Freedom…Captivity…It Is An Inside Job…

FROM CAPTIVITY TO FREEDOM…

Have you ever wondered why Nebuchadnezzer’s statue has Babylon as the head and not Egypt.  At a glance, what we see upon this statue is a succession of world empires revealed well in advance and with such prophetic precision as could only have been done from the perspective of The Almighty.  However, with closer observation, what is curious is the starting point of this prophetic road map.

Egypt, land of the pyramids.  Egypt’s dynastic reign pre-dates Babylon and is by no means trumped by Babylon and those empires that followed.  The Hebrews were delivered from the captivity of Egypt many hundreds of years before the Babylonian captivity; which points to the fact that there was, of course, a history between Egypt and the people of Elohim (God).  So, again the question is, why does the statue start with Babylon.

I believe that the answer lies in the fact that this statue depicts the various world empires to which specifically Yarushalym (Jerusalem) was captive. Then the question becomes, what is the significance of our new found perspective.

The answer…Yarushalym was the center of worship for a unified Yasharael (Israel) as well as  for the Southern Kingdom of  Yahudah (Judah)…and The New Yarushalym (Jerusalem) is the Mother of those who have been born again of The Living Word.  So, it’s all about worship!

Furthermore, Scripture provides clarity on this point in John 4:20-26.  This passage tells of a Samaritan woman, part of the dispersed Northern Kingdom of Yashar’al (Israel) having a discussion with Messiah YAHUSHA (Christ) at the well.  

John 4:20 “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that in Yarushalym is the place where one needs to worship.”

John 4:21 YAHUSHA said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Yarushalim, worship the Father.

John 4:22 “You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because the deliverance is of the Yahudim”

John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father also does seek such to worship Him.

John 4:24 “Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him need to worship in spirit and truth.”

John 4:25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming, the One who is called Anointed. When that One comes, He shall announce to us all.”

John 4:26 YAHUSHA said to her, “I who am speaking to you am He.”

FREED TO WORSHIP…

And so we have further insight as to what was accomplished on the Stake (Cross) when the Lamb of Elohim became our perfect sacrifice…thereby purchasing our immediate spiritual freedom…for we have been freed to worship HIM.  The means by which we worship, is by way of the Kingdom of Elohim (God)  growing and made operative within the regenerated  spirit of one who has been born again.  This progression of the rule and reign of Messiah (Christ) is illustrated in Matthew 13:33 and again in Luke 13:20-21.

Matthew 13:33  “Another parable He spoke to them, ‘The reign of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until all was leavened.’”

Luke 13:20  “And again He said, ‘To what shall I compare the reign of Elohim?'”

Luke 13:21  “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour until it was all leavened.”

In this instance, the natural physical property of leaven that is being referenced so as to illustrate a spiritual truth is leaven’s ability to spread and consume that which it is placed in…even when beginning with a small measure.  That quickening of our spirits which is immediate then progressively spreads like leaven from our spirit to our soul as we learn to walk with HIM in obedience to HIS guidance; and subsequently securing our ultimate physical freedom at HIS Second Coming.

Exodus 9:1-6 “Then YAHUAH said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says YAHUAH ELOHIM of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 2 For if you refuse to let them go, and still hold them, 3 behold, the hand of YAHUAH will be on your cattle in the field, on the horses, on the donkeys, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep—a very severe pestilence. 4 And YAHUAH will make a difference between the livestock of Yashar’al (Israel) and the livestock of Mitzraim (Egypt). So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Yashar’al (Israel).”’” 5 Then YAHUAH appointed a set time, saying, “Tomorrow YAHUAH will do this thing in the land.”

6 So YAHUAH did this thing on the next day, and all the livestock of Mitzraim (Egypt) died; but of the livestock of the children of Yashar’al (Israel), not one died.”

And as it was, so shall it be in these last days…according to Ecclesiastes 1:9,

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.

And so it has been, at various times and in various ways, YAHUAH has rescued HIS people.  It was in the fullness of time,  that YAHUAH fulfilled an appointed time on HIS Calendar,  when HE prepared a body for HIMSELF and came to be our Passover Lamb.  As such, HE made provision for us to do as Paul and serve ELOHIM in the spirit,  Romans 1:9.  In effect, freeing us from the bondage to sin that we may indeed serve HIM as sons.    In these end times, YAHUAH ELOHIM of the Hebrews shall at HIS appointed time, blow the shofar, proclaiming, “Let My people go!”

Yashayahu 6:1-2 (Isaiah 6:1-2)

“In the year that Sovereign Uziyahu (Uzziah) died, I saw YAHUAH sitting on a throne, high and lifted up and the train of HIS robe filled the Hakal (Temple).  Above it stood Seraphim.  Each one had six wings:  with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”

What a wonderously beautiful picture of worship.  When the eyes of our heart transcend the plane of this natural, physical existence; it is by way of revelation.  And without exception, we are humbled in HIS Presence while receiving this glimpse of The Eternal Majesty of The One True and Living Elohim, YAHUAH.  When true worship is born out of sustained heart relationship—which of course, comes only through obedience to HIS revealed Word—we then become as the Seraphim:  covering our faces—we cover that which symbolizes recognition of an “individual” or “self”  and we seek instead, the recognition of our true identity in the Presence of HIS Anointed One and HIS Anointing; because, “I have been impaled (crucified) with Mashiyach (Messiah, Christ) , and I no longer live, but Mashiyach (Messiah) lives in me.  And that which I now live in the flesh, I live by belief in the SON of ELOHIM, who loved me and gave HIMSELF for me. “…covering our feet—we cover that which symbolizes the apparent ability to “independently” journey through life; instead of the self-directed journey we seek rather that we depend on HIM and trust in HIM for the Way that we must go because our lives are now guided by the Living Word, Torah, as a “Lamp unto our feet and Light unto our path“…And therefore, with two–that is the double portion anointing, we fly…by virtue of the “perfect law of liberty” being at work in our lives. 

Now what is this “perfect law of liberty” mentioned in Ya’aqob 1:25 (James 1:25) and how does it relate to worship.  The word “perfect”,  Strong’s G5046, although from the Greek translation was yet written with a Hebrew mindset…and in Scriptural Hebrew, there is Past Tense (those things already completed or made whole by way of being furnished with what was lacking) and there is Present Tense (those things which are yet in progress and therefore imperfect and lacking).  Unlike Modern Hebrew, Scriptural Hebrew has no Future Tense.  Modern Hebrew has been adapted to the languages of other nations and so it “resembles the nations that surround it”.  However, there is reason for this difference in verb conjugation of authenic Hebrew. The original Hebrew language construction mirrors the mind of YAHUAH; therefore, from HIS perspective there are only those things that have been completed and those which are in the process of being completed…because from HIS perspective there is no nebulous, distant and uncertain future…from HIS perspective everything is according to HIS appointed furnishing of provision at HIS appointed time for HIS Prophetic Word to be made manifest.  So, in other words, the “perfect law of liberty” is not a law that has been completed as if ended; but rather, it is “perfect” because we have received the provision which, at HIS appointed time, has been furnished for us to carry out the teaching, instruction and guidance (law)  which brings liberty in worship…And, to be clear, beyond the momentary humility brought about when stirred by “worshipful” music; sincere worship, when it is lived out, is a heart that sustains a relationship of surrender and being yielded in obedience to One he has found to be superior to oneself.

Now,  where can we see an example of the double portion anointing.  I believe that one of the clearest pictures of the double portion anointing is provided in the contrast between King Saul and King David.  King Saul was anointed King of Yasharal (Israel) but King David was anointed King  AND he was a man after ELOHIM’s own heart.  The women of the kingdom said it this way, “Saul has put his thousands to flight and David his tens of thousands.”  Perhaps the words of their song were derived from Deuteronomy 32:30 which says “one can put a thousand to flight but two,  tens of thousands.”  HalaluYAH! 

In Scripture, two is the number of witness.  This is not a matter of any kind of numerology but rather is clearly seen when studying the pattern of FATHER’s use of various numbers in Scripture.  Once we acknowledge that nothing in FATHER’s Word is without significance, in other words, nothing is coincidental…we are then better able to seek and to see the true meaning of what HE is indeed saying over and over to us in type and shadow.  King Saul was anointed king, however, he failed to obey the Word of the Most High.  In other words, he failed to submit himself to the KING who was higher than him.  We see this again pictured on this side of the Crucifixion stake (Cross), when men are born again of the Spirit of the Most High and yet disobedient to HIS Word; therefore operating in little power because as did King Saul, they seek to do things their way.  While on the other hand, those who are born again, anointed of the Most High, and like King David are seeking to obey HIS Word will find themselves coming into agreement with the Most High and therefore bear witness of HIS power to overcome—“one can put a thousand to flight but two, tens of thousands.”  In the truest sense, we become HIS witnesses when we die to selfish desire and live according to the leading of HIS Living Word for any situation.

 

Praise YAH that we, the sheep of HIS pasture,  are evidence of the manifestation of the “perfect law of liberty” unto the salvation of our souls.  HalaluYAH!!!  However, as pertains to “flying”…have we literally seen true heart worship manifested as “flying” in the Scriptures?  In a sense, perhaps so when we consider Philip.  Acts 8:26-40 tells us how the Apostle Philip, under the direction or covering of  the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) was unhindered by time and space in service to the SOVEREIGN YAHUSHA (Jesus).  Some would say that the miraculous signs and wonders that took place during that time were only for that time…however, I believe that Scripture indicates that the times of tribulation will of necessity be a time where FATHER will again show great power unto salvation for those HE calls HIS own.  Consider Revelations 11:3, “And I will give power to MY two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth.”  Although much debate has gone forth as to which two men (Moses, Elijah, Enoch, etc.) these two witnesses are; I believe that further study of the Book of Revelations shows that the two witnesses actually make reference to more than just two people. 

TRADITION

While most (notice that I did not say all) who say that they are “Bible Believers” would readily say that Truth is fundamentally important to them; if the truth be told, many still struggle with weighing the Truth of Scripture against their own familiar traditions.  Have you ever wondered, “How could that be possible?. Worst yet, are those who profess their belief in Scripture and yet show no interest in the truth.   By their actions, they will simply say “Our Family Traditions or our Church Traditions are not to be tampered with!”  And in doing so they have elevated their traditions above the WORD of ELOHIM (GOD).  Now, before we go any further, it must be said that we must approach undertstanding the concept of Tradition as we would any other Scriptural principle—and that is, from the viewpoint of context.  So, let us examine what exactly is… Tradition.

1Corinthians 11:2 “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.”

2 Thessalonians 2:15 “so then brethren stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6 “Now we command you brethren in the Name of our Master, YAHUSHA Ha’ Mashyach (Jesus the Christ), that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly and not after the Tradition which he received of us.”

Mark 7:6-9  “HE answered and said unto them, Well has Esaias [Isaiah]  prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written; ‘ This people honors ME with their lips, but their heart is far away from  ME .  Howbeit in vain do they worship ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’   For laying aside the commandment of ELOHIM [GOD] , you hold to the tradition of men.   HE was also saying to them, You are experts at setting aside the commandments of ELOHIM [GOD] to keep your own traditions.”

As you can see from the above passages, a superficial understanding of this spiritual reality called “Tradition” can prove to be problematic because we have in one place an admonishment to uphold “Tradition” while  in another verse, correction for holding to “Tradition”.   And so it is important that we understand the difference…because, who among us wants to hear the Words of ELOHIM spoken in Mark 7:6-9, “Howbeit in vain do they worship ME…”

And so immediately we see that Tradition, in and of itself, is not to be done away with, but rather; Tradition, can be a vehicle for teaching about the plans and purposes of YAHUAH (the FATHER) or Tradition can be used for teaching as doctrines,  the commandments of men. 

I believe that Tradition can be summarized in this way…it is an established pattern of thought or behavior that serves as a glue that provides continuity to the human experience…it is an important  fiber of expectation…it helps to give root to stability…it is a prescribed path that provides a sense of security…it is a guiding force which doesn’t necessarily engage the conscious mind in order to be operative because the way has already been carved out by repetition in one’s pattern of thinking…and…it is a pattern of thought established in behavior;  which then reinforces that same pattern of thought and is then replicated from generation to generation…and thus we have, Tradition.  

So succinctly put, Tradition is an anchor to human behavior which has it’s hold below the surface of one’s thought life…

And where is this place…It’s a place where thought life and behavior intersect at it’s deepest level…it’s a place that Scripture calls the “heart”…and of course, the spiritual heart of man is a place reserved for MESSIAH, CHRIST…The LIVING WORD of ELOHIM (GOD).    So maybe we could say that Tradition when rooted in Truth, could be a mechanism by which The Living Word is able to harness or better yet “yoke” (Matthew 11:30) our imaginations in such a way as to speak to us through repetitive obedience to HIS written WORD  and thereby provide an ever-increasing insight into HIS Prophetic WORD.  Raising our Hands in Worship

And if that is so, then certainly, we must recognize the opposite is true as well…when Tradition is rooted in a lie, it serves to maintain the infrastructure  of the system that is supported by the lie…   So we might then conclude that the place for Tradition, the human heart, is a place divinely created by the CREATOR, HIMSELF…created by HIM and  for HIM in Governing HIS Redeemed by virtue of HIS HOLY SPIRIT and HIS WORD …that is,  HIS Living WORD…

Colossians 1:16…”For by HIM were all things created that are in Heaven and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;  all things were created by HIM and for HIM.

And in the absence of this dimension of the Rule and Reign of MESSIAH…CHRIST in one’s heart, Tradition is yet and still an Instrument of Government…governing either an individual, a family, a culture, a nation or a kingdom.  Furthermore, may we be clear, Tradition is not the GOVERNOR; but rather it is an Instrument of Governing…and as such,the potential exists for Tradition to be used for governance by the GOD of Heaven or the god of this world…therefore, Tradition when rooted in Truth serves HE who is Truth and by means of the repeated experience of the Rule and Reign of HIS WORD, this instrument called “Tradition” serves to  demonstrate and establish HIS government, HIS KINGDOM,  in our lives and through our lives …or,  on the other hand,  there is Tradition rooted in a lie which serves the father of all lies, the god of this world, and as such  is a mechanism by which a lie,  through vain imagination exhalts itself against the true knowledge of YAHUAH, our ELOHIM…”the LORD, our GOD”  and unwittingly hinders even he who has been born again and enlists him in service to  the strategies of the enemy because the Truth has been obstructed by the lie.

We have only to study how YAHUAH made those who were not a people, into HIS people…indeed, the making of the Israel of ELOHIM, (GOD).  Interestingly, the name Israel denotes government.  After obtaining the birthright from his brother, there came a point where Jacob wrestled with the Angel of YAHUAH (the LORD) for HIS blessings…and YAHUAH, our ELOHIM (GOD) Prevailed in unseating Jacob, “the deceiver, the supplanter” ….ascended the throne of Jacob’s heart, and changed his name from “the deceiver, the supplanter”  to Israel, “EL (GOD) prevailed”  thereby making Jacob a  Prince of EL (GOD)…and so HE does with us today…HE makes us the Israel of EL (GOD) in CHRIST if indeed HE rules and reigns from the Throne of our hearts…

HE took a man,  Abram,  from amongst idol worhippers and  entered into Covenant with him through Abram’s abstaining from the idol worship that surrounded him; which had been established by the Religious Traditions of man in service to the gods of this world.  And so it is that YAHUAH has entered  into Covenant with us…whether of natural descent or grafted in, HE has given to us to be born again into citizenship in HIS Kingdom and HE is fully expecting that we abstain from the Religious Traditions expressed in the worship of the idols of the nations which surround us and instead worship the One True and Living ELOHIM (GOD) YAHUAH in the Person of HIS SON, our Savior, YAHUSHA (JESUS) who is the CHRIST.  It is a matter of fidelity…a matter which caused  the Israelites before us to be cast out of the intimacy of YAHUAH’s (the LORD’s) Presence…into exile and captivity to their enemies…indeed, the captivity of the very gods they pursued–the gods of self and the religious rituals used in memorializing false gods.

And just a brief note about captivity…captivity does not always appear to be captivity because it often comes with the trappings of accomodations  that appeal to the very same “self-led and thus self-fulfilled” desires that served as enticements into the entrapment…so let us not be deceived, no matter the temporal appearance of success, it is captivity nonetheless as it ultimately and perhaps unwittingly places one in service to self and the god of self because if while with our mouths we acknowledge YAHUAH…yet with our hearts we pursue selfish desire by enlisting the gods of the nations surrounding us; we then become like the Israelites who came before us who ignored the repeated warnings and admonishments that came from ELOHIM (GOD) through HIS servants, the prophets…as is thusly recorded in HIS Word.

Indeed, if we make careful study of ELOHIM’s Word, we find that it is not Tradition in and of itself that we are to abstain from; but rather it is precisely the Pagan Religious Traditions of the surrounding nations which are prohibited…

Again consider:

1Corinthians 11:2  “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.”

2 Thessalonians 2:15 “so then brethren stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”

2 Thessalonians 3:6  “Now we command you brethren in the Name of our Lord, YAHUSHA Ha’Mashyach…JESUS the CHRIST,  that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks disorderly and not after the Tradition which he received of us.”

 Mark 7:6-9  “HE answered and said unto them, Well has Esaias [Isaiah]  prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written; ‘ This people honors ME with their lips, but their heart is far away from  ME .  Howbeit in vain do they worship ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’   For laying aside the commandment of ELOHIM [GOD] , you hold to the tradition of men.   HE was also saying to them, You are experts at setting aside the commandments of ELOHIM [GOD] to keep your own traditions.”

 So here we have it.  The same word, Strong’s G3862–translated “Tradition” in each of the first three verses is the same word “tradition”  in Mark 7:6-9.  In the first three verses the word Tradition is used so as to exhort and commend while in the fourth verse, YAHUSHA (JESUS) spoke of man’s pursuit of his own traditions and in no uncertain terms, HE conveyed HIS sore displeasure and utter disdain for their idolatrous practices… 

Clearly, “Tradition” in and of itself is not the issue…the issue being addressed is that of man seeking  to REPLACE  the Truth of the Tradition of YAHUAH, our ELOHIM (GOD) as outlined for us in HIS WORD— a decision which knowingly or unwittingly serves the plans and purposes of the enemy of our souls…for as we have seen, it is by the divine design of our Creator that there is a place in the very fabric of man’s being that yearns for the cohesiveness,  expectation, stability, security, guidance and generational transfer that comes by the constraints of what is called “Tradition”…there is a yearning which by divine design is reserved for fulfillment in right relationship with our Messiah alone…the Living Word…the One who says, take MY yoke upon you…MY yoke is easy and MY burden is light…oh, to be yoked by the Living Word leading and guiding us into all Truth…Selah…

Which leads us to a most interesting insight…and we will conclude with this…

Have you ever pondered the fact that the most learned theologians of the time of the First Coming of Messiah did not know HIM.  They were supposedly the guardians of  The Word–charged with maintaining the purity of the recording of Scripture and it’s generational transfer.  Amongst them, was Nicodemus who, as recorded in Chapter 3 of the Book of John, went to YAHUSHA (JESUS) at night asking HIM about the miracles HE did…Now I believe that subsequent events prove that Nicodemus approached Messiah with a sincere heart and YAHUSHA met the curiousity of Nicodemus with instruction–“You must be born again.”Bowing in Worship

How important is being born into the Kingdom.  Well, YAHUSHA, when speaking of John, the Immerser (Baptiser), answered this question in the following manner in Matthew 11:11. 

“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John, the Immerser (Baptiser) !  Yet the one who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.”

The Crucifixion made possible the giving of the Realm of the Rule and Reign of the Kingdom of Heaven from within the Born Again Believer.  Prior to this, there were those anointed prophets, priests and kings in Israel who served as ELOHIM’s chosen vessels who were charged with leading HIS chosen people, Israel,  in the keeping of HIS Word.   They had HIS Word and as needed,  a relatively few were anointed for the performance of certain tasks even though they were not able to grow in the unmerited favor and knowledge of YAHUAH because they did not have the Regeneration of HIS Spirit… which could only come after the Stake (Cross). 

Today,  as we continue to approach the Second Coming of our Messiah, it may be said that to a great extent, ELOHIM’s chosen people who have been Regenerated by HIS Holy Spirit have HIS Spirit and very little of HIS Word.  The concern of course is that this condition will cause some to be amongst those who repeat the error of  the Pharisees and all those who placed their trust in their religious leadership; thereby, failing to recognize the True MESSIAH or even the signs of the time of HIS Coming and are therefore caught unaware…because of course we know that the false christ WILL PRECEDE the True Messiah…and many will be deceived. 

Now, if the Truth be told, although the Pharisees were masters at memorizing the Word by rote; they had actually relinguished GOD’s Word in the Torah for man’s tradition of the Talmud .  So with their mouths they acknowledged GOD’s Word, which is Torah;  but with the practice of their hearts they worshipped the gods of this world through the oral traditions of man as recorded in the Talmud.  And so it is to this day…exemplified in Christian Pharisaism upholding the doctrines of  the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicea which met in 325 AD and even Messianics touting the Talmud.

So, in real terms, what significance is there to examining the traditions we and those before us have followed…well, it could be the difference between succumbing to visions of sugar plums dancing in one’s head… rather than preparing one’s heart for the Revelation of the Unfolding of the Visions of MESSIAH’s Prophetic Word. 

The question then becomes…has The KING of the Kingdom of Heaven interjected Prophecy into HIS Traditions? 

Amos 3:3  “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” KJV 

Although the King James Version is a good rendering of this verse. The New American Standard Bible’s translation of this same verse is actually more to the point…

Amos 3:3 “Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?” NASB

Strong’s H3259, translated “agreed” and “appointment” is defined in the Lexicon as such: 

to fix, appoint, assemble, meet, set, bethroth, assign, designate, to gather, meet by appointment, assemble by appointment, to cause to meet, to be set, to be placed before, be fixed. 

So it sounds like what’s being expressed here is but a thread of what is indeed intricately woven throughout Scripture…and that is YAHUAH’s desire that we be restored to walk with HIM in unbroken fellowship…the accomplishment of which is not by chance.  Let us consider how HE faithfully kept HIS appointment to meet with HIS Creation as outlined in Leviticus 23 and fulfilled at HIS First Coming.

At HIS First Coming, HE was crucified at the very same time that the Passover lamb was being slaughtered because HE is our Passover Lamb.  He was buried on Unleavened Bread because HE is our Bread from Heaven…without sin.  HE rose on Firstfruits because HE is our Firstfruits from the dead.  And fifty days later, HE poured out HIS Spirit at Shavuot/Pentecost/Feast of Weeks .  It was the exact same day that ELOHIM wrote HIS Torah (Law) on stone tablets to give to Moses and now HE was writing HIS Word on the human hearts of those who were obedient to Messiah’s instruction and were assembled in the Upper Room.  These are all of the Spring Feasts fulfilled with significance of HIS First Coming…Now remains HIS Fall Feasts…We can only imagine the precision with which our Sovereign KING manifests HIS Providence in the events of HIS Second Coming.

One final note, consider the word  “moedim” translated “feasts”, Strong’s #H4150.  This is the word translated feasts as it relates to the “Feasts of the LORD” (which by the way, are nowhere in Scripture referred to as the Feasts of the Jews).  YAHUAH said these are “MY Feasts”…furthermore, the meaning of this word, H4150, moedim, is “appointed place, appointed time, meeting, congregation season“…there are two other words,  H4960 and H2287, “mishteh”  and “chagag” which are also translated as feast; however the meaning is entirely different…H4960 and H2287 mean “feast, drink, banquet”and “festival, celebrate, dance, stagger, and pilgrim feast”…which is probably what first comes to our minds when we hear the word “feast”…but that’s NOT what H4150 means. Moedim, H4150, clearly makes reference to an appointment at an appointed time and an appointed place with those appointed to be there.  (Also, please see an article in the Blogroll which goes into further details on the Word Study of the word, “Moedim”…it is truly startling as it pertains to Isaiah 14 and the enemy’s declarations of “I will”.  The article is entitled, “Word Study Armageddon with Bible Light.”)

Rather than religiously holding on to familiar traditions, may we instead accept YAHUAH’s (the LORD’s) invitation to trade that which has been familiar to us for that which may be new to us…for HIS trades are always in our favor—our sins for HIS righteousness, our crown of thorns for HIS crown of Glory…as usual,  HE is not trying to take something away from us…HE is trying to get SOMETHING TO US and to get us to SOMEWHERE…or should we say, TO SOMEONE.  HIS yoke is easy and HIS burden is light…and when we learn to trust HIM, HE leads us at the heart level into all Truth.

Now having weighed the importance of  Tradition, let us turn back to where we first began…While most (notice that I did not say all) who say that they are Bible Believers would readily say that Truth is fundamentally important…are we amongst those who not only say so… but as Truth is revealed,  do we adhere to it?  

John 4:23-24,

“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the FATHER in Spirit and in Truth; for the FATHER seeks such to worship HIM.  ELOHIM is a Spirit; and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth.”

For these ARE the days of Elijah…Restoring the breach…This written message and the following video teachings are  for those who will be exhorted and enriched by the Truth…unfortunately, not all will. 

MESSIAH said it this way in John 14:6 and Luke 7:23,

“I AM the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE; no man comes unto the FATHER but by ME”

….and

“Blessed is whosoever is not offended in ME”.

Let us go forward being established in the Traditions of the Family of THE MOST HIGH and…Be Blessed !!!

Lying Prostrate in Worship

May We Daily Surrender Ourselves…Since We Have Been Freed Unto True Worship Through Right Relationship With The KING of The Universe–The Only Relationship We Are Able To Have With The SOVEREIGN of  The Universe Is Through Obedience To HIS Word… Only Then Do We Have True Worship And Adoration…









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