Teshuvah: Don’t Blink, You Might Miss It!

Don’t Blink, You Might Miss It!

Three years ago my wife spent a few hours together riding our Harley enjoying quality time together. While riding she wanted to go on a road we had never driven before. It was a beautiful scenic county road with ranch homes and barns. Here in Texas the Ranch Barns are nicer than a lot of houses. So I started to looking at the ranches and not the road. I had noticed a beautiful Barn while the road was taking a lazy turn. In a BLINK OF AN EYE, I was off the road on the gravel grass. There was no shoulder. I heard Debbie shout “Jesus”. I had enough since not to try to get back on the pavement. So I just let off the throttle and release the clutch and road the ditch a couple of hundred feet until we came to a stop. We both took a sigh of relief and started praising the Lord for his angels watching over us. If there had been a culvert, or road sign, or drainage ditch or even deeper grade, we wouldn’t have been a hurt. As I pondered this occurrence, I begin to think of the Hebrew thought of “Redemption.” In a Twinkling (Blink) of an eye.

When Israel left Egypt, they left in haste a twinkling of an Eye. The Torah explains the ritual of eating unleavened bread at Passover as a result of the abrupt departure from Egypt. I call this the first mention of FAST FOOD! Their bread dough did not have time to rise before they baked it.

You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 16:3)

A collection of midrash on Exodus titled Mechilta says that God hastened their departure because, when the appointed time for redemption comes, the Almighty does not hold matters back for even “the twinkling of an eye.” The idiomatic term “twinkling of an eye,” i.e., the blink of an eye, appears frequently in rabbinic literature to describe something that happens instantaneously. For example, another collection of rabbinic material called Pesikta Rabbati says that repentance takes effect “as in the twinkling of an eye.”

How long does it take to repent? According to the sages, it takes only the twinkling of an eye, the same amount of time it took for Israel to leave Egypt once the time appointed for redemption arrived. Just as Israel went from bondage to freedom in the blink of an eye, repentance and faith in Messiah transfers us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light instantaneously. When a person confesses Yeshua and trusts in Him for the forgiveness of sins, he is immediately forgiven and set free from bondage to the adversary. In the blink of an eye, he becomes a free man.

Likewise, in the time to come, the great messianic redemption will also happen instantaneously, in the blink of an eye: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

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Elul- The Month of Mercy and Grace

THE KING IS IN YOUR FIELD! Tonight at Sundown we begin the Biblical month of Elul. This is the month following the month of Tammuz and Av were Israel committed their two greatest sins. The worship of Golden Calf and the doubt of the spies. So Elul is a month when the King is in your Field. God wants to offer you great forgiveness and mercy. He is drawing near to you. Normally the King is in his palace and you can only have an audience with Him through emissaries, appointments, and protocol. But this month he has come where you are and is extending mercy and forgiveness. The four letters of ELUL are an acronym with initial letters or Song of Songs 6:3, “I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me.” Elul is “small numbering” equal 13 and 13 represents the 13 ways of mercy that God will show in the month of Elul. Shabbat Shalom

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Thai Soccer Team Rescue a Prophetic Vision

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The Value of Understanding Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in Hebrew

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The Fifth Biblical Month of AV: Breaking Iniquitous Patterns

Today begins the fifth biblical month of Av. Today is a Day of Fasting because of all historically that has happened. The name of “Av” literally means, “Father”. Av derives from the root, which means, “to will” or “to desire.” It is the lowest point in the Jewish calendar because of the destruction which happened on this day. Notice the following events that took place on this date:

Av 9- 587BC- The armies of Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple

Av 9- 70 AD- The Romans destroyed the 2nd Temple

Av 9 135 AD- The final defeat of Jews by Rome

Av 9 1095 AD- The 1st Crusade is launched, which kills thousands of Jews

Av 9 1290 AD The Jews are expelled from England

Av 9 1492 AD The Jews are expelled from Spain

Av 9 1942 AD The Jews are deported from Warsaw ghetto’s to the death camps

Av 9 2005 AD The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.

Why is this? The 9th of Av was the date Israel’s sin of unbelief at Kadish Barnea. God brought Israel out of Egypt by His mighty hand and power. The spies went into the promise land and brought back a report of unbelief. Two spies said we can take the land God has promised. On The 9th of Av, Israel chose to listen to the voice of UNBELIEF! God designed this month to celebrate the month to enter the Promise Land. The spies said, “We don’t have the strength to take the land.”

So this is the month for us to break the old iniquitous patterns in our life of unbelief and doubt. As Hebrew 4:1-2 says, “they refused to mix the promise with faith.” As a result the month of Av began a month of destruction and mourning.

It is the month of the Hebrew Alphabet: TET- is a picture of a womb, a month when earth contracts, the secret pregnancy moves into the earth realm.

Israel had a chance to repent of their unbelief and obeying the voice of negative report and they did not. In fact God gave them a second chance. Satan uses this to bring a curse in you life so you are visited.

How did Israel go into the same sin again. When Jesus walked on this earth, Israel committed the same sin again at Kadesh Barnea…Hebrews tells us when Jesus came they tasted the good fruit of the age to come. They heard His words and they saw His miracles, but turned their back in unbelief and refused to enter or receive His promise of the Messiah.

When Israel believes in Jesus as Messiah the curse of the 9th month of Av will be broken.

GOD STILL WANTS AV TO BE A MONTH OF BLESSING AND CELEBRATION OF HIS GOODNESS. Av is the month that presents us with a choice.

1. We can choose to receive a curse

Or we can choose to break a curse!

2. We can choose to believe God’s promises! WE can choose to enter into God’s promise land and blessings.

3. So receive God’s promise and mix it with FAITH this month.

AV IS THE MONTH TO BREAK INIQUITUOUS PATTERNS IN YOUR BLOODLINE. As blood bought Christians, you are grafted in the covenant of Abraham. We must have spiritual discipline in place this month so that the old mind sets and patterns do not come in and wipe you out.

This is the month to deal with the roots in our generations. Av is the month to hear and understand. If a word has been given and you decide not to heed that word, consequences with begin.

This is the month of Leo (the Lion) This is the month the Lion roars. That means this is an incredible month of prophecy. The most incredible months to prophecy to you promise, destiny, and purpose.

This is the month for God to execute His will and purpose. Sometimes he will tear down and rebuild because the iniquities are so bad. This is the month the earth contracts. So we should watch where the earthquakes take place and where they are occurring.

The Hebrew letter for this month is TET. It is a picture of a womb. Certain things will conceive in this month. This is a month when what has conceived in private will be shown in the physical realm. Like a woman who is pregnant. She can keep it pregnancy private for awhile, but then she begins to show. This month the Kingdom of God will advance through partnerships. Be very aware who you are aligned with in partnerships this month.

This month also coincides with new level of discernment. Discernment with who opposes you and bad advice, like the ten spies.

Read Psalms 32:8-11, He takes hold of the reigns and guides you by His eyes…

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will guide you with My eye.

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Do not be like the horse or like the mule,

Which have no understanding,

Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,

Else they will not come near you.

10

Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;

But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

11

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;

And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

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Faith Promise

Years ago I pastored in a denomination where we would raise offerings to support missionaries through promising to give a monthly amount or annually by signing a Faith Promise card. This was a great idea for a great cause of world evangelism. Little did I know the importance of such a vow and God’s view of making and oath. This week’s Torah Reading addresses this very thing.

A vow or oath is an oral promise to which a person voluntarily obligates himself. Vows and oaths have not disappeared from the world. If a Roman Catholic enters the priesthood, he takes certain vows. If a person becomes a monk or a nun, he or she takes the vows of the order. When a man and woman get married, they exchange vows. Vows are like extra-solemn promises for which we expect God to hold us accountable.

If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. (Numbers 30:2) In Hebrew, a vow (neder, נדר) is a type of oath by which a person binds himself or herself to perform a certain act or refrain from a certain thing. A vow is understood as a promise, obligation or prohibition that a person declares upon himself or herself. The Nazarite vow of Numbers 6 is a good example of a biblical vow.

Oaths are similar to vows. When a politician begins his term, he takes an oath of office. Before testifying in a court of law, a witness is required to take an oath to tell the truth, sometimes by swearing on a Bible or other holy book. An oath (shavuah, שבועה) can be any statement, formal declaration, or promise that a person swears to uphold.

In Bible times, oaths were taken in the names of the gods. The idea was that if the person taking the oath proved false, the gods would deal with him. The Bible warns us not to take oaths in the names of other gods (Exodus 20:13.). Instead, if one must take a vow or an oath, he should “fear only the LORD … and swear by His name” (Numbers 5:21). When a person in the days of the Bible wanted to make a vow or an oath, he would say something like, “May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if I do not do such and such.” Or he might say, “As the LORD lives, I will do such and such.”

You shall not be double-minded nor double-tongued; for to be double-tongued is a snare of death. Your speech shall not be false, nor empty, but fulfilled by deed. (Didache 2:4-5)

However, taking an oath or a vow in the name of God is a risky enterprise. The LORD warns us not to “swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God” (Leviticus 19:12). This is part of the meaning of the commandment “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (Exodus 20:7). God says if a person takes His name in vain, He will not leave that person unpunished. That is why Yeshua warned His disciples against needlessly taking oaths (Matthew 5:33-7; 23:16—22).

If a person does take a vow or oath, he should make every possible effort to keep his word. Not only that, a person should treat everything that comes out of his mouth as if it were a solemn vow. The Torah says, “He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth” (Numbers 30:2). This requires being careful about everything we say, not just vows and oaths. (Excerpts taken from First Fruits of Zion Weekly Torah Potion)

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May The 4th Be With You

The Hebrew Meaning of the number four is: completion, wholeness, or fullness, and freedom.  Four is the value of the Hebrew letter dalet, “ד” meaning door.  This indicates place because a “place” extends in the four directions.  This is why we have the expression, “the four corners of the earth.”  As spoken of the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 11:11-12.

The number 4 derives its meaning from creation. On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe. On this day he brought into existence our sun, the moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14 – 19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to divide the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time. They were also made to be a type of signal that would mark off the days, years and seasons.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word for ‘seasons’ in Genesis 1:14 is moed (Strong’s Concordance #H4150), which literally translated is “appointed times” (divine appointments) in reference to God’s festivals. This is the earliest known allusion to what would later be called the Holy (or Feast) days (periods) of worship, which are seven in number.

The 4th of the Ten Commandments is to remember and keep God’s holy Sabbath day (Exodus 20:9 – 11). The Sabbath day is tied directly to the creation week. God himself made the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset extra special when he rested on it after bringing everything into existence the previous six days (Genesis 2:1 – 3, Exodus 20:11).

Appearances of the number four

One of the top ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible, Eve, is only referenced four times (Genesis 3:20, 4:1, 2Corinthians 11:3 and 1Timothy 2:13).

Psalm 107 is the only section or chapter in God’s word that contains the exact same phrase four times (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21 and 31).

The apostle Paul was a man familiar with 4 major first century cultures. He was a Roman citizen, he was a Jew who spoke Greek as well as Hebrew, and he was a Christian.

The Garden of Eden had a river which parted into the headwaters of four other rivers. These rivers were the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and the Euphrates (Genesis 2:10 – 14).

After Jesus was nailed and hung on a cross, Roman soldiers divided up his clothes into four parts (one for each soldier – John 19:23).

The four witnesses of God on earth are miracles, wonders, signs and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 2:4).

The number of times rainbows are referenced in scripture are four (Genesis 9, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:3, 10:1).

In Ezekiel’s well-known ‘wheel in the middle of a wheel’ vision (Ezekiel 1, 10) he sees four living creatures transporting a throne with four sides and four wheels. Each of the living creatures (likely Cherubim, a class of angels) has four faces (the face of a man, lion, ox and eagle) and four wings (1:6).

Later in the book that bears his name, Ezekiel is told to proclaim to Israel that an end is coming upon ‘the four corners of the land’ (Ezekiel 7:2). In chapter 14 the prophet is told by the Eternal to ask Israel’s unrepentant elders to repent or else four sore judgments will come upon Jerusalem. They are the sword, famine, wild beasts or animals, and pestilence (14:21).

Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 4

There are 4 gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. Each of these emphasizes a unique aspect of his sacrifice and ministry. Matthew’s focus is on Christ being the son of David and a King. Mark highlights the suffering servant aspect of his ministry. John proclaims Jesus is the One and Only begotten Son of God. And Luke showcases him as the Perfect Man.

As we celebrate The 4th of July Today.  May God’s wholeness, completeness, rest, and freedom be upon you and your family.  Shalom

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