” A STATE OF BEING” by Ariel E……………

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 by messianicpastor

This weeks Torah Portion is Achrei Mot: After the Death 

This is a special “holiday portion”

Leviticus 16:1 through 18:30

Today’s Message is called:  “A State of Being……..”

The Weeks Reading is Leviticus 16:15-34

 “15 “Then Aaron must kill the goat for the sin offering for the people. He must take its blood behind the curtain. There he must do the same thing with it as he did with the bull’s blood. He must sprinkle it on the cover of the ark. He must also sprinkle some in front of it. 16 “That is how he will make the Most Holy Room pure. He must do it because the people of Israel are not ‘clean.’ They have not obeyed me. They have also committed other sins. Aaron must do the same for the Tent of Meeting because it stands in the middle of the camp. And the camp is not ‘clean.’  17 “No one can be in the Tent of Meeting when Aaron goes into the Most Holy Room to pay for the people’s sin. No one can enter the tent until Aaron comes out. He will not come out until he has paid for his own sin and the sin of his whole family. He will not come out until he has also paid for the sin of the whole community of Israel. 18 “Then he will come out to the altar for burnt offerings. It is in front of the tent where the ark of the Lord is. He will make the altar pure and clean. He will take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood. Then he will put the blood on all of the horns that stick out from the upper four corners of the altar. 19 He will sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times. He will do it to make the altar pure. He will do it to set it apart from the people of Israel. They are not ‘clean.’ 20 “Aaron will finish making the Most Holy Room pure and clean. He will finish making the Tent of Meeting and the altar pure. “Then he will bring the live goat out. 21 He must place both of his hands on its head. While he does that, he must tell me about all of the sins the people of Israel have committed. He must tell me about all of their evil acts and the times they did not obey me. In that way he puts their sins on the goat’s head.  “Then he will send the goat away into the desert. The goat will be led away by a man who was appointed to do it. 22 The goat will carry all of their sins on itself to a place where there are no people. And the man will set the goat free in the desert. 23 “Then Aaron must go into the Tent of Meeting. He must take off the linen clothes he put on before he entered the Most Holy Room. He must leave them there. 24 He must take a bath in a holy place. And he must put on his regular clothes. “Then he will come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself. He will also sacrifice the burnt offering for the people. That will pay for his own sin and the people’s sin. 25 He will also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar.  26 “The man who sets free the goat that carries the people’s sins away must wash his clothes. He must take a bath. After that, he can come back into the camp.  27 “The bull and the goat for the sin offerings must be taken outside the camp. Their blood was brought into the Most Holy Room. It paid for sin. The hides, meat and guts must be burned up. 28 “The man who burns them must wash his clothes. He must take a bath. After that, he can come back into the camp. 29 “Here is a law for you that will last for all time to come. On the tenth day of the seventh month you must not eat anything. You must not do any work. It does not matter whether you are Israelites or outsiders.  30 “On that day your sin will be paid for. You will be made pure and clean. You will be clean from all of your sins in my sight. 31 That day is a sabbath for you. You must rest on it. You must not eat anything on that day. That is a law that will last for all time to come.   32 “The high priest must pay for sin. He must make everythingpure and clean. He has been anointed and prepared to become the next high priest after his father. He must put on the sacred clothes that are made out of linen. 33 He must make the Most Holy Room, the Tent of Meeting and the altar pure. And he must pay for the sin of the priests and all of the people in the whole community.  34 “Here is a law for you that will last for all time to come. Once a year you must pay for all of the sin of the people of Israel.” So it was done, just as the Lord commanded Moses

1.     In this weeks portion we have a double portion to look at;  the Torah almost seemed to jump out of time for the last two weeks while Moshe dealt with ritual purity in the camp with all the talk of Tsara’ot and Lashon Hara—and the purity issues of the Priesthood.  All of these things are examples to us—to the restored Priesthood of the order of Malki-Tzadik through Messiah Yeshua.  In this weeks double portion YHWH leads us through the ritual applications of the priesthood ordinances that He is instituting among the people for the “forgiveness of sins” that are unintentional.  Up until this time we have had the children of Israel making sacrifices all over the open field—and there has been a great deal of blood that has been shed throughout the wilderness.  This is a sign that you are in a wilderness period of your life—when you see a lack of centralization of order and a bunch of people all doing their own thing—you see lack, decrease and most important to us today—sage brush—the sure sign that you are in the wilderness.

 

The Children of Israel have been allowed to this point to make sacrifice wherever it seemed good to them to offer up the sin and guilt offerings, the Olah offerings, the Grain Offerings, and Fellowship Offerings unto the Lord YHWH.  But now it is time for a centralization of order within the Camp—a movement from chaos to order.  In this Torah portion YHWH says that the Priesthood is going to be established before the entrance of the “Tent of Meeting.”  This means that once people were free to sacrifice as they pleased—but now there was going to be a certain place in the Camp—before the entrance of the Tent of Meeting—where the sacrifices were going to be offered—under the watchful eye of Moses and Aharon.  This is a type and shadow of us coming from the church today—leaving behind the place where it was “every man for himself” and moving into the place where we would LEAVE THAT LIFE BEHIND—and come into the ordered way of application of Torah through the living Priesthood of Malki-Tzadek—as a holy nation –the “Royal Priesthood” of YHWH to the Nations.  It is the willingness to come under the watchful eye of a mentor that will bring about the success of the people—as YHWH begins teaching the people a supernatural “sanctity for life” by requiring that all the sacrifices and offerings were to be centralized.  When we move from the disorder of the counterfeit church to the ORDER of the Jewish Lifestyle– it is then and only then that we will really begin to see the power and glory of the Body of Messiah—which is Israel– as it shines forth—a unified—dedicated Priesthood—operating in 1 mind and 1 spirit—with 1 way– and as 1 people—the chosen people of Elohim!

John 17:20-26 says “20″My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me (YHWH) through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24″Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25″Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

A.   Messiah’s sacrificial death on the execution stake is the vehicle that provides us with eternal cleansing.  This is what makes it possible for us to be “Kadosh”—or Holy—and thus part of the Holy people of Elohim.  There are only two classes of people in this world—there are people born to a Jewish Mother and Father and there are those of us who were not—there is no middle ground.  But through Messiah—those of you who were not born to a Jewish parent in the natural—can ACCEPT HIS CHOICE—NOT BY YOUR RIGHT CHOICES—BUT BY HIS CHOSING YOU ARE NOW to be Jews—and be reborn by YHWH’s Spirit INTO the JEWISH PEOPLE—and thus being made ONE people called ISRAEL.  Israel is a not just a faith however—it is a People—a Nation—a very special nation that YHWH has made covenant with; in fact there is NO COVENANT that exists that is not made with the Jewish people.  When RABBI SHAUL and RABBI KEPHA were teaching new believers—they were not teaching converts to the Roman Catholic Church—or Christianity—but to the Jewish Faith.  Roman Catholicism–which is the foundation of all  Christianity was not born until 325 CE–almost 300 years after Yeshua and the Disciples taught on this Earth.  This is the centralization of the faith—is like when YHWH ordered a centralization of the sacrifices that would be done in this Torah portion.  There will be people who will not wish to follow this….they have sacrificed in the field ever since they “left Egypt” as it were–and they will use this as an excuse—the real underlying part is that they do not wish to change from their lawlessness—and come into the order of Mashiach….but there will be those –who like Abraham—will leave ALL behind and follow THE WAY that YHWH shows them—and sacrifice before the Tent of Meeting.

 

Isaiah 52:11 says “Go now, leave your bonds and slavery. Put Babylon behind you, with everything it represents, for it is unclean to you. You are the LORD’s holy people. Purify yourselves, you who carry home the vessels of the LORD.”

Job 11:14 says “Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you.”

Proverbs 9:6 says “Leave your foolish ways behind, and begin to live; learn how to be wise.”

Proverbs 15:24 says “The path of the wise leads to life above; they leave the grave behind.”

 

B.  Many people today have to clean out their thinking when it comes to the “Jewish People” as most people who have been influenced by the Roman Catholic Faith—which is different than our faith—and they have been taught to believe the Jews were somehow “bad” or “cursed of YHWH”—and nothing could be farther from the truth.  You see they mistake the STATUS of BEING: HOLY—with the CLASS POSITION of PURITY.  The blood of the sacrifice makes you HOLY—this is a gift—a gift of grace as it is based on Rabbi Yeshua keeping fully every jot and title of the former priesthood of the Levites—while the Temple—the Beit HaMikdash stood in Jerusalem—Our Rabbi DID keep every command—precept—law and instruction of YHWH—and thus SECURED FOR US the RIGHTEOUSNESS that is OF HIM.   PURITY however is a different matter.  Once the Priests would offer up the Olah offering—for the person—then they would have to offer the entrails and fat of the offering.  This almost seems to go counter intuitive on us—in that it would seem that before we could be made HOLY –in our fleshly minds it seems that we would have to offer up the all the things that are UNCLEAN in our lives—like the entrails and the fat of our offering—but YHWH had the Levites offering the sacrifice in this manner as a sign and wonder to us as we return from the pagan ways of our forefathers.  The OLAH is offered 1st as it is the BLOOD that washes us clean and the STATE OF HOLINESS and FELLOWSHIP IS RESTORED.  However, there are STILL the entrails and the fat.

 

1 Timothy 5:21-22 says “21I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 22Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.”

1 John 3:1-3 says “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

 

C.  There is not a person today in the sound of my voice that does not have entrails and fat in their offerings—and if left unattended—or handled in some other way than what YHWH has proscribed for us—then we will be left RESTORED IN FELLOWSHIP but INPURE IN PRACTICE. The state of the PURITY of the believer—meaning the JEW who was practicing the ritual application of Torah—in the proscribed PLACE—on the proscribed DAY and in the MANNER as proscribed by YHWH Himself—did not make the person “WHOLE;” it was not until the High Priest proclaimed over them: “Tik Haru” which means “YOU SHALL BECOME PURE.”  Many people today have called out to Yeshua and asked to be delivered—but they NEVER move on to this part of the offering.  The Messiah gave up his life and lives today to make intercession for those of us who are calling on his name—but we never go beyond that point and offer up the “ENTRAILS and FAT.”  It is the job of every person born into—or reborn into the Jewish faith through belief in the ONE TRUE AND LIVING GOD–YHWH to offer up the ENTRAILS and FAT portions for our neighbors.  This is our portion of making the pronunciation of RESTORATION TO PURITY—as we cry out “TIK HARU: YOU ARE PURE” to our brothers and sisters as they return from the nations and the ways of the gentiles and begin walking this marvelous existence of life as a BLOOD WASHED MEMBER OF THE JEWISH NATION.

 

 

Mark 1:4 says “And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” 

 

Luke 3:3 says “He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”  This is the Ministry of Yochanan (John) the Immerser–to baptize for a sign of forgiveness of sins. 

 

BUT You have been out gathered and ingathered into Eretz Israel–the Nation of Israel–and made co-HEIRS–with the Jewish People to not only be forgiven of your sins–but through the spirit of Elijah that is now harvesting the earth– YOU CAN DO the very things that the Master has done if you will only cleanse your MIND of YOUR FORMER STATUS.

 

 

              D.   The Jewish people is THE Nation of Priests to the entire world.  YHWH has chosen US to ALSO be JEWS and to be PROUD of our JEWISH BLOOD PURCHASED STATUS CHANGE AND HERITAGE.  Where we do not have Mothers and Fathers in the natural who have Jewish Blood—we have our Messiah and the Saints who have gone on before us—and THIS is OUR SHARED and COMBINED Jewish heritage.  You are no longer strangers and GERIM (FOREIGNERS or ALIENS) and the same requirements that have been laid at the Jewish people have been laid at your feet.  YOU have been chosen to be a PRIEST of the order of MALKI-TZADEK to this generation and to PROVE that YESHUA IS YHWH in the flesh.  YHWH chose you—custom made you for THIS generation and THIS season to be the BRIDGE BACK—NOT TO HOLINESS—for this is only provided by Messiah—BUT—to PURITY—as it has always been the job of the Priests to make ATONEMENT FOR OTHER BELIEVING PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.  YESHUA lives IN YOU—and He is always making INTERCESSION FOR US.  There is NO way that you can fail—there is no way that you cannot achieve what you have been placed here to accomplish.  YHWH –God NEVER PLACES YOU IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CANNOT SUCCEED—NEVER!!  The only thing that can change that is UNLESS you have entrails and fat dangling down around your feet.  It is your job as a priest to offer the ENTRAILS and FAT of your neighbor—and thus making atonement for them.  YOU have been chosen to humbly approach the blood born Jewish people and learn their ways and seek out the Elohim of Abraham—Isaac and Jacob; THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HOLY.  JEWS WHO LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS IN THE LOVING PRIESTHOOD OF YESHUA.  YHWH provided a way out for our father Abraham—BUT—FIRST YHWH said to Abraham, “LECH LECHA”—GET YOURSELF—OUT—and Abraham obeyed.  The Children of Abraham today are the people who are going to BE ABLE TOO see their neighbors entrails and fat offerings—and instead of leaving them in a state of IMPURITY –the life they are living AS GENTILES among the NATIONS—they are going to offer up those Entrails and Fat offerings on the Holy Altar of YHWH and they will go up into the smoke of a life that is a pleasing aroma to YHWH.  Being Holy is easy—it is accepting a free gift—being  PURE is a work that is to be accomplished by steadfast obedience to YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction.  It is our job to bring the atonement for the people in our lives before the altar of YHWH—and that ALTAR IS IN YOU and IN ME.  We are to offer up the failings of one another—the entrails—the fat pieces that we see as sacrifices and render those people who we encounter TIK HARU: YOU SHALL BE CLEAN. You are now to walk in YOUR NEW CLASS–YOUR NEW AND CLEANSING STATUS CHANGE-as “purified members of the Nation of Israel as born in—and reborn AS JEWS.  This is the duty of restoration given to the Priesthood of Malki-Tzaddik in the last days—the place of RESTORER to the common ways of a UNIFIED PEOPLE: Israel.  AFTER THE DEATH–Achrei Mot…IN HEBREW–WHICH MEANS JUST THAT–WHAT COMES AFTER THE DEATH?  ARE WE ALIVE IN THE LIGHT OF TORAH AND THE LOVE OF MESSIAH; OR ARE WE ASLEEP IN THE LIGHT. 

             

              ARE WE SATISFIED TO SIT ON OUR BLESSED ASSURANCE–OR WILL WE LET GOD ARISE AND THE LIES OF DEATH BE DRIVEN FROM OUR LIVES?  The second part of this portion is the result of lives that experience a “DEATH” to the ways of the Catholic Church and its ways AND THAT SANCTIFY THEIR FAITH–THEIR HOPE–THEIR LOVE–THEIR HUSBANDS or WIVES or KIDS AS KEDOSHIM–HOLY ONES.  NO DEATH-TO YOUR FORMER GENTILE SELF-AND YOU WILL EXPERIENCE NO PATHWAY TO LIFE.

 

              ITS TIME FOR GOD’S PROPHETIC ONES TO RISE UP AND PROPHESY THE TORAH and THE TESTIMONY OF YESHUA–CONTEND TO BE JEWS IN THIS MODERN ERA……THAT IS CARRYING YOUR CROSS AND NOTHING SAYS HOLINESS MORE –THAN BEING SEPARATED OUT FOR EXECUTION.  IF THE LORD CALLED YOU HOME TONIGHT–AND REQUIRED AN ACCOUNTING OF YOUR LIFE–WHICH STATUS WOULD YOU HEAR AND SEE THAT YOU LIVED IN MOST OF THE TIME?  DEATH TO YOUR FLESH-MAN….YOUR PUTRID FLESH OF THE NATIONS……OR ALIVE TO HIM–SANCTIFIED AND PURE BEFORE HIM?  WOULD YOU BE FOUND BEFORE THE LORD YHWH IN LACK AND DECREASE??  ITS TIME TO OFFER UP THE FAT AND THE UNCLEAN ENTRAILS OF OUR FLESH TONIGHT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE?

 

2 Peter 3:1 says “1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders. I want to stir you up to think in a way that is pure

1 Timothy 1:5 says “5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

 

Philippians 4:8 says “8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”   CONSIDER THE LOVE OF MESSIAH THAT WHILE YOU AND I WERE YET CLEARLY VIOLATING THE TORAH’S RIGHTEOUS COMMANDS–THAT HE SO LOVED US THAT HE CHOSE TO CHANGE OUR STATUS FROM UNCLEAN TO CLEAN–FROM GENTILE TO JEW–FROM OUTSIDER TO INSIDER–FROM DEADMAN TO LIVING MAN–FRESH WATER FOR DIRTY–NEW LIVES FOR OLD.  SO TOO LET US BE PURE IN STATUS–HOLY IN MESSIAH’S HOLINESS AND ONE UNITED ISRAEL TOGETHER CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH WITH OUR BLOOD BROTHERS THE BLOOD BORN JEWISH PEOPLE WORLDWIDE!!!  SHABBAT SHALOM.

 

              AND FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, WE PRAY THAT YOUR PESACH WILL BE PEACEFUL AND REFRESHING, SAFE AND LOVING FULL OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS AROUND YOUR PASSOVER TABLE. CHAG SAMEACH!!!!

 

              ©       2011 Ariel W. Ehrmantrout – All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

“Are You An Unclean Bride?” by Ariel E……….

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2011 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is “Tazria: And She Conceives”

Leviticus 12:1—13:59

Ezekiel 45:16 -46:18

Priesthood Instructions: Ephesians

“Are You An Unclean Bride?”

Leviticus 13:1-4 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying, When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh [like] the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and [when] the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight [be] deeper than the skin of his flesh, it [is] a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.

1. FOLLOWING THE WEDDING………

a. Following a Wedding in Hebrew Society—the Betrothed would return to the Fathers House to prepare the “Bridal Chamber” for the reception of the Bride.

 

b. The Groom would work hard, study Torah diligently, pray three times per day for His new family, and work hard—saving all his money for his new Bride.

 

c.  Then when the Father saw that all was ready—he would send His son—most often at midnight to get his bride—but—say this never happened—and the bride groom waited patiently, but the day—still never seemed to arrive.

d.  Then finally—the groom asks His Father—“Why can’t I go get my bride—only to find out that your once beautiful bride has been afflicted with a hideous disease—that came as a result of her sin?  She has been afflicted with “Tzaraot”—and is unclean!

The 10 Root Causes of Tzaraot on the Messiah’s Bride—

IS THIS IS HOW WE APPEAR TO OUR BRIDEGROOM?

Cause #1 THE SIN OF IDOLATRY- SERVING OTHER GOD’S

 

a. Exodus 20:3-6 says, “”You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself  any carved image, or any likeness of  anything that is in heaven above, or that is  in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the  earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For  I, the LORD your God, am a  jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the  children to the third and fourth generations  of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to  those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

 

b. Idolatry can and does take on MANY forms; it manifests as ANYTHING that you place BEFORE God.  Television, Husbands, Wives, Careers, Money, Power, Cigarettes, Internet Pornography, or Religion that denies Torah—all are forms of idolatry.

 

c.  One of the punishments of Idolatry is Tsaraot—Exodus 32:35 says, “”So the LORD  plagued the people because of what they did with the calf  which Aaron made.”

 

Cause #2 THE SIN OF IMMORALITY

a.  Exodus 20:14 says “”You shall not commit adultery.”  And Yeshua expanded on this in Matthew 5:27-28 when He said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say unto you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’

 

b.  The way we dress can betray our hearts condition.  Ask yourself, “Would I want my wife or daughter dressing that way before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?” You represent the Master of the Universe and the Kingdom of your Father in Heaven; provocative dress and actions are signs of your former status as a “Gentile: which means CONFUSED—PAGAN—UNBELIEVER.”  Is this what you wish for your Wife, Daughter or Husband or Sons to portray for the rest of the world to see?

 

c.  Men—do you watch things that ought to never be viewed by married men?  Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has become akin to a religious holiday in some Gentile homes—did you ever stop to think that you are lusting over another Man’s Wife or Daughter?? Single men—do you tempt yourself with evil?  Do you look at the actors on TV and lust in your heart?

 

d.  Ladies—do you go out of your way to find tops that cover your “cleavage” or do you find skintight clothing and shirts that accentuate your features? Are there any members of the Bride of Messiah today who stand guilty of the sin of immorality by the way they dress? If so, complete repentance and a change of lifestyle are urgently needed.

 

Cause #3  THE SIN OF MURDER

 

a.  In Exodus 20:13  Torah says “You shall not  murder.”  And Yeshua made this more poignant in Matthew 5:20-22 when He said, “‘You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder,” and whoever murders will be in danger  of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!” shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of  hell fire.’

b.  Are you an angry person—constantly judging your brothers and sisters—then you are a murderer! Failure to forgive someone is akin to the sin of murdering their character.  Each time you say your side of ‘the wrong’—you are assassinating the character of the one with whom you have a wrong.  However, when you curse– causing death—the Lord blesses with life and what you mean for destruction—YHWH has caused to manifest as good; so getting angry and dwelling in the house where Tsaraot is manifesting is a huge waste of time!

 

c.  King David’s General Joab murdered a rival general Abner—during a time of War—after David’s had brought a covenant of Peace with Abner—this resulted on a plague of Tsaraot on his house forever  2 Samuel 23:28-29

 

Cause  #4  is “DESECRATING THE NAME OF YHWH”

a.  Exodus 20:7 says, “”You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

b.  The Word translated in English as “Vain” is the Hebrew Word “SHAV” (Strongs 07723) meaning emptiness, nothingness, and vanity;  and “Take” is from the Hebrew Word “NASA” meaning to bear! Meaning to bear a life of emptiness, nothing less or vanity.

c. Proverbs 28:9 says 9 If anyone turns a deaf ear TO THE LAW, even his prayers are DETESTABLE. Telling others the LAW IS DONE AWAY WITH-and how you don’t have to obey it any longer is why many of you FAIL TO HAVE YOUR PRAYERS.  Yeshua said “I HAVE NOT COME TO DO AWAY WITH THE LAW—BUT TO LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!”  Yeshua IS YHWH—and so when He said “Heaven and Earth will pass away—BUT MY WORD/TORAH/LAW/TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS—WILL NEVER PASS AWAY!”

d. A life lived outside God’s Teaching and Instructions –while calling on God’s name is the highest form of Vanity—it is stating that YOU know better than God—by a LIFESTYLE that denies His Majesty in your life!

Cause #5  is “ROBBING THE COMMUNITY”
a.  Exodus 20:15 says, “You shall not Steal”  While all stealing is wrong—only one type of stealing results in Tsara’ot—that is overcharging for goods and services!

 

b. Such a situation may occur because the society in which the individual lives is unwilling to provide the assistance needed to help the individual through times of difficulty and back into productive work. The Torah makes it clear that it is every man’s obligation to help his brother or sister who is in actual need.  Do you give to help the Elderly Jews from Russia who has made Aliyah to Israel?  Do you take an hour and teach Orphans to read?  Have you given to the Japanese brothers and sisters or just changed the channel each time a new report on Japan comes on the TV?  WE “DO” WHAT WE “BELIEVE” IN. If you fail to take care of the POOR the WIDOW and the ORPHAN –THEN YOU MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE A BLESSING TO YHWH’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN.  EMBRACE THE POOR AND OPEN YOUR ARMS TO THE NEEDY FOR IN SO DOING, WE RELEASE THE CHARACTER OF GOD FOR ALL TO SEE!

c.  However, for a merchant (who is already making a living by charging fair prices for his commodities) to overcharge, so that he can gain more money from his customers, is abhorrent to the Jewish community. “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,  But a just weight is His delight.” (Prov. 11:1)

 

Cause #6 is  “ACTING IN A CAPACITY NOT PERMITTED TO HIM OR HER”

a. Exodus 20:17 says, “”You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet  your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything  that is your  neighbor’s.”

 

b.  Coveting is a hard concept for us to understand– One of the ways in which a person covets is to desire the position or prestige that another person enjoys. This affliction of the heart can take thousands of forms. It might be the desire of a person to be of the opposite sex (Wives lusting for the authority of the Husband—Husbands dumping it on your wives!) It might be the desire of a person to be a leader when they possess no natural leadership skills. It might be the desire of a person to be rich and influential in their community when they have not earned that position.

 

c. The apostle Paul made it very clear that the Bride of Messiah is a body, tidy framed together by God Himself.

 

d. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. If the foot should say,  ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not of the  body,’ is it therefore not of the body? If the whole  body were an eye, where would  be the hearing: If the whole were  hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set  the members, each one of them in the body just  as He pleased. …  “Now you are the body of  Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed  these in the church first apostles, second prophets,  third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of  healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are  all apostles? Are all prophets?  Are all teachers? Are  all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings?  Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But  earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a  more excellent way.” I Cor. 12:12,15-18,27-31)

 

 

Cause # 7 is CONCEIT

a.  Exodus 20:3 says, “‘You shall  have no other gods before Me.” In effect, all of the sins that caused the biblical form of leprosy came from an attitude of conceit. Anytime a person puts himself above others, he is setting himself up for a fall into sin.

 

b. Conceit is the exact opposite of humbleness. Like leaven (a type of sin), it puffs one up. But the Bride of Messiah must learn to walk in “…the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (I Cor. 5:8)

 

c. It is the natural instinct of the carnal mind to want to put one’s self above other people, for this is the attitude from where the world’s form of self-esteem comes. But it is a false form of self-respect, and one into which the members of the Bride must not fall.

Cause #8 is LASHON HARA—the Evil Tongue
a.  James 4:11-and 12 says, “Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.  12There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?

 

b. It is important to note that lashon hara is more than just speaking lies about other people. Telling the truth about someone can also fall into the category of lashon hara if the results of one’s statement inflicts injury upon another individual.

 

Cause # 9 is THE EVIL EYE

a.  Matthew 6:22-23 says, “”The lamp of the  body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your  whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, (KJV = evil’), your whole body will  be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in  you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

 

b.  The greed based Gospel of today’s Christianity—is deceiving people into seeking self-interest—instead of the interest of the week and the needy—who G-d defends!

 

c.  We are the richest Nation on the planet—and we should be sacrificially giving to the needs of others—yet we hoard and hoard in these last days.  In James 5:3 the scripture says, “Your Gold and Silver are corroded.  Their corrosion will testify against you AND EAT YOUR FLESH LIKE FIRE—you have horded wealth in the last days!”

 

Cause #10 is TAKING A VAIN OATH

a.  Have you ever said, “Lord I commit the rest of my LIFE—MY WEALTH—MY CHILDREN—MY HOPES—MY DREAMS TO YOU—WHATEVER YOU WANT FROM ME—I WILL DO!”  THIS IS TAKING AN OATH

 

b. Pledging to “Do God’s Will” while turning your back on Torah—Saying we pledge our lives to Jesus –while ignoring His Commands is taking a vain oath.

 

c. Remember—Take comes from the Hebrew word, “NASA” meaning to “BEAR” meaning we will and do bear the guilt of EVERY TIME we have LIED to G-d!

 

WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE HEALED OF OUR SINS & BE RESTORED?

a. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) But not just that—Jesus ALWAYS said to those He healed, “..go and sin no more.” (John 8:11).

b. “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us  first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the  gospel of God? “Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the  sinner appear?’”

(I Peter 4:17-18)

 

c. “Whosoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (I John 3:4) AND Blessed are  the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the LORD!  Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!  They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways.” (Psalm 119:1-3)

 

d.  “‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Wife has made herself ready.’ “And to her (ONLY) it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Rev. 19:7-8)

 

e.  Yeshua made the way for us to return and be united as one Commonwealth of Israel.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE YOURSELF READY; Our love for Yeshua –is a love that DEMONSTRATES a great desire for entering into  legal covenant behavior no matter what may come your way.

REMEMBER—SIN IS LAWLESSNESS -1 JOHN 3:4— LOVE IS FOUND IN THE STNDARDS SET FOR US IN MESSIAH YESHUA—BUT LOVE JOY PEACE,LONGSUFFERING PATIENCE GENTLENESS AND GOODNESS IS LOVE.  Pursue them with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding.

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMORS RETURN—WILL HE FIND A PROSTITUTE WITH COLORED LINEN AND PERFUME – SAYING TO STRANGE YOUNG MEN “COME LET US DRINK OF LOVE UNTIL MORNING FOR MY HUSBAND IS GONE ON A LONG JOURNEY AND WILL NOT BE BACK SOON.”  OR WILL YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER FIND YOU GLEANING IN THE FIELDS OF YOUR FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE EVERYWHERE?????  BEING A JEW IS NOT BEING ONE OUTWARDLY—BUT BEING A JEW IS BEING ONE INWARDLY; CIRCUMCISION IS NOT MEANT TO BE ONLY OUTWARD AND PHYSICAL—BUT INWARDLY—FOR CIRCUMCISION IS OF THE HEART.  DO YOU LIVE BY YOUR OLD NATURE OR THE NEW ONE FROM ISRAEL??  HOW YOU ANSER THAT QUESTION MIGHT BE THE KEY TO YOUR LIFE IN THE DAYS__WEEKS AND YEARS THAT ARE SOON TO FALL UPON US ALL.  THINK ABOUT IT…………

 

SHABBAT SHALOM and SHAVUATOV

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout

All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

 

 


“Unauthorized Fire” by Ariel E…………….

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2011 by messianicpastor

 

This Week’s Torah Portion is: Shemini / Eighth

Leviticus  9:1 to 11:47

HafTarah Ezekiel 36:16-38

Priesthood Instructions: Galatians

 

Today’s Reading LEVITICUS 10:1-2 “Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.  And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD”

 

1.  Offering “unauthorized” fire to the LORD

A. Abihu and Nadav—Sons of Aharon—were chosen to lead the Children of Israel into Holiness—but chose their own path   Lev. 10:1-2

 

B. Called by the LORD—they wore their Priestly Tunics (The Tunic was the outward sign of God’s separation—just like when Rabbi Sha’ul says we are to “Cloth yourself in Messiah/Torah”)   Lev.10:5  Romans 13:14

 

C. Set apart as priests—they were Part of the Royal Priesthood  Numbers 3:3

 

D. They were trained in the Word of God—Moses trained them in the Ways of God — Luke16:29  says, “Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.”

 

2.  These Brothers took the Holy Fire and misused it

A. The Holy fire was for atonement—the LORD’s fire consumed the Chatas and Asham Offerings  Num 16:46

 

B. These brothers took what God provided for holiness and defiled it with their “own” religious activities  Lev 10:1-2

 

C. Moses had provided the model for them to minister by to please God Lev 8:36

 

D. This violation of Torah—required a Sin offering—which they paid with their lives Romans 6:23 says, “For the Wages of Sin is Death…”

 

3.  Like Abihu and Nadav many today are making “Unauthorized Fire”

A.  God’s Torah—His Word– is the Holy Fire of the Spirit EX.3:2  Yet people take its fire and refuse to obey it  Gen 4:2 says2Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

 

B.  The Anointing—The separating out sign of Holiness– of the Spirit—given as a sign of those who follow the LORD has been sold for who can make the most dramatic presentation .  Ex 40:15 “And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations”

 

C. God’s Festivals and Feasts—have been exchanged for Demon Idolatry—Passover has become “Easter”—Chanukah—which once stood for rejection of Greek thoughts and ways—has been exchanged for Santa Claus and “baby Jesus—away in a manger”  Deut5:32; Deut 11:32, 2 Kings 17:37, Matt 28:20

 

4.  Today’s “Unauthorized Fire”

 

A.  God’s diet has been exchanged for a ‘freedom’ to speed up our own death.  Moses lived to 120 and the average American Male lives to be 73—with a world average of 59.  Lev. 11

 

B.  Shabbat (The Holy Sabbath) has been exchanged for Sunday Worship (Worshipping on the day named to celebrate “Saturn”—a Greek Pagan god. This is why it was called “sun-god-day!”  EX 35:2 says, “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.”

 

5.  Deviation from God’s pattern results in deadly consequences for all mankind

 

A.  Eating unauthorized food deceived Adam and Eve and made them unclean bringing death upon themselves, physically and spiritually (Genesis 3:1-13).

 

B.  Eating unauthorized food can open up the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Today pornography is rampant and with the help of the Internet, television, movies, and magazines etc. it seems to be gaining acceptable status in a society with out Torah, the teaching and instruction of YHVH. In a past report from Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson, stated that when the popular Christian Promise Keepers conference comes to town the hotels report a surge of X rated movies during that time period. One Promise Keepers speaker shared that of the 25,000 men at one of the conferences, approximately half the men came forward to repent for cheating on their wives. Blood in the meat directly affects a person’s sexual drive and appetite. Sexual sin passes on to the third and fourth generations through the DNA. Lust is not love. Check out the diet, this may be an entry point for lust of the flesh.

6. Deviation from God’s pattern results in deadly consequences for all mankind

 

A.  Unclean foods were considered to be the food of pagan worship to their idols, pig especially as we see in the story of the Maccabees. Pagan cults use blood in their feasts to get the desired effect they want. “What agreement is there between the temple of YHVH and idols? For we are the temple of the living Elohim.2 Corinthians 6:16.

B.  When blood builds up in the body it could open the door to the occult realm and unclean practices. Eyes linger a little longer on unclean subjects, aggressive behavior and anger become acceptable, defensive attitudes enter along with depression and unclean thoughts are entertained.  A weakened spiritual walk can loose its passion and enthusiasm for YHVH. Distractions and loss of interest will eventually separate a person away from Yeshua. Touching the unclean realm makes us unclean. Do we desire to have a deeper walk and glean deeper revelations in His Word? Look into the diet, this is the first starting point, as our diet reflects our spiritual condition. We are what we eat!

 

7.  Pork and Unauthorized Foods—the unauthorized fire that consumes man  Lev. 11

A. Do the Leviticus 11 food prohibitions still apply today?  Malachi 3:6 saysI YHVH DO NOT CHANGE” and Hebrews 13:8 says, “Yeshua is the same yesterday today and forever!”

 

B.  The “Other White Meat,” A quote from Dr. Tessler, a well known doctor wrote in the book “The Genesis Diet,” “Pigs are known to carry up to 200 diseases and 18 different parasites and worms, including the deadly worm called trichinella spiralis. This worm is commonly called trichinosis and there is no known cure for these spiral worms. The trichinae worms are so small and transparent that only trained inspectors using high-powered microscopes can detect their existence. Trichinosis can cripple or even kill anyone that eats as little as a forkful of contaminated food! Trichinosis can mimic other diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, or typhoid fever.’

 

8.  Abihu and Nadav represent our “self-righteous” behaviors—our striving for religion rather than obedience.

A.  All attempts to offer a righteousness that is not acceptable to God through works that are devoid of faithful obediencewill be consumed by fire.

B. All attempts to offer a “faith” that is belief based and totally devoid of obedience to Gods teaching and instructions—will also be consumed by fire.

C. Only in living out God’s Torah—and teaching others to do so will we hope to see any reward from Messiah!   Matthew 5:19 Says, “”Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

D. Unauthorized fire—turning our back on God’s righteous requirements and doing what we “think is religiously correct”—or what someone explained to us that “Paul the Apostle said” –we are committing Cain’s sacrifice—and is demonstrating “the Mark of the Beast”—the SIGN of lawlessness; the 666—or the “Me” –“Myself” and “I.” Then MY WAY becomes the highway that my life follows and is based on my own emotions.  Yeshua says to people who are late for the wedding celebration “Depart from Me –for I NEVER KNEW YOU!”

 

Not once does the Master say “Depart from Me—for “YOU DID NOT KNOW ME;” SO WHY DO TEACHERS TODAY SPEND TIME ASKING YOU IF –YOU—KNOW– YESHUA???????????????? DOES THE JEWISH MESSIAH KNOW YOU?  DO YOU KEEP HIS HOLIDAYS AND SABBATHS?  DO YOU EAT ACCORDING TO HIS INSTRUCTIONS?  DO YOU CALL UNCLEAN—ALL HE CALLS UNCLEAN?  BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED BY MODERN “GREASY  GRACE.”

 

7.  4 Steps to the Kingdom of God

#1.  Separate yourself from the worldly system that’s invaded the Church Today by coming out and becoming and living as a “Jew by choice” Leviticus 11:44-47 “For I am YHVH your Elohim. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. ‘For I am YHVH, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; thus you shall be holy for I am holy.'”

 

#2.  Renounce your Self-Righteousness—doing it your own way—this includes your “church mind.” Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

#3.  Live your life like Yeshua lived His— leave the “Cult of Love that has no boundaries” for the true Love of God1 John 5:3 saysFor this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

#4.  Great will your reward be in Heaven! 1 Peter 1:14-16 (the parallel passage to Leviticus 11:44-47) Peter said, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And Matthew 5:19-20 says, “”Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven!

 

This message may cost you all you have known—but it will give you all there is to give.  Yeshua paid the price for our ability to enter into the people of Israel—do not spend one day more asleep in the light as the darkness of this late hour is fast coming to its apex and the man of evil will soon be revealed. This message is simple: IF IT SAYS DO IT—DO IT, and IF SOMEONE SAYS ANY OF GOD’S WORD IS DONE AWAY WITH TODAY—THEY ARE OFFERING UNAUTHORIZED FIRE TO THE LORD AND WILL END LIKE NADAB AND ABIHU!

Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom!

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout  –  All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

“And He Called” by Ariel E……………

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2011 by messianicpastor

THIS WEEKS TORAH PORTION:  VAYIKRA –AND HE CALLED

LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26

Haftarah Isaiah 43:21-44:23

Priesthood Readings 2 Corinthians 1-5

 

 

“What Do They Mean:  The Levitical Sacrifices”

Leviticus 4:1-4

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If a person sins unintentionally in any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and commits any of them, if the anointed priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed. ‘He shall bring the bull to the doorway of the tent of meeting before the LORD, and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull and slay the bull before the LORD.”

2. Leviticus is the continuation of the book of Exodus

The Master Builder has built a home—A Tabernacle in each of us.  We are His Temple—the body is the Temple of the Ruach HaKodesh or the Spirit Most Holy.

But if we do not follow the blueprints for successful completion of our building then we will not have the same outcome as we see modeled by James, Peter, Paul and the rest of the Talmidim (Disciple Priesthood)!

 

Matthew 7:24-27 says, 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on THE ROCK. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

3. Moving in to receive the Blessings of Your Inheritance

The Abrahamic Covenant STARTED as an UNCONDITIONAL covenant—yet even this relationship developed RELATIONSHIP REQUIREMENTS over time.  Yes…as Rabbi Shaul has taught us– Abraham BELIEVED and THIS BELIEF IS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS; but he also was REQUIRED to CIRCUMCISE HIS HOUSEHOLD—LEAVE HIS FATHERS HOME—SACRIFICE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON–but the MOSAIC COVENANT IS CONDITIONAL. Abraham’s TRUST BASED COVENANT started with the CHILD LIKE TRUST If you do not do it—you FOREFEIT YOUR COVANENTAL BLESSINGS listed in Deuteronomy 28.

However—as we grow, we begin to mature and as we do—WE BEGIN TAKING ON RESPONSIBILITIES THAT COME WITH OUR GROWTH AND THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT OPTIONAL BUT COME WITH REWARD!  It is a privilege to walk in the Mosaic Covenant—its our choice—God wants HIS covenant BRIDE to walk with him as a “free will offering of the Heart!” (Ex. 35:21)  Be very clear on this:  NO JEW WAS EVER TAUGHT THAT THEY GOT TO HEAVEN BY DOING SACRIFICES—OR THAT THROUGH MINDLESS ADHERENCE TO THE TEACHINGS OF LEVITICUS AND THE PRIESTHOOD—THAT THIS WORKS BASED FAITH WAS MEANT TO SAVE THEM FROM AN ETERNITY OF SEPARATION FROM GOD.  THIS IS A LIE THAT IS PASSED ON GENERATION FROM GENERATION WITHIN THE FORMER GENTILE CHURCH AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR SEPARATION FROM THE JEWISH PEOPLE……AND IT IS AN OUTRIGHT LIE.

Now that the Children had built the Tabernacle, and GOd had “moved into His dwelling” it was time to learn HOW to WALK with God in HIS RESIDENCE—IN A DAILY COMMUNION OF FELLOWSHIP WITH THE HOLY ONE—BLESSED BE HE!

TODAY–YOU are the Temple of God and it is important to learn how to function as the Temple and the area’s and details that give you the MAXIMUMS of “LIFE” with God!  CAN PEOPLE COME TO YOU AND EXPERIENCE THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; OR THE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS OF GOD??  THESE ARE REEQUIREMENTS OF THE TEMPLE.

4. The function of the Priesthood is done today by US!   1 Peter 2:5

The Book of Leviticus is OUR instruction booklet on how to live in the Tabernacle of God!

 

The Book of Leviticus is our instruction manual for drawing near to God

The Ancient Sages taught that not everyone did the offerings; it was the function of the sacrifices to make one HOLY!

The sacrificial walk—was meant for all—but NOT EVERYONE PARTICIPATED—ONLY those who sought a deeper walk of Holiness with God!

5. THE OLAH Offering—a Volunteer offering (Lev 1:1-17)

THE OLAH—This Offering is the Elevation Offering—smoke ascending to God.

The Greek word for OLAH is “HOLOCAUSTIA” –meaning wholly and totally consumed

The OLAH was offered for “IMPURE THOUGHTS” and “FAILURE TO PERFORM A REQUIRED ACTION” and this offering was Voluntary or it was not accepted
(IS 1:11-20)

The Animals represent people (remember Acts 10:9-29 and PETERS SHEET VISION) and the OLAH is how we treat others today as it says in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves!”

6. The Meal Offering or the MINCHAH—a Volunteer Offering (Lev 2:1-17)

This is the Grain Offering—this is a GIFT OF GRATITUDE TO GOD

The flour made of this grain was mixed with Oil and Incense

The MINCHAH always includes Salt: Salt can destroy and preserve-just like TORAH.   Mark 9:49-50 says, “49Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

The GRAIN OFFERING TODAY—is our Shabbat Meal—we call Kiddush

 

7. The Fellowship/Peace Offering-r SHELAMIM –volunteer offering (Lev 3: 1-17)

Shelamim comes from the word Shalem—or SHALOM. This is blessing God with a Holy Greeting.

The SHELAMIM or FELLOWSHIP OFFERING today is our meeting on SHABBAT. Staying outside God’s Camp on Sabbath does not constitute keeping the fellowship offering requirement!

If we try to keep the peace of Shabbat—but quarrel all the way to services—or hold offenses against or brothers and sisters—do we think God will accept this sacrifice? (Matt 5:22-24) BE ASSURED THAT HE WILL NOT!

The first three offerings were voluntary—they are the Heartbeat of the TABERNACLE.

 

 

8. The SIN OFFERING—or CHATAS and the GUILT OFFERING or ASHAM Both were Required—Lev 4:1-5:13 and Lev 5:14-6:7

 

The SIN OFFERING—is required for unintentional sins resulting from CARELESSNESS or LAXNESS with the things of G-d.

NO ONE in ALL ISRAEL WAS EXEMPT (Romans 3:23)

The Guilt Offering—is required for a person who unintentionally misappropriated sanctuary property –any sin against the body

 

It also covers intentional sins like LYING-TALKING ABOUT OTHERS (LASHON HARA)—any inherent STATUS destruction of our neighbors or OURSELVES—YESHUA IS OUR SIN AND GUILT OFFERING!

9. How do we live this today?

 

a. We purge our Greek minds and renew our Hebrew minds—and esteem others better than ourselves (Elevated Burnt Offering)

b. We live as Salt in the World Destroying Sin and Preserving Righteousness in “Communion” with the Spirit of God (Grain Offering)

 

c. We fellowship together on Shabbat and not go our own way—This is the “true meaning of being Peacemakers (Fellowship Offering)

d. We accept Yeshua’s gift for our Sins—by NOT SINNING ANYMORE—MEANING NOT VIOLATING THE TORAH ANYMORE–and by NOT DWELLING ON GUILT–BUT WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT US! (This is the Sin and Guilt Sacrifice)

THESE ARE THE STEPS WE MUST TAKE TO MATURITY—YOU WILL NEVER GROW UP IN THE PROGRESSION OF OUR FOREFATHER ABRAHAM—IF WE DO NOT FOLLOW OUR COMMANDED INSTRUCTIONS THAT LEAD TO HOLINESS.  SIN IS VIOLATING THE TORAH—BREAKING ITS LAWS INSTRUCTIONS AND TEACHINGS.  IF WE OBEY THE TORAH’S RIGHTEOUS COMMANDS—WE PROVE OUR LOVE FOR YHWH—AND IF WE WILL NOT DO THEM, THEN WE PROVE OURSELVES TO BE A LIAR AND HIS TRUTH IS NOT WITHIN US.

 

THE TEST IS SIMPLE: DO YOU KEEP THE SABBATH FROM FRIDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN TO SATURDAY NIGHT AT SUNDOWN?  DO YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLY PASSOVER?  DO YOU EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOU EXPRESS YOUR LOVE FOR YOURSELF?  DO YOU HAVE A CIRCUMCISED HEART—AS EVIDENCED BY WHAT YOU “DO” AND NOT WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE. AS YA’AKOV (JAMES) THE LORDS BROTHER SAID SO LONG AG0—“YOU SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT CORRESPONDING WORKS AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH DEMONSTRATED BY THE WORKS THAT I DO.”

 

THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS: WAS IT WHAT YESHUA “BELIEVED IN” THAT LED TO HIS SALVATION—OR WAS IT WHAT HE DID THAT WAS BASED ON HIS ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE AND TRUST IN THE TORAH: GOD’S TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HOLY LIFE?  HOW YOU ANSWER MAY REVEAL THE CONDITION OF YOUR HEART…

 

SHABBAT SHALOM AND SHAVUATOV

 

©2011 ARIEL EHRMANTROUT  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WORLDWIDE

Casting Down Imaginations” by Ariel E………..

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2011 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion: Pekudei—Accountings Of

Exodus 38:21-40:28

Haftarah: 2 Kings 12:1-17

Priesthood Writings: 1 Corinthians 11-16

CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS:  Much of our battle today is against fear”

Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 5:3-6

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Elohim, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Mashiach. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”

1. Fear is a spirit—that comes from the realm of death—its strongman spirit is “Fear of Death” and most of us live our lives in fear of death.  We fear the unknown, loss of our reputation, job loss, health loss, spousal loss, financial loss, loss from liability, loss from nuclear war, loss from hurricanes, basically—we walk in constant fear.

 

a. Fear is the power of the realm of darkness—When Adam and Chavah sinned—it was Death that brought about the spirit of Fear.

 

Genesis 3:6-10 says “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD Elohim as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD Elohim among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD Elohim called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

 

Romans 5:12 saysTherefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”

b. Faith is the counter opposite of fear—in fear you have no control-only death has control—in Faith Elohim gives you perfect control

 

Isaiah 26:3 says You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

c. Fear left long enough—is referred to as an imagination—and idol that exalts itself against Elohim

 

2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Elohim, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Mashiach.”

 

d. Elohim has not given us a Spirit of Fear—it is something that we mix with the holiness of His Name!

 

2 Timothy 1:7 says “For Elohim did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

 

Romans 8:15 says “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

2. Fear only has power when it is backed by the realm of Death

a. Before Messiah, the Realm of Death ruled the Earth

 

Romans 5:14 “Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.”

 

Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive Elohim’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Yahushua Mashiach.”

b. Death is the power of Lawlessness

 

Colossians 1:13 says “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

 

Deuteronomy 30:15-19 says “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your Elohim, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your Elohim will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other Elohims and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

c. By Taking on Flesh, Elohim removed the realm of Death from power

 

2 Cor 5:21 says “Elohim made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of Elohim”

 

1 Cor 15:54-55 says of Death “When the perishable has been clothed with the perishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” Where, O death, is your victory?

d. Death prosecuted an innocent man—shedding innocent blood so that we would be free to walk in the Light of Elohim

 

Matthew 27:4  saysI have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

3. Perfect Love—which is the Torah—casts our all fear.

a. Fear is an illusion—you cannot kill something that is already dead

Colossians 2:20 says “Since you died with Mashiach to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules”

Colossians 3:3 says “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Mashiach in Elohim”.

 

b. Natural Death is our ticket to Gan Eden

 

Luke 23:43—Yeshua speaking to the thief on the Cross said “Yahushua answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” This comes from the Hebrew word 6508 PARDEC—meaning Joyful Garden!

 

c. The Torah of Life has freed us from the Law of Death

 

Romans 8:2 says “because through Mashiach Yahushua the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death

 

d. s.a.Tan is Defeated—he is powerless—he has no power any longer—only you can bring about the realm of death back into your life through lawlessness!

 

Hebrews 2:14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.”

E. So what is there to Fear? Remember when Yeshua showed up at the home of the little girl who died upon His arrival.   The professional mourners were wailing—people were crying and the scene was one of general chaos.  Yeshua said “FEAR NOT—THE LITTLE GIRL IS NOT DEAD AS YOU BELIEVE—BUT SHE IS ASLEEP.”  Then the crowd laughed at Him; so he sent them away-and told the girls’ parents to FEAR NOT—ONLY TRUST.  Then the Master said “Arise” and the spirit returned to her and she got up and Yeshua instructed them to feed her.  WHY? Was it because there is NO DEATH IN HIS PRESENCE?  Absent from the body is present with the Lord—how can FEAR BE PRESENT?  Only those who don’t believe will fear because they don’t understand that your relatives who pass on before you are “not dead as you suppose—they too are only asleep.”  THAT IS WHAT IT MEANS WHEN IT SAYS “DEATH WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY WHERE IS YOUR STING.”  Those who die are still present in the Garden of Eden which is still here on earth—but in a real that we cannot see.  There is NOTHING to FEAR when we walk in FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE TO THE MESSIAH’S COMMANDMENTS.  Even as the little girl was not dead—neither are those who have gone on before us.  THUS, if death is not to be feared—then fear is wasted time spent torementing ourselves until such time as we feel worthy to move on.

“CHAZAK CHAZAK V’NIT HAZECK”—BE STRONG, BE STRONG AND LET US BE STRENGTHENED!

Shabbat Shalom and have a great week!

(C) 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout  All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

“A Faithful Wife” by Ariel E…………….

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2011 by messianicpastor

Yayakhel: And He Assembled

Exodus 35:1-38:20

Haftarah 1 Kings 7:13-26

Priesthood Writings:1 Corinthians 1-10

“Diary of a Faithful Wife Proverbs 31:10-31

 

“Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain.

12She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

13She seeks wool and flax,

And willingly works with her hands.

14She is like the merchant ships,

She brings her food from afar.

15She also rises while it is yet night,

And provides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

16She considers a field and buys it;

From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17She girds herself with strength,

And strengthens her arms.

18She perceives that her merchandise is good,

And her lamp does not go out by night.

19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hand holds the spindle.

20She extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of snow for her household,

For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22She makes tapestry for herself;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them,

And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25Strength and honor are her clothing;

She shall rejoice in time to come.

26She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She watches over the ways of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28Her children rise up and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praises her:

29″Many daughters have done well,

But you excel them all.”

30Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her own works praise her in the gates.”

 

1.  Will the Lord find in us a Faithful Wife?

A.  A TRUE Marriage is not based on feelings—but on steadfast acts of the will.  Jesus never said—IF YOU LOVE ME—make sure I have warm and fuzzy feelings!  Quite to the contrary.  Jesus taught consistently that IF we LOVED God—that we would OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS—so thus HATE must be the opposite of loving OBEDIENCE to Torah.  Further we are commanded to love our Neighbor as ourselves—this means loving our neighbor—AS THE TORAH.  1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? Yet we have become professional—world class—HATERS—of the Church—other Messianic groups etc!

 

B.  A Faithful Wife always prefers the other—so why is it we spend so much time killing the other? The Scripture in John 10:12 says that “But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.”  Will you prefer the people in your life who do not know the Torah yet—as you do—or will you run away so that they are scattered by the Wolves?

 

C.  A Faithful Wife seeks no reputation—Why is everyone in this movement jockeying for Titles and positions?  Philippians 2:5-8 says that the KING OF KINGS—MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE,5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” If our brother succeeds—then why do we get jealous—and covet their success and prospering?

 

D.  A Faithful wife is a hard worker—So–why then do we focus on being expert talkers? We gossip and slander our neighbors—our old Churches—our family members. James 4:11 says “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the Torah and judges the Torah. But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah but a judge. 12There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”  Yet we do it every day—and cannot understand why we are not raising the dead??

 

2.  Living the Dead Mans Life—The Key to being a Faithful Wife for Messiah.

A.  Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God”

 

 

B. Dead People do not get offended-Luke 7:23 says, “And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” And John 16:1 goes on to say, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.”  A Bride who is crucified with Messiah to her own selfish desires—cannot be offended—only the living can be offended!

 

C.  Dead people do not nag and complain—James 5:9 says, “Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”  When we complain and murmur against things in our life—we are agreeing with the realm of darkness.  We become guilty of sowing seeds to our own destruction.  What you say WILL come near you—and what you hear—you will repeat—this is a never ending cycle of death in your life—that ALL starts with a complaint—which is nothing more than seeking your own rights. In John 8:50—Yeshua—who had EVERY RIGHT TO SEEK GLORY say this, “I am not seeking glory for myself. But there is One who brings glory to me. He is the judge” And John tells us explicitly in 1 John 4:20Anyone who says he loves God but in fact hates his brother or sister is a liar. He doesn’t love his brother or sister, whom he has seen. So he can’t love God, whom he has not seen.”  If you are hating the Church—or harboring bitter roots judgments against Christianity or Christians—you ARE NOT walking in the faith—you are being fooled by a religious spirit!

 

D.  A Dead person will not answer back a word—because they are dead to themselves and live to Messiah’s deepest truths and that the weightiest matters of Torah are not having the perfect Haggadah—but the perfected love walk!

 

3.  Are you willing to be a faithful wife: 11 steps to being a Torah bride:

 

1-  Be Of Noble Character (a good name…) If I went back to your last Church—what would they tell me about You?  Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” Is your name interchangeable on people’s lips—with that of Yeshua’s?

 

2.  Brings good and not harm—Love does your neighbor no harm—this is a Royal Commandment with a promise.  But if you are slandering the Church then how can you justify the Scripture that reads: “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My Prophets no harm.”  God is working out their salvation—they are His responsibility to change—and you cannot change them anyway—ONLY YHWH can give someone a new heart!

 

3.  Are you willing for Gods work—When was the Last time you led someone into a personal relationship with Yeshua Messiah—followed up with them in discipleship and got them plugged in a good body?  Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We obviously have accomplished our mission—since we have tons of time to attack others?  YHWH is looking for people willing to follow wherever HE may lead—are you?

 

 

4.  Will you provide food for the Family? James 2:15-17 says, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. It is not enough to identify the need—we need to be doing something to meet it!  Great Torah teachers feed the poor—clothe the naked and visit those sick and in Prison—they don’t become big on the conference network!

 

5.  Will you work vigorously?  Hebrews 3:13 says, “13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”  A vigorous worker is one that will not quit—will not slow until the job is done.  Will Messiah find you working in the field or will He return to find your feet up?

 

6.  Profit in what you do? Are you becoming profitable in all you do?  The Scripture says in Isaiah 48:17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go”  Perhaps you have forgotten the good things YHWH had given you—he will not send you forward until you are faithful where you are!

 

7.  Gives to the poor and the needy—When was the last time you fed the homeless—clothed the naked—gave somebody on a street corner?  It is our obligation to protect the poor—the widow and the orphan.  Zechariah 7:9-10 says, “9″Thus has the LORD of hosts said, ‘Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’

 

 

8.  Provides covering and shelter—When was the last time you mentored another leader—or someone with a calling on His or Her life?  Mentoring—or covering is a critical thing we are missing in the Messianic movement.  We are full of John Wayne wannabee’s—and hi ho silver away—lone Rangers.  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:20-21But now there are many members, but one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  So how can we so easily walk away from our former relationships and sever the peoples hope of ever turning to Torah—as they attribute the loss of you as a friend with the Torah—though it had nothing to do that!

 

9.  She speaks nothing BUT TORAH!  Proverbs 31:6 says, “She opens her mouth in wisdom,  And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  And Psalm 37:30 says30The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.”  Righteousness comes only through the Living Torah—Yeshua HaMoshiach Isaiah 54:17—“No weapon formed against you—every tongue that rises against you—you will condemn—this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord—and their RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FROM ME SAYS THE (Lord) YHWH!”  Is your life crying out Yeshua righteousness and Torah—or your own?

 

10.  Never Lazy (unprofitable servant)—in Matthew 25:24-29 Yeshua teaches “24″And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.    25’And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26″But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27’Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28′ Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ 29″For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

 

11.  Fear the YHWH—from a Hebrew mind—means intimacy with YHWH.  We are to have a relationship with YHWH –that is reflected in the lives of other men and women—this relationship MUST expose that we are “Penei” with YHWH!

 

A. It is only when we are flowing in these traits that YHWH will call US a FAITHFUL WIFE! Let us strive to be the virtuous women for YHWH.  Eph 5:25-27 says that Messiah Yeshua,25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

 

In this portion the Lord instructs Moses to build the Tabernacle—the moving mobile temple that the Israelites would use in the wilderness.  The Lord predicated that the people give “as those who are moved in their heart” were led.  Those whose heart lead them to serve—to give—to love are those who are demonstrating the faithful heart of the wife of YHWH.

 

This week as you pass by the homeless, if you are moved to help them, then by all means do what your heart is telling you to do.  If you are not led to help in a situation—then do not.  YHWH knows your heart and what the intents of it are and the motivations and purposes behind all that you do.  There is no way that we can fool the Lord God of Israel—but we can surely fool ourselves.  A faithful Bride is one that is never complacent about being a Bride. Every life matters, and every life is important; you never know—the person you are serving may in fact be an Angel you are attending………unaware.  Let us all make an attempt to be better Brides this week –so we can never be compared to a bridesmaid.  Shabbat Shalom, and Shavuatov; remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the peace of all Israel everywhere this week!

©2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout – All rights reserved worldwide

 

“Don’t Turn Back” by Ariel E………….

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion: Ki Tisa – “When You Elevate”

Exodus 30:11-34:35

This Weeks Haftarah is Ezekiel 36:16-38

Priesthood Readings Romans 13-16

Todays Reading : Exodus 33:7-23

4When the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned and no man put on his ornaments.   5For the Lord had said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, You are a stiff-necked people! If I should come among you for one moment, I would consume and destroy you. Now therefore [penitently] leave off your ornaments, that I may know what to do with you.  6And the Israelites left off all their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward. 7Now Moses used to take [his own] tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting [of God with His own people]. And everyone who sought the Lord went out to [that temporary] tent of meeting which was outside the camp.  8When Moses went out to the tent of meeting, all the people rose and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he had gone into the tent.9When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the door of the tent, and the Lord would talk with Moses. 10And all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the tent door, and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man at his tent door.   11And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.  12Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.  13Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.   14And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.  15And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!    16For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?  17And the Lord said to Moses, I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found favor, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name.  18And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.   19And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, THE LORD, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy and loving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.  20But, He said, You cannot see My face, for no man shall see Me and live.  21And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon the rock,  22And while My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.  23Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

1.  Moses Pitched His Tent outside the Camp

A. This is a picture of BELIEVERS in this last day waking up from its deception and Torahlessness.

1-Replacement theology—greed in prosperity messages that work only for the enrichment of the Pastor—a place where healing never occurs: Binding that never really works—as the enemy is back the next day? This is all symptomatic of the Last Days Congregation that lost its 1st love: TORAH!  If you love God—then you will do what he commands; Yeshua said “IF YOU LOVE ME—KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS!”  The Torah was the only Bible that Yeshua the early congregation had. Doing what is says WAS, IS NOW and ALWAYS WILL BE THE SIGN OF LOVE FOR THE AUTHOR.

B. Like Abraham was called to leave His Father’s House—because of Idol Worship—we too are called to leave behind the way of Powerless—Idolatrous CATHOLICISED Christianity—to become HEBREW: Meaning “To Cross over” from “The Death” of Torahlessness to the “Life” of Torah obedience. This “Crossing over moves us from Death to Life! DT 28  TURNING OUR CURSING INTO BLESSING-AND CHANGING OUR STATUS FROM GENTILE TO HEBREW!

2. The Tent of Meeting: Moses led the people to the Glory Cloud

a. Moses separated himself from the people and the Glory Cloud Tabernacled with Him Ex. 33:9-10 John 1:1-3, 14   Do You EVER get alone with God?

b. Moses would speak to God Face to Face, as a man would with His friend 33:11 Gods Friends do what He commands, like Moses did! Yeshua said you are my friends “IF” you do as I command you! John 15:14

3. The Tent of Meeting: Moses led the people to the Glory Cloud

c. Moses left the Tent, but Joshua would never leave the Tent.
1. Moses is a type of the first covenant-of the Levite Priesthood (atonement only available at YOM KIPPUR through atonement sacrifices—but with no cleansing of your Mind!) and Joshua is a type of Messiah and the Malki-Tzadekian Priesthood (Where Not only Atonement, but Pardon–as if your crimes against God NEVER HAPPENED also has become ours through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus!!)

d. Moses leaving the Shekinah Glory at the tent of Meeting, is a type of Messiah’s coming first as the suffering Servant—and Joshua’s staying is a type of Yeshua’s staying in the glory cloud to lead the people into the promised land!

4. Moses goes up the Mountain to get the Second Torah Tablets

a. The first tablets were broken to pieces when the 3000 Israelites worshipped the Golden Calf—denying the covenant promise they made in Exodus 19:7-8 A type of Messiah’s body broken for our violations of Torah.

b. Moses Crushed up the Golden Calf idol into Dust—mixed it with water and made the people drink it. Why? This was the commandment for determining an adulterous Bride Numbers 5:14-27

5. Moses goes up the Mountain to get the Second Torah Tablets

c. 3000 People were suffering from distended Bellies and Rotten Thighs! For these people there was no further offering for Sin—so the Wages of Sin became instant death to those who wished to return to the gods of Egypt that YHWH had defeated and forbid Israel to return to.

d. Hebrews 10:26 says, “26For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, (TORAH) there is no longer any sacrifice left to atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward].” SO DEATH IS REQUIRED if you go on sinning after embracing Torah! Have you purged the Evil from your life—or is DEATH MANIFESTING AT YOUR DOOR?

6. The Torah Tablets ARE Yeshua—The LIVING TABERNACLE

a. Moses Received the 10 D’varim—Which most call 10 Commandments—but were there only 10 Words on there?

b. Hebrew word for Commandment is “Mitzvah”—which is NOT used here. Here the Scripture says Moses received the 10 D’Varim—Or Ten Words written by Gods own finger!

7. The Torah Tablets ARE Yeshua—The LIVING TABERNACLE

c. Exodus Chapters 25-31 clearly indicates what was discussed while Moses was with God for 40 days. The breakdown of the instruction is as follows:

1-The Tabernacle and all its accessories; 2- The Arc of the Testimony, with all its accessories; 3- The Table of Showbread with its utensils; 4- The Menorah with its utensils; 5- The Incense Altar and its utensils 6- The Burnt Offering Altar and its utensils; 7- The Bronze Laver; 8- The Priests garments and accessories; 9: The anointing oil; 10- the Sweet Incense.

d. This Tabernacle Plan—leads us to the 613 commandments, which were on the front and back of these Red Tablets—that Moses broke into pieces—a type of Yeshua being broken for our violations of the TEMPLE OF THE RUACH HAKODESH!

8. After purging the sin of the Camp—Moses goes back up to Tabernacle with God

a. Moses requests that if God is pleased with Him—He will teach Moses His ways (His Torah) so Moses can continue in Gods Grace! Exodus 33:13 We need Torah to Continue in Grace!

b. God Says His Presence will go with the Israelites, and He will give them Shabbat (Rest from their own striving). Here God is prophesying about Yeshua—the PRESENCE of GOD, and the REST of GOD! Ex. 33:14

9. After purging the sin of the Camp—Moses goes back up to Tabernacle with God

c. Moses asks to see Gods Glory V. 18 God agrees to pass by in front of Moses—but tells Moses He cannot see His face—for He will surely die! But didn’t Moses meet God Face to Face with God like a friend? Because it was Yeshua—He meant with at the Tent of Meeting—the GLORY OF GOD! Ex 33:19-20

d. John 1:1-3, 14 says, “IN THE beginning [before all time] was the TORAH (Word), and the TORAH was with God, and the TORAH was God Himself. 2He was present originally with God. 3All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. 14And the TORAH (Messiah) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and Truth! GRACE AND TRUTH ARE FOREVER LINKED!

10. God Shelters Moses in the Cleft of the Rock! Ex. 21-23

a. God tells Moses there is a place near him— where He can stand on the Rock —and when the Glory passes by Moses was hidden in the cleft of the Rock. This “Rock” is from the Hebrew Word, “Tswur” (Strong’s 6696) meaning “the Rock of God.” Torah IS the Rock of God!

b. God is prophesying the Colossians 3:1-4 which says, “IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory.

11. God Shelters Moses in the Cleft of the Rock! Ex. 21-23

c. Moses “greatest desire” was to learn Gods Word—His Teaching and Instruction—This resulted in His life being hidden within that ROCK which was Messiah—The TORAH–The Glory of God!!

d. IS YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCING THE SAFETY OF THE CLEFT OF THE ROCK OF MESSIAH—OR ARE YOU DRINKING THE BITTER WATER OF IDOLATRY. Is your life really as safe as Moses was in the cleft of the Rock of Messiah— Is the Glory of God evident in your life —-or are you drinking the bitter water of an Adulterous Bride —bowing at Idols?

12. THE SUMMATION OF THE MATTER

Today there are many things that will attempt to pull you back into the worship of Idols.  The Hebrew walk is a lonely walk; and it has been the same since Abraham.  Abraham and Sarah left the city founded by their Abrahams Brother—the Father of Lot who had died.  Abraham and Sarah decided to follow God’s instructions and so they packed up all they had and began as sojourners in the desert.  There was fellowship where they left; friends, family and things which were familiar.  But they left it all behind for the honor of adhering to what God promised them face to face.

Moses too, left everything he had known in Egypt; his decision to defend the Israelite Slave cost him his status in Egypt.  Moses carved out a life for himself and his family as the base of the mountain.  God called him to return to the former pathways; and he spent the rest of his lifetime serving the God of Abraham in the deserts surrounding Israel.  As a result of Moses faithful obedience, we are all here today.

Both Moses and Abraham has a chance to return to the way which they had come from.  To return is a simple thing to do—for we know the way there.  It is easy to lose your way and return to acting in the flesh like we once did before the Torah.  To return to the way in which we came is idolatry—where we bow down to the pounding of our flesh which seeks to control our lives.  In hebrew this is called our “YETZER HARA: EVIL INCLINATION.”  All men and women war with their Yetzer Hara—and it is only by adherence to Torah’s teaching and instructions that we have the possibility of being free of the life of Yetzer Hara—which made Moses Flee from Egypt as a murderer—and Abraham attempt to sell his beloved Sarah for fear of being killed as a result of her beauty.

The power of the cross—that execution stake—is that it changes our inclination from Evil to Holiness; from darkness to light; from death to life.  The Torah’s power is in its power to release us from sin and death that we experience as part of the Gentile Nations—and enter into the life of purpose which Torah introduces as we are changed into Hebrews.  We are not any longer part of the realm of death, but we have passed on to the realm of life found in being a member of  Israel and its King Messiah Yeshua.  To return is to take up the golden calf again—the WAY FOREIGN TO HEBREWS.  If we persist long enough in taking up the way of the pagans—the Catholic Christians or other religions—we will eventually die in the wilderness of wandering sickness.

Let us be careful to not return to the golden calves of our life; and let us take up the lifestyle of Yeshua our Savior—which was and is the Torah: Gods teaching and instructions for a successful life in this world.

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout –All rights reserved worldwide

Blessed or BLEEEESSSSEEEDDD!!!!!!!!! by Ariel E…….

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2011 by messianicpastor

 

 

This Weeks Torah Portion: Mishpatim—Judgements

Exodus 21-1-24:18

Haftarah:  Jeremiah 34: 8-22 , 33:25-26

Priesthood: Romans 1-4

Todays Reading: Psalms 1:1-3

1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on His law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

DEFINITIONS OF “BLESSED”

1. To invoke [to call for or utilize as a law. call upon for protection] divine favor.

2. To favor with talent. favor = [in spite of approval, to give good will or partiality.

3. Confer well being. Confer = [consult together and put upon something]

BIBLE DEFINITION OF “BLESSED”

STANDETH = 5975 = Aw-mad = Abide, confirm, continue to be stationary, dwell, be employed = the wages of sin, established, build upon.

WAY = 1870 = Deh-rek = A course of life, custom of speaking, journey of actions taken.

SINNERS = 2400 = Khat -taw = criminal, law breaker, violator, guilty ones, offenders of God, sinner, a style of living by practice.

SITTETH = 3427 = yaw-shaw = to root, sit as judge, ambush, dwell, to remain in place, tarry, marry, inhabit, ease ones self on.

SEAT = 4186 = mo-shawb = abode or dwelling, inhabit.

SCORNFUL = 3887 = loots = to make mouths, have in derision, mocker, scorn, say against

NOTICE THE REGRESSION

Walking, then stopping and standing, and sitting and staying there.

PSALM 1 VERSE 2

DELIGHT = 2656 = khay-fets = pleasure, desire, consider valuable, on the mind, what moves you.

LAW = Torah = Manner of lifestyle. Oh so if Torah is done away with then your manner of lifestyle is also, except if the Godly lifestyle is gone, then you are in the other lifestyle.

MEDITATE = 1897 = haw-gaw    Root, to murmur out in pleasure, to ponder, imagine, roar out loudly, study, speak of, talk out.

VERSE 3

TREE = 6086 = atez   tree (from its firmness), wood, carpenter, gallows.

RIVERS = 6388 = peh‘-leg  = rill or channel, from 6385 = to split or divide.
2 Tim.2:15 Rightly dividing the word of truth.

WATERS = 4325 = mah’-yim = juice,  semen or male reproductive fluid, urine,

Gen 1:2 And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. FRUIT = 6529 = per-ee’  =  reward, to cause increase.

SEASON = 6256 = ayth  time,  from 5703 = ad = eternal, everlasting, perpetual, without end, as far as or as long as.
LEAF = 5929 = aw-leh a leaf, foliage, from 5927 to shoot forth, to make pay, increase, to ascend, show forth.

WITHER = 5034 = naw-bale’ = fall away or to lose, be wicked, never be a disgrace, make vile, wither.

PROSPER = 6743 = tsaw-lay’-akh = always pushing forward, become mighty, be good, cause to effect.

A.  Hosea 4:6  Lack of knowledge.  Knowledge of God is Eternal seeing. Regular knowledge is learning by the senses.
God is eternal and came into time. We are in time and need to see into the eternal. You came into the knowledge of sickness through sin and senses led. You saw something, felt, sensed, or whatever, and you built by your mouth the thought in your mind to build walls around the knowledge you obtained. Those walls are matter or substance and that became your prison.

Faith is the substance or matter you build from speaking Gods word. Faith comes by hearing or substance comes by hearing.
Matter is what holds everything together and matter is light. Jesus is light. What do I mean? Everything is made up of matter and matter is atoms. If you break an atom down to its beginning point it is surrounded by light.

The entrance of thy word produces light. They shall know the truth and the truth spoken shall make them free. Make means to build.

B. John 10:10  I am come that they might have life and that life more abundantly. Life there is 2222 = Zoe = the essence of what God is or Gods life or existence.

C.  John 17:2-3  And this is eternal Life. The eternal has no walls or restrictions.

D.  John 14:23-26   Father will come, I will come, Holy Spirit will come and make our abode in you.  Father is breath.  Jesus is the Torah or instructions and teachings of God made flesh, and the authority and power of God.

1Cor.1:23-24  Holy Spirit the Heart.

1. Who are you getting your advise from?  God or man?  Even your great auntie isn’t Gods wisdom.

2.  Matthew 5:6  Blessed, is the man who hungers and thirsts after righteousness.

3.  Job 23:12 I did esteem your word more than my necessary food.

4.  Are you here tonight and you are asking how can I have that life? But to as many as received Christ Jesus….  Are if you here and not walking where you should, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse of all unrighteousness. Repentance is all it takes. Repent means to turn from one path and go the opposite way; turn from Gentile based Churchianity and walk as a reborn Hebrew—just like Abraham who was not a Hebrew at birth—but at rebirth was changed in the twinkling of an eye!

GOD IS……….

God is Holybe ye therefore holy for He is Holy

God is pureWhat so ever is pure think on that

God is righteousTheir righteousness is of Me

God is justThe just shall live by faith

God is truthThey shall be intimate with the truth

God is Lightwalk in the light

God is the wayThe way of the Lord is strength

FAITH IS NOT BELIEVING.  Even Squirrels believe that they will find nuts for breakfast or they would not go foraging for food; think about it—if the lowly squirrel has no expectation of finding nuts—then why spend the time and energy looking for them?

Faith IS STEADFAST OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE TORAH.  The TORAH WILL NEVER BE “DONE AWAY WITH;”  Yeshua himself said “I have NOT come to do away with the TORAH—but TO MAKE IT FULL.”

The reason that you have NO PEACE is that your life is in pieces; a piece of this pagan faith—a part of that one—while the Hebrew Lifestyle that pleases YHWH—God—is located in the very books that people carry to gentile churches.

Who is the prisoner in a worse condition—the one who is locked behind a small door in a small cell—OR—the one who has a key to release him or herself ANY TIME THEY WANT TO—BUT FAILS TO USE THE KEY THAT HAS BEEN FREELY GIVEN?  The 10 spies—HAD NO FAITH—and ONLY an expectation of FAILURE.  It was only Joshua and Caleb—a type and shadow of Ephraim and Judah today that BELIEVED THE LAND WAS THEIRS AND THAT THEY COULD HAVE IT.  Your Abrahamic condition and position is sitting within the first 5 books of your Bible—each and every week; if you will only DO WHAT IT SAYS—YOU WILL FINALLY EXPERIENCE ALL THAT HAS BEEN PROMISED TO YOU—AS YOU WILL CROSS OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE!!  Think about it!!

Shavuatov—Have a great week!

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout—All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“Sweet and Sour” by Ariel E………

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2011 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is Beshalach: “When He Sent

Exodus 13:17-17:16

Haftarah: Judges 5:1-31

Priesthood Readings Acts 19-23

“SWEET AND SOUR?”

 

Todays Reading  Exodus 14:1-13

 

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. 3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD .” So the Israelites did this.

5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” 6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. 7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. 8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. 9 The Egyptians-all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen  and troops-pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD . 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”  13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

  1. 1. Sweet and Sour:  Trusting God in the face of certain Death
  2. God Command the Israelites to turn back toward Egypt!

B. They have finally left Slavery and God causes them to turn back toward their oppressors

C. Why Didn’t God take them the Direct Route?

D. God was setting a trap for their enemies, and treating the Israelites as Sons; WE NEED TO STOP ASSUMING EVERYTHING BAD OR DETRIMENTAL THAT APPEARS FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT IS PUNISHMENT FOR SOME EVIL DONE.   GOD IS NOT PUNISHING YOU—BECAUSE HE ALREADY BORE YOUR PUNISHMENT UPON THE TREE! THE “PUNISHMENT COMPLEX” IS A CATHOLIC CHURCH HANGOVER MINDSET THAT IF WE SUFFER ENOUGH WE JUST MIGHT BE WORTHY OF RECEIVING—WRONG.  WE RECEIVE BASED UPON GRACE THROUGH STEADFAST OBEDIENCE TO YHWH’S TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS.

2.  Read Hebrews 12:7-12

3.  Moses Is Instructed To Uplift His Staff over the Water of the Sea

A. The sea is a type of mankind tossed by the waves; Moses Staff represents the Torah that is lifted in Synagogues around the world each Shabbat—it is the TREE OF LIFE—the only way of survival!  Even as Moses Staff caused a supernatural reaction—so too will inputting the Torah in our lives cause us to overcome the crashing sea.

B. Moses is commanded to raise his staff in these verses which comes from the Hebrew word Mattah (Strongs 04294) which means “Staff—Rod—Branch—Branch of Vine!” Moses is instructed to hold (TORAH)—or said another way–Yeshua up over the waters.

C. The waters part in two massive walls of water

One for the House of Judah-The Second for the House of Israel  (Those coming back from Christianity) –the two brothers Ephraim and Judah whose reunion separated the dead from the living!

D.  Pharaoh and His Army represents the worldly system

E.  Israel passes through the water on dry ground—for the dry ground was safety for those fleeing the systemic madness of Egypt—just like those who follow Torah today –have answers to all that could never be answered by those who followed the ways of the Roman Harlot and her daughters.

F.  Pharaoh’s army pursues  in the midst of the waters—just like our old nature wants to follow us as we begin living our new Jewish lifestyles until such time that the water comes back together

G.  The coming together of Judah and Israel—like the walls of water—will crush the enemy for all times in your life! When Pharaoh’s Army pursued the Children of Israel it was not until the walls came together—and stopped being separated that the enemy was killed once and for all.  The Devil IS defeated—not will be some day whipped and defeated.  The Scripture says he was left waste at the foot of the execution tree; once we start living like born again Jews—not messianic Jews—but as full-fledged members of the covenants of Abraham—then and only then will you see the end to the enemy in your lives—even as Moses and all Israel saw the end of the greatest Army the world had ever known.

 

4. The Three Day Journey

A. Following this great deliverance the Israelites travel for three days

B. Jesus is a Greek name—in Hebrew His name is “YESHUA” which means “Great deliverance”—or Salvation!

C. This three day journey was all it took for a slavery mindset to come back upon the Israelites.  The three days also would foreshadow a time when Yeshua would lay in the Tomb which could not hold him.  All the Talmidim (Disciples) had known was life and death—not life and death and life again.  The three days in the Tomb would cover the three dispensations of Israel from the Time of the first King David– to the time of Herod and the Sanhedrin appointed by Rome—a type and shadow of our time walking in the Roman Church ways–to the time of The Son of David’s Return—which is us today as we follow the Torah which is once again in our lives as our guiding light.

 

5. The Waters of Marah

A. The three days represents Israel’s being without Torah for 3000 years—it also represents repentance: Torahs Goal in our lives! Many today believe that Jews think that salvation comes by obedience to laws; however this is far from true—or there would be more of a push to rebuild the Temple and restart the sacrifices.  No; Jews believe that salvation is the gift of a Torah following lifestyle by gracious obedience—or faith.  We should all work hard to dispel this myth told slanderously against our brothers and sisters.

B. When our soul is not fed the Torah—we can become grumblers

C. They couldn’t drink the water they found—because it was bitter-This is Strong’s word 04843 meaning Marah—bitterness

D.  Like the Israelites, we cannot enter covenant because of the bitterness of sin in our lives. 1 John 3:4 says that “Sin is the absence of Law—or Sin is Lawlessness.”  If you have no Torah in your life –face the fact that you have no Jewish Messiah in your life for they are one in the same….this is why many peoples “Christianese” walks have become “Marah” or bitter and we see things like fornication, homosexuality and rampant divorce in the lives of people who profess to be believers.  NO TORAH—NO MESSIAH—KNOW TORAH—KNOW YOUR MESSIAH

6.   Moses throws the wood into the bitter water

A. The wood represents the Tree of Life-Torah—When this water representing the Spirit-touches Torah—there is Life!! We can partake of God’s Teaching and Instruction—not the bitterness of Laws

 

B. God warns the Children of Israel against being a grumbler-Are you a Grumbler?

C. Exodus 15:6 says, “He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD , who heals you.”

 

7. This was long before the writing at Sinai

A.  This teaches us that the principles of Torah have always and still govern the earth

B.      This also shows that these principles have been around since before they were in Egypt, before Abraham, before Adam

C.      It is ONLY our adherence to them—in all areas of our life—that our lives go from bitter to sweet!

 

8. Following God leads them to the place called “Elim”—or “the beautiful Oasis.”  Is your life a beautiful oasis or is your life a bitter swallow of water that you deal with from day to day?  You have been grafted into the natural Olive Tree that IS ISRAEL—NOW—NOT LATER—BUT RIGHT NOW.  You –YES YES YOU—are the fulfillment of YHWH’s PROMISE TO OUR FATHER ABRAHAM which was made thousands of years ago.  Abraham sees this day and is glad as each of us walk out our life a sand on the seashore of the sweet waters that are provided by YHWH.  At Elim—the sweet oasis we find the following;

A. There are 12 Springs and 70 Palm Tree’s—THE 12 SPRINGS REPRESENT THE 12 UNIFIED TRIBES OF ISRAEL REUNITED AFTER THOUSANDS OF YEARS—AND THE 70 PALM TREE REPRESENT THE 70 FORMER GENTILE NATIONS WHICH ARE NOW THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME REFRESHING FOR THOSE WHO WILL ONLY COME OUT OF THEIR EGYPT AND FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS IN THE OASIS OF ELIM—WHO IS MESSIAH YESHUA YHWH.

 

B. The 12 tribes are to present the living Torah to the 70 Nations of the World—supplying them with LIVING WATER (Yeshua)

C.  The Living Water that flowed in the Garden of Eden still flows out to us today—but grumblers and bitter people cannot receive it!

 

D. We must not forget ALL Gods mighty deliverance in our lives—and be BUSY taking TORAH to ALL NATIONS while there is still time!

 

 

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov

 

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout—All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

“THE GRAND APPEARANCE” by Ariel E……

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2011 by messianicpastor

This Week’s Torah Portion is Vayira: “And I Appeared”

Exodus 6:1 through 9: 35

haftarah is Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

Priesthood Instructions: Acts 10-11

“The Grand Appearance”

 

Exodus 6:2-8

God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD . 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty,  but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.  4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.  6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD , and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD .’ ”

  1. Moses has been placed in the position of God to Pharaoh—and Aharon has been made a prophet to Pharaoh

a. Moses is chosen to stand as the giver of Gods Torah to Israel. Torah means “teaching and Instruction;” Moshe has been chosen as the deliverer—the one to lead out the nation from the clutches of the Mitzraim (bondage) found in Egypt.

 

b. Aharon is Chosen to be the administrator of that Torah; Aharon is given charge of the word—the priests in Israel were always the main source of Torah’s teaching to the people.

 

c. These two Priestly Brothers represent the House of Judah and the House of Ephraim coming from Christianity today!  Ezekiel 28 states that God will rejoin these “two sticks” and they shall be ONE STICK UNITED IN HIS HAND.  Even as Moshe is the Torah giver to Israel—much like the line of Judah today; and Aharon was the Priesthood of the Most High—much like those who follow Yeshua’s Testimony and return to the ways of Israel and her king.

 

d. Pharaoh represents the system of the Lawless One we are living in today.  Pharaoh was king of a system of chaos that sought to strip the identity of all people who they considered “foreign” and replace their identities with a homogenous identity which easily hid the fact that the House of Ephraim would return to the ways of Israel and her God.  Pharaoh and his stubborn heart is nothing more than a picture of our heart condition which listens to the word of god—but will not do what he said.  Anyone who lives this way is still bound up in bondage—or “Mitzrayim” in Hebrew.

E.      God hears the groaning of His people and Remembers His covenant!  The covenant is God’s to perform and do.  It is not a series of works that I am to do that will somehow garner a position in the Unified Kingdom called “Israel.”  No—Jeremiah says that we shall call HIS NAME: “The LORD our Righteousness!”  However, until we learn to let go of the past and move into our fullness—we groan under the weight of our UNMET EXPECTATIONS….the ever present reminder of our humanity and its curse—the YETZER HARA or our inclination to do evil—and with this knowledge we groan to be SET FREE.

II.  The Plagues of Pharaoh

a. The plague of blood—The Egyptians Worshipped the Nile as the source of their supply.  Like many in America today who struggle under the weight of financial strain and lack of perceived supply—this was God showing that to trust in A “SOURCE” or “MONEY” is foolish at best.  Further, this attacked their god “Hapi” (Their Source of Financial Strength).  How has your faith grown in the face of this great recession and the constant bad report?  Are you full of faith and power—or are you turning into paste and flour?  does each news article and story of lack and decrease fill you with apprehension of having anything to rely upon in the future?

b. The plague of Frogs—This attacked the Egyptian god “Heka,” who was in charge of procreative power-fertility (reproductive practices).  God’s plan of reproductive practice is simple: One Husband—One Wife, and marry for LIFE—and not just for a “night” trying out various partners hoping to find a partner  for life.  America has spilled the blood of several generations of children in an attempt to mediate the reproductive rights of women and men—using abortion as a form of birth control.  God sees this sin, hears the screams of the unborn—and the broken heart of the byproducts of the war between conservative and liberal—male and female and He will surely repay.  He who watches over Israel neither slumbers not sleeps—and one day he will repay all who have not repented for this lifestyle—even as He did in Egypt.

c. The plague of Gnats—This plague was  an attack on the Egyptian god “Geb” this represented their food sources—(drying up their food supply)  The Egyptians prayed to “Geb” in a vain effort to influence the outcome of their crops.  Famine has been killing all over the world today—perhaps if we would just repent and return to the Torah—God’s teaching and instructions for successful living—then perhaps this trend would reverse the curse and abundance would be the hallmark of the American Farmer and not “pay to not produce” as has become the practice today!

d. The plague of Flies—This was an attack on “Khelphi”—who was the Egyptian god of the insects—these flies came over the WHOLE land ACCEPT GOSHEN—thus God was making a distinction between (Clean and Unclean—False Prophets versus God’s Prophets).  How do we know if you are following a Prophet from God or one speaking from his flesh?  The simple answer is—any Prophet who tells you anything that God has not already told you in private is not telling you the truth.  A true Prophet will uphold the Torah—God’s teaching and instructions for a successful life—while a false prophet will ALWAYS tell what you want to hear: that peace and safety follow and that you will not have any struggles.  The prophets of Ba’al –the false prophets of today wish to prophesy only prosperity and blessing—but be assured that THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN until there is FIRST a genuine REPENTANCE and RETURN TO THE OLD WAYS for the Scripture says the “Old ways are GOOD!”  Anything short of this is like listening to the busy buzzing of flies—as they spread their disease throughout the land.

e. Plague of Livestock—This attacked “Apis” who the Egyptian’s worshipped as the bull god—Pharaoh sent men to see if any animals lived—finding only the Hebrew animals had lived—(showing Blessing versus Cursing).  Following the plague of Hail—pharaoh wanted to know if any livestock was still alive and so he sent his messengers to see if any farmers made it.  This speaks to what is seen in the natural—as long as we see it—we can believe in its ability to supply.  However, God said he would supply for you according to HIS RICHES and GLORY –IN MESSIAH YESHUA.  Following man and mans ways brings the snare.  None of the Israelites animals were harmed—meaning that none of your supply will be harmed either—TRUST GOD and STOP THINKGING GOD SENDS PUNISHMENT AGAINST YOU IN YOUR FINANCES.  If God wanted to punish YOU then YOU would have hung on the TREE—but it was not YOU of which it is written “Cursed is ANYONE who hangs upon the Tree”  Yeshua bore that curse so we would not have to!

 

f. Plague of Boils—This was an attack on “Thoth” (Imhotep) who was the Egyptian god of medicine and intelligence—( Man’s medicine versus Gods Healing).  It always amazes me that so many people have fallen for the direct to consumer advertising practiced by the Drug and Medical Complex.  We have a pill for everything in America—sad?  Take this pill.  Fat?  Take these pills.  Worried?  Stressed? Lacking desire?   Take these pills and you will be much better; but have you ever listened to the problems which people who participated in the clinical trials went through?  “TAKE ABC DRUG—side effects include bloody stool, bloody nose, broken blood vessels, hemorrhoids and even death.  If you are dying after taking drug ABC then discontinue use immediately and seek out your physician!”  I know—that was a little over the top—but you get my point?  Which one of us can lengthen his or her life by one day?  No amount of Elliptical Cardio or weight training with the latest fitness “faddy” will lengthen your life on iota.  ONLY OBEDIENCE TO TORAH WILL LENGTHEN YOUR DAYS—and with NO SIDE EFFECTS!! The Egyptians never came back to life—and only through Yeshua will you never truly die—which was the lesson here.

 

g. Plague of Hail—This was an attack on “Nut” the  Egyptian god of plenty.  In America—like Ancient Egypt—we have plenty!  Plenty food—plenty water—plenty technology—plenty medical supplies and on and on.  We will not escape for allowing the starvation in Haiti and the tremendous suffering that goes on throughout the world.  Though we do much for under developing nations—it is the pictures of the starving children that break my heart.  We have so many homes that are empty with wonderful parents that could take on a foster child—or adopted one if we only would take that step of faith. The common reaction to negative financial supports is to horde—but I say to you GIVE—GIVE –GIVE!!!  What do you have the God has not given you as a free gift?  What are you waiting for—taking care of the poor the widows and the orphans will always be rewarded as we practice “Tikkun L’Olam” –or restoration of the whole earth.  God will punish those who “Store up wealth IN THE LAST DAYS,” so be open hearted so that all “Hail” does not break out on your household!

III. Is this all so long ago—or could it be today?

Rev 16: 1 says “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” 2The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.    3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. 4The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments,  you who are and who were, the Holy One,  because you have so judged; 6for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” 7And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”  8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. 10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. 12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.  13Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.  15“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” 16Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.  17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.  19The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible”

IV.  Do you FEAR the end times?

  1. Are you AFRAID of what it coming your way—or are you looking forward to the revelation of the Messiah in this last hour?  The only need to fear anything is the need to FEAR God Ephesians 5:21

b. Fear of the end comes from following Pharaoh’s Worldly System.  It is this SELF REVELATION—the revealing of how we really act and believe that makes us take stock in the fact that there will be an accountability.  STOP SINNING—1 John 3:9 says “SIN IS LAWLESSNESS.”  This is a simple concept—SIN is the absence of the TORAH from our lives.  Read the books of Moses and listen by the Holy Spirit and you too will see what all of us have found out—that outside of Torah there IS NO LIFE AT ALL.

 

c. You are the SEED of GOD!!  This means you were created to walk, talk, think, act and believe like God does.  The picture of the last days in the word is the parable of the prodigal son.  When he was ready to return—the Father was harsh and mean to him trying to see if his conversion was for real—right?  WRONG!!!!!!  The Father gave him the best he had—and his reasoning is laid forth in the comments the Father makes to his older son—this brother of yours “WAS DEAD and NOW IS ALIVE AGAIN—He WAS Lost and now HE IS FOUND!”  This is why he rejoiced.  I have heard so many Christians tell others how God will “punish them” in the return—however, this just reveals their immaturity in Messiah.  God seeks to LOVE and SAVE—not condemn to the grave—THINK ABOUT IT—Selah.

1 John 3:9—Again—“Sin is LAWLESSNESS” or the absence of the Torah: God’s teaching and instruction from our lives and situations.

d. Beware the False Prophets (Magicians) of Pharaoh’s system—that is the false preachers teaching the doctrine of the catholic whore in camouflage clothing.  Luther was little more than a predecessor of Hitler– and he hated “Jews” of all kinds—how could He have been anointed of the JEWISH MESSIAH??  He wasn’t.  Paganism was codified into the catholic faith and its illegitimate daughters throughout the centuries.  It is easy to know what camp you are in—if your holidays are the holidays of the Catholic System—Christmas, Easter, Lent—then you have been fooled by the grand illusion.  If you are attempting to celebrate Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur—you are heading in the right direction and you will not be put to shame.

Matthew 7

e. A true Prophet in theses Last Days Ez. 44:23-24 says 23″Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,” I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.17″ Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18″ And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

 

This is Gods “Will” For ALL JACOB—both the House of Israel and the House of Judah!  As it is HIS WILL—look at what HE promised all who loved him and keep his commandments!

a. I will bring you out from burdens

b. I will deliver you from bondage

c. I will redeem you

d. I will take you for my people

e. I will be your God

f. I will bring you to the Land

g. I will give it to you as a possession

h. I will take you out of the Nations

i. I will sprinkle Clean Water on You

j. I will cleanse You

k. I will give you a new heart—with a new Spirit

l. I will replace a your heart of Stone—for one of flesh

m. I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT IN YOU CAUSING YOU TO WALK IN MY STATUTES AND YOU WILL CAREFULLY OBSERVE MY ORDINANCES

n. I will save you from all your uncleanness

o. I will multiple your grain

p. I will not bring famine on YOU!

q. I will multiply the fruit of your tree!

 

Now a special note for the mature

To those of you who have been walking in this way for some time—do NOT stop at Messianism….it is little more than throwing a tallit upon a pig and calling it Judaism.  This is not the Judaism that Yeshua practiced or any of the Talmidim for that matter.  Jeremiah states that he will make you “ONE WITH HIS PEOPLE.”  Echad—a plurality of oneness!

Jeremiah 9:25-26 says “25 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”

When God called you from out of Churchianity—and instructed you to return to the Torah and the ways of Israel—He circumcised your hearts so you could follow Moses.  Even as the original generation was led forth by Moses; can you not discern even this?  When you read the story of the Exodus from Mitzrayim—the place of Bondage—you are reading about the VERY SAME THING that you are experiencing right now in your life.  Many of you are wandering in the wilderness longing for the “old days” when you had fellowship in the church—just like the Israelites of old longed for the meat of Egypt.  We have been set apart to serve at the whim of God.

However, when you get close to the CROSSING OVER and ENTERING IN TO TAKE THE LAND—you chicken out just like your forefathers.  Well—just like your forefathers—YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO EGYPT—the way of bondage; so if you stop or fail to go into the promised land—then you are cursing yourself to wander in the wilderness until the faithless generation dies off completely.  BUT, if you are like Yoshua and Caleb and DISPLAY A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPIRIT—one different from the one you once chased after—YOU TOO WILL ENTER INTO THE INHERITANCE THAT GOD PROMISED OUR FATHER ABRAHAM, ISSAC AND JACOB.

You are the ones who will decide; you will seal your own fate.  LOVE GOD and HATE SIN—HATE LAWLESSNESS—hate YOUR FORMER STATUS for the deceit which so easily beset you at first and repent and follow the instructions provided you in the Torah.  STOP SINNING by saying “I AM NOT JEWISH” because what GOD has called HEBREW/or JEWISH—you should NEVER SIN BY CALLING IT ANY STATUS LESS THAN THAT OF A JEW.

You may not have been born of Jewish decent—but the Messiah’s blood was more than enough to seal you in the ARC of his ONE LOVE CALLED ISRAEL.  In ISRAEL is where you will find the JEWS.  GOD HAS GIVEN YOU THE LAND—and LED YOU OUT OF BONDAGE IN MESSIAH YESHUA……DO NOT LISTEN TO THE 10 SPIES THAT SAY YOU CANNOT HAVE THE LAND BECAUSE OF THE GIANTS—STAND UP AND BE A GIANT KILLER like KING DAVID before you and cross over an meet your giants HEAD ON—with your 5 SMOOTH STONES –one for each book located in the TORAH—one of which killed the Giant and allowed David to cut the head off of the taunting giant of the uncircumcised Philistines.

This is your heritage and your future.  Let’s go up and take the land—FOR THE LORD HAS MADE A WAY FOR US TODAY!!  Read this several times and let it roll in your spirit until you get the huge revelation that it is.  May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob richly bless you with a grand week of prosperity and complete success in Yeshua’s Name: YHWH….Amein.

Shabbat Shalom & Shavuatov!

 

© 2011 Ariel Ehrmantrout—All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

 

“The 5 Neg-ism’s” by Ariel E………….

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Week’s Torah Portion is Shemot: The Names

Exodus 1:1-6:1

Haftarah  is Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

Priesthood  Instructions: Acts 5-9

“The 5 Negism’s”

Today’s Reading: Exodus 3:6-10

6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.  The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.  And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

The Burning “Thorny” Bush

Moses is tending His Fathers (Father in Law’s) Flocks when He see’s something strange off in the distance!

He comes upon a burning bush (It was a Thorny Bush from the Hebrew word O’nah—meaning to prick—or thorny)

Moses sees a Bush on fire that is NOT consumed by the flame!

YHWH calls Moses from the midst of the burning bush and Moses responds “Hineini”—which means “Hear I am!”

This burning Bush is a preincarnate theophany of Yeshua the Messiah—full of the Ruach’s Fire-Which burns inside—but does not destroy—and will be crowned with the same “thorns” for the sin of Jacob!

Moses is commanded to remove His shoes—the sign of the Hebrew marriage: The Bride removes her shoes and dances around the groom 7 Times—signifying her life is being completely joined to her Groom as ONE!

 

#1 FEAR OF FAILURE BASED ON OUR WORTHINESS

–Exodus 3:9-11 says “9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”  11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?

In Deuteronomy 18:5 the Torah says “Those who DO THESE THINGS shall LIVE BY THEM.”  This was the standard under the Levitical Priesthood—you had to do everything without failure. If you did, then your hope could be in the keeping of the Mitzvot (Commandments).  However, this was flawed on our part because we have an ever present “Yetzer Hara” or “Evil Inclination” which is far too often our default programming that we fall back upon.  The presence of the “Yetzer Hara” –this Evil Inclination located in our flesh—passed on from our Fathers prevented us from doing the good things that Torah required—thus there had to be another way.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 says5 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called:

The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

You’ll please note that it does not say “Ariel” or “Skip” or “Sarah” or “Tom” our righteous savior—but it states that the Righteous Savior—the King FOR David will be called “ADONAI –TZADEK” or the LORD YHWH our RIGHTEOUSNESS.  If you call upon the name of Yeshua our Messiah—then you have exchanged the righteousness that could be attained through strict and perfect adherence to the Torah’s Righteous Commandments and you have put on the Name which is ABOVE EVERY NAME—that at the Name of Yeshua YHWH—Adonai Tzadek—every knee will bow and tongue confess that YESHUA IS ADONAI to the glory—the radiated glory of God the Father—or Source.

Our answering a calling is not a promise to achieve a certain set of results—because that would be works based faith.  Faith comes from the Hebrew word “EMUNAH” meaning “Steadfast Obedience to God’s Teaching and Instructions found in the Torah.  This steadfast obedience to the Torah is PURE PROOF of your love for the Messiah; and if adherence to this plan of obedience is missing from your life—then the critical sign that you have found the road to Zion is missing from your heart and life and must be put in place.

God’s plans for your life are YES and AMEIN in Messiah Yeshua—and the results are based on Him and not on you.  However, like Moses in this week’s portion we are keenly aware of how far we fall short.  This self-condemnation keeps us trapped in endless cycles of non-productivity and non-involvement in the hurting lives of those around us who need more than anything to know that it is not what you can produce (Works) but it is in whom you trust with undying love demonstrated by obedience.

Let Go and Let God: seems simple enough—even to me!

5 Bad Attitudes

#2 FEAR OF MAN

Exodus 3:13 says, “13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” Psalm 111:10 goes on to say, “10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

If you are always afraid of what Man will think—you cannot break through to intimacy with God (Fearing the Lord) as you are being distracted by others and not keeping focused on the lover of your soul!

Our Fear of Man—is really defining what we feel God CANNOT protect us from! It also is our overriding desire to have a reputation that is well thought of in our community.  What does Pastor  “So and So” or Rabbi “whosoever” think about this or that.  This is “STINKING THINKING” and not thinking that is that of royal Sons and Daughters of a King—but is more akin to “PEASANT THOUGHT” that manifests in nothing but excuses.

I went to Law School after I was 40 years old; and yes, I thought and often felt ridiculous when a 22 year old in my study group began to instruct me on how things are done.  Certainly going to Law School would be easier at 22 than at 40 plus—but the Scripture says “That Fear of Man BRINGS A SNARE.”  A Snare is a trap—a device to prevent you from moving forward or retreating.

As if this were not enough—when God called me to play golf as a professional—I was almost ready for the senior’s tour.  Often I told my Caddie that I was not certain why God has me out here with all these young and strong children—a few of which are not even as old as my golf shoes ;)  But just two weeks ago, one year into my playing as a professional—I got to play a round with the City Champion.

He is a prototypical golfer—young, strong, tall and hits the ball so hard that it sounds like a cannon firing when he hits that little white orb.  However, it wasn’t long before I tied him and we split the match—my 40 something to his 23 something years of age.  So why do I bring this up?  Only to show you that you are never too old to obey and walk in the way that YHWH has called upon you to walk.  Do not fear Men—but fear the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who has determined your outcome before He ever called you.

 

5  Bad Attitudes

#3 FEAR OF REJECTION

Exodus 4:1 says1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Colossians 3:3 says, “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

Poor Moshe, He was so worried about credibility; and he had every right to be.  Remember there was a Murder Warrant out for his arrest in Egypt—so unless he could convince both the Jewish people and the Court of Pharaoh that it was YHWH who had sent him—he just knew that he would be killed.  We have little to fear in the “being killed” department—and much more to fear in the rejection department.  Rejection is perhaps the greatest of all hurts that carves through our heart like a river cuts through the Grand Canyon in the United States.

Rabbi Shaul—Paul said—that we are dead already and that our former way of life is hidden IN MESSIAH which is hidden in God. Since this is true—then too are the following thoughts about death and its effect upon our lives:

A Dead Person seeks NO REPUTATION—and has NO PUBLIC IMAGE TO UPHOLD! Thus there is NO WAY of being rejected!

Philippians 4:7 says of Messiah, “But made Himself nothing taking on the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness”

A servant seeks to BLESS OTHERS—not themselves!  If this became the centerpiece of our thought life in Messiah—there is little that could hold us back.  Further—we would PROUDLY and LOUDLY confess our conversion to JUDAISM and the FAITH OF ISRAEL instead of being the “undercover brother” or “sister” who wants all to think well of you.  Thought of how people saw Him drove Shimon Kepha—Simon Peter—to deny knowing the Lord Yeshua those three times.  Examine your own heart and see if there is any of that Peter spirit lurking for a future denial and repent of it as soon as you can.

 

5 Bad Attitudes

#4 THE INFLUENCE OF PAST EXPERIENCES

Exodus 4:10 says, “Moses said to the LORD , “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” THIS DID NOT MEAN MOSES HAD A STUDDER AS MOST MINISTERS TEACH—NO—Moshe was saying in a very Hebrew way “I DO NOT SPEAK GOOD HEBREW!”  Remember, Moshe had grown up in the House of Pharaoh and spoke the language of that house with fluidity; Scholars venture to say that Moses/Moshe had a rudimentary grasp of Hebrew…..just enough to sound silly to the average Hebrew.  It is like Spanish today—I know just enough to ask for Ice at the market and to say “God Bless You.”  But think about it—if someone did not speak English and they were talking with you at the Market and they said to you “God Bless You” in perfect English—would you not think that they were a native English speaker?  Yes—you most certainly would.

This happens in Israel every day.  New believers will be in Israel for the first time and some Israeli will ask them if they want “this” or “that” in English and the newbie will say “KEN” for Yes or “LO” for No….and the next thing you know, the Israeli thinks they speak Hebrew and they ask them a question in follow up—but the poor non-hebrew speaker cannot understand or answer their question.  This too was Moshe’s fear.

Moses reasoned according to the Sages—that the Hebrews would hear Moshe’s telling them what God had said in flawless Hebrew—and then they would think Moshe was able to speak Hebrew—only to make Moshe appear to be a false representative.  This was what he feared—and what is meant when the Torah says Moshe was “slow in Tongue”—he simply spoke broken Hebrew.

Philippians 3:13-14 Says, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

THIS IS A COMMAND TO HELP US MOVE BEYOND THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST! FORGET THE PAST and STRAIN TO ATTAIN THE FUTURE.  Don’t be like those who “act” like they can speak—learn TO SPEAK the language of your new people.  Learn their ways and their customs—and imitate Messiah Son of David: King of ALL Judah!!

5 Bad Attitudes

#5 NEED FOR A MANDATE FROM GOD

Exodus 4:13 says, “But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

This is Moses 5th chance–remember 5 represents God’s Grace in Torah—Now God’s anger begins to burn—So He sends Aharon to come and HELP Moses!  Sometimes we cannot overcome our self view until God sends us a helper to help us to see clearly.  Aharon—Moshe’s older brother was searching for Moshe in the desert.  Ask yourself—who is my Aharon—the Priest to my Prophet??

We all love to use excuses to “cop out” of what God has called us to do—it is false religious PRIDE (i.e. “I’ll Pray About  It –“It=Helping?”  Do you  really have to pray about HELPING SOMEONE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE and LIKENESS??  Must we pray about  things as simple as helping your neighbor??

People always say “I just do not want to miss God” but King David was told by Nathan the Prophet exactly how to handle these types of situations.

1 Chronicles 17:2 says, “Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.”

WE ARE MOST LIKE MOSES IN EXODUS 4:13 which says 13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

In Deuteronomy 18:15 Moses prophesies, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him” Moshe was God’s suffering servant in the wilderness with the children of  Israel as we were led out of darkness into His glorious light.  That PROPHET “LIKE ME” the PROPHET who was also PRIEST and KING is none other than YESHUA ben David.

The Greeked out version of “Jesus” that we are told about by the great whore of Rome—looks NOTHING LIKE MOSHE.  He doesn’t worship like Moshe, keep the holidays of Moshe—or act in any way like Moshe—which is why Jewish people for the most part do not believe in “Jesus” as the “JEWISH MESSIAH.”

However, when you reintroduce the Jewishness of the story and look at it in that context—then you clearly can see that Yeshua is –was and forever will be the PROPHET LIKE MOSHE who is to come first.  Come—FIRST: that is an idiom to “coming to our senses” FIRST.  Before Messiah returns then we must first understand what it is that keeps us from receiving Him as King of the Jews.

The sign under which Messiah Yeshua hung upon the Execution Stake—was not one which read “King of the World.”  No, it read Yeshua KING OF THE JEWS;  Yeshua Messiah –the same—yesterday—today and forever.

Stop chasing the counterfeit and follow hard after the ways of the Jewish people and our Messiah and let the transformation be completed in your life.  You have never known a change of attitude like this and what it will bring to you in blessing. Stop worshipping after the ways and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church—the great Harlot of the book of Revelation and Repent—turn around and run the other way to Israel and her Master Savior Yeshua OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Renew your mind to this way of life we call Torah: God’s teaching and instructions on basic living for your time here in the realm of earth and you will find joy unspeakable and power beyond that you have ever known.

A Prophetic Reading of Exodus 4

A-THE STAFF AND THE SNAKE 4:1-5  Num 21:9

B- THE LEPROUS HAND 4:6-7

C- THE TWO MIRACULOUS SIGNS 4:6-7

D- “BROTHER” AHARON IS COMING! 4:14-16;10, 13

E- TAKE THE STAFF!

Beloved, I hope that you have a holiday season that is blessed and peaceful fulfilling and restorative as you seek the God of the Universe.  Renew your mind—and the rest will follow.

One final note—in an interesting twist of fate—I was born on Christmas morning in 1962 in Coeurd’Alene, Idaho to my parents Milo Ehrmantrout and the late Judith “Ehrmantrout” of blessed memory.  God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine in that I have 5 beautiful Children– and 10 beautiful Grandchildren with more on the way; and a Wife that is YHWH’s personal gift to me in my life.  Like many of you—we are not yet perfect, but each day we “Think on whatever is GOOD –PURE—and LOVELY” as Philippians 4:8 tells us to do and we follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: YHWH.  This is my 48th birthday and I almost cannot believe that I am in Law School finishing my Juris Doctorate, and that I am a Professional Golfer and Teacher of the Torah. God has been very compassionate to me and I give Him all praise, glory and honor for the 48 wonderful years he has given me on this planet.

This week I went with a dear friend to the hospital to get some test results; and this friend who means a great–great deal to me– was told that he has an advanced form of Cancer and needed to start Chemotherapy as soon as possible.  If I think about it hard enough I can still feel the sting of those words as they scrape across my heart to this very moment.  Today, as I turn 48—I realize more than ever how short and fragile life is.  Make the most of each day—tell those who need to know—how much you love them and hold those Kids and Grandchildren as close as you can –while you can– for in an instant—your whole life can go from care free to a fight for your very survival as it has for our dear friend.

Thank you for your prayers, and pray that my “Friend” is healed in Yeshua’s Name.   Good Shabbos to each of you who pray and study here.

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov!

Ariel E………….

 

“Joseph and the Silver Cup” by Ariel E……..

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2010 by messianicpastor

Happy Chanukah 

Genesis 44:1-13

“ 1AND HE commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth.  2And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, with his grain money. And [the steward] did according to what Joseph had said. 3As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys. 4When they had left the city and were not yet far away, Joseph said to his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, Why have you rewarded evil for good? [Why have you stolen the silver cup?] 5Is it not my master’s drinking cup with which he divines [the future]? You have done wrong in doing this. 6And the steward overtook them, and he said to them these same words. 7They said to him, Why does my lord say these things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing!  8Note that the money which we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Is it likely then that we would steal from your master’s house silver or gold?  9With whomever of your servants [your master’s cup] is found, not only let that one die, but the rest of us will be my lord’s slaves. 10And the steward said, Now let it be as you say: he with whom [the cup] is found shall be my slave, but [the rest of] you shall be blameless. 11Then quickly every man lowered his sack to the ground and every man opened his sack. 12And [the steward] searched, beginning with the eldest and stopping with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13Then they rent their clothes; and after each man had loaded his donkey again, they returned to the city.”

Joseph and the “Silver Cup”

We open this story with Joseph—Testing His brothers 44:2

Joseph sends them away-with one final test-He fills their sacks with as much food as they can eat—THIS REPRESENTS TORAH BEING INTRODUCED TO SOMEONES WALK OF FAITH 44:1

Joseph requests the silver be returned to each man’s Sack

*Their Sacks represent their Hearts

*The Silver is a precious metal that is refined by fire —to burn out all the dross—which represents our own self righteousness.

The silver is returned to the Israelites—because you CANNOT BUY your

REDEMPTION through YOUR OWN EFFORT

Isaiah 64:6

6For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction].

Benjamin receives Joseph’s Cup

This Cup is the SIGN of Joseph’s Identity, authority, and office, rights and privilege

The Silver Cup represents the Brides Price—the amount the Bride would cost Yeshua

Mark 14:36

And He was saying, Abba, [which means] Father, everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will].

Why Benjamin?

Benjamin is Josephs younger brother—the ONLY Son of the SAME MOTHER and FATHER as Joseph

John 14:23 says, “23A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father (ABBA) in Spirit and in Truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers

Romans 8:29 says,29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.”

What does Benjamin Represent?

Benjamin is the Body of Messiah and the giving of the cup is Joseph (a Picture of Yeshua and US!) going after and revealing the last standing Idol in the Heart of the Brothers of Benjamin- on their Second Trip to see Joseph

The Older brothers could not LIVE with their collective GUILT—they could never clear their CONSCIENCE of the PAST-so this kept them from the blessing

They thought that by WORKING to save Benjamin—they would some how make ATONEMENT for the blood of JOSEPH—through THEIR OWN WORKS!

*What places of PAST GUILT do we carry—by trying to BE RELIGIOUS TODAY —to make up for OUR FORMER SINS?

Joseph sends His Servant
(see John 14:26)

The Servant that is working for Joseph—represents the Spirit of the Prophets –they have been given the task of TURNING ISRAEL FROM IT’S IDOLATRY  FOR GENERATIONS

2 Kings 4:38-41

38Elisha came back to Gilgal during a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, Set on the big pot and cook pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39Then one went into the field to gather herbs and gathered from a wild vine his lap full of wild gourds, and returned and cut them up into the pot of pottage, for they were unknown to them. 40So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they ate of the pottage, they cried out, O man of God, there is death in the pot! And they could not eat it. 41But he said, Bring meal [as a symbol of God’s healing power]. And he cast it into the pot and said, Pour it out for the people that they may eat. Then there was no harm in the pot.

The Servant

The Servant asks why they repaid Evil for Good

There religion had only been outward until now—works of the flesh

This is what they offered—which is NOT what G-d required—Just like Cain bringing wrath Prov 17:13

The Brothers swear they have not sinned—and they are so SELF RIGHTEOUS that they say whoever did this will DIE—not knowing Benjamin had it!     Acts 9:1-5

The Servant agrees with the Death Sentence

Why does the Servant respond “YES” to the Death Sentence —only to later say the Guilty would become a “SLAVE?” Because their actions deserved death just like ours do today; however we do not always get what we deserve! Praise YHWH for that!!!

The word SLAVE is taken from the Hebrew Word: “EBED” Meaning “Worshipper of G-d, like the Levites.”  The Levites—G-d’s royal priesthood!

Now the SERVANT searches the SACKS—Search-is the Hebrew word “KRITIKOS” meaning to “Judge the heart by Law”   Hebrews 4:12

The Death of the ME!

The Cup is found in Benjamin’s Sack

This culmination of the second trip is the end of 22 years of walking out a FALSE RELIGIOUS FRONT —and they TEAR– their Clothing—which is the ultimate Hebrew sign of grief

They pack up and return to Joseph’s House

All the way there—they KNEW their LIVES—and ALL they had ever HOPED FOR and DREAMED was gone.

They headed for Slavery—with NO PERSONAL REPUTATION to maintain

Fulfilling the Dream

The Brothers fall before Joseph fulfilling the prophecy  that they would bow to Him

Romans 14:11..at the Name of Yeshua…..

They confess that G-d has uncovered their guilt (The Lifting of Moses Veil Ex 34:34-35)

“34But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he took the veil off until he came out. And he came out and told the Israelites what he was commanded.  35The Israelites saw the face of Moses, how the skin of it shone; and Moses put the veil on his face again until he went in to speak with God.”

They are NOW REUNITED to JOSEPH in SLAVERY   Jer 46:28  and Romans 7:21-8:2

Joseph refuses to keep them all—but says ONLY ONE MAN SHALL PAY FOR THE SINS OF ALL ISRAEL

What’s the Symbolism: Joseph is a type and Shadow of Yeshua!

The grain that is filled in their sacks—is the easy levels of Torah (i.e. Sabbath on Saturday not Sun god Day—No Swine where we dine!)

We try to stay on the “surface” level with our Idols—the Silver illustrates our REAL worship with the L-rd (Refined by Fire)

1 Cor 3: 11-13 says11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 12But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,  13The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. We must rend of hearts!

Joel 2:13 says, “13Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].

SLAVERY=  Death of our own Rights -our  seeking a REPUTATION – Hopes and aspirations—and RESTING FROM ALL OUR WORKS! Like our Brother the Jews in this story—we too carry around a sad sack of former failures that we hold out for others to judge us by.  If we suffer enough—then perhaps one day we will actually feel worthy—but feeling worthy is not about the past—but the future.  Yeshua is King of Israel—He is my only future.  Anything good or bad that I may have done in the past—I need to be able to leave behind like Josephs sack.  Silver mixed with dross—the good and the bad.

It is our memories of our former Gentile life that hold us in bondage and why we most often feel so disconnected from G-d.  Yeshua saved you TO BE A HEBREW!  To be this generation of Abraham’s and Sarah’s to this generation of souls.  Far too many of us are more interested in the ways of Lot—love of cities—love of feeling and being important in small places when YHWH has made a a Kingdom of Priests and a HOLY NATION—ISRAEL—to the lost and dying world.

You are a Priest—even as Joseph was a Priest to the Pharoah—BUT ONLY WHEN WE START LI VING LIKE THE PRIESTHOOD OF ISRAEL AND LEAVE BEHIND OUR GENTILE LIVES AND PASTS WHICH ARE OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL—IT IS ONLY WHEN WE SAY “NO” TO THE WAYS OF THE GENTILE WORLD AND “YES –YES –YES TO THE WAYS OF THE JEWS AND ACCEPT YOUR GRAFTING INTO ISRAEL—THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL YOU SEE JOSEPH FOR WHO HE CLEARLY IS…………………………….

YOU!!!

A bright shining light in these last days

Phil 2:7-8

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout – all rights reserved worldwide

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Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 by messianicpastor

HAPPY CHANUKAH

Welcome to our Chanukah Celebration

Lighting of the Menorah

1.  Place a Candle in the Middle of the Chanukiot –in the place for the SHAMASH or Servant

2.  Now place two candles on the far RIGHT HAND SIDE of the Chanukiot

Lighting of the Menorah

3. WHEN LIGHTING YOUR CANDLES EACH NIGHT

First, the Shamash is lit with a match.  Taking the lit Shamash in hand, but without lighting the other wicks yet, we recite these blessings:

Chanukah Blessing

4. “BLESSED are you Lord our God king of the universe who as sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light in Jesus name, amen.”

Chanukah Blessing

5. “BLESSED are you Lord our God king of the universe who has performed miracles for our forefathers in those days at this time- in Yeshua’s Name Amen.”

ON the High Holy Sabbath we also recite the
Shehekianu Prayer which is:

6. “BLESSED are you Lord our God king of the universe who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this holy season in Yeshua’s Name Amen.”

Todays Message:

“The Controversy over Zion: The History of Chanukah”

HANUKKAH AND

THE CONTROVERSY OF ZION

WHO / WHAT IS ZION ?

1)  Zion is the people of the God of Israel

2)  Zion is the land of Israel

3)  The Torah goes forth from Zion

4)  Zion is the fulfillment of the covenant made with Abraham

5)  Zion is the end of the exile of Jacob

6)  Zion is the Messianic Era

7)  Zion is Yeshua redeeming and dwelling with His people

ZION IS THE PEOPLE OF YHVH

Isaiah 51:16  “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, You art my people.”

ZION IS THE LAND OF ISRAEL

Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes for it is nigh at hand;”

THE TORAH
GOES FORTH FROM ZION

Isaiah 2:3  “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the Torah and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

ZION IS THE
END OF THE EXILE OF JACOB

Psalm 147:2  The LORD does build up Jerusalem: he gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

Isaiah 11:12  And he shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

YESHUA RETURNS WHEN THE EXILES OF ZION ARE GATHERED

Psalm 102:13  You will arise and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time is come.

Psalm 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

YESHUA DWELLS IN ZION

Isaiah 8:17  And I will wait upon the LORD that hides his face from the house of Jacob and I will look for him.

Isaiah 8:18  Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts which dwells in mount Zion.

Joel 3:16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion …

ZION IS BELIEVING
YESHUA IS THE MESSIAH

1 Peter 2:5  Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Yeshua HaMashiach.

1 Peter 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

WHAT IS ZION ?

THE SONS OF ZION WILL OPPOSE THE SONS OF GREECE

Zechariah 9:13  When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL ARE CALLED ‘BEASTS OF THE FIELD’

Deuteronomy 7:16  And you shall consume all the people which the LORD your God shall deliver thee; your eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shall you serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

Deuteronomy 7:22  And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL ARE CALLED ‘BEASTS OF THE FIELD’

Deuteronomy 28:64  And the LORD shall scatter you among all people from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there you shall serve other gods which neither you nor your fathers have known even wood and stone.

Ezekiel 34:5  And they were scattered because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.

DANIEL’S INTERPRETATION OF
KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM

Daniel 2:1  And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams wherewith his spirit was troubled and his sleep brake from him.

Daniel 2:2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians and the astrologers and the sorcerers and the Chaldeans for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

Daniel 2:3  And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

DANIEL’S INTERPRETATION OF
KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM

Daniel 2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Daniel 2:24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king and I will show unto the king the interpretation.

DANIEL’S INTERPRETATION OF
KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM

Daniel 2:25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him I have found a man of the captives of Judah that will make known unto the king the interpretation.

Daniel 2:31 You, O king, saw and behold a great image. This great image whose brightness was excellent stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

Daniel 2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver his belly and his thighs of brass

DANIEL’S INTERPRETATION OF
KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM

Daniel 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

THE GENTILE KINGDOMS OF
THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD

DANIEL’S VISION OF THE RAM AND GOAT

Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel after that which appeared unto me at the first.

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called and said Gabriel make this man to understand the vision.

Daniel 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

THE RAM IS MEDIA-PERSIA

Daniel 8:3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.

Daniel 8:4 I saw the ram pushing westward and northward and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will and became great.

Daniel 8:20 The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

MAP OF THE PERSIAN EMPIRE

THE GOAT IS GREECE

Daniel 8:5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

Daniel 8:21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

THE LIFE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT

The notable horn of the Grecian empire in Daniel 8:5 refers to Alexander the Great. Alexander lives from 365 BC – 323 BC.  As a young boy, Alexander studied the writings of the Greek philosopher, Aristotle.  At age 20, Alexander become the king of the Greek state Macedonia. Later he went to war and conquered the Persian empire.

Alexander believed that the Greek culture could unify the world. He founded a new city in each country of his empire that would serve as a model for the furtherance of the Greek culture. Public buildings, gymnasiums, open-air theaters, the spread of Greek names, Greek dress, and a common language all were by-products of the rule of the Greek empire. The spread of the Greek culture was known as Hellenism.

GREECE DEFEATS
THE MEDIA-PERSIAN EMPIRE

Daniel 8:6 And he came to the ram that had two horns which I had seen standing before the river and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

Daniel 8:7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

MAP OF THE GRECIAN EMPIRE

ALEXANDER THE GREAT
DIES AT A YOUNG AGE

Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken …

Alexander the Great died at the age of 32. His kingdom was divided among four of his generals.

GREECE IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR KINGDOMS

Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

Daniel 8:22 Now that being broken whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation but not in his power

THE LITTLE HORN IS
ANTIOCHUS IV (EPIPHANES)

Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn which waxed exceeding great toward the south and toward the east and toward the pleasant land.

Antiochus IV portrayed as Zeus

ISRAEL BECOMES THE CENTER OF CONFLICT BETWEEN THE GREEK SELUCID AND GREEK PTOLEMY KINGDOMS

Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn which waxed exceeding great toward the south and toward the east and toward the pleasant land.

The Syrian area north of the Galilee was ruled by the Greek General Seleucus I. The area south of Israel in Egypt was ruled by the Greek General Ptolemy I.

Israel lay in the middle between the struggle and fight between the Greek rulers of Syria and Egypt. An eventual Seleucid ruler known as Antiochus Epiphanes IV set out to destroy the Greek ruler in Egypt and Israel became the battleground.

THE SELEUCID, PTOLEMY AND MACCABEAN DYNASTIES

ANTIOCHUS IV WAGES
WAR AGAINST THE JEWS

Daniel 8:22 Now that being broken whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation but not in his power

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences shall stand up.

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

ANTIOCHUS IV DESTROYS
THE VESSELS OF THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 1:10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

1 Maccabees 1:20 And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude

1 Maccabees 1:21 And entered proudly into the sanctuary and took away the golden altar and the candlestick of light and all the vessels thereof

ANTIOCHUS IV DESTROYS
THE VESSELS OF THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 1:22 And the table of the shewbread and the pouring vessels and the vials and the censers of gold and the veil and the crown and the golden ornaments that were before the temple all which he pulled off.

1 Maccabees 1:23 He took also the silver and the gold and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found.

1 Maccabees 1:24 And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land having made a great massacre and spoken very proudly.

1 Maccabees 1:25 Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel in every place where they were

ANTIOCHUS IV WAGES
WAR AGAINST THE JEWS

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECEIVES THROUGH PEACE

1 Maccabees 1:29 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Judah who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude

1 Maccabees 1:30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore and destroyed much people of Israel.

1 Maccabees 1:31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side.

ANTIOCHUS IV STOPPED THE DAILY SACRIFICE IN THE TEMPLE

Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Daniel 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced and prospered.

The daily sacrifice was stopped

by Antiochus IV on Kislev 25, 168 BC

ANTIOCHUS IV STOPS THE DAILY SACRIFICE AND SETS UP THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

1 Maccabees 1:54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar and built idol altars throughout the cities of Judah on every side;

1 Maccabees 1:56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.

1 Maccabees 1:59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God.

ANTIOCHUS IV SETS UP THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his par, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength and shall take away the daily sacrifice and they shall place the abomination that makes desolate.

Antiochus IV erected an altar of the god Zeus (Greek) in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and sacrificed a pig upon it.

YESHUA SPEAKS OF THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso reads let him understand:)

Matthew 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

The rabbis as a whole consider that the expression   [‘abomination of desolation’] refers to the desecration of the Temple by the erection of a Zeus statue in its sacred precincts by Antiochus Epiphanes.

Some rabbis, however, see in it an allusion to Manasseh, who, as related in II Chron. 33:7, set up “a carved image . . . in the house of God” (Yer. Ta’anit, iv. 68a, and Rashi on the passage in Babli, ibid. 28b).

THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

An expression occurring in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14 [‘abomination of desolation’] …

The context of these passages leaves no room for doubt as to what was intended by this somewhat odd expression; namely, the transformation, by Antiochus Epiphanes, of the sacred Temple at Jerusalem into a heathen one. In both Biblical and rabbinical Hebrew abomination is a familiar term for an idol (I Kings 11:5; II Kings 13:13)

WITNESSING THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, THE MACCABEES
FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS

1 Maccabees 2:1 In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib from Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin.

1 Maccabees 2:2 And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis:

1 Maccabees 2:3 Simon; called Thassi:

1 Maccabees 2:4 Judas, who was called Maccabeus:

1 Maccabees 2:5 Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose surname was Apphus.

WITNESSING THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, THE MACCABEES
FLEE INTO THE MOUNTAINS

1 Maccabees 2:6 And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Judah and Jerusalem

1 Maccabees 2:27 And Mattathias cried throughout the city with a loud voice, saying, Whosoever is zealous of the law and maintains the covenant, let him follow me.

1 Maccabees 2:28 So he and his sons fled into the mountains and left all that ever they had in the city.

ZEUS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY

THE MARRIAGE OF ZEUS AND EUROPA IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY

EUROPA SITTING ON
THE BULL OF ZEUS

THE EUROPEAN UNION IS PERSONIFIED AS EUROPA AND ZEUS

British Stamp 1984 – European Parliament

THE EUROPEAN UNION IS PERSONIFIED AS THE TOWER OF BABEL

Tower of Babel – Peter Brueghel – 1563

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Rabbinitzen Sarah Ehrmantrout and the Dance Demonstration Team

2nd Half of the Teaching

THE HISTORY OF HANUKKAH

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Around 200 BC/BCE, Jews lived as an autonomous people in the land of Israel, which at this time was controlled by the Seleucid King of Syria. The Jewish people paid taxes to Syria and accepted its legal authority and by and large were free to follow their own faith maintain their own jobs and engage in trade.

ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES
OUTLAWS THE FOLLOWING OF TORAH

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

By 180 BC/BCE, Antiochus IV Epiphanes ascended to the Seleucid throne. At first little changed but under his reign Jews were gradually forced to violate the precepts of their faith. Jews rebelled at having to do this. Under the reign of Antiochus IV, the Temple in Jerusalem was looted, Jews were massacred and Judaism was effectively outlawed.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED A NEW WORLD ORDER UNDER GREEK CULTURE

1 Maccabees 1:10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

1 Maccabees 1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people

1 Maccabees 1:42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED THE OUTLAWING OF FOLLOWING TORAH

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice and drink offerings in the temple; and that they should profane the Sabbaths and festival days:

1 Maccabees 1:47 … and sacrifice swine’s flesh and unclean beasts:

1 Maccabees 1:49 To the end they might forget the law and change all the ordinances.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED THAT FOLLOWING TORAH IS SUBJECT TO DEATH

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.

1 Maccabees 1:51 In the selfsame manner wrote he to his whole kingdom and appointed overseers over all the people commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.

THE MACCABEES REVOLT
AGAINT ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

In 167 BC/BCE, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. Mattathias, a Jewish priest, and his five sons John, Simon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus. Judah became known as Judah Maccabee (Judah The Hammer). By 166 BC/BCE, Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader.

THE MACCABEES REVOLT
AGAINT ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES

1 Maccabees 2:19 Then Mattathias answered and spake with a loud voice, Though all the nations that are under the king’s dominion obey him, and fall away every one from the religion of their fathers, and give consent to his commandments:

1 Maccabees 2:20 Yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant of our fathers.

1 Maccabees 2:21 God forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances.

1 Maccabees 2:22 We will not hearken to the king’s words, to go from our religion, either on the right hand or the left.

THE MACCABEES REVOLT
AGAINT ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES

1 Maccabees 2:49 Now when the time drew near that Mattathias should die, he said unto his sons, Now hath pride and rebuke gotten strength, and the time of destruction and the wrath of indignation:

1 Maccabees 2:50 Now therefore, my sons, be ye zealous for the law and give your lives for the covenant of your fathers.

THE MEANING OF MACCABEE

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The name Maccabee probably means “hammer” and is properly applied only to the first leader of the revolt, Judas, third son of the priest Mattathias. The name Maccabee also might derived from the battle cry of the revolt, Me Kumocha B’elim, YHVH (“Who is like you among the heavenly powers, YHVH ! ” – Exodus 15:11).

In Hebrew, the first letters of this four word slogan form the acronym MKBY (Mem, Kaf, Bet and Yud). This became synonymous with the revolt. Its most famous warrior was Judah the Maccabee. The name came to be used for his brothers as well which accounts for the title of the book.

THE MEANING OF MACCABEE

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?


THE MACCABEES REVOLT
AGAINT ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

By 165 BC/BCE, the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated.

JUDAH MACCABEE INSTITUTES
THE FESTIVAL OF HANUKKAH

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The festival of Hanukkah was instituted by Judah Maccabee and his brothers to celebrate this event. (1 Maccabees 4:59). After having recovered Jerusalem and the Temple, Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one, and new holy vessels to be made (1 Maccabees 4:36). When the fire had been kindled anew upon the altar and the lamps of the candlestick lit, the dedication of the altar was celebrated for eight days amid sacrifices and songs.

THE MACCABEES
REDEDICATE THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 4:36 Then said Judas and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary.

1 Maccabees 4:37 Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and went up into mount zion.

1 Maccabees 4:38 And when they saw the sanctuary desolate and the altar profaned and the gates burned up and shrubs growing in the courts as in a forest or in one of the mountains, yea, and the priests’ chambers pulled down;

THE MACCABEES
REDEDICATE THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 4:42 So he chose priests of blameless conversation such as had pleasure in the law:

1 Maccabees 4:43 Who cleansed the sanctuary and bare out the defiled stones into an unclean place.

1 Maccabees 4:48 And made up the sanctuary and the things that were within the temple and hallowed the courts.

THE MACCABEES
REDEDICATE THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 4:52 Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month which is called the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up betimes in the morning

1 Maccabees 4:53 And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of burnt offerings which they had made.

THE MACCABEES CELEBRATE
THE REDEDICATION OF
THE TEMPLE EIGHT DAYS

1 Maccabees 4:56 And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and offered burnt offerings with gladness and sacrificed the sacrifice of deliverance and praise.

1 Maccabees 4:59 Moreover Judas and his brethren with the whole congregation of Israel ordained that the days of the dedication of the altar should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of eight days from the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu with mirth and gladness.

THE MACCABEES LINKED HANUKKAH WITH SUKKOT

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

A number of historians believe that the reason for the eight day celebration was that the first Hanukkah was in effect a belated celebration of the festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (2 Maccabees 1:9 and 2 Maccabees 10:6).

During the war the Jews were not able to celebrate Sukkot properly. Sukkot also lasts for eight days, and was a holiday in which the lighting of lamps played a prominent part during the Second Temple period (Suk.v. 2-4). Lights were also kindled in the household and the popular name of the festival was, therefore, according to Josephus ([1] Jewish Antiquities 12. 7, § 7, #323) the “Festival of Lights” (“And from that time to this we celebrate this festival and call it Lights”).

THE MACCABEES LINKED HANUKKAH WITH SUKKOT

2 Maccabees 1:9 And now see that you keep the feast of tabernacles in the month Casleu.

2 Maccabees 10:5 Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month which is Casleu.

THE MACCABEES LINKED HANUKKAH WITH SUKKOT

2 Maccabees 10:6 And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts.

2 Maccabees 10:7 Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto him that had given them good success in cleansing his place.

2 Maccabees 10:8 They ordained also by a common statute and decree, That every year those days should be kept of the whole nation of the Jews.

HANUKKAH IS LINKED
WITH THE OLIVE HARVEST

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

It has been noted that Jewish festivals are connected to the harvesting of the Biblical seven fruits which Israel was famed for. Pesach is a celebration of the barley harvest, Shavuoth of the wheat, Sukkoth of the figs, dates, pomegranates and grapes, and Hanukkah of the olives. The olive harvest is in November and olive oil would be ready in time for Hanukkah in December.

HANUKKAH IN THE TALMUD

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The Talmud (Shabbat 21b) says that after the occupiers had been driven from the Temple, the Maccabees went in to take down the pagan statues and restore the Temple. They discovered that most of the ritual items had been profaned. They sought ritually purified olive oil to light a Menorah to rededicate the Temple.

However, they found only enough oil for a single day. They lit this and went about purifying new oil. Miraculously, that tiny amount of oil burned for the eight days it took to have new oil pressed and made ready. It is for this reason that Jews light a candle each night of the festival.

HANUKKAH IS CELEBRATED WITH THE KINDLING OF LIGHTS

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

The miracle of Hanukkah is referred to in the Talmud, but not in the books of the Maccabees. This holiday marks the defeat of Seleucid forces who had tried to prevent Israel from practising Judaism. Judah Maccabee and his brothers destroyed overwhelming forces, and rededicated the Temple. The eight-day festival is marked by the kindling of lights with a special menorah known in modern Hebrew as a hanukiah.

THE CUSTOM OF LIGHTING THE HANUKKAH LIGHTS

Source: Wikipedia Encyclopedia

In the Talmud two customs are presented. It was usual either to display eight lamps on the first night of the festival, and to reduce the number on each successive night or to begin with one lamp the first night increasing the number till the eighth night.

The followers of Shammai favored the former custom; the followers of Hillel advocated the latter (Talmud, tractate Shabbat 21b). Josephus believed that the lights were symbolic of the liberty obtained by the Jews on the day that Hanukkah commemorates.

THE CUSTOM OF
THE HANUKKAH DREIDEL

One of the best known symbols of Hanukkah is the Dreidel. A dreidel is a four sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side.  The four letters are:

SHIN,  HEY,  GIMEL,  NUN

These letters mean “A Great Miracle Happened There.” “sham haya gadol nes.” In Israel the dreidel is a bit different in that their letters mean ” A Miracle Happened HERE!”  Does anyone know the missing Israeli letter?  Peh for the word POE=HERE!

THE CUSTOM OF
THE HANUKKAH DREIDEL

The dreidel game was popular during the rule of Antiochus before the Maccabees’ revolt, a time when soldiers executed any Jews who were caught practicing their religion.

When pious Jews gathered to study the Torah, they had the top ready in case they heard soliders approaching. If the soldiers appeared, they would hide the holy scriptures and pretend to play with the dreidel.

THE EVIL DECREES OF ANTIOCHUS IV

1)  People should not follow Torah

2)  People should not circumcise their children

3)  People should not celebrate the Sabbath

4)  People should not keep the Festivals

5)  Sacrifices should not be made in the Temple

6)  People should be free to eat pig

YESHUA RETURNS WHEN THE EXILES OF ZION ARE GATHERED

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Yeshua Messiah and by our gathering together unto him

2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Messiah is at hand.

ANTI-TORAH IS THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-CHRIST

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first and that man of sin be revealed the son of perdition;

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Yeshua Messiah is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist whereof ye have heard that it should come and even now already is it in the world.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREES THE OUTLAWING OF FOLLOWING TORAH

1 Maccabees 1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people

1 Maccabees 1:42 And every one should leave his laws …

1 Maccabees 1:49 To the end they might forget the law and change all the ordinances.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED
AGAINST CIRCUMCISION

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised …

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED
THAT THE SABBATH AND FEAST DAYS SHOULD NOT BE OBSERVED

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:45 And forbid … that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days:

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED
THAT SACRIFICES SHOULD
NOT BE MADE IN THE TEMPLE

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice and drink offerings in the temple

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED
THAT PEOPLE SHOULD EAT PIG

1 Maccabees 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Judah that they should follow the strange laws of the land

1 Maccabees 1:45 … sacrifice swine’s flesh and unclean beasts:

BIBLICAL HISTORY IS PROPHECY

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:15 That which has been is now; and that which is to be has already been; and God requires that which is past.

BIBLICAL HISTORY IS PROPHECY

THE SONS OF ZION WILL OPPOSE THE SONS OF GREECE

Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

THE INFLUENCE OF GREEK HELLENISM AMONG JEWS

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

[Hellenism is the word] used to express the assimilation, especially by the Jews, of Greek speech, manners and culture from the fourth century B.C. through the first centuries of the common era.

The victorious campaign of Alexander the Great had linked the East to the West. The victory was not simply a political one. Its spiritual influence was much greater. The Greek language became a common language for nearer Asia and with the language went Greek culture, Greek art, and Greek thought.

THE INFLUENCE OF GREEK HELLENISM AMONG JEWS

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

The Hellenic influence pervaded everything and even in the very strongholds of Judaism it modified the organization of the state, the laws, and public affairs, art, science, and industry, affecting even the ordinary things of life and the common associations of the people.

By the introduction of Grecian art a door was opened to debauchery and riotous living; and though Judaism was hardly menaced by the introduction of direct idolatry, the connection of this culture with sublimated Greek polytheism became a real danger to the Jewish religion.

THE INFLUENCE OF GREEK HELLENISM AMONG JEWS

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

For this reason the Hellenists are called (“wicked men”; 1 Macc. 1:11), or (“wicked and ungodly men” 1 Macc 7:5).

ANCIENT JEWS
ACCEPT GREEK HELENISM

1 Maccabees 1:10 And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

1 Maccabees 1:11 In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow.

1 Maccabees 1:12 So this device pleased them well.

ANCIENT JEWS
ACCEPT GREEK HELLENISM

1 Maccabees 1:13 Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them license to do after the ordinances of the heathen:

1 Maccabees 1:14 Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen:

1 Maccabees 1:15 And made themselves uncircumcised and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen and were sold to do mischief

ANTIOCHUS IV DECREED A NEW WORLD ORDER UNDER GREEK CULTURE

1 Maccabees 1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people

1 Maccabees 1:42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.

1 Maccabees 1:43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion and sacrificed unto idols and profaned the Sabbath.

THE HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY

Source: Jewish Encyclopedia

The term ‘democracy – or more precisely, the original (ancient Greek) version of the word – was coined in ancient Athens in the 5th century BC. That state is generally seen as the earliest example of a system corresponding to some of the modern notions of democratic rule.

THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT / PEOPLE ARE
INFLUENCED BY WESTERN VALUES

ANTIOCHUS IV WAGES
WAR AGAINST THE JEWS

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

ANTIOCHUS IV DECEIVES THROUGH PEACE

1 Maccabees 1:29 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Judah who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude

1 Maccabees 1:30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore and destroyed much people of Israel.

1 Maccabees 1:31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side.

END-TIMES DECEPTION THROUGH PEACE

THE SONS OF ZION WILL
OPPOSE THE SONS OF GREECE

1)  Biblical Zionists (Ephraim and Judah) standing for Torah

2)  Biblical Zionists (Ephraim and Judah) standing for the land of Israel

3)  The end of the exile of Jacob

4)  The coming of King Messiah and the Messianic Age

THE BIBLICAL STATE OF ZION

THE WATCHMAN CRY
(LET US GO UP TO ZION)

Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.

Watchman = Natzar [im]
In Hebrew

Natzar is Strong’s Word #5341 which means “to guard, watch, watch over, and keep”

John 14:21 Yahshua said “21Whoever has my commands and obeys [GUARDS] them, he is the one who loves me. [These are Messiah’s NATZIR or WATCHMAN] He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

John 10:1-3

1″I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen [ISRAEL] by the gate, [of the TORAH and the TESTIMONY OF YAHSHUA] but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man [Yahshua] who enters by the gate [of TORAH] is the shepherd of His [YHVH’s] sheep. [ISRAEL] 3The WATCHMAN [Natzarim] opens the gate [the Torah] for him [Yahshua], and the sheep [Israel] listen to his voice. [The TORAH] He calls his own sheep [Israel]  by name [HIS TORAH OBEDIENT LIFESTYLE] and leads them out. [Of the TORAHLESSNESS of the NATIONS]

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

So in conclusion…..

GUARDING THE TORAH MEANS CHALLENGING OTHERS TO TURN AWAY FROM THE EVIL DECREES OF ANTIOCHUS IV—ONCE AGAIN ANTIOCHUS TRIES TO TELL US ALL:

1)  People should not follow Torah—YES YOU SHOULD!!

2)  People should not circumcise their children –YES YOU SHOULD!!!

3)  People should not celebrate the Sabbath – YES YOU SHOULD!!

4)  People should not keep the Festivals –YES YOU SHOULD

5)  Sacrifices should not be made in the Temple—YES THEY SHOULD!!

6)  People should be free to eat pig –NO NOT NOW AND NOT EVER

IT IS FOLLOWING THE LIES OF THE SONS OF GREECE WHO OCCUPY MANY PULPITS TODAY—THAT DELIVER DECEPTIVE MESSAGES THAT ARE CONTRARY TO GOD’S WORD.  YESHUA IS YHVH…HE SAID “HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY—BUT MY WORD (THE HOLY TORAH) WILL NOT PASS AWAY!”  HE CAN’T BE DONE AWAY WITH—TORAH CANNOT BE DONE AWAY WITH.  HE NEVER DIES THUS HIS COMMANDS, DECREE’S LAWS AND INSTRUCTIONS NEVER DIE EITHER.

THE SONS OF ANTIOCHUS WANT US TO BELIEVE THAT HE ABONDONED HIS COVENANT PEOPLE ISRAEL—HEAVEN FORBID—AND CHOSE THE WAYS OF THE ROMAN HARLOT—WHO TURNED PASSOVER INTO EASTER AND THE FEAST OF DEDICATION/CHANUKKAH INTO CHRISTMAS AND THAT PAUL THE APOSTLE SAID IT WAS SO…..THEY ARE LYING TO YOU WITH THE TONGUE OF HASATAN.  THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THAT LEADS TO LIFE AND THE FEW THAT FIND IT NEVER DIE….THE WAY IS NARROW—SEARCH FOR IT—THE PATHWAY IS STEEP—ENJOY THE CLIMB—YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED TO BE A TESTIMONIAL OF YESHUA THE MESSIAH KING OF ISRAEL—NOT ROMAN CHRISTIANITY.  THIS IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE: YOUR ADOPTION HAS MADE YOU JEWISH—JUST LIKE YOUR FATHER ABRAHAM WAS MADE JEWISH.  HE STARTED AS A WANDERING ARMEANIAN AND BECAME THE FATHER OF US ALL.  REDEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO LEARNING THE TRUTH OF THE JEWISH MESSIAH AND HIS WAYS WHICH ARE PERFECT AND HIS PATHS WHICH ARE PEACE.

CHANUKKAH IS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION—DEDICATE YOURSELF ONCE AGAIN TO DISCOVERING THE TRUTH. ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU AND YOU WILL FIND MORE THAN GOOD PRAISE AND WORSHIP AND WATERED DOWN MESSAGES THAT ARE FINISHED IN LESS TIME THAN IT TAKES TO GRILL A HAMBURGER.  THIS IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE—THE LIVING TORAH YESHUA MESSIAH!  ALLOW HIM TO OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND TODAY….AND PRAY ALWAYS FOR THE PEACE OF ISRAEL AND THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM—OUR CAPITAL AND HOMELAND—AS WE LONG FOR THE DAY WE CAN RETURN FROM THE NATIONS.  CHAG SAMEACH!

Shavuatov!

Have a Blessed Week!

Remember to give to the poor

Remember those in prison

Visit the sick this week

Ariel Ehrmantrout © 2010

Teaching © 2004-2010 R.E.C. and HHM used by permission

 

“Wrestling With A New Self?” by Ariel E…..

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2010 by messianicpastor

 

This Weeks Torah Portion: Vayishlach—And He Sent

Genesis 32:4-36:43

Haftarah Odediah 1:1-21

Priesthood Instructions John 5-8

“Wrestling With A New Self?”

 

Genesis 32:1-6

1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.  3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my master Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now. 5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.’ ” 6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”

Mahanaim: Two Camps

  1. 1. After farewells to Laban, Jacob returns to the land of his father after 20 years

He must face his past-to move beyond it-and the last he knew Esau was waiting to kill him

  1. 2. 2 Angels meet him along the way-they are sent to strengthen and encourage him before he meets with his brother
  2. 3. Hebrews 1:14 says, “14Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
  3. 4. Jacob names the place “Mahanaim”-which means “Two Camps”

This is prophetic of the two houses of Israel that come from Rachel and Leah

Jacob: the living parable that represents us today

  1. 1. Jacob’s life is a prophetic parable of the process that we go through after we begin out return to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To put this in a more modern linguistic presentation would be to say this is a prophecy of our return to the God of Israel and how we give our lives over to YHWH—after we make Teshuvah (Repent—Turn and Go away from traditional Christianity (made up of Catholic’s and Protesting Catholic’s)
  2. 2. Like Abraham-we are not circumcised when we first receive the covenant; circumcision is a sign—a sign that there is a change of nature.  Abraham went from “wandering Aramean to the Father of the Jewish Nation by his act of obedience to the covenant requirement of circumcision which stands to this day.  Many “so called” believers today have accepted the modern lie about Pauline tradition and missed the fact that circumcision was not ever thought on by a single living Jew—as a means of “salvation.”  Salvation to people today is “fire insurance”—a policy—a quid pro quo—a one for one—you believe and you receive—which is really a works based doctrine when you think about it; all “good” people go to heaven—thus “good” is the standard—and not trusting in YHWH’s love for you in spite of your wishy-washy weaknesses.  To the Jew-salvation is a life process—an inclusion into the family of Israel and receipt of the covenantal blessings that accompany the Jewish people as a whole.  It simply means inclusion into the family of YHWH—his children—the Jewish people—regardless of your old nature of origin—but trust in Yeshua YHWH.
  3. 3. Salvation is a word that sums up several works of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). Salvation means “Deliverance” – God’s delivery and God’s power

Romans 5:8-10 says 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

Shedding Old Wine for New!

  1. 1. We must take off our old nature—the life we lived before we were called to join the Two Camps of Israel—the House of Israel and the House of Judah.  Our lives are no longer our own—they were bought with a price to reflect the glory of God—YHWH—which burned clearly and powerfully in Yeshua YHWH.  Our old “gentile nature”–the sinful desires and emotions that attempt to govern our Soul—must be traded for the collective betterment of the entire people of Israel;  Putting on “New Clothes” of an “Old Nature” will not ever work—many of us have never taken off the “Old Nature”—mostly because no one has ever given you the equipment to remove it by defining it for you—so you can know what it is.

Mattityahu 9:17 says, “17Neither do men pour new wine [Hebrew Lifestyle governed by the Torah] into old wineskins.[Our former Gentile lives]  If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine[the Living Torah found in Messiah Yeshua] into new wineskins, [a newly acquired Jewish Lifestyle]  and both [Your Former Life and your new life] are preserved.”

  1. 2. The ONLY way to take off the “OLD” is to surrender—allowing God to circumcise your heart-this is called “Salvation of your Souls” 1 Pet 1:9-2:3

  1. 3. Revelation 19:7 says,7Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
    For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready. 

The Idols of the past!

  1. 1. We are made up of 3 parts: Body (Adamah)-Soul (Nephesh) and Spirit (Chai Nephesh)

Our Spirit joins with the God of Abraham—but the work of the Soul (Nephesh—your mind-will and emotions) MUST come into agreement with God’s Spirit in our hearts (THIS IS OUR JOB).  To many of us live as dual citizens—torn between Roman Christianity and Eretz Israel—the Land of Israel.  This is the conflict of the dual nature that is often at conflict within us.  For instance—do you keep Christmas or Chanukah?  Perhaps you are a “both?” Some of you may even be a neither??  Regardless, this illustrates the conflict between our old nature’s Christian Christmas and Jewish Chanukah—our old life in conflict with our new nature.

  1. 2. Like Jacob-it is time to meet our Creator and deal with the past—we must leave ALL our possessions that separate us from God  Mark 10:27-30 says28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”  29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
  1. 3. Our “Idols” may be hidden in the “Possessions of our hearts”-we may not recognize them-but be assured that God does! Our Idols represent things and places where we hold on to our former gentile nature.  Gentile means “Confused Pagan Unbeliever” to every Jew who hears the word, and far too often people will introduce themselves to their Jewish brothers and sisters by saying “I am a Gentile…..”  This is a conflict that rages in the heart of many converts to the JUDAISM OF YESHUA as they attempt to continue in the pagan practices that keep them from receiving like Abraham did.

What are our past idols?

  1. 1. Memories, Prestige or Pride Is 43:18 says18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me,  the jackals and the owls,  because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen,  21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

  1. 2. Tragedy that may have severed our heart—and kept us from receiving “New Wine” or the message of a salvation that is not inclusive of Israel—one that attempts to replace Israel with Rome.  How can we know if we are victims of this deception?  It is simple to know—what Holidays do you celebrate?  Which way does your life face—Rome—with its paganistic theology and replacement theology; or Israel—keeping the Sabbath on sundown Friday to sundown Saturday—changing from Christmas to Chanukah—unclean foods to clean foods and the like—these are the signs for you to SEE and to KNOW which God you are serving.

  1. 3. Roman ways lead to bitterroot judgments which may be stored in our hearts that manifest like: emotional outbursts, fear, control, jealousy, defense, hatred, slander, and discord.

  1. 4. Some of us hold these closer than the “New Life” that is offered—that is why we have tried—but cannot go any farther—without abandoning these past idols!

Jacob prepares to meet Esav

  1. 1. Jacob is in FEAR because of PAST threats Gen 32:6-7
  2. 2. Instead of having faith in God—Jacob prepares 5 gifts for His Brother—trying to buy his favor!  (5 represents GRACE in the Torah)
  3. 3. Like Jacob-New things look good to us-so we try to offer our own righteousness-and think it is acceptable to God

  1. 4. We are to offer God our good deeds-but our righteousness is filthy! Is 64:6

Jacob comes to the Jabbok

  1. 1. All of Jacob’s habits were from his PAST IDOLS passed on for generations

Only a “Face to Face” encounter with G-d would save His soul

G-d had much more for Jacob-but he had to DIE to receive it-NOT PHYSICALLY, but SPIRITUALLY—ONLY  death would free Jacob from his Idolatry!

  1. 2. Jabbok is Hebrew for “Place of Emptying” or “Pouring Out”

  1. 3. Jacob was finally alone-after splitting His family in 2 parts-when He realized his Diplomacy and Riches (his works) had no effect—He was finally alone with G-d

Gen 32:25-29 says25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,  because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” 29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”
But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.”

Jacob wrestles with Yeshua

John 1:1 & 14 states, “ That the Torah was with God and that the Torah was God-and the Torah became flesh and dwelled among us”

  1. 1. Yet man cannot see God-as God is a Spirit—This “man” who wrestles with Jacob-is none other than God in the Flesh—Yeshua HaMoshiach

Jacob is finally set free after 20 Years!

  1. 1. Jacobs idols die during this encounter. Instead of his idol (The PAST) He must face Yeshua in the HERE AND NOW—for Today is the acceptable day of Salvation
  2. 2. Jacob will not cease his battle until he receives the blessing—Salvation of His Soul (MIND—WILL and EMOTIONS)  Duet 28

  1. 3. Jacob walked differently from that moment on! With a New Name  Rev. 3:12

  1. 4. Will you take your PAST idols: FEAR-HURT-GOSSIP-ANGER-CONTROL-TRAGEDY-PRIDE-FAME-RICHES-LACK-BITTERROOT JUDGEMENTS—to the Jabbok—and meet Yeshua there?

Will you “walk” like Jacob?

  1. 1. Like Jacob—will we go through the BATTLE IN THE FLESH —and will we NOT QUIT —until we receive our NEW NAME —and NEWNESS OF LIFE

  1. 2. This will result in the Salvation of your SOUL—YOUR NEPHESH (MIND-WILL AND EMOTIONS

God pronounces the Covenant Blessing of Abraham from Heaven

  1. 1. Neither Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob received the promise in their lifetime. They were strangers and Aliens in THE LAND!  Heb11:13

  1. 2. If they didn’t receive the promise—then who are the Children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Galatians 3:29 Says, 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise

And Galatians 3:7 says, “7Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.

  1. 3. BELIEVE here means “fidelity, faithfulness”

  1. 4. We are the Heirs of the Covenant Promise

Eph 1:3-14

Genesis 28:17

17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; (BETH’EL) this is the gate of heaven.”

Beth El

  1. 1. Mt. Moriah (BETH EL) This is where Jacob (ISRAEL) awakes from His dream 2 Thess 2:11

  1. 2. This is the SAME SITE where Abraham offered up Isaac and YESHUA was HUNG ON A TREE —not a cross– A Cross is shaped NOTHING like the LADDER is described  Eph 2:18

  1. 3. Jacob takes the anointing oil—put it on the STONE and makes a covenant vow of OBEDIENCE

  1. 4. The STONE Jacob sets up—will be a “PILLAR” in the “HOUSE OF GOD!”  Gen 14:18-20

Revelation 3:10-12

10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God (YHVH) and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

Who are you wrestling with? Is it the old nature that God is wanting to remove from you or the new nature in Israel that you are resisting?  Only you know the truth of this matter.  There are two camps—two ways to go—one like Esau’s leads to extinction—the other to the most vibrant people on the planet—the Priesthood of YHWH—Israel.  Hopefully, your limp will be from making the right choice and not the wrong one.

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov!!

© Ariel Ehrmantrout- All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“Are You A Jacob or Are You An Esau?” by Ariel E…….

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by messianicpastor

THIS WEEKS TORAH PORTION: TOLDOT- OFFSPRING

Genesis 25:19-28:9

Haftarah 1 Samuel 20:18-42

Priesthood Instructions: Matthew 24-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 21-24

“Are You A Jacob or Are You An Esau?”

Genesis 25:19-23

19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekkah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekkah became pregnant.  The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD .  The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

 

Romans 9:6-16

6It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.“  In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.“  Not only that, but Rebekkah’ s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.  11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger,” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,  “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

It All A Matter of a Birthrite

For their first 20 years Rebekkah was barren; Yitza’ak prays for his wife and she conceives twins! At their birth Yitza’ak was 60 and Avraham was still alive—but nearing death Avraham would have shared the family history with the twins.  Shem—Noach’s father & Eber were all alive for another 52-81 years more.  Shem’s grandfather Lemech—walked with Adam—the Son of God

The Twins

Genesis 25:27-28 says, “The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekkah loved Jacob.”

Pictures of our Patriarchs

Yitza’ak has favor toward Esav (ESAU)—who was a “Hunter” and “A Man of the Field”

Rebekkah has favor toward Ya’akov (JACOB) who was a “Quiet man” who “Stayed by the Tents”

What Do These Designations Mean?

“Open field” or “Country” is a reference to the Wild life—outside God’s Teaching and Instruction—Thus He was in contact with the realm of death   Deut. 28

Being “Among the Tents” is a reference to adhering to God’s Teaching and Instruction, Walking in the Realm of Life     Duet. 28

Genesis 25:29-30

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

Pride

This was an act of Pride on the part of Esav;  There are three aspects to every act of pride

1-PRESUPMTION—when we presume too much in our favor—when we act as though we have authority we do not have.

2- REBELLING AGAINST AUTHORITY —Seeking our own will to the point of rebellion

3- WILFULL DECISION —Pride carries the element of willful decision—Scripture calls this “Wickedness” and “Tempting God”

Rotten Food vs. Good Food

Rotten Food (The World) versus the Good Food (Of Torah)

Esav’ s food source was not dependable, and gave him little strength or nourishment

Esav’ s soul (His Flesh) becomes weak from being in the wilderness

Ya’akov ‘s Food supply strengthened and nourished Him

Ya’akov ‘s soul (His Flesh) remained strong and constant from being around the teaching and instruction

Effects of the “Wilderness”
The Realm of Death

Ya’akov discerns that his brother has been outside God’s realm of Life

While reflecting on Avraham ‘s death @175—Jacob decides to test his brother to see and see how important his birthrite was to him.

Ya’akov is preparing Lentil Stew—the traditional meal of mourning which is “Red” in

color

The birth rite is the Priestly position of the firstborn (As ALL firstborn belong to God)

This priesthood position contains all the authority of the Father

Why is the Stew Red?

The Torah When it was given to Moses was red. The Hebrew indicates that these stones were carved, smooth, and highly polished. And the Hebrew word “luach” which has been translated as “stone”, can, and has been, translated in other passages of Scripture as carbuncle.
Carbuncle is a type of garnet stone found among igneous and metamorphic rock formations, and is dark red to very dark red in color. Like blood–the Blood of Yeshua.

Why is the Stew Red?

Now consider this, the true Mt. Sinai located in Arabia and called in Arabian, “Jabal Al Lawz” just happens to be composed of a great amount of granite – an igneous rock, and marble, a metamorphic rock, the exact type of rock that carbuncle is found with.

Is this awesome or what? The tablets of the Testimony—The Ten Commandments, relating to the way of salvation, were blood red in color, and written on by the finger of the only One who could provide that Salvation, God

What good is the Birth Rite?

Genesis 25:31-34 says “Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”  “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.  Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.


So Esau despised his birthright.

There was a covenant meal

Jacob gave Esav “Bread” and the “Red” Lentil stew—He “Ate” and “Drank”

Esav reveals to us—that outside the Torah—because a Birth Rite brings Power—Authority—Honor—and Victory—that only come from keeping God’s Teaching and Instruction

Your “Fathers” birth rite should NEVER be for sale—to the best worldly job—don’t be like Esav and give little worth to God’s Teaching and Instruction

Despising what God has done for us—always results in touching the realm of death

Do You Despise Your Birth Rite?

Have we ever “despised our birth rite of Torah—by believing it to be done away with?

Did you willingly disobey Torah—because you were afraid God couldn’t meet your need—and despise your birth rite?

Do you remain silent as sin is practiced—becoming an accomplice of sin for those who hate their birth rite?

Esav Marries Poorly

Esav—knowing His parents are not to intermingle with the Canaanites—marries two Canaanite women

This grieves His parents Yitza’ak and Rebekkah

Genesis 26:34-35,34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekkah.”

Yitza’ak’ s eyes grow “Dim” –a sign of decreased spiritual discernment

Genesis 27:3 says “ Now then, get your weapons-your quiver and bow-and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.”

We are what we eat!

YHWH allows hunting “Clean” animals—but ALL blood must be poured out on the ground and buried

Life is in the blood —so if you eat blood—you take on the life characteristics of what you consume

Because of Esav ‘s “predatory nature” and “wild” behavior—Rabbi’s believe Esav’ s wives taught Him to eat unclean meats

Eating blood would render the consumer “Unclean and Blind”

Yitza’ak looses his sight and Esav makes many unclean life choices—because he was spiritually blind!

Listen to your Momma!

Rebekkah overhears Isaac preparing to pass the “Covenant Authority” to Esav

She remembers the promise God made when she was carrying the twins—”The Older Shall Serve The Younger”

She tells Jacob to pick 2 Goats from the Herd

The 2 Goats represent the Sin Sacrifice for the Whole Nation of Israel—All 12 Tribes!  This is a picture of the “Lords Goat” and the “Azazel” which bought Atonement on Yom Kippur

Ephesians 2:14

This is a prophetic foreshadowing of the tearing down of the wall of Hostility between the Two Houses of Israel

Genesis 27:15-16 says “15 Then Rebekkah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.”

Holy Garments

“Choice Garments” represents the Holy Clothing—like the Priests used to wear in YHWH’s House

They represent the authority, power, and strength of the King

Revelations 3:5—16:15 say “5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 15″Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Lev 7:1-8

After the Priest makes the “Guilt Offering” and the “Atonement Offering”—The Priests Family could eat the offering—whoever touched it’s flesh was made Holy!

Rebekkah takes the skin of the two sacrificed goats—and puts them on Jacob’s “Hands” and “Back”

“Hand” is an Idiom for “authority involving care, responsibility over someone or something”

In this case it was the birth rite blessing that God gave Abraham—Abraham’s Covenant!

Covering of Jacob’s Hands

Covering His 2 hands represents the 2 Houses of Israel —who come into the submission of God—and possess the inheritance of the land—people—and blessing

The neck symbolizes strength and surrender

Matthew 11:29

Take my yoke upon you (God’s Teaching and Instruction) and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jacob receives the blessing

The meal of the Two Goats represents the two houses

Together they eat the covenant meal including, “Bread” “Wine” and “THE Scapegoat”

His brother rages at Jacob from outside the Camp

Jacob leaves and returns with two brides— that represent the 2 houses of Israel

Which “Twin” do you look like?

Goats live outside the Camp—but Sheep in the comfort of the Shepard’s “Flock”

Matthew 25:31-46 says “”When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I as a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Do You Despise Your Birth Rite? A Reflection…..

Do we live a life of victorious covenant power? It is not rocket science to determine which Twin we resemble more.  Are you obedient to the Torah and your parents like a Jacob—or are you disobedient to Torah and doing things that cause your parents shame and pain like Esau did?

The Torah lays forth a lifestyle that leads to success and is full of warnings about living a wild life among the nations.  As we progress towards the end of days—evil seems to be rewarded and good often is unrewarded and not noticed; this is why it is critical for us to live a different lifestyle.  IT TAKES NO WALK WITH GOD TO LIVE WITH THE NATIONS AND DO ALL THEY DO; HOWEVER –IT DOES TAKE COURAGE TO PROCLAIM THE JEWISHNESS OF YESHUA AND HIS TEACHINGS.  IT TAKES COURAGE TO OBEY WHEN ALL OTHERS SEEM TO GET AWAY WITH THEIR DISOBEDIENCE.  IT TAKES LOVE TO FOLLOW THE HEBREW LIFESTYLE WHEN ALL ELSE GO THE OTHER WAY PROCLAIMING THE OLD WAYS AS—GOD FORBID—DONE AWAY WITH TODAY.

To proclaim with your lifestyle that Torah is not for today is to DENY THAT GOD IS ALIVE AND RELEVANT TODAY.  When people tell me the Paul said the Torah is done away with—I shudder inside—as I realize that that ignorant little one, just said the life force of the Universe was not for today.  Is it any wonder that todays houses of worship are little more than social clubs for people who all agree?

Which Twin do you look like; are you one who walks only with God for only God is where you are walking?  Or, are you popular with the world—a friend of the world—and an enemy of God?  Will you life proclaim faith in the Messiah of a united Israel –or do our actions deny Yeshua—His Torah—and all with the falsehood of a Judas Kiss?

Repent today—return to God—and WALK IN THE COVENANT POWER of GOD!

IT IS YOUR BIRTH RITE!

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov

Ariel

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout – All Rights reserved Worldwide

“Sir May I Water Your Camels” by Ariel E…….

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is: Chayai Sarah: The Life of Sarah

Genesis 23:1 through Genesis 25:18

This Weeks Haftarah: 1 Kings 1:1-31

Priesthood Readings Mattiyahu 19-23

“Sir May I Water Your Camels?”

Genesis 24:1-14

1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. 2 He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 I want you to swear by the LORD , the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.” 5The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”  “Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7 “The LORD , the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’-he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter. 10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim [3] and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water. 12 Then he prayed, “O LORD , God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’-let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

A Prophetic Vision for the Last Days

Abraham and Isaac separate following the “Akeida” (The Binding)

Abraham goes to Beersheba (Town of Seven Wells)—Located in Ephraim’s Land

Gen 22:19

Isaac goes off to Beer Lahai Roi (Well of the Holy One Seeing Me) located in the future land of Judah   Gen 24:62

They do not meet again until Isaac’s Wedding Gen 24

The Death of Sarah

Genesis 23:1-2

“1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.”

The Mission of Genesis 24

Abraham sends out “Eliezer”  whose name means “G-ds Helper” in Hebrew Gen 24:1-5

Abraham chooses his Chief Servant Eliezer

Abraham binds Eliezer with a “Hand under Thigh” Covenant Vow to find his Son a suitable Wife   Gen 24:2-9

Violation of this vow would bring a curse to the Children of Eliezer to the 3rd or 4th generation

Notice that Isaac does NOT take control of His own Life—Seeking His own bride—but allows His Father the responsibility

John 15:16 says “16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

Eliezer’ s Camels and a Long Journey….

Camels are called “Ships of the Desert”

They survive on very little food and water and can travel 25 miles per day

They grow to be approximately 1542 Lbs

Eliezer travels over 500 miles to Nahor

Eliezer Arrives In Nahor

Stops at a well where people come to water their livestock

He thanks G-d for His safe journey

Then Eliezer prays for success in finding a Bride for Isaac

Wishing to be certain He places a fleece before the L-rd

He asks that Isaac’s Wife would be the one who when asked for a drink—offers to water his Camels as well

Rebekkah Appears at the Well

Genesis 24:15-19 says ”15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekkah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” 18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking.”

Rebekkah the Servant

She quickly serves a complete stranger with her Jar

But She goes above what he asks her and She waters the his Camels as well!

Each Camel Drinks between 20-30 Gallons each

10 Camels drink between 200-300 Gallons of Water—from a 3 Gallon Jar

Her Service  from the Well was Evangelism—that resulted in Her entering into a whole new environment

Her service to Others brought about freedom from Bondage with NO STRINGS ATTACHED—it was a FREE GIFT

Living Water
Water in this story represents repentance EPH 5:26

The Wells in this story represent Grace and Mercy

The Camels represent the 10 Lost Tribes that are in a foreign land with “G-ds Helper” 1 Kings 12:16 , John 15:26

Isaac’s future Bride shares repentance to the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel (Ephraim)

She was used to drawing from the well of “Living Water”

John 4:14 says “14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Further Prophetic Significance

The Camels also represent the 10 “Words” of G-d  AKA The Ten Commandments

The Word of G-d—takes the Servant of G-d to the Bride

The Bride of the Promised Seed– will ride to the Promised Seed– on the 10 Camels!

Ephesians 5:26-27 says ”26to make her holy, cleansing[2] her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

So Who was Rebekkah??

A Virgin with tremendous beauty—without spot Gen 24:16

A servant  Mark 10:44—Servant of All

Obedient—1 Sam 15:22

A Member of Abraham’s Family

2 Cor 6:14 says “14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

Many Good Gifts

Eliezer Gives Rebekkah many good gifts

The Nose Ring represents a “Beka” which is a Hebrew Half Shekel

This is what Torah requires as the “Atonement” price    Deuteronomy 30:13

Messiah’s blood was our atonement price!

The Two Bracelets

These represent the “Two Houses of Israel” beginning with the “Seed of Abraham”

Jews and Christians unified together through Messiah in the Unified Faith of Israel!

The bracelets also represent the “Two” tablets of the “Law” given to Moses—that have been written on our Heart in the renewed covenant Jer 31:31

The word translated NEW there is the Hebrew word “CHADASH” –meaning to REPAIR ANEW

The Bride Agrees to Go

Eliezer presents His mission to Bethuel—Rebekkah’ s Father and Laban Her Brother

-They represent Traditional Judaism and      Ephraim: Both sides of the same coin

They share a covenant meal together Gen 24:54

After paying the Brides Price—Eliezer wishes to leave

Isaac’s Bride must crossover into the land of promise by Faith—Just Like Sarah Had—

BEING SEPERATED OUT

Rebekkah’ s family wants her to stay for 10 days

This represents the “10 days of Awe” that   fast are approaching

Those who will not leave their comfortable places behind—or are deceived by a religious spirit and do not follow the Spirit will be left behind to endure

THE “AWESOME DAY OF THE L-RD”

Rebekkah willingly agrees to leave with Eliezer

What was Rebekkah ‘s Choice?

She could have believed that Isaac existed —But this belief ALONE would not have gotten her into the Promised Land!!!!

She could have stayed where She was–and missed her chance at being part of the Bride

She could have waited through the 10 days

She could have gone through tribulation with her Brother and Mother—but she chose not to by WHAT SHE DID!

HER FAITH WAS PROVEN BY WHAT SHE DID James 2:26

“26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Rebekkah ‘s Journey through the Wilderness

Rebekkah and her maids leave with the servant—following Him to the Promised Land

They ride the Camels through the Wilderness

The Camels are the Commands of G-d

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command”

The NEW BRIDE returns with the 10 Camels (Ten Lost Tribes)

Genesis 24:62-67 says”62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, [8] and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekkah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekkah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

What This Means

The Son of Promise —recognizes the “Camels” of His Father

John 16:15 says, “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”

She looked up and saw Abrahams Son

Acts 1:11 says, “11″Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”

Sarah’s Tent

Tent comes from the Hebrew Word “Ahal” which means “to Shine

Yeshua is the Torah:  The Word made Flesh!

John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d and the Word was G-d”

John 8:12 says, “12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Taking Rebekkah into Sarah’s Tent—was taking her into G-ds Teaching and Instructions!  His Torah—The VERY BODY OF MESSIAH!

Are You Like Rebekkah?

Disobedience to Torah is Sin  1John 3:4

Disobedience is Rebellion—Which is Witchcraft 1 Sam 15:23

If we fail to follow “G-ds Servant” we will never make it through the Wilderness

We must live like Yeshua did:  HE LIVED A HEBREW LIFESTYLE—SEPERATED OUT FROM THE RELIGIOUS CROWD!

There is NO Other Way!  John 14:6 says, “6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

Way-Truth-Life

Way-The Hebrew word for WAY is the Strong’s number 1870 which is
“Derek”. It means:
1) way, road, distance, journey, manner
Gen 3:24

Truth-The Hebrew word: “Emet” it means:

1) firmness, faithfulness, truth  2 John 1:4

Life-The Hebrew word for life is the Strong’s number 2416 which is “Chai”
and means:
1) to live, breathe, be among the living

Gen 2:9

Yeshua said “those who REMAIN IN MY WORD ARE MY DESCIPLES;” what WORD was he talking  about?

Many Christians will say “But Paul told us to follow the New Testament;”  Where? What is the chapter and verse on that command of Paul that apparently holds more weight than that of Yeshua himself?  [God Forbid] Paul never said anything like that…nor did he live anything like that.

Yeshua goes on to say “ANYONE else who tries to come in ANOTHER WAY is a THIEF and A LIAR and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THEM.”  .

In Conclusion

Yeshua was strictly referring to the Torah: God’s Teaching and Instructions in the lifestyle that pleases God.  HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT JUDAISM PLEASES GOD??  Simple enough—because what faith was practiced by Yeshua?  Judaism-and none other.  So if Yeshua and all the Apostles knew that if they remained IN THE TORAH that they would be true “students” of faith—who today has been fooled?

Rebekkah left everything She had known to become the Bride.  She left her Mother and Father—and crusty brother Laban and everything else.  After coming to faith—believing that YHWH—God will graft us into Israel—then and only then will one flea the lies and deceit which so easily besets us and begin our lives in what to us is a “new” tent—but in actuality was the tent of Sarah the Wife of Abraham and Mother of the Jewish people everywhere.

As Joshua said “Choose this day whom you should serve—as for ME and MY HOUSE we will serve the God of Abraham and rejoice at the day of the Moshiach Yeshua.

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov

Ariel

 

(C) 2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout –All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

 

 

“Get Yourself Out” by Ariel E………..

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion: Lech Lecha–Get Yourself Out

Genesis 12:1-17:27

Haftarah Portion: Isaiah 40:27-41:16

Priesthood Portion: Mattityahu 14-18

 

Lech Lecha “Get Yourself Out”

 

Much is made today about Abrahams Faith; but what exactly is the faith of Abraham?  Was Abraham a Torah obedient individual? Or was Abraham a sinful man, full of rebellion and disobedience towards God who somehow found favor with God because of his faith demonstrated through his steadfast obedience to YHWH– apart from any notion of works?

Or was Abraham a man of faith because he believed the Word of God to be Truth, and showed his faith through his daily obedience to Torah–God’s teaching and instruction?

How was this different from Lot His Nephew?

What does it say to us today?

Genesis 17:1-12

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.

 

Background 1

 

YHVH is going to make His covenant with Avraham, and through this covenant—YHVH is promised to make Avraham the “Father of many Nations.” Why does the word Nation(s) have and “s” on the end—and what does this indicate?  The covenant is not just for Ephraim and Judah, but for every nation that wishes to be grafted into Israel. (Romans 11) What is foundational to this covenant that would bless the “Nations/Gentiles?”

 

Genesis 26:1-5.
1 Now there was a famine in the land-besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time-and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring [1] all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

 

What? Abraham had the Torah? What will my Theologian say about that!

Even thought the Modern Theologians of our day—our versions of Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s have told us for years that the “Law” of God did not come for 430 years after the “Promise made to Abraham”—as they misquote Rabbi Sha’ul.  Yet we see in this passage very clearly that all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

 

Peat Peat and Repeat—MT. Sinai

Abraham knew Gods Torah—His teaching and Instructions long before the Israelites reached Mt. Sinai.  This may come as a shock to our religious system, but Mt. Sinai is a retelling of the Torah by the time Moses gets there

How can this be You good Talmidim ask? Mt. Sinai was a reintroduction to the Teaching and Instructions of God that was lost when the Israelites were in Slavery in Pagan Egypt!

 

How?

 

Up to the Day of Joseph and His Brothers—your ancestors—Torah was passed on Father to Son, Mother to daughter by word of Mouth!

This “Oral” Halacha—or telling of the Torah was lost when they became slaves following the death of Joseph—victims of cultural assimilation

 

Why?

A. There are two primary reasons:

 

1-One, because when the people of a nation become slaves to another nation, they are stripped of their identities, their heritage, their customs and their culture; and are forced to adopt the customs and religious practices of their masters.

 

2-Just think how much America has changed in your lifetime—with no slavery, culturally forced assimilation, no printing presses, just image over 400 years!

Why part 2

 

Secondly-When Joseph’s brothers went into Egypt—they were on 70, after Slavery there were over 500 thousand Men, and adding Women and Children there were over 3 million when they left; Oral traditions are better kept in small group, Hunter Gatherer (roughly 25-30 people), or “Big Man” (up to 1000 people) Social Structures.  Add to this the identity destruction that results from Slavery—and it is easy to understand and you will come to see more clearly how conditions of the covenant made with Abraham are the same ones made with Moshe (Moses) and the children of Israel.

So What’s Different?

A-Though they are two covenants, the latter made at Mt. Sinai, and the former made with Jerusalem up above which is free; Galatians 4:21-31, you will find that they contain the same Law, the Torah, and that the only thing that is different, is not the Torah, but how the administration of atonement for the remission of sins is carried out. That is the only change!

Rental Property

 

It’s like renting an Apartment—You have to sign a covenantal contract to move in.  When you have fulfilled the contract you move out.

Say a new family moves in the same Apartment—they would have to sign the same covenant agreement.  It is separate from the 1st families rental contract, but identical in it’s rights and responsibilities.  So it is with this covenant of Abraham—and the Covenant of Moses.  It is a renewal with the new tenants at “Mt. Sinai;” because there were now millions of Tenants now, a sophisticated Priesthood was empowered to make atonement for the sins of the “entire” nation—not just One Family!

 

Genesis 17:10-12

 

10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner-those who are not your offspring.

Tutor

A. – Thus the tutor mentioned in Galatians (a sophisticated Priesthood that was empowered to make atonement for the sins of the “entire” nation—not just One Family!  The Sacrificial system that was added 430 years later to the covenant was to attend to the issue of sin–or Torah violation until Messiah Yeshua could come; Galatians 3:16-19.

Members of Abraham’s Covenant

 

A—People love to claim their part of the Abrahamic Covenant.  Yet when they come against circumcision—they almost always say, “The Law is Done Away With” [YHWH FORBID]  Thinking it part of the Mosaic Covenant

 

B-They do not realize it is part of the Abrahamic Covenant—and was given to “BLESS ALL THE NATIONS THROUGH IT”

 

C. Abraham’s covenant sign—is circumcision—all covenants are sealed with a “SIGN”

 

Things that make you go Hmmmm…

 

Isn’t it interesting that the covenant requirement for the covenant that most “Faith” preachers teach– as your key entitlement to financial reward—requires circumcision as a stipulation for ALL time?  Most Pastors today call you a Legalist—if you ask for a strict rendering of what the Bible says.

 

Legalist versus what?  An Illegalist? An Illegalist = A Criminal

Abraham—the Legalist!

 

By Today’s standard, anyone who wishes to obey the Torah—God’s Teaching and Instruction is considered a legalist—or one who puts people in bondage.  Yet these same Theologians—get on TV-and claim the promises of Abraham’s Covenant; claiming promises that are not yours–yep, that is the sure sign of a squatter–a criminal trespasser!

 

But if circumcision, or any other act of obedience to Torah, constitutes “legalism” then Abraham would have to be declared a legalist as it is written “Abraham BELIEVED YHWH and it was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS!

 

Abraham Legalist or man of Faith?

A-Abraham was a man of the Faith, a man who believed and looked forward to the coming of Messiah; but the Faith that our father Abraham displayed was everything that the theologians speak out against today as “legalism.”

 

A Real Life Example …..to ponder

 

A-Let’s put this into contemporary terms. Imagine yourself driving 20 miles over the speed limit and you discover yourself being pulled over for speeding. L

B-As the police officer writes out the ticket you turn to him and state, “Excuse me officer, don’t you think you are being a little legalistic? After all, officer, I am under grace, not under the law, right?

 

C-This would be a very unwise thing to say to a police officer wouldn’t it?

 

D- Yet many say it about YHVH’s Word every day!

 

Watch out for that Angry Cop!

 

A. Every time we call someone “A Legalist” for simply wanting to obey YHVH’s Teaching and Instruction—We are like that Lawbreaker—who was trying to make the Cop look bad for their own irresponsible behavior!

 

Was Abraham under grace?  Both Abraham and Moses were under God’s Grace as well.  Hebrews 4:2a says, “2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did;

THEY WHO? TO WHOM  IS THE WRITER OF HEBREWS REFERRING TO?

 

They heard the gospel and knew the grace of God even as we; yet Abraham knew and obeyed the Torah. And Moshe (Moses) likewise, heard the gospel and knew the grace of God; and knew and obeyed the Torah. And these two men are the two greatest men of faith presented in the Tenach (the “Old Testament“) of Scripture.

Hey… did they know something we ought to know??

 

A-The Scriptures are clear that being under the grace of God did not mean that Abraham and Moshe (Moses) were free to violate His Torah (His “Law“).

 

B-Being under grace, and not under law, does not mean the Law is done away; and to speak such heresy is to speak against Yeshua Himself, who stated emphatically that not the least stroke of a pen contained in the Torah would pass away until the heavens and the earth pass away.

So what was done away with?

A-Grace means we are no longer under the law of sin—or the Priestly Sacrifices for Atonement.

 

B-That is, we are no longer bound to be servants to the law of sin, but are now free to be servants to the law of righteousness.

C-Psalm 119:172 says172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for ALL your commands ARE righteous!!”

 

God Commands Abraham to “Go”

 

Notice that God does not tell Abram “where” to go—only that He will show him.  God speaks things that are not as though they are—and he expects Abram to believe YHWH’s promise of future provision and obey His command.  Abraham does believe—trusting faithfully—” from the Hebrew word “EMUNAH”–meaning faithful, steadfast obedience to God’s teaching and instructions.  He leaves His Fathers House with his Wife Sarai and His Nephew Lot, and all their possessions–leaving himself NO parachute

 

Abraham arrives in Canaan: Modern Day Israel

 

Abram is only 75 when He left His country, His Brother, and His Father’s House.  When Abram arrives YHWH covenants with Him to Have the Land for ALL Generations ((which by the way includes ours–SO STOP GIVING AWAY TERRITORY IN ISRAEL))

 

Abraham is blessed beyond His wildest imagination

Just like all who fully submit to God’s Teaching and Instructions by Faith!

 

What About Lot?

 

A- Lot in this potion is very much like the modern “Organized Traditional Christian Church” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”—that believes they have replaced the Covenants of the Houses of Judah and Ephraim!

 

B- Lot who started out in biblical trusting faithfulness with Abraham—moving out with His family Member—that represents Judah (So did the “Organized Traditional Christian” Church—and their Israelite brothers—” The Lost Tribes of Israel”– They started as One with Judah under King David’s Unified Tent)

 

C-Lot gets to Canaan (promised land)—goes to Egypt (places of confinement)—then back to Canaan—and gets wealthy along the way (As does “Organized Traditional Christianity” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”)

 

D- His employee’s end up fighting with Abrahams (As does “Organized Traditional Christianity” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”—with their Brothers in the Tribe of Judah)

 

So Lot strikes out on his own

 

A-Lot decides in His own power to move and set up His tents toward Sodom—a wicked pagan place

1-This symbolizes the movement of the organized Christian Church and Judaism away from the Torah, YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction done by faith!

 

B-Abraham asks of YHWH, and G-d gives him the promised land by faith.

1-This represents the Judeans that DID receive Yeshua as Messiah and enter into their rest—while keeping Torah—the Remnant, and their Christian Brothers and Sisters who kept all YHVH’s Instructions by faith

Lot gets taken Hostage

 

Sodom is such a Pagan place—there is violence everywhere and perversion.  Lot and all he owns are taken into bondage

 

A-This is where the “Body” is to this day—in bondage with NO real power!

 

B- But YHVH had a plan to redeem Lot from the pagan’s that had captured His family

1- Abraham and His 318 men trained for  war, attacked the enemy stronghold and freed Lot and His family

 

Genesis 14:14-16 says14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.”

It’s time for the Sons of Abraham to Arise for battle!

A-In the last days the scripture calls for a reawakening of those Sons of Abraham who are called of the Lord

 

B-We have to go get those who are stumbling off to their death

 

Jeremiah 16:19-21

19 O LORD , my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good. 20 Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” 21 “Therefore I will teach them- this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD!”

 

The Awakening

A-There is a worldwide revival of people turning back to the Torah

1-EV FREE, CGGC, AOG, BAPTISTS, WORD OF FAITH, 7TH DAY ADVENTISTS, All have active Messianic Congregations that are growing!!!

2- People are seeking “more” than the cotton candy—prosperity only messages—they are seeking a real life change

 

Micah 4:1-2

1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 33:24-26

Then the word of the LORD came to me: 24 “Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.’ 25 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? 26 You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?’

Are You Living in Ruins?

A-Have you been Keeping G-d’s Teaching and Commands?

B-Or Like Righteous Lot—have you placed the opening of your tent (Your Heart) toward the pagan—sinful world?

C-Have you been carried away from the Truth by false doctrine—and held powerless—full of Religion?

D. Do you want to live like Abraham really did? In Blessing, and Power and Prosperity?

E-You must die to your flesh and obey G-d Gen 26:5

 

YHVH’s covenant with YOU –God’s Side of the Covenant

4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram [2] ; your name will be Abraham, [3] for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

Abrahams RESULTS require Abrahams ACTIONS!  Your Side of the Covenant:

9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. Yeshua said

10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

 

Doing the Covenant: Means Death to the Flesh

 

A-A Dead Person Has No Reputation! Phl 2:7

B-A Dead Person Seeks not His Own 1 Cor 13:5

C-A Dead Person Does Not Fight Back Ex 14:14

D- A Dead Person is never tempted 1 Cor 10:13

E-A Dead Person is never vein Ps 24:4

F-A Dead Person is never offended Matt 11:6

G-A Dead Person never opens their Mouth! Is 53:7

H-A Dead person never argues-or needs to win one!

Col 3:13

I-A Dead person has no agenda! Jn 8:50 1 Cor 13:5

Remember

A-Father Abraham sacrificed his past by leaving all he had known to obtain God

B-He was willing to sacrifice His future by offering His only son—because He knew God was faithful to keep His word

C-Power in this last revival will be held by those who are obedient to ALL YHWH’s Word

D-Not just the parts that we like

 

Shavuatov ©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout –All Rights Reserved Worldwide

 

“Are We Noah’s Generation?” by Ariel E………….

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is Noach: Noah

Genesis 6:8-11: 32

Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24

Priestly Instructions Matthew 5-9; Mark 4-6; Luke 5-8

“Are We Noah’s Generation?”

 

Genesis 6:9-22  This is the account of Noah.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.  11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress [3] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. [4] 16 Make a roof for it and finish [5] the ark to within 18 inches [6] of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Background

 

A- Noach’s Father was Lemech

B- Lemech was 56 When Adam Died—111 When Enoch was no more—168 when Shem passed away

C- Lemech was taught by all these men and would have had to meet with them throughout the year to celebrate G-d’s “moedim” –His Holy Feasts

D- As Torah was in the Garden with Adam—so it was in the heart of Noach

E- Noach was righteous before the L-rd because He found grace 6:8

Background 2

Noach’s generation was exceedingly evil and G-d was grieved that He had made Man

 

A- G-d was grieved to the point that He had to act

B- G-d decided to destroy the earth by water

C- Genesis 6:13-16

Genesis 6:13-16

 

13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress [3] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. [4] 16 Make a roof for it and finish [5] the ark to within 18 inches [6] of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.

G-ds plan of Salvation is clearly seen in His ‘instructions” to Noach

1- The Arc was set up along the same dimensions as the Temple—with it’s three decks-mirroring the three courts of the Temple

2- It had rooms-which in Hebrew is the word for “nests.”  The animals were most likely young and these “nests” were lined with everything they would need—this is a picture of Messiah preparing our bridal chamber—a place of rest from the storm of tribulation that is coming upon the earth

3- The Arc was covered in “Pitch”—which comes from the Hebrew word “Kippur” meaning to “protect, cover, annul, forgive, and pardon.”

4- Here G-d is prophesying His redemption plan –His planned “Atonement”—or Yom Kippur for the world.

G-ds plan of Salvation is clearly seen in His ‘instructions” to Noach

5- The Arc had a Roof—also mentioned as a Window and “An Opening”

 

This is taken from the Hebrew word “Sohar” Means light or Light source for Illumination

 

6- Genesis 1:3  Yeshua IS the  LIGHT

Genesis 1:3

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

 

What were the Days of Noach Like

BIBLICAL EVIDENCE:

Brother murder v.8

City Building v.17

Seducing Music v. 21

Tools of Bronze and Iron v.22

Strong Violence in Anger v.23

 

What were the Days of Noach Like

MORE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE

Son’s of Elohim desired man’s daughters v.2

People took whoever they wanted for wives v.2

Son’s of Elohim sired Children with the daughters of Men v.4

Thoughts were only evil at all times v.5

The had filled the world with violence v.13

These things filled G-ds heart with pain v.6

 

Matthew 24:37-39

37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Lost Books of Oral Halacha

1—Referred to in the “New Testament” in the book of Jude 1:14

2- Recent archeological discoveries have revealed much to us about this intertestamental period: We now know about the Qumran Essenes, the Jubilee’s and other communities Jesus was familiar with

3- Do they shed any light on this time?

 

Historical Record and
Modern Comparison

EATING THEN

A- They were eating all manner of things not allowed to eat—things unclean

B- Noach knew the difference between clean and unclean Genesis 8:20

Genesis 8:20

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.

Historical Record and
Modern Comparison

EATING THEN

C-They enjoyed a great amount of strong drink—a Legacy of Chavah’s sin

 

EATING NOW

D- Men eat in Violation to G-ds Torah taught by the Leaders of the “Church” and Churches are full of closet alcoholics

Historical Record and
Modern Comparison

MARRIAGE THEN—NO WHITE WEDDING!

A- Sexual promiscuity, perversion and rape were prevalent. The Greek word used here is the word “Gamountes” meaning to “Go Into”

B- A proper wedding would have used the Greek Word “Gamos”

 

 

Historical Record and Modern Comparison

MARRIAGE NOW

C- Sexual promiscuity in the Church is at an all time high among Singles and Adultery is also Rampant—especially among Leaders

D- Illegitimate births, HIV, Pornography and Internet Porn and Abortion as an alternative contraception have become normative in

“G-d’s House!”

Historical Record and Modern Comparison

THEN

A- Men had become obsessed with face painting—So Women began painting their faces and wearing seductive clothing—for the sole purpose of sexual control

NOW

B- The Beauty Myth, Inappropriate clothing, and Music Videos –“Brittany Spears”

Historical Record and
Modern Comparison

WITCHCRAFT THEN

Niggun-a descendant of Cain made Himself open for Demon Possession and was allegedly shown how to make many  differing alcohols and various drugs

WITCHCRAFT NOW

“Believers” daily read their horoscopes, call psychic hotlines and “Self Medicate” with all matter of drugs

Historical Record and
Modern Comparison

MUSIC THEN

Their music contained a penetrating beat- shrill tones—and was combined with drinking to lure the sons of Shem into perversion

MUSIC NOW

MTV-VH1-Rock-Rap Country Etc.—still mixed with strong drink to lure G-ds sons and Daughters into perversion

Historical Record and  Modern Comparison

Jesus Knew all these things—this is why He said, “AS IN THE DAY’S OF NOACH”

 

We are on Par with Noach’s Generation

The ARC

A- Was built in the shape of the Temple

B- Only in building up our internal Temple—will we find safety in the day of destruction

C- We only are built up by Faith

D-”Faith Comes by hearing and hearing by the “TORAH” –Word of G-d

E-Only by putting Faith into practice will we find the Grace Noach found Hebrews 11:7

7By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Faith Brought Obedience Faith motivated Noach to action

 

Genesis 7:22 “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. “

There’s Only One Way Out

A- The Arc Sealed Noach and His family IN—as the Holy Spirit Seals us for the Day of Redemption

B- The Window—on the Arc was made of Skins—letting in the Light—The Torah is written on Skins and Yeshua IS the light

C- John 3:17-21

John 3:17-21

17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.[7] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”[8]

The Flood Destroyed All Outside Wickedness

A-Noach’s family was all saved—but His Son’s were not ALL sinless.  This is a picture of our battle with killing the fleshly thoughts and desires that burn in our mind against G-d’s Word

B-The Arc comes to Rest—a Picture of our Shabbat Rest from our own Works

The “Window” Was Opened

A-Since it was made of Skins—it had to be pierced.  This word in Hebrew is “Challah” meaning pierced.

B-In Genesis 8:7-Noach releases a Raven—the unclean bird

C-In Genesis 8:8- Noach Releases a Dove—which was a clean bird

Yeshua is the Opening

A-Yeshua was pierced, (CHALLAH) from His side both blood and Water flowed

B- The Raven is a picture of the unclean “blood” that flowed from Yeshua—And the Water is a Picture to us of the clean Dove that followed the destruction of the World

C-John 19:34-35

John 19:34-35

34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe

Noach’s first Dove returns

A- This is a type and shadow of Yeshua’s first appearing

B-There was no place for Him to place His feet—so He returned to the Father

C-Mark 1:10

Mark 1:10

10As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.

The Second Time the Dove returns to Noach with an Olive Branch

A- This is symbolizing Yeshua’s Millennial Reign  where He rules from Jerusalem with the Torah going out to the whole world

B-The Olive Branch directly represents the Two Houses of Israel—in Peaceful Covenant with G-d

 

7″To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Alechem Shalom and Shavuatov

 

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout –all rights reserved worldwide

 

 

“What Does My Life Look Like To Others?” by Ariel E…..

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is “Bereshit: Genesis” meaning “In the beginning”  Genesis 1:1-6:8

Read the “Haftarah: Prophets” is Isaiah 42:5—21

Read the New Covenant Priestly Instructions: Matthew 1-4, Mark 1-3, Luke 1-4

“What Does My Life Look Like To Others?”

Genesis 4:1-12

Cain and Abel

1 Adam [1] lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. [2] She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth [3] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD . 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

Genesis 4:1-12

5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.  6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”  8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” [4] And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.  9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:1-12

10 The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

Man is made in God’s “Image and Likeness.”

1.Image means—We look like the Creator’s Physical Form

2.Likeness means we are to be likened unto the Creator by How We act

Adam and Chavah [Eve]

God’s sacrifice in the garden is the first blood atonement

Adam and Chavah tried to cover their own guilt with the leaves of the Tree’s: they knew they needed covering

God covered them with Skin

Skin in Hebrew is “Or” which is where we get the word, “Light”

Adam and Chavah [Eve]

When the skins of sheep are hung, stretched and dried—they are used to write the Torah on—this is referred to as the “Lambs Book of Life.”

These dried “leaves” are then sown together with lamb sinews and called “The Hem of His Garment” and there are 39 leaves per Torah Scroll.

The Garment worn by Adam and Chavah was called a “Katan” in Hebrew

Katan means a “hairy garment”

Adam and Chavah Have Children

Genesis 4:1 stated “1 Adam [1] lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain”

Cain was the first of a set of twin boys, the other was named Havel—or Abel in your Bibles

Chavah’s Proclamation

When Chavah saw her first son—She exclaimed in a loud voice

“Qaniti Ish Et YHWH”

In English this means:

I have gotten a Man-YHWH

Foreshadowing God Coming to Earth in Physical Form

A Tale of Two Brothers

Cain—Had some anger issues—He was a Farmer.

Abel—Lived Righteously by Faith—and was a keeper of flocks—A Shepherd

They both lived in the image of God but Only One lived in the Likeness of God

Genesis 4:4-7

4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

At the Appointed Time……

“In the Course of Time” in Hebrew is the word “Moed’im” meaning the

“Feasts of God” –celebration of God’s Feast Days goes all the way back to Adam and his family; if your are a “redeemed Adam” these feasts are yours as well.

The Boy’s both brought two different Gifts to offer for a burnt offering to the Lord YHWH on His appointed Feast Day [Moed]

Cain was to be the High Priest and new that a “burnt offering” was to be an offering of a Lamb.  However, Cain brought something from His own creative work—from the ground that had been cursed when Adam was expelled from the Garden.

Abel was the second born, and not the “appointed” Priest, but he brought a blood sacrifice, in Hebrew called the “Or” which means the “Light” located in the blood of the animal and to make atonement for unintentional sins.

Now the rest of the story:

God’s Faith Versus Our Works

Mass Delusion on the Body of Christ?

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12:

“9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.”

What is the Truth?

Do not accept mans definitions of the Bible—the Bible defines the Bible:

Psalm 119:142, Psalm 119:151, 160

“119:142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.”

God’s Righteous Laws are True—and like gravity is a law that us true and constant—so are all of God’s promises, “Yes and Amen” to those in Christ Jesus.  People confuse the “Laws of Leviticus” with the “Laws of Moses;” Leviticus and its rituals have been done away with in Christ—but Moses instructions for how to live now that we are saved is present to empower our life!

So what is the Delusion—and what does that word mean?
Delusion is “Plane” in Greek

This means:

1) a wandering, a straying about

a) one led astray from the right way, roams hither and thither

2) metaphor.

a) mental straying

1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion

b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting

c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud

James 3:14

14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

NO

James 3:17-19

17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.
20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless…”

What is the “faith” James is referring too?

Strongs Concordance defines this Greek word as “conviction of the truth of anything.”

So what does “Works” Mean

Strongs Concordance defines this Greek word as “that which one undertakes to do, an enterprise, an undertaking”

What About believing in God?
James 3:19-23

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[4]  21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness

What is a Fraud?

Anything “Incomplete” that Passes itself off as the “Real Thing” is a fraud

Remember it comes from NOT obeying God’s Teaching and Instructions—His Torah

But What about the “New” Covenant

Psalm 89:34

34 I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered

His Commands Are Written on Our Hearts

Jeremiah 31:31-33

31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD ,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their forefathers
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to [4] them, [5] ”
declares the LORD .
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD .
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

The Hebrew Word Used Hear that is mistranslated as “NEW”

Is the Hebrew Word “CHADASH”  which Means:

1) to renew, make anew

2) to repair

The Levitical Priestly Covenant was flawed

Not because God could not make it perfect—but because we entered into the SAME SIN that plagued CAIN—That of Rebellion –we just didn’t do it!

1 Samuel 15:23

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD ,
he has rejected you as king.”

The Apostle Paul’s Teachings

All Stress the Importance of God’s unique Oneness

Paul never Dreamed that his teachings would be used to make people disobey     God’s commands which He gave to Moses that He called “HOLY… JUST and TRUE” in Romans 7:12!

Paul believed that “IF” the former “Gentiles” would turn their back on going their own way—that this would be PROOF that Yahushua (Jesus) IS the Promised Messiah of ALL Israel—and that this would open the eyes of our Jewish brothers and sisters to Jesus and His Messiahship!

I Corinthian’s 13:1

1If I speak in the tongues[1] of men and of angels, but have not love (PROVEN THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO ALL GOD’S COMMANDS) I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Cain or Abel: Which Brother do You resemble?

God’s likeness according to the Scripture is:

YHWH is the Tabernacle in the Wilderness; He is the Sacrifice; the Deliverer; He is the Sabbath; the Manna from Heaven; the Anointing Oil; the Shofar Blast of the Watchman; the Ark of the Covenant; the Balm of Gilead; Color in the Rainbow; Prince of Peace; the Door; the Yom Kippur Atonement Offering; the Wine and the Bread; the Face of YHWH; Your Sanctification; the Way; the Truth and the Life; the King of Kings; Compassion; Kindness; Joy; Love…etc. etc. etc.

Revelation 14:12

12This calls for patient endurance on the part of the Saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Yeshua

WEEKLY DISCIPLESHIP QUESTIONS

This week as you read the Torah portion; the Haftarah and the instructionss for the New Covenant Priesthood– ask yourself these questions:

SUNDAY:  How is my life today, reflecting the attributes of God’s Character that is demonstrated in the Life of Jesus to others?

MONDAY:  Am I walking “above the fray” or do I spend most of my time walking through the “muck and mire of it?”

TUESDAY:  As a born again Believer, what can you do to display God’s attributes to your Jewish Brothers and Sisters—without saying a word?

WEDNESDAY:  What would a Believers life look like that was submitted to Jesus Lordship and striving to be obedient to the Torah of Moses?

THURSDAY:  What does my life offering honestly look like to my neighbors; my co-workers; to my Pastors?

FRIDAY:  When we raise our children, do we let them constantly break laws of the house without correction—and would we call a child who constantly broke those laws a “good and faithful” child?

SHABBAT SATURDAY:  Yeshua is our ONLY righteousness,[Jeremiah 23:5-6] so works have never been a path of salvation [Leviticus 18:5]; what is it about doing ‘good deeds’ that so preoccupied the Apostle James thoughts that He would write, “Faith without works—is dead?”

© 2010 “Ariel Ehrmantrout -all rights reserved worldwide

“What Is Yom Kippur Anyway?” by Ariel E………

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 by messianicpastor

Yom Kippur Neilah Service 2010

Today’s Greeting:

“Gemar Hatimah Tovah” which means “May You be finally sealed for good!”

Today’s service is dedicated to the reunification of Jews and Christians together as One Israel in Messiah Yeshua!

Candle Lighting for Yom Kippur

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-o-lam, Asher kidshanu B’Mitzvotav V’tzivanu L’hadlik ner shel Shabbat and Yom hakipurim.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the Universe,
Who makes us holy with Your mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of the Sabbath and this Yom Kippur.

The Shehecheyanu

LEADER

On Yom Kippur, recite the following blessing after the blessing for candles:

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-o-lam,
shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higianu laz’man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, King of the Universe,
Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us,
and Who has enabled us to reach this day
Call to Repentance

LEADER

This is the House of G-d

This is the Gate of Heaven

Congregation

Open to me the gates of righteousness

I will enter them and give thanks to my G-d

Call to Repentance

LEADER

Listen Oh G-d when I cry out –Be gracious and answer me! You have said seek My presence and I seek your presence with all my heart

Do not hide from me

Congregation

I will enter Your Gates with Thanksgiving, and Your courts with singing

Call to Repentance

LEADER

Give Yourself to the Eternal G-d

And boldly enter into G-d’s Holy Place

Go through the door of Yeshua

Congregation

This is the gateway to the Infinite One

Only the righteous will enter it

Call to Repentance

Leader

Everlasting G-d we turn again to You once more, to cry out our longing and the longing of all Israel, for a beginning of the wholeness we call peace, we admit that we have turned our backs upon you, forsaking Your Torah, denying Your Truth, ignoring Your will, defacing Your Beauty.

Call to Repentance

Congregation

We have prayed for peace, even as we laughed at Your Truth, for blessing, but we did not care to do Your will in all areas of our life, we have prayed for mercy but not shown it to others, we have prayed for forgiveness without restitution, and love without sacrifice

Call to Repentance

LEADER

But You Oh L-rd are abounding in mercy and grace, so we again turn to You and not away from You, to rededicate ourselves to Your purpose, to set ourselves on the pathway of Righteousness, by observing Your Torah in Israel and all the World

Call to Repentance

Congregation

Again as the shadow of this Holy Day falls, we ask forgiveness in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach, and we praise You Eternal

G-d who is our peace!

Ashamnu

All Together

We have all committed offenses, together we confess these sins:  The sins of arrogance, bigotry, cynicism, deceit, egotism, flattery, greed, injustice and jealousy.  We have kept grudges, were lustful, malicious, narrow minded, obstinate, possessive, quarrelsome and selfish.  There was violence, weakness of will, racism, sexism, and abuse; we yielded to temptation, and showed zeal for bad causes, and listened not to the Ruach HaKodesh our guide.  We have turned aside from your commandments, precepts and laws.  What shall we plead before you Oh great and awesome G-d; we come with the only plea we have—the blood of Yeshua our High Priest, and we plead that blood on this most holy of days.  Bashem Yeshua Amen!

Meditation
(Done in Silence)

Forgive your neighbors the wrongs they have done you, and when you pray your sins will be forgiven.  If I nurse anger against another, can I ask pardon of the Eternal One? By Showing no pity for one like myself, can I then plead for my own sins? If I nourish resentment, then who will forgive my sins?

The SHEMA-
Please Rise

ALL TOGETHER

Shema Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad

(In a hushed but audible voice)

Baruch Shem Kivod Malchuto La’Olam V’ed

SHEMA IN ENGLISH

ALL TOGETHER

Hear O Israel the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One

Blessed be the glory of His glorious Kingdom forever and ever.  Amen!

Deuteronomy 6:5-9
All In Unison

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 11:13-21
All In Unison

13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today-to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.

Deuteronomy 11:13-21
All In Unison

18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Numbers 15:37-41
All In Unison

37 The LORD said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. 39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD , that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. 40 Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. 41 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.’ ”
YOM KIPPUR (SHABBAT) GREETING

Grab someone you don’t already know and greet them with a hearty

“Shabbat Shalom”  and “May You be finally sealed for good!”

in the love of Messiah!

YOM KIPPUR OFFERING

Blessing on the Children

Parents you can now release your Children To Rabbi’s Daughter Rebecca—our Children’s Director—as they head downstairs.

LITURGY
The following is all responsive reading

Al Chet
All In Unison

1. For the mistakes we committed before You under duress and willingly.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Duress:

Did I put myself into compromising situations, and then when I got into trouble rationalize by saying it was “unavoidable” or “accidental?”

Al Chet

2. For the mistakes we committed before You through having a hard heart

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I ignore the poor and the weak?

When I did give charity, was it done enthusiastically or begrudgingly?

Was I kind, compassionate and loving when my family and friends needed me to be?

Al Chet

3. For the mistakes we committed before You without thinking (or without knowledge)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I carefully examine my society and surroundings, weighing out what is right and what is wrong?

Do I constantly review my major goals in life?

Al Chet

4. For the mistakes we committed before You through things we blurted out with our lips.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I think before I speak?

Am I prone to thoughtless outbursts?

Do I make hasty promises that I am unlikely to fulfill?

Al Chet

5. For the mistake we committed before You in public and in private.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Public:

Did I do foolish or degrading things to attract attention or approval?

On the other hand, did I do good deeds in public, that I otherwise wouldn’t have done — simply so that others would see me?

Private:

Did I act privately in a way that I would be ashamed if anyone found out?

Did I consider how God is watching even in my most private moments?

Al Chet

6. For the mistakes we committed before You through immorality.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I speak or act in a way that lowered sexuality as a vehicle for spiritual connection?

Do I realize how sexual immorality reduces the spiritual potential of future, more holy unions?

Al Chet

7. For the mistakes we committed before You through harsh speech

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I speak to anyone in a harsh and forceful manner?

Did I gossip?

Al Chet

8. For the mistakes we committed before You with knowledge and deceit.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I use knowledge of a certain situation to deceive others?

Did I use knowledge to deceive myself — i.e. did I rationalize away my bad actions?

Al Chet

9. For the mistakes we committed before You through inner thoughts.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I think in a negative way about people, or wish bad upon them?

Did I fantasize about doing bad deeds?

Al Chet

10. For the mistakes we committed before You through wronging a friend

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I strive to go out of my way to help friends, based on my commitment to be their friend?

Was I insensitive toward my friends’ needs, or did I hurt their feelings?

Did I take advantage of someone who trusted me as a friend?

Al Chet

11. For the mistakes we committed before You through insincere confession.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I ever apologize without being sincere?

Have I committed myself to “change” without seriously following up?

Al Chet

12. For the mistakes we committed before You while gathering to do negative things.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Am I part of a regular group that discusses negative things?

Did I participate in a gathering that led to negative activities?

Am I careful to associate only with moral and ethical people?

Al Chet

13. For the mistakes we committed before You willfully and unintentionally

Silently Reflect

Willfully:

Did I ever “act out” in a desire to demonstrate my independence from God?

Unintentionally:

Did I make mistakes out of carelessness? Could they have been avoided?

Al Chet

14. For the mistakes we committed before You by degrading parents and teachers

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Parents:

Do I sometimes think poorly of my parents?

Do I ever actually communicate a dislike toward them?

Teachers:

Have I maximized opportunities to learn from rabbis and teachers?

Have I actively sought the guidance and counsel of wise people?

Al Chet

15. For the mistakes we committed before You by exercising power

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I take advantage of those who are weak — either physically, economically or politically?

Did I manipulate or intimidate someone into doing something he/she would really rather not have?

Al Chet

16. For the mistakes we committed before You through desecrating God’s name.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I ever act in a way that brought less honor and respect to God?

Did I take every opportunity to enlighten others about the beauty of Torah?

Al Chet

17. For the mistakes we committed before You with foolish speech.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I waste time by talking about trivial things?

Do I seek to share words of Torah at every opportunity?

Al Chet

18. For the mistakes we committed before You with vulgar speech.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I contaminate my mouth with vulgar speech?

Did I listen to vulgar speech or jokes?

Did I protest when I heard vulgar speech?

Al Chet

19. For the mistakes we committed before You with the Yetzer Hara (evil inclination)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I pursued my physical drives for their own sake — without involving any spiritual dimension?

Do I resort to the excuse that “I couldn’t help myself”?

Have I studied Torah techniques for channeling physical drives into holiness?

Al Chet

20. For the mistakes we committed before You against those who know, and those that do not know.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I wronged people behind their backs?

Have I wronged people to their faces?

Al Chet

21. For the mistakes we committed before You through bribery.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I compromised my honesty and integrity because of money?

Have I compromised myself for the sake of honor and flattery?

Have I failed to do the right thing because I wanted approval?

Al Chet

22. For the mistakes we committed before You through denial and false promises

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I lied to myself?

Have I lied to others?

Does my job ever involve having to lie?

Have I rationalized the acceptability of a “white lie”?

Al Chet

23. For the mistakes we committed before You through negative speech (Loshon Hara)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I enjoy gossip?

When I hear gossip, do I accept it as true, or do I reserve judgment?

Have I set aside time to study Jewish law on how to avoid Loshon Hara?

Al Chet

24. For the mistakes we committed before You through being scornful (or scoffing)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I mock and ridicule serious things?

Did I make fun of someone who I considered less intelligent or attractive?

Did I shrug off constructive criticism as meaningless?

Al Chet

25. For the mistakes we committed before You in business.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I been scrupulously honest in all my financial transactions?

Was I harsh in trying to beat the competition, or did I seek ways for us both to thrive?

Have I chosen a career that gives me freedom to pursue my personal and spiritual goals as well?

When I was successful in business, did I show my appreciation to God for that success?

Al Chet

26. For the mistakes we committed before You with food and drink.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself: Did I express gratitude to God for providing me with the food?

Did I overeat?

Did I eat unhealthy (not biblically kosher) foods?

Did I waste food?

Al Chet

27. For the mistakes we committed before You through interest and extortion

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I made a profit as a result of someone’s misfortune or downfall?

Am I greedy?

Am I stingy?

Do I feel responsible for helping to satisfy the needs of others

Al Chet

28. For the mistakes we committed before You by being arrogant.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I made others feel lowly in order to raise myself higher?

Do I dress and speak in a way that draws extra attention to myself?

When walking through a door, do I usually go first, or let others go first?

Al Chet

29. For the mistakes we committed before You with eye movements.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Did I look at someone’s private things that were not my business?

Did I gawk at an accident scene on the freeway?

Did I look at the opposite gender in an inappropriate and disrespectful way?

Al Chet

30. For the mistakes we committed before You with endless babbling

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I participate in conversations with no meaningful content?

Do I think before speaking and measure my words carefully?

Am I careful to concentrate when reciting prayers and blessings?

Al Chet

31. For the mistakes we committed before You with haughty eyes

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I communicate warmth and care to people with my eyes?

Have I avoided interacting with certain people because I felt they were too unimportant for me?

Have my career and relationships suffered because my ego is over-inflated?

Al Chet

32. For the mistakes we committed before You with a strong forehead (brazenness)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I examine the moral consequences before making difficult decisions?

Do I appreciate how my moral behavior defines me as a human being?

Al Chet

33. For the mistakes we committed before You in throwing off the yoke (i.e. refusing to accept responsibility)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I accepted family responsibilities, and gladly assisted whenever needed?

Do I keep my commitments to friends?

Do I show up on time?

Al Chet

34. For the mistakes we committed before You in judgment

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Am I in the habit of judging people favorably?

Do I wait to make any determination until I have all the information?

Do I sometimes judge God unfairly?

Al Chet

35. For the mistakes we committed before You in entrapping a friend

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I violated the trust of people who have confidence in me?

Have I divulged confidential information?

Have I taken advantage of family and friends by manipulating them into doing me favors?

Al Chet

36. For the mistakes we committed before You through jealousy (lit: “a begrudging eye”)

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I experience resentment at the success of others? Or do I experience genuine joy?

Do I feel that others are undeserving of their success?

Do I secretly wish to have my neighbor’s things for myself?

Al Chet

37. For the mistakes we committed before You through light-headedness

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Do I spend time reading unimportant sections of the newspaper, or listening to frivolity on the radio?

Do I spend time with friends and colleagues discussing inconsequential details of sports and entertainment?

Do I act with proper reverence when I’m in a synagogue or learning Torah?

Al Chet

38. For the mistakes we committed before You by being stiff-necked.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

When I’m involved in a disagreement, am I frequently anxious and upset, rather than calm and rational?

Do I think that I’m always right? Do I usually let the other person speak first, or do I always want to speak first

Al Chet

39. For the mistakes we committed before You by running to do evil.

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

When I transgressed the Torah, did I do so eagerly?

Did I run to do mitzvot with the same enthusiasm?

Did I slow down when reciting blessings and prayers?

Al Chet

40. For the mistakes we committed before You by telling people what others said about them

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I encouraged contention, and turned people against each other?

Did I reveal secrets?

Al Chet

41. For the mistakes we committed before You through vain oath taking

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I been careful not to utter God’s Name casually? (Or worse yet: “I swear to G–!”)

When I use God’s Name in a blessing or prayer, do I concentrate on the deeper meaning of His Name?

Have I sworn or promised falsely while invoking God’s Name?

Al Chet

42. For the mistakes we committed before You through baseless hatred

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Was I disrespectful toward Jews who are not exactly like me in practice or philosophy?

When I disagree with someone on an issue, have I let it degrade into a dislike for the person himself?

When I saw a fellow Jew do evil, did I hate only the deed, or did it extend into a hatred for the person himself?

Al Chet

43. For the mistakes we committed before You in extending the hand

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I withheld from touching things that don’t belong to me?

Have I stretched forth my hand to the poor and the needy?

Have I joined hands with wicked people?

Al Chet

44. For the mistakes we committed before You through confusion of the heart

Silently Reflect

Ask yourself:

Have I not worked out issues because of laziness?

Have I made mistakes because I emotionally did not want to accept what I logically knew to be correct?

Have I properly developed my priorities and life goals?

Blessing of Our Lips
Please Stand

LEADER

May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart , be acceptable to You O G-d, my Rock and my Redeemer

Blessing of Our Lips

Congregation

May the One who causes peace to reign in the Highest Heaven, cause peace to descend upon us, and all Israel, and all the world–Bashem Y’Shua Amen!

The Arc is open—All Rise

Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father Our King
(Done in unison)

Avinu Malkeinu—let the gates of Heaven be open to our plea

Avinu Malkeinu—Do not turn us away from Your presence empty handed

Avinu Malkeinu—Forgive and pardon our misdeeds

Avinu Malkeinu—remember that we are dust

Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father Our King
(Done in unison)

Avinu Malkeinu—have compassion on us and our children

Avinu Malkeinu—seal us for blessing in the book of life

Avinu Malkeinu—Let the New Year be a good one for us all

Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father Our King
(Done in unison)

Avinu Malkeinu—Make and end to all oppression

Avinu Malkeinu—hasten the time of Your return

Avinu Malkeinu—Be kind and forgiving

Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father Our King
(Done in Unison)

Avinu Malkeinu—Give strength to your people Israel

Avinu Malkeinu—Be gracious and answer us, for we come in the name of Y’Shua HaMoshiach.  Treat us generously and with loving kindness, be our help, Bashem Y’Shua Amen!

The Arc is closed–Please Be Seated

Confession of Sin

LEADER

Our G-d and G-d of our forefathers, we pray that our prayers reach you, and that You turn not a deaf ear to our pleas for mercy, for we are not so arrogant and stiff necked as to stand before You and insinuate that we have not sinned; rather we confess that we have gone astray and sinned, together with the whole House of Israel– Bashem Yeshua Amen!

Confession of Sin

LEADER

Restore us Oh G-d, and restore us again with the light of Your presence, that we may find deliverance

Bashem Yeshua Amen

Confession of Sin

Congregation

Open the gates for us, even now, when the gates are closing, and the day begins to fade.  Let us enter into your Holy Presence and enter Your Gates by the blood of Yeshua our Kohen Gadol

Bashem Yeshua Amen!

AMIDAH

LEADER

Blessed are you L-rd our G-d and G-d of our forefathers, G-d of Abraham, G-d of Isaac, and G-d of Jacob, the great and mighty awesome G-d, the most high G-d; Who bestows grace and creates all, and remembers the kindness of the fathers, and brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for His name sake with love. Amen!

Concluding Liturgy

LEADER

Let Your great Name be blessed forever and ever!

Congregation

Let You Name be exalted and honored, though You are beyond all praises we can utter in this world, and let us say: Amen!

Concluding Liturgy

LEADER

Oh Maker of Heaven and Earth, Divine Parent of all Israel, accept the prayers and supplications of Your people Israel

Bashem Yeshua Amen

Concluding Liturgy

Congregation

For us, and all of Israel, for all men and women, may the blessing of peace and the promise of life eternal come true.

Bashem Yeshua Amen

Concluding Liturgy

LEADER

As You make peace on high, so let it now descend unto us, the peace that Yeshua our Messiah left us with as the bridegroom’s gift to His bride.  May it flow to all Israel wherever they may be scattered throughout the world You created for us.

Bashem Yeshua Amen!

Concluding Liturgy

ALL TOGETHER-Christian and Jew as One

“Hear O Israel the L-rd our G-d the L-rd is One!”

Bashem Yeshua Amen

What Is Yom Kippur Anyway?

This was the holiest of days for on this Day the Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for His own sins and the sins of the entire nation—would G-d judge the nation by slaying the High Priest—or would the sacrifice be accepted?

This is the 6th Festival of the L-rd.  The number 6 is the number of Man, indicating this feast is about purification of the Bride of Messiah

Yom Kippur means a day for covering man’s sins

Yom Kippur

The first time we see the word “Kippur” in the scriptures it is described as “pitch”

We see Noah covering the Arc with this “Pitch”

This has the same meaning as the word Kaphor in Hebrew

It means to not only cover—but conceals and protects

Noah and His family escaped the judgement of G-d with this “Kippur”

Yom Kippur

The Priest, who normally wore the Armor of G-d, would disrobe, bath himself in a Mikvah  for the washing away of sins and would put on a Linen Garment and the golden vestments performing the regular daily offerings (Burnt Offering. Incense Offering, Daily Meal Offering, Etc.

Again He would Mikvah—washing away the blood

Draw Lots for the Goats: One for G-d, the Other for Azazel

Yom Kippur

The Hebrew word Azazel means “scapegoat”

This means goat of departure—or scapegoat

The Torah ordained that the priest would plunge his hand into a bag that contained two lots—One for G-d the other the Azazel

On Yom Kippur the One marked for G-d would always appear in his right hand—a sign that G-d was going to accept the sacrificial offering for the people

In the Priest left hand would appear the one marked for Azazel

Yom Kippur

The goat marked for G-d would be sacrificed and its blood would be offered for the sins of the people

The second goat was led into the wilderness, and supposed to be set free

A crimson thread would be tied to the door of the Temple

When the Azazel died, the Crimson thread turned to white—signifying that G-d accepted the blood sacrifice

The House of Ephraim and Judah

The House of Judah represents the Goat marked for G-d, and The House of Ephraim represents the goat that was led into the wilderness, as the Ten Northern Tribes were scattered to the Nations and lost their identity

Both are the Bride of Messiah and His blood atonement paid for the redemption of both

Back to the Priest

The Priest would then put on linen garments and would slaughter a bull for His own sins.  He would take this blood into the Holy of Holies—Behind the curtain. Torah commanded that the Priest must enter with blood for Himself and incense  or He would surely die. But first He had to sprinkle the curtain of the Holy of Holies with the blood of the Bull for Himself, and the Goat for the People

Announcing the name of G-d: YHWH

10 Times the Priest would announce the Holy Name of G-d     YHVH

Also crying out G-ds Name in testimony to the Ten Lost Tribes that became scattered

6 times for the Bull, 3 times for the Goat, and once for the Lots that were chosen

Those who could hear this would all fall on their faces and cry out “ Blessed be His Name whose Glorious Kingdom is forever and ever!!”

How would we know if our sacrifice was accepted?

The Talmud records:

1-Every Year when the Priest placed his hands in to draw out the scapegoat lot—the One that said “The L-rds” would be in his right hand—a sign of G-ds favor

2-The Crimson Cord would turn white

3-The Western Most Light in the Temple Menorah would burn

4-The Temple doors remained closed

Messiah as our Atonement Sacrifice

Yeshua Bore our sins upon his Own Body

He is the Lamb that was slain

He is scapegoat of our redemption

He lifted this incredible fear that we would have lived under—and all of its bondage

Establishing Himself as the Royal priest according to the Line of Melchizedek

Hebrews 9:11-14

11When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here,[2] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. 12He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[3] so that we may serve the living God!
Messiah was Sacrificed in 30 CE

Remember our Talmud list?

1-Every Year when the Priest placed his hands in to draw out the scapegoat lot—the One that said “The L-rds” would be in his right hand—a sign of G-ds favor

From the Time of Messiahs Crucifixion through the Temple destruction in 70CE—The Lot “The L-rds” came out in the Priests left hand—a sign the sacrifice was not accepted

Messiah was Sacrificed in 30 CE

2-The Crimson Cord would turn white

But from 30 CE on toward the Temple Destruction the Crimson Cord remained Stained red

3-The Western Most Light in the Temple Menorah would burn

But from Messiah’s Crucifixion onward the Candle would never burn again

Messiah was Sacrificed in 30 CE

4-The Temple doors remained closed

From 30CE to the destruction of the Second temple in 70 CE the doors to the Temple would open by themselves—as a sure sign of judgement to come

Hence G-d has never accepted a Yom Kippur sacrifice since Yeshuas death—and even the traditional Rabbi’s agree to that!

Yeshuas Sacrifice was once and for all!

Cleansing our conscience

The reason the Levitical Priesthood performed the same sacrifices year after year is that through the blood of the Bull and of Goats—nobody could be free from their conscience

The sacrifice caused your sins to be passed over—never done away with—so the feelings of guilt remained

Hebrews 10:10-18

10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,

Hebrews 10:10-18

14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16″This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[2] 17Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”[3] 18And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin

Making us a Royal Priesthood

G-d is restoring through our High Priests Sacrifice the fellowship we have together as Israel:  Jews and Christians together as One!

Judah turned away following after the ways of Solomon—and not David

Ephraim turned away, following the ways of Jeroboam –and not David

Yet David’s Seed would reign for all eternity

Through this sacrifice the 2 goats are becoming One complete sacrifice in Messiahs Body!

1 Peter 2:9-10

9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We MUST follow the example of the High Priest

Yeshua became the High Priest, by offering up His own Body

He lived a life guided by Torah—G-ds Teachings and Instructions

When He was cursed, beaten, abused, spat upon, and died—He didn’t open His mouth—What about You?

1 Peter 2:21-24

21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22″He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[5] 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Are you really different than the World?

Do you seek riches and prosperity—is that why you go to services?

Are you more concerned with your appearance, than with how G-d will judge your spirit?

Has your faith caused you to care for the poor, widows and orphans—Things G-d calls good?

Scoffers of the Last Days

Yeshua said “if You Love Me Keep My Commandments” John 14:15

1 John 3:4 says that to sin is to violate G-ds Torah—His teaching and Instruction

1 John 5:2-3 says “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith “

So Our Love of G-d and loving our Neighbor and even our Faith is proven by keeping G-ds commandments

How Will we know our sacrifice is going to be accepted?

Please Turn to 2 Peter Chapter 2

1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.   Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.  13They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.  17These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[f]and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

Traditional Kol Nidre
“Every Idle Word will Be Judged”
(together in unison)

All personal vows we may make,
All personal oaths and pledges we may take
Between this Yom Kippur and the Yom Kippur to come,
We publicly renounce.
May they all be relinquished and abandoned,
Null and void, neither firm nor established.
Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths
Be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths– Bashem Y’Shua Amen

Sounding the Shofar

SHOFAR IS SOUNDED

All Together as One

L’Shanah Haba’ah Bi’rushaliyim

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Concluding Blessing

Yevarechecha Adonai Viyishmerecha

Ya’er Adonai panav elecha vichunecha

Yisa Adonai panav elecha

Vayesem lecha Shalom

Concluding Blessing

May the L-rd Bless you  and keep you

May the L-rd shine His face upon you

And be gracious to you

May the L-rd lift up His countenance upon you

And grant you peace!

5771 CE

To all our faithful ones,

Sarah and I would like to wish that you are finally sealed for blessing this and each year until we see the joyful fruit of our faith revealed.  Yom Kippur is more than a “High Holy Day;”  Yom Kippur is a daily commitment to walk in the newness of life that has been provided to all who have been ingrafted to the natural olive tree that is the people of Israel.  Your former background has been washed away–and all things have been made new.  What started in and of the nations, has been transformed into and of the Jewish people and Israel.  Come out from among the paganism of this day which is the “Jimmy Gimee” and “Easy Grace” that is sold to the masses and be separated out BY YOUR LIFESTYLE in the coming year and beyond.

The Ehrmantrout family and all that labor together with us forgive and release any and all people for any and all things that they may or may not have done to harm us in the past.  We also ask that if we have acted in any way toward you or your family that is in any way less than the standards as set forth by our Rabbeinu Yeshua Messiah –please forgive us based on His offerings and not our own.

We bless you with a happy and successful 5771 and pray that next year we will all be in Jerusalem where it will no longer need to be said ” L’Shanah Haba’ah Bi’rushaliyim” which means  “Next Year in Jerusalem!

Shalom

Ariel, Sarah and the Ehrmantrout family.

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“L’Shannah Tova 2010” by Ariel E………………….

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2010 Rosh Hashanah Service

Candle Lighting for Rosh Hashanah

Leader

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-o-lam,
Asher kidshanu B’Mitzvotav V’tzivanu L’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who makes us holy with Your mitzvot and commands us to kindle the lights of the holiday.

The Shehecheyanu

Leader

On the first night, recite the following blessing after the blessing for candles:

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-o-lam,
shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higianu laz’man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who has granted us life, Who has sustained us,
and Who has enabled us to reach this festive occasion.

Traditional Kol Nidre
“Every Idle Word will Be Judged”
(together in unison)

All personal vows we may make,
All personal oaths and pledges we may take
Between this Yom Kippur and the Yom Kippur to come,
We publicly renounce.
May they all be relinquished and abandoned,
Null and void, neither firm nor established.
Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths
Be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths– Bashem Y’Shua Amen

The SHEMA

ALL TOGETHER

Shema Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad

(In a hushed but audible voice)

Baruch Shem Kivod Malchuto La’Olam V’ed

SHEMA IN ENGLISH

ALL TOGETHER

Hear O Israel the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One

Blessed be the glory of His glorious Kingdom forever and ever.  Amen!

VA’HAVTA

You Shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and with all your resources.  These words which I command you today shall be on your heart; teach them diligently to your children speaking of them when you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  Bind them as a sign upon your arm and let them be as tefillin between your eyes; and write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates  Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Messianic Blessing

Leader

Blessed are you O L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, who has given us the way of salvation in Messiah Yeshua, Amen!

AMIDAH

Leader

Blessed are you L-rd our G-d and G-d of our forefathers, G-d of Abraham, G-d of Isaac, and G-d of Jacob, the great and mighty awesome G-d, the most high G-d; Who bestows grace and creates all, and remembers the kindness of the fathers, and brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for His name sake with love. Amen!

Please greet One Another

Bless your neighbor with the traditional blessing

“L’SHANAH TOVA”

“May You be sealed for good!”

PRAISE & WORSHIP

Psalm 100:4

“4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and is courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His Name.”

Since tonight Heavens gates are opened and are sealed on Yom Kippur let us enter into this Holy night with Praise and Worship!

Blessing on the Children

Parents you can now release your Children To Rabbi’s Daughter Rebecca—our Children’s Director—as they head downstairs.

Please ensure all little ones have their appropriate supplies—Thanks!

Leader’s Midrash

Blessing of the Torah

Leader

Barachu Et Adonai Hamvorach

Congregation

Baruch Adonai Homvorach La’Olam V’ed

Blessing of the Torah

Leader

Baruch Adonai Hamvorach La’Olam V’ed

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam asher barchubannu mi’chol Ha’amim v’tan lanu et Torah tov

Baruch atah Adonai notan HaTorah

Congregation

Amen

Rosh Hashanah
The Wedding of the HaMelech (The Great King)

G-d ordained marriage as becoming one flesh in Torah

Adam and Eve

Genesis 2:21-24

Rosh Hashanah
The Wedding of the HaMelech (The Great King)

Jeremiah 23:5-6 Messiah’s name is called

“The L-rd our righteousness”

Jeremiah 33:15-16 The name of the Bride Shall be called “The L-rd our righteousness”

The Hebrew Wedding
12 steps to newness of Life

Step One: Selection of the Bride

A-Chosen by the Father of the Groom

B-Father sends his most trusted servant—known as the “Agent of the Father,” to search for the bride  Genesis 21:2-4

Genesis 24:2-4

2 He said to the chief [1] servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 I want you to swear by the LORD , the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”
The Hebrew Wedding
12 steps to newness of Life

We are chosen by G-d to be Messiah’s Bride—we do not do the choosing!

John 15:16

John 15:16

16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

The Hebrew Wedding
12 steps to newness of Life

Rebekkah agrees to marry Isaac whom she had never seen

We consent to marry Messiah who we have not seen 1 Peter 1:8

1 Peter 1:18

8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

The Hebrew Wedding
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Step Two—The Brides Price Established

A price would have to be paid for the Bride –This is Mohar in Hebrew

Yeshua paid the Bride’s Price with His life

Matthew 26:39

Matthew 26:39

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
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Yeshua was saying—

1-the price of the bride had been established

2-agreeing that the Father had chosen the Bride

3- He was asking the Father if He realized how expensive this bride would be?

Our Mohar—was His life

1 Peter 1:18-19

1 Peter 1:18-19

18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

1 Corinthians 6:20

20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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Step three—The Bride and Groom are Betrothed

Kiddushin—the 1st of two steps in the marriage ceremony

Legally binding contractual agreement

Fully married—just do not live together yet

G-d betrothed Himself to Israel Jeremiah 2:2

Jeremiah 2:2

2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:

” ‘I remember the devotion of your youth,
how as a bride you loved me
and followed me through the desert,
through a land not sown.
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When you accept Jesus as L-rd you are betrothed to Him while on Earth

A written Document is written up that signifies this union

This is called a Kettubah

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Kettubah—is a marriage contract

It sets the brides price

Promises of Support and Protection

It is the unalienable right of the Bride

Sealed prior to the wedding day—in effect

The Bible is YOUR KETTUBAH

All it’s promises and responsibilities are unalienable YOURS!

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Step 4—The Bride must give consent

G-d betrothed Israel at Mt. Sinai (Jer 2:2)

Israel consented by saying “I do” Exodus 24:3

Exodus 24:3

3 When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.”

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We are to do the same today Romans 10:8-10

Romans 10:8-10

8But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[4] that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

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Gifts were given to the Bride as a sign

The Cup of the Covenant

The act of Betrothal becomes legal when the Groom gives His Bride something of Value that She accepts

This complete rite in Hebrew is known as the Kiddushin—or Sanctification

This is why we call the communion cup the Kiddush Cup—its our Brides Cup

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These gifts that were given signify Loyalty, Honor, Love and Commitment

We receive all of these in the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)

John 14:26-27

John 14:26-27

26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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Yeshua gave us these other gifts as well

Righteousness Romans 5:17-18

Eternal Life Romans 6:23

Grace Romans 5:12, 14, 15

Faith Ephesians 2:8-9

Wisdom, knowledge, healing, working miracles, prophesy, discerning spirits, tongues and their interpretation 1 Cor 12:8-11

Gifts of Helps and Administration 1 Cor 12:28

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Step 5–The Couple then drinks from the Covenant Cup

The Cup given to the Groom First

Matthew 26:39

Matthew 26:39

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
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Then the Cup is Given to the Bride

Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Jeremiah 31:31-33

31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD ,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their forefathers
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to [4] them, [5] ”
declares the LORD .
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD .
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people

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Step 6—The Mikvah

Mikvah is ceremonial washing

It indicates the end of the old life and the living of the new

Mikvah immersion is considered Spiritual Rebirth

Believers in Messiah are to be washed Acts 19:4

The Holy Spirit is the Immerser Luke 3:16

Luke 3:16

16John answered them all, “I baptize you with[3] water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire

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Step 7—The Bridegroom departs to prepare the Brides Chamber

It was the man’s duty to go away to His Father, build a house, and prepare for the Wedding

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Before the Bridegroom could return he had to satisfy all the conditions of the Father—that all things were proper and in order

While the groom built the bridal chamber—the Father okayed it!

During this time the Bride would wonder if Her groom would fulfill His word of return

2 Peter 3:1-13

2 Peter 3:1-13

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

2 Peter 3:1-13

5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day

2 Peter 3:1-13

9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.[1]
2 Peter 3:1-13

11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[2] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
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Step 8-The Bridegroom returns with a shout!

They would Shout “Behold the Bridegroom Comes!”

The time of the Catching away was usually around Midnight 1 Thess 4:16-17

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

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The Marriage took place under the Chuppah—the Wedding Canopy

Heaven is a Canopy over Earth

When Messiah comes and takes us away—the wedding will occur in Heaven

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Step 9—The Marriage Procession

The Bridegroom enters first

As the Groom approaches it was Chanted by the guests “Blessed be He who Comes”

Yeshua said He would not return until Israel cried “Baruch Haba Bashem Adonai”—Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the L-rd

The groom was greeted like a King under the Chuppah (Rev 5)

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Step 10 Abduction of the Bride

The Gathering was usually at Midnight

They would then enter the Bridal Chamber

They would stay for a week – 7 days

This is the completed Marriage called Nesu’in in Hebrew

At the end of 7 days they would emerge Joel 2:2

Joel 2:2

2 a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was of old
nor ever will be in ages to come.

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When they had been in the Chardar (Bridal Chamber) a friend of the Groom was stationed outside the door

The is s picture of the Ruach HaKodesh

The marriage is consummated during the first chamber night and is preserved as proof of the virginity of the Bride

The Hebrew word for Seven is Shavuah

Daniel 9:27

Daniel 9:27

27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’

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Step 11  The Marriage Supper

The supper was for all the guests invited by the Father

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Step 12-the Wedding Day

Groom is the King and the Bride the Queen

IS 62:3-7

Isaiah 62:3-7

3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD’s hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah, [1]
and your land Beulah [2] ;
for the LORD will take delight in you,
and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a maiden,
so will your sons [3] marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
so will your God rejoice over you.

6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the LORD ,
give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.
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At the end of the Chadar week the Marriage supper takes place

This does not take place under the canopy—it will take place on Earth

Rev 19:7-16

Luke 12:35-38

Luke 12:35-38

35″Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night.

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The wedding Supper is the Theme of Sukkot

Biblical Feast Of tabernacles

Temporary Shelters are built, and we are commanded to eat in them

Unbelievers are invited to another banquet where the birds will eat their flesh Rev 19:17-18

Revelation 19:17-18

17And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

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Jerusalem is the new Home of the Couple

This is the Millennial Reign

Rev 21:1-3

Revelation 21:1-3

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God

Marriage Proposal

Every Time you hear the Torah and the Testimony you are being proposed to G-d is offering to make you His Bride Tonight

He paid a heavy Bride Price—Will you accept His Life as something of value or spurn the Son of G-d?

In Revelation 22 Jesus makes the plea to you Himself

Invitation to the Wedding

Every Head Bowed………….

Sounding of the Shofar
(Please All Rise)

Leader

Blessed are You L-rd Our G-d King of the Universe who sanctifies us with His commandments and commands us to hear and obey the sound of the Shofar

Bashem Y’Shua Amen

Sounding of the Shofar

Leader

Blessed are You L-rd our G-d King of the Universe for giving us life, and sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season; O King remember the ram whose horn was entangled for the sake of those who blow for you today with the horn, O awesome and Holy One

Bashem Y’Shua Amen

Sounding of the Shofar
Four Trumps are heard they call us to awake and mean the following:

Leader

TEKIAH-Means search Your Heart and Repent

SHEVARIM-TERUAH-Means be sorrowful for sin

TEKIAH-Means stand by the Banner of G-d

Then the next three trumps are heard—calling for lost souls seeking repentance! The last three trumps are heard, with the last trump—The Tekiah Gadolah –calling for the return of the great One!

Sounding of the Shofar
Leader

Maybe one year when we are practicing G-d will sound the last Trump, Y’Shua will return, the dead will rise first and we will meet them in the air!

TEKIAH TEKIAH “Behold He comes with clouds….and the shout of an Archangel….and the Trump of G-d [TEKIAH GADOLAH!]

Sounding of the Shofar
Leader

Maybe one year when we are practicing G-d will sound the last Trump, Y’Shua will return, the dead will rise first and we will meet them in the air!

TEKIAH TEKIAH “Behold He comes with clouds….and the shout of an Archangel….and the Trump of G-d [TEKIAH GADOLAH!]

Sounding of the Shofar

TEKIAH  SHEVARIM-TERUAH TEKIAH

TEKIAH  SHEVARIM  TEKIAH

TEKIAH  TERUAH  TEKIAH

[all who have Shofars blow long and hard in Unison]

TEKIAH GADOLAH

Festival Meal
Blessing over the Wine

ALL

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.
NOW DRINK THE WINE

Festival Meal

Leader

The Round Challah Loaves symbolize the crown of Messiah Y’Shua our King

Blessing over the Bread
dipped in sugar

All

Blessed are You L-rd our G-d King of the Universe who brings forth this bread from the earth

May it be Your will, Adonai our God, and the God of our ancestors,
to favor us with a good and a sweet year.

Bashem Y’Shua Amen

NOW EAT THE BREAD

Before eating apples dipped in honey, recite the following blessing

ALL
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the tree.

EAT A BITE OF APPLE WITH HONEY

May it be Your will L-rd our G-d, that you renew us for a good and sweet year

EAT THE REST OF THE APPLE

Nehemiah 8:7-10

8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Benediction

Leader

And now at the beginning of a new year, we pray the following blessing

Benediction

ALL IN UNISON

L-rd give us a spirit of Wisdom and Understanding from your Torah, the spirit of insight and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, may we overcome trouble, pain and sorrow, and may our days and years increase.  L-rd our G-d, renew us for a new year Bashem Y’Shua –Amen and Amen

Concluding Blessing

Leader

Yevarechecha Adonai Viyishmerecha

Ya’er Adonai panav elecha vichunecha

Yisa Adonai panav elecha

Vayesem lecha Shalom

Concluding Blessing II

May the L-rd Bless you  and keep you

May the L-rd shine His face upon you

And be gracious to you

May the L-rd lift up His countenance upon you

And grant you peace!

Hava Nagila-Rejoice and Be Glad

Hava Nagila, Hava Nagila
Hava Nagila Venis’mecha

Repeat

Hava neranena, Hava neranena
Hava neranena venis’mecha

Uru, uru achim
Uru achim belev same’ach
♫ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫

Shabbat Shalom Song
Shabbat Shalom (Clap Twice)

Shabbat Shalom (Clap Twice)

Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom (Clap Twice)

Shabbat Shalom (Clap Twice)

Rosh Hashanah 1st Service 2010

“L’Shanah Tovah Bashem Y’Shua!!”

Ariel and Sarah wish you a blessed New Year!

“C’Mon In” by Ariel E……

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This Week’s Torah Portion: KI TAVO

Which means “WHEN YOU ENTER”

Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

Haftarah: Isaiah 60:1-22

Priesthood Instructions: Revelation 1-4

This Message is

“First fruits: THE DOUBLE PORTION”

Today’s Reading 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

1 Corinthians 15:19-26 says“19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.  20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

“First fruits: The DOUBLE PORTION”

1.  In this Torah portion we find Moses giving further instructions to His pupils as they prepare to enter the Land of Promise.  When the land was allocated and farmed, the Farmers were to take the FIRST RIPENED FRUITS to the TEMPLE and present them to the PRIESTS.  This is called FIRSTFRUITS or BIKKURIM in the Hebrew.  By making this offering the Israelite is declaring that EVERYTHING HE HAS–and EVERYTHING HE DOES is for the SERVICE OF GOD.

This offering makes a distinguishing difference between fruit that is NOT YET RIPENED and fruit that is RIPE and READY FOR CONSUMPTION as PROVISION.  Yeshua–Jesus our Messiah–is a FIRSTFRUIT offering to God.   YESHUA IS OUR BIKKURIM–or the FIRSTFRUIT OFFERING FROM THE DEAD.  He is the RIPENED FRUIT that is ready for consumption that is offered up to God in OUR PLACE–in place of OUR SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The Restoration of Ephraim–being CALLED OUT from the CHURCH–being separated out–makes you a BIKKURIM from the DEAD–even as Yeshua was the FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD.  ADAM brought us DEATH and MESSIAH has now brought us LIFE and LIFE ABUNDANTLY through the life of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 says “1 When you have entered the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the first fruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the LORD your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name 3 and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come to the land the LORD swore to our forefathers to give us.” 4 The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the LORD your God. 5 Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. 9 He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the first fruits of the soil that you, O LORD, have given me.” Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him. 11 And you and the Levites and the aliens among you shall rejoice in all the good things the LORD your God has given to you and your household.”

A.  The Bikkurim was an offering made with JOYOUS celebration before the Lord.  This was an Agricultural Tithe that was made TWICE within the 7 year Schmitta–or Sabbatical Cycle of the Lord–when the Israelites had 6 years to work the GROUND and the 7th year was a SABBATICAL YEAR.  This is a type and shadow of the 2 comings of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Remember–a day is like a thousand years–and a thousand Years is like a day (Psalm 90:4) to the Lord.  The Israelites had 6 years to produce a crop–which is equal to our 6000 years that we have been here on earth.  The 7th year–was a SABBATICAL REST –or a SHABBAT REST–which made the land KASHRUT–or unclean to farm.  This meant that no one could eat from the Land–except the poor, the widow and the orphan.

Exodus 23:10-13 says “10 For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. 12 Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. 13 Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.”

B.  The 6th year was the 2nd required FIRSTFRUITS TITHE that was required by ALL ISRAEL.  The Torah promises that if we leave the ground fallow–in other words–we DO NOT WORK THE LAND in the 7th YEAR–that GOD WILL PROVIDE the DOUBLE PORTION OF BLESSING in the 6th Year–TO COVER YOU IN THE 7th YEAR!  THIS IS THE LAW OF THE 6 according to Torah–or the LAW OF THE DOUBLE PORTION.  What this is saying to us today–is that in the 6000th year that God himself is going to cause a blessing of THE DOUBLE PORTION to come into the LAND of those who are FAITHFUL to follow God’s Commandments.  EPRHAIM MEANS: DOUBLY FRUITFUL.  YOU beloved are the FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING unto the LORD that is ANNOUNCING the SABBATICAL YEAR–which we have all called “THE MELLENIAL REIGN OF CHRIST”! YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO THE MILLENIAL REIGN!

Leviticus 25:1-7 says “1 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. 6 Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7 as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.”

The law of the 6 was first laid out in the sabbatical pattern with the MANNA in Exodus 16:21-26 which says 21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’” 24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a Sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”

C.  This SABBATICAL YEAR –this seventh year is PRECEEDED by the act of OBEDIENCE to God’s teaching and instruction.  Once TORAH was obeyed–the Children of Israel WOULD RETURN TO THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD and MAKE THEIR FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING TO THE LORD.  By realizing that you were CALLED OUT from the Church: and crossing over from the GREEK REALM OF DEATH–where you lived in the Wilderness–TO THE PROMISED LAND of the HEBREW APPLICATION OF THE SCRIPTURES–and GOD OPENING TO YOU THE TORAH– and YOU FOLLOWING ITS COMMANDS–You have RETURNED TO THE HIGH PRIEST–JESUS–and have declared YOUR FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING from the dead.  YOU have left BEHIND the LIFE OF THE FIRST ADAM–the first fruits of the first MAN–and YOU HAVE PRESENTED–The LORD as your RIGHTEOUSNESS–WHICH IS THE LIFE OF THE DOUBLE PORTION BLESSING!

Isaiah 61:6-7 says “6 And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. 7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

D.  YOU are redeemed as the SECOND ADAM in the earth and God has called you to LIVE the ABUNDANT LIFE of the SECOND ADAM–Jesus Christ in this earth today.  By accepting Torah’s righteous commandments and applying them to your life–you have RECONNECTED yourself to the LIFE GIVING BONE of your Husband–and the TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN MADE ONE FLESH.  The reason you do not WALK IN THE POWER OF THIS RE-CONNECTION–is that you still WAR WITH YOUR GREEK MIND–YOUR SLAVE MENTALITY–YOUR WILDERNESS MENTALITY.  Not understanding that THIS MINDSET IS DEATH to YOUR POWER.  YOU have been FULLY WED TO MESSIAH.  You have ALREADY received the Kettubah–which is the Torah at Mount Sinai–you have ALREADY RECEIVED the 5 pieces of silver–or THE BRIDE’S PRICE–Which is Messiah’s GRACIOUS DEATH on your behalf–and you have ALREADY RECEIVED THE CUP of Wine–the 4th Cup of the PASSOVER: The cup of REDEMPTION.  But we still stand OUTSIDE of the WEDDING CHUPPAH and argue–if the WEDDING DOCUMENT APPLIES TO US TODAY.  It is this doubt and disbelief–that we war with in our mind–which keeps us from fully attaining the life of the SECOND ADAM RIGHT NOW!

E.  In Ephesians 5 Paul points out a MYSTERY–a REVELATION SO DEEP–SO POWERFUL–it will change your very life.

Ephesians 5:31-32 says 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and ISRAEL.”
F.  This is referring to YESHUA–our FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING–Leaving the ECHAD–of the FATHER YHVH and the MOTHER–The Ruach HaKodesh–the Holy Spirit–and BEING UNITED TO HIS WIFE=ISRAEL–and the TWO BEING ONE FLESH!  GOD’S WIFE IS NOT THE CHURCH–but as 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 states–IT IS “ISRAEL”  Now that you have been united with ISRAEL–You have been made ONE WITH JESUS–RIGHT HERE–RIGHT NOW!  Not in a WORLD TO COME–that was a GREEK–or WILDERNESS MINDSET!

You see when YOU receive the 6000 year DOUBLE PORTION BLESSING–THAT IS WHEN YOU GET THE REVELATION–that YOU ARE “ISRAEL”–and the TORAH IS YOUR LIFE.  It is at THIS MOMENT–that you are “RAPTURED” from the life of the first ADAM–and you CROSS OVER to the ABUNDANT LIFE of the SECOND ADAM.  You begin to walk out the LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME–where you have been REUNIFIED with GOD IN YOU–YOU HAVE BECOME–Bone of His BONE–and Flesh of HIS FLESH.

Genesis 2:19–24 says “19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. “23 The man said, “This is NOW bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’, for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

G.  Look at WHAT IT SAYS–God put the FIRST ADAM TO SLEEP–a Hebrew Idiom for DEATH–and from HIS SIDE–just as NOACH’S ARC was boarded from the SIDE DOOR—and JESUS SAID “AS IN THE DAYS OF NOACH-SO SHALL IT BE AT THE RETURN OF THE SON OF MAN”—YHVH took a RIB–a BONE–and from that BONE–Fashioned a WIFE–SUITABLE–PERFECT FOR HIM!  Now turn with me to Ezekiel 37.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 says “1The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, BONE TO BONE. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ “10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’ “

H.  NOW LOOK and REALIZE–That the DRY BONES–THE DEAD BONES–Are YOU EPHRAIM!  You were IN YOUR GRAVES–a Hebrew Idiom for living on the REALM OF DEATH outside the TORAH-Just like LAZARUS WAS IN HIS GRAVE—but NOW–JESUS–THE SON OF MAN–HAS PROPHESIED TO YOU –to RETURN to the LAND=Torah and the Testimony–the LAND FLOWING with MILK–which is the Torah–and the HONEY which is the TESTIMONY OF JESUS.

And GOD has TAKEN YOU BACK–to the GARDEN OF EDEN.

Ezekiel 36:24-36 says 24 “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel! 33 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, This land that WAS laid waste has become like the Garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.”

I.  YOU ARE PART OF THE 144,000 WITNESSES of the LORD.  PURE VIRGINS–WHO have been MADE ONE–once again–ONE FLESH WITH MESSIAH–WHO IS THE FIRSTFRUITS OFFERING OF THE LORD–THE FIRSTFRUIT FROM THE DEAD–AND AS HE LIVES IN YOU–SO NOW ALSO–YOU CAN LIVE LIKE HIM NOW.

Revelations 14:1 “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as FIRSTFRUITS to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.”

J.  BONE OF HIS BONE–FLESH OF HIS FLESH–NEVER TO EXPERIENCE DEATH AGAIN.  THE SABBATICAL REST HAS BEGUN–YOU ARE THE SECOND EVE.  THE SECOND TITHE–of the SABBATICAL YEAR!  Torah is your KETTUBAH–with all its rights and responsibilities–and the 5 pieces of silver are the GRACE by which you stand–and HIS BLOOD is the CUP OF REDEMPTION.  YOU ARE THE DOUBLY FRUITFUL ONES called EPRHAIM–and ISRAEL: CO-RULER WITH GOD!

Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov!

“Here We Go..” by Ariel E….

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion:  Ki Teit Zei – “When You Go Out”

D’Varim 21:10-25:19

Haftarah Isaiah 55:1-10

Priesthood Instructions The Book of Yehudah (Jude)

“Here We Go…”

IN REVIEW

  1. 1. Last week we saw the establishment of the rule of Law in Israel
    1. A. The High Court was established—The Sanhedrin—the 70 Judges of Israel.
    2. B. We saw Moses prophesy about the “Prophet who was to come”

Prophet—Priest—King—Mediator—Sin Bearer-Deliverer and one who offers his life, to save the others.

In This Parasha Ke Teit Zei—When You Go Out D’Varim 21:10-25:19

  1. 1. This portion continues the various instructions and laws—that God wanted us all to follow.
  2. A. You will notice that these instructions are given “AFTER” being delivered from the land of Mitzraim—and going through the Mikvah—of the Red Sea
  3. B. God gives instructions about marrying a captive woman—you could do it—but ONLY after purification through Nazerite purification.
  4. C. Then we encounter my kids favorite portion—the Rebellious and Stubborn Son

1-Stubborn is the Hebrew Word: “Sorer”—and “V’Morech” is Hebrew for Rebellious:  Together it reads “SORER V’MORECH’’ Meaning: Turn Aside—Defect—Withdraw—being contentious or rebellious.

2—The result of these actions was a swift and certain stoning to death by the Men of the Town—which should be a clear sign of how we are not to act if we hope to find life eternal in Messiah.

2-Then we see that a sign of being under the curse is to be hung upon a tree

A- Messiah hung on this tree in our place—he fulfilled the punishment do to us—the curse that was ours—why do we so willingly position ourselves to receive the curse all over again?

3-Marriage Violations—3 Stages to a Hebrew Wedding:

A-Betrothal phase—or Teni’im in Hebrew—where you are legally married—just not residing together—you see this in the covenant promise between God and Abraham our Father—For only a father can legally enter you into marriage;

The second stage is Ketubah—or the Marriage Contract Stage—We see this being fulfilled between Israel and God at Mt. Sinai—when we received the Torah—God’s teaching and instructions

The Third stage is the Celebration stage—and the wedding Dinner—which we are getting ever closer to being a part of in these last days.

During the time of the Teni’im—if the Alma—or Virgin—is thought to have prostituted herself with a man—before the Ketubah—She could have been Stoned to death.  Here we see God setting forth a powerful sign of Virginity—the Virgin brides Father would provide a linen garment—that was stained with the blood of her ruptured Hyman—proving her virginity.  Then any falsely accused bride could seek remedy before the court—through Her Father.

4-Various laws

A-Uncleanness in the Camp

B-Exclusion from the Temple

C-We are not to charge our brothers interest in loans–& Care for the Poor!

D-Lastly God sets in place the law of the Kinsman redeemer.

5-Today I want to tell you how you will differentiate between Gods people—and the people of the Beast in the last days.  We see it clearly –in the command against defiling mixtures!

A- Deut.  22:5-11 says ” 5 A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this.  6 If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young. 7 You may take the young, but be sure to let the mother go, so that it may go well with you and you may have a long life.  8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.  9 Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled. 10 Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together. 11 Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together.

B-Gods has a way of doing things—and man has a way of doing things—one is credited as righteousness—the other as filthy rag religion

C—You cannot mix Gods ways with the ways of man

1—In Deut 22:11 God says not to wear clothes of wool and linen

2—This is a Hebrew word “Sha’at’naze” : “A garment of Wool and Linen”

6—Lev 19:19 says “19 ” ‘Keep my decrees. ” ‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”

D—This command is about clothing—or the Hebrew word “Begged”—which also means Treachery and Deceit—This reminds me of another situation like it—Adam and Havah

1-Gen 3:6-7  & Gen 3:21 says ” 21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.—God Covers them

2—You see their “Begged” came as a result of Treachery and Deceit.

7—This brings about a generational curse that manifests in the life of their sons—Cain and Avel  Genesis 4:2-7 says “2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.  Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

8—Animal vs. Plant

A—Both were alive—but Avel brought the firstborn ( a Picture of Y’shua) and Cain brought a gift from the soil (which is cursed—because of Adams treachery and deceit)

Gen 3:17-19 –Offering of the Soil

Lev 17:11—Offering of the Animal

B-Avel’s life was breathed from Eternity—a type and Shadow of Yeshua Proverbs 8:32-36 which says “32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.  33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;  do not ignore it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,  watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35 For whoever finds me finds life  and receives favor from the LORD.  36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;  all who hate me love death.”

C-Cain’s offering represents mans—or our own labor that is cursed—and that is why it cannot save you–  Prov 16:25. IS 55:7-9 says “7 Let the wicked forsake his way  and the evil man his thoughts.

Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,”   declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways  and my thoughts than your thoughts.

9—Avel’s offering was from Heaven—Cain’s from Earth—this is why we cannot mix garments

A– Mixed garment removes the barrier that should exist between Gods ways of doing things and our own—this defilement brings a curse

B—Gods ways are his Torah—which is only kept through faith

Mans ways are his own mind—will and emotions

C—Clean and Defiled are Diametrically opposed

D-We cannot profess Messiah—then keep acting in our own flesh—playing games with God

E—A mixed mind—or double minded man—is unstable in ALL he does

F—Carnal mind=Torahlessness      Mind of Messiah=Blessing Others

10- Mixed garments remind us of the curse

A—Wool Makes you sweat—“By the Sweat of your Brow”

B—Linen keeps you cool–& Peaceful—the Priests wore it in the Temple Services to avoid sweating

C-When we mingle Gods way (Torah) and Mans way (Flesh) we invoke a curse —James 3:6-13 which says “6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt[a] water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom

11—We must unravel the garment we have lived under for so long  ½ Torah and ½ Pagan

12—We must commit to follow Gods ways and not be fooled by the FALSE PROPHETS teaching you only to worship Mammon! Rev 3:4-5 says “4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

13. In Torah Garments—or Begged—represent your works

14. White garments are obedience to Torah—Stained garments are Pagan garments

  1. 15. God is restoring the Mantle of Elijah—through Beth’El—Mal 4:4-6—for a bride who will clean her garments!
  2. 16. The biggest Lie is Torahlessness—Lawlessness     JER 16:19

19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress,

to you the nations will come  from the ends of the earth and say,

“Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,  worthless idols that did them no good.

  1. 17. We MUST separate the Sha’at’naze—mixed garments—Churches with Gods way all mixed in with unholy fleshly ways—defiling and deceiving many!
  2. 18. Do Away with your pagan ways—dead religion—and see God is doing a new thing—restoring the House of Judah and Ephraim
  3. 19. You must choose today—wool or linen—Hot or Cold—Avel of Cain—Churchianity or the Tallit of the Kingdom of God?
  4. 20. This choice proves who His Virgin bride is—It is the blood stained cloth produced by the father—in the marriage ceremony!

A—Outside his ways are curses and death—effects of Prostitution

B—Only complete obedience by grace through faith—brings abundance—a happy blessed marriage

21—The natural Garment—Begged—that brought forth treachery is on those who Violate Torah—even in the Church—TV Evangelists?

22—Putting on Gods Garment—begged—is putting on the Torah and the Testimony of Yeshua!  Rev 7: 9-17 says “9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,  who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:

“Amen!  Praise and glory  and wisdom and thanks and honor  and power and strength  be to our God for ever and ever.  Amen!”  13Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14I answered, “Sir, you know.”   And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore, “they are before the throne of God  and serve him day and night in his temple;  and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.  16Never again will they hunger;  never again will they thirst.

The sun will not beat upon them,  nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;   he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

CLOSE

1-Prove this day whether you are a virgin bride or the bride of a prostitute

2-Choose this day whom you will serve—as for Me and my house….

3-Is 8:20  To the Torah and the Testimony—if they speak not according to this word—they have no light of dawn in them!

Let us hear what the Spirit of God says to the Congregation in this last Day.  Shabbat Shalom

© 2010 Ariel E.   All Rights Reserved Worldwide


“The Real Deal Prophet” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 by messianicpastor

Shoftim-“Judges”

D’varim 16:28 –D’varim 21:9

Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12

Priesthood Instructions: 3rd John

“The Real Deal Prophet”

Shabbat Shalom Miracles of the Most High God! Before we start–say this with me: I am a miracle—  I’ve been grafted into Israel.

In this weeks Torah portion we find that God is setting up Law and Order– for these wild-west Hebrew Cowboys.  This portion begins with laying out for Israel the establishment of municipal courts and Judges –that are to rule on disputes based on Torah.  This portion goes on to establish the Sanhedrin—or the Israelite Supreme Court—made up of the 70 elders of Israel.  This court is to be both feared and revered among the people.  In fact, God commands that anyone who is found in contempt of this Court—as established by two or three witness—is to be taken out and stoned to death.  You see beloved—our God is a God of justice and justice is an earmark of the life of a believer before the Lord God of Israel.

The reason God is setting out the rule of Law within the Camps of Israel is that God is a God of Order.  What the Torah does– is establish Order in the life of every believer.  Once you come like our Father Abraham did—by faith—trusting that God exists—then– God begins establishing the Kingdom of God in your life.  The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, peace and joy in the Ruach HaKodesh—or–Holy Ghost.  The first step of establishing Gods kingdom within our lives is the establishment of the rule of order for us.  God gives us instructions which we are to follow.  Following them not only brings about supernatural blessing and abundance in our lives, but it establishes—through our obedience—that we are in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through the blood of Yeshua our Messiah.  This obedience brings about right living– which is righteousness—and that frees us to move onto the second stage of our relationship with God—that is peace.  But you see where there is no order—there is no peace.  You will never have true peace in your walk with Jesus—until you submit to the obedience of keeping Gods Torah by His Spirit.

It is God’s order—or his Torah—which is His instructions in right living– that establishes us– in places of peace.  It is this Torah driven life that led King David to be able to clearly proclaim, “Yea– though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death—I will FEAR NO EVIL– Your Rod and your Staff they comfort me.”  The rod that David is speaking of– is what the Orthodox Jews call “The Torah—the Rod of God or the Staff of Man.” David knew that Gods Torah—His instructions for right living—is what please God– and that by his walking in Gods orders– that no weapons formed against him would prosper.  This leads to the next part of Kingdom life and that is Joy.  Have you ever noticed that some believers today are of the nastiest– most irritable bunch of mean spirited people– that have ever walked this planet?  God has called us out—chosen us by grace—and given us life and instructions in how to please Him beyond a shadow of doubt—but we display this amazing grace–by living lives that have no righteousness—which leads to no peace– and results in a noticeable lack of Joy.  It is because we have been sold a bill of goods that is not true.

We have bought a lie—and we have been individually– and corporately deceived.  We have come together– year after year and have been taught a lie that has guaranteed our sure and swift defeat.  We pull out occasional nuggets of truth, but we largely leave THE truth– that leads to righteousness—peace—and joy—or the Kingdom of God, sitting as it gathers dust on our shelves.  But why do we do this?  I dare say that there is almost nobody in this house today– that would individually admit that they were trying to displease God; in fact, quite to the contrary.  You are faithful people and are seeking the truth—or the Ruach—or the Holy Spirit would not have wooed you into coming here today.  You see beloved—judgement begins with the House of God, and that Judgement is falling on His house.  Those who are wise– are trained by discipline as the scripture says in Proverbs.  And God is beginning to discipline us as a people—so that we will draw into deeper levels of the anointing—and so that we will put down our petty differences– and lay aside everything that seeks to make us stumble, and so we will be the immaculate—holy bride– that Messiah deserves upon His return.

So how do we know the difference between the many and confusing voices that are going forth today through the body of Messiah, –and what does God require of us as we walk out these last days in human history?  Turn with me to Deuteronomy chapter 18 beginning at verse 14: “The nations you dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination; But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so; The Lord your God will raise up a Prophet like ME from among your brothers, you MUST listen to Him.  For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on that day of the Assembly when you said, ‘let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore or we will die.’ The Lord said to me, ‘What they say is good.  I will raise up a prophet for them a Prophet like you from among their brothers, I will put my words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I commanded Him.  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.”

The first thing I want to you to notice– is that this is one of the most explicit places in the Torah –where God tells us that He is establishing another Prophet like Moses from among the Israelites– and that God will anoint the words of His mouth, and the prophet will speak what God wants us to know about Him and His ways—and how we are to please God.  This is a clear prophetic message leading us to the Messiah Yeshua.  Yeshua is the “Prophet” that has been raised up like Moses from among the Israelites.  This is why Paul the Apostle tells us that “salvation” or “Yeshua” in Hebrew is from the Jews.  Yeshua is from the Tribe of Judah, and a descendant of King David, and He lives upon the throne of the unified house of David—that is Ephraim and Judah—reunified under the authority of the seed of David.  If you cannot receive the Jewish people–then you are in deep trouble when it comes to eternal matters–as Yeshua/Salvation is.

Yeshua is also and more specifically–“the Prophet” that Moses was referring to, but how do we know for certain–that Yeshua was the Prophet that Moses was speaking of– and how does knowing this keep us from following after the Anti-Messiah in these last days—because we are not just battling the “man” called anti-messiah—but there is a spirit of the anti-messiah– that is prevalent today—even throughout the Churches claiming to be of the living God.  There is a mark that will separate those who are followers of the true Messiah—Yeshua HaMoshiach, and the Anti-Messiah in these last days, and Yeshua has left us clear and convincing evidence that He is the One Prophet that we are to follow in these last days. But to understand how Yeshua fulfills this Messianic Prophecy, we must first know what Moses was like, so that we can understand what he meant– when he stated, “God will raise up a prophet like me from among your brothers.”

The first thing that we want to note about Moses– is that Moses was a deliverer.  Moses led the people of Israel in deliverance from the places of Confinement where they were held in slavery.  So we know that any prophet we are to listen to today –needs to be someone who preaches deliverance along the way.  Many people in the body of Messiah today are self-anointed—self proclaimed– Prophets—but God wants us to know about how we can trust the word of His prophets in this last day– by giving us this example from the Torah.  Yeshua fulfilled this attribute clearly as Rabbi Sha’ul states in Romans Chapter 11 and verse 26: “and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, The deliverer will come from Zion– and he will turn Godlessness away from Jacob–and this is my covenant with them –when I take away their sins.” We know that Yeshua clearly accomplished this through his sacrificial death upon the Execution Stake at Calvary.

The next attribute of “The Prophet of God” that was to come like Moses– is that Moses was a mediator.  You see beloved one of the jobs of Gods prophets is to be a mediator in the situations where God sends them.  They are to be the voice of the Lord to bring about the deliverance of the people.  Moses clearly fulfills this office requirement– on Mount Sinai—when the fire and smoke from the Mountain top raged forth with the Glory of the great and awesome– and mighty God, the people were afraid and asked to be veiled, and spoken to through a prophet of the Lord– and this veil of Moses continues on the hearts of many Judeans to this day.  Yeshua also clearly fills this requirement as He states during a prayer to the Father in John 17 and verse 8: “For I gave them the words that you gave me, and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that You sent Me.”

So we clearly see that Yeshua is mediating between the words of the Father– and between men.  A prophet of the Lord is one who stands in the place of mediation and mediates for mercy—or judgement on behalf of the situation that God has called them to stand in.

The next attribute of a Prophet of God– is that Gods prophet to come—and the true Prophet of today– is a sin bearer.  Of all the notable things in Moses life– there is something that is often overlooked by the Rabbi’s and most people in Israel today.  Moses was truly anointed of the Lord; this anointing had him standing in three governmental offices at once—that of the Prophet, the Priest and the King.  Yeshua too fulfilled all three of these offices, but one thing that Moses did—really sets apart how we can tell a true prophet– from a false one in these last days;  Moses was willing to lay down his life for the people.  In Exodus 32: 30 -33 the Torah says, “The next day Moses said to the people—You have committed a great sin, but now I will go up to the Lord, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin—So Moses went back to the Lord and said, Oh what a great sin these people have committed, they have made themselves gods of gold.  But now please forgive their sin—but if not—then blot me out of the book you have written.  The Lord replied to Moses, whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.”

We see that Moses loved the people so much– that He was willing to lay his own eternal soul on the line so that they can be forgiven.  Yeshua laid down his own life, so that we could be forgiven– and He thus fulfilled this scripture as recorded by John –in John chapter 15 and verse 13 when He states greater love has no man than a man lay down his life for his friends.  So any prophet in these last days that comes forward to speak on behalf of the Lord must have this level of love.  1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what Love is, Yeshua Messiah laid down his life for us, and we our to lay down our lives for our brothers.” If you are being called back to the restoration of the Houses of David—the Ephraimite reunion with your Judeans brothers and sisters—then you have an absolute part in this prophetic move of God; but just like Moses and just like Yeshua—any prophet who is called of God for this last day must be a sin bearer—one willing to bear one another’s burdens.  We have to stop the pettiness of Churchianity—and move into being willing to love each other so much that we lay down our lives– in service to those in our Mischpocha (or family).  Do we really have that level of commitment where we attend services?  Do you really want to see the dead raised to life– and the deaf hear– and the blind see again?  Are you really tired of playing gentile church—being about the glitz and the entertainment of the modern secularized roman based church service—and are you really ready to move into the power of God.  Ya’akov—James– calls loving your neighbor as yourself—the Royal Law—or royal instruction.  Can you imagine if we truly would apply a sin bearing attitude around here.  One where we bear with one another—we forgive people when they are tired, and when they say things they shouldn’t—NEVER condoning that sin—but being willing to associate with their humanity.  The letter of legalism kills people—but the love of keeping the Torah by faith– should cause us to burn with such love for one another—there should never be anyone in our community of believers who is in need.  God has prospered us all so much, yet people struggle.  Why do they struggle?  Because of sin mostly—but some people are just going through spiritual warfare—and who is there to hold them up.  When was the last time you made a call to somebody you don’t know in your congregation—just to say “Hi” and to bless them in Yeshua name? Or if you have means—did you ever consider offering a scholarship to some of events that we do here–that cost money for those there who are less fortunate—Like enrolling them in Hebrew classes?

God has called you to bear the burdens of one another in Love.  True prophets are willing to lay down their own lives– for the people they are trying to minister to.  They love them so much and they want them to hear and receive Gods Rhema—revealed word—they are willing to bear their faults– and their frailties.  There is NONE righteous-no not one—there is NONE that seeks after God.  Gods eyes roam– to a fro- throughout the earth– looking for just one man who will love Him with an UNDIVIDED HEART.  But He cannot find one—that is because we do not remember to BE sin bearers—and burden carriers in Gods own Camp.  The deliverance of God is on the inside of you—if you are called by the Spirit of God through the blood of Messiah—then greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.  It is not about your inadequacy—because you have been crucified with Messiah and you no longer live—but Messiah lives in you.  You died to the old ways of your flesh—and are walking by the Spirit of God through His Torah instructions.

If we would just reach out– as dead men in the flesh—then the world would not be able to contain the radiating love of this place.  We would be One in spirit– and we would be reaching out to the world—all because we love other people enough to die for them.  Husbands—do you love your wife enough to die for her—to your flesh—and love her like Messiah loves Israel—and not just when you want your own way?  Wives—do you love your husbands enough to die to your own selfish ways—so that the good of your Husband will be made manifest—or are you competing with Him for power in the relationship?  Singles—do you love God enough to walk dead in the earth– to the carnal lusts of your flesh—so that the Spirit of God can give you the Husband—or wife– that you seek so desperately?

God wants us to be able to know– what it is going to cost us to follow Him.  So many of us—and I did for so long—made a profession—it was little more than a witchcraft confession—or a rebellious confession– that came out one side of my mouth that said I loved God—but in reality– I lived like the devil throughout the week.  You see beloved, this all comes from the Spirit of the false prophet.  The days are upon us when the Anti-Messiah will be revealed.  The evil in the world is fast increasing; but as this evil increases so does grace—and grace IS Messiah–and has been around since Genesis 6:8!  Gone are the days when a profession of faith in false Christianity– or undercover Judaism –are going to be accepted.  The mark of the beast is already prevalent among the nations.  Have you ever wondered what this mark is?  Is it a tattoo—a chip?  Or could it be– the covenantal sign of people who are in covenant with LAWLESSNESS–no Shabbat Rest–no Torah present.  Gods people–People who are called of God– and in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, through the blood of Yeshua the Messiah—do the things that their God has commanded.  They worship on Gods Shabbat—not on the Fake Shabbat of the Roman Church on “Sun-God-Day.”  They eat what God said to eat—and certainly not– what God says not too eat!  They celebrate Gods festivals– and not those of the Pagan Gods that exalt themselves against our God!  So many in the Church have been fooled today!  When Pastors—well meaning as they are—get up and say—the Law is done away with—they are preaching the doctrine of the ANTI-CHRIST—or the Man of LAWLESSNESS!!  The only thing that has been done away with—is the need for another “SIN” sacrifice—as Yeshua bore our sins upon His body and died—and defeated the grave—and He lives– to make us Holy!

Yet so many believers disobey God– and live lives that are contrary to Gods instructions –and yet they cannot figure out why they never really get delivered—or walk in abundant prosperity—so that they can bless the poor—because that is why God prospers us– so that we can bless the poor—but most places today– never give to the poor—and if they do it is certainly much less than the Preacher gets paid!  The mark of the beast is the number of man—it is 666.  This number stands for the number of man—or Me-Myself-& I.  That is the Spirit of the anti-messiah that has gone out in these last days.  Culturally, everything is okay.  Homosexual pastors—pedophile priests—churches that are little more than Las Vegas Showboats with a straw foundation, and buildings that are erected as monuments to self; business principles are taught instead of the Torah’s righteous commands–and Psycho-Babble 20 minute messages that reinforce the Greek Mind we are meant to renew and replace with an Israeli mind.  What will God do for ME is our motivation for going to congregation—not what can I do to please HIM.  ME myself and I—the unholy trinity or 666—that stands against the Torah of God.  Many people who are here today have been called out—because God has seen your heart, and he is calling out as his true bride—those who love him.  John 14:15 says, “If you love me keep my commandments.”

Your love will lead you out because the last attribute of Moses– and Yeshua– and the prophets of this last day– is that they will be “Good Shepard’s.”  A truly good Shepard does what Moses did– when he offered his life– for the life of the people.  A Good Shepard—is one who puts the welfare of the people above his own.  Yeshua could have passed on coming– and left us to the justice of God, but HIS LOVE would not compel him to do so.  You are all Shepard’s– and you all have flocks.  You may be a Shepard at work—you may have a family—you may teach a bible study, you may be called to preach in these last days, but will you be a “Good” Shepard?  The Good Shepard lays down his life for the sheep—as Yeshua said in John 10:10-15. But –a bad Shepard comes only to steal—kill– and destroy.  What do we hear on Christian TV and Radio these days?  Do we hear messages about keeping the commands of God—or do we hear constant plea’s for money– to further lavish a golden trimmed studio– and about giving sacrificially– so that we can build our church buildings in opulence– while the poor sleep without a roof over their head?  Be not fooled beloved—you can clearly distinguish between a good Shepard—and a hireling– because the good Shepard loves the sheep so much they will die to ensure their safety—and hirelings work only for money .

God has called us out of Babylon in the last days my brothers Israel—both Judah and Ephraim—Jews and former Christians—together as one united Israel– doing the work of the prophet in these last days.  You have been made a prophet-priest and king through covenant with the Messiah.  In this portion– Kings are required to write their own copy of Torah and to read it every day –so they could know the mind of God.  If we put these testers to any so called prophet—or prophetic movement of

God– then God will steer us clear of all falsehood by grounding us clearly in his Torah.  So that in the end—we will hear those precious words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” because we kept Gods Torah by faith—and not the ones we dread–depart from me you worker of iniquity—I never knew you.  Remember beloved the first step to living an ordered life is doing the Torah—this will lead you to righteousness—that leads you to true peace and lastly to the Joy of the Lord.  Judge for yourself what I have shared with you, but I LAY BEFORE YOU– LIFE AND DEATH—CHOOSE LIFE THAT YOU MIGHT LIVE FOR ALL ETERNITY IN GLORY

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout –All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“Just Do It” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 by messianicpastor

Parasha Re’Eh: See

Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5

Priesthood Instuctions: 1 John & 2 John

Todays Message is: “Just Do It”

This week’s portion is called Re’Eh—which is the Hebrew word meaning to “See.”  In this portion we find Moses continuing in his tutelage of the descendents of the original slaves– that have been chosen out of Egypt.  The Strong’s dictionary says that the meaning of Re’Eh—is a Hebrew root word meaning to “See—Experience—Prophesying—Appearing—Searching—Looking at one another—vision—viewing instrument—mirror—sharp eyed bird.”  Moses is giving the exact same instructions to the children of the original Israelites as He did to their parents—hoping that they would look into—See-Experience—and prophesy the commandments and instructions of God, so that they would be blessed– in the good land where the Lord was leading them.

In this portion Moses lays out for the children of Israel’s new generation where they are to worship—That they are not to worship other Gods or bow down to them in any way—He goes on to tell them what foods to eat and what not to eat—Moses instructs them on how to deal with Tithing—and the canceling of all debts—how to free servants and the redemption of the firstborn of all their animals.  He goes on in this portion to lay out for the Children of Israel—what comprised proper worship on the Passover—How to conduct themselves during the feast of Weeks—or Shavuot—and concludes this portion by instructing our ancestors in how to hold the feast of tabernacles—or Succot.

In short, Moses is laying before the people what Gods instructions and righteous requirements were for living a successful life in the Land of Promise that God was taking them in to.  I want to share with you about walking in committed sold out love for the Lord– and what your life will look like if you will only follow the ways of the Lord your God that He is requiring of you—and lastly how God is preparing for himself a bride—without spot or wrinkle that will appear with him at His glorious appearing—as His return is ever closer to taking place.

If you have your Bible today—Turn with me to Deuteronomy Chapter 12 beginning in verse 1: “These are the decree’s and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord the God of your Fathers, has given you to posses—as long as you live in the Land.  Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hill and on every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.  Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and burn their asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.  You must NOT worship the Lord Your God in THEIR way.  But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put His Name there for His dwelling.”

Today I want to talk to you about what a true life of God looks like– and compare it to a man made concept.  Before we leave here today, I want us to full understand what the Lords righteous requirements are for our lives– so that there is no grey area for miscommunication as we continue to grow.  Our God is a God of Justice—as well as a God of love and mercy—and He has established certain righteous requirements for us to follow if we are to be successful in receiving the ultimate prize—that is to attain life after the death of our physical bodies.

We hate to be told what to do, and there is a mentality in the United States– that drives us all to be independent– and do things our own way.  However– God ways are not like the ways of man—Gods ways are perfect and his standards are Holy—just—and true!  The reason that God instructs us in the way He wants us to go—is so that our lives will go well— and not only our lives—but the lives of our children’s children.  Every time we make a decision—we are making decisions that not only shape our lives– but these decisions that you are making today– are going to affect your family and your descendants for ages to come.

In this portion—the portion starts out with Moses laying before the Israelites—a blessing and a cursing—a blessing IF they obeyed the Lord their God and followed His commands and decrees—and a certain curse IF THEY DID NOT—follow the commands and decrees that the Lord our God commands us to obey.  The first thing I want to share with you today– is that to live a life that is totally on fire for God– we cannot go about doing things in our flesh.  In Deuteronomy chapter 12 and verse 8 the scripture says: “We are not to do as we do here today—everyone as he sees fit.” And in chapter 12:32 Moses goes on to state, “See to it that you do all I command you—do not add to it—or subtract from it.”

You see beloved– one the first and greatest characteristics of a life that is totally sold out to God– is that we begin to stop doing things our own way—and we begin to do what God has commanded us to do—without making excuses for not doing it—or adding to it in any way.  Your flesh is constantly there to tell you all the reasons that you cannot do the things that God has called you to do.  Remember beloved our “flesh” lies in our mind—will—and emotions. The scripture says that our carnal flesh wars against the righteous commandments of God.

This war results in our either crucifying our mind—will and emotions –with the crucifixion nails– of Gods commands and ordinances—or it results in out making mental excuses and coming up with elaborate excuses for why we cannot obey Gods word.

God word in you—is the power of God unto salvation for all who hear it.  David said that we are to hide the word of God in our heart so that we might not sin against God.  But this goes contrary to what our flesh is battling for.  Galatians 5:17 says, ” For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.  They are in conflict with each other so that you do not do what you want.”

Our flesh is battling against the Spirit –and the Spirit is battling against our sinful nature.  In our flesh we burn to disobey Gods commandments –and do things our own way.  That is why we fail so often.  We are always striking out in our flesh– and asking God to bless it.  I am reminded of the young man who wanted so desperately to get married—which we all know to be a good and holy thing before the Lord—but in his fleshly zeal—he step out and dated a girl who was not a believer—making himself unequally yoked—and the next thing you know—She was pregnant—and the young man was no longer serving God– and there was a child born of the marriage—who grew up without a father-or His fathers God—because the mother ran off with another man—and the cursing just kept passing itself down the generations causing destruction along the way– as it went.

God wants you to be successful—even as He wanted this young man to be successful—but the only way to be successful is by doing exactly what God says.  Our Christian bookstores are full of thousand upon thousands of books– that will tell you what it means to have everything from a purpose driven life– to peace—to Godly “Thinness!”  All of these things are competing for your mind—will– and emotions.  It is all a trap for you to fall into beloved.  Gods word is sufficient to meet all the needs in your life– and can answer each and every situation that may come your way while your alive.  Our Father Abraham did not have to read a purpose driven life– to conjure up some thing in his flesh –that told him to be about doing what God had told Him to do.  No beloved—Abraham was sold out to God—and after trusting that God was– by faith—He began to DO all the things that God commanded him to do.  Genesis 26:5 the Torah says of Abraham after he has died –that Isaac his Son –will inherit all the lands God swore to Abraham, “Because Abraham obeyed me, and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” So we see clearly– that Isaac received the blessing –for what Abraham had done.  Abraham lived a life of faith and it was credited to Him as righteousness, as it tells us in the book of Hebrews—or Messianic Jews—but his faith was coupled with obedience to Gods laws.

Beloved, a life that is totally sold out to God and on fire for Him– is one that is burning to keep his commands.  The Torah is Gods instructions for how to please Him.  In pleasing God we attain a blessing so great that we cannot contain it.  We walk in increased anointing and we speak to mountains to be removed and they are cast into the sea—why—because we have obeyed Gods words to us—just like Father Abraham.

We are to be like Jesus—the author and the finisher of our faith—who said if we loved Him we would keep His commandments—and we are told to take the message of this Gospel—the gospel that says—first come to God by faith—then do all that he has commanded you to do—unto all the world.  But we really don’t do that– do we?  The reality is that we largely ignore the commands of God in favor of an easier Gospel lie—the lie that says that grace is the replacement of the commands of God.  If Malachi 4 states “I AM God and I change not, and the New testament says “Yeshua Messiah the same Yesterday—today—and forever—then why do we go about doing what Jesus would never do?

Beloved– Jesus said take my Yoke upon you for my burden is easy –what burden is He talking about?  Obedience to His Torah of course!  It is so easy to obey the scriptures if you are dead to your flesh—and alive to the spirit.  We have already established– that our flesh is at war in our mind– will –and emotions –with our Spirit—which comes from God.  But Gods Torah witnesses to the death of our flesh—causing us to discard the things of the flesh and be alive to the fruits of Gods Spirit –that come from obedience to the Torah.

So many Churches today have bought the lie that says you do not have to adhere to Gods word.  Have you ever truly thought about this with a rational mind?  If God did not want you to keep his commands—then why would Jesus tell you to do it?  Doing it brings the freedom and the blessing—and NOT doing it brings the curse!  You cannot do this through legalism—legalism is through your flesh because it is done separate from Gods spirit.  But Gods Spirit does not send you mixed messages.  The scripture says to Love the Lord your God with all your heart—all your soul and all your strength—and to love you neighbor as yourself.  This fulfills the Torah—making it full—not done away with.  God is not a man that He should change His mind—and He cannot lie!  To Love God—as Jesus has said means to DO WHAT HE SAYS.  In this portion we are told to do several things when we enter the land.  Beloved the land for us today –is the place of the mind, will and emotions.  Your land is either going to be reflective of a life that is on fire—solely committed to Messiah only—or it will be like the land the children of Israel are moving in to occupy—full of its idols and pagan things—things that draw you away from the Torah.

God instructed the children of Israel to pull down—and tear down ALL the places in the Land that were abominable—where the demonic worship took place.  A life that is sold out to Yeshua—is a life where you have no places that you leave any asherah poles—or any places of flesh alive to exalt themselves up against Gods word.  Sha’ul—the Apostle Paul—states that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal—but they are mighty for the pulling down of strongholds in Messiah Yeshua.  We pull down these areas in our mind—will and emotions– by washing them with the water of the word—and renewing our minds.  But what word do we use?  We are to use the entire word!  God does not tell you to forsake His Torah—that would mean that He would be telling you to totally ignore his Righteous instructions—and why would He tell you to do that?  It is your flesh that screams against these commandments which Paul says in Romans are “righteous—just and true.”

God laid out a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him.  He did not confer with me– or you– before doing it—and He wrote a marriage contract for us to follow and be prepared by.  There are three kinds of people that are going to be invited to the wedding.  The first kind of person is the bride of Messiah.  If Messiah is the Torah—which John 1:1 says He is—then the Bride of Messiah is someone who is applying his Torah to their lives and obeying what it says.  The second kind of person at the wedding are the bridesmaids.  They are all dressed up—but they have no husband—for they did not keep their wicks trimmed and lamps filled with the oil of the Spirit –by keeping the righteous commands of the Torah—they will get to the feast– but they will not be married—only onlookers while the bride and groom rejoice together as ONE!  The last kind of person—is the person who has received the wedding feast invitation—but failed to change their clothes—and enter in according to the invitations instructions.  That person does not get to come in to the feast—because they did not come into the Torah at all—and are left outside of the wedding feast hall –where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Beloved those of you in Christianity and from Judah –who

God is calling back to the Torah are the bride of Messiah; you are coupling your faith –with keeping Gods righteous commands and will be the bride that is presented without spot or wrinkle.  Those who are the brides’ maids—are the ones who hear the Torah and say—“well that is done away with—we don’t have to do that—because we are under Grace.” They say this because they do not know Gods word.  We can all agree that Sha’ul—the Apostle Paul is the preacher to the Gentiles—the apostle called—or sent out to the gentiles’ right?  So it serves to reason that if ANYBODY had divine revelation about the Torah and the Testimony—it was Paul—a Pharisee of Pharisee’s– and one who saw the Lord face to face on the road to Damascus right?

Turn with me to Acts Chapter 25.  We will see that Paul is at the end of His missionary journeys to the Gentiles—and is now under arrest and making his case before Governor Festus in verse 8: “Then Paul made His defense: I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the Temple or against Caesar.” Then in Chapter 28 and verse 17 in Rome—Paul states, “Three days later He called together the leaders of the Jews.  When they had assembled he said to them : My Brothers—although I have done nothing against the people—or against the customs of our ancestors—I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans.” But isn’t this the apostle to the Gentiles—who states that we are free from the Law?  If we are free from All the Torah—then why does he go out of his way before a Governor and a Roman procurator—to state that He has kept—all– the Torah?  He does it– because to not keep the Torah is to sin –according to 1 John 3:4!

The Church of Yeshua HaMashiach has been told a lie.  The devil has twisted the scriptures and convinced people that they did not have to obey Gods Torah and commands if they we living by grace!  God forbid!  Living by legalism brings death—and in our flesh we cannot do the Torah—that is how legalism occurs—is someone trying to do these commandments from their flesh—with no Spirit.  Grace is not a credit card for worshipping God as we please—God has told us in this portion not to do things as we please—to tear down all idols in the land of our mind will and emotions through the Spirit—and when we fail to measure up to the commandments of God—the Ruach is there with grace to help us try again– by faith– to keep Gods commands.  This is what grace means!

In this portion the Torah says not to eat unclean things, but believers all over the world stuff their selves with Pork– and die at a rate three times as high as their Judeans brothers who keep KASHRUT.  You’re told to not eat Shrimp—and Crab—for they are sewage systems of the sea—yet people who eat them are getting Alzheimer’s at an alarming rate.  Don’t eat blood—or fat—the Torah says—yet we do so –and defile our bodies and develop colon cancer, and arteriosclerosis?  Do you know what the Hebrew word for Cancer is translated as? It is translated as bitter root judgments.  In other words we make a bitter—or bad judgments—eating blood –and other forbidden foods—taking on the spirit of a brute beasts we are consuming– and live in rebellion to Gods righteous commands—then we show up in the prayer line at Benny Hinn’s Crusade– hoping that we will receive healing– and get to see our grandchildren! Pleading for healing from the very God whose word we have disobeyed to get in that position in the first place—now that is idolatry!

God has a better way beloved, but are you going to lay down the lies– you have been told—are you going to pull down those altars that are idols to FALSE gods, and apply Obedience with the FIRE of the holy Spirit in obeying all Gods commandments by faith!  Moses said that He was laying before you a blessing and a curse.  If you obey—you will be blessed.  But you cannot just obey the ones that YOU want to.  You do not need an interpreter—if Gods word says just don’t do it—then don’t do it—if it says don’t eat it—don’t eat it—if it says enjoy it—then by all means enjoy it with all vigor!  Break the generational curses that you are putting on your grandchildren by being disobedient to the Torah.  Gods word does not conflict itself—it is not schizophrenic—it does not tell you to do one thing today—and change its mind for tomorrow — this would not be justice– to hold one accountable to one standard –and one group of people accountable toward another—as we have already agreed—God Changes not—and they are His righteous commands—Holy and True!

You are here — because God wants you to live by the faith of Yeshua– and keep the Torah by that faith—truly being formed into the Bride of the Messiah—who is the Torah made flesh!  Don’t be a bridesmaid—like the first generation of your ancestors who came out of Egypt.  It is time for the Church of God– to burn with the passion and zeal that burned in the veins of Paul–and the apostles– to obey Gods Torah—so that at the end of your life– you too can say you kept the Torah—by faith and like Abraham— you were blessed and in health even as your soul prospered!

You are Israel—if you are in covenant with your God through the blood of Yeshua.  Here we are Ephraim and Judah—together as a miracle of God.  Will we shine forth– as the bright and shinning lamp on a Hill–as we lift up the Torah of God and the Testimony of Yeshua the Messiah for a dying world—or will we be just another generation who will die in their flesh—in the wilderness of our minds—as we make up our own gospel.  The original sin was adding to the instructions of God.  Adam was told not to eat of the Etz Chayim—tree of life—but He told Eve to not eat—or touch –the tree of life– and Satan tricked her into doing both.  Gods instructions are–Do not add to or subtract from His word– so that Torah can make love in you perfected through Messiah Yeshua.  For love is the perfecting of Torah to all who believe.  Loving God with all our heart and soul and strength—means doing what—He– said in the Torah.

Loving our neighbor more than ourselves—is perfecting our obedient love for God, but esteeming others more than your self.  Here you sit—a miracle—Judeans and Ephraimites—Christians and Jews—together as the unified seat of David– with Messiah as our King.  Do you love him enough to obey him with a sold out life of obedience to all He has commanded—breaking the curses of the generation on our grandchildren?  I don’t know about you—but as for me and my house—we will serve the Lord by obeying what He has commanded us to do!

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Thinking About Thoughts”

Today’s reading Isaiah 55: 8-9 “8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Having just completed my final exams, I was thinking this week about self talk. You know the talk that goes on inside your head. We all experience it. If we are taking an exam, interviewing for that new job, or asking that special someone to marry you, discouragement and doubt sometimes will come and creep into our minds.

What we must remember is that we must not buy into that negative self talk, but replace it with positive self talk. For example:

Instead of thinking – I’ll never pass this exam, it’s too hard.

Think – I am well prepared, and I will shoot for an A on this exam.

Remember the first generation of Israelites that were commanded to go up and take the land. Moses sent spies to view the land; and they returned with a bad report – even after seeing the fruitfulness of the land. The spies’ bad report caused the remaining Israelites to lose heart – except Joshua and Caleb. Only Joshua and Caleb did not have the negative self talk the others had. The result was they were the only ones to go into the land with the second generation.

The negative self talk is the “bad report” of the spies, who gave a bad report. The result of the bad report was that the children of Israel did not have the same thoughts GOD had – that they would take the land – ultimately resulting in death in the wilderness.

If GOD has put it in your heart to become a lawyer, go back to school, get married, or play a sport professionally, then do not allow the negative self talk to stop you from those desires – because GOD is with you.

2 Samuel 7:3 says “Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the LORD is with you.”

The question we have to ask ourselves – Is your self talk negative robbing you of the blessings GOD has for you?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“Great Is Your Reward” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 by messianicpastor

This week’s Torah Portion is EKEV: “REWARD”

Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3

Priesthood Instructions 2 Peter

Today’s Reading is John 10:1-21

GREAT IS YOUR REWARD!

John 10:1-21 says “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” At these words the Jews were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

1.  God created Adam to be a ruler in the earth.  Adam was to be a representation of God’s Glory in the earth.  Adam’s position was an exalted position. A position that was to “Walk LIKE God” in the earth.  The enemy of God–wanted to control the Man–and the only way to control the man was to fool the man into giving up his GOD-MAN–LIFE.  Adam walked with GOD INHABITING HIS BEING–thus he created like God–HE talked like God and he WALKED LIKE GOD in the earth.  HaSatan–had already lost the war in heaven and had been cast to the earth.  So the only way to battle was to get the man to surrender his AUTHORITY IN THE EARTH.  SO that the DEATH ANGEL could enter into the earth’s affairs–into man’s affairs.

Romans 5:12-17 says “12Therefore, just as sin [lawlessness = antichrist spirit] entered the world through one man, and death through sin, [lawlessness = antichrist spirit]  and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law was given, sin [lawlessness = antichrist spirit] was in the world. But sin [lawlessness = antichrist spirit]   is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin [lawlessness = antichrist spirit] by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

But the gift [Torah] is not like the trespass. [Lawlessness] For if the many died by the trespass [lawlessness] of the one man, how much more did God’s grace [being CHOSEN] and the gift [Torah]  that came by the grace [Being CHOSEN] of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God [Torah] is not like the result of the one man’s sin [lawlessness = antichrist spirit]  : The judgment followed one sin[lawlessness = antichrist spirit]  and brought condemnation, but the gift [Torah] followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace [Being CHOSEN] and of the gift of righteousness [Torah] reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”

John 10:7-10 says “7Therefore Jesus said again, I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

A.  Yeshua came of the incorruptible seed of heaven–in fulfillment of the promise–and was God in the flesh.  The PURPOSE of the UNIVERSE was made FLESH and dwelt among us AS A PATTERN OF WHAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF IN THIS WORLD.  The re-gathering of EPHRAIM–is the sign of the LAST EXODUS from BONDAGE for a people who will walk AS JESUS WALKED IN THE EARTH–the way MAN was always intended to walk IN POWER and DOMINION–with ALL OF CREATION obeying your every command.

1 John 2:3-6 says “3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

Romans 10:4-8 says “4Christ is the end [From the Greek Word TELOS Strongs 5056 meaning “THE GOAL”] of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” [LEV 18:5] But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘who will ascend into heaven?’ (That is, to bring Christ down) or ‘who will descend into the deep?’ (That is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word [TORAH] is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word [Torah] of faith [EMUNAH: steadfast obedience] we are proclaiming.”

B.  Now if you’re like me–you live a life where most of the time–you feel about half asleep–and very powerless to affect any change in your life.  In fact, most of the time–we feel like we have no power over our lives–but go from roller coaster ride to car crash–not knowing what is coming next.  BUT the reason we feel this way–is that we are being tested by God to see if we will ONLY BELIEVE in the midst of our feelings and our limited vision of reality.  We struggle not with FLESH AND BLOOD–because Flesh and blood cannot enter the REALM WE HAVE CROSSED OVER TO ATTAIN.  The place we have crossed over to–is the place where ADAM and YESHUA WALKED–in the DOMINION OF THIS EARTH.  WE MUST NOT–try to interpret BY WHAT WE SEE!

Mark 4:35-41 says “35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”.

Psalm 107: 23-30 says “23Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.  They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end.  Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”

Mark 9:17-26 “17A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” ‘If you can’? said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.”

C.  Without Torah–you CANNOT enter into the land of promise and nothing in creation will obey your commands.  BUT in Torah–by the SPIRIT OF GOD–YHWH has given you abundant abundance in ALL AREAS OF YOUR LIFE.  YOUR circumstances do not matter.  They can rage all around you–but it doesn’t change the FACT that you are walking in and living by the RULE BOOK of the WORLD TO COME–GAN EDEN–PARADISE by DOING TORAH.  Your EVERY WORD is A CREATIVE FORCE–your every THOUGHT is POWERFUL.  The Almighty GOD of the Universe ONCE AGAIN LIVES WITHIN YOU.  ADAM lived in this state before he sinned–and was commanded to fulfill certain requirements HERE ON EARTH in Genesis 1:28—let’s break them down and see what GOD STILL COMMANDS US TO DO TODAY!

Genesis 1:28 “28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.””

1- BE FRUITFUL–comes from the Hebrew Word “PARAH” Strongs 6509 which means “to bear fruit, be fruitful, branch off” [John 15:5-8 says “5I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”]

2–INCREASE IN NUMBER–comes from the Hebrew Word “Rabah” Strongs 7235 which means “be or become great” [Genesis 12:2 says “2 I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”]

3–FILL THE EARTH–comes from the Hebrew Word “Male” Strongs 4390 which means “to be filled, be armed, be satisfied” [Acts 2:4 says “4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”]

4–and SUBDUE THE EARTH–comes from the Hebrew Word “Kabash” Strongs 3533 which means “to bring into bondage, make subservient” [Matthew 16:19 saysI will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; [TORAH] whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”]

5–RULE–which comes from the Hebrew Word “Radah” Strongs 7287 which means “to rule, have dominion, dominate, tread down” [Genesis 3:15 says “15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;  he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  AND Hebrews 2:8 says “8and put everything under his feet? In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.”]

D.  Now that Messiah has come as our suffering servant depicted in Isaiah 53–and now that we are once again walking in Torah–we have been restored back to the pre-Adamic state of Man. We live so far beneath what God has provided for us.  We are NOT OF THIS WORLD–WE DO NOT SERVE THIS WORLD–WE ARE TO SPEAK AND HAVE DOMINION OVER THE EARTH.  Since we have taken hold of Torah– we have begun to once again walk in our dominion–the dominion that God intended us to walk in–the Dominion that Adam walked in initially–and that YESHUA WALKED IN.  IN THAT DOMINION, all fear–all circumstances have to obey us.  We were created to be a UNIFIED ISRAEL–a kingdom of PRIESTS–a supernatural group of believers that God has called forth to WALK OUT HIS LIFE in the NATURAL.

Revelation 1:9-17 says “9I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God [Torah] and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day [Shabbat] I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword [Torah]. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.””

Matthew 7:15-23 says “15Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

Shabbat Shalom!

© 2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout–All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Heart Healthy”

Today’s reading Isaiah 51: 1-3 “ 1“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD : Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; 2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many. 3 The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Do you ever ask yourself the question – Why is GOD testing me with hardships like – sickness, financial needs, family problems etc. In this weeks Torah portion, Moses records the reason – It is so that we learn what is in our hearts – whether we will keep HIS commandments. HIS reason is to benefit us in the end.

Deuteronomy 8:2 says “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

Deuteronomy 8:16 says “He gave you manna to eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to test you so that in the end it might go well with you.

How do we know we have a right heart? This week’s Haftarah from Isaiah answers that question.

First, if our heart is right, we will pursue righteousness and seek GOD. If you read this blog for any length of time, we know that righteousness is right living that comes from GOD’s teaching and instruction – the Torah. Here, if we find ourselves pursing GOD’s Commands, Sabbaths, and HIS Festivals & Feast days of GOD – HIS Torah, that is a sign that our heart is in the right place. It is our pursuit of HIS Torah, which is a sign to the world, that we are GOD’s chosen people – Israel.

Second, if our heart is right, we will look to THE ROCK. THE ROCK is Y’Shua – who is GOD. Rabbi Paul taught the Israelites of the Corinthian Congregation who was with the Israelites during their journey in the Wilderness to the Promised Land – THE ROCK.

I Corinthians 10: 3 & 4 says “3They all ate the same spiritual food 4and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

Third, if our heart is right, we will look to Father Abraham and Sarah. Abraham obeyed all of GOD’s commands precepts and laws. We, as Modern Day Israelites, need to follow Abraham’s example of his steadfast obedience to GOD’s Torah just like Abraham did – What the Bible calls Faith.

Genesis 26: 3 & 4 says “4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

Fourth, if our heart is right, we will be joyful, and glad. When the Torah is operating in your life, you will have joy.

Psalms 19:8 says “The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Finally, if our heart is right, we will be grateful for what GOD has given us. This includes things like finances, health, children, and grandchildren.

Apply the tests above and ask yourself this question – Do you have a Healthy Heart?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“The Greatest Lie Ever Told” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 by messianicpastor

Portion Va’Etchanan – He Pleaded

Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Haftarah Isaiah 40:1-26

Priesthood Instructions: 1 Peter

“The Greatest Lie Ever Told”

In this week’s portion we find Moses, the prophet of God, still instructing our forefathers as they are on the edge of crossing over into the land.  In this portion we find Moses pleading with the Lord to let him enter the land of promise.  Moses was told by the Lord that he would not set foot in the land, because, as you remember, he did not wholeheartedly obey God when he hit the rock in anger twice, releasing the water the Israelites had been grumbling for.  God had told Moses to “speak to the rock,” and as you remember, Moses did not speak to the rock, but he hit the rock twice.  And this deviation from God’s plan caused Moses himself to not be allowed to enter in, or cross over into the Promised Land.

That rock rolled beside our forefathers everywhere they went and that Rock was Messiah.  Moses was to speak to Messiah, in that Moses would have spoken to the rock that makes men stumble, yet another prophetic sign of Yeshua in the Torah, but Moses failed to obey.   And instead he hit the rock resulting in the rock being broken to fulfill the needs of the people.  Water in this story represents repentance, the repentance that the people needed, and the speaking to or pointing to the rock is a picture of the Torah which points us to Messiah.  However, Moses’ failure to follow the instructions, or Torah of God, resulted in the need for the rock to be broken so that the people could receive repentance and the refreshing, life giving water that Messiah spoke of when he said “Whoever drinks from this water will thirst no more!”

So with this in mind we find Moses is still instructing our forefathers as to what God’s righteous requirements were for their lives.  In this portion we find the re-telling of the Torah, and this is of specific prophetic significance here.  Moses carried the Torah down Mount Sinai the first time, only to find the people worshipping in idolatry with the golden calf.   And then he broke the Torah tablets, which was a picture of Messiah’s first trip to earth when he came to be broken as the unifying sacrifice for the atonement of all mankind.  This second telling of Torah in this portion is a prophetic sign that in these last days the Torah would once again go forth into all the world through the unified house of Israel, both Ephraim and Judah, those who were Christians and those who are Jews together as one!  And even as this re-telling of the Torah is a sign to our forefathers of their being gathered and crossing over into the Promised Land, the Torah being given back to Ephraim and Judah in these last days is a clear sign of the impending return of our Lord and Savior who is the Torah made flesh and our movement ever closer to the establishment of His kingdom from Jerusalem where He will reign with all of us by his side!

In this portion we learn that God had mercy on Moses and took him up the mountain and allowed Him to see the Promised Land.   That is God’s grace even in the midst of judgment for sin just like Genesis 6:8; so we see clearly “grace” as the foundation of salvation is not a “New” covenant subject but an older reoccurring theme.  But in this incredible revelation are several stern commands and specific instructions for us to obey that are paramount for us to know as we move out into all the world with the message of restoration of the unified house of Israel and the Torah of God to the utter ends of the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:1-6

1Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

3 You saw with your own eyes what the LORD did at Baal Peor. The LORD your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor, 4but all of you who held fast to the LORD your God are still alive today. 5See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the LORD my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

Today I want to talk with you about the greatest lie ever told.  I want to share with you a lie that is so diabolical as to have split generations, separated peoples, driven nations apart, and caused wars in the name of God that were an abomination to the Lord.  Today I want to talk with you about the lie of “idolatry.”  Idolatry is something that we do not give much credence to today but it is around us every day of our lives.  It is the dirtiest of HaSatan’ s little lies and it has invaded God’s Church and the people of God have been seduced by it and we have lost our power to change the world.

A Teacher I knew once said the greatest lie the devil ever got away with was in convincing people that he does not exist.  I find that I agree with this to a point but there is another lie that has invaded the hearts of man everywhere that has caused separation and division and caused the splitting of homes, and abortion and gay marriage to become our current standards for the most progressive nation on the planet.  This however is a natural outpouring of this lie and it is not surprising that as these days of evil increase people are calling on God once again as never before from every nation, language, race and tongue, crying out for deliverance, the very deliverance that has been with us for all time, yet has been shielded by this lie.

The lie I am talking about is that we are a divided Kingdom, you and I, Jews and those from the nations; that we are parts of differing movements or “dispensations” of God.  This idolatrous tale has been introduced to God’s Kehilat and has been passed down from every generation since the time of Marcion and it has been passed from father to son, from mother to daughter in a diabolical plot that rivals all plots that the enemy has unleashed against God’s Kingdom on earth.

You see beloved, God is not schizophrenic and He does not change his mind.  He is not a God of favorites based on your ethnic heritage or stratified by race or income bracket.  God is a God of order and He is a mighty King who demands obedience from His servants.  He is also a loving Father who would not leave His children to flounder in the wilderness.  Even our ancestors were not left floundering in the wilderness of their disobedience, no; they were guided by day and by night, shepherded in a 40-year journey that should have taken only 11 days.  God has not left us stranded, but we have been blinded because we accepted the idolatrous lie of the enemy that has kept us separate and powerless for far too many years.  We are not stranded in the lie because the same God who gave us his word is bringing us back to it in these last days as never before, except is it not just Judah who He has returning to the Torah even though Judah has been a faithful protector of the Torah.  No my friends, he is reunifying the ENTIRE house of Israel.  The 10 Northern tribes of Israel that were scattered to the wind under the punishment of Jeroboam are being unified again to the seat of David under the watchful eye of Him who sits upon the throne of David for all time; and that is Yeshua the Messiah.

You see the devil’s greatest plan is to keep Jews and those streaming from mainstream Christianity separated, and there is a specific reason for this. Proverbs 9 and verse 10 reads, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One-results in understanding.”

“… Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”   Well, as many of you have heard me say so many times before, we learn the fear of the Lord through the Torah.  Knowledge of the Holy One means that we know who the Holy One of Israel is and that is Yeshua the Holy One of Israel–YHWH.  But you will see an interesting pattern here that God has left for those who have the ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to its congregation in these last days.  You see, Judah, or the ancestral tribes of Judah, who we commonly refer to as Jews today have kept the Torah safe and protected since the time of the destruction of the second Temple on the 9th of Av. The Jews have been faithful to keep the Torah and copy it and protect it through events as amazingly horrific as the Holocaust.  We have had the wisdom of the Torah in an academic sense with the wisdom of our fathers, the Pirkei Avot, passed down from generation to generation.

Those awakening from Christianity on the other hand have also been the keepers of  faith–in maintaining the testimony of Yeshua.  They have been faithful to keep the knowledge of the Holy One and spread the name of Yeshua to the uttermost parts of the earth.  This is wonderful but there is one problem; Contemporary Christianity has moved out without the Torah and in fact many have taught that the Torah was done away with [God forbid], and that it did not apply to them today, only grace applied.  Yes it is true that you are sanctified or saved only through grace but this action is not the totality of your walk.  So we have seen Christianity go from everything from “the spitting anointing,” to “snake handling,” to every form of demonic idolatry.

In Judaism on the other hand we had the Torah but we did not live as though we had the knowledge of the Holy One so it was impossible to combine faith–steadfast obedience to God’s teaching and instructions found in the Torah, to bring forth the salvation that God requires we walk in through our own works.  You see we have the wisdom of the Torah, but not the Spirit of Torah; and Christianity had the knowledge of the Holy One but they had no spirit of wisdom.  So the riff has existed between Jews and Christians since the time of the Diaspora or dispersion of Israel to all the ends of the world.

But Beloved, in these last days, God is reuniting the house of Israel that is Ephraim, or those coming from Roman Christianity with their Hebraic brothers and sisters of the house of Judah.  God is reuniting the Torah and the knowledge of the Holy One, Yeshua the Messiah, the living testimony of God.  The reunion of these lost brothers will result in salvation to the whole world and trigger the last days revival that will spread to the uttermost parts of the world!  When we begin to combine the Torah and the testimony of Yeshua, Christians and Jews together as one under the mighty hand of God–we will see miracles like we have never seen before.  We do not seek signs because only a wicked and faithless generation does that; however we see Israel reunified under Messiah in fulfillment of the prophecies of Ezekiel and Malachi and Isaiah.

So what that means is we combine the wisdom of the Torah and the knowledge of the Holy One, Yeshua –who is God–then moves us into the supernatural realm of understanding His Word.  Understanding Yeshua is the living Torah–is the Promised Land my friends!  Walking by understanding and the Torah and the Spirit of God will bring forth supernatural miracles that we can only imagine; but there is a price to pay.  We must forsake our fleshly pagan idolatry.  We must move away from what the standards of this world are and move back to God’s standards for righteous living.  God’s proof of blessing in your life is NOT the number of SUV’s in your driveway and your kids going to Yale!  These are creature comforts and this is the American idolatry.  No beloved, the proof of God’s blessing in your life is whether or not you are crucifying your flesh, dying to your selfish desires and being alive in the Spirit to Messiah;  and you only get there by doing God’s Torah!  To try any other way is to make for yourself an idol that will result in your certain destruction.

In this portion Moses pronounces the Shema, the unifying commandment of our faith, the profession of faith that truly links Ephraim and Judah together.  Shema is a Hebrew word that means “hear and obey.”  Hear and obey what?  Hear and obey the Torah, ladies and gentlemen!  Yeshua IS the TORAH.  John 1 says “In the beginning was the Word!” What word?  The Torah, which is Yeshua!  So many of us are really good at hearing; you see hearing is what we do.  Faith comes by hearing but obedience comes from the Torah.  Rabbi Saul, the Apostle Paul NEVER would have dreamed of telling you to forsake the Torah for that would mean he would be telling you to forsake MESSIAH!  Paul would be calling most of  passes for the believers today–a wicked and idolatrous generation–because all we look for today are the signs of personal prosperity and the wonders of programs that entertain our whole family.  Because we have turned our back on the scriptures we fall for every false prophet that comes along.  All we would have to do to avoid this is have wisdom, knowledge and understanding about what Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what Scriptures Paul was talking about in his writings?  He HAD to be talking about the Old Testament, the Torah!  We know this because no other Scripture existed in his day.  However, we have cast it aside as a measuring rod for our lives we have fallen into every kind of spiritual idolatry and we have no sound doctrine, no sound reproof happening, no real correction for sinful behavior in the congregation by its members, and no real instruction in righteousness.  We have plenty of “get rich quick” ministries and many more, “Sunday social clubs for the spiritually impaired.”   And we have plenty of “feel good congregations that are mirror images of a Tony Robbins Positive Confession Seminar!  But where are God’s people who will rend their clothes on the street corner because there is sin in the land and sit in sack cloth and ashes crying out to God like righteous Job?  Where are those who will fast and pray until the spirits of homosexuality and lust are broken off of God’s people?  Where are the warriors who will pray down the miracles of God even making the sun stand still if you must to decry sin in the midst of God’s people?  Why are we not crying out for our brothers in Judah who don’t live according to Torah?  Have we let anti-Semitism creep into our congregation as well as racism?  God have MERCY on us for having “Black Congregations” and “Jewish Congregations; and Vietnamese Congregations!”  God made us ONE as the scripture says in Ephesians chapter 2 and the Spirit is looking for those who will prophesy to the dried bones.  Are you the next Ezekiel?  When will we stop listening to the voice of Jezebel, the voice of idolatry, and stand for the truth against the tide!  If all your friends are going to run off to hell are you going to follow them or will you have the courage to lay your idols down and pick up your burden and follow the Master.  Believers for so long have not been able to understand why Jews have revolted against the cross because a non-saved Jew sees the cross and thinks about how Hitler hung crosses over the oven doors at the concentration camps as an idol.

You see Beloved, we in Judah haven’t been able to hear our Christian brothers about Jesus being Messiah.  We couldn’t hear because of that great lie.  The enemy conditioned us whenever we heard of an execution stake to reel away from it as an idolatrous thing because besides Hitler, Martin Luther used to force conversions on your Jewish brothers and sisters and if they would not convert they would be burned alive on a wooden cross.  So when s Christian comes with crosses around their necks your Jewish brothers run the other way; and the enemy knows this and has effectively kept us apart for centuries!

But in these last days God is calling His Body back to His Torah, His righteous instructions on how to live a successful life here on planet earth!  The Torah is abundant life, even as Yeshua taught, and we as Jews have been programmed to know that when Messiah comes HE will come through the Torah God’s teachings and instructions in righteousness.  So now when I see former Christians, who are Ephraim, turning back to the Torah I know that the Messiah is there and the revival begins!  Beloved, God’s standards are the same yesterday, today and forever.   The same God who married all of your ancestors at Sinai rekindled that relationship on the day of Shavuot or Pentecost, and that same God of righteousness is calling people back to Torah in these last days!  Christians and Jews together as one powerful weapon in the hands of God through the wisdom of Torah and knowledge of the Holy One of Israel who is Yeshua our Lord.

In this portion Moses cautions us to carefully follow God’s commands and not to add to nor subtract from them in any way so that we may be a light to the nations and they will know how wise we are.  So let me ask you a question.  If we surveyed everyone’s neighbors here to see if you we are faithfully living God’s righteous commands as a testimony to the world, what would they say?  Would they mention the times that they hear us fighting and cussing and swearing at our wives-, Men?  Women, would they say how they see you stuffing your flesh full of a steady diet of soap opera smut?  Kids, when they look at you can they tell the difference between you and those kids who listen to Eminem and P-Diddy?  Or do you walk down the street singing about whores and road dogs?  Men, would they testify how you are the righteousness of God in Messiah Yeshua leading your family daily in the study of the Torah and doing good deeds with your children or would they say you are off at the bar having beers with the boys?  Would they see you looking at pornography on the internet late at night as your computer is clearly visible from your neighbor’s house?

You see congregation, we have strayed away from God’s righteous commandments.  Our congregations have become intensive care stations for the lame and the sick and the broken that NEVER get healed and leave!  But God is coming in revival and he wants you to cross-over like our ancestors and take every place your foot belongs for the glory of the Torah and the Testimony, that of our king Yeshua Ha’Moshiach, King of THE JEWS!  These dividing walls are being torn down and we are starting to live again, not under religious bondage and the dead religion, but doing the things Yeshua did–starting with living a completely Jewish lifestyle!  Jews can once again look at Ephraim and recognize them because they are keeping the Torah.  When we look at you and see you living by the Torah then we can receive the witness of Yeshua who was crucified on it because you are keeping the Torah by faith!

Beloved, we have ALL sinned and fallen well short of the glory of God.  But God is looking for a few good men to lead.  Gideon had just 300 and he defeated an entire army.  Men, if we stand up with God on our side, if He is for us then who can stand against us?  I am looking for some MEN of faith from Ephraim and Judah to attack the gates of hell with a Holy Ghost squirt gun by my side.  Are you up for the battle, Men?   Are you with me?  Revival is coming to ALL the earth and it will start with you and with me.  Do we have the courage to leave our filthy idols, the ones in our life that keep us from living in the covenant blessings that followed all of God’s anointed men throughout the ages.  Will you teach your children the Torah every day?  Start with a verse then do a chapter of proverbs and then a chapter of the New Testament.   Then teach them to pray by praying with them.  I promise if you will do this God will transform your family into what you have always dreamed a family could be.  Your wife will submit to you and follow you, Men, because they will finally be able to RESPECT you.  Where a righteous man goes–a virtuous woman follows.  YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT.  Don’t let soccer games rob you of growing into new levels of anointing because they will all burn up on the Day of Judgment.  Men, my God is looking for a few good men.  Are there any out there today who are willing to die to their flesh while in His service?

Shema Israel, hear and obey your God; Yeshua is the same yesterday today and forever.  If you love Yeshua, prove it by keep His commandments.  Do what He did–to include living out a Jewish life.   As it says in Torah, “remember and do all my commandments and be holy to your God.  I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Mitzraim (the places of confinement) to be your God, I am the Lord your God it is true.” Today if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your heart as your fathers did in the desert.  Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!

Shabbat Shalom!

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“Choose Life” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2010 by messianicpastor

Torah Portion: Devarim or “Words”

Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

Haftarah:  Isaiah 1:1-27

Priesthood Instructions: James 3-5


“Foresake the Power of Death and Choose Life!”

Today’s Reading  Deuteronomy 1:19-43

“ Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went toward the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful desert that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea.  Then I said to you, “You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.” The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and explored it. Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us.” But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.”Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.” Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either. But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea. Then you replied, “We have sinned against the LORD. We will go up and fight, as the LORD our God commanded us.” So every one of you put on his weapons, thinking it easy to go up into the hill country.  But the LORD said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’ So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the LORD’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country

Devarim: The Retelling–Choices that lead to Life

1.  Now we embark on the book of Devarim—the “Words” of the retelling

A. This book is often called “the Explanation of Torah.”   It is said that Moses received the first four books from the throat of God, but the book of Deuteronomy is the Oral Explanation or Expansion of the first 4 books.

B. In the 200 various commandments that are located in this book over 70 are brand new and have not been given before.  In this book we see the phrase “God spoke to ME” whereas in the rest of Torah the Scripture reads “God spoke to Moses.”(DT 1:42, 2:9, 3:2)  This personalization leads the Sages to say that Moses was delivering these words like a prophet—whereas the people previously had heard God through the throat of Moses—now they were hearing Moses as He prophesied.

C. This retelling is a significant sign to all Israelites

pointing directly to how Yeshua would come and teach His people—His united people Israel—and uphold the Torah previously given through Moses. As Yeshua told a group of Pharisees, “if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me” (John 5:46).

And Moses said in Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”

D. Moses Prophesied that God would raise up a prophet like him from among our brothers and that we MUST listen to him. Deuteronomy 18:15 says “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” Just like Moses—orally gave expansion and explanation to the first 4 books of Torah in Deuteronomy—so too would Yeshua give expansion and explanation of the whole of Torah for all to see in the B’rit Hadasha (New Testament).

Matthew 5:21-22 we see a clear picture of this “ “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

E. To argue Yeshua came to do away with Torah is to misunderstand the mission of both Moses and Yeshua –and will lead you to missing Yeshua’s intent for coming as well.

In Matthew 5:17-20 Yeshua stated very clearly “”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

E. To argue Yeshua came to do away with Torah…..

Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law

[This is referring to DT 6:25 “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”], you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Because we are claiming Jer.23:6 “In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

2. Moses retells the story of the Wilderness Experience

A. The “Wilderness is seen as GREAT and AWESOME”

(DT 1:19) because they saw many frightening creatures and things as they traversed the desert.

1. “Great” comes from the Hebrew word, “GADOWL” Strongs 1419—and means “To Grow, Great, to GROW UP”  God sent the Israelites through the GREAT WILDERNESS to cause them to GROW UP!

2.  “Awesome” comes from the Hebrew word “YARE” Strongs 3372—and means “to fear, reverence, honour, and respect.”  So God called the Israelites into the “GREAT” and “AWESOME” Wilderness so that they would grow up—and learn to FEAR, HONOR and RESPECT His leadership.

B. Then Moses moves on to retelling the mission of the Spies. In the Numbers 13 and 14 account we do not get the clear picture that Moses gives us here—just like we cannot clearly understand Torah and its precepts without Yeshua’s explanation and guidance.

Matthew 16:8-12  says, “Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

C. The people who had previously been immature and lacked respect for Moses and God’s leadership bulled forward—Past their Elders—Past their Clan Heads– and DEMANDED the spies be sent into the land.  God had ALREADY DECLARED ON OATH the land was theirs to Father Abraham—but they couldn’t move past what they had seen in the Desert.

D. The Hebrew word used to describe the way they approached Moses in verse 22 of Chapter 1 is the Hebrew Word “OMAR” Strongs 559—which means “to boast, to act proudly.”

The Sages teach that the people in their PRIDE and ARROGANCE approached Moses and through Moses—they approached God in a Disrespectful, Disorderly manner.  Romans 13:1-2 says “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

D.  The Peoples Immaturity and Disrespect caused them to die in the Wilderness—never entering the Land of Promise.  The lack of recognizing God’s orderly PLAN for them resulted in them believing the LIES of the Faithless Spies.

Deuteronomy 12:8 says “ You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit,  since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the LORD your God is giving you.”

AND Deuteronomy 12:32 goes on to warn “See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”

3. The anatomy of a choice that leads to the realm of Death……

A.  First—we take our eyes off the promises that God has given us! God made 10 promises to Abraham that our ours in Christ–and NOTHING can take these away:

The Ten Promises To Abraham in greater detail:

1.       God Promises YOU the Land (Genesis 15:18)

2.       God Promises To Make You A Great Nation (Israel)

3.       God Promises That You Are To be Blessed (Genesis 12:2)

4.       God Promises To Give You A Great Name

5.       God Promises That You Will Be A Blessing to Others

6.       God Promises To Bless Those Who Bless YOU!

7.       God Promises To Curses Those Who Curse You.

8.       God Promises That Because Of YOU–ALL Families On Earth WILL BE BLESSED

9.       God Promises that Many Nations Will Come From YOU!

10.     God Promises To Make You Exceedingly Fruitful/Gauranteeing That You Will Multiply Exceedingly!

The Israelites knew this—BUT DEMANDED the SPIES because of their flesh.  2 Corinthians 5:7 says “We live by faith, not by sight.”  Faith is from the Hebrew word “EMUNAH” Strong’s 529—meaning “steadfast obedience to Gods Teaching and Instruction.”

B.  Second—We fail to respect Gods anointed Leaders choosing to move in based on our own lust and desire. 1 Peter 2:13-17 says “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”

1 John 5:2 CLEARLY TELLS US WHAT LOVING OUR BROTHERS IS: 2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands!”

C.  Third—We base our choices on the culmination of our life experiences which moves us from the realm of the SUPERNATURAL and keeps us in the realm of the NATURAL.

Isaiah 43:18 says “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

D.  We then fail to OBEY GOD and do not MOVE IN and POSSES revealing our lack of TRUST for God and what He has ALREADY GAURANTEED ON OATH

Deuteronomy 8:20 makes this promise to us“ Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.”

E.  Choices that lead to life #1:

1—They are totally based in what God has written for our instruction (i.e. “Choose LIFE that you may LIVE!”)

Deuteronomy 30:19 statesThis day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

E.  Choices that lead to life #2:

2—They are based in proper authority and respect for Gods leadership structure

Philippians 2:25-29 says “But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him”

E.  Choices that lead to life #3:

3—We remove our human experience—and focus on the supernatural ability of God

Colossians 1:23-25 says “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.”

E.  Choices that lead to life #4:

4.  We then MOVE IN and CHOOSE TO POSSES ALL GOD’S PROMISES—living the YES and AMEN!

2 Corinthians 1:20 states For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

Think on these things this week………………………………

1.  Why when tragic events take place, do we seen to forget what is written in the Word about us?

2.  Why do you think that Yeshua’s mission to regather Ephraim back into the commonwealth of Israel is SO overlooked by most Churches?

3.  Why do we give so much weight to our negative life experiences, rather than what is written Christ IN US now that we are saved?

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout–All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“The Way We Were…” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2010 by messianicpastor

Matot/Masei

“Journeys” “of the Tribes”

Numbers 30:1-32:42

Haftarah is:  Jeremiah 2:4-8; 4:1-2

Priesthood Instructions: James 1-2

Todays Message – “The Way We Were….”

Today’s Reading Numbers 30:1-9

“Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the LORD commands:  When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. “When a young woman still living in her father’s house makes a vow to the LORD or obligates herself by a pledge  and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand.  But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the LORD will release her because her father has forbidden her.   “If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself  and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand.  But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, he nullifies the vow that obligates her or the rash promise by which she obligates herself, and the LORD will release her.  “Any vow or obligation taken by a widow or divorced woman will be binding on her.”

1.  The rights of the Patriarch to annul vows

A.  A Patriarchs Right:  Vows and Oaths Number 30:3-6 says “When a young woman still living in her father’s house makes a vow to the LORD or obligates herself by a pledge 4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand. 5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the LORD will release her because her father has forbidden her.”

B.  VOW in English comes from the Hebrew word “Neder” which is Strongs #05087 loosely meaning to “Make a Vow”—But there is NO direct Hebrew to English equivalent to this word NEDER which can mean two possible things:

1- Someone can prohibit something for themselves that Torah otherwise permits

2- One can bring an optional offering

C. OATH comes from the Hebrew word “ SHABA” which means to “Prohibit Oneself—or Obligate Oneself to perform an ACT.

D. What is the difference between them?

1—Neder is a VOW and is a pledge that results in a “change of Status” of whatever is being offered

2-SHABA is an OATH—and involves only that person under a bondage—or obligation to what is being brought forth.

2.  The Patriarch can annul any NEDER made on behalf of His child—or a Husband His Wife

A.  If the Husband or Father of the Wife or Daughter did not make a renouncing of the VOW—when the change of status spoken is a status outside Gods Teaching and Instruction–then Her status was changed effectively forever—and as an oath—She would be obligated to act according to what She had said—if the vow is made unto the realm of death—then the realm of death will come to collect on what is required.  Ecclesiastes 5:4 saysWhen you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow”

AND Samuel 1:15 saysAnd she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.

AND Galatians 3:15 says “Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case!

B.  When we speak outside of Torah: Gods Teaching and Instruction—God cannot come into agreement with what we have said—and then we are obligated to see it play out in our Lives.  Deuteronomy 4:1-2 says, “Hear now, O Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”

Blessing or Cursing—Life or Death —we bind our Father by our “Changing the “Status of His word-” Taking Torah from being active and alive to dead and lifeless—because we rendered it null and void by our careless words! Deuteronomy 30:19-20 says “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

C.  When your words align with Gods Teaching and Instruction (Torah) then the Father has already spoken in agreement with our Status change—by speaking it in His word—it is then established by 2 or more witnesses—and it will come to pass –even as it is written in the Torah.  Ezekiel 24:14 says, “” ‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

AND Matthew 18:16 says, “But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

D. When we speak AGAINST what the Word of God says about us and our situations then—even though the Word says you can have it—says that it is yours—you never see come to pass because the Father has to annul the vow—because what you’ve said doesn’t align with His Torah—this is the root word meaning of NEDER=to prohibit something for themselves that Torah otherwise permits!

Numbers 14:27-28 says “”How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say

3. Silence is NOT a NO Vote—It’s a GO Vote!

A.  If the Patriarch annulled the vows (Change of Status) and oaths (Obligated Deeds)—they were annulled—if He has not—then they were coming to pass.  The SILENCE OF MANY MEN today—has left a generation of woman and a generation of Children—without proper covering spiritually. Ephesians 5:25 says “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

AND 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

B.  We are to test the spirits of all things. 1 John 4:1 says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The Hebrew word for Emotions–comes from the Strongs word #7306 = Ruach—which means spirit.  Spirits—that manifest as positive and negative emotions—may make us choose to go against what is written for the salvation (Yeshua) of our families.

Romans 7:16-20 saysAnd if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

C.  We think that if we do not say anything—that we are not negatively participating—but truth be known—your silence is causing the status changes and the obligations to become permanent.  Joshua 24:27 says that even the rocks can be a witness against us, “”See!” he said to all the people.”This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.

Negative spirits—evil or Torahless emotions— are attacking our wives and daughters—because we are failing to stand up and speak what the Torah says about our families.  When we are silent—our vote is in agreement—we actually come into spiritual agreement with our enemies—and not the Torah—which results in the realm of death manifesting in our lives. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.  “It is not by strength that one prevails;

D.  Our Heavenly Father—has already spoken the annulment of the curse of Sin and Death off of our life —he made a VOW (Neder) —which changed our status forever—taking us from death to Life—or causing us to crossover—which is a SHABA—an oath—that He is obligated Himself to perform!  Romans 8:2 Rabbi Sha’ul—the Apostle Paul’s says, ” because through Messiah Yeshua the law of the Spirit of life (which is the Torah–1 John 5:6-Psalm 119:142set me free from the law of sin and death. (Oral Tradition)

E. Since we had already gone through the Neder (vow) status change –that God gave us by opening up His Torah—where he promised to change our status into the unified commonwealth of Israel—let us be effectively keeping our oaths—(every obligated deed listed in Torah)—so that the blessings of obedience with what is ALREADY WRITTEN will come to pass in our lives and we will be free of tormenting emotions—spirits—forever!  Deuteronomy 28:45-46 says,All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever.”

CHAZAK  CHAZAK V’NIT CHAZEK–“Be Strong, Be Strong, and let Us all be stregthened…”

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout

All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28 & Jeremiah 4: 1-2

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Where is GOD?”

Today’s reading Jeremiah 2:8 “The priests did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD ?’.

Have you ever asked yourself the question – “Where is GOD”? No not publicly, but in your own personal time just cry out – “Where Are You GOD” – in the midst of a situation you find yourself in? In contemporary Christianity, the leaders would accuse those that practice that of not having enough faith and just “sow your seed”, because we all know “sowing seed” invokes the presents of GOD – correct? Where does that thinking come from and is it correct?

I submit to you that even asking the question – “Where Is GOD” – is a concept that is born out of paganism. Zeus, the top Greek god, only made occasional “trips” down to earth. Those “trips” were usually for his own selfish reasons.

A pagan also had to “appease” their gods. This is done by offering them a “bribe” to get them to do what the “worshiper” wants the god to do. This only worked if the god wanted the same outcome as the “worshiper”.

So the answer to the question – “Where is GOD” – was answered by GOD Himself. Moses said that HE – GOD – would never leave us nor forsake us. If we are here, then GOD must be here – with us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

So to even ask the question – “Where is GOD” shows either you do not know the scriptures, or do not believe them.

When the Children of Israel were complaining about going through the Wilderness to get to the Promise Land – land that was promised to Abraham – GOD was still with them. HE was leading them with a “cloud by day and fire by night”.

Jeremiah 2: 6 & 7 says “6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

GOD was with them – Leading them through the wilderness – just like he is leading all of us through our own lives.

The question we have to ask ourselves is – Do you ask – “Where Is GOD?” or do you know – “Where GOD IS”?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“A Man of Action” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Portion is “Pinchus” : Black Skinned

Numbers 25:10-30:1

Haftarah is 1 Kings 18: 46-19:21

Priesthood Instructions: Hebrews 10-13

“A Man of Action”

Numbers 25:10-13 says “The LORD said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”

This weeks Torah portion is called Pinchus and is found in Numbers chapter 25:10-Numbers 30:1.  This week’s portion chronicles the actions of a righteous man, someone who had fear and awe for the name of the Most High God.  In this portion we see the children of Israel in yet another perilous position.  Balak, the Destroyer, from last weeks portion tried very hard to have Balaam the prophet come and curse the children of Israel, but to no avail, as every time he attempted to bring the curse, God made him bring the blessing.

So Balak realized that he could not bring a full frontal assault against the Children of Israel.  He found out that to try to openly curse them would only bring them blessing.  So he retreated to the next logical alternative.  If he could not cause them to be cursed through his own actions, then he would attempt to get them to curse themselves by the lust of their flesh.

God had specifically forbidden the Children of Israel from cohabitating with the Moabites.  The reason that God forbid this act was that He knew that if the Israelites began to cohabitate with the Moabites, then they would end up calling on the false gods of the Moabites, and thus they would invoke a curse upon themselves for worshipping idols.  Last week’s portion ended with a very brazen act of sin being committed by a man of the Israelite community.  He actually had the audacity– to bring a Moabite women before the Mishkan-The Holy Tent of Meeting–which was the portable temple of the Living God, and before the Man of God: Moshe, and the Priest of the Most high God: Aaron– and then he waltzed off into his tent and began to engage in a sexual affair with the woman, who interestingly enough was the daughter of a tribal chief among the Midianites. Now every time we hear this–you may be like me and be tempted to say “wow–I would never do that!!”  However, before we go traipsing onward any further–we have to admit we actually do this all the time….by failing to share our Jewish faith with others–by looking more like the world that like a Hebrew–by walking–talking–looking like and most importantly–in our living in compromise…just understand that every place we compromise our walk–we are parading that sinful action in front of God’s Temple and Moses, Aharon and the Host of heavily Saints that died rather than compromise their faith.  It is the same thing.  That man died in his sin–and those who act thusly will die in their sin as well–now back to the portion……

So Balak the destroyer had been successful in getting to the Israelites, not through a blatant full frontal assault; but through the lust that burned in the flesh of the Men of Israel.  In the conclusion of last weeks portion we see that Pinchus, which is a Hebrew word that means “Dark Skinned“, follows the man and this Moabite woman into their tent and then waits while they begin to enter the act of sin and he drives a spear through the man–into the woman and through them both, piercing them to the ground, resulting in their death–for the wages of sin IS death; or better said the paycheck for your sin IS death.

This incredible act of violence is rewarded by God and the plague that had broken out against Israel that was killing all the Israelite people was averted– and peace was restored within the Camp of God.  Today we are going to examine this event, and two others just like it and see what the Spirit is saying to the Church in these last days.  Please turn in your Bibles to Numbers Chapter 25 beginning in verse 10:

“The Lord said to Moses, Pinchus, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the Priest, has turned away my anger from the Israelites; for he was as zealous as I am  for the honor among them, so that in my zeal I did not put an end to them.  Therefore tell him that I am making a covenant of peace with him.  He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”

I want to talk to you today about the current state of affairs within the Body of Messiah as a whole–a type of State of the Union address.  I want to share from my heart with you a burning that rages in the innermost past of my bones.  Our God is a Holy God, and He is to be exalted above all else in the Universe.  Yet for far too many years of my life– I lived in slavery to the carnal lusts of my flesh, all the while calling upon the name of the Lord, just like many of you–but only going through the motions of a relationship with the King of Israel.

In this portion God lays out for us a standard that is to be followed–it is not open for discussion or consideration…If you are a Jew–reborn by the Ruach HaKodesh–then there is no place for compromise.  The Torah is God’s SOP–or “standard operating procedural” manual for living a successful life while here on earth.  Our Master Yeshua said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” in Matthew 7:1, He was talking about what you call today the “Old Testament.”  Yet this testament points us powerfully to the Messiah and Yeshua Himself stipulates what the meaning– of loving HIM IS –He said IF you LOVE MEKEEP my commandments.  In my marriage to Rabbanitzen, the covenant sign of my love for her is my service to her as husband and my commitment to abstinence, keeping the purity of our marriage bed from being defiled.

The covenant sign of loving God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength is that you WILL DO His Commandments; this is the sign that you are in covenant with Him.  “Professions” and “Confessions” of your faith are fine, and they are a necessary first step, but the proof of the pudding as my beloved Mother of blessed memory used to say, “Is in the pudding;” or in other words–the way you walk out your life.  Yet the deceiver–Your Evil Inclination-is always present looking for an opportunity to deceive you.  Your enemy wants you to be deceived, because there is NOTHING that it fears more than a Jewish believer who has the testimony of Yeshua in his mouth, and the sharp two edged sword of the Torah in his hand!  Your base nature cannot lie to that person; it cannot deceive that person, it cannot trap that person in the actions of a dead religion, and he cannot get them to fall on their own sword like we see the children of Israel doing in this portion through the lust of their own flesh; because even as Yeshua did when He was tempted by an evil inclination sent from the devil, a person who walks at this level of faith moves from situation to situation speaking the Torah–or “Word” of the Living God: which does not return to God void, and creates powerful change in each and every situation that God sends them to.

In this portion we see a chronicle of a Righteous black man.  Pinchus means “Black Skinned”–and I firmly believe that the reason so many young black men turn to the Muslim faith–and are lost to Deception of that pagan religion–because they are never told of the rich and rewarding history of African peoples throughout the Torah and the Testimony of Yeshua.  With more believers who know the Hebraic roots of the scripture; this not knowing– results in  people saying this is the white mans bible–when in all actuality, it is a clear and convincing sign that God accepts and clearly uses people of every race, and gender.  “Pinchus,” was God’s Priest forever and was the Grandson of Aaron, who was the High Priest of God and brother to Moses.  Have you ever stopped to wonder, if Pinchus is a black man, and he is the grandchild of Aaron and Moses is his Great Uncle, then what color were Moses and Aaron?  They had to be Black!  This will probably get me in trouble, but I have never cared about that– when the truth of Gods word is in the balance.  And Beloved, just because I teach the truth about the color of melanin in the skin of these people does not mean that Spanish People or Asian People or White People have ANY LESS dynamic a history–I am only singling this out because it is so under taught.

There has been a demonic assignment against the black race for many years; have you ever wondered why God has allowed this to happen?  Why have they been so persecuted?  At PSU® when I was in College working on my Bachelor’s Degree we used to have great and lengthy discussions on this topic.  Often people would say–“The only race that has been more persecuted than black people is the Jews.” Well beloved, if Pinchus means “Black Skinned”–then what they most likely are experiencing is NOT racial persecution for being black skinned, but it is spiritual warfare–hiding under the wings of anti-Semitism; in other words, it is possible that they are being attacked for their Hebraic heritage, not their skin color by the forces of evil!

Yet far too often people gloss right over this portion of scripture, because they do not take the time to learn the native tongue it was written in.  This robs so many people of the true meaning of Gods Word–His Torah– and the deceiver is there to twist and deceive–and keep Gods servants powerless and confused and separated–instead of unified and powerful and focussed.  The result of this is a segregated body of believers, and ultimately, competition and enmity between all Jews—to include Blacks, God forbid!

Pinchus was zealous for “The Honor” of His God.  He had grown up in the Home of Eleazar the Son of Aaron.  He grew up around the anointing of the Ruach.  He learned from his father, and his grandfather before him– to burn with zeal for the things of God.  When he saw this incredible sin of the Israelites with the Moabite Women taking place–bringing defilement–he did something about it!  He was a man of action!  God is a God of action.  In this portion we have read that Gods ZEAL was about to consume all the Israelites in response for their sin.  What does this word zeal mean, and what does it have to do with our lives today?

In Numbers 25:11 the Hebrew word here used to describe what Pinchus was feeling is the word “QANA:” which means “to provoke to jealous anger.”  In other words, the sin of the Israelite man and the Moabite woman made the righteous Pinchus burn with jealous anger–or righteous indignation.  It was a fire that was unleashed in the very marrow of Pinchus bones; he could not stand to see the sins of one person effecting the entire community.  Further, the blatant disrespect for the Mishkan–Tent of Meeting or the portable House of God, drove Pinchus to action.  He couldn’t stand to see this sin–because he had grown up around the holiness of God.  He yearned for the instructions for Holiness found in the Word of God to be kept above ALL else.  His actions–though violent–stopped the plague that was destroying the Israelites.  The Torah indicates that when he speared the couple involved in sexual sin–he actually pierced them through their private parts–pinning them to the ground and God rewards him with a permanent covenant of peace.  Imagine what our lives would be like if we would be willing to walk in this kind of commitment to the Ways of Torah.  What would our communities be like if Men would dare to risk it all for God’s Holy Name??

In 1 Kings Chapter 18 we see another story of Zeal, similar to this one, where Elijah has called out the false prophets of Baal to a showdown to see whose God was the all consuming fire.  Look at 1 Kings 18 beginning in verse 36:

“At the time of the sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed, “Oh Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel,  let it be known that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command, answer me oh Lord, answer me and so these people will know that you, Oh Lord are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.  Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.  When all the people saw this they fell prostrate and cried, The Lord, He is God, The Lord, He is God!  Then Elijah commanded them, seize all the prophets of Baal.  Don’t let anyone get away!  They seized them and Elijah brought them down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered them there.”

Again we see a clear example of the people entering into sin with the false god of Baal, and the prophets of Baal being challenged to a dual, where God proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is the ONLY God.  Then the man of God brutally kills the idolaters there–as a sign of to the people–of what they can expect if they leave the ways of Israel to mix it up with the pagan religions.  Today we have so much sin running rampant in the Body.  We make every conceivable excuse for sinning and not following after the commandments of God.  We create false doctrines that say we don’t have to obey Gods rules–even in the face of Scripture that says we do; we stand by while people we know–our brothers and sisters in Messiah, willingly walk into sinful situation after situation.  We have become a people that is asleep in the light.  We turn on our worship music and we are lulled into a sense of passivity–through the Prozac of the Greco-Roman paganism that we EXPOSE OURSELVES too.  We raise our Sons to be good Daughters–and program our Daughters to be spiritual heads of the household, all the while allowing our boys to call out to God on a less responsive level than we require of our daughters!

Israel–where is the fire that burned in Pinchus the Priest?  Where is the passion that drove Elijah?  Why do we passively sit by while evil deceives our family and do nothing about it?  The Bible clearly states that Yeshua –IN YOU–is the hope of glory.  That greater is he who is–IN YOU–than he who is in this world, yet we sell out and compromise at every turn, betraying the Messiah who loved us enough to die a violent brutal death in our place, while we do Him the lip service of braying him with a kiss–and a promise to do better each and every week.  I mean–just like Judas, we proclaim our love for Him– but we don’t BURN WITH PASSION FOR HIM–and we do not obey his commandments.  Yeshua put the qualifier on us in Matthew 7:1, where He said “IF” you love me–you WILL obey my commandments; not if you love me–you with try to keep my commandments.  No.  He said “take MY YOKE UPON YOU–for MY BURDEN IS EASY–and MY YOKE IS LIGHT.  He–our King–the Son of David EXPECTS US TO OBEY.

Where are the David’s-who will go out and circumcise philistines and slay the giants who are dishonoring the name of our God.  Men, we need to brace ourselves as men and take back the reigns of Gods Assembly from our Godly Women and be in order as Torah demands.  They have been faithful, but we have ended up with an Assembly that has lost its masculinity–and that remains hidden under the apron strings of our Women.  All we hear today are stories about Yeshua’s healing and his compassion; has anyone preached on Yeshua REQUIRING THE LIFE OF ANANIAS and SAPHIRA??  Yes Yeshua is our Healer, and He is loving and the very center of compassion, and it is His kindness leads us to repentance, but he came the first time as the gentle Lamb of God–the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53– that HAD to be slain.  He is coming BACK as the LION of the tribe of Judah–KING OF ALL ISRAEL.  Lambs blood–is spilled for the remission of Sin–Lions spill blood and occupy the land!

Gods Assembly needs to be a place where we do violence in the name of Yeshua in the realm of our flesh.  Don’t do this through your flesh, because your flesh is as filthy rags to the Lord–for there is none righteous–no NOT ONE.  We must take down the principalities and powers and ruler in heavenly places that have exalted themselves up against the Most High God!  We have Assemblies run largely by our women–that have candles and paintings and nice ambiance, but many lack the burning–all consuming fire–of the Ruach HaKodesh that breaks off the yokes and fetters from peoples lives; remember–this was A WAR CAMP–NOT A “SPA!!!”  Far too many leaders are afraid to decry sin from their pulpits–instead they are settling for higher offerings and greater attendance– so they can look good while bragging about their numbers at conferences.  But the power of God comes when people being led by the Spirit of God humble themselves and step out in faith and DO GODS WORD!  Gods miracles come– when YOU are willing to get out of your flesh; when YOU stop judging things by what you see–and start flowing under the power of the anointing of the Most High–acting as ONE UNITED PEOPLE CALLED “ISRAEL.”

We will see miracles again when people start doing the commandments of the Most high God– instead of playing religious games on the weekend and living like the devil the rest of the week; when people love God MORE THAN their Television sets– and they long for His HONOR ABOVE ALL ELSE.  The less they seek their own creature comforts, and personal reputations.  When Men arise and brace themselves like men of Israel–Like Joshua and Caleb!  This was the different spirit that they had–and YOU can have it too if your are willing to stop selling out for temporary pleasures that buy you no eternal good. When we stop loving the world and avoiding GOD we will again see the miraculous!

Yet there is another example of this fire burning in the bones of another Prophet–the greatest of all prophets; lets turn to John Chapter 2 and begin in verse 13:

“When it was almost time for Jewish Passover, Yeshua went up to Jerusalem, in the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of chords, and drove all from the Temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, To those who sold doves he said get out of here! How dare you turn my Fathers house into a market!  His Disciples remembered that it is written, Zeal for your house will consume me!”

Yeshua saw the Temple being defiled, and He slowly and deliberately–fashioned a whip…one strand at a time and BEAT the people and animals from the Temple Courts!  The word used for “zeal” in verse 17 is a Greek work “Zelos” which means, “excitement of mind, ardour, fervor of spirit, or the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal.”  Here we get a glimpse of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah in action; but where is this spirit in our assemblies and lives today?  Do we all passively sit by while those around us go to hell and think for two seconds that this same God who had Pinchus pin down the couple, or had Elijah slaughter the false prophets or had Yeshua whip the money changers–will “understand” that we were all “hurt” and that is why we wouldn’t fully do His commands?

No beloved, God is a King, and Kings demand obedience, which is why the scripture says to OBEY is BETTER than sacrifice! God does need your money–he wants your life!  All of it, not just the Shabbat go to meeting part.  He wants you when you are alone in a room with your girlfriend, and nobody else is there and your flesh is burning.  He wants you men–when you are putting down your wife, and berating your kids.  He wants you wives–when you will not submit to the spiritual headship of your husband, and He wants the children–when they feel like nobody knows what you are going through so you do whatever you want.

People say they want holiness in the Assembly, but what they really want is Prozac filled “moments.”  They want false peace, because true peace comes at the death of our flesh–and the life of Yeshua in us by the Holy Spirit.  This may seem harsh to you, but in Revelation 3 and verse 19 the scripture says,

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent!”

Yeshua is NOT weak– and He has never lost a fight yet! Nor will He ever!  Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the World–if you are obedient to His commands.  Love God with ALL your heart, not just today, and all your soul, not just when your want something, and all your might, not just when you want others to think well of you, and love your neighbor as yourself, which is the commandment with a promise!  If you will just do these two things–you will fulfill ALL the commandments in the Torah and you will walk in a level of victory you never thought was attainable before.  Having Zeal for God according to the Scripture is like burning passionately, for the honor of His name.  When you go out this week who will the world see?  Will they see the all powerful God in you the hope of Glory, or just another closet believer?  Daniel 11:32(b) says “But the People Who Know Their God will Display strength and take action!”

Choose life this day, that you may live, and remember the only thing that separates the sheep and goats according to scripture is what they did and did not DO.

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout – All Rights Reserved Worldwide

HAFTARAH

This Weeks Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Movin On Up”

Today’s reading I Kings 19: 15-18 “15 The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.

In this week’s Torah portion, one of the themes we see is that of succession. First we see GOD making a pact of friendship with Pinhas and a pact of an eternal Priesthood with Pinhas and his descendants. We also see the case of the inheritance rights for the daughters of Zelophehad, where GOD ruled that they did have inheritance rights to the land. Thirdly, we see the succession of the leadership of the Nation of Israel being passed from Moses to Joshua. Finally, we see the succession of offerings made at the appointed times of GOD and Israel. These are all examples of GOD moving forward and passing the Nation of Israel – its’ customs, laws, mission, and ways – to the next generation.

In this week’s Haftarah, we also see a similar succession taking place. Elijah is instructed by GOD to anoint Hazael King over Aram, anoint Jehu King over Israel, and anoint Elisha to succeed Elijah as prophet. GOD was moving forward and passing the torch on to the next generation of HIS leaders, to take over where the previous generation ended to accomplish HIS will on the earth.

Today, GOD is doing the same thing. Does anyone really think President Obama was put in office by the devil? NO – HE WAS PUT IN OFFICE BY GOD. I know that rifles the feathers of most Christian Leaders and my Neo-Conservative friends out there, but it must be true. If GOD is sovereign and in control, then HE must be in control of everything going on here on earth – including elections.

GOD is moving all of us forward. HE does not dwell upon or blame the past. HE is marching all of us forward to bring about HIS plans of repairing the world – Tikkun Olam. HIS plans include Israel – the co rulers with GOD. If you are part of Israel, then you are a co ruler with GOD to repair the world.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is – What are you doing to repair the world?

Are you taking care of the environment that GOD gave us?

Are you kind to people?

Are you helping the unfortunate?

All of these, any many others are actions to repair the world, to make it better and pass it along to the next generation. Ask yourself each day – What can I do to repair the world?

Then watch the results.

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“MA’TOVU: How Lovely Are Your Tents Oh Israel?” By Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is Balak: The Destroyer

Numbers 22:2 through Numbers 25:9

Haftarah Micah 5:6-6:8

Priesthood Instructions: Hebrews 7-14

“MA’TOVU: How Lovely Are Your Tents Oh Israel?”

Numbers 24:1-19″1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. 2 When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came upon him 3 and he uttered his oracle: “The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly, 4 the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened: 5How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,  your dwelling places, O Israel! 6 “Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the LORD, like cedars beside the waters.  7 Water will flow from their buckets;  their seed will have abundant water. “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted.  8 “God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.  They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces;  with their arrows they pierce them.  9 Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse them?  “May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!”  10 Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, “I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times. 11 Now leave at once and go home! I said I would reward you handsomely, but the LORD has kept you from being rewarded.” 12 Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell the messengers you sent me, 13 ‘Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the LORD -and I must say only what the LORD says’? 14 Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come.”  15 Then he uttered his oracle: “The oracle of Balaam son of Beor,  the oracle of one whose eye sees clearly, 16 the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who has knowledge from the Most High,  who sees a vision from the Almighty, who falls prostrate, and whose eyes are opened:

17I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of  all the sons of Sheth. 18 Edom will be conquered;        Seir, his enemy, will be conquered, but Israel will grow strong. 19 A ruler will come out of Jacob and destroy the survivors of the city.

1.  This week’s portion is called Balak which is the Hebrew word for “Destroyer.”  In this portion we find the famous story of the talking donkey that warns the prophet of his madness.  In this portion we see that the children of Israel are on the move.  They have begun moving toward the Promised Land.  Even with all the turmoil that has been going on the last several weeks: Like their complaining about the Manna, Korach and the 250 rebellious leaders who rose up against Moses–and people in general whining and complaining about the blessings of God, we see that God in His faithfulness is moving them ever closer to the promised land that he swore on an oath to give them.

A.  In this portion we find the children of Israel are camped across from Jericho, along the Jordan River by the plains of Moab.  This is a large camp that in last weeks portion totally destroyed two regional powerhouse governments.  God had given the children of Israel victory over the King of Sihon and the King of Og, and they were occupying the land, and living in the spoils of their military victories which God had provided them.  This news was spreading fast and the King of Moab, a smaller and less powerful kingdom, is eying this advancing army with fear and trepidation.

B.  This portion is an interesting example in contrast.  In this portion we are going to discuss the difference between someone who is jealous for the Lords vision and someone who uses the trappings of religion to get what they want.  We are going to learn how to please God in a mighty and powerful way versus pleasing man and walking in fear.  God has given us his Torah, as a standard operating procedural manual for the abundant life that God wants us to walk in.  We are going to see what kind of spirit makes God happy and pleases Him, and what kind of spirit makes God angry and how we can choose to be more like Yeshua in this world.

C.  Now lets look at Numbers chapter 22 beginning in verse 7:

“The elders of Moab and Midian left taking with them the fee for divination, when they came to Balaam; they told him what Balak had said.  Spend the night here, Balaam told them and I will bring you back the answer the Lord gives me.  So the Moabite princes stayed with him.  God came to Balaam and asked who are these men with you?  Balaam said to God, Balak, Son of Zippor, King of Moab sent me this message: A people that has come out of Egypt covers the face of the land.  Now come and put a curse on them for me.  Perhaps then I will be able to fight them and drive them away.  But God said to Balaam, Do NOT go with them.  You must NOT put a curse on these people, because they are blessed.  The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak’s princes; Go back to your own country, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.”

2.  You see that Balak was the king of Moab, and he sent to Aram–which is where Abraham and Sarah were from– to call on the services of a hired gun.  Balak, was not a believer in the power of the living God, but he was accustomed to paying a fee for certain blessings and cursing to be done on his behalf.  In reality what we are seeing is the early use of witchcraft by the people who were in possession of the land of Canaan that God was moving in judgment against, and redeeming for the national homeland of Israel.

A. Balaam was obviously a well noted prophet in this region.  The reason that people became known as seers and prophets at this time is that in times past he had spoken many things which had come to pass.  In these days if a prophet spoke anything in the name of the Lord and it DID NOT come to pass, that prophet was taken out and stoned to death.  These people were both feared and revered by the people living outside of the camp of God.  You will note that Balak, had asked Balaam to come and to put a curse on the children of Israel so that he could possibly have victory over them in battle.

B.  Balak was a man accustomed to fear.  He is a representation of the demonic spirits that seek to stop you from entering into the promised land of your own lives as God has called you and spoken as a guarantee over your life.  You see Balak was operating in a half truth.  He was operating under a spirit of fear.  Fear is the opposite of faith and we are going to see what happens we operate in his spirit of fear.

C.  Beloved, fear is the opposite anointing of faith.  Faith is a motivator that makes us move out and go forward in the anointing and fear is something that makes us look back and causes us to walk under the constant threat of punishment.  So many of us walk in a constant state of fear, and we never seem to move beyond the wilderness experiences of our lives.  Fear is as motivating as faith is.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, and fear comes by hearing as well, and hearing the voice of the Destroyer in our lives.  Faith is based on what God can do, where as fear is based on what you think God cannot do.

D.  Now many of us here today are not going to be willing to admit it, but there are issues of fear that have kept us from moving out under the anointing that God has called us to.  God has made you promise after promise and given you the Torah as the instruction manual for living in the abundance that God wishes you to live in, yet so many of us never move forward to take possession of the promises that God has made.  Fear is a demonic spirit at the root of all of this.  When we are fully submitted to God and move out under his anointing then we see that God has already given us the victory.  The Bible says, in Joshua 1:3:

“I will give you every place your foot will tread as I have promised Moses.”

3.  You see beloved God is not a respecter of persons and He did not do something for the Israelite of old that He will not do for you.  If you are in covenant with your God then the Spirit of the Living God dwells within you.  When you go somewhere then it is because the God has ordered you to be there.  In Proverbs the scripture states that Man makes his plans but God orders his steps.  So if you are there and you are in covenant with the Living God through the blood of Yeshua, then you are there to bring deliverance on to the scene.  You see it in this portion; for the last several weeks we have been looking at how the Israelites and the Gentiles that were with them were living.  They have been rising up against their leaders, complaining against every blessing in their lives and whining about almost everything.  They were not living as perfect people in the earth.  So we see clearly that Gods promises are based in HIS grace and mercy and not in our absolute perfect obedience.  In your flesh you cannot do anything good.  In fact the Bible says that our righteousness is as of filthy rags to the Lord.  You see beloved they were chosen, and they were walking under the blessings of being chosen–NOT on making right choices.

A.  Yet so many of us step in to situation after situation and never even consider that God may be sending us there for a reason–to bring deliverance to the situation.  What is that?  It is the spirit of fear that wars in our flesh–it wars against our mind will and emotions, trying to get us to look at everything accept what God has said about our lives.  There is a beautiful example of this in the book of Genesis.  In Chapter 19 we see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  In Chapter 19 and verse 17 the scripture says,
“As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, ‘Flee for your lives and DON’T LOOK BACK and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!  Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away.”

B.  You see this was the command of the Angels of the Lord for they knew that God was about to reign down judgment on the land and people of this region for their sin.  But look down in verse 26 which says “Lots wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt!”

C.  Why in the world would she look back after she was specifically told that they would be saved, and not to look back??  God was leading them out by the hands of Angels and was saving them from this judgment, but she still looked back; why?  Because a spirit of fear gripped her when she heard what was going on behind her.  You see that Balak was controlled by fear.  His fear drove him to divination–or witchcraft, and rebellion is the sin of witchcraft according to

1 Sam 15:23.

4.  Yet so many of us live in rebellion to the commands of God and we end up looking back at the past things of our lives trying to find some bearing on what God is doing now.  But Is 43:18 clearly indicates that we are not to live this way.  It says,
Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.  See I am doing a new thing; Now it springs up can you not perceive it?”

A.  God has chosen you to be blessed from the foundation of the World.  The Spirit of the living God lives in you and the tabernacle of God that once resided in the Mishkan–or “Tent of Meeting” lives in you.  Do you not understand that you cannot make “enough” right choices?

The doctrine of “Right Choices” comes from modern day Psychology.  Psychology is a Social Science, and as a science by its very nature, it seeks to prove that God does not exist.  However, Science cannot prove anything, it is solely based on hypothesis…..a guess at best, and because science cannot support that God exists–they deny the possibility altogether–driven made by the alleged wisdom of the day.  This is a lying spirit which tries to trap you with fear under the guise of science.  The Hebrew word for “spirit” is the same word we derive the word “thought” and is the word RUACH.  We somehow believe that we can make right choices, but Yeshua had to come and die because we were incapable of keeping the Torah in our flesh.  In other words we could not just “choose” to live right.  We needed Gods deliverance and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to allow us to apply the Torah to our lives so that we can now walk in victory.  If you are crucified with Christ, then YOU stopped living and Yeshua lives in you.  That means the Torah of the living God is on your insides and you are blessed because of it.  The scripture says in Psalms 32:2

Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit there is no guile.”

B.  So beloved, being blessed means that that you are walking in the same covenantal blessing that the children of Israel were walking in this portion.  They were by no means perfect. But Gods promise is what was at the heart of the matter.  You see God has called each of you to go forth and take possession of the promised land, but so many of us either fail to walk in it because of accepting the lies of a spirit of fear–or we invoke the Spirit of Balaam: which is the spirit of religion.

C.  Balaam looked like a man of God, but was he really?  Both Balaam and Balak shared one thing in common–a shared ancestry; both were descendants of Lot.  Lot you will remember was a man who differed from his uncle Abraham the man of FAITH.  Lot was a man of COMPROMISE.  Yes he attempted to live like Abraham had shown him, but deep down the commitment was Abraham’s and not Lots–thus Lot always ended up among the cities of the nations.  Just like our Jewish culture today.  We have Abraham as our Father–but we refuse to do what Abraham did to be spiritually successful.  We don’t  want to give it all up–give up the movies–give up the dirty jokes–give up the covetousness __YET__we still want to see the fruits of Abraham’s relationship to God.  You cannot have them both; a friend of the ways of the Nations is NO friend of God and a Friend of God is no associate of the pagans and their religious traditions.   Abraham would take NOTHING from the nations–not even when his beloved Sarah died….but Lot and his Descendants could not get enough of the Nations and their ways.   One way of life makes you sit down AMONG THE NATIONS and the other SEPARATES YOU FROM THE NATIONS where the MA TOVU blessing is ours in abundance –meaning “HOW LOVELY ARE TENTS OH JACOB–AND YOUR DWELLING PLACES OH ISRAEL.  One results in descendants that are like Balak–and Balaam–the other leads us to Messiah in you–which is the hope of glory.

5.  Now re-examining Balaam–If you will remember, God told Balaam not to go with the Princes of Moab, yet he still went.  In fact he almost got killed on his way accept for the valiant efforts of his talking donkey–he would have surely died.  Because religion kills, and the reason it kills is it is based in fear.  The bible says that fear, comes from fear of being punished.  What is it you are afraid of being punished for?  God wants you to succeed!  He wants you to take the land–so what are you in fear about?  What makes you cling on to the ways of the pagans–and not to the ways of Israel?

A.  We are allowing in the spirit of fear because we do not trust God and have faith in what He said he would do.  So many of us stepped out in presumption at some point in our lives and we thought we were standing in the right place, when we were really just doing what Balaam is doing–stepping out in religion, and we fell right on our faces.  This was not Gods fault;  Gods word NEVER returns to Him void, and the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.  So just like religious Balaam, we step out thinking we are moving in God and we find ourselves violating the word.  God will not bless you if you are violating his commands!  Yeshua said if you love me you will KEEP my commands–this means DO WHAT HE SAYS.  It means stepping out of the boat and moving out in faith realizing that God has already won the war for your life–for your own personal exodus from Egypt and entrance into Israel.

B.  You cannot be killed; and if you are being of NO reputation, making yourself a servant to all then you will not end up like unrighteous Balaam.  You need to know that you are the righteousness of God in Messiah Yeshua.  You are!  You are the head and not the tail–the first and not the last, you are healed and delivered and God has you here to do something for Him; it is your destiny.  God may have removed those people from your life because they were going to keep pulling you down.  God did the pruning!  They did not fit what He was doing with your life.  God is working miracles on your behalf and bringing you into a land flowing with milk and honey.  Honey represents the Holy Spirit–the “Ruach” HaKodesh–or Holiness of thought.

God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind in Messiah Yeshua as the word says in 2 Timothy 1:7.

C.  Now in contrast to the “religious” spirit of Balaam and the spirit of fear exemplified by Balak; let us look at a spirit zealous for the Lord.  In Numbers 25 we see that the Moabite women began entering into sexual relations with the Israelite men.  This is why God did not want them around His chosen people.  Have you ever wondered why though?  WHY didn’t God want the Moabites around the Israelites?  Because you see each adulterous–is a type and shadow of an area of compromise in our lives–a place where we “bed down” with an abomination to our God.  Adultery is not solely based in physical attributes–but it ALWAYS produces the same end–Death.  The greatest Presidents, Athletes, Explorers and Teachers–have all been laid waste by an adulterous Moabite.  They are types and shadows of the movies we watch that we ought not to watch–or the music we listen to that we ought not to listen to–or the beer people drink -the drugs they use…..the lies the tell their bosses and spouses and alike.  THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT STEAL YOUR BLESSING–the spiritual Moabites that ROB YOU OF YOUR POWER AND YOUR BLESSING.  It was the same for the Israelites in this encounter with the Moabites.

D.  The carnal lust got so bad that an Israelite man stood right in front of the Mishkan-Tent of Meeting where Gods Spirit was and took a Moabite woman to go have sex with her.  In verse 6 the Torah says, “Then an Israelite man brought to his family a Moabite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting.  When Phinehas son of Eleazar the Son of Aaron the priest saw this He left the assembly took the spear in his hand and followed the Israelite to his tent. He drove the spear through both of them–through the Israelite and into the woman’s body.  Then the plague against Israel stopped; but those who died in the plague were 24000.” Now this makes us all cringe–and it should–but the Holy One–blessed be He–lives inside of you; thus is it not committing the same thing when we watch movies that have needless sexual sequences?  Is it not the same when we covet, or lust, or compromise in some other way?  It is indeed–the same horrible act.

6.  You see Pinchus [Phineas] could have been afraid–he could have stood by hoping that someone else would have done something to stop this terrible sinning against God and stop this outbreak of plague.  He could have cast a witchcraft spell through some religious spirit like that of Balaam; but he did not.  God had already trained him and he knew that “without the shedding of blood there would be no forgiveness for sin.” He went and took the authority over the situation and stopped the plague of sin from spreading one bit farther.

A.  God wants us to be like Pinchus [Phineas] in our Spirit–in our inner man or woman.  He desires that we not be timid-fearful and always looking at the possible disasters waiting to happen.  Spirits of fear will try to always make you look at the possibility of something bad happening so that you will act out of a religious spirit like Balaam and try to curse what God has blessed, or they will try to get you to into rebellion with your mouth against what God has said.  Gods word is true and can be trusted.  God is righteous and moving forward towards bringing to him a bride without spot or wrinkle.

B.  What is it that God has called you to do–where has he sent you to stand?  Is it here with us or is it South America?  Has he called you to start a homeless ministry here–or a prison letter writing outreach here?  Has He called you to STAND FIRM with those who are called and simply serve–which is the hardest of all the callings–What is it that he has anointed you to do?  Stop listening to the Balak’s that are lying to you–the sprits of fear.  Don’t rely on religious affiliation to take care of these things for you like Balaam.  God did not call the Charismatic’s to do all the prison ministry and the Messianics’ to do all the street outreach and the Reform to do all the soup kitchens.  NO God is calling you.  He has anointed you and every where your foot shall tread belongs to you.  Stop thinking you first have to make all the right choices.  You are chosen and His calling is sure and certain.  He who started a good work in you will complete it to day of salvation in Messiah Yeshua.  God said that Love drives out ALL fear.  There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out all fear; because fear has to do with punishment and the one who fears is not made perfect in love.  Obedience is Loves proof text for the world to witness and testify of.

C.  Love God with all you heart and all your soul and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself and you will be doing all the commands of Torah and love can be perfected in you.  Repent of your sins that open the door to fear and be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  He has given you the land, it is time for you to get up and be active for the Gospel of Messiah!  We haven’t been given a spirit of fear, but we have received the Holy Spirit which is the fullness of God.  You can do what he has laid on your heart to do.  Be encouraged and get out of the boat–Kepha [Peter] stepped out of the boat because he kept his eyes upon Yeshua–and did not sink until he looked around and became fearful.  God has given you the land beloved, go forth and take it for our Messiah!  Be willing to drive a stake into the heart of the SIN and COMPROMISE which so easily sets us aside–for then and only then will the plague stop that has broken out against us.

D.  In the portion Balaam tries hard to curse what God has blessed and in so doing he ends up prophesying of the Messiah as a  “Lion crouching down–a lioness who dares to rouse her.  This is a prophecy of us-the reborn Jewish people-we are the Lion crouching down–and the lioness if we are roused.  The Messiah King is coming to rule and reign from with each of us if we will only stop being a world lover like lot and his descendants and become a God pleaser like Abraham….only you know the condition of your own heart today?  Shabbat Shalom.

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This Weeks Haftarah: Micah 5:8 – 6: 8

Today’s Haftarah Message: “What Pleases GOD?”

Today’s reading Micah 6:6 – 8 “6 With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Have you ever asked the question – What pleases God? This is a question that every “believer” of every religion has asked themselves since the beginning. In this week’s Torah portion, even Balaam saw what pleased God when he was proclaiming the Blessings over the nation of Israel.  I believe this week’s Haftarah reading clearly answers that question.

First, we act Justly. We do this by acting fairly or morally right – according to the TORAH. We do not show partiality, or deny justice to the poor.

Leviticus 19:15 says “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

Exodus 23:6 says “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

Second, we love Mercy. God’s Mercy is new every morning, and so we should show mercy to others.

Zechariah 7:9 says ““This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Third, we Walk Humbly with GOD. There is only one way to walk with GOD – and that is walking according to HIS TORAH – the instruction manual for a successful life. This is true faithfulness – steadfast obedience to the TORAH.

Deuteronomy 8:6 says “Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.

Rabbi Y’Shua recounted this section in speaking to his colleagues in Matthew.

Matthew 23:23 says ““Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

GOD himself says, in Micah and in Matthew, that the important matters of the TORAH are Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness – or Walking in GOD’s WAYS.  GOD does not change. We need to ask ourselves – Do we act JUSTLY? Do we show MERCY? Do we walk HUMBLY WITH GOD in HIS WAYS – HIS TORAH?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

“Don’t Languish in the Ordinary” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2010 by messianicpastor

Korach: Bald

Numbers 16:1-Numbers 18:32

HAFTARAH: Isaiah 66:1-24

Priesthood Instructions: Hebrews 1-3

This weeks message is “Don’t Languish in the Ordinary”

Numbers 16:1-35

” 1 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent [a] 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. 3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’s assembly?”  4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown. 5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him. 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers 7 and tomorrow put fire and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!”  8 Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! 9 Isn’t it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. 11 It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?” 12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come! 13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert? And now you also want to lord it over us? 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of [b] these men? No, we will not come!”  15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them.”  16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow—you and they and Aaron. 17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the LORD. You and Aaron are to present your censers also.” 18 So each man took his censer, put fire and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly. 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 21 “Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”   22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, “O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?”  23 Then the LORD said to Moses, 24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’ ” 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.” 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.   28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, [c] then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt.” 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah’s men and all their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”  35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.”

1.  In this weeks Torah Portion we find the second major rebellion against the Lord YHWH taking place.  The first, if you remember was the rebellion at Mt. Sinai and this Torah portion is reccording the second.  Korach means “Bald” and before you look at me and think–“now that is very appropriate” –just take a second to remember that the scripture says that “the man who is bald is clean” according to the laws of ritual purity!! J

This great grandson of Levi–the Priestly Tribe for administration of the Lords altar and biological cousin of Moses and Aharon was obviously rebellious and countless Torah commentaries can share the nuances of this with you.  However, I want to look in a different direction this year as we begin to study this very important section of the Torah.  I was wondering this last week what it was that would make Korach turn so egregiously against Moses and Aharon?  Why him?  Why then? What for?

The Children of Israel are a called out people who are called to live by different words and standards than those found in the world around us.  In the gentile nations, who practice various faith’s that feature a pantheon of gods–the individual and his or her choice–is the primary factor in which false god someone might chase after.  It is this “choosing” that is the primary feature of modern contemporary faith practices today.  Though I would not presume to speak for all Judaism, it is my understanding that for  the most part contemporary Judaism has taken a position on other religions that is neither wise, nor is it based in facts that will be supportive of our community.  Contemporary Judaism as I understand it–teaches that there are “many ways” to the Creator–blessed be He’–so it matters little if you are a Jew or a Christian, or a Muslim; because we are all on the “chosen path” where we chose to meet the Creator, who we call the God of Abraham along the way of our life’s independent courses. Regardless of our ancestory or the choice we made.  This “cant we all just get along” strategy never worked on the playground and it is one bound to fail the larger society in general.

As Jews, we are first and foremost the Children of Israel.  We are the modern incarnation of our ancient ancestors whose history is clearly  depicted within the Torah.  We are a “Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation” to quote Moses and the Prophets.  We did not choose God–YHWH- -He chose us.  He dispatched us into this world with a mission–and a burning passion and purpose to keep his people from treating that which He calls “Holy, righteous and good” from becoming corrupted with the ever pending onslaught of evil that wishes to invade our lives today.  The temptations we face are not from a little spiritual imp that “makes us” do “this or that” –far from it.  The temptation of our Yetzer Hara–our evil inclination–is structural and critical for our understanding.  If we do not grasp the underlying theme of Korah and his rebellion then we will never see the trick that is ever before us forcing us to pick the wrong answer by default; our enemy is spiritual and is wishing to deceive us and steal our very lives and that of our children’s children for years to come.

So, when we say “We are the Chosen People“–what does this really mean?  Chosen for what?  For Holocaust, for hatred, for flight from one land to another; or are we chosen to be a people seeking refuge from the community of international people seeking our destruction?  This is what makes a Jew grown when they here this Torah commentary recited in local Synagogues.  The retort from the general Jewish audience is always the same–when the Rabbi or the Cantor says that Israel is a chosen people of YHWH–the crowd all simultaneously groans and sighs heavily while saying “And I wish He (YHWH) would pick someone else!”  I remember when I understood this for the first time and the sadness that it brought me that we would be willing to trade our position AS CHOSEN ONES to live out YHWH’s plan in this earth for the more COMMON way of life offered by the nations around us.  Compromise kills; and absolute compromise kills absolutely.  We were created to be a Theocracy, not a Democracy; to model the ways of YHWH for people living in darkness amidst the nations.  Stating that we wished YHWH would pick someone else is to state that we wish to fall into the boiling pot of pagan adulterous worship which enslaves its practitioners all over the world today.

Korach is not as much the story of singular act of rebellion as much as it is a story of contamination.  Korach is the story which identifies WHO and WHAT you are and how you see this portion speaks a great deal to WHAT is coming in your future.  Are you CHOSEN or are you CHOOSING?  Are you set apart or A PART OF the nations?  Lets look at what Korach and his rebellion are saying to us today.

Deuteronomy 7:6 says “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

1 Kepha 2:19 says “But YOU ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, A PEOPLE BELONGING TO GOD, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

2.  Like it or not GOD LOVES ISRAEL and ITS PEOPLE ARE CHOSEN.  Like Korach was CHOSEN to serve as PRIEST to the entire Holy Community and minister before the LORD YHWH–so too have YOU BEEN CHOSEN to serve YHWH.  This sign of your being chosen manifests is the SIGN OF YOUR ALLEGIANCE.  If you HAVE crossed over from the wilderness wanderings and have started taking the land that has been chosen for your blessing–if you SEE that you are DIFFERENT and SPECIAL, then you are seeing things as Moses and Aharon saw.

Moses was “the most humble man that has ever lived” according to his own profession –that is in no way contradicted by YHWH anywhere else in the breadth of Scripture.  If you are a disciple of Messiah, then you have been grafted into the “Natural Olive Tree” of Israel, whose life giving sap has been and remains provided by Yeshua YHWH.  You were called OUT OF DARKNESS which is a Hebrew idiomatic expression for “outsider to the ways of Torah” and you have been called “into His glorious light” –which is another Hebrew idiom for walking in the “PATHWAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” which is found in the TORAH.  IF YOU HAVE BEEN “SAVED,” THEN YOU HAVE BEEN “SAVED” from the future of the UNREPENTANT NATIONS, and have been brought by YHWH Himself INTO HIS GLORIOUS LIGHT; where He bestowed upon you a NEW NAME and a NEW CHARACTER and a NEW WAY OF WALKING.

Isaiah 26:8 says “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”

I Kings 2:3 saysAnd observe what the Lord your God REQUIRES: Walk in His ways, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and requirements, AS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES, so that you may PROSPER IN ALL YOU DO and wherever you go.”

John 15:16 says “You did not choose me, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name

3.  Korach also was chosen–a Royal Priest and part of the Holy Nation of Israel–but he OBVIOUSLY had some issues that all culminate in this portion.  Korach WAS CALLED AND CHOSEN but he was also UNWISE and SELFISHLY ASSERTIVE of his own way; he had no problem abandoning the way of Israel for the way of Korach.  Our history indicates that Korach was a man of wealth and power; and according to ancient Jewish sources which say his great monetary wealth TURNED HIM from being more concerned about being Holy and willing to compromise by living that which was “Common.”

Israel today is set apart–and if you have any doubt about how different Israel is–just look at anything that happens with Israel and the Arabim community–you can predict like clockwork who will be publically  condemned and blamed by the world community–Israel is.  Swift condemnation of Israel and her people are made from the terrorist sponsoring nations and not one thing is ever said about this; why not?  Because Israeli’s are not like the rest of the world–we are the people of the Sixth Day Sabbath; the Rosh Kodesh New Moon Festival’s; the Passover and the Festivals and Feast Days, and the High Holy Days.  WE ARE THE STANDARD WHICH “HE”– our GOD–YHWH has chosen.

Look at the others who call themselves “True Believers” today.  Radical Muslims blew up the twin towers in New York on 9/11 and yet not all Muslims feel the same way as the criminal terrorists who chose to make war against the United States as a part of their “true belief.”  There have been other Muslims who displayed their faith in actions like the beheading of Danny Pearl–the Jewish American Reporter who died in Iraq–all the way to the latest “Freedom For Gaza Flotilla” event which was staged to harm Israeli children and to twist public opinion in the favor of the Muslims.  Imagine if there was a public flotilla that left Cuba for Miami in the United States–demanding to secure the release of all Cuban born nationals in the United States Federal Prison System; further imagine that the elite US Navy Seal’s stormed the Cuban Floatilla–and one of the Cubans beat an American Seal with a steel pipe to his head.  Then if that were not enough, these “peacenic’s” then held the Seal down while one of their people sawed the ear off the Navy Seal.  What do you think would happen between the United States and Cuba if such an event ever occurred?  Any American can tell you that the military response would be swift and sure–yet this same situation happens in Israel’s territorial waters and the gaza terrorists in Hamas are the victims?  You couldn’t even make up a story like that if it were not real.

Christians, by and large are dedicated to the “saving of our Jewish souls;” never once stopping to think about the social extermination which takes place in the life of a Jew who follows the teachings of the “Jews for Jesus” folks?  Which is worse to do–kill a man by physically CUTTING OFF HIS HEAD for what religion he was–or kill him through CULTURAL ASSASSINATION for who he is?  Christians have largely tried to make Yeshua YHWH relevant to this generation by making Him into a pop-cultural icon that never –ever existed.  Jesus Christ never existed and is a made up name variant from the Greek word IESOUS.  However, Yeshua YHWH was an ultra orthodox Jewish Rabbi and Plebian Pharisee.  His followers called him Rabbi, he lived in ISRAEL and worshipped at the Temple built for Him by Solomon and rebuilt by Herod.  Yeshua did not teach ANYTHING NEW that was not ALREADY A SIGNIFICANT PART of the JEWISH FAITH.  He was born “KING OF THE JEWS” and he lives today as KING OF THE JEWS.  If you have to make YOUR KING relevant –He is most likely NOT YOUR PERSONAL KING.  If Yeshua the Jew offends you then your sickness is terminal and can only be changed by embracing the ONE TRUE WAY which is the faith of ISRAEL.

Mark 1:2 saysIt is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare YOUR WAY”

Isaiah 48:17 saysThis is what the Lord says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, WHO DIRECTS YOU IN THE WAY you should go.”

Jeremiah  21:8 says “Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you THE WAY OF LIFE and THE WAY OF DEATH”.

John 14:4 saysYou know THE WAY to the place where I am going.”

4.  There is an ancient story in the Talmud about Korach and His followers–and the “Tzitzit” or “fringes” which are commanded to be hung upon the clothing that all Israelites must have.  The command is that we have a thread of “K’Cholet” or “Royal Blue” incorporated within each of four fringes that are on the corner of our garments to act as a reminder for us to not forget to do the Lord’s Commandments.  This royal blue thread was a sign of royalty and honor and was to be displayed as a reminder of the commandment of YWHW to wear it as a sign to the UNBELIEVING NATIONS AROUND US.  As the story goes, with each step of the progression in the PRIDE of KORACH and his followers, more and more of their garments would be covered in the “K’Cholet” of blue.  This went on for some time until their ENTIRE GARMENT was blue–from head to toe.  This led KORACH and some of His followers to approach Moshe and Aharon with a question–they asked Moses “You have taught us that we are to wear a thread of blue on the corners of our garments throughout our generations; however, since our garments are completely BLUE–are we still required to wear the TZITZIT with the THREAD OF BLUE?  And according to our ancient Sages and Elders–it is said that Moses replied with one short phrase which was “It is so written.”  To this answer Korach and his followers all LAUGHED AT MOSES and AHARON and told them that they knew NOTHING AT ALL…AND THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WAS HOLY TO THE LORD and to wear a garment of BLUE was better than 4 mere threads.  It was PRIDE that was the destruction of KORACH….PRIDE and an overly RELIGIOUS SPIRIT.

Well Korach is the spirit behind many today who wish to live their lives in a fashion where they will say “Well–God knows my heart and if I am wrong then God will love me anyway.”  Indeed….God will love you anyway–but you will march throughout your entire life going from problem to problem–and failure to failure.  God said wear a THREAD and Korach said WE ARE AS GOOD AS THEY ARE to which God said “You and all with you are now DEAD; and Korach and all his family was swallowed up and taken into the grave alone.

If you are going to follow Moses and the way of Yeshua Messiah the WAY has been cleared for you to be rejoined to the NATURAL OLIVE TREE and not some WILD VINE that tickles your fancy.  Your job is to be pulling your weight–fighting with and for your brothers in ISRAEL.  We must stand UNITED more now than ever before as the tide of evil that is sweeping the world today is likely to unleash on the world stage the smoothest criminal in the History of the World as a whole.  Moses was ridiculed, laughed at, scorned, disrespected, abandoned, alone, hungry tired, and at times–at his wits end.  MOSES DID NOT CHOOSE THIS–HE And AHARON WERE CHOSEN.  The did not SEEK THE BLESSING but their seeking the BLESSOR brought about a MIGHTY DELIVERANCE in their lives.  YESHUA –the LIVING TORAH–in Revelation said “HERE AM I–SEND ME–I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL OH GOD.”  He was wounded for my transgressions–for each and every time I would fail him so miserably–and shame His Name–and shame his WAY.  He was bruised for my iniquity–for each time I acted more like a KORACH than a MOSES.  When I said “WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.” His bruising was AT MY VERY HAND.  The Chastisement of MY PEACE was LAID UPON HIM–because I constantly choose the way of the COMMON and the way of the EASY—the way of the FAMILIAR and not the WAY OF HONOR…..but HE CHOSE ME–AND BY THE STRIPES HE SUFFERED UPON HIS BODY—by his OWN FAMILY–by Me and ones JUST LIKE ME–he answered not back a word except to say “ABBA FORGIVE HIM–FOR HE KNOWS NOT WHAT HE DOES.” And BY HIS STRIPES, I WAS HEALED.

Mark 15:31 says “In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!

Isaiah 42:3 saysA bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

2 Corinthians 11:16-30 says 16I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face. 21To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!  What anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. 27I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the Congregations. 29Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? 30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

5.  Gone is the COMMON, and replaced is the SELF EFFACING–MAN MADE RELIGION–that seeks to make Yeshua INTO A GENTILE and not a JEW.  He CHOSE ME….and YOU…His children–TO HELP MAKE UP ISRAEL–who are called “JEWS” TODAY.  HE chose me to be HIS JEW–so when Korach and his followers manifest and I am kicked and beaten–ridiculed and scorned–I have the solace of knowing in advance that it is BY HIS STRIPES–I have been TIED INTO THE NATURAL OLIVE TREE which is guaranteed to OVERCOME by the blood of the LAMB and the word of HIS TESTIMONY.  Yes, once I was Korach and a follower of the rebellious–but thanks be to YHWH whom I love with every fiber of my being–that He based His choices on what would one day be in a mans heart–and not what he wore.  All of the Torah is summarized in this–“IT IS WRITTEN:  Love the LORD YOUR GOD with ALL YOUR HEART and ALL YOUR STRENGTH and ALL YOUR RESOURCES–and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR LIKE YOU LOVE YOURSELF.”  Korach lead his entire family to death–all because he harbored EVIL in HIS HEART.  Repent with me and let us allow the stripes of the living Torah to lash us into the Olive Tree in a way that will shine us forth as SET APART–HOLY TO THE LORD OF ISRAEL.   Shabbat Shalom

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This Weeks Haftarah: Isaiah 66: 1 – 24

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Proclaiming GOD’s Glory”

Today’s reading Isaiah 66:18 – 19 “18 “And I, because of their actions and their imaginations, am about to come [b] and gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see my glory.

19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans [c] and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD -on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels. 21 And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the LORD.

This week’s Haftarah is about the nations being gathered together to see GOD’s Glory. There will be those sent out to proclaim the glory of GOD to all nations, and they will turn to the ways of the GOD of Israel.

Here, you may say – “I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, I go to church, I watch Christian Television, or I tell everyone about Jesus.”, but sadly in today’s Christian Church the Glory of God is missing. This is because, the early church leaders created a system of religion that GOD did not intend. This system was then passed down from generation to generation, and innocently put the people into religious bondage. That is not how to proclaim GOD’s Glory. Today, we will examine how to proclaim GOD’s Glory.

First, we “Love GOD” and “Love our Neighbor as Our self”. Love is keeping the commandments of Torah towards GOD and our Neighbor. This means we do not steal, we do not covet, and we do nothing to cause anyone to stumble. Rabbi Y’Shua – who is GOD Himself – said that these were the greatest commandments.

Matthew 22:36 – 40 says “36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

2 John 1:6 says “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Second, we do not mix the ways of the world with the ways of GOD. This is called syncretism. This is adding to (or taking away from) GOD’s Torah. We are command not to add or take away from GOD’s Torah. The result of this mixing is the realm of death. This is what has happened to the church. Pagan rituals and worldly thinking have slowly crept into the church over the last 1800 years. These have replaced the Festivals of GOD with man made holidays like Christmas and Easter, or Saturday Sabbath with Sunday Sabbath.

Isaiah 66:17 says “17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of] those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things—they will meet their end together,” declares the LORD.

Deuteronomy 12:32 says “See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

Finally, we must be able to differentiate between Holy & Common, and Clean & Unclean. We must know these differences. They are found in the Torah. If you ask the average church member what these means they either do not know or may respond by saying – “That’s been done away with because we are free.” They are innocent because they have been taught church doctrine passed down from generations of miss teaching instead of GOD’s Torah.

Ezekiel 44:23 says “They are to teach my people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.

These are the ways that GOD’s Glory will be shown here on earth. When GOD’s Torah is functioning here on earth that is when GOD’s Glory is proclaimed. The question is will you be one of those who do proclaim GOD’s Glory here on earth or will you proclaim the glory of a manmade religion?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“Are You Branch or Are You Tree?” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 by messianicpastor

Sh’ Lach l’cha: Send for Yourself

Numbers 13:1-15:41

Haftarah Joshua 2:1-24

Priesthood Instructions Philemon

“Are You Branch or Are You Tree?”

Today’s Reading: Numbers 14:13-20 “13 Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them. 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard that you, O LORD, are with these people and that you, O LORD, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. 15 If you put these people to death all at one time, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 ‘The LORD was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath; so he slaughtered them in the desert.’ 17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.” 20 The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked.”

This weeks Torah portion leaves off where we left the grumbling complainers last week.  In review, last week I talked about how we rob ourselves of the blessings of God that results in our living in the wilderness areas of life through our seemingly innate ability to complain and murmur.

In this week’s portion, you will see that it is time for this wondering bunch of former slaves to move into the promised land that God has promised to their ancestors for hundreds of years.  In this weeks portion we see Moshe, calling out the leaders among the tribes of Israel.  If you know your Bible history, Jacob had twelve sons, and you will remember that

God entered into covenant with Jacob at Beth’El–which was the place where Jacob had seen the ladder that the Angels used to ascend and descend from heaven.

At Beth’El, Jacob wrestled with the Lord all night long and would not relent in his battle until the Lord blessed him.  So God in fact blessed him and gave Jacob a new name.  The Hebrew word Ya’acov–where we get the English rendering Jacob-means deceiver; and his character had matched his name perfectly.  God changed his name as a part of their covenant ceremony to Israel: which is a Hebrew word meaning “Wrestles or Fights with God”

So in this portion we see several generations now removed from Beth’El that the descendents of Israel are the 12 heads of the clans–known commonly as the twelve tribes of Israel.  In this portion, at the Lords command, Moses sends the twelve heads of the families into the promised land to spy out the land, and asks them to bring back a report about all that they find.

We will begin our look at this espionage today beginning in the book of Numbers Chapter 13 beginning at verse 17:

“When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country; See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many.  What kind of land do they live in, is it good or bad?  What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.”

Today I want to talk to you about a significant topic to us a we strive to live in the abundant victory that God has called us to live in.  You see we share many things in common with our ancient ancestors–in fact the Book of Ecclesiastes states, that there is nothing new under the sun.  HaSatan–which is Hebrew for the Devil–has been deceiving man the same way for thousands of years and the Torah is Gods instruction manual for living a Holy and successful life in God’s eyes.

Today I want to look into these instructions to find out how to capture and live by the Kaleb Spirit.  First I want to examine what the Kaleb Spirit is, and how it differs from the spirit of the majority; then I want to see how we learn to walk in this Spirit and apply it to our lives in a powerful new way to transform our lives.  Many of us have been going to church for years, and we have heard this story many times throughout the years.  It is a natural to a preacher of the Good News–because it is a clear study in faith.

But we are in the last days–closer now than ever to the return of the Bridegroom for His Bride, and there is an increase in evil around the world that is unprecedented since the beginning of the world until now–as the anti-Messiah/anti-Christ is being prepared to make his run at the Kingdom of the Lord.  God is calling us to new levels of Holiness.  God is requiring more from his church than passive resistance in the pews for a few hours and then a meager offering.

Soon your faith is going to cost you something; it won’t be long–as many Messianic Jews and Christians in China, and the Muslim controlled nations of the world can attest to, until God is removed from all social institutions in the United States, and families will be encouraged to bow down before their electronic source of all information, and all out war will begin against the camp of the Most High.  Who would have ever thought that we would be fighting for our very lives to stop Gay marriage from becoming law right here in California?

I would have never thought I would live long enough to see the widespread love of so many growing cold toward Israel and the God of Israel; beloved there are so many would be–believers today that go to church and go home and participate in Internet pornography, drinking, drugs and other behaviors unbecoming to the body of Messiah called Israel.  How many self-professed “believers” go home to the soft light of their REAL god, and watch soft core pornography on their televisions while their bibles sit in the corner collecting dust?

You see because we are spread among the nations –our faith has never really cost us anything.  We never worry about rockets coming from a neighboring country and killing our school children like our brothers and sisters in Israel do.  As a result of this disconnect–we feel free to set it down at will–doing as we please instead of pleasing him who first grafted us into His service and now has sent us forth to bear fruit; but a time is coming when that precious faith in whether or not you are truly and Israelite and a member of God’s chosen people will cost you your very life–are you ready?  You will need a different kind of spirit to make it through those days–the spirit of Kaleb to survive those approaching days–and if you have it–you will live in the abundance that Kaleb enjoyed.

You will notice that the spies we sent into the land and they reconnoitered the entire promised land–the land that God himself guaranteed they would take possession of.  Not only did they pass through with complete safety–they brought back fruit to the rest of the body of Israel as they waited to enter the promised land.  Let’s take a good look at what they reported upon their return from the promised land, beginning in Chapter 13 and verse 26:

“They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite Community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran; There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.  They gave Moses this account, We went into the land which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!  Here is its fruit!  BUT the people who lived there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large.  We even saw the descendents of Anak there.  The Amalekites live in the Negev, the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country, and the Canaanites live near the sea and by the Jordan.  Then Kaleb silenced the people before Moses and said–We should go up and take possession of the Land, for we can certainly do it.  But the men who had gone up with him said we cannot attack those people; they are stronger than we are and they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored.  They said the land we explored devours those living in it.  All the people we saw there are of great size.  We saw the Nephilim there (the descendents of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers IN OUR OWN EYES, and we looked the same to them!”

Many of you have heard this story–it is called the story of the Spies in many children’s books and other stories about the Bible.  However there is a much more prophetic side to this story.  Located deep within these verses is the happenings that we are experiencing to this very day in this battle between God’s kingdom and the forces arrayed against His kingdom.  Many people see this story as a great place to teach about faith–and in fact it is, but there is a much greater meaning that God wants us to take away from this story.  You will note that twelve spies went into the land, and actually took fruit from the promised land.

These twelve were the leaders of the individual clans–kind of like what we would call denominational heads today.  Of the twelve that went into the Promised Land and traveled the land and tasted its goodness, there were only two who stood forth proclaiming agreement with the prophecies that the Lord had given the children of Israel concerning this very land.  It was only Kaleb and Joshua.

Numbers 14:21-24 says “Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, 22 not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times- 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Kaleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

The remaining leaders –even though they had been in the promised land–had actually tasted the goodness of the promises of the Lord, all remained unified in their disbelief;  but much more than disbelief–they were actually participating in open rebellion against God!

You see God had told them that the land was theirs; He had been leading them as their banner and their rear guard.  God had already promised them by his covenant hand, and by miracles that he would lead them out of slavery into the promised land.  Yet only Kaleb and Joshua stood for the Lord amidst this evil report that was spread about the rest of the flock.

The first thing we want to see about Kaleb’s sprit is that he operated from an understanding of God’s covenant.  Kaleb knew that God had stated very clearly in covenant language–swearing by himself for there is no one greater that He could swear by, that he would lead the people out to a land flowing with milk and honey.  Kaleb saw the Lord manifest in thunder and majesty upon mount Sinai, and he saw the sea of Reeds-or Red Sea part in two and he had walked through on dry ground.  Kaleb did not forget the track record of deliverance that God had already brought forth on behalf of his children.  He knew it so deeply that he was willing to stand against the entire group.

This is a clear picture of Living God YHWH today; there are many leaders-and people in the body of Messiah today who have been to the goodness of God’s promised land.  They have tasted the goodness of God’s deliverance from the slavery of man made religion and they have entered into the sweet places of Torah and its Promised Land; and when there is no opposition to what they are doing and teaching, then they are happy to feast off the goodness of the fruit of the Promised Land.  In other words beloved–there are many of us that are perfectly cool with heading off to services once in a while–as long as it doesn’t really cost us too much time, or if we are not really asked to give anything substantial–like forsaking our former way of live amidst the nations to come out and live openly as Jews in today’s climate.

We are more than willing to walk through the promised land as long as there is no resistance.  As long as we do not have to say anything about YHWH and Yeshua being ONE AND THE SAME to a neighbor–or co-worker, or our Parents–then all is well.  But when we hear a fiery message that challenges us–we far too often do what our ancestors did: we forget the goodness of God and his promises.  We totally abandon that spirit that Kaleb and Joshua had–the one that says–in spite of what it costs me, I will take this land because God said I would!  I will stand in the face of anything that exalts itself against the Most High God YHWH who IS YESHUA.  In fact, did you know that the real pronunciation of the Name of YHWH IS YESHUA?  This is why the High Priest at the time of our Masters appearance forbid that any teaching in “THIS NAME” be stopped by the early apostles….for it was only lawful for the Priests–the Kohanim to say this name.  The Tetragrammaton YHWH is always taught with the mistake our older brothers taught us–so that we would not say the name as synonymous with Yeshua’s Name.  It is NOT at the NAME OF “JESUS” that every knee will bow and Tongue confess that “Jesus is Lord” to the glory of God the Father.  However it is at the name YHWH (pronounced YESHUA–and spelled in Hebrew “YUD–HAY–SHIN–HAY” or spelled phonetically “YAHU–SHU–AH.  At this name YHWH every knee SHALL BOW and every TONGUE WILL CONFESS that YESHUA IS YHWH to the Glory of God the Father.  This is done during the reading of the Amidah Prayer each day and every Shabbat and High Holy Day for those of us in Israel.  You see this takes another kind of spirit to STAND UP and PROCLAIM–the Spirit that both Kaleb and Joshua had–and this is why they gave the good report!  What can YHWH NOT DO?

Kaleb was sold out unto the point of death; he was not afraid of death, because he realized that he had already been dead.  When he was in slavery he had been dead; but now he was alive and his life was totally wound up in the promises of God.  Kaleb knew that God had chosen him–that he had not made right choices to get there.  But he knew that his faith needed to be coupled with action.  The others, were not willing to combine their faith with OBEDIENT ACTIONS.  This is just like so many today who love the feel good–two poem and a prayer messages that tickles their ears, but never really brings about real change in their lives.  Like the 10 who spread the bad report-so many of us are willing to leave the slave in us–settling with wilderness lives, rather than move out as overcoming conquerors into the promised land and occupy

God’s goodness.

The Book of James in the New Testament clearly covers this in James Chapter 2 beginning in verse 14:

“What good is it brothers, if a man claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes, and daily food.  If one of you says to him, “Go I wish you well be warm and well fed”, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead!  But someone will say, “you have faith, and I have deeds”; Show me your faith without deeds, and I will SHOW you my faith by WHAT I DO!”

Kaleb understood this concept that James argues.  He fully understood that his faith needed to be accompanied by obedience to the word of God.  Obedience to the Torah– following faith– is an earmark of the Kaleb spirit.  The true spirit of unbelief is a spirit that claims faith–yet shows no obedient works to match that faith!  The other 10 spies all had faith in God–there was not a single one who did not believe in God, yet there were only two that made it into the promised land.  In fact historians estimate that following this rebellion against God, over 80 people per day died in the desert until the only two who were left from this entire generation were Kaleb and Joshua, and true to the instructions-or TORAH-of God, they entered the goodness of the promised land.

So many of us look at the giants in the land–and say “well Rabbi there are just to many things keeping me from leading people to Messiah and His Kingdom called Israel.  I get embarrassed, I may get rejected, they may think I am imposing my beliefs on them;”  Listen beloved, the bad reports have not changed for thousands of years.  If your neighbors house was on fire you would break the doors in to get them out–but most of us will not even tell one person about Yeshua that we work with!

The truth is we don’t want them to know that we are believers so when we are cussing and swearing or young men-going to the strip clubs for a “beer” they will not condemn you for being a person of faith that has no deeds to back it up.  Kaleb and Joshua had deeds, and these deeds were obedience to the instructions of God.  God told them to take the land–that He had already provided it for them, so they knew that they could lay claim to it. God has told many of us today to take this city for the kingdom of YHWH!  He has told us to bring about the prophetic reunification of those outside amidst the nations struggling in contemporary religions to be reunited with their Jewish Brothers and Sisters.  Yet we are afraid to give our one hundred percent sold out commitment.

Many people visited us when we were just starting out and never came back because we didn’t “look” like or sound like what they were used to hearing!  God has given us the land and He is sending more “Kaleb’s here to take back his territory in Gaza for YHWH!  There was a day when ALL ISRAEL WAS UNITED AS ONE–UNDER ONE KING –Echad–just like the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost ARE ONE YESHUA YHWH, and God is taking us from the wilderness of separation and taking us into the promised land of being

re-unified as a powerful tool in the hand of the living God in these last days.  Read Ezekiel 37 and see that Ephraim and Judah are the two sticks that get woven together in the Masters hand as a powerful tool in the last days!

If you look back to the beginning of this story–to see this prophetic significance today–you will note that Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim and Kaleb from the tribe of Judah–and only these two tribes make it into the promised land;  this is a clear picture of the two houses of Israel being reunified.  Those of us among the Nations WERE Ephraim and Judah is the Jews who are maintaining the covenant through their faith  in these last days.  Ephraim and Judah–Kaleb and Joshua–American’s and Israeli’s–reunited in these last days, to reign with Messiah from Jerusalem forever!

There are giants in the land today people, and we will certainly have to battle–but the battle belongs to the Lord!  He has given us the Torah as the plan of victory!  If we apply it to our lives and live by its principles then we will take the land in a powerful way; if we do not follow the Torah, like many people today who claim the Torah is old news–then they will end up like those 10 other tribes who would not follow the instructions of the Lord and died in the desert.  They will die in their dead faith–because it will not be including the deeds of Torah. If you doubt this at all look at Matthew’s writing in chapter 13 24-30 where our Master shares this parable:

24Yeshua told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.  27″The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’   28” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’   29” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “

Further, the Father speaks of the Righteous Branch which is King Messiah.  He is the ROOT OF JESSE–part of the NATURAL OLIVE TREE THAT IS CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW “ISRAEL!”  You are to have been GRAFTED INTO THE NATURAL OLIVE TREE–changing status from A DEAD STICK into a actual PART OF THE LIVING TREE.

THE LIVING TREE IS THE PEOPLE AND  NATION OF ISRAEL.  YESHUA IS THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE–YHWH…..If you are IN HIM then YOU ARE IN ISRAEL–the PEOPLE THE LAND THE GOD ARE ALL ECHAD–ONE.  How do you know whether or not you are just a dead stick……it is easy to know–YOU ARE SEPARATE FROM THE ISRAELI’S and ISRAEL.  Look at what the MASTER said in John 15:1-17:

1″I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5″I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  9″As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other”

You see that you are Branches–but ones that are broken off–Paul talked about that like this in Romans 11:21 “ For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.” You must KNOW THAT THIS LAND–ISRAEL–ITS FAITH and ITS GOD ARE YOURS and not for some foreign life–but FOR THIS ONE.  EVERY JEW IS YOUR BROTHER and EVERY ISRAELI IS YOUR SISTER.  Every RABBI is YOUR FAMILY and is likened unto your Master Messiah Yeshua.  LEARN HIS WAYS–the WAYS OF TORAH: Gods teaching and instruction on how to live a perfect life that honors HIM.  A Branch that has NO ISRAEL IS ONE DEAD BRANCH!  For through the RIGHTEOUS BRANCH WE HAVE LIFE AND LIFE ABUNDANTLY!!

You come by grace through faith–just like Kaleb did, but following this you MUST follow the Torah!  It is not an option.  Yeshua said he had NOT come to do away with the Torah but to make it Full!  God said of Kaleb in Numbers 14 and verse 24 which says “But because my servant Kaleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went into, and his descendents will inherit it!”

Are you a Kaleb today or have you been just getting by-occasionally eating the manna of the Lord, but really you are more like the other 10?  Are you actively sharing your faith and the prosperity of God with others–or are you a closet undercover Jew?  If you are breaking the ten commandments–being a Torah terrorist, the curses of the Torah apply to you.  But if you repent, and ask Yeshua to be your Lord today and fill you with the same faithful spirit that Kaleb had–which is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God, you will be free of those things that will keep you from the promised land.

If you’ve been wishy-washy in your walk-but you are trying to apply the Torah for a successful life, then you are under grace and God is not finished with you yet.  Keep pressing in to the Holy Ghost with us here and let’s take the land!  God has given it to us–let’s go in and take it by the grace of God.  Let’s see the dead raised from the grave, the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk again–which are all Hebrew Idiomatic expressions for teaching someone outside the Torah to follow the Torah. Can you believe God too see limbs grow back?  Can you believe God for financial miracles?  Can you believe God for YOUR miracle?  Are you ready to receive?

Well, God is here to meet your every need.  God has planned this restoration from the foundation of the world–you just have to have the boldness of Kaleb and apply the Torah to your life today and be set free into your miracle! Amen!

Shavuatov  –Ariel Ehrmantrout © 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide

HAFTARAH

This Weeks Haftarah: Joshua 2:1 – 2:21

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Spies Like Them”

Today’s reading Joshua 2: 8 – 13 “8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and that you will save us from death.

This week’s Haftarah is the story about the spies Joshua sent out to look over the land specifically Jericho. The story is similar to the Torah portion in that spies were dispatched; however, unlike the spies Moses sent, these spies Joshua sent gave a different kind of report. The report these spies gave was that the people of Jericho were “melting in fear” because of what happened back in Egypt and what the Children of Israel did to Sihon and Og.

Unlike the spies Moses sent out, these spies were of the generation that did not know slavery and torment in Egypt. The spies Moses sent had a mindset of a slave, but a mindset of free men. Here, the spies Moses sent out, their FEAR was greater than their FAITH – steadfast obedience.

Slavery is a metaphor for what our lives were like prior to making Teshuvah (repent) and following the Torah. While in Slavery, we FEARED GOD for a number of reasons. We were afraid because we did not know what HE wanted us to do. We were afraid that if we did something wrong; GOD would zap us with a lightning bolt. These are characteristics of pagan Greco-Roman gods. These are not the characteristics of the GOD of ISRAEL. When we come to faith in The GOD of Israel, HE teaches and instructs us. We always know what to do AND WHEN TO DO IT.

The spies Joshua sent out did not make the same mistake as the spies Moses sent. They gave a report that the Children of Israel could go up and take the land – BECAUSE GOD HIMSELF PUT FEAR in the enemies heart. GOD was fighting the battle for them. All Joshua had to do was show up and do what GOD instructed. The outcome of which was that the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.

Has GOD promised you anything, but the circumstances make it appear that the promise will not come to pass? Just like the promise to take the Children of Israel to the promise land, GOD will keep his word. This is true if we do OUR part. If Joshua did not SHOW UP, the walls of Jericho were not coming down.

Let us try and be Spies Like Them. Spies that not just believe GOD will provide for what ever promise HE made, but act – doing our part – in fulfillment of GOD’s Promises.

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“Signs Of An Ungrateful Heart” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Week’s Torah Portion is

B ha’alocha: “To Cause To Go Up”

Numbers 8:1-12:16

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Priesthood Instructions: Titus

Today’s Message is: “Signs Of An Ungrateful Heart”

Numbers 11:4-20 “4Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”  Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it and ground it in handmills or beat it in mortars and boiled it in pots and made cakes of it. And the taste of it was like the taste of cakes baked with oil. When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it. Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the LORD blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat, for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, “Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.” Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall not eat just one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before him, saying, “Why did we come out of Egypt?”

1.  In this portion we find the Children of Israel preparing to move out.  The Camp has rest for the period of 1 year following the Lord’s Betrothal of the people at Mount Sinai.  Now that the people are the Bride of God–it is time for them to move up and take possession of the promises that God has made with Abraham.  God provides a Cloud to lead them by day and a Pillar of Fire to lead them by night.  This covering symbolizes God’s Holy Tallit–or Covering which is placed over the Bride by the new Husband.  God’s desire is to provide just what His Bride needs to make her trip to their dwelling place a pleasant journey.  However, the Rabble that was with Israel began to crave other food–and a plague broke out among the people.  This plague is worse than any avian flu today–it is the signs of an ungrateful heart!

Matthew 12:34-37 says “34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good,[Torah] and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.[Lawlessness] I tell you, on the day of judgment [Yom Kippur] people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 18:20-21 says “20From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

A.  Unwise associations will always manifest in your life as a voice OTHER THAN the voice of the Lord      ( the Living Torah) and what He has been speaking to you.  You can always tell who is an UNWISE ASSOCIATION by their complaints.  If you LISTEN to an unwise association, you WILL take on THEIR affliction–and begin to manifest signs of an ungrateful heart–and the end of this is that God will not give you what is BEST for you, but He will ALLOW YOU TO HAVE WHAT YOU SAY–and it will result in SEPARATION FROM THE TORAH of TRUTH!

Jeremiah 5:22-29 says “22Do you not fear me? declares the LORD; Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it. But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’ Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”

Jude 1:17-18 says “17But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Yeshua Messiah foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

B.  This rabble with Israel, began complaining about the abundant provision of the Lord–and their UNGRATEFUL HEART was evident to Moses.  God was providing Manna from Heaven, free of charge, and as soon as the Israelites TOOK ON THE OFFENSE OF THE RABBLE ROUSERS, the COMPLAINTS spread like wildfire through the camp.  Each family in the entire house of Israel was COMPLAINING AGAINST THE LORD’S ABUNDANT PROVISION.  This happens when people begin to take for granted the abundant PROVISION of the “MAN” from HEAVEN.  God was being a faithful husband and providing supernaturally for His Bride–BUT–the Bride began to listen to UNWISE ASSOCIATIONS as they manifested their UNGRATEFUL HEART–this resulted in a settling for the natural–and a loss of the SUPERNATURAL! [The Torah]

2 Timothy 3:1-5 speaks of people with an ungrateful heart when it says “1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.[Torah] Avoid such people.”

Isaiah 5:20-21 says “20Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

C.  Their LUST for MEAT was so great that they caused a plague to break out on the outskirts of the Camp.  The plague is the realm of death that began to go through the Rabble Rousers–those UNWISE ASSOCIATIONS–that are always complaining and never attempting to provide resolution for the problems that the COMMUNITY FACES. Their walk with God is all about them–the ME GOSPEL….what God will GIVE ME and TAKE AWAY FROM ME and HEAL ME and PROVIDE ME.  When God called you to change this generation of souls by shining the Menorah of the Torah and its life giving teachings to a lost and dying world.  The Pillar of Cloud and Fire had been provided for their PROTECTION and COMFORT–to keep OUT the REALM OF DEATH-and to LEAD THEM UP to the LAND OF THE ABRAHAMIC PROMISE-but their idolatrous lust for what they DID NOT HAVE in the CARNAL REALM-brought about the CURSE and not a BLESSING! Listening to the POISONED WORDS of the UNGRATEFUL and UNHOLY will ALWAYS result in the curse manifesting in your life.

Psalm 78:17-2  King David writes about this when He says “17Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?” Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings. And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved. But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them, and he killed THE STRONGEST of them and laid low the young men of Israel.”

James 4:1-4 says “  1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on YOUR PASSIONS. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

D.  They thought that if they complained that they could manipulate God like spoiled children throwing a fit until they get their own way.  We often go to God in PRAYER and spend hours COMPLAINING ABOUT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES while other people spend time grieving the death of their loved ones–we cry about our circumstances–never stopping to think that others may have it much worse than we do.  We listen to the unwise associations in our lives and we covet what other people have–then we approach God in prayer and whine and complain about His lack of provision in our lives–treating God like a giant Slot Machine–where if we put in the right amount of coins that it will eventually pay off.  Brothers and Sisters, it is an UNGRATEFUL and SELFISH HEART– Like our ancestors in the House of Israel demonstrated –that will result in severe plague breaking out in our life–and ALL OF IT IS SELF INFLICTED.  God gave them what they said–and He will give you what you say as well–but what WE SAY WE WANT is not always what is BEST FOR US TO HAVE.  God has provided HIS TORAH–which IS the CLOUD OF HIS GLORY and the FIRE OF HIS KINGDOM–and it IS THE “MANNA” SENT FROM HEAVEN–THE BREAD OF LIFE.  But when we listen to the “Rabble” that are in our midst–we too can fall for the LUST that drives us out of HIS PRESENCE AND POWER and fall prey to the signs of an ungrateful heart that changes God’s best into the belly ache of LUST!

The implication here is clear–we are to be thankful for where we are and what we have at each step of our journey back to being united with our brothers and sisters in the House of Judah.  We may not have been born Jews, but we can live as Jews when we begin to give thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–YHWH–Yeshua Moshiach through the life choices that we make along the way.  God did not promise to change your life–only you can change your life–God promised to change your status and give you a new name, a new identity within Israel and a new and exciting life if you are willing to be a caretaker of the responsibility to ensure that your daily moment to moment choices are going to leave your world in a better condition than when you found it.

There will always be a “Rabble” of people trying to get you to not believe in your in grafting into the natural olive tree that is the people of Israel.  There will also be those who whine and complain in the face of adversity….you cannot control that…..however you can control your response to it.  When tempted to complain–give thanks; when tempted to gripe–sing songs of thanksgiving; when tempted to complain about what is missing in your life–give thanks for what you have.  This is the heart of one who seeks after the God of Abraham.  You cannot control where you come from…..only where you are going and where you end up.  Give thanks with a grateful heart to the Holy One, blessed be He who caused us all to live and move and have our being.

1 Samuel 3:19 says “The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. [Go unfulfilled]

James 3:4-8 says “4Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Take the time to think about it!  Shabbat Shalom

(C)2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout–All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Defendants in Dirty Clothes”

Today’s reading Zechariah 3: 1 – 6  “1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”  Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”

5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.

6 The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: 7 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.

In this week’s Haftarah, Zechariah is describing a court room trial going on between the Defendant – Joshua, the High Priest of Israel, the Accuser – HaSatan – who is prosecuting the case and GOD himself as the judge. Here, HaSatan was making accusations against Joshua to THE JUDGE. THE JUDGE ruled against the accuser and ruled in favor of Joshua finding that HaSatan was in contempt of court. In HIS legal decision, GOD was ruling on the Status of Joshua or more correctly his change of Status, all based on what GOD DID for him.

First, GOD instructs for the removal of Joshua’s filthy cloths – which means to turn away from what he was wearing – uncleanness – and turn towards the TORAH – the way to walk clean before GOD.

Zechariah 3: 4 says “4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes…

Second, GOD takes away any past sin – or LAWLESSNESS of the TORAH.

Zechariah 3: 4 says …Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin…

Finally, GOD replaces those filthy garments with rich garments. Rich garments to GOD does not mean that they are from Giorgio Armani, but it means that the garments are Y’Shua – THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD HIMSELF– clothing us and protecting us from what the accuser has to say.

Zechariah 3: 4 says “… and I will put rich garments on you.

Jeremiah 23:6 says “6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.

Today, the accuser is still accusing us before GOD. The only difference is that we are clothed in the cloths GOD GAVE US – those same cloths HE wore when HE was walking here on the earth – Rabbi Y’Shua. The accuser had no evidence to accuse HIM, but only false accusations – which resulted in HIS execution (for our own good). The accuser spreads false accusations today through internet blogs, gossips, others directly accusing us, and even ourselves accusing us.

Like Joshua, we are protected from the RESULTS of the accuser by putting on HIS cloths. HaSatan will bring about his accusations, but they have no legal effect – just like Joshua.  Today, we can either choose to buy into the accusations of the enemy – either from others or ourselves – believing them as the judicial rulings from GOD OR live life as though GOD’s judicial ruling – that HE has put HIS cloths on us – is ever present and is protecting us from the accusations of the accuser – no matter how the accusations are coming at us.

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center. If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“HOW TO WALK IN THE PRIESTLY BLESSING” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 by messianicpastor

Parasha “Nasso” Meaning “To Elevate, To Take”

Numbers Chapter 4:21-7:89

Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25

Priesthood Instructions: 2 Timothy

Numbers 6:24-27

The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them

HOW TO WALK IN THE PRIESTLY BLESSING

1.  The Priestly Order of Melchizedek, the Kohanim, the Levi’im

a. Man was made to be a King and Priest over the earth. Genesis/Bereshit 1:26 says, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,  and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

b.  Adam was under this Priestly Order but failed to walk it out Genesis/Bereshit 3:13-19 and Melchizedek king of Salem had this function in Genesis 14:18. He was the representation of the Messiah, who came as King and Priest, renewing the Covenant that man had broken. YHWH desired for the entire nation of Israel to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation

c.  Abraham Tithed a tenth of His war spoils to Melchizedek  Genesis/Bereshit 14:18-20 says, 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”

d.  The Children of Israel sinned against the covenant resulting in a Priesthood change from the Order of the Levites, under the supervision of Aaron as Hebrews 7:11-15 says, “Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord (Yeshua) arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless (indestructible) life.”

e.  This Priesthood remains in the hearts of those who are not following Torah—this is the Levitical Law and Look how Yeshua feels about it in Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

2.  Yeshua came to bring the Priesthood back under the order of Melchizedek

a.  When the Messiah came, the order of Melchizedek was restored. If we are in Him we are of that royal priesthood and a holy nation “restored.” Melchizedek is from the two words: Melech/king and Tzedek/priest. The House of Judah represents the kingly side and the House of Israel represents the priestly side. When they unite together they become the two witnesses of the Messiah in the order of Melchizedek.

b.  The Melchizedek Priesthood gives us the right to walk in the Priestly blessing—not of Aaron—but of Yeshua!

c. A Dissection of the Aharonic Priestly blessing:

1–The 1st Blessing was- The Lord YHWH Bless you (Provide for Your Finances Deuteronomy 28:1-14) and Safeguard you (Proverbs 21:31 says “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the LORD.)

2– The 2nd-Blessing was—May YHWH illuminate (John 8:12 says “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.“)  and be gracious unto You (Luke 2:40 says, “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

3–The 3rd Blessing was—May YHWH lift His countenance to you (Acts 2:47 speaks of the early congregation saying, “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the congregation daily those who were being saved.”)  and grant you Shalom (Strongs word 07965 meaning “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace completeness (in your number) safety, soundness (in you’re your body)  welfare, health, prosperity peace, quiet, tranquility, contentment and friendship (amidst all life’s struggles)

d. These blessings are all brought together in the person Yeshua Messiah! Rev 5:13 says, “13And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

3.  The 7 Keys to walking in the Priestly Blessing of Melchizedek!

1. Refuse to partake of the blessing of the King of Sodom–Genesis 14:17-24 says of Abraham, “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all. Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, “I have made Abram rich’– except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

2. Walk in the blessing of YHWH In Psalm 1:1-3 it says “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”

3. Walk in the safety of the YHWH –Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.        This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD YHWH.” Jeremiah 23:5-6

4. Walk as the Light to the Nations— Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your “good works” and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

5. Walk as a “Priest of Grace”— 2 Peter 3-18 says “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Yeshua Messiah. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

6. Walk in the Favor of YHWH—Luke 2:52 says “And Yeshua increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

7. Lastly—Walk in the Shalom of Yeshua—John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

AT THIS POINT LET’S LOOK AT SHAVUOT

SHAVUOT IN TORAH  [Ex 19] &  SHAVUOT IN NEW TESTAMENT   [Jer 31:31-33]

In Torah Levitical System is administered by Aharon and His Sons

In New Testament Malkitzadekian Priesthood is adminstered by the Apostles of Rabbi Yeshua

In Torah- The fiftieth day

In New Testament – The fiftieth day

In Torah:  Commandments of G-d written on tablets of stone (Exodus 24:12)

In New Testament  – Commandments of G-d written on our hearts and minds

(Jer 31:33; Psalm 40:8; 37:31; Is 51:7; Ezekiel 11:19-20; 36:22-27; 2 Cor 3:3; Hebrews 8:10)

In Torah – Written by the finger of G-d  (Exodus 31:18)

In New Testament- Written by the Spirit of G-d (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10)

In Torah- 3,000 slain at Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-8,26-28)

In New Testament – 3,000 live  (Acts 2:38-41)

In Torah- People live by the letter of the Levitical Torah

In New Testament- People live Torah by the Spirit of the Torah  (Romans 2:29; 7:6;  2 Cor 3:6)

Torah is given to Israel and all associated with them at – Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:11)

In New Testament – Torah is given once again at Mount Zion (Romans 11:26;  Hebrews 12:22; 1 Peter 2:6)

The Torah is the same–yesterday, today and forever….choose it and you will live.

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom

Ariel Ehrmantrout (C) 2010 all rights reserved worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Judges 13:2 – 25

Today’s Haftarah Message: “What’s in a Name”

Today’s Reading Judges 13: 22 & 23 22 “We are doomed to die!” he said to his wife. “We have seen God!” 23 But his wife answered, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.

For this week’s Haftarah, we are in the book of Judges where the news of Samson’s birth and instructions from GOD on raising him are given to Manoah and his wife. Here Manoah’s wife is barren without children, but not only does GOD promise them a son, also that son, Samson, will begin the nation of Israel’s deliverance from the Philistines. That son will be set apart to GOD from birth.

Judges 13:5 says “5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.

What stood out to me in this section was the importance of a Godly wife and how blessed Manoah was to have one. Proverbs 31 provides the standard for a wife of noble character.

First she realized that she was dealing with a man of GOD, with a message from GOD, and communicated this to Manoah.

Judges 13:6 – 7 says “6 Then the woman went to her husband and told him, “A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn’t ask him where he came from, and he didn’t tell me his name. 7 But he said to me, ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.’

Second, she was assigned the responsibility of raising the Samson. GOD knew that she would raise Samson in the manner that HE required. The Proverbs 31 wife also looks over the affairs of their household.

Judges 13:24 says “24 The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him, 25 and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Proverbs 31:26 – 28 says “26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Finally, she gave encouraging words to Manoah. She brings good to him and not harm – just like the Proverbs 31 wife.

Judges 13: 22 & 23 says 22 “We are doomed to die!” he said to his wife. “We have seen God!” 23 But his wife answered, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.

Proverbs 31: 11 & 12 says “11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

But, the most fascinating thing about this account is that we never know Manoah’s wife’s name. Here, she has some of the attributes of a Proverbs 31 wife examined. The concept of name is that of a lifestyle. Because of the lifestyle she lived, maybe, her name was given, just not spelled out.

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center.  If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“Living Faith As God Would Define It?” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 by messianicpastor

Parashot B’Har Leviticus 25:1-26:2 and

Behukatai: In My Statutes 26:3-27:34

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17: 14

Priesthood Thessolonians and 1 Timothy 1-3

“Living  Faith As God Would Define It?”

Leviticus 25:1-7

1YHWH said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2″Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to YHWH. 3For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to YHWH. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. 6Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you– for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.’”

The Sabbatical Year: the Schmittah test of the land

Rest, Sabbath rest: (Strong’s #4520) sabbatismos meaning: 1) a keeping Sabbath 2) the blessed rest of YHWH. Derivative from (Strong’s #4521) sabbaton meaning: the Sabbath, i.e. the seventh day (of the week).

The Schmittah cycle is a commandment about faith.  It is a command to allow your own sustenance, your own works, to be laid aside, totally trusting YHWH’s provision for a whole year.

Keeping the Schmittah year, the Sabbatical year is a demonstration of your covenant faith in YHWH as your source, just like your keeping the weekly Sabbath is a demonstration of covenant faith in YHWH’s provision.

Faith and “the faith”

Faith is NOT a belief system, nor is it recognition that YHWH is real and present.

Faith is putting all of your trust in the YHWH who created you and trusting that IF you obey what he said THEN HE will DO WHAT HE PROMISED.  This is the faith that Abraham had and what most of the body today is missing.

Genesis 12:1-4 says “1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.

Faith is substantive.  Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for and the EVIDENCE of things NOT YET seen.  Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

D.  Faith is the concept EMUNAH–or STEADFAST ENDURING OBEDIENCE to YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction.  The COMMANDS are nothing more than YHWH’S CONDITIONS OF PROSPERITY–whether you are talking about the SABBATH or WHAT FOOD TO EAT.  Think about the TORAH’S COMMANDS  like ROCKS that allow you to APPEAR TO DEFY NATURE and walk across the very surface of the water…..As long as you step in line placing YOUR FEET ON EACH OF  THE ROCKS –YOU WILL NOT SINK.  However If you DISREGARD THE COMMANDS or START and THEN DEPART the pathway–you become as though the CONDITIONAL PROVISION has not HELD YOU UP–and YOU WILL NEVER DISPLAY THE STEADFAST SURETY THAT OTHERS DISPLAY.  However, to those who have no relationship with the ONE WITH THE MAP–WHICH SHOWS THE ROCK PATH, the WATER looks like nothing but PURE BONDAGE.  TORAH’S COMMANDS ARE THE MAP WAY TO SUCCESS LIKE ABRAHAM.

Romans 4:1-12 says ” 1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? 2If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness. 6David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7″Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven,   whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man  whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”   9Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.”

So what is the difference between the Sabbath and the Schmittah?

The Sabbath is a day, a day’s worth of faithful obedience on display for all to witness each week, whereas the Schmittah is a full year, a season of trusting reliance on YHWH to meet all your needs in obedience to the Father.

The Schmittah also points to the coming season of the Messiah that is fast upon us as YHWH’s 7000 year plan of Tikkun, restoration of all things back to the Garden of Eden is at hand!

The 7,000-year redemptive plan of the G-d of Israel can be seen in the following chart.

1                       2,000                     4,000                      6,000                       7,000

Olam Haba !———————!———————!———————-!————————! Olam Haba

Yovel                       Tohu                 Torah             Days of  Messiah         Jubilee
Jubilee              Days of Desolation               Days of Redemption     Restoration

Return of the prodigal son and YHWH’s Schmittah year.  Luke 15:11-31

The prodigal in this story is the nation of Israel who became gentiles and lived as though their father was dead, wasting their inheritance among the pagans.  Leviticus 26:34-35 says “34 Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.

There was a famine in the land where the prodigal had gone because the pagans did not follow the Schmittah as YHWH had ordered resulting in his selling of himself as a slave as prophesied in Leviticus 26.  A curse of disobedience was upon the whole land even as it has today in churches all over the world that follow after the catholic system and not the Torah rather than obey and WALK IN BLESSING. Leviticus 26:14-39 says14 ” ‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17 I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you. 18 “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over. 19 I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. 20 Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit. 21 ” ‘If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve. 22 I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted. 23 ” ‘If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, 24 I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over. 25 And I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. 26 When I cut off your supply of bread, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied. 27 ” ‘If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, 28 then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. 29 You will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters. 30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars and pile your dead bodies on the lifeless forms of your idols, and I will abhor you. 31 I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings. 32 I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled. 33 I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. 34 Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. 35 All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it. 36 ” ‘As for those of you who are left, I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. 37 They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies. 38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. 39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away.

The son makes up his mind to leave the pig trough of the pagan world and return to his father’s house in an act of submission.  Won’t you come out from among the unclean and follow G-d’s teaching and his instruction?

1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

There the father accepts him with open arms!  And runs to him, putting his best robe on him, (a Tallit, representing the Holy Ghost) shoes for his feet (walking in the blessing of his father’s house, Leviticus 26:3-13 says “3 ‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit. 5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land. 6 “‘I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country. 7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. 9 ” ‘I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. 10 You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. 11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.),

A ring on his finger, (The AUTHORITY OF HIS FATHER, John 14:13-14 says13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

And slaughtering the fatted calf (fellowship offering).  Leviticus 20:8 saysKeep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”

Restoration of all things: Tikkun

Ezekiel 37 says Israel is being reunified; Ephraim (those spread among the Nations) and Judah (the Jewish people) both following after YHWH by keeping his feast days and observing his Sabbaths and Schmittah years as a testimony to who are the true followers of YHWH in these last days of our EXILE –by FAITH.  John 15:14 saysYou are my friends if you do what I command.”

By failing to treat YHWH’s days as holy, following the sabbatical year we are not only cursing our lives we are aiding and abetting the anti-messiah in his ascent to power.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-10 says, 8“And then the lawless one (ANTI-CHRIST) will be revealed, whom the Lord Yahushua will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one (ANTI-CHRIST) will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit (LOOK LIKE REAL) miracles, (LOOKS LIKE REAL) signs and (LOOKS LIKE REAL) wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth (EMET–TORAH – Psalm 119:142) and so be saved.

The cycle of rest which sets us apart mirrors YHWH’s 7000 year plan for restoration of the world, and is a sign that we have been sealed unto the days of eternal restoration, Tikkun, through following Yeshua by faithful obedience to his commands. Ephesians 4:30 which saysAnd do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”

Only when we CHOOSE to leave the uncleanness of the pagan world and return to the Father’s house, his righteousness, his mo’edim, and his Schmittah cycle will we again receive our RESTORED INHERITANCE:

The robe of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (Holy Spirit), which HE places on us!  Revelation 3:5 says, “He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”

HIS SHOES that allow us to walk over life’s troubles and not be harmed!  1 John 2:6 saysWhoever claims to live in him must walk as Yahushua did.”

HIS RING (AUTHORITY to bind and loose peoples SINS in his name).  John 17:2 says “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”

FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.  Hebrew 2:11 says, “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.  So Yahushua is not ashamed to call them brothers.”

© 2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout–All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Losing Generational Baggage”

Today’s Reading Jeremiah 17:5 – 8

5 This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

In this week’s Haftarah, Jeremiah is comparing the results of those Israelites who are NOT trusting in GOD v. those Israelites that DO trust in GOD. But trust in what? Is there something specific we should be trusting GOD to provide or do? Let’s see.

Do you ever hear yourself say “I’ll NEVER BE LIKE MY PARENTS”? We all have until we come to the realization that we do go through or repeat some of the same things our parents have done. These acts maybe small things like forgetfulness, clumsiness, or bigger things like diseases “running in the family” such as diabetes or sexual abuse. One of the reasons these things come upon us because of the Torah Violations from our parents, grandparents, and their parents.

Exodus 20: 5 & 6 says “5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

We can’t blame our parents. More likely than not, they were unaware of this – making them innocent. So what can we do about it? I think this week’s portions have answers.

First – We must realize that we have not only sinned, but we also have to acknowledge those inherited sins genetically passed down from our fathers.

Second – We must confess those sins and make Teshuvah – turning around and going another the other way.

Leviticus 26: 39-42 says “39 Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away.

40 ” ‘But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers—their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, 41 which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, 42 I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Jeremiah 16:19 says “19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say,” Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good.

Third – Trust in GOD. This does not mean, for example, if we are sick, we do not go to the Doctor. Going to the Doctor is part of our healing covenant. It means that GOD HIMSELF will see to it that these sins are dealt with once and for all – which HE has already done on Calvary, and HE will teach us HIS TORAH so we can walk in a blessed life.

Jeremiah 16:21 says 21“Therefore I will teach them—this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:14 says “14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

“IN MY DECREES” – are where the answers are found for a blessed life. We must trust GOD that HE will take care of the generational baggage we all have. All we can do is repent and do as HE says. The question is – Are you trusting GOD or in man?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center.  If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

“What Exactly Is Holiness?” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by messianicpastor

Parashot Acharei Mot: After the Death

and K’doshim: Holy Ones

Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27

Haftarah Ezekiel 20:2-20

Priesthood Instructions: Philippians and Colossians

“What Exactly Is Holiness?”

This week is a double portion if you are following along with the Torah portion reading schedule and today is the 21st day of the counting of the Omer.  Let us all say this blessing together, “Blessed are You Lord our God King of the Universe who commands us Mitzvot and Laws, and who commands us the Mitzvah of Counting the Omer; Today is the 21st day of the 3rd week of the Counting of the Omer.  Praised are You Lord, for giving Teaching and Instructions to the Children of Israel.”

In review you’ll remember that the Lord has now called Moshe from among the Tent and tells Moshe to Command the priests to learn the ritual procedures.  On the eighth day, the Priest can clearly distinguish between what is clean and what is not clean.

When a woman gives birth, remember that the shedding of blood brings about ritual impurities that result from childbirth.  And anyone who is stricken with Metzora and is infected with what we call leprosy today must be clean before they re-enter the camp.

In the portion Acharei Mot Aharon’s sons the priests take good care to enter into the presence of the Lord only according to the strict ritual manner laid out by the Lord for entering his presence.  Remember that they did not wish to end up like their older brothers Abihu and Nadav who were killed in the presence of the Lord.

This week we are going to focus largely on the parashot known as “K’doshim.”  K’doshim is a Hebrew word that means “Holy Ones.”  We are all called to become Holy Ones for God is Holy.  He radiates holiness to the sanctuary and to the priests serving before Him.  This is from the phrase ‘Ani Adonai m’kadish’chem,’ or I am the Lord who makes you Holy.

Please turn in your Bibles to Leviticus 19 and let’s begin reading in verses 1 and 2:

“And the Lord spoke to Moshe saying, speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: Be Holy, because I the Lord your God am Holy”

You see that Gods intention for the children of Israel is to be Holy.  Remember that to be Holy means that you are to be set apart as separate from the world around you.  The Hebrew word we translate as Holy here is KADOSH, which literally means “Apartness.”

There is a little joke about the behavior of Jewish people throughout the centuries that makes mention of this fact in that we all agree that God is One.  We say it each Shabbat the God is One and His Name is One; that the Lord Elohim dwells in the perfection of Oneness–or Echad right?  Yet he asks us to be apart and live lives of apartness–or Kadosh to the world–so Rabbi’s have laughed that this dichotomy between being One or Apart leaves us not really knowing what to do and this is why we can seem to be a little skittzo at times! But in reality as we will see– these are really one and the same request.

The Lord’s greatest desire is that we as his followers-whether or not we are Jewish or Christian dwell with him in the Oneness that He shares between the Ruach HaKodesh and His Son Yeshua.  But for us to penetrate this unique Oneness–or Echad in Hebrew–we must be willing to live a life of Holy separation from the world around us.  It has always been the case that God has required his servants to live lifestyles that revered His instructions and precepts, and that included walking in a faith walk that leads us away from the normal way things were done.

Remember our father Avraham in Genesis Chapter 12 beginning in verse 1

“The Lord had said to Avram. ‘Leave your country, your people and your fathers household, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great; and you will be a blessing;  I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you, and all peoples upon the earth will be blessed through you.”

You see very clearly that Abraham was called out–separated unto the Lord for a very special life, one made up of faith and Holy obedience to the Lord.  As a result of Avrahams willingness to leave behind everything that he had grown up knowing as normal and comfortable, and his obedience to Gods instructions–God blessed him by making him the father of us all to this very day–whether you are Jew or Christian.  Amen?

But as this portion clearly indicates, we are to be K’doshim unto the Lord.  We are going to look at some steps that the Priests of the most high followed to emulate the Holiness of the Father.  It is important to study the priestly office as we are priests of the most High today.  Say, “I am a priest of the Most High.”

#1–In Leviticus 19:1-2 the Lord states that we are to be Holy as the Lord is holy;  The Holy ones of the Most High are to develop the kind of character that honors the Holy One.  According to the Talmud–holiness radiates; those nearest to God absorb His holiness.  In this way, priestly privilege extends to those in proximity to God.  However, higher standards in conduct come with the territory.  This is why we have certain restrictions about the kind of foods that we eat and the behaviors that we engage in.

Holiness is more than a quality or a power;  it has relational and experiential meaning, enacted and actualized in the life of the community.  All Israel is then required to hold their parents in awe as co-creators of life, as part of community; we must keep the Sabbath as holy, and respect the down trodden in society.  This community mindedness is the first step towards operating in holiness.

#2–Second, we are to operate in Holy love.  In Leviticus 19:15 the Torah states:

“Do not be unjust in judging–show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty, but with justice judge your neighbor.”

Now all of us have read in the New Testament where Yeshua specifically indicates that we are not to judge anyone–found in Mattit’yahu 5.  So what’s up with this?  Did God change his mind?  Of course not.  According to the Torah, the emphasis on judgment forms the context for loving your neighbor as yourself.

Yeshua and the Torah are One and they are teaching us the same thing.  The Hebrew words that both the Torah and Yeshua are using do not mean that we are not to correct behaviors that are less than appropriate, but what it means is that we are “not to take vengeance–or retain anger‘ against a fellow Israelite or a gentile living among you.

You see far too often we miss the holiness of God in our life because we sit idly by while the people in our lives commit every kind of sin under the sun–all in the name of not wanting to offend anyone–or more religiously–so that we are not to judge anyone.  Many people are afraid to confront brothers or sisters in the Lord.  Now lets be clear about what we are to do–we are not to judge those in the world for the things they are doing–but if you see your brother or sister sinning this Torah portion clearly states in Leviticus 19 and verse 17,

“that we are to rebuke our neighbor sharply so as to not share in his guilt.”

That’s right beloved, we are to correct one another when there are things that need to be corrected.  This is not open season on condemnation, but it is appropriate to speak into each other lives about areas that are clear violations of Torah.  For instance-adultery or spousal abuse in the church.

God demands that we be holy and recent portions show clearly what happened to priests who do not come to the Lord in the holy manner proscribed.  If we are wiling to lay down our lives and correct one another–and be correctable–now this is the key–remaining correctable, then and only then will be able to step into the next dimension of holiness.

#3- God requires that a Holy life produce and bear holy fruit. In this portion the Lord lays down the rules for eating the fruit of new trees.  You are not to eat of the fruit of a new tree for the first three years.  Then the fourth year you are to pick all the fruit and take it to Jerusalem where you would then share the fruit with the poor.  In the fifth year you are free to eat the fruit.

The reason that you are to treat the fruit as un-kosher for the first three years is that God was protecting the tree and ensuring that a greater harvest was to come.  This story is an indication that through obedience as a lifestyle we will see fruit of the holiness of God in our lives.  In each believers life there should be fruit that is fruit of righteous living.  If you’re honest you will take inventory of your life, and you will be honest about whether or not there is any real fruit.

Fruit is not going to Synagogue or Church; fruit is adhering to the Word of God.  Are you really doing Gods word.  When the scripture says love your enemy–are you really doing it?  The word says that the fruits of the Spirit are Love Joy Peace Gentleness Kindness Meekness Trustworthiness.  Are you loving to all those around you?  Are you peaceful at work?  Are you gentle and kind to your significant “other” or your spouse. Do you keep your word even if it hurts you to do so–as it says in Proverbs?

Holy people are called to sanctify and redeem the land and must obey God;  by not eating the fruit of the newly planted tree–you are learning the principles that will guide you directly to prosperity.  You see beloved, by producing fruit–and then partaking only when God says it is okay to do so–you are obeying the Torah–which is the first step to redeeming the fruit that had been eaten from the forbidden tree.

#4-The fourth key to holiness is being kind to sojourners.  Israel must be kind to sojourners (gentile unbelievers); As this portion clearly indicates–we were all sojourners-unbelievers in today’s language;  Yet so many of us forget that we were ever not saved.  We see people in varying transitions within the body of Messiah and we are quick to pull out the long stick of hypocrisy and take a good swing at anyone we feel is not living up to the standards of the Lord as we see it.

It is important for us–even as for our ancestors to remember that we were all unbelievers at one time; that it is only through the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior that we ever were led from our personal Egyptian slaveries.  All of us were in bondage and were Torah violators.  There wasn’t a single one of you –me included–that did not deserve to die for our sins against the Holy God we serve.  So it is critical for us to be good to those who still need to know the Lord.  The key to this fourth principle is not forgetting where you came from!

#5-The fifth step to holiness is raising Holy children.  So many parents today do not want to parent they want to be popular–almost working out some missed High School popularity opportunity with their kids and their friends.  However the scripture clearly indicates that we are to train up our children.  Training implies a facet of a working relationship–in other words work is involved.  Not playing–but working.  Life is fast approaching and wishes to destroy our children.  Even as the worship of Molech in this Torah portion.

In Molech worship the babies of the Children of Israel were burned alive in sacrifice.  Yet before we repulse too quickly–aren’t we in a Nation that openly practices the same thing everyday in the name of a woman’s right to choose?  Well a woman does have a right to choose–she can choose not to have sex.  Between abortion and apathetic parenting our nations children roam the streets day and night and are open prey for the enemy.  We need to lead our children in the study of Gods word!  Don’t be afraid of them.  Yes they will moan and groan a little at first–but they will eventually catch on–once they know it is inevitable.  Additionally, get your children involved in active anti-abortion demonstration–making your voice to ring out with clarity before the Nation that we seek a sanctified life that will not tolerate sacrifice to a demon god.

Lastly, the final key to walking life as a K’doshim or Holy one is being totally sold out for God.  This requires the death of your flesh.  Galatians 2:20 states: “I am crucified with Messiah, it is no longer I who live but Messiah who lives in me.  This life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me.”

The Key to walking a life of holiness is living a crucified life.  There are two types of people in the body of Messiah today.  The first is Brother Offendable.  Brother Offendable is never satisfied.  He never can stay in one congregation for any more than a few weeks.  He is constantly, “searching for the anointing.”  Ever time the preacher says something that is meant as a general critique of the body–it is meant as a personal attack against him. He sits at home wondering why the Rabbi hasn’t called, getting bitter and then turns to gossip and strife to settle any perceived problems.

The second is sister dead-to-self.  Sister dead to self is always thinking of ways to help grow the work of God.  She is the first to volunteer for any work to be done.  She always tithes, and gives offerings to boot.  When attacked, she blesses, when condemned she prays.  When hurt she turns the other cheek–not bearing the grudge of hatred.  She lives above the fray, in the prosperity of God, because dead people cannot be rattle, or hurt, or troubled with worry–because they are dead.

Which one are you most like?  In this portion Gods states that if we do not live a holy life before Him, the land would open up and barf us out for failing to follow the Torah.  Brother Offendable runs from the Torah–for it convicts him of sin, whereas Sister dead-to-self, runs to the Torah and is saved, because she changes behavior that keeps her in the presence of God.  Holiness is a struggle that will cost you something.

Living a holy life will make you lose friends, husbands, wives and children.  But it will also draw you into a life before the Master of the Universe, who will love you in a way that no one else in this world ever could.  The whole Torah is a love letter between a Husband and his bride.  If you allow Messiah to be Lord of every area of your life, from being Holy, to operating in Holy Love, to Bearing Holy fruit, being kind to unbelievers, and raising Holy Children, and being totally sold out then you will enter the place where father Avraham did.

God will cause you to ride on the heights of the land.  You will be exceedingly prosperous.  You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.  The fruit of your womb will be blessed and so will you name be made great–just like Avraham.

Or you can remain with the same old ways that you have always done everything–just going along with the flow until some day you realize that you wasted your life not serving the Living God.

Leviticus 20:26 says that we are to be Holy to God, because the Lord is holy, and that He has set us apart from the nations to be out God and for us to be his people.  Today the Spirit is calling you to press into a holy walk of obedience to the Torah and the Testimony of Yeshua.  Will you be like Abihu and Nadav–or will you be like Moshe and Aharon, keeping the statutes of our Lord, and entering into the promised land?

Shabbat Shalom.

© 2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout, All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: Ezekiel 20: 2- 20

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Rock, Scissors, Parchment”

Today’s Reading Ezekiel 20:10 – 12: “10 Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the desert. 11 I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.12 Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the LORD made them holy.

In this week’s Haftarah portion, Ezekiel is reminding the “rebellious” Children of Israel what GOD has done for them. He did this by retelling to them the story of the Exodus from Egypt, and then giving them the Torah, and Sabbaths. This section of scripture is recited ever Sabbath – Why – so that we are reminded what GOD has done for us and we do not forget where we came from.

GOD has taken all of us out of our own Egypt – what ever it was sexual immorality, drunkenness, drug abuse etc. – and is giving us HIS Torah – GOD’s Teaching and Instruction – and HIS Sabbaths – GOD’s appointed festivals and feast days.

Unfortunately, all too often, we forget where we came from and become ungrateful for what GOD has done for us. This happens for 3 reasons, which are all discussed in Rabbi Y’Shua’s Parable of the Sower.

Matthew 13:3 –9 says “3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”

18“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The first seed is the seed sown along the path. This is a lack of understanding of the Message of the Torah. By studying and asking questions, we can obtain the answers.

Matthew 13:19 says “19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

The second seed is the seed sown on the rocky places. When Persecution comes because of the message the Torah and the Testimony of Rabbi Y’Shua (and it will come), we must stand – Praising GOD in the midst that we are counted worthy.

Matthew 13:20 – 21 says “. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

The third seed is the seed sown in the thorns. When we get bogged down by the worries of life and or the deceitfulness of riches, we are focusing ourselves on what GOD has not done for us as apposed to the true riches GOD has given us – HIS SABBATHS and THE TORAH. We cut ourselves off from study, and fellowship due to time constraints, and eventually even become ungrateful for what GOD has done for us.

Matthew 13:22 says “22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.

There was a forth seed. This seed produced a crop greater than what was planted. This “crop” of K’DOSHIM – Holy Ones – are made Holy by GOD Himself. These Holy Ones pursue righteousness by obeying GOD’s Teaching and Instruction.

Matthew 13:23 says “23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Today, look at your life. You can tell if HE has made you a K’DOSHIM – Holy Ones. DO YOU KEEP THE SABBATHS?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center.  If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!! Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

“From The Outside In” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 by messianicpastor

Parashot “Tazria: “She bears Seed”/ “Metzora: Skin Disease”

Leviticus 12:1 through15:33

Haftarah 2 Kings 7:3-20

Priesthood Instructions Galatians and Ephesians

“From The Outside In”

This weeks parashot is a double portion however for the time constrainsts we will focus largely on the Tazria portion. Tarzia is a Hebrew word which means, She bears seed. This is an interesting part of the Torah that is mainly interested in the health provisions of the community.

Leviticus 12:1-8 “1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period. 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. 4 Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary until the days of her purification are over. 5 If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be purified from her bleeding.  6 ” ‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering. 7 He shall offer them before the LORD to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood.  ” ‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. 8 If she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.”

This portion covers the duties of G-ds priests to declare what is clean and unclean.  Further, it sets forth the amount of time a woman is to abstain from sexual relations following the birth of a child.  Any time there is a release of bodily fluids, like in child birth for example, there is an issue of uncleanness.

In addition to uncleanness from childbirth, there are other diseases and skin ailments that are referred to as impurities that the Priests are to adjudicate for the Children of Israel.  These include the following: Inflammations, Burns, Scalls (that is where a bald spot occurs where hair should be growing in a healthy manner), baldness, and Tsara’ot which is often misinterpreted as leprosy by many Bible commentaries.

In today’s teaching I want to focus on a specific part of this list of impurities and how this impurity could be robbing you from walking in the blessings of G-d, and how removal of these impurities from your life will restore you to walking in the blessings of the covenant that the Torah and the Testimony of Yeshua have for you to walk in.

The Hebrew word Tsara’ot, is often misinterpreted as leprosy, as I stated just a moment ago, but what it really means is “skin infection.”  An infection is a bacteria, which is the smallest of all living organisms that begins from a single encounter and grows into a large painful problem, that if left unchecked in your life will result in you being declared as “Tam’ei”-which is Hebrew for ritually impure, and being cut of from your people–or sent to hell in today’s language.  God’s desire is that our High Priest–Yeshua the Messiah, be able to proclaim us as being Tahor–which is ritually pure and able to stand in the presence of the L-rd for all eternity.

The word most often translated as leprosy is not describing what we might define today as Hansen’s disease–which is contagious leprosy.  No, Tsara’ot is the visible manifestation of a contagious impurity which G-d will not tolerate within his house.

Traditionally, Rabbinical Judaism has taught since before the time of Messiah that tsara’ot is an impurity that arises from the act of slandering your neighbor, shedding blood, giving a false oath and or committing immorality.  Prosecution of slander in civil courts is very hard to do according to Numbers 12:9-10 and Deuteronomy 24:8-9; but left unchecked, slander, just like the smallest bit of Hametz–leaven/yeast from the feast of unleavened bread, can destroy a whole community.

In this parashot the Priests of G-d are to even check the clothing of the people declaring a person “Tahor–Pure” or “Tam’ei-which is defiled”  Anyone who is unfortunate enough to be declared Tam’ei, or defiled is declared stricken with tsara’ot and they are barred from the camp.  They are commanded to live outside the camp, and they are to wear their clothing torn apart and they are to cover the lower portion of their face and they are to yell as anyone approaches them “Unclean–Unclean,” announcing that they are under the punishment of G-d.

The point of this was to ensure that the camp was free of all impurity.  G-d has a way of protecting integrity and wholeness, and he seeks men and woman who are clean and whole in all areas of our life.  This is a very serious condition; in fact our forefathers have taught that four types of people are considered as if they are walking dead people on the earth: a pauper, a leper, a blind man, and anyone who is childless.  In fact being healed of this disease was so rare that it is said of the ancient rabbi’s that anyone who was healed of tsara’ot, was thought to have been brought back from the dead.

Today I want to teach you about how one gets tsara’ot and what the spiritual effects are of you having it, so that you can avoid ever becoming its victim.

According to the Torah, leprosy is caused by slandering ones neighbor.  Webster’s dictionary defines slander as, “Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person’s reputation.” And “A false and malicious statement or report about someone.”  If you turn in your Bible with me to Numbers chapter 12 Beginning at verse one:

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk about Moshe because of His Cushite Wife (because she was a Black woman), for He had married a Cushite.  ‘Has the L-rd spoken only through Moshe?’ they asked.  ‘Hasn’t He also spoken through us?’ And the L-rd heard this.  Now Moshe was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.  At once the L-rd said to Moshe, Aaron and Miriam, Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you.  So the three of them came out.  Then the L-rd came down in a pillar of cloud; He stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam.  When both of them stepped forward, He said listen to my words, “When a prophet of the L-rd is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams, But this is not true of my servant Moshe, he is faithful in all my house, with him I speak face to face, clearly not in riddles, he sees the form of the L-rd.  Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moshe?  The anger of the L-rd burned against them and He left.  When the cloud lifted from among the tent, there stood Miriam–tsara’ot, like snow.”

What we see clearly displayed in this passage is what the rabbi’s have taught for so many centuries,, that to bring slander against someone is the foundation for tsara’ot.  In this story we see that Miriam and Aaron were beginning to get a little to big for their britches–in fact pride began to fill their hearts some time before this.  However Miriam began to crow against Moshe for marrying a black woman.  This slander combined with one of the first recorded episodes of racism brought an immediate response from the L-rd.  When the presence of the L-rd lifted Miriam had completely changed.

You see with this disease, she was spiritually unclean and would have to tear her clothing and wear a veil as she lived outside the camp banished and alone for the rest of her life; outside the camp was where the rubbish was burned and where we get the word Sh’ol which later comes to represent being in hell,  all because she had raised her words against the prophet of the L-rd and his spouse.  Yet today in G-ds church we have people who do not think twice about raising their hands up against G-ds chosen and anointed leaders and Shepard’s.

There is not a day that goes by when people in congregations throughout this land sit back and criticize everything that their leaders are doing, from the cologne they wear to the cars they drive to the way that they preach their messages.  This action leaves us with the same effect that it left Miriam with.  It removes the L-rds presence from our midst.  You’ll notice that the cloud lifted when the uncleanliness was in the camp, and be assured that the L-rds presence lifts off of you each time that you lift your voice up against your brothers and sisters in the faith as well.

Tsara’ot is clearly defined as resulting from slander, so now lets look at what the words says about the effects of tsara’ot in of lives.

#1-Tsara’ot separates close friends, Pro 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Pro 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.

So it is clear that slandering and speaking evil will certainly separate close friends.  I cannot begin to tell you the times that I have seen some of the closest relationships in the body of Messiah torn apart because someone had to slander someone or participate in gossip about their “friends.”  This behavior is something that really runs rampant through most congregations today.  The reason it is so rampant is that people have strayed into a false sense of security in this once saved always saved doctrine.  They have no fear of violating G-ds Torah, and raising their mouths up against leaders and friends within the Body of Messiah.  Beloved this should not be an attribute that we participate in.  This only causes death–and tsara’ot in your hearts, which causes G-ds glory cloud to raise itself away from you leaving you crying unclean in beggars clothing and a veil just like Miriam, while the rubbish of life burns all around you.

#2-Tsara’ot causes deadly wounds: Pro 18:8 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Pro 26:22 The words of a talebearer [are] as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Our words are weapons of mass destruction.  They cause wounds that cannot be easily healed.  Several years ago a scientist at SETI proved the power of words.  He discovered that words people speak actually travel in a continuous pattern throughout our universe!  They continue to resonate sound for all time, never stopping once they .  You can see this in your own life; I’ll bet you that you can still remember something mean that someone said to you several years ago–just like it was yesterday.  You see our words cause wounds in the people that we speak them about and to.  This is why we must be so careful about the language that we use in our homes and with our families, and really with all people.

#3- Tsara’ot causes strife and discord: Pro 26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Causes discord among brotheren: Pro 6:19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Congregations where people are allowed to eat each other with the words of their mouths are places where strife and discord abound.  You’ve undoubtedly been to these places before.  They really look good on the outside but once you are on the inside, you see that they are places full of strife and every evil work.  Messiah came to bring us the Kingdom of G-d, which is righteousness peace and joy in the H-ly Spirit.  Strife and discord are exactly the opposite of righteousness–which comes only through obedience to G-ds Torah and the peace that is found in Messiah; the culmination of this factor is the death of all joy in your life.

#4- Tsara’ot through slander is akin to committing murder of someone’s character:

Psa 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

NKJV – Eze 22:9 – In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness.

Matt 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment;  5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Yeshua said in his filling of the Torah interpretation that to call your brother a fool would net you a trip to hell.  This is a very serious thing that far too many people in the body of Messiah participate in each day.

How many of us go to work and get the opportunity to talk a little smack about our bosses–and pass on it?  Or better yet, how many times have we gotten mad at our husbands and waltzed right on over to the telephone and called our favorite girlfriend and spoken about what an insensitive and uncaring brute our husbands were.

Or conversely, how many times have you men been at work of school and talked evil about your wife when she did something that you didn’t like?  You see beloved this is a pervasive problem within the body of messiah that must be addressed if we are ever to see the blessings of G-d truly flowing in our midst.  Let me ask you this, if a homeless person came into this building right now, smelling from living life on the mean streets and dressing in whatever they could put together–how many of us when we experienced that “Ode-de-the Sewer Cologne” would run over to the corner somewhere and talk about that poor brother or sister as if we were some how better?

Or let me think of another example.  Ho many of us have forgotten where we were when the L-rd made his saving intervention in our life?  I mean, when you were in the world and you were a Torah violator, you were doing things that Rabbi Sha’ul says are too shameful for us to even mention!  Yet something happens to us beloved–see we get Holy-ER then though!  It is an attitude that is indicative of the modern congregation.  We forget how evil we were and the sins that so easily beset us, and so we can look down our long religious noses at people who are less fortunate than we are–or different from us, judging everything from their clothing to their choice of hairdo’s!  Beloved this ought not to be.

You see these slanders and judgments are not our position to perform.  We are to love.  We are to be serving one another in love.  We are to be laying down out lives for all that we come in contact with.  Ya’acov (James) the Leader of the Congregations in Jerusalem writes this for us in James chapter 4, and verse 11 “11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judges his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judges the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

You see just like Miriam did with Moshe and his wife, when we judge and slander we are judging and slandering the Torah.  Man is made in G-ds image and likeness but we do not think twice about casting judgment and slander against G-ds children.

Let us be love to this world and put away the sin of Tsara’ot!  Let us be cleansed of this leprosy that is eating away at our ability to walk on the heights of the land.  Let us put on love and speak the blessings of G-d through His word over people.  If people hurt you–bless them.  If they slander you-bless them.  If people attack you, pray for them.  In doing this you will be keeping the Torah and will truly be living the life that Yeshua died for you to live.  Remember your life is not your own, you were bought with a price–let us be salt and light in the world and not a body covered in the tsara’ot of slavery because

“Mat 12:36-7 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.    For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned.

Shavuatov and Alechem Shalom

A

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout

This Weeks Haftarah: 2 Kings 7: 3 – 20

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Under Siege”

Today’s Reading 2 Kings 7: 5 – 7:  “ 5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, not a man was there, 6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.

In this week’s Haftarah portion, we come to the section where GOD Himself is ending the siege, by the Arameans, and famine in Samaria, from 2 Kings 6. Here, GOD caused the Arameans to hear the sounds of chariots, horses, and a great army. The result of which caused the Arameans to flee their encampment and run away for their lives. They thought that the King of Israel had hired the Hittites and the Egyptians to attack them. This same miracle was performed during the Six Day War (1967) when the Egypt, Jordon, Syria, and Iraq fought against the modern nation of Israel. The result of the conflict was that Egypt, Jordon, and Syria lost the Sinai, Golden Heights, and the West Bank (including Jerusalem).

The most interesting part of the portion is the King’s Field Commander’s words of doubt, responding to Elisha’s prophecy of the end of the siege and famine.

First Elisha Prophesize the end of both the siege and the famine.

2 Kings 7: 1 says “1 Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria

Second, the King’s Field Commander has words of doubt that GOD not just will, but could GOD, end the famine and siege of Samaria.

2 Kings 7: 2a says “2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?”

Third, Elisha prophesizes what will happen to the King’s Field Commander.

2 Kings 7: 2b says ““You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!”

2 Kings 7: 17 – 20 says “17 Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. 18 It happened as the man of God had said to the king: “About this time tomorrow, a seah of flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”

19 The officer had said to the man of God, “Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” The man of God had replied, “You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!” 20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.

Elisha knew what was going to happen to the King’s Field Commander. We know from studying the incident of THE SPIES that went to spy out the land GOD was giving them. The consequences were that for the spies that gave the bad report, was 40 years in the wilderness. Children of Israel going through the Wilderness with Moses, that GOD does not tolerate doubting of His word. Look what happened to THE SPIES.

Deuteronomy 1: 26 – 40 says “26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.’ ”

29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

34 When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 “Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly.”

37 Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, “You shall not enter it, either. 38 But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. 39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. 40 But as for you, turn around and set out toward the desert along the route to the Red Sea.

Just like THE SPIES, the King’s Field Commander rebelled against what GOD had said. The result for each was death. It was the words, or their internal walking infection – METZORA, of rebellion that caused them to die.

We need to ask ourselves, do we rebel against GOD with the words we speak? If we do, we need to stop, ask for repentance, and healing – because only GOD can heal the METZORA.

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center.  If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

“Will You Go Your Own Way?” by Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion is Shemini -or  8

Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Haftarah 2 Samuel 6: 1-19

Priestly Instructions Exodus 34:1-28

“Will You Go Your Own Way?”

This weeks Torah portion is called Shemini–which is Hebrew for the number Eight.  This is the exact mid point in our Torah reading schedule for the entire yearly cycle.  Additionally, today is the 1st day of the Omer.

Remember that the Torah is broken up into 54 portions that cover the entire cycle of the Jewish calendar.  This weekly reading calendar is the same whether you are in California or Poland, Brazil or Jerusalem.

The central issue surrounding Judaism is community (or family–Mispocha).  God is building a family that is committed to following and observing His ways and statutes, His commands and decree’s by faith, even as our Father Abraham did and our Lord and Savior Yeshua did.  Part of following in the footsteps of our Master is doing the things that he did.  When you see Y’shua in Luke chapter 4 and verse 16 going into the synagogue to read the HafTorah, you are witnessing Jesus reading in the synagogue on September 4th.

The reason that I know it was on September 4th is that the Torah portion for that Shabbat is called Ki Tavo which means “When you enter in.”  It is the reading that covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29 with a HafTorah reading of Isaiah 60:1-22.  The HafTorah for those of you new to Messianism is the portion of the Prophets that accompanies the traditional Torah portion.  It is interesting to see that Yeshua our Messiah kept the same Torah reading schedule that we are today and that by knowing our Jewish heritage, events of the Bible come alive to us in an entirely new way that we might not have been exposed to without knowing out heritage roots.

In this week’s parashot, (portion) this is the parashot that covers the beginnings of the Priesthood and its function before Israel.  Aaron and his sons have now been instructed by the Lord in the proper ways of operating before the Living God in the MishKhan–or portable temple.  This is a clear reference to Y’shua as our High Priest.  We know in fact that the Levitical Priesthood was a tutor that was given to us by God to tutor us as Rabbi Sha’ul indicates in Galatians; in so doing we see the work of Yeshua as our high Priest–Or Kohen Gadol, in that he is offering sacrifices on behalf of the people of Israel for the sins of the Nation.  But unlike Yeshua–Aaron had to first offer a sin offering for himself, so as to not die in the presence of the Lord.

This portion also shows the very real nature of the Holiness of God and how what God says is life and death in our lives as we walk before Him.  In this portion we are taught about the sons of Aaron the High Priest.  His two oldest sons are named Nadab and Abihu.  Like all good Jewish fathers, Aaron wanted his sons to grow up to have notoriety, and to be famous for their achievements.  Unfortunately, these two boys became known for being more infamous than famous–much to Aarons chagrin!

You see the Lord had commanded how certain offerings were to be presented before the alter of the Lord.  As with the entire Torah–there are instructions about dates times and seasons that we are to follow.  As the priests serving before the Lord, Nadab and Abihu were fully cognicient of their responsibilities in service before the Lord.  You may say to me, “Rabbi–didn’t you just say that this is the portion that Aaron and his sons BEGAN serving before the Lord?” Yes, but if you have been reading along with the parashot–you will note that Moses had been providing some On the Job training for Aaron and his sons, so they fully knew what the Lord expected of them.

So you see these two boys get it in their minds that they are going to bring a fire offering before the Lord–the only problem with that is they were not following the strict commandment of the Lord.  Turning then to this week’s portion, let’s begins with Leviticus Chapter 10; beginning in verse 1:

Aaron’s son Nadab and Abihu took their censors, put fire on them and added incense; they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to His command.  So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.  Moshe then said the Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when He said: Among those who approach me I will show myself Holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.”  Aaron remained silent.

Today I want to talk to you about what God requires from his servants.  In this same portion we read in Leviticus chapter 11: and verse 45, “I am the Lord who brought you up out of the house of Egypt to be your God; therefore be Holy, because I am Holy.” You see it is Gods requirement for his people that once he delivers us out of our land of slavery and torment–which Egypt is a clear metaphor for what our lives were like before the Lord gave us the faith to make Teshuvah (Which is Hebrew for repent–it means to turn around and go the other way.)

As I clearly stated last week in my message, Abraham was chosen by the Most High and God told him to walk before Him and be blameless.  This same command is repeated by the Apostle Kepha (Peter) in 1 Peter 1:14-16 where he clearly states,” As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who calls you is Holy, so be Holy in all you do.” It has always been Gods intention that Man be Holy even as God himself is holy.

This requires us to commit to a sanctified lifestyle–one that is separate from the world around us.  Yet far too many of us today are seeking to be more like the world and less like the Torah of God and the testimony of His son Yeshua.  God is a God of standards and a God of laws; there are certain ways the King of the Universe wants us to behave once we have called upon his name and asked him to be the Lord of our lives.  God does not change his mind, as the scripture clearly states in 1 Samuel 15:29, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind, for He is not a man that He should change His mind.” This scripture clearly proves to us that the nay Sayers out there who run around and say that we are free from Gods righteous requirements that are found in His Torah, are not only incorrect, but they are preaching words of heresy.

You see beloved, even as God had a very specific set of regulations regarding the offerings that were performed by his servants the Kohanim (Priests) so long ago, He still maintains a strict code of behavior that we are to follow, now that we are striving after him and his righteousness.  Yet even as Aarons sons, we so many times find ourselves in a position where we are standing before a Holy God trying to make Him fit into our little box of doctrine–our little pattern of “well it has always been that way.”  The point of this parashot this week is to indicate to us what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in Gods sight.  We love to do it our way, it is an American anthem, but it is not the anthem of the Most High God–nor is it the Anthem of Yeshua our Lord.

In this parashot we see very clearly what happens to the priests who follow after their own ways and not in obedience to the Torah (or Instructions) of the most high.  Additionally, we are introduced to the concept of Kashrut (What is clean and what is unclean for us to eat).  To Obey Gods word is better than sacrifice, and we are to be in obedience, but unfortunately, far too many of us walk in willful disobedience to the Torah of God.  In Mark Chapter 7 beginning in verse 5 we see our Lord dealing with this situation, “So the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law asked Yeshua, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of our elders instead of eating their food with unclean hands?”  He replied Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.  You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.  You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.”

You see the situation here is that the Pharisee’s and other teachers of the Torah at the time of Messiah had written hundreds of additional laws in addition to the ones laid out for us in this weeks portion on what is clean to eat and what is not clean to eat.  Further, they had instituted a tradition called Al Natilat Yadayim–or the washing of the hands.  In other words they were criticizing the disciples of the Messiah for not washing their hands in a ritual manner before eating–and you see how very clearly Messiah answered them back.  In scathing commentary Yeshua points out that they had forsaken the commands of God for the sake of tradition.

This week I had a conversation with a well meaning Sister in the Lord about the origins of the phrase “Christian.”  Now before you pick up rocks to stone your Rabbi–even the Rev. Billy Graham, in 1963 wrote on behalf of the US. Government, “that the phrase Christian was a derogatory term that the Greeks used to describe Grecian followers of Yeshua, who had converted away from paganism, to follow after the God of Abraham-Isaac and Jacob and his son Yeshua.”   But anyway, this sister said to me–why is it important what we call things today?  I know what I mean, and isn’t that enough?  This is an interesting argument, and perhaps one that Nadab and Abihu may in fact have made for themselves–had they lived long enough to make it!  The truth is that not following Gods way of doing things and not subscribing to what God has named things is Idolatry.

The Greek work for idolatry is, “ eidololatreia {i-do-lol-at-ri’-ah which is described in the scripture as:      An Abomination to the Lord; Hateful to God; Vain and foolish; Bloody; Abominable; Unprofitable; Irrational; and defiling.

Further, those who practice going their own way and not Gods way practice–Forgetting God; Going astray from God; they Pollute the name of God; they defile the sanctuary of God; They are estranged from God;  They Hate God and they have fellowship with devils.

You see beloved, going your own way is idolatry before God.  This is the very reason that in this weeks Torah reading, we have chronicled for us in vivid detail the deaths of Nadab and Abihu.  They were both Priests of the most high God and they were called out from among the peoples to the service of the Lord, yet they practiced the idolatry of doing things their own way and not as God had commanded them to do.  Undoubtedly there are going to be some of you Bible scholars who will be sitting there in your chairs thinking like I used to, “well Rabbi that is the God of the Old Testament–the God of wrath.  We now have Messiah and the scripture is all about Love, Grace and mercy.”  So in keeping with wanting to make sure that you all experience the entire breadth of Gods word, I have thought this through ahead of time.

Please turn with me to the book of Acts, chapter 5.  We will be beginning with verse 1, “Now a man named Annanias, together with his wife Sapphirah, sold a piece of property.  With his wifes full knowledge, he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest of it and laid it at the Apostles feet.  Then Kepha said ‘ Annanias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold?  And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?  What made you think of doing such a thing?  You have not lied to men but you have lied to God.  When Annanias heard this he fell down and died, and a great fear seized all who had heard what had happened.  Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.  About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.  Kepha asked her, ‘ tell me, is this the price that you and Annanias got for the land?’ Yes she said that is the price.  Kepha said to her, ‘ how could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord.  Look!  The feet of the men who buried your husband and they will carry you out also.  At that moment she fell down at his feet and died.  Then the young men came in and carried her out and buried her beside her husband.  Great fear seized the whole congregation and all who heard about these events.

This is in the New Testament!  The testament of love and grace!  We have become so watered down today that we are being swept aside by every wind of doctrine that rolls along.  We have strayed so far from Gods way’s of doing things that we would actually consider agreeing with gay marriages, or that we would turn our heads in silence as religious leaders who are leading our local pastorates are self-reporting that 4 out of ten of then are addicted to internet pornography.  Teenage children in the church of the living God are ending up pregnant with no fear of the Lord.  There is drug us and alcohol consumption to drunkenness.  There is infidelity and men not leading their homes in the ways of the Lord.  Yet we turn a blind eye believing it to be someone else’s problem or someone else’s world–not really ours.  Beloved all of these sins stem from us practicing idolatry in our own lives.  What are the places that you have walked away from the Torah of God?  The Torah clearly teaches us that we are to Love the Lord our God with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength–and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Are you doing these two things?  This week when you were at work–did you love the people you work with?  Did you tell anyone about Yeshua and ask them to make Yeshua lord?  Or did you work on increasing the wealth of your own house–while thinking very little about the souls of those sitting next to you on the Max–or in the lunchroom?

Listen Mishpocha (Family)– if your neighbors house was on fire, what would you do?  Would you lie in bed ignoring their screams for help–ignoring their pleas for assistance?  Of course you wouldn’t.  You would do everything in your power to get them out of there.  You wouldn’t think twice about breaking down their doors, or crashing in their windows to get inside to help save their lives.  Yet the reality of our lives is such that most of us have gone about living our daily lives so far detached from Gods ways or his Torah that we don’t even think about the people we work next to every day.  God may have sent you to that job to lead them to the Lord, or to bring them here to fulfill a vital role in the last days outreach but far too often we will stand outside their burning houses while we throw sand at the side of the blazing inferno.  We are throwing sand because we do not know the way to put of a real fire, and we refuse to read the instructions manual.

God is not playing with us–judgment begins with the House of God and God is going to present a Congregation to himself without spot or wrinkle.  You will see that as we pull closer to the last days that the Spirit of God is crying out for Holiness like never before in the history of mankind.  The church of God has become and unfaithful harlot, turning to any wind of doctrine that rolls along and impregnating itself with an in futility that it has never known since the history of the congregations began.  People look at believers with scorn and disgust, as ministers steal from ministries, and run off with their secretaries.  Men of weak character run off stranding innocent women and children, and withdrawing the headship that God placed in the Home–clearly violating what God has joined together–by openly putting that asunder.  This leaves our women to follow after men from outside the camp. The desire for souls has been replaced with the desire to seek the greatest psychological healing–since we all had such horrific childhoods. However this probably sounds funny to young people from the most impoverished nations who live starving and naked, while many of us who grew up abused were warm and well fed.

Gods church has become little more than an extension service for the Hellenistic psychobabble shops to reach into the congregation robbing her of her power.  The Bride of Messiah no longer goes out and does business in the name of the Messiah.  We are afraid of how people may be offended if we tell them about Yeshua.  But do we stop to think what their lives will be like if we allow them to go to Hell without ever mentioning the truth of Messiah Yeshua and Him Crucified and resurrected to newness of life!

My friends, the scripture says in Leviticus 19:17 “Rebuke your neighbor frankly to not share in his guilt.” You see this runs right in the face of the carnality of Gods Church as a whole in Churchianity.  God has a better way beloved.  Once we come to God by faith–even as Abraham did, then we are to do what Abraham did–that means we are to keep Gods commandments, laws, precepts and instruction; we are to fully implement the Torah in our daily lives.  Please read it every day and apply it to your life.  Call out to the Lord God of Israel in Yeshua’s name and you will be saved.  Start keeping the feasts of the Lord.  Here is a simple rule of thumb for you to follow. IF IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE–DON’T DO IT!  IF IT IS–JUST DO IT.  No more and no less.  In Matthew chapter 5 Yeshua is teaching and he said “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Torah or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to bring them to fullness (in other words–give you full explanation of the requirements) I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the Torah until everything is accomplished.  Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so–will be called least in the Kingdom of God; But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisee’s and the teachers of the Torah, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”

Let us not be like Nadab and Abihu–let us not be like the majority of those who profess out of one side of their mouth to be believers in Messiah–while their every action denies they know his goodness at all.  Let us be salt and light.  I want to take this city and stand against the demonic strongholds that would exalt itself against the Lord God of Israel and Yeshua our King.  Will you stand with me today?  Can you stand with me today, or will you end up like Nadab and Abihu–or Annanias and Sapphirah.  God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  Be holy as God is holy and we will take this town for the Gospel of our Lord.  Just 10 committed men are all I need; and ladies you are included, because where righteous men go–virtuous women follow.  Are there ten of you in all of Menifee who will stand for the Lord?

Will you stand for the Torah and the Testimony of Yeshua in these last days?  We are Gods and we will follow the Torah of Messiah by faith.

Chag Sameach–Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Ariel Ehrmantrout – All Rights Reserved Worldwide

This Weeks Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6: 1-19

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Uneasy Rider” by Shaun Sailor

Today’s Reading 2 Samuel 6 17 – 19:  “17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings [f] before the LORD. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

In this week’s Haftarah portion, King David is transporting The Ark of the Covenant from Baalah of Judah to Jerusalem by way of the House of Obed-Edom he Gitite. This is the first step in creating a permanent home for The Arc.

Uzzah and Ahio, both sons Abinadab, were accompanying The Ark through this journey.  At one point in the journey, the oxen had stumbled and Uzzah had grabbed the Ark. Because of this act, God struck immediately struck down Uzzah – just like Nadab & Abihu in this week’s Torah Portion when they offered their Unauthorized Fire to God.

2 Samuel 6: 6 & 7 says “6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God.

In both the case of Uzzah and Nadab & Abihu, the intentions of the parties were irrelevant. Uzzah, like Nadab & Abihu, was trained in his function, and was responsible for his actions after his training, at the time of his accountability. If Uzzah was not trained and ready to succeed, he would not have been chosen for the task.

Beloved, I bring all this up, because it is both the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Easter. If you have been on this site for any length of time, you are currently being trained to distinguish between God’s ways – which lead to eternal life – and Man’s ways – which lead to death.

Are you using what you are learning to watch what you put in your mouth? Are you eating Matzah or bread with leaven?

Are you celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Counting the Omer or are you celebrating Easter with a ham?

Shalom

Rabbi Shaun Sailor

[5th Year Torah Student and Student Rabbi Shaun S. Sailor appears the courtesy of Temple Ahavah Torah Training Center.  If you enjoy Reb Sailor’s Haftarah commentary each week, take a moment and jot him and encouraging note at shaun.sailor@yahoo.com ]

Thank You!!

“The Parush Spirit” by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 by messianicpastor

Torah Weeks Torah Portion is Tzav: “Command”

SHABBAT HAGADOL: THE HIGH HOLY SABBATH

Leviticus 6:1-8:36

The Haftarah is Malachi 3:4-24

Priesthood Instructions 2 Corinthians 1-5

“The Parush Spirit”

Today’s reading is Leviticus 6:8-9

8 The LORD said to Moses:  “Give Aaron and his sons this command [TZAV]: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.

1.  There is a spirit that is prevalent in the Body of Messiah today–it is a very old spirit that defiles people who are attempting to return to Torah that they often fall prey to.  This spirit looks like it is Torah obedient-it speaks the Holy Name of the One God–YHVH–Yahwey this and Yahwey that-it appears full of the Spirit of God, but it is not.  It can cloak itself in Tzitzit and Kippahs–or the nicest Armani Suits at Church– and appears to be the finest of “Messianic or Jewish Presentations”–and the most reputable Mega–Churches– but it is a ruse–a game–a Spider web that will kill your regenerated Spirit if you let it.  It is the rebellious Spirit of Anti-Christ in this hour–and it is the ONLY THING that can oppose You as you follow the Torah by the Spirit today.  It will leave the people who participate in its web of destruction in this late hour unmistakably–Lame, Blind and Crippled with no real hope of Change.  I am calling this the “Spirit of the Parush” or the “Spirit of the Pharisee” that is manifesting as “Tares” along side the “Wheat” of the Body of Christ today.  Remember, Pharisee’s are not exclusive to ANY ONE GROUP–and they are certainly not all Jews–in fact, the most vitriolic Pharisee’s I have ever met were not even associated with Israel or the Jewish people.  I am referring to a spirit–a nasty and critical spirit–the spirit behind the Parush–or the Pharisee.  Lets take a look at the caution that Yeshua himself gave us about this Spirit.

Matthew 5:20 says “20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law [Talmud Torah], you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

The word translated RIGHTEOUSNESS in this verse is the Greek Word “Dikaos” Strongs 1342 which means “1) righteous, observing divine laws a) in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God.

So Matthew 5:20 really says20For I tell you that unless your “1) righteous, observing of Divine laws–surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law{Talmud Torah}, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?  It is all located in Yochanan 5 in Jesus parable about “Bethesda”–lets take a look at it in great detail…..

A.  During the Festival Season–Yeshua is keeping the Mo’edim Festivals and is in Jerusalem and comes to the Mikvah [Baptismal Pool] called “Bethesda” in English–it is called in Hebrew BEIT CHACAD Strong’s # 964 which means “Rebuild by Mercy”At this pool a great number of people used to lie who were Blind, Lame and Paralyzed.  This is a type and Shadow of the current incarnation of believers.  Many of them have not been into the waters of STATUS CHANGE and they remain in their “Spiritual Blindness”–where they cannot see that Torah IS Jesus Lifestyle as was prophesied in Hosea 8:12 and –they are Lame in their walk with God–and Paralyzed from walking in the “Abundant Freedom” that Torah brings you by the Spirit of God–and are a representation of the Church of Jesus Christ today.

John 5:1-5 says “1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

A.  The Pool of STATUS CHANGE was covered by 5 Covered Colonnades–which represent the 5 books of Moses–the Torah–and one man in particular–has been there 38 years. In Hebrew number study–38 represents the WILL OF GOD.   This man who is there BY THE WILL OF GOD represents the Unified House of Israel.  To God–a day is like 1000 years and 1000 years is like a day–so this 38 years represents the 3800 years since the Torah has been followed by faith through the Spirit of God as it was in our Father Abraham:

Genesis 26:5 says5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”

Hebrews 11:8-12 states “8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

B.  Yeshua then sees a Man who had been LAME for a Long time–and the Master asks him “DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?”  This is Yeshua asking us IF we choose to go back to submission to Torah.  The man answers that he has no one to help him–when the water stirred.  The Temple Sacrifices were at 9am–12pm and 3pm and at each time the sacrifice was offered by the High Priest for the Entire Nation–an Angel would stir the water and whoever entered it–would be healed.  He mentions that whenever the waters are stirring–someone else enters ahead of Him.  This is a type and Shadow of Ephraim’s return to Torah by the Spirit of God AFTER the OTHERS (JUDAH) had gotten in the normal way FIRST.  Healing restoration power will flow again when Ephraim again aligns themselves with the Prayer Times of the Amidah-9–12–and 3–as the Temple of God that they are.

Matthew 20:16 says16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen”.

C.  So today–like during this time–we have a movement made up of Ephraimites who have lost their identity and are outside the Temple Courts–and certain groups that are Lame, Blind and Paralyzed.  Yeshua speaks to the man.  First–He gives Him a “TZAV”–in Hebrew–or a “Command” when He says “GET UP!”  The Man obeys Yeshua and then Yeshua gives the man an INSTRUCTION [Torah]  and following the Command–Obedience and Instruction–follows a MIRACLE–The man is NO LONGER Disabled!

John 5:8 says “8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”

D.  Instantly–the Parush–the Pharisees were there to condemn the man from OBEYING YESHUA–why?  Because the Pharisee Spirit–this RELIGION OF TRADITION–Squews the Commands of God–making them about BONDAGE–or the RITUAL APPLICATION OF THE TORAH–rather than following the Instructions of God.  Ephraim will testify that He is WALKING IN OBEDIENCE to YESHUA–by obeying HIS COMMANDS–but the Pharisee Spirit–does not know who the REAL YESHUA IS–nor does the Man who has been healed know the REAL YESHUA at first–but he KNOWS HE HAS BEEN HEALED.  Yeshua had slipped away–and ENTERED IN TO THE CROWD–Just like today–as He has JOINED HIMSELF–and ENTERED INTO those who are following HIS COMMANDS BY FAITH!  The Pharisees–will ALWAYS BE CONCERNED WITH THE TRADITIONS–and NOT THE PEOPLE–the WAY THINGS ARE DONE–and NOT WHO NEEDS A MIRACLE TO BE WELL–this is the SIGN of the Parush Spirit of the Anti-Christ–as it ALWAYS CARES ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE DONE–and not that there are HURTING PEOPLE WHO NEED RESTORATION!

John 5:9-13 says “9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,  and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

E.  The Messiah then returns and finds this man IN THE TEMPLE [following the commands of God] Yeshua says to him “See–you are well–STOP SINNING”–which according to 1 John 3:4 is VIOLATING THE TORAH OF MOSES–“or something worse may happen to you.”  The man who has been truly healed–and is following the Lord in HIS WAY–WILL STOP SINNING

1 John 3:8-9 says “8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

F.  After Yeshua tells this man these things–which is a type and Shadow of you been FILLED with the Holy Ghost and coming to the KNOWLEDGE OF THE TORAH.  Upon completion of YESHUA’S INSTRUCTIONS to the man–the MAN–who represents EPHRAIM GOES TO–THE–JEWS–TO JUDAH–AND TELLS JUDAH–THAT IT WAS YESHUA that “MADE HIM WELL”–which is a Hebrew Idiom meaning “IT WAS JESUS THAT MADE THE EPHRAIMITES [Those leaving the modern church] return to OBEDIENCE TO GODS TEACHING and INSTRUCTION.  [The Torah]”

John 5:14-15 says “14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.”

G.  You are the Fulfillment of this Parable of Yeshua–but you MUST be careful that you DO NOT listen to the Pharisees of the day–WHO WILL ADD TO–or TAKE AWAY FROM the WRITTEN TORAH OF MOSES. This spirit is of the Anti-Christ and will make something worse happen to you than be lame and blind if you fall for the LIES OF THE PHARISEES TODAY–you will end up dead in your faith–with a terminal hardened heart.”

John 15:14 Yeshua says14You are my friends if you do what I command

James 2:23 says of Abraham “23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”and he was called God’s friend

Hebrews 3:7-19 says “7So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.  That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’  See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief!

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout– All Rights Reserved Worldwide

“What Do They Mean: The Levitical Sacrifices?” by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2010 by messianicpastor

Today’s Portion: Vayikra–And He Called

Leviticus 1:1-5:19

Haftarah  Isaiah 43:21- 44:23

Priesthood Instructions  1 Corinthians 11-16

What Do They Mean: The Levitical Sacrifices”

Leviticus 4:1-4

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If a person sins unintentionally in any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and commits any of them, if the anointed priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed. ‘He shall bring the bull to the doorway of the tent of meeting before the LORD, and he shall lay his hand on the head of the bull and slay the bull before the LORD.”

2. Leviticus is the continuation of the book of Exodus

a. The Master Builder has built a home in each of us!  But if we do not follow the blueprints for successful completion of our building then we will not have the same outcome!

Matthew 7:24-27 says, 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

3. Moving in to receive the Blessings of Your Inheritance

a. The Abrahamic Covenant was UNCONDITIONAL but the MOSAIC COVENANT IS CONDITIONAL. If you do not do it—you FORFEIT YOUR BLESSINGS
(DT 28)

b.  It is a privilege to walk in the Mosaic Covenant—its our choice—God wants HIS covenant BRIDE to walk with him as a “free will offering of the Heart!” (Ex. 35:21)

c.  Now that the Children had built the Tabernacle, and God had “moved into His dwelling” it was time to learn HOW to live with God in HIS RESIDENCE

d. YOU are the Temple of God and it is important to learn how to function as the Temple and the area’s and details that give you the MAXIMUMS of “LIFE” with God!

4. The function of the Priesthood is done today by US!   1 Peter 2:5

a. The Book of Leviticus is OUR instruction booklet on how to live in the Tabernacle of God!

b. The Book of Leviticus is our instruction manual for drawing near to God

c. The Ancient Sages taught that not everyone did the offerings; it was the function of the sacrifices to make one HOLY!

d. The sacrificial walk—was meant for all—but NOT EVERYONE PARTICIPATED—ONLY those who sought a deeper walk of Holiness with God!

5. THE OLAH Offering—a Volunteer offering (Lev 1:1-17)

a. The OLAH—This Offering is the Elevation Offering—smoke ascending to God

b.  The Greek word for OLAH is “HOLOCAUSTIA” –meaning wholly and totally consumed

c. The OLAH was offered for “IMPURE THOUGHTS” and “FAILURE TO PERFORM A REQUIRED ACTION” and this offering was Voluntary or it was not accepted
(IS 1:11-20)

d. The Animals represent people (Acts 10:9-29 PETERS SHEET VISION) and the OLAH is how we treat others today as it says in Philippians 2:3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves!”
6. The Meal Offering or the MINCHAH—a Volunteer Offering (Lev 2:1-17)

a. This is the Grain Offering—this is a GIFT OF GRATITUDE TO GOD
The flour made of this grain was mixed with Oil and Incense

b. The MINCHAH always includes Salt: Salt can destroy and Preserve-just like TORAH Mark 9:49-50 says, “49Everyone will be salted with fire. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

c. The GRAIN OFFERING TODAY—is our Communion Meal—we call Oneg

7. The Fellowship/Peace Offering-or SHELAMIM –volunteer offering (Lev 3: 1-17)

a. Shelamim comes from the word Shalem—or SHALOM. This is blessing God with a Holy Greeting.

b. The SHELAMIM or FELLOWSHIP OFFERING today is our meeting on SHABBAT. Staying outside on Sabbath does not constitute keeping the fellowship offering requirement!

c. If we try to keep the peace of Shabbat—but quarrel all the way to services—or hold offenses against or brothers and sisters—do we think God will accept this sacrifice? (Matt 5:22-24)

d. The first three offerings were voluntary—they are the Heartbeat of the TABERNACLE.

8. The SIN OFFERING—or CHATAS and the GUILT OFFERING or ASHAM Both were Required—Lev 4:1-5:13 and Lev 5:14-6:7

The SIN OFFERING—is required for unintentional sins resulting from CARELESSNESS or LAXNESS with the things of God.

a. NO ONE in ALL ISRAEL WAS EXEMPT (Romans 3:23)

b. The Guilt Offering—is required for a person who unintentionally misappropriated sanctuary property –any sin against the body

c. It also covers intentional sins like LYING-TALKING ABOUT OTHERS (LASHON HARA)—any inherent STATUS destruction of our neighbors or OURSELVES—YESHUA IS OUR SIN AND GUILT OFFERING!

9. How do we live this today?

a. We purge and renew our minds—and esteem others better than ourselves (Elevated Burnt Offering)

b. We live as Salt in the World Destroying Sin and Preserving Righteousness in “Communion” with the Spirit of God (Grain Offering)

c. We fellowship together on Shabbat and not go our own way—being Peacemakers (Fellowship Offering)

d. We accept Yeshua’s gift for our Sins—by NOT SINNING ANYMORE—and by NOT DWELLING ON GUILT–BUT WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT US! (This is the Sin and Guilt Sacrifice)

Verse 18 of Chapter 5 of this portion is the culmination of everything that today’s believers call the “Gospel;”  It talks about “the Way” and there is only one way–the way of Israel, the WAY of Torah which is Yeshua in the natural to us today.   It says “He is to bring the Priest as a Guilt Offering a Ram from the flock” –this is Yeshua our Ram that was pictured as caught in the thorn bush in the story of our Fathers Abraham and Yit’zak (Isaac).  This Ram had to come from the flock–meaning that the Eternal One-YHWH–would have to take on flesh and dwell among His people Israel; which He did in the body of Yeshua.   We know this because the Ram had to be without defect–and OF PROPER VALUE according to Leviticus 5:18a.  It goes on to say “And the Priest will make atonement for him (me) for the wrong he has committed unintentionally and he will be forgiven.”  Is this not the entire story of Yeshua’s incarnate work here on earth–as the Kohen Gadol of a better Priesthood than that of Aaron, the order of Malki Tzadik, Yeshua made atonement for you and for me…once and for all time to come.  It is this “At Onement” or atonement that grafts us into the Natural Olive Tree of God’s Chosen People called Israel.  The church is a man made attempt at reaching up to grasp at atonement by some other way.  Yeshua said that He was THE WAY and that any other way was the way of the thief and the liar.  It is only when we accept our atonement and unification with Israel–not replacing natural Israelites–but being grafted in with them–as part of them, that we take on our status of “clean” before the Lord YHWH.  We cannot clean ourselves and no amount of man made drivel will ever be enough; for we are cleansed by grace and through faith and not of works so no man can boast.  There is none righteous–no not one–there is NONE that seeks God and His ways each and every day of their life.  This is the point of the offerings–to remind us that our disobedience to Gods teaching and instruction found in the Torah of Moses–came with an extreme price–yet that price was paid by grace and is demonstrated by our faithful adherence to the commands of Torah.  Yeshua said “You are my FRIENDS if you keep my commands–and this I command you that you love one another as I have loved you.”  This means that we are to love Jews around the world with the same sacrificial love that Yeshua demonstrated for us.  He never wavered, never compromised and never gave up on the children of Israel whom he bought with a price…..so we too should never waiver in our commitment to love the Jewish people throughout the world–to honor them and their position as the original priesthood and royal nation…..in so doing–you demonstrate your atonement with the God of Israel, YHWH–Yeshua the Messiah who we wait in joyful hope of seeing face to face in our lifetime.  The Levitical Priesthood contains the Gospel of Yeshua in Chapter 5 and verse 18–so to say a “new” covenant has set the former aside as irrelevant is to demonstrate our lack of understand of who and what Yeshua was.  He was and is the ONLY WAY to know YHWH in this life and the pathway is open to men of every nation who wish to give up their former lives and begin living the lifestyle that pleases YWHW that is demonstrated in the Jewish Lifestyle of Yeshua of Nazareth–the Son of David–the one and only living God.  There is only ONE God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and there is only one way……to make our lives a living Offering (sacrifice) that is Holy and acceptable to YHWH which is our reasonable life service–there is nothing else.

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout –all rights reserved worldwide.

Double Portion Vayahel and Pekudei by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2010 by messianicpastor

THIS WEEKS DOUBLE PARASHA: VAYAHEL: AND HE ASSEMBLED

EXODUS 12:1-20 and PEKUDAI: Exodus 35:1-40:38

The Haftarahs are: Ezekiel 45:16 -46:18 AND 1 Kings 7:40-50 & Isaiah 66:1-4

Priesthood: 1 Corinthians 1-10

This weeks message “Do I Have A Willing Heart?”

Today’s Reading is Exodus 12:1-20

1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb [a] for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.  12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. 14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD -a lasting ordinance. 15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat—that is all you may do.  17 “Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. 18 In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

1.  In this Torah portion the narrative story begins again with Moses calling the Children of Israel to ASSEMBLE TOGETHER.  This is the pre-cursor to the SHIKINAH GLORY of the Lord YHWH coming down to dwell in the midst of the Mishkan.  This is the most amazing prophecy if you have eyes to see it.  Look at the progression that the Israelites have gone through so far;  separated from their FATHER Ya’akov (Jacob) and from the “Chosen One” Yosef–the one who had ruled over them in Egypt as their Brother who the remaining 11 Tribes were convinced had “DIED”.  This is a wonderful picture of the History of our people.

Sin causes “FAMINE” in our individual lands; there is no food or water for growing crops to sustain ourselves anywhere.  Our FATHER–just like Ya’akov (Jacob) sends us out looking for food– and we find food– in Egypt.  However we cannot have the food because the SON OF PROMISE–Yosef, a type and shadow of Yeshua –is ruling in Egypt on behalf of–OR EVEN AS PHARAOH in this far away land, just like  YESHUA is RULING  even AS THE FATHER and just like Yosef–Yeshua has been preparing for the great famine that was over the whole world which is the Great Tribulation Period and YHWH’s judgement of ALL THE FALSE gods OF THE EGYPTIANS.  Yosef will NOT just let us have the FOOD, which is the TORAH: God’s Teaching and Instructions for a right life PLEASING TO HIM.

Yosef WILL GIVE IT TO US, just like YESHUA WILL ASSIGN US AS RIGHTEOUS BY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, but not until and not without us confessing our Sin’s/Torahlessness that we committed against our brother Yosef.  However, it is not enough to just ADMIT what was done to YOSEF–because Yosef MAKES THE BROTHERS commit an ACT OF SELF-SACRIFICE–they must DEMONSTRATE THEIR REPENTANCE–by bringing Benjamin in, which is a TYPE AND SHADOW OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE Presenting US–as Benjamin was presented to Yosef.  The Prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah clearly state that JUDAH COMES “TO” THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL and not THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL GOING TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH.  When we begin living the lifestyle of the Jewish people–with the fire of the Ruach Elohim–with the FIRE OF YHWH’S SPIRIT ONCE AGAIN, THEN and ONLY THEN will YOSEF REVEAL HIMSELF TO HIS BROTHERS and be reunited once again with HIS FATHER’S HOUSEHOLD.

Then in the same portion Yosef and Ya’akov BOTH DIE.  This is a symbol of the Lord YESHUA dying in our place and Yaakov’s/Jacobs death is a type and shadow of how the 10 Northern Tribes would be “LOST” or considered “DEAD” amidst the Nations of the World–even though they are present in EACH and EVERY NATION LANGUAGE AND TONGUE UNDER HEAVEN.  Then following their death, a NEW PHAROAH RISES UP–a type and shadow of the CATHOIC SYSTEM (not the people–as the people are innocent)–WHO DOES NOT KNOW YOSEF or anything good or bad that YOSEF had done as the Leader of Egypt under the PHARAOH.

This NEW PHAROAH ENSLAVES THE ISRAELITES–and the dark period begins.  FOR OVER 200 years the ISRAELITES ARE STRUGGLING in SLAVERY and they cry out FOR A DELIVERER –for the MESSIAH to come and RESCUE THEM from the evil PHARAOH.  This is just like us in the day to day slavery of our lives without hope in the earth.  FAR AWAY FROM ISRAEL–and WITHOUT A HOPE.  Then……. YHWH REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM–and SENDS A DELIVERER–MOSES–to LEAD THE CAPTIVES FREE–JUST LIKE YHWH REMEMBERED  HIS COVENANT WITH KING DAVID AND ABRAHAM–and Sent YESHUA THE MESSIAH to come as the SUFFERING SERVANT OF ISAIAH 53 to DEFEAT ALL THE FALSE GOD’S THE EVIL PHARAOH HAD PLACED ABOVE THE ISRAELITES.  YESHUA defeats EVERY FALSE god and EVERY FALSE doctrine that is NOT found in HIS TORAH.

Then YHWH directs MOSES to lead the children of Israel out FOLLOWING THE FIRST PESACH–the FIRST PASSOVER (which is why we have a Double Torah Portion with Pekudei in Exodus 12).  Even as God has ORDERED THAT WE ARE SET FREE FROM SLAVERY BY ACCEPTING YESHUA’S SACRIFICIAL OFFERING AS THE PASSOVER LAMB–ADMITTING US INTO ISRAEL and AUTHORIZING ALL WHO ARE CIRCUMCISED IN HEART–even as MOSES was–TO EAT FREELY OF THE PASSOVER SACRIFICIAL LAMB–which we partake of EACH YEAR AT PASSOVER, and replicate at the SHABBAT KIDDUSH on EREV SHABBAT each Friday at sundown.

Then the FORMER SLAVES–Who HAD SACRIFICED THEIR FORMER STATUS–AS SLAVES–Were led THROUGH the REED SEA–which is a type and shadow of what happens to us when MOSES and THE LIVING TORAH lead US TO BE MIKVAHED/BAPTISED INTO THE COMMANDMENTS….the true meaning of the Hebrew Idiom of “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

THEN MOSES leads the FORMER SLAVES TO MOUNT SINAI to be MARRIED TO YHWH.  YHWH gives the former slaves THE TORAH: LIVING INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE to YESHUA AS THEIR “KETTUBAH” or their Hebrew Wedding Contract.  Just like MOSES TODAY–LEADS US TO THE WEDDING FEAST–BY IDENTIFYING THE ONES YHWH HAS CHOSEN TO BE THE BRIDE OF YHWH……….and that BRIDE IS CALLED “ISRAEL” or the “JEWS” today.  If you have been chosen by the Holy One –Blessed be HE–then YOU TOO ARE A JEW.  CIRCUMCISED BY YHWH, and BAPTISED INTO THE COMMANDMENTS. YOU HAVE NOT REPLACED THE NATURALLY BORN JEWS–BUT YOU HAVE BEEN GRAFTED INTO THE NATURAL OLIVE TREE ALONG SIDE OF THE EXISTING JEWISH NATION!

Well there are those who WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS CALLING.  THEY WILL SAY “MOSES IS DONE AWAY WITH” and they will ask THEIR PRIESTS TO MAKE THEM gods that they can SEE–like a DEAD MAN ON A STICK–and the POPE–A BEAST COVERED IN GOLD WHICH ARE TWO FROM THE CATHOLIC SYSTEM FOR EXAMPLE.  When you bow to these–then you have also partaken of the “EIGEL”–the REBELLION OF THE GOLDEN CALF,  that results in 3000 dying and a plague breaking out against the NATION because SIN IS NOT JUST PERSONAL–SIN IS ALSO COMMUNAL.

Moses RETURNS with the Commandments FROM YHWH and they are thrown down and BROKEN.  This is a TYPE AND SHADOW OF YESHUA COMING DOWN the FIRST TIME–WHERE THE BIBLE USES THE  WORF “EV’EN”  in Hebrew meaning “From Father to Son.”  Even as TODAY THE SPIRIT OF MOSES HAS RETURNED TO THIS GENERATION TO FIND THAT THERE IS “REVELRY IN THE CAMP” OF YHWH.  THOSE WITH MOSES SPIRIT–ARE CRYING OUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE FOR YHWH TO “COME OUT” to BE OUTGATHERED–and INGATHERED BACK TO MOSES COMMANDMENTS.  SAYING THAT MOSES IS “DONE AWAY WITH” IS LITERALLY SAYING THAT YESHUA–WHO IS THE PHYSICAL EMBODIMENT OF THOSE SAME EXACT COMMANDS–IS DONE AWAY WITH (YHWH FORBID!!).

The Question we have to ask today is who are we?  Are we the MOSES and YESHUA to this generation of Jews and those who DO NOT YET KNOW THEY ARE JEWS IN THE CHURCHES BECAUSE THEY LOST THEIR IDENTITY in over 2000 years of SLAVERY UNDER AN EVIL PHARAOH–CATHOLIC RULE?  Now can you see the Prophecies ALL Fitting together in a CONTINUOUS PROGRESSION?  Yet there is still more……

After the Wedding at MOUNT SINAI the children of ISRAEL are asked to make  WILLING OFFERING–a “TERUMAH”–to the Lord YHWH to provide the materials and provisions for the Mobile Moving Tabernacle in the Wilderness: The MISHKAN.  The people prepared their offerings of Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones, Crimson, Blue, Purple and White Weavers Cloth and much more.  THE ONE CAVEAT–OR THE ONE REQUIREMENT FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IS THAT TO CREATE THIS HOME FOR THE PRESENCE OF YHWH IN THEIR MIDST THEIR GIVING HAD TO BE FROM A WILLING HEART.

Today, as we sit in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA–and live out our lives as BELIEVERS in the GOD OF ISRAEL–we do many things.  We build, we Destroy, we raise up and we tear down.  We rush from this program to that program, and we have all spent years in the FIRST CHURCH OF THE FROZEN CHOSEN—ASLEEP IN THE DARKNESS.  We were “SAVED” as our Status Change is based on WHAT GOD DOES–NOT ON WHAT WE DO,  for you are Delivered from the SINFUL WORLD and placed WITHIN ISRAEL by GRACE THOUGH FAITH –ONLY.  But then we touted our FREEDOM to the point that we made Golden Calf after Golden Calf.  And we suffered through them WISHING to just have MORE FAITH, when we did not have FAITH at all but we had BELIEF.

“FAITH” in the religion of Israel comes from the word “EMUNAH” which means “STEADFAST OBEDIENCE TO GODS TEACHING AND ISNTRUCTIONS –THE TORAH.”  Yet today most people believe that FAITH MEANS BELIEF or HOPE.  The Demons believe–shoot even satan “Believes;” in fact I might argue that he is 110% certain who Yeshua is.  So what separates OUR BELIEF from the fact that the DEMONS OF HELL and THEIR leader actually BELIEVE??  SHOOT–if you think about this honestly even satan ACTS ON HIS BELIEFS.  HE BELIEVES  that HE IS ETERNALLY CONDEMNED and DAMNED–THUS HE SEEKS TO TAKE AS MANY AS HE CAN WITH HIM–HIS BELIEF MOTIVATES HIM TO ACT TOO………..SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND hastan?? Or US and the demons of Hell?

The ONLY THING THAT DISTINGUISHES YOU IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS OBEDIENCE TO THE TORAH –DONE BY GRACE and THROUGH FAITH–WHICH IS THE DEFINITION OF LOVING YHWH.  Yet to do this, just like the Children of Israel in this Torah Portion–we have to distinguish one thing and one thing only: DO YOU HAVE A WILLING HEART?  A Willing Heart Carries the SHAME of YESHUA, the JEWISH RABBI, the ISRAELI and KING OF THE JEWS who is REJECTED and SLANDERED–BROKEN and AFFLICTED——FOR SOMEONE ELSES SALVATION.  IS OUR HEART WILLING?  Are we WILLING to make our TERUMAH–our OFFERINGS of GIVING AND our OFFERINGS OF SERVICE done solely for the LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE??

Just getting someone CONVERTED is NOT DISCIPLING THEM TO MATURITY!  TO DISCIPLE YOU HAVE TO BE INVOLVED AND CARE AND BE WILLING TO WALK IN THE TRENCHES WITH THEM.  DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THAT JUST BY PASSING THE SAMERITANS ON THE HIGHWAY and STOPPING TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY ARE SAVED–THAT YOU HAVE IN ANY WAY DONE YOUR DUTIES TO GOD OR MAN.  LOVE PREFERS THE “OTHER” and to PREFER THE OTHERS IT TALES A WILLING HEART.  A WILLING HEART is the ONLY HEART THAT WILL BUILD THE TABERNACLE like the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID ON THIS PORTION.

THERE ARE TWO HELPERS IN THE PORTION–ONE MAN NAMED “BEZALEL”–MEANING ” YHWH SEEN IN SHADOW”  who was with the Tribe of JUDAH–WHO HAS BEEN FILLED WITH A “DIVINE SPIRIT” to complete HIS TASK OF TAKING THE TERUMAH of the WILLING HEARTED ISRAELITE AND BUILDING THE MISHKAN–MOBILE MOVING TABERNACLE.  The Other Man chosen is “OHOLIAB” WHICH MEANS “FATHERS TENT” from the TRIBE OF DAN.  THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH.  BY REMOVING EITHER “BEZALEL”–JUDAH, or “OLOLIAB”–CONVERTS FROM THE NATIONS–THE MISHKAH TABERNACLE WOULD NOT BE BUILT FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.  BOTH MEN WERE NEEDED–JUST LIKE BOTH THE JEWS AND CONVERTS THROUGH MESSIAH ARE NEEDED TO ERECT THIS LAST DAYS TABERNACLE.

A WILLING HEART MOTIVATES GOD TO DO THE MIRACULOUS, BUT AS LONG AS OUR VISION IS ON THE HERE AND THE NOW–OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD, THEN OUR VISION WILL ONLY BE “TEMPORAL” AND “TEMPORARY” AND WE STAND THE CHANCE OF NEVER ENTERING INTO THE FULLNESS OF THE PROMISES YHWH GAVE US IN MOSES AND YESHUA= A UNIFIED PEOPLE WITH YHWH IN OUR MIDST BINDING US TOGETHER INTO A BEAUTIFUL TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS.

STEPS TO HAVING A WILLING HEART

1. A Willing Heart is an Obedient Heart:   Communication’s most powerful contributor –believe it or not –is Vision.  The sign that you are walking in line with the communication of the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) is that HIS VISION and PURPOSE for the Life He has given you will become your passion.  The VISION that God has prophesied for this generation is to REUNITE THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL UNDER ONE UNIFIED STANDARD and that STANDARD IS THE LIVING MESSIAH.  This Unity is the UNITY that Yeshua prayed that we would receive in John 17.

Without OBEDIENCE there is NOT A CLEAR VISIONOBEDIENCE SETS THE DIRECTION AND THE AGENDA.  IT CLEARS OUR MINDS FROM THE PETTY TO THE IMPORTANT.

THE VISION and the MISSION and the DECLARATION and IMPLIMENTATION OF GODS VISION –FOR UNITING THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH–MAKING THE TWO INTO ONE –AND UNIFIYING HIS THRONE IS PARAMOUNT TO ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD.  This is the “KINGDOM OF GOD” that everyone claims to walk in but they have no power to maintain.  Today in many Churches and Shul’s we have “SPIRITUAL DIALYSIS CENTERS” where you go in–get hooked up and get your blood cleaned from all the toxins that have built up from the previous weeks intake and then people are released.  The hour of blood cleaning is a Critical Condition–not a position of POWER.  The Kingdom of GOD is NOT ABOUT WORDS–we heard the same words in the Church for decades–and they had NO POWER. People are in such desperate need for the miraculous–that they literally have created an effect where they go forward for prayer–and where the Leader lays hands on them–they fall down on the floor in a demonstration of acting that would make the Academy Awards in some places.  They know that YHWH is not pressing them to the floor–the Leaders know that YHWH is not pushing them to the floor….then why do we do it?  We know it is not “Slain in HIS SPIRIT” because HE IS LIFE AND HE THE RESURRECTION –and not promoting death through “Slain in the spirit”–only satan promotes death.

These exercises are just another attempt from a finite being to  reach up to an infinite God with little more than human understanding.  Because our sick and damaged hearts are willing to do anything and everything except the one thing that YHWH said to do–to OBEY the TORAH.  The TORAH is the ROCKET  SHIP ON THE LAUNCH PAD OF YOUR LIFE PROVIDING TRUE POWER, but UNTIL YOU WILLINGLY OBEY –You will NEVER RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS IN YOUR WALK WITH YHWH.

ISAIAH 1:19 says “ If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;

MATTHEW 26:41 saysWatch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

ROMANS 12:16 saysLive in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

2.  A Willing Heart is a heart that it unencumbered by the PAST and is focussed on the “What YHWH is doing in the now,” in preparation of the Future.  Whoever your were—and WHATEVER YOU WERE is irrelevant in light of YOUR CHANGED STATUS.  You may have been a Catholic from Indiana or a Baptist from OHIO or an AGNOSTIC from Texas–but ALL OF THAT STATUS was to be SURRENDERED TO GOD at your conversion.  Our heart must be WILLING to leave behind our ABUSE MENTALITY and the “POOR ME” of all the crimes that our “PARENTS”–and “GRANDPARENTS”–or “FORMER SPOUSES”–did to us.

Humans even hold on to things we blame GOD for since we did not get what we wanted or the situation did not turn out the way we wanted things done.  Not to say that THOSE THINGS DID NOT HURT–THEY DID–but if our focus is on the VISION of erecting the MISHKAN OF OUR LIVES FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD YHWH TO WORK IN AND ABIDE THROUGH THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE AHEAD TOWARD JERUSALEM.

YOU CANNOT EVER CHANGE A SINGLE THING IN YOUR PAST–SO STOP ALLOWING YOUR MISTAKES AND FAILURES TO CLOUD YOUR VISION FOR YOUR TOMORROW!!  WHAT GOD DID WITH YOU BEFORE–HE WILL GENERALLY NEVER DO WITH YOU AGAIN THE EXACT SAME WAY BECAUSE HIS KINGDOM IS ADVANCING; IT IS NETHER STATIC NOR RETREATING.  ANYWHERE WE BUILD AN ALTAR AND STOP TO BOW OUR KNEE–IS CALLED AN “IDOL” –EVEN IF WE SPIRITUALIZE IT BY CALLING IT AN  ALTAR.  YOU WERE A GENTILE—WHICH MEANS “CONFUSED PAGAN UNBELIEVER” BUT TODAY YOU ARE ISRAEL–CO-RULER WITH YHWH IN THE DOMINION OF THIS EARTH.

YOUR WILLING HEART TO FORGET THE SINS–GONE–BY–WILL EMPOWER YOUR FUTURE.”

ISAIAH 43:18 SAYS “ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

ISAIAH 65:16 SAYSWhoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.”

ISAIAH 44:21Declare what is to be, present it– let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me

3.  A Willing Heart is a heart that displays a lifestyle of worship that manifests in the Signs and Wonders of Deuteronomy 28 in operation THROUGH your life.

IF we obey the Torah, with a WILLING HEART then we will begin to take on a LIFESTYLE THAT LOOKS LIKE AN IMITATION OF YESHUA’S.  Gone will be the broken down reasoning that says “I didn’t have enough faith” or “perhaps it was not God’s will for me to receive.”  These are the accusation of the Enemy Accuser, not of YHWH.  This is the way the WORLD THINKS and not the way the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THINK.  YOU MUST STOP YOURSELF FROM ALL THOUGHT THAT SENDS YOU INTO A MINDSET THAT IS OUTSIDE THE COVENANT THAT YHWH PROMISED TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM.

IF YOU LIVE OUT THE PROMISE OF THE TORAH THEN YOU WILL BE “A LIGHT” TO ALL WHO COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOU–YOU WILL BE THE BLESSING OF DEUTERONOMY 28:1-14.  IF YOU LIVE “THE CURSE OF DISOBEDIENCE TO THE TORAH”–YOU WILL BECOME THE CURSE FOR EVERYONE YOU COME INTO CONTACT WITH FROM DEUTERONOMY 28:15-64.  WHAT YOU CHOOSE IS A SIGN OF YOUR SONSHIP–OF WHERE YOUR HEART IS ALIGNED.

DEUTERONOMY 28:1-3 SAYS “ 1 If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:  3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

DEUTERONOMY 28: 15 SAYSHowever, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: 16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.  17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.”

4.  A Willing Heart is a heart which brings down the Shekinah of YHWH

TO BRING DOWN THE SKIKINAH OF YHWH, WE MUST PREPARE OUR HEART AS THE TEMPLES FOR THE RUACH ELOHIM–THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOST HOLY.  WE CANNOT MAINTAIN UNCLEAN LIVES AND EXPECT THE POWER OF GOD TO SHOW UP WITH THE BLESSING.

THE REUNIFICATION OF THE HOUSE OF JUDAH AND THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL WILL BRING ABOUT THIS SHIKINAH GLORY IN A CORPORATE MANNER–BUT UNTIL OUR CONFESSION AND OUR CONDUCT BECOME THE SAME–THEN WE ARE NOT PREPARING FOR A TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS–BUT FOR A WANDERING IN CONCENTRIC CIRCLES.

TO UNDERSTAND THE 4 REALMS AND HOW WE FIT INTO THE PROCESS OF PREPARING TO “BRING THE MESSIAH DOWN EACH WEEK–AS WE BRING DOWN HIS KINGDOM –WE MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND HOW YHWH RELATES TO SPACE AND TIME.  TIME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT–THIS IS WHY THE SABBATH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT–BECAUSE EVEN YESHUA STOPPED AND RESTED ON THE 7TH DAY.  WHEN SPACE CONFLICTS WITH TIME [meaning we run out of time to do all we would like in the 6 working days each week] –TIME MUST ALWAYS BE GIVEN PREFERENCE LIKE ON THE SHABBAT AND THE MO’EDIM AND REGALIM (THE FESTIVALS AND APPOINTED TIMES THAT YHWH HAS SET TO COME FORTH IN OUR MIDST IN POWER.)

LET’S START WITH THE NAME OF GOD: YHWH

Yis transliteration for a Hebrew “Yud” and stand for “What Was” before Eternity.  This is the highest Heavenly Realm called “Azzilut” –which is the “Throne of  YHWH” –Heaven Come Down and Dwelt among us. THIS IS YESHUA YHWH.

His the transliteration for the Hebrew letter “HAY” and stands for  “What IS” currently.  This realm is the 3rd Heaven called “Beriah”–or the place of Creation, “Gan Edan:” the Garden of Paradise.  The mercy seat of the MISHKAHN which is a type and shadow of Yeshua’s physical body” reopens the pathway to return to this place in the Garden where the Etz Chayim: The Tree of Life, or  “THE TORAH”  is free to be eaten and those who do will live forever.  Once closed and guarded by the swords of two K’ruvim (Cherubs) because of Adam’s Sin–this way is not opened for our daily return in the Spirit.

Wis the transliteration for the Hebrew letter “WAHV”  or “What WLL BE.”  This is the 2nd Heaven which is called “Yetzerah “–The place of Spiritual Warfare where Angels and Demons oppose one another and where WE mandate what WILL BE by our ACTIONS OF OBEDIENCE–restoration of THE WHAT WAS.

H– is the transliteration for the Hebrew letter “HAY” and when coupled with the first 3 verbs of YHW+H–it says “WHAT WAS, WHAT IS and WHAT IS TO COME– the 4th Heavenly realm called “Assiyah”–The place where LIGHT and DARKNESS manifest together; this is where we live without Torah in our lives.  If the LIGHT of Torah is absent, then DARKNESS REIGN’S in CHAOS and FRUSTRATION.  If the LIGHT of Torah is present–IT DRIVES OUT THE DARKNESS and everything AFFILIATED with it…..SICKNESS, DISEASE, BEING LAME, BEING MUTE, BEING DEAF and restores the THRONE OF YHWH IN THIS REALM and  HOLDS IT’S PLACE FAITHFULLY UNTIL HE RETURNS.

THE MISHKAN IS YESHUA and THE MISHKAN IS ME:  UNDERSTANDING THE REALMS AND HOW THEY RELATE TO THE NAME OF GOD AND OUR LIFE HELPS US TO KNOW IF WE ARE BLESSED OR WALKING IN THE CURSE– IT PROVIDES US DISCERNMENT.  IF THE “WAS” and “IS” and “IS TO COME” are not present then we are not in the light.  THE “WAS” and the “IS” and the “IS TO COME” IS WHAT YESHUA MEANT WHEN HE SAID “I AND THE FATHER WILL COME IN AND MAKE OUR HOME WITHIN YOU.”  THAT IS THE “YH” and the WAHV WAS GIVEN ON SHAVUOT–PENTECOST SO THEN, THE “YH+W” NOW RESIDE IN THOSE WHO ARE OBEDIENCE AND WILLING IN HEART TO OFFER THEIR LIVES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE.  THE TORAH IS THE LADDER OF JACOB–IT IS THE “SON OF ADAM” –THE SON OF YHWH.  MOSES HAD PEOPLE GIVE FROM A WILLING HEART TO ESTABLISH THE MISHKAN–AND YESHUA IS THE MISHKAN–AND AS WE LEARN TO STUDY AND WALK IN THE TORAH IN OBEDIENCE TO THE TORAH–WE UNITE THE “WHAT IS TO COME” WHICH RETURNS US BACK TO THE PRE-ADAMIC STATE ALLOWING US TO WALK IN THE REALM OF BERIAH–THE REALM OF CREATION.

MATTHEW 5:1-12 SAYS1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:

3″Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11″Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

VAYAHEL–AND HE ASSEMBLED.  TODAY, LET US NOT HARDEN OUR HEARTS AS THEY ONCE DID IN THE DESERT.  LET US ALWAYS HAVE A WILLING HEART TO SERVE THE MASTER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH AND BRING DOWN THE CREATOR–BLESSED BE HE–WITH A LIFE THAT IS AN IMAGE OF HIS PRESENCE WITHIN OUR OWN MOBILE MOVING TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS OF OUR LIVES.

Torah Portion: Pekudei–the Accountings Of….

Exodus 35:1-40:38

Haftarah Portion Ezeliel 45:16-46:18

Priestly Instructions: 1 Corinthians 1-10

“Faith or Fear”

Scripture Reading 2 Corinthians 5:3-6

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Elohim, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Mashiach. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

1. Fear is a spirit—that comes from the realm of death—its strongman spirit is “Fear of Death” and most of us live our lives in fear of death.  We fear the unknown, loss of our reputation, job loss, health loss, spousal loss, financial loss, loss from liability, loss from nuclear war, loss from hurricanes, basically—we walk in constant fear.

a. Fear is the power of the realm of darkness—When Adam and Chavah sinned—it was Death that brought about the spirit of Fear.

Genesis 3:6-10 saysWhen the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD Elohim as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD Elohim among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD Elohim called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Romans 5:12 saysTherefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”

b. Faith is the counter opposite of fear—in fear you have no control-only death has control—in Faith Elohim gives you perfect control

Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

c. Fear left long enough—is referred to as an imagination—and idol that exalts itself against Elohim

2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of Elohim, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Mashiach.”

d. Elohim has not given us a Spirit of Fear—it is something that we mix with the holiness of His Name!

2 Timothy 1:7 says “For Elohim did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Romans 8:15 says “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

2. Fear only has power when it is backed by the realm of Death

a. Before Messiah, the Realm of Death ruled the Earth

Romans 5:14 “Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.”

Romans 5:17 “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive Elohim’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Yeshua Mashiach.”

b. Death is the power of Lawlessness

Colossians 1:13 saysFor he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

Deuteronomy 30:15-19 says “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your Elohim, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your Elohim will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other Elohims and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

c. By Taking on Flesh, Elohim removed the realm of Death from power

2 Cor 5:21 says “Elohim made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of Elohim”

1 Cor 15:54-55 says of Death “When the perishable has been clothed with the perishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” Where, O death, is your victory?

d. Death prosecuted an innocent man—shedding innocent blood so that we would be free to walk in the Light of Elohim

Matthew 27:4  says “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”

3. Perfect Love—which is the Torah—casts our all fear.

a. Fear is an illusion—you cannot kill something that is already dead

Colossians 2:20 says “Since you died with Mashiach to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules”

Colossians 3:3 says “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Mashiach in Elohim”.

b. Natural Death is our ticket to Gan Eden

Luke 23:43—Yeshua speaking to the thief on the Cross said “Yeshua answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” This comes from the Hebrew word Strong’s #6508– PARDEC—meaning Joyful Garden!

c. The Torah of Life has freed us from the Law of Death

Romans 8:2 says “because through Mashiach Yeshua the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death”

d. s.a.Tan is Defeated—he is powerless—he has no power any longer—only you can bring about the realm of death back into your life through lawlessness!

Hebrews 2:14 says “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.”

E. So what is there to Fear?

If Faith is the substance of things hoped for– and the evidence of things not seen; then how much more is fear the substance of despair and a lack of evidentiary proof that what is unseen exists?????

Fear is the anointing of the realm of death whereas Faith is the product of a law abiding life–one that adheres to God’s teaching and instructions called the “Torah.”  When we were among the gentile nations–not grafted into the natural olive tree with no hope or any reason to live as anything other than brute beasts; to the point that we despaired our very lives.  It is this despair that be “chosen” to be a “in-grafted” blood born member of Israel through the conversion process of acceptance in the Priestly offering made by Messiah Yeshua–the Kohen Gadol–of High Priest of the order of Malkitzadekian Priests.

You were made to be delivered and how you live your life will be a sign of whether you are in Israel–the Israel of God.  I am not referring to the Eusibus definition–where we are somehow replacement theists–arguing conform to some religion and thus by our conformity we become “spiritual Israel”–heaven forbid.  No–we ARE now Israel, grafted into the Natural Olive Tree which is cultivated by the Lord Yeshua.  He is the engrafting “husbandman” who guards over each sapling which He himself chooses to graft into His Olive Tree.

The Bible says that God will allow the Sun and the Moon to stop functioning long before He stops loving and caring for Israel and her people.  Greater love–drove our fear from our lives.  Before we feared because we had nothing to await us but unceremonious wrath that belongs to those who follow their base nature.  Today however, we have a new life–a new outlook–a new family called Israel.  We have not replaced natural Israel but we have been grafted in along side them as their younger brothers and sisters.  Heaven and Earth may pass away–but the Torah of God endures forever.  It is the same, yesterday, today and forever.  You were once far away–fearing death and life equally.  Today, you have been given the most precious gift by grace through faith.

Faith in Hebrew is the word “Emunah” which means “Steadfast obedience to God’s Teaching and Instructions” which is His Torah.  It is the pathway in the darkness, the power that calms the raging storm, the words that cause the dead to rise and the blind to see and the lame to walk.  It is this same Torah, that men so desperately attempt to discount with their witchcraft of religion and their pagan holidays — that will tear down the walls of fear from your life.  Find a local synagogue and begin learning the Hebrew lifestyle and your faith will grow like never before–and you will break the power of hell off your life which we call “Fear’ today.

One last thought amidst this double portion; tell me one thing that God–YHWH–has created that was designed to fail?  There is nothing, as His word is in you –that  will never return to him void or short of accomplishing ALL that has been established for you to accomplish….so  as someone famous once proclaimed…..”what is their to fear?  Only fear itself!”

Shabbat Shalom

©2010 Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout–All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

“Is There Really Oil In Your Lamp?” by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2010 by messianicpastor

This weeks Torah Portion is “Tetzevah: You Shall Command”

Exodus 27:20—30:10

Haftarah: 1 Samuel 15:2-34

Priestly Instructions Romans 9-12

Today’s Reading is Exodus 29:1-9 and Matthew 25:1-13

“Is there really Oil in your Lamp?”

1 “This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect. 2 And from fine wheat flour, without yeast, make bread, and cakes mixed with oil, and wafers spread with oil. 3 Put them in a basket and present them in it—along with the bull and the two rams. 4 Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and wash them with water. 5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband. 6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred diadem to the turban. 7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head. 8 Bring his sons and dress them in tunics 9 and put headbands on them. Then tie sashes on Aaron and his sons. The priesthood is theirs by a lasting ordinance. In this way you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.

Matthew 25: 1-13 says 1″At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6″At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7″Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’  9″ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10″But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11″Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ 12″But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’  13″Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

1.  In this Torah portion Moses is commanded to “command” the Children of Israel the way to consecrate Aaron and His sons for their activity as Priests in the mobile moving Tabernacle in the wilderness.  The Children of Israel are to follow very specific steps in dealing with the Kohen Gadol—the Levites and all details of the Priesthood.  YHWH calls this “a Tutor” that would point us to “That which is perfect” and “when the perfection had come.”  In this portion the Sons of Aaron are to be taken before a ritual bath –which we call a Mikvah—for the purposes of setting them apart BEFORE they go through the anointing ceremony.  The anointing is something that has seemed to elude the nations and they have associated the “anointing” with everything from a “feeling” that made the hair rise on the back of your neck—all the way to how a certain Shepherd made us swoon with his highly powered oratory.  But the anointing that Messiah had and the anointing that You and I have are supposed to be a special empowering from the Spirit of Yeshua that lives within us—that makes the Torah come to life within us and makes us vessels of the Most High Elohim in the earth.  This “anointing” is pictured throughout the Scriptures as “Olive Oil” and in this Torah portion we are told to use the very finest Olive Oil to “Anoint YHWH’s Priests” and this “anointing would be a “sign” or a Teacher that would teach the people of Israel until that which is perfect—or the Messiah that was promised had come.  If this pattern—the Priesthood and the Temple Sacrificial System was to teach us—why do we just blindly accept the Marcionic interpretation of the Pauline writings that states that this system is somehow a “horrific bondage” that we need to be free of?  The actuality is that in this portion YHWH commands Moses to “command” our forefathers to follow this specific pattern for dealing with consecration of the Priesthood.  Israel was chosen by YHWH—not because they were the largest and greatest people on the planet—but because they were the smallest and most needy people on the earth.  Abraham was chosen because YHWH knew he would “TEACH HIS CHILDREN” the ways of YHWH.  The point of the this teaching was to lay out a systematic pattern of instruction for us to follow so that we would not be fooled by the ways of the differing peoples that we would encounter—and so that we would not take on their ways—meaning that YHWH’s purpose for your life is that your life be different from the other lives around you.  He has many ways of accomplishing this.  One of the ways of accomplishing this is through the process of manufacturing the precious “pure” or “virgin olive oil” that was to burn 24 hours per day in the Holy Place just outside the curtain that separated the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place in the Mishkon.  Jews everywhere and the children of Israel were to be able to see this light when ministering unto YHWH in the “Tent of Meeting.”  This light would illuminate the Tabernacle, and this is a type and shadow of not only the Holy Spirit—or the anointing in your life, but it is also a sign that your way has been illuminated and you are no longer groping around in darkness—like someone with no education might act in a spelling bee—but that you are to know the function of the ways of Your King and you are to be able to live them for the world.  The Oil is representative of the WAY—the DEREK of the Jewish people—who have circumcised their hearts and are following the Torah and Testimony of Yeshua YHWH.  The ability to come in an live as a native born member of the Jewish people is a sign of Yeshua’s “oil” burning in the Lamp—or Menorah that is in your Temple.  No matter where you go and no matter what you encounter in your life—you are going to interact with it one of two ways—either as a Jew or as a Goyim—a person of the Nations.  Yeshua YHWH desires for you to be a part of His ROYAL PRIESTHOOD….His HOLY NATION called Israel.  Yeshua is Judah’s great King and the promised One that would come—and each day He is closer than the day before in coming again.  The battle for all mankind us upon us—and it is a battle between the followers of Jesus and the followers of Yeshua YHWH.  You are currently carrying a mark that will tell the Principalities and Powers and Rulers of the Spirit Realm—who you belong to.  What does your mark say about you?  Is your Oil burning with the purity of extra virgin oil—or is your lamp out because you fail to follow the pattern set before you by Moses in the Torah—YHWH’s teaching and instruction?

Exodus 30:30-33 says of this Oil “30 “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 31 Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32 Do not pour it on men’s bodies and do not make any oil with the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. 33 Whoever makes perfume like it and whoever puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from his people.”

  1. A. Living a “Jewish Lifestyle and not a Christian one” is the “oil” that lights the lamp of the bride.  The Bride are those who have made it out of pagan idolatry worship and are in possession of His menorah–with its seven golden lamp stands [Love-{the Shamash=middle candlestick of the Menorah} -Joy–Peace–Longsuffering–Patience–Gentleness and Goodness] –which is what the Shaliach Kepha ask us to “add to our faith.”  This is what Messiah said would “make you perfect.”  If you remember Yeshua’s interaction with the rich young ruler….He said “Master what must I do to have eternal life?”  And Yeshua said “Keep the Commandments.”  The young man replied “Which ones?”  and Yeshua said “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal.”  The Young man replied “I have kept all of these since I was a boy [pre-bar mitzvah]” and Yeshua did not correct Him, but said, “If you wish to be perfect….go sell all you have and give it to the poor–and come and follow me.”  Messiah was laying out the two sides to the Torah’s sword.  One side is simple……Keep the Commands….do–don’t do.  Easy to understand.  The second edge of the Torah’s clean blade is done ONLY by His Spirit–that of GRACE–MERCY and FORGIVENESS.  You cannot Love without it…You will have no Joy without it…no peace….no patience…no gentleness or goodness without Grace–Mercy–and Forgiveness.  We know we are to live “Clean” and avoid “unclean” as part of this walk—but what does it mean to “live clean?”  In classic Judaism something is “Clean” and it can be defined “clean” when measured against YHWH’s commands in the book of Leviticus and Unclean can be defined as anything defined as “unclean” by Leviticus. [ i.e.  Blood is unclean……Lust is unclean…Slander is unclean….perfect offerings without spot or wrinkle are “Clean”– but in the broader Halachic sense…..anything that violates Torah’s black and white “commands” is “unclean” and thus, so is “not loving–having no joy—having no peace—having no patience—displaying no gentleness–and living no goodness—for you can be certain that having these missing from your walk will make you unclean.

2 Peter 1:5-11 says “5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Adon Yeshua Mashiach. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Adon and Deliverer Yeshua Mashiach.

B. In the Mattit’yahu 25 recollection of our Rabbi’s parable of the 10 virgins—this is a story about the 10 lost tribes of the North of Israel that have until now—been scattered to the wind.  Yeshua is describing for us how this group will respond to the return of the long awaited Bridegroom.  Each of these “virgins” has a Lamp—which is actually a “Menorah.”  They all fall asleep waiting for the return of the Bridegroom—which is a type and shadow of how the 10 Tribes of Ephraim—or the House of Israel would fall away from the Torah over the years waiting for the Bridegroom to come again and celebrate the consummation of the wedding.  The Jars are full of the oil that is the purest oil that lights and fuels the wick of the Menorah [or “Lamp”] of the Virgins.  The 5 wise have JARS that accompany their  Menorim– and this is a depiction of half of the 10 tribes that were prepared for the return of the JEWISH MESSIAH…are living like the Jews—who are the ones in possession of the “oil” for the Lamp.  The 5 Un-wise are in possession of the Menorah…..but they have no oil [meaning they are not living in the manner of the Jewish people–as lived by Yeshua and the Apostles] and when the Bridegroom comes…..the “Shamash” to unite the three candles of the House of Israel and the three candles of the House of Judah–the unwise virgins will be trying to find “an oil merchant” or someone to teach them how the live the Hebrew/Jewish lifestyle….the oil…….but they will be closed out of the Bridal Chamber…..only those who “walk like Yeshua walked–will enter the inner court…..the bridal chamber.

Zechariah 4: 8-12 says “8 Then the word of YHWH came to me: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that YHWH Almighty has sent me to you. 10 “Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. “(These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range throughout the earth.)” 11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lamp stand?”

12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”  13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?” “No, my lord,” I said.  14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”

Mattit’yahu 7:22-23 says “22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?, And in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’  [“Evildoer” comes from the Greek word “Anomos” Strong’s 459 meaning “Destitute of the Mosaic Law.”]

C. The Secret of the Olive Oil…that is found in this week’s Torah Portion.  Olive Tree’s are harvested by a process of “beating” by the Olive Farmer.  This “shock” causes the ripened Olives to fall away from the tree’s life giving sap.  They are collected by the Olive Farmer…..who then treads them under foot……breaking the Olives open and removing the pits–this is when things happen that seems as though they are defeats……but are really nothing more than preparation…….for the last step……the “milling” of the Oil…..the olives that have been broken open…..and are exposed……are taken to the Millstone….a large round wheel that is used to crush out the common olive oil.  But the precious “Virgin” olive oil from the remnant of the Olive that once was upon the natural Olive Tree is not crushed by the Millstone.  It is actually “Beaten” in a mortar to extract the purest virgin Olive Oil.  This is a picture of what the Torah does in daily application of our life.  When we have been connected to the “Natural Olive Tree—our lives begin to become the “Fruit” of the Olive Tree—which is the pure provider of the Olive Oil that is necessary for lighting the lamp of the Menorah that will carry the light “To the World.”  When you are faced with a situation that YHWH uses to stretch you—and test your Faith—you are being beaten in the mortar of Torah—and when you surrender to the Torah’s righteous commands—you are then beginning to extract the “purest extra virgin Olive Oil” from your life..  The purest olive oil was used to light the Lamp of the Mishkon Menorah.  This is the “Light of the World” that Messiah said you would be……a light for the Goyim to follow as they return from the Nations…….Romans 2:28-29 says you are now a Jew by circumcision of the heart….and even as Aaron and His sons were presented for bathing…..to be consecrated as Priests in this Portion…..so to are you “bathed” as your “sign” of the internal circumcision of the heart.  Then your daily adherence to the lifestyle of the Jewish people…the royal priesthood…..the Holy Nation…..by obeying Torah through the seven spirits I shared with you before…..is the sign that your Olive Oil has been accepted as “Pure” and “Virgin”  by the Kohen Gadol–Yeshua Messiah.

Isaiah 63:1-7 says “1 The Spirit of the Sovereign YHWH is on me, because YHWH has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of YHWH’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our Elohim, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,  the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of YHWH for the display of his splendor. 4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. 5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards. 6 And you will be called priests of YHWH, you will be named ministers of our Elohim. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.  7 Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

D.  There is a plan in the world today to supply less—than—pure Olive Oil and try to pass it off as “Holy unto the Lord Yahweh.”  Even as Israel has a Messiah and a Messianic period to come—there is an ANTI-MESSIAH and a period of the anti-messiah that has come upon the earth.  The average christian is completely innocent, until they are told….but the Shepherds are guilty as Hell itself…..this is why Jeremiah prophesied “Woe to the Shepherds” at the beginning of His lament.  The average christian is innocent….It is not their fault; they have fallen for the Anti-christ.  The “Christ” is no christ at all–but a cheap imitation.  So how do you know He is a cheapened imitation…..the Christ–Jesus–has NO TORAH.  Yeshua Ben Yosef was–is–and forever will be the living Torah.  Yeshua is Messiah of all Israel and Savior of Israel–Jesus Christ is the personal savior of the “self enlightened ones” called “Christians” that have been led away from Torah to their eventual slaughter.  The reason they act like the Goyim is because they are Goyim–with religious spirits. Which are the most dangerous spirits of the unclean realm….and their god is the exact opposite of what Yeshua was.  Jesus is not Jewish–ever seen his picture?  He is some tall skinny white guy with long hair and is kind of homosexual looking.  Yeshua was and is a man’s man–a carpenter by trade….a Pharisee–who wore his hair short and had payos.  The great Whore is the Roman Catholic Church and their god is Jesus Christ–who is “Anti” Christ–even as Yeshua “is Mashiach” to the people of Israel.  The Anti-Mashiach is Anti–everything that the Living Breathing Walking Talking Torah was–is and is to come.  The daughters of the great whore are the evangelicals–who have agreed to doctrinal statements about why they will not obey the Torah–or more directly…why they “do not have to.”  HaSatan–is their god–and you can tell this because they practice the same behavior…..HaSatan knows the Torah–BUT–satan–refuses to obey the Torah.  Christians have been seduced by THE seducing spirit….just like Chavah long before them …..into thinking that even though YHWH said “do not to do this”–or “do that”–that “They really do not have to obey him because Paul said so.”  Paul becomes the patron saint of the roman catholic whore and is worshipped as a god–like the same principality attempted to get people to do in several places in the book of Acts–which Rabbi Shaul responded to by tearing his clothing in the ultimate expression of “horror” and begged the people who were succumbing to this spirit to “repent” and follow Yeshua YHWH their Creator. In fact, spirit of satan goes sinisterly beyond that when it says to the average christian, if you live like Jesus–“you will be just like G-d”  The Son of Adam {Man} is ALREADY “like G-d” in that He is a living spirit, made in YHWH’s image and likeness”  but our Heart–which is our mind, will and emotions– are “exceedingly wicked above all repair.”  The mind of Yeshua–IS–YHWH…..and the mind of the average Christian is categorically opposite to an orthodox first century Jewish Rabbi; they do not even begin to think in the same dimensions.  The followers of Yeshua practice the Amidah and the Shemonei Esrei prayers on the watches–say and live by the Shema–keep clean from unclean, holy versus unholy and celebrate the festivals and feast days of the natural olive tree into which they have been grafted called the “Jewish” people or “Israel” today.  Followers of Yeshua live LIKE Yeshua did.  In striking contrast, Christians want to escape this world through something they call the “rapture” that does not even exist in Scripture,  and through this “great holy escape”…they desire to go to heaven….Yeshua wants the righteous to “Rule” the world–not leave it.  Christians can eat whatever they want, but end up dying of cancer and other food related illnesses…..whereas Yeshua did not violate Kashrut restrictions…….Christians practice easy grace which is nothing more than the appearance of a “get out of jail free card” except you never really get out of jail….and the weekly ‘repentance of Christianity” is nothing more than getting a “dog” (which is what Yeshua called a person who is “outside the nation of Israel)  to turn around…again and again…..which is nothing more than “chasing their tails” and why nothing ever changes in your life in a supernatural way……Yeshua said that whoever lives like this “does not know me or my Abba.”  Christians celebrate Pagan festivals like Ishtar (easter) and Tammuz (christmas) while changing the Shabbat from when YHWH said it was…on “the 6th Day (Friday) sundown to the 7th Day (Saturday) at sundown”–to the 1st day of the week (Sun-day)–which Constantine called the “venerable day of the Sun” a pagan holiday in 325 C.E., and thus they spurn YHWH and turn their back on His Holiest Day which is the Shabbat;  but Yeshua celebrated the festivals and feast days of Yahuah–only–and never violated a Shabbat, but cherished it with great joy and taught others to do so!  Christians–have the mark of the beast which simply means they “know what the Torah says, but they simply will not obey.”  Anyone without the “mark of the beast” will NOT be able to “buy and sell” in the last days—which means that they will not be able to transact financial transactions on the Sabbath–which means they have a mark of YHWH which will not allow them to desecrate the Sabbath–as Jews will not even carry money on the Sabbath in Israel.  The followers of Yeshua know and wouldn’t think of willfully disobeying Yahweh and buying or selling on the Sabbath.  Jesus Christ–is the anti-messiah and Yeshua Ben Yosef is Mashiach.  2 Thessalonians speaks of this “delusion” that will lead the whole world astray.  There is NO POWER for life change in Jesus Christ……..POWER only comes from implementing Torah by faith like Abraham did….and this is why the “Name of Jesus” never did anything you tried to make it do…….and why Yeshua is a name that is a strong tower–the righteous run to it and are delivered!  Jesus is okay until it begins to cost you something, then that means you “must be going the wrong way;” However, Yeshua said that following Him would cost you everything–that you would be persecuted and hated by all men because of Him….once you start keeping the Jewish lifestyle–you begin to be treated like the Jewish people have been treated by Christians for 2000 years.  Jesus is all about rabid “individualism” where as Yeshua is completely about community, and how our actions move to either repair of destroy the world.  Jesus is a false god–a personal god–a myth, a creation of the roman catholic whore of the last days, whereas Yeshua is the Master and Savior of a united Israel who sits upon the throne of David.  A tree can be known by its fruit, where Jesus and his followers have only produced violence and unspeakable things to the Jewish people—Yeshua brought salvation to the Jewish people simply because of the Patriarchs.  Yeshua is returning for a Bride called Israel–without spot or wrinkle, and only those who KNOW Yeshua will be allowed in, and many will be told “Depart from me you workers of iniquity—I–Yeshua–never knew you and the rest will be cast into darkness where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Moses asked YHWH to teach Him His Torah–so that He might know Him.  Yeshua Ben Yosef said that those who know him will do the “things He did.”  Yeshua was a completely Torah Observant Jew–and those who follow him will live a life reflective of that fact.  Jesus is the buddy of the world–the oooie goooie brotherly “imitation love” ball, and is the Anti-Messiah that is unrecognized by the Jewish people and rejected by all who follow the Elohim of Israel.  Turn away from the Roman Catholic god called Jesus Christ–and repent and follow the Adon Yeshua Yahweh–who is YHWH who came in the flesh and is the one and only G-d of the people of Israel: those born Jewish and those who were ‘reborn’ into the faith of the Jewish people and were grafted into the natural Olive Tree that is the “Royal Priesthood” and “Holy Nation” of people who are called out to be Priests to the entire world.  The Prophet Zechariah 8:23 says “Thus saith YHWH of hosts; In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that] God [is] with you!”      Beloved, this day is upon you.  Leave the pagan ways of the roman catholic whore and call out to Yeshua YHWH and be delivered with the Jewish people of YHWH.

2 Corinthians 4:1-7 says “1Therefore, since through Elohim’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of Elohim. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of YHWH. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Mashiach, who is the image of Elohim. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Yeshua Mashiach as Adon, and ourselves as your servants for Yeshua’s sake. 6For Elohim, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of Elohim in the face of Mashiach.  7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from Elohim and not from us.”

“Understanding the Mishkan” by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 by messianicpastor

This Weeks Torah Portion: Terumah/Portion

Exodus 25:1-27:19

Haftarah is 1 Kings 5:26-6:13

Today’s Reading Exodus 25:1-9

“Understanding the Mishkan”

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.

8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.

  1. I. Exodus 25:1-10

The Mishkan, God’s prophetic picture of the portable temple in the wilderness.

  1. A. God commands the Children of Israel to make a sanctuary for him to dwell among them and with their own heartfelt donations.  Genesis 25:8 which says “ 8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.”

  1. B. This Mishkan, or “Tabernacle” is a prophetic picture of our bodies and the way God wants us to walk in this last day.

  1. C. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

  1. D. The Mishkan, or “Tabernacle “represents our obligation to sanctify–or set apart ourselves as Holy unto the Lord YHWH.  Mount Sinai, like the permanent Temples that would follow were fixed structures –thereby unmovable.  The portable Mishkan is a sign that YHWH’s Shekinah Glory would follow us not matter where we were spread through out the World.

Lev. 11:44 says 44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground.”

Lev. 19:2 says “2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”

Lev 20:7 says “consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.”

  1. II. What is the “Mishkan?”  The Mishkan is the MOBILE, MOVING TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS.

  1. A. Strong’s (#04908) matches the Hebrew “Mishkan,” which means “dwelling place.”

  1. B. I John 4:13 says “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”

  1. C. What is the Spirit that Yeshua gave us?  1 John 5:6 says, “This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is THE TRUTH.”

  1. D. What is TRUTH?  This was Pilate’s question to Yeshua as he was judging Him, because Yeshua is THE TRUTH, He is the HATORAH–The Word of God made flesh!  Psalm 119 and verse 142 says “your righteousness is everlasting and your law [Torah] is truth!

  1. III. What does the Mishkan say to me?  If we enter the Mishkan Tabernacle in the wilderness what would you see?  And what are the meaning of these things to us today??

  1. A. The “Brazen” or “Elevated Altar”

  1. B. The tabernacle contains two altars.  The one you see first upon entrance into the Mishkan compound is the “Mizbe’ach,” –or “the Altar of Elevation.”  The sacrifice had to be lifted up.   This is where all people enter into Israel–by the Elevation Offering of Yeshua.  He was lifted up so that we would draw near.  Exodus 27:1-8

  1. C. The offering that was lifted up on this altar was only accepted if the blood was shed on this altar; for without the shedding of blood there is no remission of Sins.

  1. D. Yeshua said in John 8:28, “So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.’”  Yeshua’s body was the eternal sacrifice of the elevated altar ushering us back into the fellowship of the tabernacle, and the unified 12 Tribes that had lost their identity while in Egyptian Slavery–but we would again be regathered in this last day!  The Elevation Offering allows us to draw near; this is the “Outer Court” where FORGIVENESS IS DOLED OUT–but ATONEMENT causes us to DRAW NEAR–to LONG FOR MORE of the PRESENCE OF YHWH.  Sadly, many people today are stuck in the outer court where the focus is on an Elevated Offering–rather than pressing IN to TAKE POSSESSION OF the PRESENCE OF YHWH–and gaining His Character, His Ability, and His Strength.  Saddest of all are those who cry at the Elevated Offering and refuse to reflect the gift of life we have been given through its atoning blood offering.

  1. IV. The Bronze Laver, represent for us the “Waters of Repentance”

Exodus 30:17-21 says “17 Then the LORD said to Moses, 18 “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water in it. 19 Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. 20 Whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting an offering made to the LORD by fire, 21 they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.

  1. A. The priest was to t’vilah (immerse) his hands and feet, so he would not die.  This represents the t’vilah we experience upon passing through the blood of Yeshua’s sacrifice.  T’Villah is a conversion baptism; its only purpose was to act as a sign of the requirement of newness of life for all who draw near its cleansing waters.  Gone is the old you from amidst the Nations of the World and Now there ONLY EXISTS an Israeli.  Those who have been through T’Villah can attest that it changes your “Status” from Alien to Native.

  1. B. John 19:34 says, “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”

  1. C. The blood of the elevated bronze altar and the bronze laver represent the guilt and sin offering that would flow from Messiah for every lawless action we would ever commit. Further they attest to the call of the convert to Israel to be separate and Holyset apart and prepared for the service of the King.

  1. V. Now leaving the outer courtyard we are moving into the Holy Place where we find the Menorah, the light of God.

  1. A. Made of solid gold, representative of the Torah and the oral Torah, the New Testament (Mar 1:3)  The purity and beauty of the Word of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

  1. B. Yeshua said in John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

  1. C. Yeshua calls his body the “light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14)  We are the candlesticks representing the seven spirits of God: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, gentleness and goodness. (Revelation 3:1, 4:5, 5:6)  The 7 Branches also represent the Seven Days of Creation where the immortal words “LET THERE BE LIGHT” were uttered and still produce fruit to this day by creating the Light of Life’s replication in our lives.  And lastly, the Branches are representative of the Two Houses of Israel that are joined together by the SHAMASH–or the center Candle referred to as “The Servant” of the rest of the Branches or occasionally it will be called “The Vine.

  1. VI. The Table of Showbread.  Exodus 25:23-30

  1. A. The table kept 12 loaves of bread in two stacks at all times and was eaten by the priest on the Sabbath.  They were changed representing the Terumah (remnant priests) and Israel (including Christianity today) and Judah (believing Jews).

  1. B. The table had a Golden Crown representing Messiah’s authority of office.

  1. C. This Crown represents the king’s responsibility to insure protection and provision of his country.  Our Messiah King is bound to protect and to provide provision for us.  By nature of His office of “King” his Crown assures us of the promises of safety found in Psalm 23 and many others.  His coming holds NO FEAR FOR US–only joyous expectation of the Bread that is to be changed for new.

  1. D. John 6:51 says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

  1. VII. Incense Altar  Exodus 30:1-6  and Paroches (curtain)  Exodus 26:6

  1. A. Once the successful service, through blood and water, past the menorah and bread of presence, the presence of God descended on the Mishkan.

  1. B. Our Sages say, “The incense altar was to welcome the King of the Universe and show him honor, and his presence only came after water and blood, and faithfulness in the holy place.  That is why it was just outside the Holy of Holies.  Sadly, though many know the blood, and the water today–not many at all know anything about living faithful lives of obedience to ALL YHWH’s Word.  The Torah is the same Yesterday–Today and Forever–and adherence to it will bring about the descending of the presence of God in our lives.

  1. C. The tabernacle had a curtain made of two that was connected as one.  This was the division of the sanctuary.  This represents the veil of the sacrifice and offering that God accepts but does not desire.  Justice and Mercy is what the Lord YHWH desires for to “obey is BETTER than to sacrifice.”

  1. D. Mark 15:38 says when Yeshua died this curtain ripped in two making entry to the Holy of Holies open to all men.

  1. VIII. The Holy of Holies and the Arc of the Covenant.   Exodus 25:10

  1. A. The arc is made up of a 3 chambered box that contained, Aharon’s staff that budded, the manna, and the tablets are the representation of the Torah of Moses.  Further it represents man–as it was made of Acacia Wood and covered with pure gold.  Acacia Tree’s produce no fruit– just like the life lived in the fallacy of self-righteousness.  It is only when “Covered” with purified gold that our fruitless lives are changed and we are grafted into the natural olive tree which is Israel and begin living fruitful lives.  Those our old lives are still there–like the old Acacia Wood, the Gold Covers us and turns our dead lives into the most beautiful  of vessels fit for the Masters uses.

  1. B. The Manna represents the prosperity of Messiah, God our provider, the staff represents God’s supernatural authority over the realm of death, and the tablets represent the Torah that is carried in the heart of man and is called arc of the covenant, because they testify all Israel is to obey Torah.

  1. C. The cover or mercy seat had the two Arc Angels covering the Mercy Seat.  This was purest gold inside and out.  They are bowed and looking inward to symbolize that the only true life and wisdom are found in Torah; any other pursuit of man’s wisdom is foolishness.

  1. IX. The Covers of the Mishkan, Tabernacle. Exodus 26:6

  1. A. In this multi-colored cover there was woven the face of a lion, eagle and ox. (Ezekiel 1)  This is the representation of Joseph’s Tallit (prayer shawl) of many colors.  This cover was woven.  This tells us that color is no predictor of Holiness.  Israel is made up of every race and color under heaven just like these coverings suggest.  Racism is telling God that he made a mistake by making someone this color or that.  Let us never be foolish enough to think that God condones our divisive hatreds based on foolishly drawn conclusions.

  1. B. The second cover is made of Goat Hair and represents the “Azazel” goat or the “Scapegoat” that would die for the sins of Israel on Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement.  Exodus 26:7-13

  1. C. The third cover was Seal Skins dyed red, and represents the blood.   Exodus 36:19.

  1. D. The final cover was covered in badger, and provided water and sand proofing.   The last barrier is skin, just like a human being.

  1. X. So what does this all mean?  The tabernacle is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  1 Corinthians 3:16

  1. A. You enter by the blood of the elevated altar into the outer court.  Ephesians 2:13 says “13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

  1. B. You are washed anew in his Bronze Laver while still in the outer courtyard.  Matthew 28:19 says “19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

  1. C. To enter the “Holy Place” we all must pass through the curtain of death to flesh. Colossians 3:13 says “13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

  1. D. You are filled with His Spirit to BE the Menorah of the Spirit of God to this generation of souls.

  1. E. You eat the bread of life and drink the wine; this ceremonial meal is only eaten by the Priests in the presence of the Lord.  This is how it will be during the Millennial Kingdom period.

  1. F. Now we CAN live in the holy of holies with God’s Manna and our God’s rod of authority and power  over death ( Aharon’s budded staff) and our God’s covenantal teaching and instructions.  The Mishkan is the mobile moving tabernacle in the wilderness that is to be a sign of our life journey to holiness that is the gift of God.  Move past the outer court and add obedience to the Torah’s righteous decrees to your life and feast upon the goodness of your God by entering into new dimensions of your walk with Messiah–the living “Mishkan!”

Shabbat Shalom, and have a Great Week!!

Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout  © 2010 All Rights Reserved

This Weeks Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:28 – 6:13

Today’s Haftarah Message: “Building Codes”

Today’s Reading 1 Kings 6: 11 – 13 “11 The word of the LORD came to Solomon: 12 “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. 13 And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.

In last week’s Haftarah, we looked at the ways in which God’s Temple – Us – gets into a condition that it needs repaired.  They were:

  1. 1. God’s Temple gets damaged from Foreign Invaders.
  2. 2. God’s Temple gets damaged from Neglect.
  3. 3. God’s Temple gets damaged from Misuse.

In this week’s Haftarah, King Solomon is building The Temple of God in Jerusalem. Just like the Tabernacle in The Wilderness, The Temple of God was built to exact specifications. When the exact specifications are followed, the promises God made to David will be fulfilled.

Since we are the modern day Temple of the Living God, we will examine the specifications, from this section, that apply to The Temple of Go