07. Conspiracy, Politics and NWO Stuff

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

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!!

Some time back I wrote an article about reading myths, allegories and stories that are fictional and believing them to be true. I asked the question of how people could read the Chronicles of Narnia and justify reading it by saying that the whole thing was really the Gospel of Yeshua in a veiled form. I questioned why we would want to take the most beautiful love story and veil it so that, as it was explained to me, “unbelievers could see the Gospel of Jesus” without thinking that it really was a Biblical story. Well, to me that would be like taking the Book of Mormon and putting a Bible cover over it and handing it an unbeliever to read. They would think that the Book of Mormon was really the Bible.

How is presenting the Bible in the form of “The Chronicles of Narnia” ever going to click with someone if they have never read the Bible to begin with. Are they to somehow subliminally know that it is really the account of the Gospels? Is some divine revelation going to go throughout the whole world and all of a sudden, people who have never known the truth to begin with will equate the Chronicles with the truth that they’ve never been exposed to? I have NEVER heard anyone tell me that they came to faith after watching the Chronicles of Narnia. I have NEVER had anyone tell me that they saw a parallel. Heck, I read the books before I was saved and I had exposure to the Gospel before my conversion and I NEVER saw the parallel. SO as they say in the South, “that dog don’t hunt” when it comes to presenting pagan stories and “Christianizing” them. As Protestants we’re the first to condemn the Vatican for doing this same practice all over the globe, and we’ve seen how they have melded pagan tradition with Christianity and it’s never led to any good. NEVER!

I ran into something similar to this years ago when talking to a Jehovah’s Witness coworker. He was a young man, probably all of twenty years old. We were talking about the Bible and science. He was trying to enforce to me that the accounts of Genesis are the same as evolution; the “in the beginning” account. He mentioned that the Bible parallels the evolution account. I told him that it does not. One “for instance” is that the Bible says that God brought forth the land out of the water. Evolution says that there was land first then water later. I told him that the “days” in Genesis could not be “epochs,” it was impossible. For instance. Yahweh created all of the plants before the Sun, moon and stars. If the days were really epochs then how did the plants use photosynthesis to create food? Also, Yahweh created the pollinating animals on a latter day too; how did the plants pollinate? He decided to just walk away and not listen; sound familiar?

So, I’m sitting about a week ago listening to a friend of ours talking with my wife about something called “The Shack.” My ears perked up as I heard our lady friend talking about this book that is supposed to be fiction, and is supposedly written as such, and how it is being preached from altars in churches as being a message from Yahweh. I immediately flashed on The Di Vinci Code, another fictional book that took off a few years ago and also which many people took to be sort of a coded truth about another Gospel, or at the very least a gross perversion of the original Gospel of Yeshua Ha Mashiach.

I have to be honest and say that I am at odds with Christian bookstores. There was a time, years ago when such stores would only sell books that stood on good Biblical principles. However, for the past thirty years or maybe even longer, you have been able to find books about every subject under the sun, and if the title of the book has “Christian” within it or some other Christian buzz word it is on the shelf. True believers, upon entering such establishments are buffeted by books that are either pagan in nature or that pose “theories” that aren’t biblically sound. The Shack appears to be such a book.

I’ll be upfront with you; I have not read “The Shack” nor will I read it. I live in a college town and if I want to hear New Age dribble I will just go downtown and talk with some of the college kids; they’re ripe in that trash. I do trust many sources for obtaining information. These sources are accurate, have been accurate for years and they always seem to be discerning things that the Ruach Ha Kodesh is confirming to me. One such research site is The Cutting Edge. You can read their assessment of “The Shack” by clicking on the link in this sentence.

My purpose in this blog entry isn’t to critique so much “The Shack,” but to ask believers in Yeshua why they would want to read fantasy and equate it with Scripture Truth? The Word Of Yahweh is truth and we have 66 books to read that teach us lessons, history and the true nature of Yahweh. When we start to read fiction like The Shack, or The Di Vinci Code then we start to walk on dangerous ground. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t read fiction, but it should be that when you end the book you should not feel like you were spiritually raped and satisfied by what just happened to you.

I was sitting in a fellowship amongst a group of women and brought up “The Shack” and was surprised at what I heard. One woman said that she read the book. She said that there were problems with the book, but she still thought that it was a good book. In my estimation, the words “problems” and “good” do not go together. Only when someone knows that there is going to be a resolution of the problem can it then be seen as good. Simply put, a problem is bad and bad could never be good. It is a common practice of the New Age to sew in a little bad with a lot of good; that is how they operate. Not saying that the woman that I was talking to is New Age, not at all, but she bought into it. I know that I’ve used the analogy of rat poison many times, but it is such a good analogy that I use it again. The compound in rat poison is placed in good food but in very small amounts. It is a blood thinner that builds up in the body and over time it causes the rat or mouse to hemorrhage from inside and they literally bleed to death. Yeshua himself compared sin to leaven. Yeshua knew that just a little bit of leaven (yeast) quickly grows into a lot of leaven and it takes over the whole lump of dough. Within the pages of The Shack the author mixes in unbiblical principles so lightly and with so much fluff that it seems to be perfect common sense that appeals to the fleshly side of people without them actually thinking about it.

We here in America have grown up in prosperity, for the most part, and we’ve had it pretty good compared to people around the world. We somehow think that the prosperity that we have had is a good thing, and in most ways it is not bad; but we’ve grown up like the spoiled rich kid in the neighborhood who lives with blinders on his eyes. We don’t want to see the evil in this world and don’t want to recognize that it is taking over the world. Even Christians to day want to see Yahweh as a God who forgives without condition and whom all paths lead to for salvation. Ecumenism has crept into the Church in a big way and with the growth of political correctness and multiculturalism the enemy has achieved this quite successfully. The world has bullied us, in a sense, to believe that if we aren’t accepting of all we are bigots and haters and sad to say, this will only increase as time marches on. The question that every believer in Yeshua should seriously ask themselves is, “am I going to allow this in my life and seriously hamper my walk with Yeshua?” We need to call sin, sin; evil, evil; and deception, deception. We all want to emulate Yeshua and that is wonderful. However many only tend to see the Yeshua who was meek and mild; not the Yeshua who chided the Scribes and Pharisees and not the Yeshua who made a whip and whipped the traders in front of the Beit Ha Mikdash. If we want to be like Yeshua, let’s be like Him in all ways guided by the righteousness that the Ruach Ha Kodesh give us as we walk humbly with Yahweh in righteousness.

While in the company of the other believers I had another woman sitting next to me who, when challenged by my comments about The Shack gently rebuked me by telling me that the book was only fiction. I told her that the Di Vinci Code was only fiction and that she should remember what people did with that book. Almost overnight the book was praised as being a book that held veiled secrets as to what the world says “really” happened to Yeshua; that he survived the cross, married Mary Magdalene and raised a royal line of children. It fit very well with the replacement theology people who want to write off the Jewish people as well as the emergent church movement. For the first time since I’ve known this woman she was quieted by what I said and had to agree with me. To say that this action by her surprised me is a gross understatement.

But I wanted some more opinions about The Shack, so I decided to approach cautiously my Christian friends on Facebook. I thought for sure I would get the same reaction that I got at the church but was quite surprised to see that the few who wrote back strongly condemned the book. Here are some of their responses:

KF from Denmark says:

It’s new age. Why?
In the book his Jesus says he has many followers in other religions!
His God says he died on the cross together with Jesus!
Any one that knows the Bible and has the Holy Spirit will know this book is a lie from Hell to deceive people. The problem is that Christians get another view of God and Jesus – and that is the idea! Many read it as if it it’s news from God – it’s not – it’s a novel.

She continues in a further post:

In the book God is a big black lady, Jesus wears jeans and some times for fun walks on water and the spirit is kind of a nervous woman. Not at all biblical. I don’t know why so many think it’s a Christian book. It’s not. Rather a tickling book.

I’m assuming that by tickling she means that it tickles the ears of those who want a different gospel.

PM wrote:

Heard about this book a few years ago, bought it and could not, I do mean, “could not” read it. Finally threw it away. Along with the rick warren junk, out in the trash! Did not need to read this either, to know it was junk.  That’s what discernment is all about!

ML wrote:

Started reading it and couldn’t finish it!

JHS Wrote:

Had people try to give it to me after my husband (name withheld) died & I wouldn’t take it.  I can’t accept any “personification” of Messiah other than His actual personification as so clearly recorded in the Bible.  For me, I can’t even accept Narnia as Biblically valid, so something like The Shack is way whacked out!

So I have presented views of “The Shack” by people who have read it, or tried to read it. Why no men responded I can only wonder. Perhaps men are more into reality rather than fiction; we’re less emotional and more pragmatic when it comes to life and the things thereof. What I saw in the answers by the two different groups is that one group is very discerning while the other two ladies seemed to be more into the fluff of this world. To use an analogy, all women walked into an orchard filled with trees and beautiful flowers. The two who liked the book saw the flowers. The ones with discernment saw the flowers but also noticed that the trees that were supposed to be apple trees were growing nightshade mushrooms as fruit.

In closing, I’d like to say that I just don’t think that it’s important, I know that it’s important that we compare all things to scripture. We have to be in our Bibles all the time looking, reading and memorizing scripture so that when we’re handed a plate or rat poison we can notice that it is rat poison and not caviar. The very survival of Yeshua’s Church depends on our holding up to our end of our relationship with Him by serving Him faithfully and knowing His will in its entirety, not just bits and pieces that Satan can use to build a different puzzle in our lives than Yahweh intended for us to have.

You know, sometimes I think that I’ve been alive too long. In my short 54 years here on earth we’ve gone from doing math on paper to calculators. We’ve gone from propeller driven airplanes to exploring other planets. We’ve gone from simple typewriters to complex computers that will produce documents that we never dreamed we could produce before. We have really advanced and in many ways that is a good thing.

The change that we’ve seen is really nothing compared to the changes that my grandparents saw. My paternal grandmother was born in 1904 and my grandfather was born in 1906. In their time it was not acceptable for an older woman to marry a younger man, even if it was only by two years. Bad grandparents!! Just kidding of course. In their day the automobile was just getting known and people still rode around on horses, and yes, even in New Jersey. I can only imagine what they pondered as they saw their first car, then their first airplane. I can only wonder what they thought as they read of Hitler launching rockets at Great Britain and hearing about jet aircraft. Then, they saw that we were launching satellites into space and we landed a man on the moon.

But with all of the advances that both our forefathers saw and that we have seen our lifetime we have seen a lot of degradation of society. My grandparents grew up to watch the flappers and other partygoers in the 1920’s challenging what was a decent and moral society. They got to witness the toll that alcohol had taken on society when so many rebelled over Prohibition. They, along with their children got to see how evil men can be toward other men when reports of the Nazi Genocide finally was revealed. They had to witness as innocent young men went to war to fight against Nazism and later Communism; many of which never came back or returned in body bags.

Later my generation came along and we rebelled against our fathers. Many of us experimented with sex, drugs and Rock and Roll and got ourselves into a real mess. Society had changed and science had supplied all of the answers. Yahweh was forsaken because in the eyes of most, science could cure all of our ills. If we had a bad day we’d just come home and smoke a joint and all of our problems just melted away, at least for a few moments. Got bad grades in school; don’t blame it on yourself, it was the teacher’s fault. The cops started following us around; well they were just part of the fascist machine. We all just threw personal responsibility out the window. If someone was just plain weird; well that was just their thing, they weren’t hurting anyone. Relativism replaced Yahweh in all portions of our society and nobody seemed to care and if anyone did care they were considered judgmental, critical and they were told to just chill out. Compromising wasn’t frowned upon anymore, it was encouraged and as long as you agreed with what the media was inculcating you with you were okay, fine, accepted.

Now notice that what I was talking above was worldly living; a life outside of Yahweh and one that probably bears similarity to many of you who are Born Again in Yeshua and have been changed into a new creature. Let me emphasize again; a NEW CREATURE

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

You know, Yahweh has allowed me to be able to use analogies to prove points and I’m grateful to him for giving me that ability. To me things seem very clear where serving Yahweh is concerned. I used to be very good at playing word games before I was saved and I could twist anything around that I wanted to in order to get my own way. When I came to faith in Yeshua I didn’t retain that “art” but I remember it and how it is used to deceive and water down the truth. This sort of thing was exemplified by then President Clinton during his testimony concerning his having an affair with Monika Lewinsky. Allegedly some of Clinton’s chief advisors asked him during the affair if he was (“is” at the time) having an affair. Clinton’s response in his testimony:

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”

It is very important to, when asking people who are perpetual liars a question, ask them very precise questions. The correct question for such a person is, “have you ever in the past, the past being every day before right now and up till the time that I asked this question, had an affair with Monica Lewinsky?” But then of course you’d have to be very precise with defining the word affair in the meaning that you are curious about.

The whole reason why I went into the Clinton thing is to state that word play is common. It isn’t just a worldly thing either but is something that has been picked up by the church. If a brother wrongs you, you are supposed to approach the brother and talk to him. However, in the Body of Mashiach if you do so nowadays you are being unloving and judgmental. In the eyes of many you’re supposed to just let it go, forgive and forget. I mean, that is what we eventually do anyway because whether the brother/sister accepts what you have to say and they repent or not we are to forgive. However, it is very scriptural, even commanded by Yeshua Himself to approach a brother. It is a fact that political correctness has infiltrated the Church and has polluted the Church so in many cases it supersedes the Scriptures.

Oh, the conversations I’ve had with people. I once approached a sister about reading from the horoscopes. I showed her scripturally why it was wrong. She replied to me that she knew that they are not real and that she did it just for fun. It was her way of telling me to dummy up. I told her that reading a porn novel wasn’t real and asked her if she would read that too. She said that she wouldn’t. There is no level structure for sin and/or disobedience; either something is correct or it isn’t. Paul said that all things are lawful, but not all things were expedient. The enemy likes us to think that some things won’t harm us; they’re just for fun; but in fact dabbling in ungodly things is rebellion against Yahweh. Scripture says that rebellion is:

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. 1 Samuel 15:23

Yahweh was speaking to King Saul. This whole thing came about after Saul dabbled with the occult and summoned up the spirit of Samuel through the Witch of Endor. I know, some are saying that this was in the Old Testament, and now we’re not under Law, but under Grace, and that is true. Remember, all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient. In modern terms that is saying, “sure, you can go out and do anything you want, but that does not mean that Yahweh approves of it nor does it mean that it will be good for you, your life and your soul.” He was saying that doing wrong things in your life, although it is covered by grace, could impact your life here on earth and eternally in a very negative manner. In other words, you can do what you want, but if it’s wrong don’t expect Yahweh to bless it or honor it and don’t go complaining to Him when your life turns into one big mess because of your disobedience.

Yahweh, in His Word, is also quite emphatic about our walking with Him and not walking a fence when it comes to serving Him. He was quite angry with those who rebelled at the foot of Mount Sinai, putting many of them to the sword. Yahweh told Moshe that He wanted to destroy Israel entirely but Moshe pleaded for mercy toward the people and Yahweh recanted. Yahweh sent the ten northern Tribes of Israel into exile because they were so wicked, walking the line and serving two masters. Later he sent Judah into a 70 year exile in Babylon; their sin that they said they were Yahweh’s people while they sacrificed to idols and fallen angels. Yahweh is serious about His relationship with people whom He has set apart for himself and it grieves Him when they pay Him lip service and worship other beings (today we call this living for the world) more than we care for Him.

I can’t express in strong enough words how He feels about wishy washy believers who accept the ways of the world yet pay Him lip service only. In this world, if a husband loves his wife with all of his heart and his wife says that she love him in word but doesn’t live it in deed then the husband feels sorrow. It works the same way for the wife that pours herself out for relationship with her husband and gets only lip service in return; she is devastated. We understand earthly relationships because we live them every day; yet people somehow think that it is okay for them to commit infidelity with their relationship with Yahweh; they play the “grace” card to dismiss their misdeeds toward their creator; or they will use the same card to write off the actions of others because of grace, and because they don’t want to be judgmental. Yeshua told us several times that it is okay to judge a person by their fruit:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:15-29

Just as a side note to the scripture above, we cannot forget that “His words” that he talks about above aren’t just what he was speaking then, but being the author and Spirit behind the whole Bible, all of it are words that we need to act upon.

Furthermore, Yeshua tells us in Matthew Chapter six:

But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:23-24

Yeshua is telling us in the scripture that if you look at darkness you will become darkness; darkness here being equated with being a compromiser with the world. He then tells us that it is impossible to serve two masters because you will love one and hate the other. If you love the world and the things in the world, or you make excuses for worldly things then I ask you, where do you think you stand in this whole scenario.

And finally, for the big daddy, the queen mother of all scripture where this subject is concerned we have to look at what Paul tells those in the Church in Corinth:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

Notice that Belial is capitalized, so he is a proper noun. It is another word for Satan. Had it not been capitalized it would be just a noun and could be defined as worthless or worthless ones. In either case those who walk in the light are supposed to expose darkness. Light chases darkness away. When the sun comes up everything is revealed because light is shining on it. If you’ve ever lived in a home with cockroaches you know that when the lights come on the vermin head for the dark recesses.

The problem today it seems, and I have personally witnessed many times in recent years is that some “believers” like to live in the twilight zone, no pun intended. They want to have the light but dim their light so as to be able to have communion with the darkness. They turn up the dimmer switch when they are at church or with other believers, but they turn it back down when around worldly friends or when they think that their light might “offend” worldly people. Yeshua told us that people of the Light put their light up high so that it will light up the room for everyone to see. He contrasted this to someone who would hide their light under a bushel. Bushels back in Yeshua’s day were made of straw or flax woven together to make a basket. The light that they had were candles. Do you see a problem here? If you put a candle under a bushel it not only hides the light but the candle starts the bushel on fire and the fire consumes the candle with its heat. Compromise with the world is a self defeating purpose that will someday and somehow destroy you.

Yeshua also gave us two more analogies when it comes to fellowshipping with the world in a compromising manner:

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew 7:6

You and I have been made holy through our faith in Yeshua and by the blood that has been shed for our sins. It is not our righteousness, it is His. When we come to faith in Yeshua and ask Him to save us we give up our sovereignty; in modern terms that is our self-determination. We surrender all, as the song says. When we fellowship with the world so as to approve of worldly things or when we partake in worldly things we take ourselves and offer ourselves to those in the world. You can believe me, that when Yeshua said that the swine will rend us when we cast our goodness and holiness before them He was in effect saying that they will accept you for a little while, but when they try to walk in their ways they will discern your holiness and they will turn and tear you apart.

Let me tell you that this has happened to me. I’m not saying anything to any of you that Yahweh hasn’t spoken to me. At my last workplace and at my current workplace I have tried to fit in. I wouldn’t necessarily do what they did, but I’d chuckle at snide remarks, chuckle at off color jokes and when I did those things I was approving of them. In both places, the past and the present, they would accept me for a little while and then they would falsely accuse me of things, treat me horribly and even my boss, who claimed to be a believer would set snares and traps for me. But isn’t it like the devil to try to lead us down another path and then turn around to tear us apart.

I have to be honest and say that I see an increase in the way that believers in Yeshua are taking on worldly things or condoning them at the very least. It seems that as I am getting older I’m noticing that there is an increase in the yuck that is presented before believers for them to choose to believe in or not. We often forget the words of Yeshua who told us that a little leaven takes over the whole lump of dough. A little bit of sin can take over a whole person in the same way. And, just because you’re Born Again doesn’t mean that you’re immune to it; it means that if you choose to stay close to Yahweh then he’ll show you right from wrong and you can flee from the very appearance of evil; and He’ll give you strength to flee and not look back. So when I see people whom I call believers condoning worldly things, or making excuses for worldly things, or Yahweh forbid, participating in worldly things and then justifying those things there could only be two options to their walk. Either they are so compromised by the things of this world and so outside of Yahweh’s Word that they can’t see the evil; or, they are not believers and are counterfeits. There can be no other option than the two.

I grieves me that I have to write such things. I don’t like writing such things. But I have to write these things because there is something drastically wrong with the way that some Christians are thinking these days. And, it’s not just one thing a year that is coming into the church and duping believers, it is tens, hundreds and thousands of things that dupe believers into believing lies. As a watchman for Yahweh I was accustomed to one or two strange doctrines coming against the church each year. That was easy to deal with but there are so many these days that I cannot keep up with them anymore. Frankly, I’m getting weary defending the faith and it’s not because of the things coming against our faith that is making me weary. What is making me weary is that each year there are less and less in number, Christians who have discernment to tell right from wrong and who are willing to stand against wrong, and to call a spade a spade. I now understand when Yeshua told the disciples to pray for workers to harvest the field because without help the worker grows weary and worn out. In churches they used to talk about the 95/5 principle. That meant that 95 percent of the work is done by 5 percent of the people. This has been proved out to me to be true.

So what does someone like me do to show people that is spade is a spade. Well, the first thing I have to do is to realize that it is Yahweh that is telling me to say things to people. Since that is the case, it is His job to make people listen, not mine. I understand why Moses and Aaron would bring a message to Pharoah and then just turn and walk away; the message was going to be discarded as nonsense. They had to trust that when Yahweh told them to say something it would happen and it was Yahweh’s reputation that was on the line, not theirs. So my current response, although it might seem like indifference and uncaring to some is to just say, “this is what Yahweh says. If you believe it then great, if not that is between you and him,” and I have to then walk away. I can’t care anymore what people think; don’t like it, then argue with Yahweh.

This past week I grew full of despair. I got onto my Facebook account and saw a picture that someone had “liked” and it was a picture of a man in a town about twenty minutes north of here. The man wore all black, had long black hair, makeup and sunglasses. He was trying to look like Ozzie Osbourne. The man wore a gold cross that stood out well against his black shirt. He held his arms up and his hands were held in a backward fashion as he did the Satanic salute; the hand gesture of the Goat of Mendez, or Baphomet. What really shocked me was that two people I know, who claim to be believers in Yahweh Yeshua actually “liked” the photo, one even making a remark that the guy is “cool.” Later, another person that I know echoed their accolades and acceptance of this man’s actions.

I was shocked. I wrote to tell everyone what the man was actually doing and said that he was trying to walk in two kingdoms and it would not work. One woman that I do not know dismissed my concerns, saying that the guy just liked to have fun and that she doubted that Ozzie Osbourne was a Satanist. That’s easy to refute; just post his lyrics, which I did. The third Christian lady that I mentioned posted her message after me. I felt sad that three supposed believers in Yeshua could not see the evil for what it was. But what was even more sad was when the third lady dismissed the evidence that I gave; good solid evidence, and sided with the detractors. Very sad indeed.

With this having been said, I want to close with by saying that in the days to come I’ll just answer people with scripture. If they deny the scripture they show their fruit. I think that Yahweh is trying to show a select few of us that there is very little faith left on the earth, especially among those who say that they are called by His Name. We’re going to have to be like the prophets of old who stood alone while all others forsook Yahweh. We’re going to have to realize that it is just He and us and we’re going to have to relate to him more and more as the apostasy grows colder and colder. Satan has kicked the deception into high gear and we need to trust Yahweh more than ever, even with our lives. “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon the earth?” My answer, in only a remnant of those who have not chosen to defile themselves with the Beast System.

Sometimes things happen in our lives that grieve us; make us so sad that we feel like we’ve experienced a death in our family. When we attend a fellowship and we feel at home there they become our family. Just like every family, there are those whom we are attracted to and we become close and there are others who we do not grow too close too. There are others we prefer to only see on special days like; holidays, birthdays and such and it doesn’t bother us too much if we don’t see them the rest of the year. Sadly, there are a few, a slight few that we’d rather not see at all; you know, the contentious relative that has an opinion about everything that you do, say or act upon. Thank goodness that the last kind is rare in most families, and in most churches too.

With the end of the age occurring here and now we are starting to see more and more pastors and laymen going astray. People that we thought were stable pillars in the church community are exposed for what really lives inside of them; misguided hopes or plans that just don’t seem to go along with scripture and scripture’s correct interpretation. Sometimes people have been hurt by others in the Christian family and they find scripture that they feel soothes that hurt, and that is fine except when the scripture is taken out of context to prove that person right and others wrong.

A friend of mine, within the last year or two started to attend a fellowship that seemed pretty exemplary. It was everything that my friend could ask for. He has a ministry that caters to many that most of the church would not even dare minister too and he’s had some success bringing people around to the truth and helping them to get set free. The pastor of his new church had a burden or at least accepted what my friend was doing and my friend felt safe and secure in this fellowship.

My friend is like myself, a watchman; someone who feels the call to watch out for Yahweh’s people and to sound the alarm when things don’t seem right in a message or a ministry or whatever the case might be. He told me that there were many times during worship when Yahweh would give him a Word to share from Yeshua and although allowed to give the word, which sometimes gave admonitions to the body to change their ways and walk according to Yahweh’s Word. The problem that he had is that there were those in the fellowship who would fluff over his Word from Yahweh with words of love, peace and acceptance. He often felt like the others shared what they shared in order to quash what Yahweh was trying to say through him.

As we talked my friend shared with me that his pastor had been involved in what seemed to be an ecumenical movement in his town and when he felt alarmed, the pastor would announce that it wasn’t really ecumenical, but just a lot of pastors who wanted to see revival in his town who agreed to put aside differences and focus on what they all had in common. With this having been said, my friend still felt strange about all of this but gave the pastor the benefit of the doubt because he thought he knew his pastor’s heart.

My friend told me that the pastor often spoke of something called The Tabernacle of David being restored. The pastor would refer to Amos 9:11 and other scriptures to show that it was a new Tabernacle of Praise that Yahweh was going to institute and that He (Yahweh) would use this Tabernacle to break down the divisions within the pastoral and church communities of his city. As time progressed, the mention of The Tabernacle of David was often mentioned as a new and/or fresh movement of the Ruach Ha Kodesh that would break down the walls and bring revival to his city.

A couple of Sunday’s ago my friend was very distraught. He felt betrayed and he felt like he’d been thrown under a bus by his pastor. That day there was a guest speaker from another organization in his town that is heavily promoting this TOD (Tabernacle of David) thing and this speaker was recruiting churches to join in with them to help them to bring about the new and revived TOD in his city. My friend said that it felt as though he wasn’t sitting in his own church, but had been put inside a Unitarian Church. A strange spirit filled the place too. The speaker used a lot of New Age words; things like “great invocation,” “an awakening,” and once he even slipped and used the word ecumenical, which he quickly fixed with something like “coming together.”

As I mentioned earlier, there are many types in a family, and his church was no different. There are the older mature believers, whose who just sit and listen and a few loonies who are already bringing New Age dogma into the church under the radar of his pastor who he sometimes wondered if he even had radar or had it switched on. Those New Agenicks, along with some of the believers who will go along with anything coming from the pulpit were all saying hallelujah, praise the Lord and Amen during this whole event according to my friend. Most sat in shock it seemed, wondering what was going on. He said that it got even worse when, after the speaker talked, the pastor just stood up and said that his church would join in this obviously New Age ecumenical movement. There was no polling of the congregants, no vote; no discussion whatsoever. My friend told me that he had often heard the pastor mention that he wanted more involvement in the church by those who attended, so this added to his shock when this decision was made without the consent of anyone but the Amen Choir.

So, alarmed at what happened to my friend, I went home and did a little research on TOD and what it is all about. Between family events, ministry stuff and other things I have little precious time to do a study into it myself. I did however know that there are people who look into these things and use scripture, wisdom and common sense to investigate the “latest” things that are sweeping a sleeping and unsuspecting church. I found an article that I’d now like to present as an attachment to this editorial. I’d like you to read about TOD, where it comes from, what it is and how you need to watch carefully and try to head it off before it takes over a pastor or a church. My friend was duped, as was his fellowship, but you don’t have to be.

Having visited this author’s website and having seen no copyright I am assuming that there is no copyright on his material. If in fact there is I do claim my right as an editorialist to use his material as an expository against the heresy I mentioned above.

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THE RESTORATION OF DAVIDIC WARFARE/WORSHIP
By Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 7, No. 4, September/October 2002

Over the past decades music has gained an unprecedented prominence in the church.  So much so that music has replaced faith and preaching as the new means of grace.  The influence of music has become so dominant that it is not unusual for worship ministers and worship teams to spend more time in ministry with the congregation than pastors do expounding the Word of God.  The worship time often consumes up to forty minutes leaving preaching time shortened.  An Australian pastor recounts a conversation he had with his worship leader just prior to a 2 day seminar.  The worship leader asked, “How long do you want us to worship?  Twenty minutes?”  The pastor responded “What about two days.” “I don’t think I could play my guitar that long” the worship leader retorted.  The pastor’s response was “you’re talking about music and I am talking about worship”.  There is a subtle understanding now that suggests that music alone constitutes worship.

Barry Chant asks the question:

“Have we unknowingly, actually arrived at a position where music has replaced faith as the means by which we appropriate God’s blessings and where the worship leader, [or the worship team] rather than the evangelist is responsible for bringing people to God?”1  Jared Cooper describes a time when his church abandoned music altogether to test the genuineness of their worship… They learned to worship without music.2

Indeed if someone was marooned on a desert island would worship be impossible?  Barry Chant insightfully observes, “an unhealthy number of new songs focus more on rhythm and harmony than melody … Whereas a half century ago, Christians sang songs in which there were disciplined rhythms and rhymes, and both melody and lyrics followed an obvious orderly pattern, today’s rhythms are more likely to be disruptive and disjointed… ‘feeling’ is what matters.  So the pulsating rhythms throb through our beings, the compelling beat makes our bodies respond and the intellectual or biblical content only needs to be sufficient to justify calling what we are singing ‘Christian’.3

The worship debate is wide spread, and even liturgical churches are being forced to produce contemporary worship services.  This debate will be with us for some time to come.  Beyond this however, there is something more than personal preferences occurring.  There is a teaching in some charismatic circles which goes beyond the so-called worship wars.  Worship is taught as something which actually accomplishes something in the spirit world and is linked to prophetic revelation and spiritual warfare.  More and more believers look to music as the primary source of spiritual fulfillment.  New generations of charismatics are proclaiming that God is restoring to the overcoming end time church forms of worship that purportedly occurred in David’s tabernacle.

This special restoration is touted as a crucial element in God’s plan to restore His glory to the final church as a prelude to the Second Coming of Christ.4

“…Bible teachers of our day who are moving in present truth have discovered God’s anointed plan to restore the Tabernacle of David, which is the perfect pattern of praise and worship all New Testament believers are to follow. The restoration of the pattern of praise and worship that once prevailed in King David’s day will release a prophetic stream of praise in our day that will energize the church with new power and demolish the works of Satan.  Believers will approach God in new ways such as singing in tongues to activate revelations, prophesying in song, dancing rhythmically in the Spirit and all the traditional charismatic methods (hand clapping, raising of hands etc.). Those who resist this restoration of worship will fall short of God’s standard and will continue to operate in a faulty form of worship and will be in danger of the glory of God departing from their churches.”5

The Tabernacle of David (TOD) teaching is not new at all but was clearly a part of the restoration scheme of Latter Rain teachers.  George Warnock, writing during the hey day of the Latter Rain (early 50’s), often referred to the Tabernacle of David.  It was in the mid 60’s however, that Latter-Rain restoration teachers in Australia and New Zealand began to flesh out TOD teaching.  Graham Truscott claimed to be directed by God to TOD teaching in 1968.  The context of this enhanced TOD teaching was always in a Latter-Rain context.  Kevin Conner, in Australia, was among the first to apply typology and restoration hermeneutics to the Tabernacle of David.

The term TOD is a reference to the tent David pitched in Jerusalem for the Ark of the Covenant (2 Sam. 6:17; 1 Chron. 16:1). The apostle James quoted Amos 9:11 in reference to the restoring of David’s fallen tent at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:16).  Those promoting the restoration of Davidic Worship/Warfare base everything on the assertion that this refers to the form of worship that was employed in David’s tabernacle.  We will look closely at the Acts 15:16 passage and will find that with most responsible biblical authorities that verse does not refer to forms of worship but rather to the dynasty (house of) David and has nothing to do with worship whatsoever.  It may appear new to those promoting it today but it was first taught in Latter Rain circles in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  Restored Davidic worship is just a companion piece of the whole restoration teaching scheme in which apostles and prophets are restored to the final and overcoming end time church.  Along with restored apostles and prophets there is also a restored form of worship which they assert was part of David’s day, which had a short appearance in the apostolic church only to be lost until God’s restoration in these last days.

The Tabernacle of David in Scripture.

TOD teaching centers it’s teaching on the prophecy of Amos 9:11 quoted by James at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15:16, in which James refers to the tent David pitched for the ark of the covenant in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:17; 1 Chron. 16:1).  James quotes from the Septuagint (Greek translation of the OT). “After this I will return and rebuild the fallen house [tabernacle) of David.  Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it and the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name,” (NIV)

In Amos 9:11, in the Hebrew text there is an additional reference to “they may possess the remnant of Edom” (NIV)6 which is not found in the Septuagint.  James’ choice of the Septuagint surely reflects his desire to promote the inclusion of Gentiles.  Those promoting TOD teaching contend rather, that James is concerned about restoring Davidic worship to the church.  TOD teachers refer to I Chron. 25 where David appointed prophetic Levites to praise God with stringed instruments, harps, cymbals and trumpets.  These references to musical instruments are then recruited to show that the TOD is a reference to worship.

Conversely, if it can be established that Acts 15:16 is not a reference to Davidic worship forms at all, then the whole teaching of TOD is without biblical support and is rather a clever example of restoration hermeneutics.  If the context of both Acts 15:16 and Amos 9:11 demands that tabernacle (Heb.  Sukkah, “booth” or “house”) actually refers to the dynastic rule of David (as in house of Usher etc) then worship is not even a biblical consideration.  In Isaiah 16:5 the term TOD is without any doubt a reference to the “rule” of David: “In love a throne will be established in faithfuless a man will sit on it – one from the ‘house of David”‘ (NIV).

We will return for a more in depth look at James’ quote of Amos 9:11 later in the article.

A Summary of Tabernacle of David Teaching

Tricia Tillin has researched the ministry of Mike Bickle with special reference to the International House of Prayer (IHOP) and the associated ministry called the “Harp and Bowl.” Here is an extended quote from her findings:

“Here is one official description of the work: The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour a day, city wide worship and warfare, interdenominational prayer ministry serving the Body of Christ.  This ministry is modeled after the Tabernacle of David with singers and musicians being released to lead corporate intercession and worship 24 hours a day … The House of Prayer for all nations ministry includes continuous praise and prayer dethroning the principalities and powers over a region declaring God’s sovereignty.  This is in the spirit of Rev. 4-5 ‘Harp and Bowl’ worship and warfare prayer gatherings, the harp representing praise and the bowl representing the prayers of the saints which is at the heart of David’s Tabernacle … In Sept. 1999… they completed the full 24 hour a day schedule with singers and musicians leading each session.  They believe that this model is the most effective context to train and send forth others who will plant a House of Prayer (in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David) established in every major city of the earth before the Lord’s return.”7

Froujke E. Jansen further describes his view of the Tabernacle of David;

“His [John Painter] study was also about the Tabernacle of David being a type of the end-time church and about a transition between the two tabernacles, the Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David.  In the Bible, the Tabernacle of Moses lacked God’s presence at the time the Tabernacle of David was being built, yet it continued to operate without presence.  For a time, the Tabernacles of Moses and of David operated simultaneously.  Dr. Painter said this represented the fact that during the end times there will be two tabernacles that also operate simultaneously. That is, the ‘church’ with unfaithful ministers and people who are content with empty ritual and the true end time church that is full of God’s presence.”8

David appointed 24 groups of 12 musicians (a total 880) who were set apart for prophetic worship.  It is assumed from this that these musicians served around the clock (24/7) every day.

An unnamed writer on the intemet concludes the following: “Now, in these last days … the TOD is going to be restored.  As it was in David’s time, once again God’s people will have free access to His presence.  Whenever the people of God gather to minister to God in worship and praise, He will be pleased to come in His mighty presence to meet with them.”9

The above quotes express the various common themes of TOD teaching.  Diverse versions of TOD teaching are now widely dispersed in Charismatic circles.  As various elements of this teaching move from person to person and group to group certain aspects are picked up or left out so that many who employ different versions of this teaching are not aware that TOD is the source of these ideas.  Nevertheless there seem to be four central ideas within TOD teaching.

1. TOD is a part of the present-truth/restoration view of church history.
2. TOD enhances and endorses the ministry of restored apostles and prophets.
3. TOD invokes (attracts) the manifest presence of God. 4. TOD is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.

Space does not allow for us to deal in depth with each of these themes.  So we will only address No. 3 and 4 in some detail.

Does TOD Worship Attract the Manifest Presence of God?

The addiction to physical manifestations in the current revival is often linked directly to TOD type worship.  It has been pragmatically discovered that long extended and repetitive worship will usually cause God to “show up.” So worship techniques often become the prelude for God showing up in power.  “Showing up” is shorthand for the whole catalogue of physical manifestations associated with the current revival.  The right kind of worship will attract the manifestations which are a sign that God has shown up.  Much of the teaching that praise attracts and brings God’s presence is based on an obscure verse in the OT which I believe has been misinterpreted.  The KJV of Psalm 22:3 states: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

Does this verse really teach that if we praise God then God will come in His manifest presence to “inhabit the church” – sometimes as a visible glory cloud of blue haze or an overwhelming sense of heaviness (glory), or whatever?

Does this verse even suggest that God “inhabits” praise in some unique and extraordinary way?

First of all most modern Hebrew translations prefer “enthroned” to “inhabit.” Furthermore, the Hebrew Grammar is not in favor of the traditional understanding found in the KJV.  The Hebrew literally reads, “But Thou/Holy/enthroned/the praise of Israel.” The NIV translates it “Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.” Thus the phrase probably means, “You are the One Israel praises.” In context this fits well because in vs. 3-5 it is God who is the One in whom “our fathers put their trust.” Bruce L. Johnson has summed the thought in this way: “But note that David’s appeal is to God.  He is not calling God’s people to praise Him so that God will ‘show up’ or act in their behalf. He is not saying, ‘God comes [fights, acts for us, etc.] because we praise Him, so praise him and he will act’, rather, he is telling God (and indirectly, telling us), that He is the one we praise and boast in because he HAS shown up for us!”10

Is TOD really a Spiritual Warfare Technique?

Michael Moriarity has responded to the TOD teaching as spiritual warfare:

“The new charismatics believe that God is teaching certain present-truth Christians ‘new insights’ to help the church in her struggles against spiritual darkness … One way to accomplish all of this is through certain forms of worship … God is putting together a present-truth army of believers that will worship Him with such power that all non-Christian philosophies will ultimately be wiped out and demons will be left trembling.”11

Bill Hamon, who is a fellow apostle with C. Peter Wagner, in the International Coalition of Apostles, and a long time Latter Rain writer, describes the power of praise choruses in this way:

“These praise choruses convey the words and spirit of a militant army ready to possess their promised land.  The “Joshua Generation” has crossed over their spiritual Jordan restorationally.  They are now marching around Jericho, preparing to fulfill their predestined purpose as one of the restorational, present-truth tribes that will be joined together in spirit and truth to drive out the ‘ites’ of Canaan.”12

Indeed, there are references to spiritual warfare in the NT, but there are no references to worship warfare.  By stressing TOD as a warfare technique, TOD teachers have reduced it to a formula.  The purpose of worship, however, personal or corporate, is not to employ a spiritual warfare tactic.  I recently heard a sermon in which the pastor asserted that every time we clap or beat the drum it allows God to beat on the devil.  We however, do not clap, shout etc in order for God to be freed to defeat the devil.  Rather we praise God because he has defeated the evil one and we have been rescued from his domain.  There is no power in any worship technique.  The power is in God Himself. If the TOD worship warfare is such a powerful warfare technique today and a mighty testimony of restored Latter Rain apostles, why did not the first church apostles have it at their disposal in the days of the “former Rain?” Why would God reserve this for the Latter Rain and its apostles and prophets?  If this Davidic worship warfare was not a part of the apostolic church (and it wasn’t) then how could it be restored today?

The Key Passage: Acts 15:16.

In order to understand why James quoted from Amos 9:11 at the conclusion of the Jerusalem council, the historical context is the determining factor.  The circumcision party among Jewish believers was insisting that Gentile believers had to be circumcised according to the law of Moses (v.1). Paul and Barnabus came to the council to participate in the debate and lobbied against the circumcision party (v.4, 6).  Peter witnessed before the Council that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ.  Paul and Bamabus recalled how miraculously God had worked among the Gentiles on their first missionary journey.  James, the obvious spokesman for the council, concurred with Peter, Paul and Bamabus and expressed his conclusion that Gentile believers were to be accepted into the early church without circumcision because their hearts had been cleansed by faith in Christ (Acts 15:9-12, 19).

In order to give OT credence to the decision of the council, James quoted Amos 9:11 which appears to have settled once and for all the question of Gentile inclusion in the early church.  Would it make any sense for James to depart from the only issue before the council (i.e., the question of Gentile circumcision) and predict a new form of worship?  This just does not fit contextually.  James did not change the subject to promote a perfect plan of worship modeled after David’s tabernacle.  The obvious refrence to the “tabernacle of David” is a reference to the dynasty or rule of David, which is often referred to as the “house of David” or the “tabernacle of David.” (2 Samuel 7:5-11).

The prophet Amos had prophesied that David’s rule, with all its glorious promises, would one day collapse and fall being overrun with “breaches” and “ruins.” But Amos went on to promise that David’s tabernacle (the house of David) would be restored from its fallen state.  James purpose in quoting the passage is to demonstrate to the council that the restoring of David’s house refers to the spiritual incorporation of the Gentiles into the New Testament Church.  Indeed, it had been God’s intention to include Gentiles in His Kingdom from the beginning.  What Amos had predicted so long ago is now being fulfilled in that Gentiles are coming to faith and being included in Christ’s church. After the literal historical fall of David’s tabernacle (the Davidic Dynasty) God would restore David’s rule by including Jews and Gentiles in the same ‘house’ or family of God.  James, in quoting Amos is establishing to the council that the inclusion of Gentiles was not something new but was a part of God’s plan and was being fulfilled in the Church.  Consequently, James concludes, “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles” (Acts 15:19).

The only way to teach the restoration of Davidic Worship is to snatch the phrase “Tabernacle of David” in Acts 15:16 out of its historical meaning, isolate it from the context and give it a meaning that James, Paul, Bamabus, Peter and the whole NT would not have even recognized.

Conclusion

Beyond the fact that “Tabernacle of David’ teaching is simply wrong and an example of illegitimate restoration teaching, there are pastoral and practical concerns.  Rather than worship directed to God, simply to express praise, Davidic worship/warfare is practiced in order to produce a so-called spiritual effect.  It hints at a kind of spiritual formula or recipe.  The teaching that restored Davidic worship somehow allows or even attracts the physical manifestations of God’s presence seems to border on spiritual magic.

Finally, the identification of worship as purely musical is not biblical.  The Apostle Paul teaches that worship touches all the areas of life.  Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices constitutes our “spiritual worship” (Romans 12: 1).  Worship styles and musical preferences should never be put forth as God’s unique and authorized form of worship.  Cultural expressions of worship will always be different.  The central point is that worship is an expression of the heart toward God.

1 Barry Chant, Retuning the Church, Vanguard, Sept. 200 1, p. 5.
2 Jarrod Cooper, New Heights of Worship: A Radical Look at Corporate Worship, Joy Magazine, undated.
3 Barry Chant, Retuning the Church p. 8.
4 David K. Blomgren, Restoting God’s Glory: The Present Day Rise of David’s Tabernacle, Regina, Sask.: Maranatha Christian Centre, 1985, p. 12.
5 Michael Moriarity, The New Charisma tics, Zonckrvan, 1992, p. 280.
6 It Should be noted that the Septuagint differs considerably from the Hebrew text. It is worth remembering that in Hebrew the consonants of ‘Adam’ and ‘Edom’ are identical.  In Hebrew the vowels are not written.  Consequently, we can understand why the Septuagint renders “The remnant of Edom’ as ‘the rest of mankind’.  Considering that James was wanting to justify including Gentiles in the Church, we can understand why he chose to quote from the Septuagint.
7 Tricia Tillin, http://www.banner.org.uk/apostasy/harp-bowl.htm

8 Froujke E. Jansen, http://www.harvestnet.org/articles/gatekeeper-intercessor.htm
9 The Tabernacle of David, http://www.angelfire.com/extreme/roar2001/Papers/tabernacleofdavid.html

10 Bruce L. Johnson, Does God Inhabit the Praise of Israel? http://www.worshipmap.com/compassnf/cl-psalm22.html

11 Michael Moriarity, The New Charismtics, p.287

12 Bill Harmon, Prophets and the Prophetic Movement, Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 1990, p. 12 1.


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Offel Steinkamp is publisher of Plumbline Newsletter and director of Plumbline Ministries.  He has, served as a missionary to Vietnam, professor and pastor in Australia and most recently pastor of an AOG church in Redwood Falls Minnesota.  He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He currently resides near Renville, Minnesota.

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Yesterday we witnessed yet another indicator that our nation is in decline and that the forces of evil are being allowed to ravage our land. Without notice, two bombs exploded near the finish line for the Boston Marathon. It is with sad hearts that we offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who died as a result of the bombing and we offer too our prayers for those who survived; who are maimed and wounded as a result of the callous, so called “religion of peace” and it’s war against people who won’t subscribe to its demonic religion.

With all of the rhetoric going on about how the government is hell bent on demonizing Christians and in addition, the talk that is going on about how they want to train the military to arrest good and honest Americans; one can only wonder when this bombing will be “contrived” to have been the work of some Christian extremist group.

Many of us have been watching the current administration for the past 4+ years and we have noticed a lot of similarities to 1930’s Germany and the rise of Nazism. During that time there was monetary distress, civil unrest and society was looking for someone or something to lay guilt upon for these things. Surely it could not be the fault of the people in general. There had to be some sort of outside force causing the problem. In addition, Germany saw the rise of a smooth talking man who promised to get them out of the trouble that they were in. He appealed to the common man and blamed the rich and elite Germans for all of the problems. He tried to cater to all elements of society except for those he saw as a threat to German society. Hitler cast blame for all of Germany’s problems on the Jews, some Christian groups and anyone who was not purely Aryan by lineage.

In particular, this new leader was fond of children. He knew that captivating the younger generation was indeed necessary because you can mold children and more importantly, you can use children against their parents. He formed his own youth brigade and was seen many times appearing with them, treating them like they were his own children.

This leader formed his own homeland police force. In the beginning he used a group known as the Brown-Shirts as his army with which he bullied and badgered people and yes, many times murdered his opposition. Later, he would murder or imprison this army and form another army, even more ruthless.

This leader knew that it would be hard to persuade people to follow him; but he knew that if he could fabricate both internal and external threats to the people it would be possible to gain their confidence. He knew that it was always easier for the population to demonize others for their ills rather than to look at their own black hearts. He got their eyes off of repentance and turned them rather, to revenge.

Of course, we know this person to be Adolph Hitler and history records for us the evidence of what happens when a people won’t take responsibility for their own actions but instead they sweep the real issues under the rug. The result was a tyrannical dictatorship that killed many millions in death camps; Jews, Christians and many others who were not capable of defending themselves.

Today we find ourselves in a likewise situation. We’re a nation filled with sin that refuses to acknowledge sin. Like little whiny babies we sit and whimper, demanding more milk from the mother’s tit and peace, safety and comfort. We’ve thrown aside the God who could give us those things and have turned instead to government to provide all of those needs. Marx once said that Religion was the Opiate of The People, but like all liars he had it all turned around. Government is the opiate of the people and like a drug pusher out on the street, government is there to provide. And, just like the drug dealer on the street, the first few doses are free, but the price for the addict is expensive.

So now we have all of government; millions of drug dealers all across the nation who give free doses to those who are rapidly getting hooked and to some who have been hooked for generations. Yet, the head drug dealer is not happy that he has only some people enslaved to him; he wants to make it so that all of us have to get addicted to government. Once that is in place the head drug dealer will have leverage over all lives like nobody every imagined. Resist this drug dealer and your food allotments will be taken away, your health-care will disappear and the other addicts will oppress you. If you can handle all of that, you will be placed in interment camps so that the other addicts won’t be able to see that they are slaves to the government drug.

The current president has mimicked Hitler in so many ways. We’ve seen his “concern” over children and how he’s taken every photo-op to have them gathered around him, just like Hitler. We’ve heard him say that he wants to create his own Nation Police Force; his own private army, just like Hitler did. We’ve seen him sign into law more edict via Executive Order in just four years than almost all other leaders. We’ve seen him take over industry, banking and now health-care. We’ve seen many other things that we thought we’d never see happen in our nation; or ever considered that a “president” would do.

There is however one thing that we haven’t seen, or have we? Well, we’ve seen a great push for the disarming of the American people. We’ve seen, what I feel is orchestrated mass murders in schools and other public places by people with guns. We’ve watched as these “robots” have murdered so many and how they have stricken fear into so many that the cry for disarmament is growing every day. What we have not seen in entirety is what was known in Germany as the Reichstag Fire. It was this fire, at the German seat of government that led Hitler to clamp down on society and solidify his dictatorship. Could the terrorist attacks in Boston have been the start of this process? Could this or more events cause the President to declare a national emergency so that he can suspend the Constitution and call out the military, or worse yet, the United Nations to confiscate the firearms from the American populace. Could the threat of this action cause some to start a rebellion and cause Hitler, oops, I meant Obama to declare civil insurrection and further justify (in his mind and those who support him) his actions.

One thing is for certain. Obama is not going to stop until he has “fundamentally transformed” our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a Marxist Leninist Collective. We’re farther down the road than most think. The answer, as far as I can tell is not insurrection, although if it happens it happens. The answer is for us; those who are called by the name of Yahweh Yeshua; for us to examine our ways, to ask for Yahweh’s revelation of our own actions, inaction’s and sins; for us to get on our knees, confess or wicked ways and to cry out to Yahweh for salvation. Yahweh promises that if we do that, He will hear our petition from Heaven and that He will heal our land.