Torah Commentary – Lech Lecha (Get Yourself Out) – One Man Was Listening – SCRIPTURES FOR October 28, 2017

Torah Commentary
Lech Lecha (Get Yourself Out)

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Gen 12:1-17:27
Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Acts 7:1-8
Romans 3:19-5:6
Hebrews 7:1-19; 11:8-12
 
One Man Was Listening
I was talking to a Jewish friend with a number of other people in the room a few of years ago. During the conversation someone said, “God spoke to me” and went on to state what they thought they had heard. After the crowd left my Jewish friend looked at me with a facial expression I have seen many times. A look which normally means I am about to learn something very important. He brought up the “God told me” statement and proceeded to explain why he would not make a statement like that. It was not that he believes HaShem does not speak to people, but rather his explanation brought a greater meaning to the dialogue between the Creator and His creation. My friend’s explanation went like this. God is always speaking, so to say “God told me” is to say He only speaks on occasion. A better way for this person to have explained their encounter would be to say, “In a moment that I was listening…”
Allow me to expound a bit. Is there ever a time in which HaShem is not speaking? I would say “no”. His voice is in world events, creation itself and even conversations we are having with others around us. The question is, “Are we listening for His voice in those things and at those times?”
In Genesis 12 we read of a dialogue between HaShem and a man named Abram. It appears from the text that he hears an audible voice, but was his hearing the audible voice due to his learning to hear an inaudible one? Let me explain. As Abram grew up in Ur and later in Haran, did he witness the sin and depravity of the culture and wonder if there had to be a better way of living? If so, he heard His voice. If ancient writings are true and his father was a seller of idols, did he look at them and consider they were just carvings of wood and stone? If so, he heard His voice. Did he look up to the stars at night and wonder just who it was that created the heavens and the earth? If so, he heard His voice.
My point is that Abram had made a lifestyle out of listening to the ever speaking voice of HaShem. On that now infamous day when the inaudible became the audible it was as natural to follow that voice as it was for Abram to breathe.
There is another person in the story though that does not get much credit until later. Her name is Sara. Scripture does not record her hearing a voice. That is not until Abram came home and told her to pack her bags as they were moving to a new place. From the text it appears that Sara did not question Abram’s decision, but started packing. How could she do this? I believe it was because she had been listening for the voice of HaShem as Abram had.
When Abram came home with the news, Sara did not need to get alone and pray, because the inaudible voice she had been hearing had now become audible through her husband’s voice. On that day, her husband’s voice and the Creator’s voice matched exactly. No questions were needed.
Through the next few weeks we will see the journey of Abram and Sara continuing to follow HaShem’s voice. We will read of the times their hearing was good and the times it was not so good. I am so thankful Father did not just give us the successes of this couple. If he had, the standard would have been too high to reach. I am also grateful He did not only record their failures as it would cause us to not even try. The successes and failures give me hope; for it tells me Abram and Sara were human, flesh and blood like you and me.
In Genesis chapter 17 HaShem tells Abram to “Walk before me and be perfect.” Thankfully the word translated perfect is not the best meaning for the word. In Hebrew it is tamiym and means entire, complete and whole. In the Complete Jewish Bible, David Stern translates it as pure-hearted. Other translations use whole-hearted. The Hebrew spelling is tav, mem, yod, mem. It is a picture of waters coming together and merging into covenant as one. Think about that for a moment. Have you ever seen two rivers come together? They don’t struggle to become one river, they just do. Flowing in covenant with our Creator should be no more difficult than two rivers combining into one. That is, if we have learned to “listen” to the direction we are supposed to flow.
Shalom and Be Strong,
Mike Clayton

Torah Commentary – B’resheet (In the beginning) – Noach (Noah) – The End Justified the Beginning – SCRIPTURES FOR October 21, 2017

Torah Commentary

B’resheet (In the beginning)

Noach (Noah)

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Genesis 1:1-11:32
Isaiah 42:5-43:10
John 1:1-18
Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-5
Note: To catch up with the Torah cycle this is two portions combined
The End Justified the Beginning
We begin another Torah cycle! I express this with anticipation. Many “new to Torah” folks may question why we read through and study the same five books year after year. Allow me to answer the question by asking the seasoned Torah pursuers, “Was anything new revealed to you as you read through the Torah last year that you had not seen in previous years?” I imagine there is not a single “no” out there, so a shout of exuberance, “Here we go again”!
It is in this section of our readings that makes me wish I was on the three year Torah cycle. Actually, that is not completely true. Skip the three year cycle and let’s jump to the thousand year millennial cycle with Messiah teaching it from Jerusalem. This portion carries so much meaning that I desire to camp out at each sentence.
Honestly, I am having a very difficult time getting through the first verse this year. This is not uncommon, although this year seems to have more meaning. I have been meditating on this verse in light of Isaiah 46:10, “At the beginning I announce the end, proclaim in advance things not yet done; and I say that my plan will hold, I will do everything I please to do.” A more literal translation of the verse would be “HaShem declared the end out of the beginning.” I recognize we understand that He knows all things, but have we considered He declared that all things would happen even before they happened. This means HaShem knew Eve would listen to the serpent instead of Him. Cain killing Abel was no surprise. He knew man would become so corrupt He would have to kill all but eight people and start over. HaShem knew that for six-thousand years man would repeatedly turn his back on his Creator. In fact, the Hebrew word “nagad”, which is translated “declared” is a picture of a man walking away from the teachings and instructions of Yah.
On a personal level we recognize HaShem knew my sins and yours. All of our days are numbered and no surprise to Him. He even knew that after you and I turned back to His ways that we would fail. Yet, His grace is sufficient. His love is endless. We have the gift of repentance and Yeshua’s Blood to atone for us. Father’s Love is great. His desire for a relationship with us in spite of our shortcomings is humbling.
Now here is a challenging question for you. Had you been HaShem knowing all man would do against you for six-thousand years. If you knew in advance the pain for man’s rebellion and had a choice to go forth with Genesis 1:1, what would you have done? Consider that for a moment. Truth is He made a choice I am not sure I would have made. Why did He?
The answer lies in a single word of the verse in Isaiah which is “end.” Yah did not focus on the process, but rather the end result. What is the end result? Take a moment and read Revelation 21:1-4. Therein lays the answer to why Father made the choice to go forth with Genesis 1:1. It’s all about relationship to have a people that would be His and He would be theirs.
Where is our vision as we read these first words of Genesis 1:1? What do we plan to focus on during this next Torah cycle? I would challenge you to focus, not on what has been or what is, but rather on what will be. When you read again the words, “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth”, allow your mind to consider the love, mercy, grace and desire our Heavenly Father has to look past the process of redemption and see the destination called redemption. This truth in itself will continue to help us put one foot in front of the other in our journey.
One more challenge as we begin this Torah cycle. Many of us have read through the Torah several times. With that comes the hazard of just glancing through the verses. Consider this a good time to think about reading in a different translation. This may help notice messages in Scripture we have never seen before. Remember that even the people’s names and genealogies have great meaning. Take time to pull out your concordance to do some research. An example that many of us know is located in Beresheet Chapter 5. Genealogy can make you glassy eyed, right? In this particular case the meanings of the names form a sentence and witness to Messiah, which is “Man is appointed to mortal sorrow, but the blessed Elohim shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing comfort.” How is that for declaring the end out of the beginning?
May our year be filled with Yah’s Spirit of revelation. Not revelation for our intellect, but rather to prepare us to be a people He is proud to call His. (Click to Site)

 

Demon Possessed? No… Demonic Infestation? YES!

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I have gotten emails from so many people asking about battling demons, are they possessed, how to stand up to this evil and many other questions.

It is weird; I have not felt what I am feeling since the time that The Lord asked us to return to the US.

What am I talking about is battling the demonic.

See, I have never had the desire to go into deliverance ministry. Yes, I know a lot about it and have studied it in the past at length. One does not do what I do and not have a strong grasp of this area.

But I am finding myself being pulled into this area more and more, much like when God pulled us back into the US.

This is an area where I do not feel fully suited and at times I think about “what might happen” and I have to say at times it scares the tar out of me.

But if God is calling me towards this area of the ministry, then I am submitting to Him. Just know that I am not jumping for joy, if you want to call it that. Deliverance and spiritual battle is hard core because you are on the front lines and you can literally have the pulp beaten out of you.

It is only through Jesus Christ and His protection that one is able to operate in this area.

Walking a balanced Christian walk and being mature is what is needed.

To be honest, I feel like Gideon in this calling. I want to stay in my comfy bible prophecy, world events and preparedness arena, not get my hands dirty and not put myself in harm’s way.

But when I get an email from someone and they describe what is going on, things just pop into my head and I reach out and try to help as best I am able.

Great thing is that 98% of the cases I have worked with have seen success or on the path to success.

Demons Are Winning & We Don’t Even Realize It

I look all over and I see so many people who know that something is wrong, but they cannot put their finger on it, they just know that “thinks are not right.”

Others know but they seem to be afraid or to embarrassed to reach out.

What am I talking about?

People are being plagued with the demonic, “demonized” or better yet, “infested” or having an infestation of demons.

This is why I say that demons are winning and people don’t even realize it.

This is also where I feel convicted and I need to right a possible wrong where I might have misled some of you.

In earlier articles I have said that a born again Christian cannot be “possessed.”

This is correct and I still stand by this. The thing is that the English language is very limiting. The word “possessed” seems to be a catch all phrase when it comes to the demonic.

I know that this seems to be splitting hairs, but I feel that it must be explained so that people, who are in fact demonically oppressed, infested, demonized, depressed & influenced do not just walk off and think everything is honky-dory.

Things are not honky-dory and this is why I want to try to clarify.

Here is a quick word study… Possession

Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils (G1139), and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

STRONGS # G1139

δαιμονίζομαι

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Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s).

Because our English language is so limiting, we tend to instantly jump to the conclusion of “being possessed” as something out of the movie “The Exorsist” and we should be levitating, heads spinning and spitting up green pea soup.

BUT… since this is NOT happening to us, we say “Oh, I guess I am not possessed then” and we go along our merry way.

To be “possessed” by a demon, one literally has to open ones inner soul and spirit up to said demon and basically submit their lives to the demon; much like when one becomes born-again.

The reality is that one becomes “demonized” not possessed. As stated before a more descriptive word is  “Infested” or having an “Infestation” of demons.

But Ray, you keep saying that we as Christians can’t be possessed, so what are you saying?

ANALOGY – Our Holy of Holies Where The Holy Spirit Resides Within – Possesses Us

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

In reading this, it dawned on me and it became crystal clear how I can explain how Christians are affected by demons.

The Jewish temple is a holy place, much like we are holy when we become born again.

So the questions is this, how can the demonic have influence on us, invade us, infest us and still demonize us when we are holy?

This is where the Jewish temple can help with an analogy. The Temple had three main areas, The Outer Courtyard, the Inner Court yard and the Holy of Holies.

The manifest presence of God was only in the Holy of Holies, not in the Outer Court or the Inner Court.

In the same way with all of us, the Outer Court of the Temple represents our physical bodies, the Inner Court represents our soul, and the Holy of Holies represents our spirits.

Just as the manifest presence of God was only residing in the Holy of Holies, in the same way the Holy Spirit is only residing in our human spirits. Our holy of holies which is the innermost part of our beings is a ken to the Holy of Holies that was the innermost part of the Jewish Temple.

In using this Jewish Temple analogy, we can grasp the human-spiritual makeup with the Lord.

Just as Paul told us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 , we can see that our physical bodies are now His temple.

It is our physical bodies that now actually “house” our human spirits where the Holy Spirit now lives within.

The Jewish Outer Court was where just about anyone and everyone were allowed in to, men, women, gentiles, etc.

We know that the entire Temple compound was considered holy. But as one progressed further into the temple it became increasingly more holy.

King Herod had enclosed the “outer court” with colonnades and it was referred to as the Court of the Gentiles because the “gentiles” (non-Jews) were permitted to enter the Temple area.

This is the same area where Christ cleansed the temple from all the money changes. He created a “cat of nine-tails” and literally beat the money changers out of the holy temple, out of the “Outer Court.”

Like the money changers who “infested” the Outer Court area (which is considered holy), demons are able to “infest our bodies, our “Outer Court.”

Do the money changers “own / possess” the Outer Court?

No, they inhabited it, but did not “own or possess” the Outer Court. That is why Christ was able to drive out the infestation of money changers (demons).

Why?

Because HE (Jesus Christ) is the owner of the Holy Temple. He was the only one that had the true authority to cleanse the area. The money changers listened and obeyed Christ and left the Outer Court area.

Again, this is an analogy to help explain how Demons can in fact “demonize” us / Infest / oppress / influence / depress us and I felt that it was necessary to explain this.

I don’t want people to think that just because they are a Christian that demons will not attack them.

Wrong, if anything Christians are being hammered by the demonic and many of us battle our demons daily.

How Do We As Christians Become “Demonized / Infested” By The Demonic?

This is the question that is at the top of many people’s list in all the emails that I have gotten.

How do we become “demonized / infested”?

Simple, in many cases we allow it. We give up our “legal rights” and allow the demon in.

To expand a bit further we give the demon “legal rights” to come in and demonize and infest us, our lives and our family’s lives.

At least that is how the demons see it, and they are very legalistic lot as well.

What are these so called “legal rights”?

  1. The Occult
  2. Direct Willful Sin
  3. Inheritance – Generational
  4. Fears and Phobias
  5. Unforgiveness
  6. Trauma
  7. Abuse
  8. Ungodly Soul Ties
  9. Curses
  10. Addictions
  11. False Religions
  12. Cursed Objects
  13. Cursed Buildings

Before Christ died on the cross, demons did have limited “legal rights.” We learn of this by reading Job. But because Christ died, was buried and rose on the third day, those limited rights that demons once had are now gone. Christ took those keys away and now demons no longer have any legal rights and they know it too.

But because they are very legalistically minded, cunning and are liars, they like to play that “legal” game with people and because many people lack of knowledge and freedom in Christ, we let them.

Outside Our Control

I know that some of you are saying that some of these areas are outside our personal control and you are correct. But the demon does not see it that way.

For example, a cursed / haunted building. It may be cursed / haunted due to a prior owner.

In my DVD “Demons – Days of Noah and The Demonic Wars” Christina Peck tells her story about her demonically haunted home which the demons would actually manifest themselves before her and Josh.

It is a pretty amazing story.

If you do not have my DVD, contact me and I can provide you details on how to get it.

Now in this case, the demon did not care about Josh & Christina, in the demon’s mind they had a “legal right” to the home based on the prior owner, not Josh and Christina. It was the demon’s home and Josh and Christina were there just so that they could torment them.

This is how demons think. They have taken up shop / “infested” an area, object or family lineage and they then believe they have legal rights to that person, place or thing.

But the hard facts are that demons do NOT have “legal rights” they just take them because we gladly give them over out of our own lack of knowledge.

In the case of Josh and Christina, they did not know what to do because they were still fairly new Christians, at least Josh was, and this was something that they were not fully taught in church.

Their best solution was to move out and that thank God that worked. Interestingly enough, the current owners contacted them and they have the same demonic problems.

Conclusion

Can born-again Christians be possessed? No, but they can be oppressed / depressed / influenced / infested and demonized.

The reason that they cannot be “possessed” is that the Holy Spirit resides inside each and every one of our own personal “holy of holies.”

BUT… demons can try to gain access to our “Outer Court” areas in our lives and they believe that they can do that via their “legal rights” to enter and conduct their form of business, much like the money lenders did in the outer courts of the temple.

It is Jesus Christ who is the only authority that these demons have over them. They MUST submit to the name of Jesus Christ. It is His shed blood that set us free from these false “legal rights” and the demons know this and must submit to this.

It is our lack of knowledge in this area due to the days we are living in and the lack of proper teaching from pastors, preachers and teachers out there. This is a topic that 20% (and growing) of the church does not believe in. Many believe that Satan and his minions are all just fairy tales.

When we have a demonic infestation taking place in our lives we need to stop and realize what is truly going on.

It isn’t a stroke of bad luck or God being mad at us, it is demons taking a false “legal right” that they “think” they have based on the things we have done in our lives, opening up doors for them to come in and demonize and torment us.

What the church strongly needs is deliverance from this evil. But to do that, we need to admit that there truly is an evil and that we need delivering.

I find it interesting that God is pulling me in this direction on top of the other areas I preach and teach on. I find it also interesting that I have taught on “The Servant Warrior” for the past several years. Much of that teaching can be applied in the physical, but amazingly enough, it can also be applied in the spiritual and our battle against the demonic.

We are living in the last days of the last days and I totally believe that God is raising up spiritual warriors. They are greatly needed because so many people are being afflicted by the enemy and they don’t realize what is happening or why. Those who do, they know that they need help, but they do not know where to turn.

If you are someone who has questions or thinks they need help, contact me. I have been helping a number of people and through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and through His authority we are seeing success in helping people be delivered of these demonic infestations. (Click to Site)

Some Doubted

…but some doubted.  Three little words that stand out to me like a piece of pepper stuck in someone’s tooth.  The phrase is in Matthew 28:17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

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Let’s put this in context.  It is the last chapter of Matthew after the disciples had witnessed Jesus’ life, miracles, ministry, death, and resurrection.  There, a resurrected Jesus stands before them and when the SAW him they worshiped him, but some still doubted.

What does that passage tell us about human nature?  It tells us many things, mainly that in spite of seeing all of the great events in Jesus’ life, the disciples still doubted.  Why do you think that is?  I think it is because they did not at that time have the Holy Spirit within them.

Now it would be easy to stand in judgment of the disciples at this point.  After all, they were THERE.  They saw him, they touched him, they ate with him and saw him die and rise again.  Surely, had we been in their shoes we would not have doubted.  I would not be so certain myself.  

How many people do you know of that have had awesome miracles in their lives that they KNEW were from God, only to claim after the excitement wears off that it was just fate or circumstance or the wisdom of the doctors that saved them?  How many times in your own life has the Lord delivered you and afterward you doubted that it was His divine intervention?

The Holy Spirit is what divides the New Testament Christians from the Old Testament Jews and further the Tribulation and Millenial believers.  Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we are able to have the Spirit of God inside us at all times.  During the Old Testament times, the Spirit of the Lord would come upon people for a period, but that was temporary and He did not indwell the believer.  That is the only thing that sets us apart.  That is why those who profess faith in Christ but have never asked Him into their lives struggle.  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is one of the most under-appreciated movements in our modern day churches.

Without the Holy Spirit, we do not even have faith in the things we can see and touch.  That is why people can go to church their whole lives and know in their mind who Jesus is but never make the commitment to let Him into their hearts.  I think that is why so many professing Christians do not bear any fruit. 

Who are they?  Are you one?  Is the person sitting next to you in church one?  They are Christians in name only.  They come as far as they can in the Christian walk without asking the Holy Spirit to come into their lives.  They have accepted the kernel of doubt in their own hearts as part of everyone’s faith.  They do not believe when others profess to not have any doubts about their faith, because they themselves do not know the truth.

You can go to many churches and never hear a word about the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit within us is the perfecter of our faith.  He convicts our conscience.  He is the guiding force that keeps all of us in line and living for God and not ourselves.  

Only through the Holy Spirit are we able to have communion with God and worship Jesus our Savior.  This Age of Grace ends with the Rapture of the Church, those left behind will never have the opportunity to receive this blessing.  There will be many Left Behind, that never truly became Christians but this post is to encourage you today, we are believers.  We are Watchers.  We are Saved.  

(Note – this post was originally written in 2003, but the Helper prompted me to publish this old work again today.  I have never heard preaching on it. It remains one of my favorite pieces and one I shared with my beloved Bible Teacher Father on his deathbed.  I will never forget the look of pride he had in his eyes as I showed him the Scripture and opened his heart to the revelation the Lord had given me.  Peace and Love, my Friends.)

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The Cautious Watcher

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The Prophecy Watchers have been on heightened alert for the last 20 years but history did not start when we came to conscientiousness!

In 1998, I had a conversation with my then 78-year-old grandmother about the pending global catastrophe of Y2K.  We were at my father’s (a fellow Watcher) kitchen table and we were going over our preparations.  My grandmother was a spirit-filled, godly woman, but she had about her the pragmatism and practicality that had carried her through near-starvation during the Great Depression and the long years of waiting for her husband to return home from World War II.  As my dad and I enthused over all the biblical signs and prophecies, we laid out the case for her about why we believed the turn of the millennium was going to kick off the long-awaited chain of events that were going to see us going home soon.  She listened graciously.  She then said in an off hand manner, “During and after World War II, when Israel became a nation we were certain the Rapture was imminent.  Just be cautious.”

I remember being initially irritated with her.  I was excited!  I wanted to GO!

For generations, we have read the Scriptures, we have watched the heavens, we have deduced the times.  We have correctly identified thousands of significant prophetic events, compelling numerical distances between dates, extrapolated Hebraic meanings from those numeric dates, and concluded that we are indeed living in the last days, but it is worth noting that at least a dozen times in the last 2000 years the Church has had compelling reasons to believe THEY were also in the last days.  Doug Woodward does an amazing job of outlining the 1666 Rapture Frenzy.  These were not Middle Age superstitious imbeciles, Isaac Newton wrote about the subject.

With the publication of The Harbinger, the discovery of the blood moons and their historical significance, and the availability of free Stellarium software the Watcher community has been on heightened alert since 2008.  As the book of Daniel has been opened, our understanding of the Scriptures of the End Times has multiplied at a breakneck speed, the Holy Spirit has poured out the anointing on His Servants far and wide.

An example of this is the knowledge of the fulfilled Spring Feasts at the first coming of the Lord Jesus.  Those of us who have been at it for awhile take that revelation for granted these days but I have to stress that a mere seven years ago even the most ardent and learned of Watchers was unaware of this amazing fact.  I was blown away in 2013 by the Rosh Hashanah Rapture Theory. (Click to Site)

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Torah Commentary – Re’eh (See) – See, Perceive or Selah – SCRIPTURES FOR August 19, 2017

Torah Commentary
Re’eh (See)
Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
Isaiah 54:11-55:5
1Corinthians 5:9-13
1John 4:1-6

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See, Perceive or Selah
The title of this Torah portion is translated very simply with the word “see.” This small simple word can be taken for granted by some.  For the vast majority of the people in this country, “seeing” is the first thing they do every morning. People wake up, open their eyes to see, or depending on your optical ability, at least look at the images our eyes are allowing their brains to discern. I question whether there is a difference between seeing or looking?
In Hebrew the word is re’eh. The word has the meaning of looking at something with our eyes, but that is not the context in how it’s being used here. The Hebrew meaning is for us to perceive and consider something so as to bring forth discernment. Many of you may relate to the example I’m going to use to explain my point. Most people wake up in the morning head to the bathroom to begin their daily routine to make themselves presentable before leaving home. Many of us find in the mirror the proverbial “bed head” look with hair going every direction. As one makes sense of the new style their pillow created they might find a few gray hairs that certainly could not have been there the day before.
How you handle these sneaky little gray hairs is what brings forth my point. Will you make a mental note of the location of these sly little hairs to pluck them out, hide them with a new hairstyle or run to the local Wal-Mart to grab a bottle of hair color? Are these little gray hairs a frightful unwanted sight or do they bring you to a place of introspection? Do you just “see” the gray hair or do look deeper to evaluate the Scriptural meaning behind gray hair and how it’s interpreted. Do you perceive what is happening in your life regarding your maturity and reflect on decisions you are making? The gray hair is a sign to us to ponder if we are learning the lessons life has been trying to teach us or traveling around the same mountain of mistakes. Are you gaining wisdom through maturity or just going gray? (Click to Site)

 

Torah Commentary – Va’etchanan “And I besought” – The Call to Return – SCRIPTURES FOR August 5, 2017

Torah Commentary
Va’etchanan “And I besought”
Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Isaiah 40:1-26
1 Kings 19-22
Matthew 4:1-11; Romans 3:27-31
James 2:14-26

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The Call to Return
This Torah portion is so rich that it is difficult to not write pages and pages of commentary. Instead I will focus on a great work which is happening in our day, a work based upon just one verse. In Deuteronomy 6:4 we find the Shema, “Hear oh Israel YH VH our God, YH VH is One”. For many people this is the first verse in Scripture they learn to say in Hebrew! The importance of this verse for the Jewish and Messianic communities is likened to John 3:16 in the Christian church. These verses are foundational in faith.
It was the mid 2000’s when the Shema took on fuller meaning for me. It was then I learned the verse in English and Hebrew. Later on, while I was at a speaking engagement in Lucerne Valley, California a dear friend and brother brought this verse to life for me. He, his wife and congregation had the alarms on their cell phones set to ring at 9am and 3pm. When the alarm went off they would stop whatever they were doing to recite the Shema. I liked the idea and set my alarm also. For a year or so I followed the tradition. In time the alarm and recitation lost interest in my daily life, subsequently the alarms were deleted. I found it was never a heart’s desire to do this, but more an interest in joining in with my friends.
I am not sure what prompted me, but a couple of years ago a change of heart occurred. I decided to set my alarm again. In meetings, conferences and daily life I have encouraged others to do the same. It is quite the experience to be in a meeting and hear alarms going off all over the room at 9am or 3pm so we can join together as one to give honor to the One that brought us together in the first place! Even more exciting is being on a tour to Israel with a busload of folks, or even just a few people in a restaurant, rise, turn toward the Temple Mount and begin to recite the Shema. Rather interesting conversations and events have happened around this as you may imagine.
Why the Shema and why now?
The Shema is not a prayer, but rather a call and declaration. As we honor Elohim, it is a call to those who turned away from Him. It is our voices being used to call out to the “Lost sheep of Israel” to make teshuvah (repentance and return) unto the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov through the covenant of Messiah. When you and I recite the Shema our voices are going to the far reaches of the earth to call our brothers and sisters to nasa (lift up their heads) and return unto Him. It is a declaration of the revelation that the Elohim we serve is Echad, (One).
The words of the Shema are few, but filled with great meaning. Here is an amplified version by Barry Phillips of Remnant of Yisrael.
“So hear, grasp and comprehend, Yisrael, You covenant people chosen by YHWH, full of colors, nations, and tribes, YHWH, He Who is Mercy and Lovingkindness is our very own Elohim, our personal Creator and Judge Who will repay. This YHWH, the second mentioning, the revealing of the first mentioned, Y’shuah, is a mystical and wondrous unity of One; The first and the last together.” (Click to Site)

 

Days of Noah – Demons ARE REAL & We As Christians Need To Know How To Deal With It

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By Ray Gano

Every since I have started this series on the demonic, I have been getting a lot of emails from people.

Some of the emails are down right scary but I have gotten 5 – 6 emails that are more like the following.

Please note, that I am not sharing names or locations, just sharing two (of the several) examples that very real people today are facing.

Situation #1 Wife haunted by an Incubus

“I watched some of your videos and thought I’d reach out and see if you know of anyway to help her. We’ve been married 42 years and I love her.

I’ll try to make a long story short.

About 6 to 7 years ago my wife started accusing me of other women.  A lot of them. Nothing I said or did convinced her different.

About this same time, my wife started drinking to the point of getting drunk most nights. She also started telling me about demons talking to her and she showed me bruises on her inner thighs the shape of finger prints. She told me that a demon told her, she belonged to him now.

PROBLEM: I didn’t believe in demons at that time and didn’t take her seriously.”


Situation #2 – Daughter Haunted by an Incubus

“I have a daughter, she is aged 20.  She was molested as a child by an uncle of hers.  We found out in January 2017 that he took her to a man who performed a satanic blood ritual on her, which has caused this possession.  She is pan sexual, does drugs, drinks, hypersexual, disgustingly messy, and dirty, she does clean up from time to time.  She is coming to our home for a visit.  I’ve spoken to her about deliverance, she gets angry with me, she doesn’t want it.  She hates G-d, blames, Him, and her father, and I for the molestation.  She has to be delivered from this demon.  I am a Holy Spirit filled Christian. I really would appreciate some advice.  Have you heard of this?  Where a child has had a demon attached to them through a satanic blood ritual?”

As I have stated, I have gotten a number of emails from people who have read my articles or seen my videos and they have reached out for help.

Folks, demons are real. They are not some sort of fairy tale make believe story. If angels are real, so are demons.

The issue with demons is that they have a clear-cut agenda. Their goal is to steal, destroy and kill. They know that they are going to hell and they want to bring as many humans with them as possible.

Now I want to make something clear also, that all bad things that might be happening to you or someone you know is not necessarily demonic, like it or not bad things happen to good people.

So please remember that if you think that possibly you have attracted a demonic presence or have an evil spirit in your home.

What we don’t want to do is go off half cocked and running around like wackos rebuking every single little thing in our lives and the lives of those around us. (Click to Site)

To The Jew First – The New Covenant is for Israel – Dr. Todd Baker Zola Levitt Ministries Staff Theologian

She eagerly accepted a copy of the Hebrew Bible with the New Testament, and also
some Messianic Gospel tracts that explain how a Jewish person can accept Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah and still be a Jew. There’s no “conversion” involved. Jews can—and should—trust that Yeshua is the Messiah.

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On the latest To The Jew First (TJF) Gospel outreach in Israel, team member
August Rosado and I watched, once again, as the Holy Spirit of God
opened doors to witness about Yeshua the Messiah to the Jewish people.
One powerful day comes to mind.

As August and I were leaving the Kotel (Western Wall) after prayer, a
young Jewish man eating his lunch greeted us as we walked by. Sensing
that the Lord wanted us to engage this young Israeli, August and I stopped to
chat with Tal while he was on his lunch break from his job at an archaeologicaldig nearby.

In the course of our conversation, Tal casually admitted that he was an
atheist. I gently pointed out that he was actually an agnostic, because no
one can know with absolute certainty that God does not exist. Man simply lacks the power, knowledge, and physical means to make such a claim. Tal agreed.

Now on common footing, I shared with Tal about my former life as an
unenlightened atheist. I told him that when the Son of God supernaturally
revealed Himself to me, He led me to the Scriptures and convinced me that everything that Yeshua said and did in the New Testament was absolutely true.

August and I then challenged Tal to take a copy of the Scriptures—both the Old and New Testaments—in Hebrew to see this saving truth for himself. Tal initially
balked at our invitation, but after the Holy Spirit persuaded him, Tal accepted the
Bible in order to test his agnosticism in the light of God’s Word.

After we left Tal, August and I encountered two young Israeli women raising money for an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) charity. August spoke with one of the women, while
I shared the Gospel with the other, Bathsheva. I told Bathsheva about a new covenant that was promised in the Tanakh, or Old Testament, to Israel in Jeremiah 31:31–37.

Then I related it to Yeshua, the One who ratified this covenant in the B’rit Hadashah,
or New Testament (Matthew 26:28). Bathsheva immediately understood the clear connection between the two Testaments of the Jewish Bible. From talking to her, I could see that Bathsheva had a good, working understanding of the Tanakh from
her Orthodox Jewish upbringing.

But this was the first time she’d heard about the New Covenant for
Israel being prophesied, or even mentioned, in the Tanakh! She expressed a genuine interest to learn more about the Messiah, the Messenger of the New Covenant. She eagerly accepted a copy of the Hebrew Bible with the New Testament, and also
some Messianic Gospel tracts that explain how a Jewish person can accept Yeshua as the Jewish Messiah and still be a Jew. There’s no “conversion” involved. Jews can—and
should—trust that Yeshua is the Messiah. (Click to Site)