House of Prayer 12 July 21

20 Jul

Working Dates for nine days: Monday, July 12, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[32 pages of praying, reflecting, and working through 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Jeremiah 23:1-6 from the lectionary readings for 8 Pentecost 18 July 21]

Dear Fellow Reader, …

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A fellow pilgrim and witness, [1]

Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): And then it started. [2]

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): The Gods You Must Carry

Professor: Salvation for Others

When Light Came In (14 July 21): When we leave the abuse the attacks feel so damn personal.

Hosea 13:4 And I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt, and gods besides Me you should not know, and there is no savior but Me.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): You need Him, and you need each other. And when you come through to the other side of this, you’ll better understand why He’s chosen to do it the way He is (or will for those of you who haven’t begun yet).

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): This simply is a fact of life. Just as no one is an island, so is no one free from authority and these guiding influences. This is what arouses Jesus’ compassion for the crowd today: they are like sheep without a shepherd. And he begins teaching them. Of course, they had shepherds, but those false shepherds had led them to seek the real shepherd. [3]

FIRST STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): First, there’s the storyline that is easy. It’s what we read in the papers, see on the internet, and follow on our social media accounts. It’s the rumors, propaganda, and mixed information that daily bombards our senses, yelling at us to look and listen. We don’t even have to try to look. It’s just there. Unfortunately, much of what we are seeing in this storyline is either manipulated, misleading, or a smokescreen for something else. Because of the massive amounts of disinformation and the spirit of deception at work, this storyline has caused confusion, frustration, and even disappointment for many who have wondered if God has even heard our cries for intervention. [4]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): But they are false shepherds, because they cannot ultimately give what they promise.

Sophia Valentina Buller (7/14/21 at 8:34 pm): CAST OFF SMOKE AND MIRRORS IN JESUS NAME

Hosea 13:15 For though he flourish among the marshes, an east wind shall come, a wind of the Lord, ascending from the desert, and his spring shall dry up, and his fountain shall be parched; he shall plunder the treasure of all coveted vessels.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): This is the deeper meaning of a “vow” (“neder”). We are not only addressing promises or pledges we make about external objects or people. We are also addressing inner promises we make about ourselves and others: The voices inside of you which keep you captive, denying you the opportunity to actualize your full calling. [5]

Pray More Novenas: Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother. [6]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Then there is the whole problem that we have with this metaphor and where we stand in it. One of the hallmarks of our post-modern age is a suspicion of authority. We do not want a shepherd, which is probably why the images of king, lord, and shepherd are so prevalent in the scriptures: even though we don’t want a shepherd, we do still need one.

DISTORTED

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Over the years, Judaism has come to associate Christianity with the nation of Edom, the children of Esau. Esau is recognized as a descendant of Abraham, but lacking in some ways a connection to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. This is one of the characteristics found within the Church today, a distorted understanding and view of the covenants God made with the nation of Israel.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Mount Zion, where the 144,000 are standing with Christ, is a symbol for the very kingdom of God in heaven. That’s because literal Mount Zion in Jerusalem was the place of Jehovah’s typical throne and temple were once located. Jesus standing upon Mount Zion with 144,000 can only be depicting Christ and his little flock in the kingdom; the very ones whom Jesus assured would be given the kingdom. [7]

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): The Lord showed me that there are many in the body of Christ right now who have faced battles that have brought torment, fear, and foreboding into their lives that they have not seen breakthrough and deliverance from.[8]

Hosea 13:5 I knew you in the desert, in a land of deprivation.

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014)[9], one of the great contemplative teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries, offers an unusual metaphor to help us better understand what it means to be “pure of heart,” and maintain a single focus when we “practice the presence of God.” It sounds very much like what we might call “being in the flow”!

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Connection is the key to modern day progress.

Brat: Soul ties are also a connection which can detour progress.  The heart connection has to be pure and in alignment with God first.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): The First Temple, why was it destroyed? Because of idolatry, murder and adultery.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I saw these ones who have been in this battle and facing this torment unable to move forward. There was an intense feeling of being ‘stuck’, ‘oppressed’, and not able to gain momentum again. This battle has hindered their intimacy with the Lord deeply and there is a despair that has filled the hearts of these ones as they have cried out “God, I need you to set me free, I can’t take this anymore. I don’t know what else to do to get free.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): When your daughter makes a vow, representing that she feels trapped, there is one remedy. The Torah tells us that her father must “listen to her vow.” He must understand what is going on inside of her heart; he needs to be attuned to the brokenness of this child.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): We often determine heaven’s response to our prophecies and prayers by what manifests right in front of us. But, the Lord wants to remind us that there are other storylines or “realities” that are taking place concurrently. These storylines are all very real and tangible, and heaven is letting us know that much that has been prophesied and declared over this nation is already taking place! If we don’t see it, we just have to know where to look.

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): Offering Your Whole Self

2 Samuel 7:6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.

NOTHING PERSONAL

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): The Second Temple, when they were occupied in studying Torah, doing mitzvahs, and acts of loving-kindness, why was it destroyed?

When Light Came In (14 July 21): “It was never personal… To be personal, they would have had to think of you as an actual person.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Because there were those who were intolerant of others without cause. Which teaches us that senseless intolerance is equal to idolatry, murder and adultery combined. (Talmud Yoma 9b.)

Brat: What a beast!

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): So smart, yet so stupid.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): In simple terms, it’s much easier to deal with obvious, open failures and repair them. Intolerance, however, comes concealed beneath layers of justifications and self-righteousness. When you don’t believe you’ve done anything wrong, and on the contrary, that you were fighting a holy war, it’s hard to make up for all the damage caused.[10]

Beast out of the Earth: Revelation 13:13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 

Brat: The Internet and movies have shown us this many times.  Our connection devices were modeled after the television (the first beast), which was given a “mouth” to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise authority.  It grew as a beast in a sea of intolerance churning in apathy. (Revelation 13) Then the Internet was given power to give breath to the image of the television so that it could “speak”. (v. 15) They have a symbiotic relationship.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Internet access has become a vital component of our nation’s infrastructure, just as crucial to our operations and development as roads and bridges. Yet a recent study by Microsoft found that 162 million Americans lack broadband internet – nearly half the U.S. population. With work, school, and even the census moving online, this causes serious problems for people who aren’t able to connect.

Beast out of the Earth: Revelation 13:14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Brat: Have we not seen multiple generations zombied out in front of various screens only to become impervious to senseless intolerance, idolatry, murder and adultery?

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): The enemy was using places of wounding, places of trauma, and brokenness to do all he could to hinder the revelation of the Lord’s goodness and love flowing into their lives in deeper ways. I knew in this encounter that these attacks had caused such fear in the hearts of these ones that it caused them to doubt God’s goodness and love and create confusion in the heart of what was God’s voice and what wasn’t.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Their gods are like helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field! They cannot speak, and they need to be carried because they cannot walk. – Jeremiah 10:5 (NLT)

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We repent of these sins too, and ask for Your forgiveness. And if we have been guilty of allowing fear and unbelief to settle in our own hearts and minds, likewise impeding us from moving into all that you have purposed in our lives, we confess that as sin, and ask for Your forgiveness.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Brush up your inner judge, and never be duped again.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Because it is embedded so close to the core of our reality, it can attack the core of the human psyche, chochmah, the seminal point of reason.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O Lord!
Let the nations know that they are but me. (Psalm 9:19-20 ESV)

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Father, You have never been outwitted by satan and his allies. You always demonstrate the foolishness of those who are wise in their own eyes and who exalt themselves above You. To see this, we need look no further than the Cross. But we see this also at the encounter with Baal at the Red Sea. You showed Yourself wiser and stronger than Your enemies. The gods of this world are idols and have no power. You, Yahweh, are the only true and living God.

2 Samuel 7:11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Don’t be afraid to embrace His process, pilgrim.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): I realize these pieces [of daily reflections on the 9th of Av] were written long before they were ever sent to encourage us in our prayer vigil for the healing of the nations.

IDOLATRY

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Firstly, there are the 21 days between 17th Tammuz and 9th Av, the annual three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. This time period — in which we find ourselves right now — commemorates sadness and tragedy. It starts on the day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the enemy, and ends on the day that the Temple was burned to the ground. These 21 days are represented metaphorically by an egg that was laid by a black hen – a three-week period which brought darkness and gloom to the Jewish people.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Jeremiah’s diatribe of idolatry emphasizes the idol’s inability to walk or to move beyond the limited space of its locally created context. Thus, the idol has to be carried by its creators.

Mae Jemison: “…A pencil is technology.  Any technology is a tool we use to accomplish a particular task and when one talks about appropriate technology in developing countries, appropriate may mean anything from fire to solar electricity.”

Ezekiel 1:15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

Brat: This reminds me of computerized surveying equipment.  Just a tool, not an idol.  Another angel had measured the walls using human measurement (Revelation 21:17). We’ve progressed from rocks to pencils to computers…

From Samuel (13 July 21 at 11:28 am): Thanks for your email. No, I don’t think the author of “Wolf in the Blind Spot” thought you to be projecting or accusing. As you have said yourself, “We’re all on the same side!” I know the author personally and can assure you that he has been very busy over the past few weeks. I can try and remind him and I will forward your email to him as well. Thanks for taking the time to write! May it be soon that we see all the nations streaming up to the Mountain of God!

STREAMING

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): The importance of the Temple as a “House of Prayer for ALL nations” is beginning to touch our hearts as we realize that we too miss God’s physical, manifest presence here on earth as well. The Jews have not been crying on this day through history just for themselves, rather, they have been crying on behalf of the entire world, because the world didn’t know what it had lost. Now that we are beginning to realize what we are missing, we can repent from our past and look forward and work towards a day when all nations will come “streaming up to Jerusalem” to encounter the God of Israel! May it be soon!

Brat: Just a thought, but what if it were possible to redeem the Internet “beast of the earth” by fulfilling God’s word through “streaming” prayer from Jerusalem?  Maybe it’s already being done, and I just have so few connections.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): But as critical as connection to the world wide web is, the connections of moral values and ethical principles amidst global diversity are even more critical. Deities with no mobility only keep us truncated. Local devotions that lack the capacity to be transferred into broader contexts foster tribalism.

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): Christianity, as well as the nations of the worldhave been jealous over the position of God’s “Chosen people,” not recognizing that God has been using the Jewish people to draw the entire world to Himself. The Church forefathers could not speak peaceably with their Jewish counterparts throughout much of history. But in Genesis 45, when Joseph is finally revealed and reconciled with his brothers it says something very interesting, it says that Joseph “kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.”  After the bad history and sibling rivalry, finally the brothers began to talk once again with their long-lost brother! That is what the Nations’ 9th of Av is all about! Reconnecting again with our long-lost brother! Because we were also lost! 

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): I propose that if the shepherds would listen to the Lord, each other and us in the trenches, then they would see that we in the Remnant are trying to have a conversation and that we are NOT replacing the Jews and their role in leading the nations.  Not all of us are divided into doing our own thing at the expense of others.  Not all of us are claiming our own place in the Covenant promises given to Israel while disputing whether others have a place.  I, myself, have experienced Joseph’s plight and not seen reconciliation with my brothers, but that is not for lack of trying.  I have no place in either the Jewish or Christian camps, but am still going out of my way to press for inclusion, even though I do not experience it myself.  I am holding on to the hem of Christ’s robe as I reach out yet again into this unknown space. 

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (20 July 21): I want to know that you are included, Kathryn!

Rev. Lucy Strandlund (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): She has tried everything. She has done everything money can buy. She has seen countless doctors and has only grown worse. But something in her still hopes. Despite all she has been through, something in her believes, trusts, even expects that if she simply reaches out and touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed.

Brat: And if she was the Church?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): How do I help her?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): This doesn’t happen casually. Instead, we must get into the messy trenches of reality with intention. Then and only then can we see what we need to see, hear what we need to hear, feel what we need to feel, and proceed with how we need to proceed.

Ezekiel 1:21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

Brat: This reminds me of our cell phones and mobile technology helping us to stay connected when used with respectful intention.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): He often reaches out His hand of love, hope, truth, and grace through His people; His true kindness and compassion coursing through our veins make the difference.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Which means that with a single unpredictable and unconditional act of one human caring for another, connecting with another, especially another he feels he cannot tolerate, the whole of creation is healed and fulfilled.

Brat (14 July 21 at 6:13 am):  And when a girl has reached back and gets only silence?

[Crickets chirping…]

Charisma (14 July 21): What is the first thing they want to silence?

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): As the people of God, we have been contending for a victory that is life-altering and history-changing. We have not been taking a stand for a man, a party, a cause, or even a nation. We are standing in faith for an overturning of wicked agendas that have played out for generations across the earth. We are praying for good to prevail and evil to be thwarted. We are prophesying for God’s plans to succeed and the devil’s to fail. The mission we are currently engaged in is much higher and grander than anyone realizes. And it’s worth the weight of the burden and the wait for the finale.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): The return to Zion depends upon our return to our own souls within Torah, and peace and harmony in this world begins with acts of loving-kindness between each of us.

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): As you line up with the Scriptures and the Lord speaks to you, you’ll start to see things come to pass for which you’ve been interceding. Walk in a rhythm of divine asking. Seek Him morning, noon, and night in alignment with your assignment.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): For some, it is an interchanging journey of pilgrim and witness. In other words, sometimes you’re both. There are moments within the process where the witness becomes the pilgrim for a time, and the pilgrim their witness. There may even be an ebbing and flowing of this throughout the entirety of the journey. It requires confidence in the leadership of the Holy Spirit and trust in each other, which usually isn’t hard because there are mutual love and honor among the three.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): The scriptures have their own voice in my writings, rather than being used as a persuasive club (as others have so often used on me).  This is my listening process…

Isaiah 56:And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): Abba, in Your kindness and mercy and grace, would You please use each of us to build the bridge between Jews and Christians?

Jeremiah 23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): We must know that those words spoken from the mouth of the Lord over the destiny of this nation have been activated in the spirit. Some, if not many, have even been fulfilled. We just don’t see them in our first storyline, yet. There are things happening behind the scenes that are a direct result of the prophetic words spoken and our declarations of victory. We may not see them, but they aren’t any less powerful. Heaven is on the move and our voices have been charging the hosts and tipping the scales in the spirit for a long time.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.

There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they would have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and tried to pick a representative, but no one volunteered. Finally, Yankel, the janitor of the shul, an elderly simpleton, said, “If no one else will do it, I will.” However, as the janitor spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, it was agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and Yankel the janitor sat opposite each other.

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Yankel looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. Yankel pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.

Yankel pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared that he was beaten, and that the janitor was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the Cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened?

The Pope said, ‘First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me there is still only one G-d common to both our faiths.

‘Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that G-d was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that G-d was also right here with us.

‘I pulled out the wine and water, to show that G-d absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

‘He had beaten me at every move and I could not continue.’

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask Yankel the janitor how he had won.

‘I haven’t a clue’ said Yankel.

‘First, he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I showed him where to go.

‘Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I said to him that we were staying right here.’

‘And then what?’ asked a woman.

‘Who knows?’ said Yankel. ‘He took out his lunch so I took out mine.’[11]

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): But Jesus offers another way: the pursuit of inclusiveness, flexibility, forgiveness, compassion, justice, healing, love, freedom, community, and room at the table for everyone.

Hosea 13:6 When they grazed and were sated, they were sated and their heart became haughty; therefore, they forgot Me.

SHEEPLE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): In the early days of Jesus’ ministry, He performed some incredible miracles. He opened blind eyes and caused the lame to walk. And yet, He told these people to keep it a secret. Instead of shouting it from the rooftops as proof of His Sonship, He purposely kept it hidden from the public. Why? Because He knew He was not there as a Healer, a Great Teacher, or even a Miracle Worker. His mission was MUCH LARGER. He knew these things had to be hidden for a time until the people were ready for the greater reveal to come.

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): Because we are tired of a world that still proclaims that only the strong and the beautiful and the mighty deserve to flourish. [12]

Revelation 7:“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Thank You for Jews who are willing to declare, explain, and under-gird that which we sense you calling US all to do; being part of the process of the redemption of Israel.

Revelation 7:Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 

Sophia Valentina Buller (14 July 21): Nowhere in the bible does it say to fellowship with destructive people in the hopes they come to Christ. The bible does say to pray for people including those who abuse us and if we see them in a need, lacking basic provisions, to help them out, but we aren’t to search them out [or] allow lawlessness in our fellowship and congregations. Unrepentant is still unrepentant. Why harm your sheep? Why be harmed?[13]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): So then, what are sheep? Since we are the sheep in this metaphor that we use for God, we ought to know. You know, don’t you, that there are critics of the church who would call us disciples of Christ, “sheeple.” It’s meant to be a derisive term for the unquestioning following, not so much of Jesus, but of the culture warrior preachers. But in many ways, we act like sheep, we are sheeple. As the Prayer Book says, “like sheep we have gone astray.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A highly destructive disease that infects a community or society, factionalizing its members and dissolving natural bonds, capable of triggering a state of catastrophe and exile for almost 2,000 years.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): In 1 Peter we are told that we are “as living stones, [and] are being built up a spiritual house.” A spiritual house implying, a place where God can reside. The problem however is there is a plague in the house called “replacement theology” and “antisemitism.” In the Torah, a house with a plague in it must have the plagued stones removed and the afflicted area re-plastered.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Through this amazing passage, the Lord spoke to me that this is where we are in America. Many prophets have used the analogy of Israel and the Red Sea to describe the Church in this season: our backs are to the wall…it appears that the god of this world has outsmarted and overpowered ours, and it looks as though satan has taken over the nation.[14]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Each of us have these shepherds, and even though we think that we are free, we do in fact serve these shepherds.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And accordingly, the Rebbe wrote, the ultimate exodus of our entire people is also a personal, intimate liberation for every Jew.

2 Samuel 7:9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Your glory will be seen among the nations, covering the earth like the waters cover the sea. You will have Your inheritance. You will not be stopped. We align with You now, and decree that Your Kingdom is invading this planet and Your will is being accomplished. We declare this in the name of the Most High God, Jesus. Amen.

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): Ours is NOT a Replacement Theology.  The Jews are the heroes in our story!

Revelation 19:18 so that you may eat the flesh [ego] of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh [ego] of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Besides, let’s face it: if you are honest you have a shepherd of some sort or other. Go ahead, get quiet for a moment: what are those forces and individuals in your life who call the shots? Who is the one who forms your life most fundamentally? It might be a desire for perfect health, to be financially secure, it might be to be successful, desirable, or free. We all have these shepherds, probably many shepherds.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): A shout out to the rabbis!  They said the feast of Moshiach is being served!

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Thank You for declaring that even the darkest of all fast days — the 9th of Av — will one day become a feast day.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz pleaded with us Christians to join the Jews for the fast of the Nation’s 9th of Av 2021.  What if my writings and prayers are part of the burnt offerings and sacrifices accepted on God’s altar building up to the feast day of the Messiah?  Then all these years of service would have meaning and purpose.  Then the mysterious and illusive Wolf in the blind spot would no longer have any power to dissuade or sabotage the mission.

Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I [Jesus] have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: Hell on earth.

Ryan LeStrange (12 July 21): My Monday Word for You…The Prophetic Warns and Watches!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Why Warnings Are Ineffective

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here to be reminded, …That the world can try to kill the messengers of peace, but they can’t kill the message itself. That they can murder the prophet and put his head on a platter, but the eternal voice is still crying out in the wilderness, saying prepare the way of the Lord. Prepare the way. God is coming. God is here. Start living like you believe it.

Mark 6:27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): I’ve had my head served on a platter like John the Baptist so many times that the prophets talked about the “headless bride.”  But Jesus is our Good Shepherd!  Our collective story doesn’t have to stay that way…

Revelation 2:11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Keep in mind, we are not broken open for the sake of exposing blood, guts, muck, and cracks. Instead, it’s to reveal truth and compassion and healing; it is for the purpose of genuine transformation, which God desires for us.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): And maybe it’s the long hot summer, maybe it’s the long hard year, but yes, I am feeling especially tired of the old brutalities. Tired of heads on platters, tired of angry words, tired of cynicism masquerading as wisdom, tired of how easy it is to get caught up in the malice and the fear and to become the very thing I hate.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Meanwhile, views harden, divisions deepen, cynicism abounds, and the ranks of the malcontent and disaffected – those who refuse either to dance or to cry – proliferate.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): We don’t recognize who we’ve become. We’re not even sure who we were before. We can’t figure out what makes us happy, or if we are still capable of happiness. We don’t know what we like or dislike, what activities we enjoy, what to do with free time, or with whom.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (12 July 21): The Body Keeps the Divine Score – The Week With Rabbi YY

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We acknowledge that fear and unbelief caused an entire generation to miss out on moving into the Promised Land, which is the basis for this historical pattern of tragedy to befall the Jews.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): The Talmud concludes that the transgression of senseless hatred is therefore equal to transgressing all three of the cardinal prohibitions. Therefore, our mourning on Tisha B’Av must include mourning for the great spiritual and personal loss of our higher selves; a loss that we are still trying to recover from even today.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): And don’t even get me started on free time. If we don’t immediately fill it with something or get things done it’s like the inside of us is on fire.

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): In addition to their ability as a good neighbor, the sheep is singularly focused on its shepherd. So much so, that the sheep learn the voice of their shepherd, his scent, and even his silhouette upon the sky as the shepherd stands on a hill.  The sheep learn somehow that this one shepherd, in however he calls to them, whether through sight, voice, or smell, is to be utterly trusted – and not only that, but all other shepherds are to be mistrusted, or at least skeptically investigated.

Rev. Anna Shine: Jesus, upon seeing this great crowd had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things (Mk 6:34). I love the Greek word for “to have compassion for.” Splagnizomai. It literally means “to be moved in the inward parts,”[15] which depicts a visceral and physical component to the emotion Jesus feels. There is discomfort, a discomfort that moves a person to action. And that makes sense. Because the translation, “compassion,” means “to suffer with.” Jesus is moved in his innermost being, he feels the suffering with the people he is among, and he acts by beginning to teach them.[16]

SERVICE

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): How can we serve our Jewish brothers and sisters?

2 Samuel 7:4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan:

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions.” (2 Samuel 1:23)

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Your daughter must be able to feel that she has “wings.” If a bird does not know it has wings, I can scream at it for five years to fly, but it will not start flying, it will only sink into more despondency. I need to show my bird that it has “wings.” How do I do that? By loving it, by demonstrating to it how much value, power, and goodness I see in her (or him), and then when she notices her wings, she will not stop flying and soaring. She will embrace the route toward health and a fulfilling life.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): As you travel this way, you will discover how much God values the process; value it as well. And value one another. In doing so, you are expressing your value for Him.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): Almighty God, we pray that we would not stand against Your will in the future, as we have in the past. So regarding the building of the Third Temple we strongly declare: “Thy will be done, Oh Lord!”

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Bob Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, wrote many years ago in his song, Gotta Serve Somebody, that you:

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): A heart that refuses to open cannot be healed. A mind that resists new information will not change. And a people who find fault with everything will be satisfied with nothing.

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Please go deep to find any stony places. Expose and reveal the mindsets and beliefs in us that would allow us to behave in a cold, calculating or cruel manner towards our Jewish brethren, or any other person for that matter.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): If the 9th of Av is to be transformed from a fast day to a feast day, then inclusion has to be more than tracts, email blasts, and a video here and there.  The actual dialogue has to change for the Messiah’s Kingdom to be revealed.  How will we know who will be there if the Silence continues, even when the intentions and excuses are valid and reasonable?  Everyone is busy.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here to be reminded, that, as hard as it can be out there, or in here, in ourselves, that the God-given truth about life is always the same. 

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): How can we support them and be a blessing to them?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): It sounds great but is often ineffective. Why? Do you think your daughter or son does not want to “snap out” of it? Do you think she is happy being dysfunctional? Do you think she is content being unproductive? Do you think she wants to wake up at 3 PM? Do you think she wants to waste away her life? You think she never thought of the idea of “snapping out of it?” Do you think she is happy being a junkie?

Brat: Are you talking about religious consumers?

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Metaphors like this work the other way, too: they are for us in our daily lives. We are meant to bring the metaphors with us, to carry them, as it were. The ancients who heard this language for God would then go about their business and daily lives and — lo and behold! — they would see a shepherdess – and if they were paying attention, they might think of God. They might see the shepherdess painstakingly caring for her sheep. They might see a wayward sheep being brought back into the fold, perhaps forcefully depending on the waywardness of the sheep, and then they might be brought to the threshold of prayer and repentance over their own wayward ways.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): Basically, after wanting nothing but to get free and be our own person, we’re the last person in the world with whom we want to be alone.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 July 21): “The L-rd your G‑d spoke to us at Horeb saying, ‘You have sojourned too long! Turn and travel and arrive at the Amorite mountain and all of its neighbors’….”(Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:6)

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A PILGRIM is one who journeys, especially long distances, to a holy place for a religious or spiritual purpose; one who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred; a traveler of literal travels or of spiritual and healing journeys.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:9)

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 July 21): The verse continues “…at this mountain”, referring to Mount Sinai. Even remaining at Mount Sinai, non-stop sponging up Torah and spiritual growth, is not the ideal. Moshe is telling us it is our responsibility to also make an impact on others, influencing them for the better, especially those different or distant from ourselves. Exclusively focusing on personal self-development will not only prevent a person from advancing, but could even lead to spiritual regression.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): When we don’t exhort those around us, when we fail to keep and guard those closest to us, we allow each other to become “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Looking at Christian and Jewish relations over the past 2000 years reminds me of the story of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph, like the nation of Israel, was chosen by his father as a leader amonghis brothers. Because of this the scripture tells us, “his brothers…hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”

Brat: That was my same experience, too.  My “brothers” could not speak peaceably to me either.  For that reason, I had to shake off the dust from my feet as I walked away… (Matthew 10:13-15) Because of that I have great compassion and empathy for Israel.

SABBATH

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Religious fundamentalism condemns those who don’t follow certain rules and believe what they believe.

Hebrews 9:1 The first promise that was made included rules for worship and a tent for worship here on earth. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A discordance between personalities, rendering them incapable of seeing eye-to-eye or working together, ostensibly supported by some rational justification, but ultimately driven by ego and self-concern.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We need each other to practice living in community as though there is another, better way, a more loving way, because we trust that there is, and because we are tired of opening the news headlines to find a world still saturated by violent self-interest.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Exile is a state of being that we carry within ourselves. It is sustained by a cause and healed by healing its cause: The exile of the divine soul within each one of us, and the discord that stands between us.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): What does this mean for the nations?

2 Samuel 7:2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Now that the Temple is no longer standing and we are in exile and distanced from G‑d, there is an understandable lack of unity. When Shabbat comes and the Jews are able to renew their connection once again with G‑d, he has even more joy than he did at the time when the Temple was standing. From darkness to light, G‑d especially rejoices in this unity with His people.[17]

Isaiah 56:Blessed is the one who does this—
    the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To look “it” in the eyes, be it grief, pain, brokenness, trauma, illness, disappointment, despair, sadness, anger, fear, deception, or whatever the “it” might be, to put our hands on the matter and begin the hard yet rewarding work of uncovering the truth, is to acknowledge both it’s existence and impact. And the moment we do this is the real moment change starts to happen.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): And that is one really good argument for the necessity of Christian community, of coming together week after week here, to be both supported and chastened by what we discover in Scripture and the liturgy. It’s not something that we can do alone, because alone we are awfully good at only hearing what we want to hear. We need Jesus and we need one another to stay accountable to the totality of the narrative, to bear the sorrow and then to imagine a different way of being.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): May this Shabbat Chazon grant us the vision with which to set out on the path of return to G‑d. May we be able to learn His Torah and engage in His mitzvot with love for Him and for our fellow Jews – with a love that knows no bounds, nor needs any other justification than that we are all one people. May we soon experience the 9th of Av as a true holiday for us and for the whole world – an ascent from the Valley of Weeping until the mountain of G‑d in joy and peace.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): The term in Hebrew for father, says the Alter Rebbe, is “av,” which means connection, love, and desire.[6][18] When her father really listens to the trauma underlying the vow, he can help her annul it. How? By being a true father, a loving and connected father.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): In addition, “the valley of weeping” can be understood to refer to the 3 weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. Great are the Shabbats during these three weeks above any other of the year, and the Shabbat closest to the 9th of Av more than all. According to the magnitude of G‑d’s pain is the greatness of His joy.

Isaiah 56:For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Mary Luti (12 July 21): He doesn’t satisfy anyone. Except maybe those who sense that his lack of ambition is the very reason you can trust him. There’s nothing to fear from someone unmoved by star power, who won’t manipulate, shift-shape, hurry up, or slow down to get your approval, to get you to adore.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Atheism and the a-religious may reject the very idea of spiritual truth.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): “Until we heal the cause of our exile, we remain in exile, even in our own land.” ~The Rebbe

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Sometimes the very thing we long for most is also the thing we most fear; that is to be seen and known. It is a vulnerable place to be, yet we were created for it. We were created to know and be known by God and each other. We were created for genuine relationships; it’s one of His greatest gifts.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): That is where we must begin.

BIGGER THAN YOURSELF

Center for Action and Contemplation (13 July 21): In this time of great unknowing, how do we expand our sense of self to include love, healing, and forgiveness—not just for ourselves and those like us, but for the entire world?

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): Recognize that the story is bigger than yourself: You were destined to be alive now, in this year, on this day. There is a pulsating recognition within each of us. We have a sense that God is doing something now and we know we’re meant to be a part of it. Your prayers play a critical role in the harvest of souls. Destiny is not about you, but rather a purpose God has positioned you for that is bigger than yourself. You are entering into and inheriting a six-thousand year labor of prophets, martyrs, reformers and missionaries who came before you.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And yet, from a point you can extend infinite lines radiating in infinite dimensions.

Isaiah 56:The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): As we prepare our hearts for this upcoming weekend, I want us to take a moment and think about this upcoming Nations’ 9th of Av event. Over these past 38 emails we have talked quite a bit about the difficult history which has transpired between the Christian and Jewish communities.

BLUEPRINT

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): What if more of your prayers could get answered when you pray the prayers that God wants you to pray, knowing that they fit into His master blueprint for your life?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Therefore, the healing journey of the pilgrim and the witness is also a journey of revelation and knowledge. And there is often a prophetic element interlaced within this work, too, meaning the map of your journey may serve as a blueprint for others down the road.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): With our repentance, would You redeem the 9th of Av, and turn this tragic day of mourning into a day of celebration and anticipation?

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): Because we are tired of a world that silences the truth-tellers, that kills the bearers of good news, that refuses the living bread of God and feasts instead on the corpse of curtailed hope. 

Me to Samuel (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): According to Chabad.org one of the things that happened on the Ninth of Av was that the spies brought back a bad report to Moses and the assembly (Numbers 13:32).  I say we reverse the curse and stop paying homage to the bad report and honor, instead, the God of All who has been leading our current conversation!  We have been trying to make His house a house of prayer for all nations.  Whose report are you listening to?

[Crickets chirping…]

FLEAS

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Verse of the Day (14 July 21): John 15:10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Europe used to host flea circuses. How do you train a flea? You put the flea in a large, empty pickle jar. Put the lid on. Shake the jar and tap on the side to stir the fleas up. The stimulus causes them to jump full force. They hit the lid of the jar with tremendous force. Hitting the lid of the jar with such force is painful. After about 30 minutes of this, you can take the lid off the jar and the fleas will not jump out.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): I believe the Church is currently going through this process of affliction removal. God will not allow His people to continue in the sins of their forefathers. He is currently bringing these plagues to the forefront of the Church. These issues when dealing with the Jewish people have plagued the Church for far too long.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): “To what will I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t cry.’ John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ Yet the Human One came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’” – Luke 7:31-34 (CEB)

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): Would You please establish a new posture and mindset in us? We are broken and undone over the sin of our Church forefathers. We humble ourselves. We repent of the pride and spiritual superiority. Abba, we no longer wish to stand tall in pride.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): They [fleas] react to the impact of hitting the lid and adapt by jumping with less force and are conditioned to jump just shy of hitting the lid. When you take the lid off and give them the opportunity to use their innate potential again and jump far, they continue to jump just shy of the height of the lid as if it were still on.

Center for Action and Contemplation (13 July 21): Join thousands of spiritual seekers from across the world for the final CONSPIRE conference, a global gathering to experience God’s love, grace, and compassion.

2 Samuel 7:5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): The work of the pilgrim and the witness is a joint and living work that holds eternal significance. Both are led by the Spirit of God; both are important, and both will forever be changed as a result of this sacred journey.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): We know You are about to show Yourself strong once again. The earth You created will see the power and glory of its Creator. The people You created will see the beauty, love and salvation of their Redeemer. The spirit of Baal will once again be overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. America shall be saved!

LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please pray for The Lord to send clear voices of true wisdom and guidance that will help us assess locations and groups to which He might send us in the future as we seek out the “Lost Tribes of Israel”

Revelation 7:Then I heard how many people had been marked on the forehead. There were one hundred forty-four thousand, and they came from every tribe of Israel

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): They are our long lost brothers and sisters.
You love them, and so may we love whom You love.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): So go ahead and grieve all that has been lost. Dance with joy every time hope is revived. And let your soul be satisfied with nothing less than the outrageous goodness of God.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Trust Him; you’re right where He wants you.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: The fact that the 144,000 have the name of Jehovah and Jesus written upon their foreheads indicates that they have been especially chosen, bought from the earth, as verse three says. The great crowd are not said to have been bought from the earth, nor are they depicted as having the name of God and Christ written on their foreheads. The 144,000 are Jehovah’s very special possession, unlike any other creation.

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please prayerfully consider how you can help launch our 10-year initiative to reach the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world. We need your support more than ever to help more Jewish people discover the love and hope of the Messiah Jesus.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): People want to help themselves. But they need to believe that they can. There is only one way: When we believe in them that they can. When we believe that they are not broken at their core; when we show them how much we love them and cherish them because we do not see them as “lost causes.” When we connect with them deeply and genuinely, it empowers them to be able to view themselves not as lost souls, but as children of G-d, fragments of infinity, mirrors of heaven, ambassadors of the Divine. Then they realize that they are mightier than all the voices and emotions that attempt to cut them down.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): In contrast, the God of all creation has no need to be carried, because God is present in all of creation. There is no territory in all creation that lies beyond the network of God’s amazing grace.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): That we can make a thousand mistakes every day, but we can’t change the fact that God still loves us and wants to redeem us.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): No one is ever on cruise control. No matter how righteous, virtuous, or moral you think you are, you’re human and prone to mistakes. It’s programmed into everyone’s spiritual DNA. So, don’t be foolish to think your yetzer hara[that inner impulse]is dead. No—it’s right there inside of you.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): But intolerance of the other lies at the primal genesis of evil, at the point of fissure and subsequent fragmentation that occurred in the earliest stages of creation, as the universe lost contact with the infinite divine light that preceded it.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Yahweh is about to expose the evil plans of the god of this world and his allies. He has allowed them to gain ground temporarily in order to expose their deception, anti-Christ ways, leftist ideals and even idiocy. But He will strike in His zeal, power and determination to reap the coming great harvest. God must have a strong America that honors Him in order to accomplish this; and He will have that. Do not doubt this. AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED!

Jehovah’s Witnesses: As Jehovah’s Witnesses know, it was never God’s purpose to perpetually harvest the imaginary departed souls of the dead to populate the heavens – much less does God delight in roasting hapless sinners in hellfire. God has always intended for humans to live forever in peace and happiness on earth and that purpose will be accomplished by two means – one, as mentioned, by resurrecting the dead back to life on earth; and secondly, by preserving a great crowd through the world-ending great tribulation, to establish what the prophecies call the new earth.

Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): So, who’s the opposition here? On the global, historical scale, the Jewish people encountered seven heathen nations and spent many years wresting the land from them. But in our internal, personal story of “entering the Promised Land,” who’s the bogeyman we’re fighting against?

Pray More Novenas: O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Yet there is a deeper reason: Other sins, even the most heinous sins, are symptoms of flaws in the human person. To repair those flaws, each of us is granted 70 years upon this earth—ten years for each of the seven categories of emotions.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): Don’t believe me? Join a victim support group. You will hear so many similar — even word-for-word — situations, statements, behaviors. It’s like abusers all come from the same assembly line of Conniving Destroyers of All Good Things, Ltd.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: As recorded at John 17:2, in prayer Jesus referred to the “whole number” of believers, whom his Father had given him.  This signifies that there is a specific number who will be associated with Christ.  And Revelation reveals the “whole number” amounts to 144,000. How do we know that number applies to the little flock?

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please pray for Clear and specific direction as to where the Lord of the Harvest is leading us for future Outreaches, so the Kingdom of Light can advance, bring salvation and transform lives and communities

Pray More Novenas: O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always: May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

SECOND STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): But then there’s the second storyline. That’s the reality that is taking place behind the scenes. It includes things that are kept secret, hidden, and unseen by the public eye. It includes things that are taking place, even now, from both good and bad actors, happening behind closed doors, in secret passageways, and in strategic briefings. Whether for our destruction, or for our safety, there are things taking place right now that we don’t even know about. This, too, is playing out in real time with real people.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I heard the Holy Spirit say “The enemy has worked hard to MASK your view of ME.” I began to see time and time again in these battles with fear that these ones had, the twisting hand of the enemy lying and moving so sneakily and in such a crafty way to MASK the TRUE revelation of the Lord’s goodness and His love. These lies, these battles, these attacks were coming hard against these ones to hinder the revelation of the Lord’s goodness.

Brat: [Sigh]

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): In what ways is the Lord calling you to realign your prayer life? What are some strategies you already employ as you seek Him today?

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): We must remove these plagued building blocks within the Church’s foundation and commit to accountability regarding our words and actions concerning the Jewish people. We have walked in arrogance, towards the Jewish people, and towards those on the outside of the Church. Praise God, He has allowed the sins of our past to catch up with us in order that we can repent and change! 

Jehovah’s Witnesses: For one thing, the 7th chapter of Revelation says that the 144,000 are sealed, 12,000 out of the 12 tribes of Israel. Of course, it is not in reference to the literal 12 tribes of Israel, which no longer even existed when Revelation was written, the tribal records having been destroyed when Titus razed Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E.. In Galatians Paul referred to Christ’s congregation as “the Israel of God.” The letter of James is addressed to the “twelve tribes scattered about,” which is in reference to the congregations of Christians that had sprung from the 12 founding apostles. So, the entire kingdom organization is symbolized as spiritual Israel having 12 tribes.

Brat: I’m only listening to you, JW, out of respect and not because I believe your interpretation.  You seem poised to pounce on their blessing and inheritance as God’s chosen people.  Do you think you are God’s frozen chosen because of Finder’s Keepers?  No one has a right to take away their inheritance!  I know that I have heard that the Twelve Tribes are flocking back to Israel even in our day.  DNA testing can prove what tribes the Jews belong to.  This is not just some lofty spiritual reality but a tangible one that is highly significant to an entire people.  Plus, we need them for all of us to walk out the fulfillment of the prophecies.  No one has a monopoly on them!!

Jeremiah 23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Brat: What if the lost tribes and the 144,000 JEWS (not Christians) are part of the Remnant and the righteous branch of which Jesus is the head?  I know there are sects in the Christian denominations who have monopolized the numbers, but their doctrines don’t make sense.  To me, that is one of the major crimes of Replacement Theology. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Lord, You are the One who opens doors that no man can shut and shuts doors no man can open. We ask You to open doors for effective ministry in the nations. Please speak powerfully to our scouting team regarding Your heart and plans to reach Your people, and show us clearly how You want us to participate with You in that. Our eyes are on You as we seek to do Your will and Yours alone. In Yeshua’s name, AMEN.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We commit to standing by Your people from this day forward!

NOTHING PERSONAL AGAIN

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Instead of needing to be carried, the God of all creation is able to carry us … to the farthest, ever-expanding, ever-inclusive regions of God’s ubiquity.

Brat: But nothin’ personal?…

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): That’s right. No one got anything.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): It still feels like a canon shot through us at close range. It really does, I know. But it isn’t personal. They never saw us as persons when they were pretending to love us, they certainly aren’t going to start now.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): The words that come out in the middle of the ache are often the most telling and important. Said another way, our deepest moments of pain usually reveal our truest inner knowing. And while it is often difficult to experience this, real healing calls for it because we must give voice to the truth of our story.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): Think of a geometrical point. A point is indivisible, but not because it is too hard, too big, or too small to cut up. A point simply has no area to be divided. That’s what makes it a point.

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Changing circumstances in the countries where we serve require continual adaptation as we follow the Lord’s leading toward accomplishing His purposes. Due to such changes, we are unable to conduct a Medical Outreach this month.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I then saw the hand of the Lord go into the hearts of these ones that have struggled deeply with this oppressive torment and foreboding and the hand of the Lord looked like a surgical hand. He went deep into the heart and He exposed a root. When I looked closer it was the root of FEAR.

Brat: Stop projecting what’s not there!  I think the heart surgery that God is working on right now is on the spirit of indifference.  If indifference is a fear of caring, or fear of getting hurt in our vulnerability of being real, then maybe you have a point.  It’s just a convoluted way of getting to the point.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Exile is more than a geographical circumstance. Even if every Jew lived comfortably in the Land of Israel, we might all still be in exile. Exile within our own land.

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Let’s learn this skepticism from these sheep. Let’s submit all those so-called shepherds who would lead us to the test of the Good Shepherd. Do these things and people that we follow offer life and significance, or are they turning us into a product? Are our shepherds leading us to life or to the slaughter?

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): We will either be a voice for the Kingdom or bury our heads in the sand and see no change.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Truest Promise that ever was, may I put my trust in you.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): I feel like the cloud of witnesses are standing in Heaven interceding over the Church right now saying, “Enough is enough! Rise up, Church!”[19]

Brat: Then make room for us!

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): When Jacob and Esau finally meet, Jacob sent gifts ahead of him to appease his brother Esau. When Esau asks about the gifts, Jacob replies, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.” Christianity has been blessed by the faithfulness of the Jewish people to the God of Israel. We have received “spiritual blessings” through them. Esau’s response to Jacob’s blessings are prophetic for the times we live in. Esau replies by saying, “I have enough, my brother.” In Hebrew this phrase is, “Yesh Li Rav, Achi,” which could also be translated as, “I have a Rabbi, my brother.” Perhaps Esau finally recognized the position of his brother Jacob?! But whether he did or didn’t, now is the time for Christianity to recognize the Jewish people as teachers and leaders in the journey towards a full relationship with the God of Israel!

When Light Came In (16 July 21): Nobody makes a new friend by forcing it or having huge expectations of the other person the moment they meet. We deserve to take time to build relationship with ourselves.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): Breathing on faith fumes,

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): There is no sin of senseless intolerance listed in Torah. And yet, while the cardinal sins of Torah demanded only 70 years of exile, intolerance is so sinister, so powerful, it can take us almost two thousand years to heal from its wounds.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): The details and timing and audience are chosen carefully, yes. But it isn’t personal. They would literally do this to John or Jane Doe on the street if it was one of them who dared say “no more. Not one more solitary second of this abuse.”

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We ask for forgiveness for the awful responsibility we bear as Christians for the mistreatment of Your chosen people over the millennia by our Church forefathers.

GIFTS

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): But just as Jacob and Esau reunited in Genesis 33, we are looking forward to a time when Christianity and Judaism come together in harmony and see once again eye to eye. In the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau we read it as if Esau was coming to do battle with Jacob as an adversary. Maybe this was the case. In our modern time, Christianity should still approach the Jewish people ready to do battle, but not with the people of Jacob, rather, with the enemies of Israel.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A division of opinions, potentially highly productive under conditions of mutual respect and open communication.[20]

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): We are grateful for the Jews and for all the gifts that our Jewish brethren have shared with us.  May we truly be one grafted family, holding each other in respect, as the Ari would have wanted it as well.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We stand in awe at Your restoration of Israel as a nation, and we thank You for their contributions to science, the arts, and more.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): The Three Weeks, from a Jewish perspective, are like the Black Hole in modern physics, which is filled with endless light but does not allow it to escape its pull. (A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, including light, can escape its pull.) Our job is to penetrate the black hole and reveal its inner light, the light of Moshiach.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): So, Church, don’t be bullied and backed into a corner anymore. Arise, shine, for your light has come!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): That is why its antidote must also transcend reason. It must be related to the primordial infinite light itself, a light that knows no bounds. The key to healing humanity is therefore unreasonable.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): I got an email the other day, soliciting donations for a worthy cause.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A small donation to a worthy cause is appreciated and helps the prayers soar aloft.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Unfettered capitalism promises the moon and the stars: unrestrained economic freedom for all, including permission for the wealthy to oppress or ignore everyone else.

Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Pray More Novenas: Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.

Church of England (13 July 21): Bishop: Commons vote risks making aid cut ‘permanent’

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Radically progressive politics promises bread and roses: justice and equality for all, even if it involves demonizing anyone who doesn’t get with the program.

Hebrews 9:The first part of the tent was called the holy place, and a lampstand, a table, and the sacred loaves of bread were kept there.

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi (12 July 21): Yet, we have no local parish or diocese of our own to support us.  Instead, we rely on friends who may donate generously to their local Catholic Church each week, but who also understand what it means to give to the National Shrine as an expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): You can help launch the vision God has put on our hearts: to take the Good News to all of the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world who have not yet been reached with the hope of our Messiah Jesus. Please pray with us and consider sending a gift today. Thank you!

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Well, you can imagine the end of the story … By the time I finished being so smart and discretionary with my funds, what happened?

2 Samuel 7:7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): No. She is miserable. But she is stuck. She is traumatized. She is emotionally paralyzed. I scream at her: Snap out of it. But she knows not how. In her mind, she is tied down by cords that do not allow her to go free. All she hears in her parents’ message is this: Someone else in this world who does not understand me. She digs deeper into her isolation and pain.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): But it continues with looking to him, to Christ. And then looking to the people around you. This is all that we have to bear the world’s brutality and then to challenge it with our love. We have Jesus, and we have each other. Nothing more. But it is all that we need. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 July 21): Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I believe that immediate, unmediated contact with the moment is the clearest path to divine union. Naked, undefended, and nondual presence has the best chance of encountering the Real Presence. I approach the theme of contemplation in a hundred ways, because I know most of us have one hundred levels of resistance, denial, or avoidance. For some reason, in our complicated world, it is very hard to teach simple things. Any “mystery,” by definition, is pregnant with many levels of unfolding and realization. That is especially true of the “tree of life” that is contemplative awareness.

Brat: Would that be personal?

VOWS

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): This is, of course, true not only when it comes to serious debilitating trauma, but also to all “vows” we and our loved ones make in our lives; all the limitations that hold us down, and keep us trapped in anger, frustration, envy, animosity, and anxiety. We need a “father” to love us in the deepest and most powerful way. What that does for us is that it opens us up to the horizons of our true self; it expands our perspectives of who we are and what we are capable of. It is that type of love and trust that empowers us to muster the courage and embark on the journey toward wholesomeness.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here and look to each other, to live like we believe it together, to show the world that church is a verb, not a noun, a body, not just a building, and that following Jesus is not about going through the motions, but about living with transformed hearts. It’s about taking a stand for the people who need us the most. About refusing to accept that the world as it is, is good enough. About opting out of the dance of death. 

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): How many of us live in distress and anxiety due to a deep trauma that sits in our bodies? How many of us remain paralyzed by our inner voices of fear, insecurity, and stress? How many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something because we failed at it before? Sometimes we are not even aware of how paralyzed we really are, as it turned into our survival skill and seems so normal.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): Right now, many of you reading this are feeling this crushing and pressing, but it is awakening a fire within you that will make the enemy wish he had never meddled with you. The PRESS-BACK is already beginning. Eyes are opening. Veils are being removed and the sleepy Church is stirring!

…MORE FLEAS?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): In today’s language, we call it trauma, something in my past which causes me to operate from a profoundly restricted space. Consciously or unconsciously, I am terrified to trust, to let go, to love, to bond, to relax, to embrace, to express myself. I am afraid to just be.  Like the flea, I am held back not by external circumstances, but by my own beliefs about myself and the world I inhabit.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): However, the Nations’ 9th of Av was not created as a “flog the Christian” day on which we remember and condemn ourselves for the history of the past, instead, it is a day when we from the nations, as Christians, stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and “mourn with those who mourn.” We recognize our past history, but we don’t allow it to paralyze us into inaction when dealing with the Jewish people. We mourn with the Jewish people over the destruction of the Temple because we finally realize what the Temple means to us, as Christians and followers of God, from the nations.

Brat (20 July 21 at 10:24 am): I believe this story relates to what you are saying… I was just driving back from Aliso Ranch and had on the KLOVE radio station.  Lauree, one of the DJ’s, told a story about being grateful for fleas. (No kidding! This really came up!) I knew this wasn’t a coincidence but encouragement from God, somehow.  I had JUST been THANKING God for this impasse that we all seem to be in, because it is in these times when Jesus on the cross (the intersection) becomes most pronounced.  Lauree told the story of two ladies who were in a Nazi concentration camp.  Waaaaaay too many women were crammed into a bunker in inhuman conditions and the area became flea-infested.  The younger of the two sisters told the older one to pray and to THANK God.  Corrie ten Boom (the older sister) didn’t want to thank God for those circumstances where there was nothing to be thankful for.  However, they thanked God anyway.  Later, they realized that the fleas were somehow protecting them, because the guards would leave the ladies alone.  Also, because the guards didn’t want to come near them, they did not search and confiscate a Bible or pages of a Bible, so the women had some scripture to nurture their souls. 

I thank God anyway, that even though the religious leaders either don’t read me or pretend not to and use me anyway (talk about “turning us into a product”!), I know that God is getting out His word and will continue to get it out anyway.  Someday I hope to get to a community who loves me and won’t treat me like the prison guards.  My God is bigger than their behaviors.

MercyMe: “Even If” [https://youtu.be/B6fA35Ved-Y]

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To be the one who accompanies the pilgrim is to be a WITNESS; it also invites deeper discovery and awakening. God always has a witness for everything He does, and you bear witness to what is taking place in this journey. You are as vital to this process as the pilgrim, just differently. Your life experiences are key to this too. You hold a special place in this process for the pilgrim. God views it as a place of honor, a place of servanthood.

Isaiah 56:to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 July 21): I call contemplation the tree of life that promises access to eternal things (see Genesis 3:22), grows “crops twelve times a year,” and sprouts “leaves that are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). It accesses the deep ground of God and the True Self. The contemplative, nondual mind is a tree of continual and constant fruitfulness for the soul and for the world.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): This type of God-designed healing process is usually not easy. We can’t always see what it’s producing while we’re in it, but it is a worthy and necessary process, and it always serves a higher purpose – His purpose.

THIRD STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Then, there’s the third storyline and reality. That’s the spiritual warfare taking place in the unseen realms of the spirit. It’s the battle between angels and demons, good and evil. It’s here that our prayers, proclamations, and prophecies FIRST take root. It’s in this third reality in the heavenly realms that our prophetic declarations of victory are being determined and released!

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): You can play a key role in reaching the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world

Brat (12 July 21 at 8:28 am):  I emailed to Ascent of Safed “Prayer for the Remnant”

Jeremiah 23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): What if you are praying and earnestly seeking God, and swinging in all directions—but you are swinging without a strategy?

Brat: What makes you think I don’t have one?

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): I invite you to send your prayer requests for living people. Please provide me, where possible, their Hebrew name and mother’s Hebrew name, by e-mail to prayers@ascentofsafed.com and I will, please G-d, pray on your behalf at the Arizal’s gravesite.

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am PDT): [Prayer:] I thank You for the invitation to pray.  I thank You for the Ari and the wisdom You imparted to him. 

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Lord, in your omnipresent Spirit, may we all find connection … and may we all be connected. Amen.

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): As a Christian, I pray for all living people.  Our hearts have been broken.  I stand with Your people, God, and for Your land and their land.  I declare before You that we, the Remnant (שְׁאֵרִית hasharid?), are a changed people.  Jesus’ mother’s name was Mary.  Evidently, her Hebrew name would have been Miriam (?).

Pray More Novenas: O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven.

2 Samuel 7:1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, …

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Enemies have been defeated, cases have been won, and perpetrators have been brought to justice. Souls have been saved, children have been rescued, and leaders have been activated. These are all things that are happening if you but look past the smokescreens and believe the good news that is there. And for those things that are still being hidden, heaven’s wisdom is directing the steps.

2 Samuel 7:3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

OBSERVANCE

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A Good Day to Pray [Time sensitive]

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): Most Holy God and Father of us all,

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To be the one who walks this path is to be a PILGRIM; it is an invitation to discovery and awakening on deeper levels. God uses pilgrims to blaze new trails for certain things, and your life experiences often speak to this, although you probably won’t have a full understanding of it beforehand. Not just anyone can accompany you on this journey; they must be handpicked by the Father, so they are.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A good deed or commitment to increase in mitzvah observance helps too!

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): [Prayer:] Please accept this mitzvah observance.  You promised that You would accept our prayers and mitzvahs on Your holy mountain and that You would make Your house a house of prayer for all nations.

Isaiah 56:these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): May this be enough.

Amen.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Usually, the pilgrim later becomes the witness for someone else. In fact, pilgrims make the best witnesses. Conversely, the witness may take a pilgrim’s journey of their own later on if they haven’t already, and because they’ve experienced it first hand, they will know the value of having an honest-to-goodness witness by their side.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): Please send in requests by 9:00 a.m. (Israel) Tuesday July 13.

Brat: I did.  I sent it on Monday, 12 July 21 at 8:28 am

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We look forward to the fulfillment of Yeshua’s proclamation about the Temple becoming “a house of prayer for all nations.”

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I was then surrounded by a strong sense of miraculous deliverance. The sense was so incredibly strong that deliverance cannot come from your own strength, it cannot come from ‘what you can do’, it comes from the Lord and in the name of Jesus.

Lance Wallnau (13 July 21): The real acts of God in your life are never set up by you. They are always surprising you. But we have a responsibility to be in position for them as they prepare to manifest. There are people that will soon cross your path, who need the benediction of God you can release. Are you ready?

Isaiah 56:1 This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice
    and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A WITNESS is a close observer; one who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced; one who furnishes evidence or serves as a sign; one who is to be present at or have personal knowledge of; one who can testify to.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): There is one way to release her from these psychological vows: a father’s love and connection.  

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): We pray along with Rabbi Tuly Weisz, from Israel365, and say to You: May You Lord our God, King of the Universe, hear all of our prayers and accept with favor all of our repentance.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And so, the Baal Shem Tov taught, when the light of any one Jewish soul breaks free, the entire nation is redeemed along with it.[21]

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): As this repentance took place, I saw the Lord with His surgical hand remove the root of fear out of hearts. There was such a deep sense of the love of God that filled this encounter.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G‑d and the Jewish people.

2 Samuel 7:10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

NEVER AGAIN!

2 Samuel 7:12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (14 July 21): 800 Years Later: Church of England apologizes for expelling the Jews[22]

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): Let us bless them, beginning with making restitution for the sins we have perpetrated against them. And by so doing, we ask that You continue to join us together in unity, Your chosen people, with we who have been graciously grafted in.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Perhaps it seems a paradox to switch from pilgrim to witness and vice versa, but there’s an even more significant discovery to be found within this; it’s entirely necessary to be flexible and focused while on this journey.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Because we are spread over the entire globe, with our healing comes the healing of the entire world. With our return from exile, all things will return to their intended place in a grand harmony.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: To be sure, the teaching that only 144,000 go to heaven is one of the Watchtower Society’s most misunderstood and controversial doctrines. People reject the teaching because they are ignorant of Jehovah’s purpose to restore mankind and the earth to Edenic perfection. People do not understand that God intends to resurrect the vast majority of people who have ever lived and died, regardless of whether they were righteous.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): We decree that the God of Israel is the God of America, and He will prevail. The gods of this world are demonic idols and will fail.

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): Now is the time to recognize that we are no better than our forefathers. The only difference that we can make between us and them is to take a stand where they didn’t and defend the people of God when they didn’t. This is the difference we are making in the world. We will stand for the God of Israel, for His people and for His land, unlike our Church forefathers who sat idly by or actively participated in the persecution and humiliation of the Jewish people. Now is the time for Christianity to declare “Never Again!” We reject the attitudes, theology and mindset of our Church forefathers because we are a changed people!

Brat:  Ya’know?  A lot of the times I feel like a court reporter in this assignment.  I’m not the judge, Jesus is.  I’m not the jury, the Cloud of Witnesses is.  I’m not the accuser of the brethren, Satan is.  I’m not the defendant, since the whole world seems to be on trial in this tribulation.  I just report what I see.  I haven’t seen yet that we are a changed people, but I’ll know it when I see it.

STORYLINES

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): All three of these storylines are happening – now. They are all very real, even if not all are visible. Holy Spirit is calling each of us to dig a little deeper and look a little higher in order to see how heaven has been – and still is – moving swiftly on our behalf! We cannot get fixated on what is right in front of us. We cannot determine the power of our prayers or the veracity of our prophecies by what we see with our natural eyes! Know that there are things in HIDDEN PLACES that are BEING IMPACTED by the word of the Lord! Proclamations concerning the virus, the election, and the dark underworld of trafficking, have all been dramatically shifted because the saints have agreed and stood on the orders given from above.

ONE

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): “The Lord your God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength.” (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27)

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): In the midst of everything You call us to do, please help us to walk in love, honor and respect for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): Naturally, we think of the Jewish people as a conglomerate of many Jews. But the Baal Shem Tov saw the Jewish people as a single, indivisible whole.

2 Samuel 7:8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel;

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): May our hearts be broken. After prostrating ourselves before You, may we rise to stand with our Jewish brethren, love them, support them, stand beside them, and serve them, because truly they ARE our family.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): While our stories might look uniquely different in detail, we can see parts of ourselves in each other more than we might realize.

James Goll: Revelation’s Ultimate Purpose: Presenting Jesus to the World

2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): When I love you, when I show you that I believe in you, that I want you, I want to connect to you, I want to be with you, I cherish you, I am crazy over you, it shows my daughter that her worth is infinite; that her value is unwavering and absolute.  Then she discovers the energy and strength to discover that her dignity is more powerful than her trauma, her soul is deeper than her pain, and her life is larger than her challenges. The trauma does not constitute her core existence. She is more powerful than her wounds.

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): May the Jewish people find it in their hearts to forgive us and receive us. Abba, may You direct the building of the bridge and mortar us together with love.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Don’t be afraid to accompany His process, witness.

2 Samuel 7:14a I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

**


[1] Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Pilgrims Who Are On A Healing Journey (Or Soon Will Be), And Witnesses Accompanying Them; This Is For You – The Ragamuffin Saint; (Re)Posted: 09 Jul 2021 04:34 PM PDT

[2] Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Inner Voices and Dumb Choices – Guest Columnists – Parshah (chabad.org)

[3] Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Sheeple, Pentecost 8 (B) – July 18, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[4] Wanda Alger (15 July 21): THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM – THEY’RE ACTUALLY BETTER! – wandaalger.me

[5] Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): What Do you Do When Your Child Was Abused? | Essay Matos | TheYeshiva.net

[6] Our Lady of Guadalupe novena: Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/our-lady-of-guadalupe-novena

[7] Jehovah’s Witnesses: #5) Jehovah’s Witnesses and the 144,000 | Jehovah’s Watchman (e-watchman.com)

[8] Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “THERE IS A MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE UPON YOU” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[9] Beatrice Bruteau, What We Can Learn from the East (Crossroad: 1995), 90–92. 

[10] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Hidden Cause – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[11] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Black Eggs & White Cheese | Essay The Three Weeks & Tisha B’Av | TheYeshiva.net

[12] Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): The Hard Stuff: A Sermon – By Another Road

[13] Sophia Valentina Buller (14 July 21): Matthew 18 – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[14] Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25788)

[15] [1] https://biblehub.com/greek/4697.htm

[16] Rev. Anna Shine: Proper 11(B): Where Are Our Deserted Places? – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[17] Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Based on Tiferet Shlomo of Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk; (First published in B’Ohel Hatzadikim, Devarim 5758)

[18] Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): [6] Av from the word “avah,” desire, and “ahavah,” love.

[19] Nate Johnston (12 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25782)

[20] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[21] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): All in One – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[22] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (14 July 21): 800 years later: Church of England apologizes for expelling the Jews (israel365news.com)

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