I'm listening to a sermon while I right. Here is the link if anyone is interested: http://www.hebronchurchofchrist.com/?page_id=221&sermon_id=426
I am reading out of my King James Bible, and I was so frustrated after reading Acts 12:4.
And when he had apprehened him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring hom forth to the people.
It gives three references explaining some of the language within the verse. The last of these is a replacement of "the Passover" for easter. They are not even the same celebration but satan mimicing God! I have to say though, as I am listening to the gentleman's lesson, I heard him say, "the Passover"
in its rightful place.
The previous verse (12:3) reads:
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleaveded bread.)
In parenthases is a reference to the feast of unleavened bread, a feast that begins right after Passover.
I wanted to see a comparison of what other translations say, but intead, I will let my irritation give way to His peace and continue listening.
Again, You words, not mine. I've been listening to the backgroun song lots because its true, we get in the way of Your great works. Open ears and eyes and melt hearts. Lord, there are those in the world plotting unbelievable terror, and I ask that You undermine their plans and foul their scemes. Protect your people as the earth is plundered and destroyed. Please wake them up. Please call their names, Lord. Help them to see, and I ask that they have the courage to let their pride go, even me! Help me to truly submit to You. In Jesus name, amen.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I once heard you could pick a number between 1 and 176 and search Psalms 119 for that number's verse, discovering each number contains a reference to God's instruction. Tonight, I had a friend choose.
All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongully; help thou me.
All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongully; help thou me.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
1 Kings 13
English Standard Version (ESV)
A Man of God Confronts Jeroboam
13 And behold, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the Lord to Bethel. Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make offerings. 2 And the man cried against the altar by the word of the Lord and said, “O altar, altar, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who make offerings on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.’” 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign that the Lord has spoken: ‘Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.’” 4 And when the king heard the saying of the man of God, which he cried against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Seize him.” And his hand, which he stretched out against him, dried up, so that he could not draw it back to himself. 5 The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the Lord. 6 And the king said to the man of God, “Entreat now the favor of the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” And the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king's hand was restored to him and became as it was before. 7 And the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.” 8 And the man of God said to the king, “If you give me half your house, I will not go in with you. And I will not eat bread or drink water in this place, 9 for so was it commanded me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water nor return by the way that you came.’” 10 So he went another way and did not return by the way that he came to Bethel.
The Prophet's Disobedience11 Now an old prophet lived in Bethel. And his sons[a] came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel. They also told to their father the words that he had spoken to the king. 12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him the way that the man of God who came from Judah had gone. 13 And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him and he mounted it. 14 And he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak. And he said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am.” 15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.” 16 And he said, “I may not return with you, or go in with you, neither will I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place, 17 for it was said to me by the word of the Lord, ‘You shall neither eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by the way that you came.’” 18 And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him. 19 So he went back with him and ate bread in his house and drank water.
20 And as they sat at the table, the word of the Lord came to the prophet who had brought him back. 21 And he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord and have not kept the command that the Lord your God commanded you, 22 but have come back and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your body shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’” 23 And after he had eaten bread and drunk, he saddled the donkey for the prophet whom he had brought back. 24 And as he went away a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body. 25 And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown in the road and the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived.
26 And when the prophet who had brought him back from the way heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the word of the Lord; therefore the Lord has given him to the lion, which has torn him and killed him, according to the word that the Lord spoke to him.” 27 And he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And they saddled it. 28 And he went and found his body thrown in the road, and the donkey and the lion standing beside the body. The lion had not eaten the body or torn the donkey. 29 And the prophet took up the body of the man of God and laid it on the donkey and brought it back to the city[b] to mourn and to bury him. 30 And he laid the body in his own grave. And they mourned over him, saying, “Alas, my brother!” 31 And after he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave in which the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones. 32 For the saying that he called out by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the houses of the high places that are in the cities of Samaria shall surely come to pass.”
33 After this thing Jeroboam did not turn from his evil way, but made priests for the high places again from among all the people. Any who would, he ordained to be priests of the high places. 34 And this thing became sin to the house of Jeroboam, so as to cut it off and to destroy it from the face of the earth.
Your words not mine. Open eyes and ears and melt hearts. InYeshua's name, amen.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I took some extra time to really let God percolate all the material He has been giving me. I feel so blown away by His wisdom and knowledge, but I know that He has me standing upright and grounded. A baby limb grafted into the natural olive tree.
Last post, I spoke of possibly moving forward with a pseudo book review series thing. I've prayed so much since I visited last, trying to discern what I'm supposed to be doing with the time He has given me, and I will admit there are still so many unanswered prayers.
As much as we have botched up and stumbled through the celebrations, the Feasts of God have become our timeline of importance. A memorial. During Passover, sister commented on the smell of the lamb as we burned all that remained. She said, "No wonder God talks about how He liked the sweet smells of the sacrifice from Israel." I agreed, it smelled so good. The peace and joy that night was another something to be remembered. This is where I mention seminary. Not many people know this, but I prayed for direction about seminary or secular schooling back in 2007. I was finishing my bachelor's in psychology and wanted to be a Biblical counselor. God put me in a secular institution, and I never could answer why... until I got this book, 5 years later. God enrolled me in His seminary, learning of Him and His word the way He wanted. :)
The Feast of Weeks approaches in May. I need to say right here that this change in view of the Bible, Torah and Tenach, is not about legalism. This is not about finding any form of salvation. Jesus, the son of God is my sacrifice for salvation and atonement. Only He can make me white as snow. This acknowledging of God's instruction is deeper.
I know I've said so many times, and I have even told YHWH in prayer, "He knows my heart; You know my heart, Lord."
Psalm 119 reveals why David was a man after God's heart. Pick a verse. Any of them, and you will find a reference go YHWH's instruction. I want to make my life, not about what is in my heart, but what is in God's heart. My Elohim.
Russ Houck begins his novel, Epidemic: Examining the Infected Roots of Judaism and Christianity, with a definition of covenant as:
A vehicle created BY GOD to define both His relationship with man and the rules man must abide by to maintain that relationship. Covenant - not religion - was the vehicle God chose to define His relationship with, and to, man. (Man-made covenants were patterned after God's design.)
He then presents what he calls, "UNTHINKABLE POSSIBILITIES That We Need To Think About:"
- What if you found out that... both Judaism and Christianity were not actually Biblically based religions - that is, that neither were birthed in Jerusalem - but rather had their origins in Babylon and Rome? I'll clearly show you this in historical record.
- How would you feel if... you discovered that many of their major doctrines and practices were of man-made paganism and not from the Holy Scriptures? I'll show you where.
- What if you discovered that... much - if not all - of the New Testament was originally written not in Greek, as popularly believed, but in Aramaic and Hebrew? And that several scriptures were added to the Greek text to "help" prove certain Roman Catholic doctrines that Protestants never removed? We will cover many of these.
- What if you learned that...Protestant denominations were really just Roman Catholic sects?
- What would you think if... you discovered that all religion, including yours, was an infection and that Judaism and Christianity are just varying strains and degrees of it?
- What would you do if... you learned that there is a diabolical conspiracy to keep you from knowing and understanding the truth? And that this conspiracy makes the Illuminati, the Tri-Lateral Commission, and the CFR look like the Cub Scouts?
I want to allow one more week to pass before I continue sharing the research within the book. Even as I type this, a fear rises in my belly about not having enough information, but if this information and study is of YWHW, I ask that He make Himself known. The only way to truly test the spirits is knowing YHWH's voice.
I will purchase 3 copies of this book for anyone wishing to join but without means to acquire the book. Please contact me via comment or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After putting this together and adding links, preparing to purchase, I discovered the link provided is sold out. I have searched other places finding no other purchase options, so I will hold off again before the series starts. :)
I ask that You be with all eyes on this space. I ask that You continue to reveal Yourself and make Yourself known to the young, old, and in between. You have amazed me into speechlessness, so I ask that You provide the words needed. Your truth needs to be heard in the land! The land is in need of repentance, God. I ask that You extend Your truth because Your people perish from lack of knowledge!! Tear down the Ashteroth poles, God! Wipe away all those ensnared by Baal! The nations think its a joke, a myth, a fictitious science fiction blockbuster hit! God, open their eyes and ears! Melt their hearts within them, as well as mine! May Your Torah be in me like a fire in my bones as well, that I must get it out for ears and eyes to understand. Be with us all. Please show us, your sheep, mercy for lack of a shepard. Shepard us to You.
In Yeshua's (Jesus) Name, amen.
Monday, April 9, 2012
I've been doing so much research lately. I want to share many things. I finally decided to begin with a book. This book has been one of the wildest nonfiction rides I have ever been on, excluding my experience with YHWH's Word.
My introduction to this book began through Rob Skiba's March 21, 2012 airing of Revolutionary Radio:
If you want to check out more of Rob's work: www.seedtheseries.com/blog
The book, Epidemic: Examining the Infected Roots of Judaism and Christianity by Russ Houck, Ph.D.; Th. has been more than just an eye opener. This journey is a heart racing, nail biting roller coaster grumbling underneath my foundation of faith like an earthquake. I can only thank our Father for His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) and his authoring of my faith.
I ask you journey through with me this amazing source of information. I will say, this is not an easy read, and I'm not talking reading grade level. I would suggest prayerfully considering this journey, asking God to cover you with His Spirit as you not only prepare to read but also discern the knowledge you are given.
Here is a link to purchase the book, if you are interested: http://shop.twofaithfulbeachbums.com/EPIDEMIC-Examining-the-Infected-Roots-of-Judaism-Christianity-9781616231231.htm
I have yet to find an abundance of sources entailing the book's contents, so I hope to add some promotional light to this work. People need to know these facts concerning the faith and God that they love and worship.
Although I have felt an urgency to share and write about this book, I will post this introductory blog and wait 7 days to begin the actual review. I am currently through half of the information, and it is more than evident that the review will be a series of blogs; therefore, I'm allowing myself this last week to not only finish the book but also allow YHWH to speak to me about how this material presentation should take share.
Thank You for all that You have given me, especially knowledge. It is better than gold. I know nothing compared to You and Your annointed ones. I ask that You grace me with the wisdom You want shared. Thank You for giving this opportunity to serve, and I ask that You guide my steps though this so that anyone reading this sees You and Your truth.
I ask these things in the name of Yeshua,