Posts Tagged ‘nakedness’

“Naso” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Naso” (Numbers 4:21 through chapter 7).

And let’s be clear up front. This one, to paraphrase Shaul/Paul, is about the “meat” of Scripture, not milk. And in a world of paganized “xtianity” where much of what calls itself the ‘Body of Christ’ is not even ready for water — and as Yahushua promised — many will be “offended”.

But it is time for all of us to speak His Truth “boldly” – as we ought to.

First, from Erev Shabbat, the overview of the entire fascinating — and even repetitive — Torah portion. This is the longest parsha in Scripture; it contains some of the most critical concepts in Scripture, especially now, and also among the most “overlooked”.

Naso 2016

 alternate link via WayToZion to Erev Shabbat Naso 2016

It is again the Sabbath Day teaching where the Torah portion, and the Scriptures that depend upon it, become such an indictment to a world, even a “church,” which “honors Me with their lips” — but “their hearts are far from me.”

How can we possibly come OUT of something, if we don’t even recognize the whoring and lies that resulted in the Exile to begin with?

 

“What fellowship has whoring with the ‘body of …”another jesus“…’ ?”

alternate link to Naso Sabbath Day teaching

To Serve the People

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Submitted for your approval…

A story of the Near Future…in the Constitution-free Zone.

The New Amerikan Gestapo known as the TSA, which is alleged to stand for something promising a little temporary security in exchange for a few remaining God-given Rights, has been getting some bad press lately.  More and more of the Sheeple seem to be waking up to the fact that taking porno shots of children, old folks, and even nubile young women — and rudely groping those who refuse to submit — is nothing but Security Theatre.

Now it seems that the widely-reviled (by the State-Loving Press, anyway) “National Opt-out Day” may not have been as much of a “bust” as the sycophants were gloating.  Obviously, most of those who were not inclined to being treated like cattle simply refused to travel by Government-Run Airlines…and opted instead to either stay home, or go by car…while that option still exists.  Reports reveal that most of the offending Naked Body Scanners were simply turned off during the High-Profile Days…thus avoiding any embarrassment for the Transport Sexual Abusers, and, coincidentally, their victims as well…at least briefly.

But sometimes the Truth comes out anyway.   The following is a bit of extrapolation…based on current trends and a bit of whimsy:

The phone rings  in the office Benjamin deHamas, editor of the Washington Verdad — the nation’s most-respected news source.   “Ben, listen up.  Remember that misguided protest against TSA back when we first started installing the Enhanced Body Scanners, and a few miscreants actually objected to how we were taking care of them?  Well, there are evidently still a few Neanderthals out in fly-over country who don’t trust us, and are actually not doing their Duty!  Well, not voluntarily, anyway.”

“I find that hard to believe, Madam Secretary, but what did you have in mind?”

“We have decided to take a new direction now when it comes to Security.  After all, if we can’t protect people, who can?  We’ve even got a great name for the new Policy…it’s called ‘To Serve the People’, and we’d like your help again in announcing the initial phase-in.”

“Of course…we are always happy to help, as you know.  Catchy title, by the way…it even sounds kinder and gentler.”

The problem seemed to be that even those people who appreciated the New, New Enhanced Screening were starting to grumble about how long it took to get to work, or the store, now that even local mass transit and most interstate highways involved waiting in sometimes long lines for the search.  In order to streamline the process, and to demonstrate the degree of Customer Sensitivity at the TSA, the new process would extend the much-envied “Trusted Traveler ID Program” not just to VIPs, like pilots, bus drivers, Licensed Press, and Members of Congress, but even to NON-government workers!  First would be those who had already applied for Special Hardship Permits, of course…but eventually everyone might be offered the opportunity to “opt out”!

Free trips to the very playground where Officials convened to consult with the Federal Reserve itself would be offered to the first few rounds of selected  applicants.  “Get a background check, a blood test, and a free all-you-can eat trip to Jackson Hole as a reward…just to show the traveling Public that we are REALLY here ‘to serve the public’!”

“Wow, Madam Secretary, that sounds tremendous.  I hear the food there is really something to dream about, too.  Almost makes me wish I could sign up again myself!”

“Don’t worry, Ben.  I’m sure we can arrange a Press visit for you early on as well.  Just help us inform the People about what we have planned.”

After his staff meeting, a reporter who the famous editor knew only as “Mark” stopped him by the door, and asked him if he had seen the New Policy Guidelines.   “No,” he responded. “What does it matter?”

“Because they seem to be classified.  Even the front-line TSA Search Duty proctors haven’t seen ’em.  Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?”

“Aw, come on, Mark,”  deHamas said.  “It’s National Security, for cryin’ out loud.  Of COURSE it’s classified.”

“Sure, Mr. deHamas.  That’s my regular beat, and I know their procedures, but my sources always get me advance copies anyway.  How else can we have the stories ready in advance of the procedures?  But this is different.”

“You’re starting to sound a bit like one of those internet extremists,” he quipped.  “Next thing I know, you’ll be quoting the Bible!”   Mark didn’t find that funny.  “OK, see what you can find on it.  But don’t waste too much time; we’ve got an announcement to put out.”  And that was that, or so he thought.

As both the Secretary and the Pravda editor expected, the new Policy was a big hit…and applications swamped the system.  It didn’t hurt that Jackson Hole had a great reputation as the place where the elite came to enjoy the finest cuisine the nation had to offer, especially since food prices had gotten so high after the collapse of the dollar.

The streamlined “Trusted Traveler Program” turned out to be simplicity itself as well.   A single, almost painless injection took care of not only the insertion of the tiny, tamper-proof, National ID device itself, but simultaneously allowed the ‘wonder-chip’ to transmit DNA information to a nearby reader.  Everything about the signup process was not simply easier, but so much more “customer friendly” than the intrusive, but necessary, “Strip and Bend Over Duty” (or “S-BODY”) that those people who had not yet “Embraced the Change” still had to struggle through, whether it was at airports or public transportation, or at the Roadside Duty Stations.

Ben deHamas, of course, was tapped to cover the first set of non-VIP “Trusted Travelers” allowed to go through the new process, and be given their Internal IDs.  He was literally headed out of the office, briefcase in hand, en route to the VIP Concourse at Obama Global Airport, when Mark stopped him at his door.

“Don’t get on the plane, Mr. deHamas!  I finally got a copy of the New Policy book!  It’s not what you think!”

“Good grief, Mark.  What could be the problem with a program called ‘To Serve the People’?”

He could see the fear in his staffer’s eyes as he answered.

“It’s not a customer service manual,”  he said.  “It’s a cookbook!”

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*  Apologies, obviously, and a tip of the hat, to the late Rod Serling and his famous Twilight Zone episode, called “To Serve Man.”


This little cautionary tale is intended as an only somewhat tongue-in-cheek reminder that the “veneer of civilization is very thin”.

And, given that the Constitution has already been “served up on a platter”, what could be that much more shocking?

Taking off the gloves… part 2

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
— II Timothy 4:2-4

Last month I wrote that it was time for the “gloves to come off” when it comes to speaking the Truth of YHVH “boldly” when we, as watchmen, see that the “sword is coming upon the land.”  Recently the land of the formerly-free upped the ante:  the velvet glove of pretense was removed, to reveal a brutal iron fist within, as the aptly-nicknamed Transportation Sexual Abusers (TSA) at major airports began to force many would-be travelers to choose between an ogling of their Naked Body Scan and a brutal groping of their privates…because it would make the gullible “feel safer”.  There was a time when any five-year-old girl hearing such a ridiculous claim knew it was a lie, and would not have fallen for it.  But the “many” are again deceived, while hundreds of stories of horrors and atrocities abound over the internet.  Meanwhile, the mainstream press steps up the propaganda to those who (obviously) have nothing else LEFT to hide.

The Bible repeatedly uses terminology like “to reveal the nakedness” in the context of forbidden acts, and things which cause shame.  Truly, this month the nakedness of Police State Amerika has now been revealed to the entire world.  The World’s Biggest Lie may now well be, “No need to trust in God any more…only the Almighty State can keep you safe.”  So shut up, get in line, raise your arms, and follow orders, in other words.

But what continues to concern me as well is the response of far too much of the State-created, Caesar-approved, 501c(3) “church” and its licensed “Clergy Response Team” apologists.   All too often the same people who preach that God’s “Law is done away with!” will turn right around and claim that Romans 13, however, means that you must now be “under the law” of men instead.  Somehow the obvious contradiction eludes those whose salary seems to depend on which master writes the check, and offers the tax-exemption.

We have been warned (Matthew 24, Mark 13, etc) that the deception to come would be incredible.  The fact that the world’s reserve currency is a fraud, an abomination, and repugnant to the Constitution of the land which prints it, surely qualifies as a major ‘deception’, as does the theatrical depravity at airports which masquerades as “safety”.  The ForeclosureGate fiasco, where literally trillions of dollars in increasingly worthless mortgage “securities” have been passed off as investments, has been called the greatest financial fraud in history…which is saying something, given the scale of recent financial fraud!  But the plagues which inevitably must follow the unraveling of such Big Lies are barely just beginning.  History shows that wars, both economic and eventually the bloody kind, generally follow.  As do false saviors.

I recently received another in what has become a series of emails from a Christian evangelical clergyman whose first name is evidently “Doctor”.  He seems to take great offense at my public writings critical of the lies of such torah-less-ness, and which apply the prophecy of Jeremiah 16:19 (that we have “inherited lies, and things wherein therein there is no profit”) to modern Amerika.  How can I continue to emphasize how important it is that those who understand His Truth repent, begin to “come out of her”, and to be separated from the coming plagues.  I was asked pointedly whether there wasn’t “anything else” that I could talk about, and advised that it evidently wasn’t loving to warn people about lies, or suggest they separate from lawlessness…much less, evidently, to “convince, rebuke, or exhort.”

I disagree dramatically…and, in this particular case, not even very respectfully.  Those who lead or teach are held to a higher standard (Hosea 4:6, Matthew 5:19, etc).  The point of “blowing a trumpet” when the sword comes upon the land, according to Ezekiel 33, is to warn those whose lives are in danger.  Quite frankly, as I read that missive, I could not help but be reminded of the story of a “pastor” in Nazi Germany who was concerned that his “sheep” might be disturbed by hearing the screams of passengers riding the rails to a nearby concentration camp…and thus advised the church choir to “sing louder”.

Our Father warns those charged with such responsibility, and who FAIL to do their duty, that, “his blood I will require at your hand.” How much more so, then, those “blind guides” who not only preach “lawlessness”, but teach others to ignore the warning?   The “dust from our sandals” is not the only Witness against such perfidy.

We have been informed (Amos 3:7, etc) that YHVH does nothing without first declaring Himself through His servants, the prophets.  The essential message of every prophet in Scripture is ultimately almost identical:  Repent (or turn, in the Hebrew t’shuvah) from “wickedness”, and return instead to Him, lest the inevitable consequences of rebellion follow.  Learn to walk again in obedience to His “torah”, the instruction that He gave to us, in love, so that we might be blessed.  Both history and Scripture teach that the outcome for every single nation which forgets that essential Truth is the same.  And the warnings today, I contend, have NEVER been so clear.

“For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them…But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” —  I Thessalonians 5:4-5

Sometime “love” means telling people the Truth…even when it doesn’t soothe “itching ears”.

“One who turns away his ear from hearing torah, Even his prayer is an abomination. — Proverbs 28:9

The New ‘Biggest Lies’

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The alleged “controversy” about AIT (who cares what it is supposed to stand for) at airports and, increasingly, evidently hidden in vans on Amerikan streets, fascinates me.  It’s not just that the Naked Body Scanners are an abomination from the pit of a police state hell-on-earth, however, it’s how a disgusting majority of the sheeple comprising the still-traveling public continue to submit supinely (well, standing with arms outstretched, anyway) to the abuse.

But there are encouraging signs.  A few vocal individuals, like former Express Jet airline pilot Michael Roberts, have been willing enough to say “No!” to such invasion, even at the cost of their job.  Many, many others have simply decided to avoid commercial air travel whenever possible — although the response of the Terror State Administration and those who fund them has simply been to “bring the show on the road.”

Others of us fight such Evil in additional ways.  Ridicule is such an alternative.  While questioning the Gestapo-inspired Thugs manning the turnstiles at an airport is guaranteed to result in missing a flight, and probable arrest — to do so in print or in person  will still probably just get someone put on a list, for now.

So, in the spirit of speaking the Truth “boldly”, as we all ought to, I offer the following observation:

Remember when the Number One “Biggest Lie” in America was, “I’m from The Government and I’m here to help you”?

Now there are two more:

“Naked Body Scans are good for you,”  and

“We don’t save the Kiddie Porn pictures…or your wife’s.”

Ridicule sometimes works when Right and Reason don’t.

Bookends

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I saw an editorial cartoon this week which gave me a chuckle, more because it seems to indicate that even a few folks who generally seem clueless to what is happening in the world may be starting to at least have a few questions.  In the living room of a glass house sat a man and wife, obviously concerned about all of the satellites, surveillance vans, men with binoculars and wiretaps, and other police state paraphernalia which was trained on them.  The caption read, “I thought transparency was supposed to apply to the GOVERNMENT.”

The cartoonist missed the a trick, however, because the man and woman were clothed:  he forgot about the backscatter millimeter wave naked body scanners, which have now migrated from airports to mobile tax-supported vans.

All of which is an introduction to the topic which was already on my mind anyway, right from Bereshiet/Genesis 2:25, “And they were both naked, the man [adam] and his wife [isha], and were not ashamed.”
As it turns out, however, they might be considered to have been ‘covered’ by YHVH, while they were in obedience to Him and under His care.  It wasn’t until a bit later (v 3:7), after eating of the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that ” the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked…

Note the sequence of events carefully here; we’ll get back to the comic in a minute.  While the original man and his wife were under obedience to their Creator, they were naked before Him, but not not ashamed.  But when they went into rebellion against Him, and broke the single commandment they had been given, they were exiled from that Garden.

I often note the beautiful symmetry of many teachings in Scripture.  Some prophecies are cyclical, and foreshadow events which repeat, often on multiple levels and multiple times.  Some events are foreshadowed.  Some aspects of that concept have even been described with the summary “as with the fathers, so the sons”.  Both Abraham and his son, for example, committed almost identical acts of putting their wives at risk by denying (or at least “fudging”) their relationship.  And the generation which sees the ‘Greater Exodus’ may well recognize the prophetic parallels of the one our ancient fathers saw.

But there is a ‘bookend’ to that story of the original garden, which this concept of ‘nakedness’ before a master seems to help expose, it you will pardon the multiple puns.

The ‘prince of this world’ is not very original.  He copies the true Creator.  He, too, has commandments, demands tribute, and offers his own “blessings and curses” for obedience and resistance.

Modern slaves of Caesar, or “Big Brother” if you prefer, are also required to stand naked before their chosen master.  They submit to his searches, his wiretaps, his economic surveillance, his ‘naked body scans’.  And most of them don’t even know they are naked (see Rev. 3:17, for example.)

What struck me when I thought about that editorial cartoon of the ‘man and his wife’ sitting in a glass house, who didn’t know that they were ALSO naked before their false ‘mighty ones’, was that this, too, was a “bookend” in Scripture:

The first adam (literally Hebrew for ‘man’) was naked, but not ashamed, arguably because he was covered by his Creator.  But when they rebelled, and ate of the forbidden fruit of knowledge, they were put out of the garden. (1)

Modern adam is also naked, and clothed instead only in ignorance.  His ‘covering’ by the prince of this world has more in common with the “Emperor’s New Clothes” than the white garments described in Biblical prophecy.  And the new “garden” is a fake as well…from the ‘knowledge’ infused at the Government Indoctrination Centers and media Ministries of Propaganda, to promises of earthly salvation via tree-hugging rather than fruit consumption.

Everything about the original story has now been turned upside-down…except those two Original Lies.  (2)

Adam was put out of the Garden of Eden.  We must choose to COME OUT of the imitation.

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1)  The Hebrew word used in Gen. 3:23 is shalach, meaning send out, or put away.  It is the very same word later used as part of the process for divorce.

2)  “You shall not surely die”, and “you can be like Elohim…” (Bereshiet/Genesis 3:4-5)