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Customs - Pidyon Ha'Ben
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Honor is measured by him who gives it, not by him who receives it. 

 

CUSTOMS PIDYON HA'BEN        
Either phrase, Pidyon ha'Ben (Redemption of the son) or Pidyon ha'Bechor (Redemption of the first-born male) is correct.  The child has been considered by Jews, even since olden times, as the greatest of human treasures.  To produce and raise children is a religious commandment and is the cause for rejoicing in the home.  However, when a son is born, there is special joy, for the parents trust that he will carry on the family name with honour.  Jewish women consider it a great blessing from the GREAT & ALMIGHTY GOD to bear a son.  It is natural that the first child should be received with special attention by the new parents.  The oldest son has always taken first rank in the Jewish family.  In case of the father's death, he usually becomes the head, to whom the younger brothers and sisters look for advice and help.  He inherits a larger share of the family's possessions than any of the other children. 

 

Ever since the first promise of redemption, Jewish women (who are very devout) have hoped to be the mother of the REDEEMER.  Deeply imbedded in the Jewish soul there is the hope of the coming MESSIAH YESHUA and, "who knows" — perhaps their little boy will grow up to be the DELIVERER OF ISRAEL!   Eve, when she gave birth to Cain, believed it was HE for whom she waited to save her from her sins.  She exclaimed: "I have acquired a MAN, the LORD." [Genesis/Berepooh 4. 1 Hebrew Translation]   In English, it is translated as "I have gotten a man-child from the LORD."  The word translated as from is simply the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph-Tau, which represents HIM WHO is the FIRST and the LAST, the BEGINNING and the ENDING, WHO is, WHO was, and WHO ever shall be!  What a disappointment to her that Cain turned out to be, not the PROMISED DELIVERER, but the first murderer; not the LIFE-GIVER, but the life-taker! 

 

One glorious day in the City of David, an event took place of which Isaiah wrote:  "For a CHILD has been born to us, a SON has been given to us. And authority has settled on HIS shoulders. HE will be called WONDERFUL (Pele), COUNSELOR (Yavats), THE MIGHTY GOD (Gibowr El), ETERNAL FATHER (Ad Aby), RULER (Prince) OF PEACE (Sar Shalowm)." [Isaiah/Yeshayah  9. 6]   This was a CHILD like no other child before HIM or after, who was the GREATEST OF HEAVEN'S TREASURES; HE is the SON WHO far surpasses all the sons of earth; HIS was a birth at which all the hosts of heaven rejoiced; Miryam (Mary), who gave birth to this SON, truly could declare in reality:  "I have acquired a MAN-CHILD, the LORD!" for JESUS THE CHRIST had come! 

 

The birth of the SAVIOR in the City of David caused all heaven "and the morning stars to sing together" — but one writer has expressed a significant fact: "Though MESSIAH a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, and not within thy heart, thy soul will be forlorn."  When HE, the MESSIAH, the unique SON OF THE LIVING GOD, is born in the heart, what rejoicing in heaven!  By faith we who are sons of men, become sons of GOD through the new birth.  Because YESHUA came into our humanity, we can become partakers of HIS divinity.  JESUS, WHO was born the SON of Abraham, the SON of David, brings us into the family of GOD; and we also are sons of David, sons of Abraham, of the heavenly family by faith.  "HE came to HIS OWN, and HIS OWN did not receive HIM. BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, to them HE gave the right to become the sons of GOD." [John 1. 11 - 12]  

 

"But every firstlingbutt you shall redeem with a sheep; and if you will not redeem it, you must break its neck. AND YOU MUST REDEEM EVERY FIRSTBORN MALE AMONG YOUR CHILDREN." [Exodus (Shemot) 13. 13 Tanakh, Torah]   According to the teachings of Rashi: "The law of redemption is applicable to the ass only of the unclean animals, because the first-born of the Egyptians are in the BIBLE compared to the ass." [see Ezekiel/Yehezke-El 23. 20]   "As the ass is an unclean animal, it has to be redeemed with a lamb."  [Abraham Ibn Ezra] 

 

Pidyon Ha'Ben, the "redemption of the first born son," takes place n the thirty-first day after the baby’s birth, and involves "buying him back from a Kohen." [see Numbers 18. 15]  A home gathering is arranged to which relatives and friends are invited.  Among the guests is a Kohen (priest) who is thought to be a descendant of Aaron.  The ceremony consists of giving the Kohen the sum of five shekalim (about $2.50), or the more popular sum of five silver dollars, and reciting appropriate prayers.  The boy is then pronounced redeemed or freed from the service commanded for all first-born males.  {Unless the Kohen is very poor, he returns the money to the parents who give it to a worthy Jewish cause.}  This practice is almost not practiced today, but among the very orthodox Jews, the first-born is always redeemed, not with a lamb as in the BIBLICAL commandment, but as stated, with five silver dollars.  This custom is kept in remembrance of the salvation of the first-born in Egypt when the ALMIGHTY AWESOME ONE commanded the Israelites to substitute a lamb for their deliverance from death.  The redemption ceremony is followed by a party as an expression of thanksgiving for this privilege. 

 

It is written concerning the firstborn SON of Miryam (Mary):  "Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought HIM to Jerusalem to present HIM to the LORD (as it is written in the Law of the LORD Every male who opens the womb shall be called HOLY TO THE LORD)." [Luke 2. 22 - 23] 

 

"And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL, and the HOLY SPIRIT was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the HOLY SPIRIT that he would not see death before he had seen the LORD'S MESSIAH. So he came by the SPIRIT into the Temple. And when the parents brought in the CHILD YESHUA (JESUS), to do for HIM ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM OF THE LAW, he took HIM up in his arms and blessed GOD and said LORD, now YOU are letting YOUR servant depart in peace, according to YOUR WORD; for my eyes have seen YOUR SALVATION which YOU have prepared before the face of all peoples, the LIGHT to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the gLORY of YOUR people Israel." [Luke 2. 25 - 32] 

 

Simeon, who perhaps had held many boy babies in his arms in the Temple at the Redemption Ceremony, was led of the SPIRIT OF GOD on this special occasion to see and recognize the PROMISED MESSIAH.  This SON needed not to be redeemed for HE came to redeem all those who put their trust in HIM.  Everyone has the same privilege as Simeon to see and recognize in YESHUA, THE REDEEMER, the SAVIOR of the world!  HE has redeemed us, not with corruptible things but with HIS OWN blood!  JESUS is the SUBSTITUTE — the ANTI-TYPE of the lamb which redeemed the first-born of Israel.  Comparable to the words of Simeon the devout when he took the CHILD YESHUA in his arms and blessed GOD, we who know our DELIVERER can also exclaim,  "LORD, we have seen YOUR SALVATION which YOU prepared before the face of all peoples!"  KING JESUS, the LIGHT that brings revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of YOUR people, Israel. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath
Queen of the week! [Sabbath Reading: Nitzavim/VayelechYou are standing”/“And he went” – Deuteronomy 29:10-31:30; Isaiah 61:10-63:9; John 12:41-50; Matthew 21:9-17]   Praised are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe, WHO makes us holy with YOUR mitzvoth and favors us with the Holy Shabbat, lovingly and graciously given to us. Assuredly, the KEEPER of Israel gives good gifts to those who love and obey HIM!
 We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy year – Shanah Tova uMetukah!  With GOD, it is crucial to remember that no matter how we feel about HIM, HIS love for us is unwavering. The call of the Shofar reminds us that the ALMIGHTY KING OF THE UNIVERSE loves us, is thinking about us, and cares about our lives. HE is judging us because HE loves us.  What will you do with that love?  It will make the difference of where you spend eternity.
DAY 25 of REPENTANCE  Paul, wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, about a specific category of people when he says — "And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not." [1 Timothy 5:13]  The ruling directive at work here applies to all of us. It is so easy to allow gossip to show up in our interactions. We may even declare that we are expressing a request for prayer, when the basic effect is still gossip. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10]  

Be The Example
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
It is better to be ashamed of yourself than for others to be ashamed of you. 

 

BE THE EXAMPLE       
"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity...give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you." [1 Timothy 4. 12 - 14] 

 

After receiving LORD MESSIAH YESHUA as our SAVIOR and DELIVERER from sin's bondage, HE gives us a work to do — not for our salvation — HE alone can save us, but we are to do HIS will to show our love for HIM to those around us as well as to principalities and powers in high places.  And, we are to continue being faithful witnesses of HIM.  "When I say of the righteous He shall surely liveand relying on his righteousness, he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but for the iniquity that he has committed HE SHALL DIE." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 33. 13 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 

 

Therefore, as faithful believers who love our LORD JESUS, we should continue in:
Word: "For the WORD OF GOD is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." [Hebrews 4. 12]  "Is not MY WORD like a fire?says the LORD And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" [Jeremiah/Yirmeyah 23. 29] 

 

Conduct: "Abstain from all appearance (every form) of evil." [1 Thessalonians 5. 22] 

 

Love: "This is MY commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." [John 15. 12] 

 

Spirit: "By this we know that we abide in HIM, and HE in us, because HE has given us of HIS SPIRIT." [1 John 4. 13] 

 

Faith: "Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." [James 2. 17] 

 

Purity: "Draw near to GOD and HE will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." [James 4. 8]  "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before MY eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice." [Isaiah/Yeshayah) 1. 16 - 17a] 

 

Interpretation: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH." [2 Timothy 2. 15] 

 

Exhortation: "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the LIVING GOD; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today" lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." [Hebrews 3. 12 - 13] 

 

Doctrine: "Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." [1 Timothy 4. 16]  "Stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle." [2 Thessalonians 2. 15] 

 

Know for certain that "we are HIS workmanship, created in CHRIST JESUS for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." [Ephesians 2. 10]   "We are HIS witnesses to these things, and so also is the HOLY SPIRIT WHOM GOD has given to those who obey HIM." [Acts 5. 32]   It is such a privilege and honor to serve such a WONDERFUL MASTER, there is no greater love. 

 

Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
 Unto YOU alone, O LORD GOD do we turn; for YOU alone abide deep in the solitude of our hearts. May we ever trust in YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER, and be unafraid in the face of the inscrutable (unfathomable, immeasurable, unknowable, unimaginable) years ahead, and see that everything happens for the best. Because of YOU LORD, there is perfect peace in our hearts at the nearness of YOU.
 O LORD, pardon the sins, transgressions and iniquities which we have committed before YOU. Purify us of all our errors and iniquities so that our life may be worthy of the name we bear and our home become a sanctuary consecrated to YOUR PRESENCE and dedicated to righteousness. Humbled by the sense of our weakness and our guilt, we ask YOU, O GOD of our fathers, to help us to serve YOU in sincerity and in truth; and in serving YOU, may our example help to lead many to YOU.
DAY 24 of REPENTANCE Our goal is sanctification and purity, to be able to stand before GOD’S Throne of Grace blameless. We know that the blood of MESSIAH YESHUA has purchased us; and we do not seek to cheapen HIS sacrifice. We know that HE has set us free. Nevertheless, we must not allow sin to entangle us and interrupt our communion with HIM. "For this is the will of GOD, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the pagans who do not know GOD; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the LORD is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For GOD did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness." [1 Thessalonians 4:3-7]  Our eyes need to be on HIM, on HIS WORD. Let us chase after holiness. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a trustworthy spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Three Arks
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
I pray that no offense shall happen through me. 

 

THREE ARKS      
"When she could hide him no longer, she made an ark of bulrushes for him and caulked it with bitumen slime and with pitch. She put the child into it; and placed it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile." [Exodus (Shemot) 2. 3 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

There are two different Hebrew words for ark: 'arown and teba meaning box-like container chest, coffin.  The first ark mentioned in HOLY SCRIPTURE was the Great Ark ('arown) of Noah which was overlaid and inlaid with "pitch." [Genesis/Shemot 6. 14]   This was not fossil fuel (oil-based pitch) for that type oil was probably formed in the upheavals of the flood and dead animals.  There are, however, various coals that are produced from buckwheat, chestnuts, eggs, flaxseed, mustard-seed, nuts, peas and peat which form either a hard coal bituminous or soft coal substance which the  oil-based pitch most probably was made from. The Hebrew word for this pitch is "kaphar" or covering which is also translated "atonement." [Leviticus/Vayikra 17. 11] 

 

The second ark was Moses' Ark ('arown), was daubed or smeared with slime and pitch; and this pitch was of oil base.  Then, the last was GOD'S ARK (teba) OF THE COVENANT which was built for the Holy Place in the Tabernacle in the wilderness.  It was overlaid "with pure gold." [Exodus/Shemot 25. 11]   The first ark preserved the founders of the Gentile civilization; the second preserved the prophet of the Jewish dispensation; and the third preserved the INSCRIBED DIVINE WORDS for the saving of all generations. [Exodus/Shemot 31. 17 - 18; Deuteronomy/Devarim 10. 1 - 5] 

 

Noah's Ark, like the people which he established, was built strong enough to endure throughout man's earthly existence, and its remains are still on the mountains of Ararat. 

 

Moses' Ark, like the nation which he founded, was only enduring enough for its immediate intent and purpose. 

 

GOD'S Ark and its sacred contents, in contrast, will last forever.  When Nebuchadnezzar carried away all the treasures from the Temple in Jerusalem, no mention was made of this "Greatest Treasure of all treasures." [2 Chronicles/Dibre Hayamin Bet 36. 18 - 19]  The Apostle John reveals why in the last book of HOLY WRIT, "And the TEMPLE OF GOD was opened in heaven and there was seen in HIS TEMPLE, the ARK OF HIS TESTAMENT" [Revelation 11. 19] forever reminding GOD'S people of HIS ETERNAL WORD — MESSIAH YESHUA . . . the LIFE-GIVING WORD WHO became flesh! 

 

Sha'alu (Prayfor the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Exalted and hallowed be GOD'S greatness in this world of Your creation. May Your will be fulfilled and YOUR sovereignty revealed in the days of our lifetime and the life of the whole House of Israel speedily and in our time, Amen.  May YOU be blessed forever, even to all eternity. May YOU, MOST HOLY ONE, be blessed, praised & honored, extolled & glorified, adored & exalted above all else.  Blessed are YOU beyond all blessings & hymns, praises & consolations that may be uttered in this world, Amen.  May peace abundant descend from heaven with life for us and to all Israel. Amen
MOST HOLY LORD, continue to impart YOUR blessing upon us. Teach us to seek YOU evermore within the sanctuary of our souls, within the tabernacle of YOUR world, and in the congregation of YOUR worshipers.  May the grace of our LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH be with you always, Amen!
DAY 23 of REPENTANCE  Paul effortlessly wrote about putting to death the old nature. It is something we too must continue to do, standing firm, putting off your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. [Ephesians 4:22-23] If we are not vigilant, we will find ourselves confronting the old nature in us, trying to get a grip again. We must stand firm to our higher calling. "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of HIM WHO created him." [Colossians 3:8-10]  In our exile, we are exposed to worldly perspectives and attitudes all around us that will erode our faith if we are not on our guard. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

Email:   delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:   www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Anger Management
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Two things are infinite: the OMNIPOTENT CREATOR GOD’S wisdom and human stupidity. 

 

ANGER MANAGEMENT       
"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." [Matthew 5. 22] 

 

Taking this SCRIPTURE alone might indicate that for a follower of CHRIST, one was never to get angry.  There are several other Texts that could be used that way, such as, "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." [Ephesians 4. 31]  However, YESHUA is teaching that only the anger "without a cause" was wrong and would produce judgment. 

 

If anger were never permitted for a believer, it would contradict even the occasional example of MESSIAH HIMSELF. "And when HE had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts." [Mark 3. 5]  The RIGHTEOUS ONE was angered because of the hypocrites among the Pharisees who were plotting to destroy HIM for healing a disabled man on the Sabbath. 

 

We are never justified in getting angry over some personal injury or insult, but should — for CHRIST’S sake — take it on the chin in order to try living in peace.   "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth." [Colossians 3. 8 ]  "Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." [Romans 12. 17 - 18] 

 

Yet, if we do get angry in spite of ourselves, we are commanded: "Be angry, and do not sin Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil." [Ephesians 4. 26 - 28]  "Be angry and sin no more. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD." [Psalms/Tehillym 4. 4 - 5 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 

 

Living in this world there will be situations that involve injury, rudeness, and insults to the precious name of our SAVIOR or HIS amazing works where anger is certainly "with cause."  Nevertheless, even then, the HOLY LORD GOD counsels — "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of GOD." [James 1. 19 - 20]  And, "Do not let your spirit be quickly vexed, for anger abides in the bosom of fools." [Ecclesiastes/Kohelet 7. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  "Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is MINE, I will repay" says the LORD." [Romans 12. 19]   Truly, the LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the DAY OF JUDGMENT and HIS ways are better then anything we could come up with. 

 

Sha'alu (Prayfor the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Believe on the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA and be saved. Know that some glorious day we will behold that BLESSED HOPE and we will spend eternity in HIS PRESENCE and rest in the many promises that are to come into fulfillment when we but step into HIS arms; in the MASTER’S mighty hands we are complete and whole. Because of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, we can face tomorrow and be comforted now knowing we have been changed for a reason, transformed not for a season, but transformed for Eternal Life.  Amen
DAY 22 of REPENTANCE Sometimes when we are convinced there is no more wickedness in us, the fact is it is deeply rooted. KING of kings, CREATOR of the universe, we plead that YOU open our eyes and help us to change our perspectives from all reprehensible, sinful behaviors that we can see ourselves as YOU see us; cleanse and change us into YOUR likeness. "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry." [Colossians 3:5] "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a determined spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

Email:   delrifkah@gmail.com

Web Page:   www.delrifkah.com 

Thoughts Archived: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/delrifkah/

End-time Events: http://delrifkah.com/Facepage.html

Please visit our web page for teachings on Bible texts and subjects.

Also notice the section showing the disparity between the Holy Bible and the Muslim Koran (Quran).

The newest section is our thought by thought study through the Bible.  Having completed the Torah (books of Moses), and the New Testament, we are now going through the book of; [Ecclesiastes]. 
 

Deceiving Prophets
Category: Teaching Topics

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Sometimes we give way to despair to free ourselves from the burden of hope. 

 

DECEIVING PROPHETS     
"Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." [Matthew 24. 11 - 12] 

 

The two main Gifts of the SPIRIT were those of "apostle" and "prophet" — given in the apostolic era. The Church itself was  "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, MESSIAH YESHUA HIMSELF being the CHIEF CORNERSTONE." [Ephesians 2. 20]  One of the commissions of these men was to receive and communicate GOD’S revelation to HIS people — first verbally, then written permanently as is recorded in the NEW COVENANT — "Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the SPIRIT to HIS holy (dedicated to GOD) apostles and prophets." [Ephesians 3. 5]  

 

The Apostle Paul also revealed that such prophecies would cease once they were complete.  "For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away." [1 Corinthians 13. 9 - 10]  Clearly referring by the context to the complete revelation of GOD. When the last Book of HOLY SCRIPTURE was transmitted to the Church by the last living apostle, as the LORD warned us throughout the entire BIBLE to neither "add to" or "take away from the WORDS of the BOOK of this prophecy." [Revelation 22. 18 – 19; also Deuteronomy 4. 2; 12. 32; Proverbs 30. 6; Ecclesiastes 3. 14; Jeremiah 26. 2] 

 

Just as the LORD YESHUA warned "many false prophets have gone out into the world" [1 John 4. 1], and they have deceived many. One existing self-asserted seventh century “false prophet” from Arabia, received certain “revelations” from a “god of this world” that were vastly different from those of the LOVING CREATOR GOD of the BIBLE, and his followers now number over a billion and growing rapidly. 

 

The HOLY WRITTEN WORD OF GOD zealously warns us that, "Even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed." [Galatians 1. 8 – 9]  Just as "there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the LORD who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the WAY OF TRUTH will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber." [2 Peter 2. 1 – 3] 

 

There are and have been many others, before and since, and still the SOVEREIGN LORD continues to warn us to guard ourselves and always to "beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." [Matthew 7. 15 – 16]  The basic standard by which to test any so-called prophecy, ancient or modern, is whether or not it fully agrees with and conforms to the WRITTEN WORD OF TRUTH, the HOLY SCRIPTURES.  "To the Law and to the Testimony! If they do not speak according to this WORD, it is because there is no light in them." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 8. 20] 

 

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to GOD, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH" [2 Timothy 2. 15]; and be meticulously vigilant and faithful "fruit inspectors." 

 

Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Praised are YOU, O LORD GOD, for great is YOUR love for us and YOUR compassion boundless. Be gracious to us that we may understand and fulfill the teachings of YOUR REVERED WORD. Enlighten our eyes in YOUR Law that we may cling to YOUR commandments. Thank YOU for YOUR saving power, for from YOU comes our help. Draw us nearer to YOU to serve YOU in faithfulness. Joyfully, we lift our voices and proclaim YOUR PRECIOUS NAME.
DAY 21 of REPENTANCE We have our standards of what we consider to be respectful conversation. Talking openly about sex is usually frowned upon. These things are meant to be kept privately. However, there are no secrets from ALMIGHTY GOD. We know HE sees all, HE knows our inmost thoughts, our every word and act. We cannot hide these or anything else from HIM. Not repenting because we somehow think it is a secret and we can keep it hidden leads to the fruit of an unrepentant heart. "Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but GOD will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the LORD, and the LORD for the body. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body." [1 Corinthians 6:13, 18] 
 Be real with the LOVING SAVIOR about the things you have convinced yourself are hidden. Confess, repent, and be free. "Create in me a clean heart, O GOD; renew in me a committed spirit." [Psalm 51:10] 

 

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  

 

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