Double Portion Vayahel and Pekudei by Rabbi Ariel Ehrmantrout
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 VISION. OBEDIENCE 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 says ” Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
ROMANS 12:16 says ” Live 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 SAYS ” Whoever 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 44:21 ” Declare 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 SAYS ” However, 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
Y— is 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.
H—is 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.
W— is 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 SAYS ” 1Now 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….
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 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 says “Therefore, 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 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 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!”
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