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Hometown 16 July 18

18 Jul

Working Dates: Monday, July 16, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Brat: It must have been the basset eyes that got to them.
Mark 6:4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
Lord, Jesus, in Your own hometown the local priest was probably jealous of You. You saw things more clearly than he did. You had more compassion than he did. Maybe You caused him to lose sleep?
My pastor said that we accuse You of not caring, just like the disciples accused You of not caring when they were caught in the storm.
Mark 4:38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Brat: But that’s not what I said. Lord Jesus, I did not accuse You of not caring. I said the bottom line was that the Funny Bunnies did not care.
(From “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18)
Brat: …Our dialogue died. Our engagement died. Every conversation with y’all dies!! (The beast even managed to leave a dead long-stem rose by my car today! (12 July 18) The Funny Bunnies have encased me in solitary confinement by dropping the ball and staying far off and removed. Y’all watch like prison guards from the apostles and prophets to the politicians, to the journalists, to the webmasters, to businessmen, to pimps, to the priests and bishops, to the altar boys; across denominations and religions. Y’all watch with detached curiosity, sometimes with yawning bemusement and boredom at the condition of the condition, and at other times raging at the outrage from the truth which tries to hide in denial. But when all is said and done you don’t care. That’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Y’all DON’T CARE! You took ‘dying to self’ and preaching Christ crucified to new levels. But in your hearts you still say, “What’s in it for me?” You still get your names written in the book of life, so you don’t have to care about the dead you’ve walked on top of to get to eternity and the hope of everlasting. Isn’t that what you call Fame? Even the saints are promoted for the eternal buck. You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Pastor John Tolle: It’s as old as the first excuse of Adam and Eve. They began to hide. “It was God’s problem and His fault.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “If so,” said the tzadik, “we have a verse in the Torah [Deut 1:1] which lists place-names, and there it says ‘chatserot vadiy zahav’: that if she goes to chatseirot, she will no doubt encounter vadaiy zahav [literally, “ample gold”]. Go home in peace, my good man, and the Almighty will help you, and your wife will prosper with vadaiy zahav.”
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:1 A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called unto the LORD, and He answered me.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I know people who seem to think spiritual life is about being responsible. They are convinced spiritual life drives us to become more responsible.
Rick Joyner: I interject this here because I was shown some things about this force in a prophetic experience when I was a relatively new Believer. I was told that I would have a part in preparing some of them for their purpose. Over the years, I began to see this group prophetically in other Scriptures. I have sought more understanding on them my entire Christian life, and I have been given some. Even so, I know I still only have part of the understanding of their full purpose, but I am constantly looking for those who are called to be a part of this force. Some of you may have already heard the call to be a part of this force.
Pastor John Tolle: When did you teach your kids to act that way?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): These people believe spiritual life within them and in the world draws them to take on responsibilities. They take on projects and positions of responsibility and approach them with serious intention.
Franklin Graham: Have You Seen What God Did in California?
Pastor John Tolle: If we don’t teach our kids to rebel then it comes from the sin nature. We object to being that bad. We Christians don’t want to be known as bad people. We mature, but what has changed in our hearts, behavior, and attitudes?
Joe Joe Dawson: God is about to give such clarity to His people to be able to see down the road of their destinies for a long time. God is sustaining His people for longevity. I feel strongly that this exposure is coming in July, but that it is also coming in the many months ahead.
Paul Keith Davis: “Vision – Seeeing Things As They Are”
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus is making a point about the concept of change. The Beattitudes smack us in the face. We’ve learned to follow the Lord as long as He pleases us. The promises are fuel to help us in the hard times. God isn’t here to be your butler and valet. He’s your God.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Many people view spiritual life as a ladder or staircase of responsibility. They see additional responsibilities as signs they are growing in spiritual life.
Rick Joyner: We also have deception as a main factor at the end of the age, as stated by both the Lord Jesus and His apostles. This was the first thing Jesus warned about when He was asked by His disciples about the signs of the end of the age. The Apostle Paul elaborated on a main root of this deception in II Timothy 4:3-4:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “What a fine business!” cried the rebbe. “His wife supports him! Shouldn’t we be warned by the example of Adam, whose wife gave him something to eat? And this fellow says that his wife supports him! Tell me: in what way does your wife earn her income?”
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world if he lose his own soul?” May this be the principal fruit of these prayers by which I will strive to honor you during this novena.
Pastor John Tolle: When Jesus got into the boat, He said, “We’re going to the other side.” Then the storm came up. The disciples started bailing and commanding each other to do better. Their option was to yell at Jesus and say, “How can you be asleep on the job?” It’s a common response to say, “It’s all God’s fault that a storm comes up.” Hardships will be a part of life.
Kim Potter: “Hello?”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It was easy for me to take on new responsibility. Added responsibilities were supposedly confirmation people saw my potential. People told me, “People do not ask you to take on responsibilities unless they recognize your abilities.” I came to see life though a lens of responsibility and expectations.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus explains the difficulties He would go through to do the will of God.
Kim Potter: It is the same in the spirit. We labor in prayer. We labor in declaring the Word of God. We labor in refusing doubt and unbelief. And then the day comes when it is done. We see the harvest and we then enter into a time of rest.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe spiritual life draws us to find healthy balance in our lives. Our balance includes taking time to reflect and to discern how much responsibility is good for us.
Pastor John Tolle: On the side – people don’t want to fulfill the will of God, because they see what Jesus went through. They stop short.
Kim Potter: “No plans set in stone,” I responded.
Pastor John Tolle: Our suffering is temporary. We’re signed up for glory. The disciples lost track of that. If you get wrapped up in the storms of your life, you’ll forget why you’re here.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): The ways I understood responsibility reinforced my underlying workaholism and perfectionism. The more responsibility I took on the greater opportunities I had to work harder.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): Many Christians think they are battling for their needs. They say, “I’m in a spiritual warfare to break through for financial provision! I’m warring in prayer for a new job …for salvation of a loved one …for physical healing …etc.” That is not what we are battling for! If you think you are in warfare for healing, finances, or any other need, you do not understand the battle! Our battle is not for any of those needs! Our battle is only for one thing and that is FAITH. The Word of God tells us that faith is the one essential. If you have faith, nothing is impossible, nothing is withheld. If you can get in faith and stay in faith, all the rest will come. All things are possible if you believe! So when you have a need for finances, health, or anything else, your battle is to find a way to stand in faith. Let me say that again: no matter what we need, if we can get in faith and stay in faith, EVERY need will be met. Our battle is to stay in faith!
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): My approach to work and responsibility affected all the areas of my life, including spiritual life.
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!
Pastor John Tolle: Where else does this show up in your life?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I thought being responsible was what spiritual life was all about. So many people seemed to see spiritual life as following rules and thinking the right things. They appeared to be willing to give me opportunities to work hard and be responsible. I was sure I must be right about something.
Rick Joyner: Even so, there is hope for this generation. The Lord raised up the greatest prophets in the darkest of times, and so it is in this emerging generation—there are some that are of a radically different spirit. We will discuss these more later, but in general, the millennials quickly went from shutting their ears to any who were not saying what they wanted to hear to viciously attacking anyone who said or thought anything they disagreed with. I have studied history for over half a century and I do not think there has been a generation as deceived, and prone to follow deceivers, like the one now arising.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I found emotional rewards in being responsible. It felt like people put their trust in me and were depending on me.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:2 O LORD, deliver my soul from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
Pastor John Tolle: People make excuses out of exceptions.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I also think there are people who tend to feed my habit. They may have some responsibilities they would like to share. Their context may be responsibility strengthens spiritual life and they hope to help strengthen mine.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:3 What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done more unto thee, thou deceitful tongue?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): The decision to take on responsibility is ultimately up to us. No one can force us to feel responsible or to accept additional responsibilities. We discern and we decide.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus calms the sea and stills the wind. The boat is dead in the water. It’s a sailboat. The wind would get them there (to the other side) quicker. Examine the hardships to develop yourself more quickly and produce the graces you want in your life.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): We work together on developing a spiritual practice of not being responsible.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: At your feet, renew my resolution to invoke you daily, not only for the success of my temporal affairs and to be preserved from sickness and suffering, but above all, that I may be preserved from all sin, that I may gain eternal salvation and that I will receive the special grace of…
Brat: I’ve been blessing God with grace space for Him to do whatever it takes.
Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Charles Shamp: “A New Frontier in Space plus How God Will Use Women!”
Israel 365 (17 July 18): Jerusalem, the World’s Metropolis ✡ “The Maidens Of Yerushalayim”
Pastor John Tolle: The road less traveled is one where you don’t take the easy way out.
Kim Potter: “Good, get your stuff together and come on.”
Pastor John Tolle: They are dead in the water and now they had to row. It’s a lot more work. Then when they get to the other side they encounter the demoniac. He couldn’t even be shackled by the townspeople. [Mark 5] There are some things in our world and in our society that we cannot control. When we press in, there is a spiritual authority. It’s not military or pumping iron, but it’s a power that wickedness bows to.
John-Paul and Annie Deddens: O most powerful Saint Anne, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of heaven, there with you, your blessed spouse, and your glorious daughter, to sing the praise of the Most Holy and Adorable Trinity forever and ever.
Rick Joyner: There are uncompromising lovers of the truth and lovers of God, as well as a new generation of radical prophets, arising. Even so, when addressing the “mystery of lawlessness”—who is the leader of the army that would try to fight against God, as addressed above—Paul gives us a clear antidote to falling to his deception in II Thessalonians 2:7-10:
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Pastor John Tolle: The demoniac is yelling to have Jesus leave Him alone. You will get accused of things because of the right spirit within you. Jesus went to the other side. The demoniac recognized there’s someone different.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Let me be clear. I believe in meeting my responsibilities. When we make a commitment it is a matter of our integrity to see it through.
Rick Joyner: So what can we do to help them? First, we must never compromise the truth that we have been trusted with. It will not help them to try to assuage their overly sensitive feelings or prejudices. Their only hope is for there to be strong witnesses who are of “a different spirit.”
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus set the man free and sent the spirit into a herd of pigs. The man was at peace. He sat among the townspeople and they were afraid.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): My concern is the assumption new, additional responsibilities are a sign of growing spiritual life. A growing commitment to contemplative spirituality makes me wonder how much responsibility is good for us.
Ryan LeStrange: My Monday Word for You…I’m Raising Up Transformation Teams!
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus takes care of terrorists and He’s now the bad guy? They yell at Him, “Get out of here!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Responsibility may have some toxic qualities for me. I am a recovering workaholic, and my old habit flares up in me.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: After some time his wife came home with a package, and said: “Look here. Today I found this thing lying about in the mud.”
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 [!] at 6:09 am To Chuck Pierce <ChuckP@glory-of-zion.org>:
Dear Anne Tate and Susan Stanfield with Glory of Zion: I, too, absolutely believe in the five-fold ministry. In fact, this is how the global revival will take place. We all need each other’s gifts and to rely on each other’s gifts. It is critical not to neglect the gifts, and this type of screaming silence I have been receiving unilaterally from the Church and prophets is merely reflecting the truth in my calling, which was never acknowledged. ~Kathryn Hauser
Revelation 11: 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Israel 365 (16 July 18): Make Peace, Not War ✡ “You Shall Offer It Terms of Peace”
Rick Joyner: This week we continue with Revelation 19:17-21 and the ultimate folly of fallen men to make war against the Lord, and their resulting doom:
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of broom.
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): From a Christian perspective the antichrist is a condition and not a man, and therefore this is a spiritual issue across cultures and societies. Since the prophecies in God’s own Word have already been fulfilled in the Bible, (and I suspect that if I were to read Richardson’s book I’d probably find that God also fulfilled His words in the Koran), then that would mean that God has fulfilled His word twice! How many more witnesses do you need than the planet? Jesus said the cowards would be consigned to a smelly baptism:
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Lillian Daniel: Two thousand years later, I don’t think Jesus is too happy that some Christians took that beautiful metaphor and used it to demand that people get “rebaptized the right way.” Jesus can’t be happy to hear this verse used to condemn Jews and people of other faiths. After all, Jesus was having this conversation with a fellow Jew, and it was a respectful interchange about new life and being born again.
Pastor John Tolle: The [reformed] demoniac says, “I’m going with You!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It may be because I am an enthusiastic person. When I discover a new practice or idea I tend to throw myself into it. When I decide I am committed to something I want to share it with other people.
Brat: I shared my blog with you.
Pastor John Tolle: Jesus probably would like to, but he doesn’t let the guy in the boat. He makes the guy stay here, so everyone you terrorized can see the changes you’ve gone through.
Brat: [Breathe.] Just noticing the wording.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!
Lillian Daniel: I would have been irritated if, after laying out this beautiful image of being born again, some lawyer then informed me that it was technically impossible for an adult to climb back up into their mother’s womb. I would not have had the patience to explain myself again. “For crying out loud,” I would have sighed as I threw my hands up in frustration, “It’s a METAPHOR, Nicodemus!”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life is not urging us to take on responsibility which throws us off balance.
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Pastor John Tolle: I have to look at myself when I say this: Your sin killed Jesus Christ!
Lillian Daniel: But Jesus hung in there with the guy. Jesus stuck to his image, and then expanded it slightly, saying, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”
Pastor John Tolle: We don’t want to be thought of as bad as we were.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Each of us seeks the balance which is right for us.
Lillian Daniel: Because Jesus patiently stuck with the man who was questioning him about eternal life, even when he had missing all the mystery in Jesus’ answer.
Pastor John Tolle: He saved you from terrorizing others.
Brat: You had the snot scared out of you. And it was an angel, not a demon!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The man ran out from sheer fright, but the tzadik called after him: “Come now, come now! This must surely be a case of a met mitzvah, a dead body which can be attended to by no one else, in which case a kohen is allowed to defile himself.”
Brat (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): And Nicodemus was also the one to bury Jesus under seventy-five pounds of embalming spices! (Jn 19:39)
Chuck D. Pierce: It is interesting to study how this shield is made. The thureos was so large that, if made of solid wood or metal, it would have been difficult to carry. To construct a thureos the Romans began with a wooden framework. Over that framework they fastened seven layers of tough leather from the skin of a bull or a calf. They built up these layers until the shield was four or five inches thick and nailed them securely in place. As the soldiers got ready to go into battle they could dip the shield in a nearby river to saturate it with water so it would not only stop an arrow, it would quench the fire.

Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Responsibility does not necessarily reinforce spiritual life. We need to be careful.
Pastor John Tolle: We pastors have made the gospel so simplistic! We’ve said it is for heaven but not for serving here.
Brat: So you did read me. And heard me.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I am growing in my ability to say No to responsibility. When exploring a new idea or unfamiliar practice I am reluctant to take on responsibility.
Pastor John Tolle: If you’re in the boat with Jesus, then you’re on your way somewhere. If not, it’s all about you.
2 Samuel 7:3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”
Pastor John Tolle: He saved you to make you a powerful individual, so this place can be changed.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Part of the balance spiritual life has brought me is taking time not to be responsible.
Pastor John Tolle: We’ve made the Christian God to meet all our needs. “Serve me, Jesus!” But it doesn’t work that way.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): When we talk about using our time wisely that includes spending time not being responsible.
Pastor John Tolle: Change takes place inside of you and me. He doesn’t want to leave us the way we are.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It can be a challenge for us to cultivate not being responsible. Some people who work with me as a spiritual trainer have overdeveloped senses of responsibility. They are the people who will volunteer to do things when no one else does.
Pastor John Tolle: We have a lot of retirees in this church. (I’m of a certain age.) I’m here to affirm that God’s not done with you yet.
Lillian Daniel: “Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’ ‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!'” – John 3:3-4 (NRSV)
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): These people often view responsibility as a key element of spiritual life. They have been too responsible for too long.
Pastor John Tolle: Don’t expect the supernatural. It’s in you walking with Him. It’s not about sitting around for myself.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): For many of them the habit of being responsible has been reinforced for years. Time after time their being responsible has been rewarded with added responsibility. They see new responsibility as their next step on a spiritual journey.
Brat (18 Dec 13): Possibly the greatest truth Chuck [Pierce] wrote in his piece were words from the Lord at the beginning:
“The gifts that Yeshua left in the earth realm to enforce His authority were apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The gift that gets controlled or stopped, which hinders the others from coming into fullness, is the prophet’s gift and authority. Apostles will attempt to build a pattern without present revelation, and end up building man’s model.”
Pastor John Tolle: One of my grandkids had a temper tantrum. It occurred to me that they don’t want authority. They want to be the authority. They want to be omnipotent like God. They want to self-determine to get what they get and don’t get.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Not being responsible is one of my spiritual practices.
Pastor John Tolle: We battle our sin nature. The devil wanted to be like God. The devil asks, “Is God really the authority? Did God really say that?”
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I ask them when was the last time they were not responsible and they cannot remember.
Pastor John Tolle: When Jesus began His earthly ministry, he launched it with the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are the introduction. It’s the Courage to Trust God’s Promises.
Brat: Really, I DO trust God’s promises! It’s man’s promises that are fifty-two shades of gray.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): A spiritual practice of not being responsible is not about being irresponsible.
Pastor John Tolle: These are promises with conditions. Blessed are you when you embrace what He says.
Binyomin Adilman: Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G d and the Jewish people.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (17 July 18): 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. ~ Romans 1:16 NIV
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe fun and enjoyment are essential aspects of life. We need to give them time and protect our practices of not being responsible.
Binyomin Adilman: 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.
Kim Potter: “Who is calling me this early on a Saturday?” I thought as I picked up the phone.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I believe spiritual life calls us to be active, engaged practitioners of what we believe. Being responsible felt like an effective way of putting my values into practice.
Pastor John Tolle: The ‘poor in spirit’ is not a reference to poor people. Everybody is poor (humble.)
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “What is this about your being ‘a poor man’?! You had better leave my house at once!”
Pastor John Tolle: Those who mourn – Our mistake is in choosing which Beattitudes we’re good at. You can’t mourn if you don’t know how spiritually bankrupt you are!
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I came to understand the only real reward for being responsible is often additional responsibility.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: It was a sad story that this penniless chassid brought to his rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: his daughter was of marriageable age, and he did not know where to begin to find all the money needed for a dowry and a wedding. All this was written out in the note which he handed the rebbe.
Brat: Dowry? My writings are my dowry!
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: P.S. The Lubavitcher Rebbe used to request every year that there be a siyum every day from 1st to 9th Menachem Av, in order to bring joy into the year’s most intense period of mourning.
Pastor John Tolle: I worship God because I don’t deserve any of it! I am without hope without Jesus Christ. This is important because people draw lines. We compare. That’s not in the Bible. We then form bad attitudes. We must recognize humbly. I can’t be an egotist. I have no righteousness on my own.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The tzadik read it through, and exclaimed: “What is this I read here about your being ‘a poor man’?! You had better leave my house at once, for our Sages teach us that ‘a pauper is accounted as if dead,’ and I am a kohen, one of the priestly family, who may not be defiled by exposure to the dead!”
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Pastor John Tolle: Meek – Those who are humble and gentle. They are strong under control. That’s how God was for you.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): It is up to me to protect time in my schedule for contemplation and deep worship. I am also responsible to spend some of my time taking care of myself. Those are not mutually exclusive, and they are not the same thing.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Pastor John Tolle: Hunger and Thirst – for what He has to offer. Seek His righteousness. God’s looking to bless. If you are not looking then you can’t recognize what He offers.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I also believe there can be benefits to taking on and meeting responsibilities. Being responsible can build character and help us learn important lessons. There are significantly good things about being responsible.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Those present laughed at the seeming jests, little suspecting that there were more to come. The tzadik addressed himself another time to the poor fellow: “You are worrying about marrying off your daughter. Tell me: do you have bread to eat?”
Kim Potter: I awakened early. First, I put a roast in the crock pot. Then, I mixed up a loaf of homemade bread and set it aside to rise. With the meal prep out of the way, my plan was to have some quiet time alone. I looked forward to time to study the Word and to let the busyness of the week fade away. It sounded so nice.
Holly Watson (16 July 18): A mighty outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord is beginning to rain upon the Church. Where unity is evident and hunger is manifest, the Spirit of the Lord is moving in the manifestation of mighty miracles, signs, and wonders. Cities all across the land are being prepared for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit through a remnant of Believers carrying the spirit of Elijah and the mandate of Joshua (Joshua 8:7). A pioneering breed, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and with the wisdom of God, are in position to “take the cities” across America and around the world for the Kingdom.
Rick Joyner: One of the things I was shown about this force in the mid-1980s was that they would be like the Delta Force for God’s army. In 1988 I was given the word about the Heritage property being restored, and I shared that word a couple weeks ago. That prophecy included a part about this “new breed of ministry” that would be raised up there. I knew then that this was the same group I had been shown before.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “To tell the truth,” stammered the pauper, “I haven’t.”
Pastor John Tolle: I’ve made the mistake of wanting things of this world over Him.
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Pastor John Tolle: Merciful – There are those who love Him and those who are in misery. The disciples couldn’t have cared less about the demoniac. We want them to jump through hoops. The demon won’t change.
Brat: I know. The beast left me a long-stem dead rose by my car.
Lillian Daniel: It’s a Metaphor, Nicodemus!
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Pastor John Tolle: Pure – The pure are sincere and without hypocrisy. Don’t look for replacements! The power is in the word of God.
Brat: No one else receives me and you won’t let go to release me into the arms of my Boaz to steward the story.
Donné Clement Petruska (16 July 18): Modern Idolatry
Jeremiah 23:1-6
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Vicki Kemper: Prayer
O God, may I desire you and your blessings more than safety, security, and success.
Rick Joyner: The word I got about the Heritage property spoke of this new breed as “eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”. Just as a eunuch in the natural cannot have sexual desires, these will be “spiritual eunuchs for the Kingdom’s sake”—ones who have no desire to use the Church for selfish reasons. They will be devoted to helping the Church become the pure, spotless, and blameless Bride she is called to be for the sake of the King. Their whole fulfillment will come from seeing the King’s pleasure in His Bride.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “But you do say the Hamotzi benediction over bread every day, don’t you? So where do you get the bread for that?”
Israel 365 (13 July 18): Our Redeemer ✡ “Lord Of Hosts Is His Name”
Kim Potter: What happens when harvest calls? I can tell you it’s not always convenient. Just like this particular Saturday. I was looking forward to a quiet, peaceful day at home. But I knew, if I ignored my aunt’s call, my pantry shelves would not be lined for the winter with the delicious, canned vegetables that were ready to be harvested.
Matthew 24:20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
Breaking Israel News (17 July 18): Can They be Saved?
Revelation 22: 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Anna Blake: Roots
There was a single elm on the short
path from the house to barn, its
trunk no larger than my leg. Wind
bruised its leaves before spring was
gone. Thin summer shade, spindly in
the fall, it cast no shadow in winter
light. A silent witness to seasons of
chores, fed by horse tanks drained
and cleaned, in return giving shade
to dogs, until their ashes one day rest
at its base. Branches grown strong
for a tire swing, then hanging chairs,
tired humans come to roost. Finally
pushing a dome of leaves so tall and
wide that all are sheltered, rooted
deep in the pulse of body and earth.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “She goes to all the courtyards [in Hebrew: chatseirot] of the aristocrats in the area, sells vegetables and whatever, and earns a little from that,” the pauper replied.
Pastor John Tolle: Peacemakers – Follow Jesus Christ and not your own way.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Pastor John Tolle: Someone had to pay the price. Jesus paid it for me. You wanna make someone pay for you? I paid the price for you! They could not pay! You can’t pay! It’s humbling that with all our education, what we rule over doesn’t meet the level. God said, “Jesus My Son paid for it.” What if you’re so smug to say, “I know better”?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Most of it comes from my wife; she works, and earns a little.”
Pastor John Tolle: Notice the word peace-MAKER – How do you help others make peace with God?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): How is not being responsible a spiritual practice for you?
Brat: By sharing the journey? Aren’t pastors supposed to shepherd? Aren’t they supposed to pass along? God Himself said that He would attend to the shepherds.
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
Brat: I took out “Goliath” for you. Ephesus was supposed to take out the apostle.
Revelation 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Chuck D. Pierce (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): God has given us promises that relate to every area of life. He has promised us abundant provision. He’s promised us healing. He has promised great blessings in every area. But when you open your Bible and begin to claim these promises, you discover you are in a battle! When you say, “I want to come into a new place in the Lord! I want to move forward to obtain the promise!” Satan will try to stop you. That’s what the battle is all about. Satan’s goal is to frighten and discourage you, to make you to turn back and not press on in the Lord.
Vicki Kemper: I don’t know why God would kill a man who tried to keep the ark of the covenant from falling over—or why King David would think Uzzah’s death was God’s doing. But of one thing I am fairly certain:
Psalm 89:34 I will not violate My covenant, or alter the word that went forth from My lips.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): The Rebbe Rayatz writes that when a soul descends to this corporeal plane to enclothe itself in a physical body, it has its own unique mission to accomplish. He warns us that we have to be careful not to be among those that intentionally or unintentionally make a mistake.
Brat: What if I’m not the “lost sheep” to go after but the apostle is, because he is taking license and pimping God’s promises?
Vicki Kemper: “God struck Uzzah because he reached out his hand to the ark of God. David was afraid of the Lord that day [and] he was unwilling to take the ark of the Lord into his care. Instead, David took it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite, where it remained for three months, and God blessed Obed-edom and all his household.” – 2 Samuel 6:6-11
Pastor John Tolle: I’m enjoying my circle. The ongoing work that God wants to do is to have a loving conversation where God has opened the door until they have peace with God.
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.”
Brat: I’m in your circle. You enjoy the sport of it. Do you hear the loving conversation? That’s where the Ark is. The Ark of the Covenant is in a tent. The heavens are a canopy like a tent over the earth and the satellites are like stars making sure the messages get to where they are supposed to go. No one can control what is heard in the message. The conversation goes on. Even in Arc Speak the covenant remains.
Psalm 89: 89:35 Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (17 July 18): PSALMS 120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn with Meshech, that I dwell beside the tents of Kedar!
Pastor John Tolle: I ask forgiveness that God has not just given us a ticket to heaven. Being a Christian means responsibly walking it out.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Practices From the Inside Out: Spiritual Life is Not About Being Responsible
Brat: Have you ever read The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman? It seems to me that Thyatira is a lot like the youngest son in the parable of the prodigal God, uh, Son. (Wreckless love, ya know.) Ephesus is a lot like the oldest son.
Revelation 2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Brat (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): Nicodemus was also a born-again believer. Ephesus knows this and takes this personally. Why else would Jesus tell Ephesus to remember? (Rev 2:5) Nicodemus was an admirable Pharisee. The Nicolaitans took license with what they knew and understood.
Lillian Daniel: Prayer
Thank you, Jesus, for the mystery of metaphors, the promise of new life, and the gift of rebirth for us all. Amen.
Brat (in “Hard Day” 16 July 18): Responsibility is really the fulcrum, isn’t it?
Too much? Crushing. Too little? Neglect.
There needs to be balance.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life draws us into balance. One of the ways in which I was particularly out of balance was how I was responsible to and for myself.
Brat: I totally understand and agree with you. I’ve been there, too! I’m just asking for a physical place to BE where it is quiet, and I have shade and peace; where I can pray and commune with God without being molested.
Franklin Graham: Why is it so hard to move past our sins long after we’ve asked God’s forgiveness? How can we rest in His grace without taking it for granted?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): When are we not being responsible today?
Brat: When God sent them a pew pest.
Pastor John Tolle: Persecuted
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Vicki Kemper: Following Jesus is not for the faint of heart.
Binyomin Adilman: 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.
Pastor John Tolle: When you live the Kingdom, you will be made fun of, for great is your reward in heaven. “Kingdom of heaven” are like bookends in the beatitudes.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life urges me to find and maintain balance in my life. It can be a challenge for me because I enjoy exploring and discovering. I read about and visit places and ideas which are new to me.
Vicki Kemper: Sure, we talk a lot about the Good News, but it’s worth remembering that Jesus was executed for living it, and countless Christians have been persecuted for following him.
Pastor John Tolle: If you embrace the truth of God’s word and recognize and ask for it to fill you, He’ll fill you with Himself. He brings you under new rulership.
Rick Joyner: The key to not being deceived is to not just have the truth, but to love the truth. If we love the truth, we will want it regardless of whether it makes us feel good, agrees with our opinions or prejudices, brings us glory, or brings us shame. We will love it when it convicts us, challenges us, and shows us where we’re wrong. That is also the nature of the truly wise person, according to Proverbs—they love correction.
Pastor John Tolle: When you rebel, there are consequences.
Rick Joyner: Man’s greatest folly, fighting against God, will end in the ultimate defeat of man’s rebellion. We see this madness with Pharaoh—he witnessed such power from God and then determined that he would fight with God at the Red Sea. How could anyone do this? There is only one answer—the profound and ultimate truth often stated by a former associate of mine: “People are crazy!” From the whole history of man, it seems that this truth has been firmly established. At the end of this age, it is once more ultimately demonstrated.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Pastor John [Tolle] was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Revelation 2: 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Pastor John Tolle: All of us have a testimony of how God’s delt with our rebellion.
Vicki Kemper: God knows there are plenty of less-dramatic reasons for keeping a safe distance from the way of Jesus: It is not cool. There is no end to it, and it can be both inconvenient and tiring. Some of the other followers are annoying as all get-out. It can take years to see “results,” and there is limitless potential for disappointment and heartbreak. And loving people we want to hate is just plain hard.
Brat: I know. No one wants to do missionary work in their own backyards.
Kim Potter: The work of harvest is not easy. It is not always convenient. It may require us to do things when we are weary. However, if we want harvest, we must come when the harvest calls. I believe the harvest is calling now. I believe that is why so many people are sensing a renewed urge to pray. I believe that is why so many of us are sensing an urge to press into God. He is calling us to read more of His Word. To study more. To fast more. To pray more. I believe the time is now. Harvest is calling. And the harvest needs laborers.
Vicki Kemper: I could go on, but here’s the thing: All those risky extensions of ourselves, all the long-haul commitment and giving ’til it hurts—that’s also where the blessing is, how healing happens, where new, true life is found.
Pastor John Tolle: Paul said, “I do what I don’t wanna do.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: But when he came home and his wife asked him what he had brought back from the rebbe, he did not know what to answer.
Binyomin Adilman: With this we have a beautiful insight into the words of the Lecha Dodi poem which is sung on Shabbat evenings: “…Rav Lach Shevet B’emek HaBacha…”, “Too long have you dwelt in the Valley of Weeping.” It can be read alternatively, “Great is the Shabbat in the midst of weeping.” Great is the Shabbat during this time of bitter exile.
Kim Potter: It was early on a Saturday morning. It had been a long week and I was looking forward to a quiet day at home.
Pastor John Tolle: Come to a place of God’s righteousness. I want Your ways. They all have demands.
Rick Joyner: Every generation has its challenges, but there is a generation emerging that fits all of the biblical scenarios of the last generation, such as the one quoted above. They resolve to only listen to teachers that say what they want to hear, that “tickle their ears” or make them feel good.
Pastor John Tolle: We pastors thought discipleship was about going to church.
Lillian Daniel: Less condemnation, more salvation. It’s a metaphor, Nicodemus. Not a weapon.
Pastor John Tolle: Who are you discipling now?
Brat: You?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Jesting in Earnest
Vicki Kemper: Costs of Discipleship
Rick Joyner: True disciples live to know their Master, to become like Him and to do the works that He did. A basic characteristic of those who are a part of this new breed is that they march to the beat of a different drum. They can hear the sound of a trumpet that others may not hear, and they respond to it.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The poor woman had to dart out of the shul again and again during the prayers to come home and try to wake her husband, but nothing helped. Finally, when the time for the Torah reading approached, she yelled at the top of her lungs: “NU! Get up! They’re blowing shofar in a few minutes!”
Pastor John Tolle: I didn’t understand life until I had kids. You will change. I am still changing.
Kim Potter: My plans for a quiet day at home had changed in an instant. Why? Because the harvest was calling. When it’s harvest time that is how it works. When it’s ready, we must be ready.
Lillian Daniel: I wonder if in that moment, Jesus actually predicted the future misuse of his words. Because later in the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus is careful to say this: “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Pastor John Tolle: God wants you to be like Jesus.
Lillian Daniel: Literal thinkers drive me crazy. Apparently they drove Jesus crazy too. And thus ends any and all similarity between Jesus Christ and myself.
Pastor John Tolle: Don’t get God’s motive wrong. It starts with blessing.
Vicki Kemper: Seeing the blessings the ark of God brought Obed-edom persuaded David to bring it to Jerusalem. In its presence he danced with joyful abandon.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: They opened it, and found three hundred rubles — quite a sum in those days. Half of it they set aside for their daughter’s dowry and the wedding expenses and with the rest the happy man set up a little business in which he prospered for the rest of his life.
Pastor John Tolle: You’ll be blessed if you believe what God said.
Jeremiah 23:4 [echo] 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.
Pastor John Tolle: He desires my development.
Kim Potter: But there is a second part of this component and it is the rest of God. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Pastor John Tolle: 2 Corinthians 5:17 talks about how we are a new creation.
Kim Potter: The irony is that it takes work to get to that rest. Just like the harvest, there is a labor involved. Think of it this way: I work in the summer months, harvest vegetables and put them away for winter. At the end of summer, I enter into a kind of rest. My work is done. My harvest is put away. It will last me an entire season and so then I can enter into my rest in that area.
Pastor John Tolle: God is not interested in home improvement! He wants to CHANGE YOU! You’re being made into the image of Jesus Christ!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Cracks Show Up In Your Life
Brat (in “Hard Day” 15 July 18): …Did I tell you that on the day of going to the cemetery with my dad, where we sat surrounded by display coffins talking about right of internment in the family crypt, when I got to work after that there was a dead long-stem rose laying by the curb by my car? It was like an Adam’s Family day and all I could do was laugh at the absurdity of it. Was I in some Beauty and the Beast remake?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “My father,” said the tzadik, “was a remarkable man. Every expression of his supernatural powers and his divine inspiration he managed to clothe in jests and witticisms, so that no one should detect that there was anything extraordinary afoot.”
Pastor John Tolle: Question: Am I more like Jesus? Do I love more, care more, want what He wants? See how He sees? Hear how He hears?
Kim Potter: “The harvest is truly plentiful. But those who want to do the work are few. What happens if no one comes and gathers in the harvest? It dies on the vine. It rots and is useless.”
Brat (in “Balance Between” 24 June 18): …So, yes, I do still desire to reach the Catholics. I still desire that they get the testimony of our journey. I can think of no one more suitable to steward the story than the Jesuits. I’m open to other suggestions if You’ve changed Your mind, Lord. You are allowed to do that. It just makes so much sense that these fulfilled promises and dreams in our corporate journey should go to them. But, because I had so much backlash and warfare over this I gave up all hope of ever getting it to them.
2 Corinthians 8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
Brat: Lord, You’re going to have to clarify. How can I finish doing it without a contact? My means is by letters and email. I have been eager. Holy Spirit, I need a boost in that department. I mean, a real boost and not just false hope pimped by the Funny Bunnies’ optimistic visions. Without real hands, the words just die on the vine.
Pastor John Tolle: I get grief. Don’t be offended. I am Coach John riding your tail! Even the highest levels have coaches and trainers. That coach keeps them focused. Who in your life is coaching you to be like Jesus? He stops when you are not interested in Him. He doesn’t waste effort on those who don’t care.
Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Pastor John Tolle: How is this gonna make me more like You?
Kim Potter: When Harvest Calls, will You Go?
Rick Joyner: Because it will be the nature of those in this new breed of ministry to not exalt or promote themselves, but rather to live to promote the King and prepare for His coming, they will not be known or recognized by many. It will be their nature to hide their identity even when they do great exploits. They live for the King and before the King, not men. They live to hear “Well done!” from the Lord, not men. They glory in the Lord, not in men or in themselves. For this reason, they will be trusted with unprecedented, spiritual authority. Cities will be stirred by their works, even whole nations and regions at times, yet no one knows who they are.
Pastor John Tolle: There’s great reward here. There’s a reward for those who fulfill His call.
Kim Potter: Then the phone rang.
Pastor John Tolle: The Lord will wipe away the tears; ie, regrets.
Kim Potter: “Well, what are you doing right now?” Came the familiar voice of my Aunt Sherry. I knew immediately what she meant. It wasn’t a casual question. It was a call to action.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): I do not believe spiritual life is drawing us to be more responsible for other people than for ourselves.
Brat: Is passing me along to the bishop that much of a hardship? Too much responsibility?
Pastor John Tolle: How did I waste my life?
Steve Shultz: The seasons upon the earth we are all entering into will be so profound that it will be difficult to look back and think of today’s discoveries as barely important compared to what will be breaking forth soon!
Pastor John Tolle: What’s my pursuit in this life for God’s purpose?
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): How much additional responsibility we take on is our choice, our decision.
Kim Potter: My friends, harvest is calling, will you come?
Pastor John Tolle: They live with the knowledge that they were warned. I told that person I forgive you, now you have to mourn, because I can’t give you what you walked away from.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Wikipedia (in “Pebble” 13 July 18): The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, he reminds his colleagues in the Sanhedrin that the law requires that a person be heard before being judged (John 7:50–51).
Psalm 89:22 The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
Greg Richardson (aka “The Strategic Monk”): Spiritual life is not drawing us into being responsible when that throws us off balance.
Revelation 5:4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Now all of the intense humiliation and embarrassment he suffered went up to the Heavenly Court. And when their deliberations were completed, they pronounced their judicial opinion: as a result of his degradation, this hapless fellow’s transgressions were forgiven — he was meritorious, and the case was closed.
Binyomin Adilman: Now we can understand the verse, “Then the land will enjoy [or be appeased for] its Sabbaths.” During the period of exile after the destruction of the Temple, Shabbat is what G d desires. His desire and source of joy is unity with the Jewish people and this is realized principally on Shabbat.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When the Ohev Yisrael finished the above account, he said: “Ourselves as well: from our crushing embarrassment that in these days — when the Holy Temple was destroyed — we are nonetheless able to sit and rejoice in a festive meal, from this we merit to bring forgiveness for the whole Jewish nation.”
Binyomin Adilman: By way of example, this idea can be compared to a flashlight in the daytime. Even the strongest beam is superfluous compared to the light of the sun. Only when the sun’s light fades and darkness sets in is the beam of the flashlight visible.

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Pebble 13 July 18

14 Jul

Working Dates: Friday, July 13, 2018 to Saturday, July 14, 2018
[7 pages]
Tracy Chapman: Remember the Tin Man: https://youtu.be/cj8fwWTZhD0
Ruth Hendrickson: The Lord is saying, “Do not despise what I have placed in your hands. A simple stone, fueled by the Holy Spirit, can kill the giant. A timely word, empowered by Me, can save a nation.”
Brat: Where’s the connection?
James Goll: The Spirit of Deception: Seductive and Manipulative
Tracy Chapman: There are locks on the doors
And chains stretched across all the entries to the inside
There’s a gate and a fence
And bars to protect from only God knows what lurks outside
Who stole your heart? Left you with a space
That no one and nothing can fill?
Who stole your heart? Who took it away?
Knowing that without it you can’t live
Who took away the part so essential to the whole?
Left you a hollow body
Skin and bone
What robber? What thief? Who stole your heart and the key?
Israel 365 (12 July 18): Military and Spiritual Preparedness ✡ “He Blows The Horn And Warns The People”
Trump Headquarters: “throw down” … “get mean”
David Suissa: We’re Overdosing on Emotions
Charisma’s Question of the Day
Karen Lehrman Bloch: What Would My Grandparents Think?
Mary Luti: Prayer
God of peace, imagine with me. What small hope might I replant today? In whose demolished orchard might I sow some peace?
Chuck D. Pierce: As the apostle Paul thought about our struggle against satan, he realized that God has given us a shield like that. It is a shield of faith. When Paul talks about our shield in Ephesians 6:16, he uses the word for the Roman battle shield. The word is THUREOS and it means a “door-shaped shield.” (The Greek word for door is THURA.) The thureos was a large, rectangular shield about five feet high and three feet wide. It was also called a castle shield. If you were a warrior holding this shield in front of you, you carried your own portable fortress. You had a castle you could take with you wherever you went and be protected against the enemy.
Brat: And it seems to me your shield is to hide behind your office.
1 Samuel 17:39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.
Brat (in “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18): Confirm my connection with what? A ghost?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): This week is a double portion, Matot-Masei. Matot begins with a discussion of oaths, when a person vows to limit themselves in some physical sphere, what actually constitutes an oath and how in some cases it can be voided. The Lubavitcher Rebbe teaches that the main idea is how to void an oath. These last two portions of Bamidbar that we will read in synagogue tomorrow and the entire final book of the Torah, Devarim (that follows) are meant to prepare the Jewish people to enter the holy land. Similar to the Jewish people’s mission upon entering the holy land, our mission now, in our day-to-day life, is to use the physical world in a positive way to make the world into a better and more divine place, transforming materiality into spirituality. That is why at this juncture, the Torah tells us how to void an oath. There should be nothing holding us back from changing the world for the better.
Brat (in “Balance Between” 24 June 18): …So, yes, I do still desire to reach the Catholics. I still desire that they get the testimony of our journey. I can think of no one more suitable to steward the story than the Jesuits. I’m open to other suggestions if You’ve changed Your mind, Lord. You are allowed to do that. It just makes so much sense that these fulfilled promises and dreams in our corporate journey should go to them. But, because I had so much backlash and warfare over this I gave up all hope of ever getting it to them.
2 Corinthians 8:11 now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means.
Brat: Lord, You’re going to have to clarify. How can I finish doing it without a contact? My means is by letters and email. I have been eager. Holy Spirit, I need a boost in that department. I mean, a real boost and not just false hope pimped by the Funny Bunnies’ optimistic visions. Without real hands, the words just die on the vine.
Mary Luti: “In days to come,
all peoples shall stream to the Lord’s holy mountain;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not rise up against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall sit under their own vines
and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid.” – Micah 4:1-4
Chuck D. Pierce: One of the most important things a Christian can learn is the reality of spiritual warfare. When you were born again you were born onto a battlefield. Your choice is not whether you want to go to war, for war has been declared against you! Your only choice is whether you want to get trampled by the enemy, or learn to fight and win! At issue in this battle are the promises of God.
Joshua 21: 45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
Chuck D. Pierce: “You have stayed in the lowlands until familiarity occurred. However, you looked again and saw the mountaintop one more time. You decided to leave the low place you were in, and climb and climb and climb again. I have called you to the mountain top, created a new cloud, and am addressing you by name. Determine to come up and exchange the lowlands for the high place. What was once a pit is becoming a palace. You will see clearly that it’s not how long it takes to journey up to the mountain, but your willingness to set your feet in motion and come up.”
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): …You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “‘But what about my business interests?” I asked, terrified.
Chuck D. Pierce: Many Christians think they are battling for their needs. They say, “I’m in a spiritual warfare to break through for financial provision! I’m warring in prayer for a new job …for salvation of a loved one …for physical healing …etc.” That is not what we are battling for! If you think you are in warfare for healing, finances, or any other need, you do not understand the battle! Our battle is not for any of those needs! Our battle is only for one thing and that is FAITH. The Word of God tells us that faith is the one essential. If you have faith, nothing is impossible, nothing is withheld. If you can get in faith and stay in faith, all the rest will come. All things are possible if you believe! So when you have a need for finances, health, or anything else, your battle is to find a way to stand in faith. Let me say that again: no matter what we need, if we can get in faith and stay in faith, EVERY need will be met. Our battle is to stay in faith!
Brat (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!
1 Samuel 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
Mary Luti: It’s hard to imagine such a peace while the strong still uproot the hopes of the weak just because they can. But faith asks us to imagine it anyway, stubbornly reaching for a shared humanity beyond the daily bulldozing of dignity, livelihood, and dreams.
Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Pastor John [Tolle] was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Revelation 2: 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The innkeeper [Pastor John?] was so curious to know what the end of the story would be that he set out with his ragged guest and escorted him directly to the rebbe’s house in Sanz. The vagabond did not even manage to put his question to Reb Chaim, when the tzaddik said: “Return to your home, traveling by way of Premishlan. Find the grave of Reb Meir, and tell him that the rebbe of Sanz says that two years of exile are enough for you, for you observed them with true self-sacrifice.”
Revelation 2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Brat: Nicodemus was also a born-again believer. Ephesus knows this and takes this personally. Why else would Jesus tell Ephesus to remember? (Rev 2:5) Nicodemus was an admirable Pharisee. The Nicolaitans took license with what they knew and understood.
Ruth Hendrickson: God recently took me to the book of Esther—we all know the fairy-tale ending of the story and declare that, “They lived happily ever after.” The Lord is saying, “I have put words in your mouth for such a time as this.” I believe that God is reminding us at this time to look at Esther’s positioning journey and the power of obedience. She was taken against her will and the road she traveled was rough and full of trauma. However, in a moment her words would impact nations.
Revelation 22: 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Mary Luti: To their owners, the trees were economic lifeblood. To the thieves and buyers, they were ornamental details. Neither contractors nor settlers, it seems, had read Deuteronomy: “Seek peace and pursue it. But even if you are at war with a city … you shall not destroy its trees” (20:19-20).
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Brat: I am a pew pest.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “I live in the city of Pest, near which I own several villages, fields and vineyards. Once a large sum of money was stolen from me, and I did not know who the thief was. We had a maid—an orphan—and since we suspected that this was her doing, we took her along to the local authorities. The police there beat her in order to induce her to confess, but she insisted she had stolen nothing, so they sent her home to us. But the harsh treatment that she had endured left its mark. For some days she languished in bed, and then died.
Revelation 17:4 The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!
Brat: I grieve the absence of Rabbi YY Jacobson in my inbox. His voice died.
Rabbi Shira Schechter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Six of these cities are also set aside as cities of refuge, three on each side of the Jordan River. The purpose of these cities is to offer sanctuary to someone who kills another person by accident and is sought by an avenger. If the avenger finds him outside the city of refuge and kills him, the avenger is not guilty of murder. If the manslayer reaches the safety of the city of refuge, he is safe, but he must remain there until the High Priest’s death. The Torah also states that one witness is not sufficient for a capital case and warns against polluting the land with spilled blood.
Brat: Are you saying that Rabbi YY was my avenger?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): From this, we understand that exile is analogous to a City of Refuge. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.
Brat: What did I do? Did I offend him?
Ruth Hendrickson: Like many of us, Esther initially shrank back, probably thinking that the palace would protect her from being killed along with the rest of the Jewish nation. However, Mordecai reminded her, “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:13-14 NLT)?
Wikipedia: The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, he reminds his colleagues in the Sanhedrin that the law requires that a person be heard before being judged (John 7:50–51).
Brat: And Nicodemus was also the one to bury Jesus under seventy-five pounds of embalming spices! (Jn 19:39)
Chuck D. Pierce: It is interesting to study how this shield is made. The thureos was so large that, if made of solid wood or metal, it would have been difficult to carry. To construct a thureos the Romans began with a wooden framework. Over that framework they fastened seven layers of tough leather from the skin of a bull or a calf. They built up these layers until the shield was four or five inches thick and nailed them securely in place. As the soldiers got ready to go into battle they could dip the shield in a nearby river to saturate it with water so it would not only stop an arrow, it would quench the fire.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Rebbe Rayatz writes that when a soul descends to this corporeal plane to enclothe itself in a physical body, it has its own unique mission to accomplish. He warns us that we have to be careful not to be among those that intentionally or unintentionally make a mistake.
Brat: What if I’m not the “lost sheep” to go after but the apostle is, because he is taking license and pimping God’s promises?
Quinn G. Caldwell (in “Bystanders” 12 July 18): Social scientists call it “moral licensing.” Here’s how it works: I do a good, ethical thing—give money to a guy in need on the street, say. Having done that, I wind up giving myself license to act worse in the future, worse even than I might have if I hadn’t done the good thing in the first place—I’m downright rude to the next person who asks me for money. I’ve already proven how kind and generous I am; I don’t need to keep working so hard at it.
Revelation 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Chuck D. Pierce: God has given us promises that relate to every area of life. He has promised us abundant provision. He’s promised us healing. He has promised great blessings in every area. But when you open your Bible and begin to claim these promises, you discover you are in a battle! When you say, “I want to come into a new place in the Lord! I want to move forward to obtain the promise!” Satan will try to stop you. That’s what the battle is all about. Satan’s goal is to frighten and discourage you, to make you to turn back and not press on in the Lord.
Rabbi Avi Baumol: PSALM 111:1 Hallelujah. I will give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
Ruth Hendrickson: God put within Esther the creative idea to pave the way for the words to be spoken at the appropriate time. When those words were spoken God also gave the king a way to work around what he (the king) had already put into place. In essence, the words released power that changed the outcome of entire nations. I hear the Holy Spirit saying, “I am stirring creative ideas within you to prepare the way to release words with power to change nations.”
1 Samuel 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I have not provided you a shield for peacetime. Rather, the shield coming down over you will enable you to forge ahead. No arrow or weapon forged against you will prosper or penetrate through this shield of favor. When you reach up to grab this shield, you come into agreement and alignment with the portion of favor for this season that you didn’t need in the last one. Over nations, there are now shields of favor in alignment for God’s Kingdom people to battle in a way they have not previously battled. You war from the place of knowing that you have overcome, so put your shield of favor on with purpose and intent. Know that as the King of kings, I have established you as a weapon of favor in the midst of your enemies. Now clear the land with that favor.
Mary Luti: It doesn’t seem they’d read Micah, either. God’s will, the prophet points out, is for creation to enjoy an encompassing peace—no more war, no more walls, everyone sitting undisturbed under their own trees, not somebody else’s.
Ruth Hendrickson: The Lord showed me that many of His people have fallen into the trap of comparison. In 1 Samuel 17:38-39, Saul urged David to wear his armor. David tried on the armor and quickly realized that it would not work. Remember, this was the king telling David what armor to wear. Others will tell us that what we have in our hands is not enough. When we try to wear garments created for another they will never fit us correctly. The Lord is saying, “Stop comparing and trust what I have placed in your hands.”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Each person has his mission to accomplish on his life journey. We just have to know what it is, stay focused and not inappropriately exchange our mission for that of someone else. We have to look at our lives and see which mitzvahs we truly excel in using our unique individual talents. This will give us a clear direction as to what our mission is. May we merit to distinguish our mission and to fulfill it in the best possible way.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 [!] at 6:09 am To Chuck Pierce <ChuckP@glory-of-zion.org>:
Dear Anne Tate and Susan Stanfield with Glory of Zion: I, too, absolutely believe in the five-fold ministry. In fact, this is how the global revival will take place. We all need each other’s gifts and to rely on each other’s gifts. It is critical not to neglect the gifts, and this type of screaming silence I have been receiving unilaterally from the Church and prophets is merely reflecting the truth in my calling, which was never acknowledged. ~Kathryn Hauser
Revelation 11: 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “So this is what the rebbe meant,” they said in wonderment. “‘Between these shall the Land divide!'”
Ruth Hendrickson: David used an ordinary, everyday item and trusted God with impact. 1 Samuel 17:49 (NLT) says, “Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.” As the stone took flight God added His precision power to the stone. He ensured that the trajectory and force would have maximum, heavenly impact.

Bystanders 12 July 18

12 Jul

Thursday, July 12, 2018
[4 pages]
Daniel 2:34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Quinn G. Caldwell: Stone
Verse of the Day (12 July 18): Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~ Matthew 4:4 NIV
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is not a day for just walking in the earth. This is a day for soaring and running in the heavens! If you will soar in the heavens, then you will soar in the earth. This soaring is what will win this season. This soaring is what will triumph in days ahead. Do not look with just your eyes at what appears to be something. Things will now appear as they are!
Revelation 12: 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
[From 4½ years ago:] Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [!] at 8:18 am Me to Chuck Pierce:
Dear Chuck:
You prayed: “Lord, we ask today for a repairing of our hind’s feet and to pull us up out of the crack that has tried to hold us captive when we were leaping from one place to the next.”
My “crack” is the virtual world. No one in my world is “real.” God is Immanuel (Mt 1:23), ie “God with us,” and He is incarnate, the Word made fleshy. (Jn 1:14) I’ve been “leaping and seeing, leaping and seeing,” and I do have an understanding of what my life was purposed and planned for from the beginning. I just cannot make a live connection to make reconciliation with the people God sent me to! How prophetic is that for the season of Advent!? God’s sense of timing and cosmic irony is impeccable! You’re welcome to break the mold and be the “real” that cracks the veil of “virtual.” My Reflections go into more depth.
Reflections blog site: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/ ~ kh
Brat (18 Dec 13): Possibly the greatest truth Chuck wrote in his piece were words from the Lord at the beginning:
“The gifts that Yeshua left in the earth realm to enforce His authority were apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The gift that gets controlled or stopped, which hinders the others from coming into fullness, is the prophet’s gift and authority. Apostles will attempt to build a pattern without present revelation, and end up building man’s model.”
(From “Anti Plus Anti Makes a Positive?” 11 July 18)
Brat: …Our dialogue died. Our engagement died. Every conversation with y’all dies!! (The beast even managed to leave a dead long-stem rose by my car today! (12 July 18) The Funny Bunnies have encased me in solitary confinement by dropping the ball and staying far off and removed. Y’all watch like prison guards from the apostles and prophets to the politicians, to the journalists, to the webmasters, to businessmen, to pimps, to the priests and bishops, to the altar boys; across denominations and religions. Y’all watch with detached curiosity, sometimes with yawning bemusement and boredom at the condition of the condition, and at other times raging at the outrage from the truth which tries to hide in denial. But when all is said and done you don’t care. That’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Y’all DON’T CARE! You took ‘dying to self’ and preaching Christ crucified to new levels. But in your hearts you still say, “What’s in it for me?” You still get your names written in the book of life, so you don’t have to care about the dead you’ve walked on top of to get to eternity and the hope of everlasting. Isn’t that what you call Fame? Even the saints are promoted for the eternal buck. You were talking about hinds’ feet in high places, but I don’t think that’s the buck God was talking about. It’s so much easier to say that the infidels are the problem.
Quinn G. Caldwell: Why can we so rarely manage to be the people we want to be, to consistently act the way we resolve to? Why are we—you, me, everybody—such hypocrites? There are a million answers out there, but I have a new favorite.
Revelation 17:17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish His purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.
Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche: Prophetic News Fulfilled – Cowards Today, Slaves Tomorrow
Rick Joyner (10 July 18): For those of you that are serious students of Revelation and biblical prophecy, I would like to recommend The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson. This book has is a futuristic view, but I think it has a great deal of merit. It is a well-deserved New York Times Bestseller, and the parallels between the Islamic Mahdi and the Christian Antichrist are remarkable. This book is also one of the best studies of the Islam proclaimed by The Koran, which must be understood to comprehend what is happening in the world today.
Brat: From a Christian perspective the antichrist is a condition and not a man, and therefore this is a spiritual issue across cultures and societies. Since the prophecies in God’s own Word have already been fulfilled in the Bible, (and I suspect that if I were to read Richardson’s book I’d probably find that God also fulfilled His words in the Koran), then that would mean that God has fulfilled His word twice! How many more witnesses do you need than the planet? Jesus said the cowards would be consigned to a smelly baptism:
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Brat (in “Drama at the rocks”10 July 18): …I was telling Him this was a stupid mission He had me on. I, too, can find no comfort and am punished for speaking up. The Truth is supposed to set us free, but when the Truth is interpreted as complaining, then the gumbahs have control and push our heads down in their crotches to give them head once again. They say ‘love’ but I don’t know the kind of love they are talking about versus the kind of love God is talking about and is trying to reconcile. And the UCC’s word this morning was an orchestrated coaching session to suit them.
Quinn G. Caldwell: It happens all over the place. You exercise and eat right, so you feel like you can have unprotected sex—which you convince yourself is OK because you are actually a Healthy Person. You always tip the housekeeping staff generously at hotels, but you’re sometimes rude to waiters—which is OK because you are actually a Person Who is Good to People. A nation elects its first black President, and then starts acting racist as hell because it has already proved that it is Not Racist.
Rabbi Avi Baumol (10 July 18): PSALM 102:1 A Prayer of the afflicted, when he fainteth, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.
2 O LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come unto Thee.
3 Hide not Thy face from me in the day of my distress; incline Thine ear unto me; in the day when I call answer me speedily.
4 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as a hearth.
5 My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; for I forget to eat my bread.
Lovesick Scribe: Some of you have felt as if you could not hear His voice anymore, and it is because you got lost in the weeds. Return to Him. Some of you are waiting to be a better version of yourself before you relinquish it all. Stop waiting. Return to Him. Some of you feel too broken to contemplate an intimate relationship with God. Don’t you know that your brokenness attracts Him? Authentic vulnerability always wins over false humility. Return to Him and let Him make you whole.
Jennifer Brownell: Our culture tells us that the only way change gets made is by crying out, playing trumpets at top volume to bring the walls crashing down, making ourselves widely known.
Shop Your Way (9 July 18): GOOOOAL ⚽ How long can you shout it?
Pastor John Tolle: “I don’t know what is your personal Jericho.”
Dana Jarvis: Your Jericho Is Falling!
Brat (2 July 18): And fancy that! Pastor John also said those exact same words yesterday in his sermon; that our Jericho was falling. I don’t believe in coincidences. I see this as more proof that what I had said in “Balaam Taught Balak” was on target.
Shira Schechter: Why do you think the manslayer is sent to live among the Levites to escape the avenger? [NUMBERS 33:1-35:34]
Lovesick Scribe: The call to return to the Lord is a trumpet being blown across the body of Christ. It is a blast to awaken us from slumber, to pierce the hearts of those who have grown numb and distant to the things that grieve His Spirit. I know this is a challenging word, but we need to be challenged. We have eaten sugary messages for so long, we have succumbed to a comatose state. It is time for believers to arise who will weep for the matters close to His heart, and they are able to weep and to intercede because they have returned to Him.
Tracy Chapman: Who stole your heart?
The smile from your face
The innocence, the light from your eyes
Quinn G. Caldwell: Social scientists call it “moral licensing.” Here’s how it works: I do a good, ethical thing—give money to a guy in need on the street, say. Having done that, I wind up giving myself license to act worse in the future, worse even than I might have if I hadn’t done the good thing in the first place—I’m downright rude to the next person who asks me for money. I’ve already proven how kind and generous I am; I don’t need to keep working so hard at it.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: From this, we understand that exile is analogous to a City of Refuge. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The purpose of offering for the dedication of the desert Sanctuary the textiles of the women was to rectify the colors of blue and purple, which each include a mixture of white and red.
Rabbi Shira Schechter: Six of these cities are also set aside as cities of refuge, three on each side of the Jordan River. The purpose of these cities is to offer sanctuary to someone who kills another person by accident and is sought by an avenger. If the avenger finds him outside the city of refuge and kills him, the avenger is not guilty of murder. If the manslayer reaches the safety of the city of refuge, he is safe, but he must remain there until the High Priest’s death. The Torah also states that one witness is not sufficient for a capital case and warns against polluting the land with spilled blood.
Jennifer Brownell: At the silent vigil, we are to walk three times in silence around a building. Inside people who we believe are not criminals are being detained as if they are. We are instructed to let each footfall be a prayer of compassion for those inside, for their children who are far away. We are invited to maintain total silence for an hour.
Eli Fink: According to [Mr.] Rogers, “Those who make you feel less than who you are is the worst evil.” That should be our guiding light.
Brat: And the leaders over here preach on Babylon being the harlot, right out of Revelation 18? I know I’m not the only witness to this babbling!
Daniel 10:21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.
Eli Fink: It occurred to me that this policy does not take children seriously. It does not value children the way [Mr.] Rogers valued children. It sees children as pawns, as trade bait, as collateral in a political and sociological power play. It does not tell children that they are loved and that they are special just the way they are right now. It tells me that the timing of this documentary is perfect because we need more reminders of the values Rogers taught us.
Revelation 22:19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Brat: Weren’t the rabbis just talking about Cities of Refuge? So y’all can keep dickering over the meaning of Sanctuary and yet not provide it? Talk about taking license!

 

Grand Junction 8 July 18

9 Jul

Working Dates: Thursday, July 5, 2018 to Monday, July 9, 2018
[16 pages]
Rick Joyner: While praying with a group of men who were considering the purchase of this ministry (PTL, also called Heritage USA), I saw the Lord walk up to a large stone and as He touched it, the stone rolled away and the grave was opened. Knowing this spoke of a resurrection, and being surprised by it, I called Bob Jones in Kansas City to ask if the Lord had shown him anything about PTL. He immediately said that the Lord had shown him that it would be resurrected. He had been shown the widow’s mites that had been put into this ministry, and the Lord said that He had watched over them, and it was for them that He was doing this.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In the morning, when the families of the bride and groom were standing outside, ready to make the journey home, the Baal Shem Tov was also there, for he too was preparing to leave. While they were waiting for their wagons a little bird chirped away on a tree, right in front of the bride and groom.
Anna Blake: Be more present with your horse, than you are resistant to the professional.
Rick Joyner: I then called James Robison in Fort Worth and asked him if the Lord had shown him anything about PTL. He said that He had, and that he believed it would be resurrected because of the widow’s mites.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Please grant the prayers of all those who prayed this novena with me. Bless them with Your love and make them holy!
Brat Prayer (5 July 18): Lord Jesus, thank You that Thyatira and the Seven Churches have fulfilled every word that You spoke to them. We have been praying the novena with St. Maria Goretti for rape victims and children. The widow’s mite has been heard and received. We are at a grand junction.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: When Maria was attacked by her neighbor, he told her that if she did not let him have sex with her that he would kill her. Maria refused. She told him she would rather die than allow him to do what he wanted to do with her. In a rage, Alessandro stabbed Maria multiple times with a farm tool.
Mark 6:29 When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
Rick Joyner: A few nights later the Lord spoke to me and said, “When this ministry is resurrected it will be a eunuch for the kingdom’s sake. It will never again rape His bride, but will be used to prepare her for the coming union with Him in harmony with the new breed of ministry about to be released.”
Mark 6:18 For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
2 Samuel 5:9 David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I am doing reconnaissance right now, and causing My people to know what their real strongholds are. I am causing My people to know what has resisted them in days past. Your future is not your past, so move in and move up against what has stopped you in other seasons. This is a week where war manifests before your eyes!
Jo: My nerves are frayed and I have battle fatigue in the truest sense. AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Brat (9 July 18): Oh, baby! I soooooo understand! I wish there were a way to convey to you how much I get it on a cellular level. I hear you. I see you. Me too! [Hug]
Jamie Rohrbaugh (6 July 18): Prophetic Word: The Strongman’s Door Is Unlocked!
Amos 7:15 and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
Brat (in “Convinced” to Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler on 20 June 18): Am I guilty of “missionizing” in the sense of sticking to my Impossible Mission of trying to reconcile the Churches? If by going outside the Church to the Jews will get the testimony back to the Churches (Rev 22:16), and thereby prove that God was in charge this whole time as a good Husband with his cherished bride would actually be, and show that He has loved them to hell and back (twice!), then yes, I am guilty of missionizing. If our dialogue dies here and there is no way to reach my Boaz (whomever that is) because my testimony is not believed, then I will have failed in my mission again. I have learned that just because I believe what God says, doesn’t mean that others do. So, I pray that God makes the connections that are meant to be, so that I may complete my assignment.
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): I am still learning how to live in the Promised Zone.
Brat: Our dialogue died.
Mark 6:19 And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): If there was a testimony like this from you, I’d have you up there, too.
Anna Blake: A question from two readers: “We suggest you write sometime about the difficulties of having professionals show up and are so impatient with one’s horses. Yesterday an equine chiropractor was so task-oriented, she was so impatient, I thought at one point she might get kicked…” (The horse lost balance in the rush and got a smack on the butt for it,) “For the first time I did not get into that self-blaming mode of oh gee, I can’t even manage my horse. But unable to protect my horse from being rushed along. And I know the person thinks-believes they have right to protect themselves from injury. But they’d be less likely to be kicked or bitten if they would slow and listen. But in some cases, that kind of behavior outweighs any potential benefit in my opinion. Yet, we rely on those folks to help our horses! It’s a conundrum. We were just wondering how you might work with those situations?”
Chuck D. Pierce: “Listen to how I tell you to move. Hear sounds of victory that will pave the way before you. Hear My new word for the new day! This will not be a gentle day; it will be a day My people walk with great strength and great authority. You are being equipped for the day into which you are entering!”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): These ideas are particularly pertinent today. We did not create this world and its injustices. The Torah tells us not to sit passively while negative things go on around us. We can transform our environments. Most importantly, when great leaders have promised us that Mashiach’s arrival is imminent, it is not enough for us to sit and wait for the right moment. It is in our power to initiate the coming redemption by insisting, through our thought, speech, and action that the current situation is not correct – we want to merit Mashiach now!
Brat: What if you already know the Messiah in your heart and soul and He knows you? What if we Christians have been fighting all these years over His Name in trying to force Jesus upon you, and in doing so have we pushed you away from your first Love? On behalf of all of us, I am truly sorry. You already know His kingdom and that is what Jesus preached. You write about God’s Kingdom beautifully! Rabbi YY also teaches about the Kingdom within. What we Christians are missing is action! I’m doing the best I can with the resources I have.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I am illuminating the path of the glory of war. The glory of war will uncover mysteries that have not been understood in past seasons, the aspect of war that has been lost in generations. The glory of war is illuminating your path forward.
Rick Joyner: I can say with confidence that there are some who truly are a new breed of ministry, and they are about to emerge. They will illuminate the true nature of radical Christianity and what it means to follow Him. From this we can expect the last message, the gospel of the kingdom, to go forth. These will bring radical changes to body of Christ and the way Christianity is expressed and viewed in the world.
Mark 6:20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Cardinal Carlo Salotti said about St. Maria Goretti after her death that, “Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life.”
Brat: I don’t think I’m getting through to them! Thank you for fulfilling prophecy! This is exactly what Jesus told Thyatira to do and you’re doing a splendid job!
Revelation 2: 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
Richard L. Floyd: In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul uses irony to defend his apostleship. He tells them that God chooses what is weak to shame the strong. God chooses what is foolish to shame the wise. Even Paul’s central message, that in the cross of Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, is a complete reversal of the world’s understanding of power, authority and success.
Lori Suiter: Do we truly believe in a God who can do the impossible not just in other countries but right here in our country? in our state? region? family? Do we believe that we carry an atmosphere changing Holy Spirit in us everywhere we go? Do we carry a light that invades darkness? even if that darkness has been in every generation before us? Are we prepared to be the ones who draw the line in the sand and say NO MORE, take a stand, and watch God turn it all around in those areas…all for His glory?
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): I’m still learning how to give glory to God.
Amos 7:8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by
Tony Robinson: Rachael Denhollander was the first woman to come forward to tell the truth about Dr. Larry Nasser’s sexual abuse of female gymnasts. Doing so proved costly. It cost her, among other things, her church. Church elders counseled “forgiveness,” by which they meant, “Let it go, say nothing.”
Prayer (18 Dec 2013): “SYSTEMIC FORGIVENESS.”
[Chuck] Vision – A Whirlwind Released from the 3rd Heaven on December 11, 2013 [!]
(From Marty Cassady, Anne Tate, Chuck Pierce, Janice Swinney, Dee Dee Roberts, and Elaine Priestly):
I just saw a whirlwind released from the 3rd Heaven – the highest Heaven where God is seated on the Throne [!]. And that whirlwind is totally encircling the 2nd Heaven. I don’t know what’s going on, but during these 10 days something is breaking!
Brat (18 Dec 2013): I was struck by the Throne, for I had just written about how the Church was taken up to God and to His throne (Rev 12:5) and now it is time for God to give us back to ourselves.
Amos 7:14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is a day to understand the dragon’s movement, and to know that birth is nigh. The dragon is moving because My people are ready to birth what will be the triumphant rule of the earth realm. Look, see the dragon, watch the Bride go into labor, and then watch for two years over how to walk in My plan and clear the land ahead. The place that you have looked at is not a war venue! If you don’t hear from Heaven, you won’t be able to walk out the victories that I am bringing to the Body of Christ.
Revelation 12:2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Talitha Arnold (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Quick and easy. That’s what the prophet Hananiah promised the Israelites’ return from exile would be. God would break the yoke of King Nebuchadnezzer, free them from Babylon, and make Israel great again. All within two years max.
Brat: Are you saying we have two MORE years of this Babylon?! And you call that a ‘beacon of hope’?
Mark 6:6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: In the Messianic Redemption, however, the inheritance relationship will become paramount. Our creature consciousness will dissolve into yet coexist with Creator consciousness, as our unique personalities shine as they paradoxically exist within G d’s absolute reality.
Anna Blake: On the professional’s side, yes, they do have to protect themselves. It’s always dangerous work when horses are in pain. A vet tech’s first job is to keep the vet safe; equine practitioners of all kinds must know that a horse can respond unpredictably. All pros, even trainers like me, must be constantly aware. Part of the job.
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): We pay to feed the homeless in Ventura County. We are providing them with food. And we serve it once a month. But we live in an Entitlement culture. We speak God’s promises towards situations that need changing. If we complain we are not speaking by faith.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: A couple comes to me and they are having an issue with their marital harmony. Each one has a complaint and 1,000 verifications that they are right and their spouse is absolutely wrong. In each of their minds, the other person is behaving in a horrible way. At such moments we must recall the wise words of the Talmud:6 “A person is considered related to himself.” Just as we don’t accept testimony from a relative, we don’t accept testimony from man himself about himself.
Matthew Laney: Prayer
It won’t be long before the tether is released. Until then, may it teach me to see heaven on earth.
Mark 6:21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
House of Destiny: You’re invited: Backyard BBQ
Chuck D. Pierce: The heavens opened last Sunday (July 1st), and the Lord began to release the following word. As I began to flow in prophecy, the Spirit of Prophecy also began to move on LeAnn Squier, Tobias Lyons, Marty Cassady and Anne Tate. Please read this prophecy carefully.
Steve Shultz: In the last year or two, he has allowed the prophetic spirit to have freedom in the place where he ministers and when that happens, Chuck has several trusted prophetic voices prophesy with him.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Now let us understand: The episode of Korach challenging Moses’s authority and Ahron rights to priesthood took place thirty nine years earlier! Lots of water has flowed under the bridge since then. Korach’s end was ugly as he was swallowed up by the earth and Moses’s authority had been restored. Over the past four decades no one any longer suspected Moses in being a dictator or challenges his role as leader. Korach’s story has long abated.
Revelation 17:15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.
Kaji Douša: The disciples asked: “Do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus went ahead and stilled the waters, saying “peace”. Sure, they could’ve had more faith and believed that Jesus would take care of them and still the storms and bring true equal rights and stop the deportations and call the country to bend the knee in repentance and…and…
Chuck D. Pierce: “War for this new alignment! War for the alignment in your boundaries for the days ahead. This alignment will bring you into a great victory and order, and cause you to overtake the enemy. Many would love to stay in peace and speak, ‘Peace, peace’ – but there is no peace! War for wholeness! War for power! War for the new that I am calling down this hour!
Gypsy Dallas Smith: DON’T RETREAT-RETURN FIRE!
Avraham Greenbaum: That is why Ezekiel saw it, for it was already built and standing. Had the Jewish People only been worthy, the redemption in the time of Ezra should have been like the redemption from Egypt, and their entry into the Land should have been like Joshua’s entry. Then they would have built the Temple according to the plan seen by Ezekiel, and the two Temples, above and below, would have been perfectly aligned.
Steve Shultz: When that happens, these prophecies are recorded and transcribed and they come out initially under Chuck’s name, but Chuck then lists the people who prophesy at that time.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM [5½ years ago?] FF: From Anne Tate of Chuck Pierce’s Glory of Zion Ministry Team
subject: FW: Crystal Fortress
Dear Kathryn: I read the attachment you sent and I read the email you sent. I would encourage you to go to our website and watch and listen some. We do believe in prophets and the prophetic and we live in the midst of the Lord’s active ministry through them. We function in the fullness of the 5-fold and are seeing all the parts working together by that which every joint supplies. All of our corporate times are webcast and are free and can be viewed on demand. Blessings, Anne
The Foursquare Church (6 July 18): New videos challenge a new kind of change
House of Destiny: Get your families gathered and tune in for a time filled with fun and celebration!
Tony Robinson: But notice the way Jesus puts it, “Let the dead bury their own dead.” It isn’t just the fulfillment of a filial duty that is at stake.
Brat: Then why is it that Jezebel raises her head especially loudly every time there is an issue of Land? She did it with Naboth (1 Ki 21), she does it today in the Middle East with every fresh wave of immigrants fleeing to find a better life away from their tormentors, and she has done it in my life over the last ten years (and next month it will be eleven years), in that she’s gone after me every single time to make sure that I’ve been ousted out of a solitude spot where I park and pray. The issue is biblical, global, and personal. I rebuke her on my personal level and I fast and pray, but there are no leaders standing with me, because I’m fun to play with but, I guess, not taken seriously. On the world stage, instead of dealing with the dictators, the nations bemoan the cries of being overwhelmed with so many immigrants. Why aren’t the leaders dealing with their peers who have become dictators and hoodlums? And then they say the people are the problem? There are consequences of not listening to the prophet of God.
1 Kings 21:3 But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught us (Collected Talks, vol. 2, pg. 347) that just as each tribe was given their portion by Divine direction, so too every Jewish person has a particular commandment that is their commandment. They have a soul connection to this mitzvah and both consciously and unconsciously they care about it more and are more careful about doing it. Just like each tribe received its portion, so each Jew receives his or her particular “portion” in serving G-d. Just as the land was divided by lottery, which is higher than reason, so also a person’s particular portion is higher than his intellectual reasoning or physical concerns.
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): There’s a massive amount of things we don’t have answers for. I’m not critical of them. We are called to live out the promises of God in things that don’t have answers.
Zechariah 4: 4 I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5 He answered, “Do you not know what these are?”
“No, my lord,” I replied.
House of Destiny: We at House of Destiny would love for you to join us this Saturday, as we take time out from the studio and enjoy life together.
Amos 7:7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
Anna Blake: Put your horse first, by staying mentally connected with him. Keep the majority of your mind right there. It takes concentration on our part. We tend to lose focus by telling the story, reciting symptoms, asking the professional questions. Or just watching with growing dread.
Christina Villa: A friend of mine used to dread taking his mother to church because she always complained about the Mexicans filling up the pews where once it was all Italians. Finally one Sunday he said to her, “For Christ’s sake, Ma, this is a church! It’s not the Sons of Italy!”
Bing: The Pilgrimage of Mercy is an opportunity for the faithful to venerate St. Maria Goretti’s sacred relics and to begin to experience what the pontiff spoke of in March when he said that through this Year of Mercy the Church would “find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy.
Adam Elijahu Berkowitz (8 July 18): Government Announces ‘Majority of Jews in Israel’ Sanhedrin Responds ‘Time for Jubilee’
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Spinning Strictness with Mercy
Kenneth L. Samuel: It is true that only bruised hands can bless. Only a broken heart can hear the hurts of others. Only a wounded healer can cure. It’s not an endorsement for self-flagellation. It’s really something quite remarkable to boast about.
Rabbi Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The relationship between G-d and the Jewish people is threefold: we have undertaken to serve Him and He rewards us for our service. In addition, G-d chose us to receive the Torah and be the bearers of His message to humanity.
Donné Clement Petruska: Start A Revelation
Brat: With all due respect, they did!
Rabbi David Slavin: It appears that this holy book was written during his first journey to Italy. There he was encouraged and assisted by the Ramaz (Rabbi Moshe Zaccuto) to print this treatise. The Ramaz not only edited the book but raised the finances as well. It stands to reason that the Ramaz felt that this very book would encourage people to contribute generously to allay the difficulties in Eretz Yisrael.
Rick Joyner: I am not claiming to be a part of this new breed of ministry the Lord spoke to me about. Of course I would like to be, but I am not presuming that. However, I was told in 1982 that I would be able to help prepare some of them and help them along their way. I have been engaged in many aspects of ministry since, but that has remained my main focus, even if I do not talk much about it.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I am calling you to be land-clearers. I am calling you to begin to understand how to clear the land for the future and how to make way for the highways that I am bringing from Heaven into the earth realm. This is a change and a transfer of a new day into the earth realm, and this day will cause you to triumph in conflict if you will come into My order and align as generations.
Amos 7:11 For thus Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'”
Anna Blake: What is the line between being expedient and rushing and using force?
Mark 6:22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.”
Cindy Jacobs: “Be Refined: ‘Would You Choose the Difficult Jobs in Life for My Kingdom?'”
Susan Stanfield, Glory of Zion International Ministries, Inc. Corinth, TX USA: RE: FW: Crystal Fortress; OK.
Anna Blake: The breathing has slowed your panic by now. Good job for not taking all the blame and shame when it started. Remember that this isn’t about you. You may well curse the professional to the clear blue sky later, but right now, it’s about your horse. You don’t have to acquiesce, and you don’t have to get mad. Find a middle path.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: From this, we understand that exile is analogous to a City of Refuge. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.
Revelation 17:18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Gidon Ariel: Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return, renew our days as of old -Lamentation 5:21
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 [!] 9 am Journal: How am I supposed to go to Glory of Zion website and “watch and listen some” when God usually sends me out in my car to park and pray, and I use my old laptop for typing up the journey when I can find sanctuary somewhere. I don’t even know how to access the Internet on the old clunker. God, please help me. Help me to do what You want me to do! Of all the points that Anne Tate could have highlighted from reading my journey, she went straight to my calling, so I find this encouraging. And the two women are in agreement. I, too, believe in the five-fold ministry. I just need You, Lord, to lead me to what You want me to do next, when, where, and how; ie getting on to Pierce’s website and You leading me to what You want me to see, and what direction you want me to take. I surrender to you, Lord. You said You were making me a bronze wall, a fortified city, an iron pillar.
Jeremiah 1:17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
Anna Blake: On the surface, it’s easy to just say don’t hire the hurried professional. Find someone else who has better ground habits. Except that I’ve been in this position, and fairly recently. It might be that a trusted professional is no longer available and you are trying someone new. Or the usual professional might be having a bad day. In some areas, there just isn’t much choice and maybe your horse is in need, so you have to find a way to get along. Lots of reasons but in the end, you find yourself watching something unfold that you don’t want to see.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Blindspot
Kris Vallotton (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): I pray that you will rest in the knowing that Jesus has already overcome the spirit of Jezebel, and that you will be empowered with supernatural faith in this season. I pray that you would remember that this is a bad day, not a bad life. I pray a fresh outpouring of encouragement and strength in the places you feel exhausted and weak. May you be filled with courage to continue to take the ground you’re possessing and bring the kingdom of heaven into the darkness!
Mark 6:23 And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.”
Chuck D. Pierce: “I am transferring an anointing upon My people because there is war beginning to manifest throughout the earth realm. I am releasing a new frequency in the earth realm, coming straight from Heaven. This frequency will hit your spirit and train your hands for war in a way they’ve not been trained in the past. This frequency will cause your body to react. Wait for it, and move in war when it hits you.
Amos 7:13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
Matthew Laney: Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” is a euphemism for some carnal struggle he didn’t care to mention. Paul explained it as a way to “keep me from being too elated,” too carried away by spiritual ecstasy. The pesky thorn was the tether that held him back, held him down, kept him anchored to this world.
Anna Blake: If things haven’t gone too far, you might be able to divert things before they get to the point of no return. Breathing might slow things down for the pro, just like it has you and your horse. If not, you might say, “Are you okay? You seem a bit rushed today,” or something equally soft but a bit like a wake-up call. We’re all human. We don’t always notice what we do.
Mark 6:24 She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.”
House of Destiny: Post pictures of you and your family gathering this summer and hashtag #HODFamily
Rick Joyner: I interject this here because much of the rest of the Revelation that we will study will not be about the antichrist, but rather about what Christ is doing. One of the important things happening right now is an inner transformation of His church, and how brilliantly He is building His people into the greatest force that the world will have ever seen. Whether you have no clue what I’m talking about or have already heard the call, I pray that you will excel in going beyond what others are content with.
Cindy Jacobs: “Ask Me for nations; ask Me for large things. Don’t be content with living a small life. I want you to live a large life, for I have plans for you. I have destinies for you!
Brat: Lord, I ask You to connect our testimony to an awake steward, so the testimony can give You glory of all You have done. Get it into the right hands, so the testimony can be preserved for future generations.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Add to this that Moses did not have anything personal against Korach. Moses actually never wanted to become a leader. It was G-d who “twisted his arm” into taking the position. Moses would have been more than happy to obey Korach and retire from his post. Moses, however, was defending not his honor but the honor of G-d and the Torah.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 [!] 6:09 am To Chuck Pierce <ChuckP@glory-of-zion.org>:
Dear Anne Tate and Susan Stanfield with Glory of Zion: I, too, absolutely believe in the five-fold ministry. In fact, this is how the global revival will take place. We all need each other’s gifts and to rely on each other’s gifts. It is critical not to neglect the gifts, and this type of screaming silence I have been receiving unilaterally from the Church and prophets is merely reflecting the truth in my calling, which was never acknowledged. ~Kathryn Hauser
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “So this is what the rebbe meant,” they said in wonderment. “‘Between these shall the Land divide!'”
[Gethsemane] Thursday, December 06, 2012 From Anne Tate of Glory of Zion: Re: Crystal Fortress;
“Dear Kathryn: If you are receiving silence from everyone then it is not just a problem with us is it? Perhaps it is a problem with the way you communicate. We are open to receiving what you want to send but condemnation is not from God. Blessings, Anne Anne S. Tate
Tony Robinson: Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.'” – Matthew 8: 21-22
Mark 6:25 Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
Anna Blake: I know sometimes a sharp word can get a horse’s attention, but if someone takes a whack, that’s different. If they shove the horse or punish him for something out of the horse’s control, that isn’t okay with me. Beyond that, it’s about intention. A light-hearted pro might say a harsh word and be fine, but if I sense growing anger or frustration, that’s a different thing. Know ahead of time what’s okay with you and what isn’t.
[Gethsemane] Thursday, December 06, 2012 [!] Journal: Truly, I have to go back to see what I wrote to her, because I am disoriented by her use of the word “condemnation.” I have not condemned anyone. The Church has been judging herself. (Jer 4:18) I have been consistently asking for acknowledgement. Acknowledgement is not the same as Judgment.
Matthew Laney: Tether
Mark 6:26 The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
Brat (6 Dec 12): What was that John the B was saying about a brood of vipers? And, “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” (Luke 3:7) Hisssssssss…….
Anna Blake: If it’s gone that far, debating groundwork and training approaches with a professional is probably not going to be productive. Sorry.
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
House of Destiny: For anyone who had planned to attend, please note that the studio will not be open this Saturday.
Matthew Laney: If so, we can all be thankful for that thorn. It might be responsible for half of the New Testament. Not only did it delay heavenly rapture and keep Paul writing, it undoubtedly inspired his meditations on the human condition and our need for divine grace.
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is a time for the impartation for war! I am imparting war into My people, and one generation will teach another generation to war. Shift now to know and understand your place for days ahead; shift now to hear your boundaries for days ahead. I am repositioning My people and getting them in place for the war ahead.
Anna Blake: If it’s too late and the line has been crossed, well, you’re a consumer and you have choices. Breathe, make a clear statement, without blaming, for the benefit of your horse. Use “I” statements and keep your voice relaxed. Say something like, “Thank you, please step away. I’d like you to stop now, and I’ll be happy to pay you for your time.”
Tony Robinson: There are moments, aren’t there, when as Paul says, the old has passed away and the new has come. Moments when being a disciple means you can’t go back, you just can’t. Jesus moments.
Brat (in “Honor to Rick Joyner” 07 Dec 12 [!]): Truly, I have to go back to see what I wrote to her, because I am disoriented by her use of the word “condemnation.” I have not condemned anyone. The Church has been judging herself. (Jer 4:18) I have been consistently asking for acknowledgement (and sanctuary.) Acknowledgement is not the same as Judgment. Prophet Jim Goll sends out excerpts on Empowering Women, Barbie Breathitt writes on the power within creativity in “Creative Imagination and Ingenious Truth,” and yet the Institution still retorts with an assumption that I am condemning, when what I am doing is reflecting their own words back at them and discerning the spirit hidden within their own words. Affirming is kinder than condoning. And “condemnation” is not the same as “conviction.” Is there no one who can approach what I write with a mindset that there might be some Truth in it rather than assuming condemnation? Will the “religious” across the board—priest/pastor, prophet, apostle, evangelist, teacher, guard, any of them–ever honor, or is all they know how to do is teach each other (and me) a lesson? But in Jeremiah Chapter 31 God sets up a new covenant and says:
Jeremiah 31:34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
Israel 365: An Eternal Covenant ✡ “I Will Remember The Covenant I Made With You”
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): In the Book of Revelation they overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. [Rev 12:11]
Chuck D. Pierce: “You must come into My order and express and demonstrate who I am. This is not a day for you to go your own way; this is a day for you to listen intently and align yourself. I am creating boundaries for you and causing generations to align, for war is being transferred from Heaven into earth.
Anna Blake: Breathe. I know I harp on this, but only because it works. For all our talk about breathing in the saddle, the most important time to take deep, slow breaths might be on the ground with vets, farriers, and bodyworkers. Make sure you have some slack in the lead rope. If your horse feels a dead hold, he’ll get claustrophobic and more nervous. Let him hear you exhale.
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polonoye: Each day’s prayers must have a different mystical intention….But for this, one needs a broad mind and excellent concentration in order that his mouth and heart be aligned.
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is not a day for just walking in the earth. This is a day for soaring and running in the heavens! If you will soar in the heavens, then you will soar in the earth. This soaring is what will win this season. This soaring is what will triumph in days ahead. Do not look with just your eyes at what appears to be something. Things will now appear as they are!
Revelation 12: 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
[From 4½ years ago:] Wednesday, December 18, 2013 [!] at 8:18 am Me to Chuck Pierce:
Dear Chuck:
You prayed: “Lord, we ask today for a repairing of our hind’s feet and to pull us up out of the crack that has tried to hold us captive when we were leaping from one place to the next.”
My “crack” is the virtual world. No one in my world is “real.” God is Immanuel (Mt 1:23), ie “God with us,” and He is incarnate, the Word made fleshy. (Jn 1:14) I’ve been “leaping and seeing, leaping and seing,” and I do have an understanding of what my life was purposed and planned for from the beginning. I just cannot make a live connection to make reconciliation with the people God sent me to! How prophetic is that for the season of Advent!? God’s sense of timing and cosmic irony is impeccable! You’re welcome to break the mold and be the “real” that cracks the veil of “virtual.” My Reflections go into more depth.
Reflections blog site: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/ ~ kh
Brat (18 Dec 13): Possibly the greatest truth Chuck wrote in his piece were words from the Lord at the beginning:
“The gifts that Yeshua left in the earth realm to enforce His authority were apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The gift that gets controlled or stopped, which hinders the others from coming into fullness, is the prophet’s gift and authority. Apostles will attempt to build a pattern without present revelation, and end up building man’s model.”
Yep, Chuck is an apostle and that’s what he’s done. Lord, does he know this?
Pastor John Tolle (8 July 18): Entitlement is when you feel God owes you. You’ve set yourself up as the authority.
Amos 7:9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
Anna Blake: Now, as you are reading along, is a good time to decide what line you don’t want a professional to cross. Decide in an unemotional moment where you would stop things for the sake of your horse. Understand that he is likely to feel discomfort and stress whenever he gets a vet call. That a farrier picking up his feet is a balance question that he is going to need to think about.
Psalm 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah
Rabbi Avi Baumol (7 July 18): PSALM 93:1 The LORD reigneth; He is clothed in majesty; the LORD is clothed, He hath girded Himself with strength; yea, the world is established, that it cannot be moved.
2 Thy throne is established of old; Thou art from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
4 Above the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty.
5 Thy testimonies are very sure, holiness becometh Thy house, O LORD, for evermore.
Revelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: It was clear that the choices were from heaven. Entering the land, where the food would not come from heaven, the water would not come from a miraculous well and the heavenly directed clouds would not protect them, is comparable to a person fulfilling his mission in the world. Entering the land of Israel was comparable to our present lives – an experience of having to provide food, water, protection and all our material needs through our own efforts. What can we learn from these verses that teach us that the land was divided by a lottery, אך בגורל (ach b’goral)?
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Do you know what the bird is saying?” the Baal Shem Tov asked his chasidim. “It is the verse: ‘For these shall the Land be divided.'” (see Num. 26:53)
Amos 7:10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words.
Running On Empty (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18)
Ben Lim: “A Time to Accelerate! You Will Run With the Horses”
Bob Seger: Running Against the Wind (check out the lyrics!): [https://youtu.be/PBJRD1VkxmI]
Angela Greenig: “We Must Ride Like Thunder Across This Nation”
Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
Anna Blake: Surviving Vulnerability
Dark eyes, older than her years,
the horse’s shoulder shows damage,
thick scars and a stilted gait, the
opposite knee blown large from the
work of compensating, shifting weight
for a different balance. What is it like
being a horse too lame to run, how to
survive the vulnerability we can’t escape?
Looking down to my own stiff joints,
scars that will not fade. Gray mares,
our instincts tamped down, forging a
thin trust in the lightness of letting go.
Talitha Arnold: “As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.” – Jeremiah 28:9
Chuck D. Pierce (24 June 18): “Step away from what has caused you to drag around in circles so you can hear how I address what has distracted you from My best. I am working on your behalf to cause My plans to come to fruition. Step back, work less, and allow Me to work and make My plans come to pass.
Brat (in “Jeremiah” 4 July 18): Cognitively I understand you. In my soul, I keep working because of the damned Silence. My BEING MUST have conversation to live. Without it I die. I must work to keep the conversation going until I get a real tribe that is willing to embrace me and call me to live with them. Lack of sanctuary is not a distraction in the sense of my busyness distracting me from God. The lack of sanctuary is the stressor interfering with my relationship with God. And there is no relief in sight. And it seems to be escalating and getting worse! I am not OF Babylon. I’m IN it!!
Anna Blake: My advice: Find someone who gets along with donkeys
Cindy Jacobs (6 July 18): The Lord says, “If you have run with the horsemen and you are weary, then what will you do with the flooding of the Jordan? In the crucible time, in this time, My eyes are running to and fro. My eyes are searching to see those who I can use, those who I can trust, those who I can call upon to change situations that are difficult. I’m going to pour out an anointing upon the Jeremiahs of this generation, but it’s going to take strength. It’s going to take courage. It’s going to take more than you have.
Chuck D. Pierce: Take New Ground and Come into My Order!
Trump Headquarters: Ordering?
Mark 6:28 brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
Novena: Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession, and by your example, deliver us from evil and untie the knots that keep us from uniting with God, so that once free of every confusion and error, we may find Him in all things, have Him in our hearts and serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I’ve set angels in every corner and established every border of your field. Listen for the wind over your field and look for a new yield. I am setting My order for you and calling you to understand the way I move in order. I am calling you into a first alignment for the days ahead.
Revelation 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.
Anna Blake: Keep your eyes unfocused and your belly soft. Breathe in slowly, counting, feeling the air go all the way to the far corners of your lungs. Then release the air through your mouth, just as slowly. Feel your shoulders go soft, as your neck relaxes. Is your jaw tense? Release that. Breathe again. About now your horse is noticing and thinking he might have a choice, so breathe to let him know it will be fine. And again, breathe and notice the tense area in your horse’s body and then relax that part in your own body.
Chuck D. Pierce: “You are entering a new day, and with every new day you enter you receive new favor. Decree the favor to step into something you have never stepped into.
Acts 3:15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Brat: BUT GOD…! Don’t you hear? WE ARE WITNESSES TO THIS!
Rabbi David Slavin: Tuv HaAretz: About the Author
Elijah List: Is God Calling You to Write? Free Guide
Binyomin Adilman: Vows and Dwelling Places
Anna Blake: There is so much polarity everywhere these days and the horse world as well. The lines are drawn with knives and everyone expects the worst extremes, brutality or a total lack of control. In the past, I might have ranted about it but upping the anxiety doesn’t help.
Amos 7:12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there
Brat: Where??
Binyomin Adilman: When a person wants to prepare a dwelling place for his G dly soul, he must prepare himself with Torah learning and repentance for 30 days.
Brat: I have been for ten intensive years!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: They did not understand his meaning, of course, but neither did they ask him to explain himself.
Anna Blake: Sure, long-term, find someone else, but in the moment, what? You have the potential to make things worse if you speak up; I’ve seen professionals get defensive and escalate. But if you bite your tongue, it could accelerate anyway. Meanwhile, you are watching your horse’s calming signals rise and wishing the professional would recognize them as well. That means your stress is growing, too.
Angie Stolba: Trust the Process: Your Pain Will Pay!
Brat: That’s what you guys have been saying for ten years!
Izzy Greenberg: Spiritual Infertility
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: And, just as the Torah guarantees that the exiled person will be judged and released, so too, the Almighty will vindicate us and redeem us from this exile with the final and true redemption. This is especially so after so many heartbreaking and difficult years of exile, all of the promises of redemption, and the multitude of positive deeds and repentance performed by the Jewish people during this exile.
Dean Mitchum: God’s Mercy Rain: A Release Over the Land
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is a day that I’m calling My people to take new ground. New ground is calling you, so listen carefully as I give you the very boundaries of your future. I’ve been working in you, but now I’m calling you into a place you’ve not been before.
Anna Blake: You’re right. Going slow is always a better answer.
Matthew Laney: “Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:7
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato (Ramchal): When the boundaries of chochma are surpassed, the world will enter a new state of joy….
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is a time to listen and know that the way is changing. Don’t settle for anything less than the boundaries I have established. Don’t settle for anything less than what I have given you this hour.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Rebbe said that we learn from this story that we have each been brought to this world for a purpose. The fact that we were brought here means that the world cannot have survived without our mission. Someone or something needs us. Each of us has to look around and figure out what the mission is.
Brat: Jesus’ mandate to me with my calling was 1) worship God and 2) share the journey.
Verse of the Day (8 July 18): I will bow down toward Your holy temple and will praise Your name for Your unfailing love and Your faithfulness, for You have so exalted Your solemn decree that it surpasses Your fame. ~ Psalm 138:2 NIV
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What can we do to bring the redemption? The second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, a drastic lack of unity between Jews. Now, we must rectify this behavior by creating true unity between Jews. This must begin with each and every one of us identifying ourselves as an integral part of the Jewish people. May there be no “unaffiliated” among us. If you do not already, join a Jewish community or do something to identify yourself as a Jew. Do something nice for another Jewish person – a nice word, some charity, a kindly or favorable thought. DO SOMETHING! Through every Jewish person making an effort, we will shift the balance of the entire world for good, and G d will have no choice but to bring the final and true redemption now.
Gidon Ariel: Kathryn, Join our Declaration Against Christian Antisemitism!
Brat: Amen! I declare with you that Christian Antisemitism is wrong! Writing is my Doing Something. And prayer. I must pray before I have something to write.
Almighty God, bless and protect, comfort and soothe, heal and restore, embrace and sanctify Your holy people! Bathe them in Your grace and lovingkindness. Bestow mercy upon them! Bless You, God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Make Your presence known among Your people and restore Your kingdom on earth as You have it in Heaven. Give us eyes to recognize the sacred Mercy You are offering. May we never take it for granted. Amen.
Israel 365 (8 July 18): The Power of Prayer ✡ “Bless Hashem, O My Soul. Hallelujah”
Rabbi Avi Baumol: PSALMS – CHAPTER 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake.
2 The LORD is great in Tzion; and He is high above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise Thy name as great and awful; Holy is He.
4 The strength also of the king who loveth justice– Thou hast established equity, Thou hast executed justice and righteousness in Yaakov.
5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and prostrate yourselves at His footstool; Holy is He.

 

Jeremiah 4 July 18

4 Jul

Working Dates: Monday, July 2, 2018 to Wednesday, July 4, 2018
[16 pages]
The Gathering
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: We have discussed numerous times that every episode recorded in the Bible contains timeless relevance. The Bible is not merely a book of history, but a Divine blueprint for living, a road map for our tumultuous voyage of life.
Psalm 48:4 Then the kings assembled, they came on together.
The Conflict
Kim Potter: “How to Have Victory in Conflict”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: At this point G d dispatches Jeremiah on a grueling mission — to transform a depraved Jewish nation to fulfill their calling as holy people; to make Israel aware of the dire consequences that would befall them if they would not put an end to the immorality that eroded their communities in the Land of Israel. “From the North shall the evil loose itself upon the inhabitants of the Land,” Jeremiah is instructed to relate to his people.
Ezekiel: 2:5 Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
Kris Vallotton: One of the demonic forces I see active on the earth with those who are in the midst of warfare right now is the Jezebel spirit.
Revelation 2: 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Read Your Stars Lately?
Elijah List: Interact with the Angelic & Heavenly Realms
2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: G d continues to boost the little Jeremiah in each of us — “And when you had not yet come forth from the womb, I sanctified you:”
2 Corinthians 8:10 And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—
Brat (In “Balaam’s Legacy” 29 June 18): Excuse me, St Paul, but have you noticed that the spirit of obsession and possession can take on a type of sexual energy? The Funny Bunnies get off on beating the donkey’s sanctuary when the angel is standing in front of her. It’s a good thing that God sent celibates into the world to identify horny rats.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: “Mazal” is the Hebrew word for the stars and constellations and also the modern word for “luck”. It is connected with the word “nazal” that means to flow or drip. The concept is that of the influence of the divine “dripping” down through formations of stars that in their changing reflect changes in that influence.
Pastor John Tolle (01 July 18): If you don’t spend time regularly with God, it’ll take more time to get back into the Flow connection.
Brat: And it will take you more time to read when you’ve already said you’re too busy.
Revelation 12:4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
Brat: Attentiveness is hardly “luck.”
Dispatched
Gidon Ariel: Kathryn, Has God Ever Trapped You?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: To answer this question, G d begins His messages to Jeremiah, and every one of our inner souls, as it is being dispatched on its challenging mission, with the following words: “I have made you a prophet to the nations.” You have not been sent to earth in order to maintain your spiritual integrity; that you could have accomplished far better in heaven. Rather, you were dispatched to the earth to serve as a messenger, a prophet, to introduce G dliness and holiness to your physical, brute body and to the material world around you. You are being sent into the earthly domain in order to link heaven with earth.
Revelation 2: 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: The Catechism says that chastity shows us how to imitate Jesus Christ and how to love. It allows us to love selflessly.
Kris Vallotton: I bless you and I believe in you!
Brat: Thank you.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: I heard in the name of the Baal Shem Tov the intention of Onkelos here. The Midrash asks why G·d chose to rest His Presence on such a wicked gentile as Balaam? And it answers, so that the gentile nations will not have any allegation [against G·d] saying, “Had you given us prophets, we too would have improved our ways.”
Gidon Ariel: And looking back, I can see now that what I did not do on that day, was just as important as what I did do. I did not try to repent!
Mark 6:12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.
Crave
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: St. Maria Goretti’s attacker had impure thoughts about St. Maria and wanted to use her as a means to an end: for his own satisfaction. This is the opposite of chastity, when a person is a slave to their passion rather than freely choosing what is good and what will lead to Heaven.
Brat: God said to put Him first in all things. My relationship with God is my passion. The goal isn’t getting TO Heaven, but bringing Heaven down here.
Ezekiel 2:3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day.
Donna Schaper (in “Balaam’s Legacy” 27 June 18): What is love under the circumstance of opioid or heroin or alcohol addiction? It is learning to sing the song on the right beat. First beat, acceptance, second accountability. Sometimes the accountability beat is first, acceptance later. Some of us live on the self-blame, judgmental, even shaming one/three beat, the one that slows the song down instead of building it up. The better beat, the two/four, refrains from judgment, aware that the person asking for help or even noticing their deviltry, has taken a huge step. The two/four beat moves the song along.
Brat: Are you saying God is my addiction?
2 Corinthians 12:4 was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Perhaps, laments the soul to G d, I can retain my own integrity even while residing in a hostile environment. But how can you expect of me to change my body and to transform the world? I can preserve my power but I can by no means communicate the message to my earthly counterpart. Compared with the power of the physical and the sensual, I am but a lad.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Parashat Pinchas is always read just before or at the beginning of the summer mourning period. The Talmud says that Pinchas, the priest, and Elijah, the prophet and announcer of Mashiach, are the same person. It is as though G d is giving us the cure before the malady by telling us not to worry: if parashat Pinchas is being read, then Elijah is soon to arrive and announce Mashiach’s arrival! What can we do to help this happen? First, we can learn from Pinchas’ actions. He did not wait for Moses or any other great person of his generation to correct a wrong that angered G d. Without even considering the risk to himself, Pinchas hurled himself into action. Each of us must be a zealot for G d’s honor like Pinchas. When no one else may be capable or willing to take charge (like when someone is drowning), each of us must see ourselves as being personally responsible and take action!
Brat: Thank you!
Lori Suiter: I was a classic runner when I was a teen. Now before you think that means sports…stop. What I mean is that I was a runaway. If things got intense at home, I ran. It was never for long but it was definitely my initial reaction to stress. Now you can only imagine what that turned into as I went through high school. I ran to relationships, drinking, drugs, entertainment, adventure, etc. Thank God at twenty I ran into God!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: As a result, the soul pulls back and begins to questions its own validity: “Maybe my body and the world around me has it right after all. Perhaps we could just be content satisfying our physical cravings and don’t need a continuous strenuous relationship with an invisible reality we call G d? Perhaps spirituality is ultimately an illusion, a product of our mortal fear and insecurity? Maybe it is a delusion in order to give us some hope and meaning, “opiate for the masses”?
Revelation 2: 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.
Brat: Are we having a Jonah moment?
Nate Johnston: Whales represent the prophetic ministry and/or the current prophetic movement because whales are sensitive, dive deep, and communicate through song – much like prophets who are messengers and revelators of the deep things of God’s heart. In the story of Jonah, it was a whale that transported him from the stormy seas to his destiny. The ministry of the prophetic also seeks to realign people with their promises and take them from the stormy seas of life and transport them to their place of purpose and calling. I knew seeing this whale was the Lord highlighting the greater reinstatement and resurgence of the prophetic in a greater way across all streams in the days to come.
Luke 11: 29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.
Anne Janssens: CALLING PRAYER WARRIORS TO THE RESCUE!
Pastor John Tolle: If Jesus had to spend time with the Father, shouldn’t you?
Brat: Do you have a location in mind as to where I can pray? I don’t have a solitude spot anymore. But, you knew that. I still honor the spirit within you, because you have God’s anointing on you.
Pastor John Tolle: God said to me, “You’re awfully passive about that! Get after it!”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Yet the soul is anxious. Like a young emissary dispatched to influence a foreign, hostile country, the soul is intimidated by the physical body’s incessant claims that it’s the only true reality.
Brat: Hmmm…
Talitha Arnold: Prayer
Help us, God, to hear your true words of justice and peace. Give us the courage to make those words real in our nation and this world. Amen.
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (3 July 18): Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. ~ Proverbs 14:34 NIV
Luke 11:32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
Brat: Well, Nineveh complains I write too much. That’s greater than Jonah, that’s for sure. The repentance message is the same.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Your soul must remember how powerful it is. Sure, at the onset it seems that the soul is fragile relative to the forces that oppose its soft, still voice. But if the soul only chooses to flex its muscles, it will discover its extraordinary strength. Whenever you are engaged in a battle with your ugly nature, you can turn to G d and say, “Hey, help me with this punch.” You will be surprised with the results.
Brat: Surly, you’ve been talking to Pastor John! His sermon on Sunday was on Joshua 1:8 and was on the power of our souls: 1) the power of the “book of the law,” 2) the power of “your mouth,” 3) the power of inner thoughts (meditation), 4) the power of right action (observe to do), and 5) the power of fulfilled promise (prosperous, good success)
Molly Baskette: Love Your Nature As Yourself
Brat: I’m just pleased that somebody reads me!
Kris Vallotton: I know that you are close to a great victory and I want to encourage you today with this thought—It’s possible that the warfare in your life is happening because you’ve crossed over from the land of comfort into the land of courage.
Pastor John Tolle: Be courageous! We’re in Damascus!
Brat: Was it something I said? [https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/balaam-taught-balak-01-july-18/]
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “G d said to me, ‘Do not say ‘I am but a lad,’ rather to wherever I send you shall you go, and whatever I command you shall you speak. Fear not before them, for I am with you… See I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to uproot and to smash and to destroy and to raze; to build and to plant.” (Jer. 1:1-2:3)
Resistance
Kris Vallotton: So, the enemy is resisting you because you’ve come here to change the world—not to control it or tell it what it’s doing wrong—but to love the hell out of the earth. And as you take new ground, there’s resistance pushing back against you.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: These ideas are particularly pertinent today. We did not create this world and its injustices. The Torah tells us not to sit passively while negative things go on around us. We can transform our environments. Most importantly, when great leaders have promised us that Mashiach’s arrival is imminent, it is not enough for us to sit and wait for the right moment. It is in our power to initiate the coming redemption by insisting, through our thought, speech, and action that the current situation is not correct – we want to merit Mashiach now!
Brat: What if you already know the Messiah in your heart and soul and He knows you? What if we Christians have been fighting all these years over His Name in trying to force Jesus upon you, and in doing so have we pushed you away from your first Love? On behalf of all of us, I am truly sorry. You already know His kingdom and that is what Jesus preached. You write about God’s Kingdom beautifully! Rabbi YY also teaches about the Kingdom within. What we Christians are missing is action! I’m doing the best I can with the resources I have.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: While you were still in your mother’s womb, you were sanctified and granted all of the resources to confront the world and transform it into a divine abode, a world of goodness, love and light.
Brat: All the resources but sanctuary. But I’m in good company. Jesus didn’t have sanctuary either and He is my constant source of comfort, because He’s gone before me and leads me in His path of righteousness for His Name sake.
Binyomin Adilman: Moreover, “Words that come from the heart go straight into the heart” – into the same heart from whence they came. When one gives of himself to another, the words re-enter one’s heart with a new clarity and sense of purpose. If they went out in truth, they return with a greater clarity of the truth.
Lori Suiter: What if what God dreams for you is for you to stay? Stay in that job that drives you crazy. Stay married to someone who is not the same person you married. Stay invested in your kids who disobey, disrespect, and dishonor. Stay in that church where there is no life. Stay in that region that is incredibly dry.
Binyomin Adilman: There is the Tzadik of Deed, who through his humility, depth of Torah study, intensity of prayer and self-subjugation, inspires those who observe him to climb higher. His disciples, by conducting themselves according to his example, are able to bring themselves up to a higher level of spiritual awareness.
Brat: Jesus, I lay my crowns at Your feet. Please give wisdom to Rabbi Leiter. Continue directing his steps.
Chris Tomlin – Jesus Messiah [https://youtu.be/tdxSC1tHJn0]
Pastor Steve Dittmar: Pause…Moses had spent forty days in the presence of the Lord in face-to-face encounters with the Lord, speaking to him as a friend. Inside of Moses’ purpose was his friendship and his confidence. The Hebrew word for “name”, means rank or purpose or distinction. In other words, Moses being known was inside of the Lord’s purpose for him.
Binyomin Adilman: The Tzadik of Speech guides with his words. In the previous generations, a Jew would appear before the tzadik to receive inspiration in divine service. The Tzadik would speak to him, even very briefly, and that was enough to rekindle a new spirit in the Jew. Even from the plain conversation of the Tzadik he was able to detect deep significance and derive tremendous benefit. “Tzadikim say little but do a lot.” (Baba Metzia 87a) On the expression “Words that come from the heart go straight into the heart”, Rabbi Joshua Heshel of Monastrichsh said, “Tzadikim, since their words come straight from the heart, they can accomplish much with a few words since those words go straight into the heart.”
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Let’s pray today that St. Maria will intercede for us to be able to offer up our sufferings for the greater glory of God.
Pastor Steve Dittmar: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Here in the Greek, the word “purpose” derives its meaning from the idea of “show bread”. This was the 12 loaves of bread that were set before the Lord in the Holy Place. Our calling is according to His purpose. He has set each one of us on earth before Him with a purpose of His choosing.
Camp
Brat (29 June 18): Dear God, it’s just another day at camp. I found out yesterday the depth of the absurdity of my being outsted out of my solitude spot. It turns out that I cannot park and pray anywhere! Evidently it is now illegal for me to park anywhere for extended periods of time. Over here in Babylon praying is considered a form of loitering. Loitering is illegal. That means that I cannot park and pray. Babylon has taken up the war cry and spelled it out to include that I cannot park and write. I cannot park and read. So, that means that all the worker bees with me taking breaks on their lunch hours also cannot park and read and have some peace and quiet away from the office to recharge their souls’ batteries. Truly this edict from Babylon on high has taken absurdity to new depths. Chuck Pierce said to not feel sorry for ourselves, so I won’t. Just thinking that now would be a good time to send in the loaf of bread rolling into their camp.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have.
Molly Baskette: As we move into the heat and joy of summer, you may not be headed to church camp, but here’s a little church camp come to you.
Judges 7:13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”
Nate Johnston: “A Dream I Just Can’t Shake: The Whales are Coming!”
Delusion?
Shira Schechter (in “Balaam Taught Balak” 01 July 18): What follows is a display of God’s will triumphing over man’s intentions as He thwarts Balaam’s every move. Finally, the portion ends with the Children of Israel, oblivious to God’s recent salvation, sinning and being punished with a plague. Only the actions of the quick-thinking Phineas are enough to stop God’s wrath.
Brat: Then what’s the next step toward reconciliation after we do this? We’ve already experienced the seals, the plagues, bowls, and the trumpets in the Book of Revelation. And things have played out just as God said they would.
2 Corinthians 12:7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.
Donald J. Trump: Can we finally admit the truth?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Religion of Delusion
Lord of the Rings theme song: [https://youtu.be/lNQkdwymK-w]
Brat: I told the truth in “Balaam Taught Balak” (01 July 18). And years ago my friend Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz said that the stuff that I write is truth.
Talitha Arnold: Anyone who told them differently, proclaimed Jeremiah, wasn’t telling them the truth. “Listen,” he said to Hananiah, “the Lord has not sent you, and you made this people trust in a lie.” It was quite a confrontation, but as George Washington once said, “truth will ultimately prevail when there is pains to bring to light.”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: That void is the voice of your soul yearning for fulfillment. The soul, a breath of G d, a spark of infinity, descends from the intimate space of G d to reside, at times for as long as a century, in a physical body and a mundane world, where its priorities and yearnings are ignored or even scorned. For the soul, a relationship with G d constitutes her very identity, while in the world she comes to live in, the mere mention of G d to public school children, “One nation under G d,” is challenged by the USA Government.
2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me
Plagued
Rabbi Avi Baumol: PSALMS 73:1 A Psalm of Asaf. Surely God is good to Yisrael, even to such as are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious at the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pangs at their death, and their body is sound.
5 In the trouble of man they are not; neither are they plagued like men.
Edie Bayer: “Decisions Happen! Let them Happen to You! Watch and See What I Will Do!”
Elijah List: Natural Constipation Relief – Truly a Godsend
Brat: Translation: Oh, shit!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Does the frustration and anguish you will experience as a result of the ongoing conflict in your life between your ego-oriented space and your G d oriented space frighten you, my precious soul? No need. That’s the way it was meant to be. You were chosen to create a spiritual revolution within your own body and within your own psyche — and revolutions are never easy.
Brat: (Has anyone else become totally undone and forever ruined by the word “precious” from when Gollum coos and hisses “MY PRECIOUSsss!” over the lost ring in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings?)
Wikipedia: The Ring, which Gollum referred to as “my precious” or “precious”, extended his life far beyond natural limits. Centuries of the Ring’s influence twisted Gollum’s body and mind, and, by the time of the novels, he “loved and hated [the Ring], just as he loved and hated himself.” Throughout the story, Gollum was torn between his lust for the Ring and his desire to be free of it.
Brat: Is this not exactly what Rabbi YY was talking about??
Gollum: “My Precioussss…!”
Brat: And, it also occurs to me that Gollum’s occupation was: Thief.
Michael Jackson: “The Man in the Mirror”: [https://youtu.be/PivWY9wn5ps]
Brat: OMG! I just realized that I, myself, am guilty of using that word “precious”!
Bill Yount: Even Our Eyes Were Being Washed With Tears
Brat: But I meant it with a soft heart!
Monk: She really did.
Brat (11 June 18): For the public record, I only emailed “Be Pleased” to Rabbi YY Jacobson. It was a private email and I sent it last night. It was the Elijah List’s idea to post a word out of Canada the morning after I emailed Rabbi YY. Lord Jesus, safeguard Rabbi YY’s reputation! He is an upright man. The Funny Bunnies talk about no limits, but it’s wrong to go down a rabbit trail without permission. Funny Bunnies! You had no right and no permission to spy, and you will NOT harm my Bagel Boys! They are precious [!] in my sight and have already been sealed as servants of our God. (Please see Revelation 7.)
Molly Baskette: What if we flipped the script: identifying the person (or pet!) we find easiest to love, the person whose foibles are adorable, whose flaws are growing edges, whom we love not in spite of, but because of, their humanness–and then granting ourselves the tenderness, permission and affection we offer them freely?
Brat: There were TWO thieves hanging on the cross beside Jesus. No one can get down off their own cross.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Pinchas did not wait for the leaders’ direction when G-d’s honor was threatened.
Brat: YES!!
Lovesick Scribe: What Is Your Response To The Difficult Word?
Brat: I got no response at all!
Angie Stolba: Praise the Answer!
Brat: But you don’t understand! There was no answer to praise or encourage. All I got was more Silence from them.
Pastor John Tolle: I don’t have ANY of you encouraging me in the Lord! I don’t get back to you and you interpret that as not caring!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: It’s a familiar feeling to many of us: We feel the void; we realize that our souls need spirituality and G dliness like the body needs nutrition. Yet our materialistic urges are so powerful that they cast a shadow on the soul’s light, challenging its authenticity each day.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Both events emphasize how much we can accomplish through our Torah study and mitzvah observance in this world, when we truly care. This also connects to the two different explanations of Rashi. “Switch the expressions” can also be read: “Switch the normal order of reality”. Instead of G d being the initiator, these fundamental changes came from below, from people who understanding and sincerity led to their claim. The same can be said for the second explanation, that everyone was sitting in the study hall, again emphasizing the power of Torah study and self-initiative from below.
Gidon Ariel: In the center of the campus of the University I attended was a tower, and on that tower was a Bible verse from the New Testament book of John 8:32. It reads
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”
Talitha Arnold: Jeremiah didn’t tell the people what they wanted to hear. He told them the truth. A hard truth, but the only truth that would set them free. Free to acknowledge their faithlessness. Free to confess their need for God’s mercy and guidance. Free to receive God’s healing grace. If the Israelites were ever to know true peace as a nation, they first had to hear Jeremiah’s hard truth.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “We may know the truth that Israel belongs to us,” many Jews cry. “But the world will never accept it.”
Running On Empty
Ben Lim: “A Time to Accelerate! You Will Run With the Horses”
Bob Seger: Running Against the Wind (check out the lyrics!): [https://youtu.be/PBJRD1VkxmI]
Angela Greenig: “We Must Ride Like Thunder Across This Nation”
Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
Anna Blake: Surviving Vulnerability
Dark eyes, older than her years,
the horse’s shoulder shows damage,
thick scars and a stilted gait, the
opposite knee blown large from the
work of compensating, shifting weight
for a different balance. What is it like
being a horse too lame to run, how to
survive the vulnerability we can’t escape?
Looking down to my own stiff joints,
scars that will not fade. Gray mares,
our instincts tamped down, forging a
thin trust in the lightness of letting go.
Talitha Arnold: “As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.” – Jeremiah 28:9
Kris Vallotton: I pray that you will rest in the knowing that Jesus has already overcome the spirit of Jezebel, and that you will be empowered with supernatural faith in this season. I pray that you would remember that this is a bad day, not a bad life. I pray a fresh outpouring of encouragement and strength in the places you feel exhausted and weak. May you be filled with courage to continue to take the ground you’re possessing and bring the kingdom of heaven into the darkness!
Brat: Dear Kris, Thank you for your kind words.
Israel 365 (1 July 18): The Path of Righteousness ✡ “Happy Is The Man Who Has Not Followed The Counsel Of The Wicked”
Brat (2 July 18): Pastor John JUST quoted that verse in his sermon! Have you also been talking to Pastor John Tolle? (He IS the man in the middle, so that fits!) He brought up this exact same scripture in the service yesterday! It could be a Holy Spirit thing or it could be a man thang. He did say that he was up the night before making a call to someone he’d never talked to before.
2 Corinthians 12:3 And I know that such a person–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows—
Pastor John Tolle: “I don’t know what is your personal Jericho.”
Dana Jarvis: Your Jericho Is Falling!
Brat (2 July 18): And fancy that! Pastor John also said those exact same words yesterday in his sermon, that our Jericho was falling. I don’t believe in coincidences. I see this as more proof that what I had said in “Balaam Taught Balak” was on target.
Pastor John Tolle (01 July 18): King David communed with God in his heart on his bed.
Brat: And his IPad on his chest.
Matthew Challenor: I’m writing this in bed as I can’t sleep again (very unusual); so I ask the Lord what’s on His heart; and I felt excitement as He reminded me of this scripture
“”Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”” ~ ‭‭Malachi‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Brat: Ho! Already been done!
Matthew Challenor: (He didn’t remind me of the last part haha); but I felt Him say “I AM RELEASING THE ELIJAH ANOINTING!” The Elijah anointing is coming upon the prophets and seers; I believe there is a greater alignment that is happening in Prophets right now as they’re aligned and refined to a greater degree of the fathers heart. There is a prophetic movement happening right now which is going to produce fruit of FAMILY RESTORATION! There is a new flow of the prophetic anointing to step into, the river is for the HEALING of the nations.
Ezekiel 2:4 The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD.”
Brat: God said to Thyatira:
Revelation 2:23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
Verse of the Day (2 July 18): The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10 NIV
Chuck D. Pierce (24 June 18): “Step away from what has caused you to drag around in circles so you can hear how I address what has distracted you from My best. I am working on your behalf to cause My plans to come to fruition. Step back, work less, and allow Me to work and make My plans come to pass.
Brat: Cognitively I understand you. In my soul, I keep working because of the damned Silence. My BEING MUST have conversation to live. Without it I die. I must work to keep the conversation going until I get a real tribe that is willing to embrace me and call me to live with them. Lack of sanctuary is not a distraction in the sense of my busyness distracting me from God. The lack of sanctuary is the stressor interfering with my relationship with God. And there is no relief in sight. And it seems to be escalating and getting worse! I am not OF Babylon. I’m IN it!!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Have you ever felt a void in your heart, a sense of inner emptiness and boredom? Have you ever attempted to drown that emotional vacuum by engaging in gratifying pursuits — shopping, vacation, going to the movies, eating, drinking, intimacy, reading a good book, drugs, poker — just to discover that the void has not been filled, maybe it even increased?
Brat: [Sigh]
Binyomin Adilman: Today the importance of finding a teacher/spiritual guide/Rebbe is greater than ever. Seldom is one able to capture the taste of Judaism on his own. Judaism has survived, and continues to thrive today because its laws, wisdom, customs and practices have been passed on from rebbe to disciple, from father to son, from mother to daughter, from friend to friend. Moreover, no one is exempt from being a teacher of others. The thirst for learning Torah today is greater than at any time since the era of the Babylonian Talmud, and there are more Torah students today in Israel alone than there were in pre-WWII Europe. Everybody can find somebody who is in need of his type of wisdom or method of guidance. For once you become a student, you have something, no matter how elementary, that needs to be taught to someone else.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: He asked Maria if she would offer up her thirst to Jesus for the salvation of sinners.
Root Source: Gidon tells you about our latest idea.
Shira Schechter: Our portion picks up where last week’s left off, in the aftermath of a plague. Phineas is blessed by God for his actions and a new census of the people is taken. The brotherless daughters of Zelophehad appeal to Moses for a share in the land of Israel and God delineates the laws of inheritance. God shows Moses the Promised Land, which he will never enter, and appoints Joshua as his successor. The portion ends with a list of the daily and holiday sacrificial services.
Talitha Arnold: This week, we’ll hear many words about our nation, and about freedom and greatness. May we also hear Jeremiah’s words about the hard work real freedom and true greatness demand.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: In that sense, each of us is a small Jeremiah, a soul anguished and pained by its exile in an environment where its yearnings go unnoticed.
Anna Blake (in “Balaam Taught Balak” 01 July 18): Oh, great. Now it’s required that a rider be a brilliant conversationalist, too? Add that to the list of things you need to be for your horse; the list that already trails off into the distance and over the horizon. That’s why the kid memories came back in the first place.
Judges 7: 14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”
Angela Greenig: I tell you by the King, the Lion of Judah, that a new horizon is in scope, and there is a beacon of hope. Many have felt for months and months now the testing from God, but I tell you this: He will place us in the fire like a blacksmith places steel into the furnace. God is using the purifying fires of our trials to forge a weapon within each one of us, and this is our time. We will rise up and we will take every gate at every city because the Lion roars for justice over the land.
2 Samuel 5:9 David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward.
Talitha Arnold: Quick and easy. That’s what the prophet Hananiah promised the Israelites’ return from exile would be. God would break the yoke of King Nebuchadnezzer, free them from Babylon, and make Israel great again. All within two years max.
Brat: Are you saying we have two MORE years of this Babylon?! And you call that a ‘beacon of hope’?
Mark 6:6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.
Kris Vallotton: I feel like there is an onslaught of fear right now because we’re moving into enemy territory that has been occupied for years. Demonic forces that have held the planet in their clutches for generations are being broken.
Pastor John Tolle: God said to me, “A very real adversary is trying to keep you marginalized, John!”
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: A parish priest was called to give her Last Rites before surgery, and the priest showed Maria a crucifix and told her that Jesus was also very thirsty as he suffered on the cross.
Molly Baskette: Imagine a world in which everybody loved like this, from the inside out: all of us with intact egos, supersaturated souls, overflowing hearts?
Kris Vallotton: New Prophetic Word—If You’re in Warfare It’s for a Purpose
Charisma: You are a Child of God. Walk in Your Divine Purpose and Destiny!
Brat: Thanks for sharing. Bless you. Now either help or get out of the way!
Matthew Challenor: “I AM RELEASING THE ELIJAH ANOINTING!”
2 Corinthians 12:5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: What is the purpose of the soul embarking on a journey that will inevitably cause it much grief?
2 Corinthians 12:6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me
Binyomin Adilman: The service of the Tzadik of Thought is one of deep and lofty thought, and he leads a life quite detached from the physical world. A person who simply gazes upon this tzadik is invariably changed for the good. All the more so when the tzadik sets his gaze upon the Jew. He can be instantly uprooted from his present level of service and propelled to a new reality. It is told about Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk that any person who had the opportunity to even gaze at him once, was guaranteed that he would not leave this world before doing teshuva.
The Daughters
Gidon Ariel: This week, the weekly Torah reading Pinchas, Phinehas (Pinchas) is rewarded for his bravery. A census of the Israelites is taken. The daughters of Zelophehad successfully argue for a portion in the land of Israel. Joshua is ordained Moses’ successor. God relays to Moses the details of all the holiday sacrifices.
Brat (04 July 18): Today we celebrate the holiday commemorating our Independence here in the USA.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Sure, some will challenge the soul’s profound awareness of G d, claiming – often with religious fervor — that all religion is a delusion; but no scientific truth can pose any threat to religion rightly conceived as a search for moral order and spiritual meaning. Science can tell us how; it can’t teach us why. The soul was implanted within us to ask — and answer — the question of “why.”
Brat: If we’re so independent then why would Babylon need God?
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Later in the Torah reading, we see another example of taking initiative. Five sisters came with a claim to the leaders of their generation, a generation in which each person was on the level of a prophet. Their father died, leaving no male heir, and the portion of the Land that should be given to their branch of the family would consequently be given to another branch. These women said, “We care so much, why should we lose?” According to G d’s response, Moses changes the system accordingly. By including this whole exchange as part of the Divine Scripture, the Torah makes these women into heroes.
Brat: Yeah! I care, too!
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Today we’re praying for chastity. Chastity is a virtue, a gift from God, a grace and a fruit of spiritual effort.
Kris Vallotton: If you’re in a place of warfare I want you to know I’m praying for you. I got so many comments and messages on social media after I posted about this this week, and I am praying for each of you.
Brat: Thank you!
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: It’s something we are all called to practice regardless of which vocation we’re living.
Brat: I agree. Too bad your Silence prevented us from having a conversation about this. I was willing, but you were too busy. The door is always open if you change your mind.
Revelation 2:19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Your soul needs G d, it craves G d; it is a part of G d. When your soul is connected to G d it is serene, calm and fulfilled, like an infant in its mother’s bosom.
Spirit Fuel: Many of you have been pregnant with a desire, dream, or idea to impact the world. Your days of trial and error are not in vain! The heat and pressure has escalated in your life because you have been in labor! Release is coming…we are coming into a season to give birth!
Promised Land
Brat: I take it then, that Gidon Ariel got the message? The daughters of Israel included Rivkah Lambert Adler, so I gather she talked to Donna Schaper? Pastor John Tolle also talked about the Promised Land. In his narrative he cited Joshua 21. I went back and looked it up later.
Joshua 21: 41 The towns of the Levites in the territory held by the Israelites were forty-eight in all, together with their pasturelands.
Brat: Hmmm…forty-eight? Like the forty-eight states of the continental United States? Do you suppose this was Arc Speak to his fellow priests? He does record his sermons. And Pastor Tom Demaree has been commissioned to literally Pentecost Walk all forty-eight States as he walks and prays for our leadership! He’s been doing this for years!
Joshua 21: 42 Each of these towns had pasturelands surrounding it; this was true for all these towns.
Brat: Pastor John does get around as a pastor to the pastors.
Joshua 21: 43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hands.
Brat: Pastor John reiterated that the Lord gave Israel all the Land that He promised. Not one promise that the Lord gave to the House of Israel ever failed. It was the “House of Israel” that really stood out to me.
Joshua 21: 45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
Brat: Pastor John was contrasting Moses with Joshua and said that for us Christians, Jesus is our Joshua, and that “Promises keep you waiting.” I do believe that Jesus is our Joshua. On the promises point, I personally, can’t stand that notion. I grind with the notion that “Promises keep you waiting.” It is truth. I don’t deny that, but it is also something Pharaoh would say to keep the chain gang going, because he’s in a position of power. That premise makes God seem like a negligent Father who only promises but doesn’t follow through. That premise sets the stage for the Jews to look like the favored ones and the rest of us to be orphans without a land, cuz the Levite priests got the lion’s share, right out of Eli’s script. I disagree with him, but what can I say?
Mark 6:4 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Jeremiah the Prophet was deemed by many as a fanatical madman, as he wandered the streets of Jerusalem and attempted to ignite the conscience of his people.
Psalm 48:1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. His holy mountain,
48:2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Brat: The way I look at it, the Jews get their Promised Land and we get the Land of Promises. It should be a win-win and not a set up for yet another round of jealousy, rivalry, and favoritism wars amongst the children.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: And even in spite of having to take care of the children, cook and clean for her family and neighbors, it’s said that she did all of this joyfully and with faith that God would provide.
Pastor John Tolle: Every one of us faces things we hadn’t planned on facing and the plan hasn’t worked out the way we wanted.
Brat: There are tons of scriptures where God showed all of us what His peaceable Kingdom is like at the end of the Age.
Kris Vallotton: The Jezebel spirit is an issue of spirits, not of flesh and blood. Remember Ephesians 6:12 which says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Brat: Then why is it that Jezebel raises her head especially loudly every time there is an issue of Land? She did it with Naboth (1 Ki 21), she does it today in the Middle East with every fresh wave of immigrants fleeing to find a better life away from their tormentors, and she has done it in my life over the last ten years (and next month it will be eleven years), in that she’s gone after me every single time to make sure that I’ve been ousted out of a solitude spot where I park and pray. The issue is biblical, global, and personal. I rebuke her on my personal level and I fast and pray, but there are no leaders standing with me, because I’m fun to play with but, I guess, not taken seriously. On the world stage, instead of dealing with the dictators, the nations bemoan the cries of being overwhelmed with so many immigrants. Why aren’t the leaders dealing with their peers who have become dictators and hoodlums? And then they say the people are the problem? There are consequences of not listening to the prophet of God.
1 Kings 21:3 But Naboth replied, “The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”
Brat: Pastor John was just saying that we need to work in partnership with God and not just abdicate responsibility about everything back to Him. That’s like giving the devil the pink slip and then saying, “How did he get that?” Every relationship requires choices. I CHOOSE God and put Him first. Can’t you feel the difference within you between simply riding the skies of the Holy Spirit and choosing an intimate relationship?
Charisma: Get Back to Your First Love and Laugh Again!
Brat: Really, Charisma, I sooo get the truth of your message, but could you BACK OFF! You’re too close! It feels like a baby who refuses to be weaned.
Psalm 48:6 trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor,
Lori Suiter: The most important STAY is to STAY in His presence. Lock eyes on Jesus, spend time with Him and in the Word. Then you will know if you are meant to STAY or GO.
John-Paul & Annie Deddens: Cardinal Carlo Salotti said about St. Maria Goretti after her death that, “Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life.”
Brat: I don’t think I’m getting through to them! Thank you for fulfilling prophecy! This is exactly what Jesus told Thyatira to do and you’re doing a splendid job!
Revelation 2: 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’
Lori Suiter: Do we truly believe in a God who can do the impossible not just in other countries but right here in our country? in our state? region? family? Do we believe that we carry an atmosphere changing Holy Spirit in us everywhere we go? Do we carry a light that invades darkness? even if that darkness has been in every generation before us? Are we prepared to be the ones who draw the line in the sand and say NO MORE, take a stand, and watch God turn it all around in those areas…all for His glory?
Talitha Arnold: With a yoke around his neck, the Prophet Jeremiah stood before the same people and said “no.” Their exile wasn’t over. Rebuilding their nation would take repentance and sacrifice, and most of all, a recommitment to God’s justice and mercy. Making Israel great again wouldn’t be quick and easy.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Rabbi Avi Baumol: PSALMS 78: 1 Maschil of Asaf. Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter dark sayings concerning days of old;
3 That which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us,
4 We will not hide from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wondrous works that He hath done.
5 For He established a testimony in Yaakov, and appointed a law in Yisrael, which He commanded [!] our fathers, that they should make them known to their children;
Binyomin Adilman: Just as “G d taught the Torah to Moses, and Moses to Joshua…” ( Avot 1:1), we also have our role in furthering the essential Teacher/Disciple relationship. Only we can insure that the chain of transmission will always be strong.
Pastor John Tolle: Our humanity has to be confronted with His divinity. Your humanity is powerful.
Angela Greenig: A New Horizon and Beacon of Hope
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: We underestimate our spiritual power as well as the inner desire of the non-Jewish world to see the Jewish people as a beacon of moral and divine truth.

 

Balaam Taught Balak 01 July 18

1 Jul

Sunday, July 1, 2018
[6 pages]
Gidon Ariel: Dear friends, I am no better at finding the purposes of God than anyone else. I often feel like I stumble forward, and have to look back to see His true purposes.
Elijah List: Christians Being Ignored-Pledge to Pray Now
Spirit Fuel: This is a word for someone today!
Brat: Arc speak to me?
Spirit Fuel: Feeling discouraged, hopeless, and ready to quit?
Chuck D. Pierce: “This is an hour you can either feel sorry for yourself and stay in a cycle of grief and torment, or allow My Spirit to realign your emotions so you are renewed and refreshed. Allow My laughter to burst forth from your mouth as good medicine and move forward on My path of healing.”
Acts 9:4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Brat: Jesus told us to go into our prayer closet, shut the door and pray. (Matthew 6) Without a place to park and pray, how do I fulfill God’s command without becoming the babble Jesus warned us about being? Israel, what have you learned?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The message, I believe, is quite clear. The Torah is teaching us that if you wish to understand who the Jew is, you must seek the perspective of the non-Jew! The non-Jewish individual, who is unbiased and unaffected by the “Jewish complex” and its inclination toward self-depreciation, possesses a keener appreciation of the Jew than many Jews themselves.
Anna Blake: The problem with loving horses so much is that we have a hard time believing we deserve them; that we are good enough for them.
Israel 365: By the Rivers of Babylon ✡ “If I Forget You, O Yerushalayim”
Donna Schaper: Another Kind of Closet
Brat (29 June 18): Dear God, it’s just another day at camp. I found out yesterday the depth of the absurdity of my being outsted out of my solitude spot. It turns out that I cannot park and pray anywhere! Evidently it is now illegal for me to park anywhere for extended periods of time. Over here in Babylon praying is considered a form of loitering. Loitering is illegal. That means that I cannot park and pray. Babylon has taken up the war cry and spelled it out to include that I cannot park and write. I cannot park and read. So, that means that all the worker bees with me taking breaks on their lunch hours also cannot park and read and have some peace and quiet away from the office to recharge their souls’ batteries. Truly this edict from Babylon on high has taken absurdity to new depths. Chuck Pierce said to not feel sorry for ourselves, so I won’t. Just thinking that now would be a good time to send in the loaf of bread rolling into their camp.
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have.
Anna Blake: Oh, great. Now it’s required that a rider be a brilliant conversationalist, too? Add that to the list of things you need to be for your horse; the list that already trails off into the distance and over the horizon. That’s why the kid memories came back in the first place.
Judges 7: 14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Unlimited Secrets
Brat (11 June 18): For the public record, I only emailed “Be Pleased” to Rabbi YY Jacobson. It was a private email and I sent it last night. It was the Elijah List’s idea to post a word out of Canada the morning after I emailed Rabbi YY. Lord Jesus, safeguard Rabbi YY’s reputation! He is an upright man. The Funny Bunnies talk about no limits, but it’s wrong to go down a rabbit trail without permission. Funny Bunnies! You had no right and no permission to spy, and you will NOT harm my Bagel Boys! They are precious in my sight and have already been sealed as servants of our God. (Please see Revelation 7.)
Wanda Alger: SPEAKING OUT AGAINST CORRUPTION: Mordecai’s decision to sit in this place of political activity proved to be significant. He overheard a plot to assassinate the king and reported it to Esther (2:21-23). He did not let fear stop him from alerting the palace of this threat. When the investigation proved the story to be true, the criminals were hanged, and Mordecai’s courageous actions were written in the official record. Believers need ongoing boldness when confronting wrong-doing or corruption. Regardless of the threats, our testimonies and actions may be the very catalyst to break the enemy’s back.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (in “Third Temple” 14 June 18): The weekly Torah portion of Korach relates the story of a man by the name of Korach who debates Moses and ultimately leads a mutiny against the greatest Jewish leader. “The entire community is holy, and G d is within them,” Korach exclaims, “Why do you raise yourselves over the congregation of G d?” (Num. 16:3)
Revelation 4:8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Pastor John Tolle (in “Worker Bees” 25 June 18): Zach and Elizabeth weren’t able to conceive. Zachariah laughed. The angel was displeased with his response. God and the angel could handle his reaction, but he had to deal with the consequences. God is big enough to handle your attitudes, but you’ll have consequences to deal with. OUR POSITIONS ARE NOT FOUNDED ON TRUTH.”
Hmmmm…
Is he saying that the four living creatures with eyes all around are not the spies? The Elijah List is not like a lion when their logo is a lion on their web page? The second is like an ox and Rick Joyner has fit the bill. He even talked about the ox and its purpose. Steve Shultz works with Rick Joyner in their strategizing. The two mega organizations need a contact man. The third had a face like a man. Pastor John Tolle has consistently stepped into those shoes and the UCC has backed him up and kept the daily conversation going in between Sundays. The fourth was a flying eagle. Spirit Fuel watches, circles, and dives in for the catch.
Steve Shultz: Chuck Pierce and his team always have incredible prophetic words to release for the very hour (and week) we are in.
Rick Joyner (22 May 18): King David had a noble desire to bring the glory of God to Jerusalem, but he had limited understanding of the Lord’s holiness to think His glory could be carried on an ox cart, even a new one. Oxen represent natural strength, and the new cart represents the way we often think our new revelation, or our new way of doing things, will bring His glory in—but it is really based more on human effort. David learned the hard way how carefully we must treat the Ark of God’s presence. Have we?
Charisma: Do you want to understand Revelation?
Brat: I bet I’m more on target than I can even imagine.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: “This is the saying of the man who sees well.” (Onkelos)
Brat: Is it any wonder that Jesus stands in the middle of the crowd around His throne looking like a lamb who was slain? (Rev 5:6)
Shira Schechter: What follows is a display of God’s will triumphing over man’s intentions as He thwarts Balaam’s every move. Finally, the portion ends with the Children of Israel, oblivious to God’s recent salvation, sinning and being punished with a plague. Only the actions of the quick-thinking Phineas are enough to stop God’s wrath.
Brat: Then what’s the next step toward reconciliation after we do this? We’ve already experienced the seals, the plagues, bowls, and the trumpets in the Book of Revelation. And things have played out just as God said they would.
Donald J. Trump: Can we finally admit the truth?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Eric Hoffer, an American social philosopher (1968): “Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace. Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.
Donna Schaper: So many of us help in unhelpful ways. I, for one, have a Ph.D. in that kind of help. I can’t seem to stop myself from giving advice or wondering why the person doesn’t help themselves. After all, say I to myself, God helps those who help themselves. I am wrong. Jesus helped even those who didn’t or couldn’t help themselves.
Brat: You might benefit from making a connection with Dr Rivkah Lambert Adler. Just sayn. Maybe I did the Mordecai thing.
2 Samuel 1:24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
Jo: For you my prayer is contact. I pray for you to have some response and interest in your writing. That the wall of silence is removed. I pray for grace and mercy today for all of us. I pray for joy and life force to thunder into our day and overwhelm the stress. I pray for us all that today is a day that makes us know that all is well and where it should be. That we are in the light of God’s love and that we stay present with that.
Donna Schaper: Prayer
Release us, O God, from all that binds us. Help us to come out. Amen.
Rick Joyner (22 May 18): The first thing is timing. Revelation states that Babylon will be destroyed, and this will be followed by “…another angel (messenger) coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” (Revelation 18:1-2) If the premise is correct that “Babylon the Great” is the institutional church(s) built by man and not God—which became a harlot by marrying the powers of this age instead of waiting for Christ—it has not yet been destroyed, and neither has this angel appeared. If this is the case, than it is still not time to tell God’s people to “come out of her.” So what does that mean for us now?
Shira Schechter (in “Worker Bees” 25 June 18): If God told Balaam he could go with the messengers, why do you think he sends an angel to stop him on the way?
Revelation 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.
Rabbi Harold Kushner: “But this year has persuaded me that Jews are in fact different. I find myself compelled to face the fact that the Jew plays the role for the world that the canary used to play for the coal miners. You’ve read about how the miners would take canaries with them into the mines because the canaries were extremely sensitive to dangerous gases. They responded to danger before the humans did. So if the miners saw the canaries get sick and pass out, they knew that the air was bad and they would escape as fast as they could.
Avraham Sutton: Come and see. The Manna in the Desert descended from a very exalted level, from the level of the supernal radiance. As it descended down through the spiritual dimension, it gave nourishment to all. It was the very food of the angels. However, once it descended with the morning dew and the atmosphere of this world enveloped it, it thickened and coagulated. Its luster changed and it appeared completely physical. The same is true of angels, and even more so, because they come from a lower level than the Manna itself. When they descend, the atmosphere of this world envelops and overwhelms them, and they change from their previous level.
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Balak represents the transformation of darkness to light – the metamorphosis of the idolatrous kingdom of Moab to the sacred kingdom of David and Mashiach. Just as Balak was transformed from evil to good, darkness to light, we too are reminded that if we make the effort, every obstacle can be overcome and the light revealed.
Avraham Sutton: This is why Balaam said about himself, “It is the word of one who hears G d’s sayings, who sees a vision of the Almighty.” (Num. 24:4) For Aza and Azael had taught him G d’s secret sayings that they had heard when they were still in heaven. This is why it says, “…hears G d’s sayings”, and not “…hears G d’s voice”, i.e. the sayings he had heard from Aza and Azael. He also said, “It is the word of the one who hears G d’s sayings and knows the will of the Most High.” (ibid. 24:16) From Aza and Azael he learned how to divine the most auspicious times to perform his art. He continued saying, “Who sees a vision of the Almighty while fallen [in a meditative trance] with mystical insight.” (ibid.)
Israel 365: Who is the Anointed One? ✡ “I Have Installed My King On Tzion”
Acts 9:5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: I heard in the name of the Baal Shem Tov the intention of Onkelos here. The Midrash asks why G·d chose to rest His Presence on such a wicked gentile as Balaam? And it answers, so that the gentile nations will not have any allegation [against G·d] saying, “Had you given us prophets, we too would have improved our ways.”
Gidon Ariel: And looking back, I can see now that what I did not do on that day, was just as important as what I did do. I did not try to repent!
Elijah List: God, Are You Talking to Me? Yes, He is.
Avraham Sutton: Now, with regard to these two angels, what did the Holy One do? He saw that they were leading people astray. He bound them with metal chains in the mountains of darkness…. People who found out where they were would go to them, and they would teach these people the occult arts. The Torah calls these mountains of darkness “Harerei Kedem” [“Ancient Mountains of the East”, based on the double meaning of “Kedem”, meaning “east” and “ancient”], as the verse states, “Balak, king of Moab, has brought me from Aram, from the Ancient Mountains of the East, [telling me] to come curse Jacob and conjure divine wrath against Israel.” (Num. 23:7)
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is not a curse. It is reality. If we wish to survive and thrive we must embrace this truth, acknowledged long ago by our fellow non-Jewish inhabitants of this planet. The world will only appreciate Jews when we will possess the courage to appreciate and love ourselves. The world is embarrassed with an Israel that is embarrassed with its 4,000-year faith and tradition that the Holy Land is G-d’s gift to the Jews.
Acts 9:3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
Gidon Ariel: Then I suddenly realized something else — something that I was not seeing: There was no record of Jews ever repaying evil for evil in what they suffered from us.
Mary Luti: How We Heal
Gidon Ariel: What started out to be a one-day side-trip, turned out to be much more. Something broke in me that day, something I expect to carry with me for the rest of my life. In the weeks that followed, it was no longer “business as usual” in my study of the Blood Moons. Those moons were fading in the sky of my mind, just as an eclipsed moon fades away into the light of the coming dawn. Something was different now.
Chuck D. Pierce: Watch as Thrones Are Exchanged!
Luke 10:18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Chuck D. Pierce: “I am mending your neural networks. As My Names are connecting with your thoughts, your thoughts are connecting with your speech in new ways. This will allow you to articulate and share the reality of My Name on a higher level of understanding. Like lightening coming down, My people will be divinely connected through and through to understand My order in an entirely new way.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “When I start to reveal to you a single secret,” he confessed, “I feel a downpour of divine influence like the gushing rapids of a waterfall. At first I am at a loss how to pass on even the smallest amount of this wisdom to you. Then I devise a way to channel it in such a manner that I can divulge to you a minute part of that secret.
Chuck D. Pierce: “Your provision is on the water. The worship you release at this time will cause water levels to rise. Your provision is floating on the water, but the water level will have to rise for you to lay hold of your provision. Worship, and cause the water tables to rise! Rejoice in this season! Do not be silent and do not hesitate to open your mouth and rejoice. As you release your sound of worship, watch the water tables rise and bring what you need into your hand.
Revelation 16: 5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
you who are and who were;
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Now we understand. Through the opening of the mouth of the donkey G-d was able to break Bilam’s strength and stop his ability to curse the Jewish people. The Midrash Shimoni (765) agrees. “The ministers of Balak were amazed that for the first (and only) time they saw an amazing miracle”. From here we see the importance of the miracle to nullify Bilam’s initiative.
Acts 9:7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.

 

Holy Friend 11 June 18

12 Jun

Working Dates: Monday, June 11, 2018 to Tuesday, June 12, 2018
[8 pages]
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Dear Holy Friend,
Brat: Why do you call me ‘holy’?
Quinn G. Caldwell: Jesus got asked this same question once, in different words. “What is the greatest commandment?” they asked him, and you know he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” “Ok, but who’s my neighbor?” you might ask, as they did. And if the one you’ve been following answers anything other than, “Every-damn-body,” it just simply isn’t Jesus.
Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Now I was looking at this from Daniel’s eyes as he stood by the river and Gabriel showed up. Was it Gabriel? (Daniel 10) I need to go back and read it again. All his friends disappeared and he stood there alone by the river with the holy one.
Revelation 4:8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Kathryn, “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor”
Lance Wallnau: So often it’s just one key distinction, one insight, one adjustment from a pro that changes everything. A brilliant teacher named Jim Rohn once said: “Success in any area comes down to just half a dozen things.” That’s true. Success leaves clues. There are known keys for prosperity, emotional fulfilment, happy intimate marriages, deep friendships, vibrant health, attractive looks, stress-free finances, and a rich, profound spiritual life pregnant with God’s presence and power, walking in rhythm with His purpose.
Revelation 3: 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: In addition to serving God with all of our hearts, we should also be taking care of those less fortunate.
Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Marc Brisebois: Despite his age, his strength for war had not diminished. This is resurrection power quickening (making alive) a mortal body (Romans 8:11).
Lance Wallnau: You need an updated encounter with who God is as He engages nations and economic systems in this decade. They thought the Messiah would come as a lion and he came as a lamb. Today we are looking for the lamb and He is roaring like a lion!
Marc Brisebois: God evidently has more for us and is intent on giving us more. There are no limits! It is time for us to believe far beyond our capacity. The Spirit that raised Christ from the dead can enlarge our abilities beyond imagination. This is what is promised and this is what is coming. For those who have felt pushed into a corner and pruned beyond comprehension, there is more than a release coming. There is a Quantum Leap into inhuman capacity by the grace of God.
Luke 6:46 [ The Wise and Foolish Builders ] “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
Revelation 3: 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Israel365 is this month partnering with two special organizations to help them raise funds to feed Jewish poor people.
Shira Schechter: Priests and Levites: Duties and Gifts
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Fortified with that encouragement, I went into my inbox. There was lots of Arc Speak from the Funny Bunnies to my piece, but it was stale. Some of it made me angry, because they AGAIN went after the jugular vein in saying that everything was a test and we had to endure. The mom in me wanted to scream AGAIN that good parents are NOT constantly TESTING their children!! Good parents are not so arrogant as to think that everything they do is going to TEACH YOU A LESSON in some authoritarian prick version of life law. (Although in God’s justice we do get what we dish out, so I have no doubt they’ll get the lesson back to them in spades.)
Shira Schechter: Why do you think the Levites must also tithe the portions they receive? What can we learn from this law?
Lance Wallnau: The Prophet said: “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Not lack of zeal, sincerity or even anointing. What’s the one factor that matters most? KNOWLEDGE! There’s a “knowledge of the glory of the Lord” that will cover the earth one day. Let’s step together into that “glory” in August right in the nation’s Capitol and ask for the key of knowledge that you need.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Now we are praying that for Imme, since she is all alone and running her business at the ranch. It is back-breaking work and she has no support. I am also praying for Pastor John with his church. I don’t know what that means for him. That’s why it’s part of the white light. The prayer must stay in purity, so that it’s not tainted by my intentions (good or bad). It must be set apart and holy unto God for the Holy Spirit to reveal. Shawn prayed again for words of knowledge for Pastor John. That’s what got him in trouble. I pray that he applies wisdom to the knowledge that he already has so that he may lead us!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: What Does It Mean to a Live a Holy Life?
Holiness is the Courage to Puncture the Superficial; Surrendering to the External is a Bottomless Pit
Israel 365: Feeling the Bible ✡ “May There Be Well-Being Within Your Ramparts”
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): What had also transpired in that evening conversation with God was a discussion on my feelings about what He’d said. I was grateful to God that He’d said I would be pleased. He’d never said that before in all these ten years of this assignment. I expressed my gratitude and then also had to confess that I was feeling something else. I didn’t want to show myself unfaithful or unhealed or disloyal. I was afraid to be honest with Him. He encouraged me to go on. I said that even though I’m grateful, I’m still “waiting for the other shoe to drop.” Experience has taught me that God’s good intentions don’t match up with man’s intentions. My educated mind knows that it will not always be where life is waiting to drop the next steel-toed Army boot on my head. Still, my HEART and my body and reflexes have been conditioned by experience to get the boot. Preaching on love does not equate to love.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Flax, the Window and the Rope: The Story of Rachav
All the World’s a Play of Three Scenes
Brat: Joshua remembered Rahab and went back to get her and her family before they burned down Jericho down to the ground. (Joshua 6)
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Jesus, You changed (exchanged) water for wine, taking great care not to damage the flow but even to enhance it. Jo and I have been taking great care not to damage the “oil” [the anointing] and to honor the gifts that You have given us. I lay these on Your altar and ask You to exchange the pain for mercy, comfort, and a gracious and loving connection that You have in mind. There is an earthly kinsman redeemer whom I am convinced You have been grooming to redeem our testimony, so that it can move out and flow beyond the exile the Funny Bunnies have created by their manipulations and echoes across the marketplace. Children calling out to each other. (Luke 7:32) We played the pipe for you and you did not dance. We played a dirge for you and you did not mourn.
The kinsman redeemer recognizes the gift at his feet and acts on it the same day. Holy Spirit, please help Bill (or someone!) to recognize the gift and take action today!
Anna Blake (11 June 18): A Smoky Memory
A dusky pink summer dawn, stepping
out the porch door, halt. Dread at
the smell of unnatural heat. How close?
Check the wind, look for a plume.
Scan the paddocks, the horses will know.
No reprieve from fires last winter, the
relentless sun dries new grass to a pale
tan before it can mature to green, noxious
weeds shrivel. Throwing morning hay,
the sun rises from the dull horizon,
casting an unholy shadow. I’ve seen a
grass fire snap and pop across the prairie,
a wide, flat explosion, too quick to evade,
black exhaust smoldering behind. The
less fuel, the faster fire runs, smoke thick
enough to kill what flames can’t reach. Safe
for now, it’s only a smoky fog, a dirge blown
in from the west. The smell of burnt lives;
the taste of ash, both wild and tame. Head
shaking with guilty thanks, horrified at
the expense others have paid for my relief.
Ezekiel 17:24 All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.
Lance Wallnau: God wants you to update, RE-CALIBRATE and SYNC your personal vision with what is happening NOW! Re-calibrating means making small, specific yet powerful adjustments that put you in alignment with a signal or someone or some reality you cannot afford to miss. Fail to do this and you disconnect—like a spaceship that misses its window in orbit! It’s TIME FOR YOU TO MAKE THOSE KEY ADJUSTMENTS and orbit into the next level of God’s plan.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): He [Rabbi YY Jacobson] goes on to say that their [the spies’] mistake was not that they shared the truth of their observations, but that they introduced paralysis. They only shared the obstacles and did not take the next step of saying, “…so now we need to devise an effective strategy of how to go about our challenging mission…”
Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, give me power to find your will and your longing in every situation. Then when the time comes, let me take my stand, and let it be a stand for love. Amen.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Once again He repeated His phrase as the first thing I heard upon being awakened the next morning by the cooing of a mourning dove outside my bedroom window: “You’ll be pleased.”
I eagerly checked my inbox.
Quinn G. Caldwell: “When the thousand years [of Christ’s reign] are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations…” – Revelation 20:7-8a
Shira Schechter: This portion [Numbers 16:1-18:32] deals primarily with the rebellion of the eponymous Korah and his followers against the authority of Moses and Aaron. A cousin to the leading brothers, Korah protests Moses’s concentration of power in the family, insisting the entire nation is holy. Only God’s intervention succeeds in putting down the insurrection and restoring unity to the camp. The portion ends with a reiteration of Aaron’s priestly duties in the service of God, as well as specific gifts to be apportioned to the priests and Levites.
Lance Wallnau: You need a 2018 update. There is something DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS HOUR! It’s a global thing. MOST believers are still running on the prophetic calendar from 3 years ago. Something huge has shifted in the earth, and many shakings are attached to this new thing.
Quinn G. Caldwell: History has passed a righteous judgement on Wallace. But if you can’t wait for history to decide, how do you figure out how to act? When change is roiling the nation, when mores and morals and standards and norms shift, when we seem to be split right down the middle, when ugly truths about ourselves are getting harder and harder to deny, how do you decide where God wants you to make your stand? Even if you call yourself a follower of Jesus, how do you really know if you’ve been listening to the Deceiver or the Savior?
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Last night when I got home from Jo’s I’d taken the book “Eli” [by Bill Myers] into the house with me from the car along with the coded message. I shared the story and the unfolding drama with Dad. He seemed encouraged, too. He thought it was great divine irony that seemed as if God was directing my steps outside the Church to a new arena, and yet it was not so new, because my artistic style is one of using their own words to show the evolving conversation. Our combined enthusiasm made the living room where we were talking glow with holy excitement.
Lance Wallnau: Find and refine your Unique Methodology. Your Slingshot Strategy. You do something nobody else does just like you. Let’s identify it or partner you up with the person who completes your puzzle.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Ascent of Safed was a “Boaz” to me by sending me the coded message. After Ruth spent the night at his feet, Boaz sent her home with food (six measures of barley (Ruth 3:15)) and Naomi told her to wait for his instructions. (v 18)
I just realized that there is a heavy ARC to “Butcher” (p 9):
Revelation 6:6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil [!] and the wine!”
I never noticed that connection before between the six measures of barley that Boaz gave Ruth and the six pounds of barley from a voice among the Four Living Creatures.
Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
Brat: Now this morning the holy glow had receded back to Heaven as I stared at the Facebook page and its silence.
God was right. I had been pleased. And I was also right when I’d confessed to Dad (and to God) that my worst fear was that I’d receive more silence.
Doug Addison: “A Personal Prophetic Word for You”
Lance Wallnau: Kathryn, hear me when I say… I’ve been prophesying about God intervening in America’s unravelling and predicted Donald Trump. I cannot yet tell how long this moment will last. Is it a window or a door? What I do know is the word for you is NOW! You need to know what fruit is yours—IN THIS SEASON. It’s time for a “New WORD” for your “NOW Season!” AND WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A SEASON LIKE THIS!
Doug Addison: “No eye has seen, no ear had heard, no human mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” — Corinthians 2:9
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6).
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Jesus, establish Your LORDSHIP!!
Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (8 June 18): Rabbi Leiter [from Ascent] will be in Toronto and NY for the next two weeks. He can be contacted by email at director@ascentofsafed.com
Journal (9 June 18): Lord, give Rabbi Leiter safe travels. Connect him with Rabbi YY in Brooklyn, New York, and give them wise counsel.
Marc Brisebois, Spruce Grove, AB Canada (11 June 18): “A Critical Transition is Here: There Are No Limits!”
1 Samuel 16:2 Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’
Brat (11 June 18): For the public record, I only emailed “Be Pleased” to Rabbi YY Jacobson. It was a private email and I sent it last night. It was the Elijah List’s idea to post a word out of Canada the morning after I emailed Rabbi YY. Lord Jesus, safeguard Rabbi YY’s reputation! He is an upright man. The Funny Bunnies talk about no limits, but it’s wrong to go down a rabbit trail without permission. Funny Bunnies! You had no right and no permission to spy, and you will NOT harm my Bagel Boys! They are precious in my sight and have already been sealed as servants of our God. (Please see Revelation 7.)
Rabbi Tuly Weisz: And we learn in Daniel 4:27: “Break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed [poor], that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”
1 Samuel 16:3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.”
Marc Brisebois: Paul somehow out-labored all the others. How? He discovered a key that provided him with a rare level of energy which carried him through impossible circumstances and inhuman levels of service. He tapped into something others had not.
Brat (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): The Funny Bunnies keep blocking the energy with their incessant TEACHING. Here again, no one can “teach” another compassion! And yet they are re-teaching Ask, Seek, Knock when their readers are trying to faithfully apply the lesson, but they are so far off (or maybe waaaay too close?) to be able to come back to keep the flow moving by sharing the testimony. If they share the testimony, then it could get too personal and reveal that they knew and did nothing.
Kim Potter: The Enemy Knows God’s Truth
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.
Kim Potter: This has been a concern I have spoken with her about many times in our private conversations. When receiving a prophecy, be wise and ask God for the timing of it. Often times, we set our eyes on it happening right away. If it doesn’t, we become discouraged and we take our eyes off God. Time passes—if we don’t see the promise in that allotted time frame, we may become weary and give up.
Ezekiel 17:23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): Last night in group I asked for prayer for a fresh connection. We cannot do this journey alone. I need someone who appreciates, understands, and acknowledges my writings, so that they can move in the divine Flow. We’d talked about all those things during the discussion period. Wendy prayed for me and asked God for a connection. Then she said it would be all in God’s timing. My ears perked up with suspicion. What are they waiting for? What more information do they need to do the right thing?!
Kelita (11 June 18): “That is the spirit of anti-Christ wearing down the saints; trying to change the times and seasons. He’s spent years getting us focused on the time of something instead of keeping our eyes on God. Then when it doesn’t happen in the TIME we think, we get CALLOUSES in our hearts, and when the timing of the Lord actually comes, we are hard! We MUST keep our focus on Him to where timing doesn’t matter; then when HE says ‘it’s time,’ ANTICIPATION is birthed!”
Marc Brisebois: The difference is that Paul was plugged into a never ending flow, like a tool plugged into a wall socket, as opposed to a cordless version. A cordless tool is battery powered which, while convenient, has limited capacity. The cordless tool constantly needs recharging. In the same way, we have been living out of the power of recharged souls. Even with amazing capacity, those energy stores will run dry.
Steve Shultz (11 June 18): This is such an important word right now…for this “time”. I know many of you have had powerful prophetic words spoken over you in your life…in your callings. Often when things don’t happen right away, we become discouraged and we let that prophetic word fade away.
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Journal (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): What the group said confirmed that I’d been listening correctly when God told me to play hooky. I’d felt like a mom stepping back into the shadows to give the kids space to test their own wings and build their own self-confidence.
It’s also a lot like when the kids are grounded in time-out, the mom is also grounded.
Marc Brisebois: The issue is the reaping of eternal life. Do not underestimate the meaning of this by thinking in terms of your experience after death. “Reaping eternal life” is a real experience we must grow into now…in this life. Eternal life is not a period of time following death, it is the knowledge of Christ (John 17:3). It is now! A whole swath of people who have been pruned by God are about to surge into a powerful level of grace they never thought possible.
Brat: I’m sorry, I thought you said the “raping” of eternal life, not the reaping of it. My bad.
Marc Brisebois: He said we would never thirst, which suggests the idea of unrelenting flow. This is the promise of eternal life – a supply that is everlasting. How else do we explain the anomaly expressed by Joshua when he said:
“As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.” (Joshua 14:11)
1 Samuel 16:4 Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
Shlomo Chaim Kesselman (in “Be Pleased” 6 June 18): The Talmud compares Moses and Joshua to the sun and moon, respectively. [Bava Batra 75a.] Moses was like the sun, the source of light, because he delivered the Jewish People the Torah and brought the light of G dliness into the world. He represents a top-to-bottom approach to serving G d. Joshua, on the other hand, is compared to the moon, which has no light of its own and merely reflects the sun’s light. This represents a bottom-up approach to G dly service; the idea of transforming and elevating the physical world into a “moon”, a vessel for G dly light. And although both approaches are necessary and complement each other, Joshua’s mode has the unique advantage in that he achieved that the world itself should become G dly, not just that it had G dliness imposed onto it.
1 Samuel 16:5 He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
Marc Brisebois: An Unrelenting Flow
Brat: Back in the early days Steve Shultz had said, “Act as if…” He had encouraged me to “fake it ‘til you make it.” Even though I felt like an imposter, I went forward anyway. Now all these years later it doesn’t matter that I feel like a stooge. What matters is to protect the honor of the rabbis. They don’t deserve to have someone spying on their mail and then having the behavior justified because Moses sent the spies into Canaan to scope out the Promised Land. Even then then only spied for forty days. This has been going on for years! But what could I say? There’s a conspiracy in the camp? That wouldn’t make me a credible witness. He didn’t just do it to me, he did it to them!
1 Samuel 8:8 Just as they have done to Me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you.
Kim Potter: I love the gift of prophecy, as it is vitally important in Body of Christ. However, when receiving prophecy, be sure to keep your eyes on God. If it is truly a word from God, it will come to pass. If you keep your eyes on God, the timing of it won’t matter. If you are fully persuaded in your faith, time will have no relevance.
Brat: So, are you saying that it’s okay to spy indefinitely and not follow Joshua’s order to go back and get Rahab and her family? I guess promises mean nothing when you keep the faith and time has no relevance.
So I did as the Lord instructed.
1 Samuel 8:7 and the LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.
Marc Brisebois: The quantum leap coming is a shift away from the soul to a more direct connection to resurrection life. While the renewing and restoring power of the Holy Spirit does overflow to our soul, the soul is a recipient and not a source. Yet, we are in the habit of drawing from our souls after it is renewed. What if we could bypass the soul and draw directly from the endless source of Life? This is the promise!