Just how far gone are we?

May 4th, 2015

Just how far gone are we? In what has been called the greatest forensic scandal ever to be – so far – revealed in the United States, the once highly-respected FBI and their crime lab has been forced to admit to perjury on a massive scale:

“…agents and technicians lied under oath in over 95% of cases resulting in convictions about just how cocksure they were that hair from crime scenes pointed to the guilt of the accused.

“Throughout the 1980s and ’90s,”…all this was going on even then.  And now it’s just part of the noise, with scandal and outrage which don’t even last long enough to register before being superseded by the next public betrayal.

Meanwhile, the Woman Who Would Be King, a former US Secretary of State who apparently has successfully gotten away not only with treason, by destroying tens of thousands of likely incriminating emails, seems to be guilty of massive fraud to incredible levels of bribery as well. At least that part is nothing new; she evidently follows the family tradition.

Yet, while this horrific, once unthinkable, level of criminal behavior in government at all levels goes unopposed, and even more incredibly, unashamed, Congress quietly works to encourage even more intrusive “Big Brother is Watching” wiretapping of just about everyone else in the world. (Those who cannot afford Secret Servers, in other words.) And the courts subborn perjury and punish small businesses whose primary crime seems to be an ability to read the Bible, and say “no, thanks” to support for abomination masquerading as Caesar-licensed “marriage”.

There is a common thread here. Although hardly new – after all, YHVH and the Bible have not been allowed in schools for decades, and now not courts or oval-shaped offices either – the utter rejection of God and His Word, as Written, world-wide, is now so extreme that people’s homes, businesses, freedom, and even lives are being openly taken.

And the contrast becomes even more dramatic when we compare what now passes for the ‘rule of law’ in the world with the instruction of Scripture. Let’s start with an easy one:

One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.” (Deuteronomy 19:15)

Well, now that Big Brother knows all, sees all, and listens to all, we don’t need ANY witnesses. But, given the Great God Science, as the FBI fraud made so clear, no alternative witnesses often mattered anyway. However, it is the verses which FOLLOW that instruction that really demonstrate just how far gone we really are:

If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing…

[once he is show to be a] false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother,

then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you.”

Oh, really? So, when “justice” is perverted by false testimony (a concept that was once called “perjury”, before it became what now amounts to S.O.P. *) the oath-breaking “officer” who lied to the court in order to secure the conviction of a “scumbag” should serve his sentence? Fat chance!

Which brings us to this one, that really demonstrates “just how far gone” the Rule of Law really is:

You shall have one law, for you and the stranger who dwells among you.” (Repeated almost verbatim, in Exodus 12:49, Leviticus 24:22, and twice in Numbers chapter 15)

Hardly. Some people, to paraphrase George Orwell’s Animal Farm, are more equal than others.

Perhaps we have gotten ‘conditioned’ to the idea that, as the prophet Isaiah warned against, some would try to call evil, ‘good’, and vice-versa. But it would seem that much of the world has now gone far beyond such garden-variety lies.

Justice, justice you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which YHVH Elohekah is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 16:20)

But there is a sequence of verses in Proverbs, employing a poignant Hebrew form of overstatement, that truly makes clear, “just how far gone we are” when it comes to perverting “justice” with the evident intent of literally treating the Word of our Creator with pure spite. Note that literally every single thing that “Yah hates” has been in recent news, and not only do those who perpetrate such behavior continue in office, but do so with brazen contempt for God as well:

Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven
are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,

A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,

A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.”

It certainly looks like some who routinely break their oaths and bear false witness in order to sow discord might want to proudly hold up Proverbs 6:16 and declare “hey, I got a PERFECT SCORE!”

Just how far gone are we?

Far enough that it’s past time to “come out of her,” and declare, as Joshua did (24:15), “as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH.” The plagues are coming, and the season of harvest is near.

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* “S.O.P” – Sadly, an acronym for “Standard Operation Procedure”

The Vaccine God

March 10th, 2015

One of the exercises that I have on occasion indulged is that of trying to guess just which “plagues” will soon, or at least eventually, be visited on a world which has no shortage of modern false gods that the Real Creator of the universe might want to hold up to ridicule.

Would they include destroying the Almighty Fiat Dollar?  Almost certainly, since “dishonest weights and measures” are repeatedly Written to be an abomination to Him.   How about Monsanto?  The Great God that Feeds the World, albeit with Franken-food.  And there’s Licensed Marriage, now that what He calls abomination is “just as good” as what He ordained, but never required a license to do.  Maybe it’ll be the  Power Grid.   Hollywood?  There’s certainly no shortage of potential candidates.

And, of late, there can hardly be any doubt that the Great God Modern Medicine, and more specifically, the Vaccine Panacea, has got to be pretty high on that list.

For starters, any time you hear pompous politicians prattling about “settled science” who don’t know the difference between a “hypothesis” and a data point, it’s a good bet we’re talking about something a lot closer to another false religion than a Law of Creation.  (Come to think of it, “Man-made Global Warming”, by whatever name they’ll think of next, is almost certain to be one of the early plagues that might be visited upon humanity.   Prepare for colder winters, or maybe storms if you’re closer to the tropics…)

But it’s the incredible level of induced hysteria, and police-state pharmaceutical propaganda, that should more than raise eyebrows today.  If the Almighty Vaccines really DID work as promised, and protect the poke-ee with godlike certainty, then what difference does it make whether anyone else takes the shot or not?   And why would there need to be warnings (in the Fine Print) about side effects?  (Not that their acolytes read those, any more than far too many supposed ‘believers in God’ read His Book.)

And the brouhaha is about measles, for cryin’ out loud!   A once-nearly universal childhood ailment with a virtually zero mortality rate, given modern sanitation standards, that not only confers lifetime immunity once endured, but seems almost to have been designed by Yah to strengthen and develop the immune systems of His children, as post-vaccination cancer rates and other immunological data seems to suggest.    (Note that I don’t try to use the word “prove”, or claim that it is “settled science”!)

Yet there is a clear, concerted effort now to mandate, literally at gunpoint if necessary, universal vaccination for something that was largely a non-issue well BEFORE the vaccine even became available in the 1960s!  (The data, for those with “eyes to see,” is undeniable.  Childhood mortality from measles had declined by over 95% before the vaccine was in use.)

Just wait until there’s a real epidemic to “be afraid, be VERY afraid” of.   Even if, like ebola, it turns out to be a CDC-patented, bio-engineered weapon.

About half of all US states already have legislation proposed to limit or eliminate so-called philosophical or religious exemptions to various vaccine mandates.  What happened to the principle of “informed consent?”  And since when can supposedly “free” people be forced to be injected with ANYTHING against their will?  Perhaps most importantly, just which “god” will prevail here, and can the people called by the Name of YHVH worship Him, or not?

It is important to realize – NOW – that those who enter into agreement with those gods will be held to their vows.  “You are his servant whom you submit yourself to obey,” said Shaul/Paul in Romans  6:16.

Elijah put it this way:  “If YHVH be God, then serve Him.  But if baal be god, serve him.”  We can’t serve both.  And when mandatory injections — containing, ultimately, “God Alone Knows WHAT” — become mandated by the Almighty State, THAT particular plague will become obvious.

Facing up to Evil

February 4th, 2015

There is a scene from the movie Schindler’s List that perhaps says more about human nature, and how people throughout the centuries have reacted to Evil than most of us would like to admit. Because it still applies.

A number of Jewish women in a WW II concentration camp are talking quietly in their barracks, when a new arrival, an old woman, tells them, “I have heard a terrible story, of a place called “Auschwitz.” She recounts a now-familiar story of women stripped naked, and then herded into the gas chambers for their execution. The camera pans the faces of the stunned listeners. Then one of the protagonists of the story, a woman who has seen her family violently taken from their homes, her family separated, and her children killed, looks into our eyes, and says earnestly, “Oh, zat is ZOH horrible. I cannot believe zey vud do ANYTHING zoh horrible!”

My own reaction is different, from the hindsight of history. I want to scream at the screen, “For cryin’ out loud, what is it gonna take?” As if to bring home the point, the movie shows us that the next day, those women are put on the train to Auschwitz, and their deaths.

We are sometimes tempted to believe we know better now. And that, furthermore, it “could never happen here.” Those who have been watching the news, and can read both history and Scripture, know better:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer. 17:9)

There absolutely is such a thing as Evil. And whether we like it or not, whether we admit it or would rather deny the Truth, it still works in the world.

Evil men really do wax worse and worse. The love of money – even though what passes for currency today is hardly what the Bible calls it – is still at the root. And when it can be printed literally without limit, so are the deceptions, and the consequences. But the inevitable debt collapse draws nearer day by day. And since that total debt, and the even more incredible derivative pyramid that has been built upon it, are the biggest in human history, so will be the repercussions.

And just as most of us cannot believe anyone could be so horrible as to commit mass murder, we are even less willing to believe that Evil would willingly sacrifice millions of people, or even billions of them in the pursuit of wealth and power.

Sadly, the truth is far worse. From the authors of the UN ‘Agenda 21’ blueprint, to self-proclaimed ‘environmentalists,’ there are vasts numbers of insiders who truly believe that “every means necessary” are justified in order to cut the world’s population to a tiny fraction of what it already is. That means billions must die. Somebody else, of course, and they, like other worshipers of death before them, are charged with making it happen.

Those with a Biblical world-view will understand that such a mentality can be described in many ways, but “utterly satanic”, is close to the top of that list.

The wheels are already in motion. The judgment of YHVH is not always immediate, in a way that respects our human-scale reckoning of time, but it is inevitable. If the ‘times and seasons’ leading to the prophetic climax of Scripture were to be described as being played on a chess board, we appear to be nearing the end game.

Which is why it is important for us to KNOW these times and seasons. Not only are we told repeatedly to “fear not,” to stand, to overcome, and to be counted worthy to escape the things we can now see coming – we should be ‘watchmen on the wall,’ as well. Part of the solution, in other words, rather than part of the problem.

But if we are understandably reluctant even to ADMIT the degree of Evil in the world today, facing up to it is clearly harder.

That is why a study of the story of the Exodus is so helpful. The sons of Israel, too, were in bondage, and faced a mighty empire. And much like the face of Evil today, which sees itself as “above the law”, virtually godlike in power and self-importance, willing to order murder, and certainly seems to echo the sentiment of Pharaoh so as to say, “Who is this ‘Yahuah’ ? I know Him NOT!”

…they are playing chess against the Master Himself.

In Pharaoh’s final moves, he is lured into a deadly trap, while consumed with a blood lust that he seems convinced will lead to the destruction of those who have vexed him. He is outplayed…and in such a way that Scripture declares that even the Egyptians will “know that I AM YHVH.”

The verses that have become known as the “Song of Moses” reveal an understanding that I contend is vital to our ability to “face up to Evil:”

YHVH is a man of war: YHVH is His Name. (Exodus 15:3)

The sages explain that those words carry more than a casual reading might imply. YHVH is a MASTER of war. But this might even be one of those occasions where a colloquial English rendering might be more instructive than the direct translation of the original Hebrew.

Try it this way:

“He’s da MAN!!! When it comes to making war – He IS the Master.”

Pharaoh was playing chess way out of his league. And so are those today who think they can outmaneuver THE ‘Master of war.’

That should be comforting for those of us who know Him, and seek to serve Him. So should the fact that the very same segment of Scripture which proves that point refers to Him as “YHVH Nissi”, meaning our “Banner”, or “Standard” and ALSO as Yahuah Rapha, our Healer.

The admonition that Moses gave to the people of Israel who saw the army of Pharaoh bearing down on them still applies, too:

“Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of YHVH…”

Remember, though, that they still had to WALK through the waters themselves.

Parsha “Vaera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 20th, 2015

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vaera” (Exodus 6-9).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again covers the essential aspects of the story, from “<em>Ani YHVH</em>” and what that declaration means, and the subsequent story will emphasize, to through the first seven plagues.

SSM Vaera 2015

The longer teaching from Shabbat is a bit different than usual. While always careful to distinguish between “what is Written”, and what might be called “connecting the dots,” sometimes a little “<em>Markology</em>” is apropos. Because this portion is <strong>SO </strong>connected to our natural concern about what is happening now, and how that might relate to plagues to come, this is the week for it. When the “Greater Exodus” begins, will we recognize the pattern?

“Plagues, Parallels, and Prophecy”  – Vaera 2015

Parsha “Shemot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 10th, 2015

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Shemot” (Exodus 1-5).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark introduces the new Book, and the importance of the “Names” theme; no, it’s not just the first few verses.

SSM Shemot 2015

The longer teaching from Shabbat, however, is really one that deserves an introduction:

Yes, buckle up!

Not only is this parsha an unequivocal rejection of the “Romans 13 Lie” taught by far too many 501c(3) faith-based Caesar-chartered corporate churches of another god — it’s a powerful refutation of what the Unholy New World Church-State Partnership is doing right now to a people who have forgotten His Written Truth.

Shemot 2015 — “Names, Character, and Choice of Law”

 

Torah Teachings — Podcasts on-line

January 6th, 2015

All of Mark Call’s collected Torah teachings for 2014 are now available on-line in MP3 format at WayToZion:

www.waytozion.org/teachings/mark_call/2014

 

Podcasts for teachings from earlier years follow a similar format, and can be found via this link as well:

www.waytozion.org/teachings/mark_call/mcall.htm

 

Parsha “Vayechi” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 6th, 2015

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vayechi.” (Genesis 47:28 to the end).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again covers the entire parsha — from the blessings over all the tribes of Israel through the eeaths of Jacob and then Joseph.

Shabbat Shalom Mesa – Parsha ‘Vayechi’ 2015

The longer teaching from Shabbat takes off from the framework of the parsha into “uncharted territory”, perhaps even a bit more than usual!

Yes – there’s a lot going on as the world enters a new secular year. And perhaps the world’s focus on “unity” — even in light of prophecies that (like Ezekiel’s ‘two sticks’) point in that direction — is NOT the right answer for us today.

Don’t miss this one:

Vayechi – and What’s Different About the NEXT Exodus?

Xmas Post-script

January 1st, 2015

Sometimes the Truth is easier to deal with AFTER an event — particularly after a particularly emotional event! — than it is in the “heat of the moment.”

That is no doubt what many people have learned when it comes to certain “holidays“.  And that is perhaps nowhere more obvious than when it comes to Xmas.

More and more people have come to realize that “Jesus” could not have been born in the depth of winter (there weren’t any “shepherds watching over their flocks by night” then) and that He was almost certainly born during the Feast of Tabernacles, or “booths” (not coincidentally, that Hebrew word “suka” for a temporary structure sometimes gets rendered as “manger”  in the Olde English).  Instead, it was the pagan sun-god, Mithras, Sol Invictus, et al, that was always said to be “re-born” on December the 25th…just after the winter solstice.   Some even now know Xmas traditions owe far more to Saturnalia than anything remotely Scriptural, and that Jeremiah chapter 10 doesn’t seem too keen on Xmas trees, either.

But the problem has always been that people often love the “warm fuzzy feelings” associated with a “holiday” than they really care about what the Bible might really have to say about it.  Especially when they don’t want to hear the answer.

And so instead, people often try to change the subject, and sidestep the issue.  Better still, make it into an argument about something else, and then say, “can’t we all just get ALONG?”   Did you hear the argument again this year about  why it’s so IMPORTANT to say “Merry Christmas” rather than something less “polarizing” like “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”?  As if the ultimate irony was no longer true:  that the pagans had “christmas” first.

No – it’s far more important, some claim, that we Believers be “unified” about a pagan so-called holy day, even if we really know better.   And regardless of what the Bible says.

Is “unity” more important than obedience to the King and Master we claim to honor?

So, now that the emotion and stress and even commercial frenzy is over, perhaps we can do a “Christmas post-mortem” on what the Truth really is about pagan forms of worship, and whether we should participate or not.  Maybe we can even take a look at what the Savior we claim to honor really Wrote — especially if He is the “Word Made Flesh”.

Let’s start with Deuteronomy chapter 7, and remember that the Roman Catholic Church does readily admit that “Christmas” traditions date to the era of Constantine, and sun-god worship.  Since those folks wanted to keep their pagan gods, and pagan celebrations — why not just “Christian-ize ’em”?   Just relabel Saturnalia and the birth of Mithras and say it’s for “baby Jesus” instead.  Surely God can’t object to “bringing more people to Christ”, can He?  Even if we have to lie?  Even if we have to break His Word to do it?

His warning would seem pretty clear, however.  (Unless perhaps you’re a “church father” or have some other agenda.)  He warned His people not to serve the false gods of the pagan people around them, “for that will be a snare to you.”  (v 16)  Furthermore, when it comes to their symbols and idols, we are not even to “covet the silver or gold on them…lest you be snared by it.”  (v25)

But it’s the last line in the chapter that should really grab our attention, as people put away the silver and gold balls, and set the asherah tree on the curb one more time:

Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”

You’d think that would be pretty clear.  But we’ve already heard the inevitable reprise, “Hey, it’s NO BIG DEAL.  God knows my heart, and He doesn’t really care about things like that.”  (In spite of what He says, over and over again, presumably.)

And since the mind boggles at the potential responses to a Whopper like that from what is ACTUALLY Written, as opposed to what men no doubt say He SHOULD have Written, were He as smart, and tolerant, and Open-Minded as them…
(Deuteronomy chapters 12 and 13, 30:19, Isaiah 66:3-4, the exile stories of places like Jeremiah 3 and Ezekiel 23, and scores of others come immediately to mind)
…let’s just stick to one (OK, two — since He repeats it through multiple witnesses) easy rejoinder.  And since pagan Xmas celebration pretends to be “all about Him” — why not quote what He said when it comes to “traditions of men”?

He said, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.

And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching
as doctrines the commandments of men.    (He quotes from Isaiah 29:13)                       — Mark 7:6-7 (and Matthew 15:2 as well)

That would seem pretty clear, even when it comes to things which He did not already say were “abominations” to Him, and a snare and curse to us!

Another pagan “holy-day” is past.  The trappings may still be in living rooms, on rooftops, and in trash cans all around us, and the debts incurred (in more ways than one) are yet to be paid, but this may be the ideal time to address the issues, and maybe even learn the lessons.   “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  (John 14:15)

Indeed.  Why not start now, while there’s still time before the next onslaught.

And if all else fails, perhaps we can refer doubters to what He said next to those same hypocrites:

All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”

Parsha “Vayashev” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

December 15th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vayashev.” (Genesis chapters 37 through 40).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers the entire parsha — the first part of the story of Joseph, who might even be called the “Transition Patriarch.”

SSM “Vayashev” 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat again focuses on several of the broader messages pervading the portion. One might be the ‘unifying underlying theme’ of the story of the patriarchs of Genesis, but the even bigger questions probably have to do with “His Plan” — and what our own choices have to do with it.

Vayashev – Joseph – and “Yah’s Plan — and our part in it”

Parsha “Vayishlach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

December 8th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vayishlach.” (Genesis chapters 32:4 through 36).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers the entire parsha — the story of Jacob’s challenges in reconciling with his estranged brother Esau, the subsequent ‘rape of Dinah,’ (if that’s really what it is) and the violence that follows.

SSM “Vayishlach” 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat again focuses on at least one of the broader themes pervading the portion, and might be titled, “Dealing with Esau…” and violence, and indeed ‘the world.’   This, too, is a section of Scripture that should REALLY speak to us today!

TT CooH – Dealing with ‘the world’ – division – and the cancer of ‘hamas’ or violence