02. Proper Conduct

You no doubt have been following the little war that has been ensuing between those who weave a web of darkness and deceit and those of us who are battling for righteousness and holiness withing the Christian UFO Research Community.

One has to ask oneself what to do when the rantings and ravings of a psychotic person could endanger one’s ministry. Do you fight the attacks, or do you give everything to Yahweh, or do you both. Some have chosen to sit back and let things continue unabated. I chose this avenue for the past seven years, only answering in volley to correct misquotes and blatant lies. I have always prayed for those who attack me. When I know that the people are other believers, or even if they are unbelievers in Yeshua I pray for them. Believers can be brought to correction by Yahweh and unbelievers can be brought to salvation through the shed blood of Yeshua. However there is a third subset in this mix; the reprobate who are bound and determined to destroy what Yahweh has established through His people. We’re told in scripture to:

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.. Matthew 5:44

What wonderful words and what a beautiful commandment; and it is a commandment, not a suggestion. But how do you pray for people who are reprobate? I struggled with this question for a long time until one day Yahweh told me that I should pray for His Will in their lives. I mean, if you think that someone is reprobate and they are not and you don’t pray for them then you really don’t love them, right? And what if they aren’t reprobate, what then? Well, if you pray for Yahweh’s Will in their life then you accomplish many things. If they are redeemable then they will be redeemed. If they are fallen away then they will come back and if they’re truly believers who are just totally messed up then Yahweh will fix the mess. This fulfills the ultimate in love of someone whom you would rather not every care for; for those who make your life miserable; that you pray that Yahweh’s ultimate will is done in their lives. He knows what that will is, we never do.

But what do we do when we are incessantly hunted down by the hounds of hell; those who for whatever reason are hell bent on ruining us? We’re told by Yeshua Himself that we are to judge the fruit of people. If they are bearing good fruit then they are a good tree and if they are bearing bad fruit then they are a bad tree, right? In the case of the shepherd, or the watchman, our job also includes warning people of bad fruit. We are in essence, fruit inspectors. If we see that an apple is bad we tell the buyer that the seller is a purveyor of bad fruit and if we see that a grove of trees is representing itself as being a grove of apple trees but the fruit on the tree is sour apples we are to tell unwary buyers. Sure, we might anger those trying to sell the bad fruit, and we might cause the bad fruit on the tree to fall to the ground and not be consumed, but saving the lives or souls of countless people is far more honorable and righteous than angering a small group of unrighteous people.

Many of my friends have told me to just let it go; that this nightmare will go away and that my addressing the rantings of one Paradox Brown about my beliefs and those of those whom I love and care for I am just fueling the fire. They tell me that they just want an audience, that they are people with big egos who want those ego’s fed and that by addressing their issues it only causes them to be recognized and to be brought fame. Their advice is sound advice if the people that have set themselves as adversaries were normal, sane and reasonable people, but this is not the case. If you have a bee hive in your tree and it is away from peoples’ path then you leave it alone. Bees are beneficial creatures and they do mankind a lot of services. There are other insects that are not good to ignore. Take for one, the mosquito.

When I was a child in New Jersey back in the 1960’s we would have terrible mosquito problems if it wasn’t for the mosquito truck that drove through the neighborhood every day spraying a fog of DDT throughout the streets, the mosquito’s would have made life miserable. This action cut the mosquito attacks to a bare minimal and enabled us to play outside at dusk without having to coat out bodies with repellent. In the late 60’s some scientists (genius’ you know the type) came to the conclusion that DDT was harmful to animals and therefore humans. The result of the ban on DDT in New Jersey was that mosquito’s came back with a vengeance. I started to notice that reports of encephalitis were growing in the newspapers as well as other mosquito borne ailments. Well, I guess that my parents pointed it out to me; I was pretty young, but I remember it very well.

Lesson here is that when the DDT truck went through the neighborhood we thrived and life was good. This was because our society was battling a dangerous insect and took the threat serious enough to battle. Stop battling, the problem returns. My friends and family who are concerned about my addressing the Jezebel, Nicole Malone (AKA Paradox Brown) fail to recognize the danger that this woman poses to the Body of Mashiach with her false teachings; and the fact that she it teaching at all is questionable too. If you’ve read earlier posts in this blog you know why I see Paradox’s teachings to be dangerous, simply because she uses her teachings to tear apart the brethren and also because her mental condition makes it so that she cannot make sound decisions about things, causes her to not have compassion and could also cause her to have anti-social traits. It would be akin to Hannibal Lector teaching classes on how to make friends and influence people.

You probably also know that I’ve asked Brown, or Malone or whatever name she’s going by now, that she cease and desist teaching and counseling people because of her disability. She had sent a letter of apology for her venomous actions in the past but never repented nor asked for forgiveness. Well, the madness continues. I’m starting to understand how Elijah felt when Jezebel was out to get him. She too wore the pants in their family as her husband was a weak king, much like PB’s husband. The Jezebel of that time the current one have much in common because they both have the same spirit. In essence, they controlled their husbands, set up false gods and doctrines and sought to kill the Prophets of Yahweh. If anyone cannot see the parallels that Paradox Brown shares with the Jezebel of old then they’re not looking very hard or they are in denial.

Again, if you’ve read this blog at any length you know that Yahweh has given me the gift of prophetic ministry. He shows me things, tells me things and gives me dreams and I write them down for people to read. The office of prophet is one that always gets a target painted on the back of the one whom Yahweh uses, probably like no other gift, except for maybe the Apostle. Just yesterday I was alerted by a friend to a post that PB has placed on her blog, asserting that I’m a false prophet. In her post she takes some of the things that Yahweh has given to me and she uses her “genius” reasoning ability to tear them down as being false dreams, words and visions. Well, in the world we once had the saying that opinions are like people’s rear ends, everyone has one and they all stink. PB’s opinions are the result of someone who refuses to live in the real world and has WAY too much time on her hands. By her own admission her “genius” I.Q. number qualifies her to teach scripture and counsel people, (so much for need of the Holy Spirit, right?) but is she really coming about these determinations and teachings from her IQ or is someone else “feeding” her information.

Bear in mind that PB states in a letter that she “heard a little voice” tell her to move to Roswell to marry Guy Malone. Now, this might be all well and good if she had been single, but at the time that she “heard the voice,” she was still legally married to her prior husband. Can anyone really say that this was a godly angel or the Holy Spirit who told her to marry Malone when she was still married. What about the myriad of scriptures that relate to us that “God Hates Divorce” and that “bigamy” is an offense too. By her own admission, she wants us to think that Yahweh told her to be a bigamist??? Her contention, that the prior marriage was not a “God Sanctioned” marriage so therefore it was never a marriage. She had children by this marriage, so the union occurred and the consummation was a fact, so in Yahweh’s eyes, they were married. Consummation has always been the “seal” that the marriage was/is in fact a marriage. The children are the evidence.

This PB is the same person who once wondered if what dimension she was in and what was the true reality. Again, this is the person who is questioning whether Yahweh is speaking through me? A woman who questions reality, who for a long time wondered if she had multiple personalities and who hears voices tell her to commit bigamy; yeah, that is a reliable source for ascertaining what is right and wrong.

PB mentions that the words, visions and dreams that Yahweh has given me are really the words spoken to me by a “familiar spirit,” well is she speaking from personal experience. I mean, that would be the only way that she would know for certain. After all, she claims that  she relies on her “genius” intellect to discern scripture so is can’t be the Holy Spirit “informing” her regarding these matters.  I’d like to end this by warning Paradox Brown, Nicole Malone or whoever the heck you are this week, that you should perhaps be careful because saying that the works of Yahweh are the works of Satan and his minions is dangerously close to blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And why Nicole, or Paradox or whoever you are, why haven’t you posted the word that Yahweh gave me for your betrothed? Why? Well perhaps because people would see how he has fallen from grace, and how you are the mighty wind that has caused him to fall. My dear Jezebel, you are the one who has led to his destruction and you continue to stoke the fires that will consume him along with yourself. You two really deserve each other, and you will both fall from that wall.

In the circles of those of us who believe that Yeshua is Mashiach we often use the phrase that if the enemy is going through so much effort to discredit us or keep us down then it means that we’re being effectual in the promotion of the Kingdom of Yahweh. Many times in counseling sessions I tell Christians who are still being harassed by demonic entities that they (the Christians) are special in Yahweh’s eyes and the enemy knows that, so the enemy tries to discourage believers so that they will not be successful in their life’s calling. The enemy will always try to take out the soldiers at the front line because they are the most dangerous to them. The private who is shining the general’s shoes half a world away is not so much a threat to the enemy at the wall, but the fully equipped soldier at that wall is a clear and present danger. There are times that well meaning believers (I hope so anyway) will tell the person under attack that the enemy is attacking because of sin in the life of that person or that they have taken the wrong path and Yahweh is allowing the attacks to occur so as to get them back on the straight and narrow path. Granted, this might be the case in a person who warms pews or armchair quarterbacks other believer’s lives, but for the person in the trenches the attack comes as a result of being a threat to the hordes of hell.

The enemy attacks in many ways. Let’s face it, he’s a pro at it, being both the Father of Lies and the Accuser of The Brethren for so many years; he’s quite adept at spiritual warfare, but not always so smart. In many cases, the enemy will use Yahweh’s own people, or people who have been deceived to believe that they are Yahweh’s own people and also those who are clearly counterfeits of Yahweh’s people who come to steal, kill and destroy. This is where praying for discernment and protection is so important. We can’t always see whom the enemy is using and we need Yahweh to tell us who is who in the great spiritual battle that rages day in and day out. Sad to say, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

Over the past seven or so years the enemy has put three gnats in my life and in the lives of other brothers and sisters. These gnats have stayed away at times but always come back to swirl around our heads to take away our attention from the ministry that Yahweh wants us to perform. The Apostle Paul talked about a messenger from Satan that was sent to buffet him and Paul prayed a few times for Yahweh to remove this “thorn in the flesh.” Yeshua’s answer to him was that Yahweh’s grace was sufficient for Paul. My guess (and yes, it is a supposition, not a fact, just in case the chief gnat decides to take my words out of context yet again) is that Paul’s problem came from one or more people who were detractors of his ministry; people out to destroy what Yahweh was doing. Paul probably became angered at these people and he might have even told them off in an ungracious manner and he might have grieved over the fact that they caused him to sin. Gnats can bring out the worst in people.

Without rehashing recent history in the battles between the gnats and myself I yet again find myself with the gnats buzzing around my head. One of these gnats has decided to take the words, visions and dreams that the Holy Spirit has given to me, things He has told me to share, and they have decided to dissect these things to disprove them. Under the direction of Beelzebub (the Lord of The Flies) they have taken Holy things and have ascribed them to the works of a familiar spirit, making them demonic in nature according to the gnat. IF this gnat was a godly person I would consider her claim, knowing her, and what she is I just dismiss it, knowing that since she is wrong she is coming dangerously close to blaspheming the Ruach Ha Kodesh. This puts things things out of my hands and out of my control and I shall let the Armies of Yahweh, The Captain of Yahweh’s Hosts fight this battle.

So, first off, I would like to thank those of you who have read Paradox Brown’s claims and have actually clicked on her links to check out the content in it’s original form to see ALL of the content, not just what Brown has contorted. Secondly, I would like to thank Brown, or Nicole, or Paradox, or whoever she is today, for posting her rants and raves about what “she” perceives through her “genius” musings, as false prophecies and curses that she says I proclaim. Thank you little gnat, you have caused more people than ever to go to the site to read what you protest against. Thirdly, I would like to thank you Nicole et.al. for doing a wonderful job at bringing down the little demonic empire that you and your husband, along with others have set up. It is oh so “genius” how you are bringing yourself and Guy to ruin, just like the Word that Yahweh gave to me for Guy said would happen. But mostly, and last but certainly not least by any stretch of the imagination, thank you Yahweh Yeshua because you preserve the righteous and you battle against those who choose to battle against your people. Thank you Yeshua for keeping to your Word and thank you that in all of these years of attack from Satan by way of the Malone’s and others, you will prevail and be victorious. You have broken their arrows each and every time that they have shot them at me over these years, and you will continue to do so. Thank you also, that soon you will rout these Philistines and put an end to them. AMEN.

So in the month and years to come, should Yeshua tarry that long, we move onward and upward in ministry. The Opposing The Matrix radio show is growing and listenership is increasing almost on a daily basis. This week, C.K. Quarterman will be joining the PAAPSI ministry as a counselor. He’s already ministering to many people and will join our team to bring more people to the truth of Yeshua as the redeemer and the one who brings freedom and liberty. Because of the radio show and the antics of the gnats we have had many more visitors to our websites. Special thanks go to James Galloway and Larry Scott who have been a great source of strength during the rants and raves of the gnats on Facebook. Another great piece of news is that Jim Wilhelmsen’s website Echoes of Enoch is back up on the internet and running smoothly. Nobody knows for sure who hacked into his site and took it down, but could it be that some gnats got into the server and caused corruption? Only Yahweh knows; but the move has gotten Jim a much better server run by believers in Yeshua.

And finally, it is my hope and desire that on my departure from this world (hopefully many years in the future) to the glorious Kingdom of Yahweh, that I will be able to say as Paul did in his letter to Timothy what I will post below.

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead atHis appearing and His kingdom: 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. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:1-8 KJV

Frankly, I’m getting sick and tired of all of the political crap on television, radio and even on the internet. What makes me even more sick is when believers in Yeshua get mixed up in all of this dreck. We remember a phrase from way back when when people would look at each other and say, “who’s your daddy?” Well, that phrase is still good as I ask believers, who’s your daddy and take it another step and say, “what’s your kingdom?” The article below was originally started out to address a brother on Facebook who always seems to defend Obama and who sadly tends to turn the whole political race into a racially charged debate. My contention; if you look at the core, you will know the score.

When it comes to this whole political debate; this whole “who’s to blame for the ills of America” debacle, I think that we need to look at the core before we consider what we see on the outside. For instance, if you work in an environment where there are people from all religions, Hindu’s, Muslims, Buddhists, etc and you sneeze almost all of them will say, “god bless you.” That on the outside is nice because they are all wishing you a blessing from god, and society has been conditioned to believe that all roads lead to heaven so most accept that blessing. Those people meant well, but the Muslim was saying in effect, “Allah bless you,” and the Hindu is saying, “Shiva bless you,” and the Buddhist is hoping that “the Brahman will bless you.” As I said, their gesture might have been sincere, but their core beliefs are so that you just were blessed in the name of three false gods.

Another example. When Islam says that it is a Religion of Peace, are they lying? One looks at all of the bloodshed and mayhem that Islam brings to the world and it is pretty easy to come to the determination that the pages of the Koran do teach hatred of infidels and subjugation of them too. So how could Islam be a religion of peace. When Islamists say that they are a Religion of Peace, they are not looking at today, they are looking at the end result. You and I know that when Yeshua returns there will be peace; one of his titles is “Prince of Peace,” right? We know that aside from him bringing us peace in our hearts during terrible times, he will ultimately bring the whole world peace and we look forward to that. Well, in the same way the Muslim looks at the end result, and their philosophy teaches that when the whole world is subjugated under Islam, there will be no more enemies to fight, thus there will be a peace. That is their core goal, subjugation and murder to bring about peace.

George W. Bush came on the scene a few years ago and ran on several formats; one being that he is a Christian. Some of us saw through his mask and noticed that he was an impostor in that regard and that he too was just in place to sell America down the river. All presidents have been that way for the past several decades; I’m still on the fence about Reagan, but that is beside the point.

People were tired of the status-quo and wanted change and that is what Obama came and offered to America. The clue should have been seen when he promised to make “fundamental” changes. The fundamentals are the foundations, the very things that hold up a society. In effect, he was saying that he was going to change the very idea of what the United States is and change it into something else. That was his warning, and very few saw it. They just didn’t want Bush anymore and they saw the “change” as an end of the Bush era.

With this in mind, what is the core of Obama? Well, we know from his writings, and the people he associated with that he is a Marxist Leninist and that he favors Socialist/Communistic philosophy. Anyone that has been alive for forty or more years can see that most presidents have pushed us toward the New Age / One World Government model. Each one, it would seem has taken away a freedom or two, or corrupted a freedom so that we could become more socialistic while communists around the world have tried to change communism into a more capitalist format. They have all been trying to make the world into a One World Government.

Assertions have been made in recent years that Obama has “inherited” a mess and there are some truths to those comments. The problem is that you only inherit something upon the death of the holder of assets. Yes, Obama did inherit, but he knowingly inherited it. This country was set on a course of destruction from a long time ago. We’re like a murder victim that has been slowly killed. Now the US lies in bed on life support and the shadow government people are not happy with the longevity of our nation. They want things to change badly, so they hire what the mob calls a “fixer” who will do the dirty work and bring an end to a problem.

Aside from our Lord who keeps us going, our bodies rely on two major organs, the brain and the heart. These are the two foundation organs. Destroy these two organs and death occurs immediately. Other presidents have destroyed the other organs, the tissues, the bones and other things, but the foundation still exists. Obama’s job, isn’t to fundamentally change the American culture of this nation, his job is to destroy the fundamentals, demolish the foundations altogether.

It is high time that people in this thread and everywhere, especially believers in Yeshua finally realize that Obama is a tool of the New World Order and that he was groomed for this purpose. But it is even more important for people to realize that the US is being judged by Yahweh because we have been an immoral people. We have lived just like “we” have wanted to live yet we have claimed the name of Yahweh and in essence, we have mocked God (Yahweh). If anyone thinks that a righteous and supreme Creator is going to just let that happen without bringing about discipline then they are sadly mistaken. While the NWO is using Obama to put shackles on the American people, Yahweh is using him to bring America to its knees; to seek Yahweh and to turn from wickedness.

People can keep on making it a black/white issue or a liberal/conservative issue, that is their choice; but that only brings about division and if something brings about division in the Kingdom of Yahweh then we know where that comes from. This is not a race issue nor is it a political issue; it is a good vs. evil issue and you aren’t going to find the answers in politics or in any politician. You’re only going to find the answer in Yeshua (Jesus).

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

WHAT IS A “GENIUS” AND IS A HUMAN PARADOX A GOOD THING?
By David Ben Ya’akov
Copyright 2012

Ever since I was a small child back in the 1960’s an emphasis was put on testing students to see what their vocational skills were. Back then we were handed a test and then a piece of paper that had numbers followed by little bubbles that you would fill in with a pencil You would indicate which answer you thought to be correct for the question asked. The test would determine where your strengths lie; whether you were inclined toward the sciences, mathematics, language or the arts. Later on, in High School we were given different tests that would indicate our I.Q. or intelligence quotient. This test was the crem de la crem of tests and if you scored high on the test you were supposedly more intelligent than those who scored lower on the test. The thing that should be taken into account is that this is a test of intelligence, not necessarily common sense. For instance, I know a man who has a doctorate in Pharmacy. He could tell you the molecular structure of any drug but was not aware that on our calendar there is a leap year every four years on an even numbered year. I’ve met others who are very bright, but they have to call a road service provider if they have a flat on the highway simply because they cannot deduce how to effectively change the tire out for a spare tire.

The result of my testing was that I have a I.Q. of 137 which doesn’t put me up in the high “genius” status but indicates that I am “gifted.” I’d be the first to disagree however because sometimes it seems like the only gift I have is to make mistakes given my own strengths. It is only with Yahweh’s help that I have any gifts that are of any heavenly value. I can read the writings of Paul and totally agree, “what a wretched man I am…” In our so called high technology world and with our supposed “enlightened” society it is common for people to want to be a genius and some are saddened that they cannot ever reach that esteemed status. But is being a genius really a good thing? Does it really amount to a hill of beans where Yahweh is concerned. We read in so many places in scripture that “worldly wisdom” is a deficit in a human character and Solomon laments his wisdom in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter one:

I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, And what is lacking cannot be numbered. I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

I don’t think that anyone could argue that Solomon was a very intelligent. I hesitate to call him a genius because of the origins of the word “genius” and I do not think that Yahweh would bring “genius” upon a man who asked Him for wisdom. So, I will state that Solomon was a man filled with wisdom, endowed by Yahweh and there probably has never been a person with that much knowledge before or after Solomon lived. I also believe that Solomon, who was anointed by a prophet of Yahweh, was filled with the Holy Spirit by whose means the intelligence came to him. With this in mind, we see the effects of being full of wisdom. The result of Solomon’s wisdom is that he lived a miserable life because he allowed his possession of wisdom to cause pride in his life and it caused him to fall spiritually, physically and in his monarchy.

A couple of months ago I had a running discussion with a woman who claimed that she was able to study scripture because she is a genius. If you’ve read this blog prior to this entry you know all about that discussion. There are many people running around, sort of running amok with their own knowledge of what Yahweh wants us to know. They are cunning enough to twist scripture in such a manner that they can make almost anyone believe that what they are saying is true. This particular woman has made quite a few assertions that the words, dreams and visions that I have been given from Yahweh are not from Yahweh, but from a familiar spirit. I’ll not even address that assertion much because both time and Yahweh will prove His words to be true no matter how hard she tries to vilify me and ascribe the words of Yahweh and His Spirit to the works of the demonic. Scripture warns people about doing that very thing, so that is in His hands for Him to meet out when He sees fit.

Recently my wife and I were shopping in a very popular second-hand store here in Eugene. They have an excellent book section and we’re there so much that the workers in the store almost know our names by heart. Recently, my wife, who shares a like in word origins as I do, picked up a book about word etymologies (origins) and when I was thumbing through the book the pages fell open to the word “genius.” Because of all that happened a couple of months ago I decided to look into the origins of this word to see where it comes from. To my surprise, I found that Paradox Brown, the one who claims to be able to discern scripture because she is a genius, is in fact a genius, and that is not a good thing. This word, as I will illustrate below, has diabolical origins. To say the least, I found solace in the meaning of this word as it applies to this woman and it explains to me why she is out to destroy me and my ministry, as well as Jim Wilhelmsen and his ministry. When you see that “genius” is really a demonic spirit you’ll come to one of two conclusions. First, if you have been labeled a genius, you’ll want to change your label to something that is more godly. Second, if you have felt bad that you were never labeled to have a genius I.Q., you will thank Yahweh that you are normal and that you have not been labeled as demon possessed. Here is the definition of “genius” as defined by the etymology book:

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Entmology of the word “Genius”
The Merriam Webster New Book of Word Histories
Copyright 1991 by Merriam Webster Inc
PP 192-193

Genius: According to ancient Greek mythology a daimõn is a supernatural being whose nature is intermediate between that of a god and that of a man. It was believed that at birth each person is assigned one of these spirits to act as a guardian throughout his life. The standard Latin translation of daimõn was genius, from gignere, ‘to beget’. Latin also borrowed the Greek word in the form of daemon ‘spirit’, which in Late Latin was often restricted to mean an evil spirit. Genius in the sense of ‘attendant spirit’ was borrowed from Latin into Middle English in the early fifteenth century.

Part of the role of the tutelary genus was to guard, if not actually determine, a person’s character; thus in the sixteenth century genius came to be used in direct reference to a person’s inclination or bent of mind, as in Sir Philip Sidney’s Defense of Poetry (1595); “A Poet, no industrie can make, if his owne Genius bee not carried vnto it.” In the next century this led to thee sense of ‘a strongly marked aptitude’. This sense of genius was often used of poets and artists, and in England in the eighteenth century the Romantics began to use genius to mean ‘an extraordinary native intellectual power’, especially as manifested in an unusual capacity for creative activity of any kind.

The first translation of the Arabian Nights from Arabic into French rendered the Arabic jinnĩy, meaning ‘spirit’ or ‘demon’, as French génie, meaning the same as English genius. The translators were no doubt influenced by the similarities between the Arabic and French words in both pronunciation and meaning. Thus it is from French that English gets the form genie for a spirit such as appeared to Aladdin when he rubbed the magic lamp.

A variant form, jinni, was borrowed directly from the Arabic. In that language the plural of jinniy is jinn, and this has yielded (in differing styles of transliteration from the Arabic alphabet) the English variants of jinn and djinn.
[L, fr. gignere to beget]

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Another thing that people like to do is to label themselves as being mysterious, something that cannot be understood by many and only by those with high intellect. This is certainly an attitude of pride; a character flaw that is addressed by scripture as something that makes men fall by the wayside and can lead to total separation from Yahweh:

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

People tend to like to put prefixes and suffixes in their names to show people that they have some sort of authority. In Christian circles we see people with titles such as Reverend, Bishop, Monsignor and even Pope, all titles to show increasing authority. They tend to use such authority to lord that authority over people. If you don’t think that I’m correct, walk up to a Catholic Priest and tell him that Yeshua said that we shouldn’t call anyone on Earth “Father…” You’ll be treated like an imbecile and told to go away. Challenge the authority of any of the people listed above and you’ll be seen as insolent and defiant and you will be chastised and labeled as an infidel.

In the worldly scheme of things people who are educated put labels behind their names to show how educated they are. They range from Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Masters Degrees and the ultimate Doctorate degree. They usually put their degrees as suffix’s; AS, BS. MS. or PhD to assert their intelligence. The lower the degree, the more humble. The higher, the less humble. Let me throw in a caveat here. There are many wonderful and humble people who have degrees that do not behave with a superiority complex, so I’m not lumping all people with degrees in a list of narcissists.

There are others however that tend to go the route of the “mysterious” or the “unknowable” One such person uses the name “Paradox.” This name is reminiscent of the hippy days when names like Aquarius Paradise, and Genesis Revelation (real names of people I’ve met) were the norm. These folks were named by their hippie parents of course, but the one thing that they both loved was when people would ask them about their names. They would revel in the fact that their names were unusual and their names made them unique among the rest of the population. Do you see pride creeping in here?

Why would someone take on the pseudonym “Paradox?” Well, one would come to the conclusion right away that this person wants to be surrounded in mystery. They would want to have an occult (secret) meaning and they would want people to know that only if they were a “genius” could they figure out what this person is really all about, but still you would never really know their character. In essence, they want to reflect the idea that they are unknowable. Well, in scripture we know that all people are knowable; we are sinners in need of salvation. We always tend to lean toward the lowest common denominator and as Paul said, “the things I want to do I don’t do and the things don’t want to do I tend to do.” My paraphrase of course. There is only one person who is totally unknowable; that person is Yahweh:

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

We can know the character of Yahweh to some degree through scripture and we can know him more intimately through a relationship with him through Yeshua and we can know even more by way of revelation from the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit), and some day we will know Him better when we are like Him:

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

Yahweh is not a God of mysteries, as some make themselves out to be. The mystery of God has been revealed through Yeshua Ha Mashiach:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33

For any man or woman to want to wrap themselves with a “mysterious” facade it has to be rooted in an occult or demonic origin. So, how could one define “paradox?” An excellent definition can be found at allwords.com which borrows from several sources and uses analogies to explain this difficult word:

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PARADOX
noun
A statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is actually true.
It is an interesting paradox that drinking a lot of water can often make you feel thirsty.
An apparently true statement that appears to lead to a contradiction or to circumstances that defy intuition.
Not having a fashion is a fashion; that’s a paradox.

<!–there is no such term in mathematics; in any case, this is equivalent to the first definition – Paul G, 2005-08-17

(mathematics) a conclusion based on undefined functions

Example: (2 x 0) = (3 x 0) therefore (dividing both sides by zero) 2 = 3–>
a person or thing showing contradictory property, properties
He is a ; you would not expect him in that political party.

A statement that leads to an infinite and instant contradiction.

If a court ruled that common law no longer existed, then the only thing that made that ruling binding was common law, which means that the ruling instantly destroys what lets it exist, which means it no longer exists, which means common law can exist again, which means the ruling can exist again, which means common law doesn’t exist anymore because of the ruling, which means the ruling doesn’t exist, etc.

Translations:
Dutch: paradox , tegenspraak
French: paradoxe , antinomie
German: Paradox Paradoxon
Italian: paradosso
Spanish: paradoja

Etymology: paradoxum, from (paradoxos), “aside belief”
[http://www.allwords.com/word-paradox.html]

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I think in essence a paradox is using a backdoor to define something that is perfectly clear to those who can see plainly. Scripture uses paradox’s many times. For instance, we’re in the world but not of the world; that is a paradox. Predestination is another paradox. We’re told in scripture that the Elect have been chosen from before the foundation of the world yet we’re told to preach the Gospel of Yeshua to every creature. Well, that might sound confusing, but from Yahweh perspective, He’s known the saved from before time began because He is outside of time and space and sees the beginning from the end. For Him, spacial time has had its beginning and has ended already; the books have been opened and history has been completed. We do not know who the Elect is and we are supposed to preach to every creature because we do not have Yahweh’s knowledge of who is saved and by us preaching to every creature we give no man an excuse at the end of time. Yahweh is permitted to use a paradox because He knows the answer because He created the paradox. He reveals the mysteries of the paradox so that His people and the goyim (nations) will know that He is supreme.

So, for a person to label themselves as a paradox, or as someone who can define and discern paradox’s is quite a pompous claim; almost claiming to be a god. This would tie in with a “genius” spirit or a jinn, as the Arabic origins define it. Jinns (demons) have always tried to deceive mankind since they came into being as the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim. If a person revels in being a “genius” that revelry is pride; pride is the sin that caused Lucifer to fall from Yahweh’s favor. You could say that Satan is the ultimate “genius” seeing that he is the “father” of the demons and the father of all lies and deception.

So what have we determined here? We have determined that being labeled a genius isn’t necessarily a good thing and that if you revel in being a genius you might have more serious problems than you ever imagined. We have determined that labeling oneself is also an act of pride if that label is reveled or demands that one be revered. We have to do one more thing however. As believers in Yeshua, what do we do with such people especially if they claim to be all knowing and cannot be taught nor confess that they can be wrong. What do we do if they set out to destroy us, to lord their label over us and to claim that their worldly wisdom allows them to teach, preach or (God forbid) wrongfully discern between right and wrong.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Ephesians 5:6-13

And in conclusion, let us always remember and put into practice the words of our beloved Adonai, our Yahweh Yeshua, who when talking about false teachers said thus:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:15-29

Lately I’ve been thinking about David and Elijah. Both of these men loved Yahweh and both trusted in Yahweh; David so much so that Yahweh said that David was “a man after mine own heart.” Elijah was faithful and often struggled with his calling in Yahweh.

Both of these men were pursued by people that hated them; they were berated and both had a price on their heads at one time or another. David was pursued by Saul who wanted to kill him and David did nothing but evade Saul even though he had chances to kill Saul and assume the Kingly Throne. The Psalms contain many of his outcries to Yahweh for help and his feelings of loneliness, distress and yet also his trust in Yahweh. Elijah was pursued by the army of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. This evil monarchy killed all of the righteous (or so Elijah thought) prophets of Yahweh and Ahab in anguish cried to Yahweh. Yahweh answered back that:

Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. 1 Kings 19:18

So if you’re reading this and think that you’re the last survivor of a fallen away holocaust take heart, there are others out here. With that having been said, please read on.

I’ve been getting so many letters lately from people who are so frustrated over so many things that are going on. Let’s face it, this world is in a flux of madness. As Americans we’ve been given a choice of voting for a Mormon or voting for a Muslim. The Mormon has morals and values and that is a good thing, but he’s still a member of what many of us view to be an extraterrestrial cult. His god is flesh and blood and lives on a planet somewhere out in space. Voting for the Muslim is a no-brainer, it just isn’t going to happen with anyone that I personally know.

At our work places we see people who are acting out in all sorts of ways. Although they don’t have the discernment that we have as practicing believers in Yeshua, they can sense that our world is circling around a vortex and seems to be getting closer and closer to the center of that whirlpool. They cannot understand, but at the same time they don’t want to hear the truth; so sad for them.

In the realm of believers in Yeshua the Church seems to be a mess. Some pastors are refusing to preach about sin and hell because it might offend possible attendees. Some churches have written off Jews as lost forever with no chance of redemption and they state that the believers in Yeshua replace Israel. So what about Yeshua coming back to redeem Israel I ask? Are these so called believers not redeemed? Perhaps they have bigger fish to fry in the stead of hating Jews.

Then we move onto some of the Messianics who insist that gentiles become Jews before they can serve Yeshua, or the ones who say that we have to observe the Torah, not realizing that there are not just Ten Commandments, but 613 and some of them were just for Jews and some more cannot be observed since there is not a Temple anymore.

The list goes on and on; pre-trib, mid-trib or post trib is a subject that has divided churches and ended friendships. The doctrines of Calvin and Arminius has done very much the same. We kill each other while Satan leads thousands into Torments every day. Where’s the shame in Mashiach’s Church about all of this? It doesn’t exist.

My personal favorites however are those who have fire insurance. They claim to be believers in Messiah Yeshua, and they claim that their sins are “Under The Blood” of Yeshua, yet they continue to sin; trying to destroy those who they claim are their brethren, using a venomous style that probably makes Satan very proud of how he is manipulating them. I don’t know about you, but scripture tells me that my sins are “washed away” by the blood if Mashiach. Sins were covered in the Mosaic Covenant through the sacrifice of animals and those who trusted in those sacrifices as a pathway set up by Yahweh were later visited in Sheol by Yeshua who preached to them and later led them with Him to the real Paradise; namely Heaven. So for those of you whose sins are “covered” supposedly by the Blood of Yeshua go right ahead and believe that you are saints under the Mosaic Covenant, that is your right, but are you “right” by asserting your rights in that regard?

But as I mentioned earlier, it seems like evil is increasing these days and yes, it is true, it is increasing. As Americans and/or westerners we have had it pretty easy. We’ve had mushy Christianity, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. It seems that we’ve run everywhere for help in every matter except to Yahweh. We only reserve Him for the things that we cannot fix ourselves or the lawyers or doctors can’t resolve for us. What we seem to feel as evil escalating, our brethren in other lands have been enduring for centuries, even millennia.

Now, we expect the world to rob, steal and destroy; simply because their father (Satan) is the father of those things. It really shocks us when those whom we see as brethren do the same thing. Why be shocked? If a tree is bearing bad fruit do you expect it to produce something that you can eat? Do you expect to get peaches from thorns and thistles? We need to realize that there are just some people who are bad, they were born that way. We also need to realize that there are others who once knew the truth and walked away from it, enticed by the things that this world could give to them. Many times this type takes away from those of us who have been endowed by the Ruach Ha Kodesh with truth for those who want to hear the truth.

Take for instance my dear brother Jim Wilhelmsen. Quite a few years ago Jim wrote a book titled, “Beyond Science Fiction.” In this book Jim brought forth several ideas that were brand new for that time in the research realm that we were involved in. His book brought forth ideas like the NAZIS dabbling in occult sciences and producing the first UFO’s. His book brought forth the subject of Yahweh bending time and space in order to be able to enter our realm and he also explained the Clouds of Heaven, often spoken of in Scripture. For years our fellow researchers mocked Jim behind his back and blackballed him from speaking engagements and seminars simply because they could not accept his ideas, which incidentally are copyrighted in his book.

However as time progressed some of these (I’m not going to lackluster this) thieves began to see that Jim’s ideas did have merit and they began to incorporate his work into their own work. Moreover, they saw that many others were interested in these things and saw a way of making capital on these ideas. I won’t mention names, but if you get Jim’s book and read it, and compare it to other works that are copyrighted later you will see what has happened. One secular program that airs on the History Channel quite often even quotes one of Jim’s works word for word. Again, you’d expect that of the heathens at the History Channel, where they try to distort everything that has to do with Yahweh’s Scripture; but to see so-called believers in Yeshua is despicable.

Now, one could get mad at this, and believe me Jim has every right to be very angry, but Jim has something that the thieves don’t have; he has integrity. You see, Jim realizes that the things that were given to him were given by Yahweh; they were HIS ideas to begin with. Jim figures that it is more important for his word to get out than it is for his pride to be hurt and to fuss and worry about thieves spreading the truth. Now, if you’re looking for a Paradox, you have one; thieves spreading a truth. By the way, so that there is no mistake in the verbage of this blog entry; I am using the word thieves and Jim has not mentioned that word.

So what can we learn from Jim’s attitude? We can learn to have grace and dignity, both things lacking in Yahweh’s Church these days. We see this world spiraling down the drain and if you allow it to, it will scare the heck out of you. We need to know that when the world is falling down all around us, we are in the palm of Yeshua’s hand. We need to know that when people mock us, when they steal from us, when they take our words out of context for personal gain or for vendetta that there will come a day when all things will be judged for what they are and all people will either find peace in who they were or shame in who they were while abiding here on earth in this life. We all need to realize that when they do these things to righteous and true believers in Yeshua, they are doing it to Him too as we belong to Him. There will come a day when Yahweh will comfort us and wipe every tear from our eyes. We need to rebuke discouragement and fear because they come from the enemy. And, we need to put it all in Yahweh’s hands, to cast our burdens on Yeshua and to take on His yoke.

Things are going to get worse, I wish I could say something else, but it is the truth. The sooner that we can put our trust in Yeshua and know that Yahweh is for us and not against us, and that vengeance is His (not ours) and that he will repay every evil we will be able to walk victoriously and we’ll hear those wonderful words we’ve waited our whole lives to hear; “well done good and faithful servant.” Shalom in Yeshua!

NOT ONE NATION UNDER GOD

A Word from Yahweh for America and His People in America

 

Thus Says Yahweh:

One Nation Under God you declare;

In God We Trust you inscribe on your currency.

Yes, I have called you rebellious and a stiff-necked people, yet you did not listen.

I declared to you my divorce decree, yet you still carry my name?

Whoremongering nation filled with idols and idolatry, I reject you.

The sins of your nation rise up to heaven, the stench of abomination.

Your candidates cry from their pulpits that you will rebuild?

I declare from my throne that you will continue in decay; you will grow in rebellion.

For every building that you raise in rebellion to me, ten buildings will fall until all is destroyed.

I have sent disasters to your shores and you call them Acts of God, which they are.

You have ignored my attempts of storms, tempests, fires, droughts and ground trembling.

Had you not been decayed, rotten to the core of your being you too would tremble.

You too would cry to Me to heal your land and bring you peace.

You have rejected me and I have rejected you; it can be no other way.

The Prince of Babylon now hovers over your land, yet you still call yourselves my people?

Know for sure that I have allowed a strong spirit of insanity; a national insanity to overtake you.

Your decisions will never again be those of a people with sound minds and humble hearts.

Behold war approaches your land, brother against brother, family against family.

I will bring foreigners to further your distress and you will not know who is for you,

Nor will you know who is against you. Your minds will reel in agony and distress,

You will remember the days of confusion and long for them; your hearts will fail you.

You claim that you can rebuild, that you can overcome the calamity that will come to you,

Yet, this will only be a delusion that I will allow; one that I will cast upon your land.

You will turn against the nation that you have shadowed under your wings, my people Israel.

You will make alliances with the enemies of my people and you yourself will seek to destroy Jacob.

You will align with the armies that I have chosen to come against My People, My Heritage.

You will die with them on the hills of Israel, your bodies food for the wild birds.

You will no longer be safe in your haven beyond the sea and across the great ocean.

Fire will rain down on your cities and a vast many will be consumed.

The foolish will try to hide in the mountains but the mountains will be their tombs.

There is no place where you can escape from my judgments oh militant children;

In the heavens I will seek you out and in the depths of the earth I will find you.

Even in the depths of the sea I will put you to the sword.

Those remaining will be herded into pens like sheep being readied for the slaughter.

There you will wilt away as the flower in the drought, there you will blow away like the chaff on the threshing floor.

 

I have prepared a remnant that has not bowed down to the idols that infest your land,

I have sanctified a people who have given themselves to me.

These will I tend to like a shepherd and these I will move to my glorious land.

Soon, many who never knew that they were of my ancient family will go to Israel.

They will go at first weeping for the great loss that has occurred,

But, I will turn their sorrow to joy and replace their sackcloth will fine linen, and will shoe their bare feet.

 

The times of the Goyim are over I have decreed and now the recompense must occur.

For all that they have done to my people Israel there will be retribution; hell will literally rise to Earth’s surface,

For all that they have done to my remnant, my sanctified sheep, there will be retribution; a time of great sorrow,

Blood and fire and billows of smoke will be the end of many.

See America, a once proud nation, once filled with children that once loved and served me.

See that it has become Babylon, the Harlot of Nations.

I have shouted my last cry to bring you to repentance; I have given you wicked rulers to rule over you.

I have caused YOU to ask them to serve you and you have gladly placed their yoke upon yourselves.

So now you are beasts of burden for a harsh task master, however your sorrows will be greatly multiplied.

Perhaps when he legislates that you have to bow down to his idol Allah you will then understand.

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Nor will you know who is against you. Your minds will reel in agony and distress,

You will remember the days of confusion and long for them; your hearts will fail you.

You claim that you can rebuild, that you can overcome the calamity that will ca, sans-serif;”>Perhaps when he takes all that you own and gives it to others you will remember who I am and how I once loved you.

Now your insanity causes you to love the one who places his heavy yoke on you.

Go to the pit in regret; enter torments cursing Me because of your unfaithfulness.

Blame me in your rebelliousness for the light of my love for you snuffed out several years back.

I divorced you, not you me and I left you only your shame and nakedness, and you rejoiced.

You’ll find no rest, no sleep and no comfort with the one that you have chosen,

And you will have nothing but misery as you drink sour milk from the tit of your keeper.

You will run to him to heal your sores and he will heal them but at what price?

You will ask him to take away your infirmities, but at what price?

In your old age he will not listen to you, you will be of no use to him.

On your deathbed he will cast you away, a burden to his society will you be.

 

I have kept a remnant, and have preserved a people who love me with an undying love.

These I will reward with rewards that they could have never imagined,

Rewards that the mind of men cannot possibly fathom will rain down on them.

Be comforted my dear ones as you live amongst those who receive my punishment.

For a day will come for me to steal you away from this wicked world.

You will have to endure their cruelty, but look to me for comfort for in me will you find rest.

In me will you stay the storm and come out unharmed. In me the wind will not harm you.

In me the heat will not harm you nor will any of my punishments and retributions touch you.

Very soon the Son of Perdition will be revealed, wicked and full of fury.

The world will wonder after him, they will accept him and they will murder for him.

Through me you will do wonderful exploits that will amaze even this most wicked of creature,

And, you will confound him even to the point of welling up in him great anger at your deeds.

Stay fast those that I love and keep your faith in me.

Though men will hate you and seek to destroy you, it is but for a short time and the trumpet will sound.

And then and only then, when you are out of the way will I rain my vengeance against a wicked world.

Though they harm you a time, times and half a time they will not have the satisfaction of winning;

For my judgments on Sodom and Gomorrah and all of the Cities of The Plain will be considered trite

When compared to what lies in state for a world that rebels against me and nations that spurn me.

For after that time it will no longer be said, “Just as Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah…”

But in the stead it will be said, “Just as Yahweh judged a rebellious world…”

The day is coming when My Glory, and My Glory alone will be spoken of and I, only I will be worshipped.

Remember this those of you who love Me, that this world is not your home nor is it your kingdom.

If any man is in Me, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, he or she is a new creature; you are citizens of My Kingdom.

There is no longer any division, all are one in Me.

Love one another because this is what the world sees and this is what convicts the world of sin.

The love that you exhibit allows the Ruach Ha Kodesh to convict and to bring many to faith in Me.

Talk to me often, trust in me and always remember that this world is temporary,

But your life in My Kingdom is eternal. I will wipe every tear from every eye and My Love Endures Forever.

Yeshua Ha Mashiach.

I sat in shock as Yahweh was giving me the prophetic word that precedes this blog entry. I was at home during election day, November 06, 2012 and even in the morning I felt an uneasiness about our nation and our future. Having married again and having the responsibilities of being blessed with children, son’s in-law and grandchildren through my union with my new wife I have great concern. I’ve never been anxious about what the future held because I know that our God is a God of eternity and He knows the end from the beginning and our current state is history to him, so to speak; however I had an uneasiness. I was also aware through other words that Yahweh had given to me that Obama would win a second term, simply because our nation is being judged by Yahweh for our turning away from Him (Yahweh), and that Obama is a tool of Yahweh’s correction of this nation and his actions might possibly lead to a national repentance.

I finished writing what Yahweh had me write, posted it and settled in for what I knew was going to happen. You see, I know about the shadow government, and I know also that although they think that they are accomplishing their own will, and the will of their master Satan, I also know that Yahweh allows these things to happen to accomplish His ultimate goal. It’s a game of cosmic chess where the pieces think that they are moving themselves around however they do not realize that Yahweh is the one moving the pieces and in the end He will checkmate them with the return of Yeshua in the second advent. It is a lot easier and more soothing to realize this; it really helps me to understand and accept all that is going on; especially the things that I know I cannot change.

At the same time, that doesn’t mean that accepting one thing or another is an easy thing to do. I stood at my station at work all day on the 7th of November pondering what happened. I thought that surely the American people were smart enough to see what four years of Obama had gotten them; but the words of judgment echoed in the background. I was truly sad yet understanding at the same time; two emotions that don’t work well in the human mind. My mind was fighting my heart. I remember thinking “goodness Yahweh, why does this have to happen in my lifetime?” It was right then that the proverbial bells rang and the light bulb lit up above my head; Yahweh was giving me a revelation and it finally clicked.

I remember stealing a few seconds and writing down a few points at my work station so that I would not forget, which seems to happen more as I get older. Right about then the rock station that they play at work started to play post-election Obama speeches and I left the room as the left had their moment of adulation over the airwaves. I came back into the room mumbling something like, “is it over yet.” A woman that I worked with said “you mean, my man?” I said yes and turned back to work. The woman is a lesbian and being mature, about my age we know our differences and have agreed to disagree on some things so we get along pretty good. Again it hit me, the words “I” and “Me” resounded within my being and things began to click again.

As I stood there other memories came back to recall. I remembered a commercial with an African American woman praising Obama because she possessed a cell phone because of him. I remembered Muslims praising him because they believe that Obama would champion their cause. Then I remembered women praising Obama because he was a supposed advocate for woman’s rights. Then there was the union workers, all having Obama bumper stickers on their cars and how they championed Obama on television and in the news. The list went on and on and again the words, “I” and “me” echoed in the background. And finally, those words came back to me; “Yahweh, how can you allow this to happen while I’m alive, while my generation lives. You see, although our generation is pretty messed up there are many of us who work hard and eek out a living for ourselves and our families. We pay our fair share of taxes to our states and the federal government and basically, we shoulder the burden for all of the social programs that support those who either can’t or won’t take on the burden of supporting society. However, on the other hand, we’re also one of the most self centered generations that ever existed, only exceeded in pride and arrogance by those generations that have followed us.

In Hebrew Scripture we are told that the Church is like a body, and that all members are of one body and that the body needs all of the members to survive and that if a certain body part refuses to work with the other then it is useless because they do the body no real good although it is sustained by the rest of the body. For instance, if you’re right handed and your right hand stops working you cannot write with it, you cannot eat with it and you cannot do all of the things that you depended on your right hand to do. Since your right hand is so important (if you are right handed of course) this malady will affect the whole body in a very detrimental way.

In your body your nervous system has two different parts, one called the autonomic, the system that controls things automatically like blinking of your eyes or the functions of most organs. You don’t have to think for these things to happen. The other system is the sympathetic nervous system. I want a glass of water because I’m thirsty so I think about getting up and walking into the kitchen for the drink. I will myself to get up out of the seat and I will my legs to move toward the kitchen and so on.

When all things in a body are working correctly then we are said to be healthy. There are times however when some cells in a body, for some reason decide that they want to act differently and have things their own way. They realize that they can have their own way and they have convinced the body that there is nothing wrong by them acting this way. They continue to rebel against the natural order of the body and grow rapidly. The body realizes that these cells or the cell mass needs more to grow and deprives some of the obedient cells of the nutrients that they need. In many cases the disobedient cells break off and settle in other parts of the body and they start to think that they are special and more deserving than the other normal cells. The condition above is commonly called cancer and the cells that move to other places are called metastasis. The condition will, in time consume the body, making it weak and the body will die because the cancer literally consumed the body. The cancer cell is the “I” and the “me” of the body.

As I mentioned above, in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Apostle Paul tells us constantly about being one body and that we’re all supposed to act as we’re one body part and work in unison with the rest of the body, the head being Mashiach Yeshua. We’re also taught that “pride” is a sin and that humility and contriteness are virtues. The intentions of the founding fathers of our nation was that all people are created equals, the same as what the scriptures tell us. Their intent was that under constitutional law every person would be allowed to flourish and that every person would contribute to the good of the nation. Every person was part of one body. They knew perfectly well that:

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

As time progressed in our Republic we began to see that certain members of the body were not treated equally, some were held as slaves and a great war occurred, for many reasons, one of them being that slavery would end. Later women demanded the right to vote and be equal citizens and American society again experienced upheaval until woman were afforded equal rights with men. Later on other things would surface and corrections were made. The main crux of this was that equality was longed for; again, equality and not special recognition.

The Sixties saw many changes in societal revolution. People demanded to be special groups and to be treated and/or esteemed above others. It was no longer about equality, but about special endowments because of what they saw as unfair treatment. In the 50’s and 60’s people who lived in America were Americans, they had no subset to speak of. However in the late 60’s people started to segregate into separate groups with the word “American” as a suffix to their identity. Then homosexuals who had been silent for years began to demand special treatment, defining themselves as an abused group of people. About this same time immigrants started to arrive from all over the world bringing with them their own cultures, religions and ways. Whereas before people would immigrate to America to be assimilated, to forget their past and to become Americans, they now kept their identity, refused to assimilate, and became separate entities within America. It was if the words of John F. Kennedy were never heard when he said forcefully in a speech:

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

It seems as though that whole phrase has been turned around to say:

“Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you.”

Perhaps Kennedy was privy to information of what the Illuminati had for our nation and tried to turn things around before they happened, but we’ll never know.

So one will probably think that I am calling African Americans, women and immigrants a cancer on our society. That is so far from the truth. What I am saying is that when people demand special attention, time and time again, and when they refuse to be part of the body, and demand to be recognized as their own entities within a larger entity then those actions are a cancer in a society. When one body part demands that they have more rights than other parts of the body then the body tends to succor the needs of their demands; but getting free things from government is never enough because when a person realizes that they can get something for free they will surely try to get something else for free and soon society is struggling to meet the needs of a few instead of the many. When one person or group succeeds at this then other groups tend to try the same thing and this continues until the body cannot sustain itself because the rebel cells have consumed all of the nutrients that the body needs. The body dies.

America one claimed that it was “one nation under God,” and it was when America revered Yahweh and recognized him as our Sovereign. In subsequent years the nation has told Yahweh to go away, that they have no need for Him. Being a gentleman, He walks away. With him the body would have had immeasurable nutrients and he could have sustained us no matter what came against us; he strengthened our immune system. Without him, a cancer has been allowed to spread, and the cancer has petitioned to a man to cure its ills; a man that could care less if the body lived; a doctor who says that he is a specialist in healing, but cannot cure. This doctor, instead of curing the patient will nourish the spreading cancer by supplying it with the nourishment of overspending and even more promises that he cannot keep, nor does he intend to. He wants to fundamentally transform the once healthy body so that the whole body becomes one large vessel of cancer.

But wait one moment, we cannot blame the doctor. We (speaking of American society) spurned the one who kept us alive, the one who could save. A majority of the body went to this doctor because they believed his credentials and believed that he could cure our ills. In the Book of 1 Samuel we hear of another such doctor, or shall I call him a king.

So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king.  And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men,and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” 1 Samuel 8:1-18

America has gotten the King that she has asked for. We never listened to the phrase, “be careful what you ask for, you might get it.” Yahweh has given us what we deserve, his tool of correction, and the silly thing is that most people asked for this king; most expect him to be a deliverer however, one day in the future, when we sit in retrospection we will see that in want of something new, we have gotten something that we never expected or wanted, the new slavery. Because of a national insanity, people have falsely come to a conclusion that they can get something (or everything) for nothing; exactly what a cancer does. Yahweh has been told to leave, to go away and He did; but when he did he left a large vacuum, a void that others will fill. These others will be enslavers, wicked taskmasters because when they have enticed people in they are hopelessly trapped.

Today there are many people on social assistance. These are people of all walks of life, all races and all tongues. Many have subsisted off of the government for generations. Publically they might be elated about sucking off the government tit, but deep down they know that they are in a new form of slavery. It is a slavery where the slave does not even notice that he or she is a slave, not until the lender calls in the loan, so to speak. Hebrew Scriptures talk about this:

The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

There was a day when jobs were more plentiful and people could walk out of this new slavery, they could decide not to “borrow” from the government and they knew that nothing was really “free.” Today however this mentality has changed and many jobs have been shipped overseas so that employment is hard to find, even for those who seek it. The slave auction tightens its hold now on all Americans, not just those who sought free nourishment. Within four years the Republic will be dead and will be totally replaced by the socialist slave state and America will join with all of the other cancer bodies around the globe. And why did this happen? Well, the root cause is that in our freedom we became too free. We grew up in a sense and wanted to move out of our Father’s house to be entities of our own. We did just what the Prodigal Son did; we took our inheritance from Father Elohim and spent it on riotous living. Can America come back? Can the cancer be cured; perhaps. The thing is that America, and the American Church need to realize that they are riddled with cancer and they will need to realize that the cure isn’t socialized medicine, nor can it come from any man; it can only come from the giver of life and the creator of all things. His name is Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ), whom when He healed the sick and infirm during His first advent many times followed the healing with the words, “go and sin no more.” Is America willing to follow that prescription? Time will only tell I guess.

The healing will only start when Yahweh’s Church repents of its sins. Scripture is quite clear that:

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

Yeshua’s Church, the Spiritual Israel must first come to grips that it has sinned, that it is sick with cancer and that it can be healed. Even Yeshua might find it hard to issue forth a call for America or any other nation to come to grips with its condition when His own Body is in need of a repentance and healing. He does promise however that:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

And until the Church realizes that it is full of idolatry (and I’m not referring to the Catholic Church only) then the following will continue to occur:

And the Lord said to me, “Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd.  For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces. Zechariah 11:15

I hope that you know Yeshua and if you don’t know him you will come to know Him. He’s the only true deliverer. In closing, reflect on the following scripture and I hope it causes many to realize that each person’s pride and arrogance has gotten us what we had and still have.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;  but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9

Preamble: The following story if from my good friend and sister in Yeshua, Lori. She posted this article on Facebook just after the second election of Barack Obama. Having escaped to the United States with her family during the early days of Communism she shares some interesting insights for those who think that Obama’s Communism will somehow “save” America. My question to my fellow Americans is; where will we escape to?

LORI’S STORY
From Communism to Freedom – One Family’s Story of
Courage, Survival and Divine Providence in Yeshua (Jesus)

I was born in Cuba two years after Castro took over. He came into power wearing a cross around his neck preaching HOPE AND CHANGE. Sound familiar? Anyway, Cuba had been communist before him but American companies were allowed into the Island so it wasn’t too bad. Castro quickly took over the schools so as to spread his poison to young minds. From the time I started school I was afraid because my teacher was a die-hard communist and knew that my family wasn’t so to punish me she grabbed me by the shoulders and threw me in my desk, causing me to fear schools for the rest of my life. The teachers taught us that there was no God and to prove her point she would ask us to pray to God for a bicycle and we would not get one but if we joined the communist party we could have any toy we wanted. Unless you had family at home to show you the truth, you just believed their lies.

Before the Cuban government knew that we were planning on leaving (by the way, we couldn’t leave freely, we had to be rescued) my father made some preparations by copying his medical diploma and smuggling it out of Cuba before anyone knew. Knowing that we were not allowed to give any of our belongings away, my mother would dress my sister and I in layers of clothing and walk to friends and cousin’s homes and take the under layers off and leave them with our loved ones. We were children and couldn’t be trusted not to speak of anything at school so my parents wouldn’t tell us what was going on…one wrong word and my dad would have been arrested because in a communist country, the government owns EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING!! If they want to come into your home and take anything out, there’s nothing you can do about it.

When the time was right my father entered our names into a Catholic relief program. If we were chosen to be rescued then my family who lived in the US had to come up with $200 for each of us (there were 5–mom and dad, my dad’s great aunt and my sister and I) to pay as a ransom to the Cuban government at which time our name was placed on an enemy’s list and we were put on a two year probation until our names were called to have passage out of Cuba. At the beginning of the two years a government official came into our home and did an inventory of everything we owned and at the end of the two years, he would come back and do another inventory and if there was anything missing or broken, my dad would be arrested as a political prisoner and the rest of us would be homeless because once you are on that enemy’s list, you are NEVER ALLOWE HOUSING IN CUBA AGAIN. If we made any mistake the same scenario would happen, dad would be arrested and we would be homeless. Also, at the beginning of this two year period, all our rights were taken away, what little we had I mean. including the right to buy and sell anything.

For the following two years as the Cuban government meant for us to starve to death, God fed us. Like manna from Heaven, every morning on the back window sill of the house, we found enough food to survive for that day….no more and no less. Just enough (like in the Bible…God is sooo GOOD!! (happy tear)….In Cuba, everything is rationed, you are told how much food you can buy and when you can buy it according to the number of people in your family. A family of five is allowed 5lbs of rice and 3lbs of chicken PER MONTH!!!! Milk is considered a luxury….yes, you heard me right MILK IS A LUXURY….You are only allowed to purchase milk if you have a family member under 7 or over 60. The people that snuck food to our house SACRIFICED their provisions for us!!!!! The first miracle!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! My dad’s great aunt had lived in his house for a total of 15 years. she had rented her little shack in the country for $5 a month for those 15 years. Someone turned her into the government and we were made to pay her back rent before she was allowed to leave with us. Another sacrifice!!! Relatives, neighbors and friends collected that money to pay for my great aunt to leave with us. Had she stayed she would have died because my dad was her only living relative. She died in Kentucky 6 months after we arrived in the US…she had a short change to taste freedom!! THANK YOU JESUS!!

During our probation my sister and I were punished in school for being children of “traitors”…we were not allowed to use the bathroom for the entire two year period; if we had an “accident” the teacher would call attention to us and ridicule us in front of the entire class….I WAS 6 AND MY SISTER WAS 8 WHEN THIS STARTED….just kids!!! GGrrrr!!! The teacher would tell us that when we reached Miami there would be a firing squad at the airport to kill us….we believed her because firing squads were common in Cuba. The schools resembled prisons. There were rows of razor wire along the top of a chain link fence and an armed guard at every entrance. Parents were not allowed past that point. Schools are little communist factories!! .

While we were waiting to leave my father was forced to go to work in the hospital. EVERYONE WORKS FOR THE GOVERNMENT IN CUBA….even though we couldn’t drive the car, use the toaster or anything because we couldn’t take the chance of something being missing or broken at the second inventory….my dad would leave most of the food for us so a couple of times he passed out at work from lack of food and come home with stitches in his head. A while before we were to leave we were made to leave our home…..yup…we were kicked out of our own home so friends and neighbors took us in until our time had passed. My mom had to ride a bus to a government office where she would sit for hours waiting for our name to be called. Once she heard our name, she had just a few hours to gather the family and head to the airport…with no money, living in a cashless society we had to gather enough gas for a friend to take us to the airport. At the airport we were searched and my parents were stripped of their wedding bands (crying)…when we were on the plane and the wheels were in the air my dad began to sob. When mom asked him what was wrong all he could say is “We’re free!!! We’re finally free!!” When we touched down in Miami my sister and I clung to my parents in fear….we were expecting to see guns drawn and a firing squad. But instead the stewardess gave us a toy and a piece of gum…which we swallowed because we didn’t know what it was. Everyone was so nice but we were still so scared. We didn’t know the language or what was going on. All we were allowed to bring with us was the clothes on our backs…that’s it!!! My mom’s aunt and uncle took us in for the next few months until we were able to move into the slums of Miami. we had to hide in their apartment because if the landlord knew we were there they would have been charged more rent.

When my father found his first job he was thrilled. After being a doctor in Cuba most of his life he drove a taxi to put food on the table. He was 63 with emphysema, two cataracts and coronary heart disease. We moved in to an apartment in the slums, infested with roaches and rats but we were so proud that we were finally in the US. Mom slept during the day because we had to sleep on the floor while dad and his aunt slept in the only bed…mom sat in a chair all night with a broom to swat the rats and roaches away from my sister and I. One day mom was walking us to school and crying out to God out loud asking him for our next meal. As we walked up to an intersection, the food service truck that was trying to make the green light turned too quickly and the back door of the freezer truck swung open and a block of frozen fish fell out and slid right up to our feet!!! Mom raised her hands thanking God and praising him!! ANOTHER MIRACLE!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!

My dad used to study with a magnifying glass every night after work so he could pass the state board exam and be able to practice medicine again and feed his family. The board tests were expensive so he HAD to pass it on the first try which I am told is hard to do for an English speaking person, dad had to learn enough English medical terms to pass the first time. Dad passed the board test in Florida, Kentucky and Texas. We moved frequently because dad was always looking for a job that would pay more to support us so mom wouldn’t have to work. Mom never learned English…she was distrustful of most people until the day she died in 2002. When most people were ready to retire, dad had to start over in a strange country with no money and a family of 5 to take care of!! To this day I don’t know how he did it!!!!

Dad got a job in Kansas State Hospital and his job included an apartment on the grounds of the hospital. All he had to pay is utilities. Some of the bullies in our school zeroed in on my sister and I. I’m sure we stuck out like a sore thumb with home made clothes, no make up and frizzy hair since all we could afford to wash our hair with was ivory soap. I never knew about make up and conditioner till I was in High School and got my first job. Back to Kansas. The bullies made our lives a living hell for 4 years. They would stack furniture from the lobby of our apartment building in front of our door when they knew my dad was on call so he couldn’t get out and get fired. We weren’t allowed to have a dog in our apartment but we found a dog with a broken leg, dad mended his leg and asked the superintendent if we could keep the dog on the porch, the bullies found out about our dog and killed him. In the summer when mom would walk to the hospital post office, the bullies would link arms across the road so mom would have to walk through the briers while calling her sickening names in Spanish…some of them were from other Hispanic countries, some were Americans (my dad’s boss’s daughter was the leader). When my dad finally got a job in Kentucky we were thrilled. My parents never complained about the harassment because they didn’t understand that we had rights in America. They would tell us “Don’t complain, just take it….we are the foreigners here. They will ship us back to Cuba if we complain and that means death or jail.”

So we moved to Kentucky and I was in my first year of High School. I was behind in school and afraid of my shadow, not to mention angry and bitter at everyone!!! All I had known all my life at that point was fear and distrust!! I felt so angry that I would be ashamed to tell you of my daydreams about going back to Kansas and having my revenge. I felt dead inside. I was raised a catholic and was told all my life that I would go to Heaven when I died by way of purgatory depending on how “good” I was in life! I would do all the things I was told to do and still felt dead inside. I went to my priest several times and each time he would give me scripture to read and a “penance prayer” and was told I would be fine after that. I obeyed but still felt like I would go to hell if I were to die. I even enrolled in an Experiencing God” class at the catholic church…(laughing out loud).

When dad died I was dating a guy from my home town…I married him 3 months later…MISTAKE!! We were divorced a year later….when I met my husband of 29 years I was a mess!!! POOR GUY!! (Laughing out loud). He was saved and I was not…..I was always taught that even visiting another church was a mortal sin…so my husband would come to church with me but I resisted going to his until he said, “Hey! I go to your church so why don’t you go to mine…” So I did and heard the gospel for the first time in my life!! I was 28 years old and had just had my first daughter. We had opened up a Bridal shop and as I sat there alone with my baby beside me in her swing, the Holy Spirit got hold of my heart and every sin that I had committed came crashing down on me….I cried and cried trying to find peace by reading the Bible like the priest had told me….then I stopped, put my hands in the air and cried out…”JESUS HELP ME….SAVE ME!!” Just at that moment something changed!! I felt peace!!! I KNEW I HAD PEACE WITH GOD but I wasn’t sure what just happened……but I was a new creature!! Even my sister noticed that I was different but I’m not sure if she saw it as a good thing.

I KNOW I AM SAVED, THERE IS PROOF…..YOU WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE THE OLD ME IF I WERE POSTING HERE!! Jesus saved me!!!! And all I had to do is believe!!!! I LOVE JESUS SO MUCH…I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I CAN FALL AT HIS FEET!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIS FACE WITH MY PHYSICAL EYES!!! HE IS MY LIFE AND I WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!! Cuba is predominately catholic and Santaria so if I still lived there I might be dead or dying in my sins because I might have never heard the gospel!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!

I am now happily married to the love of my life for almost 30 years. I have two daughters, Heather,26 and Hillary 21…and two wonderful son in laws, Kyle and Wes!! They are who I have prayed for since my children were toddlers!! God has gifted me in Art, I have no formal training so I owe it all to HIM….Thank you Jesus!! My life is a miracle…I KNOW IT!! I hope everyone that reads this considers the sacrifice that Jesus made for your sins and the sins of the world. All you have to do is believe that he died for your sins, was buried and rose again according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)….believe this and you will also be saved!! May we be in Heaven together for eternity praising our maker, the Lord Jesus Christ!!

As most of you know I host a blog-talk radio show called Opposing The Matrix. The other host, Frank Castanette is both my pastor and my brother and he’s fastly becoming a best friend. We touch on many subjects that the Church fails to talk about in addition to other subjects that seem to divide believers in Yeshua.

One of those subjects is the celebration of Christmas. When I was a kid it seemed that everyone celebrated Christmas and the Jewish people in our neighborhood celebrated Hanukkah. Though of Jewish lineage I was brought up Episcopalian through my mother’s insistence that I go to church. Anyone who knows the Episcopal faith knows that it is just a stone’s throw away from Roman Catholicism where tradition is concerned. We just didn’t worship saints, Mary and we didn’t recognize the Pope as the supreme authority or Christ’s vicar here on Earth. It was alike in its boring doldrums of lethargies and to an adolescent boy it was sheer torture that I felt I was being put through. Thankfully it did give me some working knowledge of Mashiach, his work on the Cross and other key tenants of the faith. It also was very big on celebrating Christmas and Easter.

Right from the beginning I questioned Christmas. From a very young age I just couldn’t equate Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas Trees and decking the halls with all sorts of lights. What did these things have to do with the birth of our Savior. There wasn’t anything that I could see in the Bible that showed all of these things. My dad saw through this part of Christmas too; mainly seeing it as a way of merchants turning people who were barely making it into poor people who spent months catching up on debt only to repeat the cycle over and over again each year. OF course this went against the traditions that the womenfolk of the family had been engrained in the celebration for generations so dad was seen as a Grinch who had a bad attitude. I however understood him. I’m not going to say that I didn’t tear into the presents under the tree and I’m not going to say that I disliked the family atmosphere that was afforded during this season, but something just seemed wrong.

Adults in general don’t give credence to the feelings of kids or how they can discern certain things. I suppose that if I had asked questions or expressed my opinions to my mother or many others they would have just thought that my dad had gotten to me and such, but my feelings were mine apart from my dad. I often wondered why the adults had told me about some big elf named Santa who worked on presents all year long and who made lists of who was naughty and nice. I noticed from an early age that it seemed that Santa was in competition with the child who was supposedly born on December 25th so many years ago. Then, when they nearly had me hoodwinked they sat me down and confessed that Santa wasn’t real and never bothered to explain why this fraud had been perpetrated on my psyche. The same thing happened with Easter. Why tell me that there is an Easter Bunny who leaves gifts inside of eggs and such, only to tell me a couple of years later that it was all a fraud too. The bible tells us that we’re supposed to bring up a child in the way that he should go, and when he gets older he won’t depart from it. So I guess you can say that my parents brought me up to be a skeptic, and I have not departed from it; bad at first but a righteous skeptic after my conversion. And, to quote a phrase from Richard Nixon, “let me make the perfectly clear…” I do not blame my parents for these things. They were merely doing what all other parents were doing; practicing societal customs that were passed down to them. I love my parents. They did the best they could with what they had, and who can ask for more really, right?

I can only wonder if, why later in life when adults; especially my parents and grandparents told me that taking drugs and drinking and smoking cigarettes were bad for me, I didn’t listen. I mean, if the Santa and Easter Bunny were things that they lied to me about maybe taking drugs, drinking and smoking were really good for me and they just didn’t want me to have fun. I don’t know if others operate like I do in this vein, but when lied to at such an early age it left an impression of mistrust of adults. On the flipside it did cause me to question what I was told and to examine things to see if they were right or wrong, good or bad; fruitful or unfruitful. It’s just a shame that the latter part came after I made a lot of mistakes in judgment.

Like I said above, I always had nagging questions about Christmas. I didn’t doubt the Christmas story because it was scripture and I knew scripture to be true, even in my days of rebellion. However, after my rebirth in Yeshua and being filled with the Ruach Ha Kodesh I began to study about Christmas. After reading several sources I was shocked. First I came to realize that the Church in early North America; the Puritans and such never celebrated Christmas; it was frowned upon as being a tradition started by the Vatican and passed down through the Reformers who failed to reform totally, or should I say “recant” from some of the practices of the Vatican. The practice of Christmas only reemerged during the late 19th century, probably the product of an influx of Catholics and marginalized Christians from Central and southern Europe whereas before then most immigrants came from the more strictly Protestant English speaking nations.

Later I read some excellent works that explained the origins of the articles that are hung or placed in the home at Christmas. I learned that the Romans celebrated a day near the Winter Solstice which they called Saturnalia; in honor of their god Saturn. I learned that the Yule Log was a tradition that the ancient Scandanavians brought into the season. They thought that the sun died the night of the Winter Solstice and they would burn a large log to their god named Yule who would bring the sun back to life the next day; or something of that order. I learned that the Romans exchanged gifts during Saturnalia. Also learned was that the Christmas tree, although it is ascribed to having started in Germany goes back much farther. In fact bringing trees into the house was a practice of the ancient Egyptians and even the Israelites when they were in rebellion toward Yahweh before the exile to Babylon cured them of pagan worshipping practices:

Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. Jeremiah 10:2-4

Granted the scripture above does not specifically speak of a Christmas Tree. How could it anyway because Messiah was centuries away from his first advent when this was written. It does however speak of the ancient practice of using trees as objects of worshipping foreign gods. Cutting down a tree, placing it in one’s home and adorning it with all fashions of ornaments lends more toward the ancient practices of the pagans than it does the worship of Yahweh come in the flesh in the Baby Yeshua. Other things, like the use of Mistletoe, holly, and wreaths have pagan origins but time restraints keep me from going farther into this whole thing.

The thing is, speaking personally, and I know that many agree with me on this; these things have absolutely no connection in any way with the birth of the Savior of Humanity. Even the day of celebration comes under easy suspicion. Talk to any shepherd in the Middle East and they will tell you that by the time that December comes they have their sheep in sheep pens near their homes, not out in what sometimes can be a cold and brutal winter atmosphere in December. Shepherds watch over their sheep, like they were doing in the Birth of Yeshua account in scripture usually at the end of summer and into fall. This would correlate with the time of the fall Jewish holiday’s, specifically the Feast of Tabernacles, or as we call it Sukkot. In prophetic terms, while Yahweh told the people of Israel to build Sukka to remind them of the shanty homes that they built out in the wilderness while they returned to Israel after the slavery in Egypt; most will agree that Sukkot; of the Feast of Tabernacles denotes a time when God will come and dwell with men, which is exactly what happened when Yeshua came into the world. Many of us also think that his second advent will be during this same time.

The most popular accepted account of why the date was moved to December 25 was because the Vatican, or the early Roman Catholic Church, or the Nicolaitan order (which ever term you choose, they all fit anyway) wanted to convert the heathen and they found it much easier to move the date to the day when they were honoring their god Saturn, and when others were thinking that the sun had died and been reborn; namely at the winter solstice. However, as the Vatican so often does when it tries to convert people, it tends to hold onto some of the pagan ways so that it makes their attempt at conversion easier to swallow for their converts. Therefore, the converts get some sort of convoluted gospel, sort of a cocktail of Christianity and paganism; a watered down form of the truth.

So with this all in mind what do we do with Christmas. Well, my wife and I don’t celebrate this day. We choose to celebrate Hanukkah anyway, because it is a holiday of rededication, just like the rededication of the Temple which is the story of Hanukkah. But what do we do with relatives who still choose to celebrate. This is where we are sort of backed into a corner, so to speak. We know the truth about the origins of Christmas and we choose not to participate in pagan rituals, but our loved ones do. Quite a quandary it seems.

Well, we have to look at what our friends and relatives do when they celebrate Christmas, or should we say the birthday of our Savior Yeshua. There is a difference between what people call Christmas and the what is the Birth of Yeshua. Christmas is a Vatican holiday combining paganism with the birth of Yeshua. Simply speaking, is it Messiah centered? Is their celebration of “Christmas” the celebration of the birth of the Lamb of Yahweh who came to take away the sins of the world? Do they gather together with that in mind? Do they teach their children of the true meaning of this date of birth and forsake the inane things like Santa, reindeer and those things that would like to make Christmas into some sort of New Age carnival of absurdity? Do you suppose that Miriam celebrated Yeshua’s birthday when he was a young child and maybe even into adulthood. Chances are that she probably did, along with her children born after Yeshua. Jewish culture is very celebratory and a boy’s 13th birthday is the biggest celebration; when He becomes a “son of the Torah.” I’m sure that Miriam and Yosef probably celebrated Yeshua’s birthday around Sukkot, not December, but they still honored him with special recognition for his place in the world; like all of our parents, relatives and friends did and do for us. If you think that a date like October 2nd of every year would be better then celebrate it then. Maybe you’ll cause people to change along with you and you can get it away from the Winter Solstice. Be proactive in a positive way, not judgmental.

All of these things have to be considered. There has been an increased movement in recent years where those who forsake the celebration of Christmas have become militant, even to the point of calling those who celebrate a Messiah Centered Christmas as being pagans or idol worshippers. Well, what I would ask those people is a simple question. When you were saved, did you become perfect? Maybe it took you a year or two to realize that smoking marijuana was wrong and then you ceased. Maybe you still think that taking a drink from time to time is okay, and in moderation it probably is; but we all know that during certain occasions we can drink one too many and that places us in a sinful state. What about gossip? I know Christians who still gossip and have been saved for decades. And here is the biggie; what about condemning a brother when Yeshua Himself said that we should not do it. We are allowed to discern and reprove, but only when we do so in love.

We often forget that Yahweh is the plowman and that He plows and plants the seeds. It is the Ruach Ha Kodesh that convicts. We forget that it is our first duty to pray when we see what we think is wrong. We don’t just pray for the person whom we feel is offending what Yahweh has for their lives but we also pray that He gives us the wisdom to speak when we’re supposed to speak and to keep quiet when we need to keep quiet. And, if you cannot say it with love then don’t say it at all.

Many of you have heard me tell the story of my cousin Larry. Back in the early 1980’s Larry came to visit us in California. I tried to tell Larry about Yeshua and Larry’s response was, “I will NEVER EVER do that.” Yahweh told me to hush and pray. I cry now as I remember how I wanted to tell Larry more; how I wanted to really nag him about Yeshua and put him in a headlock until he would submit to Yahweh. It wasn’t till 25 years later that Larry met and lived with a backslidden believer named Marcia. Marcia in effect, through love and tenderness led Larry to Yeshua. Yahweh brings people to salvation in HIS timing and through HIS methods, and Scripture is clear that nobody comes to Yeshua unless Abba leads him/her. In the same way the Ruach Ha Kodesh convicts Yeshua’s believers of ways that He doesn’t approve of.

The important thing is that people believe in Yeshua. Sure, some adhere to the traditions of men, but when you get right down to it, everyone does in one way or another. And, if you think that you’re perfect then you’re in much greater danger than those people that you condemn for having a few faults. Christmas is a tradition that has worked itself into our society. We cannot be the social agents for our relatives and friends. We can tell them about the truth, if they will listen, in regard to traditions of men, but whether they listen or not is between them and Yahweh. He is the judge, we are not. The question we need to ask and the thing that we need to observe is whether these friends and relatives and friends love Yahweh. People can live under a delusion and still love Yahweh. Let me give you an example. Do you think that you’re going up in a rapture because you’re part of the church of Philadelphia? Many Christians in America think that we will be pulled out of here before the tribulation starts. Look at the church in America today and if you’re honest you cannot tell me that the church here is the Church of Philadelphia. The Church in America is a mess; only a remnant is faithful to Yahweh. To think that you are perfect when you are spotted and wrinkled and to think that Yeshua will come back for a filthy bride is a strong delusion; yet some are quick to condemn those who celebrate Christmas? Does that make sense. No it doesn’t. You say that Yahweh doesn’t send persecution against his saints, and that is true. But there are saints around the world who are giving their lives for our Faith and they are not being pulled out of here in a rapture, not yet anyway. So how dare we think that Yeshua is going to bring the American Church, a polluted bride into his Chambers while those who are dying for the faith are dying for the faith and not being rescued. See the delusion here? My goodness, how messed up the Church really is.

So what do we do with Christmas? Well, if we don’t celebrate it for the reasons stated above then that’s okay. If friends and loved ones celebrate it and it doesn’t seem right to us we pray. We pray for them to see that relationship trumps tradition and religion and we pray for Yahweh to show them these things. We remain patient and we don’t act like the Pharisees who sat outside and belittled Yeshua and the disciples for supping with sinners. We remember that we ALL have little things in our own lives that Yahweh might not necessarily like and we work to clean up our own messes before we “advertise” the messes of our brothers and sisters. We don’t act like heartless backbiting fools who live in glass houses and throw at others who live in glass houses too. You realize that as much as you might think that someone else is messed up and is missing the point, in Yahweh’s eyes you are just as messed up and maybe worse and that it is only by the grace of Yahweh Yeshua that you little fanny is making it into heaven. If asked to attend a Christmas function then go; not to be a sneering buffoon, but to pray for those there and to be that light that you’re supposed to be. You realize that you cannot and have never been commissioned to fix things; that is Yahweh’s job. You will fail miserably at it; he excels in fixing things. Contend for the faith, but don’t slay people for it.

As most of you know, I am a Messianic Jew. Yes, I use the words Yeshua, Yahweh, Elohim, so on and so forth. I read Torah and observe Shabbat. We really do no work during that day and we usually rest or spend time with family and friends on what most call Saturday.

As you probably also know I was not raised in a Jewish household. I found out about my Jewish ancestry later on in life. My mom used to take me to Church when I was very young and I was trained in a rudimentary faith in Jesus. My mother was a mixture of Episcopal and Lutheran. I learned all about Jesus; could recite the Niocene Creed and even have a prayer book signed by the then Bishop of New Jersey for the Episcopal church which I was given after my Confirmation. So, I am well acquainted with the western way of terminology of the Bible and church stuff.

A couple of years after I was saved in the blood of Yeshua I discovered my Jewish ancestry through a genealogical search of my earthly roots. I had always known that I was different. I was always attracted to Jewish friends; always read magazines from back to front, which puzzled many; and I always felt that there was something more to me than I could identify with or that my relatives would tell me about. I can remember being in school during the 1973 Israeli war and that the kids in class took up sides. Some of the kids of northern  and southern European extract sided with the Arabs while I sided with the Jewish kids in our classes. I was not popular with the gentiles, and for that matter never have been.

After I discovered my true Hebraic Roots, I decided to become Kosher. Not that I felt a lawful duty to do so, but I figured that if Yahweh told His people to do it back in the old days it was probably a good idea. He had to have some reason and I didn’t question; I just did it. I ALWAYS received flack from my Christian friends. I heard, “we’re not under the Law but under Grace” to the point of nausea. When I started to see the pagan roots of Christmas I started to avoid the celebration and I did the same with Easter. Again I received flack and looks of disbelief, like I had left my faith in Yeshua and reverted back to Judaism. I hooked up with Jews for Jesus in San Francisco and would drive the 1.5 hour each way to attend their services at the Shalom Center on Ocean Avenue. They didn’t indoctrinate me, they were just fellow believers in Yeshua who gathered and worshipped Yahweh in a more Biblical fashion. I always felt nearer to them then I did at any of my churches, the latter of which I had tried several.

There were always those who just could not reconcile that fact that a person could be Jewish and Christian at the same time and they were quick to tell me so; some still do even today. The whole Law vs. Grace thing still confuses a lot of people. They’ll give you the whole spiel about the Law being written on our hearts and that grace covers all. Well, that is true but let’s look at something. Traffic laws here in the States tell us that we cannot run a stop sign. We obey (hopefully you do) that law because we will get a traffic ticket and have to pay a hefty fee for our error. Grace is the police officer pulling you over, and seeing that you’ve had a bad day, has mercy on you and lets you off with a warning. Just because the officer let you go doesn’t mean that the law of stopping at stop signs in null and void. If you’re a good person, you’ll remember that officer every time you come to one of those signs and you’ll be extra careful not to run through one without stopping.

In the same way the Torah is still viable today. If we’re walking humbly with Yahweh He tells us about things that we’ve done wrong, or even better, He’ll tell us not to do them before we do them and this prevents us from breaking the law. This is Yahweh’s grace in action; not just forgiving after we sin, but talking to us before we sin. This is Yeshua’s fulfillment of the Torah; His blood of forgiveness along with the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) who makes us think about things before we do them so that we can weigh out whether we want to obey Yahweh or disobey Him. And yes, we still have a choice to obey or disobey.

A better rendering of the word Torah is “teaching.” The meaning of Torah is like this, “you obey Yahweh and you will live a good life and be content; you disobey Yahweh you’ll live a miserable life without the many blessings that Yahweh has to offer.” I didn’t mention sin because I’m talking to believers in Yeshua and our sin is atoned through the blood of Yeshua. If Yahweh wrote the Torah on your heart, then how can it be abolished? It is there to be called back up whenever you mess up or before you mess up. In essence, you can still run that stop sign, but you’ve got Yeshua as your arbitrator for your offense. That doesn’t mean however that if you get into the habit of running stop signs because you have a Holy Arbitrator it won’t prevent someone coming from your side to run into you when they run their stop sign. If you obey, even though it’s a hassle to stop you will live another day.

Did you ever have one of those situations, where you come to a four way stop sign and you stop and some guy from your left or right comes barreling through without stopping. You stop for a brief moment and realize what would have happened had you not stopped. You breath a sigh of relief. Your obedience to the law saved your life; a written code that you could disobey, but you did obey because you’ve now come to know that stopping is best for you and for everyone at that intersection.

Well, there are two sides to a coin so they say, and history does repeat itself. During the early church there were Jews who were telling gentile believers that they needed to be circumcised and to become Jewish so that they could be saved. This thing has arisen again and there are whole groups of people who are touting what was so heavily rebuked in scripture, especially by the Apostle Paul. These new era Judaizers, when approached with the words of Paul will often say that they don’t recognize Paul as being an authentic believer so they disregard his testimony and instruction. Paul realized that the Torah wasn’t done away with, but that it was fulfilled by Yeshua; he says so. Yet, he also says that in that fulfillment we need to see the grace of Yahweh and have that Grace also.

The Judaizers run around saying that if you don’t use the names of Yahweh, Yeshua and other Hebraic terms that a person really isn’t saved. They say that one must, in essence, become Jewish in order to be saved; heard that before have we? They say that people must become Torah observant or they’re not real believers. But let’s look at Torah for a minute shall we? The Torah is the Five books of Moses; the instruction that Yahweh gave to Moshe at Mount Sinai and afterward to which it was codified as Law. Most of western society is based on the first ten Laws of Torah. But, what the Judaizers fail to recognize is that there aren’t just the Ten Commandments, Shabbat and the Feasts; no, there are 613 Commandments, many of which involve sacrifice of clean animals in a Temple or Tabernacle. That Temple or Tabernacle was supposed to always be in Yerushalayim and that is the only place where Yahweh would receive sacrifice. The Torah also encoded laws for offenses, many which included stoning or putting people outside of the camp. People with some diseases were not allowed in certain places and women were unclean for a week after their menstrual cycle ended. My assertion here is, if you’re going to be “totally” Torah observant and push it on other people, then go the whole way. Ah, but you can’t can you. There is no Temple anymore and if there was, would you go up once a year to offer up your sacrifice of atonement for sin. Oh, but wait, Yeshua is our atone for sin so that part of the Torah has been fulfilled.

It is high time for Messianic’s of all flavors to realize that there are only a few steps that are needed to be modern Torah Observant people. And realized that when Yahweh was speaking this, he was speaking to the Children of Israel, not the Gentiles. We are to retain Shabbat and we are to celebrate the Feasts in the Spring and in the Fall. We must keep kosher and we must observe Shabbat – as a day of rest.

I find it quite amusing how each Messianic has his/her own interpretation of what Shabbat is. To some, they keep it like the Hassidim do; you don’t work, you don’t cook and you don’t travel on that day. Or at least they’ll tell you that they do these things. However, when there is a good speaker twenty miles away they all hop in their car and listen to the speaker. Suddenly, grace kicks in and this Sabbath breaking “work” is now fine. Some won’t eat pork on Shabbat, but it is okay on all other days of the week. My contention being; if you’re going to be critical of people for not keeping Shabbat the way that you keep it then just look at Yahweh’s finger pointing at you because in your hypocrisy you’re not keeping it like Yahweh defined it. When it comes to the Torah, it’s either all or nothing; I mean if you’re intent on keeping it.

However, if you’re truly in Yahweh through Yeshua you realize that the code of Torah that is written on your heart has been fulfilled and the that writing on your heart happened because of Yeshua’s fulfillment of Torah. Scripture in the Brit Hadasha tells us that our bodies are now the Beit Ha Mikdash (the Temple) of the Ruach Ha Kodesh. The abiding of the Ruach in our bodies is yet another fruit of Mashiach’s fulfillment of the Torah. The very Spirit of the Law Giver lives within us. He is there to interpret the Torah that is written on our hearts and if we’re all walking in obedience to Yahweh then each person operates as one part of a body, that when knit together by Yahweh is one body with the Mind of Mashiach. If any man is in Mashiach, he is a new creature; behold old things are passed away, behold all things are new.

You know what is really sad. If you were sitting in church and you knew that one person in the congregation was a member of the KKK you would be offended and you would demand that the Pastor bring that man to correction. In addition, if you were sitting there and you knew that an unsaved Jew, militant in nature, a member of the Jewish Defense League was sitting there too, and you knew that he was there to disrupt the service, you would have the ushers escort him out of the church. But I ask you, what is the difference today? We have gentile believers running around saying that the Jews have been discarded by Yahweh and cast off forever (racist KKK) and you have the Jewish believers who say that if you don’t become Jewish and act Jewish you are not really of Yahweh and are really cast off people in denial. The time for this crap to stop is here and now. If you are in one of those camps, it is time for you to realize that Yeshua is the Head of the Congregation; He is the vine and we are only branches; He is Yahweh and we are the dust of the earth that He cared enough to die for.

Fellow Jews, the Gentiles have been called unto faith and by faith alone they are called. So no matter what you believe to be true, only Yahweh’s truth is relevant. Fellow gentile believers; we Jews have not been cast off. A remnant of us do believe in Yeshua and that very same Yeshua is coming back to save the Physical Seed of Israel. He’s coming back to redeem Israel and well, if you claim to be Israel, then maybe you are not redeemed after all. So why don’t we all just join together, laying customs behind; laying idols behind and worship Yahweh, the author and finisher of our faith. We’re going to have to live together in Heaven, so why not start working toward that end right now.