Stay in the Box, Jack!

Stay in the box, Jack!

I am sure many of us can remember the boxed toy “Jack-in-the-Box” that when the handle was cranked, that catchy song would play; leading up to “Jack” popping out of the box. The younger children would laugh and wait in anticipation for “Jack” to jump out of the box, but as the children grew older, were no longer interested in Jack-in-the-Box (Poor Jack!). But what if in life, following Yahweh’s Path, HE wanted us to remain under HIS PROTECTIVE COVERING (a box, such as a Sukkah- awesome observation, TEKOA!). The Father wants us under HIS Covering in order to be protected from the serpents.

After receiving a hurtful text “I do not live in a box” after my loving reminder that not all movies are good choices just because they claim to be Christian, verifies this is truly a heart matter.

Teens today have many obstacles and side attractions that are taking preeminence; leading them with distractions that are turning the tables of what has real validity.  Social media, movies and sitcoms of today’s desires (feeding the Nefesh), Facebook, and super heroes (shouldn’t YAHWEH be the real Hero?) are taking precedence of Torah- God’s Instructions.

Sadly, many teens today are becoming caught up in a snare by not having discernment, and the “Destroyer” has already set up the bait.

Many teens in the world have never lived a life where having a love for the Torah (God’s Instructions) are considered. Instead, they are raised up by their own” needs and wants” of the Nefesh. Unfortunately, they are not receiving good wisdom and godly counsel for guidance, only the poor guidance of their desires. “These desires mirror television, movies, games, and internet images of the beast; they do not look into the perfect Torah of Liberty as a mirror by which to measure their behavior.”[1]

Unfortunately, many teens are becoming desensitized by self-deceptions that stem from fear and pride. Many feel as though they have to “fit-in” in order to be accepted. Believers feel as though they can’t speak the truth about their Savior in case they offend.  Are stubborn agendas getting in the way of Abba’s Will? Yes! Believers, as well as unbelievers can easily fall into “self-deception.” Believers are not exempt from falling into self-deceit, which is a sickness of lies from the accuser- Ha’satan! We need to realize that Torah is written on our heart.

“The heart is more deceitful than anything else
and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? [2]–Jeremiah 17:9 CJB

“A disciple of Yeshua Messiah is one who is in the transformational process of removing veils of self-deceit in order to find truth. “[3][4]

“A true disciple finds the word of truth through obedience to the Living Torah by practicing an ongoing lifestyle of leaning into the discomfort of finding or removing his own distorted beliefs and attitudes.” [5][6]

We need to fully rely on the Ruach Ha’Kodesh as our Comforter, and Compass to keep us on the NARROW PATH. When we do not compare distortions to the Word of God, and begin to justify our ways and behaviors that do not line up with Yahweh, we place ourselves on a slippery slope with an opened invitation for the Adversary. Some people deceive their own hearts when they believe that they are saved alone by grace, but continue to live in disobedience. We cannot continue to disobey the Living Torah!

Greg Bahnsen (1995), a Christian Apologist wrote, “There is something of a cognitive mess at the core of our lives. We are inconsistent in our choices, incoherent in our convictions, persuaded where we ought not to be, and deluded that we know ourselves transparently.”  This describes Balaam and believers.

  • Balaam was so distracted and arrogant that when the donkey wasn’t responding to his demands, and began to yell at a talking donkey –Self-deception misses the miracles.
  • Balaam was so blinded by his own self-will that Hashem uncovered his eyes so that he could see the Angel standing in front of him. How interesting that he chose to not listen to sound advice, he had to see it instead. We are deceived when we don’t listen to “Good Counsel.”
  • Balaam tells the Angel of Adonai, “I didn’t know you opposed me in the path I’m taking.” Really? Didn’t G-d already tell him “You shall not go?”  –We lie to ourselves with self-deception.
  • Balaam says, “If it is evil in your eyes (but not mine). I shall return.” He already knew Hashem knew it was evil, but his willingness to comply with HIS will was reluctant. He obviously didn’t agree that was a bad idea. When we question G-d’s will and think we know a better way, we self-deceive.
  • Balak was so fearful of Israel’s’ presence [7]

We need to elevate ourselves, our attitudes, what we watch, say (Text), and do. We self-deceive and place ourselves in bondage when we ignore godly wisdom from others, disrespect our elders, think our way is better, justify our own desires, ignore the effects of our sins, remain unteachable by not listening to Good Counsel, and remain passive to Torah.

Self-deception is sorcery (witchcraft) and accompanies disobedience. The Father’s children should not depend on goods (materialistic items), money, titles, honors, accomplishments, or on people to make them feel good about themselves. We, as His children, need to depend on the Father in Heaven.

Yeshua tells us : The Truth Will Make You Free!

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”[8] John 8:31-32

A true Disciple is able to teach another person how to discern from “Self-Deceit” because they are obedient to Yahweh’s Word–living and walking in the Way.

The Torah is a mirror that removes the distortions from man’s ideas.  A person who does not remain in the teachings of the Torah is a poor marksman. His eyes deceive him. Sadly, deceived believers may be a leader and misleading many others.

According to Crosswalk (dot) com .70% of teens end up leaving the churches, but after a while two-thirds return. But it said mainly they leave because it’s not important to them.

Though one would hope they would actually leave the churches because of “Doctrines of Man” and the antisemitism of “Replacement Theology” to study Torah, sadly, this isn’t the case, I believe, in most cases for teens alone.

So the question is, “Why don’t they feel church is important?”  I conclude that many place their Nefesh (a bundle of appetites, desires, and intellect) above their Ruach (spirit), and they are allowing the Nefesh to lead. I would suggest that social media and “other” worldly interests are taking priority. Some may see hypocrisy and they want to hang out with friends; having no interest in obedience to the 10 Commandments, and a good portion of students do not want to have accountability for their choices and/or lifestyles (so much corruption in movies , TV and music) with much confusion.—Self-Deception runs deep.

There is another issue that teens struggle with and that’s with concrete evidence. If they do not understand something, and it really doesn’t pertain to them as a tangible, they find it hard to believe it if it doesn’t appear to fit their needs personally. It really doesn’t help when school curriculum is all based on concrete evidence, not faith. Obviously, one doesn’t need faith to believe that 2×2=4. That understanding is learned.

Ha’satan is working overtime whispering lies to our children—adding to self-deception. If Ha’satan can convince our children that not all of the 10 Commandments are important (becoming passive and ignoring HIS SABBATHS), prey on their weakness, or puff them up on their strengths, then he (Ha’satan) can get them to sabotage themselves (in sin) just like when Balaam deceived the Israelites to mix sexually (corruption) with the Moabites. It was the Moabites who tempted the Israelite men to commit adultery and idolatry. The Adversary will use what people “like” against them to fall. The Nefesh (a bundle of appetites, desires, and intellect) is very strong, and if we allow it rise up above our Ruach (Spirit), we place our Ruach under our heel—at ground level. That isn’t a good place to be (ground level is placed in the dirt).

It seems today that most teens in America are given almost everything instantly. For example, they have an abundance of clothing, car, play money, trips, the newest devises, music downloads, X-boxes and more. I am not alluding to they shouldn’t have any clothes, and a phone, I am just pointing out that in the Western world it doesn’t appear many are working hard for “wanted” items. It as if it’s given just as quickly as getting results from a touch screen instant gratification. The Nefesh doesn’t like the words “no” or “wait”. It thinks it is going to die. If you can recall Esau, he sold his birthright for some red soup. He thought he was going to die, He wasn’t going to die, he wanted what he wanted and NOW!

Balaam’s sin was a heart matter and left to his Nefesh (Soul/flesh) to lead, not his Ruach (spirit). Because of that being left unchecked to accountability in HIS righteousness, he devised wicked plans. His sin came from the fourth of the “Wicked Lamp” which is an abomination. Interestingly enough, the presence of the Adversary can work for good if it reveals a heart sickness that the individual can choose to remove with the Helper, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit).[9]

It is very interesting that “Balaam” means “Burning” such as the burning of the desires of the Nefesh. Balak” means Destroyer-no promise of Eternal Good.

“This is the sin of Balaam, setting our minds on our own interests, not Adonai’s, which calls for suffering, which call for suffering at times. To resist the times of suffering is to resist the Spirit of Adonai, which demands suffering in order to demonstrate the Holy Spirit of Resurrection Power. Resisting the suffering transforms us, like the Angel of the Lord against Balaam, into an Adversary, a Satan, because our way was contrary to the Father’s!”[10]

What or who do we “mirror” with our actions and attitudes? Our hearts really are a heart matter and reflect who we are. Who/what are we listening to? Do we want our ears tickled? What kind of movies are we watching at the expense of our Spirit being forced to watch? Are we holding our Ruach captive to the desires of the Nefesh?  Are we entertaining our Nefesh by justifying poor reasoning, and dancing with forbidden fruit? –A heart matter, indeed. “WWJD?” Yeshua/Jesus would be following the Ancient Path of the Father in obedience (Living the 10 Commandments, keeping Sabbaths, keeping dietary laws, keeping the Feasts, and living Torah), not entertaining HIS thoughts with corruption.

We, as believers, and even unbelievers, need to understand the despondency of the 7 abominations that G-d hates.

Proverbs 6:16-19

  • A proud look
  • A lying tongue
  • Hands that shed innocent blood
  • A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations/plans
  • Feet that be swift in running to mischief/evil
  • A false witness that speaketh lies
  • He that soweth discord among brethren.

We need to have GOOD COUNSEL and HIS discernment where we are getting our information from. Are we seeking those who have no relationship with the Father and/or despise HIS name and willfully living in sin for advice? Are we listening to others who are speaking negatively (Evil Speak) without hope for others? Are we listening to Ha’satan whisper lies into our ears? Perhaps we should go to the individual for truth (having godly wisdom) before seeking to have our ears tickled.

The Adversary has many angles to work on our children. After all, he is an expert in his work—the father of lies!

When teens (and people in general) are unable to accept certain Biblical truths because there are no tangibles, and it doesn’t meet their needs personally, have lost interest in Biblical teachings (Tanakh- OT), fallen into false teachings that the law was abolished, become desensitized from loving-kindness by disrespecting elders, expecting instant gratification, and to be compensated (lusts of the flesh/Nefesh from feeling slighted), it really comes down to “heart” matters and self-deceit, as well as listening to the lies of Ha’satan.

Eve (Chavah) was asked by the serpent, “Did He really say……?” Had Chavah gone back to the Father before answering, the outcome for her would have been different. Also, we have “Doubting Thomas” who wouldn’t believe the resurrected Christ/Yeshua without feeling HIS Wounds, seeing it for himself. This is a tangible. Faith by believing in the hope He has given us is to be praised!

 John 20:29Yeshua said to him, “Have you trusted because you have seen me? How blessed are those who do not see, but trust anyway!” [11]

Abba loves us so much. He desires for us to Follow HIM—HIS WAY, no ours. Man’s ways lead to destruction, HIS WAY leads to Life Eternity through the Living Water. He is the Bread of Life through YESHUA!

We need to be careful how we treat HIS Messengers.

Proverbs 14:12There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. [12]

 

Perhaps, we, like Jack, need to get back in the box, THE SUKKAH, under HIS Covering—HIS PROTECTION—HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

“The seventh (and final) feast given to Israel is called Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת) or the “Feast of Tabernacles.” Sukkot is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. During this time many Jewish families construct a sukkah (סֻכָּה), a small hastily built hut in which meals are eaten throughout the festival. The sukkah is used to remember the huts [plural: sukkot] Israel lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.

You shall keep the Feast of Sukkot seven days, when you have gathered in the produce… You shall rejoice in your feast… because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful. (Deut. 16:13-15)

From a spiritual perspective, Sukkot corresponds to the joy of knowing your sins were forgiven (during Yom Kippur), and also recalls God’s miraculous provision and care after the deliverance from bondage in Egypt (Lev. 23:43). Prophetically, Sukkot anticipates the coming kingdom of Yeshua the Messiah wherein all the nations shall come up to Jerusalem to worship the LORD during the festival (see Zech. 14:16). Today Sukkot is a time to remember God’s Sheltering Presence and Provision for us for the start of the New Year. In light of the work of Yeshua as our Kohen Gadol (high priest) of the New Covenant, we now have access to the Heavenly Temple of God (Heb. 4:16). We are now members of the greater Temple of His body; we are now part of His great Sukkah!” [13]

We need to have Teshuva (repent and return to HIM), and have a desire to follow HIM –HIS WAY. We need to stop justifying our own ways (Spiritual adultery), and value Yahweh’s’ Word (TORAH-YESHUA) completely. We need to have a change of heart—one that is flesh, not hardened. It is so important we have a true relationship with our Father Abba, our Creator; honoring HIS Name on High. And allow the Ruach Ha’Kodesh in our lives for comfort and good counsel.

I pray that believers in the body will stop acting like the wild beast of the field, stop allowing the lil’ Esau’s from selling their birthright for red soup (desires by justifying, which is self-deceit), and set fear and pride aside (under the heel) by honoring one another; giving all glory back to Father Abba-Yahweh.

Let’s join together under Yahweh’s protective covering, HIS Cloud of righteousness, His sukkah, and allow HIS provision to surround us, not remaining opened to the world.

Blessings and Shalom,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

 

[1] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel pp 159

[2] Jeremiah 17:9 (CJB)

[3] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel pp130

[4] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 130

[5] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 131

[6] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 130

[7] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 131

[8] John 8:31-32 (NASB)

 

[9] Alewine, Bamidbar, Creation Gospel, pp 141

[10] Alewine, The Wicked Lamp, Creation Gospel series, pp 10

[11] Complete Jewish Bible

[12] KJV

[13] Hebrew4Christians-internet

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Shemot- Names שמות

Names (Shemot) שמות

Exodus 1:1-6:1 ~ Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 ~ Mark 1-2

As we continue our journey in the Torah Portions, we will have a better understanding of why “Names” are important to Yahweh. The ones who love Yahweh and will give glory to Him, their names become very important to HIM.

It is amazing how Genesis and Exodus are tied together! As we delve into this Torah Portion you’ll be able to see the connections in Creation. YHVH separated the light from the darkness, and it happened again in Exodus when YHVH separated the Israelites (with light), and Mitsrayim (Egypt) with darkness. It’s interesting to learn that the fall and redemption are interrelated. Also, as we study these Portions, you’ll often see a phrase that is used often: seeing, saw, or to see. It is more than just seeing with the eyes, but to actually see within, taking notice, and having empathy for others.

I find the following connections (patterns) very exciting: The Ark that Noah built under the direction of Yahweh and the Ark (basket) that Moses floated in, in the reeds were both covered in tar and pitch—the exact same substance! Moses, as a baby, floated along the Nile in the REEDS, and when Yah used him as the Deliverer, they were taken through the water—the REED Sea.

Looking back, when Joseph (Yosef) was in Egypt with his family, life was good. They were taken very well care of so why would they want to go back to the Promised Land? Isn’t it interesting to note that we, as people, tend to be like that too? When life is going great and everything seems to be going our way (in our comfort zone), do we like to be moved into a different place or given a different agenda? Hummmm.

Let’s continue on our exciting study of Mosheh (Moses) in Exodus and see what it is that Yahweh calls for.

~These are the names of the people who are exiting Mitsrayim (Egypt) ~

Parashah 13: Sh’mot (Names) 1:1–6:1

“1 These are the names of the sons of Isra’el who came into Egypt with Ya‘akov; each man came with his household: Re’uven, Shim‘on, Levi, Y’hudah, Yissakhar, Z’vulun, Binyamin, Dan, Naftali, Gad and Asher. All told, there were seventy descendants of Ya‘akov; Yosef was already in Egypt.

Yosef died, as did all his brothers and all that generation. The descendants of Isra’el were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew very powerful; the land became filled with them.

Now there arose a new king over Egypt. He knew nothing about Yosef but said to his people, “Look, the descendants of Isra’el have become a people too numerous and powerful for us. 10 Come, let’s use wisdom in dealing with them. Otherwise, they’ll continue to multiply; and in the event of war they might ally themselves with our enemies, fight against us and leave the land altogether.”

11 So they put slavemasters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built for Pharaoh the storage cities of Pitom and Ra‘amses. 12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, until the Egyptians came to dread the people of Isra’el 13 and worked them relentlessly, 14 making their lives bitter with hard labor — digging clay, making bricks, all kinds of field work; and in all this toil they were shown no mercy.

15 Moreover, the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was called Shifrah and the other Pu‘ah. 16 “When you attend the Hebrew women and see them giving birth,” he said, “if it’s a boy, kill him; but if it’s a girl, let her live.” 17 However, the midwives were God-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live. (ii) 18 The king of Egypt summoned the midwives and demanded of them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “It’s because the Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women — they go into labor and give birth before the midwife arrives.” 20 Therefore God prospered the midwives, and the people continued to multiply and grow very powerful. 21 Indeed, because the midwives feared God, he made them founders of families. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born, throw in the river; but let all the girls live.[1]

The Pharaoh decreed for all of the baby boys to be cast into the river, but to keep the female children.

To cast out is a very strong word as in to “throw out the trash.” Strongs# 7993. shalak, to throw out. A decree to kill children is a very evil act; having much violence, fear, and hate.

The meaning behind the name of “Pharaoh” is “The mouth of evil being spoken.”[2] I will submit that “The mouth of evil being spoken” certainly is true, and very fitting.

It is interesting to note that the Pharaoh’s name isn’t mentioned, but the names of the two Hebrew midwives are: Shifrah and Pu‘ah. Their names mean Shofar and Beautiful.[3] The midwives, given an order to kill all baby boys born would have been very scary and tragic, but they were in greater fear/respect for Yahweh and refused to kill the baby boys. The Israelites grew abundantly, and multiplied.

The women of Israel actually set the foundation….

Pharaoh’s plans for the annihilation of the Israelite children are defeated by women—the human feelings of the midwives, and the tender sympathy of a woman of a royal birth, and a sister’s watchfulness in extremity. It was to the merit of the pious women that Israel owed it’s redemption in Egypt, say the Rabbis.”[4]

A side note: Indecently on the count of “70” descendants, the mother of Moses was the “70th” ( 69 +1). [5]She was also older than Sarah when Sarah conceived. Because of the age of Moses’ mother, she married her nephew for a man young enough to father children. Mosheh (Moses) was born just as they arrived in Mitsrayim (Egypt). Aaron was born 3 years earlier, and Miriam was the oldest sibling.

 

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The mother of Mosheh (Moses) could no longer hide her baby after 3 months. She made a wicker ark, coated it with tar and pitch, and laid the baby boy in the basket in the reeds of the river. She sent Miriam, the sister, to keep watch to where the ark went. The Pharaoh’s daughter was down at the river to wash. When she saw something floating, she sent her maidservant to get it. When the Pharaoh’s daughter opened up the wicker ark, saw a weeping baby, she took compassion upon the child and said, “This is one of the children of the Hebrews.”[6] The sister of the baby asked if she should go and call for a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child. Of course, she said “yes.” Interesting that the Egyptian women would have never done that, but a blessing they didn’t! Miriam fetched her mom.

The Pharaoh’s daughter told the woman to take the baby and nurse him, and to bring him to her when he no longer needed to be nursed, and paid her wages. The mother brought Mosheh back to the Pharaoh’s daughter when he was older, became the Pharaoh’s daughter’s son by adoption, and that was when his new mom named him Mosheh saying, “Because I have drawn him out of the water.”[7]

And when Mosheh had grown, and became great, he had empathy for others. He was able to set aside his “role” and have understanding and compassion for the feelings of others—he noticed!

He looked and noticed the burdens of the Hebrew slaves, and when he saw a Mitsrian (Egyptian) striking (whip) a Hebrew slave (his brother), he looked this way and that way, smote the Egyptian, and buried him in the sand. And the next day, he broke-up a fight between two Hebrews (it would seem he wanted to resolve matters, keep others from being oppressed, and desired people to live in harmony). But when they asked Moses who made him the judge, and if he was going to kill them like the Egyptian, Moses became fearful that the Pharaoh would then kill him and fled to Midian. As he sat by the well in Midian, the priest’s (7) daughters came to their father’s well to draw water, and they poured water into the troughs to water the flock. Some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Mosheh stood up, helped the women, and watered their flock.

Let’s stop here a minute before moving forward in the story, and touch base on how the Israelites were being oppressed.

“The foreign ruler (Hyksos that conquered lower Egypt using bronze weapons, and horse-drawn chariots, and they we related to Jacob and Joseph) over Egypt was over thrown by an Egyptian ruler who wanted nothing to do with Israel. The Egyptian ruler was afraid of the Israelites as they were large in number. That was when he put in place the taskmasters (can be translated into tax collectors—beaten into forced labor) to burden them with oppression, and to build him treasure cities.

A Rabbi said: “Wealth leads to power. Power leads to independence. Strip away wealth and power, and independence are stripped away with it.” So the first step taken to enslave free a population is to first tax their wealth. The practice of taxing a free population into outright slavery began long ago in Ancient Egypt when the Pharaoh was the first tax-man. Taxation in Ancient Egypt was not only the people’s physical possession, but also of their time. Not only did they have to hand over 30% of their financial wealth, one would also have to surrender 30% of their time; working on government projects without any compensation for any of their time or efforts. The people were left with no freedom, no wealth, no hope, and no feature. Slavery to governments always begins with subtle, social, manipulations, and then ends with total destitution. Tax collectors are authorized by the ruling government to take other people’s money. In Ancient Egypt, National Service begins as a patriotic duty. Overtime, it degenerations into a type of government enslavement. Evil empires never come out and say they want to enslave their population. On the contrary, they proclaim messages of freedom (population control). God said to be fruitful and multiply, but “they” do not want that.” [8]

We now have a better feel for what kind of fierce ruling they were under. The Israelites were heavily under man’s harsh bondage, very oppressed, and had no hope; crying out to the Lord-Yahweh—and HE HEARD!

Now it is amazing to see that Mosheh’s mother’s name, Yokebed, means “Glory of God”. Moses’ father’s name, Amram, means “An exalted people.” Moses’ name was Egyptian, but Jews give names to their sons on the 8th day during circumcision. His Jewish name is believed to be “Tovia.” He was a “Goodly” child.

 ~When the Glory of God is wed with the exalted people, the Redeemer comes!~[9]

I think this is fascinating. Not only are names important to Yahweh, they also have a deeper meaning; giving a reason and a purpose for those names.

Now we will continue with Mosheh at the well, and meeting the seven daughters.

  Exodus 2

18 When they came to Re‘u’el their father, he said, “How come you’re back so soon today?” 19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds; more than that, he drew water for us and watered the sheep.” 20 He asked his daughters, “Where is he? Why did you leave the man there? Invite him to have something to eat.” 21 Moshe was glad to stay on with the man, and he gave Moshe his daughter Tzipporah in marriage. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom [foreigner there], for he said, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.”

23 Sometime during those many years the king of Egypt died, but the people of Isra’el still groaned under the yoke of slavery, and they cried out, and their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov. 25 God saw the people of Isra’el, and God acknowledged them.”[10]

Re’u’el is a title of Yitro- meaning “Friend of God.”

 

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Exodus 3

1(iv) Now Moshe was tending the sheep of Yitro his father-in-law, the priest of Midyan. Leading the flock to the far side of the desert, he came to the mountain of God, to Horev. The angel of Adonai appeared to him in a fire blazing from the middle of a bush. He looked and saw that although the bush was flaming with fire, yet the bush was not being burned up. Moshe said, “I’m going to go over and see this amazing sight and find out why the bush isn’t being burned up.” When Adonai saw that he had gone over to see, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moshe! Moshe!” He answered, “Here I am.” He said, “Don’t come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your father,” he continued, “the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov.” Moshe covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God. Adonai said, “I have seen how my people are being oppressed in Egypt and heard their cry for release from their slavemasters, because I know their pain. I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that country to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the place of the Kena‘ani, Hitti, Emori, P’rizi, Hivi and Y’vusi. Yes, the cry of the people of Isra’el has come to me, and I have seen how terribly the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Therefore, now, come; and I will send you to Pharaoh; so that you can lead my people, the descendants of Isra’el, out of Egypt.”

11 Moshe said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the people of Isra’el out of Egypt?” 12 He replied, “I will surely be with you. Your sign that I have sent you will be that when you have led the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moshe said to God, “Look, when I appear before the people of Isra’el and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what am I to tell them?” 14 God said to Moshe, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be],” and added, “Here is what to say to the people of Isra’el: ‘Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.’” 15 God said further to Moshe, “Say this to the people of Isra’el: ‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.[11]

Yahweh SAW that Mosheh SAW that the bush was burning, yet Mosheh NOTICED it was not being consumed. He didn’t just walk by it….Not only did Yahweh reveal to Mosheh (Moses) who HE was by stating the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Israel), but He ALSO told Mosheh His name, which He never revealed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

‘Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh – YHVH- This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.

WOW!! This is so powerful, and so humbling. HIS name is above all others, and the Creator of all things; seen and unseen. He wants us to personally know HIS name; He wants us to remember HIS name, and to remember to tell others! There are no words to express the awesomeness and joy of HIS GOOD NEWS! And yet, I have noticed there are some people who don’t want to know His name, acknowledge it, or are too fearful to accept it.

As I mentioned earlier on this blog, some may not want to be moved from their comfort zone. They may be too prideful, fearful, or set in their own “beliefs.” Only the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) can set their hearts on HIM, and allow them to be moved from their position. The Pharaoh was set in his ways, and his arrogance and pride hardened his heart from allowing Yahweh to teach him differently (though he learned later—the hard way).

We need to remain teachable so that our hearts don’t harden from HIS WAYS, and self-destruct in lawlessness/Torahlessness.

At the burning bush, Mosheh was given Elohim’s word that HE would be with HIM, and would be his voice. He said, “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be].” Yahweh wanted Moses to be sure to tell the children of Israel that HE has surly visited him…They would then know Elohim has sent the deliverer as Joseph told the people  before he died —that Yahweh would surly visit them and carry his (Joseph’s) bones out of Egypt. So this phrase would be like a secret code (Pikod Pikad—unsure of spelling), and they would know it was true![12]

The amazing thing about this is the children of Israel knew Moses had a speech impediment, and with Moses saying this Hebrew word, “Pikod Pikad” perfectly, they would see a miracle had taken place!

Exodus 4

“1And Mosheh answered and said, “And if they do not believe me, nor listen to my voice, and say, ‘יהוה has not appeared to you?

2And יהוה said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A rod.”

3And He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent. And Mosheh fled from it.

4And יהוה said to Mosheh, Reach out your hand and take it by the tail so he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand –

5so that they believe that יהוה Elohim of their fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Yaaqoḇ, has appeared to you.

6And יהוה said to him again, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, and see, his hand was leprous, like snow.

7And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and see, it was restored like his other flesh.

8“And it shall be, if they do not believe you, nor listen to the voice of the first sign, they shall believe the voice of the latter sign.

9“And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. And the water which you take from the river shall become blood on the dry land.[13]

I need to point out some interesting connections:

  1. Did you notice that Mosheh “fled from the serpent” in fear and Yah wanted him to overcome the serpent; yet in Genesis, the serpent ruled over man by trickery? We need to trust that Yahweh has this! Interesting spin on this!
  2. There are (3) signs Yah speaks of that will come into play, yet our God is a God of patterns, and it will happen again through Yeshua. Yah gave three signs for the Pharaoh to see: The staff (serpent), healing of the hand and water turned to blood. The significance of these signs is mind-blowing! Through Yeshua the three signs were: turned water into wine (blood, life, spiritual), healed son in Capernaum (signs to believe healing), staff- Son of man lifted up- I AM.

This is so amazing, and how many have missed this because we have only been taught how to surface read with a Greek mind-set? We need to learn how to read with a Hebrew mind-set, looking for Chiasms, and the connections/patterns.

Exodus 4:10 And Mosheh said to יהוה, O יהוה, I am not a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.

11And יהוה said to him, Who has made mans mouth? Or who makes dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, יהוה?

12“And now, go, and I shall be with your mouth and teach you what to say.”

13But he said, “O יהוה, please send by the hand of him whom You would send.

14And the displeasure of יהוה burned against Mosheh, and He said, Is not Aharon the Lĕwite your brother? I know that he speaks well. And see, he is also coming out to meet you. And when he sees you, he shall be glad in his heart.

“15“And you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I am with your mouth and with his mouth, and I shall teach you what to do.

16“And he shall speak for you to the people. And it shall be that he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be an elohim for him.

17“And take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”

18Then Mosheh went and returned to Yithro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brothers who are in Mitsrayim to see whether they are still alive.” And Yithro said to Mosheh, “Go in peace.”

19And יהוה said to Mosheh in Miḏyan, Go, return to Mitsrayim, for all the men are dead who sought your life.

20So Mosheh took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Mitsrayim. And Mosheh took the rod of Elohim in his hand.

21And יהוה said to Mosheh, As you go back to Mitsrayim, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I am going to harden his heart, so that he does not let the people go.”[14]

Mosheh , like us, sometimes feel as though we are not qualified to do things. We tend to forget that Yah doesn’t call the qualified; He calls those who are available and willing. Why do we limit Yahweh’s power to perform miracles through us? He called Mosheh by name, and showed him the signs, and yet, HIS power was still questioned. Often, too many times, we do not trust the ONE who created us.

Our NEFESH (flesh) cannot see or know what is spiritual because the NEFESH only knows what is carnal. It’s important that we remember to place our Nefesh under our heel and allow Yahweh to lead us through the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit) to light our path; always trusting and believing in HIM. When we allow fear to rise up, we cannot function correctly; giving into the adversary to lie to us—bondage!

How many times have we said to Yahweh, or heard others say, “I can’t do it, I am not qualified, send someone else.” Let’s be mindful and let Yahweh lead, and trust that our Creator has a purpose and a plan for each and everyone one of us.

He loves us and wants to bless us with great rewards. But He can’t reward those who keep running away from Him to hide. I think Mosheh felt very intimidated having a speech impediment, and unknowingly to what he was actually doing; placing his problems above Yahweh’s capabilities (pride).

 

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When Yahweh/God “hardened” Pharaoh’s heart, in the Hebrew, “hardened” means to strengthen. Yahweh didn’t want the Pharaoh to give up his challenge and just let God have His way out of fear. He wanted the Pharaoh to have a change of heart, to turn his direction to Yah’s way, and to have a different outlook. He knew Pharaoh would need the strength to able to stand up against God without feeling fearful. Yah “strengthened/ chazak” Pharaoh’s heart. The difference is Yah strengthened Pharaoh’s heart, and when Pharaoh hardened his own heart when he let pride and arrogance rule him. Because the word “hardened” is in the English, the meaning of that word has a different meaning in the Hebrew.

We wouldn’t know that by just reading the English translations. Sometimes the same English word used has a different Hebrew meaning. It’s so important to understand that.

 

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The Israelites only experienced the first 3 signs, while Egypt experienced the last 7 as well. The Israelites were given light, and they were covered (protected) while Egypt was not under HIS covering. Of course, the lamb’s blood on the doorways for death to Passover was a sign of the coming Messiah Yeshua, as well as, a Feast to be kept from then on…. This also connects with Creation-separation of the light from the darkness. Yahweh separates before the in-gathering. And Yah will show His signs again in Revelation–separation for HIS in-gathering. When Yahweh separates, it is for righteousness.

Sadly, there are others who knowingly (or unknownly) teach or have been taught the opposite (anti-Semitism) by attempting to separate the Jewish people by removing them as far as they can, and have placed themselves first–by whose authority?

Rick Spurlock stated: “Many nations have risen up against Israel and subjugated her. They are gone, Israel remains. Many have said in ages past that the G-d of Israel was finished with Israel. They are gone, Israel remains. Even some so-called followers of Messiah have declared that Israel is no longer the chosen of G-d, because “they have rejected Christ.” This is a dangerous and untenable position. It completely ignores one of the greatest facts of history. Those opposed to Israel in the past are all gone, Israel remains. It completely ignores the promises made to the Patriarchs. It completely ignores Scripture.

I say then, has G-d cast away His people? Certainly not!… G-d has not cast away His people whom He foreknew… Romans 11:1a, 2a”

And he goes on to say, “I would suggest to all who fear the One true G-d to take heed to this unconditional and eternal word from the Creator of the Universe:

I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you… Genesis 12:3a

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of G-d is complete. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of G-d. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of G-d, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, HaShem G-d Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the holy ones!” Revelation 15:1-3”[15]

It is such a blessing to know that we do not have to remain gentiles (which means heathen) anymore. We can cross that Jordan and follow the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob and be “GRAFTED-IN” like the roots of an olive tree. The roots are so interwoven tightly, they cannot be separated. Once we cross the Jordon, we are a Hebrew/Israelite. It is my conviction that Yahweh/Yeshua wants the Jewish to believe, love, accept, and embrace their Messiah Yeshua, and for the gentiles to love, believe, accept, and embrace the Torah (HIS Instructions= Word= Yeshua= Salvation). One belief, One accord, One baptism, One Yahweh/God.

Isaiah 29: 19And the meek ones shall increase their joy in יהוה, and the poor among men rejoice in the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl.

20For the ruthless one is brought to naught, the scorner is consumed, and all who watch for evil shall be cut off,

21those who make a man to sin in word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and turn aside the righteous with empty reasoning.

22Therefore thus said יהוה, who ransomed Aḇraham, concerning the house of Yaaqoḇ, Yaaqoḇ is no longer put to shame, no longer does his face grow pale.

23“For when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they shall set apart My Name, and set apart the Set-apart One of Ya‛aqoḇ, and fear the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.[16]

 

 ~Yah keeps HIS promises and will not be mocked. He will gather HIS people—the SET APART ones~

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Mark 1:1 The beginning of the Good News of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of God:

It is written in the prophet Yesha‘yahu,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare the way before you.”[a] “The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert prepare the way for Adonai! Make straight paths for him!’”[b]

So it was that Yochanan the Immerser appeared in the desert, proclaiming an immersion involving turning to God from sin in order to be forgiven. People went out to him from all over Y’hudah, as did all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River. Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed: “After me is coming someone who is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to bend down and untie his sandals. I have immersed you in water, but he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh.”

Shortly thereafter, Yeshua came from Natzeret in the Galil and was immersed in the Yarden by Yochanan. 10 Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11 then a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with you.”

12 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by the Adversary. He was with the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.

14 After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God:

15 “The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near! Turn to God from your sins and believe the Good News!”

16 As he walked beside Lake Kinneret, he saw Shim‘on and Andrew, Shim‘on’s brother, casting a net into the lake; for they were fishermen. 17 Yeshua said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you into fishers for men!” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.[17]

 Let’s review some highlights. YHVH sent Mosheh (as the deliver) to bring the Good News to HIS people. They were about to be redeemed and brought out of Egypt—out of bondage, and into the righteousness of Yahweh into the Promised land. When they went through the REED Sea, which was their “baptism/Mikveh.” They were given the Torah at Mount Sinai. This foreshadowed the coming Messiah Yeshua, our redeemer, who would save us from the sin of death by the shedding of His blood on the wooded tree/cross (this also connects the lamb’s blood on the doorways on the first Passover), death passing over those who come to Yeshua in repentance and have a changed heart (not one of stone like the Pharaohs). He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” He also said that the commandments are not burdensome. Only man has decided they are too hard. Like the serpent, Yeshua has given us the authority (in HIM) to overcome evil and rebuke what is evil.

We are HIS bondservant, and Yah is our Father Abba and has promised to provide for us. Just like the mixed multitude in the wilderness and manna, He is always faith to us.

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YHVH gave us the Torah (His Instructions), and Yeshua certainly didn’t come here to remove what Yahweh has given for HIS Bride to follow. Those who are willing to drop their net (self wants), and follow HIS WAYS (not ours) will have redemption. It’s time to leave Mitsrayim (Egypt), and “Come out of Her and be SET APART.”

We have worked ourselves through this Torah Portion. Hopefully, more connections were made. It is so humbling and amazing learning how much love Yah has for us. It is hard to understand a God with so much power and Glory WHO is full of majesty that He wants to “Tabernacle” with us! Praising HIM for HE is the Living Water!!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

 

[1] 1. CJB – Ex 1:1-22

[2] EL Shaddai Ministries

[3] El Shaddai Ministries

[4] Pentateuch & Haftorahs- Hebrew Text English Translation & Commentary- Hertz; pg  210.

[5] Monte Judah

[6] The Scriptures (ISR) Ex. 2:6

[7] The Scriptures (ISR) Ex. 2:10

[8] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[9] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[10] Exodus 2:18-23, Complete Jewish Bible

[11] Exodus 3: 1-15 Complete Jewish Bible

[12] Pastor Mark Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries

[13] Exodus 4:1-9 The Scriptures ISR98

[14] The Scriptures ISR98 Ex.4:10-21

[15] Rick Spurlock- Rumination #15

[16] Is 29: 19-25 The Scriptures ISR98

[17] Complete Jewish Bible Mark 1:1-18

 

 

 

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Bereishit (Part 2)

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776

Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

Welcome back to Bereishit Part 2. If you haven’t read Bereishit part 1, you can click here. We will now venture into the Creation Gospel where we will explore the four rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living Water– our Savior, Yeshua!

Again, I will be sharing from the Creation Gospel series from Dr. Hollisa Alewine. As we recall, Bereishit means “In the Beginning.” So in the beginning, there were events that were very significant: The creation of the heavens and the earth, Adam and Eve in the Garden, first sins, and the first argument with Cain and Abel over the appointed times, curses, and consequences.

We will focus on the four rivers.

Isaiah 48:16-18

16 “Come close to me, and listen to this: since the beginning I have not spoken in secret, since the time things began to be, I have been there; and now Adonai Elohim has sent me and his Spirit.”

17 Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Isra’el: “I am Adonai, your God, who teaches you for your own good, who guides you on the path you should take. 18 If only you would heed my mitzvot! Then your peace would flow on like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”[1]

Elohim is telling us to heed HIS Ways. He is teaching us that HE is the Way, the truth and the Life that we should go (follow). He is our Redeemer, Savior, and God. We need to pay very close attention to obey His commandments so that our well-being would flow like a river…

The seven days of Creation were set in patterns, and those patterns are found in Genesis through Revelation. These patterns have chiastic connections as well as contranyms (at their opposite). God is a God of order. In other words, these Ancient Biblical events that took place in the seven days of creation, Kain and Abel, Esau and Jacob, and others were established with a purpose—not randomly.

The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Yahweh’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Kain and Abel brought their offerings to Elohim at Sukkot, but Kain’s did not meet the criteria and fell short because his offering wasn’t firstfruits, just fruits. Kain didn’t give his best to Elohim, just the leftovers.

Though Eden’s primary river isn’t mentioned by Name, Elohim is the source of living waters as well as the Tree of Life. Significantly at Sukkot. Yeshua claimed to be the River of Living Waters, the source of the four rivers[2] :

John 7:37-39

37 “Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” 39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who trusted in him were to receive later — the Spirit had not yet been given, because Yeshua had not yet been glorified.)”[3]

Yeshua submitted obediently to the Father. He is the Living Water. He is the source that will nourish mankind, and because the Living Water, man (we) can return to the Garden by drinking (those who thirst) from those rivers in seasons. Those seasons are also the (3) pilgrimages: Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)—The Moedim.

“The rivers teach a common lesson. First, the water source divided into four “heads” that gave drink for the Garden in circle-type path. Two of the rivers, Pishon and Gihon, are specifically described as having cyclical qualities, like our Moedim, for they savav (surround) like a circle. Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to observe chag (pilgrimage- festival), meaning a circle. The cycle of the feasts was part of the circle of the seasons. Those in Havilah within the circle of the rivers drink from the life in the rivers, and they are described as “good gold” and “precious stones.” [4]

The essence of the four rivers is to increase and burst forth with fruit. This includes the seasons of chag: Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, which also are the firstfruits offerings. The moed river also gives off a mist that controls the climate and atmosphere for the Garden. Because it is a carbon-based earth, it makes it the perfect environment for trees, plants, all living creatures, including man. This plan was not only perfect, but very soothing for the man’s souls and spirt and a body made from dirt. It was also a dwelling for the Father to communicate with man. This was the plan for man to exist within the boundaries of the Moedim in which man and God could fellowship together.

What is fascinating is the chiastic Menorah’s description that not only applies to the seven spirits of Yahweh, seven feasts, seven assemblies (churches in Revelation), and the seven days of Creation, but within those branches are also ample for the four rivers.

Genesis 2:4-15

“(A: iv, S: ii) Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven, there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground. Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.

Then Adonai, God, formed a person [a] from the dust of the ground [b] and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being. Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed. Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.”[5]

The river flowed out of Eden to water the Garden. It then divided into four rivers.

Rivers of the Moedim

As you view the Menorah, you’ll be able to see the 4 rivers. The Creation Gospel students are familiar with the 7-branched Menorah, and are learning the connections of each branch as it is HIS Light and Truth.

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EUPHRATES/PERAT  #6578 (Strong’s) is the middle branch, which is the furthest boundary of Israel; yet, the fruit of it is being the Great River. The middle branch also holds the Spirit of Adonai (Holy Spirit/ Ruach ha’Kodesh) as it feeds out to the others.

Exodus 23:31

31“And I shall set your border from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River, for I shall give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.”[6]

Even though there isn’t a description of its movement, it is still synonymous with Shavuot and it corresponds with Sukkot. The chagim (3 pilgrimages) are all firstfruit offerings. Shavuot is firstfruits of wheat. This represents the Ruach ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit), which is located on the 4th menorah candlestick—Center!

PISHON #6376 (Strong’s)

Pishon means to increase. Looking at the menorah of the 4 rivers provided, you will notice that the Pishon River “heads” or divides into the 1st and the 7th branches.

The movement of the Pishon river is surrounding (savav), and is thought to represent the Nile.

“One rabbinic view is that Pishon represent the Nile because it was known that flax (pishton) grew freely beside it. (Suchat, 2002, p. 244). The linen (shesh) garments of the priesthood are made of flax. The pattern of the Edenic rivers are paralleled in the High Priests garments.”[7]

The plagues and the Nile originated during the Exodus Passover. Looking at the menorah provided, on the far left branch (branch one) it is also Passover (first feast) which is Israel’s account to have increase. When Moses warned the Pharaoh of the oncoming plagues, Egypt was affected, but Goshen remained free from plagues. Just like in Creation when Elohim separated the light from the darkness, Goshen was separated from the darkness that was sent to Egypt. The more the Egyptians afflicted the Israelites, the more the Israelites increased in number; which was concerning to the Pharaoh! The increase of the Pishon river and the increase of the Israelites (Plagues of the Nile) do parallel concisely.

Now, let’s look at the seventh branch (far one to the right—last one).The 7th branch is also the Sukkot; Feast of Tabernacles. Sukkot is celebrated in remembrance of the Passover—a chiastic connection!

“The plagues Elohim sent begin with the Nile in Egypt end with Babylon in Revelation. Pishon also surrounded Havilah (tribulation, birth pangs, and labor; to circle and writhe). Which contained:

  1. Zahav Tov/ Good Gold (Jerusalem). Located in the space between the first and second branches.
  2. Bedolach/bdellium (divide). Located in the space of the sixth and seventh branches.
  3. Shoham/onyx (to blanch or pale, yet it is seen as a black stone). Located in the space between the first and second branches.

The Good Gold and precious stones of Havilah are shining, representing the first Light of the first day of Creation and the reward of Sukkot, which will also have light without the sun or moon. The prophets often describe the millennial Sukkot as radiant and glorious.” [8]

This also represents Wisdom/Chokmah and Reverence of Adonai/ Yirat Adonai, which are two of the Seven Spirits of YHVH.

Let’s back up for just a minute to gather some additional information that might help clarify some things. We know there are seven days in creation, seven Spirits of God, seven Feasts that are God’s Appointed times, seven churches and seven branches on the Menorah. So let’s try and place the dot-to-dots on this.

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The Seven Spirits, Seven Feasts, Seven days of Creation, and the Seven Assemblies (Churches) are set up on the Menorah branches 1-7. One will begin on the far left branch; working its way over to the last branch on the far right of the Menorah.

  1. Spirit of Wisdom (Chokmah)/Passover (Pesach)/Light & Darkness/ Ephesus
  2. Spirit of Understanding (Binah)/ Unleavened Bread(Chag HaMatzah)/ Upper and Lower Waters/ Smyrna
  3. Spirit of Counsel (Etzah)/First fruits of Barley(Yom HaBikkurim)/Earth, Fruit, Seed, plants/Pergamum
  4. Spirit of Adonai (Ruach Adonai)/ Pentecost (Shavuot)/Sun, moon, stars/ Thyatira
  5. Spirit of Power (Gvurah)/ Trumpets (Yom Teruah)/ Birds and Fish/ Sardis
  6. Spirit of Knowledge (Daat)/ Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim)/ Man & Beast/ Philadelphia
  7. Spirit of Reverence/Fear (Yirat Adonai)/ Tabernacles (Sukkot)/ Sabbath/ Laodicea [9]

Please don’t let this overwhelm you; it takes time for it to soak into our thoughts. We all have been programmed to just surface read; scratching the surface. But YHVH’s Word in much deeper that just surface reading. I don’t know of you like onions, or not, but imagine one in front of you. I will imagine the red onion—yummy, sweet with a kick. One can cut that onion easily enough right in half. But if you take the onion and begin to peel off each layer, one layer at a time, you’re going to be there awhile soaking up its juices. Like reading the Word, it doesn’t just end by quickly scraping the surface; HIS Word, meaning, and patterns are like layers upon layers. In other words, the more you dig into HIS Word (finding Hebrew meanings as Yeshua is/was Hebrew), the more we will have a better understanding on a deeper level in YAH’s presence; soaking up HIS Truth. Until we leave the Western/Greek way of learning, and begin to learn the Hebrew way will we finally begin to see things how HE desires us to!

OK, before I trail off too far, let’s get back to the Four Rivers!

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GICHON #1521 (Strong’s)

Gichon divides into the second and sixth branch, and is described as bursting forth; draw forth as to give birth. These “meanings” can be found in your Strong’s Concordance.

I find this interesting that this river also is savav, surrounding. “A spring in Jerusalem where Solomon was anointed and crowned; his older brother was actually coroneted first, but he was sent away in a Yom Hakippurim picture of L’Adonai vs. L’Azazel.[10]

On the second and the sixth branch, there is a chiastic connection on what more this represents. On the second branch, there is Binah which means to build (Understanding), Chag Hamatzah (Unleavened Bread) chiastically connects to the sixth branch of Daat which means knowledge (sacrificial love), Yom HaKippurium (Day of Atonements). “It also surrounds the Cush (black), which extends from India to Ethiopia. Cush denotes people of a darker color.”[11] Cush is also related to “heat/hot.”

“King David had a Cushite messenger who relayed to him good news of his enemies’ defeat, which included Absalom’s death. Absalom’s death was a usurper, just as Solomon’s other brother tried to usurper his throne. Absalom’s death was bittersweet news, just as the burial of Messiah Yeshua as the Good News was a bittersweet as the Pesach herbs (Passover). Death and burial in darkness must precede the dawning resurrection of the Third Day firstfruits.

Cush means black or dark. This correlates to:

  1. Darkness and burial on Second day
  2. Mosses married a Cushite woman, corresponding to the Yom Kippur/marriage theme
  3. Moses means “Drawn forth” from the water; he married a Cushite; the Torah is drawn forth from the Living Waters of Eden, and the Bride of the Torah will be “black, but comely,” drawn forth from the darkness of the night. This parallels King Solomon’s metaphorical Messianic kingship and his relationship to the lover of Song of Songs.”[12]

Song of Solomon 6:10

““Who is this, shining forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun” — but formidable as an army marching under banners?”[13]

On Yom Kippur, which is the 6th day, the High Priest is anointed just as King Solomon (builder/Ruach Binah) of the first temple. The anointing was at Gihon—another connection!

CHIDEKKEL #2313 (Strong’s)

Chidekkel (noisy, rapid, roaring, Tigris)This will be a division into the third and fifth branches of the Menorah.

The Hebrew word, holekh, means “walks” or “goes” in a movement. There are many connections as this is on the fifth branch that brings in the 5th day of Creation-Birds and fish that moved rapidly. This is also the fifth feast that ties in Trumpets (Day of Blowing), which is characterized by shouting, trumpets, blowing the shofar that is very noisy!

So birth pangs, contractions/growth that become rapid and suddenly busts forward on the third and fourth day, we can see that this connects both Feasts of Firstfruits: First Fruits of Barley and Feasts of Trumpets. This also ties in Etzah (Spirit of Counsel) and Gvurah (Power).[14]

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adam was given charge over the care and keep of the Garden, even though that “work” was not hard to cause body aches. Adam’s physical and spiritual strength soon came to a weakened area after he sinned. After the fall, cultivating the soil became a lot harder- breaking sweat; fighting weeds.

Since Adam was placed in the Garden after he was created, we need to remember that it was Elohim Who caused the trees and plant life to grow. Adam was his partner; having the reward of the Ruach ha’ Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

Adonai is the source of this nourishment The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.” In other words, humans were created to walk through this water—Eden’s Four Rivers—the Moedim (Appointed times of Yah).The Seven Spirits of Adonai was moving through the water.

The Good News is that the second Adam will restore this “irrigation” as HIS Garden will reach to offer HIS drink of nourishment to others to never thirst again—YESHUA is the Living Water!

Revelation 7:17

17” because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”[15]

So from what we have read thus far, the four rivers divided up from the “Head.” Head represents authority. As Yeshua explained in the Book of Revelation, the Father would pass down that authority to Yeshua, and HE would then pass the authority to the bondservants.

Luke 20:17

17”But He looked at them and said, “What then is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone’?”[16]

The Messiah is the head of the cornerstone!

1 Peter 2:4-12

4” As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. This is why the Tanakh says,

“Look! I am laying in Tziyon a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and whoever rests his trust on it will certainly not be humiliated.”[b]

Now to you who keep trusting, he is precious. But to those who are not trusting,

“The very stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”;[c]8 also he is

a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip.[d]

They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it — as had been planned. But you are a chosen people,[e] the King’s cohanim,[f] a holy nation,[g] a people for God to possess![h] Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.[i]

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residents[j] not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you; 12 but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evil-doers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.” [17]

PRECIOUS STONES & GEMS!

You may want to scroll back up and review the Menorah (provided above) as we look into the connections. For further study on this, as I certainly will not be able to get into the meat of this, you can continue your journey using Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel series. Her books are so amazing, and you’ll be blessed.

BDELLIUM

When the Israelites were in the wilderness with Moses for 40 years, Yahweh sustained their needs. For example, their leather shoes and clothing lasted as the material never wore out. The ROCK of water that followed them (the Living Water- YESHUA) never ran dry.

How many of us could get by wearing the same shirt, pants, dress, socks and/or shoes (only one set) day after day for 1 year; let alone 40 years! Those who are fortunate enough to have one of those awesome water cooler stands, imagine using the same large water bottle (without replacing it) for a month or two. Would it last, or would it run dry? For forty years the Father provided and gave them Manna for their daily food. The manna was a miracle that happened every six days. On the sixth day, they would gather a double portion to have rest on the seventh day. Manna was not given on the seventh day so they had to plan accordingly.

Exodus 16:31

  1. “And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”[18]

The appearance of manna resembled Bdellium, which was a precious stone that was encircled in the land of Havilah of the Pishon River.

Bdellium stone also has some characteristics:

“Bedolach ( Bdellium) From Badal

  1. To divide, separate
  2. (Hiphil) to make a distinction, difference, divide into parts
  3. (Niphal) to separate oneself from OR unto; to be set apart

On the drawing of the menorah, the seventh River, Pishon, boarders the land of Havilah where the bedolach was, and Sabbath is therefore identified with that set apart or holy, quality. Indeed, each moed contains at least one Shabbat. Precious stones irrigated by the rivers of Eden have a holy quality about them.”[19]

I think it is fascinating that the connection of the bdellium is found to be sparkling and glisten like a rainbow-crystal clear, and Manna also was sparkly as wet clear dew for the Israelites! The dew would have glistened in the sunlight; refracting the prism of the rainbow. Moreover, if you take the menorah and tip it upside down, you’ll see a rainbow. It also looks like a bow and arrow readily to hit the mark—to be on target in His Truth. Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful message given to us from our Father directly from the Throne of Yahweh! AMEN!

Manna was also their reminder for them WHO their Source was (Ruach ha’Kodesh) and a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah Yeshua, the Bread of Life, sent from Heaven for the Throne room.

Psalm 63:1-3

63 “ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”[20]

Luke 13:34

34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” [21]

Perhaps the dew, as in the dew on leaves of a ‘tree’ was symbolic of Yeshua’s tears for the love he has for HIS Bride.

John 6:26-35

26 “Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed! I tell you, you’re not looking for me because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate the bread and had all you wanted! 27 Don’t work for the food which passes away but for the food that stays on into eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For this is the one on whom God the Father has put his seal.”

28 So they said to him, “What should we do in order to perform the works of God?” 29 Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is: to trust in the one he sent!”

30 They said to him, “Nu, what miracle will you do for us, so that we may see it and trust you? What work can you perform? 31 Our fathers ate man in the desert — as it says in the Tanakh, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[a] 32 Yeshua said to them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you it wasn’t Moshe who gave you the bread from heaven. But my Father is giving you the genuine bread from heaven; 33 for God’s bread is the one who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread from now on.” 35 Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.”[22]

Yes! Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior! Now, you can verify completely why the Torah can never be abolished, nor done away with. How foolish to accept that belief, HE is life that is everlasting to everlasting! AMEN!

The Onyx Stone

The Onyx is another precious stone of Havilah which appears black, but’s contranym (opposite of itself) is likely a whitening process. Shoham, Hebrew word for onyx appears to mean “ to blanch.” This would be the idea of making something holy by whitening.

“As Jacob in his tribulations in the Land of Lavan (white), became set apart and matured in holiness, so the precious stones of Havilah go through the process of being set apart and matured holiness by the River Pishon. Before sin, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits of the Spirit nourished adam (man) perpetually without great effort. After sin, the whitening process really does incur the sweat of the brow.”[23]

The priests of the Temple wore white linen garments. The linen was made of shesh.

Shesh, Strong’s # 8336; Definition: something bleached white, byssus, linen, fine linen, alabaster, similar stone, marble.

Shen is one of the Hebrew letters in their alphabet. Shen means teeth. And let’s not forget the shon, means tongue in which James refers the tongue as being a fire.

James 3: 5-6

5 “So too the tongue is a little member, yet boasts greatly. See how a little fire kindles a great forest!

6And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Among our members the tongue is set, the one defiling the entire body, and setting on fire the wheel of life, and it is set on fire by Gehenna.” [24]

In Hebrew, the Shesh is spelled with (2) shens, which literally places the whiteness of the linen, and it also has a fiery connotation with the number six. If you look back to the menorah, or day 6 of Creation, you’ll soon recognize that on day six was the day that beast and man were created.

“The linen garments of the priests were connected thematically to both shoham and the bedolach. They were set apart in holy garments of WHITE FIRE.” [25]

The 12 stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. The shoham stones were connected to the breastplate (choshen) upon the priest’s shoulder using gold chains.

Isaiah 9:6

6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” [26]

I am sure by now; you just saw another connection shoulder! The breast-plate that the priest wore on his shoulder was a foreshadowing of the Messiah wearing the government upon His shoulders. Look back at the menorah and view the fourth branch. Do you recall that being the Ruach Adonai? The forth branch balances evenly both sides of the menorah branches to hold the light. The fourth branch also feeds out to the other branches, and the weight of the other branches depends on the strength of the ONE/ Ruach Adonai to hold them up!! THIS IS POWERFUL!!!

When we just surface read, as taught in Western/ Greek cultures, we miss ALL of this! It is so exciting to have a whole new way of really “seeing” HIS Torah (Instructions) in the WAY He wanted us to learn. I can only hope and pray for many others to be able to peel back those onion layers to really get into the depth of HIS precious word- The Holy Scriptures.

There is so much more to this, and if you’re interested in digging deeper than what you have read on my Bereishit Torah Portion part 2, please consider checking out Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel workbooks. Her in-depth study will challenge you to think, and dig in the scriptures; beyond the surface reading.

Conclusion

Yahweh has always been the Aleph and the Tav. He is the beginning and the end; which of course after the seventh day (completeness), the eighth day is a new beginning—full circle!

He is our Creator, and we are His creation. The Gospel is found in Creation. The seven assemblies in Revelation parallel to specific festivals, Yahweh’s Appointed times, that are known as calendar dates of the Moed; connecting the fourth day of creation: sun, moon, and stars- the Moedim. Yeshua is the Manna, the Bread of Life, the Torah (God’s Instructions), the Living Water that flows from the Throne of the Father in Heaven, the Resurrection of Life, the ROCK, the LIGHT, and the One Who is the Father and our Savior!

The main river came from the Throne itself, giving nourishment to the Garden of Eden. Adam was in charge of moving the water, but he was not the creator of the water. Adam was able to freely irrigate the garden, trees included (trees symbolize man). Adonai is the source of this nourishment- The Living Water. He sustains life, and we, as His servants, are happy to help sow the seeds (works) for harvest, as that is the fruit. Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot are the rivers that give nourishment/drink in order to provide that water to “Good Gold” and “Precious Stones.”

As the four rivers represent the Living Water, its contranym is also fiery water. Though with the Rainbow came the promise that the earth will not flood again, there will come a time the earth with once again have to be purified by fire because of wickedness. So we have the Salvation of the Living Water, Yeshua, as we enter the waters of salvation, and the fiery contranym of the waters being a “Lake of Fire” for evil.

Let’s take and drink from the fountain of the Living Water (Yeshua/Torah) and never thirst again.

Shalom!

[1] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 48:16-18

[2] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 11)

[3] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-39

[4] Creation Gospel, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1 (pg 14)

[5] The Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:4-15

[6] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Exodus 23:31

[7] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[8] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, pg 15

[9] Alewine, Creation Gospel pamphlet

[10] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions, Vol 1, pg 16

[11] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[12] Alewine, Bereishit, Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[13] Complete Jewish Bible Song of Solomon 6:10

[14] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 16

[15] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Revelation 7:17

[16] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Luke 20:17

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- 1 Peter 2: 4-12

[18] King James Version Exodus 16:31

[19] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions,Vol 1, pg 18

[20] King James Version- Psalm 63:1-3

[21] King James Version- Luke 13:34

[22] Complete Jewish Bible- John 6:26-35

[23] Alewine, Bereishit Torah Portions Vol 1, pg 21

[24] The Scriptures (ISR 1998) James 3: 5-6

[25] The 2012 revision of Creation Gospel One contains information on white light and the human eye.

[26] King James Version- Isaiah 9:6

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Bereishit (Part 1)

 

Torah Portions: Tishrei 27, 5776 Gen. 1:1-6:8 ~ Is. 42:5-43:10 ~ Matt 1-2

“Elohim’s Torah is a hidden treasure of light and Life.”[1]

As we open up our Holy Scriptures to Gen1:1, we are blessed to read:” In the Beginning Elohim created both the heavens and the earth.”

This topic with be a combined commentary that is biblically backed up using information from El Shaddai Ministries, Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s Creation Gospel, and my own commentary based off of the Holy Scriptures interpretations.

Elohim speaks of God as King and ruler. He is above all and has created everything.

YHVH (Behold the hand, behold the nail) also means merciful, and isn’t introduced until later in Genesis, as man cannot live under strict justice alone. Man needs a merciful God or else we couldn’t exist. HIS righteous is too powerful against our sinful nature.

Let’s take a closer look at “Bereishit.” It means “In the Beginning.” HE is the beginning and the end. The first letter of the Hebrew letter is “Aleph;” which is silent. “Beit” is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The Father is silent and speaks through HIS son, the Messiah. Beit is the second Hebrew letter which means “to build.” This clearly tells us that Yahweh created through the Messiah (Merciful).

“Reshit” also means First Fruits (the Messiah). And even the Jews believe that the Messiah’s name is “Reshit (ray-sheet).” “Beit” also means by or for. So we can see that Creation was built/made in the beginning, by the Messiah. This is so amazing!!

One thing we have to understand is that our English Bibles lost some things during translation. One might say we got “ripped-off.” As we look back in Genesis 1:1 the 4th word is missing the Hebraic meaning Aleph Tav (את). The Aleph Tav is the beginning and the end. HE is the beginning and the end. As in their (22) Hebrew letters, we have (24) English letters in our alphabet.

heblet1

Now some may not know, but in Hebrew, they read in the opposite direction that we do. So you have to look at the letter (symbol) on the right; reading right to left.

Now let’s stop a minute and look up John 1:1 in our Holy Scriptures.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”[2]

Isn’t interesting, as we look into the New Testament (Writings), it tells us to go back to the beginning –the Tanack (Old Testament). Looking closer into John 1:1, we can easily see that the WORD is from the beginning at Creation—YESHUA!

Some may be surprised to hear this, but let’s look at the second and third verse:

John 1:2-3 2 “He was with God in the beginning.All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.”[3]

The Holy Scriptures solidify that YESHUA is the Word of YAHWEH and spoke everything into existence through the Ruah ha’Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

John 1:14 is one of my favorite verses verifies my above statement:

John 1:14 “The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”[4]

Genesis 1:1-5

 1”In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.2And the earth came to bea formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters.3And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.4And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness.5And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.”[5]

Now, if you flip your pages over to 1 Timothy 1:88 And we know that the Torah is good if one uses it legitimately”[6]

It is very important to understand that “Torah/Law” also means God’s instructions. And Yahweh (God) said that the Torah is Good. Also, Paul loved to follow and teach from the Torah. He, too, said it was good for instruction.

 

2 Timothy 3:15-17

15 “and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.”[7]

We certainly can’t forget Proverbs 6:23

3 “For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life.”[8]

Mitzvah is Hebrew for Commandments. So right there, it says, that HIS Torah (Law/Instructions) is Light! WHO is light? YESHUA! And reproofs that discipline is the way to life. ‘WHO’ is the way, the truth and the life? YESHUA, of course!! So WHO is TORAH? YESHUA! He is the Word; breathed out by the Ruach ha’Kodesh.

One cannot remove Torah by calling it abolished. That would remove Yeshua (Light). Yeshua means Salvation. Who in their right mind would want to abolish Salvation? Only Ha’satan wants to remove salvation. It IS very critical and wrong-thinking when Christians say the Torah has been abolished. Ha’satan is the father of lies and will stop at nothing to deceive others. Let’s stop here and think for just a minute and ask ourselves if Ha’satan would desire to remove HIS WAY and place it with our own desires, or a counterfeit? Did he not question God’s authority back in the garden when he asked Eve did God really said that….?

Today Ha’satan is doing the same thing in the churches by asking us did He really say to follow Torah…?

Yeshua is the living Torah!

Sadly, many have no idea what they’re saying and that is because “Doctrines of Men” teachings are through Greek/Western glasses, not Hebrew. Yeshua is/was Hebrew.

Isaiah 8:20

20 ‘”To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”[9]

Who is the testimony? Yeshua (Salvation)! If they do not speak according to THIS Word, there is NO light in them! So to abolish Torah then that brings forth DARKNESS!

Now let’s look at Revelation 12:17

17”And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah.”[10]

The dragon, Ha’satan, went off and waged war against those who kept the commands of Elohim by possessing the witness of Yeshua Messiah ha’ Mashiach! Are you sure we should abolish the testimony? NO!

John 3:16-21

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. 18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.

19 “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked. 20 For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. 21 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”[11]

Torah is the Light and Truth and only the wicked want to abolish it. We need to have right thinking– Hebraic understanding. This is very serious!

Let’s briefly recap:

Let there be light, and light came into the world. There was light, but man hated darkness. God created the light and said it was good, but wicked men hated the light, and therefore God separated the light from the darkness. Those who hate darkness do not want light, and those who love truth, want to walk in the light—TORAH!

Torah is the living truth and light. If we do not want to be reproved (to be teachable), then the alternative states we do not want the light, nor Yeshua; who is the light!!

 

 Genesis 3:23- 24

23 “therefore Adonai, God, sent him out of the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So he drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of ‘Eden the k’ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”[12]

When Adam and Eve sinned, they had to leave the garden. When they sinned, there was a separation between them and the Father. The Tree of Life was then guarded by Angels with swords until Elohim prepared a WAY back to HIM-through Yeshua!

For us to enter back into the garden to have immortality, we need SOMEONE WHO can take us through the WAY!

“Lord Yeshua proclaimed in Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

In Revelation1:11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Revelation 21:6 He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (The Aleph and Tav תא) Revelation 22:13“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (The Aleph and Tav תא)

Adonai Yeshua is the Aleph and Tav תא found within the Torah. By seeing the Aleph and the Tav we know that these are Yeshua words. Yeshua said in John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.(We see the Aleph and Tav תא also validating this as Yeshua’s words found within Torah).”[13]

The Good News!!

Exodus 26:31

31“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, the work of a skilled workman, made with keruḇim.”[14]

Just like the Kerubims that guarded the Tree of Life, we cannot just go through the Holy of Holies by ourselves as there is a sword. We need ONE who can take us there.

Leviticus 16:2

2 “Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell your brother Aharon not to come at just any time into the Holy Place beyond the curtain, in front of the ark-cover which is on the ark, so that he will not die; because I appear in the cloud over the ark-cover.”[15]

Elohim is telling us that we cannot return by ourselves; especially based on our own terms (prideful). HE is an all- consuming fire. We cannot return to the garden without HIS help that HE has provided—YESHUA! Yeshua is the WAY to the Tree of Life.

It is amazing to know that the Garden of Eden was not part of the Creation. He didn’t speak it into existence. He planted it HIMSELF. HE IS the gardener!!

When Elohim created Adam, he formed Adam outside of the garden, breathed-life into him, and then placed him in the garden. Do you recall back when Yeshua died, was buried, and rose when Miriam came to the tomb? She didn’t recognize her Savior. And when Yeshua asked her “Why are you weeping?” “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was the gardener.

HE WAS THE GARDERNER of all creation!!!

I find it amazing to learn (many miss this), that Adam was the one who was given the commandment not to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve wasn’t even made yet. She was designed from Adam’s rib later on. It was Adam who forgot about God. Yes, Eve sinned because she desired to have more knowledge (pride). But Adam blamed God and Eve without taking any responsibility that he had forgotten about God and listened to a different master. OUCH!

Genesis 2:7

7And יהוה Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of life. And the man became a living being.” [16]

Genesis 2:15-23

15 “[i]Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it. 16 Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.”

18 Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” 19 So from the ground Adonai, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them. Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name. (S: iii) 20 So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him.

21 Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. 22 The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. 23 The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman [c], because she was taken out of Man [d].[17]

God brought forth the woman to be Adam’s “protector.” We will talk more on that later on a different topic.

This Torah Portion is about the Creation of the heavens and the earth. Man was nothing until Elohim breathed life into him. The Haftorah is about the creation of the Nation of Israel.

Isaiah 42:5-8

“Thus says God, Adonai, who created the heavens and spread them out, who stretched out the earth and all that grows from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, Adonai, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the Goyim, so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon. I am Adonai; that is my name. I yield my glory to no one else, nor my praise to any idol.”[18]

Just as YHVH gave light in Creation (before the sun, moon and stars were created), He is also going to build up Israel for them to bring HIS light to the Gentiles, and to the nations that are in darkness. As he separated light from the darkness in Creation, HE also separated Israel from the Nations with HIS covenant to be SET APART. Yah is going to hold the hand of Israel, and lead them to HIM.

We, too, have been called to be SET APART from the world, but we are to be “Grafted-in” with Israel to be in One Accord, One Belief, and One Yahweh (God).

Isaiah 42:21-23

21 “Adonai was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to make the Torah great and glorious. 22 But this is a people pillaged and plundered, all trapped in holes and sequestered in prisons. They are there to be plundered, with no one to rescue them; there to be pillaged, and no one says, “Return them!” 23 Which of you will listen to this? Who will hear and give heed in the times to come?” [19]

Acts 3:19-2219“Repent therefore and turn back, for the blotting out of your sins, in order that times of refreshing might come from the presence of the Master,20and that He sends יהושע Messiah, pre-appointed for you,21whom heaven needs to receive until the times of restoration of all matters, of which Elohim spoke through the mouth of all His set-apart prophets since of old.22“For Mosheh truly said to the fathers, ‘יהוה your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brothers. Him you shall hear according to all matters, whatever He says to you.”[20]

Acts was written after Yeshua had died, was buried, resurrected, and ascended to heaven. So Acts is talking about the 2nd coming, not the first.

The Father is telling us that HIS Torah must be restored and the Light/Torah is not abolished. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father without going through Yeshua, the Redeemer. Yeshua isn’t coming back until all things are restored through HIM. The Torah (Yeshua/Light/Truth) is to be honored and magnified. Darkness wants to put it away and say it was abolished, and not to follow the law/Torah. Why would we want to put out the light/Salvation?

Isaiah 43:1

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Isaiah 43:5-7

Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 43:10,11

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no Messiah.

YAHWEY has separated Israel, and they became scattered. But Yah will have an ingathering; calling back HIS people to Israel when there is a restoration of Israel, and perhaps the temple.”[21]

In Matthew 1:1 it records that the Messiah came from the house of David. Yeshua is the son of David.

John 8:12

12 “ Yeshua spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light which gives life.” [22]

Now here is a verse that will knock your socks off:

Zechariah 12:10

10“And I shall pour on the house of Dawiḏ and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim a spirit of favour and prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And they shall be in bitterness over Him as a bitterness over the first-born.”[23]

After reading through these verses, we can now verify the truth of the Torah is our Savior, Yeshua the Messiah. He is the light of this world, and whoever follows Yeshua/Torah will never walk in darkness but will have the light of LIFE! Imagine how many mainstream Christians cry out stating that the “Torah has been done away with”, “It was nailed to the cross”, and “It’s abolished!” Only to come to the understanding that it’s Ha’satan who has been deceiving us/them. This is craziness and wrong-thinking.

Only those who live in darkness would want to get rid of the Torah and not live by HIS Instructions.

Without the Torah there is no Yeshua, no light, no salvation, and no Word to live by. If there wasn’t a Word that was breathed-out by the Ruach ha’ Kodesh, there wouldn’t be Yahweh (One Who took the mercy seat), and we couldn’t exist in our sinful nature, and no truth.

Praise Yah that HE did bring forth Torah for us to have the WAY back to HIM through Yeshua .

He is the living water!!

 

John 7:37-38

37 Now on the last day of the festival, Hoshana Rabbah, Yeshua stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him keep coming to me and drinking! 38 Whoever puts his trust in me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!” [24]

The (4) Rivers will flow out from HIS inmost being. Just like in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the (4) Rivers flowed.

Genesis 2:10-14

10” A river went out of ‘Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided into four streams. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it winds throughout the land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. 13 The name of the second river is Gichon; it winds throughout the land of Kush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it is the one that flows toward the east of Ashur. The fourth river is the Euphrates.”[25]

Stay-tuned to Bereishit Part 2 as we venture into the Creation Gospel where we explore the 4 rivers and its significance to Creation and the Living water of our Savior, Yeshua!

Footnotes:

[1] El Shaddai Ministries

[2] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:1/Yohanan

[3] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[4] Complete Jewish Bible John 1:2,3/Yohanan

[5] The Scriptures (ISR 1998)- Genesis 1:1-5

[6] The Scriptures (ISR) -1 Timothy 1:8

[7] Complete Jewish Bible -2 Timothy 3:15-17

[8] Complete Jewish Bible -Proverbs 6:23

[9] NKJV- Isaiah 8:20

[10]The Scriptures ( ISR) -Revelation 12:17

[11] Complete Jewish Bible- John 3:16-21

[12] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 3:23,24

[13] Last Trumpet (dot) org

[14] The Scriptures (ISR) -Exodus 26:31

[15] Complete Jewish Bible Leviticus 16:2

[16] The Scriptures (ISR) Genesis 2:7

[17] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:15-23

[18] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 5-8

[19] Complete Jewish Bible- Isaiah 42: 21-23

[20] The Scriptures (ISR) Acts 3:19-22

[21] El Shaddai Ministries Torah Portions notes. Isaiah: 43:1,5-7,10,11

[22] Complete Jewish Bible John 8:12

[23] The Scriptures (ISR) Zechariah 12:10

[24] Complete Jewish Bible- John 7:37-38

[25] Complete Jewish Bible- Genesis 2:10-14

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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

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The Feast of Tabernacles- Sukkot

~An ingathering of rising up tents or booths; praising Yahweh for delivering us out of the land of Egypt; knowing HIS work had completed everything. They were to tell their children for all generations to always remember that Yahweh is their /our Elohim. ~

The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot, is a celebration resting in Yahweh; remembering and praising HIM for delivering the Jews, and the mixed-multitude out of the Egyptians hands (slavery). This is also one of the three appointed times known as “Pilgrimages.”

The three pilgrimages are: Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). These appointed times, along with Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzah), First Fruits of Barley (Ha Bikkutium), Trumpets (Yom Teruah), and Day of Atonement (Yom Hakippurim/Kippur) are the appointed times of Yahweh, also known as the Moedim.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is the last fall feast, and the 7th Feast. It is very important to capture the connections. Sukkot is to rest, and the Sabbath is also on the last day of the week–7th day to rest in HIM as He has completed the week. Also on the day of creation, Adam and Eve were to rest on the 7th day. As you remember, they were created last on day 6. Many ask why they had to rest when they didn’t even work the garden for a week yet. It wasn’t anything they did or didn’t do to earn that rest. The Sabbath (day of rest) was blessed, sanctified, and made Holy. It is a remembrance that everything is completed in HIM. There isn’t anything we can do to improve what Yah has already done.

There are some very important connections to know:

• Yahweh’s 7th Spirit is Spirit of Fear (Reverence)/ Ruach Yirat Adonai.
• Characters: Humble, Quiet, Peaceful, Obedient, Respectful, Fearless of wickedness, and love.
• The 7th Hebrew letter is Zayin- Weapon cut off.
• Laodicea Church
• Justice of the People
• Kodesh (Holy)- Set Apart
• Perfection of the Spirit (Alowine, Creation Gospel)

Sukkot is a 7-day celebration, and the 8th day is a High Sabbath, and so is the 1st day of Sukkot. The number eight also resembles “New Beginnings.”

Leviticus 23: 33-44
33 ADONAI said to Moshe,
34 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI.
35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.
36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work
37 “‘These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day –
38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI
39 “‘But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered the produce of the land, you are to observe the festival of ADONAI seven days; the first day is to be a complete rest and the eighth day is to be a complete rest.
40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit, palm fronds, thick branches and river-willows, and celebrate in the presence of ADONAI your God for seven days.
41 You are to observe it as a feast to ADONAI seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation; keep it in the seventh month.
42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days; every citizen of Isra’el is to live in a sukkah,
43 so that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Isra’el live in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am ADONAI your God.'”
44 Thus Moshe announced to the people of Isra’el the designated times of ADONAI.

Deuteronomy 31: 10-13
10 Moshe gave them these orders: “At the end of every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot in the year of sh’mittah,
11 when all Isra’el have come to appear in the presence of ADONAI at the place he will choose, you are to read this Torah before all Isra’el, so that they can hear it.
12 Assemble the people-the men, the women, the little ones and the foreigners you have in your towns -so that they can hear, learn, fear ADONAI your God and take care to obey all the words of this Torah;
13 and so that their children, who have not known, can hear and learn to fear ADONAI your God, for as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Yarden to possess.”

Those with a willing and contrite heart were to bring their offering for the Tabernacle of Yahweh (God). It is a joyful act to the giver, as well as to the receiver—happiness. It is also a loving way to rejoice in all of HIS provisions he has given.

Exodus 40: 34-38
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
35 Moshe was unable to enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud remained on it, and the glory of ADONAI filled the tabernacle.
36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Isra’el continued with all their travels.
37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not travel onward until the day when it was taken up.
38 For the cloud of ADONAI was above the tabernacle during the day, and fire was in [the cloud] at night, so that all the house of Isra’el could see it throughout all their travels.

In the days of Yeshua, there were two and a half million people who participate in the Feast of Tabernacles.

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The singular word for booth is “Sukkah.” The sukkah was built with three enclosed sides, and one side left opened, with a curtain. The roof was to be made by things growing from the ground. Boughs of palm or willow tree were traditionally used. The roof must not be completely covered because the inhabitants of the sukkah must be able to see the stars. Rain must also be able to get in, but the roof must provide more shade than sun. (Moed Ministries).

It was commanded to rejoice! Imagine that? Our Yahweh (God) wants us to have a party and have no complaints. HA HA!

They all sang the Hallel Psalms 113-118, Isaiah 12:3, and from the song of Moses.

Isaiah 12:3 (CJB)
Then you will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation.

WHO is the living water? Yeshua, and “Yeshua” means Salvation!

Psalm 118:14-15 (CJB)
14 Yah is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
15 The sound of rejoicing and victory
is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“ADONAI’s right hand struck powerfully!

Exodus 15:1-2 (CJB)
15 Then Moshe and the people of Isra’el sang this song to ADONAI:
“I will sing to ADONAI, for he is highly exalted:
the horse and its rider he threw in the sea.
2 Yah is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.
This is my God: I will glorify him;
my father’s God: I will exalt him.

“At the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests were divided up into three groups. With two and a half million people, they needed every priest available. One group of priests took care of all the offerings and sacrifices. The second group, headed by the high priest, was in charge of the drawing of the water for the water pouring ceremony. The third group went to the willows to cut the willows from the brook to satisfy the requirement to rejoice with the willows of the brook. The group headed by the high priest went out the Water Gate, the southern gate, down to the pool of Siloam. The priest used a golden vase to draw the water from the pool. The water was known as living water. The high priest’s assistant had a silver vase filled with wine. At the head of the large procession, the high priest carried the living water back to the temple.

The third group of priests went out of the Beautiful Gate, the eastern gate, down to Motzah valley, and cut willow branches 25-30 feet in length. They also traveled back up to the temple in a procession lined with singing people. Each of the pilgrims had a “lulav” consisting of myrtle, willow, and palm branch, and an Etrog (citron fruit). They would wave their lulavs and sing the same Psalms as the first group. The priests would stand in procession 30 feet apart, take one step, wave the willow, then take another step. The wave of the willows created a wind which represents the Spirit of Yahweh (Ruach ha’Kodesh). They did this all the way up to the temple.

As the two groups converged on the temple, another priest stood on the southeast corner of the temple wall and played the flute calling them into the temple. Since the flute was the pierced instrument, he was called the pierced one.” (Moed Ministries)

Isn’t this incredible?!

Yeshua is the Living Water. The pierced one summoning both the Holy Spirit, and the living water “sent out” from the pool of Siloam to the temple (Moed Ministries)!

The shofar was blown three times while the priests walked around the altar pouring the water and wine on the altar.

When Yeshua died on the tree/cross, that tree/cross was the altar, and like the water and wine, His blood and water that poured out!! This is incredible!

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Many have asked what does the name “Emmanuel” mean?
It means “ YHVH (God) is with us.”

John 1:14 (CJB)
14 The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

Matthew 1:23 (CJB)
23 “The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
and they will call him ‘Immanu El.”[a]

Now we can understand that He (God) would dwell with us in the Tabernacle of Messiah’s Body.

Yeshua was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, hence the word “Tabernacle.”

Let’s first delve into some additional insight:

Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) was born during Passover (Feast of Pesach), six months before Yeshua was born. Yochanan was born first to tell them the “Light of the World” was coming.

Luke 1:17 (CJB)
17 He will go out ahead of ADONAI in the spirit and power of Eliyahu to turn the hearts of fathers to their children[a] and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready for ADONAI a people prepared.”

Matthew 17:10-13 (CJB)

10 The talmidim asked him, “Then why do the Torah-teachers say that Eliyahu must come first?” 11 He answered, “On the one hand, Eliyahu is coming and will restore all things; 12 on the other hand, I tell you that Eliyahu has come already, and people did not recognize him but did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way, the Son of Man too is about to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the talmidim understood that he was talking to them about Yochanan the Immerser.

The Messiah was born six months after Yochanan, and He was born on Feast of Tabernacles, which places his conception during Chanukah—Festival of Lights–The Light of the World! This is brilliant!! Hidden in plain sight!!

John 1:4-9 (CJB)
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8 He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
9 This was the true light,
which gives light to everyone entering the world.

Now if you reread that verse, we see plainly that “Light” was written (7) times. Looking back in the beginning of this blog– Feast of Tabernacles, we are reminded that (7) represents “Completeness in HIM.” Are you seeing any connections yet?

It’s so amazing what YHVH has set before us in the Word, and how many of us have missed this because we have blindly accepted “Doctrines of Man,” ignoring or not knowing HIS Appointed times? I am sure He desires and longs for us to “Tabernacle” with Him.

Many say Yeshua (Jesus) was born on December 25th. Biblically, that is incorrect, as the winters are too harsh for travel. The travelers would have to travel very far, and certainly, the shepherds would not have their sheep and lambs far up in the hills in December!! And from the verses presented, we must stay in HIS Word; seek HIS Way (not ours).

Proverbs 14:12 (CJB)
12 There can be a way which seems right to a person,
but at its end are the ways of death.

The truth shall set us free!

John 8:32 (CJB)
32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Lastly, the census was taken during the Feast of Tabernacles because that was during God’s appointed time for the pilgrimages to be made when everyone gathered. Now, one can begin to understand why there wasn’t any room at the Inn. Joseph, Miriam (Mary) and Yeshua stayed in a SUKKAH, not a stable, for the light and glory entered the world WHO would then tabernacle with us (John 1:14)!!
Amien!

May your Sukkot be blessed!

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

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Yom Kippur- Day of Atonement

“On this Holiest day of the year we have the Holiest man going to the Holiest place to proclaim the Holiest name.” (Biltz, El Shaddai Ministries)

The Day of Atonement was a day of grace and compassion YHVH would give the Israelites a “New Beginning” as a covering for their sins. This day was a foreshadowing of God’s plan of salvation through the blood of the Lamb- Yeshua and the creation of the new earth where righteousness dwells.

2 Peter: 3:13 13 but we, following along with his promise, wait for new heavens and a new earth,[b] in which righteousness will be at home.

If we look back on the seven days of creation, on Day 6 beast & man were created, and when Adam & Eve (Chavah) sinned, they needed to have atonement; this Day of Atonement was established then– day 6.

When a man neglects the Spirit of Knowledge, his fallen state becomes more extreme and he identifies more with the beast he hunts than the Spirit of Elohim. The Spirit of Knowledge patiently works and builds understanding in the relationship.

The Spirit of Knowledge is a deep mature love that exhibits the awareness of the needs and desires of another.

Spirit of Knowledge is a spirit that moved on the 6th day of creation to inspire the creation of Adam & Chavah(Eve)—the mother of all living.

Good works must be relational acts of love or they are dead works fit for fire! (Dr. Hollisa Alowine, Creation Gospel)

The Spirit of Knowledge is also called Ruach Daat, and it is interesting to note that the Hebrew letter “VAV” is the number six, and means nail-to connect or attach. When man sinned, they could no longer continue living in the Garden, nor could they dwell with the Father as sin separated them.

They needed to be atoned for to have the “connection” back to the Father, as so do we! Without Yahweh’s Plan of Salvation for the atonement of our sins through the death on the cross/tree through our Savior, Yeshua, we would have no eternity with the Father.

There is another very interesting connection that “knowledge” is also known as “The Tree of Knowledge.”

Father Abba, from the beginning (Tenack/ Old Testament), He demonstrated “Grace and Mercy” for those who love and obey Him.

There are many characters that relate to The Spirit of Knowledge and as we mature and grow in Him, we, too, can abide in these:

• Sacrificial Love (A husband should protect his bride- even to die for her)
• Covers Sins
• Does Not Blame, but heals
• Restores
• Nurtures
• Repents & seeks forgiveness
• Cares for creation
• Unites
• Intuitive

This also brings in the Philadelphia Church being connected.(Dr. Hollisa Alowine, Creation Gospel).

WOW! Doesn’t this sound like our bridegroom WHO laid down HIS life for his bride; giving us a way to reunite with forgiveness by her repentance? That is complete sacrificial love.

The “Day of Atonement” is a translation of the Hebrew term “Yom Kippur.” It is the second feast in the fall and the concluding day of the season of repentance which began on Elul 1, the first of the sixth month. It is the only day the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies seeing God “face-to-face.” Prophetically, this is the day we will see Him “face-to-face.” The ten days starting the Feasts of Trumpets and ending with the Day of Atonement are called the Days of Awe. The door of heaven is opened on the Feasts of Trumpets. On Yom Kippur, those doors will be closed. These intervening ten days of Awe are days of intense personal reflection. The weekly Sabbath, which falls during the Days of Awe are known as the Sabbath of Return. It is named after the reading for that day from Hosea. (Moed Ministries).

The Feast of Trumpets will be a day of Judgement. The Day of Judgment will be the day that atonement is executed.

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Where this is Judgment, we hope there is also Teshuva (Return to HIM, repentance).
But how do we view “Judgment?” Do we look at it as a big judge in a courtroom wearing a long, over-sized black robe; ready to pass the death penalty on us? Or would we look at it as a day of rejoicing that we are saved because of us having Teshuva?

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Let’s look at Jonah. I am sure many remember Jonah being swallowed by a whale. But we may have missed some details.

Do you think Yonah (Jonah) ran from God (Yahweh) because he was selfish, fearful, or perhaps there was a deeper reason?

There is another, deeper look into the fundamentals of Yom Kippur in Yonah.

Yonah was called by God (Hashem) to go to Nineveh in Tarshish and tell them to repent or they will be destroyed. But he runs away instead. Did he really think he could get away with it? Can anyone, especially a prophet, actually get away with running from God?

What is the lesson from the gourd and the worm?

Why did Yonah want to die before Nineveh was forgiven?

Why did he tell the pagan sailors to throw him off of the ship in the storm?

Why didn’t he want them to be forgiven? Nineveh was the capitol city of Assyrians and the enemies of the Jews. They had plans to make war to exile the Jews.

“Rabbi Fohrman explores in his Alpehbeta videos the true purpose of the kikayon plant towards the end of the book of Jonah. To do so, he traces the chain of the word “רעה (ra’ah),” evil, throughout the book of Jonah and begins to uncover what it is that so deeply troubled Jonah.”

As Yonah (Jonah) sat up on the hill in hopes they didn’t repent and for God destroy them, he made himself a Sukkah (booth/tent) to sit under for shade. So if he had shade already, why did God place a guard – kikayon plant over (cover) Jonah’s sukkah?

God needed to save Yonah from his evil (ra’ah).
Ra’ah was first mentioned when God wanted to send Yonah to Nineveh because they had done evil and were going to be destroyed. Then ra’ah mentioned during the storm when the sailors tossed him into the sea. Then it’s mentioned again when Nineveh repents from their ra’ah, from the evil ways. The next time it is mentioned when God see’s they repented from their ra’ah-evilness, and makes a teshuva! Then God relents the ra’ah HE was going to place on Nineveh. Then there was a domino effect when Yonah (Jonah) felt a terrible ra’ah and needed God’s protection. Yonah became very angry towards God; telling God that HE changed His mind on doing ra’ah to the people.

So why did Jonah run away? Jonah said because “I knew you were a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and full of compassion.”

Where have we heard those words before? It was in Exodus when God revealed to Mosheh (Moses) His 13 traits of compassion on Mount Sinai after the sin of the golden calf.

It was that grace and mercy that saved the Jews and mixed-multitude from that destruction. But for some strange reason, Jonah threw those same words back to God—in a negative way—changing that phrase by using ra’ah in the words of his statement leaving out “I am a God of Truth (Amitai-Truth)”. Jonah was the son of Amitia, which means son of Truth.

What is the son of truth really saying?
For every act there is a reaction……
Was Jonah looking for Divine Justice?

When God told Yonah/Jonah to go to Nineveh so that they could tell him (Jonah)and God they were sorry and repented, God would drop the charges. Life no longer mattered to Jonah any more. He wanted them to pay for their evilness.

Jonah was the son of Truth. How could he see “letting them off the hook” as being Truth? Looking back at the story while he was on the ship, he was on the lowest level; sleeping in the height of the storm. Jonah ignored God when YHVH called out to him. He had nothing to say to God. The sailors cast lots. He tells them to throw him overboard. He didn’t know there was a fish (whale) in the water about to swallow him into its belly.

In the belly of the whale, Yonah still wanted to die, but YHVH had different plans.

Jonah’s Prayer (CJB)
2 (1:17) ADONAI prepared a huge fish to swallow Yonah; and Yonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. 2 (1) From the belly of the fish Yonah prayed to ADONAI his God; 3 (2) he said,
“Out of my distress I called to ADONAI,
and he answered me;
from the belly of Sh’ol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
4 (3) For you threw me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas;
and the flood enveloped me;
all your surging waves passed over me.
5 (4) I thought, ‘I have been banished from your sight.’
But I will again look at your holy temple.
6 (5) The water surrounded me, threatened my life;
the deep closed over me, seaweed twined around my head.
7 (6) I was going down to the bottoms of the mountains,
to a land whose bars would close me in forever;
but you brought me up alive from the pit,
ADONAI, my God!
8 (7) As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered ADONAI;
and my prayer came in to you,
into your holy temple.
9 (8) “Those who worship vain idols
give up their source of mercy;
10 (9) but I, speaking my thanks aloud,
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed, I will pay.
Salvation comes from ADONAI!”
11 (10) Then ADONAI spoke to the fish, and it vomited Yonah out onto dry land.
Jonah was saved from death by God and his prayer reconciles him, but Jonah hadn’t yet repented, nor had he changed his perspective.

He saw his nightmare coming true after God told him to go to Nineveh and accept their apology (500 miles from shore).

Nineveh repented, had Teshuva,and God relented the ra’ah that would have destroyed them. Jonah told God it would have been better that God killed him as it would be better than to live. God remained quiet and gave him a lesson with the worm instead.

So back to Jonah sitting in his sukkah and the plant to create the extra shade (covering), even though he already knew that YHVH already spared Nineveh. That night, when the worm ate the roots of the plant, and the plant withered up and died, Yonah(Jonah), once again, wanted to die.

Why was he so upset over the plant dying? What did the plant represent, justice or compassion?

It was the pure expression of love, and YHVH wanted to send Yonah (Jonah) His expression of love and compassion. So if the plant giving shade is the expression of love and compassion, what is the expression of the worm? JUSTICE!

Jonah was upset for a plant that didn’t belong in the world died when it didn’t deserve to die; yet, he wanted to live in a world that had justice. But he also wanted to live in a world with compassion.

If a judge can only make his judgment in court based off of what the person did, how does one make judgment based off of compassion? Compassion asks, “What can you become?”

Jonah soon begins to understand that he had compassion on a plant that he didn’t even create; yet, he didn’t have compassion for Nineveh Whom his Creator created.

Where is Teshuva in this story with Jonah? Teshuva doesn’t change the past, it will only change the FUTURE.It is to turn back to the Father.

Nineveh, like the plant, may not deserve to be here. Nineveh was very evil indeed, but because they had Teshuva, look at what they could become!

Yes, their sins were forgiven.They couldn’t change their past actions, but they could change their future.

Remember us for the sake of Life,
A King Who desires Life,
Inscribe us in the Book of Life
For Your sake O’God of Life.
Who is like You
O’ Father of compassion,
Who remembers his creatures
For Life with compassion

As we enter Yom Kippur, we need to acknowledge that even though we can’t change our past we can reflect on our past, reevaluate our potential for the future; giving all Glory to Yahweh.

We need to seek Him for forgiveness (Teshuva)of our sins, ask Him to help us have sacrificial love for others, be forgiving (even if they don’t deserve it), to honor HIS Word, and to follow HIS WAY.

When we love HIS creation, we can nurture it, have unity, and restore healing.

Yonah (Jonah) was in the belly of a whale for 3 days and 3 nights which was a foreshadowing of our Savior and Redeemer, Yeshua. He was in the the heart of the earth for 3 days and 3 nights. Yeshua, died on the tree/cross for our sins. He is our atonement and testimony through the shedding of HIS blood. We are forgiven by repenting/teshuva for our sins. Yeshua died, was buried and resurrected on the 3rd day so that we may have true Salvation.

May you be blessed this day and always,

Shamira the Shepherdess

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Last Breath Gives Hope

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Last Breath Gives Hope

It wasn’t long before it would be too cold catching the last awesome waves before fall. My high school friend and I decided to head for the beach and hit some waves (body surfing). Of course, by the time we got down there, it was cloudy, and riptide warnings given. But we were strong swimmers and knew what we were doing (though we thought).

We were having such a great time! The waves were so big, and we were having a blast. No one was at the beach—not even a life guard. It was all to ourselves!

My friend wasn’t too far from me, but it was enough to cause a separation between a couple of waves; allowing her to get back to shore without as much of an effort. Without warning, things shifted and the waves became HUGE! I tried to swim in, but I had to turn back to swim back over the waves—to not be crushed (which means going out further). Unfortunately, without knowing at the time, I was entangled and deeply snared.

The waves soon became too big and powerful. I was getting tired. How many more waves could I keep swimming over (to avoid being smashed underwater), and the uselessness of trying to get back to shore? I knew how to swim in riptides (diagonally in a zig-zag motion), and that pride got me into the mess I was in.

Tired, muscles feeling like rubber, numb, and panicked, I was in a terrible situation, and no time to think things through anymore. I couldn’t stay above the water anymore. The riptides had soon over-powered me, and in my weakness, the waves were too powerful and I began to get slammed down underwater.

The waves began to thrash me about; dragging and twisting me in every direction. I opened my eyes in salty water; trying to see which way the bubbles were going, but the bubbles were spinning in all directions. I managed to find my way to the surface and gasp for air just as another wave came crashing down; leaving me spiraling and being dragged along the ocean floor like a Raggedy-Ann doll.

I, again, attempted to try to get to the top. When I felt the ocean floor, I placed my feet on the sandy ground, and with all of my might, I pushed up and swam as hard as I could; only to get smashed down again after reaching the surface with little air before another huge wave crashed down on me!

At that point I couldn’t do it anymore. I was out of breath, and out of all my strength. I knew I was going to drown—I was out of time!

Out of breath, beyond exhausted, unable to fight, packed with sand from the dragging along the ocean bottom, too far from shore, and out of hope, I cried out to God (obviously in my mind—not outwardly to get water in my mouth)!! I told HIM I couldn’t do it anymore, and asked Him to help me. I needed HIM! I was so scared (Thirty-some years later, and I still tear-up).

As soon as I called out to HIM for help, something amazingly happened! Though I couldn’t see who or what, but an amazing strong Almighty Power reached down into the depths of the riptides that bound me, and there was a rushing of water I was brought (carried) up out of the water– able to gasp for air. Yahweh or one of His angels, I know, protected me. Though the waves were still huge, none of them dragged me down. I was freed. I was able to swim in the zig-zag motion without any of the waves crashing on me. I soon could see my friend. She was running up and down the shoreline calling out my name—expecting to find a dead body.

I got to shore and my friend grabbed my arm and helped me up the dry sandy area, and I collapsed. She said she didn’t know what to do. She would see my head pop out of the water and another wave crash down over me for long periods of time.

We had made a huge mistake acting cool, haughty, and prideful—especially me.

Analogy: When we allow sin into our lives, like the riptides, we need to stay away from it. If we act out in our Nefesh, and become prideful and haughty (by saying I can handle it, I’ve done it before), we become entangled, and before we know it, ha’Satan (Satan) has his grip on us. In our own efforts the enemy uses it against us to oppress and weaken us.

Out of breath, out of time, out of hope (from our own efforts), can we finally allow HIS GLORY to lift us out of the dirt (or should I say sand) we’re in.

In my efforts I had nothing. I was over-powered and weakened quickly. In YAH’S strength, and finding my hope in HIM, behold a mighty strong arm WHO can reach into the depths of darkness and bring us to light.

When this happened, I didn’t have salvation. I didn’t know who God really was. But when I called out to HIM with my last breath of life, HE answered my cry; knowing in time I would SEEK after HIM.

I am humbled by the love and mercy HE has for someone like me to give me ‘time’ and set my path to be introduced to Him many years later.

He loves you, too. And if you do not know HIM yet, he is just a thought, a call, a cry out to, and a prayer away. Do not delay in seeking Him. We never know when we will have that last breath.

Isaiah 40:28-31, 28 Haven’t you known, haven’t you heard that the everlasting God, ADONAI, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow tired or weary? His understanding cannot be fathomed. 29 He invigorates the exhausted, he gives strength to the powerless. 30 Young men may grow tired and weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in ADONAI will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired. (Complete Jewish Bible)

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

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The Sheep Shall Follow His Shepherd/Shepherdess

Have you ever questioned why Yahweh always refers to human beings as sheep? Is it because we’re cute and cuddly? Maybe it’s because we like to run about merrily. There are other reasons that would be more accurate; of course, the above ones certainly contribute, too. I would add that running in an opened field is how we get into mischief.

Yeshua is our Shepherd, and HIS flock knows and hears HIS voice. HE is always watching us, and HE comes to us when we call out. We may not always understand HIS ways, but HIS ways surpass our ideals. Likewise, having raised sheep myself, I can certainly testify that our sheep needed a Shepherd/Shepherdess.

I will share two stores about two different herds, and by the time you’re done reading, you will have come to the conclusion that us being referred to sheep is very fitting.

The first group was a wild bunch- a mixed multitude of breeds. Most were the typical all white in color. However, there was an additional one that was a blackish-cinnamon mix. He was different from the others. He would spend the day with the group eating, sleeping, and running every which way.

Whenever I walked into the pasture, called out his name, he would stop what he was doing and run to me. It was so amazing to watch in the center of the crowded flock, when I called out to him, up popped his head; facing directly at me. He would then make way and run to me. It never seemed to matter what he was doing. When his shepherdess called his name, he came running towards the familiar voice. I do believe that is what we’re supposed to do when our Master calls. But until we, HIS Flock, know HIS voice and remember to OBEY, will we be like my Blackish-Cinnamon mixed lamb, and run to our Shepherd, Yeshua.

Now, the rest of that group wasn’t so inspiring. They constantly needed their shepherd or shepherdess nearby. They would crawl under fences (if they found a gap), and have to be chased home. They were too naïve to know that large dogs lived down the way and might want lamb chops for dinner. It wasn’t easy getting them back into their pasture. They had plenty to eat, but their stubbornness seemed to float their boats. One would hope since they followed each other out of the gate (not so nice neighbors liked to open it at times), that returning they would follow suit. NOPE! They would go in all different directions! ~Sound familiar?~

Another interesting character of sheep is that if they get in lodged into a corner, they cannot figure out all they need to do is turn their face to the light, out of darkness , and they are freed. But instead, they remain in darkness and would actually starve to death and die. Likewise with us, without turning our face to HIS light, we will remain in darkness and starve our walk in the Spirit of Yahweh. ~Sound Familiar?~

Now for the second group:

My husband & I took in a herd of sheep. They were the black-faced sheep called Suffolks. They were all pregnant and ready to lamb-out in 4-6 weeks. Sadly, the farmer wasn’t caring for them. They kept going into farmer’s fields to find food. They were very scrawny. They needed nutrition if they were to deliver healthy, live lambs.

During that time, we prepared everything that would give them needed nutrition, special paint, iodine, string, and a clean sheepfold so when the time came for all of those mommies to deliver, everything would be ready.

Of course the time arrived, almost midnight—during a BLIZZARD!
While hubby was at his employment, I was on watch, and sure enough, they had begun to deliver- all at once! Thankfully, I knew what to do, except the blizzard seemed to have been a stressful time, not just for me, but the sheep especially. The sheep, being as clueless as they are, would deliver their young, and get up and walk off with baby in tote—connected to the umbilical cord!

I had the string, scissors, iodine, and special paints on hand. Trying to keep mommy down long enough to tie the strings, iodine, and cut was a bit tricky. The paint was the easy part. I know you are asking why the paint? Sheep don’t always accept their babies, and it’s important to know which babies belong to which mom. It’s very rare they’ll let others suck from them. So the paint was to mark the same alphabet letter on mommy and baby in the same color. Considering ALL of the sheep delivered twins and triplets that night, the letter/paint system especially came in handy!

Some of the sheep would deliver their lambs on top of the snow drifts, muddy areas, or just keep walking while delivering! While some acknowledged their babies, others were new moms and didn’t know what to do.

I am thankful that we had a spot light set up from the house that shined towards the corral, and sheepfold. Being their shepherdess, I helped in their deliveries, guided them to where they were supposed to be, provided the opened doorway into their clean, warm sheepfold where fresh food was provided, and families together.I cannot recall the amount I lambed-out (twins and triplets), but the moms in count were 13 or 14.

I picked up one baby lamb that wasn’t doing very well. I took it into our home and provide additional care, but the poor baby couldn’t keep its temperature to warm up (I had placed him on the bathroom floor on towels as the heater vent was nice and cozy). I did all I could do, but sadly, it died.

Even though I lost one lamb during that horrible blizzard during a long and cold night, others have told me that was amazing to have only lost one during those circumstances. I was still sad that I had lost even one.

We, as HIS sheep, may not always do what we’re supposed to do correctly, we may stand there dumbfounded, lie in the mud, or just walk around aimlessly –totally clueless before we start to learn and get it right.

Thankfully, we have the Torah (HIS Instructions) to follow. Yeshua is our Shepherd Who will never lose HIS sheep. HE IS always there to guide us, and to provide for our every need. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Spiritual food (Torah), Great Physician, and our KING! Yahweh is all glory, and Sovereignty, who calls us HIS friend.

Will we know HIS voice when HE calls? Will we turn our faces towards HIM? Will we come running to our Shepherd; letting NOTHING stop us? Will we trust in HIM and HIS promises? Will we obey our Shepherd Who has laid down HIS life for us?

John 10:1-18 (CJB)

10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
6 Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about. 7 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. 13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the Trumpet)

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Day of blowing the trumpet)

As we venture into this amazing Holy Feast, it is important to view more connections-Biblical. Many believe that Yahweh (God) is our Creator, but so many of us have missed the connections along the way; namely, knowing what HIS Feasts are. One might say, “I thought I was following the map, I saw the streets listed on the map, but I didn’t realize there was more to it, and I got lost along the way.”

Well, now we are in the Feast of the Trumpets, and though we are in the dress rehearsal, when the day comes, we will hear YAH’s Trumpet; sounding the alarms, and we better listen up.

With that being said, let’s take a gander at some of those connections before heading over to the Trumpets- Yom Teruah.

On Creation Day “5,” Birds and Fish were created. They swim/fly fiercely and rapidly; taking the seed out in the water/wind currents—carrying out HIS Word.
Because the Hebrew letters were already placed in creation, and everything in Hebrew is based off of Hebrew letters (used for numbers, too), we must factor in the Hebrew letter “5” which is “Hey.” Hey is to “Behold.”

There are (7) Spirits of Yahweh (God), (7) Days of Creation, (7) Feasts, (7) Churches and (7) Candlesticks (Menorah- 7 branches).

• The Spirit of Power ( Ruach Gvurah—Mighty Warrior) alludes to the strength to carry out a task or commandment of Adonai (Creation Gospel).
• Wind—Spirit—Ruach
• Provision
• Birds scatter seeds (word) as Disciples spread the Gospel to all nations and moving rapidly.
• AWAKEN & REPENT!
• TESHUVAH-RETURN to Him Repentance/ to turn back to Him!
• To mend ones way.
• The seeds that fell under the tree on the 3rd day will grow and provide a resting counsel for the birds that return from the scatterings and migrations of the 5th day.
• The Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit)- Set Apart.
• Sardis Church

There are (3) Themes of the “Feasts of Trumpets” which are in the fall months.
1. Remembrance
2. Sovereignty
3. Shofar

The call to remembrance -100 blast of the shofar.
There are (3) types of blasts: tekiah, shavarim, and teruah. The tekiah is one long blast signaling alarm. The shavarim consists of three medium blasts of wailing, and the teruah consists of nine short blasts like broken sobs. The one hundredth blast in called the “last trumpet.” (Divine Appointments by: Dan & Brenda Cathcart)

Some of the reasons for the Trumpets blown:
• Proclaim Yahweh as King on the anniversary of Creation! Yes, it’s an anniversary of HIS creation—us!
• To announce the 10-days of Awe as a warning that Yah will enforce HIS decrees.
• To remind us that we said we would listen and do all of HIS Commandments at the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
• To remember that if we don’t change our ways, we are responsible for our own destruction.
• Cities will tremble, and so will we.
• It reminds us that the shofar will be blown on the Day of Judgment. This is a self-check in asking ourselves, “Where are we in our walk? Are we REALLY following HIS WAYS!? Wake-up!!
• The shofar will be blown on the day of resurrection. This reminds us of HIS victory over death!!
At the blowing of the shofar, HE will come to awaken the dead, enact judgment, and rule as our King (Cathcart). All of these reasons relate to the coming of our Messiah Yeshua.

Are we truly ready for HIS Trumpet on “LAST CALL?”

Leviticus 23:23,24Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
(v) 23 ADONAI said to Moshe, 24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

The Feast of Trumpets is also the beginning of the seventh month on the Biblical calendar, which holds a great significance as it is also the Sabbatical month—set apart. The number seven also represent spiritual completeness (Carthcart).

Numbers 29:1Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
29 “‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work; it is a day of blowing the shofar for you.

Zechariah 9:14Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
14 ADONAI will appear over them,
and his arrow will flash like lightning.
Adonai ELOHIM will blow the shofar
and go out in the whirlwinds of the south.

It is a time when Israel remembers their God –Yahweh, and repents, humbles themselves, and calls out to their Father and HE listens to HIS children and brings them to the Promised Land in their rejoicing.

Like a mother coming quickly to the cry of her baby, our Father Abba will return:

Isaiah 26:17Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
cries out and writhes in her labor pains,
so we have been at your presence, ADONAI —

Remembering the Promise Yahweh made to Abraham, God will carefully gather HIS people back to Him on the great blowing of the shofar. And at that, the books are opened to be read who is in the “Book of Life” and “Book of Deeds.” Those who are not in the “Book of Life” are cast into the Lake of Fire.

The “Book of Deeds” is not necessarily deeds that we have gone off to do. The deeds are HIS DEEDS on what HE has already told us to do in the Bible. Have we done what HE has already asked us to do that were written in HIS TORAH (God’s instructions)?
Don’t wait until later to seek Yahweh out, do it now so that you can be sure that your name is in the “Book of Life.”

As our Father draws nearer to us, that is when we need to draw nearer to HIM just like Moses did. We should not hide when the Father draws near us like Adam did in the garden.

Don’t wait until the trumpet blows…..one breath too short would be a tragedy for Eternity.

Shabbat Shalom,

Shamira the Shepherdess (P. Miller)

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My Testimony- I FINALLY left Egypt!

A Princess of the KING!

I am a seventh-generation Ex-Mormon. My ancestors go back to the days of Joseph Smith; one was his personal body guard. Many Latter-day Saints think that anyone that leaves the Church must have had a bad experience, or want to sin–otherwise why would anyone leave? I left when the Lord, in answer to prayer, showed me the truth.

My grandparents were temple Mormons. My grandmother had ten children: nine girls and one boy. She would spend Saturdays getting all of the dresses ready for Sunday. She curled the girls’ hair. Many Sundays after church they would sing while driving to a picnic area, and she’d take out the picnic basket she had prepared from the trunk. Sadly, after about one-half of the kids had married, my grandfather left my grandmother. Grandma continued to rear the remaining kids at her knee: teaching LDS doctrine and living the ways in which they believe. They continued to press forward after losing the farm. They hit many hard times. But Grandma canned, loved gardening, knitted, crocheted, mended, cooked and urged all of her kids to be educated. She believed wholeheartedly in her scriptures and read avidly.

I referred to Grandma as the family’s “wise owl.” Everyone turned to her for advice for almost everything. She was the glue of our family: she held us together in many ways. She initiated family reunions and gatherings on holidays, ensuring their success. She adamantly drove home the importance of family and heritage. She showed me, through my mom, the importance of keeping on when times were tough. She gave her son, daughters and grand kids that same drive to never give up.

Before I became a Christian, having that drive during the tough times meant working hard to get through. I did it because I had to. I could count on myself and on my family. But as a believer in Christ Jesus, I acquired a different outlook. Though that drive is still there, I now can turn everything over to God, and He will carry the weight. I saw that there are things in life that I, as well as any human, cannot fix, and we need His guidance and His mercy. I have learned that when the cross is too heavy to carry through the storm, joy, peace, and hope come through leaning on Him.

My mom taught me sewing, crocheting, some cooking, and also the importance of morals and values. All of these things have greatly impacted me, especially now that I am older and raising my own children. My dad loved to take the family on camping and fishing trips. He was also on Jeep Patrol; therefore, the family expeditions we went on were sometimes adventurous! I also enjoyed listening to him play many songs on the organ late at night. I’m thankful for my family and our traditions.
When I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I went to Primary, Beehives, Mia-Maids, Laurels, Young Adults (Mutual), Seminary, Camps/Retreats, Relief Society, played sports on the church team, and was a substitute teacher. With such fun times, love, and positive family influences, how could I leave the Church? It was not easy. They were not receptive to my leaving. But the truth is, the LDS doctrine left me empty inside. Attempting to become a temple Mormon was really me trying to fill a void in my life that only Jesus Christ could satisfy. I was still unsaved.

When I moved to California to get my sister and I more closely involved becoming temple Mormons, God had different plans–a higher calling! Some of my family members falsely accused me of setting out to look for faults within the Church–some still do! In truth, I set out to become the “temple girl.” I took classes taught by missionaries in the young adults ward in California. I wanted to be worthy in that church. I wanted a temple recommend and to marry a temple-worthy man and be sealed for time and eternity. I wanted all of it! It was the plan I set out for myself. During this journey to become temple worthy and taking LDS classes, things began to change.

I was involved in a truck accident, and I needed chiropractic care (my sister worked for a chiropractor at the time). Although I couldn’t afford the payments, the doctor allowed me to barter for service. This gave his wife an opportunity to witness to me. He also was a Christian, and began sharing things about the Bible. Soon my sister and I attended Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), though we still attended the LDS Church. The Bible study centered on the Gospel of John! Chapter one told of the “only begotten of the Father.” Wow! Then Satan was not, as I had been taught, the brother of Christ. John 1:14 opened my eyes: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word was Jesus and the Word was God; Jesus and God are one. He was the Savior, dying for my sins on the cross and rising again. Yet according to Mormon doctrine, “There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 670). Again, “There is no salvation without accepting Joseph Smith as a prophet of God (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 1, p. 188). But the Bible records, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

I began to ask questions, prayed, shed tears, and stood amazed as I found comfort, yet wondered about “Salvation?” I saw discrepancies in the LDS Church that I couldn’t overlook.

I asked God to show me the truth. A few things about Joseph Smith didn’t add up! Why was he so important? Was he a true prophet? I didn’t ask to see if the LDS teachings were false. I simply asked God for the truth. And the truth set me free! The harder I looked to find Joseph Smith truthful, the more He revealed to me that Smith wasn’t. For example, many times Smith said, “Thus saith the Lord,” but over fifty of his prophecies never came to pass. He prophesied, for example, that within fifty-six years, the Lord would return. Fifty-six years were fulfilled in 1891 (History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 182).

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 states: “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

Considering that Joseph Smith is the foundation of the Book of Mormon, it felt like sand falling through my fingers realizing he was a false prophet. Scripture says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

I had other concerns: in Mormonism there are many gods, but Isaiah 43:10 clearly states, “Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” Therefore it is false that the Mormon god has a father, and thus, LDS elders cannot become gods of their own planet, nor can the women become goddesses. This eliminates the teachings on preexistence and eternal progression. To believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers demeans Jesus who is God, and lowers His standards. To place ourselves worthy enough to become Gods is blasphemy!
It became evident to me that we are not from a planet near a star named Kolob, born as spirits to be born again on earth. Joseph Smith had no idea what born again meant (cf. John 3:3-8)!

Through more study, I found another troubling area. How can an LDS member have true forgiveness? In Mormonism, it could take centuries and is granted on the basis of a Mormon’s humility, sincerity, works, and attitudes. It would be granted only by living all of the commandments, can be canceled on reversion to sin, the discontinuance of sin must be permanent, and the transgressor must even lose the very desire or urge to sin (The Miracle of Forgiveness, by Spencer W Kimball, 325)! Yet, the Bible clearly states there is complete forgiveness: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

When I compared Mormon teachings with the Bible, I went through heartache, anger, and fear knowing I had been deceived. LDS prophets such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young lied. Their own scriptures proved these prophets false.

My sister gave me Beyond Mormonism–an Elder’s Story by James R. Spencer. He shared many things in this book of darkness in the LDS teachings with reliable references. My research revealed that the LDS doctrines contradicted themselves. It became very obvious to me that the Bible does not instruct us to abide all the ordinances, tokens, temple works, secret handshakes, to believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, stay worthy, keep the word of wisdom, all of the commandments and more in order to have everlasting life… should Joseph Smith grant it! If all of these works are required for our salvation, that would declare that Jesus went to the cross in vain. That would state that Jesus isn’t a redeemer if we have to earn our way to heaven.

Which Master did I want to follow? The God of the Bible who is omnipotent reigning or the one who leads to everlasting burning? On my knees, I asked the Lord God–as revealed in the Bible–to forgive me for my sins and to be my one and only personal Lord and Savior. After I spent time in prayer with the Lord, I soon knew I needed to be re-baptized. I was baptized in the Pacific Ocean. Then the Lord brought me back to my home town!

About one and a half years after leaving the LDS Church, the Lord blessed me with an amazing Christian husband. I had my name removed from the temple/Church records. I have a strong desire to help LDS members seek the true gospel, have salvation in Yeshua (Christ), and be free from bondage.

I give praise to Yahweh (Elohim) for the appointments He has given me; allowing many opportunities to witness the true gospel. My husband and I have been blessed to establish Mormonism discussion/support groups over the years. One of my most cherished witnessing opportunities was when the Lord sent me to witness to my LDS grandma, “Nana.” Though I was scared of rejection (she was so mean to me over the years) and cried, in obedience to my Father, I went in prayer. I spent over five hours witnessing to her. We went to lunch and I prayed with her. I also left the book of John and Romans, and located her Bible. A month later, the Lord nudged me to call Nana. She accepted Christ, and we prayed on the phone together. Four months later, she went home to be with our Lord. She was 97!

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).

The Lord has brought many Christians into my life: my husband, beautiful children, sister, brother-in-law, church family, friends, and many wonderful ministries–all for His Yeshua (Jesus) is sovereign and my Lord has blessed me and has brought me through many trials (witnessing many miracles). He (Yahweh) will continue to be with me every step of the way. I rejoice knowing He loved me enough to die on the cross for my sins. His salvation is a free gift for those who so desire Him. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His ONLY begotten Son, and whoever believes in Him has eternal life” (John 3:16).My God (Yahweh) is HOLY, forgiving, all-powerful, everlasting, and His promises are kept.

HE was not done with me yet…..

Through the years of attending different Christian churches, there was still something missing! Though they had some of it right, something was still missing– there had to be more! The blessings of Yahweh (God) didn’t stop after HE delivered me from Mormonism.

My journey now continues as the gate becomes even narrower. Matthew 7: 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14″For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
I am beginning to see and understand why He said “few who find it.”

Delving into my new journey (summer 2013), something unexpected happened. YHVH called me while I was busy taking theology courses (planning to become an Apologist). I was lead to hosting a summer study on Revelation –Torah Treasures Revealed using material from El Shaddai Ministries –Pastor Mark Biltz. During the course of these studies (Torah and Systematic Theology), Yahweh exposed a severe problematic disaster arising in the mainstream Christianity that’s indoctrinated in man’s traditions. Doctrines of man and their traditions are anti-semantic, and have removed the important appointed Feasts (Holy Days) of Yahweh that He made before man for our appointed times. Gen 1: 14-19. He created the signs and seasons – Modiem.

Some might ask who is Yahweh and what does Yeshua mean? Yeshua means “Salvation,” and Yahweh is God (יהוה YHVH). The Hebrew letters stand for: Behold the hand, behold the nail. From the very beginning He already told us WHO He is and brought forth grace in the Torah.

Many Christian churches, pastors, and priests have alluded to the Torah being abolished by “Jesus” using Romans 6:14 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Yet, we need to value the next verse 15 “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! “ In other words, many have misunderstood Paul quoting Moses out of the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 11:26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today;28and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.”

As we continue to read Deuteronomy 15 “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you”.
Yeshua (Jesus), our Savior and Redeemer, took our sins to the cross on Calvary; giving us eternal life upon repentance and reconciliation in HIS Covenant. We are still expected to follow all of HIS Commandments, but by grace (removal of the curse of death), our sins are forgiven by repentance. This is not a license to sin. HE knows who wants to renew their life (Covenant) in HIM and those who sin deliberately in their wicked ways.

YHVH is sending us a great warning and we should listen Rev. 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. ”

I have found and believe that Yahweh doesn’t change. He wouldn’t tell us to keep His commandments and then change His mind by telling us is OK to keep nine out of ten.

As I continue to prayerfully learn HIS Ways, the following verse has given me so much to think about and distinguish that this is the “wake-up call” of the narrowed gate as many find excuses to run from : Matthew 5:17-19 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” This is a very serious verse to not over-look. The Earth has not “passed away,” therefore, not all has been fulfilled.

There are more prophecies to come before Yeshua fulfills the law; again, “fulfilling the law” has been misunderstood. He will fulfill—meaning He will make the completion (only the curse of death has been removed). The New Covenant means that HE has written HIS Laws upon our hearts. We know right from wrong and have the choice and desire to follow HIS WAYS– keeping HIS Feasts- His appointed times. YHWH has knitted EVERYTHING together to point mankind to His Plan of Redemption from HIS foundation-Blueprints! The 7 days of Creation, the 7 lamps (lights) of the Menorah, His 7 Feasts (HIS Feasts – not “feasts of the Jews”), His 7 Spirits, His Message to the 7 Churches, 40 weeks of a woman’s pregnancy (HIS Feasts connection- chiastically), His Gospel written in the stars, and more!

It is alarming that HIS Feasts have been “changed” by mankind such as Easter & Christmas (paganism traditions mixed in). What a wake-up call HE has given me! Thankfully, I have been given an opportunity to really, really seek after Him!

My family studied Hanukkah and the significance behind it. It was such a blessing to know that our Messiah also attended Hanukkah because of its importance! I am carefully removing myself from the “Doctrines/Traditions of man” and following HIS WAY, and leaving paganism behind. Sad, as I thought I left Egypt when I was delivered out of Mormonism only to find myself still there– stuck in “Man’s Doctrines” and “Replacement Theology”(duped twice)!

Many churches still acknowledge the Sabbath on Sunday when it was sanctified, blessed, and called HOLY by Yahweh on Saturday (Sunset Friday –Sunset Saturday). Constantine (Catholicism) made that change and many followed that alteration; forgetting what Yahweh (Elohim) said: Mark 7:7-9 “Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’ “You depart from God’s command and hold onto human tradition. Indeed,” he said to them, “you have made a fine art of departing from God’s command in order to keep your tradition! ”

I am torn that so many (myself included) have missed knowing why YHVH (God) said “To Remember the Sabbath (Shabbat) and keep it Holy.” Reading through the 10 Commandments (10 Words), how many commandments did HE make a point to tell us to “Remember?” Was it because He knew we wouldn’t honor the 4th Commandment and justify reasons not to?

It is humbling to know that YHVH has such a deep love for us that HE has made a way for non-Jews to be grafted-in with Israel as an “Israelite”, through the seed Abraham. Just like the root of an olive tree, the roots are so tightly intertwined they cannot separate. Yeshua desires the Jewish-chosen people and the Gentiles to become “One” which can only happen when the Jews submit to and embrace Yeshua as their Messiah, and the Gentiles (Non Jews) submit to and embrace the Torah—as Yeshua IS the Torah and our Salvation. If the foundations are removed, what righteousness is left? YHVH — God changes not.

Recently, my husband and I both discovered (through genealogy) that we both are Jews! It is incredible that we have so many surnames that go back many generations on all sides of each of our parents!! Our genealogy (Family Tree) is not completed, but still in the works, thanks to an amazing lady who does genealogies. What an amazing blessing Father Abba has revealed to us. The timing is rather interesting, too. This is our third year of leaving Egypt, and three has a huge significance (3rd day of Creation resembles- GATHERING, life, fruit bearing seeds, trees). OUR FATHER is faithful to HIS promises: what HE has scattered HE regathers! The past year, HE has been telling me who I am, but now, He has confirmed it.

What man has taken (our Identity in HIM), Yahweh, in HIS promises to restore, is revealing and regathering HIS SCATTERED people!

Can anyone claim with their lips they follow “Jesus” and yet, not follow HIS Ways (Holy Feasts)? How many Christians really know what HIS Ways are when they haven’t been taught?

I plan to continue to study the Creation Gospel, Hebrew letters (each letter holds a significance and importance to what YHVH is revealing to us), the Feasts (HIS Holy Days of APPOINTED TIMES- Moedim), Torah– HIS Word –the Bible (with real Hebrew names i.e. Esther’s real name is Hadassah), as each one has a substantial purpose to everything He is telling us.

I stand amazed and humbled of what YHVH is teaching me; drawing me in even closer– intimately. I have missed so much over the years being deceived by doctrines of man! I am breath-taken in the awesomeness YHVH is revealing to me—I can‘t keep up!!

May YAHWEH continue to draw my loved ones “out of her,” and into His Divine appointments through the Ruakh Kodeshka (רוּחַ קָדְשְׁךָ, “thy Holy Spirit”).
YAH’s blessings and Shalom!

P. Miller
( Shamira the Shepherdess )

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