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Mamma 21 Mar 18

22 Mar

Working Dates: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Thursday, March 22, 2018
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John Edgerton: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Consider marriage and parenting. If you choose to remain single, you will never have an argument in your home, never experience strife and discord, and nobody will ever accuse you of being “insensitive, selfish, careless, irresponsible, narcissistic, and ‘out for lunch.’” If you decide not to have children, no one will accuse you of being a horrible parent, a controlling mother, ruining the lives of your children, crippling them emotionally, and sending them into therapy for decades.
Katie Barker: “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:33-34 NASB)
Rick Joyner: Again, this harlot is called “Mystery Babylon” because of the way that it models what happened at the tower of Babel. Men foolishly thought that they could build a tower to heaven by their own wisdom and strength, so the Lord scattered their languages so that they could not go on with this folly. The same thing happened when Christendom was united under one head in Rome. They thought they could establish the kingdom of God on earth by their own wisdom, might, and power, so the Lord thwarted this folly in the same way—by scattering their languages. We now have over ten thousand different denominations, or “languages.”
Brat: The Church in my orbit babbles on and on, holding doctrine (and likewise the fear of false doctrine) as the Truth and bullishly defends it as if her life depends on it. There is no basis for a charge against them. But then again, I don’t even look for one. That’s not my job. My job is to hold up a candle and ask them if Jesus is truly Lord of the doctrines they believe (and defender against the false doctrines they oppose and fear, including Mother Mary in the Protestant camp,) then there must be some accountability for the behaviors of leadership over the last ten years. Maybe Rome truly has no idea of what I’ve gone through for her sake.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This is the Torah’s message in Vayikra. Leaders make mistakes. That is inevitable. Now their job is not to run and hide; but to face the mistakes, acknowledge them, and bring atonement.
Brat: It’s those whose names that are written in the book of life who will be judged according to what they had done. (Rev 20:13) There must be accountability for the bullying. Ten thousand “languages” (ie, denominations) are ten thousand ways of speaking the truth. They all do it passionately. None of it matters if it’s only spoken from the pulpit. The fortress still remains impenetrable.
Tzvi Freeman: Yes, Jewish mothers are known for their assertiveness. They get their way. They say an Englishman’s home is his castle. Well, a Jewish mother’s home is her fortress.
Novena: O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: That is the reason for the strange Jewish custom that after the breaking of the glass at the end of the marriage ceremony, everyone screams “Mazal Tov!” what’s the mazal tov? A nice glass was broken after all?
Novena: Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!
Marchaé Grair: It makes sense that God would create us in Her image to do something She does best.
Pastor John Tolle: Colossians 2:3 Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Monday, March 19, 2018 at 3pm Journal: Parked at work. Lord, You commissioned us to make disciples of all nations. I don’t think we know how! The old rabbis knew how and they did it famously. Give the rabbis of today wisdom in how to disciple us. Discipling is an art form. You’re the great Artist, the Creator! Help us! Give us all wisdom. We don’t seem to be short on knowledge, but we are short on wisdom. Please make up the shortfall.
I look forward to what mercies You’ll show us, Jesus. No more dry heaves with Laodicea!
Revelation 3: 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth. 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.
Lana Vawser: “Wisdom is the most valuable commodity – so buy it! Revelation knowledge is what you need – so invest in it!” (Proverbs 4:7 The Passion Translation)
Tzvi Freeman: My own mother, may her soul continue to rise higher and higher, as soon as my father proposed marriage to her, responded, “Yes, if you buy me a house.” Which he did.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): We’ve made church like a corporation.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “Wait a minute,” said the father-in-law. “I just made you half-owner of a moneymaking organization, but you don’t like factories and won’t work in an office. What am I going to do with you?”
“Easy,” said the young man. “Buy me out.”
Tzvi Freeman: There’s the key. All those jokes about Jewish mothers who won’t let go, who are calling you daily, advising you and meddling in your life even after you’re married and are marrying off your own kids—where does that come from? What is that all about?
Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The “Divine Chariot” is described most vividly in the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel but appears elsewhere in the Bible as well. It is generally understood to be a depiction of the hierarchy of divine powers through which G d channels His life force into the world. Each detail of the vision embodies a different aspect of this organization of life powers, and all the details eventually find their way into various manifestations in this world.
Brat (21 Mar 18): Yesterday I posted “Truth or Dare?” Today, Lana Vawser posts “THRIVE AND SHINE.”
Lana Vawser: I saw these treasure chests of heavenly wisdom and revelation stored within many of these 55s and over, but it had not been called out, it had been overlooked – not appreciated and thrown to the side. But I saw JESUS HIMSELF placing His hand of release and activation upon these treasure chests that were deep within the hearts of those 55 and over. SUDDENLY, wisdom and revelation were flowing out like tidal waves into the Body of Christ. The wisdom and revelation were bringing an even greater unlocking, activation and impartation in the Body of Christ.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The body, because of its blindness, knows how to walk, and run. In the words of King Solomon: “I returned and saw under the sun, that the race does not belong to the swift, nor the war to the mighty; neither do the wise have bread, nor do the understanding have riches.” [4] In its ignorance, the body is susceptible to fall and rise, to struggle and persevere, to learn from its mistakes and grow. And it teaches the soul the secret of growth. Before that, it was on auto pilot, robotic and consistent as the angels, and therefore stagnant.
Robert Stearns: They have returned, yet are still suffering
Tzvi Freeman: It’s all about investment. Investment is a very Jewish thing. John Maynard Keynes, may your mother forgive him for his other statements about the Jews, was convinced that we invented it.
Think of it this way: Other mothers are stakeholders in their kids. Jewish mothers are shareholders.
Stakeholders are concerned that they should have healthy children to help out on the farm, be the pride of the family, and care for them when they are elderly.
Shareholders are different. They hold shares in their children’s future. Not stakes, shares. A Jewish mother is her child.
Brat: We need a Jewish mother.
John Edgerton: I like to hide behind theology for justification. Prayer isn’t magic, God isn’t a genie. And that’s true. But if I’m honest, the reason I don’t pray for the things I really want is that I’m afraid of what will happen to my faith if I don’t get them. I’m honestly afraid of entrusting my most hidden need and brokenness to God. What if absolutely nothing happens?
Stephen Powell: The Lord does not bear this sword in vain, and neither will his servants. He will drive it deep within his servants in this hour and bring an inward depth of death that will make them the greatest warriors for the army of God that the world has ever seen. Money won’t tempt them, fame won’t tempt them, sensual and sexual temptations will not touch them, for they will be dead to these things before a plot is even formed by the enemy to take them out. They will bear this sword within, constantly cut with it’s blade. This edge will stream out of their mouths destroying strongholds of darkness and releasing rivers of life. Creative power will find it home in their voices. The power over nature itself will rest on these men and women’s vocal chords. The power to raise the dead will awaken in this sword bearing company. They have been prepared for many years for these exploits, but now the sword is coming down from heaven for the empowerment and for the next necessary level of death to self, death to this world, death to the flesh, and death to everything that the devil has crafted to take people out.
Brat (in “Babylon” 19 Mar 18): Anchor me in Yourself, Jesus! Come with me into work and help me do my job. I leave the mess in Your capable hands. May this give You time to work things out with Your leaders and get us back on track. I don’t see resolution. Speak to Your leaders and show us how to kindly disciple the way You disciple us. The ancient rabbis knew how to do this. We seemed to have lost the art in our fervor to build kingdoms. Bring us to Your Kingdom! You have been patiently waiting for us to enjoy the marriage feast.
Tzvi Freeman: Consider this: When Moses wanted to describe the abominations of the inhabitants of the Land of Canaan to his people, he told them, “They sacrifice even their children to their gods.”
To another people, that line wouldn’t make sense. Even their children?
But to Jews, children came first, adults a distant second.
John 2:1 [ Jesus Changes Water Into Wine ] On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Mazal Tov
Brat: Dearest Holy Mother,
Most Holy Mary, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the Will of the Father and the legacy of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion.
Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties. With all simplicity and patience you have given us examples on how to untangle knots in our complicated lives.
Daniel Silva (“The Confessor,” p 292): “Could my mother have done something to help them?” She looked out the French doors once more. “Am I guilty too?” “Do I bear my mother’s original sin?”
“I don’t believe in collective guilt,” Gabriel said. “As for your mother, there was nothing she could have done. Even if she had defied the orders of the bishop and leaked word of the meeting at Brenzone, nothing would have changed. Herr Luther was right. The machinery was in place, the killing had begun, and nothing but the defeat of Nazi Germany was going to stop it. Besides, no one would have believed her.”
“Maybe no one will believer her now.”
“It’s a devastating document.”
“It’s a death sentence,” she said. “They’ll just dismiss it as a forgery. They’ll say you’re out to destroy the Church. That’s what they do. That’s what they always do.”
“I have enough corroborating evidence to make it impossible for them to dismiss it as a hoax. Your mother may have been powerless to do anything in 1942, but she’s not powerless any longer. Let me have this—the one she wrote with her own hand. It’s important that I have the original.”
“You may have it on one condition.”
“And that is?”
“That you destroy the people who murdered my mother.”
Gabriel held out his hand.
Stephen Powell: I see Gabriel coming down out of heaven. The heavens are lit up with the glory, and so is this angelic messenger lit up with this same glory. He emanates the pure white light of heaven, the pure white light of glory. This is most fascinating to me, because in this particular prophetic experience I’m able to see more of his features than at other times I’ve seen him. He has the look of a man that is in his early thirties. His hair is sandy blonde with waves in it. His jawline stands out to me the most. It is very strong and distinct. Gabriel is clean shaven, and He is holding a very large, very long double-edged sword. Evangelism for Millennials
Tzvi Freeman: Years later, I attempted to engage my dad in a discussion about the purpose of life. He looked up from his mystery novel and quietly explained, “Son, my purpose in life is to keep your mother happy.”
In astonishment, I answered, “Dad, is that all there is to life?”
Dad looked up again. “Son,” he said, “have you ever had an unhappy wife?”
John Edgerton: In my prayers, I often err on the side of praying for things that I could do myself. God is likely tired of hearing me ask: “Help me do my part to solve [insert societal woe].”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: 1700 years ago, the ninety-page tractate of Talmud legislating the Jewish laws for divorce, was transcribed. The sages of antiquity chose to culminate the book with these words: “Whenever anyone divorces his first wife, even the Temple Altar sheds tears. As the Bible states, ‘You cause the altar of G-d to be covered with tears, with weeping and with sighing; so that G-d no longer turns to the offerings to retrieve it with good will from your hands. And you might ask: Why?—Because G-d has borne witness between you and the wife of your youth, that you have betrayed her, though she is your companion and the wife of your covenant.”
Mary Luti: Or maybe he’s having a smelling-salts moment, head snapping back as he comprehends, with mind-clearing clarity, how much it’ll cost him to love what is most worthy of love, in and above all other loves. Maybe he’s saying it aloud to make it real for himself as well as for us: “I will have to loosen every tie of blood that binds.”
Brat: Have you ever met a “fainting goat”? I’m surprised they’ve made it this long out of the protection of Noah’s Ark.
Novena: Undo the knots that suffocate your children. Extend your merciful hands to me. I entrust to you today this knot of needing sanctuary and all the negative consequences that it provokes in my life.
Brat: The Church with all her religiosity divorced herself from God.
Mary Dorian: In a vision, I saw many wonderful mantles falling from Heaven to earth. I was asking the Lord about these mantles, because I have heard Christians say, “We already have the fullness of Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. What greater mantle could we ever receive?”
Matthew 15: 24 He [Jesus] answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
Novena: Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.
Tzvi Freeman: This is what it means to liberate and empower the feminine in society, so that we have a more compassionate, caring and nurturing world. And for men, a little more of that nurturing attitude will only make them stronger, more resilient men.
Acts 4:10,12 (NIV) Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed [!]. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Rick Joyner: Jesus will build His church and will be the only Head of the church. He is the only basis for the unity of His church. Every other doctrine or method that we try to use to unite God’s people will only end up scattering them further. It is only by lifting Him up that men will truly be drawn together in unity. This is why the apostolic gospel “preached Christ and the resurrection from the dead” (see I Corinthians 15:12).
Johnny Enlow (in “Placeholder” 27 Feb 18): There is some clear connection between Billy Graham’s mantle for the masses being released, what is happening in DC and with our present President, and justice no longer being suppressed. Billy Graham reminds us that our Shepherd is He who leaves the 99 to go after the 1. Going after the 1 always involves carrying a heart of justice. The 99 are those safely in Church and the 1 is in the 7 mountains of society or in the gutter. Actually some “gutters” are in the tops of the mountains. The ONE is going to be highlighted as never before.
Katie Barker: Those who have been hidden in Christ are being raised up and highlighted by the Lord. They are those who are pure in heart and are surrendered to Him. They can walk through trials and difficult seasons and still be at peace as their peace and hope are found in Him. They have great faith and trust in the Lord and their eyes are fixed on Him. They know He is faithful to fulfill the promises He has given. They are swift to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Lord is unveiling His hidden ones all around the world and they are arising into the destinies God has called them to. They have been hidden and prepared for this time. They are arising for such a time as this, impacting their sphere of influence to advance the Kingdom of God and see their area aligned with Kingdom ways.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This simple truth so well known to the Altar has been forgotten by many. We are scared of making sacrifices, lest they deprive us of our personal happiness. Our self-esteem is so fragile that we desperately feel the need to protect it against any outside or foreign intrusion, lest it fade away into oblivion. But happiness is an altar. The more you give, the more you receive. The soul is most at peace with itself when it shares itself with another soul. When we give up on all forms of sacrifice, we deprive ourselves from reaching our deepest potentials.
Brat (in “Truth or Dare?” 20 Mar 18): Truth may bring freedom, but it doesn’t bring reconciliation. It doesn’t bring the sheepfold in. The Shepherd looks after his sheep. An anchored faith in Jesus Christ is not swayed by the doctrines of man, because the believer knows the real Source. If the Church truly lived by her professions, then she would allow herself to be held accountable to her truth that she passionately believes. But in my orbit, she still hides behind dysfunctional silence.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Chess Game
Novena: Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: After the latest insane slaughter of school kids in Florida I’ve been pondering, like most everyone else, why and how such murderous, senseless violence can occur.
Anna Blake: If you are watching the trainer live, count your breath as a way of not hearing external distractions. Zoom in on the calming signals again. Does his eye follow the trainer willingly? Does he occasionally lick and chew? Is his poll relaxed? Watch the horse move; does he look free?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: In order for there to be free choice in the world, there are two teams, the white and the black. One team representing G-dliness and holiness; the other team representing everything antithetical to G-dliness and holiness. The teams are engaged in fierce battle. And for the confrontation to be meaningful each team contains, at least on the surface, all the properties contained in the opposite team. Both teams pretend to have a king, queen, bishops, rooks and knights.
Steve Shultz: Who doesn’t like a good “comeback” story? Yes, we all do.
John Edgerton: Could I still believe in God?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: These acts spring up irrationally from within the corporate society. The ones who step out to commit the acts of violence are the marginal members–the loners, the addicted, the mentally ill, the lonely and the traumatized. They are the weak members of the tribe and most prone to the fits of rage and violence that most everyone else holds at bay. That is why, in the primitive societies the outcasts, the foreigners, the mentally ill and the odd ones were distrusted and why they would most often be the ones who were chosen as the sacrificial victims. One person would be killed so the rest would be spared. Think of it as pre-emptive capital punishment.
Brat: Are you feeling warm?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Finally, there are the pawns. They are very limited in their travel, moving only one step at a time, only in a singular direction, and they constantly get “knocked off.” But… when they fight through the “board,” arriving at their destination, they can be promoted even to the rank of the queen, something that the bishop, rook or knight can never achieve.
Chuck Pierce: “My destination is to be at home in your heart. I have a place to call home, and I long to be at home in your heart. I have you on a journey to your place called ‘home’. Many of you think that you have been lost or captured, but watch and listen for this week you will hear me say, ‘Home is this way!’ If you will come toward me, I will run to you! This is an hour when I am ready to run towards you and break the fatherless and bastard spirit off of you. The reproach that has kept many wandering and uncertain of where they came from is being broken off My Body.” (Keith Pierce, Chuck D. Pierce, Rebekah Faubion)
Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
OK God, so I’m not exactly eager for my death, but when it comes, let it be what I hope my life will be too: brave, and generous, and gentle. Amen.
Tzvi Freeman: That’s all the world needs: more Jewish mothers. They will take the entire world to that beautiful vision of Isaiah with confidence and perhaps a gentle nudge.
Marchaé Grair: Love Lifted Me
Brat: My pastor had said on Sunday (18 Mar 18), “When we process the gospel and take stock, none of us are discipling.” I think there is much truth in that. The Church knows how to teach, but not disciple. Me included. Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations. I sincerely think we don’t know how. Maybe the Vatican could use some discipleship, too! God help us with this, please.
Stephen Powell: (Rev.19:11&15)
11 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.”
Anna Blake: Recap: Recommendations are often unfounded or ill-informed. Trainers can be deceptive. But everything a horse thinks is written all over him with unrelenting honesty. They’re the ones to trust.
Stephen Powell: He’s coming in faithfulness and truth, riding on a white horse, a sharp sword proceeding from his mouth. He’s coming to make war!
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.
Tzvi Freeman: Which means that if you marry a Jewish woman, and you listen to her advice, you’re likely to win a great battle. The battle of raising a good family in a crazy world.
Brat: (Nice Jewish boy! Good Jewish boy! I’m so proud of you!)
Katie Barker: The Lord is aligning regions and nations at this time. He is using people who know their Kingdom authority and operate in it to establish His will in the earth, to call forth His plan over regions and nations. Intercessors are also arising in power. They are speaking forth, with authority, the revelation they have received to see strongholds brought down and regions shift.
Fiorella Giordano: I have seen in a series of dreams that the occult has been working overtime in this hour, but God will not be mocked for it is written, “…and every tongue that rises in judgment against you will be condemned, that is the heritage of the servants of God” (Isa. 54:17).
Charisma: If You’re Being Disrupted, You’re Doing It Wrong
Matthew 22:12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
Brat: By God’s grace I am still at peace. No reaction. None.
Tzvi Freeman: Jewish Mothers provide lots of hugs and kisses.
Hey, this is no small thing.
Novena: Holy Mary, Mother of God and ours, with your maternal heart, untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to receive in your hands Sanctuary and deliver us from the chains and confusions that have us restrained.
Brat (19 Mar 18): Why would my watch suddenly leap ahead 2 ½ hours when this morning it was working fine?
Then I remembered that God has done this with me in the past.
Fiorella Giordano: “God’s Divine Power Grid is Shaking the Darkness”
Tzvi Freeman: A Jewish Mother Won’t Kill You
John Edgerton: It’s true that I shouldn’t treat prayer as if it were a hotline to a not-very-reliable genie. That’s not faithful to the God who keeps Her own counsel and knows better than I what is good. But neither is it faithful to pray as if I know that God will certainly be of no avail.
Tzvi Freeman: A Jewish Mother will negotiate with G d on your behalf—and win.
Brat (21 Mar 18): My phone just got hacked AGAIN!! God! Intervene and break this looping curse! In Jesus’ powerful, mighty, and holy Name!
Fiorella Giordano: Watch and see the supernatural Kingdom of Heaven that is on the move. God is amplifying the things He has been whispering, and He is clothing His whispers with a new sound that will take on a new form. He is amplifying the light of His dominion. There has been an attack on Kingdom and power connections and communication lines, which are divine connections that will light the earth.
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.
Fiorella Giordano: These next 7 days are key, as God is establishing a new and fresh grid of “faith and power” that is shaking the powers of darkness and disrupting the works and the frequency of the enemy. There is a divine disruption and interruption upon us, and we are on the threshold of the unseen that is destined to be seen. There is light and power that is being loosed in the atmosphere that will bring forth an activation in gifting, ideas, strategy and DNA levels.
Brat: Lord, are You showing me a breakthrough in our laboring time? Was this a way for You to get a message to me that they heard and now You will thrust us forward to bring accountability to this perpetual rat f*ck?
John Edgerton: Because what do I know?
Stephen Powell: This will be a sword that’s alive, which first pierces the hearts of individuals called to bear this holy word of power for the next season of necessary separation for a bride.
Brat: Does that mean I’ll finally get sanctuary? “Separation for a bride?” That’s what the Church did in the days of old with the Anchorites. They were considered brides of the Church and they were cherished enough to be separated.
Tzvi Freeman: In fact, each man stands between two females: The corporeal woman below to whom he must provide food, clothing and affection. And the Shechinah which stands over him to bless him with all these things so that he may turn around and provide them to the woman of his covenant.21
Stephen Powell: But this is not only an instrument of power, an instrument for merely speaking human words. This is a sword which will pierce the inward sanctuary of a man’s very heart and soul, tearing the veil, bringing greater death to self, but releasing the awesome glory from the holy of holies within. You are the temple of the Living God (2 Cor.6:16).
Novena: By being our Mother forever, you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to Our Lord.
Stephen Powell: Then the blade within seems to do something unusual. It begins to move, looking to clearly violate our natural laws of physics dictating was a metal blade in a solid state of matter can do. It seems to become liquid-like and begins flowing within me, through my very heart as a river, but it’s a sword. The sword is the river, yet the sword still bears the power of it’s blade. I open my mouth and out of my mouth proceeds this double-edged sword, and now the power of God which I’ve personally been under is released from within. This is the manifestation of the Living Word!
Novena: Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.
Tzvi Freeman: That doesn’t mean there weren’t Jewish mothers who did the wrong thing. There are rebukes of all sorts of abominations in the prophets. But, interestingly, one thing very common in every other society that no one ever accused any Jewish mother of: Killing a baby just because it’s a girl.
Brat: [Whew!]
John Edgerton: I’ve been among Christians long enough to hear stories that defy reason. Dire prognoses that turn out just fine, vulnerable people thriving against all odds. People have trusted me with stories too tender and sacred to speak about except slantingly, stories that help me understand why the root meaning of the word miracle is “laughter.”
Brat: My King Jesus, please forgive us. Don’t let the food spoil while the leaders scramble to put on the white robes You’ve given them. (Rev 6:11)
Tzvi Freeman: A Jewish Mother won’t abandon you if you’re weak or she’s hungry.
John Edgerton: If my heart is frozen by fear at a medical diagnosis and what I most desperately want is to be well again, then that’s how I should pray. If my life has fallen apart and I don’t know how to put it together again and I need somebody to fix it, that’s how I should pray. Pleading with God for what I really, deeply, truly need is not the end of prayer. But it is the beginning.
Tzvi Freeman: A Jewish Mother won’t put germs in your soup.
Brat: Jesus’ Mother was Jewish.
Luke 2: 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against
Stephen Powell: Upon landing on the ground in front of me, He [Gabriel] grasps this sword up with both hands, the handle elevated just above his own heart, with the blade hanging toward the ground. Suddenly He and the blade are lifted up and He brings the blade down right through my being, piercing my very heart. I’m able to behold this scene externally with a certain outside prophetic perspective. The blade I’m seeing is now inside me, thrust through my heart, and there it remains. My heart has been pierced. I’m under the intense power of God.
Luke 2: 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Stephen Powell: The Lord would say to us right now, that the nature of the sword is to divide and separate. When a sword pierces flesh, it does not become a part of that body it goes into, it simply makes way for it presence, it makes way for its destructive deadly power by dividing. God is coming to make way for his manifest presence in the church, and He will do so through the sword of the word which divides.
Novena: I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: There is a moving message here we are conveying to the new bride. “You see your groom? Now he’s perfect. He’s handsome, flawless, and impeccable. He is the dream of your life. But sooner or later he will begin breaking things… You know what you do when he begins breaking things? Say Mazal Tov! Mazal tov that I am married to a real human being who is imperfect.
Brat: I am married to Jesus Christ. I am His bride.
John Edgerton: Prayer
We usually end these with a prayer, but I’ll leave that to you. Amen.
Revelation 22: 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.



Truth or Dare? 20 Mar 18

20 Mar

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
[2 pages]
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “In the beginning our fathers served idols; and now G-d has brought us close to His service.”—Passover Haggadah
Excerpt from “Babylon” 19 Mar 18 (in ‘Radio Flyer’):
…Energetically, I don’t see a breakout point in this stew.
It still doesn’t hold anybody accountable. It shows that the spies (which Ben Lim also brought up) are doing their jobs and watching and listening. Their network stays intact. They watch far off and removed. So does Babylon, the city of power.
Revelation 18: 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,
you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do you care for truth or not?—that makes all the difference. Our forefathers worshipped idols for real, they passionately believed this was “it.” When they found the real G-d they now channeled their passion toward truth.
Linda Davis: Passion or truth? In my book both are needed, you must believe your truth passionately.
Me: I agree with you. Passion AND Truth are needed. We must believe our truth passionately. My concern is that the lukewarm element may fall into the culvert of straddling Pontius Pilate’s dilemma: “What is Truth?”
John 18:38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Moving from the individual to the corporate: the Church is the bride of Christ.
She is accused of being a “harlot.”
Rick Joyner: Many books have been written on the subject of this “Mystery Babylon”—the “great harlot”—as well as on the “beast” with ten horns and seven heads. The seven heads are identified in verse 9 as “the seven mountains on which the woman sits.” To the ancients, including John and his direct disciples, this clearly identified Rome as the place where the woman would sit. Rome was known as the “city on seven hills” and was also identified at the time of John’s Revelation as the city that reigned over the kings of the earth, as stated in verse 18. So, everyone seems to have concurred that the identity of this harlot was Rome until the 1855 Advent Movement. It was during this movement that eschatology was developed that projected everything in the Book of Revelation as being fulfilled in the future.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: But if you are a person who does not worship anybody or anything—only your own needs and comforts at the moment, then even if you understand the truth about the universe it makes little difference.
Brat: And Babylon is a city of power.
Rick Joyner: Again, this harlot is called “Mystery Babylon” because of the way that it models what happened at the tower of Babel. Men foolishly thought that they could build a tower to heaven by their own wisdom and strength, so the Lord scattered their languages so that they could not go on with this folly. The same thing happened when Christendom was united under one head in Rome. They thought they could establish the kingdom of God on earth by their own wisdom, might, and power, so the Lord thwarted this folly in the same way—by scattering their languages. We now have over ten thousand different denominations, or “languages.”
Me: The Church in my orbit babbles on and on, holding doctrine (and likewise the fear of false doctrine) as the Truth and bullishly defends it as if her life depends on it. There is no basis for a charge against them. But then again, I don’t even look for one. That’s not my job. My job is to hold up a candle and ask them if Jesus is truly Lord of the doctrines they believe (and defender against the false doctrines they oppose and fear, including Mother Mary in the Protestant camp,) then there must be some accountability for the behaviors of leadership over the last ten years. Maybe Rome truly has no idea what I’ve gone through for her sake.
It’s those whose names that are written in the book of life who will be judged according to what they had done. (Rev 20:13) There must be accountability for the bullying. Ten thousand “languages” (ie, denominations) are ten thousand ways of speaking the truth. They all do it passionately. None of it matters if it’s only spoken from the pulpit. The fortress still remains impenetrable.
Truth may bring freedom, but it doesn’t bring reconciliation. It doesn’t bring the sheepfold in. The Shepherd looks after his sheep. An anchored faith in Jesus Christ is not swayed by the doctrines of man, because the believer knows the real Source. If the Church truly lived by her professions, then she would allow herself to be held accountable to her truth that she passionately believes. But in my orbit, she still hides behind dysfunctional silence.
My pastor had said on Sunday (18 Mar 18), “When we process the gospel and take stock, none of us are discipling.” I think there is much truth in that. The Church knows how to teach, but not disciple. Me included. Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations. I sincerely think we don’t know how. Maybe the Vatican could use some discipleship, too! God help us with this, please.

Reconcile 10 Mar 18

12 Mar

Working Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Monday, March 12, 2018
[16 pages]
Rabbi YY Jacobson: A Cover-Up of Biblical Proportions
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): We’ve made church like a corporation.
Lanny Swaim: Those of us who are of this remnant (and there are many throughout the world) need to understand why the Lord has dealt with us so severely, which requires an understanding of the feasts. We are in the beginning stages of becoming the firstfruits of a people fully indwelled by Christ (having experienced a greater dying to self than ever before; allowing Him to live His life in and through us), and we cannot help but prophesy to the rest of the Body of Christ that which is coming, literally speaking it into existence.
Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble
107:3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
Pastor John Tolle: I pray you will be motivated to celebrate the Easter resurrection. Everything withheld is on that day.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: One wonders how do we reconcile the biblical and oral traditions? If the Midrashic traditions are presenting what happened, why are these details ignored in the biblical text? Is the Torah trying to brush over the disturbing truths? Is the Torah teaching us to repress uncomfortable facts; to ignore the real story, to make believe everything is “perfect” when in fact it’s far from it? And if so, why did the Rabbis in the Midrash “ruin the party” and “spill the beans”?
Lanny Swaim: Much can be learned from the writings of Jewish sages and rabbis, not found in the Bible but kept and handed down for centuries. I have discovered something very significant, taught by these sages and rabbis regarding the prophetic fulfillment of the Feasts of God.
Anna Blake: I let her know she’s on the right path. Good girl. I ignore the rest and I breathe. We’re having a conversation. She tries to distract me by suggesting there might be a kangaroo in the bushes. I usually fall for that but not this time. I tell her she’s brave with a big inhale.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: For starters, the Midrash relates [Bereishis Rabbah 8:5] that the attribute of Truth opposed creation, and G-d had to cast Truth away in order to create our universe. The sages also relate that G-d attempted to create the world with the quality of Judgment and was forced to retract to Mercy when He saw that the world could not handle it.[Berishis Rabbah 12:15. Rashi Genesis 1:1]
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm Journal: Parked at Pleasant Valley Park. I’ve been reading Dan Brown’s latest novel Origin. He’s talking about the demise of religion. And he’s talking about the earth creating itself without the help of God. Amazingly, I’m not ruffled at all. I thought I would be. Religion must die? Good. I think God was bored with it anyway. There is no relationship when based in rote parroting and mindless ritual. What kind of relationship is that? One wouldn’t want that kind of behavior from a spouse. Why would God want that from His children?
Anna Blake: I thought she was answering by rote, meaning the mechanical or habitual repetition of something. You say sit and the dog sits. Yawn. Pretty dull conversation if that’s all you do.
Brat: How is the holy conversation supposed to continue? There is no telephone booth on the street corner in which to dive into, then don the superhero cape, and fly off into the sky to save the next helpless community from imminent destruction. “We’re sorry. That line is no longer in service. Please hang up and try again later.”
Matthew Laney: So Jesus asks Billy to surrender the indicators that he is a deserving person due to being a prosperous and virtuous person: “Go, sell what you own, give the money to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come and follow me.” Billy is shocked and wanders away, assuming eternal life is way out of his price range… which, of course, it is.
Anna Blake: Standing to her left, my left hand is on a long lead, toward the clip at her chin and my right hand is near the end of the rope. I might cue her with it, but if I do, it must be so quiet that she takes only one step. I only want small efforts. If she gets over-cued anxious, things will take longer, and she’s paying attention. No reason to escalate. She isn’t refusing; just trying to figure out how to do it. We’re both intelligent people. We whisper and breathe.
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): “Where do we come from?”… “Where are we going?”…
These are the two anchor questions in this novel. Without an assignment (Eph 2:10, which I was looking at earlier today), there is only more chaos in where we’re going. But for me, faith in Jesus and His promise of establishing His peaceable kingdom brings order out of more chaos. This makes sense to me. Where do we come from? I believe physics AND faith. They really ARE compatible if not chewed on like a bulldog locked on a bone with his jaws clenched to the death. I think clergy could learn a lot from scientists, if they could learn through the eyes of the scriptures they study. Not with the intent and purpose to convert the scientist, but with the heart of seeing what God is saying through them. Let your horse teach you. And I think the scientists could learn from the clergy, if the scientists could read the scriptures they so want to disprove. Both sides would be humbled if they could gave the Holy Spirit a chance to speak through His word. But then that requires faith…
God, that’s Your department! Affirm and confirm our faith in You!
Pastor John Tolle (4 Mar 18): As is my personality, I pressed in harder [into the congregation in my dream]. I was at the end of myself. I said, “If you don’t like it, here’s the door!” Most got up and left. I felt like I had very little impact and influence. Worse, the Word of God was incapable of getting into the hard ground. It was like the sower and the seed parable. [Mt 13] All things are possible except when you’re not willing and I’m not willing.
Dan Brown (Origin, p 398): Langdon felt a thrill as he pondered the logic, which seemed quite straightforward: If blazing light hit a patch of fertile dirt, the physical laws of the earth would create a plant to help dissipate that energy. If deep ocean sulfur vents created areas of boiling water, life would materialize in those locations and disseminate the energy.
Anna Blake: The mare had been doing the obstacles in the most obvious way. Not only that, she thought repetition is for dolts. Or that humans might be very slow learners. A conversation by rote is beyond boring. And if we just repeat the obstacle the same way each time, then we deserve a sour ear. Any mare will tell you that.
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): As for the earth creating itself, Dan Brown talked about “entropy” (= chaos). As energy disperses it creates chaos.
We witness that every day.
Steve Porter: While there is a great need for interpreters in our day, they are rare—one in a thousand. The Lord is searching for those who will carry His words, His vision, in their hearts. With a holy fire on their lips, they will speak His heart to a spiritually-famished generation. Hungry lovers of God are desperate for their inner knots to be untangled and for a revelation of the manifest presence of the living God. They are crying to hear His heart.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Then: He created light on the first day, hoping it would serve all of creation, but it was too great and luminescent and He deemed it useless (and had to stow it away as a reward for only the truly meritorious.) [Talmud Chagigah 12a]
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): Laws of physics disburse energy. God said we are to be light in the world. Light can reveal chaos. And light dispels darkness.
The atheists, Darwinians, Creationists, etc, all seem to be battling each other from their own perspectives, bearing their beer bellies and bouncing off each other in a battle of who has the biggest bulge. Their wars are trying to stir things up on emotional fronts.
Daniel 10: 20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come;
Brian Simmons: I hear His whisper…”A greater passion is coming.”
Brat: If the “prince of Persia” is heated emotion (passion) then the “prince of Greece” is logic to cool things down.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Next: On the second day, he constructed heaven and separated higher waters from lower waters. According to the Midrash, the lower waters “revolted” and are still weeping about their rejection. [Tikunei Zohar Tikun 5 (19b)]
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: We get frustrated and tell ourselves its not really a sin anyway or if it is it’s not serious.
Revelation 12:16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Dan Brown (Origin, p 400): “The truth is – we come from nowhere…and from everywhere. We come from the same laws of physics that create life across the cosmos. We are not special. We exist with or without God. We are the inevitable result of entropy. Life is not the point of the universe. Life is simply what the universe creates and reproduces in order to dissipate energy.”
Brat (in “Origin” journal 6 Mar 18): I don’t see God or the Bible necessarily disputing that. In fact it both confirms it and argues it. God told us to believe Him. We are not of this world. We are children of the King. In Him we live, move and have our being. We may exist without God, but why would anyone want to? We believe He made the universe and all that is within it. We may be the inevitable result of entropy, but God called us to be light to the world. This stirs things up. Belief is a choice, not a law of physics. I choose Life (L’Chaim!) over death and chaos. Physics merely supports our beliefs. Or maybe our beliefs support your physics. The Bible is a record of this journey and process. It records the efforts of mostly cowardly people doing amazing feats because of belief in a God whom you call a myth. That doesn’t make God love us any less.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: One of the things that gets people down the most when they are really trying to make spiritual progress is when they keep falling into the same sin over and over again.
Westley Roderick: “Feeling Stuck? Have Hope! God is Not Done With You Yet!”
Helen Calder: And no gate is too heavy for Him to open.
Anna Blake: I coax her to figure it out. I’m not going to do it for her and I’m not going to bully her. I wait. That means I’ve become interesting and mysterious.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Next: On the third say, G-d designed trees with edible branches, but the trees disobeyed and produced only edible fruit. [Rashi Genesis 1:12] Next: On the fourth day, the sun and the moon were created to be equals, the moon complained that “two kings cannot serve with one crown,” and hence the luminaries were altered as the moon was diminished. [Talmud Chulin 60b]
Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
Steve Porter: These interpreters are deeply rooted and grounded in the Word of God. All their revelation and prophetic understanding are backed up by Scripture and sound doctrine. They are humble, accountable vessels who live holy before the Lord. They never hold themselves in higher esteem than the rest of the Body of Christ, but instead, they speak with a deep dependence on the Lord. They know that in themselves they are nothing, but rather their hearts are filled with a deep yearning to better know and share Christ.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Next: On Thursday, G-d created the fish, including the Leviathan. Then, realizing that if the Leviathan would procreate, it would spell the end of the planet, He killed the partner of the Leviathan.[Rashi Genesis 1:21]
Revelation 12:15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.
Thomas Griffin: A Season Or A Stronghold?
Next: On Friday, when He wished to create man, the angels in heaven complained it would be a fatal mistake. [Midrash Tehilim 8:2] Indeed, shortly Adam and Eve were created they disobeyed G-d commandment to refrain from eating the Tree of knowledge.
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): God had told Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I choose LIFE! Asking for Sanctuary where I can pray and write bypasses the knowledge of who are the hypocrites and Pharisees manipulating this story. Life is in the prayer and prayer is for all people! God said He wanted to make His house a house of prayer FOR ALL PEOPLE! The Funny Bunnies keep slapping me around like the soldiers did to Jesus: “Who hit you, Prophet?” (Luke 22:64) It’s as if they’ve been trying all these years to manipulate me into guessing who is the beast that I ride? But that doesn’t worship You, God! The beast keeps blocking my path and trying to derail me in my assignment, but I don’t know who my beast is. This is a holy not-knowing! I don’t want to know! Eating from the tree of that knowledge only serves heads on platters. (Mt 14) Enough heads have rolled, including mine. Lord, that doesn’t serve You. That serves their twisted desires and petty games. I may not be able to share the journey right now, as per Your mandate with my calling, but I worship You, Jesus, and not the beast!
Psalm 107:19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet, none of these “glitches” or “issues” are recorded explicitly in the actual biblical text. There it is as smooth a process as can be. How can we make sense of this shocking discrepancy?
Israel 365: Preserving the Natural Order of the Land ✡ “The Wing Of The Ostrich Beats Joyously”
Anna Blake: We did a few obstacles but she got and let me know with some sour ears that I was uninteresting. That’s fair.
Steve Porter: For those who have tapped into the spirit where they have genuinely heard whispers from the throne room, whispers from the Father’s heart, it’s apparent that they carry something special and unique. They are interpreters who help people understand His ways without embellishing or taking away from what God desires to say. They use God’s Word to relate on a practical level to personal problems and struggles so people can walk in peace amid a world in chaos.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Even more perplexing is the fact that following the six days of creation, the Torah sums it all up with these stunning words:
וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וְהִנֵּה טוֹב מְאֹד וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי.
And G-d saw all that He made and it was very good.
Matthew Laney: “A man knelt before Jesus, and asked, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth…'” – Mark 10: 17-20
Anna Blake: I let her know when she’s getting warmer. I’m positioned totally back from her head, she’s facing the narrow space between the arches, telling me it might be impossible, and I am happy. I can tell she’s thinking, so I exhale. Good.
Steve Shultz: “Good?” I asked. “You’ve been waiting in line all night. Why is that good?”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Very good? Really? Each day brought another headache, another melt down, and another crisis. What makes it so good?
Anna Blake: This is how obstacles work: She could be standing facing anything: a bridge, a pedestal, or a trailer. (Float to my new friends.) It’s all the same; I get to say what we do, and she gets to say when. Partnership.
Matthew Laney: Mark doesn’t name the guy so let’s call him “Billy” because he’s a combination of Bill Gates and the late Billy Graham. He has loads of money and seems to be an upstanding religious person.
Dan Brown (Origin, p 394): Coincidentally, Jeremy England and Robert Langdon shared the same prep school alma mater – Phillips Exeter Academy – and Langdon had first learned of the young physicist in the school’s alumni magazine, in an article titled “Dissipation-Driven Adaptive Organization.” Although Langdon had only skimmed the story and barely understood it, he recalled being intrigued to learn that his fellow “Exie” was both a brilliant physicist and also deeply religious – an Orthodox Jew.
Matthew Laney: Billy asks Jesus “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Billy doesn’t know what needs to be done to earn eternal life but whatever it is, he’s pretty sure it’s up to him to do it. That means Billy does not yet understand the gospel. He thinks God grants eternal life to people who do good things. In fact God grants eternal life not because we are good, but because God is good.
Pastor John Tolle: Paul was making statements in how we DO Christ or Church. (Col 1)
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Then we do.
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): But then, that’s in the Bible, too.
Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth.
What faith has got that science doesn’t is the power of prayer. Prayer that is relationship-based (and not just rote) has access to a whole realm that penetrates entropy and speaks order into a chaotic world where there is no order.
Isaiah 56:7 …these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Tanach describes glowingly and in minute detail the materials and construction and dedication of the First Temple built in Jerusalem without the hint of a glitch. Yet the Midrash adds the “problematic” information: During construction they hit a underground spring that threatened to flood the entire world; [Talmud Sukkah 53a] at what was to be the climactic finale, the entering of the Ark to the Holy-of-Holies, the gates refused to open against all efforts. [Talmud Shabbos 30a]
Psalm 107:18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
Donald J. Trump: Are you still with me?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: It’s easy to want to give up.
Psalm 107:17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
Anna Blake: Time to get creative. I asked her to walk on from behind. There were a pair of arches, and I sent her under. But now I wanted to send her between them. It was wide enough for her but not wide enough for both of us side by side. I sent her out on an arc, in front of me, and she stopped at that narrow spot between the arches.
Israel 365 (in “Divine Supervision” 21 Feb 18): The death of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, occurs in the midst of the joyous inauguration ceremony of the mishkan (tabernacle). The Sages explain that Aharon’s sons were so moved by the closeness they felt to Hashem (God) that they desired to bring an offering of their own into the Holy of Holies inside the mishkan. Though the intentions of Nadav and Avihu were pure, their offering was unauthorized and in turn, they were punished by death. Hashem teaches the important lessons that everyone, even those who are powerful and respected within the community, must follow the same rules and be held to the same standards as everyone else.
Brat (in “RE: Home” 8 Mar 18): Nothing, absolutely nothing, in my orbit is sacrosanct. Everything seems to come with some coating of punishment on it. That is not my god. That god is foreign to me. I know that to receive mercy we must first give it. I try to give it with my being, my presence, as that is all I have. But it seems to get swallowed up, trampled on, ignored, dismissed, and assumed.
Anna Blake: Training rules: You may only say yes to the horse and to yourself. No punishment, just yes. This part is harder than it sounds. Every time you see any calming signal, you listen and go slower or stop. You may not escalate. Keep a friendly tone. Breathe. Acknowledge every tiny try.
Nathan Shaw: After the encounter at Mount Sinai, the Israelites continued to journey through the wilderness. Eventually they came to the edge of the land of Canaan. God gave them the command to go in and possess the land. Israel responded with a resounding, “No!” Only Caleb and Joshua said, “Yes.” Instead of possessing their inheritance, that generation wandered aimlessly in the wilderness. Forty years later, Caleb and Joshua were the only survivors from that generation. They became the primary role models for the next generation. The second generation was given the same opportunity to possess the land. The second generation said, “Yes!”
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The amount of guilt and shame you feel is not necessarily a precise indicator of the seriousness of the sin. We tend to feel more guilty and ashamed of the sins of the flesh because they are so dangerous and seem so dirty. Your lack of prayer or your disrespect of other people may be more serious than the sins you are very ashamed of. Your pride and arrogance may be more of a spiritual block than the sins of the flesh. This is not to excuse sins of the flesh, but the emotions of guilt and shame we feel about them sometimes blocks awareness of other sins that do not make us feel ashamed. Be objective in your examination of conscience and don’t wallow in your guilt and shame. Instead, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, get going to the confessional and trust in God’s mercy.
Brat: Seewhateyemean?
Anna Blake: We need to pick up our mental game. It’s crazy the way we prattle on about how sensitive our horses are, geniuses at reading our minds, and totally capable of learning anything but then dumb down the training process to learned helplessness, bullying, and answers by rote. It would make my ears go sour, too.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): Confession means you are not living a lie. Sometimes we’re more insistent about being right than about being righteous.
Steve Shultz: Finally, after a long embarrassing pause I said, “You know, I really apologize to you, but I’m honestly not getting ANYTHING for you!”
Joni Ames: “God is Redefining Your Future!”
Anna Blake: The mare is beautiful and she is quite aware of it. Period. Can I take a moment here and say that if you work with a beautiful mare, it might be more productive to acknowledge your own beauty rather than hers? She already knows, and you will need all your confidence to keep up with her. Says this gray mare with chronic lameness.
Rabbi Moshe Genuth: The holy Ba’al Shem Tov explains that this special heifer’s red color symbolizes pride. He explains that the reason one needs pride in order to purify from death is because coming in contact with death demoralizes us. It leaves us in despair. Inwardly, death is a state of disbelief that we can make a difference. That we are capable of serving God and touching the infinite. To be healed and purified from this attitude, one needs to feel some pride in one’s Jewishness, in the fact that God has chosen to give us another day to fulfill our mission here on Earth. But, just as much as pride can get us moving and doing, it has to be immediately abandoned, lest it become our downfall. So we learn to initiate our actions with pride in who we are and in the heritage we carry, and then get rid of the pride, handing it to God, who has given us all that we have and are.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm Journal: Still parked at work. I curled up in the backseat and prayed. I prayed forgiveness prayers for myself and all humanity. I spent most of the time just blessing Jesus while fire shot up through my feet and is heading toward my knees and thighs. My hands tingle also. Midway through the prayers I heard God’s faint and faraway voice, as if I was hearing it suddenly through the bottom of a fishbowl. (This is all-too-familiar! It is the breach caused by sin.) God said only once: “This’ll pass.” I clung to those words as if my life depended on it. I was grateful to hear His words at all. He doesn’t always say this. There must have been another breach in the cosmic tapestry (AGAIN!), where someone had an opportunity to bring healing and restoration and they dropped the ball. But, when God says, “This’ll pass”, then He always has some fresh goodness that will come through in the morning!
Anna Blake: Her calming signals are small, with less anxiety than before. She blinks slowly with a large soft eye. She gives me a little lick and chew, and she’s almost ready. Dialing my energy to balance hers. I ask her to move a bit, and then, with no fanfare, she walks through. Onlookers sigh and give her a quiet golf-clap and the young mare is positively glowing with pride.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: We’re filled with guilt, regret and shame.
Steve Porter: It is my prayer that the Father would again impart a message of life to the Church, the Body of Christ. That His heart would be communicated, and the heavens would be opened as He takes hold of a vessel so deeply yielded that His heart is communicated. Let the knots be untangled and lives are transformed! We must not confuse mere intellectual information with the deep, presence-filled spiritual revelation that comes from the throne. The message is not confusing or complicated when the revelation comes straight from the Father’s heart.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: We are left with a striking enigma: The biblical text ignores the disturbing details. Then the rabbis come and share with us “the rest of the story.” Why?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Too many Catholics are on some kind of weird guilt trip as if God is in the business of watching people so he can give them a smack when they get out of line. Believe me. God is in exactly the opposite business. “God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (Jn 3:17) Will you try to get it into your head that God is looking for every opportunity to forgive you–not for every opportunity to condemn you? He is not willing for any to perish. Take heart.
Lanny Swaim: Prophetically speaking, the fulfillment of Passover and Pentecost has been experienced by the Church; Passover having to do with the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus at the time of the crucifixion (salvation) and Pentecost having to do with the birth of the Church and the Church Age. But the Church has not yet experienced the fulfillment of Tabernacles, when Christ will be fully formed in believers (see Galatians 4:19 AMP), bringing the Church to completion/perfection (see Ephesians 5:27), which in turn will ultimately bring about the restitution of all things (see Acts 3:21).
Rabbi YY Jacobson: What Is Your Story?
Helen Calder: Let’s be honest.
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): Pastor John Tolle said on Sunday that they would respond this time. That’s where my trust breaks down. In ten years there’s been no response. (Not a real one, anyway.) There have been ten years of Arc responses pinging over the heavenlies orchestrated by the Puppet Masters, but nothing translating into incarnate sanctuary. Jeez, the irony! They have all the sanctuary buildings and I’m still crying out for home (sanctuary) from my car! It’s just sport for them inside the comfort of their salaried and sanctioned abodes.
Westley Roderick: I asked God once, “What does trust look like?” He said, “Trust is when you can take your hands off of the plow, and know that the work will still be done.” Rest and trust are synonymous. The One who calls you by name is trustworthy. He won’t forsake you, and He won’t leave you. He abides with you. He will do whatever He said that He will do, because God is not a man that He should lie.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer is a crucial and profound lesson in life. The Torah is not trying to hide anything (a general pattern in Torah is it tolerates no cover ups, for anybody), and that is why the Sages felt comfortable exposing all of the details. Rather, the Torah is telling us that when one develops a proper perspective at his or her life, the problems do not always deserve to be mentioned. Not because they don’t exist, but because they don’t define the story of our lives, and therefore we can decide not to make them part of the story.
Brat: Sanctuary is a non-negotiable item in my relationship with God. I’m holding Him to that promise. In my case (and really for everyone, since this is a universal need and the Church is called the universal Church), sanctuary truly has shaped our story. It has given it definition. God has been kind and protective, while the Church argued rather than provided.
Helen Calder: The Biblical pattern is this: at the doorway to your destiny, there will be a giant to defeat, and there will also be a general to honor.
Chuck Pierce (in “Rock of Israel” 7 Mar 18): “I am bringing My people into a type of celebration, and then I’m bringing the enemy right into your midst. While the enemy is in the midst of your celebration, he will be required to submit to My voice and be exposed. Now is your time to decree that false judgments set against you will be exposed. Every word that has bound and trapped you will be heard for what it really is, and the enemy’s claim against My people will be exposed.
Brat: What does this have to do with sanctuary?
Anna Blake: The Middle Path: Peaceful Persistence
Rabbi YY Jacobson: In each of these three series of events—creation of the universe; construction of the Sanctuary and the Jerusalem Temple—something awesomely cataclysmic and earth-shattering is occurring. The infinite fuses with the finite; the impossible becomes possible, Man meets G-d and G-d meets Man. Out of cosmological emptiness and infinite Divinity creation develops; something-ness is made out of nothingness. G-d “squeezes” his omnipotence and omnipresence into a Mishkan (sanctuary) of a few square cubits, into a building of stone, into the heart of mortal man.
Acts 17: 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
Anna Blake: I had two conversations recently; one a spellbinding conversation with a brilliant and beautiful young mare. The other conversation involved a group of riders and we were really enjoying descriptive word choice. My two favorite kinds of conversation, here goes.
Brat (in “Pain” 10 Mar 18): That was all-too-familiar! I’ve got the Churches and the prophets and I’ve found myself in the middle of them, trying to restore communication.
Lord? This situation regarding sanctuary is like Alice’s house. More excuses. I’ve said prayers and sent prayers. What’s left to say? You are God! Pastor John’s quote from Acts 17 is what it is. You do not live in temples built by human hands. (v 24) You may not be served by human hands, as if You needed anything (v 25), but I AM NOT YOU!
Sanctuary is not the same thing as a temple. The Church uses these two words interchangeably, but temples are man-made of stone, gold, and silver. They are an image made by human design and skill (v 29), where sanctuary is supposed to be a safe place of unconditional love.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: This, then, is THE story; this is what happened. The bumps on the road, true as they may be, do not constitute the story, not because they didn’t happen, but because they are not what really happened; they should not, they cannot, obscure or even dampen the majestic power and beauty of the events.
Steve Porter: I firmly believe the Lord is raising up those who are so close to His heart that they will be able to deliver a word in season, a word that will untangle the knots. These “in season” words will address issues in simple language, allowing these precious lambs to say, “Thank You, Holy Spirit. Now I see!”
Lanny Swaim: There is a direct correlation between the seven days of creation and the seven millennia the Bible focuses on. We know the seventh day of creation was the Sabbath, when God rested from his work. On the timeline of history, we have now crossed the threshold of the seventh millennium, which is the ultimate Sabbath that the seventh day of creation and all the Sabbaths of the law point the way to.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm Journal: Dan Brown said that by 2050 the human race will be absorbed by the technology kingdom. He actually used that word “kingdom.” They call it “The Seventh Kingdom.”
Revelation 17:9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.
Dan Brown: “We are now perched on a strange cusp of history,” Edmond continued, “a time when the world feels like it’s been turned upside down, and nothing is quite as we imagined. But uncertainty is always preceded by upheaval and fear. I urge you to place your faith in the human capacity for creativity and love, because these two forces, when combined, possess the power to illuminate any darkness.” (p 412)
Revelation 17:10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
Dan Brown: “Besides, if Kirsch’s prophecy about technology’s takeover were true, humanity was about to enter a period of almost unimaginable ethical ambiguity. We will need faith and moral guidance now more than ever.” (p 417)
Brat: Well, rabbis? There’s your cue! We need help!
Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Torah is teaching us how to live. Life is tough. The really important things are even tougher. To raise and support a family requires strength and courage. To build a good marriage is often taxing and difficult. To develop a relationship with G-d may be frustrating and lonely. Many things will not work out as we hoped they would. We face adversity, grief and loss. There are inevitably times of pain and heartbreak. There are quarrels and squabbles, moments of anger and setbacks. We must confront depression, illness, mental challenges, financial stress, and spiritual confusion.
Helen Calder: And I know there’s many of you who may be saying, ‘this is an area I struggle with’. Perhaps you don’t currently have a leader you can relate to—or one you respect—or you have leadership who do not see the call of God on your life, the way you do.
Steve Shultz: I think there were two relieved people that night. She was happy to have tested her word from the LORD HIMSELF, and so she stood in line anyway. And I was completely happy that I had not just made something up. Now, to be clear, I’ve never intentionally made anything up. But can you imagine, what if I had?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Here we have the origin of what is known today as Narrative Therapy many thousands of years ago. Each of us has the choice to define and reframe the story of our lives.
Brat: So, what you’re saying is that for all these years my praying, writing, and sharing have just been my personal Narrative Therapy? But this is a calling. Do you not benefit from my calling?
Jeremiah 31:31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Anna Blake: Would you have upped your aids by now? Circled her or disengaged her? Would you have distracted her from her task or she you? Hold steady; there’s time.
Brad Parscale: re: sending over to the President
Lanny Swaim: Today God is making a very important announcement to the Church, as we enter this new day on the timeline of history. Peter said a day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day (see 2 Peter 3:8), quoting from and interpreting Psalm 90:4.
Donna Schaper: Prayer
Spirited Jesus, during this Lent let us realize we were offered twinkle and took temptations instead. Help us. Amen.
Steve Shultz: “Easy!” She said, “When I got in line God said to me, “You can stand in line if you want but he’s not going to have a word for you! You already know what to do because I’ve already told you what to do!”
James 2:16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Brat (in “Pain” 10 Mar 18): You said that in the past You’d overlooked such ignorance, but now You command all people everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30) You said that You would set a day when You would judge the world with justice by a man You would appoint. (v 31) You said You have given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. (v 31)
Lanny Swaim: Before Peter made his statement comparing a day to a thousand years, he said, “Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing.” He placed great emphasis on this mathematical equation, which I have come to believe is a key to understanding the entire Bible and God’s dealing with mankind on the timeline of history.
Brat: Jesus, when I met You in the garden, we talked about this! When Paul shared the same with the Council, some sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you on this subject.” (Acts 17:32) When I shared with my Council, they only sneered. They didn’t want to hear. They had made up their minds. They had their favorite scriptures to justify their positions. They had their excuses. They had their determined times and exact places where You would have them live. (v 26) They were cozy as Your offspring. (v 28) They didn’t really need You, because they had everything they needed. Why would they listen to a voice crying in exile?
But You also said that the Holy Spirit would go before me (since He came after You.) Yahweh is not careless about the order of these things. You direct our steps and we follow after You. (And we really DO follow after You no matter how much Pastor John barks at us like a drill sergeant that we don’t.)
Matthew Laney: Prayer
Lord, just for today, or even for the next hour, let me to drop everything and follow you.
Monday, March 12, 2018 Rev 20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Helen Calder: No gatekeeper, no general is beyond God’s influence. No giant is too strong for you to defeat in the power of His Spirit.
Brat: The Church is supposed to have a resurrection mindset and heart view. From one man You made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth. (Acts 17:26) Where are these men? THEY HAVE TO ANSWER TO YOU!
Dan Brown (Origin, p 398): “It is my hope,” England added, “that one day we’ll find a way to prove that life indeed spontaneously emerged from lifeless matter…a result of nothing more than the laws of physics.”
Fascinating, Langdon mused. A clear scientific theory of how life might have self-generated…without the hand of God.
“I am a religious person,” England said, “and yet my faith, like my science, has always been a work in progress. I consider this theory agnostic on questions of spirituality. I am simply trying to describe the way things ‘are’ in the universe; I will leave the spiritual implications to the clerics and philosophers.”
Wise young man, Landon thought. If ever his theory could be proven, it would have a bombshell effect on the world.
Steve Porter: Often, in an attempt to impress others with our intellect, we speak over the heads of the average man, which is a tragedy indeed when God’s anointing can take a deep spiritual truth and make it a simple-like, personal revelation to the listener. The point isn’t to impress anyone but rather to allow God to change hearts.
Anna Blake: Peaceful Persistence:
Not aggressive.
Not conceding.
Not emotional.
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): Whenever I ask God what He wants or what I missed, He puts His hand on my shoulder again. He softly breathes the word “Wait…” into my ear.
Anna Blake: Can we use positive energy to encourage a horse to push her boundaries, in a good way? Can we have the confidence in her to give her time to figure it out? In the saddle, as well as on the ground? And when she volunteers, let’s celebrate her new-found courage. Confidence is the most important gift we can give our horses, regardless of our riding discipline.
Steve Shultz: She lit up and enthusiastically said, “Oh good!”
Brat: Holy waiting is an important (and critical) part of every conversation. We have to wait to hear what the response will be.
Helen Calder: It Takes Faith to Wait
Brat: Where to share?
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): I’m part of His team for this generation.
Anna Blake: I asked if I might have her horse’s rope. I’m aware that I’m asking for a privilege. I’ve heard all the trainer horror stories, too. But she trusts her mare to me and I say thank you.
Helen Calder: We also see this powerful principle at work in the story of Esther. Before she can expose and defeat the enemy of the Jews, she has to honor the king; a leader who isn’t Jewish, and who doesn’t believe in God. He extends his favor towards her.
Anna Blake: Her sour ears have been gone for the last five minutes and I care less about the obstacle and more about her keen mind. We are focused, enjoying each other.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: We must look at our lives and ask what is the real story happening here? Is my life a story of hardship and struggle, or am I part of something incredible: I am building a home for G-d; I am constructing a fragment of heaven on planet earth; I am building a Jewish family, a loving marriage; I am helping people; I have the privilege of studying Torah, of spreading Torah, of doing a mitzvah, of inspiring others to light up the world. This is my story; this is my life. The other parts are of course also true, and deserve to be acknowledged as such, much as the Midrash acknowledges the other side of the story with creation, the Mishkan and the Temple. I must deal with every challenge and I must attempt to repair it, but I cannot allow it to become THE STORY.
Helen Calder: No leader is beyond reach of the Holy Spirit’s influence.
Anna Blake: We’d been talking about one of my favorite exercises, leading from behind. It’s standing back by the horse’s flank, well behind the drive-line, and about four feet to the side. In other words, well out of the horse’s space. Once the horse is comfortable moving forward in this position, you can do obstacles, but rather than leading her, you send her from behind. Or more literally, the horse does obstacles in autonomy, volunteering, and out in front like ground driving or localizing. The handler walks along, makes suggestions, and cheers.
Brat: Pastor John said that we shouldn’t invite people to church (to convert them) from, say, Delaware, but we should ask local people. I invite you to come and be local for the day. The invitation is open to anyone. Pastor John’s goal for us is to convert at least one person this year.
Anna Blake: She doesn’t think she can do it. I ask her to hold her own self up.
Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
Brat: We have different goals. My goal is the reconciliation of the Seven Churches. Pastor John’s goal is to make converts. THAT is one thing people (or angels) can count, measure, and track. (Rev 21:17) That also makes grounds for competition. You can take the man out of Foursquare Church, but you cannot take Foursquare out of the man.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): Sacrifices are made in order to WORK THINGS OUT.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: But we have the choice not to make them THE story of our lives. Sure, raising children is challenging, but when you gaze into the loving and trusting eyes of your child—that is THE miracle of existence, not the challenges leading toward that moment. When you connect to your spouse in a truly meaningful way, in a moment of real camaraderie and respect—that is the miracle of love playing itself out in your life. A bad day at work, hours of frustration in running your business, all melt away before the power of something so much greater, so much more real—your growth as a human being and your ability to help others with your money and your experience.
Psalm 107:20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): Delivered means we are responsible for living an authentic life.
No Place
Brat (in “Origin” 6 Mar 18): What just jumped out at me was the previous verse as it addressed the topic of PLACE!
Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and there was no PLACE for them.
Brat: God?! Does that mean there is no place here for Your holiness? In this awesome creation You have made, have we become so corrupted and corroded that there really is no place for You in us? Now THAT is a terrifying thought! Holy Jesus! I’m so sorry! Please forgive us!
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: We’re sorry. We think we’re not going to do it again.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): We run into each other’s excuses.
Jeremiah 31:34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Matthew Laney: You can’t buy or earn your way into the kingdom. The purpose of life is not achievement and ownership but relinquishment and followership proving once again that the best things in this life (and in the next) are free.
Helen Calder: Neither of these are easy! Both test our submission to God.
Patheos – The Fourth Cup
Anna Blake: She is standing right there; she knows what I want. She’s smart; she doesn’t need me to “train” her. She needs confidence.
House of Destiny: Join us at the House of Destiny for a powerful second part of a 3 part series by Dr. Greg Wark. Greg will share a vision he received which will reveal our greatest miracle. Get ready to receive a new anointing to be God’s agent of miracles. We are going to pray for you at the end of the message, believing for a fresh outpouring both for your miracle and your world.
Helen Calder: I pray for you today that you will be inspired by God’s Word and the example of those heroes of the faith that have gone before. The God who has opened the hearts and minds of kings and revealed His plans to leaders is the God of your calling.
Pastor John Tolle: See 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm Journal: Hold on a second, God! There must be holy pockets somewhere, because at the end of the Book of Revelation You admonish the holy to keep being holy and those who do right to continue to do right. (Rev 22:11)
Okay, this must mean that that other passage [Rev 20:11] was not talking about Your holiness disappearing. Earth and sky fled from Your Presence. So, Your holiness is what makes our temporal world vanish. Lord, that’s what happened to me in the gardens at St Patrick’s after our mystical marriage. You swept me up into Your presence and we walked and talked in the Garden of Eden for hours and hours. Only, I didn’t know I was “gone” for hours and hours. One minute I was sitting under a tree talking to You and the next thing I knew I was back in temporal time and the sun was setting. We’d been talking all day. Earth and sky (the temporal) had fled from Your presence.
I tried to share this with the Church but she didn’t wanna hear it.
Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;
5:6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Kutless: “Take Me In”
Take me past the outer courts,
Into the holy place,
Past the brazen altar.
Lord I want to see Your face.
Pass me by the crowds of people
And the priests who sing Your praise.
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness,
But it’s only found in one place.
Take me in to the holy of holies.
Take me in by the blood of the lamb.
Take me in to the holy of holies.
Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): We are called to sacrifice. (Col 1:24) Parents sacrifice. Friends sacrifice. If we don’t understand this then we are delusional. Psychologists say that we don’t know how to process our grief. We’ve become a Victim Society. If we’re living in victimization, then we’re not living for Jesus Christ. Do you know the privilege of being the Bride of Christ?
Brat: Society may have become victimized, but the Remnant is the Bride of Christ in this generation. Glorifying suffering will not help them process their grief.
Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the Church.
Brat: Did you get that? “…For the sake of His body, which is the Church”? The focus was on the Bride, not on the suffering.
Lanny Swaim: As we progress into this new day on the timeline of history, God is preparing and positioning a remnant of the Body of Christ to be the firstfruits of the coming prophetic fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. The process that has been preparing this remnant is that of rather intense and severe tests and trials, building in them the character of God in a greater measure than they have known in the past, bringing them to a place of rest (not before realized as completely as now) in the finished work of Christ accomplished at the time of the crucifixion, and positioning them to be at the forefront of the greatest spiritual awakening the world has ever experienced.
Pastor John Tolle (11 Mar 18): Paul is compacting the organizational pyramid, so he can present Jesus Christ in you as a sacrifice for others.
Helen Calder: “Many times, it takes more faith to wait and to honour God’s appointed generals in our lives, than it does to go out against the giants.
Lanny Swaim: We are a trumpet people, prophesying the most glorious time in history since the creation. We are getting a glimpse of and tasting of a time when Christ will be fully formed in His people, ultimately bringing about the fulfillment of Revelation 11:15, when the nations of the world have become the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, enabling the restitution of all things.
Psalm 107:21 Let them thank the LORD for His steadfast love, for His wonderful works to humankind
Steve Porter: To be an interpreter for God, to be that one in a thousand, we must be sold out to His agenda, setting aside our own. We must yearn to speak His heart rather than anything of our own making. As we soak in the secret place, He will reveal secrets we can get nowhere else to bring forth a message of hope and transformation that will forever change the landscape of peoples’ lives—to untangle the inner knots of humanity. Will you be that interpreter for God?
Anna Blake: The mare is very young, not started under saddle, and her human is doing a fine job with her. They do obstacles in hand, hike a bit, have age-appropriate ground manners. Her handler had asked for some advice about the process going forward.
Brat: I thought this whole journey was about making a record of the process of our journey, so that the people coming up behind us could benefit from what we’ve learned.
Revelation 20:12 …Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Steve Porter: Are You Willing to Be an Interpreter for God?
Brat: That says to me that the people who are alive and “awake” are the ones who will benefit from our story.
Psalm 107:22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of His deeds with songs of joy.
Brat: Jesus died and rose again to bring us the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. I believe the marriage supper of the Lamb will not just be in heaven after we die, but here now, so that our joy may be FULL!
Patheos: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross


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Working Dates: Friday, February 23, 2018 to Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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Naked and Asleep
Hakeem Collins: In Song of Solomon 2:15 the Shulammite says, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” In this poetic theme the Shulammite women was speaking of a foxhunt. As with many images in this beautiful poem, the foxes are symbolic in nature.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: The evil inclination will never appear naked to a person; i.e. with its intentions revealed. It must always work in covert ways.
Brat (in “The Holy VOID Again!” 17 Feb 18): Jesus had admonished His Church to not fall asleep lest she be caught naked, unaware and exposed.
Revelation 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
Christy Johnston: Awaken from Slumber!
Michael S. Tyrrell: Because I just discovered something that knocks me out cold. Everyone who experiences it reports having the best, deepest, and most restful sleep they’ve ever had.
Donna Schaper: T.S. Eliot wrote that we are “Distracted from distraction by distraction.” We daily lose whatever focus we had. We attend the small matters, not the larger ones. Missing cell phone? Lost keys again? We love the idea of a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps—and rarely slumber or sleep ourselves. It is God’s job to tend eternity and ours to swim in it for our short term of consciousness. Why do God’s job? Plus, your cell phone is in your purse and your keys are in your pocket.
Susan Moon: “”For the first time in months, maybe longer, I slept the entire night through.””
Barbie Breathitt: “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Revelation 3:7-8).
Tsivya Fox: Purim: The Holiday of Brotherly Love
Hakeem Collins: The heart of the bride-to-be to her lover, Solomon, was that he was to address and remove all dangers, obstacles, resistance, and threats to their love life. Anything that comes in our lives that become distractions to our purpose, destiny and calling in God we must be on guard and be bold to address head on. God is saying that we must do our due diligence in paying attention to the “little things” which in other word we must “pray attention” to anything and anyone that is unhealthy, unproductive and destructive to your Christian walk.
Lovesick Scribe: There is a desire within for the more, past the shallow waters of all we have grown familiar with in this thing we call, ministry. I battle with doing what everyone else is doing because that is the “thing” to do if you want to get ahead. Self promotion takes a welcome backseat to Jesus. I find myself thinking, “I did not leave my profession only to climb another ladder of success.” The only ascension I desire is the one to come up higher and to behold His glory. My God, create in me a clean heart!
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: To appreciate the value and greatness of a people, the Torah is suggesting, you must study not the number of its bodies, but the breadth of their contributions. What matters most is not the quantity of its adherents, but rather their commitment towards making a difference and their inspiration and readiness to make sacrifices for their values and ideals. Numbers can be deceiving. Large groups of people often barely leave a trace. On the other hand, there are times that small groups, when committed heart and soul to their mission statement, have left an enormous impact, totally disproportionate to their numbers.
Lovesick Scribe: I feel restless in the mundane. I am ready to embrace the uncomfortable, the awkward, the unfamiliar, the radical, and the inconvenient. I recognize the stirring of many waters within me, and I know this more is not just for me, but it is for the entire body of Christ. “You want to do something new, Jesus. Why am I restless?” As I ask Him, “What is wrong with me?”, I hear Holy Spirit respond, “You have holy discontentment. The only cure is My Presence.” That is all I needed. I never heard the lock turn, but I know that I am free to go further into the garden, into the deepest places where He resides. The cage was all an illusion. The only one keeping me from the uttermost depths of intimacy with God was myself.
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): By having the computers out of commission, I don’t know how I’ll be able to reach any tribe, but I surrender it to You. Maybe You’ve ground me to another halt so that You can make more grace space for Your Holy Spirit to blow in and move around in a fresh way. Maybe this is helping to defeat the beast somehow. Again, I offer this unknowing as a holy sacrifice. Get me to people who can help!
Anna Blake: Start here: Don’t attack them. Even with words. No one changes their ways because someone ridicules them in public. Law enforcement will tell you that cruelty to animals is a precursor to violence toward people. Be careful, and it certainly doesn’t help the horse, especially if the abuser takes their anger toward you out on their horse. Then you feel even worse. I know.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Look, here we are, unable to distinguish between “blessing Mordecai” and “cursing Haman”…and yet that seemingly-hedonistic state IS the mitzvah—IT IS the channel through which we access holy simcha on this day. The message is that even when we are farthest away we remain firmly plugged in.
Ryan LeStrange: iTribe Online Community!
American Friends of Magen David Adom: TECHNOLOGY USED THE WAY GOD INTENDED
Donald J. Trump (25 Feb 18) re: No entry from Kathryn?
Brian Simmons: I hear His whisper…”I long to be more real than life itself.”
Lara Trump: Can we text?
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Our challenge in life is to choose substance over packaging, inherent value over good PR.
John 2:16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Anna Blake: The problem is now you’re no fun anymore either. Once you can read your horse’s body language, it’s hard to ignore. Maybe you look at the video and turn the sound off. Instead of listening to the sales pitch for the training method, you listen to the calming signals of the horses in the video.
Brat: I value the online community. Truly, I do! The “iTribe” (in essence, not name) is my family, as my writing is the forum I use to share what God shares with me. But it provides no sanctuary. And basically the Evangelical/Pentecostal/Lutheran and your general non-Catholics don’t put value on sanctuary. It’s not even in their understanding. Suffering is. (Well, the Catholics value suffering, too, so I’m not explaining myself well.) The tribe’s viewpoint is that suffering for Christ makes one a servant of the Most High (much like a jihad) and is worn like a badge of honor per St Paul and the martyrs. This understanding is so thoroughly cemented into their view that there is no room for mercy.
Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is the great divide in America and the divide runs right through all the above named groups that seem to express that divide. The great divide also runs through all the different religious groups. Catholics and Protestants alike have clergy and people who profess a belief in God while professing no belief in a binding moral code. They are therefore not really Christians. They are closet Deists or Hindus.
Tsivya Fox: “We pray every day for God to reveal more and more of His goodness in the world,” noted Rabbi Lipsker. “Colel Chabad acts as God’s messengers to bring miracles to Israel’s impoverished and suffering people, ensuring that those who are in need get help.”
Anna Blake: That said, if you see it in competition, file a complaint with the organizers. Call the authorities if you see abuse locally. Then follow through and ask for an update on the outcome, or plan to attend the trial. Form a group of like-minded people and get involved in local politics. I seriously believe that if more of us complained less on social media and more to the powers that be, things would change for horses. In other words, it’s common sense; you have a voice. If you feel overwhelmed at the cruelty, take your power back. Put your love into action and advocate.
Fr Dwight Longenecker: The reason there can be no discussion, shared ground or compromise between these two groups is not because of ill will, but because compromise between the two groups is logically impossible. A person who does not believe in objective Truth cannot possible even begin a discussion with someone who does believe in objective truth because objective truth provides both the tools and the foundation which makes discussion possible.
Pastor John Tolle: Present what you’ve learned! It makes no difference what you know. There is division with Truth.
John Edgerton: You want millennials at your church? Or really anybody new, frankly? Then be like the woman in our story. Just be honest. Ask your questions, tell your story, live your hope. That’s not just evangelism for millennials. It’s evangelism for everyone.
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Rebbe Shimon is interested to know if there were people in the physical world who were so righteous that their bodies were an extension of their refined spirituality. Esther…put on the same likeness as that of the spiritual world…
Christy Johnston: What is Stirring Inside of Us?
Fr Dwight Longenecker: Consequently, both sides cannot sit down to talk, and that is why debate seems so pointless–because it IS pointless–unless the debate focusses on first principles and the debate is about the question of whether there is such a thing as truth or not and how one might be able to know it.
James Goll: The Holy Spirit will help us and liberate us to be unique and varied expressions of His wonderful prophetic presence and yet walk circumspectly with integrity within the church.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Here is a passage by contemporary historian Paul Johnson in his bestseller “History of the Jews:”
All the great conceptual discoveries of the intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they have been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jew has this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person; of the individual conscience and so of personal redemption; of the collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice, and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind. Without the Jews, it might have been a much emptier place.”
Daneen Bottler: “I am reviving whole lands and orchards. I am awakening and bringing the suddenly of My living waters to dry and parched lands, to the desolate places and shriveled hearts. Taste and see. Know and experience the sweeping of My glory through the land. Watch as the force of My river breaks through the false mountains of worship, crashes over the false beach heads and man-made barriers of thinking. I am coming as a mighty flood and nothing will stand against Me.”
Hakeem Collins: In the Old Testament, foxes are mentioned in Judges 15, where 300 foxes were released with torches tied to each other’s tails on purpose to destroy the grain fields of the Philistines. Moreover, we see in the book of Nehemiah 4:3, the evil Tobiah mocks the rebuilding project of Jerusalem’s wall, mockingly saying, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” He knew the damaging effect of what foxes can do. I believe the enemy is unleashing foxes (individuals) speaking of counterfeits, false ministries, false prophets and leaders that will come to deceive, influence and bring discord within your sphere of activity. The enemy is after your love relationship with the Father and those He has called you to come into covenant with.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The story in brief: The Emperor of Persia, Ahasuerus, throws a party in his capital city of Shushan to celebrate the firm establishment of his kingship. On the seventh day of the feast, “when the heart of the king was merry with wine,” he orders seven of his chamberlains to bring Queen Vashti before him, “to show off her beauty.” Vashti refuses to appear. The king is furious and, after a consultation with his advisors, he has her executed.
Revelation 18:7 Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’
Rick Joyner: We see this same cycle in church history and in the church as a whole, including in virtually every church movement. We can even see it with individual Christians. We would be better off if we break this cycle, and the answer to how we do this is in the Book of Revelation, as well as sown throughout the entire Bible.
Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
John A. Nelson: Petulant People; Perplexing God
Kaji Douša: A Tale of Two Jesuses
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: In the Kabbalah and Chassidic spirituality, where all biblical figures and episodes are depicted also as parables for metaphysical realities, Ahasuerus, the mighty monarch of a world power, serves as a parable for the King of Kings, the Creator of the universe; Vashti, the wicked queen of Persia, symbolizes the reign of evil in the world 1.
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.
John Edgerton: Such boasting is obviously fake, like wood veneer over pressboard. And believe us, we’ve owned enough wood veneer over pressboard bookshelves to know what they feel like, smell like, break-in-half when-you’re-moving like. Better to have cinder blocks and two by fours; at least they look like what they are.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This is valid concerning the evil we perpetrate in our personal lives as well. Many of the destructive and immoral temptations we feel in our heart are welcomed by us only because they package themselves outstandingly well. The glittering veneer of comfort and happiness that these temptations display lure us into their trap. If every unhealthy craving we experience presented itself without any masks, we would immediately cast it away.
Brat (in “Assimilation or Support?” 24 Feb 18): I’m back to holding grace space, so that I do not fall into the trap of trying to figure out by my own knowledge in eating of that fruit. It really doesn’t matter who my Haman and my Mordecai are. My prayer for today is to remain integral and of noble character, so that my discretion may be found faultless. I’m praying for the Jews as I stand in the gap for God’s people. The Church has opted for “slavery” over annihilation.
St Paul said we are slaves for Christ.
Ephesians 6: 6 not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
1 Peter 2: 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.
Brat: Jesus said we are no longer slaves, but that He calls us friends.
John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: If Vashti removes all her masks, she instantaneously loses all of her appeal and charm….the “clothes” of evil have no “emperor” within them.
Exodus 20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Molly Baskette: Every once in a while, something (or someone) happens to us that forces us to confront everything we thought we knew. We awake as if from a dream. We see the compromises we made, sometimes for decades, to meet other people’s expectations or to protect our status or position, or just because we didn’t know any better.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Clothes Have No Emperor
Michael S. Tyrrell: You know what? He’s right!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The term for evil in Kabbalah is “kelipa,” a shell or a husk. Naked evil has no ability to exist, never mind a power to attract. In order for evil to exist and to gain popularity among the masses, it must be “packaged” well; it must be “dressed” in nice garments that will cover up its ugly face.
Anna Blake: The truth is that there is no shortage of ugliness in the horse world these days. It’s so common that it takes no special skill to point it out.
Brat (in “The Holy VOID Again!” 17 Feb 18): Lord, show me where You’re leading us through these catacombs of secrets, lies, and cover-ups to bring us to the other side. They talk about a remnant, but the remnant doesn’t reach its leadership. At least not in my orbit. Maybe it’s true somewhere else. Things can’t keep going the way they are. Show me where You’re leading. Bring me safe passage.
Michael S. Tyrrell: Recently, I brought this secret out to the world, and the results…and the testimonials have been pouring in. Check out just two of the thousands of testimonials that I’ve seen come in the past few weeks:
Connie Collins: “Truly a life changer. It settles my soul and promotes deep sleep.”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: But when it is exhibited as “an expression of deep frustration coming from an oppressed people,” the act of sheer and horrific evil assumes a sophisticated veneer.
Anna Blake: Sometimes it cuts closer; it’s these same friends who give you training advice because they think you are ruining your horse. Because there are contradicting definitions of leadership, followed by judgment on both sides. Passion and hard feelings.
Barbie Breathitt: How Angels Work with Us
Revelation 21: 15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human [!] measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.
Brat: “Human measurement,” you say? Sanctuary? My, my, that’s some pretty thick CYA!
James Goll: When we are satisfied with our own calling, we acknowledge certain aspects of God’s character. What are some of these? How does faith come into play in order to walk in our own anointing?
Lovesick Scribe: Discontentment is a “lack of satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.” We need holy discontentment to grip the bride of Christ, a lack of satisfaction for the level of God possessing us. We need a holy discontentment in our current status and situation with regards to our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You do not need to wait for an angel to stir the waters. Stir the waters yourself! Going from faith to faith and glory to glory requires intimacy with Him. He beckons us to not be satisfied with status quo and pseudo righteousness. I pray that a holy discontentment grips you in such a way that the only thing that matters is His Presence and Him glorified. I am not okay, but now I know why.
Israel 365: When the Israelites heard this, the whole community of the Israelites assembled at Shilo to make war on them.
Joshua 22:12 (The Israel Bible™)
Kaji Douša: “Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.'” – John 8:10-11
Revelation 17: 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Steve Shultz: Many have heard that our friend Dutch [Sheets] just finished a huge event last week in Washington DC called the “Turnaround” and many are believing for a great turnaround NOW over our nation.
Todd Bentley: God is raising up a whole new breed of power evangelists who, alongside of churches and teams, will serve and see the Kingdom of God expand. After Philip’s great revival in Samaria, the Apostles Peter and John went down to establish churches. We need the apostolic working with the evangelists to shake cities. The anointing of harvest is for gathering. The Lord is releasing the grace to “Harvest the Harvesters.”
Johnny Enlow: There is some clear connection between Billy Graham’s mantle for the masses being released, what is happening in DC and with our present President, and justice no longer being suppressed. Billy Graham reminds us that our Shepherd is He who leaves the 99 to go after the 1. Going after the 1 always involves carrying a heart of justice. The 99 are those safely in Church and the 1 is in the 7 mountains of society or in the gutter. Actually some “gutters” are in the tops of the mountains. The ONE is going to be highlighted as never before.
Brad Parscale: But let me be clear: there’s only one patriot out there who can help win this race… YOU.
Donald J. Trump: I will never stop fighting for you. I will never let them silence you. Nothing will distract us from our agenda. Nothing can yank us down into the gutters with the fake news tabloids disguised as the “mainstream media.”
Trump Headquarters (23 Feb 18): Your chance to make history
Brat: [sigh.]
Gypsy Dallas Smith: Don’t worry, You’re not crazy!
Anna Blake: When friends suggest to you that you need to show your horse who’s boss, take a breath. Smile and say thank you. If it’s hard, let a sideways glint come to your eye, so they wonder if you’re crazy. Crazy makes people nervous.
John Edgerton: Better to have a faith that publicly asks real questions, rather than broadcasting fake-bravado certainty. Better to listen to a believer earnestly confess their shortcomings than watch the silent and sad pantomime of a church full of people pretending that they’re all okay. Better to listen to a woman asking “He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” than some dude asking “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?”
Wanda Alger: The Body of Christ is undergoing a spiritual makeover and also in leadership. Many who were previously wounded by those in positions of spiritual authority are now being given an opportunity to find healing and restoration within the family of God. Where “spiritual authority” has often been a negative term for those who have felt disenfranchised, abandoned, or even controlled, the Lord is now repairing this breach of trust. The Father’s heart regarding healthy authority figures and the role of spiritual moms and dads is coming to the forefront, not only throughout the Body of Christ, but even within the highest office in the land.
Brat: I look forward to seeing this healing of the breach of trust. I don’t see an apostle sitting in the pew next to me. When I share, he just arc speaks back and tells me to keep praying.
Gypsy Dallas Smith: Are you divinely discontent? Do you feel restless with anticipation of what’s to come? Do you feel change coming, even though nothing has changed in the natural?
Lovesick Scribe: For the past few weeks, I have been struggling to find the words to describe what I have been experiencing and sensing. Though I know in ministry it is not kosher to bear our souls to one another publicly, I believe that our transparency and vulnerability with wisdom is necessary. We the church, myself included, have become experts at suppression and mask adorning, so much so that we do not know what it feels like to have the breath of God blow across our being as we are set free from the masquerade of it all, and we are called to remain with Him past the proverbial stroke of midnight. I extend an invitation to you in this thing called holy discontentment.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Moses Montefiore’s reply was this: “You didn’t ask me how much I own. You asked me how much I’m worth. So I calculated the amount I have given to charity this year and that is the figure I gave you. You see,” he said, “we are worth what we are willing to share with others.”
Anna Blake: What has the horse learned? Maybe that when he gets frightened, his owner becomes loud and unbalanced. Maybe that he should shut down when he feels anxiety. One thing is for certain. The horse has lost trust if he had any in the first place.
Hakeem Collins: We must know without a shadow of a doubt those we are to labor with in the Lord. The Bible says know those that labor among you. God spoke to me that the enemy is after your harvest. Consequently, the enemy is sending out foxes in response to harvesters to bring ruins in the vineyard or in the family of God. Jesus understood the nature of foxes when he described Herod, saying, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal’’ (Luke 13:32).
Donna Schaper: Prayer
Save us from the daily distractions, O God, for the deep waters of a baptized life. Amen.
Brian Simmons: I hear His whisper…”I am the Lord of time.”
Brat: Were you expecting me to have “Placeholder” done and ready to post on Purim? I probably could have made your goal if I had had sanctuary.
Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: Purim: The Only Festival That Sticks Around After Messiah
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: That which is spiritual requires no space and is not restricted by space.
Brat (in “Divine Supervision” 21 Feb 18): So, why do you go home to go to bed? Rest is spiritual. The Sabbath is a day of rest. You enjoy the Sabbath at home, yet you say, “That which is spiritual requires no space?”
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Her rapid-fire questions had given the rabbis a lot of difficulty. They recommended to her to visit me.
Donald J. Trump (26 Feb 18): They’re not used to this
Molly Baskette: Nicodemus experienced just such a crisis. And you know what? It’s embarrassing to have a midlife crisis. Even if we’re punch-drunk on new love, our natural conservatism fights against our impulse to blow up our lives publicly. It’s why Nic went to see his man Jesus in the middle of the night. He was awake to something altogether new and utterly compelling, but that doesn’t mean he was any braver. What would people think of him? Getting a platonic crush on this scruffy, anti-establishment rabbi–Nicodemus! A respectable Pharisee! He would be a laughingstock.
Jewish (25 Feb 18): BREAKING NEWS: Judge Colluded with Investigator in Case 4000 (Bezeq)
Donald J. Trump: NO COLLUSION
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When False Notions Face Reality
Donna Schaper: Hesitate or forget to remember your own baptism? Or to baptize a child? There is no better time to plant a tree than yesterday. The God who neither slumbers nor sleeps is still waiting to focus you. Dive deep into the waters and meaning of baptism. As you arise, you will be able to float there and focus there.
Israel 365: The Power of Prayer
Matt Fitzgerald: More than a Gentle End
Donna Schaper: Diving Deep
Brat: Ya’know what I think? I think God is bringing together a collision point of both the Time and Space Continuums; the place where Time and Space become “married”.
Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
Molly Baskette: Prayer
Jesus, we won’t always welcome the midnight epiphanies that blow up our lives, but we’ll thank you in the end. In the meantime, keep us company and give us courage as we get born again and again and again. Amen.
Psalm 19:3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
Brat: I think that when Jesus was born, the Earth experienced a convergence of the Time/Space Continuum in Emmanuel the Christ Child.
Psalm 19:4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
Pastor John Tolle: Easter is built into the cosmos!
Psalm 19:5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Brat: Then when Jesus was crucified and resurrected, God spread His wedding canopy over the whole world, not just the Jews, in space and time.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: They may be different, but it is an otherness that elevates other nations rather than threatens them. (Leo Tolstoy wrote: “The Jew is that sacred being who has brought down from heaven the everlasting fire, and has illuminated with it the entire world (8).”) The Jew may be different, but it is this “otherness” that has the power to inspire all of the nations of the world to live and love deeper, to encounter their individual path to G-d.
Rabbi Allen S. Maller: Who are these people described as “all who joined them”?
Rebbe Shimon: Mordechai was also the same, as is written, And Mordechai went out from the presence of the King in royal clothes (Esther 8:15). This was literally the clothing, or external appearance, of the sefira of malchut [of Zeir Anpin], the likeness of that higher world. That is why it is written that the fear of Mordechai had fallen upon them, (Ibid. 9:3). They feared Mordechai [because of the awesomeness of his spiritual appearance], not Ahasuerus.
Psalm 19:6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
Daneen Bottler: Lord, let our hearts be ready. Give us the hunger and the discipline to seek You first in everything, that we might get our hearts prepared for Your suddenly. Teach us Your ways. Saturate our hearts in Your love so that the soil will be ready for fruitfulness! Thank You Jesus for Your acceleration and multiplication. Give us faith and eyes to see what You are saying! Let it be unto us according to Your Word!
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Ahasuerus suddenly discovered that she was a proud member of the Jewish people, an adherent of the Jewish faith, he immediately realized the falsehood of Haman’s arguments—not through dialogue and debate, but there Esther’s living presence. Esther’s day-to-day life demonstrated, louder than any argument, the absurdity of Haman’s arguments that the Jews threatened society. Looking at Esther, seeing her refinement and inner beauty, the King understood that this alien nation who lived by another code, ought not to be loathed, but respected.
Brat (in “Assimilation or Support?” 24 Feb 18): Esther modeled this. I don’t know what more I can do or say other than to keep doing what I already have been doing all these years. I pray that Jesus my King would see, honor, and respect my devotion.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: Nothing that a person sees or hears is accidental. This [fallen] thought is called “Nukva”, and wants to receive holiness. In every place, there are holy sparks and holy letters that constantly long for and desire their root. Each one wants to connect itself to that which resembles it – love to love, beauty to beauty, etc. [In other words, fallen traits, such as materialistic loves, desire for physical beauty, are in their root desire and longing for G d, and constantly long to ascend to their true source.] If a person uplifts them, his reward will be very great. For each thing has its time, as it is written: “When the turn of every maiden came to go in to king.”
Psalm 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
19:9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Tsivya Fox: The Book of Esther highlights the events which, seem natural on the surface but turn out to be miraculous. Therefore, Jewish tradition holds Purim to be an especially auspicious time to offer heartfelt prayers to God for peace and goodness in the world and to ask for life’s challenges to be overturned.
Kaji Douša: Prayer
God, we turn and see. Help us to emerge washed and refreshed. Amen.
Jennifer LeClaire: If you think all of this has nothing to do with you, [Dutch] Sheets wants you to know, if you can pray and intercede for your nation and your world, you can have a part in this turnaround.
Brat (in “Assimilation or Support?” 24 Feb 18): Spirit Fuel (Dana Jarvis) said to keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll reach a “well” where the arguments will disappear from all camps and tribes. That’s what happened with Jacob when there were repeated squabbles over water and well rights. He dug a well where finally all the arguments stopped and all could live in peace.
That’s what sanctuary is supposed to be.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Searching for Self-Esteem?
Brat: Not really. I’m searching for home.
James Goll: It is vitally important to avoid jealousy and insecurity. God has plenty of anointing to go around. Let’s be satisfied to seek our own calling and walk in our own anointing.
Anna Blake: All horse stories end the exact same way. Roo’s will be no different. He’ll get to have a home between now and then. Most of us have some room in the barn. A place where it’s safe to be useless.
Pastor John Tolle: The dynamic is that the Lord said He could not do any miracles in His hometown. Familiarity rejects the message. That opens a whole other barn door.
Anna Blake: The sad truth is our tears don’t help.
Lovesick Scribe: I am not okay, but now I know why. It is not neither a personal problem, nor unresolved insecurity. I am not angry or bitter. For lack of a better term, I “feel” like a lion pacing in a cage, a lion waiting for the door to open to the vast open spaces. Intimacy with Jesus has been a garden that I have cultivated in my own life for several years now. His Presence is everything to me, and no price is too high to pay. It is foolish for any of us to think that we have reached a place in our walk with the Holy Spirit where the pinnacle of intimacy has been achieved. When we choose that as our “truth”, we will stop romancing Jesus, and we will ignore His call to come closer.
Fr Dwight Longenecker: The only thing that can give way in such a discussion would be for the relativist to agree first of all that there is such a thing as truth. Then the discussion can move forward to discuss how one might discover that truth.
Anna Blake: Sometimes the best advice I give is that we have to let a horse be a horse. It’s up to him to find himself. Rescue is all fine and good, if we don’t take ourselves too seriously. But sometimes we think being with humans is the healing for every horse. To be blunt, horses need horses more than humans. But Roo didn’t want to be with horses and he didn’t like us much either. He needed an unconditional place to be.
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): It’s not my ego talking when I say that part of setting things right is getting me to sanctuary. That was a promise You made to me, God. You kept that promise with Simeon and Anna (Lk 2). You kept Your promise to Hannah and Samuel. (1 Sam 1) You kept Your promise to Abraham and Sarah and gave them a son.
Genesis 21:1 [ The Birth of Isaac ] Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Just like Esther, the presence of a Jew who is permeated by the love and dignity of Torah and Mitzvos—speaks for itself. The grace of a true Torah Jew, the integrity, the innocence, the discipline, the modesty, the moral code, the sensitivity to all that is noble and dignified in life, the love for man and G-d which Torah inculcates in the Jew, the dedication to family, charity and education—all these refute the argument of Haman more than debate can ever hope to achieve.
Dana Jarvis: Finally though Isaac moved a bit further and dug the well that was named Rehoboth! It was there he found no quarrel. The Lord had made room for him. Isaac had come from the wells of contention where the waters were bitter. However he kept walking by faith even when faced by the Philistines. He knew he would find that place that would be his. Little did he realize, there was a Rehoboth nearby!
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): This area of seeing promises kept is an area that is straining our relationship, Lord. In our marriage, You have been good about protecting me and providing basic needs like water and a bed, rest when I need it, a job to keep balance in my week, and a very [!] small bit of money coming in. You’ve given me a calling to keep my heart trained on You and an assignment to keep my thoughts focused and taught. Because of You I am alive. But You promised more than the basics to keep body and soul together. You promised me a tribe. You also gave me the gift of celibacy, so the fulfillment of a tribe must come from others in a tribe who understand and are like-minded. People who share a similar understanding and calling. People who want to preserve the story and not kill the beauty.
Hakeem Collins: Jesus labeled Herod a “fox” as a rebuke of that monarch’s deceitful, cunning, selfish, crafty and worthless nature and ways. Herod’s animalistic ways opposed the advancement of the kingdom of God. The strategy of the enemy is to keep you from reaping and fulfilling your God-given assignment in Christ. In the Song of Solomon 2:15 becomes a beautiful picture and verse concerning “the vineyards are “in bloom”—in speaking of the love romance that was growing, intense, and preparing to finally bloom, bud and bear fruit. It was imperative in this love story that the “foxes” were to be caught and destroyed meaning that all potential threats to their relationship has to be severed, cut off or removed.
John A. Nelson: Could God be so easily bothered that the answer to griping was to deploy venomous snakes? Go just a bit deeper and we see that the story doesn’t state positively that the serpents were a response to the muttering: we jump to that conclusion because one follows the other. Travel a bit further through a study Bible, and we find that snakes were common fertility symbols in ancient cultures of the region: Seriously?
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Some questions are canceled out via answers; some arguments refuted by counter-arguments. But there are those beliefs or notions that require neither debate nor dialogue to disprove them. When reality is exposed, the questions and distortions dissolve into nothingness.
Pastor John Tolle: Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Fr Dwight Longenecker: Until then, all discussions can only be based on opinion, emotion, sentimentality and utilitarian and political arguments.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Haman’s argument fell into this category. Esther responded to Haman’s argument for Jewish genocide not by dialogue, but by her sheer presence. The moment she identified herself as a member of the Jewish people and as a product of its faith, Haman’s previously attractive “thesis” vanished.
James Goll: The Antidote to the Deadly Poison That Kills Prophetic Anointing
Dana Jarvis: I prophesy to you right now that there is a Rehoboth nearby for you. It is just down the road! You will come into your inheritance just as the Lord has promised. Do not pitch a tent at the wells of contention! Keep going! Keep moving forward! The enemy cannot take what is yours. There will be no argument on this for the Lord has gone ahead of you. You shall be fruitful and all he has promised to you shall come forth in abundance.
Matt Fitzgerald: “God will guard your going out.” – Psalm 121
Anna Blake: So, we just let him be a horse. We didn’t think he needed a faith healing. We didn’t think he was a lost soul, only that he was due a safe retirement. One that he didn’t have to pay for by pleasing humans.
Donald J. Trump: I don’t care how many more witch hunts they launch…
Mendel Dubov: Elijah stepped forward and began haranguing the people: “How long will you be dancing between two ideas? If the L rd is G d, go after Him, and if the Baal—go after him!” The scene was utterly surreal. The people were quiet. They were torn. In their heart of hearts they knew who was the true G d—the G d of their fathers, whom they had forsaken. On the other hand, the influence and lure of the popular culture was so immediate and powerful. Could it all be just tossed away as nonsense?
Exodus 20:3 you shall have no other gods before Me.
Pastor John Tolle: What does “alienate” and “enemy” mean to you? (Ref Colossians 1:21)
Molly Baskette: The wake-up moment may be the realization that you’re in an abusive relationship. Or that your work is hurting others or killing you. Or that you’re an addict, hurtling toward catastrophe. Or that you’ve been dead wrong about your politics or your religious convictions. Or that you’re gay, or in a body that doesn’t match your spirit’s gender, and you need to come out or you’ll die.
James Goll: There is a deadly poison that can kill our ministry and our ability to walk in our anointing: the poison of covetousness. Comparing ourselves to someone else and wanting what they have produces death. We should never judge or evaluate our anointing by someone else’s anointing.
Hakeem Collins: The Lord is saying that we are to identify the foxes that are occupying our lives (vineyards), by removing them. There are unhealthy relationships that we come into that God hasn’t authorized and the fruit of that relationship is oftentimes: pain, heartache, headaches, disappointments, failure, debt, stress and destruction. One thing that stood out to me concerning the Shulammite women was her wisdom when she specifies that the foxes are “little”—it’s the little things, the things overlooked, that often spoil the things we value. God is admonishing us to not be so consumed with our daily activities that we miss the small things that can really bring major damage.
Donald J. Trump: I don’t care how many more lies they spread about me and my family…
Kaji Douša: Which Jesus do you know? The one who shames accusers into silence? Or the one who gives the order not to sin? The One True God embodies both and so much more.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: This brought about the end of the Vashtinian rule. When evil is called on its nakedness, its nothingness is exposed and its power lost. It perishes.
Dutch Sheets: “To me, the turnaround is not just prosperity, it’s not just ‘the conservatives win.’ The turnaround is spiritual. It’s not Democrat. It’s not Republican. It’s a heart issue. It’s a turning back to God. And I think that’s about to happen.”
Molly Baskette: We used to call it a midlife crisis, but the radical re-orientation of self to calling can happen at any age.
Michael S. Tyrrell: I’ll never forget that moment, because as a touring musician with a CRAZY sleeping schedule, I’ve suffered from insomnia and sleepless nights for a good portion of my adult life. And I know just how horrible and unhealthy I feel when I don’t get enough sleep.
John A. Nelson: Long journeys can reveal, deeply, the nature of the traveler. A person in a hard wilderness behaves differently than the same person comfortably at home. At this point in the Israelites’ journey to Egypt, we witness humanity at its most petulant: “There’s no food, and besides that it tastes lousy.” Seriously?
Pastor John Tolle: How often do you seriously share with one another?
Charisma: Earn money from home in a respected career
Brat: Like praying and anchoring isn’t?
Michael S. Tyrrell: Sleep
Mendel Dubov: The bull for Baal was slaughtered, cut in pieces and placed on the altar. Over the course of the entire morning the prophets paced up and down, calling and praying that Baal answer them. As noon came, Elijah began poking fun at them: “Call with a loud voice… Perhaps he is talking, or he is pursuing enemies, or he is on a journey; perhaps he is sleeping and will awaken.” The Baal prophets whipped themselves into a frenzy, lacerating themselves with swords and spears—anything to get Baal to respond. But nothing came.
Pastor John Tolle: I’m calling us to a response today!
Rick Joyner: In Revelation, we see a cycle that is like Israel’s history in the Scriptures. After taking their land and rejoicing in the goodness and faithfulness of God, the next generation forgot Him. A slide into corruption and apostasy resulted, which brought about bondage and suffering. Eventually this would cause the people to repent, and God would save them from their bondage and restore them. Then they would quickly begin their slide into evil, bondage, and poverty until they repented again.
Jennifer LeClaire: “The turnaround is a reversal of the turning away from God in this nation. We are an apostate nation. We have rejected Him,” [Dutch] Sheets asserted.
John A. Nelson: “From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.’ Then God sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.” – Numbers 21:4-9
Pastor John Tolle: God showed me through the dream how impatient I am.
Matt Fitzgerald: The “order” contains a prayer I love. “Let death be as gentle as nightfall.” No gasping for breath, no terrified eyes, no morphine stupor. Just soft, soft nightfall.
American Friends of Magen David Adom (24 Feb 18): YOU STAND BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
Revelation 20:12b … Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Donald J. Trump: I don’t care how many more cowards write fake books to try and distract the people…
Barbie Breathitt: Angels are scribes that record our acts and conversations on earth. God has written a great destiny upon the DNA of each person’s soul. “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored His name” (Malachi 3:16). Also, the scribe angels that God has assigned to me have given me spiritual insights that have helped me write my revelatory books and develop the many prophetic resources I have available.
Eric Trump (22 Feb 18) Will you go down in the books?
Matt Fitzgerald: Our Book of Worship has a section titled “Order for the Time of Dying.” What wishful thinking. We can’t impose order upon death. All we can do is wait. Or be surprised. Death never comes on time.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Haman’s argument is straightforward and clear: Jews are different. They are alien, outsiders, an obstruction to normal society. They don’t fit into the rest of the human family. They have their own faith and their own laws, which in their mind are superior to the king’s laws. They are a nuisance, a threat, a growth in an otherwise harmonious and integrated society. They ought to be disposed of.
Fr Dwight Longenecker: And reliance on those arguments alone will lead first to anarchy and then to tyranny. Why? Because when society is reduced to every person’s opinion being as valid as the next person’s, disagreement will boil over into violence, and when the violence and disorder is bad enough the troops or police will be sent in and a tyrannical government will impose order.
Anna Blake: If we are honest, most of us were taught to ride like this when we started, to a milder or more violent degree. Some of us are changing our ways and looking for better communication and partnership with our horses. Riding is an art that takes a lifetime to learn. If you’re lucky.
Brat (13 Feb 18): I have a Haman in the priesthood in my orbit, who is preventing Christians and Jews from enjoying the Tree of Life, which is the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7) He’s been given a banquet, and it’s never enough. Please send help. My confronting him does no good. I have asked my King, and He concurs that help must come from the outside.
Barbie Breathitt: “So the (the angel) said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince'” (Daniel 10:20-21).
John A. Nelson: Hunger is terrible: not to be ignored. The snakes still have so many meanings they wriggle out of our grasp. The story continues — and in the continuing, despite our complaining, God cures.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Megilla then recounts the life-threatening consequences of their wrong-eating—and the teshuva they ultimately did. That teshuva is where the path of Genesis and the path of Purim diverge. In Genesis, Adam blames Chava; Chava blames the serpent and no one ever really comes clean. In Purim the opposite is true. Mordecai and Esther devise a plan of collective and individual teshuva that was so potent, it turned the story completely around. They call for a collective fast. Since it was the pleasure taken from unholy eating that started the problem, so that’s where the tikun begins.
Barbie Breathitt: We must hunger and thirst after righteousness; and seek God with our whole heart. Each of us is as close to and as intimate with God as we want to be. Building relationships takes a lot of dedicated time and diligent effort. By focusing our love and attention on God and continually walking close to Him, we empower the Holy Spirit to overshadow us, rest upon, indwell, and move in and through us.
Donald J. Trump (22 Feb 18) Are you coming to dinner?
MorningStar Ministries (24 Feb 18): You’re Invited
Anna Blake: A Face in the Crowd
It’s the ninja cat skirting the shadows,
hesitating, then moving on a silent path,
leaving no trace. Or the gangly boy who’s
always drawing dragons in the back row
of class, much too skinny but dragons
in flight, breathing fire. The one puppy
in the litter who sits like the Buddha,
full eye contact in the middle of a howling
chaos of mushy kibble and poop and torn
newspaper, unblinking. That woman with
a bad haircut who talks to herself, a

bottle goat in the passenger seat and
her truck floorboards covered with halters
and leashes and ropes, just in case. The
spotted donkey standing guard under thick
brows; watching for intruders but hoping
the mare will walk off the hay soon. The old
one climbing the front steps, pulling off
boots on the porch of a dark house. The
kitchen light, then one egg cracked in the
pan; the yolk soft on toast, as a black cat
settles to a companionable place on the table.
Israel 365: So the king and Haman came to feast with Queen Esther.
Esther 7:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Lana Vawser: “The radical encounters, the throne room encounters with Me, the heavenly visitations, the unprecedented levels of intimacy and vision I have been releasing but am about to release in significant increase will be CENTRED and GROUNDED in My Word. These encounters will be SO rooted in who I am and the revelation of My Word a PURE FLOW of My Spirit will flow from My people in increased momentum. I am cleansing and purifying My Bride. I am calling many out of the Laeodicean place (Revelation 3:16) into the place of BURNING HOT for Me and My Gospel. Oh the beautiful wave of repentance that is beginning to flow from many as I realign My people with Me as their first love, all consumed by My love and the revelation of the Gospel. Where hearts have found other affections in things but Me, where there has been idolatry of the heart, how the flames of My love and seeing My kindness and goodness is leading many within My Church to repentance.”
Lara Trump: re: Kathryn’s membership
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “I wouldn’t belong to a club that would have me as a member.” — Groucho Marx
Pastor John Tolle: Don’t let the people off the hook. Expect a response! If they don’t respect the word of God, then we’re in a Toastmaster club.
James Goll: The antidote to this poison is to learn to walk in accountability with others, cultivating faithfulness while giving ourselves to the unique expression of grace that God has imparted to each of us. Sometimes we are prone to allow ourselves to be hindered by rejection, criticism, legalistic traditions and the restrictive yokes and molds of others’ unrealistic and erroneous expectations.
Anna Blake (5 March 18): Out of This World
You are right to be wary of us, Little Mare. Your hooded eyes dark and silent, you must be concerned, yet your brows are smooth. Not even a natural breeze in your tail, still to your bones.
You betray nothing, no fear or warmth. It’s easy to imagine you, foal by your side, moving by day over hard land. Surviving by listening to your inner ancestors. You’re right to keep their counsel.
This is complicated terrain, we’re predators who ask you to surrender those instincts. To rein in your wildness enough to share our life, enough that we might find a lost part of our own nature in yours.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Talmud asks: “Why did the Jews of that generation deserve extermination? Because they derived pleasure [ נהנו ] from the feast of that wicked one [Achashverosh].” [TB Megila 12a] The Talmud doesn’t say “because they ate” – this the Jews could justify by claiming they were subject to royal decree and would risk their lives by refusing to attend the feast. Rather their sin was that they enjoyed the banquet and partook of it with gusto. [Pirchei L’vanon] “Everything follows after the head” [TB Eruvin 41a] which, in our case, means Adam and Chava’s edenic odyssey. They began in paradise, made a bad choice and got bounced from their heavenly abode. The entire course of human history is our multi-millennial journey of return.
Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,
Molly Baskette: Midlife Babies
Tree of Knowledge
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Haman, as archetype, represents that force inside the psyche that laps up the honey but never wonders, “Who has provided these delights…Who do I thank for this pleasure?” Where’s the hint to Haman in the Torah? In the verse [from the passage where HaShem rebukes Adam and Chava for eating from the Tree of Knowledge]: “Did you eat of the tree from which [ha’min] I commanded you not to eat?”[Gen. 3:11] The Megilla opens with its equivalent of the Genesis story where the Jews, like Adam and Chava, ate from their equivalent of the “Tree of Knowledge” (i.e., the king’s decadent banquet with the Temple’s sacred vessels exploited for secular use).
Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): God had told Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I choose LIFE! Asking for Sanctuary where I can pray and write bypasses the knowledge of who are the hypocrites and Pharisees manipulating this story. Life is in the prayer and prayer is for all people! God said He wanted to make His house a house of prayer FOR ALL PEOPLE! The Funny Bunnies keep slapping me around like the soldiers did to Jesus: “Who hit you, Prophet?” (Luke 22:64) It’s as if they’ve been trying all these years to manipulate me into guessing who is the beast that I ride? But that doesn’t worship You, God! The beast keeps blocking my path and trying to derail me in my assignment, but I don’t know who my beast is. This is a holy not-knowing! I don’t want to know! Eating from the tree of that knowledge only serves heads on platters. (Mt 14) Enough heads have rolled, including mine. Lord, that doesn’t serve You. That serves their twisted desires and petty games. I may not be able to share the journey right now, as per Your mandate with my calling, but I worship You, Jesus, and not the beast!
Johnny Enlow: There are days in the economy of God where on one specific day a Kairos moment has been determined and suddenly everything changes. A line has been drawn in the sand and a new demarcation of time has begun. Such a day began on February 24, 2018. Justice will no longer be suppressed and derailed.
Charisma: You’re saved, but you aren’t free—yet!
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Our Purim celebrations reverberate back to Gan Eden and prepare us to cross that last frontier—to enjoy the world’s delights while holding fast to the simcha shel mitzvah that is their main attraction. We go to the gym to build our biceps and we celebrate Purim to hone our pleasure-buds. The teshuva of Purim pushed us beyond our starting point (as teshuva must). It initiated us into the mystery of “not knowing,” that is a prerequisite for Ruach Hakodesh that is the channel of Oral Torah that is the key to rectified pleasure that is the tikun of the Eitz HaDaat (Tree of Knowledge).
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: Because in that place, all the goodness has been shaken out of them, they are called “maidens.” However, we must be strong to free them from this enslavement, and to connect them to their source. This is “to go into the King”.
Kris Vallotton (24 Feb 18): Why It’s Not Okay That Women Are Still Oppressed In The Church
Rabbi YY Jacobson: “The modern Jewish maxim is Incognito, ergo sum, ‘I am invisible, therefore I am.'” — Sidney Morganbesser.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: To succeed in our mission we must become connoisseurs of pleasure. That was our failing, and it remains our front of tikun.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Israel, for example, will never succeed portraying itself to the world as “a regular country.” Its choice is either to run from its destiny or to embrace it, and thus become a source of pride for the entire world.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: On Purim the Jews officially accepted their Oral Torah—the rabbinic (and lay) interpretations that comprise the bulk of our obligations and wisdom-teachings today. In its broadest sense the Oral Torah is the accumulation of creative insights pressed from the hearts of Jews striving to live with integrity to the truths they absorbed at Sinai. The Oral Torah reveals itself through ruach hakodesh (as opposed to prophesy). The Talmud declares that “wisdom (synonymous here with ruach hakodesh) is actually superior to prophesy.”
Barbie Breathitt: All of creation is called to bless the Lord for He is their Creator. Ask God to send the angels to minister understanding of how to use these spiritual keys and to release more keys. “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways. When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person. He will even deliver one who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands” (Job 22:28-30).
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: One reason is that chokmah (as opposed to prophesy) is כח מה (literally, the power of what) – the revelation that comes from formulating the right question. It too begins with a “not knowing” that pulls down its higher “knowing” called ruach hakodesh. Another reason is that ruach hakodesh is an active partnership between us and HaShem. The more fully ourselves we become the more Divine inspiration we receive. Prophets suppress their personality, chakhamim must develop theirs.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Did Esther Not Refute Haman’s Accusations against the Jews?
Anna Blake: The most frequent question people ask me is what to do when railbirds offer training advice that’s “old style?” What do you do when you see someone being violent with their horse?
John A. Nelson: There’s more than one way of understanding our vast and mysterious God. It could be that the story reminds us of untamed divine anger. The story could also illustrate what happens when, stressed by hunger and fear, we forsake gratitude and replace it with complaint: now our world, stripped of praise, becomes filled with peril.
Israel 365: Exiled from the Land ✡ “Driven Into Exile By King Nebuchadnezzar Of Babylon”
Lana Vawser: I heard the Holy Spirit say “Don’t fear the new place”. I saw a temptation upon many in these radical encounters with Jesus that are beginning to run away in fear, because it is not what they have experienced before. It’s so new, it’s so foreign, it’s so “out of the box”, I saw a temptation upon many to shut down, run and hide. I saw many in fear of “How can I make sure that what I am experiencing is God?”
Molly Baskette: And yet. Could he really go back to the way things were, knowing now how things could be?
Revelation 17: 9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.
Donna Schaper: Baptism comes to mind. Perhaps you were baptized by a sprinkle. But it represents the deep water. It was a physical reminder of a spiritual reality: you belong fundamentally to God.
Dana Jarvis: For many it is a time of such anxious transitions! Things just seem to be taking some difficult turns. Take a look at the life of Isaac. Life in Gerar was not easy for him and his family for every time he dug a well, the Philistines would claim it as their own. It seemed his progress was always two steps forward and three steps back.
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): Lord, You snatched up my “son” to Yourself and to Your throne. (Rev 12:5) Abraham and Sarah didn’t get to see their heirs multiply like grains of sand on the beach or like the stars in the sky, but they did live long enough to see You keep Your promise of giving them a son.
(Don McLean song: “Starry, Starry Night…” [])
Revelation 12: 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: Haman also discusses inhumane Jewish habits: “They eat, they drink and they mock the throne. Even if a fly falls in a glass of wine of one of them, he casts away the fly and drinks the wine. But if my master, the King, touches a glass of wine of one of them, that person throws it to the ground and does not drink it (3).”
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Again, the issue was not their attendance, nor even their consumption. The transgression was in the pleasure they took from the event despite its dishonoring of the Temple and the Torah and the values they hold dear. A connoisseur of pleasure takes no delight in such bitter fare.
Dutch Sheets: “Something has to happen in the hearts of people to where they will say internally and outwardly ‘what does God think about this?’ It’s a return to Him, it’s a return to His Word, it’s a return to His ways. That’s what I think is coming.”
Israel 365: When read aloud in the synagogue on Purim, this verse is read in the same solemn tune as the Book of Lamentations, since they both mention the exile of the Jewish people from the Land of Israel. The verb ‘carried away’ (ג-ל-ה) is mentioned three times in this verse, alluding to the fact that Mordechai was actually carried away from Israel three times. At the end of the first Temple period, the Jews were exiled from the Land of Israel in three stages, and Mordechai participated in all three of them. In love with the land, Mordechai returned after being forced to leave, was exiled again, and stubbornly returned once more until he was carried away a third time with the remaining Jews following the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple). The above- pictured kotel, Western Wall, is the last standing remnant of the Beit Hamikdash and serves as a reminder of the numerous exiles which the Children of Israel have survived.
Donna Schaper: Tutored by my own distractions, I have realized that it takes a whole, deep, not shallow, life to become a Christian. Knowing I am baptized means I was marked for Jesus. We may mark our precious child with water and then forget to keep hosing them down. Baptism is the ferocious search for a life-giving community in which to raise a child. It means knowing the child doesn’t belong to us but to God. It means knowing we want the child so well-anchored that he or she can sprout wings. It means “dedicating” the baby, or yourself, to a Godly, spirited, Jesus-led life.
Molly Baskette: “Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him…”How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” – John 3:1
Israel 365: The Power of Prayer ✡ “Serve Me As Kohanim” [Priests]
Exodus 20:6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: When a person engages in the creative endeavor called Oral Torah, they both embrace and are embraced by the Infinite One. This face-to-face mutuality of encounter called “union of kisses, breath to breath,” is pure delight for a connoisseur of pleasure.
Israel 365: This is what you shall do to them in consecrating them to serve Me as kohanim.
Exodus 29:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Kaji Douša: I have heard this passage read in church, stopping just there. “Just as Jesus didn’t condemn her, he doesn’t condemn you, either.” The Jesus of this teaching overlooks all wrongs.
Revelation 17: 7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
Anna Blake: The woman pulls her horse to a halt, jerks a rein to pull his head around to her knee, backs him hard with her hand, and gives him a few more kicks for good measure, so he’ll know she’s mad and he’s wrong. It’s what she’s been taught to do; what her friends expect. The horse’s eye goes dead but you can see him brace his ribs against her spur attack.
Shira Schechter: Aaron’s actions seem indefensible, yet he continues to serve as High Priest even after the incident of the golden calf (indeed, he doesn’t even start to serve until after). Therefore, perhaps his deeds are mitigated somehow. Why do you think Aaron did what he did? Why do you think he is permitted to serve as High Priest after this?
Pastor John Tolle: Do you really believe you were and have been estranged from God?
Kaji Douša: It is. He knows very well that she will sin, that the rest of us will sin, again. But that does not mean that sin is good. Acknowledging this is key to our Lenten explorations, which include the discipline of penitence, or repentance for sins. We examine our actions and inactions, asking God what to do. We repent, meaning: turn back to God, because God does not condemn us. As we do, we have to know that God does not delight in or accept our sin either. Ironically, this is Good News. Because the effects of our sin are things like the war of stones, the hypocrisy of accusation, the bullying of the marginalized. Thank God Jesus says no to such things.
Israel 365 (in “Divine Supervision” 21 Feb 18): The death of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, occurs in the midst of the joyous inauguration ceremony of the mishkan (tabernacle). The Sages explain that Aharon’s sons were so moved by the closeness they felt to Hashem (God) that they desired to bring an offering of their own into the Holy of Holies inside the mishkan. Though the intentions of Nadav and Avihu were pure, their offering was unauthorized and in turn, they were punished by death. Hashem teaches the important lessons that everyone, even those who are powerful and respected within the community, must follow the same rules and be held to the same standards as everyone else.
Holy of Holies
Lana Vawser: I was instantly taken back to my dream and the “Garden Place of Intimacy” and the “Holy of holies” and the incense that was burning in the centre of the Garden and the Lord spoke to me.. “I want to show you something” and suddenly a vision opened up before my eyes and I saw in the centre of the Garden where the incense rose, was a Menorah burning and the Word of God was open beside the Menorah. The Holy Spirit spoke to me:
Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Katie Souza: “For God does speak–now one way, now another–though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.” (Job 33:14-18 NIV)
Lovesick Scribe: I speak for myself when I say that there is a place in this garden where I have yet to enter, a place where even more will be asked of me. Jesus does not ask for much; He only wants everything. In and of myself, I perceive little value to offer, but thankfully, His truth wins over my perception. Our everything returned to Him is beautiful before Him. Do you know that God calls you beautiful and that your life surrendered to Him is a sweet fragrance?
American Friends of Magen David Adom (25 Feb 18): Israel’s Survival Depends On This
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Thus, the Kabbalah teaches that man’s daily challenge in life consists of choosing substance over packaging, inherent value over good PR. When one feels an urge to eat something, to engage in a certain intimate act or to say something, he or she ought to reflect whether this is an inherently healthy and moral thing to do, or is indeed hollow and empty, merely exhibiting itself as promising and enjoyable.
Lana Vawser: There was also a decree made regarding unprecedented levels of growth and fruitfulness. What I noticed in the dream was in the middle of the “Garden of intimacy” was incense rising up to the Lord and the sense was so strong in the dream of being taken “into the holy of holies”. There is no longer a veil, the veil has been torn and we enter in by the Blood of the Lamb. The song “Take me into the holy of holies” was booming within me. (To listen to this song, this version by Catherine Mullins Robbins is powerful
Matthew 27: 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split
Brat: Since the curtain was torn in two from top to bottom, signifying that ALL believers have direct access to God (and not just the priests), then it makes no sense that the priests, prophets, apostles, and rabbis would give me the Silent Treatment for TEN YEARS, but then they feast on what I share from God as I listen to Him.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Gabriel told the Rebbe that he had suffered persecution by his family for ten years and went on to tell how his wife had secured the money.
Adele: “Hello?” []
Pastor John Tolle: If we don’t respond, we’re repeating the same habits.
Kaji Douša: Unfortunately, that’s Jesus-lite, not Jesus himself. The next line is crucial. “From now on do not sin again.” Acknowledging that Jesus has expectations for our behavior, that he wants us not to “sin again,” sounds like he is asking something too hard to pull off.
Lovesick Scribe: Something has shifted within me. I couldn’t shake it if I wanted to shake it. There’s a longing within that is tired of the expected and the predictable. There is a grief that grips me as I acknowledge irreverence and absent consecration in our midst. The depths of God are crying out to the depths of God within me, leaving me unsettled and wanting more of Him. As someone who with all humility is familiar with deep intimacy with Christ, I recognize the invitation to not be familiar in the intimate, and frankly, I had grown familiar.
Wanda Alger: Even as many five-fold ministers are being raised up to equip the saints, these office-holders will only be as effective as the spiritual fathers and mothers in the local houses of worship. The foundational roles of apostle and prophet (Ephesians 2:20) will be the most potent and fruitful when these servants lead with the heart of a father and mother who nurture the family for the long haul. It is in this season that God’s grace is upon those who have been called to establish a strong and secure household of faith (1 Peter 2:5). It is upon this solid foundation that the coming move of the Holy Spirit will be poured out and properly stewarded for lasting impact.
Pastor John Tolle: Thank You, God! We’re accepting the responsibility of bringing others to You.
Rabbi YY Jacobson: And when you reach out to others, you will discover the depth of the love that G-d has for you. You are part of His light, thus you can share His light with so many others.
John A. Nelson: Prayer
O Merciful Provider, O Mystery, O Perplexing One: may my spirit and mind and belly be open to all that you are giving. May my complaints, like chaff, be blown away. Even in my perplexity, grant me grace to live in awe. Amen.
Israel 365: A United Center of Worship ✡ “The Whole Community Of The Israelites Assembled”
Lana Vawser: What is happening right now in the Spirit is significant! What God is doing is so weighty! He is moving, He is brooding, He is hovering. He is looking for those who are patterning with Him in His divine recalibration and alignment, positioning His people to see His Glory like never before. What we are about to see will leave us without words, but in TOTAL AWE of His Majesty and Holiness.
Israel 365: This verse starts with the words v’zeh hadavar asher ta’aseh lahem (וזה הדבר אשר תעשה להם), “this is what you shall do to them.” In the context of this verse, the Hebrew word hadavar (הדבר) means “the thing.” However, hadavar can also mean “the word.” According to the Sages, the use of this term in the chapter describing the inauguration ritual of the mishkan (tabernacle) teaches an important lesson. Hashem (God) is not found exclusively in the mishkan, nor is the mishkan service the only way to access Him. Even when there is not a mishkan and sacrifices are not brought, Hashem is still accessible through prayers.
Rick Joyner: A primary purpose of the temple of the Lord is to be a “house of prayer for all nations.” In the last couple of decades, gatherings devoted to continuous prayer and intercession have grown from less than a dozen to over twenty thousand. As this growth continues, we can expect this “loud voice” from the temple to increase.
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Let it be that on this holy Purim wine-fest—when the lights of RaDL”A stream through the world—that we celebrate our knowing-that-we-don’t-know and find our true joy there. And may this blast of holy simcha make it loud and clear that we must tune our taste-buds to the Presence hidden there. Connoisseurs of pleasure, that must be our goal, to taste the mitzvah’s sweet, sweet light which, on Purim, means…to rock n’ roll.
Joan Jett: “I love rock n’ roll!” []
Barbie Breathitt: When the hands that hold the keys to God’s Kingdom are pure they can unlock doors and opportunities beyond our wildest imaginations. The heavens are open and ready. Angels are looking for those who believe in Jesus and will use His name to execute and decree the Word of God.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The hallmark of a spiritual life is one that always seeks to be in tune with the true essence of things, and not merely with their external appearance.
Brat prayer: Holy God, use this grace space as a placeholder in Your kingdom to gather the rabbis and Your Church. Are we now ready to receive You?
Rebbe Shimon: He answered him: two young people who were dressed among us asked this question of the Head of the Academy after they had suffered remorse in respect of a sin that is not fitting to reveal. They asked this of the Academy Head, and he answered them, saying that there was such a thing in the physical world. From where do we learn this? From the verse: And it came to pass on the third day [of her fast] , that Esther put on her royalty [literally ” malchut”] and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace opposite the king’s residence… (Esther 5:1). This means that she put on the same likeness as that of the spiritual world, because the word “royalty” refers to the spirit of holiness.
Arab Leaders
Ryan LeStrange (26 Feb 18): My Monday Word for You…Territorial Warriors Stay in Position!
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Sixty years ago, Arab leaders created in their minds a plan of enormous evil: to exterminate the Jews living in the Land of Israel. The Arab nations initiated six wars against Israel, and the PLO charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
American Friends of Magen David Adom: A Terrifying Prospect For Israel
Rick Joyner: According to this prophecy, this region is where we should look for great evil to emerge. The release of demonic forces from this region is very real at the present time. They have drawn in major forces from the U.S. and other countries. These have yet been unable to extricate themselves because of the way evil so quickly fills the vacuum when they try to pull out.
Anna Blake: The friends encourage the rider to fight harder, show him who’s boss. But the horse can’t think now. He isn’t sure what she asked in the first place. He holds his breath and hopes it will end soon. Eventually, the woman gets tired and slows down the cues enough that the horse can oblige her. The friends applaud.
Revelation 17: 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The inventors and implementers of brutal massacres usually present their schemes as ethical and humane programs.
Revelation 17: 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Take as an example the two evil monsters of the last century, Hitler and Stalin. Both of them presented their colossal murderous strategies as moral and noble endeavors dedicated to healing the world of its diseases. They were thus embraced by millions, creating the bloodiest century in human history. This was true throughout all of history: The inventors and implementers of brutal massacres usually present their schemes as ethical and humane programs.
Lovesick Scribe: I look toward the holiness of His splendor, and though it costs me my comfort and my pride, I am drawn to Him. Programs and performance cannot hold my attention. I see prophetic words lingering in the shallows, dancing around the feet of the church. They make a nice foam, but they wash out in the waves while God is wanting to release the deep boom from uncharted depths, utterances that shake everything that can be shaken.
Daneen Bottler: I saw a picture of a barren wasteland, the ground was cracked, parched and dry, and there were dead tree stumps in a clearing. It looked to be a former orchard. I watched as water all of a sudden sprung up from underground and pushed through the cracks, softening the hardened ground. As the water hit the stumps they were immediately revived and full of life. The roots of the trees that were once shriveled became strong and fortified. All of a sudden fruit exploded on the branches, similar to how popcorn pops. What was not, now was. What was dead, now was fully alive and instantly bearing fruit.
Revelation 17: 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
Daneen Bottler: In Jesus’ name, I prophesy that what was not, now is! What was barren will now be fruitful. What was once dead, will now become fully alive and fortified. I prophesy and announce the word of the Lord:
“Get ready, Get ready! For the mighty flood is upon you!”
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: If Israel would once and for all acknowledge the evil that exists in its midst and treat it as such, thousands of lives — on both sides — would be saved.
Molly Baskette: We have to evaluate our whole lives in the wake of our waking-up. It will cost us. It may cause us to leave behind our work, our marriage, our mortgage, our political party. It’s a painful process, including one that may cause distress to others as we live into God’s calling. But there’s no going back into the womb of the status quo.
Barbie Breathitt: The positive, God-filled conversations (words) we hold with others also sharpen us in the realm of the Spirit, so that doors are opened on our behalf, while negative, critical words close doors of opportunity or access and restrain the hands of angels who would otherwise be able to assist us. The choices we make on earth will determine how much destiny we walk in and realize.
Anna Blake: Positive thought isn’t just head-in-the-sand foolishness. It’s real science; a natural law. The thing we put our attention on is the thing that grows. There is a real power in affirmation.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The sad thing in all of this is that many Jews, in their earnest craving for peace, passionately embrace the masked story of the Arab leaders. By Israel deceiving itself that evil is not evil and hate is not hate, it empowers the evil and gives it additional momentum, causing the deaths of innumerable Jews and Arabs. Making peace with evil could never work, for the evil only comes back to haunt and destroy you.
Rick Joyner: We see here that when the sixth angel pours out his bowl, it dries up the Euphrates River and releases demonic forces from the mouth of the dragon (Satan), the beast, and the false prophet. The Euphrates River begins in modern Turkey, runs through Syria and into Iraq. It is the drying up of this river that makes the way for the armies to march to Armageddon. If the river literally dries up, it could make it easier for armies to cross. However, as there are already many bridges across it and every modern army has the capability of building bridges swiftly, the drying up of this river is not likely just to physically enable these armies to pass. Therefore, we should consider the drying up of this river to be more than just physical.
Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Yet as all faithful representatives of evil must do, Arab leaders learned skillfully to package this program of destruction in a garb of morality and justice. For example, “granting three million refugees the right to return to their homes,” or “liberating ancient Palestinian land from an alien conqueror,” sound like meritorious things to do.
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore: It is known that the evil inclination clothes itself in mitzvot. It knows that were it to overtly tell someone to sin, the person would never listen. Therefore, it dresses itself up in mitzvot, which gives it a front, and a “face” to entice a person. Otherwise, a person would never sin. I heard this in the name of the Baal Shem Tov [on the verse] that King Achashverus commanded Vashti to appear before him naked, but she would not come. [That is, the evil inclination will never appear naked to a person; i.e. with its intentions revealed. Rather, it must always work in covert ways.]
Dana Jarvis: Many of you have felt stalled in the dry places. The enemy is contending for your family, finances and all he can get his hands on. The Philistines did not contend for Rehoboth for God kept them away.
Rick Joyner: The coming chapters of Revelation give more insight into this, so we will wait to go deeper. For now, we should keep our eyes on what is happening in these countries. Yet even more so, we should watch for the Lord and what He is doing, even more than what Satan, the beast, and the false prophet are doing.
Foursquare Church: Is “Resting” on Your To-Do List?
Brat (in “Converging” 23 Feb 18): Lord Jesus, I don’t know what You’re doing, but You are Lord of my Sabbath! I thank You for being my King. I thank You that You will take down this beast. I lift You up and in the process of adoring You, the beast MUST slink back into oblivion.
Johnny Enlow: “One way or another, the devil’s illegal assault on many of you and us — must now stop.”
Sarah Yehudit Schneider: What is it about these three activities (eating, sexuality and study) that links them to the mysterious Tree of Knowledge? The answer is that they are all deeds that (when conducted according to halacha) become mitzvot that both serve G-d and pleasure the person. This built-in mutuality of benefit makes it challenging to do them with pure intent because there’s always an element of self-interest lurking in the wings. Most mitzvot are the opposite. The act itself is dry, neutral and, from the ego’s perspective, burdensome. The animal soul must spend its hard-earned time, energy and life juice on something that brings no immediate gratification. Consequently, whatever pleasure a person does derive from its performance is sure to be simcha shel mitzvah (in one form or another). And that’s what marks a connoisseur of pleasure—the capacity to take quiet delight from just doing good. The road to Gan Eden tracks our progress in this regard.
Pastor John Tolle: I’m tracking with Jesus and the Father.
Kaji Douša: Tracing his finger on the ground, he changed everything. Stones in hand, they were armed for war against her, she a pawn—as people on margins so often are—in a broader battle with Jesus.
Lana Vawser: The fire of the revelation of His holiness will see SO much changed in the body of Christ and the revelation of our righteousness in Christ is bringing radical transformation and will see an explosion the fruit of HOLINESS in the Church, bursting forth from these deep encounters with the Lord. The fire of holiness will burn from within the Church like never before. A people, an army of holiness rising up with the fire of revelation of what Christ has paid for us, our righteousness and His love burning within our eyes and hearts. Marching in unity, compromise, competition, complacency left behind, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder moving forward decreeing together “We are ALL IN! We are FAMILY!” An army of no compromise, radical boldness and faith extending the Kingdom of God upon the earth.
Matt Fitzgerald: Prayer
O God, guard our going out. Amen.
Marchaé Grair: I’ve been a church worship leader for decades so I’ve heard every imaginable element of the “worship wars.”
Johnny Enlow: Isaiah 2:2-4 also speaks into this new day we are being catalyzed into.
“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
Israel 365: Keesh had been exiled from Yerushalayim in the group that was carried into exile along with King Yechonya of Yehuda, which had been driven into exile by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Esther 2:6 (The Israel Bible™)
Michael S. Tyrrell: But not any more.
Israel 365: Prayer on Purim ✡ “Feast With Queen Esther”
Shmuel-Simcha Treister: After fasting and praying for three days, Queen Esther had purified and refined her physical body to the extent that she was worthy to receive spiritual garments even in physical reality. Her beauty must have been a wonder to gaze upon, and this explains why she found such favor in the eyes of King Ahasuerus.
Kaji Douša: Then, he stood and saw her. He saw her, not her accusations, not the surrounding fury. He saw her and he did not condemn her. Thanks be to God.
Rebbe Shimon: And when Esther entered in front of King Ahasuerus and he saw this outer appearance of spiritual light, her appearance was like an angel of G d. Then [when he saw her] his soul left him momentarily.
Israel 365: Why does Esther deem it necessary to invite the evil Haman to her banquet with King Ahasuerus? As long as the Jewish people knew that they had Esther in the palace, they were counting on her to reverse Haman’s evil decree. Yet Esther wanted the people themselves to fully repent for their wrongdoings. Inviting Haman to the banquet made it appear that Esther was abandoning her people and aligning with the wicked Haman. At that point, the terrified nation called out to Hashem (God) with a new intensity that merited their salvation. Throughout the ages, true redemption arrives when we realize that we have no one to rely on aside from Hashem. Purim is recognized as one of the most powerful days for prayer on which Hashem receives the prayers of His children with open arms.

Divine Supervision 21 Feb 18

22 Feb

Working Dates: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 to Thursday, February 22, 2018

[8 pages]

Katherine Ruonala: In Luke 2, we read about the story of Simeon, “As they came into the temple… an elderly man was there waiting – a resident of Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. He was a very good man, a lover of God who kept himself pure, and the spirit of holiness rested upon him. Simeon believed in the imminent appearing of the one called the Refreshing of Israel. For the Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. For this reason the Holy Spirit had moved him to be in the temple court at the very moment Jesus’ parents entered to fulfill the requirement of the sacrifice. Simeon cradled the baby in his arms and praised God and prophesied…” (paraphrased).

Psalm 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him; stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!

Brat (in “Fast or Feast” 30 Jan 18): I do AND I’m still praying for Sanctuary. I need help! Anna and Simeon had places to fulfill their roles in their communities. (Lk 2)

Yerachmiel Tilles: That which is spiritual requires no space and is not restricted by space.

Brat: So, why do you go home to go to bed? Rest is spiritual. The Sabbath is a day of rest. You enjoy the Sabbath at home. “That which is spiritual requires no space?”

Psalm 22:24 For He did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; He did not hide His face from me, but heard when I cried to Him.

Brat (in “The Holy VOID Again!” 17 Feb 18): None of this has to be this hard! If someone with a loving heart offered sanctuary, then ‘the least of these’ could get some rest and nurture. As below, so above. That works in the ranks, too. When the generals let the ranks sleep, then he has better troops.

Rabbi David Sterne: In other words, if it’s too good, it’s not for this world, yet. The kohanim, whose work was to bring light, kindness, and revelation down into the world, had to do so quickly and quietly. They couldn’t be obvious about it, which is why they had to wear special garments to conceal their movements.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: As long as the offender acknowledges his or her wrongdoing and accepts accountability, understanding and forgiveness should follow. To be human is to err. Our goal is not perfection, but accountability. Life will sometimes throw you a curveball, and in the shock that follows you may lose yourself and begin to “gore.” As long as you are accountable for your actions and words, your negative behavior is considered an anomaly, an aberration from your natural self. But if the incidents of abuse and destruction persist — if a husband continuously shouts at his wife or children; if a person in a position of leadership shatters the lives of the people he is responsible for; if a wife only derides and ridicules for her husband; if one cannot control their food or sexual addiction — their behavior cannot be condoned. We are dealing with an animal whose selfish, destructive, and unhealthy inclinations have become the norm.

Jennifer Brownell: There is so much wrong with the world, and some of it is your fault.

Wanda Alger: Spirit to come, the Lord wants us to recognize and discern the character of His glory, for Religion is about to become unglued! He is about to manifest His glory in profound ways and is calling us to work together so that the corporate Bride can walk as one in His purpose. This means we are going to have to get over some of our differences and begin to focus on the non-negotiables of our faith.

Brat: Sanctuary is non-negotiable. I have been patient. Now I need You, God, to deliver on Your promises!

Israel 365: Unauthorized Offerings ✡ “Through Those Near To Me I Show Myself Holy”

Lovesick Scribe: I hear the call of His heart so strongly in this hour for His bride to know Him, to be known by Him, and to be known as having been with Him. Before we can emanate His holiness, purity, and righteousness, we must know Him. We must be intimately acquainted with His ways and His Word. When we read His Word as more of a documentary than a love story, we overlook the wedding vows, the covenant of marriage to our Beloved.[1]

Psalm 22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear Him.

Brat (in “Non-negotiable” 17 Feb 18): Since, Jesus, You also call me Your Beloved and that You are well-pleased (Mark 1:11), then shouldn’t this story move on? Shouldn’t it get into the hands of those who want it more than they want to cover their political asses?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There are two roads available: The first is the rigorous process of self-refinement, in which your animal learns to confront and challenge its deepest fears and urges, and it painstakingly de-beasts its abusive character. Yet, even before you manage to work through all of the dark chambers of your wild animal, the teachings of Judaism present another alternative: Change the jurisdiction of the animal. Take your animal and submit it to the higher power, to the property of G-d. Even before complete therapy, surrender to the higher reality. Take your rage, your addictions, your depression, your fear, and submit them to G-d. According to Kabbala, the universe is created anew at every single moment. You, I, and all of existence, are being re-created right here and right now. This is G-d’s perspective; this is His domain. Transferring to His ownership means that at this moment you can put your past demons to rest and start anew. You are as fresh as a newborn. [2]

Psalm 22:28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and He rules over the nations.

Katherine Ruonala: The Holy Spirit had given Simeon a promise, and then as Simeon held firm to what the Lord had said, he was moved by the Holy Spirit at the right time and there was a divine set-up for a divine encounter and for the promise to be fulfilled.

Bill Yount: “2018: The Year of The Bull Ride”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Making mistakes is part of life. But if these mistakes are repeated continuously and become regular habits without being controlled and stopped, they are dangerous. They have become a lifestyle, a routine, sometimes an addiction. The owner of this “animal” cannot excuse himself or herself by saying, “I did not realize, I did not know.” He or she must “seize the bull by its horns” (pun intended), and accept full accountability. But how does such an animal return to its original, innocent status? How can one rehabilitate oneself? How does one regain the trust of the people he/she has hurt so badly?

Revelation 17: 6a I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

Anna Blake: Let the naysayers make excuses; horses respond to optimism as the confidence-building missing link that bridges the gap between instinct and training. If we want a horse to offer us behavior they’ve chosen above their natural instinct, then we have to push our own instincts first. Toy with the idea that vulnerability is actually a strength.[3]

Revelation 17: Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.

Rena S. Goldzweig: Anyone who sins and is ashamed, not making excuses for himself, all his sins are forgiven, as the verse states: “‘…that you remember and be ashamed, and you will no longer have an excuse by reason of your humiliation, when I forgive you for all that you have done,’ says the L-rd G‑d.” (Ezekiel 16:63; Berachot 12b) Therefore, David the paramount repentant, merited to have a royal line of kings descend from him, whereas Saul’s reign lasted a mere 2 years, notwithstanding his outstanding character traits.[4]

Mark 8:38 Those who are ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Bill Yount: I sense this new year will be like a rodeo bull ride for many of us. The stirrings, shakings and heavenly interruptions will feel like we are on a championship bull that defies us to hold onto it. We will need to learn quickly how to hold on and how to let go. This bull ride will expose what is in us. We must be fully persuaded that greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. And that He, Christ in us, is not afraid of being bullied by any bull.[5]

Richard L. Floyd: Did God Say?

Brat: Yes! Revelation 17 describes the woman who rides the beast.

Richard L. Floyd: Our scripture lessons for Lent feature a wily bunch of tempters, the serpent, Satan, the devil, who pose questions that cast doubt on the truth of God’s Word. That’s their job.

Rabbi Avraham Brandwein: Why were we not commanded simply to expel Amalek, like the other nations inhabiting the Land? Why did we have to eradicate them?

Richard L. Floyd: Although they make for a colorful cast of characters, we don’t really need them since such questioning is more likely to come not from them but from deep within us.

Romans 4:13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Richard L. Floyd: We are all partisans in the perennial human rebellion against God. We revel in our personal sovereignty and unbridled freedom.

Romans 4:15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

Rabbi Avraham Brandwein: The essence of Amalek is planting doubt in the existence of divine supervision. [6]

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The Internet as the Final Battleground and Replay of Eden

Matthew Laney: It’s silly to think of God as a nitpicking boss, watching and waiting for us to slack off, check our Facebook page, click over to solitaire, or take a power nap in the youth lounge as a pretext for kicking us to the curb. It’s also cartoonish to make God into an angry parent yelling, “Don’t make me come down there!” to kids-gone-wild in the basement playroom.

Chuck D. Pierce: “You’ve been in a race and you’ve needed to take a pit stop. But now when you re-enter you’ll be accelerating at a pace you’ve not accelerated at before. You thought you’d be going one way, but I have different road signs for you. You’ll begin to interpret what will propel you farther down the path that I have for you. Don’t kick against the pricks. Don’t keep going in the way you thought you would go, for your way is changing.[7]

Angie Stolba: Like Joseph, many are going to experience a seemingly overnight turnaround, suddenly going from the ‘pit’ to the ‘palace!’ Beloved, all along the Lord has been working His purposes in your life, even when it felt as though you were in a prison. Truly He has never left your side, even as He was with Joseph in Genesis 39:20-23:

Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

Psalm 22:29 To Him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before Him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for Him.

Dori Sampson (21 Feb 18): Heavenly Father I thank You for waking me up today. Please comfort me today and let me know that You are there. Quicken Your word to me and let me understand it in a clear way. I want to experience more of You in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Chuck D. Pierce: “You have been in a burn ban and in a drought, but I am changing that starting today. I am not sending a storm, but a soft breeze and a gentle rain. As this wind comes and this rain occurs, My question to you is this: ‘Will you let go and receive the new watering I am bringing you?’

Rabbi Avraham Brandwein: This is not the case with Amalek whose essence is the matter of planting doubt in the existence of divine supervision, as stated in the Torah portion, “Beshalach,” that Israel tested the L-rd saying “is G‑d among us or not?” [Ex. 17:7]. and in our opening passage [Deut. 25:17], where it describes, “asher korcha baderech“–“that he happened upon you on the way” implying that everything is accidental. Thus the numerical value of Amalek is the same as that of ‘safek,’ which means ‘doubt.’ And since the source of all doubt is the lack of faith in divine supervision, so Balaam prophesied, “Amalek is the first of the nations, and his end is to be destroyed forever” [Num. 24:20], i.e., the root of transgression in thought, the source of the idea that there is no divine supervision in the world.

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.

Chuck D. Pierce: “I’m unlocking the heavens! I’m unlocking the heavens, and from that I’ll unlock the earth. The root of blessing that has never been washed, will be washed. Get ready, for the rain is coming to wash off the root of blessing that has gotten decayed. Get ready…you’ll sprout forth in new ways!

Shabtai Teicher: We have learned that if he completes the tikun [repair] of Ruach [spirit] before the one who has Nefesh [soul] completes its tikun [repair], then it may be that he will arise in the time of the Resurrection of the Dead with both the Ruach and the Nefesh. In such a case there exists a very serious danger for the one who had Nefesh.

Bill Yount: If you’ve watched bull riding before, you’ve most likely seen the scenario of both victory and danger between a bull rider and the bull…and here’s how it relates to us. As you’re trusting the Lord with all of your heart through blood, sweat and tears on your last “eight” seconds of victory of riding a bull, you can feel like a champion! But when you fail to let go and exit quickly out of the electrifying arena, the bull begins to become the champion instead. Bulls will begin to attack their riders and retaliate with full blown death in their horns and hoofs, which have been building up during those eight seconds they were being ridden. Watching this unfold, the standing and cheering ovation of the crowd changes to gasping and dread for the very life of the rider.

Revelation 17: 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

Brat: Been there, done that. Don’t need to keep doing that. Word fulfilled.

Rabbi Shabtai Teicher: This is the secret of the verse “Let the evil of the wicked finish them, but You will establish the righteous…”(Psalms 7:10) One whose deeds make him evil – he will finish by taking all the evil to himself. This is what it says, “Let the evil of the wicked finish them”, while all the good is taken by the righteous person whose actions have purified him. Thus, he is finished and totally established, as it says, “…You will establish the righteous.”

Revelation 22: 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Rena S. Goldzweig: King Saul also thought himself more righteous and compassionate than G‑d himself and didn’t complete the full extermination of the nation of Amalek. This was his first historical mission as king of Israel and was meant to usher in the time of the Mashiach. Instead he spared Agag their king and “the best of the sheep and the cattle, and the fatlings, and on the fattened sheep, and on all that was good; and they did not want to destroy them”. Not only that, but the next morning when Samuel came to rebuke him (after killing Agag himself), initially Saul tried to explain away his actions. Had he initially recognized his mistake and repaired the damage himself, he conceivably could have regained favor in G‑d’s eyes, for a penitent is even more favorable than a completely righteous person. After being rebuked, Saul did indeed express remorse, but it was too late.

Matthew Laney: On the other hand, scripture repeatedly forecasts a day when God will come to earth and “clean house,” end injustice, cast out evil and make things right. That good news is the theme of Revelation. I don’t know if God will be “pissed” when it happens but I suspect it won’t help to “look busy.” In fact, I think we’re supposed to “get busy” right now.

Chuck D. Pierce: “Step into My timing, for My timing is your breakthrough. Step into My timing and you’ll break through right, left and frontwards, and I will be your rearguard. There’s grace in My pace. Don’t try to slow down, don’t try to go ahead. Stay in My pace. There’s fire in your fingertips!

Ben Lim: “And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.” (Daniel 1:20 ESV)[8]

Chuck D. Pierce: “I have anointed you to send forth My resurrection power to release My fire and consume the rubble. Get ready, as you shoot fire from your fingertips this week, rubble will be consumed and souls will be set free.

Rabbi David Sterne: The Levites were not involved in bringing revelation down into the world, but in lifting the world up. This was a task requiring discipline and caution. It didn’t attract any would-be evil doers, because the forces opposed to holiness were not lured by discipline and asceticism. Therefore it wasn’t necessary to conceal the movements of the Levites, and they didn’t need to wear any special clothes.

Monk: Like the whole Merlin and King Arthur get-up?

Brat (in “The Holy VOID Again!” 17 Feb 18): Lord, show me where You’re leading us through these catacombs of secrets, lies, and cover-ups to bring us to the other side. They talk about a remnant, but the remnant doesn’t reach its leadership. At least not in my orbit. Maybe it’s true somewhere else. Things can’t keep going the way they are. Show me where You’re leading. Bring me safe passage.

Katherine Ruonala: I believe God wants to marry some ministries in this season for greater levels of joy, power and effectiveness. Two are better than one. One can put a thousand to flight and two can put ten thousand (see Deut. 32:30).

Matthew Laney: Because maybe God’s renovation project is already underway. Maybe, when the writer of Revelation said it would happen “soon,” he meant “now.” If that’s true, all baptized disciples are called to roll up their sleeves and join Jesus in cleaning house. Even as new messes pile up, we can whistle as we work because we know how the story ends.

Pastor John Tolle (21 Feb 18): I’m in Long Beach this morning participating in a cohort discussion regarding discipleship with some 20 pastors. We’re all interested in helping our congregations turn the corner in “making” disciples.

Mark 8:34 He [Jesus] called the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become My followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.

Israel 365: The death of Aharon‘s sons, Nadav and Avihu, occurs in the midst of the joyous inauguration ceremony of the mishkan (tabernacle). The Sages explain that Aharon‘s sons were so moved by the closeness they felt to Hashem (God) that they desired to bring an offering of their own into the Holy of Holies inside the mishkan. Though the intentions of Nadav and Avihu were pure, their offering was unauthorized and in turn, they were punished by death. Hashem teaches the important lessons that everyone, even those who are powerful and respected within the community, must follow the same rules and be held to the same standards as everyone else.

Mark 8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

Richard L. Floyd: Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” – Genesis 3:1

Revelation 2: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 Katz: “On the internet, we have all the knowledge but it is jumbled up,” the rabbi also noted. “A fixing of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is having all the knowledge while knowing which is good and which is evil, which is true and which is false.”

Ben Lim: God is anointing the Church to be the Ekklesia of discernment – to know what to do and how to do it. To know who to work with and who to deny access to. The gift of discernment is necessary to move further into your calling. You must know if one is a true sheep, a stubborn goat, or a wolf hiding in sheep’s clothing.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Knowledge is what you choose to bond with,” Rabbi Katz said. “In kabbalah, this is called Yesod and it is the final tikkun (fixing) before Moshiach.”

Jennifer Brownell: There is so much wrong, and some of it really is your fault. The curse of being human is knowing this. The blessing of being human is having a choice about how to respond to this knowledge.

Rena S. Goldzweig: A true leader acknowledges his mistake readily, as did Judah, who immediately accepted responsibility for Tamar’s pregnancy, not paying attention to the shame he brought on himself, thereby saving her from death. As a result, Jacob proclaimed that the tribes themselves would admit that the kingship belongs to Judah, both in this world as well as in the next. (Rabbeniu Bachya Gen. 49:9) David, Judah’s descendent, acted in a similar manner upon being admonished by the prophet Natan after causing Uriah’s death and taking Batsheva as his wife prematurely. A righteous leader also tries to put it right if at all possible.

Matthew Laney: Prayer
Lord, I will have countless opportunities to right some wrongs today. Help me see, and do, at least one. Amen.

Rabbi Shabtai Teicher: The soul with the ‘Ruach’ [spirit] may acquire the good of that with the ‘Nefesh’ [soul].

Chuck D. Pierce: “This watering is not only for your soul, but also for your land. I am coming to you in a way that you have never seen and do not know. When I get there, you will look and say, ‘Oh! It is Jehovah Shammah! He is here! He is here! He is here!'” (This word about rain also specifically addressed West Virginia.)

Wikipedia: Jehovah-shammah is a Christian transliteration of the Hebrew יְהוָה שָׁמָּה meaning Jehovah is there, the name given to the city in Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 48:35. These are the final words of the Book of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel 48:35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits.

“And the name of the city from that time on will be:

the Lord is there.”

Revelation 21: 15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human [!] measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.

Brat: “Human measurement,” you say? Sanctuary? My, my, that’s some pretty thick CYA!

Bob O’Dell and Gidon Ariel: “Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has created the Sabbaticals and the Jubilees and is in the process of restoring them to the world.”

Brat: Finally! Dear GOD, I pray they got the message!

[1] Lovesick Scribe:

[2] Rabbi YY Jacobson:

[3] Anna Blake:

[4] Rena S. Goldzweig:

[5] Bill Yount: “2018: The Year of The Bull Ride”:

[6] Rabbi Avraham Brandwein:

[7] Chuck D. Pierce: “Key Prophetic Word: Your Atmosphere is Going to Change This Week!”

[8] Ben Lim: “God is Raising Up Leaders Like Daniel – with the ’10x Better’ Anointing!”

Ash Wednesday Valentine’s Day 14 Feb 18

15 Feb

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

[12 pages]

Pastor John Tolle (in “Donkeyspeak” 5 Feb 18): I don’t hear You say anything. We can’t hear God because we’ve quit listening and filled our ears with other things.

Brat: Like the Silent Treatment?

Isaiah 58:4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.

Shira Schechter: The portion of Terumah [Exodus 25:1-27:19] deals with the plans for the construction of the Tabernacle, God’s portable Temple in the desert. The Tabernacle will become the focus of most of the rest of the book of Exodus. It was constructed in the second year after the Exodus and remained in use even after the people entered the Holy Land. It was destroyed during the time of Eli the Priest, not long before King Saul came to the throne.

Joel 2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep. Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”

Brat (in “Euphrates” 11 Feb 18): Well, Pastor?

Chuck D. Pierce: Be willing to give a special blessing to those who have helped you along your journey. This action unlocked the next portion for David.[1]

Pastor John Tolle (11 Feb 18): Pray for your pastor and you’ll be amazed at how God will answer!

House of Destiny: Happy Valentine’s Day from the House of Destiny!

Lana Vawser: Recently I had a dream and I was sitting with a friend and telling her about a life changing encounter (this encounter I talked about in the dream, was not one I had already had in the natural) I had with the Lord that has marked me forever. As soon as I spoke, I was taken in the dream, back into the encounter.[2]

Isaiah 58:2 Yet day after day they seek Me and delight to know My ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of Me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.

Lana Vawser: The arrows that came out of their mouths were arrows of DECREE, weapons of significant impact bringing forth breakthrough and ushering heaven to earth through the prophetic declaration. It was SO IMPORTANT to notice and understand that these arrows were ONLY RELEASED when the Word of God He was releasing, the fresh manna from heaven was eaten, they were moulded, shaped and established and full of the power of God by the scroll of His Word.

Isaiah 58:3 “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.

Brat (13 Feb 18): I have a Haman in the priesthood in my orbit, who is preventing Christians and Jews from enjoying the Tree of Life, which is the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7) He’s been given a banquet, and it’s never enough. Please send help. My confronting him does no good. I have asked my King, and He concurs that help must come from the outside.

Fiorella Giordano: “An Angel Named ‘Movement’ is Here”

Lana Vawser: It was again this invitation from the Lord to be positioned and to devour the Word of God. As each one ate the strategy of His heart, the strategy in the Word, His beautiful words, as they digested these scrolls, I saw ARROWS come out of their mouth and went in EVERY direction.

Mary Luti: So no, it wasn’t that I was giving them fatal news. It was that they wanted to hear it. It was that they’d lined up to hear it of their own free will. They knew exactly what the message was going to be, and still they inched their way towards the messenger.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What is the source for Haman in the Torah? “Who told you, you were naked?” From the tree: I told you not to eat from the tree. The source is the same word. Haman means “from.” Haman is a Persian anti-semite who lived centuries later. The Talmud is conveying to us a psychological profile.

Mary Luti: My knees went wobbly as water. I wanted to wave them off, to tell them they didn’t have to come, they could go sit down. But I knew no one would. That was the most stunning thing: even if I’d said it, I knew no one would.

Lana Vawser: He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. – Ezekiel 3:3

Matthew 6:18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Haman was a man who was blessed with everything: wealth, power, influence, prestige, a large, beautiful family. He was a viceroy of the world’s dominant empire at the time. The king made Haman’s subjects fall prostrate before him. He had everything. He should have been a happy, serene, and joyous human being.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There was one thing that gave him no rest and no tranquility: Mordecai would not bow down to him. So Haman says to his family, “Everything I have is worthless when I see Mordecai.”

Anna Blake: Love someone who’s a little bit different.

Brat (14 Feb 18): On this Valentine’s Day, which is also Ash Wednesday, may God raise the phoenix out of the ashes with His love. God bless the Jews! They understand! Let the beautiful mule kiss the horse! This divine love affair requires a response from His people and not endless fasts and droning prayers for weeks (and months) on end (and gee, they even plot them on their calendars!):

Isaiah 58:5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: So what’s the big deal?

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: The World as a Walnut

Brat: Do you have a nutcracker?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Haman’s ego was inflated beyond the biggest inflation.

Lana Vawser: I was overcome with the incredible exciting sense again of this season of harvest, and the Holy Spirit burned a few things deeply with conviction in my spirit:

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The source of his identity, where does it come from? Where in Torah can you find an explanation for his personality, his character? Where do they make people like Haman? Or what type of therapy (if at all) can cure people like Haman?

Brat: In counseling, if the other party refuses to reconcile the breach after repeated attempts, one should walk away. That’s common sense. But God wants the breach healed. So, for His sake and out of love for His people I’ve stuck with this Impossible Mission. But there’s no healing in the Silent Treatment.

Dori Mulloy Sampson (12 Feb 18): Heavenly Father, there is nothing I want more than to be qualified to reveal Your personality through my life. Let me show You to others so they will be captured by Your love for them. I thank You for forgiveness. Help me keep my life on course and draw my heart to You in a deeper way. I want You to be a part of life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Isaiah 58:12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

Lana Vawser: “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed; the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.” – Amos 9:13

Fiorella Giordano: As I heard these words, I knew instantly there was a high level angelic assignment released to deal with the delay of the last 7 years. It’s an angelic assignment with great authority like we have not seen before. It’s being sent to deal with opposition in the highest levels.

Cindy Jacobs (in “Undeliverable” 11 Jan 18): “What does God want me to accomplish this year? What is it that I am supposed to possess?”

Brat: Reconciliation of the Seven Churches? The Seven Churches are like Eli and sons (1 Sam 2), and God promised to hold Eli accountable for his neglect.

2 Corinthians 5:20b We entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Because of that one thing they could not abstain from, they lost everything.

Israel 365: The City of David ✡ “David Captured The Stronghold Of Tzion”

Nate Johnston: The warfare I experienced was the darkest I have felt since I was in my teens – when the enemy tried to take me out. I woke up in cold sweats, had nightmares, and every day for weeks I was fighting an irrational fear and was in anguish that just didn’t seem to go away. At the same time, my well was drying up. Almost all revelation was evaporating completely, and I felt frustrated and muzzled.

Matthew 6:16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do not make the error of the Jew sleeping on the train. Do not confuse who you are with what you are wearing. It is a sad error to allow yourself to be defined by your external rotten mood in lieu of your inner golden self.

Fiorella Giordano: Let’s awaken out of sleep, out of prisons, out of old mindsets, and out of old wineskins. Awaken into a new creative code. Awaken into the greater works. Awaken into the reality of a new creation. Awaken America. Awaken chosen generation, mind, soul and spirit. Awaken! For the Spirit of the Lord has decreed an eternal decree: Move, move, move!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The meaning of these words is this: The innermost chamber of the Jerusalem Temple, the most sacred site in Judaism, was known as the “Holy of Holies” and seen as the spiritual epicenter of the universe. Two golden cherubs – they were two winged figures, one male and one female — were located in the “Holy of Holies.” These cherubs represented the relationship between the cosmic groom and bride, between G-d and His people.

Zechariah 4:14 So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”

Isaiah 58:9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil

Lana Vawser: In this encounter I was standing with a huge group of people in a large field, people everywhere. There was such a strong sense of the beautiful presence of God, yet urgency filled the atmosphere. A weighty, beautiful, fear of God and urgency to hear and respond to what the Lord was saying.

Elijah List: Seventy Reasons for Speaking in Tongues

Mary Luti: Showered with Stars

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Intimacy in Flames[3]

Sally Beauty: 30% Off: From Cupid To You

Brat: Stupid Cupid!

Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;

Rabbi YY Jacobson: As the Jewish Future was Consumed in Roman Flames, G-d Impregnated them with a Seed

Rosen School of Hebrew: Beginning Idioms – Where to begin…

Matthew 6:20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Charisma: Do You Need a Hug from Jesus Right Now?

Brat: Dear God! There’s no end to these Haman games! Lord God, have mercy!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Talmud teaches[2] that when the relationship between groom and bride was sour the two faces were turned away from each other, as when spouses are angry with each other. When the relationship was healthy, the two faces of the cherubs would face each other. And when the love between G-d and His bride was at its peak the cherubs would embrace “as a man cleaves to his wife.”

Zechariah 4:He asked me, “What do you see?”

I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”

Brat: Could this also be the Seven Churches and the Jews on either side of the bowl of prayers?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Now, the Talmud is telling us, that when the enemies of Israel invaded the Temple – during the time of its destruction in the Hebrew month of Av[3] — they entered into the Holy of Holies, a place so sacred that entry into it was permitted only to a single individual, the High Priest, and only on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year. There they saw the cherubs embracing each other. They dragged them out of the Temple and into the streets, vulgarizing their sacred significance[4].

Zechariah 13:1 “On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

Lana Vawser: I watched as those who were positioned in surrender and with open hearts and humility, yielded to His ways began to receive these strategies from heaven. These strategies were falling from heaven as SCROLLS and the positioned ones were EATING these scrolls.

Luke 23: 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Lana Vawser: I have been feeling the fear of God for quite a long time now over what we decree and prophesy over people, cities, nations. The Lord is reminding us as His people that we must be prophesying the strategy and insight of heaven and His heart and Word.

Todd Bentley (in “Donkeyspeak” 5 Feb 18): Rev 11:4 says the two witnesses are the two lampstands. Where was Jesus standing in Rev. 1…but in the midst of the seven lampstands, which were the Church. Luke 1 prophesies John the baptist in the spirit and power of Elijah at the first coming of Jesus. Some even thought he was Elijah. In Matt. 17 on the mount of transfiguration, the Father used Moses and Elijah as a sign of the law and the prophets—to show that Jesus was who He said he was.

Steve Porter: “God Asked Me: Do You Value the Anointing? Do You Really Want It?”[4]

Brat (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): I do AND I’m still praying for Sanctuary. I need help! Anna and Simeon had places to fulfill their roles in their communities. (Lk 2)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is the difference between the two cherubs: there is something greater to serve than your ego. The child given that [assignment] on top of an Ark becomes an angelic child through which the voice of God reverberates. The child who is lacking that blocks himself and others from entering Paradise.

Brat: Sanctuary is not an ego-need. There is an accountability issue at stake! No priest came back to hold Eli accountable. Y’know, the glass ceiling of the brotherhood? Boys will be boys.

Isaiah 58:10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Moshe Miller: No physical object can exist in a purely spiritual universe, as the angels argued when Moses ascended on high to receive the Torah: “What is a human doing amongst us?” (Shabbat 88b)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There are ten characters in the Bible who placed their eyes on that which did not belong to them. They could not be content with what they had. They needed to control that much more.

Revelation 17:3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

Fiorella Giordano: In prayer, I could discern the presence of this angel, the thunder of His movement, and the strength and authority in what he struck. This angel will release movement over many dimensions – even on the quantum level. Movement over time, movement to roll the stone from graves, movement over situations, movement over promises, and movement over destinies. Movement to birth and release Kingdom movements.[5]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Talmud relates a profoundly strange incident that occurred moments before the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple:

“When the pagans entered the Holy Temple, they saw the cherubs cleaving to each other. They took them out to the streets and said: ‘These Jews … is this what they occupy themselves with?’ With this, they debased [the Jewish people], as it is written: ‘All who had honored her have despised her, for they have seen her nakedness[1].’”

Revelation 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Brat (in “Euphrates” 11 Feb 18): Sanctuary is an essential. I wonder if it’s crossed anybody’s mind after all these years of crying out as to WHY I would be asking for sanctuary in the first place?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: By engaging in the remarkable hypocriendeavor of teshuvah, the sin itself is redefined as a mitzvah. Why? Because the very failure and its resulted frustration generate a profound and authentic passion and appreciation for the good and the holy[4]. The next time your inner thief hijacks your moral life, see it as a reclamation opportunity: Reclaim your life with a double dose of light and purity[5].[6]

Brat: Last I heard it’s not a sin to want a reply and request engagement. It’s not a sin to need sanctuary.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: When the Infinite Light emanated a world, it did so with two minds, two states of consciousness. …At the nexus of these two minds, at the razor’s edge of their paradox, there shines the very Essence of the Infinite Light. The first mind descended into man; the second into woman.[7]

Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (25 Feb 2012): Summary: “In this week’s Torah Portion the Jews are charged with mission impossible: Build a finite home for an infinite G-d. Yet, G-d chooses to “rest” in this relatively humble abode, and most intensely in the Holy of Holies, the location of the Ark. The Ark was a gold-plated box containing the Tablets, the Torah, given to Moses at Sinai, and had two poles, one on either side which enabled the Kohanim, the priests, to carry it during travel. ” “In this class, we will analyze the timeless spiritual meaning behind the enigmatic prohibition forbidding the removal or dislodging of the Ark’s two carrying-poles.”

Mission Impossible (in “Euphrates” 11 Feb 18):

Zechariah 4:13 He replied, “Do you not know what these are?”

“No, my lord,” I said.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: As Rabbi Aba explains, the way the Tabernacle, where the holy Shechina dwelt, was built, was similar to her dwelling place in the spiritual world of Atzilut. The Tabernacle was like a station built to receive a transmission. This station gathered the force of the Shechina from every side and from above (in the spiritual world) and below (in the physical world). Until Moses built the Tabernacle, the spiritual power of G‑d was not openly transmitted to a place on earth. As a result, the world was a dwelling place for the “ kelipot“, spiritual powers seemingly removed from the presence of the Holy. By building a place for worship and praise of the Holy Presence on earth, Moses broke the power of the kelipot and caused divine abundance to flow into the world. (RaMaK)

Matthew 6:17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face

House of Destiny: Every single one of us goes through times of being wounded and hurt in life. It is in these moments that we need to reach out and ask for help from our spiritual family. Greg Wark encourages us about what to do when we are wounded. Your wounds shouldn’t define you – they should tell a story of a life that was lived right.

Brat: I can’t help but wonder if this is justification for the Silent Treatment.

Quinn G. Caldwell: “So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then Elihu son of Barachel the Busite, of the family of Ram, became angry.  He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God…” – Job 32:1-22

Brat (11 Feb 18): So, are you saying they thought Job was a hypocrite? Please allow me to borrow another page from Pastor John Tolle’s sermon. He said that if someone calls you a hypocrite, you pause, look him in the eye and remind him: “That doesn’t disqualify me. Will you pray for me that I won’t be the hypocrite you think I am?”

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Tabernacle was like a station built to receive a transmission.

Lou Engle: Therefore, February 19th through March 30th, we are calling for 40-day seasons of fasting across the wider Body of Christ. Let’s contend for that fresh outpouring of His Spirit and for God’s restraining hand over the affairs of Jerusalem and Israel. Blow the trumpet in Zion! Call the fast![8]

Matthew 6:2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rewards for Refusing Rewards

Matthew 6:5 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

Nate Johnston: “But God,” I would say, “I am in ministry. I can’t be facing this stuff, I see people healed of this!” Yet even in the middle of that I felt a deep, deep longing in me begin to cry out. It was a cry of a son wanting more of His Father. It was a craving that wouldn’t and couldn’t settle for anything but Him. I lost all desire for anything else and I had zero capacity for anything but just being with Him. Again, He whispered to me, “Do you really want more of Me?” Still I said, “Lord, it’s all I want!”

Mary Luti: “For dust you are and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:19

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: The shell of This World is the most physically manifested of all [the three shells that are the contraction of the spiritual light which seem to create entities separate from their source. These shells, or kelipot, are] like the shells of the walnut growing on its tree. The outer, green shell, is not the hardest shell [it is soft and damp], whereas the shell beneath it is hard [like wood]; this is like the negative spirit [i.e. tendencies] that govern the physical body. Beneath this shell is another, finer, shell – the membrane which covers the brain [the source of the spirit and consciousness in man].

Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: One of the last verses (23/26) says, “No women will miscarry or be barren in your land and I will grant you the full count of your days.” The context of the verse is about the blessings G-d will bestow on the Jewish people when they conquer the Holy Land. Nevertheless, the Torah always applies both physically and spiritually–for the time when it was written and for all time. How does this verse apply to us now?

2 Corinthians 6:3 We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This grants us a deeper understanding into the ancient Jewish tradition[7] that the Moshiach (Messiah) was born on the ninth of Av. At the moment the Temple was about to be engulfed in flames, the dream of redemption was born. There was an intimacy in the flames and it produced a hidden seed that would eventually bring healing to a broken world. Think about it: The very possibility for the rabbis of those generation to declare that Moshiach was born on the ninth of Av, was nothing but testimony to the intimacy that accompanied the milieu of estrangement and exile.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: The other mind sees from Below to Above – and so all of creation is G‑dly to it. From Below to Above, there is a world – a world to point to the Oneness above.

Nate Johnston: As the glory of God begins to manifest, there will be a rising dissatisfaction to do ministry “modus operandi” (our habits or methods of operating). This means doing things in our own strength, chasing our own ideas, and a self-promotion that seeks its own glory apart from God. But God is giving an opportunity for those who have been running on their own steam – to lay everything down and be filled afresh. It’s His glory or nothing! His glory purifies and heals and He is purifying so deeply in this hour. He’s doing it not to expose or shame, but to align our hearts with His again, so we can run strong![9]

Mary Luti: Halfway through the line I almost lost it. Until that moment I’d been in a ritual groove, looking my parishioners in the eye, dusting them with ashes, calmly delivering the ancient admonition: “Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return.” One by one they came, listened, received. But halfway through, I faltered.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “There are two stages to redemption,” he [Rabbi Pinchas Winston] elaborated. “P’keda (preparation) and zechira the (actualization).”

P’keda clearly culminated in the formation of the State of Israel and included the building up of the land,” he continued. “The only thing missing right now is the stage of zechira which includes the War of Gog and Magog. This is a much more active process that culminates in the return of the shechina (divine presence) to Israel.” [10]

Brat (in “Euphrates” 11 Feb 18): Just a thought…I’m wondering if my “Armageddon” is the battle over Nature vs Nurture. Is that not common to everyone? Isn’t that what has been gathering the kings together? Our nature is to war. But that warring spirit fights to be nurtured.

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: At the nexus of these two minds, at the razor’s edge of their paradox, there shines the very Essence of the Infinite Light. The first mind descended into man; the second into woman. That is why the man has the power to conquer and subdue, but he lacks a sense of the other. That is why the woman feels the other. She does not conquer, she nurtures. But her light is tightly constrained and so she may become filled with harsh judgments.

Nate Johnston: What I realized in that moment, was that the cathedral I had seen in the vision was indeed what God was saying for the Body of Christ, but it was also for me! He was opening up the windows and doors and revealing His greater glory. Yet it was because I had asked Him to do it in me that He did! What God was doing in me was detaching me from mindsets of limitation, poverty, doubts, and fear that would not enable me to cross over into the wide open space He had prepared.

Mary Luti: And when I told them they would die, some nodded. Some said amen. Some even smiled; they said thank you, as if instead of sentencing them to death, I’d showered them with stars.

Yehoshua Metzinger: When the archenemy of the Jews, Haman, was drawing lots for an opportune time to wage his personal war against the Jews, he was delighted that the date of the deadly decree fell in the month of Adar. The reason he was so happy was that he found that every other month on the Jewish calendar had some auspicious date to aid the Jewish people, but in Adar he saw that Moses passed away on the 7th. Haman was so sure that this date would cause misfortune for the Jewish people that he made Adar the deadline for the decree. What are the special qualities of Adar that grant the Jewish people good fortune…?[11]

DovBer Pinson: Throughout Adar, we have the power to convert cynical laughter into positive and holy laughter, and anxious doubt into positive doubt.[12]

Yehoshua Metzinger: However, what Haman didn’t know is that Moses was also born on the 7th of Adar, which made the month an auspicious one for the Jewish people, not only during the events of Purim but also today. How did the joy of Moses’ birthday cancel out the misfortune that the 7th was also the day of his passing, and what are the special qualities of Adar that grant the Jewish people good fortune?

DovBer Pinson: Paradox and the joy of being, is the joy related to Purim, and it is symbolized by the crown of the Yud. This crown is above and ‘beyond’ the four letters of G‑d’s name, alluding to the Essence which is beyond the opposites of Divine and mundane, and yet includes them both. The joy of Purim includes all the four types of joy above, but also transcends them. This joy cannot be limited by definitions or descriptions, even by the description ‘unlimited joy’. It is beyond joy; it is joy “ad d’lo yada/until you do not know,” beyond what is known as joy. On the other hand, the initial letters of the three words, ad d’lo yada, spell the word yada/‘knowing’; the joy of Purim also includes every kind of joy.

Yehoshua Metzinger: Adar is under the constellation of the fish. Haman saw nothing particularly lucky or beneficial in the constellation of the fish. He was threatening to swallow up the Jewish people like a fish swallows food. But he didn’t see that there was a bigger fish, and that he would be swallowed up himself. Just as larger fish swallow smaller fish, so the tragedy of Moses’ passing is swallowed up by his birth, for that joy is greater than the sadness of mourning.

Mary Luti: Prayer
Holy One, may I live this Lent in bare truth, total trust, and knowing joy; for in life and in death I belong to you. Amen.

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: [So the way the Tabernacle was built was likened] to the physical body. In the same way as a person’s consciousness [literally “brain”] influences from within its encasing, so too the holy spirit is made within a body….

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “The Arabs will play a major role in zechira because they are from Ishmael, which means ‘hear God,’” Rabbi Winston added. “Their function is to make the Jews listen to God and to wake us up to action.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Rabbi Schneur Zalman taught that there is no need, nor is it even a possibility for most people, to have all of their three “arks” turned into pure gold. It is not tragic if our middle “ark” forever remains torn and dichotomized. Yet, notwithstanding this eternal dichotomy, our behavior, our active thoughts, words and deeds, ought always to reflect our innate G-dliness and spirituality. G-d did not desire holy people doing holy things; He desired unholy people doing holy things[5].

Mary Luti: It wasn’t that I suddenly realized the gravity of what I was telling them, that they were breathtakingly fragile, that at any moment they could dissolve into elemental bits, that someday they would. I’d been feeling the heft of that truth all evening.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The cherub children over the Ark understand that life isn’t just about rights but also about responsibilities. This child knows that there are limits to selfishness and that power must be restrained.[13]

Isaiah 58:1 Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to My people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.

Lana Vawser: The KEY to receiving these blueprints, strategy and insight was seeking HEAVEN’S AGENDA, the WAY of God above anything else. It was a deeper call to surrender, the place where hearts are seeking His strategy, and His way for this NEW season. Not relying on what was done before, how He has moved before, what you think is the strategy of this season, but really laying down every assumption, a fresh surrender and seeking God specifically for His strategy for this new season.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: These are the same children who have soul through which the voice of God speaks. God gives each of us children: pupils, disciples, students, physical children, biological children, or conceptual children. It is our choice whether we allow these children to become agents of selfishness, agents of destruction, agents of negativity, who end up exploiting, abusing, deceiving, violating the dignity of others and the dignity of themselves, people living a lowly, self-centered, dishonest lifestyle.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: Even when no children are born from relations, there are souls born above in higher realms. And all that a person does for those souls will return to him.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: This is the secret of the holy Shechina that contains the Above and Below, the secret of the holy spirit, that is connected in the spiritual world and revealed in the physical world. The Shechina is always drawn down from the spiritual to manifest in the physical; this is the secret of the Tabernacle as a “body” built to receive the “brain” within its shell. This was all done in accordance with Moses’ vision.

Zechariah 4:12 Again I asked him, “What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?”

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The holy spirit of the Shechina, became dressed, as it were, in the body of the Tabernacle. This was in order that a different spirit would be infused in it – a higher finer brightness – the light from the name Havayah, the “masculine aspect” of G‑d. All was united together and included one within the other, entering and dressing each within the other, until the Shechina united with this world, which is the outermost shell from the spiritual world. This dressing, represents the drawing down of the Infinite into the finite through a series of layers such as those that were the skins over the Tabernacle. (RaMaK)

Lana Vawser: What God is doing is glorious, it is such a beautiful and exciting time to be alive, but the harvest that is coming is so far greater than we realise. The increase God is bringing above what we have imagined. The move of the Holy Spirit upon the earth and what is upon us requires a people who are locked into His heart, receiving heaven’s strategy, yielded, surrendered and eating and devouring the scrolls of the Word of God to SEE and RELEASE the DECREE OF GOD and see it established.

Mary Luti: So I regrouped, kept tracing charred crosses, kept saying the old words. And they kept coming, one after another, offering me their foreheads with the trust of a child.

Nate Johnston: I believe we are in an hour where the greater glory is being poured out, which means the Church has a decision to make. Where God is highlighting the invitation for more of Him, He is also creating a distaste in the mouth of Believers for the fading glory. We just can’t operate how we once did, camping around methods and messages, that simply do not carry this greater glory of the Gospel of Jesus.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Seer of Lublin expands on this benefit. This week’s Torah portion opens with G‑d saying, “Take for me a teruma.” Rashi comments that the word “take” is being used instead of “bring” to teach us that in order to elevate something physical into a divine offering, it has to be done intentionally, for G‑d’s sake. The Seer of Lublin expounds on this, explaining that it means G‑d is saying, “Give Me an elevation.” This means that when a person serves G‑d, G‑d is telling us that in effect He is being uplifted through our studying Torah and performing the commandments.[14]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Now we are finally ready for the birth[8].



[1] Chuck D. Pierce: “A Great Impartation This Season! Receive Yeshua’s Love and Provision”

[2] Lana Vawser:

[3] Rabbi YY Jacobson:

[4] Steve Porter: “God Asked Me: Do You Value the Anointing? Do You Really Want It?”

[5] Fiorella Giordano: “An Angel Named ‘Movement’ is Here”


[6] Rabbi YY Jacobson: [3] Yuma 86b.

[4] Tanya chapter 7.

[5] This essay is based on Or Hatorah Parshas Mishpatim vol. 4 p. 1050. Sefas Emes Parshas Mishpatim, in the discourses of the year 5635 (1875.) Or Hatorah was authored by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek, third Lubavitcher Rebbe (1789-1866). The Sefas Emes, a Chassidic work on the Pentateuch, was authored by the second master of the Chassidic dynasty of Gur, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905).See there for the spiritual explanation behind the following verse: “If the thief is not found, then the householder shall approach the court that he had not laid his hand upon his fellow’s property.” (In other words, if the custodian (who is unpaid) claims that he is not responsible for the loss of the object, since it was stolen, he must come to court to swear that he has not made unauthorized personal use of the item.)

[7] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman:

[8] Lou Engle: “God Showed Me: It’s Time for the Latter Rain”

[9] Nate Johnston:


[11] From the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Yehoshua Metzinger:

[12] DovBer Pinson:

[13] Rabbi YY Jacobson: Video Summary: Angels or Demons: The Secret of the Cherubs. Haman: A Psychological Profile:

[14] Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter:

Euphrates 11 Feb 18

11 Feb

Working Dates: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018

[22 pages]


Pastor John Tolle: If a donkey could talk and rocks praise the Lord, then John Tolle can be used by God.

Angela Greenig: The Ox – The ox is the burden-carrier (like the donkey who carried out the death ashes for God’s people).[1]

Brat (in “ReFocused” 03 Feb 18): Has Ephesus talked to you lately? Maybe you could talk to Pastor John Tolle.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.

Revelation 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.

Brat (in “Rear View” 04 Feb 18): So, if you want to talk about a new creation, and old things passing away and new things being new, then address the system, not the psyche. Now THAT would be a new thing!

Marchaé Grair: Was Jeremiah arrogant enough to think he was exempt from needing a Divine transformation—that there were that many leaps between observing wickedness and becoming the one who perpetuates it?

Brat: Well, whadduyuknow? Maybe they heard me?

Anna Blake: A plague of doubt. And it doesn’t matter if it started with your horse or you. It was contagious. [2]

Brat: I’m sorry!

Mark 9: 24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Vicki Kemper: Prayer
May your truth comfort me, O God, even when I can’t quite believe it. Amen.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: God Confidence – “Good Morning My Princess”

Anita Alexander: Watch and see. There will be breakthroughs of His rivers of living waters even in the most hardest religiously bound places. For as the blood, sweat and tears of the saints has preceded the way, the Lord’s recompense and reward is at hand.

Journal (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): The Spirit around me is calm. The weather is hot and dry. The Spirit keeps nudging me whenever I recall John Tolle’s words, “Don’t be surprised if this is a challenging week.” There is great calm within me. I do not believe what he said is true for me. I believe he will have a challenging week. From what the Spirit is showing me, the challenge is John’s. This is an hour for accountability.

Denny Cline: Don’t wait for the “big thing” to happen. Start with the little and like Jesus said—He will give you more. That’s how the just who live by faith operate. They are forthright, clear, and move ahead with what they know God gave them…one step at a time. This also includes others who carry what we don’t. They help us fuel a vision from God which we could never pull off on our own. [3]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: One of the problems unique to our age is that for many of us emotions have become the sole barometers that determine right from wrong. We have turned our emotions into deities, worshiping them as though they embodied absolute, timeless truths—a new G-d. To suggest to somebody that they might overlook an emotion, subdue a feeling, disregard a mood is a form of heresy. Our emotions have become gods and we must obey them at all costs, even if this may be detrimental for our relationships, our marriages, our children, and our long-term visions. In the Biblical ethos, there is a critical distinction that must be made between acknowledging your emotions vs. allowing them to dictate your behavior.[4]

Jennifer LeClaire: You can’t dwell on the wall until you build the wall. In this season, God is looking for intercessors who will make a wall, stand on it, and actually dwell on it to prevent Jezebel from gaining further inroads of destruction in families, churches and cities. [5]

Denny Cline: Habakkuk 2 (NKJV):

“I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.


Brat: My trainer.

Anna Blake: Snapshot of a perfect moment in time: I’m in the Garden of Paradise and I’m the trainer with an accent. 

Denny Cline: The Just Live by Faith

Habakkuk 2 (NKJV): ” Then the Lord answered me and said:
‘Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.'”

Anna Blake: The answer is that we have to embrace the art of training. We must believe in the what if. We might need to show our horses more confidence than we have in the beginning.

Israel 365: In the above verse [Ps 75:7], King David, the author of Psalms, addresses the wealthy, telling them they should not think their riches are a result of their own efforts. He says not to look to the east or west as the source of their success and ends with the words v’lo mimidbar harim (ולא ממדבר הרים), meaning, “not in the wilderness.” The Land of Israel contains many desert regions, including Har Yishai Mountain by the Dead Sea, shown above. Jewish tradition understands the word harim as a verb meaning, “to lift up.” According to this understanding, the above verse means, “Not from east or west nor from the desert will you be lifted up” (i.e. become wealthy). The message of the verse is to recognize that Hashem (God) is the One who provides bounty and wealth.

Anna Blake: Some of us found videos put out by trainers who were smart enough to see a need in the market. Technique got seasoned with the sweetness of financial gain… for the trainer. We were desperate to do better for our horses, who had about lost patience with us by now. Which means we had about lost patience with techniques.

2 Kings 2:11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: We can experience the glory of God everyday. We can expect God to shine the light of the knowledge of His glory in our hearts, in the face of Jesu, the word of God, and the Holy Spirit shining the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus. All we do [!] is behold and become, to see Jesus and experience His glory. There is literally no end to our becoming all that Jesus has become. And what a glorious thing it will be, when we appear with Him in glory.

Brat: “All we do…,” you say? I know a few rabbis who would disagree with you. Where’s the mitzvah in entitlement theology?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Sometimes the Deepest Romance Can Emerge When You Have a Mountain Over Your Head[6]

Tony Robinson: If some situations in life require that we “Don’t just stand there, do something!” this is not one. This is a “Don’t just do something, stand there!” kind of situation.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: “The time has come to act for God. With God’s help, the fourth revolution [more fully opening the doors of Torah study for non-Jews] will… [bring] true peace and light to the world,” Rabbi Ginsburgh concluded.[7]

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: Here, in this well-known verse [Psalm 23] the Lord is referred to as a shepherd. What exactly do we mean when we call God a shepherd? Do we mean that He takes care of all of our needs and leaves us to happily “graze in the green pastures and drink the tranquil waters”? [8]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Take your animal and submit it to G-d. Submerge yourself in goodness and holiness. Fill your days and nights with meaningful behavior: with the study of Torah, the observance of Mitzvos, with acts of goodness and kindness, with a life of productivity and meaning. Your animal will change. Now that’s a holy cow.[9]

Angela Greenig: While oxen are known for their strength and hard work, they also bear responsibilities while carrying heavy loads. Many of you can identify with the ox in your own life, as you have been carrying burdens and responsibilities in your lives and ministries, and for some of you, this season has lasted for years. I feel the Father is saying that this season of heavy-ladenness is coming to an end, and will hit suddenly.

Anita Alexander: In the first scene of the dream, I was talking to a woman I know in real life, about how there is going to be a breaking through of hard ground. In the dream, I knew I was referring to the hard ground of nations and individuals whose hearts harbored religious mindsets, were in dead religion, or who simply had hard hearts of unbelief. I said to her, “This thing only breaks through blood, sweat and tears.” I knew this meant that for breakthrough to come to those resistant hard areas, truth of the freedom of the Gospel must come by the redemptive power of the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ used in persistent (sweat) intercession (tears). [10]

2 Kings 2:12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

Moshe Miller: Similarly with Elijah about whom it is written, “Elijah ascended to Heaven in a whirlwind“. (Kings II 2:11) How was Elijah able to ascend to the heavens? Is it not so that Heaven cannot tolerate any physical object from this world, even one as tiny as a mustard seed?[11]

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: What does this mean practically? Rabbi Ginsburgh charges the Jewish people with a crucial mission.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: However, [the answer is found in:] the verse [that] states, “Moses went into the cloud and climbed to the top of the mountain” – he went into the cloud as if he was donning a garment. [That is,] he cloaked himself in the cloud that he entered, and, wrapped in the cloud, he approached the fire and was able to get close to it.

Tony Robinson: Have you been to the mountaintop?

Mark 9:9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: God has commanded the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ, to shine in our hearts. When we behold Jesus in His glory, as the resurrected Son of Man, we are transformed into that same image, just as from glory to glory. We are transformed, because we have already been adopted as sons through faith in Jesus’ resurrection. Now, we have been given the honor of growing up into Him in all things.

Anita Alexander: “For these streams that are bursting forth from the wilderness are like in the days of John the Baptist. I am restoring the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers. I am bringing repentance to the prodigal, the wayward in the house of Israel, and I am calling them home.

Anna Blake: Thanks to all the Cambridge horses and riders and especially Bex, the organizer of this baptism to teaching in the Garden of Paradise. You were all perfect. I love your horses, too.

Brat: I never stopped praying for the Anglican Church.

Anita Alexander: “And they shall call them the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken” (Isaiah 62:12 Amp).

Pastor Steve Dittmar: We see—we become. It does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. Our transformation from old to new; from outward man to inner man, from natural to spiritual, is through beholding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Anita Alexander: The spirit of Elijah that was upon John the Baptist, was a move of restoration via repentance and preparation. This is what is going to spring forth in this season upon the Church.

Clear Steps

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Apathy and Guilt

Brat: Ah, two of the three spirits that look like frogs

Revelation 16: 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Ryan LeStrange: The Assignment against Prophets and Prophetic People!

Brat (11 Feb 18): Please allow me to borrow a page from Pastor John Tolle’s sermon. He said to pause, look your attacker in the eye and remind him, “I’ve been qualified by Jesus Christ and the blood He shed on the cross. Nothing I do could ever qualify me (or any of us.) It’s all about Him. We worship Him!” (Col 1:12)

Marchaé Grair: Prayer
Is this healing balm for me? Sweet Physician, show me the ways my heart is sick, and humble me enough to accept the right healing. Amen.

Jackie Duvall: Lie: “Why pray? God doesn’t hear me anyway.”

Truth from God’s Word: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (NIV)

Verse of the Day (11 Feb 18): Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NIV)

Journal (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): The Church must be held accountable. She believes the word of God and I’ve been applying it. Pastor John said prayer is not one-way.

Moshe Miller: And yet the Torah declares that Elijah ascended in a whirlwind to Heaven?!

Jackie Duvall: Lie: “Things just come up out of nowhere. I need direction in my life but don’t have any.”

Truth from God’s Word: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth…and He will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13 (NIV)

Denny Cline: This year, God wants to reveal clear steps that you can articulate and add people to your vision—to see it grow and come to pass. What you thought was the end game is much bigger down the road. But everything is beautiful in its time. So plant, cultivate and water what God has given you while trumpeting your God-given vision—now.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: Rabbi Ginsburg also suggested that “teaching the Torah to non-Jews augments the Jewish people’s status as ‘a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’”

Trump Headquarters: These are the patriots who are laying the early foundation for an even stronger second year of our historic presidency. These are the patriots who refuse to let the media define our movement.

Angela Greenig: “This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob My servant, of Israel My chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from Me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged Me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things. You heavens above rain down My righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.”

Anita Alexander: Suddenly, things are about to look very different for the House of the Lord. Suddenly, the barren places will no longer be barren but will be fruitful gardens. Suddenly, what was hard and difficult will become easy and smooth. Suddenly, what may have been resistant is now pliable and yielded. Suddenly, what seemed dead is brought back to life—SUDDENLY! Take a look. The landscape is about to change!

Trump Headquarters: America is waking up to the fake news. We’re waking up to the lies liberals have been feeding our country for decades. We are still fighting to take our country, and we will not rest.

Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin: “It also occurs that a person will take an attendant with him on one of his journeys, and in reality the whole trip is only for the purpose of the attendant being able to partake of a particular slice of bread or a sip of the water from a certain place. In reality, the master doesn’t need to make the trip at all, but the attendant does. Since the attendant might be a poor man without the funds to make the trip, G‑d sends the master on business, and he takes the attendant along.”[12]

Anita Alexander: I remember looking down into the valley, as I was situated quite high up, where I was standing with this Jewish man amongst these streams. As I looked down into the valley, I saw a large, vast amount of water like a river and I thought to myself, “Wow, that looks dangerous and tumultuous to cross.” The people in ancient times were very tough and resilient to be able to do what they did.

Israel 365: The Judean Desert ✡ “The Wilderness Of Yehuda”

Brat [written 36 weeks ago]: Being a Southern California girl, myself, I am always amazed at how much Southern California looks (and is) like Israel! We look in the direction of Israel.

Tony Robinson: I’ve heard a dozen sermons on this passage, probably preached a few of them. Every single one urged, “Let us not tarry on the mountaintop; we must return to the valley of human need!”

Israel365: Fleeing from Shaul (Saul), King David leaves Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and heads south to the wilderness of Yehuda (Judea), where he must survive with a scarce water supply. The Judean desert, pictured above, is geographically unique. It is located adjacent to the Jerusalem mountains, which receive ample rainfall. Just a few kilometers away however, the amount of rainfall decreases dramatically as a result of a geographical phenomenon called a “rain shadow desert.”

Anita Alexander: In the natural, I know and understand that geographically, there is a great distance from the Judean desert where John the Baptist walked from where the River Euphrates flows. So upon awakening from this dream, I knew that this was symbolic terminology that the Lord was trying to get a message through to me.  After pondering and praying over this dream for some time, I believe the Lord was showing me by this dream what is about to break forth upon the Body of Christ in this season.

Anna Blake: I’m nostalgic; I think of all the clinics I’ve been to over my riding life. How many times I’ve done the leaning-forward-and-squinting thing on my horse or as an auditor. German accents. French accents. Stuffy accents. At clinics now, I listen with each of my senses to understand the equine language I’ve tried the hardest to master, along with all its dialects. Communication –verbal, written or equine –has become my overwhelming passion. I always know what a privilege it is to do what I do.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: Psalm 23, as well, does not describe a life of trouble-free grazing and drinking.

Even as I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

Angela Greenig: The season when the north winds are to blow and bring exposure is now. The treasures hidden in darkness are now being exposed. This is our time, Church, to rise up and be the Church – and the apostolic, prophetic leaders are positioned. Let us help ease their burden and become unitary (forming a single or uniform entity) – this is our key to victory!

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: The message of these verses is exactly what Jacob realizes at the end of his life. That even as he walked in the darkest places – losing a child, fleeing a brother who vowed to kill him – the Lord was with him.

Chuck D. Pierce: Ask the Lord to reconcile any relationships with those who are part of your covenant heritage. Jacob’s spirit was revived when he realized his future (Joseph) was still alive. He then saw the provision that Joseph had sent him. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the provision that He has for you in days ahead.

Brat: Are the Anglicans alive yet? I see no change. Lord, my covenant heritage is with You. A bride does not become her Husband, but reflects Him. Please reveal the provision You have ready for me.


Anna Blake: I had packed my high school French with me, but if I was failing with my own language, I knew there was no chance once I crossed the channel. All these years later the paranoia returned, coming to New Zealand, and knowing that I would need to speak to be understood, and I might be doing the leaning-forward-and-squinting thing at riders. I prayed that I didn’t sound as confusing to the riders employing me, as they did to me.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: According to Rabbi Ginsburgh, the world is now ready for the fourth revolution, which will be to more fully introduce Torah study for non-Jews. When non-Jews study Torah, the words of Isaiah are being fulfilled.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: The Holy Spirit helps us by making experiential what might only be conceptual. He breathes on us, reveals Jesus to us and glorifies Jesus, so that we might receive all that Jesus has. The word of God becomes our blueprint to becoming. The word spoken, as the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus in the scriptures, renews our minds, saving our souls from fear and control. Now we can abide in Jesus (by the Holy Spirit) and have Jesus words abide in us (by the Holy Spirit).

Denny Cline: Know this though: Vision is rarely carried out without the help of others who share, believe in, and will pull oars with you to see it come to pass. So write it down in a way everyone can understand it. Then among those who read it, some will get on board and run with you in the vision.

Jo forwarded to me: There are so many thoughts and feelings swirling around inside your head today that you don’t know where to begin. You need to get them out into the open, but finding someone worthy of your trust now can be an uphill climb. Naturally, writing in a journal could be extraordinarily helpful, but it’s not enough. You crave the intimacy of having someone present to hear your words, reflect them back to you, and engage in heartfelt dialogue about your process. A French proverb teaches, “A problem shared is a problem halved.”

Me: I got a sore throat and achiness. I did not sleep last night. It would seem I got caught in a reversal of some sort.

Jo: Oh, I am sorry. I thought you would sleep well from being outside and in the horse energy.  I thought you sounded a little allergic yesterday but didn’t say anything. No reason to give it any energy.  I know that you can’t get the flu twice.  I will pray.    Let your body do its thing.  I hope you are not caught in some kind of backlash.  You were very steady yesterday and so kind.  How can that breed a sore throat and aches and pains?  That’s not fair!  Rest and pray.  Let all the stuff go, float away.

Denny Cline: I am sure this is on the hearts of others too. In context, Habakkuk was a prophet with an urgent message to a people under pressure to know what to do with those who opposed them. But this can also apply to anyone who lives by faith and is seeking direction for what to do with their life. We will always find a certain amount of opposition toward “the good” that God wants us to do. But let’s not give the enemy too much credit.

House of Destiny: Only Jesus has the right to dominate our hearts

Brat: I’m not disputing that.

House of Destiny: We are here for YOU

Brat: Y’all have never written me back. And now I’m supposed to believe you?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Torah, in the above law, offers instead this piece of advice: “If a man shall give money or vessels to his fellow to safeguard, and it is stolen from the house of the man, if the thief is found, he shall pay double.” Go out, suggests the Torah, and find the thief. Then you will actually receive double of what you possessed originally! Here we are introduced to, in subtle fashion, the exquisite dynamic known in Judaism as teshuvah, or psychological and moral recovery. Instead of wallowing in your guilt and despair, and instead of surrendering to apathy and cynicism, you ought to identify and confront your “thief,” those forces within your life that keep derailing you. You need to reclaim ownership over your schedules, behaviors and patterns. Then you will receive from the thief double the amount he took in the first place.

Brat: After ten years of sharing with priests, pastors, preachers, prophets, and rabbis, who’s left when all I receive is SILENCE? The only place left to go is to God!

House of Destiny: What to Do When You’re Wounded

Brat: Stop being gullible and breathing Wishful Thinking fumes?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What this means psychologically is that the experience of falling and rebounding will allow you to deepen your spirituality and dignity in a fashion double of what it might have been without the thievery.

Brat: I’m not accusing them of theft. I’m saying I don’t hear back from people when I share with them. That is not partnership and yet that is what they claim they want.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Talmud[3] puts it thus: “Great is repentance, for as a result of it, willful sins are transformed into virtues.” When you, sadly, fail, and allow your life to go to shambles, but then confront the thief and reclaim your life as your own, those previous failures bestow upon you a perspective, an appreciation, a depth and a determination that otherwise would not have been possible.

Brat: Have you read up on Jesus’ life lately? Or Jeremiah’s for that matter?

Luke 23: 40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

Brat: Last I heard it’s not a sin to want a reply and request engagement. It’s not a sin to need sanctuary.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: By engaging in the remarkable endeavor of teshuvah, the sin itself is redefined as a mitzvah. Why? Because the very failure and its resulted frustration generate a profound and authentic passion and appreciation for the good and the holy[4]. The next time your inner thief hijacks your moral life, see it as a reclamation opportunity: Reclaim your life with a double dose of light and purity[5].[13]

Revelation 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Tony Robinson: Jesus charged with a light so bright it hurts your eyes to look. Moses and Elijah advance through the mists of time. And Peter — who never happened on a moment of silence that he didn’t try to fill with words — blurted out, “Good thing we’re here — let us build shelters for you three.”

John Tolle (in “Donkeyspeak” 5 Feb 18): Rise up and take authority. If you don’t the enemy will take advantage of you. Rise up and take authority! “Can you do it more quietly, Pastor?”

Anita Alexander: In the dream after I finished my discussion with this lady, I met a Jewish man who became my escort. As I walked with him I knew I was all of a sudden back in Israel. But this time everything had changed! Where there had been rocks and desert, springs of water were bubbling up from the ground. There were streams and springs everywhere. Where there had been only sand and dirt, now it had become a garden paradise. I remember saying in the dream, “Wow, this is beautiful! This is just like paradise!” Everything was so green and beautiful. I remember saying, “This looks so different from how I remember it.” I knew in the dream this happened all of a sudden.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: Throughout Scripture, the Lord is referred to as serving in numerous roles. He is called King, Judge, Savior. He is even called Rock.

Chuck D. Pierce: Even though Naomi was in Moab, she remembered that she had an inheritance in Bethlehem. Once she got back to the right place, the Law of Redemption began to go into operation. Ask the Lord to activate the Law of Redemption and Restoration in your life. In Ruth 3, there comes a moment when Ruth must shift for both her and Naomi to receive their future. Ask the Lord to reveal your “moment” in days ahead.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: A similar relationship must exist between the mind and the heart. Emotions, instincts, moods and feelings are ‘children.’ They are cute, spontaneous, vibrant, immature and wild. Sometimes they are on to something very real and serious, other times they exaggerate or distort reality. We ought not to de-legitimize, suppress or deny them. We must be keenly aware of their existence within us. Just like children, we must attempt to educate and refine them. Yet we ought not to worship them and allow them the exclusive right to define our life.

Brat: Lord, help me to anchor in You!

Jack Wellman: Bully Believers

Luke 23: 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this Man [Jesus] has done nothing wrong.”

Silent Treatment

Brat: The Silent Treatment is the third impure spirit that looks like a frog. (Rev 16:13)

Marchaé Grair: When I read about the prophet Jeremiah, I can’t help but wonder if Jeremiah’s lament for an all-powerful Physician includes a lamentation for himself.

Brat: Naturally!

Pastor John Tolle (in “Donkeyspeak”): I don’t hear You say anything. We can’t hear God because we’ve quit listening and filled our ears with other things.

Brat: Like the Silent Treatment?

Moses Maimonides: “When one person wrongs another, the latter should not suppress his resentment and remain silent… rather he is commanded to let him know [his feelings] and ask him: ‘Why did you do this to me? Why did you wrong me regarding this matter?’… The Torah warns us against hating in our hearts.” [Hilchot Deot 6: 6.]

Brat: Well, Pastor?

Chuck D. Pierce: Be willing to give a special blessing to those who have helped you along your journey. This action unlocked the next portion for David.[14]

Pastor John Tolle (11 Feb 18): Pray for your pastor and you’ll be amazed at how God will answer!

Brat: Holy God, please let Pastor John know that he has been a faithful witness and this has not gone unnoticed. We have borne witness together. I ask You to completely fill him with encouragement. Fill him with what pleases You. Fill Him with Your Holy Spirit. Help him to walk out his assignment as a pastor to the pastors. Lead him to connections that would make holy and right alignments toward the healing of the Churches and nations. Give him wisdom that would bear fruit in healing the breach. I thank You, Lord, that Pastor John’s prayer team has been praying with him to bridge the gap. Let him know we are in this together and that You are here among us. Help him to feel Your presence and direct his steps in how he can best pass along the gifts for the betterment of Your kingdom and the fulfillment of Your delicious plan for all of us. Help us all to step out of Your way, so that You have free reign. Please strengthen his connection with You. Bring people into his life who will nurture and encourage his gifts. May our lives be an example to others. I thank You for his perseverance. He has this in his favor: he hates the spirit of licentiousness, which You also hate. Thank You, Jesus, for qualifying us through Your blood on the cross to be partakers of Your inheritance as saints in the light. (Col 1:12) Valentine’s Day is coming up on Wednesday. It is also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Please take this sacrifice of prayer as a joyful supplication with thanksgiving to use Pastor John as Your ambassador to bring healing and reconciliation to the Seven Churches.

Chuck D. Pierce: Day 16: Read Acts 2. Meditate on verses 40-47. God is doing a new thing in the Church with His people. This new thing encompasses fellowship, breaking of bread, prayers, and provision. Ask the Lord to show you how to advance to your GATE ahead that will lead you into the next phase of the movement that He has for you. Ask Him to reveal your place in the Body of Christ, and in His Kingdom plan, as we advance in days ahead.

2 Kings 2:5 The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”

Chuck D. Pierce: There comes a time when your manna will cease and the war for your future begins. Don’t fear your Jericho. Just dedicate it fully to the Lord and He will see that what is invincible in your life will be brought down.

Steve Shultz: If I could re-live the years of my youth, I would do it with this Word of Wisdom from the Lord.

I would always ask, “If only God would speak, I’d do what He told me to do.”

And since I heard nothing, I didn’t try to, even in faith, hear Him anyway. I didn’t so much “risk and write down” what I felt God was saying.

And since the ideas I had were too huge to act upon (since I didn’t have all the pieces of the puzzle and I didn’t have the people I needed for my ideas to succeed), I didn’t act—at all.

Brat: Not trying paves the way for darkness to encroach as much as bullying.

Revelation 16: 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There may be those few individual saints who never fail to safeguard their sacred space. Yet most of us are subjected to frequent visitations by this little thief who conquers chunks of our lives. How do we deal with it? Some people ultimately feel that their battles against their inner thief are, in the end, destined for failure. They give up the fight, allowing the thief take whatever he wants, whenever he wants. They develop a certain lightheadedness and cynicism toward living a life of dignity and depth. Others, at the other extreme, become deeply dejected and melancholy. Their failures instill within them feelings of self-loathing as they wallow in guilt and despair. Judaism has rejected both of these notions, since both lead the human being into the abyss, one through carelessness and the other through depression[2].[15]

Jackie Duvall: Lie: “I never hear the voice of God.”

Truth from God’s Word: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 (KJV)

Brat: In counseling, if the other party refuses to reconcile the breach after repeated attempts, one should walk away. That’s common sense. But God wants the breach healed. So, for His sake and out of love for His people I’ve stuck with this Impossible Mission. But there’s no healing in the Silent Treatment.

Mission Impossible: []

House of Destiny: Every single one of us goes through times of being wounded and hurt in life. It is in these moments that we need to reach out and ask for help from our spiritual family. Greg Wark encourages us about what to do when we are wounded. Your wounds shouldn’t define you – they should tell a story of a life that was lived right.

Brat: I can’t help but wonder if this is justification for the Silent Treatment.

Quinn G. Caldwell: “So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  Then Elihu son of Barachel the Busite, of the family of Ram, became angry.  He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God…” – Job 32:1-22

Brat (11 Feb 18): So, are you saying they thought Job was a hypocrite? Please allow me to borrow another page from Pastor John Tolle’s sermon. He said that if someone calls you a hypocrite, you pause, look him in the eye and remind him: “That doesn’t disqualify me. Will you pray for me that I won’t be the hypocrite you think I am?”

Two Witnesses

Todd Bentley (in “Donkeyspeak”): Rev 11:4 says the two witnesses are the two lampstands. Where was Jesus standing in Rev. 1…but in the midst of the seven lampstands, which were the Church. Luke 1 prophesies John the baptist in the spirit and power of Elijah at the first coming of Jesus. Some even thought he was Elijah. In Matt. 17 on the mount of transfiguration, the Father used Moses and Elijah as a sign of the law and the prophets—to show that Jesus was who He said he was.

Pastor John Tolle: Subsets are not the reason He came to earth.

Anita Alexander: John the Baptist came in the Spirit of Elijah and prepared the way of the Lord. His ministry was streams in the desert—restoration through repentance and reconciliation to the heart of the Father. His ministry represents revival to the Church, before the awakening of the Gentiles.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: “Teaching Torah means sharing with the nations of the world some of the infinite wisdom and beauty that it contains.”

Anna Blake: Being Here Now[16]

Marchaé Grair: I like to think when Jeremiah says “my people,” he is fleeing from deflection and accepting that his deliverance is intertwined with theirs.

Brat: I concur!

Vicki Kemper: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. … I fear no evil. … Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” – Psalm 23

House of Destiny: We are here for you, House of Destiny! We love you, care about you, and constantly pray for you.

Vicki Kemper: But identity is about more than gender, and some pronouns remain universal. Think “I,” “me,” “my,” “you,” “we, “ours,” and my personal favorite: “y’all.”

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: Incredibly, Psalm 23 is one of only two passages in the entire Hebrew Bible that refer to the Lord as shepherd.

Here’s the other:

Then he [Jacob] blessed Joseph and said,

“May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may He bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.
” – Genesis 48:15-16

Notice that Jacob follows his use of shepherd by specifying that the Lord delivered him from all harm.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, So that they all invoke Hashem by name And serve Him with one accord. ~ Zephaniah 3:9


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Brat: Okay, so this is a clue to show me that you’re tracking me and reading what I’m writing. Good for you. So does the devil. When do you take it to the next level beyond technique and tracking like Lewis and Clark?

James 2: 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Anne Tate: The Lord has a great impartation He wants to release in this season. Now we must press to go “beyond” and not just “go through” the new gate ahead. In the year 2018, a new generosity will release power that will cause the enemy to flee![17]

Israel 365: Recognizing Divine Gifts ✡ “For What Lifts A Man Comes Not From The East Or The West”

Revelation 16: 16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

Brat: Just a thought…I’m wondering if my “Armageddon” is the battle over Nature vs Nurture. Is that not common to everyone? Isn’t that what has been gathering the kings together? Our nature is to war. But that warring spirit fights to be nurtured.

Pastor John Tolle: We need more pastors, because more and more keep bailing out. We live in a critical society.

Brat: I heard what you said, that prayers for others are answered, but your own never seem to break through for yourself. The same phenomenon happens in my own life as well. Please know from my heart that I never cease praying for you.

Anna Blake: Put your doubt on a shelf and let the play begin. Let your serious goals for training take back seat to spontaneity. Lighten up with the science, horses like recess more than books. You were once that way, too, remember? Laugh at yourself. Let him see you try and if you stumble, laugh more. Show him it’s more fun to try than to stand back and doubt.

Donald J. Trump: Are you coming to dinner?

Angela Greenig: We are called to be mighty overcomers. It is time to stand on the shoulders of giants in every nation and in every city! Just like David, we will partner with the Lord and use the Sword of the Spirit to sever the head of the spiritual giants that are suppressing His anointed!

Anita Alexander: I began talking to this man saying, “I know where I am. I am where John the Baptist walked.” I excitedly kept asking him as I walked in amongst all the water and streams, “IS THIS THE EUPHRATES? IS THIS THE EUPHRATES?” He replied to me, “No, this isn’t the Euphrates. It is way over yonder.”

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

Israel 365: For what lifts a man comes not from the east or the west or the wilderness
Psalms 75:7 (The Israel Bible™)

Brat: Prayer does. Bless You, Holy Spirit!

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Yisrael.”  ~Exodus 19:6

Moshe Miller: No physical object can exist in a purely spiritual universe, as the angels argued when Moses ascended on high to receive the Torah: “What is a human doing amongst us?” (Shabbat 88b)

Anna Blake: Shakespeare, the bard of theater, said, “Assume a virtue, if you have it not.” It’s a much more poetic way of saying fake it, till you make it, but your horse is reading you right back as you read him. Can you be interesting and mysterious?

Vicki Kemper: Yes, there’s the live-it-as-if-you-believe-it approach, the fake-it-til-you-make-it method or, if we’re feeling poetic, Rilke’s hope that we will “live along some distant day into the answer.” But sometimes only second-person pronouns will do. They allow us to receive what we can’t proclaim. So, hear this, sweet lambs:

Marchaé Grair: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?” – Jeremiah 8:22

Pastor John Tolle: If you don’t speak, who will get the word out? Deliver the goods! If you open your mouth He will fill it!

Jamie Rohrbaugh: Open Your Mouth Wide, And I Will Fill It!

Charisma: There’s something about hitting a brick wall that brings new perspective.

Anna Blake: Success depends on not how well you mimic the particular technique you are using, but instead, how well you listen to your horse and engage him in the moment.

Jack Wellman: Sadly, Christians can become bullies, and often do when attacking other believer’s whom they disagree with, so if you’ve been bullied by other believers, read these to put it all into a godly perspective.[18]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet notwithstanding this natural emotion, the Bible is calling on us to challenge our instinct and assist our enemy’s donkey regardless. This perfectly human instinct of loathing an enemy, need not dictate our actions.

Jeffrey Ouellette (8 Feb 18): Sinners in California should be fleeing from California. He cuts California off. And Oregon Washington Nevada Idaho Utah. And the east coast. They will loose their chance of repentance.

Brat: Do you think that when they realize the Two Witnesses are real and that they are perpetually witnessing without mitzvah and leading everyone else in the process through tools of manipulation, that they would find it in their hearts to cross the spiritual “Euphrates” like kings from the East to help?

Jackie Duvall: Lie: “There’s no way out of this mess.”

Truth from God’s Word: “…I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Trump Headquarters: Prove them WRONG Do Jews Believe in the “Evil Eye”?

Tony Robinson: After hearing that sermon yet again, I became suspicious — why were we in such an all-fired hurry to get off that mountaintop and down to the “valley of human need”?

Steve Porter: “God Asked Me: Do You Value the Anointing? Do You Really Want It?”[19]

Brat (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): I do AND I’m still praying for Sanctuary. I need help! Anna and Simeon had places to fulfill their roles in their communities. (Lk 2)

Jack Wellman: When non-believers berate you and call you all sorts of names, this is actually a blessing (Matt 5:11-12), and we should expect it (2 Tim 3:12), but “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Pet 4:14). Don’t you want that? So, “if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name” (1 Pet 4:16), but sadly, the most painful persecutions come from the “religious” or “spiritual,” and professing Christians. Contrary to that type of behavior, Christ-followers are commanded, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). How do we respond? We must pray for these believers who are berating other believers (and us!) over non-essential issues. Jesus prayed to the Father to forgive those who did not know what they were doing (Luke 23:34), so we must at least pray for them, and if they know what they’re doing, they need our prayers even more. Pray for them, ask God bless them, and prove to be the sons and the daughters of God (Matt 5:45).

Brat: Sanctuary is an essential. I wonder if it’s crossed anybody’s mind after all these years of crying out as to WHY I would be asking for sanctuary in the first place?

Verse of the Day (10 Feb 18): If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)

2 Kings 2:10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”

Jack Wellman: Hard? Yes…but love is the true test of the disciples of Christ (John 13:34-35; 1 Cor 13:1-7). You will know them by their fruits, not by their gifts!

Anna Blake: It’s a catch-22: The technique won’t work unless we are inspired by it but it’s hard to be inspired by a flat technique.

Brat: Writing is the fruit of my gifts. I’m still praying for a safe and quiet place to pray and write.


Jackie Duvall: You have the Word of God and the Spirit of God working together in your life to give you direction in every area of your life. There’s nothing too big in your life right now that God cannot fix. We just have to surrender to His will and speak the Word He has so graciously given us. There is so much power in the Name of Jesus and God’s Word. His Word is sharper than any two-edged sword. It can break down strongholds in your life and wrong thought processes.

Marchaé Grair: When we denounce sin, we must not assume that what exists in others could never exist in us. There is a healing balm from Gilead, but part of the first step towards that healing is admitting you are sick.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Acknowledgement Vs. Domination

Brat (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): I saw the CYA. No comment. Just observing.

Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin (From Ner Yisrael): The Ill Man Heals the Herb

Anna Blake: We got good advice and we got bad advice, but then we layered that with conflicting advice, and finally on top of that, what worked for your horse one day, probably didn’t work on another day. So we ended up with lots of techniques vying for dominance in our minds, and we got more involved with our thoughts than our horses.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer is simple. The Bible is making a point of acknowledging the instinct to refrain from helping ones enemy’s donkey as legitimate and human. It is perfectly normal to feel that you care not to assist the person you loathe, even if his animal is suffering.

John Tolle: It’s about pulling down strongholds and the wicked in high places. Why have the police?

Brat (in “Rear View” 4 Feb 18): This brings us to a collective crux point, because this is not just my story. There is an enormous canyon between Church and State, just as we wanted, just what we asked for. The cops feel that I should be praying in a Church. The Church feels that I should be out in the streets. I am caught in the middle.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus didn’t play it safe. He took authority time and time again!

Brat: And He did it for 3 ½ years, not 10 ½ years with no end in sight, because the professionals in the Religious CYA Department have a stranglehold and they’re not about to give away the secrets of the brotherhood!

Jack Wellman: When Jesus was telling Saul that he was persecuting Him, he must have wondered how that was possible because he’d been persecuting people of “the Way,” but Jesus told him that by his persecuting believers, he was actually persecuting Christ (Acts 9:4), because when you attack other believers, you are actually attacking Christ. Here’s the image many see today: The Bride of Christ is the church, so here she comes down the aisle…but something’s terribly wrong; her dress is torn, her sleeve’s ripped, her hair is a mess, she’s got a black eye and a bloody nose, and someone outside of the church says, “Well, it looks like the church has been fighting again!” How tragic. Instead of being a light or a lamp to the world, we putting to flames those who don’t agree with us. What a sad example we leave the world.

Jennifer LeClaire: The Plumb Line: We’re in a Jehu Season to Throw Jezebel Down

Brat: Get behind me, Jezebel! Nothing ever good comes from giving her attention!

Lillian Daniel: Well, Shut My Mouth

Anna Blake: Technique is necessary and good. Then, shut up and dance.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: A clear distinction must be made between de-legitimizing your child’s tears, which is cruel, to allowing these tears to dictate your home and life, which would result in chaos.

Anna Blake: We tried our best to find someone who knew the path back to how it was but there isn’t a trainer in the world who holds his hand up and declares, “I train with cruelty and abuse.” Still, some do. Each trainer had a different definition of leadership, along with various techniques for picking up feet, doing canter departs, and everything else. Some work and some don’t.

Jennifer LeClaire: Rahab Lived on the Wall. When Joshua sent two spies into Jericho, the spies entered Rahab’s house. When the king found out about it, he sent men to her house to take the Israelites captive. Instead of handing them over, she made a wall of intercession. Rahab told the king’s men the Hebrews had escaped—then helped them escape.

Brat: This story is not all that different from the Two Witnesses in the Book of Revelation (Chapter 11). However, in the Book of Revelation, the Two Witnesses spy and stay. They don’t leave. That’s why they have so much power. (v 6) And it’s sanctioned, because it’s in the Bible and in the Church!

Lillian Daniel: For that reason, I am grateful to all the people who were told, “Sit down and shut up,” and didn’t.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: As valuable as emotions are, the moral sense of right and wrong must be given precedence over “I do not feel up to it.”

Journal (4 Feb 18): The calm extended to even before the service. In the bulletin John offered the services of a professional MFC Christian pastoral counselor. You have to go through Pastor John to sign up. I immediately remembered Fr David asking if I should get counseling (for praying in my car? For forsaking all to follow Jesus?) At the time I was terribly hurt. Now I saw this in the bulletin and I noticed. I remembered. Then I anchored. This is an accountability issue, not a mental one.

Jennifer LeClaire: Rahab lived on the wall. No doubt, she prayed on the wall. And when the walls of Jericho came crashing down God’s wall of protection preserved Rahab and her family. Her act of intercession paved the way for God’s will and actually paved the way for the Messiah, who was birthed through her family line (see Matt. 4:1-6).

Vicki Kemper: Therapists encourage us to make “I” statements, the better to take responsibility and facilitate understanding. But when it comes to matters of belief, first-person pronouns can leave us feeling more fraudulent than faithful, less certain of what we claim than profoundly aware of how preposterous those claims are.

Anna Blake: As the magic escaped us, we searched for what we lost. We asked for help from a neighbor or a local trainer. In my case, I got a book from the library because it was before the time of the Computasaurus.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “If you see the donkey of someone you hate crouching under its burden, and you might refrain from helping him—you shall surely help him[1].”

Jennifer LeClaire: Intercessors who build walls of prayer have a distinct authority to throw down spirits that try to penetrate that wall or erect a stronghold on that wall. Intercessors who live on the wall incline their ear to the Lord’s command to throw Jezebel down at the right moment.

John Tolle (in “Accountability” 4 Feb 18): Friends see what we don’t see. I have a lot of blind spots. What happens if no one is close enough to talk to you about your blind spots?

Jo: There is this blind spot where I can’t see him. I suspect that he is experiencing that with me. The different life styles the different values that we do have.

Lillian Daniel: I approach texts like this with a spirit of humility. What statements of mine will people read one day and ask, “What was she thinking?” I know I carry the prejudices of my world around with me, just like Paul. And like him, I may be blind to many of them during my own lifetime.

Brat: There is an accountability issue at stake in the hierarchy! Pastors hold pastors accountable. As Rick Joyner said:

Rick Joyner (06 Feb 18): The first thing we must do is repent. Even if we do not do these things, we are here to be the salt and light that preserves. This fall into the darkness of our times has happened on our watch. The heathen are just doing what heathen do, but if there is no light to shine into the darkness it is because God’s people have not been the prophetic voice in the world that they are called to be. We must look to ourselves first, as I Peter 4:17 states: “it is time for judgment to begin with the house of God.” How can God judge the world when His own people are guilty of that which is bringing judgment on the world, or have not warned those doomed to suffer His wrath? We can be sure that God will clean up His own house first.[20]

Eliyahu Munk: There is a sound reason why man should not be liable to punishment at the hands of heaven until he has reached that age. He is not yet mature emotionally and intellectually. Such maturity is essential to enable us to successfully battle the evil urge and to appreciate G‑d’s message to man. By the time man has reached the age of 20, he is considered fully equipped to cope with all kinds of temptations.[21]

Anna Blake: Then life happened. We got distracted by family and careers. We bought calendars and scribbled appointments and noticed the sound of our parent’s voices coming out of our mouths. We learned the attraction of a slow dance because we were hurried all the time.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In the Kabbalistic literature, our faculties of cognition are commonly referred to as “parents,” while our faculties of emotions are described as “children.” [4] The significance of this metaphor is vital: The relationship between the mind and the heart, it suggests, must reflect a healthy relationship between parents and children. When your child begins to holler, you must acknowledge his or her predicament, and examine the cause of their outburst. Yet you cannot run to call the ambulance based on the screams of a child alone without examining the situation on your own first.[22]

Vicki Kemper: When I can’t find a job, does it help to identify as a sheep? When it seems the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, how can I not fear evil? As I’m being transported to the hospital by ambulance, do I really think goodness and mercy are along for the ride?

Anna Blake: Some of the horses don’t show us much tolerance as we flounder with a new technique. They gave us calming signals because we were abrupt or gave cues louder than we intended. Or we didn’t really understand the new technique, so our confidence was a bit frail and the horses responded to that with confusion. Eventually, tired frustration made it feel like nothing worked but aggression, and that only worked if you kept escalating. Like a rat on a wheel, driven by compulsion and not inspiration.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: When I sit and sing the beautiful ancient words of Psalm 23 every Shabbat I think about how the Lord is my shepherd; how He shepherds each and every one of us. Sometimes we feel the sting of his rod and at others we feel his loving support in our time of need. Whether rod or staff, the Lord wants what is best for us. He is truly our shepherd.

Vicki Kemper: God is your shepherd. You have all you need. When you walk through deep valleys, even as you approach death’s door, you need not fear—for God is with you. God showers you with love; your cup overflows. Goodness and mercy will follow you—yes, you!—all the days of your life. And you will dwell in God’s heart forever.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: Your punishment and rebuke of me when I strayed from the correct path – although painful – as well as your overt support and care for me of me were both a comfort to me. For I know that they are both ways that you guide me – You shepherd me – through my life.

Tony Robinson: Back in the “valley of human need” we were on familiar turf. Needy people. Needing us.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: A shepherd wants to guide his sheep to greener pastures. And that is what the Lord wants for us. But when the sheep stray He, at times, must use the rod to bring them back to where they need to be. It is all out of love and concern for the good of the sheep.

Torah for the Gentiles

Angela Greenig: We see the representation of the four living creatures from Ezekiel’s vision in each of the four Gospels. In the Gospel of Matthew, the Lion is Yeshua Messiah, the King. He is honored by wise men, and lived a life of unwavering devotion to truth and justice. In Mark, the Ox is Jesus the servant, taking the yoke of our sin upon Himself by bearing the weight of mankind’s sins. In Luke, He is the Son of Man, taking on human form and being subject to sin no different than any other man, yet remaining sinless. In John, the Eagle is the Son of God, as He rose to the heavens, and His ascension made a way for the Holy Spirit to come and bring revelation.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: “The intention in teaching Torah to non-Jews Torah is not to preach conversion,” he stressed. “If a non-Jew wishes to convert to Judaism, he or she may do so, but this must be from their own free choice, without coercion.”

Anita Alexander: “Where the Body of Christ has even been in a dry wilderness season, a move of the Lord’s Spirit is coming upon His people to refresh and revive and change the landscape.”

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: The Time Has Come For Mass Torah Study for Gentiles

Anna Blake: At the end our clinic time together, the clinic participants all give me a gift. It’s a copy of The Wonky Donkey, a children’s book that they have all signed. It comes with a CD of the song, which someone is playing on their phone, so I can hear it. We are all singing along and dancing a bit. It’s possible that some dressage queens would not fully appreciate this kindness, but I am bray-starved here.  Then I had something in my eye, but not bad.

Rabbi Pesach Wolicki: According to the Center for Study of Religion and American Culture, nearly 48 percent of people who read the Bible on their own turn in particular to Psalm 23. This is not so surprising. From my experience with Christians, there is no more cherished and known passage in all of Scripture. For Jews, too, this Psalm holds a prominent position. Traditionally, it is sung on the Sabbath either on Friday night during the Synagogue service or in the waning hours of the Sabbath day towards evening – or both. It is a passage that both Jews and Christians often know by heart. For me personally, the traditional tune that is used for Psalm 23 is the most haunting, beautiful, and other-worldly in all of Jewish tradition.

Psalm 23 – Mizmor LeDavid – מזמור לדוד – Shabbat Song – Tehillim [23]

Steve Porter: I see a crown of favor resting upon your head—the very beauty of the Lord is upon you. You are the Queen arrayed in gold! All the people of God call you blessed because the sweet aroma of divine favor rests upon your life. God is looking for those who will yield so they can carry the presence. May you be such a one![24]

Anita Alexander: As I was talking to this woman I knew, I saw the ground break, and it broke from underneath the crust of the earth, not from an external force upon the ground.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: This mystical secret is explained in the Book of Adam, where it discusses the [unfolding] chronicle of the universe: In the future a certain spirit [Ruach] will descend to the world and will be clothed in a body upon earth. “Elijah” will be his name. In that very body he will ascend. But he will divest himself of that body, which will remain in the whirlwind, and another body – of light – will be prepared for him, enabling him to be among the angels. When he wishes to descend to this world he will again clothe himself in the body that remains in the whirlwind. It will be in this [latter] body that he will be revealed below, whereas he is revealed above in the other body [the body of light].[25]

Anna Blake: The secret no one seems to mention is the technique, regardless of whose technique it is, will never be enough. A technique is a noun, a thing like a skeleton or a box. It’s dry science until we clothe it with creativity, make it our own, and then allow our horses to discover it for themselves. A technique is hollow until each rider breathes their unique life into it and then introduces it to their unique horse.

Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler: “Teaching Torah to non-Jews is a great challenge to any individual who takes it upon himself, but encountering people who are far removed from Torah will bring him into contact with questions and new perspectives that will rejuvenate his relationship with the Torah and infuse it with new motivation,” he advised his Jewish students.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Majesty of Returning

Prayer: Holy God, help us to look past the technique and get to the heart of the message being conveyed.


[1] Angela Greenig: “Great Strength is Coming to the Church!”

[2] Anna Blake:


[3] Denny Cline: “This Year – God will Add the Right People to Your Vision”

[4] Rabbi YY Jacobson:

[5] Jennifer LeClaire:

[6] Rabbi YY Jacobson:

[7] Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler February 7, 2018 , 4:26 pm

[8] Rabbi Pesach Wolicki:

[9] Rabbi YY Jacobson:

[10] Anita Alexander: “The Landscape is Suddenly About to Change”

[11] Moshe Miller:

[12] Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin:

[13] Rabbi YY Jacobson: [3] Yuma 86b.

[4] Tanya chapter 7.

[5] This essay is based on Or Hatorah Parshas Mishpatim vol. 4 p. 1050. Sefas Emes Parshas Mishpatim, in the discourses of the year 5635 (1875.) Or Hatorah was authored by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek, third Lubavitcher Rebbe (1789-1866). The Sefas Emes, a Chassidic work on the Pentateuch, was authored by the second master of the Chassidic dynasty of Gur, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter (1847-1905).See there for the spiritual explanation behind the following verse: “If the thief is not found, then the householder shall approach the court that he had not laid his hand upon his fellow’s property.” (In other words, if the custodian (who is unpaid) claims that he is not responsible for the loss of the object, since it was stolen, he must come to court to swear that he has not made unauthorized personal use of the item.)

[14] Chuck D. Pierce: “A Great Impartation This Season! Receive Yeshua’s Love and Provision”

[15] [2] See Tanya beginning of Chap. 1 about the danger of both of these paths. Cf. Tanya end of chapter 36.


[17] Anne Tate with Chuck D. Pierce: “A Great Impartation This Season! Receive Yeshua’s Love and Provision”

[18] Jack Wellman:

[19] Steve Porter: “God Asked Me: Do You Value the Anointing? Do You Really Want It?”

[20] Rick Joyner:

[21] [Selected with permission from the five-volume English edition of Ohr HaChaim: the Torah Commentary of Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar by Eliyahu Munk.]

[22] [4] See for example Tanya ch. 3 based on Sefer Yetzirah ch. 1. This metaphor pervades much of the Kabbalistic and Chassidic literature.


[24] Steve Porter: When The Bride Finds Favor With Her Groom