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The Prayer Card 12 Dec 17

12 Dec

First Day of Chanukah: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

[9 pages]

Brat (in “Ablaze” 5 Dec 17): …For the record, I remember they actually cut my face out of the group picture to make it seem like I hadn’t really been there. By snapshot they symbolically cut me out of community, but they couldn’t cut out the fellowship in me. They tried to alter my destiny. I understand that “boys will be boys” and they were behaving like junior high adolescents. I forgave them. I worship God anyway. Wouldn’t you?

Pastor John Tolle: God wants us to move like Mary, “Do with me as You see fit.” This requires us to talk to God. Know when to bless and not curse, when not to speak and throw pearls before swine. The Word is living and active. We’ve formatted Christianity. What we learn and say. What does it — is fellowship with God. She (Mary) wasn’t at mass or a street corner. She was living fellowship with God. It’s an active relationship. Forms don’t give life. You can’t have forms, traditions, and rituals alone, but fellowship with God does. It’s a form of godliness but denying its power.

2 Timothy 3:having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky (in “Ablaze” 5 Dec 17): This seems self-contradictory. If G‑d told him “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so that he who reads it may run [through it]”, meaning, so that whoever reads it will understand it immediately, it is obvious that he will write it plainly and clearly. But then, after [G‑d] tells him what to write, He says that the matter is cryptic, and that “the vision is still for an appointed time, and it speaks concerning the end, and does not lie; though it seems slow, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not come late”, without saying when. This statement adds nothing to what we have been believing for all generations, i.e. that even if [the Mashiach] tarries, we still await him, for “he will surely come”.

Monk: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Thus, whenever the term “vision” is used, it refers to an allegory.

Dr. Theresa Phillips: “Then the LORD replied: ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.'” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Brat (to Tyler Medina, 11 Dec 17): The Church’s response yesterday (10 Dec 17) was rather noncommittal, although she definitely heard me, and the congregation got an anointing from the high priest.

Faith Marie Baczko: Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.” Luke 10:21 –24

Brat: I sent Theresa Phillips “Naked Timeline” on 24 May 2014. I know she read it because she fed it through the pipeline. The Arc Speak with the Funny Bunnies amplified ten-fold after that, but the silence with me remained locked and bolted. Our story was forced to go underground.

Dr. Theresa Phillips: Yes, a miracle is for you, but remember Matthew 13:58, “And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev pointed out that we say the blessing “Blessed are You…who made miracles…” only on the festivals of Chanukah and Purim; on Passover this blessing is not recited. He explained that one reason for this difference is that there are two kinds of miracles. There are miracles that transcend the laws of nature, such as the Ten Plagues and the Splitting of the Reed Sea, and there are also miracles that occur within nature.

Brat (to Tyler Medina, 11 Dec 17): I’m praying for the present-day Maccabees to come and break into our temple. I sincerely believe we need the Jewish voice to make the sixth point on the five-fold ministry star. How else would the magi get home by a different route?

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: For example, on Chanukah, when Judith, the High Priest’s daughter, enticed the enemy general, Holofernes, and served him dairy dishes. He got very thirsty, she gave him lots of wine, he slept, and she beheaded him, destroying the morale of his troops and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. This was an amazing miracle, yet it was made up of events that all occurred within the matrix of natural phenomena.

Faith Marie Baczko: The fame of Israel and the fame of their God went on ahead of them to the land they were about to possess.  Great fear fell on the people of the land, and all the enemies of God when they heard that the armies of God were MARCHING FEARLESSLY and headed their way!  Rahaba very wise woman recognized that she was on the losing side and made the choice to take her stand on the side of God:

Dr. Theresa Phillips: Let this article ignite your faith and LOOK for what GOD is doing in your midst.

Brat (12 Dec 17): Last night when I got home from work there was a prayer card in a clear plastic pouch at my place at the dinner table. It was an icon picture of Saint Anthony holding a baby. On the back of the card it said:

O HOLY SAINT ANTHONY, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me…(Here mention your request.)

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): In “Where?” there were three different points addressing the same question:

  1. Where – to share? (ie, Who is interested?)
  2. Where – to pray? (ie, I’m still asking for a prayer closet after ten years!)
  3. Where – is my tribe?

Prayer card continued: The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

Dr. Theresa Phillips: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31 NKJV)

Pastor John Tolle: We are fearful of rejection. We’ve been accepted in the Beloved. If they reject me they reject Him.

Israel 365: Ancient Biblical Life Revived ✡ “Set Up A Signal At Bet HaKarem”

Brat: Well, I can say that I was looking and keeping my eye out for a miracle, but I didn’t expect a prayer card on the Patron Saint of Miracles to show up at my place at the dinner table! That caught my attention! It will definitely take a miracle to get me to my tribe!

Ryan LeStrange: My Monday Word for You…A Secret to the Miraculous

Dr. Theresa Phillips: Today, I say to you: Write down your miracles and send them to me. I want to hear about your Christmas Miracle!

Brat: [Spock eyebrow.] Remember the pearls…

Kaji Douša: The season of Advent invites us to remember this, to draw on God’s mercy, to . . . remember. That we can only go but so far. For the rest of it, our souls pant for what only God can do.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This, then, is why on Chanukah we say the blessing “Who made miracles for our ancestors in those days, in this time” – for then the miracle happened within natural time. On Pesach, though, the miracles were made directly by G‑d, outside of space and time, and for that reason we don’t make this blessing, for the miracle was above nature.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Exile was preceded by dreams because the reality of exile is analogous to that of a dream. Dreams consist of incoherent illusions where conflicting and contradictory elements can coexist. Similarly, our lives in exile are a confusing blend of seemingly hypocritical forms of behavior, combining spiritual transcendence and animalistic selfishness almost simultaneously. We pray to G‑d with absolute devotion, and yet, in a matter of minutes, we find ourselves acting in ways that contradict G‑d’s directives. Our actions do not match our words and our words do not match our thoughts. Much like a dream, our lives are often an inconsistent and confusing combination of right and wrong. (See Torah Or 28c)

Rick Joyner: I can be guilty of these flaws as well, and therefore, I greatly appreciate feedback on these studies. I have confidence in anything I write, but on this subject I don’t think there is enough illumination yet for anyone to be dogmatic. I know I am writing to a mature audience, and for this reason I trust you to weigh carefully and prayerfully consider the things with which you are challenged.

Pastor John Tolle: Our response is to leave God at bay, because we don’t want rejection. The Gift of the Lord of eternal life is wonderful, but He’s come to accept you when you feel rejected.

John 1:25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”

Israel 365: Set up a signal at Bet HaKarem! For evil is appearing from the north, And great disaster. ~ Jeremiah 6:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Monk: In Daniel Silva’s book House of Spies, the characters substituted the word “oranges” for drugs when the topic came up. (It was QUITE humorous to read!) Maybe “oranges” could be our signal as to where to share? Just a thought…

Brat (in “Luck” 11 Dec 17): I am seriously wondering if this is not a major theme that God is bringing to the surface for our world to face head on right now this week. Last week it was Peggy who said it was “luck” that saved the Ranch [from burning in the firestorm]. I had felt sad for God, for I had bragged on Him to give Him the credit for the miracles He’d been working His butt off to perform, and it went unacknowledged. The god of luck got credit and God was ignored by the audience. I’d said, “I do not worship the god of luck.” Now last night it was the Nobel Prize winner saying that it was luck that had spared her life in Nagasaki. This morning Jo said, “We were staggeringly lucky.” I might be hyper-focusing because that is a sensitive spot, but it could also be sensitive for a reason, because God wants to take down the god of luck. Part of my job is to be sensitive to what is on God’s heart.

Faith Marie Baczko: When it became time for the children of Israel to enter and possess the Land promised to them, that was to become their inheritance, the Bible states “the Lord their God was with them,” and, “…the shout of a king was among them,” (Num. 23:21).  This King is Jesus!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (in “Ablaze” 5 Dec 17): “Identify, I beg you, these objects. Who is the owner of this seal, cord and staff?” the Jew asks G‑d. “It is to this man that I am pregnant!” Our loyalty and commitment remain eternally to the owner of the “seal” and “cord” of the Chanukah flames; our deepest intimacy is reserved to the owner of the “staff” of Jewish wandering.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: And the name by which [the creature] is called in the Holy Tongue is a vessel for the life-force condensed into the letters of that name which has descended from the Ten Utterances recorded in the Torah, that have the power and vitality to create a being ex-nihilo and give it life forever. [Why does it have the power to do so?] For “the Torah and the Holy One, blessed be He, are one.” (Zohar I, 24a; II, 60a)

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Faith Marie Baczko: “…So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:14 

Yehudah Glick: We are privileged to be living in a generation that is repeatedly witnessing the words of the prophets coming true.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Don’t Silence Your Children’s Questions; Judaism Thrives on Questions

John 1:19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

Journal (in “Mushroom Cloud” 11 Dec 17): I’ve been talking to God some more about this issue of “luck” vs “miracles.” Just as the flying embers caused the canyon to simultaneously combust into one huge mushroom cloud, I believe that the more people share their miracles, great and small, the more that God has the opportunity to use those “embers” to combust the truth of His Presence among us and the god of luck will lose its power. God’s face will become more clear, evident, and personal.

Faith Marie Baczko: The words anointed ones literally translated from the Hebrew mean SONS OF OIL.  This is a very significant chapter describing the completing phase of God’s work represented in the Headstone—sons of oil in union with ChristTHE HEADSTONE; prepared and released, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS! In verse 1 the angel awakens Zechariah out of a state of dullness “…as if he were asleep!” I believe God is about to release a great Awakening!  It is a time when the Holy Spirit steps out in a MOVEMENT OF GREAT POWER to take down the great mountains and obstacles in the path of His people as they shout and decree “GRACE, GRACE to it!” (Zech 4:6-9).  

John 1:20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”

Journal: The issue of luck vs miracles is a dividing line in the soul. A person wrestling with his faith must decide which god/God he will serve. “Luck” is more politically correct. It is more accepted and comfortable. There is no glory to contend with. It requires no risk. Belief in miracles, however, is risky. It puts a personal face on God. It gives Him the glory.

John 1:21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.”

Binyomin Adilman: Joseph chose to have pity on his brothers and to hold himself back from the thrill of triumph. The drive to be right, and to have one’s will prevail over another’s, was a trait that Joseph repressed and never let have its say. For that reason, at the critical moment, when the dreams were being fulfilled and the brothers were bowing down to Joseph, like the stars in the sky and the sheaves of grain in the field, he concealed his identity from them so as not to claim his victory and thereby greatly embarrass and disparage his brothers. That was something which Joseph wished to avoid at all cost. In the minds of the brothers, they were bowing down to some Egyptian minister.

John 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

Journal (11 Dec 17): The god of luck has shaped whole cultures and societies, philosophies and religions. When people rise up to share their miracles from God, then this will confront their gods. This clash would not only shape the Christmas story, but also our current Maccabean journey to confront our Hellenistic culture, which has torn down our spiritual temple.

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger: George Washington became acquainted with the spirit of the Maccabees, upon settling, in December (Chanukah) 1777, at his new headquarters at Valley Forge, Penn., with ill-equipped, weary troops. Faced with a superpower, George III of Britain, Washington concluded that only a dramatic change could avoid a defeat. According to the diary entries of Louisa Hart, Washington told the Harts about a Jewish solider at Valley Forge who lit a Chanukah candle and explained its significance. Washington’s reaction was: “Perhaps we are not as lost as our enemies would have us believe. I rejoice in the Maccabees’ success, though it is long past … It pleases me to think that miracles still happen.”

Sheri Rose Shepherd: Relational Battles – “Good Morning My Princess”

John 1:24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.

Kaji Douša: Consider a major challenge in your life. Are you feeling stuck? Have you even dared to “pant” for God’s help? Truth is, when we ask for God’s help, sometimes we are calling on something that may be inconvenient, that would take us in a direction we do not want to go. Pant for God and be prepared to go somewhere you never would have charted.

Brat: I look forward to seeing how you will help in this endeavor. So far your tribe has made it pretty damned inconvenient (to the point of crushing) on this journey. But I forgive you. We have a mission and a job to do.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This threefold process of crushing yourself, bonding with others and at the same time retaining your distinctiveness – should ultimately cause you to rise—just like oil—to the top, and “float” head and shoulders above all which is around you. Realizing that you are a “Piece of the Divine,”[2] and that at every moment you are an ambassador of G-d to our world, allows you to experience yourself as invincible, wholesome and way above the gravel that you may encounter in yourself or others. This comes not from arrogance but from realizing that your core is part of the infinite. Just like oil, you, too, rise to the top.

Janet Chambers: I heard God saying: “I’ve poured out new wine, and you have experienced the new wine, but what I’m about to pour out is champagne.” In a vision, I saw the Lord with a huge bottle of spiritual champagne, and He’s shaking and shaking it and any minute now that cork is going to pop!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Talmud states,[3] “The messenger of a person is just like sender.” If G-d chose you and sent you on a mission to this world, you are G-dlike! If you can only identify that space within yourself, nobody can compare to you.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: One year, on the first night of Chanukah, just before the time to light the flame, the Rebbe was standing before the menorah, involved in his last-moment inner preparations. The crowd of chasidim pressed around him. Unexpectedly, the Rebbe turned to a certain chasid and said, “I know that your wife is quite short. When you need to speak to her, what do you do? Do you bend over towards her or does she raise herself up to your height?”

Pastor Kevin Lewis: Luke 2: 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Pastor Steve Dittmar: Secret Place – Quiet Enough To Hear

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground. One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, “You see that Indian?” “Yeah,” says the other cowboy. “Look,” says the first one, “he’s listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction.” Just then the Indian looks up. “Covered wagon,” he says, “about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, and household articles in wagon.” “Incredible!” says the cowboy to his friend. “This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon. Amazing!” The Indian looks up and says, “Ran over me about a half-hour ago.”

Brat [hands on hips]: How can I explain this, rabbi? The angels don’t stick around. The shepherds are supposed to take the message and run with it.

Kaji Douša: Your faith tells you that this uncharted territory is not only ordained by God, but infinitely magnificent.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Beauty Over Substance?

Binyomin Adilman: This is why, says the Kedushat Levi, Joseph didn’t send a message to his father revealing that he was alive. Certainly the news would have reached the ears of the brothers, and their embarrassment before their father would have been tremendous when he learned the truth about what had happened and how his sons had conspired to deceive him and protect themselves. They would then have to return to Egypt with Benjamin or with Jacob, their faces to the ground in embarrassment and disgrace, knowing that Joseph’s dreams were finally being fulfilled. Joseph preferred to remain anonymous, thus protecting the feelings of his brothers.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Two Perspectives

Chanukah Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:20 am             Journal: Parked at my first solitude spot. I asked Dad if he knew the story behind how the prayer card of St Anthony ended up by my place at the table. He said that on Sunday afternoon he and Peggy went to the Skyways Playhouse and saw the performance of “Nuncrackers.” They broke with their own personal protocol and sat in the very front row of the theater. (It’s first-come-first-serve, choose-your-own-seating.) During the play the nuns in the show tossed Dad a coin token. In the intermission he redeemed it and the theater manager gave him the prayer card. Dad, in turn, gave it to me.

Faith Marie Baczko: Zerubbabel means: one who has left Babylon, and represents Israel coming into a new place; released to work and complete the House of God as the ones who laid the foundation! (verse 9).  They work with all the people of God who have left spiritual Babylon in this hour, to complete the works of God!  For about 10 years also, God has been highlighting to me …

Kaji Douša: Where is God hoping you will go? Allow this Advent to be the time to usher you in that direction.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What is superior—essence or projection? A subtle change of order in Pharaoh’s dreams teaches us about the timeless tension between two phases in Joseph’s life, and between the Greeks and the Jews

Journal (12 Dec 17): Dad’s story greatly encouraged my faith! This wasn’t “luck”! This was God (again!) busting His butt to show me that He was trying to work out a miracle on His behalf. This wasn’t the cyber “Cloud of Witnesses” trying to manipulate the story to their advantage, but the real Cloud of Witnesses cheering me on. I’m still praying for the real miracle breakthrough, though, and not just signs that leave me wondering. I’ve got the pearls. Where to share?

Faith Marie Baczko: …Haggai 2:18-19:‘Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid—consider it:  Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you.’ “

Chanukah Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm             Journal: Parked back at my solitude spot. The sun had been bearing down here. I had taken a nap and suddenly woke up. I checked the time, looked at my empty five-gallon jug, thought of my empty water crock on the counter at home, and figured it would be best to go get water before the mad scramble of kids getting out of school commences.

I drove to the nearest water vending machine at CVS (the one I vowed I wouldn’t go back to because they overtaxed their filter the last time I filled up there and ended up spending $1.75 on Camarillo tap water. Ugh!) But I went back there anyway on a prayer that they’d replaced the filter by now. Then I went to Vons and got a bag of apples.

When I got back to my car a mom parked next to me was wrestling her two toddler boys into their car seats. She apologized for being in my way. She said they were testing her. I said that my wait wasn’t a problem and then said a prayer for the mom. I looked at one of the boys in the backseat while the mom wrangled the other one. The kid gave me an impish and mischievous smile. I said another prayer for the young mom. She was having a challenging day.

I sat for a second in my car and looked up. The space in front of me, which had been occupied by a monster pick-up truck, was now vacated. In its wake there remained a solitary grocery bag on the pavement. I noticed an orange color in the bag. By now the young mom had left, so I got out of my car to go and investigate. I walked over to the bag and picked it up. It was heavy with squished oranges and orange juice dripped from the bag’s ripped seams. I escorted the mangled fruit to the sidewalk trashcan, went back to my car and drove back here. In that short amount of time that I was gone, shade from the building now covered the spot.

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger: The descendants of the Maccabees are not “occupiers” in the cradle of their own history. Chanukah is not a holiday of “occupation,” but a holiday of deliverance. Chanukah is a holiday which highlights the moral high ground of Jews in their ancestral homeland.

Journal (12 Dec 17): In a flash of insight I heard God laugh! I’ve been editing and proofreading “The Prayer Card.” In there I mentioned Daniel Silva’s House of Spies and how the criminals (and the spies who are trying to catch them) substitute the word “oranges” for “drugs.” I didn’t catch the joke until God laughed. It would seem that God is taking the proverbial monster truck and mowing right over what’s left behind. Deliverance, not occupation.

Pastor John Tolle: Those were the same conditions as now. Will you deliver?

Pastor Steve Dittmar: When God appears and speaks: He allays our fears, explains away our concerns, and gives us confidence to act.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Celebrate Oil?

Brat: The oil of laughter? Time spent with God?

Yehudah Glick: I want to take this opportunity to celebrate the decision by US President Donald Trump to confirm Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. No doubt, many leaders around the world remain at odds with President Trump’s decision to be a part of prophecy fulfilled and formally affirm Jewish control of all Jerusalem. Now, other leaders have a similar choice: either to be a part of the Godly historical events that are happening right now or stay behind.

Bonnie Jones: It’s time for all of us to arise and let the Lord’s light shine through us into a dark world. It’s time to run our race keeping our focus on Jesus and knowing the great cloud of witnesses are surrounding and cheering us on. Their promises are incomplete without us; like Bob’s promise of a billion-soul harvest can’t be complete until we do our part.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This was the deeper mystical significance of a miracle that caused oil to increase. And it is why we celebrate with focusing on oil, for this story captures the rhythm of life. For me to become a glowing menorah, casting light in me and around me, and lighting up the world, I must be oil-like: First, I must discover the art of humility and integrity; second, I must allow myself to show up in my relationships genuinely and wholesomely; third, I must retain my distinctiveness and individuality; fourth, I must always recognize that part in me which is always “on the top.”

Binyomin Adilman: The winner doesn’t necessarily come out on top

Kaji Douša: Prayer
O Come, Holy One, come even when I forget that I need you. My soul pants for you with a thirst that only you can quench.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Judaism, particularly its festival of Chanukah, comes to teach ordinary human beings how to become oil-like. If we wish to ignite a fire in our lives, we ought to take a good and deep look at the olive oil in our Menorahs.

 

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Defiled the Oil 10 Dec 17

10 Dec

Sunday, December 10, 2017

[3 pages]

Ryan Johnson: “A Vision of the Spirit of Offense”

Brat: Huh? What the fox is Steve Shultz doing? Why is he sharing this? This is the opposite of “Ablaze” and the message of reconciliation. God? What are they doing?

“Ablaze” [https://truthinus.wordpress.com/]

Anna Blake: When you do hit a training block, don’t fight. Shrug. Exhale. Ride around it and approach it in a different way. Railbirds are notoriously short-sighted, so work for your horse instead. Riding isn’t war; it’s an art. You and your horse are building a masterpiece.

Dave Willis: I recently sat down with a young couple who is going through a very serious struggle in their marriage because of someone outside their marriage. You might assume I’m talking about a mistress or an emotional affair, but this has nothing to do with wrongdoing on the part of either spouse. Their struggle has to do with an overbearing parent.

Brat: Boy, do we know THAT one! A real General McCarthy type.

Anna Blake: The problem with young horses who are over-achievers is that we humans take this period of youthful grace as who they are. We get attached to brilliance and label it their base level work. On a day when he loses confidence, a day when that young horse goes more like a normal, slightly resistant horse, we think they are guilty of a list of failings and we start the fight. Our change is imperceptible at first. Our dream of them is bruised so we lose just a bit of faith.

Rabbi Noson Gurary: The Greek’s goal was to attack the Jewish thought process by contaminating their intellect and ultimately causing the Jews to think like them. The contaminated intellect of the Greeks for the most part prevailed; indeed they succeeded in “defining the oil” in that many Jews became Hellenists, assimilating into Greek culture.

Anna Blake: It isn’t that I can’t see the potential; that my heart doesn’t catch in my throat at that fresh brilliance. The beauty of a young sound body, a quick mind, and that total possibility. I know what it feels like to train a horse who catches on fast and offers more than you ask. A horse who seems to not want to stop; who’s curious and willing. A horse who really tries to please, so you get caught up in the thrill of progressing quickly. You’re sure he’s a prodigy, that he will be the exception to every rule.

Rabbi Noson Gurary: Although the Greeks defiled all the utensils in the Holy Temple, the liturgy only mentions that “when the Greeks entered into the Holy Temple, they defiled all the oils of the Temple”. This confirms that the Greeks put special emphasis on defiling the oil. It is also significant that the Greeks defiled the oil, rather than disposing of it. The key concept here is what oil symbolizes. Oil is compared to intellect; just as oil always rises to the top when mixed with another liquid, intellect is unique in that it can be objective by removing itself from emotions and rising above them. Emotions and the feeling of self are inseparable. Only intellect can rise above emotion and achieve an understanding which can even be contrary to what emotions believe. The intellect, ultimately, is able to change and control the emotions.

Verse of the Day (10 Dec 17): The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. ~Deuteronomy 18:15 (NIV)

Anna Blake: Maybe some harsher aids will get his brilliance back.

NO! If that previous sentence doesn’t make your teeth scream, you’re doing it wrong. Not sorry for my bluntness. I’ve been around horses enough that when I see that broken horse, it’s easy to imagine who he once was. The flip-side is that it’s also easy to see the perfect youngster, possibly broken by eight or ten.

Dave Willis: The husband’s mom (and the wife’s mother-in-law) has bombarded the young couple with pressures, demands, emotional pleas, tantrums, threats, bullying, name-calling and a myriad of other unpleasant tactics to get her way and to manipulate the dynamics within the family’s relationships. She seems to see their marriage as a threat to the relationship and influence she once had with her son. She seems to view her daughter-in-law as competition for her son’s attention rather than a beloved new addition to the family.

Rabbi Noson Gurary: Nevertheless, the Jew possesses something far deeper than intellect and totally beyond it, the essence of his soul, known as the “  Yechida“. This is symbolized by the intact jar of pure olive oil sealed by the High Priest. On the level of Yechida, a Jew is always united with the essence of the Infinite G-d, and nothing can interfere with this connection. When the Hasmoneans realized that the Greeks were seeking to destroy their attachment to G-d, they awakened this part of their soul and exhibited self-sacrifice to preserve the essence of their religion.

Anna Blake: But young horses start to question training at a certain point. It’s normal, not a betrayal or a rebellion. You should see it as a sign of intelligence. The question we ask isn’t if our horse will hit a bad stretch in work, but what will I do when he inevitably does?

Doug Addison: These wounded warriors will play a strong role in this next move of God. I saw many of them lying on the Kingdom battlefield with no one to attend to them. Then the Wind of Change blew life into them and they were strengthened and began to rise up with new vision.

Anna Blake: The traditional answer has always been discipline. “Push him through it. Don’t let him quit.” The reason I’m so against this way of training is the number of horses who flunk out, damaged and frightened. Certainly not all horses but too many.

Dave Willis: This young couple seemed exhausted by their dealings with what seems to be a narcissistic and emotionally unstable person. They want to honor and respect her. They want their young daughter to have a relationship with her grandmother. They want peace and no drama, but they also don’t want to be a doormat to her unhealthy demands. Sadly, their struggle is a very common one.

Anna Blake: Standing next to them, it’s easy to imagine them younger. Looking at his eye now, you know he wasn’t born this way. That there was a time when he reached out as much as he is tucked inside now. That he was the kind who once gave his body and his heart but has lost the trust to let you stand at his flank. Looking at his stiff body, you can still get a sense of how brilliant his trot used to be. His poll tenses nervously if a human is within ten feet. You don’t have to be a professional to see that his face has been ridden hard. His face, that once reached out with curiosity and courage.

David Slavin: Kabbalah teaches that the servants of the angels of death and judgment retrieve dead souls.

Anna Blake: Understandable that we might push harder than we intended. It doesn’t make us bad riders, just human ones. Forgive yourself. And forgive horses for not living long enough.

Dawn Hill: I encourage you to not allow the devil to turn you into a battlefield when you were made to be God’s garden. Your life is not his (the enemy’s) story. You have eaten from the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ. Do not permit the snake to write chapters in your life. You have two options in moments when the snake hisses imaginations and lofty opinions in the garden. You can make it his story, or you can keep it as history, and go on from faith to faith and glory to glory with Christ.

Brat: “We’re sorry. Your call cannot be completed as dialed. Check the number and try again later.” Too many sixes? At this point in the story we can’t tell the difference between friends and enemies. I’m a lovesick scribe, too!

Doug Addison: As the Wind of Change begins to blow, it will revive many people who have been wounded by negative Christians and church experiences. Many wounded warriors have been taken out of action in the Kingdom of God by “friendly fire” or attacks from other Christians.

Anna Blake: And it isn’t just young horses. You might be re-training a rescue horse or even just beginning with a new-to-you horse. Progress can start fast and feel great at first. There will be bumps; he will regress. How will we deal with that?

Rabbi Noson Gurary: On the jar was written “with the seal of the High Priest”, even though in order to be pure it is sufficient to have the seal of someone who is expert in the laws of ritual purity. The concept of it being sealed with the seal of the High Priest can be understood according to what the High Priest represents spiritually, as indicated by a scriptural verse referring to Aaron the High Priest as “holy of holies” (Chronicles I 23:13). Chasidic philosophy explains (Sefer Hasichot 5750, vol. 1 Vayeishev) that the High Priest represents the highest level of self-nullification to G-dliness reaching the level of self-sacrifice that transcends reason. It was this power which was aroused and enabled the Macabees to succeed.

Ablaze 5 Dec 17

9 Dec

Working Dates: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to Saturday, December 9, 2017

[18 pages]

2 Peter 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 5:25 am             Journal: Jo texted last night and said that she had to evacuate the horses due to fire. I just checked my phone. She said she got Cass and Rogan to the Ventura Fairgrounds. They had to leave Enzo (and I guess Oliver?) behind. Enzo would not get into the trailer.

Now Jo, Bob, and Rob had to evacuate. They are staying at Darrel’s on Oceanaire in Oxnard.

The electricity went out last night and never came back on. I’m writing now by flashlight. Jo said all the electricity is out in Ventura, too.

These Santa Anna winds are the worst I’ve experienced in YEARS (maybe ever!) They didn’t even let up overnight. Over the last few years the winds subside overnight and pick up again at dawn. But not these devil winds. These are fierce, gale force, and angry.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: The Thomas Fire

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: “Wait as a widow…” [This image also applies to the Shechina], as it is written, “[Oh, how the populous city now dwells alone, the greatest amongst the nations] has become like a widow.” (Lamentations 1:1) [The Shechina] has to be like a widow during the exile.]

Brat: I have flu symptoms, achiness, heaviness on my chest, and I am coughing up phlegm. Jo thought it was symptoms from the winds. I don’t know. I pray for healing. Complete healing. For several nights now I have not slept well. And that’s not like me!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “Take her out and have her burned,” says Judah. The purpose of the Jew is to serve as the spiritual compass of human civilization, to bear witness to the truth of the One G‑d, the moral conscious of the world. When the Jew loses sight of the raison d’etre of his existence, when he believes that his salvation lies in the fact that he “was invited to the White House”, or that he was praised in an editorial of The New York Times, his existence is useless.

Ryan LeStrange: Warning Dreams. These contain critical prophetic warnings. This is a Shamar dimension of the prophetic anointing (to keep watch and to guard).

“And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:12)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Praise for Mystery of the Magi

Lana Vawser: “Come back to the drawing board”

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: What does it mean to push away a thought with two hands?

Lana Vawser: “Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let His mindset become your motivation.” – (Philippians 2:3-5) – The Passion Translation

Brat: Lord? Please restore the electricity. Please heal our land. I just pulled out the lectionary readings for 2 Advent (for 10 Dec 17) and Isaiah says to speak tenderly to Jerusalem. I didn’t know about the First Lesson readings when I wrote a tender prayer on Sunday night asking Jesus for help from the rabbis to open the books. There was so much love, affection, and tenderness for the rabbis in my heart that I was almost weeping. It was unexplainable. Now I read Isaiah!

Isaiah 40:2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

Yakov Rosenberg: Shalom from Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Also this week in the news President Trump is standing behind his campaign promise to move the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Yakov Rosenberg: The song of holy love

Prime Minister Netanyahu: President Trump, thank you for today’s historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Jewish people and the Jewish State will be forever grateful.

Brian Simmons: I Hear His Whisper…”Angels listen for your songs”

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “Judah immediately recognized the articles, and he said, ‘She is right; it is from me that she conceived. She did it because I did not give her to my son Shelah.'” (Gen. 38:26) When G‑d observes the burning flames of the Chanukah menorah, He immediately recognizes that indeed, His people have never left Him. True, the Jew does fall prey at times to the dominating external forces of a materialistic and immoral world, yet this enslavement is skin deep. Probe the layers of his or her soul and you will discover an infinite wellspring of spirituality and love. If the Jew has, in fact, gone astray here and there, it is my fault…

Psalm 85:2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: It is written: “Forever, O G‑d, Your word stands firm in the heavens” (Psalms 119:89). The Baal Shem Tov, of blessed memory, has explained [this concept at length, and made it widely known that this means:] that “Your word” which you uttered, [viz.,] “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters…” (Gen. 1:6), these [very] words and letters [through which the heavens were created] stand firmly forever within the firmament of heaven and are forever clothed within all the heavens to give them life, as it is written, “And the word of our L-rd shall stand firm forever” (Isaiah 40:8), [and as it is likewise written,] “And His words live and stand firm forever…”. (Liturgy, Morning Prayers)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:24 am             Journal: Parked at my first solitude spot. The bottom half of Dwight Avenue and Ponderosa Road have electricity. That tells me that the dragon is doing his utmost to thwart my mission. I can see the glow in the sky from the flames devouring the hillsides where the horses are. Lord, please PUT OUT THE FIRES! Send rain! Protect us! Thank You for Your mercy and intervention! Also, please heal me. Even though I feel crappy, I wanna go to Jo and make sure they are okay. Protect them from this virus.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: But when he considered that G‑d asks each one of us, “Where are you? Have you accomplished your mission – as a soul within a body – for which you were placed on earth?” this kept the Alter Rebbe from kalot hanefesh. For it impressed upon him that he must remain in this world and complete the purpose for which his soul had descended here below.

Ryan LeStrange: Daybreak Dreams. These are prophetic imprints as you awaken. These are vivid prophetic encounters with vital messages.

“The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Now in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.” (Genesis 41:7-8)

Brian Simmons: Your songs of praise awaken the worship of angels. Your songs of worship bring the cries of “Holy” into My ears. Give me the deepest place of your spirit and I will give you the deepest place of My love. Come within the chamber room of My delight and let Me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely as you worship Me. My angels come to your gatherings with My glorious presence because your love-songs bring them near. Sing, with all your heart, sing your love-songs, and the angels will join you in worship and adoration.

Brat: Bless the rabbis. Speak tenderly to Zion. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Hug them. Hold them in Your love. You’ve shown us the super moon. May we feel and know Your extravagant love. I rebuke the wind and the fires and speak peace and safety on our land. And theirs. We are connected. You love us, God.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Therefore, when G‑d told Habakkuk “Write the vision“, He was referring to an allegory, which is by nature a riddle.

Revelation 17:9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.

Leah D. Schade: A theology of hospitality

Brian Simmons: Receive Me once again. Drink of Me and take Me in. Never say, “I have enough,” for I always have more to give to you. Like a cup receives the wine, receive My love as I pour it into your soul. The healing you long for will not come without the worship that I long for.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:05 am             Journal: Parked outside Darrel’s on Oceanaire. I’ve texted Jo. I see Bob’s car but not Jo’s car or Rob’s truck. I wonder if they are at the fairgrounds.

Leah D. Schade: And we’re wondering – what about us?

Brat: I pulled out the lectionary readings again and kept reading. I was amazed (again!)

2 Peter 3:8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Jew further points to the staff in his arm. In order to preserve his faith, he was forced time and time again – for 2000 years – to take the wandering staff in his arm, abandon his home, wealth and security, and seek out new territory where he could continue to live as a Jew.

Brat: In that prayer message on Sunday to the rabbis I’d said (without knowing this scripture would be in 2 Advent):

“Since History is His-story and after a thousand years God did open those books with Melanchton and Martin Luther now that the people could read in their own language, then that part of the prophecy was fulfilled.”

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: And so it is with all created things, in all the upper and lower worlds, and even this physical earth and the realm of the completely inanimate.

Brat: Father, I believe You. You ARE preparing the path and blazing the trail for righteousness to come in.

Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: The Alter Rebbe now concludes that this is true not only of the firmament, but of all created beings.

Chuck D Pierce: A Time to End and Start Right

Westley Roderick (in “Overcoming” 03 Dec 17): It is no doubt that over the last decade or so there has been an emphasis on the Apostolic and the Prophetic, and rightly so. If think back to roughly 10-12 years ago there was a major shift in the Body of Christ with major denominations no longer supporting or endorsing the office of the Apostle or Prophet when it came to the Five Fold Ministry. In a sense the legs of the Body were pulled right out from underneath them—the two elements or factors which God chose to build His church with [were] being denied legitimacy and identity.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, – Ephesians 2:19-20

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the Alter Rebbe of Chabad, was arrested in his home in Liozna, White Russia, and brought to Petersburg on the night following Simchat Torah, in 5559 (1798). He was incarcerated in one of the secret cells of the Fortress of Petropavlovsk and charged with treason against the Russian Empire for allegedly sending money to the Sultan of Turkey (referring the funds he annually collected and sent for the poor of the Holy Land, which was under Turkish rule at the time).

Pastor John Tolle: We (Protestants and Catholics) have an individualistic problem. He’s beginning to teach us how to love other people. Are we willing to look out at other people to love them through Christ’s eyes?

Journal (26 Nov 17): After church I ran into Bonnie in the bathroom. We talked for a while and she said, “I love you,” as she was walking away. Those words took my breath away and I started to cry. Then I pulled myself together again and ran after her. I shared how much those words meant to me from her. I realized that I don’t have enough people in my life who say, “I love you.” My mom used to say it a lot, but she’s dead now. I just had to say thank you to Bonnie. Then she started to cry. “I love you” is not something that can be received (well) from a cold or manipulative heart. That just builds cynicism: “God loves you and so do I,” said Robert Schuler every week from the Crystal Cathedral.

Brat (in “Crystal Fortress” 30 Nov 2012 [!] to Chuck Pierce): Back on 22 August 2012, I had stood up and shared my blog site of weekly Reflections on the Scriptures with you. (https://truthinus.wordpress.com/) I continue to write and share the journey, as that is integral to my calling. However, as I “stand up” I realize that my head has hit the glass ceiling of the crystal fortress of the Church-as-Institution. She says and does NOTHING. Even now, today! This deadly silence is what makes today a Golgotha-type Friday. Only Resurrection has the power to break through this. Not only have I reached out to the Churches, but also to the “Sons of Issachar” and the prophets do the same: NOTHING. Courtesy, Mercy, and Hospitality seem to be just mules housed in a distant barn, neglected and forgotten.

Leah D. Schade: Because you are all in cahoots together.  All of you, individually and collectively, have power that women – individually and collectively – do not have.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: The life-force may be so muted that it reaches a created being not even through a transposition of letters, but merely through their numerical equivalent.

Brat: Are you saying the number of the beast is not a beast?

Revelation 13:18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: They can receive the life-force only when it descends and is progressively diminished, degree by degree, by means of substitutions and transpositions of the letters, and by means of gematriot, their numerical values.

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Lana Vawser: I encourage you today, to go back to the drawing board with Jesus. There are encounters awaiting you where the Lord will re-confirm, re-define and define the season that you are in and the new season that is being entered into. Stay true to what the Lord has called you to, even if it looks different to what you expected. Know that HIS definition of your season will lead you into a place of greater increase, rest, empowerment and joy.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The expression “and make it plain on tablets” simply means that [Habakkuk] should write it down [clearly], not that it should be understood, for it is so obscure that the reader will run [through it, not pondering its meaning, since its] meaning [is so obscure].

Brat: Thanks so much. We try, but look at what we have to work with.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: [This transpires] until [the life-force] can be condensed and enclothed, and a particular creature can be brought forth from it.

Matthew Tan: There was a temptation to link up the biblical motif of the meek with the more contemporary alternative of the geek…then I realised after living in a number of places that many geeks are anything but meek. So that plan was quickly abandoned.

Brat: So, maybe ‘Technology’ really IS a leitmotif in our story and not just my personal bane. Revelation 13 “The Beast out of the Earth” is real!

Rick Joyner: Is it that simple? Yes. Deception often comes through complications resulting from speculations. If we truly worship the Lord, keeping Him first in our affections and devotion, we will not worship the things of this earth, the beast that comes up out of the earth, or anything else. If we have taken God’s mark, the devil will not be able to put his mark on us. If we have taken God’s mark then we know Him as our Source—we will not have to depend on “buying, selling, or trading” in the ways of this beast.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “Identify, I beg you, these objects. Who is the owner of this seal, cord and staff?” For during the festival of Chanukah – when the judgment of Rosh Hashanah is finalized – the Jew kindles each night a wick, or a cord, soaked in oil, commemorating the event of the Jews discovering a sealed single cruse of oil after the Greeks had plundered the holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: This verse follows the account of how Daniel witnessed frightening and incomprehensible allegories.

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “From Zion Shall Come Forth Technology”

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: This thought was expressed by the Arizal (Etz Chayim, Portal 50; ch. 2:10), [when he said] that even within [that which appears to be] utterly inanimate matter, such as stones or earth or water, there is a soul and spiritual life-force. That is, [i.e, although they evince no demonstrable form of animation, within them] are [nevertheless] enclothed the letters of speech from the Ten Utterances which give life and existence to inanimate matter, enabling it to come into being out of the naught and nothingness that preceded the Six Days of Creation.

2 Peter 3:13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS IS AT HOME.

Brat: For decades (maybe millennia?) the Church has focused on the “new heavens and a new earth.” They’ve gone the escapist route and bypassed righteousness.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: How can I expect that a Jew never commit a sin? How can I expect that a Jew never try to cast his luck with the materialistic world about him that seems so appealing, when I held back for so long the light of Mashiach? “It is I, G‑d, who is guilty of treason,” G‑d says. Not the Jew. Tamar is an innocent, beautiful palm-tree, which still has only one heart to its father in heaven.

Brian Simmons: The revival of awakened hearts comes through praise. There is a secret power released when you bring high praises to Me. The power that shut the mouths of lions was the power of praise through the faith-filled lips of My servant Daniel. You will see many breakthroughs and many enemies silenced as you bring your sacred praises to Me. Angels are waiting to hear your chorus of praise. Activate the power of heaven by the high praise of your lips. These are the sacrifices I desire. More than money or time or talents… I desire your praises. For in your praise the glory descends.

Mary Luti: And if we’re hoping to be squeaky pure in this expectant season; if we think there’s a right way to do Advent that will bring us to Christmas with bright shiny faces; if we’re striving to reach a spiritual place without defects, contradictions, and dead-ends, perhaps we haven’t yet begun to grasp the Mercy we’re waiting for, the One who reached eagerly for the compromised flesh we try to escape, entered the complicated world we try to smooth out, and loved them both to death, even death on a cross.

Pastor John Tolle (in “Overcoming” 03 Dec 17): You proclaim the Lord’s death ‘til He comes. (1 Cor 11:26)

I have overcome.

Scripture says we are overcomers. He’s helped us overcome our sinfulness, not just to go to heaven, but to help us with all the issues we are dealing with.

Who hasn’t lied? Who’s angry? Prideful? We have many problems.

I’m overcoming by remembering that He overcame. How are you overcoming today the things in your life? If you have nothing to overcome, then let me kill you, because we aren’t done until we die. That’s why I need the power of Jesus Christ. It’s the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. His power helps you overcome.

Revelation 6:11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

Lana Vawser: “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of His cross crucified me with Him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives His life through me – we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who LOVES ME SO MUCH that He gave Himself for me, and dispenses His life into mine!” (The Passion Translation)

Pastor Steve Dittmar: When I was caught up to learn to live from heavenly places instead of from worldly situations, I discovered that Jesus had overcome all; and indeed was all in all. I experienced His glory as the firstborn of the dead, apostle and high priest of my confession, and found myself being re calibrated into His image in glory.

Ryan LeStrange: This will be a year of apostolic expression, apostolic authority, and apostolic sending. The Church is being recalibrated and moving away from the Western mindset into a new wineskin of supernatural bases, hubs and headquarters.

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Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: We also see this in the case of Habakkuk, who, according to some opinions, was the spark of the Mashiach in his generation. He said, “I will stand on my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And G‑d answered me, and said, ‘Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so that he who reads it may run. For the vision is still for an appointed time, and it speaks concerning the end, and does not lie; though it seems slow [in coming], wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not come late.'” (Habakkuk 2:1-3)

[Recap: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm             Rabbis? Can you hear me? The testimony is for the Churches. (Rev 22:16) Back two chapters, John of Patmos describes two books.

Revelation 20: 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. 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.

Brat: Since History is His-story and after a thousand years God did open those books with Melanchton and Martin Luther now that the people could read in their own language, then that part of the prophecy was fulfilled. Then another book is opened. I know the Zohar is the book of life. I also believe it is our life story, the Church’s and my story. It chronicles our life journey in this virtual community. In this Great Silence the books cannot be opened. They must be, otherwise God would not have put this in His Word. This is not about being angry with people in power. This is about fulfilling God’s desires. Please help me to get our story into the hands of the people who want our story.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: This seems self-contradictory. If G‑d told him “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so that he who reads it may run [through it]”, meaning, so that whoever reads it will understand it immediately, it is obvious that he will write it plainly and clearly. But then, after [G‑d] tells him what to write, He says that the matter is cryptic, and that “the vision is still for an appointed time, and it speaks concerning the end, and does not lie; though it seems slow, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not come late”, without saying when. This statement adds nothing to what we have been believing for all generations, i.e. that even if [the Mashiach] tarries, we still await him, for “he will surely come”.

Monk: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: The manner in which G‑d manifests His life force in the spiritual roots is mirrored in the physical items derived from them. As noted above, in Olam haTikun – the spiritual source of humankind – the G‑dliness is invested to a greater degree in certain elements within that realm, and to a lesser extent in other elements. In humans, too, we therefore find that our life force is apparent to different degrees within the body: the soul is primarily manifest in the intellectual faculty; to a somewhat lesser extent, in the emotions; and less so with respect to one’s capacity for action. (Intellect is associated with the Hebrew letter alef. Thus, the Hebrew word for “Mankind” is “adam, spelled with the letters alef, dalet and mem, since these three letters stand, respectively, for the Hebrew words for thought, speech (“dibbur, with begins with dalet) and action (“ma’aseh, beginning with mem).

Brat: I’d tied that into Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

Brat: Oh my gosh! I just saw the next verse! I had the radio on while driving here and KHAY said that the “Thomas Fire” [so named because it started behind Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula,] is out of control! According to the news it has burned 31,000 acres [now 150,000] and Wells Road is blocked off. (That’s the road that Jo uses to get to Aliso Canyon where the horses are boarded.) KHAY said that over 500 fire fighters are trying to attack this blaze, but because of the winds and the intensity of the fire, they can’t get to it.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

Brat: Dear God! That’s exactly what I prayed! I’d asked the rabbis for help in opening the books. The second set of books, the book of life is opened. Be disclosed! And the armada of firefighter choppers and planes flying overhead make enough noise to wake the dead!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:34 pm             Journal: At Dad’s house. The air quality is so bad from the smoke and ash that the news told us to stay indoors and go out only if you have to.

I left Jo’s house and went to Pleasant Valley Park to pray. I needed to spend time with God. I needed to bless Him and love on Him. I couldn’t just go from Jo’s with uninterrupted news coverage for hours on end of Southern California burning up in flames (as we have three fires blazing from Ojai and Ventura to Carpenteria to Sylmar and Pasadena, [and now to San Diego].) And they’re expecting more fires. No, God! I rebuke that! The incessant images of flames burned into my mind. I needed alone time with God to soothe me. Even so, I couldn’t stay parked for more than an hour. The horrific air quality was unbearable even with putting a fleece jacket over my nose to filter the air.

But I jumped to the end of the day without filling in the rest.

It turns out that Jo and Bob were at Oceanaire, but not Robert. They got there at 5 am and I knocked on their door at 7:30 (?) They’d gotten only two hours of sleep. Robert couldn’t sleep. He went back to Aliso Ranch and managed to cross the fire line. He was sick with worry over Enzo and Oliver. He wouldn’t have been able to forgive himself if they’d burned in the fire.

Rob found them all okay. In all that falling ash and flying embers their coats weren’t even singed. God had sent angels to protect them.

Rob put the boys in Cass and Rogan’s pen and after a few hours of TLC drove home. He said he got little bits of naps, but no real sleep.

Jo and Bob packed up and drove home. I stopped at the Water Store to fill my five-gallon jug. The guy there said he heard they were now evacuating the fairgrounds.

I drove to Jo’s. She couldn’t find a straight answer. Rob (going on 30 hours of no sleep) said we should get the horses off the fairgrounds no matter what and bring them back to Aliso. If the fire did double-back there is nothing left to burn.

Besides, all of Casitas Springs was now being evacuated and being sent to the Ventura Fairgrounds. The fire department wouldn’t let the fairgrounds burn down.

Jo had left her car on Aliso Canyon Road.

Jo, Rob, and I went to Harbor Freight to buy a towing hitch and ball of the proper size. The one Rob had mounted on his truck had been stolen right off his back end. The replacement he’d put on before was too small. Miraculously, Jo had driven the two horses in that trailer from Aliso Ranch through the flames burning right down to the road, towing them in a trailer that could have been bumped off the truck with the slightest pothole, AND she did that Odyssey ALL BY HERSELF!

Again, they had angelic protection. Jo had made it safely through the flames and to the fairgrounds. Her teeth were chattering but she made it. A few hours later Bob managed to drive up beside her on the fairgrounds. (Again, amazing that they found each other considering all the chaos and confusion.)

That was last night.

Today, we drove from Harbor Freight back to the fairgrounds and Rob put on the new ball and hitch right there at the fairgrounds and hitched up the horse trailer. We got Rogan and Cass loaded up and drove to Aliso. There were some roadblock signs still up, but Rob drove around them. He dropped us off at her car and we caravanned in.

The carnage from the fire was apocalyptic. There were white spots where the fire was so hot that it scorched the earth. I asked Rob if the white was fire retardant. He said the fire department never came out.

(Again, angels and divine intervention clearly saved the ranch!! Yeah, God!)

The fire burned up to the citrus orchards and stopped. It burned up to the creek and jumped around some brush growing in the ravine, but it basically stopped at the anemic creek. It burned up to Imme’s house and stopped. It burned up to Enzo’s barn and stopped. The herd of cows must have known where the angels were protecting, because they gathered together on the slope above the barn and laid down. The fire didn’t touch that hill. None of the cattle were burned.

Peggy: They were lucky.

Monk prayer: [Gasp.] God, how sad for You. I testified to the multiple miracles that You performed and all she could say was “lucky”? I do not worship the god of luck.

Brat: All around Ventura the inferno ravaged where it could: a sixty-unit apartment complex was burned to the ground; multi-million-dollar homes on the hills with views of the ocean were burned to the ground.

It’s been a rough two days.

I’m convinced that this is prophetic. Sonoma up north got it first. Now we are getting it. God will “DISCLOSE His Righteousness”!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “Identify, I beg you, these objects. Who is the owner of this seal, cord and staff?” the Jew asks G‑d. “It is to this man that I am pregnant!” Our loyalty and commitment remain eternally to the owner of the “seal” and “cord” of the Chanukah flames; our deepest intimacy is reserved to the owner of the “staff” of Jewish wandering.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: And the name by which [the creature] is called in the Holy Tongue is a vessel for the life-force condensed into the letters of that name which has descended from the Ten Utterances recorded in the Torah, that have the power and vitality to create a being ex-nihilo and give it life forever. [Why does it have the power to do so?] For “the Torah and the Holy One, blessed be He, are one.” (Zohar I, 24a; II, 60a)

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: But come he must in every generation, either to redeem Israel if they are worthy, or to purify the generation, or to teach them the Torah if the generation is ignorant.

Brat: When Dad got home he told me that the power wasn’t restored here at the house until 4:30 pm. So, that means that the outage here lasted much longer than at Jo’s house. (I still think it was the dragon trying to block communication and thwart my mission. But he won’t. He can’t. I still got news of the miracles anyway.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:58 am       Text message from Jo: Noreen lost her home [in the fires]; that beautiful house! God please take care of her. She texted sometime late yesterday. I am still exhausted but I washed my face in bottled water this morning.

[Explanation to the bottled water reference: Residents of Ventura got an emergency alert on their phones and over the News that because of the fires, various water sources were tainted. Some were gone. They advised residents to boil water before consuming. Imme had to stop using the garden hose to put out spot fires with Rob yesterday, because she kept losing water pressure. That’s when he started taking buckets of water from a nearby horse trough to douse a fire threatening the propane tank. (Another miracle!)]

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:21 am                   My text back to Jo: O, dear God! Poor Noreen! God, show her Your miracles in the midst of tragedy.

George (one of the guys who boards his horse out at the Ranch) also lost his house.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: During that fateful time, when the “prosecuting angels” have almost been successful in demonstrating to G‑d that the Jewish people are a failed experiment, at that very moment, the Jew sends word to G‑d, saying, “I am pregnant by the man who is the owner of these articles!” The information you received that I abandoned you is a blatant lie! If I have gone astray here and there, it is merely a superficial, temporary phase. Gaze into the deeper layers of my identity and you will discover that I belong to You, that my intimacy is shared only with You, G‑d. “I am pregnant from Judah and not from anybody else!” the Jew declares. The information you received that I abandoned you is a blatant lie!

Matt Fitzgerald: No wonder it is so easy to imagine a fiery apocalypse. But that’s not what we need. We need rats and cats to dance together, wolves and lambs to nap together, Isis and the secular west to laugh together, me and my gun nut evangelical cousin to love each other.

Pastor John Tolle (03 Dec 17): We say, “I love God. It’s the people I don’t like.” That’s conditional fellowship. What kind of fellowship do you have based on your fellowship bullet points? I’ve just devalued her. We have our litany to step away from somebody. It took the cross for me to be reunited with God. Isn’t it also true that I need the cross to like others? Each one of us have people we don’t like or love in our circle. Through the cross then I value them. This is what God’s trying to do with this generation. He’s trying to help me overcome to value their lives more.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Hebrew term for “and the staff”, “v’hamateh“, has the same numerological value as the word “the vessel”, “hakeli“, symbolic of the menorah in which we kindle the Chanukah flames. Hence, this verse is alluding to the three components of the Chanukah lights: the menorah, the wick and the oil – all of which testify to the eternal allegiance of the Jew to G‑d.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: These three explanations describe Joseph’s interaction with his personal exile. They also teach us how the Jewish people dealt with their life in Egypt, as well as how each of us reacts with our own environment in this current exile. We learn how to transform the exile until the exile itself helps us to reach our destination.

Brian Simmons: Soar into My glory with the wings of worship. Abandon your spirit to Me as a sail abandons itself to the wind. Let faith re-energize your affections toward Me. For did I not say that the love of many will grow cold? Be on fire with passion for Me and you will discover My plans for your life. Shake off your soul passivity and “lukewarm” faith, for I am a God of consuming flames.

Brat: Are you making more barbeque? Balaam got fat on those. Did he listen to his donkey?

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: Now, paradoxically, animals can be thought of as both inferior and superior to humanity. In the physical realm, people eat meat, and it gives them life and strength. In this sense, the people depend upon and are supported by the animal kingdom; that is, the animal elevates the human. On the other hand, in a more subtle sense, once a person has eaten something, that food is assimilated and literally converted into a part of the person’s body. Thus, if the person uses the energy he or she gained from the food – in this case, meat – for holy, spiritual pursuits (e.g. Torah study and performance of mitzvot, like prayer or acts of kindness), that meat (which previously had no link to such holiness) is itself elevated, along with the person, to a higher spiritual level. In this respect, the human elevates the animal.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Thus, whenever the term “vision” is used, it refers to an allegory.

[Arc to “Spiritually Hungry” 30 Nov 17:

Isaiah 64:8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Anna Blake: For all our horse’s anxiety about pain and not showing it, and for all our anxiety about the same, start here. Stand away from your horse, take a breath, and watch with quiet eyes. These are calming signals that could also be signs of pain:

  • A tense poll, elevated head.
  • Ears back or one ear back and one forward.
  • Tight muscles around the eye.
  • Exposed white of the eye.
  • Intense stare or partially closed eyes.
  • Clenched lips or nostrils.

Yitzchok Wagshul: Now, animals are associated with strength, which reflects their spiritual source (represented by the lion and the ox), also associated with the attribute of strength (gevura). For this reason, meat is red, a color that symbolizes gevura, and its effect on a person (even after it has been elevated by the person’s spiritual intentions) is to increase their fervor and fiery, passionate dedication to G‑d – qualities that derive from the holy aspects of the attribute of gevura. Yet all this potency and strength is not without danger: the increased vitality could conceivably be usurped by unholy forces, causing the person to misdirect all that passion and zeal and fall into sin (G‑d forbid).

Berel Bell: The Zohar itself is written in the form of a commentary on the Bible. The stories of the Bible are not just stories, for within them are buried the secrets of the Universe. Through understanding their inner dimension, we tap into that Infinite Wisdom which G‑d has been waiting for us to discover. And we must thank the Creator for making these stories so unfathomable as to spur us on to keep digging until we find the “light” within.

1 Corinthians 1:4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus

Rafael Nachman Kahan (in “Spiritually Hungry” 30 Nov 17): A few days later, a young man, Avraham Eliyahu Gurary, son of Rabbi Shmuel Gurary, rabbi of the town of Chorol, came to visit the rebbe. He was recently married, and his bride’s wealthy parents had given him a dowry of ten thousand rubles. He went into business with the money, only to lose nearly all of it. As you might imagine, this downfall did not please his wife and in-laws, and his home life suffered accordingly. He didn’t know what to do.

Brat: I got accosted by the Holy Spirit and a similar thing happened to me. Go figure!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Is this not the story of so many of us? At one point during our lives we are inspired to transcend our selfish identity and connect to the deeper divine rhythm of life. Yet, the cunning lore of numerous other gods captivates our imaginations and ambitions and dulls our vision. We substituted the G‑d of truth and transcendence with the ego-god, the power-god, the money-god, the temptation-god, the addiction-god, the manipulation-god and the god of self-indulgence. What is even sadder for Judah is the news that Tamar is so estranged that she became pregnant by harlotry. This symbolizes the stage in life when the Jew rejects the G‑d of his forefathers permanently and decides to build his future with superficial sources of gratification.

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Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The official, however, was not satisfied by this solution, surprisingly saying, “I am aware of the basic rabbinical interpretations and the allegory offered by Rashi. I had hoped for a deeper answer. Don’t you have a more profound explanation?”

Westley Roderick: God is wanting to raise up those who will go and bring reconciliation to those who have yet to receive Christ.

Brat: I believe this has a deeper meaning to include pastors and priests, apostles and prophets who were quick to judge and set up their own “fellowship bullet points.” Why else would I be on the receiving end of ten years of the Great Silence in the Holy Void?

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The explanation, however is as follows. It is written in the book of Daniel: “Now I have come to make you understand what shall befall your people in the latter days; for the vision is for days yet to come.” (Daniel 10:14)

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Torah is teaching us that we have inherited this particular power from Joseph. We should not become depressed from the harshness of the exile in which we live. Rather, we must remember that we have brought the Shechinah with us. Allow the Shechinah to surround you with Divinity. This is the strength through which we will merit to bring the final and lasting redemption, may it be now.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: To be more specific: the former spiritual scheme of existence is known as Olam haTohu, the realm of chaos or void; the latter, Olam haTikun, the realm of repair or rectification. These are both spiritual realms of existence; however, the end result of this progression from higher degrees of spirituality to lower is this physical world. The entities of this world may be said to be physical manifestations of their counterparts in the spiritual realms, similar to the manner in which a physical object reflects the intention of its designer – which in turn was motivated by some inner feeling or need for expression, etc. Theoretically, one could trace the progression of some physical item back through successively more subtle levels of planning and motivation within its creator, until the ultimate “source” of that object is found to be virtually indistinguishable from the creator’s innermost self. In G‑d’s inscrutable wisdom, he saw fit to create the universe along similar lines, and, with respect to the vast progression between G‑d’s very “Self”, as it were, and this world, we may point to specific spiritual levels (themselves rooted in even higher levels, and so on) as the roots, or sources, of physical items. Thus, meat is said to stem from Olam haTohu, while humanity derives from Olam haTikun.

Leah D. Schade: Lewis urges a theology of hospitality that will enable the church to welcome women’s gifts and allow itself to change.  But that hospitality cannot be a one-sided transaction.  “It is not just about letting people in, but imagining how you must change as a result. It is anticipation that you will be changed in this encounter, in this relationship” (179).  In this way, She reveals one of the keys for the church to unlock its own power. We need to embrace the change that comes with ordaining women. Allow them full access to all leadership positions. Nurture and honor their gifts. Treat them with respect. Confront sexism and discrimination. And engage in a process of repentance and reconciliation.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: We are all aware of the fires impacting Ventura County. As individuals and as a local community of faith we are wondering how we can assist.

Ryan LeStrange: In Genesis 37:2-5, Joseph was seventeen when he shared his first dream. He began serving Pharaoh at the age of thirty. This was thirteen years of waiting and many storms in between. The dream was still true! It had timings attached to it. “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him” (Psalm 105:19).

Brat (03 Dec 17): I know that Pastor John referred to Fr Mike Flynn as “General Flynn” today in a joking manner, and I also noticed that ‘generals’ are referred to in

Revelation 19: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

Brat: Maybe this is where we are at in the story. Maybe we are ready to fulfill this part of the scriptures. We DID gather today for communion in community, “the great supper of God.” In any case, I’m still asking for help in opening the books.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: About that time, a deputy minister of the police was assigned to interrogate him. This high-ranking gentile official, who was a learned man and knowledgeable in the Scriptures, was very impressed by the prisoner, who was obviously was no ordinary rebel. Interrupting his list of official questions, he said to the Rebbe, “I have a question on the text of the Bible and would be pleased if you could give me a satisfactory answer.”

Brat: Pastor John Tolle also said that we live in a society that requires its “pound of flesh.”

Angie Stolba: It says in the Word that the Lord cuts off every branch that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2). I believe that 2018 is going to be a year of incredible freedom for those who have surrendered their all for the Lord. These people have allowed the Lord to have His way in their lives, as they’ve truly embraced the pruning process (even when it seemed painful to their flesh).

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: “If the Jew has, in fact, gone astray here and there, it is my fault,” G‑d says, not his. “…Because I did not give Tamar to my son Shelah.” Shelah is the Biblical term used to describe Mashiach. (see Gen. 49:12) G‑d says that for two millennia I have kept the Jewish nation in a dark and horrific exile where they have been subjected to horrendous pain and savage suffering. Blood, tears and death have been their tragic fate for twenty centuries, as they prayed, each day and every moment for world redemption. But redemption has not come.

Ryan LeStrange: Predictive Dreams. These are dreams that point to future events or a kairos moment. These hold instructions for something that is ahead. They are prophetic road-maps for what is coming. One of the common mistakes with these is assuming it is for right now.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The remainder of this excerpt describes how in the case of the prophet Habakkuk, we see also that G‑d said that the time must be ripe for the Redemption to occur. The vision is still for an appointed time, and it speaks concerning the end, and does not lie…

Pastor Steve Dittmar (05 Dec 17): Next, I found that all His promises ever made, all the words He has ever spoken, and all the visions I had seen, were here in His Presence behind the veil—alive and well. They were now my “Confession of Hope,” my intercession with Jesus, my High Priest.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Ask whatever you like,” the Rebbe told him, “and, with G‑d’s help, I hope to be able to solve your problem.”

Ryan LeStrange: The authority of the Lord will move through us. The apostolic anointing will decree through us. The prophetic anointing will declare through us. The evangelistic anointing will demonstrate through us. The teaching anointing will explain through us. The pastoral anointing will shepherd through us. The travail anointing will pray through us. The helps anointing will serve through us. The government anointing will govern through us and the seven mountains of culture will be influenced by this apostolic generation.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “What is the meaning of the verse ‘G‑d called to Adam and said: Where are you?'” the official queried. “How is it possible that omniscient G‑d did not know where Adam was?”

Brat: Jesus, bless the rabbis and give them wisdom and direction. Help them to help us. Protect them and shine Your light upon them. Wrap them in Your loving arms and hold them to Your chest. Give them a kiss from me. I am grateful for them.

Lana Vawser: There will be no striving; no trying to make anything happen. As we lay low before Him, He will position, commission and release His people into different areas. They will be in new places and positions; carrying His fire and the Words of His heart. Their mouths will be full and carrying an unquenchable fire that will change atmospheres, cities and nations.

Journal (5 Dec 17): I didn’t have time yesterday to see what pieces Ascent was able to respond with in their Weekly Anthology. I was going to look that up today. But, with these devil winds and power being out, I have no way to know and look it up. What is their response? To me this is more of “The Beast out of the Earth” which is blocking and trying to interfere with communication. I must just “Let that Pony Run!” and trust in God’s protection. He will connect me.

Psalm 85:11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

Cindy Jacobs: God showed me a day when we will stand before God’s throne. What will we bring to Him? He is WORTHY to receive all power and riches of our nations. We bring more than ourselves. Bring our nations before His throne. Glorify His name. Bring souls before the King. Show me your glory!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Rebbe responded to him with a question of his own. “Do you believe that the Torah is forever relevant and true, in every generation and to every individual?”

“Yes, I sincerely believe that,” replied the deputy minister.

The Rebbe was very pleased to hear this affirmation of faith. If such a high-ranking official was a believer in the Torah, perhaps the trial would be less of an ordeal.

Revelation 3: 10 Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The third possibility is to bring the Shechinah with us. It is with the strength of the Shechinah that we transform the exile until the exile itself helps us to reach our destination. This is the highest level, because the exile is transformed into something positive. This was the achievement of Joseph. From one perspective, Joseph was torn from his nurturing, spiritually elevated environment, the protection and teachings of his father Jacob, and forced against his will to deal with the lowliness of Egypt. However, the Shechinah was with him, helping him to become Egypt’s leader and make the exile serve him and his family to achieve their goals.

Ryan LeStrange: Marching orders and deployment orders are coming through dreams and visions. Increased commissioning in dreams will be the norm as this is a high-level apostolic-prophetic leading. A commission is a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties, a certificate conferring military rank and authority, an authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner, or to perform prescribed acts.

Brat: Tell the Church to honor the laws she already has on her own books.

Ryan LeStrange: Directional Dreams. These are dreams that contain the wisdom of God. They contain a word of wisdom and the “how to” instructions. God is giving supernatural instruction through dreams. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge, and these dreams contain key pieces of vital information.

Kathi Pelton (in “Puzzled” 4 Dec 17): When dinner has been prepared and the family comes together once again there is little interaction beyond asking for someone to “pass the potatoes”. As dinner finishes everyone helps clean, but the only words exchanged are questions such as, “Can you take out the trash?” Then everyone goes back to doing their own thing in separate rooms and the cycle of being together but divided continues.

Vince Amlin: The air potato is an invasive vine that came to America in 1909. Sometime after that it ended up in my yard, and after seven years of fighting it, I’ve waved the white flag.

Rabbi Yosef Wineberg: Even immobile beings that show no signs of animation or spirituality, not even the degree of animation observed in the process of growth in the vegetative world – even this extremely low life-form constantly harbors within it the divine life-force that brought it into being.

Revelation 22:down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

Brat: We live in a virtual commune.

House of Destiny (in “Spiritually Hungry” 30 Nov 17): Many high achievers have gone to their graves dissatisfied. There’s a cure for loneliness, depression and emptiness. It is called community. That’s right, community is not a bad word.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: The Bait of Anger – “Good Morning My Princess”

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: After all, what was at stake if Joseph succumbed to this woman’s demands? Nobody was ever likely to find out what had occurred between the two. Joseph would not need to return home in the evening to face a dedicated spouse or a spiritual father, nor would he have to go back to a family or a community of moral standing. His family’s reputation would not be besmirched as a result of this act. He would remain alone after the event, just as he was alone before it. So what’s the big deal to engage in a snapshot relationship?

Brat: For the record, I remember they actually cut my face out of the group picture to make it seem like I hadn’t really been there. By snapshot they symbolically cut me out of community, but they couldn’t cut out the fellowship in me. They tried to alter my destiny. I understand that “boys will be boys” and they were behaving like junior high adolescents. I forgave them. I worship God anyway. Wouldn’t you?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: I guess I’m supposed to be outraged by this, but I’m not really. I’m offended, sure, but more than that I’m puzzled.

Pastor John Tolle: It’s the same word as ‘koinonia’ that we get the word ‘community’ from. The Lord’s Table is done in the context of fellowship. In my family some of my kids refuse fellowship. They don’t like people in the group. But that’s not how Christianity works. We are weak when we just take it personally. We take it in community.

Mary Luti: “He had to be made like his siblings in every way, so that he might become a merciful high priest… For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses . . . .” – Hebrews 2:17, 4:15

Westley Roderick: Married to the Church

Code of [Catholic] Canon Law TITLE I:

NORMS COMMON TO ALL INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE (Can. 573 – 606)

Can. 573 §1. The life consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels is a stable form of living by which the faithful, following Christ more closely under the action of the Holy Spirit, are totally dedicated to God who is loved most of all, so that, having been dedicated by a new and special title to His honor, to the building up of the Church, and to the salvation of the world, they strive for the perfection of charity in the service of the kingdom of God and, having been made an outstanding sign in the Church, foretell the heavenly glory.

Brat: At least my pony got a good stable.

Leah D. Schade: I assure him – this is a good thing.

Westley Roderick: The church needs the Evangelist!

God is restoring the value of evangelism and the identity of the Evangelist to the Body of Christ once again.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: If the Shechina would “wed” the Jewish people – and thus not be in exile – and they would be found unworthy of this union, they would have to die as did their brethren when the Temples stood. Therefore, G‑d prefered that the Shechina remain in exile. When living in the Temple’s presence, the standards of behavior are higher, i.e. sinning is more sinful, more of an affront to the open manifestation of divinity. In exile, the Jews could be rectified gradually and safely.

Lana Vawser: I heard His whisper “It’s a new place of REST TO RUN”

Brat: Jesus, I live the consecrated life. Please accept my profession of these evangelical counsels. I have listened to them and applied what I was able through Your counsel. You bear witness that my life has been anchored though the chaos. I am stable because of You. I have been faithfully following You under the direction of the Holy Spirit. I am totally dedicated to You and I love You most of all. I have dedicated my life to You and I give You the title and deed for my life for Your Honor. You are my King. I pray for the Church, that what I’ve shared has built her up. I pray for the salvation of the world that she may finally find the peace that her soul so cries out for. What some have criticized as high achieving and striving because of my abundant (excessive?) writing, I pray it may some day become the “perfection of charity” in the service of Your Kingdom. You have made me an outstanding sign in the Church, just as You made Ezekiel a sign for the Israelites. (Ez 12:6) Open their eyes that they may see the heavenly glory of which You foretold and I was Your mouthpiece. Thank You for this privilege. Bless Your people, God. Draw them to Your chest. You reconcile us to Yourself.

Westley Roderick: Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

 

City 26 Nov 17

26 Nov

Reign of Christ Sunday, November 26, 2017

[2 pages]

John E. Thomas: Why is it that God so often speaks the language of mystery?

Brat: Pergamum listens but does not hear. That’s why the overcomer gets some hidden manna. She can’t hear the obvious.

Revelation 2:12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.

Steve Shultz: Matthew 2:13 says,

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the Child and His mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him.'”

Fr Dwight Longenecker (in “Message” 24 Nov 17): Mystery of the Magi

Brat: Is there another Herod on the books? (Matthew 2:16) Just want to make it perfectly clear that I am sick and tired of the divination tricks!

Revelation 22: 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Brat: Can we go home by a different route, please?

To Pergamum (in “Message” 24 Nov 17): Revelation 2:13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me, not even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

Matthew Tan: The analogy drawn between the city and the interior life also means that, as the city is likened to a human person, the interior life of the human person is also spoken of as an urban landscape. The seeds of the trope were sown in the Scriptures, where Jesus spoke of the necessity of closing the door of my “inner room” when I pray (Matt 6:6) –  the slippage from the literal to the analogical inner room is as easy to make as it is easy to overlook.

Randy and Barbara Walter: Learning to rest is a process. The Lord said, “The real question is: are you making progress in your process? Pick one thing that you struggle with and make an effort to commit it to Me. Then, whenever you find yourself failing to do that, recommit it to Me with greater fervor. Gain one victory like that and the others will become simpler.

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): In my piece “Where?” there were three different points addressing the same question:

  1. Where – to share? (ie, Who is interested?)
  2. Where – to pray? (ie, I’m still asking for a prayer closet after ten years!)
  3. Where – is my tribe?

2 Corinthians 9:13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Hail” 22 Nov 17): It is hard for many people to create room for another, and let them shine brightly. We are scared that they might “get the head” and we will end up with the leg. Some of us spend years to ensure that others don’t succeed. They feel that their success necessitates the failure of others.

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): On the drive here I had asked God what He said after He passed between the mirrored pieces. [Genesis 15] Did He say anything while He passed through? I don’t see that He said anything. If the smoking firepot represents hospitality (which EVERY religion professes to be important and we are mirrors of each other), then there are no words.

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.”

Randy and Barbara Walter: “Change the way you think in life-giving ways. It won’t work if you do it on a performance basis because it’s a lifestyle change. Think of it as changing your style to receive life – a lifestyle. You’re not at the mercy of your emotions; your emotions are subject to your righteousness. You are a righteous person. You can do this.”

Brat: As you are resting, please meditate on those three “Where?” questions from the street perspective and not the pulpit. Then see if maybe the tone and sermon on lifestyle changes softens with mercy.

John E. Thomas: God’s veiled speech reveals our hearts: Do we really want to understand, or do we just want to have an experience? Are we looking for relationship or entertainment?

Shabtai Teicher: Knowing this you will be able to understand in the next section the danger faced by King David.

Brat Prayer: O, merciful God! The silence continues from my outreach to leaders. Maybe it’s a technology glitch. I donno. I freely confess my ineptitude in that arena. Please create grace space wherever it is needed to make room for Mercy to walk through the pieces, so that the Churches may hear what You are saying. Her deeds are incomplete! Help her to finish her assignment, since she professes to want a relationship with You and I am included in this relationship with them.

Message 24 Nov 17

25 Nov

Working Dates: Black Friday, November 24, 2017 to Saturday, November 25, 2017

[7 pages]

Brian Simmons: “Send Me the 7 Lessons” and we will message them to you.

Ephesians 1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Him

Christy Johnston: He then led me to Joel 3:13: “Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.”

Ezekiel 34:11 For thus says the Lord GOD: I Myself will search for My sheep, and will seek them out.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews: …we invite you to learn more about current events…and to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity…

Brat: [Sigh.] We’re not saved by what we know.

Mary Luti: He hasn’t heard God sigh, “Ah, Tim, you…” for years. He knows he may never hear his name that way again. But recently he told me he’s content. He has what he’s always wanted.

Israel 365: Help Israel’s Holocaust Survivors ✡ “Ah, Those Who Call Evil Good And Good Evil”

Pastor Bruce Zachary: How did this simple knowledge turn the world “upside down” in the first century? And why is it so vitally important that we understand today what it truly means that Jesus is “The Christ,” the Son of the living God?

Leah D. Schade: Rethinking Christ the King from the Ground Up

Brat (in “Triple Grace” 18 Nov 17): Thank you for your contribution. When there is no response to attempts at engagement the only place to go is up. Father God, I bless You! I give You thanks for answered prayers for triple grace! I stand with You on the sea of glass in peace that surpasses the understanding that I know what is going on, and still all I can do is just ride the beast. Paws on the ground! Through it all I tether to You, Jesus. I anchor in Your kingdom presence. Thanks be to God! Praise Jesus anyway! I know You go where I cannot go. I trust You, Lord. Amen.

Cindy Jacobs (31 Oct 17): We know there has been some movement towards that, where I believe, I don’t know when it happened, but I had heard that the pope apologized for what happened with Luther, to the Lutherans. …I believe that we’re in a John 17 movement, and in fact, as I was talking to a lot of leaders today here in Berlin, there’s all these Christian leaders who are just coming around this great event, coming up on Oct. 31.

Ephesians 1:20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places

Rabbi YY Jacobson: [Sadly, there are exceptions to this rule. In some cases the marriage cannot be salvaged because the well has either dried out or it was never there to begin with. From a Torah point of view, unlike the present secular perspective, these are rare instances, and do not constitute the norm.]

Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

To Pergamum: Revelation 2:13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me, not even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

Monk (in “Hail” 22 Nov 17): And in addition to that, Ephesus came through on Saturday (18 Nov 17) and Craig Davidson, Mary Hope, and I specifically prayed against the spirit of Deceit and Apathy in the Church.

Brat: One man returns, but there were TWO Witnesses.

Todd Bentley: The Holy Spirit spoke to me saying, “All you need is a fire and a hammer to break through the strongholds and penetrate the hearts of the religious minds and darkness of the people.” “‘Is not My word like fire?’ says the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?'” (Jeremiah 23:29)

Daniel 2: 27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Mystery of the Magi

Brat: Is there another Herod on the books? (Matthew 2:16) Just want to make it perfectly clear that I am sick and tired of the divination tricks!

Revelation 22: 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Brat: Can we go home by a different route, please?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: A well, unlike other pools of water, contains opposite components. On one hand, the well is of no value without human effort and toil. Unlike the readily exposed rain or ocean water, we must dig hard, and sometimes deep, to uncover the spring of water hidden below the crust of the earth.[5]

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.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: On the other hand, we human beings do not create, generate or even enhance the flow of water of the well; our efforts merely expose that which already exists fully, prior to our labor.

Brian Simmons: From this passage, we learn Seven Major Wilderness Lessons. You will excel in life when you master these seven truths: Comment “Send Me the 7 Lessons” and we will message them to you.

Brat: I thought Lance Wallnau already sent you the Seven Lessons for the Seven Churches (which are part of the Seven Mountains). Chuck Pierce picked them up. Rick Joyner hawked them. Ephesus remembered them. The Catholics got off on them.

Ezekiel 34:21 Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide

Todd Bentley: In this prophetic experience, the Lord gave me a hammer. I thought, “A hammer, Lord? Why not a sickle or a sword?”

Pastor Bruce Zachary: Peter’s great revelation of Jesus was “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus said this truth was the “rock” upon which he would build his church.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is the Torah approach to marriage as well. We do not create our personal wellspring of love. Through our efforts we merely expose a relationship that has already been welded by G-d prior t[6]o our birth, in the words of the Zohar,[7] “A wife and her husband are two halves of the same soul.” Each of our matches, just like a well, is made in heaven.[8] The connection is there beforehand; the flow of water-energy from your soul to your future spouse’s soul is already in existence. It may however be completely concealed and the human job is to search, dig and expose that inner source of water.

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): On the drive here I had asked God what He said after He passed between the mirrored pieces. [Genesis 15] Did He say anything while He passed through? I don’t see that He said anything. If the smoking firepot represents hospitality (which EVERY religion professes to be important and we are mirrors of each other), then there are no words.

Anna Blake: Thinking back now, I wonder if my Cowboy Girl perfume offended him. Nothing’s changed; I’m still so grateful for horses in my life that I’ll take it as a compliment.

Brat: I’m sure Jesus is pleased! I know that I am grateful for your service and assistance on this journey!

Matthew 25:40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Mary Luti: “Ah, Tim, You…”

Sheep’s password: Baaramewe. Baaramewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baaramewe.

Ezekiel 34:12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out My sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Brat (in “Hail” 22 Nov 17): In my case this still does not honor my vows to Christ, who is Head of the Church. This doesn’t bring the Church into the relationship dynamic at its core. It doesn’t hold the Church accountable. Tweets remain far off and removed. (Rev 18:15) Tweets then become entertainment in the name of Jesus and at the expense of the tweeter. The Church herself just sits in her cloud and witnesses without getting her hands dirty. Why should she? The martyrs have already done the hard work. Didn’t Pope Francis say that officers should show mercy to drivers?

Agence France-Presse: Pope Francis tells police to show ‘mercy’ to reckless drivers: They have no sense of responsibility[1]

Lance Wallnau: PLAN B: “Build a wall with your mashed potatoes and talk about how illegal border crossings are down 73%. Hover your fork over an item on their plate and say “I’m a socialist and I want what is on your plate. Do you mind if I take it?”

Brian Simmons: Finding Your Friend in the Wilderness
“In the desolate wilderness [God] found [Jacob]—in a barren land and an empty wasteland. There he shielded him and cared for him; he watched over him in love as the apple of his eye. And in the same way an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, then spreads its wings to catch them and lifts them up on its pinions— so the Lord cared for them!”(Deuteronomy 32:11–12)

Revelation 12:14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Brat: We’ve been through this again …and again … and again…

Revelation 22:I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: The angel Gabriel was personally sent to tell Daniel that one called “The Christ” would appear and what his mission would be!

Daniel 2: 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.

Lillian Daniel: And now here we all were, celebrating Thanksgiving. We had been gathered as a hen gathers her chicks, a rag tag brood that would otherwise have had nowhere safe to go. But now we were gathered, under a sheltering wing.

Todd Bentley: We were standing on the edge of the field. I felt the Father (Lord of the harvest) say, “The Church is on the edge now of the great harvest at the end of the age” (see Matthew 13:24-43).

Anna Blake: But a Thanksgiving sunset like this one stops time. It gives you pause to do the math. I’ve traveled to seventeen barns this year, teaching what I know, but more than that, being given the opportunity to work with an incredible extended herd of horses. At 63, I’m on a huge learning curve. How can that even be possible?

Ezekiel 34:20 Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: I Myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.

Sheep’s password: Baaramewe. Baaramewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baaramewe.

John 10:3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Christy Johnston: When I looked up the definition of a sickle, I almost fell off my chair. It is described as “a short-handled farming tool with a semicircular blade, used for cutting CORN.” To me, these corn stalks represent those who have been enslaved by the enemy. They are in bondage to his lies. But YOU, son and daughter of God, are being equipped with the sickle in this very moment to CUT them free and EMANCIPATE them to the TRUTH! That is the very nature of harvest.

Brat: It looks like we have a Joseph thing goin’ down. Joseph had the dream of the seven corn stalks.

Genesis 37:He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

Revelation 22: But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

Pastor John Tolle: Your testimony is not on how Jesus saved you ten years ago, but what He’s doing today. Take authority over your blindness. This does not affect identity, but what God’s doing today.

Christy Johnston: Though America may be enduring many trials right now, I feel the tender love of the Father and the comfort of the Holy Spirit as He encourages and continues to strengthen His Bride. These prophetic signs of corn stalks that He orchestrated to be crafted into American history many years ago, were designed as an encouragement for His Bride for this very moment in time.

Mary Luti: “O God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you…as in a dry and weary land. I think of you on my bed; I meditate on you through the watches of the night…” – Psalm 63:1, 6

Anna Blake: In this age of superlatives, overstatement is the rule, so I’ll just draw a sketch. It’s a large piece of property with stands of trees and rolling meadows. The horses are shiny and well fed. Their health is maintained but there are no adoptions; this is a herd for life. They are not “owned” by human expectation but instead live as naturally as a domesticated herd can. It isn’t entirely flattering to see how well they do without our overt influence.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: And just as we cannot create a well, we can neither destroy it. We can stuff it, obstruct it or divert its flow, but we cannot annihilate it. The three spiritual giants who became engaged at wells also taught us this message about relationships. When you experience a conflict with your spouse or you simply become aware of strong differences that drive you worlds apart, do not conclude that the relationship is dead.

Prayer (in “Obituary” Good Friday 2012): Lord, please have mercy on the Church-as-Institution. You said that Your “son” (a male child) was snatched up to You and to Your throne. (Rev 12:5) May the Institution rest in peace there. Since the “son,” who has ruled all the nations with an iron scepter, has been snatched up to heaven, may that now give rise to Your authentic Church-as-Your-Bride. May she rise up in her wedding gown and walk into Your loving arms. Amen.

Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

Anna Blake: There’s a whole world of us. We’re grown-up horse crazy girls; we’ve gained some power and vision. Our voices carry on the wind to the far side of the planet. We understand the meaning of collaboration. We learned it from mares, but one day at a time, we’re changing the world. Take a breath and snug your hats, my friends. We’ve only started.

Todd Bentley: After my recent dream encounter with the three angels, I realized that the harvest and the raising of the dead were connected to the manifestation of glory! The glory of God will become such a central focus of this move of God that quite often people will forget about all the other gifts, personalities and talents, because they will be so overwhelmed by the manifest glory and presence of Jesus!

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Our fathers encountered their wives by wells to teach us the most effective therapy of all when conflict might emerge—“well therapy:” the unwavering conviction that the relationship is etched into our very souls. Our labor is only to expose and enhance a preexisting bond and oneness.

Anna Blake: I’ve been blessed (a ridiculous understatement) to meet an exceptional group of women. Founders and volunteers at therapeutic riding programs who have a deep understanding of how hard their horses work. Veterinarians and bodyworkers and trainers who do rehab and retraining, patiently bringing horses back from the worst experiences with humans. And everyday horse lovers who really, no really, just want the best for their horses. Each person, a horsewoman in the finest sense of the word. You all make me proud, standing on my little farm and remembering my crazy luck this year.

Pastor Bruce Zachary (12 Nov 17): Why is Jesus called The Christ?

Leah D. Schade: Christ the King locates himself not just in the heights of the heavens, but in the depths of the soil that birthed him, took him…

Matthew 25:34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

Anna Blake: There was palpable peace among these horses, many abused and neglected previously. Driving through the pastures, many of the horses don’t bother to look up. It dawns on me that this is what it really means to be accepted by the herd.

Ezekiel 34:13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land.

Todd Bentley: Bob [Jones] often spoke of his own resurrection after a death experience in 1975, in which he saw the great end-time harvest begin. He often referred to the resurrection angels, harvest and raising the dead in the glory. Bob often prophesied about revival of the “resurrection of the dead” ministry that was a great ministry of greater works and miracles (see Romans 1:4).

Pastor Bruce Zachary: After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the world was shaken by this simple truth. It completely delivered and transformed the lives of everyone who believed it!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Did Our Great Men Encounter Their Wives by Wells?

Anna Blake: I guess in hindsight, it was a phase I was in, one that started out feeling like the fringe. The thing I never expected was that loving animals would circle back and reintroduce me to a better version of my own species. And there’s nothing unique about me.

Matthew 25:35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Thus the Torah informs us that precisely these three men found their women at wells of water. This symbolized their own attitude towards finding a spouse: The relationship, just like a well, is a preexisting reality. But since it is hidden beneath the surface of the earth, each person is called upon to do his or her part in digging, in order to expose and maintain the inherent relationship between the husband and the wife.[9]

Ezekiel 34:23 I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.

Brat: Thank you for your ministry. I cannot sow money, but I sow a blessing. I give God praise that He will make paths in the wilderness and make connections that have been severed for whatever reason. I thank God and bless the Holy Spirit to make grace space for the books to be opened. Jesus is worthy, as Cindy Jacobs testifies. ~k

Cindy Jacobs (31 Oct 17): I believe after all this time that it is like a hallmark, it’s like the Lord saying He is ready to bring a massive awakening worldwide. Many times in history are just times of celebration, but I’ve talked to many, many leaders and prophetic voices as well around the globe, and their consensus is: it’s the hinge of history.

Brat: Thanks be to God! Jesus, You have begun to reign! Halleluja! (Rev 11:17)

Ezekiel 34:24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.

 

[1] http://politics.com.ph/pope-francis-tells-police-to-show-mercy-to-reckless-drivers-they-have-no-sense-of-responsibility/

Hail 22 Nov 17

24 Nov

Working Dates: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 to Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017

[10 pages]

Elissa Johnk: “The high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak [ …] is a man whose name is Branch: for he shall branch out in his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord.” – Zechariah 11-12

Donna Schaper: Worthy of a call? Could I get a rain check? A way out of my home in I-don’t-know-how or I-wish-I-could?

Victoria Boyson: However, before the Lord brings in the wave of prodigals to the Church, He will and is raising up His Kingdom shepherds—entire congregations of shepherds. They are those with the heart to deliver the lost and a willingness to build a blessed foundation and home for those coming home! They’re the determined, faithful mamas and papas, no matter the age. They are friends of the Father who will stand alongside those fresh-hearted prodigals and will determine to restore them to who they are called to be in CHRIST!

Brat: St Paul would be so proud!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: How Mother Rebecca Initiated the Outreach Revolution

Journal (23 Nov 17): The landscapers are at the park AGAIN, on Thanksgiving Day, no less! No doubt they are here to get triple pay on a holiday. But the park never gets a day of rest. Greed overrides creation once again. Lord, break the spirit of this beast! For Your own Name’s sake, intervene! Do what we cannot do! The Recreation and Parks District is just a microcosm of the bigger picture.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The absurdities of this story are numerous. One question cannot be ignored: Is this the proper way for a woman to behave, to contrive a scheme to outsmart her husband’s planning? If Rebecca had a good reason as to why Esau was undeserving of his father’s blessings, why couldn’t she communicate it directly to Isaac? Why couldn’t Rebecca “follow” the glorious old tradition of Jewish wives who commonly explain to their husbands how wrong they are?

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): Thank you for the invitation, but are you listening? I am still asking for actual sanctuary. I am grateful that God has sustained me in my car these last ten years, but the Church has canon law to provide for her Anchorites. I’m holding out for the people to honor that.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Plague of Hail Hits Mediterranean City in Turkey Amidst Violent Thunderstorm

Revelation 5:I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Donna Schaper: Excuses abound for unworthiness. Even more, unworthiness is an excuse.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Deceive Your [spiritual] Husband?

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): And when I get no readers now on my blog stats counter? Zero. Not even one, where for a long time at least one person read me? And what about the silence from emails? It’s hard to feel heard when I give my best and there is … NOTHING. Yes, I write to give God the glory. No, I don’t write just for myself. I go out of my way to present the conversation fairly as it unfolds while including my own voice, too, because I am also part of this divine conversation. So, where’s the partnership? This divine conversation is a form of prayer, too!

Revelation 1: 19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Elissa Johnk: The Death of Church

Deuteronomy 8:15 who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Good Friday 2012

Obituary

Here lies the Church-as-Institution. St Paul had said that we are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20) and this is true. The Institution has been crucified with Christ. It is dead. It is not real and not personal. It cannot be because it is just a structure. Today we mourn the loss of a good friend. The Institution, along with its bride (ref Rev 22:17), were “crucified” and buried in a tomb in which no one had ever been laid. (Jn 19:41) The Book of Revelation outlines chapter by chapter interweaving verse by verse with the Gospel of John how the passion of the Church was crucified with the Passion of Christ. The death was inevitable. The Institution had a good, long life and was laid to rest in her favorite garden on the Day of Preparation. (Jn 19:42) No need to send flowers, as there is no one to send them to. Reflections can still be received upon request, since requests are real and personal. A silent vigil will be held tomorrow night.

Prayer: Lord, please have mercy on the Church-as-Institution. You said that Your “son” (a male child) was snatched up to You and to Your throne. (Rev 12:5) May the Institution rest in peace there. Since the “son,” who has ruled all the nations with an iron scepter, has been snatched up to heaven, may that now give rise to Your authentic Church-as-Your-Bride. May she rise up in her wedding gown and walk into Your loving arms. Amen.

Elissa Johnk: Maybe, just maybe, it would be helpful to think of the pastoral office – and religion in general – as a Receiver – a cultural holding place for all the things that are hard to understand and easily pushed aside.

Lance Wallnau (in “Touch Not” 17 Nov 17): You see, you’re climbing the hill of the Lord. As you hit a point of transition or promotion in the Kingdom, the cycles that make up your growth continually get shorter. For instance look at the life of Joseph. He was betrayed by his brothers and left in a pit. He was falsely accused of rape, put in prison, and then forgotten about for two years. Each cycle of betrayal and setback only increased his proximity to his ultimate assignment, which was to rule in the midst of his enemies.

Monk: Have you been talking to Pastor John Tolle? He keeps recycling the Joseph story.

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): So here we are at this point in the accursed cycle again. Yet again. And again. And one more time. James Goll had said that we are NOT at the same place that we were at a year ago. I want to believe that this is true. I’m just so disgusted with the lot of them that I cannot put stock in that hope. It’s not that I doubt what James said. It’s not that I doubt what Jesus said. It’s that I have no confidence in this tribe God sent me to. I have no confidence in my circumstances. From my vantage point I see them still buying and selling indulgences to fill their oil lamps. It all looks like foolishness to me.

Matthew 25:3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;

House of Destiny: Testimonies build and encourage our faith in God because we know if he’s done it before, he’ll do it again, and again, and again.

Luke 17:18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”

Pastor John Tolle: The process in my personal life is that some of my positions are changing, because my eyes are being opened. I see things in a new light. It’s not new on doctrine.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Though the hail itself was not necessarily miraculous, it was certainly out of the ordinary for the Mediterranean city which normally experiences balmy temperatures that rarely go below freezing, even in the winter.

Pastor John Tolle: We are asking that prayers end quickly. Pray and intercede again. We need to intercede. Most are recycling prayers. This doesn’t advance the Kingdom.

Victoria Boyson: Get ready! Prepare your heart to receive the wave of the harvest that is coming to you! This is your hour—it is what your spirit-man has longed for! Make way, for His awakening is coming. He will call all those who are weary and heavy laden and they will come to HIM! All those who’ve been trampled on and tormented by life, will come to Him! He will roar over principalities and they will crumble! Those who’ve been held in darkness for decades will recognize His voice and they will come to Him! As they come, He will call His shepherds to the front-lines and nurture and protect all those who’ve longed to know Him. He will be made known through them. Be ready to receive the blessing that is coming to you!

Pastor John Tolle: God will raise up godly people. He can use you. You may be a witness. What God gives you will challenge the credulity that came from heaven. They had no comeback.

Webster on ‘credulity’: naïveté, gullibility, simpleness

Brat: Are you saying that heaven is gullible and simple?

Lovesick Scribe: I am not naïve enough to believe that we do not have to engage in spiritual warfare. We must simply understand that the enemy does not have permission to set the atmosphere in the garden, which is us. When we read about the garden in Genesis, our focus tends to shift onto the fall, and we forget what was intended from the beginning. We magnify the serpent while diminishing intimacy with God. The devil needs to be addressed, and once he is addressed, he needs to be removed swiftly and with the authority given to us by Christ.

Revelation 11:10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

Brat: What else do you do on Pastor Appreciation Day?

Monk: And in addition to that, Ephesus came through on Saturday (18 Nov 17) and Craig Davidson, Mary Hope, and I specifically prayed against the spirit of Deceit and Apathy in the Church.

Brat: One man returns, but there were TWO Witnesses.

Luke 17:17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?

Shira Schechter: Why do you think Rachel stole the idols from her father?

Deuteronomy 8:16 and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good.

Lovesick Scribe: I encourage you to not allow the devil to turn you into a battlefield when you were made to be God’s garden. Your life is not his story. You have eaten from the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ. Do not permit him to write chapters in your life. You have two options in moments when the snake hisses imaginations and lofty opinions in the garden. You can make it his story, or you can keep it as history, and go on from faith to faith and glory to glory with Christ.

Bible Gateway: No Joke… Download Anything You Want on Storyblocks

Elissa Johnk: Sorry, Zechariah.  Read any newspaper and you’ll hear that religion is less like Zechariah’s branch – spreading understanding as it grows – than a stump.  A dead end.  Here’s the thing, though.  I’m _so_ tired_ of hearing about the impending Death of Church.

Deuteronomy 8:14 then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,

Brat: Church? It’s time for rewarding your servants the prophets… (Rev 11:18)

Monk: But wait…Firefox is not responding.

Brat: I tried to open Rick Joyner’s Word for the Week on Firefox and I got this message (which I thought was too funny!):

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Something is amiss.

[Deuteronomy 8:17 Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.”]

MailChimp: One of our servers is down and has issued a cry for help to our engineering swat team. We are investigating and resolving the issue this very second, and hope to have things back very soon.

In the meantime you can keep tabs on our progress at twitter.com/mailchimpstatus.

We very much appreciate your patience.

Eileen Christelow: “NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!”

Lana Vawser: What has “come out of left field” and is screaming “inconvenience” and “burden”, the wind of the Spirit is landing upon and turning that burden to an unimaginable blessing.

Rick Joyner: A key remedy to the worship of the beast and taking the mark is obeying Colossians 3:1-2, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” In this way we resolve to put our trust in the Lord and not the powers of this age. Those who know the Lord as their Source will not be tempted to take the mark of the beast so that they can buy, sell, or trade. It is those who do not know the Lord as their Source who are in jeopardy.

Shira Schechter: Do you think Jacob’s manipulation of the sheep actually affected the outcome? Why or why not? If not, why do you think Jacob did those things?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What is needed is a broadening of consciousness; a cleansing of perception, a gaze into the mystical interrelatedness of all of us. Then I will not only allow, but will celebrate, your emergence in full splendor. Your success will not hinder mine, because we are one. Instead of thinking how can I cut you down I ought to think: How can I help you reach your ultimate success? Different “stones” may need to have different positions, yet here is no room for abuse, manipulation, back-stabbing, mistreatment and exploitation, because we are one.

Donna Schaper: Prayer
Oh, God, take us away from our hellish habits to spiritually-stepped rituals that ache to be worthy. Amen.

The Israel Bible: Give an Orphaned Israeli Girl Something To be Thankful For

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): In “Where?” there were three different points addressing the same question:

  1. Where – to share? (ie, Who is interested?)
  2. Where – to pray? (ie, I’m still asking for a prayer closet after ten years!)
  3. Where – is my tribe?

2 Corinthians 9:13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others

Rabbi YY Jacobson: It is hard for many people to create room for another, and let them shine brightly. We are scared that they might “get the head” and we will end up with the leg. Some of us spend years to ensure that others don’t succeed. They feel that their success necessitates the failure of others.

Simon Jacobson: This also tells us that the components that create beauty always have the potential for chaos, and even unsightliness. One color, one note – and definitely several – out of synch, will compromise the entire composition and make it look awry. One mutant cell can wreak havoc in the entire body. A single musical note may not be beautiful and will be tedious if repeated again and again, but it will not create chaos, just annoying monotony. As soon as you introduce more elements, the potential for chaos becomes possible. Each additional element – that can further beautify the composition – creates more potential discord.

Rick Joyner: In this beast, we have the three primary idols of the human race wrapped into one: 1) the worship of man as supreme, 2) the worship of the things of this world (“this present evil age”), and 3) the worship of money. Worship is not just what we have love and affection for, but what we put our trust in instead of God. This is an ultimate test by the ultimate traps of the human soul.

Yerachmiel Tilles: Moshe entered the Rebbe’s room, poured out his broken heart, and then offered his solution. But the Gerer Rebbe responded, “No, I am not in agreement with that suggestion.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Hands off!

Tony Robinson: Sometimes faith is an act of defiance. Sometimes rejoicing is through tears.

Simon Jacobson: Something that strikes us (even subjectively) as beautiful is balance and symmetry of several – or very many – different elements, all combined in just the right blend.

Andy Sanders (in “Be Silent” 14 Nov 17): These two characteristics [honor and humility] working through God’s people will be the proof that His Spirit has truly transformed our lives in a tangible way. As Christians, we cannot walk in the supernatural as a lifestyle until we learn to honor those around us and clothe ourselves with humility through all circumstances. Supernatural power without honor and humility is merely a show for the masses. Cheap entertainment masked as Christianity is as dangerous as crossing over into unapproved territory. It is like playing with deadly fire (dishonor). We can no longer feel comfortable while playing with the flames of unauthorized fire.

Yonatan Gordon: If my tweets are emotive in nature, then will my followers think that I am as kind and compassionate after the absence? If they reply to my tweet, and I don’t respond within minutes, am I still a good communicator? This outage was unique in that the famous whale “overload” picture also failed to load. So too, the potential to connect with a teacher is sometimes best reached out of complete darkness and silence. The advantage of Abba over Imma is the understanding that all of reality is as nothing before God. So too when the substance of reality gives way to ideas, then the essence of the concepts become revealed for all to see.

Pastor John Tolle (19 Nov 17): Honestly, I can say that the Holy Spirit clears His throat.

Brat: (I belly-laughed when he said that, much too loudly and much too long, but I couldn’t not laugh! It must have been a Jonah thing.)

Pastor John Tolle: I have a whale of a lot to be thankful for!

Elissa Johnk: Of course, if the story of Jonas doesn’t work for you, I might also suggest Jesus.

Dutch Sheets: “Preaching from the River”

Brat: Hallelujah! God’s Word has been fulfilled! This looks like a beautiful Thanksgiving set up to me. And this comes after the Two Witnesses.

Monk: There’s only so much a girl can witness!

Revelation 11: 17 saying:

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
18 The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

Brat: Prophecy fulfilled! Thanks be to God! Jesus, You have begun to reign! Halleluja!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: While we are not quite to that point, I can see it coming. Women should continue to take pride and not only keep the predatory man at bay, but go the next step and refuse to have sexual relations with him unless he is interested in a continuing relationship, and for her own sake she should insist that the relationship be monogamous, that he should support her desire to have children and to do this they should stay together for life.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Your Subconscious Self Marries Your Subconscious Wife

Revelation 13:11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The re’eim is a large bison-like animal. The image is that G‑d provides for all creatures, from the greatest to the least.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The woman was the one who was supposed to be pure and unsullied and keep the horny man at bay.

Yonatan Gordon: There are two words for “bird” in Hebrew, ‘oph’ and ‘tzipor’. The first word means to “fly,” the second, to “chirp.” To be a bird it’s not enough to know how to fly. You also must know how to chirp.

Victoria Boyson: The Father will roar and consume those wicked things that have tried to devour His Church. He will roar and destroy the oppression that’s plagued the governments of this world, and He will break those who’ve attempted to strip His Church of the power to declare His Word and silence them forever. And they will know it is God! There will be NO DOUBT Who is behind all the miraculous deliverances that are literally wiping out years of work the enemy’s labored after. Truly, satan is playing right into the Lord’s hands and through his own evil and destructive agenda, he will lose some of his greatest workers. They will suddenly see him for what he is and turn to the Lord’s side and tell us all how truly terrified he is of us.

Action Center: Are you having sound problems?

Yonatan Gordon: On June 21, 2012 Twitter underwent a series of service disruptions over a three-hour period. For about two hours and forty minutes, the micro communication world of over 500 million active users was quiet. What happens when social goes silent? Do our ready tweets turn any sweeter after the site is turned back on?

Tony Robinson: Sometimes you gotta say — or sing — Hallelujah Anyhow.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: And that, by the way, is what we call Christian marriage.

Donna Schaper: Doing these things won’t make me worthy of God’s call.  But it will remind me of whose I am and who my friends elsewhere are.  Worthiness might be a side effect.  I might even run out of excuses.

Rick Joyner: We often worship that which we give most of our attention. Obviously we live in the world, and there are some things in this world that we must give our attention to in order to survive and provide for ourselves and our families. To love our neighbors as we are called to means that we do things for them, our communities, and countries by being the salt and light we are called to be. We are commanded to do everything that we do as unto the Lord, so Christians should excel at their jobs and professions. However, if our main devotion and attention is on the earthly rather than on the things above with Christ, we will be in jeopardy of succumbing to this beast. This text is a warning to keep us from this.

Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The episode with the stones, then, reflects a profound spiritual truth about human relationships. Much conflict — in families, communities, synagogues, organizations, corporations, and movements — stem from everyone’s fear that someone else will end up with the “head,” and you will be “thrown under the buss.”

Brat: In my case this still does not honor my vows to Christ, who is Head of the Church. This doesn’t bring the Church into the relationship dynamic at its core. It doesn’t hold the Church accountable. Tweets remain far off and removed. (Rev 18:15) Tweets then become entertainment in the name of Jesus and at the expense of the tweeter. The Church herself just sits in her cloud and witnesses without getting her hands dirty. Why should she? The martyrs have already done the hard work. Didn’t Pope Francis say that officers should show mercy to drivers?

Agence France-Presse: Pope Francis tells police to show ‘mercy’ to reckless drivers: They have no sense of responsibility[1]

Revelation 11: 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Once the boundaries were broken in the name of “anything goes” then things continue downward into chaos.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But we can view each other in two distinct ways: as “diverse stones” and as a “single stone.” Both are valid perspectives, fair interpretations of reality. The first is superficial; the second demands profounder reflection and sensitivity. Superficially, we are indeed separate. You are you; I am I. We are strangers. I want the head; you want the head. So we quarrel.

Monk: Who’s got the tiger by the tail?

Mowgli: Did you see the video about the East Indian man trying to catch a huge cobra that was terrorizing the city?

Shere Khan: “I can’t help but notice there is a strange odor today… Man is forbidden!”

Brat (in “Cowgirl” 8 Nov 17): Holy Mary, break the hymen on this virgin voyage! Work with Jesus to break brush in this wilderness and open doors in these fortresses.

Revelation 11: 19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: I think it indicates that a new generation of women don’t give two hoots about the old feminist agenda. The main objectives for women have been pretty much obtained–fair pay and fair treatment in the workplace. Now a new generation of women is saying, “We don’t have to put up with the harassment and objectification that still continues.

Rick Joyner: This beast is distinguished from the last beast as it comes up out of the earth instead of the sea. In prophetic symbolism, this often relates to earthly mindedness, which is exalting the things of the earth and this age above the things of God and His eternal purposes manifested by His kingdom.

Brat: The woman riding the beast doesn’t care. I CARE!! I am anchored in Jesus Christ! Paws on the Ground!

Jesus Culture: One Thing Remains [https://youtu.be/6_KXsMCJgBQ]

“Your love never fails, it never gives up; it never runs out on me…”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Jacob, the father of all Israel, who encompassed within himself the souls of all of his children, inspired this unity within the “stones” around him. Initially, the stones operated on a superficial level of consciousness, thus quarreling who will get to lie under Jacob’s head. But Jacob inspired in them a deeper consciousness, allowing them for that night to see themselves as a single stone, even while they were in different positions.

Bethel Music: Your love is devoted like a ring of solid gold
Like a vow that is tested like a covenant of old
Your love is enduring through the winter rain
And beyond the horizon with mercy for today

Simon Jacobson: To recognize harmony within diversity we need to have profound bitul – a deep sense of truth and integrity – that allows us to see the underlying thread that unites a vast variety of distinct forces. Tiferet has this bitul, and therefore, as the third and middle branch in the sefirot structure it serves as the spine that connects all the different sefirot, reaching up to keter (crown) and drawing down to malchut (action). It is able to penetrate within all the diversity and draw out the inner unity within all the dimensions, while also allowing each one to express its individuality. Like a conductor, tiferet, coordinates all the different musical instruments, all the diverse musical notes, each playing its particular instrument and note at its best, while joining together in one beautiful composition.

Bethel Music: “Ever Be” [https://youtu.be/XZDyMJhd4Bo]

Luke 17:14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.

Victoria Boyson: A shepherd’s heart will want only to care, guide, protect, help, comfort, dwell with and love his sheep—to watch over them and fight anything that would try to devour his sheep. Shepherds don’t have to be perfect, just willing. When Jesus instructed His disciples to feed His sheep, He spoke directly to the most imperfect disciple in the bunch (John 21:15-17).

Rabbi YY Jacobson: On a deeper level, though, we are one. The universe, humanity, the Jewish people — constitute a single organism. On this level, we are truly part of one essence. Then, I do not mind if you get the head, because you and I are one.

Brat (in “But Later You Will Understand”, Maundy Thursday, April 05, 2012): I ask this with softness in my voice: How is it that a prophet who truly “sees,” who lives in my own county (in Simi Valley, I think?), who really does have a heart for God, who knows technology inside and out and offers his own ministry via technology, and we still cannot make contact after 2 ½ years of my many attempts? What idol is waiting to be smashed? I write Reflections on the weekly lectionary scripture readings and he broadcasts over the Internet. We both proclaim the same Gospel. I am technologically inept to the near-point of paralysis and have no way to proclaim my written word to the world beyond my email box. No amount of education will save me from my own cross. I am technologically paralyzed. But Kim [Clement] and I have augmenting gifts. Either his guards shield him well, like they do in every institution, or we don’t speak the same language because he doesn’t believe or he never receives my Reflections. In that case then it is completely and wholly the Holy Spirit Who has been orchestrating every detail (which goes without saying anyway, but I’m saying it.) On my end, the Church-as-Institution is “dead.” We ARE crucified with Christ. (Please see my Good Friday Reflection called “Obituary.”) Doesn’t Kim “see” that he could be like the Best Man at the “wedding”? ~Kathryn Hauser

Revelation 3:10Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Brian Simmons (16 Nov 17): It is My glory to show mercy. I long to be merciful to those who turn to Me. You have placed your heart under My mercy fountain and you have been washed clean, forgiven all. My grace has restored your soul and your life’s portion overflows. My kindness to you has lifted you higher than any angel, at My right hand. Now I want you to be merciful to the guilty, gracious to the unworthy, and kind to those who mistreat you. Freely you have been given these virtues, now freely give them away and watch them multiply.

Elissa Johnk: Prayer 
God, thank you for this institution that helps us to remember the way you have been, and always will be, present in our lives.  Today, help me to express this gratitude not simply with my lips, but with my life.  Amen.

House of Destiny: Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.” Ps 50:23

 

[1] http://politics.com.ph/pope-francis-tells-police-to-show-mercy-to-reckless-drivers-they-have-no-sense-of-responsibility/

There Are TWO Witnesses! 19 Nov 17

19 Nov

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Richard L. Floyd: Jesus was quick to spot religious hypocrisy. The Pharisees have got a bad name because of Jesus’ criticisms of them, but in truth they were the ones Jesus had the most affinity for. They were serious, pious and scrupulous keepers of Torah.

Leah D. Schade: (18 Nov 17): But one man turns.

Pope Francis: “Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at high levels of culture and education in both universities and in schools, of positions of libertarian individualism. A common feature of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is, ‘living well,’ a ‘good life’ in the community framework, and exalts the selfish ideal that deceptively proposes a ‘beautiful life.’ If individualism affirms that it is only the individual who gives value to things and interpersonal relationships, and so it is only the individual who decides what is good and what is bad, then libertarianism, today in fashion, preaches that to establish freedom and individual responsibility, it is necessary to resort to the idea of ‘self-causation.’ Thus libertarian individualism denies the validity of the common good because on the one hand it supposes that the very idea of ‘common’ implies the constriction of at least some individuals, and the other that the notion of ‘good’ deprives freedom of its essence.”

Leah D. Schade: Who is the most grateful person you know?

Israel 365: Divine Instructions ✡ “You Must Open Your Hand”

Brat (18 Nov 17): Thank you for your contribution. When there is no response to attempts at engagement the only place to go is up. Father God, I bless You! I give You thanks for answered prayers for triple grace! I stand with You on the sea of glass in peace that surpasses the understanding that I know what is going on, and still all I can do is just ride the beast. Paws on the ground! Through it all I tether to You, Jesus. I anchor in Your kingdom presence. Thanks be to God! Praise Jesus anyway! I know You go where I cannot go. I trust You, Lord. Amen.

Barbie Breathitt: Catalyst angels know how to engineer multiple transformations and transitions, taking us higher in a reduced period of time. Catalyst angels utilize a person’s willingness to repent and change. As we enter into God’s rest, we will see the catalyst angels push things over-the-top, breaking every curse that has held us bound.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Once the boundaries were broken in the name of “anything goes” then things continue downward into chaos.

Brat: One man returns, but there were TWO Witnesses.

Revelation 11:They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”

Leah D. Schade: Notice he [Paul] didn’t say give thanks for all circumstances.  Because certainly there are things that happen to us that we are not happy about, and for good reason.  Nor should we should feel forced to a fake an air of humble thankfulness for our affliction.  Rather, giving thanks in all circumstances means that no matter what happens, we give thanks that God is still with us.  We give thanks that God is still working in and through us and others to bring about healing and wholeness.  Giving thanks is about trusting that God is still present, still cares, and is still active, even if we can’t immediately see how that action is manifesting itself.  That kind of trust is what we call faith.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: That is something we call “marriage” and when they come searching the Catholic Church will be there to help show the way.

Richard L. Floyd: The ancient prophets were like the “canaries in the coal mine” that warned of impending societal danger. They preached God’s righteous passion for justice, mercy and faith. Jesus echoes their words when he tells the good religious people of his time (and ours) not to neglect these weightier matters.

Leah D. Schade: It’s more likely that this man had cultivated his gratitude for many years.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (17 Nov 17): I predict that this wave of accusations is going to lead to a new emphasis on morality in our society and that a new generation will be done with the sexual free for all and start looking for positive, life affirming, rules to help build good, solid life long partnerships.

Brat: Please start with honoring the ones you already have.