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Revelation 5; Worthy to unseal the scroll

The apostle John has gone from scribe of the King of kings to a witness of God’s glory. (Revelation 4). Now in chapter 5 his attention is drawn to the right hand of The One sitting on the throne. There is a scroll in The Hand, written on the inside and outside, sealed with seven seals. An angel asks a powerful question…

December 4, 2018 PCWho is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?

Where did this scroll come from?

The prophet Ezekiel was shown a similar scroll.

Ezekiel 2:9-10 Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe. 

The scroll Ezekiel saw seems to be a full list of sin committed against the Almighty. Though it was opened for Ezekiel to see, he was not worthy to open it himself.

The prophet Daniel wrote the Almighty’s words in a scroll that he was to seal. They were such intense words that he became ill.

Dan 12:4-10 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”   Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, … “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?”  I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.

Though Daniel was involved in writing the prophecy, he was not worthy to break the seals.

Isaiah the prophet also saw a sealed scroll.

Isaiah 29:11-13 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.”  Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote

What ever this scroll is, written front and back, intended for the end of days, an oracle of people who think they are all that, but they are not, no one in creation will be worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. John wept!

December 4, 2018 PC - HEY Behold the Lion of Judah… and I saw a lamb standing as if slain… The prophets were given a vision from heaven of things to come. They were given assignments to speak to the children of Israel, of their day, as Ezekiel was instructed and to future children of Israel, as Daniel and Isaiah, but that did not make them worthy to open the scroll. It was the Lamb who gave his life, his blood, to buy men from the just penalty of their sin that made him worthy to open the scroll. The only worthy One, was the Son of God who so deeply loved the world that he gave his life to save the world. My Hallelujah is not nearly enough to thank him for this amazing gift. There are those who, for whatever reason, have rejected this gift. They will be required to pay for their own sin, recorded in the scroll, for their own choice to not follow the Son of God Y’shua-Jesus.

Beloved, there is still time, you can still call upon the name of the LORD and be saved. What are you waiting for?

A sample of some “call upon the name of the LORD” verses: Joel 2:32,  Acts 2:21,  Rom 10:13,  1Cor 1:2,

The scroll, held in the right hand, the hand of mercy, (mercy because it was held sealed, waiting for you to come to Salvation) of The One seated on the throne will soon be handed to the One who so loved you that he gave his life for you. His love for you made him worthy to break the seals that release the coming judgement. It is the hand of love that gives the scroll and it is love that receives the scroll. All of heaven sings praise to him

December 4, 2018 Zzig.comunidade - 5Rev9Worthy is the Lamb! What happens next is almost written casually. John looked, and listened. Angels and the four living creatures, the twenty-four elders sang a praise song with the throngs of heaven. The heavenly host sang praise to the Lamb of God! I am so struck by this. I hear stories all the time of how a vision or appearance of an angel will cause men to bow in reverence if they are not stopped. Men will worship Satan the deceiver because of his magnificence. But their glory fades before the simple vision of the Lamb who was slain… and we use his name as something foul, a word of disgust. He who so loved us that he gave his blood to pay the the penalty of sin, like the sin of using his name in vanity or anger. Shame washes over me at the thought of the times I have snapped out his beautiful name to curse. Forgive me beloved!

Worthy is the Lamb! At some point the physical world will join the spiritual realm in praising Him

Philippians 2:7-11 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Does this mean that everyone, even those who refuse to enter covenant with Y’shua will be saved? No. Confessing his name at the end of days with all creation means all creation recognizes his right to judge. Confessing our sin and calling upon the Name of the LORD, asking him to come into your heart by faith is entering covenant with him. Faith in what our physical eyes do not see is different from the horrible recognition of the One we have denied after our eyes are opened to who he is. Every knee will bow. Bow in faith, do not wait until the sudden and horrible fear when he is revealed as worthy to break the seals and let loose the punishment that his love would have paid for you.

20181203_170944172329289.jpg Debs in Everett, Washington

Praying that the eyes of your heart be opened before the blindness of your physical eyes see what you refuse to believe.

The 2nd day of Hanukkah. Dedication to prayer and the Word of God. I talked a good talk about dedication to memorization, but have not picked out a passage to commit to memory …yet. Perhaps tonight, the third night of dedication I will actually write out verses to slip into my pocket.

 

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Revelation 4, A door in heaven

If the Revelation unfolded just as it is written, then no sooner had John finished Y’shua-Jesus epistle (teaching letter) to the Laodiceans, with the words, “...behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door” (Rev. 3:20) than he, himself was whisked through a door.

December 3, 2018 Par ici et par laAfter these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, like the sound of a shofar (trumpet) speaking with me said, “Come up here and I will show you what must take place after these things.”  Revelation 4:1

Revelation chapter 4 is a display of glory upon overwhelming glory. I must confess that even when I find where the words I read are located in Old Testament scripture, I am still no closer to decoding these amazing words. So I will stick with what I think that I know while keeping my eyes on Y’shua. Please forgive me if I seem clumsy and crude with these holy words. I assure you, that comes from me, not my beloved.

December 3, 2018 Par ici et par la - DaletThe Door. The 4th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet (alphabet) is DALET. It pictures a door. John 10:9 makes it clear that Y’shua is the door.

I AM the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  John 10:9

Is that significant to the Revelation? Faith in Y’shua (His Hebrew name means “Salvation) is the ONLY way to heaven. Search all you want, there is no other way.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6

No one… You must be born again. Many give a formula for Salvation. I myself took the Evangelism Explosion course. It was helpful to me when telling others about my Jesus, but giving all the correct answers to the EE survey does not make you a Christian. Faith in the blood of Y’shua haMashiach, Jesus who is the Christ, saves you. DALET is a picture of repentance from sin. When the Hebrews left Egypt, it was significant that the blood of a lamb was applied to the door. None of the 1st born survived without applying the blood to the door by faith. No doubt there was a physical act of selecting a hyssop branch and a bowl, then taking an innocent lamb and slaughtering it for their salvation by sprinkling the collected blood on the door. What we do by faith is just as real as what the Hebrews did in Egypt. We confess that we are dead in our sin and that the only salvation is the blood of the lamb of God. There is no other way! By faith we repent and ask forgiveness from the very One who gave his blood because of his love for me, a rebellious sinner. “Lord forgive me, cleanse me by your blood and come into my heart.” That was my prayer in a little Assembly of God church that I chose because, 1. I had a child who probably needed to go to church so that he can make an informed decision about religion some day. And 2. that church was so close to my home that I could walk to it and not be inconvenienced. God is so gracious! That child was a year and a month old. He spent most of his time sobbing for his momma in the nursery. Praise God for that Nursery Lady who sat and rocked my baby boy while she prayed that no trick of Satan would keep me from coming to Jesus. I do not even know her name. And about not being inconvenienced? The little Baptist church I attended with my Father-in-law was a one hour drive from our house. My perspective had changed. Enough about me.

 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.  Revelation 4:2

December 3, 2018 Joli COEUR - 4Rev11There isn’t much about the images John saw once he went through The Door in a way that few other people experience. I can tell you that 24 elders represents heavenly government (12 is the government number on earth, and is only a shadow of heaven). I can tell you what I already said about the voice of the trumpet in the Revelation 1 blog. I can tell you that much of the throne imagery was seen by Ezekiel in his vision (Ezekiel 1:4-7) but I cannot make sense of it. What I know is that it is Holy. It is where we go by faith when we pray without getting the vision. It is the power and glory we receive when we pray. Accepted by faith. Like that Nursery worker who understood what was going on in the spirit realm, pray without ceasing, the holy power of heaven comes to answer. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

20181202_1607381702851679.jpgDebs in Everett, Washington

Dedication this year is to prayer. Thy Will Be Done. And to the Word. We add a candle to the Menorah tonight, the 2nd evening of Hanukkah 2018. Keeping it simple. Maybe tonight we will add, dedication to memorizing the Word of God, so that I have more to pull up when I want to pray.

Chag Sameakh (Happy Holidays)

 

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Revelation 3, …Those Who Overcome

November 30, 2018 Pause-CafeSardis, The church of the Reformation.

Philadelphia, the Missionary Church

Laodicea, the Peoples Democracy.

Three churches, three calls to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Not in the past tense but in the present. The Son of God has nothing good to say about Sardis and Laodicea but makes up for that with wonderful things to say about Philadelphia.

November 30, 2018 GIMEL Pause-Cafe - CopyRead Revelation 3:1-6 So, you are a Protestant and proud of it. Sardis is the church that is representative of the Reformation. Y’shua presents himself in an interesting way, as “He who has the seven Spirits and seven stars. The seven Spirits are attributes (such as wisdom, understanding etc, Isaiah 11:2) of the Holy Spirit and the seven stars who are angels who serve Jesus in the oversight and communication to the churches (ch. 1). Y’shua has full access to the wisdom of heaven. The stewards do not. Life comes from the Son of God, not from the Stewards. The stewards do not give believers full access to The Word of God made flesh, only to the limited parts of the word that they are excited about, causing division and multiple denominations among those who long for God. We are called to wake up, hang on to what we have and to repent. John Calvin, as amazing as he was, is not the Son of God. Martin Luther, brave as he was, is not the Word made flesh. Your worship should come from the pages of Scripture and the Holy Spirit. The tradition of your church may be why you need to “wake up.” The good news is that not all reformation churches are dead churches! There is a growing movement to return to Sabbath Day worship, Passover and Hanukkah instead of the Christianized pagan holidays. You may feel you are standing alone, but you are not!  (Rev 3:4). You will be richly rewarded, and will walk with Y’shua in White (symbolic of purity).

November 30, 2018 GIMEL Pause-Cafe - CopyRead Revelation 3:7-13 The bright light of the Revelation 3 churches is Philadelphia, the Missionary Church. Y’shua introduces himself as He who holds the keys of David. The only place I could find a reference to “the keys of David” was Isaiah 22:22. A key holds the power to lock and unlock. The power belongs to the King (Revelation 3:7) but was held by a steward (mayor) in Isaiah’s day. The Key holder has the power to decide who comes in and who cannot, who receives the King’s services and who does not. Jesus has opened a door for the Philadelphia church that cannot be closed BECAUSE, they have a little power (faith as a mustard seed that can move mountains), they keep the word of God and do not deny His name. Whoever their enemies are, they will be forced to submit to them (bow before them) AND will miss the hour of testing! They will be a pillar in the temple of God. The best that I can tell, a pillar is a witness. As they were a witness on earth, so they will be a witness in the heavenly Kingdom.

November 30, 2018 GIMEL Pause-Cafe - CopyFinally, the letter to the church of Laodicea. Read Revelation 3:14-22 This sad church is so comfortable with their isolation from God that they honestly believe that earthly wealth is the reward for going to church on Sunday. They honestly have no idea about the reality of their wretchedness. Completely blind, they substitute luxury and feeling good about themselves for the Love relationship they should have with Y’shua.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock… This is where the letter Gimel, the 3rd Hebrew letter that pictures great wealth brought from afar, shines. A poor person traditionally comes to the door of the wealthy for aid. In this case, the church is so blind and backwards, so deceived about their condition that the creator and owner of all the earth has come to their door, begging them to let him help. Jesus is calling to the blind, stubborn church, promising rich relationship and all that comes with it if only they will come to a true relationship with Him.

November 30, 2018 3Rev8 Sai$onsDebs in Everett, Washington… listening to the television in another room playing as much information as possible about the Alaska Earthquake from earlier this morning. I have been praying for miracles of safety, for hearts to supernaturally be calm, for families to have contact with each other, for dialysis patients, people in need of emergency surgery, for those who are weak from illness to have the aid they need, and… For an open door for true evangelism of our beloved rugged individuals who populate Alaska. Open their hearts Abba!

 

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Revelation 2, the Spirit to the churches

November 28, 2018 Pause-CafeThere is so much in the Unvailing (the Revelation) that it is easy to spend a full day joyfully chasing cross-references. In this 2nd chapter of the Revelation, Y’shua has written the first four of seven epistles to his churches. I am going to try and keep this to the point. Each epistle deserves a full week of study to reveal what it says. I am just going to lift the veil for a peek. The only “commentary” I used was the translations of the churches from a sermon by Chuck Missler. There is a lot in my head that came from someone else (many someones) during earlier studies. I will give credit when I can. I often forget to list the speaker or author when taking notes directly in the margins of my bible. I apologize. Note: I know that today is November 29 (2018). I had not had my 1st cuppa jo before dating the picture. Whoops.

#NTin2018     Revelation 2

November 29, 2018 Pause-Cafe - CopyEphesus, the desired oneRead Revelation 2:1-7 From The One who holds the seven stars in his right hand and the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands. I love symbolism, I enjoy puzzles, If you do not, then I will try to not bore you with my crazy obsession, but it is what it is. Ephesus is like Mary of Mary and Martha fame. (Luke 10:38-42) The Ephesians are doers. Busy with many things. What the One with seven stars in his right hand desires is for them to remember the love that the work should spring from.

  • Seven Stars: These are the seven angels of the seven churches. Revelation 1:20
  • Seven: Spiritual perfection (E. W. Bullinger)
  • Seven Golden Lampstands are the seven branched Menorah. If you would like to know more about the menorah, click here, The Revelation Chapter 1. I went into more detail about the Menorah in that essay.

Most of us have had seasons in our church life that have to be organized down to the quarter hour. Driving children to religious school, volunteering as a school aid, teaching Sunday school, teaching Ladies Bible Study, prayer meetings, church business meetings, teaching AWANA’s, attending the Friday church potluck, cooking meals for others, volunteering to clean the church, “doing” Nursery… go, go, go! No wonder our children are walking away from church. Most of what we do was for the love of Jesus, some is for prestige, some of what we do is because of obligation. Sometimes we end up doing something because we were a warm body and that was all that was required to fill a position. I was aware that my children were not getting what they needed from me. I never even thought about Y’shua not getting what he needed from me. At some point he slipped out of the forefront of my life as my children slipped into rebellion. Crisis brought me back to spending time with my first love. Feeling a little angry that I was doing so much for Jesus and he did not babysit my children who had become men!

“But I have this against you” When does a soul slip from wanting to spend every moment in the light of the Almighty to being to busy for him to spend time with him? Go back to being Martha, sitting at his feet, absorbing his word instead of Mary being busy with too many things. If not, you may find yourself back in the dark (Rev 2:5). He is the light of the Menorah (lampstand).

Over-comers are given the right to eat from the tree of life. How is that significant? The tree of life is not mentioned again until Revelation 22 (vs 2, 14, and 19). The significant thing about the tree of life in the paradise of God is the fact that each month it produces fruit without our help. We are called to enter His rest. Rest comes when we pray and worship. If the Almighty asks us to do a job, it will come to me in prayer, not guilt; then he provides for the job and allows m-e to take care of my family. Overcome!

November 29, 2018 Pause-Cafe - CopySmyrna, means Myrrh. Revelation 2:11 Myrrh is used for pain and embalming. When it is crushed its beautiful scent is released. This love letter to Smyrna is from Him who was dead and came back to life. He tells them he knows that their life is exceedingly difficult… it is about to get harder. That always shocks me when I want relief from the hard things. Isn’t that what we learn, if we are good, we will be blessed. We assume that the blessing will be an easy life with a good job, good marriage, good health, balanced checkbook, good car… but that is not how Smyrna was blessed. Her life was described as “tribulation and poverty.” Religious people were a pain in her back. God is blessing you Smyrna! You are going to be tossed into prison. Chances are good that this is how you will live until you die. How is that a blessing?

Remember, this is an unvailing. What we see with our physical eyes and experience with our biological body is not what is real if we are born again. Y’shua said, Pick up your cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24-26. Please do not try to fit in, turn your eyes to Jesus who is the subject of Isaiah 53 (bless your moment and read that beautiful chapter.) Be faithful! The prize is the crown of life! The 2nd death is not for you but for those who crushed you, the beloved of the LORD, if they do not repent.

November 29, 2018 Pause-Cafe - CopyPergamum, an inappropriate marriage. The problem with Pergamum is not that she was intolerant, but like the American church she was too tolerant. She embraced and tolerated what she should have condemned. She had embraced all the seekers who had come to the place where Satan’s throne is. She loved them… if she loved them with the love of the LORD she would not have been tolerant. The love of Jesus sets us free from sin. The love of people gives a wink and a nod to sin.

Y’shua presented himself to Pergamum as the One with the two-edge sword coming from his mouth. Everywhere in the Revelation where this sword is mentioned, it is for war against the beast and those who follow him. Revelation 19:11-16. Pergamum is married to the World, if she “stands by her man” (so to speak) she will be cut down with him. She is called to repentance. It is not easy! You tolerate and hope that you can “save” those you tolerate when they realize how much you love them. Instead of saving them you condemn yourself. Repent.

Those who over come receive a white stone with a name only they know. How weird is that? Revelation 19:3 is a vision of Y’shua, in white, with a name written that only he knows. HE is the STONE that the builders rejected! Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42 When you over come the love you have for the world, then you receive the love of Y’shua!

November 29, 2018 Pause-Cafe - CopyThyatira, Daughter (of the inappropriate marriage) Revelation 2:18-29 One religious parent, one worldly parent. She saw them both. She had to choose the life she would live. That was probably Timothy’s story. Acts chapter 16. Tolerance comes easy. Faith is modeled to her. But they cannot mix. Take a stand and hold on to what is right. Timothy came fully to faith, you can too.

  • Eyes like a flame: these see through darkness and burn away excuses.
  • Feet like burnished bronze Feet are our physical contact with earth, they allow us to walk the walk. Y’shua’s walk was pure, follow him.
  • The Morning Star is Jesus! Revelation 22:16

Deb October 30Debs in Everett, Washington… who forgot to mention that the letter BET is a Pictograph of Y’shua, the master of the house. It is also a picture of division, which these 1st four churches represent. As ALEPH stands for the Almighty, BET stands for the Son of God…. and the number 2.

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The Revelation Chapter 1

The Revelation, the unveiling. Where reality is revealed. When Y’shua-Jesus said, “It is finished,” the veil of the temple was torn. (Matthew 27:45-54) The sin, the crimes that separate men from God were “paid in full” (…it is finished) on the cross. At that moment, the veil that separates man from YHVH (God) was torn in two by an unseen power. We can now legally come to the throne of YHVH through Y’shua, by faith in his blood. Hallelujah! But Paul, in the 2nd epistle to the Corinthians said that the Veil is still over the hearts of those who read the Old Testament… to this very day! (2 Corinthians 3:14-18) I have been told by reliable teachers that close to 80% of the text of The Revelation is  from the old Testament! Amazing! The Revelation is the unveiling of that document.

#NTin2018 Revelation chapter 1

November 28, 2018 QuietudeBlessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. Revelation 1:3

The 22 chapters of the Revelation loosely conform to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alephbet (alphabet) The first Hebrew letter is Aleph, a silent letter which pictures Almighty God (Revelation 1:8) Almighty God speaks through and to his bond-servants. Revelation begins with the unveiling of the Almighty.

November 28, 2018 Quietude - Copy The Revelation, the removal of the veil, is communicated to an angel who then communicates it to John the bond-servant of Y’shua-Jesus

  • the faithful witness
  • the first born of the dead
  • the ruler of the kings of the earth
  • Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood
  • He has made us to be a kingdom
  • priests (intercessors) to his God and Father
  • To Him belong the GLORY and the dominion eternally (forever and ever)

Revelation 1:7 quotes Daniel 7:13 (and 1 Thessalonians 4:17) “Behold, he is coming with the clouds. If you have read much of the New Testament, then you probably remember that in Acts 1:9-11, Y’shua rose from earth to a cloud. An angel foretold that he would come again in the same manner that he left them. Jim Bakker has me fascinated with that cloud. He was the first (and only) person I have heard put the cloud scriptures together. I believe the cloud is the Shekina, the glory cloud. This is the cloud where the bow of Noah’s day was hung (Gen 9:13). It is the cloud that led Israel by day (Exodus 13:21) and that embraced Moses when God spoke to him (Exodus 19:9). It covered the Tent of Meeting (the tabernacle, Exodus 40:34) and Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicles 5:14) This cloud was on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) and, as mentioned, received Y’shua in Acts 1:9-11. But there is more! This is the cloud of Revelation 14:14-16 that we will soon read about! Here, the bow is translated as sickle… but I do not want to spill my beans before we come to chapter 14!

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Aleph

I AM the aleph-tav. Alpha and Omega is the Greek translation of aleph-tav. In English we would say, he is everything from A to Z. In other words, he is The Word of God, but he is more. Letters, no matter what language they are communicating, represent sounds that are put together to form words. Hebrew is the same, but unlike all other alphabets, the Hebrew letters also represent numbers and ideas (pictographs). The Aleph, the first Hebrew letter represents God Almighty. The last Hebrew letter, Tav is symbolic of a sign. The most ancient Hebrew Tav was written as a cross, like our modern “t” (without the bottom hook of the font used in this program). The Alpha and Omega of Greek tells you that Y’shua is the Word of God. but the AlephTav of Hebrew tells you that he is more then the Word, He is the God (Aleph) of the Cross (Tav). But where is that in Hebrew? Actually it is every where in the Hebrew Scripture. The first time the AlephTav is used in Hebrew scriptures is in Genesis 1:1. You may wonder, where is it, I do not see it. Sadly, it is completely lost in translation. Most of the time the translators did not know what to do with AlephTav (‘ot) so they did not do anything with it. When they do try to translate ‘ot they often use the English word “and” (heavens “and” earth) but that does not communicate The God of the Cross. Remember the veil from the previous paragraph? I seldom meet anyone who reads Hebrew who knows what the ‘ot is. The veil is physical in English Bibles and spiritual to many Hebrew readers. But here in The Revelation, the unveiling, Y’shua proclaims himself, the AlephTav, the ‘ot, God of the Cross, who has been so since Genesis 1:1!

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, Revelation 1:10

This trumpet John heard is the Hebrew Shofar, the Ram’s horn. Like an army trumpet, the Shofar is a call to warriors. The tone and tune are dependent upon the trumpeter. It must be played clearly and skillfully (try it if ever you get a chance, it isn’t easy). The Shofar is a call to spiritual warfare (Numbers 10:9) It proclaims YHVH God Almighty (Psalms 98:6). The blowing of the Shofar calls the elect, the chosen, from the four winds (corners) of the world (Matthew 24:31) and it is Y’shua himself who sounds the Shofar, the final great Shofar for the rapture 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-57). It is the sound of victory!

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.   Revelation 1:12-13

The lampstands are the Hebrew Menorah, the multi branch candle holders that are very much like the Hanukkah candle holders. If you celebrate Hanukkah (found only in the New Testament, John 10, the feast of Dedication… Hanukkah translates into English as dedication) then you know that the central candle of the menorah, the first candle to be lit, is known as “the servant”. The Servant is used to give light to the other candles on the menorah. As believers in the Son of God, we understand that “the servant” is Y’shua-Jesus, the light of the world. That is who John saw “in the midst” of the menorah, the lampstands. His unveiled description is from the book of Daniel, chapter 10. He speaks. Are you listening?

Why is the Revelation a blessing to its readers? In the Revelation I see the whole Deb October 10, 2018scripture coming together. I see victory and the final retribution for the rebellion of rebels. I see Y’shua, King of kings, I see the devil get his just rewards. Many are afraid of the Revelation. They see the fear, sickness, unbelievable war, and the frightening choice of taking “the mark” (we will come to that soon enough) if they want to eat, yet if they take the mark they are doomed. How can that be a blessing? Perhaps those who are frightened of the Revelation do not really know their God and what he has done for us by his only begotten son, Y’shua haMashiach (Jesus who is the Christ). Maybe they do not know him at all. You should know where you are when it comes to eternal Salvation. Are you born again? If you are, turn your eyes to Y’shua, and do not be afraid. If you are not born again, what stops you? You can take a moment right now to confess your sin and ask him into your heart. I am praying for you dear reader. Be blessed in the reading.

Debs in Everett, Washington

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A Call to Warriors… Jude

The book of Jude is crowded with references to scoundrels of old, both heavenly and earthly. The lists come so quickly it can sometimes be difficult to know what Jude is saying to believers. Here it is in a nutshell… Stand in Faith!

November 27, 2018 Pause-CafeTo those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ. (Jude 1)

Of first importance, this letter is for you who have been called out of the world by God the Father who loves you. He is keeping you for Y’shua-Jesus, as a bride without spot or wrinkle. Hallelujah!

With this love in mind, you should know that it is not to wealth and luxury that you are called, but rather you are called as warriors. …contend earnestly for the faith… (Jude 3) Like queen Esther, we spend a season of learning how to be pleasing to our LORD, but when the battle comes, we step into the fray, not fighting as the world fights (our battle is not against flesh and blood Eph 6:12) but it can cost us our earthly life. (Esther 4:16) But that will not be the end of us.

During the season of learning how to please the LORD, “study to show yourselves approved” 2 Timothy 2:15 Jude is about to pile references on us that he expects us to be familiar with. Satan’s tactics have not changed, only the faces of those he uses. What he did through Korah, Balam, fallen angels, etc, he is also doing through today’s false teachers who have come into your churches and Bible Studies. Teachers who look like they will bring showers of blessings, but they are just clouds that float over the dry and thirsty land. (Jude 12). But you have the words of the apostles. The New Testament is our anchor, our common reference. By the words of the apostles, Warriors can discern the mockers, the ungodly who lust after the sheep and want to fleece us of what we have. They cause division, they have their mind on worldly things. They may seem bright and beautiful but beware warrior, they are without the Spirit of our God. To know the word of God, new and old testament, is to know the truth about these shining false teachers.

October 9, 2018 Constance BurgerBut you beloved of God,

  • Build up (live by) faith in God through Y’shua-Jesus’ blood
  • Pray!!! in the Holy Spirit
  • Keep yourselves in the love of God (remember whose you are)
  • Keep looking for the return of Jesus (know the prophecies so you are not frightened but rather encouraged by end of days events)
  • Encourage each other (we all stumble with doubts from time to time)
  • Know the gospel, snatch those who will hear from the fire
  • Be merciful. (Jude 20-22)

Through it all, Y’shua will keep you standing, even when you fear a fall. To him be the glory! Now warrior, Stand Firm!

Debs in Everett, Washington

 

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Live According to Truth 3John

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.   John 14:6

3rd John     #NTin2018

November 26, 2018 Sai$onsThe Elder, John the Apostle, with pressure on all sides, from the church and the government, sat down to write a note of encouragement and warning to a man named Gaius. No one is even sure who Gaius is but the Apostle John knew and wrote him a note of encouragement. When was the last time I did something like that for a believer?

To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

The question is not “what is truth” as Pilate sarcastically asked in John 18:38, but “who is truth.” John records Jesus answer to Thomas’ question in John 14:4-6, “I AM …the truth…” John the old apostle loves Gaius in Y’shua-Jesus. He prays for Gaius, that he would prosper and be in good health just as his soul prospers. That was interesting to me. Does that mean that the health and wealth doctrine of some denominations is correct? That seems wrong. But before I stand against something that the Apostle John wrote, I had better find out what a prosperous soul is.

soul is G5590 psuche (psoo-khay’) Vincent’s NT Word Studies psuchee (soul) is the principle of individuality, the seat of personal impressions. It has a side in contact with both the material and spiritual element of humanity, and is thus the mediating organ between body and spirit. Its meaning, therefore, constantly rises above life or the living individual, and takes color from its relation to either the emotional or the spiritual side of life, from the fact of its being the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions, and the bearer and manifester of the divine life-principle pneuma (spirit G4151). Consequently, psuchee is often used in our sense of “heart” Luke 1:46 “Mary’s psuchee (soul) exalts YHVH, her pneuma  (spirit) rejoices in Elohiym Y’shua (God her Savior; Luke 2:35 Simeon prophesied that a sword would pierce her psuchee)… note: A good soul-psuche is not salvation, the Holy Spirit-pneuma in you is Salvation.

As the soul-psuchee prospers in faith, so John prays that Gaius would prosper (not necessary wealth) as well as his health.

I have no greater joy then this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3John 4

Who better then the Apostle John to teach The Way of Truth? He was a disciple of John the baptizer and an eyewitness to the life of Y’shua-Jesus, he saw him die on the cross, he is an eyewitness of the empty tomb and a witness of the resurrected Messiah. He was there when Y’shua ascended into heaven. He wrote the Gospel of John, at least the three epistles of John, and the Revelation. He was entrusted with the care of Mary, the mother of Y’shua. Yet an apparent pastor of the assemble of believers that Gaius attends is known to speak against John and the traveling brethren who pass through the place where Gaius and Diotrephes live. Among the charges against Pastor Diotrephes was this, he “loves to be first among them” (the church). He actually rejects what “they” (the apostles) have to say. What does humble John know about wanting to be first among the believers?

James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, ” Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”   Mark 10:35-37

Long before John writes to Gaius with a warning about those who love the power position in church, he and his brother had experienced the same lust for power. They heard and recorded Y’shua’s answer while he walked this earth. In fact it was the apostle Mark who wrote it in his Gospel, a gospel he learned from Peter. That is important because there was more then one eye witness to the event. John learned his lesson. Diotrephes rejected the teaching. Perhaps he simply wanted to “protect the vulnerable flock from outsiders, wolves who would tear them apart. Maybe he just wanted power. It is possible that his motive was somewhere in between those extremes. Whatever motivated him, it was wrong. More then that, it is evil.

November 26, 2018 Joli COEUR - 3John 3

Doing good is of God. Everything else is selfish and evidence of not knowing God. (3rd John vs. 11) John then holds up the example of Demetrius as One with a reputation of walking the Truth. But who is Demetrius?

Not one commentator that I looked at was willing to take a stand on who Demetrius or Gaius were. I will confess that I do not know who they are either. What I am about to say is a whole paragraph of “what if.”

What if Gaius of 3rd John is the same Gaius of Acts 19:29, a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul. And what if Demetrius is the silversmith of Acts 19:23-28? What if Gaius led Demetrius to faith in Christ just as Paul led the Jailer of Philippi to faith? John began his letter to Gaius with, “I have no greater joy then this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”

Honestly, I have no way of knowing that they are the same Gaius and Demetrius from Acts 19. But I do know that they were men of faith, men who came in Y’shua-Jesus’ name and by his blood to the throne of Grace, the seat of YHVH (God Almighty). They prayed that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. They were men who knew believing fellowship (Matthew 18:20) and walked (lived) by by faith. Wouldn’t it be amazing if it was the same Gaius and Demetrius? But does not really matter if they are or are not. None of us who are born again are the same person we were before we came to faith. As new creatures in Christ, we are beloved… let us love One-another!

November 26, 2018 DebsDebs in Everett, Washington

Stamping an envelope, ready to send a note of encouragement. It means keeping my eyes open to those that the rest of us do not usually “see”

 

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