast, like sin, can literally be a “growing” thing, which takes root in our houses, and spreads — almost like a cancer. Indeed, “a little leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9, 1 Cor 5:6, and the MANY references of Yahushua to the “leaven of the Pharisees”). Pesach is the historic time for “spring cleaning”, and getting the ‘sin’ out of our houses, in preparation for the dramatic events to follow.
But there is more to it!
Much of the symbolism of the Passover has to do with marriage, and with both the promise of the Covenant, and the abomination of idolatry, or literal spiritual adultery. It is the imagery of unfaithful wives who are called ‘whores’ (like both the northern kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah were, and for which they were sent again into exile and bondage) because they went after other gods. Time and again, “treacherous Judah” and “backsliding Israel” (see Jeremiah 3) both committed idolatry, then failed to “return unto Me with her whole heart.”
But it is also about reconciliation, and the promise of renewal of ‘right relationship’ with YHVH — if ONLY we will t’shuvah (“turn around”, or repent) and RETURN to Him.
Pesach is also a time of spiritual conflict, between the worship of YHVH, as He specifies, and the “prince of this world”, who has sought to pervert what is Written since the Garden of Eden by ‘twisting’ — sometimes just a little bit, and then later by a lot. It is why Scripture so clearly forbids “adding to” and “subtracting from” His Word, and warns so clearly against attempting to “honor” Yah in the ways of pagan ‘gods’ (Deuteronomy 12:30-32, among many).
I realize that drawing any distinction between the Passover of our Creator* and the pagan aspects of what has become “Easter” can be a very difficult topic, and a source of strife and division. I have no doubt that this is exactly what the Adversary intended. But, if we are to “speak His Truth boldly” — as we ought to, is it something which must be addressed.
It takes only a very cursory study of pagan goddess worship to realize that “Easter” and the vast majority of the “cute harmless traditions” that surround it are exactly what our Creator so explicitly forbade, especially when it comes to “mixing” the clean and the unclean, the ”holy” or set-apart to Him, and the profane. Not only are eggs, bunnies, and east-facing ‘sunrise services’ all explicitly pagan fertility rites, but the real story of those “harmless traditions” is even more heinous. Can there be a more severe indictment of Constantinian “Xtianity” than the realization that not ONLY has the most important event in all human history been co-opted in direct rebellion to YHVH, but that the Appointed times of Yah which He repeatedly commanded we keep “forever” have been changed, and even His very NAME has been expunged — to be replaced by a false pagan goddess (Ishtar, Astarte, Ashteroth, Oestre, “Easter”).
No wonder He Wrote through His prophet such a graphic description of His wrath about exactly what evil was done then, and is again being done now, in Ezekiel chapters 8 and 9. Read it for yourself, and observe that everything from the sunrise service to Lent (the forty days of “women weeping for Tammuz”) are referred to as “abominations” — and that the death sentence He specifies will “begin at My sanctuary“.
The story points out that there are nevertheless still people who “sigh and cry at the abominations” being done by those who profess to honor Him. They will receive His mark, and be separated and spared at the time of vengeance. The lesson is unmistakeable. And there truly IS, “nothing new under the sun.”
A columnist I admire frequently refers to the concept of “negative learning”, as is now widely taught in what pass for ‘schools’ in much of the world today. The “negative knowledge” which results is in fact worse than ignorance, because it is simply WRONG, and thus harmful, and in that it must first be UN-learned before the poor student can even get back to zero. Only then can real, POSITIVE learning again commence.
Unfortunately, this is what much of modern “Churchianity” amounts to — not just things which are in error, but often so WRONG that they must be UN-learned before those who have been so deceived by popes, priests, pharisees, and parasites can even get back to zero. The ‘baggage’ of tradition which is literally hateful to our Creator, and which Yahushua so consistently condemned, must be unlearned in many cases, and eliminated from our house, before we can return to Him, and learn to “worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
Paganism is a poison. It is a sin which YHVH forbids in the most explicit way possible. And, like leaven, it can infect a house. It can grow like cancer.
Whether we like it or not, such imagery is an abomination, and must be removed from our house, and our lives:
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. (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
We must get rid of the ‘chametz’ – get rid of the toxic leaven – and get the pagan traditions OUT of our house.
Thankfully, He has already made provision for our failure, and has even borne our guilt. “‘Return to Me’, says YHVH…Return, O backsliding children, and I will heal your backsliding…for truly in YHVH Elohekah is the Salvation of Israel.” (Yermeyahu/Jeremiah 3:22-4:1)
* Note, of course, that YHVH does not call it the “Passover of the Jews”, but in fact, always “MY feasts”, and “MY Appointed Time!”
For a real example of missing the point, check this out:
…by thinking that there is a contradiction somehow between wanting a “background check” for becoming a “citizen” of the Nanny State, and a background check in order for that slave to be allowed to “buy or sell” (at first, guns – but, ultimately – everything) a ONCE Constitutionally-guaranteed Right.
To relieve the concerns of many conservatives, the Republican senators proposing immigration reform have pointed out that undocumented immigrants will have to undergo fingerprinting and background checks, among many other things, before obtaining a green card. However, as Colbert points out, many Republicans oppose the same basic requirement to obtain an assault weapon.
“Yes, they must be fingerprinted, they must be background checked. After all they are trying to get citizenship, not an assault weapon.”
It is just two sentences, but it really sums up much of the debate around the two issues.
The truly GREAT irony is that Colbert (and evidently this author) gets it BACKWARD and misses what should have been his own point!
BOTH ‘immigration reform’ and ‘gun registration’ are about EXACTLY the same thing: CONTROL and the god-like importance of the Big Brother State. The real pretense here is that both Demo-cons and Republi-crats ultimately believe that only THEY, and the Almighty State, define what “Rights” are — and are NOT — and what the peons must do.
The “path to citizenship” requires registration and background checks. So does the path to infringement of what is left of the Bill of Rights. Colbert doesn’t believe people have “God-given Rights”. Peons need to be conditioned to ‘registration’, fingerprinting, airport searches, and “infringement” in general.
He sums up the obvious similarity — and the contradictions — but doesn’t get it. Nor does he see where such tyranny ALWAYS ends.
I was struck this morning by this article:
and the irony that it represents.
Amerika [with a ‘k’] once had a Constitution and Bill of Rights which protected all people from prohibited actions by its legitimate government – from illegal searches, to property confiscation, to any restriction whatsoever on the Right to “keep and bear arms”. All arms.
Now, travel can and is routinely prohibited unless victims “consent” to searches, groping, and theft of items which might offer protection from such abuse by other criminals.
An attempt to give a 16-yr-old a .22 rifle for a birthday gift can — and has — resulted in the arrest of fathers.
And while I am no fan of unconstitutional ‘laws’ prohibiting the so-called ‘possession’ of ANYTHING (find THAT in Article 1 as a power delegated to the central government!) I do find the irony in the decision today “ironic”, to say the least.
A 16-yr-old girl can no longer buy a rifle, even though the Second Amendment once demanded that such a God-given Right “shall not be infringed”. No matter HOW old she is, if Big Brother prevails against the last shreds of the Constitution, she will not be able to BUY such a tool without permission, without Big Brother’s “universal background check'” and the “Mark” it so clearly represents. In many places she cannot possess any such tool.
So – we have the following:
In places like Chicago, or NYC, or Washington, D.C, or Connecticut, that 16-yr-old girl cannot so much as THREATEN a rapist with a gun. But she can kill the baby.
There has been much “gnashing of teeth” and wringing of hands lately about the “Right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Of course, when that Law was written into the Bill of Rights as a condition for ratification of the Constitution, those who did so unanimously recognized that all such “Rights” come from our Creator. Now that “democracy” [sic – it is correctly spelt “demon-ocracy,” I contend] has replaced the form of government once guaranteed by that document to these united States, and YHVH, the God of the Bible, is no longer even PERMITTED in the White House, Congress, courts, or Skools (aka “Publik Indoktrinashun Centurs”) of the land, it should come as no surprise that the ‘voice of the peepul’ is NOW the ‘voice of god’.
At least, those small-g ‘gods’ who have replaced Him.
Everyone with even a rudimentary grasp of history knows that slaves are NEVER permitted by their masters to ‘keep and bear arms’. So what is the problem? And what isn’t pretty well already clear?
But maybe there’s more TO this one:
It turns out that a lot of Xtians, and an increasing number of people who are “coming out of” a ‘Church’ that has been teaching His Written Law has been “done away with”, “nailed to the cross”, and just simply doesn’t apply in Modern Babylon — are starting to realize that something is horribly wrong. We have indeed, as the prophet Jeremiah (16:19) said, “inherited lies from our fathers.”
If the Elohim of Scripture, Who says He “changes not” (Mal. 3:6) and is the same “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” cannot truly be trusted to keep His Word, and if His Commandments don’t apply any more — in spite of His instruction to the contrary — then why in Hell would we think man’s pitiful ‘constitutions’, and ‘laws’ made in accordance with it could possibly fare any better? Like those who the Messiah rightfully called “hypocrites”, those who rewrite His statutes, judgments, and commandments, too, are “without excuse.”
There really wasn’t much left of the Bill of Rights in Amerika any more anyway…
But there IS something in this ‘debate’ about over-turning the last vestiges of a free people that should “raise the hair on the back of our necks”. Think of it as a “sign of the times”, and a great indicator of “where we are” in the Last Days ‘timeline’.
Revelation 13:16-17 says that he, “causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark — the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
Have you followed all the debate about “Universal Background Checks”?
It seems that much of Washington, DC, is absolutely determined to get them in place for the peons.
It’s “very reasonable”, say the talking heads, the sycophants, and the poorly-disguised “Servants of Another Master”, to require the slaves to pass a “background check” before they are ALLOWED to purchase, or “transfer,” a firearm. Furthermore, the concept that was once called “private property” has now been reduced to a “loophole”. Recall that “licensed” gun “dealers” have already agreed, by virtue of that license itself, to abide by whatever rules their “master” (the One Who Gave Them the permission to do that!) — that they will abide, without question, by WHATEVER rules their Master dictates. Both now and in the future, whenever the One Who Gives Permission might decide to change “His” rules!
The problem is, there are SOME who serve a DIFFERENT master, and still think they have the Right, from the Creator of the Universe, to “own property”. They may not have agreed to the terms of the new “master’s” license. They still believe (and I hope you’re sitting down) that something they bought, perhaps decades ago, or that was given to them by their grandaddy, is actually “THEIRS”, to use, or give away, or even dispose of, as they see fit!
They may even still think they have “Rights” from their Creator. Rights that this OTHER master, aka “Big Brother Himself” no longer tolerates in his world.
Now, a “bipartisan” group of Senators (and that’s the most dangerous kind) wants to “close the gun show” — and “private sale” — loophole, and mandate that ALL firearms transfers must require a “Universal Background Check” before they are allowed to happen.
So – for a second, at least – just forget all the legal jargon. (They’re already telling you that simply FORBIDDING you from possessing SOMETHING doesn’t really constitute “infringement” anyway, so why would you believe anything else they claim? …Unless, of course, you’ve been properly Indoctrinated!)
IFF (that’s Engineering Geek shorthand for “IF, and ONLY IF”) there is such a thing as a “Force for Evil” in the world…whether It is called “Avarice”, the “Lust for Power and Control”, Global Socialism, the “New World Order”, or even Satan…
and IFF — knowingly or just in self-serving ignorance — that Entity is putting together a System of complete control of its Beastly World, perhaps under the guise of regulating all “commerce”…
and IFF that turns out to be EXACTLY what YHVH, the Creator of the Universe, warned us about millenia ago through “His servants the prophets”…
then just how would you expect some parts of that Plan to be put in place?
If they can require PERMISSION to “buy or sell” the single category of property that is SPECIFICALLY and unequivocally enumerated in the Bill of Rights that “shall not be infringed” —
is there ANYTHING that such a slave CANNOT be prohibited from “buying or selling” without some kind of “Mark” – denoting permission from that Beast system?
Are these “THE Last Days”? (Yes, we know that we can see from Scripture that we have been in the ‘last days’ for centuries at this point…but I hope you know what I really mean!)
I won’t argue with those who believe — and can support with “legions” of evidence — that the times spoken of by Yahushua in Matthew chapter 24 are ‘very’ near at hand: we can certainly “know the season”. And I’ve said before, and think the evidence is increasingly undeniable, that these are definitely the “last days” for the fiat U$ Dollar — which is not “lawful money”, but IS a “dishonest weight” and thus an abomination to YHVH. (See Deut. 25:15; Lev. 19:35; Proverbs 11:1, etc, etc.)
But what seems most obvious now is that the primary weapons of the Adversary — deception and fear — are ever more prevalent. We are bombarded with propaganda on every front – from economics to politics to “religion” – and most of it seems directed at turning the instruction of Scripture literally on its head; calling “evil” good, and good, “evil”. What YHVH calls “abomination” is taught in schools, spent as “money”, supported by public spending, and increasingly, mandated by what passes for “law”. Matthew 24 warns that, by such lies, many will be “led astray”, torah-less-ness will be “multiplied”, and that it will be so pervasive that even the “elect” might be deceived.
Lies are the weapon used by our adversary to “open the door” to what follows. In order to be effective, however; to “draw us out” from under the covering and protection of obedience to YHVH, we have to BELIEVE the lie. It is action, as a result of having accepted something else, or “another master”, as the author of ‘truth’ instead of our Creator, that is truly deadly. Once the seed of lies has been planted, it is fear which truly brings forth the evil fruit.
And now, the daily news from the world seems to be focused on THAT tool. In the economic realm, people fear the loss of their jobs, their pensions, their life savings, their homes. (And not, it must be stated, without some valid reason! Economic systems built on the abomination of “dishonest measures”, like fiat dollars, ALWAYS fail. But we have been warned.) People have been conditioned to fear “terror”, or “mass shootings”, or any number of other things which in fact kill fewer people than swimming pools, cars, or prescription drugs — but it is “fear” that seems to be the goal. And as a result, others fear the loss of their “privacy” (meaning what would ONCE have been called the criminal violation of their houses, bodies, dignity, and God-given Rights), their guns, or their lives. Whether it is killer drones, killer viruses, or a police state run amok, the political class and their media have SOME kind of fear to peddle to every taste. For those who live in, and serve, “the world” – there will be PLENTY to fear!
The lament of Job 3:25 seems to apply today as well: “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.” Just as Isaiah 66:4 warns can happen again!
It has been said that “fear is the weapon of Satan, in the same way that faith is the weapon of Yah.” I submit that the statement, while not explicitly found in Scripture, is certainly consistent with the themes that it consistently teaches. For example, it has also been said that the instruction to “fear NOT” appears in the Bible more than any other admonition (over 900 times, including through His messengers, although I don’t claim to have made the count myself!)
So it should come as no surprise that, as the “last days” draw ever closer, the weapons of the “prince of this world” should be brought into place, and exposed. Indeed, “men’s hearts will fail them for fear” at what will eventually be seen coming upon the earth.
But the issue is Who WE serve! Who is OUR Protector, our Shield, our Strength, our “exceedingly great reward,” our King, our “Banner”, our ultimate “Commander”? Scripture calls Him “Yahuah Tzevaot” or YHVH of Hosts, and says (Exodus 15:3) that He is “THE Man!” when it comes to war. The primary message of the Exodus, it seems clear, is that He wanted the world, and particularly the Sons (or Children) of Israel — meaning US if we want to be His — to KNOW Him. “Ani YHVH!” says the Word, over and over: “I AM YHVH” — essentially, “I AM Who I SAY that I AM, and I WILL DO what I have said I WILL DO.”
And, just as during that first Exodus, we are to “come out of” the world, the “new Babylon”, or new Egypt, and thus avoid the coming, downright fearful, plagues. We must leave the “protection” of Pharoh, or Caesar, or even Big Brother, and serve only Him. TRUST only Him, too! We fight the FEAR engendered by the Adversary with faith in YHVH and His promises.
If we don’t KNOW Him, and know His character, and understand that we can literally stake our lives on His promises — because He WILL keep them — we have plenty of reason to “be afraid, be VERY afraid.”
But if we DO know Him, and serve Him, and walk in obedience to Him, there is nothing whatsoever to fear. And because we KNOW the Truth, the lies become obvious.
The months leading up to the time of Pesach, or Passover, are traditionally a time for the study of the Exodus. YHVH selected Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Mitzraim (Egypt), following a series of plagues and numerous miracles, most famously the parting of the Sea of Reeds. It is a story of bondage, and of deliverance. It is a story that has FAR more to do with the world today than many people would be willing to believe.
The early part of the story includes the ten plagues visited upon those who held Israel in bondage, and — among other things — amounts to a judgment against the many false ‘gods’ (“mighty ones” or elohim) of that land. This author is not alone in suggesting that when the ‘end times’ great regathering plays out, it, too, will include plagues directed at more modern idols, arguably including at a minimum dishonest ‘money’ (the false god in whom we trust INSTEAD of Him) and perhaps some of the idols pushed by Hollywood. But it is the question of slavery itself, or bondage to “another master” that is so important to understand today. And it is the striking contrast to the story of that first Exodus that so illustrates the principles.
Many people have noted that the process of redeeming the people who were freed from Egyptian slavery can be divided primarily into two major phases: the physical escape from bondage, and the arguably more, and certainly longer, process of overcoming the “slave mentality”. After getting the children of Israel out of Egypt, in other words, it was necessary to complete the process by getting Egypt out of them.
It is the “slave mentality” that is crucial to subjecting a people into bondage, and is most pernicious — as Scripture makes so clear — to “come out of”.
The key distinction to be made in that story, and indeed in all of Scripture, seems to rest on the character of the Creator YHVH Himself. He is a Keeper of Covenant, an Almighty Who honors His Covenants, keeps His promises, and ultimately has SHOWN Himself to be trustworthy. Pharoah, on the other hand, is the archetype of the alternative: a mere man with an inflated opinion of himself, who THINKS he is a ‘god,’ does not know or care to know YHVH (Ex. 5:2) — and will not heed correction. For a time he “hardens his [own] heart” to Moses’ demands to “let My people go,” but eventually it is too late, the die is cast, and YHVH hardens it for him as he goes to his own destruction down the road he has chosen. YHVH uses him as the primary example of a false god, evil slave master, and failed king — so that our choice will be clear. At the same time — continually, and repeatedly — that He shows Israel Who He Is (“ani YHVH!” – “I am that I AM“) He [ ] the alternative. “I will get Me honor upon Pharaoh” (Ex. 14:4) and even the Egyptians shall know that “I AM YHVH.” Pharaoh and all who served him were destroyed by the same waters through which the children of Israel were delivered into freedom, and (Ex. 14:31) they feared YHVH, and believed Him.
The common refrain of Scripture is CHOOSE: Who we will serve. Life and blessing, as opposed to death and cursing. And WHICH Master! The One Who keeps His Covenant, or the ‘prince of this world’, and those who serve him, whether they are called Pharaoh, Caesar, Emperor, Czar, king, Premier, Chief Executive, Dictator, Fuhrer, or Commander. Ultimately, as the Messiah tells us (Matthew 6:24 et al) we cannot and must not serve both.
The story of the Exodus is the story of YHVH, “by His mighty hand,” bringing His people OUT of bondage to Pharaoh, first by removing them from that place of bondage, and then delivering them from the attitude of bondage, as they learned to serve Him, and obey His Instruction, including His “statutes, judgments, and commandments.” The story of the world, today, however, is a stark contrast, as people who once claimed to be His are deceived BACK into bondage.
We have truly “inherited lies from our fathers.” If, as the ‘church’ has preached for centuries, the “law is done away with” — then why should we be surprised when governments of man ignore the “Supreme Law of the Land,” and treat what were once called “God-given Rights” as mere privileges, subject to revocation at the whim of the new master? When ever-increasing “terror threats” justify treating once-free people like convicted criminals, they are no longer free. When “due process” is no longer due, “citizens” are conditioned to servitude. When police and federal ‘officers’ become “enforcers” rather than public servants, the conditioning to servitude continues. When ‘the law’ becomes a tool for subjugation rather than the foundation for justice, that process is nearly complete.
When disarmed, helpless people are huddled together in what could better be described as “indoctrination centers” than educational institutions, why are we surprised that pharma-psychotic killers seek them out as killing fields full of easy prey? And that the expected “solution” is always “more of the same” thing which helped foment the problem? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was ousted from the scene long ago, replaced by the god(s) of this world. What are the slaves told to expect? More prescribed drugs, more “Laws” that violate the Real Law, more control, and more power and glory to Pharaoh.
Thus says YHVH: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm [strength]; whose heart departs from YHVH. (Jeremiah/YermeYahu 17:5)
Just as Pharaoh’s magicians claimed to be able to mimic the initial plagues of YHVH, and managed to bring forth even MORE frogs (as if that was somehow an answer to the problem!) — so today do the magicians and banksters and politicians manage to bring forth more plagues of drugs, and violence, and dishonest money. And the burdens of the once-free slaves increase. Rather than being delivered FROM a slave mentality, the world and those in and of it are being conditioned more and more INTO a slave mentality. In the formerly United States, for example, sacrosanct God-given Rights like freedom of assembly, speech, privacy, and self-protection are being methodically regulated, registered, taxed, and prohibited. Even the Right to own private property is being systematically eliminated – ironically by “infringing” first on the ONE type of private property (“arms”, or military and defense weapons) which was EXPLICITLY protected by the Bill of Rights! If the Law protecting property singled out for protection can be so completely ignored, just what is left that CANNOT be denied to such people? Slaves cannot claim to own property.
Perhaps worse still, not only are “Rights” once said to come from a God that is no longer welcome in Government, its schools, and its courts being ignored (even while politicians swear an OATH before Him) but the only ‘rights’ that DO seem to matter are things YHVH Himself calls abomination: “Our journey is not complete until our gay [sic – homosexual] brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” said the ostensible king of the Amerikan Democracy, as he took the Creator of the Universe to task for not understanding “love”. It would appear that the only “rights” which will soon remain include things YHVH calls “abomination” — the ‘right’ of a man to be licensed by Pharaoh to “lie with a man as with a woman”, and the ‘right’ of a woman to commit murder of a baby at least up until the moment of birth. (The irony of that lie was revealed in a recent address by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who claimed recently that a woman must have the ability to abort a baby, “because it’s her body, her choice,” although in that same state she is NOT allowed to say “No!” to a demand for a “stop and frisk” warrant-less search, or to a grope or X-ray at a subway station or airport, or to a rapist with a handgun. Some “choice”. Who’s body was it again, Gov?)
Slaves don’t have Rights from God, they have privileges, granted on the whim of their earthly master. As people turn away from God, and seek instead the “protection” of ‘elohim’ like Presidents and Pharaohs, they are being led back INTO bondage, back INTO a slave mentality. As has been seen so clearly are repeatedly of late, “evil” is being called good, exactly as prophesied, and “because lawlessness (‘torah-less-ness’) shall abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
YHVH led the children of Israel out of Egypt via “the long way” home, because He knew that they would encounter trials, and testing, and would look for the easy way out — which is to return to bondage. For most of the world today, the “easy road” leads directly to slavery, in the form of that “other master.” Politicians, and police, and even preachers claim to believe “in” the law, whether it is God’s, or man, but then don’t DO what it says, much less what He says! “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Sadly, that applies to the people who might like to be “called by His Name” as well. They claim to believe “IN God” – but then don’t actually BELIEVE Him! That is NOT GOOD ENOUGH, because, “even the demons believe!” (Yakov/James 2:19)
By now, it is becoming impossible to deny that difficult times lie ahead, for the whole world. Economic collapse is clearly in progress, and the abominations of dishonest fiat money, like the Almighty Dollar, the “world reserve currency,” are being destroyed. The erstwhile slave masters of that world seek to consolidate their control over the masses before those people realize the degree to which they have already been enslaved, and before they can choose en masse to “come out of her,” and perhaps avoid the plagues which lie dead ahead. The propaganda, the indoctrination, the deception, and ultimately the coercion to submit — again! — to Pharaoh and to the world system will continue accelerate. Slavery follows, and those who have been properly conditioned will come to understand why they must submit to his ‘mark’ if they want to be able to buy or sell, or even keep property they once thought they owned.
For those who seek to serve YHVH, and obey “Him alone,” the choice has never been clearer, more stark, and — by design — more difficult. The “easy road” leads back into bondage, while the longer road that He has for us will truly take us home. We can choose to truly believe Him, and thus obey Him, and trust Him, or trust in the lies, because those whom He has made free will be “free indeed.” It is not enough to believe IN Him. If we believe that He IS Who He says He is, we must DO what our real Master says as well.
I have perhaps been remiss at posting links to the many audio teachings, news shows, and podcasts that I do each week, largely because I tend to assume that by now most regular listeners and readers will be familiar with where they can be found and downloaded.
(The ‘Audio: Radio Shows’ page link at the upper right corner of the webpage gives those details.)
The most recent Torah portion (or “parsha”) for this week should be of special interest, however. Both Jeff Gilbert and I consider “Bo” (from Exodus chapters 10 through 13) to be one of the most critical in Scripture to understanding the rest. And in this week’s recording, we both focused on very different, but very much related, aspects of the lesson Scripture has for us — not only in terms of what lies “way ahead”, but what is unfolding now.
Take a listen here:
This question is one that gets asked frequently, and is therefore undoubtedly worthy of being ANSWERED somewhat frequently as well!
“I was having a discussion…talking about the Law and how everyone had to follow it. They disagreed and said that the law(s) were for specific people and groups during those time periods. How should I reply to this? I say that it is for all of us but they continue to disagree, and also say that gentiles don’t have to follow the law (like the dietary laws)…and that would bring us to bondage.”
Finally, and this is a “whole ‘nuther can o’ worms” – the “law” that brings bondage is MAN‘s, not YHVH‘s! The Pharisees were repeatedly called “hypocrites” because they “added to” His statutes, judgments, and commandments – and then CALLED what they mandated ‘law’, or sometimes ‘the traditions of the elders’. They “added burdens” – and it was THEIR demands that were too difficult, not His! (See Deuteronomy 30:10-14; it could not be more clear. Then compare to what Yahushua says repeatedly, in places like Matthew 15:6-9 and Mark 7 — that “by your tradition” you have made the “commandments of YHVH of no effect“.)
No, we don’t HAVE to obey Him. People are free to choose cursing over blessing, and death over life. We can ignore His Instruction. We don’t have to be grafted in, either, or accept His gift. But “if you love Me, keep My commands,” is a pretty good reason to try.