Chemtrail Clouds: Light Shines Through

Have you been ill with a persistent cough and cold that has not responded to traditional or holistic cures? Know anyone who has or is experiencing this?  What is happening?

My answer – if I may go for the throat – is that when persons of ill-intentions begin to crack up, they go all out to destroy anyone and everyone around them, including themselves – a sure sign of stupidity but what do you expect from a psychotic?

Chemtrails are causing mass havoc on the planet in the guise of “weather control” which, if you give it three seconds of careful thought, is not at all an emergency.

The insistence by powers-that-be that we are experiencing global warming has been debunked by the very fact that we have been going through global COOLING for millions of years. In a totally natural manner. The planet goes through a warm stage for a few centuries (or more), then a cooling stage. That’s how it goes.

From, “The Earth’s climate has undergone a global transition over the past four million years, from warm conditions with global surface temperatures about 3 °C warmer than today, smaller ice sheets and higher sea levels to the current cooler conditions….”

Why are these globalists messing with that? The same reason they mess with our food and try to stuff everyone – including unborn babies – with killer drugs.

They are going nuts. They’ve reached the end of their long reign of chaos – mainly because they are being found out – thanks to all you patriots out there and our main tool, the internet. What do psychotics do when more and more people are onto them? They panic and pour more coal on the fires of oppression to try and shut us up. In this case, the flames are in the form of toxic air. Then, as an added measure, they promote flu vaccines that don’t cure anything and make us sicker.

“A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal” – Ted Turner, in an interview with Audubon magazine. One wonders if chemtrails has a big star next to it on his battle plan.

You see, they really do believe they are helping. They have to – otherwise they would cave in, realizing what they are doing to us. So they justify, lie, alter facts, use false data, fear-monger, debunk, vilify the truth, trash whistleblowers and murder – whatever dirty blankets they can use to smother the facts.

But we’re poking holes in the blankets, wide enough to have very clear vision, not only of the facts but of hope for a future we can actually create – not by merely returning to some nostalgic past but by putting sanity back in the universe.

It’s rough to remain happily sane when we are constantly breathing poisons, feeling like a wet rag. And some take more poisons to “cure” it – promoted by Big Pharma. Since 80 percent of us are sane, we deserve clean air and a clear mind, to say the very least. It’s the other 20 percent we are dealing with.

So let’s focus: when we put all the rotten eggs in one basket, we see they all come from the same farm. At the moment, I don’t know what to call this farm or exactly where it is located. But one thing I know for sure – we need to agree on what we are dealing with. It’s actually individual people who are working very hard to kill most of us because they are afraid. And now, they’re terrified of all the lights shining on them.

They try to create the illusion that it’s all coming from “everywhere.” So your head shifts so much you get headaches trying to see and avoid certain disaster and death. Mostly what we are presented with are false flags. But that’s not where we should look. The targets are a relatively few people of bad intent who do not want to be seen.

Yes, there are physical realities to deal with and we certainly should – we do have bodies that need survival in a real world. But to have a permanent solution and peace on this planet, we need to find the troublemakers.

These suppressive people, the minority, deal in death and destruction. Period. Know that well. It doesn’t matter what they say, what promises they make or how charming they appear. Many are dangerously and deceptively charming; I’m sure you can think of a few. In fact, that’s a good idea – spot some in your own mind and life, not just charming people but those who made you feel bad all the time – in the news or in your personal life. You’ll feel a lot better. After all, 20 percent is a minority but that’s an awful lot of people.

In the meantime, below is a link to some natural cures if you are suffering from this phantom flu. It includes a long list of symptoms, much more than just coughs and runny noses –

Hope this “clears the air” a bit. Now let’s do it for real.

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US government using humans as guinea pigs in flu virus medical experiments

(NaturalNews) More than 100 Americans will be deliberately infected with live influenza viruses this year as part of a devious government medical experiment designed to help the pharmaceutical industry develop new flu vaccines. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the experiment, which is taking place at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, will involve injecting live viruses into the noses of human guinea pigs, who will then receive $3,000 in compensation for their participation.

Ignorant about the vital role that nutrition, rest, hydration and exposure to natural sunlight play in building a strong immune system where the flu is unable to take hold, government scientists are attempting to identify previously unrecognized targets inside the body that might respond more positively to future generations of vaccines. These conventional quacks admit that they have no idea how the immune system even works to prevent the flu, so they are once again taking the vaccine approach to preventing disease.

“It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines,” admits AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard about the ridiculous endeavor. “It turns out that how the body fends off influenza remains something of a mystery.”

A mystery to the medical-industrial complex, perhaps, but not to all those forward-thinking doctors and naturopaths out there who understand human physiology and the function of the human immune system in warding off and preventing disease. In the case of the flu, a robust immune system supported by flu-fighting “superfoods” — and specifically high levels of vitamin D — is already capable of blocking the flu virus without a vaccine.

A 2012 study on vitamin D published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE found that the prohormone, which is naturally produced by the body in response to sunlight exposure, regulates the levels of T cells responsible for killing the flu virus. An international research team determined that maintaining high levels of vitamin D naturally stimulates the increased production of both CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, which are known to destroy the flu virus.

“We observed that elevated serum 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 levels in summer were associated with a higher number of peripheral CD4+ and CD8+ T cells,” wrote the authors in their paper, which is cited by the same government agency currently injecting millions of viral fragments into healthy people’s bodies.

Government ignores flu-preventing benefits of vitamin D because vaccines are far more profitable

It should be noted that the Vitamin D Council has compiled extensive scientific research on vitamin D’s role in preventing and mitigating disease, including its role in thwarting the influenza virus. This information is freely available and thoroughly debunks the farcical claim that modern science still has no idea how a robust immune system naturally thwarts infectious diseases like the flu.

But as most of our readers probably well know, vitamin D, which is freely obtained from the sun during the summertime and can be purchased very inexpensively in the form of supplemental vitamin D3 during the wintertime, does not generate the same types of profits that flu vaccines do. Because of this, millions of taxpayer dollars will be wasted trying to develop the next generation of flu vaccines to replace the existing failed flu vaccines.

“To enhance the body’s immune system, vitamin D… [p]roduces cathelicidin and defensins — [t]hese proteins have antiviral effects to combat viruses,” explains the Vitamin D Council. Vitamin D also “[r]educes inflammation — [a]s a result, body temperature does not rise as much, and the lining of the lungs is less disturbed. This makes it harder for bacteria to give rise to pneumonia.”

To learn more, check out the Vitamin D Council at:

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Study: Deadly Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Marijuana Tripled in Last Decade

Fatal car crashes that involved marijuana tripled in the past decade, a new study concludes. One in nine drivers involved in a fatal crash tests positive for marijuana, according to the Columbia University researchers.

“If this trend continues, in five or six years non-alcohol drugs will overtake alcohol to become the most common substance involved in deaths related to impaired driving,” said study co-author Dr. Guohua Li.

The researchers analyzed crash statistics from six states that routinely perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal crashes, HealthDay reports. The study included data on more than 23,500 drivers who died within an hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010. Throughout the decade, alcohol contributed to about 40 percent of crashes. Drugged driving accounted for about 16 percent of fatal crashes in 1999, and more than 28 percent in 2010.

Marijuana use contributed to about 4 percent of fatal crashes in 1999, and 12 percent in 2010. The combination of marijuana and alcohol is particularly dangerous, the researchers found. “If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol,” Li said. “But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increases to 24 times that of a sober person.”

The findings appear in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

“Given the increasing availability of marijuana and the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, understanding the role of controlled substances in motor vehicle crashes is of significant public health importance,” Li said in a news release.

In a study published in September 2013, Li found almost 32 percent of drivers involved in fatal accidents, and about 14 percent of drivers not involved in such accidents, tested positive for at least one drug. Depressants were most likely to be associated with deadly accidents, followed by stimulants, narcotics and marijuana.

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Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Suspected in at Least 50 Recent Fatal Overdoses in Three States

Heroin laced with the synthetic opiate fentanyl is suspected in at least 50 recent fatal overdoses in three states, according to law enforcement officials. In Pennsylvania, the drug combination is suspected in at least 17 deaths. Officials in Maryland and Michigan are also investigating deaths linked to the drug mix. In Flint, Michigan, fentanyl-laced heroin is suspected in four recent overdoses.

Fentanyl is often used during surgery. Drug dealers add it to heroin to create a stronger high, ABC News reports.

People who use the drug combination “don’t know that fentanyl is in it and shoot it up and stop breathing, because they were unaware of the added punch in the narcotic,” said Ray Isackila, counselor and team leader of addiction treatment at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He noted fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin, and affects the central nervous system and brain. “Heroin with illicit fentanyl laced into it makes it stronger, cheaper and more desirable on the street,” he said. “People hear about this new heroin or this super strong heroin that someone is selling,” and they want it.

“There’s an odd mindset in the drug addiction world if people have overdosed on this, they think I’ve got to get some of it,” Isackila said. They say “they’ll just use a little — a dangerous drug becomes more desirable to the addict on the street.”

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Heroin Overdose Antidote Naloxone Becoming More Widely Available

The heroin overdose antidote naloxone is becoming more widely available nationwide, the Los Angeles Times reports. California greatly expanded availability of the treatment as of January 1. Currently 17 states and the District of Columbia have adopted laws allowing family and friends of people who are addicted to heroin or prescription opioids to have the antidote.

The treatment, sold under the brand name Narcan, has been used for many years by paramedics and doctors in emergency rooms. It is administered by nasal spray. The medication blocks the ability of heroin or opioid painkillers to attach to brain cells. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy says it is encouraging police departments to carry Narcan.

Ohio is considering a measure to allow distribution of Narcan, the article notes. Ohio is one of many states that have experienced asurge in heroin use. Much of the increase is driven by people who have switched to heroin from prescription painkillers, because it is much cheaper and easier to obtain than pills such as oxycodone. The state measure would increase naloxone’s availability to anyone “in a position to assist an individual who there is reason to believe is at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose.”

According to Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, when naloxone is injected into an overdose victim whose heart is still beating, “it’s virtually 100 percent effective.” When overdose victims are discovered, “they’re kind of blue, they’re breathing very shallowly, or hardly breathing at all,” he said. “If this medication is administered [properly], they wake up within a minute or two. It’s remarkable. You save their life.”

Last summer, the police department of Quincy, Massachusetts, the first in the nation to require every officer on patrol to carry Narcan, reported a 95 percent success rate with the treatment.

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Our Daily Bread — Before And After – February 6, 2014

Give ear to my prayer, O God . . . . My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. —Psalm 55:1,4

What changes take place in a life of faith after severe testing? I thought of this as I read the tragic story of a Jamaican dad who accidentally shot and killed his 18-year-old daughter while trying to protect his family from intruders.

News reports said he went to church (as was his habit) the next day—distraught but still seeking God’s help. Faith in God guided him before, and he knew God could sustain him after.

I thought about this in regard to my own life—having also lost a teenage daughter. To review how I viewed life and faith before Melissa’s death, I dug into my computer archives to read the last article I had written before we lost her in June 2002. How would what I said then correspond to what I know now? Had severe testing changed my view of faith in God? In May of that year, I had written this: “David was not afraid to go boldly to God and tell Him what was on his heart. . . . We don’t have to be afraid to tell God what is on our heart.”

Before I went through tough times, I went to God and He listened to me. After, I discovered that He still listens and comforts and sustains. So I continue to pray in faith. Our faith remains intact and is strengthened because He is the God of the before the after. —Dave Branon

God is still on the throne,
He never forsaketh His own;
His promise is true, He will not forget you,
God is still on the throne. Suffield

What we know of God encourages us to trust Him in all we do not know.

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Torah Commentary – A Matter of the Heart – Tetzaveh “You shall command” – Joined To HaShem – Day 6, Month 12 (Adar), February 6, 2014

Torah Commentary

Tetzaveh “You shall command”

Exodus 27:20-30:10, Ezekiel 43:10-27, 1 Samuel 13-15, Phil 4:10-20

 A Matter of the Heart

This week we go from the details of the Tabernacle to the details of Aaron’s garments. Again, we can become so enamored with the details of the prophetic shadows and types that we forget about the true meaning. We can miss the “heart” of the matter.

Aaron and his sons were chosen to be representatives of the people of Israel unto HaShem. They were to go into the Tabernacle and perform their duties on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. This service was to be a representation of what the children of Israel were doing as they walked out their daily lives. The children of Israel were called to walk each day in repentance, with thanksgiving, praise and worship unto the God they were serving. The Tabernacle services of Aaron were really a tangible manifestation of what was supposed to be lived out in the camp every day. The smoke rising from the altar and the aroma of the sacrifices and the incense were to be reminders to the camp of the responsibilities each person had on a daily basis to be his own priest unto HaShem.

When Aaron put the garments on his body, the last item he was to place was the breastplate. The breastplate held the stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel and the foreigners who had been adopted into the family. The breastplate was to be worn upon his heart as a reminder to himself and to all who saw, that this calling was not about pomp and circumstance, it was not about religious practices and the like. It was not about programs and structure. The calling was about a people whom God always holds close to His heart, a family made up of individuals whom He loves very deeply.

Years ago a man won a presidential election by daily looking to a motto, “It’s the economy, stupid!” No matter how the other candidates in debate hammered, he continued to come back to the focus of what he saw as the most important subject of the minds of the people of that day. Though I may disagree with most every word and action this man had then and continues to hold now, a lesson can be learned from his campaign, and that is to find the heart of the issue and never allow anyone to move you from it.

From the beginning of Genesis to the last words of Revelation we see the struggle of focus. Man’s desire is to look to the robe and to lose focus of the details of the robe. Man desires to make the position into an end all its own. Man desires to forget that God’s plan is not about religious liturgies and practices, but about a people whom He holds close to His heart.

The Pharisees of the time of Yeshua are a prime example of forgetting God’s heart. They came time after time to try and trap Yeshua. They were not concerned about the people and in fact they were not concerned about the God they said they served. They had taken the robes of the priesthood, but had forgotten that those were robes of servanthood to God and to His people. They did not see that the instructions of Torah were about the Heart of the Father and not about how to control and enslave people to their own power. This is why toward the end of the chapter Yeshua sums up the Torah by taking them to the heart of the Torah, the Shema.

Yeshua was not telling the Pharisees that the rest of the Torah was done away with as He spoke these words. Instead he was making them come face to face with their attitudes toward the Torah and also the family of God. He was telling them to look back to where Aaron held the breastplate containing the stones of the tribes. He was showing them that their heart was not about serving people, but controlling people.

There are many so-called leaders today that could learn a great lesson from the robes and breastplate of Aaron. In fact, most of us would do well to take a close look at these items ourselves. Where are we carrying His family? Are they being carried simply on our minds as an exercise in intellect? Are they carried on our feet as items to be walked on and used? Are they carried in our back pockets so we can see how much we can get out of them? Or is the family of God carried in the same place Aaron carried them, the same place God carries them? Are they carried on our hearts so we may never forget to love and cherish the family He calls His own, a family we should do the same with!

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‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye Responds to Claim He Attacked Christians, Says ‘It’s Difficult to Respect What Seems Like Irrational Thinking’

“Science guy” Bill Nye told TheBlaze Wednesday that he’s feeling good after his face-off last night with creationist Ken Ham. He also responded to accusations that he attacked Christians during the debate, claiming that he was merely focusing on the importance of embracing science rather than strictly Biblical tenets.

“My supporters have been very supportive. I’ve gotten messages from all sorts of people saying, ‘Maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing to go into the lion’s den,’” Nye said.

The former PBS host noted that he was surprised by how “well-funded” Ham’s Creation Museum is, though he expressed concern over the accuracy of at least one of the displays he observed while at the Kentucky venue for last night’s event.

Nye said he voiced worries over the purported inaccuracy of a dinosaur that was on display to museum staffers, but that they essentially ignored him.

“One thing that very much surprised me is that museum is extraordinarily well-funded and I suspect — I’m gong to look at tax records — I suspect that there’s someone or some group of people who are throwing money at the problem,” Nye explained.

On a complimentary note, the “science guy” said he was impressed by Ham’s passion for his worldview and that he even respected the sentiment, though he said “it’s difficult to respect what seems like irrational thinking.”

Nye did accuse his opponent of not answering the key questions he asked of him — mainly elements surrounding Ham’s claim that the earth is only 6,000 years old; Nye believes that the world is actually 4.55 billion years old.

The science aficionado felt that his creationist foe failed to address points he made about Noah’s Ark and Nye pointed out a purported lack of evidence backing up the theory that the earth is so young.

“He also has a very untenable position that there’s a difference between natural laws you can observe right now … and natural laws in the past,” Nye continued.

He added, “It was up to him to defend his extraordinary point of view … I don’t think he did.”

As for the claim that he attacked Christians during the debate, Nye brushed the notion aside, adding that he knows many religious people who are enriched, have a strong sense of community, are spiritually uplifted — yet do not agree with Ham that the earth is only 6,000 years old.

Nye said that he doesn’t personally have a definitive faith in the almighty and that he doesn’t believe the Bible offers up any basis for proving hypotheses.

“To me, I point out to everybody the cosmic scheme of things. You can’t know,” he said. “I’m an agnostic. With that said the earth’s not 6,000 years old.”

When asked if he had any definitive proof that a failure to teach children evolutionary theory would have economic consequences — a point he has frequently made — Nye was quick to correct the question, asking that I refer to it as an “evolutionary explanation” and noting that he believes evolution is “a provable fact.”

He went on to provide anecdotal examples surrounding the failure to embrace scientific innovation, but his examples were not directly tied to the complexities surrounding evolutionary theory.

“The science we were debating last night was, at its highest, middle school science,” he added later in the interview.

The debate aside, Nye said that science is the key to the future and that there is a real opportunity to advance scientific education in America if we invest in it. He believes that the investment will inevitably may off.

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TorahScope – “The Heart of the Matter” – Terumah (Contribution) – JANUARY 31, 2014

Terumah (Contribution)

Exodus 25:1-27:19
1 Kings 5:26-6:13

“The Heart of the Matter”

This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, details the construction of the Tabernacle which the glory of God occupied during the Ancient Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. This temporary dwelling place was used by Israel until the First Temple was constructed in Jerusalem by King Solomon. As you read through the details of the Tabernacle’s materials and its construction, you can marvel at the minute particulars that come forth from the instructions of the Master Builder. The finest natural materials are utilized, which are all thought to have significant symbolic interpretations. But regardless of the specificity of the blueprints and materials, two overwhelming themes bubble to the surface as you read the account:

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution’” (Exodus 25:1-2).

From the title of our parashahterumah (hmWrT), meaning “contribution, offering, for sacred uses” (BDB, 929), you find that the Holy One of Israel is looking for people who have a strong heart’s desire to offer valuable contributions for the construction project. God was looking for a people who would love, honor, and respect Him enough so that they would be entirely willing—from the heart—to offer up their valuable resources in order to build the Tabernacle and fashion all of its furnishings and accoutrements, for the priestly service. We learn from some later comments that the response to the request was overwhelming to the point that an order was issued to stop the outpouring of freewill gifts:

“And they said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.’ So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, ‘Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.’ Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more (Exodus 36:5-6).

From the beginning of the wilderness journey—after witnessing the miracles of the defeat of the Egyptians, the provisions of manna, quail, and water, hearing the voice of the Lord bellowing from Mount Sinai, and receiving the Ten Commandments—the Ancient Israelites were prepared to give freely of their possessions for the assembly of the Tabernacle. The God of Israel articulates the second theme which is evident not only in this Torah portion, but throughout the Holy Scriptures, as He makes His great desire made known to Moses:

“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them”(Exodus 25:8).

The Lord has a strong desire to dwell (Heb. verb shakan, !kv) among His people. This is an important statement because even though He desires for a sanctuary or mishkan (!Kvm) to be built, our Heavenly Father is really stating that He desires to just dwell among His people. Even though there is a construction project for a specific structure to represent His holiness, He actually says that He wants to dwell among human beings. From this wording, you get the impression that the Holy One just wants to walk among His people in a similar fashion to the way He established the relationship He had with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden:

“They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LordGod among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).

As you ponder the theme of dwelling with the Creator, we see the intimate relationship that God is attempting to establish with His chosen ones. He desires a people whose hearts yearn for Him and with whom He can dwell! The rest of the account in Mishpatim simply concerns details that have significant meaning, and which convey the majesty and dignity of the Tabernacle and priestly service—serving as tangible manifestations of His heart’s desire.

When you take a look at the associated Haftarah portion in 1 Kings 5:26-6:13, you discover that in spite of the impressive construction project developed by Solomon and Hiram during their time of relative peace, the overwhelming theme is still God simply wanting to dwell with His people. For whatever reasons, it is apparent that humanity needs physical structures in order to imagine spiritual and relational principles. The Creator knows this attribute, and consequently fulfills this need by orchestrating both the wilderness Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple to be constructed.

The Good Shepherd

The most significant point that the Lord is trying to convey from Mishpatimregards the melding of one’s heart attitude, and His intended residence among His people. Probably the most vivid analogy, that is used to communicate the essence of this relationship, is the image derived from the relationship of a shepherd to his sheep. The Holy One is often described as a Good Shepherd who is constantly walking among His sheep tending to their needs. Recall how when the Patriarch Jacob communicated some of his final blessings, he referred to God as a shepherd (Heb. verb ra’ah, h[r):

“He blessed Joseph, and said, ‘The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day’” (Genesis 48:15).

Later, when blessing Joseph specifically, another reference to God as the Great Shepherd is witnessed:

“But his bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), from the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses youwith blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers” (Genesis 49:24-26).

Of course, most Bible readers are eager to remember David’s reference to God being his Shepherd in Psalm 23:

“A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd [Adonai ro’i, y[r hwhy], I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1-3).

Less well-known words come from Qohelet, as he summarizes his life experience:

“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd [nittenu m’ro’eh, h[rm WnTn]. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-14).

The Prophets are also replete about referring to God as a Shepherd:
·  “Behold, the Lord God will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him. Like a shepherd [k’ro’eh, h[rK] He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes”(Isaiah 40:10-11).

·  “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock [k’ro’eh]’” (Jeremiah 31:10).

·  “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans ofJudah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. Therefore He will give them upuntil the time when she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren will return to the sons of Israel. And He will arise and shepherdHis flock in the strength of the Lord [v’amad v’ra’ah b’oz Adonai, hwhy z[B h[rw dm[w], in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will remain, because at that time He will be great to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:2-4).
And of course, perhaps most important, Yeshua referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd to His Disciples, as He explained the mission and purpose of His ministry:

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters themHe flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd [Egō eimi ho poimēn ho kalos, Egw eimi o poimhn o kaloß], and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd” (John 10:11-16).

The author of Hebrews summarized his treatise by calling the workings of the Holy One, the works of the Great Shepherd:

“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep [ton poimena tōn probatōn ton megan, ton poimena twn probatwn ton megan] through the blood of the eternal covenant, evenYeshua our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom bethe glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).

Earlier in his work, the author quoted extensively from the Prophets in order to communicate many of the principles relating to the wilderness Tabernacle and how it applies to Believers’ lives through the inauguration of the New Covenant:

“Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, ‘See,’ He says, ‘That you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain’ [Exodus 25:40]. But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. For if that first…had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second. For finding fault with them, He says, ‘Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when i will effect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not like the covenant which i made with their fathers on the day when i took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; for they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not care for them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that i will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more’” (Hebrews 8:4-12; cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34, LXX).

In Hebrews chs. 8-9, the author gives his audience a description of the wilderness Tabernacle, and the distinction made between it and “the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation” (Hebrews 9:11). This is what Yeshua entered into in Heaven, as He performs the required priestly duties, as our intermediary between God the Father and humanity at large (Hebrews 4:14-15). The author of Hebrews quotes directly from the Prophet Jeremiah, who describes that the New Covenant that God will make will write the Torah onto the hearts of the people by His Holy Spirit:

“‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,’ declares the Lord. ‘But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, “Know theLord,” for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ declares the Lord, ‘for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more’” (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

These conclusions come after Jeremiah has described the work of God as Shepherd to scatter and then gather His flock:

“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock’” (Jeremiah 31:10).

Hear O Israel

One of the awesome works of our God, as the Good Shepherd, is that He will supernaturally transcribe His Torah onto the hearts of His sheep, as He is their God and they will surely be His people. As this transformative action occurs in every heart, of every man and woman of God who recognizes Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel, he or she can fully live forth the Shema:

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love theLord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

The imperative here is that each individual is to love the Lord God of Israel with all of his or her heart, and to see that the principles of God’s commandments are embedded within his or her mind. This can be conducted by a number of crucial exercises and disciplines. The Father knows human beings’ propensity to wander and to avoid following His commands, and so in order to help inscribe His Instruction upon the heart and mind, He has detailed some basic guidelines to help with the process. This includes a daily routine of waking up and thinking about Him, and instructing our children about Him and His love for us. Going to sleep at night, our final thoughts should be focused on the Lord. Everything that we put our hands to, or every thought that we consider, should be viewed through the grid of His understandings. In the Shema, we are even told to put the commandments of God on the very doorposts of our houses and gates, so that we will be reminded as we leave our home and return—of the imperative need to focus all of our attention, love, and loyalty to Him!

As you read and reflect upon the Shema, you almost get the impression that the Holy One of Israel wants as much of our attention just as your husband or wife would. He wants our hearts to be turned toward Him so that we will be one with Him in thoughts, deeds, and actions. We can yearn for such intimacy with our Creator that many of our spiritual forbearers in the faith have modeled for us. Figures like King David knew the Lord intimately, and his Psalms reflect the great love he had for Him. Psalm 19 is an excellent example for us to consider:

“For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of theLord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression.Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:1-14).

Here, we see how King David has such a desire for intimacy with the Lord, that he does not even want his thoughts to be unacceptable in His sight. I pray that each of our hearts would be as sensitive!

The Tabernacle of David

Today, our gracious Heavenly Father surely continues to look for people He can indwell with His intimate presence. We are each called to be a tabernacle for Him to occupy. We know that the Prophet Amos in the Seventh Century B.C.E., and James the Just First Century C.E., both affirm a rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David as a key part in the eventual restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. Amos first decrees,

“‘Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth; nevertheless, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,’ declares the Lord. ‘For behold, I am commanding, and I will shake the house of Israel among all nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, but not a kernel will fall to the ground. All the sinners of My people will die by the sword, those who say, ‘The calamity will not overtake or confront us.’ In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name,’ declares the Lord who does this. ‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘When the plowman will overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved. Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them,’ says the Lord your God” (Amos 9:8-15).

Amos’ prophecy looks forward to the restoration of the fallen Tabernacle of David. This includes the return of a sizeable part of Israel (mostly from the Northern Kingdom) that had been sown into the nations, as well as many of the nations themselves being integrated into the holy community. As God let him see into the future, Amos knew the time would surely come when the captivity of Israel would be over, and His people will return to the Promised Land to rebuild cities, plant vineyards, drink wine, make gardens, and eat their fruit.

At the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15, upon hearing the testimony of Paul, Barnabas, and Peter regarding the salvation of Jewish people and various Greeks and Romans coming to faith in the Messiah of Israel—James the Just makes a distinct connection between the non-Jews coming to faith and Amos’ prophecy. Rather than capitulate to the demands of a few hyper-conservative Pharisees that such non-Jewish Believers be ordered to keep the Mosaic Torah (Acts 15:5, Grk.), James instead acknowledged that the words of the Prophets were in play. He places the salvation of the non-Jews in the First Century within the scope of expectations regarding the eventual restoration of all Israel:

“After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, ‘Brethren, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written, “After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and i will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,’ says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath” (Acts 15:13-21).

The difference between what Amos prophecies is that James says “so the rest of humanity may seek the Lord—even all the Gentiles who are called by My name” (Acts 15:17, HCSB). Luke’s transcription in Acts does not follow the Hebrew text of Amos, but the Septuagint rendering which reads with hoi kataloipoi tōn anthrōpōn (oi kataloipoi twn anqrwpwn) for the Hebrew sh’eirit Edom(~Ada tyrav). The LXX Rabbis understood Edom (~Ada) to be connected to adam(~da), also the Hebrew word for “mankind, people” (HALOT, 1:14) and rendered it in Greek as “those remaining of humans” (NETS), referring to God’s faithful remnant that would come forth out of humanity’s masses. James makes a connection between the salvation of Israel and those of the nations coming to faith in Israel’s Messiah.

James would have had to recognize that a critical part of Israel’s restoration would have been an obedience to God’s Torah by all coming into the fold. In Ezekiel 37:24, we are told that when all Israel is restored “they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.” As James was considering the salvation of the nations, he was reflecting on the restoration of the Tabernacle of David described by the Prophet Amos. Why force the non-Jewish Believers to keep the Torah, when prophecy should be allowed to take its natural course? The nations were to come to Zion to be taught God’s Instruction (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3), and the promise of the New Covenant was that the Torah would be supernaturally transcribed on redeemed hearts as a special work of the Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27).

Today, almost two millennia later, we have yet to see the complete fulfillment of Amos’ prophecy. The presence of today’s Messianic movement, and the unique work it has in seeing Jewish people brought to saving faith in the Messiah Yeshua and evangelical Christians brought into a tangible appreciation of their Hebraic Roots—leads me to believe that “the words of the Prophets” (Acts 15:15) are going to become increasingly more important to recognize in the days to come. As we all begin to truly understand this, we need to allow ourselves both individually and corporately to be a people who can be filled up with the Spirit of God, serving as a living sacrifice that faithfully emulates the Lord Yeshua (cf. Romans 12:1-2). If we are truly able to do this, then we can all compose that holy nation and separated people, truly accomplishing the mission of God, which the Apostle Peter says we will be:

“And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. For this is contained in Scripture: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed’ [Isaiah 28:16]. This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very corner stone’ [Psalm 118:22], and, ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense’ [Isaiah 8:14]; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. But you are a chosen race [Isaiah 43:20], a royal priesthood [Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 61:6], a holy nation [Exodus 19:6], a people for God’sown possession [Isaiah 43:21; Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 4:20; 7:6; 14:2], so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you havereceived mercy [Hosea 2:23]” (1 Peter 2:4-10).

When we can all truly understand how every redeemed man and woman in Yeshua is a part of “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (NIV), then we can marvel in our privilege to serve the Lord fully—most especially in terms of declar[ing forth] the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (NIV)! When the world at large can see us demonstrating the Lord’s goodness toward them, as we testify of the salvation He has provided, then we can really begin to see the complete restoration of David’s Tabernacle.

As we contemplate these awesome truths, we must reflect upon our own hearts, wondering in which capacity we can serve God and make a difference in our generation. We need to search our hearts and consider what the meditations of our hearts are. What motivates us? Do we wake up with His thoughts on our minds? Do we go to sleep considering His ways? Are we training up our young people according to His precepts? Everyone will be accountable for their actions, deeds, and thoughts.

In the end, it comes down to being a matter of the heart. May our hearts be His and His be ours!

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CVS to be First U.S. Drugstore Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco Products


CVS Caremark announced Wednesday it will stop selling tobacco products by October 1, the Los Angeles Times reports. CVS, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, will be the first national pharmacy company to stop selling tobacco.

The company has more than 7,600 retail stores, the article notes. Public health advocates have pressured retailers for years to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. CVS says its annual sales of tobacco products total about $2 billion, or about 1.6 percent of the company’s revenues in 2012.

“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is simply the right thing to do for the good of our customers and our company,” President and CEO Larry J. Merlo said in a statement. “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping people on their path to better health.” The company also said it will launch a “robust national smoking cessation program” this spring.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauded the company’s decision. In a statement, President Matthew L. Myers said the move “represents one of the strongest actions any business has ever taken to address the enormous public health problems caused by tobacco use. CVS’s decision will reduce the availability of cigarettes and other tobacco products and sends an unmistakable message to all Americans, especially children, that tobacco use is uniquely harmful and socially unacceptable.”

Target announced in 1996 that it would stop selling tobacco products. No major retailer has limited tobacco sales since then, according to the newspaper.

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