Inheritance

I am often enthralled with the minute details that formulate the entire picture or system by which we SHOULD observe and follow.  Rarely do I think that we see the trees through the forest and I can understand why.

However, on Shabbat, it’s time to dig deep, and as a random thought crosses my mind, I take the time to meditate on it for a few minutes.  Let’s talk about one of many that happened to me today.

In Matthew chapter 5, we have a speech known best in Christendom as “The Beatitudes”. In verse 9 we have the beatitude  which states, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called Sons of God”.

Why did this stick out to me, you might ask.  Well, he didn’t say “Peacekeepers”, he said “Peacemakers”. I often remember pastors telling us that we should be peaceful then somehow applied this to turning the other cheek.  But that’s not what it says.  Peacekeepers maintain existing peace, and that’s not what he is talking about…not even a little bit.

Imagine with me, if you will, unrelenting chaos.  Are those who run away the ones he calls Sons?  Seems unlikely.  In a masculine patriarchal faith where we have a Father who is in heaven, not a heavenly mother, I cannot imagine the picture of peacemaking one which causes cowardice.

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Jeremiah 9 and the Revelation

In a threaded discussion the other day, someone cited Jeremiah 7, but I inadvertently turned to chapter 9 and read,

115 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink. 16 I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them.”

Jeremiah 9

A phrase leapt off the page and I had to consider a possible connection with the book of Revelation.

I’ve long known that the prophecies in the latter part of Scripture cannot be understood apart from their context, namely the Torah and the Prophets. Here is another example. Let’s dive in.

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Will Israel take a leap of faith?

This week’s elections results have been markedly different than the last five elections and a probable break from the last several decades. The really BIG question is whether Israel has the faith to really step into their destiny.

For decades, Israel has tried to mollify the Religious Right while pandering to the Left in an attempt to maintain a peaceful center that ultimately makes no one happy and leaves the nation drifting ever farther from trusting their Elohim and His promises. Yet, the prophets still speak! And, the Words of Moshe are still true!

The last few weeks have been an exhilarating rollercoaster watching the campaigning as leftists, even in Israel, screamed that a religious government will be the downfall of the nation. All the while, parties desirous of a much more “Jewish” (read: Torah centric) approach to government have been gaining ground until the dam burst at the ballot box sweeping in a solidly religious conservative majority.

Itamar Ben-G’vir, ultra right candidate and head of the Otzma Yehudit, now leads the third most powerful group in the Knesset and has enough clout to be a factor in every decision Benyamin Netanyahu, the returning Prime Minister, will make. As evidence, Ben-G’vir has lit the hair of liberals and leftists across the globe on fire!!

With the globe on the verge of implosion into war, famine, and economic reset chaos, it suddenly appears that Israel is tacking away from the direction of the global system!

Over and over in Scripture, the Almighty promises that He will cover and protect Israel when they walk in His ways and trust HIM!! Maybe, just maybe, the incoming government government of Israel will look to the prophets and to the Elohim of Avraham, Itzahk, and Ya’acov and seek to walk in HIS ways rather than trust in their own cunning, strength, and abilities.

And, my secret hope is that as they walk in faith, they will look to those who love the Elohim of Avraham, Itzahk, and Ya’acov and are walking in the Torah and see us as brothers that only desire to walk in unity with Judah!! Maybe, just maybe, this leap of faith and trust in Hashem and His promises to them will open the door for us to see the return of Ephraim, also promised by the prophets!

Update: https://www.israelunwired.com/thoughts-following-the-elections-in-israel/?utm_source=Jeeng&jem=0c757788254658800c7c144ffdcb8cba

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Welcome to Israel! HalleluYAH!

If you had told me 6 months ago that I was going to Israel for Sukkot, I would have laughed and said, “I wish that were possible.” Yet, by the mercy and grace of our King and according to His riches, He provided a way for me to go. It was a very last minute decision (bought the plane tickets 3 weeks before I left) yet I was excited. Although I had never been to Israel and never flown overseas, the joy and overwhelming excitement was beaming. My previous fear of flying over the ocean was non-existent as I knew in my heart that I was going to make it to Israel safely. I had a “schedule” in my mind what I wanted to do however, that was thrown out the window when I got to Israel. It was the trip and adventure of a lifetime and one that will be done again and again (Abba willing). Following are the details of my experience in Israel.

I arrived in Israel on October 6th just after 6 p.m. As I was walking down the ramp from the airplane to the airport, I noticed pictures and Hebrew with English translation on the walls. One of the sayings on the wall said, “Welcome to Israel. Your life will never be the same.” When I saw that, in my heart I wanted that. I wanted to be changed and be different. I wanted to meet with Yah in His land and have both His land and Yah place a strong imprint on my life. And, Abba Yah did not disappoint! He came through in amazing ways while I was there!

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Individualism v Restoration of kol Israel

Does Western Individualism prevent or even work against the restoration of kol Israel?

This morning I popped open my email and found a pingback to a Σ Frame article titled Pandora’s Pendulum. The short article, originally published months ago, began,

One observant post, Is the Pendulum Effect caused by Western Individualism? (2020-10-9) described how the spirit of Western Individualism tempts people to separate themselves from the past and from tradition.  This results in a metaphysical oscillation of political, social, and fashion trends from one extreme to the other.  The pendulum effect is disruptive, spurious, and wasteful, thereby revealing Individualism to be an evil spiritual influence that upsets both the peace within the human soul and the shalom of a society.

The carnage and destruction caused by Individualism and the Pendulum Effect has gone on full display since the Dobbs v. Jackson decision on June 24,…

I had to dig a little more and read the context article linked in the quote and fireworks were exploding in my head.

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The Cure for LGBTQ+…

To destroy a nation, one must destroy the foundations. Conversely, to build/strengthen a nation, the foundations must be (re)built/strengthened.

Following is an excellent article that spells out from yet another voice/vantage point that any nation that builds Yah’s authority structure righteously will succeed. I.e., for Israel to be restored we MUST embrace, walk, teach Yah’s authority structure! Complementarianism and egalitarianism are paths to failure and judgment! Torah teachers and leaders, PAY ATTENTION! And, dear reader, if your teachers or leaders are teaching equalitarian garbage, warn them then dust your shoes and move on!

Restoration Requires Father-Rule

A final note, while the author correctly identifies the context of Galatians 3:28, he misses the fact that Paul is drawing from Exodus, as noted here.

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Oldie, but goodie!

Here’s some great worship music as we look to our gathering in Jerusalem!

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At least the Catholics are honest…

When I first started studying Shabbat, I was a bit shocked at how brazen the Catholics were with claiming that the change to Sunday was their own invention. Here’s another, even better…

On Catholic.com, in an articulate post titled The Protestant’s Problem with Polyamory, author Douglas M. Beaumont not only clearly and succinctly states that the Bible does not condemn polygamy but actually seems to condone it. But, he goes further and declares that without tradition there is no defense against it. Hilarious!! Torah ‘teachers’ need to take note!

Read for yourself, then laugh at the white knights chasing their tails as they breathlessly try to prove that polygyny is a sin.

Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.

Deu. 12:32

Even the Catholics know that the Protestant ‘traditional marriage’ position is indefensible from Scripture and is rooted in the ‘church fathers.’

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Femininity ~ we must go back….

That’s when I decided on the dress, the hallmark of the ‘50s housewife. I would wear one every single day and see if anything changed. It’d be my own private experiment. I honestly didn’t think much would come of it, but boy, was I wrong.

Here’s an amazing article and really cool experiment every married woman should consider… I’ll let the author speak for herself:

I Wore a Dress Every Single Day for a Month and it Changed My Life

Please comment below…

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Sukkot with us on the Zadokite Calendar

Sukkot is fast approaching and the elders of our fellowship have decided to open our Sukkot gathering to other like-minded families who wish to spend a week celebrating before the King with us.

Dates: According to the Zadokite calendar: 4 October through 13 October, 2022 (or any part thereof). The High Days are 5 and 12 October.

Location: A regional State Park in Western SC with access to water (exact location only available after registration)

Registration: FREE (You take care of Camping/Camper costs directly with the Park)

About us: We are a Torahkeeping fellowship that believes Yeshua is the Messiah. We do not get hung up on Name pronunciation. We are headship/patriarchal and understand/accept what Scripture says regarding marriage, though it is not our primary focus. We are happy to fellowship with and interact with brothers and sisters who may not agree with us on everything as long as discussion/debate is respectful and grounded in Scripture.

If you would like to join us, please fill out the following registration form for consideration. Space is limited:

We look forward to sharing a great Sukkot with you and meeting more families of like mind.

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Questions Christendom can’t (or won’t) answer re: marriage…

My position on marriage has been clearly stated and, I think, very well defended from Scripture, both Tanak and apostolic writings. Honestly, I think the position is bullet proof and unassailable, though I’d love to publicly debate/defend the position. The truth is that Christendom (including most Hebrew roots ‘Torah teachers’) run like scared rabbits when debate on the subject comes up.

Their great fear is facing hard questions like the following. They know the answers, but answering correctly destroys their position, so instead of truth, they prefer to be blustery nay-sayers who feign moral superiority like the pharisees of Matthew 15:1-14. They nullify the commandments of Yah for their traditions and lead many into a pit. They love their positions and titles more than they love truth!

Sad, really. But, I digress.

Following are a variety of questions they dare not answer followed by answers they know to be truth. Their silence indicates their guilt.

Does God regulate sin?

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Book Review: No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert Glover

Men, do you struggle with seeking approval from others, repressing your feelings, making your woman your emotional center, being manipulative, having difficulty setting boundaries, and having intimacy issues with your woman? Do you find yourself blaming others for the mistakes you have made or hiding your perceived flaws and mistakes to maintain a “perfect image?” If you struggle with this, you may have a common, yet frequently missed, issue called Nice Guy Syndrome.”

Some signs and symptoms of Nice Guy Syndrome include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Being a giver to make people love and appreciate them. They will often define their self-worth by other people’s opinions of them.
  • Fix and caretake in a situation without being asked
  • Seek approval from others. This is a universal trait that by seeking the approval or doing things to avoid disapproval from individuals, particularly women.
  • Conflict avoidance behaviors.
  • Making their woman their emotional partner. These men will report that they are only happy if their woman is happy.

If you find yourself having any of these symptoms above, you might want to consider treatment by reading “No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Dr. Robert Glover. The above statements are thoughts and interesting views from the book.

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Have we misunderstood Ruth?

While having a Scripture discussion this past weekend with several men, Boaz and Ruth came up. Our topic, at the moment, was concerning concubines and the notoriously squishy definition of pilegesh (concubine) in Scripture. Someone noted that the word is never used in the Book of Ruth, but Boaz’s ‘maids’ (na’ara: H5291) do seem to fit the bill, even as ‘concubine’ is a definition for the word. Certainly, a wealthy, righteous, older man is highly unlikely to be single as Christendom likes to portray him.

Still, I offered that it is somewhat speculative to assume that Ruth was not an only wife. Harder evidence is necessary to be more insistent that Boaz had more than one wife.

My eldest, who was engrossed in the text, suddenly said, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Look at Ruth 4:16-17!!’

That’s when the conversation got really interesting!!

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Torah Response to Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022 will go down in the history books as the date when Roe v. Wade was finally overturned. After nearly 50 years and over 60 million children murdered before they had the chance to breathe oxygen, states can now decide whether to outlaw abortion or make it more accessible. While this is a remarkable change, there still will be lives lost due to the heart of man not completely outlawing it nationwide. Torah and scripture speak to life in the womb as a separate being, which means that the baby (not fetus!) is a living individual.

For You formed by inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.

Ps. 139:13

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…

Jer. 1:5a

Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, there may be many women who don’t know where to turn for their child or support for them. In some states, they do have the option to surrender their child while at the hospital. They could set up adoption for their child. They could even take responsibility for the child and raise it. However, what does Torah and scripture say in these matters? Does scripture provide any assistance for these individuals who are seeking help and alternatives? Could many (or even all?) of these 60 million deaths have been prevented had Torah observant/Christian individuals stepped up and advocated for biblical solutions to be enacted?

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The fruit of egalitarianism…

“Hath God said?”

The adversary’s number one tool is to sow doubt, then build on the fallout.

For several years, I have pointed to God’s authority structure as the model we must go back to. While I am not alone in this endeavor, my message has been consistent regarding the proper roles of man and woman both in marriage and before Yah.

I have warned of egalitarianism, something commonly taught in Christendom and parts of the Torahkeeping community, as a root problem that creates a slippery slope. For the last 70-80 years, modern culture has slowly slipped down that slope until the moral freefall of the last decade.

Questioning God’s authority structure leads to confused roles, feminized (emotion-based) justification, and ultimately the chaos of confused redefinition of everything. Indeed, ‘Hath God said?’

Today, the average person is either reluctant to, or incapable of defining what a woman is. We’ve fallen that far.

I used to think, ‘How could Sodom and Gomorrah fall so far?’ Now I know. We live there…

This morning I watched Matt Walsh’s What is a Woman?, a documentary that I was honestly afraid to see because I knew that it would boldly expose the evil in our midst in unvarnished truth. Honestly, it was much worse than I thought. Western civilization is officially on the crazy train and the ride is going to end horribly.

I strongly encourage you to take the time to watch and process. And, I ask you to gird for the battle that has been raging but will continue to grow in ferocity and fevered pitch. The books of 2 Peter and Jude come to mind…

I’ll not belabor the point, you’ll understand after watching, but you better buckle up!

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