Strong Delusion

Strong Delusion or Self-deception

 

2 Chronicles 25:19 One of the delusions that goes with rejection of God is a false confidence in ones’ own powers of understanding. (AMP SB Notes)

 

As Russia boasts about nuclear missiles the United States cannot stop, the U. S. insists they possess atomic weapons Russia cannot see coming, similar to the stealth missile recently struck in Syria.
The Russian Federation along with The United States of America both seem to have two leaders who are willing to bring the world into a thermonuclear wasteland.

 


The old prophecy of Zechariah foretold of an event when men’s flesh will decompose while they are still standing.
The Old Testament scribes didn’t have the vocabulary to help make sense of what the plagues of Zechariah 14:12 are, all we know is that a plague of some type will cause human flesh to dissolve instantaneously on the bodies of those who attack Jerusalem.

Zechariah 14:12-13

12 ADONAI will strike all the peoples who made war against Yerushalayim with a plague in which their flesh rots away while they are standing on their feet, their eyes rot away in their sockets, and their tongues rot away in their mouths. 13 When that day comes, there will be among them great panic, sent by ADONAI, so that everyone lays hands on his neighbor, who in turn attacks him.
(Complete Jewish Bible)

Even worse than the weapon of the superpowers, the advanced weapons of Russia and the United States are puny against the weapon the God of Israel uses against His enemies.  That weapon is a “Strong Delusion,”(Isaiah 66:4).
When Israel went about to worship the LORD, even though they sacrificed a lamb unto the LORD, their sacrifice was rejected because of their sinful nature.

Black Magician is making ceremony with the beautiful girl.

The Word of God said: “The LORD saw it as if he cut off a dog’s neck and poured swine blood on the altar.” But, one could argue, they were praising God.  Yes, honoring God in a celebration is part of worship, however, disobeying HIS word is a type of a divine delusion.

 

 

Isaiah 66:3-4
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
(CWSB)

The dilemma here is when Israel went to worship, in their minds they were thinking that by just going to worship and partake in a good devotional ceremony was enough when a change of direction and a truly broken heart over their sins was necessary.

Proverbs 30:12
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
(CWSB)
Proverbs 30:12
12 Don’t imagine yourself to be quite presentable when you haven’t had a bath in weeks.
(MSG)

Doctrine of Devils

What does a blog about war in the Middle East or God sending delusions have to do with anything and why is it important?
It is significant because in the last days there will be those who are spiritually lukewarm and they will bring the pollution of the world into God’s presence. Their contamination could infect those who are honestly seeking God and cause the fall of other believers in the faith.

Some may assume Holy God loves the disobedient children so much that He ignores their rebellious nature and reward them with free tickets into Heaven.  No, the Bible teaches that we can resist God for so long, then there are severe consequences.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11 Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
12 In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
(AMPC)

NOTE:  Today, believers all around the world will join with Israel’s 70th year celebration of becoming a nation.

Threat of War

At the same time, Jerusalem Post stated that the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is believed to be planning an attack in retaliation for the alleged Israeli strike on “T4” airbase in Syria last week.

Hezbollah’s war of words telegraphs Iran’s message to Jerusalem.

What does it all mean? It could be the beginning of World War Three and God’s removal of believers before a terrible global nuclear disaster.
We know that in the last days some will rise up and promote perverted doctrines to the people of God and many will fall for it. As Christ came to demonstrate the Word of God before mankind, not all those who heard the Gospel responded to God’s offer.
The cares of this world blinded some. Fame and fortune blinded others. Sadly, some were blinded when they rejected His instructions for eternal life.

The Greek word Demagogism is a term in reference to creating delusions through lies or becoming self-delusional. Demagogism is also Greek for, the art and practice of gaining power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.

Jeremiah 5:12-15
12 “They’ve spread lies about God.
They’ve said, ‘There’s nothing to him.
Nothing bad will happen to us,
neither famine nor war will come our way.
13 The prophets are all windbags.
They speak nothing but nonsense.'”
14 Therefore, this is what God said to me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies:
“Because they have talked this way,
they are going to eat those words.
Watch now! I’m putting my words
as fire in your mouth.
And the people are a pile of kindling ready to go up in flames.
15 “Attention! I’m bringing a far-off nation
against you, O house of Israel.”
God’s Decree. (MSG)

DEMAGOGISM
—INSTANCES OF
. . . Absalom 2Sa 15:2-6
. . . Pilate Mt 27:17-26; Mr 15:15; Lu 23:13-24; Joh 18:38-40; 19:6-13. . . Felix Ac 24:27. . . Herod (Agrippa I) Ac 12:3
(Naves Topical Bible Index)

Ephesians 4:18-24
18 Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].
19 In their spiritual apathy, they have become callous, and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].
20 But you did not so learn Christ!
21 Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],
22 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.
(AMPC)

Matthew 4:8-10
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
(CWSB)

The time will come, when a siren warning is the announcement of something much more terrifying than a thunderstorm or a tornado – if you get the warning at all.

I plead with the reader of this blog, find someone; (even if you may not like them) but if you see someone who is professing to have a committed Christian life working within them, and is still struggling with sin, tell them about your own personal story of eternal salvation, before it is too late.

Spiritual blindness is the curse of the millions who will say, “I waited too long, and I waited too late.”

Passover 5

Passover 5

Bread of affliction

The bread from Heaven is the Messiah who feed Israel while in the wilderness. Just as in the wilderness Christ will share His body with believers. So when we see the Messiah on the cross, He is dispensing His body to a dying world.

The crushing of the Bread paid for our sins, but the restoring of the Bread mixed the crumbs from gentile nations and Jewish believers into one bread.
Isaiah 35:10 ransomed. Someone who is ransomed is someone who has had a price paid to set him free from captivity. This promise looked forward to the return of the political captives and, in a much fuller sense, to the salvation through Jesus Christ, who gave “His life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45; 1Ti 2:6).

Because of the Torah Law, the Lord set penal restitution for those who committed crimes against the innocent.

pe·nal
[ˈpēn(ə)l]

ADJECTIVE
relating to, used for, or prescribing the punishment of offenders under the legal system.
“the campaign for penal reform.”
Synonyms: disciplinary · punitive · corrective · correctional · retributive
(of an act or offense) punishable by law.
synonyms: disciplinary · punitive · corrective · correctional · retributive

res·ti·tu·tion
[ˌrestəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n]

NOUN
the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.
“seeking the restitution of land taken from blacks under apartheid.”
synonyms: return · restoration · handing back · replacement · [more]
recompense for injury or loss.
“he was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.”
synonyms: compensation · recompense · reparation · damages · [more]
the restoration of something to its original state.
“restitution of the damaged mucosa.”

Hand nailed to the cross with blood and dirt
Psalms 98:1-3

 1 Sing a new song to the Lord,
 for he has done wonderful deeds.
 His right hand has won a mighty victory;
 his holy arm has shown his saving power!
 2 The Lord has announced his victory
 and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
 3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
 The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
(NLT)

Bread of affliction

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
He will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)

Discovering the Core Values of our Massiah’s

Yeshua’ the Jewish Messiah tough one crowd, saying my family is “Anyone who does God’s will.”
Mark 3:33-35 33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Core values are traits or qualities that you consider not just worthwhile, they represent an individual’s or an organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces. They are the heart of what your organization and its employees stand for in the world.
Core values are also known as guiding principles because they form a solid core of who you are, what you believe, and who you are and want to be going forward.https://www.thebalance.com/core-values-are-what-you-believe-1918079

who you are and want to be going
As our Lord walks alongside us, He gently takes us to the next level; by testing the Core Values learn in His teaching.
If our set of Core Values are the same as the Mind of Christ, the trial only turns us into a living stone like our Lord the Rock.

The Rock that comes from Mount Sinai where the Lord set HIS Core Values, The Word of God.

Daniel 2:45
45 That is the meaning of the rock cut from the mountain, though not by human hands, that crushed to pieces the statue of iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold. The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.”(NLT)

 

The set of core Values were set in place by God for the nation of Israel. These sets of Core Values were called Torah Instructions. Torah instructions were much more important than rules and regulations; they were strategies for maneuvering within a spiritual domain where creatures of darkness attach themselves to the Core values of Darkness. Just as necessary as core values are for the building of a set of principles for cooperations, the code for ethical behavior was Torah Law in the beginning.

What was the meaning of what the Prophet Isaiah when he said “an individual will “see what they had not been told,” I believe some people will realize that there has to be more to life than parties, meaningless relationships with sex and alcohol.

Romans 2:12-16 12 When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13 For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14 Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.
15 They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

As with my life, I found that after a while the heart hungers for the meaning of life and one’s life purpose. But this type of hunger had nothing to do with freedom and expression or a time discovering who I am; it was more like an invite to know God. While vaguely able to remember anything I heard in Church, there remained a powerful presence seem to follow and nagging me about my immoral lifestyle. So I can totally understand Isiah when he says, “they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about.” (Isaiah 52:15)

It’s that image of Christ on the cross; I have to make sense of it because it calls out to me, It has to mean something. Why must I reconcile its image of a suffering Son of God?

I have witnessed that the Gospel message is changing quicker than the seasons. The power of God has changed to a God that loves without judgment, and the correcting or guidance of the Holy Spirit is out of the Equation. Demons are gone away, and the Devil along with sin has been removed from sermons within the Gospel music industry.

Nevertheless, the God of Israel has reserved a people who value the price of the Oil of the Messiah’s, and the Bread of Affliction our Lord became on our behalf.

Why did Christ pay so much for that Passover feast? Why are these heartbreaking, powerful images apart from the Passover celebration?
Beyond Satan’s expectation Jesus Christ, unfairly take the punishment for the worst sinner and is crush beyond whats necessary. He is beaten beyond recognition. (Isaiah 52:14)

By His Stripes, We are Healed

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)
Because Pilate viewed Jesus as innocent, he may have ordered the beating expecting that the Jews would consider it adequate punishment and consent to Jesus’ release. Scourging was a horrific, brutal form of punishment. The glass and metal of the whip tore the body apart, exposing the vital organs. Men frequently died of the scourging. Isaiah 52:10
(Amplified Bible – AMP)

However, the Bible reader’s heart is broken when they realize the cost of the Anointing Oil of the Messiah. Faithful Believers would never allow our Lord to suffer such punishment and continue to obey the Satan.

Isaiah 52:13-15
The Lord’s Suffering Servant
13 See, my servant will prosper;
he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
they will understand what they had not heard about.
(NLT)

Debt canceled but entirely paid

Isaiah 48:16-18 And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
have sent me with this message.
17 This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is good for you
and leads you along the paths you should follow.
18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
There are many passages in the New Testament which represent Christ’s sufferings under the idea of a ransom or price, and the result thereby secured is a purchase or redemption (comp. Acts 20:28; 1 Cor 6:19, 20; Gal 3:13; 4:4 5; Eph 1:7 Col 1:14; 1 Tim 2:5 6; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:12; 1 Pet 1:18, 19; Rev 5:9.

The idea running through all these texts, however various their reference, is that of payment made for our redemption. The debt against us is not viewed as simply canceled but is fully paid. Christ’s blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is the “ransom” by which the deliverance of his people from the servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured. (Eston’s Bible Dictionary)

A relative must pay the price for redemption. He became one of us, but nothing like us.

גְּאוּלִים Redeemer; Theologically a relative of someone in the same family. Foreigner and Strangers traveling with Israel had to come under the Torah Law system just as non-believers today have to be converted into the life of a God-fearing believer. When we adopt the Word of God for our lives, ADONIA gives us the Holy Spirit as a dedicated administrator guiding us into the truths of the scripture.
A life with Christ is a life in God’s word, where we become a part of the bread of life, bringing nourishment to a dying World.

Know the difference between the converted Children of God and religious smooth talkers and figure out what will please Christ, for yourself

The Message Bible
Ephesians 5:5-13 5 You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God.
6 Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. 7 Don’t even hang around people like that.
8 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! 9 The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. 10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
11 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. 12 It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. 13 Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ. (The Message Bible)

Ephesians 5:6-13 6 Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. 7 Don’t even hang around people like that.
8 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! 9 The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. 10 Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.
11 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. 12 It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. 13 Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

H1350. גְּאוּלִים ge’ûliym, גָּאַל gā’al: A verb meaning to redeem or act as a kinsman-redeemer. The word means to act as a redeemer for a deceased kinsman (Ruth 3:13); to redeem or buy back from bondage (Lev. 25:48); to redeem or buy back a kinsman’s possessions (Lev. 25:26); to avenge a kinsman’s murder (Num. 35:19); to redeem an object through a payment (Lev. 27:13). Theologically, this word is used to convey God’s redemption of individuals from spiritual death and His redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage and also from exile (see Ex. 6:6). (Complete Word Study Bible)

Proverbs 23:11-14 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead — their cause with thee.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Passover 4

Passover 4

UPDATED !

One of the most consecrated periods intended for Israel was just after Passover. Our Lord wanted to do much more than a well-planned escape. The miraculous events surrounding Passover was only the finger of God. The most majestic miracle for Israel was that Adonai wanted to reveal Himself, a heart, to heart approach. A heart which beat for His Children’s eternal happiness, considering He is only eternal God. So the God of Israel shared instructions (Torah) with his people giving them means to preserve a consecrated society embracing God as their ruling King.

The Law
Leviticus 7:7-8 7 As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.
8 And the priest that offereth — any man’s burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

Hebrew Definition of the word Torah (Law)

H8451. תּוֹרָה tôrāh, תֹּרָה tōrāh: A feminine noun meaning instruction, direction, law, Torah, the whole Law. This noun comes from the verb yārāh (H3384), which has, as one of its major meanings, to teach, to instruct.

The noun means instruction in a general way from God; for example, Eliphaz uttered truth when he encouraged Job and his readers to be willing to receive instruction from God, the Almighty (Job 22:22). In Israel, a father and mother were sources of instruction for life (Prov. 1:8; 6:20); along with wise persons (Prov. 13:14; 28:4). In contrast, rebellious people were not willing to accept God’s instructions in any manner (Isa. 30:8, 9); the scribes handled the instructions of the Lord deceitfully and falsely (Jer. 8:8).

Various words are found in synonyms parallel with this term: It is paralleled by the sayings of the Holy One (Isa. 5:24); the word of the Lord (Isa. 1:10); and the testimony or witness (Isa. 8:20). It is used regularly to depict priestly instructions in general or as a whole.

The Lord rejected the priests of Israel for they had disregarded (lit., forgotten) the Law (Jer. 2:8; Hos. 4:6). They had been charged to carry out and teach all the instructions of the Lord (Deut. 17:11).

Endurance

The Refinement

This short journey could have taken less than two weeks, but for whatever reason, the Lord waited for a generation to die off, before entering the Canaanite city of Jericho. The Battle of Jericho would be a Holy War where Angels would fight for the mortal children of God so that the Lord’s promise is completed and should come to past.

What Joshua didn’t know is a spiritual battle against the death Angel back in Egypt demonstrates Adonai’s power for HIS obedient children.

The warfare is a battle between the Canaanite principalities of that region, facing the cumulative Kingdom of Righteousness.
As Joshua approached the scene of this Holy contest, God’s prophet saw this mighty Angel standing with his sword raised, Joshua asked the Angel on whose side are you. The Angel could have said; you puny humans should stay out of our way, because the battle is over Adonai’s promise made to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob regarding the people who will succeed this nation.

Joshua 5:13 – 6:1
The Lord’s Commander Confronts Joshua
13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
15 The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told.
(NLT)

 

We see the wilderness is a place for refinement and testing of a prototype forged by fire. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces into tension. Adonai brought Israel from slavery to the wilderness to tempered treat them so they would develop endurance.

In the Hebrew Culture, one’s faith is expressed by doing what they believed

James 1:2-4 Faith and Endurance (1:2-18)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (New Living Translation)

James 2:21-24 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

The Jewish Bible James 2:20-24

James 2:24 a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.

James 2:20-24 20 But, foolish fellow, do you want to be shown that such “faith” apart from actions is barren? 21 Wasn’t Avraham avinu declared righteous because of actions when he offered up his son Yitz’chak on the altar? 22 You see that his faith worked with his actions; by the actions the faith was made complete; 23 and the passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled which says, “Avraham had faith in God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness.”He was even called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is declared righteous because of actions and not because of faith alone.(Complete Jewish Bible)

Our Lord is making us better then before

Jesus Christ, along finished the process the first time through, but He sent the Holy Spirit with power from Heaven.

Deuteronomy   8:1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.(New Living Translation)

The Bible is a wonderful book for the reader, but for those who are looking for a change in their lives,  it’s Jesus Christ of Nazareth The Bread of Life with an invitation for Change.

 

TO WORK
A. Verbs.
pa‘al (פָּעַל, 6466), “to do, work.” Common to both ancient and modern Hebrew, this word is used in modern Hebrew in the sense of “to work, to act, to function.” Found only 57 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, it is used primarily as a poetic synonym for the much more common verb ‘ashah, “to do, to make.” Thus, almost half the occurrences of this verb are in the Book of Psalms. Pa‘al is used for the first time in the Old Testament in the Song of Moses: “… The place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in…” (Exod. 15:17). There is no distinction in the use of this verb, whether God or man is its subject. In Ps. 15:2 man is the subject: “He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.”

The Effects of the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Cháris, when received by faith, transforms man and causes him to love and to seek after the righteousness of God. Cháris is initially regeneration, the work of the Holy Spirit in which spiritual life is given to man and by which his nature is brought under the dominion of righteousness. The maintenance of this condition requires an unbroken and immense supply of grace. Grace remains constant in, and basic to, a believer’s fight without against the devil and his struggle within against sin. Renewal is stimulated and impelled by God’s illuminating and strengthening of the soul, and will continue and increase so long as the soul perseveres. God’s grace insures that those who have been truly regenerated will persevere until the end of life. This entire work is called sanctification, a work of God “whereby we are renewed in the whole man and are enabled more and more to die daily unto sin and to live unto righteousness” as is stated by the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10).
(CWSB Dictionary)

Passover 3

The Bread From Heaven

Manna From Heaven

Jewish ancient holy writings on stone surface

In the Hebrew language, unlike English and others, every character has its own personified meaning. And, powerful prophetic messages can be in names of people or names of places.
For example, “Bethlehem,” located about 10KM south of Jerusalem has a unique message as described below:

Bethlehem
House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It was originally called Ephrath (Gen 35:16, 19; Gen 35:16 Ruth 4:11).

Through a more in-depth understanding of the treasures of the Scripture and how the visual language portrays Jewish feasts as the appointed times can reveal to us Adonai’s redemption plan. The Hebrews were people who animated the Word of God in daily activities. If Anthropology is the definition of the science that deals with the origin, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind; the Hebraic traditions and feasts are lessons of their relationship in history and the eventuality.
Therefore, the importance of Hebrew observance of feast days was a vital part of being Hebraic.

I once read an article defending the use of the traditional term, “Easter.” Instead of the Biblical Passover, the article was saying that there is no evidence that there was a goddess named “Eostre or Astoroth” ever existed. One would have to know how to find “Eostre’s or Astoroth’s” name in Scripture. Now, if one does not trust the Bible, that is a different argument.

Moses “Mosheh” (משה) was a Biblical prophet, lawgiver, and one of the most excellent leaders of the ancient Jewish people. Also, he was the son of Amram and Yocheved, brother of Miriam and Aaron. With Adonai’s’s guidance, Mosheh (Moses) led the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
What is interesting is that while Israel was in the wilderness, God gave them, Hebrew man-hu (manna), “What is that?” the name was given by the Israelites to describe the miracle of food supplied to them during their wanderings in the wilderness (Ex 16:15 -35). This man-hu is the English “Manna” as in Bread from Heaven.

A Ruler from Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
are only a small village among all the people of Judah,
yet a ruler of Israel,
whose origins are in the distant past,
will come from you on my behalf.
The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies
until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then at last his fellow countrymen
will return from exile to their own land.
And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. (Matthew 2:6)

Prophecy placed The Bread of Life, The Bread from Heaven or the “Afikoman,” (the long-awaited Messiah) as bread broken into parts. Some might mistakenly say Messiah’s broken away from the God-head. Not so! The middle piece of Bread broken a second time has a half of it hidden somewhere in the house for the children to search for it. This search for the bread is symbolic of seeking the Messiah.

Bread of Life

The afikoman, a piece broken off from a matzo during a Seder, is put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the Seder to be searched for by the children present “her little grandchildren will search the house looking for the afikoman.” The child who finds the Afikoman or hidden piece of bread first is then rewarded with a gift.

This example of the bread as nourishment for the Israelites in the wilderness is a shadow of things to come when the Messiah will come down from Heaven and give us life. This Jewish Messiah will cause a spiritual awakening to those who search for Him. Those who find Him will find His reward. Our Messiah will provide a way back to right-standing with the Father. The Bible promises us that those who diligently seek Him are a rewarder of His Righteousness.

I would say that the hidden “Afikoman” was in the bread box. Allow me to explain the bread box or Bethlehem.

Bethlehem (/ ˈ b ɛ θ l i h ɛ m /; Arabic: بيت لحم ‎ Bayt Lahm [beːt.laħm], “House of Meat”;

Ancient Greek: Βηθλεέμ Greek pronunciation: [bɛːtʰle.ém];

Latin: Bethleem; initially named after Canaanite fertility god Lehem) is a Palestinian city.

Why did the Lord summon Israel for those special feast days?

As the children of Israel faithfully observed the special celebrations, they couldn’t ignore the fact that use of these unifying components or object lessons were abundant. Each festival told its own story of events past or future. The piece of Matzah (Bread) broken is the last element eaten at the meal. Yeshua (suffering Messiah) told His disciples in John 6:54-55
“The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day. For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink.” To some people, Jesus’ sayings might sound a bit cannibalic. In fact, those who were offended didn’t understand the beautiful story on display of their Seder Meal.

First of all, the mighty synonym for the word “broken, as in breaking bread” means “to reveal.”
For those who are a part of the Passover meal should see the images or the struggle and price paid for the redemption of humanity. The entire Passover feast points to the perfect Lamb of God Who atones our offenses against Adonai.
Synonyms for “atone”: make amends · make reparation · make restitution · make recompense · make redress · make up for · compensate · pay · pay the penalty · to pay the price · recompense · answer ·
The atoning Lamb gives us a new bloodline, a new body, and we become a new people.

The Jews angrily contended with one another, saying, “How is He able to give us His flesh for us to eat?”
Our Lord was only talking about catching a vision of the Sacrificial Lamb.

John 6:53 I [Myself] am this Living Bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and also the Bread that I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).

Bread From Heaven

Who We Worship

When we worship and make doxological statements to God, by telling Him who He Is; a Holy atmosphere conjoins Heaven and Earth.
It is similar to when Goliath’s four brothers trapped King David and were about to kill the king. King David started speaking doxological statements to his God. I would like to tell you what that did in the Heavenlies, but we don’t have time nor room to discuss it all today. The story is in 2 Samuel. In summary, David said:

The Lord is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge,
My Savior—You save me from violence.
“I call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised …

Later in the chapter, we read:
“Then the earth shook and quaked,
The foundations of the heavens trembled
And were shaken, because He was angry.
“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,
And devouring fire from His mouth;
Coals were kindled by it.
“He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.
“He rode on a cherub and flew…

Okay, that’s enough!  The story goes that when King David finished his Blessing the Lord, he had four dead giants lying on the ground.
Whenever a worshipper gives Glory to God, His Holy Presence shows up and signs and wonders are seen!

Even when David faced King Saul, who had murder in his heart toward him, David was able to change the atmosphere through his worship to God Almighty!  When King’s Saul came into the area where the prophets were praying, instead of killing David, the power of God fell on Saul and the King started prophesying by the Spirit of God!

Signs Fulfilled
1 Samuel 10:9 As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel’s signs were fulfilled that day. When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.

The Passion of Jesus Christ is saving Souls.

Ephesians 6: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Be careful of which kingdom you celebrate this season. Remember, that the dominion acknowledged most, will eventually remove the Kingdom which receives the lesser recognition.

An Isis statue in the Temple of Isis which is part of the religion of ancient Egyptian civilization.

If the queen of Heaven is praised more and promoted better than the Kingdom of Adonai, we might start worshipping the Easter eggs and rabbit more than our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We must be mindful that the atmosphere changes and will become saturated with the inclination of who receives the devotion.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26
“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

Praise and Worship to our God annihilate the demonic kingdom and Satan knows this quite well. Demon spirits need the people of God to rebel with pagan rituals in order to develop a malevolent spiritual military against God.  But, when God is the focus of worship, pagan deities tremble and flee because they cannot survive in an atmosphere where the Lord is exalted.

The spirit who competes
H6252. עַשְׁתָּרוֹת ‘aštārôṯ: A feminine proper noun Astoroth; a Canaanite false goddess. This was a pagan Canaanite goddess of love, war, and fertility, also called Astarte. Israel often apostatized from the Lord and worshiped her (Judg. 2:13; 10:6; 1 Sam. 7:3, 4; 12:10). See H6253.
A feminine proper noun Astaroth; a city in Manasseh, the same as ‘ašteroṯ qarnayim (H6255). It was the capital city of Og, king of Bashan, and was given to the tribe of Manasseh (Deut. 1:4; Josh. 9:10; 12:4; 13:12, 31; 1 Chr. 6:71[56]),

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