Super Quick Bible Study: Prophecy – Jesus Builds the Temple

A good friend pointed this out to me.

Zechariah 6:9-15 (ESV)

And the word of YHWH came to me: “Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah. Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest. And say to him, ‘Thus says YHWH of hosts, “Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch [Jeremiah 33:15, Isaiah 4:2, Zechariah 3:8]: for He shall branch out from His place, and He shall build the temple of YHWH. It is He who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor and shall sit and rule on His throne. And there shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”’ And the crown shall be in the temple of YHWH as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah.

“And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of YHWH. And you shall know that YHWH of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of YHWH your Elohim.”

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Super Quick Bible Study: Healing a Seared Conscience

1 Timothy 4:1-2 (AMP) – But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons, [misled] by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared [cauterized] as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning] …

Romans 1:24-28 (AMP) – Therefore YHWH gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of YHWH for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason, YHWH gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge YHWH or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], YHWH gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive…

Ephesians 4:17-19 (AMP) – So this I say, and solemnly affirm together with the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the [unbelieving] Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds [and in the foolishness and emptiness of their souls], for their [moral] understanding is darkened and their reasoning is clouded; [they are] alienated and self-banished from the life of YHWH [with no share in it; this is] because of the [willful] ignorance and spiritual blindness that is [deep-seated] within them, because of the hardness and insensitivity of their heart. And they, [the ungodly in their spiritual apathy], having become callous and unfeeling, have given themselves over [as prey] to unbridled sensuality, eagerly craving the practice of every kind of impurity [that their desires may demand].

In order to get rid of a seared conscience, one will have to be broken.

Jeremiah 23:29 (NASB) – “Is not My word like fire?” declares YHWH, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

Isaiah 8:14-15 (ESV) – [YHWH declared,] “And He will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”

Matthew 21:44 – [Yahshua declared,] “He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Romans 9:30-33 (ESV) – What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame [Isaiah 8:14, Isaiah 28:16].”

1 Peter 2:7-8 (ESV) – So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”


A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

1 Corinthians 1:23 (ESV) – …but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…

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Super Quick Bible Study: Ephesians 4:12-14 Partly Ignored!

Ephesians 4:11-14 (AMP) – And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct],

[and He did this] to fully equip and perfect [mature] the saints [God’s people] for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church];

until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].

So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine [instruction], by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].

All the parts in red are ignored in the vast majority of Christendom. This is the main reason the church system is man-made and losing power over the world daily. Praises to Father Yah; He has pulled and continues to pull those who seek and surrender to Him in earnest.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Oh, How God Loves Us!

Psalm 8:3-9
When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,
what is man that You are mindful of him,
and the son of man that You care for him?

 Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly [spirit] beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
 You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet, [Hebrews 2:6-8]
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O YHWH, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Hebrews 2:9 – But we see Him who has been made a little lower than the angels (spirit beings), Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He should taste of death for everyone.

1 Corinthians 1:25 – Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

All of creation comes from Him and the spiritual essence (breath) of creation will return to Him. In creating us, YHWH humbled Himself; therefore, He continues to humble Himself to keep us alive. This is why He is long-suffering (slow to anger). Everything in creation is a part of Him! He hates watching mankind destroy itself (Ezekiel 18:23, Ezekiel 18:32, Ezekiel 33:11), but the twisting of His goodness (how creation functions) must be corrected (judgment, cleansed) from time-to-time.

Micah 7:18 – Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.

He wants us to get to know Him directly, so He can bless us according to His Will and Nature (His Name!) One of the Hebrew words for bless (barak) literally means to get down on one’s knees and present a gift:

Father Yah humbled Himself further by giving us the greatest gift of all – His Word in the flesh (John 1:1-5, Genesis 1:1-3, Proverbs 8:30, Revelation 19:13).

May the Highest Elohim be honored by the continued revelation of His Word. Amen.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Yah Guides Us

1 Corinthians 12:7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Isaiah 58:11
And YHWH will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Psalm 48:14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

Exodus 15:2
YHWH is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 73:24 With Your counsel, You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.

Psalm 107:9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

Isaiah 27:3 I, YHWH, am its keeper; I water it every moment. So that no one will damage it, I guard it night and day.

Isaiah 41:17 The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, YHWH, will answer them Myself. As the God of Israel, I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 49:10 They will not hunger or thirst, nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down. For He who has compassion on them will lead them and will guide them to springs of water.

Psalm 94:19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.

Isaiah 19:22 YHWH will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.

Isaiah 30:26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day YHWH binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted.

Isaiah 52:12 But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; For YHWH will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Jesus Said So

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper [Advocate, Counselor], to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.

John 14:26 But the Advocate [Helper, Counselor], the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.

John 15:26 When the Advocate [Helper, Counselor] comes, whom I will send you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about Me.

John 16:13 However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.

John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain—so that whatever you ask the Father in My name [authority, power, cause, nature, character], He will give you.

1 Corinthians 2 – Spiritual Wisdom (ESV)

6Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”— [Isaiah 64:4, Isaiah 25:9, Isaiah 30:18]

10these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.d

14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” [Isaiah 40:13, Jeremiah 23:18, Romans 11:34] But we have the mind of Christ.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Why Do You Call Me Good?

Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19 – And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.”

From Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible:

What Christ here says of God, the Jews say of the law of Moses, whose praise they can never enough extol; “there is nothing good but the law.” The law is good indeed; but the Author of it must be allowed to be infinitely more so.

Christ did not say the comment was wrong (John 10:30), but shifted the focus where it belonged – on YHWH. He had a habit of doing that:

Luke 11:27-28 – As [Jesus] said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!”

But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

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Puzzling Passages Made Plain: Holy Ground

John 4:19-21 “Sir,” the woman [at the well] replied, “I see that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you Jews say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.”

Today, this fact is taken for granted. Before Yahshua’s sacrifice, this was not always so.

Naaman’s Request

2 Kings 5:15-19 Then Naaman returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before Elisha. And Naaman said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so, accept now a present from your servant.”

But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive none.” And Naaman urged Elisha to take it, but Elisha refused.

Then Naaman said, “If not, please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but YHWH. In this matter may YHWH pardon your servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to worship there, leaning on my arm, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, YHWH pardon your servant in this matter.”

Elisha said to him, “Go in peace.”

Why did Naaman ask for a bunch of dirt? Why did Elisha agree to it?

There was an ancient belief that a god had ownership over a part of the Earth. Naaman wanted to take earth, consecrated by Yah’s presence in Elisha, so that YHWH would be with him. Further proof is in Scripture.

Nonbelievers Serve YHWH

2 Kings 17:24-33 And the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities. And at the beginning of their dwelling there, they did not fear YHWH. Therefore, YHWH sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

So, the king of Assyria was told, “The nations that you have carried away and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the law (customs) of the god of the land. Therefore, He has sent lions among them, and behold, they are killing them, because they do not know the law (customs) of the god of the land.”

Then the king of Assyria commanded, “Send there one of the priests whom you carried away from there, and let him go and dwell there and teach them the law (customs) of the god of the land.”

So, one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and lived in Bethel and taught them how they should fear (respect) YHWH.

But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the shrines of the high places that the Samaritans had made, every nation in the cities in which they lived. The men of Babylon made Succoth-benoth, the men of Cuth made Nergal, the men of Hamath made Ashima, and the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak; and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

They also feared (respected) YHWH and appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests of the high places, who sacrificed for them in the shrines of the high places. So, they feared (respected) YHWH but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.

The foreigners who took over understood the ancient custom of serving the god of the land if they wanted to live there peacefully. Even though Israel had been put away by Yah for serving other gods along with Him, these people were doing the exact same thing. The difference being that Israel, the people, were His, as was the land.

Yah Uses This Belief

Just as Yah took the threshold covenant and reworked it for His purposes, He consecrated pieces of the Earth. Remember, these events happened prior to Yahshua’s blood cleansing all of creation.

Genesis 28:10-22 (ESV) Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!

And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am YHWH, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely YHWH is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel (House of YHWH), but the name of the city was Luz (Light) at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

Exodus 3:5 “Do not come closer,” He said [to Moses]. “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

A Piece of the Tabernacle

When Adam and Eve sinned, the whole of creation on Earth became corrupted, or common. Everything comes from dirt; therefore, things were also consecrated. The Tabernacle (and later, the Temple) and its contents had been consecrated for Father Yah’s connection to the Earth among the Israelites. Being away from the Tabernacle while on the run, David had no way to communicate with YHWH until he remembered something:

1 Samuel 23:6 When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand.

1 Samuel 23:9-13 (HCSB) When David realized that Saul was planning to harm him, he told Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod!”

Then David said, “YHWH, God of Israel, Your servant has heard that Saul intends to come to Keilah and destroy the town because of me. Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down as Your servant has heard? YHWH, God of Israel, please tell Your servant.”

YHWH answered, “He will come down.”

Then David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?”

“They will,” YHWH responded.

So, David and his men, numbering about 600, left Keilah at once and moved from place to place. When it was reported to Saul that David had escaped from Keilah, he called off the expedition.

After David and his men lost their families and belongings to raiders, some of the men wanted to stone David.

1 Samuel 30:78 David said to Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.”

So, Abiathar brought it to him.

And David asked YHWH, “Should I pursue these raiders? Will I overtake them?”

YHWH replied to him, “Pursue them, for you will certainly overtake them and rescue the people.”

Torah stated the holy garments were to stay in the Holy Place (inner court) to avoid transferring holiness to people. (Ezekiel 44:19, Ezekiel 42:14, Leviticus 16:23). Along with David and his men eating the Bread of the Presence of YHWH (the priests’ showbread) (1 Samuel 21:6, Matthew 12:4, Mark 2:26, Luke 6:4), Yah demonstrated His ultimate and final authority (Mark 2:28), and that Torah helps transition us to His Will and Plan, not dominate our lives (Mark 2:27, Colossians 2:16, Romans 14:5, Romans 14:17).

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Super Quick Bible Study: Yah Teaches Us

Isaiah 54:13 – All your sons will be taught of YHWH; and the well-being of your sons will be great.

Isaiah 2:3 – And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.”

Isaiah 28:26 – For his God instructs and teaches him properly.

Isaiah 30:20 – Although YHWH has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.

Isaiah 48:17 – Thus says YHWH, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am YHWH your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.”

Isaiah 50:45
The Lord YHWH has given Me the tongue of disciples,
That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.

The Lord YHWH has opened My ear;
And I was not disobedient
Nor did I turn away.

John 6:45 – [Jesus said,] “It is written in the prophets: ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me…”

1 John 2:27 – And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 and Hebrews 8:10-11
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days,” declares YHWH.
I will put my laws into their minds,
    and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
    and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know YHWH,’
for they shall all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest.”

Philippians 3:13-15 – Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

1 Thessalonians 4:9
Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.

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Super Quick Bible Study: Spirit Led

Moshe’s Wish

Numbers 11:29 [Moses said,] “I wish that all YHWH’s people were prophets and that YHWH would put His Spirit on them!”

Yahshua Set the Example

John 4:34 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.”

John 5:30 “I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”

John 8:29 “He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.”

John 5:19 “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me.”

Current Instructions

Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your Good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Galatians 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

Galatians 6:1 (Literal Translation) Brothers, if even a man should be caught in some offense, you, the spiritual, should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, scrutinizing yourselves lest also you be tempted.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.

Luke 12:11-12 [Jesus said,] “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Also see Matthew 10:19-20, Mark 13:11.

In Action

Acts 8:26-29 An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get up and go south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is the desert road.)

So, he got up and went. There was an Ethiopian man, a eunuch and high official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to worship in Jerusalem and was sitting in his chariot on his way home, reading the prophet Isaiah aloud.

Then, the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”

Acts 10:19-20 While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and accompany them without doubts, for I have sent them Myself.”

Acts 11:12 [Peter said,] “The Spirit told me to go with them without misgivings These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house.”

Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 13:4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 15:28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials…”

Acts 16:6 They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.

Acts 19:21 Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the Spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”

Acts 20:22 [Paul said,] “And now, behold, bound by the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there…”

Acts 23:11 The following night the Lord stood by Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so also you must testify in Rome.”

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Unnerving, scary, pagan, New Age, uncontrollable, pointless, not for today… These are some of the negative opinions surrounding the supernatural. Why? The spiritual is supernatural and cannot be quantified. It is not an abstract idea, for example happy or angry, for who gets to define what constitutes either happy or angry? Due to the Tree of Knowledge’s fruit polluting human DNA, mankind believes they can operate outside of the Catalysis of Creation, or deny His existence since the senses cannot behold Him on a measurable, consistent basis.

A paradox appears among the believers of Yah. They want His supernatural intervention during times of distress, but either reject or ignore the other aspect of the spiritual clearly listed in Scripture. For example, some believe that the Gifts of the Spirit were only for the time of the Apostles, but still request prayers for the sick or troubled. Some believe in supernatural events, but whether those events serve Yah and His Body are questionable. Others believe we need special humans and dead saints to intervene on our behalf. Even among those who accept the supernatural, there is debate to whether, or not, either the adversary or demons are real or myths to keep people in check. Everyone missed the entire point of the Word (the Bible and Yah Himself): supernatural guidance. As Yahshua said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) Without seeking, following, and trusting the Almighty on that level, we will not grow spiritually. We must get to know Him, Spirit-to-spirit.

For those who have taken that leap of faith to embrace the extraordinary Will of Yah, the adjustment is not simple. There is a reason the Heavenly messengers had to say, “Fear not.” People operate through the soul and senses the vast majority of the time; anything out of the ordinary can give someone a shock. Yahshua spent over 3 years training His disciples, preparing them to become vessels for Yah’s power and authority to flow through them. Some have been fortunate to go through this as children, since they accept things easier than wary, life-scarred adults. However the transition happens, Yah is patient and understands we need time to deal with Him directly.

Backpedaling (not to be confused with backsliding – rejecting Yah’s Will over time) is when a believer takes a step or two backwards on the path due to fear, doubt, or comfort level. It is not rebellion or sin, just a short time of difficulty. Dealing with the supernatural can cause this, and there are examples in the Scriptures to let believers know others have had trouble adjusting.

Moses at the Burning Bush – Exodus 3, 4:1-17 Moses tried to decline the mission Yah gave him due to feeling unworthy.

Barak’s Lack of Trust – Judges 4:1-24 Barak refused to go off to war without the prophetess Deborah at his side. She went, but announced that the glory for killing the Canaanite commander Sisera would go to a woman. Back then, it was a dishonor for a man to be killed by a woman or to let her have the honor of destroying an enemy (Judges 9:53-54).

Gideon’s Tests – Judges 6:11-40 Distrust, disappointment, and despair influenced Gideon’s decision to test the Lord. He survived the idolaters’ wrath after he had burned their pillars of worship, but he still asked Yah to perform one more task to see if His Word was true.

Manoah’s Distress – Judges 13:1-23 Samson’s father feared death because he and his wife had seen Yah, but she reminded him that the Lord had accepted their offerings and had a job for them to do.

Jeremiah Quits – Jeremiah 20:7-9 Weary of his horrible treatment by his own people, Jeremiah had wanted to stop proclaiming the warnings Yah had for them.

Paul Confronts Peter – Galatians 2:11-13 Peter ate with the Gentiles until some Jews James had sent showed up. He and the Jews in his group, including Barnabas, shunned the Gentiles as a result. Paul criticized Peter’s hypocrisy.

I can relate to Manoah a little. On two occasions, Yahshua tried to approach me, but I freaked out and disengaged from worshiping. I still kick myself for doing that.

A few years ago, supernatural things started to happen around me and through others close to me. I could not handle it and stepped back a bit. Yah, in His Wisdom and determination, decided to shake out any discomfort and fear I had by tossing me into the midst of serious spiritual warfare. Oh, what fun that was…

If you are planning to draw closer to Yah, brace yourself and ask Him for His Wisdom and strength to endure. You will adapt.

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