Why The “Cancel Culture” is Biblically and Fundamentally Wrong

Three Weeks Called, “DIRE STRAITS”

Five years ago at this time my wife and I were in the CNN Tower Hotel in Atlanta for a Business Trip we had earned with the insurance company I worked for. The first night was during this time referred to as “DIRE STRAITS.” We were at the pre-dinner gathering for hors d’oeuvres when we met two insurance agents from Los Angeles who were orthodox Jews. They had ordered a kosher meal for the banquet. I mentioned to them if they were aware that this was the time of year called “Dire Straits” and the 9th day of Av? They got excited and asked me how I knew about this important time of the Jewish Calendar. I then told them what I have written below. They were amazed, saying, you know more about this than we were taught in the Synagogue.

For those unfamiliar with the period called the “dire straits”, it is a 3 week time period between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av on the biblical calendar. This year, 2017, it falls between July 11th and August 1st. The first day and the last day are two of the fast days as mentioned in Zechariah 8:19. This is a time period set aside to repent and ask for forgiveness for the sins of our forefathers as Daniel did in Daniel 9:3-19.

These three weeks have always been troublous times for the nation of Israel. The 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av are linked together historically as days on which Israel has been punished for sin. The Lebanon war that broke out a few years ago started on the 17th of Tammuz. In Zech 8:19 it is prophesied that some year that day will turn to a day of rejoicing.

Tzom Tammuz – The Seventeenth of Tammuz

Five great catastrophes occurred in biblical history on the 17th of Tammuz:

  1. Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai — in response to the sin of the Golden Calf. (Exo 32:19)
  2. The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.
  3. Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD.
  4. Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.
  5. An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.
    Notice that two of these events have a second fulfillment yet to come –

The daily sacrifices will be stopped and an idolatrous image will be set up (Dan 11:31; Eze 8:3-5; Rev 13:14-15).

Tisha B’Av – The Ninth of Av

The Israelites were in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and were poised to enter the Promised Land. But first they sent out a reconnaissance mission, to assist in formulating a prudent battle strategy. The spies returned on the eighth day of Av and reported that the land was unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cried. They insisted that they’d rather go back to Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. God is highly displeased by this public demonstration of distrust in His power, and consequently, with only two exceptions, that generation of Israelites never entered the Holy Land. Only their children had that privilege, after wandering in the desert for 40 years.

Many calamities have occurred on this date in history:

  1. The spies returned from their scouting mission into the Promised Land and 10 of the 12 gave an evil report filled with fear. Standing in doubt, they were slanderous of God’s Word and promise because He said He would go before them, fight their battles and deliver them into the land. Only Joshua and Caleb gave a report filled with faith. The Israelites were sentenced on Tisha B’Av to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until that generation had died out. Only Joshua, of the tribe of Ephraim and Caleb, of the tribe of Judah were permitted to enter the Promised Land. (Num. 13-14)
  2. The 1st Temple, Solomon’s Temple, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. 100,000 Jews were slaughtered and millions more exiled. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin were carried captive to Babylon. The actual fire was set on the 9th of Av. (2King 25:8-9; Jer. 52:12-13)
  3. The 2nd Temple, Herod’s Temple, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD on the 9th of Av led by Titus. Some two million Jews died, and another one million were exiled. The Roman army laid siege to Jerusalem and on the 17th of Tammuz the Daily Sacrifice was again stopped. Roman centurions on the 9th of Av burned the Second Temple. The extreme heat of the fire caused gold of the Temple to melt and run into the cracks and crevices between the stones. When the fire cooled the Roman soldiers used wedges and crowbars to overturn every stone in their search for the gold. Luke 19:44 fulfilled. One year later on the 9th of Av the Romans plowed the Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem to prepare the area to be turned into a Roman colony. Micah 3: 12 fulfilled
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    4. The Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by Roman Emperor Hadrian. The city of Betar — the Jews’ last stand against the Romans was captured and liquidated. Over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered. (135 AD) The Temple area and its surroundings were plowed under. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city — renamed Aelia Capitolina — and access was forbidden to Jews.
  4. In 1290 King Edward I (Longshanks) ordered the expulsion of all Jews from England on the 9th of Av. (And they did not settle there again until Oliver Cromwell gave them that right in 1657.)
  5. During the Spanish Inquisition, Ferdinand and Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree, on March 31, 1492, ordering all Jews to leave Spain by the end of July 1492. July 31, 1492 was Tisha B’Av. It was during this time that Christopher Columbus, who may himself have been of Jewish descent, left to ‘discover’ America.(Note that if you use a Jewish calendar converter to check this, it may show July 31 as the 27th of Tammuz. If so, the converter has failed to take into account the Gregorian Reformation, which skipped 11 days on the calendar. If you add the 11 missing days and convert August 11 instead of July 31, you will see that “August 11” 1492 is the 9th of Av.)
  6. World War I broke out on the eve of Tisha B’Av in 1914 when Germany declared war on Russia. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
  7. On the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942, the mass deportation began of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka
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    9. On Tisha B’Av, August 14, 2005, 8,000 Jewish settlers were forcefully expelled from their homes in Gush Katif, the Southern Gaza strip.

Typically the book of Lamentations is read on the 9th of Av
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God would allow such events to befall their people. What was the cause of such a harsh punishment? Their sages have taught (Talmud, Yoma 9b) that the First Temple was destroyed because of following three things:
1. Sexual immorality
2. Widespread murder
3. Idolatry

The Second Temple, however, the sages taught, was destroyed because of one singular reason: baseless hatred (sinat chinam).

Gemora teaches that such a severe judgment was meted out despite the fact that Jews at the time occupied themselves with Torah, observed mitzvot and practiced charity. People would hate one another without a cause, slander their fellow Jews for having differing beliefs, hypocritically accuse each other of violating halachic standards, and be uncharitable to those from other Jewish sects who may not have been living up to their specific customs:

“In the times of the second Bais HaMikdosh, the “murderers” of the time did not feel that what they were doing was wrong. They did not consider their murderous actions as transgressions. Rather, they viewed them as appropriate, and even a “mitzvah!” And why was that the case? When these people saw their brethren committing various transgressions, they said to themselves “These people are Sadducees; these people are apostates who deny the validity of the Torah and the supremacy of G-d. These people are rebellious and must die, as they legally deserve such!” Were these “righteous” murderers correct? No.” (Rabbi Yehudah Prero, A Hate Worse Than Death)

It has been said that the Messiah would come “in a generation that is totally innocent or totally guilty”. Jesus called the generation of his day a “wicked and adulterous generation” (Matthew 12:39). It was said of him that he was sent to save his people from their sins. We are also told that he too became a target of that same baseless hatred that the sages taught was prevalent at the time:

If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (John 15:24-25)

It is precisely in that environment of baseless hatred by a sinful generation that Messiah was rejected by the corrupt Rome-appointed Jerusalem leadership who were in charge of the Temple at that time. Jesus foresaw what would happen to Jerusalem and to his beloved temple within its walls
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And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. (Luke 19:41-44)

Today, we are the spiritual temple of God. Though this temple be besieged from without, we are to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered and avoid the baseless hatred that destroys from within.

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1Cor 3:16-17)

Our Lord taught us to love one another. As end time events unfold, let’s remember that our Lord warned us that we would be betrayed by those who are of our own house (Matt 10:17-36) and that those who persecute us will think that they are serving God (John 16:2). But He also told us that we should love one another even to the point of laying down our lives for our brother. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1John 3:15-16)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13

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Revelation 6 Teaching Video

Revelation 6, Joel 2, and The Feast of Pentecost.
Take a few minutes to view this teaching.

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The Four Riders of Revelation 6 and The Feasts of the Lord Part II

In Revelation 6:1-2, “there is a description of the first Horse and it’s Rider, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”

This description has to do with an Anit-Christ spirit that we are seeing across the world at this time. Notice, the rider had a crown (corona) and held a bow. Bow in the Greek means “Toxin”. And he rode out as a conqueror bent to conquest. This is amazing to me that we are seeing this before our very eyes. From the power grabbing of world leaders, Governors, and Congress, not to mention the WHO, CDC and others. The Globalist and Liberal leaders taking every opportunity to use this pandemic for their agendas.

Through this Covid19 pandemic we have seen many of our own civil liberties taken away. There is the division of family, Churches, States, and citizenry. The division of for a mask against a mask, stay at home not to stay at home, and essential, nonessential.

I believe this is a testing to see how people will react and how the masses will respond. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is not just about following the authorities and living safely. We are in a season of warfare. If this was a dream, what would all this mean?

I believe we are experiencing Revelation 6:1-2 before our very eyes. This is not only a test for the world from a earthly standpoint but I also believe Heaven is watching and this is a test from an eternal standpoint. The story of Gideon in Judges is a great example of what is happening.

Gideon is chosen by God hiding in the wine press because the enemy has stolen all the harvest. God chooses Gideon to lead the army of Israel to win the victory. God tells Gideon to Choose the men of faith for battle. First he tells the men who are afraid and walking in fear to go home. They are disqualified. The rider on the white horse wants us to walk in fear. God makes it clear when we are afraid it causes paralysis, confusion, and lack of vision. God numbered the army and ten of thousands went home.

Secondly, God told Gideon to have the rest of the men to drink water from the brook. The ones who drank water like a dog were disqualified. The Bible says, Yeshua Jesus is living water. If we drink of Him we will never thirst again. Those who drank water like a dog is likened to people who drink the living water of Yeshua Jesus with Carnality. Take Revelation and use it to exalt oneself, act prideful, or with a haughty spirit lord their knowledge over man. It also would be the like the teacher who teaches but does not live the word they teach.

Thirdly, there were the 300 men, band of Gideon who listened to God, obeyed His voice and followed God’s directions. They were the Kingdom people who listen to what the Spirit of the Lord was saying and did not fear nor were carnal. They lifted up their torch which was hidden in a pot, the light of Yeshua Jesus contained in their earthen vessel bodies, and blew the Shofar, their trumpet of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship. An Angel of the Lord, one Angel slew 170,000 of the enemy in one swell swoop. Wow!

God is looking for a mighty band of Kingdom Warriors like Gideon’s army who are not afraid and will not fear, who drink from the living water Yeshua Jesus with a pure heart, and obey and follow the Lord’s voice in His timing and season. Think about it, we are living in the biblical year of 5780. Eighty is the Hebrew number of Pei. Pei is a picture in Hebrew of the mouth wide opened. This is the year and decade to open our mouths and declare and demand the Lord’s promises. To taste and see that the Lord is good.

Yet, the rider of the white horse has given the majority a spirit of fear and pandemic to where we are ordered to wear a mask and cover our mouths. I’ve always have taught what is in the physical is a picture of what is in the spiritual realm. My prayer for you today is, you will not walk in fear, nor receive truth carnally, but you will be Kingdom minded and hear God’s voice with a Kingdom perspective. We are living in a New Wine Skin. Shalom!

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Four Riders of Revelation and the The Feasts of the Lord 2020

Thoughts coming after Feast of Pentecost, Covid-19, and Rioting and Looting:

If ever before the Body of Christ, Kingdom people need to be connected to the True Vine it is now. I was directed to John 15 during the season we find ourselves.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

In my spirit I heard:

1) If ever before God’s People need to stay connected to Adonai

2) Walk in PEACE.

3) Be careful to not respond with the flesh to all that is happening.

4) Walk in LOVE.

Secondly while reading Revelation 6 the Four Horseman referred to are happening and corresponding with the Feasts of the Adonai.

1) The first rider on a white horse carrying a bow in his hand which in the Greek is Toxin and a crown in Hebrew means Corona. Thus the Covid-19 pandemic came at Passover

2) The second rider on a fiery red horse which is causing hate, fire, and mankind to kill each other came at Pentecost.

3) The third rider is on a black horse and has a scale in his hand which represents mass shortages. I believe because of this pattern we are seeing emerging this will be this fall at Tabernacles.

These are only signs of the beginning of sorrows and tribulation. How we respond is crucial how we walk with the glory presence of Yeshua Jesus during this time. So do not walk in fear but faith. Do not walk in anger, hate, and discord, but in Love. Keep your focus on Yeshua Jesus and stay connected to the True Vine. Shalom!

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Our Service is to PRAISE, PRAY, & INTERCEDE

This past weeks Torah reading was found in Numbers 16:1- 18: It is the story of Korah and some of the men of Israel challenging Moses and Aaron being leader and High Priest of Israel. Adonai didn’t take to that very kindly and destroyed Korah and all who followed such nonsense. Can you imagine Lineage of High Priest being from Korah and not Aaron. The blessing would not be Aaronic but Koranian!

When you study this passage by the Numbers it is very interesting and apropos to the time and season the world is experiencing today.

In this week’s Torah portion, Korah the Levite led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron along with the help of some other “men of renown.” At the heart of Korah’s rebellion is a desire to not just minister in the Tabernacle but to usurp priesthood from Aaron the High Priest and his descendants. The Hebrew word for “priesthood” is kehuna. Kehuna (priesthood) and hakohen (the priest) both have a numeric value of 80.

In Hebrew, we write the number 80 with the letter Peh, which means “mouth.” Eighty is both the number of the priesthood and the mouth. This connection makes sense because at the heart of priestly service is the use of the mouth/peh to praise, pray, and intercede on behalf of the people. Our mouths can either be used for good to bring blessing in fulfillment of our priestly calling or for evil, stirring up dissension like Korah. Those who use their mouths for harmful purposes such as gossip, slander, and manipulation “will be [spiritually] unclean”/tamei yih- yeh, which adds up to 80.

There is authentic power in the peh, the mouth. We are currently in the Decade of the Peh, 5780, on the Hebrew calendar. Eighty is also the number of “breakthrough.” Paratz, the Hebrew word for “breakthrough,” begins with the letter peh. This detail teaches us that the peh (the mouth) is foundational for breakthrough. Life and death are in the power tongue, or one could say, “the mouth.” Spiritual, emotional, and material breakthrough begins with prayer, praise, and the declaration of God’s promises.

We can see this fact in two ways. First, the Hebrew word for “heal” is rapha , whose middle letter is a peh . This arrangement is no accident. It points to the truth that spoken prayer and blessing are central to releasing God’s healing power.

Secondly, the phrase “with salt”/be-malach also equals 80. The Israelites were required to offer every sacrifice with salt. The ultimate purpose of the sacrifices was to draw one near to God. In the same way, words that are “seasoned with salt” bring us closer to the Lord and others.

Never underestimate the power of the peh /mouth! We must make sure we do not allow our mouth to be like that of Korah, but rather our speech must be positive, uplifting, and kind. As Paul exhorts us, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, to know how you ought to answer everyone” (Col 4:6).

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Shabbat Blessing

Speak this Shabbat Blessing over your family, household, and city

According to your Faith, may it be unto you.” Or according to your obedience my it be So.

May The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

May The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

May you reach the purpose for which you were created. May you have courage above your peers.

May you have more passion for the things of God than others think is necessary.

May you dream more than others think is practical, and may you expect more than others think is possible.

May you choose wisely, without earthly bias.

May You have people to influence that you have not yet met.

MayYou have lives to change that are waiting for your arrival.

May You be strategically placed wherever God takes you by His grand design, just so you can become all He made you to be.

That place is the place you can best grow, the place you can be most fruitful, the place where the future is changed because of your presence.

May you see vistas that others do not even know exist.

May you see God in every petal of every flower and in every blade of grass for each of them are designed by His hand.

May you bless your children and may they become giants in the faith under the mighty hand of God.You will not fail, you were made by God to be here—for such a time as this.

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Revelation 6, Joel 2, and The Feast of Pentecost

What are we seeing happen to America? Is this apart of a greater plan? What does God’s word say? Take time to view this teaching. Shalom!

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The Desert Can Be A Place To Blossom

This week’s Torah Reading is from Numbers 1:1 -4:20, The reading is called “Bamidbar”, which means “in the desert,” and it is the first portion of the book of Numbers. We always read it just before Shavuot/Pentecost. But why?
The reason is that God gave the Torah in the desert. It might seem that the Lord The word for desert or wilderness, which in Hebrew are interchangeable, is midbar. The root of the Hebrew word midbar is davar, which means “word,” and is also related to midabber, which means “to speak.”

  1. In Hebrew, the midbar (desert/wilderness) is the place where God midabber (speaks). We see this connection in the description of the Ten Commandments in Deuteronomy 10:4, “the Ten Words/Asert ha-Devarim which the Lord spoke/dibber to them.”
  2. The desert can also develop our character, and more specifically, the character quality of humility. The giving of the Torah in the desert profoundly emphasized the value and significance of humility.
    • The desert is comprised of sand, calling to mind that God created man from the dust of the earth. But in the same way that the Lord made the humble desert a place of holiness, His presence can also change an ordinary person into a saint.
    • Like the barren desert, we must empty and nullify ourselves for the Lord. As Paul writes, “and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me. And the life I now live in the body, I live by trusting in Ben-Elohim (the Son of God)—who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).
  3. We must become like the desert, being lowly in our sight so the Lord can make something beautiful out of us. T should have given the Torah in the land of Israel. Why was it given in the midbar, the desert wilderness? What is significant about this location, and what is it meant to teach us?
  4. A desert is a place of intimacy and connection. In a desert, there are no distractions or noise. The serenity and silence of the desert was an ideal setting for God’s new bride to get to know the Lord, her Bridegroom.
    • A key aspect of spiritual intimacy is communication. Since the desert was the place that God first spoke to Moses, it makes sense that He would speak to Israel in precisely the same place. But of course, there is more.
  5. Likewise, the desert is a place of transformation. Desert experiences always change a person. The desert forces a person to come to the end of themselves.
    • And it’s when we come to the end of ourselves that only God can begin to transform us. The Lord used the desert to transform Israel and prepare them for the Promised Land; He will use the desert to prepare you as well. Remember, between the promise and the Promised Land; you must pass through the desert.

My prayer for you is Isaiah 35: 1-2, “The wilderness and the [a]wasteland (Covid-19 pandemic) shall be glad for them,
And the desert[b] shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.”

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The Rider of White Horse and Covid19

In Revelation 6:1-2, “there is a description of the first Horse and it’s Rider, “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”

This description has to do with an Anit-Christ spirit that we are seeing across the world at this time. Notice, the rider had a crown (corona) and held a bow. Bow in the Greek means “Toxin”. And he rode out as a conqueror bent to conquest. This is amazing to me that we are seeing this before our very eyes. From the power grabbing of world leaders, Governors, and Congress, not to mention the WHO, CDC and others. The Globalist and Liberal leaders taking every opportunity to use this pandemic for their agendas.

Through this Covid19 pandemic we have seen many of our own civil liberties taken away. There is the division of family, Churches, States, and citizenry. The division of for a mask against a mask, stay at home not to stay at home, and essential, nonessential.

I believe this is a testing to see how people will react and how the masses will respond. If you haven’t figured it out yet this is not just about following the authorities and living safely. We are in a season of warfare. If this was a dream, what would all this mean?

I believe we are experiencing Revelation 6:1-2 before our very eyes. This is not only a test for the world from a earthly standpoint but I also believe Heaven is watching and this is a test from an eternal standpoint. The story of Gideon in Judges is a great example of what is happening.

Gideon is chosen by God hiding in the wine press because the enemy has stolen all the harvest. God chooses Gideon to lead the army of Israel to win the victory. God tells Gideon to Choose the men of faith for battle. First he tells the men who are afraid and walking in fear to go home. They are disqualified. The rider on the white horse wants us to walk in fear. God makes it clear when we are afraid it causes paralysis, confusion, and lack of vision. God numbered the army and ten of thousands went home.

Secondly, God told Gideon to have the rest of the men to drink water from the brook. The ones who drank water like a dog were disqualified. The Bible says, Yeshua Jesus is living water. If we drink of Him we will never thirst again. Those who drank water like a dog is likened to people who drink the living water of Yeshua Jesus with Carnality. Take Revelation and use it to exalt oneself, act prideful, or with a haughty spirit lord their knowledge over man. It also would be the like the teacher who teaches but does not live the word they teach.

Thirdly, there were the 300 men, band of Gideon who listened to God, obeyed His voice and followed God’s directions. They were the Kingdom people who listen to what the Spirit of the Lord was saying and did not fear nor were carnal. They lifted up their torch which was hidden in a pot, the light of Yeshua Jesus contained in their earthen vessel bodies, and blew the Shofar, their trumpet of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Worship. An Angel of the Lord, one Angel slew 170,000 of the enemy in one swell swoop. Wow!

God is looking for a mighty band of Kingdom Warriors like Gideon’s army who are not afraid and will not fear, who drink from the living water Yeshua Jesus with a pure heart, and obey and follow the Lord’s voice in His timing and season. Think about it, we are living in the biblical year of 5780. Eighty is the Hebrew number of Pei. Pei is a picture in Hebrew of the mouth wide opened. This is the year and decade to open our mouths and declare and demand the Lord’s promises. To taste and see that the Lord is good.

Yet, the rider of the white horse has given the majority a spirit of fear and pandemic to where we are ordered to wear a mask and cover our mouths. I’ve always have taught what is in the physical is a picture of what is in the spiritual realm. My prayer for you today is, you will not walk in fear, nor receive truth carnally, but you will be Kingdom minded and hear God’s voice with a Kingdom perspective. We are living in a New Wine Skin. Shalom!

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50 Day Journey from Passover to Pentecost: Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold!

50 day journey from Passover to Pentecost: For centuries the Rabbis have taught during the 450 year bondage of Egypt the Israelites had given into 49 levels of Idolatry and Bondage. According to Leviticus 23 the Sabbath after Passover the counting of the wheat harvest begins(counting of Omer.) Which is First Fruits. Yeshua Jesus Resurrected on that day fulfilling the prophetic declaration in Isaiah 11:1. Yeshua Jesus is our First Fruit of Salvation.

So from the Red Sea to Mount Sinai was 49 days, thus each day according to the Rabbis Israel was being purified for their 49 levels of idolatry. It was on the 50th day (Pentecost) that God gave Moses the two tablets of Covenant.

As we journey on this 50 day journey of maturity in Yeshua Jesus here is a thought about not letting our love grow cold, especially in the time and season of this Covid 19 Pandemic and the Biblical Year 5780. The year to open our mouth declaring God’s promises and tasting the goodness of Yeshua Jesus.

Francis Frangipane says it best:

Is your love growing softer, brighter and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evidence that a stronghold of cold love is developing within you.

Jesus warned of our era. He said, “Many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (Matt. 24:10-12). So let us honestly ask the Lord to examine us: Is our love hot or cold? Another’s thoughtlessness may have wounded us deeply, but instead of forgiving the wound or going to them and discussing it according to Matthew 18, we go to others with our complaint. The wound then begins to germinate into a root of bitterness, and many are being defiled (Heb. 12:15). What is growing in us is not love but bitterness, which is unfulfilled revenge.

Again, Jesus warned that “stumbling blocks [would] come” (Matt. 18:7). There will be times when even good people have bad days; there will never be a time when “stumbling blocks” cease to be found upon your path. Remember also, people do not stumble over boulders but over stones — little things. When you have stumbled over something, you’ve stopped walking.

Have you stumbled over someone’s weakness or sin lately? Have you gotten back up and continued loving as you did before, or has that fall caused you to withdraw from walking in love? To preserve the quality of your love, you must forgive those who have caused you to stumble. Depending on the issue itself, it may be that you legitimately cannot trust them, but you do not have a reason to stop loving.

Every time you refuse to forgive or fail to overlook a weakness in another, your heart not only hardens toward them, it hardens toward God. You may still think you are open to God, but the Scriptures are clear: “The one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). You may not like what someone has done, but you do not have an option to stop loving them.

What do I mean by love? First, I do not merely mean “tough love.” I mean gentle, affectionate, sensitive, open, persistent love. God will be tough when He needs to be, and we will be firm when He tells us to be, but beneath our firmness must be an underground river of love waiting to spring into action. When I have love for someone, I have predetermined that I am going to stand with them, regardless of what they are going through. I am committed.

We each need people who love us, who are committed to us in spite of our imperfections. The fullness of Christ will not come without Christians standing with each other in love. We are not talking about salvation but growing in salvation until we care for each other, even as Christ has committed Himself to us.

The goal of pulling down the stronghold of cold love is to see our hearts restored to the heart of Christ. You will be challenged in this, but if you persist, you will discover the height and depth and breadth of Christ’s love. You will become “a body filled and flooded with God Himself” (Eph. 3:19 Amp).

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